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How A Frog Fights Rain

In animal behavior on July 26, 2013 at 10:19

We pride that we are the most intelligent beings on the Earth.

Look how a Frog turns a leaf into an umbrella to shelter it from Rains!

Frog with Leaf Umbrella.

Penkdix Palme, a 27-year-old photographer from Indonesia, found this intelligent little tree frog in his neighbor’s garden, SWNS reported. Palme, who took up photography just six months ago, said the frog stayed under its leaf-umbrella for an entire 30 minutes.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

 

6Frog With Leaf Umbrella.

Frog With Leaf Umbrella.

Source,Huffingtonpost.

 

Orangutan Fishes With A Spear

In animal behavior, Interesting and funny on April 25, 2013 at 13:34

We call ourselves the most evolved of the Species with an ability to do things and can handle tools.

But an Orangutan is found fishing with a Spear after watching local Fishermen!

Story:

Tool use among orangutans was first documented by Carel van Schaik. In 1994, Carel observed orangutans developing tools to help themselves eat, while conducting field work in Gunung Leuser National Park, in the northwest Sumatra.

Orangutan Fishes with Spear.

Orangutan Fishes with Spear.

Specifically the orangutans were using sticks to pry open pulpy fruits that have “Plexiglas needles” capable of delivering a painful jab covering them. Using the tools, the orangutans were getting past handling the prickly husk and into the nutritious fruit. From an anthropological viewpoint, tool use represents an aspect of culture, since the entire group participates in a behavior that has developed over time. One unique thing to clarify is that only Sumatran orangutans have been observed to use tools, not orangutans from Borneo

Recently, Gerd Schuster co-author of Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report, took this photograph of,

“a male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish…

The extraordinary image, a world exclusive, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja…

This individual had seen locals fishing with spears on the Gohong River.

Although the method required too much skill for him to master, he was later able to improvise by using the pole to catch fish already trapped in the locals’ fishing lines.”

http://primatology.net/2008/04/29/orangutan-photographed-using-tool-as-spear-to-fish/

 

 

YouTube Block and Pakistan

In Pakistan on January 28, 2013 at 13:20

YouTube has been blocked by Pakistan over what it terms to be inappropriate content, that is Movie on The Prophet which it considers as blasphemy.

It ha s asked Google to remove content but of no avail.

So the position in Pakistan is that YouTube remains blocked with surfers not being able to browse non controversial contents.

The US Government, despite Pakistan’s pleas can do nothing for to ensure removal of the content by Google, Pakistan must sign the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the US before asking the America-based company Google (which owns the YouTube)to remove the objectionable content from the website.

Pakistan is unable to decide either way.

To complete this process Pakistan Government must have the will to sign.

The dilemma is if Pakistan signs, then Militant groups will react for having surrenders to US Company.

If it does not ,non fundamentalist Groups will be restive.

A bunch calling itself a Government, where a President is facing corruption charges,a Prime Minister who has been asked to vacate his seat by the Supreme Court, besieged by The ISI,Army, Fundamentalists,,Moderates,Pro US lobbies…what can it do!

Split Personalities can not function, let alone decide. .

Story:

YouTube

IT experts say that after signing an agreement with Google and getting YouTube registered, the Pakistan government will be in a position to ask the US company to provide Pakistan-specific content on the website.

Since blocking the YouTube five months ago in the wake of protests across the country over a blasphemous movie, the government has done practically nothing to either get the objectionable content removed from the website or open access to its non-controversial pages for millions of internet users.

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Explaining the reason, the convener of the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK), Wahajus Siraj, said: “Unlike Pakistan,
countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia have entered into agreements with the US. Under the MLAT, these countries are in a position to request Google to follow local laws and remove the objectionable content from YouTube,” said Mr Siraj.

The IT expert said the agreement safeguarded interests of the service provider (Google in this case) by not holding it responsible for any blasphemous or anti-state content posted online by individuals/users.

According to Mr Siraj, absence of the treaty was why, despite repeated requests from Pakistan, Google has not taken out the anti-Islam movie. Access to YouTube was blocked on Sept 18 last year following protests in the country.

