Developments of future scenarios of Antarctic ecosystems are still in their infancy, whilst predictions of the physical environment are recognized as being of global relevance and corresponding models are under continuous development. However, in the context of environmental change simulations of the future of the Antarctic biosphere are increasingly demanded by decision makers and the public, and are of fundamental scientific interest. This paper briefly reviews existing predictive models applied to Antarctic ecosystems before providing a conceptual framework for the further development of spatially and temporally explicit ecosystem models. The concept suggests how to improve approaches to relating species’ habitat description to the physical environment, for which a case study on sea urchins is presented. In addition, the concept integrates existing and new ideas to consider dynamic components, particularly information on the natural history of key species, from physiological experiments and biomolecular analyses. Thereby, we identify and critically discuss gaps in knowledge and methodological limitations. These refer to process understanding of biological complexity, the need for high spatial resolution oceanographic data from the entire water column, and the use of data from biomolecular analyses in support of such ecological approaches. Our goal is to motivate the research community to contribute data and knowledge to a holistic, Antarctic-specific, macroecological framework. Such a framework will facilitate the integration of theoretical and empirical work in Antarctica, improving our mechanistic understanding of this globally influential ecoregion, and supporting actions to secure this biodiversity hotspot and its ecosystem services.
There was little hint of the drama to come when Bayern took the lead in only the 13th minute at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena when Serge Gnabry’s perfectly-timed pass put Lewandowski in behind the Dutch defence.It should have been 2-0 14 minutes later when Gnabry served up a great chance for Lewandowski, but a fantastic save by Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana blocked his shot.Having earned a 1-1 draw in Munich at the start of October, Ajax kept the Germans under pressure.It was 1-0 to Bayern at the break, but the Germans found themselves in the unusual position of enjoying just 40 percent possession, content to sit back and hit Ajax on the break.Bayern were under intense pressure and the hosts deservedly drew level after a series of high-speed passes opened the away defence, giving Tadic a simple tap-in at the far post with an hour gone.The game sparked into life with Onana again producing another superb save to deny Lewandowski moments later, just before Woeber was sent off for lunging in on Goretzka’s ankle.Mueller trudged off soon after, leaving Tagliafico with a bloodied head with 15 minutes left for going in high on the Argentinian.Mueller’s red card swung the momentum back in Ajax’s favour.Jerome Boateng’s clumsy foul on Danish substitute Kasper Dolberg gave Ajax a penalty which Tadic slammed home.Substitute Thiago Alcantara won the penalty Lewandowski slotted in and Coman’s superb curling shot made it 3-2, before Tagliafico gave Ajax short-lived hope.Share on: WhatsApp Amsterdam, Netherlands | AFP | Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich pipped Ajax to top spot in Champions League Group E on Wednesday after a dramatic 3-3 draw which saw both sides finish with 10 men.The point was enough to put Bayern into the last 16 as group winners on a bad-tempered night in Amsterdam with five goals, two penalties and two red cards in an action-packed second half.“That was an advert for football,” beamed Bayern head coach Niko Kovac.“We had the clearer chances and could have finished the game much sooner, but we didn’t use the spaces.“However, the most important thing was to finish top of the group and with 14 from 18 points we are happy.”Kingsley Coman came off the bench to put Bayern 3-2 up on 90 minutes before Nicolas Tagliafico equalised for Ajax in the fifth minute of added time.After Lewandowski gave Bayern a first-half lead, Ajax turned the game around after the break as Dusan Tadic tapped home, then converted a penalty with eight minutes left.However, Bayern roared back with Lewandowski scoring a spot-kick three minutes from time before Coman put the Germans back in front and Tagliafico could only rescue a point when victory would have seen the Dutch outfit usurp their opponents at the top of the table.Lewandowski’s brace leaves him as the Champions League’s top-scorer with eight goals in the group stage.– Dangerous challenges –Ajax’s Maximilian Woeber and Bayern forward Thomas Mueller were shown straight red cards for dangerous challenges.
