Love thy neighbour or opposites attract? Patterns of spatial segregation and association among crested penguin populations during winter

first_imgCompetition for food among populations of closely related species and conspecifics that occur in both sympatry and parapatry can be reduced by interspecific and intraspecific spatial segregation. According to predictions of niche partitioning, segregation is expected to occur at habitat boundaries among congeners and within habitats among conspecifics, while negative relationships in the density of species or populations will occur in areas of overlap. We tested these predictions by modelling the winter distributions of two crested penguin species from three colonies in the south-western Atlantic. Penguins were tracked from two large colonies on the Falkland Islands and one in South Georgia, from where they dispersed through the South Atlantic, Southern Ocean and south-eastern Pacific. Forty macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) from South Georgia and 82 southern rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) from two colonies in the Falkland Islands were equipped with global location sensors which log time and light, allowing positions to be estimated twice-daily, from April to August in 2011. Positions were gridded and converted into maps of penguin density. Metrics of overlap were calculated and density was related to remote-sensed oceanographic variables and competitor density using generalized additive models. Macaroni penguins from western South Georgia and southern rockhopper penguins from Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands, were spatially segregated by differences in their habitat preferences thus supporting our first prediction regarding interspecific segregation. However, southern rockhopper penguins from Beauchêne Island showed a marked spatial overlap with macaroni penguins as the two had similar habitat preferences and strong mutual associations when controlling for habitat. Contrary to our predictions relating to intraspecific segregation, southern rockhopper penguins from Beauchêne Island and Steeple Jason Island were segregated by differences in habitat selection. Morphological differentiation probably allows macaroni penguins from South Georgia and southern rockhopper penguins from Beauchêne Island to coexist in areas of spatial overlap, whereas segregation of the two Falkland rockhopper penguin populations may have arisen from two distinct lineages retaining cultural fidelity to ancestral wintering areas.last_img read more

Australian Open: Williams, Osaka advance, will face off in semifinals

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailundefined undefined/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are set to meet again on the court after both women advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.Williams, 39, defeated No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 to reach the next round of the tournament, while Osaka, seeded third, advanced after beating Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2.The semifinal matchup between Williams and Osaka, 23, will mark the fourth time the two face off against each other. In their three previous matchups, Osaka leads 2-1.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund February 16, 2021 /Sports News – National Australian Open: Williams, Osaka advance, will face off in semifinalscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Patrick Mahomes and fiancee Brittany Matthews welcome baby girl

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN ImagesBy ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Chiefs Kingdom welcomed the newest member of their family this weekend — Patrick Mahomes’ baby girl, Sterling Skye Mahomes.On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared an Instagram post of his daughter’s tiny hand wrapped around his finger. His fiancee Brittany Matthews is in the photo, wearing a necklace with their baby girl’s name.Sterling was born on Saturday at 6 lbs and 11 oz.Two days ago, Matthews had just shared a few of the photos from their maternity shoot.“Ready to meet you, baby girl,” Matthews wrote in a caption.Mahomes and Matthews have been dating since high school. Mahomes popped the question in September 2020 after the Chiefs received their Super Bowl LIV rings, and the couple announced they were having a baby shortly after that, with the couple holding a photo of their ultrasound.This is the couple’s first child together. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img February 22, 2021 /Sports News – National Patrick Mahomes and fiancee Brittany Matthews welcome baby girllast_img read more

HNLMS Pelikaan Renders Assistance to Population of Saba amid Drought

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Pelikaan Renders Assistance to Population of Saba amid Drought View post tag: HNLMS View post tag: News by topic The Dutch Navy’s support vessel in the Caribbean, HNLMS Pelikaan, is supplying the population of Saba with extra water this week.The Representative of the National Government for Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba submitted a request for military assistance to the Dutch Flag Officer Caribbean last weekend. The island is facing a severe shortage of drinking water after a long period of drought and a malfunctioning water treatment plant. Government organisations in particular, such as schools, the hospital and homes for the elderly are at risk of running out of water. The Pelikaan has come to the island’s aid. The support vessel can carry up to 70,000 litres of water, as well as being able to purify several thousand liters of water an hour.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 13, 2013; Image: Dutch MoD View post tag: Assistance View post tag: Pelikaan View post tag: Naval March 13, 2013 View post tag: Sabacenter_img View post tag: Population HNLMS Pelikaan Renders Assistance to Population of Saba amid Drought View post tag: Navy View post tag: Amid View post tag: Drought View post tag: Renders Share this articlelast_img read more

