June 30th, 2017

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Are you ready. Fort Wayne and bony and 48 others are report over the weekend that coaches we’re not happy with how you’re using Craig Kimbrel. Enable that they thought you were doing at Xavier job. Is that very truth of this report I have no idea were coaches on your staff didn’t like how you reap incredible. Among wherever and and and talking about not with clay and Lou and Christian but since then you’ve used general differently so I don’t know that was related. You’re saying no I don’t know what you’re talking about that are that I can pull it up with you on wanted to read the article there that we’re looking for a moment for anything other than I. Yeah I didn’t night what true which you and Sports Radio WEEI. I’m looking for. Did I tell me I I would grade I I approached he shows every day I’m not looking for anything whatever happens the next four hours. I’m not look at where everything is Dick and look at some real powerful. Success. Success of assess just overall. Overall success and success for me regarding you involves you not budding. And I think you’ll agree opportunity. It’s a lesson and you know the patients. Efficiencies and get a you’ve got through that out there ought to name out there about five so we got to tell them what we have a first we have that whenever you have a big interview today. We interviewed a dump on it and we got Obama today did we felt we had Sam Kennedy yet we have done voted and there’s a lot of talk about jurors have a feeling that someone. Someone is going to yeah you can’t see any point in his direction so what is gonna try to hijack the interview because that’s what order it always does the heat your hijacker. At would you do you order your way it was everybody I’m conversation somebody asked a couple of make it a great point is that cover up with some of your life your weekend asked questions we have to do. 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A good twenty minutes making my coffee here. He damn coffee. And I literally wait for a cool that’s what you guzzle. Economy enjoyed drinking district and fast like cancel why don’t heated up. Receiver has personal content or use both the sugar and the reason that they have farmers who globe the year and find the in Columbia. And get the confidence it’s lately Emma I don’t partake in that and and while all of it don’t do that with a sugar cane zone run out of our good on its live aren’t there so they roast the coffee and so that you could actually east. You can’t expect this at all. My taste great I can’t market is that not a good thing. Anyway I’ll show you just like Mountain Dew proposal crystal ball to the Snickers. Not sure what he grams of sugar. Who’s 3 Snickers every morning they are really. But sugar in the raw it’s like hell did you have fun and it’s like sugar it’s brown shirt and brown avocados could have community. Also wanted to act conversely I I please go to I think I go to the gym network how many calories and at that that’s 183 calories per pack it’s that’s about 418. Carries really have no way it is at 10 o’clock that you had about what was quarter of the arches was little and I have had a knows nothing about two hours of pigment suitor Lewis I’ve had a couple copy nominal salaries zero. I don’t even know it’s zero and stuff. Puppies and has he died there and I I made and we did not have a copy test already yesterday didn’t work out very well he’s speakers who goes and right away. There’s like these costs. You can be sure it was a question to you gave me a ones from Dunkin’ Donuts guys that won a higher ones and I thought through he faced the difference and anyone ever drinks off that lie tell the difference between Starbucks and don’t ID thing and I said there’s two different copies once expense of one is not as expensive. Only two options if there. The only imagine you’d end up is if FaceBook live and he’s got to roll over to order by the way he’s still don’t win the Twitter rewarded today would mean either goes to the president Jimerson. You know what one of the to get an adult prisoners there. Herself immersed they had this who who was a horrible person. It was a gathered here voters think is the same thing happened in that Evan B program is no I know that buzz and now I think that acts of mine was clearly a hack. You know they enjoy this saying it you know his well you know I think he had a rough night knowing my 29 already and it blows at the same time. Twice a day for like three days in a row. Was some. Big woman stripping on a poll. You’re at that are gated area. Autos and that was he had his own widgets that color is Pete Abraham moment. He did you tweet that out what me. Yeah big Jim Irsay with the heat as he’s got a guy that walks around with a briefcase full of cash like when he angry like he’s played cloak and dagger like an adult version of real version of cloak and dagger. A spy vs spy so we walk around with cash used drugs always get women. You just imagine him like going into glove thing. Would like to come home with any of his briefcase doesn’t cash and that’s odd guy at political always sock. To a Maloney is an anti bullying. Initiative I was working now. The seems to make is like a walk and either that or not there’s there’s a language barrier there but there’s a what are what are. Crap. The viewer who. He can’t help himself and he cannot help himself you know we talk about it with David Price all the time it is they offered to enter. And should just they offered tornado you can’t talk anymore one you can’t say. What was he thinking or why would he do that and move her like a bitch a field and say that after every time he does something stupid we say. What was he thinking register at the sorting what was he thinking I did think. Can we defeat it markets what nobody knows what I was thinking to get behind the reasoning it’s no clue would play out here’s what really concerns me the most is that. He has to be watching these shows to actually comment. So if you are if you’re pissed off now that that might go and you know Joseph Scarborough. And you’ve got to be watching their show to actually have some type of anger or some type of of those bastards I’ll get back I’ll talk about you know her facial you know. Surgery whenever. That’s what you have to because you just out of nowhere suddenly between him and it’s actually so what are you doing. That’s the problem. Is what is he doing and then yesterday was a joke at the White House so what we had what are when the pin and the car. The cops orient there’s always welcome to. Thank you guys know I hate these White House celebration yes I think there a photo on the or photo yet hateful your photo Basel where for the president. Date date create a controversy now because were all about politics which side of the aisle. And know what side of the help anybody zoning markets though set you know. You know separation of attitude people are all over the place. Put. So yesterday. He invites I guess Tom records the owner of the Chicago Cubs. To the white house with the cub players the president. Cubs already words there. They decided made a decision internally probably see those decisions as we know where it is politics. To be there when Barack Obama was stolen off its okay so we know it’s transparent we know you what you wanna do what you like him you know the problem I had was Tom rickets the owner. Is a supporter of Donald Trump put a lot of money be on the campaign or whatever it’s like I’ve got to believe may be trump was up and bit. So suddenly Tom records had to put together as many players as he could including Joseph Maddon and go back to the White House for a second. This doesn’t go appeal this deal obviously was driving force behind making sure they get in it before. Trump and no question. So now suddenly dummy you need ridiculous because it will Lincecum will want to go thing you have a district you have a different political persuasion from your boss that happens probably at all your all the times on. But did Dan Gilbert shows up that’s deal with a slight while it’s either I didn’t know it. So what would I guess what it was it was. All of those who were pissed off that they had to attend the Obama White House where their celebration and make up day. So everybody was gonna show up and come back right is that I guess. It is because the Cleveland Cavaliers had to go there with Obama right up. It’s nothing meats and spoke at the earth and there’s his picture going around yesterday I don’t know who the player was. He was sitting right in front of front desk and it had its hands in his pocket. And like his middle finger was is kind of probably you could see his middle finger it was like. It’s that little loosening up yet to see. Leading off the bullet visit the site which you don’t is what happened you notice it was the Alex reemerge and those that you already know their political view. The one that aired a inherit is that smoking got I got it definitely got that. In your prison smoking ya and hundreds smoking area and it was I mean it was indeed just opened the finger and a certain position. Is that just bizarre I hate these White House visit yesterday. Was even dumber. You know like I hit I I I like them personally designed you know if he never if you never grow up. If everything operated doled Internet and he’s not leaving on the East Coast when you go into you know the White House. You get a free ride you get a free ride he. International Selig you wanna go out yeah so let it go and be great Downey went I don’t know amends shows account rights and I don’t quite if you went on to say and his had to have been. The Chicago public who didn’t go in if you wanted in goal was I mean I don’t know what everything’s wood turtles that you triple wants to go I don’t I don’t Donald I don’t go I don’t really care it’s people gulf fine let’s go Cingular and Alltel. It out of the hole tell much seen all the movies sometimes my problem isn’t necessarily with the teams because I guess if you’re a player on the team. May be even if you don’t politically green to the person sitting in office if the president of the United States you wanna go I’d wanna go to. You know and would have nothing to do with whether. It’s a Dem or Republican. Led for the person or more important things going. I mean we got a war against terrorism here. We get North Korea firing off these you know missiles test missiles would food with possible nuclear weapons. We get a health care issue right now that he’s having trouble with. We got all sorts of other problems. And we’re wasting our time pre and comes back up the first time. But the second. Didn’t Dan Gilbert’s got to go there but I guarantee you. He did you are probably went to his team said he. Great opportunity for it back to go to the White House the second pack age are what do you think let’s go no no don’t since Henrik Otto Reich I’ll have. It’s and it is enormous when his friends are growers the biggest problem I have is traps kept more important work to do that’s like it pissed off he’s playing golf period. Pisses me off scientists. This one from which fine despite what hold your breath table I hope nothing really bad at a table in none of it. None of this anybody off as much as John Farrell was pissed off yes to a whole lot jealously. I think know a little Joseph I don’t you know Dow Jones she’s the wrong word and you’re the proud Papa no season I’m proud of Edison. Thought it was entertaining and obviously they don’t like each other. Heard much going into that interview because I thought at it like the way. John answered you know the base running in name and only at those joked we handle it very defensive he came out firing. But then they keep obviously got a little aggressive. Condescending and a lot of be pushed to do. I’m surprised. By house Carl that would been discussion afterwards you just walk out on surprised. You know the event there’s a bit but a visit to value added I don’t think there’s there’s nothing going on internally volatile he had the stuff. But I’m just I’m surprised early Arnaz and it’s gonna hear from him Rick his lips off. So it brought a lot so I I heard it ignited TI actually washed the smell of uncle at worse after everyone talking about become real I saw Ben last night game we we are we were talking about it. And when I watched it. The stare down. Woods. So unbelievable. I could not believe that eight seconds dental away now I think it wasn’t here are people you see the FaceBook live video. And the questions over the back import is over between keys in Ferrell and dale starts doing his thing. And Ferrell is just. Eli not to be you know I done that the people or did Kirk Lewis he’s looking bats are no luck during that yes. There’s no guess they’re coming down on me and so me and looking at him and also now have that was standoff yes you have to blink first of all there’s music that should be that should be talked about. This should have been a discussion. Afterwards I think I had this weird year look at how I’m also in I don’t know why wasn’t there was no when I was sitting around here. It was 100% correct this is the biggest problem him because I thought he did a great job I really liked his approach I think I was was he condescending. He was what he was getting bad attitude and if you happen if you shoot the FaceBook life. You see the attitude you see the guys you see the facial expressions Farrell’s got to stand up to. You’ve got to stand up to no I well as one nation before why got to stand up to him yes and it is just of them are much talk about it and you get. I have the same problem Lou that. The interview was over it got me now this is radio gold. And let’s face it. That John Carroll interview. And open markets and if anybody is usually everywhere they. Okay apples and goodwill we thought oh well he’s like the CEO he didn’t say anything I’d. This was great radio. Now what I’m here when we come back. I wanna hear them talking about what was going on in between what did we all miss those nothing right and they didn’t. So they know they talked about there was nothing John just left. I went to commercial and edited managers quit on these things are really keys should have a discussion of the league you gotta clean year. I mean you are also on the air yelling no I don’t privately yelling screaming in my office we talk. Come by some let’s have a did you there’s no respect the these guys don’t edit which is that apparel has no I listen why would he do he’s a better things he’s been with with like Francona for example to start doing the media you know whatever and it was this and discussions and I’m on their radio or TV unum you know items in this this this whatever. NEC got a minute affluent a month two months what are we going there and we yell. We yell at each other. And it’s all your peers your peers but say we yell at each other it’s all over it I mean as a good discussion of my points it was just inland yell at me like it’s just I really don’t think that’s usually it’s already and you move on her as a professional athlete you play the restaurants down let’s start again at Steve we do this again no it’s not it’s not gonna end. Hello I’m all right it was great racing radio is just a little Harlem trying to strike on this thing down solution so. We cannot keep can’t is that okay only three ushered out just found out when he talked about my awful. But he didn’t always show but he didn’t do that and he didn’t do that in the is a difference between you because you played the game. Okay Keith is not eight reported its over the are on a day to day basis you know you’re a baseball baseball has a YouTube that debris you played in little. On the people in the game of baseball. They have a different respect for the people that are over there every single day covering the team vs those from afar who scream and yell and have opinions. On fair job as a manager OK you know that. It’s much different so keep this one of those outsiders just are trading with any respect whatsoever he would not treat PD Bremer anybody else. He Abraham would talk to now where she would he would go so high that you can use back and you can use that might it is a great job. Excellent job probably anybody would mean that the home and everything else is great. What would amaze me at that of that whole conversation. Basis I’d never seen a guy in his position. Who has the success who won a World Series won a