Factors affecting the breeding performance of Antarctic blue-eyed shags Phalacrocorax atriceps

first_imgThe breeding performance of Blue-eyed shags of known age (up to 12 yr old) was studied on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands for three seasons. Mate change between seasons was high (77.3%), was unaffected by the age of either partner, and was unrelated to prior or subsequent breeding success. Pairs nesting in the centre of the colony experienced greater social contact, poorer access to their nests, but less exposure to wind and high seas. The degree of social contact with neighbouring nests increased with the age of the male. Average clutch sizes were of 2.31-2.84 eggs, and in one season declined with laying date. The proportion of eggs which hatched also declined with laying date, by 1.5% wk-1. Chick survival (to fledging) was higher in broods hatched in the first third of the season (88.2%) than in the last third (75.2%), and late-laying females fledged 0.64-0.66 fewer chicks on average. Some 19% of the variation in laying dates could be explained by individual consistency between seasons. In contrast to many long-lived species, there was no relationship between female age and laying date. Average clutch sizes increased after 10 yr. Eggs laid by 10-12 yr olds were 15% smaller than those of 4-9 yr olds, as were chick hatching-weights. The mean number of chicks hatched and fledged per pair increased between three and five years of age, but showed no significant change thereafter.last_img read more

Prep Track Roundup: 4/20

first_img Tags: Beaver/Brynnli Nelson/Delta/Juab/Linley White/Wayne Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPRICE, Utah-Friday, numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network schools and athletes competed at the Carbon Invitational.The boys’ championship was won by the Grand Red Devils with 108 points, clearly ahead of second-place Delta with 66.5 points. Juab placed fourth overall with 54 points.For the girls, Juab won the crown with 101 points, outlasting second-place Carbon, who finished with 95 points. Delta placed third overall with 74.2 points.The meet commenced with the girls’ medley relay, which saw Union place first in a time of 4:20.23 with Juab finishing third.Grand’s boys won the medley title, with Juab placing second at a time of 3:50.34.Savannah Nielson of Delta won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.53 seconds, with her teammate, Delta’s Adi Nielson winning the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.78 seconds.Delta’s Jaymen Brough again excelled in numerous events, winning the 110-meter hurdles (16.35 seconds) and high jump (6 feet 1 inch) crowns, while placing second in the 300-meter hurdles to Connor Guerrero of Grand.Derek Smith of Delta also fared well, finishing fourth in the boys’ 100-meter dash, with Madison Norris of Manti finished fifth in the girls’ 1600-meter run.Delta’s girls also did well in the 4 x 100 relay, which saw the Rabbits win the title in 52.73 seconds. This team consisted of Jordyn Nieson, Ashlee Nielson, Adi Nielson and Bridgette Christensen.Gunnison’s Jade Wimmer swept the 400-meter (59.96 seconds) and 200-meter dash (26.31 seconds) titles and Richfield’s Chaz Roberts placed third in the boys’ 800-meter run.In the girls’ 3200-meter run, Juab’s Maura Williams and Whitney Slater finished third and fourth, respectively.Delta’s girls also won the 4 x 400 relay, with the Rabbits posting a time of 4:17.11 as the team consisted of Ashlee Nielson, Adi Nielson, Savannah Nielson and Quincy Allred.The boys’ discus crown was won by Delta’s Chase Fowles with a toss of 121-06.50 feet, as he also won the shot put crown with a toss of 42-10 feet. Meanwhile Wayne’s Brynnli Nelson won the girls’ javelin crown with a toss of 120-02 feet.Juab’s Willow Kay won the girls’ long jump title with a leap of 16-01.25 feet. In the boys’ long jump, Wayne’s Wyatt Van Orden placed third and Trey Brough of Delta finished fourth, while Cole Marshall of Beaver placed sixth.Rhiannon West of Juab won the girls’ high jump with a leap of 5 feet 1 inch, with her teammates Emilia Anderson and Brooklynn Hunter placing fourth and fifth, respectively.Finally, the boys’ javelin title was won by Juab’s Jackson Rowley with a toss of 174-08 feet, with his teammate Bradley Brindley finishing third and Beaver’s Tyler Griffiths placed fifth.PROVO, Utah-Friday, at Brigham Young University’s Robison Track, Beaver represented all small schools in Utah at the BYU High School Multi-Steeple Event. The Beavers fared admirably, all things considered, as they were often paired against Class 6-A Pleasant Grove in many events.The Beavers were able to compete in the 2000-meter steeplechase (an amended version of the conventional collegiate 3000-meter steeplechase) while in this event, Beaver’s Samantha Williams and Sophia Almeida ran 8:03.32 and 10:00.05 respectively.In the boys’ 2000-meter steeplechase, Beaver’s Caysen Crum, Spencer Williams and Rhett Marshall placed fourth through sixth respectively.Beaver’s boys have placed third with 12 points overall in the standings.Meanwhile, Beaver’s girls also competed in the heptathlon, an event primarily reserved for collegiate athletes, but Linley White currently has 1787 points, with her teammate, Kaitlyn Hemond, posting 1191 points thus far.The meet will resume Saturday. April 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Track Roundup: 4/20 Written bylast_img read more

