Stable isotopes document inter- and intra-specific variation in feeding ecology of nine large southern Procellariiformes

first_imgInvestigating the foraging ecology of seabirds is especially challenging given their wide-ranging movements and the practical difficulties of obtaining unbiased information on their feeding behavior. Despite the development of animal-borne tracking devices, several limitations preclude investigations at the scale of a whole community in a given season or year, and, until recently, during the non-breeding period. Here we analyzed δ13C and δ15N in feathers of chicks and adults to investigate inter- and intra-specific variation in the foraging habitat and trophic position of 9 large procellariiform seabirds from 6 southern breeding localities during the breeding and non-breeding periods. Isotopic ratios of each species were generally consistent among different breeding populations, despite the large geographical scale and potential variation in oceanography in surrounding waters. Both spatial and trophic segregation apparently allowed the co-existence of sympatric species in most breeding localities, except at South Georgia, where both δ13C and δ15N in chicks showed high overlap among species, probably resulting from the superabundance of alternative food resources during the summer. Low variance in stable isotope ratios among adults in several species indicated high overlap between individuals in feeding habits and trophic levels (i.e. isotopic specialist populations) during the non-breeding period. By contrast, large isotopic variances and the high within- and between-individual components of the trophic niche width suggested that grey-headed and light-mantled sooty albatrosses are generalists. Based on δ13C, the species that breed in the Southern Ocean can be categorized as residents or subtropical migrants, with the latter including oceanic and neritic subtropical migrants. Albatrosses meet the high energetic challenge of feather synthesis by foraging in different habitats, depending on the length of the non-breeding period. Annual breeders renew their plumage in productive neritic waters in ~4 mo, whereas biennially breeding species moult in less productive oceanic waters over much longer periods (~12 to 16 mo).last_img read more

Utah State Men’s Basketball Signs Nigel John

first_img Written by Brad James Tags: Nigel John/USU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State men’s basketball head coach Craig Smith announced the addition to the squad of 6-9 250-pound post Nigel John of Allen, Texas.When he becomes eligible in 2020-21, he will have four years of eligibility for the Aggies.John has averaged a double-double (16.8 points, 10.8 rebounds per game) per game for the Texas Allegiance Homeschool of Dallas. He also posted 3 blocks per contest and 21 double-digit scoring outputs (nine games of 20 or more points) and shot 80 percent (191-238) from the floor.The No. 15 Aggies return to action Friday at Saint Mary’s for a 9:30 pm tip-off in a non-conference tilt at Moraga, Calif. November 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Signs Nigel Johnlast_img read more

So that’s where Marsh & Parson star Liza-Jane Kelly went!

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » So that’s where Marsh & Parson star Liza-Jane Kelly went! previous nextAgencies & PeopleSo that’s where Marsh & Parson star Liza-Jane Kelly went!Sales Director who helped aggressively expand London agent but left a year ago has now joined Savills to head up its prime sales operation in the capital.Nigel Lewis29th June 201802,837 Views Senior industry veteran Liza-Jane Kelly has joined Savills to head up the company’s prime London market sales team just over a year after her shock departure from London agency Marsh & Parsons.She helped grow M&P from a minor operator to one of the capital’s fastest-expanding agents, enlarging it from seven to 27 branches.Kelly led a management buyout of M&P in 2005 with fellow director Peter Rollings, backed by Irish firm Sherry Fitzgerald, growing the company partly through the acquisition of local competitor Vanstons in 2006.But after LSL bought the company in 2011, Kelly unexpectedly left the company to “pursue other career opportunities” in May last year.Before joining M&P she had worked initially for Sherry Fitzgerald in Ireland before moving to London to work for Hamptons International.Kelly has been biding her time, waiting for the ideal opportunity to present itself, and her new role at Savills is one of the most prestigious and challenging within the estate agent industry.“I’m delighted to be joining the team at Savills, a company and brand I have long admired,” she says.Savills reveals she will be working with and evolving existing teams and concentrating on London’s core prime markets across its 35 branches within the capital.Kelly will have her work cut out – London’s prime market has been in trouble since both the Brexit vote and changes to the UK’s buy-to-let taxes, which have significantly reduced demand among foreign and investor clients.“It’s an exciting appointment and great to have Liza-Jane join us; she’ll be a real asset to our London business as we continue our strategic push into the wider markets across London,” says Justin Marking, Savills’ Head of Global Residential (pictured, left).liza jane kelly marsh and parson London prime Hamptons International Savills Sherry Fitzgerald June 29, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

