Pet store owners lose bid to suspend rules forcing them to sell

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — A Quebec judge has rejected an application by Montreal pet store owners for the suspension of a new city bylaw that bans the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits that don’t come from shelters or veterinary clinics.In a decision released Wednesday, Superior Court Justice Johanne Mainville denied the request by 25 store owners to have the rules temporarily stayed while a legal case brought by the group is argued on its merits.The bylaw went into effect in July and says pet stores are only allowed to sell animals from refuges and veterinary clinics. Montreal’s new rules were part of a wide-ranging municipal pet bylaw passed in August 2018.Yves Pepin, lawyer for the applicants, says he’s disappointed with the ruling. But he says the judge who heard the request noted the broader issues argued in the case merited a full hearing.Pepin says the new rules give a monopoly to animal shelters, create a black market for certain kinds of pets and punish store owners.The SPCA says in a statement it welcomes the ruling. The animal-rights group adds it is confident the measure is valid, noting other North American cities, including Toronto and Chicago, have similar laws.last_img read more

TMC continues to add glitz and glamour to poll arena

first_imgKolkata: Continuing with her penchant for bringing in silver screen personalities to politics, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has fielded five film stars, including two greenhorns, for the coming Lok Sabha elections. In the 2014 general elections, Banerjee had fielded the same number of cinestars and all the five had won. It was Banerjee who had in 2009 started the practice of fielding people from the glamour world in West Bengal elections, which was considered to be the forte of southern states. Of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, the TMC had won 19 seats in 2009 and 34 in 2014. The party also adds a dash of colour to major public meetings, where celebrities from the film and television world assemble. Fielding of Mimi Chakraborty, a popular actress in Bengali cinema and a political greenhorn, from the prestigious Jadavpur constituency for the 2019 elections has come as a surprise to many. It was from this constituency in the city that Mamata Banerjee had burst into electoral politics in 1984 as a young Congress candidate, by handing a stunning defeat to incumbent and towering Somnath Chatterjee of the CPI(M). Sugata Bose, a professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at the Harvard University held the seat as a TMC MP in the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha. Reportedly, he has not been given permission by the university to contest the elections this time. Another political greenhorn and Bengali film actor Nusrat Jahan has been fielded from Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, a seat now held by TMC’s Idris Ali. Banerjee has said Ali will contest in an Assembly by-election. Apart from these two, actors and sitting MPs Deepak Adhikari, popularly known as Dev, Satabdi Roy and Munmum Sen will also contest. While Dev and Roy would seek re-election from Ghatal and Birbhum seats respectively, Sen has been shifted from Bankura to Asansol, which was won by singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo of the BJP. The TMC has dropped sitting MPs Tapas Pal and Sandhya Roy, well-known film stars of yesteryears. Pal had been arrested by the CBI in December 2016 in connection with the Rose Valley chitfund scam and is at present out on bail. Pal and Satabdi Roy are two-time MPs of the TMC, both having earlier won in the 2009 elections. The TMC supremo had also made Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty a Rajya Sabha MP. But he had resigned in December 2016 citing ill health. The trend of cine stars joining electoral politics has been a regular affair in the southern states, with former Tamil Nadu chief minister M G Ramachandran as the pioneer and Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan being the latest entrants. Andhra Pradesh is another state where film stars enjoy cult status and have made serious forays into politics, with N T Rama Rao having become chief minister of the state. In other parts of the country, film stars like Raj Babbar, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna have been in politics and even mega star Amitabh Bachchan had a short tryst with it. Film stars have, however, generally stayed away from electoral politics in West Bengal, where it has traditionally been viewed as a forte of those who grow from the ranks, barring one or two exceptions. The so-called glass ceiling was broken in 2009 when Satabdi Roy and Tapas Pal, both of whom were doing films regularly then, were fielded by the TMC chief and won. The BJP has also brought in film personalities and those associated with it in West Bengal politics. Babul Supriyo, a playback singer who also dabbled in film acting, was one of the two BJP candidates who won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal. He was also made a minister of state. Actor Roopa Ganguly, who achieved national fame for her portrayal of the role of Draupadi in mega teleserial Mahabharat, is a Rajya Sabha MP of the BJP.last_img read more

