At least 380 whales dead in Australia mass stranding

first_imgAt least 380 whales have died in a mass stranding in southern Australia, officials said Wednesday, with rescuers managing to free just a few dozen survivors.Nearly the entire pod of 460 long-finned pilot whales stuck in Macquarie Harbor, on the rugged and sparsely populated west coast of Tasmania, has now perished.”We have got a more accurate count and we can confirm that 380 whales are dead,” Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said. Topics : “There’s around 30 left still alive but the good news is that we have saved 50,” he said, describing the rescue effort as emotionally taxing.The first of the giant mammals were found on Monday, sparking a major effort to free them from a sandbar only accessible by boat.It is the largest mass stranding ever recorded in Tasmania, an island state off mainland Australia’s south coast, and likely the biggest in the country’s history.A rescue crew of 60 conservationists, skilled volunteers and local fish farm workers has concentrated efforts on a group of whales partially submerged in the water.center_img The rescuers have spent two days wading in the cold shallows to free the still living creatures, using boats fitted with special slings to guide them back to the open ocean.They are now racing to free as many of the 30 remaining live whales as possible.”They’re focused on the job — it’s demanding work, some of them are up to their chest in cold water so we’re trying to rotate the crews,” Deka said.”Its very draining physically. It’s also draining emotionally.”The whales have been found stranded up to 10 kilometers apart, and officials have now expanded their search area to see if more of the mammals are stuck nearby.Some of the whales rescued Tuesday re-stranded overnight, in line with predictions by whale behavior experts, but Deka remained upbeat about the immediate prospects for those that remained in the ocean.”The good news is the majority of whales that were rescued are still out in deep water and swimming,” he told reporters in the nearby town of Strahan.”They haven’t stranded. So we’ve been more successful than not.”The causes of mass strandings remain unknown — even to scientists who have been studying the phenomenon for decades.However, some researchers have suggested the highly sociable pilot whales may have gone off track after feeding close to the shoreline or by following one or two whales that strayed.Tasmanian environment department marine biologist Kris Carlyon said it was a “natural event” with strandings of the species occurring regularly throughout history in both southern Australian and neighboring New Zealand.”We do step in and respond in these situations, but as far as being able to prevent these occurring in the future, there’s really little that we can do,” he said.Carlyon said animal welfare issues were a major reason authorities and conservationists intervened in mass strandings, along with public expectations and the ability to learn more about a species.It would have been a “hugely stressful” experience for the whales that were freed, he said, but past events showed they were likely to thrive in the wild.”We have shown fairly conclusively that animals will regroup, they will reform those social bonds, and they will — at least in the short- to medium-term for the duration that they’ve been tracked — demonstrate normal and natural behavior,” Carlyon said.Officials will now turn their attention to the disposal of the whale carcasses, with assessors arriving onsite Wednesday to create a clean-up plan.”As time goes on [the whales] do become more fatigued so their chances of survival reduces,” Deka said.”But we’ll keep working as long as there’s live animals at the site.”last_img read more

Follow these tips if you want to sell well

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSelling in style – Kitchen & dining 01:00PUTTING your house on the market is easy right?All you do is a pick an agent and let the market take over.Well that could be one approach, but according to one agent, there is plenty more sellers should be doing before the for sale sign is hammer into the front lawn.Tolga Ozer of Boutique Property Agents said as the market was becoming more competitive it was important to present your property in the best light possible.There’s plenty that owners should do before they hammer in the for sale sign.Cleaning your home may seem an obvious step but Mr Ozer said it was surprising how many people didn’t do it.“The common thing I see is where they (the owners) have belongings everywhere, clothes, shoes etc.’’He’s also seen plenty of bathrooms where the owners haven’t bothered to clean up the mould, and messy kitchens.Mr Ozer said because the market had been so active last year, people thought properties were selling anyway and didn’t think they had to do much to sell.But he said it had become even more important in recent months to make sure homes presented perfectly to get the best price and outcome.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoMr Ozer said it was surprising how many people didn’t clean the kitchen when selling their house.Here are his tips on what to do when selling:De-clutter and get organised: Remove all family photos, trinkets and dust collecting items and replace with new cushions, candles and pops of colour.Refresh: If the walls are looking shabby think about repainting but always stick with light tones and five features walls a miss.Add some style: Buy new cushions or artwork. Prints are not that expensive, plus you can take them with you when you sell.Green your space: If you can’t manage a plant, fresh flowers will do the trick on inspection day.Update the outdoors: Clean mouldy outdoor furniture and consider giving them a fresh coat of paint.Find the right agent: Do your research and ask around, this can make all the difference.Decide how to sell: Auction, private treaty or off-market. All have differentpros and cons. Figure out the best option for you.Use a property stylist: A property stylist knows how to make your property feel like a‘home’ and they have been known to increase property values.Marketing: Options to promote your property include: print, digital, social media,public relations and traditional mailbox drops.On the market: On inspection day turn on lights, tidy up, light candles.last_img read more

