Iceberg Headed for Sub-Antarctic Island Could Threaten Wildlife

first_img– Advertisement – It’s unpredictable what could happen if the iceberg were to run aground near South Georgia, said M Jackson, a glaciologist who is an explorer with the National Geographic Society. Such episodes are not unheard-of but greater attention is usually given to them when they pose a threat to people and wildlife, she said.- Advertisement – An iceberg roughly the size of Delaware that is headed toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia has experts worried about the possibility of it blocking wildlife from food sources and threatening the island’s ecosystem.The iceberg, known as A68a, was about 400 kilometers, or about 250 miles, away from the coast of the British island territory of South Georgia as of Wednesday, the British Antarctic Survey said.- Advertisement – There is a chance that if A68a does run aground, it could disrupt part of South Georgia’s ecosystem, affecting some of the areas and paths that animals, such as seals and penguins, travel to hunt and gather food.“Essentially, seals and penguins birth on land, then commute back and forth into the ocean to source and return with food to feed their young,” Dr. Jackson said. “The iceberg might disrupt this, and seals and penguins might not be able to source and deliver food to their land-based pups and chicks, potentially triggering widespread starvation.”Douglas R. MacAyeal, a professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago who has studied the behavior of large icebergs, compared A68a with another large iceberg, B-15A. In the 2000s, B-15A struck parts of Ross Island in the Ross Sea as well as the other icebergs surrounding it, disturbing the island’s penguin colonies. Some colonies went years without hatching chicks. The disturbance led to some penguins interbreeding with those from different colonies.“This led to a genetic benefit of exchange, of genetic material from different, normally isolated, cohorts,” Dr. MacAyeal said in an email. “In my view: If A68a were to encounter the island itself or the shoals around it, it would be spectacular for a few days but would not lead to an ecosystem catastrophe.”Some experts predict A68a will eventually break into large pieces as a result of strong currents.“The Southern Ocean around South Georgia is an utterly wild place with strong currents and sea-swell that will ‘flex’ the iceberg on top of the grounding point, causing it to stress and fracture much like a ship,” Dr. MacAyeal said.If the iceberg does break close to the island’s coast, there’s the potential that it could displace large amounts of seawater “that can inundate coastal communities,” Dr. Jackson said.This kind of hazard is something experts have had to grapple with as climate change has led to ice melting and ice systems breaking at significant rates.“I am doubtful given the increasing rate of ice melt worldwide that this is the last time we’ll see this,” Dr. Jackson said. “I wouldn’t be surprised in the years to come if we continue to see bigger icebergs presenting bigger hazards to communities of people and wildlife alike.”center_img The iceberg broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and is about 100 miles long and 30 miles wide. The trajectory of the iceberg could change and steer clear of the island, because it’s in the strongest ocean current where waters are not impeded by continents. This means the iceberg could easily sail past the island, all depending on the course nature takes. – Advertisement – The iceberg may run aground near the island and be a few weeks out from the island’s coast, said Andrew Fleming, a remote sensing manager with the survey.last_img read more

McClean closes Twitter account

first_img McClean has previously been abused on the social networking site after opting to play for the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland, and for his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt. He also landed himself in hot water with international manager Giovanni Trapattoni after expressing his disgust at being left out of the team for the Republic’s World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan in September, and later issued an apology to the 73-year-old Italian. Club boss Martin O’Neill has also been less than happy with the player’s use of Twitter and will hope his latest withdrawal from the site is permanent. Meanwhile, the agent of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has warned his client may have to move to realise his international ambitions. The 24-year-old is currently back-up to Atletico Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois in the Belgian national team, and his representative Guy Vandermissen hinted he could seek a higher-profile employer as he bids to establish himself as number one. Vandermissen told Belgian broadcaster ATV: “Our ambition is for Simon to play somewhere that he can engage in competition with Thibaut Courtois for the place in goal for Belgium. Courtois is fortunate that he is playing for a team that has been doing well lately.” O’Neill will be desperate to retain the services of the former Sint-Truiden player, who has made the position at the Stadium of Light his own and has two years of his contract still to run. Keiren Westwood is an able deputy, but Mignolet’s form has marked him out as one of the most accomplished goalkeeper in the Barclays Premier League this season. Press Association Sunderland midfielder James McClean has closed down his Twitter account after finding himself embroiled in further controversy.center_img Press Association Sport understands the Derry-born player made the move after sparking an angry response when he tweeted about a Wolfe Tones song, the Broad Black Brimmer, at the weekend. The song tells the story of a boy whose father is killed fighting for the IRA. McClean’s post attracted criticism from Gregory Campbell, DUP MP for East Londonderry, who advised the 23-year-old to “stick to football”. last_img read more

