Identification of candidate pelagic marine protected areas through a seabird seasonal-, multispecific- and extinction risk-based approach

first_imgWith increasing pressure on the oceans from environmental change, there has been a global call for improved protection of marine ecosystems through the implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs). Here, we used species distribution modelling (SDM) of tracking data from 14 seabird species to identify key marine areas in the southwest Atlantic Ocean, valuing areas based on seabird species occurrence, seasonality and extinction risk. We also compared overlaps between the outputs generated by the SDM and layers representing important human threats (fishing intensity, ship density, plastic and oil pollution, ocean acidification), and calculated loss in conservation value using fishing and ship density as cost layers. The key marine areas were located on the southern Patagonian Shelf, overlapping extensively with areas of high fishing activity, and did not change seasonally, while seasonal areas were located off south and southeast Brazil and overlapped with areas of high plastic pollution and ocean acidification. Non-seasonal key areas were located off northeast Brazil on an area of high biodiversity, and with relatively low human impacts. We found support for the use of seasonal areas depending on the seabird assemblage used, because there was a loss in conservation value for the seasonal compared to the non-seasonal approach when using ‘cost’ layers. Our approach, accounting for seasonal changes in seabird assemblages and their risk of extinction, identified additional candidate areas for incorporation in the network of pelagic MPAs.last_img read more

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Southport bakery closure

first_imgClaude’s of Churchtown has closed after 12 years in business. Owner Eddie James thanked all his customers and said the closure was due to increased competition in the area.James said: “I have loved doing this for the past 12 years, and have loved working with the staff and our customers, and the people of Churchtown have been absolutely fantastic.“It has been a great little place to work and it is a sad day, but unfortunately we just cannot continue and keep going.”When asked about the reason for the closure, James said: “It’s down to the number of businesses that are opening and selling food. When we first took over [from the previous owner] there were eight different places [selling food], and now there are over 16.”Claude Verité, who founded and ran Claude’s for 30 years, died last March, aged 73. Verité moved to Southport from France in 1961 and began working at Mellor’s Bakery. After a number of years there, he opened Claude’s Patisserie and ran the bakery until 2006, when he retired.last_img read more

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Grateful Pies unveils new sharing pie

first_imgSource: Grateful PiesPie start-up Grateful Pies has launched its products in London independent retail outlets.The firm makes plant-based sharing pies inspired by the classic French-Canadian Tourtière, a pie which does not have gravy inside and is best eaten with condiments.The nine-inch pies are made with an olive oil crust and a filling of green lentils flavoured with Bramley apple, onion, celery, mushroom and potato, seasoned with aromatic spices.Their recipe was evolved from a dish discovered in the pages of the family recipe book of Milly Pearl O’Shea, the grandmother of Grateful Pies founder Farika Holden.Grateful Pies are initially available at independent London retailers, with nationwide distribution due to be in place by February next year.“Grateful Pies are an all-inclusive alternative to the traditional meat dishes that have historically featured as the centrepiece of the table and are the perfect communal food, particularly being plant-based,” Holden said.last_img read more

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Susan Heyward & More Enlisted for The Purple Lights

first_img Susan Heyward and more have been tapped for Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp’s The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois off-Broadway. As previously reported, the New York premiere will close out Atlantic Theater Company’s 2015-2016 season. Tickets are now available for the production, which is set to begin performances on May 25 and officially open on June 7 at Atlantic’s Stage 2.Joining Heyward (The Trip to Bountiful) as Monique will be William Apps (Wolf in the River) as Ellis, Connor Barrett (Finer Noble Gases) as Barrett and Katherine Reis (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Catherine.Ellis Shook lives alone in a small duplex apartment in Paducah, Kentucky. He works nights buffing floors, keeps to himself—and always remembers to take his medication. But when two teenage girls arrive at his doorstep one autumn afternoon, their visit will force him to confront a tragic past while also offering him a glimpse at hope.The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois will feature scenic design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Keith Parham and sound design by Christian Frederickson.The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 19. Related Shows View Comments The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinoiscenter_img Susan Heyward Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

