Adaptation To Climate Change, agribusiness, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Dams, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Drought, Amazon People, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change and Dams, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Climate Science, Crop Yields, Crops, Disasters, Extreme Weather, Flooding, Precipitation, Research, Rivers, Tropical Rivers 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 Article published by Glenn Scherer Scientists and the media have documented deepening drought in the Amazon basin. But a new study finds that flood events are significantly intensifying too, becoming five times more common over the last century.The effect is caused by a combination of factors, including an increase in strength of the Walker circulation – an ocean-driven pattern of air circulation that carries warm moist air from the tropical Atlantic across South America towards the Pacific, resulting in Amazon precipitation.Human-driven climate change is a major contributing factor to this increased Amazon basin flooding. Intensifying flood events result in lives and property lost, and significant harm to croplands, pastures and livestock.A better understanding of flood and drought dynamics, and better predictability due partly to this study, could help reduce this damage. How escalating changes in precipitation occurrence and intensity might be altering Amazon flora and fauna is uncertain, though new research shows that tree species composition is altering. Flooding in the center of Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil in 2009. Image by Jochen Schöngart / National Institute for Amazon Research.While deepening droughts have made headlines in recent years, extreme floods have been steadily increasing in frequency and severity in parts of the Amazon basin, putting lives and livelihoods at risk. According to a new study, longer and more extreme floods are becoming increasingly common due to a combination of fluctuations in atmospheric circulation systems and human-driven climate change.Publishing in the Journal Science Advances, Jonathan Barichivich at the Universidad Austral de Chile and colleagues collated daily water level records from the Port of Manaus on the Rio Negro from 1903 to 2015, and from Óbidos on the Amazon mainstem from 1970 to 2015. They found that the frequency of severe floods in both locales has increased steadily since 1970. Together these stations measure flow for the whole of the upstream Amazon.“In the whole 20th Century, there hasn’t been floods as severe or as frequent as in the last decade,” says Barichivich. Meanwhile, droughts have intensified in parts of the Amazon. An increase in intense flooding, alternating with deeper droughts, is a finding in keeping with current global climate change models.River records are useful windows into the dynamics of large regions, as their levels are influenced by the water levels in all tributaries upstream and downstream of the measurement site. They are also among the longest ecological records available.The team identified 14 severe droughts and 14 severe floods in the Amazon since 1903. They used the Geological Survey of Brazil’s official critical water levels to define a severe flood in Manaus as one with levels higher than 29 meters (95 feet), and a severe drought as lower than 15.8 meters.Many people living in the Amazon basin rely on the river’s annual flooding cycle for agricultural crops and livestock grazing. But extreme floods can cause extensive agricultural and infrastructure damage. Image by Jochen Schöngart / National Institute for Amazon Research.The researchers also looked at the severity and duration of floods and found that extreme floods have tended to be higher and longer-lasting, with water levels over 29.7 meters (97.5 feet) for more than 70 days occurring once every 3 years, compared to once every 50 years in the 1900s.Average water levels at Manaus port have increased by 1 meter (3.3 feet) during the 113-year record, a rise caused by increased precipitation during the wet-season.Extreme flood events can have disastrous effects. Traditionally, as the Amazon basin wet season ends, the nutrient rich floodplains offer the perfect conditions for agricultural plantings and grazing livestock. But prolonged, severe flooding destroys these crops and pastures, contaminates water supplies, and cuts people off from their homes for weeks or months at a time. In May 2012, after months of torrential rain, water levels at Manaus port reached 29.7 meters (97.5 feet), their highest level on record, and remained above 29 meters for over 70 days. Large scale floods could potentially pose future threats to the structural integrity of Amazon dams.Flooding also alters sediment transport – an important process for downstream ecosystems, fisheries and farms – and carbon storage in plants, soils and peatlands.Using atmospheric circulation models coupled with real-world data, the team was able to link the increased Amazon precipitation driving these extreme flood events to an increase in the strength of the Walker circulation – an ocean-driven pattern of air circulation that carries warm moist air from the tropical Atlantic across South America towards the Pacific.Since the early 1970s, the Atlantic Ocean has been in a warming phase of a natural cycle called the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), which has been accelerated by human-caused climate change. However, in 1998 the Pacific Ocean entered a cooling phase of the Pacific Interdecadal Oscillation (PIO), increasing the temperature disparity between the two oceans. This temperature gradient is what drives the Walker Circulation, which supplies rain clouds to the central and northern Amazon basin.A diagram of the Walker circulation, showing the direction of wind circulation over the tropics. Since 1990, sea surface temperatures have warmed in the Atlantic, but cooled in the Pacific, driving warm, moist air from the Atlantic to rain more heavily, and more often, over parts of the Amazon. Image by Jonathan Barichivich.