Mexico’s axolotl, a cartoon hero and genetic marvel, fights for survival

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Nov
20

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s axolotl salamander can almost magically heal itself, holding the power to regrow its heart and brain. But there is one feat it may not pull off: survive dire threats to the last wild place it calls home.

Plagued by polluted water, predatory fish and the steady encroachment of one of the world’s biggest megacities, the tiny amphibian steeped in mythological lore has all but disappeared from its home in the muddy canals of southern Mexico City.

Once a mainstay on the banquet tables of Aztec kings, in 1998 there were about 6,000 axolotls per square kilometer in the salamander’s main redoubt, the waterways of the city’s Xochimilco district, a scientific census showed.

By 2004, the population had dropped to 1,000 per sq/km, and to less than 35 per sq/km a decade later.

    By 2020, there may be none, according to one model.

    Undeterred, a group of Mexican biologists have launched a rescue mission.

“Without the axolotl, Mexico would lose part of its culture and identity,” said Luis Zambrano, an urban biologist at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), who leads the team behind the plan.

He argues that farmers in Xochimilco known as chinamperos, who grow a wide range of produce along some 180 kilometers of canals, are crucial players in the effort to build new sanctuaries for axolotl (pronounced ah-sho-LO-tul) while promoting traditional chinampa agriculture.

    Chinampas are floating gardens made from dredged-up black mud slathered on reeds and tree branches once used to produce as many as seven harvests a year for staples like corn and chili peppers.

    They flourished for over a thousand years in the lake that once filled the Valley of Mexico, where the Aztec imperial capital and later Mexico City would arise.

    Today, around 80 percent of the remaining chinampas have been abandoned as farmers seek better wages elsewhere.

    Over the next decade, Zambrano aims to enroll about half of Xochimilco’s chinamperos into an axolotl-friendly organic certification scheme that would allow them to charge higher prices for their crops. The university-run certification aims to launch in 2019.

    With a modest budget, his team is creating 20 new sanctuaries with cleaner water using filters that also keep out the non-native tilapia and carp stalking the canals.

    GENETIC ROCK STAR

    Modern research into the axolotl began in 1864, after a shipment of 34 arrived in Paris from Mexico. Thousands more were then bred as scientists across Europe marveled at their strange appearance and ability to breathe with both lungs and gills.

    Researchers later discovered that axolotls can also absorb oxygen through their skin – making them particularly vulnerable to dirty water – and regenerate amputated limbs and damaged body tissue, creating intense interest in their genes.

    Earlier this year, a team of scientists in Germany said they had mapped the complete axolotl genome, revealing it to be 10 times longer than the human genome, which gives researchers more scope to pinpoint the mechanisms for regeneration.

“You can actually take a primordial piece of the tissue that’s going to form its eye and transplant it into the space around the gut and the axolotl will regenerate and form a whole eye there,” said Randal Voss, a University of Kentucky scientist and director of the world’s largest axolotl laboratory.

    But whether they have a future outside the laboratory will largely depend on whether Xochimilco’s booming tilapia and carp populations can be controlled.

    The fish were introduced in the 1970s by the government as part of a nutrition program. But their taste for axolotl eggs and juveniles was not considered.

    Industrial-scale fishing earlier this year removed tonnes of them from Xochimilco. But the effort has run out of funding.

    Claudia Sheinbaum, set to take over as Mexico City’s next mayor in December and herself a scientist, said in a recent interview that she wants the capital’s water infrastructure overhauled, and the raw sewage that pollutes the Xochimilco canals when heavy rains overwhelm the aging pipes to be contained.

    POP CULTURE APPEAL

    Its future hanging in the balance, the axolotl has for years played an outsized cultural role in Mexico and beyond.

    In Aztec legend, the desperate rebel god Xolotl transformed himself into an axolotl to hide and avoid his own sacrifice at the hands of his fellow gods. He was still discovered, captured and killed.

