Royal Navy to Protect UK Marine Conservation Areas

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy to Protect UK Marine Conservation Areas The Royal Navy has adopted a new approach to minimising its impact on the environment that could become a blueprint for other Naval services.It has produced Environmental Protection Guidelines (Maritime) (EPG(M)), an interactive military layer of electronic charting which provides advice on the suitability of military activities in the vicinity of designated marine protected areas across the UK’s marine area.By following these guidelines, ship planners and operators can be confident that their actions and exercises minimise the risks to the environment and are not contravening legal restrictions.The EPG(M) has been developed over three years in consultation with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) on behalf of the UK statutory nature conservation bodies (SNCBs1). The process used to develop the EPG(M) has been endorsed by the SNCBs.The EPG(M) provides details for consideration across all activities undertaken by the Royal Navy near marine protected areas, and covers activities taking place in the air, on land, at sea or underwater. The Navy has signed a Statement of Intent committing itself to the new guidelines.Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) Rear Admiral Duncan Potts, said:“The marine environment faces an array of increasing pressures and expanding legal protection aims to safeguard certain species and areas.“The Royal Navy is not exempt from this legislation and our planners, ships, staff and aircrew face a growing range of environmental considerations, not only during training but also when on operations.“EPG(M) works within our electronic charting system to offer clear and interactive guidance to our people when planning so that they can continue to deliver the UK’s maritime defence priorities safely.“I believe that this is a real advance and further tangible evidence of the effort being expended by the RN to protect the environment and minimise our ecological impact.”It is thought that the EPG(M) is the first of its kind among Naval forces. Currently the EPG(M) offers guidance for the UK marine area only, but work is underway to expand the tool to cover the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and EU waters.JNCC has praised the actions of the Royal Navy in this initiative to improve the protection it provides for the marine environment.Dr John Goold, JNCC Marine Director, said:“The Royal Navy has taken a proactive and innovative approach to minimising the potential environmental impact of its marine activities.“The UK statutory nature bodies strongly welcome and support this positive approach and the Navy’s continued consideration of the marine environment.“I believe the Royal Navy can be confident that it is moving in the right direction and we are pleased to co-sign this Statement of Intent on behalf of the UK statutory nature conservation bodies.”The Statement of Intent lays out how the tools will be used, maintained and reviewed so the Royal Navy and the SNCBs can continue to work together to maintain the effectiveness of the EPG(M) in future.[mappress]Press Release, December 12, 2013; Image: Royal Navy December 12, 2013center_img Training & Education Royal Navy to Protect UK Marine Conservation Areaslast_img read more

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UN chief says coronavirus has sparked ‘tsunami of hate and xenophobia’

first_imgAccording to Guterres, migrants and refugees have been “vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment.”Meanwhile, “contemptible memes have emerged suggesting” that older people, some of the most vulnerable to the virus, “are also the most expendable,” he said.Additionally, “journalists, whistleblowers, health professionals, aid workers and human rights defenders are being targeted simply for doing their jobs,” Guterres said.The UN chief appealed for “an all-out effort to end hate speech globally,” and singled out educational institutions to help teach “digital literacy” to young people — whom he called “captive and potentially despairing audiences.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for an “all-out effort” to end the “tsunami of hate and xenophobia” sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic, without naming specific countries.”The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering,” Guterres said in a statement.”Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred.” Guterres also called on “the media, especially social media companies, to do much more to flag and… remove racist, misogynist and other harmful content.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Jamaican Ian Wilkson named honorary vice president of the World Chess…

first_imgThe former president of the Jamaica Chess Federation has been appointed as an honorary vice president of the World Chess Federation.Ian Wilkson was named to the post by Arkady Dvorkovich, a day after the Russian was elected the new president of FIDE. Wilkinson will now sit on the Presidential Board with executive officers and presidents of various continental associations.“Being appointed is obviously a signal honor, chiefly for Jamaica and the region,” the attorney-at-law told SportsMax.TV shortly after his appointment. “On a personal level, it vindicates the hard work over the years and I would like to thank the executive members of the council and the wider membership of the Jamaica Chess Federation for the support over years.”“The future is very promising, and we look forward to great things,” he added.last_img read more

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Kevan Smith flourishing as Angels’ backup catcher

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Occasionally, Smith gets caught having to run in from the bullpen during the game if he’s needed to play.It’s all part of keeping both sides of his game sharp so he can produce when the Angels need him.“There’s no shame in being a backup catcher,” the 30-year-old Smith said. “As long as I’m in the big leagues and doing well, just keep on keeping on. … It’s awesome to make the big leagues, but the trick is staying.”HEANEY UPDATEAndrew Heaney threw 4-1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 10 and allowing two hits, on Monday night for Triple-A Salt Lake. Heaney threw 73 pitches. It could be the final step in his rehab from elbow inflammation that cost him the first two months of the season.The Angels have not announced a starter for Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium, so it’s possible that Heaney could be inserted into the rotation then.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone ANAHEIM — Kevan Smith cringes whenever he hears another player use lack of playing time to explain poor production.“It’s a pet peeve of mine,” the Angels’ backup catcher said. “You’ve still got to find a way to get it done. Whether you’re seeing higher velocities off a pitching machine or doing extra things on the side, when it’s your turn to play, you’ve got to turn it on and figure out a way to get it done.”In his third full season in the majors, Smith is once again showing that it’s possible to be productive, even when not playing much.“I think he’s done a very nice job, actually,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “With sporadic playing time, he’s been swinging the bat well. He takes a lot of pride in working with the pitchers. He’s done an excellent job. I certainly can’t complain.”center_img Griffin Canning and Tyler Skaggs are scheduled for the first two games of the weekend series, following Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey in the final two games against the Twins.ALSOJC Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw 26 pitches over two innings in an extended spring training game on Monday in Arizona. The Angels are going to build Ramírez up to about 60 pitches and then decide if he’ll join the team as a reliever, or continue to work up to about 90 to be a starter. …Luís García, on the injured list with a back injury, threw a bullpen session with fastballs only on Sunday, and he’s scheduled for another with all his pitches on Tuesday.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Trevor Cahill, 2-4, 6.95) vs. Twins (RHP Michael Piñeda 3-3, 5.55), Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West Smith is hitting .300 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage in 71 plate appearances, heading into Monday’s game. He has about half the plate appearances of starter Jonathan Lucroy.“People say ‘You’re really doing well for the little at-bats you have,’” Smith said. “That’s my goal. That’s what I want to do. I don’t want not many at-bats to be an excuse for how you perform.”Smith said in order to stay sharp he regularly takes batting practice against a machine throwing at game speed.“I always love seeing velo,” Smith said. “Flips and batting practice and stuff, you can get away with a lot of things. When you are seeing things at high velocities, that will expose you really fast. … Everybody should be crushing in BP. It’s got to transition to the game.”Smith also works hard on his defense when he’s not playing. Although most big league catchers rarely set foot in the bullpen other than when they are warming up that night’s starting pitcher, Smith said he goes down there often. He will catch bullpen sessions or sometimes even warm up a pitcher who is going to come into a game. It’s how he keeps current with relievers who he might not have the chance to catch regularly in a game. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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