Meriaura adds ship and staff

first_imgMeanwhile, Meriaura and UPM Logistics have signed a time charter agreement for the multipurpose ro-ro vessel Polaris VG, which Meriaura Group acquired from Reederei Lehmann in June 2015.From January 2016, Polaris VG will trade mainly between Finland and Germany, carrying paper reels and other forestry products.The Meriaura Group has also made a number staff changes, including the appointment of Hannu Laivoniemi as chartering manager. Laivoniemi previously served as country manager for Tschudi Logistics Finland.Back in May, Meriaura project manager Xavier de Meulder left the company and has since founded his own company – Extramare – which aims to provide consultancy and project management services in the marine offshore, shipping and logistics sectors.At VG Shipping – Meriaura’s ship management arm – Thomas Friis has been appointed new crewing manager, while Ville Koskinen was named director of ship management. “Despite the gloomy economic forecasts in our trading area, heavy project cargoes keep on moving,” commented Meriaura vice managing director, Beppe Rosin in its quarterly newsletter.”Although the market for bulk transports, as usual, was weak during the summer period, our project department has been very busy. Not only has Meri, our open deck carrier, had more business than in a long time, but the number of smaller project transports has also shown growth.”  www.meriaura.filast_img read more

NASA Has a Deep Space Communications Hub in the Desert

first_imgIn the 1950s, NASA engineers were looking for a quiet place to build a network of large radio antennas. The idea was to build a series of antennas with huge parabolic dishes and receivers that could detect extremely faint radio signals.After scouting multiple locations, they selected a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert near the ghost town of Goldstone and the U.S. Army’s Fort Irwin—an area. This was a great choice as the region had no interference from power lines or commercial radio and television transmitters.The first antenna built at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex was the aptly named Pioneer Station. The 85-foot (26-meter) antenna began receiving data from the Pioneer 3 mission in 1958. The station was mothballed in 1981 after serving several high-profile NASA missions, including Apollo, Mariner, Viking and Voyager. It was declared a National Historic Monument in 1985.The largest and most sensitive antenna at the Goldstone Complex is now at Mars Station. It spans 70 meters (230 feet), stands 24 stories tall, and weighs 7.2 million kilograms (16 million pounds). One of the satellites this antenna is used to communicate with is Voyager 1, a far-roving spacecraft launched in 1977. Voyager 1 is now more than 13 billion miles (21 billion kilometers) from Earth, making it the most distant human-made object in the universe.Echo Station is the current administrative center for the complex. Built in 1959, the station was named for early experiments performed with the Echo 1 communications balloon. The metallic balloon, known as the world’s first communications satellite, ascended to 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles), and relayed radio and radar communications between an antenna at Echo Station and a receiving station in New Jersey.In a departure from the traditional method of naming a station for the first mission supported, Gemini Station is named for the twin stars in the Gemini constellation. The antennas were originally built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Army and were transferred to NASA in 1994. The first mission Gemini supported was the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a cooperative mission between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).The Goldstone complex is just one of three facilities in NASA’s Deep Space Network. Similar stations exist in Madrid, Spain and near Canberra, Australia. The strategic placement of the three sites allows for constant communication with spacecrafts as the Earth rotates.last_img read more

Perfect Peter rules the roost

first_imgPeter LeNoury.PSC Golf from The Players’ Lounge Golf SocietySunday, March 25, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Peter LeNoury (17) 42pts2nd Mark Walters (15) 39pts 3rd Tom Gorey (18) 39pts4th Peter Taylor (13) 38ptsA fair sized field took on the formidable Silky Oak instead of our regular Sunday bash at Green Valley.  The course was not in its usual good condition due to the greens being repaired after the removal of unwanted weeds, which made it very tough with the putter.  That being said, some extremely good scores were recorded and the best of the day came from Peter ‘the right honorable’ LeNoury with a splendid 42 points.Peter was joined on the podium by Mark Walters and Irishman Tom Gorey, both with 39 points and a count-back dictated that they climb the podium in that order.  Peter Taylor closed the flight with a half share of the ‘2’s pot, the other half going to Billy ‘the hat’ Eyles.Tuesday, March 20, Green Valley – Stableford1st Steve Mann (14) 43pts2nd Stuart James (21) 39pts3rd Pat Regan (15) 38pts4th Peter Terry (19) 35ptsIt was a small but spirited field that took to Green Valley to play our mid-week stableford comp.  Steve Mann played it best as he returned an excellent 43 points for the man of the match honours.  Steve was four strokes clear of Stuart James while Co. Dublin’s on form Pat Regan took the third step on the podium with a steady 38 points.  This left Peter Terry to close the flight with 35 points.last_img read more

