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

Four Tumwater Schools Recognized for Growth and Closing Achievement Gaps

first_imgFacebook150Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater School DistrictThe state recently recognized four Tumwater School District schools for growth, closing achievement gaps, and demonstrated achievement in specific areas during the 2018-19 school year.We celebrate and congratulate the staff and students at:East Olympia Elementary – growth for students who receive special education servicesMichael T. Simmons Elementary – growth for students identifying as AsianTumwater Hill Elementary – closing gaps for one or more student groups at a targeted support schoolTumwater Middle School – growth for students identifying as Black and students who are English learnersTumwater’s Superintendent, Dr. Sean Dotson, states, “We are thankful for the ongoing commitment and hard work of our staff, teachers, and students that have resulted in these honors. Our staff continue to work together with a focus on helping all students grow. It is exciting to see Tumwater’s commitment to improving educational equity is making a difference.”Throughout the state, 391 schools are being recognized for closing gaps, showing growth, and demonstrating achievement according to new data released by the state. To learn more about the awards and see a list of recognized schools, visit the State Board of Education website.In a press release announcing the school awards, State Superintendent of Public Schools Chris Reykdal states, “Right now, the whole world is understanding the significance of our public schools. Public education provides each student with an opportunity for success; it’s the foundation of our democracy and our society. Next week, we are honoring our educators who are committed to continually improving outcomes for their students. Thank you for all of your amazing work.”last_img read more

Fortuna volleyball beats St. Bernard’s in straight sets

first_imgFortuna >>The Fortuna volleyball team was firing on all pistons Wednesday night as it routed St. Bernard’s three sets to none at 26-24, 25-17 and 25-12 for its first win of the season.But as the Huskies finished strong, it did not start out that way.In the first set, the Crusaders took an early 9-2 lead. St. Bernard’s led by as many as eight at 13-5 before its lead started to diminish little by little and could not shake the Huskies as they clawed their way back.The Crusaders still lead 16-9 …last_img

Raptors 114, Warriors 110: Warriors’ can’t prevail in crunch time and overcome injuries

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND – This time, the Warriors ran out of bodies. This time, the Warriors could not overcome the obstacles.The Warriors fell short in a 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, denying them a chance to extend their dynasty after winning three NBA championships in the previous four years.The Warriors played the last 15 minutes without Klay Thompson, who went out with a knee injury …last_img

