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Equifax data breach likely touched millions of Canadians

first_imgIt’s usually the site that helps protect those who suspect they’ve been the victim of identity theft, but Equifax says it’s now the victim of a cyber security incident, where hundreds of millions of people around the world may have been exposed.“This is the biggest we’ve ever seen in terms of the depth of the data that was taken,” said Daniel Tobok, cyber security expert and CEO with Cytelligence. “Their security was good, but it should have been excellent. This is pretty scary for consumers.”The large scale breach was discovered on July 29th, but only made public on Thursday. The global company said 143 million Americans along with an unspecified number of people living in Canada and the United Kingdom were affected.Tobok estimates between 12-to14-million Canadians are going to be affected by this breach. He says it isn’t only Equifax customers who were exposed.“Every time you do a transaction, Equifax gets to retain that copy,” he explains. “You don’t even have a choice.”Questions regarding the actions of top Equifax executives are also being raised. Tobok says it’s “extremely suspicious” that three top executives sold shares following the breach.“The three executives who sold a small percentage of their Equifax shares on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 2, had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time they sold their shares,” an Equifax spokesperon tells CityNews in an statement.The company says it acted immediately on the breach, which occurred between mid-May through July. Amongst the information hackers accessed were social security numbers, birthdays, names, drivers licenses and in some cases credit card numbers.There’s still no word on who’s behind the hack, whether it’s politically motivated by a state sponsor or organized crime interested in financial gain.“It probably took them anywhere between eight to nine months to actually get into Equifax and be able to consolidate that information,” Tobok said.Tobok’s Equifax Breach Tips– Monitor your Equifax credit score– Freeze your credit reports– If your S.I.N was stolen, it’s important to file a report with police.– Inform your bank of any suspicious activity: They’ll put special filters to alert them on any suspicious activities.The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada didn’t even know about the breach, saying it only heard about it through media reports.“We have reached out (to Equifax) yesterday to gather more information on the breach and have requested a full report, including details on how Canadians were affected,” a spokesperson said.The agency, whose mission is to protect and promote privacy rights of Canadians has already received complaints related to the breach.In a tweet posted yesterday, New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman, said he would be launching a formal investigation into the breach.“As a government, we need to keep this organization liable and accountable for their actions,” Tobok said.Saturday afternoon, Equiafax said it found no evidence personal information of consumers had been impacted, but Tobok says the threat is still there.“Even some government ministries don’t have the type of private and sensitive information that Equifax holds on every citizen or record they have,” he said. “I think the chances are pretty slim of finding out who’s actually behind it.”Equifax created this website to keep consumers updated on the cyber security incident.last_img read more

Nova Scotia sets the stage for its cap and trade regime with

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia tabled legislation Friday that sets the stage for its promised cap and trade regime, although specific details on the regulations and the effect on consumers are yet to be known.Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government opted for a cap and trade system last November as part of Ottawa’s push to get the provinces to set a price on carbon.It came out of an agreement that saw the federal government recognize work that Nova Scotia has already done on greenhouse gas reductions. The province has already met Canada’s target of a 30 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 by 2030.McNeil said the goal of the system being set up in his province is to achieve targets for further greenhouse gas reductions with minimal impact to consumers, although he couldn’t say what the ultimate cost to their pocketbooks would be when it comes to things like buying gasoline for vehicles.“I can’t predict what’s going to happen down the road,” McNeil told reporters.“I certainly know that we believe this was the best way for the residents of Nova Scotia to get the benefit of the work they have been doing all along. This smooths it out across all sectors.”Government officials said the goal would be to set declining greenhouse gas caps each year until 2022 that would correspond to projected emissions levels resulting from the federal government setting a carbon price that will rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. That price will be set at $10 a tonne beginning next year.The amendments to Nova Scotia’s Environment Act don’t set caps yet, for a system that is expected to begin in late 2018. Government officials said they would need to set an economy-wide emissions target by 2030.When cap and trade begins, about 20 large industrial players will be mandatory participants and will initially be offered emission credits at no cost.Officials said that’s to guard against industries suddenly picking up and moving, adding that similar regimes set up in Ontario, California, and the European Union have also offered so-called free allowances.Nova Scotia’s legislation also sets out that the province will go it alone, although McNeil said that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be some sort of regional arrangement in the future. Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have not yet announced their systems.“Those provinces will determine what works for their citizens. If our sister provinces turn to cap and trade I hope they look at what we have done and if there is something we can do we’d be happy to do it.”Ontario and Quebec have a linked cap and trade system with California — something Wayne Groszko, of the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, believes only makes sense.“Why are we doing this alone? A cap and trade system works best — this is proven — when it involves a wider jurisdiction and more trading partners, so why not be joining the other Maritime provinces?”Groszko also said that without caps there is no way to tell at this point whether the system will further reduce emissions.He also questioned the offering of free credits up front.“They should be charging money for the permission to pollute . . . and then using that revenue to soften the blow to people who really need it like low income folks, and also investing in green programs like public transit,” he said. “All those things that we need in order to actually reduce our emissions.”Under the regulations, which are a work in progress, a small number of credits will be held in a strategic reserve. Once sold, the money collected would be put into a Green Fund that would support climate change initiatives and innovations.The government said the reserve credits would be sold at a higher price than the market in order to create a cap that would prevent participants from driving up the market price for credits.The regulations would also set penalties for non-compliance.last_img read more

