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Animal Australian Rescuers Find Birds Falling Out of The Sky

Both long-billed corellas - which is a protected species in South Australia - and short-billed corellas were among those found

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The birds were found dead or dying near One Tree Hill Primary School on Wednesday. Pixabay

Dozens of corellas were believed to have been poisoned after animal Australian rescuers found more than 60 of the birds “falling out of the sky” near an Adelaide primary school, the media reported on Friday.

The birds were found dead or dying near One Tree Hill Primary School on Wednesday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Both long-billed corellas – which is a protected species in South Australia – and short-billed corellas were among those found.

A volunteer from Casper’s Bird Rescue who went to investigate reports of the dead birds called for help when the birds were found.

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Dozens of corellas were believed to have been poisoned after animal Australian rescuers found more than 60 of the birds “falling out of the sky” near an Adelaide primary school. Pixabay

Casper’s Bird Rescue founder Sarah King said she did not believe any of the birds had survived.

“I got a phone call from that carer quite distressed saying they are literally everywhere falling out of the trees, falling out of the sky,” she told ABC Adelaide.

“The scene looked like a horror movie.”

The deaths are being investigated by government departments.

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Some of the birds were found in distress and taken to two veterinarians, but they were unable to be saved.

One veterinarian who saw the birds, Trudy Seidel, told the ABC that “more than likely they have been poisoned”.

The state’s Department for Environment and Water said the cause was not yet confirmed.

“Disease and toxin testing is under way and will take several weeks to complete,” a spokeswoman told the BBC. (IANS)

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Replace Animal Protein in Diet with Crickets, Ants, Cockroaches, Beetles and Other Insects

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has counted more than 1,900 insect species that are edible

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Gabriela Soto prepares insects for lunch, while her husband biologist Federico Paniagua (unseen) promotes the ingestion of a wide variety of insects as a low-cost and nutrient-rich food, in Grecia, Costa Rica, July 13, 2019. VOA

At his home in rural Costa Rica, biologist Federico Paniagua joined his family at the dining table to devour several types of insects that he raised on his farm and whose flavor he compares to potato chips. Animal.

The head of the University of Costa Rica’s Insects Museum decided three years ago to replace animal protein in his diet with crickets, ants, cockroaches, beetles and other insects – and wants to encourage others to do the same.

“Insects are delicious,” he said in an interview at his farm in Sarchi, about 30 miles (50 km) from the capital San Jose.

“You can sit and watch a soap opera, watch the football game, do any activity with a plate full of insects. Eat them one by one, with a glass of soda… they’ll go down well,” said Paniagua.

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Biologist Federico Paniagua eats a cricket during lunch while promoting the ingestion of a wide variety of insects as a low-cost and nutrient-rich food, in Grecia, Costa Rica, July 13, 2019. VOA

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has counted more than 1,900 insect species that are edible.

Especially in Asia and in Africa, the tiny creatures are touted as delicacies packed with vitamins, minerals and energy.

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Their proponents also note that bugs emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia than cattle or pigs and require significantly less land and water than cattle.

Paniagua’s wife, Gabriela Soto, prepared their meal by splashing oil in a frying pan, adding the farm-raised insects and topping them off with a dash of salt.

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An African cockroach is pictured in the insect farm for human consumption of the biologist Federico Paniagua, as he is promoting the ingestion of a wide variety of insects, as a low-cost and nutrient-rich food in Grecia, Costa Rica, June 22, 2019. VOA

She then brought out several dishes to her young daughter, who reached into a plate with her hands and munched fearlessly, and husband, who suggested a bit of lemon would enhance their flavor.

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“They are going to taste like potato chips… you can eat basically a whole plate of these insects,” Paniagua said. (VOA)

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How the Australian NBN Works

According to NBN, “The nbn™ network is an upgrade to Australia’s existing phone and internet infrastructure and will affect the vast majority

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Whether you’re planning to move to Australia in the future or just want to learn more about the Australian NBN, this article will map out everything you need to know. LifetimeStock

You may or may not have heard of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia.

You might be wondering what it is and how it works.

Whether you’re planning to move to Australia in the future or just want to learn more about the Australian NBN, this article will map out everything you need to know.

According to NBN, “The nbn™ network is an upgrade to Australia’s existing phone and internet infrastructure and will affect the vast majority of people across Australia as it impacts our landline phone and internet services.”

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You may or may not have heard of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia. LifetimeStock

The NBN, however, doesn’t sell directly to the public, and you will need to contact a provider to receive services. These services are being rolled out across Australia and are expected to connect 8 million homes and businesses by 2020.