German Navy to Upgrade Its Amphibious Capabilities

first_img View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: capabilities The German Navy is looking to expand its amphibious capabilities and intensify its maritime cooperation with the Netherlands. That is why the German fleet commander, Rear Admiral Thomas Jugel, paid a 2-day visit to the naval base in Den Helder and the amphibious centre of expertise on the island of Texel.Accompanied by the Dutch Commodore Peter Lenselink, Rear Admiral Jugel  examined and discussed all facets of amphibious operations. One of the locations for these discussions was the landing platform dock HNLMS Johan de Witt. The vessel hosted the two naval officers’ discussion on how cooperation between their two countries can be fleshed out.By further developing and expanding its amphibious capabilities, Germany hopes to meet the capability requirements of the European Amphibious Initiative. This initiative enables close amphibious interoperability between European countries. With the firm intention of joining this initiative, Germany is exchanging views on the work-up programme for the fleet and marines and its application to existing German units.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 20, 2013; Image: Dutch MoD German Navy to Upgrade Its Amphibious Capabilities Share this article View post tag: News by topic February 20, 2013center_img View post tag: German View post tag: its View post tag: upgrade View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today German Navy to Upgrade Its Amphibious Capabilities View post tag: Amphibiouslast_img read more

General Election will be battle of “life and death”, says Sanders

first_imgLarry Sanders, brother of US Senator and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination Bernie Sanders, has warned of a battle of “life and death” in the General Election, after the announcement that he will run as the Green Party candidate in Oxford East.Oxford East, the constituency covering most of Oxford University’s colleges, has been held by Labour MP Andrew Smith since 1987. Smith recently announced that he will not be standing for re-election in June.Sanders, a former councillor who has lived in Oxford for 47 years, said of the constituency: “Oxford East is one of the areas that understand[s] and hate[s] the growth of anti-minority politics, the rise of the Trumps, and the success of the Theresa Mays in making life harder for most of us.”Speaking of his brother’s campaign for the presidency last year, Sanders said: “I am proud that my brother has become the most popular politician in America and a powerful opponent of Trump. A government has to work for all its people, not just the very rich. I have tried to do the same.“We are in a battle that is literally life and death, and will not end with the election. “Britain is the most unequal country in Europe. Our politics has to change.”The news that Sanders will run comes just days after the Green Party announced that they will not be putting up a candidate for election in Oxford West & Abingdon in June.In 2015, the party received just under 2,500 votes. Cheryl Briggs, who had planned to stand as the Green candidate, said she would not do so in order “to put the greater good” before Green Party interests.She also said Liberal Democrat Layla Moran offered “the best chance of beating the Conservatives”. Oxford West & Abingdon is a Conservative-held seat, having been taken from the Liberal Democrats in 2010 with a majority of 176 votes.This was increased to 9,000 votes in 2015. The seat is estimated to have voted over 60% in favour of Remain in the European Union referendum and voted majoritively for the Liberal Democrats in the recent local elections.Matthew Hull, President of Oxford Green Students, told Cherwell: “Local Greens decided that the constituency’s best interests were served by endorsing Layla Moran. Importantly, Layla herself promised to support policies crucial to the Green ethos: supporting electoral reform, opposing fracking, and opposing further privatisation of public services. I wholeheartedly support her candidacy in Oxford West & Abingdon.”Joe Crossley, Senior Co-chair of Oxford University Liberal Democrats, told Cherwell: “Only Lib Dem candidate Layla Moran can beat the Tories in Oxford West, and, with so many people voting tactically to stop a Tory hard Brexit, the Greens’ decision to step down is very welcome.”The Liberal Democrat candidate for the seat, who also stood in 2015, said: “I welcome the decision the local Green Party has taken to not stand a candidate in this election. We must put a stop to the Conservatives’ damaging hard Brexit and regressive cuts […] and I am more convinced than ever that with an alliance of voters from across the political spectrum, from the Greens to Labour and the moderate Conservatives, we can and will send a powerful message to Theresa May on June 8th and win this seat back.”last_img read more


