Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: prospects and policy

first_imgMeeting the ever-increasing needs of the Earth’s human population without excessively reducing biological diversity is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, suggesting that new approaches to biodiversity conservation are required. One idea rapidly gaining momentum—as well as opposition—is to incorporate the values of biodiversity into decision-making using economic methods. Here, we develop several lines of argument for how biodiversity might be valued, building on recent developments in natural science, economics and science-policy processes. Then we provide a synoptic guide to the papers in this special feature, summarizing recent research advances relevant to biodiversity valuation and management. Current evidence suggests that more biodiverse systems have greater stability and resilience, and that by maximizing key components of biodiversity we maximize an ecosystem’s long-term value. Moreover, many services and values arising from biodiversity are interdependent, and often poorly captured by standard economic models. We conclude that economic valuation approaches to biodiversity conservation should (i) account for interdependency and (ii) complement rather than replace traditional approaches. To identify possible solutions, we present a framework for understanding the foundational role of hard-to-quantify ‘biodiversity services’ in sustaining the value of ecosystems to humanity, and then use this framework to highlight new directions for pure and applied research. In most cases, clarifying the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and developing effective policy and practice for managing biodiversity, will require a genuinely interdisciplinary approach.last_img read more

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Shaquille O’Neal to donate proceeds from Super Bowl event to Kobe Bryant’s foundation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Shaquille O’Neal will pay tribute to his former teammate, Kobe Bryant, at his Super Bowl party in Miami.The Hall of Famer is hosting his Shaq’s Fun House carnival Friday night, and he’s dedicating it to those who died in the fatal helicopter crash on Sunday in California.All proceeds will be donated to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, as well as the family members of the victims who died with Kobe and his daughter Gianna in the crash.Shaq considered cancelling the party, then he decided to make it a charity event.“Kobe would want us to push through and celebrate life,” he wrote on social media. “Together we will celebrate all those who lost their lives in Sunday’s tragedy. RIP my brother, my friend, and my homie, The Black Mamba.”The legendary players won three consecutive NBA titles from 2000-2002, and following a feud, they became friends again in recent years.Shaq’s Fun House will feature performances by Diddy, Pitbull, DaBaby and more, with O’Neal spinning music as DJ Diesel.The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation is dedicated to assisting families in need. The Bryant family also created the Mamba Sports Foundation for youth athletes.Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, wrote on Instagram, “To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Bryant will be honored Sunday during the Super Bowl.“I did have the opportunity to meet [Kobe],” Goodell said, according to People. “He obviously brought a lot to our world and I think all of us not only feel for the tragic events to his family, but as well as everyone else who was a passenger on that helicopter.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by January 31, 2020 /Sports News – National Shaquille O’Neal to donate proceeds from Super Bowl event to Kobe Bryant’s foundationcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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TripAdvisor for the rental market

first_imgHome » News » TripAdvisor for the rental market previous nextProptechTripAdvisor for the rental marketThe Negotiator25th April 201801,339 Views HomeRenter, an online lettings platform, has launched a ratings and reviews service. It enables both tenants and landlords to review each other after one month of engagement and then again at the end of a tenancy. HomeRenter aims to modernise the rental market and align it with the likes of TripAdvisor and Airbnb.Recent research by HomeRenter showed that 81 per cent of tenants and 88 per cent of landlords expressed a desire to be able to rate and review their counterparts, encouraging a respectful and transparent relationship.Through the ratings and reviews service, landlords can evaluate their previous and current tenants. ‘Mid-tenancy’ ratings are based on measures such as timely rent payment; any noise or neighbour issues; treatment of property and promptness in reporting issues.The ‘end of tenancy’ ratings are similar, but include scores for the condition of the property when the tenant moves out. These ratings are then factored into the tenant’s ‘HomeRenter Tenant Score’ which is visible on their profile page on the site.Will Handley, CEO, says, “With people now renting for longer, it is even more essential that tenants are able to check their landlord’s previous letting history. And vice versa. What’s more, the traditional referencing and security deposit model for tenants is antiquated and in need of a radical shake-up. A review system facilitates a more transparent market place for both tenants and landlords.”www.homerenter.co.ukHomeRenter online lettings platform Will Handley April 25, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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New fresh gluten-free loaf on market

