The diversity of biodiversity: Connecting shrews, ants and slime molds with carbon storage

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_imgAnimals, Ants, Biodiversity, Carbon Conservation, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Forests, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Forest Carbon, Forests, Insects, Logging, Mammals, Primary Forests, Rainforests, Research, Secondary Forests, Timber, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by John Cannon 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Research has shown that, in some cases, high-carbon forests support high levels of biodiversity.But a recent study, which looked at a wide variety of species groups, demonstrates that regrowth forests can support a greater number of representatives of some species groups.The findings support the conclusion that recovering forests should be included in conservation planning alongside old-growth forests. Tropical forests are key defenders in the fight against climate change. They lock down around 25 percent of the world’s carbon in their canopies, trunks and soils, a function so crucial that they play a prominent role in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.Research also shows that high-carbon forests can anchor richer ecosystems. This is a win-win situation for climate mitigation and wildlife conservation.However, according to a recent study published in the journal Science Advances, the riches of high-carbon stocks are not shared equally among the various species found in forests. Forests that are in the process of growing back — for example, after they’ve been logged for timber — seem to provide ideal conditions for pioneer species not found in old-growth forests.A regrowth forest canopy. Image by Frederik Van de Perre/University of Antwerp.“In the case of slime molds, we think that this less-humid environment in regrowth forests might be a more optimal growing situation,” said Frederik Van de Perre, a biologist and doctoral student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and the lead author of the paper.Earlier studies have detected positive links between biodiversity and above-ground carbon storage. However, in one study, this positive effect was only visible when researchers drilled down to the relatively fine scale of 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres). According to a 2017 paper by ecologist Martin Sullivan of the University of Leeds in the U.K. and his colleagues, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the biodiversity-carbon relationship remains unknown at scales relevant to conservation planning.Sullivan also critiqued another key study that found a positive biodiversity-carbon relationship, suggesting that the authors did not properly control for environmental variations such as elevation, temperature and precipitation.“The protection of biodiversity needs to be considered alongside climate change mitigation, rather than [both] assumed to benefit automatically,” Sullivan told Mongabay in 2017.Van de Perre and his colleagues decided to attack the much-debated problem from a different angle.“When you read the literature, there are lots of papers saying [their research] is about biodiversity-carbon storage relationships,” Van de Perre said. “But actually, when you read those papers in detail, it turns out it’s about tree diversity. In my opinion, you can’t call that biodiversity.”Scientists on the way to the field site in the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image by Bart Würsten/Botanic Garden Meise.In their study, the authors researched a total of 10 different organismal groups.