Transfers Wolves target Pele wants Premier League move Charles Jones 20:23 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday Championship The Rio Ave midfielder previously saw a transfer to Molineux fail to go through, but he is set to head for a new challenge in the summer Wolves target Pele has expressed his desire to move to the Premier League after confirming he will leave Rio Ave this summer.The midfielder almost signed for the Championship winners two years ago only for an injury to derail the transfer but Wolves may now go ahead with the deal after securing promotion to the Premier League.Pele has received several offers and suggested that a transfer to England this summer is the most likely outcome for his future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now When he was asked if he is leaving Rio Ave, he told A Bola: “Yes, because I have received approaches and proposals from several clubs.“I’m going to analyse the proposals with my family and choose the one that I want the most. I’m going to travel for the week.“Maybe it’s the most likely outcome, but I do not close doors yet.“As a child I wanted to play in the Premier League. Plus, my whole family lives in London and going for it would be the icing on the cake. I only see them in holiday periods. It would be a unique opportunity to be near them.”Pele could be the latest player from Portugal to move to Wolves, who have enjoyed the help of Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes over the past couple of years.
zoomImage Courtesy: Port of Long Beach Marine terminals at the Port of Long Beach handled a total of 3.87 million TEUs during the first three months of 2018, marking its best-ever first quarter.For the three-month period ended March 31, the port’s volumes jumped by 19.1 percent compared to 3.25 million TEUs reported in the first quarter of 2017.Loaded imports were up by 7.3 percent at 267,824 TEUs, while exports surged by 18.3% to 142,419 TEUs. The Port of Long Beach added that its empties increased by 21.9 percent, reaching 165,015 TEUs.The port’s March throughput reached 575,258 TEUs, an increase of 13.8 percent compared to 505,382 TEUs seen in the same month last year.“Our March cargo jumped despite the shipping slowdown during the Lunar New Year holiday in China,” Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, said.“One of the most encouraging signs throughout this surge in cargo last year and this year is the operational efficiency at our marine terminals. We are handling record levels of cargo with no delays,” Cordero added.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation has reported an increase in its revenue during the first half of 2019, while net loss for the same period expanded.The company delivered a net loss of AED 27.8 million (USD 7.5 million) in first half of 2019 compared to loss of AED 14.8 million (USD 4 million) during the same period last year.Revenues however increased to AED 85.7 million (USD 23.3 million) from AED 71.1 million (USD 19.3 million) seen in the first half of 2018, representing a year-on-year rise of 21%.During the first half, one of the company’s petrochemical tankers had an extended dry dock for the mandatory special survey work, which impacted the revenue and led to additional costs in the first half.Gulf Navigation also incurred increased depreciation and finance costs on account of acquisitions in Q4 2018 and amortisation of the special survey drydock that was carried out on its chemical tankers, which impacted the net profit.“We continue to work on the turnaround for GNH. The board has approved refinancing of certain liabilities, which we expect to improve the cash flow situation and clear long outstanding issues. Furthermore, we are preparing for the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations with the installation of scrubbers and completion of special survey this year,” Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, Chairman of the board, said.
Rabat – In an interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show, UpFront, ahead of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi, former United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, criticised all parties involved in the Syrian conflict for not putting “the interest of the Syrian people as their first priority.”“Everybody is to blame,” Brahimi told UpFront host Mehdi Hasan, referring to both the Muslim-majority world and the West.He said that, as envoy, he had discovered “there were no good guys in the Syrian tragedy” and placed “a lot of blame on the outside forces, the governments, and others who were supporting one side or the other.” Referring to recent news reports that Western governments ignored a Russian offer in 2012 to force Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step aside, Brahimi conceded that it may have been a missed opportunity and agreed that the conflict “could have been solved in 2012… There was a possibility if everyone really had a… better understanding of what was happening in Syria.”Brahimi argued that at the time Russia had “a much more realistic analysis of the situation than practically everybody else” on Syria. “Everyone should have listened to the Russians a little bit more than they did.”Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister who served as UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria between August 2012 and May 2014, said Syria “is probably not a failed state, but certainly not a functioning state.”On the future role of Syria’s president, the former UN special envoy said that Assad would be part of the solution “but being part of the solution does not mean he’s going to govern for another 40 years.”Brahimi also said Assad must accept his responsibility for the bloodshed in Syria. “The number one man must bear the number one responsibility for what has happened.”
Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga and Sri Lankan Interior Minister Seneviratne Bandara Nawinne have signed a bilateral immigration treaty in Colombo.It will cover, among other things, the repatriation of Sri Lankans who have to leave Switzerland, swissinfo reported. “What we are codifying with this immigration agreement are the formalities on how the repatriations are carried out,” she said on Tuesday. Sommaruga, who is on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, said the agreement would basically enshrine the current practice. Around 50,000 people from Sri Lanka live in Switzerland, mostly Tamils, who fled the island’s 30-year civil war that ended in 2009. Sri Lanka would like them to return, but certain Swiss NGOs are alarmed by the prospect, fearing people who return could be abducted, arrested or tortured.Sommaruga rejected criticism that Switzerland was sending people to be tortured. “As before, with this immigration treaty every person will be checked – whether they are in need of help, whether they are granted asylum and whether repatriation is possible and reasonable. Nothing has changed there,” she said.In July, Swiss authorities announced they would apply more stringent criteria for granting Sri Lankan nationals refugee status. They believe that the situation on the ground has improved since the end of the civil war.At the end of May 2016, 1,316 asylum applications from Sri Lankan nationals were pending at the Secretariat for Migration. In total, over 5,000 Sri Lankans have been taken in by Switzerland, of whom 3,674 have been given refugee status. A total of 1,613 have been admitted provisionally and potentially face the threat of expulsion. (Colombo Gazette)
Cabinet approved the proposal presented by Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera to discuss and sign an agreement on the financing of the project. The loan agreement was to be signed by end of 2018 but it was put off as a result of the political crisis.JICA was expected to complete detail design of the project this year and civil work was to commence in 2020. Commercial operations were expected to start by 2025. (Colombo Gazette) The cabinet has approved a proposal to discuss and sign the financing agreement for the Colombo Light Rail project.Under the project a 17 km long light rail transit system will be constructed between Colombo and Malabe. The project will be constructed at a cost of 246,641 million Japanese Yen with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) providing a loan of 200,415 Japanese yen.
Decreasing river flows, rising saltiness of estuaries, loss of fish and aquatic plant species and reductions in coastal sediments are likely to intensify farmland losses, food insecurity and damage to fisheries, increasing malnutrition and disease around the world by 2020, according to a new United Nations report released today. Climate change is viewed as the overarching issue in the report – Challenges to International Waters: Regional Assessments in a Global Perspective – with specific concerns for fisheries and marine organisms. It considers climate variability the key controlling factor in fishing yields for about half of the world’s large marine ecosystems. “There are many important messages emerging from this pioneering study,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. “One that rings loud and clear is the economic one – that our collective failure to value the goods and services provided by international waters, and to narrowly price the benefits in terms of the few rather than the many, is impoverishing us all.”Key findings of UNEP’s Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) project, funded by the independent Global Environment Facility (GEF) and national governments, especially Nordic ones, include: Agriculture ranks highest as the key concern on the freshwater front with increased global demand for agricultural products and a trend towards more water-intensive food such as meat rather than vegetables and fruits rather than cereals. Irrigated agriculture accounts for 70 per cent of withdrawals with only 30 per cent returned to the environment – compared with industry and households which return up to 90 per cent.Knowledge gaps, especially with regard to aquifers, are an increasingly significant hindrance for effective water management, with many developing countries operating in the dark on the size of water resource and precise patterns of supply and demand.Market failures are important contributors to damage in both freshwaters and coastal zones, with most production inputs “under-priced compared with their full social and environmental costs,” including under-pricing of water, subsidies for pesticides and fishing and incentives for infrastructure, like dams and water transfer schemes.International waters are damaged by over-fishing and destructive fishing methods, such as excessive catches fuelled by $20 billion a year fishing subsidies, lax enforcement of fishing laws and practices like blast fishing on coral reefs. A $1-dollar investment in blast fishing can generate an immediate 200-fold return for local fishermen but leaves a devastated reef that takes 50 years to recover.Ecosystem service payments are one way of better valuing goods and services from natural features like coral reefs and wetlands. For example, wetlands in Mexico would be less vulnerable if landowners were paid for waste water treatment provided by these natural pollution filters.Climate change may have important impacts on fishing yields for about half of the world’s large marine ecosystems, including the East and West Greenland shelves, the Benguela Current off Southwest Africa, the Canary Current off Northwest Africa and the Humboldt Current off the west coast of South America.Dams, river diversions, water transfers, and other structures designed to supply water and energy have important knock-on effects, obstructing migration routes and reducing spawning habitats. The dams on the Volga River have reduced the spawning habitat of Caspian sturgeon, more than 90 per cent of water in Namibia’s Eastern National Water Carrier canal is lost through evaporation, and ecosystems in the Aral and Dead seas and the Volta River Basin and Lake Chad in Africa have been destroyed.
