Stable isotope evidence of diverse species-specific and individual wintering strategies in seabirds

first_imgAlthough there is increasing evidence that climatic variations during the non-breeding season shape population dynamics of seabirds, most aspects of their winter distribution and ecology remain essentially unknown. We used stable isotope signatures in feathers to infer and compare the moulting (wintering) habitat of subantarctic petrels breeding at two distant localities (South Georgia and Kerguelen). Petrels showed species-specific wintering habitat preferences, with a similar pattern of latitudinal segregation for all but one taxon. At both localities, δ13C values indicated that blue petrels (Halobaena caerulea) moult in Antarctic waters, South Georgian diving petrels (Pelecanoides georgicus) in the vicinity of the archipelagos and/or in the Polar Frontal Zone and Antarctic prions (Pachyptila desolata) in warmer waters. In contrast, common diving petrels (Pelecanoides urinatrix) showed divergent strategies, with low and high intrapopulation variation at South Georgia and Kerguelen, respectively. Birds from Kerguelen dispersed over a much wider range of habitats, from coastal to oceanic waters and from Antarctica to the subtropics, whereas those from South Georgia wintered mainly in waters around the archipelago. This study is the first to show such striking between-population heterogeneity in individual wintering strategies, which could have important implications for likely demographic responses to environmental perturbation.last_img read more

UK: Spectacular Flypast Attracts Crowds amid Marking of 70th Anniversary of BOA

first_img UK: Spectacular Flypast Attracts Crowds amid Marking of 70th Anniversary of BOA View post tag: UK Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Marking View post tag: Anniversary May 31, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Spectacular Flypast Attracts Crowds amid Marking of 70th Anniversary of BOA View post tag: Navy View post tag: BOA Tens of thousands of people gathered along the River Mersey in Liverpool as part of a weekend of events commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlantic, including a spectacular flypast of Fleet Air Arm aircraft from RNAS Culdrose and Yeovilton.A Service of remembrance attended by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal and senior officers of the Royal Navy and other Maritime organisations, veterans and serving members of the armed forces was held in the City’s Anglican Cathedral. Afterwards the senior officers and invited guests moved on board HMS Bulwark – the Royal Navy’s flagship – to watch a spectacular flypast, led by an iconic hero of the Battle of the Atlantic.Fleet Air Arm aircraft, representing both Royal Naval Air Stations at Culdrose and Yeovilton proudly formed up to be led by one of the last two operational Swordfish in Britain, Swordfish Mk.II LS326, of the Royal Navy Historic Flight.One of the Sea Kings taking part from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose was from 771 Search and Rescue, Naval Air Squadron, flown by Lieutenants Ian King and Jonny Lynas. Flying in tight formation with the Swordfish and the other Fleet Air Arm aircraft was pretty special for them. “It was a great honour to take part in this formation that saluted the dedication and bravery of the men who served during the War. It was a beautiful gin-clear blue sky, attracting a huge crowd at the Albert dock and Pier- head areas. Our flypast took us across the City from the massive Cathedral to the imposing `Liver-building’ overlooking the Mersey,” said Ian King.771 NAS along with 814 NAS flying the Merlin HM 1 from RNAS Culdrose joined a Junglie Sea King from 848 NAS and a Maritime attack Lynx NAS from RNAS Yeovilton; showing-off some of the current serving aircraft in the Royal Navy. To mark this anniversary across the country, events have already been held in London and Londonderry with parades, flypasts and a service of remembrance in St Pauls Cathedral.But it was in Liverpool where the Headquarters of Western Approaches Command was based during the War that the largest events were going to take place. From the city, operations directed against German U boats were planned and fought. In all Liverpool received over 1,000 convoys that helped support the war effort; re-supplying the nation with food, fuel, munitions and troops.The Atlantic campaign reached its climax in May 1943 when the German submarine fleet suffered severe losses. U Boat skirmishes continued right up until the war ended, but the Allies had sunk so many by May 43 that they effectively won the Battle of the Atlantic thanks to the aggressive patrolling by the Royal Navy at Sea and the FAA and RAF in the Air.[mappress]Press Release, May 31, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Crowds View post tag: Amid View post tag: Spectacular View post tag: 70th View post tag: Flypast View post tag: Attracts View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: europelast_img

