first_img According to shipbroker Gibson, the current orderbook for LNG-fuelled vessels stands at over 130 ships, including 40 containerships.“Of these, Hapag-Lloyd has six 23,000 teu vessels under construction at DSME, CMA CGM has four 22,000 teu vessels on order, along with nine 15,000 teu vessels at HHI, while Eastern Pacific Shipping has 10 14,800 teu ships on order from HHI,” reported Gibson.However, there is little appetite for ordering smaller LNG-fuelled container vessels, due to the size of bunker tanks required.Moreover, the hefty price tag for conversion to LNG appears to rule out any significant retrofitting.Alphaliner reports that Hapag-Lloyd has finally returned its 14,993 teu Sajir to service, after a seven-month conversion that cost some $35m – notwithstanding the loss of earnings of the six-year-old vessel.It has been renamed Brussels Express and now has a reduced capacity of around 14,600 teu, with its $120m valuation by VesselsValue unchanged by the conversion to LNG.The Sajir was one of 17 so-called ‘LNG-ready’ ULCVs Hapag-Lloyd inherited from its merger with UASC in 2017, but it seems unlikely that the carrier will be prepared to spend time and money on any further conversions.Alphaliner argued that ‘LNG-ready’ really only meant a conversion to run on the gas was possible.“It does not mean that such a conversion is necessarily easy, or makes economic sense,” said the consultant.“Until conversion prices come down and tonnage demand has reduced sufficiently to ease the pain of having a large mainline ship out of service for several months, new conversion projects seem rather unlikely,” said Alphaliner.Nevertheless, Hapag-Lloyd’s expensive retrofit of the Sajir/Brussels Express will potentially see the vessel achieve a CO2 emissions reduction of up to 30% and a sulphur dioxide and particulate matter reduction of more than 90% on its new deployment on THEA’s Asia-North Europe FE4 extra loop.LNG-fuelled containerships have been championed by CMA CGM, which like Hapag-Lloyd, sees LNG as the “most environmentally friendly, readily available fuel for shipping today”, and as a transition fuel on the pathway towards the industry goal of net-zero GHG emissions for shipping by 2050.In contrast, Maersk is piling millions of dollars into research and development of non-fossil fuels, such as ammonia, methanol and hydrogen, and has so far declined to go down the ‘mid-term’ LNG route – thus, its newbuild orderbook is virtually empty.And tomorrow, the SEA-LNG industry lobby group will release the results of its second lifecycle GHG emissions study on the use of LNG as a marine fuel.At the same time, although impractical for deepsea shipping, battery-powered ferries, car carriers and shortsea vessels are edging closer to becoming a reality.Norwegian car-carrier operator UECC confirmed today it would receive a further two LNG/battery hybrid PCTCs (pure car/truck-carriers) next year, following the launch of the first in the series of 3,600-car capacity ships in Shanghai on Monday (pictured below).The ships are equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries, while battery power will, for instance, help reduce emissions while the ships are in port.“These ships prove that decarbonisation of the industry is possible using currently available technologies,” said UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen. By Mike Wackett 15/04/2021last_img read more

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first_imgLicenses and CertificatesRequires a valid California driver license. Requires a validCalifornia Registered Nurse License. Requires a valid HealthcareProvider CPR/AED certificate. Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificateis desired.Working ConditionsWork is performed in a clinic exam room, office environment, and oncampus where health and safety considerations exist from exposureto communicable diseases, blood borne pathogens, infection, andagitated students.Conditions of EmploymentThis is a full-time, 10 month per year position. The normal workhours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.Flexibility in work hours may be required to meet the needs of thedepartment. The effective date if employment is to be arranged withthe supervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose. DefinitionAbout Golden West CollegeLocated in Huntington Beach, California, Golden West College is atwo-year college, serving over 18,000 students on a 122-acrecampus. GWC offers over 60 Associate degrees, a strong universitytransfer program, more than 40 Career and Technical Educationcertificates, community education, and extensive student supportservices. Founded in 1966, Golden West College has been widelyrecognized for its pioneering leadership in designinglearning-centered programs and services for its students. For thelast two years, Golden West College has been named a ‘ Championof Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer’ by TheCampaign for College Opportunity in recognition of itsextraordinary work in awarding and implementing the AssociateDegree for Transfer (ADT) to help students achieve theireducational and professional goals.Golden West College (GWC) welcomes a diverse pool of candidates andhas an unwavering commitment to quality education, equitableoutcomes, inclusive practices and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomicdiversity. Ideal candidates for all positions at our college shareour devotion to educating and improving the lives of ourrepresentative student, employee, and community