What’s causing deforestation? New study reveals global drivers

first_imgArticle published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Citation: Curtis, P.G., C.M. Slay, N.L. Harris, A. Tyukavina, and M.C. Hansen. 2018. “Classifying Drivers of Global Forest Loss.” Science.Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Data source: Curtis et al. (2018), ScienceForests aren’t just important for wildlife; they are also critical storehouses of carbon and feature prominently in major multinational efforts to combat global warming.“The conservation, restoration and improved management of tropical forests, mangroves and peatlands could provide a quarter of the cost-effective mitigation action needed by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to two degrees,” Harris said.The study found commodity-driven deforestation remained constant throughout their 15-year study period, which the authors say indicates corporate zero-deforestation agreements may not be working in many places.“Despite corporate commitments, the rate of commodity-driven deforestation has not declined,” the researchers write in their study. “To end deforestation, companies must eliminate 5 million hectares of conversion from supply chains each year.”The study’s authors write that while wildfires, shifting agriculture, and forestry technically allow for regrowth, further study could provide a more nuanced understanding of the impacts of these drivers. For instance, they say that shifting agriculture in Peru is typically well managed, while this type of forest loss in Sub-Saharan Africa might lead to more long-term damage. Understanding where shifting agriculture plays more of a role in forest degradation could be important for companies that source from smallholder farmers, they write.The study found that clearing forests for oil palm plantations like the one above in Sabah, Malaysia, was the leading cause of deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia during 2001 and 2015.The researchers hope their findings will help increase accountability and transparency in global supply chains. Now, they say, the nearly 450 companies that have set goals to eliminate deforestation in their supply chains have a clear map of priority areas to target for certification and traceability.“The analysis makes visual what we already knew – that the causes of tree cover loss vary significantly around the world,” said the authors in a statement. “This new information will enable companies, governments, and concerned citizens to recognize where efforts should be focused to achieve deforestation-free supply chains and to identify and act where other drivers are causing an unwanted increase in tree cover loss.”center_img Agriculture, Cattle, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Industrial Agriculture, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Primary Forests, Rainforests, Research, Rubber, Tropical Forests Recent advances in satellite-based forest monitoring technology have helped conservationists locate where deforestation may be happening. However, limitations in knowing the causes behind canopy loss have hindered efforts to stop it.A new study released this week provides a step forward toward this goal, identifying the major drivers of tree cover loss around the world.Overall, it finds 27 percent of all forest loss — 50,000 square kilometers per year — is caused by permanent commodity-driven deforestation. In other words, an area of forest a quarter of the size of India was felled to grow commodity crops over 15 years. The next-biggest driver of forest loss worldwide is forestry at 26 percent; wildfire and shifting agriculture amounting to 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively. The study finds less than 1 percent of global forest loss was attributable to urbanization.The study’s authors found commodity-driven deforestation remained constant throughout their 15-year study period, which they say indicates corporate zero-deforestation agreements may not be working in many places. They hope their findings will help increase accountability and transparency in global supply chains. Knowing where deforestation is happening is critical for efforts aimed at stopping or slowing it. Major breakthroughs toward this goal have been made over the previous few years, with NGOs harnessing the power of satellites to monitor and identify canopy loss in forests around the world. Now, a new study sheds more light on forest loss, determining the primary causes of deforestation around the world.In 2014, World Resources Institute (WRI) and partners launched an online platform to help governments, companies, and NGOs fight deforestation on a global scale. By taking advantage of the latest satellite and cloud computing technologies, the platform, called Global Forest Watch monitors the world’s forests in near-real time, providing tools, datasets, and maps to track forest loss.But not all causes – or “drivers” – of forest loss are equal in terms of impact, with some much more destructive, permanent, or preventable than others. Large-scale conversion of forest for agricultural land to grow commodity crops like oil palm and rubber tends to be more ecologically damaging than, say, occasional logging or wildfire.“Knowing whether or not a forest is lost permanently to a new land use like agriculture or is expected to regrow over time has major implications for improving our understanding about the role forests around the world play in influencing the global carbon budget,” said Nancy Harris, Research Manager at Global Forest Watch. “Forests can be either net sources or net sinks for atmospheric carbon depending on how we manage them.”However, the satellite tech behind forest monitoring platforms is unable to discern the underlying drivers of tree cover loss. Global Forest Watch, for instance, visualizes this as a rash of pink splashed across the world’s continents, growing especially dense in places like Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia.But a new study attempts to upgrade this essentially monochromatic view of tree cover loss by identifying the main drivers of deforestation on a regional level. Its results were published this week in Science, and are visualized on Global Forest Watch.A team of researchers from WRI, the Sustainability Consortium, and the University of Maryland developed this new map by looking at thousands of satellite images in Google Earth to create a predictive model. They then used this model to determine the most dominant driver of forest loss in a given 10 kilometer square area between 2001 and 2015.Overall, they found that 27 percent of all forest loss — 50,000 square kilometers per year — is caused by permanent commodity-driven deforestation. In other words, an area of forest a quarter of the size of India was felled to grow commodity crops over 15 years.“Hundreds of companies have publicly committed to the sustainable production and sourcing of global commodities like palm oil, soy, beef, and gold,” said Harris, who was coauthor of the study. “For the first time, we can now quantify how much tree cover loss is due to commodity production and evaluate the collective progress of companies towards meeting their commitments. Our results show that much work is left to be done.”The next-biggest driver of forest loss worldwide is forestry at 26 percent; wildfire and shifting agriculture amounting to 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively. The study finds less than 1 percent of global forest loss was attributable to urbanization, with around 1 percent caused by something other than these four main drivers.“There are public misconceptions that urbanization is a significant direct driver of overall deforestation rates because it is a change in the landscape that populations are, by definition, highly exposed to. Our results demonstrate that urbanization is a very minor driver of tree cover loss globally, which may be surprising to some people,” Harris said.The study indicates commodity-driven deforestation is concentrated primarily in Latin America and Southeast Asia. In Latin America, row cropping and cattle grazing were found to be the primary drivers of forest loss, while oil palm cultivation is the main cause in Malaysia and Indonesia. The study’s authors write that their results indicate these places should be targeted as key locations for eliminating deforestation from supply chains and developing policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.last_img read more