first_imgA funeral mass was offered Dec. 6 at Our Lady of Fatima Church for John P. Ninivaggi. He died unexpectedly of natural causes in his home in North Bergen on Dec. 1. John was born on June 10, 1954 in Hoboken and lived in North Bergen and Ridgefield. He was the only son of Mary (Marciano) and the late Perry Ninivaggi. He was a dedicated and expertly skilled craftsman and engineer. He worked as a technician for fiber optic systems for over 30 years at Verizon, and after retirement worked as an engineer at Fuchs Audio Technology. He was a talented guitar player. He had an unparalleled ability to restore not only guitars, but anything he loved or was fascinated by that needed fixing. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Helene (nee Habermann); his daughters, Krista and Alise; his son-in-law, Alise’s husband David Machinist; and his mother, Mary. He also leaves behind his two beloved cats, Sallie and Dahlia.Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.last_img read more

Speaker examines Korean-Japanese relations

first_imgJae Woong Lee, deputy consul general for the Republic of Korea, spoke on Korean-Japanese relations Monday night in a lecture sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.According to Lee, Japan and Korea countries have shared — and continue to share — a long and complicated history. Their geological position and common culture should create favorable conditions for diplomatic relations, Lee said, yet Korean-Japanese relations continue to be strained.Lee said ancient Japanese and Korean art display “striking similarities,” though ancient Japanese art is usually sculpted from wood and Korean sculptors preferred to use a bronze medium.“This is evidence of the close interactions and close relationship between Korea and Japan more than 1,000 years ago,” Lee said. “We like to boast that Korean ancient history moved to Japan and had them give birth to their own Japanese culture.”Though the countries share a related history, Lee said tensions remain in the current Japanese-Korean relations, yet have not kept the countries from working together on prominent issues.“There is a prolonged, unstable relationship from various factors. Even though Korea and Japan have a close history, there are still problems,” he said.These problems stem from the way the Japanese government portrays this shared history, Lee said.Lee said the Korean people are worried the Japanese are promoting a type of revisionist history, through endorsing textbooks that incorrectly portray the invasion of Korean lands, and by authorizing such books, the Japanese government is refusing to depict past wrongs.“This is just one of the main headaches, one of the stumbling blocks over which there is a divide between Japan and Korea,” Lee said.Many Koreans are offended by Japanese politicians’ visits to to Yasukuni Shrine, Lee said.“This is just one of the shrines that Japan has. But this specific shrine, they have the names of the war criminals … ” Lee said. “Politicians of Japan go to this shrine, giving a certain impression to Koreans that they do not truly regret their past wrongs against the people in the region.”Japanese-Korean relations were previously strained by the issue of “comfort women.” The term refers to the practice in countries occupied by Japanese rule, including Korea, in which young women were taken from their homes and taken to “comfort stations,” where they were forced into sexual slavery.Lee said Korea and Japan reached a tentative agreement in December to resolve the dispute over this issue, and this agreement represents a large success for the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.“Japan is finally accepting more responsibility for this issue and they agreed to provide us compensation. The Japanese government clearly said ‘sorry’ to Korea,” Lee said.Lee said Japanese-Korean relations can only continue to prosper if both countries continue to be sensitive to and aware of past events.“They have to acknowledge the correct history,” Lee said. “There is no compromise on that.”Tags: Liu Institutelast_img read more

