Fire Ant Meets Its Match in Texas

first_imgFor 60 years, imported red fire ants have terrorized people, livestock, and other ants as they spread across the southeastern United States, aggressively stinging those who got in their way and proving nearly invincible. But in Texas, these invasive pests have met their match—there, the tawny crazy ant is taking over. New research has revealed this newcomer’s secret weapon: a built-in antidote to the fire ant’s deadly venom.Like the fire ant, the tawny crazy ant hails from South America. Pest controller Tom Rasberry first spotted it in the United States in Houston, Texas, in 2002, and entomologists soon determined the same species was also invading Florida. They dubbed it “crazy” because of the ant’s erratic movements. Like the fire ant, the tawny crazy ant builds nests with lots of queens, so “it reaches really astronomical densities in the environments it invades,” says Edward LeBrun, an ecologist at the University of Texas, Austin.Unlike the fire ant, however, which stays outdoors, the tawny crazy ant is a “tramp” ant willing to take up residence almost anywhere—under logs, inside walls, and in circuit boxes, where they become so numerous they can short out electronic and electrical equipment. “From a societal perspective, it’s a real nuisance,” LeBrun says. 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To study how the two species duke it out, he ventured into the field and placed a dead cricket at the boundary between fire ant and tawny crazy ant territories. He noticed that after a fire ant swipes its opponent with its venom-filled stinger, the tawny crazy ant walks off, brings the tip of its abdomen up to its head, and squirts a drop of liquid onto its mouthparts. Then the ant runs its legs across its mouth and uses them to spread the liquid along its body.Suspecting an antidote to the fire ant venom, LeBrun tested the compounds secreted by the two glands at the tip of the tawny crazy ant’s abdomen. He took each compound and wiped it on a similar-sized ant that was subjected to the fire ant’s sting. When it came to neutralizing the fire ant venom, the key compound appeared to be the formic acid in the tawny crazy ant’s own less powerful venom, which it usually sprays out of a pore during battle, LeBrun and his colleagues report online today in Science. Synthetic formic acid also has the same protective effect.Fire ant venom contains not just toxic compounds but also proteins that help get those compounds inside cells. LeBrun suspects the formic acid destroys these proteins, so the toxins can’t reach their targets. A few other animals are known to counter the effects of the toxins of their competitors, predators, or prey, but they do so by preventing the toxin from binding to their target molecules, not by chemically breaking down the poison, says Ashlee Rowe, an evolutionary neurobiologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing who was not involved in the work. “I think this example is unique.”LeBrun suspects that this detoxification behavior evolved in the tawny crazy ant in South America, where the two ants have been in close contact for a long time. Jules Silverman, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, who was not involved in the work, isn’t so sure. “It’s possible that this same mechanism that these researchers observe in the U.S. occurs in the native range, but maybe not. Maybe it’s new.”One study did show, however, that while the fire ant usually dominates its native landscapes, it can still be laid low by the tawny crazy ant, suggesting that their detoxification defense is used there as well. “It would be fascinating to go back to South America and watch these interactions more carefully,” says Michael Kaspari, an entomologist at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Meanwhile, it looks like “this 60-year dynasty of the fire ants [in the United States] is coming to a close, and it’s coming to a close in a fairly unusual way.”last_img read more

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Toxic Smog Delays Asian Tour Golf Tournament in Delhi-NCR

first_img Asian Tour Golfdelhi pollutionDelhi smogPanasonic Open Golf First Published: November 14, 2019, 4:52 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Gurgaon: The start of a leading Asian Tour golf tournament was held up Thursday by toxic smog that has engulfed the Indian capital with hazardous levels of pollution.Organisers of the four-day Panasonic Open India event said the tournament could be shortened if the pollution remains serious, as completing the event would be “a big challenge”. Delhi and other cities across northern India are blanketed by a poisonous haze each winter due to build-up of traffic fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from agricultural fires.”The opening round of the Panasonic Open India was delayed due to poor visibility and weather conditions,” an Asian Tour organiser told AFP.The first golfers went on the course five hours late and some wore anti-pollution masks.A photo posted on Twitter by the Asian Tour showed Bangladeshi golfer Mohammad Siddikur Rahman hitting a shot while wearing a face mask.The amount of PM2.5 — deadly tiny particles that get into the bloodstream and lungs — soared to about 20 times the safe limit set by the World Health Organisation.Delhi authorities closed all schools until Friday, banned construction and are only allowing cars on the road depending on whether the registration is an odd or even number.The road rationing is meant to end on Friday, but Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said it could be extended. last_img read more

