Some sea slugs can regenerate after decapitation, scientists say

first_imgAdvertisement RELATEDTOPICS Ceremonial shrunken head returning to the Amazon after decades on display in US May 12, 2021 TOKYO (AP)– Scientists have discovered some decapitated sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies.This “wonder of nature,” reported in a biology journal on Monday, could eventually help scientists better understand and tackle regeneration of human tissue.Biology researcher Sayaka Mitoh said she loves studying Japanese sea slugs because they are small, cute and weird. The slugs can even briefly photosynthesize like a plant, turning sunlight into energy. One day, she saw something bizarre in the lab, the AP reported. Advertisement One of the sea slugs had decapitated itself. The crazier part was the head kept moving and living. A few more did the same, according to a study in Current Biology.So the doctoral student and Nara Women’s University aquatic ecology professor, Yoichi Yusa, tried it themselves, cutting the heads off 16 sea slugs. Six of the slugs began regeneration, with three succeeding and surviving. One of the three even lost and regrew its body twice. Two different species of Japanese sea slugs did this regeneration trick.They are not the only creatures who can pull off this kind of trick. Lizards can drop their tails to get away from a predator, in a biological phenomenon called autotomy.“We think that this is the most extreme case of autotomy,” Yusa said. “Some animals can autotomize their legs or appendages or tails, but no other animal shed their whole body.” AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Colorado officer accused of knowingly hurting 73-year-old woman with dementia during arrest April 28, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: associated presssciencesea slug This undated photo provided by Sayaka Mitoh shows a Elysia cf. marginata sea slug after autotomy. According to a study released in the journal Current Biology on Monday, March 8, 2021, scientists have discovered that some Japanese sea slugs can grow whole new bodies if their heads are cut off, taking regeneration to the most extreme levels ever seen. (Sayaka Mitoh via AP) The secret to a long life? This 111-year-old recommends eating chicken brains May 19, 2021 NBC says it will not air 2022 Golden Globes May 12, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

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My Life in Politics: Seamus McDonald on early memories, busy life as a councillor and his choice as the greatest Laois person of all time

