The changing form of Antarctic biodiversity

first_imgAntarctic biodiversity is much more extensive, ecologically diverse and biogeographically structured than previously thought. Understanding of how this diversity is distributed in marine and terrestrial systems, the mechanisms underlying its spatial variation, and the significance of the microbiota is growing rapidly. Broadly recognizable drivers of diversity variation include energy availability and historical refugia. The impacts of local human activities and global environmental change nonetheless pose challenges to the current and future understanding of Antarctic biodiversity. Life in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean is surprisingly rich, and as much at risk from environmental change as it is elsewherelast_img

Marvin Lewis

first_imgThere were several reasons why Mike Brown of the Bengals could have let Marvin Lewis go the past few years.  Why then did he choose this year to fire him?  From most of the reports that I heard, it was the empty seats at Paul Brown stadium that did him in.Lewis was the head of the Bengals the past 16 years.  He got the Bengals in a playoff quite a few times, but unfortunately, they did not win once they got there.  He will go down in the history books as the winningest coach in Bengal history.  Also, the Marvin Lewis Foundation was a big hit all through the Cincinnati Community, but like all pro-sports, the bottom dollar is what counts.last_img

South Africa leads the pack on the African continent ahead of WEF 4IR Affiliate Centre launch

first_imgThe South African government is delighted to spearhead an affiliate centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), under the World Economic Forum (WEF) banner. Members of the media and CSIR partners gathered in Pretoria on Tuesday for the C4IR Business Breakfast Consultation ahead of the centre launch, set to take place on the sidelines of WEF Africa, 4 – 6 September 2019.The event created an opportunity for all stakeholders to probe conversation on SA’s state of readiness for the 4IR and also take stock of implementations that need to be put in place. Affiliate centres have already been established in China, Japan and India, with South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Israel next in line.In her address, Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane elaborated on how widespread the impact of the 4IR will be: “The technologies associated with the phenomenon of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have already begun reshaping the way we produce goods and services; how we communicate and interact; how we administer health; how we educate the young; and how we do many other things that determine how we live. It is no longer possible to discuss economic development without factoring in the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the economy as whole. Any effort we make as a country to grow our economy will now largely be shaped by how quickly we are able to embrace and master the technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”Minister Kubayi-Ngubane further said that as a country, we were spectators of the second and third Industrial Revolutions, but this time around government would like to position South Africa as a forerunner.Head of the WEF 4th Industrial Revolution Network, Dr Murat Sönmez presented a talk on WEF C4IR, highlighting aspects of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the internet of things, robotics, digital trading, data policies and smart cities. “Who gets to benefit from the #4IR? Through affiliate centres like these, we need to come up with policies and protocols that will ensure that the 4IR doesn’t only benefit a select few”, he said.Dr Sönmez also announced that South Africa will have a seat on the WEF C4IR global advisory board.The realisation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is highly dependent on a reinforced collaboration as the world gears up for global transformation.last_img read more

Ag districts provide defense for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentWith the Feb. 26 special election on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights looming in the city of Toledo, Ohio Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to enroll their operations in an agricultural district. OFBF Policy Counsel and Senior Director of Member Engagement Leah Curtis sat down with Ty Higgins, OFBF director of media relations, to discuss LEBOR’s potential impacts and the overall benefits to farmers who enroll in an agricultural district.The Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) states that Lake Erie, and the Lake Erie Watershed, has the right to “exist, flourish and naturally evolve…” and gives any Toledoan the right to file a lawsuit on the lake’s behalf against any business or government entity in the Lake Erie Watershed.The ag district program provides an affirmative defense for farmers in certain types of nuisance lawsuits. While it is not certain this defense will apply in potential LEBOR cases, it is one of the best and most underutilized tools in agriculture. Regardless of where a farming operation is located in the state, taking the step of enrolling in an ag district can be an extra legal tool in defense of your operation. Contact your county auditor to enroll.Online ExtraOhio Ag Net LEBOR podcast with Leah Curtis  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

