Counting Bears

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Biologists who have spent years counting grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem say the species is on the road to recovery. With the public comment period on a post-delisting bear management strategy having drawn to a close Aug. 1, Endangered Species Act protections could be removed as early as next year.At the North Fork Preservation Association’s annual meeting last month, attendees heard a presentation from Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Rick Mace. The presentation gave a 30-year history of grizzly bear conservation in western Montana.Mace traced the history of research and management from the 1970s to the present, and talked about the science of counting bears and population trends of bears in the NCDE.He also gave local examples of radio-collared bears in the North Fork of the Flathead River, their movement patterns and abundance.John Frederick, president of the North Fork Preservation Association, which is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the area, said he was struck by the population estimate of grizzly bears in the watershed – roughly 140 bears.“They’re at carrying capacity in the North Fork,” he said. “If we get many more they’ll be bumping into one another.”Approximately 1,000 grizzlies live in the NCDE, a sprawling area in Northwest Montana that spans the northern border with Canada. According to Mace’s figures, the population is growing at an estimated 3 percent annually.Although grizzlies have been listed as a threatened species since 1975, they’ve since bounced back significantly due to efforts by the state and federal governments as well as Montana Indian tribes that helped spearhead recovery, coordinate research efforts and improve habitat management.Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft plan that provides a framework for managing bears if Endangered Species Act protections are lifted.In addition to outlining strategies for coexistence between bears and humans, including residents of ranching communities whose lives often conflict with predators, the plan also emphasizes that male grizzlies can move between the NCDE and adjacent ecosystems.The population estimates used to inform the management strategy came from Kate Kendall, a retired U.S. Geological Survey scientist based in Glacier National Park best known for her pioneering work in grizzly bear DNA research, which has led population studies in Northwest Montana.Kendall said she and her team were meticulous in their research, particularly because they were hyper-aware of the implications the study would have on the future of grizzly bear management. Emaillast_img read more

Social issues key to resolving crisis

first_imgThe debate started by European Voice about social values (‘Social and political values should be debated, too’, 30 April-6 May) is very important. As part of the rethinking of the world economy and politics, which will certainly follow the credit crunch and the current economic crisis, big emphasis has to be placed on social and political values. There have been some timid attempts to discuss global social issues to address the adverse effects of globalisation on domestic societies and on the global society. But the debate has remained very theoretical and no concrete steps have been taken until now to address the widening gaps between the world’s rich and poor countries – and between the rich and poor in developed countries.  The credit crunch has invalidated assumptions that capitalism is good and that the markets are always right – which many of the developed countries, in particular those of Anglo-Saxon ideology, have held as being true. The financial crisis has prompted a great deal of rethinking of the markets and much is also being done to tackle fiscal paradises. But very little is being said about the social side of this crisis and about the need to put the world on renewed social bases. Even the EU’s planned social summit was shamefully downgraded to a ‘troika’ of representatives of the current and forthcoming presidencies of the EU. By contrast, the effect of the credit crunch on banks or the short war between Russia and Georgia deserved fully-fledged extraordinary EU summits where all government leaders were present. World leaders must make sure they get it right this time. Just cleaning the banks, resuming growth and preventing some tax evasion would not be sufficient to make the world a better place for the poor majority of its people – and a safer place for its rich minority. Social issues must be at the heart of debates about getting the world out of the crisis – and about reshaping the post-crisis world. Arthur Kazan Brusselslast_img read more

