Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Releases New Film Highlighting Importance Of Big Game Migration In NM

TRCP News:MISSOULA, Mont. —The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) has released a film exploring the importance of planning for migration corridor conservation in New Mexico and, more generally, across the West. The film, “Migration Corridors: Connecting the Wildlife and People of New Mexico”, features a New Mexican hunter and a hunting guide, officials from the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico Game & Fish, and TRCP staff.The film showcases the insights offered by the most recent research into big game migration corridors, the importance of these routes to wildlife, and the impact of wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation on New Mexico’s economy.“We wanted to make a film that would highlight the importance of migration corridors and help explain why this has become a major priority for conservationists,” said John Cornell, southwest field manager for the TRCP. “Hunters have always known how important migration routes are for the animals we pursue each fall, and the most up-to-date science keeps making a stronger case for paying special attention to these habitats.”To survive the varied seasonal conditions found across the West, big game must be able to move freely across the landscape at key times of the year to access nutritious food. Emerging science and recent technologies can pinpoint well-defined corridors traveled by animals during these migrations and measure how much time they spend in certain places along the way known as stopover habitats.Research also shows that human development can disrupt the normal patterns of migrating ungulates.Subdivisions, fences, roads, and energy development all contribute to the loss of big-game habitat and impede the migrations of these animals between the seasonal habitats on which they rely.Like many other states across the West, New Mexico is in the first stages of mapping big game migration corridors with the most up-to-date GPS technology. This research will help guide policymakers as they make decisions about how to manage wildlife and human development.“We have a lot of historic and local expert knowledge of big game movements on the landscape: A lot of local biologists and game wardens know the animals move into or out of these areas seasonally. But we have not identified those specifically…it is more just anecdotal evidence,” said Orrin Duvuvuei, deer biologist/migration coordinator with New Mexico Game & Fish.The film also includes Dr. Karl Malcolm, southwestern regional wildlife ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service, who explained the coordinated effort that will be needed to manage for migration corridor conservation.“If we—as a community of conservationists, government, non-government, federal, state, members of the public, NGOs— if we are going to do our job, we need to effectively consider the fact that the summer range and the winter range…need to be linked. Herds need to go where they have always gone,” said Malcolm.In addition to Cornell, Duvuvuei, and Malcolm, the film also features hunting guide Art Martinez, local sportswoman and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers southwest chapter coordinator Katie DeLorenzo, New Mexico Game & Fish big game program manager Dr. Nicole Tatman, and TRCP chief scientist Dr. Ed Arnett.The film can be viewed at the TRCP’s website and on its Facebook page. read more

Nel Hydrogen an “essential” business

first_imgFollowing a state executive order in Connecticut issued earlier this week, Nel Hydrogen temporarily suspended manufacturing at its Wallingford plant. But the company has been defined as an essential manufacturing business and has been permitted to continue operations. Nel has therefore resumed operations at its Wallingford plant.The company said it still expects revenues and operations to be negatively impacted by disruptions in the value chain and extraordinary health measures taken in the various locations due to coronavirus. “The safety and well-being of our employees and co-citizens are our top priority and we have implemented strict measures to ensure continued and safe operations,” said Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel.“Due to parts of our business relates to national security and critical societal functions, we have been defined as an essential manufacturing business and will resume operations at our plant in Wallingford.”last_img read more