“We at least tried to capture what biodiversity is to the fullest [extent],” Van de Perre said.Working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Yangambi Biosphere Reserve, they used old-growth and regrowth forests as proxies for carbon-rich and carbon-poor environments. The 10 species groups they investigated included shrews, ants, trees, leaf lichens and slime molds.Previous research has looked at the relationship between mammals and carbon storage in tropical forests, but Van de Perre said that his team’s study had the “largest variety of species groups.”It was also “the first to at least compare trees with other types of species,” he added.The results did demonstrate a positive correlation between biodiversity and above-ground carbon storage, but only for trees and leaf lichens. The other eight organismal groups showed random, linear or even negative patterns of correlation.A plasmodial slime mold. The biodiversity of this organismal group demonstrated a negative relationship with above-ground carbon storage. Image by Myriam de Haan/Botanic Garden Meise.Van de Perre suggested that random correlations might result from what scientists call “turnover,” which means that certain species from the same organismal group replaced others as the carbon stock increased rather than growing alongside them.“We know of ants that are specialized on trees that occur in regrowth forests,” Van de Perre said, “and there are definitely [other] species [of ant] that only occur in old-growth forests.”Shrews displayed a linear correlation, suggesting that all species in this group were equally suited to both carbon-rich and carbon-poor forests.Slime molds, on the other hand, were the only organismal group to show a distinctly negative correlation, meaning that all species specialize in colonizing regrowth forests. This organismal group would undoubtedly lose out should regrowth forests be excluded from conservation initiatives.The results add an important wrinkle to the debate around forest protection and biodiversity.An old-growth forest canopy. Image by Maurice Leponce/Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.“The general idea is that old-growth forest is important for its irreplaceability [and] regrowth forest is added value,” Van de Perre said. “But actually, creating and regenerating regrowth forests will help [both] biodiversity and carbon storage.”In fact, recovering forests sock away carbon 11 times faster than old-growth forests, according to a 2016 study. However, when it comes to biodiversity, the importance of regrowth forests will most likely depend on their proximity to old-growth forests to facilitate species recruitment. According to Van de Perre, this phenomenon was the case in the forest plots where the team did their research.“Forest regeneration will [therefore] benefit forest biodiversity both directly, by providing habitat for species adapted to early successional stages, and indirectly, by increasing connectivity and reducing [the] fragmentation of forests,” he said.Banner image of a plasmodial slime mold by Myriam de Haan/Botanic Garden Meise.Joshua Parfitt is a Mongabay intern based in The Hague, Netherlands. Find him on Twitter: @jjparfittCitationsBonan, G. B. (2008). Forests and climate change: Forcings, feedbacks, and the climate benefits of forests. Science, 320(5882), 1444-1449.Cavanaugh, K. C., Gosnell, J. S., Davis, S. L., Ahumada, J., Boundja, P., Clark, D. B., … & Sheil, D. (2014). Carbon storage in tropical forests correlates with taxonomic diversity and functional dominance on a global scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23(5), 563-573.Poorter, L., Bongers, F., Aide, T. M., Zambrano, A. M. A., Balvanera, P., Becknell, J. M., … & Craven, D. (2016). Biomass resilience of Neotropical secondary forests. Nature, 530(7589), 211.Poorter, L., Sande, M. V. D., Thompson, J., Arets, E. J. M. M., Alarcón, A., Álvarez‐Sánchez, J., … & Bongers, F. (2015). Diversity enhances carbon storage in tropical forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(11), 1314-1328.Sullivan, M. J., Talbot, J., Lewis, S. L., Phillips, O. L., Qie, L., Begne, S. K., … & Miles, L. (2017). Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Scientific Reports, 7, 39102.Van de Perre, F., Willig, M. R., Presley, S. J., Bapeamoni Andemwana, F., Beeckman, H., Boeckx, P., … Verheyen, E. (2018). Reconciling biodiversity and carbon stock conservation in an Afrotropical forest landscape. Science Advances, 4(3).last_img read more