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Why Girona’s Stuani could upset Messi and Suarez

first_imgGirona The model pro who has outscored Ronaldo: Why Girona’s Stuani could upset Messi and Suarez at Camp Nou Daniel Edwards 01:26 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristhian Stuani Getty Girona Primera División Barcelona v Girona Barcelona The hard-working forward has shared plenty of Uruguay call-ups with his more illustrious rival, but they will go head-to-head on Saturday at Camp Nou Working on a shoestring budget and overshadowed by their gargantuan Catalan neighbours, Girona have turned heads in Spain this season with a thrilling first season in La Liga. Playing in the top flight for the first time in their 88-year history, the side have battled to a top-half position and remain with an outside chance of taking a spot in the Europa League for 2018-19.It has been a fairytale for all involved with the club, but one man in particular has been responsible for the miraculous start to life at the top. And just like their Catalan compatriots, Girona have a Uruguayan sharpshooter to thank for their position.Cristhian Stuani, 31, has been as big a hero for Girona this season as his countryman, Barcelona hitman Luis Suarez, is to the Camp Nou faithful. No less than 13 of his club’s goals, almost a third, have come from the Uruguayan’s boot, as he has outscored even Cristiano Ronaldo in the current season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player One of those strikes came in a shock 2-1 defeat of the Merengue back in October, arguably the biggest result in Girona’s history. And having lost comfortably to Barcelona in the opening fixture, Stuani represents the club’s best hope of pulling off another upset and showing the world that Uruguay have much more than just Suarez and Edinson Cavani when it comes to quality forwards. And while Stuani would be the first to admit he was not blessed with the outrageous talent of those two compatriots, he more than makes up for it with an incredible work rate and dedication that has won him many fans along the way.Like Suarez and Cavani, Stuani grew up in the rural interior of Uruguay and had to overcome serious adversity on the way to the top. In Stuani’s case, the setback came right at the start; after breaking through to the first team of Danubio as a teenager. The forward was forced to compete against none other than a young Cavani at a club famed for its production of talent, and was eventually off-loaded to second-tier Bella Vista in a severe blow to the budding star’s ego.Stuani bounced back, however. In 2007 and with Cavani aleady settling in to life in Palermo, the 21-year-old was recalled and picked up a fantastic haul of 19 goals in 15 games as Danubio finished second in that year’s Apertura competition. That form prompted Reggina to swoop, but he did not enjoy his time in Italy: it was in Spain, where he excelled in a series of loan moves before finally making a permanent switch to Espanyol, that the player finally proved his talents as a scorer and provider, in the process forcing himself into the Uruguay team as versatile cover for any number of positions in the final third.A switch to the Championship with Middlesbrough followed, and his 11 goals played a key part in the Teesiders’ successful promotion bid – including a vital equaliser on the last day of the season which secured passage back to the top flight. And while his sole Premier League season was an overall disappointment, it did nothing to diminish his standing in La Liga as a host of clubs showed interest before he finally joined Girona for an undisclosed fee.Confident with the ball at his feet and not afraid to try his luck on goal, Stuani’s talents over the years have been aptly demonstrated. But what has made him such an asset over the years for both club and country is his admirable propensity for self-sacrifice, working incessantly and with intensity for the good of the team.GFX Info Christhian Stuani quoteWhether he is asked to lead the line, as he is doing to such effect at Girona, or to drop back and aid the midfield as was the case with Espanyol and in the national team, you will never hear a word of complaint from this consummate professional.“I think that the most important thing is work, sacrifice, humility and wanting to grow and improve every day,” he explained in an interview with La Liga’s media team while still at Espanyol.“I think that is what drives you to play well in the end, to have great seasons, and I hope I can continue in that vein and can keep saying the same for many years to come.”If he can keep up that admirable philosophy, Stuani might give even mighty Barca pause for thought when he steps out at Camp Nou.last_img read more

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WWE’s Daniel Bryan plays ‘Superstar or Zlatan’

first_imgVideos WWE’s Daniel Bryan plays ‘Superstar or Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:10 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Zlatan Brock Videos WTF The renowned wrestler is quizzed by Goal on whether the former Manchester United and Barcelona forward came out with the quote or one of his own WWE Superstars are known to be great on the microphone, but who’s come out with the best quotes: them or LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic?We asked WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan whether he could tell if these quotes came from a fellow wrestler or the biggest mouth in football, Ibrahimovic, who now plays his football Stateside. Some were easier than others!Who said it – @WWE superstar or @Ibra_official? @WWEDanielBryan tries his luck… pic.twitter.com/mXZtQK9XOS— Goal (@goal) June 1, 2018Goal also asked Bryan about his rumoured love for Everton and support of Wayne Rooney.@WWE superstar @WWEDanielBryan sat down with Goal to discuss just why he became an @Everton fan… pic.twitter.com/MKx6s2hLyF— Goal (@goal) 1 June 2018Check out Goal’s YouTube channel for more exclusive interviews with famous football fans from all corners of the world!last_img read more

