Long-term population studies of seabirds

first_imgLong-term studies of seabirds, some now 30–40 years old, have begun to reveal significant age-related changes in the survival and reproduction o f these long-lived animals. Evidence for density-dependent regulation of seabird numbers, however, remains sparse whereas unpredictable, disastrous breeding years may be an important influence. Critical evaluation will require better data on (1) the extent of movements of seabirds between colonies, (2) the characteristics of those individuals that contribute disproportionately to the next generation, and (3) the importance of year and/or cohort effects on population processes.last_img read more

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The retreat of Jones Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgIn recent decades, several ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula have diminished in size as a result of climate warming. Using aerial photographic, satellite and survey data we document a similar retreat of Jones Ice Shelf, which was another small ice shelf on the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. This ice shelf was roughly stable between 1947 and 1969, but in the early 1970s it began to retreat and had completely disappeared by early 2003. Jones Ice Shelf has two ice fronts only a few kilometres apart and its retreat provides a unique opportunity to examine how different ice fronts retreat when subjected to similar climate forcing. We mapped the retreat of both the east and west ice fronts of Jones Ice Shelf and found that, although individual episodes of retreat may be related to particularly warm summers, the overall progress of retreat of the two ice fronts has been rather different. This suggests that in this case the course of retreat is controlled by the geometry of the embayment and location of pinning points as well as climatic events.last_img read more

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Philippine Navy acquires two anti-submarine helicopters

first_img Philippine Navy acquires two anti-submarine helicopters April 1, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippine Navy acquires two anti-submarine helicopters The Philippine Department of Defense has signed a contract with Finmeccanica to deliver two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters to the Philippines Navy.Finmecanica’s UK division of  is scheduled to deliver the helicopters in 2018 from the  Yeovil plant in the United Kingdom.Valued at over €100m, the order includes training and multi-year support.Philippines is now the third country to become the operator of the AgustaWestland helicopters after United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea.The two helicopters will be equipped for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare roles. They will also be capable of performing other roles including search and rescue, maritime security and maritime surveillance.Mauro Moretti, Finmeccanica’s Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, said: “This contract confirms the confidence of the Philippines in Finmeccanica’s products as key to its national security and is a further recognition, in the international market, of the company’s leadership in the maritime and naval helicopter segment.” View post tag: Anti-Submarine View post tag: Finmeccanica View post tag: Philippine Navy Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

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Founder of Pat The Baker dies

first_imgPat Higgins, founder and owner of Pat the Baker in Ireland, has died aged 84. He and his wife Rita, who died in 1991, set up the bakery in Granard, Co Longford, her home town, in 1953.Pat was from Kilkelly, Co Mayo. He used his local nickname of Pat the Baker for the company name and its prolific advertising. Today, the company is the third largest Irish plant bakery after Joseph Brennan Bakeries and Irish Pride. Pat Higgins himself remained a modest man, despite being a multimillionaire. He and his wife refused to trade in their humble family home in Granard for a mansion. The firm is now run by three of their sons.last_img read more

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Press release: New start-up visa route announced by the Home Secretary

first_imgThe new route, announced during London Tech Week, will widen the applicant pool of talented entrepreneurs and make the visa process faster and smoother for entrepreneurs coming to the UK. It will replace a visa route which was exclusively for graduates, opening it up to a wider pool of talented business founders.It will require applicants to have acquired an endorsement from a university or approved business sponsor, including accelerators.Entrepreneurs play a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth in the UK and the changes announced today will ensure the UK remains a world-leading destination for the best global talent.The visa route has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee and feedback from the tech sector and other stakeholders.The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: This initiative builds on other recent reforms to the visa system – including doubling the number of visas available on the Exceptional Talent route to 2,000 per year – and shows the government’s commitment to making the UK a dynamic, open, globally-trading nation.The expanded route will launch in Spring 2019, further details will be announced in due course. The UK can be proud that we are a leading nation when it comes to tech and innovation, but we want to do more to attract businesses to the UK and our migration system plays a key part in that. That’s why I am pleased to announce a new visa for people wanting to start a business in the UK. This will help to ensure we continue to attract the best global talent and maintain the UK’s position as a world-leading destination for innovation and entrepreneurs.last_img read more

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COVID: Car Sales Plunge In March

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pexels / Ken Lund / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – The U.S. automobile industry is the latest to be impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak.Car sales fell sharply in March. Fiat Chrysler announced a ten percent drop in its first-quarter sales,General Motors reported a seven percent drop, and Toyota fell nine percent.Other automakers are set to announce their march or first-quarter sales next week. But analysts say none are likely to report good numbers.They blame the setbacks on stay-at-home orders and economic struggles for potential buyers.last_img read more

