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first_imgProcellariiform seabirds (petrels, albatrosses and shearwaters) forage over thousands of square kilometres for patchily distributed prey resources. While these birds are known for their large olfactory bulbs and excellent sense of smell, how they use odour cues to locate prey patches in the vast ocean is not well understood. Here, we investigate species-specific responses to 3-methyl pyrazine in a sub-Antarctic species assemblage near South Georgia Island (54degrees00′ S, 36degrees00′ W). Pyrazines are scented compounds found in macerated Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), a primary prey item for many seabird species in this region. To examine behavioural attraction to this odour, we presented birds with either scented or ‘unscented’ vegetable oil slicks at sea. As a positive control for our experiments, we also compared birds’ responses to a general olfactory attractant, herring oil. Responses to pyrazine were both highly species specific and consistent with results from earlier studies investigating responses to crude krill extracts. For example, Cape petrels (Daption capense), giant petrels (Macronectes sp.) and white-chinned petrels (Procellaria aequinoctialis) were sighted at least 1.8-4 times as often at pyrazine-scented slicks than at control slicks. Black-browed albatrosses (Diomedea melanophris) were only sighted at pyrazine-scented slicks and never at control slicks. Wilson’s storm-petrels (Oceanites oceanicus), black-bellied storm-petrels(Fregetta tropica), great shearwaters (Puffinus gravis) and prions (Pachyptila sp.) were sighted with equal frequency at control and pyrazine-scented slicks. As expected, responses to herring oil were more common. With the exception of great shearwaters (Puffinus gravis), each of these species was sighted up to five times as often at slicks scented with herring oil compared with control slicks. Together, the results support the hypothesis that Antarctic procellariiforms use species-specific foraging strategies that are inter-dependent and more complex than simply tracking prey by scent.last_img read more

first_img Written by March 14, 2019 /Sports News – National Raiders sign free agent wide receiver Tyrell Williams Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Oakland Raiders have added another wide receiver to their roster.The team announced Wednesday it has signed free agent Tyrell Williams. The deal is for four years and is worth $44 million, a source tells ESPN. It has a max value of $47 million and includes a $22 million guaranteed.The addition of Williams comes after the Raiders acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade late last week.Williams, 27, has spent his entire NFL career with the Los Angeles Chargers. In his four seasons with the team, he has made 37 starts, totaling 155 receptions for 2,530 yards and 17 touchdowns.Last year, he wrapped up the season with 41 receptions for 653 yards and five touchdowns.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThe House of Lords has passed an amendment to sever the link between tuition fees and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), defeating the government on its Higher Education and Research (HE) Bill.The amendment, which passed by 263 votes to 211, removes the proposed right of universities to set tuition fees based on ranking in the TEF. Top-performing universities would have been allowed to raise fees by up to £250 per student per year.The amendment states: “The scheme established under Section 26 must not be used to rank English higher education providers as to the regulated course fees they charge to a qualifying person; or the unregulated course fees they charge to an international student; or the number of fee paying students they recruit, whether they are qualifying persons or international students.”The amendment, proposed by the crossbench peer Lord Kerslake, accepted both the government’s case for a educational quality framework and the need for tuition fees to rise with inflation. However, Lord Kerslake argued that the TEF was “not ready” to calculate teaching quality with sufficient certainty to justify fee increases.Noting that “the TEF rating will relate to the university, not the subject or course,” he pointed out that the possibility of mediocre courses at top-performing universities could lead to an unfair assessment of fees for individual students.The former principal of St. Anne’s College, Baroness Deech, also spoke out against the bill, claiming that if the link between the TEF and fees became law, students from poorer backgrounds would be less likely to attend “more established” universities.The