If you are planning to visit Anna Maria Island on this Memorial Day holiday weekend then you may meet a small group of people on the beach with binoculars.
The group consists of a blend of volunteers from Audubon Florida, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring and Mote Marine Laboratory. They are bird stewards, who are dedicated to protect coastal birds.
Marianne Korosy, an important bird area coordinator for Audubon Florida, said that Memorial Day Weekend comes around the peak nesting time for all of the beach-nesting birds, due to which, it’s the time when one can find the largest number of birds.
Rutgers University has been urged by Federal and state lawmakers to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.
The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman who represent the Jersey shore have asked the university to back out of plans as the blasts would impact wildlife and the region's fishing and tourist industries significantly.
On Friday, a letter was sent to Rutgers president Robert Barchi by the U S Rep. Frank Pallone and Senate President Steven Sweeney. They have urged the president to cancel or postpone the seismic blast tests, which are part of a study examining sea level change over millions of years.
They wrote that the testing has the potential to harm or kill marine animals, including turtles, dolphins and whales.
California farmers have avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts as the state has accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce 25% consumption amid one of the worst droughts on record. California farmers hold some of the state's strongest water rights.
Officials are hoping that the deal agreed upon on Friday is going to serve as a model for more such kind of agreements with growers in the nation's top-producing farm state, wherein agriculture is accounting for 80% of all the water drawn from rivers, streams and the ground.
While announcing the agreement, Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the state Water Resources Control Board, said that they’re in a drought unprecedented in their time, due to which they are required to take unprecedented action.
Earlier this year, the labor dispute hobbled the international trade through West Coast seaports. This dispute has officially come to an end on Friday when the union representing dockworkers made an announcement that its members had ratified a five-year contract.
According to spokesman Craig Merrilees, the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82% in favor of the deal. There were around 13,000 union members, who were eligible to vote.
In February, the union leaders had reached a tentative deal with the companies, owning massive oceangoing ships that bring cargo to and from ports and also operate the terminals where that cargo is loaded and unloaded.
General Motors ignition switch case could lead to massive troubles for the automobile giant. New York Times reported on Friday that more than hundred people lost their lives due to criminal wrongdoing by vehicle manufacturing company General Motors (GM).
The finding by the United States Justice Department could put the Detroit headquartered GM on a path to pay a huge fine. Earlier, the company said that it was paying a huge amount to victims. In addition, the company also announced to replace more than 2 million ignition switches in the older version of the car.
Earlier, the Obama administration revealed its plan that could help the declining population of honeybees and monarch butterfly. According to the plan, a 1,500-mile butterfly corridor will be established along US Interstate 35 that connects Minnesota and Texas.
According to some earlier reports, the population of North American monarch, which is known for its annual migration from Canada to Mexico, has declined about 90% in the last two decades. The decline suggested the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to consider listing monarch butterfly as an endangered species.
Following the signing of $1.5 billion agreement with the Japanese government, the UN‘s Green Climate Fund (GCF) said that it now has enough cash to decide where to deploy its cash.
The fund, which is for climate aid to developing countries, said that Japanese commitment, pushed its resources beyond the threshold. Now, they can kick off projects before a key climate summit in Paris.
UN officials had set a deadline for the end of April. However, they lacked signed agreements for funding from major donors including the US and Japan.
However, the fund now has signed agreements for $5.47 billion out of the $10.2 billion that countries have said they will contribute.
On Thursday, a giant halo appeared around the Sun above Mexico City, bringing tens of thousands of people out in the streets.
The halo is also known as a nimbus, icebow or gloriole, which is produced when light interacts with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.
The crystals cause the light to be refracted and reflected. This results in several types of colored or white rings, spots or arcs in the sky.
Many halos appear near or around the Moon or Sun, while others can be seen elsewhere, even in the opposite part of the sky.
Wish to own one of those extraterrestrial items mined from celestial bodies? The bill on ‘Space Mining’ ensures you just that!
Friday saw the US House of Representatives, pass the impending bill on space mining. This bill is an attempt by the US to lay claim on the resources mined from the outer space. It guarantees businesses that engage in asteroid mining to keep whatever they dig up, thus, ensuring them property rights of their celestial goodies.
Dogs are man’s best friend, and Flint proves this too!
Flint, golden retriever, is a seizure-sniffing dog that has been aiding Alyssa Howes of California for the past 3 years by informing about the upcoming seizure she would be suffering, preventing her from falling by alerting the child's family about the impending seizure and allowing her to have a bit more freedom.
Alyssa Howes, now 11-year-old, lost her sight and started having up to 20 seizures a day when she was just 4 years old. What bailed out Alyssa was a rare gift, a service dog named Flint that she received three years ago.
The mother of a suburban Chicago teenager who died in a drunken-driving crash went to Calumet City to accept his diploma.