populations.Additionally, GWC is an officially designated Hispanic-ServingInstitution (HSI) and has an eligibility designation as an AsianAmerican Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution(AANAPISI). GWC engages in regular professional developmentopportunities and partnerships so we can best servedisproportionately impacted groups. Additionally, the collegesupports equity minded programs as well as a full calendar ofculturally responsive events. For up-to-date information on ourstudent demographic and more, please see the following link:Golden West College Scorecard Golden West College is part ofthe Coast Community CollegeDistrict , a multi-college district that includes Orange Coast College andCoastline Community College .Information about GWC can be found at www.goldenwestcollege.edu.Summary Oversees, organizes, coordinates, andadministers health services that enhance the health status andeducational success of community college students. Serves as theteam leader for Student Health Center operations and providesprofessional nursing services, including case management, to adiverse population of students including those with medicalconditions and disabilities. Collaborates with other health andbehavioral care providers and agencies to coordinatehealthcare.Distinguishing Career FeaturesThe Registered Nurse – Charge is a fully qualified and licensedpatient care professional with additional responsibility as a teamleader of the Student Health Center. The Registered Nurse – Chargeoversees staffing, patient care quality, and development of NursingStanding Orders. Advancement to this position requires compliancewith the stated qualifications, state laws for licensing, and ademonstrated ability to integrate health education, diagnostic,record management, and urgent care services. The Registered Nurse -Charge is qualified to observe and document patterns incommunicable disease and public health issues in compliance withcommunicable disease regulatory requirements and in collaborationwith campus administrative leaders.Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesSpecific duties may vary among department, divisions and jobs.Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of thefollowing types of duties, as assigned:Serves as a clinic team leader by setting schedules based onavailable staff, oversight to nursing case management, point ofcare diagnostics, and lead referral resource. Develops NursingStanding Orders in compliance with California Nursing Practicerequirements, participates in clinic policy and proceduredevelopment, and facilitates internal office routines that protectpatient privacy.Identifies students with health problems that interfere witheffective learning. Employs case finding, screening, interviewing,and observation techniques as well as analysis of health records toassess student health status. Refers students with particular needsto medical and/or mental health professionals and/or communityresources.Coordinates health services including the medication dispensingprogram, phlebotomy, laboratory, and public health surveillance andservices programs.Compiles health and demographic information from students,noting individual health history and population health trendsincluding social, emotional, and environmental aspects.Provides urgent nursing care for ill and injured students.Provides District Student Accident policy for appropriate students.Refers patients to health care providers for more advancedtreatment.Provides initial mental health assessment, intake, crisisscreening and intervention. Collaborates with behavioral healthproviders to manage care, make referrals, and stabilizepatients.Provides registered nursing care services as mandated by law,as per current standing orders, and as prescribed by a StudentHealth Medical Provider.Evaluates and documents the progress of individual care plansand therapeutic programs and makes modifications within scope ofpractice. Collaborates with mental health teams to address patientcare and service delivery.May coordinate and participate in implementing immunizationprograms. Administers immunizations according to medical protocolswithin safe and appropriate guidelines.Conducts health assessments and physical examinations inaccordance with community college health mandates.Participates in implementing programs directed at healtheducation, control and case management of communicable diseases atthe campuses. Collaborates with County Healthto case manage communicable disease cases on campus. Conductshealth education andpromotion in clinical care and on campus.Confers with, participates, and cooperates with privatephysicians, community healthcare providers and public agencies informulating appropriate campus health policies and resolution ofstudent and community health issues.Facilitates student access to internal school, and externalcommunity resources for health care. Develops resources asappropriate to meet student health and wellness needs.Maintains professional competence by participating in requiredin-service education and health education programs designed tomaintain healthcare credentials.Performs health education and counseling to students.Participates with other healthcare professionals to developemergency and individualized care plans and provides referral toother healthcare professionals. Follows up to monitor progress andcompliance with care plans.Ensures that health records are maintained and up to date.Documents all encounters. Writes nursing notes and oversees thecase management of complex patients.Performs other related duties as assigned that support theobjective of the position.Required to abide by all District policies and proceduresincluding Board Policy 3050 – Code of Professional Ethics. Submission of all required application information and materialsis the responsibility of the applicant.APPLICATION PROCEDURES:Applications must be received no later than the posted closingdate. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Electronic applications may becompleted by visiting www.cccd.edu/employment. Once you havecompleted an electronic application, you may apply to openpositions within the Coast Community College District by submittingthe application and all other required materials. Requiredmaterials differ for each open position and must be complete whensubmitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completingapplications and applying to posted positions are available onlineor by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714 or (714)438-4716.Information for TDD users is available by calling (714)438-4755.All applications will be screened under a process of utmostconfidentiality by a committee of representatives from the collegecommunity. All application materials become the property of theCoast Community College District and will NOT be copied orreturned. Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxedto (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate your name and thejob to which you are applying.To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do notsubmit materials in addition to those requested. Additionalmaterials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to completeall questions and sections of the application. For questions whichmay not apply, indicate ‘n/a’ (not applicable). If you do not knowan answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any spaceblank.Disability Accommodations:If you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 or(714) 438-4716.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. Thecrime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 weresubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the CampusSafety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices forany questions regarding the report.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation. Additional InformationATTENTION: Before applying, please be sure to review theCoast Colleges District Board Policy regarding Nepotism (BP 7310)tocheck if your application may be impacted. If you have anyquestions, please contact HR Recruitment at 714-438-4714 or714-438-4716.APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:To be considered for employment you must submit a COMPLETEapplication packet. A complete application packet includes:A complete online employment application.A current resume (attached as a separate document – PDFrecommended).A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the desiredposition (attached as a separate document – PDF recommended).Answers to all Supplemental Questions (please provide clear,thorough responses as they will be carefully evaluated to determinethe most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview;please do not put ‘see resume.’). Education and ExperienceRequires a Bachelor’s degree in nursing plus three years ofsuccessful nursing experience in public health, urgent care clinic,school or hospital setting. Or, any combination of education andexperience which would provide the required equivalentqualifications for the position.Desired QualificationsCharge Nurse experience in a college health center, clinic, orcommunity health setting is preferred. PAY PHILOSOPHY:Coast Community College District, through policies, practices,and other benefit programs, delivers a fair and equitable totalcompensation program that promotes equal employment opportunity,inclusion, and workforce vitality. In general, it is the policy ofthe District to place new employees at the first step of the salarygrade. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 ofeach year for all classified employees. AbilitiesRequires the ability to perform the essential responsibilitiesand functions of the position.Requires the ability to perform a full range of professionalnursing skills including, but not limited to, examination,diagnosis, treatment, first aid, injections and other invasiveprocedures.Requires the ability to carry out the duties of theposition.Requires the ability to prepare professional narrative andstatistical reports.Requires the ability to create and deliver health-relatedpresentations and campus health education initiatives.Requires the ability to provide health care services in aclinic and campus environment. Qualifications and Physical DemandsKnowledge and SkillsThe position requires a full professional knowledge of thetheories, protocols, practices, and techniques of modernnursing.Requires a working knowledge of the laws, rules, andregulations governing nursing in an educational environment as wellas applicable federal and state laws for working withstudents.Requires special knowledge of nursing practice and working withstudents with disabilities.Requires knowledge of and skill at using computer-aidedapplications for documenting work activity and accessing studentinformation.Requires well-developed human relations skills to workcooperatively with professional staff and students, to communicatetechnical and sensitive concepts to others, and to conductin-service education.Requires sufficient math skills to record measurements