DMA reveals the commercial value of awards & what it takes to win

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Awards Direct Marketing Melanie May | 6 July 2016 | News A win is worth more than trophy with award winners performing better in commercial terms: 56% of winners are in the top half of their industry ROI performance, compared to 44% for non-winners, according to the Direct Marketing Association.DMA research into the last four years of DMA Award entries, revealed at the launch of this year’s awards on 30th June, shows the benefits of winning awards, as well as what it takes to win them.The research reveals that commercial performance also extends to the level of award won, with 67% of Gold winners in the top half of their industry ROI, followed by 61% for Silver and 52% for Bronze. Successful campaigns are also achieving success beyond their traditional metrics, including in traditionally above-the-line goals such as brand perception. According to the analysis, 65% of campaigns entered into the awards reported an increase in customer acquisition as a result of the marketing activity, 50% a rise in sales and 40% an increase in brand perception.Nearly two-thirds (62%) of campaigns are now multi-channel, with traditionally offline marketing disciplines also increasingly becoming part of a multi-channel strategy. For example, the research found that 71% of direct mail is integrated with other channels, while six out of the top ten most used channels are digital. The top three are: social media (48%), online display/video (41%) and email (30%), while winners average more marketing channels as part of their campaigns (2.66) compared to non-winners (2.32).Last year’s Gold winner in the DMA Awards charity category was ais London’s 2014 campaign for Harrison’s Fund (above). It raised £410,000 for the charity, more than double that raised in 2012, by playing on the fact that people are often keener to donate to save an animal than a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by drawing people in with a picture of a dog and the line: ‘Would you give £5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?’Mark Runacus, chair of the DMA Awards committee, said:“The DMA Awards celebrate the three pillars of success in our industry: creativity, strategy and results. No matter the channel or sector, marketers should always consider these three pillars when developing a campaign worthy of winning awards.”  67 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 DMA reveals the commercial value of awards & what it takes to winlast_img read more

Bill Clinton arrives in Pyongyang to seek release of US journalists

first_img Organisation As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world November 18, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad July 6, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on North Korea News RSF_en center_img North KoreaAsia – Pacific to go further Campaigns August 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill Clinton arrives in Pyongyang to seek release of US journalists Reporters Without Borders reiterates its support for detained American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee following former US President Bill Clinton’s arrival this morning in Pyongyang with the aim of negotiating their release.“We hope that the talks between Bill Clinton and the North Korean authorities will lead quickly to the release of Ling and Lee, whose state of health has deteriorated in a disturbing manner,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The US request for an amnesty for the two journalists must be granted as a matter of urgency so that they can receive treatment without delay.”Little information is so far available about Clinton’s visit but the North Korean news agency KCNA reported that he was received by Supreme People’s Assembly vice-president Yang Hyong Sop and deputy foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan.Ling and Lee, who work for California-based Current TV, were arrested on the border between North Korea and China on 17 March, while preparing a report on the trafficking of North Korean women across the border. A Pyongyang court sentenced them on 8 June to 12 years in a labour camp.The US government stopped pressing for their release on humanitarian grounds last month and instead asked North Korea to grant them an amnesty. Reporters Without Borders also called for an amnesty in the course of a rally in support of Ling and Lee in Paris on 9 July. At the same time, it stressed that journalists have a fundamental right to do reporting in the field. North KoreaAsia – Pacific News News April 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