MATCHTRACKER – Leinster Hurling Final Galway V Kilkenny

first_imgOne change in the Galway team for the start of the game: Gearoid McInerney is in for Fergal Moore at corner back Good afternoon and welcome to our Matchtracker of the Leinster Hurling Final at Croke Park 4pm. GAME ON!First point of the afternoon from Joseph Cooney: Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-03 Mins: John Joe Farrell open Kilkenny’s account: Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-1Lester Ryan has an effort ruled out by Hawk EYE6 Mins: Cathal Mannion makes it Galway 0-2 Kilkenny 0-18 Mins: Walter Walsh levels it: Galway 0-2 Kilkenny 0-2Goal chance for Kilkenny goes wide10 Mins: Conor Whelan points for Galway: Galway 0-3 Kilkenny 0-212 Mins: Conor Whelan again! Galway 0-4 Kilkenny 0-213 Mins: TJ Reid get his first point from a free. Galway 0-4 Kilkenny 0-3Walter Walsh ties the game. Galway 0-4 Kilkenny 0-415 Mins: Conor Fogarty put Kilkenny into the lead: Galway 0-4 Kilkenny 0-516 Mins: Cathal Mannion level it again! Galway 0-5 Kilkenny 0-518 Mins: GREAT SAVE from Colm Callanan…..65 for Kilkenny…TJ Reid points: Galway 0-5 Kilkenny 0-619 Mins: Point from a free by Joe Canning:  Galway 0-6 Kilkenny 0-621 Mins: Superb point from Davy Glennon: Galway 0-7 Kilkenny 0-626 Mins: Massive free from Joe Canning: Galway 0-8 Kilkenny 0-628 Mins: Another lovely point from Cathal Mannion….his third! Galway 0-9 Kilkenny 0-629 Mins: Joseph Cooney stretches the lead to 4 points: Galway 0-10 Kilkenny 0-630 Mins: Pointed free for TJ Reid. Galway 0-10 Kilkenny 0-732 Mins: Huge free again from Joe Canning. Galway 0-11 Kilkenny 0-733 Mins: Cathal Mannion again! Galway 0-12 Kilkenny 0-735 Mins: TJ Reid free – Galway 0-12 Kilkenny 0-8 – 4 minutes of added time!35 +1 Mins: TJ Reid with another free: Galway 0-12 Kilkenny 0-935 +3 Mins: Free pointed by Joe Canning. Galway 0-13 Kilkenny 0-9John Joe Farrell replies and the half time whistle blows.HALF TIME: Galway 0-13 Kilkenny 0-10.SECOND HALF underway – Richie Hogan & John Power on for Kilkenny36 Mins: Richie Hogan…over the bar. Galway 0-13 Kilkenny 0-1136 Mins: Joe Canning answers with a free….Galway 0-14 Kilkenny 0-1138 Mins: Conor Fogarty brings it back to 2 points: Galway 0-14 Kilkenny 0-1239 Mins: TJ Reid points o free: Galway 0-14 Kilkenny 0-1340 Mins: Great long range point from Conor Cooney. Galway 0-15 Kilkenny 0-1344 Mins: Super point from Conor Cooney….Galway 0-16 Kilkenny 0-1344 Goal for Kilkenny – John Joe Farrell……………………Galway 0-16 Kilkenny 1-13Followed by a point from TJ Reid…Kilkenny lead 1-14 to 0-16…Cyril Donnellan on for Galway46 Mins: Another point for Kilkenny. Galway 0-16 Kilkenny 1-1547 John Power adds another point: Galway 0-16 Kilkenny 1-16 followed by another – Kilkenny 1-17 Galway 0-1649 PHEW!!! Goal chance for Galway….didn’t go over the line….followed up by point from Cathal Mannion. Kilkenny 1-17 Galway 0-1752 Mins: Free pointed by Joe Canning….back to a 1 point ball game. Kilkenny 1-17 Galway 0-1853 Conor Whelan adds to the response from Galway. Kilkenny 1-17 Galway 0-1955 Mins: Michael Fennelly points for Kilkenny. Kilkenny 1-18 Galway 0-1956 Mins: TJ Reid from a free put 3 between them again, Kilkenny 1-19 Galway 0-19…..Jason Flynn on for Galway57 Mins: HAWK EYE calls a Michael Fennelly effort WIDE59 Mins: Andy Smith comes on for Davy Glennon60 Mins: JJ Farrell point. Kilkenny 1-20 Galway 0-1961 Mins: Kilkenny pulling away…another point from JJ Farrell. Kilkenny 1-21 Galway 0-19GALWAY NEED A GOAL!!!!!!!64 Mins: Richie Hogan puts daylight between the sides! Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 0-1965 Mins: Andy Smith get one back for Galway. Paul Killeen on for John Hanbury. Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 0-2067 Mins: TJ Reid again! Kilkenny 1-23 Galway 0-20There will be 4 minutes of added time!70 Mins: Free from TJ Read – Richie Hogan adds another. Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 0-2070 +1 Great save from Joe Canning goal chance.70 +2 Conor Cooney with a point. Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 0-2170 +3 Conor Fogarty with the answer……Cyril Donnellan get his score..Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22FULL TIME: Another second-half master class from Kilkenny. Kilkenny are Leinster Champions:Final Score: Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Former Olympic Champion to take on Run Galway Bay this Weekend

