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Diving behavior and energetics during foraging cycles in king penguins

first_imgKing Penguins are the second largest of all diving birds and share with their congener, Emperor Penguins, breeding habits strikingly different from other penguins. Our purpose was to determine the feeding behavior, energetics of foraging and the prey species, and compare these to other sympatric species of subantarctic divers. We determined: (1) general features of foraging behavior using time—depth recorders, velocity meters, and radio transmitters, (2) energetics by doubly labeled water, (3) food habits and energy content from stomach lavage samples, and (4) resting and swimming metabolic rate by oxygen consumption measurements. The average foraging cycle was ≈6 d, during which the mass gain of 30 birds was ≈2 kg. When at sea, the birds exhibit a marked pattern of shallow dives during the night, whereas deep dives of >100 m only occurred during the day. Maximum depth measured from 34 birds and 18 537 dives was 304 m, and maximum dive duration from 23 birds and 11 874 dives was 7.7 min. The frequency distribution of dive depth was bimodal, with few dives between 40 and 100 m. Overall, swim velocities when a bird was at sea averaged 2.1 m/s (N = 5), while descent and ascent rates of change in depth averaged 0.6 m/s for dives 150 m (N = 90). Night feeding dives occurred at a rate of ≈20 dives/h, and deep dives occurred at a rate of ≈5 dives/h. The energy consumption rate while resting ashore was 3.3 W/kg (N = 3) or 1.6 times the predicted standard metabolic rate (SMR). The average energy consumption rate while away from the colony was 10 W/kg (N = 8) or 4.6 x SMR, compared to 4.3 x SMR estimated from a time—energy budget. The latter value is based on an average metabolic rate of 4.2 W/kg for three birds while resting in 5°C water and 9.6 W/kg while swimming at 2 m/s, which was extrapolated from the average of three birds swimming at 1 m/s. The average energy intake based on 9 stomach content samples was nearly 24.6 kJ/g dry mass. The main prey by number are myctophid fish of the species Krefftichthys anderssoni and Electrona carlsbergi. It was concluded that: (1) feeding begins ≈28 km from the colony, (2) prey is pursued night and day through its vertical movements, (3) vertical distribution of the prey is reflected closely by diving habits of the birds, (4) deep—diving, for unknown reasons, is an important component of foraging success, (5) diving capacities of King Penguins are remarkable compared to other birds and many pinnipeds, and (6) calculated foraging energetics can be closely estimated from time—energy budgets.last_img read more

Transforming Generation Rent to Generation Buy

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Transforming Generation Rent to Generation Buy Transforming Generation Rent to Generation Buy18th May 20160657 Views As the new Act became law on 16th May, Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis (right) said, “Our landmark Housing and Planning Act will help anyone who aspires to own their own home achieve their dream.“It will increase housing supply alongside home ownership building on the biggest affordable house building programme since the 1970s.“The act will contribute to transforming generation rent into generation buy, helping us towards achieving our ambition of delivering 1 million new homes.”Let’s hope he is right, because that’s an extremely positive speech at a time when Mark Carney (left), Governor of the Bank of England, is warning of interest rate rises, a technical recession and a collapse in the housing market.Financial pundits are also warning of dire consequences of a Brexit, which could include redundancies, inflation and plummeting house sales. Even Henry Pryor (right), usually a positive property pundit, is a bit worried, he says. “The next few months will be key for the U.K. housing market. For those who have recently bought hoping prices would rise or thought property was a one-way bet, I expect there will be tears shed.”Even more worryingly, the usually confident Iain Duncan Smith told the BBC that we should take The BoE Governor’s warning with a ‘pinch of salt.’He said, “All forecasts in the end are wrong. If anybody can tell me they know what the global economy is going to be doing over the next year let alone next 10 years I have to say they’re either soothsayers or they’ve got some link with God.”The ActSo, in the absence of crystal balls and Tarot cards, we must hope for the best.The Act, says Brandon Lewis, sets out a “clear determination from the government to keep the country building while giving hard working families every opportunity to unlock the door to home ownership.“It will give housebuilders and decision-makers the tools and confidence to provide more homes and further streamline the planning system to accelerate their delivery.The measures include underpinning the voluntary Right to Buy agreement with housing associations, supporting the doubling of the number of custom and self-build homes by 2020, tackling rogue landlords and speeding up the neighbourhood planning process.In the sales sector, the Act will:Help more people own their own home; extend Right to Buy level discounts to housing association tenants; promote the development of Starter Homes; get the nation building homes faster; unlock brownfield land to provide homes faster; support custom and self-built homes; ensure that every area has a local plan; reform the compulsory purchase process and speed up neighbourhood planning.In the rental sector, the Act will:Ensure the way housing is managed is fair and fit for the future; require social tenants on higher incomes to pay fairer rents; place a duty on councils to consider selling higher value housing assets when they fall vacant; tackle rogue landlords; provide better local information on the PRS – allowing local authorities to access data held by the Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes; reduce the regulatory controls for private registered providers of housing to increase their freedoms to manage their housing stock efficiently and effectively enable lead enforcement authority for estate agents.Melanie Leech (left), Chief Executive of the British Property Federation, said, “The Housing and Planning Bill set out to provide details on one of the government’s main manifesto commitments and on that front, it delivered.“The fact that the regulations are still yet to be laid, however, casts into significant doubt whether the government will be able to achieve its promise of 200,000 homes by 2020. The longer the government takes to iron out the details of this policy, the more that target slips into the distance. Spades are not likely to be in the ground until 2017 at the earliest, and time is certainly running out.”You can read more about the Housing and Planning Bill at: Rent housing market generation buy homeownership new housing Act Housing and Planning Act regulations 2016-05-18The Negotiator Related articles City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021 Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown29th April 2021What’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.last_img read more

