Variation in the foraging location of antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) and the effects on diving behavior

first_imgThis study investigated how female Antarctic fur seals adapt their foraging behavior, over time scales of days, to spatial unpredictability in the distribution of their food. Lactating Antarctic fur seals are central-place foragers that feed on highly patchy but spatially and temporally dynamic food. We measured the foraging distribution of 28 fur seals to test whether variation in foraging trip durations was reflected in variation in the location of foraging and the diving behavior of seals at sea. Based on the maximum distance travelled from the breeding beach, three categories of foraging trips were denned: those to the continental shelf area (n= 12, median = 71 km), to oceanic water (n= 11, median =164 km), and to farther offshore oceanic waters (n= 5, median = 260 km). Trip duration and mean surface speed were positively correlated with the maximum distance travelled from the breeding beach. Seals on longer trips spent proportionally less of their time submerged, but there was no significant difference in the total number of dives or the total time spent foraging by seals in relation to trip duration. Evidence from this study and previous work investigating energy gain suggests that an animal on a longer foraging trip could potentially have a higher mean energy return per dive than a similar animal on a shorter foraging trip. Evidence presented suggests that the type of foraging trip (near or far) is not predetermined by the animal but may be a simple response to the stochastic distribution of the resources available.last_img read more

Johnson makes U-turn on mansion tax plans after heartlands backlash

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Johnson makes U-turn on mansion tax plans after heartlands backlash previous nextHousing MarketJohnson makes U-turn on mansion tax plans after heartlands backlashPrime Minister and his new Chancellor Rishi Sunak say measure is very unlikely to be included in the delayed budget.Nigel Lewis17th February 20201 Comment1,507 Views Boris Johnson has scrapped government plans to introduce a mansion tax after a backlash from his party’s traditional bricks-and-mortar owning heartland.Over the weekend the new Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that the measure would proceed, while the Prime Minister is said to have ‘cooled’ on the idea despite heralding it last week as a key policy to enable the UK to be ‘levelled up’ economically.But another reason for the ditching of the idea has been forming over the weekend among political commentators; that the mansion tax proposals were part of a plan by Johnson and his chief aide Dominic Cummings to oust Sajid Javid from No.11 if he didn’t go along with their plans to downgrade the power of HM Treasury.The idea was clearly not Javid’s. As property industry figure Trevor Abrahmsohn (left) found out after attending a private meeting recently with the now former Chancellor, he is unlikely to have adopted what has been in the past a Labour policy.“It was evident that he was a ‘fiscal pragmatist’, i.e. he believed in the notion that taxes are designed to raise as much money as possible for the Treasury, rather than being a cunning, socialist device to ‘redistribute’ wealth or penalise entrepreneurs,” he says.Also, any form of mansion tax is not a Conservative vote winner. Research last week by The Telegraph showed that hundreds of staunch Conservative constituencies would see high proportions of home owners paying the additional tax.Within London between 28% and 65% of homes are over £1 million while outside the capital in commuter belt towns such as Guildford or upmarket areas of Manchester, up to 24% of homes would be deemed ‘mansions’ based on price. Rishi Sunak Boris Johnson mansion tax mansion tax Trevor Abrahmsohn February 17, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 17th February 2020 at 1:56 pmGood news on the Mansion Tax, but bad news if the budget gets delayed past 11th of March. The market is beginning to be a favourable one for agents, the last thing we need is a delay on whether stamp duty will get an overhaul.Uncertainty, can soon squeeze life out of a housing market, let us hope Rishi Sunak does not take too long to unleash what he has hidden away in his little red budget brief-case. The word is he is a spender not a keeper, so maybe some pennies may wash down to some, though it is more likely stamp duty will remain fundamentally as it is for now.Log in to ReplyWhat’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