Beacon FC – 35 years old today

first_imgTHIRTY-five years ago, today, distinguished National footballer of the mid 70’s to mid 80’s, Gordon ‘Ultimate Warrior’ Brathwaite established the Beacon FC.Along with lots of players from Region 3, the ‘Player/Coach began a journey that reaped rewards, winning trophies and providing players for youth and senior national teams of Guyana.In the beginning it was called YSM Beacon, but in 1992 the YSM, meaning Young Socialist Movement, was taken off.After competing in the Georgetown Football League’s division two in 1986 the team earned promotion to the Demico League division one in 1987.Undaunted by a dismal debut season in the City’s top flight football where they ended at the bottom of the table they battled their way out of the relegation and promotion competition to avoid demotion.Thereafter there was improvement season after season while garnering a reputation for an attacking and attractive brand of football.The crowning moment for Beacon was winning the Demico League in 1995 followed up by capturing the prestigious Kashif and Shanghai annual nationwude KO on New years day 1996.Among the club’s players of that era were: Claude Phillips, Mark Pollard, Rawle Prince, Dexter Cort, Ola Pedro, Andre Trotz, Wayne Dover, Julian Masdammer, Sherwayne Scott, Trilton Luke, Shawn Prince and brothers Martin and Mortimer Stewart. The year 1996 also brought honor to the club when Nigel Denny was appointed captain of the national U-19 team, a feat emulated 2 years later by son of coach Brathwaite, Kayode.Over the years the club has gone through lots of changes with migration being chief among them, while the mal or non functioning of the Georgetown Football Association is another factor. Today as they celebrate 35 years of existing as a club congratulations are in order.(Ras Wadada)last_img read more

UW unleashes blizzard on PSU

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoApparently eight is not enough.The last time the UW women’s basketball team played against Penn State, head coach Lisa Stone only had eight available players, and her quote before the game was, “Eight is enough.”However, the Badgers were not able to rally around Stone’s saying and suffered a 69-54 defeat.This time around, however, it was the Lady Lions who only had eight available players as junior starter Charity Renfro did not travel with the team due to a concussion.Just like Wisconsin, Penn State was not able to achieve victory with a shorthanded roster, as the Badgers cruised to a 66-56 win behind a strong second half.The game was neck-and-neck through much of the first half, but a Rashida Mark put-back bucket at the buzzer gave Penn State a two-point lead at intermission. Following the play, Stone was clearly upset with her team’s mediocre play.”When we play the way we did in the first half — you know, spotty and just not finishing and kind of playing like there’s a snowstorm outside — you need to get upset a little bit,” Stone said. “And they answered and played very well in the second half.”Wisconsin began to break away in the second half behind the hot shooting of senior Ashley Josephson, as she was a perfect three-for-three from beyond the arc after half-time.”I tried to forget about what happened in the first half, and then it’s a new 20 minutes,” Josephson said. “So I had to go out there with a fresh mind and just stroke the ball.”While Josephson’s shooting in the second half helped propel Wisconsin to its first Big Ten home victory since New Year’s, Penn State head coach Rene Portland felt that it was Danielle Ward’s presence inside that made the difference.”The effectiveness of Ward (was the key),” Portland said. “They got the ball inside. She was able to stand and get position for a long time in there, and our kids didn’t handle that.”Ward’s improved play has been evident as of late, as she has gained more and more experience in just her sophomore year.The secret to her recent big games — most notably the Michigan State loss this past weekend, when she posted a 10-point, nine-rebound and six-block performance — is actually quite simple.”I just play,” Ward said. “There’s nothing about confidence or anything specific. Sometimes I just go into a zone and I’m just playing where I’m not worrying about anything — not worried about a turnover, not worried about a foul, not worried about the other team scoring or anything.”In Thursday night’s victory, Ward was all over the place with her physical style of play, scoring a game-high 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and three blocks.She was simply too much for the Lady Lions.”I don’t think our kids handled the physical play, to be honest,” Portland said. “I obviously took a technical foul. … The frustration from that carried into how bad they played.”But it wasn’t just Ward or Josephson that made the difference; Wisconsin led a balanced scoring attack all around, with each starter scoring in double figures.With the win, Wisconsin started its three-game home stand to finish the season on a high note, and, with only two games and the Big Ten tournament remaining on the schedule, the question of what the team is capable of remains.”Anybody’s capable of anything,” Josephson said. “You see upsets all the time, so if we come out and play the basketball, anything can happen for us, so we just got to stay confident and keep playing the way we are and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Come on Russia! Paddy Power hits £80,000 for LGBT+ charities

