Protecting nature also fights climate change says federal environment minister

first_imgFederal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says there’s more than one way to fight climate change.Speaking ahead of an international conservation conference, McKenna says protecting natural areas can go a long way toward mitigating the impact of global warming.She says intact ecosystems lock carbon away from the atmosphere and protect communities from disasters such as flooding.McKenna says the amount of Canadian land and water now under protection has doubled.She says Canada remains on track to meet its goals to conserve 17 per cent of its land mass and 10 per cent of its seas by 2020.She says co-operation with Indigenous groups will be crucial to meeting those targets.The Canadian Presslast_img

NonProfit Sponsors New Movie To Raise Awareness Of Frontotemporal Dementia

first_imgThe 3in4 Association has been announced as an official sponsor of the motion picture “It Snows All The Time.”Golden Globe Winning Actress Lesley Ann Warren and Actor Brett CullenThe film is based on Ed Hover, a former manager of the biolab storeroom at the University of Nebraska, who was diagnosed at age 58 with Frontotemporal Dementia, a disease similar to Alzheimer’s. Though Ed’s disease is rare, it is very similar to Alzheimer’s, which affects 5 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, according to production is currently underway in Omaha and features stars Erich Hover (“Moneyball”), Brett Cullen (“42,” “The Dark Knight”), Oscar nominee Lesley Ann Warren, Jay Giannone (“Gone Baby Gone”) and Taryn Manning (Orange Is The New Black, “Hustle & Flow”). Hip-hop artist Slaine (“The Town”), Grammy nominee Clinton Sparks and Sterling Knight (“Sony With a Chance”) are also part of the cast.The movie will wrap this month and aims to raise awareness on an epidemic that is progressive, fatal and has no cure. 10 percent of the movie’s profits will be donated to Dementia/Alzheimer’s research. This is a movie about a family sticking together through a difficult situation, showing the bonds between a father and his children and the love between a husband and wife.“The 3in4 Association is very proud to be a sponsor of this production,” stated Jonas Roeser, Founder and President. 3in4’s mission is educate Americans about products, services and entitlement programs that offer support during a long-term care event. “Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Frontotemporal Dementia can drain a family’s finances, but with proper planning, much of the financial risk could be covered in the form of an insurance policy. The key to planning is to plan early while you are still healthy. Your money does not buy this kind of protection; your health does.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UN aid agencies call for end to Israels twoyear blockade of Gaza

17 June 2009A group of nearly 40 United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today called for an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has now been in force for two years and has left the population of 1.5 million almost totally dependent on international aid. “We call for free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards,” they said in a joint statement issued in Jerusalem to mark the second anniversary of the blockade.While the “indiscriminate” sanctions are affecting the entire population of Gaza, they said, women, children and the elderly are the first victims. The group called for a return to normalized trade, stating that the “suffocation” of Gaza’s economy has led to unprecedented unemployment and poverty rates and almost total aid dependency.“While Gazans are being kept alive through humanitarian aid, ordinary civilians have lost all quality of life as they fight to survive,” they said.In addition, “the consequences of Israel’s recent military operation remain widespread as early recovery materials have been prevented from entering Gaza. Thousands of people are living with holes in their walls, broken windows and no running water,” stated the group.Last week the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the entry of essential goods and services, including materials for reconstruction, spare parts for water and sanitation projects, as well as industrial and agricultural materials remain either restricted or banned outright.Maxwell Gaylard, the top UN humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory, reported in May that the fighting from December 2008 to January 2009 had destroyed some 4,000 homes and damaged another 40,000. While donors have pledged billions of dollars for Gaza’s reconstruction, work cannot begin because of the blockade.The group warned that the ongoing blockade is creating “an atmosphere of deprivation in Gaza that can only deepen the sense of hopelessness and despair among people,” and stated that allowing human development and prosperity to take hold is an essential first step towards the establishment of lasting peace.Among those adding their voice to the statement issued today is the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the NGOs Oxfam International and CARE. read more