“The wet season was getting wetter in this period, while the Pacific was cool and the Atlantic was warming very fast,” says Barichivich. This pattern is mirrored in the Manuas port river records, he says, with more frequent extreme floods during the wet season and deeper droughts during the dry season. “The amplitude of this natural water level fluctuation started to increase… due to a combination of both anthropogenic climate change and natural variability.”Zed Zulkafli, a hydrologist at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Selangor, who was not involved in the study, praised the rigor of the data analysis based on the length of the river records, saying, “the novelty [of the study] is in … using long term records at Manaus that reveal the severity of recent floods… as well as in linking the Walker circulation to the increasing flood severity.”In addition to the AMOC and PIO, the Amazon flood cycle is subject to natural fluctuations caused by the osccilation between El Niño and La Niña extremes in the Pacific – linked to Amazon droughts and floods respectively, which explains why the devastating drought of 2010, which began as an El Niño year, happened despite a general trend towards higher precipitation..“The perception for most people is that droughts are the most important thing in the Amazon,” says Barichivich, but the century-long records at Manuas port show that “floods are outstanding in meteorological change” the Amazon has experienced.“Until the 1960s we had one [extreme] flood every 20 years more or less,” says Barichivich, but the average number has increased to one every four years since the early 2000s. Interestingly, the team failed to find a long-term trend in the frequency of droughts in the Amazon, with their average occurrence once every 5 to 12 years remaining relatively static throughout the record.Flooded suburb of the city of Itacoatiara in the Central Amazon in 2009. Image by Jochen Schöngart / National Institute for Amazon ResearchAs the Atlantic continues to warm faster than the Pacific, extreme floods look set to be a recurring feature of the Amazon basin. A 2016 study led by Zulkafli predicted a larger increase in wet-season rainfall compared to dry-season drought for the Peruvian Amazon basin by the end of the 21st Century. However, “the degree to which extreme flooding will become more frequent is more challenging to quantify,” she says.Within a decade or so, the study authors predict that the Pacific will move into a warming phase of the PIO, reducing the disparity in sea temperature between the Atlantic and Pacific and thus weakening the Walker circulation that carries rainfall to the Amazon Basin. This, Barichivich says, could slow the acceleration of extreme weather events over the Amazon. However, this effect will not be enough to reduce the frequency and intensity of extreme flooding to pre-1990 levels. “We think that [extreme] floods should still be a problem in the next coming decades,” Zulkafli says.“The biodiversity as well as the riverine communities along the Amazon and its tributaries have developed as a result of [the] Amazon flooding regime. And so they will be impacted by more frequent and prolonged flooding,” Zulkafli concludes.The authors hope their models will allow for more accurate predictions of annual Amazon flooding, allowing seasonal forecasts to take Walker circulation strength, and Atlantic / Pacific ocean conditions into consideration. This forecasting ability could save lives and property, aiding farmers and ranchers. It remains to be determined how more frequent, extreme flooding will impact plants and wildlife.Citation:Barichivich, E. Gloor, P. Peylin, R. J. W. Brienen, J. Schöngart, J. C. Espinoza, K. C. Pattnayak, Recent intensification of Amazon flooding extremes driven by strengthened Walker circulation. Sci. Adv. 4, eaat8785 (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat8785FEEDBACK: 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.Many people living in the Amazon basin rely on the annual flooding cycle of the region’s rivers for transport and fishing. However, the increasing instability of precipitation cycles, largely driven by climate change, is making it harder to travel these waterways and utilize them in safety. Image by Jonathan Barichivich.
