Perspective: Increasing Blue Carbon around Antarctica is an ecosystem service of considerable societal and economic value worth protecting

first_imgPrecautionary conservation and cooperative global governance are needed to protect Antarctic blue carbon: the world’s largest increasing natural form of carbon storage with high sequestration potential. As patterns of ice‐loss around Antarctica become more uniform, there is an underlying increase in carbon capture‐to‐storage‐to‐sequestration on the seafloor. The amount of carbon captured per unit area is increasing and the area available to blue carbon is also increasing. Carbon sequestration could further increase under moderate (+1 °C) ocean warming, contrary to decreasing global blue carbon stocks elsewhere. For example, in warmer waters, mangroves and seagrasses are in decline and benthic organisms are close to their physiological limits, so a 1°C increase in water temperature could push them above their thermal tolerance (e.g. bleaching of coral reefs). In contrast, on the basis of past change and current research we expect that Antarctic blue carbon could increase by orders of magnitude.last_img read more


first_imgFuneral mass took place Dec. 16 at Sts. Joseph and Michael Church for John W Eng, 83, of Union City. He passed away Dec. 13. He was born in New York City and lived in Union City for many years. He was a truck driver for Millipore Co. in Ridgefield Park for many years retiring in 1996. He was the brother of Lily Donat, Joseph Eng and wife Nettie and the late Kim Yee. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Services arranged by the Leber Funeral Home, Union City.last_img

BakeMark UK

first_imgAs part of the Readi-Bake range, BakeMark UK (Wirral, Cheshire), supplier of bakery ingredients and frozen speciality bakery products, has launched two varieties of coconut macaroon.The Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroon and Cherry Coconut Macaroon are supplied ready-to-bake in pre-cut squares.BakeMark UK has also extended its selection of classic sweet treats, with chewy fruit flapjack, Belgian milk chocolate flapjack and a real butter shortbread.The shortbread bakes for approximately 20 minutes and is finished off with a sprinkle of sugar.last_img

Winter storm could drop several inches of snow on Michiana

first_imgPRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.TuesdayRain before 9 a.m., then rain and snow between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., then rain after 10 a.m. High near 39. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Google+ ThursdayCloudy, with a high near 24. Pinterest By Jon Zimney – February 24, 2020 0 543 (Photo supplied/National Weather Service of Northern Indiana) The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect Tuesday night, Feb. 25 – Wednesday night, Feb. 26 for St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall and Starke Counties in Indiana and Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties in Michigan.Snow is expected to begin late Tuesday night and continue through Wednesday evening….WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGHWEDNESDAY NIGHT…* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations in excess of 6 inches possible.* WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.* WHEN…From Tuesday evening through Wednesday night.* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning and evening commutes. Twitter FridayMostly cloudy, with a high near 25. SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 35.center_img WhatsApp Winter storm could drop several inches of snow on Michiana SaturdayMostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Facebook WhatsApp Tuesday NightRain and snow, becoming all snow after 11 p.m. Low around 30. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. WednesdaySnow. High near 32. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Twitter Google+ Previous articleKrispy Kreme to begin delivery option on Feb. 29Next articleAge Of Excellence Awards nominations are now open Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Feeling depress this year? You’re not alone

