Local Area Office: 902-424-5080 Fax: 902-424-0696 -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Bedford Bypass There will be periods of one lane closures on Magazine Hill,Trunk 7, today, Tuesday, Oct. 19, while shouldering work iscarried out. These closures will alternate between eastbound andwestbound lanes. Motorists will still be able to use the Bedford and Sackvilleexits but may experience delays while travelling in the area.
The province released its third annual action plan to meet NovaScotia’s labour market challenges, today, Dec. 21. The Skills Nova Scotia Action Plan outlines activities theprovince is undertaking with partners in business, labour,education, training and communities to create a strong andvibrant economy and labour force. Highlights of the action plan include access to high qualitylabour market information, improved labour market access andsupports, the creation of a career development service for NovaScotia and increased labour market supports to immigrants. “Our partners are key to helping Nova Scotians get the educationand training they need to be successful and meet the needs of thelabour market today and in the future,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “Skills Nova Scotia is an investment in our peopleand our province, a plan to build a strong workforce and brightfuture for Nova Scotia.” Provincially, nationally, and globally the labour force is agingand birth rates are decreasing. These realities are contributingto the labour market challenges of today and are predicted tocreate greater challenges for the future. Skills Nova Scotia is a provincial initiative that responds toemerging needs by increasing the opportunities for Nova Scotiansto acquire the skills, training, and education necessary toobtain successful employment. In 2002, the province launched the Skills Nova Scotia Framework.It outlines three goals: meet the skill needs of Nova Scotia’slabour market; provide better labour market access and supportsto Nova Scotians; and strengthen Nova Scotia’s system of lifelonglearning opportunities. The province also produces an annual progress report whichdetails achievements on the strategies, initiatives andactivities that are highlighted in the action plan. Copies of the Skills Nova Scotia Action Plan 2004-05 and the2003-04 Report on Progress are available on the website athttp://skillsnovascotia.ednet.ns.ca or bycalling 902-424-7764.
ELROSE, Sask. – A car crash that left three adults and three children dead in southwestern Saskatchewan was a tragedy, the mayor of the small town where it happened said Saturday.Investigators with the RCMP say the incident happened on Friday afternoon, just north of Elrose, Sask., population 500.Mayor Dennis Dixon said a crash of this magnitude is tragic no matter where it happens, and Elrose is no exception.“Any time that you have a crash like that anywhere, it’s something you don’t want to see,” Dixon said. “It’s a tragedy.”A 26-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, along with three children aged six, four and two, were found dead in one of the two SUVs involved, RCMP said in a news release on Saturday.Police said that the five were all from the “same immediate family” from the area of Rosetown, approximately 40 kilometres north of Elrose.The woman driving the other vehicle was also killed in the crash, and police said she was 71 and from the Swift Current, Sask., area.Investigators have said she was the only person in the second vehicle.The RCMP has said it does not plan on naming any of the crash victims publicly.They said in the news release on Saturday that it was a head-on crash, but that the reports from the investigation will “take some time” to complete.The release said the Provincial Coroner’s Office is assisting the investigation. Counselling is being made available for police.“The appropriate mental health supports are also being offered to RCMP members,” investigators stated in the release.
An operation was then launched last evening to nab the animal and two people were attacked in the process. All seven who were injured in the attack by the leopard were admitted to hospital for treatment. A special operation was launched this morning to nab the animal with the assistance of the Wildlife Department. (Colombo Gazette) <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Pictures by Ranjith Rajapaksa A leopard attacked at least seven estate workers in Hatton and an operation was later launched to nab the animal.The leopard first attacked a woman in the area last evening and attacked four others who had attempted to save the woman.