andstatistics.Requires sufficient language writing skills to preparediagnostic reports. Physical AbilitiesThe general physical demands, working conditions, and essentialjob functions associated with this classification will be kept onfile with the Office of Human Resources.Essential functions will vary by position.As defined by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act(‘ADA’) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (‘FEHA’),the District shall engage in a timely, good faith interactiveprocess with employees or employment applicants who are requestingor are in need of reasonable accommodations and, provide reasonableaccommodations for employees or employment applicants who, becauseof their disability, are limited in or unable to perform one ormore of the essential functions of their job in accordance withapplicable state and federal law.last_img read more

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first_imgPanasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe is launching a new short-range, Bluetooth low energy and NFC combo module for implementing Bluetooth functionality into various electronic devices. The low cost PAN1761 Series enables robust Bluetooth low energy central and peripheral nodes to be built with very low total bill-of-material costs. The unique configuration of the device allows NFC to wake-up Bluetooth low energy from standby using a NFC field and automatically initiate a Bluetooth connection. Highly secure Bluetooth connections are created using NFC to exchange link keys (Out-of-Band pairing). Bluetooth low energy applications with extended battery life are possible as a result of zero power consumption in standby mode. A NFC enabled remote device may independently create a wake-up signal with neither host control nor local battery consumption.The module is available in a 15.6 x 8.7 x 1.8 mm surface mount package (same form factor as PAN1026 and PAN1760 Bluetooth modules) and has an integrated RF transceiver, programmable Bluetooth low energy EEPROM memory with 32kB on-chip RAM for host-less operation of application software and driver. Furthermore standard SIG Bluetooth low energy and “SPP over Bluetooth low energy” profiles, low-power sleep modes, short transition times between operating modes, and an operating temperature range from -40°C up to +85°C are included.By adding NFC technology to Bluetooth applications gives users a number of security and power related benefits in their application. Security features are enabled through the so-called man-in-the-middle scenario by NFC technology. A NFC enabled remote control device, e.g. smartphone/tablet, must be physically close to the other device which shall be connected to. On the other hand NFC as enabler for Bluetooth connection set-up leads to ease-of-use in applications. This enables new areas of application in the diagnostic and maintenance systems.”The low power consumption makes the new PAN1761 module the ideal choice for many applications like healthcare and medical diagnostic systems without any human control interface, Bluetooth low energy sensor applications with a need to send data on request, diagnostic and maintenance systems with a requirement for zero standby power consumption, embedded wireless, wearable devices, mobile phone accessories, as well as industrial sensors and measurement devices.An evaluation kit (PAN1761-EMK starter kit with NFC antenna) is currently available upon request.last_img read more

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first_imgIn This Podcast, we hear from the Captains of the Two Teams starting with Aidan Ryan of Craughwell who spoke to Sean Walsh Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/AIDAN+RYAN+CRAUGHWELL+PRE+FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Now to Sarsfields and their Captain Joseph Cooney who also spoke to Sean WalshAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/JOE+COONEY+SARSFIELDS+PRE+FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Today we continue our Preview of Sunday’s County Senior Hurling Final between Craughwell and Sarsfields.last_img read more

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first_imgA GLANCE at the table, and everything looks good for Tottenham.Seven wins out of nine represents the best start the club has ever had in the Premier League.10 Tottenham are struggling – and the riches of Man City roll into town nextVictory over Manchester City on Monday would see them leapfrog the champions and, potentially, go top of the table.Nobody would relish that more than Mauricio Pochettino, whose smiles when he greets Pep Guardiola before the game will mask his deeper thoughts about the Catalan’s managerial progress.Yet the mood of the Spurs fans, brought into yet more focus by the manner of Wednesday’s disastrous Champions League draw in Eindhoven, paints a very different picture.Yes, 21 points is pretty good. Better than that, in fact.10 Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the disappointing Champions League draw with PSV EindhovenCredit: Rex FeaturesBut none of them have been blinded to the reality – that Pochettino’s side have NOT played well all season.And when they walk out on Monday evening onto a Wembley surface scarred by the residue of the Anthony Joshua world title win and three weekends of back to back NFL action, the scene will be emblematic of the campaign to date.The venue itself is part of the issue.Not so much for the players. After all, the final game at White Hart Lane was in May 2017. Erik Lamela’s last