Decision-making for ecosystem-based management: evaluating options for a krill fishery with an ecosystem dynamics model

first_imgDecision-makers charged with implementing ecosystem-based management (EBM) rely on scientists to predict the consequences of decisions relating to multiple, potentially conflicting, objectives. Such predictions are inherently uncertain, and this can be a barrier to decision-making. The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources requires managers of Southern Ocean fisheries to sustain the productivity of target stocks, the health and resilience of the ecosystem, and the performance of the fisheries themselves. The managers of the Antarctic krill fishery in the Scotia Sea and southern Drake Passage have requested advice on candidate management measures consisting of a regional catch limit and options for subdividing this among smaller areas. We developed a spatially resolved model that simulates krill–predator–fishery interactions and reproduces a plausible representation of past dynamics. We worked with experts and stakeholders to identify (1) key uncertainties affecting our ability to predict ecosystem state; (2) illustrative reference points that represent the management objectives; and (3) a clear and simple way of conveying our results to decision-makers. We developed four scenarios that bracket the key uncertainties and evaluated candidate management measures in each of these scenarios using multiple stochastic simulations. The model emphasizes uncertainty and simulates multiple ecosystem components relating to diverse objectives. We summarize the potentially complex results as estimates of the risk that each illustrative objective will not be achieved (i.e., of the state being outside the range specified by the reference point). This approach allows direct comparisons between objectives. It also demonstrates that a candid appraisal of uncertainty, in the form of risk estimates, can be an aid, rather than a barrier, to understanding and using ecosystem model predictions. Management measures that reduce coastal fishing, relative to oceanic fishing, apparently reduce risks to both the fishery and the ecosystem. However, alternative reference points could alter the perceived risks, so further stakeholder involvement is needed to identify risk metrics that appropriately represent their objectives.last_img read more

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Algonquin completes acquisition of Bermuda Electric Light Company

first_imgBELCO provides safe and reliable regulated electrical generation, transmission and distribution services to approximately 36,000 customer connections Algonquin completes acquisition of Bermuda Electric Light Company. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.) Algonquin Power & Utilities announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Ascendant Group Limited (“Ascendant”) and its subsidiaries. Ascendant, through its major subsidiary, Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (“BELCO”), is the sole electric utility in Bermuda, providing safe and reliable regulated electrical generation, transmission and distribution services to approximately 36,000 customer connections.“We are pleased to welcome the employees and customers of BELCO and the Ascendant Group of Companies to the Algonquin Liberty family,” said Arun Banskota, President and Chief Executive Officer of APUC. “We are committed to providing residents of Bermuda safe and reliable delivery of essential services, and also to leverage our commitment to sustainability as a leader in renewable energy for both the economic and environmental benefit of Bermuda.”As previously announced, under the terms of the all-cash transaction, Ascendant’s shareholders received U.S. $36 per common share, representing an aggregate share purchase price of approximately U.S. $365 million. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Local Celebrities Serve Dinner For Families Impacted By HIV/AIDS

first_imgLocal Celebrities Serve Dinner For Families Impacted By HIV/AIDSAUGUST 12TH, 2018 TOWNSEND OUTLAW EVANSVILLE, INDIANA FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The largest HIV charity event in our region took place Sunday evening, at The Evansville Airport Holiday Inn.The TSA Celebrity Dinner is a special way four our community to raise funds and show support for a great cause. Local celebrities acted as servers at today’s event, including 44News Entertainment Insider Gretchin Irons, who served tables of 8 or 9.William Tanoos was also a celebrity server at the dinner and said “My campaign and what I’ve seen throughout the eighth district has been community and were just a strong community and this is a good example of it, not only does it serve a good cause and TSA is a great organization but it also representative of great communities.”It was forty dollars to attend the dinner, and all proceeds from today’s event will benefit the purchase of grocery store gift cards for low-income families impacted by HIV/AIDS.last_img read more

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Extra funding agreed for apprentices

first_imgAdditional funding to increase the number of adult apprentices in Scotland in areas such as bakery has been agreed.The move follows consultation between sector skills council Improve and Skills Development Scotland (SDS), and will see 400 adult apprentice places offered at food and drink companies. It follows the Scottish government’s decision to remove age restrictions on funding for Modern Apprenticeships (MAs).SDS has agreed to make £750,000 available in the current financial year to fund training costs for those aged 20 or over who are taking MA pathways in bakery and meat and poultry processing. “Last year, there were just 15 MA starts in food and drink manufacturing firms in Scotland,” said Improve CEO Jack Matthews. “This year’s funding covers 656 starters, 417 of which will be adult apprentice places.”last_img read more

