Antarctic geoconservation: a review of current systems and practices

first_imgThe prohibition of commercial mineral resource extraction through the Antarctic Treaty System has removed one significant source of potential damage to Antarctica’s geological and geomorphological values. However, given the on-going increase in Antarctic tourism and scientific footprint, some high-quality geological features may be vulnerable to human impact, such as damage due to the construction of logistical facilities, unregulated collection of geological specimens or oversampling for scientific purposes. The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty puts in place a framework for the protection of Antarctica’s environmental, scientific, historic, wilderness and aesthetic values. However, the Antarctic Protected Area system is still immature and further implementation of existing management tools may be required to protect the diverse range of vulnerabilities, qualities and spatial scales represented in the geology and geomorphology of the continent. At sites where high-quality mineralogical or palaeontological specimens exist in limited quantities, considerations of how best to prevent oversampling and manage access to remaining material may be supported by assessment of cumulative impacts. Examination of the level of Antarctic specimen loans from a selection of national geological collections suggested that existing publically accessible geological collections could be better utilized, which could reduce environmental impact and oversampling at vulnerable Antarctic sites.last_img read more

Photo Gallery and Memories of 59th Street Pier in Ocean City

first_imgAn excavator plucked the last vestiges of the 59th Street Pier from the surf in Ocean City on Tuesday (June 30, 2015), and within a few hours erased the landmark from the island’s south end. (See: Last Remnants of 59th Street Pier Gone in Ocean City.)The pier provided an identity to the south end, and a playground and a photographic backdrop to generations of Ocean City visitors over the course of a century. But as south end resident Joe Ney put it succinctly: “Gone, but not forgotten.”We solicited photos and memories from our readers. Check out a sample of images in the gallery above and read a sampling of comments from Facebook in the string below. (See the full string and “like” OCNJ Daily on Facebook.)__________If you have your own photos of the 59th Street Pier in Ocean City, send a copy to OCNJ Daily at [email protected], post them to Facebook at OCNJDaily or use the hashtag #OCNJPier to post them to other social media. We’ll put together a gallery of the best images. Share your memories of the pier in the comments section below.__________Sign up for free OCNJ Daily news updates from Ocean City. [View the story “59th Street Pier Memories” on Storify] [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”8″ gal_title=”59th Street Pier”]last_img read more

Crew, Is It For You?

