Bringing Back the Brook Trout

first_imgThe future of brook trout like this one from West Virginia is in jeopardy, but not all hope is lost.It’s no secret that the brook trout is in trouble. It is estimated that brookies inhabit only nine percent of their former native habitat in the East, and are especially vulnerable in the Southern Appalachians due to many factors. The brook trout is not only a beautiful and lively game fish for anglers, it is an indicator of water quality as they require only the cleanest, coolest water to survive. Once prevalent in large streams, they are not relegated to headwaters high in the mountains. Luckily, there are groups like Trout Unlimited and the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture that are working aggressively to slow the decline of natural brook trout habitat, and they took another big step to that end at a workshop in West Virginia this past November.Among other things, the main focus of the workshop was to establish a more acute process for monitoring brook trout populations: identifying populations per square mile, as oppose to the previous per 30 square miles. This will allow fishery managers to pinpoint more accurately where to concentrate their restoration and conservation efforts. On the flip side, the new approach and finer data will reveal just how bad the situation has gotten for these fragile fish. As the climate warms, so will the water pushing brookies further up stream and further limiting their ability to survive.Trout Unlimited Chesapeake Bay Land Protection Coordinator Kevin Anderson lays out the whole situation in more detail in this blog post on Trout Unlimited’s website. There is also a very informative video, featuring an impressive W.Va. brookie embedded below.If you are a small stream, brook trout enthusiasts, please take a moment to read through Anderson’s post and consider joining the efforts to preserve the habitat of the East’s only native trout before it’s too late.From the Field: Linking land and water in brook trout conservation from Chesapeake Bay Program on Vimeo.last_img read more

CUNA backs bill to study impact of HMDA data collection

first_img continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in support of a bill that would call for a study of the data required by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) was introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.).“Your legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete a study on the data the CFPB is requesting from lenders. Studying the impact of increased data points will ensure that consumer data remains secure and not unnecessarily disclosed,” Nussle wrote. “It is important to do the study immediately, as credit unions have already begun the process of moving towards implementation of the rule. The GAO study will help to identify and reduce the risk of fraud or identity theft associated with the rule.“Furthermore, assessing the impact of increased data reporting will ensure that credit unions, which did not cause the financial crisis, are not overly burdened with unneeded data reporting,” Nussle added.CFPB’s amendments to the HMDA rule significantly increased the amount of data mortgage lenders, including credit unions, are required to provide. While the Dodd-Frank Act outlines 17 required data points, CFPB requires more than double that. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Generation Z means more digital, mobile & social for financial marketers

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Few would dispute that Millennials caught many banks and credit unions flat-footed. But some financial marketers now think they learned their lesson, and that they are ready for Gen Z.“That’s resoundingly not true,” says Jason Dorsey, President at The Center for Generational Kinetics, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on marketing to younger consumers.His advice for financial institutions is simple. “Take the time to understand this generation now, rather than taking five or more years playing catch-up, is critically important,” he recommends. “They really are a distinctly different generation.”How so? Superglue a smartphone to your hand, and build your everyday life around social media. Then you may begin to get Gen Z. They live in a world where, for them, social media is a key part of their reality, not a sideshow. And life experienced through the internet and most importantly the ever-present mobile device blends into physical being.last_img read more

COVID-19: House unveils next relief package

first_imgSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled the Democratic majority’s next phase COVID-19 policy proposal—titled the HEROES Act—on Tuesday.“This draft legislation makes it clear that there is a lot more work for Congress to do to ensure that as the economy reopens, consumers and small businesses have what they need to recover,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “The good news is that this is the first step, not the last word.”“There are a number of provisions that will help in the recovery, like the $1 billion appropriations for the Community Development Financial Institution Fund. However, those provisions are offset by ones that are steps backwards, not to mention the beneficial policy proposals left on the table robbing small businesses of critical access to credit,” Donovan said. “We look forward to working with Congress to enact a bill that will do what needs to be done to help consumers, small business and the economy recover.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Avian flu strikes ducks near Hong Kong

