May 10, 2021

Population size and decadal trends of three penguin species nesting at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands

first_imgWe report long-term changes in population size of three species of sympatrically breeding pygoscelid penguins: Adélie (Pygoscelis adeliae), chinstrap (Pygoscelis antarctica) and gentoo (Pygoscelis papua ellsworthii) over a 38 year period at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, based on annual counts from selected colonies and decadal all-island systematic counts of occupied nests. Comparing total numbers of breeding pairs over the whole island from 1978/79 to 2015/16 revealed varying fortunes: gentoo penguin pairs increased by 255%, (3.5% per annum), chinstrap penguins declined by 68% (-3.6% per annum) and Adélie penguins declined by 42% (-1.5% per annum). The chinstrap population has declined steadily over the last four decades. In contrast, Adélie and gentoo penguins have experienced phases of population increase and decline. Annual surveys of selected chinstrap and Adélie colonies produced similar trends from those revealed by island-wide surveys, allowing total island population trends to be inferred relatively well. However, while the annual colony counts of chinstrap and Adélie penguins showed a trend consistent in direction with the results from all-island surveys, the magnitude of estimated population change was markedly different between colony wide and all island counts. Annual population patterns suggest that pair numbers in the study areas partly reflect immigration and emigration of nesting birds between different parts of the island. Breeding success for all three species remained broadly stable over time in the annually monitored colonies. Breeding success rates in gentoo and chinstrap penguins were strongly correlated, despite the differing trends in population size. This study shows the importance of effective, standardised monitoring to accurately determine long-term population trajectories. Our results indicate significant declines in the Adélie and chinstrap penguin populations at Signy Island over the last five decades, and a gradual increase in gentoo breeding pairs.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Solicitors slam MP for saying lockdown will disrupt conveyancing process

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » EXCLUSIVE: Solicitors slam MP for saying lockdown will disrupt conveyancing process previous nextCOVID-19 newsEXCLUSIVE: Solicitors slam MP for saying lockdown will disrupt conveyancing processThree key conveyancing industry organisations have told The Negotiator that Covid rules do not prevent paperwork being completed either face-to-face or online.Nigel Lewis6th November 20201 Comment2,266 Views Leading conveyancing organisations have disagreed with Tory MP Bob Neill after he claimed in parliament that property transactions will be disrupted by the lockdown because many people will not be able to meet solicitors in person to sign documents.Neill refused to back the government’s latest Coronavirus lockdown bill because he said it was poorly drafted, giving the problem with conveyancers as an example.“People are allowed to go to an estate agent, but they cannot go to a solicitor,” he said. “But the documentation that people will need to get a mortgage and to move house will frequently need to be witnessed in person by a solicitor.”We put his points to both the industry’s key trade bodies.  The Conveyancing Association says that as long as conveyancers operate in a Covid-secure manner it should be ‘business as usual’, pointing out that conveyancers can work from their office if necessary and meet client face-to-face for such purposes as ID verification and execution of documents.A Law Society spokesperson says: “There are many aspects of a conveyancing transaction that can be dealt with remotely or virtually.“But some clients lack the confidence or technology to engage remotely or virtually with their solicitor and there are some procedures where lenders or others require that clients are seen in person.“Many aspects of identification can be carried out remotely although more investigations need to be made when there is no face-to-face interaction.“HM Land Registry is now accepting witnessed electronic signatures and is working hard to further develop their requirements so that more conveyancers can use these methods of execution.”Leading conveyancer saysDavid Jabbari (left), CEO of industry conveyancing firm Muve, says any claim that face to face meetings between solicitors and their clients is essential to home moves is incorrect.“For most of the higher volume providers of conveyancing who use modern systems, they will not see their clients at all during the transaction.“The bottom line is that conveyancing is already a digital and virtual industry.”Read more about conveyancing during lockdowns.Bob Neill MP Conveyancing lockdown David Jabbari law society Muve Conveyancing Association November 6, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentDaniel Hamilton-Charlton, Director – Property Searches Direct Ltd Director – Property Searches Direct Ltd 6th November 2020 at 12:07 pmWhen trying to engage with a conveyancer at the minute, the ONLY pertinent question is, “Will I ever need to meet with you face to face?” If the answer is yes, go elsewhere as they are simply not equipped to work as efficiently as they could in all areas of the workflow and will no doubt delay the transaction for you and other in the chain.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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The Weed That Helped Merle Haggard Perform Into His Seventies Will Soon Be Available In Colorado

