UN official outlines challenges facing cities amid rapid urbanization

Pointing out some of the issues he will be addressing as the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Joan Clos told reporters in New York that although cities hosted industries and businesses that create much of the world’s wealth, they were not always able to raise the resources required to deal with the problems associated with expanding population.“We need to understand better the economic role of urbanization,” Mr. Clos said, adding that he will balance “continuity and renewal” during his term as head of the organization.“We need to produce some changes and improvements in our organization in order to be more focused and more efficient inside the overall objective of the United Nations of delivering-as-one and being more efficient in general,” Mr. Clos said.He stressed that that while cities in the developing world continued to be plagued by problems associated with poverty, underdevelopment, poor health and standard of education and insecurity, new challenges to urban areas in both poor and richer countries were arising.They included cities as emitters of green house gases that contribute to climate change and the risk of the collapse of transit systems due to inadequate planning and rapid expansion.UN-HABITAT will be seeking solutions to the new challenges facing urban authorities with a view to helping them as wells as governments in their efforts to seek solutions to them, Mr. Clos said.Mr. Clos, former mayor of the city of Barcelona in Spain, was appointed as head of the Nairobi-based agency by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August, starting work on 16 October. He succeeded Anna Tibaijuka, a citizen of Tanzania, who headed UN-HABITAT since it was formed in 2001 to replace the UN Centre for Human Settlements. 3 November 2010The new head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting sustainable cities today outlined the challenges facing urban centres around the world, saying they were hosting increasingly large populations but had limited resources for critical services read more

India committed to Sri Lankas unity and territorial integrity

The High Commissioner stated that Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy and a important element in strengthening bilateral ties with Sri Lanka will be deepening economic and commercial relations. He expressed the hope that Sri Lankan businesses will take advantage of their proximity to the fastest growing major economy in the world. He also referred to the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, during his visit to India in September 2015 to conclude a bilateral Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement.The High Commissioner also noted the increasing air connectivity between the two countries, and the growing tourist arrivals from India in Sri Lanka. He recalled that, in pursuance of the announcement made by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Sri Lanka, the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) scheme has been extended to Sri Lankan nationals from April 14, 2015, and eTV fee for Sri Lankan nationals was subsequently reduced. (Colombo Gazette) High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha unfurled the Indian flag and inspected a Guard of Honour presented by a contingent of the Border Security Force. He read out excerpts from the Address to the Nation on the eve of the Republic Day by the Hon´ble President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 67th Republic Day of India today at India House in Colombo. The Indian Government today said that India has an abiding interest in the security of Sri Lanka and remains committed to Sri Lanka’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha said that Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy. Later speaking about the state of India-Sri Lanka relations, the High Commissioner highlighted that the previous year has been quite transformative for India-Sri Lanka relations and congratulated the Government of Sri Lanka on completion of one year in office.He noted that four high level bilateral visits within 90 days of the formation of a new government in Sri Lanka last year heralded a new chapter in our relations . The momentum of these relations will be maintained by the forthcoming visit of External Affairs Minister of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, to Sri Lanka for the Joint Commission Meeting. read more

Fiona Hunter will give talk on ticks to local group

Fiona Hunter will give a talk on Feb. 28 about the emerging problem of ticks in Niagara.The professor of Biological Sciences will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Peninsula Field Naturalists Club.Hunter’s talk will discuss how ticks are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of disease to humans. The black-legged tick (aka deer tick) has made its way into the Niagara Region and many of these ticks carry the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex will allow Hunter’s research group to examine the effect that Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative agent of Lyme disease) might have on the longevity and behaviour of infected ticks.In addition to ticks, Hunter maintains her long-running research into the evolution of sugar-feeding in biting flies. She currently teaches courses in Introductory Biology and Entomology and has four graduate students who conduct their research under her supervision. read more

