Landscape mapping at sub-Antarctic South Georgia provides a protocol for underpinning large-scale marine protected areas

first_imgGlobal biodiversity is in decline, with the marine environment experiencing significant and increasing anthropogenic pressures. In response marine protected areas (MPAs) have increasingly been adopted as the flagship approach to marine conservation, many covering enormous areas. At present, however, the lack of biological sampling makes prioritising which regions of the ocean to protect, especially over large spatial scales, particularly problematic. Here we present an interdisciplinary approach to marine landscape mapping at the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia as an effective protocol for underpinning large-scale (105–106  km2) MPA designations. We have developed a new high-resolution (100 m) digital elevation model (DEM) of the region and integrated this DEM with bathymetry-derived parameters, modelled oceanographic data, and satellite primary productivity data. These interdisciplinary datasets were used to apply an objective statistical approach to hierarchically partition and map the benthic environment into physical habitats types. We assess the potential application of physical habitat classifications as proxies for biological structuring and the application of the landscape mapping for informing on marine spatial planninglast_img read more

Dickson’s Tenure On Supreme Court Celebrated

first_imgDickson’s Tenure On Supreme Court Celebratedby Jennifer NelsonMembers of Indiana’s legal community and state government gathered Friday to honor Indiana Justice Brent Dickson on his last day on the court, including bestowing him with one of the state’s highest honors.The ceremony marked the last time all five current justices will sit together on the bench in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom in the Statehouse. Dickson announced in November that he planned to retire this month, prior to his 75th birthday in July. He will remain as a senior judge and plans on continuing to work on the project studying pretrial release in Indiana.All four of Dickson’s colleagues on the bench paid tribute to the second-longest serving justice in Indiana history. Justice Mark Massa recalled the day he met Dickson, Dec. 18, 1985, the day it was announced that Gov. Robert Orr selected Dickson for the Supreme Court. Massa was a speechwriter and deputy press secretary for the governor and crafted the press release on Dickson’s appointment.He noted that Dickson has had a huge impact on the law and will be quoted and cited for decades to come.Justice Steven David compared Dickson’s tenure with that of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Johnson Field, who served on the high court for 34 years, and who is considered one of the five worst U.S. Supreme Court justices in history.He said Dickson is easily one of the five best justices Indiana has ever had and has been a public servant his entire life.David played on the fact that Indiana Comic Con is in Indianapolis this weekend and called Dickson a “true judicial superhero.” In fact, he plugged Dickson’s name into a website that generates superhero names and awarded Dickson the name “Captain Civility.”The name is fitting for Dickson, who has been repeatedly praised, both at his retirement ceremony and throughout his career, for championing civility and respect.Rucker, who has served nearly 17 years with Dickson the bench, explained that “what you see is what you get” when it comes to Dickson — cool, collected, rock solid and a steady hand. He also noted that based on an analysis of Supreme Court opinions, the two have been the most aligned justices.Rush paid tribute to her mentor and colleague when both were in private practice in Lafayette. She said a highlight for her is that she began her career with him and he ends his time on the bench with her.Gov. Mike Pence also spoke at the event, presenting Dickson and his wife, Jan Aikman Dickson, Sagamore of the Wabash awards for their service to Indiana. Aikman Dickson founded the national Judicial Family Institute and was inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society in 2012. Aikman Dickson told the crowd that “fair has been at the center of his thinking.” Being a lawyer has been a good career for him and being on the Supreme Court was the ideal spot.Dickson thanked everyone for attending the ceremony and said he was truly overwhelmed with gratitude. He has had 38 law clerks in his career and noted that many were in attendance Friday. The Rev. Amy Conner Cornell, who gave the invocation for the ceremony, was his law clerk from 2003-2005.Dickson said his years on the bench have deepened his love and respect for lawyers. He said it was a joy laboring with his fellow justices through the years on the bench. Dickson has served with 12 justices during his career, several of whom were in attendance, including Myra Selby and Randall Shepard.He individually praised each of his colleagues and mentioned several qualities that he said the three finalists to replace him share.“The Supreme Court is indeed in very good hands,” he said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgA mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 21 at Immaculate Conception Church for Laurieanne Alagia-Marcil, 53. She passed away Oct. 17. She is survived by her parents, Anthony and Lorraine Alagia; brother Peter Alagia and his wife Eileen; sister Maria Norton and her husband John; nieces and nephews, Anthony Alagia and his wife Rosemarie, Lacey Alagia and Elyse Norton, and great-nieces; Charlotte and Zoe Alagia. She was predeceased by her nephew John Norton Jr.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img read more