HE Bill has faced substantial opposition in its previous passage through the Lords, and was criticised by Oxford Chancellor Lord Patten as “ham-fisted” and threatening the “true value of an independent university” in an article for The Observer. In recent months, OUSU and numerous college JCRs have supported an NUS boycott of the National Student Survey (NSS), in an attempt to undermine the TEF. The Universities minister, Jo Johnson, planned to use NSS scores to rank universities as part of the TEF.Writing on Twitter, Eden Bailey, OUSU’s VP for Access and Academic Affairs, wrote that “ALL THE LETTERS WE WROTE, EMAILS WE SENT, NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEYS WE DIDN’T FILL IN – IT MADE A DIFFERENCE!!!”.I can’t thank the student campaigners who helped us write to nearly 70 members of the House of Lords that vac weekend in @ousunews enough — Eden (@Eden_VB) March 6, 2017She also thanked OUSU volunteers who lobbied Lords by mail over the Christmas vacation.Ana Oppenheim, NCAFC National Committee member and candidate for NUS Vice-President Higher Education, said: “This is a huge victory for students, and it could not have happened without pressure from the student movement.  Demonstrations, occupations, and the NSS boycott kept this high on the political agenda.“We now have a task on our hands to make sure this passes through the Commons, to maintain and extend the boycott, and to escalate the campaign against the wider higher education reforms.”The bill will now return to the House of Commons, where it is likely that the government will strike down the Lords amendment.last_img read more

first_img Who Pays for the Financial Losses of the Evansville Thunderbolts?Scott Schoenike of VenuWorks of Evansville LLC stood before Evansville City Council on Monday April 24, 2017 and made some statements that raised many eyebrows about whether VenueWorks is a non-profit alter ego of the Winnecke Administration or a subsidiary of a for profit business from Ames, Iowa. The Indiana business registry would lead to the conclusion that VenueWorks of Evansville LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of a parent organization from Ames, Iowa. Mr. Schoenike’s statements most certainly seemed more like the words of a patronage worker seeking the favor of the Winnecke Administration than the General Manager of a subsidiary of a for profit company.Mr. Schoenike clearly stated before the City Council that “the organization aims to break even” and went on to say that their primary interest is “to bring economic development to downtown Evansville”. First off, no for profit company of any value “aims to break even” or exists to further the civic interest of a city. All of this discussion of organizational goals and the 4 line spreadsheet that Mr.Schoenike presented obscured the reason he was asked to speak in the first place. Mr. Schoenike was before the City Council to discuss the financial performance of the Evansville Thunderbolts semi-pro hockey team that had just finished its first year in the Ford Center. Nothing that he said addressed that question.To understand what risk if any that VenueWorks of Evansville LLC may have with respect to the Thunderbolts, one must first examine the latest addendum to the agreement between VenueWorks and the City of Evansville through its Evansville Redevelopment Commission. This agreement deals with the operation of Thunderbolts in addendum #6 where it is clearly stated: “VenuWorks shall be entitled to utilize facility (Ford Center) staff and resources reasonably necessary in connection with its operation of the SPHL Franchise”. During any such periods in which VenuWorks operates the SPHL Franchise, ALL OPERATING EXPENSES OF THE SPHL FRANCHISE SHALL BE DEEMED AN EXPENSE OF THE FACILITY (Ford Center) AND ALL OPERATING REVENUES OF THE SPHL FRANCHISE SHALL BE DEEMED A REVENUE OF THE FACILITY (Ford Center)”.This translates as the taxpayers of Evansville will provide free labor to support the hockey team and all operating expenses associated with the team will be borne by the Ford Center. As revenue also accrues to the Ford Center, the reality is that when it comes to the Thunderbolts, VenuWorks of Evansville LLC is not at risk for financial performance. Having a goal to break even under such an agreement is exactly what a for profit entity that is paid $390,000 per year for management services would benefit from. Under the terms of the addendum #6 to the original agreement the taxpayers of Evansville are saddled with the losses associated with the SPHL franchise and VenuWorks is paid a fee for management services. This is a heads they win, and tails the taxpayers lose scenario.The question then