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iNaturalist photo competition asks Seychellois to take pics of plants, animals

In an effort to promote citizen science and data collection in Seychelles, partners of the country's scientific community have launched the iNaturalist photo competition in which Seychellois are asked to take pictures of plants and animals and send them in.
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iNaturalist photo competition asks Seychellois to take pics of plants, animals

In an effort to promote citizen science and data collection in Seychelles, partners of the country's scientific community have launched the iNaturalist photo competition in which Seychellois are asked to take pictures of plants and animals and send them in. The top three entrants will win a new mobile phone. «The idea is to upgrade our biodiversity database as well as the Seychelles plant gallery. It is basically to enrich the collection of photos. We would like the public to be part of this,» said Charles Morel, the curator of the Seychelles National Herbarium. iNaturalist is a website hosting an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It's also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, also features on the website. To enter the competition, which started on November 13 and ends December 15, one has to create an iNaturalist account either through the website or the app, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store or App Store for Android and iOS users respectively. Following this, the person will have to join the 'Seychelles Bio Gallery' project. Each applicant in the competition must register their username and details through an online form before December 15, helping the organisers identify the winners. In the iNaturalist photo competition, Seychellois are asked to take pictures of plants and animals and send them in. (Charles Morel) Photo License: CC-BY  Participants can also pass by the herbarium office at the Bel Etang Building, Mont Fleuri with any inquiry, or contact the staff on +2484326066 or send an email on either  bsenterre@gmail.com,   tarah_p@hotmail.com  or charles6422@gmail.com. Competitors can start uploading their pictures, or an observation as termed by the organisers, using their smartphone or computer. An observation is defined as a species observes at a given time and place, supported by one or several photos. Only observations that are taken and submitted between November 13 and December 15 will be considered for the competition. The first-place winner will walk away with a Samsung Galaxy A70S smartphone, whereas those coming in second and third place will take home a Samsung Galaxy M31 and Redmi Note 8 Pro respectively. Runner-up prizes will be given to the competitors who place ahead of the majority of the contestants. The research officer at the herbarium, Tarah Padayachy, told SNA that the organisers would like participants to focus on taking identifiable photos. «Photos of distant plants or animals or blurry photos are usually hard to identify, so perhaps focus on taking close-ups or use the phone or camera's zoom. They should also take multiple photos. Many organisms, particularly plants and insects, cannot be identified to species from a single photo,» said Padayachy. She added that close attention needs to be placed on recording metadata as this «is the additional information associated with a photo that captures when and where a photo was originally taken.» The competition has a scoring point system and at the end of the contest, the winners will be participants who have accumulated the highest overall points. «The rules and scoring system provide a fair chance of winning to both professionals and amateurs. If you have only limited knowledge on species, you can still win by contributing more observations,» said Padayachy. «In addition, by joining and following the project Seychelles Bio Gallery, you will know when we are organising field trips with professional scientists, which you can join, get to know some of the species that are rarer and therefore get more chances to achieve higher scores. Finally, do not neglect your own garden! From our experience, private gardens are an abundant source of exotic species that have not yet been recorded in Seychelles, and those are worth a lot of points,» she added. 

Amit Shah offers farmers early talks if they move to Burari ground

In an effort to reach out to protesting farmers who have reached Delhi borders, Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said talks can be held before the scheduled date of December 3 if the agitating agriculturists move to the site in Burari that has been p
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Amit Shah offers farmers early talks if they move to Burari ground

In an effort to reach out to protesting farmers who have reached Delhi borders, Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said talks can be held before the scheduled date of December 3 if the agitating agriculturists move to the site in Burari that has been prepared for them where provisions and medical facilities have been arranged.

Ethiopia says its military has taken control of capital in defiant Tigray region

Ethiopia’s military launched an assault on the capital of the northern Tigray region Saturday after last-minute diplomatic efforts by three former African presidents failed to persuade the fighting sides to reach a truce.
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Ethiopia says its military has taken control of capital in defiant Tigray region

Ethiopia’s military launched an assault on the capital of the northern Tigray region Saturday after last-minute diplomatic efforts by three former African presidents failed to persuade the fighting sides to reach a truce.