‘No chance’ for Ravena, Parks to make Gilas team in SEABA

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Ravena and Parks also skipped last year’s PBA Draft making them ineligible to suit up for Gilas.“No, they have no chance for this time because we were very clear that for you to get to the program, you have to be in the PBA,” Reyes told reporters after wrapping up Gilas’ practice Tuesday night at Meralco Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“They made their decision, unfortunately, we have to live with those decisions. There is an agreement between the SBP and the PBA that precisely stipulates that the guys have to be in the PBA.”Reyes stressed the two don’t have any chance of making it to Gilas’ SEABA roster and said their status of being part of the team in the future is still uncertain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Champions, stars swap homes in Superstar Shake-Up Bobby Parks and Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena and Ray Parks will have to wait for the conclusion of next month’s SEABA Championship before they can get their chance to play for the national team.National coach Chot Reyes said Gilas Pilipinas has no available slots for Ravena and Parks, two of the biggest amateur stars in the country, “for now” with the team already in the middle of its SEABA buildup.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out “Right now, unfortunately, there is no opportunity for them. In the future, later this year, we don’t know. But for certain, in the SEABA, there is no chance,” said Reyes. “Everything after SEABA, we leave it for after SEABA because for now, our focus is winning the SEABA. Otherwise, there is no use planning for anything else if we don’t win that. For now, all our focus is really on the SEABA.”The SEABA tilt is slated on May 12-18 and will be staged here in Manila.Parks and Ravena teamed up with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League where the Philippine team was swept in the semifinals by the Singapore Slingers.The 24-year-old Parks was part of the Gilas squad, which competed in the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View commentslast_img read more

