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Hawaiis Missile False Alert Someone Pressed the Wrong ButtonHawaiis Missile False Alert Someone Pressed the Wrong Button

Rabat – Saturday morning, Hawaiian citizens received a phone alert warning them of the imminent arrival of a ballistic missile, sparking panic among the population. The threat was quickly denied by the authorities of the archipelago, saying that “someone pressed the wrong button.”Shortly after 8:00 am local time (18:00 GMT), several people, including Democratic House Speaker Tulsi Gabbard, announced on social networks receiving an alert on their phone, via the Amber Alert system of the US Department of Justice.“Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii, seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill,” read the message in capital letters. The fact that this impromptu notifications comes in a very tense geopolitical context marked by threats of nuclear attack by the North Korean regime against US soil, did not help the matter.Within minutes from receiving the alert, Hawaii Governor David Ige and the local Emergency Management Agency (EMA) each ensured that the US state in the Pacific Ocean was not threatened by any ballistic missile. The spokesman of the US military command center for the Pacific zone also said that the center had “detected no ballistic missile threat on Hawaii.” During a briefing, Governor David Ige said that the incident occurred during the relief of an EMA team. As the employees moved in and followed the usual procedure to check that the system was operational “someone pressed the wrong button.”“There is nothing more important than to professionalize and put safeguards to th Amber Alerts system,” he added.Used regularly in the United States for kidnapping alerts, the Amber system is often criticized for its unreliability.“The public must have confidence in our emergency alert system,” the Hawaii governor said in a statement, saying it would “prevent this from happening again.”Witnesses said that the alert messages had also appeared on the television sets and broadcasts on the radio.Hawaii News Now broadcasted images of what it portrayed as students at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, a neighborhood of Honolulu, running for shelter.A Nashville weather presenter, Jim Jaggers, tweeted a picture of his family having taken refuge in a closet after the alert.Hawaii EMA chief Vern Miyagi apologized, as did the governor, at a press conference and took responsibility for the incident.He declined to say whether the officer guilty of sending the false alarm was going to be punished. “This gentleman feels bad,” he said. “He did not do that intentionally.”The governor announced that the activation of the system would now require the presence of two people, instead of only one person as before the fiasco. read more

UNs allfemale formed police unit can help maintain peaceful Liberia – envoyUNs allfemale formed police unit can help maintain peaceful Liberia – envoy

24 February 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Liberia has welcomed the contribution of an all-female formed police unit serving with the world body’s peacekeeping operation there, emphasizing the special contributions women can make to maintaining stability in the country. The senior United Nations envoy to Liberia has welcomed the contribution of an all-female formed police unit serving with the world body’s peacekeeping operation there, emphasizing the special contributions women can make to maintaining stability in the country.“We know from police experience around the world that women officers are good at handling potentially violent situations,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Alan Doss, told officers of the unit during a visit to their headquarters in Congo Town, near Monrovia, on Thursday. “We have to be ready for incidents of public disorder, which is not surprising in a country emerging for a long and violent civil war,” he acknowledged, adding that UNMIL aims to manage public order without resorting each time to a military response.“I am quite confident that with your help we can maintain a peaceful, stable and violence-free environment in Liberia,” Mr. Doss told the unit made up 105 female officers with 20 male supporting staff – the first largely female Formed Police Unit to be deployed to a UN peacekeeping operation. Mr. Doss said that UNMIL wants to help Liberia build the capacity of the country’s National Police so that the Government can effectively deal with problems of public order without unnecessary violence or bringing the military on to the streets. read more

Army security for CEB staffArmy security for CEB staff

The Power and Energy Ministry said that CEB engineers were working round the clock and so the power supply was not affected by the strike. CEB employees backed by trade unions have been on strike since yesterday over several demands and the government had decided to recruit temporary staff to ensure the smooth supply of electricity during the protest. Employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) who returned to work today despite protests being staged by others, have been given army security, the Power and Energy Ministry said.According to the Ministry, over 50 percent of the staff had reported to work today and some of them had faced threats. CEB employees who faced threats for returning to work were advised to lodge complaints with the army on a special hotline.

