A Horizon Scan of Emerging Global Biological Conservation Issues for 2020.

first_imgIn this horizon scan, we highlight 15 emerging issues of potential relevance to global conservation in 2020. Seven relate to potentially extensive changes in vegetation or ecological systems. These changes are either relatively new, for example, conversion of kelp forests to simpler macroalgal systems, or may occur in the future, for example, as a result of the derivation of nanocelluose from wood or the rapid expansion of small hydropower schemes. Other topics highlight potential changes in national legislation that may have global effect on international agreements. Our panel of 23 scientists and practitioners selected these issues using a modified version of the Delphi technique from a long-list of 89 potential topics.last_img

German combat support ship rescues 105 in the Mediterranean

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today German combat support ship rescues 105 in the Mediterranean View post tag: Op Sophia Authorities March 30, 2016 German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Frankfurt am Main, part of EUNAVFOR’s Op Sophia mission saved 105 migrants 50 kilometers north of the Tripoli coast on March 29.Once all migrants were taken on board the warship, sailors sunk the rubber boat which was used by migrants.EGV Frankfurt am Main later transferred the rescued persons to the Italian frigate Grecale which transferred the migrants to a safe port.According to the German Navy, the latest rescue operation has brought the number of persons saved in the Mediterranean to 12.613 since the mission started on May 7, 2015. View post tag: German Navy Share this article German combat support ship rescues 105 in the Mediterranean View post tag: EGV Frankfurt am Mainlast_img read more

Spanish Navy deploys OPV Arnomendi to NAFO mission

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy deploys OPV Arnomendi to NAFO mission View post tag: OPV Arnomendi Authorities Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Arnomendi (P-63) has set sail from Ferrol, Spain towards Newfoundland waters, Canada to participate in the 2016 protection campaign of NAFO (North-West Atlantic Fisheries Organization) fishing grounds.The Spanish Navy participates in this seasonal campaign providing naval assets to the European Union to monitor and control the trawlers fishing in the area, in order to warrant the conservation and protection of fishery resources.NAFO is an intergovernmental fisheries science and management body. It was founded in 1979 as a successor to ICNAF (International Commission of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries) (1949-1978) with an overall objective to contribute through consultation and cooperation to the optimum utilization, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources of the NAFO Convention Area.The P-63 Arnomendi was built in Vigo, Spain in 2000. With a crew of 37 people plus a medical doctor, the patrol boat belongs to the Maritime Action Force and is currently under command of Lt-Cdr. Rafael Fernando Aguirre. For this specific campaign, 4 inspectors and coordinators from the European Fisheries Control Agency have also embarked. View post tag: Spansh Navy Share this article August 24, 2016 View post tag: NAFO Spanish Navy deploys OPV Arnomendi to NAFO missionlast_img read more

Frank Langella Will Lead The Father on Broadway

first_img Star Files View Comments Frank Langella The Father Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Shows Frank Langella is returning to Broadway in the American premiere of a new play! The three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee will headline Florian Zeller’s The Father in a translation by two-time Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, the limited engagement will begin previews on March 22, 2016 and officially open on April 12 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.Langella won the Tony for his performance in Frost/Nixon; he reprised his role for the film, picking up an Oscar nomination. He also garnered Tonys for Fortune’s Fool and Seascape and additionally received Tony nods for Man and Boy, Match and Dracula. Broadway buffs will note that Langella previously collaborated with Hughes on A Man for All Seasons. Langella’s TV and film resume includes Superman Returns, Robert & Frank and The Americans, and he was recently tapped for the screen adaptation of the Bryan Cranston-led All the Way.The Father looks inside the mind of Andre (Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?As previously reported, a West End transfer of The Father will play a limited engagement this fall at the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End, starring Tony nominee Kenneth Cranham. This follows acclaimed debut runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and the Tricycle Theatre in London.Additional casting and creative team for the Broadway production will be announced later.last_img read more

Wendy’s eyes possible breach; NAFCU pushes data standards

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In light of a possible data breach at the fast-food chain Wendy’s, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler on Wednesday urged House and Senate leaders again to support national data security standards for merchants.“Americans’ sensitive financial and personally identifiable information will only be as safe as the weakest link in the security chain,” Thaler wrote in a letter to House and Senate leaders. Thaler pointed out that financial institutions are already subject to data security standards under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, but merchants are not.Wendy’s has some 6,500 restaurants worldwide. It is investigating claims of a possible data breach at some of its locations that likely occurred late last year, though the details are still unknown, KrebsOnSecurity reported Wednesday.Bob Bertini, spokesman for Wendy’s, told Krebs the company started receiving reports earlier this month from its payment industry contacts about a potential breach and that Wendy’s has a security firm looking into the claims. continue reading »last_img read more

