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Seasonal changes in the diet and feeding behaviour of a top predator indicate a flexible response to deteriorating oceanographic conditions

first_imgShifts in the diet of top predators can be linked to changes in environmental conditions. In this study, we tested relationships between environmental variation and seasonal changes in diet of a top predator, the grey-headed albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma, breeding at Bird Island, South Georgia in an austral summer of 1999/2000. Oceanographic conditions in that year around South Georgia were abnormal (i.e. anomalously high sea surface temperature to a relative 19-year long-term mean). The diet of grey-headed albatrosses showed high seasonal variation, shifting from cephalopods (42.9 % by mass) in late February to Antarctic krill Euphausia superba (58.3 %) in late April, and grey-headed albatrosses breeding performance was low (16.8 %). This study shows these albatrosses did not manage to find sufficient alternative prey and highlight the risk to top predators if there is an increase in the frequency or severity of food shortages in Antarctic waterslast_img read more

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Royal Netherlands Navy receives hybrid propulsion tugs

first_img Authorities Royal Netherlands Navy receives hybrid propulsion tugs The Royal Netherlands Navy formally took delivery of three Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs in an official handover ceremony at the Den Helder Naval Base.The acquisition of the three Damen tugs is part of the Royal Netherlands Navy’s ongoing fleet renewal program. The hybrid vessels, named Noordzee, Waddenzee and Zuiderzee, can sail under diesel-direct, diesel-electric or fully-electric power.In addition to providing an increase in ship handling capacity, the new vessels are also installed with hybrid propulsion systems.According to Damen, these tugs have an increased fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions. The company said that the vessels can sail for up to one hour at a speed of 4 knots in fully-electric mode, producing zero emissions in the process.When sailing under diesel power, the ASD 2810 Hybrid can store any electrical energy that is not immediately used in its battery pack. This can subsequently be used to sustain vessel operating systems or for use in electric sailing mode, the company added.Packing a 60-tonne bollard pull, the new tugs are also more powerful than the Linge-class tugs they are replacing.Now that the tugs are in active service, Damen Shipyards Den Helder will perform an ongoing maintenance programme of all three vessels. This is a notable fact because this task is normally undertaken by the Royal Netherlands Navy itself. This is the first time that Damen has been called upon for ongoing maintenance works for the Dutch Navy for an extended period. View post tag: Royal Netherlands Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Netherlands Navy receives hybrid propulsion tugs center_img View post tag: Damen Share this article July 13, 2016last_img read more

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Equifax Breach Affects Approximately 3.8 million Hoosiers; Here Are Some Steps To Protect Yourself

first_img  Attorney General Curtis Hill today advised Hoosiers to take immediate steps to protect themselves in the wake of a data breach affecting customers of Equifax, including up to 143 million Americans nationwide and 3.8 million Indiana residents.Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, divulged Thursday that a cyberattack has compromised such personal customer information as names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers. The Atlanta-based company discovered July 29 that it had been hacked, according to media reports, before publicly disclosing the breach more than a month later.The Office of Attorney General maintains a website — http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2891.htm — at which Hoosiers can request a freeze of their credit. There is no charge for this service.Equifax also has a website at which individuals can check to see if they have been affected –equifaxsecurity2017.com – and which allows people to sign up for free credit monitoring.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Mayor’s Message: July 3

first_imgDear Friends,I want to wish you happy Fourth of July and hope you all get to enjoy the celebration with friends and family.There are a lot of great events tomorrow and throughout the weekend, and I encourage you to check out the many great restaurants and shops on the boardwalk, downtown and throughout Ocean City. Thursday’s festivities will be capped off with a fireworks display that will begin at 9 p.m.There are already a lot of people in town for the holiday weekend, so I’d like to remind you all to honor the laws that keep everybody safe.Drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, and just as importantly, I want to remind pedestrians to make eye contact with drivers before walking out into any street. Bicyclists should heed all stop signs and red lights and follow the same rules as cars. With so many people sharing the streets, these rules are extremely important.Please respect the power of the ocean and swim only at beaches protected by the Ocean City Beach Patrol. The patrol has started its extended evening hours at beaches throughout the island. You can see the locations and hours here.Because of a new moon, tides will run exceptionally high over the next couple days. Even in the absence of a storm, some streets could flood. Please monitor conditions, particularly during tides around 9:38 p.m. tonight (July 3) and 10:29 p.m. tomorrow (July 4).Warm regards,Mayor Jay Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