    Axolotls have appeared in Diego Rivera’s murals and Pokemon video games. They even helped inspire the look of the main character Toothless in DreamWorks Animation’s hit “How to Train Your Dragon” movies.

    “There’s definitely a cuteness that comes through. The way it stands, the way its eyes are, the shape of its mouth,” said Simon Otto, head of character animation for the films.

    The third installment of the series due out in March draws heavily on rare albino axolotls for a new character, he said.

    A few pinkish-white amphibians wiggle around in aquariums at Horacio Mena’s axolotl laboratory on the UNAM campus. But most are grey or black, better suited to avoid predators.

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    Some move toward the edge of the glass and even appear to make eye contact with approaching visitors.

Mena explained how the new sanctuaries will be stocked over the coming months to give the species a new foothold.

    “My dream is to see them live freely,” he said, “and return to this mythical part of Mexico that is Xochimilco.”

Reporting by David Alire Garcia in Mexico City; Additional reporting by Frank Jack Daniel and Diego Ore in Mexico City; Editing by Dave Graham and Matthew Lewis

‘Majhi Pandharichi Maay’ song from film Mauli released

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Nov
20

For the past few weeks, the team of Mauli have been busy unveiling the posters and teasers of the film. Last week, the team of Mauli, including the lead actor Riteish Deshmukh and the actress Saiyami Kher, disclosed the coming soon of the first song from the film with sharing pictures with the director and the music makers.

With that now, on the occasion of Kartiki Ekadashi today, Riteish Deshmukh took to Twitter to release the song ‘Majhi Pandharichi Maay’ from the film. Previously the actor announced the release of his film’s teaser poster on the auspicious occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi and even on Diwali he unveiled the poster and the teaser of the film through social media.

Through the song, the makers have tried to bring the essence of the annual Pandharpur yatra wherein thousands of devotees walk miles to the pilgrimage. The warkaris are donned in white and the same has been incorporated in this song. The lyrics of the song Majhi Pandharichi Maay has been written by Ajay Atul and Guru Thaakur and the music is by the famous duo Ajay Atul.

Directed by Aditya Sarpotdar, produced by Genelia Deshmukh and written by Kshitij Patwardhan, the film stars Riteish Deshmukh as a police officer alongside Saiyami Kher and is slated to release on December 14.

You can listen to the song here:

Here’s what Riteish Deshmukh tweeted:

iOS 12.1 Jailbreak Available for the New iPhones

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Nov
20

Jailbreaking used to be essential for iOS users, but as iPhones evolved and Apple improved its security, jailbreak began to become impossible to realize. For a long period of time developers were not able to jailbreak the latest iOS versions. However, at one point iOS 10 was finally cracked, and it seems that the jailbreaking community has not stopped since.

Recently we received some major news. It appears that developers managed to crack the latest iOS version, iOS 12.1, on the latest iPhone released, iPhone XS Max. This is something that appeared impossible just a couple of weeks ago.

iOS 12.1 jailbreak

Liang Chen, a Tencent KeenLab researcher was the one who managed to crack iPhone XS Max on iOS 12.1. He made the big announcement on Twitter, giving jailbreak fans hope once again. Nonetheless, if you are hoping to use this jailbreak for this device, you shouldn’t celebrate the news already.

We don’t know for sure whether Liang Chen is going to make the jailbreak available for the public. There are many researchers who decide not to share their codes with the public. In fact, releasing them to the public is not the most profitable option for them. They can choose to report the vulnerabilities they found to Apple, or they can sell the codes to third-party developers.

What does jailbreak do?

Even if Chen does not release his jailbreak, it is proof that it is possible to crack iPhone XS Max on iOS 12.1, which means that we might get the jailbreak in the future. You can jailbreak your phone if you want to remove all the limitations set by Apple. With jailbreak you can use features which you can’t get otherwise, and you can customise your device any way you want to.

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Hunter Texidor was born and raised in Toronto. He has written for Billboard, The Prague Post and Passport Magazine. In regards to academics, Sage earn his BBA from Mcmaster in Hamilton. Hunter covers business and economy stories here at Billionaire 365.