Watch as daring alpinist cleans 320m-high Russky Bridge after freak storm glazes it with ice (VIDEO)

A Russian alpinist has been tasked with clearing ice from Vladivostok’s Russky Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge in the world to ice over. At 1,104 meters, it’s the longest of its type in the world, making cleaning a challenge Read Full Article at RT.
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Watch as daring alpinist cleans 320m-high Russky Bridge after freak storm glazes it with ice (VIDEO)

A Russian alpinist has been tasked with clearing ice from Vladivostok’s Russky Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge in the world to ice over. At 1,104 meters, it’s the longest of its type in the world, making cleaning a challenge Read Full Article at RT.com

‘End the war on whistleblowers’: Snowden slams ‘bulls**t’ smear from GOP politician that he & Assange are ‘Russian agents’

Edward Snowden is calling for an end to “the war on whistleblowers” after he shot back at a politician who slammed him and Julian Assange as “Russian agents.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘End the war on whistleblowers’: Snowden slams ‘bulls**t’ smear from GOP politician that he & Assange are ‘Russian agents’

Edward Snowden is calling for an end to “the war on whistleblowers” after he shot back at a politician who slammed him and Julian Assange as “Russian agents.” Read Full Article at RT.com

Navalny uses meeting between EU officials & pro-West Russian opposition figures to call for sanctions on Russian ‘oligarchs’

Alexey Navalny has called on the EU to impose sanctions on Russian “oligarchs,” rich businessmen he says are linked to the Kremlin. The Russian opposition figure wants them to be prevented from keeping assets inside the bloc. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Navalny uses meeting between EU officials & pro-West Russian opposition figures to call for sanctions on Russian ‘oligarchs’

Alexey Navalny has called on the EU to impose sanctions on Russian “oligarchs,” rich businessmen he says are linked to the Kremlin. The Russian opposition figure wants them to be prevented from keeping assets inside the bloc. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘I am SO ready for 2021’: UFC babe Ostovich unveils racy calendar in skimpy swimwear as she admits latest fight could be her LAST

UFC women's flyweight Rachael Ostovich has used the build-up to her first fight in 23 months to launch a revealing calendar and beauty site, calling fans her «babies» while admitting she has worked «day and night» on the shots. Read Fu
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‘I am SO ready for 2021’: UFC babe Ostovich unveils racy calendar in skimpy swimwear as she admits latest fight could be her LAST

UFC women's flyweight Rachael Ostovich has used the build-up to her first fight in 23 months to launch a revealing calendar and beauty site, calling fans her «babies» while admitting she has worked «day and night» on the shots. Read Full Article at RT.com

US infrastructure to be converted to a mass vaccine compliance system, rife with propaganda and entry requirements

The Center for Health Security at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released a coercive blueprint that seeks to claim ownership of humans and vaccinate everyone in the coming years. The blueprint is called — The Public’s Role in COVID-1
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US infrastructure to be converted to a mass vaccine compliance system, rife with propaganda and entry requirements

The Center for Health Security at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released a coercive blueprint that seeks to claim ownership of humans and vaccinate everyone in the coming years. The blueprint is called — The Public’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning Recommendations Informed by Design, Thinking, and the Social, Behavioral, and Communication Sciences. The document calls on US policymakers, practitioners, academics and nontraditional partners such as church leaders to unite as one and provide strong consistent messages about the necessity of taking covid-19 vaccinations.

Facebook Censorship Algos Go Haywire, Blocking Ads From Struggling Legitimate Businesses As «Hate Speech»

In what is definitely some type of Karmic payback for social media companies now appending some type of label to what seems like every other post nowadays, Facebook just found out that its super-duper censoring algorithm also banned advertisements from some
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Facebook Censorship Algos Go Haywire, Blocking Ads From Struggling Legitimate Businesses As «Hate Speech»

In what is definitely some type of Karmic payback for social media companies now appending some type of label to what seems like every other post nowadays, Facebook just found out that its super-duper censoring algorithm also banned advertisements from some struggling businesses, mistaking them as hate speech.

Next Step in Government Data Tracking Is the Internet of Things

The Air Force Research Laboratory is testing a commercial software platform that taps mobile phones as a window onto usage of hundreds of millions of networked devices, known collectively as the “Internet of Things”
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Next Step in Government Data Tracking Is the Internet of Things

The Air Force Research Laboratory is testing a commercial software platform that taps mobile phones as a window onto usage of hundreds of millions of networked devices, known collectively as the “Internet of Things”

Москва и непризнанные республики сочли невозможным обмен пленными с Киевом до Нового года

Провести очередной обмен пленными до конца года призвал глава украинской делегации в Трехсторонней контактной группе Леонид Кравчук. В Росс
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Москва и непризнанные республики сочли невозможным обмен пленными с Киевом до Нового года

Провести очередной обмен пленными до конца года призвал глава украинской делегации в Трехсторонней контактной группе Леонид Кравчук. В России и Донбассе утверждают, что Киев не прекращает преследование уже освобожденных лиц, что тормозит процесс обмена.