Bosnia and Herzegovina UN mission concerned at light penalties for human traffickersBosnia and Herzegovina UN mission concerned at light penalties for human traffickers

According to the Mission, a Bosnian district court last week found three individuals guilty of having trafficked three women, but sentenced them only to suspended prison terms of one to one-and-a-half years.”This mild sentencing is appalling and an insult to the women who had become victims of severe human rights violations,” said Kirsten Haupt, UNMIBH spokesperson. “Such inconsequential sentencing is belittling the efforts of the police and other institutions in their fight against the hideous crime of human trafficking.”UNMIBH noted there were some signs of progress in the fight against human trafficking. In the first six months of this year, there have been eight cases successfully prosecuted, double the figure for all of 2001. Since June, there have been another 10 cases where traffickers have been successfully tried and sentenced. read more

More Nielsen gold during NBCs last week of Olympics coverage landing 8More Nielsen gold during NBCs last week of Olympics coverage landing 8

by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2014 11:32 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC is celebrating its final golden week of Olympics coverage, which for another round yielded the seven most-watched telecasts, plus a bonus: An eighth prime-time broadcast from Sochi, aired Sunday, also landed in last week’s Top 10.Nielsen says Monday was NBC’s biggest night, seen by more than 23.6 million viewers to be the week’s No. 1 program.The least-followed Olympics coverage, on Saturday, placed seventh for the week, drawing 13.2 million viewers.“Sochi Gold,” aired prior to Sunday’s closing ceremonies, ranked ninth with 12.7 million viewers.In eighth place: AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” with 13.1 million viewers.Overall for the week in prime time, NBC averaged 17.7 million viewers, a drop from the previous week’s 21.2 million.Far behind, CBS and Fox tied with 6.1 million viewers apiece, followed by ABC with 4.2 million. Univision had 3.4 million, ION Television had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 980,000 and the CW had 920,000 viewers.The week’s top-rated cable networks in prime time were USA with 2.37 million, Disney Channel with 1.88 million and TBS with 1.81 million viewers.Propelled by NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, the network’s Sochi-based “Nightly News” led the evening newscasts more than usual with an average of 10.4 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.0 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.1 million viewers.For the week of Feb. 17, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: Winter Olympics (Monday), NBC, 23.55 million; Winter Olympics (Thursday), NBC, 20.29 million; Winter Olympics (Wednesday), NBC, 20.19 million; Winter Olympics (Tuesday), NBC, 18.93 million; Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, NBC, 15.18 million; Winter Olympics (Friday), NBC, 14.93 million; Winter Olympics (Saturday), NBC, 13.28 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 13.12 million; “Sochi Gold” (Sunday), NBC, 12.72 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 10.16 million.___ABC and Disney Channel are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC, USA and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. AMC is owned by AMC Networks.___Online: More Nielsen gold during NBC’s last week of Olympics coverage, landing 8 shows in the Top 10 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UK weather cold snap to give way to milder mixed conditions forUK weather cold snap to give way to milder mixed conditions for

first_imgAfter a cold week, a change in wind direction means it’ll turn milder for the #BankHolidayWeekend, but low pressure will bring mixed weather— Met Office (@metoffice) April 26, 2017 Waves crash into Seaham harbour in County Durham as the Arctic weather made its way south this weekCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA 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. The April cold snap that has brought snow, sleet and hail to some will be replaced by sunshine in many areas in time for the May Day Bank Holiday.The news will please the thousands of holidaymakers taking to the roads to make the most of the long weekend.Drivers have been warned to expect delays on Friday evening, but Monday will be the busiest day for leisure trips with 3.4 million such journeys, as motorists head home after their bank holiday breaks. However, although the cold weather is due to give way to milder temperatures, the Met Office confirms there will be a geographical split – so keep your cardigan on and don’t forget an umbrella.London and the south-east are due to see a good amount of sunshine from Friday onwards, but northern and western England should expect rain. Scotland will be cloudy with a chance of sunshine.The Met Office said: “Bank Holiday weekend will start largely dry and bright. However, becoming windier through Sunday and Monday with rain spreading up from the southwest, although drier across Scotland. Becoming warmer.” For most of the country, the temperature will stay in single figures until at least midweek, but it should get warmer from then on.London and the south-east should see temperatures climb to 11°-13°C by Wednesday, and continue to rise. A sharp #frost greeted some of us again this morning. This great picture of a frosty tulip🌷came in to us from @CarlaSears in Hertfordshire— Met Office (@metoffice) April 27, 2017center_img On Saturday the mercury is expected to hit 16°C in some parts of the country, but this is expected to be followed by more unsettled weather.RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With Easter just a fortnight ago, for many people the May Day bank holiday may have come as something of a pleasant surprise. Waves crash at Seaham Harbour, County Durham, April 25, 2017 “Certainly our figures show that many of us will be packing the car up to enjoy a trip to see friends or family, with the vast majority of leisure journeys expected on Bank Holiday Monday itself which suggests day trips and drivers returning after a short break will be responsible for much of the traffic.”He advised anyone travelling a long distance to give their car “a quick once over” before setting off to cut the chance of suffering a breakdown. Rail passengers are being urged to check for timetable changes as a number of lines will be closed for engineering work over the weekend. There are no trains between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, Ingatestone and Billericay, and buses are replacing trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central and Edinburgh. There are also no Southern services to or from London Bridge.A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “Rail staff will be working to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network throughout the bank holiday weekend.”We don’t like inconveniencing people but we have to carry out this work when the railway is quietest, and we know that up to 50 per cent fewer passengers travel by rail over bank holidays.”The majority of the network is unaffected.”last_img read more

