“Effective leadership on this issue can only come from the very top, and sweeping reforms to the policing sector should begin with the immediate dismissal of the Police Commissioner,” Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, said in a press statement released at the conclusion of a ten-day fact-finding mission.“Further, given his role in encouraging the impunity that exists in Kenya, the Attorney-General should resign so that the integrity of the office can be restored,” he added. Mr. Alston, a Professor of Law at New York University who reports to the UN Human Rights Council in an independent, unpaid capacity, concluded that police killings “are committed at will and with utter impunity,” after travelling the country and conducting interviews with over 100 victims and witnesses.He concluded that death squads were set up upon the orders of senior police officials to exterminate the Mungiki, an underground religious sect reported by media to be responsible for a range of criminality in the capital, Nairobi.He said he also found compelling evidence that the police and military committed organised torture and extrajudicial executions against civilians during a 2008 operation to flush out a militia known as the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF). “For two years, the SLDF militia terrorized the population and the Government did far too little. And when the Government did finally act, they responded with their own form of terror and brutality, killing over 200 people,” he said, advocating for an independent investigation. With respect to accountability for violence that followed disputed elections at the beginning of 2008, the Special Rapporteur stated that the Special Tribunal for Kenya was “absolutely indispensable to ensure that Kenya does not again descend into chaos during the 2012 elections.” He called on civil society and the international community to take a firm stand on the tribunal’s establishment, adding that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should take up the case concurrently, on a parallel track. Among other recommendations, Mr. Alston called for the establishment of a civilian police oversight body, the centralization of records of police killings, and the payment of compensation for the victims of those unlawfully killed.In addition to victims and witnesses, the Special Rapporteur also met during his visit with senior Government officials and representatives of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and independent national human rights institutions. 25 February 2009A United Nations independent human rights expert today called on the President of Kenya to acknowledge, and take steps to end, what he called “systematic, widespread and carefully planned” police killings in the East African country.
“I remember the conflict,” recalled Ms. Gamous, a resident of the Darfur town of El Fasher. “I remember the fear as people were displaced, killed and fled across the borders.”As combat between rebels, the Government and associated armed groups intensified, Ms. Gamous hit the field along with humanitarian workers from many non-governmental organizations to help allay the effects of the violence on the civilian population. “During that time, I provided support to many people who were affected by and suffering from the war,” she recently told the UN News Centre by email. “They required a lot of protection, psychological support and rehabilitation in order to reduce the stress from which they suffered and to provide them with basic human needs.”In 2008, Ms. Gamous joined UNAMID’s Rule of Law section as a corrections officer, pursuing her desire to participate in the UN’s peace initiatives in the area. Working with the mission’s Prison Advisory Unit, Ms. Gamous currently helps support reform of Darfur’s prison system, overseeing its compliance with international legal and human rights standards. “In my role as a correction officer, I conduct daily and weekly visits to the area’s prisons in order to provide advice, mentoring and technical support to the prisons’ management and staff,” she explained.“In addition, I conduct training and capacity building programmes with prison staff for skill development as well as providing support for infrastructure upgrades such as juvenile homes and children-friendly spaces, in order to improve the general living and working conditions.”Other programmes in the penal system focus on improving the quality of life of the area’s prison population through activities that range from the making of arts and crafts and organizing local soccer matches to seminars on gender issues and HIV/AIDS awareness. Ms. Gamous would like to broaden her activities as well. “The only challenges I face on a daily basis are related to funding. With enough budgeted funding, I would further implement different activities with female prisoners, especially those incarcerated with children,” she said.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive:“There are some welcome announcements in the Budget, including further funding for the industrial strategy, in particular the Stephenson Challenge and investment into infrastructure. Amid continuing Brexit uncertainty, however, the automotive industry was looking for a stimulus to boost a flagging new car market. We wanted to see more incentives for consumers to purchase the latest, most environmentally friendly vehicles.“The forthcoming review into the impact of WLTP on Vehicle Excise Duty and company car tax must, therefore, ensure that motorists buying the latest, cleanest cars are not unfairly penalised. Industry looks forward to working closely with government on this review to ensure we encourage the newest, cleanest vehicles on to our roads rather than incentivising consumers and businesses to keep older vehicles going longer.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Detectives last night refused to comment further on the investigation or charges.Anyone with concerns or questions about the investigation can call 0800 011 4253. 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. A doctor from east London has been charged with more than 100 sexual offences including abusing a child, after a major investigation by Scotland Yard detectives.Manish Shah is accused with a total of 118 counts of assault, the Metropolitan Police said.His charges include 65 counts of assault by penetration contrary to Section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.He is also accused of 52 counts of sexual assault contrary to section 3 of the Act.The 47-year-old is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under 13, contrary to section 7 of the Act, a police statement said last night (WED).Detectives from the complex case unit of Scotland Yard’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are understood to have launched an investigation after allegations of sexual assault were reported in 2013.The offences were alleged to have occurred in East London between June 2004 and July 2013 and are understood to relate to 54 separate victims.After being charged, Shah, of Brunel Close in Romford, was bailed to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday August 31.The NHS has set up a dedicated hotline for people who may be concerned about the investigation, police said.