first_imgBy Donna OvesSpring Crew season is about to begin. Ocean City High School Men’s and Women’s Crew teams are signing up young rowers and coxswains and readying them to train for their first Regattas.Crew? Regattas? Coxswains?Huh?!Confused? You’re not alone. Crew is one of those low-spotlight sports that most people don’t know that much about. Why? It’s because rowing is not offered as an option until high school in our area. By then, most students have had years of experience playing other sports like soccer, football, baseball and hockey. To try something brand new at the high school level can be daunting. That’s something OCHS Crew team is hoping to change, because rowing offers so much more than just the ability to move a boat through the water.Here are 5 reasons your high schooler should give Rowing a try:1. You’ll get crazy fitRowing is team sport based on using oars to generate a force against the water, propelling the boat forward. Rowing is a non-impact sport, that doesn’t result in bone loss. This is due to both the aerobic exercise, and the weight lifting, caused by “lifting” the oar through the water, which usually has around 15 lbs. of resistance. Sounds easy? It would be easy if the rowers weren’t moving that 15lb resistance an average of 35 times in a minute. During a High School 1500 meter race, rowers are expected to move that oar 230 times or more, in sync with their teammates, before they reach the finish line. Athletes will move a boat using around 86% of their muscles in their legs, body, and arms, for a full body workout.2. You get to compete in RegattasOK, I should probably explain this picture above before I say anything else. If you win, its customary for rowers  to throw the coxswain into the water. Just one of the many fun things that can happen at regattas, the rowing equivalent of a track meet. There are vendors selling various cool rowing related items, teams from the surrounding towns and states, and usually plenty of good food. However, you are there to race. While it can be nerve-wracking waiting to race and disappointing if you lose, the fun usually outweighs the negative aspect. Plus, there’s always a chance that you come home with a shiny new medal…Sofia Cooper – Crew – Jacksonville University at 2017 Signing Day3. Colleges LOVE rowersThe chances of any high school athlete landing an athletic scholarship is slim, according to founder, Patrick O’Rourke. “If you play on a high school team, your chances of playing on a Division 1 college team is less than two percent. Very, very competitive to get into,” O’Rourke said. For parents, the financial strain of rising college tuition costs has them looking for help. The answer, for some, may be lower-spotlight college sports like crew. “Look at rowing. So, the chances of someone rowing at a Division 1 school, if you rowed in high school, is about 17%. So, one out of six, which sounds low, but compared to other sports, it’s actually very high,” O’Rourke said. O’Rourke is an accountant in Washington D.C. He’s also the father of an athlete, so he came up with the website to give parents a realistic look at the college landscape of sports.Here’s some of the breakdown of your chances for a sports scholarship:MEN’S                              Rowing: 6 to 1Football: 43 to 1Basketball: 57 to 1WOMEN’SRowing: 2 to1Softball: 50 to 1Basketball: 43 to 1Even if you don’t end up getting recruited, or if you don’t plan on rowing in college, rowing looks great on your transcript.4. Your success is not determined by your height/ weight/ body typeWhile it is generally true that tall, slim people dominate the upper echelons of rowing (just watch the Olympics or the world championships). However, it is effort, not shape or size, that decides how good of a rower you are in the end. I’m not saying you can be 5’1 and win every race if you practice more: I’m saying that it is possible to be 5’1 and win, and that you can be 5’1 and still have a great time. Also, for you really tiny, really light people, you can become a coxswain, and believe me, coxes are respected as much as anyone who pulls on an oar.5. You’ll make really good friendsTeamwork is a big part of rowing. Moving a boat through the water requires that all the rowers move together and place the blades in the water at the same time. There is no standout athlete on a rowing  team. In fact, it’s frowned upon, as the team needs to blend and work together to drive the boat forward.When you join a crew team, you get to know your teammates and coaches very well. After all, you might be spending 12 hours a week with these people. But by the end of the season, when all is said and done, your teammates, those you are in the boat with especially, are some of you closest friends. In rowing, you can join for any number of reasons, but you stay for your team.Interested in OCHS Crew? Contact Mario Japzon at [email protected]last_img read more

Stax Records To Celebrate 60th Anniversary With Reissues All Year Long

first_imgConcord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment have announced a joint campaign to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stax Records, Memphis-bred studio and home to the sounds of Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Mable John, The Mad Lads and many more.For the love of the music, this marketing collaboration will mark the first since Atlantic Records split with Stax Records in 1967. In honor of Soulsville, USA, curated collections of some of the greatest Stax music will be released on new hits compilations, vinyl LPs, digital hi-resolution remasters and deluxe boxed sets.The campaign kicks of May 19th with the launch of the Stax Classics series, which consists of “ten wallet-friendly collections, each highlighting one of the label’s biggest stars with 12 choice tracks and insightful new liner notes,” according to the press release. “Available on CD and at all digital retailers and streaming services, these albums will celebrate the prolific Stax careers of Otis Redding, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs, The Dramatics, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes and The Staple Singers,” respectively.Additionally, both Concord and Rhino will reissue a variety of iconic Stax albums on vinyl throughout the year, including a 50th anniversary pressing of Otis Redding, and Carla Thomas’ King & Queen (Rhino), Melvin Van Peebles’ soundtrack to the groundbreaking Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Concord), rarity John Gary Williams from The Mad Lads front man (Concord) and Otis Redding’s 1965 classic The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (Rhino).Also, the forthcoming 4-CD anthology Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) will be released in August, 2017 to coincide with the multitalented artist’s 75th birth anniversary.In addition, both labels will collaborate on a three-CD Stax 60th set, plus a new installment in the critically acclaimed Complete Stax Singles boxed set series. Volume Four will focus on the diverse nature of the label’s catalog, featuring singles released not only on Stax and Volt, but also Enterprise, Hip, Chalice, Gospel Truth and more.For more information, head here. Listen below:last_img read more