Aaron Dunigan died less than a week ago in a Calumet City crash just hours before his high school graduation.
Dunigan was riding in a car with two classmates when the driver of the car turned into traffic and crashed into an oncoming truck.
The crash resulted in the death of 56-year old truck driver Juan Rivera, a Metra worker from Calumet City. Dunigan was killed and the driver of the car, David Peden, 18, has been charged with DUI for death and reckless homicide.
On Wednesday his mother, Katherine Jackson, walked across the stage at Thornton Fractional North High School wearing her son’s cap and gown to accept diploma on his behalf.
A college dean was killed in Amtrak crash in Philadelphia this month. A number of people gathered on Friday at a New York City funeral home to mourn the death of dean, Derrick Griffith. As per reports of the Daily News, more than 500 mourners gathered to say goodbye to Griffith in Bronx.
According to the reports, Griffith was the dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. While mourning the death, Professor Elaine Reid said the dean’s death was a terrible loss. According to her, professors, students and staff members at the college were distraught after Griffith’s death.
The United States Senate blocked a House-passed bill that would have ended the bulk of phone records of people in the US by National Security Agency (NSA). According to reports, the senators will meet again on 31st May. A day after that meeting, the bill will expire.
A United States appeals court has already ruled that bulk collection of domestic phone records by the intelligence organization of the United States government is illegal. The spying of NSA was revealed by an ex-NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. After leaking the documents, Snowden fled to Russia.
Skin experts have advised people to be careful as summer has begun. When people are out on the beach, the lake or the pool, they are exposed to the sun's rays that can cause serious damage to their skin. The US is one the countries facing the brunt of melanoma, making it important for the people there to protect themselves in general and their children in particular.
"Skin cancer is about half of the diagnoses when you combine all other cancers, and we know that one in five children at some point in their life will develop some form of skin cancer", said Lindsay Turner, a spokesperson for the Mid-South division of the American Cancer Society.
Ruling of a federal appeals court has barred Actavis from removing its most popular drug for Alzheimer's disease drug from the market. The company's move was intended to bolster its coffer by forcing patients to switch to a more expensive extended-release version.
New York's attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, sued the company for attempting to kill competition from generic drug makers. The ruling by the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit brought victory for Schneiderman.
An order in December by Judge Robert W. Sweet of Federal District Court Q was upheld by a three-judge panel to prohibit Actavis from withdrawing the drug from the market.
In past few years, cost of medicines used to treat cancer and other chronic illnesses has increased significantly. The massive increase in cost has been proving a big burden on some very ill American patients, who have to choose between paying medical bills or house rent.
Seeing the situation, the California agency governing the state's Obamacare plans has decided to make things little better for people. On Thursday, it has issued a landmark ruling that it will levy a limit on the amount anyone enrolled in any of these plans can be charged every month for costly medicines.
Dr. Michael Fagin has been facing charges for illegally prescribing pain medications to drug addicts. Police said he has illegally prescribed the pain medications to females sometimes in return of sexual favors.
On Friday, Fagin surrendered himself. Later the same day, he had to be arraigned on an indictment. As per a 12-count indictment, Fagin has prescribed painkillers to people between May 2010 and September 2014. He was aware of the fact that people to whom he prescribed medicines were addicts.
Court documents have unveiled that several times, Fagin accepted sexual favors in return of prescription. Fagin has pleaded guilty to the charges. He has prescribed pills, including Oxycodone and Methadone.
Earlier this month, Jacksonville teen, Khameyea Jennings, attended her school's prom with Jacksonville Jaguars star Sen'Derrick Marks. According to reports, the 18-year-old teen has died after a battle with liver cancer.
Jennings' death was confirmed by Cindy Hamilton, spokeswoman of Wolfson Children's Hospital. According to Hamilton, the 18-year-old teen died on Thursday. Earlier, Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks visited Jennings at the hospital where the teen was undergoing treatment. He also gave her a bouquet of flowers and asked her to attend Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology's prom with him. After that, Marks and Jennings went together to the prom.
California lawmakers have moved forward with a bill to protect children from preventable diseases such as measles.
According to state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), the vaccine bill is partly a response to a measles outbreak that involved visitors to Disneyland. It would apply to workers in commercial day-care centers and those operated in private homes.
He added that although there were no fatalities linked to Disneyland outbreak, children can still die from diseases that are be preventable easily with vaccines. He mentioned that everything in their power should be done to protect California's children who spend time in day care.
If you want to improve your sex life, have two to three cups of coffee daily. A study was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center in which they analyzed the effect of caffeine products on men. It was conducted on over 4,000 men.
They were asked to fill a questionnaire, in which they answered questions regarding daily consumption of caffeine and sex life. The findings of the study were quite surprising. It was found that men who consume nearly 85 milligrams of caffeine per day have less chances of suffering from erectile dysfunction.