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Deadly Virus Widespread in British Bumblebees

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first_imgHoney bees are apparently the Typhoid Marys of the pollinator world. A study suggests that honey bees spread two kinds of pathogens to wild bumblebees. And one of these, deformed wing virus (DWV), is killing bumblebees across the United Kingdom, perhaps contributing to the decline of the nation’s wild populations. The wide occurrence of DWV is “truly alarming,” says molecular ecologist Peter Neumann of the University of Bern, who was not involved in the study.DWV can be nasty. Like many other viruses in honey bees, DWV spreads in two ways. Worker honey bees (Apis mellifera) will transmit it orally to other workers, generally resulting in a benign infection. But the parasitic varroa mite is a carrier, too. When the mite feeds on bee pupae, infecting them with DWV, the virus causes ghastly deformities. Young bees develop with bloated abdomens and shrunken or crumpled wings, making DWV one of the worst viral diseases in commercial honey bee hives.DWV first turned up in 2004 among commercial bumblebees; the insect, Bombus terrestris, is often used in greenhouses, particularly to pollinate tomatoes. Commercial breeders initially noticed that about 10% of their bumblebee queens had died with tiny, misshapen wings. Then, Elke Genersch of the Institute for Bee Research in Hohen Neuendorf, Germany, and colleagues discovered that the dead bumblebees had been infected with DWV. The researchers suspected that honey bees had orally infected the bumblebees, because breeders use honey bees to encourage bumblebee queens to start new nests.No one knew the extent of DWV in wild bumblebees. Matthias Fürst and Mark Brown of Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham and colleagues collected honey bees and bumblebees from 26 sites across Great Britain. The virus was present in 11% of the bumblebees and replicating in more than a third of those, suggesting active infections, they report in Nature. The virus is probably even more common than those data indicate, Brown noted in a telephone press conference. Bees “on their deathbed are not going to be caught by our sampling scheme,” he said.The team found genetic evidence that the virus is shared between the species: When honey bees and bumblebees lived near each other, both had a similar strain of the virus. Because DWV was more prevalent in honey bees—36% were infected—the researchers believe it spreads from them to bumblebees. The team also found the same pattern with the fungal pathogen Nosema ceranae, but it did not appear to cause problems for bumblebees.DWV, on the other hand, spelled trouble. When the researchers fed bumblebees food contaminated with the virus, symptoms of the disease emerged. (See photos of bumblebees with deformed wings, not from this study.) Worker bees became sick and died on average 6 days sooner than normal, a major reduction from the typical lifespan of 21 days. A bumblebee nest contains fewer than several hundred worker bees, so any widespread DWV infection could devastate the nest’s ability to gather enough food.  Jeff Pettis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, agrees it is likely that honey bees are infecting bumblebees. “This highlights the need to better manage honey bees in a responsible manner and find ways to conserve all pollinators,” he says. Wild bumblebee populations, which help pollinate some field crops, appear to be declining in many places, so the need is urgent. There is no way to treat sick bees, so the best strategy is to keep honey bee hives as healthy as possible, in particular by controlling the varroa mites, which worsen infections in honey bees.last_img read more

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Red-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas couldn’t be stopped as it ran roughshod over Formosa Dreamers, 117-93, for its eighth straight victory in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.The hottest team in the league banked on its versatile imports to improve to 11-4 in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Familiarity helped Meralco’s Ballesteros in career game vs Ginebra NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Justin Brownlee was as lethal as ever, firing 27 points and scattering 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals to stuff the stat sheets in the rout.Renaldo Balkman also registered another double-double of 21 markers and 14 boards that went with six dimes, and five rejections, while Lawrence Domingo fired a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBobby Ray Parks Jr. also shone as he helped Alab break away for good in the third quarter, where he unloaded eight of his 15 points that triggered a 19-7 tear for a decisive 79-62 lead. The reigning Local MVP also got three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.The tailspin continued for the Dreamers, who have now lost 12 games in a row and stayed at the cellar with a 1-14 slate.center_img AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Cameron Forte topped Formosa with 29 points and 21 rebounds, Ronnie Aguilar had 20 markers and 11 boards, and local Wu Sung Wei got 18 points and five assists off the bench.The scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 117 — Brownlee 27, Balkman 21, Domingo 16, Parks 15, Hontiveros 11, Sumalinog 11, Urbiztondo 9, Raymundo 3, Alabanza 2, Javelona 2, Celiz 0.FORMOSA DREAMERS 93 — Forte 29, Aguilar 20, Wu 18, Chen 10, Chien 7, Chou 4, Barratt 3, Yang 2, Cheng 0, Li C 0, Li P 0, Tsai 0.Quarters: 28-19, 52-38, 79-66, 117-93.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Menina leaves Mapua, transfers to NU