Video: Kitchen fire closes Wagamama

first_imgThe city centre has been hit by its second fire in two days, after a kitchen blaze caused extensive damage to Wagamama in the early hours of Friday morning. Fire crews were called at 5.40am and Market Street cordoned off after delivery men saw smoke in the building.  Five engines attended, as well as a specialist rescue unit who helped gain access to the restaurant.   Incident Commander Paul Molloy said that there was extensive damage to the kitchen area and smoke damage to the rest of the building.  “Things were complicated by the fact that the fire was in a concealed space,” he said.   “Now we just want to make sure that everything is safe.”   The fire is believed to be accidental and unrelated to a blaze that damaged the facade of Schuh on Magdalen Street yesterday .  There were no injuries in either incident.   Wagamama opened in September and is not expected to be back in action until the end of the month.last_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE this afternoon the Evansville City Council will begin to review the 2017 proposed?  …get ready for the political games to begin?IS IT TRUE the City of Evansville is going to experience major problems concerning the 2017 budget?   …it looks like former Councilman and Finance Chairman John Friend, CPA productions concerning the 2017 is spot on?IS IT TRUE the word at the Civic Center is that the City employees are getting ready to experience big increase in their Health Insurance deductibles costs?IS IT TRUE we hear that City employees should expect higher deductibles costs that  will increase the employees out of pocket health coverage costs for 2017?IS IT TRUE  during the preliminary  2017 budget review by the Administration it was discover that the new premium for Employee Health Insurance would  had to be increased by a large amount per month ?   …the City decided to increase the deductibles costs paid by the employees in order to reduce the projected monthly premium  costs for 2017?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Frank McDonald Jr left office he had $58 million dollars in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel left office he had $4 million dollars in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Russ lloyd Jr left office he has $232,000 in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE at the end of 2015 Mayor Winnecke had $207,000 in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE at the beginning of 2016 Mayor Winnecke got a $12.5 million dollar advancement from Tropicana to help ends meet? …the City put $6.5 million in the General Fund to help shore up deficit balances?  …we have no idea what the city did with the remaining balance of this cash advancement?IS IT TRUE that today is the last day for our current “Readers Poll”?  …it looks like City Councilman Dan McGinn is being crushed by the people voting on this 10 day “Readers Poll” question?  …so far the results of our poll question concerning the Homestead Tax Credit Resolution sponsored by Councilman Dan McGinn are: YES-79, NO-739 and NO IDEA–99?FOOTNOTE: “IS IT TRUE” will be posted next Thursday?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you support Councilman Dan McGinn’s Homestead Tax Credit resolution that reduces the percentages of our tax credits?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “ AUGUST BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Open consultation: Appropriate clinical negligence cover

