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A 2018 Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity

first_imgThis is our ninth annual horizon scan to identify emerging issues that we believe could affect global biological diversity, natural capital and ecosystem services, and conservation efforts. Our diverse and international team, with expertise in horizon scanning, science communication, as well as conservation science, practice, and policy, reviewed 117 potential issues. We identified the 15 that may have the greatest positive or negative effects but are not yet well recognised by the global conservation community. Themes among these topics include new mechanisms driving the emergence and geographic expansion of diseases, innovative biotechnologies, reassessments of global change, and the development of strategic infrastructure to facilitate global economic priorities.last_img read more

US women’s soccer team honors Stoneman Douglas victim

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) — By everyone’s account, Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old student and member of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High girls soccer team, was bound for great things in life, on and off the field.“Alyssa took every second of her life and did something with it,” her mother, Lori Alhadeff, said. “She had the fire to fight. She had the spirit.”Alyssa Alhadeff was one of 17 students and teachers gunned down Feb. 14 at the Parkland, Florida, school. A former student was indicted this week on 34 counts in the massacre, including first-degree premeditated murder.According to Lori Alhadeff, a soccer player herself, Alyssa Alhadeff started playing soccer at the age of 3 and by age 8, was playing competitively.She said her daughter, who played center mid, was on track to play soccer in college and had dreamed of one day being on the U.S. women’s national soccer team.“She loved the sport. … I always thought someday that she would be on the women’s national soccer team,” Lori Alhadeff said. “She aspired for that greatness. … She was probably one of the smallest on the team but the fiestiest.”She said Alyssa Alhadeff was also a huge fan of Alex Morgan, a forward on the U.S. women’s national soccer team. The two had even met six years ago, Lori Alhadeff said, and Morgan had signed not only Alyssa Alhadeff’s book but also her cellphone.Her father, Ilan Alhadeff, said that after her death, her friend Jamie Morris tweeted Morgan to let her know how much Alyssa Alhadeff had loved her and the women’s soccer team. Morgan reached out to the friend, Ilan Alhadeff said, and invited the family and the school’s team to a game.On Wednesday, the Alhadeffs and the Stoneman Douglas girls soccer team traveled to Orlando to watch the U.S. women’s national soccer team play against England. Before the game, a moment of silence was held for Alyssa Alhadeff and her picture was posted on the Jumbotron. Her teammates stood in the stands, holding posters bearing her pictures and messages of friendship.The family and team were also each presented with a national team jersey, complete with Alyssa Alhadeff’s name on it and her number: 8. After the game, members of the U.S. soccer team signed the jerseys for the girls.Laurie Thomas, the girls’ soccer team coach, said that after the shootings, the team had gotten together for days, focused on keeping the memory of their friend and team captain alive.“She was the voice of our team,” Thomas said of Alyssa Alhadeff. “She was a leader, not just by what she said, but also by the character. She lead the team on and off the field.”Lori Alhadeff said the school team as well as her sons had felt the love, compassion and strength from the U.S. women’s team.“It has literally taken my breath away,” she said of the day and experience. “Alyssa would be ecstatic. She would’ve been just jumping for joy, crying and laughing.”Ilan Alhadeff said his daughter would have loved to share the moment with her family, friends and teammates.“It would have been the best day ever,” he said. “It’s just amazing, the overwhelming support. … Helping not just us, but our entire city heal.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img March 9, 2018 /Sports News – National US women’s soccer team honors Stoneman Douglas victimlast_img read more

Harding scores 31 in debut as Weber St. beats San Jose St.