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NRL Touch Premiership Women’s Game 1 – Match Report

first_imgThe NRL Touch Premiership has tapped off in a big way with the Women’s Eels winning a nail biter 4-3 over the Tigers.Patricia Michaelopoulous will go down in history as the first try scorer in the Premiership when she crossed the line in the 4th minute to give the visitors the lead.Both teams took some time to adjust to the occasion at ANZ Stadium with the Eels needing 13 minutes to level up the scores. They did so when Zara Nicholas latched onto a long ball to score in the right-hand corner and they hit the lead shortly after when Sammy Rodgers crossed for the first of her double in the opposite corner; a lead they took into half-time.The second was a replica of the first as both sides failed to trouble the scorer for first 10 minutes of the second stanza. Hannah Dyball found a free Sam Rodgers with 5 minutes left on the clock to give the Eels some breathing space at 3-1.With time running out the Tigers looked to star play maker Ash Quinlan to make it happen and she duly delivered as she broke the Eels defensive line and found Courtney Young in the in-goal area to get the visitors back to 3-2.The Eels again stretched the lead back out to two with Nicholas not wanting to be outdone and picking up a double for herself with a classy putdown in the left-hand corner. The Tigers Amy Webb got them within striking distance of tying it up and sending the first Premiership match into a drop-off when she scored with 60 seconds left on the clock.The Eels played their part for the crowd when they turned it over from the restart giving the Tigers one last shot but they couldn’t convert their opportunity as the Eels hung on to secure an historic first ever Premiership win.last_img read more

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Brooks Koepka survives to win PGA Championship after crowd sense a collapse

first_img Reuters New YorkMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 11:38 IST Brooks Koepka survived to win the PGA Championship and establish himself as golf’s new top dog (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSBrooks Koepka almost squandered a 7-shot lead in the final roundKoepka captured his 4th major title in his last 8 starts in grand slam eventsDustin Johnson was 2nd, with Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay and Britain’s Matt Wallace tied for 3rdA coronation almost turned into a calamity but Brooks Koepka survived to win the PGA Championship for a second consecutive year on Sunday and establish himself as golf’s new top dog.The American, who had held a seven-stroke lead at the start of the final round, almost lost control of the title when he made four successive bogeys from the 11th hole before staving off Dustin Johnson for a two-stroke victory at Bethpage Black.Koepka shot a four-over-par 74 to finish at eight-under 272 and captured his fourth major title in his last eight starts in grand slam events.Johnson (69) was second on six-under, with Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay and Britain’s Matt Wallace four strokes further back tied for third.What had seemed for much of the tournament to be a coronation almost became a calamity on Sunday, to the delight of most of the raucous New York gallery, who were openly cheering against Koepka as he walked off the 14th green with a tenuous one-stroke lead.He has played with a chip on his shoulder his entire career, and hearing chants in his face of “D.J., D.J.” only served to fire him up as he walked down the steep hill and across Round Swamp Road to the 15th tee at Bethpage Black.Johnson was playing the adjacent 16th hole when the chants went up after Koepka’s mini-collapse.”I wasn’t nervous. I was just in shock at what was going on,” Koepka said. “When they started chanting D.J. on 14, it actually kind of helped.advertisement”That was probably the best thing that could have happened … helped me refocus and hit a good one down 15.”Koepka’s playing companion Harold Varner III, however, was annoyed by the crowd reaction.”I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke,” Varner said.”That’s not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that. I have a few choice words for that. Just cheering for him to do bad, I just don’t get that.”Johnson, however, subsequently bogeyed the 16th after misjudging his approach shot in the strong and gusty winds and the lead was back up to two strokes.In becoming the first champion to lead wire-to-wire since Hal Sutton in 1983, Koepka successfully defended his title and also displaced Johnson as world number one.Koepka, who also won back-to-back U.S. Open titles in 2017-18, admitted his run of bogeys had put him under pressure.”Tell you what, the hour spent from number 11 to 14 was interesting,” Koepka said. “I just got stuck in a bogey train. I just made mistakes at the wrong time.”You’ve got to hit good drives and I put it in the rough. I challenge anyone to play this course in 15-to 20 miles-per-hour winds and see what they shoot.””Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was, how stressful D.J. made it.”I know for a fact, that was the most excited I’ve ever been in my life … on 18.”Also Read | Tiger Woods double bogey on 1st hole, Brooks Koepka birdiesAlso Read | Tiger Woods sued after employee dies in car crashAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Brooks KoepkaFollow PGA ChampionshipFollow Dustin JohnsonFollow Bethpage Black Next Brooks Koepka survives to win PGA Championship after crowd sense a collapseBrooks Koepka’s nervous breakdown almost cost him the title when he made four successive bogeys from the 11th hole before wrapping up a 2-stroke victory at Bethpage Blackadvertisementlast_img read more