Wassarman named director of AEP

first_imgRebecca Wassarman has joined the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as director of Academic Engagement Programs (AEP). A longtime member of the Harvard community, Wassarman brings an extensive understanding of the University from an administrative perspective and a wealth of experience with faculty and academic planning — especially in the social sciences — from her positions in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ offices of Faculty Development, Faculty Affairs, and Academic Affairs.At the Institute, she will work with AEP faculty to strengthen the institute’s connections across the University and its roles in cross-disciplinary collaborations and intellectual innovation.last_img

Remember research, Faust urges

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Harvard President Drew Faust said Monday that maintaining a strong partnership between the federal government and higher education institutions is “vital to support the research that leads to scientific discovery and contributes to economic growth.”Speaking to business, policy, and diplomatic leaders in Washington, Faust spoke as political leaders continued negotiations over how to address the federal deficit and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at year’s end.“We are the beneficiaries of a partnership between the federal government and higher education that began just after World War II that led to investments in basic research and the expansion of access through the GI Bill,” said Faust. “The question now, as we debate how to address the deficit, is how do we maintain these commitments to access and opportunity, to make college affordable, and to provide paths forward for millions of students who will strengthen America’s economic foundation and will be the innovators who drive discovery in the future?”Faust was appearing at a Center for American Progress (CAP) event sponsored by Harvard and Google, and titled “Investing in the Future.” During a question-and-answer session with CAP President Neera Tanden, Faust highlighted the importance of basic research.Faust said, “It’s so important for universities to stay on two tracks: continuing to support applied, translational research — and we’ve encountered that ourselves with significant growth in engineering at Harvard — but at the same time we have to sustain basic research.”Pointing to challenges in securing funding for such basic research, Faust said it was important that “we not limit science support to what we can discover tomorrow, but that we allow people to ask big questions that will set the foundation for discoveries in generations to come.”Faust also emphasized the importance of the humanities, saying that America’s global competitors were increasingly interested in bringing liberal arts expertise to their institutions of higher education.“We have to be very careful about how we think about the liberal arts, which is under incredible pressure in the United States,” said Faust. “Yes, we want to recognize the importance of applied skills and vocational skills. But we also need people who are creative, who can imagine a world different from the one they live in, and who will be able to think critically about the issues facing the country.”Appearing at the same event, Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy, said that the discussion in Washington about how to reduce the federal deficit was directly linked to investments in research and innovation.“The area where the private sector will underperform will be basic research and blue sky research,” said Sperling. “The issue of basic research is a critical issue for us. If you care deeply about innovation and research and investing in science and STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Coalition], then you can’t be indifferent about whether we reduce our budget deficit by deeper and deeper cuts in discretionary funding.”“At some point, you’re trading between early childhood funding, biomedical research, and investment in higher education, and these are not trade-offs the public wants to make,” said Sperling. “Those who care about innovation need to care about how we address the budget.”Speaking earlier at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Faust and Georgetown University President John DeGioia announced that Georgetown will join the edX interactive education platform. Georgetown joins the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas, and Wellesley College, along with founding partners Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.“We are excited to join Harvard and MIT on the edX platform,” said DeGioia. “In particular, the opportunity to learn more about learning, the opportunity for many of our faculty to engage in a MOOC [massive open online course], provides a new way of learning about how we present information, how we share information, and how we learn.”“One of the most powerful things that is developing from this platform is the learning analytics that will enable us to understand how young people are learning,” said DeGioia.last_img read more

