CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, OEM preparing for Hurricane Joaquin By John Heinis – September 30, 2015 5:42 pm 0 CommunityHoboken Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Facebook Twitter Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDawn Zimmerhoboken OEMhurricane joaquin SHARE Previous articlePolice: Bayonne man arrested for assault of girlfriend, infant, spits at copsNext articleAt Hoboken Council debate, hatred between Giattino and Garcia is palpable John Heinis Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) team met this afternoon to discuss the possible scenarios that may be faced during Hurricane Joaquin.Â Photo via Twitter.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewZimmer posted the above photo on Twitter about an hour ago with the caption “All hands on deck planning mtg w/OEM team for two major storms & possible major flooding Thurs-Mon. #Joaquin.”In a lengthy post on the City’s Facebook page yesterday, residents were encouraged to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.“With extreme weather occurring more often across the country, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging individuals, families, workplaces, schools, and organizations across the nation to take part in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30th, 2015,” the post says.”“As part of National Preparedness Month and National PrepareAthon! Day, FEMA is encouraging everyone to develop and practice their family emergency plan to prepare for disasters that are known threats in their communities.”Creating a family communication emergency plan, signing up for local text alerts and warnings, keeping medical, legal and other important documents in a safe place and creating an emergency supply kit are a few of the suggestions listed.Since being devastated by Hurricane Sandy nearly there years ago, Hoboken has embarked on a $230 million Rebuild by Design flood preparedness program, which helped earn the Mile Square City recognition from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.Furthermore, Zimmer was named to a local advisory committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in August, which gives recommendations to the agency regarding key environmental policies. Community Bayonne Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says
Bushbuck in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park have become increasingly fearless in their foraging habits, changing from foraging exclusively in woodland areas to braving open floodplains.Following years of civil war, populations of large herbivores and carnivores in Gorongosa declined by over 90 percent, with some top predators completely extirpated.Researchers from Princeton University conducted experiments using state-of-the-art equipment to establish whether the bushbucks’ use of floodplains for foraging was due to the decline in predation threat.Following experimentally simulated predation events, bushbuck significantly increased their use of tree cover, indicating that the reintroduction of top predators would restore a ‘landscape of fear’. The ‘landscape of fear’ is not a new term among biologists. From the now-iconic study of how elk and bison gradually adjusted their vigilance levels after wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park, to the evaluation of grasshopper foraging habits in the presence of predatory spiders, the concept that prey species move and forage, in part, to avoid predators has been modeled, remodeled, and modeled again. However, seldom has there been an opportunity to observe the contrary, a ‘landscape of fearlessness’, following a dramatic decline in predator populations.In May 1977, civil war broke out in Mozambique, prompting a 15-year conflict which ended in October 1992. Gorongosa National Park, known for its sprawling plains and diversity of wildlife, became one of the key battlefields in this conflict, with Mount Gorongosa itself being used as the base for Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) fighters. While the park’s vegetation and soil emerged from the war relatively unscathed, it was a different story for its megafauna, populations of which had previously been lauded as the densest in Africa.Mount Gorongosa rising above the plains of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Renamo resistance fighters used the mountain as their base during the Mozambican Civil War. Image by Judy Gallagher via Wikimedia Commons, CC 2.0.“Large carnivore populations suffered severe declines,” said Justine Atkins, a researcher from Princeton University studying animal movement behavior, “likely from a combination of by-catch in snares set for herbivores, loss of prey species/starvation, and human activity causing them to leave the area and seek refuge elsewhere.”Populations of all monitored large carnivore and herbivore species of in Gorongosa had fallen by over 90 percent. The war left leopard, spotted hyena and African wild dog functionally extirpated, and the lion population at 65 individuals.A survey in 2016 confirmed that large herbivore populations had been successfully restored to 80 percent of what were they were pre-war, and the lion population now boasts around 250 individuals. Other carnivores have not recovered similarly; the only sighting of a leopard since the end of the war occurred in March 2018. The extent to which their disappearance has affected the ecosystem is still unknown, but it was a group of brave bushbuck that gave researchers from Princeton University their first glimpse of the domino effect caused by Gorongosa’s carnivore extirpation.The ‘landscape of fearlessness’In 2015, during fieldwork for a project examining the behavior of antelope in Gorongosa, Atkins and her collaborators noticed that some of the animals were behaving unusually and straying from their typical habitat.Between 1968 and 1972, Ken Tinley carried out a landmark survey of the fauna in Gorongosa National Park and documented bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus), a common antelope species, as “forest/thicket” foragers. However, Atkins and colleagues saw bushbuck foraging on open floodplains, outside the dense, sheltered woodland they were known to inhabit.A male bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus) with a GPS collar running across an open floodplain in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Prior to the Mozambican Civil War, bushbuck exclusively foraged in dense woodland, which offers protection from predators. Image by Matthew C. Hutchinson.