Predator Control

first_imgEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: A friend of mine told me that our government kills thousands of wild animals like bears and wolves every year in the name of protecting livestock. How can the government, which is supposed to protect dwindling numbers of animals, instead be killing them?            — Amy Pratt, Troy, NYActually, the federal government kills some 100,000 carnivores every year under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Wildlife Services program. While the program does much more than so-called “predator control”—threatened and endangered species conservation, invasive species mitigation, wildlife disease monitoring, airport bird strike prevention, rabies and rodent control—killing bears, wolves, coyotes and mountain lions to protect livestock does take up $100 million of the federal budget each year.Animal advocates say it’s not fair to kill animals owned in essence by the public trust and indispensable to ecosystem health just to protect privately held livestock, let alone spend millions of tax dollars doing it.“Working directly with commercial operators and state and local governments, Wildlife Services uses a combination of lethal control methods, like trapping, aerial gunning, poisoning, and denning (killing young in their dens), and some non-lethal control methods,” reports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “But driven by narrow agricultural interests, these predator control activities often ignore the greater public need for a healthy environment, fiscal responsibility, and safe public lands.”NRDC cites USDA statistics showing that most livestock losses result from weather, disease, illness and birthing problems—not predation. They also argue that the lethal methods employed by Wildlife Services have led to dozens of human and pet injuries and deaths and degrade ecosystems that rely on healthy predator populations to function. Also the two most commonly used poisons, Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide, go beyond killing animals and wreak havoc on entire ecosystems.Predator Defense, another group committed to ending federal predator control efforts, says that it is important to maintain healthy populations of the very predators Wildlife Services works to kill. When, for instance, predators are around to keep deer and elk populations in check, more and varied kinds of plants are given space and time to grow, in turn preserving and creating habitat for many different species.“Wildlife Services’ predator control work cries out for reform,” says NRDC. The group recommends bringing more transparency to the process so the public can assess how tax dollars are being used; taking a more scientific approach instead of centering the program around the demands of commercial interests; holding the program to higher environmental standards; ending the cruelest, most hazardous and environmentally harmful killing methods; and requiring non-lethal methods when possible.There has been no decisive legislation to stop predator control efforts, but a bill introduced into the House by California Republican John Campbell III calls for amending the Toxic Substances Control Act to prohibit the use of Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide for predator control. The bill (H.R. 4214) was referred to committee and may or may not see a floor vote this year.CONTACTS: NRDC, www.nrdc.org; Predator Defense, www.predatordefense.org; H.R. 4214, www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4214.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

How will your contact center adapt to a new reality?

first_imgChange has always had an outsized impact on contact centers. Normally, it has been prompted by mergers, system conversions, marketing programs or new sign-on procedures. But now, those factors pale in comparison to what every credit union contact center has experienced in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.How much change is affecting credit unions? A recent pandemic impact survey1 focused on credit union contact centers found that 75% of credit unions surveyed had either no processes or only partial processes in place for remote agents. Responding quickly to the pandemic upheaval, 71% of the credit unions moved agents home. Within just a two-month time frame, credit unions have dramatically increased their utilization of remote agents.With member service starting to stabilize in this new normal, it’s time to look at next steps. As restrictions ease and business returns to something closer to pre-pandemic levels, what is the way forward for your contact center?Reimagining Your Contact CenterIt is not hyperbole to say the old centralized contact center model has been rendered obsolete. The days of all agents working from contact centers are over. Perhaps more than any other department in your credit union, the contact center is forever changed due to COVID-19. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The power of small talk to cultivate connections in person and online

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “How are you?” Has this once generic greeting been a conversation game-changer since the onset of COVID-19?The once-rhetorical and sometimes disingenuous greeting, “How are you?” as well as “How have you been?” have taken on new meaning during this pandemic. The change may continue long after we find ourselves on the other side of COVID-19.The challenges of these times are many: finances, working from home, finding childcare and supporting kids doing school from home—not to mention finding romance and ways to be “distantly” social. Staying in touch and cultivating connections with family, friends, colleagues and the community are lifelines to the future. Hosting or sitting in on a business, social or family video meeting just doesn’t suffice.Our new lingo now includes “Zoom fatigue” because, for many virtual meetings, it’s a challenge to focus or truly connect. How about some tips and tools to enhance your efforts?last_img read more

Continuing the Fight Against Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic (VIDEO)

first_img  SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Continuing the Fight Against Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic (VIDEO) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos Working with the legislature, Governor Wolf secured critical funding in the budget to establish new treatment centers and improve treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with substance abuse disorder.In 2015, more than 3,300 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.Our fight against this epidemic is not finished.Watch this powerful video, showing why we must all continue working together to fight our greatest public health crisis – Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. July 18, 2016 By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretarylast_img read more

