Rita Moreno Reads For Childrens Literacy Website

first_imgThe Screen Actors Guild Foundation has released the newest video to its children’s literacy website Storyline Online: I Need My Monster, written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam and read by legendary actress, singer and author Rita Moreno.To help inspire a love of reading in children, Story Online streams 25 creative videos that feature celebrated actors reading award-winning children’s books.“I was thrilled to read I Need My Monster for Storyline Online,” said Rita Moreno, actor and SAG Life Achievement Award recipient. “Reading aloud to a child is one of the best ways to inspire imagination and a love of the written word, and Storyline Online is an outstanding resource for children, parents and teachers to achieve this goal.”

In addition to earning an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts, Moreno received the 2013 SAG Life Achievement Award at the 20th Annual SAG Awards on January 18, 2014 for her career achievements and humanitarian work including her work with the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy programs.Moreno joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones and Betty White as Storyline Online readers along with Annette Bening, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo and others.

”The SAG Foundation takes pride in providing a venue for actors to give back through their natural storytelling talents,” said JoBeth Williams, SAG Foundation President. “We are so honored to have this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno join the ranks of our Storyline Online readers and help us in the important task of promoting children’s literacy in schools and at home.”

On Thursday, January 23, Moreno will read I Need My Monster to second and third grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkley, California.

With more than 50 million lifetime views, Storyline Online videos are available 24 hours a day for children, parents and educators around the world. For each video, the site provides supplemental curriculum developed by an early childhood literacy specialist that aims to strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. Visit Storyline Online at storylineonline.net.last_img read more

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Metallica play a surprise charity show in Toronto on Nov 29

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Heavy-metal legends Metallica revealed Monday that they’ll play a special charity concert at Toronto’s Opera House next week in celebration of the band’s 10th studio album, Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.“We can’t get enough of that hot, sweaty old-school small show vibe,” the band said on its website, explaining the choice of the relatively intimate (capacity: 950) Queen St. E. venue. The band has priced two separate sets of tickets for the Nov. 29 show, with all proceeds going to The Daily Bread Food Bank.Fifth Members — that is, members of the band’s fan club — will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday for $25 via Tickemaster.ca. Non-members will be able to purchase two tickets per person on the same day, as of 11 a.m. for $100. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Aside from the proceeds, the band will set up collection bins and encourages all people in attendance to bring non-perishable food items.BY ANDREJ IVANOV Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Notley says Trudeau promised new timeline on Trans Mountain pipeline in weeks

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has promised a revised timeline within weeks to resume construction on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Notley says she is satisfied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is committed to getting the project back online in good time, and her government is willing to work with him to make it happen.But she says she expects Ottawa to move quickly given the investor uncertainty that has rippled out in all directions from last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the project. The Appeal Court quashed the expansion on the grounds that the federal government failed to properly consult Indigenous groups and the National Energy Board did not take into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on marine life, particularly endangered whales.Notley says full consultation with Indigenous groups must be carried out but says it’s critical to the construction timeline that the government fix the marine impact assessment without restarting a lengthy hearing process.The Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the capacity of the existing line, which takes oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta says the project is critical and it is losing billions of dollars a year because the oil currently shipped to B.C. is sold at a discount to a captive market in the United States.Notley and Trudeau met Wednesday in Edmonton to discuss the expansion project.Ottawa has already done a lot of work beefing up marine safety on the B.C. coast and it’s Alberta’s hope that this work can be included in the missing impact assessment, Notley said Thursday. In the meantime, Notley has pulled her government out of the federal climate plan, which includes a price on carbon, saying Alberta will return when it is satisfied the Trans Mountain project is back on track.last_img read more

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Dutch govt buys stake in Air France-KLM holding company

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government has bought more than 12 per cent of shares in the holding company for the Air France-KLM alliance, a move intended to give it more influence over the uneasy airline partnership’s future.Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra announced Tuesday that the government purchased 12.68 per cent of shares in Air France-KLM S.A.The Dutch state already owns a 5.9-per cent stake in KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands.Hoekstra says the holding company shares will allow the government to exert influence over strategic decisions about the alliance.The announcement comes a week after Air France and KLM reached a compromise on tightening ties between the two airlines after fears of a power struggle alarmed the Dutch government, airline employees and shareholders.The Associated Press read more

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Joint UNAfrican force calls on Sudanese group to stop obstructing its work

