TORONTO — North American stock markets rallied and the loonie neared 76 cents US after an optimistic outlook for oil prices suggested they may have reached their lowest point.The International Energy Agency said in a report that oil prices may have “bottomed out.” Boosted by the news, The April contract for benchmark North American crude rose 66 cents to US$38.50 a barrel.The commodity-sensitive loonie closed up 0.65 of a U.S. cent at 75.58 cents US, after reaching a morning peak of 75.93 cents US. The spike in oil prices also boosted North American stock markets.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, the S&P/TSX composite index closed up 142.86 points at 13,522.00 for its third consecutive weekly advance.In New York, the S&P 500 gained 32.62 points to 2,022.19, the Dow Jones industrial average soared 218.18 points to 17,213.31 and the Nasdaq rose 86.31 points to 4,748.47.Elsewhere in commodities, the April contract for natural gas rose three cents to US$1.82 per mmBtu and May copper rose two cents to US$2.24 a pound. April gold fell $13.40 to US$1,259.40 a troy ounce.
Falconer Martin Ballam said: “The way it works is that the gulls see the low level threat and stay at a distance. It allows people to enjoy their food and chips in peace and everyone on the beach is that little bit safer. There have been several incidents of people needing hospital treatment after being left bloodied and bruised by the vicious birds.Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to ‘intentionally injure or kill any gull’ or to ‘damage or destroy an active nest or its contents’.Some tourism resorts have resorted to introducing by-laws making it an offence for people to feed seagulls, with warning signs put up to reinforce the message.Last year, West Dorset council brought in fines of up to £100 for people caught feeding birds in parts of Lyme Regis and West Bay.However, as the problem of seagull attacks persisted, Dorset firm Xtreme Falconry has intervened by offering the services of the two eagles, who each have a 7ft wingspan and weigh 10lbs. Tourism bosses have hired two bald eagles to defend popular coastal beaches amid fears that seagulls are scaring away too many visitors.Lyme Regis Town Council yesterday deployed two of the carnivorous birds in order to combat the longstanding problem of angry seagulls attacking tourists and eating their food on the beach.The eagles – named Winnie and Kojak – have been resting on the arms of two handlers while they patrol the promenade of the Victorian resort to act as a deterrent to any nearby seagulls.The pilot scheme could be extended into the summer in an effort to keep visitor numbers up, as their presence has so far prevented hundreds of gulls swooping down on tourists enjoying the beach.It is believed to be the first time a council has used eagles to stop seagulls from disturbing people, although Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton have all deployed falcons in the past.Mark Green, Deputy Clerk of Lyme Regis Town Council, said: “We have had an extensive gull problem for some time now and have tried several means of discouraging them from landing. It’s not just them stealing people’s food – we’ve had reports of them attacking families unprovoked which has been very scary for those involved. “If the trial is successful I can definitely see them being used again over the summer. It is certainly not inexpensive so we can’t do it every day but maybe during the busiest times.”In recent years, seagulls have blighted popular seaside resorts by attacking people they see as a threat to young chicks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “You’re never going to scare all of the gulls away, that’s just nature, but if we can do our bit to help out then we’re happy. We’re not harming the gulls and this is an ecologically friendly way of dealing with the issue.”Local businesses have welcomed the new initiative as they look towards a busy summer period as scores of holidaymakers flock to the coastal beaches.Kelly Hutchings, who works at Jane’s Cafe on the seafront at Lyme, said: “Some of our customers have mentioned that they’ve noticed the lack of gulls. It’s brilliant to be honest. We get hundreds of gulls down here and there is usually at least one attack a day. I am definitely in support of these eagles being used again.” Tourism chiefs fear over aggressive seagulls are scaring away visitors Credit:Graham Hunt/BNPS Winnie and Kojak have been resting on the arms of two handlers while they patrol the promenade of the Victorian resortCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS
← Previous Story Evgeny Trefilov: “Sorry, because I lead such a bad team” Next Story → Ulrik Wilbek for IHF website: “Croatia is my big favourite” Women’s EHF EURO opening achieves impressive TV overnight ratings in host countriesEHF EURO beats UEFA Champions League in Denmark – Norway’s TV2 reports most watched international handball opening game everCopenhagen, Denmark/Oslo, Norway, 9 December 2010 –The Women’s EHF EURO 2010, which commenced last Tuesday, generated excellent TV figures in its host countries Denmark and Norway right from the first throw-off. Infront Sports & Media, the exclusive marketing partner for the European Handball Federation’s (EHF) premier events, and its national broadcast partners TV 2 Denmark and TV 2 Norway today announced impressive overnight ratings for the host countries.EHF EURO beats UEFA Champions League Sport dominated TV programming with football and handball as the main highlights in Denmark when the Women’s EHF EURO 2010 went to air. Last Tuesday, live television coverage for the Denmark vs Serbia (end result: 25:20) preliminary round game played in Aalborg was peaking at a cumulative audience of 974’000 on TV 2 Denmark. Simultaneously, FC Copenhagen’s 3-1 victory over Panathinaikos Athens in a decisive UEFA Champions League match was broadcast live on Viasat.Copenhagen became the first Danish team to reach the Last 16. However, the popularity of handball was confirmed as TV 2 secured a 39.1% market share over Viasat’s football coverage with 33.7%.Most watched opening game in Handball The Women’s EHF EURO opening game on 7 December 2010 – with Norway defeating France 33:22 – was the most watched handball opening game of all time in Norway. On TV 2 Norway, the game played in Lillehammer accrued a cumulative audience of 890,000 and an impressive market share of 49.8%.No other opening game of both a previous World and European Handball Championship attracted higher TV audiences.Stephan Herth, Executive Director of Summer Sports at Infront said: “The impressive TV figures clearly demonstrate that Scandinavia is an extraordinary market for handball and we are optimistic that we will see similar levels of enthusiasm in other European countries during the event. To outrank a decisive UEFA Champions League match involving a local team with an early round EHF EURO game speaks volumes for the sport of handball and its audience appeal in Denmark.” EHF EURO 2010 TV ratings