IMCOM Chief Looks to Policy Changes to Meet Strategic Constraints

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the prospect of getting more resources from Washington not promising, Lty  Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of the Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM), says he’ll push for policy changes to better support his agency’s mission.“I don’t need more money and I don’t need more people. I need to change policies,” he said during a visit last month to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif.One change the Army is considering is phasing out single occupancy rooms in barracks as a way to reduce costs, Dahl said. Barracks renovated to the current “1+1 standard” — private rooms with shared kitchenette and living areas — is another inefficient arrangement, reported IMCOM.The Army’s effort to offer healthier dining options at its facilities and at outlets managed by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will help meet the needs of today’s service members, he said.The commander also praised the installation’s partnership with the city of Monterey, which provides maintenance support to its public works division.“It’s a really great thing you have going here,” Dahl said during a stop at the Presidio of Monterey Services Administration, the agency operated by the city. “I’m not sure it would work everywhere. But what you have here is really special,” Dahl said.last_img read more

Facebook Goes After Music Licenses

first_img Email Learn More: Facebook’s New Music Licensing Deal facebook-goes-after-music-licenses Twitter Social media giant to pay publishers and labels millions to license music for user-generated video contentRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2017 – 2:32 pm One need only open Facebook before you’re gifted with cute cats, the newest recipe or a cute kid dancing, all delivered via video. But like YouTube, a lot of the user-generated content may infringe upon copyright holders’ content by borrowing song snippets. However, Facebook is onto a solution.Bloomberg reports that Facebook is looking to secure a multimillion dollar deal with record labels and music publishers to license music for video content posted to the social media giant. Facebook aims to keep the music industry content while they develop a more complex solution to infringing content, which could take as long as two years to develop.Currently, copyright holders can use Facebook’s Rights Manager to request the takedown of user videos, but Facebook wants to develop a platform that automatically detects infringing music, similar to the way YouTube’s Content ID platform works. Content ID allows copyright holders to request takedowns or the option to monetize the use of their content.In addition to the recent announcement of their Watch video hub, which will feature original programming, this latest development puts Facebook in the running to become a video giant on par with YouTube.Facebook “Watch”: Videos From Billboard, Nas And More Facebook News Facebook Goes After Music Licenses last_img read more

Wilmington Rotary Club Auctioning Off Pair Of Red Sox Tickets wGift Cards

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Rotary Club’s 4th Community Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS research will be held on Saturday, August 18th from 10am to 1pm at Rotary Park.This year, the Rotary Club is pleased to “leadoff” theirefforts with an exciting offer — An  Evening at Fenway Park.The prize package includes:Two third-base grandstand tickets (Section 24, Row 9, Seats 9-10) for the Monday, August 20, 7:10pm game vs. Cleveland Indians$50 Gift Card to the Red Sox Souvenir Shop$50 Gift Card to Eastern Standard, a restaurant less than a 5-minute walk from FenwayYou can bid for this terrific package via the Rotary Club’s Facebook page HERE or by calling “Scooter” Cunningham at 978-944-0155.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Rotary Club.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For This Saturday, August 17In “Community”Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Morning Loader/Back-Up Driver at Optima ShippingPart-Time Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time Company Car Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time (Contract) Flatbed Truck Carrier at XPO LogisticsFull-Time Buyer & Planner at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Client Services Representative at AllOne Health GroupFull-Time GIS Application Support Analyst at LoadSpring SolutionsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Warehouse Lead at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Sales Office Manager at Harrington Industrial Plastics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday March 21 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, March 21, 2019:#1) Wilmington Middle School Drama Club’s “Seussical The Musical”The Wilmington Middle School Drama Club presents its spring musical, “Seussicial The Musical” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 (7pm); Friday, March 22, 2019 (7pm); and Saturday, March 23, 2019 (1pm) in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Come enjoy the story of Horton and some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students (12 and under).#2) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Library Gift Basket Raffle DeadlineThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library has organized an “unplugged”-theme gift basket raffle at the Wilmington Memorial Library this winter.  Tickets are $2 each or $3 for 5 and can be purchased at the library’s Front Desk.The “Unplugged!” gift basket includes:Gift Certificate to Yoga Loft (1-month membership)Gift Certificate to Tremezzo ($100)Gift Certificate to the Book Store Next Door ($10)Art & Creativity SetBoard Games: Story Cubes, Pass The Pigs, Ticket To RideMagnetic SandArt PaperDigital Detox by Damon ZahariadesThe raffle winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 21, 2019 during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting at 7pm.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