President Kufour

first_imgAnd this policy is not Kufuor’s only success. He has also been widely recognised, particularly in the international community, for the economic measures he has introduced in Ghana, many of which have involved increased international development, including the introduction in September of Ghanaian bonds, the first sold by a West African state. A further testament to the success of his economic policy is the award received by Ghana’s Finance Minister just last month from the World Bank, naming Ghana the Top Reforming African Country. But of course there is a downside to all this international recognition. The fact remains that Ghana is still a primarily subsistence agrarian economy and the injection of international money into the economy will not necessarily translate into development. The problems Ghana faces in such ambitious plans were recently chrystalised in the country’s preparation for the 2008 Africa Cup, which Ghana will host. Two new stadiums had to be built for the event, and contracts were issued to a Chinese company. Immediately a problem arose. In order to complete the stadiums on schedule, the normal technology transfer in such projects – that is, the training and use of local workers – would have to be sacrificed, and sacrificed they were. But Kufuor seems sanguine about such problems. He sees international investment only as a result of internal growth and does not admit to any dangers in his policies.Ghana is far from being a model country, and Kufuor follows suit. In terms of Africa, though, Ghana is a success story; in terms of politicians, Kufuor is earnest and, more importantly, successful. Pleasant though it is reminiscing, the President has not come to Oxford to be sentimental. He has come to talk about Africa. He is certainly qualified for the job. On a continent with many players, Ghana holds a central role. It was the first sub-Saharan colony in Africa to gain its independence in 1957, and is looked on as something as a role model for African states. It is a relatively stable country, having never experienced the civil wars or ethnic tensions so common in other African states. It also has a lot of potential; one of its primary exports is gold and a large oil field has recently been discovered. It could hardly be seen as short of natural resources. Indeed, Ghana is often hailed as one of Africa’s success stories. All this sounds rather positive and President Kufuor is rightly proud of his country and the role he and his party have played in its development. Kufuor’s accession to the title of President in 2000 marked a landmark in Ghana’s history; it was the first peaceful handover of power in the country’s short lifespan. But Kufuor’s time is coming to an end. Next year sees another round of Presidential elections for which he will be unable to stand, having served the two terms allowed him by the constitution. He seems content with this. In a country where the smooth and peaceful passage of power is looked on not only as a constitutional demand but as a normal occurrence this may seem unimportant, but it is clearly something the President wishes to emphasise. When I ask him how he feels about having to step down next year he answers firmly, “I entered knowing my time would be up and I tried very hard to use my time productively for the country, and I believe I chalked some successes, and I believe when the time is up I’ll step down.” In England this may sound like stating the obvious, but in Africa, where heads of state frequently ignore the constitution in order to maintain power, this is an admirable statement. Of course, the President’s serenity about the changeover may have a lot to do with his confidence in his party. Any suggestions that the opposition party may be making a comeback he poo poos as media propaganda. As proof he cites his government’s many successes. “If you went down to the ground to meet people they will tell you of the dramatic economic successes of the government, you would also see the infrastructure in terms of roads, energy, education and healthcare delivery, so many things.” The statement explains his confidence and seems impressive but a little too positive. Charming and earnest though the President appears, it is perhaps not only the opposition who have engaged with the media for its own purposes. By Sarah KentJohn Kofi Agyekun Kufuor, President of Ghana, arrived at the Union with fully twenty dignitaries and journalists in tow. It was an impressive, dignified sight. Or at least it was until the President was shown into a private room. Then pandemonium broke loose; suddenly everyone was running up and down the halls of the union, scrutinising very carefully the pictures on the wall and shouting to each other, ‘is that ’61? Have you found ’61?’ This may seem like strange behaviour from fully grown politicians, but there was reason behind the madness. What they were looking for was a picture showing the members of the Union in 1961, a picture which features the President. I was soon running up and down the halls of the Union, in what can only be described as an ungainly manner, leading Ghanaian officials on a wild goose chase along the corridors. Luckily I was prevented from making a complete fool of myself by a call to meet the President.I walk into the small room in the Union in which the President is being entertained and am immediately impressed. At 6 foot 3, a height that has lead to him being dubbed the Gentle Giant, Kufuor dominates the room, which he is clearly pleased to be in. For him this is not just a trip to Oxford, but a trip down memory lane.Of course back in 1961, Oxford was a very different place; men’s and women’s colleges were separate and even the men’s colleges closed at 11pm. If you stayed out after that time you were stuck outside the gates for the night. Though the President did not tell me if he was ever left out in the cold without a bed, he did say that his bedroom was not always much more comfortable than the streets. “The rooms were not central heated, my bedroom had no heating system whatsoever and the sitting room had just a very small gas stove. The winter was savage, really savage and all I could do was get myself blankets, lots of blankets. I literally slept with my suit on.”center_img Whatever he maintains, Kufuor’s image is not squeaky clean. Although his government stands on a platform of ‘zero tolerance for corruption’, he has been accused of exactly that, and particularly of nepotism. Yet the President doggedly denies such accusations. When I ask him about it he is quick to defend himself, stating definitively “This is not true.” Of course, he cannot deny that his brother is the Minister of Defence and many of his in-laws hold prominent positions in the government, but the President is quick to defend himself on this count. He explains, “My direct brother, a very brilliant man, a very accomplished man, has been a parliamentarian since before I came to power and I believe he is qualified to be a member of parliament; my brother-in-law, perhaps the most senior politician in Ghana today. He contested me for the candidacy of our party to be president. If you take these two out I do not have a family member in the cabinet.” This sounds rehearsed but, sitting facing the President, his version of events is very compelling and I want to believe that he is the straight-down-the-line official he presents himself to be.This is almost certainly a naïve hope, but one I’d rather maintain than go down the road of the cynic. Either way, before judgement is passed, Kufor’s presidency must be put in perspective. Corruption is practically a given in any world leader’s assent to power, yet equally it must be acknowledged that he is one of the least corrupt rulers in Africa at the moment. His policy of zero tolerance certainly seems to have been effective. Ghana is currently ranked a joint seventh alongside Egypt as one of the least corrupt countries in Africa on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Given the number of countries in Africa this status is impressive.last_img read more

