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Influential Ecology Think Tank Survives With New Focus

Influential Ecology Think Tank Survives With New Focus

first_imgFew institutions have had as big an impact on ecology in recent years as the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) of the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara. Its innovative model of collaboration and pulling together existing data sets has helped shape perceptions of a wide range of issues, including overfishing and climate change. So it was a shock to many researchers when they learned in 2011 that core funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was ending. Now, with a new lease on life thanks to philanthropic grants, NCEAS has refocused on applied ecology and conservation. But how much it can continue to serve basic research is not clear.It is a question “that keeps me up at night,” says Frank Davis, an ecologist at UC Santa Barbara, who became director of NCEAS in July 2011.When NCEAS began in 1995, it was the first national center of its kind. Researchers could propose questions in a range of areas, such as infectious disease and marine ecology. Then a dozen or more colleagues from around the world would gather in Santa Barbara for working group meetings to assemble often disparate data sets and search for answers. The collegial approach paid off. NCEAS created a critical mass of researchers with resident postdocs and visiting academics, and technical staff members who developed new informatic approaches to support data synthesis. More than 500 working groups produced a long list of highly cited papers, often putting NCEAS in the top 1% of institutions cited for their work in ecology. And the model was duplicated elsewhere, with centers that focus on evolution and mathematical biology, for example. 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After an exceptional third renewal, the last of the NSF money ran out on 30 September. “We’re really are in the post-NSF era,” Davis says.Thanks to a $2.4 million grant from the Moore Foundation, announced in June, the center has secure funding through 2015. The grant will cover about 70% of operations for a slimmed-down NCEAS. But the budget is about one-half of what it was during NCEAS’ heyday, when it reached $3.7 million.Another change is that NCEAS is focusing more of its efforts on applied conservation work. The flagship effort is called Science for Nature and People (SNAP), a partnership with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which began in July. The overall model is the same—request proposals for working groups that synthesize data—but the focus is on the role of nature in supplying food, energy, and water, especially in developing countries. “We’re still asking people for their best ideas, but in a narrower span of ecological research,” Davis says. And rather than communicating to policymakers after the fact, SNAP aims to have them involved from the start.The first two working groups, announced on 24 September, focus on using natural defenses to reduce the risk of coastal disasters and balancing infrastructure development and conservation in the western Amazon. The emphasis on influencing conservation managers and policymakers will make measuring success harder. “We’re doing this with eyes wide open,” Davis says. “It’s not that easy to make important and durable changes to policy just by doing science.”Despite the new direction, NCEAS will try to serve the broader ecological community as before, Davis says. NSF still funds some NCEAS informatics research, mainly the Data Observation Network for Earth. And the center continues to train young scientists in data synthesis. This summer, a 3-week session funded by the Packard Foundation hosted 22 students out of 400 applicants. “There really is a training gap,” Davis says.But Davis still hasn’t cracked the toughest nut: how to finance the broad, basic science projects that made NCEAS famous as a center essentially owned and operated by ecologists. Davis is also puzzling over how to ensure that NCEAS remains neutral and nonpartisan while moving into the world of serving clients outside the scientific community who may have strong opinions on issues of the day.“It’s great that [SNAP] is allowing NCEAS to continue,” says Sandy Andelman, a chief scientist for Conservation International, who was deputy director of NCEAS from 1999 to 2005. But she points out a key difference: SNAP has its own board, whereas NCEAS used to operate with a science advisory panel. So it will largely be TNC and WCS that will decide which projects to fund. “That’s not the same sort of community-driven model as NCEAS,” she says. “NCEAS has finished its first life,” says Taylor Ricketts of the University of Vermont in Burlington, who served on its board for 3 years. In its place, he sees three similar efforts at using working groups to synthesize data for applied ecology. In addition to SNAP and SESYNC, the World Wide Fund for Nature is creating the $20 million Luc Hoffmann Institute in Gland, Switzerland. “I don’t understand how they consider their niches to be different, but there’s a lot of work to be done” with integrating science into conservation, Ricketts says. “It’s heartening.”last_img read more