#WATCH UL’s future growth plans to include Hollywood designs

first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement TAGSfeatured First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The University of Limerick campusThe University of Limerick unveiled its research and innovation strategy to 2020Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AS the University of Limerick unveiled a roadmap for future growth and development to 2020 in their new Research and Innovation Strategy, included in it are plans to expand the student creativity as the University sets its sights on Hollywood with the introduction of Troy Studios to the region.At the launch of the strategy this Tuesday, University of Limerick Vice President Dr Mary Shire confirmed that the University have been in talks with the people behind Ardmore Studios before and after the film company secured planning for the 500 job redevelopment of the former Plassey based Dell building.“This is an exciting time for Research and Innovation at the University of Limerick as we build on firm foundations and a reputation for delivering significant impact for our research partners.”Dr Shire explained that “Our new strategy focuses on research excellence and leveraging our position as the leader in translational research and partners of choice for industry while extending our global reach.“We have a good track record for such a young University and with this strategy we are refocusing. Our outlook will be international, our ethos will be excellence with impact and our approach will be innovative.”Speaking particularly on the pending arrival Troy Studios, Dr Shire said that “We have had discussions with Troy and the Council in Limerick and all the partners here to ensure they chose this location and we will continue those dialogues.“We have people involved in very creative disciplines and we have people working in digital media”.Asked if Dr Shire believes that the new film studio offers a real opportunity to the University of Limerick, the UL VP said “we have been trying to attract these types of investment to Ireland for some time and we are delighted that they decided to locate in the Mid West region.“Delivering graduates to suit that area will be very important for us and we will work closely to meet their expectations and needs”.Dr Shire confirmed that the University already has graduates that would fit the programme and “we will look to expand on those and build on it”.Other investments in the city such as Uber, J&J Ethicon expansions into their development centre are all seen as opportunities for the University and its graduates, Dr Shire added.Employability rates at the University of Limerick are the highest in the country and Dr Mary Shire said that UL is 20 per cent higher in most cases.“We want to ensure hat our graduates are ready and we build the attributes that we want graduates to have and hitch employers seek. We are going to continue to develop that and we constantly work with companies through our close relationships and understanding as to what employers need and what are the traits they want to see in our graduates.Dr Shire explained that the University “has recognised strengths in the areas of materials, advanced manufacturing, software, health and applied mathematical sciences. This strategy aims to intensify critical mass in our areas of strength while focusing on investment in people as our research activities continue to evolve through new and emerging areas. The attraction of major R&D centres to Limerick in recent times has been underpinned by the research strengths of UL, this drives vital investment in Ireland and provides a pipeline for our highly skilled graduates“The new strategy incorporates four goals: Research Excellence, Research Impact, Investing in People and International Reach. Combined, they will drive UL’s reputation as an internationally-recognised research-led institution delivering excellent research with impact.Key targets for the five year strategy include:20% increase in the number of doctoral enrolments100% increase in the number of employment-based and part-time doctoral enrolments30% increase in the number of publications in top 10 percentile journalsA doubling of income from European funding sources relative to that achieved under FP7Establish commercialisation and entrepreneurship training for all staff and students and expanded enterprise boot camp activities for second and third level students.A 25% increase in new spin-out companies and a 20% increase in research income from industryResearch at UL addresses areas of importance to Irish society, such as education, languages, healthcare and social inclusion. It also has significant impact on sectors that are vital to the Irish economy, such as pharmaceuticals, med-tech, software, food communications and energy.During the launch, junior education minister Damien English TD said, ” the University of Limerick has for long been regarded as a “university of enterprise” in the Irish University landscape, positioning itself close to the needs of the enterprise base in Ireland, and this new Research and Innovation Strategy is seeking to build on that innate capability.“I am very pleased to see that UL’s “Excellence & Impact 2020″ aligns fully with the Government’s new Innovation 2020 Strategy, launched in December last, and I look forward to UL continuing to play a very important role in the research and innovation ecosystem nationally over this period”.center_img News#WATCH UL’s future growth plans to include Hollywood designsBy Staff Reporter – January 12, 2016 710 Print No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Facebook Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articleRugby – Farrell to join Munster Rugby on consultancy basisNext articleLawlor new Network president Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

World famous Monserrat choir perform in Limerick

first_imgKing John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games TAGSKing John’s CastleLinda HallMayor Stephen KearySanta Maria de MontserratShannon HeritageSpanish Monserrat Boys ChoirThe Redemptorist Church King John’s Castle to be part of a virtual Culture Night celebration as Shannon Heritage ramps up marketing campaign Print Bru Solá(13) had to spend time in the stocksPicture: Liam Burke Pictured Oriel Sató(12) Picture: Liam Burke 1 of 3 Shannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle Previous articleMuintearas Íosa begins celebration of milestone yearNext article#WATCH Limerick video captures referendum posters being ripped down Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook NewsSocietyWorld famous Monserrat choir perform in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – April 17, 2018 2049 WhatsApp Shannon Group announces two new appointments to its Executive Management Team Welcoming them to King John’s Castle Linda Hall from Shannon Heritage said: “We were honoured to welcome this prestigious choir who have performed all over the world including Carnegie Hall. The unique acoustics at King John’s Castle created an ideal backdrop to highlight the talents of these wonderful performers.  Our visitors were thrilled to hear them.  With the newly launched Ryanair flights to Barcelona from Shannon creating a bridge from Shannon to that beautiful part of Spain we look forward to welcoming additional Spanish visitors to Limerick.”The Monserrat Boys Choir is one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe. Documents testify to the existence of a religious and music school in Montserrat as far back as the 14th century.More about society here. Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pictured Joan Boixadera (12)Picture: Liam Burke Advertisement The world famous Spanish Monserrat Boys Choir paid a surprise visit to King John’s Castle todayPicture: Liam BurkeThe world famous Spanish Monserrat Boys Choir paid a surprise visit to King John’s Castle today to perform for visitors.Aged between 10-14 years, the 42 strong choir delighted visitors to the castle. The choir of sopranos and altos based at the Benedictine abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat near Barcelona and are staying in Glenstal Abbey during their visit to Limerick.In addition to their appearance at King John’s Castle, the Group enjoyed a Mayoral reception at the Town Hall with the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Councillor Stephen Keary. The group‘s trip to Limerick was facilitated by Tony Brazil from Limerick Travel who is the Spanish Honorary Consulate in Limerick. The choir will perform at the Redemptorist Church in Limerick on Thursday evening.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Charity getting sweet treats from Shannon Heritage Twitter €2.6 million approved for Shannon Heritage last_img read more