Three leaders join Delhi BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: Three leaders, including one from the Congress, joined the Delhi unit of the BJP on Saturday.Balbir Singh from the Congress, President of Uttrakhand Pravasiye Sangh Delhi Rakesh Singh Rawat and Pramod Sachdeva, who had contested assembly elections on a BSP ticket, joined the BJP, the saffron party said in a release. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said, “I am happy that the trust of the people is increasing in the BJP due to the influence of the policy of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The Chief Minister of Delhi says that we divide the people but with these people joining the BJP, it is seen that the BJP unites people,” he said in the release. Balbir Singh said the way opposition parties are opposing the nationalistic ideology of the BJP “exposes their real character” before the people. Former BSP Leader Sachdeva said the opposition parties should oppose the government but they should not oppose the country.last_img read more


first_imgDo rabbits make good pets? Rabbits have strikingly distinctive personalities. They can be as playful and silly as puppies or kittens, as independent and fascinating as cats, or as loyal and openly affectionate as dogs. And long-time rabbit owners claim that domestic rabbits are, in their own way, every bit as smart as cats and dogs. Are rabbits low-maintenance pets? Although they don’t need to be walked like dogs, rabbits are anything but low-maintenance. Their quarters need daily leaning. Alongside, fresh food and water must be offered daily, including a salad of leafy vegetables. Certain rabbit health problems can become chronic, requiring regular veterinary treatment. Unfortunately, veterinarians skilled in rabbit medicine are hard to find. Also Read – Feel what you fear What is the average life span of a rabbit? Well cared-for indoor rabbits can live 7-10 years, and some live into their teens. This is approximately the same life span as some breeds of dogs and requires the same long-term commitment. How often should I take them to the vet? Companion rabbits should be spayed/neutered by veterinarians with experience in rabbit surgery. This not only reduces hormone-driven behaviour such as lunging, mounting, spraying and boxing, but also protects females from the risk of uterine cancer, the incidence of which can exceed 50 per cent as rabbits grow older. Also Read – Homecoming Do rabbits love cuddling and getting picked up very often? Although some rabbits tolerate handling quite well, many do not like to be picked up and carried. If rabbits are mishandled, they will learn to nip to protect themselves. If they feel insecure when carried, they may scratch to get down. Unsprayed/unneutered rabbits often exhibit territorial behaviour such as boxing or nipping when their territory is invaded by the owner. What should I feed to the rabbits? The single most vital component of a rabbit’s diet is grass hay, which should be provided daily. Rabbit pellets should be given only in very limited quantities. Can I leave the rabbit unattended for a day or two? Rabbits need daily monitoring. Problems that are relatively minor in some species (e.g., a day or two of anorexia) may be life-threatening in rabbits and may require immediate veterinary attention. How frequently and how much should I feed my rabbit? A rabbit should ideally be fed twice a day, morning and evening, with a balanced diet consisting of unlimited access to hay or grass, a small amount of fruits and fresh leafy vegetables. In addition, a small quantity of good quality rabbit mix or pellets can be added to the diet to make it more nutritional and healthy. These pellets should be given in the ratio of 25 g per kg in ratio to your rabbit’s weight. You can give your rabbits treats but not too frequently or it will spoil dietary habits. Your rabbit should be fed according to its weight, keep a track of his/her food intake and weight to ensure he/she does not get over or underweight. If unsure or ever in doubt, it is best to consult your vet for more detailed information in regard to the best diet for your rabbit and to find out which plants or food items are safe to consume for these little beings. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to read more

