Jeremy 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 overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Fishing, Insider, Jellyfish, Oceans, Wildlife
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We’ve had to reevaluate our position,” Colliver said. “It’s having a hard time in the market.” Colliver said a decision on the Accord will be made sometime this year. Not all hybrids are suffering. The Honda Insight hybrid saw sales jump 15 percent last year, and Colliver said sales of the Honda Civic hybrid remain strong. The company expects to sell 25,000 hybrid Civics this year, or 8 percent of its total Civic volume. Colliver said the problem with the Accord is that the hybrid system is paired with a V6 engine, compared to the smaller 4-cylinder engine in the Civic, and consumers aren’t convinced it will offer them any fuel savings. Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus luxury division is betting that consumers eventually will adopt so-called performance hybrids like the Accord, which give vehicles a bigger engine with better fuel economy and lower emissions. NEW YORK – Honda Motor Co. may cut production of the Honda Accord hybrid because sales have been so slow, Honda Executive Vice President Dick Colliver said Thursday at the New York Auto Show. Colliver was the second executive in as many days to question the direction of hybrid sales during media previews for the show, which opens to the public today. Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday that hybrid sales appear to be slowing down, something he has warned could happen as consumers decide whether hybrids are worth their additional cost. Colliver wouldn’t give exact sales for the Accord hybrid, which went on sale in December 2004, but said they make up a tiny percentage of Honda’s overall sales. Overall Accord sales were down 4 percent last year, according to Autodata Corp. The 2008 Lexus LS 600h, introduced at the New York show, is the first luxury vehicle to pair a powerful V-8 engine with a hybrid system. The combination gives the 600h the power of a 12-cylinder engine with the fuel efficiency of a smaller vehicle. Lexus said the sedan will have fuel economy ratings equal to or better than some mid-size luxury sedans. But Colliver said he’s not convinced consumers will embrace performance hybrids. “We’re still looking at where’s the best package for hybrids,” Colliver said. “We’re going to have to watch the market.” Hybrids made up 1.5 percent of new-car sales last year, up slightly from 2004, even though there were new models on the market, according to J.D. Power and Associates.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Ray Maota The aim of the regional fellowships is toincrease the representation of women inglobal scientific circles by funding theirscholarly endeavours.(Image: Flickr) Rachel Muigai, from UCT, is doing her PhDon the sustainability of concrete structures.(Image: UCT)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sara-Lea van EedenTaryn Fritz Public Relations &Communications+27 83 446 6109RELATED ARTICLES• Unesco fellowship for SA scientist• Unesco, AU to boost journalism• Space science thriving in South Africa• New centre to foster science careersFemale scientists from Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been honoured with 2011 L’Oréal-Unesco Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in sub-Saharan Africa.The five are Dalene de Swardt, Jeanne de Waal and Kim Trollope from Stellenbosch; and Olutayo Boyinbode and Rachel Muigai from UCT.The award ceremony took place in Melrose Arch in northern Johannesburg on 30 June 2011.Four of the women honoured on the night were South Africans. In total there were 10 recipients specialising in microbiology, environmental science, medical virology, chemistry and agriculture.Each took home a fellowship to the value of US$20 000 (R135 000) toward the completion of their PhD research projects.Philippe Raffray, MD of L’Oreal South Africa, said: “The programme was open to all women scientists up to the age of 40 across sub-Saharan Africa, who are working towards their PhD in all fields of science.”Raffray said that 175 women had submitted applications, which was a significant increase from the 2010 figure of 104.The number of fellowships awarded also increased, from five in 2010 to 10 in 2011.Professor Joseph Massaquoi, director for the Regional Bureau for Science in Africa, said: “Unesco is very enthusiastic about this particular fellowship because it contributes to the two global priorities of the organisation: Africa, and gender equality.”He said that the global cultural organisation was pleased to empower women in science, and help ensure the diversity of the scientific community in Africa.The Regional Bureau for Science in Africa is responsible for the preparation and implementation of science programmes in 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is an organisation of Unesco. African scientific innovationDe Swardt is doing her PhD in medical virology, specifically in the field of HIV/Aids. Her research focuses on a type of immune cell, the dendritic cell.She said: “I’m developing a natural agent that I hope would block the HIV virus from entering healthy cells, while also curbing its activation status so that the agent can attack and clear out the infection.”Trollope’s research is centred on producing an enzyme used for the manufacture of sweeteners from cane sugar.She chose a career in science, she said, because she was interested in finding out how things work.