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Thursday March 1st, 2018 night edition

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The conclusion, based on analysis of more than 1,500 studies, makes it highly likely that the neonicotinoid pesticides will be banned from all fields across the EU when nations vote on the issue next month.

Neonicotinoids, which are nerve agents, have been shown to cause a wide range of harm to bees, such as damaging memory and reducing queen numbers.

Jose Tarazona, head of Efsa’s pesticides unit, said: “The availability of such a substantial amount of data has enabled us to produce very detailed conclusions.

There is variability in the conclusions [and] some low risks have been identified, but overall the risk to the three types of bees we have assessed is confirmed.”.

The Efsa assessment includes bumblebees and solitary bees for the first time.

Matt Shardlow, at charity Buglife, said the risk guidance document should be urgently implemented to prevent another pesticide “blunder”.

It banned the use of the three main neonicotinoids on flowering crops, principally oilseed rape, as they were seen as most attractive to bees. »

Dog deemed ‘unadoptable' to become first-ever deaf K-9 in Washington

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0 Dog deemed ‘unadoptable' to become first-ever deaf K-9 in Washington.

He’ll be with Henderson for the rest of his "forever," helping to serve the community as the first deaf dog in Washington state's K-9 history.

Dog deemed ‘unadoptable' to become first-ever deaf K-9 in Washington A dog deemed “unadoptable” -- will become the first-ever deaf K-9 in Washington state. »

Stephanie Peterson: Florida teacher allegedly sent nudes, had sex romps with student

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A FLORIDA high school teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student and sending him nude photos.

According to officials, Peterson — a science teacher at New Smyrna Beach Middle School — began a relationship with an student in the 8th grade in November, Fox News reports.

The victim’s grades began to suffer after the illicit relationship began and she told him they couldn’t tell anyone or they’d get in trouble. »

Street Artist Erects Three Billboards Over Hollywood: "Oscar for Biggest Pedophile Goes to ..."

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With a nod to the Oscar-nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, conservative street artist Sabo has hijacked three billboards in Hollywood to attack the entertainment industry for allegedly shielding pedophiles.

“And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to…” reads one sign.

Until the artist, who goes by the name Sabo, took over the signage early Wednesday, the billboards were legitimate advertisements. »