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  • Florida enlists snake hunters from India in fight against invasive pythons

    Move over dogs and amateur snake hunters in Florida – let a pair of singing, bushwhacking tribesmen from India get the job done. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has tapped two adept hunters from India – armed with tire irons – to find and get rid of Burmese pythons, which are wiping out small mammal populations in the Everglades. FLORIDA DECLARES OPEN SEASON ON PYTHONS IN ANNUAL CHALLENGE “I pointed out that part of the year, the swamp is quite dry and that’s the time when they would be able to find the things like back home, the tracks of snake,” Romulus Whitaker, a conservationist in India, told the Miami Herald. “This is very big and probably the biggest invasive reptile problem that has ever existed on the planet, so let’s do something.” In two weeks this month, Masi Sadaiyan and Vadivel Gopal, both in their 50s and hailing from the famed Irula snake hunting tribe, …

    January 24, 2017 2:10 pm


  • Trump signs executive orders on manufacturing, infrastructure

    WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing that the permitting process and regulatory burden for domestic manufacturers should be streamlined to reduce what he called “the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible” process. “Sometimes it takes many, many years and we don’t want that to happen. If it’s a ‘no,’ we’ll get a quick ‘no.’ If it’s a ‘yes,’ it’s like, let’s start building,” he said. Among a total of five actions signed by Trump in an Oval Office ceremony, he also signed orders to expedite environmental review and approval of high-priority infrastructure projects, to accelerate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects and to decree that any pipelines intended for the United States should be built in the country. He said: “We will build our own pipeline. We will build our own pipes, as we used to in the old days.” (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli) Related …

    January 24, 2017 1:29 pm


  • Earnings Reaction History: Popular, Inc., 57.1% Follow-Through Indicator, 3.3% Sensitive

    Expected Earnings Release: 01/24/2017, Premarket Avg. Extended-Hours Dollar Volume: $81,790 Popular, Inc. ( BPOP ) is due to issue its quarterly earnings report in the upcoming extended-hours session. Given its history, traders can expect light trading in the issue immediately following its quarterly earnings announcement. Historical earnings event related premarket and after-hours trading activity in BPOP indicates that the price change in the extended hours is likely to be of limited value in forecasting additional price movement by the following regular session close. Last 12 Qtrs Positive Only Price Reactions Percent of time added to extended-hours gains: 80% Average next regular session additional gain: 3.2% Over the prior three fiscal years (12 quarters), when shares of BPOP rose in the extended-hours session in reaction to its earnings announcement, history shows that 80.0% of the time (4 events) the stock posted additional gains in the following regular session by an average of 3.2%. Last 12 Qtrs …

    January 24, 2017 11:49 am


  • Why Erin Andrews decided to open up on the toughest year of her life now

    I first met Erin Andrews last January, when I embedded for a weekend with the FOX NFL crew for a story at The MMQB. We got along, sharing notes as two females in a male-dominated industry, and stayed in touch over the next few months. I watched her reveal deep emotional scars at her civil trial last March, and when we met up last May when I was in Los Angeles for another assignment, I told her I thought she had a story to tell. Before I met Erin, I had only known her as the world does: in the role of glossy sideline reporter. But there was something so powerful as she disclosed part of her true self—vulnerable, wounded, but strong enough to take a stand for a gross violation of her privacy—and that message felt important to share for all women. • How Erin Andrews came out of her trial and battle with …

    January 24, 2017 1:29 pm

World News

  • Beijing responds to Sean Spicer’s South China Sea remarks

    Jan. 24 (UPI) — China responded immediately to remarks made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer regarding Beijing’s interests in the South China Sea, claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over artificial islands in the region. During his first official briefing on Monday, Spicer said the United States would defend its interests in the South China Sea, in the international waters where China has been building the islands to take control of shipping routes. “If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we’ll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country,” Spicer said. But on Tuesday Beijing’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China preserves freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, as well as peace and stability in the area, according to state-owned news agency Xinhua. China’s position on the South China Sea issue is clear-cut, consistent, and unchanged, Hua said, adding …

    January 24, 2017 3:10 pm


  • How apps plan to conquer your phone’s lock screen

    Are you still clicking on apps on your phone? That’s so 2016. Notifications are the new apps, bots are the new notifications, and the way you use your smartphone is likely to change as much over the next five years as it has over that past five. That’s the outcome of changes to iOS and Android which make it easier than ever to have complex interactions with your phone even when the screen is locked. Now app developers are catching on. Nic Newman, of the University of Oxford, says that the changes have sparked a “battle for the lock screen”, with apps, particularly those from media companies, fighting to live in your notifications in the same way they once competed for limited space on the phone’s homescreen. The key driver of the change was the launch of iOS 9, back in 2015. This gave iPhones the ability to, say, mark an email as read, or reply to a text, …

