Author: KaiThrasher

Woman stole $24000 of lingerie from Victoria's Secret store, police say 0

Woman stole $24000 of lingerie from Victoria's Secret store, police say

Cynthia Roman (Paramus Police via the Paramus Daily Voice) Police have charged a Pennsylvania woman for allegedly stealing $24,000 worth of lingerie from Victoria s Secret in Westfield Garden State Plaza during nine different trips to the Paramus mall. Paramus Police charged Cynthia Roman, 39, of Tobyhanna, PA with nine counts of theft for taking clothing from displays around the store beginning in August, according to a report on NJ.com 1 . Paramus Deputy Police Chief Robert Guidetti told the Paramus Daily Voice 2 that detectives Norman Gin and Christopher Zuck worked the case and in January developed Roman as a suspect after sharing her description with mall security guards and store staff.

The description was shared with loss prevention officers throughout the 326-store shopping center. Victoria Secret employees spotted Roman Wednesday and contacted the detectives, Guidetti told the Daily Voice. Roman is being held on $75,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, according to police.

References ^ report on NJ.com (www.nj.com) ^ Paramus Daily Voice (paramus.dailyvoice.com)

Britain just got bigger – for some of our birds 0

Britain just got bigger – for some of our birds

New research, just published in the scientific journal Bird Study, shows that many of our birds have expanded their geographic range in response to climate change. A changing climate is predicted to see many species shift their breeding ranges polewards and we already have evidence of this for birds and butterflies, amongst others. Over the longer term researchers expect to see a contraction in the size of the overall range available to species, putting them under increasing pressure, but what about short-term impacts?

A new analysis, using data for 80 species of British birds and derived from the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey, has shed new light on the speed and pattern of this climate-induced shift in range, additionally revealing some unexpected patterns. Nuthatch by John Harding/BTO The results of the study, which looked at how reference points within the breeding distributions shifted over a 15-year period, revealed that the northern margins of the breeding range had pushed even further north for the majority of the species examined. In fact, they were moving northwards at an average rate of 3.3 km per year.

Interestingly, the southern margins were found to have moved much more slowly, leading to the overall distributions stretching over time. This suggests that different factors are operating at the two margins, as lead-author Dario Massimino explains: Bird species may be physiologically limited by cold winter weather at their northern range margins, with warming potentially releasing the limiting conditions and allowing rapid range expansion. In contrast, there is increasing evidence that retreat from southern range margins is more likely to be driven by community-level interactions, including competition with other species, and these may operate at a slower rate.

The net result of these contrasting patterns is that the geographical ranges of British birds have expanded over the past 15 years. The observed patterns of range shift are much lower than predicted from the observed 108 km northwards shift documented in mean annual temperature, suggesting that our bird species are experiencing warmer climates than before, which may have consequences for their conservation longer term. While Britain just got a little bigger for those species that have been able to adapt to the short-term influence of a changing climate, the future looks less certain and there is a real need to carry on with long-term monitoring of Britain s birds in order to understand the future impacts on biodiversity.

James Pearce-Higgins, BTO s Director of Science, commented: Our ability to track the long-term and large-scale response of species to climate change is entirely due to the efforts of volunteers who participate in schemes such as the BTO/ JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey. Martin Harper is the RSPB s Conservation Director. He said: This research provides further evidence of how rapidly and deeply climate change is already impacting the natural world, requiring species to move to track suitable climate conditions, possibly into areas without suitable habitat.

To see such marked and compelling results with the relatively modest rate of warming experienced so far, especially in the UK, it s disturbing to consider the future impacts, on a wider geographical scale, if humankind doesn t keep global temperature rise to the absolute minimum.