Disentangling the influence of three major threats on the demography of an albatross community

first_imgClimate change, fisheries and invasive species represent three pervasive threats to seabirds, globally. Understanding the relative influence and compounding nature of marine and terrestrial threats on the demography of seabird communities is vital for evidence-based conservation. Using 20 years of capture-mark-recapture data from four sympatric species of albatross (black-browed Thalassarche melanophris, gray-headed T. chrysostoma, light-mantled Phoebetria palpebrata and wandering Diomedea exulans) at subantarctic Macquarie Island, we quantified the temporal variability in survival, breeding probability and success. In three species (excluding the wandering albatross because of their small population), we also assessed the influence of fisheries, oceanographic and terrestrial change on these rates. The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) explained 20.87–29.38% of the temporal variability in survival in all three species and 22.72–28.60% in breeding success for black-browed and gray-headed albatross, with positive SAM events related to higher success. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Index explained 21.14–44.04% of the variability in survival, with higher survival rates following La Niña events. For black-browed albatrosses, effort in south-west Atlantic longline fisheries had a negative relationship with survival and explained 22.75–32.21% of the variability. Whereas increased effort in New Zealand trawl fisheries were related to increases in survival, explaining 21.26–28.29 % of variability. The inclusion of terrestrial covariates, reflecting extreme rainfall events and rabbit-driven habitat degradation, explained greater variability in trends breeding probability than oceanographic or fisheries covariates for all three species. These results indicate managing drivers of demographic trends that are most easily controlled, such as fisheries and habitat degradation, will be a viable option for some species (e.g., black-browed albatross) but less effective for others (e.g., light-mantled albatross). Our results illustrate the need to integrate fisheries, oceanographic and terrestrial processes when assessing demographic variability and formulating the appropriate management response.last_img read more

‘Fridays With Friends’ Returns to Community Center on Feb. 21

first_imgFriday with Friends events at the Community Center include swimming, but on Dec. 18 kids will also have the option to sing carols or watch a holiday movie. The next free “Fridays With Friends” event at the Ocean City Community Center is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.The new program invites tens to hang out at the Community Center to listen to music, watch movies, participate in workout programs and swim.Friday’s event is the fourth of six scheduled for this winter and will include a horror film (“MAMA” or “Paranormal”), Ocean City Historical Museum tours, a lights-out ghost tour (9 to 10 p.m.), swimming, ping-pong and more.The event is for Ocean City and  Upper Township students 14 to 18 years old. Teens must show their school identification, but there is no cost to participate.Yianni’s Cafe remains open until 9 p.m. and participants will be able to purchase energy drinks and other snacks.The coordinating groups for the new program are:Municipal Alliance CommitteeOcean City Police Department and Community Policing UnitOcean Cty Free Public LibraryOcean City Aquatic and Fitness CenterOcean City RecreationThe remaining dates will be on March 7 and 21 — with the next event moving to the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center.last_img read more

Michigan Republican defends impeachment vote to upset voters

first_imgLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer has defended his decision to impeach former President Donald Trump amid criticism from voters. Meijer, a freshman lawmaker, was one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the deadly attack on the Capitol. He said during a virtual town hall Wednesday night that Trump’s falsehoods and the resulting insurrection required a “significant response” from Congress. Two constituents who asked questions said they were deeply disappointed with the 33-year-old, who represents the 3rd Congressional District in western Michigan. One accused Meijer of betrayal and said she would work to defeat him in the 2022 primary.last_img