17th Circuit Board Candidate Platform Statements

first_img February 15, 2009 Regular News 17th Circuit Board Candidate Platform Statements 17th Circuit Board Candidate Platform Statementscenter_img Three lawyers have filed for a seat on the Bar Board of Governors representing the 17th circuit, the only contested race in this year’s regular board elections. Below are the platform statements from the candidates.Ballots for this race will be mailed to eligible voters in the 17th Circuit by March 2 and must be returned by midnight on March 23. Online voting will also be available at www.floridabar.org, and an explanation of how to use the online voting will be included with the mailed ballots.(Platform statements for a special election to fill a vacancy in the Ninth Circuit will appear in the March 15 News and ballots will be mailed around March 16, with a return time of midnight April 6.)17th Circuit, Seat 5 Timothy L. Bailey Over the past 30 years, I have spent a lot of time, some might say an inordinate amount of time, in the company of lawyers. My dad is a lawyer, and has been my law partner my entire legal career. A late grandfather, two brothers, a sister-in-law, and several uncles also share my occupation. I am at home amongst lawyers. I enjoy their stories, understand their enthusiasm, and share their frustrations with our proud profession. During the past three decades, the practice of law has allowed me to enjoy life. It is payback time. I would very much like to participate in a process that ensures others will be as lucky as I have been should they decide to practice law in our great state. I enjoy the world of lawyers, and that is why I am running for the Board of Governors. I am not interested in slowing down or targeting a life of leisure. Thoreau once observed that most of us lead lives of quiet desperation. I believe that is the result of becoming disconnected from the big picture, too preoccupied with our own egos. I want to stay active and I am convinced the Board of Governors is a challenge worth pursuing.I do not have an agenda to present to you but I would support a strong push toward upgrading our lawyering skills. Civility and courtesy are important traits for all lawyers, but deep down I do not believe they lie at the heart of our profession. Today’s lawyers seem to spend a great deal of time on the topic of professionalism. I would like to see more attention paid to the subject of legal competence. The Internet has created a general public more knowledgeable in the law than ever before. I would like to see less legal bluffing and more legal research. . . in other words, raise the bar at our end. Do it with grace, yes, but let’s get it right. That is the priority I would most like associated with my candidacy for the board.Who am I? This question is what our kids ask themselves all the time. Truth be told, we all struggled with this same question years ago when we left the school environment. But then, somewhere along the line, we stopped asking. Almost as if the question lost relevance. I am a 30-year veteran of the legal profession blessed with good health and lots of energy. I am anxious to become an active member of the Board of Governors. I am concerned about the future of lawyers in Florida and I want to get in the mix. . . make the sacrifice. . . take the chance. I am ready and ask for your support. Philip Snyder Cataclysmic events on Wall Street and in the economy shake foundations. Lawyers in Broward County are not invulnerable to the change in markets. The time is now to elect an individual without a political agenda who will advocate to all branches of the Legislature and the public the importance of increased pay and resources for our judiciary and public servants and about the financial challenges lawyers, especially small and solo practitioners, face.As a former assistant state attorney of the 17th Judicial Circuit and founding partner at the LyonsSnyder Law Group, I am patently aware of the dilapidated and crumbling Broward County Courthouse. As a Board of Governors member, I promise I will support any strategic plan that focuses on the continued financial stability of our profession and will help spearhead any proposal that protects the financial interests of the 17th Judicial Circuit.Embrace change; elect an individual with fresh ideas who remains in touch with the important issues facing small firms and solo practitioners. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions; (o) (954) 462-8035; (c) (954) 551-7740; [email protected] I appreciate your consideration. Barbara K. Sunshine The Florida Bar consists of over 86,000 lawyers representing many minorities, ethnicities, and religions, and that diversity should be reflected in its Board of Governors. I would be honored to be your next governor from the 17th Judicial Circuit to work with the incoming President Jesse H. Diner to reflect its diverse membership. I have served on the Broward County Bar Association Board of Directors since 1997, and served as president last year. I was on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc., from 2002 to 2007, having served as president of both corporations in 2006. A Nova University graduate of 1984, I am a solo practitioner in Plantation.I am proud to say that I have been a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation since 2005, a regular contributor to Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., and a participant at Habitat for Humanity with other voluntary bar association and Jewish Federation members. During my year as president of the Broward County Bar Association, I attended many other voluntary bar association meetings in order to pursue my commitment to diversity and communication with all Florida Bar members in Broward County. I enjoyed the Hispanic Bar Association installation and the seminar on “Demystifying the JQC,” sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Bar, Caribbean Bar, Cuban American Bar, Haitian Lawyers, T.J. Reddick Bar, and Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar associations.I lead the campaign to pay-off the Broward County Bar mortgage. The principal balance in 2005 was $178,000 and as of December 31, 2008, is $7,478. I am grateful to the members of the bar association, the judges, the board members, and the past presidents who have supported me in this project. I am committed to going “green” in my personal life and have encouraged the staff at the Broward County Bar Association to go down that path as well.My interests at The Florida Bar level as your representative include the voluntary bar associations, Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS), member benefits, and the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law, Elder Law, Family Law, Solo/Small Firm, and Unlicensed Practice of Law sections.If elected to Seat 5, I promise to serve with the commitment I have shown to the Broward County Bar Association. I will continue to make a public presence, both at county and small firm meetings, and will communicate with you regarding the current events and news from the board. I will bring integrity to the work, my dedication and years of service to the BCBA, and my commitment to holding up the values of diversity in The Florida Bar and inclusion of all its members.last_img read more