first_img Tags: Jerrick Harding/Weber State Wildcats Basketball Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — Jerrick Harding was stellar in his season debut, scoring 31 points to lead Weber State to an 85-77 victory over San Jose State on Thursday night in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam.Harding, who missed the first two games with an ankle sprain, sank 10 of 20 shots from the field, including 4 of 10 from 3-point range, and added eight rebounds for the Wildcats (2-1). Cody John scored 16 on 6-of-10 shooting for the Weber State, who will also play Central Michigan and Cal State Bakersfield in the round-robin tournament.Christian Anigwe scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, including six on the offensive end, for the Spartans (1-2), who are playing outside the U.S. for the first time in program history. Michael Steadman had 12 points and seven boards, while Brae Ivey and Craig Lecesne scored 11 and 10, respectively.San Jose State’s only lead was 1-0 on a Seneca Knight free throw. Zach Braxton’s layup put the Wildcats ahead and they led for the final 39:06 of the game.The victory was the 249th for Weber State coach Randy Rahe — already the career wins leader in the Big Sky Conference — in his 13th season with the Wildcats. November 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Harding scores 31 in debut as Weber St. beats San Jose St.last_img read more

More news about New Jersey

first_imgTimothy Karr Dear Editor:New Jerseyans are stranded in a news desert. That is, we lack essential news and information about ourselves and our communities. Why? The state is wedged between two populous cities, New York City to the north and Philadelphia to the south. As a result — and depending on which half of the state you live in — you’re receiving a daily ration of news by broadcast and print outlets based out of state, while getting very little reporting about the New Jersey community in which you live.Last year the Federal Communications Commission auctioned off the state’s two main public TV stations, WNJN and WNJT, a sale of locally-controlled spectrum that generated $332 million windfall for state coffers. This year thousands of people across the state are asking for a dividend in return for the sale of our stations. They’re taking action to support the Civic Info Bill (S2317/A3628), which would create a public fund to invest millions of dollars in innovative projects designed to revive local news coverage, community and municipal information, and civic engagement across New Jersey.The bill creates a fund to improve the quantity and quality of information in New Jersey communities, which would benefit longstanding and startup news outlets alike while also launching statewide media-literacy and civic-engagement programs. Importantly, it would also provide grants to support the information needs of the states low-income communities and communities of color, long neglected by traditional outlets.The Civic Info Bill is a lifeline for communities across New Jersey. And it needs the support of everyone. State Sen. Sandra Cunningham represents many of us in Hudson County, and she chairs the Higher Education Committee, which could be instrumental in sponsoring this legislation. We’ve got only a month left to tell Sen. Cunningham and other lawmakers in Trenton to support the legislation. A simple call from you could be the catalyst for local reporting and information services where you live. Make the call and help transform New Jersey news.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgWaitrose has unveiled a new own-brand label range – Essential Waitrose – designed to offer consumers more ’value’ products. Launched in stores nationwide on Monday, 9 March, Essential Waitrose is a range of over 1,400 lines, made up of 200 new lines as well as existing lines, 450 of which will be reduced in price.The range, which is being rolled out until October, will include some bakery and morning goods. == TV time for baker == == New Waitrose line == Megans Bakery has been sold as a going concern to a group looking to invest heavily in the production of frozen unbaked pasties. It has started operating from the factory in Hirwaun, South Wales, after the company filed for administration last December. Administrator Resolve Partner confirmed that it had sold the assets on. == Megans is sold ==center_img == Change of venue == There has been a change of venue for the entries from the London and South East Region competition for the California Raisin Bread Competition 2009 (as referred to in this week’s Reporting In column – pg 11). It will take place at the National Association of Master Bakers’ head office in Ware, Hertfordshire, not BAKO London as stated on the flyers sent out. If entrants are unable to deliver their products to the Ware office on the 19 March deadline, please contact Anthony Kindred on 0207 642 0799. The Hairy Bakers, Simon King and David Myers, have been filming for their next series at Pocklingtons Bakers in Lincolnshire. The programme focused on Pocklingtons’ award-winning Lincolnshire Plum Bread, how it’s made, its history and why it’s popular. Filming took place at the Louth shop and the series is due to be broadcast this autumn.last_img read more

19 July, 1940: War leads to messy cakes

first_imgIt will be an offence, after 5 August, 1940, to place sugar on the exterior of any cake, biscuit, bun, pastry, scone, bread, roll or similar article, after baking. It will not be permitted to sell or to buy any confectionery of this kind. In an instruction to trade associations, the ministry has made it clear that the prohibition does not extend to the use on cakes of jam, jelly or lemon and other fruit curd. However, buttercream, marshmallow, chocolate, fondant and marzipan will not be permitted. This new order is not a good example of official administration. It will not be permissible to put a half-ounce of marshmallow on a cake, but it will be permissible to put as much lemon curd on a cake as its surface will take, because jam, lemon and other fruit curds are not affected by the order. All these goods make for messiness rather than neatness in decoration.last_img read more