Facebook95Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyConstruction on a mile-long stretch of Mullen Road, located between Timberline High School and Carpenter Road is set to begin Monday, December 9, 2019 – more than 3 weeks ahead of schedule.“We’re excited to be ahead of our planned January start date. This way, we will be able to get some preliminary work out of the way while students from area schools are on winter break,” said Thurston County Civil Engineer Brian Meier.Meier, along with representatives from Thurston County met with contractor Active Construction, Inc. last week to review initial construction schedules for the project.Mullen Road is used by nearly 12,000 vehicles each day. It is also traveled daily by bicyclists and pedestrians, and is a primary walking route for students attending Timberline High School, Lakes Elementary, and Woodland Elementary. During construction, large sections of the road will be reduced to a single lane, requiring alternating traffic and causing delays for drivers.“We know that construction is going to be an inconvenience for drivers. We want to make sure people are prepared for traffic delays, especially during commute hours,” said Thurston County Engineer Scott Lindblom.Lindblom added that work is slated to occur Monday through Friday each week during regular business hours. Some weekend work may also occur during construction. However, due to the proximity of homes in the area, night work is prohibited.Construction is expected to take two years to complete, and includes a widened road with dedicated bicycle lanes, sidewalks, lighting, and crosswalks, along with a new roundabout at Mullen Road and Carpenter Road, and a left turn lane on to Mullen Road at Glen Terra Dr.Environmental improvements are also part of the project and include the construction of a box culvert for a stream under Mullen Rd to improve flow to Pattison Lake. When complete, project will improve safety and traffic flow, reduce congestion, and accommodate for future growth.The Mullen Road Corridor Improvement Project is made possible through a partnership between Thurston County and the City of Lacey, along with additional funding from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board and the Federal Surface Transportation Program.For daily updates during construction on the Mullen Road Project, follow Thurston County Public Works on Twitter @Thurston_PW or visit the Thurston County Travel Impacts webpage.More information about the project, including frequently asked questions and funding details, visit the project webpage.
The Nelson and District Community Complex Arena was filled with pond action this weekend as Princeton Posse head coach Dale Hladun hosted a Showcase Hockey Camp.More than 80 junior-aged players from as far away as Quebec and Philadelphia, Penn., traveled to the Heritage City to display their skills in front of Junior A scouts.“Year’s ago the Royal Bank was held in Prince George and I thought there’s going to be a lot of scouts coming to watch so why don’t I run a Showcase (hockey camp) as well,” said Hladun.“So I did that and for the last four or five years I’ve run a camp in Prince (George).“But then a good friend of mine Simon Wheeldon suggested I come to Nelson,” Hladun added. “Last year we had 65 and this year we hosted 85 players. So I was pretty happy with that number.”The camp was mostly game scenarios so scouts from Junior A to college and university can see the players in action against their peers. “I just believe that there’s a lot of kids in the KIJHL (Kootenay International Junior Hockey League) that need an opportunity to play in front of scouts,” Hladun explained.“Many of them go to the same (BCHL) camps hoping to get a roster spot. But they’re so many good kids in this province that there are not enough roster spots for all of them.”Hladun boasted scouts from leagues in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as Adrian College in Michigan, Portage College in Alberta.There was also KIJHL coaches, including Frank Maida of the Leafs and Castlegar’s Steve Junker.“I don’t care what their level is, we have a spot for you,” said Hladun, putting players from the KIJHL up against other leagues in Western Canada and the United States.“And thanks to these camps some of the older kids in our league, they’re now getting chances to continue playing when a lot of them thought their careers might be over.”Some of the local Nelson players in camp included Dryden Hunt, who spent last season in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats, Carsen Willans of the Nelson Leafs, Adam DiBella, who played last year in Saskatchewan and Nelson Midget Rep prospect Colton Dawson.The camp started Friday, concluding Sunday afternoon with the final scrimmage [email protected]
