Rabat- Two Journalists for the Moroccan TV channel 2M were arrested on Wednesday and had their equipment confiscated before they were released by the authorities in Algeria.Two days earlier, Amnesty International accusedAlgeria of silencing critics and curbing freedom of expression, in particular press freedom in the presidential elections. It seems that the curbing the freedom of press in Algeria has become a broader suppression of media, as the Algerian authorities prevented Moroccan journalists from covering the presidential elections.According to H24 Info, the cameraman and the correspondent from 2M in Oujda were arrested on Wednesday morning in the Houari Boumediene airport. The authorities released them after the journalists had their equipment confiscated until they could get accreditation. 2M’s journalists immediately went to see an official in the Algerian ministry of Communication to solve the accreditation problem. According to the same source, after several hours of waiting, the minister explained to the journalists that they could cover the presidential elections after they got the accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Rabat.The journalists tried to object to the official’s decision, explaining that it meant going back to Morocco without covering the elections that were going be held on Thursday, April 17th. Yet the minister refused to change his decision, saying “I explained what the law says.”On the other hand, deputy director of 2M Samira Sitail said that the journalists followed all the procedures on time in order to obtain their accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Morocco. “But they did not get any response,” said Sitail.According to H24 Info the TV channel’s demands to obtain accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Rabat to cover the presidential elections in Algeria “were denied without explanation.” The same source added that Algeria promised the TV officials they would approve their journalists’ accreditations when they arrived at the Algerian airport.Yet the Moroccan journalists did not find their accreditation waiting for them in the Algerian airport; instead, they found the policemen waiting to confiscate their cameras and send them back to Morocco without covering the presidential elections. Edited by Jessica Rohan
October 8, 2019
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 41.52 points to 14,983.01, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 46.53 points to 21,831.31. The S&P 500 index was up 0.10 of a point to 2,465.20 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 13.35 points to 6,384.52.The Canadian dollar was trading at 82.31 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 82.32 cents US.The October crude contract was down 96 cents to US$48.13 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down six cents to US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $1.40 at US$1,348.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was down nine cents at US$3.09 a pound.
September 28, 2019
The Columbus Clippers lost 3-2 to the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday afternoon after another great pitching performance by Toledo’s Armando Galarraga.A crowd of 6,092 attended the first game of a 10-game home stand for the Clippers at Huntington Park. Weather for the game was surprisingly pleasant, as the rain held off until the eighth inning. Both the Clippers and the Mud Hens received solid performances from their starting pitchers. Hector Rondon pitched five innings for the Clippers, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out five. Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh was pleased with Rondon’s performance. “His last start, I thought he had a good start but just had one bad inning,” Sarbaugh said. “Today he threw well but he had one passed ball that let in a run, and he left a changeup up high to [Jeff] Larish and he put a good swing on it. Other than that, I thought he threw the ball pretty well.”In his second start against the Clippers this year, Galarraga allowed four hits and two runs through six innings and recorded the win. “Galarraga just has good command of his pitches,” Sarbaugh said. “He has really good sink on his fastball, and you can’t really sit on one location and one pitch. He’ll drop arm angles, and the ball moves well to both sides of the plate.”Galarraga pitched six strong innings in a victory against the Clippers on April 15. The Mud Hens scored first in the second inning when Casper Wells scored on a pass ball from third base. In the top of the third inning, Will Rhymes led off the inning with a single. Rondon let up a two-run home run to Larish to make the score 3-0. Trevor Crowe led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Wes Hodges. The Clippers scored another run in the fourth inning as Damaso Espino hit an RBI single to score Brian Bixler and bring the score to 3-2.That would be the end of the scoring for either side as both teams had strong performances from the bullpen. Jay Sborz recorded his seventh save for the Mud Hens and leads the league in that category. The Clippers’ record fell to a division-leading 11-7, while the Mud Hens moved to 10-8. The team’s 11-6 record coming into the game was its best start to a season since 1999. The 1999 team finished the season 83-58, winning the division but losing in the playoffs.Backup catcher Damaso Espino said that there is a good feeling in the dugout after a good start to the 2010 season.“We have a great group of guys. We all get along very well and we’re rooting for each other,” Espino said. “It has been exciting and it is going to be a very fun year.”
