Provisioning behaviour of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus

first_imgUnderstanding how parental expenditure reflects food availability and influences reproductive output is a key part of studies of breeding performance. Provisioning behaviour is an important aspect of parental expenditure. We show that Macaroni Penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus have clear sex-specific differences in provisioning behaviour. Females provision chicks throughout rearing and at higher rates than males, which only participate in the later stages. Female provisioning is consistent throughout chick-rearing and appears to relate to a threshold rate governing whether or not chicks survive. The additional expenditure by males (but not females) during the creche period influenced chick growth and fledging mass of survivors. We suggest a very simple model to account for these sex-specific differences and effects. Interannual variation in parental expenditure resulted in differences in reproductive output between years. Years of lowest expenditure resulted in lowest growth rate of chicks, Sex-specific differences in provisioning were similar among years, however, with a consistent proportion of expenditure by males.last_img read more

Equinor awards contracts for Bacalhau field development in Brazil

first_imgThe Subsea Integration Alliance has been selected for the SURF contract and MODEC for FPSO contract of the Bacalhau project MODEC has been selected for the FPSO contract. (Credit: Equinor ASA.) Equinor, on behalf of its partners ExxonMobil and Petrogal Brasil, has signed front end engineering and design (FEED) contracts with early commitments and pre-investments for phase 1 of the Bacalhau, in Brazil.Norwegian energy firm said that it has selected the contractors for subsea, umbilical, risers and flowlines (SURF) and the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) contracts.Subsea Integration Alliance, formed by Subsea7 and OneSubsea, has been selected for the SURF contract and Japanese offshore floating platforms provider MODEC has been selected for the FPSO contract.Equinor technology, projects and drilling executive vice president Anders Opedal said: “Awarding these contracts is an important milestone in developing the Bacalhau area.“We have awarded these contracts to reputable companies with long experience in Brazil and we are now looking forward to further collaboration with SIA and MODEC to ensure a timely execution of the project. This will be the largest FPSO in Brazil with a production capacity of 220,000 barrels per day.”The FPSO contractor is expected to operate the FPSO for the first year, after which Equinor will operate the facilities till the end of license period in 2053.The SURF and FPSO contracts are said to have high standardisation and industrialisation, and the SURF contract would contribute approximately 60% to local content in Brazil.Bacalhau field is owned by Equinor with 40%The Bacalhau field is owned by Equinor with 40% and serves as operator, along with ExxonMobil holding 40%, Petrogal Brasil with 20% and Pré-sal Petróleo, a non-investor and Government agency.It is located 185km from the coast of the State of São Paulo, in water depths of 2050 metres.The field development will consist of 19 wells, approximately 130km of rigid risers and flowlines and 35km of umbilicals.Equinor Brazil development and production executive vice president Margareth Øvrum said: “Bacalhau is a world class asset in the Brazilian pre-salt Santos area. Brazil is a core growth area for Equinor, and the company has ambitions of producing 300 to 500 thousand barrels a day in Brazil within 2030. Bacalhau will be an important contributor to reach this goal.”Recently, Equinor and its partners have announced plans to extend the production life of the Statfjord field in the northern North Sea till 2040 by drilling new wells and upgrading the platforms.last_img read more

Fifth Flight III destroyer named USS William Charette

first_img Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Flight III View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class Photo: Photo: US Navy The US Navy’s fifth Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Hospital Corpsman Master Chief William Charette, US Navy secretary Richard V. Spencer has announced.Charette, a native of Ludington, Michigan, joined the Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War in the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) as a hospital corpsman attached to Company F, Third Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.“The actions of Hospital Corpsman William Charette will neither be forgotten or diminished,” Spencer said. “Charette put himself at extreme risk during intense combat to render aid to Marines in need. His efforts saved lives and I am honored that his legacy will live on in the future USS William Charette (DDG 130).”Charette was presented the Medal of Honor for his actions on March 27, 1953, when Chinese soldiers in North Korea attacked and overran two of three Marine hill outposts.Arleigh-Burke class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. Flight III destroyers will incorporate a new Advanced Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) that will replace the existing SPY-1 radar installed on the previous DDG 51 ships.The ship will be constructed at Bath Iron Works, a division of General Dynamics in Bath, Maine. The ship will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots. View post tag: USS William Charettelast_img read more

