Threats to seabirds: A global assessment

first_imgWe present the first objective quantitative assessment of the threats to all 359 species of seabirds, identify the main challenges facing them, and outline priority actions for their conservation. We applied the standardised Threats Classification Scheme developed for the IUCN Red List to objectively assess threats to each species and analysed the data according to global IUCN threat status, taxonomic group, and primary foraging habitat (coastal or pelagic). The top three threats to seabirds in terms of number of species affected and average impact are: invasive alien species, affecting 165 species across all the most threatened groups; bycatch in fisheries, affecting fewer species (100) but with the greatest average impact; and climate change/severe weather, affecting 96 species. Overfishing, hunting/trapping and disturbance were also identified as major threats to seabirds. Reversing the top three threats alone would benefit two-thirds of all species and c. 380 million individual seabirds (c. 45% of the total global seabird population). Most seabirds (c. 70%), especially globally threatened species, face multiple threats. For albatrosses, petrels and penguins in particular (the three most threatened groups of seabirds), it is essential to tackle both terrestrial and marine threats to reverse declines. As the negative effects of climate change are harder to mitigate, it is vital to compensate by addressing other major threats that often affect the same species, such as invasive alien species, bycatch and overfishing, for which proven solutions exist.last_img read more

In the BB archives

first_imgThe decision to drop the word “bloomer” from the name of the London Protection Society’s bread class at the Islington Exhibition is no doubt a good one. The loaf required is now to be described as “a crusty long loaf, baked on the oven bottom in steam”. The competitor has now got the advantage of some clear-cut idea of the loaf that he is expected to send in. Apart from that, however, the name “bloomer” was vague, a little intriguing and probably a little unhappy. Among bakers who have an established trade in bloomer loaves, the name may stick, but from the point of view of the trade as a whole, it is as well that the name is to be dropped officially. Anyway, nobody seems very sure how the name came to be adopted in the first instance nor quite what it was meant to convey. Perhaps someone could suggest a better name for popular use!last_img

Munster confirm new deals for Flannery & Jones

first_imgPhoto: © Munsterrugby.ie Team Manager Niall O’Donovan has signed a three-year deal. Munster have confirmed that Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones have both signed two-year contract extensions.Flannery who had been scrum coach is now confirmed as the forwards coach for next season after taking over the role following the death on Anthony Foley last year.Jones has been made Backline and Attack Coach.last_img

FP&L announces plan to lower utility bills for the month of May

first_imgFP&L has announced a plan that would slash utility bill prices for the month of May.The company made the announcement Monday afternoon stating that due to the coronavirus, the cost of their power-plant fuel has dropped resulting in savings for them. According to the law, utility companies are required to pass those savings down to their customers.“Traditionally, our regulators expect these types of savings to be spread out over the balance of the year,” FPL President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Silagy said in a prepared statement Monday. “However, challenging times call for exceptional measures. I believe this one-time bill decrease is the most effective way to infuse customers with much-needed money as we all navigate through this difficult and unsettling time together.”In a typical year, customers would normally see those savings show up on bills over a series of months, however, to help deal with the crippling effect the coronavirus has had on the country, FPL is hoping to offer a one time savings at the time customers need it the most.The plan still needs to be a approved by the Florida Public Service Commission before it can be implemented. A detailed proposal is expected to be sent to the council by next week.last_img read more