match there was in October of 2016 (in the surprise 2-0 win over City) while Davinson Sanchez and Lucas Moura are among those who never played in N17.Michel Vorm urges Tottenham to be more ruthless ahead of Monday night’s clash against champions Manchester City10 Harry Kane (centre) is yet to hit top form this seasonCredit: ReutersYet the Spurs fans were first told they would be moving into their magnificent new 62,000-seater home in August. Then in September. And now, it seems, not before December, if at all this year.Wembley will be packed with a crowd in excess of those who could fit into the club’s new home.But the absence from Tottenham is taking its toll.It has added to a feeling of frustration, impermanence and stasis, even if not, yet, decline.After all, in four years of Pochettino, Spurs have become part of the Prem elite.They have finished above everyone at least twice, never lower than fifth. But always fallen just, agonisingly short.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino leaps to the defence of Hugo Lloris and says he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world 10 Wembley Stadium has become emblematic of Tottenham’s struggles this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyA summer in which the promised, expected renewal did not come – mainly because, against all internal anticipations, none of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose or Mousa Dembele left – caused additional stirrings.Despite all that, the stark figures look decent.Even after back to back defeats by Watford and Liverpool, they rallied.Spurs have won their last four in the league, conceding just one goal, when Brighton scored in injury time at the Amex a month ago.Yet they have scuffed and scruffed their way over the line in all four, doing just enough to win games that, in truth, they would only expect to secure far more easily.Injuries have been part of that. The wins over Cardiff and West Ham were achieved without four of Spurs’ best five players.10 Pochettino is unconvinced that Pep Guardiola has really had to build something, given the resources he’s hadCredit: EPADele Alli could join Christian Eriksen and Dembele in returning on Monday, although Jan Vertonghen is still out for more than a month.And Harry Kane, despite his seven goals in all competitions, is still seeking the absolute top form that will be needed to inconvenience whichever of City’s central defenders Guardiola selects.Of course, it is a good thing to win when you are not playing well.But you cannot keep on doing it.Indeed, if you keep on playing poorly, it will eventually catch up with you.In Europe it already has. Despite dominating most facets in Milan and Eindhoven, they trawled just a single point from the two away games and now need a minor miracle to escape the group phase.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warns his players he will not tolerate any sulking from those that don’t make the first-choice line up 10 Man City are roaring along again and remain favourites for the titleCredit: EPAAnd there is nobody designed to make a team look second – or third! – best than Guardiola’s team of all the talents.Pochettino would love to put one over Guardiola, more than anyone else.The Argentine believes the very best coaches should have to prove their worth by building from a lower base, making players more than they feel they are.When he looks at what Guardiola inherited in all three of his jobs, and the financial advantage he had in Spain, Germany and now England, he is unconvinced that the Catalan has really had to work for his success.But Pochettino also acknowledges City are a sensational team, boosted further by the return of Kevin de Bruyne, set for his first Premier League start of the campaign.10 Pochettino would love to get one over Guardiola after poor showings last seasonCredit: AP:Associated PressLast season, the aggregate score of 7-2 in City’s favour was, if anything, an understatement of the gap between them. The difference of 23 points was equally telling.Many of the Spurs fans who trudge along Wembley Way on Monday will be doing so with a sense of foreboding.Not just for the night, but for the season.The mood is not black, at all. But it is grey. They really need something to lift them. Something special. Something like that performance at the Lane two years ago…..10 Dele Alli celebrates after his goal in a 2-0 Spurs win over Man City in October 2016Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh*WHEN two teams have one win in 18 games between them, it suggests things might be grim.And for both Mark Hughes and Rafa Benitez, this weekend’s clash between Southampton and Newcastle represents a must-win match.Defeat at home to Brighton last week put more scrutiny on Rafa the gaffer, with the Toon anchored to the bottom of the table.Lose another, especially at the hands of Saints side whose lone victory came at Palace on September 1, and Mike Ashley may start to wonder if the law of diminishing returns – and the effect of another relegation on any future sale price – might make a change a consideration.10 Rafa Benitez’s winless Newcastle face a must-win against struggling SouthamptonCredit: AP:Associated Press10 Crystal Palace are again struggling at the start of the seasonCredit: ReutersMOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions League*CRYSTAL PALACE fans learned last season that few starts are so bad as to be fatal.It was not until their eighth game – the fourth under Roy Hodgson – that the Eagles started to fly, with that surprise 2-1 victory over Chelsea that kickstarted their campaign.But a fifth consecutive Selhurst Park game without a goal will start to raise anxiety levels.It is great to get the odd away result but home form is normally the key to survival.Arsenal will travel over the Thames in bullish mood.The Eagles, desperately, need to show they have some claws.last_img read more

