Atlas: A giant beetle.Thanks to sammax, Kaisheng, Torvaun, manbearpigbear, Eiko, Summer, AssassinZ, Domefossil, and potential others for help compiling a semi-exhaustive list of named bugs in Worm!
Fire Ants: Fire ants are a variety of ant species with a painful sting and a sensation of similar to that of being burned by a fire. The workers are can range in size from 2 millimetres to 6 millimetres within the same colony, and the queens and male drones are larger still. One should take extreme caution to avoid fire ants, as the experience of being stung by these ants is quite unpleasant.
Darwin's Bark Spiders: Darwin's bark spider [...] is an orb-weaver spider that produces the largest known orb webs, ranging from 900 to 28,000 square centimetres (140 to 4,340 sq in), with bridge lines spanning up to 25 metres (82 ft). [...] Its silk is the toughest biological material ever studied, over ten times tougher than a similarly-sized piece of Kevlar.
Dragonflies: Adult dragonflies are characterized by large, multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body. [...] Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural coloration, making them conspicuous in flight. An adult dragonfly's compound eyes have nearly 24,000 ommatidia each.
Japanese Spider Crabs: The Japanese spider crab [...] is a species of marine crab that lives in the waters around Japan. It has the largest leg span of any arthropod. It is the subject of fishery and is considered a delicacy.
Krill: Krill are small crustaceans [...] found in all the world's oceans. The name "krill" comes from the Norwegian word krill, meaning "small fry of fish", which is also often attributed to species of fish.
Butterflies: Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.
Brown Recluse Spiders: Brown recluse spiders are usually between 6 and 20 millimetres (0.24 and 0.79 in), but may grow larger. While typically light to medium brown, they range in color from whitish to dark brown or blackish gray. [...] These spiders usually have markings on the dorsal side of their cephalothorax, with a black line coming from it that looks like a violin with the neck of the violin pointing to the rear of the spider, resulting in the nicknames fiddleback spider, brown fiddler, or violin spider.
Lady Bugs: Coccinellidae [...] is a widespread family of small beetles ranging in size from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.03 to 0.71 inches). The family is commonly known as ladybugs in North America, and ladybirds in Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world. Entomologists prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true bugs.
Bees: Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the western honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax. [...] There are over 16,000 known species of bees in seven recognized biological families. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.
Cockroaches: Depending on the particular species, adult cockroaches measure between 1 and 5 centimetres in length and range in colour from black to reddish-brown. Most species of cockroaches in Canada have wings but are not capable of sustained, powered flight. Some species may use their wings to glide for short distances. Each cockroach has pair of long antennae and six legs, which are typically long and spiny. The body is flattened back to front and oval-shaped, as a result, they are perfectly equipped for hiding in small cracks or crevices that touch both the topside and the underside of the body. Immature cockroaches, known as nymphs, look like smaller wingless versions of fully grown adults.
Fleas: Flea, the common name for the order Siphonaptera, includes 2,500 species of small flightless insects that survive as external parasites of mammals and birds. Fleas live by consuming blood, or hematophagy, from their hosts. Adult fleas grow to about 3 mm (0.12 in) long, are usually brown, and have bodies that are "flattened" sideways or narrow, enabling them to move through their host's fur or feathers. They lack wings, but have strong claws preventing them from being dislodged, mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood, and hind legs extremely well adapted for jumping. They are able to leap a distance of some 50 times their body length, a feat second only to jumps made by another group of insects, the superfamily of froghoppers. Flea larvae are worm-like with no limbs; they have chewing mouthparts and feed on organic debris left on their host's skin.
Brown-tail Moths: This species was accidentally introduced to the United States in the 1890s. During the early 20th century it was present from eastern Connecticut northward into New Brunswick, Canada, but a subsequent severe population collapse reduced the territory to parts of coastal Maine, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, by the late 20th century. One theory for the decline appeared to be parasitism by a fly introduced to combat gypsy moths.
Cheiracanthium mildei: An adult C. mildei is usually 7–10 millimetres (0.3–0.4 in) in body size. Each leg ends in double claws, and the front pair is significantly longer (up to two times the size, however it is clearly shorter than in C. inclusum species). The eyes have a tapetum lucidum that reflects back to the light source once lit, suggesting that the spiders have good to excellent vision and are agile prey hunters. Although this spider can bite humans, the effects appear to be mild.
