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24 Magic of fireflies

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 24 By Nancy C. HinkleUniversity of GeorgiaFireflies, or lighting bugs, as they’re commonly known, areneither flies nor bugs. They’re beetles.As spring evenings warm, fireflies arrive to entertain us withtheir courtship performances, remaining until the chill of winterkills them off. They’re not only pleasant reminders of childhoodplay but a reassurance of environmental health as well.These nocturnal fliers have light-producing organs at the rear ofthe abdomen. Within these structures, two chemicals combine toproduce light in a process that’s virtually 100-percent energyefficient, so no heat is generated. The resulting light may begreenish, orange or yellow.Cruisin’Georgia’s lightning bugs start flying on warm spring evenings.The fireflies patrolling are males, scanning for mates. In theircourtship, females sit on vegetation and send out their lightsignals, which males cue in on.Each firefly species has a distinctive flash pattern, lasting fora specific time and with a definite interval between pulses. Thisallows the sexes to identify one another.In a deceptive strategy, some female fireflies mimic otherfirefly species’ flash patterns, luring in foreign males. Thesepredatory females then eat the hapless males. Male fireflies feedon nectar and pollen.Glimmer, glimmerFirefly larvae generate light, too. They’re called glowworms.Looking like aliens from outer space, these flattened,soft-bodied creatures have broad plates down their backs.Because they’re susceptible to dehydration, glowworms gravitateto moist areas, especially low-lying spots around streams andmarshes.On dark nights, glowworms may be seen crawling in leaf litter orrotting logs. They feed on slugs, snails and earthworms,injecting a toxin that paralyzes prey several times larger thanthemselves.YuckChildren who catch fireflies often notice a distinct odor left ontheir hands after the lightning bug is released. The beetleproduces this chemical to repel predators.Georgia has several dozen firefly species, ranging from less thanhalf an inch to almost an inch long. Our most common species areblack or gray with white, yellow and red markings.Because each species has its own flight style and flash pattern,anyone can study and identify the different species inhabiting anarea.One species flies very high, dancing among the treetops. Anotherflies just out of human reach, dipping in a J-shaped swoop as itflashes. On rainy evenings, tiny woods-inhabiting fireflies mimicfairy lanterns bouncing around in knee-high flight.(Nancy Hinkle is an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Central America Boosts Security Projects Worth 80 Million Dollars

first_imgBy Dialogo May 07, 2012 The Central American Security Commission met in Tegucigalpa on May 3 to boost the first security projects to be undertaken with support from Spain and the European Union, worth 80 million dollars, the Honduran Foreign Ministry announced in a statement. The first six projects, which will be implemented beginning this month in the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), “come to almost 80 million dollars and will be financed by the Spanish government and the European Union,” the Ministry specified. The plans include police professionalization, strengthening the public-defender system, criminal investigation, and prison management, Deputy Foreign Ministry Mireya Agüero explained. The statement added that in the future, other projects that are part of the group’s security strategy will be supported by countries such as Canada, Australia, Germany, the United States, and Italy, and will draw on the technical cooperation of Colombia, Chile, and Mexico, among others. During the meeting, technical experts also discussed Central American participation in the high-level meeting on the region’s security strategy that will be held at UN headquarters in New York on May 16. Today, the region is the world’s deadliest, especially in its so-called “northern triangle.” Honduras has a homicide rate of 85 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by El Salvador (65 per 100,000) and Guatemala (41 per 100,000), according to UN data, due especially to drug trafficking.last_img read more

Ex-Bellport Teacher Acquitted of Raping Student

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Bellport High School teacher and coach has been acquitted of having sex with a female student but was convicted of a lesser charge of child endangerment following a two-week-long trial.A Suffolk County jury found Jonathon Elsalam not guilty of third-degree rape and criminal sexual act but found him guilty of endangering the welfare of a child.Prosecutors had alleged that the 28-year-old had sexual relations with a girl younger than 17 between December 2011 and May 2012.The South Country Central School District removed Elsalam from his classroom and coaching duties in October of 2012.Elsalam faces up to one year in jail when he is sentenced May 9.last_img read more

