Courtship behaviour of the wandering albatross Diomedea exulans at Bird Island, South Georgia

first_imgThe behaviour postures and their sequences during courtship displays of the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulansat South Georgia are described. Females initiated most display bouts, which began with a series of greetings. Thecore of the display consisted of a rapid sequence of head movements, snaps, ritualized preening and vocalisations.Most display bouts ended when the female walked away, although in 25% of cases the birds sat together on themale’s nest site. An underlying basic sequence was common to both sexes although there were differences in responsesto the partner’s behaviour. Courtship behaviour was very similar to that described for Wandering Albatrossesbreeding in the Indian Ocean.last_img read more

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2021-05-09

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High-latitude oceanography using the Autosub autonomous underwater vehicle

first_imgA combination of measurements from Autosub, an autonomous underwater vehicle, and ship-based instruments are used to describe the oceanographic conditions beneath Fimbul Ice Shelf, Antarctica. The data show an intricate oceanographic regime that is suggestive of variability at seasonal or longer time scales. Results from a numerical model of the flow beneath the ice shelf lend support to a strong seasonal variability, and data from instruments moored beneath the ice shelf show substantial temporal variations. The Autosub data indicate temperatures within the cavity somewhat lower than our model results would suggest; thus, our modeled melt rates (average of 0.85 m yr21) might be overestimates, although they are substantially lower than from previously published model studies (4.9 and 1.9 m yr21). The contribution of ice shelf melt in the freshwater balance of the waters upstream of the climatically important Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf needs to be reassessed.last_img read more

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2021-05-09

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UHSAA extends suspension of spring sports and activities through May 1

first_img Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMIDVALE, Utah (March 24, 2020) – The Utah High School Activities Association is announcing an extension to the ongoing suspension of the Association’s spring activities and athletics, due to ongoing statewide prevention efforts with the COVID-19 virus.As a result of Governor Herbert’s directive in a March 23 press conference, the Association continues to suspend all UHSAA spring activities and athletics, including practice and/or team gatherings, until at least May 1, in line with the state-recommended extension to the school soft closure.In consultation with board directives and information provided by state public health officials, the UHSAA has suspended spring activities and athletics, including practice and team gatherings, to properly fulfill best practices regarding protection of students and the general public. More information will be sent to member schools and/or districts as it becomes available. Tags: Coronavirus/COVID-19/UHSAA Written by March 24, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local UHSAA extends suspension of spring sports and activities through May 1last_img read more

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2021-05-08

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Weber State pulls away in 2nd half, beats Utah Valley 70-62

first_imgJanuary 2, 2021 /Sports News – Local Weber State pulls away in 2nd half, beats Utah Valley 70-62 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah (AP) — Seikou Sisoho Jawara scored 14 points to lead Weber State to a 70-62 victory over Utah Valley.Isiah Brown added 12 points and Cody Carlson had 10 for Weber State (4-3).Jamison Overton scored 19 points for Utah Valley (2-5). Fardaws Aimaq had 18 points and 20 rebounds.Weber State shot 42% (22 of 52) from the field, compared to 41% (23 of 56) Utah Valley.The Wildcats knocked down eight 3-pointers and finished 18 of 23 from the free-throw line.The game was tied 10 times and had 16 lead changes. Associated Press Tags: UVU Wolverines Basketball/Weber State Wildcats Basketballlast_img read more

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2021-05-08

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JCMC cancer program gets highest rating

first_imgDear Editor: Jersey City Medical Center – RWJBarnabas Health recently received full accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer Program Standards. This is the highest national rating a hospital-based cancer program can receive.As the founding Medical Director of the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center and the past immediate Chair of the Committee on Cancer Accreditation at Jersey City Medical Center, I want to recognize all the members of the multi-disciplinary team who worked with me to achieve this most sought after excellence accreditation.To earn this gold standard is a validation of teamwork which includes providing evidence-based treatment and practice, CME educational programs, quality studies, volume, community education, and minority and ethnic outreach. It was my pleasure to also engage several nationally recognized leaders in cancer care who made important recommendations which were implemented.Thank you to all those whose hard work and dedication resulted in this honor, including my fellow physicians and surgeons. Kudos to all of the professionals in nursing, radiology, pathology, social services, rehab, and administration and to the dedicated team at the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center.The interdisciplinary management of cancer care requires a true spirit of professional respect and cooperation and I am so thankful these efforts have been validated by the College. I am most grateful for the opportunity to help spearhead this most important endeavor which will benefit our community for decades to come. Julie DiGioia, M.D., F.A.C.S.Diplomate – American Board of Surgerylast_img read more

