Nutrition brand Vega is title sponsor of 2019 IRONMAN World Championship

first_img Related IRONMAN has announced a new partnership with plant-based nutrition brand, Vega, as the title sponsor of the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship. As a specialist in premium plant-based sport nutrition, Vega joins the IRONMAN `Ohana as the Official Recovery Nutrition partner of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship in addition to its designation as title sponsor.The IRONMAN World Championship represents a pinnacle of endurance racing – with over 95,000 athletes competing to qualify at more than 40 global IRONMAN events each year.Athletes who qualify for the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship will be entitled to a special offer on Vega products. Additionally, Vega products will be available in the IRONMAN Village, on-course and in the athlete recovery zone at the Vega IRONMAN World Championship on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.“We are coming off a historic year in Kona that celebrated 40 years of racing in Hawai`i with our largest international field, record-smashing times and unparalleled live coverage,” said Matthieu Van Veen, Chief Revenue Officer for The IRONMAN Group.“The level of competition rises every year and our IRONMAN athletes are always looking for the best performance nutrition to help them reach top performance. The collaboration with Vega for the IRONMAN World Championship is a perfect fit, bringing a partner dedicated to high performance nutrition that won’t compromise quality.”He continued, “Co-founded by a professional triathlete, Vega offers a vast range of products that focus on meeting the high standards that top triathletes from around the world expect with everything they do to prepare and compete. We are glad to welcome Vega to our `Ohana.” Vega has been a pioneer in the plant-based nutrition industry since 2001. Vega co-founder Brendan Brazier originally developed products that helped him recover between training sessions. Today, Vega has grown to include specialized sport nutrition, providing fuelling options for before, during and after workouts or competition.“We know that nutrition is the key to unlocking athletic excellence and what better way to demonstrate the power of plant-based sport nutrition than at Kona – the pinnacle of endurance sport,” said Samantha Taylor, VP of Marketing at Vega. “While this is a new partnership for us, the synergies between IRONMAN and Vega date back many years when co-founder Brendan Brazier launched Vega at the height of his pro triathlete career.”She continued, “Brendan’s vision for creating a product that enables athletes to feel and perform their best continues to be our driving inspiration today, as more than ever, athletes are looking for a competitive edge in their sport through plant-based nutrition.“Recently having achieved NSF Certified for Sport for our Vega Sport line, we continue to innovate and enhance our formulation to support athlete needs. We’re honoured to be a part of IRONMAN’s `Ohana and we’re looking forward to bringing our premium plant-based sport nutrition to those attending this iconic race.”Two core products in the Vega Sport line include Premium Protein and Recovery, both of which have no artificial flavours or sweeteners and are NSF Certified for Sport, Gluten-Free, Vegan Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified.Vega Sport Premium Protein is formulated to help rebuild muscle after a tough workout and has 30g of plant-based protein, BCAAs, 2 billion CFU of probiotics (bacillus coagulans), and tart cherry to support recovery.Vega Sport Recovery is formulated to help replenish glycogen stores. It includes 16g of carbohydrates, electrolytes and B vitamins.The 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship will enjoy 20 hours of comprehensive live race day coverage globally via IRONMAN NOW on Facebook Watch and through regional television coverage, including NBC Sports in the United States.Last year’s IRONMAN World Championship live coverage included the early morning body marking to the final hour finish-line celebration and saw nearly 20 million total views on Facebook Watch.www.ironman.comwww.myvega.comlast_img