first_imgSep 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Close to 10,000 ducks died recently of H5N1 avian influenza in a village in southern China not far from Hong Kong, and a local official said the ducks had been vaccinated against the virus, according to news reports.In China’s first H5N1 outbreak since May, 9,830 ducks died of the disease and another 22,800 were destroyed to keep it from spreading, according to a report that Chinese officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Sep 15. The outbreak began Sep 5.The disease struck in a village near Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, not far from the border with Hong Kong, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today. The story said Hong Kong news media had reported that 100,000 additional ducks were culled by local officials today to contain the disease.Yu Yedong, director of the Guangdong Animal Epidemic Prevention Centre, said the ducks had been vaccinated, according to the Standard, a Hong Kong newspaper. He said he believed the ducks became infected after the first of a scheduled two doses of vaccine. One dose is 65% effective and two doses are 90% effective, Yu told the newspaper.Ho Pak-Leung, an infectious disease expert at Hong Kong University, said the outbreak triggered fears in Hong Kong that the virus has mutated or the vaccine has become ineffective, according to the Standard.A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report says that poultry typically require two doses of vaccine for “adequate” protection against highly pathogenic avian flu viruses. Vaccinated birds usually are not fully protected from infection, but they have increased resistance and, if they become infected, suffer milder disease and shed less virus, according to the report.Hong Kong Health Secretary York Chow said Hong Kong had imposed a 21-day ban on imports of live poultry, eggs, and meat from farms near the outbreak site, according to AFP.Before the Guangdong outbreak, China’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in May in Hunan province, Guangdong’s northeastern neighbor, killing 11,172 ducklings. A Xinhua report said 52,800 birds were destroyed to stop the outbreak.China has had 25 human cases of H5N1 infection, 16 of them fatal, since 2003.See also: OIE reports on China outbreak report Preparing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza read more

Croatia is experiencing the growth of nautical tourism, but the problem is the lack of berths

first_imgCroatia is growing nautical tourism, but the problem of lack of berths must be solved – are the conclusions of the meeting of nautical associations of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with relevant institutions in nautical, which took place yesterday as part of a two-day conference Nautical Tourism Days organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce at sea and communications on all important topics for nautical tourism. “With a fleet of more than four thousand chartered vessels, with more than 140 nautical tourism ports, 17.000 berths, then more than a million cruise passengers in 2018, Croatia is a nautical superpower and we are one of the most important nautical destinations, not only in the Mediterranean but and globally “, said the vice president for agriculture and tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Dragan Kovacevic. Last year’s revenues of nautical tourism ports reached 857 million kuna, while the average consumption of a guest on a charter boat is 183 euros per day, which is more than double the daily consumption of the average Croatian tourist.  “Our expectations are to repeat last year’s results, when we had a decline in vessels in transit, which is attributed to the recession in Italy, then our price increase, and the reckless increase in sojourn tax. At the Marina Association, we will be satisfied if the results are at last year’s level. We are optimistic despite caution. We have become annoyed with ourselves as we repeat the problem of high VAT rates in tourism, and our competitiveness is further hampered by the awakening of some destinations such as Turkey and Greece.”, Said Sean Lisjak.  The President of the Association of Service Providers on Boats – HGK charter Paško Klisović pointed out a number of problems encountered by members of this association. “Part of the problem can be solved by better promotion in some markets, especially in the US. We need to motivate Americans to come in greater numbers as far as our nautical tourism is concerned. Existing markets are stagnating because we have reached the limit on them. Last year, our fleet grew by seven percent, and the number of our guests increased by less than two percent. The fleet will grow this year as well, and we will be pleased if we repeat the past. We are a little worried about the fact that, as far as it is concerned booking, Greece has become the most sought-after charter destination. These are trends and the right moves need to be made”, Said Klisovic. Vice President for Agriculture and Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Dragan Kovačević The president of the HGK marina association, Sean Lisjak, said that it was very important for the members of this association to find out where they were stuck regarding the adoption of the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports because they promised that the law would start parliamentary procedure at the end of last year. “The money is spent not only on vessels, but also on all other forms of tourism, and more than 30 percent; from culture, sports, entertainment to eno and gastronomic offer”, Said Kovacevic, adding that these are all parameters that speak of nautical tourism in the Republic of Croatia as one that is becoming the most dynamic tourist product, just like in the world, and that it has huge potential, but that we need to make wise moves to direct its further development. “The Ministry of the Sea has started drafting three reform laws that define maritime affairs, two of which – the Law on Harbor Master’s Offices and the Maritime Code – came into force this year.”, Said Assistant Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Andjelko Petrinic and added that the third law – the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports (ZPDML) is ready, more or less all the objections of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Marinas and HUP have been adopted. we expect at the public consultation in June, ie its adoption in the fourth quarter of this year. In addition, he pointed to the problem of lack of nautical berths. last_img read more

