Tweet 21 Views no discussions Share Share Share HealthLifestyle Hairy limbs keep bed bugs at bay by: – December 15, 2011 Sharing is caring! The bed bug feeds on bloodHairier skin may be the key to avoiding being bitten by bed bugs, claim Sheffield academics.Hungry bugs placed on shaved arms were more likely to try to feed compared with those on unshaved arms, the journal Biology Letters reported.Researchers say the hair slows down the bed bugs and warns the victim.Pest controllers say the UK is currently experiencing a steep rise in the number of bed bug infestations.Prof Michael Siva-Jothy, from Sheffield University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, recruited 29 brave volunteers to test the theory further, watching the bedbugs as they found a place to feed and removing them only as they were about to bite.He found that more layers of both longer visible hairs and finer, “vellus” hairs near the surface appeared to work as a deterrent to the insects, with the finer hairs also acting as an early warning system.Prof Siva-Jothy said: “Our findings show that more body hairs mean better detection of parasites – the hairs have nerves attached to them and provide us with the ability to detect displacement.”He said they also slowed down the insect as it searched for a tasty spot to bite.“The results have implications for understanding why we look the way we do, what selective forces might have driven us to look the way we do, and may even provide insight for better understanding of how to reduce biting insects’ impact on humans.”However, even though men are naturally hairier than women, they do not appear to be bitten less often.Professor Siva-Jothy suggested this pointed to an evolutionary battle between bed bugs and their prey, with the insects adapting to automatically head for relatively hairless bits of the body, such as wrists and ankles.He added that extreme hairiness might also be more of a disadvantage than an advantage.“If you have a heavy coat of long thick hairs it is easier for parasites to hide, even if you can detect them.“Our proposal is that we retain the fine covering because it aids detection and if we lost all hair, even the relatively invisible fine hair, our detection ability goes right down.”Evolutionary pressureThis tallies with other studies which look at how humans came to be relatively less hairy than apes.Other scientists have suggested that swapping thicker fur for clothes was a way of making insect bites and parasitic infestations less likely.Prof Mark Pagel, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading, said that biting parasites remain a major cause of disease and death worldwide, making them a potentially enormous evolutionary pressure on early man.He said: “This vellus hair is certainly no use for anything else, so it is a reasonable hypothesis that it developed in response to a strong selective pressure in our past.“Mammals are unique in developing this wonderful fur, and humans are the only mammals to jettison it, so there must have been a very good reason to do so.”BBC News
Share Share Sharing is caring! InternationalLifestylePrintTravel Delta to increase scheduled flights between Atlanta and Grenada by: Caribbean 360 – July 15, 2015 ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Just one month after the launch of its new service between Atlanta and Grenada, Delta has indicated it will not only return the service in December, but also add two weekly flights during the peak holiday season.Delta will resume its seasonal service from Atlanta to Grenada on December 19 with three weekly flights – Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The schedule will return to weekly Saturday-only flights from January 9.On June 6, 2015, the airline began operating a non-stop service to Grenada from its Hub in Atlanta. The weekly scheduled flight, which concludes on August 15, 2015, added 640 seats to Grenada’s airline capacity from the U.S market in June. To date, the four-hour flight has performed quite well for the destination.Chief Executive Officer at the Grenada Tourism Authority Rudy Grant said the increased seat capacity could reap major benefits for the country’s tourism industry.“The Atlanta flight opens significant opportunities for expanding our airlift, not only from Atlanta but throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe,” he said.Grant, who recently returned from a Grenada Destination Roadshow in the United Kingdom, indicated that the Atlanta flight formed an integral part of the discussions with the travel trade in Manchester.“Delta owns 49 per cent of Virgin Atlantic. As such, there is a great possibility that Delta’s Atlanta flight might serve as a valuable connection for those traveling from Manchester aboard Virgin’s non-stop flight to Atlanta,” he explained.At a scheduled departure time of 9:50 a.m, Delta’s Atlanta-Grenada flight has already begun functioning as a noteworthy connection for travelers originating from other US cities. To date passengers aboard the flights to Grenada have originated from cities, such as, Boston, Charleston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Washington DC, to name a few.The new Delta service from Atlanta was introduced as a trial during the summer months. 35 Views no discussions Share Tweet
