Safety for Seagulls: Detangling California Fishing Piers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThanks to a new university project, the sight of gulls or pelicans with fishing hooks in their mouths or fishing line wrapped around their legs will be less common on California beaches. Beginning this week, the California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project at the University of California Davis is commencing a yearlong effort to remove discarded fishing hooks and slice tangled lines from pier pilings, and establish fishing-line recycling stations to make the coastal ocean safer for wildlife as well as people. “Fishing-line-related injuries are a problem for many of our coastal wildlife species,” said Kirsten Gilardi, executive director of the SeaDoc Society, a program of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center. “Our goal is to remove as much of it as we can from around fishing piers, and then make it easy for anglers to dispose of their used hooks and line properly in the future.” From Santa Cruz to the Mexican border, trained volunteer scuba divers will use knives and shears to remove accumulated fishing line from the pilings at 16 public-access fishing piers. Working in close cooperation with the cities and ports that manage the piers and with local nonprofit organizations, SeaDoc will install custom bins at each pier to encourage anglers to discard their unwanted hooks and line in the bin instead of into the water. Collected monofilament will be recycled. Crews will be cleaning up the Avila pier today and tackle the rest before June 2007. Locations include Santa Cruz, Goleta, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Oceanside, Ocean Beach in San Diego and Imperial Beach. Monterey pier was where the project debuted on March 20. To date, working closely with commercial fishermen, the California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project has retrieved nearly 10 tons of fishing gear from around the Channel Islands. The pier cleanups represent the project’s first efforts taking place on the mainland. The $200,000 California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Marine Debris Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The project was established with grants from those organizations and by the California Ocean Protection Council and State Coastal Conservancy. Visit their Web site for more information.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

First Chinese-American Woman Enters Congress

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCalifornia Democrat Judy Chu became the first Chinese-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, winning a largely Hispanic district with 61 percent of the vote in a special election to replace Hilda Solis who was appointed as Labor Secretary.In an audio interview with NPR, the newly-minted Congresswoman talked about her journey from school board member to Capitol Hill and winning a district of majority Hispanic voters in the 32nd Congressional District of California. (Listen here)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

GM Plans to Launch Plug-in Hybrid SUV in 2011

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore General Motors Co.’s product development chief says the company will introduce a plug-in rechargeable midsize sport utility vehicle sometime in 2011. The new vehicle, to be added to its Buick line, will be about the size of a Chevy Equinox SUV, right, but get double the city gas mileage with the help of an electric motor alongside the traditional one. (Read more from AP in Seattle Times) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Scientists Target Cancer With Light Particles

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNew Zealand scientists have developed tiny “light” particles that can seek out and destroy cancer cells.Victoria University synthetic chemist Richard Tilley said researchers had established the tools to detect cancer when it was at the stage of a single diseased cell – well ahead of some MRI scans which cannot identify tumors until they are about 2.5 centimetres wide.The lit particles can be attached to cancer drugs, which could treat the disease in a targeted way.(Continue reading in the New Zealand Herald)Photo by National Cancer Institute, CC license, via WikipediaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Photographers Volunteer to Make Free Holiday Family Portraits for Soldiers Far Away

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore What better way to make our soldiers feel at home than by providing them with a beautifully photographed and printed portrait of the ones they love and miss the most? Professional photographers and image manufacturers have teamed up to send 10,000 free family portraits to deployed soldiers around the globe this holiday season in the the Portraits of Love project. The call went out from the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) for volunteers and got 400 members to join the cause. Watch the Making a Difference video below, which shows  the incredible motivation a simple photograph can provide to a solider away from home. (From MSNBC) last_img read more

