Cannibalism on rise among polar bears, say Russian scientists

first_imgSpeaking at a presentation in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, he suggested that the behaviour could be due to lack of food.”In some seasons there is not enough food and large males attack females with cubs,” he said.The rise in cases may also be partly due to more people working in the Arctic and reporting such behaviour, he said.”Now we get information not only from scientists but also from the growing number of oil workers and defence ministry employees.” Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday.”Cases of cannibalism among polar bears are a long-established fact, but we’re worried that such cases used to be found rarely while now they are recorded quite often,” said polar bear expert Ilya Mordvintsev, quoted by Interfax news agency.”We state that cannibalism in polar bears is increasing,” said Mordvintsev, a senior researcher at Moscow’s Severtsov Institute of Problems of Ecology and Evolution. This winter the area from the Gulf of Ob to the Barents Sea, where polar bears used to hunt, is now a busy route for ships carrying LNG (liquefied natural gas), Mordvintsev said.”The Gulf of Ob was always a hunting ground for the polar bear. Now it has broken ice all year round,” he said, linking this to active gas extraction on the huge Yamal peninsula that borders the Gulf of Ob, and the launch of an Arctic LNG plant.A polar bear cub licks its mother Nora during its first public appearance at the Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna, Austria, on February 13, 2020. (AFP/HERBERT NEUBAUER / APA )Quitting normal hunting grounds Russia, already a key global oil and gas exporter, is keen to develop its LNG potential in the Arctic. It has also significantly upgraded its military facilities there.Another Russian scientist, Vladimir Sokolov, who has led numerous expeditions by the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, based in Saint Petersburg, said this year polar bears had mainly been affected by abnormally warm weather on Spitsbergen Island to the west in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, where there have been no ice floes and little snow.Russian researchers have recorded growing numbers of polar bears moving away from their traditional hunting grounds as ice melts due to global warming.Over the last quarter-century, Arctic ice levels by the end of summer have fallen by 40 percent, said Sokolov. He predicted that polar bears would  eventually no longer hunt on sea ice and be confined to shore areas and high-latitude archipelagos.Russians living in Arctic settlements have sounded the alarm over dozens of bears entering areas of human habitation, particularly to raid rubbish dumps for food.Topics :last_img read more

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Better days are coming

first_imgCameron Kusher Senior Research Analyst RP Data SuppliedTOWNSVILLE’S sale volumes have taken a tumble but demand for property is expected to increase as job-generating projects start in the region.CoreLogic’s June 2017 Regional Market Update released earlier this week shows the number of homes sold across the region had been falling since 2014 while sales activity was 9 per cent lower than May 2016.Up to May 2017, 3164 dwellings were sold, 14 per cent below the five-year average for Townsville.A total of 85 per cent of sales were houses and 15 per cent were units.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said he expected sales volumes to improve in the near future.“It can be a function of low demand or low stock and I suspect it’s low demand but with some of these projects being announced that could see a bit of a pick-up in sales activities,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Projects such as the North Queensland Stadium, Adani Carmichael coal mine project, Singapore Defence deal and MMG’s Dugald River zinc mine are expected to have a positive impact on residential property prices in the near future. Median house values have dropped by 3.1 per cent up until June 2017 or just under $10,000 in dollar terms, while units fared worse, recording a 4.5 per cent drop in values.Mr Kusher said while the market update painted a bleak picture for Townsville, it had fared better than other regional markets.“When you look at some of the projects coming up in Townsville things are starting to look better than what they have in a while,” he said.“Townsville is certainly not as bad as some of the other regional markets, such as Mackay or Gladstone.” Townsville’s rental market is also weak with rental rates for houses dropping to an average of $310 per week compared to units, which dropped 6.8 per cent to $275.Mr Kusher said the unit market across Queensland was struggling.“Even Brisbane and the Gold Coast are seeing under-performance in units,” he said.“It’s reflective of what we are seeing right around Queensland.”last_img read more

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Norfolk: Spotlight on Natural Flood Management

first_imgWork is underway on the first of five natural flood management schemes along rivers in Norfolk to help manage flood risk to local properties and improve habitats, the Environment Agency said in its latest post. Natural flood management helps store flood water upstream and slows the flow of water along river channels, complementing the use of more traditional hard engineering downstream such as flood walls and embankments.The first two schemes under construction in Norfolk are on Camping Beck in the Bure Catchment at Buxton, and the River Yare at Marlingford.The Buxton project is being carried out through a partnership between the Norfolk Rivers Internal Drainage Board, the Broadland Catchment Partnership and the Environment Agency.This work will involve storing flood flows upstream of Buxton village in an area that will enhance the environment through providing habitat, whilst helping to reduce flood risk downstream.The Marlingford scheme is being carried out by a partnership involving Natural England, the Broadland Catchment Partnership and Environment Agency.A series of ‘flow deflectors’ and lengths of woody debris will be constructed in the channel of the River Yare to redirect flood water on to the flood plain, so it is stored upstream for longer and reduces the risk to communities downstream.Sections of the riverbank will also be lowered at strategic locations for the same reason, and ‘scrapes’ will be dug in to the floodplain to increase water storage capacity.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Ensuring the Navigation of Mississippi River Ship Channel