10 years: a canoeing success

first_img26 March 2004Despite not being one of the big name sports in South Africa, canoeing has enjoyed good growth in the first 10 years of the country’s democracy, and is well positioned to make a bigger splash still.A recent chat with Canoeing South Africa’s secretary general, Dave Macleod – well known as the popular stadium announcer for rugby’s Sharks – reveals a sport that has made great strides in its development programme and continues to show healthy expansion.Macleod, whose enthusiasm and love for the sport is obvious, says the last four or five years have seen especially good growth. He says KwaZulu-Natal is the hub of canoeing in South Africa, but that there is strong support in Gauteng and the Western Cape, with the Eastern Cape also featuring nicely.There is a reason why canoeing is confined to certain places. Access, Macleod says, is one of two big hurdles that canoeing faces; in some provinces there is simply not enough water available to support the sport.The second problem is one of cost but, says Macleod, this is something that has been tackled well in the 10 years since South Africa became a democracy. In 1994, he reckons, canoeing was an elitist sport, but that is now changing “pretty boldly”.Overcoming challengesEquipment isn’t cheap – it costs about R5 000 for good start-up equipment – but that challenge has been overcome to a large degree in the last decade as stocks have been built up for previously disadvantaged paddlers.Transport concerns have also been addressed – you’re obviously going nowhere if you can’t get your canoe to water.Macleod is eager to talk about the successes of the development programme because he has some boasting to do. He says a generation of elite paddlers has emerged from the first generation of new democracy paddlers 10 years ago.Michael Mbanjwa, the first black paddler to earn national colours on merit, finished fifth in the 2004 Hansa Powerade Dusi Canoe Marathon, the most popular race in South Africa.The 2004 Dusi also saw Loveday Zondi top the under-21 paddler category, while three black paddlers – Master Cele, Cyprian Ngidi, Simon Dube – have made it onto the international slalom stage. In fact, says Macleod, they’re off to Athens shortly to train at the Olympic canoeing venue.There is support for the trio both locally and internationally, he adds, and he fully expects that they’ll be sporting national colours at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.African Championship successOne very successful avenue for developing South Africa’s paddlers has been the African Championships, at which many of these rising stars have been given the opportunity to excel on the international stage – and they haven’t disappointed.South African canoeing’s love affair with river marathon events is a result of past international isolation, Macleod explains. With no opportunities to compete internationally, a strong domestic calendar was built up, but it also meant that disciplines such as sprint canoeing, wild water and slalom were neglected.Right now, South Africa is ranked fifth in the world in marathon racing. Hank McGregor won the men’s title at the World Championships, while Ant Stott captured bronze. Simon van Gysen finished second in the boy’s race. It’s a remarkable ranking considering that South Africans don’t compete in C-boat racing (the kneeling Canadian style), which also counts towards the rankings.In the sprint events, the list of top performers is thinner. Allan van Coller will be returning to the Olympics when he takes part in Athens. His times have improved by two seconds over the short 500 metres sprint, but the world standard has been rising too, and in sprint events anything can happen on any given day.Developing slalomSlalom is really the Cinderella discipline of canoeing in South Africa. The country boasts one world-class performer in Cameron McIntosh, but it is in slalom that the greatest opportunities for growth exist.That’s why the development programme has been stressing that a real opportunity exists for young paddlers to go places in slalom. Here, the “dream team” of “Master” Cele, Cyprian Ngidi and Simon Dube are excelling. It’s a huge drawcard overseas, says Macleod. He attended the last world championships in Germany, and 145 nations participated, with crowds of 16 000 in attendance.In a parallel move, C-boat racing is being developed in sprint and marathon racing. With the successes of the slalom C-boat development, top paddlers need no more evidence of the opportunities this presents. Michael Mbanjwa has taken note, and wants to specialise in the C1 discipline, for both sprints and marathon.There have been successes, but Canoeing South Africa is not resting on its laurels. The organisation has implemented a new High Performance structure to make sure the sport continues to make progress. Anton Erasmus has been appointed the High Performance director, charged with managing and coaching coaches at regional and grass-roots level, while the structure also includes a number of other top-level elite coaches.Attracting the big gunsInterestingly, Macleod says the country’s most popular event, the Dusi Marathon, which draws over 2 000 contestants, will never attract top competitors from overseas. He says they’re intimidated by the “unthinkable” task of a three-day, 120 kilometre race that includes 25 kilometres of portaging.The Hansa Powerade Fish Canoe Marathon, though, does pull big-name competitors from abroad. It happens right at the end of the European season, which means its timing is good, and it is far less rocky than the Dusi, with plenty of flat water.That means top paddlers can be competitive because they need only a day or two to scout the hazards of the course. Macleod points to world champion Manuel Busto Fernandes’ third-place finish in his first attempt at the Fish as evidence of this.He reckons South Africa is a very popular canoeing destination, but even now opportunities that exist to exploit its treasures are not being properly used.The national calendar is structured in such a way that there are plenty of exciting races from the end of the Cape winter season, which culminates in the four-day Berg marathon in July, and the two-day Breede marathon in September, to excite both local and foreign paddlers.The summer season starts with the Fish Marathon at the beginning of October, followed by the Vaal Marathon, the Land Rover 50-Miler, the Dusi, the Umkomaas Marathon and the Drakensberg Challenge, which happens in late February.‘Roughest marathon race in the world’Foreigners are amazed at how attractive the calendar is, Macleod says. The races are fun – but testing.Recently, world top 10 ranked wild water paddler Pascal Lucker competed in the Umkomaas Marathon, where he managed a top 10 finish. He was in no doubt about the difficulty of the challenge, declaring after the race: “It’s the roughest marathon race in the world.”Canoeing South Africa pitches the fun aspect of the sport to would-be tourists and competitors. South Africa has rivers and venues for paddlers that are hard to match anywhere else in the world, Macleod maintains.He mentions a group of people from Ireland who recently toured South Africa for four weeks. They purchased canoes in South Africa at a fraction of the price that they would have cost overseas – “South African-made marathon canoes are regarded as the best made river kayaks in the world”, says Macleod – and had an absolute ball touring the country and taking part in contests all over.Ten years of democracy has no doubt done South African canoeing the world of good. Bring on the next 10! 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US mission helps out in rural KZN