first_img Pinterest Google+ Feeling depress this year? You’re not alone Facebook (Photo supplied/Pixabay) Have you felt more stressed or depressed this year? You’re not alone.Carter Cramer, a psychiatric nurse practitioner at IU Health, says he’s seen an increase in the number of patients in 2020, and there’s many reasons for that.“With social distancing, people feel more isolated. People are more couped up in the house,” he said. “Some have lost their jobs, we’ve seen that too, in terms of patients presenting, and being incredibly worried about, how they’re going to afford their finances.”Cramer says more patients are coming in worried about the future too.“All of the unknowns of what is to come and how this will play out, plus they fear for their own health and how that could play out as well,” he said.There are many tips and advice Cramer is giving his patients, starting with taking life one day at a time, and not getting ahead of yourself. He adds that you should work on not thinking “worst case scenario” for everything.For those that have been stuck inside the house for the last four months, he suggests getting outside, enjoying the summer weather for a little bit, and maybe trying a new hobby.“Get creative,” he said. “That could be doing a puzzle, cooking, gardening, or getting a project done around the house.”Cramer also encourages you to exercise, even if it’s just taking a walk or doing a few pushups, and make sure you eat healthy.“Maybe you’re eating some junky food, which might feel good for ten minutes, but ultimately, it probably won’t help you feel any better. It can actually make your depression worse,” he said.Another reason more people are feeling stressed, depressed or angry is the news and constant conversations dominating our country. Cramer says it’s okay to take a break from the news.“A lot of my patients get upset about what they’re seeing on the news, and I think that brings on a lot of anxiety and panic attacks,” he said. “You can consume what you need to be an informed citizen, but don’t spend all day looking at that.”Cramer also says it doesn’t mean you have to delete your social media apps, mostly because Facebook, Twitter or Instagram can be a good thing.“They’re a wonderful source to converse with others, especially in these times, when we’re not really seeing people face-to-face as we normally do,” he said. “Definitely for our younger people, because that’s how they communicate, that’s how they get their news.” By Network Indiana – July 15, 2020 0 284 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBerrien County Health Dept. introduces COVID tool for employersNext articleWednesday is tax deadline day Network Indianalast_img read more

Organ Freeman Announces Brooklyn Performance As Part Of 2018 Winter Tour

first_imgLast Tuesday, Organ Freeman—the West Coast-based power-jazz/funk trio composed of Erik Carlson, Rob Humphries, and Trevor Steer—announced their return to Brooklyn, NY’s Knitting Factory for a headlining performance on Saturday, December 22nd, as part of their upcoming 2018 winter tour.For those who are unfamiliar, Organ Freeman is one of the most talented young bands in the contemporary funk and jazz scene. Based in Los Angeles, Organ Freeman has been making a name for themselves over the past few years with their slick and impressive live performances. It should come as no surprise that the band has spent extensive time cutting their teeth on the road with two of the best bands in live music: Umphrey’s McGee and Turkuaz.Organ Freeman w/ Mikey Carubba – “Don’t Eat Your Fingers” – 5/27/2018[Video: Organ Freeman]Organ Freeman has played in New York City several times before supporting The Main Squeeze, Twiddle, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in addition to an appearance at the 2016 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive. However, this upcoming Brooklyn show marks Organ Freeman’s second headlining show ever in New York City. The band made hit the Knitting Factory with The Turkuaz Horns for their NYC headlining debut in April of this year.See below for more information on Organ Freeman’s upcoming Brooklyn performance as well as the full listing of tour dates for their upcoming 2018 winter tour. To grab your tickets for their upcoming Brooklyn show, head here. For more information on the band, head to their website here.Date: Saturday, December 22nd, 2018Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Organ FreemanVenue: Knitting Factory – 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211Times: Doors – 7:00 PM / Show – 8:00 PMEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Is technology evil?