Video When Hollande Said the Government Invents Terrorists to Justify Security

New York – In a video that surfaced on social media today, Francois Hollande, current French President, said in an interview in January 2008 that the French government “invents terrorists” to justify the toughening of security measures in the country.Answering a question of a journalist on whether individual freedoms were in danger under the government of the then President Nicolas Sarkozy, Hollande, said:“I think under the pretext of a cause that is just and necessary, the fight against terrorism, we are making conflations and confusions. That means if someone has deviating or sometimes unlawful behavior, he can be considered a terrorist,” he said. “This is a serious attack on freedoms.”Answering a question as to why the government goes down this path, Hollande said that public officials want to give citizens the impression that there is a threat against their country and that they are working to ward it off.“There is a political intention to give these events the wrong meaning and dimension. We turn them into terrorist acts to justify the government’s security intervention and its effectiveness,” he pointed out.“Secondly, there is a form of security shift that seeks to justify laws that increasingly repressive laws, under the pretext of a threat that is sometimes not real, sometimes virtual or, as we can see, even nonexistent.”Answering another question on whether it is possible that the government describes a criminal act as a terrorist act in order to make the population feel in security, Hollande said that while he cannot deny the existence of the terrorist threat, the government does not need to invent another threat that does not exist.“I think we are sufficiently facing the real terrorism so as not to go and invent another terrorist threat that has to do with other procedures.”Intrigued by his answer, the journalist asked him why the government invents this terrorist threat.“I think they do it to show an efficiency that in other fields, especially at the economic and social levels, does not exist,” Hollande said.Shocked by his statement, the journalist told Hollande that his accusations are very serious.“I think they are serious. To accuse men and women, deprive them of freedom, accuse them of terrorism is serious.”“To imagine a scenario where terrorism is present even in the heart of our countryside, I think there is a adrift towards securitarianism,” he added. read more