first_imgHealth workers in KZN will receiveassistance from US specialists.(Image: Ambulance)MEDIA CONTACTS• Chris MaxonCorporate CommunicationKwaZulu-Natal Department of Health+27 83 285 0567RELATED ARTICLES• Rural health gets R9m boost• Malaria cases halved in SA• Massive HIV-testing drive for SA• Swaziland to wipe out malariaBongani NkosiAbout 50 US healthcare volunteers have arrived in KwaZulu-Natal to offer specialist services in some of the province’s disadvantaged rural areas.The group, invited by the Seventh Day Adventist Students Association (SDASA), is here for a week to help out in communities such as uThungulu, Jozini and uMkhanyakudei in the far north of the province and other areas.“They want to make a contribution to largely disadvantaged communities,” said Chris Maxon, spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, in an interview.The team – which includes doctors, dentists, eye-care specialists, nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists – represents the United Hands Project, an NGO formed in 1995 that enables US healthcare professionals to travel abroad to offer free medical care to people in need.Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC for health in KwaZulu-Natal, will welcome the delegation on 26 July 2010 at a ceremony at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. The volunteers will take up their posts the following day and work with local practitioners in state clinics and other facilities run by the health department.“They’ll be augmenting what the department is doing,” Maxon said. “They’ll be putting up tents and visiting our clinics.”The aim of the week-long mission is to reach out to as many residents as possible, the department said. “Depending on conditions, in a community where a clinic is far away, they’ll come with a mobile clinic.”‘Spreading the light’Dhlomo said the volunteers will literally and figuratively enlighten some of KwaZulu-Natal’s rural areas, because they’ll assist community members with eyesight problems.“The team of healthcare workers coming to the province will help those partially blind and awaiting cataract surgeries, to see more clearly,” said Dr Dhlomo in a statement.“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it,” he added. “They will really spread light in the rural communities of our province.”Members of SDASA and local residents will also be involved in the project. The association’s Advocate Boyce Mkhize said they will run week-long awareness programmes to promote healthy lifestyles among the rural population.They are hoping to draw many volunteers from the Seventh Day Adventist church and the community, Mkhize added.last_img read more

Centralised Treasury Management System takes effect April 1

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says effective April 1, 2013, overall management of public sector finances will be undertaken through the newly instituted Central Treasury Management System (CTMS). The CTMS is a critical component of the Government’s Economic Reform Programme (GERP), which will be used to effect the management of: cash; Government’s bank accounts; financial planning and forecasting of cash flows; public debt management; administration of foreign grants and counterpart funds from international lending and donor agencies; and financial assets management.   Speaking at a recent Kingston Rotary Club luncheon, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Dr. Phillips informed that work on the CTMS, “which has been underway for a long time” has been completed and “is now in operation, albeit for only a section of government operations”. “By the 1st of April 2013, the entire public sector, Central Government and the agencies, will operate on the basis of a Central Treasury Management System with a Central Treasury Account being operated out of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ)…rather than borrowing our own money from the private commercial banks, because of the amounts being held in deposit there,” he outlined. This, he explained, should result in savings to the Consolidated Fund of “hundreds of millions of dollars”, and is a “critical element of any move towards increased efficiency in financial management within the public sector”.  The CTMS has already been implemented in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, one of four Ministries and Agencies earmarked for pilot projects. The others are: the Ministries of: Education; and Transport, Works and Housing; and the Accountant General’s Department. Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips informed that a basic study being undertaken on tax waivers and concessions is in the “final stages” of completion by consultants contracted to undertake the exercise, with support provided by the Inter-American Development (IDB).  “We are now moving to the stage where a new…Omnibus Legislation…and a new policy on waivers on incentives, will be settled,” the Finance Minister said.last_img read more

