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  • Have whales returned to a historical hotspot of industrial whaling? The pattern of southern right whale Eubalaena australis recovery at South Georgia

    first_imgAround 176500 whales were killed in the sub-Antarctic waters off South Georgia (South Atlantic) between 1904 and 1965. In recent decades, whales have once again become summer visitors, with the southern right whale (SRW) the most commonly reported species until 2011. Here, we assess the distribution, temporal pattern, health status and likely prey of SRWs in these waters, combining observations from a summertime vessel-based expedition to South Georgia, stable isotope data collected from SRWs and putative prey and sightings reports collated by the South Georgia Museum. The expedition used directional acoustics and visual surveys to localise whales and collected skin biopsies and photo-IDs. During 76 h of visual observation effort over 19 expedition days, SRWs were encountered 15 times (~31 individuals). Photo-IDs, combined with publicly contributed images from commercial vessels, were reconciled and quality-controlled to form a catalogue of 6 fully (i.e. both sides) identified SRWs and 26 SRWs identified by either left or right sides. No photo-ID matches were found with lower-latitude calving grounds, but 3 whales had gull lesions supporting a direct link with Península Valdés, Argentina. The isotopic position of SRWs in the South Georgia food web suggests feeding on a combination of copepod and krill species. Opportunistic reports of SRW sightings and associated group sizes remain steady over time, while humpback whales provide a strong contrast, with increased sighting rates and group sizes seen since 2013. These data suggest a plateau in SRWs and an increasing humpback whale presence in South Georgia waters following the cessation of whaling.last_img read more

  • Finau Finishes Second At Phoenix Open

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Scottsdale, AZ) — Webb Simpson was one stroke better than Utah native Tony Finau in a playoff to win the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.Simpson birdied the final two holes of regulation to pull even with Finau at 17-under for the tournament and force the playoff.Simpson birdied the first playoff hole to win it, while Finau settled for par. Written by February 3, 2020 /Sports News – Local Finau Finishes Second At Phoenix Open Tags: PGA/Phoenix Open/Tony Finau/Webb Simpson Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Participation of BULGARTRANSGAZ in the Alexandroupolis LNG project

    first_img Participation of BULGARTRANSGAZ in the Alexandroupolis LNG project. (Credit: GASTRADE S.A.) The Council of Ministers of the Bulgarian Government approved the participation of BULGARTRANSGAZ EAD by a percentage of 20% in the share capital of GASTRADE S.A. The terms of the agreement were signed on 8th of January by the Founding Shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GASTRADE, Ms. Elmina Copelouzou and the Executive Director of BULGARTRANSGAZ, Mr. Vladimir Malinov, in the presence of the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ms. Temenuzhka Petkova.GASTRADE is developing the LNG Terminal in Northern Greece off the shore of Alexandroupolis.The Terminal comprises a floating LNG storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and a 28 km pipeline system. The LNG storage capacity of the FSRU will be up to 170,000 cubic metres and the maximum daily regasification capacity 22.7 million c.m. The FSRU will be moored 10 km offshore the city of Alexandroupolis and will be connected to the National Natural Gas Transmission System via a 28 km pipeline (24 km subsea pipeline and 4 km onshore pipeline).This is a Project of European Common Interest (PCI – EU Regulation 347/2013), i.e. a priority project for the European Union. As such this project will enhance the security of supply, diversify the energy sources and routes and support the development of competition in Greece and the wider region of Southeast Europe as well as in the establishment of a Natural Gas Hub in the region.This project supports and creates great synergies with the Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria (IGB), a project where BULGARIAN ENERGY HOLDING and DEPA participate. DEPA has already signed its participation in the share capital of GASTRADE with also 20%.The IGB is a pipeline that will transmit natural gas from Greece to Bulgaria and onwards to Serbia, North Macedonia, Romania, Hungary as well as Ukraine.The decision of the Council of Ministers moves within the frame of the updated Energy Strategy of Bulgaria securing access to Liquified Natural Gas via the Alexandroupolis LNG terminal.The Managing Director of GASTRADE Mr. Konstantinos Spyropoulos stated,«We welcome BULGARTRANSGAZ at the project and we are happy that we are going to collaborate for its development. The project will enrich the sources and routes of energy supply to Bulgaria reducing the energy cost for the Bulgarian consumers. The experience and the size of BULGARTRANSGAZ will contribute to the successful operation of the project».The LNG Terminal in Northern Greece is expected to start operations in 2022. Source: Company Press Release The LNG Terminal in Northern Greece is expected to start operations in 2022last_img read more