9 November 2009The joint African Union-United Nations mission assisting in restoring peace and stability in Darfur has called on one of the major rebel groups in the Sudanese region to stop impeding its work, while deploring the harassment and detention of its personnel. The call from the mission, known as UNAMID, follows an incident on 4 November in which armed elements from the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW) surrounded a UN helicopter which landed at Deribat, East Jabel Marra in South Darfur.The group prevented the helicopter from taking off for three hours, before eventually releasing it and the UNAMID personnel on board who were on a field assessment in the area.“UNAMID strongly deplores the periodic harassment and detention of its personnel and stresses that it will not tolerate any attempts at intimidation or attacks on its personnel that are aimed at thwarting the progress of the peace process,” the Mission said in a statement. Since the conflict in Darfur began in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia, some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed through direct combat or as a result of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, and more than 2.7 million others have been forced to flee their homes.UNAMID has been in place in Darfur since the start of last year to try to quell the fighting and humanitarian suffering that has engulfed the region. read more

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Ban lays out remaining hurdles in climate talks in Copenhagen

16 December 2009The outcome of the historic climate change negotiations in Copenhagen hinges on the issues of emissions reductions and financing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he urged world leaders to use the final days of the talks to strike an ambitious new agreement. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050.“I hope that the developed countries should come out with more ambitious mid-term target by 2020 against the 1990 level,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Copenhagen today.The other main issue, he said, is “the most important key to bridge the gap between the developed countries and the developing,” and he called for “sufficient financial and technological support for the developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable states.”The Secretary-General said there has been progress on this front, with $10 billion having been committed every year until 2012 by both the European Union and Japan. With two-thirds of the money needed already having been pledged, he expressed confidence that the remainder is forthcoming.He also underscored the importance of a “firm commitment by the developed countries that this long-term financial support will be given and should be given and there should be an initial formulation of mechanism or mechanisms for this provision of financial support.”Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also pointed to some outstanding issues in the final days of the Copenhagen summit, which is set to wrap up on Friday.“I still believe that it’s possible to reach a real success [in Copenhagen], but I must say in that context that the next 24 hours are absolutely crucial and need to be used productively,” he said at a press conference.The high-level segment of the Copenhagen summit continued in the Danish capital today, and some 120 heads of State and government are expected to attend the final sessions.To pave the way towards ‘sealing the deal’ on a new climate agreement, Mr. Ban met today with leaders and representatives of groups of nations, including the Group of 77 (G77), the African Group, the Least Developed Countries and the Association of Small Island States.Among the leaders he met on the sidelines of the conference were United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.Arriving yesterday in Copenhagen, the Secretary-General exhorted nations to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new agreement, warning that the well-being of all of the world’s people is at stake.The summit under way is “as momentous as the negotiations that created our great United Nations… from the ashes of war more than 60 years ago,” Mr. Ban said at the opening of the high-level meeting. “Once again, we are on the cusp of history.”Any deal, the Secretary-General emphasized, must incorporate five key elements: more ambitious mid-term emissions reductions targets from industrialized countries; stepped-up efforts by developing nations to curb emissions growth; an adaptation framework; financing and technology support; and transparent and equitable governance.He also underlined the need for countries to hammer out how to provide medium- and long-term financing to bolster climate resilience, limit deforestation and further low-emissions growth.In a related development, a UN independent expert today underlined that any agreement reached in Copenhagen must emphasize human rights to avert hunger among the world’s most vulnerable.“Climate change is a ticking time bomb for global food security,” said Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food.Global warming, he said, disproportionately impacts some of the poorest countries, especially the most vulnerable in these nations, with small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples dependent on land for their livelihoods.The expert called on States to “exploit the untapped potential of sustainable agriculture in order to combat hunger and climate change at the same time.”He also reiterated last week’s call from a group of UN human rights experts, including himself, that “a weak outcome of the climate change negotiations threatens to infringe upon human rights.”Policies, Mr. De Schutter said today, must be based on a human rights framework and take the right to adequate food into account so that the needs of the most vulnerable will be prioritized and that poverty and inequality will not be exacerbated.“This is not a theoretical debate,” he stressed, adding that there have been real cases of the violation of the right to food linked to climate policies.A new report issued today found that the cost of not reaching a global agreement to mitigate the effects of climate change in Copenhagen will be equivalent to 137 per cent of the current gross domestic product in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2100.Without international mitigation actions, the region stands to suffer losses in agriculture, biodiversity and infrastructure, while facing the growing intensity of natural disasters, according to the study, backed by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).Also in the region, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Ecuador have joined forces for a new initiative to protect the Latin American nation’s rich biodiversity and its indigenous population’s culture by leaving 850 million barrels of oil in the ground.The oil is in the protected Yasuni National Park, one of the world’s largest reserves, which has been designated by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a biosphere reserve. It is also home to indigenous people living in voluntary isolation.By leaving the oil untouched, Ecuador will prevent more than 400 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released, and to off-set the lost revenue, Ecuador will create a multi-donor trust fund to be administered by UNDP in the agreement reached earlier this week in Copenhagen. read more

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UNbacked CameroonNigeria commission meets to resolve border issues

