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  2. In exclusive archive BBC interviews the creators of the 90s TV series talk about their unique vision – and how the eccentric character at its centre, Special Agent Dale Cooper, was based on the director David Lynch's own personality. On 8 April 1990, Twin Peaks viewers were introduced to the brilliant but eccentric FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, who went on to win an Emmy for his performance. With his unfailing courtesy, unconventional but formidable investigative methods, obsessive love of cherry pie and "damn fine" coffee, and his habit of recording dictaphone messages to his unseen secretary, Diane, Agent Cooper quickly became one the decade's most beloved TV detectives. https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20240404-twin-peaks-agent-cooper-tvs-strangest-detective
  3. Cushendall Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Cathal McNaughton said he wanted to "scratch the surface" on a 2023 trip to Ukraine so people could "really see the results of war". "There aren't many soldiers, machinery or explosions featured but... you can see that war is never far away. "This is what life is like for the people of Ukraine." McNaughton won the Pulitzer in 2018 for his work covering the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar. His most recent work 'Searching for the Normal' is on display in Belfast Exposed. McNaughton hopes it will highlight the "new normal" for people in Ukraine face living on the frontline of conflict. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-68735037
  4. Humans experience awe in the face of solar eclipses – but how do the other members of the animal kingdom feel when the day briefly turns to night? On very special occasions, when the conditions perfectly align, the Moon conceals the Sun and blackness sweeps across the sky. Although total solar eclipses only last for a few fleeting moments, they can have profound effects on humans, inspiring feelings of awe and wonder. But it's harder to predict how animals will respond when they are plunged into darkness in the daytime. Animals rely on a 24-hour biological clock, known as their circadian rhythms, to control daily behaviours such as sleeping, foraging and hunting. The way eclipses disrupt these ingrained routines is relatively unexplored, as cosmic events are such rare phenomena – occurring in any given place roughly once every 400 years – and also, because not all animals react the same. "[Light] is such a huge cue that affects everything from plants to animals. As biologists we can't turn off the Sun but every now and then, nature turns it off for us," says Cecilia Nilsson, a behavioural ecologist at Lund University in Sweden. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240405-solar-eclipse-2024-effect-on-animals
  5. The Atletico Madrid loanee's acrobatic effort put Barca in front late in the first half and it proved enough to secure three points for the visitors. Victory leaves Xavi's side second, eight points behind leaders Real Madrid who earlier won 1-0 at Mallorca. The top two meet in El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu next Sunday. With the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris St-Germain on Tuesday looming, Xavi made eight changes to the Barcelona side with three teenagers - Pau Cubarsi, Hector Fort and Vitor Roque - included in the starting XI. The changes led to a disjointed performance with few chances created in the first half prior to Joao Felix's moment of magic. After Marcos Alonso's corner looped up off the head of a Cadiz defender, the 24-year-old forward flung himself into the air for a bicycle kick and, despite the close attention of two defenders, found the bottom corner. Fermin Lopez nearly doubled the lead before the break but, with goalkeeper Conan Ledesma beaten, Victor Chust made a crucial goalline block. Barcelona had chances to cement the win in the second half but, having failed to convert them, Cadiz almost to made them pay when substitute Diadie Samassekou's thumping long-range strike drew a fantastic save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen. But the away side held on to start a hugely important week in their season with a victory, while Cadiz stay 18th, three points from safety. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/68809538
  6. Even before the war in Gaza broke out, people in the besieged Palestinian territory had some of the world’s worst rates of mental illness. Israel and Egypt’s blockade of the Mediterranean strip is now 17 years old; a generation has grown up knowing nothing but cyclical escalation, a dire lack of public services and next to no freedom of movement. Research published by Save the Children in 2022 found that four out of five children in Gaza said they live with depression, grief and fear, and three in five were self harming. Since 7 October, the charity found that there has – unsurprisingly – been a dramatic deterioration in children’s mental health. “Children here have seen everything,” one father, Wasseem, told Save the Children researchers. “They’ve seen the bombs, the deaths, the bodies … We can’t pretend to them any more. Now, my son can even tell what types of explosives are falling.” According to Dr Samah Jabr, chair of the Hamas-run Palestinian ministry of health’s mental health unit, experiencing such horrors does not easily translate into the clinical definition of, or treatment for, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tools for evaluating depression, such as the Beck inventory, do not account for circumstances in which anguish is a reasonable response. “If western society considers a car accident traumatic, can we use the same word for the level of atrocity happening in Gaza?” she said in an interview with the Observer. “The clinical description of PTSD captures the experience of, for example, a soldier who goes back home … Trauma in Palestine is collective and continuous. PTSD is when your mind is stuck in a traumatic loop. In Palestine, the loop is reality. The threat is still there. Hypervigilance, avoidance – these symptoms of PTSD are unhelpful to the soldier who went home, but for Palestinians, they can save your life. We see this more as ‘chronic’ traumatic stress disorder.” Jabr, 47, grew up in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. Today, she is in charge of mental health provision across East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. A well-known public speaker and writer on mental health and human rights, she did her first medical degree and clinical rotations during the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising, of the 2000s, which led to an interest in psychiatry and analytic psychotherapy. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/14/mental-health-palestine-children
