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AI and public data identify fishing behavior to protect hungry seabirds

first_imgIn an effort to reduce albatross deaths as bycatch of longline fishing, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and Birdlife International researchers are using machine learning models to determine if fishing vessels are setting their lines at night, a recommended technique to avoid accidentally killing albatrosses.Mapping fishing vessel behavior involved training new models to recognize when a long-line ship is setting its line.This new application broadens the range of GFW’s toolkit to combine machine learning and public data to protect marine wildlife and better manage fisheries.Results of the new algorithm formed the basis of a January 2019 regulatory decision by the South Pacific Regional Management Organization. In a classic poem, an ancient mariner finds himself haunted by the albatross he killed.Two hundred years after Samuel Coleridge penned that poem, albatrosses still follow fishing ships. But unlike the ancient mariner, today’s longline fishers kill albatrosses by the tens of thousands every year. Trailing lines of baited hooks for as many as 129 kilometers (80 miles) in a vast gray sea, longline vessels set forth a bounty of seafood that the large birds find hard to resist. The birds often bite into a tortured, drowning death.Now, scientists are combining fishing data and machine learning to keep the birds safe at sea.An albatross’s outstretched wings may span 3.4 meters (11 feet), and its locking wing joint allows it to soar as many as 16,100 kilometers (10,000 miles) without flapping.A black-browed-albatross soars along the Falklands Islands coast. Image by George Powell.“Albatrosses are fantastic fliers,” said Stephanie Winnard, an albatross task force specialist with Birdlife International. “They use dynamic soaring to achieve this, which is basically gaining height using wind and then turning and swooping over and over again. This requires no flapping at all and expends almost no energy, allowing them to soar for thousands of kilometers.”Winnard spent three years monitoring albatrosses on South Georgia’s Bird Island, home to between 12 and 50 percent of the world’s wandering, grey-headed, and black-browed albatrosses, according to a 2017 study by Deborah Pardo and colleagues. That study showed found that these albatross populations had declined by 40 to 60 percent over the past 35 years and that substantial incidental mortality (bycatch) in multiple fisheries was contributing to the decline.Albatrosses are daytime fishers that set out at just before dawn to find food. So one practice recommended for reducing albatross bycatch is to drop fishing lines in the water only at night. To find out what percentage of fishing vessels were actually doing this, Winnard teamed up with David Kroodsma, director of research at Global Fishing Watch (GFW).“Currently, there is very little observer coverage in high seas fisheries,” Winnard said, “typically 5 to 10 percent. So countries themselves have a poor handle on what is going on at sea.”Various seabird species are attracted to fish used as bait on longlines (these were from a seabird watching vessel, not a fishing boat). Image Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.By examining fishing vessel movement patterns over time using automatic identification system (AIS) data, GFW machine learning tools could already identify fishing vessels as trawler, longline, or purse seine. Answering Winnard’s question on timing of line setting involved training a model to identify the signature of a longline vessel setting out fishing lines.“It’s pretty much training a new model using new labeled data,” Kroodsma said.On-the-sea verificationWinnard’s project team had field experience serving as monitors on longline fishing vessels. This helped the training process.“We have that at-sea experience that GFW lacked,” Winnard told Mongabay. “We were able… to say when a vessel was starting to set fishing line (using pattern of movement, speed, and direction), when it finished setting the line, the duration of fishing, and when they were hauling in the line. We shared this knowledge with GFW and trained their staff at recognizing this fishing behavior.”The experience among Winnard’s group also helped test the model. “We used data from fishing trips we had been on, where we knew the exact fishing times, that could be used to check the algorithm against for accuracy.”The study compared when the vessels set and hauled in their lines, as predicted by GFW neural network algorithms, to the timing of dawn and dusk at the vessel’s location to determine compliance with night setting.The results of the Birdlife-GFW collaboration showed very low usage of the night-setting mitigation method, slightly more than 15 percent of more than 15,000 vessels in the study. Often, the vessel may have started out at night but continued setting through the dawn hours – the most likely time to attract a hungry albatross.Bright vertical streamers on longline fishing gear scares endangered albatross species away from baited hooks. Image by Rob Suryan, Oregon State University via NOAA West Coast Fisheries site.Though the news was disappointing, it didn’t necessarily point to non-compliance on the part of fishing vessels. They have two other bycatch abatement methods to choose from. One low-tech method entails equipping their longlines with bird-scaring streamers. In Namibia, which has taken strong conservation measures on behalf of sea birds since 2014, these streamers are made by local community women, raising not only their income but their interest in the albatross.Namibian fishers were, at one time, killing some 30,000 birds each year, so both Global Fishing Watch and Birdlife International’s albatross conservationists have begun studying the Namibian program with interest.Two of Kroodsma’s teammates are going to Namibia later this month to collect the fishing data.The diagram above shows how streamer lines made from orange tubing protect fishing gear and bait from birds. The span of the line and streamers lifted off of the water scares the birds, keeping them away from the baited hooks. Image courtesy of Washington SeaGrant via NOAA West Coast Fisheries site.Longline fishers can also prevent albatross bycatch by  adding weights to their lines so the bait will sink before luring in the albatross. In countries that have joined Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) fishers must now implement two of these three abatement methods. But the night setting option, being behavior-based, can’t be monitored in port, which is why Winnard’s data provide an important missing piece of the management puzzle.The study compared the start and end of sets, as predicted by GFW algorithms, to the timing of dawn and dusk at the vessel’s location to determine compliance with night setting.Although some countries have self-reported using 85 percent night sets, only 15 percent of vessels set their lines fully at night (completely within the hours of dusk and dawn), a very low level of compliance. Eighty-five percent of line sets were conducted with more than a two-hour overlap with daylight, when albatrosses are awake and hungry.