Security Council extends terms for four judges on Rwanda tribunal

By unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council decided that Judges Pavel Dolenc of Slovenia and Yakov Ostrovsky of the Russian Federation would be allowed to finish the Cyangugu case, which they had begun before the expiration of their terms of office on Saturday.Similarly, Judge Winston Maqutu of Lesotho will be able to finish the Kajelijeli and Kamuhanda cases, and Judge Navanethem Pillay of South Africa can complete proceedings in the Media case.The four judges were not re-elected for a second term during elections held on 31 January. The terms of 11 of the permanent judges who are currently serving in the ICTR chambers will expire on 24 May.According to the letter from the Tribunal President, which contains the request for the extension of terms, proceedings in the cases in question, with one exception, are well advanced. If the judges concerned had not been allowed to continue their work, it would have been necessary to start the trials anew with fresh panels of judges and to order the rehearing of witnesses and the representation of arguments. read more

Syria UNArab League envoy holds talks on crisis with President Bashar AlAssad

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met with President Bashar al-Assad on Monday for further talks on the situation in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. “The President expressed his view regarding the current situation and I briefed him on the meetings I had in several capitals with officials from different countries inside and outside the region,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters in the Syrian capital of Damascus following the meeting.“I also told him about the steps that in my view need to be taken to help the Syrian people find a way out of this crisis,” he added.Mr. Brahimi has been engaged in a series of meetings in the region and elsewhere as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end to the fighting in Syria, where at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011. The conflict has spawned more than 500,000 refugees, while an estimated four million people inside the country need urgent humanitarian assistance.In addition to meeting with regional leaders and government representatives, Mr. Brahimi has also met with officials such as Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, amongst others.At the media encounter in Damascus, the Joint Special Representative also addressed claims of difficulty in arranging to meet with the Syrian President.“I would like to seize this opportunity to comment on what was said a few days ago about the reluctance of President to receive me during my previous visits, and his refusal to see me this time, and that I asked the Russians to intervene with the President to convince him to meet with me, or otherwise I would resign – I would like to say that not one word of this is true,” Mr. Brahimi said.The Joint Special Representative has previously stated that a peace process could be based on the so-called Geneva communiqué, which was issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the Action Group for Syria – made up of interested parties – in late June and which lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in Syria.“The situation is Syria is still worrying and we hope that all parties would adopt a solution that would meet the aspirations of the Syrian people,” Mr. Brahimi added.Amongst other items, the Geneva communiqué called for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League. read more

Addressing Board UN atomic energy chief takes up DPR Korea safeguards issue

“I remain seriously concerned about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told the Agency’s Board of Governors. “It is deeply regrettable that the DPRK continues to show no sign that it is willing to comply with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.” Earlier this month, the Security Council strongly condemned the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities and decided to extend the existing sanctions to more individuals and entities. Mr. Amano called on the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations under those resolutions, to cooperate promptly with the Agency, and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country. He also expressed his intention to enhance the Agency’s readiness to play an essential role in verifying the DPRK’s nuclear programme. On Iran, Mr. Amano said the Agency is verifying and monitoring the country’s implementation of all its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement reached between international negotiators and Iran. He said the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its safeguards agreement, with evaluations ongoing about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.Mr. Amano said that the IAEA has received an invitation to be represented at the second session of the UN Conference to negotiate a legally binding nuclear weapons ban to be held in New York from 15 June to 7 July.“After this meeting of the Board, I plan to respond to the President of the Conference, considering all relevant factors,” he said. On technical cooperation, he explained how nuclear technology can contribute to health, agriculture and other aspects of sustainable development, citing such examples as how patients with cancer or arthritis in Sri Lanka benefited from improved radioisotope-based therapy processes and how the agency’s support made it possible for experts to analyse pesticides in crops in Panama. On nuclear energy, he reported that there are 449 power reactors in operation in 30 countries. Installed nuclear capacity is now the highest that it has ever been at 392 gigawatts electrical. Twenty new reactors were connected to the grid in the last two years, the highest number since the 1980s. Sixty power reactors are being built around the world, mostly in Asia, he said. read more

Builders falling victim to rogue customers

first_imgPeople are quite happy to argue a builder’s fee down once he’s finished work, but would they do the same to a dentist, solicitor or architect?Gareth Howell, managing director of AXA Gareth Howell, managing director of AXA, said: “We live in a society which tends to look down on skilled manual work in general, often undervaluing the knowledge, judgement and craftsmanship it involves.”It’s hard to imagine someone in a white-collar role encountering such high levels of harassment or casual disrespect.”People are quite happy to argue a builder’s fee down once he’s finished work, but would they do the same to a dentist, solicitor or architect?” Builders have complained that they are routinely falling victim to “rogue customers” who always ask for discount and demean them. Some workmen and women have also been attacked by a home owner’s dog, including one who was trapped on a roof after being bitten, a study has found.A survey of almost 400 builders and other tradesmen and women by insurance firm AXA revealed that four out of five had costs disputed after work was finished.Around one in four said a customer had flirted with them, with a female painter and decorator saying she faced sexist jokes.center_img 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.last_img read more