Steve McManaman tips Monaco teen Mbappe to trouble Juventus

first_img“He has everything going for him. Pace, power and technical ability. He will come up against experienced Juve defence that has Chiellini (Giorgio) and Bonucci (Leonardo), so it will be interesting to see how he fares against them,” McManaman, who has since forged an impressive punditry career, said.The former Real and Liverpool winger, now an ambassador of leading betting firm Dafabet, claimed Monaco has been the most exciting team to watch in the Uefa Champions League and would be a delight to watch them in final.“They score lots of goals which makes for an exciting team to watch. In the Round of 16 against Manchester City and Dortmund in quarterfinal, they showed their attacking qualities every fan of football would like to watch,” he said.He added: “Pity Monaco are coming up against a team of Juventus quality but to be the best you have to play against top teams. And so, there is a genuine belief in Monaco that they can get a result against Juventus.”Dafabet have odds of 2.95 for a Monaco win on www.dafabet.co.ke and 2.4 for a Juventus win, which suggests an expected tight game tonight.Juventus beat Monaco 1-0 in Turin following a goalless draw in the first leg of Group matches.Mbappe has forged a deadly attacking partnership with Colombian striker Radmel Falcao and now heads into the first leg of the Uefa Champions League in fine form having scored five goals in his last five appearances, including a brace against Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.The teenager is keen to test himself against the experienced Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.“He is a goalkeeper, who has made his mark on history, one of the best in the world,” Mbappe told the UEFA website. “I’m glad I’ll play against him.“You work every day to play against players like him. When you do, you want to give your best to beat them.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe Lottin celebrates after scoring a goal during their French L1 football match against Toulouse on April 29, 2017 at the “Louis II Stadium” in MonacoMADRID, Spain, May 2 – Real Madrid and Liverpool legend Steve McManaman has heaped praise on Monaco rising star Kylian Mbappe ahead of their Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday.The 18-year-old France striker with Cameroonian roots has scored an astonishing 18 goals in as many matches and McManaman believes he could trouble Juventus.last_img read more

Madrid starlet and playmaker linked with Liverpool – five need to know stories

first_img 5 1. Christian Benteke latest – read all about it, below, then check out five more Liverpool transfer updates by clicking the arrow above, right – According to the big Belgian’s agent, there have been no offers for the striker in recent days. Crystal Palace had bid £25m for his services but saw this turned down and the Eagles haven’t returned with another offer. Besiktas, though, are reportedly primed to make a move. 3. Mario Balotelli – The latest Italian club to be linked with a move for the striker are Chievo. AC Milan, Inter Milan, Sampdoria, Genoa, Pescara and Sassuolo have all decided against following up interest but apparently Chievo’s president Luca Campedelli has dined with Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola as they contemplate a transfer. 5 5 2. Ademola Lookman (Charlton) – England Under-19 international Lookman has impressed while breaking into the Addicks’ first-team but could soon be on his way to the Premier League. Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are also interested but Liverpool could spend £2m plus add-ons to sign the forward. 5 5 4. Leandro Paredes (Roma) – As Jurgen Klopp considers bringing in a playmaker for a central midfield role, there are reports he’s keeping tabs on Roma starlet Leandro Paredes. Once compared to Juan Roman Riquelme, he starred on loan at Empoli last season. As the Premier League season edges closer there are still transfers to be done by Liverpool.The Reds are looking to ship out stars who sit on the fringes of team, while also bringing in a couple more players to strengthen a squad which shows promise.Although the season starts this weekend, clubs do still have until the end of the month to complete deal, but what is the latest news?Click the right arrow above for all the latest Liverpool transfer rumours… 5. Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid) – Along with Premier League rivals West Ham, the Reds are reportedly keen on taking the Norwegian starlet on loan. The player seems keen on the switch as he is unlikely to be part of Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans with Los Blancos.last_img read more