Community Garden Plans On Hold

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Borough residents who were hoping to plant their tomato plants and geraniums in a community garden will have to wait until next year, possibly, as plans for a garden on borough-owned property are on hold.Cindy Burnham, who has been leading the charge for establishing a community garden, said plans to establish a garden on a parcel the municipality owns on Marion Street have fallen through.Proponents would work to establish one for spring 2013, she said.Marion Street was not the location some gardeners had been seeking, insisting the borough council allow them to use 94 West Front St., a 2,400 square-foot plot, next to the borough’s public library and overlooking the Navesink River.But borough council members said the Marion Street site was the most viable location of any owned by the town. Council members have opposed using the property next to the library, saying that given the limited amount of green, open recreational space in the borough, that site should remain available for more than the handful who would have access to a community garden.Supporters have been arguing the location is the most ideal of the borough-owned sites because of its accessibility and size. They also have contended that officials have not offered any adequate reason why the site can’t be used for a garden and have questioned whether officials have other plans for the property, possibly selling it off. Mayor Pasquale Menna in the past had denied that assertion.Burnham acknowledged there wouldn’t be a garden, “not this summer,” because two potential financial benefactors have dropped their support. “They realized this is not the appropriate site for a first community garden,” she said, referring to the approximately 129 foot by 40 foot Marion Street location, a former water utility pumping station, on the borough’s eastern border with Fair Haven.Several thousand dollars would be needed to remove and dispose of the site’s existing asphalt sections and install water to get the site ready for planting. The benefactors, who Burnham declined to identify, have said, “They don’t even want to be involved with Marion Street,” Burnham said.Borough Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, who is the council’s liaison to the environmental commission, said last week it was up to Burnham to let the council know about the plans for the Marion Street site. “She hasn’t presented us with anything,” Horgan said.When informed about Burnham’s take on the issue, especially the money needed to get the garden up and running, Horgan said, “But you know these are things that could have been done nearly a year ago.”The debate over a community garden had gotten remarkably contentious and heated over the last two years as Burnham and others locked horns with the governing body over its potential location.Borough officials continued to oppose as inappropriate the West Front Street location, along with plots at Maple Cove’s natural area overlooking the river at the northern tip of Maple Avenue and a spot in Marine Park, a municipally owned and maintained public park. Propon­ents of the garden had suggested the three sites proposed as the best choices.Council members, Horgan said, insisted they support the garden but in a space that would be accessible and available in a borough that is almost entirely built out.“The organizing people in a community garden wanted it in a certain space and they weren’t happy with it any place else,” Horgan said.Burnham, who lives in Fair Haven but owns a rental property in Red Bank, has regularly challenged the governing body on a variety of issues over the last few years.The garden supporters will look for available funding to work on next year’s plan, she said.last_img read more

Haney’s OT winner completes Border Bruins comeback over Nelson Leafs

first_imgDylan Haney scored with time running out in overtime to spark the Grand Forks Border Bruins to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night in the Boundary City.Haney’s goal completed the comeback as the Bruins rallied from a 2-0 deficit, moving Grand Forks to within a point of second-place Nelson in Murdoch Division standings.The loss was the third straight for the struggling Leafs, playing the game with only 15 skaters. Sawyer Hunt scored twice in the game to give Nelson a 2-0 lead after one period.Nelson continued to enjoy the lead until Garrett Brisebois scored his first of two on the night in the third period, getting the puck past goalie Devin Allen in the Leaf nets.Brisebois scored his second later in the period to force overtime.Nelson out shot the Bruins 41-38 in the game. Anthony Galliart was in goal to register his fifth win of the season for Grand Forks.The Leafs, 8-7-0-0-2, return home to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Bruins, which has now won two straight games, hosts Spokane Saturday at the Grand Forks Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 7, 2015

