49ers apologize for leaving Kaepernick photos out of gallery

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 49ers supported Kaepernick in 2016 when he decided to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice and matched his $1 million contribution toward programs for social equality.Kaepernick opted out of his contract the following offseason when the 49ers told him they planned to cut him. Kaepernick has been unable to find another team to play for the past two seasons.Coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about bringing Kaepernick back after starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury and said he still didn’t fit the team’s offense.“I made that decision just with the style of offense that we wanted to go with,” Shanahan said on Sept. 24. “That’s kind of what I said last year and it’s kind of the same situation now. If you’re thinking of if there’d be a different discussion now, I always look into what style of offense I want to do, what style of offense we’ve been doing for the last two years.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Butler misses Wolves shootaround amid trade-demand drama Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The team later added photos of Kaepernick. This is the first photo gallery the team has run this year but pictures of Kaepernick were included in all seven photo galleries posted on the team’s website last year.“Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention,” the team said in a statement. “The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKaepernick set an NFL record for quarterbacks by rushing for 181 yards in a playoff win against Green Bay on Jan. 12, 2013, threw for 413 yards in a season-opening win against the Packers in 2013, and led a winning drive to win a playoff game in Green Bay on Jan. 5, 2014.“We have fond memories of those games and that should have been displayed on our website,” the team said. “This oversight does not properly reflect the appreciation our ownership and this team have for Colin.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, hugs comedian Dave Chappelle, left, on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal award ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick and Chappelle are among eight recipients of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are apologizing for initially leaving Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery celebrating the team’s history against the Green Bay Packers.The team posted dozens of photos on its website of past games against the Packers before the teams meet again Monday night without at first including any of Kaepernick.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Honest Management, not Money, Is the Answer: Dr. Tipoteh

first_imgIn the midst of the public debate on the proposal for the government to give L$85 million to each district to improve living conditions of the poor, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, has declared that honest management rather than more money is what is really needed to improve the living conditions of poor people in the districts. Dr. Tipoteh said that his declaration makes common sense that even the women of West Point, under the banner of Seven Sisters, know this when they say that the money problem is not Liberia’s problem but how to manage the money in the interest of the poor people is the problem.Dr. Tipoteh went on to say that in order to understand well the point he is making, people need to examine the record of the management of government money that has already been distributed to the districts. During the first term of President Sirleaf, she appointed the County Development Fund Committee, headed by Mr. Sam Jackson, to examine the record on the Fund. The Committee, according to Dr. Tipoteh, found out that over 90 per cent of the projects under the Fund were not implemented.Furthermore, Dr. Tipoteh, a veteran politician, said that studies by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of Liberia show that nearly all of the projects that the district people wanted were dropped and the projects desired by the top government officials  were the projects that were placed in the government budget.Dr. Tipoteh is using this debate to remind the Liberian people that the President declared corruption to be public enemy number one because the record shows that corruption in government, especially among top government officials, is public enemy number open.Dr. Tipoteh insists that common sense and love of Liberia demand that more money should be given in the name of poor people only when there is a record of proper use of the present amount of money. Dr. Tipoteh continued by saying that unless the present management is hanged through peaceful electoral action by the people to get honest people in top government positions, any more money placed in the government budget in the name of poor people will be chopped again by the greedy and corrupt government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Transfer news: West Brom want £17m for Besiktas target

first_imgBesiktas will have to pay West Brom £17million if they wish to sign winger Nacer Chadli, according to RMC Sport.Following the Baggies’ relegation, the Belgian World Cup star is expected to leave the Hawthorns this summer after two seasons at the club. Latest Transfer News Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Besiktas have been heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old, who started just two Premier League games in the whole of last season due to injury.A loan switch has been mooted but it has been reported that West Brom would rather sell Chadli while he still retains a high value following an impressive World Cup campaign.And now the French outlet has suggested that West Brom believe he is worth £17million and are holding out for that figure despite suggestions of a £13million exit. targets TOP WORK The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST moving on 1 West Brom star Nacer Chadli scored one of the goals of the World Cup for Belgium. LIVING THE DREAM targets REVEALED last_img read more

