Long-term variability in the abundance of Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella at Signy Island, South Orkneys

first_imgThe number of Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella hauled out at Signy Island in the South Orkneys was monitored annually between 1977 and 2008. Over the study period seal abundance showed a tenfold increase, from a minimum of 1,643 seals in 1978 to a maximum of 21,303 in 1994. The majority of individuals observed were young adult males, likely to be migrants from South Georgia, with small numbers of female seals and only 65 pups recorded during the survey period. Variability in counts showed a similar pattern to Laurie Island, also in the South Orkneys archipelago, suggesting a similar annual immigration of seals to these two islands. The date of first seal arrival was correlated with the date of fast-ice breakout at Factory Cove, Signy Island, and years in which break out was exceptionally late (> 21 December) corresponded with years of reduced seal abundance. While the presence of fast-ice during the early breeding season may currently inhibit the establishment of a major breeding population of fur seals at Signy Island, it is important that routine monitoring should continue, particularly in the light of current patterns of climate warming in the Antarctic.last_img read more

Macrofossil evidence for a rapid and severe Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction in Antarctica

first_imgDebate continues about the nature of the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) mass extinction event. An abrupt crisis triggered by a bolide impact contrasts with ideas of a more gradual extinction involving flood volcanism or climatic changes. Evidence from high latitudes has also been used to suggest that the severity of the extinction decreased from low latitudes towards the poles. Here we present a record of the K–Pg extinction based on extensive assemblages of marine macrofossils (primarily new data from benthic molluscs) from a highly expanded Cretaceous–Paleogene succession: the López de Bertodano Formation of Seymour Island, Antarctica. We show that the extinction was rapid and severe in Antarctica, with no significant biotic decline during the latest Cretaceous, contrary to previous studies. These data are consistent with a catastrophic driver for the extinction, such as bolide impact, rather than a significant contribution from Deccan Traps volcanism during the late Maastrichtian.last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: May 21

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,Memorial Day Weekend is almost here, and I want you all to be aware of the guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of everybody in town.As per the governor’s directives and CDC recommendations:Please maintain at least six feet of space between strangers when using the boardwalk and beaches.Avoid groups of 10 or more.Look for hand sanitizer dispensers on boardwalk railings.Masks or face coverings are highly recommended.Masks or face coverings should be worn at all times in any building, while waiting in line, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.Public address announcements and signs at beach and boardwalk entrances will remind everybody of these guidelines. Hand sanitization stations have been installed at regular intervals along the boardwalk. We encourage everybody to always have a face covering close at hand, but a complimentary mask will be made available to those who do not already have one at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) and at City Hall (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue).In deciding to open the beach and boardwalk, I recognize that adherence to safety guidelines will vary from full compliance to no compliance. I am also aware that the government has limited tools to compel full compliance – even with these common-sense measures.Though we will have police and staff on hand to help educate guests, many of the recommendations do not carry the weight of the law.That’s where you can help.Please take personal responsibility to follow all guidelines. And each individual must decide how much risk he or she can tolerate and tailor activities, such as visits to the beach and boardwalk, to that tolerance level.I’m confident that these small sacrifices will help us have a great holiday weekend and a great summer ahead.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Press release: Cardiff courts at the forefront of reform

first_img I’m delighted to see first-hand the vital work Cardiff Magistrates’ Court is doing to support victims of domestic abuse. Victims show huge courage in coming forward and it is our duty to ensure they feel safe and adequately supported throughout the court process. Cardiff’s courts are at the forefront of reform and are a shining example of how modern ways of working can improve access to justice for everyone. Domestic abuse is just one example of the way Cardiff’s courts are being transformed for the benefit of local people, with the magistrates’ court one of the first in the UK to use the Digital Mark Up system. This service allows case outcomes to go straight from the judge into the online case management system, improving efficiency for court users and legal professionals alike.Furthermore, video links in the Crown Court are being used in seven of the nine courtrooms to improve access to justice for users across England and Wales. This allows vulnerable witnesses to give evidence from a safe location and makes it possible for evidence to be transmitted from across the world direct to the courtroom, with one witness recently appearing from Australia.HMCTS’ ambitious £1bn Reform Programme is bringing new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system with more than 150,000 people using our online services in 2018 alone. Pioneering domestic abuse court in city Magistrates’ Court at cutting edge of digital transformation Video links used to stream evidence from round the globe to Crown Courtcenter_img The Specialist Domestic Abuse Court, the largest of its kind in Wales, deals exclusively with domestic abuse cases to ensure they are dealt with in a timely and effective manner and victims receive the protection and support they need.Research suggests that dedicated domestic violence courts offer a more effective way of prosecuting perpetrators and keeping victims safer throughout the court process. Staff in Cardiff have received additional training and there are a number of independent domestic violence advocates on hand to support victims and witnesses.Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer, who spent time visiting Cardiff Crown and Magistrates’ courts today (4 April 2019), said:last_img read more