Security Council extends mandate of panel of experts on sanctions on Liberia

14 December 2011The Security Council today extended the mandate of a United Nations panel of experts monitoring compliance with sanctions imposed on Liberia in connection with the country’s civil war, noting a lack of progress in the implementation of financial measures stipulated in the sanctions regime. The Panel of Experts was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2007 to renew investigations on whether the sanctions were being enforced in the light of allegations that former president Charles Taylor still had access to considerable wealth in the country.In today’s resolution, the Council decided to extend the mandate of the panel for a period of 12 months.The panel will conduct two follow-up assessment missions to Liberia and neighbouring States to investigate and compile a mid-term and a final report on the implementation and any violations of the sanctions measures on arms.It will also assess the impact, effectiveness and continued need for the sanctions measures related to Mr. Taylor’s assets. The panel will identify and make recommendations on areas where Liberia’s capacity and States in the region can be strengthened to facilitate the implementation of the sanctions.The Council also authorized the panel – within the context of Liberia’s evolving legal framework – to assess the extent to which forests and other natural resources are contributing to peace, security and development instead of instability.The panel will also look into how the relevant legislation and other reform efforts are contributing to the transition, and provide recommendations on how Liberia’s natural resources could better contribute to the country’s progress towards sustainable peace and stability.The UN body asked the panel to cooperate actively with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme – an international initiative of governments, industry and civil society to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – and to assess the Liberian Government’s compliance with the certification scheme.It required the panel to provide a mid-term report to the Council through the Liberia sanctions committee by 1 June next year and a final report by 1 December 2012.The Council requested the panel to cooperate actively with other relevant panels of experts, in particular similar panels on Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The panel was also required to assist the sanctions committee in updating the publicly available reasons for listing for entries on the travel ban and assets freeze lists, according to the resolution.The Council requested the Secretary-General to reappoint the panel of experts and to make the necessary financial and security arrangements to support its work.Meanwhile, the Council also heard briefings from four chairs of its committees, including Ambassador Nawaf Salam on the situation in Liberia, and Maria Luisa Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil, who chairs the sanctions committees on the DRC and Côte d’Ivoire.It also heard from Ambassador Noël Nelson Messone of Gabon on Lebanon, while Ivan Barbalic of Bosnia and Herzegovina briefed on the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions of the Security Council. read more

Chairmen of Security Council sanctions panels report progress but urge more action

Addressing the Security Council in their personal capacity, the heads of sanctions committees dealing with Iraq, Angola and Liberia, as well as the panel set up to monitor measures against Usama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates, reported progress in recent months while urging continued international action.”Due to the complexity of the issues on the agenda, the meetings of the committee have also been marked by frank discussion and even controversy,” said the Chairman of the Iraq sanctions committee, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway. “We have not been able to achieve results on all issues, but we have been able to handle the work to the benefit of the Iraqi people.”Ireland’s Ambassador, Richard Ryan, reported on the work of the Angola sanctions committee, which was dissolved last week when the Council lifted the measures against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). He said the penalties had gone far in promoting peace in Angola. Until 1999, there had been “widespread if not total disregard” for the sanctions. That situation changed dramatically in 2000, when the Council “put the international community on notice that the sanctions against UNITA should no longer be treated as a paper tiger” and established a mechanism giving “new teeth” to the measures.Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia, briefing on the work of the committee on sanctions against Usama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates, stressed the importance of combating terrorism, calling it “one of the greatest challenges to international peace and security.” The Security Council was working to “make up for lost ground” in that fight by adopting preventive measures. “Neither the committee nor the international community can limit themselves to exhausting all of the traditional procedures to sentence someone after a terrorist act has been committed,” he said. “We have to use our imagination to come up with ways to make [the sanctions] more effective.”Kishore Mahbubani, the Ambassador of Singapore and Chairman of the Liberia sanctions committee, reported some progress but pointed out that obstacles remain. On the positive side, as envisioned by the Council, the measures against Liberia had “succeeded in achieving… further progress in the peace process in Sierra Leone.” At the same time, he reported “continued violations of the sanctions by the Government of Liberia and by other groups.” In order to address this challenge, he called for a number of measures, including continued visits to the affected region by Council members and coordination of international efforts to prevent sanctions busting.Also reporting to the Council today were the Chairman of the Security Council’s Ad-Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, and the Chairman of the Working Group on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, Wegger Christian Strommen of Norway. read more

