Amazon infrastructure puts 68% of indigenous lands / protected areas at risk: report

first_img68 percent of the indigenous lands and protected natural areas in the nine nations encompassing the Amazon region are under pressure from roads, mining, dams, oil drilling, forest fires and deforestation, according to a new report by RAISG, the Amazonian Geo-referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network.Of the 6,345 indigenous territories located within the nine Amazonian countries surveyed, 2,042 (32 percent) are threatened or pressured by two types of infrastructure activities, while 2,584 (41 percent) are threatened or pressured by at least one. Only 8 percent of the total are not threatened or pressured at all.In the case of the 692 protected natural areas in the Amazon region, 193 (28 percent) suffer three kinds of threat or pressure, and 188 (27 percent) suffer threats or pressure from two activities.“These are alarming numbers: 43 percent of the protected natural areas and 19 percent of the indigenous lands are under three or more types of pressure or threat,” said Júlia Jacomini, a researcher with the ISA, Instituto Socioambiental, an NGO and RAISG partner. Already completed and proposed infrastructure projects, along with infrastructure investment plans, either directly threaten or put pressure on 68 percent of the indigenous lands and protected natural areas in the Amazon region, according to a newly published report prepared by the Amazonian Geo-referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG), a group of specialists from NGOs and other organizations within six Amazon region countries.The data sets are presented in the form of six maps, each corresponding to an infrastructure-related activity or practice present in the Amazon, including transport (ie. roads), energy (ie. hydroelectric dams), mining, oil, deforestation and fires. The 2019 edition takes account of development in the headwaters of Amazonian rivers, information not included in past reports. The nine nations evaluated are Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Guiana, Suriname and French Guiana.RAISG reveals that, of the 6,345 indigenous territories located within the nine Amazonian countries surveyed, that 2,042 (32 percent) are threatened or pressured by two types of infrastructure activities, while 2,584 (41 percent) are threatened or pressured by at least one. Only 8 percent of the total are not threatened or pressured at all.In the case of the 692 protected natural areas in the region, 193 (28 percent) suffer three kinds of threat or pressure, and 188 (27 percent) suffer threats or pressure from two activities.“These are alarming numbers: 43 percent of the protected natural areas and 19 percent of the indigenous lands are under three or more types of pressure or threat. The data demonstrate that the implementation of infrastructure works in the region clash with the way of life of the people in those areas, as well as [with] the preservation of both,” said Júlia Jacomini, a researcher with the ISA, Instituto Socioambiental, an NGO and RAISG partner.last_img read more