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Play Your Part ambassador wins cultural award

first_imgBulelwa Basse’s organisation, Lyrical Base Project, provides a platform for budding writers from marginilised communities to hone their craft and express themselves. (Images: Supplied)Lyrical Base Project, a literary and performing arts platform, has been awarded Best Contribution to Literary Arts in the 2016 Cultural Affairs Awards Ceremony.The event, which took place on Wednesday, 3 February, was hosted by the Western Cape government’s department of cultural affairs and sport. The awards acknowledge the achievements of individuals and organisations in the fields of language, arts and culture, heritage, museums, geographical names, libraries and archives.Lyrical Base Project founder and Play Your Part ambassador Bulelwa Basse received the award for the organisation. Following the ceremony, Basse said to those who were pursuing their life’s purpose that “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.Lyrical Base Project promotes writers from Cape Town’s marginalised communities through community-publishing projects, performance poetry, cultural and corporate events. It is celebrating 10 years since its inception in 2006.“As a proudly self-sustainable literary and performing arts organisation, there’s no better way to begin this journey of celebration, than to bring home the award for Best Contribution to Literary Arts,” said Basse.One of the initiatives that the organisation runs is the Donate a Book to a Child programme, which endorses a reading culture. Individuals, organisations and businesses are encouraged to donate books and a series of pre-selected anthologies for disadvantaged high school students, who are offered creative writing workshops by Lyrical Base Project.Bulelwa Basse, centre, with the award for Best Contribution to Literary Arts. She is pictured with the director of Artscape Theatre, Marlene LeRoux, left, and Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.BASSE, THE PASSIONATE WORDSMITHBasse’s experience in writing and literature has been varied and wide. She has collaborated nationally with various arts education and literary establishments as a language facilitator, published and performed poetry, is a public speaker and events co-ordinator. Her writing has been published by the Poetry Institute of Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Department of Arts and Culture and O, The Oprah Magazine.She is passionate about the empowerment of women and has been involved in Bona magazine’s Women Empowerment Club, True Love magazine’s Winning Style and Move magazine’s empowerment initiatives, for which she’s both hosted and performed her poetry as a motivational tool. She is also the editor of Muse, an electronic poetry publishing and profiling magazine.Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Less Than 1 Year Until The Internet Runs Out of Addresses

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Another Y2K?Critics view some of the push for IPv6 as Chicken Little ‘the sky is falling’ talk. Commented @ajbraun, a self-described technology leader at Sony Ericsson, via Twitter: “We should call this “IPv6: Y2K II.” An obvious issue for 10 years, we will panic at the end and finally much ado about nothing.”Others see a technology called NAT (Network Address Translation) as a solution – it maps multiple addresses to a single IP address, thus reducing the amount of unique IP addresses required. However this is at best a temporary solution. Google argued back in 2008 that NAT and similar technologies “complicate the Internet’s architecture, pose barriers to the development of new applications, and run contrary to network openness principles.”Whether or not there is Y2K-style fear mongering, the bottom line is that IPv6 is a much larger platform for the coming Internet of Things. So one way or another, the move will have to be made. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#Google#Internet of Things#NYT#user-generated content#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Internet will run out of Internet addresses in about 1 year’s time, we were told today by John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The same thing was also stated recently by Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist. The main reason for the concern? There’s an explosion of data about to happen to the Web – thanks largely to sensor data, smart grids, RFID and other Internet of Things data. Other reasons include the increase in mobile devices connecting to the Internet and the annual growth in user-generated content on the Web.IPv4 countdown on Twitter – less than a year to go before IPv4 addresses run out…Why a New Internet Protocol is NeededCurrently the Web largely uses IPv4, Internet Protocol version 4. Each IPv4 address is limited to a 32-bit number, which means there are a maximum of just over 4 billion unique addresses. IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol and uses a 128-bit address, so it supports a vastly larger number of unique addresses. Enough, in fact, to give every person on the planet over 4 billion addresses! Update:Dave Evans, Chief Technologist of the Internet Business Solutions Group at Cisco, wrote in to advise that “it’s closer to 50 thousand trillion trillion addresses per person.” (reference)John Curran from ARIN, the non-profit responsible for managing the distribution of Internet addresses in the North American region, told ReadWriteWeb that of the approximately 4 billion IPv4 addresses available, all but 6% have already been allocated. Curran expects the final 6% to be allocated over the coming year.This is largely an issue that ISP (Internet Service Providers) and telecoms carriers need to deal with. However content service providers, including large-scale Internet companies like Google and Facebook, also need to ensure that the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 takes place. Curran explained that a content company like Google (for example its YouTube operation) will need to work with its ISP to transport the content via IPv6 as well as IPv4.This transition is happening “slowly,” says Curran. But he warns that “deployment is where we’re behind.”Google, Facebook & Others Making Good ProgressJohn Curran told us that large carriers like Verizon and Comcast have announced trial IPv6 activity. Curran also noted that new Internet of Things initiatives that use sensor networks, power grids, RFID and similar technologies, are being directed to use IPv6 and not IPv4.There is also solid support from the big Internet companies. Curran said that Google has already put the majority of its services onto IPv6. Declaring its support for IPv6 on a special webpage, Google states that “IPv6 is essential to the continued health and openness of the Internet [and] will enable innovation and allow the Internet’s continued growth.” In June, Google held a Google IPv6 Implementors Conference. At that event, Facebook announced that it had begun to use IPv6.In his opening remarks to the conference, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf urges ISPs to move to IPv6, so that a “black market” for Internet addresses won’t occur. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Stupid Multifamily Construction Tricks

