Multicolony tracking reveals potential threats to little auks wintering in the North Atlantic from marine pollution and shrinking sea ice cover

first_imgAim Extensive development of human activities in combination with ocean warming is rapidly modifying marine habitats in the Arctic and North Atlantic regions. To understand the potential impacts on marine biodiversity, there is an urgent need to determine distributions and habitat preferences of potentially vulnerable species and to identify sensitive hotspots that might require particular protection. Our aims were to track one of the most abundant seabirds of the world, the little auk (Alle alle), to provide a large, meta-population scale overview of its non-breeding distribution and to document potential threats to this species from human activities and other environmental changes. Location Arctic North Atlantic. Methods Using light-level geolocators, we investigated the 2010/11 non-breeding distribution of 65 little auks from four major colonies distributed throughout the Arctic North Atlantic. Bird distribution during the moulting, wintering and pre-breeding periods was compared with (1) the extent of the marginal ice zone and (2) the areas covered by the main shipping lanes and oil and gas activity licences. Results We identify several hotspots for this species, including two key areas located in the Greenland Sea and off Newfoundland. Crucially, we show that some of these hotspots overlap extensively with areas of intensive human activities, including oil and gas extraction and shipping. As little auks, which spend the major part of their time on the sea surface, are extremely vulnerable to marine pollution, our results emphasize the risk associated with the projected expansion of these activities. Main conclusions We conclude that management of further human enterprises in the Arctic needs to be based on more thorough risk assessment, requiring a substantial improvement in our knowledge of the distribution of sensitive species.last_img read more

Russia: Grachonok to Become Black Sea Fleet Member on May 7

first_img View post tag: Black Sea Fleet View post tag: Russia View post tag: become View post tag: Grachonok April 18, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Grachonok to Become Black Sea Fleet Member on May 7 Share this article View post tag: May 7center_img View post tag: member View post tag: Navy Russia: Grachonok to Become Black Sea Fleet Member on May 7 The ensign-hoisting ceremony on special-purpose boat Grachonok will be held on May 7, a source in Black Sea Fleet HQ told Central Navy Portal.Project 21980 anti-terror boat Grachonok (serial number 982) is the second vessel in the series. The boat was built in Tatarstan at JSC Zelenodolsk Shipyard.Lead boat of the project – P-104 – has been serving in Leningrad Naval Base since 2009. She took part in the International Maritime Defense Show 2011 and aroused great interest of experts and guests.Main purpose of Grachonok-class boats is countering terrorist forces and facilities in basing sites of Russian Navy.The project developer is Vympel Design Bureau (Nizhniy Novgorod). Up-to-date equipment and perfect navigability make those boats capable to perform wide range of tasks typical for larger vessels.At present, Zelenodolsk Shipyard constructs the third Project 21980 boat meant for Black Sea Fleet.Project 21980 anti-terror boat (serial number 982) was laid down in Zelenodolsk on May 7, 2010; launched in July 2011 and transferred to Novorossiysk for delivery trials. The acceptance certificate was signed in Oct 2011.Basic characteristics of Project 21980 special-purpose boat:Displacement: 139 tonsDimensions: length – 31.05 meters; beam – 7.4 meters; draft – 1.85 metersFull speed: 23 knotsOperating range: 200 milesEndurance: 5 daysArmament: Igla SAM system (4 surface-to-air missiles), 14.5-mm pedestal machine gun mount, DP-65A counter-terror grenade launcher, DP-64 grenade launcherRadioelectronics: MR-231 navigation radar, MT-201 optoelectronic observation system, Calmar sonar, Anapa counter-terror dipping sonarCrew: 6 men(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy , April 18, 2012; Image: sdelanounas View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

