Responses of Antarctic pack-ice seals to environmental change and increasing krill fishing

first_imgThe compound effects of changing habitats, ecosystem interactions, and fishing practices have implications for the management of Antarctic krill and conservation of its predators. For Antarctic pack-ice seals, an important group of krill predators, we estimate the density and krill consumption in the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP)–Western Weddell Sea area, the main fishery region; and we consider long-term changes in suitable pack-ice habitat, increased fishing pressure and potential krill declines based upon predictions from declines in sea ice cover. More than 3 million crabeater seals consumed over 12 million tonnes of krill each year. This was approximately 17% of the krill standing stock. The highest densities of pack ice seals where found in the WAP, including in its small-scale fishery management areas, where apparently suitable seal habitat has declined by 21–28% over a 30 year period, where krill density is likely to have declined, and fishing has increased. The highest seal density was found in the Marguerite Bay area which is a source of krill for the Antarctic Peninsula and elsewhere. Significant sea-ice loss since 1979 has already occurred, leading to open water and possible expansion for the fishery in the future. These factors may combine to potentially reduce food for pack ice seals. Therefore, high uncertainty in krill and seal stock trends and in their environmental drivers call for a precautionary management of the krill fishery, in the absence of survey data to support management based on specific conservation objectives for pack-ice seals.last_img read more

#cherwellgreatstorm hits Oxford

first_imgThe so-called ‘Great Storm’, which hit some southern and western parts of the country with winds up to 90 miles an hour, had a limited impact on Oxfordshire. Its middle of the night approach meant that only the most drunk or dedicated of students were aware of its presence.Despite this, the storm, dubbed #cherwellgreatstorm on Twitter, prompted concern amongst Oxford students.St Anne’s welfare rep, Cai Gwyn Wilshaw, took to Twitter to raise concern about the panic-consumption of Mini Rolls in the wake of the storm’s onset, tweeting that “Panic-buying followed by panic-eating descends on St Anne’s Welfare Tea as #cherwellgreatstorm approaches…mini-rolls have officially run out.”This was later confirmed by Wilshaw, who told Cherwell, “Hysteria set in very early on here just south of Birmingham (St Anne’s) and me and my fellow Welfare Rep recognised that it was our duty to ensure our college could weather the storm.Masses of panicked students flooded the JCR, and within a few short minutes, we encountered a serious lack of mini-rolls. We waded out into the storm once more, and returned to the Welfare Tea with further supplies, but sadly the mini-rolls were the first casualty of the nationwide panic-buying that preceded the tempest.”The storm also caused damage to student housing. Sam Bumby, a student at Balliol College, expressed his dismay on nearly losing his back gate, telling Cherwell, “Our back gate was ripped out of the wall by the wind late on Saturday night. There were fears that the ‘great storm’ would carry the gate away before our landlord could fix it on Monday, but they proved to be unfounded.”Concerns were also raised on twitter that the OULC co-chair Helena Dollimore had been caught in the storm as she travelled away from Oxford. One Oxford student tweeted, “Worried about @helenadollimore getting stormy up north. Will she return from Manchester by 6th week? #cherwellgreatstorm”However, it was later confirmed that Dollimore was safe, as she posted on twitter, “Woke up & panicked grey outside coach windows meant we were in a #storm hurricane funnel. We were actually in a tunnel. #cherwellgreatstorm”.last_img read more

Musobo set for Seoul marathon

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Fred Musobo will take part in the 2018 Seoul Marathon slated for November 4th in South Korea.Three-time winner in the Seoul Marathon and the course record-holder Wilson Erupe Loyanae from Kenya will also take part in the race. Musobo will also face stiff competition from other Kenyan, Ethiopia and Eritrean runners.“I am glad that I have this chance to go and compete in South Korea. I have trained so hard for this marathon and I think I will perform well,” Musobo told URN.Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN that he is glad Musobo will travel for the Seoul Marathon where he will gain more exposure running with other top runners. “It is always good when our runners compete against other international opposition because it makes a big difference in-terms of the experience gained,” explained Otuchet.Two weeks ago former Ugandan Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich only managed to finish 7th in the 2018 Toronto Marathon over a week ago.****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Judge will not dismiss prosecutor in Parkland shooter case