2021 Market Report on 4G & 5G Connectivity Competitiveness – ResearchAndMarkets.com

first_img 2021 Market Report on 4G & 5G Connectivity Competitiveness – ResearchAndMarkets.com Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Previous articleIndia glacier disaster: Families join search for survivorsNext articleThe Latest: UK: Tougher quarantine, testing for travelers Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Facebook DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– The “4G&5G Connectivity Competitiveness 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. Elisa Finland had overall the most competitive 4G&5G connectivity monthly prices in 2H2020 among 168 mobile network operators present in 48 European, American, Asia Pacific and African countries. 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – OperatorsElisa’s weighted average monthly price across the ten MIN monthly price smartphone, mobile broadband and wireless broadband metrics measured by a 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness indicator was overall the lowest among the 168 operators present in 48 European, American, Asia Pacific and African countries.Telus, Bell and Rogers Canada were the operators with the least competitive monthly prices (i.e. highest weighted average monthly prices). Mobile data usage per capita – OperatorsElisa Finland was the operator with the highest mobile data usage per capita in 2019 among the 168 mobile network operators present in 48 European, American, Asia Pacific and African countries. 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – CountriesThe United Kingdom’s weighted average monthly price across the ten MIN monthly price smartphone, mobile broadband and wireless broadband metrics measured by the 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness indicator was overall the lowest among the 48 European, American, Asia Pacific and African countries.Canada was the country with the least competitive monthly prices (i.e. highest weighted average monthly price).Greece was the EU country with the least competitive monthly prices (i.e. highest weighted average monthly price among EU countries). Mobile data usage per capita – CountriesFinland was the country with the highest mobile data usage per capita in 2019 among the 48 European, American, Asia Pacific and African countries. Key Topics Covered: 1 Context and methodology 1.1 Study context 1.2 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness methodology 2 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – 2020 2.1 MIN monthly prices – 2H2020 operator rankings 2.2 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – 2H2020 operator rankings (average monthly price) 2.3 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – 2H2020 operator rankings (weighted average monthly price) 2.4 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – 2H2020 operator rankings (market share adjusted average monthly price) 2.5 MIN monthly prices – 2H2020 country rankings 2.5.1 MIN monthly price for 1 gigabyte: 4G&5G smartphone plans with at least 100mins, 1 gigabyte and 1Mbit/s peak speed 2.5.2 MIN monthly price for 10 gigabytes: 4G&5G smartphone plans with at least 1000mins, 10 gigabytes and 10Mbit/s peak speed 2.5.3 MIN monthly price for 100 gigabytes: 4G&5G smartphone plans with at least 1000mins, 100 gigabytes and 50Mbit/s peak speed 2.5.4 MIN monthly price for UNLIMITED data: 4G&5G smartphone plans with at least 1000mins, 1000 gigabytes and 100Mbit/s peak speed. 2.5.5 MIN monthly price for UNLIMITED 5G data: 5G smartphone plans with at least 1000mins, 1000 gigabytes and 500Mbit/s peak speed 2.5.6 MIN monthly price for 100 gigabytes: 4G&5G mobile broadband plans with at least 100 gigabytes and 50Mbit/s peak speed 2.5.7 MIN monthly price for UNLIMITED data: 4G&5G mobile broadband plans with at least 1000 gigabytes and 100Mbit/s peak speed 2.5.8 MIN monthly price for UNLIMITED 5G data: 5G mobile broadband plans with at least 1000 gigabytes and 500Mbit/s peak speed 2.5.9 MIN monthly price for UNLIMITED data: 4G&5G wireless broadband plans with at least 1000 gigabytes and 100Mbit/s peak speed39 # 2.5.10 MIN monthly price for UNLIMITED 5G data: 5G wireless broadband plans with at least 1000 gigabytes and 500Mbit/s peak speed 2.6 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – 2H2020 country rankings (average monthly price) 2.7 4G&5G connectivity competitiveness – 2H2020 country rankings (weighted average monthly price) 3 Mobile data usage – 2019 3.1 Mobile data usage per capita – Operator rankings 3.2 Mobile data usage per subscriber – Operator rankings 3.3 Mobile data usage per capita – Country rankings 3.4 Mobile data usage per subscriber – Country rankings 4 Data tables Companies Mentioned1&1Drillisch2degreesAccessindustriesAltanAlticeAmericaMovilATTBCEBezeqBhartiAirtelBITEBouyguesTelecomBritishTelecomBSNLBulsatcomCellcomChinaMobileChinaTelecomChinaUnicomChunghwaTelecomCYTADeutscheTelekomDISHElisaEntelFarEastToneFoxconnGoHutchisonIliadInfratilJioPlatformsKDDIKPNKTLGUplusLibertyglobalMasmovilMegafonMelitaMillicomMTNMTSNosNovatorNTTdocomoOgerTelecomOiOrangePartnerPolkomtelPOSTLuxemburgPPFPrimetelProximusRakutenRCS-RDSRogersCommunicationsRostelecomShawSiminnSingTelSKTelecomSoftbankSparkSunriseSwanSwisscomT2TaiwanMobileTaiwanStarTDCTelcomTele2TelecomItaliaTelefonicaTelekomAustriaTelekomSlovenijeTelenorTeliaCompanyTelstraTelusTurkcellTurkTelekomUnitedGroupVEONVerizonVodafoneVodafoneHutchisonVodafoneIcelandVodafoneZiggo For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/x2ibdn View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005945/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS NETWORKS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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“Tamil Nadu Seem To Be Crying Out For Requisite Supply Of Drugs & Vaccines”: Madras High Court Asks Govt To Be Prepared For 3rd COVID Wave

