Legislative Changes Take Some of the Stress out of Getting Married

first_imgThey say you can’t hurry love, but Nova Scotians planning to marry won’t have to wait quite as long for a licence with changes to the Solemnization of Marriage Act introduced today, April 3. The act will be amended to eliminate the five-day wait period between the time a marriage licence is applied for, and the date it is ready for pick up. “A marriage ceremony is a special occasion that should be as hassle-free as possible,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “To help make preparing for the special day less stressful, we are removing the red-tape from the marriage licence process.” Before the amendment, couples applying for a marriage licence made two trips for a licence, one to apply and, five days later, another to pick up the licence. This was often inconvenient. “The new changes to the Solemnization of Marriage Act will reduce some stress for couples getting married and let them focus on the fun details,” said Lauren Martin, a Nova Scotia wedding planner and designer. “It directly impacts our clients and allows for a seamless and stress-free application process.” The five-day wait period was introduced in 1931 and it is believed it was to force sober second thought. “While this requirement may have served a useful purpose at one time, Nova Scotians no longer need government to play this monitoring role,” said Mr. MacDonell. “We are responding to Nova Scotians’ need to have efficient and convenient access to government services while respecting that adults do not require a government-forced period to think about their marriage.” Eliminating the five-day wait is also more efficient for government. In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, 4,636 marriage licences were issued in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is the last province in Canada to have a wait period for marriage licences.last_img read more

Khandaani Shafakhana will make people think Sonakshi

first_imgNew Delhi: Actress Sonakshi Sinha says her forthcoming project “Khandaani Shafakhana” will make people think why sex still remains a taboo in the society. Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, “Khandaani Shafakhana” depicts the journey of a young girl who inherits her dead uncle’s sex clinic in Punjab. “On hearing the film’s one-line pitch — ‘story of a girl who inherits a sex clinic’ — I was like why would they even approach me for such a film,” Sinha told IANS. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “But when I heard the full story, I said I must do this film because it’s a very relevant and important subject that should be discussed,” she added. Does she feel the film will take away the taboo around sex? “I don’t know that, but it will definitely get people to start thinking. It’s a step in that direction. How have we as a society labelled the reason for all of us being here as taboo? It’s something to think about,” said the actress. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mahaveer Jain, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Divya Khosla Kumar and is slated for release on August 2. Soon Sinha will also be seen judging a digital fashion reality show “Myntra Fashion Superstar”. The Zoom Studios, the original content arm of Zoom, and Myntra have collaborated to create fashion influencer hunt titled “Myntra Fashion Superstar”. According to Sinha, “exploring uncharted territories has always been exciting for me.” “And partaking in ‘Myntra Fashion Superstar’ is exactly that for me. If it’s new, unique, never been done before — I am in,” she said. The show is slated to go live in September across The Zoom Studios and Myntra’s social media platforms.last_img read more

Longestserving member of Quebecs legislature announces retirement

first_imgMONTREAL – The longest-serving member of Quebec’s legislature is retiring.Francois Gendron announced on Saturday that he won’t be running for re-election this fall.Gendron, 73, was first elected to the legislature in 1976 as a member of Rene Levesque’s Parti Quebecois government.He told The Canadian Press on Friday that he never expected to be elected and thought he would soon be returning to his teaching career.Instead, he spent 42 years in the legislature, where he served as education minister in the 1980s and was deputy premier between 2012 and 2014.The long-time Parti Quebecois representative says he’ll remain an active member of the party.last_img read more

