The Matamata Turtle or the Monkfish Fish: why are they the ugliest animals in the world?

first_imgThese animals have an appearance at all pleasant to look atThe Matamata Turtle, for example, has warts all over the skin One of the most unpleasant animals in sight is the Matamata Turtle. While other animals of this species may be curious, with this turtle you will spend a few seconds trying to understand their physique. Originally from South America, its most iconic part is its head. Large, flattened and triangular in shape. Can you ask for more? To all this we must add other pleasant elements such as several bumps on the skin, in addition to warts. He has absolutely everything to not seem as ‘nice’ as his relatives.Another of those animals that undoubtedly falls into the category of ugliest in the world is the Monkfish Fish, called in turn, monkfish. An authentic ‘aberration’ that has a more prominent section its immense mouth, full of teeth. But it is not the only characteristic, because it also adds a tonality in the body halfway between dark brown and green. We do not want to say goodbye without making a special mention for Alquimi, also known as by the scientific community by Solenodon. Although it was believed extinct, in 2003 several of these animals could be found on an island. Some consider him a living fossil, as his ancestors date back to a whopping 30 million years. Of course, its appearance goes directly to thicken the list of ugliest animals in the world. Ears and very small eyes, in addition to a disproportionately large ocher. As if that were not enough, his saliva is poisonous. Kittens, puppies or any other similar animal may seem adorable. But who remembers the ugliest animals? They also exist and although they are not as well known, they are spread throughout the world. While it is easy to identify a creature of an almost unique beauty, what defines the ugliest?center_img Image: iStocklast_img read more

STETHS lead four into Inter-Zone round

first_imgThe St Elizabeth Technical frontline pair of Jovoney Brown and Demar James continued their rich goalscoring form as each netted a brace to fire STETHS to a comfortable 4-1 win over Lacovia in their ISSA/Flow Zone E daCosta Cup match in Santa Cruz yesterday.With the win, STETHS also punched their ticket for the Inter-Zone round with one game left in the group phase of the competition alongside Cornwall College, Dinthill, Manchester High, and Vere Technical.Brown has, so far, scored 11 times, while James appears to be just warming to the task, with five goals in as many matches. Their goalscoring exploits are all the more important with the season loss of dependable striker Romio Wright.STETHS move on to 21 points courtesy of the win, with the skillful James opening the scoring in the 8th minute. It was a simple goal, casually taken by the player, as his shot to the far corner was hard and low, leaving little chance for Lacovia keeper Chavaughn Dennis.His second came in the 56th minute when Dennis fumbled the ball and James capitalised with an even easier attempt to make the game 4-0.RACKING UP GOALSIn between his strikes, Brown, who has been carrying the bulk of STETHS scoring weight, got on to the score sheet in the 14th and 45th minute to take his tally for the season so far to 11 and second in the goal scorers race, two adrift of Jevaughn Ennis of Glenmuir High.”It always feels good to get goals. Today, we should have scored more, but four was enough,” he told The Gleaner.Oshane Staple scored Lacovia’s consolation in the 87th minute as the sheen from their win over the champions just over a week ago was muddied by the loss, which keeps them third in the zone on 13 points, with Munro College holding on to the second automatic qualifying spot.Munro easily brushed aside Black River 4-0 to strengthen their chances of advancing to the next round. They have 15 points.Yesterday’s resultsSTETHS 4, Lacovia 1Munro 4, Black River 0Bog Walk 5, Guys Hill 1Belair 1, Manchester 5Lennon 9, Knox 1Dinthill 18, McGrath 0Foga Road 0, Garvey Maceo 2Glenmuir 5, Denbigh 0last_img read more

The Vancouver Sun: Chevron taking “several steps” before moving ahead with LNG export terminal

first_imgWith files from The Vancouver Sun “It includes having certainty on fiscal issues with the government of British Columbia, it includes having agreements with all First Nations,” Chevron chairman and CEO, John Watson is quoted as saying to The Vancouver Sun.Apache Corp, a Houston-based company previously holding 50 per cent of stakes alongside Chevron, announced earlier this year that a company restructuring plan has led to the decision of pulling out of the project.“We’re working our way through engineering and cost estimates that are needed, we need gas contracts and we need a partner because our current partner has decided to exit the project,” Watson added.- Advertisement -Watson goes on to say energy demand is expected to grow about 2 per cent a year over the next two decades.“…The purchasers are anxious to have supplies from reliable locations such as western Canada, but there does need to be a meeting of the minds when it comes to price so that price doesn’t underpin economics in a world where costs have risen,” Watson concluded.You can read the entire Vancouver Sun article here.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nakumatt beat Ushuru, maintain KPL status