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first_imgUnesco partners with PSC to improve Children’s Games The Cebuano guard confirmed his supposed transfer, sharing that he has already enrolled in the Jhocson-based campus.“Yes, I’m already in NU. I also want to play in the UAAP,” said Menina in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMapua coach Atoy Co is aware of the development as he braces for NCAA Season 93 without Menina.The Cardinals have already suffered a huge blow with reigning two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme opting to sit out this season. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Menina averaged 8.9 points on a 27.3-percent shooting from three, to go with 1.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists in his sophomore year in Mapua, as the Cardinals advanced to the Final Four for the second straight season.He will sit out this upcoming UAAP Season 80, but will be eligible to play for three years for the Bulldogs. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDarell Menina is now a Bulldog.The 5-foot-8 playmaker has transferred from Mapua University to his new home in National University, leaving the Cardinals where he spent his first two years in the collegiate level.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Viswanathan Anand keeps lead in Zurich challenge

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first_imgFormer world champion Viswanathan Anand played out two draws to keep his full point lead in the Zurich Chess Challenge here.After two wins against Levon Aronian of Armenia and Dutchman Anish Giri, Anand wriggled out of problems against Latvian Alexei Shirov in the third round game and then played out a draw with Hikaru Nakamura of United States to stay afloat in the Classical-Rapid section.With two points for a victory and one for a draw, Anand took his tally to six points overall and will have white pieces against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the final round of the Rapid section.After the last round, the players will change gears and enter a blitz play-off wherein one point will be awarded for a win and half a point for a draw.Nakamura and Kramnik share the second spot on five points apiece. While the American also drew both his games, Kramnik was a class act against Giri in the fourth round that gave him a chance to jump to the joint second spot.Aronian on three points is sole fourth in standings while Giri and Shirov are at the bottom of the tables with two points apiece.      The third round witnessed no decisive results despite keenly-contested affairs. Anand was pitted against Shirov and it was the most dramatic game of the round.     The Latvian fianchettoed his dark squared Bishop in the Spanish opening and sacrificed an exchange and Anand was in some troubles as all black pieces spat fire on board.      However, some deft manoeuvres by Anand ensured parity after the Indian gave back his rook for a minor piece and the onus was on Shirov to find some finesse in the final stages to force a draw.advertisementIn the other games of third round, Kramnik drew with Nakamura wherein the latter had to put up a splendid defense while Aronian also achieved the same result against Giri.The fourth round was most crucial for Anand as he had black against Nakamura but the Indian ace was seen pressing with black pieces out of a reverse Grunfeld.Nakamura sacrificed a pawn and reached a Rook and opposite colours Bishop endgame to force a draw in the end. Kramnik’s win against Giri came in a Reti opening while Aronian subdued Shirov for his first win in the tournament.     In the final round now, Anand will have white pieces against Kramnik while Nakamura plays with black against Aronian. A draw should be enough for Anand to clinch the Rapid title here.     Results round 4: Hikaru Nakamura (Usa, 5) drew with V Anand (Ind, 6); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 5) beat Anish Giri (Ned, 2); Alexei Shirov (Lat, 2) lost to Levon Aronian (Arm,3).     Round 3: Shirov drew with Anand; Nakamura drew with Kramnik; Aronian drew with Giri.last_img read more

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Only BCCI General Body can take call on WADA compliance: Khanna

