France go high and take to their bikes

first_imgScott Spedding says French fitness needs to improve and if they are to succeed at the World Cup, it maybe thanks to a British invention… In the blue: Spedding playing for France but next year he’ll wear the yellow of Clermont Stiff competition: Spedding will be up against Nick Abendanon for the No 15 shirtHas he joined the right club, then? Clermont have famously triumphed just once in their 12 Top 14 final appearances, a fact Spedding acknowledges.  “There’ll be a lot of pressure at Clermont this season because their supporters are demanding a trophy,” he says. “Personally I’ll be competing with Nick Abendanon [for the full-back’s jersey], who had a great season last season, so that just adds to the excitement.”In the meantime, however, Spedding’s horizon stretches only as far as England and France’s opening match against Italy at Twickenham on September 19. “We’ve still got lot of work to do but I think with the World Cup still two months away we’re well-placed,” he says. “Everything that’s gone before counts for nothing. When we gathered  three weeks ago we started from zero and we’ll be ready for our first game. The French know they have a point to prove and the French are never more dangerous when they have something to prove.” There have also been the odd social outing to further forge friendships but in truth, says Spedding, “we’re pretty broken by the evening so we eat and then go to bed.”Such has been his focus in recent weeks that Spedding has not even had the time to find a flat in Clermont, the club he’s recently joined from Bayonne . “Clermont have been really supportive and told me to concentrate on France for now so I haven’t done anything about moving in,” says the 29-year-old, who is relishing the prospect of playing for last season’s beaten Champions Cup and Top 14 finalists.“It’s a massive motivation to join Clermont and try and help them win a title,” says Spedding. “And of course I want to win a title, too, because there are two things that mark a player’s career – caps and titles.” If France do surprise the world and win the Webb Ellis Cup in October they’ll have to give grudging thanks to a British invention. The ‘Wattbike’ has been their primary fitness machine during their first four weeks of preparation, Les Bleus investing in a dozen of them for their training at Marcoussis and latterly Tignes, in the Alps.The static cycle was first developed in 2008 at the request of British cycling, who wanted an indoor training bike that, in the words of Wattbike’s website, could measure “your power output, your pedalling technique and heart rate”. The result is a machine used by, among others, Team Sky.France coach Philippe Saint-Andre isn’t much interested in the technique bit, more the heart rate and particularly the power output. That’s why their 12 Wattbikes were transported from Paris to Tignes last week, and were seen on Tuesday at an altitude of 3,000 metres as part of the squad’s high-altitude training. The French players – like those of England, Scotland and Wales – are learning that being beasted at high altitude improves the delivery of oxygen to the muscles and that in theory leads to better athletic performance.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I think fitness has been a problem with the French team for a number of seasons because we’ve never had the time to work together before Tests, just a week or so,” says Spedding. “At Test level that’s not long enough so this is the first time this coaching team have had the squad for such a long period and that means we have the time to work on an attractive game plan and on our fitness.”The shared suffering has been good for the squad, says Spedding, forging strong bonds that he believes will be tough enough to stand the pressure of the impending World Cup. “It’s been a really hard three weeks, but we’re all going through the same thing and we’re encouraging one another and really knitting tighter together.”Putting in some graft: Scott Spedding is training at altitude in the French Alps The more one pedals on the Wattbike the greater the resistance, and the French squad on Tuesday started with six and half seconds maximum sprint with 24 seconds of recovery, a sequence repeated over a total of 24 minutes. “What I’ve learned in the last few days,” gasped Wesley Fofana at the end of the session, “is that I’m not really cut out for cycling.”Scott Spedding who, incidentally, went to the same South African school as the current leader of this year’s Tour de France, Chris Froome, says the Wattbike is just one part of a training programme that has pushed the French squad to its limits this month. “We started with 10 days at Marcoussis that was just fitness,” explains  Spedding. “As well as the Wattbike there was a lot of cross-fit and gym workouts. Here at Tignes we’ve started to work on the rugby but it was made clear from the start that we would be working in three week blocks; the first block 70% fitness and 30% rugby and then vice-versa for the second block.”Once the second block is over, France play England in two warm-up matches in August, an opportunity for the French to avenge in some small measure their record 55-35 defeat in last season’s Six Nations. “Against England the ball was in play for a crazy amount of time – something like 40 minutes [42, according to Saint-Andre] – and I think in the second half we weren’t as fit as England,” reflects Spedding. “And as we began to tire so we started to struggle to make good decisions. That’s one thing we’re working on because if we want to compete at top we have to get that right.”Train harder: Spedding admits the French squad needs to be fitter to cmpete for 80 minutesThe South African-born full-back concedes that in general in recent seasons France haven’t been as fit as their rivals, and that certainly seems to be the objective of Julien Deloire, the conditioning coach tasked with preparing the players for the World Cup. “My major objective consists of improving the players fitness capacity rather than their muscle volume,” he told Midi Olympique on Monday.last_img read more