Quebec electric vehicle law sparks concern within automotive industry by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 12:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Chevrolet Volt electric car is seen during media day at the Montreal International Auto Show Thursday, January 19, 2017 in Montreal. Automakers are expressing concern that it will be difficult to comply with a new law in Quebec that requires them to sell a minimum number of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson MONTREAL – Automakers are expressing concern that it will be difficult to comply with a new law in Quebec that requires them to sell a minimum number of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.Starting with the 2018 model year, 3.5 per cent of all auto sales in the province will have to be from those types of vehicles. That threshold will rise to 15.5 per cent for 2025 models. Quebec is the only province that has such legislation.Companies that don’t meet that threshold will have to buy credits from other automakers that do. It’s unclear what penalties automakers would face if they violate the law, as regulations that would define that have not been released.“It’s very aggressive,” David Adams, president of the Global Automakers of Canada, said last week at the Montreal Auto Show.“It’s going to be a real challenge to see how we’re going to find a path to get there.”The legislation, which was passed last October, should be delayed, Adams said, adding that the auto industry should be recognized for its efforts to cut emissions through the development of hybrid vehicles as well as fuel efficiency improvements with its non-electric fleet.Adams said some carmakers may simply reduce the supply of non-electric vehicles on their lots in order to abide by the law, a move that could hurt sales.Quebec’s environment minister didn’t respond to requests for comment about the industry’s concerns. Officials instead pointed to the Environment Department’s website, which says the goal behind the law is to increase consumer choice.While sales of electric vehicles have grown, they still account for less than one per cent of overall new auto sales in Quebec. Across Canada, they make up 0.5 per cent of all auto sales.“I don’t think that it’s realistic to impose that kind of mandate on consumers who ultimately are going to decide what they want to purchase based on their own needs,” said Michael Hatch, chief economist of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.Automakers have made strides in introducing news lines of electric vehicles. Chevy is adding the electric Bolt to its plug-in hybrid Volt, the country’s bestselling electric vehicle. The Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid, which is assembled in Windsor, Ont., is making its debut this year and Ford is planning to introduce 13 additional electric vehicle models by 2020.BMW and other luxury brands are also introducing new electric models, including the upcoming Mini Countryman plug-in.George Saratlic, a spokesman for General Motors, said there is no “silver bullet” that would increase sales of low- or no-emission vehicles as consumer demand is driven by factors such as technology, price and the availability of charging stations.“If you look at places like Ontario and B.C., electric vehicle adoption is growing there as well as sales and its doesn’t need legislation,” he said.Ontario offers up to $14,000 in rebates for electric vehicle purchases, the most in the country. Quebec offers rebates of up to $8,000 and B.C. provides rebates of up to $5,000.Not all auto manufacturers have reservations about Quebec’s law.Nissan Canada president Joni Paiva rejected calls for changes to the legislation, saying it forces car companies to “walk the talk.”The full-electric Leaf accounted for 2.4 per cent of Nissan’s sales in Quebec last year, Paiva said. The automaker is also expected to build credits from sales of 2014 to 2017 model years to help meet the government thresholds, which the law allows for.Mazda does not yet sell a vehicle that meets the law’s requirements, but the automaker is planning to launch an electric vehicle in 2019, said spokeswoman Sandra Lemaitre.The company has been paying credits in California, which has a law similar to Quebec’s, and expects to have to do the same initially in Quebec, Lemaitre said.“It will be challenging for us to get caught up but we will get there,” she said.
