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New Mexico residents asked to aid research on bird die-off

She argued that the birds could be impacted by unseasonable cold weather and early snowfall but said southern New Mexico temperatures should not be cold enough to kill the animals.

The New Mexico Wildlife Center in Espanola confirmed Monday that the state Department of Game and Fish would collect bird carcasses from their facility for laboratory analysis.

Biologists from the university and White Sands Missile Range examined about 300 carcasses last week gathered in the region, but further observations could place casualties in the hundreds of thousands, “if not millions,” Desmond said.

Professor Martha Desmond said Monday that reports from around the state indicate migratory species are dying at unprecedented numbers, which could be caused by multiple conditions from drought to wildfires, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Researchers at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces have invited residents to share photos or written descriptions via their cellphones involving a recent mass die-off of migratory birds in the state.

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Rich Economies Set to Recover More Quickly From Covid-19 Contractions

China and the rich countries will suffer less economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic than previously feared, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, but the global public-health emergency will exact a higher toll on the economies of poor countries.

The Paris-based research body Wednesday said the global economy will contract less sharply this year than it thought likely in June, but warned that the recovery is set to slow from this month and remain vulnerable to fresh outbreaks.

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Aussie helmet start-up helping bikers beat ‘speed traps

Originally envisioned by University of New South Wales graduate Alfred Boyadgis as a Robocop-like device to make police safer on the road, the helmet has attracted a following among high-performance motorcycle riders.

In the event riders need to delete video footage in a hurry, Forcite’s facebook page says the helmet has a “mass clearance function to quickly free up bulk memory space”.

The helmet-mounted lights flicker to the left or right if a rider should turn, glow blue if inclement weather is on the way, and flash blue and red to warn of police ahead.The company says customers will “know where speed traps and potential police are”.

Drawing in data from traffic apps such as Waze, the helmet can warn customers of trouble ahead with flashing lights mounted inside its chin bar, near the rider’s top lip.

The next are set to go on sale later this year for $1299, before the company takes its product overseas propelled by cash fund manager Atlas Advisors Australia and university investment fund Uniseed.Mr Boyadgis told start-ups website Bullpen in April Forcite had the edge on rival smart helmet products as it already had helmets in production and was “working with the bike manufacturers”.

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Get a Handle on the Changing Fall Weather With 45% Off This TaoTronics Tower Fan and 30% Off a Ceramic Heater [Exclusive

TaoTronics Oscillating Tower Fan | $50 | TaoTronics | Promo code POP55 TaoTronics 1500W Ceramic Heater | $46 | TaoTronics | Promo code WARM006 I don’t know how the weather is in your area, but here in Minnesota I have had to turn on the heat and my AC in the past week.

The fluctuating early fall temperatures can be difficult to keep track of, but TaoTronics has a few exclusive deals for Kinja users to make it a bit easier to deal.

This oscillating tower fan is 45% off with promo code POP55 for $50.

When cold spells come, this cozy little ceramic heater is the perfect thing for keeping your home office or any other space warm in a pinch.

It’s 30% off bringing it down to $46 with promo code WARM006.

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Home Prices Up 13%, Biggest Increase Since 2013

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"Home touring is slowing down in San Francisco due to the fires—people don't want to go outside with all of the smoke in the air," said local Redfin agent Gabrielle Bunker.

"Home price growth this high is making the housing market especially difficult for first-time homebuyers right now," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather.

SEATTLE, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — The U.S. median home sale price increased 13% from 2019 to $319,178—the highest on record, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com.

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California Utilities Hope Drones, AI Will Lower Risk of Future Wildfires

PG&E’s computer vision is now analyzing images and identifying approach paths, which the utility says reduces inspection time from about 80 to 52 minutes per structure.

PG&E, which has been using drones for some time, last year began using computer vision to enhance remote aerial inspections of transmission equipment in high risk-fire areas.

PG&E, the state’s largest utility, has been using analytics and machine-learning models to predict how its transmission equipment will handle high-wind events, allowing its operations staff to give priority to maintenance work and even shut power to an area if necessary during severe weather conditions, said Mr. Glass.

Now PG&E and other major California utilities are exploring how AI and other technologies might reduce the risk that damaged gear could start fires.

Edison International’s Southern California Edison is conducting a pilot project using computer vision and machine-learning to inspect distribution and transmission lines in high-risk fire areas, or about 27% of the 50,000 square miles the utility covers.

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Image of article 'Uber unveils Canadian commitments in bid to reach zero-emissions goal by 2040'

Uber unveils Canadian commitments in bid to reach zero-emissions goal by 2040

The company will also try to convince drivers to adopt more environmentally friendly vehicles by offering an extra 50 cents per Green ride to hybrid or EV drivers, $1 per trip for zero-emission vehicle owners and $1.50 for each Green ride for battery EV drivers.

