Bottlenose dolphin abundance in the NW Mediterranean: addressing heterogeneity in distribution

first_imgLine-transect estimators were developed to assess abundance of coastal dolphins Tursiops truncatus and Stenella coeruleoalba encountered in low densities during aerial sighting surveys. The analysis improved on conventional approaches by objectively combining data from different species, survey areas and other covariates affecting dolphin delectability. Model selection and multimodel inference allowed robust estimates of precision in accounting for covariate selection uncertainty. These methods were used to estimate bottlenose dolphin abundance in NE Mediterranean waters that included a putative subpopulation in the Balearic Islands. Total abundance was estimated as 7654 (coefficient of variation, CV = 0.47; 95% CI = 1608 to 15 766) and the abundance in inshore waters of the Balearic Islands varied from 727 (CV = 0.47; 95% Cl = 149 to 148 1) dolphins in spring 2002 to 1333 (CV = 0.44; 95% CI = 419 to 2617) dolphins in autumn 2002, with an average estimate of 1030 (CV = 0.35; 95% Cl = 415 to 1849). The results do not support an exclusively coastal Balearic Island subpopulation, but they strongly indicate that the islands contain critical habitats required for the conservation of the species. Given the observed decline of the species during the last few decades, conservation-oriented management should focus on reducing or eliminating adverse fishing interactions while key areas are protected from encroachment produced by human development.last_img read more

Upad changes its fee structure to reflect what ‘landlords really want’

first_imgOnline-only letting agency Upad has announced that it’s abandoned offering landlords fixed packages and has also signed a deal with deposit replacement platform Zero Deposit.Upad says that although it has processed 75,000 rental transactions since it launched 11 years ago, it has decided to significantly change the way it charges customers “to reflect what landlords really want”.It now offers a basic pay-upfront ‘find a tenant’ service for £149 including VAT but enables landlords to ‘pick and choose’ which services to bolt on.“Half of all UK landlords have been in business for over five years and understand the regular and ongoing demands of letting a property,” says James Davis, its Chief Executive (left).“In many cases, they have established tenancy agreements in place, inventories have been drawn up and amended on numerous occasions and an investment has been made in quality property images – they simply don’t require everything, every time they let a property – this allows them to pick and choose.”This is in addition to Upad’s existing £449 ‘pay on success’ service that it launched earlier this year. It also a fully-managed service that costs £559 plus £72 a month, both including VAT.Deposit dealThe company has also launched a partnership with former Zoopla sales director Jon Notley’s Zero Deposit platform. This will enable landlords to list their properties on Upad as ‘not requiring a traditional deposit to be paid’, the first time a hybrid or online letting agent has offered such a product.“It’s just another way we’re challenging the status quo, making our service transparent and ultimately handing power back to the landlord,” says Davis.james davis Jon Notley upad zero deposit September 26, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Upad changes its fee structure to reflect what ‘landlords really want’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleUpad changes its fee structure to reflect what ‘landlords really want’This is the second time the online-only lettings agency has changed the way it charges landlords this year.Nigel Lewis26th September 201801,955 Viewslast_img read more

My Morning Jacket, Portugal. The Man, Nathaniel Rateliff, & More To Perform One Big Holiday

first_imgMy Morning Jacket will return to the Dominican Republic for the fourth year of One Big Holiday, March 2-6, 2018. This year’s destination event will move to a new home at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana for an all-inclusive ultimate fan experience. My Morning Jacket will perform three full shows on the beach, with sets from Portugal. The Man, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Spoon, Broken Social Scene, Toots and The Maytals, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sylvan Esso, Moon Taxi, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Patrick Hallahan & David Givan DJ Party, Britt Daniels DJ Set, and Made of Oak to complete the four day tropical adventure.One Big Holiday is also moving to a new location – the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. Set on the stunning coastline of the Dominican Republic, this luxurious all-inclusive resort is designed to exceed expectations. Located just a short 30-minute drive from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), the spacious property hosts the largest full service casino in the DR, direct beach access to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, full-service spa, Nicklaus designed golf course, thirteen swimming pools, a winding lazy river, and multiple swim up bars. Choose from a variety of well-appointed suites, all within walking distance to the music and all-inclusive offerings.The public on sale for One Big Holiday starts on 7/26 at 12PM ET here.last_img read more

RIP RBG: The thin, strong string that ties women together

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This was written by the author Saturday morning, after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I’ve been thinking about all of the stories of the strong women in my family today. This day. The day after Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.I come from a line of very strong women. My grandmother, Ora, died when I was very small, but I’ve seen pictures of her. She was tall, broad and her hands were well worn. My mother and her sisters used to talk about her with fear and awe and love in the same breath.When Ora was raising her family, which included my mother and her two sisters, a cousin who was developmentally disabled and “the boarders” as my mother used to call them. It was the Great Depression, and she did whatever it took.last_img read more