FILE – In this April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific. The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast. The two permits issued Wednesday, July 22, 2015, clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT Shell gets permits necessary for limited oil exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast by Kevin Freking And Dan Joling, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2015 2:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast.The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions.Shell can only drill the top sections of wells because the company doesn’t have critical emergency response equipment on site to cap a well in case of a leak. That equipment is aboard a ship headed to Portland, Oregon, for repairs.The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement that Shell could submit an amended application for deeper drilling when the capping stack can be deployed within 24 hours.“Without question, activities conducted offshore Alaska must be held to the highest safety, environmental protection and emergency response standards,” said the bureau’s director, Brian Salerno.The department had given a conditional OK to Shell’s drilling plan in May, pending the company’s ability to obtain all necessary permits from state and federal agencies.Some environmental groups worry the Arctic’s remoteness and rugged conditions will hamper cleanup efforts in the event of a spill, risking devastation of a fragile ecosystem.Cindy Shogan, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, called it the wrong choice.“This decision puts the fate of the fragile Arctic Ocean, and our climate future, in the hands of Shell Oil,” she said in a statement.Proponents say drilling can be conducted safely with existing technologies and that future production decades from now will help sustain the country’s energy needs and limit reliance on imports.Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh said by email that receipt of the drilling permits signals the end of the permitting process, and drilling will begin when the area is clear of sea ice.“We remain committed to operating in a safe, environmentally responsible manner and look forward to evaluating what could potentially become a national energy resource base,” she said.Shell and other companies hope to tap into one of the country’s last great petroleum reserves. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic offshore reserves in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas at 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil.Arctic offshore drilling is strongly supported by elected officials in Alaska, where upward of 90 per cent of state government is funded by the oil industry. They hope to see undersea and overland pipelines from offshore wells to move oil to the trans-Alaska pipeline.The permit was expected, and both of Shell’s drill rigs are on their way to the Chukchi sea. The drill sites are on the ocean floor in about 130 feet of water. Hydrocarbon zones are about 8,000 feet below the ocean bottom.Top-hole work consists of drilling to about 1,300 feet and setting the foundation for a well to grow in depth. The work starts with digging a mud-line cellar, an excavation that allows a blowout preventer to sit beneath the ocean floor. According to Shell, top-hole work accounts for about half the time it takes to drill a complete exploratory well.Shell had hoped to simultaneously drill two wells. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires a minimum of 15 miles between drill sites to avoid significant effects on walrus. Shell’s two sites are closer than that.The missing safety equipment is a capping stack, a roughly 30-foot-tall device that can be lowered onto a wellhead to stop gushing oil after a blowout or connect to hoses to direct oil to vessels on the surface.Shell’s capping stack is carried by a leased 380-foot icebreaker, the Fennica, which was gashed July 3 as it departed Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands for the Chukchi Sea. Under the direction of a registered Alaska harbour pilot, the ship struck an uncharted object, which created a hole in the hull about 3 feet long and a half-inch wide.A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mapping ship later detected a shallow shoal in the area.___Kevin Freking reported from Washington.
UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters that Mr. Ban returned to New York last night “with precisely with the aim of reaching out to Member States and he started that…just a short while ago with the permanent members of the Security Council,” China, France, Russia the United Kingdom and the United States.Meanwhile, the inspection team led by Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström today visited a military government hospital in Damascus. Since arriving in Syria on 18 August, the team has visited the affected sites, as well as field hospitals, interviewed victims and doctors, and collected biomedical samples. The sites visited include the location of an alleged 21 August attack in the Ghouta area outside Damascus, where more than 300 civilians were reportedly killed.“They are now packing up, they will be leaving Damascus and leaving Syria tomorrow,” Mr. Nesirky told reporters. The team is heading to The Hague, the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW), which is assisting the probe, along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO).The samples will be taken for analysis in designated laboratories in Europe. While the spokesperson did not specify which laboratories, he did note that none are located in countries represented by the permanent Security Council members. “Dr. Sellstrom’s team is doing its utmost to expedite the process of analysis, but while keeping this in mind, they also have to keep in mind something else which is the need for rigorous attention to maintaining the integrity of the process, in other words, the scientific side of this process,” Mr. Nesirky stressed. Dr. Sellström, as the team leader, will remain in Europe to oversee the analysis. He will also be in close contact with Mr. Ban to brief him on the progress. “We have to be very clear here that before the mission can draw any conclusions about this incident, the evaluation of all available information including the laboratory analysis of all samples must be completed,” Mr. Nesirky stressed. He added that the mission “will proceed to complete its fact-finding activities of all pending, credible allegations” and would return to investigate the three initial incidents. Once analysis of the samples is completed, a report will be given to Mr. Ban who will share the results with all Member States, and the Security Council.Responding to questions, Mr. Nesirky said that as of now, there was no timeline on when that final report would be completed and passed on to the Secretary-General. “The focus is on completing that analysis of the event from the 21st of August, and everybody concerned, including the Syrian authorities, agreed that his should be a priority,” he said reiterating that the team would return to Syria to complete its inspection of other sites. Mr. Ban is due to meet tomorrow in New York with UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, who had been in Damascus meeting with the Syrian Government to facilitate access for the team of inspectors. She is expected to brief the UN chief on the work of the mission and the way ahead.
