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Super plane, satellites help map the Caribbean’s hidden coral reefs

first_imgSatellites, aircraft and scuba divers are creating the first ever high-resolution map of coral reefs throughout the Caribbean region.Layers of data with 10-centimeter (4-inch) resolution will reveal the extent of damage from recent hurricanes and identify pockets of living coral to protect, as well as ailing coral that can be restored.The maps will be used to declare new marine protected areas, guide management plans and select areas for post-hurricane restoration. PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — At 8 o’clock on a May morning the Caribbean Sea was calm, offering a clean window to the underwater realm. Flying 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) above the ocean, ecologist Greg Asner’s twin-propeller flying laboratory was at what he calls the “goldilocks distance.” Fly higher and the textured detail of each turquoise patch of coral reef below becomes invisible. Fly lower and the details overwhelm the big picture.At this altitude, above the gemstone-like waters surrounding Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Asner’s plane can see both entire reefs and individual heads of coral in revolutionary detail. The plane is loaded with nearly a metric ton of sensors and computers that allow it to determine, at 10-centimeter (4-inch) resolution, not just where the coral is but also its health and even its species.Asner, based at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California, molded technology first developed by NASA to peer at the chemical composition of alien planets into what may be the most powerful instrument for conservation science here on Earth: the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO), as his plane is called.“Caribbean reefs are getting hammered by hurricanes, coral bleaching and pollution. But the CAO can see the patches of surviving coral that can repopulate this system,” Asner told Mongabay.Greg Asner (left), founder of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, and Joseph Pollock (right), coral strategy director for The Nature Conservancy, aboard the Carnegie Airborne Observatory. Image by Marjo Aho/TNC.The flight was part of a mission to create the first ever high-resolution map of coral reefs throughout the Caribbean. In addition to the CAO, more than 100 satellites, drones and scuba divers will contribute data to the map, integrating layers of information at multiple scales. The project is a collaboration between Asner’s new Reefscape Project, which studies reefs around the world; the Arlington, Virginia-based conservation group The Nature Conservancy; and the San Francisco-based private satellite company Planet.The resulting map of the Caribbean region’s coral reefs will help decision-makers identify the top priorities for conservation.last_img read more

Laurie Foster | If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

first_img VOCAL ON PLANS Ever since the United States-born new female sprinting sensation, Briana Williams, had double success for Jamaica at the World Under-20 Championships in Athletics, spirited controversy has filled the air. Based on the performances of the USA star, Twanysha Terry, prior to and during the 100m in Tampere, Finland, Williams was expected to trail her to the finish line. It did not quite go that way, with the Jamaican lass exploding out of the blocks a step ahead of Terry and proving unreachable throughout the race. Having put that to bed, another matter that was beyond expectation was Williams, a 16-year-old, lining up for the 200m. That title was taken as well against another well-lettered favourite in USA girl, Lauren Rain Williams, even more convincingly in a championship record. Briana had navigated six races in four days, putting many of her supporters in disbelief. Why was she asked to take on such an intensive workload, given her tender age? There are some factors which the naysayers seem not to have noticed. Briana’s coach is Ato Boldon, who, as a junior himself, successfully took on the double challenge when he competed for Trinidad & Tobago at the 1992 edition of the event in Seoul, South Korea. In post-competition interviews, he attempted to allay the fears of those who were opposing his choice for Briana. Chief among those concerns was that the ill-effects would not be seen until the athlete attained the senior level. Boldon, in response, reminded that his performances as an adult transitioning from the junior level were second to none other than the phenom, Usain Bolt. In fact, he was a senior World Champion in the 200m. Boldon, apart from answering his critics on Briana’s two-race diet, has been very vocal on his further plans to contribute to track and field, both for his home country and Jamaica. Coming from a position where his mother is Jamaican and his father is Trinidadian, he sees his roles having equal interest in both countries. In addition to Brianna, he coaches Khalifa St Fort, who has represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Olympics. The Trinidad track-and-field authorities have questioned Boldon’s capabilities as a coach and, in his mind, have not given him the recognition he thinks he deserves. This came out in a post he made on social media after his first triumph with Briana at the World Under-20s. He sent a “HUGE shout out to the Trinidad & Tobago track and field federation for the constant motivation this year”. It ended with the question which was clothed in sarcasm, “Do I know what I am doing now?” Given comments made by Boldon during track-and-field commentary at global events, he has not been a favourite of Jamaican fans. This is a reason which has been cited in a bid to have Briana seek coaching instructions in Jamaica. Foster’s Fairplay, especially after seeing the relationship Boldon shares with Brianna – one of expressed mutual respect – has no problem with accepting him as the way forward for her. It is simply a case of the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It is this columnist’s view that the future is bright for Brianna and no effort should be spared by local track-and-field authorities to have the union between the athlete and her Trinidadian coach cemented. -For feedback: email laurieFoster2012@gmail.com www.facebook.com/lauriefosterlast_img read more

