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Scientists Name Tiny Moth After Donald Trump

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Over the last few years, several animal species have been named after the outgoing US President Barack Obama. Science magazine claims that Obama has received this honor more times than any other US President. He has a total of nine species named after him, including a bird and a fish. Now Obama’s successor Donald Trump has received this unique honor even before he takes oath as the 45th President of the United States.

Scientists Name Tiny Moth After Donald Trump
Image Source: Vazrick Nazari / ZooKeys


Golden scales on the moth’s head resemble Trump’s hairdo

Canadian scientist Vazrick Nazari who discovered a new species of moth has named it after the new US President. The moth measures only 9 millimeters, and is found in southern California and Baja California. It is only the second species in a genus of relatively insignificant twirler moths. The other member of the genus being Neopalpa neonata.

The newly discovered species has been given the name Neopalpa donaldtrumpi after Trump. Nazari discovered it in a collection of specimens borrowed from the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology. Findings of the study were published in the journal ZooKeys earlier this week. So, why did Nazari name the minuscule creature after Donald Trump?

The Canadian entomologist said he was struck by the resemblance of the golden scales on the creature’s head to Trump’s signature hairstyle. The moth’s hairdo was not the only reason Nazari named it after Trump. He pointed out that he wanted to bring people’s attention to ecological issues. Naming the species after Trump was a great way to gain attention.

Nazari appeals to Donald Trump to protect fragile habitats

Vazrick Nazari said we need to protect the fragile habitats in the United States that still have many undescribed and threatened species. The biologist hopes that by “appealing to Mr. Trump’s good nature,” the new administration will make efforts to keep protecting the fragile habitats. Last year, a caterpillar with an orange-yellow furry cover was informally named Trumpapillar.

Many other famous personalities have different species named after them, too. For instance, a beetle was named after Adolf Hitler way back in 1933 when he had just been named the Chancellor of Germany. British naturalist Sir David Attenborough has 12 species named after him. A bootylicious fly has been named after popstar Beyonce.

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Japan Aborts Mini-Rocket Mission Shortly After Liftoff

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Japan's space agency Sunday aborted a mission to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit after the spacecraft stopped sending data to ground control shortly after liftoff.

Japan Aborts Mini-Rocket Mission Shortly After Liftoff
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The SS-520 rocket, which stands around the size of a power pole, lifted off at 8:33am (11:33pm GMT) into a clear sky at the Uchinoura Space Centre in southern Kagoshima Prefecture.

The rocket, regarded as one of the smallest units in the world capable of sending satellites into the space, was carrying the three-kilogramme (6.6 pound) "TRICOM-1" observation satellite.

But officials aborted the mission within minutes of takeoff after the space agency stopped receiving data from the rocket after the launch.

Local media said data stopped arriving 20 seconds after liftoff.

"The first stage of the rocket's flight went as planned. However, we were unable to receive [data] from the unit as it continued the flight," the agency said in a statement.

The rocket later fell back to earth, landing within a designated safety area in waters off the coast of southeast Japan, according to officials.

The country's space agency is expected to provide a more detailed debrief about the nature of the mishap as more information becomes available.

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European Leaders Shocked as Trump Slams NATO and E.U

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European leaders said Monday that they may have to stand alone without the United States once Donald Trump comes to office, raising the prospect of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations following Trump’s comments that the European Union is bound for breakup and NATO is obsolete.

Trump said in a weekend interview with the Times of London and Germany’s Bild newspaper that the 28-nation European Union was a vehicle for German interests and said that he was indifferent to its fate. He also said he was committed to European defense even as he expressed skepticism about NATO’s current configuration.

European leaders shocked as Trump slams NATO and E.U
Foreign ministers from Slovakia, Romania, Greece and Malta at a Brussels meeting as the European Union mulls President-elect Donald Trump's future policy toward the continent. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
Trump’s attitudes have raised alarm bells across Europe, which is facing a wave of elections this year in which anti-immigrant, Euroskeptic leaders could gain in power. Most mainstream leaders had committed to working with Trump after Jan. 20, even as they expressed hope that he would moderate his views once he took office. His continued hard line has created the grim realization in Europe that they may now have to stand alone, without their oldest, strongest partner.

“We Europeans have our destiny in our own hands,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin. She pledged to work with Trump where possible.

The full ramifications of a breakdown in transatlantic relations are so extensive they are difficult to total. U.S. guarantees underpin European security. The United States and the 500-million-people-strong European Union are each other’s most important trading partner. For decades, European nations and the United States have worked tightly together on issues of war, peace and trade.

Trump’s comments “caused astonishment and excitement, not just in Brussels,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Brussels on Monday, where he was gathering with other European foreign ministers at a previously scheduled meeting. Coming directly from a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Steinmeier said NATO had listened to Trump’s comments “with concern.”

The incoming U.S. president is the first American leader since World War II not to support European integration. The European Union has long been considered to be in the U.S. interest, since it created a unified market for U.S. businesses, provided a bulwark against communism during the Cold War and helped quell the bloody slaughter that cost U.S. lives, among others, in the first half of the 20th century. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the European Union expanded eastward into formerly communist nations, a development that leaders there say helped bring rule of law and stability as they modernized their economies.

Steinmeier said that Germany was still trying to assess what U.S. foreign policy will actually be.

For example James Mattis, the retired general nominated to be Trump’s defense secretary, offered straightforward support for NATO and skepticism of Russia at his confirmation hearing last week.

“We have to see what will come out for American policy,” Steinmeier said.