Teachers spend more time marking and planning than in the classroom Ofsted

Teachers are spending more time marking and planning than in the classroom, an Ofsted survey has revealed, as heavy workloads leave them cramming jobs into their free time.Full-time staff are giving lessons to pupils for an average of 22 hours every week and spending the remaining 29 hours doing “non-teaching tasks”.This means just 43 per cent of their time is spent teaching, while the rest is used to plan lessons (13 per cent), mark work (11 per cent) and complete administrative jobs (seven per cent).Teachers are so overworked that they left with little option but to use their evenings, weekends and holidays to catch up, the survey of more than 4,300 staff members across 290 schools and 67 further education providers revealed.Ofsted’s report on the findings, published today, also pinpointed “challenging behaviour of pupils” and “abusive and disrespectful” treatment of teachers by parents as sources of stress.Fidgeting, humming and whispering during lessons was reported by 87 per cent of those surveyed while 32 per cent said they had experienced intimidation or verbal abuse.Absenteeism – unjustified absences from school – was flagged as an issue by 69 per cent of respondents and “mindless vandalism” was one of the problems raised by staff.One in 10 respondents said that alcohol or drugs were found on or used by school pupils daily, weekly or monthly. This rose to 21 per cent among students in further education colleges.  Other issues highlighted by the report include “unwanted electronic contact among pupils” and “postings of hurtful information on the internet about pupils”.Meanwhile aggressive behaviour by parents was found to be among the top causes of moderate or high undue stress at work.The report describes them shouting at teachers, leading to a “mob mentality” as other parents witness the incident and escalate the row. An “immediate response culture” and open access to staff email addresses also means parents expect their queries and complaints to be dealt with instantly.It is such a significant problem that the report suggests schools might consider restricting parents’ access to staff email addresses and try talking to them face-to-face or on the phone instead.One teacher quoted in the report said they dreaded sifting through messages, adding: “My email inbox is like a pit of death. My emails are incessant. I often receive 50-80 emails per day, even when I am ill. “Parents email at night and want an instant response that night. If you don’t respond that night, they phone the school the next day”.Pushy parents who want their children to get top results are also a challenge, with the report stating: “Expectations become a problem when they are perceived to be unrealistic or unfair – when parents expect the highest grades for their children despite their lack of effort.”Staff are under pressure to ‘do everything under the sun for one child’ or help ‘all pupils get all A-star grades’.”In one school, it was said that 40 per cent of children had social, emotional and mental health difficulties which are often rooted in their parents’ behaviour.  The report points out that it can just be an “odd few parents” who “bring a school down”, and that this adds “another layer of complexity” to dealing with unruly pupils.These findings follow the announcement of a crackdown on bad behaviour in schools by ministers earlier this year, with £10m earmarked to help advise schools how to improve issues such as pupil attendance, punctuality and detention systems.If a pupil is persistently late without a valid reason, this may lead to the parent being issued with a penalty notice or prosecuted. 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. read more

