Football League chooses Prostate Cancer Charity as official charity partner

first_img  28 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 December 2011 | News Football League chooses Prostate Cancer Charity as official charity partner Tagged with: charity of the year corporate The Football League has chosen The Prostate Cancer Charity as its Official Charity Partner for the 2012/13 season. The club was chosen from a shortlist of six: Anthony Nolan, British Heart Foundation, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, NSPCC, The Prostate Cancer Charity and St John Ambulance.The selection process include a vote by more than 65,000 Football League fans, club Chief Executives and Football League staff who selected their preferred charity from a shortlist of six: Anthony Nolan, British Heart Foundation, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, NSPCC, The Prostate Cancer Charity and St John Ambulance.Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League said: “The competition was extremely tough again this year, with all six shortlisted organisations presenting very worthy causes and specialised plans to engage with all 72 Football League communities.”Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “This is the biggest cancer in men and football is the biggest sport for reaching and involving men. So, partnering with The Football League is an incredible opportunity for us to reach and support thousands of football-mad men who will face this cancer.”As the Official Charity Partner, The Prostate Cancer Charity will receive exposure across all League clubs, raising awareness and funds. There will also be a dedicated week of action in 2013 and presence at each of the five Football League Finals.The current Football League charity partner is Help the Hospices. Previous partners have included Help for Heroes and Marie Curie Cancer Care.www.football-league.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Detained suspects confess to killing radio journalist for the cash he was carrying

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports The two people who were arrested for the 14 June murder of radio journalist Garrid Muñoz Tello – army sergeant Albeiro Otálvaro and army civilian employee Fanny Estela Lozano – reportedly confessed on 17 June to killing him in order to rob the large sum of cash he was carrying. Muñoz, the founder of Arauca-based radio La Voz del Cinaruco, travelled to Bogotá on 13 June to collect the equivalent of 80,000 euros from another army sergeant. He met Otálvaro and Lozano while in Bogotá and they travelled with him to Villavicencio, in the central department of Meta, where they rented the motel room in which Muñoz’s body was found.___________________15.06.07 – Regional radio station founder murdered, two suspects quickly arrestedReporters Without Borders today voiced shock and sadness in reaction to the murder yesterday of Garrid Muñoz Tello, aged 68, founder of radio La Voz del Cinaruco, who was gunned down by a man and a woman as he drove his car in Villavicencio, in the central department of Meta. Police quickly said they had arrested and detained two people : one is an army sergeant, Albeiro Otálvaro and the other one is an army civilian employee, Fanny Estela Lozano.”While the state of press freedom has remained highly critical in Colombia, murders of journalists have tended to decrease in recent years,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The death of Garrid Muñoz Tello is a reminder that this country is still one of the most dangerous in the world for the press.””Naturally, we are pleased at the immediate arrest of his suspected killers. We very much need to know if their motives were linked to their victim’s work,” it added.The murdered journalist was a fierce critic of several local politicians and armed groups. “Garrid Muñoz Tello was never afraid to tell the truth. Sometimes he did it with a radiant sense of humour that was typical of him, which we will miss from now on, and sometimes much more seriously and incisively,” editorial staff at La Voz del Cinaruco told Agence France-Presse.The headquarters of La Voz del Cinaruco is based in the eastern department of Arauca on the border with Venezuela, which is rife with guerrillas from the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), currently in peace talks with the government, and extreme-right para-militaries, which have refused to disarm.A US Army elite commando is currently working with Colombian armed forces in the struggle against guerrillas and to protect an oil pipeline, which transits the area, owned by North American multinational, Occidental Petroleum. The department is also on a notorious drugs routeGarrid Muñoz Tello was the first Colombian journalist to be murdered since the start of 2007. ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders is appalled at the murder yesterday in Villavicencio, central Colombia, of Garrid Muñoz Tello, founder of regional radio La Voz del Cinaruco. The station broadcasts from the eastern department of Arauca, which is crawling with armed groups and drug-traffickers. October 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more June 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained suspects confess to killing radio journalist for the cash he was carrying Receive email alerts Follow the news on Colombia RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News ColombiaAmericas News RSF_en Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Turkey: “Acquit Cumhuriyet, acquit journalism!”

