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High Streamflow Advisory issued for Northeast B.C.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the entire northeast corner of the province.The advisory was issued due to a prolonged period of rain for the region through until Sunday. The head of the B.C. River Forecast Centre Dave Campbell says that while streams and rivers across the Peace Region aren’t likely to burst their banks to the same extent as last June, there could be some issues. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. B.C. Government River Forecast data for this weekend. – Advertisement -“At this point we’ve got a lot of snow on the ground and snow melt with higher flows because of the time of the year, so it could be a problem in terms of flows for the area,” said Campbell. He added that the Forecast Centre is looking at streams stretching from Chetwynd north towards Prophet River and Sikanni Chief.Rivers in the region are expected to respond to the combined rainfall and snowmelt, with rising flows starting Thursday night, and potentially extending into Saturday or Sunday. With current rainfall forecasts and snowmelt, there is the potential for moderate flooding from this event.last_img read more

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Arraignment continued in graffiti killing

first_img Detectives said Rojas was the shooter. He will be tried as an adult. Rojas was also charged with unlawful firearm activity and of personally and intentionally discharging a handgun which caused injury and death to Hicks. While Lopez, Tafolla and Rojas were arrested days after the shooting, Rolon fled and was captured Sept. 1 in Oakland. Hicks’ family attended the arraignment as well as some of the suspects’ relatives. Hicks’ daughter, Melinda Wall, said she plans to be in court as much as she can. She said none of the suspects’ relatives talked to them. “There’s nothing they could say to make up for the loss,” Wall said. Tafolla, Lopez, Rojas and Rolon showed up in court in handcuffs and waist chains. Rojas, who is being held in a juvenile hall, wore a white shirt while the others were garbed in Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuits. Anthony Garcia, who is Rojas’ attorney, objected to having cameras in the courtroom. He told Commissioner Loren DiFrank that the presence of the cameras would affect any of the defendants getting a fair trial. Lawyers for the three other suspects agreed with Garcia. DiFrank denied Garcia’s request and allowed the cameras. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a very detailed and complex investigation,” he said. Prosecutors charged the four suspects with the Aug. 10 fatal shooting of Maria Hicks, 57, who was killed after she flashed her headlights and honked at a man she spotted spray painting a wall at San Gabriel River Parkway and Woodford Street. One of the man’s companions shot Hicks’ car several times, hitting her once in the head. She died three days later. The criminal complaint alleges that the four suspects whom detectives said belonged to a Pico Rivera gang known as Brown Authority tagged the wall because they saw a rival gang’s graffiti on it. Prosecutors have charged the four with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, conspiracy and street terrorism. Authorities also allege that they committed the killing to further a criminal street gang. Photo Gallery: Suspects appear in court WHITTIER – The four suspects in the killing of a Pico Rivera grandmother appeared in court Wednesday to face murder and other charges. However, the arraignment for Ricardo Rolon, 21, Cesar Lopez, 19, Jennifer Ann Tafolla, 19, and Angel Chris Rojas, 16, was continued to Oct. 24 at Whittier Superior Court. Deputy District Attorney Mike Enomoto said there were still documents and police reports that need to be provided to the defense.last_img read more

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Caltech hazing hits snag as group gets stranded