Three Filipinos see action in ONE Macau card

Three Filipinos see action in ONE Macau card

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Record-breaking Neymar says money not motive for joining PSG “I look at Rika and I know I can take her on,” said Torres in Filipino. “I don’t know if I’ll knock her out or submit her but I know I can take her on and I’ll do my best to represent the Philippines.”Eric Kelly (12-3) will break his one-year hiatus from MMA as he takes on former ONE World lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku (25-11-2).In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes takes on challenger Andrew Leone to defend his title Bantamweight title.ADVERTISEMENT From L-R: Joshua Pacio, Jomary Torres and Eric Kelly. PHOTOS FROM ONEMACAU–Three Filipino fighters are set to fight in a stacked fight card ONE Championship here on Saturday.Strawweight Joshua Pacio looks to get back to the title picture as he takes on undefeated Japanese Hayato Suzuki (16-0-2) in the second-to-the-last fight in the card.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Pacio (12-1) faced ONE World strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito back in 2016 but bowed to the latter’s choke in the third round.“There are people who’re saying that if I win, there’ll be another title shot,” said Pacio in Filipino Friday at Holiday Inn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFilipino atomweight Jomary Torres (1-0) will debut in the Asian fighting promotion as she takes on Thai counterpart Rika Ishige (2-0) in the card’s lone women’s fight.Torres, despite being a nervous wreck during the press conference Thursday, said she can take on Ishige inside the ONE cage. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Azkals draw Yemen, stay unbeaten in AFC Asian Cup qualifier

Azkals draw Yemen, stay unbeaten in AFC Asian Cup qualifier

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES But Yemen always proved dangerous on the break and the visitors pulled ahead again in the 55th minute with a well worked counter attack completed by Abdul Al-Matari. James snatched another equalizer with a header off a Manny Ott delivery in the 71st minute as the Azkals grabbed a share of the points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – It was a bittersweet homecoming for national team veterans Phil and James Younghusband last Tuesday night. Returning to the stadium where they represented the Philippines for the first time as teenagers, the Younghusband brothers scored a goal each to salvage a 2-2 draw against Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying here. ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Yemen forces secure Presidential Palace in Aden01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games For all the talk on their struggles of traveling and finding difficulty with the weather conditions here, the Yemenis looked likely to score each time they counter. “We’re satisfied with the result considering the difficult conditions of playing here,” said Yemen coach Abrham Mebratu. “Traveling here was tough and I have to give my players credit for fighting hard until the final whistle. We would have loved to get three points and take top spot in the group, but the Philippines also showed why it is one of the top teams in the group. We’re happy with our position now and we can be proud with the performance because the players have not played in this kind of weather.”The Azkals increased their haul to seven points from three matches for top spot in the group with Yemen two points behind. The two sides face off anew in Doha on Oct 10.Mudir Al Radaei gave Yemen a shock lead in the 27th minute with a diving header off a corner kick, stunning the crowd atPanaad. But Phil levelled three minutes later with a trademark free kick, scoring from 30 yards out – a goal similar to his strike against Tajikistan last June and Indonesia last December in the Suzuki Cup.ADVERTISEMENT UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The result at Panaad Stadium was enough to keep the Azkals on top of Group F, although the Filipinos feel slightly disappointed not to make the most of home advantage against a team that had a difficult time reaching this football-loving city. “We’re a bit disappointed not to get three points, but the team fought hard until the end,” said Phil Younghusband who jacked up his tally to 47 international goals. “We can still take a lot of positives from this game. We’re still top of the group and hopefully get a better result next time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’m happy with the 2-2 and being in first place in the group,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We didn’t get three points but a point is still good. The players gave their all.”Phil equalized with an exquisite free kick in the first half, before James made sure there was no heartbreak for the Azkals with a second half header. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Betrayed Ronda Rousey will get her chance at vengeance against Nikki Bella at WWE…

Betrayed Ronda Rousey will get her chance at vengeance against Nikki Bella at WWE…

first_imgAdvertisementLast night on Monday Night RAW, the Bella Twins once again teamed up with Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey to take on the Riott Squad in a rematch from WWE Super Show Down in Melbourne, Australia.The outcome of the match was no different as the Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan couldn’t avenge their defeat from this past Saturday while Nikki, Brie and Rousey once again stood victorious after Ruby was forced to tap out to the Baddest Woman on The Planet.But the post-match celebration was short-lived as Nikki Bella took the first strike and blindsided the RAW Women’s Champion by stabbing her in the back. Yes, Nikki and Brie turned heel while the RAW Women’s Champion was left stunned by the attacks as the duo began mugging her in the corner.Although Ronda did fight back, the numbers game eventually proved to be too strong for her. The sisters left their final exclamation mark when they sent Rousey crashing into the steel steps before stomping their feet on the former UFC Women’s Champion.EXCLUSIVE: Nikki & Brie @BellaTwins attacked @RondaRousey because they want to start a #Bellalution ahead of #WWEEvolution. #Raw pic.twitter.com/Dl2iPSSqoJ— WWE (@WWE) October 9, 2018Later during the night, it was announced that Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Nikki Bella at the first ever all women’s PPV, WWE Evolution on October 28 in Uniondale, NY.Here’s a look at the video of the massacre laid out by the Bella Twins on Ronda Rousey: Advertisementlast_img read more