So why roll out the NBN now?

The current system (copper network) is said to be outdated technology and can’t keep pace with today’s technological landscape.

Having faster internet and better technology can play a key role in many different areas. It’s not only convenient for surfing the internet or streaming music/entertainment, but it can provide “opportunities in education, business, entertainment, health care and sociability, giving everyone the potential to be more productive, more creative, more efficient and more connected for decades to come.”

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That’s reason enough to support the NBN.

This all sounds like a technological dream come true, but how does the NBN work? The network uses broadband technologies that includes new fibre-optic cable (among previous technologies, such as copper lines and fixed wireless and satellite) and this delivers fast and reliable internet to the people living in Australia.

As stated earlier, NBN will be available to 8 million homes and businesses by 2020, but some people already have access to it.

People aren’t automatically switched over to NBN, and each individual must switch over to the new services if they don’t want to lose service to their landlines and internet.

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You might be wondering what it is and how it works. LifetimeStock

So how can you find the best NBN provider? You can visit iSelect to compare your options. The website will give you in-depth information on providers and also what each NBN package features. The site lists Basic, Standard, Standard plus, and Premium speed tiers, as well as who each plan is best suited for and the speeds for the plans.

We encourage people to act as soon as they can so they don’t lose service and so they can also bask in the benefits of better quality landlines and internet.

The internet plays a key role in our daily lives. We connect with friends and family on social media networks (according to Statista, “Social media presence plays an important role in Australia, with more than 90 percent of Australians between the ages of 12 to 55 years old claiming to have an account on a social networking site”). 

We look up answers to all of our questions on search engines. We keep updated and get our news on the internet. We store all of our files on platforms such as Google, as well as incorporate digital marketing services for work purposes. We find joy and entertainment online, and we’re only just scratching the surface. The internet is possibly the most valuable technology we have today, making fast and reliable service a must-have.

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The hope is that the Australian NBN is as great as it promises to be. However, like all new technological devices and inventions, it’s important to be patient because errors can arise and fixes will need to be made if so. In time, the NBN will take over landline and internet connections in Australia, and what will follow is better landlines and internet for all.

 

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Environmental and Animal Rights Groups Suing Trump Administration Over Changes to Endangered Species Act

They charge the administration with breaking the law by announcing changes to the implementation of the landmark act

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A monarch butterfly rests on a plant at Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Del. Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's rollback of the Endangered Species Act. VOA

Seven environmental and animal rights groups are suing the Trump administration for its regulations that would make drastic changes to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

The environmental law group Earthjustice filed the joint suit Wednesday in San Francisco.

They charge the administration with breaking the law by announcing changes to the implementation of the landmark act without first analyzing the effects the changes would have.

“In the midst of an unprecedented extinction crisis, the Trump administration is eviscerating our most effective wildlife protection law,” the National Resources Defense Council said. “These regulatory changes will place vulnerable species in immediate danger – all to line the pockets of industry. We are counting on the courts to step in before it is too late.”

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Seven environmental and animal rights groups are suing the Trump administration for its regulations that would make drastic changes to the implementation. Pixabay

An Interior Department spokesman responded by saying “We will see them in court and we will be steadfast in our implementation of this important act with the unchanging goal of conserving and recovering species.”

Attorneys general from two states — California and Massachusetts — also say they will sue.

Environmentalists credit the 1973 Endangered Species Act with saving numerous animals, plants and other species from extinction.

About 1,600 species are currently protected by the act and the administration says streamlining regulations is the best way to ensure they will stay protected.

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“The revisions finalized with this rule-making fit squarely within the president’s mandate of easing the regulatory burden on the American public without sacrificing our species’ protection and recovery goals,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week.

The finalized changes include requiring consideration of economic cost when deciding whether to save a species from extinction. The law currently says the cost to logging or oil interests will have no bearing on whether an animal or other species deserves protection.

The revised regulations would also end blanket protection for a species listed as threatened, a designation that is one step away from declaring it endangered, and reduce some wildlife habitat.

Conservation and wildlife groups call the changes U.S. President Donald Trump’s gift to logging, ranching, and oil industries, saying they take a bulldozer through protections for America’s most vulnerable wildlife.

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The environmental law group Earthjustice filed the joint suit Wednesday in San Francisco. Pixabay

A number of congressional Democrats have also denounced the changes, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,

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Republican President Richard Nixon signed the act into law in 1973 as part of the response to the new environmental awareness sweeping the country in the early 1970s, which included Earth Day and the Clear Water and Air acts. (VOA)