Human CO2 upsets balance in atmosphere


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn regards to Roger Anderson’s Feb. 18 letter, it’s important to note that he’s leaving out vital information and when it comes to human CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions and their impact on the atmosphere. While it’s true that human emissions are small in comparison to natural emissions, their impacts are anything but. There is, and always has been, a natural carbon cycle in nature that balances out the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. CO2 is created, whether by decomposition of organic material or hydrothermal vents, and then absorbed into the ocean or is converted into O2 via photosynthesis. This created a balance, an ebb and flow if you will.However, after the industrial revolution, the amount of CO2 humans have pumped into the atmosphere is just enough to offset that balance. The actual measurement of human CO2 emissions is around nine billion tons, as opposed to his claim of eight billion. This is still small by comparison to natural CO2 emissions, but only 40 percent of that additional CO2 will be absorbed through the natural cycle. The remaining 60 percent of human emissions remains in our atmosphere (Tripati 2009).So, think of the carbon cycle as a camel and the amount of carbon naturally produced as the load its spine can stand to bear. Human emissions are the straw, and we all know what happened to the camel’s back.John ShortGlenvilleThe writer is a biologist and an environmental educator.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

‘It shows that we’re working’, South Sulawesi governor says of surge in COVID-19 cases


first_imgThe province has recorded an average daily increase of 138 new cases in the past five days and recorded the second-highest daily increase on Saturday with 125 new cases, behind only East Java, which recorded 176 new cases.The South Sulawesi provincial administration had previously caught flak for allowing over 8,000 members of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary movement, to gather for an international event held in Gowa regency despite calls for physical distancing amid the pandemic.The mass gathering was designated a COVID-19 cluster as many confirmed cases across the country were linked to the event. As of Saturday, South Sulawesi had reported 1,716 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 117 deaths linked to the disease. (rfa)Topics : South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah has defended his administration’s COVID-19 response in the wake of the recent surge in confirmed cases in the province, saying that the new cases were a result of widespread testing.“The high number of positive cases shows that we’ve been working. It’s the result of mass testing, so that we can quickly take action [to assist] residents who have tested positive to break the chain of infection,” Nurdin said on Friday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.South Sulawesi has since leapfrogged West Java to become the province with the third-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 2,707 total cases as of Saturday, behind only East Java and Jakarta.last_img read more

‘ROTC revival to benefit students’


first_img“Other first-year college studentstaking up other courses in the university have the option though, to eithertake ROTC or the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS),” Garcia said. Students taking up ROTC are consideredArmy reservists while those who opted for the CWTS, the students undertaketraining on the delivery of literacy, civic welfare and disaster risk reductionand management programs and activities.(Witha report from PNA/PN) SAN JOSE, Antique – An assistantcommandant of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for the past 30 yearsand now a college instructor at the University of Antique (UA), has expressedsupport in making ROTC mandatory. Around 1,500 students – enrolled in BSCriminology and BS Marine Engineering – were taking up ROTC this school year,he added. He added in UA, which is the onlystate university in the province, the ROTC is required for first-year collegestudents taking Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology and BS in MarineEngineering.   He also proposed that the course beoffered to first year-college students instead in senior high school, which isbeing pushed by the law’s version in the Congress. center_img The University of Antique main campus in Sibalom town has around 1,500 college freshmen from Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology and BS Marine Engineering taking up the Reserve Officer Training Corps. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY Pablo Garcia on Friday said he wantedROTC to be mandatory due to the discipline that the students develop from thetraining. “The ROTC at UA is being handled bythe Philippine Army,” he said. “There are many schools with Grades 11and 12 students so it would need more ROTC officers to conduct the training,”Garcia said. last_img read more

