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Theatre review: 2017 at the Royal Court

first_imgFriday 14 November 2014 9:21 am Melissa York  Royal Court | ★★★☆☆ Climate change is the defining global issue of our times, professor Chris Rapley states, matter-of-factly, from a chair on the stage. Over the course of an hour, unaided by notes but surrounded by digitised graphics of the earth, the renowned climate scientist calmly presents the fact that when his granddaughter is his age in 2071, the earth will be damaged irreparably, unless there’s wider public pressure to push for a solution. Less of a play, more of a lecture, this data-driven talk would have had greater theatrical impact as a call-to-arms polemic, but instead settles for a humbler scientific objectivity that quietly leaves the menace to simmer behind the facts. CRITICS CHOICE: THEATRE King Charles IIIFour starsThis brilliantly written play explores what Britain will be like when Prince Charles is king. Wyndham’s Theatre JohnThree and half starsAn intense modern dance epic at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre isn’t for the faint-hearted Our TownFour starsThe Almeida’s well-received adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is coming to an end soon More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Share Tags: NULLcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Show Comments ▼ Theatre review: 2017 at the Royal Court whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

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A lucrative wrinkle in the CRISPR patent fight

first_img @damiangarde A fierce patent battle has begun over who invented the CRISPR gene editing technology. Janet Iwasa Related: BiotechA lucrative wrinkle in the CRISPR patent fight In the CRISPR patent fight, the Broad Institute gains edge in early rulings [email protected] National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. The outcome of the CRISPR fight is tough to predict — and oral arguments aren’t slated to begin until November — but Evotec, at least, is betting on Zhang.That, or the Broad was cheaper. Meet ‘CRISPR’Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/07/07/crispr-patent-fight-evotec/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:5700:57  CRISPR is a tool that acts as a microscopic pair of scissors with the ability to slice DNA. Dom Smith/STAT For more insight on the biotech industry, sign up for STAT’s free weekday newsletter, The Readout.  About the Author Reprints Damian Garde That fight is about who came up with CRISPR first, the Broad’s Feng Zhang or a team of Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, then of Umeå University in Sweden. The purported inventors of a hyperbolically promising approach to gene editing are fighting over just who came up with it first. And while it’s anyone’s guess who will prevail, looking at business deals provides a glimpse at how other companies think things might shake out.By that measure, the Broad Institute has just notched a minor victory.Evotec, a German company that handles pharmaceutical development for pharma and biotech, paid an undisclosed sum to borrow the Broad’s CRISPR technology for drug discovery. The deal itself is hardly earth-shattering, but it’s a vote of confidence in the Broad in the midst of an ugly patent fight.advertisement Each of those three scientists has backed a biotech company. And each has made deals to license CRISPR to other players. Doudna’s team has done deals with DuPont, Novartis, and an animal genetics company called Genus. Charpentier’s crew works with Bayer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Horizon Discovery. For its part, the Broad has signed deals with GE Healthcare, Transposagen, and others, now including Evotec.advertisement By Damian Garde July 7, 2016 Reprints Tags Broad InstituteCRISPRpatentslast_img read more

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Bribing doctors in India is allegedly a widespread practice

first_img About the Author Reprints Ed Silverman Seeking to juice profits, some Indian drug makers bribe doctors with credit cards, free trips, interest payments on car loans, advisory board fees, and women who provide “entertainment,” according to a report from an advocacy group, which argued such practices threaten to undermine public health.In fact, as many as 80% of physicians in India may accept inducements, an issue made easier by a lack of regulation and a failure by professional societies to promote ethics, the Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives found after interviewing 50 sales reps, doctors, and industry executives. Bribing doctors in India is allegedly a widespread practice GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More What is it? What’s included? Tags legalSTAT+center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. @Pharmalot [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Alex Hogan/STAT By Ed Silverman Dec. 5, 2019 Reprints Pharmalot Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDlast_img read more

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Kaesong closure precipitates financial loss and ruin for SK firms