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  11. C++ is arguably the most powerful programming language as well as being one of the world’s most po[CENSORED]r. It has many pre-defined functions, and libraries which make writing modern, robust C++ a breeze. Using a fast and reliable C++ compiler and IDE is very important for beginners and professionals since it helps C++ developers in remembering which language features exist, how to use them, and even detect errors when we get it wrong. If you are on the hunt for the best C/C++ compilers available today, we highly recommend using a professional C++ compiler with an advanced IDE from the start. Table of Contents What do we mean by C++ Compiler? What is an IDE? What is CLANG and why do I need my C++ compiler to support it? What makes Embarcadero C++ Builder 11 with the CLANG C++ compiler a great choice? What is the C++ Builder Community Edition? What the features of the C++ Builder CE version? Where can I get the C++ Builder Community Edition? See What’s New in RAD Studio 11 Download RAD Studio 11 Now What do we mean by C++ Compiler? There are two types of programming languages: Interpreted and Non-Interpreted (Compiled). All computers (CPU/GPU) work with machine code (code that can be directly programmed by assembler codes) that tells the computer what to do (exe files are this kind of file). This is the most native and fastest code, but it requires writing many lines for simple things and is hard to generalize for all kinds of machines. A Compiler (C or C++ Compiler, etc.) is a computer program that converts one programming language (i.e. C/C++ codes) written with text into executable machine code with a linker. Such code may not be as fast as assembler code, but the difference in speed is very small because both machine code and compiler-based code in text form are much more compatible with other CPU/GPUs and/or with other Operating Systems when you compile them on a machine. This is one reason why C++ is the fastest and most powerful programming language. Interpreted programming languages run inside executable applications like Java, Python, or Visual Basic. This is why they are slower when executing operations, as they need to use compiled libraries for faster operations. Again, they mostly use C/C++ compilers to build these libraries. Using an interpreted programming language is like being carried by a runner, while a compiled (non-interpreted) programming language is like running itself. This subtle difference turns into a huge gap when you run the same routine (i.e. for face recognition) millions of times a millisecond. What is an IDE? An IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is a software application that provides a complete set of features for application development. Code is generally written in text format, and you can easily edit or modify your code using text editors like Notepad, etc. For a developer, beginner or professional, however, a C++ IDE is really important because of powerful tailored features like error highlights, auto code completion, and help system which help with the process of writing the code plus the opportunity to run, test, debug, deploy, merge or transform code to run on other platforms (multiplatform coding) are also important. All these capabilities require a powerful compiler and IDE which is a specialized tool to help developers create and test their code. CLANG is a standard for professional compilers, so the best C++ compiler should be a CLANG compiler What is CLANG and why do I need my C++ compiler to support it? In Windows application development, native C++ compiler and IDE that supports the latest Windows features are very important. Some of the IDEs are not specifically designed for C++ development. Some IDEs are designed only for console application developments. Some are supports with few features, generally, you must install a C++ compiler with a lot of options changes, etc. In modern application development, professional developers use much stronger C++ IDE. If the IDE development company also develops a compiler, these both together work well in integrity. Be sure that your C++ IDE comes with a CLANG-based compiler. Be sure that your IDE also supports, other C++ libraries and standards like Dinkumware standard library, MSBuild/CMake/Ninja support, and po[CENSORED]r libraries like Boost and Eigen. CLANG is considered to be a production-quality C, Objective-C, C++, and Objective-C++ compiler when targeting X86-32, X86-64, and ARM. It is a new C/C++ compiler standard (C++98, C++11, C++17, C++20, C++23 ..) supported by The LLVM Compiler Infrastructure Project, and has been a default compiler in recent years for most C/C++ compilers. This means that if you code for a CLANG compiler, most other IDEs, Compilers of Platforms will support your code without any changes. The latest C++17 standard is supported by most C++ compilers. More information about core language features can be found here. C++ 20 is new and needs adaptation time. We highly recommend you start with or to move to a CLANG Enhanced compilers like Embarcadero’s C++ Builder, which supports the CLANG (C++11, C++ 17) standard