first_img News My Life in Politics: Seamus McDonald on early memories, busy life as a councillor and his choice as the greatest Laois person of all time Pinterest TAGSFianna FailMy Life in PoliticsRosenallisSeamus McDonald Previous articleIn Pictures: The Heath Golf Club members thrilled to be back in actionNext articleMomentum gathering for the Jamie wants to walk campaign Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. By Steven Miller – 25th May 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Home News My Life in Politics: Seamus McDonald on early memories, busy life as… NewsPolitics Facebook Facebook Twitter Seamus McDonald is Fianna Fáil’s longest-serving county councillor in Laois, the Rosenallis man first having been elected in 1985.Indeed only current Cathaoirleach Willie Aird of Fine Gael matches Cllr McDonald for longevity.Now in his early 70s, Cllr McDonald said he briefly considered retiring aheas of last year’s Local Election – but he threw his hat in the ring again and returned with his highest ever number of first preference votes (1,089).He is the latest local councillor to feature in our Life in Politics interview where he chats about his early memories, the politican he admires the most and the businessman he considers to be Laois’s greatest person of all time.What is your earliest political memory?I had an interest in politics from a very young age. I can clearly remember cycling to local Fianna Fail Cumann meetings in the old hall in Rosenallis with my father.My father, Jim McDonald had an active interest in politics and was a Fianna Fail stalwart.During an election, I had always brought people without transport to vote on polling day.I canvassed in my younger days with Paddy Lalor and Liam Hyland.What politician do you most admire?Charlie Haughey. He was a man who had vision and got things done. His involvement in setting up the IFSC (Irish Financial Services Centre) in Dublin and his work in trying to find a resolution to the troubles in the North is something that I admire.The IFSC has since contributed billions to the economy. He ensured the vulnerable in society were looked after by providing free travel for pensioners and gave more access to medical cards.Seamus McDonald celebrates with supporters following his success at the 2019 Local ElectionsWhat is your favourite thing about being a councillor?I’ve always been a people person and particularly enjoy being out and about meeting the people.You get to know many and that leads to life-long friendships. It gives me satisfaction when someone asks for my help to intervene with a problem that they are experiencing and to be able to solve it in how ever many steps it takes.No problem is ever too big or small. The variety of situations you find yourself faced with on a weekly basis make the job interesting.Seamus McDonald as Chairman of Laois County Council in 1997You are also nearly always busy with having to attend meetings, call to people’s homes, take and return phone calls, meet engineers to get jobs done and so on (although not at present with the restrictions.)I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m also delighted that I can have an input into the development of the county and highlight issues in my area that need urgent attention. Cllr Eamon Rafter, Cllr Theresa Muhare, Cllr Kieran Phelan, Seamus, and Paddy Lalor, then an MEP What’s the most frustrating thing about being a councillor?It always comes down to funding and the lack of it. It’s a major issue. That can include funding allocations to social housing, housing adaption grants for the elderly and those with disabilities and roads repair.For example, a road in my area has not had repairs carried out to it in many years despite its appalling condition. I have been tirelessly seeking to have this road included in the roadworks programme over the years and only recently has it been given the go ahead.It’s the slow progress and sometimes the difficulty to get things done that can be very frustrating.The current shortage of housing has proved to be very difficult and crops up on a weekly basis.October 1995 with Mick Clear and Jacinta Davis What if any changes would you like to see made to local government?Local government has weakened in Ireland with regard to spending and power.Central government hold the levers of power and this waters down local government. Councillors and the council in general over the years have been lessoned more and more of functional powers.For example we have lost the driving licences and higher education grants to name a few. I would like to see more power devolved to councillors from central government in the hope that it gives us the ability to carry out our roles more effectively.Seamus Sexton, Minister John Moloney TD, Seamus and the late Senator Kieran Phelan at Leinster House in 20091985 Canvass Card What advice would you give to anyone considering getting into politics?You have to be committed to the role and be true to your word. You must work hard and set out to deliver on what you said you would do if elected.Set out to get the job done, don’t beat around the bush. It’s a very time consuming role.If you are considering entering politics then you need to build a profile locally and make yourself known in the community.If you intend on knocking doors in years to come seeking a vote and you don’t have name and facial recognition from your work in the community etc, you may struggle, even if you are hard-working and genuine in your efforts.Politics and elections has changed since I was first elected in 1985.The era of social media has impacted how an election campaign is run. Candidates and representatives are now open to deeper scrutiny.You would also want another job to fall back on should you lose your seat. No seat is safe during an election.1980s – Seamus Mc Donald at a Fianna Fail dinner dance with his late wife PatriciaSeamus McDonald with his son Daniel and daughter at the election count 2004Would it have interested you to contest a General Election at any stage during your career?No, not at all.Who do you consider as the greatest Laois person of all time?Tom Treacy, a man who I greatly admire. Tom is a great businessman who has provided employment in the county for many decades.Tom has done much work for the county of Laois. To name one of many, he has made a significant contribution towards tourism in Laois through the annual Gordan Bennett Classic Run which has drawn people from all over the world and has injected money into the local economy.Cllr Ray Cribbon, the late Cllr Jerry Lodge, Liam McMahon, the late Cllr Kathleen O’Brien and Seamus in 2014 What four people – dead or alive – would you invite to a dinner party?Joe ‘The Barber’ Conroy, John Moloney, Eamon Rafter and Pat Bowe.SEE ALSO – My Life in Politics: James Kelly on election memories, Tony Gregory and why local representatives should have more power Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Pinterestlast_img read more

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G-G Praises Jamaicans in South Florida

first_imgRelatedG-G Praises Jamaicans in South Florida G-G Praises Jamaicans in South Florida UncategorizedMarch 30, 2007 RelatedG-G Praises Jamaicans in South Florida FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, has praised Jamaicans in South Florida for their contribution to the development of Jamaica and the communities in which they resided.Professor Hall, who was addressing an audience of nearly 400 persons at the Miami Consulate’s inaugural Community Service Awards ceremony held recently at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, noted that the “ongoing involvement of Jamaicans in the Diaspora in various aspects of development, signals a commitment to strengthen the network between Jamaicans residing abroad and those at home”.Citing the vital contribution of nationals at the regional and international levels, he said that Jamaicans have earned worldwide, an enviable reputation for creativity, energy, resilience and the ability to achieve extraordinary results, often against the odds.Turning to economic development issues, Professor Hall stated that Jamaicans continued to view the country’s development with optimism, pointing to advances being made in agriculture, fishery and forestry, maritime, bauxite, tourism and services.Meanwhile, he stated that national priority was now being placed on education, with the sector undergoing significant transformation with emphasis on early childhood. With this emphasis, school attendance had significantly improved, he said.Turning to the ICC Cricket World Cup, now underway in the region, Professor Hall said the Jamaican leg of the tournament has so far been a success and congratulated the organizers, noting that all Jamaicans should take credit for its successful planning.The award ceremony recognized 18 persons, who have contributed to the development of the South Florida community, and those who continue to render significant support to Jamaica.Nearly 400,000 nationals are resident in the South Florida tri-county region of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. These are affiliated with nearly 70 charitable and service organizations throughout the region.center_img RelatedG-G Praises Jamaicans in South Florida Advertisementslast_img read more