“Also, I liked the idea of doing a job where things are not predetermined and are constantly developing. I also like to be involved in research as I think it forms the basis for many human activities and contributing to that knowledge base appeals to me.”De Waal is doing her doctorate on sustainable agricultural fruit production, with a special emphasis on eco-friendly pest management. She is developing a biological control agent to effectively control pests on apples and pears.Muigai’s area of speciality is the sustainability of concrete structures. She expressed her gratitude on receiving the L’Oreal-Unesco fellowship, saying that she was tremendously thankful that the two international organisations had considered her thesis and supported it.Muigai previously received a six-month research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, which she used to spend time at the Technical University of Munich in Germany in 2010.Boyinbode is doing her PhD in computer science.Empowering women in scienceThe Women in Science partnership was created by the L’Oreal Corporate Foundation with Unesco in 1998.The careers of nearly 1 100 women scientists have benefitted through the various fellowship programmes offered under the partnership.The aim of the national and regional fellowships is to increase the representation of women in the global scientific community by funding their scholarly work, and at the same time helping them to become role models for future female scientists.Raffray said: “Access to funds – especially in Africa – is far too often a barrier to women completing their studies, but through the fellowships we aim to remove at least this barrier.”The partnership also aimed to open up previously inaccessible opportunities, he said – not only for the talented fellowship recipients but also to the African community and the world at large, through scientific research that needed only a financial push to come to fruition.
Emirates was one of the airlines involved in the test. Photo: Emirates. Airbus A380’s future is assured with Emirates very close to signing an order with Rolls-Royce to deliver engines for the 36 additional A380s the Dubai-based carrier ordered in February says the airline’s President Sir Tim Clark.“The deal is just about to be closed, it will be Rolls-Royce”, Sir Tim Clark confirmed in an exclusive interview to Airlineratings.com on the sideline of the APG aviation conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco.This ends speculation that the whole deal might fall through as airline and engine manufacturers missed several deadlines for the decision on which engines to select.The deadlines were supposed to secure planned delivery from 2020 onwards. So far Emirates had ordered Rolls-Royce engines for 52 of its A380s and Engine Alliance ones for 90 aircraft.See our Concorde tribute.Sir Tim Clark also talked about the delays in the current A380 delivery schedule.Media speculated this week that the carrier might not be ready to take on more at the moment as the airline faces a pilot shortage and reportedly has stored some A380s at Dubai World Central airport.But Clark dismissed these conclusions. “We don’t control the delivery stream, Airbus does, it’s called production. Unfortunately, quite a few of the A380 deliveries have slipped and they are all compressed in the back end of the year in the next two months, so we are taking them now.”Sir Tim Clark addresses the APG aviation conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Credit Andreas SpaethThere had been speculation that it was Emirates asking for a stretch in the deliveries. “It’s not us delaying anything, one of the aircraft coming now should have been delivered in February, we are talking about a compression, all of them should have been delivered last year and haven’t been”, said Tim Clark when asked by Airlineratings.comWith the current widespread engine troubles in the aviation industry, Clark had some critical remark“Engine manufacturers were moving too quickly to try to meet specifications. When it came to innovation they did little and sat on their hands, they overpromised and what we see now is the result of that.”Commenting on the current problems Airbus faces with the geared turbofan (GTF) Pure Power engines by Pratt & Whitney powering the A320neo, Clark said: “I’m not saying GTF is a failure, it should work, I am not altogether sure why it hasn’t worked, whether it’s a metallurgical thing or a simple design flaw I don’t know because we haven’t got them, it’s a real shame but I’m sure Pratt will get it right, they have to.”He urged propulsion manufacturers to combine innovations found in the LEAP powering the 737 MAXs and the GTFs for A320neos and regional jets with those implemented in high-thrust engines for wide-bodies.“You see the quantum movements in the technology of thrust and weight driven by the ability of the engine to work hotter and harder, using ceramic technology to keeping the hot sections in check, even that’s under development at the moment. It is not going to a stop where it is today, what I am looking for is seven or ten years out, when all this has been looked at and they come out with better engines, that is what will happen.”For Emirates itself, he said the biggest challenge currently is higher fuel prices. “At the moment we got huge problems with the fuel price, which is really destroying value for us, it really hit our bottom line quite hard, we haven’t had a good first half year just because of fuel.”