and has its own C++ Compiler, IDE, GUI Designer, and more. The C++Builder Standards and Clang Enhanced Compiler features can be found here. In my opinion, If we combine all these above, The Best C++ Compiler and IDE for Windows 10 and Windows 11 is Embarcadero C++ Builder. What makes Embarcadero C++ Builder 11 with the CLANG C++ compiler a great choice? cbuilder 11 512x5121x 3351761 7714427 C++ Builder is the easiest and fastest C and C++ IDE for building simple or professional applications on the Windows, iOS & Android operating systems. It is also easy for beginners to learn with its wide range of samples, tutorials, help files, and LSP support for code. C++ Builder comes with Rapid Application Development Studio, also known as RAD Studio, and C++ Builder is one of the most professional IDEs that work under RAD Studio. It is the oldest IDE (it began as Borland TurboC in 1990 and was later renamed Borland C++ Builder). Under the Embarcadero brand, C++ Builder has continued to grow with loads of great new features, updates, and support. RAD Studio’s C++ Builder version comes with the award-winning VCL framework for high-performance native Windows apps and the powerful FireMonkey (FMX) framework for cross-platform UIs. There is a free C++ Builder Community Edition for students, beginners, and startups. What is the C++ Builder Community Edition? Embarcadero’s C++ Builder CE is a shared free C++ IDE and Compiler for the community of freelance developers, startups, students, and non-profits, C++Builder Community Edition is a full-featured IDE for building iOS and Windows apps from a single modern C++ codebase (limited commercial use license). C++Builder Community Edition includes a code editor, powerful debugging tools, built-in access to po[CENSORED]r local databases with live data at design time, Bluetooth and IoT capabilities, and a visual UI designer with support for pixel-perfect, platform-specific styling. What the features of the C++ Builder CE version? Build Windows and iOS C++ Applications 10x Faster with Less Code. C++Builder Community Edition provides you with an integrated toolchain and professional-level developer tools from Day 1 Featuring Clang-enhanced compiler, Dinkumware standard library, MSBuild/CMake/Ninja support, and po[CENSORED]r libraries like Boost and Eigen. Develop Windows and iOS applications with a single codebase and responsive UI Enjoy the award-winning Visual Designer using the C++Builder VCL and FireMonkey frameworks for maximum productivity Built-in Debugging Tools that allow you to debug on any device Build database apps with local/embedded capabilities Hundreds of included components to enhance your app and reduce development cycles Direct access to InterBase, SQLite, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, DB2, SQL Anywhere, Advantage DB, Firebird, Access, Informix, MongoDB, and more. Licensed for use until your individual revenue from C++Builder applications or company revenue reaches $5,000 US or your development team expands to more than 5 developers https://blogs.embarcadero.com/the-best-c-compiler-for-windows-10-and-11/
  12. Intel is one of the biggest chip makers in the world, so it’s no surprise to see many PC builders deciding to opt for team blue when deciding upon a CPU. Still, deciding upon a processor brand is only half the battle as Intel has numerous desktop chips for sale. As a result, finding out which offers the best value for your money isn’t an easy task. That’s where we step in. Our team of experts review all of the latest Intel processors, using professional benchmark software to evaluate performance, as well as running the chips through intensive workloads such as content creation and gaming. We also make sure to test the likes of peak temperature and power consumption under stress, so you know what extra components you’ll need to get the processor running at its full potential. We’ve listed all of the top rated Intel processors below, so you can be sure you’re getting great value for money, and if you’re open to buying a chip from rivals such as AMD then make sure to check out our best CPU and best Gaming CPU guides Most powerful: Intel Core i9-14900K – check price Best value: Intel Core i5-14600K – check price Best value for gamers: Intel Core i5-12600K – check price Best budget: Intel Core i5-11600K – https://www.trustedreviews.com/best/best-intel-processor-3517396
  13. You might have heard about a game called Wingspan, which went from being acclaimed in the hobby space to selling a massive million-plus copies in retail. It did so not only by being a fun board game but thanks to its accessible and appealing theme where players manage a bird sanctuary. It was not without its critics, particularly over its slightly repetitive structure, and those concerns have fed into the design of a more complex re-skin, Wyrmspan, where players represent mighty dragon wranglers in a fantasy setting. The original game was famous for its high production values--that’s another key plank of its wide appeal--and while Wyrmspan isn’t quite as pretty, it doesn’t disappoint in that department either. It has a collection of multicolored, speckled resin eggs just like its predecessor, a slew of punch out cardboard resource tokens and two neat plastic storage boxes to keep them in. The coins are cardboard but are silvered, which is a lovely touch. Players each get a selection of wooden cubes and an adventurer piece in their color, along with one of five boards to track their growing menagerie of dragons, which is where most of the game state will get tracked. There are three other shared boards, one to track the round and its associated bonuses, another is a dragon guild board with four different bonus tiles to sit in the middle, and the final one organizes the dragon and cave decks. The dragon deck is enormous--almost 200 cards--each with its own distinctive art. While the dragons are impressive, it’s not on a par with the luminous illustrations of real-world birds in Wingspan. And the graphic design