(Image: Revenue)OFFICERS FROM REVENUE’S Customs Service seized over 22,000 cigarettes as part of a planned operation in Limerick yesterday.The cigarettes had a combined retail value of €10,300 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €8,100. Officers stopped and searched a vehicle at the Limerick/Cork border and discovered two steel containers, each concealing over 11,000 ‘Septwolf’ brand cigarettes.Two Chinese nationals were questioned and the car was also seized. As part of the operation, officers executed a search warrant at a private residence in Limerick city, A number of Chinese nationals were questioned and items including mobile phones, tablets and documentation were seized.Revenue said the investigation is on-going with a view to prosecution.
A couple of weeks ago, on the eve of the Verizon iPhone launch, Sprint weakly announced a rather bizarre gimmick of an Android phone in the Kyocera Echo, the world’s first dual-screen smartphone. They even hired magician David Blaine to try to inject some enthusiasm in the crowd. The announcement didn’t make much of a splash, but a mere two weeks later, and Fujitsu’s already showing off the world’s second dual touchscreen Android phone at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Unlike the Echo, Fujitsu’s handset allows each screen to be re-oriented from landscape to portrait mode thanks to an innovative hinge. Like the Kyocera Echo, one screen can also fold behind the other for a more traditional form factor, with the secondary display only brought out for when you want to treat your phone more like a tablet or have two apps open at once.Like the Echo, though, that potentially places a lot of burden upon the smartphone’s processor. The Echo didn’t even bother trying to solve this, boasting a surprisingly wimpy CPU even while inviting users to double the burden on their smartphone’s processor. It’s unknown whether Fujitsu will follow suit, as the SoC inside their DS-like smartphone is still a mystery.Fujitsu’s phones are mostly Japan-only affairs, so when this is released in summer or fall of 2011, I don’t imagine we’ll see it State-side. It’s interesting seeing so many device makers trying the secondary screen approach, though. Anyone remember when the DS first debuted and the idea of two screens on a handheld just seemed insane?Read more at Unwired View
If you haven’t seen it yet, above is a truly incredible time-lapse taken in Norway over the course of number of nights. In addition to the wonderful scenery, the video shows some amazing views of the northern lights (aurora borealis), which must not have been easy to get–the notes tell us that the shots were taken at the Kirkenes and the Pas National Park in -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees F).The time-lapse was done by Terje Sorgjerd, who lists his equipment as being the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24mm f/1.4, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, and finally the Sigma 12-24mm. Based on some of the shots it’s clear that he used a dolly as well, and he linked over to Dynamic Perception, which is a pretty popular choice to add some motion to this sort of time-lapse (although who know they could hold up to these weather conditions?).AdChoices广告Sorgjerd even talked a bit about his process in the comment section of his video. He said he converted from RAW to 16-bit TIFF files in Adobe Lightroom, rendered those files to 4K resolution with a 95% JPG quality to get the correct resolution, and then edited those still images into a video in Final Cut. Finally the 4K video (that’s 4000 px of horizontal resolution) was exported as a 1080p video. It sounds like that was a lot easier than taking the shots out in the frozen woods at night.via msnbc
The clouds, the wind that turned from chilly one day to hot the next, the drizzle and the threat of rain were not enough to keep Melbournians away from Lonsdale street over the weekend. The Glendi attracted people from all ethnic backgrounds, walks of life and age groups. The organisers had catered for the young and not so young with DJs playing the latest pop hits while slides, jumping castles and painting kept the ankle biters entertained. A multicultural array of food stalls kept appetites in check and many Greek cultural organisations showcased the diversity of Greece.Saturday night saw a strong presence of young Asian students and newly arrived migrant families who looked in awe at the group of Greek warriors clad in panoplies and bearing shields and spears paraded Lonsdale street – the tips of their spears visible from every corner of Lonsdale