first_imgDoug O’Neill2468225%$271,210 Mario Gutierrez1322315%$108,920 John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 CALIFORNIA ‘BIG THREE’ DOING GREAT FOR PREAKNESSOnly one horse on the planet can win the Triple Crown this year, and that horse is American Pharoah.That said, the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund, all based at Santa Anita, are scheduled to meet in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico on May 16.“You go in there with two really good horses and you’re hoping they run their races, and they did,” said Bob Baffert, trainer of Pharoah and Dortmund, recounting the experience last Saturday before a record Churchill Downs crowd of more than 170,000.“Dortmund really looked good in the paddock, but Pharoah got a little worked up on the walk. I was a little concerned because he spent a lot of energy going through all those people getting to the saddling area, and they were running alongside, and he doesn’t like that.“It really stirred him up pretty good, and he dragged his galloper and his groom all the way to the paddock. He was getting a little hot but then he cooled down and settled down, and after that he was real professional, like he usually is.“Everybody wanted to get a picture of him on the walk over. Dortmund handled the saddling really well. Down the backside Dortmund was in a nice stride and I thought he was going to go all the way with it, and then he got a little tired at the end.“Victor (Espinoza) swung way wide on Pharoah who seemed to be struggling a bit and I was worried a little about that, because Firing Line was running the race of his life, and that’s what you need to win the Derby, especially this year.“It was the toughest Derby I’ve ever been in. This crop is really strong.”American Pharoah and Dortmund both went to the track today and Jimmy (assistant Jim Barnes) said they really looked excellent,” Baffert said. “We’re pretty excited about the Preakness.”Simon Callaghan was happy with Firing Line’s second by a length to American Pharoah.“He came out of the race really well,” Callaghan said of the Sunland Derby winner. “He’s showing us all the right signs since the race and he’ll ship to Pimlico on Wednesday. He ran great. He did everything you could ask, he just got run down late, but he came out of the race as good as you could hope.” Alex Solis823125%$108,780 Elvis Trujillo1930216%$134,140 Dan Hendricks721029%$37,090 Santiago Gonzalez1834117%$107,460 Gonzalo Nicolas2432413%$99,940 Tiago Pereira1625313%$129,370 Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 Fernando Perez3146613%$188,230 (Current Through Sunday, May 3) Victor Espinoza520040%$70,350 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke2334113%$150,840 Bob Baffert621133%$89,690 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS BAZE KEEN ON WARREN’S VENEDA FOR GRADE I VANITYTyler Baze felt he had a good thing going with Warren’s Veneda when he rode her to her first win over two years ago.It came in a stakes race.Baze piloted the California-bred daughter of Affirmative to a 1 ¾-length victory in her second career start, the Alphabet Kisses Stakes for state-breds at Hollywood on April 27, 2013.Since then, the 32-year-old Seattle native has ridden her seven times, winning four, the last three in a row, including the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14 for Craig Lewis, who trains the stretch-running chestnut mare for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren.Next up: Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles, a race in which two-time Eclipse champ Beholder was entered, but will not run.“She had a temperature this morning and had a high white blood count,” trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday. “She’s on antibiotics and out of the race.”It might have been four straight wins for Warren’s Veneda but Baze was beaten a head by Tiz Midnight in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos last Dec. 6.“She was a little unlucky at Los Alamitos, but she’s done everything so easy this year,just playing around and having fun, just happy really,” Baze said. “Craig’s been keeping her happy. She’s loving what she’s doing.“In all three of the wins, I got down to ride her a little bit, but she’s had her ears pricked forward having fun. She’s doing great now and I expect her to run huge.”The field for the Vanity, race five of nine: Warren‘s Veneda, Tyler Baze; Gas Total, Flavien Prat; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith; and Legacy, Martin Garcia.center_img Philip D’Amato1351238%$200,440 ‘VENEDA’ SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT; BEHOLDER OUTPREAKNESS STAKES NEXT FOR AMERICAN PHAROAHRACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF ‘BUD’ JOHNSTONSTREAKING TALCO EYES HIS THIRD WIN IN A ROW Mike Puype1321115%$103,240 Joseph Talamo2641615%$150,168 TALCO EYES GRADED STATUS IN AMERICAN STAKESTalco steps up in pursuit of his third straight victory when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III American Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf.The 4-year-old French-bred colt won an overnight race at one mile on grass March 12, and the restricted Thunder Road on April 4, also at a mile on turf.“He’s doing really well,” said John Sadler, who trains the son of Pivotal for Hronis Racing LLC. “He had a very good, game win in the Thunder Road. We were delighted with it.“This is a little tougher field, facing the sensational horse from South America (Bal a Bali). I know he’s pretty good, so this is kind of the next step up.”As for Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, fourth in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1, she came out of the race in good order and could run at Santa Anita late next month.“She came back well, but we have no plans yet,” Sadler said. “She’s possible for the Summertime Oaks (June 20, Grade II, $200,000, 1 1/16 miles).”The field: Enterprising, Gary Stevens, 12-1; War Academy, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Gabriel Charles, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Talco, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Little Jerry, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 5-1; and Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 9-5.FINISH LINES: WELCOME BACK–Veteran jockey Scott Stevens, 54, who just wrapped up his seventh riding title with 104 wins at Turf Paradise, rode first-time starter Mint Julep Taffy to a third-place finish for trainer Molly Pearson in today’s third race, marking his first engagement at The Great Race Place “in at least 10 years.” . . . Jockey David Flores has been granted permission to resume riding by the California Horse Racing Board effective immediately. The 46-year-old native of Tijuana had been disqualified from participating in riding for one year by authorities in Singapore in late March. Felipe Valdez2554120%$153,720 Edwin Maldonado2244318%$122,830 Rafael Bejarano1933516%$154,900 Richard Mandella1224117%$195,120 Peter Miller1023120%$104,830 William Spawr420050%$24,350 RACING MOURNS PASSING OF OWNER/BREEDER BUD JOHNSTONThe racing world and California in particular mourned the passing of Elwood (Bud) Johnston, who died in his sleep Tuesday. Johnston, who bred and raced 2011 Eclipse Award champion older male Acclamation, would have been 78 yesterday.“I’m just numb,” said an emotional Kenny Black, assistant to Don Warren, who trained for Johnston many years. “He was so good to me. He was an excellent horseman and treated me like a son. He loved horse racing and he loved to run.“The only thing he didn’t like was not running. ‘Dag-nab it,’ he would say if he was angry or upset because a horse couldn’t race. I never heard him use a curse word.“He was at our house in Rancho Cucamonga all day Sunday for my daughter Kaylee’s seventh birthday party, playing with all the kids and having a great time. He and his wife were the last people to leave.“In all my years in the business, I never met a better a horseman. I learned something from him every day.”In addition to Warren, the Johnston family had tremendous success over the years with trainer Bruce Headley. “He was my best friend, my buddy, my partner,” Headley told the Paulick Report on Tuesday. “He was very honest, very knowledgeable, and always enthusiastic. He truly loved horses. He was nice to people and always a gentleman, always smiling.”California’s leading breeder 13 times, Old English Rancho has bred more than 200 stakes winners and has been home to prominent stallions such as Fleet Nasrullah, The Pie King, Lucky Mel, Windy Sands, Kennedy Road and Unusual Heat.Johnston was the son of Elwood B. “The Pie Man” Johnston, who began breeding and owning horses in California in the 1940s with the establishment of Old English Rancho in Chino. Bud Johnston and his wife, Judy, took over management of the farm which had been moved to Ontario, in 1957. “O.E.R.” was again relocated in 1997 to Sanger, near Fresno, where its current stallion roster is comprised of Acclamation (by Unusual Heat), Cyclotron, Surf Cat, Vronsky and Big Bad Leroy Brown.Acclamation won 11 of 30 starts including the $1 million Pacific Classic in 2011, in a career spanning from 2008 to 2012. He earned $1,958,048, and was thus Johnston’s all-time leading money earner.Preceded in death by his father and mother, Betty, Johnston is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy, daughters Darlene Johnston Smith, Mary Johnston Hilvers, five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.Services for Johnston are pending. Tyler Baze3984821%$352,500 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mark Glatt1422314%$75,220 Richard Baltas1342131%$259,200 Flavien Prat3368118%$359,110last_img read more