Fomer Irish football player Louis Nix III found dead after being reported as missing

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSports WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – February 28, 2021 0 182 Facebook (“A row of tea candles” by Markus Grossalber, CC BY 2.0) A former Notre Dame football player and NFL defensive lineman was found dead three days after being reported as missing.The announcement from relatives of Louis Nix III came on Saturday, Feb. 27, after a vehicle was pulled from a retention pond in Jacksonville, Florida, near an apartment Nix was living.Nix played with the Irish as an offensive lineman from 2010 through 2013 before being drafted by the Houston Texans.Louis Nix, “Irish Chocolate,” we carry these memories until we see you again 🙏— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) February 28, 2021He made news late last year after he was shot during a robbery outside a Florida gas station. Nix posted a video-gone-viral moments after the shooting describing his injuries. Previous articleMan formally charged after shooting on Roosevelt St. in South BendNext articleMan, 19, wanted for murder in South Bend in police custody Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Fomer Irish football player Louis Nix III found dead after being reported as missinglast_img read more

Dweezil Zappa Rails On Family Drama With Amazing ‘Cease & Desist’ T-Shirts

first_imgFrank Zappa left behind a wonderful musical legacy, but, as we all know, his family legacy is a bit muddled. Through fights with his brother Ahmet Zappa, elder brother Dweezil Zappa was forced to change his Zappa Plays Zappa project name to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, and finally again to just Dweezil Zappa.The various legal proceedings have left Dweezil with few options, as he’s been hit with cease and desist letters at various steps along the way. Naturally, taking after his father’s tongue-and-cheek sensibilities, Dweezil Zappa named his upcoming schedule the “Cease & Desist Tour.” Not only that, but he’s released this awesome shirt parodying the situation.The merch was just released on Dweezil’s website, and can be found here. We can only hope the brothers put this behind them and focus on what matters most: the music.last_img read more

Community Football Day scores again

first_imgUnder brilliant blue skies, members of the Allston and Cambridge communities watched the Harvard Crimson beat the Bucknell Bisons, 42-3, at Community Football Day.Harvard Athletics issued almost 1,000 tickets to Allston and Cambridge residents for this year’s annual event on Saturday. Community Football Day gives local residents a chance to watch a game and enjoy a free lunch. Participants could also enter a raffle for gear, tickets, and gift certificates.“My mom wanted me to come,” said 8-year-old Saheim Jackson of Cambridge. “I’m excited to watch the football game.”At the community tent, which featured a coloring station and temporary tattoos for kids, brothers Liam, 13, and Aidan, 9, had an opportunity to talk to Harvard President Drew Faust. Speaking about the possibility of going to Harvard, Aidan shared his aspiration to be an artist. “I want to work on art — Lego art — and be a building designer,” he said. Older brother Liam also had high aspirations, albeit in the boardroom rather than an artist’s studio. “I want to be a CEO,” Liam said, realizing that he needs to “go to college so I can get a better job.”Liam and Aidan’s father voiced his appreciation for Harvard welcoming members of the community to campus. “Being from the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, it helps to have a neighborhood school, Harvard, that opens its doors.”“Harvard’s tradition of getting together with neighbors to cheer on the Crimson at a fall football game makes for a nice day for everyone, staff and neighbors alike,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. “It is particularly nice when we’re treated to a perfect fall day and a victory on the field,” she added, as was the case Saturday.While Harvard has held two separate Community Football Days in the past — one for Allston, one for Cambridge — this year, the event was combined as part of the University’s 375th celebration.Up in the stands, attending his first Community Football Day game, Teddy Hennett basked in the afternoon sun. “It’s just such a nice atmosphere,” he said. “It’s great day to get outside, enjoy a game, and do something different.” While his wife, Frances, retired from the Harvard Law School two years ago, Teddy Hennett never made it to a game before Saturday.“I just never got a chance to come over here until now,” he said. “But it’s a great day for it.”last_img read more

