Press release: Trial to help hen harriers gets ready for action

first_img Conservation and protection of the hen harrier is at the heart of what we are doing in licensing this trial of brood management. This decision takes forward but one element in a far broader recovery strategy for the species. Natural England is ready to take the next careful step, aware that the licensed activity and the research will rightly come under close scrutiny from the scientists on the advisory group, from ourselves as the licensing authority and by those both supportive of and opposed to this trial. We, as an organisation, must pursue all options for an important bird such as the hen harrier, so that our children may enjoy this majestic species in the wild. Natural England has today (Thursday, 6 June) confirmed that stringent conditions attached to the licence permitting a trial of brood management for hen harriers have been met.The licence permits the removal of hen harrier eggs and/or chicks to a dedicated hatching and rearing facility, where they will be hand-reared in captivity, before being transferred to specially-constructed pens in hen harrier breeding habitat, from which they are then re-introduced into the wild in the uplands of northern England.There are active hen harrier nests this year that meet the intervention density for trial brood management and willing landowners who want to be part of the trial. The licensee is working on the final information and consents required before action may be taken in 2019.This is the latest in a series of steps taken by Natural England to support rare and endangered bird species in the UK, which includes licensing the reintroduction of white-tailed eagles and issuing a licence for the collection of curlew eggs from RAF airbases.To ensure we learn as much as possible from this trial about the potential for brood management to be used as a conservation technique, Natural England, the Government’s adviser for nature in England, has approved the membership of a Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) and a Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy to support the trial.Natural England’s Chair Tony Juniper CBE said: Brood management is the sixth action within the Defra Hen Harrier Recovery Plan, supported by conservation groups, the International Centre for Birds of Prey and the Hawk & Owl Trust. The trial aims to reduce hen harrier predation of grouse chicks on driven grouse moors, leading to an improvement in the conservation status of hen harrier.French conservationists have successfully been using a similar technique for Montagu’s harrier to move birds away from prime agricultural land.last_img read more

Pro-Shot Video And Full Audio From Dopapod’s Two-Night Baker’s Dozen Late Night Run In NYC

first_imgDopapod | Gramercy Theatre | New York, NY | 7.28.17Dopapod | Gramercy Theatre | New York, NY | 7.28.17 If you’re in town for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsAug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents) Not only has the Phish from Vermont been playing 13 shows over the span of just a little over two weeks, but for those in attendance there have been more than just a plethora of late-night performances to choose from, stretching many of these nights into the wee hours of the early morning for the most gung-ho fans.On July 28th, Prog-rock jammers Dopapod delivered two nights worth of post-Phish extracurricular activity at the Gramercy Theatre. The group opened with “Picture in Picture” from 2014’s Never Odd or Even, and never let up from there. “Mucho” and “Vol. 03 #86” provided the jam vehicles for evening, while Radiohead‘s “The National Anthem” made an appearance, and the band’s tongue-in-cheek version of Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” brought the first night to a close.Night two, 7/29, boasted a monster “Nerds,” along with an off-the-wall, over 18-minute “Bahbi” (from 2012’s Drawn Onward). “Freight Trains Filled with Dynamite” featured an appearance from John Coleman on bass, and the encore featured yet another nostalgic pop cover, but this time they group channeled their 90’s angst with Alanis Morissette‘s “You Oughta Know.” Take a listen to both shows, and check out som pro-shot video of the 7/28/17 below, all courtesy of MK DEVO:last_img read more