22 July 2011The United Nations-backed Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) kicks off a two-day meeting today in Abuja, Nigeria, to continue discussions on the remaining border issues between the African neighbours, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) reported. The commission, established by the UN at the request of Cameroon and Nigeria to help implement a 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision on the delineation of the border, has reached agreement on more than 1,600 kilometres of a total border estimated at 1,950 kilometres. At its most recent meeting the commission set a goal to clear up the remaining 350 kilometres, “as expeditiously as possible,” UNOWA said.“At the meeting held in Abuja, deliberation will focus on the practical measures that need to be taken to translate this commitment into reality on the ground,” UNOWA said.The commission will also deliberate on issues related to assistance to the affected border populations with a view to meeting their socio-economic needs and building mutual confidence.The commission is composed of delegations from Cameroon, Nigeria and the UN. It is chaired by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Saïd Djinnit. read more

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Haiti UN urges investing in water and sanitation services to combat cholera

11 January 2012Dramatic improvements in water and sanitation services are needed to eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, health experts who took part in a United Nations-organized briefing to outline concrete steps to stem the spread of the disease in the region said today. The event, organized by the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional arm, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), urged governments and international organizations to boost investment in the infrastructure and institutional capacity required to provide water and sanitation in areas affected by the disease.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the bacterium known as vibrio cholerae. The disease has a short incubation period and produces a toxin that causes continuous watery diarrhoea, a condition that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not administered promptly. Vomiting also occurs in most patients.While cholera no longer poses a threat to countries with high standards of hygiene, it remains a challenge in countries with limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.PAHO Director Mirta Roses discussed the misconceptions surrounding the provision of water and sanitation, mainly that it is seen as expensive, and emphasized that the costs of not investing in these services is much higher as evidenced by the thousands of people who have died in Haiti since the cholera outbreak in October 2010, ten months after it was hit by a devastating earthquake.Ms. Roses stressed that the right to water and sanitation is an essential human right, making it crucial for governments to strive to provide these services in every sector of society.Ms. Roses also underscored the importance of water and sanitation as a pre-requisite for sustainable development and economic growth in any country, and warned that ignoring this would leave countries “extremely vulnerable.”“As we fight with climate change and the scarcity of water, it is even more important to be responsible but also to be equitable in the distribution of this precious resource,” Ms. Roses said, adding that partnerships are also essential to fight the disease as countries shift from cholera control to cholera elimination.Kevin De Cock, Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Global Health, echoed Ms. Roses remarks, stressing the role of the infrastructure in preventing the spread of cholera.He warned that even though fatality rates have decreased because of effective treatment, “there are still 100 to 200 cholera cases daily in Haiti, and we expect surges with the onset of the rainy season.”Mr. De Cock said that for Haiti to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the global development targets with a 2015 deadline, some 250,000 households will need improved water sources, and another 938,000 will require access to improved sanitation.The Chief of Water Sanitation for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Sanjay Wijesekera, argued that in addition to investing in infrastructure, an effective strategy that takes into account the various forms of transmissions is needed, as well as education to encourage behavioural change in communities.Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly joined the event via video link and reiterated his Government’s commitment to tackle the disease. “On the eve of the second anniversary of the terrible earthquake that devastated our country, marked progress has been made toward reconstruction, but much remains to be done,” he said.“Safe drinking water and adequate sanitary facilities are the right of every Haitian. Only a joint, comprehensive strategic approach can help us eliminate cholera, which has stricken half a million Haitians and killed thousands.”The President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández stressed his Government’s willingness to collaborate with Haiti through vaccination programmes and control strategies. read more

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Canadian dollar rises amid US economic concerns mixed commodity prices

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2014 6:53 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday, while an index measuring price changes for major commodities sold by manufacturers in Canada dipped last month.The loonie was up 0.28 of a cent at 93.8 cents US.Statistics Canada’s Industrial Product Price Index was down 0.5 per cent in May, mainly because of lower prices for energy and petroleum products.Diesel fuel, light fuel oils and gasoline were the main reasons for the decline in this commodity group.Elsewhere on the economic calendar, the University of Michigan’s widely watched U.S. consumer sentiment index rose to 82.5, an improvement on the 81.9 reading that economists had forecast and up from a flash estimate of 81.2.But the report failed to reassure investors rattled this week by a 2.9 per cent contraction in U.S. gross domestic product in the first quarter, almost a full point higher than expected.Markets had initially shrugged off the data on expectations the American economy would jump ahead in the second quarter as the deterioration was largely blamed on severe winter weather. But concerns resurfaced Thursday as a new report showed a worse than expected reading on consumer spending and consumption.The report also sparked concerns about whether the American economy can take the strain of higher interest rates, particularly after St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard said markets don’t realize how close the U.S. central bank is to reaching its targets of low unemployment and stable prices. That prompted speculation the Fed hike rates as soon as the first quarter of 2015.Traders are looking ahead to key economic data next week for reassurance that the economy is indeed on track for a strong second quarter, including the June reading on the manufacturing sector from the Institute for Supply Management and the release Thursday of the U.S. government’s employment report for June.Commodity prices were mixed with August crude losing a dime to US$105.74 a barrel. Crude prices have declined this week in the wake of the weaker than expected U.S. consumer data and expectations that the sectarian fighting in Iraq won‘t spread to that country’s oil-producing south.September copper was unchanged at US$3.17 a pound, while August bullion rose $3 to US$1,320 an ounce.The loonie has had a positive month, up about 1 1/2 cents to a six-month high as gold and oil prices rose amid geopolitical concerns centred on a rising insurgency in Iraq and tensions between Ukraine and Russia.The loonie had also found support from stronger than expected inflation data, which raised expectations that the Bank of Canada could raise interest rates sooner than thought. Canadian dollar rises amid U.S. economic concerns, mixed commodity prices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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US construction spending increased 04 per cent in December led by highways

WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending accelerated in December as building activity increased for new houses and government-backed highways.The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending rose 0.4 per cent in December. Total construction spending in 2014 increased 5.6 per cent to $961 billion, with the gains slightly below the pace of 5.7 per cent in 2013.Spending on single-family houses rose 1.2 per cent in December from the prior month. Highway and street construction grew by 2.1 per cent and factory-building by 1.9 per cent. Construction of schools and commercial centres fell in December.Over the course of 2014, spending on offices, power plants, factories and lodgings climbed significantly, potentially signalling broader economic growth in 2015 that could further boost residential construction.Sales of new home sales climbed 11.6 per cent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000, the Commerce Department said in a recent report. That represents a marked improvement from the total sales of 435,000 for all of 2014.Solid job growth should spillover into construction. Employers added nearly 3 million jobs in 2014, the most since 1999. Economists surveyed by FactSet ahead of Friday’s jobs report say that employers likely added 230,000 jobs in January.The strong hiring should lead to additional demand for hotels and office buildings, according to the American Institute of Architects’ forecast for 2015. The trade group expects that construction spending will increase 7.7 per cent this year on non-residential buildings, led primarily by new offices, hotels, factories and retail development projects. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2015 8:06 am MDT US construction spending increased 0.4 per cent in December, led by highways and housing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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US hiring reaches sixmonth high in June as employers fill more open

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2015 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US hiring reaches six-month high in June as employers fill more open jobs; quits also rise In this June 10, 2015, photo, Lashrundra Wilfork, right, helps her daughter, Nala Wilfork, fill out a job application at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. The Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for June on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) WASHINGTON – U.S. employers filled more of their available jobs in June, evidence that steady if modest economic growth is putting more Americans to work.The Labor Department said Wednesday that total hiring rose 2.3 per cent to 5.18 million in June, the most in six months and second-highest total since the recession ended in June 2009.Employers posted fewer job openings, but that figure has risen strongly in the past year. And more people quit their jobs, which is a good sign because many people quit when they have new jobs lined up, typically at higher pay. More hiring, quitting and healthy levels of job openings could pressure companies to lift wages.Hiring and quits “remain at levels consistent with a pickup in wage growth over the medium-term,” said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at Credit Suisse. “Indeed, this is a key reason to believe recent weakness in average hourly earnings … may be temporary.”Job gains have been strong for the past two years but sluggish pay increases remain a weak spot in the economy.Average hourly pay rose just 2.1 per cent in July compared with a year earlier, the government said last week. That is far below the 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent gains that usually occur in a healthy economy.The number of available jobs fell 2 per cent in June to 5.25 million, down from a 15-year high of 5.36 million in May. Still, openings have soared 11 per cent in the past year. The rise is a sign that companies are confident that demand for their goods and services will pick up and that they need more workers to meet that demand.Yet hiring has increased at a slower pace, rising just 7.4 per cent in the past year. That has been a source of frustration for many job-seekers, who are facing increasingly long periods after they apply for jobs before companies make offers.According to Glassdoor, a jobs and recruiting website, the average length of time for an interview process to result in a filled job increased from 12.6 days in 2010 to 22.9 days last year.The increased use of background checks, skills tests and more extensive interviews have combined to lengthen the hiring process, according to Glassdoor research released in June. The increase in high-skill jobs involving information technology in recent years has also extended interview times. Those jobs take longer to fill than lower-skill positions.The pickup in hiring in June, however, suggests that companies may be filling jobs a bit more quickly. A new Glassdoor report released Wednesday found that even as hiring times have lengthened, job-seekers who land interviews are more likely to receive job offers. The report found that 68 per cent of interviews resulted in a job offer in 2014, up from 56 per cent in 2009.Separately, the number of Americans quitting their jobs inched up 0.6 per cent to 2.75 million. That is below the seven-year high of 2.78 million reached in January.The government said in last week’s monthly employment report that employers added a solid 215,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 per cent.Those figures are a net total: Jobs gained minus jobs lost. The data reported Wednesday, in the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, are more detailed. They calculate total hires, as well as quits and layoffs. Wednesday’s JOLTS data contain figures for June, a month behind last week’s jobs report. read more