Green Hills brings Tuxera Flash File System to INTEGRITY RTOS

Green Hills brings Tuxera Flash File System to INTEGRITY RTOS

first_img Continue Reading Previous SECO announces new UDOO maker boardNext ADI: advanced PLL/VCO solution for next-gen RF, microwave and millimeterwave applications Green Hills Software and Tuxera have extended their partnership to bring the Tuxera Flash File System to the INTEGRITY Real-Time Operating System. The development is driven by the growing demand for secure and reliable storage software in connected cars and other vehicles.The INTEGRITY RTOS is Green Hills Software’s flagship operating system. Widely used by automotive Tier-1s and OEMs, INTEGRITY RTOS is built around an advanced partitioning architecture, and provides embedded systems with reliability and security to offer an optimum deterministic real-time response. INTEGRITY technology is certified to the highest levels of automotive safety (ISO 26262 ASIL D) and the highest security level ever achieved for any software product – Common Criteria EAL 6+, High Robustness.As cars are becoming smarter, the automotive platform software has become complex, becoming write operation heavy and extensively interconnected with other elements of the car. This creates new requirements for the data security of the platform and makes long-term storage performance an important aspect of the file system that maintains it.Designed for Linux applications, Tuxera’s Flash File System offers a full-scale set of features for automotive-grade data handling, including data-integrity functionality for tackling potential power loss scenarios, an added level of security utilizing encryption, prolonged lifetime of the flash memory by reducing the level of storage fragmentation to the minimum, and additional technologies, such as compression and boot-time optimisation.Tuxera Flash File System is not the first Tuxera storage software product to support INTEGRITY RTOS. Previously, the two companies have worked together adding INTEGRITY RTOS support to a wide selection of Tuxera’s external storage file system implementations, including Tuxera exFAT, Tuxera NTFS, and Tuxera FAT – making advanced interoperable storage solutions available to the automotive sector.In bringing its state-of-the-art Tuxera Flash File System to the widely used automotive-grade INTEGRITY RTOS, Tuxera is working closely with Green Hills Software on a shared vision of providing secure, reliable, high-performing software to automotive Tier-1s and OEMs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Iver Ships Tanker Spills HFO in Mississippi River

Iver Ships Tanker Spills HFO in Mississippi River

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: USCG Some 1,400 gallons of heavy fuel oil was discharged into the Mississippi River from the 45,683 dwt chemical tanker Iver Exporter on April 23, according to the US Coast Guard.Initial reports suggested that up to 2,600 gallons of oil was discharged into the river near Norco, Louisiana.The incident, which occurred near mile marker 126 on the lower Mississippi River, did not affect the waterway traffic.USCG informed that the source of the discharge is secured and the 2000-built tanker, owned by the Netherlands-based Iver Ships, is currently moored at the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex.Overflights, on-water and shoreline assessments were conducted and shoreline impact was identified from mile marker 126 to 122. At present, 40 people and six vessels are deployed in response to the incident.Air monitoring is being conducted along the impacted region, and air quality remains safe, the USCG said, adding that there are no reports of injuries or wildlife impacts due to the incident.The cause of the oil discharge is still under investigation.This is the second oil spill which occurred in in the lower Mississippi River during April.Following an allision with a pier, the Singapore-flagged Pac Antares started leaking diesel fuel. The oil spill was reported in the morning hours of April 12 close to the river’s mile marker 100 near New Orleans.last_img read more

Despite funding cuts Mikmaq friendship centre still fighting to keep culture alive

Despite funding cuts Mikmaq friendship centre still fighting to keep culture alive

first_imgAPTN National NewsAcross the country, programs and services for Aboriginal people continue to be cut.Even with a smaller budget, the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre had a chance to show Halifax that the Mi’kmaq are still there.APTN National News reporter Time Fontaine has this story.last_img

