Influence of sea surface winds on shearwater migration detours

first_imgTo test the potential effects of winds on the migratory detours of shearwaters, transequatorial migrations of 3 shearwaters, the Manx Puffin us puffinus, the Cory’s Calonectris diomedea, and the Cape Verde C. edwardsii shearwaters were tracked using geolocators. Concurrent data on the direction and strength of winds were obtained from the NASA SeaWinds scatterometer to calculate daily impedance models reflecting the resistance of sea surface winds to the shearwater movements. From these models we estimated relative wind-mediated costs for the observed synthesis pathway obtained from tracked birds, for the shortest distance pathway and for other simulated alternative pathways for every day of the migration period. We also estimated daily trajectories of the minimum cost pathway and compared distance and relative costs of all pathways. Shearwaters followed 26 to 52% longer pathways than the shortest distance path. In general, estimated wind-mediated costs of both observed synthesis and simulated alternative pathways were strongly dependent on the date of departure. Costs of observed synthesis pathways were about 15% greater than the synthesis pathway with the minimum cost, but, in the Cory’s and the Cape Verde shearwaters, these pathways were on average 15 to 20% shorter in distance, suggesting the extra costs of the observed pathways are compensated by saving about 2 travelling days. In Manx shearwaters, however, the distance of the observed synthesis pathway was 25% longer than that of the lowest cost synthesis pathway, probably because birds avoided shorter but potentially more turbulent pathways. Our results suggest that winds are a major determinant of the migratory routes of seabirds.last_img read more

US to pitch Salt Lake City as host for 2030 Winter Olympics

first_img Beau Lund Written by December 15, 2018 /Sports News – National US to pitch Salt Lake City as host for 2030 Winter Olympicscenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(SALT LAKE CITY) — The Winter Olympics may be making a return to Salt Lake City — at least the U.S. Olympic Committee hopes so.The USOC announced on Friday evening that they have chosen Utah’s capital to pitch to the International Olympic Committee as a host for the 2030 Games. Salt Lake City was chosen over Denver. For now, the USOC is still referring to Salt Lake City as the U.S.’s choice for a “potential” 2030 bid.“I’d like to thank Denver and Salt Lake City, and their respective leadership teams, for participating in this process and their commitment to make the Olympic and Paralympic movements stronger,” USOC Chair Larry Probst said in a statement. “We’re incredibly lucky to have multiple able and willing cities to choose from, but in the end, we believe Salt Lake City will give us the best chance to return the winter Games to the U.S.”It’s not yet clear what international cities Salt Lake City will be competing against. The selection will not be made by the IOC until 2023.Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games in 2002. It was the first U.S. city to host the Winter Olympics since Lake Placid, New York, in 1980 — famously highlighted by the U.S. men’s ice hockey’s “Miracle on Ice” team.The U.S. has hosted the Winter Games four times: 1932 (Lake Placid), 1960 (Squaw Valley, California), 1980 (Lake Placid) and 2002 (Salt Lake City). Denver, beaten out as this year’s U.S. representative, was actually named as host for the 1976 Games by the IOC, before withdrawing four years beforehand.The 2002 Games, less than six months after Sept. 11, went off without a hitch despite serious security concerns. Mitt Romney, the CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, was hailed worldwide for his effort in bringing the games to reality after rescuing them from a financial crisis. He used the goodwill as a launching point in his political career, serving as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, and running for president in 2008, 2012 and 2016.Romney just won a midterm election to be named senator from Utah. He hailed the selection of Salt Lake City for the USOC’s candidate for the 2030 Games.Beijing was named as host for the 2022 Winter Olympics, while the host for the 2026 Games has yet to be selected. The IOC will be choosing between Stockholm and Italy’s two-city bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Average new homes sales people paid £52,500 a year, claims recruiter

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Average new homes sales people paid £52,500 a year, claims recruiter previous nextLand & New HomesAverage new homes sales people paid £52,500 a year, claims recruiterPayscales for those working on the coalface for developers and agents’ land and new homes teams is revealed during survey.Nigel Lewis25th March 20190916 Views Estate agents considering a move to a big developer or into an estate agency’s land and new homes team now have some food for thought.A leading new homes recruitment specialists has published a report based on information from over 500 new homes staff which reveals that the average basic salary in the sector is between £20,000 and £30,000 and that three quarters of sales staff work weekends. The median salary including commission within the industry is £52,499.Such remuneration comes at a cost, though. Some 77% of respondents said that they worked weekends of which 57% said they worked EVERY weekend.The research by Hampshire-based Upfront & Personnel also makes interesting reading for female sales professionals in the sector.Its  2019 Salary Survey suggests that nearly three quarters of those working within new homes sales are women, as are 62% of all those earning £50,000 or more.Out of the 550 respondents in the survey, and regardless of gender, 215 earned between £20,000 and £29,999 a year, 59 earned between £30,000 and £40,000, and five earned between £100,000 and £150,000 a year.“This salary survey seeks to answer the two most common questions I get asked by sales managers and directors,” says Tim Bond-Gonzalez of Upfront & Personnel (left).“Firstly, ‘what package do I need to offer to attract the best talent?’ followed by ‘how does our compensation compare with the rest of the new home sales market?’”.Read the report in full.new homes Upfront & Personnell Tim Bond-Gonzalez estate agent pay March 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

SHARKEY, PHILIP F.