first_imgDamp-spray cellulose insulation is easily dislodgedOne recent project used blown cellulose in walls between units and unconditioned corridors (yes, we can do that in the South). In this particular installation, they installed a wet-spray application, leaving the insulation exposed until drywall was installed. We find that this application is very prone to damage, frequently seeing large sections of insulation falling out or being knocked out by other trades, particularly the drywall loaders and installers. We are coming to the conclusion that all blown wall insulation, except spray foam, should use netting to keep it in place without any damage.One more strange detail was the installation of batts in rim joists before ceilings between floors were to be filled with blown fiberglass. The batts were not carefully cut, leaving gaps between the sheathing and the insulation. Had they not installed them at all, the blown insulation would have filled everything nicely. The wall crews were either instructed to insulate — or, trying to be conscientious, just decided to insulate — the rims. Little thought is given to the decisions made in the field, and in design and specification, to make sure the building envelope is high quality. Let’s not forget that inspectors can also cause some problemsAnother wacky detail was created by the fire inspector on one recent project. As mentioned above, the flat roof was filled with blown fiberglass, to a depth of about 36 inches, with fire sprinklers just above the bottom truss chord. The inspector required the contractor to “tent” all the sprinkler pipes with polyethylene, creating a vapor barrier in the middle of an insulated ceiling, and required them to leave all the space under the poly uninsulated to allow room heat to flow up to the pipes to keep them from freezing.My partner, Abe Kruger, wrote an article on this subject in Home Energy magazine a few years ago. This seems to be a case where the code has not kept up with building science. It seems very unlikely that pipes in Georgia would freeze below about R-60 of insulation, and this application leaves large gaps between the drywall and insulation, again violating the key rule of building envelopes. Interestingly, another project in the same city with the same insulation detail was not required to tent the sprinklers. Blown-in is better but still has its problemsOne popular technique we have seen recently involves blowing the attic under a flat roof full with cellulose or fiberglass. This is far superior to using batts in ceilings, but does still have its issues. Some of the problems with this design are due to the difficulty of filling a 3 foot tall space tightly with insulation — you can only get so far into the space with a hose before you run out of room. The insulation often doesn’t go quite to the roof deck, leaving a small- to medium-size air space. We are not sure of the long-term implications of this, particularly since there is usually rigid insulation on top of the roof deck, but it does leave some gaps in areas such as shafts that need extra attention.Another problem we see with blown ceilings is the use of metal channels below the framing to level out the drywall and avoid any bowing between trusses. This leaves an air gap between the insulation and the drywall, violating one of the key principles of the building envelope: insulation must be in continuous contact with the air barrier. 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Air barrier defectsThere are design details that require sheathing walls with drywall for fire ratings before insulation can be installed, since there is no roof on the building. Buildings are designed with all sorts of chases without noting on the plans that they must be insulated and sheathed with an air barrier. Issues such as these are often missed in both design and estimating, ultimately filtering down to the field where the some of the lowest-paid workers — workers who don’t get to sit in a nice comfy office — are left to figure out how to resolve them. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Then there’s the not-infrequent situation where air barriers that are shown in plans are not installed in the field. On one recent project inspection, we discovered that exterior sheathing shown on the drawings between a framed wall and a concrete garage wall was not installed. It was a challenge, but they managed to get it installed before insulation. Does insulation pricing, grading, and installation exist in parallel universes?On all our projects, we schedule a pre-insulation meeting with the contractor and insulation subcontractor. We specifically request that installers attend this meeting to go over proper installation techniques; however, the installers are rarely there. The insulation supervisors promise us that they are capable of Grade 1 installation and agree to all our requirements for doing so.When we are called out for our first pre-drywall inspections, inevitably no one has communicated the grading requirements to the installers, who, typically paid by the piece, are stuffing and jamming as fast as they can. Then they have to come back and redo most or all of their work. We don’t blame them for the problems, as expectations are rarely set with them in advance.We also strongly recommend that installers use blown in cellulose, fiberglass, or foam in stud cavities that are packed with pipes and wires, as it is almost impossible to meet Grade 1 in these areas. This suggestion is usually ignored, and only sometimes followed after numerous reinspections of the same areas. Although I spent most of my construction career working on single-family homes, the primary subject of this great website, I find that my current work involves primarily multifamily projects — mostly low-rise and mid-rise apartments that are seeking green building certification.In these projects, my partner and I continue to see both new and recurring problems that are not resolved in the design phase, only to be pushed down to the field to be figured out — on a tight budget, in a hurry, and often in the cold or rain. Making slow progressOn some projects, the superintendants actually pre-check the insulation and air sealing before we inspect, making sure the work meets the required grade. We do appreciate the effort they make to do this.Unfortunately, on many projects they leave all the quality control to us, requiring multiple return trips on the same job, and often the same floor of a building, to confirm the insulation meets the required insulation grade. Field supervisors need to understand how to critique the installation. Some are getting there, but we are still coming out and finding installations that you can practically tell from across the street are not adequate.We continue to educate, and hope that our message is heard.last_img read more