Stop the madness of unlimited gun laws

first_imgLeonard Muller’s April 22 letter to the editor included a quote attributed to Adolph Hitler suggesting that gun registration led to the rise of the Nazis and World War II. An internet search reveals that there’s no factual basis to the quote. Although commonly repeated, it’s an urban legend, bogus, fake. The whole argument, again often repeated, that gun control somehow aided Nazi Germany in its atrocities has been repeatedly debunked by Politifact and Snopes. The gun supporters need to find better quotes to prop up their Minuteman fantasies that somehow they are the only thing standing between us and tyranny. I don’t buy it. The Canadians, British, Australians and Europeans don’t buy it, either, yet they seem to enjoy as much freedom as Americans and are much safer in the bargain.Coincidentally, about the time the April 22 Gazette was loaded into the delivery trucks, four people were murdered in a Nashville Waffle House by a nut with an AR-15. How did he get an AR-15?  His father allegedly gave it back to him after the police had taken it away because he was a nut. Exactly how does that protect our freedom? Are we reduced to having to arm ourselves to get breakfast and hope we aren’t shot down before we can get off a few rounds?  Are the dead of Aurora and Las Vegas and Orlando and Sandy Hook and Sutherland Springs and Parkland and on and on just collateral damage to those who insist on unfettered gun ownership? Is this any way for a strong and free people to live?I grew up as a country boy surrounded by guns and was a pretty good shot in my day. I understand exactly what guns can do and why people like them. But even I can see we have descended into madness. Enough.James E. PickettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Hundreds of Chinese workers granted entry, permit to work in Riau Islands

first_img“They are contracted for six months to finish the project by PT BAI. They will be sent home right away after the project is finished,” Indra said.He explained that the Chinese workers had obtained temporary stay permits (KITAS) and work permits (IMTA) and tested negative in COVID-19 swab tests.After arriving in Bintan regency through Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands, the Chinese workers underwent 14-day quarantine under strict monitoring from the COVID-19 task force, he added.Previously, residents of South Konawe regency in Southeast Sulawesi staged protests in June over the employment of 500 Chinese workers in nickel smelter projects in the region amid a trend of mass layoffs due the COVID-19 pandemic.However, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah defended the employment of foreign workers, saying it was only allowed for national strategic projects requiring technologies that local workers had yet to master. (trn)Topics : “Without those Chinese workers, the construction process will be hampered,” Santoni said. Previously, the arrival of hundreds of Chinese workers in the country despite travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic drew backlash, with much of the public concerned about local employment opportunities possibly being taken by foreign nationals, in addition to concerns over possible virus transmission. However, Santoni said the company mostly comprised locals with more than 3,000 Indonesian workers. “The majority of our employees are Bintan residents,” he said.Bintan Manpower Agency head Indra Hidayat also defended the arrival of the Chinese workers, saying that they were construction experts needed for the company. Indonesia has granted entry to 450 Chinese workers employed by PT Bintan Alumina Indonesia (PT BAI), an aluminum producer based in the Galang Batang special economic zone in Bintan regency, Riau Islands.“On Saturday, 145 more Chinese workers were employed by our company, bringing the total number of Chinese workers in the company to approximately 450 people. Just like other foreign employees, they also abide by the health protocols,” the president director of PT BAI, Santoni, said on Monday as reported by kompas.comHe said the workers were employed to help build a coal-fired steam power plant and bauxite smelters in Bintan using their expertise. The project itself is expected to be finished by November this year, with operations slated to begin by January 2021.last_img read more

Feline photobombers: Are these real estate photos purr-fect or a cat-astrophe?

first_imgNap time.Ms Bagnall said the feedback from the listing, and its two feline models, had been positive.“We are such an animal loving society so maybe we should be doing more of it,” she said. The owner was happy that her two cats were in the photos, and Ms Bagnall said it helped show that the home was ideal for pet lovers. The home is fully fenced with a large backyard ideal for animals to roam free. Peek-A-Boo.Harcourts Solutions sales agent Jamila Bagnall said it was never the intention of the photographer to feature the cats in the final shots. “The cats just started walking around and doing their own thing,” Ms Bagnall said. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago“They were not afraid of what was happening, they thought it was all about them, as cats do.”After some frustrations, they decided to work with reality and keep the cats in a few of the photos. 16 Howard Street, GaythorneIT was supposed to be just another real estate photoshoot, but two mischievous felines had other ideas. A three-bedroom home at 16 Howard St, Gaythorne is set to go under the hammer next month, and if you look at the promotional photos you will notice something strange.The current owner’s two pet cats, Vegas and Lincoln, feature prominently in a number of the final shots.center_img Perfect backyard for furry friends.The owner also has two pet dogs, but unlike Vegas and Lincoln, they behaved and stayed out of the photos. The home will be auctioned on Saturday, March 3 at 11amlast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Split Games With Lady Lions