Celebrating 21 years of teaching

first_imgThe Al-Waagah Islamic Institute for the deaf is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.It was established in 1995, after its founding member, Sheikh Nusrah Qaasim, overheard a woman saying deaf people did not have a madrassa.According to Fadiyah Harris, the institute’s administrator, Sheikh Qaasim had then decided to find deaf people to teach.Together with a team of people, he started a madrassa and they taught the deaf, from age five to 85, at the St Athans Road mosque in Athlone.Most of them came from Athlone, Bridgetown, Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas.Over the years, the Sunday class grew from 10 to more than 100 people, and they paid a non-compulsory fee of R15.The institute caters for nikah (marriage), talaq (divorce) and reverts. There are Hajj and sign language classes, and it helps with grant applications and other social needs. Ironing and tailoring services cover some of its expenses. Ms Harris said funding was the biggest challenge and the institute relied solely on public donations and volunteer teachers.“The second challenge that we have is the need for qualified teachers who can teach Islamic education to the deaf,” she said.“Religion is a fundamental tool in life – you need to feel like you belong somewhere. No matter what religion, you need to belong somewhere, and that is why this organisation is important in the community. The deaf are so mesmerised by the things they learn at the madrassa; they are extremely excited about attending every Sunday.”This is one madrassa where you will see people reciting the Qur’an in sign language.“One of the highlights was when we were in a workshop and a hearing person was asked to recite the adhan (call for prayer). We couldn’t understand that because the deaf people couldn’t hear it, but we didn’t understand the method behind it. The vibrations of the adhan touched their hearts, the atmosphere was different,” she said.Ms Harris said the institute needed new premises and was always looking for volunteers.“Most of our volunteers are full-time working people, so we need as many volunteers as we can get. We need expertise on life-skills projects and assistance with our events. Many people still don’t know about us locally or nationally. We need sponsorship for advertising. We don’t just want people’s money; we want them to become involved with the organisation.”Call Ms Harris at 021 638 3368 for more information.last_img read more

Money claims ‘being priced out of court’, says bar

first_imgThe Bar Council has warned that the sharp drop in the number of county court judgments (CCJs) against businesses is a sign those seeking money owed to them are being priced out of court by higher fees.Statistics released in early August from the Registry Trust showed that there were 42,091 county court judgments against businesses in England and Wales in the first six months of 2016, a 19% fall year on year.Chairman of the bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said: ‘The courts risk becoming out of bounds for many as the full impact of increased court fees bites.’Small businesses seeking debt owed to them by customers, who are often other businesses they supply, can turn to CCJs as a last resort to get the money owed to them, but by increasing court fees the government has cut off those small businesses’ only real and last hope of getting that money, which is vital given how important cashflow is to SMEs.’They are being priced out of court.’In January 2015, when the plan to raise the fee for using the courts was first mooted, we warned that a court fee increase would hit small businesses. We take no pleasure in seeing that warning become a reality.’The Ministry of Justice increased court fees in 2015 for money claims, which include late payments, debt and compensation.This was a blanket 5% fee on small businesses and individuals bringing claims worth between £10,000 and £200,000, with fees of up to £10,000 payable up-front. The Bar Council pointed out that it represented increases of up to 660% (from £1,315 to £10,000) on the fee payable for a claim of £200,000.The Registry Trust figures show the total value of CCJs was £149m, a decrease of 12%. Earlier this month the trust admitted that increased fees have contributed to the decline in judgments.The drop in value and number of CCJs is the lowest since before the financial crisis of 2008. The number of High Court judgments fell by 50% compared with the first half of 2015 to 33.last_img read more

DB Regio wins Swedish contract

first_imgSWEDEN: Östgötland transport authority ÖstgötaTrafiken has selected DB Regio Sverige to operate local services for 10 years from December 12 2010, with an option for a four-year extension. Five new Coradia Lirex X61 EMUs are due to enter service with the 2010 timetable change, permitting the operation of a 20 min interval frequency between Norrköping and Mjölby. Through trains will run beyond Mjölby to Jönköping at approximately hourly intervals. DB Regio will also take over responsibility for maintaining the trains at a new depot in Linköping. Services will increase from an initial 3·3 million train-km a year to 3·8 million during the contract period. ÖstgötaTrafiken CEO Paul Håkansson said the routes were some of the most punctual in the country, and thus expectations were high. DB Regio said it is the company’s first successful rail tender outside Germany, although it has been active in the UK since acquiring Chiltern Railways’ parent company Laing Rail in 2008. It also has a bus contract in Denmark. ‘We are very proud that our bid has been selected in a highly competitive environment’, said DB Passenger Transport Director Ulrich Homburg ‘Our role as a leading European transport company is reinforced.’last_img read more