Sainsbury’s to take stock with property adviser pitch

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Maya Rudolph is completely on board to play Kamala Harris again on ‘Saturday Night Live’

first_imgNBC/Will Heath(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his running mate on Tuesday, California Senator Kamala Harris. While Hollywood celebrated Biden’s VP pick, no one was more excited than Maya Rudolph, who played the spitfire senator on Saturday Night Live.Even funnier, her genuine reaction was caught by Entertainment Weekly, who was in the middle of an interview with the 48-year-old actress and other Emmy nominees when the news broke.In a twist of irony, Rudolph is up for an Emmy this year due to her depiction of the California Senator-turned-presidential hopeful on SNL.“Oh s***,” the actress exclaimed once she finished processing the veep announcement.Wanda Sykes, who was also part of the group interview, joked “Somebody’s gonna be very busy now” to which Rudolph shot back with a very pleased “Ruh-roh.”She was then asked if she would be interested in heading back to suit up as Harris once more for SNL. “I love going to the show. Any excuse I can get, I love,” Rudolph gushed.  “I just didn’t really anticipate traveling during a pandemic, but if there’s anyone that can work it out I’m sure Lorne [Michaels] has some sort of invisible helicopter that can get me there.”“I don’t know that I’m ready to go right this minute, but it’s so nice to have this nomination be associated with the show because it’s my true love,” continued Rudolph.“I’m so thrilled to even be associated with the show and that I got to go back. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving,” the Emmy nominee furthered.  “Honestly, it’s my favorite place to play.”When asked how she felt about Biden choosing Harris as his running mate, Rudolph claimed, “I’m as surprised as you are, guys. That’s spicy.”By Megan StoneCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Quilters descend on Gembrook

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Basketball Ireland Players and Coaches of the Month for October announced

first_imgGarvey’s Tralee Warriors head coach, Mark Bernsen, has won the Super League Coach of the Month after leading his team to an unbeaten run of four games in the league throughout October which sees them currently top of the table.In the Women’s Super League, Kiera Gaines of NUIG Mystics has won the Player of the Month award, having top scored for her side throughout October. Courtyard Liffey Celtics head coach, Mark Byrne has scooped the Coach of the Month award after kicking his team’s season off with four wins from four games, most recently overcoming DCU Mercy by two points.In the Men’s Division One meanwhile it is also a back-to-back win for LIT Celtics shooting star, Matt St Amour. Matt has made a huge impression on the league since arriving in Ireland, and has certainly been shooting the lights out, averaging 44 points per game.Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin head coach, Ignas Sijanas has secured the accolade of Coach of the Month, having continued his side’s unbeaten run throughout October, leaving them as one of just two unbeaten sides in the Division.In the Women’s Division One, newcomers to the league Fabplus North West have collected their first accolade, with the superb Makenzie Burud securing the Player of the Month award after outstanding displays for her side throughout the month.Julian O’Keeffe of Marble City Hawks meanwhile has collected the Coach of the Month award after leading his side to some very big wins throughout October.Basketball Ireland National League Monthly Awards – October 2017Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League Player of the MonthDee Proby (DCU Saints)Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League Coach of the MonthMark Bernsen (Garvey’s Tralee Warriors)Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League Player of the MonthKiera Gaines (NUIG Mystics)Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League Coach of the MonthMark Byrne (Courtyard Liffey Celtics)Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One Player of the MonthMatt St Amour (LIT Celtics)Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One Coach of the MonthIgnas Sijanas (Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin)Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Player of the MonthMakenzie Burud (Fabplus North West)Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Player of the MonthJulian O’Keeffe (Marble City Hawks)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email In the Men’s Super League, it’s back-to-back wins for DCU Saints’ star, Dee Proby, as he scoops the Player of the Month award for the second month in-a-row after another blistering display throughout the month of October which saw him average 30 points per game. The Basketball Ireland Players and Coaches of the Month for October have been announced today.last_img read more