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USA roll past Singapore to earn first-ever promotion to WCL Division Two

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Nov
19

United States of America 162 for 5 (Malhotra 66*, Abhiraj 2-24) beat Singapore 161 (Dutta 30, Netravalkar 3-19) by five wickets

USA’s struggles to get past WCL Division Three finally came to an end on Monday at the Oman Cricket Academy as the side cruised to victory over Singapore by five wickets. After failing in four prior attempts – 2011 in Hong Kong, 2013 in Bermuda, 2014 in Malaysia and 2017 in Uganda – USA claimed the remaining promotion berth on offer, finishing in second place thanks to this win and joining Oman in Division Two next April in Namibia.

Needing to overcome a significant deficit behind USA at the start of the day on the net run-rate tiebreaker, Singapore lost a crucial toss and were sent in to bat. Had they batted second, Singapore would’ve needed to chase any USA total in roughly 35 overs to overtake USA on the tiebreaker, but the Asian side struggled to pace their innings on a flat wicket.

Singapore got off to a solid start powered by Aritra Dutta, reaching 74 for 1 in 16 overs. At that stage, they were clearly targeting a score in excess of 250 as they would have needed to bowl out USA by a victory margin of at least 65 runs to beat them on net run-rate. But they overreached in their hyper-aggressive approach following the excellent early platform, and wound up crumbling for 161 in 43.1 overs.

Dutta fell on the first ball of the 17th over, missing a sweep to legspinner Timil Patel and was given leg before for 30, a sign of things to come for Singapore. Anish Paraam then charged left-arm spinner Nosthush Kenjige three overs later, who adjusted his length with a quicker ball that resulted in a simple stumping for 20.

The biggest blow to Singapore came in the 24th over when captain Chetan Suryawanshi tried to late cut Kenjige and chopped the ball into the ground seemingly through the vacant slip region and set off for a run. But wicketkeeper Jaskaran Malhotra knifed the ball off a short hop and whipped the bails off with Suryawanshi well out of his crease to make it 109 for 4. Singapore then went the next nine overs without a boundary as runs dried up through Timil and more legspin from Hayden Walsh.

Captain Saurabh Netravalkar’s second spell put Singapore down for the count. He struck twice in the 40th and then once more in the 44th for the final wicket, as Walsh helped him out on two of the three wickets with superb diving catches at extra cover.

The result was that Singapore needed to hold USA to 96 or less in order to win and surpass USA’s net run-rate. But rather than opting to open with spin, an area USA had struggled with throughout the week, their medium pacers were torn apart in the five-over session before lunch as USA reached 44 for 1, the lone wicket falling when spin was finally brought on in the last over before the break.

Back to back boundaries in the 17th over by Aaron Jones took USA past the promotion target of 96. The match target of 162 was eventually passed in the 26th over with a single over cover from Roy Silva. Malhotra ended the match unbeaten on 66.

Grim search for 993 missing after deadliest California wildfire

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Nov
19

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – Authorities on Sunday sifted through the charred wreckage of California’s deadliest ever wildfire, searching for any signs of the 993 people now listed as missing after the Camp Fire tore through the mountain town of Paradise.

The number of believed missing fell 283 late on Sunday, down from 1,276 people, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, but gave no other details.

The remains of 77 people have been recovered, officials said late on Sunday. The blaze ignited on Nov. 8 was 65 percent contained, up from 60 percent earlier in the day.

Rain is forecast for the area this week, potentially helping douse the flames, but raising the risk of floods and mudslides that will swell the misery of 46,000 people under evacuation orders.

Many refugees from the fire have taken up temporary residence with friends and relatives, while others have pitched tents or were camping out of their vehicles.

The death toll far surpasses the previous fatality record from a single California wildfire – 29 in the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles – and already ranks among the deadliest U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century.

Eighty-seven people perished in the Big Burn firestorm that swept the Northern Rockies in August 1910. Minnesota’s Cloquet Fire in October 1918 killed 450 people.

