Foraging ranges, diets and feeding locations of gannets Morus bassanus in the North Sea:evidence from satellite telemetry

first_imgWe used satellite telemetry to examine the foraging ranges, feeding locations and travel speeds of 17 chick-rearing gannets Morus bassanus from the Bass Rock, SE Scotland. Regurgitates indicated that birds at the colony exploited a wide range of prey, frequently including 0-group sandeels (<10 cm in length) and mature mackerel and herring (up to 33 cm) in the diet. The maximum foraging range was 540 km, and the mean distance to the furthest point from the colony on any one trip was 232 km. Destinations of foraging trips covered a wide area of the North Sea, with a non-random distribution and a higher than expected proportion of trips to the NE (generally in the vicinity of Buchan Deep and Halibut Bank) and to the SE (mostly between Farne Deep, Dogger Bank and Outer Silver Pit) of the colony. Foraging trips lasted 13 to 84 h, and trip duration explained 94% of the variance in maximum distance from the colony, indicating that distance travelled could be predicted with a high degree of accuracy from time spent at sea. However, the average speed of travel during foraging trips (15 km h-1) was considerably lower than maximum ground speed (~55 km h-1 in most cases). The results of this study suggest that gannets breeding at the Bass Rock utilize a wide range of species and sizes of prey over a large area of the North Sea, and that they focus their activity on bathymetric features that are probably associated with high primary production. Further data are now required to examine the foraging ranges and feeding locations of gannets in different oceanographic regions in order to obtain a broader understanding of how gannets make use of different marine environments.last_img read more

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Modeling ocean processes below Fimbulisen, Antarctica

first_imgModel simulations of circulation and melting beneath Fimbulisen, Antarctica, obtained using an isopycnic coordinate ocean model, are presented. Model results compare well with available observations of currents and hydrography in the open ocean to the north of Fimbulisen and suggest that Warm Deep Water exists above the level of a sub-ice-shelf bedrock sill, the principal pathway for warm waters to enter the sub-ice-shelf cavity. The model shows a southward inflow of Warm Deep Water over this sill and into the cavity, producing a mean cavity temperature close to −1.0°C. This leads to high levels of basal melting (>10 m/a) at the grounding line of Jutulstraumen and an average melting over the ice shelf base close to 1.9 m/a. The southward inflow is a compensating flow caused by the northward outflow of fresh, cold water produced by the basal melting. Results on inflow and melting are difficult to validate since no in situ measurements yet exist in the cavity. If such high melt rates are realistic, the mass balance of Fimbulisen must be significantly negative, and the ice shelves along Dronning Maud Land must contribute about 4.4 mSv of melt water to the Weddell Sea, about 15% of the total Antarctic meltwater input to the Southern Ocean.last_img read more

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South Korea Chases Away Pirate Boats

first_img View post tag: Pirate Share this article View post tag: Chases View post tag: Navy View post tag: South View post tag: Naval South Korea Chases Away Pirate Boats South Korea says its navy has chased away three suspected pirate boats in Somali waters…(miamiherald)[mappress]Source: miamiherald, July 4, 2011;center_img July 4, 2011 View post tag: away View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Korea View post tag: Boats Back to overview,Home naval-today South Korea Chases Away Pirate Boats last_img

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AB Brasil sees clearly for yeast

first_imgAB Brasil, Latin America’s lea-ding producer of fresh yeast and part of Associated British Foods, now wraps all its Fleischmann yeast in Cellophane 360MSB from Innovia Films and has cut water loss by nearly 50% as a result. The company also says that product quality and shelf life have been improved.AB Brasil has also cut energy costs by reducing storage temperatures from -11º C to -5ºC following the move.The white Cellophane 260MSB is made from renewable wood pulp and coated to provide a high barrier to moisture and gases. This ensures the activity of the yeast is maximised when it is used.The film can be printed using all the conventional printing processes and handles well on high-speed packing lines.last_img

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US calls on Russia, Turkey, UAE to halt Libya intervention

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is calling on Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to immediately halt their military interventions in Libya as demanded in a cease-fire agreement. The U.S. is also urging the three countries to accept Libyan sovereignty as the North African nation moves toward unifying its government, elections and ending years of fighting. U.S. deputy ambassador at the U.N. singled out the three key foreign backers of Libya’s rival governments in a speech to the Security Council. Richard Mills spoke after acting U.N. envoy Stephanie Williams said flights carrying military cargo were continuing to both sides and called for all foreign fighters and mercenaries to leave Libya.last_img

