Florida manatees face greater threats to habitat, health

first_img The most recent manatee population survey by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows 400 Florida manatees died in 2019. But 2021 could set a new mortality record, due to water pollution and loss of food and habitat. (Adobe Stock) Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply By Michayla Savitt, Public News ServicePolluted wastewater released into Tampa Bay at Piney Point in the last two weeks is only one threat to Florida manatees, as an increase in manatee deaths is under investigation on the state’s Atlantic coast.The State of Florida has already documented 613 manatee deaths this year, and could see a record number of fatalities in 2021.Now, a possible red tide from the Piney Point breach could release toxins that would kill manatees and seagrass, which they eat.Liz Neville, senior Gulf Coast representative at Defenders of Wildlife, cited Florida’s systemic mismanagement of environment, lands and waterways as a culprit.“The Piney Point disaster, as well as the ongoing manatee mortality event – which is linked to water pollution – really show that we have an urgent need to protect and restore our lands and waters, and natural habitat,” Neville contended.Last week, the state Senate approved a $3 million addition to the state budget to help clean up the area.Neville hopes lawmakers will prioritize manatees by enforcing and enhancing protections in the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, both of which saw some aspects rolled back in recent years.Elizabeth Fleming, senior Florida representative at Defenders of Wildlife, said the greatest long-term threats to manatees are the loss of habitat and warm-water areas as a result of land development.“What we’ve seen this year is the double whammy of there being cold weather, so manatees going to these warm-water areas, many of them the artificial power plant sources of water,” Fleming outlined. “And then, when they needed to go and eat something nearby, their food source was gone.”Conservation groups are working on restoration projects, such as the Great Florida Riverway, to give wildlife like manatees access to springs previously blocked by the dam and its impacts.Fleming added her organization wants the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work with Florida on recovery efforts, to ensure the state doesn’t backtrack on progress to save the species.“The manatee was downlisted in 2017 from an endangered species to a threatened species, Fleming recounted. “And that indicated good progress, but it does not mean that this animal is safe from ongoing and future threats, some of which we see are getting worse.”This time of year, boaters are also being encouraged to pay close attention to avoid hitting manatees swimming from their winter habitats. Watercraft accidents account for more than 100 manatee deaths per year. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDeathsEndangeredEnvironmentLawmakersManateesPiney PointPublic News Servicewildlife Previous articleApril is STD Awareness MonthNext articleDue to COVID, it’s not likely that FL will meet the threshold for testing students required by federal law Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Russell Kane promotes Stroke Solidarity String

first_img Howard Lake | 28 May 2013 | News Comedian Russell Kane, star of BBC3’s Live At The Electric, has launched the new international Stroke Solidarity String to mark the Stroke Association’s Action on Stroke Month 2013.Kane chose to wear 150 of the indigo strings at the launch. Each of them has a pendant with the Stroke Association’s logo on it.Action on Stroke Month aims to reach out to stroke survivors and families and raise awareness of life after stroke. Advertisement  58 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The strings cost £2 and can be bought from the Stroke Association’s website. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Russell Kane promotes Stroke Solidarity Stringlast_img read more

RNLI launches F2F fundraiser recruitment drive

first_imgRNLI launches F2F fundraiser recruitment drive  471 total views,  2 views today  472 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Main image: RNLI Advertisement Melanie May | 5 February 2020 | News The RNLI is looking to recruit more face-to-face fundraisers to help share safety messages and encourage new supporters to sign up and donate.With 238 lifeboat stations, 431 lifeboats and 5,500 volunteer crew members, plus 1,500 lifeguards patrolling over 240 UK beaches, the charity needs to keep raising money to cover the ongoing work needed to maintain and upgrade lifeboats, stations, kit and training.As part of its renewed focus on fundraising, the RNLI is seeking to increase its number of face-to-face fundraisers this year and recruit up to 200 people in a seasonal role to cover the main season in teams at coastal locations around the UK and Ireland.The charity is looking for dynamic and engaging individuals who can share inspiring stories of volunteer crews and lifeguards with those visiting the beach and at public events, while also engaging new audiences. The role will include educating visitors about key safety messages and a drive to help sign up new supporters to make regular donations to the RNLI.This is the first time the charity has recruited face-to-face fundraisers to cover the main season, which runs from April – October, as well as the usual peak season running through July and August. Training will be given in all aspects required for the role. The RNLI is currently recruiting for these roles in nine regions around the UK and Ireland.Evan Chrisp’s life was saved by the RNLI. He has now become an RNLI ambassador and this year has also joined the face-to-face fundraising team.He said:“A couple of years ago when I was caught in a rip current, I remembered the RNLI Float to Live advice. I stayed calm and floated with the help of a surfer until a lifeboat crew rescued me.’‘Knowing that a simple but effective safety message saved my life, I’m now inspired to share this with others in the hope it may just save someone’s family member or loved one. To know I can help save lives and to encourage people to sign up to support the charity gives me a great deal of satisfaction and working with a team of like-minded people at various outdoor locations is a great way of making new friends whilst having fun at the same time.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: face-to-facelast_img read more