first_imgNorthern Ireland-based producer Honest aims to rival gluten-free bread brand Genius with its new fresh loaf.Waitrose has listed the 400g unsliced brown loaf in 176 of its stores and online grocery retailer Ocado will also sell it later this month.The gluten- and wheat-free bakery, based in Downpatrick in Co Down, already has an established cake range and launched a range of gluten- and wheat-free biscuits earlier this year. Director Andrew Watt said: “It’s very difficult to find anything that is gluten-free and tastes like normal food. We’ve spent 18 months trying to perfect the recipe, which looks, tastes and feels like bread.”The brown loaf has a minimum 10-day shelf-life if kept refrigerated, and also has a lower fat content than its competitors, said Watt.Honest has now developed and trialled a white loaf, rolls and a seeded loaf, which it aims to launch in the first quarter of next year. “We want to get the brown bread established before we launch any new bread lines,” he said. “We hope to get these into Waitrose and we’re also talking to other multiple retailers. We think there’s still not much choice for coeliacs and there is definitely demand for new products in the UK.”>>Droppa & Droppa to supply The Bread Factorylast_img read more

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Transparency data: DHSC: senior officials’ travel, hospitality and meetings, April to June 2020

first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care publishes details of senior officials’ travel expenses, meetings and hospitality on a quarterly basis.Data from April 2020 onwards on the permanent secretary’s and chief medical officer’s meetings with external organisations has been incorporated with the travel expenses and hospitality of senior officials.See previous data the permanent secretary’s and chief medical officer’s meetings.last_img

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The four-decade-old Nurses’ Health Study sets its sights on breast cancer

first_imgThe Nurses’ Health Study—which turned 40 this year—continues to provide a treasure trove of information on diet and lifestyle factors and environmental exposures that influence risk of chronic diseases. An article published Nov. 23, 2016 in JAMA highlighted new efforts by study researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to zero in on breast cancer risk.The period before a woman’s first pregnancy appears to be when the greatest risk accrues for breast cancer later in life, Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology, said in the article. To deduce why, Chavarro, who is principal investigator of the study’s offshoot cohort NHS3, is working to recruit a younger and more diverse group of nurses.He and his colleagues are also introducing some updates to the study design of NHS3, including sending surveys via email every six months instead of the original paper survey every two years. In addition, they are introducing wearable devices and smartphone-based technologies that will produce more objective data on exposures, he said.But one thing never changes—the dedication of the nurses participating in the studies. “They’re such an exceptional group,” said Meir Stampfer, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Chan School and NHS principal investigator. “I think many of them really feel like they’re part of a community.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Long Island Featured Events – February 2013

