first_imgA twelve-year hiatus in fishery-independent marine mammal surveys in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP), combined with a mandate to monitor dolphin stock status under international agreements and the need for reliable stock status information to set dolphin bycatch limits in the tuna purse-seine fishery, has renewed debate about how best to assess and monitor ETP dolphin stock status. The high cost of replicating previous ship-based surveys has intensified this debate. In this review, transect methods for estimating animal abundance from dedicated research surveys are considered, with a focus on both contemporary and potential methods suitable for surveying large areas for dolphin species that can form large, multi-species aggregations. Covered in this review are potential improvements to the previous ship-based survey methodology, other ship-based methods, alternative approaches based on high-resolution imagery and passive acoustics, and combinations of ship-based and alternative approaches.It is concluded that for immediate management needs, ship-based surveys, with some suggested modifications to improve precision, are the only reliable option despite their high cost. However, it is recommended that a top research priority should be development of composite methods. Pilotstudies on the use of high-resolution imagery and passive acoustics for development of indices of relative abundance to be used in composite methods should be part of any future ship-based survey efforts.last_img read more

first_imgThe 75-year-old Navy veteran chose not to seek re-election in May because he wants to spend more time with his family on both the East and West coasts. Trips to California to see two of his sons, his grandchildren and his brother will place great demands on his time, he noted. Guinosso was also the only Council member to vote no in May on an ordinance that halts construction of a controversial type of housing called “coastal cottages.” He wanted to make the ordinance even stricter by revoking a clause that grandfathers in coastal cottage projects that have already been approved by the city but are not yet built. Guinosso will attend his final Council meeting Thursday night, bringing his four-year term as the Fourth Ward representative to an end. Guinosso said his experience on Council and the time he formerly spent as a Planning Board member underscored the importance of knowing how government decisions affect the community. Guinosso says he leaves Council proud of his reputation as a stickler for details, an advocate for fiscal conservatism and a proponent of government transparency. Guinosso will be replaced on Council by Bob Barr, who won election in the Fourth Ward in May. He said he has not offered Barr any advice as he prepares to take office in July. “We want to get rid of the red ink and get more black ink,” he said. Volunteer work, his membership with a local watchdog group and his involvement with an alliance of Ocean City churches will keep him busy after he leaves Council, he said. As a Council member, he is particularly proud of the roadway, drainage and dredging projects the city has approved to upgrade its infrastructure, he said. In March, he opposed a proposed ordinance that would have restricted street performers to a designated area of the Boardwalk. He argued it would have violated their constitutional right to free expression. Mayor Jay Gillian later pulled the ordinance, fearing it would have hurt local teenagers trying to make some money during the summer season. “I care about the less fortunate in town,” he said. “I didn’t realize until I got involved with the Ecumenical Council and the food cupboard just how bad things were.” “In some ways, it’s bittersweet. I enjoy being on Council, but in talking with my wife, we know we have family to take care of,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “I think what we miss a lot is an understanding of the impacts of what we do. But I think we’re getting better at it,” he said. He believes that both Council and the Gillian administration have improved their relationship and outreach with the public. He said he is pleased with the public’s participation in city affairs overall, but wants local residents to be even more engaged with government. Guinosso displayed his independent streak this year by casting the lone dissenting vote on two issues generating intense public debate. The resolution praises him as “a tireless advocate for transparency, ethics and fiscal responsibility.” It goes on to say that he will “long be remembered for his professionalism, knowledge of local issues, good humor and for upholding the independent spirit of the Fourth Ward.” On the eve of his final Council meeting, Guinosso said he has come to appreciate the work government can do to improve the community. However, he would like to see the city remain careful with its spending. As one of his final acts, he plans to ask the Gillian administration for an update on the financial condition of the Music Pier, the Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center and the municipal airport, all facilities that have been running in the red, he said. By Donald WittkowskiPeter Guinosso is preparing to leave City Council, but says he has no plans to fade into the background in his soon-to-be role as ex-politician. “Unless people stay involved and express concerns about issues, everything remains stagnant,” he said. Ocean City is generally known for its award-winning beaches, bustling Boardwalk and family-friendly atmosphere during the peak summer tourism season. But Guinosso said there are other parts of the community that struggle. For instance, the Ecumenical Council handed out 3,700 articles of clothing in May to needy people, he noted. Although he is leaving Council, Guinosso promised to remain active in the community. He is a member of the government watchdog group Fairness In Taxes and also serves with the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, a confederation of churches closely involved with charity work. A resolution that Council will approve Thursday in his honor gives a glimpse of both his personality and his political preferences during his tenure with the seven-member governing body.last_img read more