Video: Crumpet loaf “reinventing something basic”

first_imgGreenhalgh’s Craft Bakery spoke to British Baker in an exclusive video interview to talk about their award-winning Crumpet Loaf.The Bolton bakery manufacturer scooped the Product Innovation Award at last year’s Baking Industry Awards, organised by British Baker for its take on the loaf.Bakery manager Stephen Jones said it took between three and four months to develop the concept from start to finish, and up to 40 different mixes were created by the firm before coming up with the final recipe. Speaking about accepting the award last year, Jones said: “It was absolutely fantastic. I have been with the company for 27 years and it was the highlight of my career, because it was just like being at the Oscars.”Read more about Greenhalgh’s success at the Baking Industry Awards 2012 in a future issue of British Baker.Why not enter this year’s Baking Industry Awards. For more information visit – deadline for entries is Friday 10 May.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Perpetual Groove Takes Viewers Backstage In New Video For “Part Three” [Watch]

first_imgVeteran rock band Perpetual Groove is celebrating the release of their new album with a music video for “Part Three”. The new tune acts as the opening track from their self-titled studio effort, which is out today on Harmonized Records.Related: Perpetual Groove Plots NYC Blowout As Part Of Fall TourThe video brings fans and viewers backstage with a mix of behind-the-scenes footage showing band members living out what can be an awfully fun life on the road as a touring musician. The dreamy rock tune plays throughout while members of Perpetual Groove and their crew are seen going about their routines in the moments leading up to one of their concerts. The smooth melodies of the song are amplified as it’s played alongside slow-motion video footage, allowing for the listener to take in “Part Three” without causing overstimulation from a visual standpoint.Watch the brand new video for “Part Three” below.Perpetual Groove – “Part Three”[Video: Perpetual Groove]“‘Part Three’ was always what we wanted to open the album with,” the band shared in a statement to go with the relaxing new rock track. “The song starts with a melodic motif that will be familiar to our fans but evolves sonically to a place that sets the tone for the rest of the album. This was a song that continued to grow and change during the process of making the album but wasn’t fully realized lyrically until near the end of the recording process. Lyrically, it is some of Brock’s most personal and best writing.”Fans will get the chance to hear “Part Three” live when Perpetual Groove returns to the road later this year for a run of tour dates beginning again on July 12th in Wilmington, NC. The tour will continue well into the fall months before wrapping on November 23rd in Atlanta, GA.It’s worth noting that the band has released Perpetual Groove on CD, and, for the first time ever, on vinyl as well. You can stream Perpetual Groove in its entirety below:Perpetual Groove – Perpetual Groove – Full AlbumFor ticketing and more information, head to Perpetual Groove’s website.last_img read more

Financial pressures mounting in U.S. shale sector

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 recent downturn in oil prices forced a slowdown in the U.S. shale industry, and top executives appear to be gloomier than ever.According to a survey by the Dallas Federal Reserve, the business activity index in Texas fell to minus 0.6 in the second quarter, down from a positive reading of 10.8 in the first quarter. A negative reading means that business activity actually contracted from the prior quarter, offering evidence that the slide in oil prices led to a pullback in spending and drilling. While oil and gas production continued to rise in the second quarter, it did so at a slower pace than in months past. The Dallas Fed said that its spending index actually fell into negative territory, again, an indication of contraction.A slowdown in drilling is felt most acutely by oilfield services companies, who make their money from drilling volume and activity, rather than from oil sales. Not only did activity dip, but the prices that oilfield services charge for their services fell sharply, and margins were “notably lower” in the second quarter, the Dallas Fed said. Employment and wages also contracted. The Dallas Fed offers indices on “company outlook,” indices that further highlight the rising pessimism among most firms. The “aggregate uncertainty index” showed a surge of uncertainty from the sector, and it posted the highest reading since 2017.In short, conditions appeared to have deteriorated in the second quarter, even as the industry posted a “gusher of red ink” in the first.While the indices offer some quantitative data to back up the souring outlook for U.S. shale, the metrics are also a bit high-level and abstract. The real color comes in the comments section of the Dallas Fed survey, where comments are anonymously submitted by oil and gas executives. These statements offer better clues into what’s really going on at the ground level.For instance, one executive said that the oil price downturn in the second quarter has had a dramatic effect on industry conditions. The “biggest impact has been the rapid and accelerating lack of investor interest in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas. The securities of oil and gas companies now sell at a fraction of what they once commanded. Huge losses in these shares hamper new exploration. It looks like another round of bankruptcies and mergers,” the executive said.More: Shale executive sees “another round of bankruptcies” looming Financial pressures mounting in U.S. shale sectorlast_img read more