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Jenna Ushkowitz Starts Performances in Waitress

first_img Waitress Jenna Ushkowitz Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 View Commentscenter_img Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz will begin performances as Dawn on July 29 in Waitress. She steps in for Kimiko Glenn, who is taking a leave of absence from the Tony-nominated tuner. Headlined by Tony winner Jessie Mueller, the Diane Paulus-helmed musical is baking up a storm at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Ushkowitz is best known for playing Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. She made her Broadway debut at age nine in the 1996 revival of The King and I, and was in the original production of Spring Awakening, where she performed the roles of Ilse, Martha, Anna and Thea. Ushkowitz will be soon be seen starring in Tom Gustafson’s musical movie, Hello, Again.Waitress marks five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles’ stage-writing debut. Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and book by Jessie Nelson, the tuner follows Jenna, a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches (and a new doctor comes to town), she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.The cast also includes Tony nominee Nick Cordero, Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Thay Floyd, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Ragan Pharris and Ryan Vasquez. Related Showslast_img read more

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City surprise

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaI hate taking things back to the store, but I volunteered to takemy daughter’s dress back. And the trip provided a nice surprise.My wife Vicki and 17-year-old daughter Lindsay had gone shoppingfor a homecoming dress in Atlanta. After a trying and tiring day,Vicki finally told Lindsay, “I am ready to go. Just get a dress.”Well, she did. And the price surprised us all. That night,Lindsay decided it was too much to pay for the dress. She reallydidn’t like it anyway. Thank goodness! I didn’t like it or theprice tag.Up in the skySaturday, I returned the dress to the store. And as I pulled outfrom the multilevel parking deck underneath Phipps Plaza, Ihappened to glance up at the sky. Soaring between the tallbuildings in Atlanta was a beautiful red-tailed hawk.I watched in fascination as the hawk, with the bright sunlightreflecting off its feathers, circled in the open spaces aroundthe buildings and above the traffic.Red-tailed hawks are our most common and widespread raptor. Theycan be found in a range of habitats including semi-open country,pastures and fields, mixed woods, roadsides and now even cities.They’re commonly seen soaring or perched overlooking open areas.With eyesight sharper than any other bird, except other raptors,the red-tailed hawk is well adapted to its job as featheredpredator. Most of its diet consists of small rodents.City living not easyBut city living isn’t easy for hawks. Even with eyesight that’seight to 10 times more powerful than ours, hawks often don’t seewindows and crash into them. Swooping in for the kill, they mayhit a car instead.As urban areas like Atlanta continue to expand, our nativewildlife are being forced to adapt or perish. Researchers sayraptors are fast adapting to urban areas and will stay.Soaring between the tall buildings, the red-tailed hawk brings alittle bit of wildness to places like Atlanta.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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U.S. corporations signed contracts for a record 4.4GW of wind power capacity in 2019—AWEA

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Corporations signed agreements for 4,447 MW of U.S. wind power capacity in 2019, a record, the American Wind Energy Association said in a report released June 11.Total corporate power purchase agreements, or PPAs, for wind power to date reached 16,857 MW, the trade group said. Corporate customers have purchased 10% of all operating wind capacity in the U.S. as they try to cut costs and meet sustainability targets that are increasingly common in the private sector.Corporate purchases of renewable energy have soared in recent years. At the end of 2013, wind power under contract with corporations totaled 800 MW, the report said.Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google LLC is the top corporate wind energy purchaser in the U.S., with 2,397 MW of capacity under contract, the report said. Facebook Inc., Walmart Inc., AT&T and Microsoft Corp. are also top purchasers.In 2019, Walmart purchased the most new wind power capacity of any company, signing agreements for 541 MW, the report said.There were 18 first-time corporate purchasers of wind capacity in 2019, including McDonald’s Corp., which was the first fast food company to contract for wind power, the report said. It purchased 220 MW of new capacity in 2019, “the equivalent of over 1,300 restaurants-worth of electricity.”[Justin Horwath]More ($): Corporations purchased record amount of wind power in 2019 – AWEA U.S. corporations signed contracts for a record 4.4GW of wind power capacity in 2019—AWEAlast_img read more

