5 November 2008The situation in flood-inundated Honduras remains fragile, with rains increasing the risk of further landslides in new areas, the United Nations’ humanitarian arm reported today. Some parts of the Central American nation are still only accessible by air, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Heavy rains brought on by a tropical depression last month caused rivers to swell and change course in some areas.The Honduran Government said that over 250,000 people have been affected, with more than 40,000 residing in shelters. The death toll stands at 34, with 16 people missing.Last week, UN agencies and their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners launched a $17 million appeal to provide food, shelter, health care, water and sanitation over the next six months to some 270,000 people.OCHA announced today that only 8 per cent of the funding target has been met, and although there are no severe food security issues, the next harvest has been damaged.The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released a $1.5 million grant, while a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has completed its work and left Honduras.Meanwhile, neighbouring Guatemala – where 24,000 families have been affected and at least 5,000 houses damaged or destroyed – formally requested UN assistance yesterday.In 16 departments, health, water and sanitation, food, protection and agriculture are priority areas.The UN and its partners are scheduled to wrap up a two-day assessment today and will prepare a CERF application for funds.
LAVAL, Que. — Valeant Pharmaceuticals hit a short-lived high for the year early Thursday after the company completed the sale of its Dendreon subsidiary for US$819.9 million cash.The Quebec-based drugmaker (TSX:VRX) traded as high as $23.75 after markets opened, about six per cent above where it closed Wednesday, but later gave up its gains amid a broad-based decline on the Toronto and New York stock markets.Its shares were briefly below Wednesday’s closing price of $22.41 at midday, while the S&P/TSX composite index was down more than 100 points.The stock has been climbing since April 21 when Valeant closed at $11.45, as investors have gained confidence in the company’s ability to reduce its debt.Proceeds from the sale of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals to China-based Sanpower Group will be used to repay a term loan.Valeant’s shares remain far below their value two year ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share for several weeks before they plunged amid questions about the sales it generated through online pharmacy Philidor Rx Services.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.48 points to 15,219.58, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 17.70 points to 21,981.62. The S&P 500 index was down 8.35 points to 2,468.00 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 38.95 points to 6,323.99.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.54 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 79.91 cents US.The September crude contract was down 30 cents to US$48.86 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.82 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $2.80 to US$1,276.60 an ounce and the September copper contract was down one cent to US$2.87 a pound.
ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on Russian missile systems arriving in Turkey (all times local):6:55 p.m.The acting U.S. secretary of defence says Washington is aware that Turkey has begun taking delivery of a Russian-made S-400 air defence system.Mark Esper, who is expected to be officially nominated next week to be defence secretary, told reporters at the Pentagon that the U.S. remains unwilling to allow Turkey to acquire the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter, as long as it has the S-400.Esper said he planned to speak to his Turkish counterpart later in the day, and that the Pentagon would have more to say about the dispute afterward.The Trump administration has repeatedly told Turkey that it will be cut off from the F-35 fighter program if it buys Russian air defences, because the S-400 is incompatible with NATO defences and could jeopardize sensitive information about F-35 technologies.___10:50 a.m.Turkey’s Defence Ministry says the first shipment of a Russian missile defence system has arrived in Turkey, a development that could move the country closer to U.S. sanctions.The ministry said the first delivery of the S-400 air defence systems arrived on Friday at an air base near the capital, Ankara.The United States has warned Turkey it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defence system. It has also said Turkey won’t be allowed to participate in the program to produce the high-tech F-35 fighter jets.Turkey has refused to bow to U.S. pressure, insisting that choosing which equipment to purchase is a matter of national sovereignty.v?z??:?:The Associated Press
As the 2016 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues prepares to close tomorrow, three participants in the session today underscored the importance of solidifying the participation of indigenous peoples in UN mechanisms to ensure that they are not left behind in the achievement of sustainable development targets. At a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York this afternoon, Alvaro Esteban Pop Ac, Chair of the Forum, highlighted that participants at the body’s 15th session – which opened on 9 May – had thus far heard more than 1,000 presentations by Member States and indigenous peoples. He noted that among the most significant topics discussed during the session were peace and conflict resolution, the issue of children and women in situations of violence, and the persecution of leaders involved in conflicts over land and natural resources. “These are fundamental aspects of any negotiation and any region in the pursuit of resolutions and peace therein,” Mr. Pop stressed.Also speaking at the press conference was Forum Member Joan Carling, who noted that next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “It will be a critical year in terms of reviewing what has been achieved,” she said, adding that discussions at next year’s Forum