generally verges on the bland, with most of the boards being empty space printed with generic fantasy-style fonts. Not that that matters so much once they’re covered in face-up dragons. If you’re familiar with Wingspan you’ll already have a good grasp on how to play Wyrmspan--there’s a boxout in the rules that should make learning it a cinch--but there are some key differences. Players start each of four rounds with six coins, and each of the game’s three actions--excavate, entice and explore--costs a coin to perform. Sometimes an action will cost an additional coin or give you a coin back, so the number of actions you can take each turn varies. Excavate lets you play cave cards from your hand into one of three different dragon habitats on your player board. You’ll need to have a cave card to get dragons into anything other than the initial slot, and playing a card also nets you a bonus printed on the card, such as additional resources or card draws. Entice allows you to play a dragon from your hand into an empty cave. This will cost you resources like meat and gold, printed on the dragon’s card, in addition to the coin. Dragons are a major source of victory points, and most have other printed effects. Some dragons have an ability when played, others at the end of a round, but for most you’ll need the third action type, Explore, to get the most out of them. This is the most complex action, in which you send your little adventurer meeple into any inhabited caves, gaining benefits depending on which habitat you’re exploring and what dragons you’ve got played there. The Crimson Cavern will let you get food resources to spend on dragons, while the Golden Grotto and Amethyst Abyss will net you cave and dragon cards, respectively, from a face-up selection. The more dragons in a given habitat, the deeper you can go and the better the rewards will be. The dragon deck is enormous - almost 200 cards - each with its own distinctive art. “ You’re thus immediately caught in a classic board game dilemma: you need food and cave cards to play dragons, but without dragons, it’s hard to get food and cave cards. There’s nothing for it but to bite the bullet and take some pathetically weak explore actions while you try and build a strategy, but the big question is what aspects are you going to favor, and which can you neglect? Decisions here will be heavily impacted by what dragon and cave cards you start with. For example, some cave cards give you food tokens, so you might feel you can wait on po[CENSORED]ting your Crimson Cavern. And this is where the additional complexity of Wyrmspan begins to bear fruit over its predecessor. The extra concepts ensure there’s a lot more interplay in effects between the cards in your hand and the actions you can take, ensuring there’s more strategy and tactics in your choices. https://www.ign.com/articles/wyrmspan-board-game-review
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  15. firebrand politician named Donald is about to stand trial. Just a few days before jury selection, he goes on TV to slam the charges as baseless and biased. “The FBI and the Justice Department,” he insists, have “targeted” their political opponents in a burst of partisan persecution. The rhetoric sounds familiar, but this is not a story about Donald Trump. It’s about a man named Don Hill, a former Dallas City Council member who was facing bribery charges 15 years ago. The telltale clue that this isn’t about Trump is what happened next: The judge, upset by the attempt to taint the jury pool, slapped the politician-turned-defendant with criminal contempt and ultimately sentenced him to 30 days in jail for violating a gag order. Today, Trump routinely spouts invective far more inflammatory than anything Hill said. He denigrates prosecutors. He lies about his cases. He vilifies the judges overseeing them — and then vilifies their wives and daughters, too. Yet Trump has never faced the swift repercussions that were imposed on Hill — and are routinely imposed on other defendants in America. Instead, Trump gets special treatment. “I can’t imagine any other defendant posting on social media about a judge’s family and not being very quickly incarcerated,” said Russell Gold, a law professor at the University of Alabama. As Trump prepares to begin his first criminal trial on Monday in New York, the tolerance of his tirades is perhaps the most glaring sign of the judicial system’s Trump exceptionalism. But it’s far from the only example. Over the past year, in ways large and small, in criminal cases and civil ones, Trump has consistently been given more freedom and more privileges than virtually any other defendant in his shoes. Some judges in Trump’s cases may have afforded him unique leeway in hopes of avoiding any appearance that they are meddling in the 2024 campaign. Indeed, Trump’s role as a presidential candidate — one who is always eager to play the martyr — complicates the task of prosecutors and judges eager to lower the temperature of the proceedings. Penalizing Trump before he’s ever convicted of anything could stir a backlash and trigger more heat, not less. Trump supporters surely bristle at the notion that he’s getting any preferential treatment. After all, he is facing dozens of felony counts across four criminal cases, and a series of massive civil judgments has damaged his reputation and his wealth. But the fact is that no other person in America — if charged with the diverse panoply of malfeasance that Trump has been accused of — would enjoy the same procedural and structural advantages that Trump has harnessed, to great effect, as his legal troubles reached a fever pitch over the past 12 months. There may be good reasons for some of those advantages. A former president and current candidate is no ordinary criminal defendant. But special treatment carries a hefty price: It shatters the American lore that everyone is treated equally before the law. The result, ironically, is a partial confirmation of one of Trump’s favorite grievances. He’s