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Big River Coalition (BRC) recently published this very interesting video about the importance of navigation on the Mississippi River Ship Channel (MRSC).The coalition is committed to ensuring the future of the MRSC’s navigation as one of the nation’s fundamental natural resources and true economic powerhouse.The Mississippi River and Tributaries has an estimated annual impact of $735 billion on the nation’s economy and is responsible for 2.4 million jobs (585,000 jobs on the Lower River – Cairo, IL to the Gulf of Mexico and 1.86 million plus jobs on the Upper River-Lake Itasca, MN to Cairo, IL when including the IL River).last_img read more

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Saga LNG Shipping’s Newbuilding Completes Gas Trials

first_imgSaga LNG Shipping completed gas trials for its new LNG carrier, Saga Dawn, at an anchorage near Shanghai, China, on June 16, 2019.The company said that the 45,000 m3 vessel “successfully cooled down one of its three cargo tanks” and loaded around 2,300 m3 of LNG at Shanghai’s Wuhaogou terminal on May 26.The tanker departed the terminal on its way to the anchorage in the afternoon of May 27, where it would finalize the gas trial program.Over a three-week span, Saga Dawn completed a full cool down and warm up of all three cargo tanks, including testing of all engines, GCU, and cargo handling equipment.Additionally, the company said that immediately following warm up, each tank completed global tightness testing to confirm the integrity of the secondary barrier system.“The successful completion of Saga Dawn’s gas trials marks the beginning of a new era for LNG containment technology and the LNG shipbuilding industry. In reaching this final milestone of the construction process, we are very proud to share with the market that our Saga Dawn, the world’s first LNG carrier featuring the LNT A-BOX, is now ready for service,” David Wu, Founder and CEO of Saga LNG Shipping.Saga Dawn will be delivered this July and enter into service shortly after. The ABS-classed vessel was built at China Merchants Heavy Industry’s Jiangsu yard and features Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel main and auxiliary engines.last_img read more

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Conte, Mourinho at war over Eriksen transfer

first_img Loading… Antonio Conte has risked reigniting his feud with old foe Jose Mourinho over the ongoing Christian Eriksen saga. Eriksen is keen on leaving Spurs Spurs boss Mourinho has already hit out at the former Chelsea boss for speaking publically of his pursuit over the Dane. Conte wants to land Eriksen on a bargain deal this month with his current deal expiring in the summer. The Italian was recently asked for an update by reporters last week and said: “Eriksen? We have to go to people who have already had a career, who are at the end of their contracts.” But Mourinho was clearly not happy and when asked in England about the status of the transfer said: “I think Antonio has said publicly. “I think we coaches should all behave in the same way in relation to transfers. I think we should always be closed, until something happens.” And now Conte has further risked Mourinho’s wrath by accusing the ex-Man United boss of “twisting his words.” Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Conte fumed: “I no longer talk about the transfer market. “The last time I did it, someone we all know twisted my words so I won’t say anything anymore. “I never said anything unusual about the January transfer market making it difficult for all coaches. Every time I say something, it always gets amplified or twisted.” Their feud began during the 2017-18 season when Mourinho called Conte a “clown” and said he would never be “suspended for match-fixing” in reference to the Italian’s four-month ban for failing to report alleged match rigging when manager of Juventus. Inter want to get a deal over the line, thought to be around £17million, but face competition from other European clubs. Read Also:Mourinho wants Tottenham fans to ‘respect’ Eriksen if he decides to leave The club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta revealed: “At this point, to say that he will arrive in January or June, is a long way off because the competition is so great. “We’re in talks with Eriksen’s agent but there are many clubs interested in him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Panelo confirms Palace memo shunning foreign aid, assures no impact on PH economy

first_imgPresidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. “This country (Philippines) is insulted by that kind of Iceland resolution and we cannot allow this country who is insulting us, a country who condemns allegedly our slaying of certain victims yet it allows abortion of unborn children up to less than 6 months old,” he added. “There are other bilateral partners of us or other institutions that are offering the same grant… Other grants that are being offered are more on technical assistance so it will not affect this, the infrastructure of the government,” he further said. He added: “when I asked him again, he said: Yes, I remember calling the Secretary about it,” added. “That’s more of lapse of memory by the President.” “A memo was issued by Executive Secretary (Salvador) Medialdea on the matter,” Panelo said in an interview with ABS CBN News Channel. “The question asked to me by the media was whether or not the President issued a memorandum.” “When I asked (Duterte), he said: No, I did not. He might have forgotten momentarily.” Panelo explained. Panelo said last week Duterte “has not issued any memorandum suspending loans and negotiations” involving 18 member-countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which in July approved Iceland’s resolution. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte might have “forgotten momentarily” that he instructed all departments and state-run firms to halt negotiations and agreements on grants and loans from countries that have backed a U.N. investigation into his bloody war on drugs.center_img Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday cited the Chief Executive’s “lapse of memory” when he initially denied ordering the shunning of loans and grants. The UNHRC adopted the Iceland resolution last July for an international investigation into the spate of killings and human rights violations in the country due to President Duterte’s “war on drugs.” The Palace spokesman has also clarified that only the United Kingdom from the 18 countries has an existing loan arrangement with the Philippines amounting to 21 million euros. “Only UK (has an existing loan agreement with the Philippines) and that will not affect our economy,” Panelo said. The 18 countries who voted to adopt the Iceland-led resolution were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Uruguay./PN Eighteen countries have voted for the approval of the resolution during the 41st session of UNHRC in Geneva. Fourteen opposed it and 15 countries abstained.last_img read more