Elkhart County government buildings reopen to walk-ins

first_img Elkhart County government buildings reopen to walk-ins Previous articleU.S. 31 Coalition pens letter to Governor Eric HolcombNext articleRibbon cutting planned for the new Bendix E-Sports Arena in South Bend Tommie Lee By Tommie Lee – February 2, 2021 0 281 (Photo supplied/Elkhart County Indiana) Many of the Elkhart County government offices are again open for walk-ins, rather than exclusively by appointment.On Monday the County Board of Commissioners voted to relax restrictions at the county office building in Goshen and the public services building near Dunlap.The Elkhart Truth reports that face masks, social distancing and handwashing are still required inside the buildings.The change does not affect the Elkhart County Courthouse, which takes its direction from the Indiana Supreme Court. Twitter Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

Danny DeVito to Make B’way Debut in The Price

first_img The 2017 Tony race is heating up! Golden Globe and Emmy winner Danny DeVito will make his Broadway debut as Gregory Solomon in Arthur Miller’s The Price. Directed by Terry Kinney and co-starring the previously announced John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht, the production is scheduled to begin previews on February 16, 2017. Opening night is set for March 16 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre, with the limited engagement running through May 7.DeVito returns to the New York stage, where he began his career acting in multiple off-Broadway productions including Shakespeare in the Park. Most recently, he starred in a 2012 West End production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys alongside the late Richard Griffiths. DeVito won the Emmy and Golden Globe for Taxi. His numerous film credits include Junior, Batman Returns, Twins, Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, Ruthless People, Tin Men, Anything Else, Big Fish, Renaissance Man, The Big Kahuna, Hotel Noir and Heist. Producing credits through 2nd Avenue and Jersey Films include Along Came Polly, Man on the Moon, Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight and the Oscar-nominated Erin Brockovich.When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz (Turturro) gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife (Hecht), his estranged brother (Shalhoub), and the wily furniture dealer (DeVito) hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.The production will feature sets by Derek McLane, costumes by Sarah J. Holden, lights by David Weiner and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Star Files View Comments Arthur Miller’s The Price Danny DeVito(Steve Jennings/Getty Images)center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 14, 2017 Danny DeVitolast_img read more