The Latest Taylor Law score 21 each in Northwesterns win

FULLERTON, Calif. — The Latest on the Wooden Legacy tournament (all times local):4 p.m.Senior guard Ryan Taylor and senior forward Vic Law each scored 21 points Friday as Northwestern rebounded from their first loss of the season with an easy 91-74 victory over La Salle in the consolation bracket of the Wooden Legacy Tournament at Cal State Fullerton on Friday.Junior centre A.J. Turner added 20 points as the Wildcats (4-1) moved into the fifth-place game against either Grand Canyon or Utah. La Salle will face the loser of the Grand Canyon-Utah matchup.Senior guard Pookie Powell had 23 points for La Salle (0-6), one game after his streak of 10-consecutive double-digit games ended. Sophomore centre Miles Brookins added 12 points for the Explorers, while freshman forward Jared Kimbrough had 10.After giving up a season-high 78 points in a loss to Fresno State on Thursday, the Wildcats gave up another 74. Northwestern had held each of its first three opponents to 54 points or less.Northwestern cruised to the victory, taking a 25-10 lead nine minutes into the game and leading 45-26 at halftime.____1:15 p.m.Senior guard Zach Johnson scored 24 points, including a follow-up dunk with 0.2 seconds remaining, as Miami pulled out a 78-76 victory over Fresno State on Friday in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy Tournament at Cal State Fullerton.Sophomore guard Chris Lykes added 17 points and junior guard Dejan Vasiljevic added 12 as the Hurricanes (5-0) broke a 76-76 tie when Johnson rebounded a Lykes miss and slammed home the winning basket all in one motion.Lykes and Vasiljevic have scored in double figures in every game for Miami this season.Senior guard Braxton Huggins scored 28 points for Fresno State (2-2), while senior guard Deshon Taylor added 25. Huggins’ 20 first-half points were tied for second-most in a half in the tournament’s history.Fresno State lost despite a 43-29 rebounding advantage.Miami advanced to Sunday’s Wooden Legacy Tournament championship game where it will face wither Seton Hall or Hawaii.The Associated Press read more

Well never call the police Shoplifting seagull terrorises Greggs bakery

first_imgUk councils planning to cure a seagull problem on UK beaches….. Bird Bouncers, Steven Seagull— (@no1confused) February 7, 2017 seagull  Aggressive seagulls have caused chaos in British seaside towns, with one MP warning of ‘seagull wars’ ahead of breeding season.Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan for Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland has also warned of vigilante seagull hunters wandering the streets of her constituency. “We are plagued with the seagull problem, to the point that last summer someone took it upon themselves to institute their own cull …” she said. “Which means there are people wandering the streets of Berwick with firearms who really shouldn’t be doing so.” Last year, a student captured the moment she was photobombed by a gull that stole her ice cream.While a bald man has revealed how he was attacked by a giant eagle owl ‘who mistook his head for an egg’. A seagull watches as people eat takeaway food on the seafront at St IvesCredit:Getty  seagull  Ashleigh Walton, 24, said of the seagull’s reign of terror : “Steven has no fear. We have to keep a constant eye out for him.“He must be our most loyal regular – he’s here all day, every day.” A shoplifting seagull with a liking for baked treats has been terrorising a Greggs bakery in Scotland, but staff have vowed they will “never call the police on him”.The brazen bird, who has been dubbed Steven Seagull, swoops down on the Arbroath bakery up to ten times a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Steven even appeared unperturbed after being caught on camera nonchalantly walking out of the Greggs store with a packet of stolen salt and vinegar crisps.“We’ll never call police on him,” Lyndsay Cowan, 26, told the Scottish Sun of the seagull named after American actor Steven Seagal.“He loves crisps but he’ll take what he can – he flew off with a pack of six rolls. We try to stop him but he’s usually too quick.” A seagull passes a view of the Houses of Parliament in LondonCredit:Reuters  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