first_imgNews Kaesong closure precipitates financial loss and ruin for SK firms RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE News As Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) wascompletely shut down on February 11th, it was suddenly announced that all SouthKorean workers would be expelled. The sudden departure meant that materials andproducts had to be left behind. In the wake of this move, South Koreancompanies are in a state of shock over the losses they face. If one considersthe stranded materials alone, the total costs add up to billions of KRW. The seed money for the facilities andequipment for South Korean companies in the Kaesong Industrial Complex amountedto 1 trillion KRW (~U.S. 828 million). There has also  been an estimatethat if one includes the losses of subcontractors, the total loss for the SouthKorean side is closer to 2 trillion KRW (~U.S. 1.65 billion). There is a jointNorth-South insurance policy that guarantees 90% of claims up to 7 billion won,but only 60% of entities signed up for policies that cover the investment costsfor their facilities. The remaining companies are expecting huge losses. “I cannot even begin to fathom thelosses I expect to see due to the closure of the KIC and the subsequent rapidevacuation of South Korean workers. I honestly anticipate that I might need todeclare bankruptcy,” the owner of a clothing company that had operated in the Kaesong Industrial Complex told Daily NK in a telephone conversation on February 12, “The sudden pullout doesn’tmerely affect companies that were operating in the KIC. Traders and merchantsthat have a relationship with us and depend on us for materials and supplieswill also be hit hard by this turn of events. Because this affects thecredibility of our organization, many of our customers will likely sever ties.” At a related emergency government meeting on Friday, it was announced that loan repayment periods and tax payment deadlines would beextended. This response, according to the KIC clothing company head, “isn’t substantially different from the policy launched in2013.” However, the scale of this incident is significantly larger and demands a proportionally large response, he said.A party involved with a food company thatwas active in the KIC prior to the shutdown said that the South Koreangovernment promised in 2013 to support the companies affected by the closurewith “astronomical financial assistance,” but that they still “ haven’t seen apenny out of that promise.” When asked about the insurance policy, thisindividual said that costly premiums drive many small companies and theirassets to go uninsured, and that he has low expectations to see manycompensation payouts from the North-South Joint Insurance program. “There are a significant amount ofcompanies who are not going to get insurance payouts this time around. Thegovernment should actively support these companies,” he asserted. “In some instances, the raw materials andproducts left behind aren’t the property of companies that operated in the KIC,but rather the property of their customers. Even if the northern side keeps thefacilities and equipment, if they were to return some of our customer’smaterials, it would go a long way to re-establishing trust.” The CEO of a pharmaceutical company tethered to the KIC remarked,”If the government doesn’t step forward with swift and effectivemeasures to aid troubled South Korean companies, many will face cripplingfinancial problems and even bankruptcy. At bare minimum, the government shouldpresent a policy to help us continue production.” In this manner, many of the firm’srepresentatives expressed frustration that they had worked very hard to buildup their companies, only to face the prospect of losing them due to eventswholly out of their control. There is a consensus among the companies that thegovernment needs to come up with a plan in order to minimize the damage to the124 firms that operated in Kaesong and the 5,000 firms that had a financialrelationship with them.    Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April center_img Facebook Twitter News By Daily NK – 2016.02.15 1:53pm Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)last_img read more

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Nex-gen HNWIs will boost demand for RI

first_img Demand for sustainable investing may be relatively weak right now among wealthy investors in the United States, but that’s expected to change for the next generation of clients, suggests a report from London, U.K.-based research firm GlobalData PLC.According to firm’s 2018 global wealth managers survey, the current level of demand for socially responsible investmenting (RI) from high net worth investors (HNWIs) is “moderate at best” in the U.S. However, GlobalData sees this changing in the years ahead.Specifically, 53.4% of U.S. wealth managers surveyed believe that RI is “more important to the next generation than the current generation of clients,” GlobalData says in a news release.Also readResponsible investing gaining traction“Although sustainable investing may not currently be the biggest money-maker, that does not mean providers should omit it in their proposition. Parallels can be drawn with robo-advice; both offerings are ahead of their time and will be key for the next generation,” says Sergel Woldemichael, wealth management analyst at GlobalData, in a statement.“As the generational wealth transfer approaches, wealth managers will need to ensure the next generation’s needs are met sooner rather than later, as heirs are likely to start influencing their parents’ investment decision even before the actual wealth transfer. Wealth managers need to adopt or expand their sustainable investments, as demand for these products will only grow,” he adds. Keywords Responsible investing,  High net-worth clients,  Wealth transfer Environmentalists press Bank of Canada to be more active on climate change Former RBC DS portfolio manager to helm new family office Facebook LinkedIn Twitter emale hand watering young plant with stack coin kirisa99/123RF Related news James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media University of Waterloo will teach sustainable financial managementlast_img read more

