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  • The justification, design and implementation of Ecological Risk Assessments of the effects of fishing on seabirds

    first_imgMany marine species are threatened by high levels of incidental mortality in fisheries. This paper reviews the design of selected recent, detailed Ecological Risk Assessments (ERAs) of the effects of fishing on seabirds. Several aspects of ERA methodology for seabirds are still in development, including the most appropriate ways to: predict seabird distribution and fisheries overlap; handle data gaps; compare productivity and susceptibility among species; and incorporate data on bycatch. Nor is there consensus on rules for selecting species or populations for inclusion in assessments, the appropriate spatial and temporal resolution for the analyses, and the definition of risk. Despite these uncertainties, the clear benefits of undertaking quantitative or semi-quantitative ERAs include the identification of particularly vulnerable species or populations and of key areas and seasons in which bycatch may be occurring, and the highlighting of data gaps and priorities for future monitoring. ERAs are likely to be particularly effective where explicit links are established at the outset between the outcomes or conclusions of the ERA and management responses. A precautionary approach to bycatch mitigation can then be embedded in the broader fisheries management framework. However, this requires that the ERA process is not overly complex or is prolonged to the extent that it draws attention away from existing responsibilities and commitments to reduce bycatch per se. When selecting the best approach, it is vital to balance desired outputs against the availability of data for the assessment, and to deal with data gaps in a precautionary manner.last_img read more

  • UVU Men’s Basketball’s Fardaws Airmaq Wins Riley Wallace Award

    first_imgApril 1, 2021 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball’s Fardaws Airmaq Wins Riley Wallace Award FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDENVER-Thursday, Utah Valley men’s basketball junior center Fardaws Airmaq was named the recipient of the Riley Wallace Award.This award, named in honor of the former Centenary (1976-1978) and Hawaii (1987-2007) head coach, is bestowed upon the top transfer in Division I men’s college basketball annually.Aimaq led the nation in rebounding with 15 boards per game. He also led Division I in total rebounds (330) and defensive rebounds per game (10.68).He became the first Division I player since 1980 to average 15 or more rebounds per game.Aimaq’s 1.7 blocks per game led the Western Athletic Conference.Aimaq averaged 13.9 points per game as well this season for the Wolverines.Wallace (334-265, .558 at Hawaii, the Rainbow Warriors’ all-time winningest coach) welcomed numerous transfers during his time at Honolulu, resulting in the award being named in his honor. Written bycenter_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

  • Oxford supports vivisection

    first_imgOxford University has joined a national campaign supporting experiments on live animals for medical research. The campaign was first launched two years ago, initially backed by 41 organisations. Supporters include the coalition government, Cancer Research UK, Arthritis Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline as well as other universities such as Cambridge and Durham.The campaign justifies use of animals in medical research with claims that life sciences sector develops vital treatments and cures which benefit both animals and humans, stating, “We need to increase understanding of normal biological functions and disease. Where possible, we use cells grown in a lab, computer models and human volunteers. When this isn’t possible, research may involve animals.”David Willetts, the Science Minister, said, “The Government is committed to working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research, but we do recognise that there remains a strong scientific case for the careful regulated use of animals in scientific research and that this does play a role in ensuring new medicines are safe and effective.”More than 3.79 million licensed animal procedures were conducted in British laboratories in 2011, with the vast majority being conducted on mice. Public support for animal testing is currently declining, with a poll by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills finding that 66 per cent support it for medical research, a drop from the 2010 figure of 76 per cent.Many scientific and academic organisations have been reluctant to acknowledge their use of animal experiments due to the threat of being targeted by animal rights activists. Oxford researchers have previously been targeted by arsonists.The director of the Wellcome Trust, an organisation supporting the campaign, said, “There are understandable reasons why some members of the research community have been reluctant to speak out in the past, in the face of intimidation. The Government has acted firmly and helped build an environment in which it is safer to carry out and speak out about animal research. It is now up to us — funders, academia and industry — to build on this and create a culture of greater openness and transparency.”An Oxford University spokesperson commented, “The University of Oxford was happy to sign up to this declaration and we look forward to seeing how all parties can take this forward.”There have been recent disruptions in British animal research after transport firms refused to import animals used for scientific experimentation. Life sciences companies argue that by giving into animal rights activists, they are hindering potentially life-saving research and undermining a £4 billion industry.However, concerns regarding these experiments remain. Penny Hawkins, senior scientistat the RSPCA, is worried about a lack of transparency in the scientific community, arguing that they should “not just talk about the potential benefits of research.”Public attitudes in the latest polls appear to be against the pharmaceutical industry and seem concerned over how effective the regulations on animal testing are, with 33 per cent mistrusting the regulators.Ms Hawkins commented, “These results reflect a deep public concern about animals who suffer in the name of science.”The chief executive of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, Michelle Thew, commented, “We have been requesting transparency on animal experiments for many years, rigorously opposed by the research industry. If, however, they are now serious about favouring greater openness, then it is time they back up their claim by disclosing exactly what they are doing to animals and why.”last_img read more