Girls Night Out! Andrew Rannells & Allison Williams Run Wild at Bullets

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 View Comments Zach Braff Will Swenson Andrew Rannells is one busy guy—in addition to playing Hannah’s pal Elijah on HBO’s Girls, he’s also gearing up to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch while filming the new movie The Intern at the same time. But the Tony nominee still somehow found the time to see the toe-tapping musical Bullets Over Broadway with his Girls co-star Allison Williams on July 26. The duo wasn’t the only star to catch the show that night—Will Swenson, who is prepping to star in Bull Durham in Atlanta, GA, was also on hand to see Zach Braff, Nick Cordero and the tap-dancing gangsters in action. Check out these Hot Shots of the star-studded evening, then see Bullets Over Broadway through August 24 at the St. James Theatre. Bullets Over Broadway Andrew Rannells Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Nassau Police Detective Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County police detective was killed in an early-morning crash Wednesday when his crossover SUV crashed into a tractor trailer as he was exiting the Northern State Parkway in Carle Place, police said.Nassau police identified the detective as Alfred Samaniego. The police department did not release Samangiego’s age or say how long he was on the force.Homicide detectives said Samaniego was exiting the Northern State Parkway on the westbound Glen Cove Road ramp just before 1 a.m. when the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali he was driving crossed over the northbound lanes and struck a U.S. mail tractor trailer driving southbound.Samaniego was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.“The Nassau County Police Department regretfully announces the victim in this Fatal Vehicular Accident has been identified as Nassau County Detective Alfred A. Samaniego,” Nassau County police Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack said in a statement.Police said the investigation is continuing.The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured, police said.last_img read more

3 ideas for preventing disengaged employees

first_imgThere comes a time in many organizations where employee enthusiasm takes a dip. It could be after a major milestone or achievement where staff feels content and comfortable. Or, it could be due to low office morale caused by a variety of potential factors. Before your staff hits a rough patch and excitement takes a plunge, take these three actions to prevent office disengagement.Team transparencyWhether you lead a team of 5 or 25, keeping an open line of communication and transparency between you and your employees is critical. Ask your team for their feedback and touch base about what’s working and what’s not. Creating this transparency generates trust and helps staff members feel they not only have a voice, but also that what they communicate is valuable. When you are transparent and communicative, you are opening the door for employee action and enthusiasm by demonstrating your willingness to be approachable and receptive.Employee empowermentEvery team member regardless of his or her role within the company should feel encouraged and inspired. To create this office culture, leaders must work with their team to create a vision for the company. Once this vision is established, communicate to your team the role each employee will play in making it a reality. When employees understand their value and that they are needed to meet the company goals, they will have a sense of pride that will drive them to succeed. Empowering your team to work together toward a common objective will lead to increased engagement and excitement.Interesting incentivesYou know your team has the potential for success and the tools necessary for strong job performance.  So, don’t lose your trust in their abilities. Sometimes when apathy appears, it’s time to take it to the next level and offer some real office perks. If your company can’t afford to provide monetary incentives, find other ways to get them going. Hold office contests to encourage friendly competition where winners receive a coffee gift card or an afternoon off. Incentives not only promote a more fun work environment, but also demonstrate your desire to maintain a connected and ambitious team. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Corporate pandemic precaution advocacy: The time is now

