Separating the Tristan albatross and the wandering albatross using morphometric measurements

first_imgRecent taxonomic revisions of the Wandering Albatross sensu lato has resulted in four separate species, the rarest of which is the Tristan Albatross (Diomedea dabbenena). We present the first detailed morphometric measurements of the male and female of the Tristan Albatross. The results are used to separate this species from the more common nominate taxon of Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) from South Georgia. The Tristan Albatross is smaller than the Wandering Albatross in all measured variables, and males are larger than females in both species. A combination of bill measurements discriminated 97-98% of individuals of the two species, and tarsus and bill measurements allowed the sex of birds from both species to be determined. If the sex of the bird is known, then bill length should identify all individuals to species. This result is useful to allow fishery observers to correctly identify albatrosses killed on longlines in the Atlantic Ocean. However, care has to be taken outside this region, because the Tristan Albatross is very similar in size to published measurements of Gibson’s Albatross (Diomedea gibsoni) and the Antipodes Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis), both of which breed off New Zealand and are thought to range across the South Pacific Ocean.last_img read more

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Snam increases fossil gas infrastructure spending despite net-zero pledge

first_img The IEEFA said Snam is continuing to devote the vast majority of planned capital spending to unabated fossil gas infrastructure despite its net-zero ambitions (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Fguardians) Italian gas giant Snam has advocated for a “hydrogen economy” and last year pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.As the Milan-based gas transmission system operator looks to ramp up its climate commitments, the company has also now rebranded itself with the phrase “energy to inspire the world” as it claims to be playing a “leading role” in the energy transition.But a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which backs the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, has revealed that Europe’s largest gas pipeline firm is continuing to devote the vast majority of planned capital spending to unabated fossil gas infrastructure despite its net-zero ambitions.The analysis shows that at the same time as Snam is seeking to “attract funding from sustainability-led lenders”, it has allocated just 9% of its spending plan to the energy transition over the next four years while continuing to expand its fossil gas network.“I hate to use the word, but this is classic greenwashing,” said Arjun Flora, IEEFA director of energy finance studies for Europe and author of the report.“Snam claims to be targeting net zero while refusing to acknowledge its largest source of carbon emissions – end-use of the gas it transports.” Despite claiming to be playing a “leading role” in the energy transition, the Milan-based gas transmission system operator has allocated just 9% of its spending plan to the transition over the next four years Net-zero emissions plan by Snam suffers from two “major weaknesses”, says the IEEFAAt what is an important juncture in European energy policy, the report notes that gas industry groups including Snam are lobbying the EU to create binding targets around renewable gas deployment within the bloc.It added that they are also seeking the inclusion of fossil gas as a transition fuel in the EU’s sustainable taxonomy, as the union aims to rapidly decarbonise its economy.“It is vital that appropriate scrutiny is applied to fossil fuel companies’ claims of sustainability,” said Flora. “This will prevent further fossil fuel lock-in, minimise stranded asset risk, and ensure cost-effective use of public funds.”Snam’s plan for achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 suffers from two “major weaknesses”, according to the report.It said the company reports fewer than 3% of the roughly 140 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents that are transported through Snam’s network, claiming that it’s not responsible for emissions resulting from the final use of the gas.The firm’s net-zero plan also reveals that it still expects fossil gas to account for half of its transported fuel mix in 2040.“Snam’s slogans mean nothing unless they’re backed up with a coherent, comprehensive plan to transition its network from fossil gas,” said Flora.The company claims to have received more than €7bn ($8.3bn) from sustainable financing and hopes to increase that amount to almost €10bn ($11.9bn) by 2024.But the IEEFA’s report raises questions about Snam’s use of proceeds from sustainable financing, as it appears money raised from a climate action bond, for example, can be used as working capital for “non-eligible activities”.last_img read more