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Rare PlainsWanderer Bird Chicks Hatch at Australian Zoo

first_imgAccording to the zoo, the Plains-wanderer is, “Australia’s most important bird in evolutionary distinctiveness and extinction risk,” and, “is so genetically distinct that there are no other birds quite like it in the world.” Currently, there are less than 1,000 mature Plains-wanderers left in the wild and they are listed as “critically endangered” on the 2018 IUCN Red List.Taking care of the Plains-wanderers birds wasn’t an easy process: When zoo keepers discovered a group of abandoned eggs in the birds’ specially-designed breeding facility last month, they made the important decision to intervene and save the chicks. Usually with Plains-wanderers, the dad incubates the eggs and raises the babies. However, in this case, the male bird abandoned the eggs before the 23-day incubation period ended, and researchers are still trying to figure out why this occurs.”We give the birds every opportunity to incubate and hatch their own eggs, and one pair was successful in doing this,”Yvette Pauligk, Werribee Open Range Zoo’s threatened species keeper, said in the zoo press release. “However, the other male was not displaying such encouraging behavior. So, we moved the eggs to an artificial incubator.”Photo Credit: Werribee Open Range Zoo/Zoos VictoriaOnce the eggs were safely moved to an incubator, the comforting space served as a “dad” to the speckled eggs. It established a humid and warm environment, and rolled them throughout the day, just like a real Plains-wanderer dad would do in a nest.When the eggs were ready to hatch, they were carefully moved into a brooder where the cute chicks emerged from the eggs. They stayed in the brooder for nearly 12 hours to dry off the membrane on their down. Then, the fluffy babies were transported into “chick tubs,” where a dad-inspired feather duster and heat lamps will provide them with a snuggly, warm, and safe spot for many weeks.Photo Credit: Werribee Open Range Zoo/Zoos Victoria“Breeding nine healthy chicks in such a short time is a huge achievement and one we are all very excited about. Genetically speaking, they are listed as the fourth most important species worldwide, and the first most important in Australia in evolutionary distinctiveness and extinction risk,” Pauligk added. “To lose such an ancient, unique species would be completely devastating.”After spending three weeks in the “chick tubs,” the baby birds will have grown enough feathers to be able to live outside in the zoo’s specially-designed enclosures. The Plains-wanderer birds will eventually become valuable additions to the zoo’s breeding program, so they can contribute their distinctive genetics and help ensure that this critically endangered species survives.More on Geek.com:Pigeon Known as ‘Lionel Messi’ of Racing Birds Sells for $1.4 Million in AuctionThis Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations EverUnlaid Egg Discovered in 110-Million-Year-Old Bird Fossil Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ center_img An Australian zoo recently welcomed a rare group of Plains-wanderer chicks, and they are an adorable sight.On Monday, Werribee Open Range Zoo reported that its population of its most critically endangered bird almost doubled overnight. In what is believed to be a world first, nine captive-bred Plains-wanderer chicks hatched at the zoo. The births, which took place from March 19 to March 20, mark the second time the mysterious bird has been bred in Victoria – also at Werribee Zoo in November 2018, when four chicks were born.last_img read more

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TCEM defends manage of Provo GT dumps

