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Moult in black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses Diomedea melanophris and D. chrysostoma

first_imgWe recorded the age of individual wing and tail feathers of Black-browed and Grey-headed Albatrosses Diomedea melanophris and D. chrysostoma of known age and breeding status at Bird Island, South Georgia. Breeders and non-breeders of both species moult their rectrices annually. Non-breeders moult primaries biennially. In the first year of a cycle, the outer three and some inner primaries are moulted descendantly; in the next year the inner primaries are moulted ascendantly, starting from primary seven. There is a general progression to moulting equal numbers of primaries in each half of the cycle by the time breeding starts at about 10 years of age. Grey-headed Albatrosses usually moult fewer primaries than Black-browed Albatrosses, particularly as 3-year-olds, when they undertake substantial plumage change in body moult. Most secondaries in Black-browed Albatrosses have been replaced once by age 4 years. Breeding Black-browed Albatrosses continue the moult pattern established as immatures whether they fail or not, as do failed Grey-headed Albatrosses. Successful Grey-headed Albatrosses, which breed again 16 months later, moult their three innermost primaries after breeding in the remainder of the current year and, after a period when moult is interrupted, renew the remaining primaries the following year. Comparisons between species and between failed and successful birds within species indicate that moult rate is not closely linked to the length of the interval between breeding attempts. Interspecies differences are better explained by breeding latitude, with tropical albatrosses moulting twice as fast as sub-Antarctic species, possibly reflecting food availability outside the breeding season.last_img read more

McConnell Dowell awarded Lyttelton to Woolston Pipeline improvement project

first_imgThe new pipeline section will follow a similar route to the old pipeline section in the Bridal Path Road, with an offset so that the new pipe may be installed McConnell Dowell awarded Lyttelton to Woolston Pipeline project. (Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.) McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Lyttelton to Woolston Pipeline Improvement Project for a major oil company.The project covers the construction and commissioning of a replacement section of this pipeline along Bridal Path road and in Kiwirail land, beside the Heathcote Valley Primary SchoolMcConnell Dowell has an extensive mechanical self-perform capability and track record and we are excited at the opportunity to deliver a high quality and safe project for their fuel pipeline infrastructure.The work consists of: Replacing the pipeline that currently runs through the Heathcote Valley Primary School property with a larger buried DN150 pipeline to be installed in the adjacent Kiwi Rail corridor.Replacing 1210m of the pipeline up the Bridle Path Road to a tie-in location on the Bridle Path just above the level of the tunnel entrance.The new pipeline section will follow a similar route to the old pipeline section in the Bridal Path Road, with an offset so that the new pipe may be installed while the existing pipe remains in service. The only shut down required will be for the two tie-ins at either end.McConnell Dowell has an extensive mechanical self-perform capability and track record in oil and gas, and we are excited at the opportunity to return to Lyttelton to deliver a high quality and safe project for this piece of fuel pipeline infrastructure. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

HMS Somerset Helps Launch Poppy Appeal. Leaves Cardiff

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Poppy Appeal View post tag: europe View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS Somerset View post tag: Leaves Authorities View post tag: Naval Share this article Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset sailed from Cardiff last week after helping launch the 2014 Poppy Appeal in the region.More than 2,500 people visited the Type 23 frigate on her first UK port visit since returning from a successful 6 month deployment to the Middle East.The 133-metre ship docked at Britannia Quay on Friday 24th October, and, along with the Royal British Legion (RBL), hosted the special event, including a formal reception attended by the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Dr Peter Beck.…Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.New Gallery 2014/11/5originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 670height 447originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 611height 447originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 670height 447originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 318height 447originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 549height 447originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 672height 447On Saturday 25th October, members of the ship’s company met the Cardiff community when they visited St David’s Centre and Culverhouse Cross Shopping Centre to collect money on behalf of the Royal British Legion.At the same time the ship opened her gangway to visitors who took the chance to visit the anti-submarine warship and talk to the sailors about life onboard.[mappress mapid=”14331″]Press release, Image: UK Navycenter_img View post tag: helps View post tag: 2014 View post tag: Cardiff HMS Somerset Helps Launch Poppy Appeal. Leaves Cardiff Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Somerset Helps Launch Poppy Appeal. Leaves Cardiff View post tag: launch View post tag: Royal Navy November 5, 2014last_img read more