Scotch Pie Champion named after charity success

first_imgThis year’s Scotch Pie Champion is Keith Stuart, production director of Fife’s RT Stuart bakery and butchery chain.He picked up the trophy at the annual awards ceremony held near Gleneagles in Scotland on St Andrew’s Day last week.Stuart said he was “over the moon” to be awarded the accolade, suggesting the care and attention he put into his pie had paid off. His pastry shell had been different from “99% of other competitors” as it was more crusty, he added.In all, 34 awards were presented for Scotch pies, Bridies and speciality savouries. A top diamond prize went to last year’s Scotch pie champion Robert Cowan for his bridies. Scotland’s Nevis Bakery picked up a diamond award for its peppered steak and black pudding pie. Irvine’s of Beith won a gold prize for its “man pie” – billed as a pie full of bull.The Scotch Pie championship was the culmination of the first Scotch Pie Week, a charity event in which 228 shops took part.Under the slogan ’Say aye tae a pie’, the event raised money for the Scottish Society for Autism. Event founder Alan Stuart said the week, sponsored by ADM Milling, had been a big success. The money is still being counted, he said, but 100% will go to charity as ADM is covering all administrative costs.He commented: “We are hoping to get 500 shops involved next year, including some of the bigger chains. We are hoping Greggs will take part – it made a donation this year.”last_img read more

The refugee crisis in black and white

first_imgAfter they’ve survived a harrowing trip across the Mediterranean in a crowded rubber boat, fleeing war and violence in the Middle East and Africa, many refugees do something anyone might do when they reach a safe harbor — they take out their cellphones and capture that once-inconceivable moment.To Maciek Nabrdalik, a Polish documentary photographer and 2017 Nieman Fellow, it’s a simple, natural reaction. But as refugees came ashore on the beach of Lesbos, Greece, late last year, it was the angry reaction of another photojournalist that captured Nabrdalik’s eye. For him, it exemplified the stereotypes now rising in European Union countries.“A photographer working for one of the biggest wire services, talking to two volunteers, said ‘When I see those people jumping out of the boat and taking selfies I’m so [angry] I don’t even take my camera out,’” Nabradalik said at a program last Wednesday at the Harvard Ed Portal that examined the politics and prejudices surrounding the migration crisis in Europe.“I found this man at that very moment guilty of what people in my country and Europe think of the refugees.”In 2015 the International Organization for Migration reported that more than 1 million refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, and other countries had crossed into Europe, mostly by sea. This year’s tally has already passed 300,000. The media has called it the greatest movement of people since World War II, and it has been deadly: In 2015 more than 3,700 migrants died trying to make the crossing, including many children.Cambridge residents Nani Jansen Reventlon (from left), her husband Andreas Reventlon, and Harvard lecturer Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia and grad student Ariel Elizarov converse among the exhibit. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“Behind every single one of those numbers is an individual with a story, with a life, with hopes, with dreams, with nightmares, and these are the things that we don’t often see,” said Nkem Ifejika, a 2017 Nieman Fellow and presenter on the BBC World Service, who moderated the program. “Whenever we discuss refugees we use words such as ‘swamping,’ as if they are sludge, or words like ‘swarm,’ as if human beings are locusts, or ‘flood’ as if they are like an inanimate, destructive, uncontrollable phenomenon.”A collection of Nabrdalik’s