first_imgPASADENA – Two dozen Caltech students wearing Superman capes, tutus and other odd attire as part of a hazing stunt were rescued after getting stranded on the Mount Wilson Toll Road. Organizers of the California Institute of Technology initiation ritual said they didn’t realize the road had been covered last year by a landslide. “You’ve got to remember that common sense is not factored into the intelligence quotient,” said Deputy Greg Gabriel, who leads the Altadena Search and Rescue team. The annual Mount Wilson Night, when freshmen are initiated into the Page House dormitory at Caltech, started off as planned Monday night, Caltech sophomore Nick Goeden said Tuesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The group had a large dinner before dressing the freshmen in costumes and parading them throughout Pasadena. The young men and women were then taken to the Mount Wilson Observatory for the planned 10-mile descent down the road. A quarter-mile from the bottom, the group got stranded in Eaton Canyon where the landslide blocked their path. Rescuers were called in at about 3 a.m. The students didn’t have flashlights, warm clothes or other important supplies, Gabriel said. But the deputy said they were equipped with “distinctive headgear – hats with antennas and horns, that kind of stuff.” “Going up those trails in the middle of the night without any safety equipment and no lighting is pretty stupid,” Gabriel said. “We’ve had washouts. If they took a wrong trail or fell off that trail, it’s hundreds of feet down.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Money nurtures political `turfing’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsEnter well-funded organizations that, apart from fine-print disclosures, look and sound like spontaneous, grass-roots community movements. Rather, they are formal, scripted, public relations campaigns. Some call it “Astroturfing.” Rosemead residents pushing the recall of Mayor Gary Taylor and Councilman Jay Imperial blamed their defeat at the polls last month on big spending by Wal-Mart. The nationwide retailer funded Rosemead PRIDE and Rosemead Neighbors Against the Recall, providing at least $300,000 to defend the two politicians, who had upset some residents by supporting construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter. In Glendora, a housing developer used the initiative process to take on the entire City Council. With a $1 million-plus advertising blitz, NJD Ltd. tried to convince residents a hillside land-swap deal was to their community’s benefit, portraying itself as the protector of local values and the council as inept. Glendorans didn’t buy it. A glut of money aimed at winning public sentiment has deluged the San Gabriel Valley in recent months, breaking two campaign spending records in as many months. On Nov. 7, Arcadia will hit the trifecta with a battle over the future of acres of racetrack parking lot at Santa Anita Park. More money has gone toward a pair of ballot initiatives than was spent by the campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 – the nearly $2.5 million spent on Measures N and P breaks down to about $45 for each of the city’s 55,000 residents. But in a development-saturated region that has taken an increasingly jaundiced view of growth, money alone does not decide the day. It’s propaganda warfare, where crafting perceptions of a polarized “us” versus “them,” “locals” versus “outsiders,” has proven essential to winning the hearts and minds of voters. “Elected officials take notice when they start to hear from real folks,” said Fred Register, a Pasadena political consultant. “They expect to hear from corporations and lobbyists, but if they start to hear from lots of citizens and real folks, they take notice.” Despite outspending the opposition 10-to-1, the developer’s defeat was equally lopsided with nine in 10 voters rejecting the measure. Although the strategies aren’t new, Main Street is increasingly seeing the type of K Street lobbying practiced in large corporate campaigns. “You see these groups, `People for parents?’ Who is this? You find out it’s one group with 16 members,” said Michael Cherenson, of the Public Relations Society of America. “It’s only going to get murkier and cloudier and more difficult.” Rick Caruso, charismatic developer of The Grove near Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, wants to transform land near Santa Anita Park into an outdoor mall. The Westfield Group, which owns the neighboring mall, has spared no expense to convince Arcadians the project will irrevocably change their community for the worse and sponsored the two ballot initiatives that target Caruso’s proposal. To sway the public, a propaganda expert said, principles are secondary to creating a perception of credibility. “\ often gets confused with the truth,” said Nancy Snow, professor of communications at Cal State Fullerton. “But it’s really just `believability.”‘ todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Simon Mignolet told to leave Liverpool this summer – ‘He has to play’

first_img targets getty 2 LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race moving on LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP TOP WORK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:32Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -1:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 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 According to The Times, the Reds boss has been impressed with the 31-year-old’s professionalism and wants him to remain at the club as Alisson’s understudy.Kirkland admits the glovesman now faces a big decision over whether to stay with the rejuvenated Reds, or put his career first and seek a move elsewhere.And the former Liverpool keeper knows exactly what he would do, as it’s a decision he faced himself many times during his own playing days.He told talkSPORT host Jim White: “He’s not going to play at Liverpool if Alisson is fit. We know that.“Simon is a top goalkeeper in his own right but Alisson had gone to the next level, which we needed. Simon Mignolet is said to have impressed Jurgen Klopp with his attitude despite losing the No.1 spot REVEALED Chris Kirkland has advised Simon Mignolet to make the most of the rest of his career and LEAVE Liverpool this summer.The Belgium goalkeeper has been demoted to the Reds’ No.2 since the arrival of £67m signing Alisson last summer.It was widely expected he would leave during this transfer window, having played just two games last season.However, latest reports claim Jurgen Klopp has performed a U-turn and now wants Mignolet to stay at Anfield. target GOSSIP 2 Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho “So Simon has to decide whether he wants to stay and is happy to play the bit-part role, which it will be unless Alisson gets injured or suddenly has a loss of form.“Or, does he want to go and play football?“The good thing about what Simon has done is if he went to Jurgen now and said he wanted to go and play (elsewhere), after the way he’s been and the professionalism he’s shown this season I think Jurgen will help him do that. But obviously he wants to keep him. Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Ally McCoist pays tribute to the former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who has announced his retirement from football“Simon has got to sit down and decide what he really wants to do.“He’s still got many years to go, I would be surprised if he didn’t want to go and play somewhere.“That’s why I had to leave Wigan, because I wanted to go and play and I went to Sheffield Wednesday and played there. targets Getty Mignolet only played twice last season for Liverpool – but he conceded four goals. He has been linked with moves to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace “Only Simon will know what he wants to do, but I’d be surprised after playing for so many years and still being relatively young for a goalkeeper if he didn’t want more game time.“It’s going to be so hard to walk away from Liverpool, with where they are at the minute, the way the club is, the way Jurgen has got everyone together and the fans.“They are massively on the up and the sky’s the limit for Liverpool.“So for Simon to walk away from that it’s got to be purely for his passion to go and start more games.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland IN FULL abovelast_img read more