championship. That is they aids they had colds last managed to control the whole environment. Speed soldiers respected by everybody. By everybody you disrespect us but they don’t get on the bend it like every time he interviewed. It’s an inquisition it’s it’s it’s a challenge when it up byte where Earl Elliot yes no no no from the people who who have said all can know from the people you. It was wet and press saw it in the UK okay so the people system keep all obviously his his a drops okay opt. Quote a blue obviously hasn’t reached now the music it’s it’s Lou can can challenge it was not afraid of it and it has the the the knowledge to have a back to where we are okay but how do you where’s the at bat an interview hold on just 32. But. Downplayed it was it was unbelievable awesome. But they’re going to bump John Ferrell. I’ll look at that everybody I’m going. I did when World Series we are in first place sort virtual time now I mean I am there are a lot of games it is a long season I want World Series I don’t know what I’m doing. And everybody check and like I don’t leave him. People rich shall we talk about talking about what the challenge when he. No when he faced yesterday with Keefe is not your average is not what he faces on a day today announced over the I don’t like it or acts ice so what are they don’t get your point. It doesn’t the fact is that. What he’s in your view from people who have a set not the beat guys not everyday guys who don’t use question what he’s quest when he’s challenged. More and not challenged in just OK there’s an answer and the towns with a follow what. It’s all a slight. I think about what he’s thinking about Kiefer and Lou or anybody else. He’s posing. Who the hell are you. He won a World Series he’s a manager he’s he’s managing the entire team does not just the main thing to note here at first listen to me visually where the shot should are. Are massed on our guy that we are legitimate ordered a trial that you talk you. I missed maybe I mismanaged. In his position I feel like he’s disrespect it allowed everybody acts. Yet he gets the respect like no he gets no respect for what he’s accomplice in the past autism no respect. Best okay arguments Lou what blue talk to him like that. No booby condescending like that was Lou Utley we have a what is. Fell to look at all my. It’d be the question is not up for debate. I was just amazed line that. The guy in his position is it’s respect. He doesn’t get any respect no I feel like people who who. I guess or are strong enough to. You know debate him don’t give them any respect. That’s it OK we’ll get to will place some of you think your perspective let’s hear. Glowing rhetoric will play he gets respect here’s what I don’t just inches right to think he gets criticized. From some people yes from the meat from the guys that government databases and they do count but that’s what because they’re they’re they’re not aren’t there yes we’re very that are either. It does help most of the guys that have access to on every single day. You don’t get outside Jackson’s wishes to do a talk show we don’t get access to move is critical Obama on a daily basis. He might hear this stuff but he’s not getting it directly ethernet access to a and gave me exactly what the outside world. Is thinking about these are the questions I need to ask what are the answers if this thing I would say it showed me and I think you’ve seen a little bit of this recently with Farrell. And he got thrown out of the game and which I think he was still wrong. About the call on the balk call. I think you start to get to. I don’t know what’s going on behind you see Ali didn’t I do I just don’t that you its key. Well I did it that well they’re a Smart idea of the art of adversity and I let’s Eric and we’ll get to the phone calls and we’ll get your reaction as well 617. 7797937. Big day in the NBA because there could be some movement today this is the day. Wind you would have restricted free agents you’ll have got to make a decision on those guys so there could be some movement today. In the NBA and with the Boston Celtics and will get specific Kelly Olympic. We’ll get to all of that and your phone calls 6177797937. And Dave Dombrowski joins us. At 1232. Day and we’re giving away Red Sox tickets and it’ll add a scholar Erica bright. Christian rants about the hat socks b.s and c.s courtesy of Twitter hack Christian Fauria. Right now we return Gomorrah or wait Maloney and 48 what Sports Radio WEEI. I just learned that John Ferrell will appear this afternoon. A field. Polly with kid is that correct mr. case that is correct or you’ll be here to thirty girl before the gave I’m not gonna ask you to ask him anything because that’s really going well yeah. A few hundred right actually it’s been met you have UHU via your live Ichiro was really doesn’t mean yeah now and those last two were both over the phone when I haven’t seen him in person or one good luck. I was just yesterday maybe we fired up a little too much any we’ve got to go through much but that was a little crossover react. And show about a half an hour later. It was dale it was key there was no holly he was off the day. They sent down to talk with John Farrell and it they did get a little bit. Now there’s a report over the weekend that coaches. Were not happy with how you’re using Craig Kimbrel and they will that if I were doing at Xavier job. Is there is there any truth to this report. So there’s report over the weekend we’ve a whole lot Fella get starts over again. Christmas is right that’s that’s later all right let’s start because it here’s a started started off just like we talked about it’s been awhile keep hasn’t seen him in person and and even you know dale mentioned it I think it’s been about a month rightly mention about be about a month your. So dale last softball question okay which you do where to watch the game at a bunch of different places and then. Our boy Keith jumped in with. I would say a quick question is can merits back and I’m used is their spot and it even a bad. I’m against us held our own and there that’s not how he’s got with the Federalist quasi if nobody is our order all. Involves men is going to be a buildup that you are you you’re a money to her producer today you already know one always make it count to five mr. you guys want to get writing I don’t want to write you one that’s Sears and those. Let’s try this again shall we got screwed up. Running which is a good question rob atop walked. You mentioned a bit off tonight last night nine Ron though once it hits but once again doesn’t Torre thrown out on the bases the seventh time Pedroia has been thrown out a number of your guys have run into outs on the basis is based in a problem for this team. Note is not word aggressive base running team a so. I’ll I’ll give you an example. In the last series against the angels so much was made an independent and being thrown out at second base Michael Calhoun on a ball to right center field gap in which he’s. Angling two to his right. A left handed thrower he’s got a close backup from the strike there was about a lot was made about that individual play two nights prior. On Friday night saying combination into Vinatieri hit the ball in right field line he’s aggressive out of the box. Forces of Bobble onto COLT now who is part it mixes the second. That goes unnoticed because that’s assumed to be what she would transpire. We can track the number about me you regularly bring them. How many opportunities we’ve advanced. And created other opportunities. When we haven’t been thrown out you know that number. A Thomas had no view. It’s gonna we’re we’re certainly. Boca where you are as far as getting thrown out. Well what I’m trying to elicit sort towards the top secret it is so there’s about there’s so when when you actually got figure net positive. Well because. You wanna focus on the negative. Anyone over to the positive about anything but a couple what’s the black what’s the combination of the two with it if it’s positive work station to station ball. We’ve got to on the basis athleticism. And into news is he OK here’s why don’t have a problem with his I don’t have a prominent people are hearing this. And thinking that Keith was confrontational. The managers started. You’ll regularly bring up the negative and even daily and senate last week he brought the beachfront base running has been an issue. Now the view that the problem is identifying aggressive base running is a different strain that. And stupid patron. Saint talk about Ben intending down right field line please look behind you gonna force the issue but when it’s in right center. You you forced the issue you know you always think double and you let the fielder stop you. When the ball is fielded cleanly in front of human rights energy round first base. That’s when there’s a whole you know that’s where there’s OK I was thinking too but he fielded it cleanly or put myself in position that if there is a Bobble. I’ll be able to make it the second base. But yet David aggressive as a lot of times sets instead okay this isn’t a problem other times that that’s a stupid based on these defensive about this. He’s that he’s really good essays and I he’s prepared. He’s prepared to be. I guess productive you know you know aggressively. And aggressive just he. If you could tell that he knew there was going to be something there he want to make sure he had some ammunition the Christian I. I can’t and I hate it and nobody really no doubt he says he started up. I thought he started with the proper answers he was defending why they do. Of the uterus residents out Keith Higgins came in and try to bail amount by bullets in that positive I didn’t wanna go to but he didn’t wanna go there. Because he I think he and here crosses as he did for four for Keith before the if you want. He thought he was coming from a negative point do and that’s one problem item down on problem I have and it’s more in baseball than any of these other sports. Managers if the guys aren’t they are on the day to day basis and there are a lot of days they play 162 games they get defensive as somebody from the outside. Ask your question because your adult your from the outside you don’t know baseball in New York nightlife like PDA view is arguing it. You watch our team it’s instant it about Lulu play together and I doubt that that’s obviously included Elan are still much but they’re Vietnam one under on the respect there what are Anderson. Bob one of the big cars and outwit them is that. Lot of people criticize them without having all the information and nine I’d known this from conversations. You don’t have the information that we have yet you’re critical that’s why comes up when it’s. You know why would you leave Robbie Scott in what you don’t know do you don’t know that several prizes that more powerful you know against lefties from the right side note you know it’s. The information that you you don’t have. I don’t put on the you have all the information available and that’s that’s that’s the biggest complaint I think that they have the problem is is that like us you know statistics that we use to make our points and then we just ignored they don’t. I feel like it’s the same for them right because and I could sit there and civil light doing this because this let’s say this and it turns in a different you know understanding of one listen while we did it so. He’s just thrown out that you don’t have all the information that I have a clue how dare you question. Fault is that. In many respects it’s his fault and you said this in the day after and she’s like sea eel and a post game press conference in Houston at a press I have no wonder why he did that. You know what he didn’t want to tell you the truth he didn’t wanna give but I think that’s a good question and a good fall for keeps you. You look at it’s a yes we have been thrown out a line if you look I think like the Astros elect second right and got a great office. So the follow up is exactly what Keith did. In other is a few comments in there that you can stand that would (%expletive) off Farrell you know to mean but at the same point it’s so you think it’s a net positive. Yes you’ve been thrown out based past but we have gained more many more scoring opportunities with our aggressiveness is it there were willing to live. With OK and he started to address that at the beginning and I thought that was a good. Answer he was giving you the information that sometimes we criticized him for not giving us but this tactic defensive. Then it was you’re constantly throw in the negative that you if you’re a guy that’s asking a question. At that point that you dander up a little bit and and I’m always asked in the negative retardant and asking a legitimate question and that is do you own all the numbers as opposed to tell you the numbers. By the way on numbers have been made public and have you read those no no you’re so what is the only numbers I read that people writing about. Our how many times they’ve been thrown out there’s a reason why we all know that Dustin Pedroia is been thrown out seven media on his seven I think only eight but seven times on the based past. There’s a reason why we don’t see any Leo has been thrown out full five times it’ll play. It’s because that’s what you read and that’s the report. So is it shame on us for not knowing that hurts it would have not Kitna sat out the people are you to immediately Tucker will be running so. Give some of that information. Didn’t he do that by saying so it’s a net. Positive yet so he was giving the he was interpreting the answer that Farrell was giving him we’re aggressive on the base past when a station to station or athletic so we’re doing this because and we know gonna get cut out a lot more. Been doing this but it’s a net positive yeah. That’s all well you could tell right there where was golf. And in this is why I’m on the play that on first and then we’ll gonna do handling next and then we’re gonna do. I think that there’s a message general there wants to be a little eight build up a and it won’t name by numbers but he thinks the Hanley question. This is where John sort of and I really what’s the key to me because it was Tuesday it this could have been handled completely different and should have been an indication John Ferro. Power in the line. But the players who aren’t. He’s. Is there spot to when he is available to come back to maybe sit him against lefties because I didn’t throw. In the so he felt healthy to stop stop stop don’t stop at the open about its audited there’s there is right it’s. Sitting handling. Against lefties and he’s not producing. ND OE systems outsourcing is allowed to everybody so image is a site injury that way. You tell me it’s exactly what you’re doing tonight you could just civil suit and tonight against a lefty but now that it is him because he’s a healthy guy who giving them one more day. No we’re not considering sin against lefty would got to give this a way to answer it. Without just advertising that I hate you which Keefe. What it did but he gets into it more with the workday. Keep it on their cubicles so he felt healthy and go to work day I think if you followed our guys. When they missed multiple games there’s always worked they go through. Dialogue. That there’s more work day not a lefty you know one hitting them. OK so hold on hold on that’s what I imagine that’s what I just said okay. So he he he was not specific. Okay it was a bit of a completely different shades of course he can’t and don’t want but but. If you’ve been following our guys in other words you know to be beautiful beautiful as you are not here reviewed your way out the other thing is that other answer. What do wasn’t enough for us but up but it but he’s been out since the game Monday Tuesday Wednesday. He’s even fall all right guys that there’ll prepared times those were the following okay well. I don’t know maybe I thought maybe yesterday was the work that it nearest Monday so maybe Tuesday it was the work dates and he’s available you know so it’s just. This was there a way tumbled out anagram of passive aggressive digs from the very beginning that was one of them it’s putting their verse or line it’s more just to say this thing. It’s so no it’s more notorious in baseball than any other sport. And probably because it linked to the season in the access. That the media has every single death to the players and the manager up that there is this this thing is cold and baseball. And