Europe’s Summer Of Hate

24, 2013 Findings from a major Europe-wide study into cormorant-fishery conflicts are published this week, providing one of the most detailed ecological and socio-economic investigations of these fish-eating birds, their impacts and implications for their management. However, the enlarged cormorant populations have led to significant conflicts in many parts of Europe with recreational and commercial fisheries, and fish farms. For this reason, an interdisciplinary network of almost 70 researchers from 30 countries contributed to the ‘INTERCAFE: Interdisciplinary Initiative to Reduce Pan-European Cormorant-Fisheries Conflicts’ project which was funded through the EU COST Action programme. INTERCAFE was chaired by David Carss, a vertebrate ecologist from the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and drew together researchers from a number of disciplines, including bird-related and broader ecology disciplines, fisheries science and management, sociology, social anthropology and international law, together with experts on fisheries production, harvest and management, local interest groups and international policy-makers. The INTERCAFE final reports give fisheries managers, conservationists, researchers and decision-makers scientific data and wide-ranging information on the key factors influencing cormorant ecology and cormorant movements throughout the year at the European scale. They also provide a wealth of experiences, as well as practical measures and options for considering and addressing cormorant-fishery issues across Europe from ecological, social, cultural and legal perspectives. There are five main reports from the project which cover: A synthesis on cormorant ecology within Europe, including the first pan-European census of the number and distribution of cormorants in summer and wintertime An overview of field techniques and standard research methods for cormorants, fishes and the interactions between them An overview of available management techniques — a ‘Toolbox’ covering methods for reducing cormorant problems at European fisheries Analysis of cormorant-fisheries conflicts at carp-rearing ponds — an important freshwater fishery sector across continental Europe — where problems at individual sites can be caused by birds which breed as far as 2000 km away An in-depth, underpinning exploration of many of the social, cultural and legal perspectives embedded in cormorant-fisheries conflicts David Carss from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology welcomed the publication of the reports, “This COST Action brought together a wide range of people — both scientific researchers and those on the ground who are affected by cormorant-fisheries issues through their work, livelihoods, and recreational pursuits. The large number of people involved with INTERCAFE deserve great credit for the time, commitment and dedication they gave so freely to the project on a voluntary basis. They and the authors of the reports should take considerable satisfaction at the publication of these final reports. But to refer to the outputs as ‘final’ is really a misnomer. They are certainly not the last word on cormorant-fishery matters; rather, they provide an important and comprehensive synthesis of the subject, not only from a scientific but also from a social, cultural and legal point of view. As such the reports could be considered a milestone with respect to the examination of cormorant-fishery conflicts across Europe.” He added, “The challenge of the COST action during INTERCAFE was to address the cormorant-fishery issue from ecological, socio-economic, and practical perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach, together with a pan-European assessment and synthesis of the available information at the continental scale, provided many new insights in this challenging field. For example, we are now aware that the geographical position in Europe, as well as the nature of local people’s relationships with wetland habitats, determines to a large part how the conflict is perceived.” Mennobart van Eerden, cormorant expert and ecologist at Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, explained, “For the first time we succeeded in a pan-European assessment of cormorant numbers and distribution with the help of hundreds of volunteers of the Wetlands International-IUCN Cormorant Research Group, an enormous achievement and an extremely useful baseline in the debate about conflicts.” Together with co-workers in the INTERCAFE project he was able to relate the data on distribution and numbers to ecological requirements. Dr van Eerden added, “We can now show that cormorant numbers relate to the availability of natural resources over huge surface areas of Europe, and they are strongly influenced by natural and man-made events many hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away.” His comments were echoed by Ian Russell, of the UK Government agency Cefas, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and joint author of the INTERCAFE Cormorant Management Toolbox, “Managing cormorant-fishery conflicts is indeed complex and influenced by many factors.

