Antarctic terrestrial biodiversity in a changing world

first_imgRecent analyses of Antarctic terrestrial biodiversity data, in combination with molecular biological studies, have created a new paradigm that long-term persistence and regional isolation are general features of most of the major groups of Antarctic terrestrial biota, overturning the previously widely assumed view of a generally recent colonisation history. This paradigm, as well as incorporating a new and much longer timescale in which to consider the evolution and adaptation of Antarctic terrestrial biota, opens important new cross-disciplinary linkages with geologists and glaciologists seeking to unravel the history of the continent itself. This unique biota now faces the twin challenges of responding to the complex processes of climate change facing some parts of the continent, and the direct impacts associated with human occupation and activity. In many instances, this biota is likely to benefit, initially at least, from the current environmental changes, and there is an expectation of increased production, biomass, population size, community complexity, and colonisation. However, the impacts of climate change may themselves be outweighed by other, direct, impacts of human activities, and in particular, the introduction of non-indigenous organisms from which until recently the terrestrial ecosystems of the continent have been protected. The Antarctic research community and those responsible for governance under the Antarctic treaty system are faced with the pressing challenges of (1) ensuring there is sufficient baseline monitoring and survey activity to enable identification of these changes, however caused and (2) ensuring that effective operational management and biosecurity procedures are in place to minimise the threat from anthropogenic activities.last_img

Three Snow Women’s Volleyball Players Headed To Division I

first_imgFebruary 4, 2020 /Sports News – Local Three Snow Women’s Volleyball Players Headed To Division I Written by Tags: Snow Women’s Volleyball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Three members of the Snow College women’s volleyball program have announced plans to transfer to Division-I programs, all within the state of Utah. Andreanna McKee and Bridget Triplett transferred mid-year to Southern Utah University, and Sarah Morley has singed to play for Weber State University, beginning Fall 2020.Andreanna McKee, a 6-1 outside hitter from Brigham City, Utah, totaled 293 kills during the 2019 season, averaging 2.42 kills per set. She hit a stellar .272 on the season and chipped in 51 blocks on the season. McKee earned All-Region honorable mention honors, and was named to the Region XVIII All-Tournament team after helping lead the Badgers to the 2019 Region XVIII Tournament Championship.Bridget Triplett, a 6-1 middle blocker from Hunstville, Utah, hit .204 on the season, racking up 91 kills on 260 attempts. Triplett collected 81 blocks on the season, averaging 1.29 blocks per set. Triplett helped lead the Badgers to a 3-1 win over Southern Idaho with a season-high eight kills and six blocks. She had seven games during the season where she hit .400 or better.Sarah Morley, a 5-6 outside hitter from Payson, Utah, earned Second Team All-Region honors after ranking second on the Snow College roster with 321 kills. Morley averaged 2.7 kills per set and hit .209 on the season. As a six-rotation outside, Sarah also ranked second on the team with 343 digs. Sarah was named the Region XVIII Tournament MVP after racking up 25 kills in the Badgers’ 3-2 win over Utah State Eastern in the championship game. In the semifinals, Morley totaled 17 kills. For the tournament, she averaged 4.7 kills per set. Morley will transfer to Weber State and will compete for playing time as a libero/defensive specialist.The Badger trio become the 12th, 13th, and 14th players to transfer to four-year programs over the past four seasons, including the 8th, 9th, and 10th players to transfer to NCAA Division-I programs. Over the past four seasons, players from the Snow College volleyball program have transferred to a number of D-I programs, including Boise State (1), Brigham Young (2), Southern Utah (4), Weber State (1), and Utah State (2). Other players have transferred to Dixie State, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Bethel, and Southern Virginia. Brad Jameslast_img

Why NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace says he’ll take embarrassment over the alternative