Connecting with Gen Z: Six tips for credit unions

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » While there are many things financial marketers should know about Generation Z, the absolute essential is that money stresses this generation more than anything else.“Money is in short supply for these people and it drives everything they are doing,” says Jim Marous, industry observer.Generation Z, by one convention, consists of people born between 1997 and 2012, and it has become the largest generation in the world, by population, representing about a third of the world. The older ones are in college and either working part-time or full-time and one thing they share is a focus on savings, because of their money anxiety. Indeed, even though they have just started on adult life, they commonly already think about retirement.This comes from astute observation. Their parents may be Gen Xers just waking up to the need to save for retirement or possibly even Baby Boomers confronting it. Either way, “they see that retirement is not as stress-free as they would have liked it to be,” says Marous, Co-Publisher of The Financial Brand and Owner/Publisher of the Digital Banking Report. Marous provided opening remarks during a webinar presented by EVERFI and The Financial Brand.last_img read more

Start planning post-COVID-19 investment strategies now

first_imgThe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on credit union income statements won’t be clear for many months or even years, but it’s not too soon to consider some long-term recovery strategies. One of these could be shifting more of your investments to those allowable for employee benefits pre-funding programs and/or charitable donation accounts.Some of the most likely income losses from this crisis include:Net interest margin: Restructuring loans at lower rates and deferring loan payments will hurt net interest margins. A flight to safety by members could also result in credit unions parking excess liquidity in short-term investments due to increasing interest rates that make long-term bonds unattractive.Fee and other income: The National Credit Union Association issued guidance on March 16 about reducing or waiving fees for non-sufficient funds, skip-pays, loan restructurings and foreign ATM usage. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Driver was high during Vestal crash, police say

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — Vestal Police say the driver arrrested Tuesday after a five-car crash was high while behind the wheel. After the plunge, authorities explain Seeley was able to make his way up onto the side of the road while being escorted by police officers. He was then placed under arrest. Vestal Police now say narcan was given to 44-year-old Ronald Seeley, of Smithville Flats, on the scene. Police say Seeley was driving southbound on State Route 26 when he hit four other cars before going down into an embankment.center_img The crash happened on State Route 26 at Hazel Drive around 3 p.m. Two people were injured but only one person was taken to an area hospital. Authorities haven’t released an update on their injuries.last_img

Baltimore Ravens 17-23 New England Patriots: Cam Newton gets better of Lamar Jackson in duel-threat QB clash | NFL News

first_imgFIRST QUARTER Ravens 17-23 Patriots Cam Newton threw his first touchdown pass for the Patriots since Week Three, while he also rushed in for a score Ravens 7-7 PatriotsCam Newton seven-yard TD pass to Rex Burkhead (extra point) Ravens 10-7 PatriotsJustin Tucker 24-yard field goal Almost immediately the Patriots responded, with Newton’s long wait for another passing TD finally ended. Justin Tucker kicked a 24-yard field goal to again nudge the Ravens ahead, only for Meyers’ trick-play touchdown to Burkhead to earn New England a 13-10 half-time lead. – Advertisement – Ravens 0-0 Patriots Ravens 17-23 PatriotsLamar Jackson 18-yard TD pass to Willie Snead (extra point) Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New England Patriots fought through torrential rain and high winds to beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-17 on Sunday night. Second-year running back Damien Harris also impressed, rushing for a career-high 121 yards to help the Patriots (4-5) win consecutive games for the first time this season. Newton, meanwhile, was 13 of 17 passing, for 118 yards. His touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead in the first quarter was his since first since Week Three.Patriots stats: Cam Newton, 13/17, 118 yards, 1 TDRushing leader: Damien Harris, 22 carries, 121 yardsReceiving leader: Jakobi Meyers, five catches, 59 yards (and 1 TD pass) – Advertisement – It was one of two TD grabs for Burkhead on the night, with the other coming from perhaps an unlikely source in Jakobi Meyers, though the wide receiver was recruited initially as a quarterback at college.In hugely testing conditions, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was 24 of 34 for 249 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, but the New England defence did well bottling him up on the ground for most of the game, limiting him to just 11 rushes for 55 yards.Ravens stats: Lamar Jackson, 22/32, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTRushing leader: Lamar Jackson, 11 carries, 55 yardsReceiving leader: Willie Snead, five catches, 64 yards, 2 TDsAfter a scoreless first quarter, it was Baltimore who put up the first points of the contest when Jackson found Willie Snead for a six-yard score on the first play of the second period.- Advertisement – Ravens 10-13 PatriotsJakobi Meyers 24-yard TD pass to Rex Burkhead (failed extra point) The home team then started the third quarter strong, Newton capping a four-play, 75-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run to stretch their lead to 10. That expanded to 13 when Nick Folk fired through a 20-yard field goal later in the third.The Ravens ended the quarter with an impressive 11-play, 75-yard drive of their own that finished with Jackson finding Snead again for an 18-yard score. But Baltimore then picked up just one first down on their first two fourth-quarter possessions.New England then ran down the clock with a couple of key first downs and, though the Ravens (6-3) would get one final possession with a minute remaining, they couldn’t pull off the kind of late heroics seen in Arizona Cardinals’ earlier win.ky Sports NFL is your dedicated channel for NFL coverage through the season – featuring a host of NFL Network programming, a new weekly preview show as well as at least five games a week and NFL Redzone, you won’t miss a moment. Don’t forget to follow us on skysports.com/nfl, our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL & Sky Sports – on the go! Damien Harris rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 22 carries for the Patriots Damien Harris rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 22 carries for the Patriots