Christmas Trees

first_imgIn addition to being a Georgia Christmas tree advocate, Smith is the state coordinator for the Trees for Troops program, which provides live Christmas trees to armed forces service members and their families stationed domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit www.treesfortroops.org. If you decide to cut your own tree, go to a tree farm. The farmers will be more than happy to help you in choosing the perfect tree for you and your family.“Typically, each farm will let you come in, select your tree and harvest the tree. We’ll assist you if you need assistance,” Smith said. “When you harvest a tree at a choose-and-cut farm, you know when it was cut.” Remember the height of your ceiling. There should be at least one foot between the ceiling and your tree’s highest point. Test the freshness of your tree. The needles should be firmly attached, and very few should fall off when the tree is shaken.Make sure that the tree’s trunk is straight and at least 6 to 8 inches long. This ensures that the tree can be safely stabilized in the tree stand. For pre-cut trees, place a fresh cut along the base of the tree before placing it into the stand to help keep it fresh.Before you bring the tree inside, check for any insects or other animals that may be hiding in the tree to avoid any unwanted visitors this holiday season. Until it is time for your tree to be decorated, keep it sheltered but from away from sources of direct heat. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.“Water is a key item when you do a choose-and-cut tree. When you get it home, get it directly in water. These trees will typically drink up to 2 gallons a day,” Smith said. Water, water and more water. Not only does watering keep your tree fresh and standing tall, but it keeps it from becoming a fire hazard. Enjoy your beautiful tree, and have a happy and safe holiday season with your loved ones. For more than 500 years, people have brought trees into their homes to decorate for the holiday season. While some families choose artificial and pre-lit trees, plenty of people still want the real thing. Since 2010, the value of Georgia’s Christmas tree crop has increased by about $2 million, to about $10.18 million, according to the 2013 University of Georgia Farm Gate Value Report released this fall. Georgia-grown Christmas trees not only make a big impact on the state’s economy, they help families make lasting holiday memories. “It’s more than just buying a tree; it’s getting people out to the farm and getting to know the farmers” said Kent Wolfe, director for the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It creates more of a memory that you get there with your family.” “To see the kids come out and run through the trees and select that tree, it really brings a lot of joy,” added Greg Smith, owner of 7 G’s Farm, a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm located in Nicholson, Ga.Whether your family wants a fir, cypress or cedar tree, and whether it’s fresh cut or from the local super-store, there are a few things you can do to make sure this year’s Christmas tree stays healthy and safe through out the holiday season. last_img read more

