Acarine colonisation of Antarctica and the islands of the Southern Ocean: the role of zoohoria

first_imgA quarter of the terrestrial Acari recorded from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands are parasitic haematophages or non-feeding phoretics associated with other larger and more mobile animals, especially sea birds and pterygote insects. Although flying sea birds are effective vectors of zoohoric mites into the region, penguins are not and merely serve as reservoir hosts. Similarly, most of the mites associated with insects were accidentally introduced by man as free-living adults that subsequently utilised a range of alien and indigenous insects as local dispersal mechanisms.last_img read more

Last Night’s Red Hot Chili Peppers And BABYMETAL Collaboration Is Terrifyingly Brilliant [Watch]

first_imgThe Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on a world tour, with two nights at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. Both nights are billed with support from BABYMETAL, a Japanese metal idol band comprised of three teenage girls whose vocals are backed by heavy metal instrumentation played by the Kami Band. All between the ages of 17 and 18, the girls made their worldwide tour debut earlier this year and have made quite the impression with their “kawaii metal” or “cute metal” that mixes together J-pop idol with heavy metal.With last night marking the first of their two nights with RHCP, the girls joined headliners for a performance of “Nobody Weird Like Me” from the band’s 1989 Mother’s Milk. Watch the full performance below, as captured by Michio SD:And more clips from YouTube user ARABS LiveReactions:For reference, check out “Gimme Chocolate” by BABYMETAL:Red Hot Chili Peppers return to the Manchester Arena tonight for their Getaway World Tour with BABYMETAL.[Photo via BABYMETAL Facebook]last_img read more

Neil Young Announces New Book, ‘To Feel The Music’

first_imgNeil Young has announced the forthcoming arrival of his new book, which looks to share the story behind the rock guitarist’s past efforts to save the world of audio.According to the announcement shared to the Neil Young Archives website on Friday, Young has teamed up with writer Phil Baker to co-pen a book about his now-defunct Pono audio player, which launched in early 2015 but has since been shut down. The book will be titled To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save High-Quality Audio, and is scheduled for a September 10th release on BenBella Books.Related: Neil Young Announces New Archival Live Release ‘TUSCALOOSA’, Shares “Don’t Be Denied”The 242-page book will take readers into Young’s past attempts to save high-quality audio and the journey leading up to his Pono Player launch in January 2015. Young’s music-playing device was initially developed as a “purpose-built, portable, high-resolution digital-music player designed and engineered in a no-compromise fashion to allow consumers to experience studio master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible.” The sale of the small audio player was shut down in 2017.“It takes you through how the sound was and is comprised by the tech and record companies,” Young said in a statement about his forthcoming book to go with Friday’s announcement. “Instead of improving over time like other technologies, it has become worse … We spent a year writing this and I think you’ll find it interesting and informative.”Earlier this week, Young announced a forthcoming album alongside his former collaborators, Crazy Horse. The currently-untitled album will consist of 11 new songs ranging from three minutes to 14 minutes, and is set for release in the early fall of 2019. Until then, fans can click here to pre-order To Feel the Music.last_img read more

Therapy dogs help students unwind before finals

first_imgIn addition to the warm weather, students were drawn to North Quad on Wednesday by eight therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs International as part of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being’s (McWell) “Paws to Relax” event.Assistant director for student well-being at McWell Katrina Conrad said the dogs at these regular events help students to relax and discharge stress, particularly at times such as the middle and end of a semester.“Knowing that finals are approaching, we wanted to provide an opportunity for student stress relief, and spending time with dogs is a great way to do so,” Conrad said. “Therapy dogs are natural vehicles for providing support and companionship to students.”The new initiative this year was inspired by Notre Dame students’ general love for dogs, Conrad said.“We have noticed that many students light up when they see dogs on campus, and we’ve had countless students approach our office about having therapy dogs on campus more often,” Conrad said. “We hope that it’s an event that gets students excited and supports their well-being.”Conrad said the events were also inspired by the growing popularity of therapy dogs at similar events on campuses across the country.“Therapy dogs visiting college campuses seems to be a rising trend,” she said. “There has indeed been research on the effects that this has on students related to how they can lower perceived stress levels.”So far, the event has attracted 472 students and staff members in total, according to the McWell Center, who gather on North Quad to pat, hug and scratch these therapy dogs. Senior Chris Maheu said he was attracted to the event because it reminded him of his own pets back home.“It was really cool [and] I maybe miss my dog at home,” he said. “For exam week I have four projects to do, so it’s a good break before I start getting ready for all that.”While students were energized by the event, therapy dog owner Ben Rose said the therapy dogs were also having a good time interacting with students.“Chance loves to come hang out with people,” Rose said of his dog. “He loves the atmosphere and getting pats. Most of the time he visits at the Memorial Hospital. Once a week he goes there and visits patients and staff.”The McWell Center has also taken extra considerations for the safety of both the dogs and the students, Conrad said.“We have chosen to work with certified therapy dogs because of all the extra training that they receive in order to become certified,” she said. “Their owners will be with them at all times and they are trained to be in this type of situation. When the dogs go to volunteer in the community, they wear a special bandana that helps them realize they are ‘going to work’ and not to just play.”Tags: McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, McWell, Paws to Relax, stress relief, therapy dogslast_img read more