Invesco to acquire OppenheimerFunds in $5.7bn deal

first_img“The combination with OppenheimerFunds and the strategic partnership with MassMutual will meaningfully enhance our ability to meet client needs, accelerate growth and strengthen our business over the long term,” said Martin Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco.  US asset management giant Invesco is to acquire OppenheimerFunds from insurance giant MassMutual in a deal worth a reported $5.7bn (€5bn).The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will boost Invesco’s global assets under management above $1.2trn and make it the 13th largest asset manager in the world.As part of the acquisition agreement, MassMutual will take a 15.5% equity stake in Invesco. According to a press release issued by Invesco, MassMutual has nominated former OppenheimerFunds CEO William Glavin Jr as its representative on Invesco’s board.Invesco highlighted OppenheimerFunds’ global and emerging markets equity capabilities as primary reasons for the deal.  Source: InvescoInvesco’s office in Boston, MassachusettsHe said that the transaction would enhance Invesco’s position in the US and globally, and increase its attractiveness to “top clients” and “the best talent in the industry”.MassMutual president and CEO Roger Crandall added that the arrangement “positions us well to continue to benefit from a strong, diversified global asset management business, which will further strengthen our financial position and support our ability to invest in the long term”.Invesco estimated that the deal would boost its earnings per share by roughly 18% for the first nine months of 2019, and by roughly 27% for 2020.The Financial Times calculated that the deal was worth roughly $5.7bn, based on the price of the Invesco shares that were due to be bought by MassMutual and a planned $4bn worth of preference shares paying 5.9% interest for 21 years.last_img read more

BVGA Builds Its Presence in U.S. Offshore Wind Market

first_imgBVG Associates (BVGA) and Renewable Resources International (RRI) have formed a partnership that will see RRI’s Managing Partner Andy Geissbuehler leading BVGA’s offshore wind business in the U.S.BVGA stated that it looks forward to helping the U.S. offshore wind market grow by combining European offshore wind experience with U.S. offshore capabilities.Andy Geissbuehler has held executive positions with major multinationals such as ABB, Alstom and GE. Most recently, he led GE’s US offshore wind operations with the construction of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S.As Managing Partner at Virginia-based Renewable Resources International, Geissbuehler brings extensive commercial and operational experience in the global energy business, BVGA said, adding that Andy Geissbuehler also brings a proven track-record accelerating new business opportunities, reliably executing large contracts and orienting organisations for global engagement.last_img read more

Versailles Native Charged In Fatal 421 Crash

first_imgWalker was in the U.S. Army stationed in Kentucky. (Image: Facebook)JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind. –  A Versailles native that was allegedly driving drunk is facing nine felony charges in connection to a deadly crash on U.S. 421 on October 4.23-year-old Jordan Griffin has been charged with one count of OWI causing death and eight counts of OWI causing serious bodily injury, according to the Madison Courier.Griffin was driving a Ford Focus that collided with a Dodge Ram head-on in front of the main entrance of Jefferson Proving Ground, police say.The passenger in the Ford Focus, John Thomas Walker, 21, of Arkansas City, Kansas, was pronounced dead at the scene.Walker was an enlisted infantryman in the U.S. Army serving as an Air Assault Specialist at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.Griffin has also been serving in the U.S. military, according to his Facebook page.Jordan Griffin. (Image: Madison Courier)The Dodge Ram involved in the crash was driven by Charles L. McRoberts, 37, of Versailles. There were four children in the truck, ages range from 11 to 2.Both drivers, along with each child, were transported to Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. The 11-year-olds, Bailey McRoberts, Tyler Smith and Hogan Jackson, were later airlifted to a Louisville hospital.An online donation page has been set up to assist the children’s families with medical expenses.Prosecutors filed charges after a 72-hour hold on Griffin to evaluate the case, the Madison Courier reports.last_img read more

