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The distribution, abundance and community structure of marine birds in southern Drake Passage and Bransfield Strait, Antarctica

first_imgWe studied the distribution and abundance of marine birds in Bransfield Strait and southern Drake Passage during January and February 1985. We identified clusters of bird species, “communities” with similar distributions, and examined the extent to which the distributions of these seabird communities reflected the underlying physical oceanography of the region. Based on temperature, salinity and silicon data, we identified 11 water masses which resulted from varying degrees of mixing of water from the Pacific Basin, the Bellingshausen Sea, the Weddell Sea and terrestrial runoff. Seabird species assemblages were associated with contiguous clusters of water masses, suggesting a response by the birds to apparently subtle differences in their marine habitat.last_img

Gastropod predation patterns in Pliocene and Recent pectinid bivalves from Antarctica and New Zealand

first_imgBoreholes in the large, extinct Antarctic Neogene pectinid Zygochlamys anderssoni suggest that this scallop was preyed upon by a large predatory muricid gastropod impossibly a Trophon species). The holes occur in mature individuals, which contrasts with the situation in modern Zygochlamys delicatula from New Zealand, where gastropod predation is apparently restricted to juveniles only. This difference is ascribed to dissimilarities in the lifestyles of these scallops; whereas the former was probably byssally attached throughout ontogeny, adults of the latter become tree living after an initial period of byssal attachment. During the late Pliocene, a change towards higher motility in Chlamys‐like pectinids of the Southern Ocean may have caused the loss of an important food source for the larger muricids.last_img read more

Estate agent disappears owing landlords and tenants thousands of pounds

first_imgA prominent estate agent in Cambridgeshire has gone to ground owing thousands of pounds of rent and deposits to landlords and tenants, it has been reported.Francis or Frank Smart, who until recently operated his agency Smart Residential in central Newmarket, is said to have been missing since July after his branch closed.A Facebook group has been set up by disgruntled landlords many of whom are owed significant sums of money by Smart and several of whom have reported him to the police.Landlords on the Facebook site are also worried because Smart holds keys to their properties.The saga began approximately six weeks ago when Smart went to ground and, despite desperate attempts to contact him, has been largely silent.In July he told customers via social media and on a sign affixed to his branch window that he been forced to close the office after a move to new premises had gone wrong. But since early August he has not been seen or heard from.Two businessesSmart operates two businesses, Frank Smart Limited for his lettings business and Pivotal Homes Ltd through which payments to his landlords are made. Both firms are active and are up to date with their accounts.Since his disappearance it has emerged that the deposits of several tenants who rented properties through Smart Residential have not been lodged with any of the government-approved schemes, local newspaper The Newmarket Journal reports.The unravelling disaster appears to be out of character for Smart, who has run his businesses for eleven years in Newmarket and worked in the industry for over 16 years working for agencies in and around Cambridgeshire before setting up his own business.And within his OnTheMarket business page Smarts claims to be a survivor having steered his business through the 2008 financial crisis.newmarket smart residential frank smart September 7, 2018Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agent disappears owing landlords and tenants thousands of pounds previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent disappears owing landlords and tenants thousands of poundsFrank Smart, who has operated his sales and lettings business in Newmarket since 2007 has not been heard from since early August.Nigel Lewis7th September 201806,068 Viewslast_img read more

Ndakuna Fonso Amilou, Oxford’s Rare rising star

first_imgOxford postgraduate student Ndakuna Fonso Amilou has been named the best black student in the UK at the Rare Rising Stars awards for 2016.Amilou, a postgraduate student at Green Templeton College and the Oxford Internet Institute, was given the top spot on the list of ten black students during a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on the July 14.Rare Rising Stars is organised by recruitment agency Rare, which specialises in professional employment for people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Set up eight years ago, it seeks to highlight the exceptional talent of some of the UK’s black students.The students showcased by the award are selected by a panel of judges, which this year was made up by Tom Chigbo, Adrian Joseph, Trevor Phillips OBE, Jean Tomlin OBE and Labour MP David Lammy, the last of whom presented the award.Amiou was born in rural Cameroon. After qualifying as a mental health nurse, he moved to London and worked full time for the NHS whilst studying for a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University.After graduation, he founded a clinic in the Cameroonian village of Bessengue, using his own money to cover the start-up costs. The clinic is now run by one of Amiou’s brothers, also a nurse, and treats over 100 patients a day.Amiou went on to work for Motorola and Vodaphone before winning the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship to study a 1+1 MSc and MBA in Social Science and the Internet. He is the first Cameroonian to attend the Oxford Internet Institute.Students from Oxford University have often featured on the Rare Rising Stars list in the past. Fourteen Oxford students have been named in the last eight years, three of whom were awarded the top place.last_img read more