Baggies suspend talks with buyers


first_img Peace announced earlier this month that an exclusivity arrangement had been set up with one unnamed party but no longer feels they can meet the terms of sale. “I have today brought to a close the period of exclusivity announced on July 3 and suspended negotiations with the interested party involved over the sale of West Bromwich Albion Holdings Ltd,” Peace said in a statement released on the club’s official website. The sale of West Brom has suffered a setback after Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace announced talks with a possible buyer had been suspended. “I entered into an exclusivity arrangement in good faith after agreeing terms for the sale but it is now clear to me that this potential purchaser is unable to fulfil the terms of that agreement at this time.” Peace, who has been chairman since 2003, reportedly values the club at between £ 150million and £200million. Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he ”considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club”. In his latest statement released on Friday, Peace confirmed the sale process would continue with other interested parties and reiterated his determination not to allow off-field matters to have an effect on the pitch. “The club’s long-term stability and continued development is of paramount importance and I am not satisfied that the interests of West Bromwich Albion would have been best served by my continuing discussions at present,” he added. “It is important that I re-emphasise that the possible sale of the club does not and will not impact upon its day-to-day running and that this applies particularly in an area which I know concerns all supporters – team strengthening. “This is a period in which there is always an understandable impatience for new signings to strengthen our squad and nowhere is this pressure more keenly felt than at board level. “But we will not be held to ransom. Of course I know this can add to supporter frustration but I do believe they will see our efforts come to fruition over the course of the transfer window.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

GBA to be represented by 11-member team at CDB Championships


first_imgAN 11-member team of boxers, along with two coaches and a management team, will depart Guyana tomorrow to represent Guyana at the Caribbean Development Boxing (CDB) championships scheduled for that island from December 7 to 12.According to a Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) source, the Association had long ago planned to send a team to the championships based on the amount of funds garnered from their various fundraising activities, including the staging of its national novices, intermediate and open championships.According to the source, the Association was targeting a G$2M budget to send a full complement of 11 boxers plus two coaches and a management team.Early last month, the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) had donated $500 000 towards the GBA’s cause and since then, other sports enthusiasts and private individuals came on board, but the sums pledged did not reach the required amount. This caused the president of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, to undertake a 100-mile walkathon in an effort to garner the required amount.The walk started last Friday from #43 Village, Corentyne, Berbice at 08:30hrs and concluded at 11:30hrs on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Ninvalle, along with Guyana’s only Olympic medallist Michael Anthony Parris and his wife Ursula, boxing coaches Adrian Thomas (Republican), Sebert Blake (Forgotten Youth Foundation) Clifton Moore (Essequibo), Orlon Rogers (Pocket Rocket), GBA’s Technical Director Terrence Poole, FYF boxer and national flyweight champion Richard Subratee and host of Maximum Sport Max Massiah, started the walk which saw the team stopover in New Amsterdam on Friday evening, then continued the trek the following day, stopping briefly at Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, before journeying to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall for the finish.During the course of the walk, it was reported that the GBA president’s efforts netted a much needed $600 000 and after the walk, this amount was bolstered by pledges of financial support from a number of boxing enthusiasts, including former national welterweight champion Michael Benjamin, former world champion Gary St Clair, former professional boxer Max Massiah, Director of Tang Soo-Do International, Kyosanien Roland Eudoxie and LIAT airlines who promised to give the group concessionary fares in the interest of the development of the sport.last_img read more

Football News Premier League: Jurgen Klopp hunts top four spot against Brighton ahead of UCL final against Real Madrid


first_imgNew Delhi: Jurgen Klopp has a big challenge this weekend in keeping his Liverpool players focused on Brighton and Hove Albion as there is a bigger game just around the corner, and the bigger game is none other than against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.Liverpool’s first UCL final since 2007 is a thrilling affair but to qualify for the next season automatically, there is still some work to do for the Reds.Fourth-placed Liverpool need to avoid defeat against Brighton on Sunday in their last Premier League match of the season to make sure that they hold off Chelsea in the battle of top-four.While, Klopp’s side have displayed some marvellous performances to reach the ultimate showdown with Real in Kiev, especially their quarter-final win over Manchester City and the home leg win against Roma in the semi-final, but their domestic performance over the past month has dipped.The Klopp-managed outfit have bagged just six points from the last five league games, failing to win against the bottom two and a nervy 1-0 defeat at Chelsea.”As long as we are not 100 percent in the Champions League, this last game is the most important of the season,” he said.”I’ve said it a few times, all the things we’ve done so far have built a basis, we have to use the basis. The basis is obviously good because if we win against Brighton we are in the Champions League.”That’s good but there is still a job to do. I have no problem with that. That’s the situation but it’s no problem to play the game, we have to play it anyway so now we have to win it, that’s it.”The main focus at Liverpool remains on Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, who won three player of the year awards on Thursday, two by his club and one by the Football Writer’s Association.But Salah, who has 43 goals for Liverpool this season, has been suffering from a bit of dipped form and is without a goal in the last three matches.”I’ve not scored for two Premier League games but I’m fine,” Salah said.”We have a game on Sunday then the Champions League final and I’m sure we will help each other.”  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Tottenham roll on, now seek a helping hand