BLUES DROP SEASON FINALE TO LIONS

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgThe University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team dropped a 31-15 decision to the York Lions in the 49th annual Red & Blue Bowl on Saturday, October 20 at Varsity Stadium.TORONTO STATS:Second-year quarterback Vince Luccisano got the start for Toronto, going 5-for-19 for 72 yards, while rookie David Maecker came in in the third quarter and went 5-for-10 for 82 yards. Will Corby capped off an impressive sophomore campaign with eight receptions for 114 yards, while Maxwell Gyimah rushed seven times for 44 yards and one TD.Fourth-year defensive back Nick Hallett led all players with a season-high 10 tackles. Damoy Robinson had eight tackles and one sack, while fellow fourth-year veteran Lamar Foyle also had eight tackles and a half sack in the loss.GRADS:The Varsity Blues honoured graduating players Connor Ennis, Wade Zanchetta, Ryan Grandell, Patrick Pankow, Jordan Sidsworth, Cole Goodfellow, Wacey Schell, Lamar Foyle, Nick Hallett and Carter Gladman in a special pre-game ceremony. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version 1993 VANIER CUP CHAMPIONS:The Blues also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Yates and Vanier Cup championship team in a special halftime presentation.Today we welcomed back the 1993 Yates and Vanier Cup championship team with a special halftime celebration! It was great to have U of T President Meric Gertler on hand for the ceremonial coin toss and the 1993 reception! WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/4n40iWc9oq— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) October 20, 2018last_img read more


