Changes in penguin abundance and distribution can be used to understand the response of species to climate change and fisheries pressures, and as a gauge of ecosystem health. Traditionally, population estimates have involved direct counts, but remote sensing and digital mapping methodologies can provide us with alternative techniques forassessing the size and distribution of penguin populations.Here, we demonstrate the use of a field-based digital mapping system (DMS), combining a handheld geographicinformation system with integrated geographical positioningsystem as a method for: (a) assessing penguin colony areaand (b) ground-truthing colony area as derived from satellite imagery. Work took place at Signy Island, South Orkneys, where colonies of the three congeneric pygoscelid penguins: Ade´lie Pygoscelis adeliae, chinstrap P. antarctica and Gentoo P. papua were surveyed. Colony areas were derived by mapping colony boundaries using the DMS with visual counts of the number of nesting birds made concurrently. Area was found to be a good predictor for number of nests for all three species of penguin. Using a maximum likelihood multivariate classification of remotely sensed satellite imagery (QuickBird2, 18 January 2010; Digital Globe ID: 01001000B90AD00), we were able to identify penguin colonies from the spectral signature of guano and differentiate between colonies of Ade´lie and chinstrap penguins. The area classified (all species combined) from satellite imagery versus area from DMS data was closely related (R2 = 0.88). Combining these techniques gives a simple and transferrable methodology for examining penguin distribution and abundance at local and regional scales.
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US franchised hybrid agency eXP Realty is to officially launch this week in the UK and now has several estate agents signed up to be its local representatives, says its boss Adam Day.This include a former Yopa territory owner and ‘dozens’ more to be revealed at its launch party on Friday.But the company appears to be concentrating on bagging a head office team at the moment and recent hires have included easyProperty’s operations manager Olivia Pirrit and Ian Dobrin, who is a leading recruitment consultant within the property industry. He worked at Connells as its Group Recruitment Director for nearly seven years during the early noughties.But eXp Realty’s biggest catch so far is Mark Bentley who, the company has announced today, is joining as both a business consultant but will also be operating his own estate agency as ‘powered by eXp Realty’.Bentley (left) is one of the most experienced and well-known industry figures and has worked as an estate agent for over 40 years. Last year he served as President of NAEA Propertymark.“I’ve not only been really impressed with what Adam has done in such a short space of time, but I’m extremely impressed with Adam himself,” says Bentley.“We only met for the first time in August and I wasn’t sure what I was going to think, as sometimes you can have preconceived ideas of people that have been in the industry spotlight.“However, I’ve found him to be a breath of fresh air in his approach to how both eXp agents, and the consumer, should be looked after.”Before heading up eXP Realty in the UK, Day had senior roles at easyProperty and eMoov and also founded online agency Hatched.co.uk. easyProperty Emoov exp realty November 11, 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 » Agencies & People » US hybrid estate agency signs up leading industry figure as consultant for UK launch previous nextAgencies & PeopleUS hybrid estate agency signs up leading industry figure as consultant for UK launcheXP Realty has also announced that it has bagged recent NAEA President Mark Bentley as both a consultant to the fledgling business and also one of its local representatives.Nigel Lewis11th November 20190995 Views
Facebook Facebook By Tommie Lee – April 16, 2021 0 146 Google+ Previous articleA possible Niles Cannibis Festival could roll out in SeptemberNext articleHoosier lawmakers react to FedEx shooting Tommie Lee Pinterest Notre Dame relaxing some COVID restriction as student vaccinations reach 90% WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Some of the coronavirus restrictions are being loosened at The University of Notre Dame.The school announced Thursday that over 90 percent of their undergraduate and professional students have now been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.A number of students were vaccinated recently at an event at the Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus, and will begin receiving their second doses at the end of this month.In the coming week the school will relax restrictions on visitation in residence halls and some outdoor face mask requirements. Pinterest Twitter
Trombone Shorty is one of those artists that came out of the womb able to play music and entertain the masses. And that sentiment isn’t very far off, as the New Orleans-born star was joining the legendary Bo Diddley on stage at NOLA Jazz and Heritage Festival at the age of 4. With the spotlight on him from such an early age, even at 31 years old, Shorty is beyond a seasoned veteran that has joined forces with some of the biggest names in the business. Along with his band Orleans Avenue, he is set to return to New York City’s Terminal 5 next Friday, October 13th, and Saturday, October 14th, with L.A. retro rockers Vintage Trouble (purchase tickets here).Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue put on a powerful performance, mixing all the musical elements, including jazz, funk, rock, and hip-hop, seamlessly together. The group made a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They were joined by the shows bandleader Jon Batiste (a fellow attendee of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts – NOCCA) and Stay Human, for a performance of the classic Allen Toussaint number “Here Comes The Girls,” which appears on Shorty’s latest album Parking Lot Symphony via Blue Note Records. Check out the revamped number below:Vintage Trouble embodies the blues rock stylings of the late 1950’s and 60’s, along with a fervent energy both in the studio and live settings that immediately draws in every audience the Los Angeles-based group quartet plays in front of. The group, led by dynamic frontman Ty Taylor, along with guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and drummer Richard Danielson, have toured in support of The Who, AC/DC, Dave Matthews Band, and performed at festivals all across the globe, including multiple rocking performance at Glastonbury. After you see them once, you are hooked. It’s that simple.Tickets for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Terminal 5 on Friday, October 13th, and Saturday, October 14th, are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tix To Your Show Of Choice Below!