King Mohammed VI Reviews 2019 Finance Bill to Prioritize Education Health

Rabat – The minister of economy and finance has reassured King Mohammed VI that the 2019 Finance Bill will prioritize social policies, including education and health.The royal cabinet released a statement explaining Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun’s goals for the 2019 budget. Benchaaboun hopes to spend the government budget on education, health, employment, and social dialogue. The sectors of education, health, and employment, have been the focus of public protests and ongoing discontent in recent years. Read Also: Moroccan Government Outlines Major Priorities in 2019 Finance BillThe statement does not give any specific numbers for the budget. In a presentation before King Mohammed VI at Wednesday’s ministerial council, the minister outlined his vision for the 2019 finance bill.In his speeches for Throne Day and the Anniversary of the King and People’s Revolution, the King urged the government to take steps to end social disparities, to focus on education and to meet the citizens’ demands.Ahead of Throne Day, President of the Court of Auditors Driss Jettou presented his annual report to King Mohammed VI on the government’s performance in implementing social programs and reforms.Read Also: The 2018 Finance Bill Big Picture: Boosting Employment and Investment Through Corporate Tax CutsThe report noted irregularities in many projects and numerous projects that were never completed in several sectors, including tourism, health, and education.The report found that Morocco’s schools are not achieving basic stands, while hospitals are facing serious irregularities.In response to the reported irregularities and abandoned projects, the minister of economy said that the Finance Bill will focus on strengthening the role of education system in the training and socio-economic integration of young people.The royal spokesperson’s statement added that the finance bill aims to improve public access to health services, restructure support and social protection policies, and reduce disparities between regions.The bill also aims to rehabilitate administration services as ordered by the King in his speeches.In August, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani gave a general outline of the 2019 Finance Bill.El Othmani tweeted, “We believe in the importance of improving the social status of citizens. In the 2019 bill, we will attach special importance to social policies, especially education, health, employment, and social protection programs. We will also accelerate the success of social dialogue and support purchasing power.”The ministerial council also promoted staff at the General Directorate of Emergency Services as part of the royal support for the staff.During the meeting, the ministerial council adopted a draft law on the foundation of emergency services social work to improve their housing and medical coverage.The council also approved a draft law setting the legal retirement age for the auxiliary forces in accordance with the same terms and conditions for the Royal Armed Forces (FAR). read more

Colombias indigenous communities face extinction UN agency warns

In the north-western region of Chocó, more than 1,700 Wounaan indigenous people are fleeing their traditional territory following the murder last week of two of their leaders, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in the latest of a long series of warnings it has issued over the past two years.“We have repeatedly warned that some of the world’s oldest and smallest indigenous groups are at high risk not only of displacement, but even of extinction because of the Colombian conflict,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing in Geneva. “All indigenous communities have close links to their ancestral land, on which their cultural survival depends.”More than 40 years of fighting between Government forces, leftist rebels and rightist paramilitaries, as well as other violence, has already displaced 2 million Colombians, with the country’s 1 million indigenous people particularly affected.Indigenous associations and local authorities in Chocó are calling for help from the Government and the international community, and the director of UNHCR’s bureau for the Americas is going to the regional town of Istmina tomorrow to meet with the newly displaced and with local authorities.Panic spread among the Wounaan after an irregular armed group killed two of their leaders in the space of 24 hours last week. Last Thursday, armed men burst into a classroom in Unión Wounaan and left with the school’s 37-year-old teacher. He was found dead a few hours later, his body showing signs of torture.The following day, the leader of the Wounaan community was also found dead after being taken away by members of the same irregular armed group. He too was a schoolteacher. There are fears that more assassinations could follow as other leaders have received threats.On the other side of the country in the south-eastern department of Guaviare, 77 Nukak indigenous people arrived last week in the town of San José del Guaviare, having walked for four months after being forced to leave their ancestral territory. The Nukak are an indigenous group of very limited numbers that until 1988 was unknown to the outside world and lived a nomadic existence of hunting and gathering. In recent years, they have become targets for irregular armed groups who have taken over large parts of their territory. They appeared to be in poor health and clearly malnourished. However, their long-term future remains uncertain. It is crucial to find a solution that will allow them to resume their way of life and preserve their culture.“UNHCR is working closely with indigenous associations to help them defend the rights of their people and our focus is very much on preventing forced displacement through documentation, capacity-building and training,” Mr. Spindler said. read more

Syria UN chief meets with international partners on resolving crisis

According to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Mr. Ban, accompanied by his Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, took part in the meeting outside UN Headquarters of the International Support Group, comprised of the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries.The Security Council is expected to meet at the Ministerial level later today on Syria and the UN chief is expected to brief.After the Support’s Group’s 14 December meeting in Vienna, the participants, among other things, expressed a unanimous sense of urgency to end the suffering of the Syrian people, the physical destruction of Syria, the destabilization of the region, and the resulting increase in terrorists drawn to the fighting in Syria.“The [group] acknowledged the close linkage between a ceasefire and a parallel political process pursuant to the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, and that both initiatives should move ahead expeditiously,” the statement noted, highlighting that the members also stated their commitment to ensure a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition. read more