Suwannee Hulaween Releases Unbelievable Initial Lineup

first_imgSuwannee Hulaween is set to return to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL from October 28-30, bringing a host of incredible artists for the musical experience. If last year’s festival was any indication, Hulaween offers one of the most exciting Halloween parties in the country, with top notch performers packed onto the beautiful campgrounds.This year is no exception, as the festival has unleashed an incredible initial lineup for the event. Not only will there be three nights of The String Cheese Incident, but My Morning Jacket, Disclosure (DJ Set), Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, and Big Gigantic (ft. The Motet) are all sitting at the top of the bill.The lineup keeps getting better, with Rebelution, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Boys Noize, Anderson .Paak & The Free National, Snarky Puppy, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bob Moses, Slow Magic, The Revivalists, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Future Rock, Manic Focus, The Motet, and more! Considering this is only the festival’s first wave, we cannot wait to see what they have in store.The festival also promises to expand their Spirit Lake artistic community; for a better sense of that, check out these stunning photos from last year’s event. There will also be a pre-party on Thursday, October 27th, but the lineup for that has yet to be revealed.Check out the full lineup on the poster below. Tickets are now on sale, and will be capped to just 20,000 people… so don’t miss out. More information can be found here, and the full lineup can be seen on the poster, and in plain text, below:Suwannee Hulaween 2016 Lineup (Wave 1):The String Cheese Incident (Three nights)My Morning JacketDisclosure (DJ Set)LogicUmphrey’s McGeeSTS9Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet)RebelutionThe Claypool Lennon DeliriumGramatikGreensky BluegrassLettuceBoys NoizeAnderson .Paak & The Free NationalSnarky PuppyRÜFÜS DU SOLBob MosesSlow MagicThe RevivalistsKarl Denson’s Tiny UniverseFuture RockManic FocusThe MotetUnlike PlutoCome Back AliceSavi Fernandez BandEl DubAjevaPost PlutoSavants of Soullast_img read more

Cambium Group Launches E-Commerce Web Site for Strategies

first_imgCambium Group, a leading web site development firm based in Montpelier launched a new e-commerce web site today for Strategies Publishing Group, Inc. The new site, is external) offers an online shopping system, seminar/event registration and ‘members only’ area with exclusive content for Strategies Magazine subscribers.Located in Centerbrook Connecticut, Strategies Publishing Group, Inc. (Strategies) is the professional beauty industry’s largest provider of business education through printed media, seminar events and consulting services. Strategies was founded in 1994 by Neil Ducoff, one of the most respected minds in the professional beauty industry for over twenty-five years.Neil had this to say about the new web site:“From the very first meeting, the Cambium Group team was tuned into our unique web site needs with real solutions and the experience and expertise to back it all up. After selecting Cambium Group, we were given a project plan with timelines to complete each critical step. Progress was smooth, always on schedule. Interaction was seamless.””Cambium’s guidance and technology expertise delivered an amazing web site to Strategies that our customers will enjoy, learn from and, most importantly, buy from. And the most important feature of our web is our ability to update and modify our site from our office with Cambium’s powerful “back end” system. We thank the Cambium Group team for taking our web vision and making it a reality.”Key features of Strategies’ dynamic web site include Cambium’s E-Commerce System combining the power of Cambium’s Content Management System (CAMAS) with a full-featured store/order management module. Strategies has the ability to distribute their product lines (books, CD ROMS, videos, and the Strategies magazine) throughout the web site, and directly control store attributes including product prices, inventory stock levels, and shipping costs. Strategies is also taking advantage of cross-sell and up-sell opportunities by placing promotional spotlights throughout the site.Cambium’s Event Registration System allows Strategies to manage all aspects of their seminar registrations including number of seats offered, seats available, wait lists, registration confirmations, event reminders and payment processing. And, to round-out the new web site design, Strategies offers exclusive content to their online members and magazine subscribers with a “Members Only” section. This password-protected area provides online subscribers with access to 10 years of magazine archives, hot topics and industry news, downloadable business tools and calculators plus other valuable members-only benefits.“The Strategies site showcases many new features of our content management system and is a great addition to our portfolio of designs” announced Scott Wells, owner and President of Cambium Group. “The site is already receiving positive results through traffic, orders and customer feedback.”last_img read more