EU Provides €7M to Strengthen Climate Resilient Health Systems in Caribbean

first_img(Pan American Health Organisation Press Release) The European Union (EU), through the European Development Fund has signed a five-year €7 Million agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to enhance coordination and increase the climate resilience of health systems in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) community to better prepare and respond to climate threats. This will be achieved through collaboration with five sub-regional partners, UN agencies and other organizations. It will build capacity and networks within the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology & Hydrology (CIMH) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). The project will create a unified interdisciplinary One Health approach towards climate change and responds directly to the recommendations that came out of the Caribbean Action Plan on Climate Change and Health signed by 15 Ministers of Health and the Environment in 2018. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 The project is expected to address four lines of action that include supporting Caribbean health leaders in their engagement nationally, regionally and internationally; highlighting the relationship between health and climate change; supporting public health preparedness and the development of mitigation policies to address climate risks; and facilitating access to resources to address the vulnerabilities of health systems to climate change. The project will also support ongoing regional surveillance efforts for COVID 19. Head of the European Delegation to Barbados the OECS and CARICOM and CARIFORUM, Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, hails this new programme as a demonstration of the EU’s continued commitment to address climate vulnerabilities in the region. She remarked, “The implementation of this action comes at a critical time where the region continues to battle the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on its citizens and health care systems while preparing to face what is projected to be a particularly active hurricane season. The EU stands ready to provide support to its regional partners recognising the enormous challenges precipitated by these unprecedented circumstances.” Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020center_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak “Science has established that global climate change poses an existential threat to Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States. The CARICOM region has been instrumental in making this case on a sustained basis at the international level for almost three decades. We consider interventions such as these, extremely valuable since they have the potential to positively impact the lives of citizens, and, as such, the Secretariat will collaborate with the partners to ensure that the outcomes redound to the benefit of our Caribbean Community,” ASG Slater stressed. Subregional Program Coordinator for the Caribbean PAHO/WHO office, Jessie Schutt-Aine, stated that the organisation was grateful for the opportunity to work with the EU and highlighted that the grant funds which will be used in various ways to strengthen health systems in the region and to share knowledge and best practises. “This grant will allow us to work with other subregional partners to fund visionary mitigation and adaptation projects, adapt and prioritise country plans, foster leaders, and increase capabilities for decision making over the five years. Inception meetings will begin in June and at every stage, our partners and the public will be kept informed through our communications and visibility partners and, we hope, will become more knowledgeable and engaged around the impact of climate change on health in the region,” Mrs Schutt-Aine noted. Assistant Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dr. Douglas Slater, noted that the continued partnership between the European Union, the UN System, represented by PAHO and our CARICOM regional institutions, led by CARPHA, will address the region’s capacity to adapt to and reduce the effects of climate change on public health. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… The following countries will be supported through this grant: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. CARICOM focuses on disaster risk management in agriculture planningNatural hazards such as drought, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods have had devastating impacts on the socioeconomic and environmental landscape of the Caribbean within the last decade. The agriculture sector has not been spared this dislocation and devastation. This, in conjunction with the negative impacts of climate change and the increased…June 15, 2016In “CARDI”Secretary-General welcomes new EU funding programmeSecretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has welcomed the European Union’s (EU) new regional funding programme for the Caribbean of €346 million. The signing of the Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP), financed by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), took place at the Caribbean Forum of Africa…June 17, 2015In “CARICOM”Justice Minister reinforces Jamaica’s commitment to human rights protectionThe promotion, protection, and enhancement of human rights in Jamaica was a primary consideration of the current Government“, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck said Tuesday. To this extent, all fundamental rights were guaranteed by the Constitution and they would be upheld, the Minister added. He cautioned though…October 31, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Vanderbilt coach wants Houston preparing for 2 quarterbacks

