5 Floridians arrested for illegally harvesting Saw Palmetto Berries

first_imgIt’s a seasonal crime!Five Floridians are facing misdemeanor charges for illegally harvesting Saw Palmetto Berries.Residents in Lehigh Acres say it’s common to see people picking the berries and even going into private properties to do so.However, in July last year, Saw Palmetto Berries were added to the list of commercially exploited plants in the state.Now a special permit is required to harvest the berries.The berries are used in certain medicines and are sold for about $1.25 per pound.If an individual is found illegally harvesting them, the berries are returned to the owner, or destroyed.last_img

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Neymar To PSG: Pros And Cons

first_imgOn the back of the last three (3) fantastic seasons in one of the biggest football clubs in the world and the seemingly unbreakable bond that arguably the world’s most feared and effective forward triumvirate created, it would have been an unfathomable idea to think that the youngest of the trio would be open to a transfer up north to a somewhat lower league. But Neymar has decided to move up to France and play for Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.Considering the humongous amount of money involved in the record breaking transfer and all the narratives being bandied around about Neymar wanting a new challenge that would effectively make him the leader of a team, we should lool at the possible upsides and downsides that may arise from this transfer.Firstly is the amount of money involved in the transfer. Besides the €222m used to buy out Neymar’s contract with Barcelona, he and his father-agent will be pocketing close to €100m on sign-on and agent fees leading to obvious concerns about the ripple effect of such amount of money being spent on a player. Unfortunately for Barcelona, they might be one of the first to suffer from the new wave of prices because they will most surely be looking for a replacement. Like Jose Mourinho said after Manchester United’s game against Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday night, “you are going to have more players of £100 million and £80 million and £60 million,” adding “I don’t think the problem is Neymar; it’s the consequences.” With clubs haven spent in the regions of £50m upwards comfortably since last summer, It is almost a certainty that the transfer market would be highly inflated due to this tranfer.For PSG, there are very few risks involved for them. They have signed a world class player who has scored more goals at 25 for his national team than Bebeto, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. He comes with big game pedigree, obvious talent and loads of entertainment, but very importantly he also come with the kind of Lavish star attitude that fits the City of Light. PSG lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic last summer but Neymar is considerably bigger and younger than the big swede.For the Ligue 1, this transfer improves the league from a marketing point of view. Neymar’s presence will surely increase interest and viewership of the Ligue 1. Neymar in PSG proves that the Ligue 1 has enough attraction for a player of his ilk and just like the wave that followed David Beckham’s move to the MLS in 2007, the French league should be expecting more big players to want to move to either play with or against Neymar in France.For Neymar, it’s a big chance to lead a big club like PSG. He’s definitely going to be the go to man right there in Paris and judging from his performances in Barcelona, it looks like he’s up to the task. Also at a reported £550,000 a week after tax, sign-on fee of £40m and agent’s fee of about £35m, it surely is a positive move economically for the player and his managementFinally its Barcelona who are the biggest losers. Neymar to PSG is more than a guaranteed average of 30+ goals and assists combined thats been lost. This transfer puts Ernesto Valverde on his foot because his job might have just been a little bit more difficult with an ageing Barcelona squad that has all but relied on the MSN in recent years. Another negative for Barcelona is that now they have just two weeks until they have to pay what we all should expect to be top dollar for a probable capable replacement.All in all, I think that there are alot of positives for the player and football in France generally. How well Barcelona are able to recover from this is left to be seen. Relatedlast_img read more