15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round “Derrick Rose has rejoined the team and has been fined. He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow in Philadelphia,” the Knicks public relations department said on Twitter Tuesday.READ: Derrick Rose mysterious no-show for Knicks’ gameFEATURED 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 returnIn brief remarks to reporters during a practice session on Tuesday, Rose said he had returned to Chicago to be with his family but did not elaborate.“It was a family issue,” Rose said. “For one, it had nothing to do with the team or basketball. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sharapova to return from ban in April at Stuttgart event 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 ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose arrives at Federal Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. APNEW YORK, United States — New York Knicks star Derrick Rose has been fined an unspecified amount and is back with the team following his mysterious no-show, the NBA franchise said on Tuesday.Rose baffled team officials and fans after failing to appear for the Knicks’ 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family.”Asked why he had not responded to calls from the Knicks management, Rose replied that he needed his “space.”The 28-year-old Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player with the Chicago Bulls, has been effective in his first season with the Knicks.He’s averaging 17.3 points in 33 games, missing a few earlier this season with back spasms. CBBADVERTISEMENT Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) in conjunction with the National Investment Commission (NIC) and SPARK will today, July 6, host an industry fair for the visiting Dutch trade delegation, comprising 41 businesses from the Netherlands.The delegation, led by Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is visiting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus disease and striving to recover from huge economic losses.According to statement released by the delegation, the Dutch companies are interested in partnerships with local Liberian firms, in the areas of Agriculture, health care, automotive, among others.The goal of the visit is to promote trade between the Netherlands and Ebola affected countries and allow Liberian businesses have the opportunity to network with companies in the Netherlands providing information (IT), logistics, shipping, port maintenance and pharmaceutical services and products.The visit is the second Dutch business delegation to visit Liberia. The first was in 2012, during which the delegation evaluated opportunities for investment in the agricultural sector.SMI-L is sponsoring the Dutch trade fair as part of its business linkages service, which assists international buyers in identifying cost-competitive and high-quality domestic products and services. To date, SMI-L has facilitated over $3 million worth of contracts through this service. SMI-L is implemented by Building Markets, a non-profit social enterprise that works to create jobs and sustain peace in developing countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities.The USAID Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) creates jobs and sustains peace by working across sectors with both large and small companies to support local businesses, build and strengthen local supply chains, and ensure monies spent in Liberia stay in Liberia.Since its inception in March 2012, USAID SMI-L has supported more than 153 local businesses in winning contracts worth $50 million and enabled businesses to create over 1,500 full-time jobs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, England January 2 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed frustration with his side’s inconsistency and criticised their mental sharpness after they needed an own goal to snatch a draw from Southampton only three days after beating Newcastle United 7-3.But he confirmed that his search for a remedy will not include bringing back the club’s former striker Thierry Henry for a second comeback season. “We didn’t create a lot after having scored five at Reading, seven against Newcastle,” the Frenchman complained. “The goal chances we created were not a lot and our game lacked purpose, lacked penetration, lacked speed – all the qualities that we usually have and that we didn’t see tonight.“It is frustrating. It is nothing to do with the physical side. In a game of that magnitude against a Southampton team that was really highly determined, I felt we lacked purpose in our game, and it was more mental than physical. We lacked sharpness.“There is no specific reason. We prepared normally, we prepared well, and, maybe Southampton deserve some credit as well. They fought for every single ball until the last second.”It was Theo Walcott’s free kick that was put into his own net by Guly Do Prado, but otherwise Walcott was anonymous after his hat-trick on Saturday.Wenger explained: “Overall, nobody was put in good positions to express something offensively.“We didn’t have enough quality to get them out of position, but it is difficult to identify any specific thing. We have to analyse that together and see why because we have big games coming up and we want to get back to our normal performance.”Wenger also ruled out re-signing Henry for a second time after bringing him back on a temporary deal a year ago. “He is going away somewhere,” he said. “He is not ready and for the moment we are not on that case.”But he confirmed that he hopes to be active during the transfer window. “I will be active, yes,” he said. “We are looking everywhere and we are open-minded. We want to strengthen the squad if possible and if we find the right players.”Nigel Adkins, the Southampton manager, was much more pleased with his side’s performance, and the point that took his team out of the bottom three, ahead of Wigan Athletic on goal difference.