work called “Refugee Crisis” was the focal point for the panel discussion, which included three other Nieman Fellows: Berlin-based reporter and columnist Georg Diez, German television correspondent Christian Feld, and Karin Pettersson, the political editor in chief at Aftonbladet, Scandinavia’s largest daily newspaper.Pettersson, who was an important voice on the political left in Sweden during the refugee debate there over the last two years, said that many Europeans lack perspective on the crisis. “I believe [the images from the front line] had an impact on civil society and initiatives from citizens to help refugees, and impacted policymakers in the EU for a short period of time — but that effect was not lasting. The refugee crisis isn’t over, rather the opposite.”Determined to bring awareness to the necessity of equal human rights, Nabrdalik followed the refugees on their journeys from Lesbos through Europe, documenting their plight in pictures as they went. It is a mission he said, not one he was assigned, but one he was called to, photographing them from a whole new perspective.“You are moved but feel you can’t do anything. This exhibition and its simple form is meant to be a conversation-starter,” said Nabrdalik. “I don’t treat it as artwork. It’s not a show that I would like you to go away with seeing nice frames and complimenting me for them … but hope for change.”Neman Fellows Maciek Nabrdalik (from left), Karin Pettersson, Georg Diez, and Christian Feld participated in a panel discussion. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerOn assignment, Diez also took a trip to Greece to witness the humanitarian crisis firsthand. He said this could be a historic moment for Europe, an opportunity to model how to deal with sudden migration from war-torn or economically depressed countries.“This is what it means to be a citizen. You don’t ask where you come from, you just help. On a one-on-one basis you build something, but it has turned into a politicized field of hatred and cynicism,” he said. “And people to this day don’t talk about the facts.”Feld said that so far, the European Union has failed to effectively deal with the influx of refugees or rally member states to share the burden.“The 28 member states did not use their potential in terms of power and wealth to tackle what has to be called a humanitarian catastrophe,” he said. “The Union was not a union at all. This willingness to compromise seems to have vanished during this crisis.”About 100 people attended the program, which also served as the opening of Nabrdalik’s exhibition, which will be on display at the Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery in Allston through Oct. 27.Eva Rosenberg, arts program manager at the Ed Portal, said the issues his photos address could not be more timely or important.“The Ed Portal hopes to create the opportunity for dialogue about important issues of our day. Hosting five Nieman Fellows in conversation about the crisis epitomizes this,” she said.Nancy Kalajian of Somerville came to the program sensitive to the plight of refugees because of her family history.“I am a grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors,” she said. “When I watch TV and see so many refugees in crisis it seems that very little has changed in over 100 years for people in many parts of the world.”Nabrdalik’s experience at the border left deep marks on him. Exhausted, hungry and clutching a small pack of whatever remained from their lives, these people were willing to risk drowning to flee the violence of their homeland, he said.“The refugees thought of this moment as a rebirth, very often they would say it’s a new life for them. I think if the media would show refugees with their cellphones just like us, maybe people would like to have them as neighbors,” said Nabrdalik. “But I’m not sure photography is enough.”last_img read more