Female Honduran Officer Takes Part in Peacekeeping Mission for First Time

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo May 25, 2018 The journey of six Honduran service members to Africa at the end of March 2018 was a momentous occasion for the Central American country: For the first time, a female Honduran officer participates in a peacekeeping mission. On March 26th, Honduran Army Captain Tarsis Dodanin Alvarado Guevara shipped out with her peers from the Honduran Armed Forces to the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO, in French). “Including women in the day-to-day of the Honduran Armed Forces and involving them in all our military activities strengthens the image of Honduras,” Honduran Navy Captain José Domingo Meza, director of Public Relations of the Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “In addition, serving in peacekeeping missions strengthens the country, trains officers in General Staff tasks, and builds their confidence to successfully work with other cultures.” The officers relieved the 2017 team participating in the mission to end the conflict between Morocco and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguía el Hamra and Río de Oro (better known as Polisario), the liberation movement representing the native Sahrawi people. Capt. Alvarado was assigned to the Smara operating base in Moroccan-controlled territory, where she performs peacekeeping tasks. “The opportunity arose for me to participate in the officer selection process for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara,” Capt. Alvarado told Diálogo from Smara. “I feel very proud and grateful to the military for choosing me [to] be the first woman to participate in this mission and represent women in the military so others can have the same opportunity in future missions.” Contributing to the mission Capt. Alvarado’s tasks include conducting land and air patrols with the operating base team. She also contributes to the mission as a senior staff assistant for logistics operations. Additionally, Capt. Alvarado serves as the base’s communications officer and sends daily reports to headquarters, among other necessary tasks. “Fortunately, I was able to adjust to the new situation quickly, since as service members we are trained to complete missions whenever and wherever the high command sends us,” said Capt. Alvarado. “The work environment is very professional and respectful.” Capt. Meza, who participated in MINURSO in 1997 and 2012, explained that although Western Sahara continues to be contaminated with anti-personnel mines, the “mission’s risk level is low.” Despite the remoteness of the area and the harsh climate, the mission is a unique opportunity for service members to consolidate and exchange knowledge. “The military training that service members receive should prepare them to work in any operational environment,” said Capt. Meza. “Working in remote military outposts in the desert reinforces that training and military culture.” Lasting commitment Established in 1991, MINURSO aims to end the conflict between Moroccans and Sahrawis that dates back to the 1970s. The over 250,000 square kilometers of disputed territory borders Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria and has an Atlantic coastline of 1,100 km. Honduras has a long-standing commitment to MINURSO, having participated since the mission’s inception. Between 1991 and 2018, a total of 314 Honduran service members took part in the peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara. In addition to MINURSO, Honduran service members participated in the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, and the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. Yet Capt. Alvarado stands out as a pioneer in peacekeeping missions. “There are several women interested in participating in this mission [MINURSO] and the other peacekeeping missions in which our country participates,” said Capt. Meza. “The directorate of Organization, Operations and Training of the Honduran Armed Forces will continue to offer this type of opportunity to its members, regardless of their gender.” Capt. Alvarado will serve in Western Sahara until March 2019. Until then, she will continue to be an inspiration to other women in the Honduran Armed Forces, proving “that women are capable of taking on major challenges.” “My experience on this mission is very gratifying,” concluded Capt. Alvarado. “Our job is to inspire confidence, build peace and help the parties in conflict through that transitional process, and promote lasting peace.”last_img read more

