October 6, 2020

USA: NOAA Announces Regulations to Protect Mammals during Navy Trainings

first_imgNOAA Fisheries announced today final regulations requiring the United States Navy to implement protective measures during training and testing activities in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to reduce effects on marine mammals.The Navy requested an authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, because the sound generated by active sonar, the sound and pressure generated by detonating explosives, and other associated activities could affect the behavior of some marine mammals, or cause a temporary loss of their hearing sensitivity or other injury.The Navy’s current authorization expires in January 2014. The purpose of the Navy training and testing is to ensure the readiness of naval forces. Under the MMPA, this new authorization is limited to five years, and expires in November 2018.NOAA Fisheries recently made a final determination that the effects of these Navy operations would have a negligible impact on the overall species or stocks involved. Based on that final determination, NOAA is requiring that the Navy use mitigation measures and, if properly followed, expects the exercises will not to result in serious injury or death to a large number of marine mammals.Exposure to sonar and explosives in certain circumstances has been associated with the stranding of some marine mammals, and some injury or death may occur despite the best efforts of the Navy. Therefore, the final rule allows for a small number of incidental injuries to marine mammals from sonar, as well as vessel strikes and explosions.Under the authorization, the Navy will use the following mitigation measures to minimize effects on marine mammals, including:establishing marine mammal mitigation zones around each vessel using sonar;using Navy observers to shut down sonar operations if marine mammals are seen within designated mitigation zones;using mitigation zones to ensure that explosives are not detonated when animals are detected within a certain distance;implementing a stranding response plan that includes a training shutdown provision in certain circumstances, and allows for the Navy to contribute in-kind services to NOAA Fisheries if the agency has to conduct a stranding response and investigation; and,using specific mitigation measures at certain times to reduce effects on North Atlantic right whales.These measures should minimize the potential for injury or death and significantly reduce the number of marine mammals exposed to levels of sound likely to cause temporary loss of hearing.Additionally, the final rule includes an adaptive management component that requires that the Navy and NOAA Fisheries meet yearly to discuss new science, Navy research and development, and Navy monitoring results to determine if modifications to mitigation or monitoring measures are appropriate.NOAA Fisheries and the Navy have worked to develop a robust monitoring plan to use independent, experienced vessel-based marine mammal observers (as well as Navy observers), and passive acoustic monitoring to help better understand how marine mammals respond to various levels of sound and to assess the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Additionally, an Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Plan developed by the Navy (with input from NOAA Fisheries) will better prioritize monitoring goals and standardize data collection methods across all U.S. Navy range complexes.NOAA, November 15, 2013last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Lord chief justice steps in to diversity debate

first_imgThe best candidates for the bench should be appointed ‘on an entirely level playing field’, the lord chief justice said last night in the latest contribution to the debate on improving judicial diversity.However while apparently dismissing measures such as quotas, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd (pictured) said ‘robust judicial activism is entirely right in building a diverse judiciary’.Lord Thomas was addressing the Temple Women’s Forum in Leeds last night. In what he called a ‘mission statement’, Lord Thomas said diversity is ‘the hallmark of justice itself’ and that the system can and must appoint ‘the best lawyers whatever their race, gender, social background or previous legal career’. Diversity can be achieved more quickly ‘by the vigorous pursuit’ of initiatives led by the judiciary. In the past, he said ‘we simply did not attract enough women and we did not attract enough people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We are changing that’. The judiciary’s Diversity Committee plan ‘is on the road to delivery’, he said, hinting that the shortly to be announced results of the criminal and family recorder competition might show a more diverse intake. He also stressed the importance of directing efforts at employed lawyers, particularly in the Government Legal Service and Crown Prosecution Service. To continue making progress on diversity he said: ‘We must be tenacious in examining the system we currently use; this will no doubt include looking at the use of what is known as the tipping-point provision (on which I hope we will soon have data), and also being alert to concerns about unconscious bias.’The full speech is here.last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Drains become piles