Trump goes on offensive against exFBI chief calling him a leakerTrump goes on offensive against exFBI chief calling him a leaker

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during the Infrastructure Summit with Governors and Mayors at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas(Reuters) President Donald Trump said he was vindicated and derided James Comey as a “leaker” on Friday after the fired FBI director accused him of lying and trying to quash an investigation into a former national security adviser.Trump broke his silence on Comey’s damning congressional testimony with a single tweet that echoed the points made by his private lawyer after Thursday’s hearing: Trump himself was not under investigation and Comey gave an account of his conversation with the president to a lawyer who shared it with a news outlet.“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” Trump tweeted in his first comments since Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.The Republican president stopped short of saying that Comey lied under oath.In the highly anticipated hearing, Comey delivered a scathing indictment of Trump, accusing him of trying to block a probe into ties between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, and saying the White House defamed him and the FBI in explaining his dismissal by Trump last month.The probe into Flynn was part of a wider FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Trump campaign aides. In the hearing, Comey did not disclose any links between Trump advisers and alleged Russian meddling.Russia has denied such interference. The White House has denied collusion with Moscow.Comey told the Senate panel he took meticulous notes of each meeting or conversation he had with Trump because “I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document.”Comey testified that Trump told him on Jan. 26 he expected loyalty from the FBI director and the next month urged him to drop the Flynn probe. “I hope you can let this go,” Comey reported the president as saying in a Feb. 14 meeting.Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, disputed both statements after Thursday’s hearing, essentially pitting the two accounts against each other.Asked on Friday which version she would believe, Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said it was possible Comey misremembered or misinterpreted some of their exchanges.“But he testified under oath and I do believe that he’s an individual of integrity who would not deliberately lie under oath,” Collins told CNN. “I tend to place more credence in testimony that’s given under oath.”The Russia issue has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump’s presidency. Comey’s firing on May 9 set off a political firestorm, raising suspicions among Democrats and others that the White House was trying to blunt the FBI probe.COMPLAINT OVER SHARED MEMOComey told the Senate panel that he shared an unclassified memo about his February conversation with Trump about Flynn because he hoped it would lead to the appointment of a special counsel. After news reports in mid-May about the conversation, the Justice Department did just this, appointing Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, to oversee the Russia probe.Kasowitz attacked Comey after his testimony for leaking what he called “privileged communications” to the media. Legal experts questioned whether Trump’s private encounters with Comey could be considered privileged.Kasowitz plans to file a complaint early next week about Comey’s disclosure of conversations with the president, a person close to the legal team said on Friday.He will file the complaint with the Justice Department’s inspector general and also make a “submission” to the Senate’s judiciary and intelligence committees about Comey’s testimony.Comey’s testimony added fuel to critics’ accusations that Trump’s actions around the Russia probe might have amounted to obstruction of justice.Collins said she believed Trump did not understand the boundaries between the White House and FBI.“It is totally wrong – I’ll go beyond inappropriate – it is wrong for the president of the United States to tell or imply to an FBI director that an investigation should not go forward,” she told CNN.(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Frances Kerry) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFBI ex-head Comey accuses Trump administration of defaming him, telling ‘lies’June 8, 2017In “World”Pressure rises on Trump as probes intensify, Republicans fretMay 17, 2017In “World”FBI chief sacking: Trump warns Comey over leaks to mediaMay 12, 2017In “World” By Doina Chiacu | WASHINGTON read more