Unprecedented Coordination Between Aid Groups on Display in Haiti

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The good news from within the devestation in Haiti this week begins at the airport, where a U.S. Air Force ground control team worked around the clock to restore electric power and the control tower in Port-au-Prince to allow relief supplies, military troops and aid workers to begin pouring into the country from around the world. The U.S. Southern Command is operating the airport, running it around the clock to maximize the ability to get planes in, to unload them and to move them forward. Heavy-lift military cargo jets from the United States and planes from other nations as diverse as Iceland and China have unloaded relief supplies while military ground crews maneuvered forklifts piled high with pallets of goods — generators, vehicles, fuel, communications equipment, food, water, medical equipment and supplies, and shelters. The Navy’s USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group arrived yesterday bringing 19 helicopters, critical in ferrying relief supplies to areas that cannot be reached over damaged roads. It also brought considerable medical capabilities. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is sending 14,550 tons of food aid in multiple shipments, including 7,000 tons of rice, 4,550 tons of corn-soy blend and 3,000 tons of vegetable oil. The food aid, which is designed to feed 1.2 million people for two weeks, will be distributed by the U.N. World Food Programme and through private voluntary organizations. “Food aid will be critical in the coming weeks,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said. “By acting quickly now, we can help those most affected by this disaster in their time of need.” (Above report includes material from America.gov) The Cluster Approach Makes its Debut in Disaster Relief The Haitian earthquake is the first major test of a new UN logistical system implemented after the Asian Tsunami four years ago — an effort to coordinate relief operations between aid organizations. And, while we see a wave of compassion around the world, with private donations pouring in, the coordination of international aid groups is just as inspiring. Watch this British report via MSNBC that details the incredible effort in all areas of need… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Dallas Cowboy Football Star Battles Domestic Violence

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJason Witten, the Cowboy tight end superstar, is seeking to break the cycle of family violence by encouraging male mentors to volunteer in domestic violence shelters, be positive role models for women and children, and coach boys on how to treat girls.Witten’s mother thankfully fled from a violent household, taking Jason and his two brothers with her.As an adult, Witten established the SCORE foundation four years ago to fund education programs and building projects. His 2011 domestic violence prevention program called “Coaching Boys Into Men” launched in high schools across Arlington, Texas this year to train coaches to educate their players on the dangers of dating violence.Over the holidays, he brought his team’s quarterback to help deliver Christmas cheer and gifts to all the transitional families in the local shelter.(WATCH the Making a Difference video from MSNBC)last_img read more

Former Michael Jackson Guitarist Gets Stolen Guitar Back Thanks to Alert Pedestrians

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA priceless one-of-a-kind electric guitar belonging to Michael Jackson’s touring guitar player, Jennifer Batten, was stolen from her car outside a restaurant on Saturday night.The guitar, decorated with an image of Masai tribesmen, was made especially for her and was covered with autographs of her fellow guitar players, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.The good news followed a few days later when a pair of alert neighbors found the instrument and wanted to return it. (WATCH the video below or READ the story from KGW-TV) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

US Government Protects 2 Endangered Butterflies

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo species of prairie butterflies which have vanished from many areas of the midwestern United States have been granted protection under the Endangered Species Act.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in a statement Thursday, said the Dakota skipper and the poweshiek skipperlings, have been given the protection, which becomes effective Nov. 23.Surveys indicate the Dakota skipper’s numbers have declined in almost 75 percent of the sites where it was previously found. and poweshieks have vanished from about 96 percent of the sites where they were once found and now only are found in Wisconsin, Michigan and Manitoba.(READ the story from the Bismarck Tribune)Painted Butterfly photo by Lori Taggart AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Autism Doesn’t Get in Way for High School Football Player

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat other players on the San Ramon Valley High School team have learned from Cade Rocca’s example — he’s never missed practice and doesn’t whine — will be as valuable as the experience of playing has been for Cade. “He’s doing a lot for us. It’s a great lesson,” says coach Kerry Soppet.Cade also fits into Soppet’s football philosophy nicely, reports the CC Times. “I don’t coach kids to win football games. I coach kids to be winners.”Cade was also crowned a homecoming prince and got to ride through the town in a convertible with a cheerleader on his arm. “Through it all, he beamed.”(READ the story, w/ photos, from Contra Costa Times)Story tip from Mike McGinleyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more