Mahaicony areas still under water

Posted On Jan 13 2020 by

first_imgThe economic sustenance of many farmers and residents in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) remains threatened, as communities in the Mahaicony area are still under water. Guyana Times was told that initial flooding in the area began in early April. Residents of Mora Point and Gordon’s Table on Tuesday expressed frustration that their cows, chickens and other livestock remain at the mercy of the slowly receding floodwaters, coupled with fields of rice and cash crops which were destroyed.The Hospital at MahaiconyThis publication was told that the most worrying for residents is the fact that there has been an increase in reports of children becoming sick in Mora Point and Gordon’s Table on the Mahaicony River. According to residents, a number of children are down with influenza. Also, residents noted that there is an influx of mosquitoes, which has reportedly increased due to the weeks of stagnated water.Guyana Times understands that there has been a shortage of medication at the Mora Point Health Centre. According to information received, the Medex who visits the centre regularly would often operate without the requisite medication needed to treat associated ailments. Speaking with this publication via telephone, a resident explained that this shortage is mostly affecting the children who are ill and seek relief from their symptoms. One resident of Gordon’s Table alleged that there is also a drug shortage at the Mahaicony Hospital, located some miles away.“We suffering bad,” the resident posited.Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal said on Monday that flood waters in the area have receded by “a few inches” over the last few days.A woman from Mora Point expressed annoyance that her community has not been benefiting from flood relief as those from Moraikobai, also on the Mahaicony River. The farmers in Mahaicony are calling for Government’s assistance for seed paddy and fertiliser to help them continue rice cultivation to maintain their livelihood.The Regional Chairman had earlier noted that many of the affected communities are in need of urgent flood relief.“Residents across the region in those areas that are affected should receive some form of relief so that they can get back on their feet,” the Chairman stated on Monday. Ramphal had also highlighted that flood waters in the villages of Trafalgar, Union and Bush Lot had receded but stressed that communities in the Mahaicony area were inundated. It was only last week that over 200 angry residents blocked the Number 30 Village main access road causing a 45-minute traffic delay.After this protest action, operatives of both Government and the Opposition have been meeting with residents to address their concerns. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday visited the flood-affected communities and distributed food items and bottled water. Previously, the Civil Defence Commission donated food supplies to residents in Moraikobai. Region 5 flooding…increased reports of sick children recordedlast_img read more


Rhinos out to gore Lions in semis

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23- Title holders UAP Rhinos coach Eric Situma is confident their title defense is still on course despite a second place finish in the group stages of Bamburi Rugby Super Series tournament.As they prepare to face Lions in the semi finals this weekend at the RFUEA Grounds, Situma is banking on the notion that they go into the match as the underdogs to upset their opponents. “We lost our first match in a long time, with that Lions who are unbeaten this year will be the favorites but we will give them the contest of champions, said Situma whose side lost 17-15 to Rwenzori in Kampala ending their unbeaten run in the series that stretched from 2008.Rhinos booked their place in the last four after a hard fought 25-18 win over Mumias Sugar Buffaloes over the weekend having previously beaten a hapless KCB Victoria 46-9 on the opening day. Situma feels that the teams’ loss may have been due to the lack of coordination which he attributes to the unavailability of players in his franchise.“My players have been juggling training for the franchise and the national 15s team that is preparing to defend the Africa Confederation title and play in the English Counties tour and in addition the two clubs (Nakuru and Quins) are miles apart,” the Nakuru RFC coach added.The team has been forced to alter their training schedule to accommodate the needs of the national team that has resulted to fatigue but the coach is certain they have the experience in their quest to book a slot in the final for a fourth year in a row. “Nakuru and Quins were outstanding in the Kenya Cup which means we have the depth within the team despite all the shortcomings.“Our opponents are also a strong side with the tournament’s top scorer among their ranks but I have big match players that are used to pressures of this nature,” expressed Situma about the prospects of facing Lions utility back Fabian Olando who has accumulated 34 points so far.When the two teams met last year in the pool stages, UAP Rhinos marched into the semi finals with a 24-19 triumph over the Lions in an engaging tie at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. This time, the champions are likely to lack the services of Edwin Achayo who has a head injury as well as centre Dennis Muhanji with a tissue injury.Lions topped pool A with a 24-15 victory over SDV Transami Cheetahs who will travel to face Dimension Data Rwenzori at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala in the other semi final.Lions had been impressive after trouncing Coastal Bulls 45-6 on the opening day that was followed by a 15-8 win over Nguvu Sharks.Situma is relishing a finals encounter against Rwenzori which he believes will be a good development for the tournament as it seeks to be the premier 15s showpiece in the region.“They beat us narrowly in the group stages, a rematch in the final will be a sure climax to the tournament,” he added Edwin Makori’s try in sudden death saw the Rhinos retain the Bamburi Rugby Super Series title last year with a 20-15 win over a battling SDV Transami Cheetahs in an entertaining final at the RFUEA Grounds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Valencia woman works to build families across an ocean