Woman takes her cat to the vet then finds it selling on

first_img She telephoned the vet on  Monday morning to find out how he was — and found that instead of a severe kidney problem, her animal had just had an abscess and was perfectly healthy. The Facebook advert – containing claims Ms Samuels says are untrue The Facebook advert - containing claims Ms Samuels says are untrue A woman was shocked to find her cat being sold on Facebook marketplace for £50 after taking him to the vets. Kelly Samuels, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, said she took her cat, Casper, to Vetsavers last Tuesday because she thought he had an abscess, and he was treated with antibiotics and painkillers.His condition worsened on Thursday, so she rushed him back, and he stayed overnight. On Friday morning, they still hadn’t removed the abscess which left the worried woman thinking he had a serious condition.She said she was convinced he had a kidney problem which would cause him to have a painful life and require expensive long-term treatment.Unable to afford the treatment, she gave him to her father, and said that if it was serious and causing him a lot of pain, putting him to sleep was an option. Ms Samuels claims the vet then told her father her pet “would need long term treatment for his kidney which would be a hefty cost and no guarantees it would work,” but offered for the animal to be signed over to the vet’s care so they could arrange for him to be looked after. The cat is now back at home Vetsavers Wisbech declined to comment, but said they have given the cat back to Ms Samuels.She confirmed this, and said she would be taking no legal action against the practice, telling The Telegraph: “They made the right decision and let him come home yesterday. I’m just happy to have him back so won’t be pursuing anything.” center_img Ms Samuels told The Telegraph: “The vet said on the Friday that he would need lengthy treatment that would be of high cost, that’s why it was agreed for his care to be signed over because I couldn’t afford the hundreds of pounds, he was put up on a selling page two days later as a healthy cat.”The veterinary practice claimed the cat was healthy but that its owner had tried to get him put down instead of paying the bills — which she says is untrue and shared a receipt of her payments. The cat is now back at home Overjoyed, she asked to pay for her cat’s stay at the vets and asked if she could have him back, but they “wouldn’t budge.”A family friend then saw Casper being sold on Facebook marketplace for £50 and alerted Ms Samuels, who said: “I have three broken-hearted children here that loved that cat to the moon and back, one of them special needs that is having trouble understanding. He should be at home with his family in the surroundings he knows and loves.”She began a local Facebook campaign to get her cat returned, which received hundreds of likes and shares, and friends of the family said the cat was doted upon and well-loved. 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

16 WARM IN DECEMBER PSG humiliate Montpellier

← Previous Story Asian Champions League: Clear domination of Qatari teams Next Story → TOP 5 HANDBALL PLAYERS IN 2014 8.Tremblay12516316:32611 5.Cesson Rennes12633293:29815 14.Istres12219319:3635 6.Dunkerque12705319:31414 MontpellierPSG Handball 2.Paris SG12903385:31118 7.Chambery Savoie11614295:29913 10.Aix11326290:3178 9.Toulouse12426357:34110 3.St. Raphael12813381:36617 4.Nantes12723334:31116 12.Selestat12309317:3606 1.Montpellier12921365:32120 13.Nimes12228335:3556 11.Creteil12318332:3567 Thierry Omeyer with 21 saves (55%) and Mikkel Hansen, the TOP scorer with 9 goals, had the main roles in outstanding evening of PSG Handball, the team who demolished the biggest rival for the Championship trophy in France, Montpellier 36:20. Despite TOP form of the visitors, which they showed in the last few weeks, match in Paris looked like cat-mouse game. Slovenian right back Vid Kavtičnik scored 5 goals, the most in defeated outfit…Results – Round 12:– Cesson Rennes 26-23 US Créteil Handball– Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 37-34 USAM Nîmes Gard– FENIX Toulouse Handball 29-30 Istres Ouest Provence Handball– HBC Nantes 30-23 Sélestat Alsace Handball– PSG Handball 36-20 MAHB– Tremblay en France Handball 27-24 USDK Dunkerque Handball Grand LittoralSTANDINGS: read more