Mosquitoes: The adult females of most species have tube-like mouthparts (called a proboscis) that can pierce the skin of a host and feed on blood, which contains protein and iron needed to produce eggs. Thousands of mosquito species feed on the blood of various hosts — vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and some fish; along with some invertebrates, primarily other arthropods. This loss of blood is seldom of any importance to the host.
Houseflies: The housefly [...] is believed to have evolved in the Cenozoic era, possibly in the Middle East, and has spread all over the world as a commensal of humans. It is the most common fly species found in houses. Adults are grey to black, with four dark, longitudinal lines on the thorax, slightly hairy bodies, and a single pair of membranous wings. They have red eyes, set farther apart in the slightly larger female.
Maggots: A maggot is the larva of a fly (order Diptera); it is applied in particular to the larvae of Brachycera flies, such as houseflies, cheese flies, and blowflies, rather than larvae of the Nematocera, such as mosquitoes and Crane flies. A 2012 study estimated the population of maggots in North America alone to be in excess of 3*105 trillion.
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On every surface of the bathroom were bugs; Flies, ants, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, earwigs, beetles, wasps and bees. With every passing second, more streamed in through the open window and the various openings in the bathroom, moving with surprising speed. Some crawled in through a gap where the sink drain entered the wall while others emerged from the triangular hole in the ceiling where a section of foam tile had broken off, or from the opened window with peeling paint and cigarette butts squished out in the recesses. They gathered around me and spread out over every available surface; primitive bundles of signals and responses, waiting for further instruction.
I closed my eyes. I could see my reputation going down the tubes. One of the spiders I had been using was the brown recluse. Arguably the most dangerous spider in the United States, more than even the black widow. A single bite from a brown recluse could make a good chunk of the flesh around the bite blacken and rot away. I'd had my bugs biting Lung in the more sensitive parts of his anatomy.
"Let's just say that even with the ability to heal several times faster than your average person, Lung is going to be sitting down to use the toilet."
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Together, Stamping Out The Fires.
It has been over a week since I have been able to write a post. It turns out, my work has been much more complex and challenging in many ways during this re-opening phase than the closing down and ramping up for the pandemic a few weeks ago.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have been monitoring its spread in neighboring states and provinces as well as in Maine. Just as a raging forest fire can send a spark across the border to a neighboring state or country, this virus likewise does not recognize our borders, and can ignite a fire most anywhere there is travel. Given my job at MaineHealth, it has made sense for me to regularly monitor the pandemic in nearby areas as well as their responses to it, since these can easily impact us. More recently, I have been monitoring the re-openings in our neighboring states and provinces so as to share any lessons learned with my colleagues. I thought I’d share some of these gleanings with you.
First, it’s easiest to review what is in common. In places that neighbor us, as well as in Maine and the rest of North America, people living in long term care facilities, people 60 and older, and those with underlying conditions have been hit the hardest. However, most of the underlying conditions are very common, e.g. obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even being immunocompromised. For instance, • 42% of Americans are obese; • 9% have severe obesity (BMI>40, which is most highly associated with severe COVID-19); • 33% have hypertension; • 11% have diabetes; • 8% have asthma (about 2/3 of them have persistently severe asthma, which is more highly associated with severe COVID-19); • 6% have COPD; and • 3% are immunocompromised.
I mention these data since it seems common that people suggest one approach to this pandemic is for us to return to life as it was in January, and simply ask older people and those with high-risk conditions to self-isolate at home. Given how common these and a few other high-risk conditions are, there would not be enough eligible for the in-person workforce. And, we are still learning about who is at risk for severe disease from this novel virus.
Additionally, it is not uncommon that some younger or otherwise healthy people are hospitalized and/or have died from the virus. As a tragic example, Maine lost a 42-year-old firefighter several days ago to this disease.
Schools and nonessential businesses and services all closed in mid-March across this northeast area. Schools remain closed. The lifelines of most of these economies the last few weeks have been through a combination of transferring services to the internet, through finding creative ways to deliver services (e.g. curbside and no-contact home delivery), and through governmental assistance such as unemployment benefits.
