Newcastle leave it late

first_img Villa gave as good as they got for long periods, but looked to be fortunate not to concede an 81st-minute penalty when the ball appeared to strike defender Leandro Bacuna’s arm inside the box. Newcastle went into the game having lost each of their last five fixtures in all competitions at St James’ and with the club moving to deny that Pardew’s job was on the line if he did not remedy that situation today. The initial signs were positive as a team strengthened significantly by the return of Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote from injury and Remy from suspension set about their task in determined fashion. Remy forced a second-minute save from Brad Guzan with a well-struck effort and Cisse almost embarrassed the American eight minutes later with a drilled effort which he spilled, fortunately at the feet of team-mate Nathan Baker. However, the wheels then rather came off for the Magpies as Villa found their feet and started to hit their hosts on the counter with the pace of Gabriel Agbonlahor a particular threat. Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi had already fired across the face of goal twice when Agbonlahor forced a 19th-minute save from Tim Krul after Ashley Westwood had set him up, and he blasted a long-range effort inches over the crossbar seconds later. Pardew, who had signalled his intention to play two strikers for the remainder of the season in his programme notes, swiftly abandoned the system in favour of a 4-5-1 formation, and while that helped to stem the tide, it did little to improve Newcastle’s creativity. Remy saw a 44th-minute free-kick just wide, but Cisse really should have scored in first half-injury time after being picked out by the Frenchman in front of goal, but his shot was too high. Loic Remy ended Newcastle’s barren run with a dramatic injury-time winner as Aston Villa finally succumbed at St James’ Park. Press Association Villa’s efforts to deny the home side time and space proved effective and the Magpies became increasingly frustrated as they struggled to find any cohesion. They did, however, with 53 minutes gone when Remy flicked Moussa Sissoko’s pass into the path of Yoan Gouffran, whose right-foot shot flew just wide. But with neither side able to retain possession for more than a handful of rudimentary passes, chances were few and far between. However, left-back Paul Dummett went desperately close when he curled a 20-yard shot just over with 63 minutes gone, and Gouffran volleyed high and wide two minutes later with Newcastle pressing. Tiote fired tamely at Guzan and Sissoko scuffed harmlessly wide as the home, then Remy forced a diving save from Guzan with a well-struck effort 10 minutes from time. The home side were furious not to be awarded a penalty seconds later after the ball appeared to strike Bacuna’s arm. The Magpies should have snatched victory when substitute Luuk de Jong robbed Ron Vlaar on the goal-line and squared for Remy, who contrived to hit the upright. But the France international redeemed himself two minutes into stoppage time when he spun inside the box to thump home left-foot volley past the helpless Guzan. The striker claimed his 12th goal of the season in injury time of a game the Magpies should have had wrapped up long before. It clinched a first victory since January 18 and ended a run of five successive home defeats. Remy and strike-partner Papiss Cisse had earlier wasted glorious opportunities to put Alan Pardew’s men ahead in a game which rarely hit the heights, but the former’s late contribution proved enough to seal a 1-0 win. last_img read more

Seven basketball-only schools of Big East vote to leave conference

first_img Related Stories Never the same: The Big East’s era as an elite basketball conference comes to an end with Syracuse’s departureBig East basketball-only schools lean toward breaking away from conference, according to reportsRutgers will leave Big East after accepting invitation to join Big TenSyracuse set to leave Big East for Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013 Published on December 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman The seven basketball-only members of the Big East announced Saturday they are leaving the Big East.The schools without Football Bowl Subdivision teams – Georgetown, Providence, Marquette, St. John’s, Villanova, Seton Hall and DePaul – are leaving the conference they helped build into one of the greatest basketball leagues in the nation.“Earlier today we voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to a foundation of basketball schools that honors the history and tradition on which the Big East was established,” the schools’ presidents said in a statement. “Under the current context of conference realignment, we believe pursuing a new basketball framework that builds on this tradition of excellence and competition is the best way forward.”The likelihood of the move gained traction when the Big East added Tulane to replace Rutgers, which is moving to the Big 10.“The basketball institutions have notified us that they plan to withdraw from the Big East Conference,” commissioner Mike Aresco said in a press release. “The membership recognizes their contributions over the long distinguished history of the Big East.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Big East has been a conference in flux since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they were leaving to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Ever since, a defection of more schools, including West Virginia and Notre Dame, made the conference’s future even murkier.Trying to attain sustainability going forward, the Big East added schools from coast to coast, though it came at the expense of the level of competition for the league’s basketball programs.Connecticut is the lone founding member of the Big East that will remain in the conference since it is a full member. UConn was reportedly hoping to join the ACC to replace Big 10-bound Maryland, but the league took Louisville instead.“We have a strong Conference with respected national universities, and are working together to forge the future,” Aresco said in the statement. “We have a variety of options, and are looking forward with great partnership, collegiality and optimism.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena Cancer Center Receiving Upgrades Thanks to the Holiday Appeal Raffle