In Paradise, the flames moved so fast that some victims died in their cars in a chaotic evacuation as gridlock formed on the two exit routes out of town.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said the list of the missing is compiled using information received from a special hotline, as well as emails and emergency-911 calls that came in during the first chaotic hours of the blaze.

Authorities said some of those listed likely survived but have not yet notified family or officials, either because they lack phone service or were unaware anyone was looking for them.

In Paradise, home to nearly 27,000 people before the Camp Fire struck, two forensic anthropologists for the University of Nevada, Reno, were helping firefighters on Saturday sort through the wreckage at a mobile home park for senior citizens.

Firefighters peeled back the metal sheet of a collapsed roof as the anthropologists picked up charred bone fragments, sorting them into paper bags.

Roger Fielding, chief deputy coroner with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, said each site was treated as a crime scene, with every step of recovery documented with photographs.

“Our job is to pick up any items that might reflect who this person might be,” he said.

THOUSANDS OF HOMES DESTROYED

Besides the toll on human life, property losses from the blaze make it the most destructive in California history, posing the additional challenge of providing long-term shelter for many thousands of displaced residents.

At last count, the Camp Fire had destroyed more than 13,600 homes and other structures, authorities said late on Sunday.

Up to 4 inches (10 cm) of rain is expected to fall from late Tuesday through Friday in the Sierra foothills, said Patrick Burke, a forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

“It’ll bring much needed relief to the firefighters and to the air quality, but there’s a potential for dangerous mudslides wherever vegetation is burned away on slopes and hills,” Burke said.

Up to 2 inches of rain is also expected to fall on southern California this week, where the Woolsey Fire claimed at least three lives.

That blaze was 88 percent contained on Sunday, authorities said, with full containment expected on Thanksgiving Thursday.

The precise causes of the both fires were under investigation, but electric utilities have reported equipment problems in the vicinity of both blazes around the time they erupted.

PGE Corp has said it could face liability that exceeds its insurance coverage if its equipment were found to have caused the Camp Fire.

On Friday, the company reported to regulators a second power-line outage that it experienced in Butte County on the morning of Nov. 8 when the Camp Fire started.

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During a visit to both fire zones on Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump blamed the recent spate of wildfires on forest mismanagement, and he said he discussed the issue with California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom.

Scientists say the growing frequency and intensity of wildfires in California and elsewhere across the U.S. West are largely attributable to prolonged drought symptomatic of climate change.

Reporting by Terray Sylvester; Additional reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta and Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Clarence Fernandez

Latest picture from DeepVeer’s wedding

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Nov
19

Ranveer Singh, being his quirky self, made sure that he follows all the traditional rituals according to the culture but at the same time also ensured that he does not miss out on being his quirky self. After tying the knot in a traditional Konkani style, Ranveer and Deepika repeated their wedding vows in the Sindhi style the following day.

On the second day, Ranveer Singh made his dramatic entry with his baaraati in a yacht. The actor also reportedly danced on some Bollywood songs which included, ‘Meri Pant Bhi Sexy’, ‘Chunari Chunari’, One Two Ka Four’ and others.

iPhone XS Max, iOS 12.1 to Get Jailbroken

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Nov
19

While Jailbreaking an iPhone is getting harder by the rendition, the iOS 12.1 recently demonstrated that programmers are one stage in front of Apple. The iOS 12.1 was as of late Jailbroken and the primary gadget that helped them in doing it was the iPhone XS Max

Tencent KeenLab scientist Liang Chen affirmed on Twitter that he has figured out how to pwn the iPhone XS Max on iOS 12.1, revealed Softpedia. He affirms that the times of Jailbreaking are not dead yet.

You cannot jailbreak it by yourself

Nonetheless, on the off chance that you are presently believing that you also could Jailbreak into your iPhone XS Max, you should stop. Few out of every odd programmer/engineer who Jailbreaks into Apple’s gadgets, as a rule, give out their strategies. Such specialists don’t give out their technique and decline to publically release their codes. They would either pitch them to outsider engineers and programmers or would report the equivalent to Apple to enable them to fix the future operating systems. These are either moral programmers or the awful ones.