Even with these lifelines, many economic engines have been disabled, especially those that rely on people traveling or congregating, such as tourism and restaurants. Where the virus has set ablaze the biggest fires (e.g. MA & NH), the economies seem hardest hit and reopening may be more complicated.
While there is much in common with how these neighboring states and provinces have closed, the impact of the pandemic and approaches to re-opening have also varied a great deal. Here are some summaries by state and province.
MAINE Maine seems to be flattening the curve, with overall downward trends and dramatic increases in doubling times of cases (from two to thirty-four days), a recent flattening and even decline in hospitalizations (from a high of 55 in mid-April to 33 today), and with relatively low death ratios. However, evidence of community transmission exists in four counties, and ongoing outbreaks are occurring, including in long term care settings across much of the state and at a large food processing plant in Portland with yet-to-be-determined community impact.
Maine started re-opening on May 1st, with the ability for health care to open up, prioritizing time-sensitive care, and for hair salons, pet grooming, drive-in theaters, golf courses, some state parks, auto dealerships, and car washes to open - all with social distancing and hygiene-related restrictions. Gatherings of 10 or more are still prohibited. People traveling to Maine must be quarantined for 14 days. As of May 1st, people need to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Additional business sectors will be able to open up in the coming days and weeks, as long as the pandemic maintains the criteria set by the White House.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Although New Hampshire has approximately the same number of people as Maine (1.3 million people), their case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths are much higher than Maine’s. For instance, as of Sunday, they have twice as many cases (2,518 vs 1,185); three times as many who are currently hospitalized (103 vs 33); and one and a half times as many deaths (86 vs 57). Most of this illness and death have occurred in the last three weeks, though the increases have generally slowed.
The vast majority - 80 - 91% of the cases, hospitalizations, and deaths - is occurring in the southern counties of Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford, that border Maine or are wedged between Maine and Massachusetts. This hot area is likely in part an extension of the Massachusetts pandemic fire, given the amount of commuter traffic between these counties and Greater Boston.
New Hampshire is just starting to open up. Their stay-at-home order was renewed starting Monday May 4th in a modified way to May 31st. Groups cannot congregate with more than 10 people. Leaving home is only allowed for essential services or visiting a parent, spouse, or child. Time-sensitive surgeries and procedures will be allowed starting Monday the 4th. Hair salons, golf courses, and drive-in theaters may open with modifications and requirements starting May 11th. Restaurants may serve outdoor dining starting May 18th, again with a number of requirements. No indoor dining will yet be allowed. All hotels and lodging are closed until May 31st except for emergency purposes for essential workers and vulnerable populations due to the pandemic. New Hampshire has been the hardest hit New England state when it comes to unemployment claims filed due to the pandemic. Further plans for re-opening are expected to be unveiled in the next couple of weeks.
VERMONT Pandemic activity in Vermont has been quite similar to Maine’s. They have flattened the curve quite well with early and strong social distancing mandates, which for the most part are still in place. Although they have had 897 cases, 10 are currently hospitalized, and 52 have died (all lower numbers than Maine), their case rate and death rates are higher. This is because Vermont’s overall population is less than half (46%) of Maine’s. They too have had a concentration of impact from the pandemic in their urban areas, especially Burlington.
Like Maine and New Hampshire, Vermont is also implementing a phased approach to reopening. Their stay at home order was renewed on May 1st through the 15th. Starting May 4th, some limited construction businesses will be allowed to open, in which no more than 10 are gathered and the work is primarily outdoors. Vermont requires out of state visitors to quarantine for 14 days. The public must wear face coverings when on public transportation, and are strongly encouraged to elsewhere. Restaurants and non-essential retailers are closed except for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery services. Hair salons and gyms remain closed. Future opening dates of these other business sectors have not been set.
MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have all been hit harder by COVID-19 than the northern three New England states. Massachusetts especially has been surging the last several weeks, and is considered one of the hardest hit areas of the U.S. It has seen over 68,000 confirmed cases. Almost 4,000 were hospitalized a few days ago, and although this number has decreased, over 3,600 are currently hospitalized. Tragically, over 4,000 have also died from this disease in Massachusetts.