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Business continuity planners say they’re talking to their employees and other stakeholders about pandemic preparedness. Is it really happening?At the start of CIDRAP’s February 2007 Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second National Summit in Orlando, 45% of attendees said communication was the most important preparedness priority for their company “beyond health and safety.” That ranked it No. 1. By the end of the conference, communication was No.1 by an even wider margin—67%.I asked participants which of two kinds of communication took precedence. One priority is a standby crisis communication plan—developed now so you’re ready to roll if and when a pandemic materializes. The other priority is a pandemic precaution advocacy rollout—actual communications, now, aimed at alerting employees and others to the risk, telling them what the company is doing, and urging them to get ready. The pandemic precaution advocacy rollout eked out a narrow victory, 32% to 30%, with 38% saying the two were equally important. These are the answers I wanted to hear, but I don’t trust that they reflect what’s really happening.Just about every time I’m invited to give a speech or run a workshop on pandemic communication, I ask my client whether I should focus mostly on crisis communication (“when the virus hits the fan”) or precaution advocacy (“getting ready together”). The usual choice is crisis communication. I have to argue hard for some attention to the prepandemic communication task of sounding the alarm.When I have a chance to run a workshop that covers both, I have learned the hard way to start with crisis communication. If the group works on precaution advocacy first, the messages it comes up with tend to be awfully mild—largely because participants haven’t imagined their way into a serious pandemic yet. Working first on crisis communication gives people a sense of the horrific messages they would have to deliver in the middle of a catastrophic pandemic. That sets a very different context for the second half of the program: “What can we say to people beforehand to help prepare for the exercise we just went through?”Good pandemic precaution advocacy now, in other words, can make pandemic crisis communication later a less impossible task. Not much of it seems to be happening yet from companies.What’s happening, what’s notIn fairness, some pandemic precaution advocacy is happening for some stakeholders. In particular, many companies are talking to their suppliers about pandemic preparedness—mostly in search of promises (unenforceable though they may be) to keep the supply chain filled no matter what. I hope the dialogue will move to a more realistic level, something like this: “We can manage without X and Y if we have to. What can we do together to make you likelier to be able to keep us supplied with Z?” But at least a dialogue is happening.Companies are less interested in initiating pandemic conversations with customers. I assume this is because companies don’t have good news for customers and are in no hurry to offer up bad news. “Don’t expect us to be able to meet your needs” isn’t a fun message to deliver. But in many cases, these crucial conversations are happening anyway, initiated by the customers.So far I have seen virtually no pandemic communication between companies and their shareholders. But the investor community may finally have pandemic risk on its radar screen. For a while, articles speculating on the likely economic impact of a severe pandemic became commonplace. As the lead sidebar article in this issue points out, the business press has lost interest in the pandemic story, at least for the moment. We can only hope that investors got the message already, and will start asking companies how prepared they are. The sooner the better.At the Orlando conference, Michael Evangelides, principal of Deloitte Consulting, LLP, presented data showing that CFOs were a lot less interested in pandemic preparedness than were continuity managers. That would change fast if huge pension funds started asking hard questions. Imagine how companies might respond, for example, if they got a letter from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) indicating that CalPERS was planning to screen its investments for pandemic preparedness.Corporate pandemic communication aimed at neighbors or the general public still seems to be extremely rare. In fact, business leaders have been shockingly silent in the general-interest media about pandemic risk. Thanks to Google News, I am able to read a lot of media stories (local as well as national and international) about pandemic risk. The main sources are usually health officials, politicians, or academics, not companies. The companies that manufacture antivirals are an obvious exception, and I’ve seen other exceptions—articles on the preparedness efforts of the grocery, telecommunications, and banking industries, among others. But finding examples of corporate CEOs speaking out on pandemic preparedness is hard.In late 2006, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University sponsored a 3-day conference on pandemic news coverage. I asked a lot of participants what they were writing about business preparedness. “Not much,” reporter after reporter told me. “It’s hard to find a company willing to say anything on the record about its pandemic planning.”Are you talking to employees yet?The single most important audience for corporate pandemic precaution advocacy is, of course, employees. Are companies actually talking to their employees about pandemic preparedness?I don’t mean vague assurances that employees should “rest assured that your company is doing everything possible to be fully prepared in the unlikely event of a bird flu pandemic.” I’ve seen some of those. I mean detailed, vivid communications that aim at three key goals:Briefing employees on company preparedness effortsInvolving employees in those effortsPersuading employees to launch their own preparedness efforts at home and in the communityI haven’t seen many corporate efforts to achieve these three goals.Judging from my clients, getting top management’s okay to talk frankly with employees about pandemics is an uphill battle. I hear two basic reasons for not doing so:”We’re not ready yet”—As if it made sense to wait till your corporate pandemic planning were nearly done before asking employees to get involved, and before urging them to do some planning of their own.”We don’t want to unduly frighten people”—As if the looming possibility of a severe pandemic weren’t “duly” frightening . . . and as if it were more important to keep employees unconcerned than to get them prepared.There’s a better rationale for not communicating right now: “Employees aren’t interested in pandemics. Until they are, there’s not much point in trying to talk to them.” This is, of course, the exact opposite of the we-don’t-want-to-frighten-them rationale; it suggests waiting for a teachable moment when frightening your employees will be more feasible. If your company already has its pandemic employee precaution advocacy messaging done and you’re just waiting till employees are in a mood to listen, okay. Don’t wait too long.But I’d bet my mortgage that’s not what’s happening. If anything, companies will be even less willing to talk candidly and frighteningly about pandemics when their employees are already buzzing with pandemic anxiety.Go ahead, get startedSo what are companies really waiting for? I’m afraid they’re waiting for a pandemic. The votes at CIDRAP’s Orlando conference notwithstanding, it seems to me that most companies have not yet made communication a priority in their pandemic preparedness work. In particular, they have not yet done much employee pandemic precaution advocacy.It’s time to get started.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site, which includes an index of pandemic-related writing on the site.last_img read more

