Distribution and abundance of the tick Ixodes uriae in a diverse subantarctic seabird community

first_imgAt Bird Island, South Georgia, we surveyed the distribution and abundance of ticks on the vertebrate fauna and found only 1 species Ixodes uriae. We classified all seabird species into 3 groups: (1) seabirds nesting on the surface of the ground solitarily, in dispersed groups of a few nests, or in colonies with well-spaced nests; (2) seabirds nesting on the surface of the ground in dense colonies; and (3) seabirds nesting in dense colonies in burrows or rock crevices. We detected I. uriae only on 3 species of the second group that nested in large, dense, persistent colonies, i.e., black-browed albatross (Diomedea melanophrys), gray-headed albatross (Diomedea chrysostoma), and macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus). Ticks were found on the undersides of the feet on albatrosses but not on the undersides of the feet on penguins. We hypothesize that the coarse pebble nests of penguins, combined with the fact that their young walk around more than albatross young, make the environment on the underside of penguin feet more harsh and hostile for ticks than the underside of albatross feet. Despite the great abundance of Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) on the island, we found no ticks on them.last_img read more

Southee’s swing: Tim Southee on par with Sachin Tendulkar’s number of sixes in test…

first_imgAdvertisement With a red cherry, swinging the ball in the air is the attribute that one would correlate Tim Southee with rather than a clean swing of a bat to dispatch the ball into the stands. But as per the stats, Southee is also pretty good at the latter skill.Advertisement Coming into bat at No.8 during the second innings of the first Test in Galle, Southee achieved a rare feat with the bat by equalling the tally of the number of sixes hit by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the longest format.Advertisement During the pacer’s short-lived innings of 14 off 19 deliveries, he hit a solitary six which was enough to get his tally to 69. He just needs one more to be level with Pakistan’s Younis Khan.Sachin Tendulkar reached 69 sixes in 329 innings while it only took 89 innings for the right-arm seamer. The current record for the maximum sixes in the longest format is held by Southee’s former teammate and captain Brendon McCullum, who has hit a staggering 107 sixes over the course of his career.Advertisement Read Also:Cherry loves Boult: Sri Lankan players puzzled after ball gets stuck into Trent Boult’s helmet\https://www.sportsindiashow.com/zimbabwe-great-grant-flower-claims-fed-lack-freedom-security-pakistan/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Help us save our children

first_imgDear Editor,It breaks my heart to know that paedophilia, trafficking and other child sex offences have become a scourge and industry in Guyana and around the world. In Guyana, we have seen many instances where mothers are prostituting their own underage children, where fathers are sexually molesting their own daughters, and in some cases, even their own sons. I recall a case, in the Vreed-en-Hoop area, where a Corporal from the Guyana Defence Force, molested his two-year-old stepson. Some stepfathers are also known to take advantage of their stepchildren. Girls are being threatened that if they “tell anyone, they will be killed along with their mother”. There are even many uncles who are involved in paedophile activities with their nieces and nephews. Children are being sold every day on the dark web around the world to some of the most prominent people in society.Victims of this kind of abuse usually undergo a series of psychological damage and destruction as they age. Poor self-esteem, eating disorders, intense fear, horror, helplessness and depression are just some of the many issues our youths are bombarded with. Higher incidences of suicidal attempts, dysfunctional relationships, violence and self-destructive behaviours are becoming even more apparent in these victims.It is evident that we are in a drastic situation when it comes to paedophilia and child sex abuse, and, therefore, we need drastic action. I am, therefore, supporting chemical castration for good – that is not reversible. If we don’t have the facilities for chemical castration, then we do surgical castration, where there will be no pain or chopping of the organ.Chemical castration is a method used to suppress sexual urges. It is already available to some sex offenders, both in prisons and communities worldwide, except Guyana as far as I know. Countries such as Poland, Australia, India, Indonesia and a host of other countries have already implemented this system. A May 2016 issue of The New York Times, reported that a number of US States already use chemical castration, as part of a range of measures to reduce reoffending. In June 2019, Will Stewart of The Mirror reported that officials in Ukraine approved the law for the use of chemical castration on convicted paedophiles and rapists.Unlike Indonesia, where chemical castration is a non-optional punishment, Guyana should impose it as an alternative to life imprisonment or the death penalty. The opportunity of going through counselling and guidance may be given to paedophiles and rapists, with the understanding that they will be castrated.It has been found by many countries that have already implemented this system that imprisonment and behavioural therapy are not particularly effective, as offenders usually repeat their crimes when released into society. Chemical castration is championed as an effective tool for achieving this. Therefore, I plead with our Government to implement this system so that we can save our youths. Help us save our children.Sincerely,Roshan Khanlast_img read more