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChris Graythen/Getty ImagesBY: Kelly McCarthy, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — After “an emotional few days,” NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace addressed his followers on Twitter Wednesday after the FBI investigation concluded that he was not the direct target of a hate crime.“First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was,” Wallace said after NASCAR initially reported a noose was found in his team’s garage at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. “I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a racial threat. I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been.”— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020“Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not detract from the show of unity we had on Monday and the progress we’ve made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all,” Wallace added.The FBI completed its investigation Tuesday and announced it is not filing any federal charges.Integrity..something nobody will ever be able to take away from me.God will always test us to show how strong we truly are. Still standing proud and still smiling.— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020The noose in question from the incident had been in the garage since as early as last fall, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp.Wallace spoke to ESPN’s “First Take” on Wednesday to discuss the findings as well as his perspective of how things have unfolded.“Are we hypersensitive to everything that’s going on in the world now? Absolutely,” Wallace told ESPN. “But if you were in my shoes — and I doubt anybody could walk in my shoes, especially at this moment — you would go down that route time and time again.”“Yes, it was a garage pull for our stall at Talladega, but that was in the solid shape of a noose,” Wallace continued. “And when my guys seen that, when my crew member had seen that — who happened to be African American — he did his research first, and I was very proud of that. David Cropps — a guy I’ll stand by in any trenches, any day — walked up and down the garages to make sure he wasn’t overreacting. And when he seen that the other garage pulls were basically just a solid piece of rope, no knots in them, and we had a knot that was in the shape of a noose — yeah, that calls [for an investigation].”Since the incident was reported and investigated, Wallace, who is the sport’s only top full-time Black driver, received an abundance of support from his team, competitors and the racing community, as well as on social media.In a press call with media on Tuesday, NASCAR President Steve Phelps said the result of the investigation was “fantastic” news.“There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred,” Phelps said. “It’s not who we are as a sport.”Phelps said that NASCAR will be continuing its own investigation to determine “why there was a rope fashioned into a noose.” He said the noose was present in the garage during a race in October. On Sunday, a member of Wallace’s crew found and reported it to his crew chief, who then brought it to the attention of NASCAR Cup Series Director Jay Fabian, he said.“To be clear, we would do this again,” Phelps said. “The evidence that we had, it was clear that we needed to look into this.”Some people have criticized NASCAR’s handling of the incident after the FBI concluded that the rope was a garage door pull rope, which some racing fans have said is common in the garages.Others, including Wallace’s team, Richard Petty Motorsports, have responded that it was better to treat the incident as a threat and deal with the backlash. June 24, 2020 /Sports News – National Why NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace says he’ll take embarrassment over the alternative The team behind Wallace and his 43 Chevrolet have been supportive of his efforts to stand up for social change in the sport.He has been a leading voice in the sport amid calls for justice following the death of George Floyd and ran a Black Lives Matter paint scheme on his own car at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia two weeks ago.Wallace also helped push NASCAR to ban the Confederate Flag from all events and races and celebrated the sport for enacting real change.“I said a couple weeks ago, that something changed inside me to be an activist. My mother said, ‘Did you ever believe you would be an activist?’ I said, ‘No, not really.’ But I just felt in my heart that I needed to step up and be a leader in the forefront,” Wallace said Tuesday on “The View.” “These times kind of bring back that positive light of love and passion and solidarity and unity, to unite together and show that love is way stronger than hate.”Copyright read more

