Fish and squid in the diet of king penguin chicks, Aptenodytes patagonicus, during winter at sub-antarctic Crozet Islands

first_imgThe diet of king penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus, rearing chicks was studied during three consecutive austral winters (1990, 1991 and 1992) at Crozet Islands. The mean stomach content mass of the 47 samples was 503 g. Percentages of wet and reconstituted masses showed that both fishes (66 and 36%, respectively) and squid (34 and 64%) are important components of the winter diet. Juveniles of the demersal onychoteuthid squid Moroteuthis ingens form the bulk of the cephalopod diet, and this was the main prey by reconstituted mass (57%). Myctophid fish (lantern-fishes) accounted for most of the fish diet, constituting together 32% by mass. The three main species of myctophids eaten in summer by king penguins were either very rare in winter (Electrona carlsbergi) or accounted for a smaller proportion of the diet (Krefftichthys anderssoni = 1.5% by mass and Protomyctophum tenisoni = 4.6%). Five other myctophids, which are rarely consumed in summer, contributed 24% of the diet by mass in winter (Gymnoscopelus piabilis = 18.1%, Lampichthys procerus = 2.4%, G. nicholsi = 1.3%, and Metelectrona ventralis and Electrona subaspera = 1.0%). The greater diversity of prey in winter suggests a more opportunistic feeding behaviour at a time probably marked by a change in prey availability. Both the known ecology of the fish and squid prey and the barely digested state of some items suggest that in winter breeding adults forage in the outer shelf, upper slope and oceanic areas in the close vicinity of the Crozet Islands to feed their chicks. Finally, using king penguins as biological samplers, the present work provides novel data on the previously unstudied mesopelagic/epibenthic marine community in waters surrounding the Crozet Islands. Seventeen myctophid fish have been identified to species level. These include several poorly known species in the southern Indian Ocean. The occurrence of small, nearly intact, cephalopods in the diet of king penguins suggests that spawning grounds of four squid species may be located near the Crozet Archipelago.last_img read more

Sri Lanka: Passing Out Parade at Naval & Maritime Academy

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Academy March 26, 2013 View post tag: out View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: Passing Out Parade at Naval & Maritime Academy View post tag: News by topic Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: passing View post tag: Defense Share this article View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Parade Sri Lanka: Passing Out Parade at Naval & Maritime Academy Thirty two (32) Direct Entry officers comprising 6 Executive, 8 Logistics and 18 Information Technology officers, passed out in a splendid and grand passing out parade held at the Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee on 23rd March 2013.Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Lakshman Illankoon graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and took the salute of the parade. Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy, Commodore Ruwan Perera was also present on the occasion. Lieutenant Kandaudaheva won the award for the best officer.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 20, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navylast_img read more

Christ Church refuses to hold “Abortion Culture” debate

first_imgJCR Treasurer Will Neaverson, who proposed a JCR motion on Sunday night’s GM, argued that the debate was now a security issue, as over 250 people were at the time said to be attending a protest against the debate. They posted on the protest group, “We are still organising a fundraiser/discussion to happen at that time. The debate, originally planned for Tuesday at 7.30pm and leading with the motion “This House believes Britain’s Abortion Culture Hurts Us All”, was set to feature historian Tim Stanley proposing the motion, and Spiked Editor and Big Issue Columnist Brendan O’Neill opposing. The motion, which originally requested the College Censors to rescind their permission to use the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, was subsequently amended to mandate the JCR president, Vice President and Secretary to raise the issue in their meeting with the Junior and Senior Censors today. It was passed by fifty seven votes to nineteen, with five abstentions. “We are heartened by the support throughout the University for our right to free expression. Sadly, there are some extreme voices who don’t believe that Oxford should welcome open debate. We will continue to campaign and to encourage an amicable conversation on life issues. We’d like to reiterate our offer to WomCam to co-host a debate next term.” After they were refused permission to use the theatre, OSFL President Dan Hitchens told Cherwell, “The debate will be going ahead, but not at Christ Church tomorrow because of security issues due to the planned protest. We are currently looking for an alternative venue. If we haven’t found one by four o’clock tomorrow, we will arrange a new date. OxRev Fems – the organisers of the protest – are welcoming suggestions for an “alternative event” to replace the debate. “The reason is that there was insufficient time between today and tomorrow to address some concerns they had about the meeting arising from potential security and welfare issues, such as those discussed at last night’s GM.” The planned protest, organised through a Facebook page entitled “What the fuck is ‘abortion culture’”, now lists over 330 people as attending. In an email, JCR President Louise Revell told students, “Lottie (Richie, JCR Vice President), Gabriel (Henry, JCR Secretary) and I met with the censors earlier today and were informed that permission has not been given to OSFL to host their event in the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre tomorrow. Neaverson told Cherwell, “I’m relieved the Censors have made this decision. It clearly makes the most sense for the safety – both physical and mental – of the students who live and work in Christ Church. I’m glad the views of the GM were well represented and well received.” Christ Church has refused permission to Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) to hold a controversial ‘Abortion Culture’ debate in the college’s Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, after the JCR voted to inform College Censors about the mental and physical security issues surrounding the debate. “To simply shut down this event does not achieve much in the scale of things. However, if we can translate it into a discussion about the many issues currently surrounding abortion and a fundraiser for those who need access to it we can something positive.”last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Scraps Setlist, Covers The Who In Tour Opening Rager