‘I beat him’: Adrien Broner insists he controlled fight vs Manny Pacquiao

first_imgAdrien Broner reacts to his loss to Manny Pacquiao in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Adrien Broner suffered one convincing unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight title fight and yet he had the audacity to call himself the true winner of the lopsided bout.Speaking to Showtime’s Jim Gray during the post-fight interview at MGM Grand in Las Vegas., Broner vehemently said that he should’ve won the WBA World welterweight title.ADVERTISEMENT “I beat him, everybody out there knows I beat him,” said Broner who even said that Gray was against him.READ: Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien BronerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I beat him. I controlled the fight. He was missing, I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”Broner did have his moments when he landed several clean shots to Pacquiao’s head but the Filipino was on another offensive and defensive level. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 29-year-old challenger was on the receiving of a brutal beating in the seventh round when Pacquiao, 40, pinned him against three separate corners.Broner had no choice but to clinch Pacquiao to avoid extra punishment.Pacquiao, however, wasn’t done in the seventh when he connected with a booming left straight that sent Broner rocking with the American having enough wits to back pedal and lean on the ropes to avoid going down.Broner (33-4-1) is yet to win a fight after his loss to Pacquiao (61-7-2) sent him to a three-fight winless streak.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Palace: Pacquiao brings honor to country, unites Filipinos in win vs Bronercenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal watching Keylor Navas situation at Real Madrid

first_imgArsenal watching Keylor Navas situation at Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching Keylor Navas’ situation at Real Madrid.Arsenal are considering a move for want-away Navas.Fichajes says the Gunners want long-term competition for Bernd Leno.Petr Cech is reaching the twilight of his career, and Navas is keen to leave the Spanish capital after struggling for game time.An end of season move is the most likely option being discussed. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days agoCrisis almost over as Man City welcome back three defenders for Atalanta

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crisis almost over as Man City welcome back three defenders for Atalantaby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are set to welcome back three defenders for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash with Atalanta.John Stones, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi were all absent in Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace, with midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho acting as makeshift centre-backs.Walker has been out with a virus, while Otamendi suffered a blow on international duty with Argentina.Stones hasn’t started since suffering a thigh injury against Norwich last month. last_img

Workshops on Handling Conflicts and Grievances in Mining Underway

first_img Some 39 stakeholders benefited from the first two-day session held from August 13-14 at the division’s Hope Gardens location in St. Andrew. The Mines and Geology Division is staging a series of workshops on conflict-sensitive mining and grievance-handling mechanisms for stakeholders in the mining sector.The objective is to equip persons with skills to address conflicts, which left unresolved, could affect productivity, operational efficiency, and impact the emotional health and well-being of workers.Some 39 stakeholders benefited from the first two-day session held from August 13-14 at the division’s Hope Gardens location in St. Andrew.Two other workshops will be held from August 16-17 in Montego Bay, St. James and from August 20-21 in Mandeville, Manchester.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Dr. Janine Dawkins, said the workshops address a key issue in the mining sector.“With the multiplicity of stakeholders representing diverse interests, conflict is a phenomenon within the mineral sector. So, as stakeholders, each of us must develop the necessary skills and competencies to manage, resolve and minimise the negative manifestations of these conflicts,” she pointed out.She argued that the benefits from the sessions will extend to the wider community.“Our records show that the development minerals industry account for the direct employment of at least 850 persons and the ripple effect of this employment is multiplied within the families and the communities. So, what is learnt is not only applicable to what is happening within the sector, it really extends into the communities and we must apply it to the places we live and how we conduct day-to-day activities,” Dr. Dawkins noted.She expressed the hope that the skills and techniques that have been shared will increase operational efficiency, and facilitate stronger integration among the operators and other persons in the industry, and the communities that are impacted.Meanwhile, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Dr. Oral Rainford, said the participants will be provided with insight into the necessity and value of conflict management, and the rewards to be achieved by all parties when effectively implemented.He said that the JBI is an “ardent supporter of conflict prevention and conflict management” and is pleased to be involved in the hosting of the workshops.The sessions are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific- European Union (ACP-EU) Development Minerals Programme, which is a three-year, €13.1 million initiative that aims to build the profile and improve the management of the development minerals industries in ACP member states.It is being funded by the EU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by the UNDP.The workshops will examine conflicts in the development minerals sector, including the judicial, non-judicial and traditional conflict management and grievance-handling mechanisms that are applicable, and suggest options for efficient handling of sector-related conflicts inspired by the local context.The first two-day session was attended by representatives of regulatory agencies and local authorities; private stakeholders such as small-scale mining enterprises and associations; and social stakeholders such as civil society and community groups. Story Highlights The Mines and Geology Division is staging a series of workshops on conflict-sensitive mining and grievance-handling mechanisms for stakeholders in the mining sector. The objective is to equip persons with skills to address conflicts, which left unresolved, could affect productivity, operational efficiency, and impact the emotional health and well-being of workers.last_img read more