VELUX EHF CL Round 3 Kielce walkover Gorenje – Juanin Garcia save

Dinamo Minsk handballF.C Barcelona handballPlolish KielceVelux EHF Champions League In Polish Kielce wasn’t so interesting match between Vive Targi and Slovenian champion, Gorenje 30:24 in the VELUX EHF CL Round 3. Slovenians aren’t capable to make something more except solid resistance to a better home-team. Over 4000 domestic spectators has got a nice handball evening from their players among which Jurecki was the topscorer with 8 goals.Vive: Szmal Buchcic – Buntić 3, Grabarczyk, Olafsson 1, Jurecki 8, Rosiński 3, Jachlewski 2, Zorman, Stojković 3 (2), Musa 3, Lijewski 1, Strlek 3, Cupić 3 (1).Gorenje: Gajić, Taletović – Melić 9 (5), Medved 3, Bezjak 4, Pucelj, Rutar, Cehte 4, Miklavcić 1, Gaber 1, Golcar, Dobelsek, Gams, Bajram 1, Nosan, Dujmović 1.F.C Barcelona was on the edge of disaster, but Juanin Garcia scored winning goal ten seconds before the final whistle against brave Belarus champion, Dinamo Minsk 25:24 (12:13). Believe or not, but Belarus team was in lead 20:14 in 47th minute. Barca made fantastic effort in the last ten minutes and on the end Spanish team turned the clash and took points.25-FC Barcelona Intersport (12+13): Saric; Víctor Tomás (3), Gurbindo (1), Noddesbo (2), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Rutenka (3, 2p.), Juanín (2) -siete inicial-, Sarmiento (4), Rocas (-), Montoro (1), Jernemyr (-), Sorhaindo (3), Stranovsky (2), Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (2) y Morros (1). Sterbik (p.s.)24-Dinamo Minsk (13+11): Bogdanov; D. Rutenka (1), Ostroushko (5), Nikulenkau (4), Shevelev (-), Atman (3), Skopintsev (1) -equipo inicial-, Shevalevich (3), Onufryenko (3), Hapal (-), Babichev (2), Doroshchuk (-), Chepulis (-) Stetsyura (2) y Mijatovic (p.s.)Russian vice-champion Sankt Petersburg has also a reason for good mood – first win over French Chambery 31:27 (19:12). ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL (Round 3): First victories for Partizan and Celje PL! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL start: Budućnost, Gyori and Larvik began the race! read more

iOS 51 beta brings Photostream deleting iPhone 10 jab

first_imgFor several weeks, all has been quiet on the iOS 5 front. Apple released iOS 5, people had battery problems, Apple released iOS 5.0.1, some people still had battery problems, then nothing. Today though Apple gave developers a second beta of iOS 5.1. The biggest change is the new ability to delete pictures from Photostream.Although Apple was quick to drop iOS 5.0.1, it wasn’t quite the instant battery life fix that the company had hoped it would be. Apple now appears to be taking its time, making sure to offer as complete a solution it can with the next update.In the meantime, the ability to delete Photostream images gives users something else to look forward to. Up to this point, the iCloud photo syncing service forces you to keep all uploaded images for 30 days. The only way to delete individual photos is to completely turn off the service and start from scratch.The new Photostream will let you delete a cloud photo; it will then be deleted from all of your iCloud devices. The only exception will be photos taken on pre-iOS 5.1 firmware: you can still delete these, but you’ll have to manually remove them from each device.One iOS 5.1 change is a direct jab from Apple to tech blogs. With every Apple release, someone inevitably pores through code, seeking references to future iOS devices. The last beta had entries that suggested an iPhone 5 and iPad 3. With this update, Apple has deliberately screwed with us by listing devices like the iPhone 8 and Apple TV 10. It’s a zinger, but it also serves a practical purpose: any future plist references to future iDevices will be second-guessed.There is no projected ETA for iOS 5.1, but we don’t expect the public release for at least a couple more weeks: Apple is taking its time with this one.via BGR, Macrumorslast_img read more

Mozilla Persona single signin enters public beta

first_imgFound yourself wishing there was an easy-to-use single sign-in service that wasn’t tied to something like your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account? Mozilla does, too, and that’s why the Foundation has just offered up Persona to beta testers who want to try out a more privacy-minded alternative.Persona began life as BrowserID back in the summer of 2011, and the name change was unveiled earlier this year when a developer preview opened up. It’s not a Firefox exclusive, either. As with all of Mozilla’s efforts, it’s based on open standards and support can be integrated by anyone that wants to. A handful of early adopters have signed on, and you can try out Persona-powered logins to access the NYT crossword, OpenPhoto, Voost, and, of course, Mozilla’s My Favorite Beer demo site. What’s sets Persona apart from OpenID (which is also standards-based)? Mozilla’s system keeps things to a bare minimum, storing only a single authentication token. And because Persona handles all of the actual logging in on supported sites, you won’t be inputting passwords that a malicious someone could later steal and dump on Pastebin.It’s going to take time before we fully realize Mozilla’s password-free authentication vision, but as additional providers pledge support we’ll inch steadily closer. For now, a Mozilla account is required if you want to try Persona out, but that, too, will change as others integrate support. It doesn’t take much effort, either: Mozilla contends that only a single afternoon’s work is required to add Persona to an existing website or app.More at Mozillalast_img read more