first_imgFranklin County put together one of their most complete games of the season, defeating Rushville Thursday evening by a final score of 6-2. With the win, Franklin County’s record improves to 9-3 on the season and 4-2 in EIAC play. Rushville’s record falls to 0-7 on the season and 0-3 in EIAC play.Franklin County’s offense got started in the second inning when Camryn Brewer doubled to left field with one out to get a base runner in scoring position. Then Kendall McCool helped her own cause with a single on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring the first run of the game.The Wildcats really broke open the game in the sixth inning when they notched four runs.The big inning lead off with a single by Maggie Wendel and then a double by Kamryn McCool. Next Hannah Hornsby drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. After a fielder’s choice, freshman Kloe Bolos came up with the big hit. Bolos smacked a single into centerfield driving in a run. The ball was then misplayed by the center fielder which allowed two more runs to score and Bolos to advance to second. Then with two outs, Tessa Harper added onto the score with an RBI single of her own which scored Bolos.Kendall McCool got the win for Franklin County. She was perfect through fifth innings before the Lions were able to string some hits together in the late innings to tack on two runs. She allowed four hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out ten and walking zero.C Gettinger took the loss for Rushville. She went seven innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, striking out three and walking one.Franklin County recorded eight hits in the game. Kamryn McCool led Franklin County with three hits in four at bats.The Wildcats will be back on the diamond Friday evening for a Varsity/JV double header against the Panthers from Knightstown. Varsity first pitch is scheduled for 5pm with the junior varsity contest to immediately follow.The Franklin County Wildcats Junior Varsity watched the game slip away early as errors plauged the Wildcats in the first inning. These proved to be costly and the team couldn’t recover in a 15-8 loss to Rushville on Thursday evening. With the loss, the Wildcats JV record falls to 2-6 on the season and 1-3 in EIAC play.The Wildcats collected six hits and Rushville had eight in the high-scoring affair. That was also haunted by many defensive errors from both teams. Franklin County committed nine errors, five in the first inning. Rushville had seven errors.The big inning for the Wildcats came in the fifth inning when they tallied six runs. The offensive onslaught by Franklin County was led by Morgan Bare, Emily Wendel, Kaylynn Rauch, Kiya Rains, and Paige Hall, all knocking in runs in the inning.Olivia Mohler earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for Rushville. She surrendered eight runs, none earned, on six hits over five innings, striking out nine and walking one.Karlie Hahn took the loss for Franklin County. She surrendered 15 runs,eight earned, on eight hits over four innings, striking out two.Franklin County collected six hits on the day. Bare and Rains each had two singles to lead Franklin County.Herbert led Rushville with two hits in three at bats.The Wildcats Junior Varsity will be back in action on Friday evening for a game against the Knightstown Panthers. The JV game will immediately follow the varsity contest which begins at 5pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.last_img read more