will revolve around how further implementation of the Declaration can be achieved. In that vein, she stressed the importance of UN funds and programmes to support legislative action for the Declaration’s inclusion in national laws and policies. Ms. Carling also said that discussions at this year’s Forum had made it “very clear” that many indigenous peoples are not aware of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which therefore indicates a need for outreach and awareness-raising on the issue. Another crucial element involves incorporating specific targets and indicators relating to indigenous peoples into the SDGs, although in this sense she noted the lack of data disaggregation as a factor impeding the measurement of progress towards meeting any specific targets. Also speaking today was Jacob Bryan K. Aki, a 21-year-old youth advocate, who emphasized that the session had discussed important issues and messages on how to better the lives of indigenous peoples, which he and other youth members would take back to their respective countries. “We come here, we learn, and the work doesn’t stop,” said Mr. Aki, who added that the session had served to propel youth advocates, including him, to return home to work with their families and communities for positive advancements for indigenous peoples. In response to a question regarding an expected outcome document for the session, Mr. Pop said that document would include three recommendations, including a strong call to Member States for the pursuit of peace and resolutions in moments of conflict; an invitation to Member States to develop an evaluation regarding compliance towards the UN Declaration on its 10-year anniversary; and a request for the Security Council to take up issues related to indigenous women.
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) prepares to stop a Badger shot in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFew people gave the Ohio State men’s hockey team a chance to come out of its region when the NCAA men’s hockey tournament field was announced in early March. Despite capturing the top seed in the Midwest region, Ohio State was not viewed as the favorite by experts, who flocked to pick the defending national champion, Denver, to emerge as regional champions.No other motivation was needed.Ohio State rode that chip on its shoulder all the way to a Frozen Four appearance, its first since 1998 and second in program history. It might be surprising to some, but not to sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski, who is eager to prove the doubters wrong yet again.“A lot of people overlooked us, even though we are a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament,” Laczynski said. “We go up against a team like Denver, who is highly touted. But to put five up on them and to only give up one, I think that’s unbelievable. It says a lot about our team. I think moving forward, teams are going to have to worry about us, not the other way around.”Ohio State (26-9-5) will battle the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (23-16-3) in the first game of the Frozen Four at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a national championship berth on the line. It will be broadcast on ESPN2.Minnesota Duluth enters the game as the West regional champion, having defeated Minnesota State and Air Force en route to its second consecutive Frozen Four appearance. Ohio State arrives in St. Paul having blasted Princeton and Denver by a combined score of 9-3. Last year, the Bulldogs dispatched the Buckeyes in a 3-2 overtime decision in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes have a chance to avenge the loss they endured a year ago, all while heading to a possible first-ever national championship on Saturday. “Anytime you lose in a big tournament, you are going to remember it,” Laczynski said. “Not very many people get this opportunity to play the same team again in the NCAA tournament. I think that’s awesome for us, to get that revenge and that redemption.”Redemption won’t come easy for the Buckeyes. Not against a talented Bulldog team that had five underclassmen represent the United States in the World Junior Hockey Championship. Freshmen defensemen Scott Perunovich, Mikey Anderson and Dylan Samberg could be difference-makers on the blue line for the Bulldogs, while sophomore forwards Riley Tufte and Joey Anderson can make teams pay with their size and speed up front. Perunovich leads his team in points with 36, and Tufte has a team-high 16 goals.Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo will likely see Tufte and Anderson in his crease come Thursday. However, Romeo has plenty of experience matched up against talented teams and players in the Big Ten, a conference with three teams in the Frozen Four.“They’re a good team. I watched a little bit of them play against Air Force,” Romeo said. “They’re a skilled team, they got a lot of offensive power, but it’s nothing that we haven’t seen all year, so I know our defense will be ready and I’m excited for the challenge.”The Buckeyes will need all lines and defensive pairs to contribute in a time of year when teams rely on their depth to spark things offensively.Ohio State has received that early in the NCAA tournament from senior forwards Christian Lampasso and Kevin Miller. Miller had three goals, and Lampasso added three assists in the Midwest regional weekend. Jobst said depth players like those two are vital to any team’s championship aspirations. “I think it gives us a lot of confidence. It shows the depth of our team,” Jobst said. “We were getting goals from guys that are seniors that we need to contribute to win a national championship and I’m sure it gives those guys confidence feeling really good going into this weekend.”Confidence throughout the lineup has been a recipe for success for the Buckeyes. It would be easy for the emotions and nerves to get the best of the Buckeyes on such a big stage. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik offered a simple message to his team.“Go out there, be who we are, that’s why we are here,” Rohlik said. “Trying to control those emotions at the same time going out there and playing our best game, that’s the balance and that’s the magic.”
