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Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away

first_imgIt is not unusual for different animal species like lions and buffalo to be seen fighting. Tourists in the Kruger National Park area recently got a fright when a buffalo surprised them by turning towards their cars to get lions off his back. A group of tourists visiting Kruger National Park was recently heard on a video saying they are trapped while these lions and buffalo were fighting with each other. (Image: Screengrab via Latest Sightings)• When on an African safari, lock your doors • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • Watch: The Life Project – South Africa in 11 minutes • Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve Melissa JavanA video by Latest Sightings showing two male lions fighting with a buffalo already has 45,500 views on YouTube since it was posted on Monday, 20 April 2015.The video that was taken by tourists in the Kruger National Park, films the lions eating the back of the buffalo’s body. The buffalo then bursts a car’s tyre to chase the lions away.Latest Sightings announced early in April that they have a program where contributors can earn money for their videos. For more information, go to Latest Sightings’ blog.Watch the video of the buffalo bursting a car’s tyre to get lions off his back:last_img read more

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MH370: Search resumes, hopes high.

first_imgThe search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumed Sunday in an area identified by University of WA researchers as the possible final resting place.After a quick resupply in Fremantle, the search team crew aboard vessel Seabed Constructor deployed eight autonomous underwater vehicles to search for signs of the aircraft.The Ocean Infinity team says they are “absolutely determined” to find the Boeing 777, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboardREAD: MH370 What happened on board.So far 80,000sqkm of the ocean floor has been searched.The latest search is expected to be the last before the winter weather puts a pause on operations.The Malaysian Government gave Ocean Infinity 90 days to find the plane in a “no cure, no fee” search that would net the company $US70 million if successful.The sweeps have lasted about six weeks and it is expected that this will be the last before winter weather halts activities about mid-June.Ocean Infinity chief executive Oliver Plunkett said that its “technology has performed exceptionally well throughout the search and that we have collected significant amounts of high-quality data in which we have full confidence”.“The results from the highly challenging Broken Ridge (due west of Perth) feature are particularly impressive,” he said.“Everyone at Ocean Infinity remains absolutely determined for the remainder of the search.”WATCH: Reach for the sick bagThe 100,000sqkm area that is the focus of the current search is based on assessments of a refinement of the original satellite data, drift modeling from debris that washed up around the western Indian Ocean.The original Australian Transport Safety Bureau international investigation favored a more southerly location.UWA professor Charitha Pattiaratchi indicated the priority region that needed targeting went as far north as 28°S along what is called the seventh arc.This is a line based on satellite returns off the Boeing 777 that runs down the WA coast about 1800km west of Perth and then sweeps away into the Southern Indian Ocean.This does not include the time spent traveling to and from port to refuel and take on new crew and supplies.last_img read more

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Is eBay Artificially Inflating Listing Numbers?

first_imgTags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market josh catone 1 Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is important for two reasons. First, because it means that Buy.com is being given preferential treatment over individual sellers — who would not be allowed to create empty listings to flood category search results with their brand. Sellers in the areas were Buy.com sells are feeling increasing competitive pressure — and this indicates that the playing field is not level. As the auction-watching blog AuctionBytes indicates, that goes against what former eBay CEO Meg Whitman promised sellers.The second reason this matters is that the number of new listings on the site is a key metric that eBay reports to shareholders in their financial reports. If those numbers are being artificially inflated with empty listings it could indicate that information being fed to investors is not accurate.center_img The listings appear in searches labeled as just “NEW.” Clicking through displays listings pages that inform users they are bidding on “a brand new item,” with no indication of what that item actually is. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We’ve been taking a look recently into the troubles at online auction and ecommerce giant eBay. Ten days ago we took a look at reasons why many sellers are leaving eBay, and yesterday we covered an Australian ruling that barred the company from forcing sellers to use PayPal as their only online transaction method. Despite the problems the company is facing, their total listing numbers appear to be on the rise. But could they be artificially inflating that number?Year over year, the number of auction listings at eBay are up according to independent tracking firm MedVed.net. But there is evidence that the listings numbers over the past month or two are being artificially boosted by eBay’s recent partnership with Buy.com.Buy.com, a traditional fixed-price online retailer in the vein of Amazon, signed a listing deal with eBay in May. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Buy.com is generally listing around 500,000 items on the site at once — or are they? Sellers on eBay’s forums discovered that a number of the company’s listings appear to be empty.last_img read more