first_imgBy Martyn Herman LONDON,(Reuters)-Tottenham Hotspur remained a worrying presence in Chelsea’s rearview mirror after a second successive 4-0 victory cut the gap in the Premier League title race to four points on Saturday.Bournemouth became the 12th consecutive side to leave White Hart Lane empty-handed as Harry Kane hit the 20 league goal mark for the third season in a row with his side’s third.Long-time leaders Chelsea are away at Manchester United on Sunday for what looks the toughest fixture of their run-in.“We got the three points and now the pressure is on Chelsea to win in Old Trafford,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “It would be fantastic if tomorrow night, after the game, the gap is still four points. But four points is still a lot.”With only two of their last six matches at home Tottenham are still rank outsiders to snatch a first title since 1961.Manchester City moved above Liverpool into third after they registered an impressive 3-0 win away at Southampton, with captain Vincent Kompany on the scoresheet.Kompany’s impassioned celebration, following his 55th-minute opener, told the story of what has been two injury-hit seasons for the inspirational Belgian defender.“I don’t really complain about what’s happened to me, I just carry on,” Kompany, whose goal was his first since August 2015, told BT Sport.“When this happens I feel I’m giving something back to the fans. I’m finally giving something back to the team and that’s what you see in that moment.”Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero — with his 11th goal in 11 games in all competitions — were also on the scoresheet.In the title run-in, Chelsea must still also visit Everton who racked up an eighth successive home win when beating Burnley 3-1 to move above Arsenal and United into fifth, albeit having played more games than the teams around them.Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku struck Everton’s third, taking his season tally to 24.RELEGATION BATTLEThere was little movement in the relegation battle with none of the clubs in the bottom six managing a win.Bottom club Sunderland scored their first goal in eight games as Fabio Borini’s late equaliser earned them a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United which left them nine points behind 17th-placed Hull City who lost 3-1 at Stoke City.Second-from-bottom Middlesbrough host seventh-placed Arsenal on Monday while 18th-placed Swansea City slumped to a fifth defeat in six matches in a 1-0 loss at Watford.Swansea remain two points behind Hull while Crystal Palace, who battled back from two down to draw 2-2 at home to champions Leicester City, are seven points above the relegation trapdoor.Bournemouth are still looking over their shoulders, although they also have a seven-point cushion.Since losing to Liverpool on Feb. 11 Tottenham have won seven games in a row — their best top flight sequence for 50 years — scoring 22 and leaking only four.A week after beating Watford 4-0, having also kicked off before Chelsea, they produced another display oozing confidence with Mousa Dembele and Son Heung-Min scoring inside the first 20 minutes and Kane striking just after halftime.Kane is the fourth player to score 20 or more goals in the Premier League three seasons in a row, joining Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy.“Sometimes it’s good to play first. Early kick off, get the three points and then we can enjoy our Easter weekend and see what happens tomorrow,” Kane said.“Hopefully Man Utd can get a result for us.”Three days before taking on Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final, seeking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, Leicester were involved in a rip-roaring duel at Selhurst Park.Goals by Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy put them 2-0 ahead but Palace hit back through Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke.last_img read more