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first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored In 1915, a taxonomist formally described a species of tropical hardwood tree, known locally as kaladis narig (Vatica elliptica), which was even then considered nearly extinct.More than a hundred years later, a corporate social responsibility initiative of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the largest producer of geothermal energy in the Philippines, successfully tracked down the fabled species in Zamboanga Sibugay, a province in the main island of Mindanao.The lack of scientific literature on kaladis narig has made it notoriously challenging to grow the tree from cuttings taken from the wild. In 2018, after almost a decade of trying to save the elusive tree, the EDC team was able to grow a single cutting at its nursery in Antipolo, a city east of the capital Manila.The company also found 10 other kaladis narig trees in the same area with the help of the community, which passed a local ordinance to recognize and protect the few remaining kaladis narig trees in the world. MANILA — In 1915, a taxonomist recorded the existence of a tree known locally as kaladis narig (Vatica elliptica) in the forests of Zamboanga Sibugay, a province in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. Tall, if not particularly handsome, the tropical hardwood species was endemic to the province and was already classified as nearly extinct. For more than a hundred years, it was thought to be well and truly gone — until now.Rediscovering it, however, was like looking for a needle in a haystack. The search, spearheaded by Philippine geothermal giant the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), began sometime in 2009, the same year that the company launched BINHI, a nationwide replanting program that was a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. “The kaladis [narig] was already ‘nearly extinct’ in 1915,” said Roniño Gibe of the EDC. “We were aware that there was a high chance that it was already extinct and that we might be looking for a tree that didn’t exist anymore.”Mindanao remains a hotbed of the long-simmering Islamist insurgency in the southern Philippines, but despite the security risks, members of the EDC took a trip to Zamboanga Sibugay in search of the fabled tree. The literature indicated that the tree could only be found in Naga, a municipality in the province. As exciting as a discovery might have been, however, the expedition turned up with nothing. The kaladis narig recorded more than a hundred years ago was no longer in the area.The team went home disappointed and focused its attention on supporting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in updating the national red list, the country’s conservation bible. When it comes to trees, the EDC is the sole Philippine partner for Botanic Garden Conservation International, a U.K.-based charity, in updating the conservation status of tree species in the country.“Part of our project is to propagate the seedlings of species that the DENR labeled as endangered and of course, we focused on the critically endangered species,” Gibe said. “We chose 13 species to focus on and that includes the kaladis narig.”Updating the records, while a gargantuan task considering the limited literature on local species in the first place, was crucial. Of the 179 critically endangered tree species in the Philippines, 94 percent are endemic to the country, and the elusive kaladis narig is one of 16 dipterocarps, a family of tropical hardwoods, listed as critically endangered on the national red list.Even with so much on its plate, however, the team still couldn’t help but keep an eye out for the kaladis narig. That devotion eventually paid off when, after five years, the team found two trees along a creek in a town that, fittingly, bore the same name as the elusive tree: Barangay Calades, or Calades village, in the municipality of Alicia in Zamboanga Sibugay province.But how sure were Gibe and his team that it was the same species of tree described in the 1915 literature? After all, nobody had recorded an observation of it since 1915, and even the environment department had been unable to assess the species’ status. “We have a taxonomist from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños [UPLB] who verified that it’s the tree we’re looking for,” Gibe said.The struggle for survivalCompared to other tropical hardwoods in the Philippines, the kaladis narig doesn’t particularly stand out, Gibe said: “It’s not exactly aesthetically pleasing.” However, it’s quite tall, and has a girth of 10 centimeters (4 inches), semi-mature by tree standards. It’s also resilient and played a pivotal role in the construction of houses in the village in the past.Gibe said locals told them the village was named after the tree, which once covered the whole village. Losing the kaladis narig wouldn’t just mean losing an important part of the country’s identity, but also its rich history as part of a biodiverse ecosystem.The next step for conservation was on: to protect the two trees and propagate them through cloning technology. Technically, all trees have the capability to reproduce asexually, and this process can also be induced under the right conditions. In a process known as vegetative material reproduction (VMR), the group took cuttings from the trees and brought them to the EDC’s nursery in Antipolo, a city an hour’s drive away from the capital Manila, where they tried to nurture the shoots.However, cuttings don’t always, well, cut it. Due to the dearth of research on the tree, the kaladis narig proved notoriously difficult to propagate. In the years since the rediscovery, efforts have been made to propagate the species, but to no avail.EDC’s nursery in Antipolo, where they brought the kaladis narig shoots from Zamboanga Sibugay. Image courtesy of EDC“We collected cuttings; we collected specimens — some of which we gave to the community and DENR, some we brought back to Manila,” Gibe said. “We kept on adjusting the [soil] moisture in the nursery so it’s the same as the one in Zamboanga Sibugay but still, none survived.”As if to rub salt into the wound, a return trip to the forest in 2017 revealed that one of the two kaladis narig trees had been cut down. Now the race to save the last known tree, found nowhere else in the Philippines or in the world, had taken a more urgent turn.Shifting strategies: Developing a community of conservationistsIf the endangered tree species were to be saved, it would require every ounce of cooperation from every stakeholder involved, especially the community named after the tree.In the beginning, the residents of Barangay Calades were aloof toward the team, according to Gibe. “They looked at us differently. They wouldn’t cooperate when we inquired about the tree. They assumed we were just treasure hunting.” Only two to three people, all paid for their time, accompanied them to scout the area for the trees.But the team’s persistence, combined with a campaign to impress on the locals the importance of the tree, won over the local skeptics. These days, as many as eight join the team at any one time — and they do so without pay.Gibe said he believes the fact that there are so few of these trees left and that they can only be found in that specific part of the country is finally sinking in. There’s also the sense that the locals enjoy taking part in the conservation effort because it gives them a feeling of shared purpose and identity.The rare kaladis narig tree rediscovered in Zamboanga Sibugay in 2015. Image courtesy of EDCUltimately, however, what is pushing the community to take care of their backyard is as simple and as poignant as their own survival: Without trees, there can be no harvest. Without a harvest, there can be no source of food or income. It almost seems poetic that restoring that which gave the barangay its name could very well be the key to its future.“That’s the reality,” Gibe said. “It’s not just the government or other private entities. If you want to encourage people to plant trees, you need to make them see that there’s an opportunity for entrepreneurship.”The warming relationship between the team and the community, with both sides understanding that they were working toward the same goal, yielded a rich reward in 2017, when the team returned to the village and the locals told them they had found 10 more kaladis narig trees.Finding safe havensRight now, the Philippines only has 7 percent forest cover, but there is always hope for the environment and for an endangered tree species like the kaladis narig, especially when local communities start getting more involved.An ordinance has been drafted to ensure the conservation of the trees, but protecting what little is left is proving to be a challenge. Much of the land surrounding the barangay has been turned into an agricultural area, and the only thicket left is located along the river. (The province is a major rubber production area with 210 hectares, about 520 acres, of old rubber trees and houses a rubber processing plant.)That’s the same threat that hangs over other forests across the country. “Once a land has been converted for agricultural use, it’s bound to become a residential area later on,” Gibe said.“We want to propagate [the] threatened species. Rescue first, then plant in safe-haven areas, and once we have planting materials, we’ll do massive reforestation of these species all over the Philippines,” Gibe added. “If we do that, maybe in the next five to 10 years, it’ll be removed from the threatened list, and tree-cutting can be regulated. The end goal is to bring back our natural forests and make them more sustainable. Later on, it can be part of the economy.”Kaladis narig shoots. Image courtesy of EDCThe road to this goal appears likely to be full of obstacles. Beyond the immediate man-made threats, ecosystems throughout the Philippines still have to contend with climate change. In the past few years, the country has experienced severe bouts of drought and rain, affecting even tree-planting season.This is one of the reasons why BINHI isn’t quick to plant a tree just anywhere. Instead, it conducts search-and-rescue operations for threatened plant species, which it tries to propagate in its nurseries. It then makes it a point to partner with private companies, individuals, communities and government entities to make sure the maintenance of the trees can actually be sustained.The practice of planting in places deemed as safe havens — school grounds and tree parks — is also helping ensure the survival of endangered species. Some partner schools collect the seeds and turn them over to BINHI; others build their own nurseries or sell them.Back in the nursery in Antipolo, the group’s decade-long effort to locate and save this tree has borne fruit: Of the 50 shoots it took this year, one managed to survive and has even produced two leaves. It is perhaps an indication that this hardwood species that once dominated this community in Zamboanga is determined to flourish.