  • Warren Haynes And Melvin Seals Add Third Set To Red Rocks Symphonic Celebration

    first_imgThe Warren Haynes-led Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration just keeps getting better! The band, which will include JGB organist Melvin Seals, drummer Jeff Sipe, bassist Lincoln Schleifer, and vocalists Jasmine Muhammad and Jacklyn LaBranch, have announced a third set of music to their Red Rocks performance on Monday, August 1. Falling on the birthday of the late Jerry Garcia, the show is “shaping up to be a monumental evening,” says Haynes.This news excitingly comes on the heels of the announcement that Jerry Garcia‘s iconic “Tiger” guitar will also be on stage for the evening. The esteemed guitar was primarily used by Garcia from 1979 to 1989, though problems with his “Rosebud” guitar forced the mid-show switch. Since that day, “Tiger” has not been seen publicly, though the guitar did get some recent exposure. Read more here.In a Facebook post from Warren Haynes, he commented: “August 1st is shaping up to be a monumental evening. Any time you play Red Rocks, it’s a special occasion. And when we were able to book the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration there on Jerry’s birthday, we knew the planets were aligning. We started thinking about ways to honor the occasion and who we’d like to have be a part of the celebration, and there really was no one who made more sense than Melvin. If all that wasn’t enough, having the opportunity to play Tiger for the very first time since Jerry played it at the last Dead show over 20 years ago, really is the cherry on top.”Tickets for the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration are currently on-sale here, and will also stream on SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead channel on Wednesday, August 3 at 9 p.m. ET.last_img read more

  • Mennonite lawyer discusses peace in Colombia

    first_imgOn Thursday, prominent Colombian Mennonite, human rights lawyer and peace worker Ricardo Esquivia gave a lecture titled “Building Just Peace in Colombia,” in which he said the progress of peace is slow but is making strides.  The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies sponsored the lecture as the 15th annual Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace. Esquivia gave the lecture entirely in Spanish while a Ph.D student provided an English translation.  Esquivia said the Mennonite Church provided him with the foundation for his work in Colombia.  “I’ve never regretted arriving to the Mennonite Church,” Esquivia said. “Sometimes I’ve been closer, sometimes I’ve been more distant to the Mennonite Church, but I’ve always been a part of it since I was nine years old – that is to say, for more than half a century.” Esquivia said he became a Mennonite when his father was diagnosed with leprosy and sent to a government leper colony. Esquivia and his siblings became orphans until a Mennonite community for children in similar situations took them in.  “At this time, leprosy was seen as a curse, and this concept was very much influenced by the biblical notion,” Esquivia said. “And it was also seen as a public crisis, and so the state believed it was its own obligation to protect the society from the lepers.”  With his Mennonite foundation, Esquivia saw the ongoing conflict in Colombia through a different lens and said the scale of the violence troubled him deeply.  “This [conflict] has left more than 300,000 people dead, thousands of people ‘disappeared,’ thousands of people kidnapped, close to five million people internally displaced violently and the social fabric has been ripped apart,” Esquivia said. “The state is delegitimized.”  Esquivia said the government lost its credibility because it succumbed to the corruption of guerrilla groups. “The government was delegitimized because it was used as a platform for the armed groups to protect and maintain their privileges,” Esquivia said. Esquivia said the drug crisis in Colombia only adds to the conflict. “To complete this sketch, because of the internal disorder and the social injustice and war, the internal drug mafias have taken over the country, making the armed conflict particularly cruel and difficult to end,” Esquivia said.  When asked about how to address the issue of drug violence in Colombia, Esquivia said the United States knows what ought to be done. “I believe that the [United States] has the answer to that question,” he said. “Here, alcohol was prohibited and that prohibition created great mafias. In order to get rid of the mafias, they got rid of prohibition. This applies to the [United States] as well as any other part of the world.” Esquivia said society should consider addicts as people with illness, rather than as criminals.  “And so in this way, we are changing lenses and allowing us to see the person as someone who needs help and not as someone who needs to be incarcerated or go through the legal process,” Esquivia said.  After graduating from law school in 1973, Esquivia said he set out to find solutions to the violence in Colombia and found them in the nonviolence demonstrated by people like Gandhi and American civil rights activists.  “So also during this time, I was following the civil rights movement of the blacks in the United States and I became very interested in nonviolence,” he said. “Studying nonviolence, I arrived at Gandhi, and then studying Gandhi,  I returned to Jesus. And it was in this way that I discovered the rich vision of the Mennonite Church as an historic peace church.” Throughout the years, Esquivia said progress in Colombia has come slowly, but it has come nonetheless.  “Right now, the Columbian civil society is awaiting the outcome of dialogues between the national government and the largest guerrilla group in Colombia known as the FARC,” he said.  “These dialogues are not easy. More than 60 years of war does not end quickly.” Esquivia said organizations like the Mennonite Church are necessary to help Colombian peace become reality.  “We know that those who make war cannot, by themselves, pact and end to the war,  and that is why the role of the Mennonite Church in Colombia is particularly important,” Esquivia said.  Contact Jack Rooney at [email protected]last_img read more

