Michael Canfield, a lecturer on organismic and evolutionary biology, visits an eclectic range of scientific disciplines, offering examples that professional naturalists can emulate to fine-tune their own field methods, along with practical advice that amateur naturalists and students can use to document their adventures.
Developers, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, lawyers and accountants will descend on the Gold Coast this weekend for the Australian Property Expo.NEED a helping hand to get into the property market?Developers, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, lawyers and accountants will descend on the Gold Coast this weekend for the Australian Property Expo.Developers, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, lawyers and accountants will descend on the Gold Coast this weekend for the Australian Property Expo.More than 6000 people are expected to flock to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the free exhibition with 80 stands and 24 seminars over two days.The event, which was founded in Melbourne, is organised by Chinese real estate media company First Media, and targets local and interstate buyers looking to invest in off-the-plan projects.First Media Australia Queensland director Na Yu said the event would focus on local developments as well as those around the country.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoDevelopers are using the expo as a platform to launch new projects.“The expo will showcase developments featuring oceanfront apartments, waterfront homes, house and land packages, townhouses, and new projects from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.“The event has been designed as a one-stop shop which has helped thousands of Australians find their first new home or investment property.“At the last expo, 124 contracts were signed, over a third of the exhibitors averaged four to six contracts, with some achieving up to 16 contracts after follow up with the EOIs.Ms Yu said as the 2018 Commonwealth Games approached, the Gold Coast was an “outstanding globally recognised tourism destination”.The expo has been designed as a one-stop shop to help property buyers into their new home or investment property.Developers are using the expo as a platform to launch new projects – Gold Coast developer Rawcorp will reveal plans for its Robina apartment project fronting The Glades.Marketing Projects SEQ director Kyia Anderson said Rawcorp’s latest development will include 76 apartments which will be available to expo visitors for pre-release.“The first five owner-occupiers to secure a pre-release apartment at The Glades over the weekend will be offered a deposit builder program requiring just $1000 upfront, $9000 upon finance pre-approval and monthly instalments of $1000 up until settlement,” she said. read more
Greensburg, Ind. — Six Greensburg residents are behind bars following a drug investigation.A report from the Greensburg Police Department says officers entered a trailer in the 2000 block of Moscow Road Thursday following a 911 call. Two males fled the scene but were quickly captured. Officers found an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine during a search of the trailer.Police arrested Kyle Shields, 33, Sherry West, 42, Dakota Pratt, 28. Micha Roberts, 28, Benjamin Arnett, 30, and Steven Keller, 58.This is an ongoing investigation.
Darrell J. Wagner, 71, Greensburg, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his residence with his family by his side. Born, June 19, 1948 in Greensburg, Indiana, he was the son of Danny Lee and Edna Louise (Baylis) Wagner. Darrell graduated from Greensburg High School in 1966 and then attended Barber School in Indianapolis. He had owned and operated Wagner’s Barber Shop in Greensburg for many years. He was married to Glenda Smith on January 16, 2020 and she survives. He is also survived by his mother, Edna Wagner, Greensburg; five children, Michelle Wainscott, Greensburg, Danny Wagner, Greensburg, Jason (Nancy) Wagner, Westport, Chris (Brandy) Bowles, Greensburg, Amanda (James) Jobe, Connersville; one brother, Terry (Sandy) Wagner; two sisters, Barbara (Ronnie) Bruner, Linda (Chris) Fenton; thirteen grandchildren, Abigail, Benjamin, Cassandra, Ivy, Valerie, Trista, Joshua, Samantha, Taylor, Caleb, Kaysar, Morgan, Madison; fifteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. Darrell’s wishes were to be cremated with no public services. Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com read more
Ex-Man Utd coach Steele: Henderson ready to replace De Geaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele thinks that Dean Henderson is ready to replace David De Gea at the club.Henderson has shone for Sheffield United on loan this season, while he also played for the Blades in the Championship last term.He has also earned a call up to the England squad, which indicates his meteoric rise in the game.”He has all the physical attributes you need,” Steele told The Athletic.”Plus that cockiness and confidence about him. He sees himself as the biggest challenger to David De Gea at Manchester United and I love that. Even though he is not at the club right now.”I have no problems with that. He is doing the right thing and getting experience at a good club. “He is still a young keeper. Peter Schmeichel didn’t come to Old Trafford until he was 28. “David De Gea was the exception at 19 or 20. I have said this to Dean privately. He is still a young keeper.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say read more