Fiduciary rule effective June 9, full compliance Jan. 1

first_img continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday night that his department’s fiduciary rule will take effect June 9, with full implementation on Jan. 1, 2018.“[We] have found no principled legal basis to change the June 9 date while we seek public input,” he wrote. “Respect for the rule of law leads us to the conclusion that this date cannot be postponed.”Also on Monday, the Labor Department issued a field assistance bulletin on the fiduciary rule. It states that the department intends to request further information “in the near future seeking additional public input on specific ideas for possible new exemptions or regulatory changes based on recent public comments and market developments.”The Labor Department enforcement policy acknowledges that firms are developing new business models in order to comply with the rule, and its request for information will ask for comment on whether more time is needed beyond Jan. 1, 2018, to implement these new approaches. It will also request public comment on whether an additional delay in this date “would reduce burdens on financial services providers and benefit retirement investors by allowing for a smoother implementation of those market changes.”center_img US Department of Laborlast_img read more

Trump backers drop Biden vote challenge case in Wisconsin

first_imgWhen the suit was filed, the plaintiffs argued that there was evidence of enough illegal mail-in ballots counted in the three counties to invalidate the election results.The case was one of several filed by allies of President Donald Trump and Trump’s own campaign as part of an effort to reverse Biden’s projected win in the national race for the White House.Those efforts have largely failed to gain traction and it is not clear that Trump has any chance of overturning his loss through legal actions. But that has not stopped the president both from claiming otherwise and from falsely claiming that he won the election.- Advertisement – The Wisconsin suit was filed just last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Green Bay. The named defendants included the clerks of the three counties, Wisconsin’s elections director and Elections Commission chair, Gov. Tony Evers, and other officials.The plaintiffs had argued that votes in the counties of Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee should be tossed out because “the sudden flood” of mail-in ballots had left election workers unable to carefully review those ballots for fraudulent ones.James Bopp, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, when asked why the case was dismissed, told CNBC in an email, that because of attorney-client privilege “and because I do not telegraph  my next moves, I cannot comment.”Lawyers for defendants in the case did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The law firm Law Forward, which was founded to challenge challenge conservative election and voting-related legal efforts, said the dismissal was “an exercise in efficiency.”“This case was entirely without merit and the plaintiffs saved the court the trouble of saying so,” said Jeff Mandell, president of Law Forward, in a statement.Biden, the Democratic former vice president, narrowly defeated the Republican Trump in Wisconsin, which has 10 Electoral College votes.Biden received 1.63 million votes to 1.61 million votes for Trump, a margin of 49.5% to 48.8%.Trump has said he wants a recount of the votes in Wisconsin.Milwaukee County went heavily for Biden, giving him more than 69% percent of the ballots cast. The actual vote margin in that county was more than 180,000 ballots for Biden.Biden also far exceeded Trump in Dane County, which Biden won by 75.5% of the ballotsIn Menominee County, which had relatively few voters, Biden crushed Trump with 1,303 votes to just 278 votes for the incumbent.Even if Trump could somehow reverse the official vote results in Wisconsin, it would not be enough, on its own, to undo Biden’s projected victory in the Electoral College.With all 50 states results projected as of last Friday, Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, compared to just 232 votes for Trump. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Three plaintiffs whose federal lawsuit sought to invalidate all of the ballots in three Wisconsin counties that gave President-elect Joe Biden well more than his approximately 20,000 vote margin of victory in that state told a judge Monday that they were dismissing their case.The court filing by lawyers for plaintiffs, Michael Langenhorst, Michael LeMay and Stephen Fifrick, did not say they were voluntarily dismissing their claim in the case, which was backed by the conservative election group True the Vote. The notice of dismissal filed Monday said the claim was being dropped “without prejudice against” the defendants, which means the plaintiffs reserved their right to make the claims again.- Advertisement – Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign speech at the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S., September 21, 2020.Mark Makela | Reuterslast_img read more