Our favorite 55inch OLED TV is down to 1099

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: TVs Video Games 1:55 The dazzling LG B8 55-inch OLED TV has never been priced this low. Sarah Tew/CNET Cheeps! If you happen to live in the vicinity of White Lake, MI, come on out to the White Lake Township Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be there talking about some of my favorite money-saving tips and tricks (including something I’ve never discussed here). Everyone who shows up gets a cool prize, and some folks will win even cooler prizes in a raffle. Hope to see you there!You know me: I’m all about the cheap TVs. I prize low prices over picture quality, especially when the latter is “good enough.”But there’s a whole other category of people (including many of my esteemed CNET colleagues) who lean the other way: They want the best possible image quality, period. Price be damned.Thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be. Today only, and while supplies last, Newegg has the LG B8 55-inch OLED 4K TV for $1,098.88 — the lowest price to date and a savings of at least $400 over other stores. (Amazon and Best Buy are both currently at around $1,600.) Forget damned; more like “damn!”See it at NeweggOne important thing to note: This deal comes from Newegg proper. If the inventory runs out, that link will still work, but you’ll likely end up seeing a slightly different price from a third-party seller. Does that matter? It might. Newegg is an authorized LG dealer. If you buy from an unauthorized dealer, LG may not honor warranty claims.The B8 is, according to CNET’s resident expert, David Katzmaier, “the best high-end value TV.” In other words, even though it was still pretty pricey when he reviewed it, overall image quality was second only to LG’s even-pricier models.It features a super-slim design, four HDMI inputs, built-in Google Assistant and all the other advanced goodies you’d expect.The B8 is super popular with owners, too. It has a 4.6-star average at Amazon and a 4.7 at Best Buy. Now, will I still argue that most folks will be just as happy with, say, a 55-inch TCL Roku TV in the $400 range? Absolutely. But if you want the best, at least here you can get it for a lot less than just a few months ago.Your thoughts? Share your voice Walmart LG Titanfall 2 deal: Just $5!Game time! Titanfall 2 was released in late 2016 to mostly glowing reviews. Price then: $60, the same as pretty much every new videogame release.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has Titanfall 2 for Xbox One for $5. Yep: Five. Bucks. And that’s for a boxed copy, not a download.See it at WalmartFear not, PS4 owners: Walmart also has Titanfall 2 for PS4 for $7. Regular price on both editions: $20. (That’s also proof-positive that you should never buy a videogame when it’s first released.)See it at WalmartShipping isn’t free unless you hit at least $35 in your shopping cart. If you don’t have more to buy, choose in-store pickup to bypass the shipping charge.This is a seriously good game deal. Read GameSpot’s Titanfall 2 review to learn more.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags 7 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate LG B8 is the 2018 OLED TV to buylast_img read more

