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By Katarina Zimmer and Elise HansenOr, warbler near a fracking well.If you’re hiking near small streams in the forests of central Appalachia, you might spot a small brown-greyish bird with a spotted belly, flitting around and chirping near the water. If its tail is bobbing up and down, it’s likely to be the Louisiana waterthrush.“It’s such a cool bird,” said scientist Mack Frantz. “It looks like it’s doing a little dance all the time.”Frantz, a doctoral student at West Virginia University, would know: for six years, he has waded up and down headwater streams in West Virginia, in search of the bird to check on its nests. But his recent research doesn’t bode well for the little bird’s future.Thousands of feet beneath its wooded home lie some of the largest deposits of natural gas in the United States. Hard to get at, they can only be reached through hydraulic fracturing—fracking, the process of injecting fluid at high pressures to crack the underground rock and extract the gas. This can take its toll on wildlife at the surface. As Frantz’ study shows, this includes the Louisiana waterthrush.He and his colleagues found that in areas where fracking efforts have increased over time, fewer nests and fewer fledglings survived. A major reason is that the fracking process—and the infrastructure it requires—drives forest loss, fragments the bird’s habitat, and makes its survival more difficult. As a result, Frantz explained, “these areas of shale gas development are just not producing enough fledglings.”Leesia Marshall, an assistant ecology professor at Louisiana State University of Alexandria, who has been studying the bird for over a decade, says the findings are in line with her own observations. When studying fracking sites in Arkansas, she noticed the nests weren’t faring well: clutch sizes appeared to be smaller, and eggs weren’t hatching, she said.Marshall is concerned that the toxic chemicals used in the fracking process can contaminate streams in the waterthrush’s habitat. Her own study in 2015 found that birds near fracking sites accumulate high concentrations of these chemicals in their feathers, although it’s not clear exactly how these chemicals affect the health of the bird.Frantz’s study has implications beyond the Louisiana waterthrush. The bird is a so-called “bio-indicator” species, meaning that its health is a good indicator of the health of its ecosystem. It’s a “canary in the coal mine,” Frantz explained. “You couldn’t pick a better organism to see what the impact could be on other wildlife that haven’t been studied yet.”Erik Kiviat, executive director of environmental research non-profit Hudsonia, who has studied the potential effects of fracking, explains fracking might affect many species important for commercial reasons, like trout, mink, or American woodcock. “Many of those resources that sporting interests are harvesting are likely to be negatively impacted by fracking,” he said.Fracking can affect wildlife in different ways. There’s the problem of toxic wastewater if it isn’t properly stored. Some studies suggest negative effects on various fish species, including trout, exposed to chemicals used in the fracking process. And since the gas wells are quite salty, spills or leaks could release salty waste into freshwater streams and lakes, potentially impacting species that are adapted to freshwater habitats, Kiviat explained.There are also concerns about the potential impacts on human health. For the most part, these have to do with chemicals that can get into public water supplies. “There is a lot of controversy about how much that’s happening and how that’s happening,” Kiviat explained, “but there isn’t any question that it’s happening in some areas.”For instance, research in 2016 suggested that resident’s water wells in Pavillion, Wyoming, were contaminated with chemicals linked to fracking. There is a mounting concern around toxic chemicals known as “endocrine disruptors,” meaning they can interfere with the hormonal system of humans and wildlife, particularly in reproduction or development of aquatic animals. A study in 2016 found high concentrations of such chemicals in surface water near a disposal site for fracking wastewater in West Virginia. On top of that, the risk of spills or breaks in pipelines is ever-present.Regulations are in place to address some of these concerns, although the rules—and how well they’re enforced—vary by state. But in many ways, science has yet to catch up to fracking. Frantz’s study is one of the very few that looks specifically at impacts on wildlife in the real world, Kiviat noted.The industry has expanded rapidly within the last five or so years, and scientists—particularly ecologists and biologists, who need many years of data in order to reach effective conclusions—are just now beginning to study the potential impacts on wildlife.“We’ve not really got caught up yet,” says Marshall. “[Fracking] was like a gold rush. It started really fast.”As a result, researchers like Marshall are plunging into uncharted territory, trying to discern clues about the future of a practice that has already taken hold. Marshall likens fracking to an uncontrolled experiment. “We’re [allowing] a nation-wide experiment on what impact we’re going to have on wildlife.”While the waterthrush alone may not seem like much, Frantz believes it’s still cause for concern. The loss of any species could come at a cost to the ecosystem, he explained.“A bicycle has many parts, and that’s the same with an ecosystem,” he said. “Once you start to move some of the parts from the bike, it just may not operate the same way and it might have irreversible effects—or take decades to recover.”But these connections can also be a positive thing for conservation efforts. “If you protect a bird that requires clean water and forest, then every plant and animal in that water [and forest] is protected,” said Marshall. “So it’s not just about the one individual, it’s about all of them—and us too.”
