first_imgAlligators freeze with noses above water in North Carolina swampAmerican alligators at The Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. have turned themselves into ice statues to survive the cold weather. Eighteen alligators at the park have poked their noses through the ice and then frozen in place, entering a state of brumation, similar to hibernation. When in their frozen state, the alligators do not react when disturbed.Photo by: George Howard at The Swamp Park, Ocean Isle Beach, NCA park employee says the animals seem to sense when a cold snap is coming and poke their noses above the water at just the right time. Last January, alligators at the same park made headlines when they froze with their noses above water for the first time. Those alligators thawed out a few days later with no observable impacts to their health. Photo by: George Howard at The Swamp Park, Ocean Isle Beach, NCSwamp Park We asked General Manager at the Swamp Park, George Howard some questions about these clever gators. Since Swamp Park is the largest zip line facility on the East coast, Howard’s expertise falls into the zip lining field along with design, building, training and managing outdoor adventure parks. He wears many hats and driven to make the park the best it can be for visitors and wildlife.“Last year was the first year that it got cold enough for the alligators to do this and I had never seen this happen before, anywhere,”  says Howard,  “I was amazed and eager to learn why.”Gator Q&A with Howard:BRO: How long can they stay like that?Howard: Good question.  I am not sure anyone definitely has this answer.BRO: What’s the difference between brumation and hibernation?Howard: Both are a metabolic state, brumation is a more aware state where true hibernation renders the animal asleep.BRO: Why do they do this? Does this say anything about climate change?Howard: The poking of the noses out of the ice is a simple cause/effect.  The alligators need to breathe so in order to do so the poke their noses up.  I believe this is a weather adaptation and not indicative of a climate change.BRO: Are there any risks for them to do this?Howard: There could be if they were unable to protect their body temperature.  Stuck like this for too long could be detrimental.BRO: Do the alligators have names and/or noticeable different personalities?Howard: Some of our gators have names and yes, they do have different personalities.  I have found this species to be far more social with one another than I previously thought.last_img read more

Medford Fire Leaves Person Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was found dead following a garage fire at a vacant Medford home early Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.Officers and Medford Fire Department firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting a fire in a vacant Maple Street home at 1:57 a.m., police said.After firefighters extinguished the flames, they found the body of a person inside a car in the garage.The body was taken to the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to determine the identity of the victim.Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation, but have determined the cause of the fire to be non-criminal in nature.last_img read more

4 surprising ways your identity can be stolen

first_imgThink you’re safe and protected? Think again. Here are some surreal ways folks have fallen prey. by: Geoff WilliamsYou bought a shredder the moment identity theft experts started stressing their necessity. You have 72 different passwords locked away in a fireproof safe, which is where you keep all of your personal financial information.But it may not matter. Thieves are resourceful and shrewd when it comes to stealing people’s identity. If you’re constantly on the lookout for new ways a con artist can take your personal information, you’ll want to stay alert. There are some rather surreal ways your personal information could be compromised.Your phone’s SIM card could be taken. This is a hacking con in which a criminal uses a SIM reader or scanner to copy the information on your SIM card, a memory chip in your mobile phone. Once a bad guy has the code to your SIM card, he can copy it and basically use your phone’s information to make phone calls for free. Well, it isn’t free, of course. You get to pay for those calls.It happened to John Glynn, a publicist in Scottsdale, Arizona. He says the SIM card in his Samsung Galaxy S4 was duplicated. He learned about it when he received his phone bill. continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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A home with a pool and sweeping views just sold for under $190,000

first_img10 Irwin Close, Sun Valley with a pool and sweeping mountain views just sold for the bargain price of $187,000.WHERE can you get a three-bedroom home with a beautiful pool, sweeping mountain views and pay less than most blocks of land?Gladstone has the answer with this three-bedroom, two-bathroom elevated home selling for just $187,000 on Wednesday.The 10 Irwin Close home in Sun Valley, just south of Gladstone claims it is in a family friendly neighbourhood, located close to shops, schools and parkland and just needed a little love.With a lovely pool, sweeping mountain views and plenty of recreation room, this is certainly a bargain buy, sitting on 635sq m of land.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago10 Irwin Close, Sun ValleyIt appears Sun Valley is a suburb in demand, recording an average of 285 visits per property according to, just shy of the Queensland average of 288 visits.The suburb also looks like it is home to quite a mix of housing, giving all tastes and budgets the chance to live in this sought after suburb.Currently on the market is this neat and tidy three-bedroom home at 13 Twin Street, with a listing price of $210,000.If you need more room to move, this large five-bedroom home at 2 Archer Street, with huge pool and three-bathrooms is on the market for $445,000.But if budget is no real option and you’d love to move into this coveted suburb then this stunning home at 8 Trinity Place for $699,000 might tick all of the boxes for you.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home boasts magnificent views from its pool deck, towards the harbour entrance and surrounds and has been built with a definite Mediterranean feel.last_img read more