The Mackay 66 and how it changed everything

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Roteman Brad Roteman has served HSFCU since February 2005. He is a former district sales manager with Bankers Systems, Inc., now Walters Klewer Financial Services. Brad has won numerous awards for … Web: Details It was spring of 1993 and I subscribed to and read each month, cover to cover, “FORTUNE MAGAZINE.” On page after page of the March issue was an advertisement for a new software package from Cognitech, based upon Harvey Mackay’s famous Mackay 66. The Mackay 66, everything that a salesman needed to know about every client, prospect , and contact. Now what once was achieved by hours of tedious labor and endless 4 x 6 file cards, could be accomplished with lightening speed on a personal computer. By today’s standards the personal home computer of the day was slow and limited in memory and capabilities, but they were light years ahead of the hand written alternative I had been using for contact management. I ordered it the day that wonderful issue of “FORTUNE MAGAZINE” arrived at my home.Harvey Mackay had written a book titled, “SWIM WITH THE SHARKS WITHOUT BEING EATEN”. It was in that best selling book that Mr, Mackay revealed to the world his highly effective method for developing in depth personal relationships with people. I had read the book and adopted many of the suggestions and techniques Mr. Mackay shared in the book in my own sales, sales management and personal lives. Now, this guru of sales, service, and entrepreneurship was giving me the opportunity to basically take the hard work away from myself and set myself free to do more selling and servicing of my clients. Not only that, but now, with a far less investment of time and effort, I could manage a pipeline for future client base growth. I could hardly stand the excitement of coming home each day to see if those precious discs had arrived!Then one day it finally was there on my front stoop! I literally ran up the stairs to my home office. I tore open the package and the envelope, inside of which were a handful of software disks with the SHARKWARE logo. One by one I loaded the disks and excitedly and impatiently sat awaiting the signal to proceed to load the next disk. Finally they were loaded and it was time to transfer information from a business card to the contact information screens. I had to type in name, business address, home address, busines phone number, home phone number, date of birth, married or single, spouses name and birthday, favorite hobbies, favorite sports, and so much more. The promised 66 fields for every name. Most of the information I did not have and I quickly realized that it would require adding to my interviewing and listening skills in order to take full advantage of my wonderful new tool and to maximize the value of my investment in this software. Now that I had this new contact management software to help me become a more effective and efficient sales and service professional I would have to become a more organized and more knowledgeable sales person.Other companies developed similar software packages. The term CRM, standing for Customer Relationship Management, software was born. Goldmine and Act became dominant players in this new world of high technology relationship management. Eventually, Sharkware was bought by Goldmine and absorbed into their existing product. CRM became mainstream. Many variations of the old Mackay 66 were soon available disguised as something other than a complicated, labor and time intensive system of cross referenced note cards.Today, there are dozens of choices for CRM available. Many credit unions and community banks have adopted some form of CRM. Unfortunately, I have found, many decisions on which CRM solution is best for the financial institutions are based on operational concerns rather than relationship building through more effective selling. Training, scripting and gaining buy in from the front line sales team often is a secondary concern. No CRM can work without buy in from those who are to utilize the tools CRM brings to the table. In credit unions and community banks this often also requires a considerable investment in training on selling techniques to people who often do not wish to be considered sales people. Also, top producers are often resentful of added layers of work, which is how they often initially perceive a CRM solution. Thus, solid SALES training and a highly customizable CRM package should be a priority, not merely having an easy computer interface.Before deciding on a CRM I strongly suggest getting your best sales people involved. I also suggest that you look for a vendor who will help you to train and motivate your team to utilize the software to find ways to help people improve their financial lives. Sharkware and the original Mackay 66 helped me to achieve great success as salesperson and as a sales manager. The right CRM can bring similar success to you, your organization, the members of your team, and the people you exist to help as a not for profit financial cooperative.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf, Legislative Democrats Announce Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Protections for Workers