first_imgNews Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor to go further Credit: Ozan Kose / AFP Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 24, 2018 Turkey: “Acquit Cumhuriyet, acquit journalism!” Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkey News News News Receive email alerts RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the acquittal of the 18 Cumhuriyet newspaper journalists and administrators whose trial resumed today in Silivri high security prison and is due to conclude this week. RSF submitted an amicus brief to the court today.More than 18 months after police raided Cumhuriyet’s Istanbul headquarters in October 2016, the court is finally expected to reach a verdict during this week’s hearing. Thirteen of the defendants are facing the possibility of 15 years in prison on a charge of “assisting a terrorist organization.”One of the defendants, Cumhuriyet CEO Akın Atalay, has been held for more than 500 days. Ten of his co-defendants, including investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, columnist Kadri Gürsel and editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, spent many months in prison before being released conditionally.The amicus brief that RSF submitted to the court today – written by French lawyers William Bourdon, Amélie Lefebvre, Jessica Lescs and Guillaume Sauvage – demonstrates that the defendants’ rights to free speech and to a fair trial have been violated, in contravention of both Turkish law and the European Convention on Human Rights.RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, will begin attending this week’s hearings on 26 April.“Acquit Cumhuriyet’s staff and at the same time acquit journalism!” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Throughout this trial, we have seen the prosecution develop a Kafkaesque conspiracy theory based on the criminalization of journalism. Eleven journalists and administrators have languished in prison for no reason, and have been treated as terrorists just for doing their job. It is high time to end this farce.”The indictment claims that Cumhuriyet’s journalists and administrators effected a “radical editorial change” in 2015 and thereafter supported the goals of three organizations labelled as “terrorist” by the Turkish authorities: the movement led by the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the small, far-left group DHKP/C.In fact, Cumhuriyet has always criticized these three movements, whose ideologies are very different. The prosecution has nonetheless based its case above all on the newspaper’s articles, its contacts with sources, its business relationships and the activities of its board – all of which have been taken out of context and interpreted in a partial manner.In recent years, Cumhuriyet has published a series of revelations that were embarrassing for the authorities and has become the spearhead of an independent press that is now under more pressure than ever. It was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015.The already worrying media situation in Turkey has become critical under the state of emergency that was proclaimed after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held, and more than 100 journalists are currently in prison, a world record.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. April 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Four Direct Ways to Impact Housing Affordability