UK: Royal Marines Training Unit to Move to Amphibious Centre

first_img View post tag: Unit UK: Royal Marines Training Unit to Move to Amphibious Centre Training & Education July 22, 2013 The Royal Marines small craft training squadron will be arriving at a new multi-million pound amphibious centre in the South West next week.The unit of specialist amphibious assault troops (10 Landing Craft) Training Squadron Royal Marines and craft is moving permanently from its base at Royal Marines Poole to Royal Marines Tamar in HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, on Tuesday 23rd July.The new facility has been delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in partnership with Debut Services and comprises new HQ offices, workshop and maintenance space, boat park, jetty, slipway, craft hoist and marina.The unit trains Marines to use landing craft and the unit will travel by sea in the craft to Plymouth in orderly formation to become the latest Marines and craft to occupy the new centre of amphibious excellence.RM Tamar houses hovercraft and landing craft of all sizes for training and from fully trained battle combat experienced operational assault squadrons on amphibious ships such as HMS Bulwark, HMS Ocean and HMS Albion.  The centre trains the small craft crews, and provides both a base for operational boat squadrons and engineering support.This seaborne move will be an historic moment for the landing craft specialisation and that of 10 Training Squadron in particular.  The craft will leave RM Poole for the final time and instead of heading east to conduct their usual training near Portsmouth in the Solent, they will head west towards Plymouth.Officer Commanding 10 Training Squadron Major John Fidler said:“The opportunity is here at RM Tamar to embrace future technologies and the development of a true centre of excellence not just in amphibious warfare, but in military best practice. The training cycle directly fed by operational context and supported by bespoke engineering facilities all contained within one centralised locale.”On the way to Plymouth the Marines will conduct exercises involving landing vehicles and troops along the beaches of Hampshire, Devon and Dorset, to put into practise what the four vocational landing craft courses have been taught over the past 14 weeks.Ninety permanent staff from the Hamworthy base move with the squadron to the Royal Navy’s new £30million training centre. They will join Commandos of 539 Assault Squadron, previously based at Turnchapel, Plymouth,  which has already completed their final move to RM Tamar with their impressive fast offshore raiding craft and landing craft air-cushion (hovercraft).Colonel Garth Manger, commanding officer of 1 Assault Squadron and Royal Marines Tamar, said:“The official handover of Royal Marines Tamar from a building site to an operating amphibious base is fantastic.   RM Tamar is the first of the Royal Navy’s centres of specialisation and has been delivered on time and in budget.“It offers defence, the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines a modern, bespoke amphibious operating base capable of delivering support to worldwide operations, training and maintenance in a one-stop shop for amphibious troops and craft.”DIO Project Manager Jonathan Hart said: “DIO’s priority is to support the Armed Forces to live, work and train in the UK and abroad and it has been an honour to be involved in the delivery of this excellent new facility for the Royal Marines.“While maritime projects are always challenging, through collaborative working with the Royal Marines, Naval Base & Dockyard staff and our partners at Debut Services we have achieved a successful outcome.”The history of the Royal Marines’ involvement at Poole dates back to the latter stages of WWII when the base was re-assigned from the RAF and named HMS Turtle, tasked with the training of landing craft crews for D-Day.  The branch and the Corps of Royal Marines has come a long way since then.D-Day marked the single largest involvement of Royal Marines in the Second World War with 17,500 men providing almost two thirds of the landing craft crews on the day.  Now, especially with the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan, the focus of the Corps returns once again to its unique role within the UK’s defence – providing the UK’s amphibious manoeuvre capability.What is now known as Royal Marines Poole became the Amphibious School, Royal Marines and expanded to be renamed the Joint Service Amphibious Warfare Centre.In the early 1960s, it was renamed Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines.  The Technical Training Wing was moved in and became Royal Marines Poole. In 2001 1 Assault Group Royal Marines was created and was responsible for training Marines in operating landing craft.Training is accredited by the Royal Yachting Association at various stages in a Marine’s career at entry to the specialisation as a qualified Marine and at promotion to sergeant.  The Landing Craft Officer Qualifying course delivered to those who join the landing craft specialisation and prepares them for command of troops of the  squadrons.Additional training tasks include amphibious training for Royal Marines recruits, young officers and on the All Arms Commando Course, small boat training for the Royal Navy, Army, Police and Customs, engineering and navigation training for the Assault Squadrons, specially-tailored landing craft for the Royal Marines Reserves and expertise to amphibious troops.[mappress]Press Release, July 22, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Royal Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Marines Training Unit to Move to Amphibious Centre Share this article View post tag: Defensecenter_img View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: Centre View post tag: Navy View post tag: Move View post tag: Marines View post tag: Traininglast_img read more