New rules address insurance practice and ancillary business

first_imgNew rules address insurance practice and ancillary business New rules address insurance practice and ancillary business Senior Editor Lawyers now have guidance when operating ancillary businesses, and paralegals and legal assistants must work for attorneys if they want to use those titles, following action by the Supreme Court.The court, acting on the Bar’s annual package of amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, also approved a landmark statement of rights for clients represented by attorneys hired by insurance companies and, as part of the paralegal rule, gave lawyers more latitude in assigning work to their nonlawyer staff.The justices ruled April 25 in Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, case no. SC01-1409. Except for changing a comment on one rule involving hearing officers on discipline cases and on another rule to incorporate language agreed to by the Bar and Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., the court adopted the rules as submitted by the Bar.On the ancillary business issue, the Bar proposed new Rule 4-5.7 that lawyers engaging in ancillary businesses be bound by all the Rules of Professional Conduct unless the client is advised, preferably in writing, that the ancillary services are not legal work and the protections of the attorney-client relationship does not apply. The court noted it received comment from Tim Chinaris, former Bar ethics counsel and now a law professor, who urged that the written disclosure be made mandatory, noting there were such requirements in other parts of the rule.While the Bar agreed a written disclosure would be better, it took the position there was no guarantee a written explanation would be understood by clients. The Bar also said it did not want to discipline unwary lawyers who failed to provide the written notice but who made a good faith oral explanation to clients.The opinion noted the Bar studied the issue for more than two years and looked at what other states had done, before settling on a rule similar to one in Pennsylvania which recommends but does not mandate written disclosure.“Based on its years of study, we defer to the Bar in this matter,” the opinion said. “Should the court learn that problems have developed because written disclosures have not been provided, we will consider amending [the rule] to mandate the written disclosure.”Bar President Terry Russell said the ancillary business rule is important because it’s the second half of the Bar’s response to the multidisciplinary practice/ancillary business issue. The Bar already has opposed MDPs, saying they would compromise the core values of the profession by allowing nonlawyers to share fees and control legal decisions. “The proposed rule and the corresponding comment,” Russell said, “will give lawyers and law firms important guidance on how to do that [ancillary work] without running afoul of the rules and protecting the public.”He added that it was gratifying the court deferred to the Bar on the written disclosure issue.The court approved the addition of subsection (j) to Rule 4-1.8. The product of the Insurance Practices Special Study Committee, it requires that lawyers hired by insurance companies to represent policyholders give those clients a statement of rights regarding their representation.It discusses conflicts of interest, that the insurance company under most policies will direct the attorney’s actions, confidentiality, and other issues. The insurance industry supported the rule change.Board of Governors member David Bianchi, who chaired the special committee, said it is a landmark rule. “It is a fine document that we can all be proud of,” he said. “It is the first of its kind in the country and many states are now likely to follow suit.. . . In the years to come it will prove to be one of the Bar’s most practical and useful public services.”Russell said the ruling is the Bar’s first attempt at addressing the 30-year-old issue of insurance companies hiring staff counsel to represent policyholders, and related matters. He noted that a second special insurance study committee — which looked at staff counsel using firm-like names, among other topics — recently completed its work and the Bar will shortly be submitting additional rules to the court.“When we get those two things together, I think we’re going to have pretty close to a full resolution of issues that have been generated by the three-decade-old practice of insurance companies using staff counsel,” Russell said.(The Bar rules opinion came less than a week after the court issued an order on an 11th Circuit judge’s orders affecting insurance counsel appearing before him. See story elsewhere in this News. )Changes to Rule 4-5.3 have impacts not only on lawyers and the legal practice, but nonlawyers who provide legal services. Russell said the changes came from a special committee that he chaired, appointed by former Bar President John Frost.One part of the rules specifies that “A person who uses the title of paralegal, legal assistant, or other similar term when offering or providing services to the public must work for or under the direction or supervision of a lawyer or an authorized business entity as defined elsewhere in these Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.”It also adds language on lawyer supervision of nonlawyer employees by providing that paralegals and legal assistants may perform duties delegated to them by an attorney without that attorney being present or actively involved. But the rule also provides that “the lawyer shall review and be responsible for the work product of the paralegals or legal assistants.”The comment to the rule states: “If an activity requires the independent judgment and participation of the lawyer, it cannot be properly delegated to a nonlawyer employee.”The rule came from the committee’s “desire to make it easier for lawyers to deliver legal services more efficiently and therefore more cheaply through expanding use of paralegals,” Russell said. The rule recognizes what has been the practice in many offices and also promotes what he dubbed the “Sherrie Marcus model,” after the Miami Beach attorney who uses paralegals to interview family-law clients and do much of the work, with Marcus reviewing all documents and other actions.The UPL aspect of the rule came after the committee did a survey which showed that most Floridians think people who call themselves paralegals or legal assistants have special training and abilities and work for attorneys. Russell said many people have been duped and harmed by the confusion, and those who don’t work for attorneys will have to call themselves legal document typists or some other name that more accurately reflects their function.The rules provides “a UPL enforcement rule for the unauthorized practice of law by people who call themselves paralegals or legal assistants but who do not work under the supervision of an attorney. That will now become per se the unauthorized practice of law,” Russell said.Changes were also made to Rule 10-2.1 (which governs unlicensed practice of law issues) to correspond to the alterations to Rule 4-5.3.The only changes made by the court to the Bar’s submission involved Rule 1-3.2(b) and Rule 3-7.6. The Bar and Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., agreed on a change to the former rule that recognized, in proceedings involving conditionally admitted members, that some of those lawyers have diseases such as addiction or psychological impairments. On the latter rule, the court added a comment seeking that reports from grievance referees be as detailed as possible “so this court will not have to speculate about referees’ findings and recommendations or ask for clarification.”The complete text of the opinion and the rules amendments are on the court’s Web site at May 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Investment: Blurring the boundaries

