No (2004) Poll Results: YesNoI’m not sure/don’t knowVote I’m not sure/don’t know (1073) Yes (932) VOTERS IN CRIMEA have overwhelmingly endorsed a referendum to split from Ukraine, with 96.6 per cent of voters in favour of the move.Russia has, unsurprisingly, hailed the results of the referendum, but the West isn’t so happy. Ireland is one of many countries which has said the vote was illegal while the EU has vowed to impose sanctions.What do you think: Should Europe accept that Crimea wants to rejoin Russia?
3D printing is gaining in popularity and brings with it the promise of making your own physical stuff at home out of plastic. The problem is, it’s still quite expensive to get your own 3D printer at home, and constructing one from a kit can be quite complex and time consuming.Examples of 3D printers already available to purchase and build include the Makerbot ($1,299), the Ultimaker ($1,600), and the Pruse Mendel ($825). As you can see, none of those are exactly very cheap to acquire.Brook Drumm aims to change that with a new Kickstarter project for his 3D printer called the Printrbot. The project managed to collect 100% of the funding he required in just 46 hours, and there’s still plenty of time before the December 17 deadline to pledge some money and secure yourself one of these home 3D printer kits.The Printrbot is desirable because a full kit will only cost you $499. There’s also a Bare Bones Kit for $199 where you supply the electronics yourself, or for the really adventurous a $75 option that gives you the printed parts, but leaving the hardware up to you.The other benefit of the Printrbot is the fact Drumm promises you can construct it in just 45 minutes, and will be printing stuff within 2 hours, which he explains in the video below.With the funding target already reached, this project is definitely going to happen come December 17. So if you are interested in 3D printing then this may be the cheapest and easiest solution yet. Get pledging!More at Printrbot, via Kickstarter
The Google Doodles are basically a way to keep track of the people and events Googlers find interesting or inspiring. Today the Google homepage reminds us of Erwin Schrödinger, the famed Austrian physicist and Nobel Prize winner who would have been 126 years old today. He is perhaps most famous for the Schrödinger’s Cat thought experiment, which is prominently featured in the Doodle.Schrödinger’s Cat is meant to be a large-scale interpretation of quantum mechanics. It describes a theoretical experiment in which a cat is placed in a box with a vial of poison. Outside the box is a radioactive source, and a Geiger counter. A mechanism is placed in the box that will break the vial if the Geiger counter detects an atom of the radioactive substance has decayed in a certain amount of time.Because there is no way to predict the decay of radioactive material, there is no way to know if the cat is alive or dead without opening the box. Thus, from a quantum mechanics perspective, the cat is both alive and dead (a superposition of states), just as the atom has both decayed and not decayed.It really helps to illustrate the strangeness of the quantum mechanics, and specifically the Copenhagen interpretation of the field. This is the most commonly held interpretation, which says that a system stops being superposition of states when it is observed.Erwin Schrödinger spent his early career in Germany, where he worked on quantum theory. It was during this time that he developed Schrödinger’s equation in 1925, which eventually led to his Nobel Prize in 1933.Schrödinger’s equation describes how the quantum state of physical systems can change over time. It had huge implications in how researchers approached quantum mechanics. Even though Schrödinger’s Cat is more generally known, this work was of greater importance to the advancement of science.Schrödinger left Germany in 1933 as the Nazis came to power, eventually landing at the University of Oxford. He continued to work and lecture on physics at various institutions for the rest of his days. He passed away on January 4, 1961, but Google still remembers Schrödinger. They’re still not sure if the cat is alive or dead, though.