Peter Jackson Becomes The Walking Dead For Charity

first_imgIn the event of a natural disaster or even a zombie apocalypse, it’s the existing blood supply that will help save lives. That’s why AMC and the American Red Cross have joined forces to raise awareness about the constant need for blood.Peter Jackson as a Zombie for Red CrossFrom now through October 22, “The American Red Cross Zombie Blood Drive” campaign will urge everyone to use their brains and give blood through the Red Cross. Special effects make-up guru Greg Nicotero from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has zombie-fied some Hollywood stars who are supporting the campaign, including Peter Jackson, The Black Keys, Joel Madden, Mena Suvari, EXTRA’s Maria Menounos, Jimmy Smits, Laird Hamilton, NASCAR’s Kurt Busch, Aisha Tyler, Elisabeth Rohm and Whitney Port.The zombie-fied celebrity photos can be seen in a custom Public “Zombie” Announcement (“PZA”) on AMC and online at the network’s dedicated campaign micro-site, www.amcgiveblood.com. AMC is also organizing a special sweepstakes to thank those who support blood donation through the Red Cross. The grand prize is a visit to the set of “The Walking Dead” in Atlanta, Georgia. Details are available at www.amcgiveblood.com.Donate Blood – Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in some states with completed parental consent form). Certain height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.Watch “The Walking Dead” on AMC – AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns for its third season Sunday, October 14 at 9 p.m. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home.Source:Red Crosslast_img read more