first_imgThis Saturday 6th October almost 5,000 runners, joggers, walkers and spectators will descend on Galway City for the annual Run Galway Bay 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon which starts and finishes at Nimmo’s Pier, The Claddagh. The popularity of the event has surpassed all expectations with the full marathon selling out in July, followed by the 10k and Half Marathon, which sold out at the end of August. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the announcement that the 1972 Olympic Marathon Champion Frank Shorter (US) will be lining up in the 10k along with his wife Michelle. Frank Shorter is the USA’s most prolific long-distance runner, taking gold in the 1972 Olympic Marathon and silver in the 1976 Olympic Marathon. Also making the trip this year is Irish Olympian Caitriona Jennings who will be chasing her first win in Galway for the Half Marathon.The event has also attracted the interest of the Irish Cross Country Skiing Team who will, for the second year, set the marathon route alight on their roller skis. Included in that lineup is Irish OlympianThomas Maloney-Westgaard the Norwegian native with Galway roots who will defend his title as fastest roller skier on the day.International AppealParticipants travel from all over the world to enjoy the fast, flat and fun route along the stunning shores of Galway Bay. Many are making the trip to Galway especially for the event, including teams from the UK, Norway, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the US and Australia to name but a few. Closer to home, hundreds of athletes from across Ireland will travel to Galway to enjoy the race day experience of this iconic sporting event on the Wild Atlantic Way.Home Grown Heroes Included in the line up for the 10k this year are Mayor of the City of Galway Councillor Niall McNeilis and local TD Hildegarde Naughton.  Also taking part in the 10k is young Dubliner James Casserly, who has cerebral palsy and juvenile arthritis, he will be pushed in his chair around the course by his dad and supported by his mum and aunties, all to raise funds for Barretstown.Returning to Run Galway Bay for a second year are a 200 strong team from Eir who will participate across all distances in support of their chosen charity, Special Olympics.  Joining the team from Eir is Special Olympics Ireland CEO, Matt English as well as athlete Aoife Beston. Also participating in the event are a team of staff from TG4 including Director General Alan Esslemon. Many of the teams and individuals participating in Run Galway Bay use the event to generate support for their own charitable causes, raising vast amounts of funds for supports and services both here in Galway and further afield.Local Feel and Friendly VibeRace Director Ray O’Connor speaking about the event said, ‘We are looking forward to a fantastic race day on Saturday. Run Galway Bay has grown in size and popularity over the past number of years, the spectacular route, the support on the course and the welcome the athletes get when they come to Galway are all very special and just some of the many reasons people return to take on their own personal running challenge with us each year.Despite the numbers growing each year and a truly international field, the event continues to retain its local feel and friendly vibe, something that we are very proud to deliver. People come for the run and stay for the fun that the lively streets of the City of the Tribes offer post race.’Run Galway Bay gets underway at 8:30am with the Full Marathon, the 10k will start at 10:30am and the Half Marathon will start at 12:15pm.  Roads will be closed Westbound only from 8am -2:30pm along the race route of Grattan Rd and Salthill Promenade for the duration of the event.With such a large entry into this year’s event, participants and spectators are advised to arrive early to the race start line at Nimmos Pier. The winner of the Marathon and 10K are expected by 11:05 am with the winner of the Half Marathon expected by 1:20pm.  For more information on the event go to www.rungalwaybay.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Olympic Excitementlast_img read more