Annie Potts Tapped to Lead Ann National Tour

first_img The one-woman show follows Ann Richards, the famed and charismatic former governor of Texas. Ann brings the audience face to face with the political icon, whose personality was said to be bigger than the state from which she hailed. The play premiered in Gavleston, Texas in 2010 and went on to play San Antonio, Austin, Chicago and Washington, D.C. before opening on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 7, 2013. In addition to Pippin, Potts appeared on Broadway in God of Carnage in 2009. She garnered an Emmy nomination for the Lifetime drama series Any Day Now. Her additional film and TV credits include Designing Women, GCB, Corvette Summer, Love & War, Pretty in Pink, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Screen star Annie Potts, who recently appeared on Broadway as the trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin, has been tapped to lead a forthcoming national tour of Ann, slated for spring 2016. The play is written by Holland Taylor, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2013 for her performance in the Great White Way production. The tour will play Dallas, Texas (naturally) from March 22 through April 3, 2016. Additional dates will be announced later. View Commentscenter_img Star Files Annie Pottslast_img read more

Classic City Awards

first_imgFor a full list of the Classic City Award winners and more information about the gardens and next year’s trials, visit Summer’s end often means that spring’s colorful annuals have started to fade, but the end of Georgia’s growing season also means it’s time to debut the University of Georgia Trial Gardens’ annual Classic City Award winners. These awards represent plants that thrived during the punishing conditions of a Georgia summer.In addition to being one of the most beautiful places on the university’s Athens campus, the gardens serve an important purpose in the research and development of new ornamental varieties.The gardens provide variable, real-world conditions for testing new varieties developed by commercial nurseries and academic breeders. This testing provides third-party, verified data for consumers, retailers, breeders and many others.Trial plants are planted every spring and are watched carefully throughout the summer to determine which plants will make the cut and be sold to Southeastern gardeners the following season.The gardens face a unique set of challenges during Georgia’s unpredictable summers, which makes the facility an ideal proving ground for new plants.“June was a wet month. We had rain almost every week. When it’s cloudy and wet, plants like petunias, ptilotus and geraniums struggle in different ways,” said Brandon Coker, manager of the gardens.For example, the dry-loving ptilotus thrived in early summer, but when June brought frequent rains, the three varieties of plitotus at the gardens completely rotted.However, when plants like ptilotus thrive in the dry weather, other plants, like dahlias and chrysanthemums, need at least daily or twice daily watering to survive. To balance these needs, the gardens overcome rainfall challenges by keeping the plants on a watering schedule based on their individual needs.  Some of the plants that overcame individual challenges this summer earned the title of “Classic City Award winner.” With any luck, they’ll make it to local garden centers and gardens next spring.Canna Toucan ‘Scarlet,’ Proven WinnersAs the name implies, this canna is deep red, but the foliage is nearly black, which provides a beautiful contrast. The flower heads stand tall above the foliage line and when one bloom falls, another is ready to open. Don’t be discouraged if the plant starts off slow. At the gardens, the plants started off slow, then exploded in a continuous floral display in July that continued well into September.Salvia Cathedral ‘Sky Blue,’ Green Fuse BotanicalsThis light-blue salvia is a lower-growing variety and gets to be about 12 to 18 inches tall, according to the breeder’s website. ‘Sky Blue’ stayed in bloom from May to September, an impressive span of time for any flowering plant. It’s versatile in floral arrangements, containers, accent plantings, pollinator gardens and in a host of other settings.  Echinacea Sombrero ‘Granada Gold,’ Darwin PerennialsOf the three Sombrero varieties planted last spring, all of which were good performers, ‘Granada Gold’ was the best. The flawless, golden flowers bloomed profusely in a beautiful floral presentation and lasted longer than the other two varieties.Coleus FlameThrower ‘Spiced Curry,’ Ball FloraPlant“It’s not always about flowers,” Coker said. This colorful, leafy coleus looked stunning well into September and October. The leaves are serrated with purple outlines, and the underside and veins of the plant are also bright purple, which offers a beautiful contrast to the lime green leaves. last_img read more