“Bushbuck had never been documented using this open habitat prior to the Mozambican civil war,” Atkins told Mongabay, “and we hypothesized that perhaps the absence of large carnivores in the park had allowed bushbuck to become more ‘fearless’ and occupy a habitat they would typically avoid in the presence of intact predator populations.”Detailed in a recently released paper, Atkins and colleagues examined why bushbuck made the risky decision of straying onto open floodplains, whether the steep decline in carnivore presence was to blame, and what effect this change in herbivore ecology was having on the rest of the ecosystem.Before the researchers could attempt any experimental manipulations, they fitted bushbuck from both woodland and floodplain habitats with collars carrying GPS satellite tags that provided the animals’ locations every 15 minutes, a necessity in the mostly roadless Gorongosa landscape.“For the work that I do, technology is absolutely vital,” Atkins said. “Using recent advances in animal tracking technology and remote sensing of environmental data, we can now get more and better information on animal movement than ever before. Specifically, we can track animals at very fine scales and understand how they’re responding to their habitat at these small scales as well. This means that we can address questions that have previously been very difficult to assess with older tracking technology.”Researchers from Princeton University fitting a female bushbuck with a GPS tracking tag. The movements of the tagged individuals were monitored to analyze how their behavior changed when presented with simulated predator cues. Image by Robert M. Pringle.Using the remote sensing data, the researchers identified two distinct patterns of habitat use among the tagged bushbuck; one group exclusively foraged within dense, wooded areas, another in treeless and sparsely wooded floodplains.Atkins and her colleagues conducted predator vocalization playbacks and distributed artificial predator scat/urine in both the woodland and floodplain habitats “to create hotspots of simulated predation risk”, which they compared to playbacks of white noise as a control treatment.When presented with predator cues, bushbuck that exclusively used open habitat retreated to the relative safety of the dense woodland. Furthermore, they didn’t change their behavior when presented with the white noise, proving that it was not the novelty of the sounds that had caused the move, but rather their fear-inducing qualities. Predators have not been present in Gorongosa for over two decades, yet the smell of artificial lion scat was enough to encourage bushbuck to abandon their usual foraging habitat and almost immediately take cover.The grass is always greenerWhile fear of predation drives herbivores to forage in dense woodland, when the war eliminated that threat, what drove bushbuck to venture out into unchartered territory? Carnivore extirpation may well have increased bushbuck density, yet Atkins and colleagues ruled out the theory that increased competition inside woodland habitats prompted the novel behavior.A female bushbuck grazing in an open floodplain, an area which is now frequently populated by bushbuck due to the steep decline in top carnivores, such as leopards and wild dogs, in Gorongosa National Park. Image by Matthew C. Hutchinson.“Prey species have to balance the benefits of foraging in different habitats with the risk of being eaten in these habitats,” said Atkins. “Prey may avoid some habitats altogether if the risk is too high, regardless of the nutritional benefits to be potentially gained there.”Using portal ultrasound and DNA metabarcoding technology, the researchers measured the body condition of the woodland and floodplain bushbuck by measuring fat on their rumps, and characterized each individual’s diet using fecal samples. They found that the floodplain bushbuck were in significantly better shape than their woodland counterparts, primarily because they were eating the leguminous shrub, Mimosa pigra. This previously overlooked resource dominated the diets of floodplain bushbuck, and for good reason. The plant provided bushbuck with more calories and significantly more protein than other food plants; the grass truly was greener.A trophic cascadeThe loss of carnivores in Gorongosa National Park triggered herbivores to explore territory that was once considered too risky and exploit resources that hadn’t been used when the landscape of fear presided. The researchers investigated whether the herbivore’s expansion into a high-risk, high-reward habitat had altered the flora which occurred there.Bergia mossambicensis is the second-most abundant plant in the diets of floodplain bushbuck, and it seems they are keeping it all to themselves, as it makes up an insignificant portion of the diets of other large floodplain herbivores. This exclusivity made Bergia the perfect candidate to test the researchers’ hypothesis. They found that when excluded from herbivores, Bergia plants were larger and had significantly more flowers than those that were browsed, signs that the appearance of bushbuck on the floodplains suppressed the plants’ reproduction and growth.Although researchers now know how carnivore extirpation has affected some of the flora in Gorongosa’s floodplains, this may be only the tip of the iceberg in terms of its long-term effects.A male bushbuck on the edges of a floodplain in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. As top predators are reintroduced to Gorongosa, researchers expect that bushbuck will retreat to the woodland habitat they inhabited pre-civil war. Image by Matthew C. Hutchinson.The research has brought hope that carefully curated reintroduction programs could help restore equilibrium in this war-torn park.