War on acacias with new arsenal

The war on mimosas smells of pesticide and tiredness. “Our grandparents planted them for the vineyard, they didn’t know they left us a plague”, reflects with regret the president of the Ridimoas Association, Pablo Rodríguez, with his hands still tired from the effort. A few hours before I was cutting acacia trees in the O Ribeiro mountain, as they have been doing in the entity for more than 40 years … and in the next 40?

The truth is that new solutions are constantly being sought in the battle against this invasive species. No wonder: the latest National Forest Inventory estimates that Mimosas, or Acacia dealbata, occupy almost 1,790 hectares in the province of Ourense alone, and – despite the fact that the Galician Forestry Law prohibits planting it – its presence continues to increase. “It’s a tremendous problem,” summarizes Rodríguez.

The peculiar arms race against this plant enemy has several fronts, from the university to the forest communities or environmental associations. “The challenge we have is to eliminate acacias and at the same time favor the recovery of the natural flora; we must get native species to compete better than invasive ones”, Explains the professor at the University of Vigo Luis González, who has thoroughly studied the presence of acacias in the Ourense mountains.

Debarking, an ecological method

The community members of Mount Lobeira, in Vilanova de Arousa, ran into a problem: an acacia forest had grown on a spring that supplies the nearby towns, so using the usual pesticides -which are toxic to humans- was not One option. “A colleague had told me about a method that could help us in this case: debarking,” explains forestry engineer Carmen Rial.

The recipe is clear: you have to tear off the bark of each acacia, from the ground up to 1.30 meters high -at chest height-, with the aim of cutting off the flow of sap. “The effects take a while to be seen -develops Rial-, in a week the leaves already change color, and after a year the acacias are dead and dry, ready to cut down.” The key, he adds, is to ensure that the roots are dry, so that the plant does not regrow.

In Mount Lobeira they are now at this point, and they are optimistic about the process – “the fact of not applying chemical products is already good, it is more respectful of nature,” says Rial – and with the expected result. The environmental association Adega corroborates the good results: “We have been debarking for 12 years, not the Tea River and we have the results, but -in addition, we advocate for the least possible use of chemical products- we understand that there are areas of Ourense with such a concentration of mimosas that there are to undertake various methods, “says Ramsés Pérez, environmental educator of the entity.

Professor Luis González agrees in the assessment – “In our experience, the technique of barking has a 100% effectiveness in young trees, between five and six years,” he says, but points out another drawback: “It takes a lot of time and hand of work; that is, a lot of money ”. Therefore, communities in the areas most affected by the spread of mimosas are skeptical of the technique. Rodriguez, from Ridimoas, points out that in his area acacias number in the millions: “We did a lot of tests, but with these figures we have to be practical,” he laments.

From the drill to the salt water

Debarking is not the only avenue being explored as an alternative to chemicals. Another technique explored by UVigo is cCut the plant to the height of the cane and apply the herbicide directly. “You end up with the plant in question and around the year,” says González, but comments as an inconvenience that it cannot be carried out in very large areas, since it requires applying the product quickly, with the tree just felled.


“Another technique is with the drill: you make a hole and apply the product inside, which is much more effective and faster than the previous ones,” he explains. Looking to the future, Gonzalez puts his hopes in the “promising results” they are getting in experiments that replace the herbicide with salt water, which greatly reduces the cost.

However, the biologist warns that “the field is very different from the experimental plots”, a statement with which they agree from Ridimoas: “At the moment we have not found any alternative solution that will serve us”, concludes Pablo Rodríguez.

A century and a half of continuous expansion

In a short time, a road trip along the banks of the Miño will be marked by the intense yellow of the mimosas in bloom, a landscape so characteristic of several areas of the province that many residents may think that these trees have always been there. The reality, however, is that the mimosas entered Ourense 150 years ago, and since then they have been expanding, invading the land of oak and chestnut trees and damaging the plant and animal biodiversity of the province.

“As acacias compete for less resources than the Galician autochthonous varieties, and also change to the constitution of chan, or that makes it difficult for local flora to grow”, highlights González. Acacials create lush, impenetrable spaces where other plants will not grow. They are also trees with a prodigious capacity for reproduction, through their roots and seeds: “You have to be constantly cornering and cutting, it is impossible to end them,” says Rodríguez. The war against acacias, for the moment, does not seem to have an end.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

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Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

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Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at https://t.co/qtPYF1CahM! #FrostGiant pic.twitter.com/NRFfu64qCU

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020


StarCraft 2 stops producing content 10 years after launch, but Blizzard will keep it alive

It seems that new games based on the franchise are not being ruled out, with no sequel announced yet.

In July 2010 it was put on sale StarCraft 2, a game that has remained the dominant RTS as it was with its predecessor. Now, Blizzard announces the cessation of development of new content for this title, which means that we will not have more commanders or chests to buy. But that does not necessarily mean that he will die.

Of course, the lack of news will put off many players, but the servers will remain active as up to now and their developers have confirmed that we will continue to have updates with balance adjustments and bug fixes, “focusing primarily on what matters most to our core and competitive community.”

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Qualifying this last point, Blizzard ensures that SC2 will continue to maintain its usual representation in the eSports scene from the hand of ESL Gaming and GSL. What about the IP as such? In the past, the Warcraft fathers had no qualms about listing their most relevant games for the future. Right now StarCraft doesn’t have a sequel on the horizon, but it seems that something like this is not ruled out.

Or at least, it is what can be read between the lines following the closing of the entry. Producer Rob Bridenbecker concludes, “We will keep you posted on any and all plans we have for future forays into the Koprulu sector.” In the absence of something more specific, we remind you that Blizzard has announced Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV (plus the spin-off Immortal) as well as the imminent expansion Shadowlands WoW, so it will surely be a while until we see their next big game.

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Meghan Markle was accused of plagiarizing a speech

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October 16 2020, 12:02 pm

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Meghan Markle spoke last Tuesday at the Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit on a more than current topic: the tremendous impact that social networks generate.

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The event was organized by Fortune magazine and their participation was highly commented.

“There are very few things in this world where the person who is interacting with it is called a ‘user’. People addicted to drugs are called ‘users’ and people who use social networks, too, ”Meghan said in a section of her presentation.

“They are an addiction,” he added as a reinforcement to this idea and the main reason for his decision to have personal accounts. His ideas were powerful. However, later, a large number of his audience took to Twitter precisely to highlight that Prince Harry’s wife had taken her information from the documentary “The dilemma of social networks” from Netflix.

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