The Ocean Cleanup successfully collects ocean plastic, aims to scale design

first_imgArticle published by Sue Palminteri 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 The Ocean Cleanup announced that it has created a device that successfully captures plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.The device has undergone many design iterations, each stage facing criticism from oceanographers, environmentalists, and plastic pollution specialists for its feasibility, durability, safety, and allocation of funding.The group now plans to increase the size and quantity of their devices with the goal of one day ridding the ocean of most of its plastic debris. On October 2nd, the Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup announced that it has successfully developed a device that can capture and collect ocean plastic, moving the organization closer to its goal of eventually cleaning up some 90% of plastic waste that pollutes the ocean.Amidst a sea of praise and abundant criticism from the scientific community, the Ocean Cleanup will now begin work on System 002, the 600-meter (1,969-foot) “scaled-up” version of the current 160-meter (525-foot) System 001/B test design. The group plans to deploy around 60 devices into the open ocean once testing is complete.Plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch successfully accumulated in test System 001/B with The Ocean Cleanup vessel waiting in the distance. Image courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup.The problem of plasticsPlastic has crept into almost every item we use today, from cars to clothes to medical devices. In 2017, the world produced almost 350 million tons of plastic, and, since plastic doesn’t biodegrade until a thousand years after it is discarded, we now have over 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste sitting in landfills and polluting natural land and marine environments across the globe.“We are putting a dumpster-load full of plastic trash in the ocean every minute,” said Bonnie Monteleone, ​Executive Director of the Plastic Ocean Project.According to Monteleone, plastics have turned up virtually everywhere, transported by air, rain, and snow. In the ocean, plastic can look like food to marine life. Not only is it dangerous and potentially deadly for animals to munch on synthetic materials rather than food, it also increases the amount of toxins in marine life and humans who eat seafood.The ocean’s five gyres easily and abundantly trap debris in their circulating currents.The largest accumulation of ocean plastics is in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre between Hawaii and Northern California. An estimated 79,000 tons of ocean plastic pollutes the 1.6 million square kilometer (617,763 square mile) area, a size roughly equivalent to Alaska. The GPGP is not, as often believed, one large floating island of circulating plastic. Instead, large ropes and tiny fragments of bottle caps alike are suspended at all layers of the water column. For this reason, the exact amount of trash in the GPGP has been difficult to quantify and has attracted researchers to the area since its discovery in 1997 by oceanographer and boat captain Charles J. Moore.Cleanup design iterationsBefore founding The Ocean Cleanup in 2013, Boyan Slat suggested his idea, consisting of 24 large devices anchored to the sea floor, would allow the GPGP to “clean itself” in just five years.Slat’s initial concept design was anchored to the sea floor and had arms that extended many miles into the open ocean. The design has since undergone many changes. Screenshot taken from Slat’s 2012 presentation at TEDxDelft.Slat’s idea caught the eye of donors and environmental activists. Just two years later, he had raised over $2 million and put together a team of volunteers to assist with research and design. In June 2014, Slat presented The Ocean Cleanup’s first feasibility study and an altered cleanup design consisting of over 50 kilometers (31 miles) of a floating barrier. This design, like the original, would be anchored to the bottom of the ocean and allow the gyre’s rotating current to push the plastic into the barrier.This design immediately generated criticism about the system’s feasibility. According to Charles Moore, a passive device with long extended arms was never a viable design. “His fantasy was that [the gyre] has a radius…” Moore said, “so [he would] create an arm equal to the radius of the circular current system… and collect all the trash. And of course, he found out he couldn’t do that.”According to oceanographer Clark Richards, the project was poorly researched from the start. In January, Richards posted a blog about The Ocean Cleanup’s idea, explaining that gyres’ currents are considered rotary because of their general movements over long periods of time. On any given day, though, the currents can flow at various speeds and directions.“What TOC [is] trying to do is to harness a very chaotic and unpredictable environment (the ocean and the atmosphere) to do something predictable and consistent. In my view, this is bound to fail,” Richards told Mongabay. “Even if the physics works in their favour most of the time, all it will take is one storm, with wind and waves and current not aligned the way they have designed, and the system will ‘lose’ all the debris that it has accumulated up to that point,” he said.In August 2016, The Ocean Cleanup removed one of its battered prototypes from the North Sea after just two months of testing, but the group continued its efforts.“You research, you test, you sometimes fail, and then you learn and you repeat until you make it work,” said Slat in May 2017 during an event to announce a complete re-design of the system.Hype and hope: Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup Boyan Slat speaks during The Next Phase Event in May, 2017. Many in the scientific community take issue with claims that frame The Ocean Cleanup as a solution to plastic pollution and redirect money and time away from proven endeavors. Image courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup.The new design Slat announced that night was now free-floating, with no collection platform or sea-floor anchor. The idea behind this design was for the device to move with the currents, but at a slower rate than the plastic, allowing debris to bump into the device’s C-shaped arms and accumulate until a vessel arrived to take the plastic back to shore. Due to the smaller nature of this device, a fleet of devices would be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Slat claimed they could manufacture the systems quickly and individually, slowly scaling up to the full fleet of devices he hoped would populate the ocean.By August 2017, The Ocean Cleanup had locked in its design and began procuring materials, and in May 2018, construction on System 001—dubbed “Wilson”—had begun. It wasn’t until July 2018, two months before the scheduled launch date, that The Ocean Cleanup disclosed the design of the device being built in San Francisco had again changed. This version would speed up to corral the plastic instead of slowing down to let the ocean “clean itself.”Conceptual explanation of The Ocean Cleanup’s approach to collecting, retaining, and removing plastic trash from an ocean gyre. The system has met technological challenges, prompting the group to redesign it through multiple iterations. Video by The Ocean Cleanup.In September 2018, five years after its founding, The Ocean Cleanup launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system into the open water. Wilson reached the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on October 3. Seven weeks later, The Ocean Cleanup released a blog that stated they were having trouble retaining plastic in the device’s arms, and in December an 18-meter (59-foot) end section of the device broke off into the water. Wilson was towed back to shore.