Bono, Bible form unusual service

first_imgHer format has spread by word-of-mouth and on clergy e-mail lists. She’s received calls from more than a dozen interested churches and helped put on the service in Providence. (Episcopal parishes seem to be the only ones that have latched on to U2 in such an organized way). Christian Scharen, 39, a Lutheran pastor and professor at Yale Divinity School, said he’s often argued to older colleagues that U2 is heavily influenced by Christianity. He wrote a book on the subject, “One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God,” and says it doesn’t surprise him that some congregations have caught on. “People who have these liturgical resonances in their bones, they go to a U2 concert and they just get it,” Scharen said. Bono, meanwhile, has told interviewers that he worships God through music. He once belonged to an ascetic Christian community, and in February, he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. The band’s early tapes were sold in religious bookstores. Still, the band members are traditional rock ‘n’ rollers – they swear, drink and sing about sex. It’s also not known whether U2 endorses the services using their songs: Blair said she received permission from U2’s publishing company to use the group’s music, but never talked to the band. Representatives for U2 did not return phone calls seeking comment. In Providence, Blair delivered a homily to pitch the One Campaign, which the Episcopal Church supports. She ticked off statistics about poverty and infant mortality in Africa, underscoring her points with equal parts Bono and Bible. “If you’re a Bono fan, you know the next line: Where you live should not determine whether you live or die,” she said, then reminding worshippers of a Gospel passage warning that taking care of the needy is what will separate the good from the bad at the final judgment. The service attracted several curious people, including 51-year-old Andera Soracco, a U2 fan who’s Eastern Orthodox. “This is a way of bringing the outside world into the church itself,” he said. The opening hymn was “Pride (In the Name of Love),” an early hit. As the music played, pictures of famous believers including Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. flashed on a 10-foot-by-14-foot screen set up behind the church’s altar. Several songs included in the service sound more like angry lamentations than hymns of praise. “Peace on Earth,” inspired by a deadly bombing in Northern Ireland, questions why God won’t halt human suffering. “Jesus, can you take the time to throw a drowning man a line,” Bono sings. Some Christians might not be able to relate to the shades of doubt and anger, but Blair said that struggle is evident in the Bible. For example, Bono echoes the 40th Psalm in the opening lines of the band’s song “40.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBrooks said the evening was designed to invigorate his once-aging congregation – attracting young people and those interested in social activism. “We absolutely need to grow in order to survive,” he said. Weeks before the service, church members conducted what Brooks called “guerrilla marketing,” posting fliers at coffee and sandwich shops, bars and colleges. About 130 people showed up for the Friday night service, roughly the same turnout as on a Sunday morning. The event included an offering for local charities and enlisted volunteers for the One Campaign, an effort to alleviate global poverty that’s backed by U2’s lead singer, Bono. A similar U2 Eucharist in November proved popular at All Saints’ Church in Atlanta. Organizer Laurie Haynes Burlington said she and her husband planned on 300 worshippers. About 500 showed up. “We totally ran out of bulletins,” she said. No one tracks how many parishes have hosted similar events, but the service in Providence was based on a playlist created by the Rev. Paige Blair, a parish priest in York Harbor, Maine. PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As the electric guitar in the U2 anthem “Pride (In the Name of Love)” faded from four speakers, the Rev. Robert Brooks welcomed worshippers to Grace Episcopal Church with an unusual suggestion: He warned them to protect their hearing. “If the sound’s an issue, we do have earplugs available,” he said. Ushers handed out earplugs and fluorescent glow sticks for the “U2 Eucharist,” a communion service punctuated by the Irish rock band’s music. Episcopal parishes from California to Maine have hosted similar events, weaving U2’s tunes – laced with biblical references – into the liturgy. Streamers flew over worshippers’ heads at the recent gathering in Providence. Children danced by the altar. Plasma-screen TVs illuminated the Gothic sanctuary. Some people sang and clapped, while a few looked puzzled. last_img read more