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason believes it’s tough for an opponent to prepare for his team if they think the Commodores will play two quarterbacks with different styles.It worked out for the Commodores last week, and Mason strongly hinted he might use two QBs against No. 18 Houston on Saturday night.Johnny McCrary started the first six games for Vanderbilt (3-4), then freshman Kyle Shurmur started last week’s 10-3 win over Missouri with McCrary coming off the bench. That was Mason’s first Southeastern Conference win in his 12th game.“We’re going to look at what are Johnny’s strengths and what are Kyle’s strengths, and we’re going to play to those,” Mason said Tuesday. “Well, really, is there enough time to game plan all of that when you look at it defensively? I mean, it’s really tough. Are you game planning spread, or are you game planning West Coast offense?”Shurmur, the seventh true freshman quarterback to start in Vanderbilt history, was 10 of 20 for 89 yards passing against Missouri. Shurmur’s strength is seen as a passer in the West Coast offense, and his father, Pat, was Cleveland’s head coach in 2011 and 2012 and currently is the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator.“As soon as (Kyle) came in, he was calling and texting me and asking me, ‘When can we get some work?’ ” Commodores wide receiver Trent Sherfield said. “And I think that sets him apart. His dad being the OC with the Eagles, I think that has something to do with (his early success) as well. His dad instilled into him that the work has to be behind you.”More importantly, Shurmur didn’t throw any interceptions. That’s been a problem for McCrary who has thrown 10 — now tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference with Mississippi’s Chad Kelly.McCrary is considered a dual threat, and he completed 7 of 8 passes for 47 yards against Missouri. The sophomore also gave the Commodores a running threat with a 14-yard gain on a keeper that gave Vanderbilt a crucial first down on a drive that led to Tommy Openshaw’s 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.Shurmur played in nine possessions against Missouri and McCrary was in for five and finished the game.Center Spencer Pulley said they have a plan, so the Commodores have a plan with the quarterbacks. Shurmur and McCrary do have different styles.“It’s really not too big of an adjustment. I practice with all the quarterbacks every day,” Pulley said. “It’s nothing new to me.”The Commodores will need more from each quarterback to keep up with Houston (7-0) from the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars are averaging 47.6 points, while Vanderbilt currently is scoring 18 points a game. Mason said practice will decide who starts Saturday night.“We’ll continue to look at the best option . and who’s had the best week of practice and managed the game will be out their first,” Mason said. “To be honest, I think Johnny’s helped Kyle and Kyle’s helped Johnny. These two guys have developed probably an unlikely friendship because it’s very competitive at the quarterback position.”___Online:AP College Football website: http://www.collegefootball.ap.orglast_img read more