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 16, 2017 – Providenciales – Turks and Caicos Environmental Management is responding to our news report where at least one resident of Grand Turk says they are fed up with the state of the dump there.One of the principals of the company, Tim Hodge contacted Magnetic Media with the aim to explain what is happening at the company which has for five years been paid to manage the dump sites, but where there are still some essential elements of the agreement undone.   We asked Mr Hodge about the tire shredder and were told that it will be here in a matter of weeks; the shredder will however, only be stationed in Providenciales where tires we understand have been accumulating for over five years.No shredder is earmarked for Grand Turk, Mr. Hodge said the plan is to recycle the tires there and he also said there is a plan to move the tires which have also been gathering at the dump for over five years.   The question which arises is where will TCEM move those hundreds of tires to in Grand Turk?The resident who brought the matter to light said he believes it would be a shift of the problem from one place to another.  The resident also said, he does not believe the spraying of the tires with a mosquito repellent is effective for the amount of tires which he photographed.   Hodge is convinced that their spraying, he said in partnership with Environmental Health, is effective.Hodge explained during that telephone call that an EPA approved style of landfill to cope with the tires was dismissed by Government as a solution.  TCIG has rejected burying the tires as research proves this is dangerous to the environment and a potentially explosive hazard; literally.To questions on keeping animals off the compounds; Hodge said the feral dogs are aggressive and dig under the fence in the Capital; but when we spoke to Grand Turk residents, they say the front gate is always opened and the animals move in and out, just as easily as vehicles dumping garbage do.The resident is also convinced that the lack of perimeter fencing is why garbage easily flies out of the dump and around the island.  It is maintained that there is no security guard in Grand Turk, though there is one in Provo.   Mr Hodge refuted that and said there is security at both sites.  Magnetic Media was offered a tour of the TCEM managed dumps in the coming week; we have accepted.TCEM was in 2012 signed on for five years as managers of the Provo and Grand Turk dumps to the tune of $1.5 million per year.#MagneticMediaNews#TCEM#poordumpmanagementTCI#TimHodgeTCEM#TCEMdefendsdumpmanagement Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #poordumpmanagementTCI, #TCEM, #TCEMdefendsdumpmanagement, #TimHodgeTCEM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Wheeland MP says ‘Enough is enough’; Official statement on Landfill fire Burning rubber at Provo Landfill; fire again blamed on arson… again Recommended for you TCI: TCEM contract not renewed, Gov’t back in charge of dump siteslast_img read more

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Harry Maguire hoping Leicester bounce back at Everton

first_imgLeicester City defender Harry Maguire is looking to quickly put the disappointment of their 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City behind themFollowing surprise back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Manchester City, Leicester were brought back down to Earth in front of their home supporters at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.Despite enjoying 62% of the possession, the Foxes couldn’t translate their dominance into goals and were made to pay the ultimate price when Victor Camarasa scored a stunning injury-time winner for Cardiff.But Maguire hopes to put the defeat behind them quickly ahead of Tuesday’s visit to Goodison Park against Everton, who sit just a point behind them in the Premier League.“That is the best thing about the Christmas period,” said Maguire, according to BT Sport.“Once you get a defeat you only have to wait two or three days before you are playing again.“It’s nice to have another game in three days and it’s a big game for us now at Everton.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We will look forward to that one, try to rest and recover and hopefully get the three points up there.”The England international admits their festive schdule, which has seen them play three times in the past seven days, has taken it’s toll on the squad.“Yes, obviously it’s tough for the boys who have played all three games with three 90 minutes,” said Maguire.“It is the same for every player in the Premier League. We don’t use that as an excuse.“It wasn’t our best performance, no doubt about it and we are not using it as an excuse, but we dominated the game and had numerous chances.“I can’t recall them having a clear-cut chance in the game. Then they score an unbelievable goal and it’s a great victory for them.”Leicester are eighth in the Premier League with 28 points from 20 games.last_img read more

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Nepal denies Tibetans request to hold Dalai Lamas birthday

first_imgKathmandu: The Tibetan community in Nepal called off plans to mark the birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama after their request for a public celebration was rejected over security concerns, a government official said on Sunday. The Dalai Lama turned 84 on Saturday and his followers in Nepal had hoped to celebrate the occasion in the capital, Kathmandu, but the communist government rejected their request. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us China, which regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist, has been increasing its influence in the Himalayan nation that is home to about 20,000 Tibetans. Nepal is a natural buffer between China and India and is considered by New Delhi as its natural ally, but China is also making inroads by pouring aid and infrastructure investment into what is one of the world’s 10 poorest countries. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Beijing sent troops into remote, mountainous Tibet in 1950 in what it officially terms a peaceful liberation and has ruled there with an iron fist ever since. The Dalai Lama fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Krishna Bahadur Katuwal, assistant district administrator of Kathmandu, said the government refused permission for Tibetans to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday because “infiltrators” could create trouble. Advertise With Us “There could be a law and order problem as infiltrators could organise demonstrations or try to self-immolate,” Katuwal told Reuters. Tibetan news portal Phayul.com said celebration plans were then withdrawn. Airport immigration authorities in Kathmandu refused to admit a U.S. citizen of Tibetan origin and deported him last month, reportedly at China’s request. Nepali authorities have also previously detained Tibetans trying to cross the border on their way to India after fleeing their disputed homeland. Human rights groups say Nepal faces intense Chinese pressure to control the flow of Tibetans crossing the border.last_img read more

