Tape recordings of two types of vocalisations were used to assess burrow occupancy by white-chinned petrels (Procellaria aequinoctialis) at South Georgia. Birds responded to the rattle call on 74% of occasions and a wheezy call on 85%, with only 10% failing to respond to both calls played one after the other. Occupancy was determined throughout the pre-egg and incubation period and results confirmed what is known about patterns of occupancy by white-chinned petrels. Adults in burrows known to hatch a chick responded on average to 69% of recordings during incubation and less than 10% in only 4% of burrows. Significant inter-site and inter-annual variations in occupancy were recorded, suggesting that this method is sensitive to changes in the number of petrels returning to breed. A sampling protocol for providing population indices for monitoring purposes is recommended.
Image: Maersk Supply Service will provide an integrated mooring lines life extension solution. Photo: Courtesy of A. P. MOLLER – MAERSK. Maersk Supply Service will provide an integrated mooring lines life extension solution for Shell’s FPSO Fluminense, including project management, engineering, interface management and offshore execution off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.“This is an important milestone for Maersk Supply Service both locally in Brazil, and globally as we continue to grow our integrated solutions business. From the start of the engineering phase, we have set up a centralised project team together with our customer to ensure seamless alignment,” says Head of Integrated Solutions, Olivier Trouve.With the offshore phase expected to commence in December, the project includes heading control of the FPSO, replacement of mooring lines, as well as installation and hook up of the new mooring components. Maersk Achiever, along with one to two Maersk L-class anchor handling tug supply vessels, will mobilise to Brazil following the completion of another mooring lines replacement project offshore West Africa.“We look forward to demonstrating how our ability to plan and execute the full range of scopes required for FPSO moorings maintenance, supplying all vessels from our large in-house fleet, can help reduce risk and optimise operations for our customers,” continues Olivier Trouve.“Through our 40-year’s history in Brazil and ambitious focus on local content, Maersk Supply Service is determined to continue to play a significant role in the country. We believe our integrated solutions business, incl. our towing and mooring capabilities, offer fantastic opportunities for growth in the near future,” says Managing Director for Maersk Supply Service in Latin America Rafael Thome. Source: Company Press Release Maersk Achiever will mobilise to Brazil following the completion of another mooring lines replacement project offshore West Africa read more
Philadelphia Eagles players Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox pose with Riley Madden, Sarah Varallo, Sophia Tucker and Allie Kreisman prior to the Night in Venice festivities.
Statement from Mayor Jay Gillian:I learned today that the Ocean City group Fairness in Taxes is circulating a petition to stop the (city’s) purchase of the car dealership next to the Ocean City Community Center.I want anybody who might consider signing this petition to be aware of the potential consequences of this action. The owners of the lot have the ability to build 29 coastal cottages and a single-family home on the lot, and if the city does not purchase the property, they will.The members of FIT seem to think they know better than two independent and highly qualified real estate appraisers what the value of this property is. These professional appraisals are accurate and important, but the most important factor is what the owners will do with this city block. I’m including a letter from Harry and Jerry Klause stating their preference to preserve the property for public use, but also their willingness to develop the property to get a much greater return.I am grateful to the Klauses for giving the city this opportunity, and I believe them when they say they will develop it if they are forced to do so. I understand that some may believe that the Klauses may be making this claim in order to protect a prospective deal with the city. But the consequences of testing them are pretty clear: another city block filled with dense residential development. Mayor Jay GillianLetter follows:To City Council, Administration Officials, and the Mayor:Yesterday (City Solicitor) Dottie (McCrosson) told us David Nahan inquired about the process to force a general referendum on the purchase of our property at 16th Street. If 400 or so voters sign a petition by October 10, City Council will be estopped from bonding the funds needed to complete the purchase until the results of that referendum. This will effectively kill the deal and Harry and I will be forced to go into the real estate development business.We are the most reluctant real estate developers Ocean City has ever seen. Not because of the money, we would make more. Not because of the effort, Klauses know how to work. It’s because on rare occasions personal interest and civic mindfulness walk in tandem.This year marks the 100th anniversary of our grandparents, Emil and Mary Palmer, moving their family to Ocean City from Philadelphia. At the first meeting we had with the Mayor to discuss the purchase, Harry and I recounted the many stories of our family’s century living here.This town has been very good to the Palmers, Floods and Klauses and my grandmother, who