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10 Free After Effects Templates: Typography

first_imgThe following FREE After Effects templates feature creative typography and animated typefaces. Build up your motion graphics library!Whether you are a professional motion graphic designer or a novice After Effects user, the following free After Effects templates make it exponentially faster (and easier!) to integrate animated type into your projects.———-Want quality After Effects templates and AE freebies?Visit our sister site, RocketStock.com!———-1. Anodine: Free After Effects TypefaceAnodyne is an animated typeface created by the motion graphic experts at Animography. You can download a free version of Anodine from Animography’s website. A paid version is also available which features options for variable line thickness, 8 colors, elasticity and damping.Download Free After Effects Typeface2. Mega Title Pack: Free After Effects TemplatesThe Mega Title Pack is essentially 100 separate free After Effects templates in one big pack. From grungy to modern, this typography pack covers a ton of different styles.Update: File Removed3. Franchise: Free After Effects TypefaceFranchise is one of the most popular free typefaces on the Internet. However, the good people at Animography have created an animated version completely free for you to use on your next motion graphics project. Each letter was created by a different motion graphic designer. The bold and simple design of the typeface makes it a great fit for a wide variety of video projects.Download Free AE Typeface4. Alphaballs: Free After Effects TypefaceAlphaballs is a free After Effects typeface that features an organic bubble-based animated font. The template features a very easy-to-read san-serif font and also includes a free Cinema 4D file.Download Free After Effects Typeface5. Type-O-Matic: Free After Effects TemplateType-O-Matic is a free After Effects template that allows users to create their own custom animated typefaces. The download includes three free templates each with a different design style. Users can control the objects rotation, scale, opacity, mask, and velocity.Download Free After Effects Template6. Typography World: Free After Effects TemplateThis free After Effects template features 15 different typography scenes. Users will be able to pick from various templates like word-trees, animated phrases, and bouncing text.Download Free After Effects Template7. Kinetic Typography: Free After Effects TemplateThis free After Effects template not only features fast paced typography, but also drop zones for pictures. The template doesn’t require any plugins so you can use it natively in After Effects.Download Free After Effects Template8. Green Typography Outro: Free After Effects TemplateThis typography template was designed to be put at the end of your video projects. The template features a customizable call to action along with icons for various social media accounts.Download Free After Effects Template9. Short Kinetic Typography: Free After Effects TemplateThis free After Effects template showcases kinetic type – a style that’s exploded in popularity recently. Users have the ability to change the typography and color scheme.Download Free After Effects Template10. RED Outro: Free After Effects TemplateThe red outro AE template is meant to be used as a close for business and  corporate videos. Users can customize the ending text to include their own brand’s name and information. This free After Effects template can easily be changed to another color if you prefer.Download Free After Effects TemplateWant even more FREE After Effects templates? Check out a few of our previous posts:Free After Effects Templates: Title and Logo Effects – PremiumBeat30 Free Plugins and Filters for After Effects – PremiumBeat10 More FREE After Effects Templates – PremiumBeatlast_img read more

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Royalty Free Music Roundup: Action Packed!

first_imgGet over those winter blues and put a spring in your audience’s step with this curated playlist of high-energy royalty free music tracks.Spring is on the way if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. The cold weather is no longer a viable excuse to avoid hitting the gym or going for a run. Sometimes we all need a little push out the door.If your video project also needs a push, these high-energy, royalty free music tracks will do the trick. I’ve curated this collection of my favorite upbeat tracks from the PremiumBeat music library. The PremiumBeat Standard License covers most usage, including ALL web video (Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, etc). Find the perfect royalty free track below and inspire, motivate and energize your audience!last_img