Former Germany striker Mario Gomez has retired from football at the age of 34 after helping his first club Stuttgart win promotion back to the Bundesliga.He got his side’s only goal in a 3-1 defeat by Darmstadt 98 that still left Stuttgart in the second promotion spot.The five-time German champions finished behind Arminia Bielefeld to return to the top flight after one season away. “It was my last mission for VfB,” said Gomez. “I always dreamed of finishing my career here.”Gomez, who won 78 caps for Germany before retiring from internationals two years ago, started his club career at Stuttgart, winning the Bundesliga in 2006-07, before moving to Bayern Munich, where he won the Bundesliga twice more and the Champions League once.Spells with Fiorentina, Wolfsburg and Besiktas followed before he returned to Stuttgart in 2017-18.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Clemente scored her first points in the UAAP in the Lady Spikers’ 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22 victory over National University Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center, effectively putting her name on the board.After playing out her first four collegiate years with University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA, Clemente made the jump to the UAAP and enrolled in La Salle’s Master of Marketing Communication program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesClemente finished with five points in her third game with the Lady Spikers but she’s far from satisfied with her performance.“I got a little bit of confidence but I’m really not satisfied with how I played because there are still a lot of areas that I have to focus on,” said Clemente in Filipino. “The coaches always tell me not to be contented with how I play.” “It’s a big difference, I don’t want to compare, but it’s really harder here,” said Clemente. “My first goal is to adapt to the system of coach Ramil.” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Clemente scored her first point with a quick kill for the 22-all tie in the third set but her highlight play of the day came in the fourth set when she drilled Jennifer Nierva for the Lady Spikers’ 23-21 lead.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said that Clemente has yet to push her limits especially in the UAAP where games are longer due to rallies.“I think in the other league one attack and the play is finished, there’s no rally since Lourdes is already big and her limits haven’t been stretched,” said De Jesus in Filipino of the 6-foot-1 middle blocker.“She not only has to block, but she also has to anticipate what the opponents would do,” added De Jesus.Clemente admitted that she’s had a harder time in the UAAP since she’s also trying to quickly adapt to De Jesus’ system with De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ramil de Jesus frustrated with La Salle’s latest showing: You can’t blame mistakes on your opponents Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—It took some time but Lourdes Clemente finally made her impact for De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT
Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Caribbean needs to take a serious look at health security, which, he noted, is a critical area for the continued growth and development of tourism in the region. The initiative forms part of a regional tourism and health project, funded through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant, which promotes the development of a sustainable and profitable tourism product in the Caribbean. Minister Bartlett noted that with most countries in the region being heavily dependent on tourism, health security must be given priority. He pointed out that of the 22 countries in the Caribbean, 16 rely on tourism for more than 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Caribbean needs to take a serious look at health security, which, he noted, is a critical area for the continued growth and development of tourism in the region.“Health is such a key part of that chain of connection to secure the integrity and reputation of the destination and also earn a large amount of money. Out of it flows things like health tourism, which is now an economic activity that is one of the largest subsectors of commercial activity in tourism,” he noted.Minister Bartlett was addressing the recent launch of the Jamaica Tourism and Health Programme at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in St. James.Health security is defined as the activities required to minimise vulnerability to acute public health events that endanger the collective health of populations.Minister Bartlett noted that with most countries in the region being heavily dependent on tourism, health security must be given priority. He pointed out that of the 22 countries in the Caribbean, 16 rely on tourism for more than 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).“We, in the Caribbean, are the most tourism-dependent region on Earth. We have something to protect, and nothing damages international travel than health scares and health pandemics,” he argued.He added that health must be seen as an economic activity, as it impacts the value of tourism.Mr. Bartlett, in the meantime, said the Ministry is willing to partner with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Ministry of Health on research that will provide relevant data on health tourism, and food safety and security.“We want to do more, and I believe that providing data that you can measure and manage is critical in finding the solutions. We want to invest in research with you… we are willing to work with you. Let’s see how we can put together that research that is going to give us current data that will help to inform the management of our health arrangements in the region better,” he said.The Jamaica Tourism and Health Programme is a collaborative effort of the Ministries of Tourism and Health.The initiative forms part of a regional tourism and health project, funded through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant, which promotes the development of a sustainable and profitable tourism product in the Caribbean.
