Extinction risk and conservation of the world’s sharks and rays

first_imgThe rapid expansion of human activities threatens ocean-wide biodiversity. Numerous marine animal populations have declined, yet it remains unclear whether these trends are symptomatic of a chronic accumulation of global marine extinction risk. We present the first systematic analysis of threat for a globally distributed lineage of 1,041 chondrichthyan fishes—sharks, rays, and chimaeras. We estimate that one-quarter are threatened according to IUCN Red List criteria due to overfishing (targeted and incidental). Large-bodied, shallow-water species are at greatest risk and five out of the seven most threatened families are rays. Overall chondrichthyan extinction risk is substantially higher than for most other vertebrates, and only one-third of species are considered safe. Population depletion has occurred throughout the world’s ice-free waters, but is particularly prevalent in the Indo-Pacific Biodiversity Triangle and Mediterranean Sea. Improved management of fisheries and trade is urgently needed to avoid extinctions and promote population recovery.last_img read more

Agent: ‘Huge interest’ in Milinkovic-Savic

first_imgTransfers Huge interest in Man Utd and Madrid target Milinkovic-Savic, says agent Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:46 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MilinkovicSavic-cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Lazio Serie A Clubs from Italy, England, Spain and France are interested in the Lazio midfielder, according to his agent Agent Mateja Kezman revealed there is “huge” interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from “great” clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.La Liga and Champions League titleholders Real Madrid and Premier League giants Manchester United have been linked with moves for midfielder Milinkovic-Savic, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested as well.Clubs have already been warned that bids in the region of €70 million will not be enough to tempt Lazio into selling the 22-year-old Serbia international, who scored twice in Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Sassuolo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Providing an update on his client, Kezman told Tuttomercatoweb: “There’s huge interest in him from great clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.”I don’t want to talk about numbers, but I’m sure Sergei has it in him to be the best player in Europe in the next few years.”Still, we’ll talk about transfers at the end of the season. Lazio, for now, are playing great football and having an important season. We’re all focused on this.”Milinkovic-Savic has flourished this season, scoring nine Serie A goals and 11 across all competitions for Lazio.last_img read more

NGT refuses to modify order directing DCB to give Rs 20 cr

first_imgNEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has refused to modify its order by which it asked the Delhi Cantonment Board to contribute Rs 20 crore for clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla landfill sites.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said there is no ground to modify the July 17 order, however, it added that the cantonment board is free to talk to the Chief Secretary for “any other appropriate arrangement”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe green panel said the amount of contribution required from Delhi Cantonment Board may not be proportionate to its garbage generation, but such direction was being issued due to practical considerations and suggestion of the Chief Secretary. “Thus, even though liability of DCB may only be for Okhla dumpsite where garbage from Cantonment is dumped, it is appropriate that the DCB contributes such amount to the huge cost of removing garbage for better air quality of Delhi which is affected by other dumpsites also,” the bench said in a recent order. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe bench further observed that improvement of air quality will be for the benefit of all residents of Delhi, including the residents of Delhi Cantonment area. “We do not find any ground to modify the said order but DCB is free to interact with the Chief Secretary for any other appropriate arrangement,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by DCB seeking a modification of its order directing it to contribute Rs 10 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs 5 crore respectively towards the cost of clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla in Delhi to control pollution.last_img read more

TT Mayor gets key to St Anns

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, August 15, 2017 – Montego Bay – Chairman of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago, Mayor Glen Ram, was on August 11 bestowed with the Key to St. Ann’s Bay, the capital town of St. Ann.  Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Michael Belnavis, made the presentation following a special meeting at the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.He said the “Key is a symbol of the friendship we have formed and also a token of the wonderful hospitality we are known for here in the ‘Garden Parish’ of St. Ann”.Mayor Belnavis said the Corporation is looking forward to working with local government colleagues in the twin-island republic “to do some wonderful things”.“I can see us doing some twinning as it relates to St. Ann and our rich history. We will certainly explore the areas of interest… on things that will be beneficial to us and also the people of Trinidad and Tobago. In this era of strong Caribbean integration, cooperation on all fronts is extremely necessary,” he pointed out.While in St. Ann, Mayor Ram visited the statue of National Hero Marcus Garvey and the St. Ann’s Bay Library, and toured the Mystic Mountain attraction, among other activities.The Mayor arrived in the island on August 9 for a five-day visit as guest of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to observe the country’s local government reform processes.He met with Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, the mayors of Kingston and St. Ann’s Bay and representatives of the Social Development Commission (SDC).  He also visited the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).“That is a very professional and efficient organisation. It was a wonderful visit and one that showed me how well Jamaica is prepared to handle natural disasters,” he said.Mayor Ram had high praises for the Ministry, which he described as “wonderful hosts”.  He said that there are many similarities between Jamaica and Trinidad, noting that they are “probably the leaders as it relates to local government”.He contended that the countries could pave the way for the creation of a Caribbean Local Government Association.   “This, I believe, would be very effective and could play a valuable role in the region where local governance is concerned,” Mayor Ram said.last_img read more