As we probably are aware as of now, jailbreaking isn’t some tea given just like that, that has a considerable effect on security, however at any rate this methodology lifts a portion of the confinements executed by Apple and makes it conceivable to get to highlights that aren’t generally conceivable on an iPhone, as expressed by Softpedia. While this could be likely solid as uplifting news to a couple of numerous out there, it unquestionably implies more work for Apple’s designers to make a beeline for their security machines to assemble significantly more grounded support for their future gadgets.

The Jailbreak shows that it is right now conceivable to break into Apple’s iOS 12.1. However there is no certification that the code will be discharged or made publically accessible for individuals to utilize and break into their own gadgets.

Hunter Texidor

Hunter Texidor was born and raised in Toronto. He has written for Billboard, The Prague Post and Passport Magazine. In regards to academics, Sage earn his BBA from Mcmaster in Hamilton. Hunter covers business and economy stories here at Billionaire 365.

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Marsh brothers offer Western Australia hope

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Nov
18

South Australia 251 268 (Nielsen 82, Cooper 49, Kelly 5-61) lead Western Australia 207 4 for 146 (S Marsh 72*, M Marsh 44, Worrall 3-58) by 166 runs

A fluent unbeaten half-century from Shaun Marsh has given Western Australia a chance at chasing a big fourth innings total of 313 against South Australia at Adelaide Oval.

Marsh and his younger brother Mitchell steadied with an 83-run stand for the third wicket on day three after the chase started with the early loss of Josh Philippe and Hilton Cartwright.

Philippe was adjudged lbw to Daniel Worrall for 6, despite possibly getting an inside edge. Cartwright edged a half volley from Nick Winter to leave Western Australia 2 for 24.

But the Marsh brothers took control. Shaun Marsh continued his form cruising to 72 not out following his century in the third ODI against South Africa.

Mitchell Marsh was eventually undone on 44, bowled through the gate by an off cutter from Worrall. Ashton Turner became Worrall’s 10th victim of the match four balls later. Shaun Marsh and Will Bosisto made it through to stumps, WA still needing 167 to win with six wickets in hand.

Earlier, Redbacks wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen made a vital 82 to help the home side set a fourth innings chase of over 300. It was Nielsen’s second score in excess of 50 in Sheffield Shield after making a century on debut last summer.

He was ably supported by Tom Cooper (49) and Nick Winter (38). Warriors pacer Matt Kelly picked up the last two wickets of the innings, including Nielsen, to finish with 5 for 61.

Cricket: England beat Sri Lanka by 57 runs to bag series

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Nov
18

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Off-spinner Moeen Ali struck twice in three deliveries as England completed a 57-run victory in the second test against Sri Lanka on the final day on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach picked up the final wicket of the Sri Lanka innings to complete a maiden five-wicket haul in his third test with the hosts all out for 243.

Sri Lanka, who resumed the final day on 226-7 needing 75 for victory, kept the England spinners at bay for 15 minutes in the morning before Moeen dismissed Niroshan Dickwella, who was caught at slip by Ben Stokes for 35.

The off-spinner then sent back Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal for a duck two deliveries later.

Malinda Pushpakumara spooned a catch straight back to Leach as England completed their first away series win in tests since they won in South Africa at the beginning of 2016.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

See how DeepVeer’s guards enjoyed at the event

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Nov
18

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iOS 12.1 Jailbreak Demoed On The iPhone XS Max – Here’s What To Expect

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Nov
18

It’s been a little over a week since the arrival of iOS 12.1. The new build brings gigantic features to the table such as Group FaceTime, 70 above new emoji characters and more. Now, we’re hearing something different, something which would entice users interesting in jailbreaking their iPhone. That’s right, iOS 12.1 jailbreak has been demoed recently, running on Apple’s latest A12-powered iPhone XS Max. Let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.

iOS 12.1 Jailbreak Demoed Running On The A12-Powered iPhone XS Max

A new photo has been posted on Twitter by Liang Chen of Keen Lab which confirms iOS 12.1 jailbreak running on the latest iPhone XS Max. This is the first known iOS 12.1 jailbreak running on Apple’s 6.5-inch flagship. However, don’t get your hopes up just yet as Keen lab is not known for releasing its jailbreak to the general public. With that said, don’t expect an iOS 12.1 jailbreak to be released anytime soon.