The first two days of March Madness came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. On Thursday, two of the first three games in the men’s tournament featured major upsets, with No. 14 seeds UAB and Georgia State defeating No. 3 seeds Iowa State and Baylor. Those games were enough to ruin more than 99 percent of people’s prefect brackets.Then No. 6 Southern Methodist lost to No. 11 UCLA on a terrible goaltending call. And No. 7 seed VCU lost to No. 10 Ohio State (although Ohio State had been favored according to Vegas odds and the FiveThirtyEight forecast).But that was pretty much it. In fact, the better seed won 23 consecutive games on Thursday evening and Friday until No. 11 Dayton finally beat No. 6 Providence late Friday night. (That game wasn’t much of an upset either: Dayton had a 49 percent chance per the FiveThirtyEight model.) Somehow No. 5 seeds even avoided their historic “curse,” going 4-0. Upset magic dissipated into a cloud of chalk.So where does 2015 rank historically? Is it an upset that there were so few upsets?I came up with a quick way to score upsets in the round of 64 in men’s tournaments since 1985, when the field expanded to 64 teams. Every time the inferior seed wins, it accumulates “upset points” based on the difference in seeding. (See the footnote for more detail.1More technically, upset points are based on the typical power ratings associated with each seed. On average, for instance, No. 4 seeds have a power rating 8 or 9 points better than No. 13 seeds, which means they’d be favored by 8 or 9 points on a neutral court. That translates into the No. 13 seed having a 79 percent chance of being defeated. When the inferior seed wins, its number of upset points is calculated as its probability of losing minus 50 percent. So when a No. 13 seed beats a No. 4, it gets 29 upset points (a 79 percent chance of losing minus 50 percent), for example.) The more unlikely an upset, the more upset points. When a No. 9 seed beats a No. 8, it gets just 2 upset points. But a No. 16 would score 49 upset points for beating a No. 1 (something that’s never happened in the men’s tournament.)This year, underdogs scored 105 upset points in the round of 64:No. 14 UAB got 37 upset points for beating Iowa StateNo. 14 Georgia State got 37 points for beating BaylorNo. 11 UCLA got 12 points for beating SMUNo. 11 Dayton got 12 points for beating ProvidenceNo. 10 Ohio State got 7 points for beating VCUThis total is below average, especially by the standard of recent tournaments. Last year, there were 130 upset points in the round of 64. In 2012 and 2013, there were 195 and 192, respectively, the highest totals since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. However, this year’s tournament hasn’t been an outlier, by any means. The first round of the 2000 tournament featured just 26 upset points, while 2007 had just 30.In theory, we might expect to see upsets increase as parity increases in the men’s game and the differences between the teams becomes smaller. And it might not be so surprising that there have been fewer of them in this year’s tournament, which bucked the trend toward greater parity.But the NCAA has also made one move to reduce the number of upsets: It’s gotten better about seeding the teams correctly. The FiveThirtyEight model had the inferior seed favored in only 3 of the 32 games between Thursday and Friday, as did Las Vegas odds.2In fact, the FiveThirtyEight model and Vegas had the same favorite in all 32 games. So while real upsets like UAB over Iowa State may be increasing, “fake upsets” like Ohio State over VCU are on the wane.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of heavily pregnant Kelly Mary Fauvrelle and the manslaughter of her baby son Riley, Scotland Yard has said.Ms Fauvrelle was eight months’ pregnant when she was killed in the bedroom of her home in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, London, in the early hours of June 29.The 26-year-old’s baby son – who was named Riley by family members after he was delivered by paramedics – died in hospital on July 3.Aaron McKenzie, 25, of Peckham Park Road, Peckham, was arrested on Thursday and taken to a central London police station.Scotland Yard said early on Sunday that he had also been charged with one count of possession of an offensive weapon.The attack took place in Ms Fauvrelle’s bedroom while her whole family was at home and relatives heard her screams at around 3.30am.Two men had previously been arrested on suspicion of murder.One, aged 37, was released with no further action, and a second, aged 29, has been released on bail until early August.McKenzie is due to appear in Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