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Four Direct Ways to Impact Housing Affordability Share Save Related Articles Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: The Changing Face of Default Servicing Litigation Next: What’s Keeping Millennial Renters from Owning a Home? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Four Direct Ways to Impact Housing Affordabilitycenter_img August 7, 2018 1,691 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Affordability brookings institution Buyers default Demand Homeowners Homes HOUSING Land Property Supply Tax Urban Blight Vacancies Zoning 2018-08-07 Krista Franks Brock The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability brookings institution Buyers default Demand Homeowners Homes HOUSING Land Property Supply Tax Urban Blight Vacancies Zoning About Author: Krista Franks Brock Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago This year, proposals have begun making their way to Congress aimed at helping ease the tight supply and rising prices that are preventing many—particularly low-income Americans—from finding affordable housing. However, Jenny Schuetz, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, called the proposals thus far “mostly partial fixes that do not address the underlying problems in the U.S. housing markets and policies.” She made her own recommendations on how federal, state, and local governments can “improve the affordability, availability, and equity of housing outcomes for U.S. families,” in a recent post on Brookings’ blog, The Avenue.Her recommendations include four major themes. First, “level the playing field between renters and owners;” second, “stop strangling supply in high-demand locations;” third, “help poor families bridge the gap between income and rent;” and fourth “housing policies alone cannot save places harmed by past policy failures.” In terms of “leveling the playing field,” Schuetz said, “A key part of leveling the playing field is eliminating preferences for homeownership in the federal tax code, namely the mortgage interest deduction and the capital gains exclusions for owner-occupied housing.” She pointed out that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “moved in this direction.” She said current laws that incentivize homeownership were “unfair and economically inefficient.” These laws penalized millennials who were delaying homeownership longer than generations past as well as people who lived in areas where home prices were leveling off or declining. Schuetz suggested cities revise land use regulation and development processes that make it more difficult for multifamily development than for single-family home development. Similarly, she called for revisions to zoning laws in order to help bring more supply to competitive markets. Referencing California and the Northeast, she said some markets are “artificially constrained by excessive local land use regulation.” While these zoning laws can benefit current homeowners in these markets by inflating their home prices, she said the excessive zoning ultimately detracts from economic growth. She called out Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-New Jersey) proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which charges communities that receive Community Development Block Grants with creating “a strategy to support inclusive zoning policies,” saying California “already requires localities to specify a plan ‘to meet the housing needs of everyone in their community’ in their comprehensive plan, yet those same localities continue to underprovide housing.” While the first two themes Schuetz addresses will help middle-class households, she also addresses those in the lowest income rungs. Only one in five families eligible to receive federal housing assistance actually receive assistance. For these families, the “most direct solution” is housing vouchers, an earned income tax credit, or a refundable tax credit. Lastly, Schuetz suggested for the communities suffering from high vacancies and blight caused by past policies, future housing policies may not be enough. “Rather it will take sustained investments in human capital, infrastructure, and targeted economic development strategies to help people in these communities,” she said. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

‘Specific high risks’ identified at LUH in latest HIQA report

first_img WhatsApp The health watchdog has published an overview report of its medication safety monitoring programme.During the course of the inspections which were conducted at 34 hospitals nationwide, HIQA identified specific high risks in six hospitals which include Letterkenny University Hospital.Risks were primarily identified in relation to the governance of medication safety andwere brought to the attention of the Senior Management Team at the Letterkenny University hospital at the time of inspection.Subsequently, formal written notification of the identified risks was issued to the accountable person at the hospital within two working days of the inspections.The Hospital was required to formally report back to HIQA with an action plan to reduce and effectively manage the risks identified within five working days of receipt of the written notification.Details of the risks identified were included in the hospitals published medication safety inspection reports, along with copies of correspondence between HIQA and the hospitals.A link to the full report can be viewed here:https://www.hiqa.ie/reports-and-publications/key-reports-and-investigations/medication-safety-monitoring-programme Facebook By News Highland – February 1, 2018 ‘Specific high risks’ identified at LUH in latest HIQA report Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleCommunity Gardai numbers in Donegal down from 35 to 2Next articleMinister told delay in new build for St. Marys NS cannot continue News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitterlast_img read more