Just to put these numbers into perspective, Massachusetts has five times the population of Maine, so if these numbers were in Maine, we would have approximately: • 13,200 cases (we have 1,185); • 720 - 800 hospitalized (we have 33); and • 800 deaths (we have 57).
Massachusetts hospitals have been full beyond their normal capacity. As a result, several alternate care sites were set up in convention centers in urban areas such as Boston and Worcester, and they have been used for COVID-19 patients, especially those who are homeless or are in prisons. With numbers of cases and hospitalizations down these last several days - both early indicators - it appears their surge may have peaked. But only four days ago, they recorded their one-day largest death toll - 252.
Like most other states, Massachusetts has been in a declared state of emergency since early-mid March. From March 23rd and until at least May 18th, gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited; non-essential businesses are closed, including restaurants; there is a stay at home advisory. Although face masks or coverings have been encouraged since early April, as of Wednesday May 6, they are required in public situations when social distancing may not be possible to maintain.
One in four workers in the state have filed for unemployment benefits, making it and New Hampshire the hardest hit in New England in this regard. Although state government is starting to formulate reopening plans, many, including prominent business leaders, recommend a slow reopening. The Massachusetts High Technology Council - comprised of leading business CEOs and health experts, just released their recommendations, linked to below. The Governor has convened a reopening advisory board, which is supposed to provide recommendations by May 18th.
RHODE ISLAND Rhode Island, which has a population of just over one million and less than Maine’s, has seen about 9,300 cases, 300 deaths, and currently has 333 hospitalized - all 5 - 10 times Maine’s counts. They continue with a stay at home order, and all nonessential businesses are closed, including restaurants (except for take-out and delivery). The famed Newport Jazz Festival as well as other festivals, parades, fairs, and carnivals are cancelled for the summer. On April 27th, a set of four phases for reopening was announced, with timelines to be determined. On May 1st, the Governor announced state parks would start to reopen in phases through May, with restrictions on parking and social distancing.
CONNECTICUT With close to 2,500 deaths so far, Connecticut has the 3rd highest death rate in the country, just after New York and New Jersey. It appears some of the reasons for this have to do with its proximity to New York as well as an older population (6th oldest state in the nation) and its population density (4th most densely populated state).
Since April 17th, people in Connecticut are mandated to wear a face covering when out in public when social distancing is not assured. Executive orders are in place until at least May 20th for people to stay at home, for food establishments to be closed except for take-out and delivery, and for all non-essential businesses to be closed, including gyms, movie theaters, and hair and nail salons.
CANADA Although Maine’s border with Quebec and New Brunswick has been closed since the U.S. - Canada border closed March 21st, and is expected to remain closed until at least mid-late May, there is some essential travel between the two countries. Interestingly, non-essential travel within Canada has been restricted, including between provinces such as between Quebec and New Brunswick as well as between some regions within provinces. This has been enforced by checkpoints. (This is not an option that is felt to be allowed in the U.S. under these circumstances, which is why no state has done it.) These travel restrictions may explain some of the factors contributing to lower impact of COVID-19 in Canada.
There is also a 14-day quarantine mandate for those who must enter a province, and the Canadian government’s website specifically states this quarantine also applies to snowbirds arriving home for the summer. Non-residential cottage owners are not allowed to travel to their seasonal homes in Quebec and the Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Schools and non-essential businesses have been closed, and those without pay across Canada have been given $2,000 per month income by the government.
QUEBEC Quebec Province has seen about 30,000 cases and over 2,100 deaths, with about half of each of these in Montreal. The regions bordering Maine (Estrie, Chaudiere-Appalaches, and Bas-Saint-Laurent) have seen in aggregate about 1,300 cases and 34 deaths.
Quebec announced a stepwise reopening of their economy, which begins on May 4th with the gradual lifting of inter-regional travel throughout May. Some businesses (with social distancing restrictions) will open May 4th, including some retail stores (but not malls) with some additional businesses such as construction to be opened May 11th. These business sectors in Montreal are scheduled to open a week later. Tourist sites, festivals, campgrounds, and non-essential lodging remain closed, with timeline and strategies awaiting a more comprehensive plan for reopening the province’s economy.