had the entrepreneurial spirit and foresight to purchase this property in 1956, (and) would want us to sell it to the City and get a fair price. You, and I’m sure the majority of voters in town, understand this is the right thing for the City and a unique opportunity. But there are 400 people who will sign this petition by October 10.We are not presuming to tell you how to govern or communicate with the public but we believe the positive benefits of the purchase for the City need to be articulated by you at tomorrow’s Council Meeting. While a tract of almost 2 acres of land is certainly unique, we think the building is the best asset for the City. We have a solid quote to remove the building and blacktop for $90,000.00. The reason the price is low is because the building will not be razed but deconstructed, relocated and sold. It’s a giant erector set. How much would it cost for the City to build a 20,000 square foot building? I think the Firehouse at 29th street cost 400 a square foot. That’s almost the whole price of the purchase.What can you do with the building? How about indoor soccer and baseball camps in the winter or community movie nights. I’m sure the Recreation Department and Community Center could fill the place up.It does flood at 16th Street but the only time water ever got in the building was Sandy, one time in 45 years. Maybe it’s not the best place for a Police Department but where will the Police go when 8th and Wesley is remodeled? Look how useful the property was this summer for the Police and for Community Center and Night In Venice Parking.$9,000,000.00 is a lot of money. In 2001, we sold Palmer Field to the City for $3,000.000.00. That’s still a lot of money and the market price at the time for 24 duplex lots. How good does that purchase look today?This seems so obvious but it needs to be spelled out. In the absence of this narrative, the week long news cycle of the Sentinel will fill the void. You’re playing long ball for future generations and these people are playing pepper.Personally I’ve been through this grist mill three times in Ocean City, trying to develop our property at 13th and the Boardwalk in the 70’s, my house on the North End and the Charter School. We are entering a logic free zone. Business deals are not like fine wines that improve with the fermentation process. Thank you for your consideration.Harry and Jerry Klause This was the former car lot that was demolished on the piece of property the city wants to acquire it. read more
Tired of the endless cycle of deprivation and overeating? Feel anxious and guilty about your eating? Harvard University Health Services’ Intuitive Eating Seminar, led by registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist Michelle P. Gallant, can help you find a balance between eating what you want and eating for health in a way that is sustainable and life affirming.The class, held each Wednesday from Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, costs $75 for students and $150 for others with valid Harvard ID. The fee includes a copy of the book “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. To register, send your name and phone number to [email protected] There is a brief preseminar assessment.
Harvard College today accepted 747 students to the Class of 2025 from a pool of 10,086 who applied under the early action program. Those students will join 349 others who deferred admission to the Class of 2025 this past summer. Last year, 895 students were selected from the 6,424 who applied.“The outstanding students admitted today come from every corner of the United States and the world and have an incredible array of talents and experiences,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Given the high number of remarkable applicants to date, Harvard has taken a conservative approach to admitting students in the early admissions process to ensure proper review is given to applicants in the regular admissions cycle.”All students deferred in the early admissions process will be considered again in the regular action cycle. Regular decision applicants are slated to be admitted in late March.Harvard’s generous financial aid program was cited as a factor by student and families in Zoom sessions as a reason for applying. As always, many of the students admitted early have yet to file complete financial aid materials. Harvard’s financial aid program — bolstered by the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI)— aims to make the College accessible to any student who is admitted. Approximately 55 percent receive need-based scholarships, paying an average of $12,200 per year. Twenty percent of families pay nothing, and Harvard does not require loans. International students receive the same financial aid consideration as domestic students.So far, nearly 17 percent of the admitted students come from first-generation college backgrounds compared with 10.1 percent last year. In addition, this year 14.5 percent are estimated to be eligible for federal Pell Grants for those demonstrating exceptional need, up from 8.9 percent, and 21.7 percent are eligible for HFAI, an increase from 15.6 percent.African Americans constitute 16.6 percent of those admitted (12.7 percent last year), Asian Americans 23.4 percent (24 percent last year), Latinx 10.4 percent (11 percent last year), and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians 1.3 percent (1.3 percent last year).International citizens comprise 12.2 percent of the admitted students to date this year, compared with 9.6 percent last year.Students were notified of early action decisions via email at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17. Those admitted are not obligated to attend and have until May 1 to make their final decision. At this time, Harvard is planning to maintain its current deferral policy for this admissions cycle.The deadline to apply for regular decision is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 1. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. read more