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Indiana Senate endorses ban on drivers using handheld phones

first_img By Associated Press – February 26, 2020 0 250 Pinterest INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal that would ban motorists from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads appears on its way to becoming law. The Indiana Senate voted 43-4 Tuesday in favor of the bill that supporters say is aimed at making roadways safer by combating distracted driving. House members last month endorsed a similar version of the bill that would permit cellphone use only with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies. Bill sponsor Sen. Michael Crider of Greenfield says 21 other states with similar laws have seen reductions in the number of crashes and that the ban is “the right thing to do.” Gov. Eric Holcomb has endorsed the ban. IndianaLocalNews Indiana Senate endorses ban on drivers using handheld phones Pinterest Twitter Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleMore snow expected Wednesday into ThursdayNext articleMan charged in hit and run due in court Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

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Longtime Middlebury school board member, businesswoman selected to replace former Rep. Stutzman

first_img WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – December 15, 2020 0 316 Pinterest Previous articleElkhart City Council approves fines for businesses shirking COVID-19 health ordersNext articleWoman arrested after deadly stabbing at home near Warsaw Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/The Elkhart Truth) A longtime Middlebury School Board member and local businesswoman has been selected to replace former State Representative Christy Stutzman.Joanna King had the backing of Stutzman, as well as Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.King said she cares deeply about the community and won’t be afraid to stand toe-to-toe with anybody, The Elkhart Truth reported.She will represent District 49, which covers eastern Elkhart County for Stutzman’s term.Stutzman announced several weeks ago she would be stepping down to focus on her family business.The other candidates considered by the GOP caucus included Wes Culver, Mike Jacka, Joanna King, and Jason Obendorf.Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Kyle Hupfer issued this statement following the selection of King:“Congratulations to Joanna King, our newest state representative, and a new voice for Elkhart County at the Statehouse. I’m looking forward to witnessing the work that Joanna will lead on behalf of this community as part of our strong Republican team in the Indiana House.”Read more about the King’s appointment from the original report published by The Elkhart Truth. WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Google+ Longtime Middlebury school board member, businesswoman selected to replace former Rep. Stutzman Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

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LouFest Music Festival Announces 2018 Lineup With Robert Plant, Gary Clark Jr., & More

first_imgToday, St. Louis, MO’s LouFest Music Festival has released the artist lineup for their 2018 event.  Set to take place on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th at Forest Park in St. Louis, LouFest will feature 30+ bands across four stages, from household names to local and up-and-coming talents.Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Modest Mouse, The Head and the Heart, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Clark Jr., and Michael McDonald lead the diverse LouFest roster. The festival will also feature performances from T-Pain, Brothers Osborne, Moon Taxi, Quinn XCII, Margo Price, Misterwives, Anderson East, Mt. Joy, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Tank and the Bangas, Jukebox The Ghost, Keyon Harrold, Durand Jones & The Indications, White Reaper, Larkin Poe, Savannah Conley, Walker Lukens, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, The New Respects, and many more.The festival will feature art markets, the LouKidz Stage, photogenic spaces and plenty of activities for your whole family to enjoy. The event will also feature the best local food and brew that St. Louis has to offer. LouFest will also team with Rock & Recycle to help provide fans an opportunity to actively support a healthier planet. Festival-goers can visit the Rock & Recycle Center on the grounds to pick up a bag to fill with recyclables. Those who do can trade their bag back to Rock & Recycle in exchange for a commemorative t-shirt.For more information, head to the festival website. 2-Day GA, VIP, and Platinum Passes are on sale now.last_img read more

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Health authorities pull drug off shelves after valsartan recall

