San Francisco, Aug 3 (AP/UNB) — San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles.
The unprecedented move at one of the major airports in the country will take effect Aug. 20, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.
The new rule will apply to airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines. Travelers who need plain water will have to buy refillable aluminum or glass bottles if they don't bring their own.
As a department of San Francisco's municipal government, the airport is following an ordinance approved in 2014 banning the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property.
The shift away from plastics is also part of a broader plan to slash net carbon emissions and energy use to zero and eliminate most landfill waste by 2021, said airport spokesman Doug Yakel.
But, considering the approximately 4 million plastic water bottles sold per year at the airport, it may be more difficult for vendors to adhere to the water bottle ban.
Whether vendors out of compliance will be penalized is unclear, but Yakel said the airport hopes that "won't be necessary."
SFO vendors already are required to provide only compostable single-use foodware, including to-go containers, condiment packets, straws and utensils.
Shops at the airports have adjusted easily to these requirements because of the increased availability of suppliers producing such products, said Michael Levine, CEO of the company that oversees Napa Farms Market, a store selling grab-and-go fare in Terminal 2 and International Terminal G.
"But the water bottle impact is a little trickier," he said.
Canberra, Aug 1(AP/UNB) — An Australian crocodile farmer who found an orthopedic plate inside a croc's stomach said on Thursday he had been told the surgical device was from a person's body and had been contacted by relatives of missing people anxious for clues.
Koorana Crocodile Farm owner John Lever found the plate inside a 4.7-meter (15-foot- 5) croc called M.J. during an autopsy in June at his business near Rockhampton in Queensland state.
He initially wasn't sure if the unusual find had been part of an animal or human. But he said since making photos of the plate public, he had been told it was a type used in human surgery.
Lever estimated that M.J. was 50 to 70 years old when he died. M.J. could have eaten the bone that the plate had been attached to by six screws 50 years ago, he said.
All remnants of human tissue attached to the plate had been long digested before M.J. died several months after losing a fight with another croc.
Lever is continuing to make inquiries in the hope of discovering what decade the type of plate was used and perhaps who it had belonged to.
"I wouldn't call it an investigation, we're making inquiries because we're fascinated by this whole thing," Lever said. "Obviously this crocodile has chomped on something and that plate has been left in its stomach complete with screws."
Lever bought M.J. from a farmer in Innisfail, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles), north of Rockhampton, six years ago. Sometime earlier, M.J. had been trapped in the wild. Crocodiles are protected in Australia and are only trapped if they are a threat to humans.
"We've had a couple of people get in touch with us about their relatives that have gone missing in the northern Queensland area and they're anxious to find out — there's been nothing heard of these people, they've just disappeared," Lever said. "We'll certainly keep these people informed of any new news that we can get."
The last fatal crocodile attack in Australia was in October when a woman was snatched while gathering mussels with her family in a waterhole in a remote part of the Northern Territory.
The last fatal attack in Queensland was a year earlier, when a 79-year-old dementia patient was killed after wandering from a nursing home at Port Douglas.
The crocodile population has exploded across the country's tropical north since the 1970s. Because saltwater crocodiles can live up to 70 years and grow throughout their lives — reaching up to 7 meters (23 feet) in length — the proportion of large crocodiles is also rising.
Dhaka, Jul 31 (UNB)- It might sound as a fairy tale to some, but a young boy born in a slum at Rayerbazar is all set to join one of the most renowned colleges in the world. Meet Siam Hussain Shimul, a student of JAAGO Foundation school who obtained a fully funded scholarship under the ‘Dare to Dream’ programme of United World College in USA.
At the age of six, Siam was admitted to the JAAGO foundation’s Rayerbazar School in 2007. After 12 years he is going to pursue higher education at the UWC campus in Montezuma, New Mexico.
“I couldn’t be the person I’m today without JAAGO’s love and care,” said Siam.
Korvi Rakshand founded JAAGO in 2007 to provide quality education for free to the underprivileged children in a small classroom with only 17 students; Siam being one of them.
“Learning and gaining knowledge through fun is the key to our success,” Siam added.
He also expressed his gratitude to his ‘sponsor parents’ who backed his educational expenses since his enrollment in JAAGO School back in 2007.
Through the JAAGO Foundation, an American couple Ishraq Shabib and Sharif Suraiya sponsored Siam for 10 years and later Dr Farhana Rashid Shumi started to sponsor him.
Siam’s father Md Billal Hussain, who works as a caretaker, was in tears at the ceremony arranged by JAAGO foundation celebrating Siam’s success. “JAAGO Foundation has been working tirelessly to fulfill our dreams and of our children for the past 12 years,” he said.