“Although we would have liked to end the year on a more positive note, we believe these teething troubles are solvable, and the cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be operational in 2019,” Slat wrote in The Ocean Cleanup’s December 31st blog.Richards and other scientists were not as surprised. “There is a saying in oceanographic fieldwork: if you get your gear back, it was a successful program. If it recorded data – that’s icing on the cake,” he wrote in a January blog post.A new designAfter towing Wilson back to shore, The Ocean Cleanup moved quickly to solve issues with its design. In June 2019, it launched a new test into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, called System 001/B, to experiment with different collection options.  After two months of testing, The Ocean Cleanup concluded that using a parachute as an anchor to slow down the device allowed the system to successfully retain plastic until a vessel arrived to carry the debris back to land. However, some plastic was being caught between the device and the screen that hangs in the water to collect the debris.On October 2nd during a press conference, Slat announced that The Ocean Cleanup had developed a solution to this issue and their device was, for the first time, successfully catching and retaining plastic. According to Slat, their next steps would be to commence the scale-up process, in which they increase the size of their device to the intended 600 meters (1,969 feet), and focus on improving long-term durability of the device as well as its ability to retain plastic for longer periods of time. The scale-up process also involves eventually upgrading to a fleet of around 60 devices.The successful System 001/B design includes an underwater parachute to ensure the device drifts at a slower speed than plastic debris, and a screen suspended between the floaters that captures plastic pushed into it by the wind. The issue of plastic being caught in the “Twilight Zone” was resolved by increasing the height of the cork line. Image courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup.“…our vision is attainable and … the beginning of our mission to rid the ocean of plastic garbage, which has accumulated for decades, is within our sights,” said Slat.Controversy over claimsMany scientists and activists take issue with claims such as this that frame The Ocean Cleanup as a solution to plastic pollution and redirect money and time away from proven endeavors. Monteleone, who initially supported Slat, said she could not back an organization that inflated expectations to the impossible.“Number one, you have no idea how much plastic is out there for you to even make such a claim,” said Monteleone. “Number two, it’s not just at the surface, it’s all through the water column, so there’s no way that you can clean it all up. And number three, it continues to come into the ocean, so there’s this constant influx of more debris. Unfortunately, I think he understood that if he told people some hyperbole, that they would then throw more money at it.”After years of such criticism from the scientific community, The Ocean Cleanup recently updated its website last week to re-frame their goals, stating that it “aim[s] to cleanup 90% of ocean plastic pollution.”From its own research, The Ocean Cleanup had estimated that 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic float in the garbage patch, and the majority is on the surface. Still, Moore, who advised Slat on the 2015 “Mega Expedition” conducted with the Transpac sailing race, pointed out that this and other tests like it are only snapshot surveys of a vast issue, many years in the making. He agreed that there are better ways to use resources.“It’s evil because it’s robbed funding from every serious effort to stem the tide of plastic pollution,” Moore told Mongabay. “People go out looking for funding and [hear] ‘Oh, no, we’re supporting Boyan because he’s got the real solution.’”The Ocean Cleanup team doesn’t think that the cleanup device should be the only effort to solve plastic pollution, but rather motivation to work towards other solutions in conjunction with removing the current debris.“It is, of course, essential to prevent more plastic from reaching the oceans, but that is not a solution for the plastics already trapped in the currents of the gyres,” the team said. “It is not a decision of either cleanup or prevention, we need to work on both cleanup AND prevention…”Monteleone also worries about the consequences of adding devices, which are themselves made of plastic, to the ocean. “My fear is, you put 60 of these things out there, and they really have a high probability of becoming marine debris,” she said.Plastic prevention and other optionsThe need for plastic prevention is echoed by many throughout the environmental community.“People like a [cleanup] ‘solution’ because it takes the focus on the problem away from the real cause (over-production and consumption of plastic and poor global waste management), which requires major and systemic changes in how society functions,” said Richards.Dianna Cohen, CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition (of which The Ocean Cleanup is a member organization), remembered her own desire to clean up plastic ocean debris earlier in her career, and how she re-centered her efforts on keeping it out of the ocean and reducing its use as much as possible.Cohen also emphasized the need for systematic change. “I’d like to see extended producer responsibility and policy and legislation that hold these companies and corporations accountable to take back all of their packaging… And I’d like to see a shift to thinking reusable instead of disposable.”Moore agreed. “All the end-of-the-pipe solutions are just window dressing, and the actual solutions are going to come from radical changes in our economic and political system that can stem the production and distribution of impossible to recover materials,” he said.Without fully abandoning the “clean up” concept, Monteleone suggested another use for their technology: moving the devices to the mouth of rivers.Moore agreed this idea offered the device’s greatest potential. “The only thing that it could possibly be good for is trapping stuff with the mouths of urban rivers,” he added. The Ocean Cleanup has just, in fact, added this approach to their website, suggesting the group is responding to ideas from the scientific community.Research has shown that rivers are the largest source of ocean plastics, carrying 67 percent of the total amount of plastic that enters the ocean. Most of the top 20 polluting rivers are located in Asia, where many developed countries send their trash and recyclables.Monteleone stated that the technology applied to rivers would be an opportunity to teach the communities about plastic waste as well as stopping it before it enters the open ocean.“We need to help these countries with their waste management, that’s mostly our [waste] anyway,” she said.center_img Environment, Marine, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Plastic, Pollution, Technology, Waste, Wildtech last_img read more