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Statistics Canada says key household debt ratio rose in the first quarter

first_img Related news Canadian Press A key measure of household debt rose in the first quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic began to take hold of the economy, Statistics Canada said Friday.The agency reported household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income rose to 176.9% from 175.6%. In other words, there was $1.77 in credit market debt for every dollar of household disposable income.Statistics Canada added that annual trends show that lower income households tended to have a higher debt to disposable income ratio.BMO economist Priscilla Thiagamoorthy said well before the pandemic that household debt was a key vulnerability for the economy.“We could see a blip in the next quarter as the ratio declines amid a slowdown in borrowing and government measures shore up incomes,” Thiagamoorthy wrote in report.“But with the economic downturn deeply impacting income growth and low rates enticing borrowing, the debt ratios will likely hit fresh record highs in the coming quarters leaving households even more indebted.”On a seasonally adjusted basis, total credit market borrowing increased $1.9 billion to $27.6 billion in the first quarter. Mortgage loans rose $3.8 billion to $23.1 billion, while demand for consumer credit and non-mortgage loans fell $1.9 billion to $4.5 billion.Overall, Statistics Canada said credit market debt totalled $2.33 trillion at the end of the quarter including $1.53 trillion in mortgage debt and $802.1 billion in consumer credit and non-mortgage loans.Meanwhile, the household debt service ratio — measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest on credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income — fell to 14.67% from 14.81%.“One silver lining in today’s report was the decline in debt servicing costs, with the DSR falling for the first time in more than two years as interest rates fell across a broad range of loans,” TD Bank economist Ksenia Bushmeneva wrote.“In addition to lower interest rates, deferrals and other modifications of mortgages and other credit products also helped lower expenses related to debt servicing.” Shocked middle aged mature woman feeling stressed reading unbelievable online news, surprised senior old lady looking at laptop amazed by unexpected stuck computer problem sit on sofa at home (Shocked middle aged mature woman feeling stressed reading iStock Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Keywords Economy,  Coronavirus Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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New NWC Office to be Constructed in Mandeville

first_imgRelatedNew NWC Office to be Constructed in Mandeville RelatedNew NWC Office to be Constructed in Mandeville Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A $60 million contract is to be signed soon for the construction of a new National Water Commission (NWC) office on Ward Avenue in Mandeville, Manchester. This was announced by Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, during a tour of several NWC projects in Manchester on September 15.“This facility should lead to higher staff morale, while at the same time our valued customers will have a very comfortable place to conduct their business,” he argued. “Our expectation is for the project to be completed in a little over a year after we have broken ground,” Dr. Ferguson added.The State Minister pointed out that his visit to the parish was a continuation of tours he has been conducting islandwide to view NWC projects being undertaken to provide adequate water for the people. “We looked at the situation down at Melrose Mews housing project and also the greater Mandeville water supply scheme as well as the Christiana/Spaldings project, which is still ongoing,” he said.Dr. Ferguson said that in recent times, Melrose has been featured as a community that was experiencing some amount of difficulties with water supply.“So far we have spent over $30 million trying to solve this difficulty, which we are gradually getting on top of, given the fact that we now have an agreement with the National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC). A 100,000 gallon tank is to be installed and we feel that this project will be of benefit to more than 3,000 persons who reside in the area, in the next six months,” he said.The State Minister indicated that for the greater Mandeville water supply scheme, over $150 million has been earmarked for upgrading of the system.“This water that comes to Mandeville is high cost, as it has to be pumped from Pepper, St. Elizabeth all the way up Spur Tree Hill and into the town as well as from Porus. What our efforts have shown is that we need to get an additional source of water, and so we now have identified a new well site at Goshen, which has a two million gallons per day capacity,” he noted.The State Minister pointed out that initial work has started on the project, with the estimated completion date being January 2008.“In relation to the Christiana/Spaldings water system, which is nearing completion, we estimate that some 20,000 persons should benefit directly, with the overall cost being $165 million,” he said.center_img RelatedNew NWC Office to be Constructed in Mandeville New NWC Office to be Constructed in Mandeville UncategorizedSeptember 18, 2006last_img read more

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NSW Government shows leadership with planned return of international students

first_imgNSW Government shows leadership with planned return of international students Thursday 10 June 2021The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s pilot plan to allow the safe return of international students as a positive step in our economic rebound.“International education contributed more than $40 billion to the Australian economy in 2019, so the absence of students over the past year or so has been felt significantly across a number of industries,” ARA CEO Paul Zahra said.“The NSW Government’s pilot plan would allow 250 students to arrive each fortnight and quarantine in purpose-built accommodation. This would be scaled up to 500 students a fortnight by the end of the year, pending final approval from the Commonwealth.“We believe this is a sensible first step to gradually allow the safe return of international students, and we thank the NSW Government for its leadership in driving this outcome.“International students have been a missing piece in our economic rebound – they fill a number of roles in the retail industry and we look forward to welcoming them back,” Mr Zahra said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ara, Australia, Australian, Australian Retailers Association, commonwealth, Economy, education, Government, industry, international students, leadership, missing, NSW, purpose-built, quarantine, retail sector, studentslast_img read more