Governor Douglas announces $857,000 in Community Development Program grants

first_imgOrganizationVCDP FundsOther ResourcesBrief Description Randolph$200,000 $0 Grant to the Town to assist Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) to provide technical assistance to Vermont Tech Enterprise Center (VTEC) and its existing and potential clients as well as to existing and potential businesses in the greater Randolph area. Rochester$30,000 $12,500 Grant to the town of Rochester to draft full architectural plans, engineering studies, and implementation cost estimates for handicapped accessibility improvements to the Rochester Public Library. Additionally a Historic Preservation Consultant will be hired to review and approve the designs for historic compliance. Governor Jim Douglas today announced that $857,000 in Vermont Community Development Program grants are being awarded to four communities ‘ Bethel, Randolph, Vergennes and Rochester. He made the announcement at a ceremony at the Bethel Town Hall, highlighting an affordable housing project in specially targeted for seniors and the disabled.‘Senior housing and housing for disabled Vermonters is a critical part of keeping our communities vibrant,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘This allows them to live close to family, friends, services and support systems that help them remain independent and active.’Bethel will receive $300,000 from the program to go toward a $1.6 million overhaul of the Depot II Apartments, an existing 10-unit apartment complex in two buildings with four units serving seniors or disabled individuals and six units serving families. ‘This funding will help the Depot II Apartments provide much needed affordable housing in Bethel for our seniors and those with disabilities,’ said Bethel selectboard chairman Neal Fox.Governor Douglas also announced a $300,000 grant to the Town of Randolph to assist the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) with providing technical assistance to the Vermont Tech Enterprise Center (VTEC), a business incubator building in town. Those funds will be used by the Enterprise Center to assist growing businesses in the Randolph area, including those locating in VTEC’s new building, which is being rebuilt following a fire in November 2008.‘This grant will help grow businesses and create jobs in the Randolph area,’ said the Governor. ‘Investing in job creation, especially in our small businesses, is a wise use of our limited resources that will pay dividends for families and communities.’The City of Vergennes will receive a $327,000 grant that will be used as part of a $627,000 renovation of the John Graham Homeless Shelter. The renovation will include foundation repairs; the removal of vinyl siding and repair of the slate roof; installation of sprinklers, wiring, plumbing and a new energy-efficient heating system; and the remodeling the current living space to provide 10 rooms for families and individuals needing emergency shelter.‘This grant is a critical piece of the funding to make these needed upgrades to the John Graham Shelter, so that we can provide residents of Addison County with a safe and welcoming environment during a time of need,’ said Marcia Mazeine, chairwoman of the shelter’s board of directors.‘The John Graham Homeless Shelter is an important resource for needy Vermonters in the Vergennes area,’ Governor Douglas added. ‘This will be its first major renovation in 30 years, and will allow it to continue its important mission for the residents of Addison County.’Finally, Rochester will receive a $30,000 grant to prepare architectural plans, engineering studies, and cost estimates for handicapped accessibility improvements to the Rochester Public Library to bring it into compliance the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).‘Making this important community building more accessible means more people in the area will be able to use the facilities,’ the Governor noted. ‘As in many towns, the Rochester Public Library provides public internet access; lectures; and other programs that enrich the lives of its residents.’These grants have an even greater impact because they leverage other financial resources, allowing state government to address critical needs in our communities. The $857,000 awarded today will leverage nearly $2 million in other funds from private and public sources.The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) money comes from the approximately $7 million Vermont receives annually in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which must be used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.Officials with the Vermont Community Development program also thanked Douglas for his support of the program during his time in office. ‘During his tenure, Governor Douglas awarded more than $64 million to 107 Vermont communities for some 264 worthwhile projects to benefit Vermonters,’ said Josh Hanford, VCDP director.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)  Vergennes City$327,000 $300,000 The City of Vergennes will receive $327,000 in VCDP funds to be used together with Other Resources to renovate and rehabilitate the John Graham Homeless Shelter. The renovation will include energy retrofits, removal of vinyl siding, repair of the slate roof and remodeling the current living space to provide 10 rooms for families and individuals needing emergency shelter. $857,000 $1,914,150 Bethel$300,000 $1,601,650 Deferred loan to substantially renovate an existing 10-unit apartment complex known as Depot II Apartments in Bethel. The housing is structured in two buildings with four units serving seniors or disabled individuals and six units as family rentals. All units receive project-based rental assistance. last_img read more