49ers notes: How badly hurt are tackles Staley, McGlinchey?

first_imgCARSON — Left tackle Joe Staley walked out of the 49ers locker room with a brace on his injured right knee and a glum look on his face, casting concern over the 12th-year veteran’s status.Staley declined comment and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he did not yet know the severity of Staley’s injury following Sunday’s 29-27 loss to the Chargers.Right tackle Mike McGlinchey also sustained a first-half knee injury, and when the 49ers opened the second half, they had backup tackles protecting …last_img read more

MH370: Could debris be on WA’s south-west coast?

first_imgMalaysia has asked for help from around the rim of the Southern Indian Ocean, including WA’s south-west coast, to find possible debris from MH370 but urged caution after several false leads. Yesterday the Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at the University of Western Australia reiterated that the current modelling indicated that debris from MH370 could have washed up on the south-west coast of WA. Missing ID plate delays identificationWorld’s Safest Airlines “Computer modelling predicts that debris from MH370 have the possibility of washing ashore along the south-west coast of Australia.”That modelling shows that debris could have also washed up as far as South Australia and Tasmania. However it is unknown how much possible debris there would be still floating from the loss of MH370.Searchers are currently looking for MH370 1800km to the west and south of Perth, Western Australia in a 120,000sq km search zone.In April last year a piece of debris was found on a beach 10km east of Augusta in Western Australia but it was from a light plane. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told the AFP that civil aviation authorities were reaching out to their counterparts in other Indian Ocean territories to be on the lookout for further debris that could provide “more clues to the missing aircraft”.However he said that Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation was contacting authorities urging them to allow experts “to conduct more substantive analysis should there be more debris coming on to land, providing us more clues to the missing aircraft”.“I urge all parties to allow this crucial investigation process to take its course. I reiterate this is for the sake of the next of kin of the loved ones of MH370 who would be anxiously awaiting news and have suffered much over this time,” Mr Liow told AFP. “We will make an announcement once the verification process has been completed.”On Sunday the UK SkyNews reported that a very small aircraft door or panel had been discovered but it turned out to be part of a ladder.Separately Mr Liow confirmed in an official statement that the flaperon found last week on Reunion Island had been “officially identified” as from a Boeing 777.That verification came from the joint investigative team of Boeing, the US National Transportation Safety Board, Malaysian and French authorities set up to establish the origins of the flaperon.A key identification tag that would link the flaperon immediately to a particular aircraft is missing so a more forensic investigation is required.Confirmation of what aircraft it belongs to is expected Thursday.last_img read more

