Distribution and patterns of migration of a tropical seabird community in the eastern Indian Ocean

first_imgWe present the first detailed data on the distribution and migration patterns of four pelagic seabird species in the Eastern Indian Ocean—the Lesser Noddy (Anous tenuirostris melanops), Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus), Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica) and Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus) breeding at the Houtman Abrolhos and the Wedge-tailed Shearwater breeding at Varanus Island, Western Australia—tracked using geolocators during their respective non-breeding periods. Lesser Noddies remained largely in the general vicinity or slightly to the south of the colony in their non-breeding season (February–September). Brown Noddies spent their non-breeding period (March–August) in the Northwest Shelf area of Western Australia, around 950 km north of the colony. In contrast, Bridled Terns and most Wedge-tailed Shearwaters undertook extensive non-breeding migrations. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters occupied waters adjacent or to the north of their nesting sites or migrated 4200 km northwest into the equatorial central Indian Ocean near the Ninety East Ridge during the non-breeding season (late April to mid-November). These same areas were used during the sabbatical summer by Wedge-tailed Shearwaters that had deferred breeding. Bridled Terns spent their non-breeding period (April–September) in the Celebes Sea, 3800 km north of the Houtman Abrolhos. The results are discussed in the context of potential marine threats to the different species during the non-breeding period.last_img read more

Legislature Approves Bill Curtailing Solar Panel Incentives

first_imgLegislature Approves Bill Curtailing Solar Panel IncentivesIL for www.theindianalawyer.comA bill pushed by Indiana’s investor-owned utilities that would eliminate much of the financial incentive available to those who install solar panels is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk after it was approved on Monday by the Legislature.Republican State Sen. Brandt Hershman’s bill was given final passage when the Senate voted 37-11 to approve changes made to the measure in the House. Holcomb spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson declined to say if he will sign the bill into law, but she added that the Republican “has been watching the bill all session and will consider it carefully.”Solar energy accounts for less than 1 percent of Indiana’s power. But utilities worry the plunging cost of solar panels, as well as its growing popularity, could someday cut into their profits. Utilities say that will eventually lead to higher rates for customers.The measure also comes as utilities across the U.S. are looking to carve out their own share of the solar market. They are promoting an alternative to installing home solar panels called “community solar” that involves customers agreeing to buy or lease panels from the utilities on large panel farms.Critics say it all adds up to an effort by the utilities to muscle out small companies, threatening the 1,500 jobs the Solar Foundation estimated in 2015 that the industry had created in Indiana.At issue is a practice called “net metering,” which mandates that churches, businesses, schools and homeowners who install solar panels be compensated for any surplus energy they feed back onto the grid, unusually in the form of a credit on their power bill.Hershman’s bill would drastically curtail in five years the current “retail” rate of compensation, bringing it closer in line with the wholesale cost utilities pay for energy. The bill would allow those who install solar panels before 2018 to continue to collect the current rate for 30 years, while those who purchase panels after that, but before 2022, could collect the rate until 2032.Solar proponents say the current rate is needed to break even on an expensive investment. But Hershman, of Lafayette, says the rate of compensation should come down as the technology improves and it becomes easier to recoup costs.“This bill recognizes that solar is becoming an increasingly competitive means of generation and that’s a great thing,” said Hershman. “It’s taking off on its own.”Opponents, however, question the need for the bill, since current state law caps net metering once 1 percent of a utilities energy comes from an alternative energy source, like wind or solar.Kerwin Olson, of left-leaning utility watchdog group, Citizens Action Coalition, called the bill’s passage “an all out affront on Hoosier consumers and relegates Indiana to the backwaters of innovation.”Democrats objected to a provision in the bill which sets the new rate of compensation that will eventually be put in place. Rate setting should be done by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, said State Sen. Mark Stoops, of Bloomington, who noted that Hershman himself said the rate established by the bill was an “arbitrary” figure he picked.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