Make room for the dense, sweet holiday bread known as stolen

first_imgJeweled breads, studded with candied fruits and nuts, are hallmarks of the Christmas holiday, traditions brought by European immigrants as they settled across the United States. Fruitcake, panettone, and julekake are favorites, but for many, the Christmas stollen is king.Christmas stollen, known in Germany as Christollen, is a rich, dense, sweet bread filled with dried fruit, candied citrus peel, marzipan or almond paste, and nuts. It hails from the city of Dresden, Germany, where it was first produced in the late 1500s.Stollen is enjoyed throughout the year, but at the holidays, it is loaded with more fruits and nuts, items that were historically only available through importation from Italy, and therefore very expensive. Christmas stollen is rich in history, and in Germany, the recipe and ratio of ingredients is considered an important matter of tradition.Though stollen tradition runs deep, there are many variations, and ingredients can be substituted to suit your tastes. Our recipe offers a simplified version that will mimic the shape of a classic Christmas stollen, without the anxiety of a 600-year tradition.Stollen is not difficult to make, but it is also not a quick holiday recipe; much of the experience is in the time it takes to create it. Like any bread, there is a good deal of waiting time, but none more challenging than the aging process. Once your stollen is baked (and after it has filled your home with the smell of Christmas), it should be left to cool, then wrapped tightly and rested for three weeks.Before mixing the dough, we soak our dried fruits in rum or other spirits. Later, while the bread ages, that flavorful liquid soaks into the bread, providing its characteristic richness and depth of flavor. If you don’t have the time to age the bread, don’t despair — it will still be delicious. Next year, you can add it to your after-Thanksgiving tradition, and your stollen will be ready just in time to unwrap with your other Christmas gifts.CHRISTMAS STOLENStart to finish: 11 hours (Active time: 30 minutes)Makes 2 loaves, each 8-10 servings1 cup golden raisins1 tablespoon candied lemon peel1 tablespoon candied orange peel (see note)2 tablespoons dark rum1 1/2 cups bread flour (divided use)1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, warmed (about 80 degrees F)2 1/2 teaspoons (1 packet) instant dry yeast10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature1 tablespoon almond paste1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon citrus zest (lemon, orange, or a combination of both)1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon allspice1/4 teaspoon ground clove1/2 cup whole blanched almonds3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted2 cups sugar (or vanilla sugar), for rollingThe day before preparing the bread, combine the raisins, lemon peel, orange peel, and rum in a small bowl. Cover and rest at room temperature overnight.In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine 3/4 cup bread flour, milk and yeast. Mix on medium speed until a dough forms, about 4 minutes. Depending on the size of your mixer, you may need to hand-knead the dough for a moment, just to incorporate all of the dry ingredients. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rest in a warm place (ideally around 75 degrees F) until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.Uncover the bowl and add the remaining flour. Add the butter, almond paste, sugar, salt, zest, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and clove. Mix on medium-high speed, scraping the bowl as needed, until the mixture is smooth, but still slightly sticky, about 6 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rest in a warm environment until nearly doubled in size, about 35 minutes.Remove the dough from the bowl and gently pat into a flat circle. Add the almonds to the soaked raisin mixture and spread on top of the dough. Gently fold the sides of the dough over the raisins, to enclose them in the mixture. Continue to fold the dough over itself until the raisins and almonds are evenly distributed throughout the dough. Return the dough to the bowl, cover, and rest for an additional 10 minutes.Transfer the dough to a clean work surface. Divide into two equal pieces, and use the side of your hand to lightly round the dough into balls against your counter. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a clean towel and let it rest for about 15 minutes.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Working with one piece of dough at a time, use your hands to gently flatten the dough into a rough square. Fold the first top third of the dough toward the center of the square, and then again toward the bottom, forming a loose cylinder. Using the palms of your hands, roll the dough into a log that is about 7 inches long.With the dough parallel to the edge of counter, place a rolling pin in the center of the dough and gently roll upwards, to flatten the top half of the dough (until it is about 3/4-inch thick). Fold the top of the dough toward the center, to meet the thicker, bottom portion of dough. Press it down lightly with the side of your hand to seal the seam, and transfer to a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the second piece of dough.Rest the dough, uncovered, until it has puffed up slightly, about 30 minutes.Transfer to the oven and bake until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool slightly.When the bread is still hot, but cool enough to handle, brush each loaf with melted butter. Roll in sugar and return to a cooling rack until fully cooled. You can serve the bread now, or, for a fuller flavor, wrap the cooled bread in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 weeks.Note: If you cannot find candied citrus peel in your grocery store, you can substitute an equal amount of another dried fruit, like dark raisins, dried cranberries, or dried currants.Nutrition information per serving: 252 calories; 108 calories from fat; 12 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 24 mg cholesterol; 130 mg sodium; 35 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 24 g sugar; 3 g protein.This article was provided to The Associated Press by The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.last_img read more

From California Dreamin to the Heritage City — Anderson Violette backstops Leafs resurgence