Governor Declares State Of Emergency in Los Angeles County; Pasadena Residents Asked To Report Damage

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday California Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed a State of Emergency covering 50 counties in the state, after receiving initial damage reports from the January rainstorms.With the proclamation, residents and businesses in Pasadena and throughout the state are advised to actively participate in collecting damage assessment information.In a press release Tuesday, Los Angeles County’s Office of Emergency Management said it has started an online survey to collect information on property damage, through a Damage Assessment Survey on www.211LA.org.“With about two months of the winter season remaining, it is important residents become familiar with a process the Office of Emergency Management conducts to report property damages caused by the recent storms,” the statement said. “Los Angeles County would like residents to take action by reporting how much damage was sustained at their homes by completing a survey.”Residents can also call 211 to get up to date information and referrals for assistance.In Pasadena, Fire Department Spokesperson Lisa Derderian said the City did not suffer significant much damage during the storms, but homeowners must still report any type of damage to their property.“Fortunately, we didn’t have very many responses (or calls for assistance) and those trees that were downed were on private property, so our responsibility was to clear it from the streets for ingress-egress for vehicles and emergency personnel,” Derderian said. “But it doesn’t mean that homeowners had situations that did not necessitate calling the fire department. So what this 211 is set up to do now through the county is encourage residents who have had damage to call.”Derderian said even residents who have their own insurance still need to get an overall damage assessment dollar amount “to help support the state and possibly federal declarations.”Derderian said after the survey, the county would likely provide the City of Pasadena with a list of residents or businesses that have called 211 or responded to the survey for the City’s knowledge.Asked if this would mean some form of money to compensate for storm damage, Derderian said it could lead to such a benefit, but that it is important to get the numbers in first.“We have to start with the assessment first to determine what kind of damage has been done, and then the state will, hopefully, depending on the dollar amount, then try to get a federal declaration,” Derderian said. “But if not, there’s still maybe several different ways for residents to get reimbursed, including possibly low-cost loans. We’re asking residents to do this as soon as possible.”Derderian was thankful there wasn’t much damage in Pasadena during the storms, saying it could be the result of an active education campaign the City conducted in preparation for El Nino.She said the coming weekend will be a good opportunity for cleaning up debris before the next rain comes. At the same time, she advised people to exercise caution when going out especially to areas that could have ground severely affected by the rain, including mountain and canyon areas where the soil may not be stable yet.“It’s great to go out there, we don’t want to keep people away from nature, but you have to be prepared and we also have to be cautious,” Derderian said. “Don’t try to do things that you see on YouTube or on Facebook that could just lead to putting yourself and our firefighters in danger.” 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy News Feature Stories Governor Declares State Of Emergency in Los Angeles County; Pasadena Residents Asked To Report Damage From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 5:16 pm HerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Impasse broken over Galvone site despite ‘reservations’

