Foraging behaviour and habitat use by brown skuas Stercorarius lonnbergi breeding at South Georgia

May 9, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTop predators are critical to ecosystem function, exerting a stabilising effect on the food web. Brown skuas are opportunistic predators and scavengers. Although skuas are often the dominant land-based predator at seabird colonies, this is the first detailed study of their movements and activity during breeding. The study was carried out at Bird Island, South Georgia (54°00′S, 38°03′W), in the austral summer of 2011/2012 and included GPS data from 33 breeding adults tracked during the late incubation and early chick-rearing periods. Brown skuas spent on average more than 80 % of time in the territory, and it was extremely rare for both partners to leave the territory simultaneously. Much more time was spent foraging at the coast than in penguin colonies and, based on saltwater immersion data, adults never foraged at sea. None of the tracked birds appeared to specialise in catching small petrels at night. Fewer foraging trips were made per day, and hence, more time was spent in the territory, during incubation than chick-rearing. Despite the pronounced sexual size dimorphism, there were no effects of sex on territorial attendance, foraging time or habitat use. Skuas at Bird Island show higher territorial attendance and are less likely to leave the territory unattended than those breeding elsewhere, suggesting closer proximity to more diverse or abundant food resources than at other colonies. The results tie in with previous diet studies, indicating that brown skuas at this site feed mostly on seal placentae and carrion and that birds may rely on a broader range of food resources as the season progresses.last_img read more

Learn from our mistakes

April 21, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgI was once asked why did I keep attacking the government, to which the answer was: ’Because they are there.’ Really, however, we should have equal contempt for all politicians as, in my view, very few, if any, could run a small business and succeed.I imagine we are all fed up with reading so-called government statistics. When I was young, we would have called them lies. But in this politically correct age, we are not supposed to call people that tell lies liars, we call them politicians.Apparently there are now 37,000 more young unemployed than there were in 1997 and there are 1.24 million 16-24-year-olds not in education, employment or training. These are not government figures, but independent research. But why should that be, when so many immigrants who arrive here seem to find work?While we cannot put the clock back, why can we not learn from our mistakes? Dare I say it? The reason why so many are unemployed is that they receive more money from our taxes for doing nothing than they could by learning a trade.high state pay-outYet at the same time, the cost of employing them is far too high for most employers – which would suggest that the state pay-out is far too high, not that industry is not paying enough.After all, wages are ultimately determined by our customers and the truth is the young are difficult to employ, as they so often leave school semi-illiterate and with no work ethic.Before anyone starts tearing their hair out, I am not saying all the young are useless, but far too many are. Whenever any of us find a good, keen youngster, we are all overjoyed and really enjoy training them and watching them progress in their chosen career.Even the government is now considering keeping them in school until they are 18. But good grief! If they can’t teach them to read by the age of 16, why should two more years make a difference?THE truth in clichésNow, well into the first decade of the 21st century, I think about the hoary old clichés that are still as true as the day our great grandfathers first said them. Two that come to mind are: “your first loss is your best loss” and “act in haste, repent at leisure”.Far too often, we get an idea, set it up and then find, for various reasons, it is not working as well as we’d hoped – such as it takes too much time to manage or it is just not making money. The problem then becomes, “How quickly do we drop it?” In the main, as I have so much practice with bad ideas, I want to drop them as quickly as I can. If it is useless today, why should it be any better tomorrow?The longer you delay, the more you lose. Whereas if you move quickly, you stand a chance of moving it onto someone else – if it is a shop lease, for example. Always remember that the core business is what really matters. I wish I could remember that before going off on a tangent. nlast_img read more

Buying organic food is worth it, HSPH prof says

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Read Full Story Paying up to 40% more for organic food is worth the investment, wrote Chensheng (Alex) Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), in a Wall Street Journal article on June 16, 2013.While researchers have yet to provide a definitive answer about whether more costly and harder-to-find organic food, such as produce, milk, and meat, is healthier than conventional foods, “It only makes sense that food free of pesticides and chemicals is safer and better for us than food containing those substances, even at trace levels,” Lu wrote.What’s more, he wrote, “Some convincing scientific does exist to suggest that an organic diet has its benefits.” In 2006 Lu led a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives that showed that within five days of substituting mostly organic produce for conventional produce in children’s diets, pesticides disappeared from the children’s urine.Both Lu and a University of Florida physician, who countered Lu’s view on buying organic, advised those on limited budgets to consider buying organic versions of foods on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, or focus on organic versions of foods eaten most frequently. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and less processed foods remains the goal, they wrote.last_img read more