A2 House / Masahiko Sato

first_img Photographs Builder: “COPY” 2013 photographs:  Toshihisa IshiiPhotographs:  Toshihisa Ishii Architects: Masahiko Sato Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Fukuoka, Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard A2 House / Masahiko SatoSave this projectSaveA2 House / Masahiko Sato Year:  Murozono Construction Co.Ltd.center_img 2013 Year:  “COPY” Projects Save this picture!© Toshihisa Ishii+ 33 Share Japan CopyAbout this officeMasahiko SatoOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFukuokaJapanPublished on July 09, 2015Cite: “A2 House / Masahiko Sato” 08 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Client:Mr.AibaCity:FukuokaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiRecommended ProductsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneLouvers / ShuttersLunawoodThermowood BattensLouvers / ShuttersRabel Aluminium SystemsElectric Folding Shading System – Rabel 14000StonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®Text description provided by the architects. A2-house which has another name [shell house] was built in Fukuoka city. Site is located on the area where there are crowed by residences and shops. North of site is contact with a busy industrial road.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiTo satisfy the needs of owner [A house that family can live in safely], this design’s main concept is protecting family from various neighboring environment of the site.Save this picture!First Floor PlanTo protect the privacy and mitigate traffic noise, I set no opening on outer wall of north side faced to the road. In addition, I pushed out a white wall diagonally on a road to emphasize the beautiful wooden wall and leave people a deep impression.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiHouse is retreated from the road in 2600 mm to plant trees in order to harmonize architecture and environment. When a car entries the house, it is needed to use remote-control to open overslide door. By this way, it enhances ability of crime prevention and owner can entry house safely from entrance.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiThere is a big light court terrace contacted with living room and dining room on the south of house. Family and children can play safely outside in the light court. It makes the space a whole feeling by setting a window of large openness is set between light court and living room & dining room. So family can enjoy themselves there.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiIn addition, I designed another smaller light court opposite to it and all rooms inside the house have a good quality of brightness and ventilation. I used a window that can protect privacy from outside on smaller light court so they can feel the seasons, changes of daytime, rain, wind etc. by themselves.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanOpposite to the exclusive feeling of road side, you may enjoy open and bright space when you enter inner of A2-house [shell house]. I hope owners spend a pleasant time in the house by feeling the benefits of nature and changes of seasons.Save this picture!© Toshihisa IshiiProject gallerySee allShow lessCasa Sur Ual / Christian MüllerSelected ProjectsDharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts / KRIS YAO | ARTECHSelected Projects Share A2 House / Masahiko Sato ArchDaily Area:  254 m² Area:  254 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Durham, N.C.: Housing is a human right!

