Attendance patterns and behaviour in relation to experience and pair-bond formation in the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans at South Georgia

first_imgRecruitment of Wandering Albatrosses Diomedea exulans to the breeding population at South Georgia took between 2 and 8 years after they first returned to their natal colony. In successive seasons, from first return to pairing, the date of arrival became earlier and the number of days spent ashore and the time spent interacting with other birds increased. Pairing birds arrived earlier and spent more time ashore than birds of similar experience which did not pair in that season. In the season following pairing they returned at the same time as breeding birds, but most did not breed; when ashore they spent much of their time alone or with their partner at the nest site. They left in mid‐season before other non‐breeders and bred the following season. Some birds accomplished this process by spending much time (50–60 days) ashore in two or three seasons but most birds spent a similar total time ashore spread over more seasons. Until the season prior to breeding, the number of birds of the opposite sex with whom interactions occurred was proportional to the amount of time spent ashore. There was, therefore, considerable scope for inter‐individual assessment of potential partners before interactions were confined essentially to a single partner in the season before the first breeding attempt.last_img read more

Diel vertical migration of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is flexible during advection across the Scotia Sea

first_imgWe model a summer snapshot of the behavior of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) during advection across the Scotia Sea. Individual krill respond to a changing landscape of predation risk and food availability by migrating vertically in the column and choosing an average distance to their nearest neighbor (swarm density). We determine the optimal behavior of 30, 40 and 50 mm krill using a state-dependent life history model where individuals move along 30-day segments of hypothetical journey tracks in three different regions of the Scotia Sea, with the tracks extracted from a combination of circulation models and surface drifter data. Food availability is based on satellite data for surface Chl and with additional heterotrophic and detritus food components, and mortality is parameterized with respect to distance from shore, daylight and krill swarming-behavior. We predict that proximity to predator colonies has a distinct effect on behavior, particularly on depth choice when food-availability is low. Observations made during an acoustic survey of the region found swarms to be deeper at the Antarctic Peninsula compared with South Georgia, in line with model pedictions. Our pedictions are also consistent with observations that swarm density, changes little on a logarithmic scale across the region. We show that being able to change behavior on short time scales has distinct advantages to krill.last_img read more

COA Allows Vectren To Move Forward With Coal-Powered Plants Project

first_imgCOA Allows Vectren To Move Forward With Coal-Powered Plants ProjectOlivia Covington for www.theindinalawyer.comAn Indiana energy company can proceed with its plans to bring two of its coal-powered plants into compliance with federal emissions standards after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected an appeal to force the company to build natural gas plants instead.After receiving a notice of violation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding emissions from three of its coal-powered generators in 2013, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana Inc. reached a settlement in principle with EPA to resolve the alleged violations and also became subject to new federal mandates regarding mercury emissions standards.As a result of those compliance issues, Vectren filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in January 2014 for approval of modifications to four of its coal-powered facilities. Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Inc., Sierra Club Inc. and Valley Watch Inc. intervened and opposed the petition in April 2014, arguing that Vectren should replace all or some of the four units with new electricity-generating sources as a cost-saving measure for customers.The IURC ultimately approved Vectren’s petition in January 2015, but the intervenors appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals. In its October 2015 opinion, the appellate court ordered that two of Vectren’s proposed projects be issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity, but sent the case back to the IURC to consider the other two projects, which dealt with soda ash and lime injection systems, based on Indiana Code 8-1-8.7-3(b).On remand, the IURC rejected the intervenor’s petition to reopen the evidentiary record and found that under I.C. 8-1-8.7-3(b), the other two projects should be granted certificates of public convenience and necessity.In their second appeal before the appellate court, the intervenors argued that the IURC’s findings on remand were not adequately explained, were arbitrary and capricious, and were not supported by substantial evidence because the commission only considered Vectren’s pre-filed direct testimony. Had the IURC considered other testimony, it would have learned that the long-term cost of installing pollution controls on the existing coal-powered units would be more than the cost of building new natural gas plants, they said.But Judge Robert Altice, writing Tuesday for the unanimous panel, noted that the IURC’s first order granting all four projects remained intact even after the court’s decision to remand after the first appeal. The commission was merely instructed to consider the other two projects under a different section of Indiana Code, which it did, Altice said.“Moreover, the cost analysis was not the sole basis of the IURC’s decision to issue the CPCN to Vectren,” Altice wrote. “The IURC issued specific findings on all nine statutory factors as set out above, many of which had nothing to do with the cost analysis.”Further, the commission was not required to reopen the evidence and re-litigate the case on remand, especially considering the fact that there was ample evidence in the existing record for evaluation on remand, the judge wrote.The case is Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Inc., Sierra Club, Inc., Valley Watch, Inc. v. Southern Indiana Gas and Electricity Company d/b/a Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, Inc., Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, 93A02-1607-EX-1637.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

