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Use of geolocators reveals previously unknown Chinese and Korean scaly-sided merganser wintering sites

first_imgWe determined, for the first time, individual linkages between breeding areas of nesting female scaly-sided mergansers Mergus squamatus in the Russian Far East and their previously unknown wintering grounds in coastal Korea and inland China. Geolocators were deployed on nesting females caught and recaptured on nests along a 40-km stretch of the Kievka River. Mean positions for brood-rearing females during the summer were on average within 61.9 km of the nest site, suggesting reasonable device accuracy for subsequent location of winter quarters. Geolocation data showed that most birds wintered on freshwater habitats throughout mainland China, straddling an area 830 km E−W and 1100 km N−S. Most wintered in discrete mountainous areas with extensive timber cover, large rivers and low human population density. Three birds tracked in more than one season returned to within 25−150 km of previous wintering areas in successive years, suggesting winter fidelity to catchments if not specific sites. A single female from the adjacent Avvakumovka catchment wintered on saltwater in Korea, at least 1300 km east of Chinese wintering birds. Most sea duck species (Tribe Mergini) form pairs away from breeding areas, suggesting that this high level of winter dispersal amongst close-nesting females is a potential mechanism to maintain gene flow in this threatened species that has specialist habitat requirements. Hence, female scaly-sided mergansers disperse widely from breeding areas, but show fidelity to nesting areas and winter quarterslast_img read more

Russell Quirk to ‘spill beans’ on why eMoov went bust

first_imgThe key reasons that led to the downfall of hybrid estate agent eMoov are to be revealed today by its former CEO at a conference in London.Russell Quirk is set to be a keynote speaker at Future Proptech at the capital’s Business Design Centre and has told The Negotiator that his speech will be a final ‘fireside confessional’ insight into his role leading the business.eMoov went bust in December last year owing £15.6 million to 135 creditors. Just £465,777 was realised by its administrators by in February including the sale of its technology and brand name to digital company Mashroom which has subsequently relaunched the business.Proptech leadersQuirk is being joined by some of the UK and the world’s leading proptech figures including Airbnb’s Global Portfolio Manager Pierce Neinken and representatives from developer Yoo Living, build-to-rent giant Greystar, legal firm Mischcon de Reya and lender RBS.Estate agents are well represented at the event including former NAEA president and Sawyde  & Harris owner Katie Griffin, Tim Robinson from Knight Frank, Mark Hayward from NAEA and Winkworth director Carl Burgess.The UK’s proptech pioneers are also due to speak at the event including Jonathan Werth of LiFE Ventures, Orla Shields from Get Rentr, Goodlord CEO Williame Reeve, Giraffe 360 founder Mikus Opelts, Dominic Wilson from Pi Labs, CreditLadder CEO Sheraz Dar, One Dome founder Babek Ismayil and Tom Allason, founder of Residently.The event is in its fifth year and claims to be the world’s largest gathering of proptech experts with 2,000 delegates due to attend today.Greystar knight frank Mark Hayward jonathan werth NAEA Babek Ismayil Russell Quirk Sheraz Dar creditladder Dominic Wilson tom allason Emoov Future Proptech May 14, 2019Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Russell Quirk to ‘spill beans’ on why eMoov went bust previous nextProptechRussell Quirk to ‘spill beans’ on why eMoov went bustFormer CEO of now resurrected business says he will offer visitors to Future Proptech conference a ‘fireside confessional’.Nigel Lewis14th May 201901,427 Viewslast_img read more

EVANSVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION, VOLUNTEER LAWYER PROGRAM ANNUAL AWARDS

first_imgEVANSVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION, VOLUNTEER LAWYER PROGRAM ANNUAL AWARDS WINNERSEvansville IN – The Evansville Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyer Program of SW Indiana presented the following awards during their annual joint awards luncheon Wednesday, March 16, 2016.The law firm of Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP was awarded the Susan K. Helfrich Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of SW Indiana, Inc.  This award is given annually to the attorney or law firm whose actions exemplify a true commitment to making justice accessible to all individuals, regardless of economic ability. In part, the firm’s long history of accepting pro bono cases and their recent leadership in sponsoring two Talk to a Lawyer nights was noted.Janet Hagan, of Terrell, Baugh, Salmon & Born was awarded the Florence Britzius Award.  The purpose of the Florence Britzius Award is to recognize the legal secretary who has shown outstanding commitment to the profession and the legal community.Tracie Whalen of Berry Plastics was awarded the EBA Outstanding Paralegal Award.  This award, established by the Evansville Bar Association in 2009, is to recognize those members of the Paralegal Section who have provided outstanding service to the Evansville legal community through their involvement in the EBA and through their work.  Practitioners also recognize this individual with the formal title of Paralegal.FOOTNOTE:  TODAYS  “READERS POLL” QUESTION IS:  If the Republican primary was held today for Vanderburgh County Clerk who would you vote for?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Destiny Foods merges with La Compagnie des Desserts

first_imgManchester-based foodservice patisserie supplier Destiny Foods has merged with European dessert manufacturer La Compagnie des Desserts (CDD) to create a global business.The foodservice supplier will incorporate CDD’s continental dessert and patisserie ranges, including its French patisserie, flans, breads and gelato ice cream products.Destiny Foods, which employs 160 staff, is hoping the merger will continue its growth plans as it aims to become the UK’s leading speciality dessert foodservice supplier.Richard Watts, managing director of Destiny Foods, said he believes CDD is the ideal partner for the company.“Both companies share the same ethos and values in providing high quality desserts, excellent customer service and combined manufacturing facilities,” he added.“We will pool our knowledge and product ranges to bring CDD’s quality French desserts and ice-cream to the UK market, as well as using CDD’s distribution network to better serve our European customers. This is fantastic news for Destiny Foods and its customers.”CDD generates revenues of €61m through the operation of three frozen desserts manufacturing plants and one ice-cream factory in France as well as sales subsidiaries in Spain, UK, Switzerland and the US.last_img read more

The New TOP500 List Debuts: The Envelope, Please…

first_imgThe June 2019 TOP500 update released at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt includes multiple Dell EMC supercomputing clusters.High-performance computing is always a bit of a global competition, with nations and research-oriented institutions pitted against one another in a race to see who has the fastest and most amazing supercomputers — and the respect that comes with operating a leading-edge system. That makes sense, because a blazingly fast supercomputer is an indicator of support for world-class research and a commitment to scientific discovery.While this is a friendly competition, it is a competition nonetheless, and one that is fun to celebrate with each update to the TOP500 and I/O500 lists, which rank the speeds of computers, as well as the Green500 list, which ranks supercomputers based on energy efficiency.At Dell EMC, we always get excited to see our customers’ names on these lists. That’s the case once again, with release of the new the TOP500 list. Among the Dell EMC systems that made the list are three new supercomputers that debuted in 2018 or 2019. Our hats off to these organizations, as well as to all of our HPC customers whose systems appear on the TOP500 list.Texas Advanced Computing CenterThe Frontera supercomputer from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas was ranked at No. 5 on the new TOP500 list. Frontera leverages Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 servers and Dell EMC Isilon unstructured data storage solutions in combination with 2nd-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Platinum processors, Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, CoolIT Systems high-density Direct Contact Liquid Cooling and high-performance Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect. The system has a total of 448,448 cores.Frontera — the Spanish word for “frontier” — will fuel important advances in all fields of science, from astrophysics to zoology. The system, built with support from the National Science Foundation, will arm researchers from around the country with the HPC resources they need to run demanding workloads like analyses of particle collisions from the Large Hadron Collider, global climate modeling, improved hurricane forecasting and multi-messenger astronomy.Mississippi State UniversityThe Orion supercomputer at Mississippi State University was ranked at No. 62 on the TOP500 list. Orion is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 servers, Intel Xeon Gold processors and InfiniBand HDR. With 67,240 cores, the system will provide researchers with the additional HPC capacity they need to run larger, more complex, and more detailed simulations and models. Orion will support advanced research and development activities in a broad range of areas, including environmental modeling, cyber security, and autonomous vehicle design and operation.Simon Fraser University/Compute CanadaThe Cedar-2 supercomputer from Simon Fraser University/Compute Canada came in at No. 256 on the TOP500 list. Cedar-2 is built with Dell EMC PowerEdge C6320/C6420 servers, Intel Xeon Platinum processors and an Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA®) interconnect. The system has 55,296 cores.And a little closer to home…And, of course, at Dell EMC we are pleased to see one of our in-house HPC clusters in the mix with these leading-edge systems. Our Zenith supercomputer, from our HPC and AI Innovation Lab, was ranked at No. 383 on the new TOP500 list. Zenith is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420/C6320p servers, Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors, and an Intel OPA interconnect.To learn moreTo learn more about the technologies that power these systems, explore our solutions for HPC and AI and visit our HPC and AI Innovation Lab.last_img read more