“Arsenal have been beating teams out of sight but Artur (Boruc, the goalkeeper) has had nothing else to do apart from the deflection and we created some good opportunities for ourselves,” he said. It shows how far we have come. We got a hiding (6-1) at The Emirates, but we have a growing maturity. Tactically we were bang on and yet again the players put good performances in.”After early dominance by Arsenal, Southampton and took the lead with a scrappy goal after 35 minutes, Bacary Sagna’s attempted clearance hitting Southampton’s Jason Puncheon and rebounding for Gaston Ramirez, Southampton’s record signing, to drive low past Wojciech Szczesny.Arsenal’s equaliser two minutes later was even messier. Walcott curled in a free kick from the left that seemed to be going harmlessly to Boruc, but Do Prado, Southampton’s Brazilian winger, swung a foot at the ball at the near post and deflected it into his own net.Do Prado tried to make amends with a shot that Szczesny had to save well and a corner kick that Sagna almost put into his own net, while Ramirez had a goal disallowed for a foul on Laurent Koscielny that few people noticed apart from the referee’s assistant.Walcott, anonymous on his return to his former club, hit a shot straight at Boruc – Arsenal’s only effort on target.Wenger said: “Considering the performance, I don’t think we deserved more, but it’s two points lost if you look at our target over Christmas.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Donegal Enterprise Awards are among the most prestigious awards a small business in the county can win, and with entries now open for the 2017 awards in March, if you are in business then entering is something you really should consider.When it comes to the Donegal Enterprise Awards, it’s not just winning that counts so here’s 5 reasons why we believe small businesses in Donegal should enter.Go For It People will often look at the advertisements and think they should enter – and then don’t. Why not buck that trend this year and just go for it? There is no cost to enter the awards and it is a cost-effective way to thank and recognise employees and to build your brand. What’s more there are cash prizes to be won with the overall winner set to claim €2,500 and each of the category winners winning €1,500. Even if you don’t have employees you can enter – there is a good range of categories and you have as much chance as the next to win one of them!How’s the form?The entry form for the awards is straightforward, but there is still much to learn for any business entering because the answers you give must be genuine. For you to provide those answers often means looking at your business with a different perspective and you may well spot an opportunity that prompts improvements. Every year entrants – even those who don’t win – say that the process was invaluable to them going forward because it forced them to re-examine things they do well, but also things they have not done well and that has helped them plan for the future.Business Plans The Enterprise Award process is not a popularity contest and a business plan forms part of application. The judging process is rigorous – but very fair – and asking for a business plan gives you the chance to update your business plan or create a new one. Most people start out with a business plan at some point, but it often gets ignored in the day to day running of the business. Irrespective of the final outcome, going back to that document will give you the chance to refresh your vision of where your business is going.Building trustCustomers will always look for credibility when they are deciding to do business and in Donegal there are no more credible or coveted titles for small business to win than the annual Enterprise Awards. As a result, even getting short-listed lets people know that you’ve been through a rigorous process and can help shape perceptions of who you are and what you do. The increased credibility can (and has) help secure new contracts, find new supply channels and break into new markets.Raise your profileBeing on the Local Enterprise Donegal Enterprise Awards short-list is great PR because it demonstrates that your business is excelling. The awards can help serve to highlight areas of your business of which you are exceptionally proud, but even in preparing your nominations you’ll research and write compelling stories of achievement that you can use in other ways. Attending the business awards evening is also a great networking opportunity, and a perfect way of boosting morale as well as just being a great night out. There is no doubt that just attending can create opportunities that lead to business success. The Donegal Enterprise Awards competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards.This year’s competition will see awards presented in the following categories:• Overall Winner• Best Established Business• Best Start Up Business (18 months or less)• Innovation AwardFrom these a representative will be chosen to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards Final.The application form, guidelines for the judging criteria, marking system and competition guidelines are all available to download from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office website: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/Training-Events/Donegal-Business-Awards-2017/DD Business: Five reasons to enter Donegal’s Enterprise Awards was last modified: January 16th, 2017 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible WHITTIER – Farmers at an urban garden will have to move out when the city closes the plot of land Monday. Whittier’s Community Garden’s board of directors failed to failed to buy required liability insurance, say city officials, who also cites problems with gardners drinking and carousing there at night. The council is expected to vote to close the garden at the council’s meeting tonight. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The occasion was marred by the fans attacking the visiting team bus before the game but thanks to the power of social media we got an insight into how the players dealt with it at their end. From outside the bus……and from inside the bus. (Warning: video includes strong language)All good things have to come to an end. Matt Lucas was spotted at Easter Road.Sweep many chimneys on your way to the game Teddy? Timed to perfection. SNS What did we do before the play-offs? As one of the best changes made to Scottish football in recent years the knock-out ties are the gift that just keeps on giving. Last night Hibs and Falkirk battled out a four-goal thriller but the talking point was the handball incident that didn’t lead to a penalty for the home side. There’s no question David McCracken touched the ball – he’s admitted that himself – but was it deliberate? Meanwhile, down south, West Ham played their final game at Upton Park and in true fairytale fashion they pulled off a late comeback and bowed out with a 3-2 win over Manchester United.
15 February 2011 “We have written to all the higher institutions informing them about our support for the Health Department, and felt that an invitation gave us an anchor on introducing the issue through the orientation programme,” said Mkhize. Students have access to pre-counselling through a lively DVD, which interweaves counselling messages by portraying the lives of three students. Once tested, students can sign a pledge on the interactive pledge wall. Source: BuaNews “The campaign was made possible when the rules of engagement for HIV testing changed, enabling large groups of people to be counselled and tested. Through a project using mobile testing units, this project has been made possible,” Motsoaledi said. “The risk of HIV infection escalates when young people go out into the world,” Motsoaledi said. “With this campaign, we can put all our energy into making a tangible contribution to the government’s efforts by adopting a novel approach as demonstrated through the campaign. “The campaign aims to change behaviour, and we want to create a way of doing things differently. Through the campaign, we are able to change tomorrow,” Beaumont said. South Africa has launched “First Things First”, an HIV counselling, testing and education campaign targeting more than 30 000 first-year students at 18 universities countrywide. Lasting legacy of testing Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said she hoped the exercise would become an annual event in the orientation programmes of South Africa’s universities. The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has led partners in training 250 staff who are now able to test students on an ongoing basis, ensuring a lasting legacy of testing in tertiary institutions beyond the life of the campaign. The campaign, endorsed by the Departments of Health and Higher Education, forms part of the government’s HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign, launched last year in April. Speaking at the launch at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Medical Campus in Johannesburg on Monday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said South Africa had one of the most severe HIV/Aids epidemics in the world, with an estimated 5.7-million people living with the virus. Innovative Medicines of South Africa (IMSA) CEO Val Beaumont said the campaign provided an ongoing commitment, and hoped that the majority of first-year students would partner with them in this initiative. Responsible future leaders The campaign is a collaborative effort between the South African National Aids Council, IMSA and its member companies, the FPD, the Departments of Health and Higher Education, the Higher Education HIV and AIDS Programme, Higher Education South Africa, along with the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar). He said the campaign aimed to help South African students, as future leaders, to be responsible, get tested for HIV, know their status and commit to behaviour which would benefit themselves and their peers.