  • Veterans Gather At Statehouse To Meet With Lawmakers

    first_imgBy Andrew LongstrethTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Veterans and citizens across Indiana traveled to the Statehouse Tuesday morning to have their voices heard by legislators on issues important to both veterans and their loved ones.It was the fourth annual Indiana Military Veterans Legislative Day hosted by Reps. Jim Baird, R-Greencastle, and John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis.Jim Bewley stands in front of the congregation of veterans and elected officials early Tuesday morning, performing a rendition of “God Bless America.”Currently there are 16 bills that have been filed during the 2018 legislative session addressing issues like tax deductions, hunting opportunities, and the legalization and use of medical marijuana for veterans.Veterans began the celebration with a march in unison to the Statehouse where they were greeted by legislators and citizens alike and to listen to guest speakers and organizers including keynote speaker Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Navy veteran.Holcomb talked about the benefits that the military has brought to people across the world, and the sacrifices that soldiers and their families make to defend the nation.The event was created so that veterans from all branches of the military could able to meet face to face with their legislators and discuss issues on a more personal level.Various organizations and veterans took advantage of the event to promote their own individual causes and issues. Organizations such as Bosma Enterprises, a non-profit organization to help Hoosiers who are visually impaired, and NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), had booths at the event.With House Bill 1106 concerning the legalization of marijuana, groups such asHoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis, Inc. used this opportunity to meet with legislatures and make the case to pass House Bill 1106, which would legalize medical marijuanaMany veterans have been showing support for HB 1106 and are optimistic about its growing support and outcome.“It’s been snowballing,” said Army veteran Jimmy Giordano, a member of Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis. “We’re hoping this year’s the year.”FOOTNOTE: Andrew Longstreth is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Road To Canyon Jam: Patrick Harvey and Michael Wood Of Cycles Discuss Playing The Mish

    first_imgMW: We played the Eldo in Crested Butte and talked about the years that Phish played there and how Cheese had played there a bunch. I wouldn’t say I put too much thought into it, but it was fun to look up the old Eldo Phish sets.L4LM: The Mishawaka is known for its intimate and gorgeous setting. How does a venue’s vibe (or some other word) affect how you go into a performance? MW: A beautiful venue or setting will affect your mood just like anything else, and when I’m in a good mood I tend to play well! It’s hard to not have fun playing outside in Colorado.L4LM: In your career thus far, what has been your favorite guest appearance to participate in—whether it’s someone sitting in with your band or you sitting in with another?PH: We had a lot of fun jamming with Brian [Moss] from Spafford at Wind Rider Festival! He was super nice and it was a lowkey crowd, so it didn’t take much convincing to have him sit in. We played one of our favorites with him, “Wait,” and he crushed it! Also playing “Fame” (David Bowie), “Devil’s Haircut” (Beck), and “I’ve Got A Feeling” (The Beatles) with The Jauntee during our last tour—so fun jammin’ with those guys. “Fame” from Indianapolis was my favorite, I think.L4LM: Playing Colorado, in general, always seems to bring out the best in bands. Why do you think that is?PH: In Colorado, the size of the crews or groups of people that roll into these shows is insane! Everyone seems to know each other, and it’s just a giant family of live music enthusiasts that keeps getting bigger. It’s full of positive energy, and I think it shows in the recordings from Red Rocks and the Fillmore and stuff. The crowds are pumped, the bands are pumped. Colorado is live music country!Friday Schedule:6 pm – Doors8 pm – 9 pm –  Moves at Midnight9:30pm – 10:30pm – Mungion11pm – 1am – Main SqueezeSaturday Schedule:4 pm – Doors6 pm – 6:40 pm – Jus Sayin’7 pm – 8 pm – Cycles8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Organ Freeman10 pm – 11:30 pm – Aqueous12 am – 2 am – Spafford[cover photo courtesy of Ryan Lewis Photography] The inaugural Canyon Jam at Colorado’s iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre features several of the jam scene’s “Next Phase” of bands, such as Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’. The two-day event takes place across September 8th and 9th, and is looking to be an annual affair boasting some of the jam scene’s top young talent. With the event just several weeks away, we decided to catch up with members of each band on the lineup in this new Live For Live Music interview series dubbed Road To Canyon Jam.Why The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Is One Of The Most Coveted Scenic Venues In The CountryThe first installment of the series features guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood of Colorado’s own psychedelic-fusion act Cycles, who discuss the excitement surrounding Canyon Jam, following in the footsteps of other jam scene greats that have played The Mish, the art of the jam, and more. Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Live For Live Music: The nature of Canyon Jam centers around the art of the “jam.” What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients that make up a solid jam?Patrick Harvey: The key ingredients to a solid jam are made up of fruits of choice. Mine are my ears. Listening is most important when jamming. If you have the chance, take as long of a sound check you need to make sure you can hear your peeps. Sleeping helps too—maybe even lack of sleep, in some instances.L4LM: Because Canyon Jam is in its first year and given the location and the lineup, what are you most excited about for Canyon Jam? Michael Wood: I can’t wait to play outside at the Mish! The first show I went to in Colorado was at the Mish, and I’ve always wanted to play on that stage.L4LM: In their earlier years, bands like The Disco Biscuits and The String Cheese Incident performed at the Mishawaka. Do you ever put any thought into bands that have played iconic venues before you and how that relates to your own career? last_img read more