“We found that the decline of large carnivore populations in Gorongosa disrupted the normal ecosystem ‘rules’,” Atkins said, “but our predator simulation experiments lend support to the idea that restoration of apex predators to their natural ecosystems (or ‘rewilding’) can reestablish these indirect species interactions.”In April 2018, scientists reintroduced a pack of African wild dogs into the park, the first wild dog reintroduction of its kind in Mozambique. As well as the planned reintroductions of wild dog, leopard, and spotted hyena, the park initiated a massive anti-poaching effort to give the newcomers a better chance to survive. The dedicated efforts of Gorongosa’s 230 rangers helped bring about a 60 percent decline in poaching pressure between 2016 and 2018.Following the reintroduction of top predators, it seems that the floodplains of Gorongosa will return to their natural rhythm, with less browsing and more prowling. Atkins believes that her team’s unique documentation of a ‘landscape of fearlessness’, and their ongoing observations of the reinstatement of a ‘landscape of fear’, will help researchers studying similar systems,“It’s a really exciting time to be a scientist in Gorongosa right now as we document the changes to the ecosystem that occur as large carnivores are re-introduced… Not only is [Gorongosa] a beautiful ecosystem, [but] it is also a really important experiment in large-scale restoration.”Bushbuck accustomed to the presence of people, such as this female near a research camp, are also willing to feed in more open areas. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.CitationAtkins, J. L., Long, R. A., Pansu, J., Daskin, J. H., Potter, A. B., Stalmans, M. E., … & Pringle, R. M. (2019). Cascading impacts of large-carnivore extirpation in an African ecosystem. Science, eaau3561. DOI: 10.1126/science.aau3561 Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Sue Palminteri FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Carnivores, Ecological Restoration, GPS tracking, Habitat, Hunting, Interns, Monitoring, Over-hunting, Poaching, Remote Sensing, Research, satellite data, surveys, Tagging, Technology, Tracking, War, Wildlife, Wildtech
People’s Party of Canada candidate John Balagtas said he was drawn to the party due to its priorities of “preserving Canadian values” and “protecting free speech.”“I truly believe that in order for a nation to be in a state of peace we’ve got to share the same common values, common beliefs,” said the Chatham-Kent-Leamington candidate.Balagtas immigrated to Canada in 1991 at age 10 from the Philippines. He said his family moved around to a few places, including Scarborough, Pickering and Windsor.Eventually, he settled in Mississauga but later decided to move to Chatham-Kent in order to be closer to family in Windsor and Michigan.He said he became interested in running for office when he saw how this region didn’t have the same services and infrastructure as the last place he lived.“I was wondering how come they’re getting all of those funds there and how come people in Southwestern Ontario are pretty much getting whatever is left,” said Balagtas.This is the second time he is running for public office. He unsuccessfully placed a bid for a trustee’s position with the Lambton Kent District school board in 2018.Balagtas said high unemployment, high child poverty and the opioid crisis are the biggest issues for the riding, and he thinks they are all related.“I feel that we can address the high unemployment rate in Southwestern Ontario, everything that is connected to that will slowly follow through,” he said.The candidate works as an employment specialist in London and has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for the past 12 years, currently serving in a part-time role.He said residents have been talking to him about their dissatisfaction with the “current government’s inability to follow through with their promises.”“They have lost their interest in choosing any one particular party because they feel that what’s the difference between your promises and their promises?” he said.When asked if he trusts the 97 per cent consensus among peer-reviewed scientific research that climate change is real and caused by human activity, Balagtas said his party is against “climate alarmism.”“I think it’s doing the people the disservice of trying to put them in a panic where there should be no panic at all,” he said. “We need to concentrate on the issue and try to come up with a solution to the problem, not to try to put people into panic where you try to tell them there is a crisis going on when there is no crisis at all.”He said climate always changes and, when asked if it always changes at the current rate, when the Earth is regularly experiencing record-high temperatures, he said there is disagreement in the scientific community, with some saying it is changing at its natural rate.Balagtas said most of the other candidates want to promise affordability to people, but “they are unwilling to actually divulge to the people how they’re going to fund it.”“People are hoping this is going to happen when they get elected and the problem is when they get elected, slowly one by one, those promises tend to disappear because they realize it wasn’t practical to begin with because the money wasn’t there.”
