The diet of the Southern rockhopper penguin Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome at Beauchene Island, Falkland Islands

first_imgThe diet of the Southern rockhopper penguin at Beauchene Island, Falkland Islands, was studied in the early chick‐rearing period by quantitative analysis of adult stomach contents. Juvenile squid (Teuthowenia sp.) comprised on average 21% by numbers (c. 1000 per sample) and 53% by weight; crustaceans contributed 79% by numbers (c. 4000 per sample) but only 45% by weight, and fish 2% by weight. Of the crustaceans only the euphausids Euphausia lucens (66% by numbers), E. vallentini (19%) and Thysanoessa gregaria (15%) were present in significant quantities, and all are swarming species characteristic of the Patagonian shelf epipelagic zooplankton. Comparison is made with the limited dietary data available from other studies, and rockhopper penguins are suggested typically to feed opportunistically on swarming or shoaling zooplankton (particularly euphausids and young squid) and small fish. Whereas the average weight of the stomach contents was 220 g, the biomass of the individuals originally ingested was estimated to total 800 g; the c. 3000 kj this represents is consistent with the likely energy requirements of adults making daily foraging trips to rear small chicks.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES, HORSES AND CELEBRITIES

first_imgThe fire is most dire in my neighborhood today. At 12:30pm today it is very close. I hear that there are fire crews stationed at every house in my neighborhood. Here’s my most recent report …The fire danger is much worse today, and the evacuation areas were broadly expanded westward and into the city of Santa Barbara. Here’s the new map (my house is in area MTO2, North of highway 192 and East of Parma Park on the evacuation map): http://bit.ly/2CHfaTuThat said, the giant #ThomasFire has given firefighters an unusual week’s warning to assemble and deploy an army of firemen, and time to prepare battle plans – something that didn’t happen in the recent, faster moving Northern California fires. Their first plan failed yesterday as the fire crossed their defensive lines, moving West at San Ysidro canyon, just to the east of us.The Santa Ana winds will be kicking up dramatically today and tomorrow, in our direction, which is why it looks dire today. Here’s the satellite hotspot map but it currently shows the fire location from yesterday: http://projects.sfchronicle.com/…/interactive-map-southern…/There is a mandatory evacuation now in my neighborhood in Montecito, California, as the huge Thomas Fire creeps closer, filling the air with acrid smoke and dusting everything with ash. The evacuation order is expected to last through the week. The fire has already claimed over seven hundred homes.I’m a political cartoonist and my house is filled with my own art and a big collection of cartoon artwork from my colleagues. My son and I got back into the house on Monday to grab more family photos, papers and artwork. I saw that many of my neighbors had the same idea. I took the opportunity to water the yard, clean the rain gutters and move things away from the house – things that probably made little difference, but relieved my stress. My house is still filled with artwork as the fire bears down.I was raised in Montecito. I inherited the house my schoolteacher mother bought in 1964 for $28,000, an amount that seems ridiculous by today’s standards. Montecito is filled with normal working people who have lived in the neighborhood for decades as property values soared, helped by the low property taxes of California’s Proposition 13. It was a normal place in my childhood, now Montecito is expensive, known as the place where Oprah Winfrey has a house, along with a long list of other Hollywood notables. I don’t know where those celebrities live. They don’t come by to say “hello.”In 1977 my mother’s house burned in the Sycamore Canyon Fire that claimed around 250 homes; she chose to rebuild. Why do people rebuild after a fire? Because it is home, and after a disaster we see mistakes with what seems to be clarity. The house had a wood shake roof, and the 1977 fire seemed to claim only houses with wood shake roofs. Now the house has a concrete roof, no attic vents and a concrete yard. We have regular inspections by the local fire department and we follow their advice, but today’s superfires seem to claim anything in their paths, no matter what roofs are made of, and no matter what advice is followed.I was a college student, living at home when the 1977 fire suddenly swooped in. I watched as the news media was filled with reports of horses in danger and rich celebrities fleeing their homes. I remember a segment sometime later, on Britains’ popular Spitting Image TV show, a cartoonist’s favorite, where screaming celebrity caricatures were running around, engulfed in flames as the audience roared with laughter.The media’s trivial obsessions had a tangible effect in 1977. President Jimmy Carter refused to declare Santa Barbara and Montecito a federal disaster area, noting that the people here are wealthy and can take care of themselves. A disaster declaration would have meant that my mother and I could have lived in a FEMA trailer for a year, while our house was being re-built.A few months later there was a similar fire in Malibu; for some reason, the media didn’t focus on celebrities that time and Carter declared a federal disaster area, even though the average income of the Malibu fire victims was higher than the income of victims of our Montecito fire. Media coverage made all the difference with Carter.The new tax bill, that Congress may soon pass, takes away the deduction for losses that fire victims suffer. There is little sympathy for celebrity fire victims. Horses get more sympathy, and they don’t file income taxes. Perhaps people who rebuild in fire prone areas get the least sympathy of all.I fear we’ll see the same international media response if the wind shifts in the next few days. The dry brush of celebrity schadenfreude is ready to burn … along with my mother’s house.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