Jake Amo: Ghanaian toddler breaks the internet

first_img3 November 2016During October, various internet photo memes popped up featuring a Ghanaian toddler absorbed in his art work. The boy became a viral sensation across social networks in South Africa, and now the full, inspirational story behind the photo has been revealed. According to This is Africa, the original 2015 photo of the boy, Jake Amo, was taken by American photographer Carlos Cortes. Cortes was in the country, following renowned Ghanaian artist Solomon Adufah, who was returning to his home country after growing up in the US.The two visited a pre-school in the village of Asempanaye, in the Koforidua region, as part of Adufah’s project to promote art classes in Ghanaian schools, where the image of Jake was taken.Adufah shared one of Cortes’s photos on Instagram in January 2016, to help to promote his project. But it was only in September and October that South African internet users took to remixing the photo into comic memes.But it’s not all about the laughs. Thanks to the popularity of the meme and the story behind it, people have started to contribute to Adufah’s art initiative, Homeland Ghana, raising more than $4 000 within 48 hours for art education in and art supplies for Ghanaian schools.Dear Internet, let’s donate to Jake. The kid we have had fun with. Let’s be as enthusiastic about donating. https://t.co/wYdnKnma2s pic.twitter.com/w1i0cWuS6Q— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 27, 2016While initially surprised and somewhat apprehensive by the popularity of the Jake meme, Adufah told the BBC he was happy that it had inspired the world to find out more about his home country and to contribute to the Homeland Ghana project. He said: “This money could make a huge difference to the kids – this could be something really positive going forward.”You: But I was here just 30 minutes ago, do you really have to sign me in again?New Security Guard: pic.twitter.com/E6RzgNUdxd— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) October 24, 2016The memes range from tongue-in-cheek observations on local politics and social absurdities to references to other popular culture. Most are light-hearted and respectful of the image of the young Ghanaian boy.When the teacher asks you to write a list of noisemakers and someone you hate coughs…… pic.twitter.com/0XKdkZQxiQ— Night King (@Omarvelli) October 23, 2016Speaking fondly of the time he spent with the children at the school, Adufah recently addressed the online popularity of the photo on his Instagram profile, along with new photo of Jake.In the post, he writes “everyone say hi to my buddy Jake. These were moments in Ghana during my art workshop with the kids. Each kid received brand new set of crayons, pencil colours, pencils, toys and other wonderful goodies. The expressions on their faces were heartfelt.”Adufah will be returning to Ghana in 2017 with his Homeland Ghana project, where he will continue to work with the children, while providing resources for their art classes. His ultimate goal, he says, is an art school and community centre that will inspire children to follow their artistic dreams.Meanwhile, Jake, who has just turned four, is apparently still unaware of his online fame and is much more interested in continuing with his drawing.Source: This is AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

USDA authorizes emergency grazing for areas affected by wildfires

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s DirectiveThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas — the three states most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began on March 6, 2017.“President Trump, the USDA, and Governors Brownback, Fallin, and Abbott deserve a great deal of credit for moving swiftly to open these lands to grazing so that many of the cattle producers who were dramatically impacted by last month’s wildfires can feed their herds,” said Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Those devastating wildfires burned more than 1.5 million acres in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and killed an estimated 9,000 to 18,000 cattle. Those cattle can’t be replaced, but today’s action will help ranchers salvage what remains of their herds.”USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the ruination of their herds due to lack of sufficient grazing land. The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures, which can be found in the Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum.“Ranchers are facing devastating conditions and economic calamity because of these wildfires and they need some relief, or else they face the total loss of their herds in many cases,” Young said. “These measures will allow them to salvage what remains of their cattle and return to the important business of feeding Americans and the rest of the world. I commend and thank President Trump for acting decisively in response to this dire situation.”The USDA action is required to direct the Farm Service Agency to permit the grazing on lands covered by the CRP, which exists to conserve and improve wildlife resources. In this case, the grazing will overlap with the primary nesting season of the lesser prairie chicken. CRP has procedures in place, already developed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to permit emergency grazing on protected lands during nesting season. Lesser prairie chicken nesting season runs in Texas from March 1 to June 1, in Kansas from April 15 to July 15, and in Oklahoma from May 1 to July 1.Ranchers and farmers are only now able to begin to estimate losses, since the fires are still burning in some places and access to the lands to survey the damage has been limited. Damages in the states are expected to grow, but are now estimated as follows:KansasCounties affected include Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Meade, Ness, Russell, and Seward.An estimated 630,000 acres burned, primarily pasturelands.Estimated livestock loss: between 3,000 and 9,000 head of cattle.Large volumes of hay and feed destroyed.Estimated cost of fencing destroyed exceeds $36 million.OklahomaCounties affected include Beaver, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills, Woodward, and Woods.An estimated 389,533 acres burned.Estimated livestock loss: 3,000 head of cattle.An estimated cost of structure loss of $2 million.Estimated cost of fencing destroyed exceeds $22 million.TexasCounties affected include Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Donley, Gray, Hansford, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, and Wheeler.An estimated 550,000 acres burned, affecting 346 farms and ranches.Estimated livestock loss: at least 3,000 cattle and 1,900 swine.Thousands of miles of fences expected to be a total loss, but so far unable to be surveyed.The Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum can be found on the USDA website (PDF, 387 KB).last_img read more