Panama Canal Sets Record Cargo Volume for FY 2018

first_imgThe Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), representing a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year.With this number, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017.“The Panama Canal continues to exceed our expectations, reinforcing every day the importance of the waterway’s expansion and its impact on global maritime trade,” Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said.The increase was driven by the transit of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, containerships, chemical tankers and vehicle carriers.The container segment continued to serve as the leading market segment for tonnage through the canal, accounting for 159 million PC/UMS tons of the total cargo, of which 112.6 million PC/UMS tons transited the expanded canal. Tankers, including LPG and LNG carriers, followed close with a total of 130.3 million PC/UMS tons.The third ranked segments included bulk carriers with 73.7 million PC/UMS tons, while vehicle carriers took fourth place with 49.5 million PC/UMS tons seen during the year.In terms of cargo tonnage, the main routes using the Panama Canal in FY 2018 were between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and Europe, the West Coast of Central America and the U.S. East Coast and intercoastal South America.Panama Canal said that the main users during the period were the U.S., China, Mexico, Chile and Japan, while some 62.8 percent of the total cargo transiting the canal had its origin or destination in the United States.last_img read more

Gladbach plot cardboard cut-out fans for Bundesliga restart

first_imgIt may be a while before real fans can return to Bundesliga stadiums, but Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters are planning to fill the stands with the next best thing: 50,000 cardboard cut-outs of themselves. A deserted Borussia-Park, Borusia Moenchengladbach’s home stadium The German league is suspended until the end of April due to the coronavirus crisis, and games are expected to be played behind closed doors if and when the season resumes. Yet at fourth-placed Gladbach, fans now have the option to order a “life-size cardboard cut-out” of themselves – complete with photos of their faces – to occupy their usual spot on the terraces. “This way, we will be the first club to bring a bit of life back to our stadium, even if fans actually have to watch from home,” wrote supporter organisation Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach (FPMG) in an online statement on Wednesday.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise YouWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Read Also: Barcelona facing €100M loss amid Covid 19 outbreakThe Bundesliga is currently on hold until April 30, with clubs set to meet later this week to discuss further plans.The league has said it hopes to play out the season in order to ensure TV revenues crucial to the financial stability of some of its clubs.Gladbach hosted the last fixture to date on March 11, when they beat local rivals Cologne in the first Bundesliga game ever to be held behind closed doors.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img For 19 euros ($21), Gladbach fans can buy the cardboard cut-out, which FPMG said would actually be made of “weather-proof plastic”. The proceeds would help to keep FPMG’s seven employees in a job, with some of the money also donated to good causes close to the club, organisers said. The figures themselves, meanwhile, are to be produced by two small firms in Moenchengladbach which have been forced to close during the crisis. “We won’t be making any profits, and when the ‘war’ is won, everyone can take home their doppelganger as a reminder of these curious times,” said FPMG. Empty seats and stands at Borussia-Park football stadium, home of Borussia Moenchengladbachlast_img read more

Cardinals And Pirates Split Games

first_imgThe St Louis 7th grade boys basketball team started the new year off on a winning note as they hosted the visiting Greensburg Pirates and came away with another victory 42-27.The game was close in the first quarter as both teams played good solid defense and the quarter ended with St. Louis up 7 – 6. The Cardinals continued to play tough defense in the second quarter creating some turnovers overs and got some buckets on the inside allowing them to pull away from the Pirates. The half ended with a with a buzzer-beating 3 point shot by Jack Forbeck that put St. Louis up by the score of 24-11. The second half saw the Cardinals continuing to play good defense not allowing the Pirates to get close and the game ended with St Louis winning 42-27.St Louis scoring consisted of Jack Abplanalp with 2, Kurt Siefert 3, Jack Forbeck 5, Wil Freeland 2, Andrew Oesterling 11, Lleyton Ratcliffe 13 and Same Voegele 6. Defensively the Cardinals were led by Riley Schebler on the perimeter and Voegele and Ratcliffe pulling down the rebounds. The Pirates were led by Toby Brogan with 7 points and Devin Winkler with 6 points.The Cardinals record now goes to 19-2. The next game is this Thursday at home against Sunman Dearborn. The game time is 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.The St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team lost to a very talented Greensburg team by a final score of 55 to 19.Jacob Deutsch, Adam Cox and Charlie Dice provided the scoring for St. Louis.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img read more

Mary Jeanette McCarty

first_imgMary Jeanette McCarty, 91 of Bennington passed away at her residence on Sunday November 26, 2017.  Mary was born Tuesday February 23, 1926 in Caanan the daughter of Clyde and Minnie Charlotte “Lottie”  (Brandon) Poling.  She married James Edward McCarty who preceded her in death.  Mary was a retired Seagrams employee, and loved working puzzles, crocheting, rock collecting, gardening, and walking in the woods.Mary is survived by son James W. (Lolia) McCarty of Bennington, brother Clyde “Bud” (Mary Ruth) Poling of Rising Sun; sisters Freida (Harold) Walker and Eva (Irvin) Frette both of Switzerland County and Janie Poling of Madison, 5 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.Graveside services for Mary will be Tuesday November 28, at 11AM at Greendale Cemetery in Greendale with Rev. Debbie Allen officiating.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home, Dillsboro entrusted with her arrangements.last_img read more