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMore than $13,700 was raised from the 2016 annual Holiday Appeal for MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena.Here’s a look at that story.Thanks to the community, the MidMichigan Cancer Center, and the Medical Center Emergency Department will be getting some new upgrades, and renovations.It’s been over 16 years since the Cancer Center has seen renovations, and thanks to the Merry & Bright raffle change is going to come.“This fall, or this winter we had a raffle with the Auxiliary and we raffled off some baskets and a beautiful necklace donated, and we raised $4,650 with that raffle and half of it went to the Development Council which funded part of the Cancer Center project and part of it went to the Auxiliary and they are paying off their Emergency Department pledge so we were really happy with the success of the raffle and it was really a fun time also,” Development Director, Ann Diamond said.Some changes that are being made includes state–of–the–art cancer equipment for those receiving radiation therapy, as well as patient enhancements, such as heated chairs and personal entertainment systems for those receiving chemotherapy infusions.“There’s a lot of stuff going on here. We’re expanding the Cancer Center a little bit. The chemotherapy area, we will be looking at new equipment believe it or not the Cancer Center is about 16 years old. A new linear accelerator, a stimulator, and things like that, that are well needed,” She added.As for the help and support of the community, Diamond said thank you.“We’ve serviced so many patients, and we want to remain ‘state of the art’ and with our affiliation with the University of Michigan that’s going to happen. It will take kind of a process; this is a work in progress. We’re doing the chemotherapy areas now, we’ll see the new linear accelerators this year, but it really is heartwarming and really wonderful to see the community be involved and support it also,” Diamond said.In Alpena for WBKB News, I’m Star Connor.If you would like to donate, contact the Development Office at 989-356-7738 or visit www.midmichigan.org/donations.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Cancer, cancer center, Emergency Department, MidMichigan Medical Center, MidMichigan Medical Center AlpenaContinue ReadingPrevious ACC Holds Annual Science Olympiad Region 2 Over the WeekendNext Ella White and Hinks Elementary Celebrate ‘National Reading Month’last_img read more

OLYMPICS: Records fall as Nakaayi, Ayeko hit qualifying mark

first_imgNakaayi celebrates her qualification at the end of the 800m at Mandela National stadium on Thursday. PHOTOS via @jadwongA record 22 Ugandans have qualified for the Olympics this year. Uganda will field at least 17 athletes in Rio, the biggest track and field team since 13 made it to the 1988 Seoul Olympics.Halima Nakaayi (800m) and Thomas Ayeko (10000m) joined the list of qualifiers after a highly competitive two day National track and field championships Wednesday and Thursday at Mandela national stadium, Namboole.The championships effectively marked the final qualifying opportunity for local based runners, with weekend action across the European and African circuit this weekend offering the foreign based stars a final attempt before qualifying ends July 11.Long distance ace Ayeko benefited from the participation of four of seven marathoners who have hit the Olympic qualifying time, to win the 10000m race on Wednesdy in  27:57.03 – 3 seconds into the Rio Olympics minimum standard.His time only ranks him 4th among the qualifiers in the race. Joshua Cheptgei (10000m and 5000m), Timothy Toroitich (10000m) and Moses Kurong (10000m) qualified with better times earlier.Nakaayi, capitalised on a stunning run by unfortunate Dorcus Ajok and big-hearted Winnie Nanyondo, to qualify ib Thursday. Nanyondo, who has already qualified set the pace in a blistering race, Ajok then took charge but fell with a national record and Olympic qualifying meters to the tape.Nanyondo raced past to win in 2:01.44 (Olympic qualifying time 2:01.50) and ensure a record six women will represent Uganda at an Olympics. Up to 22 athletes have met the Olympic qualifying team, but with quotas set for all races, Uganda’s team will feature at least 17 .Athletes who have qualifiedWomen 6: Winnie Nanyondo (800m), Halima Nakaayi (800m) Stella Chesang (5,000m), Peruth Chemutai (3000mSC), Juliet Chekwel (10000m) and Adero Nyakesi (marathon)Men marathon 7: Stephen Kiprotich, Solomon Munyo Mutai, Robert Chemonges, Kiprop Jackson, Abraham Kiplimo, Alex Cheskit and Moses Kipsiro.Men other events 8: Joshua Cheptgei (10000m and 5000m), Timothy Toroitich (10,000m), Phillip Kipyeko ( 5,000m), Ronald Musagala (1,500m) and Benjamin Kiplagat (3,000m SC), Jacob Kiplimo (5,000m), Moses Kurong (10000m), Ayeko (10000m).FULL RESULTS Ayeko gives the thumbs-up after winning the 10000m and qualifying,  Ajok falls and Nakaayi overtakes her to win and qualify, and Benjamin Kiplagat in the 3000m SC actioncenter_img National Champs 2016 – Full Results by The Independent Magazine on ScribdShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