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Amy Jones – Paddy PowerPaddy Power is revelling in its World Cup 2018 charitable campaign ‘Rainbow Russians’, having racked up £80,000 in donations for LGBT and equality/inclusivity causes.In partnership with Attitude Magazine’s ‘Foundation’, Paddy Power launched Rainbow Russians’ at the start of Russia 2018, detailing that the bookmaker would challenge LGBT+ prejudices and homophobia in football.The charitable campaign sees Paddy Power ‘Put-in’ £10,000 to Attitude Magazine’s Foundation for every goal Russia scores during its World Cup 2018 campaign.Following Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday night, Paddy Power has raised £80,000 in donations, as an unfancied Sbornaya has delivered for the bookmaker.Commenting on the campaign, Amy Jones Paddy Power’s PR & UK Mischief Maker detailed; “Following the host’s first game against Saudi Arabia – where they netted five – it was announced that £10,000 of the money will fund 20 members of the LGBT+ community to become fully qualified referees.”So, thank you to Denis Cheryshev (who has topped up the fund by £30,000 himself so far), Artem Dzyuba and Ahmed Fathi’s own goal last night for their contributions to the campaign…Just keep on scoring lads!”After just two games, Russia have scored EIGHT goals, meaning we are donating £80,000 to LGBT+ causes. And we’re far from done yet! #RainbowRussians ?️‍? pic.twitter.com/mRv1x3kW76— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 19, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Tottenham’s kids gain revenge on Colchester with EFL Trophy shoot-out win

first_imgTOTTENHAM’S kids have gained a slice of revenge on Colchester just a fortnight after Mauricio Pochettino’s seniors were humiliated by the League Two minnows.The U’s famously dumped the Premier League giants out of the Carabao Cup last month on penalties after holding the North London side to a goalless draw.6 Tottenham’s young guns gained revenge on Colchester in the EFL Trophy after the seniors suffered Carabao Cup humiliation there a fortnight agoCredit: Getty ImagesBut Spurs’ U21s held their nerve tonight from the spot as they travelled to the scene of that upset in the EFL Trophy.Colchester looked like they were about to inflict more misery on Tottenham after Luke Norris gave them the lead.However, Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s second half strike was enough to earn a draw in the Group A clash – which ensured a shoot-out to determine who would earn an additional point.But despite the hosts featuring five of the side that became cup heroes two weeks’ ago, it was the visitors, managed by Wayne Burnett, that triumphed 6-5 after sudden death as Brandon Comley fired wide for Colchester.And as Spurs announced the final result on Twitter, that led to much mocking from rival supporters while others demanded that Poch call-up the youngsters to the first-team after they achieved what their elders could not.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerOne fan responded: “Sack the first team and replace them with these lads.”Another wrote: “Play them all v watford. At least they care.”A fellow fan commented: “PROMOTE THEM IMMEDIATELY.”As another said: “Start them next Saturday please.”However, not everyone was as positive as the mickey-takers were also out in force.“Announce DVD, we’ve managed a win against the mighty Colchester,” said one response.Any asked: “Is it true the spurs development squad will take on Bayern’s first team next week followed by Brighton?”As another simply summed up by writing: “That’s typical Spurs.”6 6 6 6 6last_img read more