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RESMED: knowing about and protecting marine littoral of Pyrenees

first_imgRESMED: knowing about and protecting marine littoral of Pyrenees The marine coasts of the Pyrenees are a large area that covers a part of the biodiversity of the north-western Mediterranean, (photo: Sphyraena sphyraena). RESMED will help to make common action protocols among administrations and countries. The project will provide new knowledge about the ecology of several species of heritage and commercial interest (photo: Epinephelus marginatus). The RESMED project team installed a fix network with 94 acoustic receptors. The work is completed with the marking of 103 fish of various species, which allows them to report their movement in the network of acoustic receptors. RESMED also wants to give importance to participatory science.Acoustic telemetry to study the movement of fish, citizen science, common protocols of work and collaboration with managers and fishermen are some of the essential elements in RESMED, a project to study the ecosystems of the marine littoral of the Pyrenees. The initiative is coordinated by the lecturer Bernat Hereu, from the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Instiute (IRBio) of the University of Barcelona.RESMED project (2019-2021), cofounded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG POCTEFA program, will help to make common action protocols among administrations and countries –with the distinguished participation of local agents– to protect and improve the quality of marine ecosystems and the linked ecosystem services.RESMED: effective cross-border management Overfishing, pollution, invasive species, climate change and the impact of human activities are factors that threaten marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean. In order to improve the management of the preservation of habitats and marine species, it is crucial to know about the features of each ecosystem.The marine coasts of the Pyrenees are a large area that covers a part of the biodiversity of the north-western Mediterranean, with several habitats frequented by emblematic species and ecosystem services with a great economic value (fishing, tourism, leisure, etc.). However, current management arrangements do not consider this marine region as an ecological unit where species move and use different habitats over their life cycle. “The RESMED project (marine reserve network and integrated management of cross-border Mediterranean coastal areas) is a cross-border regional initiative that takes the whole region as a joint ecological unit”, notes Bernat Hereu, lecturer at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the UB.Using combined techniques of acoustic telemetry, visual and video censuses, and with the support of citizen science, the project will provide new knowledge about the ecology of several species of heritage and commercial interest, essential habitats throughout their life cycle (feeding, reproduction and breeding), their ability to move (distances, used habitats and periods), and the connectivity of populations between different marine protected areas. RESMED will also evaluate the effectiveness of the area’s marine reserve network and fisheries management to contribute to the development of more sustainable fishing.The project counts on the participation of the University of Barcelona and the University of Perpignan, in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Catalan Government, the natural park of cap de Creus, the natural park of Montgrí, illes Medes and baix Ter, the French Agency for Biodiversity, the natural marine park of León, and the marine reserve of Cervera-Banyuls, stated as partners of the project. In addition, the confreries of fishermen of Girona take part in the project too, as well as the Catalan Federation of Underwater Activities (FECDAS), diving clubs –such as the Diving Club of Biology (CIB) of the UB– and the association of diving centers of Costa Brava.Participatory science to protect marine ecosystemsThe RESMED project team installed a fix network with 94 acoustic receptors –or underwater locator beacons– to study the movement of fish in all marine areas they studied. There are a total of 25 devices in the marine reserve of Cervera-Banyuls, 28 in the natural park of cap de Creus, 15 in the bay of Roses, and 26 in the natural park of Montgrí, illes medes and Baix Ter. In addition, there are 116 receptors previously installed in the gulf of León by MARBEC Ifremer unit, in Sète (RESMED project collaborator).At the same time, artisanal fishermen are also collaborating. They have installed acoustic receptors in their fishing gear to detect the marked fish outside the covered area by the fixed receptor network. The work is completed with the marking of 103 fish of various species (sea bream, European sea bass, black sea bass, red head, dentex, white seabream, bluefish), which allows them to report their movement in the network of acoustic receptors.“This project wants to give importance to participatory science. Professional or recreational fishermen can intervene as volunteer staff to catch fish that will be released later with the implanted acoustic transmitter”, highlights Bernat Hereu.“Interaction with fishermen and federations –he continues– has allowed us to open a debate and an exchange of ideas on the problems and potential measures to improve the sustainable use of resources. For example, during this period we are collaborating to determine the breeding areas of the sea bream and sea bass, species that are now undergoing their breeding season”.Volunteering divers can also join the participatory science in the RESMED project. To do so, there will be a program on specific training sessions to enable them to take part in the creation of censuses and characterization of the populations of species to study.Protecting marine biodiversity in the MediterraneanAmong other actions, RESMED has completed the censuses of fish in all coasts and determined common protocols for the studies on quantification of abundance of species. Recruitment, reproduction and breeding areas of coastal fish species have also been studied, and more than 140 places along the coast have been identified with presence of juveniles. The project will continue with the evaluation of the current management, the study of the biology and ecology of commercial species and the design of common action protocols and strategic tools to improve integrated management and the uses of the marine environment.“There is no doubt that more efficient management tools will allow an improvement in the use of resources, as well as in the uses and the several ecosystem services provided by this marine region of the Mediterranean coast”, concludes Bernat Hereu. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Barcelona, biodiversity, climate change, environment, european, evolutionary biology, Fisheries, Fisheries Management, French, Government, Mediterranean, regional development, reproduction, sustainability, sustainable, university, University of Barcelonalast_img read more