first_img Share 71 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Health authorities pull drug off shelves after valsartan recall by: – August 17, 2018 Sharecenter_img Share (Antigua Observer) Health authorities in Antigua and Barbuda are cautioning residents not to be “overly alarmed” about a global valsartan recall, while confirming that batches of the drug were pulled from the shelves of two pharmacies in St. John’s.Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry of Health, Alfred Athill told OBSERVER media that the drugs were removed in the presence of drug inspectors who have been monitoring the situation for over a week.Valsartan is an active ingredient that is contained in medications used to treat blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and to increase the chances of living longer after a heart attack and heart failure.The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the drug after lab tests discovered that some drugs could have been tainted with a substance linked to higher risk of cancer.Athill also explained that the product recall specifically relates to the generic products that are being marketed by some companies, adding that the recall will present a void for people suffering from high blood pressure.The director of pharmaceutical services outlined that there are other brands of high blood pressure medications that are available at all Medical Benefit Pharmacies and the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) that are not included on the recall lists.Athill is advising people with concerns, “To return to their healthcare provider to get guidance on how to proceed. The information as it relates to the recall would have been circulated generally so that people will be aware of what to look for.” Tweetlast_img read more

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UWP could go back to parliament

first_img 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews UWP could go back to parliament by: – September 6, 2011 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Leader of the United Workers Party, Hon. Ronald Green. Photo credit: GIS NewsLeader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Ronald Green says his party could review its decision regarding boycotting parliament once pending court matters are settled.The UWP has been boycotting the country’s parliament following the December 2009 general elections in which the incumbent Dominica Labor Party received a resounding victory.“Up till now the party’s position has been very clear. That is to say we are not participating in Parliament because of the fraudulent election of December 18, 2009. We have some matters in court. These matters are expected to be settled soon. We will review our decision about participation when these matters are settled,” he said.He said the UWP felt that it is absolutely necessary to maintain their decision.“Given the threat to democracy, the movement towards dictatorship that we had to make a strong statement and the strongest statement that we could make is non participation in parliament,” he added.”Green said however the UWP will continue to engage the Dominican public to ensure democracy is kept alive in the country.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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LMC bans Heartland FC from signing new players, fines club N13.5m

first_imgRelatedPosts Ahead 2020/21 season: LMC fixes date for Club Licensing application For punching me, I’ll get Cubana Chief Priest arrested – Female Staff Dana Air increases flights to Abuja The League Management Company on Thursday said it has banned Heartland Football Club of Owerri from signing new players for the next two registration periods. It said in a statement by Harry Iwuala, its Head of Special Projects, that the ban would be in place until the club complied with its ruling on separate complaints against it. Two former players of the club, Maduabuchi Okereke and Fatunwase Alfred Olusegun, had laid complaints of unlawful termination of contract and indebtedness. Maduabuchi and Fatunwase had in separate petitions to the LMC dated November 5, 2019 claimed overdue payables, wrongful termination of contract and compensation. While Maduabuchi laid claims for a total of N10.4 million, Fatunwase asked for a total of N6.25 million. In its ruling communicated to Heartland FC on Monday, the LMC noted that the club failed to respond to the claims of the players. It said: “This was in spite of having been invited by the LMC to state its case through a letter dated January 28, 2020.” The LMC, who are the organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League, said the players and the club did execute separate employment contracts (in the form of the NPFL Standard Player Contract). It said: “The duration of this was November 10, 2018 to November 9, 2021.” The league organisers said they rejected a letter of clearance purportedly issued the players by Heartland FC on August 28, 2019 and which was simply addressed: “To whom it may concern.” It added: “The clearance letter purported that it was issued at the request of the players following which they were released with no further financial obligations from the club towards them.” In rejecting the clearance letter issued the players, the LMC stated that a “contract or agreement” must be signed or executed by each party to the said agreement. It said: “The fact that the clearance letter was signed only by the club through its General Manager indicates that it cannot be deemed to be an agreement that binds the player.” It further found that the players sent separate default notices to the club on September 30, 2019, giving a deadline of 14 days for payment of the claims. The LMC then ruled that the improper release or clearance letter issued by the Club strengthened the players’ claims of wrongful termination. It went on to say: “As a result of the failure of the club to respond to the allegations, we are constrained to determine the case on the strength of the available evidence.” Heartland FC was then ordered to pay Maduabuchi N7.2 million, representing the remaining two years of his three-year contract. It is to also pay N900,000 being unpaid arrears of three months consolidated salary stipulated in the contract before it was wrongfully terminated by the club. The LMC added: “Fatunwase was awarded N4.8 million, representing the remaining two years of his three-year contract, and N600,000 also, being unpaid arrears of three months consolidated salary as stipulated in the contract before it was wrongfully terminated by the club.” Iwuala said the ruling sent to Heartland FC and the petitioners further stated thus: “Consequently, pursuant to Rule B9.45.4, the club is banned from registering any new players in the next two entire and consecutive registration periods.” It however noted that this was provided that the ban would be lifted immediately upon confirmation that the payables overdue towards the players were paid. “If at the end of the period of the ban, the sums mentioned in 19a and 19b above are not paid, the matter shall be duly reviewed,” the LMC warned.Tags: Fatunwase Alfred OlusegunHarry IwualaLeague Management CompanyOwerrilast_img read more