CALOR IS TO invest €10 million in an All-Island growth programme and 13 jobs will be created as a result.The strategic investment programme will be provided by parent company, SHV Energy, over a three year timeframe.The programme will see investment across its all island operations, specifically targeting an enhanced offering through investment in sales, customer support, engineering IT and marketing.Calor employs over 250 staff in 6 sites across its all island operations, and a further 200 indirectly.Parent company, SHV Energy operates in 27 countries and supplies LPG to tens of millions of customers worldwide.CEO of Calor Tim O’Carroll said that this programme highlights the confidence SHV Energy has in Ireland: Securing of this investment is an important strategic win for Calor and Ireland, seeing the creation of 13 jobs across our all-island operations.Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said that today’s announcement is a welcome boost:This investment represents a vote of confidence in the domestic economy and will result in the creation of 13 jobs. I wish Calor every success with this project.Read: What can be done to help Ireland’s “unacceptable” rate of jobless households?>Read: Good news for Dundalk as PayPal announces 400 more new jobs>
When your average US citizen has a falling out, they’re left to sort it out for themselves. It can frequently be ugly, and it doesn’t always end well, but it isn’t likely to affect anyone other than the conflict’s principal parties. Apparently when you’re a politician, though, you can solve your personal disagreements by passing draconian laws that turn an entire state into Big Brother.That’s what a member of the Hawaiian House of Representatives is trying to do. Rep. Kymberly Pine had a disagreement with her former web designer, Eric Ryan. Ryan claims that he wasn’t paid money that Pine owed him. He responded by launching a website that labels Pine as a crook and shows a collage that makes her look like she’s holding up a bank with a machine gun:Pine’s response? Introduce a piece of legislation that will track the website visits of every single Hawaiian citizen. This bill, H.B. 2288, is actually being considered by Hawaiian legislators. It would require ISPs to keep logs of “internet destination history information” along with “subscribers’ information” (including name and address) for two years.That reminds me: some jerk cut me off in traffic the other day. Does anyone know a member of the Illinois House of Representatives that I could talk to? I want to propose a new law that would require police to immediately execute any driver who ticks me off. I think it’s necessary to protect our citizens from being cut off in traffic.As ludicrous as that sounds, it isn’t far removed from what these Hawaiian representatives are trying to do. Jill Tokuda, the Hawaiian Senate’s majority whip, introduced the Senate equivalent of the bill. When she was asked about the background of the bill, she said that she was asked by Rep. Pine to introduce the bill based on her personal experience. Tokuda said “I would defer to [Pine] on the origins of these bills as she has done the research and outreach, and been the main champion of this effort.”Politicians’ jobs (at least in theory) are to serve their citizens. How is this piece of legislation serving a single Hawaiian other than Pine? It’s based on a personal vendetta, and nothing else.Fortunately, politicians eventually come up for reelection. The worldwide SOPA/PIPA protests showed just how quickly legislators will back off of bills like this when they become politically toxic. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were, at this moment, massive internet protests forming against Pine and any state rep who supports this bill.via CNET
Mar 6th 2019, 6:10 AM Image: Doug Snider via Flickr/CC A FATHER OF one drowned after becoming “snagged” on a car that had been submerged in the river Shannon, gardaí told an inquest into the man’s death yesterday.Christopher ‘Kippy’ Leo, aged 44, from Cliona Park, Moyross, had gone for a swim at Brown’s Quay, Limerick, when he got caught on the car, Limerick Coroner’s Court heard.“It is in an area known for joyriding. The car may have been driven in or pushed in,” Garda Alan Dowling, Mayorstone Park garda station, told the inquest.Eric Woodland from Dalglish Park, Moyross, told the hearing he and Christopher Leo, who were friends, had gone for a walk on 30 June 2018, and stopped for a rest near the riverbank.“We were sitting down enjoying the sun. It was a roasting hot day. Ann Halvey and her two daughters were paddling in the river and Christopher said to me he was going to ‘show-off’ for the kids,” Woodland told gardai.