if you’re not there every day. You don’t know it’s the right you don’t have federal right to be critical of the right to question I get that’s what’s fans and and people from afford do on a regular events yet and it in my issue which amended it to later in the show because a more focused on this park and the key part. And the federal issues but the whole war. Date issued that completely confusing to me and I get past mine my friend Lou here that he played a game. Why that makes sense but I digress for now. Keep gone wanna keep gone through this sort of let’s let’s let’s celebrate will play the next week is Paul the patriotism won’t make this is basically me telling Lou again how soft baseball baseball players aren’t because. You know I just visited jocks are and what’s happened I’m trying pluses and inspired this’ll give Paul four minutes. At number two to cut them nuclear plant eight cents and a citizen corps. Actually Christine forty some people like embarrassed or you’re good other pitchers so people talk to their group and earlier was aplomb community battle when you’re crazy about politics or wait a looming in 48. So there’s report over the weekend I believe that says this. That coaches on your staff didn’t like how you. You can read them. Among world and even talking about. But this was. An interest in the best one yet it really is. Because it it it became pretty obvious to me that. He had to be aware of this you guys that are on the baseball shall the other night we talked about it. I think you guys talked about it Monday when I was often we talked about it a little bit into business where I eat it might not have known about. The report going public. I’m pretty sure he knew. If I believe the report. You do believe the report as a you do believe that the coaches. Believe that he was doing this out of fear of losing his job. Whether it was stated that way to John. You mean like the whole save your job thing. Whether that was actually said to John or not but I think that that was the feeling of the reason why the coach but gone to a or somebody gone to a you know I mean on earth I don’t know what it is a Johnny due to save your job offers a John Wooden what are you doing. You know you using in many situations to guarantee wins or get a what’s this guy gonna be like you know sick a lot out of you know whats he gonna do it later on you we really need this guy so whether coasted to do with the save your job I think that was like the relay that might have been the meaning of the coach Ronald the Kosher. Well happen a lot in the course of what 23 weeks and happened what four times that it reserves for a trip yet it was unbelievable fight let’s let’s hear that whole segment the current date for obvious question. And then the whole fun. Now there’s a report over the weekend that coaches. Were not happy with how you are using Craig Kimbrel and they rule that they thought you were doing at Xavier job. Is there is there any truth of this report. I might do or dogma so there’s report over the weekend I believe that says that. That doubt coaches on your staff didn’t like how you were using Greg. Among and in a document that no. The ideal I would Gerri have a feather reportedly over the weekend having on Sunday night OK I I didn’t heat wrap this is reporting and my report on thing it. Oh but since then you use Campbell differently so I don’t know that was related. You’re saying no. Out of what you’re talking. About and I wouldn’t pull it up with us on wanted to read the article there that we’re looking forward. The lawsuit comes as American what about coaches and staff. I talked much that it wouldn’t. About camera. About every player roster and a. Our question of the wake up. And during this area there are still enjoy god details reading the managers the original the what do you buy and for ten point four seconds all you can see in the FaceBook life is ferocious. Down. Rich too scared I’ll say this Heath. Should read in the report should’ve. And and and that is that the reason why correct so Nam he handled it wrong at the beginning recently on that you are you amazed at is that we go to vote I’m very. If that that was to me that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. That is that what you’re looking for is that what you want me to do is. News oh. You could see I’m actually amazed he didn’t does jump over the desk in light choke him out. Wanted to read the article that aren’t ready yet sympathetic but already it’s like how. But that’s a legitimate criticism. A key is that you start to question by actually reading. Because you give him an out now do we believe that he knew about it yeah capsule into federal dual panel I’d. But did you giving a went out and deal that if you ask him whether he read or write your critic I district yeah I didn’t I what soldier that was that was really. So that that was blog. On Thursday by Jerry Caracas. It was we talked about a settlement of baseball show sports Sunday right after we talked about a Monday morning that you and we talked about it for awhile. And that was actually relayed. Promises. Report was actually relate to a Sunday before the Houston game. Here you told evident. And at that point he was using them for four out saves it was prior to that used in game has won that thing didn’t happen remember texting Jared Mulitalo. You know this was this was the opportunity DOE not doing anymore. And he came back on Wednesday at the other opportunity. And it didn’t happen and Jared went public with the on Thursday. So I believe it coming jurors been on things this year with whether it’s in the Bockwoldt surgery from down in Philadelphia than he had. If Poland Stephen Wright surgery before anybody did Orton situation Robbie Ross and Brian Johnson information meaning. He’s pretty tidy and articulate. Report OK can I ask you know you want to focus on the negative I want I want answered like Robinson how he he gets the stuff because he I don’t even believe he has credentials. Does it. With a hit the ball or not. These are credentialed reporter even though we work our two schools it’s a little while. So Ferrell used console Russia shall federal yes effect of dismisses that you know so he he he’s not he’s not media he’s not. But. When I keep on hearing is thicker obvious really does have a good relationship with the with the players maybe Cedric and The Who knows maybe he’s out there and always similar age so he’s probably has a report with these and other and at and other displays and other cities he’s built up a nice little networking he’s getting. Information so to me this credibility there it may be. On the orthodox credibility because she’s doing it in a different manner but you don’t fair hates the fact. The Caracas is coming up with information this is not the first problem probably just name has been brought to his attention about something like a Robinson’s add these Senegal dammit where’s he get this. Oh yeah because there’s since there’s a lot of truth to it sure sure okay and nobody in his position would like to be questioned one. Dignity to we don’t be questioned by somebody in no disrespect. Let gala Keefe who we doesn’t respect because he didn’t play the game he doesn’t really know he is he just got into that position that he’s in and so always probably been. You know just putting up with that dealing with it now he’s like I actually have to come back with some ammunition and was some stats that he doesn’t mean doled out. And he can because there’s because that’s what that’s what it is. Because he’s an I’d always had this issue with Ferrell is that he’s just not good at this now like this is not his wheel house and near India has hit. Keith has all the power Farrell is keeps little bitch right now that’s who he is he’s just a little little tiny little bitch in heat all wanted to read the article there. The root for what just what just to my point you earlier that’s okay is that is that the patients. He’s going. But doesn’t respect the. The reason while on play the other ones first was sort like the the federal came in with a tone. You know to me I just and then for a fee at the end I would say right there keeps that is actually played revolves around trees and based occidental elect a couple of things. You know it means you love them all up if you listen to that while she’s at Auburn nice though. Amiga is very condescending ago when after John you know so it was like I understand that side of it you know but he did go into it. Going after keep as well this is a good relationship there are secure right that he’s not good at explaining things you know that’s the thing that usually isn’t so open all the time you do these post games and it is it is aiding questionable. He has to decide what information you wanna give. You know the media or basically the fans because that’s what’s at reading about it. And that information should be some deciding factors and what made some moves there was some questionable. That’s a before any kind of questionable movies defensive and he shall. You would you think about pinch and is now. The right move. There’s no and but then as a follow up with the other days a perfect example of I get the beat writers did their every single day you don’t wanna you know wanna jump on me a deal him every day I get that side of it. But when he gave the reasoning for not leaving David Price out there for the seventh. Because after six innings he to a 103. 103 pitches where not great to have in goal 115 point. He’s defending himself not put him back out in the seventh. Because you’re an idiot you miss spring training missed two months it’s only six start of the year. A very simple non confrontational. Follow up. Would have then. Well John five days ago on Sunday night baseball at 104. Pitches after five innings you set them back out for the sixth. And he would have lost his. Everyone’s mind and did they don’t think now is it reasonable it’s all a lot because it is odd percent of and then maybe when I got the real answer since I usually David Price and it cracked fingernail. See it’s his DC he’s created his own problems okay this whole. This hole in any other city he’d probably OK with it but there’s two now he will not bought him an internal problem and nobody in Toronto but it’s it this badly but you have to elect every yet it took a every single time particularly when his mouth Klein. There is there’s somebody that’s commendable what do you say okay out Hannity say it he has to be so careful. Of what he says and I believe there’s just too much going on for him to yeah. Just hard disagree with you. When I was talking about the David Price that was the obvious number one question we also dampened a fan of senator quite clear and hold on an answer that was question number seven. By the media in attendance question number seven to his post game press conference and it was mumbled out to the point where that that the person who’s asked the question was almost fearful. Of getting the words out of his mouth why. Because the people that are around here. Basically kissed Farrell’s fast they defended they find ways of coming you keep on saying please one you know a World Series champ which we all recognize that. It’s all part of his resonate it will never go away. But when you’re a manager and you’re a manager in a town like this where we scrutinize every single pitch every single game. Then you kind of expect the people who are gonna ask what have you done for me lately and what it antennas that what movie did you enter misty you know we’ll deal with that. I agree with you on that point I don’t I don’t I think he’s terrible attic quite frankly and he can’t do it. There’s there’s that there’d be easy way for him to combat that type of interaction. And as somebody it’s possible I don’t think he has an interim we keep it short keep this week or don’t say anything at all because. He doesn’t have it he that he inhabit my if you might point she wasn’t he’s not even an issue. I was just I’m just amazed overall. Just how when I look at John Ferrell. It just seems to me. That he’s just disrespect it. And people are. Looking for reasons looking for opportunities always just respected yeah out to the Jerry Brown owner of one how many championships he was known in this town by some people as friends. Cold muck. What he’s in a home law. OK it’s great any was better than much burned them for oral. Even though he protected his players use much better at explaining stuff. It’s part of the job go back to that guys part of every job at any man and an Eyewitness News is not easy I’d. Our pitching is every easy asked David Price. Listen to your point don’t perceive me right that the lack of respect for this guy is is is no question in even. Even the beat writers like I said that don’t go there you know what that simple follow up of you know Edward doesn’t make sense. We’ll probably walked out of there shaken hands. And walk out they’re going to teach them. You’re the great explanation Roy’s record gold rated a 115120. After six stark why we want to do it after Smith an additional sector had you know I mean rather ask it. And to get their deaths there. As he can’t handle that part of it it it’s. You know it’s even I think even goes to those guys just thought beat writers privately agree that John had their say something totally different that. And in natives explain himself on his do himself any favors. Questionable blows a question as to question that but it ever comes up. Write a post game does it just like you know it’s political move on the PGA. You make yourself and they need and they had the need to be then the next day and they they needed a song I asked this question Bolton when those. Legitimate questions that key pass to Farrah now that’s that’s due to Jericho yes. Legitimate there everything artisan and a little bit differently I heard if if these two at a different relationship it would have been there’s no question about it John would’ve answered. That Hanley question properly in it would never got to that point. Again it’s you know if socialism and an outsider question he’s an answer immediately doing nothing against lefties forget about health forget about everything you thinking of sitting him against some lefties is just not producing. What’s in the net as a FEMA okay and that’s why but I don’t that’s not what the tallest of its like speech is Walt. It deviates the question properly. That we would’ve. On the people who don’t you think have been defensive over there when it seemed those two for her there for awhile and we didn’t do a Dem Ruskin what two weeks ago he’ll be on today at 1230. And he get defensive end a question that was asked anybody mailing. Tell our job and not let him jump. He held signs that and her child no doubt I had about I was joking usually don’t you sir man another and that’s probably would Ferrell should have to. Okay price should joked about it in L but he didn’t want to. So I must get the feeling that he put him in his place an and we caved it is he doesn’t back down. What Michael is supposed to do was he supposed to back down at that point. Our debt than we don’t don’t you’re the new the Euro the young kid on the block it’s just getting your first shot up in the batter’s box when I was supposed. You know the right answer out out. Screw you your better than me forget about that sort of my question. It and hopefully keep comes in here. Because all these costs out he’ll be Paul Weller is still a player he did he was it like a scare was considered was like an old old western. You know Lisa McPherson I don’t talk barrel on I ninety can be keys and tell me that both barrels enables you to assume that. I. Obama yes there are right now you know let you know that that that you guys don’t ever so limited that Geico commercial and the that a tablet comes in the bar and he’s like DC police speaking what is lines lead is his not operable movements like yeah cookie walk into the bar you project. But you recognize that rat yet crested wrestler Chris Jack that’s what you. Garros 200 doormat so it perfect partisan eyes sensitive I’d. All thirty today Dave Dombrowski will join us we’ll give away in the 12 o’clock hour or tickets to see the Red Sox. We’ll talk more about this get into the Celtics in the NBA coming over the next hours well we’ll put up the phone lines for you at 6176. A 797937. And oh yeah. You don’t get buried in some of those. Handley was off the wall yesterday off the wall we gotta win.