Brendan Rodgers insists Aberdeen wont be easyBrendan Rodgers insists Aberdeen wont be easy

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers insists the game against Aberdeen won’t be easy, despite their struggles this season.Derek McInnes’ team have won only two of their last seven league games in a from late August to late October and saw them drop out of the top six.However, since their 1-0 loss to Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final at the beginning of December Aberdeen have rediscovered their form, winning five of their last six games.Saturday’s 2-0 home win against Hearts puts them in third place, three points behind Celtic who cruised to a 3-0 home victory over Dundee United, and two points behind Rangers who are seated in second place.“They are on a nice little run at the minute,” said Rodgers, according to Daily Mail.“Where they were at the early part of the season was probably a little bit false.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“Since the cup final they have had some good results and it will be a good game.”“It is a place that you always expect a tough game and that is what we will prepare for.”“There has always been different types of games with Aberdeen but we know that it is always a tough game.”“We will go there ready to hopefully put in a good performance and get the points.”last_img read more

Computer finds income tax could help budget if oil price is lowComputer finds income tax could help budget if oil price is low

first_imgDavid Teal, Division of Legislative Finance director, speaking in February. His office developed a computer model that found an income tax could provide a cushion if oil prices are lower than forecast. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The extra money from a state income tax would help Alaska’s state government withstand low oil prices or poor investment returns, according to a computer model developed by nonpartisan budget experts.But House members say there’s only so much they can learn from the model.Listen nowLawmakers must ultimately make a call about what is right for the state, Republican Rep. Paul Seaton said.“You can only help us so much, because the rest is policy calls, whether we want to have cuts and job cuts,” Seaton said.The model found the budget would be balanced in nine years if the state had an income tax and oil prices are lower than state officials expect.At those same oil prices, a Senate plan that doesn’t include income taxes would lead to the state spending $485 million more than it raises in nine years.The projection, made at Seaton’s request, is based on oil prices about 10 percent lower than what state officials forecast.North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson noted the model doesn’t take into account future spending cuts the Senate majority said it would like to see. Wilson said the Legislature has passed bills that could reduce spending. She said it’s too soon to say cuts will fall on specific services.“There are bills that we all passed here that had to do with Medicaid, that had to do with the crime bill – there’s some education reform that’s going on from the new commissioner that we’re supposed to see things (reductions from), so I don’t think we can say it’s going to come from a specific area,” Wilson said.The House and Senate have passed different plans to draw money from Permanent Fund earnings and limit Permanent Fund dividends, but they haven’t made any public progress in resolving their differences.David Teal directs the nonpartisan Division of Legislative Finance, which developed the model. He pointed out one of the benefits of passing a Permanent Fund plan: the state would no longer be draining the Constitutional Budget Reserve.Teal said this piggy bank could empty in the next two years, forcing the state to borrow money to pay its bills.Some Alaskans want to see progress, one way or another,Teal said.“Some may say, ‘I just want stable or growing reserves.’ Another way to say that is, ‘I want a balanced budget, and I don’t particularly care how we get there,’” Teal said.The House Finance Committee plans to contrast the House and Senate plans throughout this week.The Senate Finance Committee canceled its meetings Monday and Tuesday.last_img read more

Urea distributed amid police bandobast in KamareddyUrea distributed amid police bandobast in Kamareddy

first_imgGandhari (Kamareddy): Amidst police bandobast, urea fertilisers have been distributed to farmers at Gandhari headquarters on Thursday.Normally each crop will have a special time for cultivation. But with the delayed rains during Kharif season, a special situation came where all crops need the urea at the same time and equal amounts. This led to urea shortage.When urea stock reached Gandhari mandal, a large number of farmers rushed to the spot. Police were called to control the formers at the urea sales centre.The police made the farmers to stand in a queue and each was given two bags of urea. The shortage of urea hit Gandhari mandal farmers severely. Traders are allegedly blocking urea due to shortage.last_img