NEW BRUNSWICK New Brunswick has seen a total of 118 cases, all of whom are recovered, and therefore not contagious. They have seen no deaths due to COVID-19. As of May 2nd, they have been two weeks with no new cases. As a result, members of one household can gather with members of one other household. Churches can now hold outdoor services so long as congregants stay in their cars.
The Premier also announced that the reopening of New Brunswick would be done in four phases, with timelines for the phases beyond this first one to be determined at later dates, depending on disease progression. Currently, elective healthcare, daycares, restaurants, campgrounds, and offices are all closed.
The Premier also recently announced that he feels this is the time to re-tool several sectors, including assuring the province can produce its own food supply with its own workforce to the extent possible, and that health care can be delivered digitally on an ongoing basis.
Borders with other provinces are to remain closed for the foreseeable future, except the one with Prince Edward Island, which might open up in July, if the pandemic situation remains the same.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PEI has only seen 27 cases, no deaths, and only one new case in the last two weeks. PEI announced their four-phase re-opening plan on Friday. After being in a state of lockdown for several weeks, they will now allow some outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, golfing, and fishing, with a number of restrictions, including no more than five people being able to gather. Some non-urgent but time-sensitive health services will be allowed. Daycares will open, but only for essential workers. Restaurants and some limited lodging (B&Bs) are not allowed to open until mid-June, and then, only to PEI residents.
NOVA SCOTIA Nova Scotia has seen 963 cases and 31 deaths. One-third of the cases and 25 of the deaths have been in one long term care facility in Halifax. On Friday, Nova Scotia’s premier announced the lockdown would continue at least through May 17th, but that people could go outside for gardening, to some parks, and to golf ranges. Beaches and golf courses continue to be closed.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND POLITICS Listening to the news, it sometimes seems that public health and economic decisions have been mixing a great deal with political divisiveness, with some from the Right calling for quicker re-openings, and some from the Left asking for a slower pace. But reviewing these neighboring states and provinces, there seems to be much more unity than divisiveness among those making the policy decisions.
For instance, a quick examination of these six states and neighboring Canadian provinces does not reveal a strong association of political affiliation and these decisions. New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts are all led by Republican governors, whose policies on re-opening seem to vary little from the Democratic governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine. Some of the strongest statements about the need for a slow pace for re-openings have come from the Republican governors of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire as well as from some prominent business leaders (see links below). Additionally, the bipartisan set of northern New England governors have discussed publicly how they are coordinating some of their reopening efforts, are collaborating in the sharing of information, and are communicating regularly.
Even within Canada, the premier of Quebec, who is a centrist, is promoting a much quicker re-opening than his colleague in New Brunswick, who is a conservative. Nova Scotia’s premier is a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, and the PEI premier is a conservative. All three maritime premiers publicly are promoting a very gradual stepwise re-opening. Like the three bipartisan governors of northern New England, they also seem to be collaborating, communicating, and coordinating their efforts.
CONCLUSION We are living with a great deal of uncertainty, especially with a pandemic with a novel virus. The last pandemic this severe raged the earth 102 years ago. The virus does not see our state and countries’ borders. We have to recognize that areas such as southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, a few minutes’ drive from our border, are still confronting massive outbreaks. And even southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic, where the pandemic is still raging, are only a few hours’ drive away. While the pandemic seems to be smoldering in Maine, it only takes one spark to ignite its fire. This is something that seems to be well recognized across the area's policymakers, including those with the Canadian Maritime provinces, which continue to have closed economies and closed borders between them.
Clearly, there is no playbook as to how to reopen. But one thing is very clear. No matter how open or closed our states and provinces are, each of us as individuals needs to take responsibility to do our part to continue social distancing and not ignite any fires. While Maine and each of these neighboring states and provinces are under various emergency orders, they are only as effective as we the people are at implementing them.