Galway U20 Footballers Beaten By Cork

first_imgA Galway goal by Aidan Halloran gave Donal O’Fatharthas side some hope as they cut the gap to 3 points but a Cork goal from a penalty with 13 minutes to go proved decisive. Cork extended their lead to 9 points before Galway kicked the last 3 points to see the final scoreline: Cork 1-15 Galway 1-9.Next up for Galway is a home game against Kerry next Saturday at 2pm in Tuam Stadium.Galway U20 football panel v Cork1. Conor Flaherty (Claregalway)2. Jonathan McGrath (Caherlistrane)3. Seán Fitzgerald (Barna)4. Jack Glynn (Claregalway)5. Conor o Neill (Kilconly)6. Macdara Geraghty (Glenamaddy)7. Jack Kirrane (Milltown)8. Paul Kelly (Moycullen)9. James McLaughlin (Moycullen)10. Cathal Sweeney (Salthill/Knocknacarra)11. Aidan Halloran (Salthill/Knocknacarra)12. Brian Harlowe (St Michaels)13. Alan Greene (Oranmore/Maree)14. Oisín Mac Donnacha (Leitir Móir)15. Brian Mannion (Tuam Stars)16. Donie Halleran (Cortoon Shamrocks)17. Cian Deane (Moycullen)18. Dara Whelan (Claregalway)19. Conall ó Caoimh (An Spidéal)20. Tomo Culhane (Salthill/Knocknacarra)21. Jason Reilly (Claregalway)22. Eoin Mannion (Milltown)23. Oisín Gormley (Barna)24. Nathan Grainger (Claregalway)25. Tony Gill (Corofin)26. Ethan Walsh (Cortoon Shamrocks)27. Cian Costello (St James)28. Anthony Keating (Tuam Stars)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Cork led 0-7 to 0-3 at the break and extended their lead to 0-11 v 0-4 early in the second half. Galway U20 footballers were beaten by Cork in Mallow on Saturday 1-15 to 1-9 in the John Kerins Cup. last_img read more