WHILE WE’RE STILL a long way from seeing drones becoming common place, those who might be worried about them malfunctioning and crashing can rest easy.The Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, based in Zurich, Switzerland, has created an automatic failsafe that allows a quadrocopter drone to recover from the loss of a propeller or motor failure.An failsafe algorithm allows it to detect anything wrong with the drone automatically, allowing it to recover and stay in the air.The drone can then land safely without harming either itself, any cargo it may be carrying or anyone who happens to be close by. Without the failsafe, the drone falls straight to the ground.The technology used to achieve this is patent pending, but such experiments will come in useful should drones ever become popular. (Video: Mark Muller/YouTube)The project is part of the Flying Machine Arena project and supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.Read: Google challenges Amazon drones with its own robots >Read: Paper airplanes get an upgrade with smartphone-powered engine >
A young woman was detained by police in Rethymno, Crete, after throwing an egg at Deputy Citizens’ Protection Minister Manolis Othonas, last week. Othonas had been attending an athletics gathering in the northern port. The egg hit him on the back, prompting members of his security team to react. The woman, who reportedly threw the egg while shouting anti-austerity slogans, was arrested without offering up any resistance, according to police. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un service de musique Facebook le 22 septembre ?Selon les dernières informations, le réseau social s’apprêterait à lancer un service d’écoute de musique dans le courant du mois de septembre.Facebook continue de se développer et d’étendre ses services aux internautes. Ainsi, la prochaine nouveauté de la star des réseaux sociaux pourrait bien résider en un service d’écoute de musique, dont le lancement pourrait se faire le 22 septembre lors de sa conférence annuelle f8, explique CNBC relayé par Zdnet. Déjà évoqué en mai dernier, ce service de musique se composerait de plusieurs offres existantes.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteSelon les rumeurs, Facebook se serait alors allié à des partenaires tels que Spotify, Rdio et MOG pour lancer son futur service. “Plutôt que de concurrencer les services existants, la plateforme de musique Facebook pourrait en fait doper l’audience de ceux qui proposent un service gratuit financé par la publicité”, analyse CNBC. Les internautes pourraient ainsi écouter des chansons sur le site facebook.com, qui servira de plateforme aux différents services de musique en ligne, précise le site Mashable, citant des sources proches du dossier. Pour l’heure, Facebook, a refusé tout commentaire indiquant qu’il n’y avait “rien de nouveau à annoncer”, cite l’AFP. Mais déjà irritées par les offres déjà existantes, les majors du disque risquent de ne pas apprécier ce service offert par le réseau social à ses 750 millions d’utilisateurs…Le 1 septembre 2011 à 18:56 • Maxime Lambert
Free Mobile Companion: l’appli pour suivre sa consommationUne application iPhone, Free Mobile Companion rend possible l’accès au suivi de leur compte client. Il s’agit d’une option payante, vendue 1,59 euros sur l’App Store.Un développeur indépendant propose une application iPhone / iPad permettant aux abonnés Free Mobile de suivre leur consommation. Vendue 1,59 euros sur l’App Store, l’application (non officielle) Free Mobile Companion offrira l’accès au suivi du compte client.Cette application propose donc de simplifier l’accès au compte client des abonnés Free Mobile aux utilisateurs d’iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Le descriptif de l’application indique : “avec Free Mobile Companion, vous accédez au suivi conso de votre forfait Free Mobile (1h ou illimité), ainsi que le suivi de la commande de la carte sim (date de portabilité, étapes de validation, etc…)”. Les données liées à la conversation orale, aux SMS ou à la data consommée sont par ailleurs consultables.L’auteur de l’application, Julien Revert, explique qu’il n’a aucun lien avec Iliad ou Free Mobile et explique que le programme “va consulter le site Free Mobile en https”. Le problème rencontré par cette application est cependant que lorsque le suivi de consommation de Free Mobile est mis à jour, l’application doit également faire l’objet d’une mise à jour. Ensuite, il faut attendre la validation de l’App Store, parfois longue. Mais une version 1.0.1 est déjà proposée pour s’adapter aux modifications apportées par l’opérateur.A noter que des applications similaires existent pour Android. Le 15 février 2012 à 20:00 • Emmanuel Perrin
Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 22, 2017 7 min read The first time I watched an alien newborn claw its way out of a human’s belly — with blood and guts gushing — was 38 years ago, in a Boston cinema. The movie, of course, was Ridley Scott’s Alien, and I was so tense and unhinged at the uber-violent, boundary-pushing scene that I practically broke my boyfriend’s arm.Alien Covenant, the newest in the popular sci-fi franchise, is pushing boundaries again. On Wednesday, virtual reality — that wild, wacky technology — allowed me to watch a short promo for the film depicting, with 360-degree views, an alien birth from the alien’s perspective.This time, little alien arms, viewed from inside the birth sac, tore through the flesh. Internal organs rebelled. And the unfortunate human host — more blood and guts gushing — collapsed dead on a table. Eww…Related: 12 Amazing Uses of Virtual RealityThis promo, courtesy of hardware company AMD and Fox, was just one of some two dozen VR experiences available at The Art of VR conference happening today and tomorrow (June 22-23) at Sotheby’s in New York. While cinematic “storytelling” experiences certainly dominated, the enthusiastic young exhibitors and their headsets offered more than a hint of big, big opportunities ahead for entrepreneurs — creative and commercial alike — smart enough to be paying attention.”The big accounting firms are indicating that the growth rate in VR, whether it’s content creation or hardware, is probably 50 percent a year,” Jim Chabin, president of the event’s sponsoring Advanced Imaging Society, said during an interview. “My background is in television — I was at CBS and in entertainment. If you’re in the entertainment industry, let’s face it: People are cutting their cable cords; primetime television doesn’t attract the audiences it used to; there are only so many people going to the movies.”It’s not like we’re inventing more moviegoers,” he continued. “So virtual reality, augmented reality will be used in industry, will be used by medical, will be used by travel, the restaurant industry, the real estate industry, travel business and the entertainment industry.”The virtual reality industry is still small, acknowledged Chabin, a past president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, vs. its rather saturated movie and TV industry forerunners. Half of the VR community, he says, are companies with five or fewer employees working on their debut VR offerings.”The number of people working in VR and AR, we think, will double every year at least,” he said. “We think it’s a 10-year build-out for this industry. So if that’s an area to which you devote your efforts, you have a decade of solid growth [ahead].”Chabin’s message — of entrepreneurs not being “left behind,” of the terms “virtual reality” and “augmented reality” coming up more and more in client conversations, of opportunities galore — was echoed by the entrepreneurs demonstrating their VR wares at the event.Kevin Mack, a past Oscar winner for visual effects (What Dreams May Come, 1998) and, more recently, the founder of the VR art company Zen Parade, described his 2-and-a-half-year-old company as equal parts art and commerce. “I’m interested in aesthetics but also altering consciousness in positive ways,” Mack said. “What I make is both fine art and entertainment, but we’re also using it for therapy and medicine.”Related: Virtual Reality Is About to Change Your BusinessMack’s 3D sculptures — viewed via a headset and resembling shiny globs of acrylic paint on canvas, floating in space in a kind of spacious airy world — are almost a meditative experience. According to Mack, his art has been used as a hypno-analgesic to treat pain and anxiety for patients undergoing awake brain surgery, and it’s more effective than traditional applications, he says.That’s why he’s aiming to get drug companies and medical companies on board. “We’re finding our biggest opportunities for the near future are going to be location-based entertainment arcades as well as the medical industry,” Mack said.Those arcades came up by others such as Larry Jones, CEO of Blackthorn Media, whose Dragonflight VR experience had people lining up at a press briefing to “fly” on a dragon’s back, a la Game of Thrones’s Khaleesi. Jones spoke of the franchise company VR Junkies, whose franchisees are setting up quick and relatively cheap storefronts.”Where the market is right now is about games,” Jones said. But movie-style storytelling, he said, is coming on the VR scene more and more. That’s how his 