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Auburndale girls basketball rips Abbotsford, extends win streak to 14

first_imgGotz has 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists for ApachesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Ten different Auburndale players scored as the Apaches girls basketball team cruised to a 62-22 victory over Abbotsford in the third-place game of the Marawood Conference North-South Crossovers Friday night at Auburndale High School. The game was the regular-season finale for both teams.Taylor Gotz had 17 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, and Paiton Richardson had 14 points and five steals for the Apaches, who head into the playoffs on a 14-game winning streak and with a 20-2 record.Brooke Anderson added eight points for Auburndale.The Apaches will host a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal on Friday, Feb. 26, against the winner of Tuesday’s game between Menominee Indian and Oconto.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 62, Falcons 22Abbotsford 13 9 – 22Auburndale 31 31 – 62ABBOTSFORD (22): No statistics reported. Record: 13-9.AUBURNDALE (62): Mackenzie Raab 0-1 0-0 0, Brooke Anderson 4-11 0-2 8, Rachel Gronemeyer 1-4 1-2 3, Cassie Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0, Ashley Peplinski 1-10 3-4 6, Allison Linzmeier 1-4 0-0 2, Rachael Bolder 1-4 0-0 2, Sylviann Momont 2-6 0-4 4, Paiton Richardson 7-10 0-1 14, Taylor Gotz 7-16 3-4 17, Hannah Bolder 3-5 0-0 6. FG: 27-72. FT: 7-17. 3-pointers: 1-7 (Peplinski 1-4, Raab 0-1, Anderson 0-2). Rebounds: 40 (Gotz 11). Assists: 16 (Gotz 7). Record: 20-2.last_img read more

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5 Ways to Avoid Job Burnout

first_imgOriginally posted on the HR Ringleader Blog. Blogging is interesting because sometimes you research and report, other times you give pure opinion.  Today is an opinion day, and it’s a fine line between doing that and becoming “preachy”.  The truth is that there have been times when I’ve been nearing job burnout during my career.  Face it, we all have those times.  It’s important to think about ways to head that off instead of waiting for things to get to that point.One of the most stressful, and best, moves I’ve made has been working for myself.  I have to generate all the sales and then deliver to my clients.  That alone is enough to keep me up at night.  The strange thing is that as soon as I started working for myself in a position that fully aligned with my values, I began sleeping through the night again.  That had not been the case before.  I wondered what was different, because the workload and stress certainly was not less.I came up with several things I had changed to make my working experience better for me.  I find these work, and I hope they work for you.5 Keys to Avoiding Job BurnoutFocus on your health- First and foremost, I learned that all the bad habits I had working for other people carried over to working for myself.  For example, I realized I am not good about taking breaks to eat lunch or a snack.  I’m bad about making time to exercise or even move around much during the day.  The first real change I made was to adopt a clean eating strategy.  This is not about weight loss or being on a diet.  It’s about telling myself every day that I mean something.  I’m important.  I don’t know why this has been such a revelation, but I feel that dedicating that extra time to cooking good food for myself instead of skipping meals has had so many benefits.  For a great guide to start eating clean, check out the Clean Eating online magazine.  There are some great meal plans to get you started.  Surprisingly, you’ll start to feel exponentially better within a week. Prioritize and purge- We’ve all heard, ad nauseam, that we need to prioritize our workload.  Well, when you work for yourself, you are suddenly plunged into not having enough hours in the day.  Literally.  So, the only option was not only to prioritize my work, but to purge anything that didn’t align with those goals. Looking back over the last 11 months I’ve been my own boss, I can see how beneficial this has been.  The main result is that I really feel less stressed. Reward yourself- Sitting back and seeing all the companies that give employee recognition makes me smile.  For example, Globoforce is doing great things to bridge that gap for companies and employees.  I buy into this whole idea of making work “More Human” and as I’ve followed Globoforce and their efforts in this arena, it really makes sense.  The difference for me is that now, I’m the only person who can choose to recognize me.  At first, it seemed a little half-baked, but as I’ve started doing this, it really works.  I don’t have a regular schedule, and some weeks are more hectic than others.  I’m finding that even running out for a frozen yogurt in the middle of the workday is a nice way to treat myself.  The real difference is that now I am mindful that I’m rewarding myself.  Whatever the psychology, it works.  So….how are you going to treat yourself today? Make friends at work- For years, working in HR, you learn that HR is no one’s friend.  Sure, I have managed to make a few over the years, but for the most part, working in HR you have to be a lone wolf.  Now that it’s just me at work, you’d think I have no hope.  Quite the opposite.  I’ve made a point to partner with industry colleagues who not only are smarter than me in many areas of HCM, I can rely on them to have my back.  What an awesome feeling!  For example, in this past year, I joined forces with some HCM colleagues in forming the HR Federation.  By having a trusted group of people, it’s amazing what it does for your psyche and your productivity.  Point being… get a friend! Take a retreat- This is another tip I never bought into in my corporate life.  I boldly took my first retreat this past January and I cannot even tell you how many great things have come from taking this time.  Much like a reward for myself, I felt that as a working Mom, it would be selfish for me to go away alone.  I also travel for work, so taking a separate trip seemed unfair to my family.  I WAS WRONG!  I spent a long weekend at the beach by myself.  I didn’t keep the TV on.  I walked a lot.  I thought a lot.  I enjoyed eating alone and just observing the world.  The beauty of this was that I not only had time to be quiet and uninterrupted, I was able to make some major business and personal decisions because I finally made time to listen to myself.  For more about the benefits of a personal retreat, check out this HR Happy Hour episode I recorded with Laurie Ruettimann.  She also took a retreat this year and shares some great learning from her journey.All these actions lead to a more human work experience for YOU.  Take a moment today and think about what you can do for yourself.last_img read more

