Satellite tracking supports blue whale survival Photo: Getty ImagesExtensive satellite tracking has revealed important new knowledge about the little known pygmy blue whale population of Southern Australia.Marine scientists from Flinders University, Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Blue Planet Marine and Macquarie University tracked the movements of foraging and migrating blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) along the Australian continental shelf on a journey towards breeding grounds in Indonesia as part of conservation efforts for the endangered species.A team of researchers led by Flinders University Associate Professor Luciana Möller tracked the movements of 13 of the blue whale subspecies to determine important environmental habitats along foraging grounds and migratory routes in Southern and Western Australia, which incorporate major shipping and fishing routes, and areas targeted for oil and gas exploration – all activities known to negatively impact whale behaviour.The research team travelled 4236 kilometres deploying tagging equipment and recording photos of individual pygmy blue whales before tracking them up to 382 days as they travelled as much as 15,120km during the study.Published in Scientific Reports, the results shed light on the movements and distribution of the pygmy blue whale population to facilitate future conservation efforts for the endangered species.Senior author and whale expert at Flinders University, Associate Professor Luciana Möller, says the study for the first time sheds light on the movements and occupancy patterns of the pygmy blue whales along Southern Australia’s foraging grounds and migration routes to develop an understanding about potential impacts on their behaviour.“Our tracking results provide new information and highlight the importance of understanding the movements and behaviour of pygmy blue whales in their migratory routes from Southern Australian foraging grounds to a Western Australian migratory corridor, and towards breeding grounds in Indonesia,” says marine biologist Associate Professor Möller, who leads the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL) and Molecular Ecology Lab at Flinders University.“When combined with previous movement data, this information could be used to predict future whale presence and behaviour based on the forecasted effects of climate change, including in coastal and upwelling systems.“More importantly, the ecological data can help mitigate the potential impacts of human activities such as oil and gas exploration on the little known pygmy blue whale population.”Associate Professor MöllerAssociate Professor Möller says tagging information for the first time reveals the importance of foraging grounds in the Great Southern Australian Coastal Upwelling System, by identifying the importance of the Bonney Upwelling region and other smaller upwelling centres in Southern Australia.“This new information, along with acoustic, sighting, genetic and past catch data, will substantially expand knowledge about the spatial distribution of this recovering blue whale population and its potential exposure to impacts from human activities throughout its travels.“The data can contribute positively to various conservation management decisions for policymakers to consider in Australian, West Timor and Indonesian environmental legislation and forward planning, and for the development of international government collaborations to protect this little known subspecies of blue whales.”The paper, ‘Movements and behaviour of blue whales satellite tagged in an Australian upwelling system‘ (2020) by LM Möller, CRM Attard, K Bilgmann, V Andrews-Goff, I Jonsen, D Paton and MC Double is published in Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-78143-2. /Public Release. 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“This verdict sends a clear message to other fraudsters out there that the State of New Mexico will not tolerate criminals preying on the citizens of New Mexico” Salazar said. “We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict in this case because it demonstrates the Securities Division’s commitment to ensuring New Mexicans are provided with full and complete information about investments in advance of any offer or sale. Those who seek to raise money in New Mexico must follow the law or be held accountable,” Securities Division Director Matthew Bouillon Mascareñas said. Schult and Hixon were convicted of Fraud over $20,000, Securities Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, Sale of an Unregistered Security, and Sale of Security by an Unlicensed Agent. NMR&LD News: A joint investigation by the Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, the Texas State Securities Board, and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Schult was in fact misappropriating investors’ money for personal use and to pay commissions to Hixon for his collaboration in the scheme. The case was prosecuted by the Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and the Office of the Third Judicial District Attorney. Schult used his companies – American Radio Empire, Inc. and American Wireless and Entertainment, Inc. – to recruit local individuals like Hixon who had experience in the radio industry in order to solicit investments from unsuspecting friends, enticing them with illusory offers of future employment. Schult and Hixon led investors to believe that the money they raised was being used to pay for services aimed at funding an initial public offering of Schult’s company. Additionally, Schult and Hixon told investors that the money from the sale of promissory notes would be used to purchase smaller radio stations around the United States and put them on the internet. SANTA FE ― New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Monday that Dain Leslie Schult of Austin, Texas and Joel McKay Hixon of Las Cruces have been found guilty of defrauding New Mexico investors in a Pyramid scheme that promised to use investors’ money to promote “mom and pop” radio stations on the internet. The Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division protects New Mexicans from fraud and financial abuse by licensing investment professionals, registering securities offering made in the state, offering anti-fraud and educational programs to the public, and investigating fraud and other violations of the state securities laws. To learn more about investment fraud, visit the division’s website at redflagsnm.com or call (800).704.5533.