A jewel of education

first_img The noontime Contemporary Challenges Speakers forum is a popular draw just by itself. Recent speakers have discussed elder law, Holocaust education in Japan, experiences of child actors and finding jobs for people on Skid Row. The hourlong weekly lecture will resume March 1 with a talk by Howard Somberg on the Jewish community in Uganda. “Wednesday is the stellar day of the week in my life. I get the pleasure of attending five very different classes and listening to thought-provoking speakers” said Edith Marcus, a longtime Multi-Interest Day student. “The classes are taught by first-rate teachers who provide food for thought, keep us abreast of what’s going on in the world or keep us fit with systematic exercises.” It has been a tradition for the rabbis at Adat Ari El to teach one class each semester. Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard will lead “Exodus: And the Story Goes On” this semester. “I like being able to explore Judaism with classes from the rabbis, do something good for my body in the yoga class and learn more about writing,” said Susie Katz, who attends the creative writing class. Classes with a Jewish focus for the upcoming semester include Jewish literature, the Jewish image in international film, Jewish communities around the world and Jews and Christianity. The “World of Yiddish” is also offered. Multi-Interest Day new semester, 8:30 a.m.-2:40 p.m. beginning Wednesday through May 24 (Passover break April 12 and 19), Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Tuition $85. Call (818) 766-9426 or see adatariel.org. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Miriam Wise, wife of the late Rabbi Aaron Wise of Adat Ari El, has been involved with the program from the beginning, teaching Hebrew, history and Jewish customs classes. “The whole foundation of religion is to make life more civilized. My husband believed in a synagogue as a center of civilization,” Wise said. “(As Jews) one of our missions is tikkun olam, setting the world right. We’re taking part in the world by broadening the interests and lives of our community.” The classes offered are suggested by participant survey at the end of each year. Past offerings have included Israeli dance, beginning knitting and computer literacy. The top perennial favorites have been current events-contemporary issues, music appreciation and creative writing classes. The Wednesdays-only program starts with the 8:30 a.m. “early-bird” classes with a choice of aerobics, Hebrew or scrapbook crafting. Most classes throughout the day are one hour and run in two semesters, 12 weeks each, from November to May. There are four classes scheduled, in one of three time periods, from 9:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. A few night classes, beginning at 7:30 p.m., are offered during each semester. VALLEY VILLAGE – The “hidden gem” of community education in the San Fernando Valley, Adat Ari El will hold its 45th annual Multi-Interest Day on Wednesday, which launches a semester-long program designed to engage mind, body and spirit. Among this year’s offerings will be current events, nutrition, yoga, operetta appreciation, creative writing, Spanish, cooking and Jewish-focused classes. “It really is a fabulous program. I really do call it the hidden gem of the Valley. There’s something for everyone. People are amazed that this has been around for so long,” said Roberta Spaccia, chairwoman of Multi-Interest Day and Adat Ari El’s Sisterhood education vice president. “Education has always been a value of Judaism, but Multi-Interest Day is a community service, not just for the Jewish community.” last_img read more

New jail planned on old facility site

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – The new jail at Pitchess Detention Center will be built on the site of the Wayside Honor Rancho, a minimum-security compound built in the 1930s, officials said. The honor rancho was closed in 1995 and demolished about five years later, replaced by a lawn and trees. However, the sewer and gas lines were left intact, making the site ideal for a planned medium-security jail that will house up to 1,000 female inmates. Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials outlined the plans Wednesday to residents and the nine-member Castaic Area Town Council, an advisory body to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIn response to jail overcrowding and violence, the Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed this month to a $257 million plan that includes building the Castaic facility and reopening the Sybil Brand Institute, closed in 1998, that will house an additional 1,000 women. An environmental impact report for both facilities must be completed, followed by public hearings on the plans. “I can promise we will listen, but I cannot promise we will always agree,” said Gary Tse, the Sheriff’s Department’s facilities director. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254last_img read more

Divers killed within three weeks of each other off coast of Donegal, inquests hear