first_imgMEMBRA vertical pipes normally used to drain surface water through a clay layer to permeable material below have been adapted by Cobra to form piles supporting 28 km of track in Malaysia. The company is hoping for an order covering a further 50 km on KTM’s Kuala Lumpur – Padang Besar main line. In the AuGeo system, 150mm diameter perforated pipes up to 25m long are forced into the soft ground by a vertical piling rig. The bottom end of the pipe is capped by a steel mandrel that is withdrawn up the centre when a firm layer of sand is reached. A reinforcing cage is lowered down the pipe, and a liquid cement and sand grout is forced in. This forms the pile when set, and a 300mm square cap is cast on top.Four rows of piles are drilled, forming a grid at 1m spacing. Once the caps are cast, a geotextile grid is placed across the top of the piles, and a shallow embankment is formed above that. Each pile is designed to carry a load of 30 tonnes.Cobra BV, NetherlandsReader Enquiry Number 144last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Prototype 220 km/h trainset on test

first_imgUKRAINE: Testing is underway with the first of two prototype 220 km/h inter-regional electric multiple-units being built by Kriukov Car Building Works for national railway UZ. The nine-car units are rated at 4 MW, and equipped for operation on lines electrified at 3 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz. The two driving cars have 20 second class seats and all axles powered. There are two first class trailers cars with 64 seats, three second class cars with 94 seats, a third class car with 112 seats and a 47-seat dining car. Onboard facilities include air-conditioning, CCTV and two wheelchair spaces. The stainless steel car bodies are 3420 mm wide, and the axleload is 18 tonnes. The first unit is based at Kharkiv depot for testing. UZ intends to operate the units at up to 200 km/h on the Kharkiv – Kyiv route.last_img read more

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September 27, 2020

The Rootinest Tootinest Wild West Video Games of All Time

first_imgRed Dead Redemption 2 SteamWorld Dig 2 The western steampunk game SteamWorld Dig 2 follows the protagonist Dorothy, a steam-driven robot, searching for Rusty, who disappeared during the events of the first SteamWorld Dig game. This sequel involves exploring an underground mine and battling against evil creatures. With unique characters, excellent gameplay, and fantastic progression, SteamWorld Dig 2 was undoubtedly one of the best games of 2017. If you enjoy playing video slot games, you will have a lot of fun playing the rip-roaring western slot Dead or Alive. Along with reels featuring sheriff badges, cowboy hats, boots, and spurs, you will encounter some of the most famous characters from the wild west. With stacks of features, Dead or Alive provides some of the rootinest tootinest fun you can have playing a video slot. It is available at Casumo.com. When the comedy-adventure RPG West of Loathing came out in 2017, Rolling Stone named it one of the year’s best games. The game’s art consists of stick figure drawings. It sees the protagonist leaving his family farm and heading west to seek his fortune. Not only does West of Loathing have fantastic gameplay. It is also wildly funny. You can ride ghost horses, meet supernatural characters like goblins and demonic cows, and flush toilets! This is a seriously comical game. It even contains a graveyard for people who are called Dave, called a Daveyard. Wild Guns Sunset Riders The cult classic Wild Guns was released in 1994 for Super Nintendo. It is a space western shooting gallery game that involves elements of science fiction and steampunk. The plot follows Annie and a bounty hunter called Clint, seeking revenge for the murder of Annie’s family. You can control either Annie or Cliff as you shoot down robots and dodge bullets. The gameplay involves both third-person shooter elements and light gun games. In 2016, the game was released for PS4, and in 2017, it was released for Microsoft Windows. In 2018, it was released for Nintendo Switch. The new versions of the game feature two new characters, additional modes, and stages, and updated audio and visuals. Dead or Alive West of Loathing There have been many fantastic wild west video games over the years. But which ones are the best? Let’s round up the greatest. Gun The revisionist western-themed action-adventure game Gun is set in the year 1880. It features an open world environment and multiple side-missions. You play as Colton White, who travels from town to town while defending himself against or escaping bandits. During the first month of its release in 2005, Gun sold over 225,000 copies across four consoles. It won numerous awards, including GameSpy’s Action Game of the Year for Xbox 360. Game developer Rockstar pioneered open-world gameplay in its Grand Theft Auto series and successfully adapted it to the wild west for the Red Dead series. Without a doubt, Red Dead Redemption 2 is not only the best game in the series. It is also cited by many as one of the greatest video games of all time. The action-adventure game is set in 1899. It follows the outlaw Arthur Morgan, who must try to survive among a world of rival gangs, government forces, and other adversaries. The game is presented in both first and third-person perspectives. Gameplay includes shootouts, horse riding, heists, and much more. Red Dead Redemption 2 had the second-biggest launch of any game in history. It generated a staggering $725 million in sales over the opening weekend alone, and it exceeded sales for Red Dead Redemption within two weeks. It won pretty much every accolade going in the year of its release, including Game of the Year from many gaming publications. Since its release, the wild west game has sold more than 32 million copies, making it one of the best-selling video games of all time. This side-scrolling classic was released in arcades in 1991. It later became available on the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo consoles. The story revolves around four bounty hunters who are out to claim rewards by killing the most wanted outlaws in the west. With fantastic design and challenging and engaging gameplay, Sunset Riders still holds up as one of the best wild west games today.last_img read more