Benguela birthdayONE HUNDRED years ago, in 1902, a British company was awarded a concession to build and operate a railway from the coast at Lobito Bay in Portuguese West Africa through the province of Angola. Construction started in 1903, but it took until 1931 before the Benguela Railway reached the eastern border. The climb from the coast necessitated a Riggenbach rack section between League and Sao Pedro, with a 6·25% grade, which was later bypassed. An extension to Tenke junction in the Belgian Congo was completed by the Chemin de Fer du Bas Congo au Katanga, linking Lobito to the main line that extended all the way to Cape Town.To celebrate completion of the line, a special passenger train left Lobito on July 1 1931. It ran via Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe) to Beira in Mozambique, an epic 4700 km transcontinental journey that has never been repeated.Much export traffic from the Congo copper mines used the Benguela Railway, reducing the shipping distance to Europe in comparison with South African ports. Vast eucalyptus plantations were established to supply Garratt locomotives. During the civil war that followed Angolan independence the line was heavily mined, and trains could only run on a short section near the coast. Work to revive the through line began in 1997, but progress has been slow.DieterCAPTION: Trains in the Japanese town of Kioroshi were brought to a halt for up to 80 minutes recently when a bee became trapped in a point motor switch board. East Japan Railway spokesman Tsutomu Otsuki said ’they looked up and down but never thought it would be a bee that did it. I have never heard of a bee stopping trains before.’
Denmark’s TV2 reports the country’s national squad, or at least the one most people would recognise, are now leaving their Copenhagen base and returning to their clubs, believing there’s no point in hanging around. A commercial dispute between the top Danish footballers and the DBU, the country’s football association, has become increasingly bitter and got to the point that there’s now an alternative national team.Needing to fulfil fixtures against Slovakia and Wales this week, Denmark have put together a squad made up of lower division players, many of which aren’t full time, and the country’s futsal squad.It’s a mess and as the country’s biggest star, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has been at the centre of it.The Spurs attacker has sent out a series of public statements, both criticising and then pleading with the DBU, over the situation.Eriksen’s personal status is also part of the conflict. The Tottenham player is part owner of an energy drink firm and his image has been used to promote it. At the same time, the DBU have a sponsorship with Carlsberg who produce their own energy drink and there’s been a conflict of interest.Daniel Agger was in a similar situation once, taking up a personal sponsorship with a rival to DBU backer Danske Bank. The Norwegian media have this week claimed that because the DBU couldn’t stop Agger, they told the bank they’d tell him to choose between his personal sponsor and playing for the national team.It’s one of several accusations being sent either way and there appears good and bad points on both sides.Eriksen is likely to be mentally exhausted, so it’ll be no surprise if Tottenham use the international break, and the player’s situation, to give him a few days off.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndo
Pat GrassleyKey committee leaders in the Iowa House have launched an examination of the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits the state awards every year. They range from the earned income tax credit for low income Iowans to tax credits for companies that conduct research.“One of the things we’re going to find out pretty quickly if we get serious about looking at tax credits is who’s getting ’em,” says Representative Guy Vander Linden, a Republican from Oskaloosa who leads the tax policy committee in the Iowa House, “because they’ll show up, pretty quickly, to weigh in.”Critics charge the state is handing out hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate welfare.House Appropriations Chairman Pat Grassley says all tax credits should be reviewed — and he expects Democrats and Republicans will be “upset” that their preferred tax credit might be eliminated.“I think you’re going to have everyone from every part of the state and every party that wants to protect certain ones,” Grassley says.Members of the House Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees heard an hour long presentation today about the wide range of tax credits the state offers and how much each is worth to Iowa taxpayers. Legislators say it may be necessary to hire an outside consultant to come wtih an analysis that shows if the tax credits are providing the kind of results envisioned when the credits were established.(Reporting by Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell)Share this:FacebookTwitter