Average retail gasoline prices in Vermont have risen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.85/g today. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices today are 93.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 88.1 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago. “We’re starting off March like a lion with little hope of it going out like a lamb”, said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. “While conventional wisdom tells us demand will increase as we move towards warmer weather, it appears that gasoline price increases have easily outpaced any potential increases in demand thus far. On that note, I expect most of the country to flirt with prices near or over $3/gallon come Memorial Day, with the exception of California, where prices will average near $3.35/gallon”, he adds. DeHaan goes on to say that the only bright spot for motorists this year is that plenty of spare refining capacity and lower gasoline demand than years prior will keep gasoline prices from rising to record highs.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008. Source: About VermontGasPrices.com read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content. Brought to you by New York Auto GiantAugust on Long Island. It almost makes up for the harshness of its winter. The sun beats down on the powdery sand, the wind calling forth the rhythmic pounding of waves on the seashore. This is why we are here. This is why we drive out to Montauk.The drive out east on Route 27 is a hallmark of this iconic trek. The Rolling Stones did it. Warhol did it. And we do it, winding our way through each Hampton town, growing tonier with every successive mile: West Hampton, Quogue, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Water Mill, East Hampton, Amagansett, and finally, at The very End, Montauk.You owe it to yourself to get into a sporty, beachy 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara SUV from NY Auto Giant and take this trip of a lifetime. The Jeep is as quintessential as Montauk itself. It’s laid-back and unpretentious. The sand clinging tenaciously to your beach clothes will find a home on the floor of the Jeep, marking the crevices with character unwelcome in other vehicles. Take the top off. Remove the doors. This is Montauk. This is your Jeep.Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantStop on the way at the famous Hampton Coffee Company in Water Mill for one of their artisan blends, hand-roasted in small batches for the ultimate coffee-drinking experience. Check out their bakery for a sugar boost to get you through the rest of the drive to Montauk, or, if you’re hungry for something more substantial, we recommend a breakfast burrito (if it’s morning) or the Baja fish tacos (if it’s not).Once you get into town, check into the Beachcomber Resort on Old Montauk Highway. Each room offers unparalleled ocean views from across the street, as well as a pool for wave-less splashing. On the precipice of the town, the Beachcomber will stand as your hub from which you can play and dine.NY Auto Giant can put you behind the wheel of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara on your way to Montauk today!Come dinner time, your choices will be plentiful—from casual fare to upscale dining, Montauk has every kind restaurant you can imagine.For a hot, buttery lobster roll, freshly caught out in the deep, dark waters offshore, try Sammys, a quaint little joint off the beaten path by Montauk Harbor. With live music and an outdoor deck, Sammys is the epitome of Montauk’s culinary scene.For those who love to share, we recommend two choices: East by Northeast for Asian fusion fare and Harvest on Fort Pond for contemporary Italian cuisine. Both offer huge portions designed to feed your entire party. East by Northeast serves duck tacos that you will crave throughout the entire winter season. They are worth every minute of summer traffic. Harvest’s pasta dishes, especially the Rigatoni Veal Bolognese, are as fresh and hearty as they are delicious. Keep your eyes peeled: Celebs often frequent both restaurants.So pack up your Jeep. Slip on your flip flops. The sun will soon set on this summer season. End it on the sea salt beaches of Long Island’s legendary East End.For details on how you could get into your very own Jeep Wrangler Sahara tomorrow, give Brendan Miller at Atlantic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram a ring. read more