Parliamentary forum opens in Russia discussions to include UN cooperation

A committee to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will discuss its work at the annual IPU forum, which began today in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ahead of today’s opening, IPU said that its 2,000 delegates will focus discussions this week on overcoming intolerance, xenophobia and extremism.“As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, new technologies and migration are breaking down old barriers and bringing people together in different ways,” IPU said in the opening press conference in Russia, which featured Martin Chungong, the Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.During the Assembly, the parliamentarians are expected to sign a petition promoting democratic societies. They will also discuss a number of global issues, including prohibition of nuclear weapons, cyber-security, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotion of renewable energy.”We can no longer address global solutions without global reflection and consensus,” Mr. Chungong said. Among other issues, the IPU’s Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs will discuss its work and look at ways “to bring a more robust parliamentary contribution to the major global processes,” according to IPU.“I hope in the future all UN Member States will become IPU members, as well,” Valentina Matvienko, the Chairwoman of the Federation Council, said on the opening day, which included a forum for women parliamentarians. The IPU is not a member of the United Nations, but following an agreement in July 2016, the two organizations agreed to strengthen collaboration on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. read more

Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Black Ops Jonas Bros and

first_imgThis week in Twitter was full of memes. From “Things That Piss Me Off,” to “Confession Time,” we learned things that we wish we hadn’t about some of the people we follow. In celebrity news, there was a mega Jonas Brothers/Bieber battle. Also, Conan and Olbermann came back! If you missed out on these, or some of the other hot topics on Twitter this week, we got you covered. Here are this week’s top trends on Twitter:1. Jonas Brothers / Jonas FansThe battle of the Bros vs. Bieber is on. Fans of the Jonas Brothers tweeted why they think they’re more likable than Justin Bieber fans. If only Celebrity Deathmatch was still on MTV. #jonasfans 2. Bieber / Justin Bieber / 6millionbeliebers The Biebs himself claimed to have 6 million fans, or “Beliebers,” as they like to call themselves. Of course, this was part of the Jonas vs. Bieber war. #6millionbeliebers3. Call of Duty / COD Black / Black OpsCall of Duty: Black Ops, a highly-anticipated edition to the series of Call of Duty first-person shooter games, was released this week. It set a new sales record — not just for video games, but for entertainment in general. It made $360 million in sales in 24 hours in the US. That’s even more than Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince made in its first weekend. #blackops4. Things That Piss Me Off#ThingsThatPissMeOff: when people are tweeting about things that piss them off. 5. Conan / #TeamCocoConan O’Brien came back to the comfort of our living room this week via his new show on TBS, “Conan.” Guests included Jon Hamm, Andy Richter, Lea Michele, Seth Rogen, Jack White, Norm MacDonald, and Tom Hanks.#ConanCheck out the next five after the jump!6. Aww Hell says it best, “Every week, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon plays the ‘hashtag game,’ where people tweet responses to a question and add a specified hashtag. One favorite response from @hamburgrhelpstr: ‘playing tetris and then out comes one of those l-shaped bitches, I was like #awwhellno.’”7. We Can’t Be FriendsPeople are tweeting reasons why you can’t be friends with them. For example, #wecantbefriends because you think Hogwarts is a real place. 8. Kieth OlbermannPhew! He’s back! After losing his show for a couple of days, Kieth Olbermann, host of Countdown on MSNBC, has had his show reinstate. #KiethOlbermann9. Confession TimeThis week, Tweeters have been treating Twitter as a confession booth and have been revealing their deep, dark secrets to the world. #confessiontime10. CMA AwardsIt was a night of cowboy boots, and a glam gown worn by Loretta Lynn — the 44th annual Country Music Awards were held this week in Nashville. Couple Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert won Entertainer of the Year, and Best Female Vocalist, respectively. #CMAslast_img read more