Academic institutions receive updated H1N1 guidance for fall

first_imgAug 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal education and health officials today unveiled updated guidance to help colleges, universities, and other institutions prepare for the return of the novel H1N1 influenza virus to campuses this fall, where school administrators may face difficult challenges.Young people up through age 24 have been among the hardest hit by the virus, which recently led the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) vaccine advisory group to include them among the first groups to receive the pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine. At the group’s Jul 29 meeting, some members raised concern about virus circulation in crowded dormitory and apartment settings and the risk of students transmitting the virus to the wider community through off-campus jobs.Pandemic planners at many of the nation’s colleges have spent the past several years putting together detailed plans that center around a severe event that would send students home, but many are now struggling with how to handle a more moderate scenario where sick students are more likely to stay on campus.The updated guidance was released today during a press teleconference hosted by the secretaries of the US Department of Education and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It appears on the government’s pandemic flu Web site and includes a communication toolkit and technical report.Education secretary Arne Duncan told reporters that the guidance includes commonsense actions, including having students clean their own frequently used items such as computer keyboards, asking students to stay home when they’re sick, and removing barriers to faculty and staff staying home when sick.Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, said college students—known for not seeing their doctors regularly—should be encouraged to take care of themselves and to receive the novel H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. She urged colleges to make use of social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate flu news and prevention steps to their students.Dr. Beth Bell, deputy director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the guidance includes several suggestions for isolating sick students, such as having those who live relatively close to school return home to recover so that roommates are not exposed to the virus. The guidelines also suggest that sick students enlist roommates or friends to help take care of them by bringing meals and medications.She advised university administrators to act now to review and revise their pandemic response plans as needed. Each school’s situation will be different, based on resources, housing situation, student population, and circulation of the virus in the local area. Though some schools might consider setting up temporary housing for sick students, the strategy might be not be manageable for other schools.If the pandemic becomes more severe, the guidance recommends permitting high-risk students, faculty, and staff to stay home when the virus is circulating in the community. It also suggests increasing the self-isolation period for sick people to at least 7 days after the onset of symptoms. Those sick longer than 7 days should stay home 24 hours after symptoms resolve.Suspending classes may be needed if absences impair the school’s normal functioning, the guidance states. The CDC said it might recommend preemptive class suspension if the virus starts causing severe illnesses in the college-aged population.Dr. Anita Barkin, director of student health services at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, listened to today’s teleconference and praised the guidance, saying it reflects the CDC’s close involvement of colleges in its H1N1 pandemic response. “This is a wise approach, given that we don’t have a vaccine yet,” she told CIDRAP News. Barkin also chairs the American College Health Association’s (ACHA’s) Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergency Response Coalition, which is producing a white paper on pandemic H1N1 response for higher education institutions.The CDC guidance suggests a host of options and leaves room for schools to implement what works best for their location. “Schools are going to have to do some creative thinking,” Barkin said.She acknowledged that many schools have planned for a 1918-like pandemic scenario and have focused on what would trigger sending students home so that campuses aren’t put in a position to care for large numbers of gravely ill patients. The fact that the H1N1 cases now circulating are generally of moderate severity makes evacuations less likely, leading school administrators to revisit their thinking, she added.”We have not faced this type of disease in the absence of a vaccine on a college campus since 1968—we’re out of practice,” Barkin said.How to isolate sick students in a congregate setting is “an incredible educational challenge,” she noted. At many schools, residence halls are filled to capacity, with no flexibility to offer sick rooms for students with the flu.Some schools are already thinking of ways to support student self-isolation, she said. For example, some university dining halls are developing menus of meals that can be packaged and delivered to sick students. In many ways, schools are relieved that the H1N1 virus seems to be mild, because many pandemic plans included provisions for food stockpiling in anticipation of large numbers of stranded students and shaky supply chains.College students are always a challenge to reach with seasonal vaccine messages, and this year colleges and universities will be rolling out their seasonal flu vaccine campaigns early, in advance of the pandemic H1N1 campaign expected later this fall, Barkin said.However, if the virus severity ramps up in the fall, she predicts students will be eager to receive the vaccine. “Students are very driven to complete their academic responsibilities. If there are illnesses, they’ll miss classes,” she said. “They may be more likely not to want to interrupt their classes.”Barkin said the ACHA’s pandemic white paper is due out early this fall and will discuss the rationale behind many of the actions spelled out in today’s CDC guidelines.See also:Aug 20 CDC flu guidance for higher education institutionsFlu communication toolkit for higher education institutionsHigher education institution flu guidance technical reportAmerican College Health Association Web sitelast_img read more