Drug shortages in Region 2

first_img…patients complain of being asked to purchase basic medicationResidents in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are complaining of having to purchase basic medication owing to the lack of drugs and medical supplies at the two public hospitals and health posts there.Many of the residents related that often they were given prescriptions to purchaseRegional Chairman Devanand Ramdattmedication from pharmacies which most of them cannot afford.When contact was made with Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt on the shortages of drugs, he acknowledged same to be true. Ramdatt said that an analysis of the Region’s Budgetary Allocations and Expenditures for 2017 shows that Region Two was given $186, 099,000 in its 2017 Budget. Of this amount, Ramdatt said, only $2,000,000 were released up to the end of September 2017.He said it must be made clear that the regional health officials have done all that was necessary to secure the much-needed financial resources to procure drugs and medical supplies.At a recent meeting held at the Finance Ministry, the matter was discussed and a commitment was given that available funds from the Region’s allocation would be released.Ramdatt said while he was pleased with such a decision, his major concern was for the authorities to closely review the systems that were in place so that Region Two could have adequate medical supplies.“Our people in Region Two are faced with the burden of having to spend their own cash to purchase medications. Patient care providers/staff in the health sector are finding it difficult to work without basic medical supplies,” Ramdatt further explained.“We are already in October, the final quarter of this year, and approximately $184,000,000 remain unspent under this budgetary line and patients/residents are suffering,” Ramdatt added.last_img read more

Physical therapist realizes his dream

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOWNER: Rodney Shorey ESTABLISHED: 2006 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Three DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We’re an outpatient physical therapy clinic, treating all orthopedic conditions and age groups. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes. BUSINESS NAME: Woodland Hills Physical Therapy BUSINESS ADDRESS: 22151 Clarendon St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367 PHONE: 818-884-4810 WEB SITE: www.shoreypt.com WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I wanted to create a clinic that offers quality services but on a smaller, personal level. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I’ve been a therapist for 11 years and have always dreamed of having my own clinic. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? 18 months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I worked part time in other clinics and spent the rest of the time locating the space, converting it into a clinic, buying all the equipment and finalizing all contracts and licenses. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS, AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $125,000. We used money we’d saved for years, along with equity from our home. WHOM DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My wife, Jennifer. She’s in business for herself, so she has been able to guide me. I also spoke with colleagues who’ve started clinics. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The time, effort and pain that was involved in the process. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $200,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? We want to hire a third therapist and continue growing. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free questionnaire, call 818-713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bad example

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be the most famous politician that California has ever had, but he shouldn’t be above the law. After the governor suffered minor injuries in the now-infamous accident last weekend in which his motorcycle was struck by a car backing out of a driveway, it’s been revealed that he didn’t have the proper license to operate that motorcycle. It’s barely a crime, really. But the authorities aren’t doing the governor any favors by not citing him. Indeed, ‘fessing up to being improperly licensed was no big admission to “the people’s” governor, who showed earlier this month that he has no problem owning up to his mistakes. Still, it’s symbolic. When authorities ignore celebrities who break the law – even just a minor infraction – they reinforce the idea that ours is a two-tier system of justice.last_img read more