Greece among countries with lowest public trust for vaccines

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to a new study published by the European Commission, general public appears to be losing confidence in vaccines which has resulted in immunisation rates dropping significantly and more dormant disease outbreaks.Moreover, Greece is still among the EU countries with the lowest trust in vaccines, Kathimerini reports even though vaccination rates have increased since 2015.“The European region has lower confidence in the safety of vaccines than other regions in the world,” EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Wednesday 24 October, which is also World Polio Day.“Seven out of the 10 countries with the lowest vaccine confidence in the world are in Europe,” he added, stressing that seeing France, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia on the list was unpleasant surprise.Even though Greece’s percentages are still low, at least more people immunise their children, whereas in the Czech Republic, Finland, Poland and even Sweden the levels of mistrust are on the up.Finally, the report urged governments to boost awareness harder as recent outbreaks of measles and glandular diseases are proof of the negative impact abstaining from vaccination has.last_img read more

These Drinkable Chips Will Keep Your Phone GreaseFree

first_img Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta Koike-Ya told the WSJ the intention for One Hand Chips’ design was not necessarily to save snackers from greasy phones, but it originated from the desire to “make it easier” for customers to eat the potato chip crumbs at the bottom of the bag.“What we said is, ‘Why don’t we make it easier for them to do that?’” said Kohei Shimosaka, who led the five-member team of chip designers.寒い冬。彼の手を離したくない。でもどうしてもカラムーチョが食べたい。そんなあなたに、ワンハンド。— コイケヤ【公式】 (@koikeya_cp) November 29, 2018And perfecting the product was not easy. “We would argue over a millimeter in setting the size of the opening,” Shimosaka told the WSJ.Gamers seem to approve of the easy snacking experience One Hand Chips offer.An aspiring professional gamer, who says he used to rely on wet wipes for sanitary in-game snack seshes, told the WSJ, “With One Hand, I can just take it and chug it.”More on for Foodies: Samsung Turns Smart Fridge Into Dating ServiceA Pickle Bouquet Could Be Your Next Edible Valentine’s Day GiftKFC’s Loaded Cheetos Sandwich Is Here to Sabotage Healthy Diets It’s a modern-day, first-world problem: How to snack and text at the same time, without smearing grease all over your smartphone? Japan has found a solution.Snack makers in one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world have created “drinkable” chips that allow snackers to use just one hand, the Wall Street Journal reported,Tokyo-based Koike-Ya has developed One Hand Chips — a handheld snack that comes in a variety of flavors, splintered into smaller pieces, and packaged in a pouch with a rippable corner so that the snacker can essentially “drink” the product (or pour it straight into their mouth).The result? The multi-tasking snacker’s phone is grease-, smear-, and crumb-free.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Leader position open in November says PNP Natl Chairman

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Apr 2015 – All positions of the Progressive National Party will be open for nominations in November when the National Executive Council, NEC holds meetings later this year. The governing PNP over the weekend held a Special Congress where a new party constitution was ratified and a new executive officer was elected. This was the meeting, former Premier, Michael Misick had been expecting to offer himself for the job of National Chairman. Current National Chairman, Trevor Cooke some weeks back explained in a media report that the party will delay elections and will for now bring its constitution up to date with new laws instituted under the UK Interim Administration, governing political parties. Now that is done and in June there will be another meeting where the PNP By-Laws will be the agenda’s focus. According to Cooke, even the post of party leader – held by Premier Rufus Ewing – will be up for grabs in November. The next General Elections for the Turks and Caicos is sometime in 2016. Related Items:general elections, national executive council, pnp, trevor cooke Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