Apergy to acquire Ecolab’s upstream energy business in $4.4bn deal

first_img The deal combines two highly complementary oilfield equipment companies. Credit: Pixabay/skeeze. Apergy, a US oilfield equipment provider, has agreed to acquire the upstream energy business of Nalco Champion, a subsidiary of Ecolab, in a deal valued at around $4.4bn.The consideration includes assumption of the upstream energy business’ net debt of around $492m by the Texas-based Apergy.The oilfield equipment company said that the deal will be subject to separation of the upstream energy unit by Ecolab, which is being renamed ChampionX.The spun-out business will be merged with the Texan firm in a tax-free transaction with a goal to create an enlarged provider of production-optimisation solutions with an enterprise value of around $7.4bn. The combined company will have a total workforce of more than 8,000 employees.Apergy said that the deal combines two highly complementary oilfield equipment and specialty chemical companies having strong operating platforms and relatively stable end markets.ChampionX’s business comprises the drilling, completion, energy production, chemistry sciences, and solutions operations that are included currently within Ecolab’s energy segment. Apergy expects the upstream energy business to earn around $2.4bn in revenue in 2019.The deal doesn’t include the downstream chemistry solutions business from Ecolab’s former energy segment.Apergy CEO comments on ChampionX acquisitionApergy president and CEO Sivasankaran Somasundaram said: “This transaction is a great development benefiting both Apergy and Ecolab shareholders.“It brings together two well respected companies to create a global leader that provides customers with a full suite of production-optimization solutions, solidifying our position as a focused leader in the production segment, while providing shareholders and employees better long term growth opportunities.”Upon closing of the deal, the Texan oilfield equipment provider will issue nearly 127 million shares to existing Ecolab’s shareholders, who will own nearly 62% of the combined company. The remaining stake of around 38% in the enlarged company will be held by Apergy’s shareholders.Ecolab chairman and CEO Douglas Baker, Jr. said: “This transaction is a terrific development for both Apergy and ChampionX. It brings together two established industry leaders, creating a strong and focused entity with an experienced management team, considerable scale and a broader range of solutions that better serve customer needs.”The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions that include Apergy’s shareholders’ approval and regulatory approvals, is expected to be closed by the end of the second quarter of 2020. Apergy said that the deal combines two highly complementary oilfield equipment and specialty chemical companieslast_img

USS Emory S. Land Arrives in Subic Bay, Philippines

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Arrives Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines Dec. 12 as part of the U.S. Navy’s ongoing commitment to theater security cooperation and friendship with local allied navies.This holiday season, Land will continue its voyage repair period and the crew will participate in outreach projects and partnership building activities within the local community.“I am very happy to have the opportunity to continue our visit within Republic of the Philippines and continue to build our partnership with the surrounding community,” said Capt. Glenn W. Pendrick, Land’s commanding officer. “The hospitality shown by the people of the Philippines is representative of the strong relationship that exists between our two nations, and I am excited for my crew to have the opportunity to interact with our counterparts and the local community here.”During Land’s most recent visit to Subic Bay, Lt. Aaron Roberton, the command chaplain, organized and executed 18 community service projects (COMSERVs). During this visit, Land’s crew plans to participate in more COMSERVs with the local community as well as a ‘Project Handclasp’ operation.“These opportunities allow the Sailors from both countries to share experiences and develop professional relationships,” said Roberton. “We were able to make a profound positive impact on the local community, and we look forward to continuing this good work.”USS Emory S. Land, homeported in Diego Garcia, is on an extended deployment conducting coordinated tending moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 17, 2012 Share this article View post tag: Bay Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Philippines View post tag: land View post tag: Subic View post tag: News by topic View post tag: S View post tag: Emory Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Emory S. Land Arrives in Subic Bay, Philippines USS Emory S. Land Arrives in Subic Bay, Philippines View post tag: USS December 17, 2012last_img

Eco-Friendly “Green Yards” Presentation on March 11

first_imgThe library is located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. The public is invited to a free program titled “Green Yards: Environmentally Friendly Garden and Lawn Care” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at the Ocean City Free Public Library.Jennifer Sawyer of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension will speak on utilizing native species in the garden, good water management practices, green lawn care and more.The lecture, in Room N110, is part of a series presented by the Ocean City Environmental Commission and the Ocean City Free Public Library, located at 1735 Simpson Ave.last_img