Ethical buying power: Coffee, chocolate and Fairtrade

first_imgFairtrade is a common-good philosophy that aids better trading conditions for producers and the export of their products (particularly in Africa). In addition, it promotes sustainability associated with trade and in the manufacturing sector. It works by holding both manufacturer and consumer to higher social and environmental standards. While most (96%) Fairtrade products are agricultural goods, such as coffee, cocoa, bananas, cotton, sugar and flowers, others with Fairtrade certification include clothing, cosmetics, gold and consumable goods, such as soft drinks, wine and ice cream. (Image: Creative Commons)• Cadbury Fairtrade choc now in South Africa• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture• Africa dismantling trade barriers • Africa has huge growth potential for e-commerce CD AndersonWhat is Fairtrade? Fairtrade is a non-governmental organisation that sources and co-ordinates the ethical certification of products and their producers. It is aimed at promoting equality and sustainability in farming sectors in the developing world, including Africa, Middle East and South America.Dating back to the 1960s, Fairtrade began with small initiatives by individuals and communities who wanted to make a difference in developing countries. They sought to buy their products in an ethical manner, through paying fair prices, establishing direct trading partnerships with these producers and sharing knowledge and information on production, market and quality requirements.In the 21st century, the Fairtrade philosophy has become a worldwide trend, with Fairtrade practices on every continent, in all regions.Fairtrade is finding traction in Africa and South Africa, where support for local farmers and small-scale is a meaningful contributor to employment and the economy. Throughout the process, from the labour used to manufacture the products, the contents of the products and the selling mechanisms used to market the final product, Fairtrade promotes the equality and sustainability of small-scale agriculture, trade and manufacturing.Infographic by Sifiso Nkabinde What products are Fairtrade? A product that carries the Fairtrade certification stamp has met the organisation’s rigorous standards. These insist that profits from the sale of Fairtrade goods must be worked back to producers and farmers to improve labour conditions, promote sustainable, environmentally friendly farming and manufacturing techniques, and invest back into the business and its people.While most (96%) Fairtrade products are agricultural goods, such as coffee, cocoa, bananas, cotton, sugar and flowers, they include clothing, cosmetics and beauty products, gold and consumable goods, such as soft drinks, wine and ice cream.Popular companies that produce or use Fairtrade products in their manufacturing include American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, chocolatier Cadbury’s and over 100 global clothing retailers. In South Africa, Fairtrade products made locally and from Africa include Ciro coffee, Cadbury’s and several established and emerging wine farms, including Fairvalley, House of Mandela and Palesa. Fairtrade products are available from Woolworths – one of Brand South Africa’s 2015 Top 10 Most Valuable Brands – selected specialist food stores and some larger retail supermarkets.Fairtrade quick facts • More than half the bananas sold in Switzerland are products of Fairtrade.• A quarter of all flowers sold in Germany are sourced by Fairtrade.• While the hallmark of Fairtrade has been the export from source country to another region, over the last four years there has been an increase in domestic sales, keeping the Fairtrade cycle local.• Demand for Fairtrade products is growing exponentially in Brazil, India and Kenya.Source: Fairtrade South Africa The business of Fairtrade: the triple bottom line Fairtrade is based on the non-traditional commercial framework of the triple bottom line. Unlike the more traditional profit or loss bottom line, it looks at three levels of impact of products manufactured, marketed and sold: social, environmental and financial.Simply, Fairtrade focuses on items that prioritise the people behind the product, followed by the positive impact the manufacture and consumption of the product has on the environment, and then on whether a profit is made from the product.In South Africa, the triple bottom line means that what is produced from the business, goes back into the operation at all levels. Profits are used to attend to the educational and social needs of the workers: schooling, housing, social awareness, health and welfare. This, in turn, leads to more sustained job creation and employment security.This philosophy falls in line with the ideals of South Africa’s National Development Plan, particularly in the areas of social cohesion, creating more inclusive economies and encouraging active citizenry.  Infographic by Sifiso Nkabindelast_img read more