first_imgTwo divers were killed within just three weeks of each other during separate accidents off the coast of Co Donegal, inquests into their deaths have heard.Both deaths took place during the summer of 2017 and the victims were men from overseas who had been visiting Donegal to go diving, Donegal Coroner’s Court has heard. The first inquest was that of 57-year-old John Allwright of 23 Vicarage Close, Langford, Bedfordshire in England.The inquest, held at Letterkenny Courthouse, heard how John was part of a dive group of seven who had left Downings Bay for Duncap Isle.Mr Allwright had initially lost his diving mask while diving but had been given a replacement mask.However, while passing through an underground cavern, John was sucked into an underground cave where he struggled to get out of.Evidence was heard that he eventually got out of the cave and managed to get to the surface but was exhausted.Local diver, Declan Burke, who had accompanied the visiting divers, said he had dived in this area at least 50 times before and was not aware of the cave in which Mr Allwright got sucked into.The court heard that when Mr Allwright got lost in the underground ave, his fellow divers tried to rescue him with a rope and also a pole but the troubled diver managed to get himself out.He managed to get to the surface but was found on his back unconscious just a metre below the surface.His fellow divers took him onto the dive boat and performed CPR on him in a bid to revive him but failed to do so.Diving instructor David Gration, a diver with 28 years of experience, gave evidence that Mr Allwright’s diving equipment had all been in working order.He added that his equipment would have weighed between 40 and 50 kilogrammes and that trying to lift out of the water would have been exhausting.He added that it would have been a very frightening experience being caught in the cave but he had managed to get out by sheer strength or the help of mother nature through the swell of the water.A pathology report showed that Mr Allwright’s body had shown some small bruises to his forehead but that there was little sign of significant trauma.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said that having heard all the evidence he considered the death was a genuine accident.He added that death was due to drowning and said death was as a result of an accident.The second inquest concerned the death of Randy McNalley, a Canadian man from Edmonton, Alberta.Mr McNalley, aged 63, was part of a group of divers who had been diving off the wreck of the World War II vessel the MV Pinto which is located 25 kms north of Fanad Head on August 14th, 2017.He had been part of a group which had been diving for two hours at depths of up to 63 metres before they decided to resurface.However, at 18 metres from the surface Mr McNalley, an experienced diver, lost contact with the group and did not resurface.Visibility was poor and despite an immediate search of the area, Mr McNalley was not located.It was revealed how a search team looking for the missing diver found his remains two days later on the afternoon of August 16th.Search recovery diver Colm Humphries told how he found Randy on the seabed and his mouthpiece was not in his mouth.Coroner Dr McCauley said it appeared that there had been a medical incident as data showed that Randy dropped to the seabed in a very quick manner.He asked diving expert David Gration what he thought could have happened to Randy.He replied that he had thought of this every day and the only thing he could think of was that something medical happened to the victim.He added “We’re in an alien environment – it only takes something minor for it to become a huge problem.”Coroner Dr McCauley said Randy was a fit and healthy triathlete but that something happened which made him become unconscious very quickly.He suggested that it was an acute medical incident which rendered him unconscious and led to his death.He said that death was caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain and that his death was as a result of an accident.Divers killed within three weeks of each other off coast of Donegal, inquests hear was last modified: February 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Diversdonegalinquestslast_img read more

Non-compliant listed companies targeted

first_img16 May 2008The South African government is to embark on a drive within the next few weeks to ensure that companies listed on the JSE comply fully with employment equity legislation, with the offenders being taken to the Labour Court.Section 43 of the Employment Equity Act empowers the Director-General to assess compliance of an employer against the requirements of the legislation.“We will be conducting follow-ups with these companies in July and August to determine if they have complied with all the recommendations,” Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana told journalists in Cape Town this week.Mdladlana’s comments came against the backdrop of the department having reviewed six large employers in 2006 in terms of the review process. These firms were Kumba Resources, which is now called Exxaro, Comair, Omnia Group, Verimak, Medi-Clinic and Prism Holding.He pointed out that a further 60 listed companies would now be reviewed over the course of the 2008/09 financial year.Turning to skills development, he said more than 75 000 learners had benefited from the departmental skills programmes in the 2006/7 financial year, while a total of 54 900 learners were placed in different social development programmes over the same period.The department has also engaged in critical youth employment creation programmes through the Umsobomvu Youth Fund.Last year, the department took Comair Limited to court for breaching provisions of the Employment Equity Act.The department’s Director-General Vanguard Mkosana filed the application with the Johannesburg Labour Court after several warnings against the airline company.According to the application at that time, Comair has been found to be in breach of the following provisions of the Employment Equity Act under various sections.At that time, Comair was ordered to pay a fine of R900 000 as prescribed by schedule 1 of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and to pay the costs of the application.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How To Write The Perfect Resume