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first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) The BCCI is unlikely to come under the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) ambit anytime soon despite the constant push from the International Cricket Council, said Indian board’s acting president CK Khanna.BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who attended the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, has expressed his opinion which is contrary to board”s current stand.Choudhary has reportedly said that BCCI needs to be WADA compliant even though it has been vehemently opposed by the top cricketers as they have serious reservations over the ”whereabouts clause”.”The acting secretary had aired his view but that is not the view of the general body of BCCI. I don’t think any decision can be taken with regards to policy unless new general body is formed,” Khanna told PTI on Saturday.”I believe even the CoA has decided to leave the matter to the general body. This is a serious issue and the cricketers are the biggest stakeholders in it. You can’t alienate them and take a decision in isolation,” Khanna said.The BCCI has always been wary about being signatory to the WADA code as it would effectively bring them under the National Sports Federations (NSFs) umbrella. The BCCI also doesn’t take government grants.For ICC, getting BCCI to sign WADA code is important as the world body is pushing for the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics. PTI KHSBSBSlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Mayank Markande makes T20I debut, KL Rahul returns

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Report: Leonard Fournette’s Family May Have Broken NCAA Rules

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first_imgLeonard Fournette talks during an interview.YouTube/LSU Tiger TV YouTube/LSU Tiger TVYouTube/LSU Tiger TVLSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year, given the fact that he’s rushed for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games. But according to USA TODAY, his family could be in a bit of trouble with the NCAA regarding a website that was launched back ahead of the 2014 season.According to the publication, a website dedicated to “BUGA Nation” – which stands for “Being United Generates Attitude” – was launched with the intent to sell tee shirts and hats to the public. Fournette “helped develop” the acronym. Here’s more:Paul Price, described by Fournette’s mother as the family’s manager, made payments of about $10,000 to build a website and produce the merchandise to be sold, the owners of three companies involved told USA TODAY Sports. The owners said they gave Price and the Fournettes more than $20,000 in discounts because they expected strong sales driven by the star running back’s popularity. Even with the discounts, one of the business owners said he has yet to be paid in full.The website launched the week of LSU’s 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette.Clearly, the issue here is that players and their families are not allowed to profit off of an athlete’s likeness, image or name.Will this lead to NCAA issues for LSU and Fournette? At this point, it’s hard to say. You can read the entire article over at USA TODAY.last_img read more

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DHT Holdings to Buy 11 VLCCs from BW Group

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first_imgzoom DHT Holdings, Inc. has entered into an agreement to buy eleven very large crude carriers (VLCCs), including two newbuildings due for delivery in 2018, from BW Group Limited.BW Group’s vessels, which have a total value of USD 538 million, are scheduled to join their new owner during the second quarter of 2017.As a result of the acquisition, DHT will have a fleet with an average age of 6.9 years, consisting of 30 VLCCs, including four newbuildings set for delivery in 2018, and two Aframaxes.“This is a great transaction for DHT and its shareholders. It is projected to be accretive to DHT’s earnings and will deliver cost synergies by lowering G&A expenses per ship,” Trygve P. Munthe and Svein Moxnes Harfjeld, DHT’s Co-CEOs, said.The company said that it plans to finance the acquisition by issuing some USD 256 million of capital stock, consisting of 32 million shares of common stock and 15,700 shares of preferred stock that are mandatorily convertible into 15.7 million shares of common stock subject to DHT shareholder approval.The implied value of the DHT common stock issued to BW is USD 5.37 per share.DHT will also pay BW Group USD 177.36 million in cash and assume USD 104.16 million in remaining obligations with respect to the two newbuildings. The cash requirements associated with the purchase are expected to be financed with bank debt.Following BW Group’s delivery of all vessels and novation of newbuilding contracts to DHT, BW Group Limited and its affiliates will own 33.5% of DHT’s outstanding share capital and will be granted customary rights, including the right to appoint two directors to DHT’s board.last_img read more

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Congress seeks probe into HPSC exam

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Saturday sought an inquiry into the conduct of an exam for the posts of assistant professor by the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC).Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tagged a media report in a tweet, stating that 57 persons, who had cleared the mathematics exam for the posts, were sitting close to each other. “Though people of Haryana have no expectation from the Khattar government and the counting for BJP’s farewell has begun, the case should be immediately investigated and the culprits should be punished. The public service examination should be cancelled and conducted again,” the Congress leader said. He accused the Manohar Lal Khattar government of playing with youngsters’ future, saying it had “created a world record of corruption during examinations”. Twelve candidates, who appeared for the examination, have complained to the commission, the media report said.last_img read more