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_img “Kidnapping for ransom remains a particular threat, with over 25 American citizens including children kidnapped over the past year,” it said, adding travel within Port-Au-Prince can be “hazardous.” “It’s one of the great ironies of relief work, the places in most need of help are most dangerous for foreigners to operate,” said Justin Higgins, a State Department spokesman. “Unfortunate things happen to religiously motivated workers and those who have more secular nondenominational motivation.” Huijskens stays out of the line of fire for the most part, running the orphanage long-distance from her Valencia home. She and the three other board members of the nonprofit Three Angels Children’s Relief organization take turns visiting the orphanage and an adjacent school in the armed guard-protected and barbed wire-ringed compound. She and her 11-year-old daughter Elizabeth had a near-brush with danger two years ago when robbers attempted to break into the orphanage’s previous site, but the house manager withheld the news from her until the danger had passed. “If they would have realized the children were being adopted by Americans, they would have held them for ransom,” she said. “I always have been protected. I have never been in a place where I felt fearful.” Her protective shield is stronger than armor. “I really believe this is my calling, where God has put us, even my family,” she said. “It is a true blessing to be able to help these people.” Angela Fairchild, 26, manager at Java ‘N Jazz in Valencia, plans to leave in early March for a six-month stint at Angel House. She expects to engage the children’s small and large motor skills, dribbling basketballs, kicking around soccer balls and drawing with crayons and markers. Fairchild does not ignore the danger, but like Huijskens doesn’t second-guess the rightness she feels. “Really, it’s selfish,” Fairchild said. “This is exactly what I want to do.” Fairchild doesn’t want to be naive and say “this is fine,” but she cannot walk away from what she says is her destiny. Fairchild’s younger brother Elias traveled to Indonesia to aid missionaries transporting supplies after the devastating 2004 tsunami. Fairchild has traveled to Brazil and Mexico on missions. “We had problems with robbers,” she said. “Through those experiences I bonded a lot with the workers. I was there with them when the robbers were trying to get in. If anything, fear drew me closer to the people, made those experiences even better, made it even more amazing.” Huijskens and husband Frits adopted one of the first children dropped off at Angel House orphanage. “People sometimes ask if she is mine,” Huijskens said of Mia, 4. “Mia waits to see what I’m going to say. It has all just been very positive.” Mia’s siblings are Huijskens’s children by birth, Harrison, 7, and Elizabeth. Saugus residents Fiona and Bob Soukup are in the process of adopting siblings – a boy who will turn 1 in February and his sister, who is about 4. Fiona, who is a South African citizen, tried unsuccessfully to adopt a child from her native country. “I’m partial to supporting children from the Third World,” she said. “I have a sense of urgency going there, getting the children out of that situation.” The number of immigrant visas for Haitian orphans has increased, said Laura Tischler, a spokeswoman for the State Department’s Consular Affairs office. In 1999, 96 visas were issued, and the number climbed to 250 in 2003, with the only dip in the five-year period occurring in 2002. While Angel House is off-and-on home to about 38 children, two slots are reserved for severely malnourished children. “Every morning we have at least two mothers sitting out there with children on their laps they want to abandon,” she said. “We take the children who are going to die without intervention, children who aren’t eating.” It costs $16,000 a month to run the nonprofit business. Angel House is not an adoption agency, but the organization acts as a liaison between a lawyer and prospective adoptive parents to assist with independent international adoptions. Fees from the adoptions help keep the facility running. A $3,000 donation is given at the beginning of the adoption process, and a monthly fee of $400 is charged for up to nine months, until the process is concluded. Twenty-three children have been adopted into American homes so far. Start-up costs amounted to about $10,000, Huijskens said, which were pooled between the board members. Huijskens would like to create a program to help the mothers keep their children. She hopes to raise the $250,000 needed to buy the orphanage and school buildings, set on about half an acre. The facility has no running water – it must be trucked in – and sporadic electricity, so the food – corn porridge, bananas, avocados, hard-boiled eggs, rice and beans and powdered milk – is prepared fresh every day. There is no set age when children must leave, but in the back of her mind, Huijskens mulls over the dim adoption prospects for a sibling group of three. Their family was reportedly doing fine until the father mysteriously disappeared. The mother visits every couple of weeks, but is discouraged from more frequent visits to prevent the children from becoming too connected with her, just in case. Johnson is about 6, Rosaline is 3 and Lovely will be 2 in March. “They are really attached,” Huijskens said. “Johnson will sit, the girls will take naps in his lap. He has been known to play with trucks while they sleep in his lap.” Huijskens feels blessed she has never had to let Elizabeth or Harrison be hungry, and wishes she could corral more beds in the faraway chaotic land. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A Valencia woman who traveled to Haiti to adopt a child has ended up adopting an orphanage instead. After visiting Port-Au-Prince twice to establish a relationship with the toddler, Gretchen Huijskens’s heart was broken when the orphanage’s director abruptly terminated the arrangement, Huijskens said. Rather than souring Huijskens on the process, the loss hardened her resolve to help the helpless. “There is a misconception we all have that the mothers don’t care, that they love their children less than we love our children,” she said. Sometimes people drop off newborn babies near death from malnutrition because the mothers are too malnourished to produce breast milk. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “At that point they’re little skeletons … the birth mothers realize they cannot do more for these children.” On the heartbreaking trip three years ago, Huijskens searched for a property and a lawyer she could trust. Four months later she applied for a license to operate an orphanage, and she set up shop, known as Angel House. The license application is still pending due to red tape and a chaotic political climate, she said. Huijskens’s strong Christian faith seems to immunize her from becoming mired in fear over the dangerous country. The State Department’s travel warning, in effect since Nov. 22, triggers alarm bells. “In light of continuing instability, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Haiti at this time and urges American citizens to exercise caution and security awareness if they must travel to or reside in Haiti,” the warning said. It goes on to warn of the potential for spontaneous demonstrations and violent confrontations between armed groups, noting the absence of an effective police force in much of Haiti, the potential for looting and intermittent roadblocks set by armed gangs or the police and the possibility of random violent crime, including carjacking and assault. last_img read more