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What makes sense to the company is probably selling the exploit to the highest bidder or a private company for a hefty price. Nonetheless, it is good to see that Apple’s latest iOS build is jailbreak-able. Lian mentioned in his tweet that he will be demonstrating the iOS 12.1 jailbreak at POC 2018 this Friday.

We would also like to point that a public jailbreak could possibly be released if a hacker or developer finds the exploit. iOS exploits are not converted into jailbreak at once, it depends on the developer whether he wishes to release a jailbreak tool to the public or sell it to a private company.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the matter. Would you be willing to jailbreak your iPhone XS, XS Max or iPhone XR? Plus, do you think an iOS 12.1 jailbreak is imminent? Let us know in the comments.

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Rutherford ton makes India A’s pacers toil

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Nov
17

New Zealand A 176 for 1 (Rutherford 106*, Young 49) trail India A 467 for 8 dec (Parthiv 94, Vihari 86, Shankar 62, Tickner 4-80) by 291 runs

The lower-order trio of Parthiv Patel, Vijay Shankar and K Gowtham propelled India A to 467 for 8 on the second day of their first unofficial Test against New Zealand A, after which the hosts put on a solid batting show to finish on 176 for 1. Opener Hamish Rutherford crunched his 13th first-class hundred following India A’s declaration post lunch. In the afternoon, the India A bowlers toiled for 55 overs to prise out a solitary wicket. With two more days of play remaining, New Zealand A trail by 291.

Parthiv, batting on 79 overnight, fell six short of a 27th first-class ton after edging Blair Tickner’s medium pace to the keeper. But Shankar and Gowtham added 89 in a ninth-wicket stand that took them past 450 before India A captain Ajinkya Rahane declared in the 123rd over. Tickner’s dismissal of Gowtham on 47 was his fourth wicket; he finished with figures of 4 for 80.

It took India A almost 38 overs to earn their first wicket as New Zealand A’s opening pair of Rutherford and Will Young added 121. Fast bowlers Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj went wicketless, as did Shankar off his medium pace. The only India A wicket-taker was Gowtham, whose offspin dismissed the captain Young one short of a 28th first-class half-century. But Rutherford pushed on, reaching his ton in 155 deliveries, and by stumps, New Zealand A ensured they lost no further wicket. Rutherford’s innings featured 16 fours and a six.

California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

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Nov
17

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – Forensic recovery teams pressed their search for more victims in the flame-ravaged northern California town of Paradise on Friday as authorities sought clues to the fate of about 1,000 people reported missing in the state’s deadliest wildfire on record.

Remains of at least 71 people have been recovered in and around a Sierra foothills hamlet that was home to nearly 27,000 residents before the town, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, was largely incinerated by the deadly Camp Fire on the night of Nov. 8.

More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 45 percent of the blaze’s perimeter, up from 35 percent a day earlier, even as the burned landscape grew slightly to 142,000 acres (57,000 hectares).

Besides the toll on human life, property losses from the blaze make it the most destructive in California history, posing the additional challenge of providing long-term shelter for many thousands of displaced residents.

With more than 9,800 homes up in smoke, many refugees from the fire have taken up temporary residence with friends and family, while others have pitched tents or were camping out of their vehicles.

At least 1,100 evacuees were being housed in 14 emergency shelters set up in churches, schools and community centers around the region, with more than 47,000 people in all remaining under evacuation orders, authorities said.

Search teams with cadaver dogs, meanwhile, combed through charred, rubble-strewn expanses of burned-out neighborhoods looking for bodies.