September 21, 2019
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3287266 By Associated Press AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, the popular author and filmmaker, has died at the age of 51.She had recently written about being terminally ill and leaving behind her husband Jason.Rosenthal had been diagnosed in 2015 with ovarian cancer. Her death was confirmed to the Associated Press by her longtime literary agent, Amy Rennert, who said Rosenthal “was the most life-affirming person, and love-affirming person”.Fellow author John Green tweeted: “She was a brilliant writer, and an even better friend.” A Chicago native and longtime resident, Rosenthal completed more than 30 books, including journals, memoirs and the best-selling picture stories Uni the Unicorn and Duck! Rabbit! She made short films and YouTube videos, gave TED talks and provided radio commentary for NPR, among others.She also raised three children and had a flair for random acts of kindness, whether hanging dollar bills from a tree or leaving notes on ATM machines.“I do what feels right to me. If it resonates or plants some seeds, great,” she told Chicago magazine in 2010.Modern LoveWhile her books were noted for their exuberant tone, she started a very different conversation earlier this month with a widely read Modern Love column she wrote for The New York Times. Rosenthal told of learning about her fatal diagnosis, and, in the form of a dating profile, offered tribute to Jason Brian Rosenthal. The essay was titled You May Want to Marry My Husband.“If you’re looking for a dreamy, let’s-go-for-it travel companion, Jason is your man. He also has an affinity for tiny things: taster spoons, little jars, a mini-sculpture of a couple sitting on a bench, which he presented to me as a reminder of how our family began,” she wrote.Here is the kind of man Jason is: He showed up at our first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers. This is a man who, because he is always up early, surprises me every Sunday morning by making some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana.“I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day, and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins,” she added. Amy Krouse Rosenthal Source: Kevin Nance/APRosenthal was a Tufts University graduate who worked in advertising for several years before she had what she called a McEpiphany: she was with her kids at McDonald’s when she promised herself that she would leave advertising and become a writer.Rosenthal more than kept her word; starting in the late 1990s, she regularly published at least a book a year, and sometimes three or four. Rennert said yesterday that she had completed seven more picture books before her death, including a collaboration with her daughter, Paris, called Dear Girl.17 Things I MadeRosenthal loved experimenting with different media, and blending the virtual and physical worlds. One of her favourite projects began with a YouTube video, 17 Things I Made, featuring everything from books she had written to her three children to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At the end of the video, she welcomed fans to join her at Chicago’s Millennium Park, on 8 August, 2008 at 8.08pm. The goal was to make a “cool” 18th thing.Hundreds turned out to “make” things — a grand entrance, a new friend, a splash, something pretty.“I tend to believe whatever you decide to look for you will find, whatever you beckon will eventually beckon you,” she said during a 2012 TED talk.Her books were equally untraditional. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, published in 2016, is divided into chapters named for school subjects, from Geography to Language Arts. Subtitled Not Exactly a Memoir, the book features lists, illustrations, charts, emails and text messages. In a section called Midterm Essay, Rosenthal reflected on middle age and her youthful passion for life.“If it is wonderful, splendid, remarkable — a view outside a window, a lit-up fountain at night, that fig-chorizo appetiser — I am compelled to seek some sort of saturation point, to listen/stare/savor on a loop, to greedily keep at it until I’ve absorbed, absconded with, and drained it of all its magic,” she wrote.“Invariably, I will have to move on before I have had enough. My first word was ‘more’. It may very well be my last.”Read: ‘Broken character’ … ‘repugnant falsehood’: Netherlands-Turkey diplomatic crisis deepensRead: Trump didn’t mean wiretapping when he tweeted about ‘wire tapping’ – Spicer Share Tweet Email Author behind heartbreaking Modern Love essay dies aged 51 Amy Krouse Rosenthal had recently written about being terminally ill and leaving behind her husband Jason. Short URL My friend Amy Krouse Rosenthal has died. She was a brilliant writer, and an even better friend. Amy’s genius was in her generosity…— John Green (@johngreen) March 13, 2017 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 4:04 PM Source: John Green/Twitter Mar 14th 2017, 4:04 PM 21,790 Views