On the Blogs: U.S. Energy Secretary Perry Commits Taxpayers to a Failing Nuclear Project in Georgia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ThinkProgress.org:On Friday, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry authorized up to $3.7 billion in taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to finish building the last remaining new nuclear plant under construction in this country.This loan, to the Southern Company’s Vogtle plant in Georgia, is on top of $8.3 billion in previous federal loan guarantees for the troubled $25-billion nuclear plant. That means if — or, rather, when — the project goes belly up, U.S. taxpayers will have to bail out Southern Company and its partners with a record-breaking $12 billion.“When” might be more likely. Nuclear power has become so uneconomic that half of all existing power plants are “bleeding cash” — and even the profitable ones have the narrowest of positive operating margins, according to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) analysis.The V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in South Carolina, September 2016. Construction was recently suspended. CREDIT: AP/Chuck Burton.Since so many existing plants are money losers, it’s no shock that new nuclear plants have priced themselves out of the market for new power generation entirely.New nukes make so little economic sense that the Vogtle project is both “the first new nuclear power plant to be licensed and begin construction in the United States in more than three decades,” as the Department of Energy (DOE) news release explains, and “the last nuclear plant under construction in the U.S.” as Bloomberg reported.Back in March, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called the project “a financial quagmire.” The Westinghouse plants, originally priced at $14 billion, were already $3.6 billion over budget and almost four years behind schedule. Recently, Southern Company released new estimates that put the total project cost at $25 billion.No wonder that Westinghouse itself filed for bankruptcy back in March.Globally, the nuclear industry is struggling. As the New York Times reported, another well-known nuclear developer, General Electric “has scaled back its nuclear operations, expressing doubt about their economic viability,” whereas the French builder Areva “is mired in losses.” In August, the Financial Times wrote, “It sometimes seems like U.S. and European nuclear companies are in competition to see which can heap greater embarrassment on their industry.”Yet in the DOE press release Friday, Perry said, “I believe the future of nuclear energy in the United States is bright.”More: Perry just made taxpayers invest in a $25-billion nuclear ‘financial quagmire’
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:As they consider sending in robots to access hard-to-get-to areas between two containment walls, for Électricité de France (EDF) it’s just the latest setback in a project that’s running a decade late and almost four times over budget.“We hear every year that there’s a new problem,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday. “It is not acceptable that one of the most prestigious and strategic sectors for our country is facing so many difficulties.”The Flamanville plant is now slated to be completed in 2022 at a price tag of 12.4 billion euros ($13.8 billion), with the latest glitch costing a whopping 1.5 billion euros. Bemoaning the loss of France’s edge in the sector because of a 15-year gap between the start of construction at the plant and that of the previous reactor, Le Maire has given EDF a month to come up with an action plan to restore the industry’s know-how before the country can determine whether it will build any new atomic plants.For the world’s largest nuclear power producer, Flamanville is just one of many challenges. Across the channel, delays at two U.K. reactors have upped the cost to as much as 22.5 billion pounds ($28.9 billion), 2.9 billion pounds more than previously estimated. EDF also faces mounting costs of maintaining 58 domestic nuclear plants that provide more than 70% of France’s power. Add to the mix the fact that the former electricity monopoly is losing market share among French corporate and residential clients as rivals buy a part of the electricity it generates at below-market prices, and it’s easy to see why investors are bearish about the company. EDF’s stock has lost 34% this year, making it the second worst-performing utility in the Stoxx 600 Utilities Index of European companies.More: World’s Largest Nuclear Power Producer Confronts Serial Glitches French project showcases nuclear industry’s mounting problems
Lagers, session IPAs, pilsners, wheat beers…these are the standard summer releases from craft breweries, who look to lighten things up when the mercury rises. It’s lawnmower beer season.Catawba has chosen a completely different route with their King Coconut, a jet black porter with all of the roasted, chocolate notes that you’d expect from this style. Porters are typically quaffed in the dead of winter, preferably in front of a fireplace while a storm drops six inches of fresh on the nearest skiable mountain. But as the name implies, Catawba ages King Coconut on a mountain of toasted coconut for several weeks to add an additional layer of tropical sweetness and justify the palm trees on the label.Catawba has called this beer a “candy bar in a can,” and it’s definitely on the sweeter side of things, delivering a heavy hit of cocoa. The coconut, on the other hand, is understated. Just a mild hint of the fruit in the nose and taste. I think it’s just there to provide a bit of whimsy to this typically stuffy style of beer. I appreciate Catawba’s restraint in the use of coconut, because I’m typically not a huge fan of the vile fruit. Yes, I said vile. I’m not sure why anyone would want to eat tiny shreds of paper, but hey, to each his own.I’m happy to say that it all works seamlessly in the King Coconut—chocolate, coconut, and roasted coffee all working hand in hand in this a-typical summer beer that is somehow reminiscent of the Coke Floats I used to beg my parents for when I was a kid. Now there’s an idea. If you truly want to turn King Coconut into a summer treat, take a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drop it right into a pint of this porter. Now that’s a summer beer.Is this the can of brew you’ll reach for after mowing the lawn, or while tubing the river? Probably not. But King Coconut is built to pair with barbecue, or a campfire, or your neighbor’s annual luau. Yeah, put on a coconut bra and show up to that party with a sixer of King Coconut. Seems like a summery thing to do to me.
continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit bureau Equifax announced Thursday it experienced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting as many as 143 million American consumers. CUNA is monitoring the situation and working with other financial trade groups to assess if the situation will affect financial institutions.According to the company, it has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.In addition, Equifax believes hackers accessed:Credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers; and
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has shelved talks over extending his Arsenal contract (Picture: Getty)Asked whether or not the players still believed in him, Emery said: ‘Yes of course. They show that.As a coach each moment in my career is difficult. This is a very good but very hard job.‘When you are winning you feel the support for everybody. I believe in us, I believe in the players. I know I am going to work very hard to come back to the performance.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I am looking forward to playing tomorrow. The good moment, the bad moment the most important for me is to show my work.‘Our confidence depends a lot on how we can feel in our stadium with our supporters. Teams are coming here playing fearless. We need to be strong and together. We need to show our supporters our capacity and skills.MORE: Arsenal target Luis Enrique confirms he received an offer from ‘foreign club’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refusing Arsenal offer due to Unai Emery uncertainty Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Nov 2019 1:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt could see Unai Emery sacked by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has issued a defiant response amid claims he has lost the support of Arsenal’s first team squad.The Spaniard appears to be fighting a losing battle to save his job following a miserable run of results, culminating in Saturday’s dispiriting draw at home against struggling Southampton.Arsenal are currently eight points adrift of the top four having won just four of their first 13 Premier League games of the campaign but can qualify for knockout stages of the Europa League should they avoid defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow.Emery was forced to confront board members Raul Sanllehi and Edu in the tunnel area on Saturday after the club chiefs paid an unexpected visit to the dressing room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are refusing to sign new deals while the Spaniard remains in charge, while both Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka are contemplating January exits. Unai Emery hits out at claims he has lost the Arsenal dressing room
Read More Read More SPONSORED 1/1 1 min. story Full Screen Thomas Partey’s former Ghana coach Avram Grant explains why midfielder is ‘perfect’ for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal PLAY Former Chelsea manager Grant – who gave the 27-year-old his first cap for Ghana – admitted the midfielder will need time to adapt to the English game, but will prove to be exactly what Arsenal needed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment Video Settings Coming Next About Connatix V67539 Read More by Metro Partey will add some much-needed steel to Arsenal’s midfield (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey’s former Ghana coach Avram Grant has talked up the midfielder’s qualities and backed him to be a big success at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.The Gunners swooped in on deadline day to secure the services of their top target by activating his £45 million release clause. With only Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny as their previous options in midfield, Partey will provide some invaluable steel in the middle of the park. Advertisement Read More deadline day move to West Ham / Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Oct 2020 3:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Read More Skip Ad ‘I’d ask the Arsenal fans to give him a few weeks just to get used to English football, because it is still played differently in the Premier League to anywhere else, even if there are more foreign players now,’ Grant told SunSport.‘But he will prove a good signing, perfect for what Mikel Arteta is trying to do.‘When you need him to hold the ball up, he can do that and he is a great fit for what Arteta is trying to make his team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If you ask him to play wide, he can but it’s not his position.‘He is a central midfielder, who will win the ball and play the right pass forward and can see the pitch, tactically disciplined as well and committed to his team.‘And he will make a big difference to Arsenal, just like he did at Atletico. He is a really good signing, just what they needed.’MORE: Kieran Trippier sends message to Arsenal over Thomas Partey transferMORE: Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil’s incredible Gunnersaurus offerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Top articles