first_imgA Florida judge is refusing to take the lead prosecutor off of the case of confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.In her ruling Thursday, the Broward County judge said Cruz does not have any right to choose the prosecutor in his case.Cruz’s public defenders had asked to remove State Attorney Michael Satz for refusing to consider anything other than the death penalty for Cruz and allegedly calling Cruz “evil” and worse than serial killer Ted Bundy.Cruz is accused of killing 17 people during the Valentine’s Day 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Defense attorneys have said Cruz would plead guilty to killing 17 people at the Parkland high school in exchange for life in prison.He is set to go to trial on capital murder charges in January 2020 and could get the death penalty if convicted.Related content:Prosecutor: Nik Cruz “Worse than Bundy” and Refuses to Reconsider Death Penaltylast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Special Olympians

first_imgThe Provincial Special Olympics are calling, and members of the Nelson chapter of Special Olympics are ready to take up the challenge.The local Special Olympians have recently completed an outstanding season of competition and are now ready to take put their skills to the test against the best in the province at the Special Olympics Provincial games in Langley, July 11-14. The Nelson delegation is proud to be sending seven athletes, one bocce player and seven soccer stars to the Langley game.Mallard’s Source for sports want to help with the send off by selecting the Special Olympians Team of the Week.Pictured are coaches and curlers, bowlers, bocce and soccer players from the Nelson Special Olympics following a recent event.Great job and good luck Team Nelson.Go Nelson!!last_img

R100m AfDB boost for clean energy

first_img3 June 2009 SAinfo reporter South Africa will account for 60-75% of the fund’s overall investments, while up to 25-40% will be earmarked for other Southern African Development Community countries. “The Evolution One Fund will be the bank’s first investment in a fund with a specific focus on clean energy and technology investments,” the bank said in a statement last week. The fund will seek to invest predominantly in growth-phase businesses, particularly in eight high-growth sectors, namely clean energy/energy efficiency (up to 50% of its investments), efficient and clean manufacturing processes and technologies, air quality and emissions control. The African Development Bank has approved a R100-million investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first specialised private equity fund focused on the acceleration and deployment of clean energy and sustainable technologies across southern Africa. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Other areas include water quality and management, waste management, agribusiness and forestry, natural products, organics and natural health, and environmental real estate. Growth-phase businesses “The investment therefore supports an innovative vehicle that will boost economic activity in this emerging field, and contribute to the development of sustainable private sector enterprises.” The 10-year private equity fund, managed by Cape Town-based Inspired Evolution Investment Management, will make equity and equity-related investments in sustainable projects and companies with the aim of not only achieving carbon reductions, but also ensuring the sound environmental, social and economic performance of these investments.last_img read more