Did North Dakota police use water as a weapon against NoDAPL supporters

first_img(Police would blast #NoDAPL supporters with water and then arc tear gas behind them on the bridge, trapping them. Photo: Jorge Barrera/APTN) Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsSenior North Dakota law enforcement officials said Monday the use of a makeshift water cannon in sub-zero temperatures against supporters of a Native American-led anti-oil pipeline movement was “effective” and could be used again.County and state police blasted a fire hose mounted on the gun turret of an armoured personnel vehicle during a seven-hour, all-out assault which lasted from Sunday evening to early Monday morning.Police moved against about 400 demonstrators, known as water protectors, on Backwater Bridge, which is a few hundred meters from the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the nexus of opposition to a multi-state, $3.78 billion pipeline known as Dakota Access (DAPL). Authorities also fired tear gas and rubber bullets, the officials confirmed Monday.See video of the police assault here: Backwater BridgeThe police barrage was triggered early Sunday evening after a group of water protectors, using chains and a half-ton truck, removed one of two burnt-out military cargo trucks that had been left at a barricade erected just north of Backwater Bridge on Oct. 27, following a similar law enforcement operation.Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler, whose officers are involved in law enforcement activity against the water protectors, told local reporters Monday the use of water—despite the sub-zero temperatures that have settled in the region for the season—is now one of several weapons police will employ going forward.“It was effective, wasn’t it,” said Ziegler, with a slight smirk, according to a video of the press briefing posted on the Morton County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page. “We can use whatever force is necessary to maintain peace. When they are throwing rocks, burning logs, shooting sling shots with projectiles at our officers, that would fall under what we would call less lethal, same things as rubber bullets, which doesn’t hurt as much.”“It was effective wasn’t it,” said Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler when asked about using a water cannon Sunday night.Mandan is a small city that sits across the Missouri River from Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota.The city is in Morton County and is about 53 kilometres north of the Backwater Bridge.APTN reporters who were at the scene for several hours from late Sunday evening into the early hours Monday witnessed only a couple instances when water protectors hurled objects at officers. For most of the evening, water protectors either braced themselves against blasts from the gun turret-mounted fire hose or fled from tear gas.See a full timeline of the North Dakota conflict here: #StandingRock, the Players and how did we get to here. Police would arc tear gas over the heads of water protectors on the narrow, two lane Backwater Bridge and then blast them from the gun turrets, trapping people between the gas and water.Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier denied police used water cannons. He claimed the water was fired from firetrucks.“We don’t have water cannons. I don’t know where the term water cannons comes from. This is just a fire hose. Basically, the firetrucks were called down there to fight the fires that were started before,” said Kirchmeier.Video images clearly show an officer sitting in the gun turret of an armoured personnel carrier using a fire hose like a water cannon against the demonstrators.“We don’t have water cannons,” says Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. Photo: APTNAPTN reporters saw only one small bonfire on the bridge which water protectors were using to keep warm and a larger bonfire on the north bank of Cantapeta Creek to the right of the Backwater Bridge facing the barricades. Water protectors were witnessed gathering around that fire for warmth.Kirchmeier said the below-freezing temperatures that evening were briefly considered by the field commanders before firing on the water protectors.“Yes, it was a consideration, but the number one thing as you are going along here is the safety of everyone involved,” said Kirchmeier. “We are not just going to let people or protesters and large groups come and threaten officers. That is not happening. As this was going on, the water was used as a tool to help quell the situation.”The senior law enforcement officials also denied they’ve received any reports of injuries inflicted on water protectors as a result by law enforcement tactics that evening.The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council released a statement Monday saying medical personnel treated about 300 injuries. The statement said about 26 people were taken by ambulance to three area hospitals over the course of 10 hours.The council said some of the injuries included: an Elder who lost consciousness during the police barrage and was revived at the scene; a young man who suffered a seizure; a woman who was shot in the eye by a rubber bullet; a young man who suffered internal bleeding and vomited blood after being hit by a rubber bullet in the stomach; a man who suffered blunt force trauma after being shot by a rubber bullet in the back; and multiple fractures caused by “projectiles fired by police.”A woman from New York City, Sophia Wilanski, was airlifted to County Medical Centre in Minneapolis where she is undergoing surgery that is expected to lead to the amputation of her arm, according to various activists, including Clayton Thomas-Muller, from 350.org’s Keep it in the Ground campaign. Wilanski was reportedly handing out water when she was hit in the arm by what is believed to be a projectile fired by police.The statement said every medical unit from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was used during the hours-long confrontation. Additional ambulances came from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, Kidder County and Morton County.Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair David Archambault said it was “disturbing” to see law enforcement purposefully trying to inflict harm on the water protectors.“They are trying to hurt somebody,” said Archambault, in an interview with APTN Monday. “This is the first time we have seen the use of water…. It is just escalating, getting more and more serious, more and more dangerous.”Archambault draws a direct link between the firm behind the Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, and pressure from the North Dakota government on law enforcement to quash opposition to the project.“The oil company and pipeline company has influenced the state government who is giving orders to law enforcement to do what they can and law enforcement has taken it to another level,” he said. “Every time something like this happen it is interesting to see the escalation of force that is being used. Last night with using water in freezing temperature putting people at risk at serious risk of hyperthermia, using rubber bullets and targeting the heads of people.”Standing Rock sparked a continent-wide, Native American-led movement through its opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. A portion of the pipeline will pass beneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River.They say the pipeline threatens the area’s water supply and construction has already destroyed sacred sites and burial grounds.While Standing Rock never signed a treaty, the pipeline traverses the treaty territory of the Sioux Nation.The Energy Transfer Partners, the Houston-based firm behind the project, still needs to be granted an easement from the Army Corps of Engineers to drill beneath the lake and complete its North Dakota portion.The Army Corps is expected to continue discussions with the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes before making a final decision on whether to grant the easement.Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics recently launched court action against the Army Corp over its decision to launch a deeper review on whether to grant the easement for the project.Sunoco Logistics announced Monday it was buying Energy Transfer as part of a $21 billion deal expected to be finalized next year, the Associated Press reported.Kelcy Warren, the chairman of Energy Transfer, will become the CEO of the new energy firm, the wire service said. The CEP of Sunoco Logistics, Michael Hennigan, will also have a management role in the new company, said [email protected]last_img read more