22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Having recently announced our efforts to help banks and credit unions better manage their brand reputation online, I was surprised by some of the questions and comments made regarding this increasingly important part of brand management.Planning. Not Controlling.Digital Reputation Management (DRM) is not about controlling everything said about your brand online. In branch management you control what happens inside your branch as much as you can, but a good deal of your time is spent in risk management. You can’t prevent traffic jams from making your employees late or your customers testy. However, you can put in place safeguards to minimize the risk and to protect customers and employees in the event either event occurs. The same is true of your digital reputation. Great customer service and, more importantly, impeccable problem resolution will prevent many angry one-star reviews from popping up online, but you can not eliminate them completely. DRM is a process by which you plan for and manage your response to such events.Balanced. Not Unrealistic.Digital Reputation Management is not about hiding bad reviews with a bunch of fake or superficial good reviews. If you look at brands that manage their digital reputation well, you will find that they do in fact have bad reviews – you can’t keep those from happening. However, these brands have a solid body of authentic, positive reviews to allow consumers to make an informed opinion of the brand on their own. DRM is a process by which your customers help create a balanced picture of your brand in the digital channel. Think about it, do the reviews and the overall picture of your organization on Google and Facebook reflect what your customers tell you in your surveys? If not, a DRM process can help, over time, the online platforms present a more balanced view of your brand. continue reading » read more
Embed from Getty Images Damn that Bernie Sanders! On the eve of the Iowa caucuses he rolls out a campaign ad using Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” song for the soundtrack and practically moves my bleeding heart to tears. How could he do that? Making me fall for that uplifting sentimental claptrap just as I hardwired my political cynicism into a hybrid I call: “Pragmatic idealism.”I love his ideas, I love the enthusiasm of his supporters—young and old—who know how good it feels to be in a crowd of like-minded people rooting for the same cause. And he uses a song about as old as me to rub it in!What’s Hillary got? Demi Lovato? Katy Perry? These two celebrity songbirds do nothing for me personally. Back in 1992 she and Bill had Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” but that’s so yesterday! Can’t Hillary’s team come up with something to really seize the moment and remind us that she’s not only the practical choice, she’s the right choice? She has to be our next President and Bernie has to remain in the Senate with, hopefully, a Democratic majority so he and Sen. Elizabeth Warren can actually get something done for a change. It won’t work with Bernie at the top of the ticket. I just don’t see it.So, I’m trying to come up with some uplifting Hillary campaign songs, and I admit they may be a little morbid considering that I’m thinking about two great music artists who just died, David Bowie and Paul Kantner.I admit I’m conflicted. I want to suggest David Bowie’s “Heroes” but his line “just for one day” might mean that I think her supporters will caucus and split.She’d need longevity if she’s going to last through the race, especially if she loses both Iowa and New Hampshire. Only two Democrats have not won those two contests and gone on to win the nomination—one was Bill Clinton, who skipped it, and the other was George McGovern, who, well, only carried Massachusetts in 1972. I remember it well. That was the first presidential election I could vote in and I was psyched. Father Robert Drinan, the anti-Vietnam War, pro-choice Jesuit priest, was running for his second term in Congress, and I was hanging out at his victory party outside Boston to fulfill a journalism class assignment to pick a candidate and watch what happens on election night. Then the returns came in. Drinan won decisively. But it was a bloodbath for McGovern. The whole nation, except the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, had voted for that crook, President Richard Nixon. Did I feel alienated? You bet. But I was 19 and naïve—much more naïve than today’s Bernie supporters, I trust.So in keeping with today’s theme, maybe Hillary’s campaign might adopt Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans.” On second thought, that song proved too much even for Bowie. As for his “Suffragette City,” I think it might be a little too sexist (and sexy for a grandma) although it does evoke Hillary’s bid to be the first woman elected president.Personally, I’d cast a vote for Paul Kantner’s “Crown of Creation,” which was also the title of Jefferson Airplane’s third album. He reportedly got inspired to write it after a Democratic operative contacted him in San Francisco in 1968 but it must have proved too radical for Hubert Humphrey’s people. It was probably just a pipe dream anyway. I mean, listen to these lyrics: “In loyalty to their kind, they cannot tolerate our minds. In loyalty to our kind, we cannot tolerate their obstruction!” Maybe someone might suggest Kantner’s “Volunteers” since it has that “look what’s happening out on the streets/got a revolution” line, but that wouldn’t work for Hillary. Maybe it’s a song for Bernie, sorry. Perhaps “Somebody to Love”? I just like to hear Grace Slick sing. Oh well, it’s just a thought.Two years before the Clintons first took the White House, Bernie Sanders first came to Congress in December in 1990 after being the mayor of Burlington, not a huge metropolis. Now that he’s running for president, the question is whether his avowed socialism is a help or a hindrance. His hero, Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party candidate, won almost a million votes in the 1920 election. I’m not sure how many votes Debs would get in a national election this year.Sanders said during a speech last fall at Georgetown University that “almost