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GoldLink to perform at SUB spring concert

first_imgThe Student Union Board (SUB) announced Tuesday that the artist GoldLink will perform at Friday’s spring concert with MadeinTYO! as the opening act. The SUB concert will return to the Stepan Center, after last semester’s concert featuring Quinn XCII was moved to Legend’s. The fall concert was relocated to accommodate for athletics, which was using the center at the time of the concert. Junior and lead programmer of concerts Bethany Boggess said the return to the Stepan Center will allow more students to attend the show.“The Fall Concert featuring Quinn XCII was held at Legends, which has a capacity of 629,” she said in an email. “The Spring Concert will be at Stepan Center, and there are 2,000 tickets available. We reached capacity at Legends pretty quickly in the fall, so the larger venue will allow us to accommodate more students.”According to the SUB website, GoldLink’s single “Crew” reached the 45th spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and he was nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. He will tour a number of sites, both domestically and internationally, including stops in Hungary, Spain, Croatia and Canada, amongst other places.MadeinTYO! is known for his music video, accompanying his song “Uber Everywhere,” which garnered more than 57 million views, according to the SUB website. He is from Atlanta, home to several other hip-hop artists.In bringing these artists to campus, and introducing more affordable tickets, SUB aimed to make the event more inclusive, Boggess said.“We were incredibly intentional in our selection of the artists for this year’s concert,” she said. “Last semester, a member of the student body prompted SUB Concerts to evaluate its track record of inclusivity and representation. Not only were we able to contract artists with diverse backgrounds and sounds, but we were able to offer tickets for only $5 to hopefully allow more students to attend.” Leading up to the announcement, SUB used a Spotify playlist to keep students guessing about which artist would perform at the show.“The best part of planning the concert was planning and maintaining the Spotify playlist as a means to announce the artists,” Boggess said. “We started with 30 artists on a Spotify playlist called ‘Who’s Coming to Stepan?’ and gradually removed artists until only GoldLink and [MadeinTYO!] remained. It definitely built up a lot of anticipation and kept students interested and talking about the concert before it was announced.”Boggess said she encourages all hip-hop fans to attend the event.“Tickets are on sale now in the LaFortune Box Office for only $5 until 11 p.m. on Thursday night,” she said. “On Friday, you can buy tickets at the door of the show for $10. If you like hip-hop at all, you should give these artists a shot — you won’t be disappointed.”Tags: GoldLink, MadeinTYO!, Stepan Center, SUB concert, SUB Spring Concertlast_img read more

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Bankers to Sen. Hatch: Tax the biggest credit unions

first_img continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Conceding that the majority of credit unions should keep their tax-exempt status, the nation’s bankers are urging Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch(R-Utah) to aggressively push legislation to require the nation’s largest credit unions to pay taxes.“There is no reason why the largest credit unions, which act and look just like the taxpaying banks they compete with, should be completely free of income taxation,” some 52 state banking associations said in a letter to Hatch.Credit union trade groups immediately fired back, accusing the banking groups of spreading misinformation.last_img

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East Java’s first Posyandu for people with disabilities opens in Malang