WATCH Suicide bomber pats little girls head minutes before Sri Lanka churchWATCH Suicide bomber pats little girls head minutes before Sri Lanka church

first_img Sri Lanka Attacks: What We Know So Far Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/3:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img A viral video that has been doing rounds on the internet showed one of the suicide bombers patting a little girl’s head before he walked into the St Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Negombo on the western coast of Sri Lanka.The incident was recorded on a CCTV camera installed in the vicinity. The bearded man is seen with a big backpack walking calmly towards the church. On his way there, he encountered a little girl with an adult. As he walks by her, he gives her a pat on her head and continues going towards the fated church.#WATCH Colombo: CCTV footage of suspected suicide bomber (carrying a backpack) walking into St Sebastian church on Easter Sunday. #SriLankaBombings (Video courtesy- Siyatha TV)— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019Another CCTV footage inside the St Sebastian’s Church shows the man making his way into the church, walking past many Easter worshippers who are standing outside the hall. The terrorist then walks to the altar where the bomb will detonate moments later, killing multiple innocent people.According to reports, at least 100 people were in the church when the bomb went off.A series of blasts targeting churches and high-end hotels rocked Sri Lanka on April 22, Sunday, killing 320 people and injuring more than 500. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and said that this was revenge for the New Zealand mosque shooting which claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. ISIS said, “This bloody day is our reward to you.” ISIS’ news agency al-Amaq, released the video claiming responsibility for the attack on its channel through the Telegram app.Initially, it was thought that the National Tawheed Jamaat, a Sri Lankan jihadi group was behind the attack.However, intelligence believed that even if the group did carry out the attack, they could do so with external assistance.last_img read more

Evidence found of worker naked mole rats who eat queen feces becomingEvidence found of worker naked mole rats who eat queen feces becoming

first_imgSubordinate naked mole-rats and queen’s pups. Credit: PNAS Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has found evidence suggesting that female worker naked mole rats become more maternal after consuming their queen’s feces. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of the unique mammals and what they found. 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. © 2018 More information: Akiyuki Watarai et al. Responses to pup vocalizations in subordinate naked mole-rats are induced by estradiol ingested through coprophagy of queen’s feces, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1720530115AbstractNaked mole-rats form eusocial colonies consisting of a single breeding female (the queen), several breeding males, and sexually immature adults (subordinates). Subordinates are cooperative and provide alloparental care by huddling and retrieving pups to the nest. However, the physiological mechanism(s) underlying alloparental behavior of nonbreeders remains undetermined. Here, we examined the response of subordinates to pup voice and the fecal estradiol concentrations of subordinates during the three reproductive periods of the queen, including gestation, postpartum, and nonlactating. Subordinate response to pup voice was observed only during the queen’s postpartum and was preceded by an incremental rise in subordinates’ fecal estradiol concentrations during the queen’s gestation period, which coincided with physiological changes in the queen. We hypothesized that the increased estradiol in the queen’s feces was disseminated to subordinates through coprophagy, which stimulated subordinates’ responses to pup vocalizations. To test this hypothesis, we fed subordinates either fecal pellets from pregnant queens or pellets from nonpregnant queens amended with estradiol for 9 days and examined their response to recorded pup voice. In both treatments, the subordinates exhibited a constant level of response to pup voice during the feeding period but became more responsive 4 days after the feeding period. Thus, we believe that we have identified a previously unknown system of communication in naked mole-rats, in which a hormone released by one individual controls the behavior of another individual and influences the level of responsiveness among subordinate adults to pup vocal signals, thereby contributing to the alloparental pup care by subordinates.center_img Explore further Naked mole rats are burrowing rodents that live in eastern parts of Africa. They are unique not only because they have no fur, but also because they are blind, and they are the only known mammal to be eusocial—existing in an advanced social structure in which a single female produces all the offspring. With naked mole rats, the single reproducing female is called the queen—female subordinates that care for her offspring have underdeveloped ovaries and thus cannot reproduce. In this new effort, the researchers wondered what mechanism might be involved in compelling the subordinates to exhibit maternal behavior. Since they have no way to produce the hormones often associated with such care, it has been unclear what drives their maternal instincts.Noting that naked mole rats have been known to eat their own feces, the researchers wondered if they might be eating the queen’s feces, as well. If so, they might be absorbing some of the hormones she produces through their digestive systems. To find out, they fed groups of different captive female worker mole rats different kinds of pellets. Some got pellets with fecal material from a pregnant queen, others got the same only from a queen that was not pregnant. And some got pellets without any fecal material from the queen, while others yet got pellets that had been enhanced with the hormone estradiol—which is naturally produced by the queen.In studying the behavior of the naked mole rats, the researchers found that the ones who got the fecal material from the pregnant queen or the added estradiol were more attentive to offspring. They suggest this indicates that hormones derived from consuming their queens’ feces drive the behavior of the subordinate female workers. They note also that just a few subordinate females spend time with the queen, likely making them the primary caregivers of the young. But they suggest that others eating their feces might be getting some of the hormones, too, influencing them to lend a helping hand, as well. Citation: Evidence found of worker naked mole rats who eat queen feces becoming more attentive to young (2018, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Naked mole rat found to defy Gompertz’s mortality lawlast_img read more