first_imgGov. Wolf, Legislative Democrats Announce Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Protections for Workers April 05, 2018 Equality,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release,  Public Safety Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined House and Senate Democrats today to announce a package of reforms to strengthen protections against sexual harassment and discrimination for employees, provide new legal options for victims and hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions.These steps build on Governor Wolf’s efforts to combat sexual harassment and assault, including the nation’s first state-based ‘It’s On Us’ campaign to combat sexual assault on campuses, which includes grants to higher education institutions and a bipartisan legislative package.“No one should ever be the victim of workplace discrimination or sexual harassment – and we cannot, and will not, accept this behavior as normal or acceptable,” said Governor Wolf.  “So many victims have come forward and their bravery should continue to change our country, our workplaces, and our culture for the better.  These reforms will build on that change to support our employees and create safe workplaces across the commonwealth.”The sexual harassment and discrimination protections proposals include:Ban mandatory non-disclosure agreement: Forcing victims to sign non-disclosure agreements in cases of sexual assault and harassment helps serial predators to continue their patterns of abuse. Governor Wolf supports a revised version of Senator Schwank’s legislation that would prohibit mandatory non-disclosure agreements unless the victim voluntarily agrees to include one.Protect more workers: All employees should be protected, regardless of the size of the employer or the type of their job. Today, these protections are only given to those who work for an employer with at least four employees. Governor Wolf supports reducing the threshold to one employee and extending protections to independent contractors, interns and full-time nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers. Legislation proposed by Sens. Farnese, Fontana, Tartaglione and Williams and Reps. Rabb and Madden.Workplace training: No employee should experience harassment or discrimination This legislation requires trainings for employees and supervisors to prevent discrimination and harassment for all employees and employers must display discrimination and harassment protection rights in the workplace. Legislation proposed by Sen. Fontana and Reps. Rabb and D. Costa.“PA Fairness Act”: Governor Wolf is renewing his call for the General Assembly to pass the PA Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Legislation proposed by Sens. Browne and Farnese and Rep. Frankel.Legal System Reforms:  Extend statute of limitations: Some victims and whistleblowers can be afraid to come forward. To encourage reporting, the amount of time victims have to file a discrimination or whistleblower complaint should be extended from only 180 days to two years. Legislation proposed by Sens. Farnese and Haywood and Reps. Davidson and O’Brien.Right to a Jury Trial: Victims and whistleblowers should have the option for a jury to hear their case in state court. Legislation proposed by Sens. Farnese and Haywood and Rep. Davidson and O’Brien.Punitive Damages: Pennsylvania, through the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Whistleblower Law, should join other states, like New Jersey and Ohio, that allow victims and whistleblowers to seek punitive damages in workplace discrimination cases. Legislation proposed by Sens. Farnese and Haywood and Reps. Davidson and O’Brien.Payment of Attorney Fees: Burdensome legal fees can discourage some victims from pursuing their case. Sexual harassment victims who win their case in state court should have the attorney fees paid by the defendant. Legislation proposed by Sen. Farnese and Rep. Davidson.State Government Reforms:Sexual Harassment Prevention Task Force: Governor Wolf and House and Senate Democrats are calling for the creation of a task force to bring together victims’ rights organizations, government officials and others to make recommendations to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplaces. Legislation proposed by Sen. Blake and Rep. Pashinski.Invest in Investigations: Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Commission is underfunded and understaff. Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal is a first step to strengthen the Human Relations Commission with an additional $1.3 million to investigate discrimination and harassment cases. These additional resources would allow the Commission to hire an additional six employees to help process complaints.Standards for Lobbyists: The state Capitol must be free of sexual harassment and discrimination for employees and the public. Governor Wolf is calling for legislation that requires lobbyists to go through training for ethics and discrimination and holds them accountable for violating discrimination protections. Legislation proposed by Sen. Brewster and Rep. Snyder.“As a caucus, we’ve worked with stakeholders and advocates and our own employees to craft a package of legislation that we believe can curb sexual harassment and do more to protect its victims,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. “Each of our bills in this package is aimed at expanding protections to individuals regardless of the size or type of their employment, because time is up on workplace harassment.”Senator Christine Tartaglione, Democratic chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, added, “The focus of my legislation – my part of the package – is to make sure that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace feel empowered to report these incidents and that the law is fully inclusive of the many different people who suffer sexual harassment. I want workers to understand the protections available to them. I want the reporting process to be easier. I want to protect victims from retaliation by their employer when they DO report it.”As part of the effort to reduce sexual harassment and support victims, the Wolf administration today launched a webpage about reporting workplace sexual harassment and providing information from victim’s rights groups.“Going to work each day should NOT be a constant battle against harassment, fear, intimidation, or discrimination,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “This package of bills is about giving employers the tools they need to remove discrimination and harassment from the workplace and victims the tools they need to fight back when they do encounter it.”“Hearing the stories of #MeToo across the country has been heart breaking, and we have to make sure something good comes from all of this pain,” said Senator Larry Farnese, Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary. “That’s what today and this package of bills is about – capturing this movement to ensure that the workplace becomes equitable and hospitable for everyone.”Governor Wolf has also directed his administration to evaluate sexual harassment policies and training for commonwealth employees to identify possible improvements.“We’re here to say enough is enough,” said Representative Margo Davidson. “Workplace safety is not only ensuring the structural or operational aspect of your work environment is safe but includes creating a culture where every employee feels safe and comfortable going to work. We stand together to say that the culture, of discrimination that includes sexual harassment in our working environments will not be brushed aside, swept under the rug or tolerated on any level, any longer.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

