(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)It’s hard to ignore Alabama’s start this season, especially considering the average margin of victory. However, the Crimson Tide aren’t the only undefeated team making noise this season.For the second consecutive season, the UCF Knights are beating their competition with ease. The offense is averaging 48.6 points per contest, as McKenzie Milton keeps putting up video-game statistics.Despite all their success, the Knights don’t receive a lot of respect from the national media.Well, ESPN analyst Andre Ware wants to change the narrative around UCF, as he made an interesting assessment about the team. Not only did he praise the program’s success, but he also said the Knights are right behind Alabama.From 247sports.com:“Right behind Alabama, without a doubt,” Ware said. “Because of the speed and the way they play defense. The speed is hard to track. That’s going to give anybody problems. It’s the interior parts of this football team that you get enamored with.”UCF is currently on an 18-game winning streak, dating back to last season. Even when they finished with a 13-0 record under Scott Frost, the Knights weren’t taken seriously.With two tough games against Cincinnati and South Florida to finish the season, it won’t be an easy for UCF. Nonetheless, the Knights have a golden opportunity to go undefeated again.
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Living with his grandmother in an eastern Mumbai suburb, Vivian Fernandes (Popularly known as Divine) had no idea that he would become a global superstar one day. From having zero knowledge of hip-hop to being one of the most sought-after rappers in India and a global superstar – in a matter of a few years, Vivian’s journey is as fascinating as it is endearing.To give insights into the life of this celebrated musician, the first-ever documentary on his life, ‘Gully Life: The Story of DIVINE’ was released on Discovery Channel recently. Produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Supari Studios, the film chronicles the ups and downs of one of India’s most favourite musicians. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyWe caught up with Divine for an exclusive interaction, where he talked about his documentary, his inspiration, and more. Here are a few excerpts. What was your first reaction to the idea of making a documentary on your life? Were there any inhibitions? I never imagined that at such an early stage in my career I would be the subject of a documentary. The experience of sharing my journey, my story has been cathartic in a way. Does the documentary show 100% of truth (of your life), or has it been tweaked/edited to hide certain incidents that you don’t want to reveal yet? Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotThis is as close to knowing everything about me without being me. Like every person in the public eye, I also need to live a life that’s more about Vivian than DIVINE – and this documentary shows me as a common boy, who lives a simple life and enjoys playing his role as a friend, a son and a rapper. The film reveals almost 100% of the truth about my struggles – personal and professional.Usually, choosing a path (initiating a journey) is more difficult than walking on it. How did it start for you? How did you get your first break? And, no step of this journey has been easy. Nothing was handed to me on a platter. I started doing filler shows at college festivals, and from there started writing my own raps, shot DIY videos. YouTube helped me get attention and an audience. In 2014, I released ‘Yeh Mera Bombay’, which had lyrics in Hindi and English. It racked up like 1,00,000 views in a few months, and even won me an award. That’s when I knew hip-hop was where I belonged. Later, a performance at blueFROG in 2014, caught the attention of the music industry. It was rare to listen to meaningful rap before Gully Boy. Do you believe that rappers really need to pay more attention to substantial content and not just if the rap rhymes or not? There is no right or wrong way of writing rap. But people will react more to authentic and original writing. There’s no denying that. You changed the definition of rap in India – making it one of the most popular forms of music. Is that a reason enough to be proud of yourself? I am doing what I want to do. I am grateful for getting the opportunity to live my dream; and it makes my mother proud. That’s all what matters to me.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government on Tuesday of abusing its executive powers to “tear apart” the state of Jammu and Kashmir and said this would have serious implications on national security.He also alleged that leaders of political parties in Kashmir were jailed at secret locations, which was “unconstitutional and undemocratic”, and demanded their immediate release. Gandhi said the move was “short-sighted and foolish” as it would allow terrorists to fill up the leadership vacuum created by the central government. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union territories, the Congress leader said national integration could not be furthered by unilaterally “tearing apart” the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land. “This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security,” he said on Twitter. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThis was Gandhi’s first comment since the government revoked the provisions of Article 370 on Monday to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and proposed that the state be bifurcated into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “Kashmir’s mainstream political leaders have been jailed at secret locations. This is unconstitutional and undemocratic. “It’s also short sighted and foolish because it will allow terrorists to fill the leadership vacuum created by GOI. The imprisoned leaders must be released,” he said on Twitter.