“Even India has signed the MLAT with the US and because of this New Delhi is able to get all objectionable contents blocked without denying access to YouTube,” Mr Siraj said. According to a senior official of the ministry of information technology there was a status quo on the matter. “The Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty if signed is the only way to restrict/block blasphemous material on internet, but there is no progress yet on the matter,” the official said, adding that without signing the agreement links and websites would have to be manually blocked which was not possible.

http://dawn.com/2013/01/28/govt-doing-nothing-to-resolve-youtube-issue/

Recently Discovered Animals Photo Essay

In images on December 14, 2012 at 20:25

First described in 2008, paracheilinus nursalim is a new species of flasher wrasse discovered in the Bird’s Head Peninsula in Western New Guinea. The fish’s most distinctive characteristic is of course its incredibly bright, vibrant colours. Given the recent nature of its discovery, little is currently known of the creature.

To end on a cheery note: the future for the paracheilinus nursalim looks quite a lot brighter than can be said of some other animals on this list. The fish’s primary habitat is located within already-protected waters, meaning that it’s safe from external factors which may otherwise have put it at risk.

New Animals

Paracheilinus Nursalim

I’ve already mentioned a number of recently discovered animals from Indonesia – and I would gladly wager that this is the most terrifying of the lot. The megalara garuda, also known (for good reason) as the king of the wasps, is an enormous wasp officially discovered in the Mekongga Mountains on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2011. Average males are about two inches in length, and have an elongated mandible similar in size to their forelegs. Not only is the megalara garuda massive and demonic looking – it is also venomous. The first specimens of the wasp were collected on an expedition to Indonesia in 1930; however the first live specimen was captured and documented just last year. Much like many other rare species, deforestation and other environmental impacts pose a threat to the wellbeing of the species.

New Animals

Megalara Garuda

The wattled smoky honeyeater is a species of honeyeater endemic to the Foja Mountains of Indonesia. This particular species’ most distinctive feature is the reddish-orange facial skin around its eyes. Discovered in December of 2005, the wattled smoky honeyeater was the first new bird species discovered in New Guinea since 1939. In addition to the brilliant orange skin around the bird’s eyes, it has the curious characteristic of walking with a ‘wottle’. The honeyeater was one of over twenty new species discovered in a single expedition that took place in 2005. The shade of the bird’s facial skin changes slightly when flushed.

The lesula is a remarkable new species of African monkey discovered in 2007. It was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is the second new species of African monkey discovered in nearly three decades. The monkey was first seen (by non-locals) in 2007 by John and Terese hart of Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, in the home of a primary school teacher in the town of Opala. The most visible characteristic which makes the lesula so unusual is its startlingly human face. A slightly less obvious characteristic are the bald patches on the monkey’s hindquarters and genital region, both of which are coloured a vibrant blue.

New Animals

Lesula

Found in the remote Fuja Mountains of Indonesia, the Pinocchio frog is a strange little creature which was only discovered by accident in 2010, after wandering into a research camp and perching itself atop a bag of rice. The animal’s most obvious distinctive feature is the odd protuberance on the front of its face – most often referred to as its nose. The strange nose-like thing is a feature which only the males have, and becomes erect when they are making excited calls, returning to its standard position when they are not. The exact purpose of the ‘nose’, and the frogs’ ability to manipulate it, is as yet unknown.

New Animals

Pinocchio Frog

This rather snuggly looking crustacean was discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean. Given the presence of a substantial quantity of silky blond setae, its discoverers were quick to dub it the ‘yeti crab’. The unusual little decapod reaches an average length of around fifteen centimetres (just under six inches) and lives around hydrothermal vents deep in the ocean. It is for this reason that the fur-like setae contain filamentous bacteria, which allow the creature to detoxify poisonous substances emitted in the water by vents. It has been speculated that the yeti crab may actually feed on such bacteria – but it is generally believed to be a carnivore.

http://listverse.com/2012/12/12/10-incredible-recently-discovered-animals/

 

