News story: Bat conservation panel appointed

first_img Professor Kate Jones – Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity, University College London Professor Paul Racey – Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen Dr Matt Zeale – Research Associate and Lecturer, University of Bristol Professor Fiona Mathews – Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sussex Dr Stuart Newson – Senior Research Ecologist, Population Ecology & Modelling, British Trust for Ornithology Dr Carol Williams – Director of Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust Paola Reason – Technical Director, Arcadis Jean Matthews – Former Mammal Ecologist, Natural Recourses Wales. Retired. Dr Stephanie Wray – President of CIEEM, Partner at Tyler Grange Dr Peter Shepherd – Partner at BSG Ecology The legal protection of bats commenced following the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and was further strengthened by the Habitats Directive and subsequent Conservation of Species and Habitats Regulations. Since this legislation has been in place, national monitoring data suggests populations of most bat species have been stable or increasing although this is recognised as being set against large-scale historic declines. This improvement for certain bat species may be due in part to successful implementation of this legislation.Over this time period considerable change has happened. The bat conservation movement has developed enormously and survey technology has moved on, advancing our understanding of bat ecology.The members of the panel are: Natural England has appointed a new expert panel to help shape the future of bat conservation in this country.As Natural England considers an innovative approach to licensing across a range of species, it is looking at how the implementation of protected species legislation could be improved in its delivery for conservation and ensuring that regulation is applied proportionately. The Bat Expert Panel will provide a forum for generating ideas and testing Natural England’s thinking with the aim of securing better outcomes for bats and stakeholders.The panel is chaired by Natural England’s Chief Scientist, Dr Tim Hill, and includes experts with a strong track record of research or achievement in bat conservation from across academic, commercial, NGO and statutory sectors. It will shape Natural England’s bat reform programme and help to ensure the reform projects are informed by the best available evidence, and based on sound judgement of what is achievable. In this way it will play an important role in developing consensus and partnerships for bat conservation.Dr Tim Hill said:center_img The number of licence applications for bats received by Natural England is greater than for other species groups and is increasing. The panel will look for ambitious change to improve bat conservation and where evidence allows, make it work positively for everyone that it affects.last_img read more

Bosch advice boosts North

first_imgDutch sprint coach Frans Bosch will take a slice of the credit if George North plays another starring role for the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. North added: “I was just a schoolboy when I met him and I just used to run over the b******, but now I know how to angle my runs. I have a lot more confidence now. I think I showed that with my try (last Saturday). I gathered the ball and I thought about setting up the ruck, but it just opened up for me and I was able to finish it off. “You do a lot of work on phase play, but sometimes it’s nice when something like that just comes off.” If North breaches the Wallabies defence again on Saturday, one thing he will not be doing is repeating a finger-wagging celebration – scrum-half Will Genia was Australia’s final defender on the receiving end – however much it might mean to him. Lions tour manager Andy Irvine was among those who offered a few words in North’s ear once the dust had settled on a memorable win. “I’ve apologised,” North added. “I can’t really explain what I did. I just got caught up in the whole emotion of it all. Looking back, I do feel horrendous for doing it, and I will need to live with that. I will take it on the chin.” North expects no let-up in the pace and ferocity on Saturday, especially as Australia know they have to win or see their series hopes evaporate. “For them this weekend it is do-or-die, so we know they are going to come at us. The pace is going to be higher again,” he added. “We are just focusing on the rugby, it’s not our job to talk it up. We came here with one common goal, and that was to win the Test series.” Press Associationcenter_img North lit up the Test series against Australia with a blistering 60-metre solo try in last Saturday’s opener, which underpinned a 23-21 Lions victory. Wales wing North will again be a key component in the Lions’ attacking armoury at the Etihad Stadium, where victory would secure Test series glory one game inside the distance. And the 21-year-old has put much of his rapid progress down to biomechanics expert Bosch, whose varied roles include being sprint consultant to the Wales rugby squad. “Frans is a speed man, and while it doesn’t happen overnight I have got faster since meeting him,” North said. “I am getting the rewards now.” last_img read more

Iowa charities are fearful as donations drop from middle income earners

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowans who raise money for nonprofits and foundations are facing new challenges in the new year as a new federal tax law is raising concerns.Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, says overall charitable contributions have been rising from low-income earners and those on the high end. “Middle income people give in a lot of different ways but that’s where the biggest drop in the share of people who are giving is coming,” Palmer says. “So, people are really starting to raise questions about how you can persuade those people to start giving again or to start giving more.”That fall in donations from middle income earners is a problem, she says, because nonprofits need a broad base of support for stability and growth. Also, Palmer says charities are worried donations will decrease by millions of dollars because of the new tax law. “Now, they’re losing the tax incentive to give as well because they’re probably not going to itemize,” Palmer says. “You definitely need to be more upper-income to make it worth itemizing, so that’s why people are especially worried about that.”Other challenges nonprofits face include adapting to new technology, such as how to protect donor information from cyber-attacks.last_img read more

Bus conductor charged for narco trafficking

first_imgA minibus conductor found himself on the wrong side of the law on Friday when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Warren Broomes of Guyhoc Park, Georgetown, denied the charged when it was read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly. It is alleged that on September 5, 2018, in Georgetown, he had in his possession 50 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objections to bail. Broomes was released on $50,000 bail.The 31-year-old man will make his next court appearance on October 19.last_img

COUNCILLORS SHOW UNITED FRONT AGAINST HEALTH SERVICE CUTS

first_imgCOUNCILLORS in Finn Valley are showing a united front against health cuts.Today Fianna Fail councillor Patrick McGowan and Sinn Fein councillor Cora Harvey spoke ‘as one’ as their fellow councillors backed an emergency motion to lift the recruitment moratorium.They even issued a joint statement afterwards following cuts at St Joseph’s due to the HSE recruitment ban. Speaking after the motion Sinn Fein Cllr Harvey said: “I very much welcome the cross party support received today for the Emergency Motion, every member in the chamber signed and spoke in support of the Motion and the county jersey was worn.“This is a part of an on going campaign to save our Community Hospitals and a campaign to lobby for further investment and more resources for our community hospitals.”Fianna Fail Cllr Mc Gowan has said: “The message was sent out today loud and clear from Donegal County Council that as local public representatives we are calling on the HSE moratorium on recruitment to be lifted.“I am calling for unity and Government parties to do what they need to do to protect local services in St. Josephs.” Both Councillors called for cross party and public support at the community meeting to be held this Thursday evening at 7:30 in the Finn Valley Centre. COUNCILLORS SHOW UNITED FRONT AGAINST HEALTH SERVICE CUTS was last modified: June 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNCILLORS SHOW UNITED FRONT AGAINST HEALTH SERVICE CUTSlast_img read more