A ‘monoculture of jellyfish’ threatens the oceans as we know them (insider)

first_imgJeremy Hance writes about how jellyfish could come to dominate the world’s oceansOverfishing has removed fish from marine ecosystems at astounding rates, which has opened the door for jellyfish to take their place.Eutrophication is another human-caused change in the ocean that has likely contributed to jellyfish explosions.This is an insider story. To read, please become a member. It could be a plot of a (bad) science-fiction film: a man-made disaster creates spawns of millions upon millions of jellyfish that rapidly take over the ocean. Humans, starving for mahi-mahi and Chilean seabass, turn to jellyfish, which becomes the new tuna (after the tuna fishery has collapsed, of course). Fish sticks become jelly sticks,… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists. Article published by Rhett Butler 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Fishing, Insider, Jellyfish, Oceans, Wildlife last_img read more

Springboks end good season with Paris win

first_img25 November 2013The Springboks brought the curtain down on a long and satisfying season with a bruising 19-10 victory over France at Stade de France on Saturday night. It was South Africa’s first win over the French in Paris since 1997, when the Boks famously crushed France 52-10.The victory left South Africa with 10 wins in 12 matches in 2013, including a Rugby Championship record 73-13 victory over Argentina in Soweto, a big 38-12 defeat of Australia for the Boks’ first win in Brisbane, and a 28-0 whitewash of Scotland at Murrayfield.It was by no means a vintage Springbok performance in Paris, but it was controlled, committed and confident, which was enough to defeat a fiery French side that had pushed New Zealand hard in a recent seven-point defeat to the All Blacks.‘Relieved and proud’“I’m very relieved and very proud,” coach Heyneke Meyer said at the post-match press conference, which took place in the early hours of Sunday.“It has been a very long season and there have been a lot of niggles and a lot of injuries, but the guys really wanted to put their bodies on the line and win for their country. They played against a very tough French side, so I’m just very happy and very relieved. I think we have been blessed this year, especially today.”‘They play for each other’Meyer also lauded the contribution of the entire Springbok squad, saying: “I’m very proud of the team. The great thing about them is they play for each other. It’s not just the 23 guys on the pitch, it’s all 32 players that have been here and a few injured guys back home.“What really makes me proud is a guy like Willem Alberts, who was injured, shouldn’t have played probably, but he put his body on the line and suddenly he’s the man of the match. That’s awesome. A guy like Coenie Oosthuizen, we had two injuries to props, and we were really worried about the scrum, especially against the French. He came through brilliantly and Bakkies Botha, at 34-years-old there was a lot of criticism about his inclusion, but when Eben Etzebeth got injured, he came on and delivered a really awesome performance and that it what it is all about.“It’s about team work, playing for each other, putting your body on the line for the guy next to you, and that is what makes them a successful team. I am very, very proud of the guys.”Poor pitchUnfortunately, as it had been in all three of their northern hemisphere tests, the pitch was not up to scratch and negated a consistent showdown at scrum time, although the Springboks on one occasion absolutely blasted France off the ball to earn a penalty and on another occasion claimed a tighthead.Despite the awful surface, tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen was one of South Africa’s leading lights on the night, scrumming strongly, putting in plenty of tackles, and working hard to turn over ball. A big man, weighing 127 kilograms, with his industrious work rate he reminds one of his provincial forwards’ coach at the Cheetahs, Bok great Os du Randt.The South African loose trio was again effective and very physical. Man of the match Willem Alberts was singled out by coach Meyer after the game for his commitment to the green and gold after Alberts came through a late fitness test to take the field, while Francois Louw made matters tough for the hosts at the breakdown. He was, however, shown a yellow card late in the game for shoving Pascal Pape’s face into the ground at a ruck, but the referee missed the slap Pape had given Bok captain Jean de Villiers, which led to Louw’s reaction.A superb seasonAt the back of the scrum Duane Vermeulen put an exclamation point on a superb season. His heavy tackling, powerful carrying of the ball, and winning of the ball at the ruck were, as they have been throughout the year, outstanding.It is difficult to imagine 53-test veteran Pierre Spies, who has been sidelined with injury this season, winning the eighthman position back. Not only has Vermeulen played out of his socks at the back of the scrum, he has also combined wonderfully with Alberts and Louw.Behind both packs, the backlines struggled to make ground against one another, although South Africa were twice denied tries by the television match official (TMO) in the second half.DisallowedOn the first occasion, with South Africa on the attack and just outside the French 22, Morne Steyn failed to hold onto a pass, but it flew parallel to the flyhalf on to De Villiers, who scooped it up, broke through the opposition backline and then offloaded to his centre partner Jaque Fourie, who crashed over for what looked like a try. The TMO viewed it numerous times before disallowing the five-pointer because he deemed the ball had gone forwards between Steyn and De Villiers. The decision was somewhat surprising.Later, after one of the few flowing, attacking moves in the game, fullback Willie le Roux stabbed through a beautifully judged grubber. Francois Louw, out on the right touchline, flew through to force the ball down beyond the French try line. The referee, though, asked for the TMO to review the score because French winger Yohann Huget had been close by.The replays revealed the defender’s hand missed the ball as he desperately dived to prevent the try. However, at full stretch and with his eyes closed, Huget made contact with the ball as his body bounced on the ground. His hand appeared to have moved the ball sideways, just before Louw touched it, but the TMO decided that the ball had been touched down and a 22 metre kick out went France’s way. Again, it could have gone the other way.Springbok trySouth Africa’s only try was scored by JP Pietersen, who charged down an attempted clearance kick to go over. The enthusiastic and effective chasing of kicks was a feature of the Boks’ play and they did it better than the French to keep the hosts under pressure.France became the only team to score a try against South Africa on their tour of the north just before half time, but the try was more about an unforced error by the Springboks than about French design.Having caught a kick off comfortably, the Boks formed a ruck, intent on passing the ball back to flyhalf Morne Steyn. Inexplicably it squirted out of the scrum on the blind side and French scrumhalf Morgan Parra, who enjoyed a strong outing, pounced on the ball before feeding it out. South Africa’s defence scrambled to stop the danger, but Sofiane Guitone just made it in the left-hand corner, with the TMO once again being called upon to adjudicate whether or not a try had been scored.Defensive organisationWhile some have been critical of centre Jaque Fourie on his return to the side, it is hard to see why. His influence on the Springboks’ defensive pattern, his reading of the game and his organisation, was nothing short of brilliant. With Fourie to the fore, it was not just France, but also Wales and Scotland who found it extremely difficult to break through South Africa’s defensive lines.At the back, Willie le Roux enhanced his reputation with another strong performance in the number 15 jersey. His kicking was probing and he was also solid under the high ball. On better pitches, he will be an absolute handful, but even on the poor Paris pitch his clever grubber for Francois Louw deserved to be rewarded with a try. With Le Roux at the back, the Springbok backline enjoys a dimension that has been missing for far too long.Pride and hopeOne of the main reasons that 2013 must be viewed as a successful season is the effect that the Springboks’ performances have had on supporters. Pride and hope in the team is on a high and the trajectory of the team continues to be up. Injuries notwithstanding, this side should have matured perfectly by the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and that is a reason to be very excited.SPRINGBOK RESULTS IN 20138 June: SA 44-10 Italy, Durban15 June: SA 30-17 Scotland, Nelspruit22 June: SA 56-23 Samoa, Pretoria17 Aug: SA 73-13 Argentina, Soweto24 Aug: SA 22-17 Argentina, Mendoza7 Sept: SA 38-12 Australia, Brisbane14 Sept: SA 15-29 New Zealand, Auckland28 Sept: SA 28-8 Australia, Cape Town5 Oct: SA 27-38 New Zealand, Johannesburg9 Nov: SA 24-15 Wales, Cardiff17 Nov: SA 28-0 Scotland, Edinburgh23 Nov: SA 19-10 France, Parislast_img read more