Tags:#web#Web Office Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Web Office suite provider ThinkFree has announced it has hit the 1 Million mark in number of hosted documents, up from 654,000 in late February when we last reported ThinkFree’s usage. Their community uploads between 60,000 to 80,000 documents per month and currently ThinkFree has 335,000 users, up from the 250,000 in February.ThinkFree also stated in their blog post that they are the number 2 Web Office suite provider, behind Google Apps. They wrote:“GD&S is a great lightweight tool, but having the best MS Compatibility and the highest level of feature functionality of any online offie suite has propelled us into the second spot.”ThinkFree’s main startup competitor Zoho also recently announced user numbers, stating that they have over 300K users. The current figure is around 310k, according to a Zoho representative I checked with tonight.Judging by the figures both companies provided, it seems that Zoho’s growth rate is stronger. According to their blog post, Zoho took “12 months to get to the first 100K users, 6 months for the next 100K users and 4 months for the last 100K users.” However it’s great to see that both Web Office startups are experiencing high usage and growing well. While Google is the dominant player in this market, both ThinkFree and Zoho are an acquisition away from being major players in the office software market (e.g. Microsoft or Oracle might buy them).Disclosure: Zoho is a R/WW sponsor A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
Primary reasons for many organizations to adopt Open Source software has been lower cost and easier accessibility to source code to enable tighter customization and control. Now many organizations are citing yet another reason: competitive advantage. Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner, says that “gaining a competitive advantage has emerged as a significant reason for adopting an OSS solution, suggesting that users are beginning to look at OSS differently – they can customise the code to make it unique to their company, they have created a competitive advantage. ”The Gartner survey found that now more than half of organizations feel that Open Source provides them competitive advantage. “Although a search for reducing costs by adopting OSS continues to be a major driver, with this survey we see more respondents looking at OSS as having much-greater value than simply getting something for free,” said Wurster.Bob Igou, Gartner researcher and co-author of the Gartner report, commented that “OSS components and building blocks are utilized together with internally developed software to augment and enhance existing systems through integration and automation, as well as to improve business efficiencies and security.” Over the last five years, companies have become much more savvy and learnt how to integrate Open Source components with proprietary software components so as not to infringe on software licensing restrictions.The Gartner report found that the use of Open Source software to be pervasive. 22 percent of organizations say that they use Open Source in all parts of their business and another 46 say that they have selectively deployed Open Source for specific departments and projects in their organization. By the end of 2012, Gartner reports that on average, Open Source software will account for 30 percent of most organization’s total software assets — compared to just five years ago when less than 10 percent of software assets were Open Source. 24 percent of organizations say that the selection of Open Source software was a strategic business decision for them. Another 31 percent said that the decision to use Open Source was a strategic decision made by their IT groups.
Winning the offseason — signing the marquee free agent and/or making the headline-grabbing trade — does not correlate strongly with actual winning. The San Diego Padres “won” the 2014-15 offseason by adding Craig Kimbrel, James Shields and a host of other players, then went on to lose 88 games the following season. The previous winter, Seattle shocked the baseball world by outbidding the Yankees for All-Star Robinson Cano, but the Mariners still haven’t made the playoffs since 2001. In December 2011, the Los Angeles Angels signed Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $240 million contract — a contract that quickly became one of the great albatrosses in the sport. The deal has compromised the Angels’ ability to improve their club; Angels star Mike Trout has participated in only three playoff games in his career.But last winter, something unusual happened: The Milwaukee Brewers won the offseason and went on to win in the actual season. The Brewers, who will begin the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, acquired the best player in the trade market last winter in Christian Yelich and the best player in the free-agent market in Lorenzo Cain. They also found an undervalued arm in Jhoulys Chacin.These big-name acquisitions exceeded expectations. In total, no team had a better year-to-year roster overhaul than the Brewers — and it wasn’t close.The Brewers added 18.90 wins above replacement1Using a mix of the WAR values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. from outside their organization in 2018. The next closest teams were the Tampa Bay Rays (11.93 WAR) and Houston Astros (9.05). In terms of net gains and losses from last offseason, the Brewers’ departing players accounted for -0.02 WAR of value in 2018 with their new teams, making their net WAR gain from offseason transactions 18.92. The next closest clubs? The Red Sox (7.78) and Reds (5.43). Yelich (7.61 WAR), Cain (6.30) and Chacin (2.50) accounted for 39.7 percent of Milwaukee’s WAR this season. San Francisco Giants+3.33– Los Angeles Dodgers+1.45– New York Yankees+3.77– Baltimore Orioles-2.47– St. Louis Cardinals-13.27– Cleveland Indians+3.97– Toronto Blue Jays+3.95– Milwaukee Brewers+18.92– San Diego Padres+1.48– Pittsburgh Pirates-2.49– Oakland Athletics-0.49– Miami Marlins-13.59– Sources: Fangraphs, Baseball-reference.com Chicago Cubs-5.55– Chicago White Sox-5.93– teamNet WAR Arizona Diamondbacks-5.91– Kansas City Royals-16.22– Texas Rangers-1.46– New York Mets-1.84– Los Angeles Angels-5.81– The Brewers won the offseason … and the NL CentralMLB teams by net wins above replacement (WAR) for the 2018 regular season Boston Red Sox+7.78– Detroit Tigers-15.01– Tampa Bay Rays+1.84– Houston Astros+2.73– Seattle Mariners+0.73– Philadelphia Phillies+2.15– Cinncinati Reds+5.43– Washington Nationals-1.53– One reason it’s so difficult to translate offseason success to the actual playing field is that predicting player performance is a difficult task in just about every sport — even a sport rich in data like baseball. Injury and misfortune can derail the best of plans.Another reason is tied to a macro-level trend in baseball: Free agency has been devalued.Because of both performance and financial motivations, teams are prizing cheaper, younger talent more. The average age of an MLB player in 2004 hit a post-World War II high of 29.2, but that has gradually declined to a 21st-century low of 28.2 years this season. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, which began in earnest in 2004, has also likely played a role in the disappearance of 30-somethings — ages when players are typically acquired as free agents. Simply put, it’s more difficult to buy a competitive team in baseball, while the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros have won titles with homegrown efforts and given MLB a blueprint in the past several seasons.Yet Milwaukee defied the odds and — partially through spending — got itself a contending team. As the industry zigged, the Brewers zagged.Conventional wisdom has it that small-market baseball teams must be homegrown because there is no financial mechanism like a salary cap to level the playing field, though baseball’s strengthened penalties for exceeding the luxury tax are acting something like a soft cap.2The New York Yankees stayed below the tax floor this season for the first time in the tax era; the Los Angeles Dodgers also stayed below the floor after paying the highest tax bill during the past four years. But the Brewers, ranking 23rd in opening day payroll, had the second lowest amount of homegrown production this season, according to MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, who found that only the Oakland A’s had a lower share of homegrown WAR than the Brewers’ mark of 17 percent.The Brewers’ offseason and in-season success is tied to being opportunistic. The team took advantage of a suppressed free-agent market to land Cain, an effort perhaps aided by clubs saving dollars to pursue Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this coming offseason. Star-level free agents often sign before New Year’s Day, but it wasn’t until late January that Cain reached a five-year agreement worth $80 million. While the back end of the deal might not turn out to be favorable for the club, the 32-year-old Cain’s 6.3-win season has already covered much of the expense in terms of performance value. Among 2017-18 free agents, no one was more valuable than Cain this season — even J.D. Martinez, who is guaranteed $30 million more over five years.While teams have become more leery of free agency, they’ve also become less likely to part with prospect talent. Milwaukee went against the grain here, too, in acquiring Yelich, who may very well be the NL MVP. The Brewers surrendered four prospects — including their top prospect, Lewis Brinson — to acquire Yelich. The 26-year-old is under club control through the 2022 season at $51.3 million.All clubs are interested in free-agent bargain hunting to fill out their rosters — and the Brewers did well here, too, in signing Chacin to a two-year, $15.5 million deal. Chacin’s 2.50 WAR was third only to Miles Mikolas (4.47 WAR)3Mikolas came over from Japan on a two-year, $15.5 million deal with St. Louis. and Jake Arrieta (2.65 WAR) among free-agent starting pitchers signed over the winter.With the Brewers, Chacin and Yelich have gotten more out of their abilities. Chacin’s slider usage rate has increased to a career-high 43.9 percent; in run value per 100 pitches, it was the 11th-best slider in baseball. Yelich became more aggressive in swinging in early counts in the second half, and his home run-to-fly ball rate surged to 48.1 percent.The Brewers were also able to avoid the overpriced relief market, returning Josh Hader and Corey Knebel — their top two relievers from 2017. Their bullpen is the strength of their pitching staff.Milwaukee invested wisely. The Brewers saw undervalued players and opportunity last winter. Because of that, this high-import, small-budget team is four wins from the World Series.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Minnesota Twins+3.26– Atlanta Braves+1.94– Colorado Rockies-0.47–