first_imgDurham, N.C.As the rate of evictions in this rapidly gentrifying city reaches a fever pitch, people here have banded together to demand that the Durham Housing Authority stop displacing residents over the winter season and recognize housing as a human right.Speakers advocate for ‘Housing as a human right!’ at Dec. 20 press conference in Durham, N.C. (WW Photo)According to Legal Aid of North Carolina, DHA’s attempted evictions in 2019 affected a full 40 percent of its residents. The year’s eviction rate wildly outpaced several major neighboring cities, such as Greensboro (5 percent), Raleigh (1.7 percent) and Charlotte (1.2 percent).The Emergency Committee to Stop DHA Evictions — a broad, diverse coalition of residents and activists — announced the launch of a new campaign on Dec. 20 outside the Housing Authority. The committee presented a petition supporting its demands, including a moratorium on evictions through March 31. Similar moratoriums have been initiated in Richmond, Va., and Oakland, Calif.“What has happened is that we have been bamboozled; we have been hoodwinked into a situation because of our needs. We are Black people, Hispanic people and poor whites who need housing,” said Rafiq Zaidi, a resident of Durham public housing.On Nov. 5, city residents voted overwhelmingly for a $95 million public bond to support affordable housing. Most of that funding will go to DHA, an agency that working-class residents have little trust in and see as ill-suited to handle its responsibilities toward the people.DHA director Anthony Scott, present at the press conference, claimed his agency was being subjected to mistargeted ire. According to Indy Week, he said, “There’s no need for a moratorium, because if a resident talks with us [about making pay arrangements], no eviction is filed.” Scott also claimed the number of evictions had decreased, since analysis by Legal Aid found the agency had filed 540 eviction cases in the first six months of 2019.Scott’s assertion made no sense, countered Durham Workers Assembly organizer Dante Strobino: “People are still being evicted. How can you have a de facto moratorium if people are still being evicted?”Activist Loan Tran quoted the petition: “Historical trends indicate that the number of evictions increase over the holidays, which puts families and vulnerable individuals in even more precarity.”Graffiti shows peoples’ sentiment in Durham. (Photo: Bobby820 via reddit/bull city)In fact, while the number of evictions has gone down since a midsummer high, evictions again began to increase in October and November — at double the rate during the same period in 2018.The campaign comes at a time when the city of Durham is undergoing massive shifts in racial demographics and wealth concentration, as longtime, less wealthy residents are being pushed out by newer, comparatively monied, and often white, new arrivals.According to research by The Herald-Sun, “Since 2010, six [Durham] census tracts have seen their median household income levels rise by more than 40 percent. The county’s median household income increased 8.4 percent over the same period. The same is true of median house value, where five census tracts saw median house value rise by more than 25 percent from 2010-2016.” (April 24, 2018)The $95 million housing bond is supposed to be used in part to redevelop five much-needed community housing projects in Durham.Black Youth Project 100, Durham chapter Co-Chair AJ Williams said that DHA needed to show it is capable of meeting community needs in return for that large investment: “We demand that not a dime of the housing bond be released to DHA until it stops its out-of-control eviction filings.”The coalition’s petition gathered over 1,000 signatures in a few days, with support from over 20 organizations, including the Durham City Workers Union (UE 150), Durham Workers Assembly, NC Raise Up for $15, National Domestic Workers – We Dream in Black, Black Youth Project 100 Durham, NC State AFL-CIO, Durham Association of Educators, the Human Relations Commission, Carolina Jews for Justice and others.The Emergency Committee to Stop DHA Evictions’ petition, as well as more resources on Durham’s eviction crisis, can be found at thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Norman Borlaug Statue To Be Dedicated in Washington

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Norman Borlaug Statue To Be Dedicated in Washington SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 3, 2014 Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue Makes List of Top Ranked Ag CollegesNext articleEPA Finalizes New Fuel and Car Standards Gary Truitt Source: Agri Pulsecenter_img Norman Borlaug Statue To Be Dedicated in Washington SHARE Norman BorlaugA statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug, widely regarded as the father of the Green Revolution, will be dedicated on March 25 in the National Statuary Hall of Fame in the U.S. Capitol. The statue will represent the state of Iowa, Borlaug’s birthplace and childhood home, and will take its place alongside likenesses of some of the country’s most revered citizens, including Dwight D. Eisenhower of Kansas, Helen Keller of Alabama, and Will Rogers of Oklahoma. Borlaug’s work in wheat improvement saved starving populations around the globe and earned him our nation’s – and the world’s — highest honors. They include the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. Often called America’s greatest agricultural scientist, Borlaug also created the World Food Prize in 1986. Dedicating the statue will be House Speaker John Boehner, R.Ohio,; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D.-Nev.; Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Palestinian cameraman shot dead by Israeli army in Nablus