Ocean City Sailing Foundation Helps All Ages Become Mariners

first_imgOcean City Sailing Foundation offers classes beginning June 25, to teach kids and adults how to become sailors.(Courtesy Ocean City Sailing Foundation) By Maddy VitaleAll you need is a towel, a water bottle and a love of the water to start your journey to become a sailor.Classes begin June 25 and run through Aug. 25 at the Ocean City Sailing Foundation at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., where top instructors teach children and adults alike how to navigate the bays, the ocean and develop mariner skills that will last a lifetime.“We teach people ages eight to 80-plus,” said Director of the Ocean City Sailing Foundation Doug Mroz. “The great thing is, no experience is necessary.”Mroz, 33, of Ocean City, grew up sailing and racing, competing locally, regionally and nationally.Ocean City Sailing Foundation Director Doug Mroz gets some help with the mast from instructors and sisters Kailin Burns Cohen (left) and Reilly Burns Cohen.The foundation is a non-profit organization in existence since 2007. Mroz has been the director for three years, and at the foundation for five.Over the years, the program has grown, thanks to Mroz and his team. During a typical summer, the classes fill up to anywhere from 200 to 220 students.“The great thing is there is no experience necessary,” Mroz explained.The foundation offers a variety of boats to choose from, ranging from 6 feet to 18 feet, depending on a student’s interest and skill level.Mroz, who teaches business and special education at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City and is the assistant crew coach there, said he loves teaching sailing classes.He also thinks he’s found the right recipe to keep sailing students interested, most likely a skill he learned as a school teacher.Children forge friendships and come back for classes year after year. (Courtesy Ocean City Sailing Foundation)“You have to make sailing fun for kids to continue with it,” he said. “We really have tried to do that. We play a lot of games. Games and swimming have to be involved to make it fun.”In a typical class week, students are introduced to the boats and the water. They have lessons on both land and the water, do warmup activities and games.“Some kids are sailing on their first day,” Mroz noted.Sometimes a student gets to go out alone in a boat, depending on his or her skill level and experience and the weather conditions.Mroz stressed that in sailing, everything is weather dependent. Conditions are studied throughout the day.“Safety is our number one priority,” he said. “We go over proper boat handling skills and safety procedures with the staff and students.”Reilly and Kailin Burns Cohen, sisters and instructors, get some help from Pat Leonardo, a former director of the sailing foundation.Mroz added that the staff is great. In addition to Mroz, there are five instructors.There is also someone he considers a true asset, Pat Leonardo, of Ocean View. He was the director before Mroz.“I called him and asked him to come back to help out,” Mroz said.John Parker, former president of the Ocean City Sailing Foundation, said Mroz is doing a “super job” as director.“He continues to do what Pat (Leonardo) started. Doug has continued to grow this program on the junior side and the adults side,” Parker said. “It is amazing how many adults come and see how their kids are doing and say, ‘I used to sail as a kid. I’d like some lessons.’”Leonardo was helping Mroz and sisters Kailin and Reilly Burns Cohen, who are instructors, get the boats ready Tuesday.Adults also enjoy classes at the Ocean City Sailing Foundation. (Courtesy Ocean City Sailing Foundation)“It’s a wonderful sport for all kinds of reasons and for all ages,” Leonardo said. “You get to be out on the water. You see all different aspects of sailing.”He said it is amazing to see how sailing continues to grow in popularity and how the classes grow.The Burns Cohen sisters are from Monmouth County but live in Ocean City in the summers. They learned how to sail at around eight years old, at the Ocean City Yacht Club.They said they enjoy teaching children how to sail and every year they see kids coming back.“We play a lot of games with the kids on the water,” Kailin said, of keeping children interested in sailing. “We play tag where we throw balls into the boats and the kids have to get them in the other boats.”Reilly Burns Cohen ,19, (left) and her sister Kailin Burns Cohen, 18, have been sailing since they were very young.Reilly said it is a lot of fun teaching kids how to sail, especially the ones who have never been on the bay before.“The first day they get here they get a swim test,” she said. “They get in the water and then we go from there.”Like Mroz and Leonardo, the sisters said some of the students are so good they get out on the bay their first day.But first, they are taught about steering, safety and many other aspects of sailing.Reilly added, “It’s always interesting to see how kids want to learn more and how they make friends.”Lessons are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Pricing and packages can be viewed at www.ocnjsailingfoundation.org or call (609) 418-3356.Ocean City Sailing Foundation Director Doug Mroz surveys the waters Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Bakels benchmarks new mixes