BP selects KBR for Tortue offshore project FEED

first_imgThe U.S. engineering and construction giant KBR has won its second important offshore industry related contract in just two days.After announcing a Browse FPSO concept contract with Woodside on Thursday, KBR on Friday announced it was awarded more work on BP’s Tortue development sitting offshore Senegal and Mauritania.KBR, which was last year awarded pre-front end engineering design (FEED) and project support services for the Tortue project, has now won a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract by BP for Phase 1 of the Tortue field Hub/Terminal development.The agreement contains a mechanism to allow transition of the contract to an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) contract at a later date, KBR said on Friday.Under the BP contract, KBR will provide management of the Quarters and Utilities (QU) including Telecoms Systems FEED and provision of supplemental services (system engineering, interface oversight, technology planning, support, and verification) of the Hub/Terminal for the Tortue project in Senegal and Mauritania.The FEED work is to be performed up to the end of 2018 to support the FID.Jay Ibrahim, KBR President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Asia-Pacific said: “This win is indicative of KBR’s strategic commitment to our partner BP, building on concept work done by our subsidiary Granherne, and then the Pre-FEED that was executed by KBR and now to this FEED award.”Kosmos Energy and BP expect to make a Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Tortue project around the end of this year.Mauritania and Senegal have signed the Inter-Governmental Cooperation Agreement (ICA) which enables the development of the cross-border Tortue natural gas field to continue moving forward.The Tortue discovery was made by Kosmos Energy, which farmed down its investment to BP in December 2016. BP now has the largest interest (~60%) among the four partners in the project and is the operator. The Tortue field is estimated to contain more than 15 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. First gas is expected in 2021.The plan is to develop the project as a near-shore liquefied natural gas (LNG) development which would export LNG to global markets as well as supplying gas to Senegal and Mauritania.BP has earlier this year signed heads of agreement with Golar LNG for the provision of an FLNG unit for the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyin project.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more