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Welbeck Bakehouse to start production

first_imgNew artisan venture The Welbeck Bakehouse is to start production this month and will offer a range of organic handmade sourdough breads, scones and pastry.The new bakehouse is situated on the Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, which has a farm shop, café and gallery. The products, to be baked in wood-fired brick ovens, will be sold at the bakery and from the Welbeck farm shop. Bakery courses will also be run from the estate at The School of Artisan Food.The range of breads will include its flagship loaf, the Welbeck sourdough, a traditional British granary loaf, Polish rye and an Italian ciabatta, and will be made with flour, water, salt and sometimes a small amount of yeast; no improvers, additives or processing aids will be used.Author and Real Bread Campaign founder Andrew Whitley has been a founding consultant for the project.last_img read more

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HUD approves grants to benefit homeless programs

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Previous articleAnother step forward to an increased cigarette tax in IndianaNext articleSenator Braun works to block a fracking ban Tommie Lee Pinterest By Tommie Lee – February 5, 2021 1 140 Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp HUD approves grants to benefit homeless programs Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) The Department of Housing and Urban Development has renewed funding for local homeless programs in Indiana.HUD has put $2.5 billion into the renewal of existing grants for more than 6500 community-based housing programs and service providers across the country. That includes $26 million for 86 programs in The Hoosier State. In Michigan 272 programs will have nearly $82 million to work with.The move last week was streamlined as communities are consumed with COVID issues and have a limited ability to compete for the traditional funding competition. Google+last_img read more

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Press release: Historical notes on Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff working in the Foreign Office published

first_img The publication of today’s booklet was launched at an event hosted at the FCO today (4 October) for civil servants across Whitehall. This was the first in a series of internal events the FCO’s network for BAME Staff have organised to celebrate Black History Month throughout October. FCO staff who come from a BAME background now represent the UK all around the world and at all grades. We have our first black career diplomat in Mozambique (Nnenne Iwuji-Eme), and over 23% of our graduate entry scheme intake came from a BAME background, one of the highest levels across Whitehall. Further information on the FCO Historians and their publications can be found here or on Twitter @FCOHistorians. As part of Black History month, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has today published a new booklet which for the first time provides an insight into the history of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff in the department over the last 70 years.The booklet, entitled ‘Black skin, Whitehall: Race and the Foreign Office, 1945 to 2018’ reveals the challenges to ensure equal representation for non-white people in the British diplomatic service in the context of decades of political debates about Empire, immigration and racism and pressure from campaign groups.The document, written by FCO Historian James Southern, also highlights the progress achieved in recent years, including this year’s appointment of the first black female career diplomat being appointed into an Ambassadorial Post and in 2017, over 23% of the FCO graduate entry scheme intake coming from a BAME background, one of the highest levels across Whitehall.The publication, part of a series of FCO historical notes, which included a document published last July entitled ‘Homosexuality at the Foreign Office 1967 to 1991’ shows how attitudes can change and these documents can be used to support the work of British diplomats around the world to promote inclusion and end discrimination.Sir Simon McDonald, the FCO’s Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of HM Diplomatic Service said: James Southern, FCO Historian and author of the publication said: For journalists The diversity of our staff and their heritage is a prime source of our strength. This historical note sets out the challenges faced by BAME staff working at the FCO over the last 70 years, but also the important progress achieved. It is essential we make further progress to ensure our modern Diplomatic Service reflects the best of the diversity of the UK. Read more about the Black skin, Whitehall: Race and the Foreign Office, 1945 to 2018 report. Email [email protected]center_img Further Information: Media enquiries We are more diverse on ethnicity than we have ever been, with a number of BAME Ambassadors, the first black career diplomat appointed into an Ambassadorial post, and one of the highest BAME Fast Stream intakes across Whitehall. Yet, as this report also shows, there is still a long way to go to ensure that we are bringing up the best of British diverse talent and supporting all staff to meet their aspirations. Muna Shamsuddin and Fouzia Younis-Suleman of the FCO’s network for BAME Staff and authors of the afterword, said: This publication tells the story of non-white people at the Foreign Office. Like many similar British institutions, the FCO has a difficult history when it comes to race; it is hoped that this History Note serves as a basis for the beginning of a long overdue conversation aimed at building a more inclusive organisation.last_img read more