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Massive Fire, Explosion at Somers Point Storage Facility

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEAn early morning fire Thursday tore through a self-storage facility, Sure Storage, at 5 Chestnut Street, causing an explosion and the loss of about 70 storage units, Somers Point Fire Chief Jim Somers said. “It looked like it started in one unit and spread quickly. It didn’t take much. It was really hot,” Somers said in an interview with SomersPoint.com, describing one of the buildings taken down to charred metal.There were no reported injuries in the 4:22 a.m. fire. “We did have an explosion on the second floor,” Somers said. “Thank God no one was in the building at the time.”By 10:50 a.m., with the help of about 10 to 12 fire companies and about 75 firefighters, the massive blaze was under control, Somers explained.“There were still a lot of hot spots and a massive cleanup,” he added. Somers attributed the safe extinguishment of the fire to the professional and quick actions of the firefighters.“Everybody worked hard. Our guys are well-trained. Nobody was standing around. Not only did we have heavy fires of the units, but we had to cut the doors open,” Somers said. “It was a lot of work to get to the fires.”Flames erupt as firefighters battle the blaze.The fire was fought from the exterior. It was too dangerous to enter the building, Somers said.“The building was too compromised, so it was more of a defensive operation — surround it and drown it,” he said. “We had to call in a backhoe to rip off the outer sheeting of the second floor to get in there.”The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety was on scene Thursday afternoon to investigate the cause of the fire.“They are taking care of the investigation. They got it down to where the fire started,” Somers explained. Although the cause has yet to be determined, Somers pointed out, “People put stuff in there they aren’t supposed to.”Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser said in an interview that he arrived at the scene early and saw firsthand how hard the firefighters worked to put out the blaze.“I was there this morning, I’m very grateful to our fire department and the departments from the surrounding towns that responded and helped fight this fire,” Glasser said. “Our emergency management, police and Egg Harbor Township Rescue Squad all did an outstanding job working together to contain this fire. As the mayor, I am very proud and thankful to all.” In addition to Somers Point Fire Companies No. 1 and No. 2, there were multiple fire departments that assisted, including from Linwood, Northfield and Egg Harbor Township.About 75 firefighters work together to get the fire under control. Firefighters put out hot spots Thursday afternoon at Sure Storage in Somers Point. (Photos courtesy Somers Point Fire Chief Jim Somers)last_img read more

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Lupita Nyong’o Will Lead Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will headline the New York premiere of Eclipsed. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production, which has just been added to the Public Theater’s 2015-16 season, will begin off-Broadway previews on September 29. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater.Nyong’o will play The Girl. An Oscar winner for her feature debut in 12 Years a Slave, she will next be seen in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She additionally just wrapped production in Uganda on Mira Nair’s The Queen of Katwe opposite David Oyelowo, and lends her voice to Jon Favreau’s upcoming Jungle Book. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s acting program, Nyongo’s stage credits include The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, The Taming of the Shrew and Elijah.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The limited engagement will run through November 8.last_img read more

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The Lice Battle.