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September 27, 2020

Alkaline’s visa revoked!

first_imgA look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 19th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Here is a look at our top stories…Public Health and environmental activist are warning residents about the proposed use of genetically modified mosquitoes said to be released in the Caribbean. The mosquitoes are being released as a project to fight against the Zika carrying insects, however, the activists are saying that allowing the widespread release before testing is negligent, especially with accidental ingestion possible.Miami Gardens Mayor held the annual state of the City address to a room of over 100 residents wanting to know what was in the future for the community. During Mayor Gilberts fourth address to residents and officials, he promoted economic development, real estate and a diversion program to give children with prior convictions in their background another chance at success.Reggae artist and legend Everton Blender successfully represented Jamaica at the music festival in Beijing. The award winner was included in the diverse group of musicians selected from the Caribbean to represent their country at the free, four day Latin America and Caribbean Music Festival.In Sports, Congratulations to the Lauderhill Lions on winning this years Unifest knockout match. For the CASA Super league, two games will be held at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Saturday night. Miami United will play Albion Plantation at 6:15 and the Fort Lauderdale Blazers will face off against Team Haiti at 8:15.And now, here’s what’s Trending:Jamaican dancehall artist, Alkaline, is the newest DJ added the list of musicians to have their visas revoked. Reports claim that U.S immigration has moved to this decision as a repercussion stemming from Jamaica’s refusal to cooperate in the U.S extraction of a drug dealer. Others say he has been banned for advocating violence against homosexuals.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Afternoon thunderstorms scattered throughout Broward County with a high of 86 and a low of 77. Thunderstorms also across the Miami-Dade, with a high of 87 and a low of 76.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean-American outlet.last_img read more

