Dynamics of seasonal movements by a trans-Pacific migrant, the Westland petrel

first_imgKnowledge of the dynamics of long-distance migrations of pelagic seabirds is limited. Recent advances in tracking technology have yielded detailed, continuous accounts of the movements of individual seabirds over large spatial and temporal scales. We studied the timing of migration and year-round distribution of the Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica), listed by the IUCN as vulnerable, with miniature archival light loggers (geolocators) deployed on 10 incubating birds breeding in 2007 at Westland, New Zealand. We retrieved data from eight Westland Petrels, indicating the birds migrated in November directly east 7000 km from the coast of New Zealand to South American waters in 6 days (range 47), then returned the following April in 10 days (range 813). The durations of an individual’s outward and return flights and the dates of its outward and return migrations were positively correlated. During their journeys east and west, birds spent on average (SD) 9.9% (9.7) and 17.2% (12.0), respectively, of their time on the water. There was also considerable variation in individuals’ foraging areas: while breeding, birds used three major coastal areas <1200 km from their colony; during the nonbreeding period, six birds remained off the south coast of Chile, while two others continued their migration through the Drake Passage to waters off southern Argentina. These results expand the known distribution of the species, identify new key foraging areas, and show patterns of outward and return migration behavior consistent in individuals.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 11/19/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUESeattle 28, Arizona 21TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALLTulsa 30, Tulane 24 (2OT)Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. November 20, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/19/20 Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img

Two men charged with murder of London letting agent

first_imgTwo men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a letting agent in London two weeks ago.40-year-old property manager Eron Miah was found at 10.30pm lying in a side road in the Whitechapel area of the capital on November 19th with gunshot wounds to the head.The father of two, who is believed to have worked as a letting agent for an East London property management company in nearby West Ham, subsequently died two days later from his wounds.Hassan Mohammed, 31, of Cumberland Road, Portsmouth and Nanu Miah, 20, of Brandon Street, Southwark have been charged with murder after appearing at Thames Magistrates Court and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 14th February.Assisting an offenderTwo women connected to Hassan and Miah have also been charged in connection with the case, one on suspicion of murder and another with assisting an offender.Eron Miah was originally from Bangladesh and had a seven-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter.Local media reports that he was described by neighbours in Barking as a “loving father” who doted on his son, and that his death has shocked his community.Records show he was one of 1,300 agents and landlords licenced to manage properties within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham as part of its borough-wide Select Licensing scheme. Scotland Yard Metropolitican Police Eron Miah letting agent December 5, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Two men charged with murder of London letting agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleTwo men charged with murder of London letting agentHassan Mohammed and Nanu Miah to appear at the Old Bailey in February along with two accomplices.Nigel Lewis5th December 201901,732 Viewslast_img read more

Adjunct – Health and Life Fitness

first_imgResponsibilities/DutiesFacilitate instruction of contentAssess student progressAdminister tests, quizzes, and other content appropriateworkTake attendanceMaintain information in a Learning Management SystemSubmit grades (mid-term and final) on timeComplete academic reportsAdhere to Student Learning Outcome AssessmentsOther duties as assignedRequired QualificationsMaster’s degree in physical education, health, or any otherrelated fieldlast_img

Car Wash & Bake Sale – Sat 9:00a-12:00p at the Ocean City Intermediate…

first_imgThe Ocean City Intermediate School is hosting a Car Wash & Bake Sale to benefit the Music Department on Saturday September 24, 2016 from 9:00am-12:00pm.Please come out and support our kids and the arts!last_img

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad & Swift Technique To Spread The Dub In NYC

first_imgEnter To Win Tickets Below! Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to enjoy the chill vibes of reggae music. Thankfully, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad has announced that they will hit The Hall at MP in New York City on Thursday, April 27th for a sure-to-be awesome night of full-band improvisational roots, reggae, and dub music. Tickets can be found here.Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is a force to be reckoned with, consistently turning in impressive live performances over the course of their sixteen-year career. They’ve performed all over the country, winning fans in every city they play, while impressing the masses at festivals like Mountain Jam, Peach Festival, Wakarusa and more. Recently, they’ve been blowing audiences away on tour in support of their album Make It Better, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard reggae chart. Their unique brand of reggae simply can’t be matched.Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will be joined by special guests Swift Technique for the evening. Swift Technique have been making a name for themselves in the Northeast recently, having headlined American Beauty NYC, opening for The Werks at Brooklyn Bowl, and landing a coveted support slot opening for The Disco Biscuits in their hometown at The Fillmore Philadelphia. They’ll keep the good times rolling with a set of the high-octane power funk that defines their sound.See below for full show info and artwork for Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and Swift Technique at The Hall at MP!– SHOW INFO –Artist: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad w/ Special Guest Swift TechniqueVenue: The Hall at MP, 470 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211Price: $15adv / $20dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PMlast_img read more