BCCI-Lodha hearing rescheduled for December 9

first_imgTHE hearing of the matter regarding the BCCI not implementing the Lodha Committee’s recommendations in total, as directed by the Supreme Court, has been rescheduled from December 5 to December 9. It was reported that the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, who is part of the bench hearing the issue, was unavailable.The Supreme Court had last heard the case on October 21, when it passed an interim order asking the BCCI to stop disbursing funds to state associations until the association gave a written resolution that it would adopt the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were also required to submit an affidavit of compliance in the court by December 3, elaborating on the recommendations already implemented by the board and the steps taken to persuade the state associations to adopt the recommendations in total.Since the previous hearing, the Lodha Committee submitted its third status report in the Supreme Court and once again recommended that the BCCI and state office-bearers who did not meet the eligibility criteria laid out in the recommendations be removed immediately.It also recommended that GK Pillai, the former home secretary in the federal government, be appointed an “observer” of the BCCI and that he oversee the board’s financial transactions.The BCCI, however, remained firm in its stance that it could not force the Lodha Committee’s recommendations on its state associations, and that a majority vote was needed to pass them.At several board meetings, the states had voiced opposition to most of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations: in particular, the one-state-one-vote policy, the age cap for office-bearers, and the limits on tenure.The Lodha Committee – comprising former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R. Raveendran – was formed in January 2015 to determine appropriate punishments for some of the officials involved in the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, and also to propose changes to streamline the BCCI, reform its functioning, prevent sporting fraud and conflict of interest.In January 2016, the committee released its report, which recommended an exhaustive overhaul of the BCCI’s governance and administrative structures.On July 18, the Supreme Court approved the majority of the recommendations and directed the Lodha Committee to supervise the BCCI’s implementations of the same. However, despite the Lodha Committee laying out timelines and other directives, the board has not cooperated because its state associations objected to the recommendations. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Kragh Andersen wins stage 14 of the Tour de France

first_imgBy Julien PretotLYON, France (Reuters) – Denmark’s Soren Kragh Andersen timed his effort to perfection to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France, a 194.5-km ride from Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday.The Team Sunweb rider attacked with just under three kilometres to go and never looked back as Slovenian Luka Mezgec took second place and Italian Simone Consonni came home third, 15 seconds behind.Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey ahead of today’s 15th stage, a 174.5-km mountain trek ending up the Col du Grand Colombier.Triple world champion Peter Sagan regained some ground on points classification leader Sam Bennett when he finished fourth after the Irishman was dropped early on and could not fight for victory in the finale.Bennett, who is looking to become the first Irishman since Sean Kelly in 1989 to win the green jersey, leads with 262 to Sagan’s 219.Sagan is hoping to claim a record-extending eighth green jersey but he has been far from his best this season.His Bora-Hansgrohe team set a fast tempo on an early climb to split the bunch and Bennett found himself trailing and unable to come back despite a long chase with his Deceuninck-Quick Step team mates, but Sagan could not deliver a win.There were multiple attacks in the short climb up to the Col de la Croix Rousse in the finale, but Kragh Andersen was patient and he jumped away at the right moment.“I waited for the right moment. Some riders attacked but I waited. When I saw that there was a quiet moment, I went,” said Kragh Andersen, who gave Sunweb their second victory in this year’s Tour after Swiss Marc Hirschi won the 12th stage in Sarran on Thursday.“When I saw Marc win and I win I look at the dynamic of the team, it’s great. We talk to each other and we’re developing as a team.”last_img read more