Uber said the pandemic has hastened its climate change efforts, which include Uber Green, a service offering electric and hybrid vehicle rides.

The company said its new and targeted approach to sustainability will help it reach two goals it has set: getting 100 per cent of rides in Canada, the U.S. and Europe completed on battery EVs by 2030 and ensuring all trips on the platform globally are emission-free by 2040.

TORONTO -- Uber Technologies Inc. is launching a handful of sustainability measures in Canada in an effort to reach lofty goals it has set for lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Uber will also release climate assessment and performance reports detailing emissions stemming from trips on the platform in Canada and the U.S. Its first climate report, released Tuesday, found Uber hosted 4 billion rides across the two markets from 2017 to 2019, but said that the current state of transportation is emissions have grown faster than any other end-use sector over the last three decades and CO2 emissions from the industry account for nearly one-quarter of the global total, Uber said.

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One of California's out of control fires was sparked by a gender reveal party explosion

More than 600 firefighters in California's San Bernardino County are still struggling to contain a fire that began on Saturday in El Dorado Ranch Park, near the city of Yuicapa.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement released late Sunday that the fire had been "caused by a smoke generating device, used during a gender reveal party."

The fire began in the park on Saturday morning — presumably where the party was — and quickly spread north up to Yuicapa Ridge, the statement said.

It's not even the first to burn thousands of acres of land: In April 2017, an Arizona gender reveal party explosion sparked a wildfire that burned just under 47,000 acres.

"CAL Fire reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn't take much to start a wildfire," the San Bernardino unit's statement said.

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Image of article 'A neighbourhood guide to Mexico City'

A neighbourhood guide to Mexico City

The charms of the city’s showplace precincts — particularly Condesa and Roma, the Centro and posh Polanco — are often self-evident, but shouldn’t be missed.

Benign neglect has conserved numerous fin de siècle mansions and apartment houses topped with turrets and mansard roofs, plus eclectic local touches like blue talavera tile and marvellous double-doored balconies that invite Mexico City’s temperate, sunny weather into high-ceilinged, belle époch parlours.

Formerly one of Mexico City’s most exclusive districts, post-Second World War ‘progress’ saw the wealthy leave Juárez for newer, more suburban tracts, leaving grand old buildings to languish in subsequent decades; auto parts suppliers and other downmarket retail moved into once-genteel ground floors.

“They haven’t been able to completely gentrify it,” says local art historian Aldo Solano, over black coffee at Café La Habana.

Mexico City is now on everyone’s wishlist.

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Image of article 'Screenshot Saturday Sundays: Old trains, messy hair and a very soggy dog'

Screenshot Saturday Sundays: Old trains, messy hair and a very soggy dog

But now, he’s swapped smirking string arms for a deadly snake.

Now, there are plenty of snakes you should give a wide berth to.

Besides accurately capturing what it looks like when I blow-dry my hair, Lost In Play is a gorgeous animated point ‘n’ click that flaunts its influences proudly.

This week: wobbly snakes, old-fashioned trains, tough weather for wolves and a bad hair day.

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I put a $2,300 electric all-terrain bike to the test, and it was the most fun I've had since the pandemic began

Graham Rapier / Business Insider "Bikes are a little bit like computers used to be," he said.

Jokes aside, the bike lane is notorious for bumps after years of water, ice, tree roots and other forces have buckled the asphalt.

Graham Rapier / Business Insider I set off with two targets in mind: the oldest bike path in the United States, and the only forest in Brooklyn.

I took out a fully loaded version of the bike for spins around New York City to see how well it weathered rough asphalt, bumpy bike lanes, gravel paths, muddy trails, and any other obstacles I could find.

Graham Rapier / Business Insider Up hills and through mud where the bike truly shined The Charge XC isn't a mountain bike, despite having a frame that easily could.

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UK economy “quite likely” headed for more monetary stimulus - Bank of England official

A Bank of England official said Friday that he thought it “quite likely that additional monetary stimulus will be appropriate” in order for the British central bank to reach its official 2% annual inflation target.

Michael Saunders, a member of the BoE’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee, said in a speech that the current state of the labor market was “very worrying,” and added that the economy might underperform the already dire forecast of the central bank from last month.

He also warned about the risks that Brexit represent for the UK economy, with the prospects of a “thinner trade deal, a less-smooth transition or more persistent Brexit-related uncertainty.”

The BoE’s key rate stands at 0.1%, a record low, and the central bank has launched a £300 billion ($395 billion) asset-buying programme to help the economy weather the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee is scheduled to meet next on September 17.

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Image of article 'Daimler Trucks tests self-driving vehicles in US Southwest'

Daimler Trucks tests self-driving vehicles in US Southwest

Arizona already serves as a major testing ground for autonomous vehicles, including a public-private partnership involving major public universities that was announced in 2018.