“He went in and he went down…suddenly. He was gone under for about a minute and a half, I got worried, I asked Ann to ring the rescue crowd.”Woodland said Christopher Leo “had one or two drinks that day, but he wasn’t drunk”.Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the scene and quickly located the man’s body underwater.“The Fire Service rescue [boat] located him snagged underwater in a car,” Garda Dowling said.Ann Halvey from Cosgrave Park, Moyross, stated in a deposition, read out by Garda Inspector Dermot O’Connor of Henry Street Garda Station, that Leo was initially “popping up and down” in the water.She said she thought he was “only messing” when he didn’t resurface. She rang the emergency services and efforts to resuscitate Christopher Leo failed.John Leo told the inquest he identified his brother’s body later at University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Dr Gabor Laskai, a pathologist at UHL, said death was caused by “asphyxiation due to drowning”. He said toxicology tests found “low levels” of Xanax and alcohol in Christopher Leo’s system.He noted the post mortem examination found a “concurrent use of alcohol, anti- depressant; anti-epileptic; antihistamines medications” which combined together would have resulted in “an increased risk of accident” as well as a possible “loss of coordination”.Limerick Coroner, Dr John McNamara remarked: “It strikes me as very unusual there was a car in (the river), but that is what appears to have snagged Christopher under the water.”Recording a verdict of “misadventure”, Dr McNamara noted combined low levels of alcohol and medicines may have affected Mr Leo’s “coordination and ability to react”. The River Shannon The River Shannon Image: Doug Snider via Flickr/CC 2 Comments Limerick man drowned after getting ‘snagged’ on car while swimming An inquest into the incident on 30 June last year heard that the area was known for joyriding. Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41,972 Views Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:10 AM By David Raleigh Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4525723
Former Aston Villa and England striker Gabby Agbonlahor has retired from football at the age of 32 after failing to find a club.Agbonlahor who played only for Villa has been without a club since leaving the Championship side back in December 2017.He scored 86 goals in 391 appearances for Villa, while he also won three senior caps for England.“The time has come to officially retire and watch Aston Villa as a fan,” Agbonlahor posted on Instagram and cited via BBC.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If I would have been told at school I would play nearly 400 league games, be the record Premier League goalscorer for Aston Villa, captain the great club and represent England at senior level, I would have laughed.“I want to say thank you to all the supporters, the staff I have worked with at a great club and my ex-team-mates.“The thought of playing for another team or playing against Aston Villa was something I just couldn’t do. I look forward to whatever the future holds.”Agbonlahor was a key part of the Villa team that finished runners-up to Manchester United in the 2010 League Cup final.TELFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Shane Sutton of AFC Telford United competes with Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017, in Telford, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio 3,000 In Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps After Work Requirement ChangeZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA change in state policy will end access to Food Stamps for thousands of Alaskans.Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power RulesLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The White House and the EPA today released the final version of its rule to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The administration’s Clean Power Plan sets targets that states have to meet and requires them to submit plans detailing how they will acheive them. But Alaska will not have to comply with new mandates, at least not yet.Murkowski Votes to Move Planned Parenthood Defunding BillLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.A bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate today. Sen. Dan Sullivan is a co-sponsor of the bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to advance the defunding measure also, but she says she doesn’t want to see Planned Parenthood’s funding removed without an