Limericks minors make it backtoback Munster titles with win over Waterford

first_imgLimerick 0-24Waterford 0-18Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship final replayBRIAN RYAN’S LIMERICK are toasting another Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship title this evening.The young Shannonsiders beat Waterford by six points in an entertaining Semple Stadium replay.For the second successive year, Waterford suffered replay heartbreak at the hands of Limerick, who clinched back-to-back provincial minor crowns for the first time ever.Limerick march onto the All-Ireland semi-finals but Waterford must lift themselves for a quarter-final clash with Dublin in Thurles next Sunday.And in the final quarter tonight, the Deise simply had no answers to Limerick’s power play. In the final 16 minutes, plus stoppage time, Limerick outscored their opponents by 0-9 to 0-1.Vice-captain Ronan Lynch top-scored with ten points but Tom Morrissey’s second half contribution was sensational.And in a devastating scoring run, Morrissey hit three of his five points in quick succession to turn a one-point deficit into a 0-19 to 0-17 lead. Limerick sensed glory and they wasted no time in kicking for home – with Lynch, Morrissey, Barry Nash and Peter Casey notching 0-20 between them. Limerick’s Sean Finn with Shane Bennett and Shane Ryan of Waterford. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOAnd yet Limerick were 0-10 to 0-13 behind approaching half-time – and 0-13 to 0-16 adrift early in the second half. Patrick Curran posted eight points for Waterford in the first half, including six frees, but the young Deise hotshot was held scoreless in the second half.And in front of 6165 spectators, this defeat capped a thoroughly miserable week for Waterford hurling. Their U21s lost to Cork in last week’s Munster final and the seniors crashed out of the championship against Wexford in Kilkenny last Saturday night.At half-time, Waterford were 0-13 to 0-11 clear but Limerick came good down the home straight to retain the provincial silverware.Scorers for Limerick: Ronan Lynch 0-10 (6f, 3 65s), Tom Morrissey 0-5, Peter Casey & Barry Nash 0-3 each, Colin Ryan 0-2, Robbie Hanley 0-1.Scorers for Waterford: Patrick Curran 0-8 (6f), Colm Roche 0-4, Shane Ryan & Eddie Meaney 0-2 each, Cormac Curran & Peter Hogan 0-1 each.LIMERICK:1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon)2. Sean Finn (Bruff)3. Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock)4. Jamie Porter (Monaleen)5. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen)6. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen)7. Conor Byrne (Murroe Boher)8. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock)9. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)12. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)11. Barry Nash (South Liberties)10. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh/Castlemahon)15. Colin Ryan (Pallasgeen)14. Tom Morrissey (Ahane)13. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)Subs:18. Edward Doyle (Monaleen) for Lyons (37).WATERFORD:1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)2. David Prendergast (Lismore)3. Eddie Hayden (Ballygunner)4. Michael Cronin (Ardmore)7. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)12. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)8. Jack Mullaney (Stradbally)10. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)11. Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers)13. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)6. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)9. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)14. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)5. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)15. Shane Ryan (De La Salle)Subs:19. Eddie Meaney (De La Salle) for Molumby (half-time).17. Aaron O’Sullivan (Cappoquin) for Hogan (50).20. Shane Murray (Cappoquin) for Prendergast (53).Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)Dublin have fresh injury worries ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-finalWexford suspend quarter-final ticket sales, seek move to Croke Parklast_img read more

Greece releases Turkish servicemen arrested for illegally crossing border

first_imgTwo Turkish soldiers arrested for entering Greece illegally on Sunday have been released from custody, reports The Associated Press (AP).Following their release, the Turkish army issued an official statement claiming that the soldiers had accidentally crossed the border while following migrants who they suspected where attempting to cross the border into Greece. They stated that both servicemen were detained at 11.00 am on Sunday – a claim that differed in the statement issued by the Greek army.According to Greece, the first soldier – a non-commissioned officer reservist – who was armed with a rifle but no ammunition, was detained at 11.00 am on Sunday some 1,540 meters inside Greek territory. However the second soldier – a reserve officer trainee – was arrested carrying neither weapons nor ammunition three hours later, at 2.00 pm.During their depositions, the first Turkish soldier claimed that he had lost his way, while the second soldier said he crossed the border as he had been searching for his fellow soldier.The Turkish army said the soldiers were released after seven-and-a-half hours of talks with authorities, which was confirmed by the Greek army.Meanwhile, it was also revealed by Greece that defence minister Panos Kammenos and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar were in contact prior to the soldiers’ release.In an interview with the AP, a Greek army spokesman, who requested to remain anonymous, denied claims made in the media that there was an exchange of gunfire during the incident.Sunday’s incident comes soon after two Greek soldiers were released to Greece pending trial after crossing the border into Turkey in March. Despite claiming that they crossed over by accident, and a number of appeals made to the court for their release, the Greek soldiers were detained in Turkey up until August. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Law is same for everyone Kamal Nath on Akash Vijayvargiyas

first_imgBhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday congratulated the state police for taking action against BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya and stated that law is same for everyone. Taking about the incident, Kamal Nath told media here, “It is really saddening that a BJP leader behaves in such a manner, I congratulate police for taking action. Law is same for everyone.” Akash Vijayvargiya, son of senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, was arrested for thrashing a Municipal Corporation officer on Wednesday. The case has been transferred to Bhopal’s Special Court. He is currently under judicial custody till July 7.last_img read more