street. A young Indonesian couple pushing a pram told Neos Kosmos English Edition that they have been in Australia for six months and came to Lonsdale street to sample the famous Greek celebrations and exuberance. “There aren’t many big non-Anglo festivals like this,” they said. Despite the threat of rain and the drizzle the crowds poured into Lonsdale street for the official opening of the festival. By the time Aggelos Dionisiou made his appearance – and the threat of a downpour subsided – thousands had gathered around the main stage. Sunday saw the festival-goers enjoying for the first time in three years the talented musicians of Apodimi Compania, a music band born in Melbourne over twenty years ago, now based in Athens. They played rebetica but also entehno and laika. Draped with the Greek flag 17‑year-old Alexandra Soukas and Anthea Panayiotou were among the enthusiastic crowd at Lonsdale St. “We are here because we are Greeks; we came to celebrate the 25th of March. We love the atmosphere of Lonsdale street. We’ve been coming here for the last ten years and now we’re old enough to come here by ourselves,” they said. They both participated in Zorba Till You Drop.One of the festival sponsors, Con Saris, said about the festival: “The organisers did a good job, it’s not easy to put all these in place. It’s time for the new generation to take charge but we need to support them and guide them.” The former mayor of Moreland City Council, Cr Lambros Tapinos, was also enjoying himself. “It’s a great festival. I am very pleased to see that the festival grows each year and for the second and third generation to come here, enjoy and celebrate and be proud of their ethnic background,” Cr Tapinos said. “This festival is not just for the Greek community. The biggest benefit of this festival is that it showcases the richness of Greek culture and its contribution to our multicultural society. It is one of the biggest and best cultural festivals in Victoria and I am proud to be proud of this community.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Twitter Hear the latest track from the GRAMMY-winning DJ and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriterPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 23, 2018 – 4:18 pm On March 22 GRAMMY-winning DJ David Guetta and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Sia reunited to release the lyric video for their latest project together, “Flames.”Much like previous collaborations, “Flames” is a pop-forward tune that showcases Sia’s vocal prowess while sending an encouraging message for listeners to keep pushing forward. This marks Sia and Guetta’s fourth collaboration.The first collaboration between the two artists was 2011’s “Titanium,” which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has more than 774 million views on YouTube. Their follow-up the next year was “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces),” which has reached 485 million views. On 2015’s “Bang My Head,” the two were joined by Fetty Wap for a hit that has more than 190 million views. David Guetta, Sia Release Latest Collaboration, “Flames” https://twitter.com/Sia/status/976874864366751747 Facebook News Email David Guetta, Sia Press On In “Flames” david-guetta-sia-release-latest-collaboration-flames Clearly, Guetta and Sia know how to please, so what kind of fuel is out there to help feed “Flames”? “Flames” has only notched its first million views since yesterday, but it’s spreading. Care to catch on fire?Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Art Center’s 39th Annual Art Exhibit Set For May 31-June 1; Still Time To EnterIn “Community”Wilmington Art Center’s 35th Annual Art Exhibit Set For June 5-7, Still Time To Enter!In “Community”Wilmington Cultural Council Has $5K In Grants Available To Wilmington Organizations & SchoolsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons, as well as cash prizes, in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition.The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The reception and exhibit are open to the public, and free of charge.Exhibit Hours:Friday, June 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Exhibit Opening Reception, with refreshments & live musicSaturday, June 2: noon-4pm: ExhibitTo enter, submit your application and entry fee before May 25th to the Wilmington Arts Council, c/o Town Hall in Wilmington. Entry forms can be downloaded HERE. For additional information, please call Jean Chang at (978) 886-9224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Arts Council.) Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.