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Buy It! This Ford Model T will get you through any ‘snow day’

first_imgRearview Mirror: The Ford Model T changed everything Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSFordFlexNon-LuxuryUsedVintage / ClassicClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksHamiltonNew VehiclesOntarioUsed VehiclesVintage & Collectibleantique carFlexFordFord Model THalton HillsInstagramLegendary MotorcarModel TNon-LuxuryOntariorestorationsnowmobile PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca See More Videos This version is a five-passenger Touring with a “cold-weather package” that includes side curtains. You’ll still be cold, but you’ll be slightly warmer – and a lot cooler – than any other snowmobiler on the trail. advertisement RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever When all your snowmobile friends are getting together for a day on the trails, here’s how to really make an entrance. Legendary Motorcar Company, in Halton Hills, Ontario, is offering this pretty-amazing 1926 Ford Model T Snowmobile for sale.The rare machine was recently restored by a Ford expert in New Hampshire. It’s now in Canada, and priced at US$59,900.The Ford Model T, introduced in 1908 and built until 1927, was simple and inexpensive. Several aftermarket companies developed modifications for them, including kits that turned them into tractors. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 1926 Ford Model T Snowmobile  Legendary Motorcar Company We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Ontario couple raffling their prized Model T to cover friend’s medical billThis snowmobile conversion was invented by Virgil White, a Ford dealer in New Hampshire, who built his first in 1913 and patented it four years later. The kit included skis made of wood and metal, a dual-wheel rear axle from a Ford TT truck, and tracks for the wheels.White sold the kits through Ford dealers, starting in 1922. The kit was $400, or you could buy a converted car for $750. There weren’t a lot of roads at the time outside of cities, and they were seldom if ever plowed, so the Snowmobiles were popular with doctors and mail-carriers.The car’s price reflects the quality of its restoration and its rarity. White only sold about 70 units in 1923, and shortly afterwards sold the manufacturing rights and then the patents to a farm equipment manufacturer. It made about 3,300 units a year until it closed in 1929. Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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Forests scorched by wildfire unlikely to recover, may convert to grasslands

first_imgRodman and his team of coauthors—including scientists from the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Arizona University, Colorado State University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington—wanted to build on those studies, projecting the future by looking at the past.To that end, they looked at 22 burned areas encompassing 710 square miles from southern Wyoming through central and western Colorado to northern New Mexico. The team focused on ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests, which make up about half of the forested area in the region.“For those of us who live along Colorado’s Front Range, these are the trees that we see, live near and recreate in on a daily basis,” said Rodman.The study included regions that had burned as long ago as 1988, and land ravaged by the 2002 Hayman Fire near Colorado Springs; the 1996 Buffalo Creek Fire southwest of Denver; the 2000 Eldorado Springs and Walker Ranch fires near Boulder; and the 2002 Missionary Ridge fire outside of Durango.Using satellite images and on-the-ground measurements, the scientists first reconstructed what the forests looked like prior to the fire. Then, by counting juvenile trees and looking at tree rings, they assessed how well the forests were recovering.Cooler, wetter areas more resilientNot surprisingly, those at higher-elevations with lower temperatures, and more precipitation fared better. Those with  more surviving trees nearby (which can spread their seeds via wind and water) were also more likely to rebound.Meanwhile, lower-elevation forests, like those south of Pueblo or in portions of the Front Range foothills, proved less resilient.And compared to regions that burned in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the more recent burn areas failed to bounce back.“This study and others clearly show that the resilience of our forests to fire has declined significantly under warmer, drier conditions,” said coauthor Tom Veblen, professor of geography at CU Boulder.The team then used statistical modeling to project what might happen in the next 80 years if montane forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir were to burn under different scenarios. In one scenario, humans do nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change escalates unchecked. In another, considered a “moderate emissions scenario,” emissions begin to decline after 2040.’The future is not in set in stone’Currently, the team estimates that about half of its study area is suitable for post-fire “recovery.” (Trees there may return to at least their lowest densities from the 1800s).By 2051, under the moderate emissions scenario, less than 18% of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine forests will likely recover if burned. Under the higher emission scenario, that number dips to 6.3% for Douglas fir and 3.5% percent for pine forests.Meanwhile, Veblen notes, the number and intensity of wildfires will continue its steady rise. The number of acres burned annually across the country has already doubled since the 1990s.“The big takeaway here is that we can expect to have an increase in fire continue for the foreseeable future, and, at the same time, we are going to see much of our land convert from forest to non-forest,” said Veblen. A forest burns during the High Park Fire West of Fort Collins in 2012.Rodman, now a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hopes the database of post-fire recovery he and his team have created can help land managers better plan where to invest their resources, or not, after a fire.For instance, they may be better off planting seedlings in regions more likely to bounce back, rather than plant them in dry sites no longer suitable for their survival.He also hopes the projections spelled out in the paper give people one more reason to care about climate change.“This was a hard study to write and can be a bit depressing to read, but there are some positive takeaways,” he said. “If we can get a handle on some of these trends and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, the outcomes may not look so dire. The future is not written in stone.” Categories:EnvironmentNews Headlinescenter_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Lisa Marshall • Published: Aug. 25, 2020 Image caption: Remnants of the Hayman Fire, which burned more than 138,000 acres near Colorado Springs in 2002.With flames racing across hundreds of square miles throughout Colorado and California this summer and a warming climate projected to boost wildfire activity across the West, residents can’t help but wonder what our beloved forests will look like in a few decades.A new University of Colorado Boulder-led study offers an unprecedented glimpse, suggesting that when forests burn across the Southern Rocky Mountains, many will not grow back and will instead convert to grasslands and shrublands.“We project that post-fire recovery will be less likely in the future, with large percentages of the Southern Rocky Mountains becoming unsuitable for two important tree species—ponderosa pine and Douglas fir,” said lead author Kyle Rodman, who conducted the study while a PhD student in the Department of Geography.Previous CU Boulder studies have looked at individual fire sites, including the site of the 2000 Walker Ranch fire in Boulder County, and found that forests recovered slowly or not at all. Even 15 years post-fire, as many as 80% of the plots the researchers surveyed still contained no new trees. The big takeaway here is that we can expect to have an increase in fire continue for the foreseeable future, and, at the same time, we are going to see much of our land convert from forest to non-forest.’- Tom Veblenlast_img read more