2pcs Personality Devil Skeleton Hand Bone Claw Hairpin Zombie Horror Hair Clip : hey are worth the money and stay in my hair great however I got two left hands but no one

first_imgThey are safe and look astounding. They are safe and look wonderful.Be watchful not to leave them lying all-around as the fingers appear pretty sensitive.Lesser than the regular dimension.2pcs Personality Devil Skeleton Hand Bone Claw Hairpin Zombie Horror Hair Clip100% Brand new and high qualityHuman skeleton hand design is cool, special and fashionableCharming,elegant and creative design makes it stand out from the ordinary ones, welcomed by ladies A good choice for gift or decoration Good quality, delicate arts and craftsthe hands wird be sent randomly,that means,you might get one right hand,one left;two right hands;or two left hands.hope for your understanding.I truthfully really like them, loving the element and the framework of the skeleton clips.Fantastic for you creepy sweet women out there. Cute cute lovable and perfectly manufactured. Ideal for you creepy sweet girls out there.But i can say i will be wearing these with a an up do very generally.2pcs Personality Devil Skeleton Hand Bone Claw Hairpin Zombie Horror Hair Clip : Took ages to arrive but perfectly really worth the wait.Bought for my daughter for halloween. Terrific product for the revenue.Hey are worthy of the dollars and keep in my hair good however i received two remaining palms but no just one. I was hugely impressed with the clips, hey are well worth the money and keep in my hair good on the other hand i received two remaining palms but no one has seen when hey are in my hair.In love will defo be acquiring yet again.Acquired for my daughter, she enjoys them?.I really like these clips, they will seem amazing in the course of halloween. Excellent for each day use aswell.Search fantastic, although i got the very same hand, but does not impact the search, fab dimension and excellent grip, would only say that there hard to get on, but packaging was excellent and wrapped protectively,.Great for halloween or as stocking filler. Arrived on time and perfectly packaged.Very good top quality, took a little bit extensive to arrive but. Excellent high-quality,took a bit extensive to arrive but value it,and kinda realised that i have two both equally remaining arms. But aside from that they look wonderful.Extraordinary rate for the excellent, prolonged delivery but it did not matter to me.Transport took soooooooooooooo extended. Arrived nowadays when i purchased them 3 weeks in the past for a halloween celebration. But they’re very good high-quality look wonderful on :’).Super cute, and arrived quickly, additionally i bought loads of compliments when i wore these the other working day.A small sensitive, not to be dealt with about. I actually like them, they glimpse rad in my hair. The only criticism i have is that the thumbs on the two of them have regretably snapped off, but they have been incredibly spindly and sticking out awkwardly so i’m not astonished. Total, they are nonetheless going sturdy and are even now surviving.They glimpse so sweet with pigtails.Goddaughter above these wonderful price.Very excellent high-quality, came suitable on time and ate super adorable.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 26, 2011