One person hurt in shooting on East Ewing in South Bend

first_img Twitter Previous articleStrong to severe weather possible due to Tropical Depression CristobalNext articleKosciusko County Fair has been canceled Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) More than 300 bullets have been fired in the City of South Bend since Friday, June 5, and the number continued to rise early this week.Police were called to the scene of a reported shooting around 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9 in the 900 block of East Ewing.At least one person was hurt. The injuries were not life-threatening.There was no immediate word of any suspects, arrests or information about what led to the shooting. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Google+ By Jon Zimney – June 9, 2020 0 547 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ One person hurt in shooting on East Ewing in South Bendlast_img read more

Press release: Statement from Harriett Baldwin on Ebola in Uganda

first_img Telephone 020 7023 0600 General media queries (24 hours) It is devastating to hear that cases of Ebola have now been confirmed in Uganda and tragically a child has lost their life. The UK government has been the leading donor for Ebola preparedness in Uganda, training health workers on the ground and providing medical equipment to deal with this virus. We stand ready to provide further support, but are also calling on the global community to step up. It is more important than ever that we work together to end this deadly outbreak. The Ugandan government has confirmed three cases of Ebola in the country. A five-year old boy has died as well as his 51-year old grandmother. The authorities have also identified eight contact cases. Since 2000, Uganda has had five Ebola outbreaks. In the last outbreak (2012), there were 24 reported cases and 17 deaths. Efforts to strengthen Uganda’s health system to be prepared for such outbreaks, including through UK support, means Uganda should be well placed to manage and respond to these new cases. UK aid has funded Uganda’s preparedness effort since the current Ebola outbreak began in August 2018. This has involved training for health workers, the provision of eight ambulances and sixty-three motorbikes to support the management of suspected cases, including in refugee settlements. As a leading donor, the UK is coordinating other international donors to support Government of Uganda’s plans to limit the possible spread of Ebola. This has included working closely with the EU, US and Ireland. UK experts have provided on the ground briefing to donor partners, using extensive knowledge of the disease to advise and guide the use of resources to prevent the spread of the disease. Public Health England (PHE) continues to assess that the risk to the UK from the outbreak is negligible-very low, even after the confirmed cases on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). DRC is battling the second largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first-ever in a conflict zone, with more than 70 armed groups operating in the east of the country. The number of cases has surpassed 2,000 and the death toll has reached 1,390. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. Background Email [email protected] Responding to the confirmation of Ebola cases in Uganda, International Development Minister and Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said: ENDSlast_img read more

Hundreds deported under Biden, including witness to massacre

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration has deported hundreds of people in its early days despite his campaign pledge to halt most at the beginning of his term. A federal judge last week ordered the Biden administration not to enforce a 100-day moratorium on deportations, but the ruling didn’t require the government to schedule them. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 15 people to Jamaica on Thursday and at least 269 people to Guatemala and Honduras on Friday. In El Paso, Texas, a woman was deported who witnessed the 2019 massacre at a Walmart that left 23 people dead. She had agreed to be a witness against the gunman.last_img

U.S. Utility With Millions of Customers: ‘It’s All Wind and Solar’