#ThisGirlGolfs Ð be inspired

first_img30 Jul 2015 #ThisGirlGolfs Ð be inspired There’s some great women players on the world stage – but all too often golf is seen as a game for men. Think again! A new video campaign, supported by England Golf, is setting out to shift this perception and inspire participation. #ThisGirlGolfs is being launched today at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and highlights women who are already playing the game at all levels. It spreads the message that golf is a game for all, with a unique handicapping system which allows people of different abilities to play and compete together, making it a great game for women and men alike. #ThisGirlGolf features a series of different women and girls of all ages and backgrounds, showing how they fit golf into their everyday lives and enjoy the game. It includes England Golf Ambassador Charley Hull and fellow tour professional Henni Zuël, alongside Ellie Lace, a 15 year old amateur golfer, and BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty. It shows tour players travelling to practice sessions on the tube, girls honing their skills at urban driving ranges, a young girl sneaking into her brother’s bedroom to borrow his clubs and a father taking the time to teach his daughter how to play. Charley Hull commented: “I have always had a love of golf, picking up my first club aged two. It’s a fantastic game to play with friends, a great way to relax and get outdoors. It’s been great to be part of #ThisGirlGolfs and I hope it will encourage girls to head down to their local driving range or golf club and give it a go.” England Golf is supporting #ThisGirlGolfs as part of its ‘Raising Our Game’ strategy which aims to increase the number of people who play golf regularly and reverse the decline of club members. Attracting more women and girls is key to this. David Joy, Chief Executive of England Golf, commented: “We are aware, that like many other sports, golf faces challenges and there are trends in declining participation that we would be foolish to ignore. As part of our strategy “Raising our Game” and by embracing #ThisGirlGolfs campaign, we hope to work together with the golfing community to encourage more women and girls into the sport and enjoy the benefits the game can give.” #ThisGirlGolfs is also supported by the PGA, Scottish Golf and Sports Publications, the official media partner of England Golf. Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of The PGA added: “Golf is actually a very accessible, welcoming and enjoyable environment and we want to get that message across to women who may not have considered golf as an option. “This is a great opportunity to both raise the profile of golf, break down myths and misconceptions and to actively encourage women of all ages to see golf as a realistic choice – whether that is for personal, professional, business or social reasons.” Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union, added:  “We are delighted to be supporting #ThisGirlGolfs which will be a key part of our own Get into Golf campaign to encourage more adult women into the game.” Eve Burton of Sports Publications, which has driven, managed, and delivered the campaign, said “Golf is an amazing game, it is a modern and vibrant sport played by women and men and consumed in a variety of different ways. #ThisGirlGolfs is not reinventing the sport it is merely presenting in the way it deserves to be.” Be inspired: visit #ThisGirlGolfslast_img read more