Daimler’s Autonomous Technology Group has taken aim at commercializing self-driving trucks within a decade, and the new testing location complements ongoing research on roadways in Virginia with milder weather and fewer steep hills.

The companies have established a new testing center in Albuquerque, as they begin automated runs for 18-wheel vehicles with autonomous diving technology on public highways - supported by a human driver and a safety conductor.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Daimler Trucks and allied vehicle software company Torc Robotics announced Thursday the expansion of testing for self-driving trucks to public roads in New Mexico along major long-haul freight routes.

Daimler’s testing routes in New Mexico are not publicly disclosed, thought the trucks are prominently labeled as Daimler autonomous-driving vehicles.

Navistar higher on fresh Volkswagen talk (OTCMKTS:VWAGY

Volkswagen's (OTCPK:VWAGY) Traton is recharging efforts to acquire Navistar International (NAV ) after talks were put on hold due to the global pandemic, sources tell Bloomberg.

Traton will have to win over Navistar’s management and major shareholders like Carl Icahn to bring a deal to the finish line.

Talks are expected to resume sometime this month.

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Image of article 'Yatra Records 33% Year-On-Year Decline In Adjusted Revenue In FY20'

Yatra Records 33% Year-On-Year Decline In Adjusted Revenue In FY20

Besides talking about the buoyant outlook for India’s travel and sector, albeit pre-Covid-19, when it was growing at a CAGR of 14% and expected to reach a market size of $85 Bn by 2022, the report also talks about the measures undertaken by the company to weather the prolonged lull in the travel sector due to lockdown restrictions amid the pandemic.

However, in June this year, Yatra announced that it was cancelling the merger agreement due to a “breach” of deal terms.

Although, the report doesn’t mention Covid-19 as the reason for the decline in revenues, which is attributed to business constraints due to the terminated merger agreement with US software firm Ebix Inc.

The report mentions that the company has seen a 33% year-on-year (YoY) decline in adjusted revenue, from INR 891.1 Cr in FY19 to INR 598.2 Cr in FY20.

The report mentions that measures such as “headcount rationalisation” or layoffs helped the company improve efficiency and clamp down on costs The investor presentation report released by Yatra, says that the decline in adjusted revenue can be attributed to the termination of its merger agreement with Ebix Indian online travel agency Yatra has released its investor presentation report detailing its performance in the 2019-20 fiscal year (FY20).

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Image of article 'Minister: New Zealand enduring wave of cyberattacks'

Minister: New Zealand enduring wave of cyberattacks

Little said the attacks were a wake-up call to all organizations with customer-facing websites.

“NZX has been advised by independent cyber specialists that the attacks last week are among the largest, most well-resourced and sophisticated they have ever seen in New Zealand," chief executive Mark Peterson said in a statement.

One line of investigation is the emails sent to people in some of the targeted organizations demanding a ransom in exchange for stopping the attacks, Little said.

Andrew Little said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that tracking down the perpetrators of the attacks in recent weeks would be extremely difficult, as the distributed denial of service attacks are being routed through thousands of computers.

Minister: New Zealand enduring wave of cyberattacks New Zealand’s justice minister says the nation is confronting cyberattacks on an unprecedented scale, targeting everything from the stock market to the weather service By NICK PERRY Associated Press September 2, 2020, 7:43 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookEmail this article WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand’s justice minister says the nation is confronting cyberattacks on an unprecedented scale, targeting everything from the stock market to the weather service.

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Spain wildfire forces 3,000 residents to evacuate in Huelva province

A wildfire that started last week in Spain's Huelva province has continued to spread, prompting the evacuation of around 3,000 residents from nearby areas.

The Agricultural Minister for the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Carmen Crespo, told reporters that it would be a while before people were able to return home because "it is a fire with a very large growth, whose perimeter must be sealed, and, for the moment, we must prevent anyone from returning".

It is being believed that the fire began as the result of sparks from a car, which quickly spread due to high temperatures and strong winds in a region of pine woodlands and scrub.

Crespo explained that lower temperatures in the coming days will help firefighters.

Wildfires are a constant problem in during summer months, with 3,607 fires of varying size reported this year by July 12.

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Mum gives her garage an epic makeover with $45 tools from Bunnings

An Australian mother has saved upwards of $600 by shunning tradesmen and painting the front of her garage herself - with professional looking results.

Rendering is the process of covering an exterior wall with a mix of lime, cement and acrylic to prevent brickwork from chipping.

The mother said she rendered the wall with builders' cement, river sand and hydrated lime, all bought from Bunnings, then coated it with Taubmans' 'All Weather' paint - leaving it unrecognisable from its original state.