Composed Clark claims title

first_img Press Association And Clark did not disappoint, remaining on 44.0 penalties to take the £8,000 winner’s purse and a title that numbers Zara Phillips, Mary King, Pippa Funnell and current world number one Andrew Nicholson among its former holders. Teulere, eventing world champion 11 years ago, secured the runners-up spot on Matelot Du Grand Val because he finished closer to the cross-country optimum time of 10 minutes 10 seconds than Montgomery, riding Loughan Glen. Sussex-based Gemma Tattersall was the highest British finisher in fourth spot on Arctic Soul, which again underlined her promise as a potential contender for the Rio 2016 Olympics. She is currently part of British equestrian’s world-class performance programme. Clark, who rode Master Crusoe to seventh place at London 2012, conquered Blenheim just two hours after the Irish eventing team were crowned European junior champions in France. “I knew I had to go clear,” Clark said. “We’ve only had one showjumping rail down all year, but there was still pressure. “To win here means a huge amount. This mare is just at the right stage to be looking at the (2014) World Equestrian Games and then Rio.” Clark was second with Fenyas Elegance at Chatsworth International in Derbyshire earlier this year, and then eighth in the British Open, and she added: “The horse was such a star this week. “We knew she was in great form and peaking, but I couldn’t have asked for any more from her. I will go home now and crack open some bubbly!” Clark, who is based in Middle Barton, just eight miles from the scene of her first CCI three-star triumph, posted a clear showjumping round after closest challengers Jean Teulere and Clark Montgomery left no room for manoeuvre. Frenchman Teulere and American Montgomery both finished on their cross-country scores of 45.5 penalties, which meant Clark could not afford a mistake aboard nine-year-old chestnut mare Fenyas Elegance. center_img Irish Olympian Aoife Clark held her nerve under intense pressure to win the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.last_img read more

Moyes: Security breeds success

first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes insists stability and longevity are the magic ingredient for the most successful clubs. Those worries can be exacerbated by headstrong owners, who having injected their money into clubs, then undermine the man being paid to select the team. Cardiff is one such case, with owner Vincent Tan yet again clashing with manager Malky Mackay on Monday over comments made about the January transfer window. “It is a problem if you don’t have the right owners or people in charge,” said Moyes. “You hope to have people who understand where the club is going, the vision you have and the style they want to play. “I was really fortunate to have learned at a very young age from a great guy at Preston, Bryan Gray, and then when I went to Everton I had Bill Kenwright. “They educated me but I hope I helped them as well by showing them the football side. “Nevertheless, it does make me realise how lucky I have been working for the clubs I have.” The long-term approach at United means Moyes has not come under additional pressure following a troubled start to his reign, during which he has so far suffered five Premier League defeats, and has now seen reports emerge that Robin van Persie is considering his future. Currently sidelined by a thigh strain, there have been rumours Van Persie is not impressed by Moyes. Now it is claimed the back-to-back Golden Boot winner, who inspired United to their 20th league title in his debut campaign, has allowed his advisers to speak with some of Europe’s top clubs to see what options are available. Moyes recently reacted angrily when it was suggested by Mark Lawrenson, someone he knows well through their Preston connection, that Van Persie had asked for a move, branding it as nonsense. However, he could do without more potential for unrest given his side have just secured successive victories – and back-to-back clean sheets – for only the second time this season, and if they beat Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday they will have a Capital One Cup semi-final to look forward to next month. Often derided as the Worthless Cup under a previous sponsorship, the competition has proved important down the years. It was Jose Mourinho’s first trophy as Chelsea manager, whilst when United won it in 2006, beating Wigan in the final, it was a significant landmark in the major rebuilding job undertaken by Ferguson following Roy Keane’s departure. “I am desperate to get to Wembley,” said Moyes. “I want to be seen as someone who has been successful and won trophies. “It is something that has has eluded me so far but I am trying to make it happen and believe I am at the best club to do so.” It makes Moyes feel immensely grateful that in his previous jobs at Preston and Everton he was afforded the time to implement his own ideas, a situation that is virtually certain to continue during his time at United. “We are in a world where jobs change very quickly,” he said. “I don’t think that is right. “The most successful clubs have had stability and longevity in their managers. “That existed here with Sir Alex Ferguson and look what Arsene Wenger has done at Arsenal as well. “Folk might say they have not won as much as they would like but they have a stable football club that is going in the right direction, with a fantastic stadium they fill every week. “You have to give managers the opportunity to manage. “The more you keep chopping and changing the more turmoil there is and the more money you waste.” Evidently, a fear factor is spreading across the game at the prospect of missing out on valuable income. Amazingly, of England’s 92 professional clubs, only 44 have a manager who has been in place longer than a year. Just eight have been in place more than three and over the past few days, Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas both lost their jobs at West Brom and Tottenham respectively, whilst Gianfranco Zola resigned from his position at Watford. Press Associationlast_img read more