#90: dockercon, Containers, Bars, REX-ray, Dell EMC Code and MORE with Jonas Rosland.

first_imgDell EMC The Source Podcast #90: Code Dell EMC with Jonas RoslandJonas Rosland (@JonasRosland), Dell EMC Code Community Manager, joins me this week from Dell EMC World 2017 to talk all things Open Source.Dell EMC was a sponsor of dockercon, why? What is the Dell EMC Code Community? What is REX-ray and how does it impact open source deployments? Is open source relevant to Dell EMC? How much is all this going to cost me? Get all the answers this week on Dell EMC The Source Podcast.Interested? Join the Dell EMC Code Community here!The Source Podcast: Episode #90: dockercon, container, bars, REX-ray, Dell EMC Code and More!Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_90_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Southern Pine Beetle Spreads to Bethpage State Park

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dozen forestry experts from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation descended on Long Island this week to combat a worrisome Southern Pine Beetle infestation, first discovered in Suffolk County last fall.The scientists’ arrival comes as the DEC investigates an outbreak of the insidious insects at Bethpage State Park, marking the first time the destructive pine tree-killing beetle has been discovered in Nassau County since officials began monitoring the invasive species’ expansion across central and eastern Suffolk.“The Southern Pine Beetle has destroyed thousands of trees on Long Island and remains a major threat to the Pine Barrens and other forested areas in the region,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement.New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation said through a spokesman that the agency is working closely with the DEC on a plan that will “assess, minimize and resolve the damage done by these beetles and their potential spread.”Both the DEC and New York State Parks have identified infestations in parts of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, Connetquot River State Park, Henry’s Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest in Hampton Bays, Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, Brookhaven and Heckscher state parks and Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River.The DEC team will be on the Island for this week only, taking inventory of tree species at Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest and producing a “hazard risk map” of timber stands at the greatest risk of infestation, the DEC said.The tiny beetle, typically 2 to 4-millimeters long, enters through crevices in tree bark and forms tunnels in the plant tissue beneath the bark, cutting off nutrients, and eventually starving the trees to death, according to the DEC’s website.Many of the beetle-ridden trees have already been removed once the insects were discovered inside them, officials said, but many more invaded trees may still be undetected.“The most effective method to minimize the spread of SPB includes cutting infested trees and thinning surrounding forested areas,” the DEC said in a press release. “If left untreated, the Southern Pine Beetle can move swiftly to nearby forested areas. Insecticides have been shown to be mostly ineffective against SPB, and also poses certain risks to the environment and Long Island’s sole source drinking water aquifer.”The Southern Pine Beetle is rare to the Northeast, as the DEC first confirmed its existence on Long Island last October. Long Island is currently the only region in the state with confirmed Southern Pine Beetle infestations.The DEC used the winter months to uncover hot spots. Now they are more aggressively analyzing the situation because the beetles start flying in summer.Officials have yet to definitively discern why the beetles have migrated to Long Island, but some experts suspect the warmer climate could be a factor.While the DEC team analyzes the situation on the ground, a group of educators from the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission (NFFPC) will work with local agencies to better educate the public, officials said.last_img read more