first_imgThe title to this blog post is a bit of a ruse. There is no ‘perfect résumé’. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder, and you never know who’s going to be reviewing your résumé – recruiters, hiring managers, founders, admins, etc. Aiming for a ‘perfect résumé’ is a lost cause.Like most recruiters, I’ve read thousands of resumes over my career. Some great, some awful. Some memorable, some not. The key (in my mind) to a great résumé is one that’s laid out in an easy to follow chronological order. A format reviewers can scan vertically from the top, and ascertain in the first 10 seconds whether there is enough relevant experience to review more thoroughly.Wait, isn’t the résumé dead?There is a lot of chatter these days about the death of the résumé, that your ‘digital footprint‘ or LinkedIn profile have made your résumé obsolete. This is (for now) a myth. The reality is while there are sufficient tools and platforms out there to allow hiring teams (in many industries) to make early stage viability decisions, most organizations are still managing through hiring apparatuses and workflows designed 5+ years ago, before some of these technologies existed. This is particularly true with large organizations, or those required to have compliance-driven processes. For now, resumes remain a necessity in most job searches.What about the robots?There are many blog posts out there advising candidate to load their resumes with keywords to get past keyword scanning tools some organizations have baked into their ATS (applicant tracking system). I personally don’t put a lot of weight into these tools, but there are organizations that do. If you heed this advice, be sure the flow of the résumé is still logical, and doesn’t read as if you’re aiming for keyword density. You might get past the robots, but eventually a human will see and this and may be turned off if it’s an obvious ploy to get past the robot gatekeepers.Lose the objectiveMuch like “references available upon request”, objectives have really lost relevance in the résumé. Reviewers are more interested in what you’ve accomplished, and how that experience can help them solve problems, not what your goals are (at least in the résumé review stage of the process). The objective is usually listed at the top of a résumé. This real estate is one of the first things a reviewer sees, and too valuable for something that won’t distinguish your application. Consider replacing it with an ‘accomplishments’ or ‘summary’ section. More on that below.Current résumé best practicesAs I mentioned in the opener, opinions on resume formats are subjective. There are a lot of truths & myths out there. Below are some recommendations I usually provide when I’m asked to help a friend with a résumé. I’m using the beginning of my own résumé to illustrate some of sections.Length: Keep it to two pages. There are exceptions (serial-consultants), but generally speaking anything beyond two is too long.Versions: Consider having two versions of your résumé. One with static text throughout (for applying online or pasting), and a second version with hyperlinks that can be emailed. Hyperlinks (email, LinkedIn profile, articles, websites, etc) make a résumé more dynamic, and allow you to highlight additional information that can help a reviewer get a better feel for your background.Header: Keep your name, address, phone, email, etc to 2 lines if possible. Listing your contact info as a vertical stack takes valuable line space.Branding statement: This is not required, but I find a centered overview early in the résumé helps frame what you’re about and how you’d like to position yourself to reviewers.Accomplishments/Summary: I usually advise including this section towards the top of your résumé, as it’s one of the first things a reviewer will see. These sections are particularly valuable if your have meaningful/relevant experience that may be several jobs old. If great experience is buried three or more jobs deep, the reviewer may dismiss your résumé before getting to it.Typos/Grammar: Bad grammar and typos are a huge red flag to most reviewers, as it illuminates a lack of attention to detail, or worse, poor writing skills. I generally advise friend to use spell check, then send the updated version to at least one other friend to review before considering final.Experience: Results > responsibilities. A common flaw in most experience sections is that they’re written as if copied and pasted from a job description. They define the duties, but not the results. Being specific about the result of those efforts helps reviewers better understand your impact in that role. Example: Led a cross-functional team of marketing and sales leads to re-develop Acme Co’s sales pipeline workflow, resulting in a 20% increase in customer acquisition and $300k increase in revenue in FY13.Keep it fresh: Most people only think of updating their résumé when they’re actively looking for a job. I recommend reviewing every six months. You never know when a great opportunity might come up (yes, I realize I sound like a recruiter now), so it helps to be ready. Also, it’s a great way to do continual self-assessments, taking stock of what you’re learning (or not), and having accomplishments you can highlight during performance reviews.Recruiters and hiring managers, please weigh in. What formats or tips do you like to see in resumes? Leave a comment with any advice or tips you’d like to share. To read the original post on Amplify Talent, please click here.last_img read more