“The exciting thing about this study,” said Winnard, “is for the first time, we know if boats are night setting, and, in turn, so can the countries these boats belong to.”The future of high-seas managementTaken with other investigative tools, the GFW models and data analyses are increasingly providing dependable evidence in regulatory compliance cases.The most recent example was a decision made in January by the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO), which regulates waters beyond the Peruvian exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Fishing activities in this area have become easier for Global Fishing Watch to analyze thanks to a decision by the Peruvian government to make their private vessel monitoring system (VMS) data available through the GFW platform.Fishing boats tracked with Global Fishing Watch’s AIS data are seen in blue. The addition of Peru’s (national) VMS data, shown in yellow, put 1,300 of their industrial fishing vessels on the map. Most of these vessels are not active on AIS, therefore, for Peru alone, that represents a ten-fold increase in the number of vessels that are now publicly trackable via Global Fishing Watch. Image courtesy of Global Fishing Watch.For example, GFW data were able to track movements of the Vladivostok 2000, a huge fishing vessel, and show likely transfer activities between it and a refueling ship. This constituted a violation of SPRFMO regulations.In a January 2019 decision, SPRFMO issued the Vladivostok 2000 a “priority non-compliance” status, which lists it among vessels engaged in illegal, unauthorized, or unregulated (IUU) activities. The issuance means the ship cannot receive aid or service from any port or ship of a SPRFMO member state – no refueling or offloading of cargo (transshipment) within the managed seas.Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) are an imperfect but evolving way to manage fisheries and protect wildlife on the high seas. RFMOs are collaborative agreements among stakeholder nations. The ability of these organizations to enforce policy comes down to two things: the commitment of diverse member states to abide by the rules and the effectiveness of compliance monitoring.Time-lapse of longline fishing vessels tracked with Global Fishing Watch’s AIS data are seen in blue. The addition of Peru’s VMS data, shown in yellow, instantly put 1,300 of their industrial fishing vessels on the map. Most of these vessels are not active on AIS. For Peru alone, therefore, that represents a 10-fold increase in the number of vessels that are now publicly trackable via Global Fishing Watch.That the South Pacific RFMO based its status decision on GFW analysis is an example of how data-driven evidence of (non)compliance can empower enforcement, an evolutionary step for fisheries management.GFW-driven transparency on the horizonLacey Malarky of the NGO Oceana told Mongabay  she hoped the January SPRFMO decision would show the value of public VMS data and convince more countries to follow Peru’s lead. Malarky said she expected to see more countries willing to make their fisheries data available.Albatross research may also produce some new developments in 2019. Winnard said her team’s latest albatross tracking results indicated that juvenile birds were spending their time in new Atlantic destinations. Winnard and her team are now analyzing the data to determine how safe the new environments are from the risks posed by fisheries.In a separate project, Leigh Torres, assistant professor with the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) lab at Oregon State, has been analyzing albatross tracking data to understand the mechanisms in play when bird meets ship.“Our project examines the fine-scale overlap between albatross and fishing vessels using the Global Fishing Watch dataset,” Torres told Mongabay. Her work investigates why some albatrosses are attracted to fishing vessels and others are not.“We are evaluating multiple potential factors,” Torres said, “including bird species, age and behavior, fishing vessel type, size and target fishery, and environmental influences like temperature and wind.” Torres will report her findings at a conference in late February.GFW’s Kroodsma said analyzing Torres’ data on boats and birds helped reveal potential risky environments for albatrosses. By overlapping data on movements of both the longline vessel and the albatross, Kroodsma said, “you can see when the two meet up and travel together – and that’s when you can tell that they’re at risk of being bycatch.”Targeted outreachTraining the GFW algorithms to recognize the detailed movement patterns a fishing vessel makes while setting or hauling in a longline to determine whether ships set their lines at night has given the groups a tool for their global efforts to save the albatross in largely unmonitored tuna fisheries.“It allows NGOs and other interested parties to have a clearer understanding of use of [mitigation] measures in these fisheries,” Winnard said. “And when countries report on percent use of measures (which isn’t always made public but we see the reports in closed meetings), we can challenge those that don’t match the GFW data.”A large southern royal albatross in New Zealand shows interest in fishing bait. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.The Birdlife team plans to include data from more nations and to present their findings to fishers about adapting mitigation practices and at various RFMO meetings to speak on behalf of these measures. They are, for example, working with Taiwan to come up with a bird-scaring line that will work better for their smaller boats.“We advocate for strong resolutions to protect seabirds,” Winnard says, “and we want to see improved compliance and monitoring for all tuna fisheries.”CitationPardo, D., Forcada, J., Wood, A. G., Tuck, G. N., Ireland, L., Pradel, R., … & Phillips, R. A. (2017). Additive effects of climate and fisheries drive ongoing declines in multiple albatross species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(50), E10829-E10837.  https ://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1618819114FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Birds, Bycatch, Fisheries, Fishing, Law Enforcement, Monitoring, Oceans, Overfishing, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Seabirds, Technology, Wildtech Article published by Sue Palmintericenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Nike to end financial penalties for pregnant athletes – report