first_imgWhile the jam band rarely sticks to any cookie cutter setlists, Umphrey’s McGee threw out all the rules last night at The Hive in Sandpoint, Idaho. Instead of a premeditated setlist, they wrote out a couple dozen songs and played them in whatever order they came to fruition, allowing their music to plan itself. These “song list” sets are popular for Umphrey’s fans, as it gives the band a chance to be more creative amongst even greater challenges.In promoting the night’s free stream, the band tweeted, “Oops… we forgot to write a setlist. Oh Well.” By the end of the night, this is what happened with their enormous list of options: You can purchase the “no setlist set” via UMLive. Here’s how it all turned out:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Hive, Sandpoint, Idaho – 3/10/16:Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Cut the Cable, Phil’s Farm > Turn & Run > Phil’s Farm, Out Of Order > Utopian Fir[1] > Thin AirSet 2: Preamble > Mantis Ghetts > Mantis[2] > Comma Later > Amble On[3] > Mantis, The Bottom Half > I’m On Fire > The Bottom Half, Eminence Front > EatEncore: Slacker[1] with The Ocean (Led Zeppelin) tease[2] “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics[3] with Jeff Grady on percussion[Setlist via All Things Umphrey’s]last_img read more

Fall 2019 town halls brief staff on issues, financial aid

first_imgCate Von Dohlen | The Observer Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan speaks at a staff town hall Wednesday evening. Four separate town halls took place featuring a series of University administrators discussing issues including funding and staffing levels.Throughout the town halls there was an emphasis on the importance of the University’s staff — staff makes “every facet” of the University work, Burish said.During his portion of each town hall, Jenkins said the University is allocating more funds for financial aid, and emphasized the need for students from all income levels.After some staff members took advantage of a voluntary early retirement package, Notre Dame has seen a 3% overall decrease in staff members in the past year. The University is redirecting those funds toward recruiting and supporting low-income Pell Grant students.“We’re going to try to make education more accessible to lower-income families,” Jenkins said. “We also want to get 5% of our students from first-generation families, families where neither of the parents have a bachelor’s degree. That’s going to require finance.”Cullinan went over the new building projects Notre Dame will be constructing and opening through summer 2022.Additionally, regarding the 2020 presidential debate being hosted at Notre Dame next September, Jenkins said there would not be many tickets available, and he’ll likely give most of the tickets to students.Staff were able to ask questions and raise concerns. One staff member, Donna Fecher of the aerospace and mechanical engineering department, asked a question regarding low salaries for staff members, and said many employees that are required to have bachelor’s degrees are being paid $750 more than the 2019 Federal poverty line.“I did a little bit of research,” Fecher said. “You mentioned keeping up with our peer institutions. … The salary for administrative staff is not competitive with our peer institutions. The average salary for our peer institutions is between $38,000 and $45,000. There are four positions listed on Notre Dame job boards currently, some of which start at $12.86 an hour. That equates to a $26,000 a year salary, which is only $750 higher than the 2019 poverty rate as stated by the Federal Government.”In response, Fecher was told the University is working on year-long study of the same topic, and would be presenting information on it in the spring town halls.Burish and Cullinan also addressed Notre Dame’s building services, campus safety, facilities, and enterprises and events teams on Wednesday night in the Carey Auditorium. Both Burish and Cullinan thanked the staff for their hard work and informed them of recent and upcoming campus changes.At the end of the town hall presentation, one staff member expressed concern of the expansion of the University and shortage of staff.Cullinan sought to gather input on this point from attendees in the audience.“How do we get better at this?” he asked. “… Can we change the priority of the work?”He said prioritizing the work is important and that he would follow up on this question.Mariah Rush, Ciara Hopkinson, Cate Von Dohlen and Genevieve Redsten contributed to this report.Tags: fall town hall, Father Jenkins, Tom Burish In a series of four town halls Oct. 15-16, University President Fr. John Jenkins, Provost Tom Burish and Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan aimed to present information to staff across all divisions and take questions.Observer reporters covered three of the town halls, but were not present for the town hall that took place Tuesday at 1 p.m.last_img read more