first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC players celebrate Joe Waithira’s goal against Ushuru during their Kenyan Premier League relegation and promotion play-off at the Kasarani Stadium on October 28, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – Nakumatt FC retained their status in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after beating National Super League (NSL) side Ushuru FC 2-0 in the return leg of the relegation and promotion play-off at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Joe Waithira’s sumptuous double was the difference as he added on to Tom Adwar’s first leg goal, Ushuru falling off at the play-off stage for the second consecutive time. Last season, they fell at the same stage after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Thika United.Carrying a 1-0 advantage from the first leg played last week at the Camp Toyoyo, Nakumatt were heads up heading into the return tie and they just needed to avoid defeat to ensure they remain in the top tier.They started the game commanding possession, playing short passes with the Kasarani surface hugely favoring their style of play.They broke the deadlock after 22 minutes and in sublime fashion, Waithira’s sublime chip from the edge of the box taking them 1-0 up on the day and 2-0 on aggregate.Waithira picked the ball at the edge of the box from a Timonah Wanyonyi pass before waiting on keeper Kennedy Obwanda to step off his line and chip over him.As if Ushuru’s day couldn’t get worse, their attacking mastermind Benson Amianda was forced out injured after 25 minutes and his place taken by West African max Ravel.Nakumatt FC’s Joe Waithira closes in on Ushuru’s Jackton Onjala during their Kenyan Premier League relegation and promotion play-off at the Kasarani Stadium on October 28, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNakumatt continued to dominate with Ushuru failing to get any meaningful effort at goal. In the 33rd minute, the KPL side had a chance to stretch their lead when Moses Odhiambo’s corner fell in Eugene Ambulwa’s path, but the defender’s powerful header went just wide.Ushuru had their first sniff at goal after 34 minutes, and it was a brilliant chance harder missed than scored. Ravel picked the ball at the edge of the box one on one with the keeper after Ekaliani Ndolo floated it back into the area but the substitute hit the outside of the post.They were almost punished four minutes on the turn when a swift move from Nakumatt saw Odhiambo release Cornelius Juma on the right, but the striker took a poor shot after breaking into the box, the ball going wide.The taxmen came back a better side in the second half, just like they did in the first leg and attacked wit more intent. In the 52nd minute they had a chance when Bill Oporia’s cross was met at the backpost by Ndolo, but his effort came against the side netting.Two minutes later, Oscar Mbugua came close when he found space in a crowded area to release a left footed shot, but the effort went inches wide.Off a counter, Nakumatt almost scored a vital second when Wanyonyi squared a pass to Moses Odhiambo on the right, but his low shot from the edge of the edge of the area went inches wide.Nakumatt made changes, John Avire and Harun Nyakha coming on for Clinton Kisiavuki and Odhiambo.Nakumatt FC’s Timonah Wanyonyi controls the ball under pressure from Ushuru’s Luis Masika during their Kenyan Premier League relegation and promotion play-off at the Kasarani Stadium on October 28, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut Ushuru kept their surge looking for an equalizing goal. In the 67th minute, they were inches close to drawing level when substitute Alex Sunga raced on to a ball from Nelson Marasowe, lifting the ball over the advancing keeper but the effort went inches wide.On the other end, Boniface Mukhekhe’s shot from range was deflected for a corner as Nakumatt looked for the lone goal to seal the game. Ushuru kept the pressure, dumping balls into the area but none was successful to get even one goal.Sunga twice came close, first with a rasping shot from distance which kissed the upside of the crossbar while his second, a dipping header from a corner landed on the roof of the net.It was Nakumatt who would have the last laugh, Waithira striking the second and the stroke of halftime with a little dink over the keeper from Wanyonyi’s pass.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Emery turns to Europa League to salvage Arsenal’s season