Dominicans pledge more funds to assist Linton

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics Dominicans pledge more funds to assist Linton by: Dominica Vibes News – February 15, 2016 Tweet 1059 Views   8 comments Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton (file photo)A second radio-thon to assist Opposition Leader Lennox Linton to pay costs associated with a defamation lawsuit has so far raised over thirty-five thousand dollars ($35, 000).Mr Linton was ordered on 29 January 2016 to pay twenty thousand pounds to Chartered Accountant Kieron Pinard-Byrne on account of his costs. A demand letter from Pinard-Byrne’s attorneys requested full payment from Mr Linton by 22 February 2016.This order arises out of a Privy Council matter which Mr Linton lost in October 2015. He was sued for comments accusing Mr Pinard-Byrne of criminality, dishonest and unprofessional conduct during a radio program in 2002.On Monday 15 February 2016, a radio-thon hosted by Mathias Peltier Jr. on Q95FM Radio raised “$35, 932.50”, according to a report by Parliamentary Representative for the Salisbury Constituency, Hector John.“On behalf of Mr Linton, I would like to thank each and every body who have made their pledges, who walked into the studio, and who are still on their way to make their pledges,” Mr John said on Q95.“We would like to get that money in as soon as possible so we can deal with this matter and move on as we continue to fight for and on behalf of the people of Dominica,” John added. He also thanked the donors who have assisted Mr Linton.“I would like to extend his sincere thanks to each and every one of you who have made that call and that call is for Dominica. We’re gonna continue the struggle, we’re gonna continue the fight,” John noted.In addition, Mr Linton has to pay Mr Pinard Byrne’s costs before the Judicial Committee and in the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Commonwealth of Dominica). These two payments are to be assessed on the standard basis, if not agreed between both parties.Earlier this month, on 21 January 2016, Mr Linton paid damages of $50, 000.00, prescribed costs of $14, 000.00 and interest amounting to $15, 324.86, a total sum of $79, 324.86 from the High Court of Justice’s judgement in 2011. In January 2016, another radio-thon hosted to assist Mr Linton, raised over one hundred thousand dollars.“With the Privy Council award ordered to pay an amount of twenty thousand dollars on account of Mr Pinard Byrne’s costs at the Privy Council, that sum of twenty thousand dollars will be equivalent to somewhere in the region of seventy-eight thousand dollars. We already have thirty thousand dollars from the first round and so we’re looking this time to raise forty-eight thousand dollars and we’re looking forward to the support of the people in this regard,” Mr Linton said.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

PM reacts to Henley & Partners statement

first_img Tweet BusinessInternationalLocalNewsPoliticsPrint PM reacts to Henley & Partners statement by: Dominica Vibes News – January 13, 2017 Share Following a report broadcast of CBS’ 60 Minutes television program in the US, Henley & Partners has expressed concern about what it says was the “one-sided image” that the report paints of Caribbean Citizenship-by-Investment (CBI) programs.Henley & Partners, which has been involved in the region for over 20 years and has worked with all Caribbean CBI programs to date, said in a press statement issued on Friday 13 January 2017 that while every program is exposed to certain risks and challenges, they are of the view that today, the Caribbean citizenship programs are generally very well run and do not pose a security threat as was suggested in the TV program.Dr. Christian H. Kalin, a specialist in immigration and citizenship law and policy and the Chairman of Henley & Partners, who was also interviewed on the TV program, says that what was stated in the program also regarding security risks is inaccurate and does not reflect the current reality. Kalin said while there is always room for improvement, generally speaking the Caribbean has well governed and secure programmes. Additionally, Henley & Partners claimed that only “small and selective extracts” of Kalin’s “carefully differentiated interview were aired, so that the TV program did not reflect his views comprehensively and that the comments that were aired have not properly communicated the context in which he spoke”.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking to Simeon Albert on a Kairi FM Radio program on Friday, said clearly Henley & Partners recognize the potential danger and harm that this CBS 60 minutes program can cause to the CBI program in the Caribbean.“And they have moved to distance themselves from the general tone, the thrust and trajectory of the program because as you heard them say in the press release it was one sided, one sided against the CBI programs in the Caribbean,” Skerrit said. The Prime Minister noted that the CBS 60 Minutes report made no mention “of the progress we have made in approving the program, the transparency, the accountability, the enhanced due diligence processes they made no reference to these things” and that the report was “purely anti-Caribbean in nature”. The Prime Minister indicated that one of the most important elements of this press release issued by Henley & Partners is that Opposition Leader Lennox Linton is now the only person left standing in defense of this very one-sided and poorly produced CBS program.Skerrit said Kalin, who was featured in this CBS 60 Minutes, having seen and heard what was broadcast in the international domain, is now saying ‘I do not want to be associated with this, you see because while I may have criticized the program, but I also gave a positive side of the program and you didn’t carry anything’”.“But Mr Linton was on a rampage, attacking the wellbeing of Dominicans and finds nothing wrong with that, he’s found nothing wrong in putting Dominica at a disadvantage,” Skerrit said. Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 744 Views   4 commentslast_img read more