investigation.Summer Work Underway at Red Devil Mine in Advance of Big CleanupBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelCrews are sampling water and sediments this summer near the site of the old Red Devil mercury mine in the middle Kuskokwim. It’s work that comes in advance of a large clean up project.Pregnant Kotlik Woman Loses Child After AssaultBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelState Troopers are investigating an assault in Kotlik after a pregnant victim’s baby died.Former NICU Parent Helps Others Navigate A Stressful TimeAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageMost people working in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit have some type of advanced medical degree. But one employee at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage has a very different set of qualifications. Ginny Shaffer spent more than three months in the NICU as a parent, with her daughter who was born at 23 weeks. Now she helps other families through one of the most stressful times of their lives as a Parent Navigator.With Subsistence Foods Running Short, Bering Strait Villages Receive A Donation of HalibutLaura Kraegel, KNOM – NomeFor four communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest in the Bering Strait region, help is on its way in the form of 10,000 pounds of halibut.Gambell Basketball Player Chooses Between Hometown Team and Seattle OfferLaura Kraegel, KNOM – NomeSixteen-year-old Wallace Ungwiluk [un-GWILL-uck] is a standout point guard for his basketball team in Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. But the game could carry this high school junior 2,000 miles from home to Seattle, where he’s been recruited to play for a private high school.
A man in an inebriated state attacked two persons with a sickle under Uppal police station limits in the wee hours on Friday. The incident occurred at Dharmapuri colony in Uppal and the victims were identified as Chiranjeevi and Tarun. The accused, identified as Dayakar is learned to have intercepted the bike of the victims’ and attacked them. Locals shifted the victims to a hospital. Chiranjeevi’s condition is stated to be critical while Tarun who also sustained serious injuries is undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, the police registered a case and launched a manhunt to nab the accused who had gone absconding.
Siddipet: The Met department warned of heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places across Telangana on July 29, as a cyclonic circulation lies over the north-west Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood.• Low pressure area likely to form during next two-three days, resulting in more rain • Light to moderate rain or thundershowers forecast across State on July 29-Aug 1 Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us • 2 cm rainfall each in Dubbak, Mirdoddi, Doultabad, Kondapak (all in Siddipet), Ramayampet (Medak). • Bejjanki, Nanganur, Jagadevpur and Gajwel (all in Siddipet) record 1 cm rainfall eachwThe bulletin said on Sunday that under the influence of the cyclonic circulation a low pressure area is likely to form during next two-three days, bringing more rain. The low pressure area over Jharkhand and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal has become less marked. However, the associated cyclonic circulation has merged with the above trough. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us According to the forecast, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at most places in the State from July 29 to August 1. No large change during the period August 2-4 is the weather outlook.Meanwhile, rain occurred in Siddipet and Medak districts, among others, during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Sunday.There was 2 cm rainfall each in Dubbak, Mirdoddi, Doultabad, Kondapak (all in Siddipet), Ramayampet (Medak). Bejjanki, Nanganur, Jagadevpur and Gajwel (all in Siddipet) recorded 1 cm rainfall each.
Bhimavaram: MRKZPP High School headmistress B Prabha Manjari has said people were benefitted by the nationalization of banks. She spoke at the prize distribution function of competitions held to mark completion of 50 years of banks’ nationalization at Veeravasaram on Thursday. Sacharapu Venkat Rao and Kamala Charitable Trust sponsored the prizes to students who won in the essay-writing and elocution competitions held on the occasion. Students N Pavan Sai, B Lilly Sailaja, M Kamalini and B Bhanusri received prizes in essay-writing competition. In elocution competition, A Lakshmi Satyasri, G Jahnavi, Ch Nagalakshmi Prasanna and P Hemalatha secured the prizes.