first_img leave arrangements as they are change legislation to require healthcare professionals who are not covered by any state-backed scheme to hold cover that is regulated Currently, all healthcare professionals who wish to practise in the UK are legally required to hold appropriate clinical negligence cover for the costs of claims and damages awarded to patients arising out of negligence.There are concerns that the current arrangements held by healthcare professionals who are not covered by state-backed schemes could prevent patients getting appropriate compensation and put healthcare professionals at risk of being personally liable for the costs of claims.This is because these arrangements are mostly discretionary, where the providers are not contractually obliged to meet the costs of any claim and are not subject to prudential or financial conduct regulation.The groups that are likely to be most affected by any changes to the current indemnity arrangements are: This consultation is about indemnity cover for healthcare professionals who purchase their own indemnity cover because they are not covered by existing or proposed state-backed schemes.It seeks views on 2 options:center_img regulated professionals in the NHS who hold indemnity cover which is not currently regulated, such as primary care dentistry private practice of medical doctors and other regulated healthcare professionals healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland and Scotland who are not covered by any state-backed indemnity scheme, such as GPslast_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Works Benevento/Russo Duo Jams Into Boston Show

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has been on a tear in the back half of 2016, treating fans to their uniquely potent tribute to the Grateful Dead. The band continues to not only perform songs from the Dead repertoire, but to try new things and keep fans on their toes.Last night’s show at the House of Blues Boston was no exception, blurring the lines of Grateful Deadism with their own original music. Almost Dead has been known to work in various unique covers, and last night’s show featured not one but two jams that touched on music from the Benevento/Russo Duo: “9×9” and “My Pet Goat”. Of course, both Marco Benevento and Joe Russo are members of Almost Dead, and the two have been rehearsing for their upcoming revival of The Duo on Jam Cruise.The show was chock full of Grateful classics as well, including this smoldering rendition of “Althea.” Check out a 15 minute video of the jam below, courtesy of Brosef Wilson on YouTube.Joe Russo and the crew will make their way to Dominican Holidaze, where they’re scheduled to perform tomorrow as part of that beloved destination event. Check out the full setlist from last night’s show below.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The House Of Blues | Boston, MA | 12/2/16Set 1 (9:16PM – 10:21PM)Music Never Stopped @ (SM) ->China Cat Sunflower (TH) ->Touch of Grey (TH)Black Throated Wind # (SM) >Jack Straw (SM & TH)Ruben & Cherise $ (TH) ->I Know You Rider (All)Set 2 (10:53PM – ~1:00AM)Althea % (TH) ->Duo Jam ->Good Lovin (SM) ->Terrapin Station Jam ++ ->My Pet Goat Jam ^ ->Terrapin Suite & (TH) >Uncle Johns Band (All) ->9×9 Jam * ->Uncle Johns Band Reprise + (All)He’s Gone (TH/All) ->Saint Of Circumstance @@ (SM)E: Ophelia (SM) >Not Fade Away ## (All) ->Brown Eyed Women %% ->Not Fade Away Reprise $$ (All)@ – With The Eleven Tease (SM), unfinished# – With a Jack Straw Jam (Band)$ – With China->Rider Transition Teases (TH) & a “Waltz #1” (Elliot Smith) Tease (MB)% – With an “All of My Love” (Led Zeppelin) Tease (MB)++ – First Time Played by Almost Dead (I think?)^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Benevento Russo Duo Original, not the complete song& – With Ruben & Cherise Teases (Band)* – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Benevento Russo Duo Original, not the complete song+ – First Time Played by Almost [email protected]@ – With Ruben & Cherise and Terrapin Station Teases (Band)## – With GDTRFB Teases (SM) and “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Teases (Band)%% – With a “Come On Feel The Noize” (Quiet Riot) Tease (JR)$$ – First time played since 2015-02-16 Boulder, CO, a gap of 66 shows, With a “Hey Bulldog” Jam (Band) – that may end up being a track, not sure if it was long enough.[Setlist annotated by band manager Peter Costello // Photo by Greg Horowitz]last_img read more