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Arsenal, Chalsea battle for Europa League crown

first_imgChelsea vs Arsenal is the second all English final in Europa League history. (PHOTOS/AGENCY)Europa League finalChelsea vs ArsenalBaki Olimpiya Stadionu, BakuWednesday, 29-05-2019 @10pmReferee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)Arsenal and Chelsea will contest the 2019 Europa League final at the Baki Olimpiya Satdionu in Baku.It has been a frustrating season for both sides in the Premier League. Chelsea scrapped to a third place finish but were helped by high levels of inconsistency exhibited by their rivals.For Arsenal, they finished in 5th following a run of horrible results that saw them lose to Crystal Palace and draw at home to Brighton in 2 of their last 4 games.The Europa League title will be viewed as a chance to return to the UEFA champions league for Unai Emery’s side while for Chelsea, it is an opportunity to end a below-per season, on a high.Chelsea are sweating over the fitness of French midfielder N’Golo Kante after he suffered a knee injury on Saturday. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are already ruled out, and Kante’s absence would leave Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley as Chelsea’s only three fit midfielders.Kante is 50-50 to feature against Arsenal on Wednesday night.Arsenal are definitely without Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who decided not to play for security reasons. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has already played his last match for the club before his summer move to Juventus but Emery must decide whether veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will start against his former side in his final game before retirement.What they are sayingMaurizio Sarri, Chelsea manager“For me, at the beginning of the season it was really very difficult to understand my players, to understand the mentality.“But after a very difficult month in January, in February they started to change, I think. Or probably I changed – I don’t know.“In this moment, I love them because I have 20, 22 wonderful men, and wonderful players. So now I am really very happy with them.Unai Emery, Arsenal manager“There are two targets here but the most important target for us is to win a title.“The second target is to help us to achieve the Champions League.“Each title is very important for us, and for Chelsea too.“We want to enjoy this moment, for our fans and also for ourselves. Chelsea will have the same idea.Match StatsArsenal against Chelsea will be the second all-English UEFA Cup/Europa League final in history, after Tottenham against Wolves in the UEFA Cup final in 1972. This is the 198th meeting in all competitions between Arsenal and Chelsea but only the third in European competition – they met in the 2003-04 Champions League quarter-final, with the Blues progressing 3-2 on aggregate. Arsenal vs Chelsea will be the first fixture to played in the FA Cup final, League Cup final and a major European final. This will be both Arsenal and Chelsea’s sixth major European finals – only Man Utd (7) and Liverpool (14 – including 2019 Champions League) have reached more among English clubs. This final will be third time two teams from the same nation have faced in the Europa League final, after Porto v Braga in 2011 and Atletico Madrid v Athletic Club in 2012. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have won 11 Europa League games this season – only three teams have ever won more major European games in a single season (excluding qualifiers); Real Madrid in 2001-02 (12), Porto in 2010-11 (12) and Atletico Madrid in 2011-12 (13). Azerbaijan will be the 24th different country to host a major European final and the third consecutive year a country will host a major final for the first time – Wales for the 2016-17 Champions League final and Ukraine for the 2017-18 Champions League final.Arsenal have lost four of their five major European finals, with their only victory coming in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup against Parma; they’ve lost each of their last three, losing in the 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup, 2000 UEFA Cup and 2006 Champions League finals. In all European competition, Arsenal have faced opponents from 27 different nations and beaten teams from 26 of those countries, with the only exception being against English clubs. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has won the Europa League more often than any other manager, winning it three times in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with Sevilla. Arsenal’s Unai Emery could become only the fourth manager to win the UEFA/Europa League with two different teams, after Giovanni Trapattoni (Juventus & Inter Milan), Jose Mourinho (Porto & Man Utd) and Rafael Benitez (Valencia & Chelsea). If Arsenal win this match, only Giovanni Trapattoni (5) will have won more major European finals than Unai Emery (4), while only three other managers would have won as many as four with a 100% record in each final – Nereo Rocco, Bob Paisley and Jose Mourinho. Arsenal’s last eight Europa League goals have been scored by either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (4) or Alexandre Lacazette (4).Aubameyang (left) and Lacazatte (Right) have scored all of Arsenal’s last 8 Europa League goals.Chelsea have won four of their five major European finals (2x Cup Winners’ Cup/1x Champions League/1x Europa League). Among English teams, only Man Utd (5) and Liverpool (8) have won more major European finals. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored 10 Europa League goals this season, the most by a Blues player in a single European season (excluding qualifiers) and the joint-most by a French player in major European competition in a season – Nestor Combin in the 1963-64 Cup Winners’ Cup and Just Fontaine in the 1958-59 European Cup also scored 10. Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri is the first Italian to manage in a UEFA Cup/Europa League final since Alberto Malesani in 1999, who won the trophy with Parma that year. The two previous Italians to manage an English club in a major European final have managed Chelsea to victory – Gianluca Vialli in the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup final and Roberto Di Matteo in the 2012 Champions League final.Comments Tags: arsenalChelseaEuropa League FinalMaurizio SarritopUnai Emerylast_img read more

