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  • Ten years on: A review of the first global conservation horizon scan

    first_imgOur first horizon scan, conducted in 2009, aimed to identify novel but poorly known issues with potentially significant effects on global conservation of biological diversity. Following completion of the tenth annual scan, we reviewed the 15 topics identified a decade ago and assessed their development in the scientific literature and news media. Five topics, including microplastic pollution, synthetic meat, and environmental applications of mobile-sensingtechnology, appeared to have had widespread salience and effects. The effects of six topics were moderate, three have not emerged, and the effects of one topic were low. The awareness of, and involvement in, these issues by 12conservation organisations has increased for most issues since 2009.last_img read more

  • Snow Football Player Tryout Coming Up

    first_img Brad James Tags: Paul Peterson/Snow Football/Tryout Camp May 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Snow Football Player Tryout Coming Up Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Per an announcement from Snow College football head coach Paul Peterson on his Twitter account, Badger Football tryout day will be later this month.Peterson confirmed the date is May 26 at Badger Stadium-Stoddard Field in Ephraim with registration from 8:00-10:00 am MDT.The camp will run from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and no helmets or shoulder pads are required.This camp costs $40 and payment will be accepted on the day of registration. Furthermore, all participants will be required to download the registration and medical/insurance release forms which can be found here: http://www.snowbadgers.com/news/2018/1/30/badger-football-announces-player-tryout-date.aspxAdditionally, all prospective participants must bring these forms with them to the camp, as well as a copy of their insurance card.This is a great chance for Peterson and his assistants to meet all prospective student-athletes and evaluate their on-field skills.last_img read more

  • Ethical Travel

    first_imgWorried that your cheap summer flights are choking the environment? Ed Parker on getting around the green way.The prospect of over three months without lectures, tutorials, or any other commitments to speak of is certainly an enticing one. Whilst the eager anticipation of reading all seven Harry Potter books back to back may be enough of a thrill for some, the first thing that springs to mind for most of us is that glamorous vision of setting off on a plane to some far off corner of the world with nothing but a backpack and a small pot of marmite. It is an idea, no doubt, which many students will be considering and who would blame them? But in a world in which the welfare of the environment is coming to weigh ever more heavily on our consciences, perhaps there is an alternative approach: one which doesn’t involve flying from place to place without thought for the consequences.Flying seems so cheap and convenient nowadays that it would be easy to ignore the wealth of rewarding travel opportunities right on our doorstep. Perhaps “travelling green” has just as much to offer as jet-setting off to lands afar, not to mention giving you a clean conscience in the process. And even if the idea of “eco-tourism” makes you turn green in an all too literal sense, there is still something to be said for the old-fashioned romance of the Journey. I am not about to suggest that you spend your summer on a rocky beach in Wales. Quite the opposite in fact. Given a moment’s consideration, the range of possible travel experiences that don’t require getting on a plane is simply staggering. From Brighton Pier to the Egyptian Pyramids, there really are no limits to the adventures which you could end up on given half the chance. So why not try something different this summer? Why not replace the artificial gloss of the plane cabin with the charm of a dusty old train carriage? Why not put a green stamp in your passport for a change?So, what to do next. You are ready to take a righteous step towards global welfare, but without the help of budget flights at the click of a button, you find yourself at a loose end. The opportunities are simply endless, but for those who still refuse to take some initiative, here are a few bundles of summer fun that might be worthy of consideration… The Grand Tour  When it comes to traversing the diverse and quirky landscape of Europe, there are plenty of ways you can get around. You could windsurf to Calais, then hitchhike to the Southern coast of Spain and back again. You could regurgitate an old bop costume and pretend to be an attendant on a passenger ferry to Iceland or, like the rest of the world, you could catch the train. The initial cost of getting across the channel isn’t an appealing one however. Even booking well in advance, a return ticket to Paris on the Eurostar will set you back £49 (www.raileurope.co.uk). As a consolation, the carbon dioxide emissions of flying the same distance would be more than ten times as great and, as of 2007, Eurostar have even committed to offsetting the emissions for passengers free of charge, effectively making the journey entirely carbon neutral.Once you arrive on the continent though, things get a whole lot easier. Global Inter-Rail passes start at £115 (www.railpassshop.com) for 5 days of travelling in 10, while £288 will give you a month-long pass. Meanwhile, single country passes start as low as £24, so that with just a minimal planning effort, you could sort out an affordable tour of some of Europe’s finest destinations. Within Italy alone, a single pass could take you through the likes of Venice, Florence, Rome, and Verona without even stopping for breath, and the broad montage of cultural nuggets on offer is simply staggering. From the Rossini Opera festival in Pesaro in August, to the renowned Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia in July, there is something for everyone’s taste. And for any of you not so culturally inclined, the elegant grandeur of the ancient cities, or at the very least the quality of the pizzas, should be enough of an appeal.For those who feel that InterRailing is a little bit too conventional, there is no reason to restrict yourself to the train carriage, comfortable though it may be. You could get a long way in Europe with nothing but a bicycle as your trusty steed, as long as you have the patience and perseverance to spend a lot of time on the open road. France, in particular, is well known for its cycle routes, with an extensive network of secondary road systems taking you past plenty of eccentric villages and a plethora of scenic landscapes. The Loire Valley is a notoriously spectacular cultural vista, with its many historic towns and villages, its opulent chatauex, and an excess of fine wines for the more refined student travellers. If biking isn’t your thing and you are still keen to keep expenditure to a minimum, you don’t need to give up on flightless travel quite yet. Eco-tourism has budget alternatives which rival even the most ludicrous low-cost airline prices. One of the more impressive offers is a single ticket to Holland for only £25 (www.dutchflyer.co.uk). So the green passport stamp doesn’t have to come at too objectionable a cost, even though it does require a couple of trains, a long ferry ride, and the best part of a day for the trouble. Horizons Near and Far  The more thought you give it, the more it becomes apparent that the limits of environmentally friendly tourism are nigh on boundless. Considering the length of the summer holiday, the potential horizons of your travelling experience extend as far as you dare to indulge them. At the most ambitious end of the spectrum, you could book yourself a seat on the Trans-Siberian Railway (www.seat61.com) which, provided you can sustain a train journey extending over an entire week, will take you from Moscow to the heart of China. And having made it that far, why not go the extra yard: Tokyo, Cambodia, Vietnam, and even Singapore are then but a hop skip and a jump away. It would certainly be a story to remember, and a worthy competitor to the most extravagant summer tales recounted by your peers next term.Meanwhile, much closer to home, a rewarding alternative which avoids the extended mileage of a trip to China and back, comes in the form of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A glorious assortment of cultural variety, the festival offers a feasible and affordable destination to students looking for a less formidable, though equally fulfilling, summer experience. Running from the 5th to the 27th of August, the Fringe features more than 28,000 performances of over 1800 shows, including the pinnacle of the world’s comedy, music, and theatrical scenes. At only a £12.50 train fare away, the festival is yet another contender to add to the ever growing list of potential candidates for your prospective agenda this summer. So before you jump at the idea of a cheap and convenient flight to the other side of the planet, take a moment to consider what you really want from your summer. Perhaps you are fed up of tiresome airport lounges and fancy taking a different and more wholesome approach to travelling. Perhaps you might care to indulge in the steps of a journey rather than just the destination. Perhaps your conscience has taken an environmental turn. Perhaps you might try taking the road less travelled by. And perhaps, just perhaps, it will make all the difference.last_img read more