A grant of €63,506 has been awarded to the North West Alcohol Forum for the 11 month ‘Donegal Reach’ Project.The project is working with up to twelve 14-16 year-olds across Donegal affected by parental alcohol or other drug use.The overall aim of the project is to build up young people’s self-esteem, promote positive relationships, help them to become more resilient and improve their future prospects. The grant is part of an International Fund for Ireland pledge of €2,805,315 to provide further intervention and support for marginalised communities.The latest funding allocation will support 23 projects in their peace and reconciliation work across the southern border counties and Northern Ireland.A significant proportion of funding will focus on the Fund’s Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP).Launched in 2015, the programme works with 16-25 year olds who have faced a range of complex issues including; poor mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, difficult family backgrounds and been in or close to the criminal justice system. Commenting on the latest funding package, IFI Chairman, Paddy Harte said he IFI’s work is more relevant than ever.He said “The continued lack of political leadership alongside an increase in hard line opinions on Brexit and dissident activity means that many communities feel more isolated and entrenched with little support on the ground to deliver positive outcomes.“The IFI is delivering interventions and prepared to go where other agencies cannot to offer better pathways for engagement and growth. Our PYDP programme in particular is like no other youth initiative. It is tailored to the individual, develops much needed life skills, instils confidence and prepares young people for positive life choices and employment.”The IFI’s Personal Youth Development Programme has engaged with over 1800 young people with 3278 accreditations received, 528 progressing into education and training with 390 securing employment.North West Alcohol Forum based in Letterkenny has received €63,506 for its ‘Donegal Reach’ Project, working with 14-16 year olds across Donegal affected by parental alcohol or other drug use. It aims to build up young people’s self-esteem, promote positive relationships, help them to become more resilient and improve their future prospects.Mr Harte adds: “Young people today face more challenges than ever and they often feel that society has let them down.“Growing tensions within communities alongside high levels of social and economic deprivation all work hand in hand to spur on those opposed to the Peace Process who continue to try and radicalise young people through paramilitary recruitment.“We will continue to engage with those who have benefited little from the Good Friday Agreement and help young people to transform and become positive role models within their local communities.” The Chairman took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund – the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – for their support.More than €63K for underage alcohol and drug programme in Donegal was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:alcoholdrugsgrantIFIpaddy harte
LAS VEGAS — The A’s know they have plenty of work to do in order to construct a roster that can continue the success from last season’s improbable playoff run, but their first day at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings was more of a feeling-out process.Aside from internal discussions about free agents and trades they would like to pursue, A’s general manager David Forst didn’t get very far on any potential deals after arriving at the Mandalay Bay hotel Monday afternoon.“We just got here,” …
Exhausted but elated, the team arrived atthe South Pole on 21 January and proudlyhoisted the South African flag. Celebrating the best day of his life,19-year old Nzuzo Mnikathi clutches themirror beacon, the official marker forthe South Pole.(Images: The Unlimited)MEDIA CONTACTS • Aletta LouwThe Unlimited+27 31 716 9600 or +27 83 410 3000RELATED ARTICLES• SA prioritises quality education• Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top• Tackling SA education challenges• First Polaris climate centre for Cape Town• Preserving memories of AntarcticaEmily van RijswijckA group of South Africans reached the South Pole on 21 January as part of an expedition to create awareness for The Unlimited Child, a project aimed at improving the learning environment at early childhood development centres and crèches.The eight-member team, of whom six were South Africans, traversed the snow-covered Antarctica over 111 kilometres on skis, and took 14 days to reach their final destination.Among the adventurers was 19-year-old Nzuzo Mnikathi, the youngest black person to reach the Antarctic.Also with the team was South African explorer Sean Wisedale, the first African to achieve the Seven Summits title – earned by reaching the summit of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.Based in Durban, The Unlimited Child highlights the importance of child development and stimulation in the formative years of a child’s life – from birth to 6 years – and has touched the lives of over 13 500 children in 228 crèches since 2008.The project aims to reach 1.25-million children by 2016.No child’s play Crossing the Antarctic snow desert is a gruelling journey in anyone’s books, but one which the young, inexperienced Mnikathi took in his stride. He joined the expedition as ambassador for Unlimited Child, hoping to raise funds.