first_imgSince joining the Leafs in a trade on September 27th Violette, 18, is 6-0. Violette asked the Braves for a trade to be closer to his family in Calgary. The six-foot-two, 180-pound netminder has a 1.66 goals against average and .930 save percentage. Violette likes his start and says the Leafs are playing good and have been excellent in front of him.“It has been a pretty easy transition coming into a new team when they are that good in front of you,” he says.Adding to the success is the coaching staff, how the organization is run, ice time they get and community support.He has helped turn the Leafs’ season around as they were winless in their opening six games, that included three overtime losses. Violette enjoyed his rookie season in the VIJHL last year, but loves playing in front of more fans.“In Nelson we get 600 fans a game,” said Violette “In the Island league, because there is the WHL and BCHL, you have all these teams, it’s kind of hard to compete for fans. It’s a great time.” Violette has goals he wants to accomplish this season. He wants to lead the Leafs to a Cyclone Taylor Cup championship and believes they can do it.“Every person here is working very hard. We are all doing the same stuff. We are truly a team here,” he says. “We are finding that bond. I think that is something special that you don’t get often. I think we are going to go pretty far in the playoffs.”Personally, he wants to be the top goalie in the KIJHL. Violette has a bit of work to do, as after six games he sits third overall in KIJHL goalie standings.LEAF NOTES: Anderson Violette faces his toughest challenge of the season Friday when Nelson travels to Fruitvale to meet Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks. It’s the first meaningful game between to the two rivals since the Hawks knocked Nelson out of the playoffs in six games during the division final. Beaver Valley leads the Murodch Division with a 9-1-1-0-2 record, two points ahead of Nelson. Both teams have played 13 games. . . . Saturday, the Leafs host 100 Mile House Wranglers at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Wranglers are fourth in the KIJHL Doug Birks Division with a 5-7 record. By Emanuel Sequeira, KIJHL Communications ManagerAfter a less than impressive start to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, Nelson Leafs have caught fire in October thanks to netminder Anderson Violette.Violette came to the Green and White via a trade with Sannich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.Why the Leafs a thankful they’ve found a quality goalie to backstop the team, Violette says he owes a lot of his success to retired National Hockey League goaltender Dwayne Roloson.The Calgary product met Roloson, when Violette was a member of the Anaheim junior Ducks Bantam AAA team in the 2015-16 season.“Working with him is unbelievable,” said Violette, who also played for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 team in 2018. “Last year I had a pretty bad injury. He woke up at 7 a.m., we woke up and skated together for two months straight, he has been really crucial in the development of where I am today.”Roloson, who won 227 career NHL games, along with 28 playoff games which included a run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals with Edmonton, helped Violette improve his skating and worked on his stance. There was a lot of focus on Violette’s skating.“He has been my personal goalie coach for four or five years now,” said Violette, who moved to California and played there for three years, returned to Calgary for a year and returned to California for another year. “He saw me and saw something he liked. And then he wanted to work with me.”Violette’s family moved to California as his father worked doing investing in corporate debt, which involves bringing businesses back that go under.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino has hit a wall at Spurs, insists Gary Neville on MNF

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has gone as far as he can with Tottenham, according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.The Lilywhites boss admitted he had never felt so low as manager of the North London club ahead of their defeat to champions Manchester City tonight.4 Pochettino’s side lost to Man City 1-0 at WembleyCredit: EPA4 Neville said Pochettino has done all he can with TottenhamCredit: Sky SportsAnd former Manchester United defender Neville insists the Argentine has simply reached his limit as boss of the club.He said: “He has always managed things well and pushed things away.”They are not spending the money nowhere near the other top clubs.”Pochettino is a fantastic manager but he has always wanted to go the top, top European clubs and it feels to me as though he has gone as far as he can with Tottenham.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration NaN:NaNLoaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. PlayMuteCurrent Time 00:00/Duration 00:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -00:00 1xPlayback RateFullscreenWill Real Madrid offer Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino a job at the Bernabeu?4 Man City won tonight thanks to a Mahrez strikeCredit: PA:Press AssociationMeanwhile, his colleague and former rival Jamie Carragher believed the reason for Pochettino’s feelings should be blamed on chairman Daniel Levy.Carragher said: “This team will break up in five years and people will say ‘did they win anything?’ and it’s looking like they aren’t going to.”The players and managers won’t take the responsibility for that, it will fall on Daniel Levy. To be a top six club and have a net spend that they do is unacceptable.”Neville disagreed with him, saying: “I think it’s wrong to pin it on Levy. I think he is one of the best in the world at what he does. He knows the rules of the game.”Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has been sacked after just a five months in charge4 Carragher said Tottenham’s troubles are down to chairman Daniel LevyCredit: Sky SportsTottenham have had a string of set-backs with their new stadium – with the latest blow coming coming in news that it will not be ready until the turn of the year.Tonight they played on a terrible Wembley pitch as they succumbed to defeat to Pep Guardiola’s men.They remain in fifth place in the Premier League after the result while City moved back top.Former Leicester player Riyad Mahrez emotional goal celebration tribute to tragic chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after helicopter crashfootball newsPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team newsPED’S GONEPedro’s goodbye to Chelsea before Roma move as Cesc takes credit for signing himBANK LAMPARDChelsea scoop £50m Euro bonus as Lamps learns ‘a million things’ in debut yearlast_img read more