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GAC Opens New Office in Louisiana, USA

zoom GAC has strengthened its ship agency services in the US with the opening of a new office in Galliano, Louisiana, in response to the increase of offshore oil & gas activity in the region.The new GAC Shipping USA office near Port Fourchon, Morgan City and Amelia enables the leading provider of shipping, logistics and marine services to better serve the needs of customers with vessels calling at the ports.Port Fourchon is the region’s main port supporting offshore oil & gas activity, whilst Morgan City is considered the birthplace of the US offshore oil exploration industry and most tonnage handled at the ports is related to the oil & gas sector. The Galliano office is therefore well placed at the heart of the action to attend GAC’s customers’ offshore construction, cargo and supply vessels calling at either port.Office space is available for Principals, if required for hands-on support during projects, mobilizations or demobilizations of their vessels at Fourchon. The base also has a warehouse and outside storage to cater for the staging or storage of equipment or supplies, rather than trucking the material at short notice from Houston or New Orleans.“This is an important new addition to our network of bases serving our customers,” says Darren Martin, GAC Shipping USA General Manager. “We are working closely with GAC Logistics in Houston to offer all our oil & gas customers our full range of services to support their offshore activities in the Gulf.”In addition to the new base in Galliano, GAC Shipping USA’s extensive network of offices includes port agents at Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Port Arthur, Pascagoula, Corpus Christi, Freeport TX and Tampa. Print  Close GAC, November 19, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location read more

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Hull of P-66 Platform Leaves Rio Grande Shipyard, Brazil

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 LUSCHI, April 8, 2014 Print  Close zoom Petrobras has commenced the removal of the hull of P-66 platform in the Rio Grande Shipyard, Brazil. The operation required dredging to open the gate, which was conducted by LUSCHI.“About 30,000 cubic meters of sediment were dredged in less than 20 days using a hopper dredge and a very powerful submersible pump for inaccessible places,” says Roberto Britto, director of logistics LUSCHI.The dredging activities started in March, alongside the works of partial flooding of the dry dock and inspection of the hull. The complete filling of the dock was taken on April 4, when the climatic conditions presented adequate. The operation will last until it reaches about 14 meters depth needed to open the door-boat.This platform is the first of eight replicant FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) to be built for the development of the pre-salt projects, in the prolific Santos basin. This unit will have a processing capacity of 150,000 bpd of oil and 6 million m³/day of natural gas.last_img read more

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Englishtown Ferry Receiving Upgrades

first_imgThe Englishtown Ferry, the Torquil MacLean, will be sent to dry-dock for a refit this spring. The relief ferry, the Scotian, will service the Englishtown crossing while the Torquil MacLean is out of service. “Working as Nova Scotia’s busiest ferry, and operating in the tricky ice and current conditions of St. Anns Harbour, is hard on the Torquil MacLean,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. “By getting this work done now while the ship is relatively young, we’ll extend the life of the ferry.” The Torquil MacLean will have its hull strengthened and streamlined. The ferry’s engine and generator will also be replaced. The tender for the work was awarded to Aecon Atlantic Industrial in Pictou with a bid of $776,000. Work on the ferry will begin after the ice is clear and the ferry can be moved safely from Englishtown to Pictou, which is anticipated to be around April. The overhaul is expected to take about eight weeks. The Torquil MacLean was christened in 2008. It carries an average of 226,000 vehicles and 470,000 passengers a year. It is on Route 312 in Victoria County. For more information about Nova Scotia ferries, go to http://novascotia.ca/tran/hottopics/ferries.asp .last_img read more

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Nominations au conseil dadministration de Tourisme NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgTrois nominations au conseil d’administration de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse ont été annoncées aujourd’hui 5 septembre. Irene d’Entremont, femme d’affaires de Yarmouth et présidente d’ITG Information Management Inc. a été nommée présidente du conseil. Mme d’Entremont a été présidente par intérim depuis le départ en mars de Ben Cowan-Dewar, qui est maintenant à la tête du conseil de Destination Canada. Mme d’Entremont était vice-présidente de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse et de l’ancienne Agence du tourisme de la Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 2012. Ian Thompson, homme d’affaires d’Halifax et ancien sous-ministre du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme, a été nommé vice-président du conseil. M. Thompson est membre du conseil de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 2015 et est maintenant président du comité de gouvernance. Nathalie Megann, vice-présidente des relations avec les investisseurs et des affaires générales chez Chorus Aviation Inc. de Dartmouth a été nommée membre du conseil d’administration. « Le tourisme est une partie importante de la stratégie pour la croissance économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et je félicite ces personnes pour leur nomination, souligne Geoff MacLellan, ministre responsable de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse. J’ai hâte de travailler avec ces dirigeants d’entreprises chevronnés et qualifiés afin de promouvoir de nouvelles idées créatives, de créer des résultats positifs pour l’industrie et de favoriser un plus grand nombre de possibilités pour les jeunes Néo-Écossais. » « Je suis ravie de pouvoir contribuer à la direction des efforts de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse visant à attirer un plus grand nombre de nouveaux visiteurs qui dépenseront plus d’argent en Nouvelle-Écosse, affirme Mme d’Entremont. À titre de présidente du conseil, j’ai bien hâte de poursuivre mon travail avec le conseil afin d’aider à réaliser l’objectif de l’industrie du tourisme qui est d’atteindre des recettes de quatre milliards de dollars d’ici 2024. » Le conseil peut accueillir deux autres membres. Pour des renseignements sur la manière de poser sa candidature : https://tourismns.ca/. Le site Web contient également la biographie des membres actuels du conseil.last_img read more