first_imgHowever, winning the Europa League would also offer a much-needed return to the Champions League next season after a two-year absence.For 20 years under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal enjoyed the riches and the glamour of the Champions League and the impact of missing out has had serious implications on the budget Emery has had to work with.In January, he revealed the club could not afford to make any permanent signings.Emery is a specialist in Europe’s second-tier competition, winning it three times when at Sevilla, and he is also well acquainted with Arsenal’s semi-final opponents, Valencia, who he managed between 2008 and 2012.Unai Emery has constantly changed personnel and formations, but is yet to find the right balance at Arsenal with one of his two star forwards Alexandre Lacazette (picture) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang often left out © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYEmery also did a stellar job at the Mestalla, leading Valencia to three consecutive third-placed finishes behind dominant Barcelona and Real Madrid sides managed by Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.“Emery was inducted into the Valencia hall of fame as one of the managers to have spent most time at Valencia, qualifying the team for the Champions League and performing well in it,” Valencia-based journalist Luis Cortes told AFP.However, doubts remain over his ability to lead Arsenal’s rebuild back to the heights they once enjoyed under Wenger.– Balance missing –The same defensive issues that haunted the Frenchman’s final years in charge have been in evidence in recent weeks, conceding three times in three consecutive league defeats for the first time since 1967.Emery has constantly changed personnel and formations, but is yet to find the right balance with one of his two star forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang often left out.Arsenal have had notable successes, winning home and away to Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals © AFP/File / Andreas SOLAROYet, there have been notable successes. Top-four rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United were all beaten at the Emirates this season and Emery’s men won home and away to Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals.Arsenal go into the final two games of the league season just two points off the top four, compared to languishing 12 points behind in Wenger’s final season.“At the beginning of the season we knew it was going to be very difficult (to finish in the top four),” said Emery after the weekend’s chastening 3-0 defeat at Leicester.“We will continue, we will not look at the table, the Europa League is a big motivation for us.”Valencia find themselves in a similar situation to Arsenal in looking at the Europa League to save a disappointing domestic season.A shock 1-0 home defeat to Eibar on Saturday leaves Los Che sixth in La Liga and three points outside the top four with three games left.Former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista will return to the Emirates on Thursday and wants to mark Valencia’s centenary year in style.“I want to be in the history of Valencia,” said the Brazilian.“It is the year of the centenary and in 100 years’ time I want people to remember that Gabriel Paulists won the Europa League with Valencia,” he told the club’s website.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal boss Unai Emery won the Europa League three times with Sevilla © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOLONDON, United Kingdom, May 1 – Unai Emery’s first season in charge at Arsenal is in danger of imploding unless the Spaniard can again prove himself to be a Europa League specialist and cover up an alarming dip in the Gunners’ Premier League form.Arsenal have lost four of their past five league games to Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City to slip down to fifth and relying on more favours from Chelsea or Tottenham to have any chance of a top-four finish.last_img read more

“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sara Ramirez still thinking of Broadway

first_imgSara Ramirez didn’t join the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy” until its second season. But her character of Dr. Callie Torres – recently promoted to chief resident – is in the thick of things. Callie’s love life has been getting most of the attention lately, focusing on her messy split from George O’Malley (T.R. Knight). “Like all the other characters on the show, I think Callie has her flaws, her issues, her hang-ups. We don’t know all the ins-and-outs of why she truly was with George. I think there was a pure love there but I’m sure Callie has other issues behind clinging onto something that just isn’t right,” Ramirez said. While the role on “Grey’s” has made Sara (pronounced Sa-Da) known to television audiences, the New York theater scene has been aware of her for some time now. She won the 2005 Tony Award for her performance as The Lady of the Lake in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Sara is certain she will return to the stage at some point: “I consider New York and theater my home, my home base where I sort of grew up. I miss it and I hope they’ll have me back whether it’s a musical – it doesn’t have to be on Broadway – or a play. I’m up for that. I miss the theater, I miss the whole symbiotic relationship between actor and audience and being on stage. The live factor.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