VHAs role in Vancouver reaches back to WWII

first_imgThe Vancouver Housing Authority turned 75 in February. It’s the oldest agency in Clark County that develops housing affordable to low-income families. It’s also known for managing the local Section 8, or Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental assistance to struggling households.In recognition of its 75th anniversary, the housing authority worked with the Clark County Historical Museum to create a display for its front lobby at 2500 Main St. It was designed so that it can be added onto for years to come.The housing authority was originally formed to build World War II housing. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the creation of it and other housing authorities through the Wagner-Steagall Housing Act of 1937. It gave the Vancouver City Council the authority to form the city’s housing authority, whose focus was to build housing for workers at local industries such as the Kaiser Shipyard.Vancouver, then a city of 18,000, expected to have thousands of new workers, and they needed places to live.While some of the nearly 12,400 units the housing authority built during the war were meant to be permanent — and can still be spotted along Grand Boulevard — most were temporary buildings meant to come apart.There were also thousands of dormitories. Those buildings are no longer standing, but the housing authority was able to purchase the land where they once stood.last_img read more

Migrating Birds May Carry Viral Baggage

first_imgThe Izembek Refuge sits between two major flyways for migrating birds.Right now, a lethal strain of bird flu is wreaking havoc in the Lower 48. It’s clear that migrating flocks have something to do with spreading the illness between farms and across continents — but exactly what is still fuzzy.A remote spot in Southwest Alaska may hold some clues.Download AudioThe Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is pretty far off the road system — unless you count the avian highways that run overhead.“Izembek provides wonderful staging habitat for large numbers of migratory birds both from Eurasia and North America,” says Andy Ramey, a geneticist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “So there’s potential for viruses to mix and be spread among birds at that location.”Ramey and his colleagues recently published a new study on bird flu. To figure out how migration might be helping the virus get around, they visited the Izembek Refuge every fall when Emperor Geese and Northern Pintail ducks were passing through.Over four years, the researchers collected almost 3,000 swabs and fecal samples. None of them contained deadly flu, like the kind that’s killing off poultry at farms in the Midwest.But Izembek did show an exact match for a harmless strain of bird flu that’s only been found in China and South Korea.After some genetic tests, Ramey says, “what we found was these viruses were sort of hybrids. That is, they’re essentially half-Eurasian and half-North American.”These mixed-up viruses aren’t uncommon at the edge of the continent. Moving further inland, Ramey says you’re more likely to find pure ones. And those are what researchers have been looking for to prove that migration’s spreading bird flu.There’s been a lot of effort “to find an apple in the basket of oranges, or an orange in the basket of apples,” Ramey says.Finding a half-apple, half-orange virus in birds on both sides of the Pacific Ocean has never happened before, according to Hon Ip. He’s with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin.“One possible mechanism of how this happened is that a Eurasian virus was brought by wild birds into Alaska and a reassortant virus emerged from a co-infection there that now generated this combination virus — which has a little bit of Eurasian genes and a little of North American genes,” Ip says.From there, it might’ve hitched a flight back to Asia with a migrating duck or goose. Or the hybrid virus could have spread out from Russia.Either way, it’s a long journey. But Ip and Ramey say there might be more versions of the bird flu out there taking a similar path.Going forward, Ramey wants to continue testing birds in the Izembek Refuge — to find out what kind of viral baggage they’re bringing with them and what happens when it gets unpacked across borders.The study on avian flu at the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge will appear in the August edition of the journal Virology.last_img read more

Son Karti has tennis club in Spain house in UK ED

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram bought a tennis club in Spain and cottages in Britain, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claims. The land and tennis club in Spain’s Barcelona is slated to be worth Rs 15 crore, the ED says, adding that Karti Chidambaram has also bought property in India and overseas worth Rs 54 crore. The ED has reasons to believe the money with which they were purchased allegedly came from the bribe in INX Media deal, the case in which Chidambaram senior is embroiled and seeking exemption from arrest.last_img