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Users transferring between TTC and GO Transit to receive reduced cofare

first_imgTORONTO – Commuters in Toronto who use both GO Transit and the city’s public transportation network will be getting a discount on their fares.A spokesman for Toronto Mayor John Tory says that when the co-fares come into effect, people who ride the Toronto Transit Commission and transfer to GO will receive $1.50 off of their GO fare when they use a Presto card.If they transfer from GO to the TTC with their Presto card, the same discount will be taken from their TTC fare.Don Peat says the change will likely come into effect by the end of this year or early next year.He says the province has agreed to reimburse the Toronto Transit Commission for the cost of the reduced fares.Anne Marie Aikin, a spokeswoman for Metrolinx, says GO already has co-fares with 12 transit agencies in the province.last_img read more

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Over 41 million needed to end locust plague in Madagascar says UN

According to FAO, $22 million is needed by June to fight the plague through a large-scale aerial spraying campaign, and an additional $19 million is required to implement a three-year strategy to address this national disaster.“We know from experience that this plague will require three years of anti-locust campaigns. We need funds now to procure supplies and to timely set-up the aerial survey and control operations,” said Senior Officer and Coordinator of the FAO locust response, Annie Monard. About half of Madagascar is currently infested by hoppers and flying swarms. Each swarm is made up of billions of plant-devouring insects. In November, the ministry of agriculture declared a national disaster in view of the deteriorating situation and in December it requested technical and financial assistance from FAO to coordinate and implement an emergency response.The agency estimates that about two-thirds of the island country will be affected by the locust plague by September if no action is taken. “Failure to respond now will lead to massive food aid requirements later on,” said the Director of the FAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, Dominique Burgeon. The plague now threatens 60 per cent of the country’s rice production, a staple crop in Madagascar, where 80 per cent of the population lives on less than $1 per day. The locust swarms are also consuming green vegetation that might normally serve as pasture for livestock.FAO said nearly 60 per cent of the island’s 22 million people could be threatened by a significant worsening of hunger in a country that already has extremely high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition. In the poorest southern regions, where the plague started, around 70 per cent of households are food insecure. While the Government has treated some 30,000 hectares of farmland since the rainy season began in October, some 100,000 hectares have not been treated due to limited capacity. In February the situation was worsened by Cyclone Haruna, which created optimal conditions for locusts to breed.The FAO strategy would entail carrying out a spraying operation, treating some 1.5 million hectares during the first year, 500,000 hectares in the second year and 150,000 hectares in the third and last year. All the operations would be implemented in respect of human health and the environment, the agency said in a news release. The strategy would also entail training a locust watch unit to monitor the situation, aerial and ground survey operations and monitoring control operations to preserve the environment. read more

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Employees students and research add up to Brocks significant impact on Niagara