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SMPD announce Underage Decoy Operation

first_img 1 Comment Another major US dairy, Borden, seeks bankruptcy protectionLos Angeles cop pleads not guilty in corpse fondling caseYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours ago Kathleen says: HomeBad BehaviorSMPD announce Underage Decoy Operation Jan. 07, 2020 at 5:00 amBad BehaviorBriefsCrimeNewsSMPD announce Underage Decoy OperationEsteban Inchaustegui1 year agoalcohol retaildepartment of alcoholic beverage controlsmpdUnderage Decoy Operation On December 30, 2019, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department’s Vice Unit conducted a minor decoy operation with assistance from members of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to check on compliance at alcohol retail establishments within the City of Santa Monica. The Minor Decoy Program uses supervised individuals under the age of 20, who attempt to purchase alcohol at licensed premises. Any sale of alcohol to a minor decoy may result in criminal and administrative sanctions for the employee and the licensee.The team visited five alcohol retail establishments within the city of Santa Monica. All establishments did a commendable job and used proper protocol as the minor decoy was denied alcohol at each location.The following locations engaged in responsible sales of alcohol by asking for the decoy’s age, identification and refusing to sell alcohol upon determining the minor was under 21:Vons market – 1311 Wilshire BlvdCVS – 1932 Wilshire BlvdBristol Farms – 3105 Wilshire BlvdBevMo! – 3212 Wilshire BlvdRite Aid – 1331 Wilshire BlvdThe Minor Decoy Program has proven to be an effective tool in promoting responsible practices in the sales of alcoholic beverages by licensees, reducing substance abuse and enhancing community welfare by limiting underage access to alcohol.This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Alcohol Policing Partnership Program.Submitted by Lieutenant Candice CobarrubiasTags :alcohol retaildepartment of alcoholic beverage controlsmpdUnderage Decoy Operationshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment January 7, 2020 at 10:16 AM Comments are closed. Great job! When I was walking in the promenade with a friend, we noticed a young girl (teen) so drunk her friends were trying to hold her up. This was happening in the outdoor area. Perhaps the police should investigate these sleezy bars that dot the promenade. I’m not talking about some of the finer eating establishments serving alcohol. These are bars where very young people congregate. Thank you.last_img read more

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Yoigo targets summer 4G launch

first_img Masmovil CEO bullish on Spanish opportunity Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more TeliaSonera says that Yoigo, its Spanish subsidiary, will be first out of the 4G traps in Spain when it launches LTE services in July.Using the 1800MHz frequency band, Yoigo will initially roll out LTE in Madrid. The “largest cities” in the country are scheduled for 4G by the end of the year.Offering an advertised maximum download speed of 100Mb/s, the plan is for Yoigo to reach 37 per cent of Spain’s population with LTE by end 2013. A target of 75 per cent population coverage is set for end 2014.Yoigo is the fourth operator in Spain, and, according to figures from Wireless Intelligence, trails its three bigger rivals by some distance in terms of attracting subscribers.TeliaSonera’s Spanish subsidiary had 3.7 million subscribers as of 31 March 2013, far behind Telefonica’s Movistar – number one in Spain – which had 20.3 million. Vodafone and Orange have 15 million and 13.7 million subscribers respectively.Last month TeliaSonera dropped longstanding plans to sell Yoigo after failing to attract sufficiently high bids. In a statement, the Nordic operator said it was now looking to develop the Spanish operator.With Yoigo launching 4G, TeliaSonera will have LTE services up and running in all the countries it has a mobile operation – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Spain. Masmovil prepares mobile banking entry Author Ken Wieland Related Home Yoigo targets summer 4G launch Tags Yoigo venderá electricidad en España Previous ArticleSmartphone sales boost Sony revenueNext ArticleVendor launches Bluetooth-based mobile payments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 MAY 2013 TeliaSoneraYoigolast_img read more

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Norway’s Tele2 signs Ice deal to allay network duopoly fears

first_img Mobile Norway, owned by Tele2, signed an agreement with newcomer Ice in the hope it might allay competition concerns surrounding TeliaSonera’s bid for Tele2’s Norwegian unit.As part of the agreement, Ice – backed by privately-held Access Industries – will acquire part of Tele2’s mobile infrastructure (in the event TeliaSonera wins regulatory approval for its Tele2 bid).Norway’s competition authority is believed to be concerned that should TeliaSonera snap up Mobile Norway, then Netcom – TeliaSonera’s Norwegian unit – wouldn’t be interested in running the Tele2 network (content just to use the acquisition to boost market share).That would leave Norway with a network duopoly between TeliaSonera and Telenor. Mobile Norway’s infrastructure deal with Ice (the financial details of which were not disclosed) should go some way to assuage those fears.  Another aspect of the arrangement is that Tele2 will lease spectrum from Ice (5MHz in the 900MHz band) from today (1 October) until 1 April 2015. TeliaSonera says this will guarantee network access by Mobile Norway’s existing customers in the transition period until the regulator decides on the acquisition.“[The agreement] has a very positive impact on the competition on the Norwegian market,” said August Baumann, TeliaSonera Norway’s chief executive. “It helps to meet the political target according to which there should be three mobile networks in the country, while it also guarantees network access to Tele2’s customers until spring 2015, when the traffic will be switched over to our network.”TeliaSonera announced its SEK5.1 billion bid for Tele2’s Norwegian operations in July. Tele2 was looking for a Norway exit after losing out to Ice in an auction of 4G spectrum. TeliaSonera also committed to 98 per cent 4G population coverage by end 2016, two years ahead of its previous obligations.At its capital markets day (30 September) TeliaSonera said it would top up capital expenditure to the tune of SEK6-7 billion ($830-$965 million) during 2015-16 in an attempt to increase revenue from mobile data, 4G and fibre access across its Nordic and Eurasian markets. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 OCT 2014 Home Norway’s Tele2 signs Ice deal to allay network duopoly fears Previous ArticleTelefonica closes E-Plus deal to become German number oneNext ArticleBrazil’s 4G auction fails to ignite as Oi keeps powder dry Ken Wieland Tags Author Tele2 set for exec team shake-up FinancialICENorwayRegulatoryServicesTechnologyTele2TeleSonera Tele2 looks to a post-pandemic world Tele2 eyes converged boost with Com Hem rebrand Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Relatedlast_img read more

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Vodafone claims continued recovery, with AMAP performing well