first_imgReading the bit of blurb on the back cover stating that: “The seventeenth-century ’Mermaid pie’ was a way of flirting with the idea of cannibalism”, you wouldn’t be blamed for wondering what sort of book this was. It is in fact an all-encompassing look at the world of pies in all their glorious pastry history.With lesser-known facts, period photos and recipes, this book is far from just a history lesson on the origin of pies. For example, did you know that early pies often had a crust several inches thick, to preserve the contents for up to a year? Nowadays, the idea of bakers marketing a fresh pie with a shelf-life that long is unimaginable.Janet Clarkson begins the book by looking at the history of the pie and of pastry-making, before moving on to pie designs and fillings.She then runs through the different types of pies and their origins, as well as referencing the inclusion of pies in modern-day culture – for example in the comic Desperate Dan with his cow pie, teen movie American Pie, or the human-filled pies in Sweeney Todd. The final sections of the book are dedicated to thoughts on the future of pies, as well as recipes for making your own.Although the author admits she fell short when attempting to describe what a pie actually is, she falls back on a quote by Raymond Sokolov – “I may not be able to define a pie, but I know one when I see it.”last_img read more

first_imgTesco is expected to announce the sale of its Giraffe restaurant chain, which has reignited speculation that the Euphorium bakery chain and coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole will be next.Dave Lewis, chief executive of Tesco, has sanctioned the sale of Giraffe, which it has owned for just three years. The chain is being sold to an unidentified family office vehicle, which already has restaurant assets in the UK.Many of the assets being sold by Lewis were acquired by his two most recent predecessors: Sir Terry Leahy and Philip Clarke, who wanted to diversify the retailer’s appeal and geographical reach. Tesco is also selling interests in Turkey, including supermarket chain Kipa.Speculation is rife that Lewis also wants to sell peripheral businesses, including coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole, the Euphorium bakery chain and the Dobbies garden centres business.Tesco declined to comment when contacted by British Baker at the time of going to press.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf some of the more than 15 inches of rainfall our state has hadthis year made its way inside your home and wasn’t quicklyremoved, you could have conditions ripe for a mold problem.”Across the Southeast, mold caused by flooding can trigger healthproblems in sensitive individuals,” said Gina Peek, a housingprogram assistant with the University of Georgia ExtensionService.”Mold is ubiquitous in the environment, and it is extremelydifficult to remove all molds from an indoor environment,” Peeksaid. “But you can control moisture to aid in the elimination ofmold growth.”Follow these stepsIf you suspect you have a mold problem caused by flooding, UGAexperts recommend: First, locateand repair the source of the moisture, be it a leaky pipe orroof. Next, determine whether mold is in fact present.”If you see blackish or greenish stains on areas that werewater-damaged or notice a musty smell,” she said. “you very likelyhave mold contamination.”Peek says there’s no real need for expensive mold tests. Justremove the source of the moisture, then proceed with clean-up. Remove or thoroughly clean any area that is mold stained.Make sure to wear a respirator and protective clothing, such as along-sleeves shirt and gloves, when working to remove mold. And,keep children or allergy-sensitive family members away from thearea orout of the house entirely during mold clean-up.Throw away severely contaminated porous materials such ascarpets, damaged sheetrock and furniture. Clean well or removeWood and tile surfaces can be scrubbed with a soap and watersolution. Be sure to rinse surfaces well with clean water.Insulation in walls and ventilation systems should be checked andremoved if evidence of mold is found. “Remember, people can react to mold, even if it’s in wallcavities,” Peek said.Aside from weather-related moisture, don’t forget to control thedaily moisture that can also create indoor mold.To fight mold daily, eliminate moisture sources such as drippingfaucets, leaking pipes, puddles of water and wet bathmats. Use asqueegee after bathing to remove water from shower walls andbathtubs.Peek also recommends making sure there is adequate ventilationwhile cooking and bathing to reduce moisture build-up.last_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s newest plant pathologist will focus on improved control of plant-parasitic nematodes, the microscopic, worm-like pests that primarily feed on the roots of vegetable crops.Nematologist Abolfazl Hajihassani is now responsible for control of the pest in more than 20 Georgia commodities, including bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Based out of the UGA Tifton campus, Hajihassani hopes his research and expertise will help producers manage the devastating pest.