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September 27, 2020

Airlines urge travelers to beware of Yellow Fever

first_imgA look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 5th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Here’s a look at our top stories.As a result of Yellow Fever health advisories issued by various countries, Airlines are urging customers to be aware of the vaccination requirements in the country they are traveling to. Travelers are solely responsible for meeting all immunization documentation to ensure that they are allowed entry into their destination.FBI director, James Comey announced earlier today that although the likely Presidential nominee Hilary Clinton acted ‘extremely carelessly’ in handling classified emails on a private server, no evidence has been found that she hid any classified information. Comey said that the FBI finds no reason to recommend charges against Clinton and They will now submit their findings to the U.S department of Justice.The city of Miramar’s 4th of July celebration lit up the sky with a fireworks presentation following a parade of community officials and dignitaries. The evening under the stars celebrated the nations independence with music, food trucks, novelty vendors, and a kids zone. The event was held at Miramar Regional Park.For Sports, in the N.A.S.L match this weekend, the Fort Lauderdale strikers battled against Miami FC and earned a point in a hard fought 1-1 draw at Lockhart Stadium. The strikers will play in an away match versus FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium in Canada this Sunday.Here’s a look at what’s Trending:Washington D.C is fighting in a Senate hearing to become the 51st state of the union. A commission team working out the logistics of Washington, D.C.’s bid for statehood decided this week, if they are successful in becoming the 51st state, it should be called “New Columbia” as voted for in 1982.For today’s weather forecast:Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 92 and a low of 78. Cloudy in Miami-Dade, with a high of 92 and a low of 81.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.last_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Canefield man fined for theft of electricity

first_img Share 25 Views   3 comments Sharing is caring! LocalNews Canefield man fined for theft of electricity by: – July 16, 2013 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Damien Reynolds of Bena Ravine, Canefield was charged for stealing $1368.00 worth of electricity. Photo credit: Business InsiderA first time offender received a slap on the wrist when he appeared before magistrate Candia Carette George on Tuesday, 16th July for stealing $1,368.00 worth of electricity. Damien Reynolds of Bena Ravine, Canefield was arrested on 15th July, 2013 after investigations revealed that he obtained electricity illegally from the Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC).The matter was reported to the police by some DOMLEC employees who were on duty conducting regular checks. Reynolds, who admitted to committing the offence to police, said that he was not responsible for the act. “One night I come out and buy bread and I met a fella waiting of bus and he ask me to sleep by me. I didn’t know him. So we went by me and was looking at TV then light go. He tell me he can do something for me, I ask him what’s that, then he took two pieces of wire, did something and lights come back,” the defendant explained.He stated further that he went to be after the light returned and the next morning when he attempted to undo what his guest did, it shocked him.Despite his claim that he was not responsible for the act, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. Information revealed in court indicates that the offence was committed between 31st October 2012 to July 2013.Before sentencing, magistrate George warned Reynolds that he should not engage in activities such as these before sentencing. She told him that she considered the fact that this was his first offence and ordered him to repay the $1368.00 electricity which he used by 31st July, or in default of payment spend three months in prison. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 by 30th September or in default of payment spend two months in prison. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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September 26, 2020