Return of displaced Pakistanis must be voluntary and sustainable – UN relief

Return of displaced Pakistanis must be voluntary and sustainable – UN relief

15 July 2009As families uprooted by the military operations in north-west Pakistan begin to make their way back home, it is vital to ensure that the returns are voluntary, that it is safe for them to repatriate and that basic services have been restored, the top United Nations relief official said today. More than 2 million Pakistanis have been displaced by the conflict between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and the vast majority are either sheltering in schools and other public buildings, with host families or in rental accommodations.The Government this week began a programme for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to some parts of Buner and Swat, among the areas hardest hit by the operations. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, who just returned from a four-day visit to the country, told reporters in New York that the issue now is how quickly and on what scale people will begin to return home. It was clear from his conversations with the IDPs that people are “desperate” to go home, he said.He noted that the Government is keen that the IDPs should go home in order to reduce the burden on host communities as well as the general financial burden.“We’re of course also concerned that they should be able to return home as quickly as possible,” added Mr. Holmes. “What we’ve also said is that this has to be a voluntary process; there must be no obligation to return before people are ready.” He emphasized the need for proper consultation with the people concerned and to ensure that the right conditions are in place for their returns. “There has to be basic security there… the power needs to be on, the water needs to be running, the police force needs to be there, the local administration needs to be in place. “The main point is that returns have got to be sustainable,” he stressed, adding that the worst scenario would be if people went back and were then displaced again.Mr. Holmes got a first-hand look at the site of the clashes when he visited the district of Buner last week. He noted that conditions there were in “reasonable shape,” with more half of the displaced having already returned to the district and life seems to be returning to “something approaching normality. “The shops were open, the bazaars were busy, there’s a lot of people moving around and trying to resume their normal activities,” he stated. An initial assessment is currently underway in Swat, where media reports say that people have started to return. Mr. Holmes also pointed out that when after people return to their homes they will need assistance for some months to come, and repeated his plea to donors and the international community for continued and increased support, including for early recovery efforts.“I sometimes have the feeling that the international community and the media have not given the depth and extent of this humanitarian crisis the attention that it deserves,” the UN relief chief said.He added that the UN and its partners have so far received about 42 per cent of the $543 million appeal launched in May to help those affected by the crisis.“We hope the donors will respond generously to what is a continuing and very large-scale humanitarian problem.” read more

SecretaryGeneral to travel to Haiti to show solidarity with quake victims

SecretaryGeneral to travel to Haiti to show solidarity with quake victims

15 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel on Sunday to Haiti, which was devastated by a massive earthquake earlier this week, it was announced today, to show solidarity with the people of the impoverished Caribbean nation, as the United Nations continues to rush aid to the victims. This afternoon, he spoke by phone with Haitian President René Préval and assured him the UN was fully mobilized to bring aid. Mr. Préval said that the biggest problem was coordinating all the aid efforts and that he would discuss the issue with Mr. Ban’s acting Special Representative in Haiti Edmond Mulet. Mr. Ban said United States coordination with the UN was also very important. Tuesday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake is said to have affected one-third of Haiti’s 9-million strong population. Many of the people in the hard-hit capital, Port-au-Prince, do not have access to food, water, shelter and electricity. UN emergency teams on the ground estimate that as many of half of the buildings in the worst-hit areas of the capital have been damaged or destroyed. “We are still in the search-and-rescue phase, and we are trying to save as many lives as possible,” Mr. Ban told reporters today. During a meeting with Haitian staff members this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York, he offered his condolences and said that he will visit the country on Sunday to show his solidarity with UN staff, hundreds of whom are unaccounted for, and the people of Haiti. He also said that he hopes to assess the humanitarian assistance effort and the scale of the catastrophe for himself. With the top UN official in Haiti, Hédi Annabi, still unaccounted for, Mr. Ban dispatched Mr. Mulet, his former Special Representative to Haiti and current Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, to the country to assume full command of the UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH).Upon arriving in Port-au-Prince yesterday, Mr. Mulet held talks with Haiti’s leaders, in which he stressed that MINUSTAH is in the process of building back its capacity and emphasized the Mission’s full support of the Government as it rebuilds the devastated capital. The Secretary-General announced that he is also sending Tony Banbury, Assistant-Secretary-General for field operations, to serve as Mr. Mulet’s deputy. A major humanitarian operation is under way, he said, and “although it is inevitably slower and more difficult than any of us would wish, we are mobilizing all resources as fast as we possibly can.” With the airport’s capacity limited, roads still blocked and the lack of transport and fuel within Haiti, the logistical situation, the Secretary-General stressed, is a very difficult one. “That said, the international community’s response has been generous and robust, and we are gearing up rapidly and effectively despite the challenging circumstances,” he said. The UN launched a flash appeal for some $562 million today, with a bulk of these funds to be directed to urgent needs, including food, water and shelter. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky announced today that over 300 UN personnel are still missing or unaccounted for, with 36 military and civilian MINUSTAH personnel, as well as one staff member with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), having been confirmed to have died. The Christopher Hotel, which houses the UN headquarters in Haiti, and other buildings hosting the world body’s offices collapsed in the tremors. read more