Published on January 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm Boredom, mixed with freezing temperatures, tends to lead to some very interesting scenarios…During my first shift the three of us in the tent were all bored. Clearly. How much fun could someone have in a tent? Outside? In the cold? On a Monday? This isn’t “Spongebob,” your IMAGINATION (*waves hands in front of face to somehow create a rainbow*) only goes so far.So naturally we did what all kids of this generation do when they’re bored. We took out our electronics.Unfortunately for my roommate Austin, his laptop died. So Austin does what any rationale lazy man does. He lies down and decides to watch “One Tree Hill” with our friend Olivia.Let me correct that. He lies down and asks to read the subtitles while Olivia actually watches “One Tree Hill.” At this point he’s basically reading the script of “One Tree Hill” with some pictures.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textManliest thing a manly man could ever manly do.After my three-hour shift ended I left to do some work, get a quick bite, and then came back at 7:30 p.m. for the overnight shift.This time I was more prepared: two pairs of socks, uggs (yes uggs, this is clearly the second manliest thing a manly man could ever manly do), a long-sleeve shirt, a hoodie, a sweatshirt, a coat, and gloves.I was actually relatively warm.The night got off to a great start when out of nowhere my friends and I just burst out singing, “In the Jungle.” We simply felt it was too quiet, and we needed to cheer everyone up.It got even better when some of our fellow campers started to join in.Naturally we decide going a capella is fine and all, but what’s even better is if we simply blast the song as loud as possible from our laptop. Obviously we assume everyone would not only be okay with this, but grateful even.Boy, were we…right. At the end of the song someone yelled “again” for an encore, so of course we obliged.After we finished playing the greatest song in mankind for the second time, we decided to switch it up and play one of the greatest lyrical songs ever written. Clearly you all know I’m talking about, Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way.”Break it down, Rich Homie Quan, “Is it because my homies rich you feel some type of way/Some type of way, make you feel some type of way.”That’s just inspirational. Definitely boosted the morale here at Gate E.But apparently we believed Rich Homie Quan ain’t got nothing on us, because for some reason we broke out an instrumental beat and started to freestyle.And that is what happens when you mix boredom and freezing temperatures together.After that all died down, we relaxed and watched Casino Royale. Somehow we were able to fall asleep, even after the temperatures dropped down to zero degrees.Beat the cold. Beat Duke. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Ighalo almost quit Nigeria duty after last year’s World Cup following sharp criticism and even death threats, but was encouraged to stay on by Gernot Rohr, who Ighalo says stood by him “against all odds”.He repaid in full Rohr’s faith in him, finishing top scorer in qualifying for the tournament before his impressive showing in Egypt, which featured a standout display as Nigeria knocked out defending champions Cameroon in the last 16.Ighalo scored twice and set up Alex Iwobi’s winner in a thrilling 3-2 win.In total Ighalo scored 16 goals for Nigeria in 35 appearances, and he also captained the country’s Under-20 team to the 2009 World Cup, also held in Egypt.Share on: WhatsApp Odion Ighalo. PHOTO via @caf_online_FRAbuja, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo announced on Saturday his retirement from international football after winning the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations.The 30-year-old Shanghai Shenhua striker struck five times as the Super Eagles finished third in Egypt, bagging him the top scorer honours with two goals more than Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Cedric Bakambu.“It’s been an amazing 5 years journey, but after the due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it’s time for me to retire from the national team,” Ighalo said in a statement.“It’s been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and contribute my quota to the development of our football.“It’s now time to concentrate on club football and give the younger players a chance to learn and grow.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2016)–Far back early, Hiking relaxed well under Rafael Bejarano and rallied six-wide turning for home en route to a head victory in Thursday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.49. Trained by Simon Callaghan, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by First Defence, who began her career in England, got her first stateside win in her ninth try, dating back to July 25.A fast finishing third in her last two starts, Hiking was off at 9-2 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares and paid $11.80, $6.00 and $4.20.“She’s been a bit unlucky in her last few starts,” said Callaghan. “She hasn’t had the cleanest of trips, but today she relaxed well and came with a good run.”Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Hiking picked up $34,800 for the win, boosting her lifetime earnings to $85,305. Including eight starts in England, her overall mark now stands at 17-4-2-3.Ridden by Fernando Perez, Dressed to a T rallied from off the pace and was game for the place, finishing a half length in front of Amboseli. Off at 4-1, Dressed to a T paid $5.00 and $3.80.Amboseli, who was ridden by Mike Smith, was in tight quarters late, but there was no need for an inquiry, as she finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of longshot Stylish in Black. Off at 7-1, Amboseli paid $5.60 to show.Favored Socialized, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, was forwardly placed early but shuffled back around the far turn and finished next to last at 3-1.Fractions on the race were 22.39, 46.37, 1:10.99 and 1:36.30.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