Vengalrao Nagar: Free trip to Shiridi from Jawar Nagar Sai Baba temple was flagged off by Jubliee Hills legislator Maganti Gopinath on Monday.Speaking on the occasion, Maganti Gopinath said, “Free trip for the Baba devotees was planned to fulfill the dream of many devotees to visit Shirdi once in a life-time.” MLA Maganti Gopinath also congratulated party leader Sujatha for the successful arrangements for the planned trip to the Shiridi and wished devotees of Baba a safe journey. Jawar Nagar temple Chairman Ramachandra, senior leaders Nagarjuna Reddy, Sujatha, Kalyani, Vijay Mudiraj and others were present.
Flags of Bangladesh and AustraliaThe Australian government is once again wracked by fears that a terrorist attack might hit Bangladesh in the coming days, although the intended target would be so-called ‘Western interests’, reports news agency UNB.”Days of national significance, such as Victory Day (December 16), can provide an opportunity for terrorist attacks,” Canberra said in an updated alert issued on Wednesday.Bangladesh has never witnessed a terrorist attack on December 16, when usually the country is in a buoyant mood celebrating Victory Day in the Liberation War in 1971.The travel advice then morphs into something like a security briefing, as it asserts a “high threat” of a terrorist attack in Bangladesh, claiming to have “reliable information” in this regard, right down to potential/likely targets, with ‘Western interests’ .It would be only fair for anyone reading this bit to expect the Australian government has also passed on all the ‘reliable information’ in its possession regarding the ‘high threat’ of an attack and any potential list of targets to the US/UK.”Stay alert and maintain an active awareness of your environment. Ensure you have robust security plans in place. The level of our advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Bangladesh,” it wrote for the Australian travellers.Meanwhile, the UK said while the last terrorist attacks to take place occurred in March 2017, targeting security forces, there is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings.”There’s also the risk that foreign nationals could be directly targeted in future attacks; you should consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities,” reads the security alert.
A still image taken from video circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. Photo: ReutersFacebook says it scrubbed a staggering 1.5 million videos showing harrowing viral footage of the Christchurch mosque rampage but criticism of social media giants for failing to block images of the “real-time terror attack” is also spreading fast.As the alleged gunman callously picked off his victims in Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, he livestreamed the gruesome scene on Facebook Live, apparently using a camera mounted on his body, after also tweeting a racist “manifesto.”Facebook said it “quickly” removed the video, plus the gunman’s account and Instagram, and in the first 24 hours scrubbed 1.5 million videos worldwide “of which 1.2 million were blocked at upload.”Spokeswoman Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand said the firm was “working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people.”But despite pleas — and official orders from authorities — not to share the content, the footage proliferated widely online and experts said the 17-minute video was easily retrievable several hours after the attack that killed 50 people.According to Facebook’s own figures, at least 300,000 videos were not blocked before being uploaded and there is no official data on how many times these were viewed or shared.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities did whatever they could to purge the web of the images but laid the responsibility at the door of the Silicon Valley giants.”Ultimately it has been up to those platforms to facilitate their removal,” she told reporters.”I do think that there are further questions to be answered. Obviously these social media platforms have wide reach. This is a problem that goes well beyond New Zealand.””This is an issue that I will look to be discussing with Facebook,” she warned.According to the New Zealand Herald, some major firms are considering pulling ads from Facebook and the anger is evident from an op-ed in that paper from one of its business writers.”At the moment, it feels like my kids are at risk of seeing live snuff films on Facebook, just so (boss) Mark Zuckerberg can get fractionally richer.”- ‘Enough is enough’ -This was not the first time Facebook Live has been used to broadcast atrocities — a murder was livestreamed in the US city of Cleveland in 2017 — and Facebook and Twitter say they have invested in technology and human resources to combat the problem.Facebook has hired about 20,000 moderators but critics say they are not doing enough.David Ibsen, executive director of US-based Counter Extremism Project, charged: “The technology to prevent this from happening is available. Social media firms have made the decision not to invest in adopting it.”And world leaders and authorities are beginning to indicate they may try to take matters into their own hands.