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City condemn QPR to the drop

first_img Press Association The Barclays Premier League’s bottom side failed to rouse themselves for a must-win game at the Etihad Stadium and seemed condemned after conceding Aguero’s first after just four minutes. Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva also got on the scoresheet as rampant City, who hit the woodwork as well through Wilfried Bony, kept up their challenge for second place with a fourth successive win. But the story of the afternoon was about QPR’s sorry demise after just one season back in the top flight. Questions will now be asked about the future of manager Chris Ramsey and, perhaps more seriously, the status of the club itself with the Football League’s position over their financial situation still unclear. While City’s biggest problem on the day was how to get fit-again Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany back into the team – both were on the bench – QPR’s sorry day began with administrative issues. It emerged prior to the game that midfielder Sandro had been withdrawn on Home Office advice because of an issue relating to his UK residency visa. Clint Hill, Steven Caulker and Bobby Zamora did at least pass fitness tests but once the game began, it seemed the visitors lacked heart for the battle. Results on Saturday had sent the Londoners to the bottom of the table needing to win to have any hope of survival, but their body language never seemed right. Strikers Zamora and Charlie Austin did look like they could trouble City but the team’s general lack of bite meant they were fighting a lost cause. The writing seemed on the wall in the opening minutes when Leroy Fer gave the ball away and Silva charged through a gap to release Aguero. The Argentinian’s effort was blocked on this occasion but he made no mistake in the fourth minute when he burst through some poor tackling. He did get a lucky rebound off Matt Phillips but his finish from close range was clinical as he expertly dinked over Rob Green. Aguero threatened again but could not quite get the ball under control, Pablo Zabaleta fired across goal, James Milner failed to get away a shot and Fernando drove wide as City dominated. Austin did rattle the crossbar and power a header past Joe Hart as the hosts twice switched off at the back, but the flag was up on both occasions. City doubled their lead when dead-ball specialist Kolarov clipped a free-kick over the wall and beyond Green. Aguero almost added another but Green came out to block. Rangers again showed what they could do if they tried as Fer lobbed a shot onto the bar and Zamora followed up, but City goalkeeper Joe Hart got back to clutch his header. But City’s superiority was never in doubt and they extended their lead after a Yun Suk-young blunder early in the second half. The Korean failed to make a routine interception as Silva sent a long ball forward and Aguero was quick to pounce, racing through on goal and giving Green no chance. Green did react brilliantly to push a Silva shot wide when the Spaniard broke clear soon after but he was soon picking the ball out of the net again as City were awarded a penalty. Silva was bundled over by Phillips as the ball was lofted into the box and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot. Aguero coolly sent Green the wrong way to complete his hat-trick and take his tally for the season to 31. Things got even worse for QPR – and more embarrassing – as Milner tapped in City’s fifth. Substitute Bony, who replaced the well-acclaimed Frank Lampard, flicked on from a corner and Aguero supplied Milner with an easy finish. Bony himself went close by forcing Green to save with his feet and then hitting the post. Silva completed the humiliation four minutes from time when he took Bony’s backheel in his stride and calmly went round Green. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as QPR slumped to relegation without a whimper in an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Manchester City.last_img read more

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