400 investors register on climate action reporting platform

first_imgInstitutional investors are being encouraged to use a new online platform to report climate action they are taking and make new commitments.Nearly 400 investors with $32trn (€27.5trn) in assets under management between them have used The Investor Agenda, which was formally launched in San Francisco yesterday as part of the annual conference of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and a global climate summit.Developed by seven organisations including the PRI and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the initiative “seeks over time to reflect the full breadth and scale of global investor-led action on climate change”.It also aims to stimulate greater action by “bringing together and helping drive participation in a broad range of global investor initiatives”. To participate, investors must report the climate actions they have taken or plan to take in one or more of four “focus areas”: investment, corporate engagement, investor disclosure, and policy advocacy.According to the launch announcement, 392 investors had specifically reported new information or committed to policy advocacy activity under The Investor Agenda.Investors who were already involved in related corporate engagement initiatives, such as Climate Action 100+, are counted as active by The Investor Agenda, but are not included in the 392 figure.Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said The Investor Agenda “offers a clear path to scale-up investor action”.“It gives investors multiple opportunities to continue to demonstrate their willingness to become part of the transformation that will lead us to a more cleaner, greener, sustainable future for all.”Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO of DKK275bn (€37bn) Danish pension fund PKA and chair of the IIGCC, said the emergence of the platform reflected “the mounting urgency among the global investor community to address the greatest challenge of our time through measurable and transparent actions”.last_img read more

PSG battle Inter Milan for wantaway Tottenham star

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are reportedly ready to rival Inter Milan in the transfer pursuit of Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Loading… The wantaway Dane has been heavily linked with a move to the Serie A giants with some reports claiming they have tabled an offer of £8.5m last night. Spurs are believed to have rejected that bid for the 27-year-old, who becomes a free agent in June, and want double that fee.However, the Daily Mirror claim they will face huge competition from PSG for the playmaker.Their report states the French champions view the fee wanted by Spurs as a “bargain”.And now they are monitoring the talks between the Premier League outfit and Inter while they plot their own move.#Football PSG enter transfer race for Christian Eriksen and will battle Inter Milan for wantaway Tottenham star #Soccer #News— Football News (@soccerMeraki) January 15, 2020Read Also: Mourinho wants Tottenham fans to ‘respect’ Eriksen if he decides to leaveEriksen has rejected all offers of an extension by Tottenham, citing his desire to experience another culture outside of England.Supporters booed him off during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool and he was jeered again last night when the line ups were announced prior to the FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