arises as to just what that spreadsheet was and what entity was it about? One thing for sure is that someone lost at least $1,365,506 during the last three calendar years and is planning to lose a projected $689,949 in 2017. So the first question is just who lost that money and who paid for the losses. Nothing in Mr. Schoenike’s presentation answers that question. It is also clear that these numbers are aggregated with other Ford Center activities and obscures one’s ability to understand what is doing well and what is not performing well. We will assume by the rapid and visible exit of former 10% shareholder Mike Hall that the Evansville Thunderbolts did not perform well financially.To his credit,  Evansville City Councilman Justin Elpers tried to get to the bottom of that question and was frustrated by either ignorance or intentional obscuring the reality of the Thunderbolts by Mr. Schoenike. It is not known whether or not Mr. Schoenike understands how to present a profit and loss statement or a pro forma, but it is obvious to anyone who has ever been familiar with such things that the spreadsheet presented to the City Council is neither. It is interesting that Councilwoman Anna Hargis who is a CPA and most certainly should know a P/L from an aggregated spreadsheet sat there in silence. It is disappointing that the Evansville City Council is either lacking the expertise or the fortitude to do the diligence required to understand whether the Evansville Thunderbolts are a worthy investment of public money or another money pit like the facility they play in. The people of Evansville deserve to know how the Thunderbolts are performing, who is covering any losses, and whether or not there is any hope of ever having a financially successful hockey team of any kind.Mr. Schoenike stated that utilities for the Ford Center are not included in his spreadsheet. Upon hearing this the CCO did a nationwide search of public hockey rinks and found one in Pembroke Pines, Florida that only seats 2,000 people (similar to Swonder Ice Rink). That facility spent $420,000 in 2016 on utilities with $390,000 for electricity and another $30,000 on water. Given that Vectren has higher electric rates and that the air volume in the 11,000 seat Ford Center is many times greater than the Florida facility, it is not a stretch to estimate that the Ford Center’s total utility costs per year are on the order of a million dollars.We call upon the Evansville City Council and encourage Councilman Elpers to ask specifically what the utility bills for the Ford Center are and who pays them. Until someone advises us differently, we will assume that the utility bills of the Ford Center are aggregated into the City of Evansville’s bill and that they exceed a million bucks. Councilwoman Hargis on the other hand needs to utilize her CPA for the people of Evansville and force a decoupled analysis of exactly what each activity at the Ford Center costs. The time for hiding loses by aggregating them with winnings is over and if Ms. Hargis is really a CPA worthy of her license she will take this upon herself to do.The other item that is conveniently ignored is the $127 Million debt taken on by the City of Evansville to build the Ford Center. Who is paying that and what is the source of funds. It is widely suspected that the Riverboat Fund that was supposed to support capital asset purchases is absorbing most of the $8 Million per year payments on the debt.Ford Center was sold to the people of Evansville by the Weinzapfel Administration as “going to have positive cash flow including paying the note on the debt”. At this point if one examines Mr. Schoenike’s spreadsheet the only logical conclusion is that the Ford Center is slated to lose at least $689,946 this year from operations, plus another million or so in utility bills just from day to day operations. That excludes the free labor provided to VenuWorks under Addendum #6. Adding that to the $8 Million non payments it is not unreasonable to conclude that the Ford Center is a $10 Million per year albatross around the neck of the taxpayers of Evansville.Who is accountable for this debilitating miscalculation of performance? Nobody is accountable until the voters decide to dispense some accountability by tossing the rascals out. The reality is however that the rascals that did this were dispensed with by the late great Rick Davis in the Democrat primary of 2011. The rest of the taxpayers of Evansville are holding the bag for a $10 Million per year mistake that keeps taking on additional losers (on and off the ice) like the Evansville Thunderbolts.Speaking of City Council rascals, at Mondays meeting President Missy Mosby (D),  Jonathon