  • Speaker discusses examining policing through portals

    first_imgIn an effort to create conversations about policing, Yale University professor Vesla Weaver and her colleagues created spaces called portals where people can speak with others from different cities about their experiences with law enforcement in their communities.In a talk hosted Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Center for Civil and Human Rights on Tuesday, Weaver spoke about her involvement in the project.“What are portals?” she said. “They’re a bridge. A wormhole, a conversation across states. Maybe even time. They’re gold repurposed shipping containers. They’re equipped with immersive audio [and] video technology. You can place them anywhere.”Weaver said traditional methods of gathering information about police brutality, such as surveys, did not sufficiently describe the experiences of members of marginalized communities.“We wanted to actually listen to what members of these impacted communities said in their own terms — in interactions not with researchers, not with us, but in conversation with others distant physically, but from similar neighborhoods,” Weaver said.Weaver said she wanted to enable vulnerable groups to become powerful forces in their communities.“We wanted to see if we could empower communities so often marginalized by contemporary discourse to have a say and to amplify the voices of those who are already often unheard,” she said. “Could we create a connected political space from connection? Can we make ordinary people the lifeblood of grassroots politics?”For many minority youth, Weaver said their first encounter with the police is a regular coming of age event. Participants in the portals often recalled their first encounters with law enforcement during conversations.“One says the police come into his house, and all of the sudden he has a gun to his head and he’s 12 years old,” Weaver said. “Another says he was truant from school and he ends up being thrown on the ground and given a ticket for resisting.“And this next one, she says she’s a full-figured girl and the police would stop her and basically ask her if she was a prostitute. And she was 13.”Weaver also discussed the idea of “linked fate” in black communities, and how it helps marginalized communities organize.“When evaluating a political decision, so the logic goes, blacks make a utility calculation: what’s good for the group is what’s good for me,” Weaver said. “Linked fate is a political resource for subjugated groups. It helps them mount collective action problems and intra-racial differences by seeing a common foe and a common purpose.”According to Weaver, participants’ conversations in portals revealed that linked fate was on the decline because of recent police brutality.“Crucially, people described how divided the community was,” she said. “… A linked fate that might have emerged was interrupted by the incentives to remain alone. It was only as a loner that one could remain under the police radar to have some quiet from police intrusion in their neighborhoods.”Weaver said many participants felt the law enforcement system was profiting off of their communities, and discussed the financial challenges participants — especially those incarcerated — faced.“41 states have something called ‘inmate user fees,’” Weaver said. “In other words, you are charged for your own room and board and for the services attached to being jailed — things like healthcare, things like dental care, things like your uniform. In Riverside, California, this amounts to $142 a day. These are families that are making probably less than $30,000 or $20,000 a year.”Many participants said they wanted to reshape the mainstream narrative about their communities, Weaver said.“It was interesting to me how often people said something like ‘We need to control our narratives. See, what people see about us on the news isn’t right. We’re kings and queens. We’re creative. We’re entrepreneurs. We just don’t have the resources,’” she said.Tags: marginalized communities, police, portalslast_img read more