On Friday night, Butte County Sheriff Korea Honea said the remains of eight more fire victims were recovered during the day, bringing the death toll to 71. That far surpasses the previous fatality record from a single California wildfire – 29 in the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.

‘RAW DATA’

Honea said the total roster of people unaccounted for had swelled to 1,011 – up from the 630 names posted Thursday night and well more than triple the number counted as missing on Thursday afternoon.

“This is a dynamic list,” Honea told reporters, saying it was compiled from “raw data” that likely included some duplication of names reported with more than one spelling.

Honea said it was too soon to conjecture on the fate of those on the list, noting that as of Friday, 329 individuals previously reported missing had turned up alive.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for any of us to sit and speculate about what the future holds.”

The names were being compiled from information received from a special hotline, along with email reports and a review of emergency-911 calls that came in on the first night of the fire, Honea said.

Some listed have likely survived but not yet notified family or authorities, either because they lack phone service or were unaware anyone was looking for them, authorities said. Others may not have been immediately listed because of delays in reporting them.

HISTORIC PROPORTIONS

The disaster already ranks among the deadliest U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century. Eighty-seven people perished in the Big Burn firestorm that swept the Northern Rockies in August of 1910. Minnesota’s Cloquet Fire in October of 1918 killed 450 people.

Authorities attribute the Camp Fire’s high death toll partly to the speed with which flames raced through the town with little advance warning, driven by howling winds and fueled by drought-desiccated scrub and trees.

Weather conditions have since turned more to firefighters’ favor, though strong, gusty winds and lower humidity were expected to return late Saturday through early Sunday, ahead of rain showers in the forecast for mid-week.

The rain is good news for fire crews but will add to the misery of evacuees camping outdoors, including at least 300 people living in a tent village that sprang up in the parking lot of a Walmart store.

That spot lies in a flood plain, so occupants are being urging to vacate the parking lot by Sunday afternoon, said Bryan May, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services.

Outbreak of the Camp Fire coincided with a series of smaller blazes in Southern California, most notably the Woolsey Fire, which is linked to three fatalities and has destroyed at least 500 structures near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles. It was 78 percent contained on Friday night.

Scientists have said the growing frequency and intensity of wildfires in California and elsewhere across the West are largely attributable to prolonged drought that is symptomatic of climate change.

The precise causes of the Camp and Woolsey Fires were under investigation, but electric utilities have reported equipment problems in the vicinity of both blazes around the time they erupted.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken to Twitter to blame the recent spate of fires on forest mismanagement, was due to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents. Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom planned to join Trump on his tour.

Smoke from the Camp Fire has spread broadly. Public schools in Sacramento 90 miles (150 km) to the south, and as far away as San Francisco and Oakland, canceled classes on Friday because of poor air quality.

Reporting by Terray Sylvester; additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee, Jonathan Allen in New York; Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Writing by Nick Carey, Bill Trott and Steve Gorman; editing by Grant McCool, Clive McKeef Shri Navaratnam

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While Jailbreaking an iPhone is getting tougher by the version, the iOS 12.1 just showed that hackers are one step ahead of Apple. The iOS 12.1 was recently Jailbroken and the first device that helped them succeed was the iPhone XS Max.

Tencent KeenLab researcher Liang Chen confirmed on Twitter that he has managed to pwn the iPhone XS Max on iOS 12.1, reported Softpedia. He confirms that the days of Jailbreaking are not dead yet.

However, if you are now thinking that you too could Jailbreak into your iPhone XS Max, stop here. Not every hacker/developer who Jailbreaks into Apple’s devices usually give out their methods. Such researchers don’t give out their method and refuse to publically release their codes. They would either sell them to third-party developers and hackers or would report the same to Apple to help them patch the future operating systems. These are either ethical hackers or the bad ones.