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 FEB 2016 Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Previous ArticleCisco strikes $1.4B Jasper deal in IoT pushNext ArticleGlobe picks Amdocs for mobile money upgrade Related Vodafone Group trumpeted another quarter of organic service revenue growth, although foreign exchange rates took their toll on its reported numbers.“With 7 million new customers in the quarter, we have maintained our good commercial momentum in mobile and are beginning to accelerate in fixed, as we launch converged services in more markets,” Vittorio Colao, group chief executive, said.“Customers are increasingly recognising the quality of our networks, leading to strong growth in data usage and benefiting from the significant investments in 4G and fibre that we have made over the last two years,” he continued.For the quarter ended 31 December, group service revenue was £9.2 billion, up 1.4 per cent on an organic basis (the sixth consecutive quarter of improvement), but down 6.3 per cent on a reported basis.Europe was the weaker of its regions, with service revenue of £6 billion down 0.6 per cent on an organic basis. While the company noted that this marked a continued recovery (Q2 shrinkage was 1 per cent), and mobile termination rate cuts also had an impact, it also pointed out continued growth in its contract customer base and a year-on-year reduction in contract churn.Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific service revenue of £2.9 billion was up 6.5 per cent, which was attributed to “customer growth, with 6.3 million customers added in the quarter, and strong demand for voice and data services”.On a reported basis, service revenue declined by 3.6 per cent, with a strong adverse impact from foreign exchange movements.Vodacom in particular stood out, with a 7.2 per cent growth in organic revenue to £799 million, although this was down 10.3 per cent in reported terms.With regard to the Project Spring network modernisation plan, the company said it is 92 per cent through its mobile build, with 4G coverage now at 84 per cent in Europe, and AMAP build targets achieved.The group ended the period with 461 million mobile customers, of which 122.1 million were in Europe and 338.9 million in AMAP.LTE subscribers stand at 34.8 million, adding 4.7 million in the quarter. Of these, 28.1 million and 3.8 million of the additions are from Europe.Vodafone also said it is continuing to make progress “towards becoming a full service integrated operator”, for both consumers and businesses in its main markets.It has 13 million broadband customers, with 414,000 additions in the quarter. Of these, 12 million are in Europe, where it also has 9.4 million TV customers, as it pushed services in markets such as Spain and Germany. Author Steve Costello Home Vodafone claims continued recovery, with AMAP performing well Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Tags VodacomVodafonelast_img read more

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Flooding Causes $250K in Damage to Glacier High

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. KALISPELL – A broken pipe led to flooding that caused up to $250,000 in damage at Glacier High School earlier this winter, and it’s still not clear who will pay for the repairs and cleanup.A frozen fire-suppression line burst on Feb. 26, pouring 3,500 gallons of water into the school in 15 minutes. The flooding damaged classrooms and offices, displacing students for about a month.Superintendent Darlene Schottle tells the Daily Inter Lake that the architect that designed the building and an engineering firm found that insufficient insulation caused the pipe to freeze as temperatures dipped below zero.The architects and engineers found similar insulation shortages in other parts of the building, which opened to students in the fall of 2007.last_img read more