  • Chita Rivera & An American in Paris Among Drama League Award Winners

    first_img View Comments The Visit headliner Chita Rivera received the prestigious Distinguished Performance Award at the 81st annual Drama League Awards on May 15. Rivera was one of 47 nominees for the top honor, which a performer can only win once in his or her lifetime. Additionally, An American in Paris, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the revivals of The King and I and You Can’t Take It With You were presented with trophies.Prior to The Visit, Rivera was seen on Broadway as The Princess Puffer in the revival of Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She earned Tony Awards for two other Kander and Ebb musicals: The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Her performance as Claire Zachanassian in The Visit marks her tenth Tony nomination; her previous nods include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Nine, Jerry’s Girls, Merlin, Bring Back Birdie, Chicago and Bye Bye Birdie.The ceremony was hosted by Hand to God star Steven Boyer. Neil Patrick Harris, who took home the Distinguished Performance Award last year, served as this year’s presenter for the honor. Zachary Quinto presented the four production awards. The ceremony also honored legendary performer Joel Grey, director Stephen Daldry and WNET’s Neal Shapiro and David Horn.Distinguished Performance AwardChita Rivera for The VisitDistinguished Production of a MusicalAn American in ParisDistinguished Production of a PlayThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeDistinguished Revival of a MusicalThe King and IDistinguished Revival of a PlayYou Can’t Take It With Youlast_img read more