EPL: Giroud fires Chelsea past relegated Norwich

first_imgOlivier Giroud wasted a hat-trick of chances before heading Chelsea to a 1-0 home win over Norwich to boost the Blues’ Champions League qualification hopes.Giroud nodded in Christian Pulisic’s teasing cross for his third goal in as many league starts, easing Chelsea’s lingering pain from Saturday’s 3-0 humbling at Sheffield United. Leicester’s shock 4-1 hammering at Bournemouth and Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton had handed Frank Lampard’s men a double reprieve after their comprehensive loss at Bramall Lane.The Blues had no business wasting such an unexpected opportunity to cement third place in the table against the already-relegated Canaries, and boss Lampard knew as much – making five changes from the weekend’s frustrating defeat.For much of the first half both Chelsea and Giroud appeared to be heading for an agonising evening, but then the France hitman headed home and the entire mood around Stamford Bridge changed.Chelsea now boast a four-point lead on both fourth-placed Leicester and United in fifth, though both those teams have an extra game left to play.On another night Giroud could have had four, but in the end his solitary headed goal could wind up finally pushing the Blues into next term’s Champions League. Ajax signing Hakim Ziyech was in the stands to watch his new team-mates, with the Morocco forward already training with the Blues ahead of being available for action next term.The 27-year-old will doubtless have been impressed by USA forward Pulisic’s showing, and delighted with the result.The 32-cap assist king will be forgiven for also being excited by the improvements he can bring to the Blues next season however.Right at the end of the first-half, Giroud put paid to a hugely frustrating 45 minutes.The continually outstanding Pulisic had drifted onto the left wing, checked back onto his right foot – and delivered a sumptuous cross. Giroud had precious little option other than to nod the Blues into the lead.And how the Frenchman toasted that goal with relish, exchanging high fives and fist bumps with Jorginho.Because in everything that came his way before his goal, Giroud had botched, and in some style.Ben Godfrey headed the ball straight into Giroud’s path in the area for the first of three gilt-edged chances, but the 33-year-old connected with his shin and the ball looped tamely into Tim Krul’s hands.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel When Cesar Azpilicueta drilled a fine cutback, again it was Giroud racing onto the inviting chance. But here he could only hack high and wide into the deserted Shed End.Former Arsenal striker Giroud completed his hat-trick of misses by spurning another Norwich gift.Timm Klose missed a regulation clearing header and the loose ball was once more right in Giroud’s path.But as with his first chance he could not find any kind of genuine connection, and Krul was able to scoop up and breathe easy.Amid Giroud’s profligacy, Pulisic forced Krul to tip onto the bar with a fine snap shot on the spin.When the breakthrough came, Chelsea’s relief was palpable however, and the hosts quickly carried that advantage into the break.Giroud reverted back to spurning opportunities to open the second half, powering in on goal only to head high and wide from Willian’s threatening corner.Toni Rudiger pulled off an inch-perfect last-ditch sliding tackle to deny the marauding Onel Hernandez in a rare Norwich attack.Azpilicueta curled just over from the edge of the area as Chelsea threatened again, with alert Canaries keeper Krul then denying both Pulisic and Marcos Alonso.Giroud just had time to turn a low cross the wrong side of the post before being replaced by Tammy Abraham in the closing stages.But with the crucial win in the bag, neither Giroud nor Chelsea will care too much about those missed chances.Tags: ChelseaChristian PulisicManchester UnitedNorwich CityOlivier GiroudPremier LeagueSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Express delivery at Laytown

first_img Press Association Many of the bumper crowd will have been with the Ado McGuinness-trained 11-year-old, who was second here last year, as he went in search of a 10th career success, having won most recently at the Galway Festival. Although Johnny Murtagh looked a real threat at the two-furlong marker on Like Magic, Ian Brennan was moving powerfully on 5-1 chance Toufan Express and was always holding the runner-up after moving to the front, prevailing by a length and a quarter. Toufan Express defied his veteran status as he shot to a popular victory in the Neptune Claiming Race in the unique once-a-year fixture on the beach at Laytown.center_img McGuinness said: “He’s been a super horse for us down the years. He had a lot of leg trouble and he’s been to the beach a lot as it helps him. We thought he was finished last year, but he just seems to come back. My kids ride him out at home. Laytown is local for me. We often take our horses to the beach at home. They love it, it’s great for their legs.” Nina Carberry rode her first winner since breaking her collarbone in June as she was at her strongest in getting USA (11-8 favourite) home in the Hibernia Steel (QR) Race. Stephen Mahon’s charge led around half a furlong out after collaring Wild China, and Carberry was in no mood to be denied in holding Moonbi Creek by a neck in a driving finish. Carberry had broken her collarbone when unshipped from Kilapsy on the way to the start for the bumper at Gowran on June 23. She said: “It’s great to have the ride, Tom (Quinn, owner) is a family friend. I misinterpreted the last furlong, it was a bit longer than I thought, but we got there in the end and it’s good to get a winner back.” Saratoga Baby has been in good form this year and picked up a third success in the Marquees Nationwide (QR) Handicap. Peter Fahey’s 11-4 joint-favourite, ridden by rising star Jane Mangan, collared the sweet-travelling Oor Jock inside the final quarter-mile and was driven two and three-quarter lengths clear. Dual Laytown winner Richelieu made a valiant attempt to make it three in the O’Neills Sports Handicap, but came up three-quarters of a length short behind Tom McCourt’s Bangalore Diamond (7-2 favourite) under Colin Keane. Captain May (3-1 favourite) went one place better than last year to capture the Gilna’s Cottage Inn Maiden. Owned by former amateur rider Aileen Sloane-Lee and trained by her husband Andrew, the Captain Rio gelding made all to see off That’s Plenty by a length and a half. Lambourn trainer George Baker sent Dana’s Present for the Tote Mobile Betting Handicap and he was sent off the 7-2 favourite, but could only finish sixth as the six-furlong prize went the way of the Damian English-trained Enigma Code. A multiple winner at Dundalk, Ian McCarthy’s mount kept on well to beat Ucanchoose by half a length after a protracted duel. English said of his 11-1 winner: “He’s as tough as nails. He ran very well at the Curragh (on Sunday), but it was a no sticks apprentice race and he’s the type that just needs a slap. I put Ian on him as he’s a strong rider and I didn’t want him carrying a lot of lead. He comes down here every day for a splash in the water – we’re only 15 minutes from here.” last_img read more