TORONTO – Two winning tickets were sold for the $35 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.One winning ticket was purchased in Ontario and the other in Quebec.Each is worth $17.6 million.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Aug. 3 will be approximately $10 million.
(Melissa Kentner watches over Barbara in a Thunder Bay hospital)Willow Fiddler APTN News Barbara Kentner’s family has been asked to meet with Crown prosecutors and Ontario’s coroner Friday to discuss the case against a man charged with throwing a trailer hitch at the Thunder Bay woman.Brayden Bushby faces an aggravated assault charge in relation to the Jan. 28 incident.But after Kentner died July 4, the family had hoped his charges would be upgraded.“I’m hoping that they do upgrade his charges,” said Melissa Kentner, Barbara’s sister. “”I hope he gets charged with murder.”Police in Thunder Bay have been silent on the charges against Bushby since Kentner’s death.The trailer hitch used in the attack on Barbara Kentner.The file has been held at the coroner’s office in Toronto.Kentner was hit by a trailer hitch while walking down the street.APTN has confirmed Busby has scheduled to be in court Nov. 6.Click here for a full timeline: Thunder Bay. Contact Willow here: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOX CREEK, A.B. – The RCMP in Fox Creek are looking for a suspect who allegedly left the scene of a collision on Highway 43 and was picked up by a passing motorist.At 10:35 a.m. Saturday, a collision was reported to the RCMP. A silver SUV struck a semi truck which was pulled over on the side of the road. The driver of the semi-truck was not hurt because he was out of the truck at the time. The driver of the SUV walked away hitchhiking northbound on Highway 43 towards Fox Creek.The RCMP believe the suspect that was driving the SUV, was picked up by a passing motorist driving a four-door SUV, sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Investigation has revealed that the SUV involved in the collision was allegedly stolen out of Edmonton. The Fox Creek RCMP want to locate the driver of the vehicle.The driver is described as:Caucasian maleApproximately 5’10 – 6′ tallDark medium length shaggy hair with facial hair.Wearing a black jacket and dark pants possibly snow pant like style.Had a back pack or bag with himThe Fox Creek RCMP are asking that the motorist who provided a lift to this male – please contact the detachment at 780-622-3740. Anyone else who has any information about this incident or knows this male is asked to call the FoxCreek RCMP at 780-622-3740 or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.
Rabat- Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his gratitude again to the Moroccan fans who supported his team during the FIFA Club World Cup which was held in Morocco between 10 and 20 December, 2014.Speaking to the media following his team defeat against AC Milan in Dubai, the Italian said the fans follow Real Madrid wherever the team travelled.“I do not want to miss the opportunity without reiterating my thanks and gratitude to the Moroccan fans that have supported us in the Marrakech Grand Stadium during the Club World Cup,” he added. Real Madrid lost to Italian side of AC Milan 2-4 on Tuesday in Dubai. This is the first defeat for the Champions League winners since September.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
28 August 2007Conflicts between and within nations have grown so complex in recent years that the United Nations’ capacity to deal with the world’s most difficult crises needs to be enhanced, the Security Council stressed today. Conflicts between and within nations have grown so complex in recent years that the United Nations’ capacity to deal with the world’s most difficult crises needs to be enhanced, the Security Council stressed today. In a statement read out by Ambassador Pascal Gayama of the Republic of Congo, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member body “notes the varied nature of conflicts, which involve not only conflicts between States and within States, but also new emerging threats, and thus reiterates its determination to strengthen its role in preventing and resolving conflict in all its forms.” The statement, which came at the end of a meeting featuring over 35 speakers on the topic of conflict prevention and resolution, particularly in Africa, also highlighted the importance of settling disputes peacefully and promoting preventive action in response to threats to international peace and security. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for devoting more resources to conflict prevention and strengthening the UN’s capacity for mediation, stating that “it is only through political settlements that conflicts can be resolved.” Mr. Ban stressed that the resolution of Africa’s most difficult conflicts is a top priority of his administration. “At the same time, a greater investment in prevention could save us considerable pain and expense – in Darfur, in Somalia, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in northern Uganda, in Western Sahara and elsewhere,” he noted. There has been an estimated 40 per cent decline in armed conflict around the world since the 1990s, with recent research crediting expanded UN peacemaking, peacekeeping and conflict prevention activities as a major factor behind the decline. While this is encouraging, Mr. Ban said it was “not good enough,” noting that violent conflicts continue to inflict immense suffering on countless people, mostly civilians. “For these victims, and for the sake of future generations, we have an obligation to take more seriously the challenge of prevention.” Mr. Ban highlighted the important role played by regional organizations, pointing to Sudan, where the UN is working with the African Union (AU) to address the crisis in the strife-torn Darfur region and where the world body will soon deploy a 26,000-strong joint UN-AU force (to be known as UNAMID) to suppress ongoing violence. “The tragedy of Darfur reminds us how much more needs to be done before we complete our transformation from a culture of ‘reaction’ to one of effective prevention,” he said. Given the increasingly complex nature of today’s disputes, he called for developing new approaches and addressing the underlying causes of conflicts. “If we do not deal with the root causes of conflict – and offer sustainable solutions – we will be left with peacekeeping missions without end.” Equally crucial, he added, is the need to build peace in countries emerging from conflict, such as Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia. “In these and other fragile post-conflict countries, peacebuilding is in fact prevention, since it is designed to prevent a relapse into war.” “Indeed, peacebuilding is an integral part of improving the UN’s capacity for conflict prevention and resolution,” said Leslie Kojo Christian, acting Chairman of the Organizational Committee of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, set up in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict to avoid relapsing into violence. He noted the Commission has a crucial role to play in contributing to the development of UN conflict prevention and resolution strategies by ensuring that they take into account priorities for peacebuilding. “As such, conflict prevention and resolution efforts can help to foresee and forestall the potential for relapsing into conflict.” One of the key achievements of the Commission during its first year of operation has been maintaining international attention on peacebuilding efforts in Burundi and Sierra Leone. “This has in turn instilled a greater sense of accountability and responsibility among the national and local actors on the ground to ensure long-term peace,” Mr. Christian stated. By establishing the Commission – whose efforts are essential to solidifying peace and preventing relapse into conflict – the General Assembly took an important step forward in the field of conflict prevention, Ambassador Léo Mérorès of Haiti told the Council. “But this is not enough,” he said, in a statement delivered on behalf of the Assembly’s President, urging that the mediation and good offices’ capabilities of the UN be reinforced and that it be given the necessary tools to play that crucial role. The Secretary-General is expected to submit shortly to the Assembly a follow-up to the 1998 report issued by his predecessor, Kofi Annan, on the causes of conflict in Africa and the promotion of durable peace and development. In addition, he will be presenting proposals for strengthening the mediation capabilities of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs.
The Literacy and Non-formal Education Development in Afghanistan project (LAND AFGHAN aims to fill part of the education gap that resulted from the war, UNESCO said. The project’s main focus will be on building a nationwide network of literacy teachers, trained in modern non-formal education methods.Coping with more than two decades of war has left Afghanistan with few qualified workers and professionals: most either fled the country or were killed during the conflict. Under the rule of the Taliban, women were not allowed to work and girls were forbidden from attending school. The agency estimates that only 51.9 percent of Afghan men over the age of 15 and a mere 21.9 percent of women in the same age group can read and write. While a vast effort is underway to rebuild the country’s education system and to get all Afghan children back in school, the adult population, responsible for the immediate reconstruction of Afghanistan, also needs to upgrade skills and knowledge, UNESCO said. During the second phase of the project, community learning centres will be set up in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan’s different regions to provide access to these literacy programmes for as many people as possible. Managers will be trained to run them. According to UNESCO, a special effort will be made to reach Afghan women and girls with the project, with the establishment of a Literacy Resource Centre for Girls and Women, sponsored by the Asia Pacific Cultural Centre (ACCU). The project is initially financed by a $500,000 contribution from the Japanese Government and is considered a flagship programme for the UN Literacy Decade (2003-2012) which will be officially launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 13 February.