enmeshed in a “two-tiered system of justice,” he often says — and he’s right. There are two tiers. But Trump frequently has been the beneficiary, not the victim. Here’s how. Former President Donald Trump appears in court with his legal team. Former President Donald Trump appears in court for his first arraignment, on April 4, 2023, in New York. | Pool photo by Steven Hirsch Avoiding the courthouse chaos It started with the first arraignment. Just over a year ago, Trump became the only former president in history to be indicted. During an extraordinary appearance at the criminal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, District Attorney Alvin Bragg unveiled the charges: 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up a sex scandal with the porn star Stormy Daniels. Like all defendants, Trump was required to turn himself in for an initial court appearance to hear the charges against him. But the authorities made special accommodations that largely spared Trump from the byzantine, often humiliating procedures that thousands of other defendants endure every day. He was not handcuffed. No mug shot was taken. Rather than sitting in a holding cell for hours while waiting for a judge, Trump was whisked through the courthouse and then released on his own recognizance. Over the next six months, Trump was indicted in three more cases: two (in Washington, D.C., and Georgia) for trying to overturn the 2020 election, and one (in Florida) for storing classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after his presidency and obstructing the government’s efforts to get them back. The arraignments in those cases largely followed the same choreography. (The Georgia authorities, unlike their counterparts in the other jurisdictions, did take Trump’s mug shot — which he promptly used as a fundraising tool.) No one argues, of course, that the arraignment of a former president should play out like a typical surrender of a suspect wanted by police. The Secret Service, for one thing, would never allow one of their most prominent protectees to spend the day in Central Booking. But these special concerns point to a deeper reality that has pervaded Trump’s yearlong odyssey through the criminal justice apparatus: The system was never designed to handle a defendant who is a former, and perhaps, future president. And when confronted with such a defendant, the system was sure to bend. MOST READ 1247767221 Iran launches drone attack against Israel ‘The 401(k) industry owns Congress’: How lawmakers quietly passed a $300 billion windfall to the wealthy Trump the Front-Runner? 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  16. Hoopoes (/ˈhuːpuː, ˈhuːpoʊ/) are colourful birds found across Africa, Asia, and Europe, notable for their distinctive "crown" of feathers. Three living and one extinct species are recognized, though for many years all of the extant species were lumped as a single species—Upupa epops. In fact, some taxonomists still consider all three species conspecific. Some authorities also keep the African and Eurasian hoopoe together but split the Madagascar hoopoe. The Eurasian hoopoe is common in its range and has a large po[CENSORED]tion, so it is evaluated as Least Concern on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. However, their numbers are declining in Western Europe.[3] Conversely, the hoopoe has been increasing in numbers at the tip of the South Sinai, Sharm el-Sheikh. There are dozens of nesting pairs that remain resident all year round. Taxonomy The genus Upupa was introduced in 1758 by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae.[4] The type species is the Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops).[5] Upupa and ἔποψ (epops) are respectively the Latin and Ancient Greek names for the hoopoe; both, like the English name, are onomatopoeic forms which imitate the cry of the bird.[6][7] The hoopoe was classified in the clade Coraciiformes, which also includes kingfishers, bee-eaters, and rollers.[8] A close relationship between the hoopoe and the wood hoopoes is also supported by the shared and unique nature of their stapes.[9] In the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, he hoopoe is separated from the Coraciiformes as a separate order, the Upupiformes. Some authorities place the wood hoopoes in the Upupiformes as well.[10] Now the consensus is that both hoopoe and the wood hoopoes belong with the hornbills in the Bucerotiformes.[11] The fossil record of the hoopoes is very incomplete, with the earliest fossil coming from the Quaternary.[12] The fossil record of their relatives is older, with fossil wood hoopoes dating back to the Miocene and those of an extinct related family, the Messelirrisoridae, dating from the Eocene.[10] Species Formerly considered a single species, the hoopoe has been split into three separate species: the Eurasian hoopoe, Madagascar hoopoe and the resident African hoopoe. One accepted separate species, the Saint Helena hoopoe, lived on the island of St Helena but became extinct in the 16th century, presumably due to introduced species.[12] The genus Upupa was created by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758. It then included three other species with long curved bills:[13] U. eremita (now Geronticus eremita), the northern bald ibis U. pyrrhocorax (now Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), the red-billed chough U. paradisea Formerly, the greater hoopoe-lark was also considered to be a member of this genus (as Upupa alaudipes).