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first_imgPosted on August 4, 2009November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In order to better serve you, we are requesting that you fill out a very brief survey (click here). There are only 7 questions and it will take no more than 2 minutes of your time (we promise!). Your answers to these questions will help us to better understand our membership profile as well as your individual interests and needs. The better we understand you and what maternal health resources you would find most useful, the better we will be at providing you with useful content.We appreciate your input very much!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Revisiting #TimesUp and the world of freelancing

first_imgContact advocacy@freelancersunion.org if you’d like to get involved by speaking out as part of our legislative efforts in New York City and our national media campaign.Over a month ago, I wrote a piece about sexual harassment and freelancers. Triggered by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the piece was intended to bring awareness to the fact that the self-employed may be particularly vulnerable and susceptible to sexual harassment. The piece also explored that we often don’t have the same legal protections as our peers who work in corporate settings or for anchor institutions.The response to that blog was overwhelming. I heard from women of various educational, socioeconomic, and racial backgrounds who had experienced some form of sexual harassment while engaged in freelancing, self-employment, or a small business enterprise. Some shared their stories while others expressed a simple thank you for writing about the topic. I even had a few friends tell me about their stories of unwanted sexual attention or advancements.Audre Lorde once said, “Your silence will not protect you.” The more people shared with me, the more I realized that we need to keep addressing this issue. In the process of responding to emails, inbox messages, and even a few phone calls, a couple of salient themes emerged: 1) fear of retribution or being blackballed is palpable and 2) too many of us feel powerless because we truly don’t know what to do if/when it happens.Unfortunately, two recent studies reveal that not only is sexual harassment widespread, but it is a deeply layered and complex issue. One of the studies, released in late January of 2018, was commissioned by HoneyBook:“HoneyBook surveyed 1,087 self-employed creatives to better understand the incidence of sexual harassment among this community, how they’re affected by sexual harassment, and, more importantly, how to help them. Of those surveyed, 97% were women and the largest group, 33% of respondents, were between the ages of 26 – 30. The survey captured a wide variety of creatives and freelancers with the largest three categories being photographers, event planners and graphic designers. Of the self-employed creatives HoneyBook surveyed, 54% have been harassed at least once”Other startling data from the report includes: An overwhelming majority of those victimized continued working on the project, while other respondents simply avoided the clients and didn’t work with them again. Reporting of such incidents was intermittent, if at all, and often, there was no recourse for the victim.Another recent study conducted by USA Today in partnership with The Creative Coalition, Women in Film and Television, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center was equally as troubling. This study honed in on Hollywood, and included many occupations that cross over into self-employment arenas (editors, writers, actors, producers, etc.). Of the 843 women who were surveyed, the results were as follows:“Nearly all of the women who responded to the survey (94%) say they have experienced some form of harassment or assault, often by an older individual in a position of power over the accuser. Worse, more than one-fifth of respondents (21%) say they have been forced to do something sexual at least once.”Like the HoneyBook survey, it’s not just about how frequently harassment happens, but it’s also about understanding how victims respond:“Only one in four women reported these experiences to anyone because of fear of personal or professional backlash or retaliation. This reporting rate holds true for all forms of misconduct addressed in the survey, including being forced to do something sexual. Of those who did report their experiences, most say reporting did not help them; only 28% say their workplace situation improved after reporting.”What these surveys corroborate is that sexual harassment is more commonplace than many of us may realize.If, as many economists predict, the American workforce is leaning towards a gig economy with a vast majority of us being self-employed, contract workers, and/or entrepreneurs, then something has to shift on order to ensure that the workplace of the future is a safe place for all of its employees. This lends itself to a greater sense of urgency and opportunity.The good news is that with the attention that has been brought to this issue, there are some solutions that are unfolding. To create greater parity and opportunity for legal recourse, HoneyBook has created an anti-sexual harassment clause that can be used by its members in their contracts. And the National Women’s Law Center has created the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.As I think about the people who I mentor, I’d hate to think that going into a field that they love means that they will have to endure a hostile work environment. Information is power and the more we bring light to what’s happening, the more we can begin to change the culture and what’s perceived as normal and acceptable. Whether you have been a victim, witnessed victimization, or stood in the gap as an ally and advocate, it is time for us to lend our voices to a cause that affects us all.last_img read more