Snails, one of France’s signature dishes, could be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from Southeast Asia, scientists warned on Tuesday.
The warning is being sounded over a voracious species called the New Guinea flatworm.
It is already on a list of the 100 most dangerous invasive species in the world as it has a relentless appetite for native snails and earthworms in places where it has been introduced.
Workers at a botanical gardens in Caen, Normandy, called in scientific help after they spotted a strange, dark, flat-as-a-pancake worm among their greenhouse plants.
Reporting in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday, a team of French experts said DNA tests had confirmed their worst fears: Platydemus manokwari has arrived in Europe.
“This species is extraordinarily invasive,” said Jean-Lou Justine of the National Museum of Natural History. “I really hope it can be stopped at the earliest stages.”¬† Read more »
Unfortunately not here in New Zealand, rather in the UK where Ed Miliband has moved to remove block voting and introduced¬†¬†a ‚Äúone member, one vote‚ÄĚ system. On top of that they have removed automatic union affiliation.
Labour here moved specifically to entrench union power in leadership elections by reserving special voting powers for affiliates.
One move that could be done is to implement similar rules like in Fiji where only natural persons can be party members and only natural persons can donate to political parties.
The vote in Labour in the UK was overwhelmingly in support of the changes, seen as necessary to remove the stench of union corruption.
Ed Miliband yesterday won a vote to reform Labour‚Äôs historic links with the trade unions as delegates at a special conference approved radical changes to the party‚Äôs rules.
However, even as Mr Miliband hailed the result as a victory for democracy, the general secretary of Unite, the biggest trade union, declared that Labour was still his party and that he was “going nowhere‚ÄĚ.
The public clash between the Labour leader and the boss of the union that has given the party ¬£11million since 2010 exposed the continuing power struggle at the heart of the Labour movement.¬† Read more »
Eco loons who seem to spend much of their life calling for laws to stop this that and the next thing get their beans for not following the rules.
One thing it does show is how an Eco loon thinks we should all live, imagine a nice subdivision of these shacks and the pleasant aroma of composting human waste and sanctimony.
A couple who spent five years building Britain‚Äôs greenest home by hand, using old railway sleepers and lorry tyres, have been ordered to tear it down.
Matthew Lepley and Jules Smith decided not to ask for planning permission from Torridge District Council in Devon because it takes consumes too much paper and energy, and defies their eco-friendly ‘personal principles’.¬† Read more »
Another top contender for the Darwin awards, surely this has to rank up there with the best.
A chef died of a laughing gas overdose, soon after learning he was to become a father for the first time, it was revealed today.
Jordan Guise was found dead by his boss, former England 7s rugby international Johnny Howard, after he had taken the lethal dose of nitrous oxide at his French apartment.
The 21 year old had been working as head chef at La Charni√®re in Beziers, southern France. He had just told his mother, Leesa Malpas, the news that his girlfriend was expecting in September.
‚ÄėWe were laughing and joking with him,‚Äô she told The Kidderminster Shuttle. ‚ÄėHe phoned and told us on the Tuesday and died on the Thursday.
‚ÄėJordan didn‚Äôt turn up for work so Johnny went round and found him in his flat. We do know that he died painlessly. He was very relaxed.‚Äô
The talented chef had learned his trade at The Granary Hotel in Shenstone, Worcestershire, before Mr Howard offered him a job in his new venture. He was promoted to head chef within a fortnight of arriving last August.
‚ÄėHe lived his dream ‚Äď to be a head chef in France. He was passionate about his work and was very proud of himself, as were his family, friends and work colleagues,‚Äô Ms Malpas said.
He died on February 6 and a French coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death. An inquest in England has been opened and adjourned. The mother of his unborn baby has returned to Britain. – Metro
“We do know that he died painlessly. He was very relaxed.” That bit made me chuckle, I’d say he was relaxed alright. Laughed himself to death.
There is some merit in implementing a ‘luvvies tax’ like that suggested by Toby Young at the Telegraph after a bunch of ‘luvvies’ made a video chastising the government for not implementing a Tobin Tax.
[T]he most objectionable thing about this video is the notion that a bunch of luvvies possess the moral authority to chastise bankers, politicians and the rest of us for not giving¬†even more¬†money¬†to the European Union. David Yates, the film’s director, was at the helm for the last four Harry Potter movies and has a “first-look” deal with Warner Bros. I would conservatively estimate his total earnings over the last decade at over ¬£25 million. Very few “greedy” bankers earn that kind of money. If Yates and other Hollywood types are genuinely concerned about “extreme poverty” and “climate change”, why not campaign for a Luvvie Tax? Better yet, why not cut out the middle man and simply donate 0.5 per cent of their earnings directly to the EU? I’m sure Jos√© Baroso can find a good use for it. A new fleet of¬†Mercedes S400 BlueHybrids¬†for European Commissioners, perhaps.
