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Conservation and the Antarctic environment: The working group reports of the joint IUCN/SCAR Symposium on the scientific requirements for Antarctic conservation

first_imgSix working groups were set up at the joint IUCN/SCAR Symposium on the scientific requirements for Antarctic conservation. These were charged with (i) identifying gaps in the scientific understanding of ecosystems that inhibit rational management, and (ii) considering whether present conservation practices were taking enough account of what is known of the region, particularly with regard to protected areas. There is still a need for synthesis and further work on stocks and the life history of krill in the pelagic ecosystem. Monitoring strategies are not clear and biomass determinations are difficult and costly. Information on squid is lacking. Although there is much information on higher consumers there is a gap in knowledge of dynamic ecological processes, particularly in winter. Studies of crabeater seals deserve priority. The network of existing protected areas is inadequate for preserving all species of birds, seals and whales; new criteria are needed for effective conservation. On land, the Agreed Measures provide an adequate framework for conservation, though additional steps are needed to ensure adherence to their provisions. Selection criteria are deficient. Additional measures are required; these include the establishment of Conservation Areas, general provision for the protection of biota, and a code of conduct for all activities. Exploitation of marine mammals (except the minke whale) has ceased. Monitoring whales presents difficulties. Fish stocks are significantly exploited and better monitoring is required. Prediction of trends in krill catches is difficult but there has been a large drop in krill fishing effort. Localised effects on predators could occur with catches of a few million metric tons. Commercial mineral exploitation in the Antarctic is a long way in the future but exploitation could result from political motives. There is a need for a data base for the design of investigations and impact assessment. Operational hazards need to be modelled in advance. It is important not to go too far too fast. Antarctica is unique in its control measures and their implementation. However, Specially Protected Areas lack management plans and management plans at Sites of Special Scientific Interest are not consistent. There are inadequate guidelines on the development of scientific stations. The coastal region must be regarded as critical habitat. A comprehensive conservation strategy is required with a broader network of protected areas giving full consideration to marine as well as terrestrial areas. Copies of the full working group reports have been deposited with IUCN and SCAR.last_img read more

Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness

first_imgMapped topographic features are important for understanding processes that sculpt the Earth’s surface. This paper presents maps that are the primary product of an exercise that brought together 27 researchers with an interest in landform mapping wherein the efficacy and causes of variation in mapping were tested using novel synthetic DEMs containing drumlins. The variation between interpreters (e.g. mapping philosophy, experience) and across the study region (e.g. woodland prevalence) opens these factors up to assessment. A priori known answers in the synthetics increase the number and strength of conclusions that may be drawn with respect to a traditional comparative study. Initial results suggest that overall detection rates are relatively low (34–40%), but reliability of mapping is higher (72–86%). The maps form a reference datasetlast_img read more

High resolution boundary conditions of an old ice target near Dome C, Antarctica

first_imgA high resolution (1 km line spacing) aerogeophysical survey was conducted over a region near the East Antarctic Ice Sheet’s Dome C that may hold a 1.5 million year old climate record. New ice thickness data derived from an airborne coherent radar sounder was combined with unpublished data that was unavailable for earlier compilations. We find under the primary candidate region elevated rough topography, near a number of subglacial lakes, but also regions of smoother bed. The high resolution of this ice thickness dataset also allows us to explore the nature of ice thickness uncertainties in the context of radar geometry and processing.last_img read more