“We have to do a lot of research to try to get short-term and long-term controls. As far as the short term, we have to find a solution through nematicides for the growers to control the nematodes,” said Hajihassani, who was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Idaho prior to arriving at UGA-Tifton. “In the long term, we need to find alternative approaches, like screening different varieties of vegetables to see which varieties have resistance and which ones don’t.”As an Extension specialist, Hajihassani will answer nematode-related questions from farmers and UGA Extension agents. He is often asked about solutions available to combat nematodes and why they’re so problematic in Georgia.“Nematodes need three components to thrive: water, temperature and a suitable host. Here in Georgia, we have water, we have hot temperatures and we have a wide variety of hosts,” Hajihassani said. “Our growers can get serious damage on their vegetables if proper care is not taken prior to planting and throughout a growing season. Hopefully, I can provide knowledge that will aid in managing these pests.”There are approximately six different types of nematodes that impact vegetables in Georgia. Root-knot nematodes are the most widespread and cause the most damage.“Root-knot nematodes enter the roots of plants and move through the cells until they reach sites where they grow, produce more eggs and cause swelling of roots. This will consequently lead to a reduction in the plant’s growth and yield,” he said.Nematodes are especially troubling for Georgia farmers because of the wide range of potential hosts. In addition to vegetables, nematodes cause problems in cotton, peanut and tobacco plants. Nematodes cause most of their damage in plants growing in the sandy soils of south Georgia.Most vegetables grown by Georgia producers are grown on plastic at least twice per year, Hajihassani said. This limits the effectiveness of fumigants used to control the nematodes.“Growers tend to use plastic for one, two or even three years. Each year in Georgia, they’re growing two crops into that plastic,” Hajihassani said. “That makes it difficult (to control nematodes) because when we treat the soil with fumigants and then lay the plastic, the fumigants’ effectiveness slowly diminishes and the nematodes again build up their populations in the soil. It can help kill the nematodes for sure in the first crop, but not in the second or third crop. That makes it difficult for us to manage the nematodes since our control tools are limited.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, vegetables accounted for $1.1 billion in Georgia farm gate value in 2015.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2010 GOD MAY MERCY THEM AS MARTYRS OF THE HUMANITARIAN DUTY.THE WORLD MUST BE PROUD OF THEM HOPING THAT PEACE WILL BE PREVALENT ALL OVER THE WORLD . NEW YORK(AFP) — At least 22 United Nations employees died in the earthquake which rocked Haiti Tuesday, while 150 other are missing, reported this Thursday United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. Ban indicated the deceased were military personnel and policemen stationed at the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The death of the UN Stabilization Mission Chief in Haiti, Hedi Annabi, which was reported Wednesday by Haitian President René Préval, had not been confirmed by the United Nations on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Bill Allowing Distributors to Sell Six-Packs November 15, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Liquor Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed HB 1196 which will allow six-packs to be sold at beer distributors to further “free the six-pack” and improve customer convenience.“Pennsylvanians have waited decades to bring their beer and liquor systems into the 21st century,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I’m proud today to sign this bill, supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, to ensure that the commonwealth is more inviting for customers and businesses.”In May, following Governor’s Wolf’s request, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved licenses allowing gas stations to sell beer. These approvals freed the six-pack for certain gas stations with appropriate accommodations that can now to sell six-packs of beer.This law will create additional customer convenience by:Allowing distributor licensees to sell malt or brewed beverages in any amount to a unlicensed customer for off-premises consumption. The sales do not be in the manufacturer’s original configuration and can be sold in refillable growlers that can be resealed.Allowing retail licensees to start selling on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. instead of 11:00 a.m.Allowing a person licensed by another state to apply for a “malt or brewed beverage shipper license,” which allows the direct shipment of 192 fl. oz. of beer to be delivered to a customer per month; however, only 96 fl. oz. of a specific brand of beer may be shipped per year to an adult resident.Allowing beer and liquor to be sold (in shatterproof containers) before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events and consumed outside the club seating and restaurant area, as can be done at performing arts events or other entertainment events.Clarifies that a brewery does not need a brewery pub license to sell the products of other licensed breweries, limited wineries, limited distilleries and distilleries. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

