Journalists held and roughed up while covering

first_img Organisation A photographer and a freelance video reporter working for Agence France-Presse and an Associated Press photographer were briefly held and roughed up while covering the demonstrations in Deraa. Their equipment was seized and was handed back a few hours later. When the AFP journalists tried to return to Deraa the next day, their equipment was again seized and they were not immediately able to recover it. RSF_en March 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists held and roughed up while covering center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Fur seal diving behaviour in relation to vertical distribution of krill

first_imgQuantitative studies of predator-prey interactions depend on a knowledge of their spatial dynamics and behaviour. Studies on marine vertebrates have hitherto been precluded by the difficulty of acquiring the relevant data. (2) Continuous records of diving depths of female Antarctic fur seals on 3-8 day feeding trips to sea from South Georgia were analysed in conjunction with data on diel changes in the abundance and distribution of their main prey, krill. (3) In 36 complete days foraging by seven seals, 75% of 4273 dives were at night. Dives then were consistently shallower (dive depth <30 m) than in daytime (mostly 40-75 m). (4) This closely matched changes in the vertical distribution of krill, nearly all of which was below a depth of 50 m from 09.00-15.00 h, with substantial quantities above 40 m only between 21.00-06.00 h. (5) Although over 40% of krill in the water column at any time of day was below 75 m, only 3% of dives exceeded this depth. We suggest that because krill migrate vertically fur seals are able to exploit them most efficiently during shallow dives at night.last_img read more

CMA gives provisional clearance for Pork Farms merger

first_imgThe Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally cleared Pork Farms Group’s acquisition of chilled savoury pastry business Kerry Foods.The merger was referred for investigation in January this year. The CMA has provisionally concluded that the merger has not resulted, and is not expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition, and hence higher prices or lower quality for retailers or consumers for the products affected by the merger: hot pies, cold pies, sausage rolls, and pasties and slices.John Wotton, chair of the Pork Farms Group/Kerry Foods merger group, said: “Looking across the different chilled savoury pastry (CSP) categories, we have provisionally concluded that the merger will not give the parties an opportunity to raise prices or reduce quality. The evidence we heard indicated that the merger would not significantly affect customers’ ability to negotiate for the best deal for these products.“If necessary, customers such as retailers and wholesalers could switch to available alternative suppliers and we found that there was sufficient capacity, either currently available or which could be quickly brought into play, to allow customers to switch suppliers. As retailers have a degree of bargaining power, and the ability to encourage entry and expansion by alternative suppliers, and they compete closely with their rivals on price, it seems unlikely that the merged company would be able to force price rises on their customers and thus, indirectly, on consumers.“Given the size of the sector and the popularity of these products, the fact that two of the largest suppliers had merged meant it was important for us to have the chance to examine in detail the possible effects on retailers and, by extension, consumers. However, on the basis of the evidence we have seen, we do not think either retailers or consumers will lose out from the merger.”Chris Peters, group managing director at Pork Farms Group, said: “We are aware these findings are currently provisional and that we are still subject to the interim order, which requires us to continue to hold the acquired businesses separate. We continue to cooperate fully with the CMA.”The inquiry group must publish its final decision by 21 June 2015.last_img read more

Redknapp to rebuff any Austin bids

first_img But Austin pulled one back midway through the first half as he thrashed home a penalty after referee Craig Pawson deemed that James Morrison had pulled back Leroy Fer. Two more goals followed in the second half for Austin and, although reports last week suggested he had turned down a new deal at the club, Redknapp was adamant there was no chance of the England hopeful being sold in the transfer window. “If we sold Charlie Austin we might as well go home, you know what I mean,” said the Hoops boss. “He’s here. We need Charlie to keep doing what he’s doing and he can’t afford to take his foot off the gas. I’m not saying he will do it but there’s nothing to top him going on and having a fantastic season. His target would be around 20 goals now with the way he’s going at the moment. It’s not impossible. “He’s a goalscorer. He wants to score. He works hard, he’s got a great attitude. He isn’t a minute’s problem. There is no side to him – he ain’t lairy and gets on with it. He’s a lovely boy who’s been to work for a living and is now playing Premier League football. “Goalscorers find a yard of space. It’s a knack – he’s in the right place at the right time. If you score 20 goals in the Championship this year you’ll score in the Premier League. It’s not rocket science, it’s that knack that people have got – they’ve been scoring goals since they were kids.” Austin was one of four changes made by Redknapp from the 3-1 defeat at Everton having sat out the almost inevitable loss at Goodison Park through suspension. Strike partner Bobby Zamora was also recalled and once again linked well with Austin – before warning the club that they need to tie the former Burnley man down to a new contract sooner rather than later. Press Association “He’s got 18 months on his deal,” Zamora said. “I think the club should be offering him something now because with the form he’s in, I don’t think it’ll be long before some big clubs make an offer and he may want to take that chance. For us, we need to keep hold of him. “Chaz is a great asset for us and, fingers crossed, he can continue his form. He’s a great finisher with a great work ethic.” West Brom boss Alan Irvine again went without his own top goalscorer Saido Berahino in west London, with club-record singing Brown Ideye selected as the lone frontman. The Nigerian is yet to score a league goal for the Baggies but Irvine is hopeful his blossoming relationship with Varela and Stephane Sessegnon can soon produce results for his side. “I think he’s progressing,” Irvine said of Ideye. “He did a lot of good things. He had a good chance to score and probably should have done. But he is getting sharper and sharper, and better with each passing week. And I feel it’s only a matter of time before he gets his first Premier League goal. “It’s a front three we’ve only been able to put together recently. Silvestre is similar to Brown, in that he missed pre-season and then got injured. But that three up front look like a handful, and we are quite pleased with how it’s developing.” Harry Redknapp insists QPR will rebuff any January bids for Charlie Austin after the striker scored a hat-trick to seal victory over West Brom on Saturday. With his side trailing 2-0 and being outplayed in every position, Redknapp again relied on the goalscoring prowess of the 25-year-old Austin – who did not disappoint as he moved onto 11 goals for the season to secure a 3-2 win and drag Rangers out of the bottom three at the same time. All 17 of QPR’s points this season have been accrued at Loftus Road but it was the visitors who started well and looked on course to pick up their second successive win as Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela took advantage of lax Rangers defending to put the Baggies deservedly ahead. last_img read more