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June 30th, 2017

Bat conservation group to roost in Pontiac – The Detroit News

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A straw-colored fruit bat snacks on a cucumber at the Organization for Bat Conservation in Pontiac, Mich. on June 12, 2017. The organization recently moved into a new, larger location for their new Bat Zone which will have its grand opening on July 1.(Photo: Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)Buy Photo

Its sort of an echo-relocation.

The Organization for Bat Conservation, a group that operates a live animal center designed to teach the public about the flying mammals, which locate objects in their surroundings by reflected sound, is moving.

The group is relocating its Bat Zone quarters at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills to a roomier roost in Pontiac. It plans to host a June 29 media preview and a July 1 grand opening for the public. It held its final tours at Cranbrook last month.

This move is going to be phenomenal, said Rob Mies, the nonprofit groups founder and executive director. Everyone is really focused and energized right now. We have all these amazing things going on.

Michigan has nine species of bats, according to the states Department of Natural Resources.

The webbed-wing mammals are critical to ecosystems in the state and around the world, according to experts. Some species aid in the pollination of trees and flowers while others eat fruit and spread seeds to other areas.

Another benefit: since most of the animals live on a diet of insects, they contribute millions of dollars in pest control to Michigans agricultural industry, the DNR said.

However, Michigans bat population has been struggling with a loss of habitat and a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, that causes a disease called white-nose syndrome.

The white fungus, which came from Europe, thrives in cold environments where bats hibernate. It also grows on bats skin, damaging it and forcing them to frequently wake up from hibernation. Infected bats use up their fat stores before winter ends and starve to death. Mies said its estimated the fungus is annually killing off about one million bats in North America.

State officials have identified five species big brown bats, little brown bats, northern long-eared bats, tri-colored bats and Indiana bats as the bats in Michigan most susceptible to the disease. Experts predict it could wipe out at least two the states bat species in the next decade.

Moving on out

The Organization for Bat Conservation first took flight in 1997 as a small team that offered educational programs featuring live bats to schools, nature centers and museums.

Five years later, the OBC signed a one-year lease for space on Cranbrooks campus off of Woodward. The groups bats and other nocturnal animals have called Cranbrook home for the last 15 years.

Mies said the OBC needed to move to a larger cave a 10,000-square-foot building on west Huron street near Woodward Avenue in Pontiac that once housed a First Federal Bank because its growth and new projects required more space.

It had 2,000 square-feet of space at Cranbrook, according to Mies. The group had a staff of eight, including Mies, and about 100 bats from around the world when it first took up residence there, he said.

Since then, its grown to a staff of 15 with about 20 more volunteers. It has nearly 200 bats in its program as well as owls, flying squirrels and a two-toed sloth. Mies said the growth forced the nonprofit to keep animals and employees in different buildings.

In 2014, the group launched its national Save the Bats campaign, an effort to mobilize Americans to become involved in bat conservation.

Last year, Zack Snyder, the director of Hollywood movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, and 300, lent his talents and notoriety to the cause. Snyder and his Batman v Superman stars, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, appeared in a public service announcement for the campaign.

Mies said the group plans to kickoff this year a new urban bat project.

Bats that winter in urban areas are the least affected by white-nose syndrome, but very little is known about those animals, he said.

Under the new initiative, the group will select 10 U.S. cities, including Pontiac, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York and Washington, D.C., to install bat houses, plant bat-friendly gardens and establish citizen-science driven acoustic monitoring programs.

This is really about finding out where bats live in our cities, where they feed, what we can do to keep them out of human buildings and increase bats population, he said.

The new building the OBC is leasing will allow it to expand its interactive programs, house more animals and give its animals larger enclosures.

It looked at a lot of different places in the region for a new home, but chose the Pontiac building because of its location and new developments that are drawing people and businesses to the city, Mies said.

Still, the group is feeling a little nostalgic about leaving Cranbrook.

Weve loved partnering with the Cranbrook Institute of Science for the last 15 years, he said. Its been a big chunk of the time of our organizations existence and the grounds are beautiful.

Michael Stafford, Cranbrooks director, said the institute wishes the bat group well.

After the OBC moves into its new home, Cranbrook will use the nonprofits old building for interactive, hands-on educational programs. It will reopen in late summer and the first program will focus on dinosaurs, officials said.

Cranbrook Institute of Science cherishes both environmental sustainability and education, he said in a statement. We fully support the OBCs mission to educate people about bats and inspire them to become actively involved in conservation. This move will enhance the Bat Zone mission and vision and further inspire its growth.


On the move

The Organization for Bat Conservation is moving from Cranbrooks Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills to a new home in Pontiac.

Its new address is 75 W. Huron Street, Pontiac, MI 48342.

To contact the OBC, call (248) 294-7370 or send an email through its site.

Source: Organization for Bat Conservation

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June 26th, 2017

Bed Bug Liability Claims on the Rise, Allianz Reports – PCT Magazine

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The pests account for 21% of liability claims, according to insurance provider Allianz.

Animal incidents, including biting bed bugs, are a leading driver of insurance claims and losses can be significant, says global insurance company Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in a new report, Global Claims Review: Liability in Focus.

AGCS analyzed more than 1,800 animal-related liability insurance claims that occurred between 2011 and 2016 on which it was a named insurer (either primary or excess). The top cause of such claims was deer incidents (58%, or 1,090 claims) which largely involve collisions with vehicles, which caused losses on average in excess of ($4,225) over this period. In many locations in the United States, such accidents are a major concern that may lead to vehicle debilitation, property damage, bodily injuries or even passenger deaths. The peak period is during the rutting season, usually in October and November.

Bed bug bites/infestation (21%, or 397 total claims) was the second top cause of animal-related liability claims according to the AGCS study, followed by insect bites/infestation (8%, or 147 claims) at third place.

The number of bed bug incidents, in particular, is on the rise in the U.S., according to the Bedbug Registry, a nationwide database of bed bug reports and complaints. According to the database, bed bug sightings in New York hotels alone jumped more than 44% between 2014 and 2015.

This trend is reflected more widely in the AGCS report, which reveals a gradual increase in the number of related claims received over the past five years. While bed bugs are found year-round, infestations and incidents peak during the warmer months of the year April to August. The number of claims, for example, received in May are double those received in February.

Dog-related incidents ranging from bites to mauling (6%, or 114 claims) was the fourth highest cause of animal-related liability claims, according to the report, followed by incidents with cattle caused by charging, bumping and other accidents (4%, or 82 claims).

Other unusual animal-related liability claims include a hotel guest whose room was invaded by a flying squirrel, another whose hearing aid and slippers were chewed and destroyed by a rodent, and at least two people who were attacked by aggressive peacocks. Peacocks with an attitude?!?!

Animal-related claims comprised almost 2% of the 100,000 claims investigated in the report, making these the eighth top cause of loss, based on number of claims received by insurers (see infographic).

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June 24th, 2017

Groundhogs are gardeners’ furry foes – Times Herald-Record

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By Dayna Valenti-GaetaFor the Times Herald-Record

Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, chucks, or whistle pigs, are the largest members of the squirrel family. They are knownby many for their fantastic digging abilities, and often leave the legacy of an herbivore by raiding small gardens and chewing on fruit trees and ornamental shrubs. They dig burrows under garden fences, stone walls, woodpiles, and house or outbuilding foundations. It is interesting to note that they can climb trees and swim.

Woodchucks often have several burrows which can act as dens for hibernation and provide cover for cottontails, chipmunks, skunks and the like. These holes also help to aerate the soil and encourage weathering to form topsoil.

While I wouldnt suggest groundhog stew for dinner, groundhogs are good eats for the red fox and other predators.

Punxsutawny Phil is perhaps the most famous groundhog. Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, the halfway mark between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. If he sees his shadow, he goes back for a six-week nap and we have six more weeks of winter.

At Cornells College of Veterinary Medicine, groundhogs are revered for their indispensable contributions to the study of liver disease in humans. It turns out woodchucks carry a virus called Woodchuck Hepatitis Virus, HWV, which is very similar to human Hepatitis B Virus that can lead to liver damage and liver cancer. Woodchucks have been paramount to the understanding of HBV, how it damages the liver, and the development of the newest, most effective vaccines. Read more at news.cornell.edu/stories/1996/02/cornell-groundhog-harbinger-health.

If you have a garden, you’ve likely seen a woodchuck or the evidence of them. We have a few woodchucks that ate their last meal in our garden. They love kale. And carrots. And peas. If they are a nuisance or cause property damage, it is legal in New York State to take them (kill). That is, if your local ordinances allow you to. But be aware that you have to bury them, which is a lesson in whole body composting. If you do not want to kill them, you should contact a wildlife nuisance professional that is licensed to trap and relocate the animal. It is not against the law to live trap them, but it is against the law to relocate them to another property, including state land, without a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Call the NYSDEC Region 3 Wildlife Office for more information at 256-3098.