Planning: county and local authorities thrash out housing allocations

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BLOG: Governor Wolf Hosts Opioid Roundtable Discussions in Delco and Bucks County (Round-up)

first_img Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Last week, Governor Wolf hosted two roundtables in southeast Pennsylvania. The roundtable discussions, hosted in Brookhaven and Bensalem, continued the governor’s statewide tour to hear from state lawmakers, local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders and health care professionals about ways to work together to combat the opioid abuse epidemic spreading across the Commonwealth.“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”The governor’s roundtables and the bi-partisan support to combat the epidemic has led to a larger conversation across the state and within the state legislature.Take a look at the additional coverage below: By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant May 23, 2016 Daily Times: Gov. Wolf leads roundtable in Delco on heroin awareness“On this issue,” said Wolf, “we’re all in agreement that we need to do something about this.” [state Representative] Krueger-Braneky said Wolf coming to Delaware County for his most recent roundtable on the topic was appropriate, calling the county “ground zero” on this issue, with the highest number of heroin overdose deaths in the state and, yet, also the pioneer for trying to fight the problem.Bucks County Courier Times: DiGirolamo tells Wolf to ‘go after’ drug companies for overdosesMore people die from drug overdoses than from car accidents statewide, the governor said. Wolf said he wants lawmakers to approve an additional $34 million for drug treatment in the 2016-17 state budget.Other ideas for curbing the abuse of prescription drugs filled the room at Livengrin, off Hulmeville Road, for nearly two hours.Altoona Mirror: Wolf gaining support in opioid crisis battleThe Wolf administration has championed several initiatives to lower the tide of overdose deaths by putting naloxone in the hands of every state police officer and providing Narcan to high schools free of charge. The governor also hosts roundtable discussions across the state to encourage other lawmakers and advocacy organizations to join in his crusade.WITF: Wolf touts response to opioid crisis, says more help is coming“[What] I’m doing now and what we all here in this building are doing now to focus on this opioid crisis really is building on what has been going since the early days of my administration,” [Governor Wolf] adds…Experts at the roundtables have said Pennsylvania needs more treatment beds – and Wolf says that is one initiative his administration is committed to in the next fiscal year. He’s proposed $34 million in new funding to address the opioid crisis.York Dispatch: Senate Dems introduce legislation to combat opioid epidemicThe legislation comes a week after Gov. Tom Wolf visited York for a roundtable discussion about how to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic that’s plagued Pennsylvania. Last year, 65 people died in York County from heroin overdoses. The package of legislation includes an emergency addiction treatment program, a program to educate school-aged children about opioids and an opioid addiction prevention and treatment assessment.Times Tribune: State lawmakers turn attention to drug epidemicMr. Wolf hopes the roundtable discussions, often involving local lawmakers of both parties, lead to a package to fight drug abuse that can be passed with the fiscal 2016-17 budget. “Our hope is this is part of the budget,” said Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan. The governor has initially proposed $34 million to run some 50 centers to help individuals with substance abuse disorders. BLOG: Governor Wolf Hosts Opioid Roundtable Discussions in Delco and Bucks County (Round-up) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Only Messi, Ronaldo can break my record at Man U -Rooney

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Wayne Rooney believes only Barcelona icon Lionel Messi or Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo could break his record of 253 goals for Manchester United. After bursting onto the scene with boyhood club Everton at 16, Rooney moved to Old Trafford in 2004 where he went on to make 559 appearances. Rooney played alongside Ronaldo in the United team that won the Premier League and Champions League double in 2008. The Derby captain was reminiscing over the goals he plundered during his time at Old Trafford when he concluded that there are only two players who could outdo his record United haul. “The United record might last longer simply because players don’t stay at clubs as long as they used to,” he wrote in The Times. Barcelona’s Messi and Juventus Ronaldo tipped to break Rooney’s record at Old TraffordAdvertisementcenter_img “Mind you, if Messi or Ronaldo came to Old Trafford for a swansong they’d probably break it in three or four years. “Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world.” “He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen. “I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy. “Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun. Read AlsoFootball legends pick the best between Ronaldo and Messi “Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Cardinals Boys Basketball Results

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th Grade Boys Basketball team traveled to Columbus Indiana Wednesday night to battle St. Bartholomew’s and fell by a final score of 32 to 19.Adam Cox led the Cardinals in scoring with 10 points including a couple of 3’s. Joshua Myers added 4 points while Charlie Dice chipped in 3 points. Aaron Weber and Johnathan Deal rounded out the scoring each contributing a free throw.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The 8th grade SLS Basketball Cardinals traveled to Columbus Wednesday, December 10 and defeated St. Bartholomew’s  50-16.Nathan Eckstein led the Cardinals in scoring. All Cardinals players scored with George Ritter and Alex Geers coming off the bench and having good games.The SLS Cardinals play St. Lawrence next Monday at the Activity Center.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.The SLS 5th grade defeated St. Paul’s Wednesday, December 10 by the score 40-3.All Cardinals players entered the scoring column.The SLS 5th grade Cardinals are in action again tonight playing St. Michael’s at the Activity Center.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.last_img read more