Bepergian Sendiri, Penyandang Disabilitas ini Dilarang Mengudara oleh Hong Kong Airlines!

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedGaruda Indonesia: Penerbangan dari dan ke Hong Kong Kembali Dibuka, Penumpang Diminta Update Kepastian Jadwal Terbang13/08/2019In “Bandara”Dampak Kerusuhan RUU Ekstradisi, Bandara Hong Kong Batalkan Lebih dari 200 Penerbangan06/08/2019In “Bandara”Kisruh Tak Kunjung Reda, Bandara Hong Kong Kehilangan 16,2 Persen Penumpang18/12/2019In “Bandara” “Saya merasa sangat cemas dan marah pada saat itu. Saya tidak mengerti mengapa hal seperti ini bisa terjadi di Hong Kong,” ungkap Shen.“Karena alasan ini (disabilitas), kami menolak untuk membiarkannya naik pesawat sendirian,” ujar salah satu petugas bandara kepada rekan Shen yang kala itu mengantarkannya ke bandara.Shen mengatakan bahwa sebelumnya, ia telah memberikan informasi kepada pihak Hong Kong Airlines bahwasanya ia menggunakan kursi roda dan ia bersikeras bahwa pihak maskapai seharusnya memberikan informasi yang lebih detail mengenai apa saja yang harus dilakukan oleh seorang penyandang disabilitas, seperti diperlukan pendamping dan lain sebagainya.Menurut situs web maskapai, penumpang diperbolehkan untuk melakukan check in dengan menggunakan kursi roda dan akan diberikan kursi khusus ketika berada di dalam pesawat. Sementara itu, awak kabin masih bisa memberi bantuan kepada penyandang disabilitas ini seperti mendorong kursi roda penyandang disabilitas menuju atau keluar dari seat mereka di dalam pesawat tapi tidak dengan membantu penyandang disabilitas untuk perawatan pribadi, seperti membantunya menuju toilet atau memberikan obat, karena ini menyangkut masalah keamanan.“Untuk kebutuhan pribadi semacam ini, kami sarankan Anda untuk bepergian bersama seorang pendamping,” terang situs web tersebut.Namun Shen tidak puas dengan alasan yang dilontarkan oleh pihak Hong Kong Airlines, “Jika ada masalah keamanan, berarti harus ada fasilitas yang lebih baik untuk memastikan keselamatan saya sebagai penumpang, bukan malah tidak mengizinkan saya untuk naik pesawat,”Baca Juga: Berhati Malaikat, Anak ini Dampingi Penyandang Disabilitas Lewati PenerbangannyaMenanggapi hal ini, seorang juru bicara Hong Kong Airlines mengatakan bahwa penumpang yang bepergian sendiri terlepas apakah dia seorang penyandang disabilitas atau bukan, harus memiliki kemampuan untuk mengurus diri sendiri, termasuk dalam urusan makan dan minum, minum obat hingga menggunakan toilet.Dampak dari insiden ini, Shen harus merogoh kocek lagi sebesar lebih dari 2000 yuan (HK$295) untuk membeli tiket pada hari berikutnya dari Shenzhen ke Tianjin, dan terpaksa menyusahkan teman-temannya untuk menemani perjalannya. Sumber: Staf maskapai Hong Kong Airlines tidak mengizinkan pengguna kursi roda untuk mengudara dari Bandara Internasional Hong Kong dengan dalih ia bepergian sendirian. Hal ini lalu memicu panggilan dari anggota parlemen untuk operator penerbangan untuk membuat instruksi yang lebih jelas.Baca Juga: Lima Maskapai Ini Dianggap Ramah Bagi Penyandang DisabilitasSeperti yang dilansir dari laman (28/1/2019), adalah Shen Chengqing, seorang penumpang berusia 22 tahun yang dijadwalkan untuk mengudara bersama Hong Kong Airlines menuju Tianjin pada Jumat (25/1/2019) sekira pukul 20.40 waktu setempat. Namun setibanya di Bandara Internasional Hong Kong, Shen ditolak oleh petugas bandara lantaran ia merupakan seorang penyandang disabilitas dan bepergian seorang diri karena tanpa pendamping.last_img read more