‘As we know already, jailbreaking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea given the more or less substantial impact it has on security, but at least this procedure lifts some of the restrictions implemented by Apple and makes it possible to access features that aren’t otherwise possible on an iPhone,’ stated Softpedia. While this could probably sound as good news to a few many out there, it definitely means more work for Apple’s developers to head back to their security machines to build an even stronger reinforcement for their future devices.

The Jailbreak does show that it is currently possible to break into Apple’s iOS 12.1, but there is no guarantee that the code will be released or made publically available for people to use and break into their own devices. For now, Chen has shown this as a proof of concept and he will be presenting the Jialbreak at the POC 2018. He will still not be displaying the specifics at the event.

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Joe Root said that he had batted like a “reverse swan” – visibly frantic but internally calm – after his brilliant second-innings hundred had helped carry England into a position of authority on the third day at Pallekele.

Root made 124 from 146 balls, with ten fours and two sixes, as England reached 324 for 9 before rain brought about an early finish. It was his 15th Test century, and one of his best yet, as it helped to build a lead of 278 – a priceless advantage going into the fourth innings on a spinning deck.

“To start I felt a bit all over the place, a bit hectic,” Root told Sky Sports. “I was like a reverse swan – I felt quite calm underneath but the legs were flapping on the outside.

“It was just about trying to get the bowlers to bowl in the areas you want to, take a few risks early, and get used to how the surface is playing.

“Once I’d got to about 20-odd, and got a few boundaries away, I felt I was picking the lengths in terms of sweeping. It made things a lot easier, and I was able to start working out a really good method on that surface.”

Root’s methods were a continuation of England’s unconventional approach to Asian conditions – having been guilty of dying wondering on their more recent visits to the subcontinent, most notably during their 4-0 defeat in India two years ago, they have resolved on this trip to keep the runs coming instead of waiting for the unplayable ball to send them on the way.

“Those are the guys’ natural games,” he said. “You’ve got to play to your advantage, and we’ve certainly done that throughout this tour with the bat.”

“The guys have not been shy of experimenting. They’ve been trying to develop themselves and with that it gives the team a better opportunity to score on a wide range of circumstances. Even when we lost wickets in a cluster, we still managed to score at 4.5/5 an over at times. It felt at no point were we under real big amounts of pressure, we were exerting it back on to them.”

Root admitted that calculated risks had been one aspect of England’s play, but said that there had been moments when run-scoring was a obvious option that stone-walled defence.

“You try to play it on the line,” he said. “a left-arm spinner bowling outside off stump, you might want to sweep. It’s free shot, it’s not going to hit the stumps or get you lbw, so it might be a better option than playing from the straight.

“Similarly for the offspinners, you want to mess around with the lines and which areas are best for them to bowl at. You play little individual games, you and your partner at the other end, and the best thing about it was that we kept the board going at a really good rate, which was credit to the guys to come out and play that way.

“We’re not going to get it right all the time but we’ve given ourselves a chance in this game,” he said. “And if we bowl well on this surface we’ll hopefully create at least ten chances.”

Root paid particular tribute to Rory Burns, who made his first Test half-century at the top of the order, and set the tone for England’s approach in spite of the early loss of the nightwatchman, Jack Leach.

“Losing Leach early, we had a bit of a deficit so there was the temptation to go into our shells, but the guys played with freedom, good courage, but with respect to some good balls out there as well.

“Burns came out to bat with calmness, in control of what he’s trying to do, he was unflappable if you like. When you watch him bat, he has everything there to go on and have a really good Test career.”

The overnight rain threatens to add an extra layer of intrigue to Sri Lanka’s run-chase, as and when it gets underway at the fall of England’s final wicket.

“It’ll be interesting to see how the pitch plays with this amount of rain tonight,” said Root. “If it tacks it up and makes it spin a bit more, or holds it together a bit better. The most important thing is that we recognise what it’s going to be like and adapt very quickly.

“We may have over-attacked with some of the fields in the first innings, we saw it spin and got a bit giddy, myself in particular, but it might just be that we have to hold a bit longer, be a bit more patient and hit the stumps more often.”

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