Harvard kicks off football season

first_imgThe Harvard Crimson kicked off the home season this past weekend with a second win, followed by two Crimson players earning Ivy League awards.Harvard beat Brown, 41-23, and Zach Hodges ’15 received the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week award, while David Mothander ’14 was named Ivy Special Teams Player of the Week.“We are off to a solid start at 2-0,” said head football coach Tim Murphy, “but we have a great deal of room for improvement, and we are focused on … our next game [Holy Cross].”Yet it was under the bright lights of Harvard Stadium this past Saturday that the Crimson defeated Brown University, marking Harvard’s first Ivy League game of the year.  On Sept. 21, Harvard beat San Diego, 42-20. It was the first time since 1949 that the Crimson had ventured to the West Coast.For local fans, Harvard won’t have another home game until Oct. 19, when the Crimson return to Harvard Stadium to play Lafayette.During halftime at the Brown game, children took advantage of the beautiful fall evening and turned cartwheels just outside the end zone, waving as grandparents snapped pictures. Undergraduates clustered in groups, snacking on barbecue. Nearby, parents played catch with their kids, throwing their own small spirals under the lights of the stadium. Alumni and students mingled, musing as to how the game would play out.Howard Ireland, from Sharon, Mass., said his son, Matt, had bought two tickets and treated him to the game. As the duo watched the Harvard University Band perform at halftime, Ireland observed that Brown would have to score decisively in the third quarter if the Bears were going to come back.Cathryn Clüver, a ’99 Brown graduate and a 2010 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), stood firmly on the visiting team’s side of the stadium, cheering for her alma mater. She said one of the joys of the event was being part of such a diverse turnout.“I’m sitting behind a Brown [alum] and a former Brown football player from the Class of 1942, and he’s sitting next to parents of a student who’s playing” for the [Brown] Bears, said Clüver, executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at HKS. “We have a dynamic cheering section, I feel like I’m out with my tribe … and the band’s playing fight songs I know how to sing, which is always great.”Despite the loss, Clüver remained hopeful for the remainder of Brown’s season. “Harvard is up there for a reason,” she said, speaking of the conference standings. “But we came out strong, and we put up a good fight.”More than 17,000 fans attended the game, which was nationally televised.The Holy Cross game, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, can be heard on Bloomberg Radio 1200 AM/94.5 FM-HD2 and on WHRB 95.3 FM. To view the Crimson’s full schedule, visit gocrimson.com.last_img read more

Honduras Grapples With Dramatic Upsurge in Murder of Journalists

first_img SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — The infiltration of northern Honduras by drug traffickers has not only turned the country into one of the world’s most violent. It’s also made life hell for local journalists trying to cover the mayhem. At least 30 reporters have been killed since 2003, according to the Colegio de Periodistas de Honduras, the national press group. Of this total, 14 were murdered in just the past two and a half years. These are astounding numbers for a country of just 7.5 million inhabitants. “Everyone feels vulnerable,” said Mavis Cruz, director of the news program Noticias a la Hora, which airs on San Pedro Sula’s Radio Libertad. “There have been so many abuses against journalists and there is almost total impunity.” The killings of reporters are part of a broader nationwide crime crisis brought on, in part, by political instability following the 2009 removal of the president by the Honduran Congress — not to mention weak government institutions and the growing importance of Honduras as a hub for traffickers shipping Colombian cocaine to the United States. Authorities estimate that several hundred tons of cocaine pass through the country each year with hyper-violent Mexican cartels pushing out their Colombian counterparts to dominate the business. Meanwhile, Honduran youth gangs provide the trafficking organizations with gunmen who can intimidate and murder for bargain prices. “Well-funded transnational criminal organizations combined with local gangs are destabilizing the country’s democratic institutions and making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world,” wrote James Boswell in a recent study on Honduras published by the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Political instability feeds violence against journalists Fueling the chaos is political instability in the wake of a June 2009 military-backed action that ousted left-wing President Manuel Zelaya. After the coup, many foreign governments cut off aid to Honduras while the fight against organized crime was pushed to the back burner as the new government focused on consolidating power and gaining international legitimacy, Boswell wrote. Today, Honduras registers the highest murder rate in the world — 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Caught in the crossfire are many reporters. By Dialogo July 02, 2012 “In the courthouse we are almost face-to-face with delinquents. They look at us, laugh and sneer. So we can’t even go to public hearings anymore because we are exposed,” said Tiempo reporter Juan Carlos Rodríguez. “That means we have to do journalism-lite, like covering local artisans or tourism,” he said. “We can’t investigate anything about drug trafficking. We can’t write the truth. The only way you can tell the truth in Honduras is through a novel.” Rodríguez and other reporters often request that their bylines be removed from their stories. “Before, reporters were proud to say: ‘This is my work,’” added Karina Interiano, who anchors the Notiseis TV news program in San Pedro Sula. “Now, they no longer want to attach their names to their stories.” The killings of reporters are not all drug-related. Some of the deaths are due to personal disputes while others are tied to the rise in political violence following the 2009 ouster of Zelaya, which also polarized the media with some newspapers, radio and TV stations supporting the coup and others coming out against it. Given the dangers, some Honduran reporters are thinking of getting out. Rodríguez, the Tiempo reporter, said he may abandon journalism for a job in finance.center_img Journalists say that those involved in the drug trade — including corrupt politicians and police officers — target reporters to intimidate and derail the press from its traditional watchdog function. The killers receive further encouragement because they are almost never brought to justice, says the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The most recent murder of a Honduran journalist was also the most shocking. On May 9, the body of Ángel Alfredo Villatoro, 47, a prominent host and news coordinator of HRN, one of Honduras’ most popular radio stations, was found on a sidewalk. Villatoro, a friend of President Porfirio Lobo, had two gunshots to the head, was dressed in the uniform of a special operations police unit and had a red handkerchief covering his face. “Honduran authorities must fully investigate this crime and bring those responsible to justice,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. He warned that “the deadly cycle of violence against journalists and impunity for these crimes is endangering freedom of expression in Honduras.” Reporters shying away from difficult stories Indeed, precisely at the moment when Honduras most needs an aggressive press corps to investigate organized crime, news coverage has been neutered. Reporters don’t dare probe deeply into drug-related murders and extortion schemes for fear of retaliation. Newspapers are filled with sensational crime stories that are just a few paragraphs long and say almost nothing about the possible motives for shootouts and killings. The San Pedro Sula-based Tiempo daily newspaper shut down its investigative unit in 2009 due to the growing risks. Yet even routine reporting can be lethal. Photographers are sometimes targeted after taking pictures of crime scenes or police lineups, while reporters have been threatened simply for covering legal cases involving traffickers. last_img read more

