Rare Kakapo parrot produces strong breeding season, scientists say

The kakapo, a rare parrot that resides in New Zealand, has reportedly had quite a few babies as of late, marking an impressive mating season. (Department of Conservation New Zealand via Reuters) A BALD EAGLE TRIO OF TWO MALES AND A FEMALE IS SUCCESSFULLY RAISING EAGLES IN ILLINOIS This year’s anticipated figure is more than twice that of the previous cycle, according to AFP. The kakapos, which currently have a total of 147 adults, were believed to be extinct until some were found in 1970, the outlet said. Scientists reportedly haven’t pinpointed the root cause of the surge, but have developed some possible ideas.

Chairman quits troubled tourism body

One. into expenses, by independent forensic accountants BDO, is to go back at least six years and look at all expenses claimed by current and recent members of the senior management team and board. The second, by external lawyers Clarion, will examine its culture, governance, procedures and management. Latest news and stories from Yorkshire Past and present employees would be interviewed confidentially and a report made available, said the tourism body. Mr Stewart said: “Now the appropriate investigations are in place, he [Mr McMillan] felt it was the right time to step down to allow the organisation to move forward; this was supported by the board.” All appropriate board meeting documents were to be released in future, including agendas, papers …

‘I probably wouldn’t be alive without their help’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWho looks after the health of the homeless? Homeless people face various challenges: where to find the next meal; where to seek shelter on a cold night; how to protect themselves from the threat of violence. A specialist service in Birmingham is trying to make life easier for them in one specific area – where to turn when they need medical help. Kaece McGowan was living in a hostel when she first visited the Homeless Health Exchange – an NHS practice exclusively for people who are homeless. The then 20-year-old, who had been living abroad, returned home because of visa issues and found living in Birmingham “a bit of a struggle”. Without …

Lily Tomlin On ‘9 To 5’ Sequel: ‘We Hope That We Live To See It’

Tomlin popped by “ Along with Dolly Parton, Fonda and Tomlin have been part of the talk about  “They’re writing it at the moment,” Tomlin told DeGeneres of the film, which reportedly aims to reflect women’s issues in the modern workforce. “We hope that we live to see it. We’re very advanced in years. I said to [Fonda] the other day, ‘I wonder which one of us would go first.’”  Eight Decades of Jane” fundraiser in Atlanta that raised $1.3 million for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential foundation. The organization, which Fonda founded in 1995, is focused on teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health. Los Angeles LGBT Center. Also in Thursday’s interview, DeGeneres challenged Tomlin to a game of “Will-y Lily Know It?” in which …

New Hampshire senator to call on 2020 Democrats to support repeal of voter residency law

Washington (CNN)Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, plans to send 2020 Democratic presidential candidates a letter Monday, urging them to sign a petition condemning a state law that would require college students to be a permanent resident of the state to vote. In her letter, which CNN obtained ahead of its publication, Shaheen argues that the law effectively creates a “poll tax” for college students. “They are being disenfranchised by photo ID requirements, arbitrary challenges to residency, and unfounded allegations of fraud,” Shaheen writes. President Donald Trump has claimed, without evidence, that thousands of people were bused from Massachusetts to vote illegally in New Hampshire, which he narrowly lost in the 2016 state primary. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner …

Every 2020 Democrat Wants To Be The Electable Candidate

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa ― Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack is better positioned than almost anyone in America to figure out how his party can defeat President Donald Trump. Loebsack is in his seventh term representing Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, which went for Barack Obama twice before Trump won a plurality there in 2016. Before that, he spent two decades as a political science professor and was a go-to pundit on Iowa politics. Loebsack plans to meet with every Democratic candidate running for president and make a decision on how to endorse by Labor Day. His No. 1 criteria for an endorsement? “For me, it’s all about who can win the next election and beat Donald Trump,” he told reporters after an …

The Priory fined 300k over girl’s death

In sentencing, Judge Mr Justice James Dingemans said no financial penalty he could impose would ever “reflect the loss suffered by Amy’s family”. Speaking outside court, Amy’s mother Tania El-Keria said: “The public’s eye has been firmly opened to what the Priory stand for, profit over safety. “Today is a historic day in our fight for justice for Amy. “Our Amy died in what we know to be a criminally unsafe hospital being run by the Priory.” Image copyright The Priory Group Image caption Amy El-Keria was admitted to the Priory Hospital in Ticehurst a few months before she died In a statement, the charity Inquest, which supported the family, said it was “a historic moment in terms of accountability …

Mitch McConnell Proposes Raising Age For Tobacco Products To 21

Mueller report Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader telling farmers to plant more hemp. “My legislation will be similar to the current system, where retailers have the responsibility to verify the age of anyone buying tobacco products — we’ll just raise the age from 18 to 21,” McConnell Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. failed in February amid concerns it might hurt the state’s already shrinking tobacco industry. according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. may turn out to be more profitable. leader in developing a hemp industry and McConnell has long been a prominent booster. He teamed with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon earlier this year to ask the e-cigarette use has soared. More than 20 percent of high schoolers vaped …