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Saquon Barkley #26 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on during the second half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penn State Nittany Lions won 35-28. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Penn State just scored to take a 20-7 lead over Buffalo early in the fourth quarter in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions’ reached the end zone on a short pass from Christian Hackenberg to DaeSean Hamilton, but it was freshman running back Saquon Barkley who did the heavy lifting on the scoring drive.Barkley ripped off a 33-yard gain, and on the ensuing play, took a hand-off and dashed through the middle of the Buffalo defense. A Bull defender tried to tackle him low, and it was a bad idea. Barkley hurdled him cleanly in an impressive display of athleticism. Penn State has something going with true freshman Saquon Barkley at RB. What a hurdle. pic.twitter.com/zNHx3L0QeM— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) September 12, 2015That was sick. Barkley has been a definite bright spot for a PSU offense still looking to find itself. read more
TORONTO – The RCMP executed a search warrant in Toronto as part of an international police operation that took down what investigators have called the world’s biggest provider of potentially crippling Distributed Denial of Service attacks.The operation, led by Dutch and British experts with support from European Union police agency Europol and the RCMP, lead to the Tuesday arrests of the administrators behind webstresser.org in countries including Canada, Britain, Croatia and Serbia, Europol said Wednesday.The website specialized in DDoS attacks, which make a machine, network or services unavailable by flooding services with excessive cyberrequests from multiple sources, preventing legitimate requests from getting through.Europol said webstresser.org had more than 136,000 registered users and racked up 4 million attacks on banks, governments, police forces and the gaming industry.“It used to be that in order to launch a DDoS attack, one had to be pretty well versed in internet technology,” Europol said in a statement. “That is no longer the case.”The agency said that registered users could pay a fee of as little as 15 euros ($18) per month to rent its services and launch cyberattacks.In a statement made Wednesday, the RCMP said the Canadian investigation began in November 2017 after the United Kingdom National Crime Agency asked it for assistance in “gathering evidence after their investigation identified a possible link in Canada” to webstresser.org.The RCMP said it carried out the Toronto search warrant on Tuesday, but did not immediately respond to a request from The Canadian Press seeking further details on the warrant and on any arrests made in Canada.Its statement stressed that the illegal site’s takedown highlighted “the value of the international partnerships that are crucial to solving transnational cybercrimes.”As part of the investigation, computers and other infrastructure seized in the Netherlands, the United States and Germany.Croatian police said that a 19-year-old Croat, whom they described as the owner of webstresser.org, was detained on charges of “serious criminal acts against computer systems, programs and data” that carry a possible sentence of one to eight years in prison.Gert Ras, head of the Dutch police’s High Tech Crime unit, said the operation should send a clear warning to users of websites like webstresser.“Don’t do it,” Ras said. “By tracking down the DDoS service you use, we strip you of your anonymity, hand you a criminal record and put your victims in a position to claim back damages from you.”The RCMP said it was “determined to fight cybercrime in all its forms, wherever it takes place.”“We are actively pursuing efforts to prevent, detect and deter any illegal activity that threatens Canada’s integrity and reputation,” it said. “The public is encouraged to remain vigilant when using the Internet and to report information on illegal activities to the RCMP.”With files from The Associated Press. read more
The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:DGC) TORONTO — Detour Gold Corp. says interim CEO Michael Kenyon has resigned following a vote that saw shareholders side with activist investor Paulson & Co. Inc. in a extended proxy battle.The vote saw five Paulson-nominated directors approved, including two who had also been endorsed by Detour, as well as four others from the slate put forth by Detour.John Paulson, head of Paulson & Co., said in a statement that the vote was a major victory for Detour shareholders and that the hedge fund’s investment is now in the “capable hands of experienced, independent and professional directors.”Five previous Detour directors, including Kenyon, were removed as a result of the vote.James Gowans, a Detour pick who was appointed chairman of the board of directors, said in a statement that he looked forward to working with the new board now that the distraction of the proxy contest was resolved.Paulson launched the proxy fight six months ago after expressing frustration with the company’s inability to properly manage shareholder assets. read more
