Detecting and predicting how populations respond to environmental variability are crucial challenges for their conservation. Knowledge about the abundance and distribution of the emperor penguin is far from complete despite recent information from satellites. When exploring the locations where emperor penguins breed, it is apparent that their distribution is circumpolar, but with a few gaps between known colonies. The purpose of this paper is therefore to identify those remaining areas where emperor penguins might possibly breed. Using the locations of emperor penguin breeding colonies, we calculated the separation distance between each pair of geographically adjacent colonies. Based on mean separation distances between colonies following a circumpolar distribution, and known foraging ranges, we suggest that there may yet be six undiscovered breeding locations with half of these in Eastern and the remainder in Western Antarctica. Productivity in these regions suggests that food resources are likely to sustain emperor penguin populations. Our analysis highlights a fundamental requirement, that in order to predict how species might respond to regional climate change, we must better understand their biogeography and the factors that lead to their occupation of particular sites. Regarding emperor penguins, remote sensing should target the identified gaps apparently devoid of penguins in order to update the total number of colonies, to re-evaluate both the regional and global population of emperor penguins, and to gain a better understanding of their biogeography.
SHARE TWEET Governor’s Budget Proposes $26.2 Million to Expand Employment and Community Services for Those with Intellectual Disabilities Human Services, The Blog Governor Wolf has announced that the month of March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania – a time for us to recognize the valuable roles that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have in our families, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Today, there are more opportunities in education and employment and more protections in health care, the legal system, and other areas of human rights – but that is not enough.Governor Wolf’s proposed budget provides $26.2 million to enable individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism to move from the waiting list, providing employment and other community services to an additional 820 special education graduates, and reducing the waiting list by another 1,000 through the creation of a new community support waiver.Recognizing the increased costs to provide service, the funding includes a pay increase for those professionals providing direct care, and realizing a need to target specific needs, expands the Adult Autism Waiver to serve 50 more individuals, adds more than 2,000 individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities to the Targeted Services Management State Plan, and establishes two bio-behavioral units to support people with complex neurodevelopmental needs.This administration is committed to helping every Pennsylvanian realize all of us are valued members of society and our communities and funding provides community services for 80 individuals transitioning from Hamburg Center and an additional 40 individuals at other state centers.We find fulfillment living everyday lives by expanding services to individuals in need and by serving more people in the community, where people want to be served.Throughout this month and every month, I encourage all citizens to support Pennsylvanians with an intellectual disability and their families in all aspects of Pennsylvania community life. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Secretary Ted Dallas, Department of Human Services March 21, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more
Gordon and Uzi Vert have proven to be at or near the top of their respective professions and want nothing more than to be paid like it. The concept of a person outperforming their previously signed contract and earning a raise in response seems straightforward, but what should be a straight line to the bank shifts into a steep hill for those in the exploitative industries of football and rap. Gordon and Uzi Vert not earning what their resumes are worth is the unfortunate reality of two industries that operate using the same cycle: build up, underpay, tear down, repeat. Neither Gordon nor Uzi Vert seems close to the deal they want. As I sip from a 99-cent gallon of water for dinner for the second night in a row, I recognize that trying to paint a picture of a millionaire athlete and a millionaire artist being financially exploited is unlikely to spark much sympathy. Still, the fact that two elite talents will likely be forced to perform under a contract signed without leverage deserves at least an acknowledgement of their relatively unfair treatment. The sad truth is that both Gordon and Uzi Vert are expendable in the eyes of their bosses. The Chargers have enough talent on their roster surrounding veteran quarterback Philip Rivers to ease Gordon’s absence. While Uzi Vert, much like Gordon, is a top-tier talent, a new rapper pops up for every realization that school is hard, making the idea of DJ Drama betting on the field seem more logical than breaking the bank for one artist. Taj Mayfield is a sophomore writing about the connections between music and sports. His column, “808s & Fast Breaks,” runs every other Friday. Since entering their respective fields, both Gordon and Uzi Vert have been the cream of the crop in comparison to their peers. Gordon has finished top 10 in the league in total touchdowns in three of his four years in the NFL. At 135,000 first-week sales, Lil Uzi Vert’s official debut album, Luv Is Rage 2, is the best-selling album of any rapper featured as an XXL Freshman, an annual list dedicated to spotlighting the year’s most popular rising rap stars, since 2013 and has been proclaimed by The New York Times as the leader of the SoundCloud wave. Uzi Vert has been extremely vocal about his displeasure with his deal under DJ Drama and Don Cannon’s Generation Now label, going as far as blaming them for the yearlong delay of his