A garden fence that is at least 6 feet tall and is buried in the ground 10-12 inches deep will keep woodchucks from climbing up over or digging under it. If woodchucks are creating a home underneath a foundation, there are ways to “bomb” their burrow to evict them. Paul Curtis, wildlife specialist at Cornell University, suggests using hardware cloth to keep them from burrowing under a deck area. The hardware cloth should be buried about 12 inches deep, in the shape of an L to keep woodchucks out. He also suggests using predator urine, like that of a bobcat, to deter woodchucks. For more information, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office and visit http://wildlifecontrol.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Woodchuck_factsheet.pdf.

Dayna Valenti-Gaeta is the community horticulture program coordinator atCornell UniversityCooperative Extension Sullivan County.

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June 22nd, 2017

How a Joke About Flying Squirrels Led to an Ailing Woman’s Cure – New York Times

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A Hidden Infection?

The doctors at South County werent sure what was going on, either. The patient felt sick: She was tired, her back was killing her and she felt weak all over. She looked sick too: pale and frail. On exam, her temperature was up and her blood pressure was down. She had a faint rash on much of her body, and she was confused. But her white-blood-cell count an indicator of infection wasnt elevated, and the doctors couldnt see any obvious source of infection. Blood tests showed no signs of the most common tick-borne diseases. A chest X-ray was normal. An ultrasound of her abdomen was, too. Blood was also analyzed to see if any bacteria would grow, and she was admitted to the hospital team, under the care of Caroline Jenckes, an experienced nurse practitioner.

Jenckes spent the next few days looking for an infection she was certain was there. She ordered an M.R.I. of the spine in search of an abscess, but found nothing. The patients gallbladder was carefully evaluated; inflammation can trigger a fever and pain that travels to the back. A couple of days in, a CT scan of the patients chest suggested the possibility of pneumonia. Dr. Fred Silverblatt, the infectious-disease doctor Jenckes consulted, didnt think the subtle findings could be the cause of her symptoms. And the patients fever was already coming down. Still, he agreed to start her on broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Finally the medical team saw what seemed significant evidence that the patient was getting better. Her fever came down, and her blood pressure returned to normal. Her back pain was subsiding.

From the sons perspective, his mother was not really recovering. He and his wife had been taking turns staying with her, day and night, and she was nothing like her old self; she still seemed quite sick. Despite the antibiotics, she remained tired, weak and practically speechless. The son called his sister in Maryland and older brother in Missouri to tell them that this might be the end, and the siblings hurried to their hometown.

The frail woman didnt open her eyes when her older son entered the room. He leaned close to give her a kiss and straighten her up in the bed. Did she have flying-squirrel fever, he asked lightly, referring to their effort the autumn before to rid her attic of the pesky rodents. Back then she told him how cute the big-eared babies were, creatures taken out of the attic by the exterminator on their way to relocation. He thought she smiled a bit at his joke, just a whisper of her usual good humor. But as he made the joke, he suddenly had a thought: Could those squirrels have anything to do with this strange illness that no one could figure out?

It was an odd thought but the kind of connection that inspired the son, so he found a computer in the hospital and searched online a bit. The first pages carried mostly ads for services to get rid of the pests. But then he found something: a short article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linking flying squirrels with something called epidemic typhus. Further reading revealed that the symptoms of typhus fever, body aches, rash and confusion resembled those his mother had. But typhus was a rare infection. There had been fewer than 100 cases in the United States reported to the C.D.C. over the past 40 years.

Still, the son printed out the article and went in search of Caroline Jenckes. He explained that his mothers house had been infested with these animals. Jenckes was intrigued with the idea. Certainly all the studies theyd done to find the source of the womans symptoms had been unrevealing. She took the article to Silverblatt. It seemed to him a perfect fit: the symptoms, the exposure, the minimal response to the antibiotics. He read up a little more on the infection before starting the patient on the appropriate antibiotic doxycycline and sending her blood to the C.D.C. for confirmation.

Epidemic typhus is an old disease. Since the Middle Ages, periodic epidemics of this infection killed millions of people. Just after World War I, an outbreak in Russia killed three million. The infection is often transmitted through contact with a body louse. Modern sanitation has significantly reduced the incidence of both infection and carrier. In the United States, most cases of typhus have come from exposure to flying squirrels. Its not clear how the bacteria get from the rodents who harbor the bug to the humans they infect, but the louse once again plays a role. Squirrel lice do not tend to bite humans, so it is thought that exposure occurs when bacteria in lice excrement are inhaled.

After 24 hours on the new antibiotic, the woman was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. Within days she began to act more like herself. She was irritated that she had been placed on the floor designated for the sick and dying. She was certain, she explained to anyone who would listen, that this was not where she belonged. She says she didnt really start to get better until she moved to the floor for healthier patients.

After a few weeks she was well enough to go home. It took almost that long for the test results to come back confirming typhus. While she recovered, her children arranged for an exterminator to get rid of any squirrels that might have returned and to seal up any possible ports of re-entry.

Families are an essential source of information about patients and the world they live in. They dont usually make the diagnosis, but they can provide answers to questions doctors hadnt considered asking. In this case, the knowledge of this womans exposure and its associated infection may have saved her life. Untreated epidemic typhus can kill up to 30 percent of patients, and the very old are at the greatest risk.

All this happened three years ago. If you ask this woman now how shes doing, shell immediately inform you that shes just great because the more shes on her own, the better she feels.

Lisa Sanders, M.D., is a contributing writer for the magazine and the author of Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis. If you have a solved case to share with Dr. Sanders, write her at lisasandersmd@gmail.com.

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A version of this article appears in print on June 25, 2017, on Page MM18 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: Doctors in the hospital thought the 93-year-old woman was getting better. But her children thought she was dying. What was going on?.

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June 20th, 2017

Local young falconer bonds with her birds of prey – Allentown Morning Call

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There’s something majestic and wild about seeing a bird of prey such as a hawk or falcon gliding over a field, then swooping down toward its unsuspecting prey below. For most people, it’s a scene they see only on a National Geographic television special or out of the corner of their eye as they drive down a country road. For 16-year-old Margaret Young of Alburtis, it was a vision that led her on the path to becoming the youngest falconer in the state, a distinction she’s held for the past two years.

As a 10-year old, Margaret went with her mother, Jennifer, to see The Raptor Project, a birds of prey show presented by Jonathan and Susan Wood of New York. During the presentation, Jonathan Wood selected her out of the audience for one of the highlights of the show, feeding a bald eagle.

“That was the spark that lit the fire,” said Margaret’s father, Sean Young, who started taking her to birds of prey shows such as Jack Hubley’s Falconry Experience in Hershey. The pair also attended Pennsylvania Falconry and Hawk Trust (PFHT) events to learn more about the sport and see if it was something Margaret really wanted to pursue.

“I was intrigued by the concept of being able to hunt with a bird that had once been wild,” Margaret said. “That is the main attraction for me in falconry, and the power of the bird never ceases to amaze me.”

Defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as the “the art of training hawks to hunt in cooperation with a person,” falconry has been practiced around the globe for centuries. Among the most famous falconry practitioners in the world are the golden eagle hunters of Mongolia, who have been participating in the sport for some 4,000 years.

When it comes to falconry, the sport usually involves capturing a wild bird such as a red-tailed hawk or American kestrel using a humane bait trap that’s designed so the bird does not injure or harm itself and then training and conditioning the bird over a period of months. To become a licensed falconer in Pennsylvania, a person must complete a two-year apprenticeship with a falconry sponsor, practicing regularly with the person to learn proper training, handling and care of the bird.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, which provides falconry permits, said there are 189 falconry permit holders in the state. From Sept. 1-March 31, the state offers a falconry hunting season for squirrels, ruffed grouse, cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares and ring-necked pheasants.

The hunt begins

As a young lady interested in falconry, one of the challenges Margaret faced was finding someone to sponsor her. Her dad became a falconer because he was fairly certain he’d be the one mentoring her.

“She was only 12 years old at that point,” Sean Young recalled. “We couldn’t find anybody that would take her, primarily because of her age. They didn’t want to assume the responsibility of having a bird of prey with a 12-year-old girl.”

In 2013, Sean Young began an apprenticeship with falconer Steve Correll of Nazareth. After a year of working with Sean and having Margaret observe, Correll also took on Margaret, teaching her the foundation and skills needed to properly train, care for and condition the bird. From there, Margaret learned quickly, going on to work with PFHT Central Director Fran Gray after a year with Correll. Then, in 2015, at age 14, she obtained her falconry permit, becoming the youngest falconer in the state.

Margaret said being a falconer requires both daily care and training of the bird. For the past few years, she and her dad have been working with a red-tailed hawk they call Noname. She had an American kestrel, which was released safely back into the wild, and Sean Young recently obtained a red-shouldered hawk that he’s in the process of training.

Noname lives year-round with the Youngs, staying in a special outdoor enclosure called a mews the family built on its property. More elaborate than a cage, the large space includes perches, watering area and plenty of space to move around, providing a safe and secure environment for the hawk. When the Youngs begin training any of their birds, they always start in their living room, which comes complete with a 5-foot-tall perch that the bird is tethered to so it doesn’t fly off and injure itself.

“The first step is getting [the bird] to trust you enough so it will eat while you are in the room with it,” Margret said. “We started with just letting a piece of food sit on the perch with the bird. The room has to be pretty dark and you’re going to be in there and you’re usually not even looking at the bird directly, just watching it out of your peripheral vision.

“As it gets more accustomed to you being there, it will take less time for it to eat the food.”

As far as conditioning a bird to return from the hunt, Margaret said you have to start with small steps, building in longer flights as time goes on. Falconers use a ‘lure,’ a piece of meat that entices the bird to fly during training, and wear a heavy leather glove to protect their hands and arms from the birds’ talons when they land. The Youngs said they start their training sessions indoors because there are limited distractions for the birds.

“Once you get them coming instantly in the house and you run out of room there, then you move outside and you put them on a perch attached to a long leash,” Margaret said. “That’s called a creance; we have a 50-foot one that’s attached to a weight so that way she can come to us but she can’t go up into the trees.

“Once she’s coming to the glove and to her lure about 100 feet and she’s coming instantly, then she’s ready for flight.”

Sharing the passion with others

Both members of the PFHT, the Youngs regularly participate in falconry meets across the state, as well as New York and New Jersey. In addition, they appear at Boy Scout banquets, the Step Outdoors festival at SteelStacks and educational programs at the John James Audubon Center in Montgomery County, all in an effort to teach others about falconry and birds of prey.

“We are falconers we do hunt but we enjoy sharing and educating people about the birds because there’s so little good information out there about falconry and the birds,” Sean Young said.

While Margaret relishes opportunities to teach others about the sport sometimes drawing crowds of 100 or more for presentations her real passion lies in the field, watching Noname soaring high in search of its next meal. It’s something the young huntress eagerly looks forward to and never tires of experiencing.

“This past season we took her out for squirrels and a few rabbits,” Margaret said. “I was her dog, I flushed for her.

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June 15th, 2017

Donald Trump’s ancestral brothel gets a new lease on life – Macleans.ca

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The Arctic Restaurant and Hotel, owned by Friedrich Trump in Bennett, B.C. in 1899, is being reconstructed by Parks Canada in collaboration with the Carcross Tagish First Nation (Meagan Campbell)

The year was 1897, and the region of Bennett, B.C. was roamed by the Tlingit people. Theywere organized into Crow and Wolf clans, hunted game as small as squirrels and were so attuned tothe land that they passed on a story of a girl who nurtured a woodwormbreastfed the worm, evenand mournedover its death for one year until her brothers held a ceremony to celebrate its life. It was on this Tlingit land, amid gurgling rapids and porcupine droppings, that the Trump empire began.