New pymnts credit union tracker: From Silicon Valley to Capitol Hill – Get up to date

first_imgThe August edition of PYMNTS Credit Union Tracker is now available. A monthly publication powered by CO-OP, the Tracker brings credit unions news and insights on the most significant partnerships, innovations and regulatory developments reshaping the industry.According to this month’s Tracker, there are more than 111 million credit union members today, capital at credit unions topped $145.5 billion in June of this year, and the industry will continue to grow at 2.4 percent in 2018.Yet as healthy as our movement is, the future success of credit unions will be built around a different paradigm than in the past, one in which digital touchpoints increasingly define the member experience.Stepping Out of Our Comfort ZoneThe Tracker’s August edition explores this challenge in a one-on-one interview with Brian Ziff-Levine, senior director of cards and payments for Mountain View Calif.-based First Tech Federal Credit Union. Serving 400,000 members throughout Silicon Valley, First Tech understands well what it takes to keep pace with advances in fintech. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

ITB Berlin canceled

first_img“ITB Berlin and Messe Berlin have never had a similar situation in their now 54-year history. We would like to thank all the exhibitors and partners around the world who have supported ITB Berlin in recent days and weeks, and we look forward to continuing our cooperation with our market partners. said the chairman of the supervisory board of Messe Berlin, Wolf-Dieter Wolf ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel and tourism fair, will not be held as announced from March 4 to 8. On this occasion, a press release was published on the official website of the Fair, in which the following decision was clarified: Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Berlin Wolf-Dieter Wolf explains: Messe Berlin has been emphasizing for weeks that the decision to hold or cancel major events can only be made on the basis of a recommendation or instruction from the competent authorities. Only these bodies have all the necessary information and expertise to draw the right conclusions. “With more than 10 exhibitors from more than 000 countries, ITB Berlin is of paramount importance to the global tourism industry. We take responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, exhibitors and employees very seriously. We are looking with heavy hearts at the cancellation of ITB Berlin 180, which has now become necessary. ”, said Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH. ITB Berlin 2020 will not take place. Due to the growing spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy have decided to cancel ITB Berlin. The competent health authority of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Berlin has increased the requirements. Among other things, the authorities require that each participant in the fair must prove to Messe Berlin that he does not come from defined risk areas or that he has not had contact with a person from risk areas. Messe Berlin is not able to implement all these requirements. Source and photo: ITB Berlinlast_img read more

