Only 39 percent of the nearly 10,000 North American plant species threatened with extinction are being maintained in collections, according to the first comprehensive listing of the threatened plant species in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.The North American Collections Assessment (NACA) — conducted collaboratively by Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S., and the U.S. Botanic Garden — found that only 3,681 of North America’s 9,494 most threatened plant species are maintained in 230 collections across the continent.Although the protection of natural habitats remains the highest priority, maintaining rare species in seed banks or living collections — such as those in public gardens and conservation organizations — provides an insurance policy against future loss. Such collections have also been valuable in restoring natural populations.“Until this point, nobody knew which rare North American plants were safeguarded in collections,” said Michael Dosmann, curator of living collections at the Arnold Arboretum and one of the report’s authors. “Perhaps even worse is that we didn’t have a clue which ones were not in cultivation. These are the species of greater priority for collection and preservation.”“This report is a wonderful illustration of the Arboretum’s critical role in shaping the national and international agenda for the preservation of rare and endangered biodiversity,” said William “Ned” Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.Assessment results indicate that North America did not reach the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation’s (GSPC) Target 8 goal set in 2002, which called for 60 percent of threatened plant species to be protected in collections by 2010. While botanical organizations across Canada, Mexico, and the United States are making progress to achieve this, the report found that 3,500 or more additional threatened plant species will need to be added to collections to meet the new GSPC goal of conserving 75 percent of known threatened species in North America by 2020. This will require nearly doubling the current capacity.“These assessment results are hopeful, but also a call to action,” said Andrea Kramer, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) U.S. executive director and the report’s senior author. “For many public gardens, this marks the first time their potential to assist in the conservation effort has been recognized. We hope this is a watershed moment.”To address the need to increase capacity, the assessment calls for the strengthening of conservation networks and collaboration in conservation planning and data sharing. One solution is for institutions to contribute plant lists to BGCI’s PlantSearch database and update them regularly. It is also crucial to increase cooperation and coordination among a broad and diverse network of gardens and conservation organizations with different expertise and resources.The Arboretum’s roleReflecting on the Arboretum’s contributions to the assessment, Friedman said, “The strong emphasis on the curation of the Arboretum’s living collections, along with the many fellowships offered to train the next generation of plant and conservation biologists, was central to making this seminal study come to fruition.” Said Dosmann: “Another one of the lessons we learned from this assessment is just how important it is to curate for conservation. Curators and horticulturists have not always considered conservation value as they go about their routines. Yet by participating in this assessment, many for the very first time saw the direct value of their plants in bolstering efforts to conserve our threatened flora. We hope this becomes a new paradigm in collections management.”This new paradigm — fully integrating the conservation ethic into curatorial practices —stems out of recent work at the Arboretum. Its living collection is one of the world’s most diverse and well-documented assemblages of trees, shrubs, and vines. Roughly 15,000 accessioned plants are cultivated in the outdoor museum, representing some 4,000 different taxa, or kinds (e.g., species, subspecies, or cultivated varieties), from temperate regions of the world — particularly Asia and North America. While it is obvious that some of these are threatened in their native habitat, determining their conservation value is not always simple.Why the challenge? For one, threat rankings are assigned by many organizations around the world, and can be applied at a range of scales. For instance, the Red Lists compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature are at the global level, while individual countries may maintain their own. Complicating things further is that definitions of conservation status among international, national, and regional groups are not always uniform. Lastly, some rankings are unreliable because of data deficiencies.In 2008, Dosmann hired Abby Hird as a Putnam Research Fellow to address this issue at the Arboretum.“When I came to the Arboretum,” said Hird, who now works for BGCI U.S. and was a co-author on the report, “Michael asked me to answer one little question: ‘What is the conservation value of the living collections?’ Little did we know that it would take nearly two years to build a pragmatic conservation assessment model for living plant collections.”Hird’s work at the Arboretum determined that when a wide net is cast (looking at threats from global to local scales) approximately 11 percent of the species growing in its living collections are threatened with extinction. This knowledge is now applied at multiple levels of collections management, from setting new acquisition targets to elevating horticultural maintenance and curatorial regimes for those plants in greatest peril.Applying the Arboretum’s approach more broadly seemed a logical next step, and when the chance to collaborate on the NACA with BGCI U.S. and the U.S. Botanic Garden came up, Dosmann and Hird were on board. Hird, whose fellowship was just ending, went to work for BGCI U.S. yet remained at the Arboretum as a research associate.“It was exciting to extend the collections assessment I did as Putnam Fellow to the continental scale for BGCI’s NACA,” said Hird.And just how many of the Arboretum’s plants contributed to the NACA report? “Forty-seven of the North American species in our collections are threatened in their native range,” notes Dosmann. “We not only will work to preserve and research these rarities, but we can set our eyes upon additional species not in our collection — yet.”More information and the full North American Collections Assessment report.