Iceland developer looking to build 1,000MW of geothermal generation in Ethiopia

first_imgIceland developer looking to build 1,000MW of geothermal generation in Ethiopia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Reykjavik Geothermal, a power developer backed by hedge fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II, is about to kick off a $4.4 billion project to bring volcanic energy to Ethiopia.Tapping long-built Icelandic expertise in channeling volcanic power, the developer is preparing to start exploration drilling in September for two 500-megawatt plants in Corbetti and Tulu Moye, south of the capital Addis Ababa. At full-scale, each project would become the largest independent power producer in Africa, according to RG.The Reykjavik-based company’s exploration teams have picked spots to drill where they can see steam rising from the ground. “All the results from the surface exploration work indicate that we are developing projects in a huge caldera, huge active volcanoes which can sustain at least 1,000 megawatts or more,” Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson, RG’s chief operating officer, said in an interview in Reykjavik.The projects would become a vital cog in Ethiopia’s drive to become a middle-income country by 2025. Currently, its installed electricity capacity of 4,200 megawatts only provides power for 40% of its 105 million people. Neighboring Kenya already has 685 megawatts of installed geothermal capacity, providing almost a third of its energy.The projects will cost money and need more investors to reach full potential. The first phase will develop 50 to 60 megawatts, requiring an equity investment of $175 million for each. They have been fully funded and RG holding a significant minority share in each project. Bringing the full projects on-line would cost about $2.2 billion apiece, with 75% anticipated to be financed via debt. Other owners in the projects include Africa Renewable Energy Fund, Iceland Drilling Co. and Meridiam SAS.More: The $4.4 billion energy plan for Ethiopialast_img read more

Should credit unions use Instagram stories?

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over a month ago, Instagram released some new functionality called “Stories.” Some of you may have heard of this already, some of you may not know what I’m talking about at all (and that’s totally okay!).  Basically, Instagram wanted to deliver similar functionality to their platform as Snapchat, such as cute filters and text overlay for videos and photos.Similar to Snapchat, Instagram Stories are only available to your followers for 24 hours, and then they are deleted from Instagram.  To view Stories of accounts you follow, look at the top of your Instagram feed for “circles” and then select one you would like to view.  Instagram then scrolls through Stories automatically (one after the other) for the accounts you follow until it reaches the end of the Stories for that moment in time.Should Credit Unions Use Instagram Stories?Some of you may be surprised by what I’m about to say, but let me just tell you the truth. We love Instagram, but we are not fans of Stories! So don’t make the mistake of adopting Stories to use for your Credit Union, and here are three reasons why:1. Reason #1: There is no natural flow with Stories continue reading »last_img read more

I got your Google translate right here

first_imgWhile you’ve been told Google Translate is no match for the real thing, it’s easy to get that quick, one-off translation. What could it hurt when all you need is a headline, right? But not only could a single letter change the meaning, you could completely fail to communicate your marketing message. This is where transcreation comes into play – by taking a concept in one language and recreating it into another.If you ever visit the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, you can taste more than 100 international and domestic beverages. Ultimately someone will coax you to try the Beverly, an intensely bitter beverage. And you’ll ask yourself, “Who could ever enjoy this?”Well… the Italians did from 1969 to 2009.Just like we have different tastes, we have slang, cultural nuances, humor and colloquialisms that do not translate literally in our advertising. Not only do they not translate from one language to another, they don’t always translate from one culture to another. A Latino marketing campaign by a credit union or community bank, for example, should consider differences among Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and others. The language might be the same, but the appeal will be quite often different. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