first_img Harvard initiative seen as a national model Allen took exception to that idea of neutrality, pointing out that technology grows out of human choices. “Every technology is a designed solution to a problem, seeking often to optimize something,” she said. “The choice about the problem and the choice of what to optimize is a decision. It is never neutral. That first priority-setting moment is incredibly important.” Recalling the era of Timothy Leary and rethinking the bad rap on psychedelic drugs Embedded EthiCS wins $150,000 grant Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Technology is as good or evil as those who create it and use it.That was the thorny consensus of a panel on the question of ethics in the digital world at a HubWeek event Wednesday in the Seaport District. Moderated by Harvard Business Review editor in chief Adi Ignatius, the group included computer scientist and entrepreneur Rana el Kaliouby, founder of Affectiva, and Danielle Allen ’01, James Bryant Conant University Professor.Ignatius opened the discussion at the event, sponsored by Harvard University, The Boston Globe, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a confession: He has shared photos of his granddaughter on social media to a far-flung network of friends, despite rising worries over the risk of identity theft, illicit use of such images, future embarrassment, other privacy issues, and the lack of consent. He has drawn significant criticism for this, he noted, owing to the mushrooming sense that technology is “dark,” or ill-intentioned.El Kaliouby, whose company develops emotion-recognition software, took up Ignatius’s case, arguing that such a condemnation is simplistic. However, she did add a caveat to her defense: Internet communities — such as Facebook — have become nearly ubiquitous and have gathered a lot of our data without our really being aware of the implications. “I don’t think we’ve really thought through data privacy, issues of consent, and the conversation around unintended uses of this technology,” she said.Allen, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, enlarged on this point. Social media has made us all “public persons,” akin to celebrities who give up their privacy, to some extent, in return for exposure, she said. (She added that she never shares pictures of her children.)Technology itself is “neutral, by and large,” continued el Kaliouby, when asked what role the platforms and the programs beneath them play. She pointed to the use of algorithms such as the ones her firm has developed. Emotion-detection software can be useful in mental health care, for example, but it also can be weaponized in surveillance. “We need to all come to the table and agree what’s fair use and what’s not.” “Every technology is a designed solution to a problem, seeking often to optimize something. The choice about the problem and the choice of what to optimize is a decision. It is never neutral.” — Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professorcenter_img Embedding ethics in computer science curriculum That may be so, agreed el Kaliouby, but often that first priority is benign, if not downright humanitarian. With Affectiva, for example, her priority was to help children with autism recognize facial cues to ease their social interactions. “We developed a software development kit for this emotion-recognizing software — and very quickly we learned, yes, people are applying it in all sorts of different ways,” she said. “We had to go back and revise our terms and conditions,” mandating that it be used only with consent (i.e., people had to opt in, rather than opt out).One danger, Allen said, lies in how people tend to trust technology instead of their own instincts. What we need to keep in mind, she said, is that our computers are as flawed as we are, particularly since humans are responsible for not only creating these technologies but also for feeding in data that may be biased or poorly chosen. Calling on technologists and the public alike “to recognize the distinctly human role that, as of now, machines are not even close to usurping — choice of purpose,” she stressed human responsibility. “Our first responsibility is to choose the purposes for our machines,” as we do for our laws and other tools, she said.Ultimately, the two agreed, the issues surrounding ethics in technology need to be viewed as ongoing, a part of the process rather than a one-time question. “You have to have a process for repeated iterative risk assessment,” stressed Allen.In addition, said el Kaliouby, ethics training and consideration have to be woven into the process. “You can’t get away by saying you’re just the technologist,” she said. “There have to be design elements in how we approach this — how we think about designing and building these technologies.“There’s a lot of potential for doing amazing things,” she said. “I think of AI as a partnership for us to be safer, more productive, and healthier. We just, as a society, have to commit to using it that way.” Michael Pollan wants to change your mind Program aims to make everyday technology more ethical Relatedlast_img read more