Nassau Reopens Fifth Precinct in Elmont

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police reopened their Fifth Precinct station house in Elmont on Monday morning, two years after it was downgraded to a “community policing center” during a controversial precinct consolidation, officials said.Elected officials, police union leaders and community members who cheered the reopening urged police brass to also reopen the Sixth Precinct in Great Neck and Eighth Precinct in Levittown, but the county’s top cop quickly shot those hopes down.“I wouldn’t say anything’s definitive, but at this point in time there are no plans to reopen the Sixth or the Eighth precincts,” Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told reporters Monday during a news conference in the Fifth Precinct lobby.The police department, with legislative approval, planned to cut the number of precincts from eight to four in 2012, but police put the brakes on the plan before consolidating the last two—the First Precinct in Baldwin and the Seventh Precinct in Seaford—after Superstorm Sandy.James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, was among the loudest critics of the consolidation, but praised the department for partially reversing its mergers.“If you make a decision, that doesn’t mean you have to stick by that decision forever,” he said, noting that officers continued patrolling sectors within Fifth Precinct boundaries despite the consolidation. “This was the right thing to do.”Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) took credit for helping broker the legislative deal that led to the reopening of the Fifth Precinct, which had been merged with the Fourth Precinct in Hewlett.“By having our precinct back, we’re going to have that visibility, that presence and strong vision and perception of keeping our neighborhood safe,” he said.Krumpter said that the consolidation saved $10 million over the past two years—half of the amount that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano touted upon proposing the plan. The commissioner added that reopening the precinct would not add to the police budget and was made possible “by moving some administrative positions around.” Opening the other two precincts, he noted, would cost $10 million.last_img read more

Innovation can light the way

first_imgAs a movement, credit unions always put members and communities first, practicing empathy in designing products that solve real life problems.As a company that has grown up transforming and protecting your industry, we are choosing to lead by your example. Managing a crisis is never an easy task. When we look at unprecedented events in our past, we remember those who used their time to innovate and create revolutionary solutions.This is a moment in our history to come together and align our energy to do good – to be better. Humanity is at its best when we connect and share experiences.  The credit union industry is made up of passionate rebels with an entrepreneurial spirit who have always persevered and emerged from adversity wiser and stronger. As events unfold, we have a choice to either join in collective panic or use the resources we have at our disposal – time, technology, untapped creativity, each other (and our captive children!) to find innovative new approaches to everyday and not so everyday problems.  We have the ingredients to thrive together, solve problems, prototype quick but lasting fixes and improve how we prepare for the unforeseeable future. It’s an ideal time to highlight problems, scrutinize processes and prototype new ways of working together. We love journey mapping as one method to drive innovation by improvement. This exercise cuts through the noise to focus on a specific process that is causing friction and provides a common lens to view a situation, quickly bringing people and teams out of their silos and into a collective problem-solving mindset. Mapping starts with single process (usually with butcher paper on the wall and magic markers) and you map every step – the activity, people involved, and their experience. A lot of journey mapping ends here; we recommend you dig into the “back channel” – the technology that supports the process and expose what risks, inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement exist. The trending problems we have been applying this methodology to these past few days have been: Remote work: how to securely and productively be as useful remotely as we are at work. Increased cybersecurity: how to stay vigilant and secure during this time of heightened security. Not repeating our lack of preparedness: This event has highlighted lack of preparation for disasters. We are listening, learning, and documenting every scenario so we can minimize future impacts.Think|Stack is built on our guiding values, the most important being Family Trust.  You are our credit union family, and we want to help.Only human centered design and collaboration can lead us through this crisis.We Think|Stackers are design thinkers and we are opening our virtual doors, with no commitment or future agenda, to help solve problems. What journeys are you currently navigating that could use a map to light the innovative path through the adversity? 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Sachse Chris found his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. He used that vision and drive to found Think|Stack.  Demonstrating the path, while relentlessly moving forward, Chris is passionate about … Web: Detailslast_img read more