Lawyer provides a home for orphans

December 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Lawyers provides a home for oprhans Casa de Luz will serve children with severe disabilities Associate Editor Five years ago, Miami lawyer O. Frank Valladares was shocked by the sight of malnourished orphans with severe disabilities, abandoned at birth, and warehoused in squalor in the Dominican Republic, one boy kept in a 3-foot-by-4-foot cage.Today, Valladares is excitedly anticipating welcoming the first 64 orphans to Casa de Luz (House of Light), their sparkling new home near the Caribbean, where they will enjoy fresh air and sunshine from terraces.“One spoonful at a time,” is how Valladares sums up his sometimes overwhelming mission to feed these special-needs orphans, what he called the “forgotten children,” first chronicled in the Bar News in October 1, 2001.“God put it in our hearts to do whatever we can to feed these children, heal them, bring them comfort and relief, and alleviate their suffering,” Valladares said. “The challenges we face seem insurmountable at times, but they are actually a series of great opportunities disguised as impossible situations.”Consider these opportunities seized by Valladares and his wife, Lourdes, on their mission called Project Child:• In April 2003, they acquired about five acres of land, donated by the Dominican Republic government about 10 minutes from the airport.• In May 2004, Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia signed a decree recognizing their mission, Project Child, as a nonprofit corporation to facilitate construction efforts and allow them to bring in supplies duty-free.• Their dream to remove 85 children from the once dilapidated orphanage with no running water, faulty wiring, and leaky roof and give them a safe and pleasant new home is coming closer to reality. Casa de Luz hopes to welcome the first 64 children before the end of the year.The estimated cost of construction of Casa de Luz is about $600,000 in U.S. dollars, and will include a wing for boys and a wing for girls, with room eventually for 128 children. It will also have doctors’ offices, a pharmacy, cafeteria, kitchen, laundry room, rooms for physical therapy, occupational therapy, employee lounge, and open terraces where the children can get fresh air and sunlight.A staff of 13 full-time employees make sure the children are well cared for: eight nurses or care-givers, one medical doctor, two part-time cooks, a maintenance/custodian worker, and laundry person.“I certainly had no idea five years ago I would be doing this,” said Valladares,But there was no turning back once he stepped into that orphanage in 1999 and vowed to rescue these “forgotten children.”Now, Valladares calls it a “delicate balancing act” to continue to care for the orphans while raising money for the new home, and he admits their bank accounts are “dangerously low.”“It is not easy raising money for special needs children thousands of miles away in a Caribbean island, but that is the burden God has put in our hearts,” Valladares said.As always, he remains optimistic that help will continue to come from Florida’s lawyers and others who believe in their mission.“We are very hopeful and excited for the future of not only the 85 special needs children we currently care for, but other children in need in the Dominican Republic that are still suffering from neglect, lack of food, lack of care, and lack of love,” Valladares said. For more information about Project Child and how to become involved call (305) 271-0467; toll free (877) 807-5050 (for monetary gifts only); e-mail: [email protected]; Web page:; or write at 10030 SW 84th Street, Miami 33173. October 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyer provides a home for orphanslast_img read more

Oyster Bay Town Official Charged With $2M Tax Evasion

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury has indicted a longtime Town of Oyster Bay official for allegedly failing to report more than $2 million in consulting fees over a six-year span, authorities said.Frederick Ippolito, the town’s commissioner of planning and development, was arrested Friday and charged with six counts of tax evasion. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Central Islip federal court before Judge Kathleen Tomlinson.“The public expects their elected and appointed officials to obey the same laws as it does,” said Shantelle Kitchen, special agent-in-charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit in New York. “They must meet their tax obligations just like the people they serve.”Federal prosecutors said the 76-year-old Syosset man received the consulting fees from Old Bethpage-based Carlo Lizza & Sons, Paving, Inc. and a principal of that company, then willfully failed to report the fees on his personal tax returns or the tax returns of entities he controlled from 2008 to 2013.Ippolito is the president of CAI Associates, LTD, a consulting and snow removal business, and a former officer of CAI Restaurant, Inc., which used to own Christiano’s, the Italian restaurant that Billy Joel was said to have wrote a song about.If convicted, Ippolito faces a up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.Oyster Bay town officials did not immediately return a call for comment.last_img read more