Budget 2017 Everything you need to know about the Union Budget from

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the most challenging budget of the Narendra Modi era on Wednesday (February 1). This would be the first after the prime minister took the shocking financial step of demonetisation on November 8 last year.Also read: From halwa ceremony to leather briefcase, interesting traditions of Union Budget 2018Now, to what extent will the Budget 2017 be able to satisfy the common man after the November shock therapy is for time and the experts to tell. Meanwhile, we can focus on some lighter facts related to India’s budget, things that would make it a not-so-tedious read amid all the complicated calculations:A Scottish presented India’s first-ever Budget: The first-ever Indian budget was presented by James Wilson, the founder of The Economist, in April 1860. Wilson was the Finance Minister of the Indian Council which had advised the Indian Viceroy. He passed away a few months after presenting his Budget.The Indian to present first-ever Budget: The first-ever budget in independent India was presented by R K Shanmukham Chetty, the country’s first finance minister, in November 1947. That budget covered a period of seven-and-half months between August 15, 1947, and March 31, 1948. Chetty had also introduced the term ‘Interim Budget’ during his speech in 1948-49. It meant a budget for a short period.A scandal had broken in the UK over its budget the same year it was presented for the first time in independent India. The then British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Hugh Dalton, had met a journalist on the Budget Day after he walked into the British parliament and revealed to the latter a few details on tax changes that he had in his plans. The journalist broke the story before the speech was made and Dalton had to step down. It is said that the incident had made Chetty extra-cautious while preparing independent India’s first budget back home.John Mathai did not read out the Budget: John Mathai, the successor to Chetty and in office between1949-50 is said to have delivered the most plain budget speech ever. He had decided not to read out the budget and told the members that a White Paper including all details had been circulated. The highlights of this budget were setting up of the now-defunct planning commission and beginning of the five-year plans. Mathai also used the opportunity to give a speech on economic policy.Morarji Desai presented the Budget 10 times, the most: It is said the credit of turning Budget into a ‘tool of publicity for the finance minister’ goes to former prime minister Morarji Desai, who had presented it the maximum number of times: 10.Desai presented the Budget on his unique birthday twice: On two occasions, Desai had presented the Budget on his birthday – February 29. That happened in the years 1964 and 1968.The 1973 Budget was ‘Black’ one, while the 1997 one was called ‘Dream’: While the Budget of 1973-74 was called the ‘Black Budget’ owing to a deficit of Rs 550 crore, that presented by former finance minister P Chidambaram in 1997 was called the ‘Dream Budget’ owing to its roadmap for big reforms.Two presidents have presented Budget as FMs: Other than Pranab Mukherjee, R Venkataraman was the only finance minister who later went on to become the president of India.Yaswant Sinha presented four Budgets under difficult conditions: Yaswant Sinha, who presented five Budgets under two governments, had faced challenges almost every time he presented it as the NDA’s finance minister. While the 1999 Budget was presented after the Pokhran II blasts, the 2000 was presented after the Kargil war. Similarly, his presentation in 2001 came after the horrible earthquake in Gujarat. His budget presented as the finance minister of the National Front government in 1991 was also in the wake of the forex crisis.Only one woman presented Budget: The only woman to have presented the Budget is late prime minister Indira Gandhi, who did so in 1970-71 after Desai’s resignation.Railway and general budgets were separated in 1924: The railway budget was separated from the general budget in the year 1924. They have been merged this year.First disclosure scheme for black money in Budget: The first disclosure scheme for black money came in the Budget of 1965-66.Three PMs presented budgets: Three prime ministers – all from the family – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had presented the Budget while serving as prime minister.Biggest-ever Budget was presented in 1991: The biggest Budget ever in the history of India was that of 1991 when the country’s economic policy underwent a complete change. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had presented that budget and late PV Narasimha Rao was the prime minister then.Budget timing was changed from 5 pm in 1999: Earlier, the Budget used to be presented at 5 pm, which was essentially a continuation of the colonial-era practice. It was during the NDA government of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999 when this ritual was changed. That year, the budget was presented by Yashwant Sinha at 11 am. PM Modi’s government also made another change by bringing the Budget ahead by a month to present it on February 1.The halwa ceremony: Printing of the Budget documents begin with the annual halwa (a sweet dish) ceremony. It marks the beginning of lockdown for many officials in the Ministry of Finance who remain in the budget printing press till the finance minister’s speech gets over. During this time, the officials are not even allowed to contact their family members.last_img read more

ECs dialogues with political parties begin Thursday

first_imgElection Commission logo. File PhotoThe election commission starts its dialogues with 40 registered political parties on Thursday to take their opinions over its preparation for the next parliamentary elections.The commission will first sit in talks with Sangskritik Muktijote at 3:00pm at the conference room of Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital city.Earlier, a 10-member delegation of Muktijote was invited to join the dialogue to be held with chief election commission KM Nurul Huda in the chair.As per the EC’s schedule, the EC was supposed to sit in the first dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) at 11:00am on Thursday, but BNF has asked the EC to reschedule its dialogue saying that it would not be able to join the dialogue in the next one month due to the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country.BNF president SM Abul Kalam Azad, MP said his party leaders are scheduled to visit the flood-hit areas in Jamalpur on Thursday and they would distribute relief items among flood victims there.“We’ve informed the EC that we cannot join the dialogue halting our relief activities for flood victims. We asked the EC to delay the talks with us at least by one month,” he told UNB.Director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman said the commission has yet to take any decision whether the talks with BNF will be rescheduled.“So far, 12 political parties have been invited to join the EC’s dialogue. Separate dialogues with two parties will be held in a day. The first talks will be held at 11:00am, while the second one at 3:00pm everyday,” he told UNB.As per the schedule, the EC will also sit with Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) and Khelafat Majlish on 28 August, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party and Jagpa on 30 August, Bangladesh Islami Front and Islami Andolan Bangladesh on 10 September, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Islami Oikya Jote on 12 September, and Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Islamic Front Bangladesh on 14 September.The commission will seek opinions from the political parties over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties.Earlier, the commission held talks with civil society members on 31 July, media representatives on 16 and 17 August as part of taking opinions of its different stakeholders over preparation of the 11th national election likely to be held in late December 2018.The constitutional body will also sit with election observers, women leaders and election experts.last_img read more