CUNA eSchool explores relationship between engagement and sales

first_imgCUNA Succeeding in Member Sales eSchool will take place consecutive Wednesdays from Aug. 2-23. Featuring four sessions hosted by Angela Prestil, CUNA business development director, the eSchool provides a comprehensive approach to credit union sales based around member engagement.“The purpose of this eSchool is to reinforce to credit union staff that every member interaction—whether on the phone, in person or through the drive-up—is an opportunity,” said Prestil. “In these sessions, we will break sales down to its essential elements and show professionals best practices for connecting with members, captivating their attention and earning their trust.”Designed for tellers, branch managers, member service representatives and other member-facing professionals, the eSchool’s content covers the sales process from beginning to end with topics including: continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Designing Your Kitchen & Bathroom Without Being Too Trendy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content by Alure Home ImprovementsMary Lotardo, custom kitchen and bathroom designer at Alure Home Improvements, offers her five tips for designing your kitchen and bathroom without being too trendy in a recent episode of Alure’s My5 Tips Series.You have to remember that home décor is a lot like fashion. But altering the look of your kitchen or bathroom is not as easy as putting on a new dress or changing your blouse. A classic look should last a while, perhaps as long as a decade. If you follow Mary’s tips, then you can easily give a new twist to the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom by adding a few touches that won’t break the bank but liven up a situation that maybe you’ve grown tired of.Here’s what she’s talking about:Tip No. 1: Use neutral colors. When you’re making your selections for a new color scheme, Mary says, “Try to use neutral colors for the large items in the room.”She suggests that in particular you use neutral colors for your kitchen cabinets or the bathroom vanity.“If you’re doing full-tile walls, you might want to pick a neutral color and then tie it in with some accents along the way,” Mary says.The most popular neutral colors for kitchens and bathrooms are white, beige, gray and sage. These colors make it easy and less expensive to update the overall look of the room because all you need to do to make a difference is just add some new accessories. Another advantage of using neutral colors is that it makes the kitchen or a bathroom look brighter and bigger, depending on the lighting arrangement.Tip No. 2: Bring in colors that you love.Mary proposes that you incorporate your favorite colors into the room’s new décor but use them in small touches. Let these hues be seen in your accent tiles, glass pendants, faucets and fixtures. Wait until you see how metal finishes such as brushed nickel, bronze or stainless steel can enhance the space and make it all come alive without becoming too dominant.“Use them in the room to bring in all the different colors that you love,” suggests Mary.Tip No. 3: Use natural-looking materials that are timeless.There are so many more possibilities in natural-looking materials than there used to be, thanks to innovations in technology. For example, Mary suggests using porcelain tiles that emulate limestone, slate or marble.“Even today quartz is made to look like granite,” says Mary. “And there are some beautiful looks out there with the textures and colors that you love.”It’s not all about granite and marble, but they are lovely indeed and durable, especially for countertops. Slate has a dull-matte finish that’s not flashy but works well in a neutral-color scheme. Plus slate is harder than marble and easy to keep clean with just soap and water. Soapstone, which comes quarried out of the ground in a natural gray color, has a softer surface than some other materials like granite but with soapstone you can sand away any scratches on the surface. Quartz is one of the most scratch-resistant materials available. It’s a great choice for countertops because it comes in a variety of colors and is easy to maintain.Click here for more information on Alure Home ImprovementsTip No. 4: Don’t be afraid of bringing in a ‘wow’ factor!