The fire department says on facebook that the public should remain vigilant and aware of this quote dangerous situation.Officials say anyone with any information about the fires or arsonist is asked to call Daviess County Sheriff’s Department or the arson hotline. Daviess County, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Masonville Fire Department said it’s investigating a string of fires as an act of arson and is offering a reward for details about who’s doing it.Firefighters say a $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information about two fires in three days that Officials say have been intentionally set in the back of homes on Highway 764.- Advertisement –
Le pessimisme freinerait certains traitements médicauxLes docteurs l’ont remarqué, l’efficacité d’un traitement diffère selon les patients. Une étude menée par des chercheurs britanniques et allemands vient de révéler un éventuel lien entre le pessimisme et l’impuissance de certaines thérapies. Le docteur Randy Gollub est neurologue au Massachusetts General Hospital. Au vu de nombreux traitements inefficaces sur plusieurs personnes, il plaide pour que les médecins adoptent envers leurs patients une attitude plus optimiste. L’objectif : persuader les sujets qu’ils répondront de façon positive au traitement. La suggestion du docteur Gollub est pertinente si l’on en croit les résultats de la nouvelle étude menée sur le lien entre pessimisme et efficacité d’une thérapie.Au cours de leur recherche, les scientifiques ont fait subir à 22 volontaires des rayons provoquant une sensation de brûlure avant d’administrer un analgésique dérivé de la morphine. Les volontaires ont confié qu’après chaque administration, la douleur était moins forte, prouvant l’efficacité du traitement.Dans une seconde étape, les chercheurs ont fait subir aux sujets les rayons sans administration de l’analgésique. Toutefois, ceux-ci ont été informés qu’ils recevaient le traitement. Lors de cette expérience ils affirment que leur douleur a diminué. Cette déclaration laisse penser qu’ils s’attendaient à une amélioration ce qui a multiplié les bénéfices du traitement.À lire aussiMucoviscidose : espérance de vie, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-t-il ?Enfin, les chercheurs ont administré l’analgésique tout en faisant croire aux sujets que le traitement allait cesser et qu’ils allaient probablement ressentir les douleurs. Les résultats montrent que l’angoisse des sujets a augmenté le niveau de souffrance jusqu’à retrouver celui enregistré avant tout traitement. Bien que de faible ampleur, les résultats de cette étude peuvent s’appliquer à toutes sortes de thérapies, notamment aux maladies chroniques de patients dont les traitements ne fonctionnent pas toujours.Le 4 mars 2011 à 17:20 • Emmanuel Perrin
Twitter : l’oiseau bleu chante à nouveau !Après Gtalk indisponible pendant trois heures (12h40 – 15h40), Twitter, ainsi que d’autres services internet ont connu un blackout temporaire. Aujourd’hui, le problème semble dissipé, et le site de micro blogging donne quelques explications.Hier, en fin de journée, Twitter a connu un blackout ayant duré 40 minutes au niveau mondial. À ce moment-là, un billet avait été déposé par l’équipe du site de micro blogging, précisant que “les utilisateurs peuvent expérimenter des difficultés en accédant au service. Nos ingénieurs travaillent actuellement à la résolution du problème”.Il aura fallu deux heures aux techniciens du site pour le rendre fonctionnel à nouveau. Sur son blog officiel, Twitter, par un billet signé de la main de Mazen Rawashdeh, le vice-président ingénierie du site, a présenté ses excuses aux utilisateurs.L’homme a, par ailleurs, expliqué que la source du problème provenait d’une panne simultanée survenue sur deux de ses data centers.Afin de rassurer les internautes, Mazen Rawashdeh a promis d’investir “dans nos systèmes de façon agressive pour éviter cette situation à l’avenir”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une promesse que les responsables du site de l’oiseau bleu auraient intérêt à tenir, vu les doléances écrites par les utilisateurs, hier, pendant la panne, sur les murs des pages Facebook dédiés. Il s’agissait de la seconde grosse panne expérimentée par Twitter depuis le début de l’année. La première avait alors paralysé le site puis posé des problèmes sur les outils de blogging à la fin du mois de juin dernier.Le 27 juillet 2012 à 09:56 • Maxime Lambert
Jurors convicted a Vancouver man Thursday afternoon of being an accomplice in an alleged robbery and shooting at a local apartment complex.After deliberating for an hour, the panel rendered guilty verdicts for first-degree assault and first-degree robbery against Andrew A. Wright, 38, in connection with an incident at the Red Haven Apartments, 1304 N.E. 88th St., the night of Jan. 21, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey.Wright was among three men accused of confronting the victim about money they claimed he owed one of them for methamphetamine.Wright’s co-defendant, Nathan Gadberry, was acquitted May 12 by a different jury of the same charges. Both men were charged as accomplices to defendant Armando Castillo-Munoz, who has a trial date of June 20.Sentencing is set for Monday. Based on his extensive criminal history, Wright faces between 20 and 26 1/2 years in prison, Harvey said.The four-day trial took place in Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson’s courtroom.Through his defense attorney, Suzan Clark, Wright had contended a similar defense as Gadberry’s: Wright didn’t deny going to the apartment, but he said he wasn’t part of the robbery.But Harvey presented a taped jail conversation to jurors in which Wright is heard asking his brother to get rid of a stolen ring.Prosecutors say the 34-year-old victim told investigators that he had received 12 grams of methamphetamine from Wright in November, worth $300, which he hadn’t yet paid for.
Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Net revenue grew 19.1% to 204.29 crore, pushing profit for the period up from 45.25 crore in 1Q18 to 56.72 crore.Delta Corp operates three offshore casinos and a hotel-casino in Goa, Casino Deltin Denzong in Sikkim and The Delton integrated resort in Daman.Union Gaming’s Grant Govertsen noted that Delta Corp continues to present a strong growth story, buoyed by the launch of a traditional cruise line and the impending move of its casino ships in Goa to land.“Beyond strong tourism growth to Goa (management noted footfalls up 40% year-on-year in March), the gaming operations segment will see incremental revenue commencing later this month with the launch of a traditional cruise line (Delta is a 25% shareholder) on which Delta will manage the casino and capture virtually all of the economics,” he said. “This is likely to grow to management of up to four cruise ships over the next two years.” Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Indian gaming operator Delta Corp saw its income grow 18.7% year-on-year to 213.53 crore (US$32.4 million) in the three months to 31 March 2019, led by a 21.1% increase in casino income to 198.13 crore.The results represented a slight sequential decline on 4Q18 results but were up across the board when compared with the same period last year, including an 11.0% rise in income from online operations to 37.22 crore (US$5.6 million) and a 7.9% increase from hospitality and other operations to 23.61 crore (US$3.5 million). Load More
12:08 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now • Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See All Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Security Cameras Security CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) CNET Smart Home Google bought Nest for $3 billion in 2014. The startup, which largely brought smart home devices into the mainstream with its web-connected thermostat, was co-founded by former Apple hardware czar Tony Fadell. After Google restructured itself under its parent company, Alphabet, a year later, Nest became a semi-independent division within the conglomerate. But Nest rejoined Google last year as the search company was making a bigger push in smart home products. Aside from its Nest devices, Google also makes the Home smart speaker, Home Hub smart display and Google WiFi mesh router. Google has been slammed for its location data-tracking practices, along with allowing third-party developers to read people’s emails on Gmail. Last September, Google’s chief privacy officer, Keith Enright, told the Senate Commerce Committee that the company has made mistakes on privacy issues. The hidden microphone is Google’s latest error in privacy. CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report.Correction: This story originally misstated the location of the microphone. It’s on Nest Secure’s home security hub. Originally published at 7:15 a.m. PT.Updated at 7:34 a.m. PT: Adds details on privacy issues and Google; 8:43 a.m. PT: Adds details about Nest Secure; and 10:46 a.m. PT: Adds more background. All the big Google news from CES 2019 Comments 14 reading • Google calls Nest’s hidden microphone an ‘error’ Tags Nest Secure’s hub had a microphone hidden inside. Tyler Lizenby / CNET Google’s Nest Secure hub, the Nest Guard, had a microphone, but you wouldn’t have known that from the specs or the company itself. That became apparent after Feb. 4, when Google announced that its voice assistant would be coming to Nest Secure. The microphone has never been listed on Nest Secure’s technical specifications, and was not publicized from Google. In a statement first reported by Business Insider, Google said the omission was a mistake. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part. The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option,” a Google spokesperson said in an email to CNET. The spokesperson added that Nest Secure had the microphone for future features like detecting the sound of glass breaking. Nest Secure is Nest’s $399 home security system. Like the Ring Alarm Security Kit, Abode and SimpliSafe, Nest Secure is a user-installable home security system that includes a hub and a handful of sensor accessories. Nest announced in February that the Guard hub has built-in Google Assistant voice capabilities, but the company didn’t previously disclose that the Guard hub had an integrated microphone. The omission will strike some people as a privacy concern, given that the microphone has been on Nest’s home security hub since 2017. Google has also been in hot water over privacy issues, for instance facing a $57 million fine in Europe for violating the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Nest has suffered other privacy controversies recently. Last month, a hacker infiltrated the Nest Cam security camera of a San Francisco Bay Area family by using a password obtained from a third-party breach. The hacker convinced the family that the US was under nuclear attack from North Korea. In December, another hacker took over the camera of a man in Arizona to warn him of security vulnerabilities. In another case that month, a hacker told a couple through the device that he’d kidnap their child.While Nest’s systems weren’t breached in any of those incidents, they raised concerns for consumers. Last month, Nest’s general manager Rishi Chandra sent an email to customers reminding them of good cybersecurity habits. Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house