County home sales decline in September

first_imgClick to enlarge. Local homesellers found out in September that Clark County’s warming residential real estate market was hit by seasonal cooling.But most experts say September’s 12.6 percent drop in sales from August was just a cyclical shift. If they’re wrong, the decline could have implications on an industry just starting to see signs of recovery for construction workers and real estate brokers who generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new and existing home sales.In September alone, 431 houses changed hands. It helped boost a 4 percent increase in home sales from January through September, compared with the same period last year, although last month’s total was down from 493 houses sold in August and down from 441 houses sold in September 2011,“Last September (2011) was really strong. It was the beginning of this uptick,” said Mike Lamb, a broker with Vancouver-based Windermere Real Estate Stellar Group.A slight, 4.3 percent decline in the median selling price — half sold for more, half for less — from $204,900 in August to $195,000 in September could stall progress in the local housing industry as well, although real estate brokers don’t foresee a long-term trend.“There were probably more sales in the low price range than at the higher level,” Lamb said.Another local real estate broker called September’s home sales figures “an aberration,” when compared with how Clark County home sales have grown month-to-month and year-over-year.last_img read more

Hainan abolishes Prohibition of Gambling law but talk of legalized gambling a

first_img China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet RelatedPosts But rather than opening the door for horse racing or casino gambling, the move has been described by JP Morgan analysts as a “non-event” given that national laws supersede local laws.Instead, the investment bank described such abolitions as “very common practice by local provinces across the country in the past two years, in an attempt to clean up unnecessary local regulations and to promote the Constitution as suggested by the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party in 2017.”Shanghai, Fujian, Sichuan, Liaoning and Yunnan are among the provinces to have previously abolished a local ban on gambling, JP Morgan said, adding, “We’ve been, and still are, of the view that Macau will remain as the only legalized casino jurisdiction in China for the foreseeable future.” Load More 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm A weekend announcement by authorities in Hainan Province that the local law on Prohibition of Gambling has been abolished does not pave the way for legalized gambling, analysts have affirmed.A total of 14 laws and regulations were officially shot down on Sunday, with the abolishment of Hainan’s Prohibition of Gambling and Prohibition of Prostitution attracting most attention.last_img read more

Cardi B Sammy Hagar Gucci Mane To Headline Arkansas MusicFest

first_imgGoing MAD? El Dorado, Arkansas’ Murphy Arts District prepares for great performances with October MusicFestPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 18, 2018 – 5:56 pm From Oct. 18 through Oct. 20, the MAD MusicFest promises to put El Dorado, Arkansas more noticeably on the map. The golden city will be going “Bodak Yellow” with headliner Cardi B. GRAMMY winner Sammy Hagar will also be there, as well as Cardi B’s fellow GRAMMY nominees Sheila E, Lita Ford and Toby Keith.In a town with a long tradition of performing arts, Cardi B will be holding down El Dorado’s 2,500-seat capacity Griffin Music Hall for a late-night show on Friday night, Oct 19, followed by Gucci Mane on Saturday, Oct. 20.In addition to these separately ticketed sit-downs at Griffin Music Hall, performances will take place at the MAD Amphitheater. Thursday’s shows at the 7,000-seat amphitheater feature George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Morris Day & the Time and Sheila E. On Friday, Oct. 19, Lita Ford opens, followed by Bret Michaels and rock great Hagar with the Circle. Saturday’s lineup features Keith along with Jimmie Allen, Justin Moore and Carly Pearce. News Cardi B, Sammy Hagar, Gucci Mane To Headline Arkansas’ MusicFest Email Cardi B, Sammy Hagar & More Headed To MusicFest cardi-b-sammy-hagar-gucci-mane-headline-arkansas-musicfest Twitter Facebook MAD stands for Murphy Arts District and represents years of loving cultivation by local leaders under the direction of Terry Stewart, who in addition to having been an elected officer with the Recording Academy’s Chicago Chapter, is a former president of Marvel Comics and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When he began four years ago, he declared his excitement and that El Dorado was an “exceptional town.”Tickets go on sale Friday, July 20 for this exceptional three-day series of concerts in an arts district people are hoping you’ll feel MAD about too. It has two acres of grounds for families and kids, and has been attracting steadily growing regional audiences. With this lineup, MAD’s generating some real excitement.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