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That pipeline is going to get built PM dismisses BCs Trans Mountain

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first_imgEDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion will happen despite British Columbia’s latest attempt to hinder the project.Speaking on Edmonton talk radio station CHED on Thursday, Trudeau said the pipeline, which would take Alberta crude to the West Coast for shipment to Asian markets, is in the national interest and will go ahead.“That pipeline is going to get built,” Trudeau said. “We will stand by our decision. We will ensure that the Kinder Morgan pipeline gets built.”B.C.’s environment minister has said his minority government plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off the province’s coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.The move has infuriated Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who has accused B.C. of trying to change the rules after the federal government already gave the project the green light.Trudeau said Canada needs to get Alberta’s oil safely to markets other than the United States. He said the federal government did the research and has spent billions on spill response.“The Kinder Morgan pipeline is not a danger to the B.C. coast,” he said.Trudeau said it’s normal for provinces to have differences of opinion and that’s why there is a federal government.“One of the reasons we have a national government to oversee national interests is to step up for the interests of all Canadians and that’s exactly what I am going to do,” he said, without elaborating on what steps he might take.Notley has threatened trade retaliation with B.C. if the shipping ban goes ahead. She held an emergency cabinet meeting Wednesday to discuss what legal and economic levers Alberta can pull in its spat with its neighbour to the west. She specifically mentioned interprovincial trade in electricity.The B.C. government has said it will establish an independent scientific advisory panel to study the issue.B.C.’s proposal creates more uncertainty for Kinder Morgan’s already-delayed Trans Mountain expansion project that would nearly triple the capacity of its pipeline system to 890,000 barrels a day.Notley is not alone in her fight.Saskatchewan’s incoming premier Scott Moe has also expressed support for the project and criticized the move by B.C., as have opposition party leaders in Saskatchewan and Alberta.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

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Gasping for clean air

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first_img“I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” These lines by Evel Knievel describe a feeling of living on love, literally, and nurturing a heart filled with happiness and contentment. However, the reality is a little different from what we actually envisage from these fulfilling words. This “fresh air” is killing seven million people every year and causing irreparable damage to several billion and has been described as the “new tobacco” by none other than the head of the World Health Organisation. India is home to seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world with South Asia battling deteriorating air quality and the economic toll it is expected to take worldwide. According to reports, the life of a South Asian child born today will be shortened by two years and six months growing up in current high levels of air pollution, while the global life expectancy loss is 20 months. What is more alarming is that millions of deaths are taking place from stroke, diabetes, heart attack, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases. Also Read – A compounding difficultyAnother major concern is that researchers have analysed the experiences of more than 2,000 17-year-olds and found that those in places with higher levels of nitrogen oxides had a 70 per cent higher chance of symptoms such as hearing voices or intense paranoia. People growing up in cities were already known to have more psychotic experiences than those outside urban areas. Toxic air is one potential cause. Also, the disparity between less and more developed countries is very wide and amounts to developing countries suffering PM2.5 exposures that are four to five times those of more-developed countries. It is not just the outdoor air which is the ticking time bomb but the household air pollution is another key issue. Almost 3.6 billion people are estimated to be exposed globally, coupled with the double whammy for the health of those also experiencing high levels of outdoor pollution. Also Read – An askew democracyA recent study titled ‘State of Global Air 2019’ shows the impact of air pollution in the world. More than 90 per cent people worldwide live in areas exceeding WHO guideline for healthy air. More than half live in areas that do not even meet WHO’s least stringent interim target for air quality. Concerted efforts have shown positive results and air pollution has begun to turn a corner in many South Asian countries, especially China. What is needed is a definite and up-scale action plan to urgently respond to this challenge. In a nutshell, the need of the hour is urgent policy formalisation which equitably reduces pollution — both indoor and outdoor, and their strict implementation to make this world a livable place.last_img read more

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Financial disclosure statements of numerous senior UN officials made public