Weaver, (D), Finance Chairman Dan McGinn (R) and Michelle Melcher (R) all publicly expressed their strong support of VenuWorks overall performance at the Ford Center.For now, we call upon the Evansville City Council to sharpen their skills in VETTING. Vetting as you recall is the process that failed the citizens of Evansville when Earthcare Energy LLC shook down a star struck but ignorant new administration for $200,000 and delivered nothing. A ten minute Google search of the United States Patent Office Registry at by a competent novice would have avoided that debacle. It will take more than ten minutes to shake the necessary information about the Thunderbolts from VenuWork’s records. If this council fails to get to the bottom of this so a competent informed decision about hockey in River City can be made, the all need to be replaced.FOOTNOTES:  If you would like to express your views on this subject please feel free to contact your elected City officials at the e-mails and or phone numbers listed below. WARD 1Dan McGinn (R)-Finance Chairman812-479-6336  or [email protected] 2Missy Mosby  (D)-President 812-453-6479 or [email protected] 3Anna Hargis-CPA (R)(C) 812-463-2551 or [email protected] 4Constance Robinson (D)(H) 812-425-2372 or [email protected] 5Justin Elpers (R)-Vice President(C) 812-454-3479 or [email protected] 6Jim Brinkmeyer (D)(C) 812-480-6909 or [email protected] AT-LARGEDr. H. Dan Adams (D)(H) 812-425-4220(C) [email protected] Mercer (R)(C) 812-568-5393 or  [email protected] Weaver  (D)812-568-0562 or [email protected] “READERS POLL” question is: Are you disappointed in the Evansville City Council for not being more concerned with the contract between Thunderbolts/VenuWorks and the City? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgMiss Night In Venice 2019 Brooke Powell, center, poses with her court: third runner-up Meredith Moon, first runner-up Gianna DiFelice, second runner-up Christina Paulsen and fourth runner-up Kristen Zoellner. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Finnegan) Following a parade on the Boardwalk on Wednesday night, Miss Night In Venice was crowned on the stage at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Brooke Powell, sponsored by Viking Yachts, was crowned Miss NIV 2019 by Miss NIV 2018 Madison Haydinger. First runner-up was Gianna DiFelice, sponsored by Shrivers, second runner-up was Christina Paulsen, sponsored by Johnson’s Popcorn, third runner-up was Meredith Moon, sponsored by Boyar’s Market, and fourth runner-up was Kristen Zoellner, sponsored by OC Waterpark. Thirteen contestants collected over $25,000 to benefit the Ocean City High School After Prom, the HERO Campaign and American Legion Post 524. Former Miss NIV queens rode in the parade and were introduced on stage before the crowning.last_img read more

first_imgThe VMD is pleased to announce that the new Director of the Authorisations Division is Abigail Seager who will take up her position on 1 May 2018.Since 2016 Abigail has been Head of the EU Exit and International Office at the VMD. Before this, from 2006, she was Head of the General Assessment and Imports Team. Her previous roles include: Deputy Head of Fisheries Legislation (Defra), where she led on the establishment of the Marine Fisheries Agency (2004-6), and Senior Policy Officer in the Criminal Justice Fine Enforcement team, Ministry of Justice, where she took the new policy on fine enforcement through to primary legislation (Courts Act Bill) and implementation of the new legislation (2002-4).last_img

first_imgROME (AP) — Pope Francis and a top Sunni Muslim are reinforcing a message of human fraternity by pressing ahead with a broad-based Christian-Muslim peace initiative ahead of Francis’ planned trip to Iraq next month. Thursday marked the first-ever International Day of Human Fraternity. It’s a U.N.-designated celebration of interfaith and multicultural understanding that was inspired by a landmark document signed on Feb. 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi by Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb, the imam of the Al-Azhar center for Sunni learning in Cairo. The document called for greater mutual understanding and solidarity to confront the problems facing the world.last_img