first_imgKen said the Posyandu was established because of the difficulty that people with disabilities in the area faced in accessing health services at community health centers (Puskesmas) and hospitals.He said disabled children and adults paid an average of Rp 200,000 (US$14.63) per medical examination, not including transportation costs, which could be very burdensome for low-income families.These hurdles led the village administration to take the initiative to work together with a number of related institutions – including disability advocacy group Lingkar Sosial (Linksos) Indonesia, the Lawang district Puskesmas, and the Radjiman Wediodiningrat psychiatric hospital – to establish the Posyandu.The Puskesmas helped provide the general practitioners, midwives and Posyandu volunteers; the psychiatric hospital contributed psychiatrists; while Lingksos provided business and marketing training. The village administration, meanwhile, lent its hall to be used as a venue for the Posyandu and also provided ambulances to offer shuttle services. Village officials, healthcare providers and disability advocates have teamed up to create East Java’s first integrated health services post (Posyandu), to help people with disabilities in Bedali village, Lawang district, Malang.The Posyandu – whose services include health examinations and medication, physiotherapy, counseling, parenting, arts and crafts training, as well as shuttle services – has been available at the Bedali village hall every first Thursday of the month since December, 2019, operating from 8 a.m. to noon.“These [services] are all free,” Posyandu head Ken Karta said at the post’s opening day last week, adding that the facility had 20 staff of different backgrounds, including psychiatrists, general practitioners, midwives and volunteers. Mustajab, a 39-year-old Bedali resident, who has a daughter with a disability, said that he felt lucky that the Posyandu was there and was located only 500 meters from his house. He said he previously had to go to the Lawang psychiatric hospital to get health services for his daughter. “It’s 9 kilometers from home. I spend about Rp 150,000 per visit,” he said.Siti Kotimah, 44, who also has a daughter with a disability, echoed Mustajab’s sentiments. She said the Posyandu was even better than the hospital because she could meet with friends there to share knowledge. It also offered training and shuttle facilities.“That’s what makes it different from Lawang psychiatric hospital,” she said.To access the services at the Posyandu, residents only need to fill in the waiting list form, have their weight and waist measured, and their blood pressure checked. A staff member will then ask about their health conditions over the past month, then a physician will examine them and provide medical advice, as well prescribe medications before they are finally examined by a psychiatrist. The health services are preceded by group exercise and play sessions and the Posyandu also provides training for people with disabilities to make floor mats.Ken said that since the Posyandu opened last December, the number of disabled people registered in the village’s social welfare information system next generation (SIKS-NG) had increased tenfold to 90 from nine.“Many were not registered in the SIKS-NG previously because their families were ashamed,” he said. “Some had even been excluded from their family cards [KK] for the same reason, making them ineligible for health services and insurance provided by the government.”“That’s why we proactively come to them. At the Posyandu everyone can get the same services regardless of their residence status,” he said, adding that Posyandu volunteers would help them get registered in the SIKS-NG and obtain ID cards.Ken said that Posyandu for people with disabilities could easily be established in other villages and subdistricts, as long as the respective local officials had the will to do so. Topics :last_img read more

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Buy this house for a bargain and move it wherever you want to

first_img This three-bedroom home at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow needs a new owner.Selling agent Stuart Gay, of Chris Gay Real Estate, said of the 20 inquiries he received, 19 had not read the listing accurately.“The home is ready for relocation,” Mr Gay said.“It’s got about $50,000 worth of timber in it”.According to the online listing, ‘the contract will be unconditional and will require the buyer to remove the property within 30 days from settlement and a further 14 days to have the site cleared’.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Gay said the circa 1950s timber home was as “original as it comes”.Previously tenanted, the home is in a semi-industrial area which Mr Gay said was once a residential area.“It’s slowly becoming completely industrial,” he said. Kids sketch riverfront home The bathroom at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow. 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow has hit the market.This three-bedroom home has buyers wanting to know more about its ridiculous price tag.The Cairns property, at 26 Dillon St, Bungalow, has been listed for $15,000 and buyer interest has been high. Inside the timber home at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow.center_img MORE: Fancy your own luxury resort? Heads turned at US$690,000 pricetag There’s plenty of storage space at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow.A middle-age couple are keen to buy the property and move it to their farm at Silkwood, a rural town 90km southeast of Cairns, according to Mr Gay.“The house is solid as a rock,” he said.“Down south a lot of people demolish these sorts of homes. And a lot of the time you just can’t get this sort of timber anymore.”last_img read more

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SP seeks ‘appropriate info’ over mass arrest of activists

first_imgIn response of to SP’s request,Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson Captain Cenon Pancito IIIsaid they are “very much willing” to comply once they receive a copy of theresolution.“We are not hiding anything and it is the right of every Negrense to know whatis really happening in the area,” he explained.The military official also said they are willing to present the currentsituation as they believe the local government should be more aware of thesituation at hand. BACOLOD City – The SangguniangPanlungsod (SP) has enjoined law enforcement agencies here to provide“appropriate information” on the recent mass arrest against activists andprogressive groups in this city.  The local legislative body on Thursdaypassed a resolution addressed to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group(CIDG) Region 6, Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, Bacolod CityPolice Office, and Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade. Of the 42 arrested and charged, 11have been indicted for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, andexplosives by Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Fernand Castro of the Office ofthe City Prosecutor here. The charge against 31 otherrespondents has been dismissed for lack of probable cause, and they werereleased from the CIDG’s custody on Wednesday afternoon./PN To date, the CIDG has filed cases forillegal possession of firearms and explosives against 42 suspected CPP-NPAmembers arrested in operations in this city on Oct. 31. Councilor Wilson Gamboa, who authoredthe resolution, said he wants police and military personnel to   disclose information without jeopardizingnational security to the SP.last_img read more

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