The BBC News reports that a female bar-tailed godwit flew 11,500km (almost 7200 mi) nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand. The journey took about a week. Observers at Massey University used electronic tags to catalog the birds’ flight. This distance is nearly double what ornithologists used to consider an “extremely long” flight. This makes the godwits the new champions of avian migration. “Unlike seabirds, which feed and rest on their long journeys or swifts which feed in flight, the godwits make their long journeys without feeding or drinking.” Even more amazing, some of the young follow weeks later without adult guidance. Then, come January and February, the birds will fly back, completing their annual victory lap around the world.Animals are never-ending sources of amazement and wonder. Thank goodness the article spared us an evolutionary fable.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
1 November 2013 A consortium led by Ireland-based company Mainstream Renewable Power was this week awarded preferred bidder status for three large-scale wind energy projects in the Northern Cape under the South African government’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers. The Department of Energy is scheduled to officially announce the preferred bidders on Monday for the third round of its programme, which aims to add 17 800 MW from renewable sources to South Africa’s energy mix by 2030. The Mainstream consortium, which was confirmed on Tuesday as one of the preferred bidders, will invest about R9-billion in building three wind farms with a combined generation capacity of 360 MW: the 140 MW Khobab wind farm and the 140 MW Loeriesfontein 2 wind farm, both located in the Namakwa district of the Northern Cape, and the 80 MW Noupoort wind farm located in province’s Umsobomvu local municipality. A Mainstream consortium was also awarded 238 megawatts of wind and solar projects in the first round of the programme in 2011 – a 138 MW wind farm in Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, and two 50 MW solar photovoltaic parks in the Northern Cape – and all three projects are on track to be fully operational by mid-2014. “Mainstream is now the leading developer of renewable energy in South Africa,” company chief executive Eddie O’Connor said in a statement on Tuesday. “We have three wind and solar projects due to be operational in the coming months, and now a further three large-scale wind farms due to start construction next year. “I congratulate the South African government for putting in place a process which is truly world-class and for the superb manner in which it has been executed.” According to the company, the three projects are expected to reach financial close by August 2014 and commence construction shortly thereafter. Mainstream will be building the wind farms in partnership with South African renewable energy developer Genesis Eco-Energy, local investment companies Thebe Investment Corporation, Futuregrowth Asset Management and Old Mutual’s IDEAS Managed Fund, and local community members. SAinfo reporter
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Features#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Updated at 12:45 PM PST with a response from Bit.lyAfter weeks of controversy concerning a possible closure of the service, URL shortener Tr.im just announced that it’s open sourcing its code, handing ownership of its domain name over to a community nonprofit organization and making clickthrough data freely available from now on, in real time. Founder Eric Woodward will spin the project out from his core company Nambu, will cover operational costs personally and will work with anyone who wants to help make Tr.im a community-owned alternative to what Woodward says is a data-hoarding monopoly in Bit.ly and Twitter.Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. The new Tr.im may be the most exciting thing to happen in URL shortening since now market leader Bit.ly itself launched.Woodward says that the Tr.im code will be cleaned up and available for hacking no later than September 15th, that the code will be licensed under an MIT Open Source license, real time click data will be made available in anonymous aggregate via service provider Gnip and a foundation or nonprofit owner to control the domain name is still being sought.URL shortening is of course important primarily because of Twitter, where links have to be shortened in order to save characters against the limit of 140 per message. This May Twitter chose to make Bit.ly its default URL shortener, replacing TinyURL. Bit.ly’s marketshare in the URL shortening world became a near instant monopoly.This is important because these URL shorteners have all kinds of data about which links on Twitter and elsewhere are getting the most click-throughs. Bit.ly is interesting because they’ve been building all kinds of value ads on top of that data – real time analytics, semantic analysis of the linked-to pages and more. Many people believe that Bit.ly could become one of the hottest sources of news discovery on the web, challenging now slow-looking sites like Digg.Woodward argues that the relationship between Twitter and Bit.ly has made the URL shortening business pointless for everyone else. It was taking up a lot of his time, causing him headaches and he was feeling pressure to dedicate more time to his company’s core product, the Nambu desktop client.Last month Woodward announced he would be closing Tr.im down and a substantial number of people freaked out. The biggest concern was that all the short links that had been created would now be broken. Some developers complained that they had invested time into building services that utilized Tr.im’s analytics. In response to the uproar, Woodward changed his mind. He said he’d keep the service up for some period of time, he tried to find a seller, but today he’s announcing a permanent change to the nature of the product.Woodward argues that Bit.ly and Twitter will not expose raw aggregate clickthrough data to just anyone to develop on top of. That’s what the new community-owned Tr.im is going to do. Working with activity data hub provider Gnip, Tr.im will make aggregate anonymized data available in real time, for free. That means that any random developer can build something exciting on top of that stream of data, not just the selected partners of Twitter and Bit.ly. Woodward says that if the community can take Tr.im to 5 or 10% marketshare, then it should have a good sample of the data Bit.ly is seeing in the rest of the market. Opening that data to developers in real time would then become more valuable than anything Tr.im can offer in aggregate today. Update: We spoke with Bit.ly’s John Borthwick and this is what he had to say: “I think this is great, it means there will be a future for tr.im and having more services out there is a really good thing. [Tr.im’s Eric Woodward] is short on the facts though and the facts are if you look at the clicks and encodes on bit.ly in a day, 15 million yesterday for example, 60% of them are from Twitter, less than 10% come from twitter.com. It’s about product iteration and adding features. [That’s why Bit.ly is so popular, Borthwick argues.] Eric made a choice and bit.ly has made a different choice.” Borthwick also emphasized that Bit.ly has to invest substantial resources into scaling, something that the Tr.im community will need to take very seriously if it is to grow. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall as the minimum temperature rose several notches high, the MeT department said Wednesday. Moderate snowfall in plains and heavy precipitation in the higher reaches of the Valley has been going on since early hours, it said. The weatherman said the precipitation brought major respite to residents and the minimum temperature increased several degrees across all weather stations.Drass, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, saw the mercury rise by more than 12 degrees from minus 30.4 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 18.0 degrees Celsius. In Leh district, the mercury settled at a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius compared to previous night’s minus 17.4 degrees Celsius, he said. The minimum temperature in Srinagar Tuesday night settled at minus 0.3 degree Celsius — four degrees up from the previous night, the official said. The MeT said Qazigund — the gateway town to the Valley — in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius, while nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius Tuesday night. The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius compared to Tuesday night’s low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius Tuesday night, rising significantly from the previous night’s minus 12.2 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam tourist resort, in South Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius — 10-degree rise over previous night, the official said. The MeT has forecast rain or snow at most places across the state over the next five days. Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan — the 40-day harshest period of winter when chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. Chillai-Kalan will end Wednesday night, but the cold wave is expected to continue in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) and 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey of Puri and Khurdha districts to get first hand information about the devastation caused by extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani.Expressing shock over the magnitude of damage during a review at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Mr. Modi offered all possible helps to the State to tide over the crisis and wanted the Odisha government to share its disaster management skills so that other States could be apprised on this.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present at the meeting. Odisha government sought immediate release of ₹1,000 crore as adhoc assistance. A detail memorandum will be submitted after assessment of the damage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar on Monday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Seeking central assistance for building disaster resilient infrastructure, Mr. Patnaik laid emphasis on power sector. The coastal Odisha need a fund amounting ₹10,000 crore for disaster resilient infrastructure, he said.Similarly, provision of five lakh disaster resilient affordable houses which would require ₹7,000 crore was sought on behalf of the State government at the review meeting. Odisha government demanded special allotment under Prime Minister Awas Yojna with 90:10 funding ratio.Special interventions such as permission for FCRA clearance for contribution to Chief Minister Relief Fund and contribution of corporates to CMRF should be recognized as corporate social responsibility as allowed in case of PMNRF were sought in the meeting.Taking this opportunity, Mr. Patnaik said the State deserved special category status for being the most disaster prone State in the country. Since 2013, the State government has witnessed disaster of different kinds almost every year.In 2013, the State was hit by cyclone Phailin which was followed by flood, next year in 2014 cyclone Hudhud had caused extensive damage and in 2015, 2016 and 2017, droughts and heavy rain had triggered massive damage. Cyclone Titli in 2018 and Fani this year have impacted the State’s economy badly.Meanwhile, the death toll due to Fani rose 35. Puri is worst affected district leading the table with 21 deaths, according to Special Relief Commissioners office. “The extent of damage could be gauged from the fact that 5030 km of 33 kv lines, 38613 km of 11 kv lines and 11077 number of distribution transformers and 79485 km of low tension lines were damaged,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.
India has registered its first golden success in Asian Games 2010 with Pankaj Advani topping in the English Billiards singles event of the Asian Games on Sunday.Advani won his first world championship title in 2003 IBSF World Snooker Championship in China. Advani, who is the only player to have achieved a ‘grand double’ of winning both the points and timed formats at the IBSF World Billiards Championships 2005, repeated the same feat at the 2008 Championships held in Bangalore.The ace cueist, however, failed to defend his title in the Point format, going down to nine-time world champion England’s Mike Russell in a one-sided final in August this year.With PTI inputs
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsMedia of all forms were in Edmonton over the weekend as the Canadian Association of Journalists held its annual conference and awards gala.APTN was nominated for four national awards, capturing two. APTN Investigates won with Dennis Ward and Murray Oliver taking home the award for human rights reporting for their story, a Soldier Scorned, that detailed an Inuk woman who faced racism and sexual harassment in the military.“You know, Murray and I are the two that are holding on these plaques and stuff (but) a lot of people at APTN work on these stories,” said Ward. “This is a real team effort. That’s how APTN is. A big team.”APTN Investigates took its second award with Melissa Ridgen’s story, Hunting for Work, about Indigenous workers in Winnipeg working under unsafe conditions and getting hurt picking up the city’s garbage.“It’s a great night for APTN,” said Ridgen. “This shows that APTN is covering a lot of stories that matter to Indigenous people.”APTN reporters also took part in journalism panels throughout the weekend.Tina House moderated a panel on missing and murdered Indigenous women where panelists thanked APTN for how reporters have worked on countless stories for many years.Jorge Barrera and Ridgen also hosted a popular panel on how to follow the money on First Nations. The CAJ conference is being held in Toronto next year.
Tamara Pimentel APTN News The man who killed three First Nations almost three years ago was sentenced to prison Tuesday.Austin Vielle was will spend the next 20 years behind bars before he can apply for parole. The sentencing comes a day after Vielle pleading guilty to the 2015 murders in Lethbridge, Alta.Dakota English, 18, and Clarissa English, 24, were murdered, along with Clarissa’s boyfriend Kyle Devine, 27.Vielle was arrested two weeks later and charged with second-degree murder.The court heard the victims died of multiple stab wounds.A search of Vielle’s home found blood stained clothing and shoes. DNA testing matched the blood to the victims.Vielle says he was intoxicated and can’t remember what [email protected]