Nearly half a billion dollars. Even on the conservative end of the measurement scale, that’s the economic impact Brock University has on the Niagara region each year.It comes in the form of Brock’s 19,000 students living in the region and spending their money here. It comes from hundreds of millions of dollars in capital and operational expenditures. And it comes from Brock’s 4,800 part- and full-time employees receiving more than $200 million in payroll each year.“I encourage you to look beyond the numbers,” said Brock University President Gervan Fearon. “There are individuals directly tied to each of those dollar values. The values reflect the outstanding work our staff, faculty, researchers, students and partners are doing in contributing to economic and community activities across the region and province.”A new policy brief released by the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) Wednesday, Oct. 10 gives an updated snapshot of the University’s economic impact locally and beyond. The brief is a pilot project that will lead to more wholesome economic impact studies, as well as research examining Brock’s social and community engagement impact.“One of the things this paper does is show how the University can be a catalyst and a partner in Niagara,” Fearon said. “Brock is a community-based university and what we’re celebrating here is not just our achievements, but the achievements of the entire community.”Brock Associate Professor of Geography and Tourism Studies Jeff Boggs and master’s student Lauren Peddle (BA ’18) co-authored the report after spending months researching and poring through data using two separate accepted methodologies.Using conservative assumptions as the basis, one method estimates Brock’s impact in Niagara to be more than $436 million and the other more than $450 million. When student and related spending are considered, this number jumps to nearly $640 million.Brock has an annual operating budget of $320 million and a payroll of more than $212 million. It’s one of Niagara’s biggest employers, and nearly 80 per cent of its employees live in the region.Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon said measuring and characterizing a post-secondary institution’s impact on its community is a “ferociously difficult challenge.” But Brock’s decision to take it on shows the University’s commitment to being a community partner.“What we learned is that the University affects the community, but the community also affects the University,” he said.He added that Brock’s more than $15 million in research grants received in the past year translates into equipment purchases, new hires and the enabling of research that positively impacts the community.The policy brief will become a foundation for future research and planning, said Fearon.“We’ll now be able to look at the numbers to say ‘how can we have the greatest financial impact at a regional level?’”Deputy St. Catharines CAO David Oakes, one of the panelists at Wednesday’s NCO event, said Brock’s impact on municipalities in the region is immense.“Brock is critical to the St. Catharines economy,” he said. “You look at something like the Steel Blade hockey game, where you have 5,000 students coming downtown — that has a direct impact on the downtown core that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.”Other panelists reflecting on the important role played by the University and the value added to Niagara communities included Mishka Balsom from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Rino Mostacci from the Niagara Region and Peter Tiidus, Dean of Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. read more

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Alesha MacPhail trial Boy 16 found guilty of rape and murder of

Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail and his girlfriend Toni McLachlan outside the courtCredit:Getty georgina lochrane 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. Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane was in court every dayCredit:PA Alesha was visiting her father on the Isle of Bute Credit:Twitter alesha macphail robert macphail She added: “I am glad the boy who did this has finally been brought to justice and that he will not be able to inflict the pain on another family that he has done to mine. Alesha, I love you so much, my wee pal. I will miss you forever.”Alesha lived with her mother in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, but was on the holiday island in the Clyde to spend three weeks with her father and grandparents. Ms McLachlan told the court that she “loved” Alesha and had nothing to do with her death.The teenager gave evidence in his own defence and was branded a “confident liar” by the prosecution. But the jury was unanimous in rejecting his evidence.His DNA was found “all over” Alesha and her clothes, which lay near her body, and he had been caught on CCTV leaving his home on three separate occasion in the early hours of July 2.  She had only been there for a matter of days when her grandmother Angela King, 47, discovered she was missing for her room at around 6.30am on July 2.The family launched a frantic search for her and were joined by dozens of islanders. But her naked “brutalised” body was discovered in the grounds of the old Kyles of Bute Hotel less than three hours later.The MacPhail family also issued a statement saying they could not believe they would never see their “wee angel” again. They added: “We miss her so much. We hope that the boy who took her from us is jailed for a long time because of what he has done to our family.”The schoolgirl suffered 117 injuries in the violent attack, with a pathologist telling the jury he had never seen anything like the injuries inflicted on her private parts. A teenage boy has been convicted of  abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail in a crime that shocked Britain last summer.The 16-year-old killer, who cannot be named because of his age, took the schoolgirl from her bedroom, carried her along the shore in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and left her “brutalised” body in woodland at the site of a derelict hotel.He was found guilty on the ninth day of a harrowing trial at the High Court in Glasgow, where he attempted to blame 18-year-old Toni McLachlan, the girlfriend of Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail, for the murder.The jury deliberated for around three hours before returning its verdict. The teen killer faces a mandatory life sentence.Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane, who sat through the trial, issued a statement saying she could not express how devastated she was to have lost her “beautiful, happy, smiley wee girl”. The teenager accused of killing her was arrested on July 4. It emerged on the first day of the trial that he knew the family because he had bought cannabis from Alesha’s father.Ms McLachlan also learned on the same day that he was accusing her of killing the schoolgirl. In what the prosecution described as a “preposterous” defence, he said he had previously been in a sexual relationship with the 18-year-old and claimed he had sex with her the night Alesha went missing. He claimed she then took a condom and “planted” his DNA at the scene of the murder. read more