How the Kinect brought a gaming father and his autistic son together

first_imgA lot of the more hardcore gamers out there are underwhelmed by Microsoft‘s new gesture-controlled accessory for the Xbox 360, the Kinect… at least as far as launch titles are concerned. But maybe that’s besides the point.After all, as the Nintendo Wii has shown, motion-control is really about bringing the casual gamers to a console… something that the Kinect seems to be accomplishing despite its high price.There’s another group of prospective gamers who are also interested in the likes of the Kinect: disabled gamers with problems manipulating objects with their hands. But it also seems like the Kinect might be a great accessory for the developmentally disabled, as GamingNexus editor John Yan discovered when he put his four year old autistic son in front of the Kinect… who then promptly proceeded to master the console.What proceeded to happen was pretty amazing to me. Firing up Kinect Adventures, we tried out Rally Ball as our first game to play together. He jumped around and flailed his arms and legs in trying to punch the balls back to the blocks. It was pretty cool to see but the thing that really threw me for a loop was when the game ended. The game made my son the primary controller and seeing as I didn’t explain anything to him on how it works, I was ready to tell him to step out so I can go in and navigate through the menus.But, I decided to see if he could follow my directions and interact with the menus. I said hold out your hand and place it on the button. Without any hesitation, he put his hand up and moved it over the button on the screen and held it there until the circle animation finished, indicating the button has been pressed. After that initial coaching, he proceeded to move around in the menus without much vocal cues from me. I just stood there and was flabbergasted by what I just saw. Microsoft’s design team did such a good job at creating a user interface with Kinect that my son was able to go through each menu to initiate the next round in Rally Ball. It’s intuitive enough that I spent barely any time teaching my four year old special needs son how to go about the menu system. That story’s worth more to Microsoft than the whole Kinect marketing budget put together. After all, Microsoft has continuously emphasized the Kinect’s ability to bring gamers together: what, then, could be more effective and touching than a real-life story about the Kinect bringing together a father and his autistic son?Read more at GamingNexyslast_img read more

La Chine lance la construction du plus grand radiotélescope du monde

first_imgLa Chine lance la construction du plus grand radio-télescope du mondeLa construction d’un immense radio-télescope vient de débuter dans la province du Guizhou, au sud-ouest de la Chine. Avec son ouverture sphérique de 500 mètres, il sera le plus grand du monde.Les autorités locales ont annoncé mercredi le lancement du chantier, dans le Comté de Pingtan, rapporte le Quotidien du Peuple. Il aura fallu quatorze années pour préparer le projet, puis deux autres pour mener une enquête de terrain et reloger les habitants de la région. Enfin entamée, la construction qui demandera un investissement de quelque 667 millions de yuans (101,3 millions de dollars), devrait s’achever en 2016.Le réflecteur principal du télescope le plus grand du monde, qui couvrira une surface équivalent à trente terrains de football, sera composé de 4.600 panneaux. La région étant peu peuplée et sous-développée, le télescope sera implanté sur un site idéalement calme, nécessaire à la capture des ondes électromagnétiques.Le 29 janvier 2011 à 09:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ice Cream Sandwich et le Nexus Prime présentés le 19 octobre

first_imgIce Cream Sandwich et le Nexus Prime présentés le 19 octobre ?Reportée par hommage vis à vis du décès de Steve Jobs, la présentation du prochain fer de lance téléphonique de Samsung et du système d’exploitation de Google pourrait bien avoir lieu la semaine prochaine.Selon une source interne du site web Engadget, Ice Cream Sandwich et le Samsung Nexus Prime pourraient être dévoilés à Hong Kong, la semaine prochaine…Le 19 octobre.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Ils seraient lancés lors de l’évènement Unpacked, qui était initialement prévu le 11 octobre. Une date stratégique, placée une semaine après le lancement de l’Iphone 4S et facilement vérifiable : il n’y aura pas beaucoup à attendre !Du coté de Samsung, l’information n’a pas été infirmée, mais n’est pas confirmée non plus. L’enjeu est d’importance et la communication rigoureusement scellée…Surtout depuis la fuite, intentionnelle ou pas, concernant le Galaxy S3 !    Le 13 octobre 2011 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