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Power of the Owl

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email CHARLO — Perched behind the steering wheel of a Chevy Suburban, the back seat consumed by piles of ornithological field guides, binoculars and a high-powered spotting scope, the owl researcher stabs his finger through the open window, reciting the names of bird species circling the rolling grassland outside.“Rough-legged hawk. Harrier. Bald eagle. Raven. Oh, there’s a northern shrike,” he says, glancing at his bewildered passenger. “They’re a carnivorous song bird. They use barbed-wire fences and thorns to impale their prey and tear at its flesh.”So goes the animated narration by Denver Holt, who, as founder of the 30-year-old nonprofit Owl Research Institute in Charlo, knows more about the order strigiformes — the scientific name for owls — than almost anyone in the world.Missing from today’s recitation, however, is the bird we’re here to find — a snowy owl.Holt is known throughout the international ornithological community as “Mr. Owl,” and his meticulous research has informed some of the most in-depth, long-term studies of owls and owl behavior on record. For the past 25 years, Holt has studied the migratory patterns of snowy owls, tracking the magnificent birds’ journey from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra south to his backyard in Charlo, where a converted farmhouse at the foot of the Mission Mountains, flanking the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge, serves as home and headquarters.If anyone can find a snowy owl, it’s Holt, and today he is filled with hope, an infectious disposition that keeps the fire of optimism burning in his passengers.“If I was a snowy owl, this is about the time of day when I’d get up and stretch out my wings, maybe cough up a pellet and find a perch to start hunting,” Holt says, scanning the horizon with his binoculars.“We’ll find that owl,” he adds before climbing back into his Chevy.Earlier that morning, a crisp, clear December day that dawned beneath the shadow of the Mission Mountains, a local rancher called Holt to report a big white bird perched on a nearby fence line, its plumage pure as the driven snow, its massive head rotating 270 degrees, browsing the farmland for prey: the great white owl of the North.The sighting was noteworthy not only because of the owl’s regal presence or its eye-catching beauty, but due to its rarity this field season.In years past, snowy owls have fled the Arctic in droves, migrating south to alight on the Mission Mountain Valley and brighten its skyline, their mere presence casting a mythic aura over the landscape. They arrive in irregular “irruptions” to hunt voles and other prey on the grassland, and Holt has maintained meticulous data to suggest that a prolific feeding season on the northern tundra corresponds with an abundance of snowies in his backyard.This winter, however, the Owl Research Institute has received just two reports of snowy owls, and Holt confirmed this morning’s sighting with his own two eyes. A young female, he guesses, based on its size and barred markings.Having studied the bird for more than 25 years, Holt knows that irregular migratory patterns are not unusual, citing recent reports of dozens of birds appearing in the Great Lakes region, including Michigan and Ohio, as evidence that they’re still breeding successfully in the Arctic, a success rate that corresponds with its available food sources — namely, lemmings, the Arctic rodent it primarily preys upon.In years of strong lemming reproduction, there is often a corresponding increase in owl hatchlings. However, more predators put more stress on the prey base, as well as competition for it. When this pressure is sensed, the birds will disperse during winter in search of easier food, such as the voles that populate the Mission Valley. Because snowies are adapted to be highly nomadic, it is also difficult to generalize where and when they might appear (their last strong showing in Montana was 2012, when a blizzard of owls converged near Polson).Anecdotal evidence aside, snowy owls are on a downward trend, a decline that tracks along with population fluctuations of lemmings in and around Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point in the United States, where Holt has spent nearly every summer for 25 years studying the birds and their food sources. The relationship between lemmings and snowy owls is critical — the rodents crawling across the arctic tundra account for 90 percent of the white owls’ diet.As snowfall patterns change in the face of climate change, however, lemmings, which live in burrows in the snow, are coming under threat.“The health of the owls is key to everything else,” Holt said. “If climate change affects the lemmings, it will affect the snowy owl.”A quarter-century of data provides an unusually in-depth glimpse at the species’ population trends, and could play a pivotal role in understanding how ecological impacts resulting from a warming world will flag changes in the global arctic ecosystem, even in the absence of other markers.With its force of personality, the owl, like polar bears and arctic fox, is poised to be a charismatic ambassador to climate change, warning of potential problems and capturing the attention of an at-times apathetic public.It’s what Holt refers to as “the power of owls,” a magnetic and alluring quality that causes the owl to emerge as a literary icon — think Harry Potter’s pet snowy owl, Hedwig, or the loquacious bard of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood — as well as in consumer products.A tour of Holt’s research institute reveals offices and cubbies brimming with owl memorabilia and assorted curios, which friends and colleagues have sent him through the years. Owl-shaped pepper-shakers, clocks coasters; trivets and trinkets; ugly owls and unbearably cute owls; “White Owl” whiskey and “White Owl” cigars.“This tells you the popularity. It’s the power of owls,” Holt said. “There’s hardly any other group of animals in the world that is so widely recognized and generates so much interest.”“You can’t sell a lemming. People just think it’s a big rat. But you can sell a big white owl,” he continued. “Polar bears and snowy owls are icons of conservation, and the snowy owl could really influence conservation decisions in the grasslands and the Arctic tundra.”To that end, Holt and Liberty DeGrandpre, development director of the Owl Research Institute, recently applied for and received a grant to analyze snowy owl data for climate change. They will partner with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, based in Seewiesen, Germany — arguably the most prestigious ornithology research center in the world — to conduct the statistical analysis.The power of the owl is a unifying theme throughout Holt’s research, and his mission to employ owls as the poster child of conservation is enjoying a degree of success if his webcams are any testament.For the past five years, the Owl Research Institute has partnered with Explore.org, an arm of the Annenberg Foundation, to share owls and owl behavior with the rest of the world.In 2017, the institute’s three live cameras streamed 24/7 observations of great gray owls, great horned owls and osprey, allowing nighttime observations with infrared lighting. They have attracted viewers in every country, generating 4.5 million page views that represented 2.7 million independent page views.“Obviously, these cams enable us to bring our message and educational programs to a large audience,” Holt said, adding that they also provide untold research benefits by offering year-round glimpses into owl behavior.By design, Holt, 60, has spent his entire career in the field, rejecting the clinical setting of academia and the monotony of indoor research and embracing the freedom of an outdoor work environment, even as the rigors of owl research catches up to him.Holt and his passengers still haven’t seen the snowy owl, the specter of which preoccupied their day, but the researcher’s enthusiasm hasn’t flagged even as the setting sun sconces the snow-draped Mission Mountains in pink alpenglow. They retreat to the research institute, where upon parking the Chevy he immediately spies a pair of great horned owls roosting in a tree.“When I drove up here in 1987 to decide whether or not to buy this place, the first thing I saw was two great horned owls sitting outside,” Holt says. “I knew right then that I had to have it.”last_img read more