  • The unchanging election

    first_img 2016 issues: Voter anger, distrust Related And though Trump defeated 16 other candidates in the Republican primaries, the public’s attitude toward him has remained constant. “The American public, from the beginning, sized up Donald Trump,” Hart said. In July 2015, 56 percent viewed him negatively, while 26 percent viewed him positively. Today, 62 percent view him negatively, and 29 percent positively. “The public, at no stage, found him acceptable.”Meanwhile, despite email controversies and arguments over Benghazi security, the public’s feelings toward a possible Clinton presidency has held fast at 43 percent positive and 55 percent negative since last October.Integrity and transparency are Clinton’s two biggest perception hurdles with voters.“You go all the way back to cattle futures and Whitewater. There’s always something in every period that comes up,” said Hart, who has organized focus groups for Clinton in the past. “There’s always been a suspicion, an uncomfortable feeling that she’s not aboveboard,” or that she’s playing “just barely inside the lines.”“They always feel that there’s a glass curtain between her” and them, he said, “that they can see her, they can hear her, but they don’t feel that they can touch her or relate to her.“That’s going to be a huge challenge” if she is elected.With so many people feeling disgusted by the negative tone of this election and unenthusiastic about either Clinton or Trump, making sure voters show up on Nov. 8 will be a bigger challenge for both parties than usual, he said.Hart predicted that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be the “heroes” of this election, “both in terms of a moral message, but also in terms of inspiring a group of people who have to get to the polls” — African-Americans, who are projected to turn out at far lower rates than in the last three elections, which Hart sees as a huge danger for Clinton.With millennials, now that the threat of huge numbers of disaffected Bernie Sanders voters moving to the Libertarian Party ticket seems to have passed, Hart says the open question is: Can Clinton prompt enough of those voters to go to the polls to win. “There was zero chance they were voting” for Trump.A Democratic takeover of the U.S. House is technically possible but unlikely, Hart said, given that such a shift would require Clinton to defeat Trump by at least 10 points or more. Much more realistic, he says, is the Democrats gaining a majority in the U.S. Senate. Of the 11 state races widely deemed up for grabs, eight are in states where Clinton is leading in the polls. Trump is up in Ohio and Arizona, where Republicans have two seats with the best chance of holding.While polling shows Republican candidates still ahead in most of these races, that lead is going to shrink because of the party’s turnout problems and because recent disavowals by candidates following Trump’s remarks in the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video will only alienate the base, not bring in moderates.That’s going to cost incumbent U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire (“not gonna happen for her,” Hart predicted), and will most likely deliver victories for the Democrats in Missouri and North Carolina.“I’m telling you, they are holding an ice cream cone outside when it’s 95 degrees and high humidity: This is going to melt,” said Hart. “They don’t know it.” Pollster Peter Hart explores electorate’s mood, gauges early presidential prospects No, it’s not your imagination. Even political professionals agree that this presidential election has been remarkable only in how truly stomach-churning it is.“What has surprised me most about this election is how much it has been a race to the bottom,” veteran public opinion analyst Peter D. Hart told students and faculty Wednesday. Early on, “this election year had all the earmarks of an election that would not only help to usher in a new era, but would also provide a tremendous insight into where and how the Republican Party would be positioned for the future. And what we’ve ended up with is anything but that.”Yet despite the perception that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been locked in a seesaw-like race, he said that polling going back to October 2015 suggests otherwise. When asked to blindly pick whose words best reflected their sentiments about the stakes in this election, people across all demographic groups overwhelmingly said they agreed with the Trump argument for major change, said Hart, whose firm, Hart Research Associates, conducts the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.“Trump had the better hand to play in this election; there is no doubt about it,” Hart said during a talk at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where he was a 2013 visiting fellow. “Every election is either [about] continuity or change. He was the change candidate. It was a change election. But his personality, his manner, his style all cost him.”last_img read more