The Beta 3 version introduced an interesting WAPservice, which allows users to read registered feeds on a mobile handset. “The UIupdate is a sign of our next round growing up”, Xinxin said – also noting that “a fewkiller services will be launched very soon”. The next version is in private testingcurrently. It is a major update and some social networking elements have been integrated– e.g. users with the same interests can join a group and the feeds managed by a usercan be shared with others. Xinxin didn’t reveal further details to me, but I am reallylooking forward to this upgrade.Feedsky just closed its first round of venture funding. It is definitely one of thekey contacts, if someone wants to get into the Chinese blog market. Blog-based servicessuch as Google Blog Search are expected toplay a much more important role in the Chinese Internet Content market in 2007, so I willnot be surprised if there is a connection between Feedsky and these services –particularly those from the western world. Tags:#international#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… By Guest Writer GangLuFeedSky is the largest Chinese feed managementprovider and has just launched its Beta 3. CEO Xinxin Lv described it to me as “mainlya UI update with some performance enhancement”.The web2.0 market is still quite young in China, but its concepts are rapidlyspreading throughout the country. The China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) reported that by August 2006,the number of bloggers had reached approx. 17.485 million and 33.747 million blog spaceshad been registered. FeedSky’s main competitor, worldwide RSS service providerFeedburner, reported in its Fast Facts and Stats that it has a totalof 506,278 feeds registered. But the Beijing-based FeedSky, launched in July 2005, hasjust announced a company milestone – 1.5 million feeds have been registered and ithas partnerships with over 30 BSPs (Blog Service Provider) and 40 media companiesfrom mainland China, Hongkong and Taiwan. Feedsky has become the dominant serviceprovider in the Chinese market and is probably going to be the largest feed managementprovider in the world. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts gang lu 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Apparently the Twitter guys have been thinking about selling corporate clients a “verified account” for some time now. Check out this exchange from the transcripts of this year’s D: All Things Digital:Walt Mossberg: 24 percent say they’d pay for power accounts. Do you think that’s a good idea?Evan Williams: Yes, I think it’s a good idea. We’ve talked about it for a long time. Here’s how it might work: Lots of commercial users are on Twitter already. That’s not odd, and it’s happening successfully already. But we could give those users tools to make it better. For instance, here’s how P&G (PG) might sell Tide….Wait that’s a bad idea. How about The Wall Street Journal? No, they’re a media company; that won’t work either. How about Dunkin’ Donuts? People like Dunkin’ Donuts. They have an affinity for that, and they’re already following Dunkin’ Donuts. So one thing we can do is tell new users that the Dunkin’ Donuts account on Twitter is actually Dunkin’ Donuts. To verify that.We think it’s great that Twitter is finally going to do something about the growing problem of impersonations, but why now? Is it because of lawsuits from powerful celebrities (La Russa is also a lawyer), or is it simply trying to do the right thing for its users? It’s a shame that ordinary users are not afforded the same verification measures as the “beautiful people”, who tend to use the service far less to actually connect with others. We have heard stories of ordinary people and community blogs struggling with the company for many months to have control of their own names on Twitter and are a little skeptical about their motives. Tell us what you think. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts doug coleman 1 The verification process will first begin with “public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well known individuals at risk of impersonation”. Twitter wants to point out that this does not mean that all accounts without the authentication seal are fake. One way to determine authenticity is to check the official web site of the person for a link back to their Twitter account. The company also wants you to know: “When we do start testing Account Verification, we will be sure to provide ample methods for feedback. Initially, verification will not be tested with businesses. However, we do see an opportunity in that arena so we’ll keep you posted when we have something to share.” Tags:#news#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Twitter impersonations have been happening ever since the popular microblogging site has become mainstream. St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is just the latest high-profile celebrity to fall victim to a Twitter faker. La Russa filed a lawsuit with the Superior Court of California in San Francisco last month and will seek damages, although Twitter has taken down the bogus account and calls the lawsuit “an unnecessary waste of judicial resources bordering on frivolous”. The company announced on its blog today that it will take further steps in the future to prevent this from happening again. According to Twitter, “impersonation violates Twitter’s Terms of Service and we take the issue seriously. We suspend, delete, or transfer control of accounts known to be impersonation” and has done so in this case. The company has said it will “not play ball” with La Russa and does not intend to settle this suit or pay any damages. Twitter’s Solution: According to the Twitter Blog, the company is experimenting with a solution to prevent impersonation from happening in the future. This is what it came up with:“We do recognize an opportunity to improve Twitter user experience and clear up confusion beyond simply removing impersonation accounts once alerted. We’ll be experimenting with a beta preview of what we’re calling Verified Accounts this summer.”