Arts groups prep for cuts

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content You Might Like Exercise great remedy for blues If you feel a little sad or sluggish during the winter months, you aren’t alone. Ten to 20 percent of… read more “There could be some level of decrease,” he said. “I would be happy if our funding remained level.”However, Head said that if the Legislature “restored” half of what was lost last year, that would mean $500,000 in the Council’s coffer and that would be significant.He encouraged those in attendance to become vocal advocates of the arts.“The arts are bipartisan,” Head said.“The arts celebrate diversity and inspire creativity. We all have a story to tell. Go tell your story. Tell in more often and tell it better.”Richard Metzger represented the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center Foundation at the meeting.“Al Head was right,” he said. “We must tell our stories. We must do a much better job of letting people know about our programs and of their value to our community. People need to know and understand the good things that we do. We are an inclusive organization that improves the quality of life for all our citizens.”Metzger said young people receive direct benefits from the arts.“Schools are having to make cuts in their programs and arts organizations are stepping in to offer opportunities for our young people,” he said.“It is up to us to get the word out – to tell our stories. The proof will now be in the pudding. It’s up to us to rally our communities in support of the arts.” Arts groups prep for cuts Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author By The Penny Hoarder “FY13 will be a difficult budget year,” he said.“The state’s general fund will continue to struggle. So you still need to hunker down. Go find the money that means survival of your programs. Play defense. Give yourself a chance.”Boozer said often local governments have more money than the state and are possible financial resources for arts organizations.“People give to people, not to causes,” he said. “Never discount the value of a letter on the desk of an elected official. Ninety percent of successful fundraising is just showing up.”Head told the ASCA grantees that it is highly unlikely that the Legislature will increase funding to the Council. Latest Stories Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Representatives of arts organizations from around the state packed the Octagon Theater at the Alabama Shakespeare Theater in Montgomery this week in a “call to action” by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.The state arts council’s FY12 budget was cut 25 percent in the last legislative session resulting in a reduction of more than $1 million.Al Head, Alabama State Council on the Arts executive director, said most ASCA grantees felt that reduction in significant ways through grant funding in one form or another.“If you are an observer of trends, you know that appropriations for the arts in Alabama have been going down for the past four years, a loss of $2.4 million since the high-water mark in FY08 when the state funding to the Council was $5.8 million,” Head said. “Nationally, extreme cuts to the arts have been taking place in many states with total elimination being proposed in some cases. “With the upcoming legislative session in Alabama starting Feb. 7, the arts community needs to become more involved in the ‘process.’”With that in mind, Head said the Council set January 11 as a date for the gathering of ASCA grantees and those concerned with the health of the arts in Alabama.The focus of the Wednesday meeting was mainly on the upcoming legislative session and the sharing of information and tools needed to enhance making the case for public support for the arts.State Treasurer Young Boozer told the gathering of ASCA grantees that there are signs that the economy is starting to get better, but it will get better slowly. 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‘Workout of the Day’ to raise funds for clean water wells

first_img ‘Workout of the Day’ to raise funds for clean water wells Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Skip “‘Workout Of the Day’ is a CrossFit term,” Jones said. “For our purposes, we’ll be working out for 20 min. using ‘Jerry Cans,’ which are the water jugs that are used in Third World countries to deliver water to villages.”The workouts will be customized for each participant by filling the Jerry to his or her desired weight, from 40 pounds down to empty.“The purpose of this type workout is to bring awareness to daily living conditions in Africa and India,” Jones said. “The water is there for these people. They just can’t get to it. NeverThirst builds clean water wells in these Third World countries so that children don’t have to walk miles each day to get water, not even clean water. They sometimes walk more than five miles to get dirty water.”Jones said the NeverThirst clean water wells last up to 20 years and are located a short distance from the people they serve. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Email the author This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012 One billion people in the world live their lives without clean drinking water. Every day 4,500 children under the age of five die from water borne diseases.If those staggering numbers don’t sober the other six billion people on the planet, then, perhaps nothing will. Print Article By Secrets Revealed Latest Stories Jason Jones, a member of WOD (Workout Of the Day) for Water of Troy was the program guest at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday.Jones said WOD for Water of Troy is partnering with NeverThirst, an organization that builds clean water wells in Third World countries, to raise funds to build wells in Africa and India.The “Workout of the Day” will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 on the Bibb Graves Quad of Troy University. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “One well is said to provide water for 160 people for 20 years,” he said. “NeverThirst also partners with the local churches to share the gospel of Jesus Christ when children and their families come to the well.”The goal of WOD for Water of Troy was to raise enough money through its event to build four wells.“The cost of building one well in Africa is $2,500 and $3,000 in India,” Jones said. “Our goal was $10,000 and we have reached and passed that goal. So, we can guarantee four wells and are within $400 of being able to build a fifth well.”On Oct. 13, people of different ages will participate in a “Workout Of the Day” like no other. They will squat, lunge and run with Jerry Cans in tow in an effort to raise one more dollar to help build one more well so that another 160 people will not have to fill their baskets will dirty water and so that more children will not have to die from water borne diseases.Registration for the “Workout Of the Day” on Oct. 13 is $40. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the Bibb Graves Quad.The opportunity to build a well and change lives is available to groups and individuals through donations, Jones said. For more information or to make a donation to the WOD for Water of Troy fund-raiser, contact Jones at Jones Medical Supply on South Brundidge Street in Troy or call (334) 566-1002. You Might Like Thursday night at ‘The Studio’ The Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center will host Thursday Night at The Studio tonight at The Studio on East Walnut Street…. read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