first_imgBAKELS (Bicester, Oxon), a supplier of specialist ingredients to the UK bakery market, has relaunched its Sponge Mix Complete range. Both the Plain and Chocolate Sponge Mix Complete have been reformulated as a result of the company’s drive for innovation and emphasis on manufacturing the best products in the market, says the firm. The new improved mixes have been benchmarked against what Bakels customers felt to be the current market leaders. The perfect sponge needs good volume, consistency and uniformity of shape. This is especially important if the sponge is to be dressed with cream or jam and dusted with icing sugar, says Bakels. Bakels’ benchmarking showed that the new Sponge Mix Complete produces the best volume sponge on the market, says the firm. No colouring or flavouring has been added, which allows bakers to easily adapt the product to their own recipes. The products remain easy to use – just add water and mix. However, the reformulation has seen the cost in use of the Plain Sponge Mix Com-plete fall by up to 15%, as the recommended scaling weight has been reduced from 175g to 150g. The mixes are suitable for all types of mixer and automatic depositor thus making them suitable for use by a small individual baker through to a fully automated operation. Both the Chocolate and Plain Sponge Mix Complete can also be used for the production of Swiss rolls. To tempt bakers to try the new improved mixes for themselves Bakels is offering a £3 per bag discount, available at all Bakels wholesalers throughout July. The mixes come in 12.5kg bags.last_img read more

Press release: M6 speed increase in time for Christmas getaway

first_img The M6 through Cheshire is used by around 120,000 drivers every day so we’re keen to do everything we can to minimise disruption while the major upgrade takes place to improve journeys. We’ve been able to increase the speed limit to 60mph on almost half the scheme in time for the Christmas getaway as wider lanes have now been reinstated along this part of the motorway. We’re also on schedule to complete the project by the spring so drivers travelling along the M6 in Cheshire will experience quicker and more reliable journeys in 2019. Highways England expects to be able to open the first stretch of the M6 smart motorway upgrade between junctions 18 and 19 early next year, and has been able to increase the speed limit to 60mph while testing takes place of the new technology.A 50mph speed limit will remain in place for safety reasons between junctions 16 and 18 due to construction work taking place along that part of the M6.When the upgrade is complete, drivers will be able to use an extra lane in each direction – increasing capacity by a third. More than 250 electronic signs will also alert drivers to changes in the speed limit, lane closures and incidents ahead.A total of 70 CCTV cameras will provide 100% coverage of the route and allow Highways England’s traffic officers and the emergency services to respond quickly to incidents. And 18 emergency areas will be created alongside the motorway to provide drivers with a safe place to stop if they break down.A similar smart motorway scheme on a stretch of the M62 in West Yorkshire has resulted in commuters saving an average 30 minutes each week, despite an increase in the number of vehicles using the route.More details on the Cheshire scheme are available on the M6 junctions 16 to 19 smart motorway scheme web page.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Highways England introduced a 60mph speed limit on an eight-mile stretch of the motorway between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford (junctions 18 to 19) last night as it works to complete a major upgrade to add extra lanes and new technology to the M6 by spring 2019.The speed limit increase from 50mph to 60mph is expected to cut journey times as tens of thousands of drivers use the route on their way home for Christmas.Across England, more than 200 miles of roadworks are being lifted in time for the festive getaway to help journeys flow more smoothly and to keep disruption to a minimum.Highways England will also be keeping motorways closure-free for 12 days over the festive season, so drivers travelling at night on the M6 won’t be faced with diversions due to roadworks.Highways England’s project manager Arun Sahni said:last_img read more

