Failure to Appear January 28Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentAlexandria Casey, 24, Salem
23 August 2007South Africa has agreed to help finance several major infrastructure projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including the construction of a new terminal at Kinshasa’s N’Djili International Airport and a deep sea port at Banana on the Atlantic coast.South Africa has also agreed to provide funds for the rehabilitation and modernization of the Inga Hydro-electric Dam, one of the biggest projects to be implemented under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).This emerged after the fourth session of the South Africa-DRC Binational Commission, co-chaired by South African President Thabo Mbeki and DRC President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa on Tuesday.According to the DRC’s foreign ministry, Mbeki and Kabila conducted a review of existing co-operation agreements between the two countries, and signed new agreements in the fields of health and transport.Areas covered by the existing SA-DRC agreements include telecommunications, mining and energy, infrastructure development and tourism.South Africa Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Vincent Hlongwane told BuaNews that the new agreement on transport dealt mainly with how South Africa could help the DRC improve its airports and roads infrastructure.“In terms of health, it is about collaboration in immunisation programmes and the secondment of some health officials, because the DRC has a malaria problem and South Africa has expertise in dealing with that,” Hlongwane said.South Africa has been heavily involved in post-conflict reconstruction and development in the DRC, after being one of the key players in facilitating the DRC’s first democratic elections in July 2006.South African organisations printed the ballots for the elections, distributed them across the vast, resource-rich nation and gave IT support during the counting process.South Africa also has a peacekeeping contingent serving under the United Nations Mission in the DRC.During President Kabila’s state visit to South Africa in June, both he and Mbeki pledged to strengthen the links between the two countries even further.Source: BuaNews
The Boonville Police Department is warning residents about a phone scam going around.Officers said the caller claims that your social security number has been used, and that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.The caller will then request that you push “1” for more information.“They are trying to gather your personal information to use,” the department wrote in a press release. “Social Security has no authority to issue warrants.”If you get a call like this, hang up immediately.
The sandfish lizard spends most of its life buried in the sand—emerging only to eat, poop, and make love. This lifestyle helps the lizard evade the sweltering desert heat in the Middle East and North Africa, but it causes another problem: inhaling sand particles. Yet when scientists looked into the respiratory tract and lungs of five dead lizards, they couldn’t find a single grain of sand. They couldn’t find an obvious filter in the lizard’s respiratory system, either. Puzzled, the scientists attached sensors to the chests of living lizards and studied their breathing patterns. They found the lizards breathe out with about 60% more intensity inside their sandy burrows than when they are aboveground, which might allow them to expel sand particles from their nostrils. The scientists also estimated a 70% drop in the speed of inhaled air when it hits the widest section of the lizard’s respiratory tract. This likely means that as the air slows down, sand particles fall and get trapped in mucus and cilia that line the section, the scientists report today in the Journal of Experimental Biology. From there, some particles are blown out during exhalation and others are swallowed, after which they pass through the digestive tract and out of the body. At least, that’s the latest theory, supported by the fact that the lizards’ guts were full of sand.