Cyclone Dineo downgraded to tropical storm and likely to miss Ladysmith butCyclone Dineo downgraded to tropical storm and likely to miss Ladysmith but

first_imgAlso read: Update: Cyclone Dineo kills 7 as it stays on its predicted path, missing Ladysmith and most of Northern KZN completelyClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Savecenter_img This video clearly shows the strength of Cyclone Dineo as it made landfall yesterday in Mozambique.Path of storm predictionThis was the projected track of the storm as it would dissipate once it made landfall: Courtesy of Storm Report SAWhile Ladysmith emergency services have been put on alert, the storm is expected to be basically heavy rain by the time it reaches us.With the downgrading of Dineo from a cyclone to a tropical storm, emergency service readiness will obviously be downgraded. That said, heavy rainfall is still expected from Thursday night through to Saturday.Residents are urged to exercise caution when crossing swollen rivers and to watch out for signs of flash flooding.Update: Update: Cyclone Dineo still remains on its predicted path, Ladysmith expected to have rainlast_img read more

Enough says Guatemala journalist group citing preelection threatsEnough says Guatemala journalist group citing preelection threats

first_imgA hostile and dangerous atmosphere is being created to thwart journalism in Guatemala ahead of elections, the Guatemalan Journalists Association, or APG, has warned.Perpetrators hope to curb access to information and discredit journalists and columnists, the APG said in a Jan. 21 statement by its Press Freedom Committee.As examples, the APG mentioned the cases of Juan Luis Font, editor of the weekly magazine Contrapoder, Spanish journalist Pedro Trujillo, a columnist with the morning daily Prensa Libre, and José Rubén Zamora, president of the daily El Periódico.Reporting on the communiqué, Agence France Presse pointed out that Font and Trujillo have been criminally charged after criticizing Manuel Baldizón, a presidential hopeful in the September elections and a favorite in opinion polls.Baldizón seeks the presidential nomination of the center-right Libertad Democrática Renovada party, which he founded in 2010.Zamora “was legally persecuted by President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti for reporting in the newspaper alleged acts of corruption and illicit wealth,” AFP reported.In a separate incident, according to AFP, on Jan. 20, television news anchor Susana Morazán “was attacked by strangers who warned her to stop criticizing Pérez Molina’s government.”The same day, journalists and other personnel of the community radio station Snuq’ Jolom Konob’, in Santa Eulalia, some 335 kilometers northwest of Guatemala City, “were attacked by a group of people, apparently sympathizers of Diego Pedro Mateo, the town’s mayor,” it added. Members of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) José Roberto Dubriz, left, and Claudio Paolillo, right, arrive for a meeting with journalist José Rubén Zamora, center, director of El Periódico in Guatemala City, on Feb. 19, 2014. Johán Ordóñez/AFPThe APG committee pointed out that in Font’s and Trujillo’s cases, “the situation has worsened due to the fact that … the accusation was made by media allegedly at the service of a campaigning politician,” whom it did not name.The journalists’ association stated that “resorting to legal means without basis, bending the truth, distorting facts or manipulating legitimate action guaranteed by law to protect rights is perverse and must be condemned.”“What is happening will lead us to unpredictable situations and undesirable clashes,” the association warned, adding that, “besides repudiating a strategy aimed at discrediting journalists, this committee calls for respect for the legal system and for responsible attitudes befitting our role.”“We have knowledge of similar cases of which we already have reported, and the committee will follow up on all attacks aimed at curbing our constitutional rights,” it stated.In a lengthy, detailed report released last year and titled “Who is killing Central America’s journalists?” the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) noted that Guatemala – along with Honduras – provides a case study in attacks against members of the media in Central America.“Amid the violence and instability caused by organized crime and corruption in Central America, Honduras and Guatemala have experienced an alarming rise in the number of murders and attacks against journalists,” the CPJ stated.“Near complete impunity for these crimes means cases go mostly unsolved and the motives are unexplained. As fear grips newsrooms in both countries, critical media outlets and journalists find they are reined in by governments increasingly intolerant of dissent,” it added.“Both countries — two of the deadliest, according to U.N. statistics — are plagued by impunity, and in neither case is it clear who or what is behind the violence,” according to the CPJ.“This uncertainty has exacerbated the tense environments in Central America, which is experiencing widespread violence and a breakdown of the already limited rule of law due to a rise in organized crime,” the report added.Among the causes, the CPJ cited “lingering divisions and institutional weakness from political violence and conflict in the 1970s and 1980s, coupled with the influx of gang members deported from the U.S. and Mexican drug cartels.”The CPJ – which describes itself as a nonprofit organization run by journalists and promoting press freedom worldwide – referred to the internal wars being waged at the time between local guerrillas and national armies.After a complex negotiating process, the governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua signed on Aug. 7, 1987 in Guatemala the “Procedure to Establish a Firm and Lasting Peace in Central America.”The document led to the end of armed conflicts in Nicaragua (1982-1990), El Salvador (1982-1992) and Guatemala (1960-1996), which produced hundreds of thousands of victims.According to the committee, “in the capitals Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City, much of the press corps worries that the space for critical reporting is shrinking under governments they view as intolerant to dissent.”