[14] Extant species Genus Upupa – Linnaeus, 1758 – three species Common name Scientific name and subspecies Range Size and ecology IUCN status and estimated po[CENSORED]tion African hoopoe Upupa africana Bechstein, 1811 South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia and the southern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Size: Habitat: Diet: LC Eurasian hoopoe Upupa epops Cabanis & Heine, 1860 Six subspecies U. e. epops Linnaeus, 1758 U. e. ceylonensis Reichenbach, 1853 U. e. longirostris Jerdon, 1862 U. e. major Brehm C.L., 1855 U. e. senegalensis Swainson, 1837 U. e. waibeli Reichenow, 1913 Europe, Asia, and North Africa and northern Sub-Saharan Africa Size: Habitat: Diet: LC Madagascar hoopoe Upupa marginata (, ) Madagascar Size: Habitat: Diet: LC Distribution and habitat Hoopoe nesting at Ganden Monastery, Tibet Distribution of Upupa species African hoopoe Eurasian hoopoe (breeding) Eurasian hoopoe (resident) Eurasian hoopoe (wintering) Madagascar hoopoe Hoopoe with insect Hoopoes are widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.[15] Most European and north Asian birds migrate to the tropics in winter.[16] In contrast, the African po[CENSORED]tions are sedentary all year. The species has been a vagrant in Alaska;[17] U. e. saturata was recorded there in 1975 in the Yukon Delta.[18] Hoopoes have been known to breed north of their European range,[19] and in southern England during warm, dry summers that provide plenty of grasshoppers and similar insects,[20] although as of the early 1980s northern European po[CENSORED]tions were reported to be in the decline, possibly due to changes in climate.[19] The hoopoe has two basic requirements of its habitat: bare or lightly vegetated ground on which to forage and vertical surfaces with cavities (such as trees, cliffs or even walls, nestboxes, haystacks, and abandoned burrows[19]) in which to nest. These requirements can be provided in a wide range of ecosystems, and as a consequence the hoopoe inhabits a wide range of habitats such as heathland, wooded steppes, savannas and grasslands, as well as forest glades. The Madagascar species also makes use of more dense primary forest. The modification of natural habitats by humans for various agricultural purposes has led to hoopoes becoming common in olive groves, orchards, vineyards, parkland and farmland, although they are less common and are declining in intensively farmed areas.[15] Hunting is of concern in southern Europe and Asia.[18] Hoopoes make seasonal movements in response to rain in some regions such as in Ceylon and in the Western Ghats.[21] Birds have been seen at high altitudes during migration across the Himalayas. One was recorded at about 6,400 m (21,000 ft) by the first Mount Everest expedition.[22] Behaviour and ecology In what was long thought to be a defensive posture, hoopoes sunbathe by spreading out their wings and tail low against the ground and tilting their head up; they often fold their wings and preen halfway through.[23] They also enjoy taking dust and sand baths.[24] Adults may begin their moult after the breeding season and continue after they have migrated for the winter.[25]The diet of the hoopoe is mostly composed of insects, although small reptiles, frogs and plant matter such as seeds and berries are sometimes taken as well. It is a solitary forager which typically feeds on the ground. More rarely they will feed in the air, where their strong and rounded wings make them fast and manoeuverable, in pursuit of numerous swarming insects. More commonly their foraging style is to stride over relatively open ground and periodically pause to probe the ground with the full length of their bill. Insect larvae, pupae and mole crickets are detected by the bill and either extracted or dug out with the strong feet. Hoopoes will also feed on insects on the surface, probe into piles of leaves, and even use the bill to lever large stones and flake off bark. Common diet items include crickets, locusts, beetles, earwigs, cicadas, ant lions, bugs and ants. These can range from 10 to 150 millimetres (0.4 to 5.9 in) in length, with a preferred prey size of around 20–30 millimetres (0.8–1.2 in). Larger prey items are beaten against the ground or a preferred stone to kill them and remove indigestible body parts such as wings and legs.[15] Breeding Hoopoes are monogamous, although the pair bond apparently only lasts for a single season. They are also territorial. The male calls frequently to advertise his ownership of the territory. Chases and fights between rival males (and sometimes females) are common and can be brutal.[15] Birds will try to stab rivals with their bills, and individuals are occasionally blinded in fights.[26] The nest is in a hole in a tree or wall, and has a narrow entrance.[24] It may be unlined, or various scraps may be collected.[19] The female alone is responsible for incubating the eggs. Clutch size varies with location: Northern Hemisphere birds lay more eggs than those in the Southern Hemisphere, and birds at higher latitudes have larger clutches than those closer to the equator. In central and northern Europe and Asia the clutch size is around 12, whereas it is around four in the tropics and seven in the subtropics. The eggs are round and milky blue when laid, but quickly discolour in the increasingly dirty nest.[15] They weigh 4.5 grams (0.16 oz).[23] A replacement clutch is possible.[19] When food is bountiful, the female will lay a few extra eggs for the purpose of providing food for chicks that have already hatched. In a study done in Spain, it was found that nests with a higher incidence of cannibalism successfully fledged more chicks than in nests where hatchlings weren't fed to older chicks.[27] Hoopoes have well-developed anti-predator defences in the nest. The uropygial gland of the incubating and brooding female is quickly modified to produce a foul-smelling liquid, and the glands of nestlings do so as well. These secretions are rubbed into the plumage. The secretion, which smells like rotting meat, is thought to help deter predators, as well as deter parasites and possibly act as an antibacterial agent.[28] The secretions stop soon before the young leave the nest.[23] From the age of six days, nestlings can also direct streams of faeces at intruders, and will hiss at them in a snake-like fashion.[15] The young also strike with their bill or with one wing.[23] The incubation period for the species is between 15 and 18 days, during which time the male feeds the female. Incubation begins as soon as the first egg is laid, so the chicks are born asynchronously. The chicks hatch with a covering of downy feathers. By around day three to five, feather quills emerge which will become the adult feathers. The chicks are brooded by the female for between 9 and 14 days.[15] The female later joins the male in the task of bringing food.[24] The young fledge in 26 to 29 days and remain with the parents for about a week more.[19] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoopoe
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  18. I'm too narrow into Circuto Monteblanco's turn two. Lars Kern, Porsche’s factory development-driver ace in the car leading me around the track, pulls away. No matter, though. Tug at the Porsche Taycan Turbo GT’s right-hand steering-wheel paddle and you unlock Attack Mode, which gives you 1,019 horsepower for 10 seconds. Get on throttle quickly, and the car scrambles out of the corner with authority, vaporizing my mistake. It’s a monster. Quick Specs 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT Weissach Package Motor Dual Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Battery 93.4-Kilowatt-Hour Lithium-Ion Output 1,019 Horsepower / 958 Pound-Feet 0-60 MPH 2.1 Seconds Curb Weight 4,850 Pounds Base Price $231,995 The Turbo GT is the product of "what if?" Specifically, "What if we made a track car out of an electric sedan?" A genuine skunkworks project, a small team within Porsche developed the car. The team answered only to the board, not middle management. The quickest four-door in the world—electric or not—resulted. Top Videos: We turned a handful of laps at Circuito Monteblanco outside Seville, Spain, on the launch for the recently facelifted Taycan. It was eye opening. Based on the Turbo S, the Turbo GT gets a new silicon-carbide inverter for the rear motor that pushes total power output up to 1,019 hp during launch control and for 10 seconds in what Porsche calls “Attack Mode,” and in all other situations, you get 777 hp. That power pairs to revised aerodynamics including a fixed rear wing on the Turbo GT model, wider wheels and tires, a specific tune for the standard active-suspension system, and some weight-savings measures. Nothing too extreme, well maybe except for the rear-seat delete with the Weissach Package. Even the power figure, though enormous, isn’t that much greater than the Turbo S’s. But these tweaks adds up to a very different electric sport sedan. Even knowing chassis electronics have made ultra-high-horsepower cars so approachable, the Taycan Turbo GT intimidates. It’s still a 1,000-plus-horsepower car that weighs close to 5,000 pounds in its lightest form. I didn’t pay much attention in physics, but I do know that force is equal to mass times acceleration, and this has a lot of M and A. Pros: Demonically Quick, Enormously Grippy, Shockingly Approachable Yet, the Turbo GT is shockingly approachable. For something designed to set crazy fast lap times, it’s incredibly welcoming and talkative. You quickly get a sense of the grip level available, which is gargantuan. The Turbo GT comes with the new Pirelli P-Zero R tires standard, and while these tires manage the huge power and weight well, the optional Trofeo RS really make the car come alive. Turn-in grip is absurd. You turn the wheel and think you’re at the limit, but there’s always more available. And breathe off the throttle mid corner and the car rotates beautifully. It’s so responsive. On either tire, the Turbo GT feels hundreds, if not a thousand pounds lighter than it is. The standard Porsche Active Ride suspension system is fully active, meaning it can put force into the body via hydraulic motor-pump units connected to each damper. The system runs off the Taycan’s 800-volt battery and is capable of generating enormous force (2,248 pounds) in a very short amount of time. As a result, the Turbo GT has virtually no roll, pitch, or dive. (It doesn’t compensate for tire deflection, so the car does move around, but the body sits perfectly level.) Gallery: 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT First Drive 2025 Porsche Taycan GT First Drive 59 Photos Clever calibration means this feels more natural than you’d expect, but Active Ride generates immense grip by controlling the loads independently at each corner. The damping is basically perfect, too. Monteblanco has a couple tall curbs and big rumble strips. You can huck a Turbo GT over them at silly speeds and the car just shrugs it off. If a car is just a battle between horsepower and grip, this battle is evenly matched. Which is astonishing. In the slow corners and chicanes, the Turbo GT rockets forward, with just a hint of how hard the car is working to generate traction; in the high-speed stuff, it feels absolutely stable. Between the massive mechanical and aero grip—the Turbo GT Weissach Package generates a maximum of 485 lbs at its 190-mph top speed—the car feels planted at all times. Monteblanco’s best corner is a fast uphill right with a compression at the bottom. You need a light brake or a lift, and the corner puts so much load through the car. The Turbo GT takes it all no problem. It’s astonishing. The Turbo GT excels at stopping too, especially when you consider the fact that it’s constantly adjusting the balance of regenerative and friction braking, and dealing with incredible speed and weight. Cons: Expensive, Limited In Appeal Oh yeah, speed. Porsche had us stop along the front straight and launch the Turbo GT. From there, Kern says if you ran the full length of the straight, you’d probably be doing around 175 mph braking into turn one. Too fast for an event like this. Yet even stopping more than halfway down the straight and using launch control, you still hit around 120 mph before you have to pull the chute. Launching the Turbo GT is genuinely disorienting. Porsche says 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds for the Weissach Pack car, and the first time I did it, my vision went blurry for an