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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in London

first_imgThe much-maligned Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested this morning in London. Assange turned himself in to London police to face a Swedish arrest warrant for rape allegations, which Assange has denied.Despite this and a tide of other setbacks, the classified document publishing website remains online and assures its followers that it will continue its release of secret and classified documents.According to Sky News, Assange voluntarily went to police in London, where he was arrested. Mark Stephens, Assange’s lawyer, has called the move a “political stunt” and told Sky News that “any attempt to extradite Mr Assange will be resisted, ‘mainly on the grounds that he may be handed over to the Americans.’” Assange’s lawyers have told the Associated Press that he would “contest any extradition.”WikiLeaks Coverage From ReadWriteWeb:Wikileaks Lets Loose “Global Intelligence Files” from Stratfor EmailsWikiLeaks May Move Servers to International Waters to Avoid Shutdown One Year After Cablegate Began, WikiLeaks’ Operations Still HandicappedTwitter, WikiLeaks and the Troubling New Implications For Online Privacy Having Ended the Iraq War, Wikileaks Runs Out of MoneyDid Google Hand a Wikileaks Volunteer’s Gmail Data to the U.S. Government? [Updated]Weekly Wrap-up: Wikileaks, Google Plus, Facebook and More…Wikileaks Takes Down the Head of Al Jazeera Over the past two weeks, Wikileaks has battled to remain online as it releases more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. During this time, it has suffered a denial of service attack, had its servers shut down by Amazon, had PayPal refuse to handle its donations and had its bank accounts closed. The organization stated this morning via its Twitter account that “Today’s actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won’t affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal.”According to Sky News editor Tim Marshall, “Assange has not been charged with anything, he only wants to be interviewed as a witness, so magistrates may decide they’re not happy with sending him to Sweden but that it’s ok for police to come over [to London] to interview him.”In response to the news, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had this to say to the Associated Press: “That sounds like good news to me.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansoncenter_img Related Posts Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Pakistan to host PSL T20 final on home soil

first_imgPakistan will host the final of its domestic Twenty20 tournament on home soil in March, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Monday, a big lift for a nation which has largely been shunned by international teams since 2009 due to security risks.Last year, the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL), based on the franchise model of the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League, became a success though all the matches were played in the United Arab Emirates.The PCB said at the time that the real test would be to bring the game back home.In 2009, gunmen attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team from their hotel to Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium for a Test match, injuring six players and killing six security personnel and two civilians.The incident forced Pakistan to play their home matches in the UAE and the country has since remained starved of international cricket at home, apart from Zimbabwe’s limited-overs tour in 2015.”We will host the final in Lahore on March 7,” the PCB’s executive committee chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters. “We are going full steam ahead, and have all the green signals.”Last week, Giles Clarke, the head of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Pakistan Task Force, arrived in the country on a two-day fact-finding mission on security.”We’ve been able to see very significant work that has been invested in, and invested very wisely in how safety and security will be made possible for visiting international cricket teams,” Clarke said.”There’s a considerable amount of perception that needs to be changed and information that needs to be shared. But I am most impressed by the efforts of the authorities to make Lahore a safe city.”advertisementA senior PCB official said the PSL final would be hosted in Lahore “for sure, but only if there is no big security related incident from now to Feb. 9,” when the league kicks off in the UAE.Last year, the PCB sold five franchises for $93 million and attracted players from 11 different countries, including big names like West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and former captains Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and England’s Kevin Pietersen.National television viewing figures were higher than for the 2015 World Cup, with 55 percent of Pakistan’s TV-watching public tuning into the tournament at peak times.last_img read more

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AIFF reduces foreign player quota from 2019-20 season, abolishes Asian player rule