Census question could hurt all of us

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion When Commerce Secretary Ross announced that the census questionnaire will include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, he made a decision that will have a negative impact on residents of the Capital Region and in communities around this country. It might seem like an innocuous question, but it is likely to cause fear in the immigrant community and result in substantial undercounting.Many resource allocation decisions are made on the basis of census data. Money for public safety planning and disaster response, education needs, hospitals, veterans’ assistance, transportation, aid to cities, and much else is allocated at least partially by how many people live where. Our business developers use  census data to choose where and how to invest. Undercounting makes all these decisions less efficient, and thus harms us all.The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County calls on our local officials to speak out and oppose the citizenship question in the 2020 census. We must send a strong message to have Congress reverse this decision and remove the citizenship question from the census. The stakes are too high to allow this unnecessary question to derail the count.Cheryl NechamenSchenectadyThe writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.last_img read more

Vernon’s Green bid looking good

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Brisbane unit decorated by well-known interior designer for sale

first_imgThe kitchen and dining area inside 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.Think lots of paisley, wallpaper and cushions in strong patterns, a blue and white base colour palette and floral wall art. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe property is being marketed by Taylor Kleinberg and Simon Caulfield of Place Estate Agents. Anna Spiro at her Birkdale home. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Mr Kleinberg admits the apartment is very much one of a kind.“It’s very unique; a conscious blend of wallpaper and ornaments,” he said. The lounge room at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.And it’s only a walk to UQ, the CityCat terminal and Toowong Village.It’s scheduled for auction on Thursday, October 26. Interior designer Anna Spiro at her Birkdale home. Photo: Mark Cranitch.LOVE or loathe her work, there’s no denying Anna Spiro has an eye for detail.The well-known Brisbane-based interior designer of Black and Spiro and creative genius behind the boutique hotel Halcyon House has worked her magic on her aunt’s riverfront St Lucia apartment, which is now on the market. One of the bedrooms inside 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.“Even the outdoor tiles are in a light pastel blue to match the walls inside.“It’s really either you love it or not.” center_img The lounge room at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au. Fastest selling suburbs Mortgage stress continues to rise Tenants from hell on the rise The apartment is one of just 14 in a boutique, riverfront complex, which offers a private river deck, pool, spa and gym. One of the bedrooms in the unit at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.Spiro’s passion for vibrant colour and mix-and-match collections is on show in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at 2/100 Macquarie Street. If you’re a fan of Black and Spiro’s interiors, this is definitely the place for you. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The view from the balcony at 2/100 Macquarie St, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au.last_img read more