first_imgThe Groundspeak Block Party – Just Over 200 Days Away!All over the world, neighborhoods occasionally close off city blocks to vehicle traffic and hold a party in the street. It’s called a “block party,” and it’s a great way for neighbors to get to know one another. In the close-knit geocaching community, it often feels like all geocachers are your neighbors, whether they live 5 or 5000 miles, or kilometers, away.The Groundspeak Block Party is a Mega Event where you can meet your friendly geocaching “neighbors” from around the world. While there, you can also log Groundspeak Headquarters, meet the Groundspeak Lackeys and participate in several fun activities for all ages. Activities at last year’s event included a scavenger hunt with special prizes and a dunk tank where geocachers could take a shot at dunking Lackeys and Geocaching.com Volunteer Reviewers.The Groundspeak Block Party will be on August 20, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Although August may feel like the distant future, it will be here before you know it. If you are planning to visit from out of town, we suggest you buy your plane ticket and arrange for accommodations as soon as possible. Tickets to Seattle in the summer can be expensive and prices will likely rise as the date approaches. We are looking forward to seeing all of you there!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Presents: The Geocaching Block Party 2011August 26, 2011In “Community”2012 Geocaching Block Party Invitation – Geocaching.com PresentsJuly 19, 2012In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 6, 2012June 6, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs a Website

first_imgWho is not excited in increasing your brand even though if you handle a small business, then you need to have a website for your business? A few years ago the thought of owning a website seemed unimportant, but these days having a website is a must and also building the website or e-commerce store is simpler than ever: your online store is not limited to business hours, and it’s one of the best means of free advertising. Even if you are a brick and mortar business — you need a business website. It’s not just about selling goods and services – it’s also about contributing something valuable to your loyal customers. There are vast reasons why your small business needs a website.Reason Why Your Small Business Need a WebsiteCertainly, Custom website design and development costs more than making your webpage yourself. But you have a choice here. Be certain that both your aims for your business, website development, and the capabilities of your web designers justify the cost of a custom website development. Your website design should be in the hands of professionals.Reasons for having a website for your small business.Lead Generation:Adding freebies and other valuable resources to your website can serve as a great way to generate leads from prospective customers searching for your products and services. The valuable resources also include the integration of your site with other IoT integrations.Global Presence:Putting your company on the worldwide presence can cater to more success to your business. Having a global presence can bring in more sales, many from other countries who need your product or service. A small business can compete better with a well designed and accessible website. Social Proof:  Running a business is not enough; it is apparent that you need to have a social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. As it increases the brand’s value when you upload photos, interact with your customers by educating your customers about your brand. Accessible 24/7:  Having a website gives the potential unlimited access to find information regarding your products and services at the customer comfort level.Customer Support:Having customer support can improve your interaction with your clients on your website. It will be more beneficial if you have a global presence. It is advisable to have the FAQ page for the customers so that they can get their queries solved before bothering you.Online Sales:Having no website means you are losing out a lot of money. Every year online sales are growing exponentially. It doesn’t mean that to give up on your physical store because it is essential as both combined will give you maximum revenue.Marketing Plan:Websites are the first step for any marketing plan. Always make sure that whatever the marketing plan you start the landing page should be your website so that visitors recognize it when they open your website in such a way that you convert these visitors into clients.Competitor business websites:Your competitor has a business website, even you need to have a business website as well. Customers examine a lot before buying a product, and if you don’t focus on website development, you allow your competitors. All this leads to losing out on potential business.Resource center for staff:Website is not just for your customers but also for your employees as well. Using the website, you can create a subdomain for them so that they can upload the images, videos, and guidelines to support customers. It will also make your employees feel valued. Test New Ideas:Website development with CMS allows you to test new ideas and visitors what they think of your business right away whether the idea works or not. Developing a website is not wasting money because you can try ideas free of cost. If you are planning to introduce a product? Put it on a website for a few days and make it look more attractive and observe if people are liking or not. Website development plays a major for any type of business either it is small or big; the website for the company make you are visible to the world. The web developers also make sure the design for the website to be appropriate as per the business. It gives your business a growth-hacking advantage to have a well balanced, beautiful website, designed by professionals who understand your business needs. Tags:#benefits of a website for small business#Web developers#Website Development Jyothi Amarthi Digital Marketing Analyst at Krify Software Technology – A leading web and mobile app development company. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Financial Planning for Military Caregivers Webinar Discussions