EC to hold DNCC mayoral bypolls in 90 days

first_img.The election commission has said it is ready to hold the by-polls in 90 days to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation as it fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq.“We are ready to hold the by-polls as per the electoral law. We’ll hold the polls within 90 days since the day it falls vacant,” EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told a group of newsmen at the EC secretariat on Sunday.He said the commission will begin the preparatory work for the by-polls once the local government ministry publishes the gazette notification declaring the mayoral post vacant.Article 16 of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009 says that if any post of mayor or councillor of a city corporation falls vacant 180 days before the expiry of their tenures, a by-election to the post shall be held within 90 days since the day it falls vacant to fulfil the post for the rest of the tenure.Annisul passed away at a London hospital on Thursday night. He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis after he was admitted there on 13 August.He was buried in Banani graveyard on Saturday afternoon.Read More:Annisul laid to eternal restlast_img read more

Texas flooding sparks fears of chemical explosion

first_imgTrucks make their way through flood waters on a main road leading to the Arkema Inc. chemical plant that was in crisis during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photo: AFPNew proof of the devastation wrought by monster storm Harvey emerged Wednesday as the bodies of six family members were plucked from receding waters in Texas and flooding triggered fears of a chemical explosion near Houston.While clouds parted in America’s fourth-largest city, bringing a welcome respite after the storm turned roads into rivers, rural areas of Texas were drenched as Harvey headed eastwards with the city of Port Arthur especially hard hit.Authorities in neighboring Louisiana scrambled to safeguard their state from the impact of Harvey, whose onslaught evoked painful memories of Hurricane Katrina’s deadly strike 12 years ago—but New Orleans escaped with minimal rain.Taking advantage of a lull in the rainfall in Houston, rescuers recovered the bodies of six family members from a van which was swept away by the floods over the weekend.Manuel and Belia Saldivar and four of their great-grandchildren ranging from six to 16 years in age went missing on Sunday.“Our worst fears have been realized,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told a press conference, confirming all six bodies had been found inside the van.So far, officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm, and there is little doubt the toll will rise further—although many of those unaccounted for may simply have no access to phones or power.“To those Americans who have lost loved ones, all of America is grieving with you, and our hearts are joined with yours forever,” President Donald Trump said in a speech, a day after viewing some of the damage for himself on a trip to Texas.More than 30,000 people have found refuge in shelters across the Lone Star State, from the giant Houston convention center to small churches, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Brock Long.In Houston, where Mayor Sylvester Turner issued an nighttime curfew to aid search efforts and thwart potential looting, the two major airports reopened on a limited basis, signalling a slow return to normality.Turner told a news conference Wednesday night that trash pickup and metro service will resume in some areas where flood waters have receded.“It’s my hope that despite how massive this storm has been, that the city of Houston will quickly move to get back to where we were and then beyond that,” Turner said.The National Hurricane Center downgraded Harvey to a tropical depression Wednesday night, but warned that life-threatening flood conditions remain in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.But at least a quarter of Harris County, which includes Houston, is still under water—and the operators of an organic peroxides plant outside the city warned they were bracing for the risk of an explosion after flooding caused them to lose all power.“Right now, we have an unprecedented six feet of water at the plant,” Rich Rowe, president and chief executive of plant operator Arkema Inc, said in a statement.“We have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire,” he said. “The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it.”As a precaution, officials had already ordered the evacuation of an area within 1.5 miles (three km) of the plant in Crosby, northeast of Houston, and Rowe said the facility itself had been evacuated for employees’ safety.‘City underwater’Even as Houston got a first glimpse of life-after-Harvey, the city of Port Arthur was pummeled by torrential rains—making it almost impossible to reach despite the best efforts of volunteer rescuers.“Our whole city is underwater right now,” Port Arthur’s mayor, Derrick Freeman, posted on Facebook early Wednesday—assuring stranded residents that help was on the way.Justin Coleman was part of a crew of three jeeps and three boats that drove overnight from Fort Worth trying to reach Port Arthur, but were forced to turn around on their first attempt.“We’re on the radio with them right now and every 30 seconds there’s another person rescued,” the 33-year-old told AFP during a pit stop at a gas station in the nearby town of Winnie.“There’s a lot of babies and elderly that are stuck in their homes right now. They said it’s getting up to their chests,” said Coleman, who runs a construction company.So far, parts of Texas have seen more than 50 inches (1.27 meters) of rain, while in Louisiana, the top total 18 inches so far was increasing.Dodged a bulletHarvey first slammed onshore as a Category Four hurricane on Friday night before unloading on Texas.Although now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey made its second landfall just west of the Louisiana town of Cameron early Wednesday, packing maximum sustained winds nearing 45 miles per hour.Forecasters are predicting another five to 10 inches of rain in the region, with the downpour finally expected to stop on Thursday.For now, southwestern Louisiana is taking the hardest hit, with a levee being breached in the town of Gueydan.While New Orleans appeared to have dodged a bullet, the arrival of Harvey nevertheless served as a somber reminder, coming just one day after the 12-year anniversary of Katrina, which ravaged the vulnerable city famous for its jazz music and cuisine.“I began to pray for the people in Texas after having gone through that same experience myself as a Katrina survivor,” said Crystal Harris, who works for a bank which was taking donations for storm victims.‘Lessons learned’In Texas, the damage wrought is staggering—Enki Research put its “best estimate” at between $48 billion and $75 billion.At least one bridge had crumbled, one levee had breached and dams were at risk, while Harvey sparked the closure of several major refineries across what is a major hub of America’s oil industry.More than 4,500 people and 1,000 pets have been rescued from the storm zone by the Coast Guard, which expected to rescue an additional 1,000 people Wednesday in the Port Arthur area alone.The Coast Guard has deployed about 50 aircraft and two dozen boats, but the overall rescue effort, involving other military branches and state police, easily tops more than 100 aircraft.“We are certainly bringing lessons learned from Katrina,” Admiral Paul Thomas, who oversees Coast Guard operations in 26 states, told reporters in New Orleans—noting that several members of his team are Louisiana natives who are veterans of the 2005 disaster.last_img read more