US Navy eases tattoo policy

first_img April 1, 2016 The U.S. Navy has released its most liberal tattoo policy update which now allows sailors to have tattoos even on their necks.The Navy has done this in order to retain more sailors from the millenial generation in which, as some statistics show, 30 to 40 percent have at least one tattoo on their body.It has also been said that the updates were made in response to feedback from the fleet and senior enlisted leadership.“This policy update is being made in response to the increased popularity of tattoos for those currently serving and in the population from which the Navy draws its recruits. It is also meant to ensure the Navy does not miss opportunities to bring in talented young men and women who are willing to serve”, the service said.Under the new policy which will go into effect on April 30 sailors will be allowed to have one tattoo on their neck that does not exceed one inch in any direction. The sailors can now also have visible tattoos below the elbow or knee with no restrictions on their size or amount.Additionally, sailors with sleeve tattoos now can be assigned to Recruit Training Command and Recruiting Command positions which was previously not the case.However, restrictions on the content of tattoos will remain the same, the Navy said.Tattoos that are obscene, sexually explicit, and or advocate discrimination based on sex, race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin are not allowed. Also, tattoos that symbolize affiliation with gangs, supremacist or extremist groups, or advocate illegal drug use remain prohibited. Authorities US Navy eases tattoo policy, allows sailors neck tattoos Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy eases tattoo policy, allows sailors neck tattoos View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Survey Shows Majority of Hoosiers On Board with Legalizing Marijuana

first_imgSurvey Shows Majority of Hoosiers On Board with Legalizing MarijuanaNOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 MITCH ANGLE INDIANAResults from a telephone survey conducted by The Old National Bank/Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey show Indiana residents are concerned about hard drugs, but are mostly ok with legalized marijuana.The telephone survey of 604 adults Indiana residents found the majority believes that communities should direct additional resources to treatment-related approaches and cracking down on drug dealers.Additionally, 39% of respondents said marijuana should be legal for personal use, while 42% said it should be legal only for medicinal use. Only 16% said it should not be legal at all. If marijuana remains illegal, then only 16% said that people should serve jail time for possessing small amounts.“In considering drug problems in their community, Hoosiers seem to consider marijuana as fundamentally different than ‘hard’ street drugs, such a methamphetamine and heroin, or commonly abused prescription drugs, such as OxyContin,” said Charles Taylor, managing director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State, which conducts the annual public opinion survey.The Hoosier Survey found that improving school safety, improving public safety and reducing crime, improving local public schools, and attracting jobs were Hoosiers’ top four priorities.Other findings from the survey can be seen below:About 24 percent of Hoosiers rate the state as an excellent place to live, a decline from 2012, when 30 percent gave the state an excellent rating.Overall, 40 percent said that road maintenance had improved, compared to 18 percent that indicated it had worsened.For the first time in several years, more Hoosiers reported that the quality of their local schools had improved than reported it had worsened, by a margin of 23 to 19 percent.Satisfaction with the state’s job attraction efforts continues with 69 percent of Hoosiers approving. Satisfaction is lower, however, among Hoosiers in households with less than $30,000 annual income, at 64 percent, and higher among households with income greater than $75,000, at 74 percent.A solid majority of Hoosiers continues to approve of the 10-cent gas tax increase and an associated increase in vehicle registration fees. Overall, 55 percent approve, compared to 38 percent who disapprove. The state’s proposal to toll interstate highways, however, is much less popular. About 1 in 5 Hoosiers approve of tolling interstates.About 72 percent of Hoosiers support increasing cigarette taxes; about 61 percent support increasing the smoking age to 21 years of age.Only 37 percent of Hoosiers favor legalized sports betting as a revenue source for the state, compared to 50 percent opposed. TwitterFacebookcenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgA VIEW FROM THE OUTSIDEBy GAIL RIECKENDear Friend, recently I was asked to share a thought or two on State issues from the perspective of a former state legislator. So join me, one who was once on the “INSIDE” and now has “A VIEW FROM THE OUTSIDE.” The hot news this past week has been the Vice-President Pence email scandal (soon to have a name, I am sure). While the IndyStar is raking the Vice-President over the coals, some people are getting a little nervous that this will seriously hurt his future bid for President; others think that is just fine.What I think is that we are missing something very important, something far more reaching about this incident that we should talk more about.Government has the responsibility to maintain a trustworthy relationship with its citizens; it is a priority.The email incident, at minimum, should be a wake-up call. For our Legislature, it should be an opportunity. Here is one way to take on that opportunity.The Legislature could create an independent commission that would review the ethics code and rules of the Legislature, communication and email issues, etc. on an ongoing basis, taking testimony and reporting annually to the Legislature, giving recommendations.Better yet, the Executive and Judicial branches of government could be a part of the commission. There is no doubt that recommendations from this kind of inclusive commission would promote a comprehensive discussion of options for improvements.I would like to see this independent commission of the three branches of government start by reviewing again the 2014 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). That report highlights what states are doing, what more states could do and even gives Indiana a “shout out” for our improved transparency measures.  Take a look here    INtestimonyFINAL10-14Being accountable to citizens always warrants our best actions. An independent commission of the three branches is just one idea; I am sure there are others.And, even though the email issue with Vice-President Pence is disturbing, it is also an opportunity for the Legislature to act. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