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Best Practices for a Successful Open Enrollment

first_imgOctober brings pumpkin spice lattes, colorful fall leaves, and sweater weather. In the HR universe, October brings Open Enrollment, and it’s an important time of the year!There is a lot that goes into gearing up for open enrollment, like compiling employee censuses, reviewing employee benefit survey results, launching a benefit market analysis, and making decisions on what new benefits to add. It can be a daunting and exciting time of the year for HR professionals and companies alike. With that said, from an HR professional who has lived through many open enrollment seasons, here are some best practices to help your organization have a successful open enrollment:Find effective ways to communicate complicated material for your organization.Let’s be honest, employee benefits are a complex subject. From health care reform to retirement planning, it’s difficult to communicate employee benefits in a way that employees can understand it and digest the material to make the best decision for themselves and their families. So, what’s the key to communicating employee benefit material? Be concise and consistent with your messaging. Take the time to think through your messaging and have a review panel ready to review your communications. As HR professionals, we’re sometimes closest to the subject that it doesn’t always make the most sense to our intended audience.Keep employees engaged and ensure the information reaches their families.The question I would always ask myself is, how do we ensure employees receive the information, and how can we ensure they stay engaged with it? Then we add the layer of making sure the information reaches the employee’s home. Arranging your messaging in a way that is simple to digest is a key strategy to your benefits communication plan. Be sure to highlight the enhancements of this year’s open enrollment season with clear deadlines. Send communications to the employee’s home to ensure a broader reach.Employees will have questions. Be thoughtful about your answers to these questions.One common theme when it comes to open enrollment is answering questions. Some are very basic and some are a little complex. Having a reach back strategy can be key to having a less stressful open enrollment. Host a town hall session and webinars focused on open enrollment with Q&A time built in.Personalize, personalize, and personalize some more.With so many benefit carriers, it’s important to have a strategy of how to personalize the information. It’s what will foster that connection between employee benefit material and employees. If you are a small company, this can be a challenge. However, if you have a good benefits broker, it can be a game-changer.Bring in technology to add some simplicity.I’ve led open enrollment initiatives without technology and I know how difficult this is for employees (and for an HR department). The forms in itself are not employee-friendly. This is why it’s critical to consider incorporating a web-based benefit election system, where employees can make their elections, and where a data feed can be sent directly to carriers. This will help eliminate any room for error in the transfer of information.To bring it all together, I can honestly say that no one Open Enrollment season is ever the same. With a workforce that is as diverse as it is changing, it’s essential to offer competitive employee benefits that attract, engage, and retain top talent. More importantly, the key to making an open enrollment season successful for employees will take some creative planning, well-crafted communications, and a lot of simplicity to a cumbersome process!last_img read more

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Fish show signs of sentience in ‘emotional fever’ test

first_imgWas that fish on your plate once a sentient being? Scientists have long believed that the animals aren’t capable of the same type of conscious thought we are because they fail the “emotional fever” test. When researchers expose birds, mammals (including humans), and at least one species of lizard to new environments, they experience a slight rise in body temperature of 1°C to 2°C that lasts a while; it’s a true fever, as if they were responding to an infection. The fever is linked to the emotions because it’s triggered by an outside stimulus, yet produces behavioral and physiological changes that can be observed. Some scientists argue that these only occur in animals with sophisticated brains that sense and are conscious of what’s happening to them. Previous tests suggested that toads and fish don’t respond this way. Now, a new experiment that gave the fish more choices shows the opposite. Researchers took 72 zebrafish and either did nothing with them or placed them alone in a small net hanging inside a chamber in their tank with water of about 27°C; zebrafish prefer water of about 28°C. After 15 minutes in the net, the team released the confined fish. They could then freely swim among the tank’s five other chambers, each heated to a different temperature along a gradient from 17.92°C to 35°C. (The previous study used a similar setup but gave goldfish a choice between only two chambers, both at higher temperatures.) The stressed fish spent more time—between 4 and 8 hours—in the warmer waters than did the control fish, and raised their body temperatures about 2°C to 4°C, showing an emotional fever, the scientists report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Thus, their study upends a key argument against consciousness in fish, they say.last_img read more

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Germans provide big boost for sequencing often ignored organisms

first_img By Elizabeth PennisiJul. 6, 2017 , 3:00 PM One of Germany’s states has provided a big boost for biologists who want to decipher the genomes of organisms that don’t get much attention. This week, the state of Hessen, which includes Frankfurt, awarded its local institutions €17.6 million, the first half of a 7-year grant for sequencing plants, animals, and fungi. The award includes funding for the high-quality sequencing of about 700 organisms, and for the partial sequencing or resequencing of thousands more.“German scientists are going to take a big step forward in understanding the genomic basis of life,” says W. John Kress, a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., who helped conceive the Earth BioGenome Project, an ambitious effort to sequence much of life on Earth.The grant will create the new LOEWE-Zentrum für Translationale Biodiversitätsgenomik (LOEWE-TBG)—loosely translated as the Translational Biodiversity Genomics Excellence Center. It is the brainchild of Axel Janke, Markus Pfenninger, and Steffen Pauls, genomics researchers at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt. The center, scheduled to open in January 2018, will involve the museum, Goethe University Frankfurt, the Justus Liebig University Giessen, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology.  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(*) Satoshi Kuribayashi/Minden Pictures Germans provide big boost for sequencing often ignored organismscenter_img A new German center will sequence the bombardier beetle’s DNA so insect biotechnologists can learn the secrets of the insect’s explosive defenses. The idea, Janke says, is to have “this core facility to make genomics available and easily accessible to groups that do not have access.” For example, as the museum builds its digital biodiversity collection—essentially a genomic database—it will also coordinate sequencing for researchers interested in probing genomes for natural product development. An insect biotechnology group, for instance, would be able to get more insect genomes to work with. A biomonitoring team developing ways to assess plants and animals by collecting DNA in soil and water could tap the center to develop a database of sequences it could use to identify what it finds.Although some biologists say they would tweak the initial list of species to be sequenced by Janke and his team to include fewer vertebrates and arthropods and more small marine organisms, they are generally pleased with the effort. “In my opinion, genomic resources for invertebrates and nonmodel organisms is long overdue,” says Heather Bracken-Grissom, an evolutionary biologist at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus. “This will greatly improve our knowledge for these underrepresented groups.”“The project sounds very well conceived, with careful consideration of issues related to genome sequencing quality and species selection to ensure maximum impact,” says Gene Robinson, a behavioral genomics researcher and director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois in Urbana.The new German center could also aid the development of the nascent Earth BioGenome Project, which Robinson, Kress, and other backers envision as a network of sequencing centers; they hope LOEWE-TBG will become a node in that network. Janke is receptive to the idea. “Our questions are similar,” he says.  The new center also could be boon for Hessen. The state already hosts the Biodiversity and Climate Research Center, begun in 2008 under the LOEWE funding program; it now employs 160 people. And this month’s LOEWE grants include €18.8 million for a second new center, called DRUID—Novel Drug Targets Against Poverty-Related and Neglected Tropical Infectious Diseases. The new biodiversity center will also dovetail nicely with an EU-funded project called Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates (IGNITE), also set to begin in January. It will help train young scientists in invertebrate genomics.The biodiversity center “is definitely a very positive sign by the state government of Hessen to promote fundamental science,” says Gert Wörheide, an evolutionary geobiologist at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. And it “comes at the right time,” he adds, “because funding for fundamental research in many parts of the world is declining.”last_img read more

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