Photos of the DIY job elicited comments like 'looks great, good on you', 'beautiful finish' and 'wow girl, you've got skills', with many saying they've given them the confidence to paint their own houses.

You did a great job, well done,' said a second.

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Image of article 'Wildfires again threaten business in California wine country'

Wildfires again threaten business in California wine country

Because of frost early in the year, cold temperatures in May and then extreme heat in August that threatened to shrivel grapes on the vine, Bucher had already begun to harvest his pinot noir fruit a few days before the fire ignited.

Some wineries that don’t have their own vineyards are opting out of buying some grapes this year because the risk is too great that a vintage could be spoiled by smoke, said Tawny Tesconi, executive director of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

“You can’t sit inside because of the pandemic, and you can’t sit outside because of the smoke," said Janet Tupper of Napa, who runs Mercantile 12, a wholesale business that sells wine country-themed gifts, such as T-shirts, tea towels, tote bags and wine accessories, to gift shops and tasting rooms.

That's much earlier than devastating fires last year and in 2017 that erupted in October, when nearly all the grapes were off the vine and in the process of being converted to wine.

Three of the past four years, major wildfires have burned in Napa and Sonoma counties, charring vineyards, burning down a historic winery and sending plumes of smoke above the neatly tended rows of vines rolling across scenic hills.

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SpaceX may attempt 3 rocket launches on Sunday

Separately, SpaceX is also reportedly aiming to launch the Starship SN6 from Boca Chica, Texas, for a low-altitude test flight.

SpaceX is aiming to launch three rockets on Sunday, including two back-to-back Falcon 9 launches in Florida and a Starship test flight in Texas, if weather permits.

SpaceX also reportedly intends to launch the Starship SN6 from Boca Chica, Texas, for a low-altitude test flight.

The aerospace company has scheduled two back-to-back Falcon 9 launches in Florida, just nine hours apart.

Though it's unclear what time the Texas launch — if it goes forward — will occur, Cameron County in Texas has announced highway closures between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CST "due to anticipated test launch activities for SpaceX."

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Pool Corporation Announces the Retirement of A. David Cook, Group Vice President

POOLCORP operates approximately 375 sales centers in North America, Europe and Australia through which it distributes more than 200,000 national brand and private label products to roughly 120,000 wholesale customers.

Pool Corporation is the world's largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products.

Over the coming months, Mr. Cook will assist with the transition of his responsibilities, which will be assumed under Pool Corporation's current leadership.

28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pool Corporation (Nasdaq/GSM:POOL) announced today that A. David Cook (Dave) will retire as Group Vice President effective March 1, 2021.

Actual results may differ materially due to a variety of factors, including impacts on our business from the COVID-19 pandemic, the sensitivity of the swimming pool supply business to weather conditions and other risks detailed in POOLCORP's 2019 Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Tech Companies Are In California: Long CA Apartment REITs

Beyond simply going to work, there are many other quality of life reasons (weather, topography, schools, lifestyle, culture, abundance of nearly everything) which draw knowledge workers to California.

First consider that California, which is the 7th largest economy in the world, has 20 companies (19 of which are tech companies) with market capitalizations in excess of $80 billion: Between $20 and $80 billion market cap, there are another 25+ companies located in California (including VMWare, Autodesk, Ring Central Roku, Workday, Snap, Twitter just to name a few).

There are so many tech companies in California.

Workers are likely to stay in California - getting rich from stock options - buying homes and spending money.

And despite what you've read about everything being work from home forever, big tech companies are still hiring in California.

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CoreLogic updates insured losses from Hurricane Laura wind and storm surge to $8B - $12B (NYSE:CLGX

Based on the August 27, 11 a.m. ET National Hurricane Center advisory of the storm, CoreLogic (CLGX ) has updated residential and commercial wind and storm surge loss estimates for Hurricane Laura between $8B - $12B, with insured storm surge losses estimated to contribute less than $0.5B to this total.

CoreLogic data has shown natural disasters cause a spike in mortgage delinquencies, which suggests Hurricane Laura will add to the economic hardship families are already experiencing during the pandemic.

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China will step up technology innovation to drive growth: President Xi

Business China will step up technology innovation to drive growth: President Xi China will step up technology innovation to drive high-quality growth through mobilising national resources and bringing in world class research teams, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, according to the state TV.

People wearing face masks hold shopping bags as they walk under a giant screen showing a news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting, at a shopping area in Beijing, China July 31, 2020.

REUTERS/Tingshu Wang 24 Aug 2020 08:10PM Bookmark BEIJING: China will step up technology innovation to drive high-quality growth through mobilising national resources and bringing in world class research teams, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, according to the state TV.

China will further open up its economy and actively take part in reforming the global economic governance to push for a more equal and reasonable system of governance, Xi told a seminar of economists and scholars, China Central Television reported.

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