Galway U14 Hurling Feile Draws made last night

first_imgThe draws for the Galway Hurling Féile 2019 took place last in Cheevers, with the competition starting in the last week of April. Toddie Byrne Cup Group A Kinvara Carnmore Oranmore-Maree Ahascragh/Fohenagh Group B Sarsfields Athenry Castlegar Meelick-Eyrecourt Group C Gort Turloughmore Pádraig Pearses Clarinbridge Group D Kilnadeema-Leitrim Loughrea Ardrahan BallinderreenJustin Cheevers Cup Group 1 MoycullenCois FharraigeKillimorCappataggleGroup 2 CraughwellMichael CusacksKilconieronSalthill-Knocknacarra Group 3 KillimordalyTynagh/Abbey/DuniryMullagh-KiltormerSt. ThomasGroup 4 SylanePortumna BallygarSkehana/Mountbellew/MoyloughToddie Byrne ShieldGroup 1 AnnaghdownAbbeyknockmoyRahoon/NewcastleMícheál BreathnachGroup 2 BallinasloeTommy LarkinsLiam Mellowsprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

From California Dreamin to the Heritage City — Anderson Violette backstops Leafs resurgence

first_imgSince joining the Leafs in a trade on September 27th Violette, 18, is 6-0. Violette asked the Braves for a trade to be closer to his family in Calgary. The six-foot-two, 180-pound netminder has a 1.66 goals against average and .930 save percentage. Violette likes his start and says the Leafs are playing good and have been excellent in front of him.“It has been a pretty easy transition coming into a new team when they are that good in front of you,” he says.Adding to the success is the coaching staff, how the organization is run, ice time they get and community support.He has helped turn the Leafs’ season around as they were winless in their opening six games, that included three overtime losses. Violette enjoyed his rookie season in the VIJHL last year, but loves playing in front of more fans.“In Nelson we get 600 fans a game,” said Violette “In the Island league, because there is the WHL and BCHL, you have all these teams, it’s kind of hard to compete for fans. It’s a great time.” Violette has goals he wants to accomplish this season. He wants to lead the Leafs to a Cyclone Taylor Cup championship and believes they can do it.“Every person here is working very hard. We are all doing the same stuff. We are truly a team here,” he says. “We are finding that bond. I think that is something special that you don’t get often. I think we are going to go pretty far in the playoffs.”Personally, he wants to be the top goalie in the KIJHL. Violette has a bit of work to do, as after six games he sits third overall in KIJHL goalie standings.LEAF NOTES: Anderson Violette faces his toughest challenge of the season Friday when Nelson travels to Fruitvale to meet Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks. It’s the first meaningful game between to the two rivals since the Hawks knocked Nelson out of the playoffs in six games during the division final. Beaver Valley leads the Murodch Division with a 9-1-1-0-2 record, two points ahead of Nelson. Both teams have played 13 games. . . . Saturday, the Leafs host 100 Mile House Wranglers at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Wranglers are fourth in the KIJHL Doug Birks Division with a 5-7 record. By Emanuel Sequeira, KIJHL Communications ManagerAfter a less than impressive start to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, Nelson Leafs have caught fire in October thanks to netminder Anderson Violette.Violette came to the Green and White via a trade with Sannich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.Why the Leafs a thankful they’ve found a quality goalie to backstop the team, Violette says he owes a lot of his success to retired National Hockey League goaltender Dwayne Roloson.The Calgary product met Roloson, when Violette was a member of the Anaheim junior Ducks Bantam AAA team in the 2015-16 season.“Working with him is unbelievable,” said Violette, who also played for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 team in 2018. “Last year I had a pretty bad injury. He woke up at 7 a.m., we woke up and skated together for two months straight, he has been really crucial in the development of where I am today.”Roloson, who won 227 career NHL games, along with 28 playoff games which included a run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals with Edmonton, helped Violette improve his skating and worked on his stance. There was a lot of focus on Violette’s skating.“He has been my personal goalie coach for four or five years now,” said Violette, who moved to California and played there for three years, returned to Calgary for a year and returned to California for another year. “He saw me and saw something he liked. And then he wanted to work with me.”Violette’s family moved to California as his father worked doing investing in corporate debt, which involves bringing businesses back that go under.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino has hit a wall at Spurs, insists Gary Neville on MNF