Rescue Mission

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HERE comes the cavalry to Sylmar. Or so it seems with Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Darroch “Rocky” Young’s sending the district’s most experienced president to spend a year as interim chief at Mission College. The campus has been enmeshed in strife for months over the creation of a Chicano Studies program. Passions have run so high that one professor was allegedly assaulted and an administrator suspended. Edward Moreno will take over in July and spend a year at the Sylmar campus. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Moreno, who spent 12 years as president of East Los Angeles College and even more years in other positions and at other colleges, appears to be a wise choice. He will need all his skill, a bit of luck and all the resources and support he can get to restore the peace at Mission.last_img read more


Transfer news: The players who look set to leave the Premier League in January

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_img 8 Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) – It appears Darmian’s torrid time at Manchester United is coming to an end, with a number of clubs in his homeland of Italy wanting to sign him this month. Juventus, Napoli and Inter of Milan have all been linked with a move for the 28-year-old full-back as he looks to leave Old Trafford for more game time. Darmian has played just 195 minutes of Premier League football this season, and he has not impressed in the three appearances he has made for United in the EFL Cup. 8 8 8 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – There were suggestions Giroud could leave Arsenal last summer following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, but no buyer could be found so he stayed with the Gunners. He has since scored seven goals this season, but has started only one Premier League match, and is keen to depart north London again now that the transfer window has reopened. Various clubs are keen on him, with the likes of AC Milan, Everton and Fenerbahce all reportedly looking into a January deal. Emre Can (Liverpool) – It is not just Coutinho who could be leaving Anfield this month… with another midfielder also reportedly on his way out of Liverpool. Emre Can has been expected to depart Merseyside since the summer, and various reports claim Juventus have agreed a deal with the Germany midfielder. He is free to leave Liverpool in the summer, but the 23-year-old could depart as early as this month should the Reds wish to cash in on his undeniable talents. David Luiz (Chelsea) – Antonio Conte has suggested Luiz, the Brazil defender, could leave Chelsea this month as he wants to play more regular football. Earlier in the season it was rumoured there had been a falling-out between Luiz and Conte, and Andreas Christensen has replaced the former PSG man in the heart of Chelsea’s defence. Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with Luiz, though there have not been any concrete offers for him as yet. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) – click the right arrow to see other players set to leave the Premier League in January – Inter Milan have been making it known they want to sign Mkhitaryan this month, though they are currently struggling to agree a deal with Manchester United. Inter want to bring Mkhitaryan in on loan, but neither United nor the player want that, while the Serie A would only sign him permanently as part of a swap deal. However, the player they are offering in exchange, Joao Mario, is not considered good enough by Jose Mourinho. A transfer is still likely to happen in January, but Man United and Inter need to work out their differences before the end of the month so it can happen. 8 8 8 Sandro Ramirez (Everton) – It’s been a miserable time on Merseyside for Sandro following his summer move from Malaga, with just one goal scored in all competitions and a run of tepid performances under Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth, and now Sam Allardyce. It does not look like he has a future at Goodison Park, and both Valencia and Malaga, Sandro’s former club, want to sign the forward in January. Everton do not want to sell Sandro before they sign a striker of their own, but a deal for Cenk Tosun, of Besiktas, is reportedly close to completion. If he arrives, it would be no surprise to see Sandro hurrying back to Spain. The January transfer window is open and the moves have started to happen all across Europe.In the Premier League we have already seen Virgil van Dijk joining Liverpool to become the most expensive defender ever, while their Merseyside rivals Everton have agreed a deal to sign Cenk Tosun, the Besiktas forward.But what about the players who are going to leave the Premier League this month?talkSPORT take a look at eight players linked with moves away from England, and you can see them by clicking the right arrow, above… 8 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – If reports are to be believed, Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona is all-but complete. The LaLiga giants are said to be close to agreeing the £133m signing of the Brazil playmaker, having failed to complete the deal last summer. Liverpool did not want to lose Coutinho until the summer, but they are willing to compromise given the money being offered. Coutinho himself has pushed for the move, and claims from his camp make it clear he has played his last game for Liverpool. Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) – Gabbiadini, the Italy international, only moved to St Mary’s this time last year, and he was an instant hit on the south coast. The 26-year-old found the back of the net six times in his first four appearances for the Saints, but he has struggled to replicate that form this term, with only three goals scored in 17 matches. He has been linked with a return to his homeland, though Gabbiadini’s agent did play down the rumours recently. However, he also said ‘in the market, never say never’, and the Mirror suggest his departure is on the cards.last_img read more


