“But rain from March caused the ground cover to grow back and the wallabies have started breeding again, and this latest count in July we recorded 75 wallabies,” says project officer, Sarah Bell.Dr. Bell works for the Save Our Species conservation action program facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which works to save endangered species the world over.“We were getting quite concerned, because 60 in one population is such a small number of animals to represent a species distribution in NSW,” noted Dr. Bell.RELATED: After 3,000 Years, Tasmanian Devils Make a Comeback on Mainland Australia“If you put the population count on top of rainfall data, it’s really quite amazing how closely it corresponds.” Leroy Johnson is a Barkindji Aboriginal man, and the Park Manager of Mutawintji. For him, the Wangarru is a special animal. The Mutawintji Aboriginal Land Council has it on their logo, and Johnson told ABC news Australia that his people “take it very seriously to look after not only those animals, but the habitat they live in.”He and his staff put out feeding and watering stations throughout the park to help the animals through the dry period.“If the numbers are good then the land and the country is healthy too… we take pride in the fact that they’re there.”CC, PeripitusHowever attached the Barkindji are with the cute rock wallaby, another bad drought could easily wipe out the remaining population, so Dr. Bell is working with the Mutawintji Land Council on relocation projects to create subpopulations elsewhere in the state.This tactic, used to help restore California condors for example, is quite common when there are few animals but ample territory where they can live.MORE: Rescue Dog Helps Save Endangered Whales By Sniffing Out Their Poop as a Conservation CanineNatural disasters, drought, or a new disease can all decimate a delicate population, and the more places in NSW that Dr. Bell and Leroy Johnson can create stable populations, the better the chance that the Mutawindji Land Council can have them on their logos for years to come.SHARE the Good News From Down Under With Pals on Social Media… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter years of decline, a critically endangered species of rock wallaby in Australia is finally growing in population following recent rainfall.The beloved Wangarru, or yellow-footed rock wallaby as it’s commonly called, is found only in Mutawintji National Park and Nature Reserve in the Far West and outback-South Australia.CC, Andrew JenssenIn New South Wales’ longest ariel population survey program, the NSW government has been keeping tabs on the Wangarru for 40 years. Recently, drought and invasive predators like foxes and cats have reduced their numbers from 150 to just 60 individuals.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont DMV has announced that DMV Express, Vermont’s online vehicle registration service, recently surpassed a total of 2 million online registration renewals since its launch in 2005. With nearly 700,000 vehicle registration renewals processed annually through the Vermont DMV over all channels, over 30 percent are now processed through the convenient online service. Online 72-hour truck permitting at https://secure.vermont.gov/DMV/irp/(link is external) Motorcycle course registrations (https://secure.vermont.gov/DMV/VREP/(link is external)).These services were built for the DMV at no cost to Vermont taxpayers through a unique self-funded model with VIC.About Vermont Information ConsortiumLocated in Montpelier and staffed by Vermonters, Vermont Information Consortium (http://www.Vermont.gov(link is external)) is the official digital government partner for the state of Vermont. Managed through a unique public-private partnership, the Montpelier company has built and maintains over 160 interactive government services and websites on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of digital government firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).Source: MONTPELIER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–The Vermont DMV 12.23.2016 Launched in 2005 by the state’s digital government partner, Vermont Information Consortium (VIC), the service allows Vermont vehicle owners to enjoy the convenience of doing business with the Vermont DMV from the comfort of their homes and businesses. Accessible online 24/7 at https://secure.vermont.gov/dmv/express(link is external), via IVR (phone) and card swiper kiosks, DMV Express processes motor vehicle renewals at any time, day or night. With about 100,000 users in its first year, the service has grown steadily ever since, with nearly 250,000 transactions expected in 2016. The service has also securely processed over $130 million in registration payments since 2005.Additional online Web services provided by the Vermont DMV and VIC include:License reinstatements at https://secure.vermont.gov/DMV/reinstatement/(link is external)
Last week ICS chairman Spyros Polemis said: “ICS has had to acknowledge that the decision to engage armed guards, whether military or private, should be made by the ship operator after due consideration of all risks, and subject to approval of the vessel’s flag state and insurers.”IUMI says this is in line with the position it announced in January, saying that it was up to individual insurers whether to provide cover for ships and operators if private armed guards were employed on board.Ole Wikborg, the Oslo-based president of IUMI, said: “We anticipate that more industry organisations will go down this route as the problem escalates. Frustrated by the weak resolve on the part of governments and international agencies to take effective action to stop the piracy juggernaut in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, the shipping industry is now reaching a point where it must take decisive – and, if necessary, deadly – action at sea to end this huge and dangerous business.”At a time when the industry is struggling against weak freight markets and other adverse factors such as sanctions, it cannot afford to bleed more money from pirate activity, nor to see an increasing number of vessels and their cargoes captured. That goes for insurers too.”Above all else, the fact that more than 700 seafarers are being held hostage, many for very long periods, and that attacks on ships are becoming more violent, must surely tip the scales in many cases where shipowners have to make painful decisions.”