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As reported on Wednesday, GeoSea today (21 December) informed about the cooperation agreement with CSBC Corporation signed in Taiwan, adding that they will now establish a Taiwanese Joint Venture (JV) company which will bid for building the upcoming offshore wind farms immediately after it is officially set up with all regulatory approvals in place by mid-2018.Illustration; Image source: GeoSeaThe Joint Venture, reportedly named CSBC-DEME WIND ENGINEERING Co. Ltd, will be incorporated in Taipei and will specialise in transporting and installing foundations and wind turbines for Taiwan’s offshore wind projects.The Joint Venture will become a contractor in its own right, combining GeoSea’s advanced techniques, diverse fleet and know-how with CSBC’s Taiwanese market knowledge, their position as main proponent of the Taiwanese Government’s industrial strategy for offshore renewables and experience as a renowned shipbuilder capable of the most complex vessel construction and repair works.” GeoSeaTaiwan aims at having at least 3GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2025, with a possibility that this target could go up to 5.5GW.Several developers have already submitted proposals for building offshore wind farms in Taiwan that could bring the total installed offshore wind capacity to 12GW or higher in the decade to come, according to GeoSea.The developers with proposals for constructing Taiwanese offshore wind farms include domestic companies such as Taipower, as well as global offshore wind players such as Ørsted and wpd.
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Australia register their fourth win in the tournament. Aaron Finch scored first ton in World Cup 2019. Mitchell Starc scalped four wickets against Sri Lanka at the Oval. New Delhi : Aaron Finch’s 153 along with a stupendous spell from Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson led Australia to a convincing 87-run win against Sri Lanka at the Oval in London. With this win, the men-in-yellow occupy the top spot in the all-important points table. Considering the overcast conditions, Dimuth Karunaratne’s decision to bowl seemed like a straightforward one. But the lack of assistance for the pacers, barring the initial few overs, and the way Australia went about it with the bat, would have left the Sri Lanka captain bereft of answers at the end of the first innings as the five-time champions, Australia went onto post a mammoth total on the board. Aaron Finch and his counterpart David Warner saw the initial overs before going after the Sri Lankan bowling.The duo strung a partnership of 80 runs before latter was dismissed by right-arm offbreak bowler Dhananjaya de Silva. The number three batsman, Usman Khawaja didn’t stay at the wicket for long as Dhananjaya scalpedsecond blood. However, Aaron Finch continued to play with maturity and stuck firmly at the wicket. Smith, on the other hand, utilised his experienced to the fullest and smashed his third half-century of the tournament. Sri Lanka managed some damage control in the death as Finch fell in his attempt to clear the boundary off Isuru Udana while Malinga landed the yorker on the mark to clean up Smith, exacting a personal revenge having earlier been smashed for a six by the No. 4 batsman. Malinga and Udana also sneaked in four tight overs, denying boundaries and conceding only 22 runs from overs 46-49, with the latter picking up a wicket and effecting two run outs.But the earlier damage by Maxwell, when he had managed 22 off an over which left Nuwan Pradeep with figures of 0 for 88 – the most expensive in this World Cup – and Thisara Perera’s 10-run final over, helped Australia finish for 334.In response, Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera were off to a perfect start and eventually gave the defending champions a few hiccups. The duo hammered the ball all around the ground to register a century stand. However, just when it seemed like Sri Lanka is taking the game away from Australians, Kane Richardson took the first blood in form of Perera.Karunaratne played a captain’s knock to score three short of a well-deserved ton, but in the end, he fell short of a partner. The Sri Lankan batsmen found difficult to handle the pressure and were eventually dismissed for 247 runs on the board.