European Tourism: Trends and Perspectives

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAt the end of November 2017, the European Tourism Commission published the report on European tourism 2017 – Trends and perspectives (Q3 / 2017).The report assessed European tourism performance for the first three quarters of 2017, the performance of the air transport and hospitality industry, key European and non-European markets, market share and economic forecast of the Eurozone, UK, US, Japan and Emerging Markets. Tourism in Europe continued to grow during the summer months of this year, and international tourist tourists are estimated to have grown by 8% in the first six months of 2017, and despite geopolitical tensions and terrorist attacks since 2015, the region continues to show resilience.According to the report, European tourism growth by 2017 exceeded previous expectations in various destinations. Recovery from the fall in 2016 is expected in destinations affected by security concerns, but travel to other destinations has remained strong and on the rise. The increase in tourism during the third quarter of this year was reflected in economic growth in Europe’s main markets, and strong tourism demand remains. Spain and Portugal continued to grow in 2017, with growth in arrivals of more than 10%. As the report points out, it is important to stress that growth has been largely generated due to tourists giving up on some well-known destinations such as Turkey and Egypt for security reasons.Thus, Spain remained an attractive destination and increased market share, but initial reports suggest that political tensions in Catalonia are starting to deter some visitors in late 2017. Throughout the story, it is important to know that Catalonia accounts for almost one-fifth of all foreign visits to Spain. However, in Spain and Portugal, the trend of faster growth of arrivals than overnight stays was emphasized due to the trend of shorter trips. The trend of increasing short trips has been generated by the increase and strengthening of the economy, so there are more and more short business trips as economic growth increases, and thus an increasing number of short tourist trips, including weekend trips.Iceland continues to have the highest growth in Europe. Arrivals in Iceland continued to grow by 29,9% in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period last year. Although this growth rate is lower than 55,7% from last year, Iceland is still the European destination with the highest growth. Although Iceland achieved strong growth last year and this year, growth is expected to slow due to limited tourist infrastructure and accommodation capacity.Numerous other countries also grew by more than 10% in 2017, such as Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Malta and Cyprus. Although the mentioned destinations usually have a high dependence on peak summer demand, recent experience shows that they can thrive beyond this period and reduce seasonality.Finland enjoyed strong growth from a variety of markets, with the largest increase in Chinese and Indian arrivals based on data up to August compared to the comparable period of 2016. A similar growth of tourists from China was recorded in Estonia. The UK market also saw growth of 9 per cent, as did France and Belgium. As can be seen, the terrorist attacks did not significantly affect the decline in tourism in the UK, but the question is how tourism trends will be reflected in the future due to the weakening pound, which will certainly encourage domestic travel and exit from the EU.See the full report of the European Tourism Commission here

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The government has made decisions for the future four tourism projects in different locations in Istria – for Veliki Brijun, Muzil, Hidrobaza and Saccorgian

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAt the 114th session in Pula, the government discussed future projects related to the City of Pula and the County of Istria. Apart from the current situation in Uljanik, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has decided to guarantee 300 million kuna in the next ten days, which will begin the completion of the construction of the Pula Hospital, which is certainly important for the development of tourism. .Decisions for the further development of Istrian tourism pave the way for investments of around 3 billion kunaAt a session in Pula on Thursday, the government made decisions for four future tourism projects at various locations in Istria – for Veliki Brijun, Muzil, Hidrobaza and Saccorgianu – which, after the conversion and with agreements between the local self-government and the Republic of Croatia, should become tourist locations in which, according to estimates, a total of HRK 3 billion would be invested. All four projects, ie the land and facilities on them, are in majority state ownership.Thus, the Government adopted a conclusion on expressing the intention to donate part of the Pula Military Airport to the Municipality of Ližnjan-Lisignano, a decision on the establishment of the Commission for preparation and implementation of the tourist development project Veliki Brijun and several conclusions related to construction, maintenance and reconstruction of transport infrastructure. A decision was made to conclude an agreement on determining the conditions, rights and obligations for the implementation of several projects – the former military complex “Muzil”, the site “Hidrobaza” and the bay “Saccorgiana”.Brijuni CommissionAt the Government session, the Minister of State Property Goran Marić stated a number of proposed decisions, ie conclusions, first of all, the proposed decision on the establishment of the Commission for the preparation and implementation of the Brijuni tourism development project. Among other things, he announced a proposal for decisions on the conclusion of the Agreement on determining the conditions, rights and obligations for the implementation of the Muzil, Hidrobaza and Saccorgiana projects. At the same time, Minister Marić presented proposals for decisions, ie conclusions on the donation of state real estate in Pula, Umag, Rovinj, Buje, Novigrad, and the Municipality of Pićan to these local governments.Istrian Y in full profileAfter the European Commission approved the extension of the contract with the concessionaire of the Istrian Y Bina-Istra on June 14 this year and thus gave the green light for the construction of the full profile of the motorway on the section Pazin-tunnel Učka, a precondition was created to start the investment. construction of a full profile on the section Pazin-tunnel Učka.Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković emphasized the importance of the Istrian Y, because the main traffic connection connecting Istria with the rest of Croatia and announced the construction of another lane in each direction and one stop from the Rogovići junction to Vranje, a 28 km long section on the northeast side of the highway. The works will include, among other things, the construction of 11 viaducts, 14 underpasses, 3 overpasses and the demolition of 3 existing ones. He pointed out that about 95 percent of the work will be performed by Croatian state and local construction companies as subcontractors, and that the investment will enable an additional thousand employees during the construction period.last_img read more