Your credit union doesn’t need to jump off the bridge

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melina Palmer Why do people say one thing and do another? What really drives behavior? How does the brain actually work – and how can we best communicate with it? What does that … Web: Details I am sure that everyone has heard their mother (father, teacher, aunt, uncle, grandparent) say, “If your friends jumped off a bridge would you do that too?” Most often, this question is met with eye-rolls and irritation from the person it was being said to. Or, possibly, a sarcastic remark (something I know nothing about, of course).As a grown up, this dilemma doesn’t go away, and it has a tendency to show up in our work more often than we may realize. For me, this has been incredibly apparent while my team has been eyeball deep in rebranding work. We knew going into this project that it was important for us to stand out and be different from the credit unions and banks in our area – and there are a lot of them in Seattle. I find myself looking at everything we do and have done and ask, “Why?” continually. “Why do we still have check writing stands in our branches?” “Why do people go to our website?” “Why do we have teller lines?”Some of these questions have good answers that coincide with the direction we are going now. Some do not. I have made it my personal mission to eradicate “because that is what the other financial institutions do” from our mindset. What was right yesterday is not necessarily right today, and what the members wanted last week is different from what they will want tomorrow. We need to be prepared for the future and constantly asking ourselves, “Why” (and all of those other “W” words).I came across a quote the other day (probably a Facebook meme or something, I can’t find it again now) but it said something along the lines of, “Just because everyone is doing things one way doesn’t make it right. And, just because no one is doing something doesn’t make it wrong.”With our new branding, we worked with local bands and artists and had them showcase their talents to show what truth means to them (Verity means truth). We essentially handed over our brand to these artists and had to have faith that it would fit us and resonate with our audiences. We only launched last month, but the results so far are promising. This isn’t really a common practice in our industry, and no one is doing anything like this in the Seattle area. Does that mean it is wrong? No. Is it right for everyone? No. Is it the right approach for Verity? Yes.There are still plenty of things we are doing at Verity that we need to examine to see if it is a “because everyone else does it” or “because that is the way we have always done it” item. And, making a commitment to this approach means we are signing on for a way of thinking – this isn’t a project that is ever really “done.” But committing to asking the question means we are committing to being exceptional and really doing what is in the best interest of our membership.Do you take the time to ask “Why?” enough? What are you doing wrong just because everyone else does it? If all the other credit unions decided to jump off of a bridge, would you jump too?last_img read more

More Portuguese Men-O-War Found on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than a dozen rare sightings of venomous Portuguese Man-O-War on Long Island beaches have surfaced since the jellyfish-like creature stung two boys on Fire Island this week, officials and eyewitnesses said.At least 18 have been spotted from Jones Beach State Park to Montauk and many ocean beaches in between. That number may rise this weekend when beachgoers flock to the shore in what is forecast as the first fully rain-free weekend of summer.“Beachgoers should be vigilant,” said John Stewart, chief law enforcement ranger of the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS). “If visitors observe a Portuguese Man O’ War…they should alert lifeguards, park rangers or law enforcement officers.”Aside from the two man-o-wars that stung two children Tuesday in Kismet and Davis Park, FINS officials said one was also spotted in Fire Island Pines and four more were found in Sailor’s Haven. Lifeguards buried those in the sand.New York State parks officials confirmed that two more were found in Montauk area state parks, one was found at Robert Moses State Park and one was found at Jones Beach on Thursday, a day after FINS officials said a visitor three more at Jones Beach.The Long Island Coastal Conservation Research Alliance (LICCRA), a nonprofit environmental group, confirmed some of those sighting and said another was found at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays.And a reader who emailed the Press with a photo of a man-o-war she said that she found on the beach in Bridgehampton on Thursday added that she also saw two more on the beach in Wainscott.“If you do see them in the water you do want to give them a really wide birth,” says Joe Yaiullo, curator/co-founder of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. “They’re pretty much going to go wherever the wind or currents take them.”RELATED STORY: 6 Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This SummerPortuguese Man-O-War sightings in local waters are unusual since they are usually found in warmer waters in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian oceans. The last reports of Portuguese Man-O-War washing ashore on Long Island was two years ago in the Hamptons.The creatures are technically a floating colony of organisms that form a pink or purple gas-filled pouch that sails on the surface of the water with numerous tentacles that can grow up to 30-feet or longer, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Aside from an intense, painful sting, contact with its tentacles can also result in welting and blistering, NOAA said. In rare cases, its sting has reportedly proven deadly.If stung, swimmers should rinse the affected area with salt water and vinegar, FINS and Suffolk County health officials said. If a severe reaction occurs, seek immediate medical attention.“Running hot water, as hot as you can take it for 10 or 15 minutes, that will break down a lot of the toxins,” Yaiullo said, adding that he’s heard “mixed results” about using vinegar. “When you look at some of these people who’ve been stung, it almost looks like they’ve been whipped.Yaiullo and LICCRA warned that the man-o-war can still inflict their painful sting even after they’re dead.–With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