Sustainable Communities

first_imgThere are many ways to define a sustainable community, but in general they sport healthy amounts of green space and shared vegetable gardens; mass transit, biking and walking replacing the majority of automobile traffic; and mixed use communities where schools, residences and commercial spaces are near each other and are powered by clean, renewable energy sources. Photo cred: ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: The term “sustainable communities” gets bantered around quite a bit today. Could you define it for me?— Holly Parker, Mechanicsburg, PAKaid Benfield, Sustainable Communities program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), uses the term “sustainable communities” to describe places “where use of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants are going down, not up; where the air and waterways are accessible and clean; where land is used efficiently and shared parks and public spaces are plentiful and easily visited; where people of different ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds share equally in environmental, social and cultural benefits; where many needs of daily life can be met within a 20-minute walk and all may be met within a 20-minute transit ride; where industry and economic opportunity emphasize healthy, environmentally sound practices.”In his March 2011 NRDC ‘Switchboard’ blog post entitled “A Trip to Sustainaville,” Benfield lays out his vision for what a model of sustainable communities could look like, with neighborhoods sporting healthy amounts of green space and shared vegetable gardens; mass transit, biking and walking replacing the majority of automobile traffic; and mixed use communities where schools, residences and commercial spaces are near each other and are powered by solar panels, geothermal heat pumps or windmills.According to the Vermont-based Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), sustainable communities are “economically, environmentally and socially healthy and resilient” and meet “challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches.” And perhaps more important: Sustainable communities take a long-term perspective, focusing on “both the present and future, well beyond the next budget or election cycle” so that the needs of the current as well as future generations are met with adequate resources. ISC adds that the success of a community’s efforts to be sustainable depends on its members’ commitment and involvement as well as leadership that is inspiring, effective and responsive.Some of the ways ISC has worked to further its goals include helping teach leaders from low income U.S. communities along the Gulf of Mexico how energy efficiency and ecological restoration can revitalize their otherwise struggling economies; developing community sustainability initiatives throughout war-ravaged parts of Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia; installing green roofs on residences in the Chinese city of Shenzen as a pilot project to show how such “technologies” can yield significant carbon sequestration and other environmental benefits, and many more.Key to any consideration of what makes a community sustainable is the acknowledgement that there is no such thing as perfection. “Sustainability is a process of continuous improvement so communities constantly evolve and make changes to accomplish their goals,” reports Sustainable Communities Online, a web-based information and networking clearinghouse started in the 1990s by a broad coalition of sustainability-oriented organizations and managed by the Washington, DC-based non-profit CONCERN Inc. Those looking to learn more about sustainable communities and what makes them tick should be sure to check out sustainable.org, Sustainable Communities Online’s information-packed website.CONTACTS: NRDC Sustainable Communities, www.nrdc.org/sustainable-communities/; Institute for Sustainable Communities, www.iscvt.org; Sustainable Communities Online, www.sustainable.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Technology has changed how your members engage (and disengage) with your credit union