What Fed’s latest mumbo jumbo means

first_imgThe Federal Reserve’s boost in short-term interest rates last week has clear implications for investors who are saving or borrowing money. But when it comes to gauging what’s ahead for interest rates in 2006, individual investors can join professionals in scratching their heads about the statement released by the Fed Tuesday when it raised its short-term interest-rate target to 4.25% from 4%. The Fed, which often seems to say confusing things about the economy and its rate-setting intentions, has done it again. The Fed’s policy-setting committee made an announcement that appeared to signal that rates could still rise a little or a lot depending on events. The latest quarter-point rise is the 13th increase of that size since mid-2004, when the Fed’s target was just 1%. The latest move will help raise some consumer borrowing costs, including rates on adjustable- rate mortgages and home-equity lines of credit. However, people now shopping for fixed-rate mortgages whose rates are based on long-term bond yields rather than short-term interest rates might fare better, says Wayne Bopp, an analyst at Cincinnati- based Fifth Third Asset Management. Such bond yields fell in recent days on optimism that the Fed has inflation under control. Boon for Savers Savers, meanwhile, will see higher rates of return almost immediately on some short-term investments. Rates on money-market mutual funds could jump by about as much as the Fed lifted its key rate. In looking at the Fed’s latest statement, some professional investors were particularly cheered by one change in wording compared to previous announcements. This time, the Fed didn’t suggest that its policy remained “accommodative.” That means the Fed no longer sees itself as pushing down on the economy’s accelerator by keeping loan rates unusually low for businesses and consumers. With slower growth will come less risk of inflation. But the Fed cautioned that “some further measured policy firming is likely to be needed.” That’s Fedspeak for more rate increases of a quarter of a percentage point. And in a classically turgid turn of phrase, the Fed said, “Possible increases in resource utilization as well as elevated energy prices have the potential to add to inflation pressures.” Translation: Policy makers are still watching for signs that higher labor and energy costs are permanently boosting inflation. With higher inflation, Fed officials might be inclined to continue raising short-term rates next year, perhaps to 5% or higher. The Fed’s long-term mission is to spur steady economic growth without inflation. A primary tool is its ability to push short-term interest rates up and down. Policy makers have good reason to be equivocal in what they say: They want the option of shifting policy if economic circumstances abruptly change. There’s a particular reason to want flexibility at the moment: After 18 years in the job, Alan Greenspan is about to hand the Fed chairmanship over to Ben S. Bernanke. Many Fed watchers believe Mr. Greenspan wants to depart without leaving policy makers locked into a course of action. What’s Next? Market watchers offer varied predictions. “One or two more rate moves look likely” before the Fed wraps up this series of rate increases, says Keith Hembre, chief economist at Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp Asset Management. Robert Gahagan of American Century Investment Management Inc. in Mountain View, Calif., isn’t sure that will be the end. Fed policy will be as dependent as ever on the trends in growth, labor costs and broad inflation, he says. “We are going into 2006 with more uncertainty than we did entering 2005,” he adds. Mortgage borrowers shouldn’t wait around in the hope that their rates will fall, cautions Michael Kastner, head of fixed income at New York investment adviser SterlingStamos Capital Management. The rates on 30-year fixed mortgages, currently in the high-5% area, still are attractively low by historic standards, he says. He says mortgage rates could rise if the Federal government borrows more money to cover its large budget deficit, putting upward pressure on bond yields. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

City Oilers register third loss of the season

first_imgCity Oliers’ Otim Jonah (23) receives a pass against Ndejje (Photos by FUBA Media).FUBA National Basketball League (Men)Friday, 15-06-2018-Sharing Youth 52-59 UCU Canons-Ndejje University Angels 59-58 City OilersNdejje University Angels inflicted a third loss of the season on defending champions City oil on Friday evening at the YMCA court.The University side overcame an 11 point deficit in the second quarter to run away 59-58 winners on the day.In the first quarter, Ndejje raced into a 8-1 lead with just over five minutes played, thanks to four two-point baskets from as many players.Oliers started growing into the game and brought it to win in one point with two minutes to play thanks to the trio of Landry Ndikumana, Drileba Tony and Ben Komakech who all converted two point shots.By the end of the quarter, Oilers took their first lead thanks to another two by Ndikumana which ensured that they led 12-11.The Five time defending champions looked set to run away with the game as a strong second quarter display culminated into a seven point lead at half time with the score-board reading 26-19 in their favour.Ndejje where not going to go down without a fight and stole the show again in the third, winning it 21-13 and in the process making it a one point game as the Oliers led 40-39.Ndejje’s Gautheir Badhera (12) tries to get past City Oil’s Jonah Otim at YMCA on Friday.The lead exchanged hands in the final quarter four times but Ndejje never looked back when they matched up 49-43 with just over three minutes to play and ensured that they registered third win of the season.Gautheir Badhera and MJartin Buluma scored a team 15 points each for the University side with the former adding six rebounds and seven assists to his tally for the night.Ben Komakech put out a game high 22 points, Landry scored a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Oilers who seem to be struggling since the start of the season.This is the third loss for the Defending champions after they lost 56-64 to Betway Power on opening day and then 57-72 KIU Titans.The Oilers will hope to return to winning ways against UPDF Tomahawks in Saturday at the KIU Courts.They are without the star trio of Captain Jimmy Ennabu, national team skipper Stephen Omony and guard James Okello who are away with the Silver-Backs in Turkey as part of preparations for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers slatted for later this month.The Ndejje Angels will return to action on June 24 against Power before ending the first round on June 29 against KIU Titans.In the other first game of the evening, David Deng and Caesar Adoke scored 15 and 11 points respectively as UCU edged Sharing Youth in a 52-59 victory.Sharing’s Ceaser Kizito (14) in action against UCU Canons on FridayIt was the Canons’s fifth victory of the season while Sharing has lost four so far.Isaac Balita and Emmanuel Okumu top scored for Sharing with 12 and 10 points respectively.Sharing are back in action on Saturday with a date with the Rhinos.Saturday Games at KIU CourtsWomen:KCCA Leopards Vs Magic StormersA1 Challenge Vs Nkumba Lady Marines(post-poned)KIU Rangers Vs UMU RavensMenRhino Vs Sharing YouthCity Oilers vs UPDFKIU Titans Vs Our SaviourComments Tags: City OliersNBLNdejje University Angelslast_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress: 22% corn planted, 11% soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This Ohio crop progress update from USDA-NASS sponsored by Bane-Welker Equipment.Many fields were still too wet for fieldwork but some producers were able to push through wet conditions and 100 complete some planting activities, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. 80 There were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 26. Excess rain in many areas continued to stall fieldwork progress. Some corn and soybeans were planted in well drained fields. There were some reports of failed wheat and alfalfa due to saturated soils. Hay and pasture were in good condition but experiencing a lot of weed growth. Reports of tornados and strong winds caused further crop damage in parts of the State. Very little fieldwork was done last week.Nationally, crop progress came in at 58% corn planted, below the 90% average.Soybeans are 29% planted, compared to an average of 66%.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