COM DEV Europe’s satellite terminal passes an important milestone in completing inter-satellite communication link

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Here Are The Very First Tickets To The Disrupt EuropeHackathon Greg Kumparak is the Mobile Editor at Techcrunch. Greg has been writing for the TechCrunch network since May of 2008. Greg was born just outside of San Jose, and now lives in the East Bay of California. Learn More posted yesterday Comments Hey, Berlin! Come show us what youve got. In just over a month, were bringing the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference to Europe for the very first time and with it, one of our big ol Hackathons. Our Disrupt Europe 2013 Hackathon will run overnight from Oct 26-27th. If youve never been to one of our Hackathons, heres what you need to know: once youre in, youve got just shy of 24 hours to build the best, most incredible thing you and your self-selected team can build from the ground up. At the end of the crazy, exhausting, overnight sprint, youve got 60 seconds to pitch your teams hack in a battle for fame, glory, and a bunch of crazy prizes. The top team takes home $5,000 dollars in cash, and the top three teams get to present their projects in front of the massively influential audience at the main Disrupt conference. There will also be a bunch of fantastic prizes from our API sponsors, but well announce those in just a few weeks So, what should you build?

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Nevertheless, his Socialist successor Francois Hollande has continued the deportations, sending 13,000 Roma back to Romania and Bulgaria last year. And although Bourdouleix’s Hitler remark has been widely condemned, other politicians have competed to blame the Roma for crimes and public disorder in the run up to municipal elections across the country early next year. More from GlobalPost: Serbia’s richest man goes on trial In August, far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen said the Roma community in the Riviera city of Nice were an “itchy and smelly presence.” The city’s center-right mayor responded by announcing he was installing cameras at a Roma encampment to monitor “delinquents.” Another local politician risked legal action for a tweet that appeared to condone the firebombing of Roma camps. And the center-right candidate for mayor of Paris, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, accused the Roma of “harassing” Parisians during a television interview on Wednesday. Analysts say such actions help assign collective blame and stigmatize the entire group of Roma, and that theres no sign the momentum will let up anytime soon. “Politicians see the presence of the Roma as an opportunity to gain votes through a very open anti-immigration agenda,” Gergely says. “There is no counter-balance.” http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130920/europe-roma-hate Art Basel gathers works from around the world for its annual shows. Photo Jaume Plensa’s “Tel Aviv Man” at Art Basel, the worlds premier trade fair for leading galleries and collectors focused on modern and contemporary art. – [/] Photo The front of the Art Basel building. This years show attracted 303 of the worlds top galleries from 36 countries, showing the works of more than 2,500 artists. It drew more than 62,000 visitors, a new record.

A key milestone is proving the two-way communications link from the terminal to the GEO spacecraft while ensuring that there is no interference with other users. For the test, a photograph was beamed up to the Geostationary Inmarsat-4F3 spacecraft from the Moog Broad Reach site in Golden, Colorado and then accessed from the Inmarsat Ground Network via the Internet. The terminal is designed to cope with the space environment and also the high velocities associated with LEO spacecraft while acting as a “standard” BGAN terminal. The major advantage of the system is that it utilises the established and well-proven Inmarsat ground network. This allows an operator to have real-time and continuous access to satellite telemetry and data using a secure Internet connection with no dedicated ground segment. “Approving a BGAN terminal for space use is a complex process and the transatlantic team of Com DEV Europe, Moog and Inmarsat have worked hard to prove that it can operate on the network without interfering with other users,” said Rob Spurrett, Managing Director of COM DEV Europe. “This major milestone provides confidence that the SB-SAT technology is mature and with flight units being available in 2014, we look forward to completing the development and getting a first flight opportunity to prove the utility of 24/7 communications with LEO spacecraft for many different applications.” About COM DEV Europe COM DEV Europe (CDE) is subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd., a leading global designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems. Founded in 1985 and based in Aylesbury , United Kingdom , CDE supplies complex equipment, technology solutions and subsystems for space applications with equipment supplied on over 85 space programmes. Its customer base includes all the major space satellite providers as well as government institutions. About Moog Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the company can be found at www.moog.com .