first_imgThe Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books “They told stories we athletes know are true, but have been too scared to tell publicly: If we have children, we risk pay cuts from our sponsors during pregnancy and afterward,” wrote Felix, who gave birth to a baby girl in December.She opted to start a family despite concern over renewal of her Nike sponsorship deal that expired at the end of 2017.The company offered her a new deal that was much less lucrative and balked at her request for guarantees that she would not be penalized if she performed below her best “in the months surrounding childbirth.”“If I, one of Nike’s most widely marketed athletes, couldn’t secure these protections, who could?” Felix wrote.Nike said in a statement last week that it had “standardized our approach across all sports to support our female athletes during pregnancy, but we recognize we can go even further.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ WESTWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Allyson Felix is seen on stage during the 2017 Team USA Awards on November 29, 2017 in Westwood, California. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFPUS sporting goods giant Nike, under fire for financially penalizing sponsored athletes who become pregnant, is changing its maternity policy, the New York Times reported.“We’ve recognized Nike, Inc., can do more, and there is an important opportunity for the sports industry collectively to evolve to better support female athletes,” Sandra Carreon-John, a Nike spokeswoman, told the newspaper in an email on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nepal’s record-setting Everest guide returns hero Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card “Moving forward, our contracts for female athletes will include written terms that reinforce our policy.” In a memo addressed to Nike employees on Friday — reported by both the New York Times and Bloomberg — Amy Montagne, a company vice president and its general manager for global properties, wrote that she was “saddened” to learn of Felix’s experience.“This has been a humbling event,” Montagne wrote, adding the company was reaching out to sponsored women athletes to advise them of policy changes.Two-time Olympian Goucher responded with cautious optimism to the New York Times report, but said she was waiting to hear from Nike.“Really excited about this but genuine question, Will Nike stop suspending women without pay or is this just about reductions?” Goucher, who had a son in 2010, said on Twitter.“I, and the other women I know, were suspended without pay, not reduced. We want to see this policy in writing and then celebrate!”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption According to the Times, Nike plans to waive performance-pay reductions for 12 months for athletes who decide to have a baby.The move comes after Olympic track and field star Allyson Felix joined a chorus of critics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFelix, the only female track and field athlete to win six Olympic gold medals, wrote in the New York Times she had been offered a vastly reduced contract by Nike since taking time off in 2018 during her pregnancy.The 33-year-old spoke out after US team-mates Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher levelled similar allegations against Nike as part of an investigation by the Times. View commentslast_img read more