September 19, 2019
Emma Oster is hoping for one big gift when she graduates from Heritage High School in June — a summer job that will help pay her fall tuition at Clark College.But the 17-year-old has already been looking for over a month, and she’s finding prospects are slim for her and her friends. And they’re not the only ones. Even the young college set are having a hard time finding summer work, because as the job market in Clark County has improved dramatically for adults, it’s gotten worse for teens.“Where those jobs used to be plentiful, those are now few and far between,” said Sharon Pesut, executive director of Partners in Careers. “The kids really need to do their research. It’s not as simple as dropping off a résumé anymore. They have to make an impression.”The problemAfter the Great Recession, many adults poured into the sort of service industry jobs that teens typically took in the past. That trend hasn’t changed even as the economy has improved, said Christine Humphrey, WorkFirst’s local program director for job development.Unemployment fell, but the rebounding economy hasn’t re-created the high-wage manufacturing jobs prevalent here around the turn of the century.“It’s become much, much harder for teenagers,” Humphrey said. “Sectors like customer service, retail and fast food — a lot of those have been taken over by adults.”
September 16, 2019
What: Informational meeting about forming a new Rotary Community Corps. Speakers include Battle Ground Mayor Mike Ciraulo, Rotary District 5100 Governor Mike Caruso and Lewis River Rotary Club President Claire Lider.When: 5:30 p.m. July 12.Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.Information: Claire Lider, firstname.lastname@example.org.Service-minded Clark County residents will soon have another avenue to pursue volunteer projects in the community.The Lewis River Rotary Club is forming and sponsoring a Rotary Community Corps for the Clark County area.A Rotary Community Corps is a group of volunteers who might not belong to a Rotary organization but share Rotary’s values and commitment to volunteerism and service, said Claire Lider, president of the Lewis River Rotary. The group is also a way for folks who are interested in Rotary, but can’t commit the time and money required of a club, to get involved in their community, she said.“One thing that I think all Rotary clubs notice is sometimes people don’t have time to meet weekly but they want to help, so this gives them that avenue,” Lider said.The local Rotary Community Corps will be the first group of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Worldwide, there are 6,700 community corps, Lider said.The community corps is open to people of all ages and does not require club dues. The group will meet monthly to discuss and plan service projects. Group members will decide the time and dates of meetings.
September 15, 2019
More than a third (38%) of respondents believe that senior leaders are overpaid, according to research by reputation management consultancy Lansons and insight agency Opinium.The Britain at work 2016 report, which surveyed 3,002 UK employees, also found that 52% of respondents feel that the level of pay they receive is fair, compared to 44% in 2015.The research also found:Around half (52%) of respondents are proud of the organisation they work for, compared to 48% in 2015.15% of respondents are not proud of the organisation they work for, and 33% are indifferent.A third (33%) do not feel great loyalty to the organisation they work for.36% of respondents would leave their employer tomorrow if they had another job to go to.52% of respondents feel valued as an employee.74% of respondents have access to health and wellbeing benefits, and 5% of respondents do not know if they have access to workplace health and wellbeing support.21% of respondents had been absent because of stress-related conditions in the last 12 months.More than a fifth (23%) have access to occupational health services, 21% can access counselling services or employee assistance programmes, and 11% are offered stress management training or workshops.Scott McKenzie (pictured), director of Lansons’ Change and Employee Engagement practice, said: “A quarter of people off because of stress is staggering, and that’s just in the last year. Not only does this affect the wellbeing of the employee and their families, but employers will eventually feel the impact both on business performance, and on other employees who need to pick up the workload.“Employers have a duty of care to provide appropriate support to their employees in order to address these issues.”