  • “READERS FORUM” FOR OCTOBER 24, 2016

    first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you support the decision of the local FOP filing a “Legal Injunction” against the city concerning their Healthcare benefits?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Mayor’s Message: Jan. 4

    first_imgDear Friends,I want to thank the entire city team, the Chamber of Commerce, business contributors and all of the many volunteers who helped make First Night and First Day such a success. These family-friendly New Year’s celebrations continue to get better every year, and we’re off to a great start for 2019. I’m looking forward to the completion of two major neighborhood drainage projects early this year. In the mid-island area, the city team continues to fine-tune optimal settings for the four new pumping stations. The contractor is completing a punch-list of concrete work, and the grading and paving of alleys will take place in the coming months. At the north end, installation of pumping stations has begun and final concrete work on Bay Avenue is ongoing. I anticipate this project will be complete by early spring. Christmas trees can be placed at the curb for pickup on the regular trash schedule throughout the month of January. Please remember to make sure they are free of decorations.With winter temperature extremes wearing on our roads, I want to remind everybody of our hotline for citizens to report potholes on Ocean City streets in need of immediate repair. Call 609-525-9271 any time 24 hours a day or visit www.ocnj.us/pothole to let us know what work needs to be done.I’m sad to report that Michael Petrozza passed away earlier this week. Michael was a long-time Ocean City resident and ranger at the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course. He also served on the Ocean City Zoning Board of Adjustment. Michele and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and thank him for his service to Ocean City.Finally, I want to encourage everybody to attend a pair of events in the coming weeks.At 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue), I will hold a town hall meeting to address our affordable housing obligations and plans. The state Supreme Court has ordered all municipalities in New Jersey to provide affordable housing for families, individuals and the elderly, and this requirement will represent a significant challenge in the coming years.At noon on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, Ocean City will present its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The event brings together the entire community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. If you’ve never attended, I absolutely encourage you to do so. The program is always inspirational and a reminder that all great things come from working together. I want to thank and congratulate Sally Onesty, who will be honored with the Martin Luther King Award for her support of individuals and families battling the effects of addiction. I also invite everybody to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 21. Volunteers can meet at the Senior Center (18th Street and Simpson Avenue) at 9 a.m. to get supplies and assignments for a citywide cleanup.Warm regards, Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