April fool’s Day

first_imgSincerely,Elmer Leighton Dear Editor,The past April fool’s Day reminds us how the meat, egg, and dairy industries play us for fools every day. The meat industry has developed a whole dictionary designed to fool unwary consumers. The flesh of pigs is called “pork” or “bacon” to fool viewers of Charlotte’s Web into eating it. Killing of stunned animals for food is labeled “humane.” And, cesspools of pig waste that spill into our drinking water supplies during hurricanes are named “lagoons.”The egg laying industry is arguing with USDA whether chickens laying organic eggs should have access to the outdoors. But few seem to care that, for each hen that lays eggs, a male chick was ground up alive or suffocated in a plastic garbage bag, because it doesn’t. Or that laying hens themselves get to live less than one tenth of their natural lives. A number of states have also enacted “ag-gag” laws that criminalize exposes of factory farm and slaughterhouse atrocities.The meat, dairy, and egg industry’s fooling days may be counted. Many of us are seeing through the deception and replacing animal meat, milk, cheese, and ice cream with kinder, healthier, and eco-friendly nut and grain-based products available in every supermarket.last_img read more

Welcome to the Baking Industry Awards 2008

first_imgA very big’congratulations!’ to the winners and finalists in the Baking Industry Awards and, importantly, a huge ’Thank You’ to all the award sponsors who made it possible.In the following pages, we celebrate all those who made it to the final three in each category.While we only give a brief summary, it is a tremendous accolade and recognition by the whole industry of what you have achieved.This year there were more entries than ever and I hope many of you will take the trouble to visit each other’s businesses, if you are not a direct rival, because those who do tell me there is always something to learn.But now it’s time to celebrate! So in the pages ahead we look at the winners and finalists.Most bakers put their heart and soul into what they do, but you also need a keen mind for business, a drive for quality, an instinct for innovation and sheer stamina for all the hard work that it takes to get to the top.Well done! We look forward to profiling many of you over the coming year.Sylvia Macdonaldlast_img read more

Warburtons faces opposition over wind turbine

first_imgWarburtons’ plans to build a single wind turbine at its Severn Beach site has reportedly been met with strong opposition from locals.According to the Gazette Series, the bakery is hoping to receive planning permission, following the review of its application this week. The erection of a 67-metre high turbine is proposed for its Western Approach Distribution Park in Bristol. Fourteen objection letters are said to have been sent to the local district council, which cite worries over noise, visual impact and the proximity of the turbine to nearby homes.  It is believed the turbine would generate 18% of Warburton’s annual electricity consumption.last_img read more

Senate To Vote To Avoid Shutdown

first_imgPixabay / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Bjoertvedt / Wikipedia WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate is set to vote Tuesday evening to advance a stop-gap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown.The vote to limit debate will pave the way for a final vote to pass the spending bill Wednesday.The timeline sets up a final passage just hours before government funding is set to expire at midnight unless leaders agree to an earlier timeframe.The bill would keep the government funded through December 11. It passed the House last week by a wide margin and is expected to pass the Senate.The continuing resolution came out of bipartisan negotiations and a deal between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.Once signed into law, it removes the threat of a shutdown before the November Presidential Election.However, there could be a funding fight and potential shutdown after the election and just before the start of a new Congress. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more