September 6, 2019
Qutubullapur: Commuters are facing a lot of problems due to malfunctioning of streetlights on Qutubullapur pipeline road. It has been for weeks that the streetlights are not working here.K Shiva Kumar, a commuter, said that they are facing problems to travel through this stretch during the night and also because of darkness. Locals alleged that though many representations were made to the concern authorities, they failed to solve the problem. The locals requested the concerned authorities to install the street light as soon as possible for the free flow of traffic.
September 3, 2019
KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the election commission is not ready to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.”The commission has no preparation to use EVMs in the national election. It’ll be used in different local government elections on experimental basis,” he said.The CEC came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital’s Agargaon area.About army deployment in the polls, Huda said they did not finalise their decision on it yet. “This is the reality that the army was there in other national polls, but we’re yet to take decision about it. There’s still enough time. Why do you want this decision so soon?”He also said they cannot take the decision on it so early.As his attention was drawn to election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar’s remark that the EC feel army should be deployed in the election, Huda said it was his personal opinion, not the commission’s decision.
September 3, 2019
Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Kamal Hossain speaks at a press conference at the National Press Club on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloEvidently happy to see former president Badruddoza Chowdhury’s exclusion from the new opposition coalition, ruling Awami League is confident of victory in the next general elections.Yet, AL leaders are preparing for the elections keeping their eye on the coalition, renamed as Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front).The AL policymakers consider the Front without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh of B Chowdhury to be weak and say this ‘vulnerable’ coalition will not be able to realise its demands such as poll-time neutral govenment.”We’ve nothing to worry about the unity of the opposition. It has been forged at a time when they will not find much time to reach the people,” AL presidium member Abdur Razzaque told Prothom Alo.His reaction followed announcement of the Front by reputed jurist Kamal Hossain, and senior BNP leaders and a few other opposition parties and groups, at the National Press Club on Saturday.The AL leader said it would not be possible for the opposition coalition to realise their demand to hold the election under a neutral government, nor could it gain electoral favour due to time constraints.Razzaque shows confidence that their party’s early election preparations would pay off.However, while taking preparing for the elections, the ruling party will keep its focus mainly on what the opposition coalition does, AL insiders admitted.“The 11th parliamentary election will be a bit different from the one held on 5 January 2014. This time around, the Awami League will have to face the National Unity Front led by Kamal Hossain and the BNP,” said one of the AL policymakers seeking anonymity.Some of the AL leaders were relieved when former president Badruddoza Chowdhury and his son Mahi B Chowdhury refrained from joining the unity process at the last moment.The AL camp is firm that the government would hold the 11th parliamentary election in due time and the election would be held under prime minister Sheikh Hasina.The elections will be arranged in a manner free from conflict, according to the AL’s plan. The AL leaders hope none will be able to stop the AL-led 14-party alliance from emerging as victorious in the next election as well.Sheikh Hasina, also AL president, asked the party leaders to take preparations keeping in mind the current electoral system, the opposition’s unity process involving the BNP and other opposition parties.She made the directive when the party held its meeting on election manifesto, the day the court delivered the verdict on the 21 August grenade attack case convicting a number of BNP leaders including acting chairman Tarique Rahman.Some AL leaders said in view of the court judgement, the AL’s control over the administration, and ‘geopolitical realities’, nobody will be able to challenge the AL in the elections.The AL is now focussed on election-time government, authoring the election manifesto, selecting party nominees tackling intra-party conflict and expansion of the 14-party alliance.The party is in touch with the left-leaning parties and religion-based political parties and groups.AL leaders said they are trying to ensure participation of highest number of parties in the election if the opposition parties including the BNP boycott the elections.Different government agencies are also active in commissioning the AL plan, the leaders said.Abdur Razzaque, who is assigned to prepare the manifesto, said it has not been finalised yet.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