New paper proposes a science-based ‘Global Deal for Nature’

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki A paper published in Science today outlines a new “Global Deal for Nature,” officially launching an effort to establish science-based conservation targets covering all of planet Earth, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.The Global Deal for Nature proposes a target of 30 percent of the planet to be fully protected under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity by 2030. But because much more of Earth’s natural ecosystems need to be preserved or restored in order to avert the worst impacts of runaway global warming, another 20 percent of the planet would be protected under the GDN as Climate Stabilization Areas (CSAs).Conservation scientists, environmental NGOs, and indigenous groups are urging governments to adopt the GDN as a companion commitment alongside the Paris Climate Agreement approved by nearly 200 countries in 2015. A paper published in Science today outlines a new “Global Deal for Nature,” officially launching an effort to establish science-based conservation targets covering all of planet Earth, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.The Global Deal for Nature proposes a target of 30 percent of the planet to be fully protected under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity by 2030. But because much more of Earth’s natural ecosystems need to be preserved or restored in order to avert the worst impacts of runaway global warming, another 20 percent of the planet would be protected under the GDN as Climate Stabilization Areas (CSAs).“Working in cohort with the Paris Agreement, CSAs would concentrate in habitats like mangroves, tundra, other peatlands, ancient grasslands, and boreal and tropical rainforest biomes that store vast reserves of carbon and other greenhouse gases, and prevent large-scale land cover change,” the authors of the paper write. CSAs would meet the definition of “Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures” (OECMs) adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity late last year.Conservation scientists, environmental NGOs, and indigenous groups are urging governments to adopt the GDN as a companion commitment alongside the Paris Climate Agreement approved by nearly 200 countries in 2015.“The Global Deal for Nature (GDN) is a time-bound, science-driven plan to save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth,” according to the paper. “Pairing the GDN and the Paris Climate Agreement would avoid catastrophic climate change, conserve species, and secure essential ecosystem services. New findings give urgency to this union: Less than half of the terrestrial realm is intact, yet conserving all native ecosystems — coupled with energy transition measures — will be required to remain below a 1.5°C rise in average global temperature.”Indigenous lands are considered central to the premise of the GDN, the authors add in the paper: “Potentially prominent among OECMs are indigenous peoples’ lands, which account for 37% of all remaining natural lands across the Earth, and these lands store >293 gigatons of carbon. Although many of these lands meet the definition of a protected area, many others may be appropriately characterized as OECMs. Here, the global policies articulated in the Paris Agreement and the proposed GDN merge with addressing human rights. The direction, insights, rights, and voices of indigenous peoples are essential but rarely published in scientific journals.”‘One Earth’ climate model (LDF 1.5°C Scenario) from Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement (Teske, ed.) 2019. Land use emissions (gold) decline from current levels to zero in 2035, becoming carbon-negative in 2027. Approximately 400 GtCO2 in negative emissions through land restoration would be required to achieve a >67% chance of staying below 1.5˚C with a >50% chance of 1.4 degrees C by 2100. Carbon budgets are derived from the IPCC special report, “Global Warming of 1.5˚C” (2018), starting in 2018 and adjusted downward to account for total anthropogenic emissions from the pre-industrial era (circa 1750). Model compiled by Malte Meinshausen (MAGICC7.0/CMIP6-compliant).The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report last year highlighting the impacts of global warming that are already being felt around the globe and warning that those impacts would only get even more severe if global average temperature rise is not limited to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.“The science is telling us that if we go above 1.5˚C, we could experience an ‘extinction tsunami’ resulting in the collapse of many key ecosystems,” Thomas Lovejoy, the conservation biologist known as “The Godfather of Biodiversity” and a co-author of the GDN paper, said. “We cannot solve the biodiversity crisis without solving the climate crisis, and we cannot solve the climate crisis without solving the biodiversity crisis. The two are interlinked.”Eric Dinerstein, director of the biodiversity and wildlife program at the Washington, D.C.-based NGO RESOLVE, led the teams that wrote the new GDN paper and the 2017 study examining an “ecoregion-based approach” to protecting half the planet that it builds on. “Pairing a new ‘Global Deal for Nature’ with the Paris Climate Agreement would give us the best chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, of conserving threatened species, and of ensuring the health of the ecosystems that are so essential for sustaining life on Earth,” Dinerstein said.The GDN campaign is being driven by One Earth, an initiative of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation that aims to marshal support from international institutions, governments, and citizens of planet Earth to support ambitious conservation goals. One Earth has launched an online petition drive at globaldealfornature.org along with RESOLVE and indigenous groups to build popular support for the GDN.“Science is telling us something our traditional knowledge has been warning of for decades: the Earth is dying,” Gregorio Mirabal, president of the indigenous group COICA (Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin), said. “We urgently need a Global Deal for Nature to restore half of the natural world as soon as possible and, as guardians of 80% of the planet’s biodiversity, indigenous peoples must play a central role in that pact. Indigenous communities truly understand what it means to live in harmony with nature — now governments need to recognize that our ancestral knowledge will be key to ensuring that we all have a future on this Earth.”Preserving tropical forests, like this rainforest in Madagascar, is a key part of meeting climate and biodiversity goals. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.CITATIONS• Dinerstein, E., Olson, D., Joshi, A., Vynne, C., Burgess, N. D., Wikramanayake, E., … & Hansen, M. (2017). An ecoregion-based approach to protecting half the terrestrial realm. BioScience, 67(6), 534-545. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix014• Dinerstein, E. et al. (2019). A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets. Science, 5(4), eaaw2869. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aaw2869Featured Image: A hummingbird in La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Photo by Rhett Butler.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Adaptation To Climate Change, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Rights, Marine Protected Areas, Protected Areas, Research last_img read more