Asda axes in-store scratch baking putting 1,200 jobs at risk

first_imgSource: AsdaAsda has revealed plans to axe scratch baking in its in-store bakeries in a move which could put 1,200 jobs at risk.Instead, it is proposing to introduce an ambient bakery model, using a centralised bakery to deliver a wide range of pre-baked goods to stores each day.As a result, the retailer is entering into formal consultation with 1,200 bakery staff across 341 stores who are potentially impacted by the changes. However, it said if these proposals come to fruition it will look to move as many as possible to alternative roles with redundancy ‘the last option’. It added that no bakeries will be closed as part of the move.The proposal, Asda said, follows a ‘notable shift’ in customer buying behaviours in recent years with demand for speciality breads, wraps, bagels and pancakes outstripping traditional loaves.The switch to a new model would allow Asda to broaden the range of bakery products it offered, while baking fresh products several times a day compared to just once a day at present.Two years ago, Tesco made similar moves as part of a major overhaul of its fresh food offering. Its in-store bakery shake-up put more than 1,800 jobs at risk and saw scratch baking replaced or reduced in many stores with an increased focus on bake-off products.“The current in-store bakery model has restricted our ability to respond to changing customer demands and offer them the speciality products and freshly baked goods they want to buy throughout the day,” said Asda chief marketing officer Derek Lawlor.“The changes we are proposing will deliver a much better and more consistent bakery offering for customers across all our stores. We know these proposed changes will be unsettling for colleagues and our priority is to support them during this process.”last_img read more

Exploring religion, building a life of service

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Using her head and her hands, Haley Curtin ’18 has built the foundation of a meaningful life. Meaningful first of all to her.Curtin commutes to Harvard from her home in Waltham, Mass. The daughter of a carpenter, she has spent most of her time outside the classroom working construction to help pay for college. Inside the classroom, studying religion has provided her scholarly work with deep consequential relevance. Appropriately, she sees her studies in religion as an addition to her toolbox.“This degree is an incredible tool and such a gift, and will hopefully allow me to effect bigger change down the line,” said Curtin, 22, who completed that degree in three years. She will work next year in a high school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota through an AmeriCorps service program. “My impact on rural impoverished America could be bigger than just home repair projects, though I would be content to do that.”Early in her time at Harvard, Curtin’s path was less clear as she struggled to find social and academic communities. Taking the advice of her sophomore adviser, Curtin, who grew up a Roman Catholic, took her sophomore spring and junior fall semesters off, spending the first six months on Nazareth Farm, a faith-based West Virginia service community in rural Appalachia. Twenty miles outside cellphone service, Curtin worked with people some of whose homes lacked running water or floors.“It’s a pretty stark contrast, growing up in a Boston suburb and being at Harvard, to seeing what rural poverty looks like. It was a culture shock, but I really fell in love with it,” said Curtin, who followed her time at Nazareth Farm with interning at a homeless shelter in Clarksburg, W.Va. “I lived on a salary of $100 a week, bringing small groups of residents to help families in the southern part of the state who had lost homes in a devastating flood.”,Helping to create stable homes for those in need brought clarity to the direction of her education, and Curtin returned to Harvard, changing her concentration from environmental science and public policy to religion with a focus on Christianity and Islam.“Being in the religion department has been a big game changer of my Harvard experience. It’s super small so I’ve had the chance to get to know and build strong relationships with many of the other students in the department. Also, it’s been great to really get to know the awesome professors and to have them as mentors and advisers,” she said.“From an ideological perspective, studying religion also changed my relationship with my upbringing,” Curtin said. “It taught me to be appreciative, but critical, and it’s given me more ways to consider why I’m drawn to certain parts of the Catholic faith while other parts frustrate me. Now I have more ways to think about the ideas underlying the beliefs and practices.”Courtney Bickel Lamberth, director of undergraduate studies for the Committee on the Study of Religion, said it’s been energizing to watch Curtin grow.“She’s incredibly warmhearted and so easy to talk to about absolutely everything. Beloved by her peers, she’s incredibly wise, but not in a pedantic way. She’s had an unusually broad and deep set of experiences for a college senior,” Lamberth said. “There’s a wisdom about her that is very subtle and unassuming, but it’s inspiring.”Curtin works for Page Associates, a building and design company in the MetroWest region outside Boston, doing home finish carpentry and remodeling three days a week. “I love being active and I really like the guys I work with,” she said. “I wanted to learn more skills so down the road I could do more home repairs. I think there’s value in being self-sufficient and having the ability to help others in this way.”She also plays on the Harvard women’s ice hockey club team and volunteers as a tutor through Evkids, and said commuting (an hour by bike) and paying for school herself has made her more intentional about her time at Harvard.“I have felt less pressure [to be] involved in a hundred activities. I have really had to choose what is fulfilling and what I want to be on campus for,” Curtin said. “It’s taught me to value everything — the meals I get with my friends mean so much to me. I could easily not be here so I try to make the most of it, not in the sense of building a LinkedIn page or networking, but investing deeply in the relationships I have with classmates and professors.”last_img read more