Pandemic pushes mental health to the breaking point

first_imgThat strain, Feist and Duckworth said, is having a damaging impact on the health care field. Duckworth said the equivalent of a “whole medical school class” of physicians is lost to suicide every year, while Feist said surveys of nurses and doctors show that many are considering leaving the field in the next two to five years.“We already have a nursing shortage and physician shortage in this country, but because of the burnout and mental exhaustion and now, frankly, the trauma they’re experiencing on a daily basis, I think it’s only human that we will see an exodus from the profession, despite their calling to go into it,” Feist said. “This has become an occupational hazard for nurses and physicians, to sacrifice their mental well-being in exchange for taking care of patients.” Study says these ties have more weight because we are less interconnected these days Long after vaccines have tamed COVID-19’s physical impacts, its mental health effects will linger, a panel of experts said Wednesday, citing increased anxiety and depression, accelerated retirements of burnt-out doctors and nurses, and continuing emotional fallout for low-wage workers who toiled despite increased risks at grocery stores, food processing plants, and other essential businesses.Experts from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation gathered for an hourlong online discussion of what may be one of the pandemic’s most painful if lesser-recognized effects.COVID-19’s most severe physical impacts have been felt by the elderly, the experts said, but some of its worst mental health effects have emerged in children — isolated from friends and missing educational opportunities when they should be striking out and finding out about themselves — and young adults, many of whom are struggling with reduced wages and lost jobs layered on child-care and elder-care responsibilities.“COVID is impacting the older age group more, but anxiety and depression are being faced by the young adults much more, which is exactly the opposite of what we’ve seen in some of the earlier crises,” according to Shekhar Saxena, professor of the practice of global mental health and former director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. “It’s the young adults and the children who are being impacted and the effects are going to be long-lasting.”Ken Duckworth, NAMI’s chief medical officer, said that data showed that about one in five Americans suffered from some sort of mental illness before the pandemic, and that number is now two in five. Virtually every country has reported disruption in mental health services, though in some cases, as in the U.S., telehealth services have expanded to fill some of the void. “The past year has been terribly damaging to our collective mental health. There is no vaccine for mental illness.” — Michelle Williams, dean of Harvard Chan School COVID’s triple whammy for Black students Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not alone Disruption of work relationships adds to mental-health concerns during pandemiccenter_img Chan School’s Koenen discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era More risk of physical, psychological damage, less access to health care unevenly tip scales “It’s very clear through a very comprehensive CDC study, that that number is over two in five [Americans], for anxiety, depression, trauma. We’re seeing more kids visit emergency rooms and more kids receiving services,” Duckworth said, adding that, according to calls to the NAMI helpline, there’s also a substantial increase in people seeking help navigating the mental health care system for themselves or a loved one. “Across the board, we’re seeing that the pandemic has had a very substantial mental health impact.”The event, “Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19,” was presented by the Chan School and NAMI. Chan School Dean Michelle Williams introduced the discussion, saying that even before the pandemic, mental health care was an area of need in the U.S. Now, after months of “the dire strain we are all under,” it has become even more acute, particularly among the young and disadvantaged.“The past year has been terribly damaging to our collective mental health,” Williams said. “There is no vaccine for mental illness. It will be months, if not years before we are fully able to grasp the scope of the mental health issues born out of this pandemic. Long after we’ve gained control of the virus, the mental health repercussions will likely continue to reverberate.”,The event also included Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology Karestan Koenen, as well as two NAMI ambassadors. One of the ambassadors, actress DeWanda Wise, spoke of her own struggles with mental health and how counseling still provides important support today. The other ambassador, Cleveland Browns lineman Chris Hubbard, detailed his own mental health struggles from the perspective of a Black man in a field that values toughness. Hubbard said he sought help after anxiety about performing his best on the field spilled into his non-football life.“A lot of us guys think ‘We’re OK,’ but we’re just as human as anyone else,” Hubbard said.Corey Feist, co-founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, established after the suicide of New York emergency room physician Lorna Breen in April, said society needs to support the people who have been, in essence “running into the burning building” every day of the pandemic. Feist, who is Breen’s brother-in-law, said he’s working on congressional legislation to increase funding and promote mental health best practices as a way to help frontline workers who have borne the pandemic’s mental strain. Relatedlast_img read more

There’s Never Been a Film About Growing Up Like “Boyhood”