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As Shutdown Takes Hold, an Essential Few Scientists Still on the Job

first_imgA bird identification expert might not seem like an employee essential to keeping the U.S. government functioning. But ornithologist Carla Dove was one of a select corps of federal scientists deemed important enough to be exempted from a sweeping government shutdown that began today,  paralyzing research funding agencies, shuttering a wide range of science projects, and sending home more than 800,000 federal employees.“I’m getting prepared to be lonely,” Dove said yesterday, noting that most of her colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., wouldn’t be allowed to work. “It will be me and 650,000 museum specimens.”The shutdown is the result of an epic stalemate between the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which could not agree on how to finance the government for the 2014 fiscal year, which began on Tuesday. It is the first shutdown since the winter of 1995–96, when an impasse over spending priorities prompted agency closures that lasted nearly a month. This time, however, the disagreement centers on efforts to undo the new U.S. health care law known as Obamacare.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The crisis came to a head yesterday, as Senate Democrats four times rejected bills passed by House Republicans to defund or delay Obamacare in exchange for funding the government for a few months at existing levels. Without such appropriations, agencies technically have no money to spend.Some agencies still openA shutdown doesn’t mean that the entire government closes. It is largely business as usual at agencies the White House has deemed essential for public safety and national security, for instance, including the departments of Justice and Homeland Security.At the 10 national laboratories supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science, researchers are soldiering on. The labs, which support x-ray synchrotrons, neutron sources, and other major facilities used by academic and industry scientists, are run for the government by private and university contractors. That means the labs were not required to shut their doors immediately. In fact, most appear to have a cushion of money left over from the last fiscal year, which ended yesterday, that they will use to keep going for as long as possible.Officials at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, for instance, say they have no immediate plans to turn off the Advanced Photon Source, an x-ray synchrotron that supports some 4600 researchers each year. “We’ve got a month and after that we are powering things down,” says Eric Isaacs, the lab’s director. Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, is less optimistic about how long his lab can keep the doors open. “Basically, we’re trying to take things day by day for the moment,” he says. “I don’t think we can make it through a month.”Both Mason and Isaacs stress that, even as their labs remain open, the lack of funding is affecting smaller research efforts. Oak Ridge receives funding through roughly 40 different sub-budgets or “control points,” Mason explains. Although lab officials have some ability to redistribute money within each sub-budget, they cannot move money from one to another. So different research efforts will run out of gas at different times if the shutdown continues, Mason says: “There are 40 odd little cliffs that you go over as each of these buckets runs dry.” Once enough programs have been forced to stop, Mason says, it will become untenable to keep the lab open, even if other programs still have a shekel or two to spend.At the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, director Doon Gibbs sent staff a memo this morning that read, in part: “Laboratory management will continue to take prudent steps going forward to mitigate the impacts of the shutdown, and we ask you to do your part by limiting all non-essential travel, conferences, training, and meetings, etc., to help reduce costs. … Please maintain your focus during these uncertain budgetary times, watch out for each other, and concentrate on the things we can control.”Grantmaking shuts downOther research agencies are already feeling the pain. At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 73% of its more than 18,600 employees have been ordered to stay home. Although outside researchers can still submit grant applications through automated systems, NIH won’t process them. And study sections won’t meet to review pending applications.The widely used PubMed database, which holds biomedical papers and abstracts, is not being updated, and the GenBank gene database isn’t taking new data. No new patients are being admitted to the NIH Clinical Center, where more than 1400 studies are under way. The grants system also ground to a halt at the National Science Foundation (NSF), which spends 95% of its