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LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Host Philippines absorbed a 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 beating in the hands of Kazakhstan, which remained undefeated in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Kazakhs topped Pool A with a 2-0 record while the Filipinos settled for 1-1, but both teams will advance to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were once again the Philippines’ leading scorers putting up 14 and 13 points respectively, the same marks they had in the Hong Kong win.Katerina Tatko had a game-high 20 points to lead Kazakhstan. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jaja Santiago had the unfortunate mishap of ending the match when her final hoorah straight went to the net awarding the Kazakhs an unblemished slate.Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was still pleased with the fight his squad brought against the Kazakhs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I can say that I’m still proud of them and they really played with heart,” said Vicente in Filipino. “Of course there were lapses but that can’t be helped. The Kazakhs are really tall players, what we could’ve done was just to keep moving.”The Kazakhs have an average height of 181 centimeters, seven more than the Filipinos’ mean standing of 174 cm., and that distinct disparity worked wonders in the blocking department as the visitors scored on 17 of its blocks. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next View comments Korea Open gold confidence-booster for Lopez ahead of SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Miami Heat player and Marquette alumni Dwyane Wade, center, is honored with Dwyane Wade Day during half time as Marquette takes on Providence for an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MILWAUKEE — Dwyane Wade’s last dance went back to college.The Miami Heat guard — who has dubbed his 16th and final NBA season “One Last Dance” — was the guest of honor at Marquette’s game against Providence on Sunday. Wade starred for the Golden Eagles during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, leading Marquette to the Final Four in his last year of college before he jumped to the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Super Bowl: Patriots vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “I’m not surprised much,” Wade said. “But y’all got me today.”Flanked by his wife, Gabrielle Union, on one side and his mother, Jolinda Wade, on the other as they sat in baseline seats adjacent to the Marquette bench, Wade was the recipient of several tributes during the game — some of them shown on the video screens during timeouts, and another of the on-court variety during halftime.Travis Diener and Jae Crowder were among the former Marquette players who sent well-wishes via video, as was Georgia coach Tom Crean, who coached Wade at Marquette. Wesley Matthews, another onetime Golden Eagle, did the same and also was at the game since he and the Dallas Mavericks will be back in that building on Monday to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Steve Novak, a college teammate of Wade’s, was in the crowd.“Thank you so much for being back here and allowing us to honor you, the great career that you’ve had, the impact that you’ve had on Marquette and the impact that really you had on the game of basketball and every community you’ve touched,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said in a taped speech serving as Wade’s introduction at halftime. “We love you. We’re so proud of you.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town It was part of a weekend celebration for Wade, who played for the final time in his hometown of Chicago on Saturday night when the Heat topped the Bulls. He and his family made the quick trip north to frosty Milwaukee, where students and fans donned gold T-shirts bearing his name and No. 3 on the back for “Dwyane Wade Day.”“I think my younger self would be proud of me,” Wade said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe big surprise came at halftime, when Marquette and some members of Wade’s inner circle stunned him by having his two oldest sons and the nephew that he’s raising come onto the court. Zaire Wade, his oldest, presented his father with the Marquette letter jacket that he never got as a collegian — and Zion Wade, the younger son, gave him a baby-sized jacket for the family’s newest addition, Kaavia James Union Wade.Wade thought his kids were in Miami, unable to attend because of conflicts with their own basketball schedules. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Moscow players celebrate as they win the Final Four Euroleague final basketball match between Anadolu Efes Istanbul and CSKA Moscow at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)VITORIA, Spain — Americans Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins scored 20 points each to lead CSKA Moscow to the Euroleague title in a 91-83 win over Efes Istanbul in Sunday’s final.It was the eighth European title for the Russian team, leaving it two short of the record held by Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Clyburn, Higgins and De Colo all hit pairs of free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.