Investigation: Fines and punishment in Oxford

first_imgC+’s exploration of where money from fines is spent is here, whilst an anoymous student explains what it’s like to be on the wrong end of an unfair fine here, Jessica Hao speaks to various JCR Reps about the issue here, and we take a close look at some of the rule-books which govern our student lives here. A C+ investigation into the use of fines and other punishments by the University of Oxford and its constituent colleges has discovered that over the past three academic years, some colleges have fined their student bodies more than £10,000.C+ can also reveal that there have been only three cases of students being banned from University property in the past three years, and that, “In two cases, the student was suspended because they were under Police investigation for possible criminal behaviour towards another member of the University. In the other case, the student was suspended because they were suspected of financial dishonesty towards the University.”The central University authorities have taken £7,040 in non-library fines over the last three years. The University has also made an eye-opening £165,688 in Bodleian Library fines over the two academic years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.A C+ survey has also shown that, based on over 200 respondents, 31% of Oxford students have been subject to financial punishment from either their college or the University, with offences ranging from late submission of room inventory forms to trashing and illegal filesharing all causing monetary pain.The colleges that have fined their students the most over the past three academic years are Exeter and St. Hugh’s. The former has recouped £19,156, £7,728 of which is made up of library fines. Exeter’s primary issues, however, seem to be late payment of battels, with over £10,000 of their overall fines traceable to delayed student payments. St. Hugh’s have obtained £16,497 of their students’ money in fines over the same period, although notably, the St. Margaret’s Road college only began to charge fines in relation to their library in 2011. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9839%%[/mm-hide-text] St. Hilda’s too have made over £10,000 from student indiscipline, with a total of £12,792 being taken in fines.Notably, at Pembroke, forgetting to sign a guest into the college is subject to a £40 fine, although the College note, “Students can sign-in guests in person at the lodge or by e-mail”. Pembroke also operate a system of suspended fining, where “urinating in public or on College grounds” was subject to a £80 suspended penalty, whilst “tampering with fire-safety equipment” garnered a £250 punishment with an additional £250 suspended.In recent years at Wadham, offences have included breaches of “noise and party regulations” amounting to £210 across seven separate infractions and “fire safety regulations” amounting to £100; “misuse of domestic facilities” which garnered a £30 fine; and a £20 fine for “damage to property”. Wadham are, however, one of several colleges not to charge fines for overdue library books.Graduate colleges Linacre and St. Cross both reported £250 worth of fines levied by Oxford University Computer Services for responding to cease and desist letters for file-sharing.Several colleges do not use fines as a decanal sanction at all, with St. Anne’s, Worcester, Jesus, and Nuffield all preferring to use other systems such as community service around college. A Worcester undergraduate related this to the pleasant state of the college’s grounds, saying, “Worcester doesn’t really do fines, the Dean prefers to give out ‘community service’ style gardening tasks. It’s why the main quad lawn is so good.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9840%%[/mm-hide-text] Several respondents agreed with this idea, arguing, “Fines are often extortionate and there are much fairer punishments which do not favour those with more financial stability such as community service” and “Fines disadvantage some pupils more than others, and are thus not a fair punishment, particularly when a blanket fine is given to a group.”On the other hand, another anonymous respondent felt outrage over fines was misplaced, saying that, “Fines should be stricter. Any claims that students cannot afford them are generally wrong considering how much ‘poor’ students spend on alcohol.”An Oxford University spokesperson defended the use of fines by the University, saying, “A fine is one possible penalty in cases of misconduct. Penalties are only imposed after a disciplinary investigation and a disciplinary hearing and may include an order to pay compensation to any person or body suffering injury, damage or loss as a result of the misconduct. The disciplinary procedures include provision for appeals procedures.”Graphics have been updated in light of new information received after Cherwell went to print, whilst Exeter College would like us to note that the figure for Exeter College is made up of ‘Administration Fees’ in response to late payment of battels, and the College do not consider this a disciplinary sanction.last_img read more