alarming amount of time. It takes a little over six seconds to get to 124 mph, which is about as long as it’d take me to get to 60 in my Volkswagen GTI if I decided that I no longer wanted a functioning clutch. The acceleration and speed are party tricks, but the Turbo GT is much more. It feels entirely at home on a track. The way it generates grip recalls the best stuff I’ve ever driven on a circuit, and it still manages to feel engaging. “For us as race car drivers, it’s not a negative if the car drives well,” Kern says. “It’s as easy as that. We like a comfortable car as well, a car that’s easy to drive at the limit.” Downsides? The cool bucket seats you see here aren’t available in America. They’re a little silly in a car like this, but they offer more feedback through the seat of the pants, and, well, the whole car is a little silly, right? I think the target audience for this is small, though. A $230,000 four-door EV track car is a very specific niche, but I suppose there are always people who want the best version of a thing. And while we didn’t get to drive the Turbo GT on the road, the flexibility of the active suspension should mean it’s no more difficult as an everyday proposition than any other Taycan. Unless you delete the rear seats. https://www.motor1.com/reviews/715239/2025-porsche-taycan-turbo-gt-review/
  19. Alex Pereira knocked out Jamahal Hill in the first round to retain his light-heavyweight title at the landmark UFC 300 event in Las Vegas. Brazil's Pereira, 36, dropped American Hill, 32, with a left hook before finishing the fight with repeated ground strikes. Pereira has now won seven of his eight UFC bouts in a remarkable two and a half years. "When I step into the octagon I don't see myself as champion," said Pereira. "I do the same thing in my personal life. I don't let this belt go to my head ever." Max Holloway delivered the moment of the night at the T-Mobile Arena as he stopped fellow American Justin Gaethje in the final seconds of the pair's lightweight bout for the symbolic BMF title. Holloway, 32, pointed to the ground with 10 seconds to go, inviting Gaethje to stand and trade punches, before knocking him out with one second remaining as the pair swung wildly. In the co-main event, Zhang Weili retained her strawweight title by unanimous decision against compatriot Yan Xiaonan in the UFC's first all-Chinese championship bout. Following the event, the UFC announced Ireland's Conor McGregor would fight for the first time since July 2021 when he takes on American Michael Chandler at UFC 303 in Las Vegas on 29 June. Pereira wows again The landmark 300 event boasted a strong card top to bottom, with 12 current or former champions in action, including two in the first fight of the night in former flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, who beat former title holder Cody Garbrandt by submission in the second round. The UFC's efforts in producing a star-studded show are synonymous with past centenary events, with WWE star Brock Lesnar fighting at both, while McGregor and Jon Jones were in contention to appear at UFC 200 before their bouts were cancelled. The headlining bout between Pereira and Hill was finalised following weeks of negotiations between the UFC and various fighters which did not come to fruition, including Leon Edwards, Israel Adesanya and Dricus du Plessis. But former middleweight champion Pereira was granted the prestigious headlining slot against Hill and he once again made the most of his opportunity in the spotlight. Pereira beat Jiri Prochazka in November to become only the ninth fighter to win titles in two weight classes in the UFC, and he achieved that feat in record-breaking time - seven fights. Hill, meanwhile, was fighting for the first time in 14 months after recovering from a ruptured Achilles sustained in July which forced him to vacate the title. After the pair traded leg kicks in the opening stages, Pereira started to come forward, applying pressure to Hill. With Hill retreating, Pereira then dropped the challenger with a left hook before delivering repeated blows on the canvas, forcing the referee to halt the contest. Following his victory, Pereira hinted at a move up to heavyweight and an attempt to become the UFC's first three-division champion. "I want to keep continuing defending this belt, and I know there needs to be a lot promotion around this fight, but I want a fight at heavyweight," he said. Holloway delivers moment of the night UFC president Dana White announced in Thursday's press conference that fighters would be awarded $300,000 (£239,000) performance and fight-of-the-night bonuses at the event, up from the standard $50,000 prize. And Holloway, stepping up to lightweight from featherweight to contest for Gaethje's BMF title, delivered a moment befitting of the prize. After largely outclassing the 35-year-old over five rounds and heading for a decision win, Holloway risked defeat by inviting Gaethje to stand and trade punches with 10 seconds remaining. But, with the final bell looming, Holloway cemented victory, connecting with a left hook which sent Gaethje crumbling to the canvas and wowing the sell-out crowd. Former heavyweight champion Mark Coleman, who was treated in hospital last month after saving his parents from a house fire, then wrapped the commemorative belt around Holloway, awarded to the UFC's 'baddest' fighter. "Give it up to Gaethje - he's the real BMF. He had so much to lose and nothing to gain from this fight," said Holloway. Double Olympic judo gold medallist Kayla Harrison was victorious on her UFC debut as she dominated fellow American Holly Holm, forcing the former bantamweight champion to submit in the first round to a rear-naked choke. Former two-weight champion Amanda Nunes, who retired last year, then teased a potential return and match-up with Harrison by responding to footage of Harrison's post-fight interview on social media. https://www.bbc.com/sport/mixed-martial-arts/68810970
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