sophomore album, Eternal Atake. He announced his retirement from music altogether in early 2019. Meanwhile, Gordon is facing similar displeasure with his Chargers contract, as he pursues a deal that would place him among the top-paid backs in the league — a number currently north of $13 million per season. As part of his pursuit, the 26-year-old running back has been a training camp and preseason holdout with no definitive signs of return. Normally, a player of Gordon’s caliber would be taken many rounds earlier than I plan on drafting him, but his current financial situation has him in a position where he feels forced to hold out from reporting to his team. The concept of a young talent refusing to display his ability over financial disagreements is nothing new. In fact, rapper Lil Uzi Vert is going through similar circumstances in a completely different industry. As I prepare to draft the team that will defend my 2018 Fantasy Football championship and place the Mayfield name next to the likes of Belichick and Lombardi, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has my attention as a potential late-round steal. Along with achieving clear quantitative success, Gordon and Uzi Vert have become major cultural figures early in their careers. The correlation between a 6-foot-1, 215-pound NFL running back who makes a living sacrificing his body and a 5-foot-3, 150-pound rapper that gets paid to shoulder roll with sass may not seem obvious, and understandably so. That is the main purpose of this column — to point out the parallels that exist within music and sports. In his hit track “Thank Me Now,” Drake raps, “I swear sports and music are so synonymous, because we want to be them, and they want to be us.” This column is dedicated to highlighting those synonymous structures. Thanks to his confident demeanor and childlike purity, Uzi Vert is one of the most recognizable personalities in all of rap, and Gordon has garnered more than his fair share of fans from carving through defenses on Sundays. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco announced that extension talks will be shut down until the end of the season, via Daniel Popper. In a similar manner of calling the “little guy”’s bluff, DJ Drama responded to Uzi’s claim that the label was holding Eternal Atake by posting that Uzi has his blessing to drop the album whenever he pleases. However, impressive stats and the allure of fan attraction has yet to equate to the type of money the young stars feel they deserve. read more
Ghana Black Queens captain, Elizabeth “Ama Pele” Addo has joined Chinese Women’s Super League side Jiangsu Suning for the 2019 season.Ama Pele has joined Jiangsu Suning for the 2019 seasonThe 25 year old had spent the 2018 season with Australian Women’s League side, Western Sydney Wanderers, on loan from American National Women’s League side, Seattle Reign.Elizabeth Addo will spend the 2019 season in ChinaAddo reunites with former Kvarnsvedens teammate and Malawi’s Tabitha Chawinga and becomes the 4th African to move to the Asian nation in 2019. –Citi Sports read more
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryGet your hands in the dirt, literally, at the library. In a hands-on workshop, “Successful Starts for Your Garden,” Caitlin Moore will demonstrate how to start seeds in your home and get a head start on the growing season. The workshop will be held at the Lacey Timberland Library on Monday, March 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.Ms. Moore will discuss basic planting, lighting, watering, fertilizer, and how to make a greenhouse small enough for apartment dwellers. Product resource lists will be provided.Moore is the co-director of the Olympia Seed Exchange, a grassroots organization that provides seeds and information to the community. She’s also the founder of Urban Food Warrior, a whole-systems organic gardening education company.The Lacey Timberland Library is located at 500 College Street SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 491-3860 or visit www.TRL.org. read more
This column was originally published Aug. 8, 2007, the day after Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record.SAN FRANCISCO — It was a simple act. The home run always has been. Barry Bonds swung his bat, laying its sweet spot against the incoming pitch. The sound was unmistakable, the ball’s flight undeniable.It was over in fewer than 10 seconds. Bonds dropped his bat and raised his arms as the 756th home run of his career took flight, an increasingly distant speck against the Tuesday night … read more
The Presidency children’s website is colourful and entertaining. (Image: The Presidency) The website is aimed at children in primary school. (Image: Emily Venter, City of Johannesburg. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Presidency of South Africa has launched a new educational website that aims to teach children about its work, inform them of their rights, encourage their interest in communication and the internet, and build national pride.Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang launched the website on 23 March at the Union Buildings, attended by her guests – a special delegation of 24 children from schools in the Gauteng area.Tshabalala-Msimang, formerly the controversial minister of health before the governmental shake-up in September 2008, took the children into her office to personally explain the work of the Presidency and listen to their input. A network of computers was set up so that the youngsters could familiarise themselves with the website.