Closing Bell TSX translates Moodys bank downgrade into a positive

Closing Bell TSX translates Moodys bank downgrade into a positive

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly positive in afternoon trading on Friday as traders found a silver lining to Moody’s downgrade of some of the world’s biggest banks, including Canada’s largest.The S&P/TSX was up 18.66 points to 11,426.98 rebounding from a 350 point loss Thursday, the biggest one-day drop of the year. The TSX Venture Exchange lost 16.96 points to 1,200.39.The Canadian dollar gained 0.45 of a cent to 97.60 cents US, after a report showed the country’s inflation rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years.One of the biggest gainers on the TSX was the financial sector, which rose 0.8%, despite Moody’s Investors Service having moved to cut the credit ratings of 15 of the world’s largest banks, including Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank.The ratings agency’s comments appeared to clear the air on some uncertainties about banks with large capital markets exposure. Some of those worries had been built into stock prices months ago when Moody’s announced that it had launched the review. Shares in Royal Bank —a heavyweight on the TSX — were up 75¢ to $52.08.Leading the decliners was the gold sector, which was down 1.1 per cent as August gold lost $4.50 at US$1,570.00 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange after losing $50 Thursday.Shares of Centerra Gold plunged 28% as legislators in Kyrgyzstan debated whether to strip the company of its licence to mine a major gold field in the Central Asian country, with some accusing it of damaging the environment and profiting excessively. The company’s stock was down $3.32 at $8.46.Materials stocks were also weaker, off 0.9%, with Ivanhoe Mines falling 16¢ to $11.99.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones average was up 74.29 points to 12,647.86, the Nasdaq rose 27.60 points to 2,886.69 and the S&P 500 gained 9.61 points to 1,335.12.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $1.78 at US$79.98 a barrel.Statistics Canada said inflation fell to 1.2% last month as Canadians paid less for gasoline, video equipment and some types of clothing, while price gains in many other consumer goods moderated.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. said it has a multi-year agreement with U.S. Silica to transport frac sand, but declined to disclose the value of the contract. The operator will be the exclusive rail service provider to the American company’s newest mining and processing facility in Sparta, Wis. Shares of Canadian Pacific were down 42¢ at $73.83.On Thursday, the TSX plummeted three per cent, closing more than 350 points lower in its biggest one-day drop since November. Much of the pull was from resource stocks and tanking commodity prices.European and Asian stocks fell Friday after economic reports suggested growth will weaken in the world’s major economies. Downbeat data on Germany, China and the U.S. came on top of uncertainty over whether European leaders will make progress in tackling their debt crisis at key meetings.Germany’s Ifo institute reported that business optimism fell for a second straight month in Europe’s largest economy, which has been growing more strongly than the 17-member eurozone as a whole. The survey index dipped to 105.3 from 106.9 in May.That followed a U.S. Labor Department report Thursday that the four-week average of applications for unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in nine months.Appetite for financial assets such as stocks was also dented by the results of a monthly HSBC survey, which showed that manufacturing in China has continued to contract. China’s growth has been a pillar of the global economy in recent years, so its slowdown has been of particular concern to investors. read more

Global efforts to combat climate change shifting into action Annan says

Global efforts to combat climate change shifting into action Annan says

Global efforts to combat climate change are shifting towards realizing existing international goals, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to a key gathering in New Delhi on the leading treaty designed to address the weather phenomenon. In his message to the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Mr. Annan said the gathering “marks a transition in which the focus is increasingly on implementation of what has been achieved.” This effort encompasses many factors, including clear commitments by governments, mechanisms to ensure accountability, and the constructive use of partnerships between the public and private sectors, he added. The Secretary-General called for concerted efforts to reach the goals of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, which contains binding targets on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The quest for sustainable development, he said, is essential “if we are to make a long overdue investment in the survival and security of future generations.” The Secretary-General’s message was delivered by Nitin Desai, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. read more

KBR to do engineering design work for proposed Woodfibre LNG project in

KBR to do engineering design work for proposed Woodfibre LNG project in

KBR to do engineering, design work for proposed Woodfibre LNG project in B.C. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A Houston-based company has been selected to do engineering and design work for the proposed Woodfibre liquefied natural gas project north of Vancouver.KBR Inc. (NYSE:KBR) said Monday it will book the first phase of its work for the project as an order backlog for its engineering and construction segment.It didn’t disclose the value of that work, which will be managed from KBR’s Houston office.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced Friday that an assessment done by the province on behalf of both levels of government determined that the project is unlikely to cause significant harm, subject to certain conditions.The project also requires regulatory authorizations from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada. read more

Penguins put goalie Matt Murray on injured reserve

Penguins put goalie Matt Murray on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Matt Murray on injured reserve Thursday because of a lower-body injury.Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray had been dealing with the injury “for a couple weeks.” Team doctors decided rest was the best course of action for the 24-year-old Murray, who helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017 but has struggled this season.Murray is 4-5-1 with a 4.08 goals-against average and .877 save percentage in 11 games. He has spent most of the last six weeks splitting playing time with Casey DeSmith.Pittsburgh recalled Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League to serve as the primary backup behind DeSmith. The Penguins play in Boston on Friday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Asylum applications double as foreigners turn to TT