On the Blogs: Unsubsidized Costs of Wind Energy Seen Dropping 50% by 2030

first_imgOn the Blogs: Unsubsidized Costs of Wind Energy Seen Dropping 50% by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享National Renewable Energy Laboratory:With science driving wind-technology innovations, the unsubsidized cost of wind energy could drop to 50% of current levels, equivalent to $23 per megawatt-hour, by 2030, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).In 2016, the U.S. wind power industry benefited from an estimated $14 billion in new investments. Wind energy supplied more than 5.5% of U.S. electricity generation.“Our research indicates that, if the United States continues to invest in wind research and development, wind energy can achieve costs competitive with the fuel-only cost of natural gas-fired electricity generation in less than 15 years,” said NREL engineer Katherine Dykes, lead author of the report.  Next-generation wind technology—enabled by government-funded scientific advancement and industry-led technology innovation—will comprise a collection of intelligent and novel features characterized as “System Management of Atmospheric Resource through Technology,” or SMART strategies. SMART wind power plants will be designed and operated to achieve enhanced power production, more efficient material use, lower operation and maintenance and servicing costs, lower risks for investors, extended plant life, and an array of grid control and reliability features. The realization of the SMART wind power plant is projected to result in an unsubsidized cost of energy of $23 per megawatt-hour and below—a reduction of 50% or more from current cost levels. Under this scenario, wind energy deployments in the United States could increase to more than 200 gigawatts by 2030 and 500 gigawatts by 2050, supplying respectively 20% and 47% of U.S. electricity with wind. In addition, investment in SMART wind power technology research and innovation could support as much as $150 billion in cumulative electric sector cost savings from 2017 to 2050.More: Science-Driven Innovation Can Reduce Wind Energy Costs by 50% by 2030last_img read more

Venezuelans Have the Worst Internet and Censorship in the Region

first_imgBy Adriana Núñez Rabascall / Voice of America January 09, 2020 Venezuela is the country with the worst internet speed in the Americas, according to data from a U.S.-based diagnostic technology company. Subject matter experts say that communities that are far from the capital have even more difficulties accessing the network.Fran Monroy, a Venezuelan journalist specialized in IT, said that according to the firm OOKLA, the average internet speed worldwide is 22 megabits per second.“Our average internet speed is 3 megabits per second, which means we are below broadband standards, according to the International Telecommunication Union. The next one is Haiti [3.5], then Paraguay [4],” Monroy said.In Latin America, the country with the best internet performance is Uruguay, with 12 megabits per second.The specialist added that, in the last five years, Venezuela has lost 32 percent of users who connect using cellphones, due to the increased cost of cellular equipment.He said that most communications take place through 3G technology, and that there are still no regulations for fifth-generation technology, or 5G.“The farther you are from Caracas, the worse the connectivity and stability. There are places where all the connections are 2G. In other words, the chance to get a mobile data connection is non-existent.”The Maduro regime announced that in November 2019 it would launch the plan Fiber Optics for the Home (Fibra Óptica al Hogar), aimed at bringing high-speed internet to all states, but it hasn’t been implemented so far.“We will make advances on a massive deployment of 4G and 5G technologies that will be installed in Venezuela,” the regime said.Activists for digital rights warn that Venezuelans not only have to deal with low-quality internet, but also with mass media and social media censorship from the State.“The government not only blocks important news portals, but also YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter streaming sessions broadcast by the opposition — for hours. There are offices that systematically engage in exerting pressure every day on operators to block content online,” said Luis Carlos Díaz, an attorney specialized in digital rights.A study from the Press and Society Institute said that, until September 2019, the websites of 49 national and foreign media had been blocked on several occasions.In total, the report identified about 975 blocks on online portals during the evaluation period.last_img read more

Long Island’s Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Controversial Raid In Yemen

