Python covered with over 500 ticks rescued in Australia – BBC News

Python covered with over 500 ticks rescued in Australia – BBC News

Python covered with more than 500 ticks rescued in Australia 11 January 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Gold coast and brisbane snake catcher/facebook Snake catchers in Australia have rescued a carpet python which was found covered in hundreds of ticks.
The reptile, which was believed to be ill and was coated in the parasites, was lying in a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
A professional handler removed the snake and took it for treatment at a wildlife clinic.
Vets removed more than 500 ticks, snake catcher Tony Harrison told the BBC, and it is expected to recover. ‘Like holding a bag of marbles’
Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catchers worker Mr Harrison said he believed the snake, which has been given the name Nike, had been trying to drown the ticks in the pool.
“Obviously, [the snake] was extremely uncomfortable,” he said. Image copyright Gold coast and brisbane snake catcher/facebook
“Its whole face was swollen and blooming and it was completely overwhelmed by the ticks breeding on him.”
He said removing the tick-laden snake had felt like “holding a bag of marbles that were moving under my hands”.
Snakes often pick up small numbers of ticks or other parasites in the wild, said Associate Prof Bryan Fry from the University of Queensland.

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Soyinka attacks a former president for supporting ‘a devil’ – The Punch

Prof. Wole Soyinka
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has asked Nigerians to be wary of a former president who pretends to be the conscience of the nation.
Soyinka said this in Abuja on Wednesday at a symposium on fake news organised by BBC News .
The playwright, who was a panelist at the event tagged, ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’, urged the traditional media not to spread unfounded allegations as the electronic media sometimes do.
The Nobel Laureate said if the former leader had been referring to a certain person for eight years as ‘a devil’ and is now telling Nigerians to vote for the devil, then there is a reason for Nigerians to express some doubt.
Soyinka said, “We have got to develop a very healthy skepticism. If someone in a position of power for eight years has lectured a nation for eight years and after that, continued year after year to continue to direct the minds of a whole nation in one direction, only saying, ‘This is Lucifer from hell’ for eight years in office and several more years out of office saying, ‘This is Lucifer’ and then one day he changed and says: ‘Behold your redeemer;’ which of the two is fake news?”
He did not mention the former president he was referring to, nor the alleged Lucifer. DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON Share your story with us: SMS: +2349090060943, Whatsapp: +2349090060943, Email: [email protected] Share this story on

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CES 2019: ‘Award-winning’ sex toy for women withdrawn from show – BBC News

Image caption The Ose robot massager has been banned from CES A sex toy designed for women has been banned from the technology show CES.
Lora DiCarlo said it had been invited to display its robotic Ose vibrator at CES, after winning an innovation award.
CES organiser the Consumer Technology Association, which granted the award, said it had included the device by mistake and could withdraw any immoral or obscene entry at any time.
Lora DiCarlo chief executive Lora Haddock said the CES and CTA had a history of gender bias.
In a statement to The Next Web , the CTA said: “The product does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted.
“We have apologised to the company for our mistake.”
But, in a statement on the Lora DiCarlo website , Ms Haddock cites several examples of other female-oriented products included in the award category the vibrator was in.
“Two robotic vacuum cleaners, one robotic skateboard, four children’s toys, one shopping companion robot – looks like all of women’s interests are covered, right?” she said.
“Ose clearly fits the robotics and drone category – and CTA’s own expert judges agree.”
The product had been designed in partnership with a robotics laboratory at Oregon State University and had eight patents pending for “robotics, biomimicry, and engineering feats”, Ms Haddock said.
“We firmly believe that women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI folks should be vocally claiming our space in pleasure and tech,” she said. Report
Ms Haddock said there was a double-standard at CES when it came to sexual health products targeted at men versus women.
“Men’s sexuality is allowed to be explicit, with a literal sex robot in the shape of an unrealistically proportioned woman and VR porn in point of pride along the aisle,” she said.
The products she is referring to are the RealDoll sex robot Harmony, which debuted at last year’s event, and a room showcasing virtual reality porn off the main conference in 2017.
The VR porn room was reportedly visited more than 1,000 times in its first day of opening.
This year, an unofficial shuttle bus is taking people from the conference site to a legal brothel for a sex-video experience controlled by an Amazon Echo speaker.

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Baby boomers are more likely to share fake news on Facebook, study finds – Business Insider

A new study by researchers at Princeton and New York University found that people over 65 years old were far more likely to share intentionally false or misleading information on Facebook than all other adults. Researchers looked at Facebook posts leading up to the 2016 presidential election and after, checking them for popular news domains known for spreading disinformation. The study did find, however, that the practice of sharing so-called fake news was fairly rare in general. A recently published study found that Facebook users over 65 years old were far more likely than other adults to share disinformation on social media.
Researchers at both Princeton and New York University concluded that though the practice of spreading so-called fake news was rare overall, a person’s likelihood of sharing it correlated more strongly with age than it did education, sex, or political views.
“No other demographic characteristic seems to have a consistent effect on sharing fake news, making our age finding that much more notable,” wrote the authors of the study, which was published in Science Advances on Thursday.
Researchers commissioned an online sample of 3,500 people — not all of them Facebook users — with the goal of seeing which characteristics were associated with sharing disinformation on Facebook around the November 2016 US elections.
The researchers defined fake news as “knowingly false or misleading content created largely for the purpose of generating ad revenue.” While that aligns with the original meaning of the phrase that sprang up ahead of the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump has more often used it to refer to reputable news organizations he doesn’t like.
Of those who said they used Facebook, only 49% agreed to share any profile data. Of those users, people older than 65 captured the researchers’ attention.
Eleven percent of users older than 65 shared an article consistent with the study’s definition of fake news. Just 3% of users ages 18 to 29 did the same. The study drew its list of “fake news domains” from a list assembled by the journalist Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News.
Andrew Guess, a coauthor of the study and a political scientist at Princeton University, told The Verge that the findings were not as obvious as some people might think.
“For me, what is pretty striking is that the relationship holds even when you control for party affiliation or ideology,” he said. “The fact that it’s independent of these other traits is pretty surprising to me. It’s not just being driven by older people being more conservative.”
The study did also find that, of those participating in the study, Republicans shared more links to sites peddling disinformation than Democrats, but “self-described independents” shared roughly the same number of those sites as Republicans.
The study’s conclusion, that people 65 years and older share most of the intentionally false or misleading news we see on social media, could be helpful for social networks in deciphering how to tackle the spread of disinformation.
The study’s authors also said more context was needed, since the oldest generation may not have a “level of digital media literacy necessary to reliably determine the trustworthiness of news encountered online.”

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