Hulu Goes Live: Will Stream Presidential Election Debates

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts There seems to be a trend among online video sites towards live streaming. Joost, which just debuted its web-based offerings, is also planning to add live streams to its service in the near future. The U.S. presidential election in particular seems to be a catalyst for live streaming. All the major U.S. networks will carry the debate live on their own web sites, and bothCurrent.tv and MySpace will provide live streams.Hulu also announced its first premiere of a feature film, a documentary about Crawford, Texas, the site of President George W. Bush’s ranch. frederic lardinois Hulu made its name by providing time-shifted access to one of the web’s largest libraries of television shows. For tonight’s second presidential debate in the U.S., Hulu will also introduce live streaming. The feed will be provided by NBC and Hulu will make a recording of the debate available after the broadcast. It is not clear if Hulu will expand these live offerings to other events, though with the infrastructure in place, we will probably see Hulu stream other political and sporting events in the future.After this second debate, Hulu will also live-stream the third debate, which will be produced by FOX News. Hulu is jointly owned by NBC Universal and News Corp., which gives Hulu access to both NBC’s and Fox’s coverage of the debates and also explains why Hulu did not cover the first presidential and the vice-presidential debate. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


6 Essential Elements for Effective Electronic Security

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgThe performance of electronic security systems is critical to loss prevention. First, they do a lot of the department’s heavy lifting—performing vital operations like surveillance, fire and intrusion detection, and RFID access control. And a new system or an upgrade doesn’t come cheap, which is a second reason why you want to be sure to get a system right. One critical piece of advice?Loss prevention directors need to call on many skills—not just their security smarts—to make a new or upgraded system optimally effective.Purchasing an electronic security system requires plenty of strategic security planning: examining both internal and external threats, planning layers of protection, defining access authorization, choosing an appropriate monitoring strategy, and the like. But purchasing an electronic security system requires more than security expertise. It also requires LP directors to be futurists, critical consumers, recordkeepers, and good communicators, suggest guidelines from the Electronic Security Association derived from a consensus among subject matter experts.- Sponsor – It’s not only good security planning that is necessary for success, say ESA guidelines. There are myriad non-security aspects to implementing effective electronic security systems. The suggestion is that a system can fail to meet protection goals for many reasons that have little to do with security management. Following is some of the experts’ advice for avoiding those mistakes.1. In addition to what electronic security devices do, consider how they do it. ESA guidelines warn against picking equipment that may perform well and meet specifications but is only available from and serviced by a sole vendor. “Non-proprietary equipment is generally more cost effective in the long run, more likely to ensure compatibility with other equipment (existing and future), and allows more flexibility in choosing contractors for support or upgrades.”The recommendation is for LP directors to choose loss prevention software products that use open architecture and IP-based communications to allow compatibility across product lines and ease the addition of new applications in the future. So, when might the purchase of proprietary equipment make sense? The answer, according to ESA guidelines: when it is needed to extend an existing proprietary system instead of replacing it, or for special advanced applications.2. Think about your company’s future. Beyond functionality, a new system should be evaluated for whether it can be efficiently scaled in the future to accommodate growth. A long-range view may also help to stretch out implementation and make an out-of-reach system affordable. “Some systems can be implemented with phased-in additions for multi-year budgeting,” according to ESA guidelines. “For example, extra cabling can be run during the installation but only some of the card readers or cameras installed in the first year.”3. See what projects other departments have in the pipeline. The report notes that some systems are used for multiple purposes, so costs for updates and growth can often be shared across projects. For example, if a location is already planning to update its telephone system or computer network, the security system can take advantage of the upgrade without adding redundant infrastructure costs.4. Effectively communicate with project partners. Purchasing a new system to enhance security requires the input of others. LP will need to work with many professionals during security surveys, proposal evaluations, and again during system integration and installation. Stakeholders with whom an LP director may need to effectively communicate include:a consultant who provides advice in system design and implementation;an integrator who installs and programs the system and coordinates the project;a safety manager who must ensure that a new electronic security system and related procedures and applications do not create an unsafe situation or condition;operations personnel who maintain the building drawing package and might assist in periodic inspection and preventative maintenance of the system; andan IT manager who works with the integrator to ensure that the security system design is compatible with other data and telecommunications networks.5. Be a discriminating consumer. Even the best technology can perform poorly if the system is not set up properly. It is important to effectively screen potential contractors.Seek referrals from other retailers with projects of similar scope and size.Contact the state chapter of the ESA for a list of local integrators, and ask potential contractors if they are members of ESA.Determine whether integrators meet state and local requirements for licensing and insurance.Review whether installers and technicians: have nationally recognized training, such as ESA’s National Training School, including continuing education; have vendor-authorized training on the products used; and have special training if video cabling is used.Check for any special certifications that might be required in some states and for certain specialized systems, such as for fire systems or as required for grant eligibility.6. Maintain accurate and detailed records. For the purchase or upgrade of an electronic security system to go smoothly, and for it to perform as intended, the existing security system and supporting infrastructure must be accurately documented, including floor plans, fire escape plans, and layout drawings for existing electronic systems, noting the brands of those systems. Ongoing changes will also need to be noted, suggest ESA guidelines. “The Security Program documentation package should be kept current, revising the drawings as appropriate whenever alterations are made to the security system or to inter-connected systems.” The guidelines also direct directors to “maintain an ongoing relationship with the integrator after installation, periodically reviewing service logs and operating patterns for potential desired changes to the system operation or programming.”This article was originally published in 2017 and was updated May 21, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Report: Nearly 15% of Videos on Facebook Are Likejacking Attempts [Updated]