Some parents at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast D.C. are outraged over a bed bug and rodent problem at their children’s school. The school closed on Feb. 6 and 7, with students being relocated indefinitely. With the infestation considered “persistent” by District of Columbia Public Schools, parents worry the temporary move may become permanent.The cancellation of classes at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast D.C. was extended due to persistent rodent and bed bug infestation. (Photo by LaTrina Antoine)The first notification of rodent infestation in the Anacostia school came as students returned from holiday break on Jan. 16. Savoy administrators released a statement that read in part: “Currently Savoy is on an action plan with D. C. Department of General Services’ (DGS) pest control division and pest control technicians have been providing services and monitoring three days a week. A mass trapping was conducted over the winter holiday. The pest control company has performed an extensive assessment of the school and identified areas of concentration that need to be cleaned up as well as entry points in the building structure that need to be plugged. DGS is also working with DOH Rodent Control at Savoy this week.”But for Dorothea Gipson, whose serves as primary caregiver to three grandchildren attending Savoy, the notice raised concerns, rather than offering clarity. “When you send a notice saying that a ‘mass trapping’ has taken place, it says that the problem is already out of control. Rats carry diseases and if the school needs services on hand three times a week, there needs to be a different protocol for keeping our kids from being exposed to vermin,” Gipson told the AFRO. “I am terrified of rats and I don’t feel the environment is safe, so I am working to get the children homeschooled.”Gipson is concerned that the original notice said unequivocally that bed bugs were not an issue on the campus, aside from two separate incidents where a student and an adult brought them in. The notice Gipson showed the AFRO stated the bed bug “concerns had been immediately addressed,” yet by Feb. 3, both the rodent and bed bug problems required immediate action.Aaron Doughty, another Savoy Elementary parent, said his 9-and 10-year-old daughters, both had bite marks on them when the bed bug problem originally broke out in December, he said. “They won’t be back because they have several bites on them and I’m very concerned about the situation,” he said. “I will not be sending them to school,” Doughty told Fox5 News. “I made a few calls and once I hear something back about them properly taking care of the situation, then I will consider sending them back, but I have to protect them.”Authorities estimate a period of several weeks to clean the school and replace all soft items – such as rugs, cots, blankets, and pillows. Some students were taken by bus to nearby Ferebee Elementary School, with meal programs being administered at Barry Farms Recreation Center through Feb. 7.“Weeks went by and I figured with construction everywhere in the city, there may be an occasional problem with mice in a school, but nothing like this,” Quanshee Vance, an Anacostia resident who lives near Savoy, told the AFRO. “When you get to a point where the kids and the employees are subject to rats and bed bugs, it suggests there is a lack of sanitation. No one should be subjected to those types of conditions in a learning or work environment.”
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers working at the Doñana Biological Station in Spain has found that Egyptian vultures living in the Canary Islands dip their head, neck and chest in red soil to color themselves. In their paper published in in the journal Ecology, Thijs van Overveld, Manuel de la Riva and José Antonio Donázar describe their observations, a small experiment they conducted, and offer some opinions regarding the reason for the unique behavior of the birds. Scientists have been studying plants and animals living in the Canary Islands for some time, one species that has been studied extensively is the Egyptian vulture—most that live on the islands have been banded to aid in tracking and telling them apart. As part of the study of the vultures, it has been noted that most if not all of them sport artificially induced reddish coloring of their feathers for periods of time, though until now, the behavior that leads to such coloring has not been studied. In this new effort, the researchers watched and filmed the birds and also conducted a small experiment to learn more about the source of the coloring and why it occurs.In watching the birds, both live and on tape, the researchers found that the source was red soil in water. The birds would slide their heads around in the red mud, then their necks and even their chests. That left the normally white feathers tinted red. The researchers found birds of nearly all ages and both genders engaged in the coloring ritual but found no behavior that might explain why they do it. To learn more about whether it was mud bathing or simply mushing about in a bath of sorts, the researchers placed bowls of water near one another in a spot frequented by the birds. One of the bowls was filled with fresh clean and clear water while the other had been tinted with red soil. They report that 18 of 91 birds that visited the bowls preferred the one with tinted water while just one went for the clean bath.The researchers suggest it is possible that the soil serves a hygienic or functional purpose, such as keeping bacteria or bugs at bay, but clearly believe it is more likely a means of communication, noting that the vultures are very social creatures. Citation: Egyptian vultures found to engage in puzzling cosmetic mud bathing rituals (2017, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-egyptian-vultures-engage-puzzling-cosmetic.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Thijs van Overveld et al. Cosmetic coloration in Egyptian vultures: Mud bathing as a tool for social communication?, Ecology (2017). DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1840via Newscientist © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Ecology Plumage color variation of Egyptian vultures on Fuerteventura. (a) A typical white bird (5-yr-old unpaired female, photo taken on 20 September 2016) (b) A bird with a very red plumage caused by extensive mud bathing (14-yr-old breeding male, photo taken on 31 May 2014). This type of plumage variation may occur in both sexes and during all parts of the year. Note that most birds only paint their head, neck and chest feathers. Credit: Ecology (2017). DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1840 Humans helped vultures colonize the Canary Islands