Seize organisations s’inquiètent de l’avenir du photovoltaïqueLes partisans de l’énergie solaire sont inquiets des mesures annoncées par François Fillon la semaine dernière.”La France ne doit pas devenir le pays du Soleil-Couchant”, pour seize organisations, de la Fondation Nicolas Hulot au Syndicat des énergies renouvelables (SER). Hier, elles ont publié un communiqué sous forme de cri d’alarme, inquiètes des annonces de François Fillon sur l’avenir du photovoltaïque dans l’Hexagone. “Dans quinze jours au plus tard, si rien ne change, vingt cinq mille emplois, créés dans la foulée d’une rupture écologique et économique majeure – le Grenelle de l’environnement –, seront mis en péril, plusieurs milliers seront supprimés à très court terme. Le gouvernement souhaitait légitimement réguler et encadrer le coût pour la collectivité du développement du solaire photovoltaïque. Mais le projet actuel met en grave danger une filière naissante dont la crise de croissance, réelle, méritait un traitement adapté”, peut-on lire dans le communiqué signé par ces organisations.Le collectif entend surtout manifester son désaccord quant à la baisse de 20% du prix de rachat de l’électricité solaire annoncée par le Premier ministre. Surtout que les coûts des panneaux photovoltaïques devraient augmenter, Matignon désirant éliminer les “panneaux de piètre qualité” importés de Chine, “dans des conditions environnementales et urbanistiques très rudimentaires”. “Le manque de vision de l’extraordinaire potentiel énergétique et industriel du photovoltaïque pour notre pays risque de conduire à des décisions lourdes de conséquences. Nous demandons solennellement au gouvernement de réaffirmer son ambition pour la filière en amendant dans un sens constructif le projet de texte lors de son examen par le Conseil supérieur de l’énergie, le 2 mars prochain, et en ouvrant rapidement, dans l’esprit du Grenelle de l’environnement, le chantier d’un ‘plan solaire photovoltaïque’ ambitieux et bénéfique pour tous”, peut-on lire dans le communiqué. La bataille du solaire ne semble être qu’à ses débuts…Le 1 mars 2011 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 19, 2019 Body found at Border Field State Park KUSI Newsroom, June 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – A body was found Wednesday in the surf at a beach just north of the U.S.-Mexico line.The discovery at Border Field State Park was reported shortly after 11 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.Details on the deceased person’s identity, including gender and approximate age, were not immediately available, Lt. Michelle Craig said.There were no immediate indications of any suspicious circumstances related to the death. Updated: 2:50 PM KUSI Newsroom
More than 200 organizations across the state — law enforcement agencies, health departments, health care professionals, substance abuse prevention coalitions and environmental groups — are joining forces to fight prescription drug abuse.Their goal: State legislation requiring pharmaceutical companies to pay for safe medication disposal, which they say would help prevent drug diversion and abuse.The proposed legislation — Senate Bill 5234 and House Bill 1370 — would require pharmaceutical companies that sell prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Washington to create and run a medication take-back program.The bills would require producers to manage and finance a nonprofit responsible for collecting and destroying the drugs. The drug companies would have the freedom to design the take-back program — whether it’s collection sites, regular take-back events or accepting returns via mail. However, the nonprofit must serve every county in the state and every city with more than 10,000 people.The proposed bill caps the program’s cost at $2.5 million per year. Since the program would not be government-run or -funded, it is considered budget-neutral to the state.On one side of the legislation debate is Take Back Your Meds, a group representing hundreds of organizations across the state. On the other side are pharmaceutical companies and trade associations.
Nagasaki prefecture held a meeting of experts at the prefectural office last week at which the prefecture’s optimistic schedule of launching a public bid for operators by the first half of 2020 was discussed. Under the plan, a partner operator would be chosen by autumn next year and a developmental plan drafted with the selected operator by early 2021.According to prefecture officials, the panel members offered opinions regarding the need to review the function and scale of MICE facilities, the promotion of the many attractions of Kyushu and Japan, and cooperation with surrounding areas in consideration of amending the fundamentals plan. There were also concerns raised regarding strengthening transport access, countermeasures for abuse of services, training personnel to work with international tourists and promoting understanding with the region’s residents. The timeline for the national government making its final decision on where the three IRs will be located remains up in the air, but Nagasaki is hoping for a 2024 opening. The prefecture’s IR promotion department’s stance is that they are, “anticipating the quickest route” for drafting regional construction plans.According to Nagasaki officials, the national government is planning to establish the long-awaited Casino Administration Committee in autumn or later, after surveying local municipalities. After that, the Fundamental Policy will be drafted.The IR Development and Promotion Ordinance requires all IRs developed to include a massive hotel and international conference center among other facilities. Nagasaki will draft the basic concept (which was summarized last year) by January 2020, based on the opinions of intellectuals. After that an implementation policy will be drafted, following a public bid for operators.About 20 operators from Europe, the US and Asia have expressed interest in Nagasaki with total investment is estimated to reach between JPY400 billion (US$3.7 billion) and JPY550 billion (US$5.2 billion). Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team RelatedPosts Load More Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR
Hutchison 3G will discuss the impact of technology on employee benefits at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Paul Bissell (pictured), head of reward at Hutchison 3G, will take to the stage on day two of the London-based event, as part of the benefits technology conference stream.In a session entitled ‘Reward and benefits in the digital age’, Bissell will examine the impact of social media, and how this is being used to engage and communicate with staff.In light of the shift to a technologically-enabled, multi-generational workforce, Bissell will also look at the use of mobile apps, discussing where they can be used most effectively and what they can be used for. He will also outline how digital can be used for staff recognition.Bissell said: “It’s the way in which [employees] access and engage with the package that is changing so rapidly. I think that once upon a time, the biggest problems that [organisations] had to overcome with communication was the fact that perhaps a lot of their workforce didn’t have laptop or desktop PCs to be able to communicate via and show offerings via.“Nowadays there are more smart phones in the UK than there are people, so the method of communication changed fundamentally and I’m not sure everybody is taking full advantage of that.“But if [employers] do, the opportunities for engagement, the opportunities for people to understand and interact with their rewards and benefits is infinitely better now than it ever has been and it’s only going to get better in the future.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend here.