I think hes lost touch with his roots, says Jennifer Ingram, a tourist from Delaware visiting Bennett in June. After prospectors found gold, B City became the hub of the Klondike Gold Rush, prompting 100,000 Americans and Canadiansto attempt a trek so tough that about 60 per cent turned backor died.Friedrich Trump, Donalds great-grandfather, joined the bandwagonwith no wagon, but rather hired Indigenouslocalsto carry much of his loadand established the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel, which also served as a brothel, and whichParks Canada and the Carcross Tagish First Nation are nowrestoring to bepart of an interpretive tour. The current U.S. presidentmay own resorts on four continents, but hisancestralfortune began with a two-storey outfit selling swan meat and sex in Canada.

Everybodys gotta start somewhere, says Donna Laperle, a tourist from California. The Tlingit had little use for golditstoo malleable to make toolsbutthe metalpromised money for one German man with drive. Trump had moved from Kallstadt, Germany in 1885 and started cutting hair in Manhattan, but he wasnowealthy barber, and when he heard buzz about Bennett, he came, he saw, and he capitalized.

A train conductor and brakeman prepare for departure on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad in Bennett (Meagan Campbell)

Trumps trunks contained, among other necessities, more than his weight in bacon, and he wouldve needed to hire Tlingit pack carriers, who translated newcomers as cheechakos. The Arctic Hotel offered an omnivorous menu of moose, goose, caribou and cranberries, but most of the profit for Trump and his business partner came from alcohol and prostitution.

Ladies ofthe nightoften hiked the trail in skirts, and they stayed at the Arctic Hotel to entertain gold diggers, using a scale to weigh gold powder for payment. I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep, wrote a reporter for the Yukon Sun in April 1900, as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex.

In Tlingit culture, girls were considered critical to acommunitys spiritualgood fortune. At puberty, girls were secludedto a tent fortwomonths to two years so their menstruation wouldnt bring badhunting luck to theirpeople, and so theycould learn skills like sewing, according to My Old People Say, an iconic work by Catharine McClellan, who spent three decades working with and gathering stories from Yukon elders (girls sometimes snuck out of the puberty camps to dance or play with other children, but they would be forgiven). Powerful white women also came to Bennett to find adventure, farm cattleand run a competing hotel that wasfancier than Trumps.

Six weeks after opening his establishment, Trump was already scoping out his next location: in Whitehorse. Spotting another boomtown, he and helpers would lift hishotel onto a barge and floated it by river to the future capital city. Before gold yields dropped, Trump returned to Germany to find a wife, Elizabeth Christ, and moved back to New York to have three children and buy real estate on the west coast. Trumps exploits in Bennett were just a footnote in the Gold Rush, and to the Tlingit people, the entire rush was merely, as Parks Canada historian David Neufeld puts it, a wild weekend party that came and, thankfully, left.

Cruise ships now bring cheechakos to Bennett from Japan, Sweden and beyond, most of them not expecting to find a Trump franchise. Believe me, we didnt come to see that, says Gary Graff, a visitor from Kentucky. Were grateful that Canadians even let us into the country, given the man in the executive mansion. The region also attracts cross-country skiers to the Buckwheat Ski Classic, an annual race that began withthe explicitpurpose of luring beautiful women in the winter.

Bennetts national historic site protects plants as exotic as the Northern Bastard Toadflax, and the town has only one resident, a Tlingit woman who maintains her familys trap line. She lives up the shore from the Arctic Hotel reconstruction project, where artifacts still lie on the lawnsa shriveled mattress spring; a womens salmon-colouredshoe.

Donald Trump’s ancestral brothel gets a new lease on life – Macleans.ca

June 14th, 2017

BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy — ISENSTADT: MITT shows … – Politico

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FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — WE HEAR There is a chance Congress will stay in session for part of August. There has been political pressure from some members of the House and Senate to stay in town and try to get some things done instead of take a five-week recess. The pressure will only increase if the Obamacare repeal and replace isnt done in the next few weeks. Congress has just 27 days in session until the summer break. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise: many lawmakers have had to face angry constituents on trips home.

STATEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey — at 8:22 a.m.: The #FakeNews MSM doesnt report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector……way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels! at 8:29 a.m.: I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very cowardly! at 8:49 a.m.: The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS!

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— TWO QUICK THINGS: Many Democrats will privately agree with Trump that they oftentimes lack a coherent message. But Trumps presidency has unified Democrats for the first time in a long time Trump has majorities in the House and Senate, and hes blaming Democrats for obstructing him.

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BREAKING OVERSEAS — TRUMP PUTS OFF U.K. VISIT — THE GUARDIAN: Donald Trumps state visit to Britain put on hold: U.S. president told Theresa May he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests: Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming. The U.S. president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time. The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present. http://bit.ly/2reskVQ

–UPDATE from White House spokesman Raj Shah: “The President has tremendous respect for Prime Minister May. That subject never came up on the call.”

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YOULL HEAR THIS QUOTE A LOT — Donald Trump Jr. on Fox News, via the Washington Post: When he tells you to do something, guess what? Theres no ambiguity in it, theres no, Hey, Im hoping,’ Trump said. You and I are friends: Hey, I hope this happens, but youve got to do your job. Thats what he told Comey. And for this guy as a politician to then go back and write a memo: Oh, I felt threatened. He felt so threatened — but he didnt do anything. Trump also said that Comeys testimony vindicated the president and that everything in it was basically ridiculous. http://wapo.st/2t9eJf5

ALEX ISENSTADT in DEER VALLEY, UTAH — Romney stokes speculation hes weighing another political run: The 2012 GOP nominee is plotting how to help Republicans in the midterms, and hes being coy about his own political future: Mitt Romney is once again testing his political power critiquing President Donald Trump, raising money and campaigning for fellow Republicans, and not ruling out another run for office for himself. The 2012 GOP nominee is returning to the spotlight, six months after Trump — the man Romney once savaged as unfit for the presidency — nearly picked him to be secretary of state.

Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney adviser and political gatekeeper, said hed been inundated with appeals from Republican candidates asking the former GOP nominee to help them. Last week, Romney held his first fundraiser for a 2018 hopeful, an event benefiting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been fiercely critical of the president. Over the coming days, Romney is also expected to release a robo-call boosting Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who has been losing ground in a high-stakes June 20 special House election she had once been favored to win.

All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator its like hes a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by, said Zwick, who doubles as a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan. There are only so many people in the party that can headline these things. http://politi.co/2rZkZ9X

— THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE between Republicans wanting to take advantage of Romneys fundraising prowess, and his running for office and garnering the support he needs to win.

SUNDAY BEST — JOHN DICKERSON speaks with SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OKLA.) on CBSS FACE THE NATION — DICKERSON: On the question of influencing the investigation, again, thinking about the scale, on the one hand the president might have done something that was a little bit crossing a line but hes a new guy to the job all the way to this question of obstruction of justice. Where do you put, knowing what you know about the presidents behavior, where do you put what he did on that scale? LANKFORD: I would say its very inappropriate. As Jim Comey said, its awkward to be able to have the president of the United States sitting down with someone in the F.B.I., the leadership of the F.B.I., to be able to have direct questions. And for the issue to come up about the Michael Flynn investigations, inappropriate. But the way that it was handled, with no follow-up, with no other press, with no other return to that topic, it looks like what I called a pretty light touch. If this is trying to interfere in a process of any investigation, it doesnt seem like it was number one, very effective, and number two, came up more than once in a conversation. So this looks more like an inappropriate conversation than obstruction.

— SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.) tells CHRIS WALLACE on FOX NEWS SUNDAY that Trump needs to be deposed on all Russia-related questions — [T]he deposition is not just about his conversations with Mr. Comey. There are issues with respect to his conversation with director of national intelligence Dan Coats, Admiral Rogers, the NSA director, his relationships with Manafort. By the time the special prosecutor Mr. Mueller is ready to depose or ask the president to speak under oath, there are a myriad of questions. So what I dont want to see is simply, well I just said I talk about Comey, Im not talking about anything else. To resolve this situation he has to be prepared to speak on all these matters.

— PREET BHARARA speaks to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABCS THIS WEEK — STEPHANOPOULOS: The presidents defenders, like Alan Dershowitz, say theres no grounds for obstruction. You talked about that. And he, in fact, says that presidents have the constitutional right to fire FBI directors and investigations as much as they want. One of the presidents attorneys, Jay Sekulow, is coming up next. He says theres no there there, no basis for obstruction. Youre a former prosecutor. Are — is there evidence there … to begin a case for obstruction? BHARARA: I think theres absolutely evidence to begin a case. I think its very important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction. Its also true I think from based on what I see as a third party and out of government that theres no basis to say theres no obstruction.

— SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) talks to BRIANNA KEILAR on CNNs STATE OF THE UNION — KEILAR: I want to ask you about something the president has been cagey about, and that is these tapes, of course. So, I wonder if you would support issuing a subpoena to the White House. Right now, its just a request coming from Congress. Would you support issuing a subpoena for the recordings or any documents that might come from that? COLLINS: This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference. He should give a straight yes or no to the answer — to the question of whether or not the tapes exist. And he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel. So, I dont think a subpoena should be necessary. And I dont understand why the president just doesnt clear this matter up once and for all.

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THE NEXT MAIN EVENT — Sessions will testify before Senate in Russia investigation, by Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan: In a letter to his former colleagues in the House and Senate, Sessions canceled a planned appearance before Congress appropriations committees. Sessions said he instead plans to appear on Tuesday before the Intelligence panel to respond to questions stemming from FBI director James Comeys bombshell testimony last Thursday.

If this is an open session … Sessions will likely face a barrage of questions over his role in Comeys dismissal, his independence from President Donald Trump, and allegations of additional unreported meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sessions has already recused himself from the Russia probe after failing to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation of two meetings with Kislyak, and there have been reports of additional sessions. http://politi.co/2rOVc5P

— SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CALIF.) told Brianna Keilar on State of the Union that she didnt know if the hearing will be open.

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW — Whats next for Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics, by APs Eric Tucker: So whats next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where hes always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service.

His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he was between opportunities vastly understates the career prospects now available to him not to mention potential benefits from the publics fascination with a man who has commanded respect while drawing outrage from both political parties. http://apne.ws/2sQlkMb

EYE-POPPING NUMBERS FROM WAPOS KAREN TUMULTY in SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA — Trump looms over Georgia special election, a proxy battle for 2018: It is an arms race of money and organization. The latest fundraising report, filed Thursday, showed Ossoff raising an additional $15 million in the past two months, nearly quadruple what Handel brought in. With outside groups weighing in, the race has thus far cost more than $40 million — far outpacing the previous record for a congressional race of nearly $30 million for a Florida contest in 2012.

Polls indicate there are few voters still undecided. The next 10 days are about turning out the base. There are more of us than them in the district. The more people who vote, the better, said Corry Bliss, who heads the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). That organization alone plans to spend about $7 million in the race. http://wapo.st/2rjhPM4

FASCINATING READ — Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis inner circle, by Jacqueline Klimas and Bryan Bender: The Trump era has brought a change of fortune for a Silicon Valley software company founded by presidential adviser Peter Thiel turning it from a Pentagon outcast to a player with three allies in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ inner circle. At least three Pentagon officials close to Mattis, including his deputy chief of staff and a longtime confidante, either worked, lobbied or consulted for Palantir Technologies, according to ethics disclosures obtained by POLITICO. Thats an unusually high number of people from one company to have such daily contact with the Pentagon leader, some analysts say.