Claxton crusher

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaThe fledgling Farmers Oilseed Cooperative took another major step last weekend when the board of directors selected Claxton as the site for their proposed oilseed processing plant. Sales of stock in the co-op are expected to begin within the next few weeks.”This was one of the major steps we needed to take,” said Billy Wayne Sellers, president of the year-old co-op.The FOC site selection committee had narrowed a broad field of potential sites for the $55 million plant to four: Claxton, Baxley, Alamo and Cordele. While all four had much to offer, the deal-clincher came down to taxes.Tax advantage”The biggest thing was their low millage rate,” Sellers said.Rail and interstate highway connections figured into the decision, too. “They had a good package,” he said.Randy Mayfield, who chairs the Evans County Industrial Development Authority, said the oilseed crushing facility will be an important new employer for the community.”We’re pretty excited about it,” he said. The plant would employ 60 people, with 50 of those from the local area.”We’ve got three or four companies that employ that many, other than the school system and state government,” he said. “So it’s a pretty big thing to us. The payroll will be pretty good, too. These will be semiskilled and skilled jobs.”Good siteThe 80-acre Evans County site itself had a lot to offer. “The property doesn’t need much developing,” Mayfield said. “It’s pretty flat and level, with no wetlands and no trees. It should allow for some quick site preparation.”The plant will crush soybeans, canola and possibly some peanuts and sunflower seed for oils and other products.Ultimately, Sellers said, the primary crop for the crusher will be canola. University of Georgia experts have long said the winter crop has great profit potential in Georgia. But with the nearest markets in Canada, farmers have grown little of it thus far.Proven conceptThe concept behind the co-op has proven itself often in the Midwest, said UGA agricultural economist George Shumaker.With market prices at $5 per bushel, farmers who were FOC shareholders could get about 80 cents more for soybeans and $2.40 more for canola by marketing through the co-op, Shumaker said.But selling production shares to farmers, in tough economic times, is still the biggest hurdle the co-op must clear.To build the plant and begin operations, Shumaker said, FOC will need 750 to 800 shareholders with average commitments of 275 acres to the co-op. Minimum investments will be 1,500 shares at $2.25 per share.Stock salesSellers said the co-op will be working hard to begin stock sales as quickly as possible. “We hope to finish the legal work and start selling stock in the next couple of months,” he said.The FOC will sell two types of shares. Class A shares will be production stock for farmers, committing them to grow oilseed crops for the co-op and committing the co-op to buy from the farmers.Class B shares will be offered to investors, he said. The board decided to offer these shares to help raise the startup costs — primarily for the plant construction.Critical shares”These shares could be very helpful, but the production shares are the ones we’ve got to sell,” Sellers said. “We could have $100 million laying in the bank, but if we don’t have the crops committed to run the plant, we don’t have anything.”Sellers said he believes farmers will buy into it. “It offers them a way of increasing profits for their oilseed crops,” he said. “It’s cutting out the middle man.”The biggest challenge for the co-op, he said, is to “get farmers to look closely at this and see if buying stock and becoming a part of the co-op is for them.”last_img read more

Garden giving

first_imgBy Wayne McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaI was the typical parent at Christmas time. I searched for just the right toys for my girls, the ones they wanted most.(One year on the Santa list, “Baby Heart-Beat” appeared in big, bold letters. On Christmas morning, the box had more appeal than the doll!)There were other toys over the years. (I didn’t buy an Elmo, though. Elmo is my brother, and we could talk to real Elmo any time we wanted to.) But it wasn’t the toys but the giving that was important.Christmas is a time for giving. And you know, gardeners are among the most giving of people.’I just harvested and thought of you’Think about getting a basket of produce from someone who said, “I just harvested and thought of you.” Now, you know that person had real feelings for you and wanted to share. Well, OK, maybe his spouse said, “One more squash in this house and I’ll leave you.” Either way, the gardener still was offering you something grown with his or her own hands.Other gardeners share as a group. Countless Master Gardeners in Georgia have given their time in countless ways.Master Gardeners give thousands of hours of volunteer time not only to beautification but to working with gardening, in nursing homes with the patients, in herb and butterfly gardens at schools all over the state and with projects and continuous educational activities such as plant identification and insect and disease analysis.Helping others while gardeningAll of this is done by people who are helping others while tending some of the most fantastic gardens in Georgia.There are national charitable programs, too, such as “Plant a Row for the Hungry,” in which member gardeners plant an extra row for people who need food. Over the past few years several tons of produce have been delivered to soup kitchens, shelters and other organizations that have need but little funding for fresh produce.Sure, canned food is available. But why shouldn’t people in need have fresh tomatoes, squash and potatoes. Georgia gardeners can be very proud of their contributions in this movement.Another group of gardeners out there gives and gives again. Over the years, county agents have educated you in Extension programs and your children through 4-H.’A million questions’They’ve worked with farmers, suburbanites and city people and have spoken with individuals and groups and answered “a million questions on a million topics.”How did they do this? Yes, every one of them has at least one college degree, but many do their own research for their area. They try to grow “new” plants and and save “heritage” plants.Then there was the agent who worked with lawns and golf courses. He even put a golf green in his back yard. Now that’s real dedication to your work, tearing up the flower beds to put in “research.”Just look around your neighborhood and town — so many beautiful gardens and parks. How important are they to your well-being? Try to visualize your neighborhood or town without them.Take a minuteAs you hurry about buying presents this Christmas season, take a minute to thank the gardeners you know for all they do.Don’t try to surprise them with a present. Most of us gardeners buy what we need and want. Nongardeners can seldom buy the right trowel or wheelbarrow with any more certainty than they could guess correctly our age, weight and mother’s maiden name. Most of us have a shed full of tools.The most important gift these Georgia gardeners want goes something like this:”That’s a beautiful garden you have!””Thanks for the produce you gave me last season!””I always look forward to your daffodils blooming each year!”Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write about gardening for you. Merry Christmas!last_img read more