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgdan rowinski The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A new report from Symantec suggests that nearly 15% of all the videos posted on Facebook are attempts at “likejacking,” a derivation of clickjacking where malicious programs take over a user’s Facebook profile. ZDNet reports that Symantec conducted its research through its Norton Safe Web application that scans users news feed in Facebook. Likejacking is perhaps one of the most annoying and painful ways to be hacked on Facebook. It allows the hacker to take control of the profile, spread viral messages and perhaps download viruses and Trojans to a user’s computer. Symantec is among many companies that have come out with a Facebook security app. Facebook partner Web Of Trust has an add-on where users can tag malicious links and security company Bitdefender has a similar product to Norton called Safego that scans user news feeds. Likejacking is nothing new on Facebook. It started to rise shortly after the release of the “Like” button. Often times it is associated with a link to an outrageous story or a video that is probably too good to be true. We noted in June 2010 that some status messages look like, “LOL This girl gets OWNED after a POLICE OFFICER reads her STATUS MESSAGE.” Not much has changed since then, as likejacking has taken on the characteristics of any other type of spam and phishing attempts. Video likejacking is often done by an iFrame overlay that brings a user to a site they were not expecting, hence taking control of Facebook login credentials and potentially performing “drive-by” downloads of malicious programs.According to Bitdefender’s research from several months ago, 23% of Facebook users know a friend who has been infected with spam on the platform. While we have no reason to doubt Symantec’s report, we have contacted Bitdefender to see if they have any additional information of likejacking stats. Bitdefender is one of the only other security companies that has an app that actively scans Facebook users’ news feeds for spam and phishing links. We will update this post when/if we hear back from the company.Bitdefender Weighs In On Likejacking[Update – Sept. 6 – 8:15 PDT]Catalin Cosoi, the head of the online threats lab at Bitdefender, got back to us on what they see with lifejacking trends on Facebook. From his email:It is quite difficult to estimate a precise percent of threats that spread through likejacking, since Facebook Graph Api doesn’t count external likes. However, if we count only inside-the-service-likes, 15% looks like a pretty accurate estimate. If we were to include also external likes, based on our experience, we can estimate that up to 40% of the total amount of scams are spread through likejacking.Also, we can estimate their efficiency based on the statistics offered by shortening services that have public stats.For instance, a case study we did in March on a specific “See who viewed your profle” scam showed that the scam spread through approximately 287 unique URLs per wave. These unique URLs led to 14 unique Facebook applications on average.Based on the data provided the the different shortening services they used, these URLs gathered 1,411,743 clicks and the distribution spike per URL was 34 hours. Also, not all shortening services offer these statistics, so the efficiency is definitely higher. Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#security#web center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more