6 killed in suicide attack near Afghan spy training centre

first_imgAfghan security personnel keep watch near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Monday. Photo: AFPA suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul on Monday, killing six civilians, officials said.The attacker struck at a time when workers were arriving at their offices. It comes a week after militants stormed a National Directorate of Security (NDS) training centre in the Afghan capital.Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP six civilians in a car were killed when the attacker detonated himself.“Six people were martyred and three others were wounded,” Danish said.“They were hit when they were passing the area in their Toyota sedan vehicle. We still do not know the target of the attack but it happened on the main road.”The health ministry confirmed the death toll but put the number of wounded at one.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack in Kabul which in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians.An AFP reporter at the blast site said the attack happened outside the main entrance to an NDS compound. Security forces have swarmed the area, closing off the main road leading to the building.Ambulances were seen leaving the scene, apparently taking casualties to hospitals in the city.“Our initial information shows a blast took place near an intelligence headquarters in Shash Darak neighbourhood of Kabul,” deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.Last week’s attack on the NDS was claimed by the Islamic State, which has expanded its presence in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015.It has scaled up its attacks in Kabul, including those on the country’s Shiite minority.The resurgent Taliban and increasingly IS are both stepping up their assaults on security installations and mosques.On Friday, a suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed Humvee into a police compound in the southern province of Kandahar, killing at least six officers and destroying a building.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn ambush.Afghan forces, already beset by desertions and corruption, have seen casualties soar to what a US watchdog has described as “shockingly high” levels since NATO forces officially ended their combat mission in 2014 and began a training and support role.Morale has been further eroded by long-running fears that the militants have insider help-everything from infiltrators in the ranks to corrupt Afghan forces selling equipment to the Taliban.last_img read more

Mosquitoes dont bite if you smell like a chicken

first_imgAvoiding mosquito bites has always been a preference for us humans, so we sleep under nets and use insecticide sprays when outside. But such methods aren’t 100% effective, and therefore we still wake up with painful bites, or worse, get malaria or the Zika virus. However. there may be another way to stop mosquitoes coming anywhere near you, but it’s not particularly pleasant.A team of researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has discovered that mosquitoes avoid anything that smells like a live chicken. They aren’t sure exactly why, but something about chickens is off-putting to the flying pests.Experiments were conducted in Ethiopia where mosquitoes are a major problem and help to spread malaria, which killed around 400,000 people in Africa last year alone. Tests included using a live chicken suspended near a sleeping person and resulted in a significantly reduced number of bites being suffered.Keeping a live chicken in your home and remembering to suspend it above your bed every night is not pleasant or practical. However, now that the scientists have identified that chicken smell works, they can go about extracting the smell and producing a more human-friendly version, for example, a cream you can rub into the skin.This chicken smell method of deterring mosquitoes could become very important in the not too distant future. Mosquitoes adapt quickly, meaning insecticides are not going to work forever. We’ll just have to smell like chickens instead.last_img read more