Word of Palmdale man’s death a grave mistake

first_imgPALMDALE – For a dead man, Richard Robinson looks remarkably well. He grows tomatoes, fishes, watches television with his girlfriend. He’s got a strong voice and handshake. In his estimation, the 73-year-old makes the world’s best omelette and is a master of the German chocolate cake. Written out of existence by his own brother in a shady estate deal years ago, presumed long gone by his family, Robinson appears healthy and vigorous as he hails visitors in his tidy Palmdale home. “I’m supposed to be dead! … Deceased!” he says, laughing. “But the good Lord took care of me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The whole tale unfolds like something out of a movie, with a long-lost sister, brothers who wandered the world, a doggedly persistent asset finder, the family home snatched under dubious circumstances and a tearful reunion. Robinson, a Navy veteran and former forklift operator living in quiet retirement in the Antelope Valley, stands, amazed, in the center. It all began more than 80 years ago in Lake Charles, La., where Wilbur and Isabelle Robinson made their home and raised nine children. Viola, James, Wilbur Jr., Elneda, Walter, Joseph, Noble, Richard and Rosemarie grew up close, playing and going to school together. They eventually scattered across the country. Elneda graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles in 1944, working at a sandwich counter downtown before moving to Washington with her first husband, a Navy man. Seven years later, after Isabelle passed on, baby brother Richard came out to live with Elneda. He loved her and looked up to her as an example of a fine, churchgoing woman. He couldn’t find steady work, so he lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy. His older brother, Wilbur Jr., was already a sailor, and it seemed like a pretty good way to make a living for a restless young wanderer like Richard. Long stretches at sea made it hard to stay in touch, but the family managed to do so until 1959. While Richard was on leave, they met for dinner with Elneda, Wilbur Jr., Viola and Rosemarie – all enjoying a good meal before saying goodbye for what would be the last time. Richard, who served as a cook on an aircraft carrier and a minesweeper, went off to Vietnam a few years later. Contact grew infrequent. When he got out in 1968, he sent letters to Elneda’s Seattle home, only to get them back, unopened. He went looking for her, went back to the family place in Louisiana, sent more letters. Nothing. He’d already lost touch with the rest of the family but kept trying to find them whenever he had a chance. He settled into a new life, living in Long Beach, working at a sheet metal factory and driving a forklift. All the while, Wilbur Jr. was living in Los Angeles, with each brother unaware the other was there. In the early 1990s, the family home came up for sale, and Wilbur Jr. fell in with a disreputable Beverly Hills attorney who later got kicked off the State Bar’s rolls for a long string of misconduct. Described as a smart, cunning man who struggled with a drinking problem, Wilbur Jr. wanted a larger share of the estate. “Wilbur wanted to get all the money himself,” Richard Robinson said. “And when people want money, they’ll do anything. He hadn’t seen me in years, so he just said I was dead.” Still alive With the help of the attorney, Wilbur Jr. had his youngest brother declared legally dead, as well as another sibling, Walter. This paved the way for him to split the deed with Elneda and Joseph, who died in 2004. Elneda fretted that Richard wasn’t really gone, felt that he’d tried to find her somehow, but just didn’t know where she was. Finally, reluctantly, she agreed he must be dead. Wilbur Jr. got sick with cancer, dying in 1996. The attorney apparently plundered his estate, making off with $200,000 worth of cash and valuables, including antique guns, coins and his prized Lincoln Continental. Some of the money remained, floating in limbo in an account maintained by the state of California. Enter Margaret Galasso, who runs the Spring Hill, Fla.-based Finders Assets Recovery Service, who turned up Wilbur Jr.’s name in a database of unclaimed money. She works from home, tracking down lost funds for celebrities, including Carol Channing, Ben Vereen and Jennifer Tilly. Since Wilbur Jr. had already died, she began looking for next of kin. The project dragged on until recently, when she obtained a list of relatives and noticed that there were two Richard Robinsons with the same birth date, one supposedly dead, the other living in Palmdale. Galasso plunged in like a detective, tracking down Robinson’s neighbor and learning a bit about the older gentleman’s background. He sounded awfully similar to the man Wilbur Jr. had claimed was six feet under. “He sounded pretty good to me,” she said. “I didn’t believe it. I said to myself, Could it be possible he’s really alive? It was the first time I’d seen someone dead come back to life.” ‘That’s my brother’ So she called Robinson, catching him in the middle of dinner one night several weeks ago. She started asking questions about Wilbur Jr., to which he replied, “Oh, that’s my brother.” An astonished Galasso then told Robinson that his brother had declared him legally dead. Then she dropped a bigger bomb – Elneda, whom he hadn’t seen in 47 years, was alive and living in Shoreline, Wash. Married and comfortable, his elder sister is now an 83-year-old retired nurse known as Elneda Mallory. Galasso called her house and asked Elneda’s husband, Alba, whether his wife had a strong heart and could take some surprising news. Sure, he replied, and put his wife on the line. Galasso said hello and said a man wanted to speak with Elneda. “He said, `Hi, Sis!”‘ Elneda Mallory recalled. “And I thought, I don’t have a brother anymore. No one calls me Sis. But he knew about the church we went to, the neighbors we had, all kinds of things about how we grew up.” And the tears flowed. They talked and found how they’d wandered apart. They promised to stay in touch forever. “Every day before, we’d pray together,” said Gloria Workman, Richard’s longtime girlfriend. “I asked God to help him find his people again. And when he did, I felt so excited, I just couldn’t sleep.” Thanksgiving reunion The past few weeks have been a blur to the families. Richard and Elneda now speak by telephone several times a day and exchange letters and photographs. She tried to arrange for him to attend her 50th anniversary celebration in Shoreline this weekend, but it didn’t work out. Now, the families intend to reunite at Thanksgiving. Richard used to dream of this, as his ship patrolled the coasts of Vietnam, that he’d get together with his people for a big, old-fashioned meal. Though the family’s a lot smaller than it was in his dreams, he’s no less ecstatic. “When she comes down here, we’re going to lay down the red carpet,” he said. “We’re going to eat and go over all the old times. This is really something, huh?” They’re even wondering now whether Walter, declared dead in the same deal that cut Richard out of the inheritance, might still be alive. Galasso’s on the hunt and believes the other brother might be living in Arizona on an Indian reservation with a girlfriend. Whatever the case, the brother and sister kept apart for so long are just happy to know the other is alive. After 47 years, they have a lot of catching up to do. “I cried my eyes out, but I was crying for joy,” Mallory said. “I was so happy, and I thank God every day for finding my little brother. When I see him again, I’ll do my best not to cry, so I can act like the big sister I am.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Six potential Pogba replacements, including Lyon wonderkid and £58m Serie A ace