Fine for Bailey after Iwu affiliation slur

first_imgLabour Club candidate Olivia Bailey was penalised on Wednesday for presenting a misleading statement about a rival candidate on her personal website.Dissatisfaction with the Returning Officer’s original ruling forced Olivia Bailey’s campaign team to unsuccessfully appeal the decision to the panel that judges appeals, Junior Tribunal.The statement, on Bailey’s Facebook page, said, “I am being open and honest about my political affiliations. All the candidates in this election have their own political views, nobody is completely independent.” Lewis Iwu claims on his own site that he “has no hidden agenda” and has described himself as an “independent candidate” in the election.Although rivals, both Bailey and Iwu are members of the Oxford University Labour Club, but only Bailey has their endorsement as an official Labour Club candidate. In contrast to Bailey, Iwu is not running on a slate with other candidates.OUSU Returning Officer James Dray originally upheld the complaint and reduced Bailey’s publicity limit by 20 poster stamps. Following an appeal that Bailey was entitled to express an opinion about her rival candidate, Junior Tribunal issued a ruling which stated, “Lewis Iwu and Olivia Bailey are in direct competition and so expressions of opinion about any other candidate are permitted. We do find, however, that Olivia Bailey is in breach of SO 3d7i since the statement “I am being open and honest about my political affiliations. All the candidates in this election have their own political views, nobody is completely independent,” is misleading in its implication that Lewis Iwu is not being open and honest about his political affiliations, when we have no evidence to suggest that he is not.”The panel therefore ruled that Bailey remove “nobody is completely independent” from her website and upheld the Returning Officer’s original fine.Bailey and Iwu refused to comment directly on the issue, citing election rules preventing them from speaking to journalists. Both candidates will stand for election as OUSU President next Thursday.last_img read more

USI Trustees Approve New Graduate Program In Criminal Justice

first_imgAt its regular meeting on Thursday, November 7, the University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees approved a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) degree program to be offered through the College of Liberal Arts beginning in 2020. The proposed degree program moves next to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for approval.“We are very excited the Board of Trustees has approved this new opportunity to pursue a graduate degree in criminal justice,” said Dr. James Beeby, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “As the need for trained law enforcement officers continues to increase, this program, taught by exceptional and highly credentialed faculty, will provide a flexible path to a master’s degree for all learners interested in entering and advancing in the criminal justice system.”The MACJ program will be offered online and will require 36 credit hours for completion. Classes will be eight weeks in length, with six terms offered per year and rolling admission to allow students to begin at any time. Students completing the program will gain a solid understanding of the criminal justice system, crime-related theories and research and data analysis techniques enabling them to apply evidence-based practices and policies to their work in the field, and prepare them for professional careers in law enforcement, corrections and courts.The Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indiana Department of Workforce Development both predict employment growth, both nationally and within the state, for police, detectives, probation and parole officers, private detectives and private investigators. The MACJ will be taught by the USI Criminal Justice Department, which offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in criminal justice.Students will be able to choose between a two-year track and an accelerated, one-year track based on their schedule. Graduate enrollment at USI has been at a record high over the last several years, in part due to accelerated and flexible online programs like the MACJ, which are meeting the needs of students balancing school, work and life responsibilities.In other business, the Board of Trustees approved the conferral of master, bachelor’s and associate degrees to the Class of 2019, which will be given at the fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 7. The Board also heard reports on student financial aid and insurance renewals and authorized the start of the Health Professions Building classroom renovation and expansion project approved by the 2019 Indiana General Assembly.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Commentary: Oops Is Not A Strategy

