In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 11, 2019

first_imgArticle 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 overSponsored There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsScientists set up a mirror for wildlife in the rainforest, with comical results (Sputnik News).Researchers in Ecuador discover a new species of frog with a thumb-claw (Newsweek).In late 2018, an eastern bongo, a critically endangered antelope from East Africa, was born at a Florida zoo (First Coast News, News 4 Jacksonville).Researchers argue that dams built in lowland rainforests are too costly to biodiversity to be justified (Phys.Org/University of Stirling).As Colombia’s forests fall, organized crime profits rise (Insight Crime).California’s plan for carbon trading could infringe upon communities’ rights, leaders say (Devdiscourse).Forest clearing for oil palm plantations in Borneo is affecting the group size of proboscis monkeys (Phys.Org/Cardiff University).Tanzania began a six-month push to root out illegal logging in the country (Khmer Times, Xinhua).Haiti could lose half of its species to deforestation-related habitat loss by 2035 (WHYY Philadelphia).Tree plantations in Southeast Asia are becoming a popular investment in China (South China Morning Post).Illegal logging led to landslides in Indonesia (The Jakarta Post).A female bongo died after complications from a cesarean section birth in Virginia (WAVY).Other newsRanchers across the western United States struggle to cope with increasing numbers of wolves (Pacific Standard).Warmer water is causing problems for Guadalupe fur seals (Hakai Magazine).Climate change is throwing off Australia’s “thermostat,” the Great Barrier Reef (Hakai Magazine).Proponents of a dam project in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve say its construction is necessary for the country’s economic development (IPP Media).The U.S. government shutdown is hampering wildlife conservation work (WBUR Boston).Wild animals are beginning to use a highway overpass in the state of Washington (Smithsonian Magazine).A bustling economy kept U.S. carbon emissions high in 2018, despite the closure of coal-fired power plants (The New York Times, The Washington Post).Banner image of an eastern bongo in Kenya by Chuckupd via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Macon County Fugitives Captured in Virginia

first_imgIn a coordinated effort with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshal Service and multiple local law enforcement agencies in Virigina, wanted Macon County fugitives Natasha Dehart and Gerald Shope were arrested in the morning hours of March 13th at a residence in Wytheville Virginia. Utilizing information obtained by Detectives with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshals were able to develop a location on Dehart and Shope. After Dehart and Shope refused to come to the door of the residence, a search warrant was obtained and forcible entry into the residence was initiated. Both Dehart and Shope were arrested in a bedroom within the residence and have now been taken into custody.Dehart and Shope are currently detained at the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center pending extradition proceedings.last_img read more

Data Storage: Big Numbers Challenge Storage Managers

first_imgFrom Enterprise Storage Forum Today, a terabyte of data is no big deal. 80 percent of organizations expect their data storage to grow by more than one terabyte in 2019 and more than 20 percent are currently managing data volumes that are larger than one petabyte in size, according to a survey by Enterprise Storage Forum. Businesses are relying more on the cloud for data storage. On-premise, HDD and Flash/SSD storage media are the most popular. The biggest storage challenge that businesses say that they face is aging storage hardware, another reason why cloud storage seems so appealing — once data is in the cloud, this worry becomes a non-issue. Other storage challenges include insufficient space and and contending with high operation costs. “You know, we often take big numbers for granted in the business of exploring space: light years of distance, terabytes of data, millions of pounds of thrust,” said Gaylon McSmith, Mars Odyssey Science Office Manager, after the launch of Mars Odyssey in 2004. Fifteen years ago a terabyte of data seemed enormous and something that few businesses, let alone projects, would ever be able collect.last_img read more