“But just because we found other trees doesn’t mean that everything’s okay,” Gibe said. “Imagine we only have 11 trees of kaladis narig in the whole world. And it can only be found on one island, in one barangay, in the whole world.”Banner image of a kaladis narig tree (Vatica elliptica) in a riparian area in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay in the Mindanao region. Image courtesy of EDC.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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first_imgReverend Olu Menjay, Principal and Chief Administrative Officer of Ricks Institute, recently led a group of 29 students and personnel of the institute on a six-day educational and cultural excursion to Freetown, Sierra Leone.Those who made the trip, according to a dispatch from Dr. Menjay in Freetown, consisted of 20 students and nine staff. Ricks Institute, Dr. Menjay said, believes that learning is easier when a child sees, touches and feels, thus making the excursion essential.He said, when the group arrived in Sierra Leone on Thursday, March 24, they met with the Vice President, Dr. Victor Foh at his residence in Freetown.Dr. Foh told the Ricks visitors that the strength in Sierra Leone’s growth is religious tolerance, adding that Liberia and Sierra Leone have a lot in common. “Our two countries share similar stories,” he told the visitors outlining several historical factors. In response, Dr. Menjay reminded Dr. Foh that education at Ricks Institute goes beyond the traditional “brick and wall” classroom, adding, “We believe that the lives of our students who are participating in this excursion will never remain the same.”Also present at that meeting was former Sierra Leonean head of state, Captain Valentine Strasser, the former Minister of Works, the son of the late Chief Samuel Hinga Norman, and other dignitaries of the Sierra Leonean society. Chief Norman was a Sierra Leonean politician from the Mende tribe, who founded and led the country’s Civil Defense Forces, commonly known as the Kamajors during that country’s brutal civil war. The Kamajors supported the government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah against the Revolutionary United Front led by Foday Sankoh. On March 7, 2003, Chief Norman was indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He died on February 22, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal, while undergoing medical treatment. On the second day of the excursion, the team met with the Chief Administrator of the St. John Maroon Church, a historical religious establishment associated with the slave trade. The team later visited and observed worship at the central Mosque of Sierra Leone where the Chief Imam commented that that there is no senseless peace, but senseless war. “It helps a lot for faith groups to coexist peacefully as no society can progress in the midst of confusion,” the Imam told the student visitors. The team then visited Forah Bay College and later paid homage at the grave of Edward Wilmot Blyden, a self-taught genius, born in the West Indies, who lived in Liberia and taught at the then Liberia College. Blyden contributed land to Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia. On Saturday, March 26, the team took a two hour boat ride to the Bunce Island, an infamous slave fortress built to process and market slaves for shipment to America and other parts of the world. The team later met at the residence of the president of the Sierra Leone Baptist Convention where they fellowshipped with their Baptist counterparts. On Sunday, the team worshiped with the Regent Road Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist Church in West Africa, established by early Baptist settlers in Freetown.Rev. Menjay preached the Easter sermon.The team afterwards visited the Sierra Leone Peace and Cultural Museum, described as an outstanding and amiable treasure that gives a chronological account of Sierra Leone’s history before and after Independence on April 27, 1961. The Ricks visitors then passed by the famous Special UN Court that tried Charles Taylor. The day was punctuated with a grand dinner at the residence of Vice President Foh. At dinner, the team met the Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone and the former Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia.Ricks Institute, established 1887 by the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, is a learning and faith community high school located in Virginia, Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgSeattle has repealed the employee head tax that was scheduled to take effect in 2019.Head TaxThe  tax would have been imposed at a rate of $275 per full-time employee on businesses with at least $20 million annually in taxable gross receipts. The tax would have been used to combat homelessness.Additional information on the repeal can be found on the city council’s website at https://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/progressive-tax-on-business.Progressive Tax On Business, Seattle City Council, June 12, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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