The stock market is perceived to be a scary place. However, it is even scarier for individuals and small investors, who are at a disadvantage against institutional or larger portfolio investors who have access to not only cutting-edge technology and information, but also to advance investment strategies.Take a look at these four crucial issues that individual/small investors face in today’s stock market and need to overcome if they intend to play a long innings in the game of probability:Risk of being individual/small investorOne of the biggest challenges facing individual investors in today’s markets is the risk of being a small fish in an ocean. These investors have limited choices – they can buy stocks, invest in mutual funds and maybe trade futures and options. All these instruments are generally too complicated and high-risk when compared with investing in bonds and other debt securities – largely a forte of wealthy investors.Additionally, individual investors trade for themselves with their own money, and even a few small losses can force them out of the market. This is in contrast to institutional investors who invest or trade on behalf of their wealthy clients, position their trades deciding the overall trend of the market, and are able to ride it out even if they record losses for some time.Lack of cutting-edge informationNoted British author Francis Bacon wrote in one of his books that “knowledge is power”. He couldn’t have been more right if one considers it in the perspective of the stock market. Individual/small investors are always pitted against professional investors, who have at their disposal best of research and analysis – both fundamental and technical.Despite the advent of the internet, wherein, one can argue, you can stay on par with a professional investor, the fact remains that institutional investors are always way ahead of the crowd as they have access to in-depth data and information about companies in which they invest.Scarcity of resources, hence strategiesOne of the finest strategies to stay afloat in the stock market is to manage risk efficiently. Diversification is a major part of risk-management as it protects from a drastic erosion of one’s investment in case of a market crash or during extremely volatile market conditions. However, given fund constraints, individual investors find it difficult to diversify their portfolio across different companies and industries, thus making individual investors prone to losses arising out of even slight market volatility. And that, in turn, takes a toll on their already small capital deployed in the market and drives them out of the market.During the same market turmoil, wealthy investors either average out or pump in additional funds to expand their portfolio – thus marking a huge return for them when markets make a turnaround.Doing it aloneEven though working alone and managing things on your own is often cost-effective, in the stock market, it is the herd mentality that works. As it’s human, an individual is most likely to think unilaterally when coping with stressful markets conditions. In this situation, one is most susceptible to mistakes – whether making decisions on investing, or trading. On the other hand, large portfolio investors have a team of professionals who make a collective decision by looking at various aspects of not only the security, but also of the market and other factors.The strategy to work as a team makes institutional investors successful in the long run. On the other hand, working alone proves as a big disadvantage for individual investors who end up losing and ultimately heading out of the game.