Attacks in eastern Libya kill four in under 24 hours

first_imgBENGHAZI – A string of attacks in eastern Libya has killed a public prosecutor and three members of the security forces in less than 24 hours, judicial and medical sources said Saturday.Since the ouster of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in October 2011, eastern Libya has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings, mostly targeting security officials.Prosecutor Mohamed al-Naass was killed in the town of Derna on Saturday when an explosive device attached to his car detonated, a judicial source told AFP. Naass was responsible for the “Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar region, east of Benghazi,” the source said.In Benghazi, Libya’s second city, gunmen driving past an army checkpoint shot dead two special forces soldiers late on Friday, Al-Jala hospital spokeswoman Fadia al-Barghathi told AFP.Barghathi added that the body of a police lieutenant colonel, Sherif al-Ajili, had been brought to the hospital late on Friday, and that he had been “killed by a gunshot wound to the head”.Troops and police have beefed up their presence in Benghazi to try to check the attacks, although so far their presence has done little to stop the violence.Libya’s government has struggled to stamp its authority as militias of ex-rebels have carved their own fiefdoms in a country flooded with weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenal.Violence and insecurity have also hit the capital this week.Two people were killed and 29 others wounded in clashes between rival militias in Tripoli on Thursday, the latest incident in a wave of violence that is terrorising residents and underlines the country’s instability.last_img read more

Ban names American as new UN security chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Gregory B. Starr of the United States as chief of United Nations security, replacing David Veness, who resigned last year in the wake of the 2007 terrorist attack against UN facilities in Algiers. “The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Veness’s committed service and tireless dedication, even after his resignation as the head of the Department of Safety and Security,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. At that time, Mr. Ban asked Mr. Veness to stay on until such time as a stable succession could be ensured.As the new Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Mr. Starr brings to the job extensive experience managing global security operations of a civilian organization, developing security policy, and setting organizational standards.Mr. Starr also has first-hand experience in formulating security policy and implementing programmes that will help ensure the work of the UN continues in a secure environment at Headquarters in New York and overseas. Since 1980, Mr. Starr has been working in a security capacity with the US State Department, serving in domestic and overseas assignments. Before today’s appointment, he was the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.In this job he had been responsible for all international and domestic security programmes for the Department of State, protecting more than 285 US Embassies and Consulates abroad, 100 domestic facilities, and 85,000 employees, families, and contractors. 6 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Gregory B. Starr of the United States as chief of United Nations security, replacing David Veness, who resigned last year in the wake of the 2007 terrorist attack against UN facilities in Algiers. read more

Sri Lanka wants IORA to move to new era of dynamism

Sri Lanka today called for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to move into a new era of dynamism.Addressing the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting (CoMM) of IORA held in Bali, Indonesia today, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that it was necessary for IORA and the members to take collective steps to ensure the security of the Indian Ocean. Noting the progress made in the areas of economic empowerment of women and the institutional strengthening of the IORA, the Foreign Minister added that on the eve of IORA’s 20th Anniversary in 2017 and the proposed Leader’s Summit in 2017, Sri Lanka was keen to further enhance its role in IORA. He also called for a more meaningful engagement of IORA’s dialogue partners in a constructive manner and to further explore mechanisms to encourage more interaction and participation among the stakeholders.Prior to his address, Foreign Minister Samaraweera also signed the IORA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of the Member States of the IORA for the Coordination in Search and Rescue Services in the Indian Ocean Region.The Minister also expressed condolences to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Madam Retno Marsudi, on the passing away of her father, before commencing his address. On the sidelines of the CoMM, Foreign Minister Samaraweera also held bilateral discussions with the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Australia, in addition to a meeting with the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa. (Colombo Gazette) The IORA, initially formed in 1997 as the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-AC), later became known as IORA in 2010. It currently consists of 21 member countries. He said this should include the freedom of navigation, aviation and adherence to international law including UNCLOS, enhance scientific and academic cooperation amongst IORA members, protect, preserve and use ocean resources sustainably guided by international law and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, enhance preparedness to deal with ocean based disasters and un-assessed impact of climate change on ocean weather, establish mechanism for development finance within IORA and expand and broad base IORA’s partners for more intense and meaningful cooperation. Moving on to the many developments that are currently taking place across the world, the Minister pointed out to the need to measure the progress made so far by IORA, in order to chart a course for greater regional collaboration. In this context, he stated that sharing experiences in joint projects and technical co-operation amongst IORA states in order to ensure the sustainable use of the ocean resources would be useful.Minister Samaraweera also stated that Sri Lanka is co-hosting the Second Water Working Group meeting and Ocean Forecasting Workshop to Build Capacity for Indian Ocean Operational System, in Colombo, in mid-November this year, which was also in line with Sri Lanka’s commitment to strengthen the cooperation with IORA. Speaking further, Foreign Minister Samaraweera also stated that Sri Lanka has been focusing on the Blue Economy due to the economic potential it offers and the availability of aquatic resources, and observed that blue economy-related initiatives have the potential to uplift the economic conditions of the people. read more