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 8 getty Paul Pogba could be about to leave Manchester United for Juventus once again The World Cup winner has agreed personal terms with Juventus over a move back to the Serie A outfit, according to CalcioMercato.com.Reports claim Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici watched France lose 2-0 to Turkey at the weekend and had a meeting after the game with the 26-year-old.United remain keen to retain the services of their record signing, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still keen to build his side around the midfielder.However, should he depart, the Red Devils will have to act swiftly and decisively to replace him while keeping squad disruption to a minimum. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:40Loaded: 6.20%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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At the Under-21 European Championships, the midfielder was a star and led Spain to glory.The Scot tried to lure him from Barcelona, but was ultimately unable to do so – something successor, David Moyes, also failed to achieve in the ill-fated summer window of 2013.Last season, the 28-year-old maintained a 92% pass completion rate in the Bundesliga and recorded 6 assists, the sort of stats a deep-lying playmaker can afford to brag about.Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon) 8 REVEALED 8 LATEST TRANSFER STORIES Paul Pogba left United for Juve in 2012 8 LIVING THE DREAM 8 TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January getty Paul Pogba is closing in on a return to Juventus, according to reports.The Manchester United midfielder seemed set to join Real Madrid in his ‘dream move’, but reports are now suggesting a return to Turin could be more likely. targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer getty images – getty Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? getty getty According to reports in Monday’s papers, United have already made tentative enquiries about the Dane.By admitting he is ready to leave Spurs, Eriksen will have no doubt alerted plenty of interested suitors.Since his arrival back in 2013, Eriksen has recorded 60 assists and scored 49 goals for Tottenham – often acting as the creative hub for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.His contract in north London runs out next year, meaning Solskjaer could get the 27-year-old at a lower price.Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) The Belgium international controls games from midfield by setting the tempo for his team In terms of physical stature and playing style, Ndombele could be the perfect replacement for Pogba 8 Rabiot quickly went from being one of the most highly-rated starlets in the game to a PSG reject.His fall out with Thomas Tuchel in the French capital was nothing short of spectacular and has meant he has been consigned to the reserves since December.The 24-year-old is available for free and, at 6ft 2ins, would provide a powerful presence in the United midfield. Another name that was splashed across the Monday back pages was Tielemans after his productive loan spell at Leicester City.The Monaco midfielder gained many fans for his displays at the King Power last season, averaging almost 50 successful passes a match as the metronome in the Foxes’ midfield.It remains to be seen if the Red Devils can get their business done quickly, with rivals Manchester City also reportedly keen.Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain) Last summer, the Serbia midfielder was one of the most talked about players and a move to the Premier League seemed inevitable.However, neither the Red Devils nor Chelsea made a move and he stayed in Serie A.Milinkovic-Savic suffered a real lack of form shortly after signing a deal until 2023 in October and a deal to bring him to Old Trafford is unlikely, but not improbable.Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) IN DEMAND Julien Laurens admits that going to Juventus is an option for Paul Pogba Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) 8 The 6″3 midfielder would be perfectly suited to the physical demands of the Premier League Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ getty The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Thiago back in 2011 Christian Eriksen has all the attacking attributes to replace Pogba Getty Images – getty But who could they get without breaking the bank of a similar quality to Pogba?talkSPORT.com has identified SIX potential replacements for the France international. 8 Although Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with a move for the France international, Daniel Levy’s hesitancy in the transfer market could prove to be United’s gain.The 22-year-old central midfielder is a strong dribbler and his impressive upper-body strength means he can afford to remain calm in even the most daunting of midfield gauntlets.Ndombele likes to operate in an ‘inside-left’ position in central midfield, not too dissimilar to that of Pogba and his 88.2% pass completion rate in the Champions League suggests United would be wise to invest in a player with such potential.last_img read more