Street Fighter X Tekken crossover arriving in 2012

first_imgThe Street Fighter and Tekken fighting game franchises have very different fans and very different play styles, but the developers of both titles have joined forces to produce Street Fighter X Tekken, announced last year and debuted at the Capcom Captivate event last week. Producers at Capcom, makers of Street Fighter, and Namco Bandai, makers of Tekken, unveiled a playable version of the upcoming game at the media event. They hope to release it sometime in 2012.The developers reportedly worked long and hard to make sure the game retained the features, moves, and look that’s created such broad appeal for both titles, without shying away from including new moves, stages, and techniques that will hopefully impress fighting game fans. For example, flagship characters Ryu (Street Fighter) and Nina (Tekken) will both see a whole array of new moves in the game.At the same time, the developers are clearly struggling with the issue of balance: in an interview with 1UP, the developers from Capcom and Namco both noted that Street Fighter characters will probably get the heavier treatment. They’ll see new moves and combos that weren’t in Street Fighter IV, partially to help the characters match up against the massive list of special moves and attacks that Tekken characters are well known for.At the same time, Tekken characters may have a ton of physical techniques and attacks, but they have very few ranged and projectile attacks. The game’s producers point out that they don’t want to take the heart and soul from any of the Street Fighter characters (like stripping Ryu of his Hadouken, which the developers say they won’t do) but they don’t want to add anything unrealistic to the Tekken characters at the same time. The current plan is to make projectile attacks cancellable somehow, like giving characters the ability to block them without taking damage.Additionally, there have been some changes in the design of the game. The backgrounds and characters borrow heavily from the Street Fighter IV graphic style, with a 2D playing field with 3D elements to its appearance, but all of the characters have been modified a bit to fit in. Tekken characters will get a more comic-book style appearance instead of their classic, Dead or Alive-style look, and Street Fighter characters will be tweaked to match.All of this comes after both Capcom and Namco’s respective Street Fighter and Tekken teams have promised not to interfere with the production of the crossover game. Everything from character designs to move lists are being left to the crossover team itself. The game is slated for a 2012 release on the PlayStation3, XBox 360, and PC.Read more at 1UPlast_img read more

Rightleft handedness of snails changed in the lab

first_img Snail shell spirals are often used as examples of chirality. The direction of the spiral is important because the sexual organs are twisted, which makes it difficult for snails to mate unless their handedness matches. Chirality is inherited from the mother and is therefore predictable. The study found snails that were genetically programmed to have right-handed spirals could be induced to have left spirals, and vice-versa.The research team, led by Dr Reiko Kuroda of the University of Tokyo, used tiny glass rods to physically invert the direction of four of the eight cells in over 100 embryos of the giant pond snail Lymnaea Stagnalis. When the snails matured to adulthood, around 78% had the opposite handedness, and the shell spiraled in the opposite direction to that expected. The snails were otherwise normal, fertile and healthy.The nodal signaling pathway was also affected, with the expression patterns of the nodal gene that control it being reversed. The nodal signaling pathway is the system that determines handedness and laterality in embryos in many species. The specific gene that determines chirality has not yet been identified.The study found the altered handedness was not inherited by subsequent generations of snails, which shows the genetic programming passed on to offspring takes precedence over the effects of the manual manipulations. Dr Kuroda said the same effects were not found in two or four cell stages. She said that pinpointing the stage of onset of handedness at the eight cell stage may help in studies of chirality in more complex organisms.Stuart Newman of the New York Medical College said the discovery that changes to cells at an early stage can make large changes to the body may have implications in evolutionary studies, since evolution can proceed in large jumps as well as in tiny increments.The report was published in the online edition of Nature on 25 November.More information: Chiral blastomere arrangement dictates zygotic left-right asymmetry pathway in snails, Nature advance online publication 25 November 2009, doi:10.1038/nature08597© 2009 Explore further ( — Like most animals, snails have either left- or right-handed asymmetry (chirality), both internally and externally, and the handedness is hereditary. A new study has for the first time found that handedness, as seen in the direction of a snail shell spiral, can be reversed by manual manipulation of eight cell stage embryos, which is much earlier than previously thought. Snails and humans use same genes to tell right from left Lymnaea stagnalis. Image: Wikimedia Commons Citation: Right/left handedness of snails changed in the lab (2009, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