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Mr. Ban sees public disclosure as “an important voluntary initiative as it demonstrates that UN staff members understand the importance of both the general public and the Member States of the United Nations being assured that, in the discharge of their official duties and responsibilities, UN staff members will not be influenced by any consideration associated with his/her private interests,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.Both Mr. Ban and Ms. Migiro had already made their financial disclosure statements public in 2007, following their confidential review by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm hired by the UN to examine such documents.Although not required, the Secretary General had encouraged senior officers – at the ranks of Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General – to follow his lead on an entirely voluntary basis.The “Ethical Standards” section of Mr. Ban’s website contains a current list of senior UN officials who have chosen to provide a public summary of their disclosure, including links to their statements. As other staff members indicate their consent to the Ethics Office, these names and disclosures will be added.Each official’s statement must be reviewed by PwC before a public summary is made available, with the 2007 review cycle by the firm having ended on 31 December 2007.Shortly after taking office last January, Mr. Ban said he was making his statement public “to set an early example” of his goal as Secretary-General to promote “the highest standards of integrity and ethical behaviour” at the world body. 24 January 2008Following the lead of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, numerous senior United Nations officials have made their financial disclosure statements public, it was announced today. read more

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UN official calls on Cambodia to cancel concession on indigenous land

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“The Government and the company have disregarded the well-being, culture and livelihoods of the Phnong indigenous people who make up more than half the population of the province, and many breaches of the law and of human rights have been committed,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia, Peter Leuprecht, said in a statement yesterday.He asked Government to cancel the agreement of last August to provide an initial 10,000 hectares of state land to Wuzhishan L.S. Group for a pine tree plantation in Mondulkiri province, with a promise of a further 189,999 hectares. “As with other economic land concessions, no environmental or social impact assessments were carried out, and local populations and authorities were neither informed nor consulted,” he said.The concession encompasses hilly grasslands and dense forest in the valleys and along the waterways of southern Mondulkiri. In September, the company started spraying the hills with large amounts of the herbicide glyphosate, later burning sprayed areas. The hills are used by the Phnong to graze their cattle.Ancestral burial areas and spirit forests have also been desecrated and the company has taken farm lands and rice fields, Mr. Leuprecht said. The concession should not have been approved as the Land Law establishes the right of indigenous people to collective title, he added. read more

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Transfield Services awarded A100 million in iron ore contracts

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first_imgTransfield Services has been awarded two engineering design and construction contracts in the Pilbara, Western Australia, worth a total of A$100 million. The contracts, with Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), integrate the expertise of Transfield Services’ specialist engineering design subsidiary, ICD, with the company’s construction capability. The contracts are: A one‐year, $65 million contract to design and construct Rio Tinto’s Parker Point fuels storage terminal in Dampier. The terminal, which receives fuel via a 1.8 km jetty and distributes the fuel by rail, is part of Rio Tinto’s iron ore operations in the PilbaraA one‐year $35 million contract to design and construct diesel storage facilities and distribution infrastructure to support the development and operations of the Solomon mine. The site is strategically located near railway and road infrastructure 30 minutes from Port Hedland and is critical to FMG’s expansion plans in the region.“These contracts deliver on our strategy to provide higher‐value front‐end services to the resources and energy industry,” said Managing Director and CEO of Transfield Services, Peter Goode. “They also demonstrate the company’s engineering and construction capabilities, which form part of our whole‐of‐life asset management offering.”last_img read more

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Jury awards 540K to woman who slipped in Biscuits Cafe

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first_imgPORTLAND — A jury has awarded $540,000 to a woman who slipped and herniated a disk on a wet floor at Biscuits Cafe in West Linn.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Jennifer Cooper was 38 when she, her husband and their teenage son went to the restaurant to celebrate the first paycheck her son had earned in July 2014.Cooper was headed toward the restrooms when she slipped.Cooper faulted the restaurant for failing to put up a “wet floor” sign.Attorneys for the franchisor and the franchisee — Biscuits Cafe Franchising and Biscuits WL — contended in court papers before trial that Cooper wouldn’t be able to prove that she wasn’t at fault for failing to notice the wet floor.Jurors found Cooper was 10 percent responsible while the restaurant was 90 percent responsible.last_img