Mixaloo: The Return of the Mixtape

first_imgWith the rise of MP3s and other forms of downloadable music, the venerable mixtape, which Wikipedia says gained mass popularity in the 1980s, may be going the way of the dodo. It is, afterall, rather hard to give someone an iTunes playlist, not to mention a whole lot less romantic (if that’s what you’re after). But New York-based Mixaloo isn’t about to let the mixtape die.Mixaloo revives the art form of mixtape creation by packaging mixtapes as flash widgets that you can spread via social networks or blogs. These “digital mixtapes” are powered by Clearspring, and while they don’t play full songs (just samples), they do something arguably better: they can make you money.The Mixaloo widget doesn’t just show off you smooth musical taste, but also acts as a mini-store front from which your peers can purchase your creations. We created a Bob Marley-heavy mix (embedded below) that has 14 tracks — Mixaloo puts that at a $15.22 price point. Mixaloo offers a 50-50 profit share (or about 20-40 cents per song) with mixtape makers. Mixaloo also offers a points system. Users earn points for doing things like selling tracks, and recommending related artists that the app suggests during mixtape creation. Points can be redeemed for things like Mixaloo merchandise and audio equipment.Mixaloo entered public beta just a couple of weeks ago, and though mixtape creation is easy and I was very impressed by the sheer amount of albums and songs it has listed — more than 3 million of them (including many obscure live tracks that other music services tend to overlook), there were some hiccups.For example, when trying to get the embed code for my widget, I often got an error saying the widget could not be found — especially after trying to change the widget’s colors or theme. Further, though I got Mixaloo to accept my uploaded cover artwork, it is nowhere to be found on the widget itself. And speaking of the widget, every time I have tried to purchase my mix, it asks me to create an account — I already have an account, but there appears to be no way to log in with it from the widget!The downside of having so many songs in the library, is that Mixaloo has to offer songs protected by Windows Playsforsure DRM. Yuck. It would be great if Mixaloo could offer DRM free tracks from record labels that are open to the idea (like EMI). With the public’s growing distaste for DRM could potentially hamper the growth of the service, but it is a necessary evil if you want to work with most of the major labels.It’s probably premature to say that Apple is losing any sleep over Mixaloo (and the services aren’t really comparable, as iTunes sells to people looking for specific tracks, while Mixaloo hopes to sell people based on the recommendations of their friends). But speaking of making money on the long tail, Mixaloo is a perfect example of a business whose approach to utilizing the long tail is smart. They’re using the distributed nature of social networks and blogs to promote music sales virally to a massive audience on a personal level.“We created Mixaloo to merge that experience with the viral nature of blogs and social networking communities, giving users the added incentive of earning cash for popular mixes. This ‘social record store’ creates a vast network of personal recommendations to increase sales and visibility for artists of all sizes,” said Mixaloo CEO Mark Stutzman. Work out the bugs and Mixaloo could make be a winner. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web josh catone 1last_img read more

Understanding vPro: Chapter 4 vPro: What is with this trusted environment?

first_imgLet us look beyond this; how about Financial institutes’? They have a lot of personal information there. If the clients went down at a branch, a main server can come in and fix most software problems from a main site. Less desk side service would mean more money that would be distributed. I like more money also I like having reliability in an area that is holding my money. For some reason I like to retrieve what I put in. Stock markets have many people with computers, which would mean that there could be potential problems. If that happens instead of trying to figure out where that person is, they can fix the problem remotely. The main server that IT works on would make sure that all of the clients are protected from harmful outside sources. Where else would you want a trusted environment to happen? Make sure nobody can get your personal information that you do not want to, but when other physicians and/or staff that need to get to your records, they are able to. If that computer that has all your information is not working properly then other problems can occur and it would be a domino effect. vPro will be able to let the server have access this information and plug it into another client. See now don’t you wish you always had a big guy with hammers to destroy anything bad!! Understanding vPro: Chapter 1- What is it? Understanding vPro: Chapter 2-What is it used for/ why should I use it Understanding vPro: Chapter 3- Proactive Security- Does it have a tiny guard dog??? This trusted environment is very much an issue in today’s world. With vPro technology, it will help reduce this vulnerability. The trusted execution technology (TXT) is a new technology that helps within the virtualized computing environments. It will help on getting less software issues to come up. How this works is the TXT work with the virtualization technology for Directed I/O, the hardware will protect or isolate assigned memory to make the virtual machine less prone to attacks. Since the previous blog was [Proactive Security|p-11339] I feel it is only suiting to discuss the trusted environment. What the trusted environment comes down to is the hardware. Even though trusted environments are virtual, the hardware is needed to feed out any of the potential problems that can occur. Items such as viruses and hackers that can take over the PC and destroy any information we have on there, vPro will be able to, as I said in previous blog, weed out any problems. This is so cool, just think about it, it would be like a six foot, hammering crazy man, finding problems and taking care of them with his deadly hammers. (If I was a bug, I would be scared!) I came across a case study in my research: a huge hospital by the name of Nottingham University Hospitals (NHS) that has two different primary sites that are 30 min apart. With 6,000 desktops that are there imagine how much they would spend in IT alone. Once this was implemented in the two primary sites, it takes them only 10 minutes to deal with support calls, which would even mean when the client is powered down, instead of two hours. If you would like to read more about this case study go to [The Future of IT Support.|d-1131] last_img read more