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Ultra Music Festival’s Future In Miami In Question Due To Stressed-Out Fish

first_imgUltra Music Festival first emerged out of south Florida’s decadent party scene two decades ago and has since grown into one of the biggest annual events within the electronic music community. The festival, which takes place every March during Miami Music Week, has called the city of Miami its home since 1999. Following a notable location change in 2019, however, the festival’s relationship with the city of Miami may be in doubt going forward, as a new scientific report details how the event not only affects the local infrastructure but the environment as well–most notably, the fish.According to a new report from local news outlet Key News, scientists in the south Florida region are claiming the fish that also call Miami their home have “suffered excess levels of stress” due to the loud music pumped through the air (and into the water) by artists at Ultra Music Festival last month.Apparently, the soundwaves caused the local fish to experience higher stress levels than what they experience when swimming for their lives while being chased by predators. Scientists quoted in the report even went so far as to collect blood samples from Gulf toadfish in hopes of assessing the stress levels by monitoring the stress hormone cortisol.Related: King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Announces New Album, ‘Fishing For Fishies’“Ultra was causing short-term, acute stress on our fish,” Danielle McDonald, a professor of marine biology at the University of Miami, said in a statement of their biological findings.While the report presented to the city’s Virginia Key Advisory Board earlier this week did acknowledge that higher noise levels from the event’s professional sound systems rarely exceeded 80 decibels (slightly below the dB level of a lawnmower), the noise levels in the University of Miami’s fish tanks were actually higher by an average of 10 dB, matching the same level of audio power as that of electronic tools or household blenders.Sound recordings were collected from the air at the University’s Experimental Hatchery, in water tanks that house Gulf toadfish, in the shallow waters near the shoreline, and in the water of Lamar Lake at Virginia Key Beach North Point close to where the event took place to be used as collective data for the study.“Despite being well within the permitted limits,” reads the preliminary report, “the noise pollution caused by the Ultra Music Festival led to significant elevations of noise in tanks at the UMEH (average increase of 10 dB) and toadfish housed in these tanks experienced a clear, and statistically significant, stress response.”The implications of this study on the future of the festival are unclear at the moment. It’s worth noting, however, that Ultra moved to a new location in 2019, relocating to Virginia Key after spending seven years at Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. Now, the Advisory Board has adopted a resolution recommending the City of Miami revoke its agreement with Ultra promoters for next year’s event due to any traffic and noise issues that arose in its first year at the new location, although not everyone on the Board feels the need to cancel the event entirely. Miami City Commission has until May 9th to make a decision on the fishy situation.last_img read more

Aklan won’t lower guard despite zero virus cases

first_img* A 40-year-old seaman from this capital town There are also no suspect cases and local transmission of COVID-19 in Aklan, data from the Provincial Health Office showed. The accreditation and assessment of DRSTMH as testing center is being fast-tracked by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Department of Health (DOH).DRSTMH also needs to comply with the DOH-RITM’s biosafety principles which include biosafety Level 2 facility, laboratory technologists trained for biosafety and transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) procedures and a well-established protocol on the quality assurance of test results to avoid laboratory-acquired infections and inaccuracies.Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said the provincial government here will put up a molecular diagnostics laboratory inside the compound of DRSTMH and will be managed by medical technologists, encoders and administrative staff.There is a DOH-licensed COVID-19 testing center in Iloilo City, the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district. It is where this province and the rest of Region 6 send the swab samples of their residents while waiting for the accreditation of their own respective centers.This province recently acquired a new PCR machine to boost testing capacity for the virus and reduce backlog at the WVMC.Miraflores said the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine will hasten the capabilities of testing laboratories to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 which causes COVID-19. RT-PCR tests detect the actual presence of the virus with a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) All of the seven confirmed cases in this province travelled from Metro Manila, the governor added. * A 66-year-old retired government employee from this capital town “All of our seven confirmed cases have recovered. Recently, a Taiwanese resident in Boracay Island in Malay town showed symptoms of COVID-19, but he came out negative after being tested,” said Miraflores during a press conference via Zoom last week. * A 68-year-old man from this Capital town* An 81-year-old man from Libacao town* A 44-year-old resident of Altavas town but works in Roxas City, Capiz* A 30-year-old overseas Filipino worker from Banga townMeanwhile, the provincial government of Aklan is pursuing the accreditation process of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) as a testing laboratory for COVID-19.center_img Police personnel implement border checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan on May 17. The province is now free from coronavirus disease after all of its seven confirmed cases have fully recovered. KALIBO, Aklan – Although this province is now free from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after all its seven infected residents have fully recovered, Gov. Florencio Miraflores said they will still enforce strict measures.   BY JUN AGUIRRE AND BOY RYAN ZABAL Miraflores assured suspected and probable patients who will be found out positive for the virus will be immediately given necessary interventions. The following are Aklan’s confirmed cases that have fully recovered.Here’s a brief description of the seven COVID-19 survivors in this province* A 37-year-old doctor from Malay townlast_img read more

Sevilla Suffer Late Own Goal to Stutter Quest for UCL Ticket

first_imgThe closest either side came to goal in the first period was when visiting winger Munir El Haddadi’s brilliant free-kick crashed against the crossbar.Sevilla did take the lead in the first minute of the second half, as former Barcelona player El Haddadi teed up Dutch striker Luuk de Jong to score his sixth league goal of the season.Levante managed to create some late pressure and centre-back Carlos put through his own net three minutes from time after a mix-up with goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.The draw helped 12th-placed Levante move 10 points clear of safety with nine matches to play.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sevilla suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage as a late own goal by Diego Carlos allowed visiting Levante to grab a 1-1 draw on Monday.Julen Lopetegui’s side, who sit third in La Liga, hold a five-point lead over fifth-placed Getafe, although their closest rivals still have to play in this round of matches.The five-time Europa League winners, who last played in the Champions League in 2017-18, are four points clear of fourth-placed Real Sociedad, with Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Villarreal and Granada also in the top-four hunt.last_img read more