The CBI had charged Mukhtar Ansari, a Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Mau in Uttar Pradesh, with planning Rai’s murder.IANSA Delhi court on Wednesday, July 3, acquitted gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari and five others in connection with the 2005 murder case of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Krishnanand Rai. The court cited hostile witnesses as the reason for the acquittal.Talking about the absence of a witness protection programme during the trial, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court said that the outcome of the trial could have been different if the witnesses had not turned hostile.”This is a gruesome case of murder of seven persons. The investigation of the case was transferred from UP police to CBI. The trial of the case was transferred from UP to Delhi. Unfortunately, the case of the prosecution has suffered as all the eyewitnesses and material witnesses turned hostile,” said special judge Arun Bhardwaj.Rai, an MLA from the Mohammadabad seat in Ghazipur, was gunned down along with six others on November 29, 2005, when he was returning from a family wedding.The CBI later charged Mukhtar Ansari, a Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Mau in Uttar Pradesh, with planning the murder. Ansari, who has more than 40 criminal cases registered against him, was in jail since 2005.The trial of Rai’s murder was transferred from Ghazipur to Delhi by the Supreme Court in 2013, based on a plea filed by Alka Rai, Krishnanand Rai’s wife. Apart from Ansari, the court also acquitted his brother Afzal Ansari, Azaz-Ul-Haq, Sanjeev Maheshwari, Rakesh Pandey, Ramu Mallah and Mansoor Ansari.Bajrangi was arrested from Mumbai in 2009 by the special cell of the Delhi Police and died inside Baghpat jail last year.The court held that the investigators failed to prove the charges against the accused by not producing sufficient evidence.
Khaleda ZiaBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is scheduled to go Chittagong on Saturday as she embarks on a four-day tour to Cox’s Bazar to visit the persecuted Rohingya people, who have taken shelter in the district, reports UNB.The BNP chairperson will start the journey from her Gulshan residence at 10:00am, and will have a break for lunch at Feni circuit house.She will stay overnight at Chittagong circuit house on Saturday, and again start her journey for Cox’s Bazar on Sunday around 11:00am.Reaching Cox’s Bazar around 5:00pm, she will stay overnight at the circuit house there on Sunday.Khaleda will go to Ukhia on Monday morning to visit the Rohingyas and return to Chittagong in the evening.She will stay overnight at the Chittagong circuit house on Monday and finally return to Dhaka on Tuesday.Khaleda, who returned home from the UK on 18 October after over a three-month stay there, is going to Cox’s Bazar as part of her party standing committee members’ decision.Several party leaders said Khaleda may address some wayside rallies on her way to Cox’s Bazar.Some others, however, said she is unlikely to address any street rally due to security concerns.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina pays tributes to Bangladesh National Awami Party-NAP (Muzaffar) president professor Muzaffar Ahmed at South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad on on Saturday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid rich tributes to Bangladesh National Awami Party-NAP (Muzaffar) president professor Muzaffar Ahmed, reports BSS.The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath on his coffin draped with the national flag at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital this morning.After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Muzaffar, also was a member of the advisory council of the Mujibnagar government that led Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971.Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League (AL) president, placed another wreath on the coffin of NAP president on behalf of her party.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, joint secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretary Enamul Haque Shameem, information and research secretary Afzal Hussain, office secretaryAbdus Sobhan Golap and other central leaders of the party were present on the occasion.Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also placed a wreath on the coffin of the veteran politician.Earlier, a wreath was placed on the coffin of professor Muzaffar on behalf of president M Abdul Hamid.A munajat was offered on the occasion, seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Muzaffar Ahmed.The prime minister, the speaker, ministers, parliament members and leaders of different political parties joined the munajat.Earlier, the first namaz-e-janaza of the NAP president was held at South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 11:00 am.Muzaffar, who was the NAP president for over five decades, breathed his last around 8:00 pm on Friday in the city’s Apollo Hospitals.
Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaGreater Houston has added 16,100 jobs since November 2015.Greater Houston added 5,700 net jobs in November, including 800 in the oil and gas industry, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.Patrick Jankowski, regional economist with the Greater Houston Partnership, said that’s still a weak job report but the trend is in the right direction.“May was actually the worst month for employment in Houston. That’s when we had the lowest 12-month total,” he said. “But since then, we’ve had fairly steady growth, and we’ve created in the last 12 months about 16,000 jobs and that’s a good number to see.”That pales compared to the 120,000 jobs the region created in 2014, but Jankowski doesn’t expect to see another year like that ever again.It was in late 2014 when the price of oil fell dramatically, which triggered Houston’s economic downturn.He said the worst is now definitely over.“If you want to look at the bottom of the economy for Houston, that would have been in the second quarter of this year,” he said. “That’s when we saw the rig count at its lowest, that’s when we saw the 12-month numbers for employment at its lowest, that’s when we saw just general weakness in the economy.”Looking ahead, Jankowski forecasts continued growth in 2017, although he expects it to still be a weak year for Greater Houston. Listen X 00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Well, no. Princess Bubblegum can’t be the next President of the United States. She’s a fictional character. Plus, as far as we know, she wasn’t born in the United States and spawned from a giant mass of gum called the “Mother Gum” so she probably doesn’t count as human enough to be a viable candidate.However, in the event that we can choose any fictional cartoon character to run for President and to take part in presidential debates, we could do worse than Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. She has been leading the Candy Kingdom in the Land of Ooo for centuries, after all.There are plenty of other fictional characters that can qualify for the position (such as actual US citizens or people), but few have the long resume to back them up like PB.She’s certainly qualified for the job. She has years of experience and has been leading the Candy Kingdom from obscurity and desolation into relative profit and normalcy for all that time. In the episode “The Vault,” we learn that she was responsible for the founding of the city, along with the creation of the Gumball Guardians that protect it. So we know that she has infrastructure and organizational experience, and has a stable domestic defense policy in place. She also regularly plans events for the kingdom, such as scientific conferences and parties, so we know she has community relations experience.We also know that she is thoughtful about foreign relations, or at least she tries to be. She tries to maintain a semblance of neutrality when visiting neighboring kingdoms and until war breaks out or the leader of said kingdom does something reprehensible, she’s usually well-mannered and eloquent. Even when faced with leaders like the obnoxious and terrifying Lemongrabs, she manages to keep her cool (for the most part).Her ability to maintain neutrality in the face of clear incompetence is probably one of her strongest traits as a leader. Despite the Ice King repeatedly trying to kidnap and stalk her, she comes to his aid, invites him to events, and seems to generally put up with him.In the event that one of those relationships goes sour or if another threat lands on her doorstep, she has safety covered. She’s represented her kingdom in many crises, including the Lich, and always seems to have a plan in an emergency.An administration under PB (or Bonnibel, depending on how close you are), would be one centered around the continued expansion of knowledge in science and technology, with our President at the forefront. She’s never been afraid to test out something new, whether it’s resurrection, nanobots, or the creation of new life. There wouldn’t be a Candy Kingdom without her because she’s mostly made every single resident. She wouldn’t have to do this for us, but we’d have a President with priorities, working on advances that could impact our society for the better. Or worse (more on this later).This has little do with her qualifications, but wouldn’t it also be nice to have a gay President? And to maybe have Marceline as the First Lady? Just a thought.So in general, Princess Bubblegum would make a good President. She’s fearless, knows how to interact with foreign countries, is knowledgeable about the position, and is confident in her politics. There wouldn’t be any threat, domestic or foreign, that can sway her. She has the experience and the character for the job.But…The Princess has a lot of flaws that don’t exactly disqualify her from a hypothetical presidency but would make her a very questionable country leader. This is especially true in a democracy or republic where the people can hold their leaders accountable. While she has always been resolute in her ideologies, that means trouble when she does something wrong.Her foreign relations slate isn’t clean. It was her interference that led to Flame Princess getting locked away. While you can argue that PB made the decision in the best interests of her people–because Flame Princess’ powers would be dangerous–she still didn’t hesitate to ruin the lives of rival kingdoms in her own self-interests. This of course, has consequences later.Bubblegum has a history of nationwide and abusive surveillance on her people. As we see in “The Cooler,” she would go so far as to bug citizens that have left the Candy Kingdom in order to spy on other leaders, such as Flame Princess. She even has cameras in the citizens’ private bedrooms.While people in the US have had the ability to question the government on its surveillance policies without the threat of arrest (not quite the same as somebody leaking private documents on the NSA), you wouldn’t be so lucky in the Candy Kingdom. Princess Bubblegum has established absolute rule and doesn’t take criticism well. In “Apple Wedding,” she breaks into the King of Ooo’s home to prove that he’s a fake while at Tree Trunks’ wedding. When called out on this invasion of privacy, she throws everybody in jail, including the bride and groom.Her arrogance and need to control everything has gotten the best of her. She was eventually usurped by the King of Ooo in an election for leader of the Candy Kingdom in the episode “Hot Diggity Doom,” thinking that she didn’t need to campaign for her people. Of course, her citizens don’t make the best decisions on their own, so it’s not surprising that she lost her title. The citizens eventually revolt against the King, but not before PB all but