Defense first for Gin Kings

first_imgView comments “Just shows that we got to put defense first,” Brownlee said. “Some nights we’re just not going to make shots. We just got to really focus on it (defense), knowing it’s our biggest strength.”Meanwhile, Phoenix Pulse will play the first of two games without coach Louie Alas and the first of what could be a lot without Calvin Abueva when the Fuel Masters return to the floor for the first time after that tumultuous Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAbueva was suspended by the league indefinitely after a weekend of controversies and the Fuel Masters will also break in a new import in Richard Howell when they battle Meralco in the 4:30 p.m. contest.“Despite what’s been happening, we still consider Phoenix to be a very dangerous team so we will have to be on top of our game,” mentor Norman Black said through the league’s website. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netInspired by the way it played defense to gut out a win the last time up, Barangay Ginebra looks to do it all over again when the Gin Kings battle Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations on Friday at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Tim Cone, following a narrow 73-70 escape from NorthPort last Saturday, conceded they were able to survive because of their defense, and import Justin Brownlee wouldn’t mind replicating such an approach in the 7 p.m. game against the Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Azkals, U-22 team push training to high gear Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks LATEST STORIES Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alas was also suspended for his participation in a scuffle three minutes into the game as the league slapped a total of P264,000 in fines for rough play.Ginebra’s LA Tenorio knows that they cannot rely too heavily on Brownlee, who hit some big baskets against the Batang Pier.“He’s tried and tested,” Tenorio said of Brownlee. “But whenever we share the basketball, we’re pretty much tough to beat.”The Gin Kings have a two-game winning streak going but know that the Painters will be no easy pickings, especially with former Best Import Denzel Bowles leading Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judgelast_img read more

Rotarians Urged to Attract New Members

first_imgThe District Governor 9101 of Rotary Club International (RCI), Marie-Irene Richmond Ahoua, has urged members of the Rotary Club of Sinkor (RCS) to attract new members to join and become part of the organization’s service to humanity in the country.Governor Richmond-Ahoua, who presides over 10 West African countries of the RCI, 2015-2016, said that the club is for friendship, with many of them getting involved in humanitarian work around the world.She made the statement recently in Monrovia during an official working visit to RCS members of District 9101, and to inspect several of the club’s projects in communities around Monrovia.Madam Richmond-Ahoua said attracting new members to join a service organization is not an easy task, adding, “In fact, we observed that even though a majority of people are aware of Rotary, only a few know what Rotarians actually can do.” The prospective members that would be recruited, according to her, should be friends, colleagues or family members, “because these are people that are easy to recruit, who share personal relationships with them and to whom they can easily explain the work of Rotarians.” DG Richmond-Ahoua said Rotarians are great people who are in leadership around the world, “therefore, everyone by now in Liberia should be able to sponsor a new club or members in the country.”“Rotarians,” she said, “Are a gift to the world because they are respectfully known for doing humanitarian work in their respective communities and countries.”She told the RCS members to keep focus on the basic social responsibilities that would uphold the objectives of the club in Liberia.She then urged every Rotarian to serve the purpose and vision of the International Rotary by ensuring that the club serves humanity and champions the cause of peace-building in Liberia. DG Ahoua acknowledged RCS’ president Eva Morgan Mappy (2015/2016) and other past officials as well as members of the club in buttressing the government’s efforts in the fight against the recently ended Ebola virus disease (EVD).She said this was not the first time that Rotarians have assisted government in health crisis because they played a major role worldwide through the international Rotary Club where they made financial donations to help the World Health Organization (WHO) to eradicate the childhood disease, Polio, out of the various nations including Liberia.According to her, such assistance by Rotary International could be demonstrated by the Rotary Club of Sinkor when members commit their minimum financial contributions to combat any future outbreak.For her part, Eva Morgan Mappy, president of the Rotary Club of Sinkor expressed gratitude to the DG Marie for the visit.Rotarian Mappy assured the DG that as head of the club in Liberia, she will ensure that the objective for which the club was created is achieved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Water network, hinterland airstrip development projects proposed