A Definite Maybe to the Future

first_imgThe fact that humans use machines is old news. Even as far back 4,500 years ago, the pyramids were built with the aid of machines; likewise, airplanes, excavators, and sewing machines didn’t just appear out of thin air. People have always developed certain ‘relationships’ with their machines out of necessity; otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to use them.But machines are bringing something new to the table, and in doing so, redefining the relationship between humans and machines – they’ve now become ‘intelligent.’ Beyond the philosophical question of what intelligence means today (which experts can’t even agree on), we see that machines have already begun to take on very complex tasks — work that we were certain could only be carried out by humans until now. By this I mean cars that can travel independently through traffic, or software that can make diagnoses or draw up legal contracts – in other words, tasks of great significance. It seems clear that we will not only use and operate machines in the future, but also work alongside them. And that’s the fundamental difference.We wanted to know precisely where this new collaborative relationship between humans and machines now stands, and what it’s future may be. For that reason, Dell Technologies commissioned an international survey distributed to 3,800 managers. The survey results are now available. First of all, the numbers confirm the assumptions: 82% of managers anticipate that humans and machines will collaborate as ‘integrated teams’ within their companies in as few as five years.That’s hardly a surprise. Anyone who is exposed to digitization and the use of new technologies every day knows the potential. But how far those surveyed diverged in their assessment of this upheaval’s consequences was the real surprise. Here, a very strange picture was painted: Roughly half responded to the majority of questions with a ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ which means that we can actually speak of two main camps.No matter what question was asked, whether it was if automated systems will result in more free time, if work satisfaction will be increased by outsourcing unpleasant tasks to machines, if productivity will rise, or how the new technologies will influence the division of labor, the managers surveyed were resoundingly undecided about the future, and always split into two opposing groups. For that reason, there was no definite idea of how collaboration between humans and machines could look like.So are we steering full steam ahead into an uncertain future? It’s undeniable that humans will work in close collaboration with machines, but are we playing a game with an uncertain outcome, if even managers from key sectors don’t have a clear opinion? I don’t think so, because here is where the opportunity lies; the opportunity to actively determine the upheavals ahead of us, and make them an asset by using machines where they can sensibly support people and where they — as described in the introduction — adopt tasks that do not necessarily (or no longer have to be) carried out by humans. That also means that many job profiles will have to change considerably in the future, even those that we had never even anticipated. But to do so, we also have to coordinate our education system. I consider education the key to a successful future. If new job profiles are created, there must also be people who match those profiles in terms of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.We still cannot say for sure where and how this great disruption to the working world will occur. But we’re the ones who hold sway over ensuring that technological progress has a positive effect on our working world and our everyday lives.* Doris Albiez is Senior Vice President and General Manager at Dell EMC Germanylast_img read more

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