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ESD 112 seeks nominations for 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year award

first_imgESD 112 seeks nominations for 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year awardPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, February 13, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 The award is presented to an exceptional teacher in Southwest Washington every year VANCOUVER — Nominations are now being accepted for ESD 112’s 2021 Teacher of the Year award. The award is presented to an exceptional teacher in Southwest Washington every year. The winner of the regional award will proceed to the Washington State Teacher of the Year competition in September.Amy Campbell of Camas School District was selected in 2020 as both the ESD 112 region and Washington State Teacher of the Year. Campbell is a special education teacher whose work is heavily focused on building inclusive practices in the classroom and throughout the entire school system. For Campbell, the Teacher of the Year recognition and professional development opportunities have helped her grow in ways she couldn’t have imagined.“Being nominated by my district as Teacher of the Year has been the highest honor of my career,” said Campbell. “It has been a great opportunity for self-reflection, personal growth, and professional development…I now feel more prepared to take on teacher leadership roles and am excited to bring my experiences back to the classroom where all my future students will benefit.”Teacher of the Year Selection Criteria:The teacher has the respect of their community.The teacher is knowledgeable in their field and guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation inside and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and effective way.The Teacher of the Year award is the highest honor a teacher can receive in Washington. School districts and community members are encouraged to submit nominations for exceptional teachers in their community using the Teacher of the Year nomination form from OSPI. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2020.For more information on Teacher of the Year Amy Campbell, visit https://www.esd112.org/news/camas-teacher-wins-state-teacher-of-the-year-award/. To read about all of Washington’s 2020 regional award winners, visit https://www.k12.wa.us/educator-support/awards-recognition/educator-awards/teacher-year/state-and-regional/2020.Information provided by Educational Service District 112.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Open House scheduled for Kozy Kamp Neighborhood Park set for Feb. 26 Next : Ridgefield’s Take Your Parent to School Day an overwhelming successAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Shutdown Stalemate