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) Including an Asian among their six foreign players will not be binding on I-League clubs in the next domestic season, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said today while putting the cap on number of overseas stars to five from 2019-20. This was decided at the AIFF’s League Committee meeting, which was chaired by senior vice president Subrata Dutta. “Regarding the foreign player rule, the committee decided to keep the regulations same as last year and abolish the rules governing the Asian player quota. Teams can now sign any six foreign players without signing any Asian quota player in the 2018-19 season,” the AIFF said in a release. “However, from 2019-20 season of the I-League the foreign player registration will be reduced to a maximum five,” it added. According to earlier regulations, it was mandatory for I league clubs to include an Asian among the foreign players. The committee met at the AIFF headquarters here to discuss matters concerning the I-League, AIFF Youth Leagues and the 2nd Division League. It was proposed by the committee to start the I-League in the third week of October. The committee also proposed to send a circular to all I-League clubs, regarding basic infrastructure requirements for live telecast of matches. The individual clubs will have to get the infrastructure of the venue ready by mid September as per the circular. It was also stated, that the Hero I-League will continue during the AFC Asian Cup but matches will not be held on dates that India play.advertisement The committee also decided that the AIFF will pay Rs 45 lakh as subsidy to I-League teams for participation. “Regarding the AIFF Youth Leagues, the committee was apprised about the suggestions of the Special Committee meeting held in Mumbai on June 07, 2018 regarding age verification of players in the U-13 and U-15 Youth League category. “The AIFF League Committee agreed to the suggestions made by the Special Committee, suggested preparation of entire protocol document, and place it to appropriate committee of AIFF for necessary approval,” the federation said in the release. The committee decided to not approve multiple teams with the same owners to play in the AIFF Youth Leagues with the exception of Sports Authority of India (SAI) teams. PTI AH AH ATKATKlast_img read more

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Disaster Financial Assistance for November Storm

first_imgNova Scotians who suffered uninsurable losses in post-tropical storm Noel in November can apply for assistance under the province’s disaster financial assistance program. “Although the storm didn’t reach the magnitude of Hurricane Juan in 2003, it still caused significant damage in some parts of the province,” said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. “This cost-sharing program with Public Safety Canada will assist municipalities, homeowners and owner-operated small businesses who meet the claim guidelines.” A province or territory may request government of Canada disaster financial assistance when eligible expenditures exceed $1 per capita, based on provincial or territorial population. Some eligible expenses are evacuation operations, restoring public works and infrastructure to pre-disaster condition, as well as replacing or repairing basic, essential personal property of individuals, small businesses and farmsteads. Individuals must cover the first $1,000 of eligible costs. There is a maximum payment of $50,000 for individuals and owner-operated small businesses. Damage to cottages, secondary homes or hobby farms does not qualify for assistance. Application forms and more information are available at Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices, and online at the provincial website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .last_img read more

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Trinamool leader shot dead in Bengals Hoogly

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead at a railway station in West Bengal’s Hoogly district on Saturday morning, police said. Dilip Ram, a local Trinamool leader and the husband of a Trinamool Gram Panchayat Pradhan in the district, was allegedly shot in the head while he was waiting to catch a local train at Hoogly’s Bandel junction railway station at around 10 a.m. The deceased, a railway employee, was posted in North 24 Parganas district’s Naihati and used to travel to his workplace via train every day, his party sources said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Following the incident, Ram was rushed to a local hospital. He was referred to a Kolkata hospital as his condition was critical but succumbed to his injury on the way, police said. No one has been arrested so far. The state’s ruling party has accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed miscreants for the murder and called for a 24-hour bandh in the district’s Chinsurah city. “He was previously threatened multiple times at gun point by local miscreants. Police was informed that Ram’s life was under threat. But they did not take any initiative for his protection. He was shot dead while going to work today. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been informed about the incident,” Trinamool’s Hoogly district chief Tapan Dasgupta said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “BJP backed miscreants are behind the killing. We have asked the police to take adequate action,” he said. The saffron party has, however, refuted the charges and claimed that the incident was the result of Trinamool’s faction fight. “BJP does not believe in politics of murder and killing. We do not have any connection with any hooligans or strongmen in the Hoogly district,” BJP district president Subir Nag said.last_img read more