11 Adorable Freaks of Nature You Must See to Believe

first_img Woah, have you heard of this two-headed porpoise thing? Ugh. It’s disgusting, right? I mean, yeah, it’s still one of God’s creatures, and She loves each and every one of them, but I mean…look at it. And yeah, it’s wrong to judge or body shame – even in the case of deceased cetacean freaks – but seriously, it’s literally a freak. It’s a mutant. But not in a judgmental way. Honestly. That’s not how your boy J. Thor Kensen rolls.The thing is, as gross and weird and mind-blowing as the two-headed porpoise is, it’s far from the only freakish member of the animal kingdom. And a lot of the monsters running and swimming and hopping and flying around on old Spaceship Earth? They’re not freakish because of some kind of genetic fluke, no ma’am or sir or genderless honorific; they’re freakish because god, in her infinite wisdom, which is unfathomable by the likes of us, designed them that way.Down below? Down below you’ll find some of J. Thor’s absolute favorites, beasties, and critters that shouldn’t exist, that are too weird to live but too strange to die. Peruse them at your leisure and get at me in the comments with any other monsters that scoff at our prudish senses of how big certain body parts should be.J. Thor Kensen is the illegitimate second cousin of K. Thor Jensen.View as: One Page Slides1. Ankole-Watusivia wikicommonsLook at the horns on this thing! They’re way too big for the body of any cow that isn’t a steed on some kind of He-Man-esque cartoon. But you know what they say: “If you mess with the bull, you’ll get impaled on giant bony protuberances!”2. Geoduckvia culinarypen.comFun fact: Geoducks are neither ducks, nor geos and are, in fact, weird clam things that look like dongs. Apparently, even God likes a dick-joke!3. Gharialvia ideonexus.comCrocodiles. Alligators. These are apex predators that have remained largely the same since the days of the dinosaurs. Gharials? These are crocs and gators’ lousy little cousins whose goofy, skinny jaws can be clamped shut with a well positioned rubber band.4. Japanese Spider Crabvia citizenbrooklyn.comThey don’t have these on the menu at Red Lobster! At least not by me – maybe in Tokyo, right? Can you imagine though? You’d probably end up knocking cheddar biscuits off of someone else’s table while trying to crack into those legs and oh boy would you be embarrassed then.5. Narwhalvia wikicommonsIt’s a water unicorn and it’s just flat-out not normal or natural. I don’t know what else to tell you. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, that well-positioned twisting, presumably magical horn isn’t even in the center of its head – it’s off to the side!6. Proboscis Monkeyvia wikicommonsSome animals are freaky because of how absurdly giant their noses are – and no, I’m not talking about your uncle Sal! I mean, look at this thing. Between the shnozzola and the eyebrows he looks like he should be sitting on the bench inside the playground nodding to himself.7. Red-lipped Batfishvia wikicommonsThe old saying goes “You can’t put make-up, specifically lipstick, on a barnyard animal like a pig.” But apparently God, in her infinite wisdom, can make a batfish up like a painted harlot of the night! Go figure!8. Saiga Antelopevia unep.orgHey, don’t let this guy borrow your nasal spray if you know what’s good for you and your nasal spray budget! I bet he also likes peanuts on account of how his nose is so big that it looks like a trunk that an elephant would have and they, as a species, tend to like peanuts!9. Sarcastic Fringeheadvia salmagundi.heracliteanfire.netIf you met this guy in the ocean, I bet he’d be like “Oh yeah, my mouth is totally small. It’s the tiniest mouth at all and not at all freakish. I don’t give your boy J. Thor the heebie-jeebies or anything.”10. Star-nosed Molevia youtube/BiovisionCHSick! Seriously! Gross! This thing looks like something you’d square off against a billion times in Final Fantasy VII because you have to keep running over the same area, prompting random encounters to get the right kind of chocobo to continue your weird breeding program even though there are plenty of great chocobos available for adoption right now.11. Suriname Toadvia wikicommonsNot only is the Suriname Toad totally flat, which is totally unnatural unless you happen to be a sentient piece of paper or something, but it also hatches eggs out of its back, which is absolutely insane, because everyone knows that animals lay eggs out of their butts.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Thousands Treated for Bluebottle Stings in Australia