Spafford Announces 2019 Tour

first_imgSpafford has announced a 40-date winter tour! The Arizona jammers will traverse North America, hitting major markets, colleges, and ski towns, from January 30th through March 23rd.Following their upcoming New Year’s Eve run in Phoenix (12/30 & 12/31 at The Van Buren), Spafford will re-group in mid-January to perform on Jam Cruise. The winter tour will then kick off in Minneapolis at the Fine Line Music Cafe, with stops at Buffalo, NY’s Buffalo Iron Works; Philadelphia, PA’s Union Transfer; Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club; Atlanta, GA’s Variety Playhouse; Ft. Lauderdale, FL’s Culture Room; and Aspen, CO’s Belly Up; as well as two-night runs at Winter Park, CO’s Ullrs Tavern; Frisco, CO’s 10 Mile Music Hall; and San Rafael, CA’s Terrapin Crossroads to close the tour.In June, Spafford will join Umphrey’s McGee for the opening night of their annual three-show run at  Red Rocks Amphitheatre.Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to the band’s website for more information.SPAFFORD // WINTER TOUR 2019DECEMBER30 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren31 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van BurenJANUARY15-21 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise 17 – SOLD OUT30 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe31 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomFEBRUARY01 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue02 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre05 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom06 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works07 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater08 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer09 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club11 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern12 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre14 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle15 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel16 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre17 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse20 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room22 – Tampa Bay, FL – The Orpheum23 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live24 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall26 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Druid City Music Hall27 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre28 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’sMARCH01 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge02 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck06 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen07 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern08 – Winter Park, CO – Ullrs Tavern09 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall10 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall13 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre14 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge15 – Seattle, WA – Nectar16 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom17 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall20 – Bend, OR – The Domino Room21 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Crown Room22 – Chico, CA – Lost On Main23 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin Crossroads24 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin CrossroadsJUNE21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Umphrey’s McGee)View All Tour Dateslast_img

Harvard Thinks Green: Your Role as a Leader of Sustainability Efforts

first_imgProfessor Robert Kaplan from the Harvard Business School is a professor of Management PolicyDecember 8, 2011last_img

Lynbrook Fatal DWI Suspect’s Charges Upgraded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County grand jury indicted an accused drugged driver on new, upgraded charges after the suspect allegedly caused a crash that killed a man and woman in Lynbrook two months ago.John Aniano pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. The 25-year-old suspect was initially arrested on charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired. The suspect and both victims were all from Lynbrook.Prosecutors said Aniano was speeding in his Mercedes Benz westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the back of a Toyota that was stopped at a red light, propelling the victim’s vehicle into the eastbound lanes, where it struck an eastbound Toyota at 8:13 p.m. Jan. 12.The driver in the vehicle that Aniano allegedly hit, 42-year-old John Jones, was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital where he died of his injuries. His passenger, Sharon Rene Long was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other Toyota was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.Police have said that Aniano was found to be under the influence of drugs and two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle.Judge Patricia Harrington continued the bail at $500,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond. If convicted, Aniano faces up to 25 years in prison. He is due back in court on March 27.last_img

Flags in Owego celebrate 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

first_imgOWEGO (WBNG) — If you’ve been through the village of Owego lately, you’ve probably noticed purple and yellow flags on buildings throughout town. As a mark of that progress, she said there was one group in particular that got the flags first: women-owned and operated businesses. The flags are currently lining the streets of Owego for all to see. Those flags are there to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being ratified, which gave women the right to vote. “It’s great having that with younger folks and saying, ‘you probably don’t remember in the early 70’s women couldn’t even have credit in their name,'” she said. “It’s been women’s right to vote and then other things happened because of that.” You can sign up to get a flag at Hemp Geek, located at 44 Lake Street in Owego. Knickerbocker emphasized there has been a high demand for flags. Instead members banded together to distribute 19th Amendment victory flags throughout the village. Knickerbocker said it’s not only a way to commemorate the efforts of suffragists like Paul, but also a way to start a conversation about progress, especially with young people who may not fully understand the amendment’s significance. Knickerbocker said the primary purpose of the flags is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s passing, but said with women-owned businesses lining the streets of downtown Owego, the flag meant more. “Each star represents a state that ratified the 19th Amendment before it went to congress,” she said. “Originally it was sewn by Alice Paul, so it’s also called the Alice Paul Flag.” Chris Knickerbocker is a member of the Tioga County Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee. She said the committee had originally planed a year long celebration, but the complications caused by the pandemic cut that celebration short. There are more ways to celebrate. To find out more about podcasts, activities and learning opportunities for kids, contact Tioga County tourism at 607-687-7440.last_img