Hawaiian Vog Where Theres SmokeThere is Something Brewing

first_imgThe Kilauea Volcano located on the Big Island of Hawaii is currently registering an Orange Alert which means the volcano is exhibiting a heightened or elevated risk of eruption or is erupting with minor or no volcanic ash emissions. Of particular concern is Halema’ Uma’ u crater, and the Pu’ u’ ‘O’ o vent located on the Kilauea Volcano. 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. Citation: Hawaiian Vog: Where There’s Smoke–There is Something Brewing (2008, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Image: Volcanic smog and sunglint in the Vanuatu Archipelago Sulfur dioxide emissions from this volcano increased substantially to a range of 1200 to 1700 tonnes per day on September 21, 2008. Additionally lava from the Pu’ u’ ‘O’ o vent has sent lava flowing into the ocean. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was registered in the nearby area of at nearby Ka’ena Point. Since this date the Kilauea Summit has registered daily earthquake activity in a range of 1.7 to 2.6 magnitude. USGS scientists Bernard Chouet and Phil Dawson have developed modeling tools and analytic methods for evaluting volcanic activity from Italy to Japan and their expertise is being used to evaluate the recent Kilauea Volcano. Preliminary findings of Chouet and Dawson indicate the VLP (very long period) tremors appear to originate from a rather specific source locations, clustering at sea level or 1 kilometer below the caldera floor. However, at the Northeast corner of Halema’ Uma’ u the range depth is approximately several hundred meters. The tremor bursts appear to be beneath the Halema’ Uma’ u flume which opened on March 19, 2008. Per a communication from Phil Dawson, he states, “I am not able to fully convey the amazement that I feel each day as I watch this sequence unfold.” Visitors are warned not to venture into the lava deltas because of the possibility of explosions. Moreover, the steam plumes rising after lava enters the ocean are highly acidic and contain glass particles. The local Civil Defense website offers updates on lava flows at . Daily updates of Kileaue Volcano are available at . The volcanic pollution or Vog is currently under study by medical professionals and the USGS. Vog is sulfur dioxide and is the result of volcanic eruptions. The volcanic air pollution creates a hazy appearance in the otherwise bucolic environment. The main concern of health officials in Hawaii is the effect Vog is having on the respiratory and pulmonary system of its residents and visitors. Currently, health officials have set up Sulfur Dioxide Alerts in effected areas to warn residents. People with respiratory illnesses and the general population are encouraged to reduce physically challenging activities, drink fluids or stay indoors during high Vog conditions. According to Dr. Elizabeth Tam of the University of Hawaii Medical School, volcanic air pollution may trigger asthma attacks in susceptible patients. Dr. Tam, preliminary results indicate Vog or volcanic pollution will not cause asthma, it can trigger asthma attacks. Dr. Tam and her colleagues are studying the long term effects of Vog on school children. The longitudinal study began six-years ago and will continue until the particular children in the study reach the age of 18. Scientists and volcano watchers alike are keeping a watchful eye on the activities around the Kilauea Volcano. Explore further Halema’ Uma’ u Crater–Kilauea Volcano Credit: USGSlast_img read more

The Asus New Folding EBook Reader

first_img Asus Reveals Their Dual Touchscreen Flipbook and Eee Keyboard At CeBit 2009 E-book readers can store hundreds of digital books, and some of the later devices feature Internet access to download digital newspapers and magazines. The Sony Daily Edition and Amazon Kindle even include a 3G mobile phone Sim card. The prototype was shown at the CeBIT trade show in March this year, and the device will probably be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2010. According to the Sunday Times in the UK, the product, dubbed the Eee Reader after the cheap Asus Eee PC netbooks, may be cheaper than Kindle and Sony e-book readers, with the budget version possibly costing as little as $165 in the UK. The launch is reportedly planned for late 2009, but there are no details yet on when it is likely to be released elsewhere, or how much it is likely to cost outside the UK.There are many e-book readers on the market these days, such as those by Amazon (the Kindle series) and Sony, and new players Plastic Logic and iRex plan to launch large-screen readers either late in 2009 or early 2010. All these readers are black and white, but the Asus Eee Reader is expected to feature color touch screens for the first time.While details are still sketchy, it appears the product will be released in two versions: a cheaper budget version, and a more expensive, but still reasonably priced, premium version with more features, such as a webcam, microphone, speaker, and the ability to make calls via Skype. The Eee Reader will have two touch screens joined by a hinged spine, but it is not yet clear whether both budget and premium versions will be dual-screen and full color, or just the premium product.The new device could use the two screens to simulate a normal book, or the second screen could be used as a web browser or a touch-based keypad to allow it to be used like a netbook or laptop. With e-book readers enjoying a growing consumer market, the new product may be just what Asus needs to add an inexpensive e-book reader to its cheap computer products.The Taiwanese company Asus is already a leader in producing inexpensive computers, chips and netbooks, their cheap alternative to laptop computers. Asus products are often the cheapest available, and it seems they intend to adopt the same business plan for their Eee Readers.© 2009 Explore further Citation: The Asus New Folding E-Book Reader (2009, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Asus has demonstrated a prototype of an e-book reader it is developing. Unlike its competitors, the device resembles a normal book, having two touch screens that will fold up. 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.last_img read more