Metro offers caterers free digital tools

first_imgFind out more about Metro’s free digital tools on the METRO website.  In order to additionally support the catering sector, Metro will provide marketing support to caterers who continue to work through delivery through the “Fina Papica” project.  The new delivery tool comes as part of the free website that Metro offers to caterers, and in addition to the delivery tool and free website, Metro has also made a free menu design service available to its professional customers. Two years ago, Metro made a more than smart strategic decision not to base its sales philosophy on prices, but on smartly adding value to its partners. And in this extraordinary time where catering and tourism are directly affected and closed, this is further highlighted. Currently, everyone’s goal is to reduce all costs to a minimum, and Metro offers its partners various free digital services. METRO PRESENTS FREE TOOL FOR WEBSITES AND ONLINE RESERVATIONS FOR CATERERS As part of the “Fina Papica” project, Metro provides its professional customers with additional opportunities to promote and strengthen their business even in this challenging time. There will be restaurants on the Fina Papica platform that currently provide delivery service.  So Metro invites caterers to go free digital platforms DISH (Digital Innovations and Solutions for Hospitality) are activating their own delivery service, in order to contribute to the stability of their business in the current circumstances of the pandemic. RELATED NEWS: METRO SALES PHILOSOPHY IS NOT BASED ON PRICES, BUT ON SMART VALUE TO ADDED VALUE As a reliable partner of professional customers, Metro always wants to be a support to caterers, especially in this challenging time when the businesses of many are affected by preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, he stressed. Tomislav Kostanjevac, Head of HoReCa digital platforms Metro Hrvatska and added: “That is why we have provided our customers with a number of free digital tools that we want to support in their business, such as activating our own delivery and creating menus. In addition, every week we will publish educational videos on our official online channels that can help them adjust their business to current conditions, and on our website we have included a simple overview of measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia to help entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”.last_img read more

Michael Owen’s European predictions, featuring Bayern Munich v Liverpool and Arsenal v Rennes

first_imgAdvertisement Bayern managed to prevent Liverpool from scoring at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Over two-thirds (21 of 31) of the sides who have drawn the home first leg 0-0 have qualified for the next round of the Champions League and I see it as advantage Liverpool when they travel to Bavaria on Wednesday after the goalless draw at Anfield.The Reds were not at their brilliant best against Burnley on Sunday, but they got the job done and they will be confident of scoring against Bayern who moved to the top of the Bundesliga table at the weekend – albeit on goal difference from Borussia Dortmund.AdvertisementAdvertisementDortmund were no match for Spurs over two legs and Schalke are not in the same class as City. I expect the Reds to make it Bundesliga 0 Premier League 3, but it might just be the Bavarians lack of an away goal that comes back to haunt them in Munich.Michael’s prediction: Bayern 1-1 Liverpool (Liverpool go through on away goals)Europa League: Dynamo Kiev v ChelseaChelsea have a comfortable lead from the first leg and I feel they will do more than enough in Kiev to qualify for the last eight. The Blues dropped two valuable points at home to Wolves on Sunday, but it is possible that Eden Hazard’s late equaliser against Wolves will be vital come the end of the season.Michael’s prediction: Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4)   Europa League: Arsenal v Rennes Michael Owen’s European predictions, featuring Bayern Munich v Liverpool and Arsenal v Rennes The Spanish side take a two-goal lead to Turin (Picture: Getty)Juve have never scored against Atleti in their three previous Champions League ties (L2 D1) and I think the La Liga side will qualify for the last eight although the Spanish side have only won one of their last eight knockout games on the road in the competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementCristiano Ronaldo has scored 22 goals in 32 career appearances against Atleti but has only scored once in his six games in the competition so far this season. The Turin side need a big game from their Portuguese superstar who was rested on Friday night when Juve, who have an 18-point lead at the top of Serie A, beat Udinese 4-1.ADVERTISEMENTIt promises to be fast, furious and probably feisty – although Diego Costa is suspended – but I feel it will be the Spanish side who qualify for the last eight.Michael’s prediction: Juventus 1-1 Atletico Madrid (1-3)Manchester City v Schalke Michael OwenTuesday 12 Mar 2019 9:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Four more Premier League sides can book their place in European quarter-finals (Picture: Rex)Two Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Tottenham, are already through to Friday’s draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and now Manchester City and Liverpool are hoping to join them.Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shares his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the outstanding second leg ties and Thursday’s Europa League games involving the Premier League teams…Juventus v Atletico Madridcenter_img Man City edged a thrilling match in Gelsenkirchen last time (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola’s side are still chasing an unprecedented four trophies and it would be a surprise if Schalke – who lost 4-2 at Werder Bremen on Friday – were able to turn around their 3-2 deficit from the home leg.The Bundesliga outfit have scored with their last three shots on target in the competition, but I would be surprised if they made much of an impact at the Etihad Stadium.Schalke have lost their last three games in the Bundesliga by an aggregate score of 11-2 since the first leg and I expect City to make serene progress into the quarter-final.Michael’s prediction: Man City 2-0 Schalke (5-2) Barcelona v LyonBarcelona have won all three home games against Lyon in the Champions League by an aggregate score of 10-2 and I can’t see past another win for the Spanish giants although their lack of an away goal is a slight concern.Lyon have drawn their last six games in the competition, but I expect Barca to make it through to the last eight for an extraordinary 12th year on the run – a magnificent achievement.Lyon have lost their last four away games without scoring a goal in the knockout stages of the competition and I feel the hosts will be comfortable winners at the Camp Nou.Michael’s prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Lyon (2-0)Bayern Munich v Liverpool Rennes pulled off a stunning result against the 10-man Gunners (Picture: Getty)Arsenal face an uphill, but hardly insurmountable, struggle in overcoming a 3-1 deficit against Rennes from the first leg and I feel the Gunners will make it through to the quarter-finals despite history being against them.Since the start of the competition in 2009/10 season only one club has qualified from the knockout stages having overturned a 3-1 deficit from the away leg – Fulham who beat Juventus 4-1 at Craven Cottage having lost 3-1 in Turin.The Gunners had a cracking win against a Manchester United side who looked as if their heroics in Paris had taken its toll on Sunday, but they need to start with the same pace and tenacity against the French as they did in that vital Premier League success.AdvertisementMichael’s prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Rennes (4-3)Will Arsenal make it to the Europa League quarter-finals?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Consultancy warns on risk naïvety in smart beta allocations