Raj Chetty awarded Clark Medal

first_imgHarvard Professor of Economics Raj Chetty has been awarded the 2013 John Bates Clark Medal in recognition of his work, which combines empirical evidence and theory to inform the design of more effective government policies on everything from taxation to unemployment to education.Considered by many to be second only to the Nobel Prize in prestige, the medal is awarded annually by the American Economic Association (AEA) to an American economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. At 33 years old, Chetty is the second-youngest ever to receive the award; Paul Samuelson was 32 when he received the first Clark Medal in 1947.“I was very surprised, honored and excited,” Chetty said, of his reaction upon learning he’d been selected. “The list of past recipients of this award is incredible, and includes many of my colleagues in the Economics Department here at Harvard, as well as people who have served as secretary of the Treasury of the United States or as the president’s chief economic adviser, as well as many Nobel laureates — to be included in such a group is a great honor.”By synthesizing new evidence about human behavior with research from a wide array of economic fields, Chetty has been able to put new focus on a host of public policy issues ranging from how tax policy can affect savings to the impact teachers can have on students’ future earnings.“Raj Chetty is a remarkably productive economist whose contributions assimilate evidence using a variety of methodological perspectives to shed new light on important public policy questions,” the AEA wrote, in presenting Chetty with the medal. “His work extends basic price theory by incorporating behavioral and psychological aspects of economic behavior; reconciles results from different branches of economics; and employs data that are uniquely suited to answer otherwise unanswerable questions. He has established himself in a few short years as arguably the best applied microeconomist of his generation.”As an example of Chetty’s work, the AEA pointed to one of his most-cited studies, “Salience and Taxation: Theory and Evidence,” in which he showed that consumers’ purchasing choices are based largely on the posted price of an item, and that sales tax plays little to no role in their decision whether to buy a specific item, contradicting a canonical assumption of theories of taxation.To conduct the study, Chetty and his co-authors convinced a large retail store to post prices that include sales tax for some items, while continuing to post only pre-tax prices on nearby items. The results showed that posting final tax-inclusive prices led to lower sales.In another oft-cited paper, Chetty studied the effects of elementary school teacher quality on student test scores and long-term outcomes such as college attendance and earnings by tracking 1 million children from childhood to adulthood. The results showed that better teachers led to a substantially greater likelihood of college graduation and higher earnings.“The driving motivation behind my research is to try to answer real-world social and economic policy questions using rigorous methods,” Chetty said. “My work uses tools from economics, psychology, and statistics to take a scientific approach to answering policy questions of current relevance.“There is considerable political debate about whether we should have higher tax rates on high-income people or about how we can improve the American educational system,” he continued. “In my view, one should be able to obtain scientific answers to such questions. For example, take the question of whether taxing the richest Americans at higher rates will significantly reduce the number of jobs in the economy. That question was hotly debated in the last election but ultimately has a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.  I’m in search of data-based answers to such questions, as basing such policies on hard evidence rather than political preference can have very important impacts on millions of people’s lives.”Visit the American Economic Association website to learn more about Chetty’s work and the John Bates Clark award.last_img read more