It also represents a sharp rise in prominence for the company, which just months ago could barely get a meeting in the Pentagon. Last year, Palantir even had to go to court to force its way into a competition for a lucrative Army contract. Thiel was one of the only Silicon Valley titans to openly support Trump during the campaign, a role that gave him a prime speaking slot at last summers Republican convention. He has since acted as a key adviser arranging meetings among the president and other tech executives. While there’s no evidence he had a direct hand in these specific Pentagon hires, analysts say they absolutely show his growing influence in the administration, where he holds no formal role. http://politi.co/2sqMdbS

DEMOCRATS NEW PLAYBOOK — Democrats bet on Trump in Virginia governors race, by Kevin Robillard: Virginias Democratic primary on Tuesday is shaping up to be the first real test of liberalism in the Trump era, with both candidates lurching for increasingly leftward policies to position themselves in contrast with President Donald Trump.

Virginias gubernatorial elections often develop into contrasts with a new president, but theres a stark difference between now and how Republican candidate Bob McDonnell handled then-President Barack Obama in 2009. While critical of the Obama’s economic record, the future governor also regularly praised Obama for supporting school choice, straddling the partisan divide. The Democrats have felt no need to do the same with the less popular Trump, whose approval rating was at 36 percent in a recent Washington Post-George Mason University poll of Virginia. http://politi.co/2rjHzYJ

THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE — Fate of Planned Parenthood funding tied to Senate moderates, by Jen Haberkorn: Two female Senate Republicans could stop the anti-abortion movement from achieving its most significant win against Planned Parenthood in decades. Most Republicans want to eliminate the groups $555 million in federal funding as part of their bill to repeal Obamacare. But as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to solve the legislative Rubiks Cube of finding 50 votes for repeal, he may have to drop the Planned Parenthood cut to win the support of the two Republican moderates, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. http://politi.co/2sbbpTf

WHAT SILICON VALLEY IS READING — Uber Board to Discuss CEO Travis Kalanicks Possible Leave of Absence: Board also set to vote on recommendations from a report of an investigation into workplace issues, by WSJs Greg Bensinger: Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick will discuss taking a possible leave of absence when the board of directors of the embattled ride-hailing company meets Sunday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Also on the agenda when the seven-person board convenes is a vote on a series of recommendations from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding its workplace. It was uncertain whether Mr. Kalanick would ultimately take the leave or whether the board would approve of such a measure, which would require finding a temporary replacement in short order. http://on.wsj.com/2r7Ram8


— SPOTTED at Mitt Romneys E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Spencer Zwick, Matt Waldrip, Corry Bliss, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kristen Soltis Anderson, Ron Kaufman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Anthony Scaramucci, Bianna Golodryga, Will Ritter, Mary Bono, Lanhee Chen, Leah Malone and Andrew Liveris.

RIP — @SecondLady: Rest in peace Oreo. You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much. http://bit.ly/2sgQOxR

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WEEK AT THE WHITE HOUSE — Donald and Ivanka Trump head to Wisconsin for jobs push, by ABC News Jordyn Phelps: President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are set to travel to Wisconsin Tuesday to join Gov. Scott Walker to tour a technical college, as the administration puts a renewed focus on its goal of job creation. The trip is just one event in a week full of activities built around promoting technical skills training and apprenticeships. [They are d]ubbing it workforce development week …

The president is expected to make what the administration is billing as a major policy speech at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, in which hell lay out steps the administration will take to encourage workforce development and also call for Congressional action. Ivanka Trump will also lead a roundtable with some 15 CEOs. On Thursday, the president will also host a roundtable discussion, where he will welcome eight governors from states with successful workforce development programs to the White House. http://abcn.ws/2r7tOwT

THE NEW U.K. POLITICAL REALITY — For Britain, Political Stability Is a Quaint Relic, by NYTs Steven Erlanger in London: In a little more than two years, Britain has had two general elections and a nationwide referendum. Each time, the politicians, pollsters, betting markets, political scientists and commentators have got it wrong.

Once considered one of the most politically stable countries in the world, regularly turning out majority governments, Britain is increasingly confusing and unpredictable, both to its allies and itself. Far from settling the fierce divisions exposed by last years referendum on Britains exit from the European Union, or Brexit, the election on Thursday only made them worse. http://nyti.ms/2shhy1i

— THE POLITICO EUROPE TICK TOCK: How Theresa May lost it: A reluctance to delegate, hubris and campaigning ineptitude ruined British prime ministers grand plan to secure a mandate, by Tom McTague, Charlie Cooper and Annabelle Dickson in London: Halfway through Britains seven-week snap election campaign, some in Theresa Mays team came to the conclusion that they had a problem the candidate. At a gathering of senior staff in Conservative campaign headquarters in central London, one of Mays top operatives told the sitting prime minister that she risked crashing and burning like Sarah Palin did in 2008. … To the operative, May was overly controlling and her inexperience would tell during a short, intense campaign. May listened with good grace … [but] changed nothing. http://politi.co/2t8VuSG

ACTUAL FAKE NEWS NYT A22, A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story, by Jeremy Peters: A pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateur sleuthing into red herrings like the Pizzagate hoax and a conspiracy theory involving the murder of a Democratic aide, Mr. Posobiec wrote on May 17 that Mr. Comey, the recently ousted F.B.I. director, had said under oath that Trump did not ask him to halt any investigation.

But as the journey of that one tweet shows, misinformed, distorted and false stories are gaining traction far beyond the fringes of the internet. Just 14 words from Mr. Posobiecs Twitter account would spread far enough to provide grist for a prime-time Fox News commentary and a Rush Limbaugh monologue that reached millions of listeners, forging an alternative first draft of history in corners of the conservative media where President Trumps troubles are often explained away as fabrications by his journalist enemies.

In this fragmented media environment, the spread of false information is accelerated and amplified by a web of allied activist-journalists with large online followings, a White House that grants them access and, occasionally, a president who validates their work. The right-wing media machine that President Bill Clintons aides once referred to as conspiracy commerce is now far more mature, extensive and, in the internet age, tough to counter. http://nyti.ms/2sbduPm

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DEEP DIVES — NYT A1, Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail: Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants many based in Asia quickly pop up, by Nathaniel Popper (print headline: Drug Trade Rises in Dark Corners of the Internet): As the nations opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels. The internet. In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales have allowed powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide to reach living rooms in nearly every region of the country, as they arrive in small packages in the mail. http://nyti.ms/2t91CdL

–Chinas New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt: China has built hundreds of dazzling new bridges, including the longest and highest, but many have fostered debt and corruption, by NYTs Chris Buckley: The eye-popping structures have slashed travel times in some areas, made business easier and generated a sizable slice of the countrys economy, laying a foundation, in theory at least, for decades of future growth. But as the bridges and the expressways they span keep rising, critics say construction has become an end unto itself. Fueled by government-backed loans and urged on by the big construction companies and officials who profit from them, many of the projects are piling up debt and breeding corruption while producing questionable transportation benefits. http://nyti.ms/2t9er7I

BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:

–Bob Dylans Nobel Lecture: Some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back. http://bit.ly/2rULMnO

–How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned in the August 1944 issue of Popular Mechanics: Every one of the thousands of men landed in France required about 10 ship tons of overall equipment, and an additional ship ton every 30 days. The number of separate items needed was about a million. Some of these million items had to be accumulated in millions, resulting in astronomical totals. http://bit.ly/2smaY97

–Eternal Champions, by Sam Borden in ESPN: Seven months ago, Brazilian underdogs Chapecoense boarded a plane to play in the game of their lives. Instead, their biggest moment turned into a tragedy no one can forget. http://es.pn/2r9Y3aB (h/t Longform.org)

–Inside Trumps secretive immigration court: far from scrutiny and legal aid, by The Guardians Oliver Laughland in Jena, Louisiana: [T]he remote LaSalle detention facility is part of Trumps attempt to fast-track deportations. A visit reveals a hastily arranged setup beset by flaws. http://bit.ly/2scNvHQ

–Rolling Stone at 50: How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend, by Patrick Doyle in Rolling Stone per The Browsers description: Sports Illustrated asked Hunter S. Thompson for 250 words about a Las Vegas motorbike race. He gave them 2,500 words and when they spiked the piece he took it to Rolling Stone, which wanted more. The result was Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, published in 1971. Thompsons coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign reshaped what it meant to write about politics. But getting work out of him was becoming difficult. Editing him was a bit like being a cornerman for Ali. http://rol.st/2smiHEk

–Weddings of the 0.01 Percent, by Julia Rubin in Racked: Cristal! Caviar! Chris Martin! How the rich (and sometimes famous) get married. http://bit.ly/2smtvCz

–The truth about tarot, by James McConnachie in Aeon Magazine: Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis. http://bit.ly/2sL1XDY (h/t ALDaily.com)

–The Worst Ever First Day on the Job — Punching In: My Life as a Long Haul Trucker, by Finn Murphy in Literary Hub: Moving companies perform four categories of moving work: local, commercial, long-distance, and international. Callahans work was mostly local moving, loading up someones house in the morning and then unloading in the afternoon at the new house. It takes the greatest toll on the body because you are handling stuff every working day. Its the local stuff that eventually kills you or drives you to drink; more commonly, both. http://bit.ly/2s4Nuoy

–There Were Once Jews Here, by Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Familys Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, in Tablet Magazine: During the Six-Day War, some of the Arab countries at war with Israel — Egypt, Tunisia, Libya — treated their Jewish populations terribly, causing them to leave en masse. http://bit.ly/2t92OOk … $10.01 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2sbmAeT

–Dear Brazilian Government, Thanks for the Contracts, by Michael Smith, Sabrina Valle, and Blake Schmidt on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: Theres graft, and then theres the graft machine perfected by Odebrecht, one of the world’s biggest construction companies. https://bloom.bg/2rOEHqr The cover http://bit.ly/2rjKL6H

–Kill them, kill them, kill them: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britains grey squirrels, by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian: The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species? http://bit.ly/2re8OE6

–This County Switched From Backing Obama to Trump. Heres What Happened, by Josh Siegel in The Daily Signal: In 1980, manufacturing jobs comprised 38 percent of all jobs in Coos [New Hampshire]. In 2014, only 7 percent of jobs in the county were in manufacturing. Payroll wages from manufacturing have dropped from 49 percent to 9 percent since the mid-1980s. http://bit.ly/2sL2A0v

SPOTTED: Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly enjoying DHS Night Friday night at the Nats game along with members of DHS workforce pic http://bit.ly/2rjyfUM … Anson Kaye, partner at GMMB, in New Orleans last night, accepting a Gold ADDY award (and also a Mosaic Award) for the ad Mirrors (http://bit.ly/2sbAIEM) he created for Hillary for America

SPOTTED at State Department senior White House adviser Matt Mowers birthday party at Wet Dog Tavern last night (which coincidentally also hosted RNC alum Anna Epsteins birthday party at the same time): Cassie Spodak, Ryan Williams, Zeke Miller, Ben Sparks, Jill Barclay, Phil Elliott, Ethan Zorfas, Ben DeMarzo, Maren Kasper, Michael Kratsios, Kailani Koenig, Tom Dickens, Elise Dietsch Dickens, Eric Jones, Alan He, Andy Polesovsky, Corey Ershow, Kelly Klass, Britt Carter.

