Using super-high resolution satellite imagery to census threatened albatrosses

first_imgThis study is the first to utilize 30-cm resolution imagery from the WorldView-3 (WV-3) satellite to count wildlife directly. We test the accuracy of the satellite method for directly counting individuals at a well-studied colony of Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans at South Georgia, and then apply it to the closely related Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea sanfordi, which is near-endemic to the Chatham Islands and of unknown recent population status due to the remoteness and limited accessibility of the colonies. At South Georgia, satellite-based counts were comparable to ground-based counts of Wandering Albatross nests, with a slight over-estimation due to the presence of non-breeding birds. In the Chatham Islands, satellite-based counts of Northern Royal Albatross in the 2015/2016 season were similar to ground-based counts undertaken on the Forty-Fours islands in 2009/2010, but much lower than ground-based counts undertaken on The Sisters islands in 2009/2010, which is of major conservation concern for this endangered albatross species. We conclude that the ground-breaking resolution of the newly available WV-3 satellite will provide a step change in our ability to count albatrosses and other large birds directly from space without disturbance, at potentially lower cost and with minimal logistical effort.last_img read more

Judicial council launches voter plan

first_imgThe Judicial Council has developed a campaign designed to better advertise and simplify the voting process for next week’s Student Government primary elections, Junior Kathryn Peruski, vice president of elections said. The Council hopes to use this plan to increase voter turnout, she said.A seven-member Election Committee appointed by the Judicial Council has been working on the “Vote Today” campaign since last spring, which incorporates new strategies for reaching student voters and encouraging them to vote, Masi said.“If there’s not enough publicity, people won’t know about the election,” Peruski said.Masi, President of Judicial Council, said “Vote Today” focuses on advertising elections through redesigned posters, banners in LaFortune Student Center and both dining halls and communication through email, Twitter and Facebook.“The big push is ‘Vote Today’ because we are actually encouraging people to turnout on Election Day,” Peruski said.Judicial Council is also working with the Office of Information Technology to advertise the elections on Sakai homepages and on screen backgrounds of University computers, Masi said.“We’ve been trying to rebrand Judicial Council,” he said. “It’s been about increasing [student] awareness of elections.”Peruski said for the first time, in addition to the digital ballot, a physical voting booth would also be in LaFortune on Election Day, Wednesday, Feb. 5.The final element of the “Vote Today” campaign includes direct outreach to student organizations and hall councils to communicate election details, Masi said.Peruski said students should appreciate the impact of their votes in this election.“It’s important for students to vote because [the elected students] do represent you for an entire calendar year,” Peruski said.Senior Michael Masi said Judicial Council has long been working to increase the disappointing turnout from undergraduate students in the elections it oversees.“Voter turnout practically hovers around 50 percent, which we find unacceptable for the Notre Dame undergraduate student body,” Masi said. “It’s never as strong as we would like. We would like upwards of 70 or 80 percent.”STEPH WULZ | The Observer Masi thinks the busy schedules of Notre Dame undergraduate students may account for the low turnout, and that publicity of elections and explanation of differences between candidates can help combat this issue.“Part of our problem is we have a campus full of leaders, and they’re very committed in what they’re doing, and they don’t look beyond their organizations,” he said. “We are very busy students and we don’t have time to know what’s going on.”Masi said correcting this trend of low turnout would put student leaders in a stronger position when Student Government meets with University leaders.“This is the students’ chance to choose a representative for them. Student Government leaders meet with administrators on a daily basis, and if we have less than 40 percent of students voters, it sends a weaker message,” Masi said. “Higher turnout allows greater engagement and gives greater authority to get things done. This is the opportunity for students to express their interests in what they care about on a greater scale.”Masi and Peruski said attending the election debates Monday at 8 p.m. in the basement of LaFortune offers the best way to learn about this year’s candidates for Student Government. Masi also said that better coordination with Student Government helps increase student awareness of its elections.“It’s a group effort. Judicial Council needs to work with Student Government and candidates to make sure the students know what’s going on. If all of us work together, we can increase engagement,” he said.Statistics on student voting have been available to Judicial Council only for the past three elections, since the Council took over the physical ballot recording process from OIT and created a Google form for digital voting, Masi said. .He said this new format allows for easier distribution of the digital link to the ballots, both on the Judicial Council website and through email, and allows the Council to oversee the process and results.“That way the data is all in-house … if there are allegations of election misconduct, we can look at the data,” Masi said. “It seems to work really well and candidates seem to like it.”Masi said that although he does not have concrete statistics, he believes seniors vote at lower levels than any other class. Masi said he believes it is either because they think they cannot vote or because they do not care, but he encourages them to take the time to vote.“Seniors, it’s like leaving a legacy,” he said. “If you care about the future of Notre Dame, it’s important to vote.”Beyond a general apathy with Student Government, Peruski said dwindling membership on the Judicial Council Listserv makes it hard to distribute the voting link during the election, which only lasts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.Primary elections for Student Government representatives will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, a run-off election between the two candidates who receive the highest numbers of votes will occur Monday, Feb. 10.Tags: Judicial Council, Student government elections, Student Governmet, Vote Todaylast_img read more