Letting Robots Make Decisions Also Makes Human Workers Happier

first_imgDespite everything we’ve learned from science fiction, giving robotic workers more control may be the key to human happiness in the workplace, an MIT study suggests.MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) conducted a study in which three workers—two humans and a PR-2 humanoid robot (pictured above)—completing an engineering task together. There were three conditions to the study: manual, or totally human organized; autonomous, or totally managed by the robot; and semi-autonomous, in which the robot assigned tasks to one person, and the other person assigned tasks to himself. See also: Why We’ll Have Robots In The Workplace Before Robots At HomeWhen humans were given complete control, they ended up doing more tedious tasks than otherwise. These moral-reducing tasks were lessened with semi-autonomous control, but the team started to make true progress when the robot was fully autonomous. Not only did CSAIL find that humans and robots were able to complete the task most efficiently with an autonomous robot, but that human workers preferred it that way, too. While it’s a concern that humans would feel less valuable with less control, it’s also true that the PR-2 is naturally slower and clunkier than a person (hence the sped-up images of the tests), and is hardly an asset when not using its full potential for autonomous task completion. “In our research we were seeking to find that sweet spot for ensuring that the human workforce is both satisfied and productive,” says project lead Matthew Gombolay, a PhD. student at CSAIL. “We discovered that the answer is to actually give machines more autonomy, if it helps people to work together more fluently with robot teammates.”No, we’re probably not going to go willingly to our robot overlords. But the research shows that a robot that can’t do anything on its own without an OK from a human is hardly a teammate at all.Photo via Willow Garage Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#CSAIL#Manufacturing robotics#MIT#Personal Robotics#pr-2#robot autonomy#Willow Garage Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img lauren orsini 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Team India to get coach before South Africa series: Anurag Thakur

first_imgThe BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that Team India will get its head coach ahead of the long South Africa series starting in September.On Monday, BCCI and Cricket South Africa came out with the itinerary for the long series between two teams from Sept 29 to Dec 7 , which includes four Tests, five ODIs and three T20s.Thakur told Times of India that the board is waiting for suggestions from the advisory committee and the BCCI is waiting for them to come up with some names.”The three-member cricket committee, which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, has been entrusted with the job of suggesting names for the post of chief coach. BCCI will wait for their suggestions,” Thakur said.”Ravi Shastri has been the given the charge of the team till the Sri Lanka tour and BCCI will probably take a call on the coaching staff before the South Africa series. If the cricket committee suggests the name of a coach, the board will pursue it,” he added.When asked about the IPL and the plan forward of the board for the next edition, he said the BCCI is looking at best possible options.”We are working everything out and trying to consider the best possible option for the IPL. Right now, we can’t reveal much. As far as BCCI is concerned, there is no apprehension about auctioning two new teams,” he said.last_img read more

Five Things One Executive Has Found to Be True

first_img■ One new approach to serving a market, is the Sharing Model. It starts, McCarthy said, with the notion that “Anything I’m interested in, people who are interested in me will also be interested in.” Based on that, then share what you have, as you get it. “Go into the market,” McCarthy said. “We have people who are knowledgeable. Let them go find things out and share them with greater frequency. It’s a level of confidence. Instead of having everything you learn go into a funnel to be produced in a magazine or as a Web site, share as it happens frequently, in an unproduced manner.”■ There is a meaningful increase in brand vibrancy just by building a digital network. It doesn’t take costly Web design, or expensive SEO. Use Facebook, Twitter, and use the entire workforce, whether sales, editorial, production, circulation or more. Instead, use high-frequency content updates by all staff. At the recent Niche Digital event in Minneapolis, keynoter and Network Communications Inc. CEO Dan McCarthy offered a wealth of takeaway quotes. Among them: ■ There are two indisputable realities in the media world these days, and we need to adjust accordingly. First, readers and users of our products are increasingly distracted and have abundant alternative sources of information. And second, advertisers want to spend less money.■ The world is post-digital. If the IT person or the CIO is driving your Web strategies, you’re going for a ride. The truth is that technology just works. We don’t care how an iPhone or BlackBerry does what it does, we are not engaged with the technology behind devices, we just assume they will work. Instead, consumer behavior is the real driver and that’s what company leaders should focus on.■ A true premise, from which business strategy should evolve: “If you increase the channels of engagement with a market, you enhance yourselves and offer more marketing solutions.”last_img read more