Details of the contract are crucial in a pleasant real estate closing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaThe very first real estate closing I attended for a client was over 25 years ago. I was fresh out of law school, and a friend of mine, who was a cosmetics sales associate at Marshall Field’s, was purchasing her first house. It was what lawyers refer to as a “roundtable closing” which meant that the buyer, the seller, their realtors and their lawyers all met around a conference table and signed documents and transferred payment. This event is forever embedded in my memory because, as a new lawyer, I proudly showed up in a nice dark suit. And literally every other person, which was notable because it was all female, was wearing a floral dress and lots of fragrance. Just thinking about it makes my sinuses hurt.The closing went off without a hitch. But less than 24 hours later, my client was mad, really mad. All because the seller took the fireplace tools. I can assure you these fireplace tools were not anything special, but my client demanded representation on this issue, and I did my job. Fortunately, the sales contract that I had reviewed specifically mentioned that the fireplace tools remained with the house. So within 48 hours, the buyer was happy again, and the seller was without the aforementioned fireplace tools.The moral of this story is that the most important document in a closing is the sales contract that spells out specific requests of the buyer and the seller, provides a timetable, and governs the transaction. Most realtors do a wonderful job with sales contracts that are usually forms approved by the local realtors and attorneys. It does matter what is stipulated in this document, so please pay close attention that every part of the deal is included in the contract in writing. If not, chances are that provision will not be enforceable.With purchases involving farmland, it is important to consider if crops are growing on the land being sold. If so, the purchase agreement (another term for the sales contract) should stipulate that the current owner or tenant has the right to harvest the growing crops.The biggest difference between real estate closings in Franklin County and those in my home rural area of Mercer County is title insurance. When I practiced in Columbus, the seller purchased title insurance which guaranteed clear title to the buyer. In Mercer County, the seller usually promises clear title in the sales contract, but it is up to the buyer to do his due diligence which means he typically hires a local lawyer to due a title examination and offer an opinion on the title. The net effect is the same. This is a very important step in the process. On more than one occasion, I have done title research that led me to tell the buyer he would be better off finding a different property because of all of the issues that were uncovered when examining all of the documents filed on the property at the courthouse.In Ohio, property taxes are paid one year in arrears. Typically, at closing, the seller pays a pro-rated tax bill to cover his portion of the property tax, so the future tax bills will be the responsibility of the buyer.The seller pays for the drafting of the deed as well as the conveyance fee on the property. In Mercer County, that is $3.50 for every $1,000 in the sales price. The buyer pays all recording fees which include a .50-cent per parcel transfer fee at the auditor’s office and recording fees at the Recorder’s Office. In Mercer County, that is $28 for the first two pages, and $8 per page thereafter. And there is a $20 fee if your documents do not conform to the template at the recorder’s office.Obviously, these charges vary from county to county in the state. I just included what my local clients deal with as an example of the process.I just held a “roundtable closing” a few days ago. Times have changed. The sellers were three females, and no one wore a dress or excessive fragrance. I left my dark suits in Columbus, so I had on jeans and boots. And all parties departed the closing happy because a fair price was negotiated between the buyer and the seller. All the legal documents in the world cannot create that kind of harmony.last_img read more