everything” President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed was “called socialist.” Sanders is definitely right that FDR’s New Deal programs, which saved the country from desperation and ruin, “have become the fabric of our nation and the foundation of the middle class.” And the bane of the conservative Republicans running for president today.The Koch brothers, whose influence over American democracy is the subject of Jane Mayer’s new book, “Dark Money,” have reportedly pledged to raise and spend $889 million on the 2016 elections. That’s just two oligarchs. Meanwhile the Republican Party has consolidated its hold on 32 state governments, which controls gerrymandering and voter registration. Is it a hostile takeover? Depends on your politics. I think Hillary, battle-tested as she is, could handle them but she’ll need a hell of a lot of help and right now she doesn’t have a hold on millennial women under the age of 35, if you can believe the polls.I’m not sure about Bernie’s longevity as a viable candidate when the GOP’s push comes to shove—and they start piling the crap onto his candidacy with all the lies their money can buy. Do Bernie’s supporters have enough moxie to go the distance? I know Hillary does. I’m not sure about him. He’ll need a nationwide movement to make his profound changes stick.I’ve been around long enough to see movements come and go in America, some left their mark for the greater good, but their supporters had to take the long view. It took American women more than a century to get the right to vote. Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition didn’t get him elected but maybe it helped lay the groundwork for Barack Obama. The anti-war movement didn’t stop the Vietnam War but it did kill the draft. President Richard Nixon finally found a way out of that war but he left a disaster behind, and our Vietnam veterans today are still carrying their scars. Now, they join our Iraqi vets, who drafted themselves to answer the call after 9/11. But President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney mislead them into a Mideast quagmire that had nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden. So many lives lost, so much money wasted, and the war goes on in a different way today. And the only winner is fear.Once upon a time the great liberal Democrat, Adlai Stevenson, was running for president against President Dwight Eisenhower when a supporter told him he’d given such an inspiring speech that he would surely “get the votes of all the thinking people.” “Thank you , madam,” he replied, “but I need a majority.” With only a minority behind him, Stevenson failed miserably in 1956. Fortunately, the Republican Party at the time was much more moderate than it is today. That’s why what happens in 2016 is so crucial. And what happens this week in Iowa and next week in New Hampshire is so critical.Fast-forward five decades and, for the left and liberal Democrats, “this tension between committed activists and political realty has worsened significantly,” writes retired Rep. Barney Frank—the first openly gay Congressman—in his recent memoir. The activists believe that the great mass of voters are ready to make a sharp left turn, they just need the right nudge, so to speak. But that’s magical thinking. And I fear it’s what’s driving Bernie’s backers.Barney Frank has seen this liberal/left divide before.“I would not only try to dissuade my ideological allies from nominating unelectable candidates but would also argue against undermining our candidates by insisting that they ignore inconvenient political realities, or by denouncing them as betrayers when they took those realities into account,” Frank recalls. “This aspect of my work was much less fun.”As he says, “liberals are more inclined to hold public demonstrations, in which like-minded people gather to reassure each other of their beliefs… Applauding speakers who denounce the unfairness of a particular situation and rail against the political system is more emotionally satisfying—but very much less effective.”Here’s Frank’s rule: “If you care deeply about an issue, and are engaged in group activity on its behalf that is fun and inspiring and heightens your sense of solidarity with others, you are almost certainly not doing your cause any good.”For those who challenge my pragmatic idealism, I have two words: Ralph Nader. Look how bad it got when Al Gore lost to W, because Nader siphoned off too many votes in Florida. I don’t want Bernie to do that to Hillary.“The white males who used to vote for Democrats have not become philosophical opponents of an active public sector,” says Frank, the quintessential Massachusetts liberal. “They dislike much of what they perceive that the government is doing, but they are even angrier at what it is refusing to do—adopt policies that will reverse the harm they have suffered from the economic shifts of the past decades.“Reversing these voters’ anti-government sentiments is the challenge for liberals,” warns Frank. “It requires measures that will reduce inequality.” He says we do it without raising taxes on the middle class by reducing the military budget and ending criminal penalties for drug users. I know that both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to fight inequality, one more directly than the other, one perhaps more effectively than the other.But if the Democrats lose the election in 2016, neither will get the chance and it will only get worse. And then we’ll all be left singing a very sad song indeed. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York read more