first_imgFEBRUARY 13Matisyahu: Spark Seeker Acoustic Tour @ The Paramount370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. www.paramountny.com. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $52.50, $29.50 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York FEBRUARY 1 Local Natives @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgOn the heels of their sophomore album, Hummingbird, Local Natives play Brooklyn, where the Los Angeles’ indie rockers wrapped up the album with The National’s Aaron Dessner as co-producer. Inspired by the ups and downs of the band, the songs on Hummingbird are powerful and transcendental, mixing tribal beats with orchestral melodies. With People Get Ready. 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn. 212-486-5400. www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com. Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 9 p.m. $25; Also Feb. 2 & 3 @ Bowery Ballroom. 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. www.boweryballroom.com. Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 9 p.m. $25The Lumineers @ Terminal 5I belong with you, you belong with me… It’s hard to turn the radio on without hearing the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” which hit number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, at least once. The band’s unique brand of heart-on-the-sleeve folk can be heard in its entirety on the band’s first full-length album, due out in March. With Y La Bamba. 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. 212-582-6600. www.terminal5nyc.com. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $35, $30.  Also Feb. 2FEBRUARY 2 Flogging Molly’s 9th Annual Green 17 Tour: Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day @ Roseland Ballroom239 W. 52nd St., Manhattan. 212-247-0200. www.roselandballroom.com. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $75, $32All Girl Everything: Feat. Nina Sky, Chippy Nonstop, Njena Rd Foxx, Da The Future @ Revolution140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. 516-208-6590. www.revolutionli.com. Doors: 8 p.m. $15FUN. @ Radio City Music Hall1260 Sixth Ave., Manhattan. 866-858-0008. www.radiocity.com. 8 p.m. $41FEBRUARY 4Heather McDonald @ Book RevueComedian, Chelsea Lately writer and star, and New York Times bestselling author Heather McDonald explains her outrageous attempts to have it all—her way. Heather McDonald will sign her memoir, My Inappropriate Life. 313 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-271-1442. www.bookrevue.com. 7 p.m. Must purchase book on premises.Reel Big Fish @ Brooklyn BowlWith The Pilfers, Dan P from MU330. 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. www.brooklynbowl.com. Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $17FEBRUARY 6Mumford & Sons @ Barclays CenterWithThe Felice Brothers, Ben Howard. 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. 8 p.m.$55, $39.99. Also Feb. 12 FEBRUARY 14Love Stinks! The Re-Stinkening… 7th Annual Valentine’s Day Show @ Ripe Art GalleryOne of the most anticipated art shows of the year, Love Stinks is an open submission show drawing local artists working in all types of mediums. An opening reception takes place on Valentine’s Day, from 6-9 p.m. with DJ Lombardo spinning. 67A Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-239-1805. www.ripeartgal.com. Through Mar. 2. The Maccabees @ Bowery BallroomWith Reputante, Gambles. 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. www.boweryballroom.com. Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 9 p.m. $20. Also Feb. 16Valentine’s Day w/Tom Cotter @ Governor’s Comedy90 Division Ave., Levittown. 516-731-3358. www.govs.com. 8 p.m. $55, $25 FEBRUARY 28Swedish House Mafia: Black Tie Rave for Hurricane Sandy @ Hammerstein Ballroom311 W. 34th St., Manhattan. 212-279-7740. www.mcstudios.com. 8 p.m. Tickets through Ticketmaster auction only, $100+ FEBRUARY 22Lady Gaga: The Born This Way Ball @ Madison Square Garden4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. 212-465-6741. www.thegarden.com. 8 p.m. $205, $54.50. Also Feb. 23Cradle of Filth @ Irving Plaza17 Irving Pl., Manhattan. 212-777-6800. www.irvingplaza.com. 7 p.m., $26 FEBRUARY 9The Break Contest Official Skate & Surf Festival Battle of the Bands @ RevolutionPreliminary Round. 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. 516-208-6590. www.thebreakcontest.com. Doors: 11:30 a.m. Also Feb. 10, 23 & 24 FEBRUARY 8Lez Zeppelin – Unplugged: Stripped Down & Strapped On @ Highline BallroomFounded in 2004 by guitarist Steph Paynes, the New York City-based all-girl band, has gained worldwide acclaim for the musicianship, passion, and gender-bending audacity it brings to the music of Led Zeppelin. 431 W. 16th St., Manhattan. 212-414-5994. www.highlineballroom.com. Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $45, $20 FEBRUARY 27Flyleaf @ The Paramount370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. www.paramountny.com. 8 p.m.  $50, $24.50, Also Feb. 28 @ Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., Manhattan. 212-777-6800. www.irvingplaza.com. 7 p.m. $24.50 FEBRUARY 16Marc Anthony @ Barclays Center620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. 8 p.m.$183.50, $63.50. Also Feb. 16Toby Walker @ YMCA Boulton Center37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-969-1101. www.boultoncenter.org. 8 p.m. $30, $25Maroon 5/Neon Trees/Owl City @ Madison Square Garden4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. 212-465-6741. www.thegarden.com. 8 p.m. $99.50, $29.50 FEBRUARY 23DTWS’ Kelly Monaco & Val @ Brokerage2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. www.brokeragecomedy.com. 11 a.m. $75Artie Lange @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. 8 p.m. $61.50, $51.50Raisin’ Cane feat. Jasmine Guy @ Staller CenterStony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. www.stallercenter.sunysb.edu. 8 p.m. $34. Lil Monsters Heavy Metal Disco w/Lady Starlight & The Dirty Pearls @ Gramercy Theatre127 E. 23rd St., Manhattan. 212-614-6932. www.thegramercytheatre.com. 11 p.m. $15 FEBRUARY 24Academy Awards @ Cinema Arts CentreWatch the Academy Awards on the big screen in the Sky Room Cafe. This much-anticipated annual event includes an event tote bag, ballot contest wine from Bottles & Cases, a Taste of Huntington dinner, Herrell’s Ice Cream, auctions, trivia prizes, bar and buffet. 423 Park Ave., Huntington 631-423-FILM. www.cinemaartscentre.org. 6:30-11:55 p.m. $50, $40Head Dweller @ The Cup Coffee HouseAn exhibit curated by Lisa Be, bringing together the visual creations of Brian Smith and the DJ stylings of Quiett Dog, while addressing insomniatic obsession in the art process. 3268 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. 6 p.m. Rufus Wainwright: A Rare & Intimate Evening @ YMCA Boulton CenterAs singer, songwriter, author, composer, and even screen actor, Rufus Wainwright  has eight CDs under his belt and has been called “the greatest songwriter on the planet”  by Elton John. 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-969-1101. www.boultoncenter.org. 8 p.m.  $110, $105FEBRUARY 12Dead Kennedys @ Gramercy Theatre127 E. 23rd St., Manhattan. 212-777-6800. www.thegramercytheatre.com. 6:30 p.m. $22.50 FEBRUARY 17Chris Young @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. 8 p.m. $29.50. Also  Feb. 15 @ Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan. www.bestbuytheater.com. 8 p.m. $30, $26.50FEBRUARY 21The Who @ Nassau Coliseum1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. 631-920-1203. www.nassaucoliseum.com. 7:30 p.m. $124.50, $30.50last_img read more