Asylum applications double as foreigners turn to TT

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUN agency rolls out regional response to deal with ongoing Venezuelan exodusApril 11, 2018In “Regional”T&T judge rules detention of Nigerian illegal, says immigration law needs amending -man had travelled via GuyanaAugust 14, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese listed as second largest group of trafficking victims in T&TOctober 10, 2016In “Crime” (Trinidad Express) As turmoil continues to plague countries globally, including neighbouring Venezuela, more people are turning to Trinidad and Tobago as a haven from pain and persecution as evi­dent in a drastic increase in the numbers of those seeking refuge.This is according to data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Ruben Barbado, protection officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Nikita Mohammed, assistant co-ordinator at Living Water, at the United Nations Port of Spain office on Friday.Human trafficking is also an issue, with cases of trafficked women being referred to the Counter Trafficking Unit of this country’s National Security Ministry.Ruben Barbado, protection officer with the UNHCR, and Nikita Mohammed, assis­tant co-ordinator at the Living Water Community, sat down with the Sunday Express at the United Nations Port of Spain office last Friday and shared statistics.They expressed hope the Government would move forward to enact legislation to help with the refugee crisis gripping the world.Barbado said there has been a “substantive” increase in people seeking asylum in Trinidad.In 2016, there was a total of 163 asylum applications.In 2017, in just the first three months, the figures have more than doubled, with some 336 asylum applications being made, with 60 per cent of this figure being men.Barbado said Cubans remain the largest numbers of asylum seekers, but there have also been increases from Venezuela and from over 19 nationalities such as Syria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, etc.There are currently 640 refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern in Trinidad and Tobago.Barbado said Trinidad and Tobago is one of the lar­­­gest refugee-receiving coun­­tries in the Caribbean, but third in the region next to Belize and the Dominican Republic.These two countries have legislation in place to deal with refugees.In response to the growing number of asylum seekers in T&T, the Government adopted a refugee policy in 2016 and UNHCR established an office in January 2016.Asylum applications in Tri­nidad and Tobago over a five-year period are as follows:2013……………………………………82014………………………………….402015………………………………….832016………………………………..163As of May 2017—336, with 60 per cent being men.Refugees are people outside their country of origin because of feared persecution, conflict, violence or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order and who as a result require “international protection”.Barbado pointed out that globally, millions of people are fleeing their homes, with the UNHCR figures at the end of 2016 showing 65.6 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide and, of this, some 22.5 million are refugees.He noted ten million are stateless and, of this lot, only a mere 189,300 refugees have been resettled.Refugee policyThe UNHCR has been collaborating with the Living Water Community since 1989 and the non-governmen­tal organisation (NGO) identifies and refers persons of concern to the UNHCR.The UNHCR also works closely with the Immigration Division of the National Security Ministry.Barbado said Trinidad and Tobago does not have legislation to legally help refugees, but he said a refugee policy adopted in 2014 by the Cabinet envisions the Government providing recognised refugees a permit of stay, work authorisation and access to public assistance.Trinidad and Tobago is signatory to a United Nations 1951 Convention which speaks to affording protection to refugees. The next step is to make this draft policy legislation. Barbado said other Caricom countries are looking to what Trinidad and Tobago is doing in order to replicate it and put it into practice.He said measures are being taken to create structures to assist the Government in treating with refugees and to make way for the legislation when it reaches that point.Mohammed said some advancement has already been made with the establish­ment of a refugee unit under the National Security Ministry, and UNHCR has been doing training of officials at the Immigration Division.Barbado said asylum seek­­­­ers would make their way through this region to seek refuge before resettling in pla­ces such as the United States and Canada, but politi­cal changes have made less places available for resettlement.He said there are five people at the Aripo Detention Centre who hold asylum certificates from the UNHCR.Asked if they should be detained, Barbado noted there is no legislation, but the certificates issued by UNHCR are recognised and honoured by the Government.Since there is no legislation ,they are still subject to the Immigration Act—the only way for them to remain in the country would be through an order of supervision.Barbado said the UNHCR’s position is to avoid people being detained as much as possible.However, he said there would be cases where people are detained as the authori­ties seek to validate their country of origin and other information.He said there is also a process to determine whether the person is a refugee or not and once it is determined they are, they are released. read more

Extractives and financial sectors collaborate to produce new biodiversity management guide