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Best Model of the World Amit Sobti all set to make debut

first_imgAmit SobtiPR HandoutIndia has given so many handsome faces to the world, and it is not only about the western world now, as our Indian men are also making their mark everywhere with their looks and physique.Right now, the man who is exceptionally famous in modelling and events is Amit sobti. It is like the whole world has become a fan of this handsome Indian hunk, who won the best model 2018. He has stamped his authority at many places and made India proud too, and it is not a common thing to achieve.Because of his achievements, Amit has been receiving many TV shows offer in a short time. It is like everyone want this guy in their production house to make their production house more famous with his presence.MTV has picked Amit for their show called “Mr & Mrs 7 states”. It is India’s first modelling hunt cum reality show which is audition based and Amit is the main face for this show. The winning cash prize is Rs 50 lakh and we will not be surprised if Amit wins that. The show will be aired on MTV India and MTV beats.Amit’s journey from a successful model to representing India at a global level, and winning the competition and now in a TV reality show is going to be exciting and a test for Amit too.last_img read more

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Police Officers Wounded Monday Are Stable Harris Countys Skepticism On States Potential NonCitizen

first_imgTuesday, January 29, 2019Top afternoon stories:Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaDr. Michelle McNutt, chief of trauma at Memorial Hermann’s Red Duke Trauma Institute (fourth from left) and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo held a media briefing on January 29, 2019, to provide an update on the five police officers who were injured.Police Officers Wounded Monday Are StableHPD Chief Art Acevedo released the names of the two persons involved in a Monday shooting with police officers in Southeast Houston and Memorial Hermann Hospital provided an update on their condition.One of the officers suffered a gunshot wound to the face. He was operated on Monday night and will have to undergo additional operations by the hospital’s facial trauma. Another officer who also suffered a face wound and who, according to Acevedo is a 50-year-old sergeant and a 25 year veteran with HPD, won’t require surgery and will likely be discharged Tuesday.A third officer who sustained a knee injury has already undergone surgery by the orthopedic trauma team and will likely be discharged later this week. The HPD chief said he is a 50-year-old sergeant and a 27 year veteran. Another wounded officer is a 33-year-old who, according to Acevedo, sustained a sustained a shoulder gunshot wound and was released from the hospital Monday night.The fifth officer who was wounded in the shooting, specifically on his neck, is still in the hospital and, according to HPD, is in serious but stable condition.Acevedo said the male suspect was 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and the female suspect was 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas. The HPD chief detailed they were both white.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.Harris County’s Skepticism On State’s Potential Non-Citizen Voter ListCivil rights groups are urging Texas counties not to take action on a state-circulated list of potential non-citizen voters. In Harris County, the state’s most populated county, officials say they’ll further investigate the list before sending out citizenship checks.The state wants local election officials to check the citizenship of about 95,000 registered voters who were not citizens when they obtained their driver’s license or state ID.Douglas Ray, with the Harris County Attorney’s Office, said he’s “very skeptical” about the validity of the list.“We think that there’s probably a lot of people, a lot of people, who got their driver’s license when they weren’t citizens, but who subsequently became citizens and registered to vote,” he said.Ray also pointed to a situation years ago where the state believed tens of thousands of registered voters were dead. Many turned out to be very much alive. He said the county is also worried about citizens not responding in time to the citizenship checks requests — they have 30 days, by law — and then losing their right to vote.Election To Replace Former State Reps. Carol Alvarado, Joe PickettVoters are heading to the polls Tuesday to fill state House vacancies in Houston and El Paso in the latest special elections since the midterms.In House District 79, there is a three-way race to replace former Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who resigned effective this month, citing issues related to a cancer diagnosis. And in House District 145, eight candidates are competing for the seat left open by ex-Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, who won a promotion to the upper chamber last month.The races are unlikely to change control of either Democratic-friendly district, and the contests have been marked by low drama and low turnout in the shadow of the legislative session’s opening in Austin. Both contests have potential to go to a runoff, which would happen if no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote. Sharelast_img read more

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Michael Walton Foundation Invests in DC Youth

first_imgRaven Goodwin, Michael Walton, and Kenny Lattimore. (Courtesy Photo)Michael Walton dedicated his life to investing in the community and children. Walton stops by Friendship Collegiate Academy in Northeast D.C. three times a year through the Michael Walton Foundation – an organization that provides positive outlets for youth and young adults through creative programs and services. According to its website, the foundation targets minority students from the sixth to 12th grades.“This is what drives me being a part of inspiring the youth going around the world empowering students and making them aware that they can achieve anything they put their minds to, anything,” he said.This time Walton brought rhythm and blues singer Kenny Lattimore and actress Raven Goodwin from the BET sitcom “Being Mary Jane” with him on his visit Feb. 12. Both celebrities are native Washingtonians and recognize how important it is to invest in the lives of young people.“Being at home in D.C. where we started this was us chasing our dreams,” Goodwin said. “This is where our hunger for success began.”Lattimore said that it is a priority to empower the youth. “I’ve always been dedicated to empowering young people using the elements of education, mentoring, and the arts,” he said. “When I found out the Michael Walton Foundation’s mission was similar to mine – it was a great fit.”During the workshop students defined success within themselves. “Success to me is following my dreams no matter what. I want to be an engineer and nothing is going to stop me from achieving my goals, it’s up to me,” graduating senior Shaunetta Green said.The overarching purpose of the day was to challenge students to understand that being successful is something they must focus on every day. “Success for me is learning something each day. I think that really is success because money comes and goes. There are highs and lows – triumphs and failures but the journey – and how we navigate the journey is my barometer for success,” said Lattimore.Another lesson the children learned was about having a sense of community. “My mother really inspired me and made me conscious of the importance of giving back. She managed my career and guided my life from the beginning. My musical heroes are Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, they’re also huge givers in our community and I’ve watched and emulated them. Jesus Christ is my ultimate hero. I try to follow his principles and the way he lived,” Lattimore said.“Young people are responsible for [their] own futures and they have to invest in themselves. Education and information will empower them to make great decisions” he continued.last_img read more