September 1, 2019
Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO(Updated 08/06/2018) Danny Evans, Vice-Chair of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, has one especially poignant memory of the time he spent living in China, from 2012-2014.“I was at a book store and a Chinese girl came up to me and she basically asked me if I was sick because I was black,” he says. “She told me she wanted to take me to the hospital…she grabbed me and we start walking to the hospital and her parents stopped her saying no, no he’s black. He’s African.”Mateen Kane, center with glasses and gray jacket, is one of several Baltimore students who just departed for a trip to the Fujian Province of China. (Photo by Shameka L. Littles)Evans, who was living there as part of a teacher exchange program called WorldTeach, says that moment amused him, but it also showed him how important it was for black people to have a presence all over the world – working and learning on the word’s stage.He took that memory with him when he and a group of students from several local high schools schools, left Tuesday for a two-week trip to with Xiamen, in the Fujian Province of China. The flight to that part of the world is 22 hours. Evans said that it’s an opportunity for kids who have been studying Chinese language and culture to put their education to the test – but it’s also a chance for them to teach others about what it means to be Black, American, and from Baltimore. Funds for the trip were provided, in part from grants from the Baltimore Community Foundation and the MECU Credit Union.Baltimore has been sister cities with Xiamen, in the Fujian Province of China since 1985. Since then, the two cities have often joined together often – for example, kids from Carver Vocational-Technical High School have what’s called a “sister school agreement” with the Fujian Xiamen Electronic Vocational School since 2010. The agreement includes a student exchange program that first started in 2011. Johns Hopkins Hospital also works closely with the Xiamen Maternity & Child Care Hospital. Still, Evans says, there is still lots of education that can happen between the two cities, and this trip plays a big part in that.“I’ve prepped them for Chinese. I’ve prepped them for how they react to certain situations. To know that people are going to ask you uncomfortable questions. People are going to ask you because they are curious or just don’t know,” he says. “It may seem ignorant, but at least they are asking you and not being negative towards you so you should take that as a way of teaching them.”He says that he also wants the students to know that there is life beyond Baltimore – and that includes lucrative and important career opportunities.“They are preparing themselves now to one day become an ambassador or secretary of state or being a leader of U.S.-China relations, and that’s something that we haven’t seen from our community.”Shameka Littles has noticed that her son, Mateen Kane, has grown tremendously since he traveled to China a few years ago. Kane, 15, will be in tenth grade at Loyola Blakefield, a prep school in Towson, Md. Before that, he attended Baltimore International Academy, where he was immersed in Mandarin Chinese since elementary schoolLittles said that she wanted to maintain his son’s skills and encourage his curiosity about the world, so she had been looking for a summer camp that would give her son the opportunity to travel – that’s when she heard about Evans and the China trip.She says that her son has benefited tremendously from the trip, especially meeting kids from all over the globe.“The thing that they had in common was that they all spoke Mandarin,” she says. “He was able to make friends from around the world in other countries and be immersed in the culture.”She added that living in China gave Kane a greater appreciation for things here in America.“The experience itself opened his mind to comparing other cultures and seeing how things are very restrictive there and not as restrictive here.”Students will keep in contact with each other and with family back here in Baltimore through an app called WeChat. He says the app is similar to Facebook, and is available here, but more commonly used in China. They have to use that because Facebook, Twitter, and even email will be unavailable to them.Evans says that kids, who spent all last school year learning together are ready to take the trip.“They are like brothers on this trip because they have to take care of one another. They realize that this trip is very important for their community, for our community. It’s important for them to all do well,” he says. “They are excited. They are a team, they’re ready.”Correction: A previous version of this story identified Evans as a teacher. He is not. The Afro regrets the error.