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Developing A 60-Mile Cultural Corridor

first_imgAfter preserving a sacred Cherokee site in Franklin, known as the Nikwasi Mound, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a local conservation group are now developing a 60-mile cultural corridor. The corridor will run between Nikwasi Mound and another heritage site called Cowee. Juanita Wilson is co-chair of the Nikwasi Initiative, the organization behind the project, which she says was sparked by the effort to protect Nikwasi Mound.  Once completed, the Cherokee Cultural Corridor will follow the Little Tennessee River and include historical information on Cherokee settlements, trade relationships and traditional knowledge of plants and agriculture.last_img read more

South Africa remembers Chris Hani

first_img10 April 2015The grave of Chris Hani, the assassinated leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe‚ the armed wing of the African National Congress‚ will be declared a heritage site as South Africa commemorates the 22nd anniversary of his death.President Jacob Zuma‚ who will attend the commemoration of Hani’s death in Boksburg‚ Ekurhuleni on Friday‚ will also unveil the Chris Hani Memorial and Walk of Remembrance Monument.The day’s events will also include a wreath-laying ceremony at Hani’s gravesite and a memorial lecture at the Germiston Lake Park to be delivered by Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi.Watch: ‘Hani’s assassination was SA’s breaking point’Courtesy The History Channel UK10 April 1993On 10 April 1993, Hani was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, by Januzs Walus, an anti-Communist Polish refugee who had close links to the white nationalist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB).Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis, at the time a Conservative Party member of Parliament, were sentenced to death for Hani’s murder, but ironically were saved from the gallows by South Africa’s new Constitution, which rules out the death penalty.Derby-Lewis was denied medical parole in February 2015 “because he lied and has not shown remorse for his hand in the killing of the people’s hero”, Jovial Rantao wrote in the Sunday Independent.Hani’s death came at a critical time for South Africa, with negotiators still busy hammering out the agreements that would enable the country to hold its first democratic elections a year later.It was Nelson Mandela, president of the ANC, who stepped up to prevent the widespread anger at Hani’s murder from spilling over into bloodshed.Appearing on state television, Mandela said: “To the youth of South Africa, we have a special message: You have lost a great hero. You have repeatedly shown that your love of freedom is greater than that most precious gift, life itself. But you are the leaders of tomorrow. Your country, your people, your organisation need you to act with wisdom. A particular responsibility rests on your shoulders.”SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