first_imgWestern states with large swaths of public lands like Montana have a high concentration of federal employees, and the furloughs are affecting 12,400 workers statewide.Heather Cauffman, a seasonal silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service, said she had two months left of work out of the Tally Lake Ranger District and had counted on the wages.“It’s tough because I plan my budget based on six months of regular income,” Cauffman, who has been with the Forest Service for six seasons, said.In West Glacier, scores of trail crew workers made last-minute preparations before leaving for the season, abandoning projects they thought they’d have weeks to complete.Park-goers were prohibited from accessing any of Glacier’s amenities beyond the barricades, including the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the walking paths of Apgar Village and the views of Lake McDonald. “It just blows us away that they are shutting it down,” trail crew employee Kyle Scharfe said. “You can’t hike the trails, the waterways are closed, maintenance projects are going unfinished. It’s the people’s park, and this is 180-degrees opposite of the park’s mission.”Monica Jungster, owner of the Montana House gift shop at Apgar Village inside the park, said she keeps her business open all year, and depends on the steady stream of park visitors in October. Even though customers are allowed to pass through the barricade for the singular purpose of shopping at private businesses like the Montana House and Eddie’s Café and Gifts, Jungster said the closure has had a dramatic impact on her customer base.“October is busy for us and we depend on that business to get through the winter,” she said. “We are hoping that this is a really short closure because we can’t afford it. Financially, if this lasts more than a week what had previously been a really good season will become a bad one.” Glacier National Park Spokesperson Denise Germann describes closures in the park Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2013. – Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon Email WEST GLACIER – At noon on Oct. 1, Larry Ladd arrived at the shuttered west entrance to Glacier National Park. He was greeted by a gated barricade and an unfriendly message informing him that, “because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.”He and his wife had just driven 2,589 miles across the country to visit Montana’s crown jewel, and they were eager to continue their journey along the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road to view the park’s peak-studded expanse from Logan Pass, which straddles the Continental Divide.Instead, they did what nearly 2,000 visitors did that crisp autumn day – turned around.Before leaving, Ladd, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture worker from Lake City, Ark., shook his head in disappointment, snapped a photo of the barricade and adjusted his travel plans on the go.The Ladds’ vacation was stymied, of course, by the government shutdown that brought most federal agencies, including the already-beleaguered National Park Service, to a grinding halt Oct. 1 due to Congress’ inability to reach a budget deal.As of press time Oct. 7, a resolution to the budget impasse remained out of reach.“We’re headed to the coast. I hope they figure this out by the time we reach the Redwoods and Yosemite,” Ladd said, marveling at the government’s self-immolation.Ladd is one of some 750,000 daily national park visitors affected by the D.C. gridlock, and treasured gems like Glacier Park have become an emblem of the pain and inconvenience dealt to Americans when the government fails to accomplish its most basic tasks.He criticized the “do-nothing Congress” for its inability to enact a budget plan, and recalled working for the USDA in 1995 when the last shutdown occurred, derailing federal operations and furloughing workers for 28 days.“I really thought they would come to a last-minute resolution. I did not think they would shut down the government again,” he said. “I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, this is the most do-nothing Congress we’ve ever had.”Elsewhere in Glacier Park, throngs of seasonal and full-time employees were harried by last-minute chores as they prepared for a noontime mass exodus, abandoning critical projects necessary to button up the park for winter. Even Jeff Mow, Glacier’s brand-new superintendent and the highest-ranking administrative official, received the abrupt furlough notice and went home to be with his family.The Department of the Interior is one of the hardest-hit agencies, furloughing 81 percent of its employees. The DOI oversees the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs, to name a few. The stalemate that caused the shutdown drags on with a Senate majority voting to reject a spending plan by the Republican-led House that insists on concessions to the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, the president’s signature health care reform bill.Clint Muhlfeld, an aquatics ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Glacier National Park field station, has been leading a lake trout suppression project on Quartz Lake since 2009. Having lost his crew to furloughs, he understands firsthand how the shutdown can undo years of conservation work.Quartz Lake is still in its early stages of lake trout invasion, and Muhlfeld said the results of the suppression project have been promising as his crews chew into the nonnative population with aggressive gill netting.In order to be successful, the project must target lake trout when they spawn in October.“The timing is critical, and failure to continue our efforts this month will allow the lake trout to spawn, thereby jeopardizing all of our efforts to date and setting us back four years,” Muhlfeld said. An explosion of nonnative trout in Flathead Lake has gnawed at the bull trout population for decades, and Muhlfeld considers lake trout one of the greatest threats to the Flathead Basin’s ecosystem and biodiversity.Of the 12 lakes in Glacier Park that are connected to Flathead Lake – all of them home to previously healthy populations of bull trout – 10 have been invaded by lake trout, and bull trout are now functionally extinct in eight of them.Research indicates their future is threatened in a ninth lake, and a 10th lake, Quartz, is in the early stages of invasion.“Glacier’s native bull trout are at risk of extirpation and our efforts were showing marked success. We were making a huge dent in that nonnative population and this puts us back at ground zero, deleting literally thousands of hours of work,” Muhlfeld said. “Left unattended our results and all of our progress to date is going to be totally compromised. It’s incredibly frustrating.”Rhonda Fitzgerald, chair of the Montana Tourism Advisory Council and the owner of the Garden Wall Inn in Whitefish, said closing the park is like turning off an economic spigot, even in October.“As a community and a region we have been investing a lot in order to promote our secret season, and we’ve been generating a lot of interest in visitors who want to travel here in September and October,” she said. “And the park is the draw. That is why they come, and now they’re arriving and finding it artificially inaccessible.” NPS closed 401 national parks, monuments and historic sites, creating a revenue loss for government, which estimates it will lose about $450,000 each day from entrance fees, tours, boat rides and camping. Glacier National Park Spokesperson Denise Germann said roughly 250 workers at Glacier are affected by the shutdown while a skeleton crew of two-dozen employees were on hand to “manage the park as closed.”“We all had to show up at work this morning and we all got a furlough notice,” she said the morning of the shutdown. “It’s very trying for the employees. We are just like anyone else. We have kids in school, we have mortgage costs, we have college costs. It’s very impactful on us.”The repercussions of the shutdown on park visitors and federal employees was the most immediate, but as the closure drags on a trickle-down effect is exacting multifarious consequences on tourism economics, science and research, land management, health care and tribes.“Glacier National Park is an economic engine for communities throughout northwestern Montana,” Trevor Kincaid, executive director of the Center for Western Priorities, said. “But with padlocks on the gates, access to our protected public lands is shut off and millions of dollars are at stake as communities struggle with this failure of Congress. It has created a painful imbalance throughout the West.” On average, Glacier Park hosts between 50,000 and 60,000 visitors during the month of October, and approximately 2 million visitors per year. Following the closure, the National Park Service issued a press release showing that the government shutdown would result in economic losses of $76 million per day to local communities.According to the Center for Western Priorities, spending at Montana’s national parks support 4,492 jobs and funnels $1,578,082 into the statewide economy every day.A National Park Service report shows that 1.85 million visitors in 2011 spent almost $98 million in Glacier National Park and its surrounding gateway communities. That spending supported 1,386 jobs in the local area, according to the data.Nationwide, the shutdown has furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees. Approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety and security functions at parks and facilities, the agency reports. About 12,000 park concessions employees across the country are also affected.Although park employees were preparing for a shutdown by dispatching top-priority projects that must be completed before winter, Germann said others were left unfinished, including end-of-the year work on water systems and backcountry suspension bridges.“I think most of us were optimistic that there would be a federal budget, that there would be a continued resolution or some sort of funding,” she said. “But whether we expected it or not it was our responsibility to anticipate and prepare for a closure, so we started identifying the projects that absolutely have no give or take. We have a lot of utilities that need to be shut down before winter comes, specifically water systems.” Trail crew member Brian Roland fills out paperwork after his season was cut short. – Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon Click Here to view enlarged graphic Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. 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Foster: We got rattled again