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CDC funds tests to sort seasonal, avian flu

first_imgJun 17, 2008 (CDIRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded two contracts worth a total of $12.9 million to develop influenza tests, with the aim of making it possible to distinguish seasonal from avian flu viruses within 3 hours.Contracts worth about $6.5 million each were awarded to Nanogen Inc., San Diego, and Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC, Gaithersburg, Md., the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week.The contracts are for “initial phased development,” HHS officials said in a news release. Possible additional funds under the contracts could bring the total for Nanogen to $10.4 million and the total for Meso Scale Diagnostics to $12.1 million over 3 years, the statement said.Testing for H5N1 avian influenza now can take up to 24 hours, according to HHS. The contracts will support the advanced development of tests that could be used in hospital or commercial laboratories and “would expedite the diagnosis of large numbers of patients,” the agency said.”The early detection of emerging pandemic influenza is critical to the nation’s pandemic response,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in the HHS news release. “Early detection will aid in improving patient survival, overall health outcomes, and use of containment measures in the event of an influenza pandemic.”Nanogen, in a Jun 5 news release, said it would use the funding to develop “a fast molecular test that simultaneously detects and differentiates” influenza A and B, the seasonal influenza A subtypes H1N1 and H3N2, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). In addition, the contract provides for a secondary test for avian flu subtypes H5N1, H7N1, and H9N1, to be used for samples that test positive for influenza A but negative for seasonal flu.The company said it would develop the tests in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin and HandyLab Inc.Nanogen and Meso Scale were among four companies that received CDC contracts in December 2006 to develop 30-minute tests specifically for H5N1 influenza. At that time the CDC said it hoped a test could be ready and licensed within 2 to 3 years. The other companies that won contracts were Iquum, of Marlborough, Mass., and Cepheid, Sunnyvale, Calif.See also: Jun 12 HHS news releaseDec 4, 2006, CIDRAP News story “CDC funds work on rapid tests for avian flu”last_img read more