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Sixty Eight Families Get Keys to Homes in Cotton Hill

first_img Tweet Share 280 Views   no discussions Sixty-eight more families got keys to new homes- this time in Cotton Hill, Portsmouth.The cotton hill housing project has 9 buildings in total with each having (24) two-bedroom units and (44) three-bedroom units, built with a modern and pristine design that complements the environment of Portsmouth, Dominica.Like the other housing projects, the Cotton Hill apartments were also constructed fully with reinforced concrete, impact-resistant windows, and solar water heating features.At the handing over ceremony on Sunday 29th December 2019, atCcotton Hill, Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency which includes Lagoon Portsmouth, Reginald Austrie explained that the selection process was not easy.“It’s never easy when you have many people and few things to share; somebody will always believe that they were left behind and it should have been Jane instead of Mary and it should have been John instead of Mark.:He added, “Just to give you the assurance, this is just the first phase of the project. There are several other projects like this on going through out the country, the eastern part in particular and there are many more where contracts have been signed and grounds have been broken for such construction but eventually we will return to this place and have another handing over ceremony for those who were not captured in this phase.”Throughout his address, Austrie further added that new circumstances should inspire humility.“Today is your day but please, do not forget where you came from. There are many people you left behind in trenches, and I believe if you got out of the trenches, the most you can do is to help get somebody out of the trench.”He continued, ” Yes, you may be a millionaire today because of this simple gesture by the government to give you a half a million dollar-house, but you were once living at the bottom of the ladder.”Like the other housing projects on island, the Cotton Hill Housing Project was developed by Montreal Management Consultants Est. Share Share Sharing is caring!                       Hon MP Reginald Austrie LifestyleLocalNews Sixty Eight Families Get Keys to Homes in Cotton Hill by: – December 30, 2019last_img read more