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images The acknowledged highlight of President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress Tuesday night was the two-minute ovation given to the grieving widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who died in a controversial raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen on Jan. 29.Lingering questions regarding the ill-fated mission—the first one in that country since 2014—have prompted calls for a congressional investigation into how the operation was planned and approved so early in the Trump administration’s tenure, rather than relying solely on a Pentagon inquiry, which is customary yet could take months and never be made public. Long Island’s congressional delegation is split over the issue. Meanwhile, the United States launched new airstrikes in Yemen Wednesday night.Besides the death of Chief Owens in January, the Pentagon said three members of Navy SEALs Team 6 were wounded. In turn, they killed 14 militants but also 20 civilians, including an 8-year-old daughter of a radical US-born cleric who’d been killed previously by a U.S. drone strike. A $70 million MV-22 Osprey damaged during the assault was also destroyed during the mission to keep it from falling into al-Qaeda’s hands. Whether the mission got vital intelligence about the terrorist organization is still being debated, along with whether Trump should have even approved the raid at all, considering he’d barely been in the Oval Office a week.Long Island’s senior member of the delegation, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is chairman of the Sub-Committee on [Counterterrorism and Intelligence], and gets briefed on these kinds of operations.“I can’t go into details other than to say that this was many months in the planning,” King told the Press. “It was approved by every military official. It was encouraged by every military official, and certainly [Defense] Secretary Mattis endorsed it, and supported it.”King says that after every operation, whether it’s successful or not, the Pentagon conducts an “after-action report.”“Basically, what went wrong on this [Yemen mission] could have gone wrong at almost any time,” said King. “Without going into detail, there were no mistakes made. There’s always risks.”According to Coleman Lamb, a spokesman for Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, she supports further congressional action.“Rep. Rice agrees that Congress has a role to play in answering serious questions about how this mission was planned and executed and what led to the death of Chief Owens and dozens of civilians,” Lamb told the Press. “She believes strongly that there should be nothing remotely political or partisan about this. Members of Congress from both parties should come together and get the facts.”Her other Republican colleague from Long Island, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), is content to leave Congress out of it, and let the Pentagon go through its normal protocols, according to his communications director, Jennifer DiSiena.“The next step is for the military to complete a 15-6 investigation,” DiSiena told the Press in an email. “A 15-6 would take place within the Army and is intended to be a timely, thorough and legally sufficient investigation.”Zeldin, a Major in the Army Reserves, serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is a member of the Congressional Military Family Caucus.Freshman Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), a minority member of the House Committee on Armed Services, as well as the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, was unavailable for comment, despite repeated requests to weigh in.Chief Owens’ father Bill, a Navy veteran, was so angry about the raid that cost his 36-year-old son’s life that he refused to meet with President Trump at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when his son’s body was returned to American soil on Feb. 1. According to the Miami Herald, the father criticized the special operation and the aftermath.“The government owes my son an investigation,” Owens said. “Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation.”The morning of Trump’s address to Congress, the New York Times editorialized that “Mr. Owens deserves to know whether his son died in a worthwhile pursuit or a botched mission of dubious value.”In Congress on Tuesday night for the president’s speech, Carryn Owens, Ryan Owens’ widow, sat with tears streaming down her face in the front row of the balcony next to Ivanka Trump. The president singled her out, saying:“Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero—battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”As for the point of the mission, Trump cited his Defense Secretary James Mattis.“I just spoke to our great Gen. Mattis, just now, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.”As Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) told NBC News in early February, however:“When you lose a $75 million airplane, and more importantly, an American life is lost…I don’t believe you can call it a success.”In a talk with news anchors Tuesday before his speech, Trump blamed the generals “who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”“I wouldn’t have said it that way,” King told the Press. “The fact is, ultimately the president is responsible.”Asked to respond to what Bill Owens had said about his son’s death, King demurred.“Listen, I can’t begin to understand the father’s grief, so I would respect whatever he says and understand his right to say it. I would never question him,” King replied. “But his main objection to it—which was ‘Why are we in Yemen?’—it was President Obama who decided last fall that we should carry out operations in Yemen.”Recently, White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed the mission was discussed in the White House under former president Barack Obama, though members of the former administration allege that is not quite true.According to the Washington Post, Colin Kahl, a former Obama administration official with knowledge of what the Pentagon presented to the National Security Council on Dec. 19, said that the request had no specifics about the raid; instead it was a broader request from the military to carry out raids in the country. Kahl said the outgoing Obama administration decided to let Trump review the request once he occupied the White House after inauguration.How many details were available then remains unclear, hence the doubts lingering over Owens’ death.In its Tuesday editorial, the New York Times urged Congress to demand answers to serious questions that it claimed may not be answered in a timely enough fashion by a Pentagon inquiry, stating:“The most important is whether national security officials in the Trump administration carefully considered the risks and potential benefits of the operation, and explained them to Mr. Trump before the president approved it just five days after taking office.”It noted that Obama administration officials “did not sign off on it before” the president left office. “Mr. Trump was reportedly briefed on the plans over dinner with members of the national security team, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his domestic policy counselor, Stephen Bannon.”Congressman King became livid about the assertion that President Obama had rejected the mission.“That’s a typical New York Times lie. It’s a lie,” King told the Press. “President Obama did not disapprove it in any way. There were reasons why it was put off for several weeks which had nothing to do with any president’s decisions.”King said he was privy to those details, but he wouldn’t comment on the record.So far the raid is under investigation by the Department of Defense, according to Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer. An officer in the Navy Reserve, Spicer told the White House press corps in his briefing the morning after Trump’s Joint Address that he’d been watching the State of the Unions for 30 years and he’d “never seen a sustained applause like that” for the widow Carryn Owens. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Engaging cardholders in the age of digital payments