Eccentric US millionaire John McAfee plans 2020 presidential run

first_imgHAVANA (CUBA): After making a fortune with his early antivirus software, then being caught up in murder and drugs cases in Belize, US millionaire John McAfee has now added a new chapter to his tumultuous life story: from a yacht in Havana harbour, he says he is running for the US presidency. This will not, he deadpans, be “an ordinary campaign.” “I am wanted as a criminal by the government for which I am running for president,” McAfee tells AFP as he sits surrounded on his white yacht by an entourage of seven campaign aides and two enormous dogs. He wears shorts, a tropical-themed shirt and wraparound sunglasses, and sports a greying goatee. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us McAfee’s immediate goal is to win the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, which advocates for free trade and a sharply reduced federal government. He tried but failed in 2016, edged out for that party’s nomination by Gary Johnson, who went on to win just over three percent of the vote in the general election. But McAfee has an unusual confession for a presidential candidate: “I don’t want to be president, I really don’t, nor could I be,” he says, puffing on a cigar. “Really, look at me,” says McAfee, whose deep tan and relaxed attitude hardly give him the look of a candidate. “I can’t be president.” Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us He goes on, “However, I do have a large following, and I will influence this next election.” Since making a fortune with his eponymous antivirus software in the 1980s, McAfee has become a self-styled cryptocurrency guru, claiming to make USD 2,000 a day. He has nearly one million followers on Twitter. His yacht, docked at the Marina Hemingway in Havana, is named “The Great Mystery” – appropriately for this enigmatic man of 73. Advertise With Us Brushes with the law McAfee began his career as a NASA engineer before working for several software companies, where he learned of the existence of a computer virus – and began figuring out how to destroy it. Thus McAfee Associates was born in 1987, quickly becoming a giant in the antivirus industry. He sold the company to Intel in 2010 and is now worth an estimated USD 100 million. But his American-dream success story – worthy of a Steve Jobs or a Bill Gates – took an unexpected turn: Moving to Belize in Central America and living a sometimes chaotic life, he suddenly became tabloid grist when his neighbour was mysteriously murdered in 2012, a crime that remains unsolved. When the police found him living with a 17-year-old girl and discovered a large arsenal of weapons in his home, McAfee disappeared on a month-long flight that drew breathless media coverage. The dead neighbour’s family later filed a wrongful death suit against McAfee; last year a court in Florida found against him, ordering him to pay the family more than USD 25 million. Ever the provocateur, in 2013 the millionaire posted a rambling video on which he explained how to uninstall McAfee software, his nose covered in white powder as seven scantily clad women massage his shirtless chest and shoulders. The film, which ends on an image of him firing a pistol at a computer screen, was watched nine million times. In 2015, McAfee was arrested in the United States for driving under the influence. He again disappeared from view until January 2019, when he fled the country. Cuba’s ‘best friend’? “I went first to the Bahamas because I was charged with income tax evasion,” he said, adding that when the FBI came there looking for him he fled to Cuba. “I have not paid taxes for eight years,” he added. “I will not pay taxes again — it is unconstitutional and illegal.” This capitalist king’s choice to find refuge in a Communist country might seem surprising. Yet McAfee insists he is probably Cuba’s “best friend.” “I know nothing about communism,” he says. “I do know we should not be interfering with Cuba, we should not be blockading this country,” as the US has done since 1962. McAfee has offered to help Cuba launch a cryptocurrency of its own. The Havana government had said earlier that it is studying how the virtual money might be used to get around US economic sanctions. McAfee said this would be “trivial.” It is not always easy to determine the veracity of everything McAfee says. US tax authorities, asked about his possible legal jeopardy, would not confirm whether he faces any charges. No extradition request has been filed with Cuban authorities. The mere fact of having sailed his yacht to Cuba, however, violates new US regulations that ban American citizens from travelling to the island on cruise ships or private boats. Still, amid continuing tense relations between Havana and Washington, the millionaire says he plans to remain in place until the US elections of November 2020. “Cuba has never extradited an American citizen,” he notes, “and Cuba is not exactly a friend of the US government.” Yet the two countries do cooperate on police and legal matters. Last November, the Cuban authorities turned over to their US counterparts an American wanted by Interpol for murdering his girlfriend.last_img read more