“In both places, lingering political polarization from earlier social conflicts and long-standing rivalries have left the press divided and reluctant to unite against common threats. As a result, the Honduran and Guatemalan public is being deprived of information at a moment of intense challenges for their countries,” it warned.“Responding to pressure by local and international civil society, the governments of both countries acknowledged the dangers facing journalists, and in 2012, publicly endorsed creating protection mechanisms modeled after Colombia’s successful program. For more than a year, both programs faltered,” it reported.In Guatemala, that initiative is called the Journalists’ Protection Program.For several years, the country has ranked among the top 30 most dangerous countries – among an average of 120 – for the practice of journalism, according to annual reports by the Press Emblem Campaign, a Geneva-based, international nonprofit organization to protect journalists.In 2010, Guatemala ranked 27th, with one journalist killed that year. In 2011, the country ranked 26th, and in 2013, it ranked 10th, with four journalists killed.On Oct. 7, 2014, the APG committee issued a communiqué stressing the need for journalists to take part in drawing up the program, a point made by international experts.“Trust is a key element in a protection mechanism, and at this moment, when most aggression comes from State spheres, the Press Freedom Committee considers the State is not only failing to fulfill its obligation to prevent, protect and punish, but, also, there are flagrant violations of the constitution” and other regulations, it added.“This committee backs the legitimate demands by those who have promoted this mechanism, and demands they be added in order for the goal, which is the profession’s protection, to be fulfilled,” the APG stated.“It demands the government cease aggression against journalists … by authorities at all levels, by the National Police, among other perpetrators of violence against journalists, and that violations of freedom of thought, freedom of the press and access to information cease,” it stated. 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first_imgStatus report on The Buccaneer, Historic Hotel in St. Croix, U.S.V.I.Status report on The Buccaneer, Historic Hotel in St. Croix, U.S.V.I.·         Hurricane Maria had significantly less impact on The Buccaneer, the oldest family-run resort in the Caribbean, than it did on many other properties throughout the region.·         As a result, The Buccaneer is currently functioning as a command center for FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers and has closed to general tourist traffic for the month of October.·         Regular operations will resume on November 1, when The Buccaneer will return to its status as a luxury destination resort.·         Leisure guests have been contacted and are rescheduling their visits for later dates.·         Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, which services the entire island of St. Croix, reopened for commercial flights today, October 5. Relief workers had been arriving on the island via helicopter and landing on The Buccaneer’s golf course.·         That golf course and The Buccaneer’s tennis courts have now reopened for play, and the resort’s Hideaway Spa & Salon has reopened to serve visitors and locals alike.·         The Buccaneer, which will mark its 70th anniversary in December, has always operated its own power plant and – miraculously – never lost electricity, even during the height of the storm. Power has been restored in the resort’s hometown of Christiansted, where many of the restaurants and shops have now reopened.·         From an aerial view, it may appear that one of The Buccaneer’s swimming pools was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. What’s happening there, though, was part of a scheduled renovation that began before the hurricane struck. In short, the rubble at the pool site is man-made and not due to Mother Nature.·         Winter visitors will enjoy the new pool area and a new beachfront restaurant, too.·         Construction continues on those projects, and now crews will also renovate the five guest rooms that were damaged by the hurricane. These were older units, so the resort has the opportunity to upgrade these rooms to the current Buccaneer standards of luxury.·         The reopening of the resort to the public on November 1 comes just days before The Buccaneer’s 22nd annual St. Croix Coral Reef Swim, which is scheduled for November 5. Competitors can choose from one-, two- and five-mile distances, swimming through turquoise water and colorful coral reefs and ending at the resort’s Mermaid Beach, where they’re greeted by a party atmosphere complete with live steel pan band and refreshments. The shorter races follow the shorelines of St. Croix’s east end; the five-mile race begins at famed Buck Island, an underwater park protected by the National Park Service.·         St. Croix’s coral reefs are just one part of what makes this island so magnificent, and why visitors consider it one of the finest retreats in the Caribbean. It’s worth a visit, and The Buccaneer encourages travelers to come explore St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which this year celebrated their 100th anniversary as U.S. territory.·         The Buccaneer extends its heartfelt sympathies to its peers in the tourism industry who were less fortunate in the outcome of Hurricane Maria and other recent storms, and encourages the traveling public to find ways to show their support for all these spectacular destinations.·         There are countless charities from which to choose. The Buccaneer is directing interested donors to the Tim Duncan Foundation, operated by former San Antonio Spurs NBA player and fellow Crucian Tim Duncan. The foundation is also helping regions affected by other hurricanes this season.·         For more information about The Buccaneer, please visit For regular updates, feel free to follow the resort’s Facebook page: Source = The Buccaneerlast_img read more

