Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

Updated 01 January 2013
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Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

LONDON: Veteran British nature broadcaster David Attenborough is to show the first filmed sighting of the rare pink iguana, in a television series on the Galapagos Islands which began yesterday. The 86-year-old filmed the rare Conolophus Marthae iguana in June last year for his new series “Galapagos 3D,” which goes out on Britain’s Sky television.
It was only identified as a separate species in recent years and it will be the first time the creature has been seen on screen. It was filmed on the island of Isabela in the volcanic Ecuadoran archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. “It was a privilege to see it,” said Attenborough. “It’s a remarkable thing in this day and age when you think about the number of scientists per square meter in the Galapagos, and yet suddenly we have discovered a new species. “A little periwinkle or something which nobody has identified before is one thing, but this is more than that: it’s a large, pink iguana.”
Series executive producer Geffen added: “When he finally came face-to-face with the iguana it was just one of the most extraordinary moments that I’ve ever experienced: Here was the world’s greatest naturalist coming face-to-face with a new species. “In the footsteps of Charles Darwin but almost 200 years later, David Attenborough was capturing the rare species on film for the first time.” Attenborough celebrated 60 years with the BBC last year in a career that has seen him win many awards and the respect of the scientific community.


Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early

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Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early

TOKYO: A Japanese city official has been reprimanded and fined for repeatedly leaving his desk during work hours — but only for around three minutes to buy lunch.
The official, who works at the waterworks bureau in the western city of Kobe, began his designated lunch break early 26 times over the space of seven months, according to a city spokesman.
“The lunch break is from noon to 1 pm. He left his desk before the break,” the spokesman said on Thursday.
The official, 64, had half a day’s pay docked as punishment and the bosses called a news conference to apologize.
“It’s deeply regrettable that this misconduct took place. We’re sorry,” a bureau official told reporters, bowing deeply.
The worker was in violation of a public service law stating that officials have to concentrate on their jobs, according to the bureau.
The news sparked a heated debate on Japanese social media, with many defending the official.
“It’s sheer madness. It’s crazy. What about leaving your desk to smoke?” said one Twitter user.
“Is this a bad joke? Does this mean we cannot even go to the bathroom?” said another.
The city had previously suspended another official in February for a month after he had left his office numerous times to buy a ready-made lunch box during work hours.
The official was absent a total of 55 hours over six months, according to the city.