What can we do? We can each become familiar with the new social distancing requirements for businesses and lend them a helping hand in complying (see Maine's criteria linked to just below). Most importantly, we can make sure we as individuals, our household members, and co-workers are practicing good social distancing: wearing a mask when appropriate in public; maintaining six feet distance; washing hands often; and not gathering inappropriately with others. These measures - to one degree or another - are likely a way of life until there is herd immunity achieved with a vaccine. They are also the most effective tools we currently have to fight this virus - to protect us who are carrying out these strategies and importantly, to protect those around us.
This pandemic is likely to threaten us for months if not several years. It is a bigger force than any one of us. However, I know that together, we can stamp out its fire.
Maine’s criteria for different sectors as they reopen https://www.maine.gov/decd/covid-19-prevention-checklists
A podcast of these posts, ready by my daughter is here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ch5zi-d66fd3…
42 year old Maine firefighter dies of COVID-19 https://bangordailynews.com/…/waldo-county-firefighters-de…/
ME plans to reopen Maine https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine
ME COVID data review https://www.maine.gov/…/Restarting_Maines_Economy_Slides_04…
ME daily COVID data https://www.maine.gov/…/infe…/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml
NH data and map https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
States with highest increases in unemployment due to pandemic https://wallethub.com/…/states-with-the-biggest-incr…/72730/
NH Governor Sununu reopening guidance https://www.governor.nh.gov/…/pre…/20200501-stay-at-home.htm
NH Governor Sununu remarks on opening up in a phased approach https://www.nhpr.org/…/gov-sununu-talks-plans-reopening-nhs…
VT May 1st executive order https://governor.vermont.gov/…/ADDENDUM%2012%20TO%20EXECUTI…
VT May 1st update on stay at home https://accd.vermont.gov/…/update-new-work-safe-additions-s…
VT May 1st update https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/p…/Covid-19-Daily-Update.pdf
VT COVID-19 data https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/co…/current-activity-vermont
VT Governor Scott remarks on re-opening https://governor.vermont.gov/…/governor-phil-scott-announce…
MA data https://www.mass.gov/info-detai…/covid-19-response-reporting
MA High Technology Council’s Reopening Recommendations http://www.mhtc.org/…/…/04/MHTC-COVID-19-Briefing-5.1.20.pdf
MA business leaders recommend slow reopening https://www.bostonglobe.com/…/business-group-recommends-slo…
MA Governor Baker remarks on re-opening https://www.bostonglobe.com/…/heres-what-governor-baker-ha…/
RI overview https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/new-england/rhode-island/…
RI reopening phases (no timelines yet set) https://reopeningri.s3.amazonaws.com/REOPENINGRI_4_27_20_12…
CT overview https://www.courant.com/…/hc-news-coronavirus-connecticut-d…
Canada data and by province https://www.canada.ca/…/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.ht…
Canada’s response https://www.canada.ca/…/2019-novel-cor…/canadas-reponse.html
Canada's reopening by province https://nationalpost.com/…/reopening-canada-provinces-ontar…
Quebec reopening https://www.quebec.ca/…/gradual-resumption-activities-cov…/…
New Brunswick update https://www.cbc.ca/…/covid-19-outbreak-roundup-pandemic-1.5…
New Brunswick data https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en.html
Premier of New Brunswick May 2nd press briefing https://www.cbc.ca/…/new-brunswick/no-active-cases-1.5553542
Premier of New Brunswick on retooling the economy https://www.cbc.ca/…/covid-19-new-brunswick-politics-higgs-…
PEI pandemic response https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19
PEI reopening plans https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/…/topic/renew-pei-together
PEI seasonal property owners FAQ https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/…/seasonal-properties-and…
Nova Scotia pandemic response https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
Nova Scotia easing outdoor activities May 1st https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/nova-scotia-reopens-parks-and-t…
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Klaytn Build Program — The 1st Seed AnnouncementWe previously released the private testnet, Aspen and the public testnet, Baobab. As we’d say, we planted Aspen and Baobab, and we are planning to plant more seeds within our ecosystem to build a big forest. To begin, we are kicking off ‘Klaytn Build Program’ to invite developers to create developer tools to enhance the Klaytn platform usability. This program enables developers to dive into the Klaytn ecosystem to develop, improve, and stabilize the Klaytn platform together.