BlackBerry Developers Can Now Write NFC Apps with New SDK

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Magnetometer (Compass) API: detect magnetic fields in your app to determine the smartphone’s direction and orientation relative to the real worldSend Menu API: provide a “Send…” menu and allow users to share your app content with contacts the same way that core BlackBerry smartphone apps doGeofencing APIs: specify geospatial boundaries and provide notifications when a user crosses the boundary sarah perez Maps APIs: add complex geospatial shapes such as polygons, images and markers to a MapField and create items that inform the MapField when their state has changedTravel Time API enhancement: allow users to find out the departure time needed to arrive at a location at a specific time based on current traffic conditionsUnified Search enhancement: dynamically add or remove indexed keywords for an indexed object and use a single interface to provide “searchable data” to the Unified Search ServiceNear Field Communication: Leverage the NFC capabilities of the BlackBerry smartphone to read and write NFC tags. With the API functionality available, you can access a secure element (JSR 177) for mobile commerce and loyalty apps, and include tag/Card emulation, and tag reading and writing in your app. Your app can also include support for NFC IT Policies.Enterprise support: BlackBerry® Balance™ technology enables BlackBerry smartphones to be used for business and personal purposes without compromise. When connected to an organization’s BlackBerry® Enterprise Server or BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express1, specific IT policies along with features built into the device software2 help keep personal information separate and business information highly secure, allowing users to enjoy the fullest BlackBerry experience on a single device.3rd-Party NFC Apps Now Possible Of particular interest is the added support for read/write NFC in this new SDK. At this year’s BlackBerry World, RIM demoed this technology by having its new BlackBerry 9900/9930 phones scan an NFC-enabled tag, which would then launch a URL. But when we asked to talk to someone at RIM more openly about the company’s vision for NFC and how the technology would play a role in the way we communicate going forward, BlackBerry PR turned us down flat. RIM simply wasn’t ready to discuss such a thing. This either means that RIM doesn’t have a vision (unlikely) for NFC, or it’s in active talks with potential partners to offer its own version of a mobile payments service, and other NFC-enabled offerings. For what it’s worth, one company representative told us that RIM was talking to “banks and credit card companies,” but wouldn’t name which ones.In any event, at least mobile app developers can begin to take advantage of this new feature now, by building and testing NFC-enabled applications that will run on RIM’s upcoming smartphones.Additional sources: NFCWorld, Devblog.BlackBerry.com Tags:#apps#mobile#news#RIM center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts RIM has released its BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 into beta, which allows mobile developers to build applications for the new version of the BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 7 OS. Among other things, the SDK offers app developers device integration capabilities for access to the phone’s features, including the magnetometer (compass), location data, maps and more.It also adds support for NFC (near field communications), the short range wireless technology that enables the forthcoming digital wallets and mobile payments systems, in addition to serving as a barcode scanning replacement technology. The first NFC-enabled BlackBerry phones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, are due out later this summer.What’s New in BlackBerry 7 OS for DevelopersAccording to the SDK’s download page, the following new features and APIs will be available in this beta version:Rich graphics: BlackBerry 7 OS supports accelerated graphics and the Open GL ES 2.0 standard. With the Open GL ES 2.0 Graphics APIs, you can incorporate compelling graphics and create a better mobile gaming experience for your users.Rich Multimedia:Native Window API: display Open GL graphics, UI and information (stats, subtitles, etc.) over native screens such as the camera viewfinder, video, browser and pictures to provide an experience that combines the real and virtual worldsHD video recording: users can record stunning videos with a default setting of HD (720p), then share them via MMS with the MMS Mode (176×144)Audio Buffering API: allow your app to set the buffer size (in milliseconds) before playback startsAudio Bitrate: change and retrieve the audio bitrate during video recording and specify the audio bitrate for AMR codec for video recordingOpenVG APIenhancements: support common OpenVG operations and simplify porting 2D canvas style code to OpenVGUDP Multicast API: receive multicast packets and send UDP packets to multiple destinations with a single multicast group IDDevice Integration:last_img read more