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Quick Hits: ‘Smoky Mountain Jedi’ passes away + fire destroys part of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood

first_imgThe East Tennessee hiking community mourns ‘Smoky Mountain Jedi’ After a brief battle with brain cancer, Mike Maples passed away on March 5 at 66 years old. Maples obituary says he spent, “hours, days, weeks and years” hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Maples was also the author of several books about the history of the park and the people who called the land home. Over the years, Maples shared the trail with hundreds of other hikers, who shared memories and photos of the beloved hiker in a Facebook group dedicated to hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after his death. “Mike Maples was a Smoky Mountain hiking icon and he was loved by so many people,” friend and hiker Joe Guenther told 10News. His family will receive friends from 4-6pm on Saturday, March 9 at the Ball Camp Baptist Church in Knoxville. The funeral will follow. Donations can be made in Maples’ honor to Friends of the Smokies. Fire destroys part of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woodcenter_img In late February, a fire ripped through the UK’s Ashdown Forest, the inspiration behind Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. The forest was hit by two fires that started within an hour of each other, burning 90 acres of land. February 2019 was Britain’s warmest on record and firefighters say that the unusually warm weather meant that the ground was drier than usual, leading to a greater risk of wildfires. AA Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, had a country home just north of Ashdown Forest. His son, Christopher Robin Milne, would often explore the forest. The stories in Winnie the Pooh reference specific areas of the forest.last_img read more

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Bar board considers new guidelines for grievance reviewers

first_img April 15, 2006 Regular News Bar board considers new guidelines for grievance reviewers Bar board considers new guidelines for grievance reviewerscenter_img The Bar Board of Governors has received policies to guide board members when they act as designated reviewers in grievance cases, and approved another policy to help streamline the review of referees’ rulings.The Disciplinary Procedure Committee presented changes to Standing Board Policy 15.76 at the board’s recent meeting.DPC Chair Murray Silverstein noted the policies incorporated recommendations from the Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation and are intended to help board members when they review grievance committee actions.The policies say the designated reviewer should give deference to the grievance committee’s decision; that the reviewer is acting as an evaluator of the process, not an adjudicator; that the reviewer should consider the nature of the grievance committee’s vote, including whether it was unanimous; and that if the reviewer has a question about a committee action, it should be sent back to that grievance committee. If the designated reviewer still has a problem after the committee’s reconsideration, then that should be presented to the Bar’s Disciplinary Review Committee.The policies will come back to the board for final approval in April.The board did approve a change to Bar Rule 3-7.6, which Silverstein said was a housekeeping issue. The change specifies that the Bar counsel in a grievance case will help the referee prepare the records of a case, certify it as complete, provide a copy to the respondent, and see that it is sent to the Supreme Court.That rule amendment will be submitted to the court for review.last_img read more

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Animal Adventure Park prepares for ‘Low Sensory Evening’

first_imgJordan Patch, park owner, says anyone coming to the event can find comfort in the safe practices around the park.  The park is removing any hands on areas to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines.  Not much will be chaning. Attendees still have access to see and feed all of the animals.  HARPUPSVILLE (WBNG) — Animal Adventure Park is hosting a “Low Sensory Evening” for those with sensory sensitivities and other needs.  Due to the pandemic, the park will only be having one Low Sensory Evening this year. center_img “We have barriers at all of our points of sales,” Patch said. “You will see our team wearing masks 100 percent of the time. And also our building and grounds teams will constantly disinfecting high traffic areas to make sure we are providing a safe experience.” This year, the park is partnering with Super Cooper Saves the Day. The foundation is providing all of the guests with a complimentary souvenir feed cup. For more information on the event, check out the park’s Facebook page.last_img read more

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Repost: Keep Yourself and Emergency Responders Safe This Holiday Travel Season

first_img December 14, 2016 Repost: Keep Yourself and Emergency Responders Safe This Holiday Travel Season Holidays,  PSA,  The Blog The holiday travel season is here, and thousands of people across Pennsylvania are preparing to pack up the car and hit the road to visit family and friends. We’re reposting Colonel Blocker’s blog about holiday travel to remind Pennsylvanians to travel safely this time of year!As you travel to enjoy time with loved ones, plan a safe ride after a night of holiday festivities, make your family’s safety your top priority, and keep in mind the men and women who work every day – sacrificing time with their own families – to keep the roads safe.Before you go out, plan ahead to get home safely.Please do not put yourself, your family, or first responders at risk by making the decision to drink and drive. According to PennDOT, more than 1,200 crashes statewide during the 2015 holiday season involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, with 38 fatalities in those crashes.The SaferRide mobile app, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a free tool to facilitate a safe ride home after a night of holiday festivities. Its simple interface allows users to quickly identify their location and call a taxi or friend to pick them up. Other options include private ride hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, where available. Whichever method you choose, there is no reason to drive impaired.Make your family’s safety your top priority.Remember to wear your seat belt and use appropriate child safety seats every time you drive. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of four must ride in an approved child safety seat and:Children younger than two years old must be secured in a rear-facing car seat.Children from age four to age eight must use an appropriate booster seat.Children from age eight to 18 must wear a seat belt when riding anywhere in a vehicle.All drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years old and older are required to buckle up.If you have questions about installing a car seat, or just want a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to check your work, your local Pennsylvania State Police barracks can help. Visit our website for a list of child seat workshops or to schedule a one-on-one appointment.Keep in mind the men and women who keep our roads safe.Unfortunately, traffic accidents will happen. When they do, we rely on several skilled and dedicated emergency responders – including police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, road crews, and tow truck drivers – to help those involved in the crash and keep traffic moving for other travelers.Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law requires us to move over or slow down when we see emergency personnel on the side of the road. Please do your part to make sure these men and women are safe on the job and return home at the end of their shifts to enjoy the holidays with their families.On behalf of everyone at the Pennsylvania State Police, I wish you a happy, safe, and joyous holiday season. By: Colonel Tyree C. Blocker, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner SHARE Email Facebook Twitter HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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