Hari Ini, 3 Tahun Lalu, Pesawat PM Israel Dilarang Lewat Ruang Udara Indonesia

first_imgIlustrasi pesawat El Al. Sumber: Tepat hari ini, Selasa, 21 Februari 2017, maskapai El Al yang membawa Perdana Menteri (PM) Israel Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu dijadwalkan lepas landas dari Bandara Changi, Singapura, menuju Sydney, Australia, malam waktu setempat. Secara geografis, penerbangan dari Singapura ke Selatan menuju Australia umumnya jauh lebih efisien dengan melewati ruang udara Indonesia.Baca juga: Lima Bulan Koma Pasca Terjangkit Campak, Pramugari El Al Israel Airlines Hembuskan Nafas TerakhirAkan tetapi, alih-alih melewati ruang udara Indonesia, pesawat tersebut justru memutar arah, mengambil rute Malaysia-Filipina-Palau-Papua Nugini-Australia. Menurut data FlightAware, dengan rute tersebut, tak heran bila perjalanan membutuhkan waktu tempuh selama 11 jam 3 menit, dengan jarak sejauh 9474 kilometer. Padahal, bila melewati rute Singapura-Indonesia-Australia, sebagaimana penerbangan Singapore Airlines pada keesokan harinya, hanya membutuhkan waktu 7 jam 38 menit, dengan jarak sejauh 6664 kilometer.Rute yang ditempuh pesawat kenegaraan PM Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Foto: FlightAware Usut punya usut, hal itu bukan karena faktor cuaca sehingga pesawat mengambil rute lain yang lebih aman, melainkan karena Indonesia dan Israel tidak terikat dalam satu perjanjian bilateral atau hubungan diplomatik.Oleh karenanya, tak heran bila di momen dan waktu yang berbeda, Indonesia juga pernah diperlakukan seperti Netanyahu. Kala itu, saat Menteri Luar Negeri, Retno Marsudi, hendak melakukan kunjungan kenegaraan ke Palestina, Israel juga tidak memberikan izin terbang, beberapa waktu sebelum pesawat Netanyahu ditolak masuk ke ruang udara Indonesia.Dihimpun dari berbagai sumber, bila berkaca dari mekanisme penerbangan, khususnya di Indonesia, sebuah pesawat (bahkan pesawat kepresidenan atau VIP sekalipun) setidaknya harus mendapat izin masuk dari tiga kementerian, security clearance dari Kementerian Pertahanan, diplomatic clearance dari Kementerian Luar Negeri, dan izin lalu lintas udara dari Kementerian Perhubungan. Ketiga izin ini sepaket. Satu izin tak didapatkan, pesawat tak bisa melintas.Lantas, apa yang terjadi bila pesawat yang ditumpangi PM Israel Netanyahu bersikukuh untuk melintas, tanpa seizin dari otoritas Indonesia? Jawaban atas pertanyaan tersebut sebetulnya tidak sederhana. Tetapi, dengan adanya izin terbang dari otoritas Indonesia, sebuah pesawat memang akan terus diarahkan untuk mendapatkan rute terbaik dan teraman (saat melewati ruang udara Indonesia).Dalam kasus pesawat PM Netanyahu, bila rombongan tersebut menerobos masuk, hal itu tentu akan membahayakan pesawat lainnya, mengingat, lalu lintas udara, sekalipun langit cukup luas, rupanya cukup padat sehingga harus diatur sedemikian rupa, seperti ketinggian, airways (jalur atau trek pesawat), dan