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Chinese man drives car into Nexon HQ because their games ruined his

first_imgThe Korean games company Nexon is well-known for its very popular free-to-play games on both mobile platforms and PC. Their most well known titles being MapleStory, Dungeon Fighter Online, and most recently Dragon Nest. Its games haven’t kept all players happy, though.Last Sunday, July 24, a car was driven into Nexon’s offices in South Korea at roughly 7am. The car smashed through the glass and ended up in the foyer. As it was a Sunday morning there was luckily nobody present to be hurt. The driver is a 33-year-old Chinese man who is in South Korea on a 3-month visitor permit. His blood alcohol was over the legal limit and the car had been borrowed from his brother who lives in South Korea. It’s not clear if he had permission to take the car or not, but either way he does not hold a driving license.WikimediaAs to why the man, who’s surname is Lee, decided to drive a car into the building, he blames Nexon. Apparently he has become addicted to one or more of their free-to-play titles and believes they have ruined his life. He told police his decision to ram the building was done on impulse with the alcohol surely playing a big part in his decision to go for it.Lee will now face multiple charges covering the damage to the building, dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving without a license. He’ll also need to pay to have the damage repaired, and will likely be deported back to China once this is over and possibly even after some jail time has been served. He’s very lucky no one was injured or even killed.No blame can be laid at the door of Nexon in this case. They are in the business of making free games you want to keep playing and spend money on. Clearly Lee took things too far, got addicted, and couldn’t/didn’t want to get the help he needed to break the habit. Maybe this prosecution will be the wake-up call he needed.last_img read more

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Addressing growing burden of heart diseases

first_imgThe Society for Heart Failure and Transplantation (SfHFT) hosted the midterm meeting to focus on experiencing an unparalleled fest of knowledge and skill enhancement. The theme of the meeting was Primary Graft Dysfunction after Heart Transplantation. The event witnessed an exhilarating scientific program to provide the most imperative information and was customised especially through didactic lectures by the most renowned cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists from all over the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStar highlight of the program was the cases discussed by most experienced faculty in the management of primary graft dysfunction (PGD). Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, addressed the audience. The event was also marked by the presence of the eminent Nobel Laureate Dr Kailash Satyarthiji, Indian children’s rights activist and Founder – Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Guest of Honour gracing the occasion was Dr Vasanti Ramesh, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCreating increasing awareness of the growing national burden of heart diseases and the urgent requirement of heart transplants in these patients, the Key Opinion Leaders drew attention on the demand of the current patients registered and the supply of the organ. The speakers also addressed the urgent need for donors and endeavored to bust a few myths, create more awareness on why donors should step forward, think beyond religion, customs, and social bindings to contribute and be a part of this noble cause which can help save innumerable lives. The event witnessed discussions on the entire spectrum of Primary Graft Dysfunction from Epidemiology of PGD, Risk factors, BioMarkers of PGD, clinical findings of PGD to Novel techniques of Graft preservation, Role of donor management after the heart transplant. The cases represented the highlights of the conference and doctors demonstrated several factors that cause PGD and the management of the outcome. Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital said, “This is a devastating complication that occurs in the immediate postoperative period following heart transplantation. It manifests as severe ventricular dysfunction of the donor graft and carries significant mortality and morbidity. Over the past decade or so, developments and upgrades in pharmacological treatment and mechanical circulatory support that are devices that support the heart when not working at its best, have improved the outcomes for patients undergoing heart transplants and develop this complication.” Research, however, reveals that PGD still remains a challenge as it is still a leading cause of death in the post-operative stages of a month or so. Eminent Noble Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi said, “Medical Professionals represent hope and therefore, humanity, divinity for the patient. 2, 50, 000 children in India are born with heart diseases and a mere 5% are able to afford treatment for their condition. I request and urge the doctors, cardiologists, and surgeons to see solutions of giving these poor children a reason to live.”last_img read more

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