first_imgIf your image of Merle Haggard is the “Okie From Muskogee,” then clearly you didn’t know Merle Haggard in the 2000’s. According to a new feature in Rolling Stone, Haggard not only warmed up to the use of marijuana, but relied on it heavily to tour in the later years of his life.As the story goes, Haggard grew medicinal marijuana on his 280-acre ranch in California, and was particularly fond of sativas. Eyeing the new marijuana market in Colorado, his family had partnered up with Colorado Weed Co. to expand the operation, but unfortunately Haggard passed away on April 9th, 2016. Since then, his family has been working with the Colorado Weed Co. to get Haggard’s weed in distribution.“The sativas kept him going, kept him creative, kept him getting out there and being able to play,” says Colorado Weed Co.’s Michael Smith in the interview. Thus, the new strain – which will be called Merle’s Girls – will soon hit the shops in Colorado. They plan to expand into Washington, Oregon, and California in the coming years.Though Merle Haggard will always be remembered for his music, 420-friendly fans will now have a new way to honor his legacy.last_img read more

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Greensky Bluegrass Announces 2018 Winter Tour With Billy Strings

first_imgComing off of their sold-out headlining Red Rocks Amphitheater performance in Morrison, Colorado, over the weekend, today, beloved jamgrass act, Greensky Bluegrass has detailed their upcoming 2018 Winter tour featuring support by young guitar prodigy Billy Strings. Kicking off at the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre on January 18th in Indianapolis, Indiana, following their tour opener, the band will hit Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee the following two nights on January 19th and 20th, respectively. From there, the band will head north, hitting Albany, New York’s The Egg Performing Arts Center on the 24th, House of Blues Boston on the 25th, and the PlayStation Theater in New York City for two nights on January 26th and 27th.Following this Northeast run, the band will fly to Tucson, Arizona, for a festival set at Gem and Jam on January 28th before returning to the east for a date at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 31st. To kick off February, Greensky Bluegrass will perform The Fillmore Philadelphia on the 1st, Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on the 2nd and The Anthem on the 3rd. As their winter tour winds down, Greensky will close out the tour with a run in the Midwest, with shows at House Of Blues Cleveland on February 7th; Covington, Kentucky’s Madison Theater on February 8th; and The Fillmore Detroit on February 9th and 10th.Fan club pre-sale lottery begins tomorrow on September 26th at 10 am (EST), with the lottery running through to Thursday, September 28th, at 5 pm (EST). You can enter the ticket lottery on the band’s website here, or purchase tickets during the general on-sale that begins on Friday, September 29th.[Photo: Jeremy Scott]Upcoming Greensky Bluegrass 2018 DatesJANUARY1/18 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN1/19 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN1/20 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN1/24 – The Egg Performing Arts Center – Albany, NY*1/25 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA*1/26-27 – PlayStation Theater – New York City, NY*1/28 – Gem and Jam Festival – Tucson, AZ1/31 – Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – Pittsburgh, PA*FEBRUARY2/1 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA*2/2 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.*2/3 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.*2/7 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH2/8 – Madison Theater – Covington, KY2/9-10 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI* Billy Strings supportslast_img read more

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Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Emotions ran high today as baseball came together at Truist Park to honor the life and legacy of Hank Aaron. The one-time home run king and Baseball Hall of Famer died last week at age 86. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Braves manager Brian Snitker and Hall of Famer Chipper Jones spoke emotionally about Aaron’s humble demeanor and the enormous legacy he leaves behind. Snitker, especially, choked back tears as he remembered Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent. And Jones credited Aaron with helping persuade the Braves to take him with the No. 1 pick in 1990.last_img read more