Yoga Kids

first_imgGeorgia 4-H focuses on teaching kids about their heads, hearts, health and hands. When 4-H clubs started offering Yoga for Kids three years ago, the program was a perfect fit.Today, more than 100 Georgia 4-H agents, program assistants and volunteers have been trained as Yoga for Kids instructors, and yoga poses have stretched their way into everything from after-school clubs to standardized test preparatory programs.Many Georgia 4-H agents will offer yoga programs throughout the summer in conjunction with activities hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices across the state.For agents, Yoga for Kids is a fun, inclusive way to keep kids moving during the summer while teaching them valuable lessons about stress management and healthy lifestyles. For kids, it’s a chance to sprawl out on the floor, get silly, bark, moo, meow, and basically try something fun and new over the summer break.Brittani Kelley, a 4-H Youth Development agent at the Cobb County Extension office, was one of 30 4-H agents and volunteers who participated in a daylong Yoga for Kids training in early May at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.She plans to integrate yoga into summer activities for Cobb County 4-H’s Wellness 360 program, which works with families and children to support healthy lifestyles through nutrition classes and fitness programs.“It’s a little different from the ‘let’s just jump around’ kind of activities we offer,” Kelley said. “It’s a calming activity where they not only learn about fitness, they learn how to de-stress and how to be mindful. It teaches them how to focus instead of just running around all the time.”Sergia Gabelmann, Chatham County 4-H agent now certified to teach the Yoga for Kids program to other agents, has been hosting weekly yoga classes through her network of 4-H community clubs for the past year. She plans to host regular yoga practice for kids at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, this summer.“The most meaningful outcome has been the kids’ attitudes,” Gabelmann said. “This is evident in their attitude toward the yoga practice and toward each other.”The kids weren’t so sure about yoga when Gabelmann introduced them to it, but the tools she learned through the Yoga for Kids program helped her engage them.“The first yoga session was a disaster,” she said. “I could not get the kids to listen to instructions or stay on their own mats. I decided to play a yoga game and give them time to adjust. By keeping the class fun and lighthearted, the kids began to settle down and this was how we started our yoga practice. Eventually, they were able to practice yoga and breathing exercises without distractions.”The Yoga for Kids curriculum structures the program to be fun and help kids focus at the same time. Public health and wellness Extension specialists worked with Arkansas 4-H to develop the curriculum specifically for 4-H’ers.The program teaches the basic tenets of yoga — deep, controlled breathing and balanced poses — without the Sanskrit vocabulary or the need for special clothes or equipment. It also gets silly, like mooing and meowing during cow and cat poses.When Georgia 4-H agents learned the curriculum this spring, they focused on safety, introducing basic poses to students and adapting yoga practices for different situations. They offered simple routines for the classroom, energizing wake-up routines for mornings at day camps and techniques that students can use to calm themselves down during stressful tasks like testing or athletic competitions.“You don’t have to be very skilled in yoga to teach or participate in this program,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a UGA Extension 4-H programming specialist and coordinator of Georgia 4-H’s Health Rocks program. “It breaks it down into kid-friendly terms so they’re not scared of doing it and kids really enjoy it. … People are using it and we’re doing classes at Junior 4-H conference, Senior 4-H camp and other different settings. The counties report that the kids really love these programs.”Teachers love it too. The 4-H programs in different counties integrate it into their preparations for standardized testing or offer it during the school day to help kids focus on learning.“One of the main components of the Health Rocks! program is stress reduction, particularly around test-taking time,” Varnadoe said. “This is something you could do at your desk with kids. You can do it in an after-school club meeting or you can host a class at the library on a Saturday morning.”For Jessica Vincent, who helped to certify the latest group of Georgia 4-H agents this spring and refine the curriculum in Arkansas, teaching kids about fitness and yoga is just a continuation of the original Corn Clubs, 4-H’s predecessor.“When kids learn something, they take it home, just like it was 100 years ago when children learned agricultural science in Corn Clubs and took that information home to their family farms,” Vincent said. “Today they’re taking yoga home, they’re practicing with their siblings and maybe their parents will try it too.”To find out more about the Yoga for Kids program and Georgia 4-H, visit www.georgia4h.org or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Start-up