5 financial concepts to teach your teen before high school graduation

first_img 75SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With graduation around the corner, high school seniors and their parents are focused on their school’s graduation requirements. But what about their personal finance education requirements? Are financial skills included in a student’s formal education? Not usually.  In fact, I am astonished by how little young people know about personal finance, but I am also impressed by how much interest these students express once they are presented with some financial insight.  So, what financial concepts should graduating seniors know before they walk down the aisle to Pomp and Circumstance?I completed research on this topic and discovered some alarming statistics. According to the Council for Economic Education’s Annual Survey of the States, only 17 states require that high school students take a course in personal finance and that number has remained unchanged since 2014. Moreover, the National Endowment for Financial Education surveyed more than 1,200 K-12 teachers in 2009 and found that “while 89% of K-12 teachers agree that students should either take a financial education course or pass a competency test for high school graduation, only roughly 20% of the teachers believed that they are adequately prepared to teach personal finance.” With not much personal financial education being presented in school, it is not surprising to see that a 2015 Junior Achievement and All-State survey that found that a whopping 84% of surveyed teens look to their parents to learn money management. But, unfortunately, that same survey pointed out that many parents may feel uncomfortable talking about money matters with their kids, due to their lack of knowledge or their own financial missteps.We all know that strong personal finance skills are a critical component to an individual’s success. So it’s important that we check in with our teens, evaluate their financial knowledge, and pick up the slack where needed. To help you prepare your teens for the real world, I’ve included below my top five financial topics that teens should understand by high school graduation. continue reading »last_img read more

Bulldogs Fall To Trojans On Senior Night

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer team faced off against the East Central Trojans for a conference match on Senior Night at home losing 1-0. The conditions were slick and cool from the rainfall throughout the day. The Trojans attacked the ball with intensity and did a good job possessing and threatening our goal with it first half. Overall the Bulldogs defense held up with center backs Calvin Sherwood and Dominic Butz. Nate Slavin made some great saves keeping us in the game. Michael Ripperger took a long range shot which just nearly missed the open net. Just 7 minutes remaining in the first half, the Trojans took a corner kick which skipped right off a defenders head who misjudged the clearance and slipped in for an own goal. The second half went on much the same, but Batesville didn’t find enough attempts at goal to get back in the game. East Central continued to press on goal, but were unable to add to the 1-0 lead which ended being the final score for the match. A 1-0 Loss for Batesville VS EC.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Seven hurt in China Eastern turbulence

first_imgSeven people were taken to hospital  after sustaining injuries on a China Eastern jet approaching Sydney Airport hit turbulence on Tuesday afternoon.Flight MU777 from Kunming in South-west China was operating a new service to Sydney Airport which launched last week .  Reports suggested that about 10 people were initially treated by paramedics at the airport gate .Sydney Airport tweeted that emergency services were on site to treat the passengers after the flight encountered turbulence upon landing.A  NSW Ambulance spokesman described the injuries as minor with  three patients treated for neck pain, one for back pain, one for a jaw laceration, one  for a wrist injury and another for minor  head injury.All seven were taken to Sydney hospitals.ABC radio reported that some passengers may not have had their seat belts fastened.last_img read more

Ohio Legislature changes transfer on death designations following certain life events