gives up on leading her people.And even without the politics and current events getting in her way, she’s still a dangerous control freak. I mentioned earlier that her fearlessness in scientific progress is commendable, but the way she goes about experimentation is questionable to the point of being destructive.While the princess is an expert in the scientific field, she doesn’t have a strict code of ethics. She creates and abandons life on a near episode basis and has been doing it for centuries. She tests out experiments without thinking of the consequences before it’s too late and she has to call in Finn and Jake to help.In the clip above, we see a test of muffin nanobots that goes horribly wrong. Since the beginning of the series, she has been getting into trouble, such as when she tries to resurrect citizens and accidentally turns them into zombies or tries to create somebody like Goliad to replace her in the event of her death and nearly causes the end of it all anyway. Her stubbornness has nearly caused the apocalypse (and might again, if the fan theories are true).Princess Bubblegum has the relationships to be a great politician and the confidence to lead people into dangerous waters. She has been there in times of crisis, has built the Candy Kingdom up from nothing, and only wants to improve the quality of life for her people. Her citizens live in relative safety and normalcy for a reason.However, she’s reckless and doesn’t think of the consequences to her actions. She talks before she thinks. She doesn’t give her citizens a voice and is similar to a dictator in many respects. An absolute rule isn’t out of reach for her and she doesn’t listen to others that may advise her. The Candy Kingdom citizens are generally a bunch of idiots, but her diminishing patience with them won’t help them in the long run and only makes things worse.A leader that has that much control over their citizens and makes decisions on their own wouldn’t make a good US President. There needs to be balance in an administration, and there is no such thing in the Candy Kingdom.But how about you decide? Princess Bubblegum makes her presidential run in Boom’s one shot Adventure Time: President Bubblegum available now at Comixology.
Daphnia magna, a large water flea and a highly efficient filter feeder, important in exerting top-down control on algal blooms, but often severely reduced in abundance in urbanized settings. Credit: Joachim Mergeay More information: Thomas Merckx et al. Body-size shifts in aquatic and terrestrial urban communities, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0140-0AbstractBody size is intrinsically linked to metabolic rate and life-history traits, and is a crucial determinant of food webs and community dynamics1,2. The increased temperatures associated with the urban-heat-island effect result in increased metabolic costs and are expected to drive shifts to smaller body sizes3. Urban environments are, however, also characterized by substantial habitat fragmentation4, which favours mobile species. Here, using a replicated, spatially nested sampling design across ten animal taxonomic groups, we show that urban communities generally consist of smaller species. In addition, although we show urban warming for three habitat types and associated reduced community-weighted mean body sizes for four taxa, three taxa display a shift to larger species along the urbanization gradients. Our results show that the general trend towards smaller-sized species is overruled by filtering for larger species when there is positive covariation between size and dispersal, a process that can mitigate the low connectivity of ecological resources in urban settings5. We thus demonstrate that the urban-heat-island effect and urban habitat fragmentation are associated with contrasting community-level shifts in body size that critically depend on the association between body size and dispersal. Because body size determines the structure and dynamics of ecological networks1, such shifts may affect urban ecosystem function. City fish evolve different body forms than country fish Journal information: Nature The researchers suggest that their results could offer a hint of things to come. As global warming occurs, they note, it appears likely that most species will shrink in size, while some others might just get bigger. A large international team of researchers has found a link between urbanization and changes in animal body size. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their study of animals living in both urban and rural areas in Belgium and what they found. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further The White ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda; macro-moth communities consist on average of larger, more mobile species in urbanized settings Credit: Maarten Jacobs Citation: Study shows link between urbanization and changes in body size of animals (2018, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-link-urbanization-body-size-animals.html Prior research has shown that when temperatures grow warmer, animals tend to grow smaller due to an increase in metabolic rates. It is also well known that cities are typically hotter than surrounding areas because of all the heat-absorbing materials such as asphalt in roads. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if animals living in cities might be smaller due to the hotter climate.To find out, the group collected samples of invertebrates from 10 species in several parts of northern Belgium. Most were flying or crawling insects, but there were also some tiny water-based organisms such as water fleas (which feed on algae in the water). Collection areas ranged from natural, to rural to urban. In all, the team amassed a collection of 95,001 specimens which ranged from moths and butterflies to rotifers.After analyzing the data associated with the specimens, the researchers noted that there were far more animals in wild or rural areas than in urban areas and that there was less variation in cities as well. They also found that most of the species found in urban areas were indeed smaller than their natural counterparts, but there were some notable exceptions. Three groups, moths, butterflies and another that includes grasshoppers and crickets, were actually bigger than their country cousins. The researchers suggest this finding may have more to do with the landscape than temperature. They note that urban areas are very heavily segmented. Animals that can fly between the segments to find food and mate would likely have an advantage, and the bigger they get, the farther they can fly. They also noted that one of the most extreme cases of change in body size was for water fleas—in the city they were on average 44 percent smaller than their native counterparts.