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Video of Anies supporter claiming flooding ‘always occurs on day off’ under ‘pious governor’ goes viral

first_imgA video showing Betawi Association (Bamus Betawi) deputy chairman Rahmat HS asking Jakartans to be grateful for the prayer of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan that major flooding usually took place on a day off went viral on social media shortly after massive flooding once again hit the capital on Tuesday morning.“We should be grateful that the big floods always happen during the holiday. If this had not been because of Anies [Baswedan’s] prayer, our pious governor, these floods could have happened on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,” Rahmat said during a TV interview with TVOne on Sunday.  The latest major flooding took place on Sunday when water displaced more than 600 families and inundated dozens of major roads in the capital. Before that, a major flood took place on Jan. 1 — which was a day off.Rahmat said he empathized with the flood victims but claimed that Anies was doing a better job than his predecessor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, in preventing flooding. “For flood handling, the public can assess themselves. I am a part of society and I am the society’s representative. We agreed that Anies’ work in handling floods is much better.”Critics of Anies, however, have slammed the governor for failing to take the necessary actions to mitigate flooding during the rainy season. (roi)Topics : “If [floods] happened during the holiday, it would not disrupt working [activities] and public services,” he added.A clip of the video went viral on Tuesday morning when widespread flooding disrupted traffic and train operations in Greater Jakarta, leaving commuters stranded.One Twitter user, Ilham Khoiri, noted: “Greetings to Mr Mustache. [Now] he said that flooding in Jakarta always happens on days off, thanks to the prayers of the pious governor. Before his words have [faded], on Tuesday today, [during] working hours, Jakarta is flooded. Many employees can’t get to work in Jakarta because it’s flooded.last_img read more

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This is one of the largest homes in Brisbane’s premier suburb

first_imgA FIVE-BEDROOM home in blue chip Brisbane suburb Teneriffe has all the bells and whistles to wow families.The three bathroom, two car space home at 55 Kingsholme Street, Teneriffe, has been set to go to auction at 9am on May 27 on site.Comfort and opulence abounds at this house, which blends polished hardwood floors and high ceilings with contemporary elements including ducted airconditioning.Its striking street presence of trees, a gated driveway and single-gable facade is matched by a timber-framed glass door inviting entry into the ground floor where a series of stairways and wide hallways separate living areas. 55 Kingsholme St, Teneriffe.At the back of the floor, the main bedroom is an idyllic retreat with two walk-in wardrobes and an extravagant ensuite boasting a double marble vanity, freestanding spa bath and a shower with mosaic tiling. To the far left of the upper level are a family room and the kitchen, which exudes class with granite benchtops, Gaggenau appliances and ample cabinetry. Near here, a formal living and dining room has a bay window looking to the front yard. 55 Kingsholme St, Teneriffe.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe games room has a floating TV cabinet and full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and glass shelving, while the back decks feature a built-in barbecue area and electric awning, along with views over a grassy yard and a pool with an Orient-inspired cabana and water feature. Back inside and up a level, a void with a chandelier divides the bedrooms and upstairs living spaces. Three carpeted bedrooms with built-in wardrobes occupy the front corner of the level, near a bathroom with a bathtub and glass shower. Two of these bedrooms also have access to a deck with neighbourhood views. 55 Kingsholme St, Teneriffe.A bedroom with a built-in wardrobe is positioned one side of the house, next to a gym and wine cellar. Across the hallway, an office sits beside a bathroom, a two-car garage and a laundry with a drying courtyard. At the rear of the level, rumpus and games rooms connect to a rear covered deck via bi-fold doors. 55 Kingsholme St, Teneriffe.Agent Judy Goodger of Place called this a highly adaptable house with excellent proximity to public transport, schools, shopping centres and the CBD. “Epitomising style and functionality, this residence is a family-friendly abode in the heart of one of Brisbane’s most desired suburbs,” Ms Goodger said.last_img read more

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