“This is reassuring. Although we should remain vigilant, current prices do not justify talk of a world food crisis, but the international community can and should move to calm markets further,” the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, told a news briefing on the agency’s Food Price Index at FAO’s headquarters in Rome.In July, the FAO Food Price Index spiked six per cent after three months of decline. According to FAO, the rise in prices was partly caused by the severe deterioration of maize crop prospects in the United States, following extensive drought damage, which pushed up maize prices by almost 23 per cent.The Index measures the monthly change in international prices of a basket of 55 food commodities, including meat, dairy, sugar, and cereals. It averaged 213 points in August, unchanged from July – while still high, the Index currently stands 25 points below its peak of 238 points in February 2011, and is 18 points below its level during this time last year. The agency lowered its forecast for 2012 to 2,295 million tonnes down 52 million tonnes, or 2.2 per cent, from the record in 2011. This forecast largely reflects the worsening of maize production prospects in the United States because of widespread and severe drought. In its Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, FAO also confirmed that there will be a significant tightening in the demand and supply balance for cereals, and warned global production will not be sufficient to fully cover this demand during the 2012/2013 season.Meat prices, particularly those of poultry and pig, rose in August after three consecutive months of decline. Dairy prices also experienced a slight increase from July, sustained by the rising prices of skim milk powder, butter and whole milk powder.Sugar prices however, fell by 8.5 per cent from July, reflecting an improved production outlook and more favourable weather conditions in Brazil, the world’s largest sugar exporter, and recovering monsoon rains in India. In contrast, prices for oils and fats remained relatively unchanged, FAO said in a news release.Earlier this week, the heads of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Ertharin Cousins and Kanayo F. Nwanze, respectively, joined Mr. Graziano da Silva in calling for coordinated international action to prevent rising food prices from hurting tens of millions of people over the coming months. “The current situation in world food markets, characterized by sharp increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices, has raised fears of a repeat of the 2007-2008 world food crisis. But swift, coordinated international action can stop that from happening,” they said in a joint statement.The UN officials stressed that to prevent a food crisis it is necessary to address both immediate and long-term issues. In the short-term, they stated that there must be a coordinated response by food producers to deal with spikes in prices, and an improvement in the transparency of global markets.In the long-term, the trio noted that policies should focus on issues such as the increasing global population and climate change, which has led to droughts and floods in many countries, affecting food production.
The total bus and coach sector grew 118.6% to 883 registrations in May, and was up 56.5% for January-May.Registrations of purpose-built buses and coaches rose 14.2% in the month and 44.5% in the first five months of 2012.Converted bus registrations were up 240.9% in May and 68.5% for the year-to-date.“The bus and coach sector enjoyed significant growth in May, with registrations up almost 120%,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Purpose-built buses and coaches are showing the most consistent levels of demand, but converted buses also saw a welcome return to growth in the month. Operators continue to utilise new technologies to enhance fleet reliability and efficiency with more than 650 electric buses registered since 2009, boosted by the Green Bus Fund.”Click through to download the full May 2012 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which include a more detailed analysis of the figures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Opposition claims that recipients of Housing Assistance Payment will be excluded from moving to other forms of social housing – such as traditional local authority housing or units provided by Approved Housing Bodies – are misleading and grossly inaccurate.She continues:The new system will specifically provide a route for HAP tenants to apply for other social housing options. HAP tenants will exercise this option through inclusion on a transfer list that allows tenants avail of a range of housing options.However, speaking on RTÉ’s News at One this afternoon, former Labour minister Roisín Shortall insisted that the new measures would not encourage people to join the new HAP scheme.“You could have a family that have been on the waiting list for five or six years. Their only option now is to accept this housing assistance payment and by doing so they will be removed from the housing list, so it’s an extremely unfair.They would have lost their place on the list by going on the new Housing Assistance Payment and that’s the issue.Shortall said the measure represented “an attempt to massage the housing figures” and that the Government appeared to be washing its hands of responsibility for providing a proper public housing programme.Read: Housing Bill dismissed as a ‘ridiculous ploy’ to make the government ‘look better’ THE MINISTER FOR Housing Jan O’Sullivan has described opposition claims about the Government’s new Bill to tackle the housing crisis as “misleading and grossly inaccurate”.Critics of the new legislation have said that the new laws will mean that those in receipt of the new Housing Assistance Payment will be deemed to have had their needs met, and taken off social housing lists.Independent Deputy Catherine Murphy has called for Labour TDs to reconsider their support for the Bill, which will be debated by the Dáil this evening, saying that if it’s allowed to go ahead in its current form the party will have “completely abandoned any pretence of social justice”.While Ruth Coppinger, the newly elected Socialist Party TD for Dublin West, claimed the new rules would also “make it easier for councils to evict people”.The Minister said in a statement:
‘Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?’: Stormzy delivers powerful Brits performance Jeremy Corbyn praised the rapper for his performance, but Number 10 defended May in a statement today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 1:21 PM 18,570 Views In a statement this afternoon, however, Number 10 Downing Street issued a statement defending Theresa May.Her spokesperson said: “She’s determined that the public inquiry will discover not just what went wrong but why the voices of the people of Grenfell were ignored over so many years. In terms of support for the people affected by this tragedy, more than £58m has been committed.The spokesperson said they were not aware of any plans for May to meet with Stormzy, nor had she seen last night’s rap.Read: Grime star Stormzy hits back at Daily Mail for saying his music ‘glorifies’ cannabis useRead: The Stormzy mural in Smithfield has been painted over after council objections Source: Jeremy Corbyn/Twitter Share10 Tweet Email Congratulations @Stormzy1 for winning your first #BRIT award, and what a powerful performance. #Grenfell— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 22, 2018 By Sean Murray UK RAPPER STORMZY had harsh words for Prime Minister Theresa May last night, during a performance at the Brit Awards.He also took aim at the Daily Mail in a freestyle rap, on a night when he won best British male solo artist and best British album of the year.The way authorities handled the aftermath of the fire at Grenfell Tower, which killed 71 people on 14 June 2017, has been criticised in many quarters, with campaigners most recently driving three billboards through London calling for justice.Last night during his performance, Stormzy sang: “Yo, Theresa May, where’s that money for Grenfell? What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?”He also attacked the government saying “you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages. You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages.”The rapper had made clear his support for Grenfell in the past.He appeared on a charity single for the victims of the Grenfell disaster last year, and also called for justice for them at the Glastonbury festival, saying: “We urge the authorities to tell the fucking truth, first and foremost. We urge them to do something. We urge the fucking government to be held accountable for the fuckery, and we ain’t gonna stop until we get what we deserve.”Stormzy’s words last night were praised by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who described it as a “powerful performance”. 12 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3866022 Feb 22nd 2018, 1:21 PM
Dix nouvelles espèces qui valorisent la biodiversitéComme chaque année l’Institut international pour l’exploration des espèces établit le classement des nouvelles espèces découvertes.Plantes, animaux, mico-organismes, chaque espèce découverte au cours de l’année représente un potentiel candidat pour le Top 10 établi par un comité d’experts. L’objectif de l’initiative : attirer l’attention sur l’importance de la conservation en ce qui concerne les formes de vie sur Terre. A ce jour, environ 10 millions d’espèces sont en attente d’être décrites, nommées, et classées au sein de l’immense complexité de la biosphère.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuLa liste des dix espèces de l’année a été initiée par l’Institut International pour l’exploration des espèces, basée à l’Université d’Arizona aux Etats-Unis. Quentin Wheeler, directeur du département déclare, au Dailymail : “Selon nos estimations, toutes les espèces découvertes depuis 1758 représentent moins de 20% de l’ensemble des organismes vivant sur la Terre”. Chaque année de nouvelles espèces sont découvertes et décrites. Parmi la liste dressée cette semaine par l’institut figure notamment un champignon bioluminescent, un insecte pollinisateur d’orchidée, une sangsue… Mary James est la présidente du comité international à la base de la liste. Elle déclare :”Chacune de ces découvertes étonnantes raconte une histoire sur notre planète. Ce sont les pièces d’un puzzle qui nous aident à comprendre comment toutes les composantes de la vie travaillent en harmonie”. C’est le cas par exemple du champignon qui par sa lumière attire des petits insectes aidant à la dispersion des spores. Elle ajoute : “Je pense que le top 10 des espèces contribue à attirer l’attention sur les pièces du puzzle qui sont encore à découvrir”.Découvrez le classement en images en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/nouvelle-esp%e8ce/decouvrez-le-top-10-des-nouvelles-especes-decrites-en-2010_art14799.html Le 24 mai 2011 à 14:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