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2021-05-02

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Asda’s Andy Clarke: food costs will rise in an independent Scotland

first_imgAsda chief executive and president Andy Clarke has stirred up the Scottish referendum debate by advising a ‘yes’ vote next week (18 September) would force up food costs. In a statement he claimed failing to provide an “honest” assessment of the knock on effects would be “ducking his responsibility”.“It will be no surprise to voters that, if Scotland votes for independence, it would be imperative to establish a separate Scottish business. Currently, our systems are set up for one single UK market, we use the same currency and we operate under the same rates of VAT. By operating in a market serving 63 million customers we achieve major efficiencies and economies of scale.“If we were no longer to operate in one state with one market and – broadly – one set of rules, our business model would inevitably become more complex. We would have to reflect our cost to operate here.”Clarke was careful to hammer home Asda’s impartiality to which way the referendum goes next week, stating that this was “simply an honest recognition of the costs that change could bring” and said it is a decision for the people of Scotland.The statement continued: “Already it costs more money to get groceries to people in Scotland, our taxes are higher and our margins are lower.“I am not saying that prices have to rise in an independent Scotland. I am saying that politicians of all sides need to work with business if they want to reduce the cost of doing business and in turn, the cost of living.”The Scottish National Party has repeatedly denied that independence would mean rising food costs. However, a number of companies including Tesco Bank, Lloyds and RBS have indicated they would move their headquarters south of the border over fears around the economic consequences of independence.last_img read more

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2021-04-20

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Oil industry writedowns top $80 billion mark in past year

first_imgOil industry writedowns top $80 billion mark in past year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The world’s top energy companies have slashed the value of their oil and gas assets by around $80 billion (60.05 billion pounds) in recent months after revising lower the long-term outlook for fuel prices in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic and the energy transition.Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil company, announced on Monday it would write down the value of natural gas properties by $17 billion to $20 billion, its biggest ever impairment following the sharp drop in energy prices this year. It follows similar steps by rivals including Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron since late 2019.The so-called oil majors are “acknowledging overly optimistic commodity price views of yesteryear,” said Bernstein analyst Oswald Clint.Most of Exxon’s impairments focused on legacy assets from its $30 billion acquisition of U.S. shale producer XTO Energy in 2010, a deal former CEO Rex Tillerson had previously said was “ill-timed.”Following the impairments, companies will focus on the parts of the business that are able to withstand the lowest oil and gas prices, Clint said. “Balance sheets now reflect the lowest portfolio break-evens in two decades and therefore the most resilient to future commodity price shocks.”The impairments made by the European majors also came after they lowered their long-term oil prices forecasts as they prepare to increasingly switch to renewable energy in the coming decades to reduce carbon emissions to net zero.[Ron Bousso]More: Oil majors wipe $80 billion off books as epidemic, energy transition bitelast_img read more

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2020-12-31

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SPMAGTF-SC deployed in Latin America

first_imgBy SPMAGTF-SC June 11, 2019 Approximately 300 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), the rapid response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command, arrived in Latin America June 5.This is the fifth consecutive year SPMAGTF-SC has deployed to the region. This deployment will also serve as another major step in developing a multinational maritime task force that will enhance disaster response in and around Latin America and the Caribbean, as multiple partner nation officers have been selected to be a part of the SPMAGTF-SC staff.SPMAGTF-SC’s mission is to work with partner nations to build security force capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean through recurrent training events. It is also trained and equipped to provide timely response to natural disasters and other crisis situations in the region.SPMAGTF-SC is scheduled to work in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and will be joined by partner nation forces from Brazil, Colombia and Peru in order to build upon the success of last year’s SPMAGTF-SC deployment.SPMAGTF-SC is sourced mainly from Marines and Sailors from U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, from various units spread across the country. This deployment will enable our partners to improve regional capacity and facilitate humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in case of a major disaster while simultaneously affording the Marine Corps an opportunity to improve readiness.last_img read more