Amaravati/Chennai: Two Tamil Nadu ministers on Friday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, seeking release of water from Krishna river to Chennai to overcome the grave drinking water scarcity in the city. Ministers S P Velumani and D Jayakumar handed over a letter to Reddy on behalf of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, requesting immediate release of drinking water through the Telugu Ganga canal. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us “Earlier, there was a dearth of storage and they were unable to release water. Today the situation is favourable as there is good inflow into Srisailam dam,” municipal administration minister Velumani told reporters at Chennai airport. He said they raised the request at the right time and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister immediately agreed to it, as per which eight tmcft of water for the July-October period would be released. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us A release from Jagan Mohan Reddy’s office said the Chief Minister directed the water resources department authorities to ensure water release immediately.As per the agreement between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the former normally releases at least two tmc ft of water to meet Chennai’s drinking water needs, official sources said.
After months of planning, Morgan State University this week made a joint announcement with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) detailing the award of a five-year $2-million grant from the UNCF to create the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). The initiative is designed to assist and guide university graduates as they make their way into the real world and begin to look for jobs to jumpstart their careers. Morgan State is one of the 24 colleges and universities in the country currently awarded grants that reach a grand total of $35.3 million. As a recipient of this award, Morgan State will now work alongside Norfolk State University and Tennessee State University in improving job outcomes for all their graduates.The entire program is possible thanks to a grant from the Lily Endowment Inc. The UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative is a unique pilot program for select historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs) to assist them in enhancing the career readiness of their 54,000 enrolled students. Many of these students will be the first in their families to earn college degrees. The majority of students are from low-to-moderate–income families and must receive federal financial aid to pursue their undergraduate studies.Morgan State’s goal for the initiative is for students to readily attain academic success, obtaining degrees on time and be prepared to fulfill the needs of future career opportunities. Morgan State University President David Wilson echoed that objective, in stating “We are very pleased to have Morgan included as one of the select universities to participate in the implementation of the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative; further expanding our value proposition as an institution dedicated, not only to graduating our students with a high-quality education, but also assisting their transition into sustainable careers afterwards.” In believing an initiative like this is something which is greatly needed, Wilson went on to say: “The resources made available as a result of this grant will provide much-needed support in our ongoing efforts to prepare students to meet the growing needs of employers, particularly in high-demand career areas, while increasing their likelihood of future success beyond degree attainment.”
Facebook’s Oculus has banned adult content from its app store, but the company hasn’t exactly made it hard for consumers to get access to this type of material. The Oculus Go headset comes with a built-in web browser that can be used to access all kinds of websites, including those selling adult content. What’s more, individual clips can easily be sideloaded to the device.The adult industry has for some time embraced VR as the next money-maker. Early on, those efforts focused on cheap and accessible solutions like Google’s Cardboard viewers. At one point, a U.K. startup called Hologram also tried to sell its own dedicated VR porn headset — only to see Facebook release Oculus Go with a cheaper price tag soon after.More recently, the industry has been focusing on Oculus Go as an affordable all-in-one device. “We expect it to serve as a major gateway to our content,” said BadoinkVR head of production Xavi Clos in an interview with Variety last year. “The Oculus Go is the perfect porn device.”Facebook has thus far kept quiet on the subject. The Oculus terms of service tell consumers that they “may not use or promote sexually explicit, abusive or obscene content”, but a spokesperson told Variety last year that the company wasn’t looking to police content consumers wanted to consume in the privacy of their own homes. Whether Facebook is going to tolerate the reselling of the Oculus Go pre-loaded with porn remains to be seen. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Adult publisher Badoink wants to make it easier for people to consume porn in virtual reality (VR): The company has started to sell Oculus Go VR headsets pre-loaded with adult content with a program it calls “Porn in a Box” (website not safe for work).The X-rated Oculus Go headsets sell for $300, which is $100 more than what the base Oculus Go model costs at retail. For that surcharge, buyers get access to dozens of clips from the company’s BadoinkVR, BabeVR, VRCosplayX, and 18VR franchises.Access to the videos is being offered with a pre-installed app that can be secured with a private PIN, and Badoink promises to frequently update the content made available to buyers. A spokesperson said the company is also working on a subscription option to make additional content available, but this feature won’t be included at launch.