US SBA awards HUBZone certification to Vermont manufacturer MSI

first_imgManufacturing Solutions Inc,Manufacturing Solutions Inc of Morrisville has received designation as a HUBZone certified small business concern (SBC). The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program, enacted into law in 1997, encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones – “HUBZones” by providing access to more Federal contracting opportunities.
‘This designation will give us and our customers a leg up in our efforts to secure government contracts,’ says business owner, Garret Hirchak. ‘We look forward to bringing more growth and innovation to this part of Vermont while offering clients from around the country the option for efficient and cost-competitive domestic manufacturing.’To qualify for the program Manufacturing Solutions Inc. had to meet all of the following criteria: be located in a “historically underutilized business zone” or HUBZone, be owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens, and at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone. Manufacturing Solutions Inc. is now eligible to receive HUBZone contracting opportunities and will be included in the listing of qualified HUBZone SBC’s.Manufacturing Solutions Inc. provides competitive manufacturing solutions to a broad range of clients. They offer clients options of product assembly, composite material cutting and kitting, inventory control and storage, quality control, project process development, transportation and warehouse space. For additional information visit www.msivt.com(link is external).Morrisville, VT ‘ (April 28, 2011) ‘last_img read more

Ties with Colombia to improve greatly, says Chavez

first_imgBy Dialogo August 23, 2010 Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin visited Caracas to implement the agreement for restored diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela reached by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on August 10. Chavez said Holguin’s visit showed both countries respect each other and expressed that his country’s relations with Colombia “will be much better than before,” according to Xinhua. Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera, Trade Minister Sergio Diaz-Granados, Transportation Minister German Cardona, and national planning director Hernando Jose Gomez traveled with Holguin. Holguin’s trip was a concerted effort to restore the ties between both countries, and included discussions on economic, social and border issues between the two. Among the topics of interest, the border issue was especially important as there were various problems along the countries’ common border, including rebels, drug trafficking and kidnapping, said Chavez, according to Xinhua.last_img read more

Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag awarded the Golden Goat – Capra d’oro award

first_imgThe award was accepted on behalf of Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag by Arlen Brozić, Director of the Executive Board of Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, along with Vili Bassanese, Mayor of Umag and Milovan Popović, Director of the Tourist Board of Umag. These are awards given to an individual or group for outstanding contribution in the field of marketing activities in Istrian tourism, especially in the field of product improvement and tourism promotion for activities, products and projects in the Istrian County. “Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag is a tournament that represents one of Umag’s icons, promoting quality sports, top entertainment and a world-renowned gourmet offer – “ingredients” that define our beautiful Umag. This year is extremely important for Umag. The city, which was deservedly declared the European City of Sports last year, is this year also the proud host of the 30th edition of this renowned tennis spectacle. I am extremely honored, as the Mayor of Umag, that for 30 years the ATP Croatia Open has been promoting our city and homeland as a tourist and sports destination, and this commendable award, the Golden Goat, which was presented to us today, is proof that we are on the right track. which we will persevere with and be better and better every year” He said Vili Bassanese, Mayor of the City of Umag. Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag has earned the title of the most important international event in Croatia, which greatly enriches the tourist offer of Umag, Istria and Croatia. Vili Bassanese, Arlen Brozić and Milovan Popović / Photo: Plava Laguna “We are extremely honored to have been awarded this recognition. From the very beginning, ATP Umag has been contributing to the development of Croatian tennis and the promotion of Croatian tourism, and in 30 years it has confirmed its strong position as a promoter of sports, but also of Umag, Istria and Croatia. With 10 days of tennis, music and gourmet programs, Umag’s ATP is a successful tourist story that is watched on TV matches in 100 countries around the world. ” said Arlen Brozić, director of the Executive Board of Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. “The ATP Croatia Open is an event that has made Croatia, Istria and Umag recognizable in the world. It is a strong brand that symbolizes the values ​​promoted by the Tourist Board of the Istrian County, which are lifestyle, dynamism, innovation, gastronomy and quality. This award is more than deserved, because not everyone can survive in all circumstances and maintain such a level of organization for thirty years in a row, so sincere congratulations to all who contributed to it.” he said at the award ceremony Denis Ivošević, director of the Istria County Tourist Board. For 30 years, it has been turning Umag into a center of top tennis, brilliant exhibitions, great entertainment and exceptional gourmet offers, and it provides visitors with an unforgettable experience and memorable experiences. Continuous investment in the quality and diversity of the program results in attracting an increasing number of guests from around the world, but also an increasing number of world and domestic media. Milovan Popovic, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Umag, added on this occasion that Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag for 30 years it has been bringing top world tennis players to Umag who, with their arrival, contribute to the promotion of destinations all over the world, so they can be considered their ambassadors. “In addition, during the tournament for more than ten days in Umag, there are almost 500 journalists from Croatia, the region and the world who broadcast news from Umag every day. It is indisputable, therefore, that the impact of our tournament ranked Umag, and thus Istria, in the last 30 years as a recognizable destination ideal for sports, recreation and entertainment. Popovic concluded. Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag yesterday was awarded the Golden Goat – Capra d’oro, the annual award of the Tourist Board of the Istrian County in the category Events, as the most successful sporting event. Photo: Blue Lagoonlast_img read more