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has gone as far as he can with Tottenham, according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.The Lilywhites boss admitted he had never felt so low as manager of the North London club ahead of their defeat to champions Manchester City tonight.4 Pochettino’s side lost to Man City 1-0 at WembleyCredit: EPA4 Neville said Pochettino has done all he can with TottenhamCredit: Sky SportsAnd former Manchester United defender Neville insists the Argentine has simply reached his limit as boss of the club.He said: “He has always managed things well and pushed things away.”They are not spending the money nowhere near the other top clubs.”Pochettino is a fantastic manager but he has always wanted to go the top, top European clubs and it feels to me as though he has gone as far as he can with Tottenham.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration NaN:NaNLoaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. PlayMuteCurrent Time 00:00/Duration 00:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -00:00 1xPlayback RateFullscreenWill Real Madrid offer Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino a job at the Bernabeu?4 Man City won tonight thanks to a Mahrez strikeCredit: PA:Press AssociationMeanwhile, his colleague and former rival Jamie Carragher believed the reason for Pochettino’s feelings should be blamed on chairman Daniel Levy.Carragher said: “This team will break up in five years and people will say ‘did they win anything?’ and it’s looking like they aren’t going to.”The players and managers won’t take the responsibility for that, it will fall on Daniel Levy. To be a top six club and have a net spend that they do is unacceptable.”Neville disagreed with him, saying: “I think it’s wrong to pin it on Levy. I think he is one of the best in the world at what he does. He knows the rules of the game.”Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has been sacked after just a five months in charge4 Carragher said Tottenham’s troubles are down to chairman Daniel LevyCredit: Sky SportsTottenham have had a string of set-backs with their new stadium – with the latest blow coming coming in news that it will not be ready until the turn of the year.Tonight they played on a terrible Wembley pitch as they succumbed to defeat to Pep Guardiola’s men.They remain in fifth place in the Premier League after the result while City moved back top.Former Leicester player Riyad Mahrez emotional goal celebration tribute to tragic chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after helicopter crashfootball newsPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team newsPED’S GONEPedro’s goodbye to Chelsea before Roma move as Cesc takes credit for signing himBANK LAMPARDChelsea scoop £50m Euro bonus as Lamps learns ‘a million things’ in debut yearlast_img read more

Alab Pilipinas in the mix

first_imgLady Warriors rule Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The Philippines will be represented by the newly formed Alab Pilipinas, which is looking to become the third Filipino club to win an ABL crown, while Vietnam will field the Saigon Heat.“The league is ready to take another step forward as it welcomes three new teams into the fold,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan Monday at the league’s launching at Solaire Resort and Casino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Team representatives during the 2017 ABL Season press conference at Solaire Resort and Casino. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBreaking new ground, the Asean Basketball League kicks off its seventh season on Nov. 25 in Singapore with six teams, including newcomers Kaohsiung Truth and Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, from outside the region. Defending champion Westports Malaysia Dragons and Singapore Slingers clash in the opener at OCBC Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Lift-off for thermal-imaging system to estimate wildlife populations