first_imgU.S. Utility With Millions of Customers: ‘It’s All Wind and Solar’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenTech Media:When Charles Patton joined American Electric Power in 2000, around 90 percent of the company’s electricity production came from coal. Since then, AEP’s executive vice president of external affairs says things have changed dramatically.“I will confess, there was a time I wouldn’t have publicly stated — although in the last few years I have publicly stated that I was wrong — that you would be able to [interconnect] renewables to the extent that we’ve been able to,” said Patton, speaking Tuesday at Greentech Media’s inaugural Power & Renewables Summit in Austin, Texas. “If you were a utility guy…that wasn’t something you necessarily believed was possible to the degree it is today.”AEP isn’t traditionally thought of as the most environmentally friendly utility, but that reputation is changing — marking arguably one of the most significant endorsements of clean energy technologies to date.In 2005, coal made up 70 percent of AEP’s generation capacity — which is how the utility measures its electricity mix today. Since then, coal’s share of capacity has dropped to 47 percent. At the same time, AEP’s natural gas capacity increased from 19 percent in 2005 to 27 percent today, and renewables entered the scene in a meaningful way, growing from 4 percent in 2005 to 13 percent today.Renewable energy is now slated to make up the vast majority of AEP’s planned generation additions over the next decade. In AEP’s third-quarter 2017 earnings report, the utility said it plans to add another 8,360 megawatts of wind and solar through 2030 across its regulated and deregulated businesses — and that doesn’t even include the 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher project, which could become the largest wind project in North America.AEP currently operates more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines in 11 states that deliver power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers. It has approximately 33 gigawatts of generating capacity, 4.2 gigawatts of which is renewable energy.AEP was also the first utility to test a sodium sulfur battery at utility-scale in the mid-2000s. More recently the utility has tested community energy storage pilots in Ohio and invested $5 million in energy storage software provider Greensmith.Last week, AEP announced it plans to boost its renewable energy investments to $1.8 billion over the next three years, $1.3 billion of which will be for competitive, contracted renewable projects. The remaining $500 million will be invested in renewable energy projects in regulated states. These planned investments do not include the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma, which is subject to regulatory approvals in 2018.“To think a utility that was at one time the largest coal-burning utility in the Western hemisphere, that that’s where our focus is,” Patton said, remarking on AEP’s strong embrace of clean energy. “We don’t even have gas on the horizon; it’s all wind and solar.”Overall, AEP plans to invest $18.2 billion in capital from 2018 through 2020, with 72 percent of that focused on its transmission and distribution operations. “Today, we are solely focused on making the right investments to be the energy company of the future including modern, smarter infrastructure; advanced technologies; and cleaner generation,” said Nicholas Akins, AEP’s chairman, president and CEO, in a statement.More: AEP Exec: The Future for Coal Power Is ‘Very Limited’last_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard Offloads $30 Million Worth Of Seized Cocaine in San Juan, Puerto Rico

first_imgBy U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET San Juan February 02, 2017 The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 2,000 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $30 million in wholesale value and transferred custody of four suspected smugglers to U.S. federal law enforcement authorities at Coast Guard Sector San Juan on January 8th. The interdiction and seizure of contraband was the result of ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard, and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force. During the afternoon of January 2nd, the crew of a Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft on a routine patrol located a suspicious go-fast vessel just off the Dominican Republic. The USS Zephyr was diverted to interdict the suspect vessel. The Zephyr, operating with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment on board, interdicted the go-fast, detained the four suspected smugglers and seized numerous bales which tested positive for cocaine. The seized contraband and detainees were transferred by the Zephyr to the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley for transport to Puerto Rico, where they were placed in the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration special agents. “The strong partnerships and excellent coordination between the Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the federal law enforcement agencies involved in this case prevented this major drug shipment from reaching shore and delivered those responsible to justice,” said Capt. Robert W. Warren, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander. “Our collective efforts seek to secure our nation’s maritime border and protect the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from this threat.” “The crew of the USS Zephyr and the USCG Law Enforcement Team performed phenomenally well as they held station and interdicted the go-fast,” said Lieutenant Commander Cameron Ingram, USS Zephyr commanding officer. “This successful boarding led to the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of cocaine, furthering protection to our shores and contributing security within the region and homeland.” “This is the result of a great and extraordinary interagency effort from the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force,” said Matt Donahue, Special Agent in Charge DEA Caribbean Division. “Undoubtedly, the cooperation in this joint investigation between DEA, FBI , HIS, and USCG illustrates the great things law enforcement can achieve to combat drug trafficking in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Region.” The U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved locally each and every day under Operation Caribbean Guard, which coordinates efforts between the U.S. Coast Guard, DHS, and the Commonwealth and Territorial law enforcement partners, who are working diligently to deter, detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The USS Zephyr is a U.S. Navy Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal home-ported in Naval Station Mayport in Florida, while the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley is a 154 -foot Fast Response Cutter home-ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.last_img read more

5 unique lead generation ideas for your credit union

first_imgFor years, lead generation for traditional marketers meant actively seeking out and educating prospective customers about your services through broad scope advertising methods, such as by purchasing an ad in a magazine or renting a trade show booth and tracking people down at events. However, that dog has seen its day. Nowadays, there are so many marketing outlets available that consumers are overloaded with information and simply tune most of it out. In addition, potential customers have more resources than ever when it comes to seeking out information. This has forced a change in the way effective lead generation is activated.With so many customers looking for ways to educate themselves about your credit union’s products and services, it’s never been more important to utilize new tactics that put your information in the specific places they’re looking, and that establish you as a trusted expert for their financial needs. The great news is that social and digital marketing offers numerous ways for you to target and reach very specific audiences without the broad strokes which help to minimize or eliminate waste. You can now build lasting relationships with the specific customers you want to reach through constant, specialized touchpoints.Here are five easy to implement social and digital solutions currently available when it comes to new customer engagement lead generation. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more