first_imgNews Updates”Tamil Nadu Seem To Be Crying Out For Requisite Supply Of Drugs & Vaccines”: Madras High Court Asks Govt To Be Prepared For 3rd COVID Wave Sparsh Upadhyay10 May 2021 8:46 AMShare This – xImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesTamil Nadu & Puducherry Seem To Be Crying Out For Requisite Supply Of Drugs & Vaccines: Madras HC Asks Govts To Be Prepared For 3rd COVID Wave Taking up its own-motion petition relating to monitoring the COVID-19 response in the state of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, the Madras High Court on Monday (May 10) observed that both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry seem to be crying out for the requisite supply of drugs and vaccines.Advertisement #COVID19 Management: #MadrasHighCourt is hearing suo motu case concerning the states of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy hearing the matterLive updates straight from the Court here: 👇 pic.twitter.com/pbH9STVKiG— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 10, 2021 Importantly, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy remarked,Advertisement “If, as the experts suggest, a third wave may be in the offing, it is necessary to be over-prepared and not require the resources being put to use rather than being unprepared and rue for not having garnered additional resources. The object of the exercise is to prepare for the worst and hope that the worst does not hit us.” The Bench further noted that the Supreme Court has constituted a National Task Force to:Advertisement Advertisement Assess and make recommendations for distribution of medical oxygen for the entire country. Review and suggest measures necessary for ensuring the availability of essential drugs and medicines. Plan and adopt remedial measures to meet future emergencies arising during the pandemic. Suggest measures to augment the availability of personnel and facilitate the sharing of best practices and make recommendations in regard to other issues to find an effective response to the pandemic.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement In this backdrop, the Court noted, “Till such time that the National Task Force announces the allocations in consultation with local officials, it is the Union which is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the continuous supply of oxygen, vaccines and drugs to the States and Union Territories.” Oxygen Supply Regarding the oxygen supply, the Court noted that the State and the Centre should find ways of effective supply to the south-western region of the State since supply from Sriperumbudur or elsewhere in north or central Tamil Nadu may be logistically difficult to reach the south-western part of the State. The Court was also informed that with the rising numbers, the demand of Tamil Nadu for oxygen will hit 800 MT (currently state’s demand is about 475 MT of oxygen on a daily basis) within the next few days. Further, noting that the Oxygen generators have been set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation at short notice at some places, the Court said that this avenue must be explored. Vaccines and Drugs The Court observed that in Tamil Nadu, the vaccination for persons below the age of 45 has not been possible because of the lack of the number of doses and that Remdesivir was to be in short supply in both the State and the Union Territory. The Court noted that Puducherry has a little over 700 vials left for distribution and in Tamil Nadu, additional centres have been opened up in cities other than Chennai for the supply of Remdesivir to private persons. Importantly, the Court noted that some patients complained that they do not have appropriate representatives to depute to collect the drug from the government centres and thus, an appeal was made to ensure direct supply to the private hospitals upon the private hospitals providing adequate documentation in such regard. Thus, the Court directed the state to look into this area. Lastly, the Additional Solicitor-General assured to take up the case of both the State and the Union Territory with the Centre, at least till such time that the National Task Force set up by the Supreme Court order gets down to the nitty-gritty of allocation and the like. To this, the Court said, “It is necessary that immediate urgent measures be taken, both to augment the supply of oxygen in the State and of vaccines and drugs to both the State and the Union Territory.” The matter has been posted for further hearing on May 12. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsTamil Nadu COVID Management Drugs & Vaccines Madras High Court THIRD cOVID WAVE Supply Of Oxygen Vaccine Drugs COVID-19 COVID Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Man jailed after threatening staff member at Altnagelvin Hospital