first_imgSeventeen years ago Jim LaBella, general manager of the Huddle, came up with the concept of a limited-time, late-night special that would offer hot dogs to students for just 25 cents. For a while, everything went smoothly: The “limited-time” special became a staple of Huddle Mart fast food, the Huddle made some money off the sales and Notre Dame had a new thing to boast as tradition. “Then we started losing money,” LaBella said. “We’ve been losing money on every one that we’ve sold for the last five years, basically.”   LaBella said last school year, the Huddle Mart served 29,798 hot dogs and lost eight cents on each one of them. That loss prompted the decision to raise the price to 33 cents per hot dog. “We waited as long as we could,” he said. “Now, at three for 99 cents we’re just breaking even. We’re not making a cent on these.” A departmental decision was made over the summer to raise the price, LaBella said. No other major price changes have been made to Huddle Mart products this year. “We meet departmentally and look at our costs, and then determine what to change,” he said. LaBella said he looks out to protect Notre Dame traditions just as much as students do. That is why the price of the hot dogs had not changed since 1993, he said. The Huddle never promoted the hot dogs as “quarter dogs,” LaBella said. They were simply meant to be a low-cost special offered late at night.   “We never called them quarter dogs — that was a nickname that students gradually took on,” he said.   LaBella does not expect the tradition to change or fade now that the hot dogs cost 33 cents. “We haven’t seen any change in the number of students purchasing the hot dogs this year,” he said. Regardless, students remain dissatisfied with the price raise. For sophomore Brian Phelan, the renaming of quarter dogs as “midnight dogs” just does not cut it. “They should be called third dogs, because before they were a quarter of a dollar — now they’re a third of a dollar,” he said. Freshman Beau Dolan agrees. “It doesn’t really make sense,” he said. “It’s probably two-cent meat and a [half-cent] worth of bread.” Junior Connor Paladino, said that for the eight-cent raise in price, the hot dogs should at least “taste better.” LaBella said the Huddle works to provide value to the students wherever it can, but could not afford to lose more money on the hot dogs. “Three hot dogs for 99 cents is still ridiculously low-priced,” LaBella said with a laugh. “It’s still a heck of deal.”last_img read more

first_imgMathematics Professor Joanne Snow and associate mathematics Professor Colleen Hoover presented “Faith and Reason in the Life and Work of Mathematician Marston Morse” at Saint Mary’s Believing Scholars Lecture Tuesday. As Snow mentioned, the lecture, put on by Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality, was “a very broad overview of one man’s philosophy of the link between science and religion.” Snow and Hoover addressed many topics, including the development of Morse’s spiritual life, his philosophy that religion supports science and the influence of faith on Morse’s personal and professional life. According to Snow and Hoover, Morse was very prolific, writing many books and articles, serving his country in times of war, raising seven children and on top of that, providing many insights into the field of mathematics. Morse fathered the Morse Theory, helpful in the study of topology of mathematical space, Snow said. Morse was raised as a staunch Baptist until his future wife entered his life. Louise Morse was a Catholic, and refused to marry a non-Catholic. Morse converted, and was a strong advocate of his faith ever since, Snow said. According to Hoover, Morse was not afraid to stand up for his newfound Catholic faith. He was not afraid to correct the misconceptions and false assumptions others had about the Catholic Church. In their lecture, Snow and Hoover argued science and religion do not contradict each other; rather, they complement each other. Morse’s philosophy stated that there is no conflict between science, philosophy and theology, Hoover said. Morse argued that any spark of conflict between these fields would only arise due to misunderstanding of the definition of “science,” Hoover said. Hoover highlighted one of Morse’s many philosophies, which stated that “both religion and science recognize the power and limitations of reason.” “Morse believed that faith is as much needed in science as in religion,” Hoover said. Spirituality’s study of the infinite, Morse argued, greatly complements science. “Recognition of the infinite gives the scientist the humility to make great discoveries,” Hoover said. Snow said Morse believed that “without faith, science lacks the wonder and awe” of discovery. Morse was not a stranger to the Notre Dame community. According to Snow, he knew many influential people, including Einstein and Notre Dame’s own Father Hesburgh. Morse was consulted in the renovation of the Notre Dame math department, and he donated many books to the Hesburgh Library, Despite already having written an article about a connection between Morse’s work and the arts, it