first_img How you can get cheap rent Ayda Shabanz, from Grow Consulting.Equally, for those homeowners who are on a lower income, or may be at threat of losing their jobs, now is not the time for luxury, according to finance expert Ayda Shabanz of Grow Consulting, a buying agency, or you may be forced into a distressed sale.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoLook at your budget and trim down non-essentials, Ms Shabanz said.“After you have done this, consider your liabilities, loans, properties, and credit cards,” she said.“Paying off your ‘good’ debts should be priority. A good debt is anything that is considered an asset, such as a property. ‘Bad’ debts, which are for liabilities, such as a car, credit card or a speed boat, have higher interest so I would suggest you freeze or request interest-free periods on these first, before your home loan. “Request an interest-only period, rather than a full freeze, if you can manage it. A full home loan freeze should be the absolute last option.”She said those who have lost their jobs should take up the government’s relief packages, but not rely on them for anything other than to put food on the table.“This is when you adapt what we call ‘the bare bones budget’,” she said.“In other words, absolute basic living, that accounts only for shelter and food. Unfortunately, you have to get real here or you will get into serious trouble. Don’t be too upset that your eyebrows and finger nails will be terrible from this day forth.”Prof Bond said that the real estate market would become a buyers’ market and those forced to sell would have to be realistic in terms of pricing. Meanwhile, he said those that aren’t forced to sell will take their properties off the market. Coronavirus: Owners settling into ‘new norm’ Shaun Bond, Professor of Finance at the University of Queensland’s Business School.With coronavirus wreaking havoc on the Australian economy, cashed-up buyers and those with a stable income are still keen to tap into the property market, according to a Brisbane finance academic.However, Shaun Bond, a professor of finance at the University of Queensland’s Business School, said many prospective buyers could face challenging situations, including the possibility of unemployment.“We haven’t seen the economy turn like this, it’s completely unprecedented,” Prof Bond said.“We know real estate will take a hit over the next two months, a lot depends on getting the economy working again.” He suggested prospective buyers seeking a bargain should look at suburbs within a 10km radius of Brisbane City.“It’s a time to buy in areas where people have previously been priced out,” Prof Bond said.He said first-time buyers, in particular, who could find a good deal in a good area would be buying well. However, he said people buying now needed to be mindful not to overextend on a purchase, or they could find themselves in trouble. Granny flats keeping families together in isolation MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS:last_img read more

first_imgHealth safety protocols at the Parola wharf here would be drawn up and only then would the trips resume, according to Trenas. ILOILO City – Because passengers were not observing social distancing, boat trips from this city to the island province of Guimaras and vice versa were suspended. According to the city mayor, he may ask for the reopening of the Ortiz wharf to decongest the Parola wharf. BOATS GROUNDED. The trips of these motorboats from Iloilo City to Guimaras Island have been temporarily suspended because passengers are not observing social distancing. This is the Iloilo Ferry Terminal at the Parola wharf after the suspension was announced yesterday, May 19, 2020. Many people wanting to cross the Iloilo Strait to Guimaras left. Others, however, opted to stay and wait for the resumption of boat trips. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN This city’s Mayor Jerry Treñas and Guimaras’ Gov. Samuel Gumarin agreed on the suspension during a meeting yesterday. Another measure he was mulling was requiring people from Guimaras to fill out health declaration cards after disembarking from motorboats at the Parola and Ortiz wharves. Treñas was expected to release the protocols last night or today for the Parola wharf. Gumarin said he would do the same for the wharves in Guimaras.center_img The suspension of boat trips from Parola wharf yesterday forced people wanting to cross the Iloilo Strait to Guimaras to take roll on, roll off (ro-ro) vessels operating the route. Some people were also not wearing facemasks, another anti-COVID measure. On Monday, Guimaras-bound people were seen jostling one another to get into boats, totally disregarding Treñas’ order to observe social distancing – a precautionary measure to slow down if not totally stop the spread of  coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The city, he added, may also only allow entry of persons from Guimaras if they are essential personnel such as healthcare workers and government officials, among others. “Ang ro-ro sigehon ta. Ang pumpboats waay lang anay except in case of emergency,” said Treñas./PNlast_img read more