SHIELDS/WALSH ENGAGEMENT PARTY — THE BRITISH EMBASSY hosted an engagement party last night for Mike Shields, former RNC chief of staff and founder and partner at Convergence Media and Katie Walsh, former WH deputy chief of staff and former RNC chief of staff who is now senior advisor at America First Policies. Amb. Kim Darroch toasted the pair and called them the ultimate political couple and told the crowd how the couple got engaged in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister has met with his or her cabinet every week for 250 years. He also needled Mike, who has a British mother and is a big soccer fan, for supporting Ipswich, who he cast as much inferior to Chelsea in the Premier League. The food at the party included: herb-crusted fillet of lamb, goats cheese and beetroot, terrine of pork, and chili shrimp while desserts included mini Bakewell tart, strawberry tartlet and passion fruit mousse. Pics of the couple http://bit.ly/2sbk3Bp http://bit.ly/2saWbhk Reince Priebus taking a pic of the couple as they thanked friends for coming http://bit.ly/2rOGmfz The crowd http://bit.ly/2rOzjDs

SPOTTED: Reince and Sally Priebus, Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Steven Mnuchin and his chief of staff Eli Miller chatting on a walk around the gardens of the embassy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rob and Cindy Simms, Cara Mason, Jessica Ditto, Sarah and Dave Armstrong, Tim Pataki, Richard Walters, Rob Jesmer chatting with Sean Cairncross (Sean and Rob have been friends since they were 5 years old growing up in Minnesota), Brian O. Walsh, Josh Pitcock, Mikes 15-year-old son Aidan Shields-Eads, Molly Donlin, Steven Law, Sam Feist, Mike Allen, Andrew Bremberg, Lew Eisenberg, Madeleine Westerhout, Johnny DeStefano, Renee Hudson, Michael Hoare, Lindsay Walters, Vanessa Morrone and Mike Ambrosini, Zach and Mallory Hunter.

ENGAGED — Andrew Feldman, principal of the progressive communications firm Feldman Strategies, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Salzman Saturday night during Country Music Fest in Nashville. Megan is a communications manager at the early education advocacy group The First Five Years Fund. Andrew and Megan met on OKCupid nearly four and a half years ago. Andrew points out that the ring has extra significant because the center stone was Megans mothers engagement stone and she is no longer with us. Pics http://bit.ly/2r7KrIZhttp://bit.ly/2rOFJTb The ring http://bit.ly/2rjzLGh

— Jessica Huff, social media director for McClatchy in Dallas and a Politico alum, and Spenser Walters, an area sales rep for Duvel USA, got engaged on Friday night in Austin, Texas. She emails us: We met in college at UT-Austin after he came back from Afghanistan. He was serving in the Marines. We had the same group of friends but I hadnt met him yet since he was overseas. Once he was back, one of our first dates was at a restaurant in the hill country in Texas overlooking the lake, and so while visiting Austin he took me back there and proposed during sunset. Its a very special place to us so it was perfect! Pics http://bit.ly/2shqCmX The ring http://bit.ly/2t9rnKO

WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Travis Considine, communications manager at Uber Texas and a John McCain and Rick Perry alum, married Morgan Smith, a reporter with The Texas Tribune, on Saturday evening at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Guests enjoyed a bluegrass band and flawless weather at the outdoor ceremony and reception. Pic http://bit.ly/2t9jc1c Travis speech http://bit.ly/2sQLqi2

SPOTTED: Tucker and Alexia Bounds, Brittany Bramell, Trevor Theunissen, Chris Miller, Allie Brandenburger and Ryan Mahoney, Kevin Benacci, Emily Ramshaw, Matt and Jen Hirsch, Evan Smith, Perrylanders Rob Johnson, Mark Miner, and Andy Hemming.

OBAMA ALUMNI Meredith Carden, head of partnerships at Sidewire, got married this weekend to Micah Fergenson, law clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a small ceremony at Four Follies Farm in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The couple first met in 2009 when they were working for President Obama. Micah worked in the WH Counsels Office, and Meredith worked for FLOTUS in the East Wing. They lost touch, but were reintroduced by a mutual friend in 2015. Pic http://bit.ly/2sb3PIq

–Lily Rothman, Elihu Dietz N.Y. Times: Ms. Rothman, 31, is the history and archives editor at Time magazine, overseeing its history coverage, Life.com and the magazines digital archive. She also wrote Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale and received a masters degree in journalism from the City University of New York. … Mr. Dietz, 32, is a candidate for a masters degree in environmental management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, where he studies the integration of renewable energy into the grid. He graduated from St. Johns College in Santa Fe, N.M. … The groom is a great-great-grandson and a namesake of Elihu Root, who was President Theodore Roosevelts secretary of state and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He is also a direct descendant of President Ulysses S. Grant. The couple met on a blind date arranged by friends in Brooklyn in 2011. With pic http://nyti.ms/2rZpO2N

–Alison Kenworthy, Michael Koenigs: The bride and groom work at ABC News in New York, where they met. She is a news producer for Good Morning America. He is a senior coordinating producer, creating content that is used on-air and on the website. He was also the host of Election Cycle, a series in 2016 that featured him bicycling through swing states and interviewing voters along the way. The bride, 33, graduated from Rutgers. … Mr. Koenigs, 30, graduated cum laude from Harvard. With pic http://nyti.ms/2t8GB2L

–Julia Pudlin, David Wishnick: Ms. Pudlin, 32, worked until earlier this year at the United States Treasury Department as a deputy executive secretary in the chief of staffs office and a senior adviser to the general counsel. On July 10 she is to begin working as the assistant deputy general counsel for government investigations at Comcast in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale, and received a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. … Mr. Wishnick, also 32, was until recently an associate in the Washington office of Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm. On July 12 he is to begin a fellowship, conducting research in contract law, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown, and received a law degree from Yale. … The couple met in April 2013 through the dating app Hinge. With pic http://nyti.ms/2rOZSIV

–Victoria St. Martin, Richard G. Jones: The bride, 36, is a general assignment reporter on the local desk of The Washington Post. She graduated from Rutgers and received a masters degree in journalism from American University. … The groom, 46, is to become the director of the journalism program at Notre Dame. Until recently, he was an associate editor in news administration for The New York Times, as well as the director of the newspapers Student Journalism Institute. He graduated from the University of Delaware and has a masters degree in journalism from Columbia. … The couple were introduced in 2006 by a mutual friend in Yardley, Pa. With pic http://nyti.ms/2rOtYMA

BIRTHDAYS: Greta Van Susteren, the pride of Appleton, Wisconsin (hat tip: Tammy Haddad) … Tad Devine, the pride of Providence who lives on Block Island, is 62 … Kim Oates of the House Radio/TV gallery Carrie Budoff Browns older sister, Jennifer Budoff, budget director for the D.C. City Council … former Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is 87 Lindsey Williams Drath … Jennifer Rubin … Michael Timmeny, SVP for government and community relations at Cisco … Jeremy Ben-Ami, president at J Street (h/ts Jon Haber) … POLITICOs Reid Pillifant, Emily Dobler and Juliette Medina … South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is 64 … Treasury alum David Cohen … TJ Adams-Falconer, associate director of external affairs at Axios … Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) is 69 … Cesar Gonzalez, COS for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart … former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) is 59 … DNC comms staffer and former HRC campaign media booker Lucas Acosta (h/t Crystal Carson) …

… Will Rahn, managing editor for politics at CBS News digital, is 3-0 … Jessica Franks, govt affairs representative for Halliburton … Politico Europes Tanit Parada Tur … Chris Campbell, Republican staff director at Senate Finance … Kristina Edmunson … Rachel Ruskin … Obama alum Jonathan McBride, now a managing director at BlackRock Mike Schoenfeld, the Blue Devils master of public affairs/Dukes other Mike Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC public advocate, is 79 … Matt Chaban, policy director at Center for an Urban Future … Mary Kate Cunningham … Salesforces Tom Gavin, an Obama WH OMB alum Michael Froehlich … Caroline Barker … Matthew Campbell … Vanessa Chan, corporate comms. at Facebook … Kelly Danielka Peirson … Googles Ramya Raghavan … Tom Alexander, COO at 1871 Chicago and a Rahm alum … Jacque Vilmain, the pride of Eagle Grove, Iowa(h/t Teresa) … animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk is 68 … Power Playbooker Dr. Oz is 57 … actor Hugh Laurie is 58 … Shia LaBeouf is 31 (h/ts AP)

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June 13th, 2017

Tracking invasive species? Follow the people – Malay Mail Online

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Central Park in Manhattan, New York. Lady-Photo/Istock.com/AFP picLONDON, June 13 Islands and populated coastal areas are the world’s “hotspots” for invasive species, which can upend entire ecosystems and drive local animals and plants to extinction, a study reported yesterday.

The first global census of non-native fauna and flora found the highest concentrations in Hawaii, New Zealand’s North Island, and the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia.

The 50th US state is beset with alien species including rats, feral pigs, and the firetree, which crowds out indigenous plants in each of eight categories that include reptiles, fish, ants, spiders, mammals and amphibians.

Disease-bearing mosquitos that arrived in the early 19th century have wiped out half the island chain’s tropical birds, with several other species on the brink.

Florida is the top hotspot among mainland regions, boasting a rogues’ gallery of invaders: Walking catfish, giant iguanas, mammal-crushing pythons, and monster African land snails that gobble up native plants and carry a parasite that causes meningitis in humans.

The California coast and northern Australia are also rife with uninvited guests.

The new map of intruder species points unmistakably to how they got there, said Wayne Dawson, a biologist at Durham University in northeastern England and lead author of the study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

We have shown that regions with higher human population density, and greater wealth, have more established alien species, he told AFP.

Not all living things that take root in foreign soils or waters cause harm.

But those that do are among the main drivers along with habitat loss, hunting for food, pollution and climate change of wildlife decline around the world, experts say.

Creatures that have evolved in isolation may find themselves helpless against unfamiliar predators or pathogens.

Forests in Guam are eerily silent, for example, because the brown tree snake has devoured most of the island’s birds (or their eggs) over the last half century.

Newcomers often marginalise native species: Asian carp now dominate some US rivers, grey squirrels have replaced red ones in London parks, and kudzu (aka Japanese arrowroot) a perennial vine introduced to the US 150 years ago as an ornamental bush has crowded out many plants.

Altered ecosystems

Benign or not, the overwhelming majority of invasive species are brought to new places by humans.

Sometimes it happens on purpose, for pest control. But attempts to engineer nature can backfire.

Plantation owners in Hawaii imported mongooses to eat the rats that had infested sugar cane fields. But rats are nocturnal, and thus continued to thrive. The diurnal mongooses ate ground-nesting birds instead.

More often, invasive critters spread by hitching rides with cargo. The deadly Asian hornet is thought to have landed in Europe a dozen years ago in a shipment of pottery from China.

Ballast water in cargo ships pumped in and out of huge tanks to keep vessels balanced is also a major conduit, transporting thousands of aquatic species including bacteria and viruses unnoticed across the globe every day.

Under the terms of an international treaty going into effect in September, all big ships will be required to have equipment to treat their ballast water.

“We are arguably creating a new ‘Pangaea’,” said Dawson, referring to the super-continent that joined most of Earth’s land masses some 335 million years ago.

“The consequences of such a virtual continent are profound: the creation of novel communities with mixtures of species from around the world, altered ecosystems, and extinctions of some species,” he told AFP.

There are also financial impacts.

A study led by French scientists, published last year, concluded that invasive insects alone cause at least US$77 billion (RM328 billion) in damage every year, a figure they described as a gross underestimate.

For the new study, Dawson and an international team of two dozen researchers looked at data on invasive species across 186 islands and more than 400 mainland regions.

The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International has catalogued more than 8,000 invasive species, though the true figure is no doubt higher, he said. AFP-Relaxnews

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June 8th, 2017

THOMAS: Squirrels are rats with really nice tails – Niagarathisweek.com

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THOMAS: Squirrels are rats with really nice tails
I've had it up to here with squirrels and when I say 'here' I mean the woodpile they scurry across knocking down hunks of firewood or the soffits they're scratching to get into the attic or the privacy fence they use as a noisy playground. Why did the

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