News story: British Army’s rifle set for multi-million-pound upgrade

first_imgThe SA80 A2 hand held assault weapon will be upgraded into the A3 model under the Mid Life Improvement (MLI) project, which will ensure the rifle has the enhancements needed to remain in service until 2025 and beyond.An initial investment of £5.4 million for the project, which will be carried out by Heckler and Koch, will help sustain around 20 highly skilled jobs at the Nottingham Small Arms Factory owned by the company.Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: The SA80 is a battle proven weapon used by the UK Armed Forces on operations all over the world. The upgrade will build upon the rifle’s state-of-the-art features enhancing accuracy and consistency. The Mid Life Improvement project will ensure that our troops have the right equipment at the right time. A more durable hardwearing coating in a “Flat Dark Earth” colour offering better camouflage in a range of environments. The A3 is 100g lighter than the A2 and has a more streamlined fore grip making the weapon easier to handle. The A3 rifle has a bracket to secure new innovative low light sights which can clip on or in front of the day sight without the need to remove it. These sights are smaller, lighter and require fewer batteries whilst operating just as effectively in low light/night conditions. Director Land Equipment at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Major General Colin McClean said: The MLI project will see 5,000 weapons upgraded initially with the intent to upgrade more weapons in the future. The fielding of the first tranche began in February. This multi-million-pound upgrade will give our Army a lighter, more hardwearing, better-camouflaged combat rifle so our soldiers can perform on the frontline of some of the most dangerous locations across the world. This investment is also a boost to Nottingham’s highly-skilled gun-makers who proudly support our troops in their task to protect our country in the face of intensifying threats. The changes to the rifle include:last_img read more

Ashley Roberts to host 2019 Baking Industry Awards

first_imgFormer Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts – a finalist on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing – is to host the 2019 Baking Industry Awards.A skilled presenter, musician and actress, Roberts shot to fame following the release of The Pussycat Dolls album PCD, and during her seven years in the group, it sold over 54 million records worldwide.Two years after leaving The Pussycat Dolls, Roberts appeared on UK screens as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! She was also a judge on the eighth and ninth series of Dancing on Ice, presented the ‘Ant vs Dec’ segment on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and was a guest judge on BBC One talent competition Let It Shine.In 2017, she was a regular on The Keith Lemon Sketch Show and Coming In America, and in 2018, reached the finals of Strictly Come Dancing after being paired with professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev.On 4 September at the Royal Lancaster, London, Roberts will present the awards at the biggest night in the baking industry calendar.The awards recognise stand-out businesses, individuals and products across categories including Bakery Manufacturer of the Year, Craft Bakery Business of the Year and Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year. Other categories also recognise stand-out individuals and products.This year’s event will feature a dazzling ‘Intergalactic’ theme, and will begin with a champagne reception, followed by a three-course dinner, then the awards ceremony itself, hosted by Roberts. And guests can enjoy entertainment into the wee hours with hundreds of other bakery delegates at this premier networking event.To book tickets to the ceremonyGo to and click on the ‘Book Your Tickets’ buttonWhen: Wednesday 4 September 2019Where: Royal Lancaster, Lancaster Terrace, LondonTickets:  £295 a ticket, table of 10: £2,690Tickets sell out fast, so apply early to [email protected] or call 01293 846593.(Finalists and partners attend free)last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Barrett Wilbert Weed’s Good Cause & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Barrett W-W’s Good CauseSo very! Barrett Wilbert Weed (Heathers), Jennifer Damiano (Next To Normal), Laura Dreyfuss (Glee), Alex Finke (Les Miz) and more have joined forces for Broadway for UNICEF at New York hostpot The Cutting Room. All proceeds from the November 16 concert will go to UNICEF, which has mobilized the largest humanitarian operation in history in response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Under the musical direction of Chris Fenwick, the evening is also set to feature performances by Max Chernin, Blake Daniel, Elizabeth Judd, Kristolyn Lloyd, Sean Ronayne, Michael Tacconi, Meghann Fahy and Jared Loftin. Get tickets here.$45,000 Philip Seymour Hoffman Prize AwardedPlaywrights Clare Barron and Sarah DeLappe will share the American Playwriting Foundation’s The Relentless Award, which is given in honor of stage and screen legend Philip Seymour Hoffman. The pair will split a $45,000 prize and receive the most extensive national roll-out in American theater, with staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country for their plays. In Barron’s case, it’s for her work Dance Nation, a show about ambition, competition, and growing up—and how we find our souls in the heat of it all; DeLappe has penned The Wolves, a play that follows a girls indoor soccer league. Congratulations to them both!Lloyd Webber Wants You to ListenWe’ve seen and/or heard “You’re in the Band” (in 360!), “Stick it to the Man,” “Where Did the Rock Go,” and of course “Teacher’s Pet,” and now we have another track from School of Rock—The Musical, which begins previews on November 9. Check out “If Only You Would Listen” below and then Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new tuner, which will officially open on December 6 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre.last_img read more

