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Biden pressed on child migration at first news conference

Biden pressed on child migration at first news conference

World
US President Joe Biden was pressed on how he would address the surge in migrants at the southern border at his first official press conference.More than 17,000 children are being kept in government detention centres and Mr Biden was challenged on whether his policies could be contributing to the increase in child arrivals.The president defended his record and vowed to be transparent.The hour-long event also covered subjects from guns to foreign policy.He also doubled his administration's vaccine rollout goal, saying that he now aims to have 200 million jabs be given before his 100th day in office.But questions about the situation at the US-Mexico border dominated the event.What did Biden say about the surge?During the White House news conference, Mr Biden blamed his predecessor Donald Trum...
Indian Bank says customers may face service disruptions this weekend due to software migration

Indian Bank says customers may face service disruptions this weekend due to software migration

Finance
New Delhi: State-owned on Thursday said customers may face inconvenience later this week as it will carry out software migration with respect to its merger with Allahabad Bank. The scheme of amalgamation of Allahabad Bank into Indian Bank came into force from April 1, 2020. "Our bank has scheduled technical migration of CBS/ITMS software of erstwhile Allahabad bank with CBS/ITMS software of Indian Bank on 13-14 February 2021. "As such, some of the services related to banking operations may be disrupted from 9 PM on February 12 to 9 AM on February 15, causing inconvenience to the bank's customers/stakeholders on these dates," Indian Bank said in a regulatory filing. The bank shall take all possible efforts for non-occurrence of any such disruptions and strive for immediate redressal/re...
Study pinpoints the timing of earliest human migration

Study pinpoints the timing of earliest human migration

Science
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Sangiran, a World Heritage archeological site on the island of Java, is home to dozens of hominin fossils, comprising three different species, including evidence of the earliest hominid migration to Southeast Asia. Until now, scientists have struggled to figure out the precise timing of the hominin migrations that populated Java. New estimates, based on a unique fossil dating survey, suggest Homo erectus, the most successful archaic human, first arrived at Sangiran between between 1.3 and 1.5 million years ago -- some 300,000 years later than previous estimates. Sangiran is one of the most important hominin fossil sites in Southeast Asia, but the site's uncertain chronology has made it hard for scientists to understand the movement of early humans across the region. To m...
Tories outline migration rules as Labour shelve free movement plans

Tories outline migration rules as Labour shelve free movement plans

Business
The Conservatives have pledged to cut immigration "overall", with the "vast majority" of migrants to be required to have a job offer to come to the UK - regardless of where they are from.High-skilled scientists and those who want to start a business will be among a small number of exceptions. Access to benefits will be equalised between EU nationals and those from elsewhere, meaning a typical wait of five years for non-UK citizens, and benefits will no longer be sent abroad to support children outside the UK.Ministers have already made clear they are finally abandoning the party's long-standing commitment to get net migration down below 100,000 a year - a target they have never met.The party said the new measures would save around £800m a year by 2024-2025. ...
Nightjar’s feeding, migration influenced by lunar cycle

Nightjar’s feeding, migration influenced by lunar cycle

Science
Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The timing of the moon's light-dark cycle drives not only the nightjar's feeding patterns, but also the time of the bird's migration. Nightjars are a family of medium-sized nocturnal insectivores found all over the world. The European nightjar, Caprimulgus europeaus, is characterized by its intricately patterned grey and brown plumage. The birds prefer dry, open country with only a scattering of trees and shrubs. They migrate to sub-Saharan Africa for the winter and return to Europe in the spring to breed. Scientists used a sophisticated GPS tracking system to plot the movement of 39 European nightjars over the course of several weeks. The data showed the birds doubled the amount of time they spent feeding at night when the sky was lit by the moon. The data showed all of...