was the study of Morse’s connection between science and religion that most interested Snow, she said. She said her research on this topic gave her “a greater respect and admiration of the man.” Sarah McCroy, a junior Mathematics and Business major at Saint Mary’s, also discovered a greater respect for Morse. “Studying as a mathematician, I like to look for ways I can use my study to learn more about my faith,” McCroy said. “I look to examples, such as Morse, to understand how they use their field of study to reflect on their faith.” Sister Kathleen Dolphin, director of the Center for Spirituality, said this student reaction was the ideal outcome of the event. “Students seem to be interested in the connection between faith and reason. The Center for Spirituality’s goal is to address these questions in an academic way.” In particular, Dolphin said she wanted to help students address the current problem of science versus spirituality.last_img read more

first_img  Ask for the name of the active ingredient in the product. Call yourcounty extension office to learn the appropriate use of that product. Telemarketers have been pushing pesticides to Georgia farmers and homeowners.But GregMacDonald, a Universityof Georgia scientist, warns people to be cautious when buying restrictedchemicals.”It’s not the actual selling over the phone that’s dangerous,” saidMacDonald, a weed scientistwith the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. “It’s the buying.”The most recent cases of telemarketed pesticide sales were to farmers.But homeowners have beentargets, too.Lora Lee Schroder, a consumer protection specialist with the GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture,said some salespeople try to sell farm chemicals to homeowners. Buthomeowners can’t legally usethem.”They’re trying to sell these chemicals to homeowners with the pitchthat if it’s diluted enough,it’s safe around the house,” Schroder said. “Or (consumers are told)they can buy ag chemicals inbulk and save money. Either way, it’s an illegal use of the chemical.”Schroder said farm chemicals are formulated differently from those mixedfor home use.”Even though the active ingredient may be the same in both products,”she said, “the concentrations are different, and the products are designedfor different uses.”MacDonald said the main problem is that you can’t see the label on apesticide container sold overthe telephone. The label tells the buyer how to legally use the product,he said.”We’ve had one case of a company selling a herbicide to kill the weedsin pecan orchards,” hesaid. “The seller promised it would kill weeds for four years. Theproblem was that the productwould kill the pecan trees, too.”Most often, the sellers exaggerate the pesticide’s benefit or sell itfor a use for which it is nolonger labeled. But without seeing the label, the buyer can’t knowthe product’s real use.The label tells the buyer many important things: the chemical’s legaluse, how to dilute it for useon different plants or crops, proper safety precautions, remedies foraccidents with it and how tocontact the manufacturer with questions.Schroder said it’s a must to have a label on every product. “Withouta label affixed to a pesticidecontainer, the product is considered illegal,” she said. “And it’svery unsafe.”Without a label, you can forget what chemical is in the container andhow to treat any physicalinjury the chemical could cause.MacDonald suggests a few things to do to protect yourself from pushytelephone sales.   Ask for more information. Get a copy of the product label to readfor yourself its uses and limitations.center_img   Get the name and address of the selling company and the name ofthe salesperson. Use this information to find out the company’s reputationfrom the Better Business Bureau.What can you do if you’ve gotten a real “bargain” over the phone and laterfind the product isunusable? Not much.Schroder said you can try to return it to the seller. But often thetelemarketing firm hasdisappeared, leaving its customers high and dry.But that poses another problem: What do you do with unusable chemicalson the farm or in thehome? Your county extension office can tell you how to safely disposeof illegal chemicals. Or theycan help find someone who can legally use them.MacDonald said sending an account of your bad experience to the localBetter Business Bureaucan help others avoid the same situation.Most often the telemarketers’ deal sounds too good to be true and probablyis. MacDonald saidthe safest way to buy pesticides is to buy from someone you know andtrust. “Otherwise,” he said,”it’s definitely ‘let the buyer beware.'”last_img read more

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