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many Ohioans choose to avoid the probate process by using a transfer on death designation. Since 2000, Ohio has permitted property owners to use transfer on death designations to transfer property upon the owner’s death. Since 2009, Ohio law has required property owners to make transfer on death designations by using an affidavit instead of a survivorship deed. Under a new Ohio law, transfer on death affidavits may automatically terminate after certain life events.The new changes took effect on December 13, 2016 when the Governor signed Senate Bill 232 into law. Under Senate Bill 232, a transfer on death designation made either by a deed or by an affidavit to an owner’s spouse terminates if the property owner obtains a divorce, dissolution, or annulment.  The new law applies to new and pre-existing transfer on death designations.Because the law applies to pre-existing transfer on death designations, it may be a good time for property owners to revisit their estate plans. Property owners should be aware of the effect of divorce, dissolution, or annulment on their transfer on death designations.The Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s analysis of Senate Bill 232 is available at: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/download?key=5461&format=pdfMore information on transfer on death designations is available from the Ohio State Bar Association at: https://www.ohiobar.org/ForPublic/Resources/LawYouCanUse/Pages/LawYouCanUse-195.aspxFor more from Hall click here.last_img read more

21 days agoMan City rival Man Utd, Arsenal for Norway midfielder Odegaard

first_imgMan City rival Man Utd, Arsenal for Norway midfielder Odegaardby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are rivaling Manchester United and Arsenal for Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard.Winger Odegaard has impressed at Real Sociedad this season, where the 20-year-old is on loan from Real Madrid, and it emerged this week that the Red Devils and the Gunners are considering a swoop.Now City are the latest European giant to show interest, with manager Pep Guardiola keen to find a long-term successor for Silva, 33, who is expected to leave the Etihad at the end of the season after a glittering nine-year spell in Manchester, says El Desmarque.The City boss has been keeping tabs on the midfielder’s development in La Liga and has been impressed. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

SOUTHASIANFEST2019 – THE SOUTH ASIAN FESTIVAL KICKS OFF FOR ITS 11TH YEAR

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook OTTAWA – The Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual showcase event, the South Asian Festival (www.southasianfest.net), the largest such festival in North America to celebrate the cultural heritage of the south Asian region.The 10-day festival is sponsored by the TD Bank Group as its title sponsor as well as Fineqia International Inc. Financial support has also been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport via its Celebrate Ontario 2019 program, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), Human Concern International, the City of Ottawa and the Rangar family.Branded as the “TD SouthAsianFest,” it offers visitors a glimpse of arts, crafts, food, music and dance performances, primarily from the Indian sub-continent from Aug. 9 to Aug. 18. This year’s festival is being held in honour of the founder of the festival, Hunsdeep Singh Rangar (“Huns”), who tragically died in June this year (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/festivals-ottawa-film-asian-lgbtq-indigenous-1.5239969). Twitter Advertisement Advertisement The festival, running for the eleventh year, with its kick-off Splash! dinner and dance boat cruise on the Ottawa river on Aug. 9, which offers dinner and dance to the tune of Bollywood and bhangra music. This is followed by Ticket to Cricket event on Aug. 11, in collaboration with the Defence Cricket Club at Rideau Hall.The festival adds a new event in the form of Women of Influence at the National Arts Centre on the evening of Aug. 12. Aside from networking opportunities, it will feature a panel of notable south Asian women from Canada and the US. Opening remarks will be provided by Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport as well as a spokesperson from the Human Concern International.Other eminent persons addressing the festival include the former Minister of Employment and Social Development Mr. Pierre Poilievre, the former Minister of State for Multiculturalism Mr. Tim Uppal and Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, the Hon. Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria.“We’re grateful to have such a show of attendance from community leaders and those interested in south Asian culture, at a time of deep sadness for our family,” said Bundeep Singh Rangar, President of OSACA and brother of the festival’s founder. “SAF2019 has only been possible by the countless hours of behind-the-scenes work by OSACA’s TeamHuns support team.”On Aug. 13, visitors get a 15% discount at select Indian restaurants across the capital by simply stating they’re part of the celebration of south Asian food called FoodFest!From Aug. 14, the festival shifts to the Ottawa City Hall, with dance lessons from professional dancers, including Masala Bhangra at the Dance Showcase. On Aug. 15, artwork from local artists of south Asian background, or else influenced by the region, is featured in The Focus is ART!On Friday Aug. 16, the Vedic Sanskruti organisation partners with the festival for live Gujarati dancing via the Garba in the Park show. On Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the family-friendly shows continue with star south Asian singers from Canada, India, Pakistan, the UK and the US such as Sharry Mann, Miss Pooja, Raghav, H Dhami and Nasreen Shoshi performing on stage.In addition, approximately 20 local singers, musicians and fashion designers will present their talent during the final two days of the festival. Festival fun will include entertainment such as henna artistry, face painting, magicians, bouncing castle installations, video games, among other items.On the final day, an India Day parade will be held to celebrate India’s Independence Day, whereby a flag will be hoisted by His Excellency Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada.During the entire weekend of Aug. 16-18, stage performances as part of the Mirch Masala Mega Mela are accompanied by vendor booths displaying culinary delights, arts and crafts from the Indian subcontinent and supported by Mirch Masala radio programs on CHIN Radio 97.9 FM.OSACA’s TeamHuns members include Jagdeep Singh Perhar, Meeta Singh, Jyoti Bhullar, Meenakshi Sharma-Vadnais, Sheryl Singh Bagga, Becky Dipa Khan, Lovejot Singh Deo, Maipal Singh Bali, Chetan Sharma, Farid Pirzada, Anuj Joshi, Virender Chopra and Ilon Tyan, who has been the lead coordinator of activities.The 10-day event is proudly supported by the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, the India Canada Association and Cistel Technology among other organisations and companies.For more information, please visit www.southasianfest.net.ABOUT OSACAThe Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) was founded in 2009 as an Ottawa-based, Not-for-Profit Corporation with a mandate to promote Cultural Awareness through an Annual Event showcasing South Asian Talent in the National Capital Region targeted towards the Canadian Mainstream. 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Grassy Narrows chief to run for the federal New Democrats in fall