New Delhi: The government has initiated the second step for disinvestment of Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), inviting expression of interest from the prospective bidders to sell its stake in the helicopter PSU. The Centre is planning to exit Pawan Hans by selling its 51 per cent stake along with the transfer of management control. The Expression of Interest (EOI) window is open till August 22. Both the shareholders of PHL — the government and the ONGC will indemnify the contingent liabilities to the extent of over Rs 500 crore for the potential buyers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe renewed process had in fact gathered momentum with issuance of PIM (preliminary information memorandum) on July 11, 2019. Now, the government proposes to disinvest its entire equity shareholding of 51 per cent in the PHL by way of strategic disinvestment to investor(s) along with transfer of management control. The government has appointed SBI Capital Markets Limited (SBICAP) as its advisor to manage the strategic disinvestment process, DIPAM (Department of Investment and Public Asset Management) said in a notice. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostShortlisted Bidders (SBs) shall be provided with Request for Proposal in Stage II and would be required to submit their Financial Bid, SBI Caps said. After an unsuccessful attempt for sale of Pawan Hans earlier this year, the government provided indemnity to the potential buyers against contingent liability of over Rs 500 crore in the helicopter service company. The government had to make the bid document more attractive after discussions with investors on their concerns after the sale process of Pawan Hans failed to attract any suitor when the bidding ended on March 6. “It has been decided to indemnify the investors of the contingent liability of Rs 577 crore which relates to disputed tax demand,” an official said. The government holds 51 per cent stake in helicopter service provider Pawan Hans, and the remaining 49 per cent is with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). A total of 100 per cent stake in Pawan Hans, which has a fleet of 46 choppers, has been put on the block. Though the renewed process has just started, officials said as per estimates of advisers to the deal, a 100 per cent stake sale could fetch about Rs 1,100-Rs 1,200 crore to the government. This disinvestment process is to be implemented through open competitive bidding route. Accordingly, Expression of Interest (EOI) is invited to be submitted from interested bidders on or before August 22, 2019. Since the PIM was out earlier, the prospective bidders have sought clarity on Contingent Liabilities of PHL where they want to know: “Whereas it is clearly laid out that the Centre will indemnify the successful bidder for 51 per cent of the contingent liability – Rs 577 crore, there is no clarity for the remaining 49 per cent. Clarity on the balance 49 per cent will have a direct impact on the bidding price and hence some clarity is required on the same. It is expected that ONGC will provide the balance 49 per cent cover as they are obliged to sell at same terms as the government. SBI Caps has responded to that saying ‘It is clarified that ONGC on its board resolution dated July 26, 2019 has accorded to indemnify the balance 49 per cent (to the extent of its shareholding) of the contingent liability as identified in the PIM’.” Pawan Hans Ltd. is a Mini Ratna-I category Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and provides helicopter services for offshore operations, inter island transportation, connecting inaccessible areas, rescue work and tourism.
Barack Obama has wished the teams competing in the Invictus Games well, as Prince Harry staged a party to welcome those taking part in the sporting spectacle.Prince Harry addresses guests at the Invictus Games Welcome ceremonyCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The American President recorded a video message of support for the wounded servicemen and women who have been chosen to represent their nations in the Paralympics-style championships.Prince Harry also thanked the athletes, many with missing limbs or other serious injuries, for enthusiastically embracing the concept.The Foo Fighters rattled the windows of the US ambassador’s official residence, Winfield House in Regent’s Park, as they entertained hundreds of guests at the party held in the building’s sprawling garden.The President said in his pre-recorded message played to the crowds who included the teams, their families and supporters: “I know it’s going to be a fiercely competitive few days but the truth is that everyone of you in these games, every service member and veteran, has already earned our highest admiration and our deepest gratitude.“When your countries asked you to serve, to risk everything to protect our safety and our freedom, you and your families answered the call and just as you inspire us with your courage on the battlefield, your grit and resilience when you take the playing field, your incomparable souls inspire us today.”Before introducing the band he jokingly dubbed the “old people”, Prince Harry told the crowds: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of the competitors to London for the first Invictus Games.“Thank you, from me, for embracing the concept so enthusiastically and coming all this way – some further than others – you really have no idea what you’ve let yourselves in for.“As many of you know the idea was born from the US Warrior Games and therefore what better way to mark the start of the Games than at Winfield House.”More than 400 competitors, both serving military personnel and veterans, will go head to head in nine adaptive sports at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London over four days from Thursday.Teams have travelled from the USA, Denmark, Estonia, France and Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, Afghanistan, Georgia, New Zealand and Germany.Source:www.princehenryofwales.org
APTN National NewsPeople from the Kwakiutl First Nation on Vancouver Island have staged their second day of protests. This time, they’ve blockaded a BC Ferry Terminal on the island.The Kwakiutl say their rights over traditional lands are still not being recognized by the government.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith was at the demonstration.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #USmanstillmissingaftercrashlandinginocean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – There is no update on the search for a 57 year old man said to have gone missing in waters about 8 miles off West End, Grand Bahama Island when a small plane he was on, crash landed around noon last Thursday. A 60 year old woman was rescued from the water and eventually airlifted to the United States.The plane had come from the US, investigators surmised but it remained a mystery where the plane crashed landed exactly. US Coast Guard, Police and Customs were a part of the search and rescue operation; not only is the man missing at last report, but so is the aircraft.#MagneticMediaNews#USmanstillmissingaftercrashlandinginocean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp