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Spatial distribution of predator/prey interactions in the Scotia Sea: implications for measuring predator/fisheries overlap

first_imgThe measurement of spatial overlap between predators and fisheries exploiting a common prey source is dependent upon the measurement scale used; inappropriate scales may produce misleading results. Previous assessments of the level of overlap between predators and fisheries for Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) in the region of the South Shetland Islands used different measurement scales and arrived at contradictory conclusions. At-sea data from observations of krill predators during the CCAMLR 2000 Survey were used to identify the areas of potential overlap with fisheries in the Scotia Sea and to determine the scale at which such overlap should be measured. The relationship between autocorrelation and sampling distance was used to identify the characteristic scales of the distribution of predators, krill and krill fisheries, and an effort-corrected index of relative abundance as a function of distance from land was used to identify the characteristics of areas of high potential for overlap. Despite distinct differences in foraging ecology, a group of krill-dependent species including chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica), (Antarctic) fur seal (Arctocephalus sp. (gazella)) and white-chinned petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis) showed similar patterns of distribution; the relative abundances were highest at 60-120 km from land and decreased sharply at distances greater than 150 km from land. There were more inter-specific differences in the characteristic scales, which were of the order of 50-100 km. Antarctic krill had a characteristic scale of approximately 200 km and the relationship with distance from land showed a log-linear decline. Krill fisheries operate at a scale of 150 km and occur almost entirely within 100 km of land. The requirement of land for breeding and the biological and oceanographic conditions that produce the high concentrations of krill associated with those land areas produce a system in which the demand for Antarctic krill from fisheries and predators is essentially co-extensive. The areas of greatest potential overlap are within 150-200 km of land and to accommodate the scales of operation of the processes involved the extent of such overlap in these areas should be assessed at scales of 70-100 km.last_img read more

Utah Valley Basketball’s Regular Season Finale Against Chicago State Canceled

first_img Tags: UVU Men’s Basketball Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Saturday, the Utah Valley men’s and women’s basketball teams confirmed their games slated for March 7 have been canceled because of travel concerns related to COVID-19 or coronavirus.The Wolverines’ men’s squad would have hosted Chicago State Saturday at the UCCU Center but the Cougars, citing concerns with coronavirus, canceled a trip that would have taken them to Seattle U. Thursday and UVU Saturday.Therefore, UVU will now celebrate Senior Day Thursday evening as the Wolverines host Kansas City.Tickets for the Saturday game against Chicago State will be honored at the gate Thursday.Furthermore, the UVU women’s basketball game slated for Saturday at Chicago State will also not be played.These canceled games are officially no-contests, per NCAA guidelines, but the WAC has awarded wins to both the Wolverines’ men’s and women’s squads for conference tournament seeding purposes. March 4, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Valley Basketball’s Regular Season Finale Against Chicago State Canceledlast_img read more

TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network previous nextAgencies & PeopleTPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage networkGareth Samples tells The Negotiator why he’s joined the PRIMIS network despite also working to grow his company’s own financial services hub.Nigel Lewis27th April 20210486 Views Martin & Co parent company The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) has admitted that its new five-year deal with rival LSL’s PRIMIS mortgage broking network is a ‘change in direction’ as the company buys time to grow its own in-house financial services capability.TPFG, which is now the second largest estate agency network by branch numbers following the Connells/Countrywide merger, has made the surprise announcement as it reports a 13% jump in turnover for the first quarter of the year compared to 2020 at its high street branches.These turned over £23 million and also report a 45% increase in sales agreed pipeline and a nearly 50% jump in exchanges, all figures the precede its recent acquisition of Hunters.Roaring marketLike the rest of the industry the agency has seen one of its busiest few months of trading in its history as the nation slowly emerged from lockdown at the start of the Spring market.TPFG boss Gareth Samples tells The Negotiator that the new mortgage tie up with rival LSL’s recently-enhanced PRIMIS financial services is a change of strategy for the company.“We are still committed to our recent acquisition of the Auxilium Partnership, which is more focussed on insurance than mortgages, and founder Mark Graves, who was made TPFG financial services director in January last year, is to continue in that role,” says Samples.“We are still seeking to acquire more financial services companies to add to our own stable.”Nevertheless, TPFG has signed up to a five year deal with PRIMIS, which Samples he is comfortable joining even though its run by a rival.“We have publicly committed to growing the financial services capability available to our network and LSL has emerged quickly as the best option for our franchisees,” he says.“Our strategy has changed  but the focus is very similar – but nevertheless the PRIMIS is the fastest-growing mortgage network in the UK adding 400 consultants last year and another 400 due to join this year, and we’re very happy that it can help us grow a very successful mortgage service business.”PRIMIS Gareth Samples interview LSL The Property Franchise Group TPFG financial services April 27, 2021Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Cuba: NS Guantanamo Bay Prepares for Hurricane Exercise

first_img View post tag: prepares View post tag: Naval Training & Education In preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay will conduct an exercise April 13-18 to test it responsiveness to weather threats and disasters.The exercise called “HURREX/Citadel Gale 2012” will involve two simulated storm systems developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the Caribbean Islands, East Coast and Gulf Coast Regions.Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces’ (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conducting the exercise April 16-27 to test afloat and shore-based commands emergency preparedness.Naval Station Guantanamo Bay must begin the exercise three days earlier before other naval installations because of its location in the Caribbean.“The purpose of the Citadel Gale exercise for Guantanamo Bay is to exercise or test the Naval Station and tenant commands ability to react to a hurricane,” said Mark Kennedy, NAVSTA GTMO’s emergency manager. “This exercise will test our capability to change course of readiness as a hurricane track moves towards GTMO.”Some of the keys areas that will be tested include personnel accountability, notification processes to the population, shelter setup and damage assessment after a storm, according to Kennedy.The exercise will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and will not include the weekend. “Base residents should expect to hear the base siren and they may see emergency vehicles responding to various incident scenarios,” Kennedy said.Although the exercise does not include resident participation, Kennedy said that it is important they know what to do.“It is important for base residents to check channel 4, the radio, or GTMO’s Facebook pages for information after the siren is heard,” he said. “They should start preparing their emergency kits in preparation for hurricane season starting 1 June.”One of the scenarios that will be tested during the exercise involves the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System.The NFAAS standardizes a method for the Navy to account, assess, manage, and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected by a wide-spread catastrophic event. NFAAS provides valuable information to all levels of the Navy chain of command, allowing commanders to make strategic decisions which facilitate a return to stability.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; Image: navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Cuba: NS Guantanamo Bay Prepares for Hurricane Exercise View post tag: Guantanamo View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Hurricane April 6, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Cuba: NS Guantanamo Bay Prepares for Hurricane Exercise View post tag: NS View post tag: Bay View post tag: Navylast_img read more

More than 100 kids on pre-K waiting list in Hoboken

first_imgHOBOKEN — According to Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson, the district’s state-funded pre-K3 and pre-K4 classes are completely full for the coming year, and there are 140 students on the “pending placement” list (a.k.a the wait list).The district received funding to provide free pre-school to 885 students, based on the previous year’s first grade enrollment figures. The funds are given to approximately 30 school districts in the state based on a series of state Supreme Court decisions in the 1970s through 1990s meant to make sure kids in poorer school districts received the same “thorough and efficient” education as those in wealthier districts.The district is required to provide certain programs including full-day kindergarten and pre-school.As more families have begun staying in Hoboken, the program has been increasingly popular.Each spring, the district holds a lottery system for student placement. Lower-income families who qualify for Head Start, children with special needs, and children whose sibling is already in the district receive priority.Johnson said there are no special needs, low-income students, or siblings on the wait list.She said typically, the list has been between 90 and 150 students long. She said if families move away, seats open up.“We already placed about 24 children who were on the waiting list into seats vacated by families who either moved out of the district or who have decided to send their child elsewhere,” said Johnson. But the list climbed back to the original number of 140 as 24 new families moved into town.She said the list is updated twice a month, roughly on the 15th and 30th, and families are given a student ID number so they can track where they are on the list.“It was really important to me that we make the process as transparent as possible,” said Johnson, who added that this is the second year the list was made available online for families to view.She said families on the list shouldn’t lose hope of being placed throughout the year.For more on this story, check out the next edition of the Hoboken Reporter, to be delivered around town starting this Thursday and Friday. Look for it in the white plastic bags with the supermarket coupons.Got questions, comments, letters? Email [email protected] and put your town in the subject head, or comment below. ×last_img read more

Fire Burns Home on Central Avenue in Ocean City

first_imgResidents escaped safely but a fire consumed a house at 37 Central Avenue in Ocean City on Sunday morning.Ocean City firefighters responded at 9:20 a.m. and found a blaze that had spread into the ceiling, outside walls and attic of an old wood-framed house, according to Fire Chief Chris Breunig.A first-floor unit was occupied when the fire started at the rear of the second floor, he said.Firefighters entered through a second-floor porch and pushed toward the back of the house to extinguish the bulk of the fire. All units were called in to assist with containing the fire and with cleanup.“The guys on duty did a heck of a job containing it to one house,” Breunig said.There were no injuries to Ocean City Fire Department personnel or the occupants of the house.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A fire at 37 Central Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, on Sunday, Feb. 22. Photo credit: Ocean City Fire Departmentlast_img read more

Let the lessons begin

first_imgJaiBreakfast at the Richemont School was an extravagant affair. Never have I seen such a variety of bread products. Our translator Sigisfried Bienz met us after breakfast and introduced us to our main tutor, Fredy Eggenschwiler, the chief confectioner. While in the main reception, Mr Bienz pointed out a wall of recognition, where all the sponsors of the college are acknowledged with a plaque.Our class was large, with an incredible mix of cultures and dialects. Mr Eggenschwiler proved to be an impressive tutor, and the demonstrations were flawlessly choreographed to his commentary. Almost as impressive were the high-tech classrooms, projector lights and blinds, all at the touch of a button. I still found the lectures a little strange, being the first that I have attended.In our first tutorial, we were introduced to some recipes for sponges, torten and fancies. Although some of the recipes and equipment seemed familiar to me, some of the ingredients and techniques were quite surprising.I would not have thought it possible, for example, to mix gelatine with fresh cream. Another idea new to me was the creative use of sweet chestnut, an ingredient often overlooked in this country. I left the classroom, feeling inspired.Robert7.30amWe arrived for breakfast, greeted by excellent staff from the restaurant and, at 8am, Siggy arrived to have a chat before we entered our classroom. More people started to arrive for the course. None of them were English, but they still made us feel very welcome. I even tried to speak some German, but I didn’t manage much more than: Thank you, Please and Do you speak English?Siggy then introduced me to Fredy Eggenschwiler, the chief confectioner and our course tutor. It was an honour.9.30amEveryone began to enter the classroom and find a seat. I was sitting next to a young man from Austria called Elvin, whose father and uncle have their own bakery. Fredy handed out the coursework, which Siggy had given us the day before and, while he spoke in German, Siggy translated it for us. To begin with, the teachers demonstrated how to fold and sheet puff pastry (the German version with slab butter) and explained that faults occur during sheeting due to unproportional pastry and over-stretching. They also explained how important the resting time of the product is before each turn. Diagrams were then shown on how the product looks when it has been baked and giving details on fat content, dough, steam pressure, temperature and how to check the bottom of the product when it’s baked.Fredy then went on to talk about Torten and how important it is to get the product correct: taste; no more than three colours; appearance – the top layer colour should show what the cake is like, for example either orange or chocolate; seasons – the use of fruits relating to the time of year; and themes – for example, Christmas, Easter or Halloween.Fredy also stressed the importance of a cake size and how it should be the same every time; this will help give you the same product time and time again, which they base on 10 pieces per cake weighing 100g. While Fredy was taking the lecture, two other teachers prepared a sponge, ready to put into baking rings. This is done by covering the first ring with greaseproof paper and then sealing the base with the second ring, filling the circle with the batter and baking in the oven on 205?C for 30 minutes. They were then turned out on to a baking tray and baked for a further 15 minutes.After time to cool, they were cut out, a note made of the date of production, then wrapped and sealed in plastic bags before being stored in a cool room.Swiss Rolls were next on the agenda. Every ingredient was weighed and mixed to the exact amount. After mixing, three sheets of silicone were placed over the table. One had a chocolate pattern, on which Fredy had designed by hand. The batter was placed into a metal guide, which was then pulled across the silicone, spreading the batter evenly. One of the sheets was combed for decoration and they also piped a full circle. These were then baked and the one with Fredy’s design, which was really simple, looked so effective.For the final recipe of the day, a Choux Paste, they piped circles, similar to ring doughnuts, then did the circles again, but on a slightly larger scale. When baked, the smaller ones were finished by turning one upside down and piping a circle of cream then adding a lid. Toppings included coffee, chocolate and white fondant. The larger of the choux rings was then cut in half and filled with either chestnut or hazelnut butter cream, piped into the middle. The lid was finished with a glaze, a sprinkle of almonds and a dusting of icing sugar.Before the day drew to a close Fredy invited all the group to taste one of the Swiss Rolls, which were finished with raspberries and cream and it was delicious! nlast_img read more

New diabetes prevention website launched to stop growing epidemic in Asia

first_img Read Full Story The rapidly emerging diabetes epidemic in Asia has the potential to overwhelm health care systems, undermine economic growth, and inflict unprecedented levels of disability on the world’s most populous continent. A new website—the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative—aims to put a stop to this deadly epidemic by offering Asian countries authoritative, science-based information to stop the spread of type 2 diabetes.The website—www.asiandiabetesprevention.org—a joint initiative between the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), gives the public, health professionals, and public health practitioners quick and easy access to information about the causes of type 2 diabetes, its dire consequences, and what can and must be done to decrease the prevalence of this disease in Asia.“Asia has become the epicenter of the global diabetes epidemic,” says Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH and co-editorial director of the new website. “By providing the latest advances in research on epidemiology and state-of-the-art practices for diabetes prevention through lifestyle and environmental changes, this website will raise the public’s awareness about this ‘silent’ epidemic and spur urgent actions to address it.”last_img read more

Health Food Marketing

first_imgTerms like “gluten-free,” “natural,” “organic” and “locally grown” are popping up all over the grocery store and in the food media. It may seem like Americans are eating healthier than ever before. In reality, only a select group of consumers are buying products that are marketed as being healthier or more environmentally conscious. Most consumers are still eating high-calorie, processed foods and make food choices based on taste and convenience rather than health claims. Food science professor Louise Wicker, of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), studies what drives consumer choices and how to get people to eat healthier food. She’s found that consumers who place a premium on foods that make these claims only represent a small segment of the population. Many more Americans build their diets around foods that are high in fat, salt and calories, and more than one-third of American adults are obese. “How did we get to this place of obesity, under-nutrition and lack of awareness of sustainable agricultural practices by a large segment of the population?” Wicker asked at a recent Sustainable Food Systems Initiative seminar, a forum for faculty from colleges across UGA to share their research and to have meaningful dialogue on the issue of food production and consumption. Until World War II, America’s under-nutrition problems were fueled by food insecurity. The priority was providing the public with adequate nutrients. After WWII, a number of changes in U.S. society, including women joining the workforce, led to a boom in the development of processed foods. Americans began over-consuming and making other lifestyle choices that resulted in taking in more calories than they burned. In the last 50 or 60 years, average Americans have lost interest in cooking and lost cooking skills. In 1960, the average home-cooked meal contained 20 ingredients. Today the average home-cooked meal includes fewer than six ingredients. It’s not just that people have lost the desire to cook; many families have busy schedules that put cooking on the back burner. When choosing between cooking dinner or going to their child’s school concert, for example, most parents prioritize spending free time with their children, which means buying pre-packaged meals and eating away from home, Wicker said. One key to developing healthier eating habits is to “start with schools, so kids bring the habits home to mom and dad.” Children are likely to eat healthier if fruits and vegetables taste better and if their flavor profiles are shifted. Moreover, there is evidence that obese and non-obese people experience food differently, Wicker said. “Obese individuals tend to prefer more salt, fat and sugar and are not satiated by the same amount as normal weight