French leaders, who face tough presidential elections in April, also appeared to be scrambling to handle the fallout. Trump allies have expressed support for the anti-E.U., anti-immigrant National Front party, whose leader, Marine Le Pen, is doing well in opinion polls. Le Pen lunched in the basement of the Trump Tower last week in the company of a man who has served as an informal conduit for Trump’s contacts with Euroskeptic European leaders, although the Trump transition team denied any formal meeting with the French leader.

“The best response is European unity,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. “As with the case of Brexit, the best way to defend Europe is to remain united. This is a bit of an invitation that we are making to Mr. Trump. To remain a bloc. Not to forget that the force of Europeans is in their unity.”

Some European leaders appeared to preserve the hope that Trump does not truly mean what he says, or that his pronouncements will not be translated into actual policy.

Ayrault appeared to hope that Trump’s cabinet would be the true force of the presidency, saying that he looked forward to sitting down with secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson once he is confirmed to discuss a range of issues of mutual concern to Europe and the United States.

And Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, said he thought Trump might change his tune between now and Friday.

“One must hope that the statements of candidate Trump starting Friday will go in a different direction,” Asselborn said. “If the risks are summed up, it would be very destabilizing, which is not in the interest of America.”

Only one leader appeared to embrace Trump’s comments, and that was British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, who said he welcomed Trump’s vow to negotiate a speedy trade deal between the United States and Britain. British trade relationships are in limbo as it negotiates its exit from the European Union.

“It's very good news that the United States of America wants to do a good free trade deal with us and wants to do it very fast and it's great to hear that from President-elect Donald Trump,” Johnson told reporters in Brussels.

The Times of London was represented at the interview by Michael Gove, a journalist-turned-politician who was also a Brexit campaigner, which itself was a signal from Trump.

“People want their own identity, so if you ask me, others, I believe others will leave,” Trump said of the European Union. “Personally, I don’t think it matters much for the United States.”

Trump offered mixed messages about the NATO defense alliance, saying that he had called it “obsolete” in the past, and calling it “very unfair to the United States” that most nations were not meeting their voluntary defense spending commitments. “With that being said, NATO is very important to me,” Trump said.

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How to Save Money During a Night Out With Friends

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How to Save Money During a Night Out With Friends

For most guys, when they go on a night out with friends, they spend so much that their accounts become red the following day. You don’t want to be in such a position in this recession. So, it is essential for you to party and save money at the same time. Nigeria World News shares how you can save money when you go partying with friends and lovers.


Set a budget

Items at a club are very expensive that even if you can afford it, may lead you to overspend. You can prepare a budget listing the food and drinks you want to buy depending on the number of friends. It is nice to spell out how much you will spend that night and abide by it.

Avoid ordering for more rounds

If you are the one bankrolling the night out, friends will be tempted to order more bottles since they are getting it for free. Don’t fall for this. Make it clear to them that they are not allowed to order for more rounds. Oftentimes, the persons who order for more rounds don’t contribute anything than their mouth for drinking and eating. Lol.

Stay at home

You really want to party and you don’t have enough to spend and your friends are still looking up to you to finance it. If you don’t want to, you should just stay at home and perhaps turn off your phone.

Go to club the early

Many of us prefer to go to a club very late rather than early. It doesn’t matter if the club is located near you or in one of the best hotels. There are so many benefits going early to a club because you may avoid paying entry fees as well as buy drinks and beverages free.

Leave your debit card at home

Most clubs own POS machine for easier settlement of bills. And this is the easiest way to spend money. When you are intoxicated, you may begin to receive inspiration to spend more and if you are out of cash, you call on your ATM. But if you leave your card at home, you will be very conscious of what you do at the club.

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Corruption: Samsung Boss Lee Jae-yong to be Arrested

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Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Samsung’s heir apparent over allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement.

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrested
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong in trouble

The move against Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong on Monday is part of an investigation into a massive political corruption scandal that has shaken South Korea’s political and business elites.

Lee is now set to appear Wednesday before a judge who will decide whether the arrest warrant is valid.

If it is, the man tapped to head the country’s biggest conglomerate will be taken into detention.

The arrest warrant for Lee came on the same day that National Pension Service chief Moon Hyung-pyo was indicted on charges of perjury and abuse of power.

Moon is accused of pressuring the pension fund to support a contentious merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 when he was minister of health and welfare.

The merger helped Lee strengthen his control over Samsung Electronics (SSNLF).

The charges are the latest developments in the far-reaching scandal that has driven thousands of South Korean protestors to the streets and prompted lawmakers to vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

Samsung Electronics wasn’t immediately available to comment on the announcement of the arrest warrant for Lee.

The National Pension Service, which was a major shareholder in one of the Samsung subsidiaries involved in the 2015 merger, declined to comment on Moon’s indictment.

Samsung Electronics stock dropped nearly 3% shortly after news of the arrest warrant went public.

The shares are down around 6% since Thursday, when Lee was named as a suspect in the corruption scandal and taken in for questioning.

Lee and other top South Korean business leaders are being investigated over donations their companies made to foundations controlled by Park confidante Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the centre of the influence-peddling scandal.

Prosecutors say the payments were made in return for political favours, an allegation the business leaders have denied.

During an unprecedented public grilling by lawmakers last month, Lee said he was unaware of Samsung’s payments to Choi’s foundations.

But prosecutors are accusing Lee and Samsung of making the payments to secure the National Pension Service’s backing for the 2015 merger.

The fund’s vote was key to ensuring it went through in the face of vigorous opposition from a U.S.-based activist hedge fund.

Samsung’s deepening links to the corruption investigation have done further damage to the company’s image after the humiliating fiasco over its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last year.

Results of an investigation into what caused the smartphones to catch fire are expected to be announced this month.

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