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe chief of a northern Ontario  First Nation plagued by mercury contamination will be running under the NDP banner in the fall federal election.Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh are to make the announcement later today in Ottawa.Turtle is being acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the federal riding of Kenora, where the party’s nomination period has closed.Mercury issueThe chief has been outspoken about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and has suggested his community wants to see further evidence of progress on the mercury issue, including a promised medical treatment facility.Grassy Narrows First Nation has suffered from the health impacts of mercury contamination from a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., that dumped 9,000 kilograms of the toxin into the English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.Earlier this year, Turtle publicly called for the federal government to put $88.7 million – the estimated 30-year cost for the facility – into a trust fund to ensure the project moves ahead no matter the election results.last_img read more

Paying down debt is Canadians financial priority in 2019

first_imgTORONTO, ONT – For the ninth year debt repayment is number one as a financial priority for Canadians.Findings from a new CIBC poll goes on to share 29 percent of Canadians have taken on more debt in the past year due to day to day expenses attributing to the mounting debt.39 percent of Canadians do worry they are focusing too much on their debt and not contributing to savings yet the majority of 84 percent believe it is better to pay down debt than build savings. Statistics Canada recently reported the average Canadian household owes $1.78 for every dollar of disposable income. With 63 percent of Canadians fearing the stock market has reached a peak, so these people may be motivated to focus more on debt than savings, a CIBC report states is based upon emotions and not fact.“Debt weighs heavily on Canadians, so it’s no surprise that Canadians continue to put debt concerns at the top of their list of priorities each year. Debt can be a useful tool for achieving long-term goals such as home ownership or funding education, but if you’re turning to debt to make ends meet, it may be time for cash-flow planning instead,” says Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, CIBC Financial Planning and Advice“There’s rarely enough money to do everything, so it’s critical to make the most of the money you earn by prioritizing both sides of your balance sheet – not debt or savings, but both,” says Mr. Golombek. “It boils down to tradeoffs and balancing your priorities both now and down the road. The idea of being debt-free may help you sleep better at night now, but it may cost you more in the long run when you consider the missed savings and tax-sheltered growth,” said Golombek Tips for making your money go further in 2019 by Jamie Golombek;Write down your income and expenses – for a three month period to determine if your cash flow is positive (money left over), neutral (no extra or shortage) or negative (short on income to cover expenses).Make a plan – If you’re cash-flow positive, use the extra cash to pay off high-interest debt — not your mortgage — first. Next, you’ll want to use the surplus to build long-term savings in an RRSP or TFSA for yourself and put away a little extra for the kids in an RESP. Lastly, if your long-term savings are on track, consider increasing your mortgage payments. If you’re cash-flow neutral or negative, look for ways to cut expenses or lower interest by consolidating debt at a lower rate.Automate your plan – Time your savings or debt-repayment plan with your payroll. Putting money directly to your goals right off the top can help you both achieve your goals and get by with less.Review and prioritize your goals – You likely have many goals competing for your wallet. Meet with an advisor to build a financial plan that gets you on track to achieving what’s important to you today and the many years ahead.last_img read more