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Five stories in the news for today Oct 27

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, Oct. 27———TRUDEAU IN QUEBEC FOR FUNERAL, ANNOUNCEMENTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Quebec today to attend a private funeral and to discuss the Canada Child Benefit. Trudeau is scheduled to be at the funeral in Montreal of Michael Pitfield, a former senator and clerk of the Privy Council who died last week at the age of 80. The prime minister will then head to Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville in the afternoon and highlight changes to the Canada Child Benefit.———MANITOBA TO SET $25 A TONNE CARBON TAXManitoba’s Progressive Conservative government will announce a carbon tax of $25 a tonne today — to be implemented sometime next year — and keep it at that rate, a government source familiar with the file confirmed to The Canadian Press. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record, said the province will refuse to follow federal government demands to raise the tax to $50 a tonne by 2022.———MORNEAU TO DONATE SOME SHARE-SALE PROCEEDSBill Morneau has made further attempts to silence accusations that he’s personally profited from decisions he’s taken as federal finance minister. He announced Thursday he’ll donate to charity any gains in the value of his family business’s shares since he was elected two years ago. But that announcement was immediately undercut by news that the federal ethics watchdog is looking into opposition accusations that Morneau was in a conflict of interest when he introduced a pension bill that could benefit Morneau Shepell — his family’s pension management and human resources firm in which the minister still owns some $21 million worth of shares.———B.C. MAN GETS COURT DATE IN ALLEGED THREATS CASEThe lawyer for a man who was charged after police issued a warning to the public and female sex workers in British Columbia’s Okanagan region says her client’s case was put over to next month in court on Thursday. RCMP say 36-year-old Curtis Sagmoen was charged Oct. 17 with disguising his face with intent to commit an offence, uttering threats and weapons offences. Defence lawyer Lisa Jean Helps says her client’s next court appearance in Vernon is scheduled for Nov. 23.———MCADAMS GOES PUBLIC WITH JAMES TOBACK ALLEGATIONSCanadian actress Rachel McAdams has added her name to the growing list of women who have come forward to allege that writer and director James Toback sexually harassed or assaulted them. Speaking to Vanity Fair, McAdams says she was 21 when she met Toback for an audition and says Toback told her that he had masturbated to the thought of her and asked if he could see her pubic hair. She says she left the room and was not physically assaulted.last_img read more

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Markets Right Now Stocks mostly recoup midday losses

first_imgThe latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are closing modestly lower, having recouped much of a steep loss from earlier in the day after a former adviser to the White House pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.News that former national security adviser Michael Flynn would co-operate with the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election initially sent the market stumbling, but investors were encouraged after Senate Republicans signalled they have enough votes to push forward on a tax overhaul bill.Technology and industrial stocks accounted for much of the decline. Energy companies led the gainers.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,641. The Dow Jones industrials lost 40 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 24,231. The Nasdaq composite gave back 26 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,847.___11:45 a.m.Stocks veered sharply lower after ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.Flynn, a former national security adviser, also said Friday he would co-operate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation.Investors worried that the developments could spell trouble for the White House and its legislative agenda, including a massive tax overhaul that has been making progress in the Senate.Small-company stocks, which would benefit the most from corporate tax cuts, fell far more than the rest of the market.The Russell 2000 index plunged 2.2 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500, a broad measure of large companies, fell 28 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,619, erasing its gain from Thursday.The Dow Jones industrials lost 237 points, or 1 per cent, to 24,036.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are off to a mixed start following a big jump the day before that sent the Dow Jones industrial average through 24,000 points for the first time.Technology shares, an investor favourite since the beginning of the year, slipped in early trading Friday.Qualcomm was off 1.1 per cent after Bloomberg News reported that Broadcom, a rival chipmaker, won’t make a new offer for the company until next year.Meal kit maker Blue Apron was up 5 per cent after naming a new CEO. The company has struggled since its initial public offering in June.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,645.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 25 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,248. The Nasdaq composite fell 15 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 6,858.last_img read more

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