Some birds may use their feathers to touch

first_img © 2010 Citation: Some birds may use their feathers to touch (2010, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — A new study of auklets suggests the birds use their ornamental feathers in much the same way as cats use their whiskers: to feel their surroundings. Explore further Researcher finds amorous avian anointment protects matescenter_img Male and female auklets (Aethia sp.) have elaborate and prominent whiskers or crests of feathers on their heads, and two ornithologists, Professor Ian Jones of Memorial University in St John’s, and Dr Sampath Seneviratne of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, wondered why. There are several species of auklets, with different types of head feathers, but both genders sport the ornamental feathers. Auklets breed in dark crevices in rocks, and the researchers made an experimental maze devoid of light and resembling a crevice, and observed the behavior of auklets placed into the maze. They found that birds with more prominent crests bump into things less than those with shorter plumes. When they flattened the feathers in whiskered and crested auklets, they found the birds were 2.5 times more likely to bump their heads than those with unflattened feathers, and the birds with longer crests were more affected than those with naturally shorter crests.Many birds besides auklets have ornamental crests, tail feathers, beards or whiskers, and while ornamental plumage is thought to have functions in advertising sexual availability and prowess, and sometimes for camouflage or as a warning, the researchers thought they could also have a tactile function, being used by the birds to feel their way in the environment. To find out, Jones and Seneviratne compared the ornamentation, lifestyles and habitats of numerous species of non-passerine (non-perching) birds, including penguins, parrots, hummingbirds and pheasants. Dr Seneviratne said they discovered birds living in dark, complex, or crowded environments, or which are active at night are more likely to have facial feathers, and there was a “highly significant correlation” for that trend across all non-perching birds.The scientists think similar feathers on other birds may also have a tactile function, especially in environments where vision is limited, or where there is a greater deal of clutter or objects to avoid. Facial feathers would help the bird avoid damage to its eyes, beak, and eardrums.The results of the study appear in the Animal Behaviour journal. Auklet (Aethia cristatella). Image: Wikimedia Commons 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.last_img read more

Jupiters Hotel launches careers of seven culinary apprentices

first_imgSeven Gold Coast youths are on their way to becoming future MasterChefs after kickstarting their culinary arts apprenticeships at Jupiters Hotel & Casino recently, with five previously completing a school-based work experience program hosted at the property.With future demand for hospitality workers set to grow across South East Queensland (SEQ), the school-based work experience program was offered by Jupiters’ parent company, The Star Entertainment Group, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training.A total of 100 Year 11 and Year 12 students from 18 Gold Coast schools took part in the program. Following completion, Year 12 participants received the opportunity to apply for the culinary arts apprenticeships with Jupiters Hotel & Casino.The training component of these apprenticeships is being delivered through the new Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School, which was launched in partnership between The Star Entertainment Group and TAFE Queensland earlier this year.The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg said the apprenticeships are part of a broader goal to help create the state’s next generation of hospitality workers.“We’re working hard to ensure Queensland meets future demand driven by strong inbound international tourism,” Mr Hogg said.“At The Star, our business is growing with our three billion dollar Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development alone expecting to generate an additional 1.39 million tourists to the state by the time it opens in 2022.“This development will create more than 8000 jobs in Queensland once operational with further jobs to be generated from our $345 million dollar transformation of Jupiters, featuring a new six-star hotel tower.”Mr Hogg said the school-based work experience program provides students with work experience across five commercial cookery work areas: hot production, cook chill / in-room dining, pastry, events, and restaurant.“I’m thrilled for the apprentices who have started at Jupiters with five of them receiving the opportunity following completion of the school-based work experience program,” Mr Hogg said.“All seven apprentices successfully secured their apprenticeship with The Star Entertainment Group, which means their training will be with the region’s new flagship six-star Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School.“We will also host the same school-based work experience program for Brisbane school students at our Treasury Casino & Hotel.“Similarly, at the end of the program, we will offer the Year 12 Brisbane participants the opportunity to apply for culinary arts apprenticeships with Treasury and be trained through the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School.”The names of the seven Jupiters apprentices are:Holly Smith, Helensvale State High SchoolRoi Wirihana-Hoskins, Helensvale State High SchoolRhian Price, Helensvale State High SchoolAnton O’Connor, Miami State High SchoolSean Godkin, Nerang State High SchoolAlexander LynchRhys Mitting-Jones Jupiters Hotel & CasinoSource = Jupiters Hotel & Casinolast_img read more