New ‘ghost’ scorpion among several species recorded for the first time in Malaysian rainforest

first_imgFor the first time ever, scientists have surveyed the rainforest of Penang Hill comprehensively. The 130-million-year old forest is believed to have never been cut before and has remained largely unexplored.Among the exciting discoveries is a potentially new species of “ghost” scorpion, and numerous first records for Penang Hill.With a more complete understanding of the forests of Penang Hill, the scientists hope to nominate Penang’s forest as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. In a first-of-its-kind expedition, a team of more than 100 scientists and students have surveyed the largely unexplored Penang Hill in the Malaysian state of Penang. The landscape of rolling hills is covered by a large expanse of old-growth tropical hardwood trees and lies just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from George Town, the state capital. Yet remarkably the 130-million-year-old rainforest is believed to have never been cut before.Over a span of two weeks last October, a 117-member team climbed tall trees, searched the forest floor and scoured the dark, mysterious depths of caves to discover a treasure trove of animals and plants. They recorded more than 1,400 species, including four likely new to science — a scorpion, a fly, a bacterium and a water bear — and at least 25 species of plants and animals that were recorded in Penang Hill for the very first time. For the expedition, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) partnered with The Habitat, an ecotourism facility on Penang, as well as scientists from the University of Science Malaysia (Universiti Sains Malaysia or USM) and local students.The expedition produced an “extraordinary number of firsts,” Margaret D. Lowman, CAS’s Lindsay Chair of Botany and expedition leader, told Mongabay in an email. “This was an unprecedented whole-forest, and all-taxa BioBlitz by scientists, the majority of which were female.”What was also surprising, Lowman added, was that “a rainforest so close to 1.5 million people was so pristine!”Biologist Siti Azizah Mohd Nor of USM agreed. “It was certainly gratifying to obtain such good biodiversity records from an area of forest which is very close to human settlement and activity areas.”Researcher Wendy Baxter surveying the treetops in Penang Hill. Photo copyright 2017 Anthony Ambrose.Among the exciting discoveries is a potentially new species of “ghost” scorpion that arachnologists Lauren Esposito and Stephanie Loria of CAS chanced upon during the very first collecting day of the trip.“We had spent the morning out on a short trail near the base camp, and had just made it out to one of the longer trails leading into the primary rainforest,” Esposito told Mongabay. “It was about 3 p.m., and we had just found each other again after meandering off on our own. About 100 yards down the trail, Stephanie paused to break apart a log dangling across the steep, muddy path. We were just casually standing around talking when Stephanie yelled out, ‘A chaerilid [scorpion]!’”The scorpion belongs to one of the oldest lineages on Earth, known as the ghost scorpions, a group that is native to Southeast Asia. Most scorpions glow a bright cyan-green under ultraviolet light, but the ghost scorpions’ glow is very faint. “It’s almost eerie,” Esposito explained, “resembling the ghost of the scorpion.”The local partners had seen the scorpion before, but they did not know that it was something new, she added. “We had a hunch this new species was out there, but it was really a matter of odds. For every hundred logs or so we turn over, we find a scorpion. We got lucky.”A new-to-science scorpion discovered on Penang Hill. Photo copyright 2017 Phil Torres/bioGraphic. This photo originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability powered by the California Academy of Sciences.The researchers identified numerous species that had never been recorded on Penang Hill before. These include the red-rumped swallow, the stripe-throated bulbul, the spotted-wing fruit bat, a species of orchid, eight species of mammals (including the peculiar lesser mouse deer), two species of frogs, and several species of flies, ants and spiders. The team also managed to record the cryptic Sunda colugo (Galeopterus variegatus), also called the Sunda or Malayan flying lemur.“The most interesting finding from this expedition involves insights into the biology and behavior of the elusive Sunda colugo,” primatologist Nadine Ruppert of USM told Mongabay. “We will reveal details of this in a forthcoming scientific publication soon. So please stay tuned.”A Sunda colugo, or flying lemur, was recorded for the first time on Penang Hill. Photo copyright 2017 Phil Torres/bioGraphic. This photo originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability powered by the California Academy of Sciences.The surveys involved not just scientists but also students from local schools, giving them the opportunity to become citizen scientists.“Many of the students that were involved … hail from schools in the immediate vicinity of the lower station at the foothills of Penang Hill,” Justine Vaz, the general manager of the Habitat Foundation, told Mongabay. “We expect to continue to engage actively with these students so that they will become good stewards and ambassadors for the Penang forest within their communities.”The survey teams are currently analyzing their collections from the expedition. “We are confident of a few more discoveries in the coming weeks,” Siti Azizah said.With a more complete understanding of the biodiversity within Penang Hill, the scientists hope to nominate the area as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The size of the proposed Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve is currently in the final stages of being finalized by the state government.“Penang is fortunate to have almost one quarter of the island still relatively pristine,” Lowman said. “So this UNESCO site would ensure long-term forest conservation.”Nur Faeza Abu Kassim of USM and her student Nur Zulaikha Zainal Abidin investigate a mosquito trap. Photo by Wendy Baxter/2017. Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Invertebrates, Mammals, New Species, Plants, Rainforest Conservation, Species Discovery, Tropical Forests, Wildlife center_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