2-year-old company has attracted six Academy Award nominees (and one winner). “We’re taking the imagery and expertise you have with something like [the movie] Life of Pi and putting it into a game,” he said. “It’s kind of like crazy. Crazy good.”The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) also has attracted some high-powered interest. “We have an advisor who’s a really well-known filmmaker,” CEO Guy Primus divulged: “Steven Spielberg.”VRC’s website contains stills from its Art of VR offering, Rukus, a 12-minute family friendly animated VR experience, in which two preteens and their dog travel to a world populated by dinosaurs. Viewers have an extra experience here: Their chairs rumble and vibrate according to the action on the screen. Those motion seats come via the Montreal company D-box (whose vice president, Richard LaBerge, pointed out, “The body has to participate to make it a real virtual reality”). Primus said that 3-year-old VRC is following a theatrical model, where Rukus and other short VR films are being offered, in a premium experience, in theaters for a short time, followed by home release for Sony PlayStation, Oculus VR and other devices. Also coming down the line is a “warehouse” model, where multiple people interact with VR through arcades and popular outlets such as Chuck E. Cheese restaurants.Related: 7 New Opportunities Virtual Reality May CreateThe VR industry is young, it’s entrepreneurial and it’s hot, Primus and other exhibitors at the conference said over and over. They described, among its many applications, VR for real estate home buyers, oil rig fire-prevention training and retail purchases (which Amazon is already incorporating).Not surprisingly, large companies as well as small ones are at the Art of VR event: USA Today showed off its VR offering, an F-18 jet launch off the USS Eisenhower, while Intel — in association with Positron — presented a prelude to its VR movie Le Musk.”For me, as an entrepreneur trying to take the next step, the next media, it’s about VR,” said Jones, the Blackthorn CEO. “There is an industry thirsty for great content, vs. an industry saturated by great content. It’s not about managing decline [like] in digital television and television, where the audience is spread out so far. VR is about managing growth.”And it’s all about growth.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
Her nine-inch, trumpet-like flowers emit one of nature’s most fragrant scents during the evening hours. Planting Queen of the Night around the home scents the air at dusk with a relaxing aroma that helps to lift the spirit and emotions. You can also place one flower in the bedroom, while you sleep, for a wonderful aromatherapy treatment. Queen of the Night comes in pure white (Datura arborea) or with pastel rose and yellow tints (D. sanguinea). Most leading nurseries carry them, or you can beg an “hijo” from a neighbor. These plants are easily propagated by stem cuttings planted directly in permanent sites or started in plastic nursery bags. Although Queen of the Night is a hardy plant that requires little attention, it thrives in moist, fertile soils.You can fertilize your plants with annual applications of compost and foliar spray, as well as pruning it in the summer to keep them compact and bushy. Queen of the Night requires minimal watering in the dry season, which makes it ideal for an eco-garden, and there are no significant pests or diseases. There is also mysterious folklore that surrounds Queen of the Night. The leaves and flowers have been used by indigenous tribes of the Neotropics as a narcotic, hallucinogenic experience, which Richard Evans Schultes and Robert Raffauf describe in their book, “The Healing Forest – Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazon” as “a loss of senses, visual disturbances, drying of the throat and mouth, visions (sometimes of a frightening character) and occasionally violent reactions requiring restraint.” Personally, I’d suggest you stick to the use of the flowers for aromatherapy and skip what could be a potentially bad trip. So, find your Queen of the Night, and let her work her charms on you. For more on tropical gardens, herbs, books and seeds, you can find us at: http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html. Facebook Comments No related posts. Ed Bernhardt Here’s an ornamental that rates high as an exotic beauty queen, as well as an eco-garden plant for the tropical home garden. In Costa Rica, she is known as Reina de la Noche or Queen of the Night. She’s also called as Angel’s Trumpet. The bush-like, woody-stemmed plant is easy to find, easy to propagate, and most of all, very exotic.