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York So many movies have been about time—whether time travel or time passing or just marking time—but none has come close to capturing the essence of a life time like the stunning new film by Richard Linklater, the brilliant cinematic masterpiece called “Boyhood,” now playing in theaters around our region.Begun in 2002, it took 12 years to complete; it takes 164 minutes to watch. That length would make it daunting by Hollywood standards, but not once while I saw it did I ever feel I was, pardon the expression, wasting my time. In fact, by the time it was over, I wanted more. I wanted it to last even longer.The theme of time has always fascinated Linklater. He is best known in indie circles for directing the romantic trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy: “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight.” As a poignant chronicle of a couple’s courtship and conflict, we see them first meet on a train in Vienna, then reconnect by chance nine years later in Paris, and last, but not least, wind up their vacation in Greece as a middle-aged married pair with daughters.“Boyhood” takes a different approach. We first meet Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, when he’s six. By the end of the film he’s 18. Linklater used his own daughter, Lorelie, who was then nine, to play Mason’s older sister. Their father is played by Ethan Hawke, their mother is Patricia Arquette. Linklater shot a few days a year for a dozen years. Indeed, his first working title was “Twelve Years,” but he had to rethink that once the Oscar-winning film, “12 Years a Slave” came out. Considering “Boyhood” is mostly from Mason’s point of view, this title works well.At the movie’s Sundance premiere, Linklater said he had figured out the film’s structure early on.“By the second year, I knew the last shot of the movie,” he said, “but even though I had a contour for this movie, it was always going to go where they went.” “They” meaning his dedicated actors.“It wasn’t possible for me to fathom it,” said Coltrane in the film’s production notes. After all, he was really only six when it started. “It wasn’t for several years that it really began to sink in just what the film was or why it was so different.”At one point several years into the project, Linklater’s daughter came to him and actually asked if her character could “die.” No dice, said her director dad. But he did admit that just as the actors’ roles changed physically and emotionally so too did the plot have to evolve.“In a way, the film became a collaboration with time itself, and time can be a pretty good collaborator, if not always a predictable one,” Linklater said.We first meet Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, when he’s six. By the end of the film he’s 18. (Boyhood/Facebook)As a first-grader, Mason nestles next to his mom in bed while she reads “Harry Potter” to him and his sister. His hair is then a cute mop top. Later he’s got a crew-cut (the brutal barbering courtesy of his step-dad); and finally, as a college freshman, he’s got a scruffy beard and an earring. But the changes come naturally.The cinematic transitions are lyrical and elliptical, not jarring and truncated. It requires that you pay close attention, as any great artwork demands of its viewers, but it’s done seductively. You see Mason’s mom flirt with her college professor and in the next scene they’re returning from their honeymoon. For a second you think it was their first date—but you quickly realize how much time has transpired.Linklater clearly owes a debt to acclaimed British director Michael Apted, who blazed this trail with his groundbreaking documentary series starting in 1964 with “7 Up,” in which he interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old British children. Then, at seven year intervals, he’d film them again, with his most recent called, “56 Up.” The project started when Apted was 22 and just out of college. At first the series was intended to be an examination of class differences in the UK, but it evolved into a study of personality development, and whether character is indeed destiny. Never has the adage “the child is father to the man” been so revealed.But “Boyhood” also reflects the expressionistic sensibility of the great French New Wave directors, Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer, by the evocative way Linklater never hammers a point home.Truly telling, he doesn’t land on the cliché milestones—no weddings, no funerals. No traditional rites of passage.“What I am thinking about is the memory of what feels real,” he told the Washington Post’s Michael Cavanna. “This is a film about remembrance.”Some scenes are acutely wrenching, some enchanting, all are touching, at some level. And, surprisingly, at times I felt a palpable tension, perhaps from years of watching heavy-handed Hollywood melodramas and expecting the worst. Linklater toys with that feeling, too, because just as in life, you never know what could happen next—you just hope for the best.“Boyhood” artfully interweaves so many themes—childhood, parenthood, marriage, divorce, anger and love—with spot-on performances it’s no wonder that the film has already won awards at Berlin, Seattle and South by Southwest film festivals, and should garner many more before this award season is through. In Linklater’s skilled hands, a fluid string of intimate moments that comprise a life are captured cinematically, held for a precious moment, and then let go, as all moments must be.last_img read more

5 banking predictions for 2015: Card security, savings rates and more

first_imgby: Simon ZhenThe start of the new year means we’re once again anticipating new banking trends. In 2015, we believe we’ll see enhancements and upgrades to our existing financial accounts so that our ability to grow, protect and manage our money, experiences significant improvements.Last year, we were accurate with 4 out of our 5 banking predictions and we’re looking to improve our success rate in 2015. Here are MyBankTracker’s 2015 banking predictions:Prediction #1: Breaches taken more seriously by banksThere’s no doubt that payment card breaches took the spotlight in 2014 — millions of consumer debit and credit card accounts were compromised. Month after month, another retailer would reveal that it was a victim of a data breach that jeopardized customer information. We wouldn’t be surprised if you had an account or two affected by these breaches.So far, many affected retailers have offered free credit protection plans to affected consumers for just one year. Meanwhile, banks and credit card issuers have fronted the costs of these data breaches. For instance, it costs money to reissue new cards and provide refunds on unauthorized purchases.In 2015, it is already certain that credit cards in the U.S. will start to see widespread use of EMV-chip credit cards to improve card security. Bearing the initials for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the chip secures digital payment information whenever you use your credit card for a purchase. Major card payment companies (i.e., American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa) are requiring stores and card issuers to offer them by October 2015. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more