first_imgTowers Watson has warned against smart beta products that are poorly implemented and show naïvety over inherent risks, as clients add $8bn (€7bn) to the asset class in 2014.Describing its client allocations during the last year, the consultancy said 2014 inflows to smart beta strategies brought total client exposure to $40bn, doubling since 2012.However, Luba Nikulina, global head of manager research at Towers Watson, warned against reckless allocations to the newly reinvigorated strategy.“We believe smart betas should be easy to describe and understand, which many of these labelled products are not, as often they are poorly implemented and seem naïve about the inherent risks,” she added. Towers Watson described growth in the strategy over the last five years as “phenomenal” and praised development of the fixed income market which is now where equity selections were in 2010.Over 2014, Towers Watson clients added $1.5bn to smart beta fixed income mandates, triple the amount of inflows seen in 2010, which formed part of the $34.8bn in total credit within client portfolios.“Unsurprisingly, smart beta innovation in the bonds space has been slower than in equities,” Nikulina said.“[This is] partly due to the nature of the indices and the level of complexity which comes with the territory; but this is changing and we think that there is more to do in bonds.”“Most investors in credit want to capture beta efficiently and improve implementation of thematic and tactical views.”However, while innovations were slower, allocations are higher in value terms with $1bn of smart beta equity allocation, compared to $45m in 2010, and from a total of $20.6bn.Overall, the firm also assisted clients in adding $10bn to alternative asset classes, a rise from $7bn in 2012.Within this, $3bn went into real estate with around 10% into smart beta allocations, as $2.3bn was allocated to infrastructure – some 33% of which was smart beta.The growth of the smart beta market has been well documented by research firms. Spence Johnson, an intelligence provider, said European investors would allocate a total of €211bn by 2018.Annual inflows from UK institutional investors would be €15bn by 2018 and €29bn from the continent.Research from State Street Global Advisers found 40% of investors in the US and Europe were allocated to smart beta strategies at the end of 2013, with a further quarter contemplating allocations.For more on smart beta investing, read Martin Steward’s feature on the topic and see IPE’s upcoming March supplementlast_img read more