first_imgConsumers’ primary concern is whether they are getting the products and services they pay for. The financial services industry has a particularly big challenge, consumer’s perceptions of this sector took a big hit after the 2008 financial crash. Consumer disinterest turned to dislike, and the distance created by ATMs and online or mobile banking suits many consumers.Of the new entrants to the market, many have only ever really known their financial institutions digitally—that is, remotely. They are adults now and are rapidly building up families and money of their own. What this generation expects from a financial services provider is different. And, if you are seeing your members less and less, how will you ever know?For them, the convenience of having someone to talk to about opening an account is not convenient at all. They would rather do it on their own, online or on their phones. When they do talk to you, it is that way too – as, and when, they want, privately or publicly, online or via a mobile app.Additionally, these new consumers are driving change wherever they go. They are teaching their parents and changing how “banking” is done. No longer an errand, banking is now a phone function. Online penetration is close to 90% and smart phone penetration is getting there too, so it isn’t a “generational thing” at all. Fewer than half of all consumers now visit a branch at least once a month.And if they decide to “walk away” without giving you their new business, chances are you won’t even know they were considering your services.Many satisfaction and loyalty measurement programs were originally designed with the laudable goal of managing the interaction your branch staff have with your members. You may have already guessed the point, with less in-branch and more varieties of interactions, the satisfaction and loyalty measurement game has already changed!Satisfaction on the rise, or is it?While the Milken Institute reports that 85% of all transactions are now digital, satisfaction rates are climbing. Here are two important reasons:Some people enjoy their financial services relationships and love dropping into the local branch. These people are pushing up the in-branch ratings. Everyone else is conducting their financial business online.But it’s not just satisfaction with in-branch visits that are climbing. Those consumers using online channels are happier too. Consumers are enjoying the fact that technology reduces the need for in-branch visits and in-person interactions, plus it saves valuable time.A smile can win the day, so can showing you are trying hard. But are your higher scores showing you are actually winning them over online? The members you serve no longer have to see you or talk to you. They don’t have to ask you their questions because they have plenty of other options for advice, information, and the services you offer. They go quickly, quietly, and sometimes quite spontaneously.Disruption is a boon to some, a nuisance to others, and the death-knell to the purists and traditionalists. Your members have embraced the online and mobile revolution and it affects what they expect from you. When things are changing, trying harder and doing more of the tried-and-true is no recipe for success.Marble halls and mahogany counters—or slick, sleek modern spaces—are symbols of strength and vigor of a bygone era. The challenge today is how to evoke and communicate new images of performance, permanence, and security.You do have to deliver functionality, but it might not be enough on its own. Digital banking could put 35% of traditional banks’ market share up for grabs by 2020 in North America, according to Accenture Research. Apple Pay apparently already supports cards representing almost 90% of the U.S. credit card purchasing volume. The question may soon be: “What [’s in your] wallet?”This revolution drives the need for new tools to track and measure member engagement, tools that are designed around the new order of retail financial services. What matters today is the context of the engagement you have with your members and the population at large.“Satisfaction” measures a critical symptom, but just as critical are the expectations, needs, and perceptions. A stagnant marketplace may raise your “loyalty” scores. Your growth may lower them. Loyal members are forgiving and their strong loyalty may lead you to ignore flaws that prevent you from growing and flourishing. Exciting new products increase consumers’ willingness to recommend, but don’t guarantee their stickiness. What drives people to connect so powerfully they feel, cherish, and gladly celebrate the reciprocity that comes from working with you?This is the context that new member engagement tools need operate in. An example is the SEA Score™ from Informa Research Services. It provides key performance indicators and a strategic assessment in the form of a ratio reflecting your relative abilities to service and energize your members and to attract new business.The value equation is at the heart of members’ assessments of what they pay you for. Are you meeting their needs? Do they think you are? Consumers’ readiness to return, reuse, commit to you, and to support and promote you takes a certain level of “energy.” If they see the value, consumers will go out of their way. When they make an emotional investment, it creates a commitment, and they are less likely to back away, are happy to be seen promoting, will defend more eagerly, and will more readily support.When consumers are seizing opportunities to not engage with you, financial service providers who do not measure consumer engagement have no way of knowing their members are losing this connection with them. Nor do they know if their “invisible salesforce” is losing its energy.Relationships are built on the attitudes and intentions people have based on a combination of expectation and experience. Nothing stays the same. Certainly not member expectations. Are your members ready to dump you for the next best thing? 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sue Hines Sue Hines has over 30 years’ experience in satisfaction, loyalty and brand measurement, and consulting. She brings deep understanding of consumer mindset and the ties that bind people to what … Web: informaresearchservices.com Detailslast_img read more

McHenry calls for financial industry cybersecurity hearings

first_img continue reading » The ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee is requesting hearings on data security in the financial industry, including the role that regulators play in the oversight of data protection.“Over the last eight months, we’ve heard from chief executive officers and prudential regulators regarding the most significant issues facing the financial industry, and they all agree that cybersecurity and data protection are critical priorities,” Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), wrote in a letter Wednesday to Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).In the letter, McHenry cites the recent Capitol One data breach as evidence that the hearings are needed.McHenry requested that the hearings include an examination of third-party service providers—a thorny issue in the credit union community. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Congo confirms another Ebola case