September 1, 2019
Hong Kong-based virtual reality (VR) startup Sandbox VR has raised a $68 million Series A round of funding from Andreesen Horowitz, Floodgate Ventures, Stanford University, Triplepoint Capital, CRCM and Alibaba. The company wants to use the new cash infusion to launch new VR centers in New York, Tokyo and elsewhere.Sandbox currently operates VR centers in 6 cities, including San Mateo, Calif., Vancouver and Hong Kong. In those locations, it offers players the opportunity to freely explore a stage, and play together to fight zombies, aliens and undead pirates in a series of location-based VR experiences.“We believe this new medium is not about better movies or a more immersive game,” the company wrote in a blog post Monday. “It’s something else entirely, and we as an industry will need to learn from the best of both mediums — movies and gaming.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 These remarks were echoed by Andreesen Horowitz:“Once the ecosystem around Sandbox begins to achieve critical mass, we expect that the technology will unlock a golden era of storytelling and interactive, immersive entertainment,” said the venture capital firm’s general partner Andrew Chen in a blog post Monday. “Some of this will look like gaming, some will look like film, and yet others will resemble music, documentaries — as well as other new, VR-native genres we’ve yet to invent, in much the same way people eventually moved beyond trying to redo plays in early movies. “Sanbox VR is one of a number of startups looking to create ticketed VR experiences in malls and movie theaters. Others include The Void, which has struck partnerships with Disney and others for high-profile franchise content, Dreamscape and Nomadic.Early anecdotal evidence suggests high demand for some of these experiences, but not every attempt at location-based VR is faring well: Imax, which had big plans for its own VR centers, announced in December that it was exiting the market. The company’s flagship Los Angeles location, which also hosted a Sandbox VR experience, closed in recent weeks.
September 1, 2019
It’s been 13 years since a giant dinosaur failed sneaking up on humans in Jurassic Park III not because it’s a giant dinosaur, but because a Nokia phone it swallowed rang and that made more noise than a dinosaur smashing through an environment. We all know a sequel to Jurassic Park is in the works, called Jurassic World and starring the lovable Chris Pratt, but we didn’t have too many more details. Considering the Nokia ringtone scene of JPIII wasn’t even the silliest scene of the movie, a follow-up always seemed like a bad proposition, despite the lack of details and the infinite bounds of fiction that could be used to imagine something worthwhile. Now, though, hard details regarding World have been revealed, and we shouldn’t write the movie off just yet.Unlike the old rumors that suggested Spielberg was going to make a sequel that disregarded Jurassic Park II or III, this new film — helmed by director Colin Trevorrow — is set 22 years after the original, and does not appear to wipe away the canon of its sequels, for better or worse. The original dream of having a dinosaur theme park has come to fruition — think of the “world” in Jurassic World like the one in “Disney World” — and an average of 20,000 people visit every day. The park is built on Isla Nublar, the island where the original movie took place, and is now more like a modern-day theme park — hotels, restaurants, golf courses — than the original.We’ll be happy enough if the new movie is anything like the video below.Chris Pratt plays a behavioral researcher studying the relationship velociraptors share with humans. The film will also feature a genetically-modified dinosaur created by park scientists whose DNA is spliced with that from other species, creating what sounds like a super dino. Keeping our minds somewhat at ease, Trevorrow notes that the genetically modified dinosaur won’t be a visual mutant, so at least we probably don’t have to worry about a raptor with a snake’s head and bat wings.The overarching theme of the movie falls in line with the desensitized culture of today; new things are a big deal, but we’re quickly over it and take it for granted. Trevorrow uses the example of a teenager leaning with his back against a T-Rex’s cage, texting his girlfriend instead of marveling at the giant, deadly dinosaur behind him.Jurassic World will be hitting theaters on June 12 of 2015, so we only have about a year to see if any Jurassic movies can ever be good again.