Crackdown on shell companies Government plans to geotag firms

first_imgRepresentational image of tax calculationCreative CommonsThe Central government is planning to geo-tag companies to check whether too many firms are registered on the same address. This move is a part of a crackdown on shell companies.What it means for the companies?Firms will have to geo tag their registered office locations in a statutory filing to Registrar of Companies for the existing companies while for the upcoming firms, coordinates of the registered office would be mandatory to provide under the proposed move.What is Geo tagging?Geo tagging is the process of adding geographical identification to various media forms.It can help users find a wide variety of location-specific information from a device. For instance, someone can find images taken near a given location by entering latitude and longitude coordinates into a suitable image search engine.How Geo tagging will keep a check on shell companies?During the income tax filing, Geo Tagging will raise an alarm with the income tax officials if too many firms are registered on same co ordinates. Minister of State, P.P Choudhary said “This will us identify instances of one building being used by hundreds of shell companies as their registered companies or citing vacant plots are their registered office premises. It will serve as an early warning system for detecting mushrooming shell companies,” quoted Mint.Registering of several companies on same address was red flagged by the former judge of Supreme Court Justice M.B Shah led special investigation team in 2015. It highlighted the role of shell firms in money laundering.In the first leg of cleaning up the shell menace, government last year come down on 2,26,000 firms for not filing annual returns for last two years and ordered an investigation. The Ministry of Corporate affairs is all set to strike down 1 lakh such firms.However, experts are of opinion that there are genuine cases of having same registered premises for firms like law and audit firms who operate from the same co ordinates. The proposed move is good considering the ill effects of bogus firms and money laundering but it also needs to be seen that genuine firms are not harassed unnecessarily to prove that they are not shell companies.last_img read more