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Artificial Intelligence, Borneo Orangutan, cameras, Conservation Solutions, Drones, Great Apes, Law Enforcement, Monitoring, Rainforests, Sensors, Surveying, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech A research team hailed a breakthrough in their imaging system’s ability to detect and identify orangutans in tropical rainforest.They now plan for computer algorithms to report back what a thermal camera has seen in real time.The researchers believe the system could also be used to spot poachers targeting rare species. A prototype system to identify rare species in real time using thermal-imaging cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft, or drones, passed its latest test when it successfully identified orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in Borneo’s rainforest. Having previously used the technologies to detect spider monkeys in Mexico and riverine rabbits in South Africa, a team of scientists developing the system plan to have it ready for widespread use in two years.During field trials, the airborne thermal cameras detected 41 orangutans, each confirmed by observers on the ground. It also spotted proboscis monkeys, which it distinguished from the orangutans, and Asian elephants.Proboscis monkeys in Sabah, Malaysia. These monkeys are smaller than orangutan and they move in groups, while orangutans are typically solitary. Image courtesy of Liverpool John Moores University and WWF.Thermal-imaging cameras detect animals’ body heat, so they do not require sunlight or a flash to illuminate their subjects and can be used at night.The tropical rainforest trials demonstrated the cameras work in a challenging environment where animals are partially hidden by vegetation and where the heat of the wildlife could be masked by the temperature of the surrounding habitat.The research team found the camera was able to pick up animals’ heat signatures through gaps in the vegetation, and they worked at first light before the surrounding environment had warmed up. Orangutans’ arboreal nature also made them easier for aerial cameras to spot.An orangutan by day partially visible amidst the leafy vegetation. The thermal imagery used in the study could detect orangutans by their heat emission as well as humans could spot them on the ground but was faster and thus able to survey a much larger area of forest. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“Two years from now, we’re hoping to roll this out as a ‘You tell us what you want, we can build a system that works for you,’” one of the team’s collaborators, Claire Burke, an astro-ecologist at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), told Mongabay in an interview. “We want this to be as useful as possible, which means we need to do field studies in as wide a range of environments, and with as many different species, as possible.”But it’s the scientists’ methods of processing the data that are ground-breaking, Burke said. As previously reported by Mongabay, this aspect of the project has come from the field of astrophysics.Different animals are warm and cold in different parts of their bodies, something which Burke calls their “unique thermal fingerprints.” The idea eventually is that object detection software on board the drones will be able to identify species from the images and notify researchers, saying what it has seen and where.An orangutan climbing in Sabah, Malaysia displays a unique thermal fingerprint. The underside of this animal is warmer than its back, which is covered by thick hair. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“Every identification the system gives will come with a confidence value,” Burke said. “It will say, ‘I am 95 percent sure that was an orangutan’, or even ‘I am 60 percent sure that was a man hiding in the bush’, and if he’s not supposed to be there, then the local authorities can go and sort him out.”To date, the software has “learned” the thermal fingerprints of two species of antelope, rhinos, chimpanzees and baboons from trials conducted at a local safari park.Serge Wich, an expert in primate behavioral ecology also at LJMU and the project’s lead conservationist, told Mongabay that the system could allow researchers to obtain more precise estimates of orangutan numbers. Australian researchers have advanced a comparable method combining drones, thermal imagery, and machine learning to automatically survey koalas and other cryptic species in eucalyptus forests and estimate error rates.Currently, Wich explained, scientists estimate orangutan populations by counting their nests from the ground, but this method is cumbersome and time-consuming and may not detect declines of less than about 25 percent. In addition, many populations are counted by extrapolation because huge areas of habitat have not been surveyed.Counts from thermal images taken from drone-mounted cameras are potentially more accurate than ground counts and can also cover a much larger area in less time. Field workers counting animals in rainforest can cover about 200 meters (650 feet) in an hour, explained Burke, but a fixed-wing drone can cover a kilometer (0.6 miles) in 10 minutes – roughly 30 times quicker.The importance of flying in the evening or early morning. At 0700, the men walking are easily distinguished from the surrounding cool vegetation, whereas by 0930, the heat produced by the men is less obvious because the surroundings have also warmed up. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“There are declines going on that we have not been spotting,” Wich said. “Our paper last year [in Current Biology] showed half the orangutan population of Borneo had disappeared between 1999 and 2015. That came as a big shock to us. By using this new system, we may be able to do more precise counts and over larger areas.”The team will next try out the system on bamboo lemurs, which live in marshy areas around Madagascar’s Lac Alaotra, providing a new challenge for the thermal-imaging and object detection technologies.Next steps in astro-ecology research Thermal-imaging cameras have trouble accurately picking up an animal’s heat signature in hot environments, and the current technology cannot capture images at high resolution. Wich said the system will probably work best for animals, such as other great apes, that are relatively large and usually found in the open or high up in a forest. The drones with thermal cameras they used to detect spider monkeys produced more reliable counts than ground surveys when monkeys were found in large numbers.The project’s Tarot X4 drone with TeAx Fusion Zoom dual thermal-visible spectrum cameras, ready to take off in the early morning when the air and vegetation are cooler than the warm bodies of orangutans and other large mammals. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.So far, the cameras have been attached to multi-rotor drones, which have a maximum flying time of 30 minutes. Once the software is fully developed, the team will switch to fixed-wing models, which fly for between one and two hours. Burke estimated a complete system could be assembled for about $13,000.The researchers are confident the system will also be able to spot and identify humans and could therefore be used by anti-poaching teams because poachers frequently operate under cover of darkness. “There’s lots of interest from national parks and private reserves,” Wich said. Article published by Sue Palminteri FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more