first_imgAudience member question:Do you have any opinion of leading military caregiver families through Dave Ramsey’s class?Answer from audience member: I usually encourage clients to study personal finance resources beyond the popular financial gurus. I think it helps clients build a better understanding of the important fundamentals involved in effective personal finance. I also think it helps them to develop their own understanding grounded in their own study and experience. Caregiving may involve…Less personal timeLess family timeNeed for work-life balanceFinancial issuesPhysical and emotional stressThought from audience member: It can be difficult sometimes for a caregiver to openly acknowledge those costs.What are the most common issues families face?Audience member #1: Many of our soldiers are overwhelmed by the idea that they can no longer do what they know and they have to figure out another direction. I often have to use MRT to help them look past this concern and find the answers within themselves.Speaker: Where are the jobs in the whole bubble of your experience? There are plenty of jobs around what you’ve done. Where can you use your experience in the bigger picture.Audience member #2: Being a MFLC counselor referrals are made to financial consultants at the installations.What are the most common questions military family caregivers ask?Audience member #1: Most of my families are looking at when their payments will begin – there are so many different sources of income that come from different pots they may become overwhelmed. They have a hard time creating a budget without absolute answersAudience member #2: I like that “you have two choices, to know where your money is going or wonder where it went.” Unfortunately a lot of people live by wondering where their money wentAudience member #3: We call it a spending planAudience member #4 to audience member #1: yes, task & info overload is a common challenge. Sometimes the support we can offer is to help families to sort and manage the info & tasks. When we’re under physical & psychological stress, it can be a challenge to remain objective, focused, prioritized, etc…How do you get service members & caregivers to open up about their needs?Audience member #1: Taking the time and making the effort to build rapport/relationship with clients can help them to feel safe about talking.Audience member #2: flexibility and active listening skills are very importantSpeaker mentioned humor was very helpful when done respectfully. Good Resources suggest by speaker and participants:Military One Source – Financial & LegalPowerpay.orgConsumerFinance.govFinrafoundation.orgEbenefits.va.goveXtension.orgeXtenion.org – Online Resources for You!WarriorCare.DoDLive.milAFBA.comEach military installation has a personal financial manager at the Military and Family Support Center Below are questions and discussions from our Financial Planning for Military Caregivers Webinar. center_img This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published January 29, 2016.last_img read more

NAB 2019: Wipster Announces Collaborative Audio Review

first_imgAT NAB 2019, the video review and feedback platform Wipster has announced the introduction of dynamic audio waveform review.This audio upgrade enables video creators, podcasters, audio engineers, and musicians to dynamically share and receive feedback in real-time — eliminating the time-consuming email review process. This will be compatible with .WAV, .MP3, and .M4A files, welcoming a wide range of different creatives to the platform.Robyn Hough, the VP of Product at Wipster, had the following to say:We kept hearing how difficult it was for audio producers and video creators alike to share audio for feedback. Instead of simply storing a static audio file and calling it done, we wanted to create an engaging review experience that solves the real problem of getting fast, actionable, and organized feedback.Wipster has also had this to say about audio review:Wipster’s new audio review is the first to enable collaboration directly on the waveform, creating an experience that is intuitive, efficient, and enjoyable for teams and reviewers alike. Audio editors simply drag and drop audio into Wipster, and the platform encodes and generates a playable waveform from which reviewers can listen, comment on, and download if needed. The waveform is what makes Wipster’s audio review unique and understandable to collaborators.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2019/04/10112034/04-Commenting-Audio-v1.mp400:0000:0000:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These new audio features include the following:Waveform visualization for accurate feedbackTime-code accurate commenting tools that are simple and intuitive for reviewers.MP3, .WAV and .M4A file compatibilityVersion stacking to ensure teams work off of the most up-to-date file versionDownloadable uncompressed file option for final file delivery approvalRelease: April 16, 2019Images via Wipster.Looking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in SecondsNAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless System NAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They AnnouncedNAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF ExtenderNAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND Filterlast_img read more