“It was going to be a fight until the end,” Higgins said. “They played great, Larkin played great. But we just believed in ourselves. Once we got to the championship game we weren’t going to let this get away.”Real Madrid, which lost to CSKA in the semifinals, beat Fenerbahce 94-75 in the third-place game.ADVERTISEMENT Clyburn and Higgins both made four 3-pointers as CSKA as a team went 14 of 22 from behind the line. Guard Nando de Colo chipped in with 15 points and four assists.Shane Larkin scored a game-high 29 points for an Efes team that otherwise shot poorly in its first Euroleague final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLed by Larkin, Efes was able to reduce a nine-point lead by CSKA after the first and take the lead briefly after halftime.CSKA was back ahead 68-62 going into the fourth quarter, but Larkin cut the deficit to four points with just under two minutes remaining. Brooks Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MLS Vicente Sanchez moment of magic puts Houston Dynamo into next round after dull contest Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 21:55 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Troy Taormina MLS Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo v Sporting KC Sporting KC The 37-year-old put life into the plodding game, coming on as a late substitute and assisting Alberth Elis’ winning goal HOUSTON — Vicente Sanchez wanted more. Just after setting up Alberth Elis for the winning goal in extra time of the Houston Dynamo’s 1-0 triumph over Sporting Kansas City, he muscled his own teammate off the ball. With Tomas Martinez now to one side, the 37-year-old Uruguayan freed Romell Quioto down the left side. Quioto put his shot on frame but goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra made the stop.Shortly after, in the 104th minute, Elis returned the favor and put Sanchez in for his own opportunity. The Uruguayan veteran missed the target. He got another chance, winning a penalty in a comical last minute fashion and sent that one right at the goalkeeper. It didn’t matter. One was enough. Sanchez, a 37-year-old veteran in his second stint in MLS, created the only goal in a game where nobody created much of anything and sent the Dynamo through to the Western Conference semifinals. He had skipped past Sporting KC fullback Jimmy Medranda and kept the ball in play before finding Elis near the penalty spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player [email protected] gives @HoustonDynamo the lead in Extra Time. #HOUvSKC @audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/j9xiVlbn47— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 27, 2017The assist was Sanchez’s second game-winning assist of the season, but seeing the veteran provide the setup came as no shock to the Dynamo’s first-year head coach Wilmer Cabrera.”I am not surprised about Victor Sanchez because that’s why I brought him and invited him to be part of this project. I’m not surprised,” the coach said after the match. “He’s unbelievably talented, smart and he has an unbelievable quality. He’s sad because he couldn’t score those goals and those opportunities but what he brought throughout the 35 mins, the extra time and the five more minutes during the end of the game, it was outstanding and he gave us the possibility to counter attack, to create problems for them and create a lot of possibility and a lot of options to be dangerous.”Both DaMarcus Beasley and Elis called Sanchez one of the best players on the Dynamo’s roster, with the defender praising how hard Sanchez works during the week to make sure he still can produce moments like Thursday’s setup.”He’s probably the best 37-year-old that I’ve seen play football. Seriously,” said Beasley, himself just two years away from that milestone. “I’m talking about the way he moves, the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains. The way he plays is the way he trains. You guys don’t see that, but the way he plays out there is the way he trains every day. It’s phenomenal to see. Phenomenal.“Sometimes, like today, the plays don’t all come off but the one play that did got us the goal. I mean, yeah, he couldn’t score more, but he’s a nuisance. He’s always around the goal, he has that knack to make the final pass, to score a goal, to pressure the midfielders. We’re very happy to have Vicente with us. He’s done it all season, not just today, not just the last eight games. He’s done it every game this season. We’re glad to have him and like I said he’s probably one of the best players on the team this year.”Cabrera may have gotten even more than he expected when he put Sanchez into the match for Ricardo Clark in the 87th minute. The idea, Sanchez said, was for him to keep the midfield clogged in a contest that had seen both teams struggle to create opportunities and was heading into an extra 30-minute period and try to find his teammates on the wings. Instead, he made the most of a chance he had down the right side.”Wilmer asked me not to let them play in the middle, to try to win back the ball and make plays for the forwards out wide,” Sanchez said. “I’m happy it came through. It was a very closed match until the goal was scored.”The Dynamo now face the Portland Timbers on Monday, and Cabrera said he’d be careful to manage Sanchez’s recovery, as he would with all players against a Portland team that has a dangerous attack and plenty of speed. After adding color to a grim contest, getting Sanchez back on the field could be key for the Dynamo, whether in Monday’s first leg or in the deciding match Nov. 5 in Portland.