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Powerfully Simple: Modern Management for Dell EMC Data Protection

first_imgVisibility across Dell EMC Data Protection Software and protection storage brings simplicity.Good news! Dell EMC is announcing modern, simple management for Dell EMC Data Protection.This modern management enables users to gain control over their data protection through:Complete visibility via customizable dashboardsUnified management across multiple sites and systemsSimple search and recovery enabled by Google-like keyword searchComprehensive reporting generated with a single clickSimple protection automationVMware integrationDell EMC Data Protection management software is easily downloadable and included without additional cost with Dell EMC Data Protection Software.Complete Visibility via DashboardsA comprehensive view across data protection environments allows users to gain a complete picture of their data protection environment. Through customizable dashboards, they can instantly identify the health of their data protection environment and the capacity of their protection storage and servers. Dell EMC Data Protection management software also provides an efficient method to manage policies across multiple systems and ability to swiftly identify/resolve issues with real-time alerts. Unified Management Across Sites and SystemsOur unified management allows users to manage their data protection across multiple sites, systems, and consumption models with centralized management.  It addresses the majority of day-to-day tasks from a single pane of glass to perform policy management and run backups on-demand.Simple Search and RecoveryDell EMC Data Protection makes search and recovery simple.  Our management software offers a Google-like keyword search and powerful filtering that makes it easy to find relevant file(s) across data protection systems. Users can recover directly from their search results, greatly reducing the time to recovery.Comprehensive Reporting                                                  Businesses often need up-to-date information about the data protection process as a whole to ensure SLOs are being met. Comprehensive reporting allows you to run pre-configured reports on-demand with a single click.Simple protection automation Through our management software, backup administrators can automatically discover database assets, provision protection storage, and enforce policy management, allowing them to efficiently monitor and enforce SLO compliance.VMware IntegrationVMware integration enables vAdmins to protect VMware environments from native interfaces and protect across multiple vCenters from a modern vSphere plugin.Dell EMC modern management enhances our comprehensive portfolio of data protection in the industry, making it powerfully simple! For more information please visit www.dellEMC.com/dataprotectionlast_img read more

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Bellacappella takes the stage at Saint Mary’s

first_imgAfter a snowy Thursday, Bellacappella, Saint Mary’s premier a cappella group, performed their appropriately titled fall concert, “Christmas in November,” Thursday evening at the O’Laughlin Auditorium.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer “Usually our concerts are later in the year, but there were a lot of scheduling conflicts,” Bellacappella president senior Nia Parillo said. “That’s why we named it ‘Christmas in November.’ It’s just kind of a classic, [where] we have some classic songs we sing.”Parillo said her fellow Bellas sang on the O’Laughlin stage without body microphones this year due to sound issues with the Little Theater next door, she said.“We spoke to the mic technicians, and we have mics, but we have standing mics,” she said. “We’re kicking it Bella old school, going back to our roots, pure acapella. This is probably the biggest one we’ve done yet, just kind of going with the flow of what’s happening. The girls have worked so hard. I couldn’t be more proud of them and all the hard work they’ve put in. No matter what happens behind the scenes, it’s going to be a great show.”The group added six new group members, all freshmen and sophomores, at the beginning of the year, Parillo said.“In the beginning of the year, we kind of just go through how Bella works, especially with the new girls we took on,” she said. “We took on six this year, and they’re all amazing.”When it came to preparing song arrangements, the women of Bella are advised to think of songs they enjoy listening to, whether they be current hits or oldies, Parillo said.“It’s usually just, ‘Give me a list, and let’s see how it goes,’” Parillo said. “When we listen to the music, we just kind of brainstorm together what the audience would want to listen to and what we would like to sing. That’s how we have the lineup that we have. We have new songs, we have old songs. That’s how we figured out what we were going to pick.”Parillo, an alto, arranges her own music, as does every member of Bella with her own personal technique, Parillo said.“We all arrange our own music,” she said. “Everyone in the group arranges their own songs. Some girls get ideas off of music notes. Some of the older girls, like myself, they listen by ear, so they listen to the song and figure out what they could do. They figure out what would sound best. It’s difficult, when you first start learning how to arrange. We do bring back older Bella arrangements. We all make our own. We just kind of throw the notes together.”Throughout football season, Bellacappella has toured tailgates across Notre Dame’s campus, singing some of its favorites while promoting the group, Parillo said. Several songs have become big fan favorites, she said.“A big crowd pleaser for people who have followed Bella is [Mika’s] ‘Grace Kelly,’” she said. “That’s a crowd-pleaser for the seniors. I like to think they’re all crowd favorites. When we do tailgate at Notre Dame, we start with ‘I Love Rock n’ Roll.’ That’s another step in our job, performing for them.”After their fall concert, Bella is now looking to the future for new arrangements, including a Disney medley, Parillo said.“We’re hoping to have a little medley next semester,” she said. “That’s going to be a little project over Christmas break. It’s on my Bella bucketlist. I have these little things I want to do before I graduate.”Parillo hopes to continue to make known Bella’s presence not only on Saint Mary’s campus but also beyond it, she said.“Some people don’t even know we have an a cappella group, and that kind of just bums us out,” she said. “We’re trying to get our name out not just on campus but outside of campus. We were asked here and there if Bella could perform. We’re trying to sing at Senior Dads [weekend], Junior Moms, Sophomore Parents, those kinds of events, just trying to get our name out there.”As a senior, Parillo said she knows the future of Bella fluctuates every year between graduating students and new members, she said.“The group changes significantly every year with who graduates,” she said. “The group sometimes takes a few steps forward and then a few steps back. Things change and things happen, but being the premiere a cappella group on campus, we’d hope Saint Mary’s would know we were here. We’re excited to perform, and we are willing to combine with groups. It’s really just bringing the community together. I just hope Bella takes a lot of steps forward from this great place we are now.”If there’s anything Parillo wants the audience to take away from Bella’s fall concert, it’s a sense of fun and enjoyment, she said.“I hope they’re like, ‘Wow, you can tell they put so much time into this,’ Parillo said. “A lot of this is give and take. It’s not, ‘We’re going to sing at you.’ I want them to have a great time. I want them to be in the moment with us.”Tags: bellacappella, Christmas in November, fall concert, Nia Parillo, O’Laughlin Auditoriumlast_img read more