To Celebrate Diwali Is to Celebrate the Light

first_img[Race/Related is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.]Diwali became my American holiday.- Advertisement – For me, as an Indian-American, raising an Indian-American child, Diwali is distilled to its essence. Diwali is a celebration of light. It comes on the darkest night of the lunar cycle. It marks the triumph of good over evil, justice over tyranny, knowledge over ignorance. It reminds me that we can help one another get through the darkest times.Diwali comes at an especially grim time in our country. On Friday, the United States added more than 177,000 new coronavirus cases, another record in a week of records. And the sitting president has refused to concede last week’s election, despite his decisive loss.On Saturday afternoon, my daughter and I will put on our masks and ride the bus to our friends’ garden in Brooklyn, armed with snacks and a bottle of Other People’s Pinot, from Maison Noir. Our host has warned me not to bring sweets, which are traditionally savored on Diwali, because she’s already stocked up. My daughter has laid out her fanciest salwar kameez. If I feel brave, I’ll wear a sari, with thermals underneath because I’m always cold. If your family comes from North India, your Diwali story lifts a page from the epic tale of Ramayana. It marks the victorious return of its royal protagonist, Rama, after he defeats a shrewd rival from the South. The people of his kingdom light oil lamps — diyas — to guide him back home. We will sit outside, seven of us, at a safe distance from each other. Our children will light the diyas, so that we may banish illness and ignorance, so that we may restore justice.On a dark evening, our children will show us the light. I was raised in a Bengali Hindu family. For us, to celebrate Diwali is to worship the goddess, Kali. The mother goddess, with dark skin and wild hair and a necklace of skulls (actually bad-dudes-whom-she-has-vanquished skulls), Kali is the figure of the woman you do not want to mess with. She is armed, and she is ferocious, except to those who worship her. (I know a few women like that. I worship them, too.)In my bedroom hangs a painting of Kali, made by an unnamed woman artist from the Madhubani region of eastern India, gifted to me by a friend more than 20 years ago.I tell you this because Diwali, which may be the only Hindu holiday you’ve heard of, means different things to different communities.- Advertisement –center_img Everywhere we celebrate, we light a lamp.- Advertisement – If your family is from the South, Diwali plucks from the other great epic, Mahabharata, telling the story of Krishna, defeating a different greedy tyrant altogether. It is celebrated as Divali in the Caribbean, Deepavali in Sri Lanka, Tihar in Nepal. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Show more respect for president, law

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Hats off to all the writers with common sense who have something of value to write about: Dave Edwards, Joanne Clough and many others, even those with pro-death penalty remarks, with solid stats to back them up. I guess you could say I’m referring to same old tired song and dance about President Trump on this matter or that. It’s boring. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed a society fall so low, disrespectful of the president and law enforcement. Let me ask all you Trump haters this: Have any of you seen evidence up close and personally know for sure, 100 percent, he’s a racist, hurting you, or done you harm?  If all you can do is write about how much you hate someone, I pity you. Get a life, be thankful you are alive and enjoy everyday like it’s your last.Al Marvell Scotia More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Bale unlikely to make Premier League return: Agent

first_imgGareth Bale’s agent says the Real Madrid forward is unlikely to return to the Premier League because he wants to finish his career at the Bernabeu.Bale is believed to have a difficult relationship with Real manager Zinedine Zidane and was almost sold to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning last year.The former Tottenham star has been linked with a move back to the Premier League on several occasions, with Newcastle the latest club to be mentioned as suitors for the Wales international. But Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said the 30-year-old would happily remain in Spain.”He has a very nice lifestyle. I don’t see why he doesn’t see his career out at Madrid, probably,” Barnett told the BBC on Thursday.”As I’ve always said, he’s quite happy in Madrid. It’s his life that he wants to lead. Financially, he will want for nothing the rest of his life, and his children and grandchildren.”Bale has won a host of medals, including four Champions League titles, since joining Real for a then world record £85 million ($107 million) in 2013. But he has rarely been a regular under Zidane and has been criticized by fans and media in Spain for putting more passion into his golf hobby than his Real career.Despite that discord, Bale has no plans to demand a move, according to Barnett.”I have no idea what his value is,” he said. “His salary is quite high and also where he wants to go is very important in his life. I can’t put a figure on it.”He’s won nearly everything in the world, except the World Cup, but unfortunately he plays for Wales so some things are beyond him.”So he’s won everything else, to come back and play [in the Premier League] would be unbelievable, a big thing. I don’t think he wants to do that at the moment. He’s quite happy to play at Real Madrid.”center_img Topics :last_img read more