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TCI not in business with Panama Papers law firm says FSC

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNiguel Streete, new Managing Director of the Financial Services Commission confirms that the Turks and Caicos is not involved in the controversial situation dubbed, the Panama Papers where high level G8 country leaders and billionaires are listed as alleged tax evaders. Since the leak of the documents of some 214,000 offshore companies there has been the threat of the UK imposing direct rule on its overseas territories; the TCI is certainly weary of that ever happening again and the threat of direct rule did cause reaction within the country. However, the MG of the FSC said: “The TCI Financial Services Commission has confirmed that the Panamanian law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, Mossack Fonseca, is not licensed and does not operate as a corporate service provider in the TCI.” Streete encourages TCI companies to remain above board and diligent in their compliance processes. I quote him again, “Despite having no direct involvement with Mossack Fonseca as a corporate service provider, the TCI Financial Services Commission recognises the reputational risk that these events pose to all international financial services centres and continues to actively monitor developments surrounding the Panama Papers.” last_img read more

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Value of volunteers lauded at State of the County event

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first_imgo Eric Golemo and Steve Madsen, chair and vice chair of the county’s Development and Engineering Advisory Board, which works with the private sector to help improve the county’s development review process.o Glen Johnson of the Coastal Conservation Association, Richard Dyrland of Fish First, Denny Way of Clark-Skamania Flyfishers and Larry Snyder of Vancouver Wildlife League. Their organizations stepped up to help preserve fishing opportunities on the east and north forks of the Lewis River after the parks maintenance budget was cut by $1.6 million.o Jan Oliva and Cheri Martin, executive director of the Parks Foundation of Clark County; Jan and Steve Oliva and the Firstenburg Family Foundation sponsored the Nature Play Summit last June. The daylong event kicked off a community initiative to get kids into the woods and fields to play and explore.o Bill Coleman, board member for the nonprofit Clark County Food Bank. In 2010, Heritage Farm volunteers harvested more than 65,000 pounds of carrots for families who rely on local food banks.o Wayne Yarnall, chair of the Clark County Citizen ADA Advisory Committee, which makes sure public buildings and parks are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act standards.last_img read more

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Arrested man praises police dog wants rematch

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first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene, Ore., man arrested after he was bitten by a Marion County sheriff’s police dog says the dog did a good job but he wants a rematch — and he predicts he could win the next round.Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Baldridge says 35-year-old Joshua Stephenson told a deputy, in his words, “You have a great dog. He did his job very well, but next time in a fight I could take him.”KGW-TV reports that Baldridge says Stephenson was arrested Friday for investigation of DUI, resisting arrest, endangerment, driving with a revoked license and interfering with a police animal.The man tangled with a dog named “Yo” after sheriff’s officers say he refused to surrender. The dog seized the man’s leg. Baldridge says the man continued to resist and tried to pry the dog’s jaws open. The spokesman says the deputy and the dog together were able to take the man into custody.last_img read more

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CityWide Water Testing Planned