Endicott Mayor addresses trash guidelines mishap

first_imgThe guidelines were sent over to members of Endicott Code Enforcement by supervisor to Endicott Code Enforcement and Fire Marshall Brian Botsford. “[ECC] thought [Botsford] wanted it on right away because he said he wanted to enforce it, and so they put it on for him to enforce it, but he wanted to wait until he had a chance to pass it out so that’s why we took it down last night,” Jackson said.  The post, which listed guidelines from March 2019, sparked reaction from residents of the village, many of them voicing frustration and concern. ENDICOTT (WBNG) – Village of Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson says it was a communication gap that led to trash guidelines being posted on the village’s Facebook page. Jackson told 12 News the trash guidelines are not new, but village will start enforcing the rules to help make the area a better place to live. “We’re trying to all work together to just clean up the town, attract more people, attract more businesses and see where we go from there,” Jackson said. “I think Endicott should do the same thing with their yards and wit their properties. Is this how I want to portray it? Is this how I want people to think how I live?” Jackson said residents will not receive violations or tickets, but friendly reminders about the steps Endicott is taking.last_img read more

Scotland has launched a TV campaign aimed at attracting more British tourists

first_imgPhoto: YouTube / Scotland is Now The £ 300.000 Scottish Tourism Organization (VisitScotland) project will feature images of Scottish landmarks such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Kelpies sculptures and Callanish Stones standing stones. Travel and Tour World. On British TV channels, three ads will run until April 19th. Other locations and attractions that will appear in the ads are, among others, Camusdarach Beach, Caerlaverock Castle, Skye Island and the rotating Falkirk ferry. Helen Campbell, Marketing Manager of the Scottish Tourism Organization, said that “Scotland sells itself on screens. Our diverse landscapes are enlivened in front of a television audience, encouraging them to learn more about these stunning locations. This short TV campaign is coming at a crucial time for UK visitors pondering plans for the coming months”, Campbell pointed out and added that they want to to have Scotland at the top of their list. “Now is the time to discover Scotland“Emphasizes Campbell.center_img Kelpies Sculpture / Facebook: Scotland is Now During promotional messages, ads will appear during some of the most popular TV shows in the UK. The intention is to attract potential visitors, especially those from the north of England, London and the south-east of the country.last_img read more

Dubrovnik is starting to prepare a study on the sustainability of tourism development and reception capacity

first_imgFind out more about the selection of projects and the award of grants under the Public Tourism Infrastructure Development Program in 2019 in the attachment. Namely, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepšić, signed today in the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia a Co-financing Agreement in accordance with the conditions and criteria of the Program for the Development of Public Tourist Infrastructure in 2019. Photo: Namely, the City of Dubrovnik applied to the said Program of the Ministry for the project “Development of a study of sustainability of tourism development and reception capacity with the action plan of the City of Dubrovnik” in the total value of 123.500 kuna, and in accordance with the provisions of the Program, Based on the contract, the Ministry of Tourism will participate in the project “Preparation of a study of sustainability of tourism development and reception capacity with the action plan of the City of Dubrovnik”, with funds up to 100 thousand kuna, which is 80 percent of the funds needed for the project. The public tourism infrastructure development program in 2019 opened at the end of April and closed on June 28, 2019. Funds for grants intended for counties, cities and municipalities, among other things, for the preparation of sustainability studies or quality management studies, are provided in the Tourism Development Fund, ie in the State Budget. center_img RELATED NEWS: MINISTRY OF TOURISM ANNOUNCES DECISION ON SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN 2019 In addition to the city of Dubrovnik, the cities of Crikvenica, Mali Lošinj, Novalja, Biograd na Moru, Šibenik, Pula and Šibenik-Knin County received funds for the Study of Sustainability of Tourism Development and Reception Capacity with an action plan. Dubrovnik is finally embarking on a study on the sustainability of tourism development and reception capacity. last_img read more

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