first_imgAccording to statista.com, mobile payment revenue will top $1 trillion in 2019, up from $450 billion in 2015. Clearly, advances in mobile and digital tech are redefining payments. And the way members use your cards may never be the same.Here are five things your credit union needs to know in the age of digital payments:To members, “card on file” means “set it and forget it.”“Credit unions should incentivize members to establish their card as the default payment option across merchant apps and websites,” said Jennifer Kerry, VP/credit card services for CO-OP Financial Services. “Consumers typically only replace their default cards if there is an issue—which  means if your card is not loaded into a member’s Starbucks app, you may never help buy that member a cup of coffee again.”Future payments will be increasingly automated.Emerging in-store payment technologies are making it even more important for your cards to be “on file.” Imagine your members walking into an Amazon Go store, selecting their goods and leaving—without visiting a cashier or interacting with a terminal—and without giving one thought as to which card they placed on file. That is where payments are headed. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Warns Tax Bill Deficit Opening for Cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security

first_imgGovernor Wolf Warns Tax Bill Deficit Opening for Cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security November 30, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today wrote Pennsylvania’s United States Senators to warn that the $1.5 trillion deficit created by the Senate Republican’s tax bill will open the door to cuts to programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Further, Governor Wolf, a former CEO, told the Senators that large corporations and the wealthy win under the plan, while many middle class Pennsylvanians will have their taxes increase.“This bill is not a bill that will help hard-working middle-class Pennsylvania families. Large corporations and the wealthy are the clear winners under this plan,” Governor Wolf wrote. “It isn’t just higher taxes that will hurt the middle class. Because this bill irresponsibly increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion, I fear that some in Congress will use this as an excuse to try to make devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that are vital to Pennsylvanians. Slashing these critical programs so that the top one percent become wealthier and corporations increase their profits is unacceptable.”Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.I write today regarding the tax bill that the Senate will vote on in the coming days. I have serious concerns over the priorities of this bill. This bill is not a bill that will help hard-working middle-class Pennsylvania families. Large corporations and the wealthy are the clear winners under this plan. Over 60 percent of the tax cuts in this bill will go to the wealthiest one percent of taxpayers. Large corporations will see a 15-point reduction in their tax rate. By 2025, individuals making under $30,000 will see a tax increase. By 2027, individuals under $75,000 will see a tax increase. By eliminating the state and local tax deduction, nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, half of whom are making under $100,000, will no longer be able to deduct their state and local property taxes. The bottom line is that millions of Pennsylvanians will credibly have their taxes increase under this bill. It isn’t just higher taxes that will hurt the middle class. Because this bill irresponsibly increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion, I fear that some in Congress will use this as an excuse to try to make devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that are vital to Pennsylvanians. Slashing these critical programs so that the top one percent become wealthier and corporations increase their profits is unacceptable. Do not put billionaires and millionaires ahead of your hard-working constituents. I urge you to vote no on this bill and work on real, meaningful tax reform that will benefit the families in Pennsylvania that need it the most. Thank you for your consideration. Governor Wolf’s Letter to Senator Toomey on Senate Republican’s Tax Bill by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdlast_img read more