first_img Organisation IsraelMiddle East – North Africa to go further April 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian cameraman shot dead by Israeli army in Nablus RSF_en Receive email alerts Deputy defence minister Zeev Boim said on 19 April that journalists whomoved around amid gunfire during a war were putting themselves in danger inplaces they ought not to be in. Army spokesperson Maj. Sharon Feingoldsaid a preliminary enquiry showed Israeli troops had been shot at byPalestinians just before Darwazeh was killed but it was not known if theshots came from where the journalists were standing. She said the armyregretted the death of innocent people and promised a more thoroughinvestigation of the journalist’s death.______ May 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists May 16, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Israel Reporters Without Borders called for an immediate investigation into the killing by the Israeli army in Nablus today of Palestinian cameraman Nazeh Darwazi, who was working for the APTN news agency and the Palestinian state television. June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News News Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders called for an immediate investigation into the killing by the Israeli army in Nablus today of Palestinian cameraman Nazeh Darwazi, who was working for the APTN (Associated Press Television Network) news agency and the Palestinian state television.Witnesses said Darwazi (42) was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier at a range of only 20 yards. The bullet entered through his eye. The journalist, wearing a yellow jacket marked “press,” was with half a dozen others, including cameraman Hassan Titi and photographer Abed Qusini, both of Reuters news agency, Billal Bana, of the Palestinian news agency Wafa, and Sami al-Assi, a cameraman with a local TV station. They were covering clashes between a group of young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in which at least 17 Palestinians were wounded. The Reuters cameraman filmed Darwazi being shot. The Israeli army did not comment on the killing.”We are appalled by his death,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “He is the fourth journalist killed in the Occupied Territories since the beginning of the second Intifada in September 2000. We demand an enquiry into who was responsible, with its results made public, and for those responsible to be punished.”Three journalists were killed in the Occupied Territories last year. Photographer Raffaele Ciriello (42), working for the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, was killed on 13 March while covered armed clashes in the centre of Ramallah. He was standing behind a group of armed Palestinians when an Israeli tank about 150 metres away began automatic fire. Ambulances could not reach the scene because of the intense shooting. Ciriello was taken by Palestinians to the Arab Care hospital, where he died soon afterwards from six bullet wounds in the chest and stomach. Freelance photographer Imad Abu Zahra (35) died on 12 July after being seriously wounded in the leg in the centre of Jenin when Israeli armoured cars opened fire without warning and, according to witnesses, without any clash or dangerous situation to justify the shooting. An Israeli army spokesman said “a crowd was throwing stones and firebombs at our vehicles so we had to respond.” Issam Hamza Tillawi (32), a journalist and presenter with The Voice of Palestine, was shot by the Israeli army on 22 September. He was covering street protests in the centre of Ramallah by thousands of Palestinians against the Israeli army’s siege of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in the city. Carrying a tape-recorder and a bag, he was interviewing the protesters when Israeli troops began firing teargas. As he ran from the scene he was hit by a shot that witnesses said came from an Israeli sniper on top of a building. The director of Ramallah Hospital confirmed he had been hit by a bullet in the back of his head. He died at the hospital half an hour later. The chief editor of The Voice of Palestine, who was with him, said he was wearing a jacket marked “press.”Since the beginning of this year, at least four journalists have been wounded while working in the Occupied Territories. Last year, eight were wounded, most of them clearly identifiable as journalists and therefore no danger to the army. They were hit by warning or intimidatory shots which sometimes caused serious wounds. None of the incidents were investigated by the Israeli army and those responsible were not punished.last_img read more

More than 100,000 meals delivered to critical frontline workers through Feed…

first_imgInstitute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Advertisement Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Email Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin NewsCommunityMore than 100,000 meals delivered to critical frontline workers through Feed The HeroesBy Cian Reinhardt – April 29, 2020 119 Printcenter_img TAGSCommunityCoronavirusCovid 19healthIrelandLimerick City and CountyNationalNews Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region FEED The Heroes has delivered more than 102,000 meals to critical frontline workers since being set up six weeks ago.Meals have been delivered to 101 sites across the nation including hospitals, test centres, contact tracing centres, laboratories and emergency response teams.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Feed The Heroes has raised over€1,066,290, with over 18,100 individuals donating to the fund.Among those receiving meals from Feed The Heroes are the crews of the National Ambulance Service (NAS). Anyone who has been tested for Covid-19 will have seen the large operation the National Ambulance Service are providing across the country.The NAS now spend longer time on our roads, and spend more time per call due to infection control while working under high pressure and risk.Since starting six weeks ago, the initiative has provided more than 10,00 meals to NAS teams, from control rooms in Donegal and Dublin to field operations across the country.Richard Quinlan, National Ambulance Service said the service is “much appreciated each and every day”.“NAS staff, Military staff and HSE staff out on sites getting hot food is important for wellbeing and service support. Again, thank you all so much,” Mr Quinlan said.Speaking today, Feed The Heroes founder, Cian O’Flaherty said, “To date, we have spent over €600,000 of the fund, delivering over 100,000 meals. We would like to thank everyone who has donated, what started as an idea a few weeks ago is now a nationwide operation.“This operation would not have been possible without the public’s generosity. We want to be here as long as is necessary, every donation will allow us to keep providing this service to the critical frontline workers for a day longer in this emergency.”Individuals and companies who wish to make a donation can contribute on the Feed The Heroes Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 11 | A chance to reset?Next articleLimerick Clubs well represented as Division 1 AIL Scoring Charts released Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students last_img read more