Key Australian energy adviser backs renewables over coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:The federal government’s top energy adviser Kerry Schott says the plunging cost of renewables will force Australia’s remaining coal plants to close even earlier than planned, as mining giant BHP renewed calls for a price on carbon to urgently slash national emissions.Energy Security Board chair Dr. Schott on Monday predicted that renewables would force many of Australia’s remaining coal-fired power plants to make an early exit from the energy market, by beating them on price.“Commercial reasons will be made about retiring coal plants and they’re likely to get dropped out the door faster than their technical lives would suggest,” she said at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event in Melbourne.But she said the transition must be well managed to avoid a hasty rush to renewables pushing up energy prices.More: Coal’s days are numbered, top government adviser says Key Australian energy adviser backs renewables over coallast_img read more

Lakeview Crash Leaves Motorcyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 44-year-old New York City man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle in Lakeview on Sunday night.Nassau County police said James Moy was riding a Harley Davidson westbound on Lakeview Avenue when he was thrown from the motorcycle at the intersection of Waterview Road at 8:28 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle but do not suspect foul play.last_img

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, May 21

first_imgBefore voting in Schenectady’s school board election, consider the district’s school quality, reading and math scores, and graduation rates since 2013 when candidates Lewis, Reilly, and Chestnut were elected to the board and a new superintendent was hired.  In 2019, the state Education Department identified six Schenectady elementary schools (Keane, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln, Paige, Pleasant Valley and Yates) that are among the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state. Only four district schools were not cited for academic deficiencies. Last year’s on-time graduation rate of 58 percent was no better than in 2013. Additionally, fewer than 50 percent of SCSD’s African-American and Latino students graduated on time in 2018.Last year, English-Language Arts (ELA) proficiency rates for the district’s African-American students was 15 percent and 17 percent for Latino students. Overall, 22 percent of Schenectady students were ELA proficient. The changes from 2013’s ELA proficiency rate is due to changes in state testing. Schenectady schools lagged behind statewide ELA proficiency increases.In 2018, only 13 percent of all Schenectady third- through eighth-graders were math proficient. Math proficiency for African-American and Latino students was less than 10 percent. For details, see is elected to the board will need to press hard on academic improvements and hold the administration accountable.Scot FeldermanSchenectady Nisky board member had info on issues Reach compromise on the environment Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSpa should adopt inclusionary zoningSustainable Saratoga applauds our city government for supporting new workforce rental housing developments in Saratoga Springs.However, we encourage the City Council to go farther to foster a more economically resilient, stable, and Sustainable Saratoga by working to create a more diverse portfolio of housing opportunities.The new generation of Saratoga residents can’t afford to live in the city where they were born.Saratoga Springs needs a comprehensive strategy to provide housing across a range of income categories, without depending on government funding.Most of the new affordable housing units target low-income households. Kudos to The Daily Gazette for their April 28 editorial “Time to get busy on environment,” advocating action on climate change by the New York State Legislature before their summer recess.As noted by The Gazette, the Climate and Community Protection Act (“CCPA”, Senate bill S2992, Assembly bill A3876) is an ambitious piece of legislation that requires the Legislature’s full attention.However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included equally ambitious legislation in his Executive Budget proposal that had very similar goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for addressing environmental justice concerns.Unfortunately, negotiations over the details of a compromise bill seem to have stalled, threatening what should be a slam-dunk piece of legislation for the environment and the Democratic majority.I urge everyone with a stake in these negotiations to remain flexible and accept whatever changes are necessary to ensure passage this session of some of the strongest climate change legislation in the nation.Otherwise, another year will pass before New York State is truly committed to a carbon-neutral economy and a just transition away from fossil fuels.Bryan SwiftAltamontcenter_img Middle-income households also need housing opportunities.Diversity of household incomes within individual housing development projects would make them more inclusive, avoiding the problem of segregating housing by income.Current projects are all rental units. Saratoga needs more home ownership opportunities, so that low- and middle-income households can build equity.Almost all current workforce-housing projects depend on state and federal low-income tax credits. We caution the city against relying solely on unpredictable tax credits for its affordable-housing strategy.We urge the City Council to formally adopt inclusionary zoning to address the inadequacies mentioned above. Inclusionary zoning, with creative local public-private financing efforts, would guarantee the development of new mixed-income rental and owner-occupied housing units.The council has been studying the proposed Spa Housing Ordinance for several years. It’s time to stand up for the community and make a long-term commitment to sustainable affordable housing.Art HolmbergSaratoga SpringsThe writer is chair of Sustainable Saratoga. This is in response to Edward A. Carangelo’s May 16 letter (“Backus will meet the challenges in Nisky”), and comments made by Board of Education member Brian Backus at the Meet the Candidates forum. In Mr. Carangelo’s letter, he claims that Brian Backus stated “no member of the represented groups had chosen to speak to him before the meeting about the issues brought up to the board.” Sadly, this statement is simply not true.I serve as secretary for the Niskayuna School District Employees Association (NSDEA), which includes kitchen staff, custodial and cleaning staff, security, print shop, and IT personnel, bus drivers, and grounds and maintenance staff. As secretary, I drafted a list of urgent safety issues that was hand-delivered by our union president to each board member, including Mr. Backus, on March 12. We did not receive a reply, let alone an acknowledgment, from Mr. Backus or any other board member.Mr. Backus made comments at the forum that our presence at a recent Board of Education meeting was disruptive because it overlapped on an evening honoring several of our students. I disagree. I’m glad that over 80 employees could attend and cheer our students on at a meeting that normally would have had a handful of attendees. Faculty and staff are the ones in Niskayuna who work directly with the students and provide all the educational, health, athletic, transportation and other services available at this great district. We are proud of their accomplishments, and our students always know they have our full support.Richard StigbergNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Interest rate hike kills off investment deals