DESORMEAUX DUO GETS DISTANCE TEST IN FRONTRUNNERKeith Desormeaux has horses entered in four races Saturday, including Straight Fire and Vibe in the FrontRunner Stakes and Decked Out in the Rodeo Drive Stakes.Seven two-year-olds were entered in the 1 1/16-mile FrontRunner, seeking to prove they can successfully negotiate two turns for the first time.“Street Fire is obviously talented and we’re hoping he can stretch his speed to a mile and a sixteenth, but it’s not written in stone,” Desormeaux said. “We’ll have to see how he does in the race. I wish I could say that there’s no doubt he can get a distance, but I’m not sure.“Vibe, there’s no doubt he can get the distance, but I don’t know how fast he is, so we’re just taking a shot. It’s a short field; he’s got a great post position.”As for Decked Out, Desormeaux is cautiously optimistic.“It’s a tall order,” he said, “first time against older horses, it’s another eighth of a mile, but since she’s run some great numbers and the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf is right here in our backyard, why not take a chance at glory? That’s what we’re doing.”The FrontRunner, which goes as race six: Gormley, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Plum Dandy, Mike Smith, 8-1; Secret House, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Midnight Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Straight Fire, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Klimt, Rafael Bejarano, 6-5; and Vibe, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1.FINISH LINES: Future plans are on hold for Santa Anita Derby, Preakness and Haskell winner Exaggerator, who finished seventh in the Pennsylvania Derby last Saturday. “He’s on his way to WinStar (Farm in Versailles, Ky. from Churchill Downs) as we speak,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said Friday morning at Santa Anita. “He’s going there for a freshening and we’ll huddle up with their people to see if the (Breeders’ Cup) Classic is still under consideration, but we’re not sure yet. He’s in WinStar’s hands now.” . . . Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin, training up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, is scheduled to work six furlongs Sunday morning for David Hofmans . . . Bob Baffert seeks his eighth win in the FrontRunner Stakes when he sends out Klimt tomorrow . . . Jose Mercado, groom to the great John Henry when he was on his Hall of Fame roll with Ron McAnally, will present a trophy to the winning connections of Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Stakes. . . John Doyle, 2010 NHC champion ($500,000), and Santa Anita Simulcast host Megan Devine, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita offers attractive and potentially game-changing guaranteed exotic wagering pools during the Autumn Meet, notably: $300,000 Late Pick 4 opening day; $750,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 this Saturday, Oct. 1; $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick Six Sunday. Oct. 2; $300,000 Late Pick 4 Thursday, Fridays and Monday, Oct. 10 following opening weekend; and $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 Saturdays and Sundays following opening weekend . . . Santa Anita hosts Oktoberfest Trackside tomorrow. Beer, Oktoberfest-themed games, German-inspired cuisine, beer tasting, a Santa Anita Park trucker cap, souvenir steins and more will be available. CHROME COUNTDOWN IN ITS FINAL STAGESBUSY SATURDAY FOR KEITH DESORMEAUXWINSTAR MULLS CLASSIC FOR EXAGGERATOR ESPINOZA: CHROME IS THE BEST HORSEPerhaps Victor Espinoza’s most natural trait is his easy going, roll-with-the-punches attitude.Sitting on a couch opposite David Letterman before millions of TV viewers or on California Chrome in a million dollar race, the self-described “happy Mexican” is as soothing as Sinatra’s phrasing.Espinoza will ride California Chrome in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes for the 17th straight race. He has won 12.“He’s better than ever now and the way he’s run the last three times shows that,” Espinoza said. “He looks outstanding, but we’ll see what happens. Every race is different. For me, I just go race by race and whatever happens, win or lose, to me he’s still the best horse.“The most important thing is that he comes out of the race healthy and stays in one piece. That’s it.”Friday morning, Chrome schooled at the gate and galloped a mile and three-quarters.The field for the Awesome Again, the seventh of nine races with a 12:30 p.m. first post: California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 2-5; Dortmund, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Win the Space, Gary Stevens, 20-1; Soi Phet, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; El Huerfano, Martin Pedroza, 50-1; and Hard Aces, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1.The Awesome Again is one of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ CupChallenge events on the second day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.NBCSN will air the Awesome Again in a two-and-a-half-hour telecast that starts at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Supporting the Awesome Again are the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles; the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Victory gives the winning horse in each race a fees paid berth to its respective Breeders’ Cup event.Next Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship for three year olds and up at six furlongs will serve as a springboard to the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.