Longtime ECISD leader retiring

first_imgLocal News Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleDaniel Lopez Jr.Next articleOAT052419 OPD hit and run Digital AIM Web Support Bowie Middle School principal Sheila Stevenson is retiring after 35 years with ECISD. After almost 35 years with Ector County Independent School District, Bowie Middle School Principal Shelia Stevenson is retiring.Through the years, Stevenson has taught drama, reading, seventh and eighth-grade English, emerging technology, which was a new computer course, and was the coordinator of school-within-a-school at Permian High School for a year.That was for “over-aged, at-risk ninth through 12th-graders.” She then became the assistant principal and the vice principal at PHS, followed by principal at Bowie Middle School. She is completing her eighth year there.“I made the announcement to the faculty and staff on March the 22nd that I would be retiring effective June the 28th,” Stevenson said.Prior to ECISD, Stevenson worked for two years with the University of Texas System at University of Texas Permian Basin and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.Brian Ellington, an assistant principal of Abell Junior High School in Midland, will become the new principal at Bowie. Stevenson said she thinks he’ll do well.After more than three decades in education, Stevenson said, she knew it was time to enjoy the fruits of her labor.“I will remain in the city, continuing to take care of my 90-year-old mother, looking forward to spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren and I’m going to continue community service with a new nonprofit. It’s called QR Club, which stands for Queens Rock, and a few other undertakings. Then I’m going to relax and travel with my already retired husband,” Stevenson said.Stevenson and her husband, Clarence, have three grown children and four grandchildren.QR Club will involve working with “many, many queens in the city between the ages of 11 and 18.”“We’re going to work on their self-esteem. We’re going to work on projects that are going to help with community service. We’re going to work with projects that will help them as they continue to plan their graduation,” post graduation and plans for the future, Stevenson said.“I want to work with kids to make sure they know that there is potential for greatness for students, so we’re going to be working with those kids all year and they’ll come from many of the schools within ECISD,” she added.After 15 years as an administrator, Stevenson said the children are the most rewarding part of her job.“There is nothing more humbling than to bond with students when they stop me in the hallways to chat, or when I get the handwritten notes from students acknowledging thanks, suggestions and concerns. I enjoyed creating a culture and climate with faculty and seeing our commitment to building strong, meaningful relationships. I enjoyed the many parents that daily entrusted me with the process of teaching their children to become lifelong learners,” she added.She also enjoyed seeing the success students had and the impact she had on many adults, students and parents.What she won’t miss are people who disrespect educators and those who don’t put young people first.“… But I know I’m going to miss the daily interactions with staff, the teachers and administrators because it’s like seeing your friends at work. They are my family, so I’m going to miss that,” Stevenson said.A native Odessan, Stevenson graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a minor in Spanish and English. She earned a master’s in educational leadership from UTPB.When she graduated from UT Arlington, one of her mentors, the late Joseph Rutledge, who was principal of Blackshear when it was a high school, approached Stevenson and said ECISD needed her to teach and he needed her to teach.Then the late Winfred Richmond, who was principal at Ector High School, and his assistant principal Steve Brown, now an ECISD trustee, gave her the chance to be a reading teacher at Ector Junior High.She was in a clerical slot for five weeks before a teaching spot opened.Having a degree, but no certification was kind of tough, she said. So once she got her foot in the door, she got a reading teacher position and earned her reading endorsement from UTPB.Brown said Stevenson was fantastic teacher and a “phenomenal role model in the community.”He added that she moved right up, taking on a variety of leadership roles, including her posts at Permian when he was principal. Brown said she did an exceptional job there.He said he was thrilled to see her get the principal position at Bowie and noted that she “takes care of business” and makes decisions that are in the best interest of students.“She’ll be missed. … Shelia’s just a great person, a great individual with a beautiful family. She will be missed. I can tell you that,” Brown said. Longtime ECISD leader retiringcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 last_img read more