Late Cold Front Mattress Firm Bankruptcy The Good Bad And Ugly of

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X A lot can happen in a week, some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, Houston Matters turns to a rotating panel of non-experts to break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:Houston might not get cooler this year until later than everMattress Firm filing for bankruptcyOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Wayne Ashley, academic adviser, digital media strategist, and editor of TexasLeftist.comVlad Davidiuk, communication director for the Harris County Republican PartyVivian Ho, health economist at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine Listen 00:00 /10:51last_img read more

Jumping spiders that love smelly socks could help fight malaria

first_img Mosquitoes supply spider with blood Citation: Jumping spiders that love smelly socks could help fight malaria (2011, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-spiders-smelly-socks-malaria.html Explore further The spider (Evarcha culicivora), which is also known as the vampire spider, is a native of East Africa and is known to go into a kind of feeding frenzy when it smells blood, killing up to 20 female blood-filled Anopheles mosquitoes (the type that carry malaria) in a single session, but not necessarily eating them all immediately.Dr Fiona Cross and Professor Robert Jackson of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand thought the jumping spider could be a useful tool in the fight against malaria if people were encouraged to have them living in their homes, and even before carrying out their research suspected the spiders might be attracted to human odors because they are commonly found in tall grass next to human dwellings.Cross and Jackon devised an “olfactometer” to test their suspicions. They placed each spider into a small holding chamber connected to an exit chamber and pumped air into the holding chamber from one of two boxes. One of the boxes contained a clean sock, and the other contained a smelly sock that had been worn for 12 hours. The spider was free to move into the exit chamber at any time, and this chamber had normal, unscented air.The results of the experiment were that the spiders stayed in the holding chamber 15 to 30 minutes longer if their air was laden with the scent of smelly socks than if the air carried the clean sock smell. The behavior was seen in all 109 spiders tested, regardless of their age or gender.Dr Cross said the discovery ties in with some of the spider’s behavior patterns, and it is the first time a spider’s attraction to human odors has been demonstrated. She said since the spider lives in areas where malaria is rife it makes sense to learn as much as possible about it, especially ways in which people can lure the spiders into living in their houses without attracting more mosquitoes at the same time. She said the spider will never be “the magic bullet” that wipes out malaria, but it could be helpful and it is freely available in the environment.In 2003 Professor Jackson discovered the spider and showed that it preys on mosquitoes responsible for malaria, especially females engorged after a blood meal. He also showed the spiders can recognize the mosquitoes both from their appearance and their smell, which was unexpected in a jumping spider known more for its excellent eyesight. Jackson then teamed with Cross and in 2009 they showed the spider becomes irresistible to the opposite sex when they have eaten a meal of blood-filled spiders.The paper is published in the journal Biology Letters. Evarcha culicivora. Credit: Robert Jackson/ University of Canterbury. More information: Olfaction-based anthropophily in a mosquito-specialist predator, by Fiona R. Cross, Biology Letters, Published online before print February 16, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1233 © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers in New Zealand have found that a type of jumping spider prefers the odor of smelly socks to clean ones. The spider is the only predator known to feed indirectly on vertebrate blood by eating the mosquitoes that have fed on the vertebrates, including humans. 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.last_img read more

UNSG available when parties in Cyprus will come to him  spokesman says

first_imgThe United Nations Secretary-General remains available when the parties in Cyprus are ready to go to him, his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told the press in New York.Asked about the Cyprus talks during the Daily Press Briefing on Monday, following the separate meetings the SG had with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in New York, Dujarric said that he had nothing new to announce.Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in New York, Dujarric said that he had nothing new to announce.“Obviously, the Secretary‑General was very interested to meet… to have the meetings he had in New York.  As he said in Crans-Montana, he remains available when the parties will come to him, so I think we still remain in a period of reflection”, the spokesman said.You May LikeYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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