first_imgThe illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life.Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used.Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is for providing light and energy for plants to grow, a rainy day or just a cloudy afternoon can slow a plant’s growth little by little. Those cloudy days add up and can affect how quickly a plant grows — including how deep its roots take hold—and how much it can produce. Some greenhouse growers use artificial lighting. But to shine a light on a plant that’s already getting ample sunlight is a waste of energy … and money.After finishing his doctorate in bioengineering at the University of Georgia, Mattos teamed up with Marc van Iersel, the Dooley Professor of Horticulture, to develop a lighting controller that can respond to sunlight and provide just enough supplemental light to keep plants happy. The lights dim under sunny conditions and get brighter under cloudy conditions.“We provide the plants just the amount of light that they need,” says Mattos. “No more. No less.”The idea has the potential to give the nearly $15 billion greenhouse farming industry a reliable, energy-saving process, which could ensure peak growth and profit margins and provide a more stable global food supply. Or at least that’s what Mattos suspected. Still, he wasn’t entirely sure if his lab work would translate into the real-world needs of greenhouse growers.This could have been “a really cool idea and a bunch of academic papers,” van Iersel says. Instead, Mattos and van Iersel committed to bringing the idea to market by creating a startup. They named their company Candidus, Latin for “radiant.”Finding a path to successMattos and van Iersel turned to a UGA program that’s helping faculty and students take their big ideas and entrepreneurial aspirations and pressure test them for the market. Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, was developed by the National Science Foundation to help scientists and engineers in the U.S. extend their academic research for economic and societal benefits. At UGA, teams go through a six-week accelerator program to identify market need and potential customers for their idea.It’s an important step, says Ian Biggs, director of the Startup Program within UGA’s Innovation Gateway, the university’s instrument for commercializing UGA research.Across industries, the failure rate for startup companies is grim, 90% by some estimates. But data show 40% fail because customers don’t need — or at least think they don’t need—what’s being sold.“You are going to fail if you have something that nobody cares about,” says Biggs. If he sounds blunt, it’s from years of experience in entrepreneurship and startups on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Before coming to Athens, the Oxford-educated Biggs worked in finance for several international banks and was part of a handful of animal breeding startups — including the team that brought the world’s first cloned sheep, Dolly, to life.A flourishing ecosystem As rapidly as technology seems to be evolving, the process for bringing university ideas to consumers has gotten more complex, Biggs says. Years ago, big industry partners would shop around for the best ideas in academia and then buy the rights to take those ideas, potentially prototype them, and then determine if they were market ready. These days, companies are less likely to invest in ideas unless they are sure things. Through its Innovation District initiative, UGA is stepping up to help faculty and students develop their research to have the greatest impact on society.The success in this effort speaks for itself. Last year, UGA ranked first among 193 U.S. institutions for the number of commercial products reaching the market, according to a survey released by the nonprofit AUTM, which tracks technology transfer. In the same survey, UGA ranked fourth in the number of new intellectual property licenses executed to industry. So far, the bulk of that success comes from existing companies licensing UGA technology, but the university is strengthening its efforts to support startup companies based on university research.Connecting with customersI-Corps is a key first step for faculty entrepreneurs, and it’s the perfect Startup 101 course for academics.Hour after hour, year after year, scientists painstakingly commit to their research and their ideas. For Mattos, it was time spent understanding how plants respond and grow in light and how to measure and monitor that response.“When you are really passionate about something, you think your work, your technology, will save the world,” says Mattos. “That doesn’t mean the market is ready for it yet.”Since 2017, 62 groups have gone through the I-Corps program. The ideas are diverse, ranging from using drone technology to assess animal health to using recycled plastics for modular homes, from a vaccine additive to reduce side effects to a better delivery system for probiotics. One graduate of the program is the all-female team of engineers that launched Can I Recycle This?Co-founder Katherine Shayne developed an artificial intelligence-based system to educate consumers on what can or cannot be recycled in their area and how to do it properly. Shayne and the rest of the team were able to determine a potential path to create a sustainable company. They’re currently developing their software and working with potential municipal and industry partners to help consumers understand what’s recyclable.“Without this program, you would have research and innovation that just sits there and isn’t used,” says Shayne. “Without the lessons we learned in I-Corps, I don’t think it would be what it is today as a company. We knew we had a support system.”For Mattos, I-Corps was an opportunity to get out of his labs and connect with greenhouse growers so he could figure out if the adaptive lighting system would be useful to them. He found that growers were intrigued by the system but seemed to be drawn to different benefits. Some wanted the accelerated crop cycle it could provide, others wanted a predictable crop schedule, and still others wanted to reduce their energy consumption.For Mattos, those conversations emphasized that his growers were diverse, and the more people he could learn from, the better. That’s how he was able to construct a revenue model and business plan.Like a researcher devising the perfect conditions for an experiment, he kept pitching new ideas to growers and getting their input.“It was the exercise of making a hypothesis, getting feedback, validating, and then repeating,” says Mattos. “I-Corps didn’t provide the answers. It helped us ask the right questions.”Since then, Candidus has won funding from the Georgia Research Alliance and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for project development and commercialization. They’ve been testing their system with a handful of Georgia growers and are poised to offer their services to a broader market.There’s still so much work to be done before Candidus can reach its potential. But Mattos believes he’s developing the business sense to match his technical expertise.And who knows? Maybe his idea can change the world.(This article was originally run in Georgia Magazine. For more articles from Georgia Magazine. visit https://news.uga.edu/georgia-magazine/)last_img read more