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Mountain Biking Showdown This Month in Snowshoe, WV

first_imgElite mountain bikers from all over the country have long awaited their turn to tackle the courses of Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.Come July 18-23, Snowshoe’s bike park will prove to be the beast of the East- a thrilling hot spot of trails to host a full six days of racing in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.Bikers of all ages will be flying against time on Cheat Mountain, home to the epic bike park. Boasting 1,500 vertical feet of descent, this race is not meant for the weak, but for those who are daring, anyone can register before the cut off date of July 14th at midnight.For those that want to experience the action as a spectator, check out the full racing schedule and if you book your stay through Snowshoe for the event, you can even find discounted lodging if you reserve prior to July 19.The week of events include mens and women downhill, cross-country, dual slaloms, and team relays. For a look at what the racers will be put through, check out this video preview of the pro downhill course.Make a trip of it with family or friends and catch all the jumps, thrills, and hopefully not too many spills throughout the championships! Award day will be in the late afternoon on Sunday where many racers will leave with pride in their sport, bragging rights, a series of titles, and for the best of the best- there is the coveted and sought after stars and stripes jersey.Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime to see people from all walks of life, skill sets, and ages coming together to do what they love- tearing up the turf in the outdoors!last_img read more

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You want change? Come and get some!

first_imgVision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details The only constant in life is change. That’s been said many times, many ways. Still, one of the things people are most resistant to, afraid of, and hesitant to embrace is––change.Whether you like it or not, change happens. And, it IS happening. Right now and all around you. And, right now people are demanding change. Lots of it. The most difficult changes are the changes you make in you. And if you want things to change around you, the best place to start is right in the mirror.Why is change so difficult?First of all, I prefer the word “transformation” when we’re talking about our own personal change. Transformation is a much more active and a much more inspiring term. To any individual, transformation is the key to living a rich, productive, and satisfying life.I remember after a conference a while ago, a woman challenged me on something I had asked the audience. She said, “OK––you asked us. I’m asking you. Who do YOU want to be in 10 years?”I said, “I don’t know. But I know I don’t want to be the same person I am today!”I learned about this process of transformation as a drug addict. More accurate to say I had to learn the process to survive. I had to transform myself from a loser to a leader. In my case, from a drug addict and dropout to a black belt, then to Sensei.For leaders, transformation is a responsibility. A very important and serious responsibility.Leadership is about a lot of things, but one of the most important is inspiring, directing, and managing change. Being a leader is in itself a process of continual transformation––if you’re doing it right. And the best leaders make change happen––in themselves and in others. Today we call the most successful change leaders “disrupters.”Transformation is simple––not easy. As important as it is, and most leaders agree that it is, change can still be very difficult. Especially transforming one’s self.Step One: Look in the mirror…Seems almost stupidly simple. Right? Then why is it so hard?When you take an honest look in the mirror, you’re going to see some things you don’t like. You’re going to see some things that are painful and sometimes difficult to admit. But you want to see an accurate reflection––warts and all. You can’t treat those warts unless you see them.Step Two: Prioritize…One of the biggest reasons people fail in any transformation is trying to do too much all at once. Pick one area for improvement. Pick just one thing to do––or stop doing and focus on that.Pick whatever you think is going to produce the best or most important result––not necessarily the greatest result. Believe me, when I decided to quit drugs my immediate priority was not to become a black belt, a professional speaker, or a successful entrepreneur. My immediate and most important goal was to get through the next week without using drugs.Only after I established that discipline could I realistically go after bigger goals.Step Three: Solicit reliable support…Emphasis on the word “reliable.” This is especially true for leaders.First of all, you don’t want to surround yourself with “yes men.” You know this. You’ve got to be very careful not to get trapped in an echo chamber that only magnifies any confirmation biases.On the other extreme, you don’t want people who do nothing but criticize and discourage you either. And there are plenty of them––especially people who don’t want to change themselves.Find people who will offer sincere and constructive observation and criticism, preferably people with real experience or insights relevant to your goals, interests, and challenges. Find people who are capable of recognizing and acknowledging actual progress and accomplishments. And find people who understand your fears and the real hardships you may face.This is where coaches and mentors can be such a tremendous help. And it helps to involve people who aren’t “friends and family.” People who are trained to look at you objectively and offer guidance without judgement and without a personal agenda.Step Four: Celebrate your wins…There’s a reason for those belts we give out in martial arts. Each rank is a celebration of the real progress you’ve made. And it’s a reminder that you’re beginning the next phase of learning, growth, and development.Step Five: Analyze your losses and make corrections…Despite what many people say, there are such things as failure and loss. Mistakes are not “just lessons.” They are lessons when you have the courage and fortitude to wring those lessons out of your mistakes and failures.So you see, Step Five is really back to Step One. The process starts all over again. And again. And again.As I said, I learned about this process the hard way. In hindsight, I’m grateful for the hardships I put myself through. I’m also grateful that I’m still alive and not behind bars. Having said that, my experience with transformation can make your process a lot easier, less painful––and I can help you avoid many of the most dangerous obstacles and detours. If you’d like my help, just reach out.To wrap it up, I’d like to share the most powerful lesson I learned through my life in martial arts, and through my transformation from loser to leader…“Perfection is not a destination. It’s a never-ending process.”Those are the words that guide my continual transformation. Those are the words that will shape who I will become over the next 10 years––and beyond.Effective leaders embrace this process. And the very best share it with others. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                    last_img read more