Calgary mall swamped with shoppers, police called in

Police officers were called in to help disperse a crowd of «unruly customers» at Calgary's Chinook Centre Friday evening, CTV News has learned.
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Calgary mall swamped with shoppers, police called in

Police officers were called in to help disperse a crowd of «unruly customers» at Calgary's Chinook Centre Friday evening, CTV News has learned.

'Won't strap people down': Kenney dismisses idea of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Premier Jason Kenney has panned the idea of making a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all Albertans, he announced on social media this week.
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'Won't strap people down': Kenney dismisses idea of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Premier Jason Kenney has panned the idea of making a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all Albertans, he announced on social media this week.

Funeral underway for Ontario Provincial Police Const. Marc Hovingh

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Marc Hovingh, who was killed in the line of duty last week on Manitoulin Island, will be laid to rest Saturday.
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Funeral underway for Ontario Provincial Police Const. Marc Hovingh

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Marc Hovingh, who was killed in the line of duty last week on Manitoulin Island, will be laid to rest Saturday.

Sharif University among top 500 universities worldwide

TEHRAN – Sharif University of Technology, one of the largest engineering schools in Iran, was listed among the top 500 universities in the world, according to the 2021 ranking of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University.
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Sharif University among top 500 universities worldwide

TEHRAN – Sharif University of Technology, one of the largest engineering schools in Iran, was listed among the top 500 universities in the world, according to the 2021 ranking of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University.

COVID-19 lockdown moves most cities out of “red” zone

TEHRAN – Strict COVID-19 restrictions which took effect on October 26 have caused 87 out of 89 infected cities to get out of the high-risk “red” zone.
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COVID-19 lockdown moves most cities out of “red” zone

TEHRAN – Strict COVID-19 restrictions which took effect on October 26 have caused 87 out of 89 infected cities to get out of the high-risk “red” zone.

Sweet result: Russia's Islam Mamedov chomps on CHOCOLATE after ending bloody MMA battle with kneebar submission (VIDEO)

Russian grappler Islam Mamedov survived a brutal scrap to win on his UAE Warriors debut against Armenian legend Martun Mezhlumyan, indulging his sweet tooth after earning a victory watched by UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Sweet result: Russia's Islam Mamedov chomps on CHOCOLATE after ending bloody MMA battle with kneebar submission (VIDEO)

Russian grappler Islam Mamedov survived a brutal scrap to win on his UAE Warriors debut against Armenian legend Martun Mezhlumyan, indulging his sweet tooth after earning a victory watched by UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Read Full Article at RT.com

Pope installs new cardinals, including first African-American

Pope Francis on Saturday installed 13 new cardinals, including the first African-American to hold the high rank, further expanding the pontiff's impact on the group that will one day elect his successor.
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Pope installs new cardinals, including first African-American

Pope Francis on Saturday installed 13 new cardinals, including the first African-American to hold the high rank, further expanding the pontiff's impact on the group that will one day elect his successor.

Own goal gives dominant Atletico sixth straight La Liga win

Atletico Madrid were rewarded for their determination when they snatched a 1-0 win at Valencia thanks to a late own goal to go level on points with La Liga leaders Real Sociedad on Saturday.
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Own goal gives dominant Atletico sixth straight La Liga win

Atletico Madrid were rewarded for their determination when they snatched a 1-0 win at Valencia thanks to a late own goal to go level on points with La Liga leaders Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Russian ambassador may attend US presidential inauguration in January - Kremlin

The participation of foreign countries’ representatives at this event is not stipulated, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters
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Russian ambassador may attend US presidential inauguration in January - Kremlin

The participation of foreign countries’ representatives at this event is not stipulated, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters

Ethiopia: Govt Forces Shell Tigray Capital Mekelle, Says Local Govt

[RFI] The capital of Tigray has been hit by heavy shelling as the Ethiopian government of Abiy Ahmed began its offensive against the dissident leaders of the country's northern region.
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Ethiopia: Govt Forces Shell Tigray Capital Mekelle, Says Local Govt

[RFI] The capital of Tigray has been hit by heavy shelling as the Ethiopian government of Abiy Ahmed began its offensive against the dissident leaders of the country's northern region.

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