I’ve never understood why showbusiness types think their political views should be taken seriously simply by virtue of their fame and fortune. What insight do members of the entertainment industry possess that members of the financial services industry lack? What’s the chain of reasoning here? I’m on telly a lot, therefore I’m wise? You may disagree with the Chancellor’s views about the Financial Transaction Tax, but at least he’s a member of the elected government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Who elected Bill Nighy to speak for the people of Britain? I mean, apart from Richard Curtis?
Do me a favour Nighy, Yates and all the other Labour luvvies involved in this “campaign”. If you want to create jobs, take early retirement.¬† Read more »
The bludging wind farming ratbags of the UK are forcing up the price of energy for consumers due to the massive subsidies for their failed technology.
Consumers face higher energy bills under Ofgem changes designed to help encourage wind farms in Scotland, experts have warned.
The planned overhaul of network charges will slash costs for Scottish wind farm developers by ¬£1.3m a year but increase costs for southern power plants.
The reforms are the subject of fierce disagreement in the energy sector. Ofgem claims the changes, supported by some suppliers such as SSE, will save consumers money in the long term.
However a new report, published by consultancy NERA and commissioned by rival supplier RWE npower, warns they will do the opposite and put up bills by ¬£9 a year.¬† Read more »
Horror of Labour supporting family after widow stiffs them and leaves ¬£770,000 to the Tories in her will
It’s a proven medical condition, being a lefty is correlated with being mean spirited and a little bit lacking in intelligence, as well of course as being vengeful and spiteful.
A widow was yesterday branded ‚Äėwicked‚Äô for gifting her ¬£769,000 estate to the Conservative Party ‚Äď by a Labour-supporting relative who was left with nothing.
Violet Baker inherited the bulk of her fortune in stocks and shares which had been amassed by her late husband Raymond, who died five years ago.
The couple had no children and Mrs Baker, a former office girl, died last April after suffering a stroke at the age of 85 as the last of five siblings.
The widow left nothing to her surviving nephews and nieces, or her husband‚Äôs only surviving sibling, Elsie Clark, and awarded a neighbour who had looked after her since the death of Mr Baker a comparatively paltry ¬£2,000.¬† Read more »
Beven Hanlon is just your average union thug, who uses or allows others to use Corrections resources for his own political ends, and who has his own sordid little affair to try to keep quiet…but he has nothing on this union boss in the UK, who it seems is a predatory rooting ratbag.
A trade union baron described as a ‚Äėsexual predator‚Äô has¬† quit after harassing his¬† married assistant.
Jonathan Ledger, general secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers, was said to have had a six-year affair with Cordell Pillay.
When the affair petered out in 2009, he carried out a lewd campaign to reignite it ‚Äď grabbing her bottom, exposing himself and leering at her breasts, a tribunal heard.
When his behaviour was exposed, the union is said to have mounted a ‚ÄėJimmy Savile-style cover-up‚Äô.
Mr Ledger eventually resigned in disgrace and Mrs Pillay has now been awarded ¬£15,000 by an employment tribunal for sexual harassment. She also made a claim for unfair dismissal after her sacking in 2011 over budget errors, but the panel ruled it was fair.
Although Mrs Pillay denied having an affair with Mr Ledger, employment judge Mark Emerton ruled: ‚ÄėThe two had a¬† consensual sexual relationship dating back to 2003, when they were both¬† assistant general secretaries.
‚ÄėThe relationship was sustained by sexual contact in the union‚Äôs offices and, particularly, away at occasional residential conferences.‚Äô ¬† Read more »
Len Brown is intent on charging us for rubbish collections we already pay for in our rates and is spending like a drunken sailor on his pet projects.
He is going to need more revenue off of ratepayers, what’s the bet he is looking at solutions like this:
Councils that use spy cameras to enforce parking rules are making nearly nine times more in motorists‚Äô fines than authorities which do not use them.
Official figures show that councils which are using CCTV to enforce parking rules made ¬£49.35 per household last year.
This compares to just ¬£5.69 per household in councils which do not have them. The figures come ahead of a consultation on a ban to stop councils using cameras to snap people parking illegally, which closes next week.
Government figures show a quarter of councils in England ‚Äď 70 out of 288 ‚Äď currently use CCTV cameras to enforce parking rules.
This often means that drivers who unwittingly park in a loading bay can receive a fine through the post weeks later. ¬†¬† Read more »