WHO drawing closer to declaring a pandemic

first_imgJun 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The global novel H1N1 influenza situation is drawing closer to the status of a true pandemic but is not there yet, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) lead spokesman on the issue said today.”Globally we believe we’re in phase 5 but are getting closer to phase 6,” said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO assistant director-general for health security and the environment, referring to the WHO’s pandemic alert phases.By the WHO definition, phase 5 means a novel virus is causing sustained community outbreaks in more than one country within one WHO region, in this case the Americas. Phase 6 signals a full pandemic, defined as a novel virus spreading widely in more than one global region. The phases as currently defined do not say anything about the severity of the disease, only its geographic extent.Speaking at a news briefing, Fukuda also said the WHO will come up with ways to describe the severity of the epidemic and provide related guidance so that governments will have more information on how to respond to the situation.Last week, after a number of countries voiced concern that a pandemic declaration would cause undue alarm and disruption in the context of a generally mild disease, Fukuda said the WHO would consider modifying its phase definitions. Today, in the wake of a teleconference with experts yesterday, he signaled that the WHO will stick with the current definitions, but promised the agency would supplement them by finding a way to describe the severity of the disease threat.Transitional countriesFukuda said several countries outside North America, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Chile, and Australia, seem to be moving from having limited H1N1 outbreaks related to travelers and institutions to having widespread community transmission.”However, we still are waiting for evidence of really widespread community activity in these countries, so I think it’s fair to say that they are in transition and are not quite there yet,” he said.He contrasted those countries with the United States, Mexico, and Canada, where the virus is widespread, and most other countries, where cases are limited and mostly linked to travel or to institutional outbreaks.As of today, the WHO has confirmations of 18,365 novel H1N1 cases in 64 countries, with 117 deaths, Fukuda reported. He said the WHO now plans to update its online H1N1 case count on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, instead of 5 days a week.Offering a kind of one-word descriptor that the WHO has generally avoided, he said, “It’s probably fair to call the situation moderate right now. We have some hesitation in calling it mild, for a couple of reasons.”One reason is that while the number of serious and fatal cases appears relatively low, the WHO doesn’t know the true proportion of severe cases, he said. Another reason is that the infection can be fatal in some people, including those with underlying medical problems, pregnant women, and even some who were previously healthy.Creating a severity scaleThe WHO’s decision to assess severity but not change the pandemic phase definitions comes out of a series of telephone consultations yesterday with about 30 experts from 23 countries, Fukuda reported.He said the discussions were fruitful and produced consensus in a number of areas: “The experts urged WHO to continue to use geographic spread as the basis for moving to phase 6, but also said WHO should modify this movement with an assessment of severity, and WHO should provide more tailored guidance to countries, responding to the severity.”Much of the discussion focused on how to assess severity, which has to do not only with the virulence of the virus but also with the vulnerability and resilience of populations, which are likely to vary from country to country, he said.The WHO may come up with something like a 3-point severity scale, Fukuda said. The agency hopes to develop a general severity assessment that will be useful to all countries but link it with detailed guidance to help local authorities assess their own situation and respond appropriately.”One of the things we hope to do is reduce some of the more drastic actions that may be uncalled for, but also provide guidance to countries regarding what steps they can take,” he added. He cited embargoes on pork and the slaughter of pigs, measures used by some countries in the early stages of the epidemic, as examples of uncalled-for actions.In other comments, Fukuda said the novel virus seems to be behaving pretty much the same in the southern hemisphere as it has in the northern hemisphere. In Chile and Australia, for example, most cases have been mild, but some severe cases with respiratory failure have occurred, just as in North America.”Overall, what we’re seeing in the first few countries in the southern hemisphere is similar to what we’re seeing in the northern hemisphere,” he said.He also reported that most of the flu viruses identified recently in Chile have been the novel H1N1 rather than the seasonal flu viruses that normally show up at this time of year.See also: May 26 CIDRAP News story “WHO may redefine pandemic alert phases”last_img read more