When mankind appeared about 7 million years ago, mosquitoes were already there, waiting to bite. They have been tormenting us ever since. It’s only the females who go after us. They feed on nectar and sugar, but they need protein from our blood to lay their eggs. And one female can produce several million offspring in a single season, in several separate sets, according to theAmerican Mosquito Control Association.Those fertile females are built to find and consume that meal. They have sensory structures (antennae with receptors) on their heads, used to cue in on our scent, which includes a combination of odorants. They bite with their proboscis, a mouthpart that males have, too, minus the mechanics to penetrate skin. So the “boys” simply use it to lap nectar.Their several-stage life cycle spans days to a month, depending on mosquito type and weather. They start as eggs, laid one at a time or attached to form “rafts” that float on water. They hatch into larvae, spending their time hanging upside down on the water’s surface, shedding their skin several times. And finally they transform to adults, ready to take flight, traveling yards to miles from where they hatched, depending on species.“Mosquitoes are attracted to a blend of human odorants that they detect with the receptors on their heads,” said Doug Norris, a microbiology professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. They especially like the smell of carbon dioxide.“As you exhale, you breathe out a CO2 plume that travels pretty far,” Norris said. “Mosquitoes go where they sense higher concentrations of it, looking for a blood meal.” The bigger or more active you are, he said, the more CO2 you put out, making you a prime target.But mosquitoes detect other body scents, some known to be affected by bacteria on skin. “Research shows, for instance, that byproducts of bacteria that make socks and cheese stinky attract malaria mosquitoes,” Norris said. Sweaty people are more attractive to most mosquitoes, too; they like sweat’s lactic acid content.L.J. Zwiebel, professor of biological science and pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said mosquitoes “see” the world through their nose, using complex sensors to pick up a combination of odor-emitting chemicals.“When you smell roses, you detect a collection of chemicals,” he said. “Only when you put them together can you perceive scent as a rose. Mosquitoes have a similar sophisticated sense. They can tell two people apart based on human body odor produced by these chemical blends.”Blood-feasting females are smart, and they’re fast, warns Zwiebel.“She can be flying in one direction, turn on a dime and find you when she smells you. Some of them can find us from hundreds of yards away,” he said.Our individual body chemistry is believed to be key in determining a mosquito’s attraction to us, which studies indicate is tied to genetics.Some scientists also theorize that our diet may affect mosquitoes’ preference, though other research suggests not. Claims that garlic consumption repels mosquitoes do not hold up, but one study tied beer consumption to more bites.You can make it harder for them to single you out as a menu selection. One way is to avoid the outdoors around dawn or dusk when mosquitoes feed. While they use smell to find you, they also notice movement and when the moon is full they are more likely to track you down by taking advantage of the night-time light, according to Joe Conlon, technical adviser at the American Mosquito Control Association.If you would rather not plan your schedule around theirs, be sure to put up a good defense when you step outside. For instance, don’t give them as much exposed skin to come after.“Wear long pants and sleeves. And wear tight-weaved, loose-fitting clothes, as tight weaves and clothes not pressed against skin are hard to bite through,” said Conlon.Manufacturers make garments impregnated with a pesticide called permethrin for people living in heavily infested areas. Factory application of permethrin is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for certain clothes and does not leach onto skin.A simpler way to deter the bugs is to lather up with antibacterial soap and wash often. If you go camping, to lakes or other mosquito-infested areas, bring a bar of antibacterial soap, suggests Zwiebel. This will remove odor-producing bacteria.Common mosquitoes like the Asian tiger and house mosquitoes fly only about 300 to 500 feet from where they live. So if you are getting bitten on your property, they are probably breeding in your yard, or your neighbor’s, said Peter Armbruster, a biology professor at Georgetown University.Many of the folks he speaks to know that mosquitoes need water to multiply, aware that they lay their eggs on water and that larvae grow there.“Residents tell us, ‘You won’t find any in my backyard. I got rid of conditions where they can breed.’ But my research team and I almost always find a bunch of them, whether in an old washing machine discarded in the back yard that filled with water, or in clogged rain gutters that collect water, or even in little bottle caps,” Armbruster said.Eggs can lay dormant through freezing winters and hatch during the next spring and summer rains, though you would never know it, as they are microscopic. Pest controllers advise using a larvicide where and when mosquitoes breed to kill larvae before they transform to adults. They also suggest removing the insects’ habitats. Some people place mosquito-eating fish in ponds.Despite precautions, you may find yourself with a bruiser of a welt that itches insanely.