Extractives and financial sectors collaborate to produce new biodiversity management guide

first_imgThe Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI), a partnership between ICMM, IPIECA and the Equator Principles Association, has released a cross-sector guide for Implementing the mitigation hierarchy. This good practice guide focuses on managing biodiversity using the mitigation hierarchy – a framework for limiting the negative impacts of development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services.The guidance was, in part, developed in response to the challenges in implementing the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6 (PS6) and aims to balance conservation needs with development priorities to aid in the sustainable management of living, natural resources.Developed by biodiversity practitioners working in, or with, extractive industries and financial institutions, the guidance offers a step-by-step approach and practical examples of how the mitigation hierarchy can be applied to address biodiversity challenges. “The mitigation hierarchy guidance is a flagship product which brings together sector-leading knowledge and expertise to balance development and environmental priorities,” said CSBI Chair Dr Mark Johnston. “The cross-sector approach was essential in building an understanding about what state-of-the-art practice looks like.”CSBI has now developed a set of products to help manage and mitigate the potential impacts of development projects on biodiversity, and realising positive impacts when possible. This set includes the Timeline Tool designed to assist staff involved in extractive project planning to better align project development, biodiversity impact management, and financial timelines and milestones. It also includes Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data developed to help practitioners conduct a meaningful baseline to ensure that outcomes can be measured over time.Formed in 2013, the CSBI is a unique collaboration between the three participating sectors (finance, oil and gas, and mining) to share their knowledge and expertise of biodiversity matters and develop practical tools.The guide may be downloaded for free at www.icmm.com/document/9460last_img read more

No winners in derby at Flens Arena

No winners in derby at Flens Arena

← Previous Story Taleski buzzer-beater for big intro of RK Metalurg! Next Story → RK Celje Pivovarna Laško beat PPD Zagreb in Balkan Clasico TEXT: Patrick LeonardIn this  thrilling Group A first round encounter match between SG Flensburg-Handewitt and newly-named Telekom Veszprém, the points were shared as it finished 24-24.Xavier Sabate, looking for Veszprém’s first ever Champions league trophy, having lost in the final last season against Kielce of Poland, went into the match confident of getting a win having a star-studded team with the likes of Momir Ilic, Aron Palmarsson and captain Lazlo Nagy. However it was the Germans who had a 4-2 lead within the first 10 minutes. The 6000 home fans had a vital role to play if they were wanting to get behind their team to get a win and they certainly delivered.  Having the power play, the Hungarians equalised, making it 5 all in the 12th minute. Veszprém were defending well against the strong German opposition, full of Olympic champions and against Ljubomir Vranjes’ clever tactics.Down by 2 on the 19th minute, Vranjes called a timeout telling his players that they had to move the ball quicker, and he told Kentin Mahe, a new fan favourite and Olympic silver medalist to play the ‘double deutsche’ move. The young Danish keeper of Flensburg, Kevin Møller started the match ahead of swede Mattias Andersson and made a great impression as he made great saves from ‘Momo’ and Palmarsson.  New signing Ivan Horvat came on but couldn’t create a lot against the strong Veszprém defence. Ex Paris and Barcelona left hander, Marko Kopljar, replaced Lazlo Nagy at the end of the first half of play and squeezed  goal past the young Dane in goals. Flensburg had the last say of the first half as mage made a great pass to Henrik Toft Hansen who finished under the keepers legs, going into the break down by 3 at 10-13. Veszprém had the better save and scoring percentage at half time with a 33% save percentage and 52% scoring percentage far better than the Germans.Gold medalists Lasse Svan and Thomas Mogensen, along with keeper Mattias Andersson and fellow Swede Zachariassen were introduced after the break but this didn’t prevent Veszprém from gaining a 5 goal lead at the start of the second half. The  huge crowd were getting behind their team as Flensburg attempted to cut the deficit. Jim Gottfridsson came back from a long term injury to come off from the bench, making it 20-22 with 7 minutes to play. The last five minutes were nail biting as Flensburg managed to equalise at 23-23 but Veszprém scored to take the lead in the last minute. Veszprem playing stupidly with the ‘Libero’ had an empty net and as they lost possession, top goalscorer of the match Kentin Mahe lobbed the defenders to salvage a point for the Germans with full time score being 24-24. Mahe finished with 9 goals just ahead of sharp-shooter Momir Ilic with 7 goals. Patrick LeonardSG FlensburgTelekom VeszpremVelux EHF Champions League read more