first_img Coach Ian Foster says the All Blacks are hurting greatly after their shock 25-15 defeat by Argentina in Sydney on Saturday.Argentina’s stunning 10-point upset win over New Zealand was their first-ever victory over the All Blacks in 30 Tests between the sides. More importantly for New Zealand, though, was that it was a second defeat in row and also a second loss in five games under Foster.Overall, the result brings the All Blacks’ recent record to three wins, three defeats and a draw in their last seven Test matches.Be that as it may, Argentina were fully deserving of their win. They dominated every facet of the game, despite not playing a Test in over 11 months and at times reduced the All Blacks to bystanders.ALSO READ: All Blacks legacy ‘shamed’ by Pumas defeat‘We’re hurting greatly right now,’ Foster said. ‘The first 40 minutes they played with all the passion that we were expecting but they were also accurate. We were ill-disciplined again and that’s disappointing.’ 贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on November 14, 2020 From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo ‘For a country that hasn’t played all year, they had a big cause to play for and you could see that. They turned a perceived disadvantage into an advantage, they were rested. This is a historic day for them and as much as we’re hurting, their fans will have smiles on their faces.’Foster lamented the All Blacks’ lack of effort, reiterating that they capitulated when they were put under pressure.‘It’s the second week in a row that we haven’t shown good composure when things weren’t going our way. We got rattled again and that’s something we will have to work on,’ he explained.Stats & facts: The historic numbers behind Argentina’s famous winAll Blacks captain Sam Cane added that the loss was down to ‘discipline issues’, but all gave credit to Argentina for their performance.‘The lesson is in Test-match rugby you’ve got to turn up with the right intent, the right attitude, every single weekend or you get it handed to you,’ Cane said.‘They were good tonight and we weren’t good enough. Their defence was outstanding.’Watch: How Pumas trained in quarantinePhoto: Getty Images ‘ ‘ The All Blacks dejected ‘ Post by SA Rugby magazine 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo SumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  1231  123 Foster: We got rattled again ‘ ‘ Posted in News, Rugby Championship, Test Rugby, Top headlines Tagged All Blacks, Argentina, Ian Foster, Los Pumas, New Zealand, NEWS, Rugby Championship, Sam Cane, Test Rugby, Tri Nations last_img read more