Evans – we weren’t at lowest ebb

first_img Press Association United emerged from a difficult few days by claiming a much-needed victory against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Whilst booking a Capital One Cup fourth-round encounter with Norwich is not expected to be high on the list of David Moyes’ achievements in his debut campaign as Red Devils chief, at the present time, Javier Hernandez’s solitary goal was significant. Jonny Evans has known the atmosphere at Manchester United’s training ground to be worse than it was at start of this week. It cannot have escaped Moyes’ notice United benefited from the eight changes made to the team that lost at Manchester City. Almost all the new faces, Evans and Hernandez included, were making rare appearances after Moyes opted to stick largely with the same group of players for those testing opening five Premier League matches. In hindsight, it looks like a flawed, if understandable move, which might well have been avoided. Had either Mike Phelan or Rene Meulensteen from Ferguson’s backroom team been retained, they might have been able to caution against asking Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to push themselves through three games in a week. The players themselves would argue otherwise but the evidence of the past week, and Ferguson’s selection policy dating back to 2010, indicates the pair can no longer do it. A lack of summer reinforcements beyond Marouane Fellaini may become an issue as the season progresses, whilst circumstance dictated Wilfried Zaha remained on the bench last night when, in less fraught circumstances, it was an ideal chance for a youngster – who nevertheless has appeared for England at senior level – to gain some valuable experience. Yet Moyes would counter that some of the selection problems are not of his making. The clamour for Shinji Kagawa’s inclusion has been growing steadily, whilst Hernandez had been restricted to a sum total of just 34 minutes’ action prior to Wednesday night’s game. There is, apparently, no coincidence the pair were on Confederations Cup duty for Japan and Mexico this summer, and have since been required to play in two lots of international matches. “The start we had meant I felt we had to get a settled group of players for the opening five or six games,” said Moyes. “As well as that we were still trying to bring some players back from international duty who came back, went away again, came back and went away again. “It was difficult to get them in the right condition all at the same time.” Moyes may have reservations about individuals within the squad he has inherited. Nevertheless, he might also remind himself that someone like Evans has won as many Premier League titles as Frank Lampard and John Terry and can be trusted to get the job done, particularly against lesser teams, rather than being completely inactive, as has been the case with the Northern Ireland star. “That was my first start of the season and it was a tough game to come into,” said Evans. “When you have Sturridge and Suarez up front you are never going to have an easy evening. “But we defended every set piece well and were blocking shots. “It is what you need in games like that.” For without it, Moyes would have been facing yet more questions over his suitability for the onerous task of replacing the man whose name adorns the stand his dug-out faces and whose image is cast in a statue outside the ground. Yet even in the eye of the storm that raged following Sunday’s 4-1 hammering at Manchester City, Moyes still kept doing the right things. He fronted up to the media on Tuesday, when it would have been far easier to send someone else to speak on his behalf. And he managed to stop a cloud of gloom descending on what is officially known as the Aon Training Complex, but fans and players continue to refer as Carrington. “I have been on the training ground where the atmosphere has been worse than it was when we came in the day after the game,” said Evans. “We had no complaints at the weekend. “Everyone was honest in their assessment that we didn’t apply ourselves the way we should have. “It is hard for the fans, the players and the manager as well. We just had to move on from it quickly.” last_img read more

Injured Huth out for season

first_img “So we took him to the surgeon and he had another look at it and recommended that Robert had another operation, just to get a real understanding of what is going on in the knee. “By all accounts it was good news in terms of what he found – there is no real structural element to it, it is just that there is an issue in the knee that is causing it to flare up and we now have a better understanding of what is going on. “So hopefully he will be fit and well to go for the beginning of next season.” Jon Walters is sidelined along with Stoke team-mate Charlie Adam for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with West Ham due to suspension. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns. Andy Carroll is in line to return to the starting line-up for the first time since his red card in the 2-0 win over Swansea, although fellow forward Marco Borriello remains sidelined with a calf injury. Allardyce wants to see his West Ham players rediscover the clinical nature which saw them win four games in a row before the recent international break. The Hammers were deeply embroiled in the fight for Baclays Premier League survival until a run of consecutive victories pulled them clear and left them in the top half of the table – with only a defeat at Everton blotting their record ahead of the international friendly fixtures. Once the favourite to become the next manager to find himself out of work, Allardyce masterminded wins over Swansea, Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton and is eager to see his side return to winning ways at Stoke. “The clinical aspect, which we did so well in the four games we’d won on the trot, deserted us at Everton and we’ve got to get that back,” he said. “We’ve got to take the opportunities when they arise, we scored against the run of play sometimes, we scored when we were in the ascendancy and we’ve to make sure we are as clinical as we were in those four games. “I’m not sure about results because it will be tough to get better results than we’ve had. We have to try to achieve the results and improve the performances, the demand from me is a level of consistency from the players that will deliver results.” And speaking on Friday, Stoke boss Hughes said: “Robert had an operation last night and unfortunately he is going to miss the end of the season.” Huth has missed 20 matches in all competitions since limping off in Stoke’s 2-0 home Barclays Premier League win over Sunderland on November 23. When suggesting around the time that surgery appeared likely, Hughes said the 29-year-old centre-back would be out for “a number of weeks”. Huth then made a comeback on February 25 by playing 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly. But he has not returned to the Potters’ matchday squad since then, and will now work towards trying to be fit for the start of 2014/15. “It has been difficult for us,” Hughes said. “We tried to get him back and he has been very close on a number of occasions, but unfortunately the knee was reacting adversely to any opportunity we had to really push him on. “Every time we tried to just push him to the next level, that is when the reaction in the knee would force us to take a step back. Stoke defender Robert Huth has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to his knee problem, manager Mark Hughes has announced. Press Association Huth has not played for the first team since injuring his knee in November, which he had surgery on soon after. Earlier this week, Potters chairman Peter Coates said it was his understanding that it was “very unlikely” the German would feature again this term. last_img read more