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Eight militants killed in two separate encounters

first_imgThe Indian Army on Saturday foiled two infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC) killing eight militants.In the first encounter, the Army foiled a major infiltration bid in Rampur sector, killing six militants.Troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in Rampur sector in the early hours, an Army official said.He said a firefight broke out between the infiltrators and the Army, resulting in elimination of six ultras so far.A search operation was going on in the area, the official said.In an another encounter two militants were killed in Tral area of Pulwama district.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Soimoh village of Tral, 36 kms from here, following information about presence of some top Hizbul Mujhaideen militants in the area, a police official said.He said as the security forces were closing on the house where the militants were hiding, the ultras opened fire.The security forces retaliated, killing two militants.The operation was in progress when last reports came in.last_img read more

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New military base could seal fate of Okinawa dugong

first_imgThe Okinawa dugong’s days could be numbered. At most 10 of the marine mammals remain in Japan’s southernmost prefecture, according to the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J). Now, land reclamation needed for a new U.S. Marine Corps air base threatens two of the region’s few remaining major beds of seagrass, which dugong depend on, says NACS-J, which has petitioned U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy for permission to conduct a survey.Dugong inhabit coastal zones in tropical and semitropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Populations have been decimated by hunting, habitat loss due to coastal development, and fishing by-catching. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the dugong as vulnerable to extinction worldwide. Japan’s environment ministry considers the Okinawa dugong, the northernmost population of the species, critically endangered.The new base offshore of the Henoko district of Nago city in Oura Bay could be the death knell for the Okinawa dugong. One seagrass bed will be covered by the construction, and another will be dredged for sand. In mid-July, the Okinawa Defense Bureau, which is overseeing construction, restricted access to the site to start a drilling survey needed to finalize reclamation plans. NACS-J had planned to have two foreign experts last month examine recently sighted feeding trails, the characteristic paths through seagrass beds dugong create as they uproot and eat the vegetation. But the U.S. Marine Corps denied access to the construction zone, citing safety concerns. So last week NACS-J appealed to Kennedy, emphasizing the scientific nature of their intended survey and asking for her “special attention to and reconsideration on this profound problem.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)NACS-J acknowledges that its aim is to stop construction of the base. “It will be very, very hard for the dugong to survive if this project goes on,” says Mariko Abe, head of conservation for NACS-J.The controversy over the new base is just the latest twist in a protracted dispute over the U.S. military presence on Okinawa. Responding to concerns about noise, air pollution, and safety, in 1996 the U.S. and Japanese governments agreed to relocate the current U.S. Marine Corps air base, called Futenma, to the Henoko–Oura Bay site in northern Okinawa. Environmental groups have long opposed the plan, as the construction would destroy a coral reef as well as the two major seagrass beds. Twice in the past month, thousands of demonstrators have marched to the shore near the site demanding construction be halted, and sympathizers in Tokyo staged a protest rally this past Saturday. On 3 September, the Okinawa prefectural assembly adopted a resolution calling for an immediate halt to the drilling survey. The current governor was elected in 2010 on a platform calling for the base to be moved out of Okinawa Prefecture entirely. But late last year he changed his mind and gave the go-ahead for reclamation work. He now faces an antibase rival in a 16 November election.The U.S. Marine Corps apparently feels that environmental concerns have already been dealt with. In a letter to NACS-J denying the request to enter the restricted waters, C. B. Snyder, deputy commander of the Marine Corps Installation Pacific, wrote: “Our understanding is that Japan studied the potential impacts of the current construction activity under Japanese Environmental Impact Assessment law.” The U.S. embassy press office could not immediately confirm whether Kennedy had received the 16 September NACS-J letter. In the meantime, the Center for Biological Diversity and other U.S. and Japanese environmental groups filed a lawsuit on 31 July in U.S. district court in San Francisco, California, seeking to force the U.S Department of Defense to halt construction.Okinawa’s dugong may be doomed no matter what. Even if the seagrass beds are preserved, “it’s hard to imagine that a population this small is viable, as it is also isolated and at the extreme of its range,” says Ellen Hines, who specializes in marine and coastal conservation at San Francisco State University. Nevertheless, she says, “it is against both U.S. and moral conventions for the U.S. military to degrade habitat for this critically endangered species and accelerate its extirpation.”See here for more on conservation science.last_img read more

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