first_imgUK multibillion grantThe Government of Guyana has submitted two project proposals to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) as part of the newly-established United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF), from which Guyana will be benefiting from some $16 billion in grant resources.During a visit to Jamaica last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the launch of the £300 million fund as part of the country’s commitment to reinvigorating the relationship between the UK and Caribbean countries.The UKCIF is an ambitious investment undertaken by the UK to provide grant funding to improve or create new infrastructures such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development in nine Commonwealth countries across the Region. However, the UK Government has designated the CDB to work along with the beneficiary states to design, develop and implement the programme.In April, Finance Minister Winston Jordan along with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan met with British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn and representatives of the CDB and the Department for International Development (DFID) to discuss Guyana’s proposed infrastructural projects.Government had identified and submitted project proposals for six major infrastructure development programmes. These included: improved road networks, bridges, stellings and waterfronts; rehabilitation of airstrips, reliable access to potable water and reduced energy costs as well as to tackle the environmental and health risks associated with the improper disposal of waste.Speaking with media operatives on Tuesday, High Commissioner Quinn disclosed that two of the six projects – one on the water network and another on hinterland airstrip development – were submitted to the CDB for assessment. Only those projects that are assessed to be critical drivers of economic growth and able to deliver an Economic Rate of Return of at least 12 per cent or similar qualitative benefits will be approved for financing.However, Quinn noted that while the projects were actively under consideration, the process would be a lengthy one for both the CDB and the UK especially since the latter only has a staff of four within the CDB to access the project bids.“So we are talking about probably months before a final decision is taken to allow things to start. So, we start (Wednesday) and it will be a while for assessment, because they’ve got to do various environmental assessments etc,” the British High Commissioner stated.While much information has not been disclosed on the two projects submitted for funding, the water supply network project seeks to improve the network of potable water in the country and the hinterland airstrip development will see improved access to hard-to-reach areas.President David Granger has been pushing hinterland development, highlighting the discouraging geographic inequalities between the coastland and the hinterland, and urban and rural communities.“The hinterland, despite its endowment, remains underdeveloped plagued by poor infrastructure and environmental hazards. The disparities in development and in households between hinterland and coastland must be removed if we are to become a more equal nation,” the Guyanese Head of State outlined in his address to the National Assembly last month.last_img read more

Arteta piles Arsenal injury woes

first_imgThe former Everton star’s injury comes after Wenger saw England midfielder Jack Wilshere ruled out for a long period with an ankle problem suffered against Manchester United on Saturday.Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is also out with a hip injury sustained against United, while England striker Danny Welbeck missed the Dortmund game with a knee problem.Arteta was joined on Arsenal’s growing injury list by France Under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo, who came off after scoring his first goal for the Gunners.“Arteta again has a calf problem that looks quite serious. I think he will be out for a while. We also lost Sanogo with a hamstring injury,” Wenger said.“Wilshere sees a specialist at last tomorrow (Thursday) and we will know more about him then.“The injuries are difficult to take on the chin. We go into many games and we need as many players available as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000 LONDON, November 27- Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta added to his club’s injury woes as the Spaniard limped off with a calf problem in Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund.Arteta was replaced in the 67th minute of the Champions League Group D clash and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger fears he could be sidelined for several weeks.last_img read more

Hudson’s Hope Farmers Market hosting celebration for 20 years of service

first_imgBernardin’s Best Sales and Pepper JelliesCanadian AcresThe Old Wooden BridgeHip Peace ProduceNow & Wow Fashions HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – The Hudson’s Hope Farmers Market is celebrating 20 years of service at Beattie Park today.Featured at the celebration will be food from local vendors, live music, kid’s games, bouncy castles and a beer garden.The celebration starts at 3:00 in the afternoon and runs until 6:00 at night. Live music will begin at 6:00 and go until 8:00 p.m. The beer garden is courtesy of Might Peace Brewing and will open from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.- Advertisement -The full list of food vendors are shown below:Local:Hudson’s Hope HoneyThe Rustic Market GardenNorthern Knighting DesignCoalbox Coffee & Sharron’s Amazing PopsiclesJoseph’s WoodworkingMoore Cantlon CreationsNettie’s BakingRegional:Advertisementlast_img read more