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Mighty-PH logs 2nd win, routs Jordan

first_imgThe loss was the second straight for Jordan as it absorbed a 69-64 defeat to Korea also Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Undermanned Strikers pip Supremos Benefits of township living Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES Mighty Sports-Philippines crushed Jordan, 90-74, for its second straight victory in the Jones Cup on Saturday at Changhua County Gym in Chinese Taipei.With Eugene Phelps and Renaldo Balkman presiding over the team’s onslaught, Mighty Sports was never in trouble as it used its quickness and solid defensive transition to disarm the beefy Jordanians.ADVERTISEMENT Phelps led the Philippine representative to the tournament with 20 points, while Balkman and Roosevelt Adams chipped in 17 and 11 points, respectively.Mikey Williams was again on target as he buried three triples for the second straight game to help Mighty to a 44-29 halftime lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe win put the Philippines on track for a title after opening with a 98-72 rout of a young Iran club.Mighty Sports battles Japan on Sunday. ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Divisionlast_img read more

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Snowfall warning issued; Tumbler Ridge could see 50 cm of snow

first_imgSnow will abate on Saturday as dry Arctic air settles in.Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.4:29 AM MST Thursday 31 January 2019Snowfall warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaA slow moving frontal system will spread heavy snow from west to east across central Alberta starting this morning. This long duration snowstorm is expected to produce total accumulations of 15 to 30 cm by Saturday afternoon.Snowfall Warnings are issued when significant snowfall (10 cm or more within a 12 hour period) is expected.Advertisement DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. South Peace, Pine Pass and for the Alberta Peace.In the South Peace, Tumbler Ridge could receive the most snow with 50 cm forecast by Saturday and 40 cm for the Pine Pass.A slow moving frontal system will spread snow, freezing rain and strong winds across the B.C. central and northern interior beginning overnight. This long duration snowstorm will produce 30 to 40 cm of snow by Saturday morning. Areas near and along Highway 16 east of Prince George towards McBride and Highway 97 north of Prince George and those near Tumbler Ridge will see near 50 cm by Saturday morning.- Advertisement -In the North Peace, the forecast is calling for up to 20 cm by Saturday with the snow starting Thursday afternoon.See the full warnings for the South Peace and Alberta Peace below.3:40 PM PST Wednesday 30 January 2019Winter storm warning in effect for:Advertisement B.C. South Peace RiverA long duration snowstorm is forecast to begin overnight in the Bulkley Valley and Thursday morning in the BC Peace.A slow moving frontal system will spread snow, freezing rain and strong winds across the B.C. central and northern interior beginning overnight. This long duration snowstorm will produce 30 to 40 cm of snow by Saturday morning. Areas near and along Highway 16 east of Prince George towards McBride and Highway 97 north of Prince George, and those near Tumbler Ridge will see near 50 cm by Saturday morning.Freezing rain mixed with snow will fall tonight over the Bulkley Valley Southeast and western Prince George regions ahead of the heavy snow.As the frontal system collides with an advancing Arctic cold front on Thursday, strong winds will develop over parts of the northern interior generating poor visibilities in blowing snow.Advertisementcenter_img Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ABstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm.last_img read more

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Claude Puel confident Southampton can manage without Oriel Romeu

first_imgClaude Puel insists Southampton can boss the midfield at West Brom without the suspended Oriol Romeu.Former Chelsea star Romeu will start a two-match ban on Saturday after collecting 10 yellow cards for the season.The Saints could also be without Steven Davis if the Northern Ireland midfielder fails to beat his ankle problem, but manager Puel has remained unfazed by his side’s injury concerns.“We know the importance of Oriol of course,” said Puel.“But we have (Jordy) Clasie and (Pierre) Hojbjerg who have trained very well.“They always have a good spirit and attitude and I have confidence in them.“We don’t know yet the situation of the injury with Davis but I have confidence in all my players.“For all these last games we’ll need all of the group. It’s important for the players to keep a good attitude and spirit in training.”Southampton hit two late goals to sink Crystal Palace 3-1 at St Mary’s on Wednesday night, with Puel now challenging his side to chase a top-eight Premier League finish.Ninth-placed Saints trail West Brom in eighth by seven points, leaving Puel clear with his players that they must secure a result this weekend to keep pace with Tony Pulis’ side.Japan defender Maya Yoshida struck the decisive goal in Wednesday’s last-gasp win over Palace, with Puel impressed with the centre-back’s progress this term.“Maya has got to participate in the future of Southampton,” said Puel.“He’s a strong player. Maya was not a starting player last season but this season he’s fantastic and improved.“The level of Maya is fantastic this season.” Oriol Romeu (left) will sit out Southampton’s next two games 1last_img read more