Men’s tennis eager for doubles matches

first_imgThe men’s tennis team will head to La Jolla to compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships beginning on Thursday.The Trojans are coming off a 5-2 loss on the road to UCLA on Tuesday.The tournament will kick off at 3 p.m. with the final scheduled to be played on Sunday. It is the 127th edition, making this tournament the second-oldest tennis event in the United States.The field of participants includes top teams in the nation, including UCLA, Stanford, Cal and Rice — all ranked in the top 30. Along with top teams, top coaches and alumni will be present. Coach Peter Smith will be partnering with former Trojan great Kaes Van’t Hof, and they will face freshman Michael Plutt and junior Oliver Welsh, the third doubles from Bryant University in Rhode Island.The Trojans currently don’t have any nationally-seeded pairs, but they have been playing constantly with the same pairs throughout the spring. The first doubles pairing will be junior captain Nick Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven. The duo was able to upset No. 3 Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki of UCLA in their last match.“We’re enjoying playing together,” Verboven said. “We needed some time to get to know each other well, but we play a great doubles out there. In practice, we always try to play together, making the situation as realistic as possible.”Crystal shared his previous experience with the newcomer.“We played the whole spring so far,” Crystal said. “Coach has done a really good job putting us together. [Verboven is] a really good doubles player, and we matched really well together.”This tournament will allow the team to work on their doubles skills while still having the competitive stimulus.“It’s a really fun tournament. We’re going to go practice our doubles, which we can definitely work on,” Crystal said. “We can we get some much deeper practice, rest our bodies a little and get ready for the rest of the season.”Seeded fifth in the top half of the draw, Crystal and Verboven will face the third doubles from UC Irvine of seniors Jonathan Hammel and Tyler Pham.The second doubles pairing will be senior Max de Vroome and freshman Jack Jaede. The pair has currently seven wins this season. They are seeded 13th in the top half of the draw and will face junior Thomas Bennett and sophomore Jamie Malik, the second doubles at Rice University.Third doubles junior Rob Bellamy and freshmen Jake DeVine have been playing together throughout the season. They will face another unseeded pair of senior Wyatt Houghton and freshman Gunther Matta of Cal.Junior Thibault Forget and sophomore Tanner Smith are pairing up for this tournament. They will face the 10th seed in the bottom half of the draw, represented by senior Felipe Rios and junior Max Tchoutakian from Baylor. His match will feature two French players, one on each side.Sophomore David Laser teamed up with freshman Logan Smith and they will play freshman Kyle Butters and senior Toby Mitchell of Boise State University’s first doubles pairing.Following the tournament, the Trojans will take on Tulsa on the road on March 12.last_img read more

Koepka wins US Open

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM US Open golf champion Brooks Koepka says all the hard work’s paid off after winning his first major title.He finished on 16-under-par – four shots ahead of the rest of the field – and equalled Rory McIlroy’s tournament record score.It’s the seventh major in a row to be won by a first-time champion.last_img

Rohr Not Certain Mikel Will Make Eagles’ AFCON 2019 Squad

first_imgJohn Mikel Obi (centre) will have a one-on-one discussion with Super Eagles head Coach Gernot Rohr this week to decide his international duties for Nigeria  Reveals Uzoho may lose Number One jerseyDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr and his assistants will in the next couple of days decide on whether to extend a valedictory chance to Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi at the next Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to hold this summer in Egypt. Since after the World Cup in Russia last June, the Middlebrough midfielder has not been part of the Nigerian senior national team. Mikel played no part in Eagles qualification for the 32nd AFCON.The Franco-German tactician told top British-Nigerian reporter, Osasu Obayiuwana on phone yesterday that he was going to have a meeting with his technical assistants very soon on whether Mikel should be part of the Nigerian party to Egypt.“This is the question that I and my team will resolve. I will soon go to see him at Middlesbrough. There are many things to consider but I respect him (Mikel) and what he has done for Nigeria, he remains an important player,” observed the gaffer.Rohr however admitted that since Mikel did not play any role in Eagles qualification, it was important for him to have a heart-to- heart talk with him before making any decision.“He has been away from the team for a year but we qualified for the AFCON without him.“His absence as our captain has been evident but he has had to deal with a range of issues after the World Cup in Russia,” stressed the coach.Rohr who is a fervent believer in Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper to the last World Cup in Russia, Francis Uzoho, was however hesitant in confirming the place of the Anorthosis FC of Cyprus on-loan player in the Egypt bound team.He admitted dispatching his goalkeeper trainer to work with Uzoho in Cyprus.“I have sent Enrico Pionetti, my goalkeeper trainer to Anorthosis FC to work on him. At the moment, it is not a question of him being number one but of his being one of our three goalkeepers for the AFCON.”In line with the wishes of Nigerian ball fans calling for the inclusion of Villarreal forward, Samuel Chukwueze, in Super Eagles final squad for AFCON 2019, Rohr said he would have wished to have the exciting lad in his party.“He (Chukwueze) is a great talent and I would like him in my team, although, I don’t know if he will be an immediate starter.“The challenge, of course, is that he is also wanted for Nigeria by the Under-20 team going to Poland for the FIFA World Cup…“I have had a chat with the coach of Villarreal and they don’t want him to exhaust himself at the U-20 World Cup and the AFCON, so they want him to choose one tournament.“We shall see how best we can manage this situation but no doubt, he is a talent for my team,” concludes Rohr who warned Nigerians that Eagles are not favourites for the title.“I have a young Super Eagles team full of potential but we are not the favorites for the AFCON. We don’t have big players like Senegal and Egypt, so the Super Eagles must work collectively as a team. This is where our strength lies.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more