Syracuse blows out Cincinnati behind balanced scoring, clamp-down defense


first_imgIt took Cincinnati 29 minutes and 47 seconds to find the back of the net against Syracuse on Sunday.In their last meeting, on April 22 of last season, the Bearcats whipped the ball into the back of the net in less than a minute.This time, Cincinnati (6-7, 0-5 Big East) was overmatched against a deep No. 5 Syracuse (9-3, 5-0) team. The fast-paced offense and agile defense was too much for the small Bearcats to handle. Tying its season-high for goals in the 21-6 victory, Syracuse dominated the game from beginning to end with help from the freshman class.“It’s nice to get those players that have been working hard all yearlong to get the opportunity to get out there and play,” head coach Gary Gait said.Eight different Orange players scored against Louisville on Friday. Against Cincinnati on Sunday, nine found the back of the net before halftime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse took out most of the starters for the beginning of the second half and the Bearcats tried to piece together a run. Cincinnati’s Megan Bell scored two back-to-back goals in 66 seconds, cutting the deficit to 11. Cincinnati junior Jennifer Walsh came up big with three saves early in the period to preserve the chance of a comeback.But turnovers and careless passes killed the Bearcats. They had 23 turnovers at the end of regulation, 12 caused by the Syracuse defense.Senior defender Becca Block only caused one turnover, though she leads the team with 22 this season. This time, Block didn’t lead the team in caused turnovers, freshman Maddy Huegel did.“I credit the starters for being focused and getting the job done so those opportunities were there for those players,” said Gait.Huegel notched two caused turnovers and was one of SU’s 11 players to force a turnover.The Orange’s stifling defense didn’t allow Cincinnati to get off a shot until nearly 11 minutes into the game. Goaltender Kelsey Richardson almost recorded Syracuse’s largest half-time shutout lead of the season until Cincinnati scored its first goal with 13 seconds remaining in the half.“I really wanted the shutout,” said Richardson. “We came really close. It hit my stick and it just went in.”Richardson ended the game with two saves and a near-perfect half, but credited the defense for almost 30 minutes of shut-out lacrosse, and the pace of the offense for putting the game away. The Syracuse offense clobbered the Bearcats, outshooting them 43-10.“It was a solid team effort from top to bottom,” said Gait. “They stayed focused, were mentally prepared and played well.”Senior attack Alyssa Murray said she was impressed watching from the sidelines, especially considering where the game fell in the schedule.“I think we are very focused and we’ve really gotten into a groove,” Murray said. “This is when you really want to start peaking as a team and we are hitting that at the right time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse shows depth, talent in bench-emptying win over Cincinnaticenter_img Published on April 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm Contact Melissa: qsbronso@syr.edulast_img read more

Local organization receives complaints about stolen yard signs


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— Members of the Alpena County Democratic Party have received multiple complaints of political yard signs being stolen specifically yard signs for Presidential Candidate Joe Biden.Yard signs have reportedly been taken from private property and in some cases even destroyed. Residents are encouraged to bring in displays closer to their home and away from the curb at night.If a sign is stolen or damaged, residents should contact local law enforcement. Destruction and theft of yard signs is considered a misdemeanor in Michigan under the Michigan election law.Violators can be fined or jailed.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Residents vote yes for ambulance millageNext Pets of the week: 8-11-2020last_img read more

Togo coach accuses Adebayor of indiscipline


first_imgNew Togo coach Tom Saintfiet has accused captain Emmanuel Adebayor of a lack of discipline after the Tottenham striker failed to join up with the squad on time ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next weekend.”I saw him on Wednesday and Friday but he is not at the hotel,” Saintfiet told a news conference in Lome on Friday.The Belgian-born coach was speaking before they departed Togo for their friendly in Ghana on Monday.”He is among the important players for the team but I cannot work with them when they are not in the squad. They should have the same discipline as others.”Togo take on Liberia in Lome on Sunday 14 June in a Group A fixture that marks the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Nations Cup finals.Adebayor’s club Tottenham Hotspur gave him compassionate leave twice last season to return to Africa to deal with a personal family feud that the striker has discussed on social media. Two other key Togo players, goalkeeper Kossi Agassa from French club Stade de Reims and midfielder Floyd Ayite from Bastia, had also not yet joined up with the squad for preparations, Saintfiet added.”To me, discipline is very important in life. And that’s what I am already trying to impregnate in the team.”Discipline is important both for the players, the staff, etc. Discipline is everything to me. All players must be proud to be selected and accept the rules. I want each player to know it’s special to be selected for his country.”I have no problem with any player. Already I do not know everyone yet so I cannot begin to know who is who and who does what.”Since we assembled on Sunday, I’m happy to have those who are there,” he added. Saintfiet was appointed last month as coach of the west African nation.Meanwhile, Adebayor has dismissed speculation that he is planning to leave Tottenham for a move to Turkey.Some media reports had linked Adebayor to a man posing as the player’s agent.But on twitter, Adebayor vehemently denied the claims,  saying he had never heard of the man claiming to be his agent, and had “never discussed any move to Turkey.”He went on to say that he intended to stay at Spurs for another campaign. “I am very happy with Tottenham and look forward to the next season with them.”last_img read more