New framework sheds light on how, not if, climate change affects cold-blooded animals Explore further To find out if the lizards were somehow sequestering heat from sunlight during the day, the researchers withheld both food and sun from several of the lizards, but they remained warmer than their surroundings nonetheless—it might be, the research group suggests, because warmer bodies help both genders more successfully reproduce. They note that the rise in temperature became more pronounced as the lizards emerged from their burrows in the morning, prime mating time. Tegu lizards in a burrow. Credit: Glenn Tattersall One of the main differences between birds and mammals, and amphibians, reptiles and fish, is the ability to self-heat. Those that cannot are known as ectotherms, creatures that get their heat from the environment. Lizards fall into that category, but one species, the black and white tegu appears to be breaking the rules—the research team found that they cause their bodies to be from 4 to 10 C° warmer than the environment in which they are situated from approximately September to December—the mating season.As the researchers note, tegus tend to spend a lot of time in the sun during the day, warming their bodies. At night, they go into burrows where it is warmer than outside, but still, as the temperature in the burrow drops, so too does the body temperature of the lizards—but not so much during mating season. In addition to an increase in heat, the lizards also had an increased heart and breathing rate, which may offer a clue regarding how the supposedly cold-blooded creature is able to make itself warmer—a faster metabolism could explain the increase in heat, the team suggests, but so could a secreted hormone that forces tissue to work harder than normal, or organs that have a heat producing element. The researchers readily acknowledge that they do not know how the lizard heats itself, but plan to keep looking—finding the answer might help to better understand how warm-bloodedness developed in other organisms. A thermal image of a tegu lizard taken at 6 a.m. inside its burrow. Credit: Glenn J. Tattersall (Phys.org)—A species of lizard, the Argentinean black and white tegu (Salvator merianae), has been discovered by a combined team of researchers from Brazil and Canada, to cause its internal body temperature to rise over the course of several months, during mating season. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their study of captive tegu, what they found regarding body temperature and offer some ideas on how the cold blooded reptile manages to heat itself. More information: G. J. Tattersall et al. Seasonal reproductive endothermy in tegu lizards, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500951AbstractWith some notable exceptions, small ectothermic vertebrates are incapable of endogenously sustaining a body temperature substantially above ambient temperature. This view was challenged by our observations of nighttime body temperatures sustained well above ambient (up to 10°C) during the reproductive season in tegu lizards (~2 kg). This led us to hypothesize that tegus have an enhanced capacity to augment heat production and heat conservation. Increased metabolic rates and decreased thermal conductance are the same mechanisms involved in body temperature regulation in those vertebrates traditionally acknowledged as “true endotherms”: the birds and mammals. The appreciation that a modern ectotherm the size of the earliest mammals can sustain an elevated body temperature through metabolic rates approaching that of endotherms enlightens the debate over endothermy origins, providing support for the parental care model of endothermy, but not for the assimilation capacity model of endothermy. It also indicates that, contrary to prevailing notions, ectotherms can engage in facultative endothermy, providing a physiological analog in the evolutionary transition to true endothermy. Journal information: Science Advances © 2016 Phys.org 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. Citation: Lizard found to heat itself during mating season (2016, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-lizard-season.html A basking tegu lizard. Credit: Glenn Tattersall
A merger between Emirates and Qatar Airways “will never happen”. A tie-up between Emirates and Qatar Airways would never be permitted because of the political backlash the merger would receive from European airlines, Emirates president Tim Clark has assured. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker had the idea of aligning the two Middle Eastern carriers to create a “mega-carrier” earlier in November, 7DAYS reported. Emirates president Tim Clark said that although there had been no formal discussions, the idea of a merger would be economically positive but asserted it “will never happen”.An Emirates and Qatar merger would have “seismic repercussions in the aero-political framework”,?Mr Clark told Aviation Week.“You put the two together and you would face the most formidable international airline group that has ever been formed… That’s why it will never happen.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