First Day of Fall Brings Close to a Summer of Good Weather

first_imgCrowds filed the downtown beaches during a relatively dry and mild summer of 2014 in Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City set a record for beach tag revenue in 2014. Merchants and real estate agents reported a good summer. And each cited the one factor that always matters most: good summer weather.So on the first day of fall (Tuesday, Sept. 23) we look back at the tale of the tape on summer 2014 and find that, yes, it was a pretty nice summer.Ocean City, of course, has a climate of its own as a barrier island, but the weather data from nearby Atlantic City International Airport shows similar trends.Many in Ocean City remember a soggy June 2013 that saw 7.53 inches of rain. But this year, ACY measured just 1.54 inches, and none of it fell on any weekend day.July saw none of the heat waves that are so common to the heart of summer. The high temperature for the entire month was just 92 degrees. Overall, the region’s average high temperature for July was about two degrees below normal (83.6 vs. 85.5).In August, the temperature never topped 90. The hottest day of the month topped out at just 89 degrees. The average highs for the month of 80.8 degrees were almost three degrees cooler than the normal 83.7 degrees.The ocean water temperature topped 70 degrees for the first time in mid-June, and though it bounced around a bit, it never plunged back down into the 50s as it sometimes does during periods of extended offshore winds.And perhaps most importantly, Ocean City remained unaffected by any of the five named tropical storms that formed in the summer. Four of them took a path up the Atlantic Ocean and sent some good surf our way, but otherwise came nowhere near the New Jersey coastline.Heading into the first days of fall, there are no named storms and no significant tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean. The forecast for the first week of fall looks warm and dry, and, for what it’s worth, the long-range National Weather Service forecast calls for a warmer and dryer fall based, in part, on the development of an El Niño weather pattern.The statistics for June, July and August at Atlantic City International Airport follow: [table]Month,Highest Temp.,Avg. High,Mean Temp.,RainfallJune,95,81.5,70.9,1.54Avg. June,93,80.6,70.9,3.11July,92,83.6,74.1,5.09Avg. July,96,85.5,76.2,3.72August,89,80.8,70.8,9.91Avg. August,94,83.7,74.4,4.11[/table]__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

PHOTOS: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019 Weekend Two

first_imgLoad remaining images This past weekend, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival closed out its 50th annual edition with another four-day weekend of amazing music, food, and NOLA culture.Thursday, May 2nd saw performance on the Fairgrounds by Dumpstaphunk, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Nicholas Payton and The Light Beings, Eric Lindell, Marc Broussard, and Widespread Panic, who welcomed George Porter Jr. during their headlining set at the Acura Stage.Widespread Panic Carries The Torch Into New Orleans’ Legendary Jazz & Heritage Festival [Videos]On Friday, May 3rd, the Jazz Fest crowds were treated to sets by Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, Gary Clark Jr., Los Lobos, Kamasi Washington, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Ani DiFranco (who welcomed Ivan Neville for a tune), Sonny Landreth, North Mississippi Allstars, Leo Nocentelli, Papa Mali & Friends, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, and more.Saturday, May 4th featured performances from Pitbull, Diana Ross, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, The Soul Rebels, and more in addition to a headlining set from Dave Matthews Band that saw the outfit recruit help from Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.Finally, Sunday, May 5th included performances by Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with the Nevilles, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, The Radiators, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, and much more.As is the nature of Jazz Fest, it was impossible to catch all the incredible music going on at the Fairgrounds throughout the weekend. However, photographer Adam McCullough captured a broad swath of the performers throughout the festival’s final four days. You can check out a selection of his photos from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019 weekend two below.New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | New Orleans, LA | Weekend 2 | 5/2/19 – 5/5/19 | Photos: Adam McCulloughlast_img read more