first_imgCllr Sarah Kiely, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtAFTER eight months of indecision by councillors over the disposal of a site in Galvone Industrial Estate to Tait House Community Enterprise, the issue was back on their agenda once more this week.Since last July, members of the Metropolitan District of Limerick City and County Council have deferred the disposal of two sites to Tait House on four separate occasions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As well as the site in Galvone, local representatives also came to an impasse last summer over the disposal of a second site at 36 Cecil Street to the community development co-operative.At last September’s meeting of the Metropolitan District, councillors called for Tait House to furnish them with more details of their plans for both sites.At a full meeting of the City and County Council the following month, councillors urged their colleagues in the Metropolitan District to “get their house in order” and accused them of “playing pass the parcel” over delays when a decision was still not made.This Monday, one of the two sites was back on the Council’s agenda for disposal to Tait House Community Enterprise.At the meeting in City Hall, councillors noted the disposal of the former Provincial Flooring Building in Galvone to Tait House. It will now go before the full 40 members of Limerick City and County Council for a final decision in the near future.But after a decision was finally reached, Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely asked to make a statement on the issue.“When this agenda item came before us in July 2019, I had lots of questions and concerns. Timing was one and the process was another,” Cllr Kiely explained.“At the meeting in July I came in for a lot of criticism, as a result of this it has weighed heavily on me. I was called anti-jobs among other things.“Over the last few months I have been given assurances that all is as it should be. I am answerable to the people who elected me who have also raised concerns on this matter.“I would like it noted I still have reservations. However I will on this occasion trust the executive. I look forward to the Southside Masterplan and the other proposed developments.“I am now satisfied that I can’t do anything else on this issue. I have been assured everything is in hand and my concerns are being addressed,” the City East representative concluded. Facebook Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Printcenter_img Previous articlePaddy’s hometown horror show gives new edge to Friday the 13thNext articleLimerick Post Show | Local Enterprise Office Enterprise Awards 2020 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunityPoliticsImpasse broken over Galvone site despite ‘reservations’By Alan Jacques – March 12, 2020 415 Email Linkedinlast_img read more

Animals in Need Donegal retrieve sheep from Donegal Bay

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Animals in Need Donegal this morning received a call that a golden retriever dog had drowned in Donegal Bay.The organisation said the Dog was laying in an inaccessible area and extra help was needed from the sea direction and a volunteer.It later transpired that what was believed to be a dog was a sheep and it has since been removed from the bay.Animals in Need Donegal say the owner will now be traced through the sheep tag. Facebook Animals in Need Donegal retrieve sheep from Donegal Bay Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Previous articleDonegal under status yellow snow and ice warningNext articleGardai arrest disqualified driver News Highland WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – December 27, 2020 Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

18 injured in crash involving Letterkenny to Dublin bus

first_img Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Eighteen people have been injured in a crash involving a bus traveling from Letterkenny to between Dublin airport.The bus was in collision with a truck on the N2 outside Castleblayney in Co Monaghan.One person sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries in the crash.There were 30 people on the bus at the time of the crash. Emergency services had to free one person who was trapped on board the bus for a time.It is understood the bus had departed Letterkenny in Co Donegal at around 9.20am this morning.The road is closed and local diversions are in place.Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Facebook By News Highland – November 14, 2019 WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further 18 injured in crash involving Letterkenny to Dublin buscenter_img Previous article“Less spin and more action” needed on health – DohertyNext articleProgress being made on DCCs Corporate Plan News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

Authorities search home of couple who raised $400K for homeless vet

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MT. HOLLY, N.J.) — New Jersey authorities have searched the home of a couple who is accused of squandering much of the more than $400,000 in donations they raised for a homeless veteran.Both prosecutors and police confirmed that a search warrant was executed early Thursday at the residence of Kate McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, in Florence Township.They were once considered good Samaritans for raising the money through a GoFundMe account for Marine Corps veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr.“Due to the enormous public interest in this matter, I am confirming that a search warrant was executed early this morning by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Florence Township Police Department at the residence of Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure in connection with a criminal investigation into the Johnny Bobbitt matter,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina said in a statement.“As of this time, there have been no charges filed,” the statement continued. “Further updates will be provided as circumstances warrant.”Bobbitt, 35, captured national headlines last year after giving McClure, 28, his last $20 when her car broke down on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia.To thank Bobbitt for his kindness, McClure subsequently created the GoFundMe account, to which more than 14,000 people donated. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Case round up