  • People Who Go To Concerts Lead Happier Lives, According To Science

    first_imgThere’s a very peculiar feeling one has in the moments leading up to a live music event: a mix of excitement, nerves, preparative thoughts, and responsible reasoning. You call your friends, line up the plans, pick out the right shoes, checking all the boxes from your list. It’s a sense of liveliness incomparable to most other moments we experience on the day-to-day grind, a feeling worth chasing after for good. Because we, fellow music lovers, know all too well that what we’re going in for will be exponentially greater than our expectations, and the resulting feelings of the other side.Ultimately, it’s the combination of live music and community that makes these experiences so worthy of our happiness — according to a new study. Researchers in Australia found that people who habitually attend musical engagements are reported to have higher levels of subjective well-being. Deakin University scholars Melissa Weinberg and Dawn Joseph reported that Australians who participate in communal musical experiences — whether it’s at a live concert or a communal dance gathering — have elevated levels of overall satisfaction in life. Ultimately, the common thread is to engage with music in the company of others.The study sampled 1,000 Australians, with an average age of 56, over the telephone in 2014. The subjects were asked to answer questions regarding their levels of satisfaction with health, achievements in life, relationships, et cetera, as well as their modes and levels of engagement with music; they answered with a numerical 0-10 or a yes/no response.The researchers report that “total well-being scores were significantly higher for people who reported that they danced or attended musical events,” compared to people who did not. The people who attended music events also reported higher levels of satisfaction with their standards of living. Similar conclusions were reported for those who danced with other people, scoring significantly higher in overall satisfaction levels than those who did not. Ultimately, people who habitually attend music events and/or dance with other people scored increased levels of well-being and satisfaction in life.The correlation between live music engagements and dancing is clear; their relationship intrinsically binds together the freedom of art, expression, and self-satisfaction; and thus, increased happiness. Beyond the scientific reasons, that live music universally lowers stress levels, increases social bonds while decreasing levels of pain, and can even physiologically cause people to get “skin-gasms”, live music events naturally bring people together who are happy. This is most likely why the ritualistic practice has lasted so long. Happiness is contagious, and live music events are the center point for all these reasons.last_img read more

  • Students react to narrow win over Stanford

    first_imgIn a hard-fought game that required battling both the weather and the nation’s number one-ranked scoring defense, Notre Dame defeated the Stanford Cardinals 17-14.The game had major college playoff implications, with the Irish strengthening their resume to earn the No. 5 USA Today Poll and No. 6 AP Top 25 football rankings. Several ESPN commentators also included Notre Dame in their predictions for one of the final four teams included in College Football Playoff at the end of the season.Kevin Song Although the weather played a significant role in the game, as both teams’ offenses struggled to consistently move the ball, junior Matt Castellini said it did not damper the enthusiastic mood following the game.“Yes, the weather was bad, and yes, it negatively affected my experience,” he said. “But it’s like I always say, rule No. 76: no excuses, play like a champion. We did that in the stands, and they did that on the field.”Senior Casey Macdonald said the game reminded her of the 2011 Notre Dame game against the South Florida Bulls, which was postponed multiple times due to inclement weather.“Seniors started their football careers at Notre Dame with thunderstorms, two delays of game, evacuating the stadium and hours of wait time,” Macdonald said. “Notre Dame fans are not strangers to adverse weather.”Although some fans made for the exits as early as halftime, a vast majority of the student section stayed to cheer on the team.“I was so glad I stayed until the end,” senior Claire Lupo said. “It was maybe the best game I have ever seen our D-boys play.”The fans were raucous and aided Notre Dame’s defense, as a combination of strong secondary play by the Irish and an inability to move the ball on Stanford’s part allowed senior quarterback Everett Golson and the offense one last opportunity to win the game.Junior Chuckie Connors said he celebrated excessively, at his own expense.“We dog piled in the stands,” he said. “I sprained my ankle, but it was well worth it.”The game was a back-and-forth affair that saw neither team establish its dominance, until Everett Golson’s game-winning 23-yard pass to tight end Ben Koyack gave the Irish the lead for good.Senior Shannon Hogan said she felt the Irish were always going to win the game.“It was just proof that the Irish will always pull through in the end,” she said. “I think all of us could feel that we were going to win that game, we could feel the need to win that the players were feeling.”Notre Dame fans can now turn their attention to upcoming opponents, including an away matchup in two weeks against the Florida State Seminoles.Senior Kevin McMannis said he is confident the Irish can continue to win on their home turf.“This was the last home game I thought we could lose, and I’m glad we survived it,” he said.Regardless of the weather, the Irish continue to find ways to win tight games.Tags: cardinals, football, game wrap, Stanfordlast_img read more