“I want to use this opportunity to show the world that all things are possible, that difficulties can be overcome with determination and the right attitude,” he said before the group set out.“Yes, this is about setting a new record as the youngest black person to reach the South Pole, but more importantly, it’s about the challenge of trying to achieve something of value against the backdrop of an unpredictable and unforgiving environment.”Suffering from frostbite to his toes, fingers and nose, Mnikathi’s dream almost ended when, early into the excursion, team doctor Peter Berning decided that Mnikathi could not risk skiing, for fear that it would aggravate his condition.Fortunately the young adventurer was able to join the back-up team to rest his feet, and on the final day got back on his skis to complete the stretch to the destination point. He later said it was the best day of his life.Skills needed just to surviveNo stranger to life’s hard punches, this KwaZulu-Natal resident lost both his parents at the age of nine. With understated simplicity he related a typical day during the excursion:“I want to say that down here, you need a whole new set of skills just to survive. It is cold, really cold – and everything you do has to be done with this in mind.”Skiing for seven to eight hours a day and pulling a 40kg sled in conditions which can drop to -30 degrees in summer, depending on the wind chill factor, is a tough challenge. The team did on average about 20km per day.Mnikathi’s journey is even more remarkable if one considers that previously he hardly set foot outside his home province, had never camped before, and didn’t know how to ski. He took his first plane trip in October 2011 when he was flown to Johannesburg to be interviewed on television.But no amount of training with truck tyres and sitting in cold-rooms could quite prepare him for this adventure, he admitted. His sleeping bag kept him warm enough for just two layers of clothes, but normal daily activities required five layers.All clothes had to be kept inside the sleeping bag, otherwise they would become so cold and stiff as to be unusable. And trying to stuff a puffy sleeping bag into its bag while wearing five layers of gloves was certainly not something Mnikathi ever practised while growing up with his grandmother.Unlimited founder and director Iain Buchan also made the tough journey and had high praise for the youngster.“Nzuzo is a living example that people have unlimited potential,” he said. “Here is a young man who has had a tough life, but is changing his future and has taken up our challenge to be an ambassador for The Unlimited Child and to become the youngest black person to ever walk to the South Pole”Mnikathi also received the blessing and support of Unlimited patron Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.The team described their experiences in a daily blog – sometimes the temperature dropped to -36 degrees. Wisedale’s “brutally cold” could hardly describe conditions which sometimes allowed a pace of less than two kilometres per hour.This is Wisedale’s second successful Arctic expedition after completing the first in 2010.Securing children’s futureWhile Buchan has been fascinated by the South Pole all his life, the end destination was more about giving all of South Africa’s 6-million children under the age of seven a chance.The idea for the project first came to him after a casual conversation with his domestic worker, who mentioned that her grandchild had just failed Grade 2, and he realised then the importance of early childhood development and its influence on a child’s future.More importantly, he became aware of the important role that early childhood development centres play in providing the right environment and stimulation for young minds.Toys that many children take for granted, which teach the important but basic skills of colours and shapes, are not always available at crèches in South Africa’s less affluent areas. It is believed that this situation can have a severe impact on the child’s brain going into the future.So far,TheUnlimited Child is involved in 228 crèches in KwaZulu-Natal, providing educational toys specifically designed to develop cognitive and fine motor skills in pre-school children. At the same time, care-givers are taught how to use the toys effectively and to create a stimulating environment.Antarctic TreatySouth Africa is a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty, an agreement signed in December 1959 to ensure that the frozen continent will be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and in the pursuit of scientific discovery.Thirty-seven countries have acceded to the treaty. South Africa became a consultative member in 1961, a status that allows the country to embark on substantial research activities here.
Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#NYT#Trends#web Socializing as an Inbox Layer A better solution to the merging of messaging and social is, interestingly enough, exactly what Google has just launched with Buzz. Sure, that service has gotten off to a rough start with bugs, missing features and of course, the privacy issues, but the concept is solid. In Buzz, social networking becomes an additional layer to your inbox – one click and the display changes to a stream of social activity; click again and you’re back to your email. Important “social” messages (those you created, commented on or liked in Buzz) grab your attention by re-appearing in your inbox proper. Other companies have similar ideas about socializing email. Xobni, for example, offers a plugin for Outlook that extracts social information about your contacts (among many other things). Microsoft, too, is just now launching its social layer for Outlook – the Social Connector which optionally lets you integrate LinkedIn and soon Facebook and MySpace into your inbox. These programs all have a better shot at unifying the inbox to create a truly universal email application. They provide you with your “real” inbox and all its features while layering it with a social element. You don’t have to migrate to a new service entirely. Meanwhile the standalone universal inbox applications available today probably won’t last. They would be better off developing their service into a plugin or add-on for the webmail and desktop programs that people use now instead of trying to convince people to start checking their email elsewhere. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez A couple of years ago, the new launch from Webwalks, a universal inbox, news aggregator, password manager and kitchen sink-type application would have caught my eye. I’d rush out to try it, merging my multiple accounts under its one roof then wait to see how well my life improved, how much time I saved. But today, I’m more ambivalent about these sorts of applications. The concept of a universal inbox for tracking everything under the sun now leaves me cold. That’s not to say that merging of social networks with the inbox in and of itself is a bad idea – Google Buzz, Xobni, and Outlook’s new social connector all offer innovative ways to augment the inbox experience. But there’s a key difference between these apps and those promising a “universal inbox” – they come to you, in the inbox you already know and love. The Sad State of the Universal InboxThe idea of a universal inbox is smart. On paper, that is. In our “information overloaded” modern age, messages come at us left and right from multiple email accounts, instant messaging programs, SMS on our mobile phones and from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And yet, none of the “universal inbox” applications have ever really taken off. We’ve seen some worthy contenders though. Fuser, NutshellMail and Inbox2, for example, all merge messages from multiple platforms into one unified service. The more clever of these programs provide a way to make Facebook the interface you use to check your mail instead of forcing you into some new web service. However, even that option hasn’t attracted a large following. Inbox2’s Facebook app “emailstream” only has 245 active users. NutshellMail’s does a little better with just over 5400 users. But when you think of the hundreds of millions of registered users on Facebook (400 million at the last count), these numbers aren’t even a drop in a bucket – they’re more like a grain of sand on a long stretch of beach. The sites’ web destinations do a little better, but only a service called OtherInbox is doing well, with 67,000+ visitors last month. NutshellMail seems to be hanging in there, too – even growing its traffic a bit lately – and yet it attracted just under 24,000 uniques last month (according to Compete – not always the best source of statistics but good enough for this quick glance). An article on Digg’s homepage often get more hits than that! And it’s an understatement to say these numbers fall short of the millions who routinely log into online email accounts from Gmail, Hotmail and the like. So what’s wrong? Why aren’t these services more popular? People Want to Use Their Own Inbox, Not Some 3rd-Party ServiceThe answer to that question has its roots in what people expect from an email application. Email services from Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and yes, even AOL, among others are designed from the ground-up to provide that company’s vision of the best messaging experience. The applications are feature-rich with advanced options like POP3 and IMAP support, forwarding, filters, labels, auto-replies, vacation responders, spam filters and more. Third-party aggregation-type applications don’t always have the same feature set. Plus, they typically have their own very un-email like interface – the applications tend to treat your email like activity streams on a social network, not critical messages that need to be filed, forwarded, replied to, or turned into tasks and calendar appointments. The exception here seems to be OtherInbox – they offer a real inbox complete with calendar tie-ins, stars for saving messages, spam filters and other typical email features. Not surprisingly, they’re the one doing the best out of all the other inbox applications listed here. However, they’re not actually a “universal” inbox. They don’t claim to merge all your messaging services into one – they simply help you better sort and organize your mail. So, really, they don’t count. 