‘Hell of a manager’ Harris leaves Millwall just days before Leeds game

first_img latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ update appointed What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate Millwall came through the League One play-offs in 2017, beating Bradford 1-0 in the final. The same season they beat Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester to reach the last eight of the FA Cup before a 6-0 defeat by Tottenham.Last season they also made the last eight, beating Everton but then losing to Brighton on penalties.Harris’ assistant David Livermore has also left the club, with first-team coach Adam Barrett placed in temporary charge. He will occupy the hotseat for Saturday’s clash with Championship high-fliers Leeds.Chairman John Berylson said in a statement on millwallfc.co.uk: “Firstly I would like to place on record my sincere gratitude to Neil for all of his hard work, commitment, determination and inarguable success as manager of this great football club.” targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP on target PEP TALK Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Neil Harris has stepped down from his role as manager of Millwall days before the club host Leeds United.Harris has been at the helm for four and a half years and is the club’s top scoring striker with 138 goals, who won them promotion to the Championship in 2017 as manager and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals twice.His departure will come as a massive blow to the club, former Millwall striker Tony Cascarino said.“He’s rebuilt the squad and added a lot of players to that team and to step down now seems very odd,” he told talkSPORT.“I know they’ve been on a difficult run of late, but I just feel there must be something deeper for Neil to step down.“What I do know is that he has been a hell of a good manager for Millwall and it’s a massive blow to that football club.” Berylson added: “Neil’s name is synonymous with Millwall and he has always had the very best interests of the club at heart, managing with great pride, honour and integrity, and he departs with the best wishes of everyone connected with The Lions.“Both Neil and David leave with their heads held high, forever friends of the club, and I wish them both every success in their future careers. They will always be welcome at The Den.” Live on talkSPORT Neil Harris defended his goalkeeper after the costly error Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekBirmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Harris was the seventh longest-serving manager across the Football League and Premier League and leaves with Millwall sitting 18th in the Championship table and without a win in seven matches.Berylson’s statement continued: “During his time in charge we have achieved so much and so many of his greatest moments as manager will live long in the memory of all Millwall fans fortunate to have seen and enjoyed them.“Neil’s achievements ensure that he is listed alongside some of the club’s greatest-ever managers, furthering his legendary standing at Millwall.”last_img read more

Blood Service joins Football Fridays

first_img17 March 2010The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has thrown its weight behind Football Fridays as the campaign to unite South Africans behind the national 2010 Fifa World Cup™ effort intensifies.SANBS chief executive Loyiso Mpuntsha and SANBS executive management members joined staff at SANBS KwaZulu-Natal’s Donor Services offices on 5 March to launch Football Fridays at the SANBS.Click arrow to play slideshow.Then click bottom right button for fullscreen (ESC to exit).To view captions in fullscreen, click “show info”.Football Fridays News Desklast_img

A Human Genome in Record Time

first_imgA new type of technology has sequenced a human genome in a month and for less than $50,000 worth of reagents, according to a report today in Nature Biotechnology. But this step toward fast, cheap genomes doesn’t spell the end for large sequencing centers.Human genomes produced to date have all required many instruments running in parallel and have cost up to $500,000 per genome, says Stephen Quake, a biophysicist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and founder of Helicos Biosciences of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The HeliScope Single Molecule Sequencer is the first commercial single-molecule sequencing instrument, so called because it does not require the production of millions of copies of the target DNA for the analysis. Instead, DNA is cut into small pieces and mounted at very high densities in a flow cell, where a very sensitive camera monitors the step by step addition of bases for each sequencing reaction. In the new paper, Quake (left) and colleagues report how the machine generated enough data to cover the 3-billion base human genome 28 times over. That sequence data consisted of short stretches of sequences 24 to 70 bases long, which were compared with the reference human genome sequence in public databases to piece together Quake’s own genome. 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However, the machines cost $1 million. That’s several times the price of other sequencing machines, notes Schloss. While such machines hint at a future where individual labs sequence large genomes, Schloss emphasizes that large centers will continue to play a role in improving technologies and their uses and developing analytical tools for genome projects. Photo Credit: S. Quake/Stanfordlast_img read more

Fang blennies wield a painless venom with a strange history

first_img Fangs on a fish are strange enough, but even weirder is how one toothy group—fang blennies—defends itself from attackers. A new study shows their venom doesn’t inflict pain when tested in mice, unlike the often-excruciating stings of other poisonous fish. Instead, blenny venom causes the victim’s blood pressure to plunge by almost 40% for a short time, which in the wild might slow down a would-be predator (like grouper fish) long enough for the tiny blenny to escape. Even more interesting is how this strange venom—which shares building blocks with the venom of scorpions and cone snails—came to be. When scientists built a blenny family tree using DNA from 11 species, they discovered another surprise: Unlike most venomous animals, which evolve their venom before developing specialized injection tools, the fang blennies evolved their needles before their venom, the researchers report today in Current Biology. After they developed their distinctive enlarged canines, one branch evolved venom glands and turned those teeth into grooved venom-delivery tools (above). The result is possibly the only venomous bite in the animal kingdom that evolved for defense instead of catching a meal.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Patrick MonahanMar. 30, 2017 , 12:00 PM Fang blennies wield a painless venom with a strange historylast_img read more