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System breakdown. There was a power outage in Dubrovnik due to an overload of the electricity network. So much for strategic and sustainable development

first_imgYesterday in the evening, there was a power outage at Pile in Dubrovnik and part of the historic core, which did not come even today, which caused mild chaos and the collapse of the system in our main tourist destination – Dubrovnik. According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not including nautical data, Dubrovnik made its first million overnight stays on 1 June this year, five days earlier than last year. Growth, growth, growth… for whom growth and how to grow further? Who’s crazy here? How can this be normal in the 21st century? Where is the strategic and sustainable development? It is not the tourism itself that is to blame, it is the fault of the people who do not manage all the processes, including the development of tourist destinations and tourism. This problem is not from yesterday, it was only a matter of time, when it will escalate. And this is not only a problem of Dubrovnik, but of all our tourist destinations, in which ten times more inhabitants “settle” in the summer months, and the infrastructure and cities are cracking at the seams. Strategic and sustainable development of a tourist destination. I keep repeating myself, and I turn out to be already funny to myself because I keep repeating myself. The Republic of Dubrovnik was once one of the most advanced countries in the world. And today? And it would not be strange if an isolated case happened, but in the 21st century in Dubrovnik in the middle of the tourist season, and we live from tourism, to collapse the whole network due to too much workload is at least a scandal and unfortunately only more one piece of evidence in a series of how our tourism is evolving by accident. Because how else to explain when during the last 10-20 years of development of the city and tourism, from which millions of kunas are poured into the city treasury, no investment was made in basic and basic infrastructure. Why is there a power outage? “I read somewhere that the caterers and apartment owners are angry, but I don’t think they went to ask HEP how many devices they will install and before that they didn’t care if someone would be left without electricity because of that. It’s a system of connected vessels and, lo and behold, I believe it’s a short-lived malfunction and I hope it will be fixed quickly”Franković concluded for Večernji list. Interestingly, for the mayor of Dubrovnik, it is not the fault of the City or HEP, but of the caterers and apartment owners. Where and in what was the huge earnings from tourism in Dubrovnik spent in the past 10-20 years, if not in the primary thing as strengthening the electricity network in line with tourism growth? We are really funny, after so many years of dealing with tourism, we are falling for basic infrastructure problems. If the city grows and develops, the entire infrastructure must be developed at the same pace, because otherwise the system will break down. We push problems under the rug until a case like this happens and then no one is to blame or everyone is surprised. “The system is overloaded mostly due to numerous air conditioners, but also other things that are there to provide services in the hospitality industry. Obviously all of this together couldn’t stand it so this happened. HEP is otherwise working on improving the system, we used to have significant problems which are now absent to such an extent and electricity is disappearing less, and this is a separate casej ”said Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković for Vecernji list he added that he did not