Disney’s Animal Kingdom announces three rhinos are expecting at park

first_imgFILE photo – LyleGregg/iStockBy ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(BAY LAKE, Fla.) — Sept. 22 marks World Rhino Day and Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a major announcement in the world of conservation: three white rhino are expected to give birth at the park.This is the first time that the park has ever had this many expectant rhinos and a special moment since the animal is among the most endangered animals in the wild due to poaching.Kendi, the first rhino to ever be born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1999, is expecting a calf to be born sometime in October. And the other two rhinos, Jao and Lola, are expected to give birth sometime in fall 2021.All three bred through Species Survival Plans, which are overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species.“I love these rhinos,” said Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko, a veterinarian at Walt Disney World Resort. “It’s been so much fun to be able to track these pregnancies and now we’re going to have a birth in just a few weeks. I can’t wait to see the baby.”Since Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, 10 baby white rhinos have been born.According to Dr. Scott Terrell, the director of Animal and Science Operations at Walt Disney World Resort, there are five species of rhinos and all five are either endangered, heading quickly to being endangered or close to extinct.With their efforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the upcoming births of three rhinos, Terrell and Mylniczenko hope to celebrate these incredible animals and raise awareness about rhinos in the wild.Disney is the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Monitoring a marine ecosystem using responses of upper trophic level predators

first_img1 This study examined the changing status of the marine ecosystem at the island of South Georgia (Southern Ocean) using up to 27 variables measured over 22 years from three upper trophic level predators that specialize in foraging upon krill (Eupuasia superba Dana). These variables included population size, breeding performance, offspring growth rate, foraging behaviour and diet. A method was developed for reducing these multivariate time-series to a single vector, called a combined standardized index (CSI).2 Sensitivity analyses showed that missing values had a large effect upon the accuracy of the CSI but this effect was reduced if the individual variables were highly correlated. The level of correlation and proportion of missing values within the empirical data set were within the acceptable range. Individual variables had widely varying influence upon the CSI but, in general, those with longer time-series had the greatest influence.3 Principal components analysis showed that variables representing offspring growth tended to explain the greatest proportion of the variability in the CSI and this was followed by variables representing diet.4 There were 3 years in which the CSI showed extreme and significantly low values. There was a significant non-linear functional response (similar to the Holling Type II functional response) between the overall CSI and krill biomass and a similar relationship existed when the CSI was calculated for each species individually.5 Separate analysis of variables that were likely to be representative of changing population size showed the presence of a significant decline between 1977 and 1998. There was no trend in the CSI from variables representative of foraging conditions during the summer breeding season. The study has shown that the marine ecosystem at South Georgia shows acute but transient variability that is amplified in the response of upper trophic-level predators. There is less certainty that trends in populations are a consequence of shifts in the degree to which the ecosystem can support krill-feeding seals and penguins.last_img read more

McDermott awarded EPFC contract for storage yanks in Canada

first_img McDermott awarded EPFC contract for storage tanks. (Credit: LEEROY Agency from Pixabay) McDermott International announced CB&I Storage Solutions has been awarded a large contract by a major EPC contractor for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPFC) of 14 tanks in Burnaby, British Columbia. The tanks are part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which will increase the nominal capacity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline System from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.The scope of the contract includes 14 flat-bottom atmospheric storage tanks of various sizes up to 185 feet (56.4 meters) in diameter. The engineering and installation of the tanks will be performed by Canadian workers.“This award demonstrates the confidence major international contractors place in our world-class storage and EPFC solutions,” said Cesar Canals, Senior Vice President of CB&I Storage Solutions. “For more than a century, CB&I Storage Solutions has maintained a strong track record of execution excellence in Canada.”The award will be reflected in McDermott’s second quarter 2020 backlog.*McDermott defines a sizeable contract as between USD $50 million and $250 million.CB&I Storage Solutions is the world’s leading designer and builder of storage facilities, tanks and terminals. With more than 59,000 structures completed throughout its 130-year history, CB&I Storage Solutions has the global expertise and strategically-located operations to provide its customers world-class storage solutions for even the most complex energy infrastructure projects. Source: Company Press Release The scope of the contract includes 14 flat-bottom atmospheric storage tanks of various sizeslast_img read more