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Mash-up Music VideosUpon viewing the clips, it’s evident that these videos offer a lot more flare than what you can obtain using memoji tools. There are excellent compositing and motion graphics included within the ads. However, over the last year, we haven’t seen any official releases from artists, only mashup music videos like this one:This user has built an entire channel by taking popular music and creating memoji music videos. With 165 thousand subscribers in less than 12 months, this is no easy task.“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X Featuring Billie Ray CyrusThe song, whether you’re a fan or not, has continued to break streaming record after streaming record. Which is why, up until now, it’s been surprising that there hasn’t been an official music video. The original track was released with an accompanying video of Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay, and the remix was released with just a static picture of two horses. The artist has since tweeted that fans are to expect an official music video next week. But, before that release, fans were treated to this:A memoji video of “Old Town Road.” Yes, it’s as bonkers as that sentence was to read. Unlike the grandeur of Apple’s ads, this Memoji music video just features the two animated artists, along with an abundance of relatable emojis. I’ve perhaps never seen a more primitive music video, and yet it works so well. It capitalizes on popular culture with how the majority of online users communicate using iconography, without sacrificing the playfulness of the track.More importantly, I think this video highlights the simplicity of creativity in an age where everyone is trying to do more and go bigger. With just a set of precomposed icons, the team was able to reel in millions of views and thousands of positive comments. Of course, we can’t discount the popularity of the song influencing these numbers. But as several fans have stated on Twitter: “If this is the official music video, I’m ok with that.”I think it’s easy to scoff at such a basic premise, especially when the video may appear inherently childish due to the animated characters. Regardless, the video is undoubtedly a living example of how creativity has no limits. What was conceived as a tool to share memes or to call your auntie as an animated blue character has instead turned into a viable means to make low-budget music videos with nothing more than an iPhone.How long until we see the first memoji film created by an online content creator?Create Your Caricature: A Tutorial Learn the origins of memoji music videos and check out our favorite viral hits. Bonus: we show you how to make one of your own.In 2018, with the release of iOS 12, iOS devices that had Face ID gained a new feature called Memoji. If you have been entirely oblivious to this new feature, or the online content it’s spurred, it’s Apple’s tool to create an animated emoji character based on your facial movement.As you can fully customize the appearance of your memoji, the feature became an instant online hit. Users can create Memojis with the appearance of characters in movies and viral videos, then copy the dialogue of a scene to later replace it with the film’s audio. These short fun videos are good snippets of entertainment to pass the time while you wait for the train.As someone who admittedly doesn’t like to appear on camera for tutorials, I thought about using a memoji as an on-screen avatar to give my tutorials a face. But it was a fleeting thought, and besides, my iPhone couldn’t support this feature.Then, earlier this year, Apple started to release ads for their Apple music Grammy campaign, using Memojis to create short music videos for the current leading pop stars.“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande “Simple” by Florida Georgia Line “Talk” by Khalid Top image via Lil Nas.Want more filmmaking tips? Check out these articles:Lighting in a Pinch: Five Tricks Using Your Mobile PhoneSet Tone and Atmosphere by Mastering the Establishing Shot7 Things Clients Look For in a Video Production CompanyFirst-Time Filmmakers: How Do You Build a Cast Without a Budget?Four Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock Lens
A leader of the Shivpal Singh Yadav-led Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) was found dead near the Amethi railway station on Friday, police said.Thirty-three-year-old Rohit Agrahari was the state unit secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Ayodhya.His body was found in an orchard along the railway tracks on the morning of July 12, Deputy Superintendent of Police Piyush Kant Rai said.Mr. Rai said it appeared that his body was dumped after he was killed.The body has been sent for post-mortem.Agrahari was a native of Keshav Nagar in Amethi.