first_img Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – October 17, 2017 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleFinn Harps boys get Irish callNext articleUrgent answers demanded over early closure of coastal waters to prawn fishermen News Highland Twitter Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook A Derry man who was caught sleeping in a doctor’s common room at Altnagelvin Hospital has been jailed for 24 weeks after he threatened the member of staff who came across him.45 year old Liam Bradley, of no fixed abode admitted one charge of common assault that occurred on August 12.The court was told that at around 3 o’clock on the morning of August 12th, police were called to the hospital after reports of a member of staff being threatened.The police were told that the staff member entered the common room and found Liam Bradley sleeping on a couch. When he was told that he was not supposed to be there, he threatened to ‘bash her head against a wall’.Bradley left the common room when other staff members came along, but stopped a short distance away, drinking beer and smoking a cigarette.Police arrived and he was arrested.Defence barrister Ms Nicola Coulter said it would have been ‘a genuinely frightening incident’ for the staff member. She said Bradley had ‘a horrendous record’ but had managed to secure himself accommodation and was trying to turn his life around.District Judge Barney McElholm said Bradley had 229 previous convictions including 27 assaults on police, 15 common assaults and three serious assaults.He describing the threat to a member of medical staff in the hospital as a “scandalous offence”, and sentenced Bradley to 24 weeks in custody. Google+center_img Pinterest Man jailed after threatening staff member at Altnagelvin Hospital Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