After the Flood, a Fight Over a $1.2 Million Repair Bill

first_imgDisaster recovery crews were on site at Pecks Beach Village in Ocean City in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in November 2012.A desperate effort to return 60 displaced families to their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is at the heart of a million-dollar debate over how repairs were made to a housing complex for low-income residents.The Ocean City Housing Authority voted Thursday to seek advice from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development before repaying the City of Ocean City $1.2 million for the work.Floodwaters more than two feet deep filled the first-floor living spaces of the 60 units at Pecks Beach Village during Sandy in October 2012, and resident families were forced to abandon their damaged homes and take shelter in one-room hotel units, some off the island, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).For Mayor Jay Gillian, the coordinated work to return residents quickly to their homes was “the best thing I’ll ever do for Ocean City.” The city had no obligation to make the repairs — the Housing Authority is autonomous and operates under the auspices of HUD. But Gillian said he witnessed the slow pace of the federal relief effort and the growing frustration of residents, and he decided to act.The city used an affordable housing fund and hired local contractors to expedite the work. The first Pecks Beach Village residents returned to their homes in early February and all were back within another month.For Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Executive Director Ed Price, the pace of work was admirable but also troublesome.“We’re kind of in a pickle,” Price said.The Housing Authority has to answer to HUD, and Price said he fears potential repercussions from procedures and guidelines that were not followed in the rebuilding effort.Housing Authority Board Vice Chair Stephen Lalli at the commissioners meeting on Thursday noted potential issues such as the lack of a signed shared services agreement, missing documentation, installation of appliances that do not meet HUD-required energy efficiency ratings, use of regular drywall instead of water-resistant “greenboard” and lack of executed contracts.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said that the city had forwarded a shared services agreement to HUD for approval at the beginning of the project but that HUD “went silent” before a final version could be approved. Another version of the agreement included new language that was never approved by City Council, she said.Much of the debate over HUD requirements hinges on what is permissible in exigent circumstances, and McCrosson said it’s hard to argue that the displaced residents did not constitute an emergency.Housing Authority Solicitor Charles Gabage acknowledged that “in every one of the correspondences from HUD there is ambiguous language.”But he asked, “Do you err on the side of caution or do you throw yourself too close to the bus.”“The Authority puts itself in jeopardy if it pays the city without getting HUD involved,” Gabage said.The Authority holds $1.2 million in FEMA and flood-insurance reimbursements. A group including Price, Lalli, Gabage, Commissioner William Woods and Housing Authority Executive Director Alesia Watson will travel to Newark at a date to be determined to consult with HUD.While neither man politicized the issue in any way, Gillian and Price are likely rivals in the Ocean City mayoral race that will be decided in May.last_img read more

LoBiondo Supports Efforts To Renegotiate NAFTA

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):“I have long said free trade must be fair trade for American workers. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with many trade deals negotiated by past Administrations, particularly multinational agreements. I welcome President Trump’s announcement that to improve and update NAFTA to address present-day realities. Reexamination of our trade deals will strengthen our economy and reinforce our relationships with Canada and Mexico.” Congressman Frank LoBiondolast_img

Digital transactions to play major role in festive retail sales

first_imgRetail sales this December are expected to rise 4% year-on-year to £42.4bn – more than £1.5bn than last year. With Black Friday imminent (28 November), analysis by Deloitte also predicted that online sales would account for 13% of all sales and 50% of market growth.Click-and-collect is also expected to account for 45% of all online transactions – almost double the level of December 2013 – with £2.5bn worth of sales. Ian Geddes, head of retail at Deloitte, said digital would influence 40% of physical shop sales.“Growth in the influence of digital on physical retail has been driven by consumers’ desire to access information on products and services, compare prices and increasingly pay and transact via digital services,” he said.“As investment in in-store digital technologies increases, such as mobile payments to facilitate faster, more convenient transactions and beacon technology to track shoppers in-store and deliver personalised messages and promotions, so will the digital influence on the physical environment.”Geddes said increases in sales in click-and-collect would depend on retailers adapting to customers’ changing shopping behaviour, such as adapting their supply chain and warehousing.last_img read more

Mt. Blue High School reports positive COVID-19 test of individual

first_imgFARMINGTON – Regional School Unit 9 announced yesterday that an individual associated with Mt. Blue High School has tested positive for COVID-19; as a result MBHS as well as Foster Tech Center will offer remote-only learning on Monday and Tuesday. All after school activities have been suspended for both days.According to a letter sent to students and families, the individual may have come in contact with other staff and students. Administration is working closely with the Maine Center for Disease and Control to follow safety guidelines. All students and family members are being asked to monitor symptoms carefully.Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, among others.Known close contacts have been notified.Maine has seen a jump in positive cases in the last week. Locally, four positive cases were reported at Franklin Memorial Hospital last week.last_img read more

Spend A Day In The Life With The Drunken Hearts In This New Video

first_imgSparked by fan interest for a sort of day-in-the-life feature, The Drunken Hearts put together a short video they’re calling “The Drunken Setup,” which features the pre-show happenings of a band on the road. From load-in to soundcheck, the band shares a glimpse into what they do each day before they take the stage.Check out the band’s new video below!Upcoming Tour Dates:11/26 : The Belly Up : Aspen CO12/02 : Ogden Theatre : Denver CO12/30 : Barkley Ballroom : Frisco CO12/31 : Vail Ale House : Vail CO [NYE!]01/12 : Town Square Tavern : Jackson Hole WY01/13 : The Filling Station : Bozeman MT02/25 : WinterWonderGrass Festival : Steamboat Springs COlast_img

Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic: Free live YouTube stream from Ladies European Tour | Golf News

first_imgThe stream will offer three hours of live coverage from each round from 3pm through to 6pm, getting under way on Wednesday and concluding on Friday evening.Sky Sports subscribers are able to sign in here to watch all the action.Click on the video above to watch our free live stream from the LPGA Drive On Championship! – Advertisement – – Advertisement – November 4, 2020, 3:00pmLive on Live Ladies European Tour Golf – Advertisement – The tournament takes place over the Faldo Course at The Emirates Golf Club, which was redesigned under the expertise of the six-time major winner and reopened in 2006.A feature of the event is that much of it will be played under floodlights, increasing the emphasis on good course management for the 56 players in the field.center_img Sky Sports YouTube channel offers live coverage from one of the biggest events on the Ladies European Tour, with former world No 1 Lydia Ko competing against the likes of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull. By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 04/11/20 2:20pm The Ladies European Tour heads to warmer climes this week, with a strong field assembled for the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, and live coverage is available for free via Sky Sports’ live YouTube stream.Former world No 1 Lydia Ko headlines the field which also includes a host of Solheim Cup stars, including Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, Bronte Law, Celine Boutier and Alison Lee. – Advertisement – England's Georgia Hall is also in action this week England's Georgia Hall is also in action this week