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Wondering how to start 3D printing Make has you covered

first_imgFor most of us, 3D printing is endlessly interesting, but also somewhat impenetrable. It’s something we’d love to get involved in, but there are just so many questions that need to be answered. What is reprap? Which printer should I get? Should I look into CNC or just 3D printing? And, most of all, what the heck am I going to make? While all that information is available somewhere on the Internet, it’s scattered and not always as reliable as you might like. Realizing this, the team at Make put together their Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.The guide, which is available as a 116 page magazine and an ebook (both are $9.99) offers an introduction to all aspects of 3D printing, from the terminology, to the plastics, to the software, to services for people that don’t actually own 3D printers.The guide also reveals Make’s findings from their testing of 15 different printers. Some of the models they put to the test include the Afinia H-Series, Bukubot 8, MakerGear M2, MendelMax Pro, Ultimaker, and MakerBot’s famous Replicator 2. The prices of the tested models range from $4,370 all the way down to the $399 Printrbot Jr. Recommendations were given out so each type of buyer will know which model to get. For example, users looking for the fastest performance should consider the Ultimaker while those looking for the easiest possible setup will like the Afinia H-Series.There is a lot of information in the guide (even more than I expected) and it looks like it’s going to stay relevant for some time, even considering the seemingly endless supply of 3D printers being released on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The information will never be as complete or as timely as what you can find across the Internet (or, you know, on Geek.com), but as a distillation of the available knowledge with a healthy portion of analysis from Make’s crack team, it’s a guide that I’d recommend reading.Learn more at Make.comDisclosure: I played no part in the 3D Guide and don’t care if you buy it or not, but it’s published by O’Reilly/Make, the same company that published my book about LED lighting.last_img read more

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Newsweek Sold to IBT Media

first_imgMore on this topic Jim Impoco New Newsweek Editor-In-Chief Meet IBT Media: The Future of Newsweek Tina Brown and Daily Beast Owner IAC to Split Newsweek and International Business Times Launch New Websites Baba Shetty Named CEO of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company Harman Family to ‘Stop Investing’ in NewsweekJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered by It was announced this weekend that IBT Media has agreed to purchase Newsweek from IAC.IBT Media is the New York-based, digital-only publisher of flagship brand International Business Times, as well as ten other online news sites.The deal splits Newsweek from The Daily Beast, which will remain with IAC. IBT will relaunch the brand under its former Newsweek.com URL. IBT launched in 2006 and its platform reaches a combined 30 million unique visitors.Terms of the deal were not released, but it’s expected to close within a week. IAC will continue to operate Newsweek for up to 60 days as the brand transitions into IBT. Part of that transition will include determining which staff make the move, according to an internal memo from interim Newsweek/Daily Beast CEO Rhona Murphy.The deal, according to the announcement, includes the Newsweek brand and its digital operations. It will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of IBT. Ongoing foreign license agreements will remain in place.IAC merged Newsweek with The Daily Beast, in a 50/50 joint venture with Sidney Harman, in late 2010. The deal was strained from the get-go. The Daily Beast-Newsweek blend was forced, at best. The Harmans eventually decided to end their investment and then the title went digital-only shortly after. IAC chairman Barry Diller finally summed up the merger as a regrettable “mistake” in May and then promptly put it on the block.IBT’s announcement of the deal.last_img read more

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Samsung chief Galaxy Fold delay was embarrassing but no new launch date

first_img Mobile Phones Foldable Phones Now playing: Watch this: Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung Comments Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Share your voice Android Update Originally published July 1, 2019 at 7:22 a.m. PT.Update, 3:35 p.m. PT: Adds more context.Update, July 2, 2019 at 2 a.m. PT: Adds Stephanie Choi’s statement. A new interview sheds some light on what went wrong with the Galaxy Fold. Angela Lang/CNET Editors Note: On July 24, 2019 Samsung announced that it will sell the Galaxy Fold in September.Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh admitted on Monday that he rushed the $1,980 Galaxy Fold to market before the foldable phone was fully ready. But he stopped short of apologizing to preorder buyers who never received their device. Koh didn’t reveal a new release date for a phone that’s now been delayed for 67 days. Samsung paused the Galaxy Fold release more than two months ago, a few days before its originally-planned April 26 sale date. “It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready,” Koh said during a meeting with journalists including The Independent in Seoul. “I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery.” Samsung delayed the Galaxy Fold after some reviewers testing the device experienced a series of problems with the phone’s foldable screen (CNET’s review unit was unaffected). When closed, the Fold features a 4.6-inch traditional phone display, and opens to reveal a 7.3-inch tablet-sized screen inside.  10:12 60 Photos Tags 5 Koh said that the company has “more than 2,000 devices are being tested right now in all aspects,” going on to say that “we defined all the issues. Some issues we didn’t even think about it but thanks to our reviewers, mass volume testing is ongoing.” Koh added that an update would be provided “in due course” and asked that those interested in the Fold “give us a bit more time.”Another statement was less conciliatory. “Our brand philosophy is ‘do what you can’t’,” Stephanie Choi, Samsung’s global marketing strategy head, told the group. “We make what can’t be made, and do what can’t be done. This [Galaxy Fold issue] is unfortunately sometimes part of this process,” The Independent reported.This is not the first time that Samsung has admitted it made a mistake for an issue affecting one of its phones. Most recently, Samsung apologized for the Galaxy Note 7, which the company voluntarily recalled in 2016, twice, after reports that the phone’s battery overheated and caught fire. As a result of investigations into the Note 7’s design and manufacturing processes, Samsung announced a more secure battery protocol.While the Galaxy Fold’s screen issues have shades of the same internal review, the foldable phone never posed a health risk to buyers or reviewers. Samsung did not respond to a request for comment. last_img read more