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Shortage Of Available Trucks Delays Atlanta Yard Waste Pickups

first_img0:59 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Bags of yard waste have been gathering on some Atlanta sidewalks.Why?The city says it is short on waste removal trucks and the money to buy more.William Johnson, the Public Works commissioner, said it’s not a new problem but, “Now it’s just snowballing.” Last year, the department had some backup equipment available, but now even that equipment is too old to fix, as parts aren’t available.He said currently just 51 trucks are able to cover the work of 74. Almost a third of the fleet is beyond its useful life, he said, and about another third is expected to follow within the year.That means the department has to make choices about where to put resources.“When we’re short on a daily basis in terms of available trucks, we prioritize to pick up all the trash first, recycling second, and, if we’re going to have to be late a day or two, then it’s going to have to be on yard waste,” he said.For every truck that doesn’t go out, Johnson said about 1,000 customers experience a delay of service.It also means Johnson has asked City Council to raise solid waste fees.“We’re running at about a $14 to 15 million deficit year over year, and the solid waste fees will allow us to eliminate that deficit and allow us to purchase trucks every year,” he said.The final proposal for new fees is expected this week.In the meantime, he said the department is working Monday through Saturday and redesigning routes to improve efficiency. Those new routes are set to take effect July 9 and would “hopefully” reduce the total needed trucks to 64, he said.The department has also added bulk debris contractors. Those are grapple trucks with claw-like mechanisms to pick up waste.“They’re a little bit slower than our typical rear loaders, but they are an added resource, and they’re collecting a lot of tonnage for us,” he said.The department has ordered some new trucks already, but they take about 300 days to manufacture.Until they arrive and the department finds more funds for even more new trucks, Johnson said everyone is just trying to “hang on.”last_img read more

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Jill Henselwood Takes Inaugural Hickstead FEI World Cup™Grand Prix