  • Africa, Middle East wind installations expected to top 10GW through 2024—GWEC

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Smart Energy International:Countries in Africa and the Middle East will install up to 10.7GW of wind energy capacity between 2020 and 2024, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).The 10.7GW will mark a 167% increase from the current market status. The region experienced a 7% decline in installed wind energy capacity in 2019 compared to 2018. 894MW of wind energy capacity was installed in 2019 compared to 962MW in 2018.Egypt led other countries in the region with 262MW, followed by Morocco (216MW), Jordan (190MW) and Ethiopia which had 120MW of installed wind energy capacity in 2019.To date, the region boasts a 6GW of installed wind energy capacity.Over the next five years, South Africa is expected to dominate the market with 3.3GW, followed by Egypt (1.8GW), Morocco (1.2GW) and Saudi Arabia (1.2GW).Jon Lezamiz, African Market Development Director at Siemens Gamesa and Chair of GWEC’s Africa Task Force commented: “Africa and the Middle East are endowed with fantastic wind resources, and the industry is committed to supporting policymakers in the region to reap the benefits wind power can provide for their energy systems and economy. In those countries with proper frameworks and stable bankable pipelines, we are already seeing a local supply chain being developed, such as Siemens Gamesa’s blade factory in Morocco, to meet wind energy demand increases while providing local jobs to build a long-term industry and economic opportunity in the region.”More: Africa and the Middle East’s wind market to recover from 2019 depression Africa, Middle East wind installations expected to top 10GW through 2024—GWEClast_img read more

  • Colombia and Honduras Agree to Fight Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

    first_imgBy Dialogo February 17, 2010 Colombia and Honduras made a commitment on Monday to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, through an agreement signed in Bogotá by the security minister of the Central American country, Óscar Álvarez, and the foreign minister of the host nation, Jaime Bermúdez. Upon signing the document, Álvarez thanked President Álvaro Uribe’s Colombian administration for its recognition of the administration of President Porfirio Lobo, following the elections called in the wake of the 28 June coup d’état that removed Manuel Zelaya from power. Uribe visited Tegucigalpa on 30 January and met with Lobo, to whom he expressed his support. “I bring the thanks of President Porfirio Lobo for having recognized his administration after the democratic and historic elections held in our country, something that encourages us to establish trade relations with Colombia and to begin a frontal assault on international crime, on drug trafficking and terrorism,” Álvarez said. For his part, the Colombian foreign minister highlighted the signed agreement as an “expression that shows interest, concern, efficacy, and execution on sensitive matters for the good of that country, for the good of our country, and for the good of the region.” The foreign minister also said that Colombia also wants to work with Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, and the countries of the Caribbean in this field.last_img read more

  • Long Island Weather: Nor’easter Snow Continues

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Screen grab from National Weather Service satellite image.The slow-moving nor’easter that’s been lingering over Long Island since Wednesday will finally leave the area, but not before dropping up to six inches of snow during a blustery finale overnight.Forecasters anticipate that the winter storm will dump three to six inches of snow on the region as temperatures drop below freezing. The heaviest snow will fall overnight and into Friday morning, according to Upton-based National Weather Service.“We should get more accumulation than last night,” said Lauren Nash, meteorologist with the weather service.In a special weather statement released late Thursday afternoon, the weather service said bands of snow could impact driving conditions with visibility lowering to one-half mile.All of Long Island is currently under a winter weather advisory. The possibility of flooding also forced officials to issue a coastal flood advisory.Despite the wind weakening during the duration of the storm, the weather service said strong winds could still impact the area. Forecasters call for sustained winds up to 25 mph and wind gusts topping 35 mph.The storm has been a nuisance but hasn’t had a serious impact on the Island. The Long Island Power Authority has reported minimal outages, but said it is continuing to monitor the storm closely with National Grid.“Advance preparation has positioned LIPA and National Grid to respond quickly for customers experiencing power outages caused by this storm,” the utilities said on LIPA’s website.Airlines Wednesday cancelled several flights in advance of the storm, which continues to cause delays in the air. The Port Authority reported that weather conditions have disrupted flights to and from LaGuardia Airport Thursday.The weather should clear up late Friday and will give way to sunny skies over the weekend. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday calls for temperatures flirting with 50 degrees.last_img read more