first_imgJan 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that laboratory officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have confirmed a third case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.Laboratory analysis was performed at the DRC’s national lab in Kinshasa, a lab in Franceville, Gabon, and at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa, according to a Jan 2 statement from the WHO.The Ebola outbreak in Mweka district in Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province was first reported on Dec 26. Officials have not reported what subtype is involved in the outbreak.The WHO said it is aware of 36 suspected cases, including 12 deaths that might be associated with the Ebola virus outbreak. However the lab in Kinshasa previously detected some Shigella (bacterial) infections, so some of the patients may have other illnesses.Public health officials have identified 184 contacts of patients who have or had suspected Ebola infections and are monitoring their health status.The DRC’s last Ebola outbreak, in September 2007, also hit West Kasai province and also featured Shigella infections in some patients, according to previous reports. Seventeen cases and six deaths were reported in that outbreak.The highly contagious Ebola virus is associated with a high case-fatality rate, ranging from about 50% to 90%. Early symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hallmarks of Ebola infection include internal and external bleeding, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease.In other developments, Jose Van-Dunem, with Angola’s health ministry, told reporters today that Angola was closing part of its border with the DRC to block the spread of the virus, Reuters reported. The WHO, in an earlier statement on the outbreak, had said it had received no reports of international spread of the virus and advised countries not to impose trade or travel restrictions on the DRC.Van-Dunem said the border closure is in effect for Angola’s Lunda Norte province, which borders DRC’s West Kasai province.See also:Jan 2 WHO statementDec 29, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Ebola strikes Congo again”last_img read more

Hospitals not authorized to reveal lab results of COVID-19 patients: Bandung referral center

first_img“If we discharge them or move them to another room, that means their conditions have improved, and we can conclude that they tested negative,” Nina said. Meanwhile, one patient must stay another night in their current isolation room even though they have shown signs of improvement.“The Health Ministry is still observing [the patient],” Nina said. There have been 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia as of Wednesday. Three are located in West Java, which includes the first two confirmed cases. Yurianto said doctors had the responsibility to tell patients they had tested positive for the virus.“Doctors are not allowed to hold back any information, and patients have the right to know about their condition.” (dpk)Topics : “The situation would be different if we announced the [infected] city or hospital. We are following [ministry] rules. We can only reveal that we are still learning about the patients’ condition,” Nina stated, adding Hasan Sadikin Hospital had yet to receive the test results of suspected COVID-19 patients who had undergone treatment for over a week.Hasan Sadikin Hospital has placed 12 suspected COVID-19 patients under observation since Feb. 20. Most of those who were treated in isolation rooms were discharged after testing negative for the virus.Read also: Indonesia reports first death from COVID-19In the past week, the hospital has placed five new patients under observation. According to Nina, two would soon be discharged while another two would be moved to a different isolation room on Wednesday. Hospitals are not allowed to reveal the test results of COVID-19 patients, Hasan Sadikin Hospital president director Nina Susana Dewi has revealed.  During an interview with reporters on Wednesday, Nina explained that the government had made the policy to protect patients and avoid causing mass panic among the public. The hospital should wait for a statement from the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general, Achmad Yurianto, to reveal any information about a COVID-19 patient, including their test results.last_img read more

New Jersey to release some county jail inmates until coronavirus outbreak eases

first_imgNew Jersey said on Monday it plans to temporarily release low-risk inmates serving county jail sentences to limit the spread of the coronavirus, following similar moves by some cities and counties in the United States.The announcement followed an order on Sunday night by New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to suspend or commute sentences imposed for probation violations and municipal court convictions.The order will free up to 1,000 inmates, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey said. State Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal told a news conference they would be released no later than Tuesday morning. Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of 40 inmates from Rikers Island jail in light of the pandemic, and on Sunday said 23 more would be released.Other cities and counties across the United States are considering or have enacted similar policies.Last week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the county had taken steps since late February to reduce its jail’s population by 617 inmates. This was done by releasing inmates with less than 30 days on their sentences and by changing bail policies used to determine which arrestees would get a citation versus being booked into custody, he said.While many state prisons have taken steps to limit the spread of the virus such as banning visitors, they generally require a court order to release inmates. Federal prisons face similar restrictions, although President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would consider an executive order to release “totally nonviolent prisoners” from those facilities.An official with the union representing federal prison workers called on Attorney General William Barr to temporarily stop the movement of all prisoners between facilities until the virus can be contained.  Topics :center_img As a career prosecutor, Grewal said he “took no pleasure” in releasing inmates but that the move was warranted by the seriousness of the health risk. He also pointed to the infections that had taken hold in New York City jails.”We know and we’ve seen across the river that jails can be incubators for disease, so we have to take bold and drastic steps,” Grewal said, adding inmates would be under stay-at-home orders and complete their sentences once the crisis was over.Jails and prisons are scrambling to safeguard a captive population that includes many people with underlying medical problems.The United States has more people behind bars than any other nation, nearly 2.3 million as of 2017, including nearly 1.5 million in state and federal prisons and another 745,000 in local jails, according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics.last_img read more