Dragons punished by Leinster

Leinster were made to work hard for their eighth straight win over Newport Gwent Dragons with replacement Darren Hudson sealing a bonus point in a 31-19 win at the RDS. Press Association Hudson claimed the bonus-point try late on away to Zebre last Sunday and he repeated the trick as Matt O’Connor’s men moved to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12. Two tries in quick succession from Ashley Smith and Richie Rees had helped the Dragons move into a 16-10 lead approaching the hour mark. However, the penalty count caught up with the Welsh region as they lost Nathan Buck and Jevon Groves to the sin-bin in each half and their new Argentinian prop Francisco Chaparro saw red for a dangerous 80th minute dump tackle on Isaac Boss. Leinster notched all four of their tries while the visitors were down to 14 men. They led 10-3 at half-time with man-of-the-match Jack McGrath returning from international duty to score his third try in ten league games this season. Their scrum then turned the screw with two penalty tries while Groves was off the pitch, and Hudson was sent over in the right corner after Chaparro’s dismissal. The Dragons had to absorb the early pressure as Leinster turned down a kickable penalty, before Jason Tovey cleared the danger with a thumping kick downfield. The penalties were beginning to stack up against the visitors – they leaked six in the opening 15 minutes – and a Rhys Thomas ruck offence allowed Ian Madigan to open the scoring. Loose handling of the greasy ball and a messy scrum made for a listless first quarter, the game lulling along without either try-line being threatened. However, a good spate of carrying – with captain Rob Sidoli and Nic Cudd making the hard yards – got the Dragons into scoring range and Tovey rewarded his pack with a well-struck drop goal. Leinster struggled to build momentum as the turnovers and individual errors continued, but the sin-binning of Dragons prop Buck, who coughed up his fourth penalty when coming in at the side of a ruck, offered them a chink of light. The men of Gwent also had to cope with Netani Talei’s injury-enforced withdrawal and their resolute defence eventually gave way just before half-time. Recent Six Nations debutant McGrath barged through a tackle from Sidoli and carried two more defenders over the try-line as Leinster ended the half with a seven-point lead. But the doughty Dragons profited from two quick turnovers to produce a terrific turnaround early in the second period. Just when Leinster looked set to score, centre Smith’s vital tackle on Brendan Macken inspired a break downfield and although Fergus McFadden retrieved the situation, a further poach saw Matthew Pewtner hauled down short before he passed for Smith to finish in the right corner. Tovey was unable to convert and he also sent the conversion of Rees’ 48th-minute try wide, the scrum half dummying and scurrying through after the ball had gone loose from a midfield Leinster ruck. It was helter-skelter stuff and Leinster were looking shaky as Tovey knocked over his first penalty of the night. But Leinster’s set piece strength got them back on track. Groves was yellow carded for collapsing a promising lineout maul and a subsequent set of close range scrums earned the Irish province their first penalty try. The Dragons pack could not cope and leaked another penalty try in the 67th minute before Groves’ return. Madigan converted both for a 24-16 advantage. The visitors were not finished, Groves setting up a second penalty success for Tovey and a very competitive final 10 minutes. They kept out Leinster’s attempts to grind out a fourth try until a moment of madness from PRO12 debutant Chaparro, who lifted and drove Boss into the ground, saw them end the game shorthanded. The home side piled on the pressure through their forwards, being held up just in front of the posts before Madigan’s bouncing pass released Hudson for the bonus point score and the former added the conversion. read more