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Drunk men accused of killing rare bird in Germany under investigation 

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Police said they had indications that the attack on the endangered bird, also known as a wood grouse, had been observed by passers-by when it occurred during a festival in the village on Saturday.

An investigation into animal abuse and possible infringement of conservation legislation by two men aged 20 and 22 has been launched.

The men said they were attacked by the male capercaillie, which typically weigh around four kilograms, and acted in self-defence.

They said they themselves were then attacked by a crowd of 10 people.

The men could face up to three years in prison or a fine if found guilty of killing an animal without reasonable grounds.

Capercaillie cocks are much larger and colourful than the hens of the species.

They are known for their mating display.

The western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is the largest member of the grouse family that is known for its elaborate mating displays.

It lives across Europe and central Asia usually in mature conifer forests and was once found in the taiga forests of northern Eurasia.

At one point, it was extinct in Scotland but a reintroduction programme bringing birds from Sweden has once more established it.

It died out in Ireland in the 18th century and is endangered in Germany, where it was once common.

The main reason this bird is endangered is the loss of the habitat where it lives.

Diverse native forests across the country have been removed in favour of single-species plantations to be used for timber.

Another threat to them are the fences erected to keep deer away from the new trees, which they often collided with.

An imbalance in the predators that hunt these birds is another issue: there are a lot more small predators such as foxes because there are no big predators such as the grey wolf.

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(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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West Nile virus cases double in Cyprus, one death recorded

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The Ministry said one elderly man with a poor health history died from the virus, which is transmitted by mosquito bites.

The Health Ministry data showed that the cases were spread almost all over the government controlled areas of Cyprus.

Several other cases, also including one fatal, have been reported from the area of Cyprus controlled by Turkish troops, where the virus appeared almost two months ago.

Public Health Services said that enhanced measures, including close monitoring of suspected cases and the separate epidemiological investigation of each case have been applied.

Mosquito control measures, such as spraying ponds and stale water areas where the mosquitoes breed, were also applied.

People were again advised to take precautionary measures which include wearing long sleeved shirts and long trousers, especially around dusk, or even use insect repellants when outdoors.

Public Health Services said that in most cases bites by infected mosquitoes go unnoticed, but people with a poor health, such as the elderly, are likely to develop virus-related complications.

The West Nile virus is believed to have been brought to Cyprus by migratory birds which arrived in the spring or early summer.

The birds act as hosts to the virus.(Xinhua/NAN)

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China develops 10MW permanent magnet generator for offshore wind turbine

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China develops 10MW permanent magnet generator for offshore wind turbine

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According to the developer, Dongfang Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.,  in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, the new generator is the largest in the country in terms of rotor diameter and unit capacity.

Based on the working conditions in Chinese waters, permanent magnet direct drive and full power conversion technologies were used to achieve active typhoon-resistant performance.

The company said that the successful delivery of the generator indicates that the Research and Development manufacturing capabilities of high-power offshore wind turbines was a plus point.

It added that the generator will be installed at a wind farm in Xinghua Bay, East China’s Fujian Province. (Xinhua/NAN)

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