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Activists decry judge’s actions

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A coalition of legal groups has asked for an investigation and court policy changes after a temporary judge removed an illegal immigrant from his courtroom July 14. In a letter sent Friday to Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge William MacLaughlin, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund railed against former Judge Pro Tem Bruce Fink’s actions during a temporary restraining order hearing. Fink told the 45-year-old San Gabriel Valley woman seeking a restraining order against her husband that she had 20 seconds to get out or she would be “arrested and go to Mexico.” He was removed from the temporary judge program Friday. Fink could not be reached Tuesday for comment about the MALDEF letter. “There is no basis on which to question a litigant about her immigration status as a condition of the court considering her request for protection from alleged spousal abuse,” wrote Cynthia Valenzuela, MALDEF’s director of litigation. The letter is signed by the heads of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the California La Raza lawyers, the Mexican American Bar Association, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and the L.A. County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section. However, he said that he had not heard of immigration status being brought up in other cases before any of his judges. “I have never heard of any other similar incident,” MacLaughlin said. “Neither United States citizenship nor lawful residency status is required to have access to our court system.” MacLaughlin did not comment on the possibility for additional training for pro tem judges. But Encino-based attorney Stephen Feldman, who has served as a judge pro tem for nearly 20 years, said he would welcome any more instruction from the court. “It never hurts to get additional training,” said Feldman, who said pro tem judges volunteer their time to hear minor cases such as traffic issues or small claims matters. Feldman said pro tem judges are certified every few years through a weekend session held downtown. “We all volunteer our time, and time is at a premium,” he said. “Certainly as opposed to maybe a formal seminar, there could be newsletters sent out, updates on the Internet to all judges pro tem. There can be a lot of ways to continually update information without formal training.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Fink said Friday he was unaware of the court’s policy on dealing with illegal immigrants. “Now I understand that the court does not get involved in immigration status as long as it is not thrust upon them,” he said. MALDEF’s letter requested the court treat any judge making court access conditional on immigration status on par with discrimination based on race, national origin, gender or religion. It also asked for a report on whether similar incidents have occurred involving other judges, and special training for pro tem judges. Valenzuela said the letter was to ascertain if the July 14 incident was an aberration or a widespread problem in the county’s court system. “We are also trying to get training and awareness, specifically to pro tem judges,” she said. “Our understanding from people we have been talking to is that, while Superior Court judges get some training as to immigration and domestic violence issues, pro tem judges get a single Saturday of training for their job, which is not enough for what they need.” MacLaughlin acknowledged receiving the letter, though he said the California Code of Judicial Ethics did not allow him to comment on any case before the court or on the decision of another judicial officer. last_img read more

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Man United transfer update includes huge Griezmann news to excite fans