first_imgDecember 6, 2017  By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The tax “reform” measure conjured up by Republicans in the U.S. Senate took a tumble.A $1 trillion tumble.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comThat’s how much an independent analysis said the bill would add to the deficit if it becomes law. That’s even if the measure achieves the rosy-scenario growth targets its GOP backers promise.Oops.Republicans expressed surprise at the $1 trillion miscalculation – which, in itself, was shocking, because they’d taken so many precautions against making mistakes. Given that they have rushed their plan through with few, if any public hearings, not taken any expert testimony, not subjected it to serious scrutiny by economists and plotted in secret, how could they possibly have missed anything?Even something as insignificant as a $1 trillion deficit.A series of wins on procedural votes had led the GOP bigwigs to believe they were on their way to victory, their first significant one of this era in which they control the White House and both chambers of Congress.But, just as they were getting ready to pop the corks on celebratory bottles of champagne, the unanticipated $1 trillion shortfall showed up like an uninvited party guest.Republicans – desperate to deliver a tax cut to the mega-wealthy donor class that pays for those champagne bottles and terrified they’ll face primary challenges if they don’t – were scrambling to find both votes to pass the measure and money to cover the shortfall.This is what happens when magic and myth substitute for logic and math.The magic part is the supply-side faith that cutting taxes, particularly on the wealthy, somehow miraculously will result in more revenue for government. These supposed conservatives, who in other areas pride themselves on their hard-headed realism, seem to believe self-government is a mystical realm, the only human endeavor in existence in which free lunches do exist.In this magical world, two plus two can equal three, five, 22 or, apparently, even X plus or minus $1 trillion.This faith in magical calculations is enhanced by an equally fervent belief in the myth of the saintly plutocrat.In the eyes of these supposed conservatives, business is benevolence. Putting more money in the hands of the uber-wealthy – or the “job creators,” as Republicans seeking campaign contributions love to flatter the donor class – means that everyone benefits. The rewards “trickle down,” because business owners selflessly invest their cash in the welfare of their employees, rather than pocketing themselves.Right.Most truly hard-headed economic analysis, in fact, shows the opposite – namely, that putting more cash in the hands of the folks at the bottom and middle of the economic ladder aids those at every rung.When those who are poor or have middling incomes have more money, they spend it on the goods and services that drive the economy. The benefits don’t trickle down. Instead, they flow in every direction.This is because the people who are buying these things aren’t doing so selflessly. They’re purchasing these products and services because they need to, because doing so enhances their lifestyles or even because they have seen something they want.Building a tax structure that encourages such behavior involves what the founders of this country would have called “enlightened self-interest.”The plan the Republican senators have come up with is heavy on the self-interest part and skips over the enlightened piece altogether.America’s founders, of course, were products of the enlightenment. They placed their faith in logic and math, not magic and myth.The Republican leaders swear now that they have the votes to pass their measure, which hadn’t even been drafted formally when they made the announcement that it would become law. It could be true. Maybe they count votes better than they do dollars.In Walt Disney’s world, a dream is a wish the heart makes.With the current Republican leadership in Washington, it also may be the closest thing we’ll see to a plan for governing America.Footnote: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

City Council to Vote on $44,720 Study of Flooding From 26th to 34th Streets

first_imgBarricades block access to Simpson and Haven avenues at 32nd Street in Ocean City on Thursday morning — a common precaution in many storms each year.City Council will vote Thursday on awarding a $44,720 contract to Michael Baker International Company to come up with a plan to address drainage problems in one of Ocean City’s most flood-prone neighborhoods.At a public meeting March 12 at City Hall, the council will consider a resolution authorizing a professional services contract for an engineering review of the low-elevation area bounded by 26th and 34th streets, West Avenue and Bay Avenue.Baker is the same firm that met with neighbors, conducted a study and made recommendations for improvements in the nearby Merion Park neighborhood, where a comprehensive drainage project that included pumping stations was recently completed.The new project area sits in a low-lying corridor that includes Haven and Simpson avenues and routinely floods — not only in storms and tidal events, but in heavy rain and even on sunny days (with tidal waters flowing backwards through the storm drain system). Many property owners there are part of a new group advocating for expedited street flooding remediation throughout Ocean City._____Sign up for free breaking news updates from Ocean City.Get Ocean City updates in your Facebook news feed. “Like” us._____The proposal from Baker includes field visits, a review of existing conditions, preparation of a report (including estimated costs, design schedules, permitting requirements), presentation of recommendations to the public and project management. (See attached PDF for full detail.)The project is part of the first year of a five-year capital improvement plan, and the recommendations from Baker would be complete in the spring.Download (PDF, 290KB)last_img read more