  • Ohio police officer charged with murder in Andre Hill death

    first_imgCOLUMBUS, OHio (AP) — A white Ohio police officer has been charged with murder in the latest fallout following the December shooting death of 47-year-old Andre Hill, a Black man, the state’s attorney general says. Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy was indicted Wednesday by a Franklin County grand jury following an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Police bodycam footage showed Hill emerging from a garage and holding up a cellphone in his left hand seconds before he was fatally shot by Coy. Coy also faces charges for failing to use his body camera and for failing to tell the other officer he believed Hill presented a danger. Coy’s attorney says his client will plead not guilty.last_img read more

  • COVID-19 Recovery List Grows

    first_imgShare: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) Photo: PixabayJAMESTOWN – The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in our area continues to grow.Officials in Chautauqua County reported no new cases of the virus during their Monday update, but that, 18 people have fully recovered, up five from Easter Sunday.“127 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored,” said officials. “Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.”There remains a total of three active cases of the virus in Chautauqua County, officials said. As of 4 p.m. Cattaraugus County reported no change from Sunday.last_img read more

  • Western NY Man Arrested After Attending Riot At US Capitol

    first_imgPhotos via NiagaraSheriff.com / DHS / Cropped Mario A. P. / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0CHEEKTOWAGA (AP) — A western New York man who told a Buffalo TV station he tried to light media equipment on fire as a “symbolic gesture” outside the U.S. Capitol last week was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday.Pete Harding was arrested at about 4 p.m. at a friend’s home in Elma, New York, one day after the FBI released a poster that linked him to the pro-Trump rally that turned into a breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6, WIVB-TV reported.The FBI searched Harding’s home in Cheektowaga earlier in the day when he was not there.Harding did not respond to emailed and telephone messages, nor did he respond to a Facebook message seeking comment before his arrest Wednesday. He told the TV station last week that he did not mean to be a threat when igniting the equipment.His attorney, Jason DiPasquale, told the TV station that the charges his client faces are unclear. Harding is expected to appear in federal court in Buffalo on Thursday.“Not only was he there with the intent to protest peacefully, he entered the building peacefully under the permission of Capitol Police who let protestors in,” DiPasquale said.The day after the violence, Harding, who frequently posts videos on Facebook, was on the site for more than an hour, during which he admitted being inside the Capitol, “walking right past Capitol police,” he said.“If we can take the Capitol building, there is nothing we can’t accomplish,” he said. 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),The destruction of property is AGAINST the law. Anyone whom participated should be charged. What about over the summer tho, (neighborhoods were burnt to the ground)? …. No charges then….Can we all agree now, damaging other people’s or public property is morally wrong, against the law, and those who do it should be prosecuted, NO EXCEPTIONS.Also… what about “Police Transparency”…. who is the officer involved in the shooting ? We still don’t know his name, it’s been a week.,boy Harding is a amazing lier first he can he came with a group then its found he traveled only next he say that he was peaceful and no where near Capital and after seeing video of him in Capital building and also video of him lighting fire to media equipmemt he says he did nothing violent and didnt have anything to due as theu were altered but goes on facebook and states if we can overthrow Capital we can overthrow anythinglast_img read more

  • Pruning Azaleas.

    first_imgAzaleas are a special delight in Georgia. But not everyone knows how to prune themcorrectly. On “The Georgia Gardener” June 17 and 19, host Walter Reeves willtalk with Parker Andes at Callaway Gardens on how they prune their thousands of azaleas.Reeves will talk with Helen Phillips, too, about the herbs she cultivates in theCallaway Gardens herb garden. And he’ll demonstrate various digging tools and show howthey differ.”The Georgia Gardener” is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. It airsThursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GPTV.The show is a production of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company.last_img read more