Donnygate: jury considers its verdict

October 20, 2020 0 Comments

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Trump to announce deal to buy 150 million rapid COVID tests

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgUS President Donald Trump will announce on Thursday a deal for 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests as he eyes a return to normal life ahead of November’s elections, White House officials told AFP.The purchase from Abbott Laboratories is part of a $750 million deal with the company, a senior administration official said.It comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency approval for a rapid test made by the Illinois-based firm that is billed as costing $5 and giving results in 15 minutes. “This is a major development that will help our country to remain open, get Americans back to work and kids back to school,” White House communications director Alyssa Farah said. “The Trump Administration is proud to partner with Abbott labs to make this purchase possible to help the American people.”CNBC reported Trump will debut the deal in a speech Thursday accepting his party’s nomination for a second term on the final night of the Republican National Convention. Abbott did not respond to a request for comment. Topics :center_img The United States is home to the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak, with more than 180,000 deaths and 5.8 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.Trump is up against former vice president Joe Biden in what is expected to be a tough re-election contest in November, with voters weighing the impact from the COVID-19 outbreak that’s also caused tens of millions of job losses and a sharp economic downturn.Expanding testing is seen as key to controlling the spread of the coronavirus, and Abbott said on Wednesday the test called BinaxNOW, which is about the size of a credit card, is 97 percent sensitive within the first seven days of symptom onset.It will be coupled with a free app called NAVICA that will let people display their recent testing results upon demand.”BinaxNOW and the NAVICA app give us an affordable, easy-to-use, scalable test, and a complementary digital health tool to help us have a bit more normalcy in our daily lives,” Abbott CEO Robert B. Ford said in a statement.last_img read more

​AMF injects €10.8m to cash-strapped Swedish auto supplier

September 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIn another move to recapitalise domestic businesses hit by the coronavirus-triggered economic slump, Sweden’s second-largest pension fund has invested SEK114.5m (€10.8m) in a capital placement deal for brake-component maker Haldex.AMF, which manages SEK600bn of pension assets for blue-collar workers, announced it had provided the lion’s share of a new directed equity issue of around SEK157m, with its money buying a holding of just under 6.6% in the auto supplier – a new investment for AMF.Anders Oscarsson, head of equities at AMF, said: “In view of the fact that it is a challenging time for many companies, we are excited about the opportunity to become a major owner of a fine Swedish company such as Haldex.”As new owners of the company, he said AMF already had a strong commitment to the heavy vehicle sector, where as a subcontractor Haldex played an important role. “We look forward to being a long-term, constructive and active owner of the company,” Oscarsson said.Tomas Flodén, the pension fund’s chief investment officer, said that thanks to AMF’s strong financial position and the long-term nature of its traditional pensions management, the fund could invest in companies in need of capital to be able to get through the challenging economic situation.Haldex announced yesterday that it had agreed a financial package with its lenders, which included extending the maturity of a €90m syndicated credit facility and an SEK270m short-term loan to April 2022.That agreement also stipulated that the company be provided with new equity, it said.The other investor subscribing to the directed capital placement is AFA Försäkring.The new shares have been issued at SEK35.56 per share, which Haldex said corresponded to the volume-weighted average price of its share on Nasdaq Stockholm during the last five trading days prior to a resolution by the board at the end of 2019 to issue new shares.Today, the shares were trading at around SEK37.35, according to Nasdaq data.Haldex said in its announcement of the capital placement that it was deviating from the shareholders’ preferential rights in the new share issue because, “the situation following from COVID-19 has reinforced the need to carry out the capital raising in a time-efficient manner”.It said it intended to use the issue proceeds mainly to finance “continued value-creating investments in new technology”.AMF said in early April that it had earmarked up to SEK5bn as a first step in supporting the Nordic country’s commerce through the COVID-19 crisis.As part of that pledge, the pension fund has said it committed to a significant portion of Scandic Hotels’ SEK1.75bn equity issue at the end of last month.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more