individuals,” she said. Cutting the amount of sugar, salt and fat that children expect in their meals can short circuit this cycle early. Offering more and better fruits, vegetables and healthy options can eventually change students’ taste buds. Farm-to-school programs get kids excited about growing and eating vegetables. Healthier eating for adults isn’t easy. Their feelings about food and taste preferences can take longer to change. While people say they want healthier or more natural groceries, good intentions don’t always translate into sales or consumption of healthy choice foods. Sometimes, health claims can actually turn consumers away. For example, in spring of 2013, Burger King introduced Satisfries—French fries that were advertised as having 40 percent less fat than the McDonald’s fries. Sales were unexpectedly low, and by fall 2014, Burger King announced they would no longer offer Satisfries. People have a misconception that food labeled as healthy tastes bad. Many food giants are starting to lower salt, sugar and fat content without telling consumers, Wicker said. The hope is that these “stealth health” initiatives don’t turn consumers away. The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is a collaborative effort between CAES and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Odum School of Ecology, College of Environment and Design, College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA. The goal is to provide an interdisciplinary setting for students, professors and other scientists to address issues plaguing modern food production, like conservation of natural resources, feeding the growing population, environmental degradation and nutrition.last_img read more

Rising air conditioning demand threatens to overturn India’s renewables goals

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economic Times:The growth trajectory of the cooling industry, particularly air conditioning, can become a major roadblock in India’s energy transition to renewables by 2030, according to a study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).The air conditioning sector is expected to grow at around 10 percent which may present a huge challenge for the integration of renewables in the energy system because much of the country’s residential cooling demand falls at night when solar is not available, it said.“The growth trajectory of cooling, in particular air conditioning, is expected to be particularly rapid, at about 10 per cent per year,” the research paper titled “Understanding India’s electricity sector transition to renewables” said.India’s electricity demand is projected to grow at 6 per cent per year between now and 2030, reaching about 2040 trillion watt hour (TWh) of grid-based electricity demand. Taking into account the projected transmission and distribution (T&D) losses and auto-consumption, national generation requirements would be on the order of 2400 TWh.This growth rate in itself presents a challenge to substantially increase the share of renewables, requiring an extremely rapid rate of capacity addition to meet incremental demand growth.“Scenarios studying the grid integration of renewables clearly show that the need for power system flexibility is projected to grow significantly under ambitious scenarios for the increase in renewables,” said the paper.While total demand is projected to double by 2030, the need for daily balancing which is shifting energy within a day to balance the variability in solar output, is also projected to grow six-fold by 2030. The available supply of flexibility is expected to exceed by the mid-2020s, posing an absolute constraint on the growth of renewables, unless proactive measures are taken to increase the flexibility of the power system.An analysis of the grid integration challenge of variable renewables in India clearly show that this transformation will be unachievable unless substantial progress is made in developing a comprehensive portfolio of flexibility options.More: India’s energy transition to renewables: Air conditioning to pose a key challenge Rising air conditioning demand threatens to overturn India’s renewables goalslast_img read more