New Delhi: The Delhi Police Wednesday arrested Rohit Shekhar Tiwari’s lawyer wife Apoorva on charges of his murder, citing a “turbulent and unhappy” marriage as the motive, a senior police official said. Another reason behind the killing was the fact that Rohit was planning to give his share of property to his sister-in-law’s son, he said. Apporva believed that Rohit’s sister-in-law was the reason behind their turbulent marriage and held a grudge against her. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details She tried to mislead investigators by claiming that she was getting intimate with Rohit and she might have accidentally pressed his neck, the official said, adding that police are, however, not believing this theory. The investigators said Apoorva used to change her story everyday and whenever she was confronted with facts, she would weave her story around those facts. Rohit, the son of late veteran politician N D Tiwari, was smothered to death on the intervening night of April 15 and 16, an autopsy report said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The two got married in May last year, after having courted each other for a year before. They had met through a marriage portal, police said. Immediately after their marriage, the couple seemed to have had a fallout and Apoorva had left for her parental home in Indore, police said. During interrogation, Apoorva claimed that she was the president of Indian National Trade Union Congress in Indore and had political aspirations but after getting married to Rohit in May, she realised that he did not have much of a standing and his political career was not going anywhere. Within 14-15 days of the marriage, she started staying away from the house, the official said. “Sometimes, she would stay at her parents’ place and sometimes at a rented room she had in south Delhi even before she got married,” he said. “In July last year, while he was undergoing a bypass surgery, she had served him a legal notice saying she did not want to live with him. But both the families counselled them and advised them to give the marriage a second chance,” said the official, who was privy to the probe. He said the problems were compounded due to a will that had been made before she got married to Rohit. According to the will, the property was to be divided in a ratio of 60:40 between Rohit and his step-brother Siddharth. Siddharth, who did not keep well, felt he would not live longer and had said he would give his share of property to the nine-year-old son of a relative of Ujjwala’s first husband. Ujjwala is Rohit’s mother. This relative and his wife addressed Ujjwala as ‘Maa’, who was also the son of Ujjwala’s first husband’s cousin. Even Rohit had said he would give his share of property to the nine-year-old son of the relative, which angered Apoorva, the official said. Police said they were suspecting her role since day one of the investigation, after Rohit’s postmortem report stated that he was “smothered”. During interrogation, she was confronted with facts and kept changing statements often. “The suspicion on her arose because only three persons had access to Rohit’s room on the first floor of the house, two servants and Apoorva. We confronted her with circumstantial evidence and she broke down on Wednesday and confessed,” the official said. “On the night of the incident, the couple had a fight over a relative. Rohit had been drinking all the way from Uttarakhand to Delhi and was not in a condition to resist. During the fight, she pounced on him and smothered him,” Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Rajeev Ranjan said. Rohit, along with his mother and other relatives, went to Kathgodam in Uttarakhand to cast his vote on April 10 and returned by late evening on April 15, Ranjan said. He was drinking with his sister-in-law in his car, the official said. After returning to Delhi, they had dinner with Ujjwala, Rohit’s mother, and other family members at around 11 pm. Later, his mother and other relatives returned to their Tilak Lane bungalow and his servants went to their rooms. Siddharth also retired to his room, the official said. Around 12.45 am, Apoorva went to Rohit’s room after watching TV. While they were in the room, the couple had an argument, he said. Ranjan said in a fit of rage, Apoorva allegedly smothered and strangulated Rohit. Next day, at around 2.30 pm, Rohit’s mother came to his house and enquired about him, another official said. Apoorva told her that he was sleeping, so his mother did not disturb him as she knew that he had insomnia and he used to sleep late in the evening, Ranjan said. Later at around 4 pm, one of his servants noticed that he was not responding and was bleeding through his nose, police said. Rohit’s mother was at Max Hospital in Saket for the treatment when she received a call from home that he was unwell. She then took an ambulance that brought Rohit to the hospital. He was declared brought dead by doctors and his body was sent for postmortem to AIIMS. The autopsy was done by a board of five doctors on April 17 and the report revealed that Rohit died due to asphyxiation as he was smothered and strangulated. read more
After a long winter spent changing general managers and retooling a roster that went 147-177 the previous two years, the New York Mets are now gearing up for what may be a season at the crossroads, even by the standards of baseball’s most star-crossed franchise. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen hasn’t been shy about proclaiming his team the one to beat in the National League East. But that was before the rival Philadelphia Phillies added free-agent OF Bryce Harper — to say nothing of the existing talent base in Washington or the emerging one in Atlanta. This division race should be merciless, and New York is right in the thick of it, for better or worse.It’s possible that the Mets have improved more than any other MLB team over the offseason, in terms of net talent added. Van Wagenen went out and got a new lineup centerpiece (Robinson Cano), a new catcher (Wilson Ramos) and a new closer (Edwin Diaz), among other additions. But after all that, our simulations still only give New York a 42 percent chance of making the playoffs out of the brutal NL East. And if the Mets do falter for a third straight season, it isn’t immediately clear where the franchise goes from there, with an old-ish roster and big paydays