    January 24, 2017 1:09 pm


  • Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes

    Lining up: water molecules within a carbon nanotube The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) change when the tiny structures are filled with water. That is the conclusion of scientists in Belgium and the US, who attribute the change to a “quasi-phase transition” that occurs in the water – although the exact nature of the transition is unknown. The research points to a new technique for studying confined water molecules – which is crucial to various branches of science, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. The study could lead to better ways of delivering drugs in the body and even boost our understanding of quantum mechanics. SWCNTs are hollow hair-like structures with walls that are one atom thick. Normally they are closed at both ends, but sometimes the ends can be open and Sofie Cambré of the University of Antwerp in Belgium and colleagues have previously shown that open SWCNTs rapidly fill with …

    January 24, 2017 12:45 am


  • New bird flu virus type confirmed on German turkey farm

    HAMBURG A bird flu outbreak in north Germany this week was of a new subtype called H5N5, the first time the strain has been confirmed on a German farm, the country’s national animal disease center said on Tuesday. The H5N5 strain was found on a turkey farm in Germany in Steinburg in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute said.. The H5N5 strain has been found previously in wild birds in the Netherlands, Italy, Montenegro and Italy and Croatia, the institute said. It has also been found in wild birds in Germany this week. The institute is not changing its bird flu risk assessment, it said. There have been no recorded cases of H5N5 spreading to humans, it added. The contagious H5N8 bird flu strain has been found in hundreds of wild birds in Germany in recent weeks and isolated outbreaks on farms have been occurring despite tougher hygiene rules and orders to …

    January 24, 2017 8:28 am


  • Iggy Azalea gets close to new beau after French Montana split

    Jan. 24 (UPI) — Iggy Azalea appears to have split from boyfriend French Montana. The 26-year-old Australian rapper got close to music producer Ljay Currie on a boat Sunday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to TMZ. Azalea was spotted kissing Currie, who was also seen embracing the star and caressing her behind. Sources told Us Weekly the pair were on the getaway to celebrate friend Chuckie Bones’ birthday. “They flew in together on a private jet,” an insider said. “They have been all over each other with major PDA. They rented a yacht and were making out on the deck.” “He was spraying her down with a hose and wasn’t shy about putting his hands all over her body. They went jet-skiing and he gave her piggyback rides on the beach,” the source added. Currie had shared a photo of himself by the water Saturday tagged in Cabo San Lucas. Azalea followed up Monday …

    January 24, 2017 10:08 am


  • If you want to see academics making fools of themselves, look at Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings

    The headline on the front page of the Washington Post sure sounded impressive: “More than 1,100 law school professors nationwide oppose Sessions’s nomination as attorney general.” Since then, the total has increased to 1,424 faculty members from 180 law schools in 49 different states. With Senate Judiciary committee getting ready to vote on Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation today, the letter is being used as Exhibit A for many liberals arguing that experts view Sessions as unqualified and outside the mainstream. But with 17,080 faculty members nationwide, perhaps the real question is why there were so few signers. Only 8.3 percent of faculty members signed the letter. Given that 82 percent of law professors identified themselves as Democrats in 2010, one can infer that only about 10 percent of Democrat professors signed the letter. From 1991 to 2002, over 23 percent of law professors at the top 20 law schools contributed at least $200 exclusively or …

    January 24, 2017 1:09 pm

Odd News

  • Sea lion climbs atop car in Washington state, takes a nap

    Jan. 24 (UPI) — A Washington state woman captured video of an unusual parking lot scene involving a sea lion that refused to budge from the top of a car. Melanie Sceva Hill said in a Facebook post she came across the strange sight Saturday on Whidbey Island. The post included photos of the sea lion as well as a video of the animal looking around at the spectators before spreading out on the roof for a rest. “Only on Whidbey Island!” Hill wrote. “A [sea lion] on the roof of someone’s car in the Nichols Brothers parking lot. This is happening right now and I guess he’s been there for a while!” Witnesses said two deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office eventually arrived and helped coax the sea lion, which had fallen asleep, down from atop the Honda Civic. Related Stories: Indiana sanctuary lion gets cases of ‘beer’ for 21st birthday Go west, …

    January 24, 2017 9:08 am