I’ve opted to put this monstrous creature at number ten for one very simple reason: it terrifies me. It terrifies me so much that I didn’t want to grant it the honour of placing it any higher. The species was officially discovered in 2006 during an expedition to Guyana. It is a burrowing spider, feeding primarily on invertebrates, though it has also been observed eating small mammals, lizards, and venomous snakes (surprise surprise). Fully grown specimens can reach a horrific weight of around six ounces. Thankfully for us – and for any other creatures too large for the spider to eat – the goliath bird eater is a species of tarantula, and has relatively weak venom, which causes mild swelling and pain for a few hours.

But the thing that poses the biggest threat to us humans is the goliath’s ability to expel urticating hairs from its body. These tiny, nearly invisible hairs float through the air – and have an awful tendency to stick in the eyes.

New Animals

Goliath Bird Eating Spider

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Tamils Migration and Australia Regular Updates

In Sri Lanka, SriLanka on November 17, 2012 at 00:31

Tuppahis is a wordpress blog that seems an objective report of the Plight of the Tamils in SriLanka.

It deals with Tamil and Sihalese Conflict,LTTE, and most importantly the Tamils’ plight.

It constantly updates Tamil Migration Asylum in Australia.

Tamil Boat people_jpg.

Tamil Boat people.

Suggested for those who follow the Tamils issue in Sri Lanka, especially migration and Asylum in Australia.

NOTE that I am constantly augmenting this listing and adding new items so readers would do well to come back to the fresher editions:Web Editor.

Allard, Tom 2009 “Asylum seekers stage snap hunger strike,” 16 October 2009, http://www.smh.com.au/world/asylum-seekers-stage-snap-hunger-strike-20091015-gz93.html

Allard, Tom 2010 “Tamils’ spokesman Alex jumps ship,” SMH, 2 March 2010,http://www.smh.com.au/world/tamils-spokesman-alex-jumps-ship-20100301-pdju.html.

Amunugama, Sarath [quoted in news item] 2011 foreign remittances the lifeline of Sri Lanka’s economy,” Sunday Observer, 30 January 2011, http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/foreign-remittances-the-lifeline-of-sri-lankas-economy-says-sarath-amunugama/

BBC 2012 “[Lost at Sea! Some Missing Tamils]” 23 April 2012, reprint inhttp://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/lost-at-sea-some-missing-tamils/

Bell, Stewart 2011 [“Sun Sea– one of its journalist Tamil migrants granted entry into Canada,”] 5 February 2011, http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/sun-sea-one-of-its-journalist-tamil-migrants-granted-entry-into-canada/.

Black, Sophie 2009 “Meet Alex and Brindha: a media savvy bunch of boat people,”http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/10/16/meet-alex-and-brindha-a-media-savvy-bunch-of-boat-people/.

Link:

http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/a-flourishing-bibliographical-tree-tamil-migration-asylum-seekers-and-australia/#more-6461

Related:

53 Eezham Tamil boat refugees, seeking asylum in Australia but driven to Indonesia, are on a fast-unto-death protest on-board their vessel for the past four days, against the decision of the Indonesian authorities to hand them over to Sri Lanka Navy. The refugees claim that they will be persecuted, even killed, if handed over to the SL Navy. On Tuesday, they sent SOS messages to their families, relatives and journalists in the island to urge the international human rights groups to address their plight. A university student representative in Jaffna confirmed that there were genuine refugees needing international protection in the boat. The refugees heading for Christmas Island of Australia were taken to Indonesia on 28 August by that country’s navy after their boat ran out of fuel in mid sea.

After a dangerous travel on seas for 20 days, their health is steadily deteriorating over the hunger strike and casualties are feared if appropriate action is not taken, sources informed. Among the asylum seekers are 2 disabled persons, 4 women and 3 children.
In the meantime, a spokesman for the refugees in the boat has told reporters in Jaffna and Colombo through a phone conversation that they had started off from a dock near Chennai on 09 August 2012. According to his statement, the boat ran out of fuel on 19 August
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