S&P: Like utilities, smaller coal consumers also seeking other options

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal consumption by U.S. commercial and institutional customers and other industrial sectors has been sharply declining in recent years, echoing a drop in overall demand for thermal coal.Industrial customers and places such as universities and hospitals that burn coal to create their own heat and power are relatively small market segments, especially compared to the 665 million tons consumed by the electric power sector in the U.S. in 2017. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported just 1.1 million tons of coal were consumed by commercial and institutional customers in 2017 while 33.3 million tons were consumed by “other industrial sectors.” That category excludes cokemaking facilities, which buy a high-quality, higher-margin grade of metallurgical coal used to make steel.Those two slivers of the U.S. coal market are on a trajectory of decline similar to the fall in overall thermal coal demand. Where the metallurgical coal market is exposed to volatile ups and downs based on global demand, other industrial, commercial and institutional coal consumers are subject to a market where environmental pressure, alternative fuel sources and the state of the economy have reduced the appeal of coal.In 2001, other industrial sector consumers used 65.3 million tons of coal to fire boilers across an array of industries that require large sources of heat or power to run their own operations. That number fell by nearly half in 2017, and the trend appears to have continued in 2018. In the first three quarters of 2018, the non-cokemaking industrial sector consumed 23.3 million tons of coal, down from 24.9 million tons of coal in the same period the year before.Commercial and institutional coal customers in the U.S. consumed about 5.1 million tons of coal in 2004, the highest level since the start of this century. Since then, the segment’s coal consumption has plunged, falling 79.3% by 2017 to 1.1 million tons. That figure was likely even lower in 2018, as the most recent EIA data shows 720,000 tons of consumption from that customer group in the first three quarters of the year compared to 771,000 tons in the first three quarters of 2017.More ($): Not just power: U.S. coal consumption in smaller domestic markets also shrinking S&P: Like utilities, smaller coal consumers also seeking other optionslast_img read more

In Colombia 4,136 Children Left Illegal Armed Groups In The Last Ten Years

first_imgBy Dialogo November 13, 2009 In Colombia, in the last ten years, 4,136 minors broke ties with illegal armed groups of leftist guerrillas and extreme right-wing paramilitaries, according to a report issued by the state Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). The figure was made public by the state entity as part of the commemoration in Bogotá of the tenth anniversary of the program serving children who have broken ties with the internal armed conflict that has plagued the Andean nation for more than four decades. The institute’s task basically consists in providing psychosocial care to the minors in order to heal the wounds left by the war and in providing support for their primary and secondary education, and even for higher education. For its part, a report by the Colombian police indicated that according to estimates by non-governmental organizations, between 8,000 and 13,000 children and adolescents are members of illegal armed groups. The document explains, nevertheless, that “determining exact figures is complicated to the extent that cases of illicit recruitment cannot be pinned down, given the lack of police reports and the low profile of the guerrilla groups in this activity.” For its part, a study of the illicit recruitment of minors published in 2008 by the Maya Nasa Foundation in conjunction with the Vice President’s Office and the ICBF indicated that in Colombia, between 15 and 20% of the members of illegal armed groups are children. According to this study, the principal group responsible for recruiting minors is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, a Communist guerrilla group). The document also reveals that the principal tasks assigned to children in the rebel group are those of highest risk, like the manufacture and use of explosives and antipersonnel mines, as well as making up the first security ring around the group’s camps and in its armed encounters.last_img read more