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. It was a class, and a course, befitting a champion. Befitting the legacy of Hickstead.The inaugural $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix tested each horse and rider every step of the way, and in the end, it was veteran Canadian Olympian Jill Henselwood (Oxford Mills, ON) with her young horse George, who rode away victorious.The biggest Grand Prix class of the Royal Horse Show was renamed during last year’s event, in honour of Hickstead, Eric Lamaze’s Olympic champion mount from the 2008 games, who passed away unexpectedly last year. Tonight, Henselwood bested a star-studded field of 22 starters, including World, Olympic, Pan-Am and National champions to come out on top.“This was a VERY good course tonight,” said Henselwood, of the test designed by 1976 Olympic silver medalist Michel Vaillancourt. “It was very difficult. You did a trick and then turned and did another trick and then turned and on it went. There was no reprieve at any obstacle, yet no one obstacle was immense. Michel truly did a world class job.”Of those 22 starters, just six were able to advance to the jump-off over a shorter course with larger obstacles.Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts set the tone for the jump-off, taking all the inside turns and jumping at angles one would think nearly impossible. Henselwood had the luxury of riding last in the ring, so she watched and planned exactly how and where she could try to leave out strides in order to shave off the seconds.Reigning Pan-American individual gold medalist, Christine McCrea (Windsor, CT), was not able to leave the strides out that Henselwood was, and had to settle for the runner-up spot. Ireland’s Richie Moloney opted for the outside turns in the jump-off, but applied the pressure and produced a blazing time. But tonight it was the last to go who got it done.“Hickstead would have loved this class tonight,” said Henselwood at the end of the night. “He would have eaten this course up for fun. And then he would have kicked our butts in the jump-off!” she ended, with a twinkle in her eye.Earlier today, Ireland’s Dermott Lennon took the $15,000 McKee Family International Jumper Challenge with Hallmark Elite; followed by the Dominion Regalia Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, won by Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer and Pop Art.Tomorrow night’s horse show features a number of exciting events, beginning at 6:45pm. A Clydesdale six-horse hitch class leads the evening off, followed by Amateur and World champion hackneys, the ‘Denim & Diamonds’ exhibition, the exciting $32,000 MNP International ‘top score’ class for International jumpers, a harness pony championship and the $20,000 Dominion Regalia Royal Invitational Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle to Music competition. Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer will appear to defend her multiple titles.Rounding out the evening will be the retirement ceremony for Jacqueline Brooks’ longtime partner Gran Gesto, celebrating his career on Canadian teams from the 2003 Pan American Games through to the Olympic Team in 2008; followed by an enchanting “Lit Quadrille” performance.$100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup™ Grand PrixRider / Hometown / Horse / Faults : Time1. Jill Henselwood / Oxford Mills, ON / George / 0 : 35.822. Christine McCrea / Windsor, CT / Romantovich Take One / 0 : 36.283. Richie Moloney / Ireland / Slieveanorra / 0 : 36.424. Olivier Philippaerts / Belgium / Vadetta VH Mettenhof / 0 : 36.615. Yann Candele / Caledon, ON / Game Ready / 4 : 34.62$15,000 McKee Family International Jumper ChallengeRider / Hometown / Horse / Time1. Dermott Lennon / Ireland / Hallmark Elite / 50.962. Reed Kessler / Lexington, KY / Onisha / 51.253. Shane Sweetnam / Ireland / Cyklon 1083 / 55.924. Olivier Philippaerts / Belgium / Chicago VH Moleneind / 56.065. Laura Kraut / Middleburg, VA / Belmont / 56.06 (equal fourth)Dominion Regalia Royal Invitational Dressage CupRider / Hometown / Horse / Overall Score1. Ashley Holzer / Bronx, NY / Pop Art / 71.4182. Jacqueline Brooks / Mount Albert, ON / D’Niro / 66.1703. Jaimey Irwin / Stouffville, ON / Lindor’s Finest / 65.6034. David Marcus / Campbellville, ON / Chevri’s Capital / 64.007 Tags: Hickstead, Jill Henselwood, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Royal Horse Show, Dermott Lennon, Ashley Holzer, Pop Art, George Morris, Hallmark Elite, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email*last_img read more

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National slowdown claims its first major-city victim: Seattle home values

first_img(Credit: iStock)A decline in Seattle-area home values is the first in years in a major U.S. metropolitan area, a leading source of real estate data reported.Single-family home prices in May fell 1.2 percent, compared with the same month last year, according to fresh data from S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller.Kelly Meister, a Seattle-based broker for Compass, said home prices appear more uneven than a year ago from one neighborhood in the city to another.“The Seattle market is like a microwave: super hot in some spots and cold I others,” she told the Seattle TimesIndeed, the dip in house prices across metropolitan Seattle obscures strong markets for homes north and south of the city.ADVERTISEMENTSouth of Seattle in Pierce County and Tacoma County, for example, the median house price was 7.3 percent higher in June than in the same month last year, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported.Single-family home prices also vary widely within the city of Seattle, where the median price of a house is $714,600, research by Zillow shows.Whether house-price declines spread from the Seattle area to other major metropolitan areas “remains to be seen,” Philip Murphy, managing director of S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in a prepared statement. “For now, there is still substantial diversity in local trends.”The growth of home prices has been slowing across the nation, even in the Southwest, where prices have been rising at the fastest pace. [Seattle Times] — Mike Seemuth This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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