UN agencies call for dramatic scaling up of efforts to curb child

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed a paper in the British medical journal Lancet by a group of top scientists and policy makers, the Bellagio Child Survival Study Group, calling for renewed commitment to improve survival prospects and noting that 63 per cent of all child deaths could be prevented, with 98 per cent of those under the age of five occurring in developing countries.“In the 1980s the child survival revolution greatly reduced child mortality but that movement has to be revitalized,” Tomris Türmen, Executive Director of Family and Community Health at WHO, said in a statement in Geneva.“There is an urgent need to regain that momentum. More than 10 million children under five will die from easily preventable causes this year. Child survival must be put back on the agenda if there is to be any hope of achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two thirds by 2015,” Dr. Türmen added.Noting past successes from better nutrition and the drastic reduction of preventable communicable diseases through immunization, integrated management of childhood illness and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, WHO said: “All of these interventions have been shown to work but need to be dramatically scaled up.”Such action would cost about $7.5 billion a year but “despite the urgent need to reduce the number of children dying, the amount of development assistance for child health has decreased dramatically,” it added.For its part, UNICEF said that while great strides were made in the 1980s through investment in basic health systems, including strengthening health centres at local level, the primary challenge today was to move beyond the health centre and bring basic survival knowledge, skills and supplies into the home.“The Lancet papers support our belief that the three actions that would most contribute to a decline in child mortality today are exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and correct weaning practices, the use of bed nets to protect children from malaria-carrying mosquito bites, and the use of oral re-hydration salts to fight diarrhoea. All of these require knowledge, action, and resources in the individual home,” the agency added. read more

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Embed Code Video Excerpt: How Big Is A-Rod’s Asterisk? Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 23, 2015), we discuss the knockout stages of the women’s World Cup, preview the NBA draft and discuss Alex Rodriguez’s monster season. What do the stats say about his place in history, and how big is the asterisk? Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Ronda Rousey’s speedy victories.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the winners and losers of the WWC group stage.This World Cup may be proving that there’s more parity in women’s soccer than we thought.Kate Fagan’s dispatch from Edmonton, Alberta, after the U.S. women defeated Colombia.FiveThirtyEight ranks the top 50 players in the NBA draft.Nylon Calculus wonders if there’s a simpler way to evaluate rising basketball talent.FanGraphs evaluates A-Rod’s career and what to make of his recent resurgence.Significant Digit: The 1:42 differential between Ronda Rousey’s fastest win and her next opponent’s. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

CommodasUltrasort joins AngloGold Ashanti tech consortium

first_imgCommodasUltrasort, the mining brand of TOMRA Sorting Solutions, has been made a member of the international AngloGold Ashanti Technology Innovation Consortium. The consortium, based in South Africa, was established in 2011 by AngloGold Ashanti and, including CommodasUltrasort, comprises 46 industrial companies, eight universities and research institutions all of which regarded as innovators in their field.The aim of the consortium is to create new ways of thinking and new opportunities for deep level mining. Mike MacFarlane, Senior Vice President Technical Development at AngloGold Ashanti says: “The consortium facilitates solutions by bringing the world´s leading innovators to solve mining´s toughest problems. Next generation mining requires collaborative breakthroughs.” CommodasUltrasort, has provided state-of-the-art sensor-based sorting technology for dry material separation in various minerals and ore applications since 1988. It was chosen as an expert partner for sensor-based solutions for gold ore sorting. Hartmut Harbeck, technical director at CommodasUltrasort comments: “This partnership will allow us to network with exclusive partners and share knowledge.”last_img read more