Kolkata: In a bid to ensure better connectivity for Gajoldoba Tourist Hub, the state government has taken up a major step to construct a bridge that will directly connect the place with Siliguri. Moreover, with construction of the bridge, a direct connection with National Highway 31 from Siliguri, will also come into existence.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during her visit to North Bengal in early 2018, had directed the concerned authorities to take necessary steps for development of infrastructure, to ensure that Gajoldoba comes up as another major tourist hub in the region. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTo ensure an overall development of the region and specially to turn Gajoldoba into an international standard tourism spot, the state government is leaving no stones unturned.According to a senior official of the state PWD, there is a barrage at Gajoldoba and at present, one has to take the road on the barrage, to reach the tourist spot. But the necessity of direct road connectivity was felt for development of the place as a famous tourist spot and it prompted the state government to take the step of constructing the bridge. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere is a canal that runs from the barrage to the Teesta river. The bridge will be constructed across the canal. Though the bridge will not be too long in length, it will be quite crucial in terms of establishing a connection between the two districts of Siliguri and Jalpaiguri, as the canal runs between the two in that stretch.Besides constructing the bridge, a road of around 7 kilometre length will also be constructed from the bridge in the Jalpaiguri side up to Otlabari, where it will connect with National Highway 31. So, vehicles from Siliguri will get an alternate and much shorter route for reaching the national highway, with construction of the bridge and the road.It may be mentioned that a project has been taken up to construct around 30 cottages at Gajoldoba for tourists. The construction of the cottages has started and work is going on in full swing to complete the same. Some of the cottages are already complete. There are also plans to develop an orchid hub, golf course and a helipad in the area as well.
Kolkata: The Union Food Processing department will float the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the non-banking financial company (NBFC) exclusively catering to financial needs of the food processing sector by this month and expects to make it operational by the end of this year.”The RFP will be floated by this month and it would possibly be operational by the end of this year. It will entail an investment to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore and is likely to be named Agro-Processing Financial Institution,” Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Friday on the sidelines of an interactive session by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Kaur informed that she had a meeting with the Finance ministry on Thursday for some clarification on expenditure. “There is a lot of interest from the private sector not only nationally but also globally to invest in this venture. We are looking at an investment of Rs 2,000 crore. We are putting a seed money of about 20 percent,” she said. The decision of setting up such a financial institution exclusively catering to the food processing sector has resulted amidst allegations from the business community in this sector about the bank’s hesitation in extending financial support. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The growth potential is huge but banks have refused to finance the way we would have wanted them to as they do not fully understand the risk assessment,” she said. Kaur also maintained that Bengal, with six agro-climatic zones, huge coastline and abundance of raw materials, has a huge potential in food processing industries. She also urged the Farmer Producer’s Organisations (FPOs) of Bengal to come forward and take advantage of such government schemes. She felt that ‘Operation Greens’ will be hugely beneficial for the state, especially for the farmers producing perishable commodities like tomatoes, onions and potatoes. The Central government has roped in Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) for helping the small farmers on availing the central subsidies and allied benefits in this sector. Shashwat Goenka, president, ICC, in his welcome address said he felt that government policy support, with schemes like ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana’, improved production strategies, increased public investment in infrastructure and R&D activities have significantly increased India’s food production and availability of marketable surplus.
Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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