Box office collection Not only India Badla reigns worldwide market collects 37

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Sujoy Ghosh on sets of BadlaPR HandoutAmitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Panu starrer Badla is on a winning spree as the film raked in USD 3.7 million in 10 days in the overseas box office.The region-wise overseas collection of the movie is – Middle East – $1.45 million, North America – $1.32 million, Australia – $224,116; UK and Ireland – $213,782; Rest of the world- $493,000.In India, Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla garnered Rs 8.70 crore on day 10, also the film had already crossed Rs 50 crore mark on Sunday. Badla has become Sujoy Ghosh’s highest 2nd-weekend grossing movie, beating the record of Kahaani.Kahaani was a hit at the box office and sets a record for director Sujoy Ghosh as well, but the recent release Badla breaks the record of weekend 2 collection of Kahaani.The crime thriller revolves around Taapsee Pannu’s character Naina who is stuck in a murder case. Playing Badal Gupta, a lawyer to Naina, Amitabh Bachchan has recreated the magic of Pink.Also starring Amrita Singh, Tony Luke and Manav Kaul in supporting roles, Badla has been gauging appreciation for the remarkable performances.Badla is presented by Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Azure Entertainment, Co-produced by Gaurav Verma and produced by Gauri Khan, Sunir Kheterpal and Akshai Puri, the crime thriller is directed by Sujoy Ghosh, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles is running successfully in theatres.last_img read more

Full Show Flu Season In Houston And Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Jan

first_imgWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share On Friday’s Houston Matters: Houston officials say there have been five flu-related deaths in the region since November. How bad is this flu season compared to previous years? We talk it over.Also this hour: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the importance of cosmic collisions — none of us would be here without them, he says — and about the challenges facing science these days. Tyson speaks at Jones Hall on Monday (Jan. 15) at 7:30 p.m. in an event hosted by Society for the Performing Arts.Also this hour: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we talk with Houston runner Lisa Thompson, who despite being legally blind, is preparing to run in this weekend’s Chevron Houston Marathon.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more

Plague of 7Eleven ATM Robbery Attempts Continues

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.com The rash of attempted thefts of automatic teller machines in Prince George’s County continued in Mt. Rainier when another truck rammed into the front of a 7-Eleven convenience store April 17.  It was the fourth time since March 13 that thieves tried to escape with the cash dispensers.Prince George’s County Police say the incidents are linked and may be a part of a larger crew that has made attempts to steal ATMs from convenience stores in the District and Montgomery County as well.  Law enforcement authorities from all three jurisdictions are collaborating on the investigation.“We believe the four cases that occurred in Prince George’s County are linked,” said Prince George’s County police officer Ameera Abdullah.There have been four robbery attempts in Prince George’s County.  (Courtesy Photo)The store’s surveillance video captures what appears to be a black truck backing into the store just before 3:30 a.m. according to Mt. Rainier police. Three men dressed in all black entered the store – in the 2300 block of Varnum Street – and assaulted a clerk, before attempting to load the ATM machine onto the back of the truck. However, the robbery went awry when the assailants were unable to remove the machine from the store and escaped in the empty vehicle.This robbery attempt follows the pattern of three previous incidents in a series of what authorities have now described as “crash and grab” burglaries that target ATMs at Prince George’s County convenience stores. However, the difference in this case was that these potential thieves were conscious to keep their identities concealed by wearing masks and staying out of clear view of the cameras.There have been four ATM robbery attempts in the County in March and April.  In each case the robbers stick to a similar script. The Prince George’s County convenience stores were hit March 13, April 3, April 10 and April 17.  At this point the robbers are “batting .500” with two successful thefts and two that failed.“Three suspects, at least, we believe drive a pickup truck to the location, drive it through the business and attempt to take the ATM,” Abdullah said. “Either they are successful or not. In this case, they were not successful.”As the investigations continue authorities have discovered evidence that may have established a link between the cases. A stolen truck was recovered from one of the past attempts and to this no one has been fatally hurt in the attempted burglaries.  The thieves appear to be targeting 7-Eleven stores particularly since most have ATM machines and the incidents have taken place in early morning hours between 2-4 a.m.On February 17 four men tried to steal an ATM from a Silver Spring, Maryland 7-Eleven.  That surveillance video captured a pickup truck smashing into the front store window and three men trying to escape with the machine using a hand truck.  That effort was thwarted when the ATM fell off into the parking lot, forcing them to leave empty handed.  However, the pickup used to crash into the building was later recovered in Hyattsville.Since this is not the type of crime that happens often and the individuals behind the latest spree in Mt. Rainier were careful to conceal their identities from video cameras that are focused on the interior and exterior of this particular convenience store, they have not been identified.“They’re masked up so you don’t really get to see much of what they look like, so I think they’ve taken some steps to hide their identities more so than most,” Abdullah said.Police have begun increasing patrols near convenience stores throughout the County in an effort end the threat of ATM robbery attempts.last_img read more