New town demanded for Cambridgeshire

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PREMIUMSlim chance for Sandiaga to lead Gerindra

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Sandiaga-Uno Prabowo-Subianto Gerindra-Party Chairman chairmanship leadership congress 2024-presidential-election Businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno may have to bury his intention to become Gerindra Party chairman as incumbent Prabowo Subianto looks to retain his chairmanship at a party congress in April.Sandiaga claimed several Gerindra members wanted him to run for the party chairmanship at the April congress. However, the former vice-presidential candidate is aware of the fact that whether he will run or not depends on Prabowo, his running mate in the 2019 presidential election, who has held the position since 2014.Prabowo, on the other hand, has secured backing from 70 percent of the party’s regional executive boards (DPD) across the country to extend his term as the chairman, according to Gerindra executive Andre Rosiade.”Nearly 70 percent of the DPDs held regional leadership meetings last week. There is only one name for the party chairmanship. Only Prabowo. …last_img read more

Death row convicts in Jakarta appeal for abolition of capital punishment

first_imgDeath row inmates Aulia Kesuma and her son, Geovanni Kelvin, who were found guilty of soliciting the murders of Aulia’s husband and stepson, are seeking to avoid the death penalty.Both mother and son were sentenced to death by the South Jakarta district court on June 15. The court verdict was in accordance with the demands of the prosecutors, who claimed that both Aulia and Kelvin had committed a terrible and inhumane crime.Aulia and Kelvin planned the murder of 54-year-old Edi Chandra Purnama in August 2019. According to Aulia, who married Edi in 2011, her husband had not been employed during the entirety of their marriage. The relationship had never been harmonious, with the couple frequently fighting over the mischievous behavior of Edi’s son, Muhammad “Dana” Adi Pradana. Aulia, who was entangled in Rp 10 billion (US$706,120) debt to the bank, worried that Edi had no intention of helping her pay off her debt. Edi had refused Aulia’s request for him to sell his house in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, to pay her debt.On Aug. 23, 2019, Edi and Dana were given drinks spiked with 30 sleeping pills by Aulia and Kelvin. When the victims fell asleep, two hitmen hired by Aulia and Kelvin suffocated the two men. Afterwards, the bodies were transported to Sukabumi city in West Java where they were burned inside a car.Not long after the murder, the Jakarta Police arrested the mother and son after noticing Kelvin’s suspicious burn wound. Read also: Jump in death sentences highlights ‘hasty’ court cases After a lengthy trial, the court found Aulia and Kelvin guilty of soliciting the murders and sentenced the pair to death. The lawyer for the two defendants, Firman Candra, sent pleas addressed to eight state officials asking for the death penalty to be abolished.“On Friday, we sent the pleas to the President, the Vice President, the House Representatives Commission III, the law and human rights minister, the [Jakarta] High Court chief, the Supreme Court chief and the National Commission on Human Rights, among other parties,” Firman said on Tuesday as quoted by the letters, the lawyer argued that the death penalty was a violation of Article 4 of Law No. 29/1999 on human rights and most importantly Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which stipulates that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”“As long as the death penalty exists in Indonesia’s judicial system, the country will remain far from the founding fathers’ dream implied through Pancasila,” the plea read. “[Maintaining] the death penalty system inherited from colonizers does not demonstrate progress in this country.”The plea also pointed to several countries that abolished the death penalty in 2015.Read also: Rights groups decry new attorney general’s plan to resume death penaltyAccording to the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform’s (ICJR) 2020 database, there are 274 death row inmates in Indonesia awaiting execution without a clear date. Among them are 60 inmates who have been on death row for 10 years.Firman also explained that Aulia was raising a toddler from her marriage to her late husband, Edi.Amnesty International’s 2020 annual report states that 80 death sentences were meted out by Indonesian judges in 2019, a 66 percent increase from 48 death sentences in 2018.Sixty of the sentences were handed down for drug-related crimes, while the rest were for a range of other criminal offenses such as terrorism, murder and sexual assault against children. The death penalty in Indonesia has long been a source of criticism of the country’s legal system and stance on human rights.Ex-convicts and activists have also called for an end to capital punishment in Indonesia, arguing it violates fundamental human rights and is dangerous at a time when judicial systems are still prone to error.ICJR executive director Erasmus Napitupulu questioned the tendency of judges to hand down such severe sentences, as there is little proof that capital punishment is effective in deterring crimes.However, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin stated that, “despite many objections, the death penalty is actually permitted. Many countries and religions allow such punishment for certain crimes that cannot be effectively addressed through other methods [of punishment],” he said in December last year.Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin also said last year that he was committed to resuming the enforcement of the death penalty. (trn)Topics :last_img read more