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Share The primary goal of the OSIRIS-REx mission is to retrieve a few pounds of gravel and dust from Bennu, an asteroid whose orbit brings it near Earth every six years.If successful, the asteroid samples will be the largest amount of extraterrestrial material brought back to Earth since the Apollo-era trips to the moon.The asteroid, called Bennu after an ancient Egyptian bird god, was discovered in 1999.Bennu was a good target because it’s relatively close to Earth, and also big enough for a visit, according to Dante Lauretta, the lead scientist for the mission, and a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona. Bennu measures 495 meters in diameter (about a third of a mile).“We needed something that was relatively large, because when asteroids get to be around 200 meters in diameter or smaller, they tend to rotate very rapidly, sometimes as often as once every minute, and that would likely fling any of that gravel off the surface,” Lauretta said.The asteroid’s gravel could contain carbon-rich material that is 4.5 billion years old, almost as old as the solar system itself.“These asteroids could contain organic molecules, volatiles and amino acids that may have been the precursors to life on Earth or elsewhere in our solar system,” said Christina Richey, a NASA scientist involved in the mission.The probe will take two years to reach Bennu. Once there, the probe will go into orbit around Bennu, and spend another two years studying and mapping the asteroid’s surface from afar.Finally, the probe will approach the asteroid, unfold an 11-foot arm, and pick up some rock and dust.Richey says the arm will only touch the surface for about five seconds, to minimize the chance of the probe being damaged. She likened it to a cosmic “high five.” “Our priority is to bring back at least 60 grams of pristine material,” Richey said. “So once we have that, we’re not going to try to touch that again. We’ve got it. It’s getting stowed, it’s getting ready to come home.”After flying back to Earth, the probe will eject a small capsule containing the samples. The capsule will fall through the atmosphere and land in Utah in September, 2023.The samples will be brought to Johnson Space Center for storage. Scientists will get to examine and study 25 percent of the sample, but 75 percent will be stored for future scientists who may come up with better ideas and testing techniques than current technology allows.
Because they have no eyes, or brains to process visual information, it would seem that plants do not have much choice in which sorts of birds or insects transfer pollen to or from them, but in the case of one flowering plant, it appears a way has evolved nonetheless to ignore the pollen deposited by one species of bird, while favoring that from another.As part of their study of the plant, the researchers found that it was not very receptive to being artificially pollinated, this got them wondering if the plants were as choosy with natural pollinators, so they captured several of them and released them into an aviary where they could be studied more closely. In tracking which flowers were visited by different types of humming birds and one type of butterfly, the researchers found a pattern—the plants seemed more receptive to the hummingbird species that had long curved beaks. Further testing confirmed their suspicions. But how could the plants demonstrate a preference? Suspecting it had to do with the longer bills, the researchers tried pollinating the plants with a longer pipette and found it a more successful technique. Taking their study further, they found that a longer pipette or bill on a bird allowed for sucking up more of the nectar the plant was offering, and that turned out to be the means by which the plant did its choosing—those that took more nectar were in turn more likely to see their pollen accepted by the plant. Citation: Plant species evolved a way to determine most promising pollinator (2015, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-species-evolved-pollinator.html 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. © 2015 Phys.org Heliconia tortuosa flowers Explore further As for why the plant would prefer long billed hummingbirds over those with short bills, the researchers suggest it is because those with long bills are the same species that travel farther while pollinating. That would mean the flower was more likely to receive pollen from a distant, unrelated plant, thus promoting diversity. Gene may help reduce GM contamination The green hermit hummingbird extracts nectar from a Heliconia tortuosa flower. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers has found that one species of flower is able to pick and choose when it comes to accepting pollen from a variety of pollinators. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Matthew Betts and Adam Hadley with Oregon State University and John Kress with the Smithsonian Institution, describe their study of Heliconia tortuosa, a flowering plant native to Costa Rica, and what they discovered about its pollinating abilities. More information: Pollinator recognition by a keystone tropical plant Matthew G. Betts, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1419522112AbstractUnderstanding the mechanisms enabling coevolution in complex mutualistic networks remains a central challenge in evolutionary biology. We show for the first time, to our knowledge, that a tropical plant species has the capacity to discriminate among floral visitors, investing in reproduction differentially across the pollinator community. After we standardized pollen quality in 223 aviary experiments, successful pollination of Heliconia tortuosa (measured as pollen tube abundance) occurred frequently when plants were visited by long-distance traplining hummingbird species with specialized bills (x¯ pollen tubes = 1.21 ± 0.12 SE) but was reduced 5.7 times when visited by straight-billed territorial birds (x¯ pollen tubes = 0.20 ± 0.074 SE) or insects. Our subsequent experiments revealed that plants use the nectar extraction capacity of tropical hummingbirds, a positive function of bill length, as a cue to turn