2016-17 Rotaract Club Executive Installed

first_img(Roseau, Dominica) At the club’s 31st Annual Investiture & Awards Ceremony, the Rotaractor of the Year and recipient of the President’s Award Mr. Dane Hypolite was installed as the 2016-17 President of the Rotaract Club of Roseau. He takes over the position from the Immediate Past President Ezra Peter who copped the Heart of Service Award.The ceremony was held at the Boardwalk in Loubiere on July 9th, under the theme of Rotaract District 7030 – “Do Better, Be Better.” Rotary President Reginald Lafleur, Guest Speaker Senator Jahisiah Benoit and Carnival Princess 2016 Rayne Benjamin were special guests at the ceremony.President Dane, in his installation speech, commented on the benefits that he reaped from being a member of such an active service club. He intends to continue with and build on the momentum with which the club now moves. In his year, President Dane wants a closer relationship with the club’s partner in service – the Rotary Club of Dominica, continuity of projects, and more practical sessions to engage members in professional development projects. He hopes to see an increase in the male membership of the club as a gender imbalance still exists. He urged the current Rotaract membership to continue supporting him and to continue working hard to achieve all the club’s goals.Immediate Past President Ezra commented that the club had weathered rough patches within the 2015-16 year. However, the club’s resilience shone through it all. She highlighted some of the major achievements of the year which included the receipt of the District 7030’s highest award – the Meritorious Service Award in November, for the club’s response to Dominica in the aftermath of TS Erika. There was also growth of membership with the addition of 8 Rotaractors and 21 Prospective Rotaractors. Other achievements included the adoption of geriatric Mr Osmand JnoBaptiste and a successful Carnival Princess Show. Past President Ezra wished the Executive a successful year as they strive to “Do Better, Be Better”.The other members who will serve on the 2016-17 Executive are:Daliah Bellot – International Service DirectorDenzel Morancie – Community Service DirectorEuley Baptiste – Treasurer & Sergeant At ArmsEzra Peter – Club Trainer & Immediate Past PresidentIrvin Robinson – Club Service DirectorLeona Jeremiah – Vice President & SecretaryNita Pascal – Professional Development DirectorShanda Carbon – Public Relations Officer & Assistant District Rotaract RepresentativeVernice Thomas – Finance Committee DirectorOther Awardees and Recognized Individuals on the night were:Euley Baptiste – Rotaract Spirit Award, Most Improved Rotaractor & Effort in FundraisingNita Pascal – Most Improved RotaractorLeona Jeremiah – Director of the YearCleopatra Christopher – Most Outstanding Prospective RotaractorDane Hypolite – Perfect Attendance AwardShanda Carbon – Consistency of Executive ReportingTyishia Williams – 30th Anniversary and 2016 Princess Show ChairpersonEamy Nelson – Long Service In RotaractThe Committee of the year was Awarded to the Community Service Committee which also copped the best project award – Showcase Your Talent, Fight For A Cause.During the ceremony, five new Rotaractors in the persons of Cleopatra Christopher, Caesar Catin Jr., Alphonso Bell, Ishada Bardouille and Elisha Titre were welcomed to the club.– / 19 681 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews 2016-17 Rotaract Club Executive Installed by: – July 12, 2016center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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September 24, 2020

Stats show Pacquiao got edge

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]NUMBERS don’t lie.Punch statistics appeared to belie the victory of Jeff Horn, who garnered 115-113, 115-113, 117-111 from the judges to overcome Manny Pacquiao and cart away the WBO welterweight title on Sunday.Official punch stats published by Top Rank showed the dethroned champion landed 182 of 573 thrown for 32-percent accuracy. Horn landed 15 percent of his punches, or 92 of 625 thrown.Pacquiao also had more effective power punches, landing 32 percent, or 123 of 380 thrown, compared to the Australian’s 17 percent, or only 73 of 428 thrown.The Filipino fighter was also leading in the jab department, landing 59 of 193 thrown (31 percent), while Horn landed only 19 of 197 thrown (10 percent).Horn also used headlocks, clinches and head-butts. The Brisbane native committed 38 headlocks, 39 clinches, four head-butts, and seven elbows to the face of Pacquiao, a count done by Panay News showed.Horn was mellow with his headlocks in the first seven rounds where he had 12 headlocks while punching Pacquiao’s head. In one of his headlocks in the fourth, Horn threw Pacquiao to the floor but it was ruled as a slip.In the seventh round alone, Horn had four headlocks before increasing the number in the last three rounds (16 combined).Horn was active in clinching with a punch on the back in the first few rounds, committing five each in the first and fourth rounds. He had 19 clinches from seventh to 10th rounds, where Pacquiao dominated.Horn also had four head-butts in the match: in the seventh, which hurt the left of Pacquiao’s head; eighth, which injured the right side; and in ninth and 10th during heated exchanges with the Filipino.The Aussie was also seen planting an elbow on the shoulder or above Pacquiao’s head. There was also an instance in the fifth when Horn pushed Pacquiao down to the floor with an elbow to the head. (With SPIN.ph/PN) [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Stats show Pacquiao got edge’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Monday, July 3, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/sports-pac-numbers.jpg’ attachment=’110506′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Manny Pacquiao (left) clinches with Jeff Horn. Pacquiao lost his welterweight to Horn in a stunning, unanimous-points decision. TERTIUS PICKARD / AP[/av_image] [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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