first_imgIf you’re a parent who has ever fought the head-lice battle,you can sympathize with other parents fighting it. But what ifyou find yourself treating your child time after time becausethe little bloodsuckers keep coming back?”You can’t just treat your child with over-the-counterlice treatment and think you’ve solved the problem,” saidJeanette Fleming, a University of Georgia county extensionagent in Pickens County.”You have to apply the treatment, manually remove allthe nits (eggs), clean the child’s brushes and combs and launderthe child’s bed liners, scarfs, hats,” she said. “Youshould also vacuum any upholstered furniture or car seats thechild’s head has touched.”Fleming knows firsthand that lice are a big problem. Last fallher county office, like many across north Georgia, had many callsfrom desperate parents.Don’t Treat Unless You See Lice”We were having a terrible time, and I knew we weren’tthe only ones,” Fleming said. “We had one parent comein and her child’s hair was as dry as straw from all the treatmentsshe had applied. And the child still had lice.”Parents need to know when and how to treat for head lice.”Lice treatments are actually pesticides designed to killlice,” she said. “We had parents telling us they weretreating their children as a precaution. These treatments aren’tlike dandruff shampoo. You can’t keep applying them over and over.If you do, you’re putting your child’s health in danger.”Fleming says lice-removal treatments like Nix and Rid are madefor treating lice, not as preventive treatments.”Never use these products unless you see lice or nitsin your child’s hair,” she said. “And then follow thedirections precisely.”Remember: Lice Treatments Are PesticidesAlways apply the lice-removal medication by wetting and rinsingthe child’s hair over a sink.”Many parents are applying the treatment while the childis in the bath or shower,” Fleming said. “This way,the treatment is washed down the child’s body, which allows itto penetrate the skin. This is a pesticide. Never let it contactyour skin, other than the treatment area.”Even if you treat your child’s hair, there is no guaranteethat will solve your problem.”Moreand more health experts believe head lice are developing immunitiesto the chemicals in these treatments,” Fleming said. “That’swhy we tell parents to sit down and manually remove the lice andnits with a nit comb.”Don’t Resort to Dangerous Home RemediesOut of desperation, some parents try home remedies such askerosene.”Using kerosene is much more dangerous than using pesticides,”said Fleming. “And other home remedies like mayonnaise andVaseline are hard to wash out and leave hair greasy and unmanageable.”Fleming does recommend using olive oil to help remove nits.”Just rub the olive oil into the hair, leave it a fewminutes and begin removing the nits with a lice comb, baby safetyscissors or your fingernails,” she said. “It’s bestto divide the hair into sections so as not to miss any nits.”To help educate Pickens County parents, Fleming enlisted thehelp of senior 4-H’er Miranda Brooks.Brooks researched head lice and volunteered to help with headchecks at the local primary school. Then she designed a prevention-and-treatmentdisplay booth, “Don’t Let a Louse Get a Head.” The displaywon first place at the Coosa Valley Fair last year.Brooks also presented a program to the PTA and wrote an articlefor the local newspaper.”Head lice are one of the most misunderstood of humanparasites,” Brooks said. “People think having head licelabels them as dirty and unkempt. But head lice are invading themost stylishly cut hair, the finest homes and the most expensiveprivate schools.”Brooks won a first-place state 4-H award for her project onhead lice.last_img read more

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Equal Opportunities Law Section plans education campaign