Film explores military tribunal

first_imgFundamental American principles of freedom and justice are at the heart of an unsettling film that was screened at Harvard on May 4.“The Response,” a 30-minute work created by actor, producer, and lawyer Sig Libowitz, is based on transcripts from military tribunals held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, which at one point housed more than 700 people suspected of having links to terrorism. The tribunals were established to determine whether detainees had been correctly classified as “enemy combatants.”In the film, Aasif Mandvi, an actor known largely for his comic work on “The Daily Show,” gives a disturbing performance as a man held for four years because of suspected connections to the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Tight camera shots of Mandvi’s face add to the drama of a tense courtroom scene as he pleads his innocence before three military officials who repeatedly question him about evidence he is forbidden to see.The officials deliberate Mandvi’s fate in the following scene. A heated exchange between two of the three military officers, a Colonel Simms, played by Kate Mulgrew, and a Colonel Jefferson, played by Peter Riegert, highlights the film’s underlying dilemma.“Are you willing to keep him locked up based on suspect evidence he can’t even hear? If we are fighting an ideological war, shouldn’t we be holding on to an idea worth fighting for, say, like the Constitution on the rule of law?” Jefferson asks.Wary of letting a potential terrorist walk away, Simms responds, “We are compelled to make the best decision we can under the laws we were given. Obviously it’s not a perfect solution.”It is left to Libowitz, a conflicted Captain Miller, to cast the deciding vote. The film ends, and it’s left to the audience to decide which choice he makes.The screening at Boylston Hall’s Fong Auditorium and following panel discussion were sponsored by the Humanities Center at Harvard.The status of such detainees is “troublesome from the human rights perspective,” said Jacqueline Bhabha, executive director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies and the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, who moderated the panel.The film, said Bhabha, reveals how a complex situation can fall “prey to prejudice and emotion,” in the absence of any clear rules.At the heart of “The Response” are profound questions about the U.S. justice system in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. With its narrative, the film asks its audience to consider what course of action is fair and just during a war on terror; what kinds of restrictions to civil liberties and human rights are acceptable when it comes to national security; and if information gained during interrogations involving torture can be considered reliable.It was at the University of Maryland School of Law, where Libowitz was taking a class on homeland security and the law of counterterrorism, that he first read the military transcripts that took his breath away.“I just knew I had to learn more,” he, said, adding that as he dug into the research he also quickly realized “there was a film there.”Upon completing the film, Riegert said he understood how much he took his freedoms and the American system of law for granted.“I have come to appreciate how little I investigated what American law is and how crucial habeas corpus is to the definition” of the United States.The question of whether or not to give the detainees habeas corpus — a legal standing allowing a detainee to appear in court before a judge to determine whether he or she has been lawfully imprisoned — has become a dizzying juggling act among the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the sitting president since detainees first were sent to the camp in 2002. Ultimately, a 2008 Supreme Court ruling held that the Guantanamo Bay detainees should be granted access to the U.S. judicial system.“Stage one was no process, stage two was the sort of kangaroo proceeding that you saw [in the film], stage three is habeas corpus judicial review proceedings in Washington, D.C., before independent federal judges,” said panelist David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University.Of the 40 or so such cases that have reached conclusion in the third stage, 75 percent of the time the judges have ruled there is “insufficient evidence to conclude that these individuals are enemy combatants and have ordered them released,” said Cole.“That’s a pretty remarkable statistic,” Cole added, arguing that the convoluted process involving the detainees has resulted in two major costs for the United States.The first, he said, as depicted in the film, is the cost of torture.“When you employ coercive tactics to get information from people, as we did at Guantanamo, you taint that information forevermore.”Cole said the second cost was the approach, taken by the Bush administration, that “going forward, the law will play no part in what you do.”He called the film “critically important” in helping the American people examine whether the last eight years reflected tough, justifiable decisions, or illegal, immoral actions.Panelist Noah Feldman said the film can’t be considered a tragedy in the classic sense because it “sets up a possibility of a structure of horror followed by resolution,” where American systems of justice (or in this case Libowitz’s character, Captain Miller) do the right thing. But the picture in the real world, he said, makes him decidedly more nervous.“My nervousness in the real world,” said Feldman, who is Harvard Law School’s Bemis Professor of International Law, “is about the question of what’s next?”Even if President Barack Obama is able to keep his campaign promise and close Guantanamo, “We are still stuck with the problem of what to do with people who allegedly … are connected to an organization or set of organizations that see themselves more or less at war with the United States,” said Feldman.For Libowitz, the film, which has screened at college campuses, the Pentagon, and the Department of Justice, asks audiences to ponder how to find a balance between national security and civil liberties.“Where we decide we are — what that balance point is — is who we are as a country. I think that is something that everyone has to answer.”last_img read more