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AirAsia India mulls IPO to beat market blues and catch up with

first_imgAirAsiaWikimedia CommonsTwo days after Air Asia India hinted at plans to start international flight operations from Bengaluru and Kolkata, the chief of the parent company, Tony Fernandes, on Wednesday said that the low-cost airline will soon float Initial Public Offering (IPO).According to Mint, AirAsia India had suffered a loss of over Rs 15 crore in the September quarter of 2017 as compared to competitors SpiceJet and IndiGo which recorded profit of Rs105.3 crore and Rs 500 crore, respectively.AirAsia India which commenced operations in 2014 has a fleet of 14 Airbus A320 aircraft and has around four percent domestic market share.A joint venture of Tata Sons and Malaysia-based AirAsia Group, the airline will soon to appoint investment bankers to work out a strategy to raise capital from equity market.Ahead of a board meeting in which the IPO proposal is likely to be approved, Fernades said, “AirAsia will be seeking approval at the next AirAsia India board to pick a banker to start a preliminary process. It’s a very valuable asset with huge growth potential.”Analysts giving zero value to airaosa india. Not far from 20 planes and a potential IPO— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) January 10, 2018 An Airbus A320neo aircraft at Hamburg, Germany plant.YouTubeThe Bengaluru-based airline will take advantage of the strong markets of AirAsia Berhad in Malaysia and then expand its capability in India.Yeah baby. Big day for me and @AirAsia 99.9999 percent of shareholders approve the formation of AirAsia Group BERHAD. What I have been hoping for a while. Gives me big drive.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) January 8, 2018last_img read more

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Baltimore Youth Lead Change Addressing Homelessness On Global Youth Service Day

first_imgPublic Allies MD, an AmeriCorps program of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will lead students in a service activity for Global Youth Service Day, April 11.Over 600 students from several different Baltimore City public and private schools will help create lunch and toiletry bags for the homeless.“Congratulations and thanks to the young people of Baltimore for their work to improve their community,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president of YSA (Youth Service America), the founder and chief convener of GYSD. “On Global Youth Service Day, the world stands in awe as we see what’s possible when kids take the lead as change-makers.”last_img

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Chrome Extension Turns Political Tweets Into Official Messages to Congress

first_img Twitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies FeatureSenator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media Functions Baby, sometimes social media tagging just ain’t enough.There is no guarantee anyone reads those caustic tweets you send Donald Trump or words of support you share on Bernie Sanders’ Facebook page.Enter Chrome extension ePluribus, which automatically turns political posts on Facebook, Twitter, and news article comment sections into official messages to representatives—just as if you filled out the contact form on their website.AdChoices广告The brainchild of Stanford University students Aidan and Liam McCarty, ePluribus aims to reduce the volume of bureaucratic spam and give everyday Internet users a voice.Once downloaded, simply open Twitter or Facebook and look for the drop-down list of politicians, which includes everyone from Senate and House members to POTUS. Carefully compose your message, then watch as ePluribus converts it into a comment sent directly to the tagged legislator.The widget also integrates with articles across 14 major U.S. news sites; look for ePluribus at the end of stories on NBC, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Reuters, Politico, and more.Currently available only as a desktop Chrome extension, ePlurbius is “coming soon” as an iOS and Android mobile app and browser-friendly website.And, in an effort to combat fake messages drowning out opinions of real people, a forthcoming identity verification feature will allow users to prove they are a constituent—hopefully compelling representatives to pay attention to their concerns.“Identity fraud is wreaking havoc on our democracy,” the product page FAQ said. “Fake accounts on social media are fueling misinformation campaigns both foreign and domestic, making it easier than ever to meddle in our politics.“ePluribus is committed to stopping bots, lobbyists, spammers, and foreign agents from drowning out the voices of real people like you,” according to the creators.A 2017 Indiegogo campaign successfully raised more than $10,000 to help launch the civic network. Its name was inspired by the unofficial U.S. motto “e pluribus unum” (Latin for “out of many, one”), and is a play on the common “e-” abbreviation for “electronic.”More on Geek.com:ACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media SurveillanceStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use ThemGoogle Chrome Extension Warns of Password Breaches Stay on targetlast_img read more

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