UEFA drops Arsenal flare charges

first_imgUEFA has dropped its disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal in regards to their Champions League meeting with Galatasaray earlier this month.The London club were charged with “insufficient organisation (lack of body searching)” after fireworks and missiles were thrown on to the Emirates Stadium pitch during a 4-1 home win on October 1.A statement published by European football’s governing body on Monday confirmed disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal had been closed, while Galatasaray have been fined €50,000 (£39,570).The statement added: “The Turkish team have also been ordered to contact Arsenal FC within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters.”At the Emirates, several flares were thrown onto the pitch from the section where the 3,000-strong travelling Galatasaray supporters were located towards the end of the first half, causing the Group D match to be briefly halted.Metropolitan Police confirmed there had been six arrests as part of their operation for the European tie, two of which were for entering the ground with flares.UEFA views it as the home side’s responsibility to search supporters for any illegal items before they come into the stadium.There were disturbances before the match, when Galatasaray fans had let off flares in streets around Finsbury Park and thrown some into the Tollington Arms pub.A strong police presence was on hand, including officers in riot gear and with dogs, while Arsenal stewards conducted searches of bags on the turnstiles, when half-a-dozen flares and fireworks were confiscated, although some were able to be smuggled in by Turkish supporters.Arsenal reported damage to around 100 seats in the away end.Also punished by UEFA on Monday evening were Swiss club Basle, who have been fined 40,000 euros (£31,640) after objects were thrown by home fans during their 1-0 Champions League victory over Liverpool at St Jakob-Park on October 1. 1 UEFA drops Arsenal flare charges last_img read more

Pair facing trial in robbery try on stepfather

first_imgA loaded handgun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene, authorities said. The suspects were arrested two hours later and remain jailed in lieu of $950,000 bail each, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Web site. Authorities said Ochoa confessed to offering Talley $10,000 to participate in the crime – about one-tenth of Ochoa’s expected take. The victim said Ochoa cited financial troubles as motivation for the robberies. The suspects were ordered last week to stand trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two men arrested last month on multiple felony charges including attempted murder are due in court on Monday for a hearing as the case heads to trial. Christopher Ochoa, 21, of Lancaster, and 24-year-old Ryan Talley of Palmdale, are accused of using firearms to rob Ochoa’s stepfather. The incident occurred July 27 at Ochoa’s stepfather’s home on Benald Street on July 27, sheriff’s deputies said. Investigators said the victim, a 36-year-old man whose name was withheld, told them the suspects surrounded him in a hallway wielding handguns when he ran away. He barricaded himself in a bedroom and then fled through a window. The victim called authorities from a nearby residence, sheriff’s deputies said. last_img read more

New fields open today

first_img“(There’s) clearly a need and great demand by school and club sports as well,” Mayor Kelly McDowell said. Today’s festivities will include an exhibition game, demonstrations and refreshments. The City Council approved the fields last year as part of a controversial corporate campus project, for which Thomas Properties acquired nearly 47 acres of land at Nash Street and Mariposa Avenue. The company announced its plan to build a mixed-use development in 2001, but a resident organization backed by a competing investment group, Kilroy Realty, sought to stop the project on the grounds that it failed to address city transportation needs and state environmental laws. The group got a referendum on the ballot in June 2002, but two-thirds of the city voted in favor of the development. Its members later sued, but their arguments fell short. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports El Segundo is celebrating the long-awaited opening of new athletic fields at Nash Street and Mariposa Avenue. City leaders plan to cut the ribbon today at 10 a.m. for the project that includes two 100-by-65-yard synthetic turf playing fields that can accommodate soccer and lacrosse players and cheerleaders. Named after nearby Campus El Segundo, the complex at 2201E. Mariposa Ave. spans 5 acres and comes equipped with a snack bar, seating for hundreds and restrooms. last_img read more