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More North Queenslanders putting their homes under the hammer

first_img119 The Esplanade, Toolakea is for auction on February 4.“It creates an atmosphere and the buyers get to see the actual house they bit on and not just a picture on the wall.“Most agents also do a final open house half-and hour before auction and I’ve actually experienced sales were the buyer literally saw the house for the first time during that final open house, fell in love, decided to bid and won.”The auction process also generated greater competition among buyers, resulting in a better result for sellers and buyers.“For the buyer there are great advantages. The process is transparent, the buyer has the opportunity to know everything about the property before they even bid,” he said.“The buyer will have a good indication of the market value of the property through research or by obtaining an independent valuation from a registered valuer. “Armed with all the facts they can then bid with confidence or beat the competition and put an offer in before the auction. 49 Sycamore St, Pimlico is schedule for auction January 30“Remax agents have been busy and have booked up to three properties to take to auction every weekend for most of January and into February, ”he said.“More sellers and agents are beginning to understand the benefits of the Auction process. “When the process is followed correctly it can drastically reduce the time on the market and generate top dollar for the property. “Auctions are the purest way of selling. There is no price on the property for buyers to try and knock down and the seller will get a good idea of where the market sees value in the property, over the four week process.”Mr Musumeci, who auctioned two properties last weekend and will put three more under the hammer this Saturday, said all of his sales were conducted on site.“There are some agencies that auction of their properties in house but personally I love doing them on-site,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 Remax auctioneer Sam Musumeci predicts a good auction market this year.MORE North Queenslanders are choosing to sell their property under the hammer with around 10 properties heading to auction each week. A parcel of land on Magnetic Island kicked off the what is hoped to be a successful auction year when sold by Smith And Elliott Real Estate for $250,000 last week.Re/Max Auctioneer, Sam Musumeci said Townsville’s auction market was shaping up to be the best it had been years.center_img 18 Charlotte St, Aitkenvale is scheduled for auction on February 4.“Where else, other than at an auction, does the buyer know what the competition is offering?”In a private treaty sale it is against Queensland law to reveal what another buyer is offering on the property.“If the agent is well trained and experienced in the auction process, it is definitely the ideal way of selling. In a turning market, putting a price on the property greatly increases the chance of underselling.” Sam said.“Most of the top agents in Townsville prefer Auctions and for good reason.last_img read more

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