see anything dramatic there. The entire tourist development is unsustainable in almost all tourist destinations. As the number of arrivals and overnight stays grows every year, we are shooting more and more at the seams. Through tourism we encourage imports, we live off the classic rent, we raise prices from year to year, without thinking about value for money, and without such an important strategic, planned and sustainable development. Going while going is a mantra, and no one is watching what will be tomorrow. This example from Dubrovnik is the darkness of our tourism, no matter how much one thinks this is an isolated case. Not unfortunately, as was the case with the shortage of manpower, but everyone closed their eyes and pushed the whole system until it cracked until it cracked. The city of Dubrovnik is to blame because the city has not developed strategically, planned and sustainably. From overloading the sewerage network, low water pressure, wild expansion of the city without a defined GUP, to strengthening the electricity network. If we have “one” main sewer pipe, and hundreds of new users are added to it, the logic is that the system will be overloaded and burst. So is the electrical network. Not to mention the parking lot. This is simply unacceptable and incomprehensible in today’s tourist destinations. The same thing with the overload of the electricity network happens every year in Dalmatia where unfortunately it is only a matter of time before the same case happens. Every year the same story – do not turn on the air conditioner so that the electrical network does not break. And all this in the 21st century. The mayor of Dubrovnik points out that I do not see anything dramatic here and that no one should be particularly worried about that. And there is the biggest problem and the biggest tragedy, which the first man of the city does not see as a problem. About the breakdown of the Pile Substation, on request Dubrovnik Herald, commented from Hrvatska elektroprivreda: “Last night, due to an exceptional increase in consumption on the low-voltage network, a transformer in the Pile area burned out. The replacement of the transformer was delayed due to a number of technical and operational difficulties, and mostly due to the impossibility of obtaining a permit for temporary suspension of traffic, which would make it easier to access the location of the fault. The workers of Elektrojug Dubrovnik are taking everything necessary to establish the electricity supply as soon as possible. – reported from HEP for Dubrovački vjesnik. How do you explain to guests in the 21st century that there is a power outage? Is it possible thatYes, someone is sabotaging me(my whole life)He is also lobbying against me(my whole life)Someone is sabotaging meMaybe it’s the governmentMaybe they are SerbsMaybe FreemasonsSomeone is sabotaging me- Vojko V – How is that? It is the basic infrastructure. Water, electricity, sewage… If someone is to blame for this incredible omission, it is primarily the city of Dubrovnik that is to blame, and then HEP, which must have known about this problem for years. Where does all the money in HEP ​​go if not for the basic maintenance of the electricity network? Why hasn’t the problem that was known been solved a long time ago? Did it really take a break for the entire power grid to react? The question is whether to react in the right way at all and solve the problem in the long run or just right now. Electricity came only in the afternoon. The reason for the power outage is transformer burnout on Pile due overload of the whole system. How do we move forward? Nothing, let’s go on as before, growth, growth and only growth…last_img read more

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