Legislation watch

first_imgThe Pensions Bill 2007, which reached its second reading in Parliament last week, could hit the baking industry hard if it becomes law. That’s the view of pensions consultancy Aon, which said the Bill will cost UK companies an extra £4bn, if it is passed.Chris Dale, head of Aon’s food and drink practice, said: “The Pensions Bill could hit the tight margins of the food and drink sector, which will have to provide pensions to a high number of part-time staff. This could see deficits soar at a time when food prices are inflating at their fastest level for 14 years, driven by increasing fuel and raw material costs. Manufacturers will be forced to pass on increased costs to consumers via retailers. This will further exacerbate the spiralling food and drink price inflation.”The Pensions Bill 2007 proposes an automatic enrolment in a workplace scheme or personal accounts for all workers, aged between 22 and state pension age earning more £5,035 a year (at 2006/07 rates). Workers would contribute a minimum 4% of their salaries, employers a minimum of 3% with around 1% in tax relief from the government.”Reacting to the perception that the voluntary pension system is irreparably damaged, the government is now resorting to the enforcement of compulsory employer contributions,” said Dale.last_img read more

?? Download of the week: Bakery Story, iPhone

first_imgWe know what you’re all burning to do when you step away from the bakery at the end of a busy Christmas shift: run a virtual bakery on your iPhone. Yes, no longer do you have to switch off from the bakery world in your downtime, following the launch of the Bakery Story game this month. Here, you not only design the products but also the layout of the bakery, and then sell to an online community. Incredible though it may seem, those budding bakers with crazy ambitions that cannot be fulfilled with the in-game virtual money alone, can actually spend real money in iTunes to decorate their outlets. At which point, presumably, an alert is signalled in the social services office, your kids are taken into care and you’re locked away for the safety of others.last_img read more

Press release: £5 billion of energy investment projects announced as the Board of Trade meets in Wales