on reproductively. Furthermore, we show that hummingbirds with long bills and high nectar extraction efficiency engaged in daily movements at broad spatial scales (∼1 km), but that territorial species moved only short distances (<100 m). Such pollinator recognition may therefore affect mate selection and maximize receipt of high-quality pollen from multiple parents. Although a diffuse pollinator network is implied, because all six species of hummingbirds carry pollen of H. tortuosa, only two species with specialized bills contribute meaningfully to its reproduction. We hypothesize that this pollinator filtering behavior constitutes a crucial mechanism facilitating coevolution in multispecies plant–pollinator networks. However, pollinator recognition also greatly reduces the number of realized pollinators, thereby rendering mutualistic networks more vulnerable to environmental change.Press release
Go back to the enewsletter Travel management company Travel Beyond Group (TBG) has announced a joint venture with inbound travel company, Exclusive Travel Group – a specialist in upmarket travel in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific – to bring a new luxury brand to the Australian market.The partnership sees Exclusive Travel Group’s local operations now positioned as a brand under TBG in Australia, joining its established units, Sport and Entertainment Travel Management, Corporate Travel Management, Events Beyond and Escape Beyond.Travel Beyond Group’s Managing Director Tim Lane told LATTE the JV gives Exclusive Travel Group “the opportunity to market, promote and use the resources and infrastructure of TBG, and now staff to drive high-end inbound into the Australian market”.TBG, which is a member of the Virtuoso luxury travel network, has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as well as an outpost in New Zealand’s commercial gateway city, Auckland.Exclusive Travel Group has branches in Sydney and New Zealand.“We will continue to develop and strengthen the partnerships within Australia’s luxury travel market,” Lane said of the deal.“We will work with TMC’s globally to help manage their high-end customers needing the ultimate experience in Australia and also have a direct channel for long-standing repeat and referral customers. For TBG it continues our strategy of being agile and boutique enough to ensure customer experience and service is maintained. A joint venture with an already established brand makes that happen.”Established in 2001, the privately owned TMC is growing and diversifying its business “to remain relevant for our partners and customers,” Lane said. Through the joint venture with ETB, Travel Beyond Group will now span 48 staff across five brands and four offices around Australia and New Zealand, with a total transaction value (TTV) of $75 million.“Our company ethos is centred around working with people who have a passion for delivering outstanding customer experiences and service. Rob, Stephen and the team at ETG do exactly that.”Exclusive Travel Group’s Managing Director Rob Young said his company was “excited” to enter into the partnership with the TBG. “It gives our business the resources and infrastructure to further expand into the Australian market,” Young said.Go back to the enewsletter
A civil defence officer is facing a disciplinary inquiry after he uploaded a post on his Facebook page praising the July 1974 coup against president Makarios.The post, which was later removed, contained photos of National Guard commandos, one at the bombed presidential palace the day of the coup, July 15, 1974, accompanied with the slogan: “Honour to the fallen commandos who died in the fight for the presidential palace.”Around 20 commandos died during the attack against the presidential palace in a bid to overthrow Makarios.The photo had been uploaded on the Facebook page of Ioannis Avlonitis, who is the civil defence director in Nicosia.The post also said “Since when does armed action to restore democracy from the rotten, tyrannical Makarios regime … is called a coup. Long live the National Guard, long live Enosis (union with Greece).”It was heavily criticized by other social media users who questioned whether the man was fit for the post.More so after it transpired that it was the same man who starred in a video around eight years ago in which a little boy with a toy gun was prompted to say he was going to shoot Turks and communists.The Cyprus Mail has learned that Avlonitis was now facing a disciplinary investigation irrespective of him removing the post on the same day.Avlonitis had been prosecuted for the offending video in 2010 but was acquitted by a court some three years later.He had been charged with making available racist material that promotes violence through Facebook.Dubbed the “fascist grandpa” Avlonitis got off because it was not proven that he was linked to the video.The court also said the contents of the video only caused sadness and did not promote racial discrimination to justify criminalizing it as an act of racial and xenophobic nature.No rational person could be incited to feel hate or to carry out a violent act against a specific race or political ideology by watching an innocent child utter words whose meaning he didn’t know, the court said.The short video features a boy of around four, brandishing a replica pistol.In it the boy is asked: “What are we?“Fascists,” the boy replies. “Who are you going to shoot?”“The Turks.”“Who else?”“Communists.”“That’s my lad,” the man in the video says.A poster symbolising the military dictatorship that ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974 is visible on a wall in the background.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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