ProLogis seals New Wave for biggest-ever spec shed

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Tammy Abraham explains why he fears catching coronavirus

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone Tammy Abraham has revealed the moral dilemma facing Premier League ­players. The Chelsea striker admitted he is desperate to get his season up and running again, but watching the news and his own family’s health fears leaves him wondering. Loading… Chelsea players ­had their own group chat on Thursday about the latest Project Restart plans to resume the season. And Abraham said: “We are humans. We do have feelings as well. It’s tough. I’m watching Sky News every day, waiting for Boris Johnson to make an ­announcement. “We’re following what’s going on in the world and trying to see if it’s safe or not to go back to football. The most important thing is for everyone to stay well and healthy. “Everyone wants to come back to football. I love football. I was having a great season and I would love it to continue, but when it’s safe to do so. “The most ­important thing is to make sure the world is getting better for football to come back. If football can come back in a safe world, then by all means…” Chelsea players have been training remotely by video link but also having group chats about the prospect of going back. English football is weeks behind Germany but is facing big decisions in the coming days, with finances and livelihoods at stake. “We had a chat in a live ­session about a week ago, about coming back to football, and there were a lot of people for it and a lot of people against. Tammy Abraham admits asthma-suffering dad has left him fearing Premier League return“I feel it will always be that way. I just want to be safe and healthy,” he said. “I don’t feel like it’s ­rushing. Germany have planned it out well. The coronavirus has not been as big as it’s been in England. I feel they’re going the right way. “Whatever ­decisions they make are for a good cause. If they bring back the ­Premier League then it’s clearly safe enough to do so. If they don’t then it’s clearly not. “As players, we’ve just got to be patient and keep waiting for the clubs, the Premier League, the Government and everyone to come to an agreement.” Abraham has admitted his concerns for his dad Anthony – an asthma sufferer – but even that has brought its own mixed feelings. Government confirm the Premier League can return in June – and call for free-to-air matches. They have been watching the Netflix ­documentary series The Last Dance, about Michael Jordan’s final season at the Chicago Bulls, and his dad used that as the reason to return. He said: “I’ve got his full ­support for going back. He’s one of my biggest fans. “My parents are always there, and he spoke to me at breakfast and said: ‘You watched the ­Jordan thing, I know you’re ­motivated to go back to football, when you are ready just go out there and do the best you can.’” Abraham has been keeping fit with a ‘tech table’ playing against his brother Timmy – on loan at Bristol Rovers – as well as ­enjoying his mum’s cooking as the family are in lockdown. He has not had the virus but had to self-isolate after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive. But that Netflix series has kept the 22-year-old entertained – and inspired. He added: “It’s ­incredible, just to see how sportsmen can be so motivated and be so driven to be the best. Tammy Abraham has detailed his views on returning to Premier League action Read Also: Messi reveals his top five best players in world football “Michael Jordan was just ­before my time, so I didn’t get to watch much of him. Watching this just motivates me. “There’s one thing that caught my mind. He lost a game and made up things in his head of what someone said to him, and found out that person didn’t ­actually say it! But he used it to go out into the next game, to drive him into being the best.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Caribbean Airlines now flying to Cuba