first_img Mishergas Waster to Fuel plant, Avonmouth, Bristol (£65m): Mishergas is offering an opportunity for investment into the development of a £65 million waste to fuel facility. The project benefits from multiple revenue streams and strong investment returns. The developers will consider a variety of investor involvement to include equity investment, blended debt and equity, co-investment or development funding. The Project will be owned and operated under a special purpose vehicle to be set-up by the developers. Bristol City Leap programme (£1bn): Bristol City Council is seeking investment and development partners for a low carbon energy infrastructure programme of between £800 million and £1 billion. The Council is open to a variety of investor involvement to include equity partners, co-investment or development funding. This is an early stage opportunity to shape the programme and offers the potential for a long-term relationship with this public sector partner. up to £1 billion of anticipated investment in to the City Leap Programme in Bristol £65 million of opportunity in the Mishergas Waste to Fuel Plant, also in Bristol £60 million of potential investment to the Carlton Forest Waste to Energy Plant in Nottinghamshire around £480 million for new CoGen Waste to Energy Plants in Birmingham, Cardiff and North Lanarkshire around £40 million of investment for a Reliagen integrated electric vehicle and battery storage facility in West London two projects worth an estimated total of £135 million in Wales two projects worth a projected £1 billion in Scotland, including Aberdeen Hydrogen almost £3 billion for UK-wide projects including Gridserve’s Electric Vehicle Forecourt Network and Pivot Power’s battery storage and electric vehicle charging project The Energy Investment Portfolio will deliver growth in new innovative sectors, encouraging creativity, creating jobs and driving prosperity across the UK. My international economic department has established relationships with the world’s most influential investors to ensure that the UK continues to be the top destination in Europe for Foreign Direct Investment – and today’s announcement is further proof that there is huge demand for UK projects from investors. The Energy Investment Portfolio is the latest offer for international investors, following the launch of seven new investment projects in October, worth £2 billion.International Trade Secretary and President of the Board of Trade, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP said: With £5 billion of new projects, the Energy Investment Portfolio is great news for communities up and down the country – as well as creating jobs and prosperity, these projects will reduce bills and deliver huge benefits for the environment. The government’s commitment to clean growth and innovation provides huge investment opportunities in the UK’s energy sector, which already employs 181,000 people and generates the most offshore wind power in the world. The department has a global network of HMTCs and experts across more than 100 countries who are promoting the UK and attracting the backing needed to make these projects a reality. CoGen Waste to Energy plant, Cardiff, Wales (£100m): CoGen is offering an opportunity for investment into the development of a £100 million waste to energy facility in Cardiff, Wales. Using proven technology, the project benefits from a long-term contracted revenue stream and strong investment returns. CoGen will consider a variety of investor involvement to include equity investment, blended debt and equity, or co-investment. This project forms part of a strong development pipeline of waste to energy projects being developed by CoGen, leading to potential wider funding opportunities. Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart MP said: Pivot Power, Integrated battery storage and electric vehicle charging project – UK wide (£1.6bn): With a total capital requirement of up to £1.6 billion, this project provides an opportunity for investment in the development of a national network of integrated grid-scale battery storage and electric vehicle charging facilities. The Pivot Power will consider a variety of investor involvement to include equity partners, co-investment or development funding. The project’s capital funding will be phased over the development cycle offering the opportunity to partner with a market-leading project. Carlton Forest Waste to Energy Plant, Worksop Nottinghamshire (£60m): With a capital requirement of £60 million, this project provides an opportunity for investment in the development and operation of a waste to energy plant with diverse revenue streams and strong investment returns. The developers will consider a variety of investor involvement to include combined debt and equity or co-investment. The Project will be owned and operated under a special purpose vehicle to be set-up by the developers.center_img Reliagen integrated electric vehicle and battery storage facility, West London (£40m): With a capital requirement of £40 million, this project provides an opportunity for investment in the development and operation of an integrated electric vehicle charging and battery storage facility. Reliagen is developing a pipeline of similar sites around London and other cities of the UK, where opportunities exist to integrate commercial scale electric vehicle charging hubs with battery storage facilities connected to the electricity grid. As a result, Reliagen is open to discuss wider development capital investment, as well as out-right purchase of this project’s development rights. Aberdeen Hydrogen Infrastructure development programme, Aberdeen and North East Scotland (£850m): Aberdeen City Council is seeking investment and development partners for a £850 million hydrogen infrastructure development programme comprising a strategically co-ordinated range of subsidiary projects. The Council is open to a variety of investor involvement to include debt and equity partners, co-investment, and development funding. This is an early stage opportunity to shape the programme and offers the potential for a long-term relationship with this public sector partner. Morlais Marine Energy Infrastructure project, North West Wales (£35m): Menter Môn is offering an opportunity for investment into the development of a £35 million marine energy infrastructure facility. The project benefits from stable revenue streams and strong investment returns. The developers will consider a variety of investor involvement to include equity partners, co-investment or development funding. The project offers investment opportunities into a market-enabling project. Around £5 billion of energy and infrastructure projects across the UK will be promoted to global investors as part of a new portfolio of opportunities, the International Trade Secretary announced today (15 November) at the Board of Trade in Swansea.The eleven new projects in the Energy Investment Portfolio will not only create jobs in the energy sector, but will reduce energy costs for hard-working British families and have widespread benefits for the environment.The opportunities are across the UK, including: The Department for International Trade (DIT) will promote these opportunities to investors in 108 countries through its global network of HMTCs and in-country experts.The UK is Europe’s top destination for foreign direct investment, and recent data released by UNCTAD showed the UK had the second highest level of investment globally in the first six months of this year. Read Liam Fox’s response to this announcement.It also has one of the world’s top five most innovative economies according to the Global Innovation Index, as well as four of the world’s top ten universities.The UK’s energy sector is also well-complemented by a burgeoning advanced manufacturing sector which has over 100,000 companies, and more venture capital investment than other country in Europe.UK Energy Capital Investment projects: CoGen Waste to Energy plant, North Lanarkshire, Scotland (£190m): CoGen is offering an opportunity for investment into the development of a £190 million waste to energy facility in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Using proven technology, the project benefits from a long-term contracted revenue stream and strong investment returns. CoGen will consider a variety of investor involvement to include equity investment, blended debt and equity, or co-investment. This project forms part of a strong development pipeline of waste to energy projects being developed by CoGen, leading to potential wider funding opportunities. Gridserve Electric Vehicle Forecourt Network – UK Wide (£1bn): With a total capital requirement of up to £1 billion, this project provides an opportunity for investment in the development and operation of a national network of electric vehicle forecourts. The project has the potential to generate diverse and parallel revenue streams from a range of sources, delivering strong investment returns. GRIDSERVE will consider a variety of investment involvement to include equity, combined debt and equity, co-investment, and development funding. The project’s capital funding will be phased over the development cycle. CoGen Waste to Energy plant, Birmingham (£190m): CoGen is offering an opportunity for investment into the development of a £190 million waste to energy facility in Birmingham. Using proven technology, the project benefits from a long-term contracted revenue stream and strong investment returns. CoGen will consider a variety of investor involvement to include equity investment, blended debt and equity, or co-investment. This project forms part of a strong development pipeline of waste to energy projects being developed by CoGen, leading to potential wider funding opportunities.last_img read more

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