FAA Grants More Exemptions for Commercial Use of Drones

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it had granted eight more exemptions for commercial use of small drones as the industry eagerly awaits new agency rules on the remote-controlled aircraft.The agency said it issued new exemptions to Total Safety U.S. Inc for flare stack inspections; to Slugwear Inc for aerial photography and surveys; and to Team 5 LLC, Shotover Camera Systems LP, Helinet Aviation Services LLC, and Alan D. Purwin for film and television production.The FAA also amended the exemptions previously granted to Pictorvision Inc and Aerial MOB LLC to let the companies fly additional types of small drones.The FAA is developing specific regulations for unmanned aircraft that weigh less than 55 pounds (25 kg). The agency has effectively banned their commercial use except when operators are granted special exemptions.The FAA, which has received 342 requests for exemptions for use of commercial drones, has granted a total of 24.Businesses have been clamoring for rules to allow commercial drone flights, fearing the United States is falling behind other countries in developing a multibillion-dollar industry.The FAA turned a draft of the rules – the first major overhaul of the regulations – over to the White House on Oct. 23, and had said it expected them to be published in 2014.Last month, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters the rules were close to being issued.(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Doina Chiacu) February 4, 2015 Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

CIA collecting records of money transfers

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The CIA is secretly amassing records of international money transfers into and out of the United States, including operations handled by firms like Western Union, the New York Times reported Friday.The Central Intelligence Agency is acting under the same law that the NSA uses to assemble a data base of U.S. citizens’ phone records, the paper said, quoting current and former U.S. officials.This financial transactions program is covered under the post 9/11 Patriot Act and overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Times said.It existence suggests that U.S. citizens still do not know everything about the extent of government data collection programs.The data does not include purely domestic transfers or bank-to-bank transactions, several officials said.But the Times quoted another official, while not acknowledging the program, as suggesting the court imposed rules that protected the identities of any U.S. citizens from the data the CIA sees.Rather, a tie to a terrorist organization is required before a search can be conducted, it said. And the search has to be erased after a certain number of years.Similar rules imposed by the court apply to the NSA telephone records program.The government already collects data on large transactions under a law called the Bank Secrecy Act.The Times said several officials say other mass collection programs have yet to come to light.“The intelligence community collects bulk data in a number of different ways under multiple authorities,” one intelligence official said, according to the Times.A spokeswoman for Western Union did not directly address a question about whether it had been ordered to surrender records in bulk. But she said the company obeys legal requirements to provide information.“We collect consumer information to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and other laws,” said the spokeswoman, Luella Chavez D’Angelo. “In doing so, we also protect our consumers’ privacy,” the Times quoted her as saying. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Draft NHS bill due to go to House next week

first_imgBy Andria KadesA DRAFT bill on the NHS and state hospitals’ autonomy is expected to go to parliament next week, with reforms being a high priority, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said.Based on negotiations with the Troika and other government departments, which are almost completed, Patsalis said:“This very important bill will be ready for public consultation next week and immediately after, submitted to parliament.”He was speaking during a SEK union conference.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the minister hinted that the priority at the moment was implementing reforms such its digitisation.The Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) is expected to call for tenders over the NHS management programme software in less than a month, costing €10.5m while the health ministry will call for tenders in October for software in all state hospitals.All the software will cost some €35m.Once those steps were taken then discussions on details over the NHS could move forward as it is expected to be implemented by 2017. How soon everything happened, depended on them, he said.“It depends on all these reforms, the software, it depends on us and how quickly we can move.”In regards to medicine, Patsalis said prices have decreased and almost all reforms have been implemented.SEK union general secretary Nicos Moiseos stressed the necessity of the NHS but called on the government to “abandon the idea of a multi insurance health system, which is not economical and not implementable, as the World Health Organisation recently stated.”Patsalis responded saying the single or multiple payment system was one of many aspects of the NHS and that there was no good or bad system.“It is known that in all countries of the world, the health system adapts and is woven to match exactly what every country needs.”Moiseos said that with the introduction of the NHS, the autonomy of the HIO should be upheld while the government should start discussions with the union on how to protect staff in state hospitals that will be affected by the autonomy.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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