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged that while social media companies have indicated willingness to take action, “clearly the capability to deliver on that willingness hasn’t been present. That is the problem.””There needs to be the capability to be able to shut this — these horrific things — down immediately and if you can’t do that, then the responsibility of having those features available is something that really generally needs to be questioned,” he added.British Home Secretary Sajid Javid also urged social media giants to do more. “Take some ownership. Enough is enough.”Courts are also taking almost immediate action, with a Christchurch 18-year-old — whose name was suppressed by the judge — charged with distributing the video and inciting violence with a post that said “target acquired”.He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge.- ‘New low in clickbait’ -Critics have also slammed some mainstream media for broadcasting the video, with some UK tabloids briefly posting excerpts before apparently reconsidering.”For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist propaganda videos,” its editor tweeted.British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy described the posting of the “murder video” as a “new low in clickbait.”And the Australian Communications and Media Authority has launched a “formal investigation” into whether any firms broke the law after Sky News Australia broadcast the footage.For its part, AFP analysed a copy of the video and confirmed it was genuine via a digital investigation but did not broadcast the footage to its clients.Social media expert and Buzzfeed journalist Craig Silverman said the killer “created the equivalent of a multiplatform content strategy” that was “meticulously planned.””Newsrooms, platforms, and public officials need to think about how to avoid playing into the hands of people whose deadly actions are designed to trigger maximum exposure for their message, and set off new cycles of violence and radicalisation,” wrote Silverman.
More information: Nectar uptake in bats using a pumping-tongue mechanism, Science Advances 25 Sep 2015: Vol. 1, no. 8, e1500525, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500525AbstractMany insects use nectar as their principal diet and have mouthparts specialized in nectarivory, whereas most nectar-feeding vertebrates are opportunistic users of floral resources and only a few species show distinct morphological specializations. Specialized nectar-feeding bats extract nectar from flowers using elongated tongues that correspond to two vastly different morphologies: Most species have tongues with hair-like papillae, whereas one group has almost hairless tongues that show distinct lateral grooves. Recent molecular data indicate a convergent evolution of groove- and hair-tongued bat clades into the nectar-feeding niche. Using high-speed video recordings on experimental feeders, we show distinctly divergent nectar-feeding behavior in clades. Grooved tongues are held in contact with nectar for the entire duration of visit as nectar is pumped into the mouths of hovering bats, whereas hairy tongues are used in conventional sinusoidal lapping movements. Bats with grooved tongues use a specific fluid uptake mechanism not known from any other mammal. Nectar rises in semiopen lateral grooves, probably driven by a combination of tongue deformation and capillary action. Extraction efficiency declined for both tongue types with a similar slope toward deeper nectar levels. Our results highlight a novel drinking mechanism in mammals and raise further questions on fluid mechanics and ecological niche partitioning. Scientists have seen many examples of animals that lap up liquid in many different ways, they have also seen examples of animals that are able to suck water right out of a river, but until now, there has never been a documented sighting of a an animal that is able to pull a liquid against gravity, using a pumping-mechanism.Intrigued as to how Costa Rican Orange Nectar Bats pull nectar from plants, the team set up a high-speed video camera next to a test tube with a clear liquid meant to serve as nectar and recorded several of them in action. In studying the video, the researchers discovered that the bat lowered its tongue into the liquid and then simply held it there while the liquid miraculously made its way up the tongue and into the mouth. Closer examination showed that the tongue had two grooves (which were open to the air) along its length and that tiny muscles appeared to be undulating along the sides of the groves as the liquid was pulled up—serving as a pumping mechanism of some sort. Explore further Hummingbird tongues are tiny pumps that spring open to draw in nectar (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers affiliated with the University of Ulm in Germany and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has found that one species of bat has a method of collecting nectar that has never been seen before in any other animal. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they discovered the unique eating method using high speed cameras, and their theories on how it works. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Author Marco Tschapka describes the unusual way some bats use their tongues to obtain nectar. Credit: AAAS/ Carla Schaffer Journal information: Science Advances Play Tongue of Lonchophylla. robusta at near-maximum extension (detail, lateral view). Credit: Tschapka, Gonzalez-Terrazas, Knörnschild Sci. Adv. 2015;1:e1500525 The researchers cannot say for sure what is going on, but suspect two forces are at work: capillary action and muscle force. They believe it is likely the liquid is held in the grooves by capillary action, and that the tiny muscles somehow force the liquid to move upwards, against gravity—sort of like allowing one end of a sponge to rest in water while continuously wringing out the water that is pulled into other parts. The result is an odd, unique and efficient means for drawing nectar from a flower. They note that the unique physiology of the mouth suggests that the bats evolved their way of eating independently of other species. The pumping tongue nectar-feeding bat Lonchophylla robusta visiting a bromeliad flower. Credit: M. 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Edmonstone Source = Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Van der Hoeven Each year, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)recognizes travel industry leaders who have contributed to the development and promotion of traveland tourism across the Asia Pacific region. PATA announced its 2010 winners on 28 July. Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Asia is pleased to announce that Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas has won a prestigious PATA Gold Award in the Marketing Campaign-Hospitality category for its highlysuccessful, fully integrated opening campaign for the resort.The property, which opened in December 2009, partnered with Keen Media Bangkok to implement a multi-faceted launch campaign comprising social media, online advertising, display advertising in consumer and trade media, the creation of a new website, a promotional video and the production of brochures and fact sheets.”Outrigger Laguna Phuket is proud to have its opening campaign recognized for excellence by such a respected travel institution as PATA,” said Outrigger’s Phuket-based Senior Vice President for Asia, Mr Darren Edmonstone. “Especially in the competitive category of hospitality marketing.”The very modern campaign connected to Outrigger’s 60 years’ of hospitality heritage in the Pacific and Asia.”The opening campaign was built upon Outrigger’s core values of respect for the individual, family and the destination, and a firm belief that people and guests should instantly feel at ease when experiencing the brand,” said Edmonstone.The demand created by Outrigger’s award winning opening campaign is still being felt. OutriggerLaguna Phuket Resort and Villas is currently experiencing occupancy of over 90% for July andAugust only eight months after opening.”In the opening campaign we worked hard to really understand the various segments of our markets and their needs,” said Pieter van der Hoeven, Outrigger’s Director of Sales and Marketing for Asia.”Our messaging used the latest digital distribution channels to reach key segments such as winter sun seekers from Europe, short-stay Asians, and the Thai domestic market.”Van der Hoeven said the campaign was not shy about promoting spacious villa accommodation from 229 to 604 square meters at prices usually associated with a 40 sqm hotel room.”A strong value proposition allied to firm understanding of Outrigger’s brand essence underpinned the whole campaign,” he said. The 2010 PATA Gold Awards attracted 200 entries from 80 companies and individuals. Twenty-four entrants won an award. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst forthe responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. PATA was founded inHawaii in 1951. Outrigger was founded in Hawaii in 1947. It now operates, or has under development, nearly 50properties with close to 12,000 rooms located in Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Fiji, Bali, Thailand,Hainan, China, and Vietnam.
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