Animal activists outraged at Forest Service handling of wild horses

first_imgAmerican Wild Horse Campaign(SAN FRANCISCO) — Animal activists and horse lovers are criticizing the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to round up 1,000 wild horses in northern California this month, saying the animals could wind up being sold to slaughterhouses.The Forest Service cites a 2013 management plan that says the area’s approximately 4,000 horses are causing significant damage to the ecosystem and consequently to the herds themselves. According to that report, the 258,000-acre range can only viably sustain 402 horses, which can be challenging for wild horses competing for food, water and habitat.“We put a lot of work into looking into the damage, and when you have far too many animals than the land can carry, it results in the native plants being eliminated and [non-native] plants coming into the preserved area. That’s a significant change in the ecosystem,” Laurence Crabtree, the acting forest supervisor for the Modac National Forest, told ABC News. “The horses coming into the corrals [that we’re rounding up] are not in great shape. They’re showing signs of not enough food for them.”But while no injuries or deaths were reported for the 66 horses who were gathered in the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory on the first day of the roundup Wednesday, critics charge that it’s only a matter of time before the wild animals are sold for slaughter.“Horses that can’t be placed through adoption, or can’t be sold with limitations will be made available for sale without limitation after a 30-day period. … There are no stipulations on the buyer in an unlimited sale,” according to a Forest Service statement provided to ABC News. And while the Forest Service says there are conditions that the horses cannot be used for human consumption, these horses can still be sold to a slaughterhouse. But the American Wild Horse Campaign told ABC News that since there are no slaughterhouses for horses in the U.S., a middle man called a “kill buyer” would likely purchase these animals and ship them off for slaughter to Canada or Mexico, where human consumption is legal.“The only market for horses for slaughter is for human slaughter,” explained AWHC Executive Director Suzanne Roy.California Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote the U.S. Forest Service a letter on Tuesday, expressing her concern that these horses may end up in slaughterhouses and demanding that the acting director of the federal agency “halt any sales of wild horses” until the director responded to her questions.“Can the Forest Service certify that no horses that are sold will be transferred to third-party buyers who may end up slaughtering animals for commercial use?” Feinstein asked in the letter.The Forest Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the Feinstein letter.The AWHC also suggested that there may be another reason these horses are being removed.“When [the Forest Service] talks about environmental damage, they don’t mention one word about cattle. The reality is they’re removing 1,000 horses from two grazing allotments, where ranchers hold permits to graze their private livestock on public lands,” Roy told ABC News.“We think it’s wrong to round up and remove 1,000 federally protected wild horses,” so that private cattle can use these public lands, Roy said. Currently, horse populations in the area increase by about 20 percent a year. According to a 2013 National Academy of Sciences report, the management practices — in this case by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management — may actually be facilitating these population growth increases.According to the study, when the animals suddenly have more access and less competition for food, their biological response encourages them to breed more.The Forest Service maintains that despite the “challenging situation,” it’s doing everything it can to ensure every single horse is adopted.“The people in this forest are really committed to these horses and everyone here is working as hard as they can to find a good home for these horses,” explained Crabtree, adding that the agency also relies on a thorough adoption process to ensure each horse will be treated humanely in its new home. The AWHC disagreed though, insisting that the Forest Service can achieve the same outcome of a smaller population, by removing smaller amounts of horses over a longer period of time, allowing for safer, more consitent placement.“You’re literally just flooding the market for adoption and you’re just not going to find good homes for all these horses.” Roy said.The Forest Service said it’s looking at the possibility of birth control for these horses in the future, but it first needs to reduce the population before it can make birth control a feasible option.“I mean, that’s a lot of land… so there’s some practicality issues involved,” Crabtree said.The AWHC strongly disagreed with this assessment though, telling ABC News any removal needs to be accompanied by a robust fertility control program. The wild horse advocacy group said it offered to fund and implement a pilot program using a PZP birth control vaccine that can be delivered remotely by dart or bait trapping the horses. The vaccine creates an immune response that prevents pregnancy, but does not affect their natural behavior, according to the AWHC. Prior to 2018, the Forest Service rounded up several hundred wild horses in the region two years ago, and while 150 were adopted, many of them were ultimately returned to the wild. This year though, the agency won’t be releasing horses back to their natural habitats.“We still have too many horses… so the plan is once a year,” to conduct drives like this, said Crabtree. “We will stick with this plan until we can get these horses down to the level the land can sustain.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gammell Named As RMAC Defensive Player of the Week

first_img Tags: Colorado-Colorado Springs/Dixie State Women’s Volleyball/Lauren Gammell/RMAC/Spanish Fork/Tarleton State/Western New Mexico September 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local Gammell Named As RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Late Monday, Dixie State women’s volleyball player Lauren Gammell was named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the week.Gammell, a 6-2 right-side hitter middle blocker out of Spanish Fork, Utah and Spanish Fork High School, helped the Trailblazers to a 3-1 record last week, including wins over #18 Tarleton State and fellow RMAC member Colorado-Colorado Springs.In the Trailblazers’ 3-1 win over Western New Mexico, Gammell posted 10 blocks in a 3-0 sweep of the Mustangs last Friday.Overall, she averaged 6.5 blocks over the past week. Brad Jameslast_img read more

USA: MV Cape Ray Departs for Final Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: trials View post tag: Ray View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: MV Cape Ray Departs for Final Sea Trials View post tag: Final USA: MV Cape Ray Departs for Final Sea Trials MV CAPE RAYMV Cape Ray departed Portsmouth, Va., on 10 January for final sea trials in preparation for the UN mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons.MV Cape Ray is a Roll-on/roll of and container ship of the US Navy, which can carry 1,315 containers. She is used to transport vehicles to war zones from the US.US Army civilians outfitted the ship with two portable hydrolysis systems, created to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons.Destruction of the weapons will take about 90 days. Some 35 civilian mariners, about 64 chemical specialists from the US Army, a security team and representatives from the United States European Command (EUCOM) will be aboard the ship before she arrives at her destination.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 15, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Defense View post tag: Capecenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: M/V January 15, 2014 View post tag: Departs View post tag: sea Industry news Share this articlelast_img read more