August 31, 2019
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers from the Fordham University in New York have uncovered evidence that what the world has looked to as the iconic Nile crocodile is actually two different species of crocodile that are only distantly related. The new research is published in Molecular Ecology. The researchers, led by Evon Hekka, began this study when a colleague of hers, Michael Klemens from the Wildlife Conservation Society, sent her a DNA sample of some crocodiles that he had been in close contact with in an oasis in Ennedi Plateau, Chad. The travel guide he had been with suggested that they jump in the water and swim with these crocodiles as they were known for their docile behavior. Because of the odd nature of the behavior, Klemens had taken a tissue sample from a dead crocodile located nearby and sent it to Hekka.Hekka had been working on Nile crocodile samples when she received this one from Klemens and when the results came back from the DNA sequencing, she repeated the test because she was convinced that she had done something wrong.Hekka and her team began collecting various different Nile crocodile samples, including museum samples of some 2,000-year-old mummified crocodiles for a total of 180 different samples. It was determined that there was indeed two different species of crocodiles known as Crocodylus niloticus and Crocodylus suchus.All of the mummified crocodile remains were of the C. suchus and indicate that ancient Egyptians recognized a difference in species. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that Egyptians were selective when choosing crocodiles for their ceremonies and generally chose the tamer and more docile crocodiles.The distinction between the two species will have implications when it comes to conservation. The current range of the C. suchus is shrinking and their numbers are declining. While both species used to overlap in areas, the more aggressive C. niloticus has taken control of the region and pushed the docile C. suchus to more interior regions. The range of the C. suchus is under threat from oil industries and oil extraction and the crocodiles have seen a decline in numbers due to unregulated trading of skin and bush meat.This new evidence shows that C. suchus is much rarer than what was previously known simply as the Nile crocodile. While some areas in West Africa were hoping to be able to increase their trade in skins to increase revenue, this new study is likely to stop that from happening and may even reduce the amount they are allowed to trade. Borneo’s crocodiles ‘no longer endangered’ Nile crocidile (Crocodylus niloticus). Image: Wikipedia. Citation: Nile crocodile is actually two different species (2011, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-nile-crocodile-species.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: An ancient icon reveals new mysteries: mummy DNA resurrects a cryptic species within the Nile crocodile, Molecular Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05245.xAbstractThe Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is an ancient icon of both cultural and scientific interest. The species is emblematic of the great civilizations of the Nile River valley and serves as a model for international wildlife conservation. Despite its familiarity, a centuries-long dispute over the taxonomic status of the Nile crocodile remains unresolved. This dispute not only confounds our understanding of the origins and biogeography of the ‘true crocodiles’ of the crown genus Crocodylus, but also complicates conservation and management of this commercially valuable species. We have taken a total evidence approach involving phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear markers, as well as karyotype analysis of chromosome number and structure, to assess the monophyletic status of the Nile crocodile. Samples were collected from throughout Africa, covering all major bioregions. We also utilized specimens from museum collections, including mummified crocodiles from the ancient Egyptian temples at Thebes and the Grottes de Samoun, to reconstruct the genetic profiles of extirpated populations. Our analyses reveal a cryptic evolutionary lineage within the Nile crocodile that elucidates the biogeographic history of the genus and clarifies long-standing arguments over the species’ taxonomic identity and conservation status. An examination of crocodile mummy haplotypes indicates that the cryptic lineage corresponds to an earlier description of C. suchus and suggests that both African Crocodylus lineages historically inhabited the Nile River. Recent survey efforts indicate that C. suchus is declining or extirpated throughout much of its distribution. Without proper recognition of this cryptic species, current sustainable use-based management policies for the Nile crocodile may do more harm than good.via Discover 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.