When asked about his achievement, Siam said, "I have been selected based on my good academic results and Co-curricular activities because both are equally important for being selected in a good educational institution.”
Siam aims to be a doctor in future although he has passion for the communication sector as well. He attained GPA 5 in both his JSC and SSC examination.
Based on the needs of JAAGO students UWC National Committee in Bangladesh assessed four of them and finally selected Siam for the fully funded scholarship.
Secretary General of UWC National Committee Bangladesh Ayesha Dada underscored the significance of ‘Dare to Dream’ scholarship program saying, “Normally students from privileged family only gain admission in UWC but through this scholarship a new window has opened for Siam which will groom Siam for his higher studies and inspire more children.”
Hearing about the journey of Siam, Qatar Airways provided him with free plane ticket to reach USA.
JAAGO Founder Korvi Rakshand said, “We target quality education for the underprivileged students of the country.”
He also mentioned that not only JAAGO seek to introduce the children with the power of education but provide them with the best opportunity to build a better future.
UWC represents a group of 17 international schools and colleges, around 155 national committees and a series of short educational programs.
Students from various countries, race, background, ethnicity and cultural dynamics coming together to one place to partake in a variety of academic, educational and extracurricular activities.
JAAGO Foundation and UWC hope that, through the UWC's "Dare to Dream" Education Scholarship Program, the financially disadvantaged children will fulfill their dreams of higher education and later will support the lower socio-economic background people of their community.
JAAGO Foundation supports 3,500 students across Bangladesh with the help of various sponsors who have taken responsibility of each child’s education by supporting them with Tk 2000 monthly.
However, currently 500 underprivileged students under their education program are still in want of sponsors who can guarantee the fulfillment of their educational journey by providing that seemingly insignificant amount.
Dhaka, July 31 (UNB) - Chase Dekker believes the photo he took of a humpback whale "swallowing" a sea lion is the first time that happening has ever been caught on camera, reports the BBC.
The 27-year-old wildlife photographer and marine biologist had taken a boat of whale watchers out on the water in Monterey Bay, California, on 22 July when the incident happened.
"It wasn't a huge group, only three humpback whales and about two hundred sea lions," Chase tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
"We've seen it all the way up to 100 whales with 3,000 sea lions, so it can get really insane."
The animals were feeding on a school of anchovies at the water's surface when the whale ended up with something a little larger in its mouth than it probably expected.
"We were watching them feed for a long time and then eventually the event - as I call it the once-in-a-lifetime event - happened, and I still can't believe it," he says.
"I had about a split second while the whale was coming up to really comprehend that the sea lion was on top of the whale before shooting the rest of the sequence."
Chase is "more than 100% confident" the sea lion swam away just fine after it ended up in the whale's mouth.
Humpback whales don't have teeth, only baleen plates with bristles inside their mouths. They are filter feeders and the bristles filter food from water - and things like sea lions that don't belong in there.
A whale will usually take less than five seconds lunge-feeding, Chase says, but in this instance sunk slowly over 15 seconds with its mouth open, giving the sea lion ample time to swim away.
"The whale never actually closed its jaws around the sea lion, so it shouldn't have been harmed. Very scared, I'm sure, but not harmed."
Chase says that predators in the sea - such as whales, sea lions, dolphins and sharks - have evolved to hunt the same school of fish together. So he believes ending up inside a whale's mouth is a rare experience for any underwater hunter. It's just tiny fish that need to worry.
When Newsbeat spoke to Chase, he was on his way to Tonga to take a group of nature lovers swimming with humpback whales - but he says there's no risk of any people ending up getting swallowed on this trip.
"We swim with the humpbacks but it's a breeding ground so they're not there to feed," he says.
"Pretty much they almost never even open their mouth, while they're there."
The swimmers won't need to worry about whales connecting with them from underneath - but they should keep their eyes on what's going on above them.
"Last year we had a few encounters where the whales did almost breach on us. That's where they leap all the way out of the water, so we'd be in the water and they'd breach really close, which was also just as scary.
"But I've never come close to having a Jonah experience myself."
Stratham, Jul 31 (AP/UNB) — A New Hampshire police officer says the kitten he was trying to pick up in a parking lot turned out to be a bobcat, which then jumped onto the roof of a Burger King.
Stratham Officer Matt Callahan tells Seacoastonline.com he was on patrol Saturday and saw the "kitten" run under a car. It eventually climbed a tree near the restaurant.
Once Callahan realized he was dealing with a young bobcat, he called state Fish and Game officers.
He also stood in the drive-thru line to alert customers in case the bobcat decided to come down, but it climbed onto the roof and took a catnap.
Callahan says he and the conservation officer climbed up and put the bobcat in a crate. The bobcat was released at a wildlife refuge.