first_img Comments are closed. Case round upOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Case round-up by Eversheds 020 7919 4500Model behaviour? Jenkins v Legoland Windsor Park Ltd, EAT, 3 July 2003 n Jenkins worked at Legoland and had a permanently withered left arm whichhe wears in a sling. He was one of 58 employees presented with a long-serviceaward modelled in Lego. Each model related to the employee’s work. Jenkins,however, was presented with a model depicting a man with his arm in a sling. Jenkins brought a complaint of disability discrimination on the basis thatother models identified employees by their work whereas his only identified hisdisability. The tribunal found there was no obvious work feature to attach toJenkins’ role as a team leader, and the difference in treatment did not relateto Jenkins’ disability, but to his work functions as a team leader. Hiscomplaint was dismissed but he successfully appealed. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) concluded the tribunal’s decision wasperverse. All but three of the 58 models depicted the individual in a workplacecontext. There was no reason why Jenkins could not have been modelled with anitem such as a team leader’s radio, and the only explanation for his depictionin a sling was because he was disabled and could be identified by hisdisability. The EAT decided that a reasonable person would take the view that he hadbeen subjected to a detriment by being identified purely by reference to hisdisability at such a ceremony, and substituted a finding of disabilitydiscrimination. Temporary assignment Securiplan v Bademosi,EAT, 9 May 2003 n Bademosi worked as a security officer for Securiplan at a customer sitefor 21 years. On his return to work following an industrial injury, he wasrequired to work on a different customer site, as there was no vacancy at theoriginal site. A year later, Bademosi was told he would be returning to theoriginal customer site the following month. However, in the meantime,Securiplan’s contract on the site at which Bademosi then worked was abruptlyterminated and awarded to Chubb. Although Securiplan had written to Bademosi to confirm he would be retainedto work at the original site, he did not receive the letter until after he hadresigned and he subsequently claimed unfair constructive dismissal. Securiplan sought to argue that Bademosi’s contract of employment hadtransferred to Chubb under TUPE. The tribunal disagreed, and upheld his unfairdismissal complaint. Securiplan appealed. The EAT dismissed his appeal and held Bademosi was not “assigned”to the second contract for the purposes of Transfer of Undertakings (Protectionof Employment) Regulations 1981 (TUPE) at the time of the transfer to Chubb ashis assignment was only temporary. The question of what is a temporary or permanent assignment is a matter offact in each case. The correct approach is to ask whether the employee is partof the human stock of undertaking transferred, or there at the behest of hisemployer. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

ExxonMobil to sell stake in Iraq’s West Qurna-1 oil field

first_img West Qurna-1 field is located in the southern part of Iraq. (Credit: John R Perry from Pixabay) US oil and gas major ExxonMobil is reportedly looking to sell its stake of 32.7% in Iraq’s West Qurna-1 oil field, as part of its efforts to reduce its debt.The Iraqi Ministry of Oil said that it is in talks with other US companies to find buyers for ExxonMobil’s stake in the oil field.The ministry was quoted by the Iraqi News Agency (INA) as saying: “The ministry is studying with American companies the possibility of purchasing Exxon Mobil’s share in West Qurna / 1 field in Basra Governorate.”With a 500,000 b/d capacity, the West Qurna-1 field is one of the world’s largest fields that is located in the southern part of Iraq. Operated by ExxonMobil, the field is estimated to contain recoverable reserves of more than 20 billion barrels.Chinese state-controlled PetroChina (32.7%), Japan’s Itochu (19.6%), Indonesia’s Pertamina (10%), and Iraq’s Oil Exploration Co. (5%) are the other stakeholders in the oil field.Recently, Romanian state-controlled gas company Romgaz has made a binding offer to acquire ExxonMobil’s stake of 50% in the Neptun Deep offshore gas project.Austrian energy company OMV’s subsidiary OMV Petrom is the company’s partner in the project, with a stake of 50%.In 2008, ExxonMobil acquired a stake in the deepwater Neptun Deep block, which covers an area of nearly 7,500km2 and is contained in water depths ranging from 100-1,700m.In February, Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO acquired ExxonMobil’s 32% stake in the Baeshiqa licence in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.Spread over 324km2, the Baeshiqa licence is located 60km west of Erbil and 20km east of Mosul. The field is estimated to contain recoverable reserves of more than 20 billion barrelslast_img read more