Ad Hoc Workflow and ECM

first_imgThe terms Ad-hoc workflow and Ad-hoc routing describe a type of business process that defies easy capture and description.  They refer to business processes that are created in a dynamic and flexible manner.  An Ad-hoc workflow describes the creative work process of a group of knowledge workers.  It usually isn’t feasible to rigidly model ad-hoc workflow scenarios because this type of workflow happens very infrequently and the interactions of the actors in the scenarios aren’t easily anticipated or quantifiable.Standard Business Process Management (BPM) and workflow tools are great for achieving large paybacks in terms of increased efficiencies for high-volume, very reproducible workflow scenarios.  Loan and insurance form processing are two applications that immediately come to mind as classic examples of where workflow has been applied with success.Outside the world of high-volume workflow, successful solutions that identify the needs and accelerate the interaction of knowledge workers have been harder to come by.  One exception is the wiki.  Wikis have filled a niche in the collaboration tool space for enabling group publishing of content.  In a business environment, a wiki can be an important tool for members within a group to communicate, but it is weak in handling situations where control is needed in specifying who needs to contribute and within what time frame a comment is required.Ad-hoc workflow in the form of business interactions are happening all the time, but boiling down the common features of all these interactions is hard to do.  One commonality found in the majority of high-value interactions in the workplace is the solitication for collaboration and review comments from team members and business partners. A review process, for example, almost always centers around a file, form or document that contains a visual or written description of the task under review.  Ideally the review process will track revision histories and manage the process securely.  When thought of this way, document management is a natural foundation for supporting ad-hoc reviews.  Document management is a central component of ECM and allows the secure tracking of document version and revision histories.Another natural tool that can support ad-hoc workflows, like the review process, is email. SPAM and security issues though threaten this approach.One example of a promising technology was a proprietary technology called Zaplets that began evolving 4-5 years ago.  Zaplets embedded collaborative forms and documents directly within the email payload.  When you would open the HTML email message in your favorite email client tool, you would immediately see the collaborative form or document embedded as HTML.  Data in the Zaplet was synchronized with a central server.  The user could then interact with the email HTML form and submit or forward his contributions to the email payload.Zaplet technology didn’t survive, possibly due to security and email client vulnerabilities to Javascript embedded within emails.  But while the Zaplet technology failed, the concept of adopting the email client as part of the collaboration solution is compelling, especially given the fact that most knowledge workers spend the better part of their work day working within email. With the Formtek’s WebReview application, we’ve integrated email into the review process by allowing secure document URLs to be sent as part of the email message body.  Before being able to access and comment on the contents of the review, the recipient is fully authenticated.  The content being reviewed is securely stored and versioned within the central ECM repository.  In this way actions can be distributed to reviewers via secure links referenced from within email with no dependence on a specific email client.Email is sure to evolve, but currently because of it’s widespread acceptance, using it as a tool to support Ad Hoc Workflow and Review activities makes great sense.last_img read more