looming for the pitching staff that powered the team’s surprising 2015 World Series berth.1 Aces Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are currently costing the team only $23 million combined.So Van Wagenen’s Mets are built to win now, even though that’s far from guaranteed. They invested in getting better, though they didn’t pursue either Harper or Manny Machado, the offseason’s biggest prizes. They improved just enough to be competitive, even though nobody gives out trophies for simply being in the middle of an exciting pennant race.Mets fans can be forgiven for any skepticism they might have over token efforts to compete. Back in 2004, team brass crowed about playing “meaningful games in September” before a 71-win campaign that was only marginally more competitive than the 66-win one that preceded it. (In each of those seasons, the Mets’ playoff probability was effectively 0 percent throughout September.) When it comes to putting a quality product on the field, the Wilpon family hasn’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt.But this time, Van Wagenen’s numerous machinations may actually add up to a surprisingly solid group on the field. Despite New York’s relatively uncertain playoff odds, our Elo model considers it to be MLB’s 12th-best team, with an 85.1-win projection that ranks 11th in baseball. Since the Mets won just 77 ball games last season and 70 the year before, 85 wins would represent a sizable improvement. New York has fooled everyone before with hot starts that ultimately melted down into hot garbage, but enough of the team’s 2015 World Series core remains (and enough improvements have been made around it) that Brodie’s boasts aren’t too delusional. Mets15228577+3742233 TeamElo RatingWLRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series The NL East looks like a bloodbathFiveThirtyEight’s preliminary Elo ratings and forecast for the 2019 National League East race Phillies15178478+2537203 Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Braves15168478+2839213 Marlins14366498-161210 Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB season. Nationals15358973+7256%36%5% Or at least, they would have sounded a lot less delusional before Philadelphia snapped up Harper to cap off an offseason that also saw the team add Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto and reliever David Robertson to a roster that looked playoff-bound most of last season before a late collapse. Now the NL East looks like a nightmare division, the only one in baseball with four above-average teams according to our Elo ratings. After years of the division looking like a two-team race at best, Van Wagenen has New York taking its shot at exactly the moment when its chief rivals are also at their collective strongest.Which is to say, this could all go very poorly for the Mets. But in a strange twist — #LOLMets potential aside — the philosophy behind the Mets’ moves is actually a welcome mindset to see in MLB in 2019, where most noncontenders are not even pretending to compete.In an age of rampant tanking, baseball needs more middle-of-the-pack teams taking a shot at contention like this. Going back to at least 1990, the standard deviation of MLB-wide Elo ratings (a proxy for the dispersal of team talent) has never been wider than it was in 2018. After the Cubs and Astros provided a model for teams to win the World Series by stripping a roster down to its bones and rebuilding around cheap, young prospects, many others have followed suit. The team-building notion of merely being competitive — aiming somewhere above .500 and hoping for the best — has fallen almost completely out of favor in recent years.2Yes, there has always been an odd dearth of exactly-.500 teams throughout baseball history. But the trench between good and bad teams in MLB’s talent distribution has recently been dug considerably deeper.“The last thing you want to be is caught in between,” Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told The Washington Post last year. “You don’t want to be a club that’s not good enough [to win] a championship but at the same time is just stuck in the middle.”Perhaps. But that mentality has also had some fairly dire consequences for the sport’s competitive balance and even the free-agency market. And as difficult as it is to remember in today’s era of stacked megateams, we’re not too far removed from the San Francisco Giants building a bona fide dynasty out of a few teams that floated around 90 wins and got hot at the right time (i.e., approximately every other season). At a moment when other contenders have enough divisional breathing room to shed payroll and still be comfortable favorites, baseball should incentivize more teams to simply strive to be competitive and see how far it takes them.Not that Van Wagenen and the Mets couldn’t have done even better in that regard. By Spotrac’s estimation, they’re still approximately $23 million below the competitive balance tax threshold — and contrary to how teams treat it, that is not a hard salary cap (particularly not for a team in the country’s largest media market). If the Mets fall short in their quest to play those “meaningful games in September,” at least part of the blame can be cast on failing to fully take their offseason improvement plan to its logical conclusion.But at least this Mets team is poised to make some kind of run before time runs out on its talented core of pitchers and assorted position-player parts. Although it ultimately might not work in one of baseball’s toughest divisions (in fact, it’s more likely to fail than succeed), the Mets figure to at least be relevant this season. In 2019, that’s a goal more of baseball’s teams could stand to pursue. read more