Mitchell County All-Star

first_imgA Mitchell County 4-H’er and Pelham FFA member, Courtney Conine is one step closer to pursuing her dream career in livestock.Conine, 15, of Camilla, Georgia, was recently chosen for’s All-Star Team. A student at Pelham High School, Conine was one of 18 high school students selected nationally. She is the only member of the all-star team from Georgia. The honor is bestowed on students within the swine industry who have a passion for agriculture, leadership and service learning.“Not only is Courtney a leader in community service activities and youth agriculture, but she is also an awesome, young, Christian lady with high morals and outstanding character,” said Jennifer Grogan, University of Georgia Extension 4-H agent and Mitchell County Extension coordinator. “Courtney will be a great ambassador for Mitchell County and Georgia while serving as a member of the All-Star Team.”Conine will travel to Romney, West Virginia, July 8-13 for a six-day leadership conference. She and other all-star students will learn advanced show ring and production skills from industry leaders while experiencing agricultural and livestock culture in West Virginia. “This is a team I’ve been trying to get on for about two years, and I was so excited when I got selected,” Conine said. A key to Conine’s success, which includes being awarded the 2015 Harry Lee Kemp Achievement Award in Mitchell County, is her ability to develop a rapport with the pigs she trains and shows at different competitive events in Georgia. “Especially with your showmanship pig, you always want to have a bond. I guess that just comes with working (with the pig) every day. You’re together with your pig every day, so they get used to you,” Conine said. She trains her pigs in the wee hours of the morning and late at night. “It was difficult at first, especially with me being so young. Sometimes you get a stubborn pig that doesn’t want to cooperate no matter how much you train them,” she said. “But you’ll get another that’s just a baby doll that’s really easy to train.”While Conine has found her niche in livestock judging, it could soon be the career she studies and trains for in college. She aspires to study veterinary medicine and possibly pursue a career as a swine geneticist.“Courtney pursues excellence and takes pride in her work, whether it be showing pigs, cooking a recipe for a 4-H competition or honing her livestock judging skills,” Grogan said. “As Courtney’s 4-H agent, it is easy for me to see her leadership abilities, her dedication and her determination; she is a hard worker. I always count on Courtney to complete her 4-H projects, and she has never disappointed me.”Along with a passion for animals, Conine demonstrates a tremendous work ethic. She has barn chores, including cleaning pens and feeding her animals. Through years of feeding and caring for her animals, Conine has learned about nutrition in animals and financial responsibility. “There’s a lot of hard work and dedication. You have to get out here and walk your pig every day, training them from when they’re really little to when they’re 280 pounds and ready to go to state (competition). You want to train them to hold their head up and walk and make sure they’re at a good pace and not going too fast. You want to present your animal to the judges the best you can,” Conine said.While Conine’s unbridled passion for pigs and other animals has been evident her whole life, it wasn’t until she joined Georgia 4-H that Conine could showcase that love as a member of the Mitchell County Livestock Show Team.“4-H has helped me so much. 4-H gave me the opportunity to actually show pigs for the first time. I have to brag on Miss Jennifer. She is one of the best people I’ve ever met. She’ll help me with anything. If there’s a clinic going on, she’ll make sure I’m there,” Conine said.In addition to her Georgia 4-H activities, Conine is an active member of student council, Pelham FFA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Pelham High School. She is also a part of the Camilla United Methodist Church youth group and Hopeful Baptist Church.last_img read more

Cotton Crop

first_imgResearchers project that Georgia’s cotton farmers will plant more than 1.45 million acres this year, an increase from 1.28 million acres in 2017, according to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.Farmers plant cotton this month, and prices have increased due to increased demand and strong U.S. exports. The UGA Cotton Team believes that farmers can expect to price a portion of this year’s crop between 72 and 75 cents per pound.“There’s a fair amount of optimism from the farmers I’ve talked with this year compared to the last couple of years. Yields have decreased because of things out of our control, like weather and insects, namely whiteflies, but we hope that’s not the case this year,” Whitaker said. “Prices have improved, which should encourage our farmers.”Silverleaf whiteflies and Hurricane Irma dampened cotton farmers’ spirits a year ago. An unprecedented outbreak of whiteflies in Georgia in 2017 forced many producers to treat for the pest for the first time.Whiteflies are tiny, winged insects found on the underside of leaves. They leave behind a sticky substance, called honeydew, that prevents plants from conducting photosynthesis.“Historically, less than 20 percent of our crop even deals with silverleaf whiteflies,” Whitaker said. “If we see problems again this year, it will cost growers money, but many will be better prepared to make treatment decisions.”The arrival of Irma in early September 2017 damaged most Georgia cotton fields, especially those that were affected close to harvest time.“We obviously want good soil moisture throughout the growing season, but we don’t want big storms that bring excessive rainfall and tremendous winds that damage yields,” Whitaker said. “Storms can be a blessing at times, but we don’t need another Irma.”In 2017, Georgia’s average cotton yield was 863 pounds per acre, significantly below the state record of 1,091 pounds per acre, set in 2012.Whitaker advises farmers to make timely production decisions and pay attention to how and where they spend their money.“I want our growers to set realistic goals with respect to yields because growing cotton can be costly,” he said. “We want to make a lot of cotton, but also be profitable doing it.”Georgia remains the second-largest cotton-producing state in the U.S., second only to Texas. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s farm gate value for cotton in 2016 was nearly $967.7 million.Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

1 Dead in St. James Crash Involving Garbage Truck

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man driving in St. James was killed when his car collided with a garbage truck early Wednesday morning, Suffolk County police said.According to police, the garbage truck was driving westbound on Jericho Turnpike and the man’s vehicle was traveling eastbound when they collided around 2:15 a.m.The man driving eastbound, who was not identified, died at the scene, police said. The driver of the garbage truck was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Police said they do not yet know if the crash was weather related.The accident resulted in all lanes being closed down, police said.The investigation is ongoing, police said.Just last week, a veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department was killed when he was involved in a crash with a garbage truck in Commack.last_img read more