Santi Cazorla backs Mikel Arteta to become ‘great’ manager at Arsenal

first_imgSanti Cazorla expects Mikel Arteta to thrive at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Santi Cazorla has backed his former team-mate Mikel Arteta to enjoy a ‘great career’ as manager of Arsenal.Ex-Gunners midfielder Arteta returned to the Emirates in December after being named as Unai Emery’s permanent replacement.The 37-year-old had spent three productive years at Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and is one of the most highly-rated coaches in the world.Arsenal have often flattered to deceive under Arteta – although they impressed by coming from behind twice to draw with Chelsea on Tuesday – but Cazorla has tipped his compatriot to develop into a ‘great coach’.ADVERTISEMENT‘Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future,’ Cazorla told Goal. ‘Even when I was playing with him, he showed great leadership in dressing room.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Some say it’s a gamble for Arsenal to appoint him, but I believe it’s a reasonable challenge. He also worked as a coach under Pep Guardiola.‘I believe he can become a great coach. It’s not easy for any manager now to be like [Arsene] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I can’t anticipate how long he’ll stay at Arsenal, but I believe he can also make great career at Arsenal, and he’s a proper one for Arsenal. I hope Mikel leads Arsenal well.’Spanish midfielder Cazorla made 180 appearances for Arsenal and helped the Gunners win two FA Cups before leaving the club to join Villarreal in 2018.The latter stages of his career in north London were plagued by injuries and Cazorla says he has unfinished business at Arsenal. Arteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenArteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against Chelseahttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-praises-arsenal-2-2-against-chelsea-2093128/This 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.‘I don’t know if it’s possible or not, but I want to play one more game for Arsenal before I retire,’ the 35-year-old added. ‘It was a deep regret that I could never have a proper goodbye.‘Arsenal was the biggest club I ever played for. I’m proud that I was an Arsenal player.‘I’m especially grateful for Arsenal fans who supported me even after I left the club. I wish I can be part of the Gunners family in the future again.’MORE: Arsenal confident Sokratis will be fit for Bournemouth clashMORE: Mikel Arteta told Man City to sign Matviyenko before Arsenal talksMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Jan 2020 7:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link16.5kShares Comment Advertisement Santi Cazorla backs Mikel Arteta to become ‘great’ manager at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

JX Nippon starts producing gas from Layang field off Sarawak

first_imgJX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation said its Malaysian unit, the operator of Block SK10 offshore Sarawak started commercial gas production from the Layang field. Layang field is located approximately 7 km east of the producing Helang gas field in Block SK10, with JX Nippon holding 75 percent participation interest.Natural gas from the Layang gas field, together with natural gas from Helang gas field, will be supplied through subsea pipelines to the MLNG Tiga liquefaction plant in Bintulu, Sarawak.The initial production of natural gas and condensate from Layang Field is estimated about 12,000 boed.The MLNG Tiga project is part of Petronas’ Bintulu LNG complex and is capable of producing 7.7 mtpa of LNG. JX Nippon holds a 10 percent stake in the project.last_img read more