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first_imgWard 8 D.C. Council candidate Trayon White (D) posted April 26 a photo of brown water at Martin Luther King Elementary. He posted a follow up April 27 announcing the water was clear and DCDGS was conducting tests for harmful contaminants. (Courtesy photo)Amid a potential crisis in water safety in the District, its leaders and officials at D.C. Water insist everything is being done to treat existing problems and avoid a contamination pandemic as seen in Flint Mich. D.C. Water began flushing water mains April 29, after Ward 8 Council candidate Trayon Martin posted Twitter images of brown water coming from the fountains of Martin Luther King Elementary in Southeast.Water crews opened hydrants and closed valves to pull water through the system, flush out sediment and clean the pipes. “In this case, it appears the flow of the water caused a temporary discoloring of the water in the school when service was restored,” John Lisle, chief of external affairs for D.C. Water, wrote in an email.Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) said he would now instruct the Department of General Services to test all water sources at schools for lead, not just water fountains. However, in an interview with the AFRO, Lisle said residents should rest assured that city-wide testing takes place regularly. “The water testing in the public schools is managed by the Department of General Services (DGS) and the results are published on the DGS website. Beyond that, DC Water conducts thousands of water quality tests each year [and] throughout the year,” Lisle said. “That testing is done in homes that are known or believed to have lead service lines. In addition, we offer free lead testing kits to any residents that request them and provide them with the results.”He said the analysis includes regulatory testing to ensure the city is in compliance with the federal Lead and Copper Rule, and that recent test results show lead concentrations in drinking water at historically low levels. But for residents in older buildings, concerns have arisen over where the buildings’ plumbing and city’s piping issues begin, end and overlap. Ward 8 resident, Zelisha Harvey said, “Testing community schools is one thing, but public housing, restaurants, and other businesses, could also be a problem.”There are checks and balances, according to D.C. Water, actively in place to address entire communities. “We have a program in place now to replace 1 percent of our water infrastructure (pipes, valves, pumps, etc.) every year at a cost of approximately $40 million annually,” Lisle said. “As part of that program, when we replace water mains, we also replace the lead service lines on the public side and reach out to the property owners to offer them the opportunity to replace the private side at the same time.”The water at MLK Elementary is now clear, though reports from DCPS say the students will continue to drink bottled water until tests come back showing there are no problems. Lisle said that a wealth of general information is available about lead and other water hazards and treatments, as well as the city’s lead programs, including test results, on D.C. Water’s website. For more information or to request a water test kit, visit their website at dcwater.com/lead.last_img read more

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Kinect ruined my Steel Battalion Heavy Armor review

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first_imgThis is supposed to be a thorough review of Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, as seen through the eyes of someone who completed the original Steel Battalion several times with the gigantic mech controller.In a perfect world, this would be an article about how the creators of SB:HA rose to the occasion, embraced the Kinect motion controller, and made the mech battle game even more intense and immersive. A game that used modern technology to bypass the need for a very expensive controller that you can only use with this one game in order to fully appreciate it. Instead, I’m going to tell you about a horribly executed opening sequence that ended in my inability to complete the mandatory tutorial after over an hour of trying.SB:HA is set in a future where some virus had dissolved all of the silicon in the world and made it so we couldn’t have computers. The first video you get to watch is really vague, with chips dissolving and some guy in a control center somewhere opening the game by dropping an F-Bomb. I also had to contend with the notion that the game developers were unaware scientists have been discovering successful silicon replacements like Graphene.As a result of the lack of silicon in this world, all of the machines in the game are manually controlled, and everything you do in the game is manual. There’s no radar, no viewscreen, nothing. You look out a porthole, and occasionally a periscope, to see where the baddies are. There are great big levers and buttons for when you want to accelerate your vehicle, but if you abuse it you run the risk of overheating your VT. Everything is done by reaching your hands out and interacting with the virtual VT you are sitting in, and this is where we run into problems.During the tutorial, one of the guys in your VT starts smoking and you decide to vent the cockpit instead of just throwing him out of the mech. In order to vent the cockpit, you need to pull out a stowaway panel and pull down a lever. Unfortunately, every time I reached my hand out to pull down the lever, the game would immediately put the panel back where I got it from. Mind you, I can see the lever I need to pull without pulling out the panel. It would be nothing for me to just lean over and pull this lever–the panel never needed to move.In order to complete the tutorial you have to vent the cockpit. If you don’t know how to vent the cockpit, you might asphyxiate the crew when your engine overloads in combat, and you’ll all die. After an hour of attempts, and resetting the tutorial three different times, I was never able to vent to cockpit.Unfortunately, that’s the moral of the story here. SB:HA could have been a really fantastic game for anyone who was interested in the genre. The first game was built for a niche market, and the problem with being a video game designer for a niche market is that you have to also make money, and that gets more difficult the more you shrink your audience.SB:HA lacks the one critical thing that the original game had, which was the ability to turn off the complicated gameplay and just run around and blow up other mechs. At least with that, part of the game would have appealed to a larger audience.This latest entry in the series will forever be known as the game that could have been really great if the Kinect hadn’t been so ill-equipped to handle the kind of gameplay they were trying to create.For anyone still interested in giving this game a go, check out how it should control according to Capcom and From Software:last_img read more

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