For the ‘1st Seed,’ we would like to focus on language translation and creating tutorials or BApp (Blockchain Application) demos. The contributors will be rewarded with Klaytn’s token, KLAY, based on the level of contribution at each task. We plan to run this program on a regular basis, and the next announcement for the ‘2nd Seed’ will be made right here on our Medium page, so make sure to stay tuned.
The 1st Seed — Klaytn Build Program 2019
Task 1: Language TranslationThe Klaytn Docs and the online Klaytn lectures are available in English language only as of now, so we would like to invite developers to translate them into other foreign languages. By providing Klaytn materials in multiple languages, we would like to invite all developers worldwide to join our platform without any language barriers. We believe that the participating developers themselves would be the most talented translators. The more languages become available, the more different ideas shared on Klaytn. Be the first contributor from your country.
Task 1–1: Klaytn Online Lecture Subtitle Translation
Klaytn Online Lecture Subtitles: You can check out the Klaytn lectures on YouTube or Inflearn.
Languages: Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean *Should you prefer to work with any other languages, feel free to let us know by writing to us at [[email protected]].
Contribution Steps: 1. Go to GitHub (Task 1–2 Klaytn Online Lecture Subtitle Translation). Choose the language and the chapter you would like to contribute to. 2. Start translating the English version into the desired language. 3. Feel free to provide feedback and suggest other amendments if needed. We encourage you to collaborate amongst yourselves. 4. Your pull requests will be reviewed and merged by our team.
Range of Bounties: 4,000 KLAY* *This is based on the full translation of 1 language. You will be rewarded based on several criteria including the portion of your contribution, being the first contributor, and contributing as the second revision translator, etc.
Note: 1. Start: 2019.06.05 Deadline: 2019.07.26 2. We may consider giving the commit approval permission to an active user in the long term. 3. Once all the translations are finished, the final results will be applied to the subtitles of Klaytn YouTube videos.
Task 1–2: Klaytn Docs Translation
Details for this task will be announced after the mainnet launch.
Task 2: Klaytn Tutorial and BApp DemoIt takes a certain amount of time for everyone to learn something new, but if you are provided with useful educational materials, you can speed things up! In order for our developers to easily understand and use Klaytn, we are inviting you to make Klaytn tutorials and BApp demos. The contents may include what to set up before using the Klaytn platform, how to develop BApps on Klaytn, and whatever else you think it’s necessary or helpful for the Klaytn users. There is no specific requirement as to what you may or may not do, so explore as much as you can.
Contribution Steps: 1. There are two options to choose from. You may also do both options: - Option A: Create tutorials that outline Klaytn or teach other developers how to use Klaytn. - Option B: Create demo contents that describe the BApp development process. You can refer to the tutorial contents on our Klaytn Docs (https://docs.klaytn.com/tutorials).
Note: 1. Start: 2019.06.05 Deadline: 2019.07.26 2. After Klaytn Team’s review, the selected contents will be exposed to the official Klaytn Docs.
How to Communicate with the Klaytn TeamEvery contributor is encouraged to join Slack for further communication. By using the Slack, you will receive updates from Klaytn Team, ask questions regarding your task, and communicate with other developers. The detailed rules are provided accordingly if needed. We will also update on the next bounty program on the Slack.
How the Amount of Bounty is DecidedOur internal technical writer and developers will be examining the submitted results. After the thorough review, the reward will be provided considering the complexity, completeness, and the level of difficulty. For the language translation tasks, the following criteria will be considered: the portion of your contribution, being the first contribution, and contributing as the second revision translator, etc.
How to Claim Your BountyKlaytn Team will be reviewing all submissions and Github after the deadline. We will then select the contributors for each task, and reward them accordingly by sending KLAY via e-mails. The notice for reward distribution will be announced at the end of 2019.
*We will reward more for those who contributed more.
AcknowledgmentFor Task 1, your pull requests of the translation will be applied to our GitHub, and you will be acknowledged as a contributor. For Task 2, the selected contents will be uploaded on the official Klaytn Docs with your name.