Compton hosts the Chicago Blackhawks

first_imgReigning Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks begin training camp in the Compton Family Ice Arena on Thursday and will host public practices Saturday and Sunday, with a special student event Friday. Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said Blackhawks’ General Manager Stan Bowman, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus, wanted to bring the team to his alma mater to build community. “[Bowman] just happened to be in the area last February … and suggested that they might want to come to campus for training camp if we could work that out,” Nevala said. “They liked the idea of getting their guys all together to do a little team unity exercise instead of operating from their individual homes in Chicago and just coming to the United Center. They thought to spend a few days on campus with a facility like we have here would be a great way to start their next year.” Nevala said the Blackhawks would take advantage of Compton’s many amenities during training camp. “They’re bringing 60 players here so you have to have the locker space for 60 guys, and I think we were able to provide that compared to what they might be used to [at the United Center],” he said. “I think the opportunity to use both rinks [will be helpful] … Maybe they’re going to run practice on one side and the scrimmages that they’ve been advertising in the main arena.” During training camp, the Blackhawks will split up into three different teams and play two scrimmages a day, he said. The Blackhawks are also looking forward to experiencing Notre Dame’s campus for a few days, Nevala said. “I think they just like being in the campus environment, with Eddy Street [Commons] available,” he said. “They’re staying at the Morris Inn. I’m sure they’ll probably go play golf one day and we’re going to try to get them to football practice.” Blackhawks players will also attend a team dinner with the Notre Dame hockey squad Friday, Nevala said. Nevala said it was the Blackhawks’ idea to sell public tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s practices, which are currently sold out. However, Notre Dame was adamant about doing something special for its students, he said. “All along we were hoping we could do something unique for our students while [the Blackhawks] were here,” he said. “We said, ‘Well, how about we do a day with the students when you aren’t selling tickets,’ and it’ll be a unique opportunity for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to get in and see them scrimmage if they have time during their lunch break or something. We don’t want anybody skipping class, now.” Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students can attend the Blackhawks’ practice for free Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena with a valid student ID. Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks cap off their visit to Notre Dame by bringing the Stanley Cup to campus. “We’re hopeful that the Stanley Cup might be on campus at some point during this visit,” he said. “I literally don’t know how long it would be here if it’s going to be here. We’re hopeful it makes its second visit because Stan did bring it here in 2010. After they won the Stanley Cup that year, he used his day with the cup to bring it to campus for the Notre Dame vs. Stanford football game. We’re hopeful it comes again.” Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks decide to return again next year. “We hope [the Blackhawks] enjoy their time in South Bend and on campus, and maybe they’ll decide this is a good way to start their year again in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Michael Cerveris & Laura Osnes Will Star in Randy Newman’s Faust at Encores!

