Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 4, 2017 – Nassau – Historians, politicians, artists and others gathered at Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, downtown Bay Street, on Thursday, November 2, 2017 for a Special Preview of the exhibit, ‘Struggle For Freedom in The Bahamas: From Slavery to Independence.’The exhibit comprises wall-to-wall sailboat-shaped displays with lots of information and graphics, along with multimedia kiosks full of content and depictions of artifacts dated back to days of slavery in The Bahamas. The Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) of The Bahamas held the preview for which the Open House will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Sponsor of the exhibition is Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.After experiencing two fires: one in 2001 and the other in 2011, the museum’s present state of renovation is the result of both local and international participation. Charred walls can still be seen inside the museum so as to keep as much history as possible because the museum is the actual place where slaves were auctioned in The Bahamas.The museum is not limited to the past. It showcases exhibits as early as 1648, but also contemporary issues such as human trafficking and smuggling. One must keep in mind that history is constantly being created.Executive Chairman of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, Reece Chipman talked about the importance of preserving our history by saying, “Without knowing who you are, it is hard to know where you are going.” He made it clear that a visit to Pompey Museum is important to Bahamians because, “Who we are is right here in this museum.”By: Sydnei L. Isaacs (BIS)Photo caption:Executive Chairman of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, Reece Chipman addresses the Pompey Museum exhibit audience, November 2, 2017.BIS Photos/Derek Smith Related Items:
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man who allegedly had two machetes as he chased a 13-year-old girl in La Mesa and who was shot by a police officer whom he allegedly charged while brandishing one of the weapons is scheduled to be arraigned from his hospital bed Tuesday.Bernard E. Graham, 34, is charged with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer.Related Story: La Mesa police officer shoots a man who threatened a child with a knifeGraham was shot in the abdomen and one of his arms during the Monday morning encounter with La Mesa police on Fletcher Parkway, a short distance from Amaya Drive, according to La Mesa Police Capt. Ray Sweeney.The events that led to the shooting began just before 8:30 a.m., when a man in a black leather jacket confronted a 13-year-old near a trolley station as she was walking to school and threw a closed pocket knife at her, striking her with it, police said. The terrified girl ran off, and Graham gave chase according to police. The teen managed to elude her pursuer by fleeing into a nearby sandwich shop, Sweeney said.Graham ignored officers’ commands to drop a large machete-style knife and allegedly charged toward one of them, prompting the officer to open fire.The defendant — who has a 2004 conviction for arson — faces 55 years to life in prison if convicted.The officer involved in this incident is La Mesa Police Officer, Peter West. Officer West has been with the La Mesa Police Department for one year. Prior to La Mesa, Officer West was employed by Calexico PD for eight years. Updated: 6:41 AM KUSI Newsroom Man accused of chasing girl with machetes facing assault, resisting charges May 25, 2018
KUSI Newsroom, March 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom WARNER SPRINGS (KUSI) – A British balloonist and scientist who set 79 world ballooning records died following a balloon-related accident near Warner Springs, it was reported today.Julian Richard Nott, 74, was injured Sunday afternoon in an accident several hours after his pressurized, high-altitude cabin and balloon had a soft landing north of Warner Springs and east of Palomar Mountain, according to an obituary on his website and San Diego County Sheriff’s officials.Nott’s partner of 30 years was by his side when he died at a hospital Tuesday from injuries that resulted from “an extraordinary and unforeseeable accident following a successful balloon flight and landing in Warner Springs,” according to the obituary.“Julian was flying an experimental balloon that he invented, designed to test high-altitude technology,” the obituary said.Deputies responded twice to the landing site where Nott was fatally injured near Chihuahua Valley Road and state Route 79, a remote area in northern San Diego County, Lt. Mike Rand said.Around 12:45 p.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to the scene of a possible aircraft crash, but when they arrived they found Nott’s experimental balloon and pressurized cabin had made a soft landing in the area and no injuries were reported, Rand said.The occupants of the aircraft told deputies they needed no further assistance and deputies left the scene, the lieutenant said.Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, dispatchers received a call from a person reporting that the two occupants of the balloon had suffered back injuries and one man was going in and out of consciousness, Rand said.Witnesses told deputies that Nott and the other man were preparing the balloon’s cabin for retrieval when the passenger compartment detached and fell about 150 feet down an embankment, Rand said.A sheriff’s helicopter responded to the scene and extricated Nott and the 64-year-old man from the passenger compartment, he said.Both men were airlifted out of the area by a sheriff’s helicopter, then taken to a second helicopter that took them to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Rand said.An update on the 64-year-old man’s condition was not immediately available.Nott set 79 world ballooning records and 96 British Records including rising higher than 55,000 feet in a hot air balloon, according to the obituary.He lived in Santa Barbara, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Posted: March 28, 2019 Renowned British balloonist, scientist dies in balloon accident Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Cane toad pioneers speed up invasions (2013, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-cane-toad-invasions.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Associate Professor Rick Shine: “The research has implications for how we assess the impact of invasive species.” © 2013 Phys.org More information: Rapid shifts in dispersal behavior on an expanding range edge, PNAS, Published online before print July 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1303157110AbstractDispersal biology at an invasion front differs from that of populations within the range core, because novel evolutionary and ecological processes come into play in the nonequilibrium conditions at expanding range edges. In a world where species’ range limits are changing rapidly, we need to understand how individuals disperse at an invasion front. We analyzed an extensive dataset from radio-tracking invasive cane toads (Rhinella marina) over the first 8 y since they arrived at a site in tropical Australia. Movement patterns of toads in the invasion vanguard differed from those of individuals in the same area postcolonization. Our model discriminated encamped versus dispersive phases within each toad’s movements and demonstrated that pioneer toads spent longer periods in dispersive mode and displayed longer, more directed movements while they were in dispersive mode. These analyses predict that overall displacement per year is more than twice as far for toads at the invasion front compared with those tracked a few years later at the same site. Studies on established populations (or even those a few years postestablishment) thus may massively underestimate dispersal rates at the leading edge of an expanding population. This, in turn, will cause us to underpredict the rates at which invasive organisms move into new territory and at which native taxa can expand into newly available habitat under climate change. Cane toads ‘wiping out’ mini crocodiles Down Under (Phys.org) —Climate change is one of a number of stressors that cause species to disperse to new locations. Scientists must be able to predict dispersal rates accurately, as the movement of a new species into an area can have a significant, and sometimes detrimental, effect on that area’s ecology. When studying dispersal rates of cane toads in Australia, Tom Lindstrom of the University of Sydney and his colleagues found that toads that are first to move into a new area travel at faster rates than toads that arrive later. Their research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that failure to account for this has caused scientists to severely underestimate dispersal rates. Australia’s Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations brought cane toads from America to Australia in 1935, in order to control beetles that were infesting sugar cane. Since then, cane toad populations have spread widely, and the toads, which secrete a toxin, disrupt the native ecology. In order to predict how cane toad populations will shift in response to environmental stressors, scientists have been studying movement patterns of established toad populations. Lindstrom and his team contend that by ignoring the differences between “pioneer” toads, who are the first to enter a site, and toads that have been at a site for a few years, previous predictions of dispersal rates have been inaccurate.The team studied eight years worth of data from radio-tracked toads that had colonized a site in tropical Australia. Using a Bayesian model, the researchers analyzed the data and determined that pioneer toads were more likely move in constant directions and take long steps than toads that arrived a few years later. These toads tended to take short steps and frequently make sharp-angled turns. Because of these behavioral differences, toads at the forefront of an invasion covered almost twice as much ground as later-arriving toads.The team found physical differences between the pioneer toads and the other toads that could account for the pioneers’ faster movements. For example, pioneer toads had longer legs. The researchers speculate that because pioneers can only mate with each other, inherited physical differences between pioneers and other toads increase over time. This causes pioneers to continually become more “athletic” in comparison to the other toads. In fact, many of the cane toad pioneers had spinal arthritis, indicating that they had reached physiological or biomechanical tolerance limits. Lindstrom and his team suggest that environmental conditions may enhance the effects of physical “improvements” in pioneer populations; for example, pioneers may find travel during wet seasons easier than their slower conspecifics.The researchers claim that many other species have exhibited rapid dispersal rates during the earliest phases of invasions. By restricting data to that obtained from organisms long-established in an area and ignoring variations in environmental conditions, scientists may routinely be underestimating the speeds at which species can invade new territories.