‘A real surprise’: Study reveals low phosphorus doesn’t hinder rainforest growth

first_imgPhosphorus is an important nutrient for plants and is required for protein synthesis and cell division, among other critical processes. But phosphorus is typically scarce in the soils underlying tropical forests.A group of researchers investigated this by looking at trees in the forests of Panama, where soil phosphorus levels vary considerably.The researchers were surprised to find that tree species in low-phosphorus soils grew faster on average than species in high-phosphorus soils. Their results also indicate the growth rates of tree communities comprised of a variety of species doesn’t change doesn’t change in relation to soil phosphorus amount.The authors and other scientists say the study’s findings further our understanding of the dynamics between tropical plants and phosphorus and could help farmers grow crops more effectively without having to use environmentally harmful fertilizers. Scientists have long believed the lack of nutrients in tropical forests soils meant that they weren’t very productive when it came to plant growth. But at the same time, trees didn’t seem to grow any taller when fertilizer was added to increase soil nutrient levels. A group of researchers sought to resolve this apparent paradox by looking at one specific, important nutrient – phosphorus – and how differing amounts in the soil affect tree growth.The study’s results reveal that tropical forest trees have an unexpected ability to persist in low-phosphorus soils. The researchers say their study, published recently in Nature, could have big implications for human understanding and management of forests and crops.Phosphorus is an important nutrient for plants and is required for protein synthesis and cell division, among other critical processes. But phosphorus is typically scarce in the soils underlying tropical forests, having been washed away by frequent heavy rains and consumed by iron oxide compounds, which readily bind up phosphorus into a form that can’t be used by plants.While rainforest trees can apparently handle low-phosphorus soils, crops often become stunted without nutrient inputs. This is often remedied through the application of fertilizer.But still, despite their poor soils, rainforests are host to a huge variety of plant life – including very tall trees. And when scientists have added phosphorus fertilizer to the soil of tropical forests around the world, it didn’t seem to have much of an effect on tree growth.So just how important is phosphorus to rainforest trees? A group of researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) investigated this by looking at trees in the forests of Panama, where soil phosphorus levels vary considerably. They examined 19,000 individual trees from 541 different species, measuring their growth and the amounts of phosphorus and other nutrients like calcium and nitrogen present in the soil.Their results revealed that, overall and as expected, the average growth rates of tree species tended to go up with phosphorus amount. But when the researchers zoomed in on the areas with the highest and lowest growth rates, they were surprised to find that this correlation was switched – tree species in low-phosphorus soils grew faster on average than species in high-phosphorus soils.The study also finds the growth rates of tree communities comprised of a variety of species doesn’t change doesn’t change in relation to soil phosphorus amount.“Finding that species adapted to low phosphorus soils are growing so fast was a real surprise,” Ben Turner, an STRI staff scientist who led the study, said in a statement. “We still don’t understand why this occurs, nor why high phosphorus species are not growing faster than they are. Perhaps trees invest extra phosphorus in reproduction rather than growth, for example, because seeds, fruits and pollen are rich in phosphorus.”The authors and other scientists say the study’s findings further our understanding of the dynamics between tropical plants and phosphorus and could help farmers grow crops more effectively without having to use environmentally harmful fertilizers.“This study highlights our limited understanding of how plants cope with phosphorus-poor soils, a significant challenge to farmers through much of the tropics,” said Jim Dalling, STRI research associate and professor and head of the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “Comparing how plants adapted to high versus low phosphorus availability acquire and use this critical nutrient could suggest new approaches for increasing food production without relying on costly fertilizers.”The authors also write that their study may help us understand how tropical forests react to environmental changes like global warming.“For now, these results help us to understand how soil fertility influences tree growth in tropical forests, and demonstrate once again the power of tropical diversity to surprise us,” Turner said. Citation:Turner, B. L., Brenes-Arguedas, T., & Condit, R. (2018). Pervasive phosphorus limitation of tree species but not communities in tropical forests. Nature.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Fertilizers, Forests, Global Warming, Plants, Rainforests, Research, Trees, Tropical Forests, Tropics 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