In B.E.D. with TechCrunch – literally…

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex iskold 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus. A pure TechCrunch goodnesshas descended on New York on this rainy evening. Ignoring the rain, hundreds of web 2.0fans, venture capitalists and sponsors rushed to the sought after New York venue calledB.E.D.The venue is famous for serving out-of-this-world food to lavish and spoiled NewYorkers, but this is not why the crowds piled in this evening. The crowds sought to be inB.E.D. with TechCrunch, and this is exactly what they got as the 8th TechCrunch partytook place.The party occupied the entire 6th floor – which featured bar, music and slide shows on thewalls. 15 presenting companies got a chance to showcase their products to a lively crowdthat made a point to show up despite the rain. I got lucky and had a chance to attend,because AdaptiveBlue was one of the sponsors. The party turned out to be pretty good, Imade a round through the presenters and here is what stood out for me.Compete.comThe alleged Alexa killer Compete.com,one of the sponsors of the party, was showing off their latest traffic tracking tool.Although at present there is little data for some smaller sites, the tool lookspromising. First of, the interface is cleaner, simpler and faster than the one offered byAlexa. But what gets me excited is the ability to create and track competitiveportfolios, which is going to be opened to the public in about a month.Multiply.com Multiply.com, the social networking sitethat we have covered here before, hasre-launched a brand new site. With this re-launch Multiply is focusing on the uniquevalue that they deliver – a user centric site oriented towards aggregating andprioritizing information for the end user. The new site is definitely simpler and easierto use. Multiply’s focus on the individual seems right on. We are not aware of anyother site that would aggregate and prioritize an individual’s information in quite thesame way.Snap.comThe makers of the Snap search engineshowcased a new product called SnapPreview anywhere. This is a simple idea of previewingthe page via a link that has been done many times before, but there is a niceimplementation here that is noteworthy. Snap’s claim to fame is the preview. If yousearch for a term on Snap.com you get results in two frames – one liststhe matches, the other one shows a preview of a selected match.Themakers of Snap have taken the idea of a preview one step further. They create theinfrastructure for bloggers and companies to embed a small snippet of code into theirpages, in exchange for some preview magic. Once the code is installed, all the users ofthe blog can hover over any link to get a preview of the page. This service is completelyfree, but here is where it gets clever. The preview also shows the Snap.com search box,which allows the user to perform an instant search. This is a nice touch and should get Snapa lot of traffic, if they manage to sign people up to use their preview technology.Me.diumLast, but certainly not least, we want to profile a newsocial browsing startup called Medium. This company hascreated a browser add-on that allows users to collaborate and chat about the sites theyare browsing. There are a few companies that do this already, but this one seems toimplement it in a very nice way that might become viral.The service is implemented asa browser sidebar. As you browse, you see a visualization (a graph to be precise) ofpeople who are also visiting this site. The people are presented based on their proximityscore relative to you. For example, someone who is in your network will get a high score,but also someone who has been visiting similar sites as you have, will get a high promityscore as well. So basically, you see the relevant people who are also browsing this page.You can also chat with these people, which is quite handy. The use case that Iwas given was shopping. As you are looking at a product, you can shout to the crowd fortips. If someone has found a better deal, they have the chance to send you the link.Overall, I felt that if the UI is simplified a bit (like having an option to show relevantpeople as a list), this has potential – because having the opportunity to exchange ideas andtips with people while browsing specific sites, is valuable.Wrap upWhew, so there you have it – four Blue Moon beers later. It was nice to meet some people I knew virtually in person. And I got toshake the hand of the man himself. I guess I can now say, I was in B.E.D. with MikeArrington. Not that there is anything wrong with that… [Editor’s note: did I mentionthat Alex wrote this ;-)] Tags:#business#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more