  • Rumsey Punch: The Mets Win But The Cost Is Hard For Fans To Take

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For Mets fans Monday was an off-day like no other in recent memory. It was gray, dismal, rainy and depressing, when all the defeats of years past come to loom larger, haunting the recesses of the mind. Only Sunday as our ace Matt Harvey took the mound, our hopes seemed so much brighter. Unreasonably brighter, and long-time Mets fanatics could only know that something bad lay in store. We were right.Yankees fans will never understand the depths of despair that Mets fans must constantly fight to keep at bay, even in the middle of the most improbable streak we’ve ever had. Winning eight games in a row? Being in first place in the National League East? The question that we dare not utter but is on the tip of every tongue: How long will this last?Because disappointment is almost a team motto. Not like the Cubs, let’s be honest here, but the history of the Mets doesn’t inspire confidence in the long-term. Or even in the short-term, for that matter.You wanna believe, you gotta believe, but you fear you’re only going to be deceived. Past is prologue. Here’s what a typical Mets fan asks himself before spring training: How much faith will be betrayed this season?Then the pitchers and catchers show up, the hype machine starts cranking out “promising news,” and soon you swallow it all, hook, line and sinker, and dare to think: “Next year” is now! But then, the unbearable truth rears its ugly head again as the games that matter begin and the highly touted team in March typically falls into the ranks of the mediocre by May. It was ever so, and ever shall be.Yankees fans, known for their superior disdain of mere mortals who pretend to follow America’s pastime, can always take the long view, even when the men in pinstripes stumble. They know it’s only temporary because they are the Yankees, of course, and another pennant is only 100 games away.But not this year… This year the gods of baseball had something diabolical in store for Mets fans. They let us watch a team that for the first time in a long, long time, actually had a chance to have a winning record—an unusual achievement in itself, and something that Yankees fans take for granted as if it’s a birthright bestowed by the Bronx Bombers on the faithful.True Mets fans would never entertain such delusions. Why? Because the words “avoid hubris” are invisibly engraved on our brains. The motto has appeared indelible for decades, with the few glimmers of hope just benchmarks to mark the long intervals of decline. Was it 2000 when Bobby Valentine led the Mets against the Yanks and ended watching their defeat from his home dugout at Shea Stadium? Or 2006 in the National League Championship Series, when Carlos Beltran, now a Yankee himself (and that’s another unbearable storyline, cf. Darryl Strawberry, Al Leiter, et al.), stood dumbstruck as the Cards’ Adam Wainwright struck him out? Mets fans like to debate when the decline began, it’s an entertaining academic exercise, but at least it’s something to talk about when there’s usually nothing but bad news.For the Yankees, it’s been six years since the team won their last title and only three years since they won their division. Three years! That’s hardly a lifetime! Get a life! Certainly, the Yanks’ dynasty of dominance during the reign of King George Steinbrenner is no more. But here they come again, on April 20, already they’ve reached .500, and have started to trend upward, as is their prevailing tendency, given their propensity for winning.Read “Hysteria Over Tanaka’s Velocity Is Comical,” in Press staffer Rashed Mian’s “Benchwarmer” sports blog, HEREI wish the Yankees well, but don’t begrudge us Mets fans our fleeting happiness. For us, monstrous misfortune is always bearing down the base paths! Look at the price we’ve already had to pay this spring to get this far. We’ve lost our captain, David Wright, to a pulled hamstring. Then, in Sunday’s fateful seventh inning at Citi Field, our young hot-hitting catcher, Travis d’Arnaud, broke his right hand when it was drilled by a fastball. Our reliable lefty reliever, Jerry Blevins, broke his left forearm after it took a hard shot as he was on the mound. He managed to pick up the ball with his gloved hand and toss it to first base for the second out of the game. But now he’s out for at least a month if not more. These two players join their teammates on the crowded disabled list: pitcher Vic Black with neck and shoulder issues, pitchers Bobby Parnell, Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin with debilitating elbow problems, and their closer Jenrry Mejia to steroids (his fault).So the Mets managed to beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 on a sunny day but there was a chill in the air. The victory came at a cost, a price that Mets fans understand they must pay for whatever reason. Maybe the suffering makes us stronger. Maybe it builds character? It certainly has been around long enough to inspire a unique product line. A guy I used to work with had an inflatable figure about three-feet tall standing against a wall in his office, a plastic statue of a young Mets fan permanently wailing, his head buried in his arms so you couldn’t see his face, only his baseball cap and his Mets jersey. My colleague’s understanding wife had presented it to him. She knew how much his misery loved company.So let us Mets fans cling to our momentary merriment one more day, knowing that we’ll always have April 2015, when our hearts were soaring above Queens like the planes leaving LaGuardia. Let us treasure these last few precious weeks as we face the certainty of more mishaps still to come and amuse ourselves while we can. The joys in Metsville can never be taken for granted. And for that we remain thankful.Spencer Rumsey is the Mets-loving, globe-trotting Senior Editor of the Long Island Press and author of its blog “Rumsey Punch.” To send him fanmail or simply commiserate, check out his extended bio below and write him at [email protected] To bash on A-rod, reminisce about Jeter or talk any/and all Yankees-related dirt, check out Press staffer Rashed Mian’s “Benchwarmer” sports blog.last_img read more

  • Officials: No charges filed following car vs pedestrian crash in Endwell

    first_imgDispatchers tell 12 News Endwell Fire, New York State Police and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office are responding to the scene. Officials also tell 12 News no charges will be filed. ENDWELL (WBNG) — According to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, no one was taken to the hospital after a car hit a walking pedestrian on the 500 block of Hooper Road. —– 9:00 P.M. UPDATE: ENDWELL (WBNG) — Emergency crews are responding to a car vs pedestrian crash in front of Rite Aid in Endwell. Dispatchers could not comment on the extent of any injuires. 12 News has a crew at the scene. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further information.last_img read more

  • Winning lottery ticket bought at JC Wegman’s

    first_imgThe NYS Lottery reported the winning ticket drawn here in Johnson City was worth more than $33,000. Another winning ticket was sold at a Deli in Sherly over in Suffolk County. (WBNG) — The New York State Lottery announced this weekend a winning ticket was bought at the Johnson City Wegman’s. Multiple of the top prize-winning tickets were sold for this Friday’s take five drawings, and one of those tickets was sold right here in the Southern Tier at Wegman’s. 12 News has not gotten word on who the winner is but send our congratulations. last_img read more