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2020-12-20

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Anti-Putin shaman forced into mental asylum in Siberia

first_imgPolice stopped Gabyshev’s first trek several months in and prevented a second one he began in December. Then after he announced his third attempt, he was detained in his home and placed in a mental asylum last month.A court in Yakutsk on Tuesday ruled to extend his forced committal there, with no end date indicated, according to a human rights group following the case.Alexei Pryanishnikov, coordinator for the Open Russia rights project, said case documents did not describe the shaman’s health, merely saying he “overestimates himself” by wishing to “depose Putin”.Supporters of Gabyshev had been detained on their way to give testimony Tuesday, the group added. Topics : Amnesty International called for his release in a statement, arguing that the decision to have him committed had been based on his political rather than medical grounds.Gabyshev “has been made an enemy of the state solely for voicing his dislike of Putin”, said Amnesty.Committing political dissenters to psychiatric hospitals was a practice known as punitive psychiatry in the days of the Soviet Union. Up to the late 1980s, critics could be diagnosed with “sluggish schizophrenia” or forms of paranoia and locked up in institutions.Alexander Gabyshev has gained many fans in his native Yakutia, and local officials have expressed unease over his case. The popular mayor of Yakutsk, Sardana Avksentyeva called his detention “selective punishment.”She wrote on social media that she was worried “anyone can be sent to forced treatment with the formula of ‘overestimating oneself'”.center_img A Russian court on Tuesday committed to a mental asylum a Siberian shaman critical of Vladimir Putin, a move rights groups condemned as a repressive move to silence a dissenter.Alexander Gabyshev, a self-styled shaman from Yakutsk, northern Siberia, last year set out to walk from his home to the Kremlin to “banish” the Russian president.He dragged a cart with his belongings along highways, gathering a small following and meeting supporters in cities he passed. The journey from Yakutsk to Moscow is over 8,000 kilometers.last_img read more

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2020-10-19

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As crops fail, Indonesia’s Sumba seeks lifeline in weaving, fishing

first_imgOn Indonesia’s Sumba island, the motifs displayed on traditional textiles produced by its weavers often depict animals, including the area’s famed Sandalwood breed of horses.But in the village of Hamba Praing in East Sumba, scores of horses and cattle have died in recent years as extreme drought withered the grass, leaving behind bones and carcasses scattered over the scrubby landscape.East Sumba, about 2,000 km east of Jakarta, last year reportedly had 249 days in a row without rain, with some experts blaming climate change for more frequent drought-inducing weather patterns, forcing people to adapt to survive. “Nowadays, we no longer plant things,” said local farmer Thomas Tay Ranjawali, 52, referring to the peanut and corn crops typically grown by villagers.As well as trying to keep his animals alive, the father of six is now learning how to weave, a practice normally reserved for woman, to get extra funds for food.Sumba is in Indonesia’s third poorest province of East Nusa Tenggara, which is also the driest region of the archipelago.Indonesia’s meteorology agency said conditions were being made more extreme by the strongest Indian Ocean Dipole – the difference in sea temperatures across the ocean – in a century that can cause drier weather in Southeast Asia and Australia. “The increase of temperatures in Indonesia is proof of global warming,” said agency official Supari, who uses one name, noting Sumba was one of the most vulnerable areas.As the drought ravages the village, Ranjawali and his wife, Maria Babang Noti, are forgoing seeds to buy more yarn for the lengthy process of weaving intricate Sumba Ikat textile.Another farmer, Ndelu Ndaha, 49, is now spending more time trying to catch fish.Eighteen of his horses and seven cows recently died, and to keep the remaining animals alive grass had to be brought in from other villages.”The horses easily get ill. They don’t have anything in their stomach. Every year, there are always deaths,” said Ndaha.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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2020-10-19

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