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Carles local arrested for ‘maltreating’ minor

first_imgArmed with a warrant of arrest, the Carles police staged Bartolome’s apprehension around 7:30 a.m. on Monday. An P80,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PN The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station. Art Bartolome was arrested in his residence in Barangay Poblacion, Carles, Iloilo. ILOILO City – He was accused of maltreating a minor, police said.last_img

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Pre Order the 2013 IMCA Super Nationals DVD Set Today!

first_imgHaving trouble finding that perfect gift for your dirt track racing fan? Couldn’t make it to the 31st annual Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in Boone, Iowa? Well then xsan.tv has you covered as you can order the 2013 edition and have it shipped in time for Christmas delivery.Watch every minute of the 2013 Boone Super Nationals fueled in this 6 Disc Broadcast Set! As filmed and broadcast by XSAN on September 2-7, 2013, each disc includes that respective days races including every race and every lap. Disc 1 will feature Monday’s racing car; Disc 2 Tuesday’s racing card and so on. Each disc is 3 hours in length, over twenty hours of racing fit into this fantastic box set.On top of all this XSAN is including a special edition 20 page photo booklet of the week from Byron Fichter Fotography.847 entries took part during the six nights of racing action which consisted of a lot of side by side racing, rubbing and racing, a few flips and a little controversy or two. Pre-order cost is $54.95 plus $3.00 shipping and will be sent on December 16th, 2013. To order go to xsan.tv or got to http://shopxsan.tv/shop/2013-imca-super-nationals-6-disc-dvd-broadcast-set. www.XSAN.tv is an online video network that features high quality LIVE broadcasts and on demand of various motorsports events across the US.last_img read more

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Top-Ranked West Florida Moves Past Alabama-Huntsville

first_img Share Top-Ranked West Florida Moves Past Alabama-Huntsville May 3, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – Hosting the NCAA Division II South Regional, top-ranked West Florida faced the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carlson Complex. The Argonauts dominated its opponents without dropping a single match to improve its record to 23-3, while the Chargers finish their season with a 7-9 record.The Argonauts swept the doubles action, earning three points. Senior Dante Botini (Buenos Aries, Argentina) and his partner Nicolas Barrientos (Cali, Columbia) dropped only one game in the number one doubles position to improve their double record to 21-3 on the season. Eduardo Cavasotti (Florianapolis, Brazil) along with Luiz Bernardi (Campinas, Brazil), and Luis Arboleda (Medellin, Columbia) along with Vivian Chettri (Delhi, India) earned the other two points to earn the 3-0 lead.Following doubles action, the Argonauts earned two more points in singles play. Arboleda won in the third position in straight sets and improves to 18-5 singles record on the season. Barrientos won in the first position to earn a 14-9 singles record on the season, and finish the match to advance to the second round of the NCAA Division II South Regional.West Florida Argonauts will return to action on Friday, May 3rd at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carlson Complex, against the winner of the match between Delta State (13-7) and North Alabama (9-10) to be played at 2 p.m., for a spot in the next round of NCAA Division II National Tournament to be in played Orlando, Fla.Results:#1 Singles: Nicolas Barrientos (UWF) def. Brunno Rocha (UAH) 6-4, 6-1#2 Singles: Eduardo Cavasotti (UWF) against. Shawn Mead (UAH) DNF#3 Singles: Luis Arboleda (UWF) def. Andre Ipince (UAH), 6-3, 6-2#4 Singles: Luiz Bernardi (UWF) against Andres Buse (UAH), DNF#5 Singles: Mark McGuigan (UWF) against David Fowler (UAH), DNF#6 Singles: Vivian Chettri (UWF) against Andrew Alfonso (UAH), DNF#1 Doubles: #2 N. Barrientos/D. Bottini (UWF) def. B. Rocha/A. Alfonso (UAH) 8-1#2 Doubles: E. Cavasotti/L. Bernardi (UWF) def. A. Ipince/D. Fowler (UAH), 8-4#3 Doubles: L. Arboleda/V. Chhetri (UWF) def. S. Mead/A. Buse (UAH), 8-3 (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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