What is Driving Risk Higher on First-Time Buyer Loans? With a greater share of agency first-time buyer home loans comes a greater share of risk involved in those loans.The share of Agency first-time buyer loans surged by 18 percent in April up to 58.8 percent, meaning that 58.8 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee in April were first-time buyers, according to AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. Meanwhile, the Agency First-Time Buyer Mortgage Risk Index (FBMRI) shot up to 15.8 percent in April, a series high and an increase of 0.6 percentage points over-the-year.An Agency FBMRI value of 15.8 percent means that 15.8 percent of these loans would default under economic stress similar to what the country experienced in 2007-08, based on performance of loans originated in 2007.The gap is widening between risk on first-time buyer loans and loans for repeat buyers, according to AEI. The Agency FBMRI was 5.6 percentage points higher than the risk index for repeat buyers in April 2016, which was an increase from 5.4 percent from the previous April.Also according to AEI, 54.2 percent of first-time buyer loans were high risk in April 2016—an increase from 52.6 percent a year earlier.“The gap between first-time buyer and repeat buyer mortgage risk levels now stands at 5.6 percentage points compared to 5.4 and 4.7 percentage points in April 2015 and 2014 respectively,” said Edward Pinto, codirector of the AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. “The long running seller’s market combined with growing loan leverage and weak income growth for entry-level buyers are artificially pushing up prices, resulting in a pernicious wealth transfer from the buyers to sellers of these homes.”According to AEI, “First-time buyers have accounted for the bulk of the year-over-year rise in the composite National Mortgage Risk Index for home purchase loans since early 2015, reflecting the widening gap between the risk indices for first-time buyers and repeat buyers compared with a year earlier.”Risk layering is largely responsible for the increased riskiness of the first-time buyer mortgages. According to the report, 70 percent of first-time buyer mortgages in April 2016 had a combined loan-to-value (CLTV) ratio of 95 percent or higher and 97 percent had a 30-year term. The combination of slow amortization and little money down will likely result in very little home equity for these buyers for many years, barring substantial home price appreciation.In addition, slightly more than one-fifth of first-time buyer loans in April had a FICO score of below 660, which is the traditional definition of subprime mortgages, and nearly 30 percent of them had total debt-to-income ratios higher than 43 percent—the limit set by the Qualified Mortgage rule.According to AEI, two factors that made repeat buyer mortgage less risky were: a much smaller share of repeat buyer mortgages had a CLTV of 95 percent or higher and a much smaller share had a FICO score below 660. AEI International Center on Housing RIsk First-Time Buyer Loans Mortgage Risk 2016-05-24 Staff Writer Share May 24, 2016 542 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, center, has a final word with Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., right, following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON – In a story Thursday about Hispanic members of Congress renewing their call for a national museum devoted to Latino history and culture, The Associated Press erroneously quoted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as saying she was moved by an art exhibit on immigration. The comments were actually made by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico.A corrected version of the story is below.____Hispanic members of Congress are renewing their call for a national museum devoted to Latino history and culture, urging the passage of legislation to cover some of the costs.Advocates have been pushing for a Hispanic museum since 2004, a year after the federal government authorized construction of the Smithsonian Institution’s African-American museum.Rep. Tony Cardenas, a California Democrat, said Thursday, “If we don’t take charge, another decade is going to go by, another decade is going to go by, and the biggest minority population in America is not going to have a powerful presence in Washington, D.C., as we should.”Citing the black history museum as an example, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they plan to push Congress to pass legislation that covers half the cost. They didn’t specify how much the Latino museum would cost, but casually estimated it could take $600 million to $700 million.The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, was built with more than $500 million in public funds and private donations.Cardenas, speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference, acknowledged that fundraising efforts would face obstacles.“The Smithsonian is not exactly on our side,” Cárdenas said. “The Smithsonian was not exactly on the black community’s side when they said you guys can do this.”Linda St. Thomas, chief spokesperson for the Smithsonian, said there are no plans for a new museum.However, she said, the Smithsonian does offer “extensive Latino programming” and has hired 11 Latino curators. There also is a Latino labour rights exhibit currently on display in the National Museum of American History, St. Thomas said.Before their news conference, Hispanic caucus members met with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. They did not offer details about their meeting.Hispanic caucus chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., said she was moved by a new virtual reality art installation, “Carne y Arena,” created by Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu. The exhibit, located in a building about two miles from the Capitol, details migrant and refugee experiences at the U.S.-Mexico border.“That’s what this is about — making sure you can see and visualize these issues,” Grisham said. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2018 9:57 am PDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Correction: Hispanic Caucus-Latino Museum story
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