Windies U-19 World Cup title defence ends with defeat to SA

first_img… 2016 Champions bow out in controversyMOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (CMC) – West Indies Under-19s title defence ended in shambles with a heavy 76-run defeat to South Africa Under-19s, but controversy accompanied their disappointing exit from the ICC Youth World Cup here yesterday.Asked to chase 283 at Bay Oval, the young Caribbean side collapsed from 177 for four in the 39th over to 206 all out in the 46th, to crash to their second straight defeat following their loss to hosts New Zealand Under-19s in their opener last Saturday.Alick Athanaze top-scored with 76 and Kirstan Kallicharan chipped in with 44 but fast bowler Hermann Rolfes rocked the Windies with four for 33 to put South Africa in command.The defeat left the reigning champions third in Group A without a point thus eliminating them from reaching the second round.To complicate matters, captain Emmanuel Stewart sparked a firestorm during the South Africa innings when he appealed for an obstructing-the-field dismissal and had batsman Jiveshan Pillay controversially given out.The left-handed Pillay had effortlessly cruised to 47 off 51 deliveries when he inside-edged a drive at fast bowler Jarion Hoyte and then watched carefully as the ball rolled to a stop next to his stumps.However, he subsequently picked up the ball and tossed it to Stewart who then appealed and after umpires consulted, Pillay was given out for obstruction under Law 37.4.Stewart’s actions drew heavy criticism from past and current players, reminiscent of the Mankad incident during the last Under-19 World Cup when West Indies also found themselves at the centre of controversy.The contentious decision also soured the contest and detracted from South Africa’s innings, highlighted by a superb, run-a-ball unbeaten 99 from wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu.Gerald Coetzee chipped in with 29 and Kenan Smith, 22, as the South Africans got up to a challenging 282 for eight off their 50 overs after they were sent in.Pillay, who struck five fours and two sixes, put on 56 off 64 balls for the first wicket with Matthew Breetzke (18) before five wickets tumbled for 56 runs to leave the young Proteas tottering on 112 for five in the 27th over.The right-handed Makwetu, batting at number five, then stitched up the innings in a 58-run stamd for the sixth wicket with Smith before adding a further 31 for the seventh wicket with Jade de Klerk who made a cameo 21 from 16 balls.However, it was Makwetu’s 67-run, eighth-wicket stand with Coetzee which provided the late momentum as South Africa gathered a whopping 77 runs from the last five overs.Makwetu struck 12 fours and a six and combined with Coetzee to plunder 27 from the final over sent down by fast bowler Ronaldo Alimohamed.In reply, West Indies were given a sound start by openers Kimani Melius (24) and Keagan Simmons (20) who put on 38 off 42 deliveries for the first wicket.Once the left-handed Simmons was given out caught behind down the leg-side off seamer Coetzee (2-21), however, the Windies lost four wickets for 49 runs to decline to 87 for four at the end of the 21st over.Stewart was bowled for two in the 12th over needlessly giving Rolfes the charge, Melius nicked a push at left-arm pacer Akhona Mnyaka and was caught behind while Bhaskar Yadram (13) was also caught at the wicket by Makwetu, cutting at left-arm spinner de Klerk (2-40).With West Indies stuttering, the left-handed Athanaze combined with Kallicharan in a 90-run, fifth -icket stand which put the South Africans under pressure.Athanaze faced 100 balls and counted six fours and a six while Kallicharan stroked five fours and a six in a handsome 50-ball knock.Rolfes proved the trump card in the end, returning to trap Kallicharan lbw in the 39th over, triggering a dramatic slide which saw the last six wickets perish for 29 runs.Athanaze was the ninth batsman out, in the 45th over after smashing a return catch to the enterprising Rolfes.last_img read more

Messi Makes Young Afghan Boy’s Dream Come True in Qatar

first_imgOn December 13, that day arrived. Murtaza finally got the chance to hold his hero’s hand and got a giant hug from Messi on the morning of the ‘Match of Champions’ game between Barcelona and Al Ahli. As the Barcelona players walked past him on the way to a meeting room at the team hotel, Murtaza spotted Messi and reached out a hand, which the Argentina superstar held with a big smile.A few moments later, Murtaza received a large embrace from his hero, who held him in his arms as the Barcelona team gathered behind him.Speaking with sc.qa, Murtaza said after his meeting with Messi: “I’m very happy to have met my hero. It is a dream for me. I can’t wait to see Messi at the game, it will be the first time for me in the stadium.”Yesterday evening, Murtaza was selected as one of the player escorts to walk out onto the pitch with his idol, providing another memory of a lifetime for him on his trip to Doha.An SC spokesperson said: “It was inspirational to meet Murtaza, and see him fulfill his dream. We were all kids once and had dreams, and in Qatar many of us still have them.“Murtaza’s dream was to meet his hero. We are in a fortunate position here that we were able to bring them together. It’s about a kid and his dream. That’s it. That pretty much sums up the power of football.“We were struck by his story from the beginning, and are delighted that we made the meeting happen. The story is symbolic of our belief that football can change lives for the better, and inspire youngsters from across our region and beyond.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Murtaza Ahmady stepped off the plane at Hamad International Airport following his journey from Afghanistan, the six-year-old boy asked his father Mohammed a single question: ‘Where is the house of Messi?’The football-crazy youngster had made the special journey to Qatar to meet his FC Barcelona hero. Images of him wearing a plastic bag of Argentinian national colours with Messi written on the back had gone viral on social media earlier this year. Subsequently, the ‘Albiceleste’ (white and sky blue) superstar had sent young Murtaza a signed jersey and football, and promised to meet him in person when the chance arose.The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) was inspired by the story of the small boy and his dream, and decided to try and find him to give him the chance of meeting his hero.last_img read more