Denver airport’s $14.5M taxpayer-funded sign busted after less than 2 years in use: reports

LAX TRAVELERS WARNED ABOUT POSSIBLE MEASLES EXPOSURE AGAIN The structure had been gradually deteriorating since being activated in 2017. The airport decided to shut off the “sticks” on April 5 until Panasonic can repair the problems, the Denver Post reported. The sign will still display advertisements on its large television screens in the meantime. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The beauty contest to be next Tory leader

The hustings for next PM, in all but name Avoiding European polls a priority – Hunt A minister roaming beyond their brief. “The mindset of government needs to shift,” he said, and doing so in a speech peppered with personal experience. Should he decide to stand, Mr Javid’s greatest political asset is his own story. His is a biography that personifies the Conservative ideal; the son of an immigrant family who worked hard, became a millionaire and rose to the cabinet; a life shaped by aspiration rather than privilege. His critics, though, see a faltering public speaker. They also point to what they saw as his tortured, calculating equivocation before the EU referendum, voting to Remain “with a heavy heart …

Former Rwanda rebel group leader accused of war crimes dies

BERLIN – The former head of a Rwandan rebel group has died in Germany while awaiting retrial on war crimes charges, a court says. Ignace Murwanashyaka, the former president of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, was convicted by a Stuttgart court in 2015 of leading a terrorist organization and four counts of being an accessory to war crimes in eastern Congo a decade ago. He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment, but the verdict was overturned last year and a retrial was pending. The Stuttgart court said on Wednesday that Murwanashyaka’s health deteriorated suddenly on April 11. He was transferred to a hospital, where he later died. The court declined to provide further details, citing patient confidentiality.

60 People Charged In Illegal Prescription Opioid Crackdown

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman of Cincinnati described the action, with 31 doctors facing charges, as the biggest known takedown yet of drug prescribers. Robert Duncan, U.S. attorney for eastern Kentucky, called the doctors involved “white-coated drug dealers.” Authorities said arrests were being made and search warrants carried out as they announced the charges at a news conference. They didn’t immediately name those being charged. Among those charged was a Tennessee nurse practitioner who dubbed himself the “Rock Doc” and is accused of prescribing dangerous combinations of drugs such as fentanyl and oxycodone, authorities said. A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for his attorney. Others charged include a Kentucky doctor who is accused of writing prescriptions to Facebook friends who …

UK teachers suffer ‘appalling treatment’

He had multiple disabilities, including a form of arthritis, hypertension, gout and diabetes, which the employer was aware of. Teachers sent home over unruly pupils row ‘We are kicked, spat on, hit and sworn at’ Secondary school staff suffer work attacks Other cases included members experiencing assaults from pupils, discriminatory practices related to pregnancy-related and flexible-working requests, race discrimination and discrimination based on age, sexual orientation and religion or belief. A DfE spokeswoman said: “No teacher should face discrimination or ill-treatment in the workplace. “The majority of schools provide safe and reasonable working environments for teaching staff, and it’s important that they remain as such.” Despite winning financial compensation for many of its members, the NASUWT said it believed the …

Taking Australia’s asylum seekers was a ‘deal with the devil:’ former Nauru leader

(CNN)The Nauru president who allowed Australia to reopen a controversial detention camp for asylum seekers on the tiny Pacific island has said that he made a “deal with the devil.” But the offshore processing centers were highly controversial. Human rights groups criticized the poor living conditions and high incidence of mental health problems among detainees. Keeping asylum seekers on the island, which is home to under 10,000 people, for years without hope of getting to Australia had amounted to “torture,” Dabwido told The Project on Australia’s Network 10 on Wednesday. “Nauru government should find a better way than living on these people’s blood,” he added. Final comments Dabwido, who presided over Nauru from 2011 to 2013, made the frank comments …

Detective ‘predicts’ fatal stabbing areas

Two boys, aged 14, were found guilty of his murder, which police said was the result of a simmering dispute. The research, carried out alongside University of Cambridge criminologists, found that during 2016-17 the Metropolitan Police recorded 3,506 assaults with a knife where the location of the attack had been identified. The stabbings took place in 2,048 of London’s 4,835 local census areas – neighbourhoods with a population of about 1,700, which are smaller than council wards. Image caption Knife injuries in 2016-17 by council ward But Prof Sherman warned forces needed to improve their data collection processes to distinguish between arrests for carrying or making threats with knives and stabbings. “The current definition of knife crime is too broad …

Trump wants radically less government. Here’s what that looks like.

(CNN)In President Donald Trump’s Washington, regulation is the enemy and smaller government is the ultimate goal, but recent lapses involving baby sleepers and long-range jets underline the positive role regulators can play in everyday life. The commission issued an alert on the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper seat last week but did not force a recall despite 32 infant deaths linked to the product, according to Consumer Reports. The American Academy of Pediatrics responded, urging an immediate recall. On Friday, the commission and Fisher-Price announced they were recalling all models of the sleeper. And in a settlement of its administrative complaint against the company, the commission let Britax, the manufacturer of the popular BOB Gear jogging stroller, issue an instructional …