Legal StatementKLAYTN BUILD PROGRAM IS NOT BEING OFFERED AND IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES, CHINA OR THEIR AFFILIATED TERRITORIES. IF YOU ARE
(I) U.S. PERSON (AS DEFINED IN RULE 902(K)(1) OF REGULATION S UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1934, AS AMENDED), OR (II) RESIDENT, LOCATED, DOMICILED, INCORPORATED OR ESTABLISHED, OR CONDUCTS BUSINESS IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (EXCLUDING THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGIONS OF HONG KONG AND MACAU, AND THE TERRITORY OF TAIWAN) (“PRC”) (INCLUDING, FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, A PERSON OF DUAL OR MULTIPLE NATIONALITIES WHO HOLDS A PRC PASSPORT), YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM AND WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY REWARDS. KLAYTN WILL STRICTLY ENFORCE THIS RULE VIA OUR KYC PROCEDURES.
The notice for the receiving date will be announced at the end of 2019. In order to claim or receive any of the rewards after the notice, you will be required to provide certain identifying documentation and information. Failure to provide such information or demonstrate compliance with the restrictions herein may result in forfeiture of all rewards, prohibition from participating in future Klaytn programs, and other sanctions.
Your submission of your program (the “Program”) to the Klaytn Build Program will constitute your representation, confirmation, and authorization to Klaytn that the Program may be released under an open source license. LGPL (Lesser General Public License) will be applied to the Program. You are not entitled to claim any infringement of proprietary rights for the Program, such as copyright infringement or license breach, so long as Klaytn or any third party complies with the open source license.
You hereby guarantee and acknowledge that the Program does not infringe any copyright, license, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights of any third party. You will be liable for any damages, including but not limited to damages due to any infringement of a third party’s proprietary rights, incurred in connection with the Program.
More detailed announcements regarding the Klaytn Build Program will be made on Medium and Slack.
Join Klaytn’s community on Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter for more.
Cheers, Team Klaytn
[Klaytn official community] Homepage: http://www.klaytn.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/klaytn_official
[About Klaytn] Klaytn is a service-centric blockchain platform providing intuitive development environment and friendly end-user experience. It is built upon solid reliability and significant stability with substantial service development for mass adoption. The platform allows real world applications of large scale to be produced right away so that our end-users can make full use of services without much expertise in blockchain or cryptocurrency. Klaytn seeks to convey the value and potential of blockchain technology to people.
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|Month 2 (Apr)||121||37||44||n/a||202|
|Month 3 (May)||436||76||57||99||668|
|Month 4 (Jun)||2,646||124||211||194||3,175|
|Month 5 (Jul)||6,793||155||531||421||7,900|
|Month 6 (Aug)||11,456||169||441||590||12,656|
|Month 7 (Sep)||19,113||209||368||1,218||20,908|
|Month 8 (Oct)||27,228||242||370||1,583||29,423|
|Month 9 (Nov)||49,744||405||415||2,929||53,493|
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|Month 1 (Mar)||n/a||1||1||n/a||$23||$1||$22.97||n/a||$0.079|
|Month 2 (Apr)||42||3||2||7.14%||$246||$11||$123.33||20.8%||$0.055|
|Month 3 (May)||113||15||16||13.27%||$490||$27||$30.61||25.9%||$0.062|
|Month 4 (Jun)||408||35||31||8.58%||$871||$41||$28.09||15.4%||$0.016|
|Month 5 (Jul)||1,229||188||160||15.30%||$6,780||$335||$42.37||15.6%||$0.043|
|Month 6 (Aug)||2,945||387||382||13.14%||$13,703||$643||$35.87||23.3%||$0.051|
|Month 7 (Sep)||5,419||757||720||13.97%||$22,365||$1,062||$31.06||28.4%||$0.056|
|Month 8 (Oct)||7,855||964||916||12.27%||$32,008||$1,532||$34.94||28.8%||$0.053|
|Month 9 (Nov)||17,206||2,176||1,985||12.65%||$73,477||$3,618||$37.02||32.2%||$0.068|
|Month 9 (Nov)||$3,618.49||$14.00||$3,632.49|
|Month 9 (Nov)||$3,632.49||$38.00||$3,594.49|
|Rate (per day)||0.48||206.19|
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