The Power of Your Beliefs and Disciplines

first_imgIt is hard to describe the power of beliefs, the lens through which you view the world.Most people reflexively defend their beliefs, much of them making up their identity, even if they don’t recognize that they didn’t choose them but were in fact infected with them. They mistake their beliefs as a universal reality for which there can be no alternative. The results they produce, or more accurately, that they don’t produce are the result of an unawareness of alternatives or a stubborn instance that their beliefs are true.One looks at the world through their beliefs. That view creates a sort of filter that identifies conflicting beliefs as wrong or finds reasons to suggest that the results someone else produces are unavailable to them because of some other intractable difference.It is equally difficult to describe the power of disciplines, those things that you do without fail because they are foundational to long-term results.The reason some people fail to produce the result they want in some area is that they fail to take disciplined action over time. They’re inconsistent in their actions and they dabble instead of committing. Those who struggle to produce some result they want so not take consistent action to create the outcome they want.The results one produces are generated by the consistent actions they take, not the occasional action. The reason that others seem to have an easier time producing that same may in part be a different level of skill or some natural attribute, but that will count for less than their disciplines over time.If you want the recipe for producing the result you want faster and with greater certainty of outcome, you first must be willing to believe something different. A stubborn resistance to looking through a new lens is a commitment to stagnation and frustration. Looking through a new lens provides new opportunities, new possibilities, and with them, new potential.You also need to behave differently. The actions that you take consistently now are responsible for the outcomes you are producing now. If you want different results, you must take a different set of actions consistently over time.If you want something different, you are the only thing that has to change, and thankfully, this is within your control, should you decide what you want is worth the price of change. This is the power of your beliefs and your disciplines. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgThe Touch community is mourning the loss of a deeply loved friend and Touch legend. Michael Jonson passed away on Saturday after his battle with cancer. Michael was charismatic, loveable, much loved and respected by all lives he “touched”. He was passionate about his Touch Football, he loved to laugh, loved his horses and to have a bet, loved a beer and good wine. He owned a chemist shop in Maurobra for many years and first started playing Touch with South Sydney and then later played for Canterbury. As busy as Michael was he always found the time to travel to Port Macquarie for the NSW State Cup and he also took part in the inaugural Vawdon Cup. He was an experienced Australian representative, being capped eleven times for Australia in test matches as well as taking part in the 1987 Canadian Tour, 1988 FIT World Cup in Australia, 1991 FIT World Cup in New Zealand and the 2000 Masters Tour and the 2002 ATA Masters Tour to South Africa & UK as a member of the Mens Veterans Team. Within NSW Michael represented NSW Mens 35’s in 1983 & 1985, Mens 040s in 1986-1991 and the Mens 45s in 1994 & 1995 before playing in the inaugural NSW Mens 50’s side in 2002. He also represented NSW City in Mens 40’s in 1990 and the Mens 35’s in 93 and was Player /Coach in 1994. He continued on to play for the City Mens 45’s in 1995. At an NTL level he was a Sydney Mets and Sydney Rebels representative in the Mens 45’s and Mens 50’s and in the `early days’ he represented Region 7, which included Easts, Cronulla and South Sydney. Sadly Michael passed away last Saturday morning, he leaves behind four children, and loving family and relatives, and many many friends – we will miss his laughter and his humour. The funeral will be held on Thursday morning and any condolences can be sent to [email protected] or PO Box 276, Maroubra, NSW 2035.last_img

13 days agoRodri says workload hitting Man City campaign

first_imgRodri says workload hitting Man City campaignby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri says their workload is hitting their campaign.Pep Guardiola is aiming to win his third league title in a row with the Blues, but City have made their worst start to a league campaign since he took charge of the club in 2016. Asked to explain their losses in the league, he told ESPN: “I won my first title as soon as I arrived [Community Shield], so that [start] was good.”I think people have to be aware that there is a lot happening: we have had a lot of players out, it is difficult because we play every three days in three competitions and we are playing with more or less the same players.”What’s done is done.”We have to realise that we are doing things wrong, and we have to fix it. We have to be calm: it’s the start of the season, we have recognised that we have had our problems, and we improve.”Also, in football there are many things you can’t control. We hope we can get important players [back from injury] and when they do, that will be good for the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: J.T. Barrett Participated In The Circle Drill With A Fan At Student Appreciation Day

first_imgJT Barrett Circle Drill.JT Barrett Circle DrillToday was Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State, and as you can imagine, the turnout at Buckeye spring practice was strong. Fans usually love seeing players participate in the “Circle Drill,” but don’t often end up getting involved themselves. Quarterbacks are always excluded from the action as well, so naturally today saw an OSU QB and a young fan face off in the circle.Lori Schmidt of Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan has the video of J.T. Barrett “defeating” a young woman in the Circle Drill. Surely this was a thrill for her to be face-to-face with one of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB JT Barrett participates in circle drill at the team’s student appreciation day practice.— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 2, 2016That will undoubtedly be the only time you see Barrett in the circle during his career in Columbus.last_img read more