Comtech Xicom Technology has announced a new GaN-based solid-state X-band block up converter (BUC) that packs a tremendous amount of power into a 5.3-pound (2.4 kg) antenna-mount outdoor unit. This compact, lightweight and highly capable BUC provides 20 watts of linear output power in a 5.8” x 5.1” x 3.9” (147mm x 130mm x 99mm) feed-mountable package designed to handle tough environments and meet stringent X-band RF requirements, while drawing very little power for extended battery operation.Model XTSLIN-20X-B1 features approximately 50 Watts of saturated output power, 25 Watts of linear power using MIL-STD-188-164 definition at mid-band, and more than 20 Watts of linear power across the 500 MHz frequency band (7.9 – 8.4 GHz) over a temperature range of -40⁰C to +60⁰C. This high linear output power level is achieved at less than 120W prime power consumption across all conditions, and comes in a self-cooled feed-mount package that can handle the toughest environments.The key of this unit’s compact size and light weight is its efficiency. It operates as a Class AB amplifier with DC prime power draw ranging from 108 W at 20 W linear RF power output, down to 60W at 2W linear power output. Optional proprietary features offer even greater efficiency at lower output power levels with Battery Saver mode to extend battery life when conditions allow, making this the most flexible BUC of its kind for man pack and transportable terminals.This new X-band BUC accepts a 950 to 1450 MHz L-band input and up converts it to a 7.9 to 8.4 GHz X-band output. This all solid-state unit uses GaN transistors to amplify the signal to achieve full output power. Additional features include temperature compensation, gain control, harmonic filtering, tight gain variation and stability, a serial RS-232 digital monitor and control interface, and options for operating with +24 or +48 VDC prime power, provided over the IF line or through a separate connector.Comtech Xicom Technology manufacturers a wide variety of tube-based and solid-state power amplifiers for military and commercial satellite uplink applications. Their product range encompasses power levels from 8 W to 3 kW, with frequency coverage in sub-bands within the 2 GHz to 45 GHz spectrum. They have amplifiers available for fixed and ground-based, ship-board, and airborne mobile applications.