Trail Mix – May 2018

first_img Kings & Queens Mat Kearney 4:02 Mine the River Kerri Powers The Steel Wheels have long been a friend to Trail Mix.I can remember when I discovered the band, way back when I got my hands on Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp’s duo record, Adrienna Valentine. That was almost ten years ago. Since them, Trail Mix has been happy to highlight the band’s many releases, their first appearance at Merlefest, and the origins of their own Red Wing Roots Music Festival.This month, we celebrate the release of two live EPs that The Steel Wheels dropped at the end of April. One was recorded at The Station Inn in Nashville, the other in Charlottesville’s own Jefferson Theater. The two collections of live cuts are proof positive that The Steel Wheels are one of Virginia’s premier acoustic bands. Featured this month is “Wild As We Came Here,” taken Volume 2: Live at The Jefferson Theater.Trail Mix is also happy to bring back some more old friends this month. Returning to the mix are Holly Golightly, Sam Lewis, Mat Kearney, Luke Winslow-King, and Sarah Shook.There is also great new music from The Travelin’ McCourys, Bishop Gunn, The National Reserve, Darlin Darlin, Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals, Tony Keats, Gene D. Plumber, The Promise is Hope, Matt Costa, Kerri Powers, and The Ballroom Thieves.Lots of great stuff coming to the blog this month. Stay tuned for chats with Leftover Salmon, Brent Cobb, and The Dead Tongues, along with a preview of the 10th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival.And do your ears a favor. Get out there and grab some of these records. Go catch these artists live when they come to a stage near you. It’s a mutually beneficial kind of thing – they will appreciate the support and the music will be good for your soul. Support the great artists who give their music to Trail Mix. 3:13 2:52 4:08 3:42 Audio PlayerGene TuronisAll The Pretty GirlsUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:47 Travelin’ The Travelin McCourys 3:21 New Love The National Reserve 3:46 2:16 Southern Belle Leftover Salmon 2:47 All The Pretty Girls Gene Turonis 3:49 3:52 3:55 3:10 3:14 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Shelter Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals Love and Affection Keats Sharon Matt Costa Brother The Promise Is Hope Easy Darlin Darlin Loversity Sam Lewis 3:59 Wild As We Came Here The Steel Wheels 3:18 Shine Bishop Gunn 6:26 King of Alabama Brent Cobb Mule Skinner Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Embed Won’t Be Long The Dead Tongues 5:51 Good As Gold Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Chicken Dinner Luke Winslow-King 3:54last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism allocated funds through the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” – KTG

first_imgSee all decisions on project selection through the KTG program in the attachment. “Measure A” supports the increase of standards, quality and additional offer of accommodation facilities of the type: hotels, camps, other catering facilities for accommodation and family farms, by co-financing eligible project activities, such as: raising quality provided higher category, development and improvement of additional contents, thematic definition of accommodation capacities, investment in green entrepreneurship, construction of a new camp or rest area in the continental part of Croatia, Adriatic hinterland and on islands where such contents do not exist, activation of mountain and hunting lodges, construction or arrangement accommodation, increase and improvement of living conditions for persons with disabilities, arrangement of picnic areas, tasting rooms, wine shops, and development of ethno, traditional, hunting, fishing, equestrian and other additional facilities on farms. “Measure C” refers to the availability and safety of tourists, through co-financing of publicly available defibrillators (medical rescue and resuscitation devices) in restaurants on islands and cruise ships on the Adriatic, and encouraging the development and application of innovative IT technologies in tourism. The program consists of four measures, each of which has a different purpose of co-financing “Istria is visited by more than 4 million tourists every year, and in order to provide our guests with a diverse offer and ensure the continued growth of revenues generated in tourism, it is important to continuously work on creating new tourism products and services. This year, through the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” we co-finance 453 projects which create quality offers that are in line with global tourism trends”, Stressed the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli during the signing of the contract. “Measure D” refers to the recognizability, so this year will be co-financed the placement of “Croatian island products” through tourism, and major international gatherings in Croatia related to investment in tourism, development and promotion of special forms of tourism. Today in Istria, the Ministry of Tourism signed contracts with the beneficiaries of the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” from the area of ​​Istria County. Funds through the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” are intended to increase the quality and additional supply of restaurants, development of new products in the destination, sustainable development, internationalization of business, use of new technologies and the like. Beneficiaries of funds are small businesses (companies outside the public sector, crafts and cooperatives) and family farms that provide catering and / or tourism services. In total, within the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry”, HRK 23,6 million was allocated for 453 projects, of which 60 are from the Istria County. “Measure B” encourages the development of special forms of tourism such as cyclo-tourism, active and adventure through investments in infrastructure, services and equipment, arrangement of necessary infrastructure and investments in equipment for caves, rafting, climbing rocks, lookouts, adrenaline parks , golf driving ranges, and promotional activities for the existing offer. This measure also supports amusement, adrenaline and theme parks, traditional small floating hotels, renovation and decoration of traditional wooden excursion boats, and the creation of a package of new tourist products for special interest markets. Measure A1 (all types in the “hotels” group)Measure A2 (camps and rest campsites)Measure A3 (other catering facilities for accommodation)Measure A4 (family farm – family farm)Measure B (development of special forms of tourism)Measure C (defibrillators and IT technologies)Measure D (recognizability and “Croatian island product”)last_img read more