Warriors Report: Draymond Green’s injury continues to linger

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up practice Tuesday afternoon.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.Draymond Green (sore left knee) will not play in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Lakers in Las Vegas.While Green has returned to practice this week, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is taking a conservative approach with the three-time all-star’s return. “We’re going to be cautious,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s still improving but we feel more comfortable giving …last_img

New OSA members get a chance to win MT600 Series Challenger

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) is once again partnering with Ohio Ag Equipment to offer new OSA members the chance to win 50 hours on an MT600 Series Challenger tractor. Kevin Kruger of Allen County won the contest in 2014 and received 50 hours with a Challenger tractor.What do you have to do to win? Sign up at www.soyohio.org/membership as a first time member by December 10th, 2015.“The work that the Ohio Soybean Association does on behalf of Ohio soybean farmers is not possible without our members,” said Adam Graham, OSA president and Logan County soybean farmer. “It is vital that soybean farmers’ interests are represented at both the state and national level to promote effective policies. We ask that you help us continue that work by joining our organization as a new member and ensure your voice is heard.”In addition to OSA’s partnership with Ohio Ag Equipment for new members, OSA offers a variety of membership incentives. These incentives include the Seed Incentive Program, biodiesel rebates, discounts at participating companies and subscriptions to Ohio agriculture publications. All OSA members also become members of the American Soybean Association automatically and receive those additional benefits.“We are excited to extend our partnership with the Ohio Soybean Association for another year of membership promotion,” said Mike Mampieri, Sales Manager for Ohio Ag Equipment. “We are confident in OSA’s dedication to Ohio soybean farmers just as we are confident the Challenger tractor’s productivity and reliability will allow these farmers to focus on yield improvements and not equipment headaches.”To learn more about OSA membership and to sign up, visit www.soyohio.org/membership today.last_img read more