budget on research done by others. (Researchers who already had money in hand from both agencies can continue to draw funding.)Meanwhile, public websites have gone dark for NSF, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and other agencies. “Due to the Federal government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable,” reads the NOAA site. “We sincerely regret this inconvenience,” NSF says. Websites at NIH and DOE are still up, but won’t be updated, according to notices.The essential scientists Every agency, however, has a list of employees that it says should keep working no matter what. At NSF, that “exempted” workforce amounts to just a few dozen people responsible for security, information systems, and overseeing its Antarctic program. NASA’s few workers include those watching over the International Space Station. At NIH, more than 5000 employees have been deemed critical to caring for patients and other tasks, including about 730 who are maintaining experiments in NIH’s 1140 intramural laboratories.One scientist on NIH’s essential list is Al Singer, chief of the Experimental Immunology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. He reported to work today to tend the lab’s colony of 14,000 mice, who give birth to 1200 pups each week that must be genetically tested and culled. “There’s no way this can stop,” he tells Science.A veteran of the last shutdown, Singer worries morale will suffer. “It’s a major disruption and people look at their job differently afterwards,” he says. “It takes a while to reenergize.” One NIH worker, he said, felt as though she had been fired. “There’s a lot of anxiety now,” he says. “People have to realize it’s a political fight. We’re collateral damage. But the intent is not to hurt us.”In Boulder, Colorado, a skeleton crew of NIST physicists and technicians is maintaining a cesium fountain clock that keeps official U.S. time accurate to 1 second every 100 million years, says Tom O’Brian, chief of the time and frequency division of NIST. Just 15 of the usual 100 or so employees will work limited hours to maintain the clock—“one of the most complex pieces of equipment in the world,” he says. It is essential to keeping GPS units, electrical power stations, and telecommunications networks in sync. “We depend upon really precise and accurate timing and synchronization for our modern technology every day,” O’Brian says.At NIST’s Boulder nanofabrication facility, four people out of about 100 will stay on duty to make sure temperature changes or other unforeseen events don’t damage millions of dollars in equipment in the facility, which serves a variety of academic and industry users. “It’s not a natural condition for everything to be shut down,” says lab manager Vince Luciani. He will remain on duty to check gauges on more attention-needy devices, including ultrahigh vacuum systems and photolithography equipment. He’s already looking ahead to the end of the shutdown. “To me, it’s very important, once they say ‘go’ and we can start working again, to as quickly as possible pick up where we left off.”At the Smithsonian, Dove will be doing a job that her bosses deemed essential: trying to identify birds that have collided with aircraft. On Wednesday, she is expecting feathers and other samples taken from a helicopter crash last March. Fall is always her busy time, she adds, with seasonal migrations leading to up to 50 bird strikes a day. And one of her contracts with the U.S. Air Force requires a quick turnaround, so Dove says she will be alternating with one other person to try to keep the backlog from building up. After she preps a sample and isolates DNA, she will be able to call in a sequencing technician to have the DNA deciphered. Then it’s up to her to match the DNA to a species and write a report.This year’s shutdown is also déjà vu for Dove, who was one of the few to stay on the job during the last closure.  “We’ve never had to close down,” she says. Overall, just 12% of some 6400 employees at the Smithsonian, which is two-thirds federally funded, are allowed to work.How long Dove and other essential scientists will be working without their colleagues is unclear. Also unknown is whether, once the crisis is resolved, the furloughed workers will be paid for the missed time.In the meantime, there is a fair amount of confusion about how to inform the public about the impact of the shutdown. An NSF official who was at work today after being deemed essential hung up on an inquiry from ScienceInsider because “talking to the media is not part of my excepted duties.” And the media managers at two DOE national laboratories said that all press queries were being handled by DOE’s office of public affairs, which will be closed for the duration of the shutdown.With contributions from Adrian Cho, Jocelyn Kaiser, David Malakoff, Jeffrey Mervis, Elizabeth Pennisi, and Kelly Servick.last_img read more

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