first_img Along with Cerveris (Assassins) as Angel Rick, Osnes (Cinderella) as Margaret and Newman, the production’s cast will also include Isaiah Johnson (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Lord, Vonda Shepard (TV’s Ally McBeal) as Martha, Brooklyn Shuck as Angel Child, Tony Vincent (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Henry Faust and Broadway Inspirational Voices. Tony winner Michael Cerveris and Tony nominee Laura Osnes will star for one-night-only in Encores! Off-Center’s Randy Newman’s Faust. As previously reported, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy award winner Newman will play the Devil in the concert at the New York City Center’s Mainstage on July 1. The show will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana. Laura Osnes Michael Cerveris View Comments A darkly comic modern-day take on the Faust story, Randy Newman’s Faust was first seen in 1993. In Newman’s retelling, God and the Devil fight for the soul of Henry Faust, a student at the University of Notre Dame. The musical played at both San Diego’s La Jolia Playhouse and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, as well as being released as an album with Newman as the Devil, James Taylor as Lord, Don Henley as Henry Faust, Elton John as Angel Rick, Linda Ronstadt as Margaret and Bonnie Raitt as Martha. Star Fileslast_img read more

Core integrations: More than a solution to a problem

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Lacroix David Lacroix is the Project Manager for Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX). Contact him to learn more at [email protected] Web: cufxstandards.com Details As technology continues to revolutionize the way members interact with their credit unions, most credit unions remain hard-pressed to keep pace without breaking their budgets.A major source of stress that hinders a credit union’s success is the cost and complexity of core integrations. When each new application requires its own customized implementation into core systems, it creates a significant amount of unnecessary work. Multiplied for each application that needs to be integrated separately, the result is hundreds of hours and other resources needlessly spent.A change in perspectiveInstead of thinking of proprietary core integrations as a problem we have no control over, consider it as a tremendous opportunity to unleash the true potential of credit union value and promote the success of members. “One of the biggest pain points, one of the most expensive things that we do, and one of the things that delays our speed to market, is integrating different software, says Jeff Johnson, chief information officer at BCU. Most of information exchanged in the industry is the same, just organized differently with slightly different naming. The differentiation needed by core providers’ only accounts for 1%-2% of all content. By working together on core integrations, non-valued costs and complexity can be reduced by 98%, and still ensure product and service differentiation of cores.   Take control of your system integrationThe technical barriers brought on by proprietary core integrations are a widespread problem for technology service providers and credit unions. An industry enabling initiative led by CUNA Technology Council, Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX), is a no-cost, vendor agnostic standard designed specifically to support core and 3rd party integrations to credit unions. Join the growing movement of cores, 3rd party vendors and credit unions using CUFX to enable competive advantage and advance member value. Ask to use CUFX in your next core integration effort and unleash your true potential. last_img read more

3 ways to ensure commercial services success

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Vantage West spreads the credit union message in the communities it serves through staff involvement in local events and volunteerism. continue reading » Over the past several years, Vantage West’s business account portfolio continues to grow, as its strategy of building relationships, not products, pays off. Vantage West Credit Union($2.1B, Tucson, AZ) has offered commercial loans since 2011 and commercial deposit accounts since 2013. The cooperative’s strategy of building relationships, not products, is paying off. According to the latest data, the credit union held nearly $80 million in commercial deposits as of March 31, 2019.BUSINESS SHARE ACCOUNT TOTALS AND GROWTHFOR VANTAGE WEST FCU | DATA AS OF 03.31.19© CALLAHAN & ASSOCIATES| CREDITUNIONS.COMlast_img

New York State launches COVID-19 rent assistance program; find out if you qualify

first_img(WBNG) — New York State is offering rent assistance to help those who have lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply, you can find the online application at this link. A paper application is available here. New York State residentMedian income must have been below 80 percent of area median income prior to March 1, 2020. Find out that information here.Household must be “rent burdened”, meaning 30 percent or more of the gross monthly income is paid toward rent. You must have lost income between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. New York State will require supplemental information to prove wages were lost during the required time frame. center_img Eligible households must meet the following criteria: The application is open for two weeks from July 16. If you qualify, New York State will provide up to four months of rent.last_img