Government expects detailed proposals from banks on salary reduction

first_imgBANKS ARE TO submit specific pay reduction plans to Government – and the hope is that senior management will lead by example, the Dáil was told today.Independent TD John Halligan asked during Leaders’ Questions today if the government would bring forward legislation that will force executives of the bailed out banks to take a cut in their retirement schemes, saying “the whole of the country would support you”.He asked if it would investigate if a referendum would be required in order to get bankers to reduce their pensions. “Advising banks to send letters to their senior executives seeking cuts in their pensions is not going to achieve anything,” said Halligan.In response, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said that the government is trying to rebuild a broken banking system. He said that if pay was slashed in banks, that “doesn’t necessarily mean you are to change banking practices”.Coveney said that in recent weeks the Government had made a clear statement to the pillar banks that it wants to see a reduction in the salary costs within those banks of between 6 and 10 per cent, and “we look forward to seeing proposals”.“I assume that the senior management in those banks will be leading by example,” he said.Coveney said that it was not possible to undo contracts, which is why the government has asked banks to come forward with proposals that will reduce salary levels – and it expects it will get detailed replies on this.Read: Irish Government ‘will not be targeting bank deposits like Cyprus’>Read: Bank of Ireland CEO received total pay of €843,000 last year>last_img read more

Washington in line for wind rain mountain snow

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters say a strong cold front moving through the Northwest Friday will bring gusty wet weather and mountain snow to Washington.Accumulations of 6-to-11 inches are expected by Friday night in the Olympics and Cascades, likely impacting travel across the mountain passes.The National Weather Service says cool showery weather is likely to continue through the middle of next week across the state.last_img

Davie Police hold Christmas Eve bicycle giveaway

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Davie Police Department played the role of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, as officers gave away bicycles to children.The giveaway was made possible by School Resource Officer Dwaymon Cason, and his foundation, the Unique Learning Experience.The department and foundation gave away about 80 bikes this year, nearly doubling the amount given away in 2016.“They should know … basically, the police officers, that we care and also that in life, people do want to see other people happy,” said Cason. “Everything’s not all bad.”The foundation helps less fortunate children with disabilities. The bicycle recipients were pre-selected and had to meet requirements like being a good student and being kind to others.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Apple Maps gooses DuckDuckGo in search privacy partnership

first_img Share your voice Comments reading • Apple Maps gooses DuckDuckGo in search privacy partnership Tags • Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Maps now is built into DuckDuckGo search results. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Search engine DuckDuckGo now displays location information from Apple Maps in its search results, a new example of business partners trying to profit from people’s concerns about online privacy.DuckDuckGo now uses Apple Maps both for small maps in location-related search results and for larger, interactive search results that appear in a separate maps tab, DuckDuckGo said in a blog post Tuesday. That replaces a combination including MapBox, OpenStreetMap and homegrown technology, Chief Executive Gabriel Weinberg added.The top reason DuckDuckGo argues you should try it is that it doesn’t keep any personal information on you and what you searched for, unlike search leader Google. That dovetails nicely with Apple’s sustained push to improve online privacy — and with priorities at companies like browser startup Brave, which uses DuckDuckGo by default for searches in private tabs.But maintaining your privacy can be tough when you’re looking for location-related information. DuckDuckGo says it’s struck a balance, though. It doesn’t send personally identifiable information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol network address, to Apple or other third parties, DuckDuckGo said. “For local searches, where your approximate location information is sent by your browser to us, we discard it immediately after use,” the company added.Privacy has been a problem for decades on the internet, but it’s become a hotter issue with countless data breaches that’ve revealed sensitive information and with Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal that revealed how closely internet companies can track your online behavior.It remains to be seen just how far the tech industry will go to improve privacy, though, particularly when personal information can be turned into more profitable ads or other services. Apple and DuckDuckGo declined to comment on terms of the partnership.Security:  Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All 2 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Maps Privacy Apple Internet Services Applelast_img read more