first_imgEqual Opportunities Law Section plans education campaign July 15, 2001 Regular News Equal Opportunities Law Section plans education campaignEqual Opportunities, the newest section of the Bar, is planning its first big seminar that will tackle the controversial issue of affirmative action in law school admissions and law firm hiring.“We want to draw attention to ourselves and the existence of the section. And we hope that this will help us,” said incoming Chair Marcia Cohen, of St. Petersburg, who practices employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and civil rights law. Cohen will teach feminist jurisprudence at Stetson University College of Law this year, and recently spoke at the National Organization for Women’s convention, in Philadelphia, on the damaging effects on equal opportunities for women’s health care when religion-affiliated hospitals impose their directives regarding abortion and contraception.But the topic of the seminar, Friday, January 11, 2002, in conjunction with the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami, will try to present a balanced look at the issue of affirmative action in law firm hiring and law school admissions. “So we’re going to have Professor Mark Brown, who teaches constitutional law at Stetson, to talk about what the Supreme Court has said affirmative action is.“We’re also going to do some fairly controversial things. But we hope to present a balanced view. We will have Leon Russell, past president of Florida NAACP. We will have Susan Woolridge, a white woman who is suing the state for not admitting her to law school, claiming her LSAT scores were higher than blacks admitted. We hope to have a representative of the Governor’s Office to discuss his One Florida plan,” Cohen said, of Gov. Jeb Bush’s initiative that ended affirmative action in college admissions but stopped short of banning minority scholarships or recruitment.“And we already have a commitment from Mary B. Hooks, secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment Security, who will explain the One Florida initiative, and Professor Ken Nunn, of the University of Florida law school, who will be explaining why he resigned as associate dean, as UF was not retaining or hiring minority law professors.”In addition to the seminar, Cohen said, the section is boosting its outreach efforts at law schools by encouraging students to join the section that bills itself as “focusing on issues involving equal access to the law and judiciary, while acting as a clearinghouse for the Bar and the public on issues relating to minorities, women, and the physically and mentally challenged; and to act as an advocate for them within the Bar and to educate them on their legal rights.”The law school outreach is working through minority law student associations, women law student associations, Hispanic law student associations, as well as disabled law students, to spread the word that you don’t have to have your law degree to join the section that now has 175 members.“I’ve already been talking it up at Stetson,” said Cohen. “Those are our major pushes of the year, once again hoping to swell our membership and raise the consciousness about this section among members of the Bar.”Last year’s chief accomplishments, said outgoing Chair Raul Arencibia, of Coral Gables, were “the bonds that we have made with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Virgil Hawkins Chapter of the National Bar Association. We’ve collaborated on various activities, including the All-Bar Conference on diversity, and the Bar Annual Meeting luncheon of FAWL.“In the future, I think that voluntary bar associations and the Equal Opportunities Law Section will continue to work together to advance the interests of women, minorities, and disabled lawyers,” Arencibia said. “We look forward to many years of cooperation and collaboration on special projects.” Marcia Cohen “Really, there is a great confusion in people’s understanding of what affirmative action law is,” Cohen said. “So we’re going to get into some of the substantive law, as well. Of course, the law has always been that it is permissible to use race as a factor. I think the courts look like they are moving away from that type of rationale used in the Bakke decision (the 1978 decision that said universities may take race into account in college admissions). last_img read more

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Skelos Corruption Trial: Dean & Adam Decline Testimony, Closing Arguments Continue

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger and Desiree D’iorioNew York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, opted not to testify at their corruption trial, which is coming to a close this week at Manhattan federal court.Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday after hearing testimony from a lobbyist and two FBI agents. Judge Kimba Wood then asked the defense if they planned to call any witnesses of their own or if the Skeloses planned to take the stand themselves. They declined.“I made a conscious decision not to testify,” the senator told the judge. When asked, his son reiterated the statement. And when the judge asked if they had anything to drink in the past 24 hours, the senator said he had a glass of wine and his son said he had a margarita.The former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes in the form of jobs that his son was either unqualified for or where he didn’t show up in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations. The companies include Roslyn-based Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI), New Hyde Park-based Glenwood Management and Arizona-based AbTech Industries.The senator’s friend, Nick Barrella, who’s a partner at Capital Group, a lobbying firm that PRI hired to lobby Skelos on medical malpractice regulations, testified that Adam also recruited Barrella to lobby legislation that would help AbTech. But Barrella said that he cut ties with AbTech in January after Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, “Stay tuned,” upon announcing the arrest of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), who was convicted of similar corruption charges in an unrelated case last week.Read: Dean Skelos Wiretaps Reveal Greed, Schemes & F-BombsOf the two FBI agents who took the stand, one testified that he conducted surveillance on Sen. Skelos when Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s SUV picked up the senate majority leader from his Rockville Centre home while the two lawmakers were on their way to a New York City police officer’s funeral. The funeral is where Skelos asked Mangano about the county’s late payments to AbTech. Afterwards, Mangano’s deputy promptly made a call about it while still at the funeral, according to court testimony.Prosecutors began their closing arguments Tuesday afternoon, but they did not finish before the judge sent the jury home for the day. Prosecutors are expected to conclude their closing arguments Wednesday morning before each defense attorney gives their own summation. Once concluded, the judge will instruct the jury on how to begin their deliberations.last_img read more

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Standard Life sells 20% of Hammerson

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