“A big welt just means your body really did not like that bite,” Norris said. “You are reacting to the saliva they inject, but this is rarely dangerous.”Slather on bite creams to reduce the itch, but call a doctor if you develop a fever within a few days of getting bit to rule out mosquito-transmitted infection, he said.The most common such disease in the U.S. is West Nile virus. In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 2,122 cases, including 85 deaths.A less common mosquito-borne virus is chikungunya. There were 200 cases reported in the United States as of June 30, carried in by travelers from tropical regions such as the Caribbean.Read The Tico Times coverage of chikungunya in Costa Rica“The fatality rate is very low, but the joint pain can be debilitating,” Norris said, adding that chikungunya symptoms appear in three to seven days and that the infection almost always resolves on its own within 10 days. The CDC advises people to see their doctor if they suspect they or a family member may have this virus.As annoying and potentially dangerous as mosquitoes are, the illnesses they transmit did not originate with them, Armbruster said. Mosquitoes actually pick up disease by biting an infected person or animal. Then they bite an uninfected person.Only a small minority of mosquitoes spread disease, he assures.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s inclusion in Zika travel warning has tourism leaders worried Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country Mosquito-borne dengue targeted by antibody with hope for vaccine Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is changing the way staterooms are categorised, with the new structure focused on best-selling categories, with more emphasis on mid-ship.The way categories are named is also changing, with a number first, then a letter – odd numbers for staterooms for three or more guests, and even numbers for double and single staterooms.The new system is based on the four most important elements guests look for when choosing a stateroom – deck, size, occupancy and location – making it easier than ever before for agents to find the perfect accommodation for clients.This fleet-wide (with the exception of Quantum of the Seas) re-categorisation began on 8 March 2017 and will apply to all new 2018 sailings. RCI
Two government department have expressed serious concerns about the effects on the environment of a proposed development at Pera Pedi, a village on the Troodos range in the district of Limassol.The project by Parnitha Development Ltd includes a hotel, spa, sports facilities, bungalows, villas, a chapel and horse stables and will see the felling of 2,114 trees, which the company said it would replace.The company is awaiting the environment service’s verdict, which has asked for the written input of the forestry and water departments since there is a river and reservoir in the area.Neither have submitted their views in writing yet though the Cyprus Mail has learned that both have voiced “serious concerns” over the project.A decision is expected by the end of next month.As regards the trees in the area, the company said it will plant 2,800 to replace the ones felled.Some 1,800 will be planted on the property and an additional 1,000 in the state forest near the village, according to the company’s environmental impact study.Conservationists have also expressed concerns about the project.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The Natural Gas Public Company (Defa) on Tuesday invited expressions of interest for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to import facilities currently under development at the Vasilikos area.Defa, by law the sole importer of natural gas, said it is inviting “prospective LNG suppliers to express an interest in supplying LNG to the LNG Import Terminal.“Prospective LNG suppliers who respond… must fulfil several pre-qualification requirements in order to be added to Defa’s list of pre-qualified LNG suppliers.”The statement added that Defa intends to procure its LNG requirements through a combination of medium and long-term supply via one or more LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements, and supplemental cargos via multiple Master Sales Agreements and a bidding process.The deadline for submissions of interest is September 6, 2019. The documents are available to interested parties through the governmental portal for Public Procurement Processes (www.eprocurement.gov.cy).Inviting bids for the supply/purchase of the actual fuel is the second part of the project to import LNG for electricity generation purposes.The project has been broken up into two separate tenders: one for the infrastructures (receiving facilities, a floating re-gasification unit, storage) and one for the purchase of natural gas.The first tender concerning the infrastructures was already running.Speaking to the Cyprus Mail a few months ago, industry sources said it was odd that the infrastructures tender was launched before the process for acquiring the natural gas itself.At the very least, they said, the two tenders should have been running concurrently.That is because the final cost of generating electricity from natural gas will include both the cost of the infrastructures as well as the fuel costs. The stated goal of importing LNG is to bring down the cost of electricity.The cost of the infrastructures alone is estimated at €300m, while another €200m will be spent on operation and maintenance over a 20-year period. Among the €300m are included the €101m in European Union co-funding.According to energy analyst Charles Ellinas, Defa’s plan to import LNG will prove to be costly.He has argued that by the time the gas arrives at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) not only it will have to pay for the cost of imported LNG but also for the recovery of the cost to build and operate the necessary installations – floating storage regasification unit, gas storage and regasification, jetty, port facilities, as well as the profit.Cypriot authorities have meanwhile snubbed a separate offer made by Greek energy company Energean (outside the Defa tender) which, according to Ellinas’ calculations, could result in substantial savings.Recently Energean updated its offer to supply gas to Cyprus by pipeline by March 2021 from its gasfields Tanin and Karish in Israel. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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