Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv As tension in the West Philippine Sea continues, Filipino fishermen revealed that Chinese vessels are mass harvesting giant clams in Scarborough Shoal. When Michael Bernal's small boat came back from spear-fishing one morning, his catch was noticeable smaller than the day before. When asked for the reason, he said it may be because of the cloudy water due to people scouring for giant clams in the area. "Wala pa sa kalahati yung nahuli namin ngayon...dahil doon sa malabo yung tubig sa loob. Saka 'yung nagva-vacuum, 'yung naghuhukay ng taklobo," he said. (What we got today did not even meet the half of our usual catch. Maybe because of the cloudy water due to the people scouring for giant clams.) Filipino fishermen have been watching the Chinese giant clam extraction go on for years at Scarborough Shoal. The workers come from wooden trollers which are capable of lifting small boats on large nets and bear the flag of China. Speed boats of the China Coast … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Chinese harvesting giant clams in Scarborough Shoal
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Boston may currently have bragging rights over the rest of the country when it comes to baseball and football. But the literal fabric of the city is increasingly falling behind its peers. According to vexillologists (people who study flags), Boston is among the country’s cellar-dwellers when it comes to its flag. Residents would be excused if they were unaware Boston had a flag. With the city’s 1800s-era seal on a blue background, it flies outside Boston City Hall and at Boston Common, and virtually only those two places. The fact that it is rarely seen anywhere in the city is just one testament to the fact that it is effectively a failure as a flag, according to Ted Kaye, the former editor of the vexillology journal Raven. “Boston needs to start over,” Kaye told Boston.com. The city ranked 133 on the North American Vexillological Association’s 2004 survey of 150 American city flags. And the bad news is that it is effectively even lower on the list now. In … [Read more...] about Does Boston need to replace its flag?
By Lisa M. Krieger | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group March 5, 2019 at 6:00 am Today’s mail-order molecule could help build the next great vaccine. Or it could unleash the next deadly epidemic. That’s the conundrum faced by the Bay Area’s gene synthesis companies, which screen thousands of requests for custom-built DNA – and the customers who want them – to make sure that tomorrow’s Hitler isn’t ordering up the next smallpox, Ebola or yet-unnamed killer. “If there’s some weird order from some weird place, it raises a red flag,” said Claes Gustafsson, co-founder and chief commercial officer of ATUM, a Newark-based gene synthesis company. The companies’ approach – a shared database and screening techniques, established voluntarily by a trade association – isn’t perfect. But it represents a rare instance of competitive companies successfully regulating their own cutting-edge field … [Read more...] about Unleashing terror? How to catch deadly mail-order DNA
The town of Hempstead Building Department is making changes after an NBC New York I-Team investigation revealed people were still at risk of unknowingly buying Sandy-renovated homes that might need to be elevated, which can cost more than a hundred thousand dollars. John Rottkamp, the town of Hempstead building commissioner, promised to establish procedures to share information about properties in flood zones. Every home on the South Shore of Hempstead is marked by the building department, with a designation that tells them how much damage was done during Sandy. 'Microdosing' Trend Booms as More Try to Get an Edge at Work It’s called a preliminary damage assessment -- and it relies on a color-coded system. Green means no damage, yellow means flood damage and red means major damage. Sandy Damage Assessment Map; Color-Coded by House: Green means no damage, yellow means flood damage and red means major damage. Photo credit: News 4 This is the second time Rottkamp has … [Read more...] about I-Team: Thousands of NY Homes Flagged Red for Sandy Damage — and Potential Buyers Don’t Always Know
My heart still skips a beat or two when I talk about my failures. I’m not being glib. Falling into self-doubt, recrimination, and even despair is easy. Everyone has felt these emotions at some point. It’s what happens next that defines what we make of the experience. While not all failures have a happy ending, most happy endings have a failure story. If you examine the life of anyone who has achieved something extraordinary, you’ll find a story of failure somewhere along the way. Sometimes you really have to look for it, because too often people advance through life and sanitize their stories, making it sound like they planned everything carefully. The inevitability of failure We all face personal failures, whether in marriage, in relationships, or social situations. However, professional shortcomings tend to come with greater public scrutiny. I know this from experience. When I encountered one of the most challenging failures of my career, I knew that I had a … [Read more...] about Coming clean on a painful failure allowed me to move on from it