Spotify, our favorite streaming music browser to talk about that we can’t even (legally) use in the U.S., has just announced that it is releasing version 0.4.3, “which includes the largest feature upgrade since our launch in 2008”. Are we finally going to (legally) get Spotify here in the U.S.? Not a chance.Spotify is going social, adding a connection with Facebook, usernames, the ability to publish activity to your blog, and more. It’s also going local, adding library features and giving users the ability to import their local library into the Spotify network.From Spotify’s announcement:“To kick it off we’ve added a number of social features, centered on a fully editable Spotify music profile, with the ability to publish playlists, top artists and top tracks for public view. Discovering these profiles is simple as we’ve connected with Facebook so that you can instantly add your friends’ profiles.As well as introducing a variety of new social features, Spotify is evolving into a total music management platform. We’ve added a ‘Library’ folder in the left side bar, enabling you to combine your own music library with ours.”While Music Ally is saying that the connection with Facebook has “huge” implications, to us it almost feels like catching up with the competition. Haven’t most other Web-based music delivery services gone social in many ways?A quick run-down of the features coming to the new Spotify includes Facebook integration, usernames, publishing to your Facebook stream from within Spotify, in-platform messaging and tracking of collaborative playlists. As for the library, which many people in the blog post’s comments seem even more excited about, users can “import a link to all the music files stored on [their] computer”, wirelessly sync their mobile device, and “star” tracks to tag them as favorites.Our own Frederic Lardinois predicted a Q3 U.S. release for Spotify, but we have already seen some solid competition. MOG, for example, released a mobile, $5-a-month version this year at SXSW, and a representative from Napster told us it was looking to do the same in the near future. Both of those services offer similar sized catalogs and comparably priced services. While today’s feature announcements by Spotify look enticing, we’re still left asking – when will it be available in the U.S.? 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… mike melanson Tags:#music#news#NYT#web
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) financial committee headed by Jyotiraditya Scindia slammed Chennai Super Kings’ valuation of Rs 5 lakh and said that the franchise has cheated the board.During the meeting, CSK’s valuation was discussed and the panel has promised of action by early next week. It has also been learnt that the BCCI expenditure on legal matters in the last two years went up to Rs 56 crore, which was disclosed during the meeting on Thursday.Due to the legal expenses skyrocketing in the past two years, the finance committee decided that infrastructure subsidy to tune of Rs 50 crore granted to the affiliated state associations will not be increased to Rs 75 crore as was proposed for the year.”In the last two financial years, the BCCI’s legal expenses have Rs 31 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively. It comes to the tune of Rs 56 crore and secretary Anurag Thakur and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary rightly said that we can’t right away increase the subsidies. It was also agreed that a guideline will be prepared to check how the funds are being utilised,” a member of the finance committee told PTI on Thursday.It was also learnt reliably that Justice Mukul Mudgal committee probing the IPL spot fixing scam were paid Rs 1.5 crore while the BCCI has already spent Rs 3.90 crore for the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha committee.The finance committee also took note of the fact that women cricketers have been ignored and the committee decided to start the gradation payment system for them.advertisement”The likes of Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami will be brought under gradation ambit. By next finance committee meeting, we will be able to chalk out a programme as to how this gradation payment would work.”Also the junior and A team cricketers playing domestic cricket will be given more money.”Earlier, U-16 boys would get a meagre amount of Rs 500 per match day which the finance committee plans to increase it to Rs 1000 and similarly for the U-23, it would Rs 2500 per match day,” the source informed.(with PTI inputs)