NCB seizes 78 kgs of ganja from Bishnupur area in South 24Parganas

first_imgKOLKATA: The zonal team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized around 78 kgs of ganja from the motor workshop of one Rehman, a resident of Bishnupur in South 24-Parganas. The incident took place on Friday night. One Saifuddin Sheikh has been arrested from the same area in this connection. The investigators are probing if other persons are involved in the incident.According to the NCB, the source of the seized drug is Odisha and these narcotic substances were coming to Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official of the NCB said a detailed probe has been initiated in this regard to identify the other accused if any. The arrested person has also been interrogated. The seized drugs and the arrested person will be produced before a court in Alipore on Sunday. The officials are trying to know the entire modus-operandi. The investigators are not ruling out the possibilities of other individuals being involved in the incident.last_img read more

Just Being Proactive Isnt Enough What Entrepreneurs Should Do During a Cyberattack

first_img Listen Now June 14, 2017 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens Last month, the WannaCry ransomware attack, according to Reuters, struck more than 150 nations, affecting upwards of 200,000 computers.Cyence, a firm specializing in cyberrisk modeling, estimated the total economic damage to be around $4 billion. Victims ranged from individual users to massive organizations, including transportation systems in Germany, a communications firm in Spain and hospitals in Britain.With WannaCry’s ability to overtake large enterprises and major networks on full display, smaller businesses were left wondering what hope they had against similar attacks.Related: WannaCry Ransomware: What You Need to KnowSmall businesses fighting big attacksMost business leaders think — or should think — about proactive and preventive measures when they think about cybersecurity. “Proactive” precautions include instituting a managed firewall and antivirus software.Yet, while these measures are essential, they’re no guarantee for avoiding an attack. When a ransomware event does occur, small business owners and entrepreneurs need to know what to do, to repair (or at least minimize) the damage.Hopefully, such an attack will never happen to your business. But if the worst occurs, here are some steps to take:1. Act fast with communications.Ransomware attacks leave no time to waste — by the time a U.K. researcher slowed WannaCry (24 hours after the attack began), Healthcare IT News reported that the attack had already affected more than 100 countries. Once a small business owner recognizes his or her business is under attack, it’s critical to begin communications right away.Leaders should communicate next steps to the rest of their company. In some cases, they’ll also need to alert their customers.Reporting an attack to the authorities matters, too; the FBI has described criminal cyberattacks as being within its purview. Informing federal law enforcement can help ensure more organizations around the country don’t also fall victim, especially when the attack is as far-reaching as WannaCry was.2. Isolate infected machines.It can’t be said enough: Attacks move quickly from one machine to the next. According to Malwarebytes, when WannaCry was installed on a computer, its code allowed it to spread to other vulnerable machines on the network. This isn’t uncommon for ransomware attacks.Companies, then, must do their best to slow the spread as best they can. Specifically, company leaders need to remove affected computers from their network as soon as they’ve identified the infected machines.Related: 4 Ways Ransomware Companies Act Like Legitimate Businesses3. Document and understand effects before attempting to fix them.Not all cyberattacks are alike. At best, an attack might take away a specific capability, such as browsing the web; at worst, it might encrypt every last file on a machine, thwarting operations entirely and compromising customer data.In some cases, WannaCry’s effects were astonishingly severe. The British National Health Service reported that WannaCry forced it to shut down 16 of its computer networks, which meant hospitals had to deny care to all patients whose health wasn’t immediately threatened. That’s far different from losing internet access for a period of time, and its consequences are just as distinct.Related: Business Cyber Attacks Top 4,000 Per Day: Your Guide to Ransomware A proactive plan of response is the most effective prevention for a cyberattack, but even the most thorough cybersecurity measures won’t completely immunize an organization; there’s simply no way to ensure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a business won’t fall victim to a ransomware attack.When hackers do strike, taking the above measures may reduce the impact and help speed up the recovery process. That way, small business owners can return to business as usual in as little time as possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min readlast_img read more