Worlds scariest computer virus TSA discovers python inside external hard drive

first_img MIAMI — We’ve heard of computer bugs, but computer snakes?According to the Miami Herald, a live python was discovered inside an external hard drive at Miami International Airport on Sunday. The live snake had been stuffed in a bag inside the computer hard drive, which was then hidden inside a checked piece of luggage bound for Barbados.TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Miami Herald that upon discovering the organic mass on screen, a TSO bomb expert was called into the baggage screening room to investigate the hard drive. That was when the snake was discovered. World’s scariest computer virus? TSA discovers python inside external hard drive Thursday, July 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services were then called and took possession of the python. The passenger who tried to sneak in the slithering reptile was fined.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsNeither the passenger nor her snake made it to sunny Barbados.In other related news, the prequel to ‘Snakes On A Plane’ – ‘Snakes ALMOST on A Plane’ – is currently in pre-production (just kidding). Posted by Share Tags: Animals, Miami International Airport, TSA Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Marshall adds a veteran presence and much needed depth at the defensiveback position after the trade that sent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to thePhiladelphia Eagles. He seems like a solid addition to the Cardinals defensive.His physical nature seems to be what defensive coordinator Ray Horton islooking for from his corners. The 88 tackles he recorded last season weredouble that of DRC. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals announced the signing of free agent cornerbackRichard Marshall Saturday morning. The 5-foot-11, 198 pound Marshall spent the last five seasons as a memberof the Carolina Panthers where he recorded 314 solo tackles, 14 interceptionsand 6 fumble recoveries. He started every game over the last two seasons andrecorded half of his career interception total over those 32 games. The former second round pick posted his best season in the NFL in 2010. Hefinished fourth on the Panthers with 88 tackles (75 solo), three interceptions,one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one sack.last_img read more

Related Extra flights to Kuala Lumpur launched by

first_img RelatedExtra flights to Kuala Lumpur launched by EmiratesExtra flights to Kuala Lumpur launched by EmiratesEmirates to launch A380 flights to Bangkok on June 1stEmirates hopes that more holidaymakers will be booking flights to Bangkok from Dubai.Etihad signs codeshare with India’s JetUnited Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad has singed a new codeshare agreement with India’s Jet Airways Emirates will increase its number of flights to Beirut from Dubai after experiencing increased demand from thousands of Middle Eastern expatriates.The airline has said it is prepared to meet this demand by introducing nine extra flights between the emirate and the Lebanese capital over the course of August, which will allow the expats to return home for the summer.Emirates vice president of commercial operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Khalid bel Jaflah said that demand for travel between the two destinations is “usually very high during summer”.”In addition to Lebanese expats heading home to spend time with their family, large numbers of UAE residents and GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] nationals also find Lebanon an attractive destination for their summer holidays,” he commented.Mr bel Jaflah added that the additional flights would allow customers to benefit from greater flexibility and a better choice of departure dates and flight timings.Emirates announced earlier this month that its flight to Birmingham from Dubai would be served by an A380 super-jumbo for just one day on September 9th.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Dangerous beasties invading Cyprus