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SMC’s Moreau Art Galleries display student artwork

first_imgStarting this week and extending through finals week, the Saint Mary’s Moreau Art Galleries will display a rotating exhibit of student work from the Department of Art’s Video, Advanced Painting and Drawing I classes.Professor of Art Ian Weaver said in an email, “Rather than have the gallery empty for the final month of the semester, myself and Professor [Julie] Tourtillotte decided to use the space to install the final works from our courses.“My students also have the required research they have done along with their work; it has been placed on the pedestals next to the work.”Tourtillotte, the instructor for this display, said in an email that the videos on display from the Department of Film Studies “are highlights from this semester’s work in ART 224 Video Art. The students in this course learn about camera use, lighting, audio and editing with Final Cut Pro.“The video exhibitions in Hammes Gallery will change over this Thursday to the students’ final project for this semester — two collaborative video installations titled, ‘There/Not There’ and ‘Nature Studies: Earth, Air, Fire, Water,’ she said. “These installations will remain on exhibit through next Thursday, Dec. 17.”Brigid Feasel, a junior with a double concentration in Studio and Art History and an emphasis in painting and writing is one of the art students whose work will appear in the exhibit. “My pieces are very detail-oriented and I like creating narratives within them, but I also don’t like taking things too seriously, so I like to add elements of humor to lighten up the scene,” Feasel said in an email. “My pieces in Moreau right now are made to essentially evoke the Romantic Landscape awe and introspective thoughts that are brought about when being exposed to the vastness of nature, but this isn’t a person’s journey, it’s a cow’s journey (where the humor comes in).“I’m still trying to figure out my own artistic aesthetic at this point, but I know I want to incorporate humor and narratives into my future work. The subjects, I guess, will come from inspiration somewhere or from my own imagination,” Feasel said.As an art major at Saint Mary’s, Feasel said she knows her professors will help her form her own style and push her artistic limits. Alexandra Pittel, a junior whose work is also displayed in the gallery, said in an email, “My work reflects my commitment to detail though the technical application as well as conceptual aspects of my research. Later in the semester, I started to think of this set of paintings as a Phenomenological progression with a cast of characters. My hope is that the viewer is able to engage with the pieces as a documentation of my reality, that they can interpret in a way that is meaningful to their own spiritual and physical consciousness. “The interdisciplinary approach that allows my work to be multi layered is very much fostered by the liberal arts environment here at Saint Mary’s and my wonderful professors.”Tags: Moreau Art Galleries, student artworklast_img read more

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