Leading Chinese tour operators visiting Croatia

first_imgOrganized by Atlas and Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines, and with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Tourist Boards of Zagreb, Istria, Rovinj and Central Dalmatia, representatives of leading Chinese tour operators are staying in Croatia from October 15 to 20. The aim of the study trip is to present the Croatian tourist offer and attract a larger number of guests from this market with great potential.Thus, during the five-day stay, the representatives of the leading Chinese tour operators had the opportunity to visit tourist attractions in the area of ​​Zagreb, Istria and Split. On the trip, they were absolutely delighted by the natural beauty, and especially emphasize the color of the sky, the quality of food, even those in a Chinese restaurant in Zagreb, which, according to participants, does not lag behind those in China. The meaningful program began with a stay in Zagreb and a tour of the capital, and continued through Plitvice. After visiting the destinations in Istria – Porec, Rovinj and Pula, the meaningful tour ended with getting to know Split. The meeting already resulted in concrete inquiries during the trip, so the first MICE group has already been agreed, which will arrive in Croatia for the congress in December.The number of Chinese tourists in Croatia is recording high growth rates, and in the first 8 months of this year their number exceeded the entire previous year. The number one world traveler spends an average of 750 euros on a trip, and the main motive for their arrival is sightseeing of natural phenomena and cultural sights, so it is not surprising that they stay in one destination for an average of 2 to 3 nights. Emirates direct flights to Dubai certainly open up new opportunities for further growth. Thus, travel from Shanghai and Beijing is now more accessible to passengers, with only one stop in Dubai.Minister Cappelli hosted a delegation of travel agents from the People’s Republic of ChinaMinister Cappelli met with representatives of leading travel agencies in China, the President of the Management Board of Atlas dd and Adriatica.net, and representatives of the Emirates airline in Croatia.The meeting was held on the occasion of a study trip of travel agents from China, which aimed to bring Croatia closer and present the tourist potential of the Chinese market. Delighted by the beauties of Croatia, the purity of the air and the untouched nature, the representatives of travel agencies pointed out that there is great interest in visiting Croatia in China and that it is necessary to work even more intensively on promoting Croatia in their country.On that occasion, Minister Cappelli said that Croatia recorded a 50 percent increase in the number of visitors from China this tourist year and hoped that the recent opening of the Croatian Tourist Board in Beijing and continued investment in promoting Croatia on the Chinese market would lead to even stronger arrivals. Minister Cappelli further emphasized that the positioning of Croatia as a quality air destination and even better air connections with Asian countries will further contribute to the growth of arrivals.Until October 20 this year, more than 143 guests from China visited Croatia, who realized 213.338 overnight stays, ie 57 percent more in arrivals and 49 percent more overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Among the most visited destinations they visited in the mentioned period are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and the Plitvice Lakes National Park.last_img read more

Oil slumps to lowest since 2003 on global recession threat

first_img“I don’t think we have hit peak demand devastation yet,” said Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific market strategist at AxiCorp, who predicts oil may fall to $18-$20 a barrel. “If cases exponentially increase, especially in the US, its going to spook the hell out of oil traders.”The market is finding little succor in global efforts to stem the economic fallout. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday announced the restart of a financial crisis-era program in an effort to stem the economic impact from the virus. While US stocks rebounded from the biggest rout since 1987 on the plan, oil continued its slide as Saudi Arabia signaled its intention to ship a record 10 million barrels a day in April.The supply and demand shocks have hammered Wall Street’s outlook for oil. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said consumption is down by 8 million barrels a day and cut its Brent forecast for the second quarter to $20 a barrel. Meanwhile, Mizuho Securities warned crude prices could go negative as Russia and Saudi Arabia flood the market with supply.West Texas Intermediate for April delivery was 2 cents lower at $26.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 8:46 a.m. in Singapore. Brent crude added 7 cents to $28.80 after slumping 4.4% on Tuesday.Topics : Oil briefly traded below its lowest settlement price in almost 17 years as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to bring the global economy to a standstill, battering demand just as supply explodes.Futures in New York fell as much as 2.8 percent in the Asian morning, touching as low as $26.20 a barrel, which would be the lowest settlement price since May 2003. Prices clawed back some of their initial losses but remain more than 15 percent weaker this week in the most volatile trading on record.While policymakers around the world take unprecedented steps to shore up their economies from the fallout of the coronavirus, the meltdown in oil demand and concurrent supply free-for-all by the world’s biggest producers continue to pull crude prices ever lower.last_img read more