first_img 6 6 There are just over two weeks to go until the transfer window opens at the beginning of January, and the rumours and reports are starting to surface.Who will be bought? Who will be sold? – These are the questions being asked about every club throughout England.As one of the biggest clubs in the world, Manchester United are, obviously, central to many of the biggest transfer stories.But what are the latest rumours surrounding the Red Devils? Click the right arrow, above, to find out… Henrikh Mkhitaryan – click the right arrow to see the latest Manchester United transfer rumours – Mkhitaryan’s time at Old Trafford has been one of failed expectations, with the Armenia midfielder never really performing that well for Manchester United. He left Borussia Dortmund for United in the summer of 2016 as one of Europe’s best attackers, but aside from a few flashes here and there – including a run of form at the start of this campaign – he has disappointed. Mourinho has dropped him entirely in the last few weeks, and reports claim he will be made available for transfer in January – with United expecting to receive bids. Mourinho wants to offload Mkhitaryan to replace him with a new playmaker. 6 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – And that playmaker, if reports are to be believed, is Ozil of Arsenal. The 29-year-old has yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal despite the fact his current deal expires at the end of 2017-18, and should talks continue to stall there is a good chance the Gunners may sell him in January rather than risk losing him for free next summer. Man United have been tracking Ozil for quite some time, and it is believed the player himself would prefer to move to Old Trafford than Barcelona, another team linked with him; Ozil would like to reunite with Mourinho, having worked under him at Real Madrid. Willian (Chelsea) – It is evident Mourinho is attempting to improve Man United’s attacking play, and Willian is another player linked with a transfer to Old Trafford. The Daily Mail report United have already made enquiries for the Brazil forward, though Chelsea are unwilling to sell him next month. He is said to be frustrated by his lack of game time under Antonio Conte this season, though he is a popular figure in Chelsea’s squad, and has showed his value to the club in recent weeks. Willian himself has spoken out about the rumours he could leave next month, and made it clear he remains happy at Stamford Bridge. 6 6 Daley Blind – In one of the more surprising transfer rumours ahead of the January window, it appears Barcelona want to sign Daley Blind despite the Dutchman struggling at Old Trafford. He started the first three matches of the Premier League season, but has been a peripheral figure since then, and it would not be a surprise to see him depart next month. However, a move to Barcelona was not expected, though they are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements. Yerry Mina, the Palmerias defender, is expected to sign for the Camp Nou club, and Marca report Blind could follow him to Catalonia. 6 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – Griezmann, the Atletico Madrid forward, was a target for Manchester United over the summer, though they failed to sign him and settled for Romelu Lukaku instead. The France international was expected to leave Atleti relatively soon – perhaps even in January – and head coach Diego Simeone has confirmed he will allow Griezmann to depart the LaLiga club. Man United are, naturally, in the race for his signature, though they also face competition from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Matteo Darmian – Many expected Darmian to leave Old Trafford throughout the summer, and it appears that would have been wiser than staying considering he has made just 10 appearances for Manchester United this season. Further January bids are expected for Darmian, the Italy full-back, though one club have rejected the chance to sign him. Fotospor of Turkey claim Besiktas have turned down Darmian, despite him being offered to them by an agent. Though Besiktas want to sign a right-sided defender in January, Darmian is not a viable option as he is cup-tied for the Champions League.last_img read more