Melanie and Vanessa Iris Roy, from Charlotte, North Carolina, documented their pregnancies (yep, plural) – and ended up inspiring other LGBT couples to start a family.The pair, who both wanted to be mothers, made the impressive decision to have a child each just one year apart. Vanessa gave birth to their son Jax in 2014, and Melanie had their daughter Ero in 2015. They took photos at each stage of their respective pregnancies. Inspiring others to start a family“It’s crazy to see that people were referring to my family as an inspiration. We are still in complete shock,” Melanie told The Huffington Post.“We received one email from someone who said that after reading our story they got the courage to finally come out to their mother,” Melanie told Bored Panda.“It’s a great feeling to think that we can have a positive affect on so many people. We never would have thought our picture could do this.”“I am so thankful”“I am so thankful for the life I have been given,” Melanie wrote on her own page.“For my two gorgeous healthy kids Jax and Ero. For my kickass wife who is literally my best friend, my therapist, my lover, and my partner in life all wrapped in one.“My parents for all the things they sacrificed to give me the childhood I had and the solid foundation built with family, love, and tradition. My wife’s parents for accepting me as one of their own and always being there for us.“This positive move to Charlotte wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for them. I’ve also been blessed with great friends along the way. Tonight while laying next to my two munchkins my heart was filled with love thinking of how awesome my life is.”All images credit: @therealmelroy Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… “The woman’s body is incredible”Both Vanessa and Melanie hope that their side-by-side photos encourage other lesbian couples to start a family.“Vanessa and I have always said we would both like to carry,” Melanie told The Huffington Post. “The woman’s body is incredible. The way it creates and grows another human being is amazing.“We hope that our picture is that sign that some women may need to encourage them to carry a child.”Guess what… the photos went viralMelanie and Vanessa were both surprised to find their photos went viral – especially as they weren’t picked up immediately.It wasn’t until they were shared by several LGBT-focused sites that they started spreading. On one Brazilian advocacy group’s Facebook page, the photos got over 150,000 likes.After going viral, Melanie and Vanessa revealed that “all the opportunities to answer interview questions have been unexpected! From PEOPLE Magazine to Us Magazine to appearing on news channels in Miami, Charlotte and even Germany”. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Meet the gay guy whose Spice Girls fandom got him through years of homophobic abuseGoing to pride at university inspired me to come out as bisexualGay beach vacations in Crete: The essentialsPINK NEWS-
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Thursday, January 11, 2018 WILTON, CT — Solo travellers will be getting a major break this year with Tauck, which has once again opted to reduce and in some cases eliminate its single supplements.The company has announced that there will not be a single supplement on its Category 1 European riverboat cabins, waiving the supplement entirely for those cabins on each departure of every Tauck river cruise itinerary. In all, the single supplement is being waived on over 200 Tauck river cruise departures in 2018.Moreover, Tauck is reducing the single supplement by US$1,000 on other selected cabin categories on 58 departures of 16 different river itineraries.Solo travellers interested in Tauck’s land journeys will also enjoy a reduced single supplement of up to $600 on 155 departures of 53 tours visiting five continents. In Europe, for example, the company has slashed the single supplement by up to $400 on 68 departures of 23 different land itineraries, while in North America, supplements are being reduced by up to $300 on 61 departures of 21 tours. Even more, within its ‘Exotics’ portfolio, Tauck has reduced the supplement by up to $600 on 26 departures of nine trips in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“Our tours and cruises have always been very popular with solo travellers. Not only do solo travellers embrace the camaraderie and sense of assurance they feel as part of a Tauck group, but they really appreciate all of the effort that we put into choreographing and executing their journeys – work they would otherwise have to do entirely on their own,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “Tauck is already a fantastic way for solo travellers to see the world, and with our elimination of or reductions to the single supplement, we’re an even smarter choice.”For more details call 1-800-468-2825 or go to tauck.com. Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tauck eliminates select single supplements for 2018 Tags: Promotions, Tauck << Previous PostNext Post >>
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