sejenisnya.Jangankan masuk tanpa izin, penerbangan yang sudah diizinkan pun, ketika diperjalanan hendak mengubah rute ataupun mengubah ketinggian dan kecepatan, mereka juga tetap harus meminta izin menara pengawas, dalam hal ini Air Traffic Service Center (ATSC) di bawah AirNav Indonesia. Bila tidak, akan sangat berbahaya dan rentan terjadinya kecelakaan.Dengan kemungkinan bahaya itu, pihak Indonesia bisa saja melakukan langkah-langkah tegas, seperti memukul mundur pesawat hingga keluar dari ruang udara Indonesia atau yang lebih tegas dari itu, yakni menembak jatuh pesawat.Baca juga: Sejak 1973, Iran, Rusia dan AS Ternyata Pernah Menghantam Pesawat Penumpang dengan RudalInsiden ditembak jatuhnya pesawat dengan latar belakang tidak adanya izin terbang dari otoritas terkait, pernah terjadi di Sakhalin, Rusia pada 1 September 1983. Pesawat Boeing 747 Korea Selatan milik Korean Air ditembak jatuh oleh jet-jet tempur Soviet di Pulau Sakhalin, setelah berbelok keluar jalur. Sekitar 269 penumpang dan anggota kru dilaporkan tewas.Pesawat nahas tersebut dinilai telah melewati ruang udara Rusia tanpa izin sehingga dilakukan langkah tegas. Sebelum benar-benar ditembak jatuh, Angkatan Udara Rusia sebetulnya sudah membuka komunikasi dengan pesawat Korean Air. Namun, karena tidak adanya solusi, akhirnya Rusia mengambil langkah tersebut. Insiden itu bisa saja terjadi pada pesawat PM Netanyahu bila 3 tahun lalu ia dan rombongan memaksa masuk ruang udara Indonesia tanpa izin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDi Balik Penerbangan Bersejarah ke Uni Emirat Arab, Boeing 737 El Al 971 Israel Dibekali Sistem Anti Rudal04/09/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”United Airlines Buka Rute Direct Flight Terjauh, Los Angeles – Singapura30/10/2017In “Bandara”Last Flight, Boeing 747-458 El Al Airlines Lukis Penampakan Indah di Udara06/11/2019In “Featured”last_img read more

Intoxicated Driver Hits Road Grader Monday Evening

first_imgChief Mlynarik did not know if the grader belonged to the City of Soldotna or the state Department of Transportation. The DOT stated they did not have any graders out in the area last night. Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Troopers also responded to the single-vehicle accident near East Corral Avenue and the Kenai Spur Highway. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department says an intoxicated Kenai man collided with a road grader in Soldotna Monday evening. Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik…center_img Chief Mlynarik: “About 5:38 pm, we got the report of a collision between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a road grader. Investigation revealed that Nicholas D. Tuttle, 25 of Kenai, collided with the grader and he was arrested for a DUI and refusal to submit a chemical test.” CES medically evaluated one man at the scene but no one involved required hospital treatment.last_img read more