Arsenal hit out at UEFA for failing to guarantee Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s safety in the Europa League final in Baku

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 May 2019 3:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement Arsenal are concerned that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could miss the Europa League final in Baku (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have accused UEFA of failing to provide ‘acceptable guarantees’ that Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be safe to travel to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku for the Europa League final later this month.Due to ongoing hostility between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, there are concerns that Mkhitaryan’s safety could be in jeopardy if he is part of Arsenal’s travelling party for the final against Chelsea.The 29-year-old was left out of Arsenal’s squad for their 3-0 win over Azerbaijani side Qarabag in October and also stayed at home while playing for Borussia Dortmund when they faced Gabala during the 2015-16 season.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal opted against trying to obtain the necessary international clearance for Mkhitaryan for the group game match against Qarabag earlier in the season, but Unai Emery would certainly rather have him available for the final.ADVERTISEMENT Mkhitaryan came on as a substitute during Arsenal’s win over Valencia in the semi-final on Thursday (Picture: Getty)An Arsenal club statement read: ‘The safety and security of our players is of paramount importance. We are seeking guarantees from UEFA that it will be safe for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to travel to Baku for the Europa League Final, which both Arsenal and Micki require for him to be included within our squad.‘Acceptable guarantees have not been received yet, and we hope that UEFA will be able to supply these promptly. We are of course hugely concerned that the location of the final could lead to Micki not being able to play in a European final.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMkhitaryan has played a prominent part in Arsenal’s run to the Europa League final, featuring in 11 of their 14 games. Although he hasn’t scored in the competition, Mkhitaryan has provided three assists including for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s third goal against Valencia on Thursday.Emery was non-committal over the situation when asked about it earlier in the season, saying: ‘It’s a long time for us to arrive at the final. We are working to prepare for the next matches.’According to reports earlier this week, Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil could be the headline names to depart Arsenal in the summer as Emery seeks to raise funds to reinvest in his squad ahead of next season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal hit out at UEFA for failing to guarantee Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s safety in the Europa League final in Baku Advertisementlast_img read more

Mandate roundup: University of Edinburgh, Berkshire Pension Fund, AP3

first_imgThe University of Edinburgh is looking for companies to provide administrative, actuarial and investment services for its Staff Benefits Scheme (SBS) over a five-year period, according to a notice on the official EU tenders service TED.The UK university said the scheme’s trustees regularly reviewed all their service providers as a matter of good practice, to continue getting good value for money on behalf of members.The contract, due to start on 1 April next year and last until the end of March 2020, is being divided into lots, and tenders can be submitted for one or more lots, the university said.It said service providers bidding for the pension administration services, actuarial services and investment services contracts had to have experience of working with similarly-sized schemes. The university said it envisaged inviting five firms to tender or participate.The deadline for tenders or requests to participate is 15 September.In other news, UK local authority the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is searching for a manager to implement a currency overlay programme for its pension fund, according to a tender notice on TED. The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is the administering authority to the Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund.The contract is estimated to be worth between £150,000 (€187,000) and £300,000, the council said in the notice.The resulting mandate is set to start on 1 April 2015 and run until the end of March 2020.Tenders or requests to participate must be received by 4 September.Meanwhile, AP3 – Sweden’s third national pensions buffer fund – has picked market data firm SuperDerivatives to supply it with investment analysis and valuation via its DataX product.AP3 will also be using DGX, SuperDerivatives’ real-time market data, news and analysis terminal.Mattias Bylund, chief risk officer at AP3, praised SuperDerivatives, saying it provided the best guarantee of accurate market data, having supplied data for a range of financial products and markets for more than a decade.last_img read more

Area Volleyball Regional Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Volleyball Regional Scores.Tuesday (10-28)Class 3A @ Silver Creek.Silver Creek defeated Lawrenceburg 25-19, 25-5, 25-20.Class 2A @ Providence.Providence defeated Switzerland County 25-6, 25-7, 25-8.Class 2A @ Heritage Christian.Union County defeated Heritage Christian 25-19, 29-27, 26-24.Class 1A @ Hauser.Hauser defeated 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 26-24.last_img