One Marine dead, eight missing after training accident off California coast

first_imgNick J./iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — At least one Marine is dead and eight others are missing after a “mishap” involving an amphibious assault vehicle off the California coast, officials said.Eight other Marines, including the one who died, were recovered off San Clemente Island after the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) they were on sank Thursday night.Multiple ships and helicopters from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard are combing the waters off of San Clemente Island for the missing Marines.Fifteen Marines and a sailor were aboard the AAV after it launched from a Navy amphibious ship.“Two Marines were transported to local hospitals, where one was listed in critical condition and the other in stable condition,” the Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement.Amphibious assault vehicles are used to carry out beach landings.The accident occurred as the 5th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group conducted routine training exercise in the vicinity of San Clemente Island.“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search,” Col. Christopher Bronzi said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Assessing the effectiveness of specially protected areas for conservation of Antarctica’s botanical diversity

first_imgVegetation is sparsely distributed over Antarctica’s ice-free ground, and distinct plant communities are present in each of the continent’s 15 recently identified Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions (ACBRs). With rapidly increasing human activity in Antarctica, terrestrial plant communities are at risk of damage or destruction by trampling, overland transport and infrastructure construction, and the impacts of anthropogenically introduced species, as well as uncontrollable pressures such as fur seal activity and climate change. Under the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, the conservation of plant communities can be enacted and facilitated through the designation of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs). In this study we examined the distribution within the 15 ACBRs of the 33 ASPAs whose explicit purpose includes protecting macroscopic terrestrial flora. Large omissions in the protection of Antarctic botanical diversity were found, with no protection of plant communities in six ACBRs and, in a further six, less than 0.4% of the ACBR area was included within an ASPA protecting vegetation. We completed the first normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) satellite remote sensing survey to provide baseline data on the extent of vegetation cover in all ASPAs designated for plant protection in Antarctica. Protected vegetation cover within the 33 ASPAs totalled 16.1 km2 for the entire Antarctic continent, with over half of this within a single protected area. Over 96% of the protected vegetation was contained within two ACBRs, which together contribute only 7.8% of the continent’s ice-free ground. We conclude that Antarctic botanical diversity is clearly inadequately protected, and call for systematic designation of ASPAs protecting plant communities across by the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties, the members of the governing body of the continentlast_img read more

US Coast Guard joins North Korea sanctions enforcement

first_img View post tag: US Coast Guard Photo: US Coast Guard photo of USCGC Bertholf US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf pulled into Sasebo, Japan, earlier this month after supporting the enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) sanctions on North Korea.Bertholf was tasked with preventing illicit ship-to-ship transfers that violate North Korea sanctions.The patrol is a part of the United States’ ongoing contribution to international efforts in combating North Korea’s maritime sanctions evasion activity. Ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and goods, like coal, going to and from North Korea are prohibited under UNSCRs.Bertholf departed its homeport of Alameda, California, Jan. 20, for the deployment to the Western Pacific in support of United States Indo-Pacific Command, which oversees military operations in the region.“The United States is a Pacific nation,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, who oversees the cutter. “We have deep and long-standing ties with our partners in the region, and more importantly, we share a strong commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, governed by a rules-based international system that promotes peace, security, prosperity and sovereignty of all nations.”Prior to the patrol in the East China Sea, Bertholf pulled into US Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, where the cutter hosted officers of the Japan coast guard aboard. View post tag: North Koreacenter_img Share this article View post tag: USCGC Bertholflast_img read more