Copa del Rey: Messi leads Barca rout over Awaziem’s Leganes

first_imgLionel Messi netted twice as Barcelona hammered Chidozie Awaziem’s Leganes 5-0 on Thursday night to advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and deliver a much-needed boost for new coach Quique Setien.Advertisement Read Also: Carles Perez completes Serie A switch from BarcelonaMessi made it three after springing in behind just before the hour and then Arthur Melo, on for Griezmann, added another, banging in after both Ansu Fati and Messi had been denied.Leganes were finished but Messi had one more goal left in him as he latched onto Ivan Rakitic’s pass and rounded Pichu Cuellar, before finishing for his 19th of the season and third under a relieved Setien.Sevilla’s defeat to Mirandes, who sit 10th in the second tier, was the biggest shock of the round. Matheus Barrozo scored twice before Alvaro Rey put Mirandes out of sight. Sevilla’s Nolito scored a late consolation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “We did a lot of things well but I am not completely happy because we also lost control of the game in the latter stages of the first half,” said Setien.Defeat at Mestalla allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top of the league and put early pressure on Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde as coach earlier this month.His appointment will be judged on performances in the league and Champions League this season but Barca have a rich recent history in the Copa del Rey, which they have won in four of the last five years.They will be in Friday’s draw for the last eight but Sevilla will not after they fell to a shock 3-1 defeat away at Segunda side Mirandes. Real Madrid, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Granada, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao complete the list. A home tie in the last 16 against La Liga’s bottom club always looked a kind route back to winning ways for Setien’s side, whose next four league fixtures now include Levante, Getafe and Eibar, all at home, as well as a trip to Real Betis.Victories in those games would give Setien momentum but performances will be important too given his arrival was as much about changing Barcelona’s style as their results.After a ponderous display against Valencia, they outclassed Leganes, who pressed high from the start, despite early indications suggesting this Barcelona team might struggle more against opponents that sit deep.Before the game, the Catalans’ club director Guillermo Amor ruled out buying another striker before the end of the January transfer window on Friday, meaning Griezmann is likely to step into the role of the injured Luis Suarez down the middle.“There may be a risk of injuries but I have confidence in the players I have,” said Setien. “It wasn’t to be and that’s fine with me. We have to think about what we have and we are happy because in a few weeks we will have Dembele back too.”Griezmann made his case by opening the scoring after four minutes as Nelson Semedo cut back for the Frenchman to control and poke home his 13th goal of the season.Another Griezmann strike was ruled out shortly after, only for Lenglet to head in Messi’s corner at the near post to put Barcelona two up after 27 minutes. Messi’s double, as well as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo rounded off an emphatic win at Camp Nou, where Barca successfully bounced back from Saturday’s surprise La Liga loss away at Valencia. Loading… Promoted ContentPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Most Beautiful Modern Chinese Actresses8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOlast_img read more

How Nwakaeme, Mikel inspired Trabzonspor to move up in Turkey

first_img Loading… Nwakaeme returned to league action after missing last weekend’s game against Fenerbahce due to a suspension. He did play in the Cup win over BB Erzurumspor, getting one of Five goals and helped his side with a huge first-leg advantage. The Striker followed up that performance with a goal on Saturday as Trabzonspor secured a hard fought 2-0 victory in front of their home fans. Hüseyin Çimşir’s men broke the deadlock in the 79th minute after a very tight first half, and didn’t look back after taking the lead. Six minutes later Nwakaeme doubled for the Black Sea Storm and took his goal tally for the league season to 8 in 19 appearances. His Nigerian compatriot Mikel Obi also returned to action after sitting out the Cup victory four days earlier. The 32-year-old midfielder was rested after a difficult time in the past days following racist attacks on him and his family. He played the entire duration against Genclerbirligi in the front of a four-man defensive wall. Victory for Trabzon in the game means they are now tied on 41 points with Sivasspor, but knock the latter of the top spot with  superior goals difference. In the next eight days both teams will clash in a potential title decider at the Şenol Güneş Stadium. Goal scoring responsibility will fall heavily on Nwakaeme after league top scorer Alexander Sorloth was sent off late in the game against Saturday’s opponents. Read Also:Racist attack: Very disturbing time for me. I am sad – Mikel The 24 year-old Norwegian is on 16 goals and just one goal better by Alanyaspor Senegalese Striker Papiss Cisse, while Nwakaeme is 8th in the goalscorers’ chart, with 8 goals and 5 assists. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Anthony Nwakaeme scored the winner for Trabzonspor as they defeated Genclerbirligi to go top of the table in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.last_img read more

Lady Indians Victorious Over Lady Shiners In Softball

first_imgThe Milan Lady Indians defeated The Rising Sun Lady Shiners 8-5 in Varsity Softball action on Saturday (5-2).Milan vs. Rising Sun Softball (5-2)Courtesy of Indians Coach Eric Widener.last_img