first_imgBy land, sea and air invasive species are entering Cyprus causing biodiversity loss and possibly endangering healthBy Annette ChrysostomouAuthorities have been warned that the latest dangerous invasive species about to descend on Cyprus is the Asian tiger mosquito, which is known to transmit harmful diseases like the Zika virus, West Nile virus and dengue fever.It has already found its way into many nearby areas including Crete, many other Greek islands and the Middle East.Originally from South East Asia, it has spread widely in recent years through the transport of goods and international travel.“It is alarming and all the relevant public health authorities on the island should take immediate actions, especially around points of entry such as the ports and the airports, to catch this mosquito early if it arrives – and it is bound to arrive – in Cyprus,” said Kelly Martinou, ecologist with more than a decade of experience in entomology, biological control, pesticide science and head entomologist at Joint Services Health Unit British Forces Cyprus.Invasive species are one of the major causes of biodiversity loss, on par with climate change and habitat destruction, and once an alien species is established and spreads it inevitably harms the local environment and may even affect human health.Some have the potential to disrupt vital ecosystem functions, such as water flow, nutrient cycling, or soil decomposition. Others may cause massive amounts of economic damage to the agricultural business by destroying crops and contaminating produce.Which is why the work of RYS-Ky is so important and has just received a new grant by the UK-based Darwin Initiative to continue its work for two more years, starting in May.The two-year project Researching Invasive Species of Kypros (RIS-Ky) was launched in April 2017 and is looking at the impacts of invasive alien species in a variety of habitats – terrestrial, freshwater and marine – in the Akrotiri area.“It requires many years of research in order to understand all the impacts that an invasive species will have,” the researcher told the Sunday Mail.Cyprus with its reliance on tourism needs to take special care that there is no negative impact on human health, Martinou, who is one of the core RYS-Ky researchers, said.One of the important issues which the project pursues is to prevent species, especially ones as dangerous as the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), from entering the country, as once they do, damage control is very difficult.“Only at the early stages of establishment can you work on eradicating a species, taking management actions to eliminate it, but you have to monitor the impact on biodiversity closely and you definitely have to take actions in order to prevent further establishment.”RIS-Ky uses an island wide approach to monitor species that may be a danger to the local fauna and flora and runs a horizon scanning exercise together with many experts from Cyprus and Europe to predict which are most likely to arrive so that early action can be taken to prevent them spreading.Though some species arrive accidentally via ships and planes, and in the Eastern Mediterranean sea, the Suez Canal, others are spread deliberately.The common lionfish (Pterois miles)The Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) for example was introduced to Cyprus – and in many other places in Europe – in order to control mosquitos in freshwater habitats. After they were established, Gambusia have been implicated in the decline in the range and abundance of native fish species worldwide through predation and interference competition.When something like this has happened, all that can be done is to inform the relevant public health authorities and the public not to release more of them in new locations. The now ubiquitous Acacia trees, which people tend to like because of their round yellow blossoms and delicate scent, were introduced as fire wood and to dry the marshes around the coast lines of Cyprus.It was not till much later that the negative effects became clear and that the trees are not as innocent as they look. It turned out they grow at the expense of native vegetation, taking over and degrading the local ecosystem.Examples of accidentally arriving species are the silver-cheeked toadfish (Lacocephalus sceleratus) which is extremely poisonous and the common lionfish (Pterois miles), which flourishes as it has few predators, probably because of its venomous spines.The impact of invasive plant species on beneficial insect species such as pollinating insects that are so important for the environment and agriculture is another important aspect the researchers have studied recently, especially since some of these insects cannot be found anywhere else in the world.This is done in collaboration with volunteers who make observations in the countryside and even in their own gardens and then report to RIS-Ky.“So we use a variety of approaches to gain an understanding of the impact of the invasive species in a Cyprus context but also in order to raise awareness and motivate residents and authorities to monitor and manage invasive alien species,” said Martinou.This will be developed further in future with the help of the new funding.The group of scientists will also try to understand better how environmental changes such as climate change and water availability but also man-made changes, for example urban development, interact with the non-local species and look at the impacts that all these factors have on biodiversity and the services it provides.The invasion of species is a complex phenomenon, and a holistic approach to the research requires the participation of many different people.“We are so many! I might forget some so they should excuse me,” Martinou exclaimed, before providing a long list of collaborators.“We have scientists from the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, ecologists, botanists, entomologists. Environment officers from the sovereign base areas, teachers from the Akrotiri environmental education centre, environment health officers and me as a medical entomologist from the Joint Services Health Unit, marine biologists from the University of Cyprus, and this is just the core group,” she said.Other scientific and environmental organisations include the Cyprus University of Technology, the Cyprus Butterfly Study Group, the Cyprus Institute, government ministries and NGOs such as Birdlife Cyprus and Terra Cypria.“It has been great working together with all these people and for such a complex issue such as the invasive alien species we can only succeed if we work together,” she said.More about the project here www.ris-ky.eu/homeYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. 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