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific named Best Place to WorkWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific named Best Place to Work

first_imgWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific named Best Place to WorkWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific named Best Place to Work Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has been recognised with Best Place to Work, Best Legal Team and Best New Resort Development at the annual Perspective Magazine Awards.The awards program is the only global recognition platform in the vacation ownership industry that is judged by both a panel of experts and industry peers. The awards were announced at the Perspective Magazine Awards ceremony at the GNEX conference in The Bahamas last week in front of an audience of industry leaders.Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific is a division of Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company.“We are thrilled to be recognised with these accolades.  The prestigious Best Place to Work award is a reflection of our culture of collaboration, our commitment to provide career growth, as well as great employee benefits for our approximately 4,000 employees. This includes launching an inclusion program last year to celebrate diversity across our workplace,” said Bruce Harkness, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Customer Experience, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific.In addition to the Best Place to Work mantle, it is the second consecutive year that the company’s legal and compliance team has been recognised with the Best Legal Team award.The Best New Resort Development title went to the company’s new resort in Bali, Indonesia, Wyndham Resort Dreamland Bali.Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific develops and manages resorts on behalf of Wyndham’s two Asia Pacific vacation clubs, Worldmark South Pacific Club and Club Wyndham Asia.  The company has over 45 managed hotels and resorts in its portfolio across Asia Pacific under the Wyndham, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Garden, TRYP by Wyndham, Ramada by Wyndham and Days Inn by Wyndham brands.Source = Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacificlast_img read more

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