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New face of homeless

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Why? Because of the breakdown of the safety net, decrease in affordable housing, lack of accessibility to health care and continued rates of domestic violence.” The new picture of the challenges women and children face in L.A. County was released at the nonprofit’s first Women Leaders Summit in downtown Los Angeles. It comes even as Villaraigosa has stepped up efforts to combat the growing crisis by allocating $229 million to shelters and services, and the county Board of Supervisors has allocated more than $100 million. But officials said the scope of the problem is escalating quickly. `Trend is horrifying’ More than 40 percent of Los Angeles County’s homeless population are women and children, a situation expected to worsen in the years ahead unless immediate action is taken, officials said Thursday. On any given night, 21,000 women and 15,000 children are estimated to be homeless in the county, with nearly 90 percent unable to find official shelter and sleeping in everything from cars to abandoned buildings, according to the survey by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. And the San Gabriel Valley ranks as the worst area for homeless services in the county, with only one shelter bed for every 48 homeless people, according to the survey. “What’s frightening, what’s challenging, is the trend of more and more women and children falling into homelessness,” said Torie Osborn, senior adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I think the most important thing is if we were looking at 10 to 20 years ago, it probably would have been 2to 3percent of the homeless were women and children, but now you are looking at (40) percent plus,” Osborn said. “So the trend is horrifying.” In addition to 15,000 homeless children, about 8,000 18- to 24-year-olds have emancipated from the county’s foster care system and are living on the streets, Osborn said. “They don’t have any place to go,” Osborn said. “They don’t have any training and are dropouts of high school. And in the Los Angeles Unified School District, there is an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 homeless youth. So you have a huge issue of young people, separate and distinct from women and children.” Marge Nichols, who researched the report, said demographic and social changes have played a key role in the growing numbers. “One of the big changes is that women have become more independent and on their own,” she said. “And they are also on their own when they run into really big trouble. And they may not have the family supports that were available in earlier times.” Services lacking Nichols said the problem is even worse in the San Gabriel Valley, which has just 216 beds for 10,500 homeless people. “There is really only one permanent shelter, and that’s in Pasadena,” Nichols said. “It has, by far, the worst underserved homeless population in the county. There have been various attempts to deal with it, but this is a huge problem. And there is a huge lack of services.” Nichols said there are some day programs for the homeless in the San Gabriel Valley, and some churches in the Pomona and West Covina areas offer shelter on a rotating basis in the winter. “The daytime programs offer some help, but it doesn’t help people get back on their feet the same way being in a shelter program does where you have a variety of services available that really help to stabilize people,” Nichols said. Although women have made progress in obtaining jobs and college degrees and in opening more small businesses, the report found that the percentage of single mothers with children living in poverty increased from 37 percent in 1990 to 40 percent now. Among married couples with children, 11 percent live in poverty. While the percentage of women in the work force has remained steady at about 56 percent since 1990, the percentage of single working mothers has surged to 72 percent. The increase in the number of single working mothers living in poverty has been fueled by more than a million former welfare parents entering the county’s labor market from 1990 to 2001, increasing competition for low-wage jobs. Child care too pricey While a woman’s average earnings in the county is $34,941 annually – compared with $36,581 for men – a single mother with two children needs to make $42,936 just to pay her basic bills of food, housing, child care and transportation. And child care has become a make-or-break issue for working women, with just half earning enough to cover the average cost of $892 a month to care for two children. “We haven’t progressed in the areas that we should have,” said Elise Buik, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “These are staggering statistics and the report is really to create urgency and a call to action for us to do something about it.” Osborn said community and political efforts will be key in easing the crisis but will take time to have an effect. “This new level of political will has just started,” Osborn said. “We have a 25-year epidemic. And so we’re a year into this. So this is going to be like the Marshall Plan. This is a long-term, coordinated effort that requires planning, policy changes and more dollars than we have. “If you look at New York City, they’ve been at this for 15 years in a concerted way. And we’ve only been at it for a year. So this is going to be a decade process.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Construction workers warned of new safety rules

first_imgWorkers flooding back into the resurgent construction industry are being warned that the rules designed to save lives on building sites have changed dramatically.Figures released this month reveal that employment in the construction industry rose by 40% in the first quarter of 2017.Darren Donaghy, from Donaghy Safety Training Ltd, in Newtowncunningham, says the resurgence in construction employment is “fantastic news for a sector that has had to tough it out over recent years.” However, he is reminding construction business leaders and employees that the health and safety rules have changed for the new era of building in Ireland.“The increase in building activity will see many people return to the sector and it is important that everyone is aware of their responsibilities. The rules have changed since the end of the last building boom almost a decade ago. Every required health and safety measure is in place to preserve life and limb and all workers in the industry must meet the standards,” he said.Mr Donaghy made the comments ahead of World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28.In 2016, there were nine fatalities on construction sites in Ireland while three people have died in 2017 so far, according to the HSA. Historic records show that 84 people died as a result of construction-related injuries between 2008 and 2016 while 111 people died between 2002 and 2007. Mr Donaghy added: “It is great news that developers, contractors, construction engineers, project managers, block layers and labourers are busier than they have been for some time but there is no excuse for letting standards slip on site. Disregarding health and safety protocols is not only breaking the law and taking a potentially business-ending risks – it is playing Russian roulette with lives.”He said the resurgence in construction is a prime opportunity to remind everyone involved in the industry of their health and safety responsibilities.“All construction workers, including apprentices, are bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass card. Everyone should have a basic knowledge of health and safety, and be able to work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others.”He said anyone considering a self-build project should also be aware of their obligations.“Site safety is the responsibility of the person managing the project, whether it’s a single self-build or a grand scale development. To that end, it is vital that people know the sorts of things they’ll be responsible for on self -managing the build process.”For further information on site safety online log on to www.safety-professionals.com Construction workers warned of new safety rules was last modified: April 28th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Club Sligo prize winner

first_imgWinner of the Club Sligo €100 Voucher for the Embassy Steakhouse at the Allianz Football League match between Sligo and Wexford was Darragh Healy, Strandhill Road, SligoPictured receiving his voucher from John Clifford (Club Sligo Committee) and Peter Greene (Sligo County Board Treasurer)last_img

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