Too much about people doing wrong

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe seem to be going through an era of women being taken advantage of in many ways that were not too good.This action by men in power has been going on for over 3,000 or 4,000 years. Does this make it right? The answer is no. We all know that.Why did everyone wait so long to say something? I think there’s more to this than meets the eye, like breaking contracts with big corporations or like making politicians give up before their bad behavior is exposed. The list goes on and on. Now how about women CEOs who abuse men who work for their companies? You don’t hear too much about this, do you? All of this stuff shouldn’t make the national news, as it’s a bad part of human lives. Just think of the clergy, the doctors and other professionals that all of the above involves.We should have laws that if something takes place, the person involved has to put a claim in within one or two weeks of the incident or it’s over and done with.There’s so much more to all of this; you would need the entire paper to write about it and you would still not be finished. This stuff shouldn’t happen at all. But being humans, that’s the way it is — so sad.Let’s spend more time newswise to make this a better and safer America and world, and put all the other stuff on the back page.Sid GordonSaratoga More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Apply equal justice in serious car crashes

first_imgI read recently the outrage over the high school-age boy, whose drunken crash claimed the life of two other children, being up for parole.Now it’s followed by sympathetic coverage of a prominent businessman whose same action has caused a woman to be crippled for life, a paraplegic. He has a lawyer who is paid enough to twist a story into shape that a judge must follow that twist and release the offender. Where is the justice?Calvin MooreColonieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Warner home set up for family living

first_imgThe home at 35 Sonata Drive, Warner.“It’s quite a low-maintenance yard, which is a good thing as I’m no green thumb.“It’s also a great home for entertaining. It’s got a nice big patio with fan. We’ve had many get-togethers out there.” The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens through sliding doors to the covered patio. The kitchen has timber look benchtops, wall oven, gas cooking, dishwasher and pantry.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is also a rumpus area off the living area, and a separate lounge room. The kitchen at 35 Sonata Drive, Warner.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with double-sized shower. The three remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and the family bathroom has a separate bath and shower. There is also a study and a laundry with external access. The home has LED lighting, fans, security screens and high ceilings throughout. The home at 35 Sonata Drive, Warner.There is also a double lockup garage with internal access at the front of the home. Outside there are established, low-maintenance gardens and an automatic irrigation system for the lawns on the fully fenced, 674sq m block. Mr White said the home was in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood. “Everyone gets along on the street and we all look out for each other,” he said. The property is being marketed by Kerry Marks, of Harcourts North Lakes, for $569,000.center_img The home at 35 Sonata Drive, Warner.THIS spacious lowset home on a big block is on the market in Warner.The property at 35 Sonata Drive is well set up for family living with four bedrooms, multiple living areas and a big entertainment space.Michael White has owned the property for about seven years and said it was a great home for his family of four. “I love the size of the house and the yard,” he said. last_img read more

More Road Work On 46 Next Week

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close State Road 46 at the Indiana-Ohio Railroad crossing on the west side of Greensburg next week.Railroad crews have been scheduled to replace surface panels and rails on the crossing between West Street and Sunset Drive—beginning Monday morning and finishing on or before Friday November 8.An official detour routes traffic on S.R. 3 and U.S. Highway 421, a distance of 2.2 miles.last_img