August 31, 2019
Bees use colour-coding to collect pollen and nectar More information: Bees use the taste of pollen to determine which flowers to visit, Biology Letters, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2016.0356AbstractPollen plays a dual role as both a gametophyte and nutritional reward for pollinators. Although pollen chemistry varies across plant species, its functional significance in pollination has remained obscure, in part because little is known about how floral visitors assess it. Bees rely on pollen for protein, but whether foragers evaluate its chemistry is unclear, as it is primarily consumed by larvae.We asked whether the chemical composition of pollen influences bumblebees’ foraging behaviour. Using putatively sweet and bitter pollen blends, we found that chemical composition influenced two aspects of bee behaviour relevant to plant fitness: the amount of pollen collected and the likelihood of subsequently visiting a visually similar flower. These findings offer a new perspective on the nutritional ecology of plant–pollinator interactions, as they show that pollen’s taste may mediate its collection and transfer. Everyone knows that bees visit flowers to collect nectar, which they bring back to their hive; less well known is that the pollen from the flowers that sticks to parts of their bodies (which is carried from flower to flower allowing for pollination) is also used by the bees as a food resource. Also, prior research has shown that flower color helps bees figure out which flower to visit, but now it appears they also rely on the taste of pollen in making their choice.The experiments conducted by the researchers involved filming the activities of six colonies of Bombus impatiens (the common eastern bumblebee) as they flitted from artificial flower to artificial flower, each fitted with an artificial anther and loaded with one of three different types of pollen: neutral cellulose, sweet sucrose or bitter quinine. The idea was to learn more about the preferences of the bees regarding taste—aroma was ruled out as a factor in choosing pollens by offering only pollens that were odorless.The researchers ran multiple trials, each approximately five minutes in duration, with bees that had been tagged to allow for tracking individual activities. As they filmed the bees, the researchers also recorded their body temperatures using thermal imaging. The team found that the bees spent approximately three times as much of their time collecting from the sucrose-covered anthers as they did from those covered in quinine, and 50 percent less time on those covered in cellulose. Still, the bees were persistent, and wound up collecting all the pollen that was available, though they tended to make return trips to flowers with sucrose as their first choice. Interestingly, it was the return trips during which the differences were noted, suggesting that the bees did not taste the pollen till they were in flight, or in some cases in the hive. Credit: Lilla Frerichs/public domain (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the University of Nevada has found evidence that suggests bees have different taste preferences when it comes to pollen. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Felicity Muth, Jacob Francis and Anne Leonard describe experiments they carried out with several bee colonies and what they learned by doing so. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Biology Letters Citation: Bees found to use pollens’ taste to determine which flowers to visit (2016, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-bees-pollens.html Explore further 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.
August 19, 2019
On the heels of last year’s closure of chip manufacturerIntel‘s assembly plant in Costa Rica, the company announced Monday that it’s opening a new Client Computing Group (CCG) in Costa Rica. The new unit will be responsible mostly for developing tablets and PCs.Intel is waiting to disclose details until the official announcement Tuesday. But the company already confirmed that the new department will employ Costa Rican engineers who will work “in coordination with Intel teams worldwide to develop new technological devices to be launched in coming years.”The CCG team will focus on Intel’s latest generation of microprocessors including Atom, Pentium, COREM, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7.The team will also support product development for other devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and all-in-one computers.The new department joins Intel’s Research and Development Center, which the company opened in Costa Rica in 2014. The center is responsible for research and testing of Intel’s microprocessors prior to their mass production at Intel’s plants in Asia.Intel last year closed its microchip assembly plant in Heredia province and dismissed a total of 1,500 employees. The closing is still affecting Costa Rica’s export figures in what government officials call the ‘Intel effect.’The Foreign Trade Ministry last month reported that exports of goods from Costa Rica rose 2.3 percent in the first nine months of 2015 compared with the same period of 2014. However if exports of electronic components are included in comparisons between both years, there’s been an overall 16.7 percent decline. Facebook Comments Related posts:Intel hiring for new Costa Rica operation Costa Rica exports down 15 percent in 2015, mostly thanks to Intel exit Intel’s exit still affecting Costa Rica export figures Costa Rica exports down 16 percent in first six months of 2015; ‘Intel effect’ continues
August 9, 2019
Britain will host an informal meeting of Cyprus’ three guarantor powers on Cyprus problem on Tuesday in New York, the Cyprus News Agency said.Citing an unnamed diplomatic source, CNA said British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will attend a working lunch at the British Permanent Representation at the UN at 1:00 pm NY time.Greece, Turkey, and the UK are guarantor powers, according to the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee.Numerous UN-backed negotiations, aiming at reuniting the island under a federal roof, have failed to yield results. The latest talks under UN aegis took place in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
November 17, 2018
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November 17, 2018
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