After death of 8th child Ikea relaunches dresser recall in US and

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Ikea relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and dressers in the U.S. and Canada Tuesday after the death of an eighth child.CEO Lars Petersson said Ikea wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea has effectively spread the word about the recall, which was first announced in June 2016. The Swedish retailer and the federal safety regulators are asking customers to take immediate action to secure the dressers, or to return them.Petersson said Ikea has had an “extensive communication” campaign through social media, its website and television and print ads. The company emailed 13 million people about the recall two months ago, he said.Still, he said heightening awareness of the recall is necessary “because we think that it’s so important to reach as many people as possible.”Acting CPSC chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said that people who own the furniture can take care of any potential hazards by contacting Ikea.The recall, which applies only to customers in the U.S. and Canada, is for children’s chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches. Customers should contact Ikea for a free wall-mounting kit. The company is also offering to send crews to attach them in the home.Ikea is offering full refunds for anyone who no longer wants the furniture. Customers can bring them to a store, or Ikea will pick them up.At least eight children under the age of three have been killed when an Ikea dresser fell on them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The first death occurred 28 years ago and the others occurred after 2002.The latest death was Jozef Dudek, 2, of Buena Park, California. The toddler had been put down for a nap when his father went in to check on him and found him under the dresser, according to details released by lawyers retained by the family.Alan Feldman, one of the lawyers representing the Dudek family, said Ikea’s recall has been “poorly publicized” and “ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children’s bedrooms.”The same team of lawyers represented the families of three toddlers who died when Ikea dressers fell on them. Ikea reached a $50 million settlement with the families last December.Petersson said that more than 1 million dressers of have been returned for a refund or have been secured to walls with Ikea’s help since 2015, when the company first offered free wall-mounting kits.Buerkle said Ikea has “worked hard to make this an effective recall.” She said it presents customers with an array of options “and is as least burdensome to the consumer as it could be.”Ikea said the recalled products are sold with instructions that they had to be attached to walls. Petersson emphasized the recalled units are safe when this is done.The recall is for all Ikea chest and dressers that do not comply with U.S. voluntary industry standards. They included 8 million Malm chest and dressers that were sold from 2002 through June 2016.Peterson said that Ikea has stopped selling products that do not adhere to U.S. voluntary standards.last_img read more

New Tory government in New Brunswick dramatically scales back capital spending

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative government has tabled a $600-million capital budget that dramatically turns away from the big spending of the previous Liberal government.Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says hard decisions are needed now about what government can afford if the province is to return to balanced budgets by 2020 or sooner.The previous Liberal government tabled an $815.3 million capital budget last year, and had projected to spend $865.6 million for the coming year.The Tories have released a five-year plan that would see capital spending at roughly $600 million each year.Steeves says the plan will focus on maintaining roads, bridges and buildings.The biggest spending in 2019-2020 is $321 million to maintain transportation infrastructure, while almost $124 million goes to health care infrastructure, and $60.2 million in school infrastructure — including new elementary schools in Hanwell and Moncton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Between the Sheets opens this weekend

first_imgLead Actresses Emry and Stevi say the characters they are playing are very real women and the most realistic women they have ever played.The show runs May 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the North Peace Cultural Centre and tickets can be purchased at Tickets are $25 per Adult and $20 per Student/Senior.There will be a special Question and Answer period offered after curtain call with the audience. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North Theatre Society presents their performance of Between the Sheets at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Between the Sheets is a story of a mother with a special needs son, who goes into an un-scheduled parent-teacher interview with her son’s teacher that she suspects is having more of a relationship with her husband then she would like.This play that is written by Jori Mand and directed by Rob Laventure is a drama and is performed in real-time and just one-act. The subject matter is based on adult content and suggested a 16+ audience.last_img read more