UWF Volleyball Defeats Christian Brothers, Falls to No. 1 Tampa Coach Melissa Wolter tallied her 200thvictory as a head coach (Photo by David Blankenship) FLORENCE, Ala. – The West Florida volleyball team (5-4) split day one of the UNA Classic on the campus of the University of North Alabama today as it defeated Christian Brothers, 3-0, and later fell to No. 1 Tampa, 3-0. Head Coach Melissa Wolter tallied her 200th career win as a head coach with the win over Christian Brothers. In match one, UWF defeated Christian Brothers, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23. Tampa commanded the evening match, taking it in three sets, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19. For the day, Kara Gonzalez had 17 kills, while Chelsea Wilhoite and Katie Johnson contributed 15 and 14 kills, respectively.MATCH #1 – WEST FLORIDA 3, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 0The Argos started the day with a three-game sweep of Christian Brothers. A Gulf South Conference (GSC) West foe, Christian Brothers, was held to a .058 hitting percentage for the entire match, while UWF hit .250. Seniors Katie Johnson and Kara Gonzalez led the Argos with 9 kills apiece. Freshman Bethany Stanford tallied 10 digs in her one set as libero.The Argos went up 3-1 in the first set off of back-to-back kills by Gonzalez and a Johnson kill. A Johnson kill off a set from sophomore Tricia Tirabassi put the Argos up 6-2. A kill by senior outside hitter Jamie Nichols and an ace by senior Chelsea Wilhoite put UWF 16-8 and led to a Christian Brothers timeout. West Florida scored three straight points coming out of the timeout to go up, 19-8. A Wilhoite kill gave the Argos a commanding 20-11 lead. Kills by sophomore Chandler Carney and Gonzalez helped UWF win two of the last three points to take set one, 25-18. UWF outhit Christian Brothers .438 to .125 in the set.UWF went up 3-0 in set two with kills by Carney, Gonzalez and Johnson. The Argos scored four straight points to lead to a Christian Brothers timeout at 11-6. The Lady Bucs tallied four points to come within one point at 12-11. West Florida won four of the last seven points of the set, to take set two, 25-20.West Florida took an early 7-3 lead in set three. A kill by freshman Abby Timmer put the Argos up 14-9. Christian Brothers scored four straight points to come within one to force a UWF timeout at 18-17. The Argos won the next three points thanks to two attack errors and a service error by the Lady Bucs to go up 21-17. A service ace by Kelsey Miles brought the Lady Bucs within two, 23-21. A service error by Michelle Hein gave the Argos the set, 25-23. Christian Brothers was held to a -.023 hitting percentage for the set. With the 3-0 victory, the Argos moved to 5-3 on the season. The win gave head coach Melissa Wolter her 200th win as a head coach. For her career, she is 200-118 in 10+ seasons.MATCH #2 –WEST FLORIDA NO. 1 TAMPAThe Argos ended day one of the tournament by facing No. 1 Tampa. UWF dropped the match in straight sets, 15-25, 23-25, 25-19. This was the second straight weekend UWF played the No. 1 team in the country, having lost, 0-3, to then-No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul last Friday at the Colorado Premier Challenge. In set one, Tampa won three straight points, including an ace by Melissa Vanderhall, to take an early 7-4 lead. An attack error by Vanderhall brought the Argos within two, 12-10. The Spartans went on to win the next six straight points, to build an eight point lead, 18-10. Tampa went up by nine with a Vanderhall kill, 20-11. An ace by Julie Howlett gave the Spartans set one, 25-15. In set one, the Spartans outhit the Argos, .448 to .059.Set two proved to be a much tighter game, as the two teams tied eight times throughout the set. The Spartans built a four point lead, 12-8, their largest lead of the set up to that point, with a kill by Jessica Yingling. Back-to-back kills by Chelsea Wilhoite brought the Argos back within one, 13-12. Tampa built a four point lead once again, 16-12, thanks to a kill by Kaleigh Cunningham and an attack error by Wilhoite. The Argos were able to tie the set three more times at 17-17, 20-20 and 23-23. A service error by Katie Johnson and an attack error by Kara Gonzalez gave Tampa set two, 25-23.In set three, Tampa built an early three point lead, 7-4, forcing a UWF timeout. Responding from the timeout, the Argos came back to tie the set 8-8. West Florida took another timeout as Tampa built a four point lead after attack error by Wilhoite put the Spartans up, 15-11. A kill by Meghan Sherman put Tampa by five points, 20-15. Tampa went on to win the last four points of the set. A service ace by Eva Dupay game Tampa set three, 25-19. The Argos were held to a .026 hitting percentage in the final set.The Argos have now lost their last six matches against ranked competition. UWF will face Tampa at least one more time this season. The neutral site match will take place on Oct. 16th at the Florida Southern Regional Crossover.The Argos will wrap up play in the UNA Classic tomorrow as they face Harding at 11 a.m. West Florida was the preseason pick to win the GSC East, while Harding was picked to win the GSC West. Audio and live stats will be available on www.GoArgos.com.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. — www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version Share