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago-based international carrier Caribbean Airlines (CAL) started flying to Havana, Cuba last Friday.The announcement was made on Thursday by TNT’s Finance Minister Colm Imbert during a post-Cabinet news conference.Twice weekly serviceAccording to Imbert, the service will operate twice weekly and would allow people from surrounding Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states the opportunity to travel to Cuba if they so wanted.He said the route also opens the possibility of tourism and trade linkages with Cuba as a Chinese airline has a route from Beijing to Havana, with an intermediate stop in Montreal, Canada. He explained, this could provide the opportunity for Chinese tourists and business people to visit Trinidad and Tobago.Best use of JetsThe Finance minister disclosed that based on information from CAL, its fleet of jet aircraft is currently underutilized, and pilots may also be underutilized on certain routes. Explaining this has to do with take-offs, landings and the amount of time spent in the air, Imbert said CAL’s consultants have said this is the best use of the aircrafts at this point in time.He said, “the new route will not affect CAL’s jet schedule in any adverse way.”CAL’s Boeing jets could accommodate approximately 160 passengers travelling between Havana and Port of Spain in either direction, he said, and the same jet aircraft used to fly to Havana would be used to return passengers to Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu nearly perfect for seven in Dodgers win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> If the Dodgers keep this up, they might give Clayton Kershaw a complex.A year ago, the Dodgers turned their season around without their ace, going 38-24 and gaining 13 games in the National League West standings while Kershaw spent 75 days on the DL with a back injury.Kershaw went on the DL again two weeks ago and the Dodgers have responded to this setback by … winning 11 of 12 games with their starters pitching even better in their ace’s absence.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is the latest to pick up the baton and throw it past unsuspecting hitters. He held the New York Mets to just one hit in seven scoreless innings Sunday night as the Dodgers completed another sweep with a 8-0 victory. The back of the Dodgers’ rotation has already turned into a series of “Survivor” episodes with each start an immunity challenge for pitchers such as Ryu and Kenta Maeda. Both responded to the addition of Yu Darvish to the rotation by turning in scoreless starts this week. Maeda quite honestly assessed the situation, saying he feels the pressure of pitching for his spot every time out.“I feel no differently,” Ryu said through his interpreter Sunday. “We have a lot of good starting pitchers. This competition is very for good for us because every single one of us is working hard to stay in the rotation.”Ryu was dominant Sunday. He retired 21 of the 22 Mets batters he faced with ease, allowing just a leadoff single to catcher Travis d’Arnaud in the third inning and striking out eight, including the first four batters he faced.“From the first pitch to the 90th pitch or whatever it was at the end, he was very aggressive,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We talk about that a lot – from the first pitch having that conviction and attacking the zone which he did all night with his entire mix. He was effective and he was going at guys. Outside of the one hard-hit ball by d’Arnaud there was a lot of soft contact.”Over his past six starts, Ryu is resurfacing as someone who will at least be in the conversation when the Dodgers begin their playoff planning. He has a 2.08 ERA over that time with no runs allowed in his past 15 innings.“It’s actually not surprising in the sense that they see what we have in the clubhouse and they know what we’re capable of,” Roberts said of the way Ryu and Maeda have responded recently.“These guys are very good competitors. Ryu has pitched well in the big leagues. Now he’s healthy and he’s confident. … Some of the best staffs we’ve seen all throughout history, these guys feed off one another. They compete with the opponents and they also compete among themselves.”The Mets certainly need no more convincing that the Dodgers are a force to be reckoned with. They came up empty in seven meetings with the Dodgers this season, the first time the Dodgers swept a season series from the Mets. They outscored the Mets, 57-15, in those seven games and hit 25 home runs.Two of those came in Sunday’s beating. Justin Turner and Bellinger each homered for the second consecutive day.For Bellinger, it was his 32nd home run of the season, three short of matching Mike Piazza’s franchise rookie record. Half of Bellinger’s home runs have come in the seventh inning or later (Sunday’s came in the eighth). According to ESPN Stats and Info, that matches Frank Robinson (with the Reds in 1956) for the most by a rookie since 1900.“Sick,” Bellinger said when informed of that statistic and then tried to explain it.“I don’t know. Sometimes there’s not a lot of pressure (late in games) so you can relax. Sometimes there’s a lot of pressure so you have to focus even more. I guess that might be it.”center_img It was the 15th series sweep of the season for the Dodgers. Ryu’s scoreless outing was his second in a row, the fourth by a Dodgers starter in the past seven games (and 24th time a Dodgers starter has not allowed an earned run this season).In the 12 games since Kershaw left his most recent start with a lower back strain, Dodgers starting pitchers have posted a 1.82 ERA (14 earned runs in 69 1/3 innings) and 1.00 WHIP with 61 strikeouts and 17 walks.Without Kershaw.“I think it speaks to the depth we have here and you have to give props to the guys who’ve stepped up,” rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger said. “It’s going to be really fun when we get him back.”Not for everybody.last_img read more