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Professor emeritus dies at 86

first_imgJoseph Brennan, professor emeritus of English, died in his South Bend home on Oct. 25. He was 86. A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the University announced in a press release Tuesday. Brennan taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1955 to 1993. The press release said he was a “soft-spoken” professor of American literature. Among his students was University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy, who was an English major as an undergraduate and took two courses with Brennan. In his autobiography, “Monk’s Tale,” Malloy called Brennan “one of the most articulate people I have ever met,” the press release said. A native of Providence, R.I., Brennan graduated from Providence College, earned a master’s degree in English from Brown University and then obtained his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Before coming to Notre Dame to teach, Brennan was a Fulbright scholar and did post-doctoral work at the Universita degli Studi in Florence and the University of Gottingen in Germany. His wife, Sheilah, associate professor emerita of philosophy at Notre Dame, survives Brennan. He is also survived by his sons, Ciaran and Kevin, his brothers, James and William, and five grandsons.last_img read more

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FARC Attack Leaves One Dead and 14 Injured

first_img The attack took place on a central street in the city of La Dorada San Miguel, in Putumayo department, near the border with Ecuador and Peru. “Once again, the FARC’s Front 48 perpetrated a barbaric act against the civil population, by throwing an explosive device at a police patrol located near a restaurant,” Colonel Aureliano Ordóñez, chief of the Putumayo Police, told the press. For his part, Javier Rosero, Secretary of the Putumayo government, said that a 30-year-old man was killed in the attack. Who said FARC was dismantled? By Dialogo February 27, 2013 On February 25, a civilian was killed and 14 others, mostly students, were injured after an explosive attack against a police patrol in Colombia, which was attributed to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla, currently in peace negotiations with the government, civilian and military authorities reported. “In addition, three police officers, seven children that were released from school at that time, and four adults were injured,” the official stated. Peace negotiations between the FARC and the government of President Juan Manuel Santos are being held without a bilateral ceasefire. The insurgency declared a unilateral truce between November 20 and January 20, as proof of “goodwill” regarding the negotiations. last_img read more

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Latest data has burst the capital gains ‘boom time’ bubble

first_imgLATEST property analysis has burst the bubble of those who believe real estate capital gains are in boom time right now. Research by property data firm CoreLogic has found that only one city in the country was seeing higher growth now than in the comparable first seven years of the previous decade. Brisbane was seeing a dramatic difference, going from a triple digit surge in the last decade to single digits so far this decade.“Vibrant property market conditions over the first seven years of this decade could easily have many of us believing we’re again in boom times, however, research by CoreLogic confirms that, with the exception of Sydney, capital gains performance was substantially lower than for the last decade,” the latest CoreLogic Property Pulse said. CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said the research showed that “concerns around overvaluations in the housing market, if any, are very much focused within Sydney and Melbourne. For the remaining capitals, the reality is that since the beginning of the decade there has been very little value growth.” Brisbane dwelling values increased by a mere 6.6 per cent since January 2010 compared to an increase of 147.2 per cent between January 2000 and February 2007. Source: CoreLogicMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoCoreLogic found that Brisbane dwelling values increased by a mere 6.6 per cent since January 2010 compared to an increase of 147.2 per cent between January 2000 and February 2007.Adelaide mirrored that, growing 124.4 per cent between January 2000 and February 2007, but seeing a rise of just 11 per cent between January 2010 and February 2017.CoreLogic found that so far the current decade was seeing most dwelling value growth come in at less than half the pace of the same period in the last decade.Between January 2000 and February 2007, there was a 98.2 per cent surge in capital city dwelling values, which was cut in half to a rise of 44.9 per cent for the period from January 2010 to February 2017.Sydney dwelling values rose 78.3 per cent from January 2010 to February 2017 compared to 61.1 per cent from January 2000 to February 2007.Melbourne has seen a 55.1 per cent rise so far this decade compared to a 95.6 per cent jump between January 2000 and February 2007.last_img read more

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National Federation of the Blind plans ‘White Cane Safety Walk’

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — The National Federation of the Blind of Cincinnati will host our Annual White Cane Safety Day Walk, during the Meet the Blind Month. The event will be October 2 at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati city hall. Following the reading of a proclamation there will be light refreshments served on Fountain Square.last_img

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