first_img Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…Thousands of beachgoers in Australia were treated over the weekend for venomous bluebottle stings, according to Surf Life Saving Queensland.While folks in North America and Europe bundled up to ring in the new year, Aussies pulled on their bathing suits and flip-flops for a summer holiday. But instead of watching fireworks, many people were seeing blue.Bluebottles—a.k.a. Portuguese Man O’ War (Physalia physalis), a.k.a. Indo-Pacific Man O’ War (Physalia utriculus), a.k.a. not a true jellyfish—is a marine hydrozoan found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetcenter_img Been stung by a bluebottle (Physalia)? Ensure you remove the blue tentacle, rinse the area with sea water and seek help from a lifesaver or professional lifeguard. Treat the area with warm water or ice for 20 minutes. If symptoms persist, send for medical aid.— Surf Life Saving QLD (@lifesavingqld) December 28, 2018Propelled by currents, tides, and a sail at the top of its bladder, the slimy scummy creature boasts venomous tentacles that deliver a painful sting, powerful enough to kill fish or, occasionally, humans.The season’s first bluebottles were spotted across the Australia’s Gold Coast late last month, closing a handful of beaches just before the new year. More than 1,600 stinger treatments were recorded on Dec. 30 alone.As of Sunday evening, Surf Life Saving Queensland reported a “whopping” 3,592 bluebottle stings across the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast over the weekend. “Unusually strong wind conditions are causing bluebottles to come closer to shore,” the aquatic rescue authority tweeted on Saturday. “If stung, remove stingers, take a very hot shower, and apply ice.”Lifesavers are doing stinger drags from in Australia (via Surf Life Saving Queensland)Despite Australia’s total or partial beach closures, folks are still feeling the wrath of these bluebottles, the sting of which can lead to red welts on the skin, muscle cramps, elevated heart rates, and vomiting.On rare occasions, a bluebottle bite can be fatal to humans.In 1987, an unlucky victim suffered a full cardiovascular collapse that resulted in death after getting too close to a Portuguese Man O’ War in Florida. More recently, a woman swimming off a beach near Sardinia died following a bluebottle sting.More on Camera Captures Rare Glimpse of Deep-Sea JellyfishJellyfish Chips and Seaweed Dip, Anyone?Watch: Couple Finds Deadly Snake in Bedroom Air Conditionerlast_img read more

Daley Blind loves José Mourinho

first_imgThe Ajax footballer said he learned a lot from his former coach in Manchester United and that all worked well with himJosé Mourinho doesn’t need to be praised.The so-called Special One has always divided opinions, one side of the fans love him, the other hates him.But what is clear, is the impact he has had on players, like ex-Manchester United footballer Daley Blind.The now Ajax player spoke to The Express and praised his old boss.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I learned a lot from him. He is a winner. And he can project that very well on a group”, he said.“I almost played 150 matches. I won four trophies at United.”“I had a very beautiful time. I had many nice moments there,” he added.“I am very grateful to the fans. I worked very nice[ly] with Mourinho.”last_img read more

Clean is cool…this is the new campaign for the Tourist board

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThis is the theme under which Tourism Environmental Awareness Month is being celebrated and numerous educational and interactive activities have been planned to echo this among residents. The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board will be embarking on a mission to create tourism and environmental awareness that they hope will improve not just the citizens of the TCI but enhance the stay of our visitors.Among the activities planned are school visits, mangrove planting and a clean-up campaign. Related Items:last_img read more

Worker falls several stories from Fort Lauderdale Beach building

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A worker was injured after he fell several stories from a Fort Lauderdale Beach building.The man was painting a Fort Lauderdale Beach building, at the corner of Seabreeze Boulevard and Cortez Street, Monday morning, when the piece of scaffolding he was standing on collapsed, causing him to fall five stories.The scaffolding hit a power line when it fell, causing a transformer to fail. As a result, many residents lost power. “It was a lot of crashing obviously, so you could hear the scaffolding falling, then I heard the transformer blow,” said Alex O’Rourke. “That’s essentially what got my attention because, over there, we’re working with power, and we went without power for a couple of minutes.”The worker was transported to Broward Health Medical Center. Despite experiencing trauma-related injuries, he is expected to be OK. Worker injured on FLL beach when he falls several stories from scaffolding @wsvn— Brandon Beyer (@beyernews) June 6, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more