PHOTOS: The great Sandhill crane migration makes its annual stopover on the Platte River

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Birds, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Environment, Impact Of Climate Change, Migration, Photos, Wildlife 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 The annual migration undertaken by sandhill cranes in North America is considered one of the world’s great natural spectacles, on par with Africa’s wildebeest migration and the “march of the penguins” in Antarctica.Nowhere is the sandhill crane migration more visible in all its majesty than on the Platte River in the U.S. state of Nebraska — you truly have to see it to believe it.You can hear many of the sounds of the sandhill crane migration on a recent episode of the Mongabay Newscast. It’s one thing to hear the migration, however, and quite another to see it. The annual migration undertaken by sandhill cranes in North America is considered one of the world’s great natural spectacles, on par with Africa’s wildebeest migration and the “march of the penguins” in Antarctica. And nowhere is the sandhill crane migration more visible in all its majesty than on the Platte River in the U.S. state of Nebraska — you truly have to see it to believe it.The migration is underway now, as the birds head to their breeding grounds in the northern United States, Canada, and Siberia after having spent the winter in Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S. states of California, Florida, Texas, and Utah. According to National Geographic, more than three-fourths of all sandhill cranes make a stopover at what’s known as a “migratory staging area” along a 75-mile stretch of the Platte River every year.The National Audobon Society has said that “The early spring gathering of Sandhills on the Platte River in Nebraska is among the greatest wildlife spectacles on the continent, with over a quarter of a million birds present at one time.”While sandhill cranes are the most common crane species, habitat degradation and other environmental changes at key migratory staging areas like the Platte River could have major impacts in the future.On a recent episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we spoke with researchers Ben Gottesman of the Center for Global Soundscapes at Purdue University and Emma Brinley Buckley of the Platte Basin Timelapse project about their work using camera traps and audio recording devices to document how the migrating sandhill cranes and other species that are important to the Platte River ecosystem are responding to changes in the environment wrought by climate change. You can hear many of the sounds of the sandhill crane migration (as well as chorus frogs, prairie chickens, and more) by giving the episode a listen:It’s one thing to hear the migration, however, and quite another to see it. Brinley Buckley has also photographed the cranes as they make their stopover on the Platte River, and captured other species besides. She was kind enough to share the following pictures with Mongabay.Sandhill crane silhouettes circling at sunset before roosting on the Platte River for the night. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.Sandhill crane silhouettes circling at sunset before roosting on the Platte River for the night. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.Sandhill cranes on the Platte River in central Nebraska. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.Sandhill cranes on the Platte River in central Nebraska. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.Sandhill cranes in flight over the Platte River. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.A roost of sandhill cranes waking up to a snow storm on the Platte River. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.A leopard frog sitting in the shallow waters of a slough. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.A lek of prairie chickens booming and dancing on conservation land managed by The Crane Trust. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.A prairie chicken. Photo Credit: Emma Brinley Buckley.Here is a soundscape timelapse video Gottesman and Brinley Buckley made, pairing audio and photos of the Platte River ecosystem:Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Monday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgName the place! See how many of these five Chelsea-rated questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-68]YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African designer David Tlale hits the big time at NY Fashion Week

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “New York Fashion Week is a significant platform in the global world of fashion, on which designers profile their collections for the forthcoming season. Brand South Africa congratulates David Tlale on his successful showing at the 2013 New York Fashion Week and we are proud of him for flying our national flag in New York.”“In addition to being an inspirational South African, David is part of new a South African movement as a Play Your Part Ambassador. The campaign encourages South Africans to actively participate in creating the country we would all like to live in, a country of which we can be proud. We invite other outstanding South Africans who do ordinary things, extraordinarily, to join this movement for social change,” concluded Matola.David Tlale “Plays his Part” for our economy by utilising only South African materials in his designs. All his creations are also made in South Africa – creating jobs and opportunities in the process.David will be available for interviews following his return from the United States next week.Play Your PartDavid Tlale’s Play Your Part video can be viewed at:http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/tvc/profiles/2-david-tlale.htmlAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Requests for further information and interviews can be directed to:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.com and www.southafrica.infoFollow us on Twitter: @Brand_SAEndslast_img read more