“A lot of times using art deco accents or having a beautiful tile layout, those are the things that you love most in the project when the project is finished,” Mary says knowingly. “So don’t be afraid to try something a little bit different!”The great thing about using a neutral color scheme as the foundation for your design is that it doesn’t compete with any flourishes you may come up with. In fact, this backdrop encourages you to put something of yourself in the final look. Maybe you’ve got some vases that you treasure or window curtains with a design that delights your eyes. There’s no reason that a neutral-color kitchen or bathroom shouldn’t have as much pizzazz as a room blazing with hot colors.Tip No. 5: Use a professional designer.Doesn’t it make sense that when you redo a room like the kitchen or the bathroom, which get a lot of daily use, you want the best advice possible for the final creation?“You need somebody with experience who can take the colors and textures that you love and create a project that you’ll love for a life time,” says Mary.A professional designer can help you to better articulate what look you’re going for, and find out what appeals to you at a fundamental level. And a designer you trust can help you figure out how to make it all come true within a budget you can afford. Perhaps she’ll suggest soft hues like beige, khaki and rain-cloud gray for a calming atmosphere, or suggest richer neutral colors like chocolate brown or slate gray, or go in a different direction with subtle variations of white on white.There’s more to the palette of different neutral color schemes than you might think—and consulting a true professional designer, like Mary Lotardo at Alure Home Improvements, can get you inspired.last_img read more

Erick Thohir to turn SOE-owned hotel into isolation ward for COVID-19 patients

first_imgState-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir plans to transform the Patra Comfort Hotel in Central Jakarta, which is owned by state-owned energy company Pertamina, into an isolation ward for suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.Pertamina Jaya Hospital in Central Jakarta, also owned by the company and located near the hotel, also has rooms for confirmed COVID-19 patients.”There will be an additional of 52 [beds] in the hotel for people under observation [for COVID-19] on top of the 65 [beds in the hospital]. [The hotel] will become a safehouse,” SOE Ministry spokesperson Arya Sinulingga said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. Read also: ‘It was too crowded’: Patients find it hard to get COVID-19 tests, treatmentHe added that an additional 90 beds would be provided for confirmed COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The hospital will also have a laboratory to detect the coronavirus, radiology equipment as well as isolation rooms.”Pertamina Jaya Hospital will use its old buildings near Jl. Cikini Raya [in Central Jakarta] and Jl. Pramuka Raya [in East Jakarta]. There are high-pressure isolation rooms in the building, so the virus won’t be bale to go through its ventilation system,” said Arya.He added that the specialized COVID-19 sections of the hospital and hotel would be operated by 10 specialists, eight general practitioners and three trained nurses.As of Tuesday, Indonesians health authorities had confirmed 172 COVID-19 cases across the country, including in Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. The government claimed that at least five people had died from the disease, while nine others had recovered. (aly)Topics :last_img read more