“We are gathered here today to witness one of the key achievements in the children’s sector,”said Tshabalala-Msimang. “Our children need continuous information about their rights, and of course not forgetting that rights go with responsibilities.”In the future, added the minister, the website will carry related information such as the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the African Union Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.With a friendly animated yellow dog as a guide, the colourful and engaging website offers interesting information about South Africa, its government and leadership, its traditions, including the coat of arms, national flag and national symbols, and important historical structures such as Tuynhuys and the Union Buildings.Tuynhuys, situated in the Parliament precinct in Cape Town, is the president’s residence and office when he stays in the Mother City. The old building dates back to the 17th century and the days of Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town. Over the centuries the building has undergone extensive renovations and extensions, as well as a few name changes.The impressive Union Buildings, the seat of the South African government, are situated in Pretoria. The structure, which is a national monument, houses the office of the South African president and is notable for its magnificent terraced gardens, which feature only indigenous plants.Moving with the timesWhile they are having fun learning everything they need to know about South Africa’s government, children are unaware that they are also learning important technological skills that that will serve them well in the future.“We want to move with the times,” said Tshabalala-Msimang, “and harness the minds of children at an early age. This will allow the next generation to get to grips with ICT and move forward with the world. It will also help them to know about their own country and build a sense of patriotism and pride in who they are.”The target age group is six to 13 years, and the cheerful content is designed to connect directly with these little ones. The whole site, which has been in the planning for a year, is designed in Flash to give children an animated and wholly interactive 3D experience. Alphabet blocks, rainbows, balloons, and animals provide an enticing environment for youngsters to explore.The educational content on the site is fully aligned with the school curriculum, added the minister, and was developed in consultation with the national Department of Education. All content was checked by a children’s language editor to ensure that the target audience will be easily able to understand.There is a downloads area for important information such as section 28 of the constitution – which deals with children’s rights – and government initiatives such as the national orders, the country’s highest honours, and the Batho Pele (SeSotho, meaning “people first”) scheme that aims to improve the quality of government services. These may be saved and read at leisure.Useful links are provided, as well as a facility for feedback. “We encourage the public, parents, teachers, and other interested parties to help us to constantly improve the site,” sad Tshabalala-Msimang.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesSouth Africa’s governmentEducation in South AfricaUseful linksThe Presidency children’s websiteConstitutional Court – children’s rightsDepartment of Education read more
The staff at South Africa’s Financial Intelligence Centre in Centurion outside Tshwane celebrate Football Friday with Bafana Bafana gear, vuvuzela blowing and diski dancing competitions, and some serious office Foosball action!The FIC’s undisputed vuvuzela champion blows her stuff. (Photo: Lesego Madumo, Brand South Africa)FIC staff members work their moves on the Foosball table. (Photo: Lesego Madumo, Brand South Africa) View the full FIC photoset on FlickrShare your own Football Friday thoughts, photos and videos Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 2 February 2010. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Paige Pence was awarded the title of Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2016 Ohio State Fair. She spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood after her show about the win, her goat Logan, and her other showing experience.
Now that you have learned how to get your kids outside with geocaching, make sure the caches you find are fun for them. Putting in time to plan your outing is a worthwhile investment in future family outings. Here are five tips on how you can select the best caches to make your kids’ caching trip a success!Choose easy geocachesUnless your child is a monkey (in that case go for a T5) or the next Einstein (only D5 caches may suffice), go for geocaches with a low difficulty and terrain rating. You want them to be able to find and grab the cache themselves. That unique feeling of discovery will keep your little explorers coming back for more.Bigger often is betterFor kids, one of the biggest motivators is the possibility of finding real geocaching treasure (SWAG): a bouncy ball? A small plastic animal? A shiny sticker? Yes, yes, and yes. The bigger the cache the more likely you’ll find toys and trinkets for your little geocachers to enjoy. So go for at least medium or large caches. And of course – don’t forget to raid your kids’ overflowing toy chest before heading out to ensure you bring something of equal or higher value to trade.Make sure it’s thereNothing will make geocaching seem less fun than an endless and ultimately fruitless search. There isn’t a guarantee the cache will be at the hiding location, but you can make sure it likely is. Check the latest activity on the caches you’re venturing out to find. If the cache hasn’t been found for a good while or there are a few recent DNF logs (Did not find), take that one off your List.Search by your favorite kids charactersIf you are a Premium member, make use of the web search keyword filter. Enter the name of your childrens’ favorite TV show or story book character, and see if there are any themed caches around. Fun fact: there are currently over a hundred Mickey Mouse themed geocaches to find worldwide.Create a Pocket query with kid-friendly attributesAnother option for Premium members is to create a Pocket query and select the attribute called Recommended for kids. Depending how old your progeny are the attribute Stroller accessible can come in handy. A third attribute to look for is Night cache. If nothing else works, pushing out bedtime for an exciting night caching adventure might be just the thing to get your offspring leaving the house.Did you find caches your kids especially loved? Share your best finds in the comments!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related read more