WATCH Turner Reports Initiative Has Provided Housing For More Than 500 Homeless

first_imgPhoto by Davis Land | Houston Public MediaMayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that more than 500 homeless people have obtained housing through programs that are part of an initiative he unveiled in March.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that more than 500 homeless people have obtained housing through programs that are part of an initiative he unveiled in March.During a press conference held at City Hall, Turner specified that 548 “chronically homeless individuals” have been housed between March and August of 2017.The Mayor noted nonetheless that, according to the estimates he has received, there are still about 1,100 homeless individuals that don’t go to shelters in Houston.Turner also addressed the homelessness that could impact Houston because of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and demanded help from the federal government and the state government.“We haven’t yet seen the effect of Harvey, but if help doesn’t come from the state [of Texas] and from the feds in a much greater level than what is currently coming you are going to see it,” the mayor emphasized as he explained that many Houstonians are living in very poor conditions because of the damage sustained by their homes and they might resort to being homeless in the coming weeks and months.“The number one concern from Hurricane Harvey now is housing,” stressed Turner, while detailing he has sent a letter to state officials asking them to “advance funding” of up to $200 million while the City waits for funds coming from the federal government. Sharelast_img read more

Global warming may be causing surge in numbers of pink salmon

first_img(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, one with the University of Alaska, the other with Independent, Auke Bay are suggesting in a paper they’ve had printed in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that global warming is partially responsible for large increases in pink salmon populations in North America and Asia. Alan Springer and Gus van Vliet claim that rising ocean temperatures are at least partly to blame for increased pink salmon populations due to an increase in the amount of available food. Explore further Citation: Global warming may be causing surge in numbers of pink salmon (2014, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-global-surge-pink-salmon.html Scientists have blamed global warming for smaller numbers of many fish species—a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for example, claimed that rising ocean temperatures (due to global warming) is causing a reduction in numbers of tuna and cod populations in the Atlantic Ocean. Now it appears that global warming may actually cause some fish populations to increase.Springer and Vliet suggest that pink salmon swimming in warmer water during their formative years are exposed to more food (zooplankton, small fish and squid, etc.) which allows them to eat more, and then later, to produce more offspring. It leads to more fish in the sea, they say, which in turn might have a negative impact on other sea life that feed on the same prey. They focused their study on sea life in the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea, looking to find out if burgeoning fish populations are causing a decrease in bird populations. In sampling both populations, they noted that second year salmon were more numerous and that bird populations sank as salmon surged, due to less egg laying and lowered survival rate of chicks—signs of nutritional stress.Whatever the cause, what is undeniable is that pink salmon are thriving and are beginning to take over ecosystems previously dominated by other types of salmon or even other types of animals altogether. Complicating the situation is the fact that many of the salmon swimming freely in the ocean came to be there after being released by fish hatcheries in an effort to boost harvests.Pink salmon populations have been rising since the 1970’s, roughly the same time frame as global warming—so much so that some have begun suggesting that it’s a problem easily solved by allowing fishermen to catch more. While that may help solve the problem of too many fish, it doesn’t really answer the question of whether global warming is truly to blame, and if it is, what other changes it may be causing in poorly understood ocean ecosystems. Oncorhynchus gorbuscha. Credit: Timothy Knepp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img Researchers uncover some good news for BC’s troubled salmon populations More information: Climate change, pink salmon, and the nexus between bottom-up and top-down forcing in the subarctic Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, PNAS, Alan M. Springer, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319089111AbstractClimate change in the last century was associated with spectacular growth of many wild Pacific salmon stocks in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, apparently through bottom-up forcing linking meteorology to ocean physics, water temperature, and plankton production. One species in particular, pink salmon, became so numerous by the 1990s that they began to dominate other species of salmon for prey resources and to exert top-down control in the open ocean ecosystem. Information from long-term monitoring of seabirds in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea reveals that the sphere of influence of pink salmon is much larger than previously known. Seabirds, pink salmon, other species of salmon, and by extension other higher-order predators, are tightly linked ecologically and must be included in international management and conservation policies for sustaining all species that compete for common, finite resource pools. These data further emphasize that the unique 2-y cycle in abundance of pink salmon drives interannual shifts between two alternate states of a complex marine ecosystem. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A cultural bowl

first_imgFestivities are in the air, with the seventh weekend of Dilli Haat Utsav geared up. The flagship tourism promotion festival of Delhi Tourism in collaboration with Department of Art, Culture and Languages, has successfully reached its 7th weekend. Dilli Haat Utsav began on 13 September and is scheduled to continue in the same spirit  31 March.Lively evenings full of fun, frolic and entertainment are being offered with an exclusive journey to cultural territories. Artists from institutions like Hindi Academy, Punjabi Academy, Sahitya Kala Parishad etc are showcasing their talent at Dilli Haats every weekend. This series of festival is marked by unique music and dance performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This weekend’s schedule focuses on artistic diversity of the country, and promises a cocktail of different and unique cultures of India. Artists from every nook and corner of the city have been invited to present their talent and captivate the audience with a joyful evening full of divergent artistic expressions.Dilli Haats are now coming out as the new cultural joints in Delhi. Festivities and celebrations rarely end here. Local as well as international tourists are offered a lively and active hangout offering window to whole of India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlso new and seasoned artists have been given an organised platform to perform. Dilli Haat Utsav offers them a systematic space to gather fans and make a name for themselves. The initiative aims to strengthen options for cultural delights in the city. People are offered with an alternative arena for spending time and discovering India’s crafts, culture and cuisine.Dilli Haats offers food from diverse Indian cuisines under one roof and at economical prices. Take a nibble from Manipur, taste Punjab and head Mumbai for some Vada Pao. Dilli Haats’  huge footfall has also contributed in increasing sales of handicraft and handloom artists. Craftsmen from around the country have put up stalls to directly link with buyers and sell their product without the involvement of any middlemen.Where : Dilli Haat (INA, Pitampura, Janakpuri) When: 1 and 2 Novemberlast_img read more