Suicides among young people decreased significantly last year

Suicides among young people decreased significantly last year

first_imgConsole also looks at deaths recorded as ‘events of undetermined intent’ when analysing trends, an area which saw a 21% drop last year. For clarity however, more research is needed into this area and others they argue.“We need significant changes and investment in research as the lack of accurate up-to-date information is impeding our ability to understand and respond to the awful tragedy of suicide in a timely fashion,” said Austin.For counselling, advice and general support for anyone who has been affected by suicide, Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 247 247 or at www.console.ie. Read: Suicides in Kerry decreased since Donal Walsh spoke out, says coroner >Read: Booklet launched to combat “suicide crisis” and increase in rural isolation >Read: Suicide in Ireland increased by 7 per cent last year > THERE WAS A significant decrease in the number of young people who died by suicide last year.Suicide prevention charity Console have welcomed the decrease but say that a real-time register of suicide data would help reduce numbers further.Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 57 people between the ages of 15-24 died by suicide in 2013 compared to 74 the previous year. It continues a two-year trend which now shows a drop of 40 per cent against the 2011 figure of 95 deaths.In total there were 475 suicides last year, a slight 6.3 per cent decrease on the previous year, meaning that the fall in youth suicide has not been matched in other parts of society.“While the drop in deaths by suicide in this category is welcome, Ireland still has the fourth highest rate of suicide in the EU for this demographic, according to WHO figures, and this clearly needs more attention,” Console’s Ciaran Austin said today.Console noted concern about the number of people in the 45-54 age group who took their own lives last year, 108 in 2013 as opposed to 86 in 2012. “This would mirror a rise in calls to our helpline from people in this age category. The regional data in some areas is alarming in the CSO statistics with several counties recording rates of suicide well above the national average.”last_img read more

NASA used revolutionary HDR camera to record rocket booster test

NASA used revolutionary HDR camera to record rocket booster test

first_imgNASA recently conducted a spectacular test of the solid rocket booster that will be part of the Space Launch System (SLS). This booster is a bigger, badder version of the one used in the Space Shuttle program, and NASA also used the test as an opportunity to try a new camera technology called High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X). This allowed rocket scientists to analyze video from the test in previously unheard of detail.NASA began work on the HiDyRS-X project because no camera technology existed that could capture any details from rocket motor plumes. They’re just too bright, causing all the patterns of super-hot gas to be lost. If you lower the exposure to the point that some of that can be seen, you can no longer see important components of the rocket. The HiDyRS-X camera can capture an incredibly wide dynamic range, revealing currents in the exhaust as well as keeping the rocket visible.You might be familiar with high dynamic range (HDR) from your smartphone’s camera This feature lets you snap photos in settings where there are both bright and dim areas. A single exposure would either blow out the bright areas or under-expose the dim ones. By combining multiple exposures, HDR can make both visible in one image. This is the same premise at work in HiDyRS-X, but on a much larger scale. The HiDyRS-X can capture high-speed video with orders of magnitude higher dynamic range than your smartphone.The NASA team set up the HiDyRS-X camera and did several test runs prior to the rocket test, which took place earlier this summer at Orbital ATK’s test facility in Promontory, Utah. The footage captured is amazing, as you can see. Scientists note that the intricacies revealed in the plume have never been captured before. However, the team underestimated the power of NASA’s new booster. The shaking caused by the test firing shook the camera’s power cable loose after about two minutes. Hey, two minutes of unprecedented video of a rocket plume is better than none. After all, this is rocket science.last_img read more

Wesley Snipes Says Its All Good With Marvel Studios Blade Reboot Film

Wesley Snipes Says Its All Good With Marvel Studios Blade Reboot Film

first_imgStay on target Marvel Announces Phase 4 TV Shows at San Diego Comic-ConAll of Marvel Studios’ Major Movie Announcements Wesley Snipes broke his silence on Marvel Studios’ Blade reboot and he is looking forward to Mahershala Ali playing the badass vampire hunter in the sci-fi movie.On July 20, Marvel Studios announced upcoming movies and TV shows at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), including a Blade reboot that doesn’t have a set title or premiere date yet, SYFY Wire reported. Even though some fans were upset by the news, Snipes told them to “chillax” in a hilarious statement that congratulated Ali for his new role.Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLADE with Mahershala Ali. pic.twitter.com/mtrDBy5OV0— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx. Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL GOOD,” Snipes said in a statement obtained by SYFY Wire. “Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan. Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan [Lee].”He added, “Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.”Mahershala Ali will officially play #Blade in the MCU! pic.twitter.com/0GQLOUtsXb— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) July 21, 2019Snipes played Blade in the 1998 film Blade, which was followed by Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004, The Wrap noted. Blade follows a half-man and half-vampire character who hunts vampires and tries to protect humans from their evil presence.The Blade reboot, which will be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 5 projects, will follow Phase 4 movies including The Eternals, Black Widow, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.More on Geek.com:All of Marvel Studios’ Major Movie AnnouncementsMarvel Announces Phase 4 TV Shows at San Diego Comic-ConJames Cameron Congratulates Marvel on Beating ‘Avatar’ Box Office Spotlast_img read more