first_img62, of Brick passed away on, September 5, 2017 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick. Philip was born and raised in Bayonne and has resided at the Jersey Shore for many years. Mr. Sharkey worked for many years at the Hess Oil Refinery in Perth Amboy before retiring in 2011. Mr. Sharkey was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Doris Sharkey; and by his brother, Neil Sharkey. Surviving are his brother, Joseph Sharkey and his wife, Susan; nephews, Shawn Sharkey and his wife, Kristy and Joseph Sharkey; nieces, Christina Sharkey and her husband, Brian Brown and Lauren Rose and her husband, Pat. He also leaves a great nephew, Jack Rose. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the St. Jude’s Children Research Foundation. Funeral arrangements of O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Rd., Brick.last_img read more

All the 2017 Sammies sandwich awards winners

first_imgHere is the full list of winners of The British Sandwich Association’s annual Sammies Awards.The Sandwich Industry Awards, also known as the Sammies, recognise the great and the good of the sandwich industry – not only the best sandwiches, but also the best places to get them.The New Sandwich of the Year AwardOverall Winner: Un-bleat-able Goat’s Cheese, Cranberries, Sweet Potato and Mango Munch Fest, by Scribbles from Around NoonHot Category: Fiery Pulled Fajita Chicken Burrito, by GreggsSeasonal Category: Avocado, Mozzarella and Sriracha Comin’ at Cha, by Scribbles from Around NoonInnovative Category: Around Noon – Scribbles – Un-bleat-able Goat’s Cheese, Cranberries, Sweet Potato and mango Munch Fest by Scribbles from Around NoonThe Chain Sandwich Retailer Award Specialist Sandwich Bar Chain Category: SubwayBakery Chain Category: GreggsCafé Category: Coffee #1Café In-store Category: DobbiesThe Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year Award: MorrisonsThe Independent Sandwich Retailer AwardOverall Winner: Mimosa, LondonIndependent Bakery Sandwich Retailer: Real Patisserie, BrightonIndependent Café Sandwich Retailer: Mimosa, London Highly Commended: Caffeine Drip, EdinburghBest New Independent: Aprés Food Company, LondonIndependent Sandwich Shop: Dene’s Deli, Newcastle Upon Tyne Highly Commended: Magic Wrap; Cardiff Students’ UnionThe Sandwich Convenience Retailer Award: The Co-opThe En-Route Sandwich Retailer Award: M&S for British AirwaysThe Workplace Sandwich Provider of the Year Award: CompassThe BSA Sandwich Manufacturer of the Year Award: SolwayThe New Sandwich Product Award Food Ingredient Category: My Bombay AirwrapPackaging/Equipment Category: LunchAlert The BSA Technical Excellence Award: Raynor Foods and Green GourmetThe Sandwich Marketing Award: GreggsSandwich Designer of the Year Overall Winner: Martin Willsher of 2 Sisters Food GroupThe New York Bakery Bagel Category: Rob Lawton of Greencore with Mobster BagelThe Sam Browne Foods British Red Tractor, Farm Assured Cooked Poultry Category: Martin Willsher of 2 Sisters Food Group with St Clements DuckThe H. Smith Food Group Tuna Category: Martin Willsher of 2 Sisters Food Group with Yumi Umami TunaThe Norseland Mexicana, Applewood and Jarlsberg Category: Stewart Parker of BHLive with Hunted ChickenThe Harvey & Brockless Pesto and Relish Category: Ben Laws of Java with Oak Roast Smoked Salmon BagelThe Pan’artisan Focaccia Romana Category: Kate Riley of Bait Sandwiches with Falafel FattoushFood to Go Manufacturer of the Year: Greencore Food to Go Retailer of the Year: GreggsFood to Go Innovation of the YearThe Product Category: A Bit Moorish from PureThe Equipment/Packaging Category: Breakfast Pots from Waitroselast_img read more

Help with kids. And pets. And …

first_imgWhen Tessa Lowinske Desmond’s husband was offered a tenure-track position at Harvard in 2010, the opportunity proved too enticing for the academic couple to resist. But the Desmonds’ dream job was also every new parent’s nightmare: a distant relocation to a city where they knew virtually no one.“We moved from Wisconsin, with newborn in arms, excited to be at Harvard but nervous to not have any resources,” Desmond said, referring to child-care help for her son, Sterling, now almost 3. Last year, the Desmonds turned to a resource that has been gaining ground among Harvard parents: the WATCH Portal, an online child-care hub that helps connect faculty, staff, and graduate student parents with student sitters.“It was just a huge blessing for us,” said Desmond, the program administrator for ethnic studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).Heartened by early success stories like Desmond’s, the Office of Work/Life and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (FD&D), which jointly developed the WATCH Portal last year, are expanding the site’s features.The WATCH Portal (Web Access to Care at Harvard Portal) grew last month to allow postings for a variety of odd jobs. Anyone with a Harvard PIN can now post and view listings seeking Harvard students (or the teenage children of Harvard employees) to help with yard work, dog walking, house sitting, and other chores.“It’s not just parents who are juggling multiple tasks, and Harvard gets that,” said Nancy Costikyan, director of the Office of Work/Life. “This expansion is one more way that Harvard can support the very busy lives of all our faculty and staff.”The update was in part spurred by direct requests from faculty, said Judith Singer, senior vice provost for FD&D and Harvard’s James Bryant Conant Professor of Education. Already, posts have sprung up on the site seeking everything from a housekeeper to a personal chef willing to cook vegetarian meals.“Some people with older children said they no longer needed child care, but would welcome tutoring for their teenagers,” Singer said. “Others without children said they’d love to get a student to help with odd jobs, from dog sitting to stacking wood.”In its first year, the WATCH Portal garnered 1,566 users; two-thirds were parents, the rest were job-seeking students. And visitors were making real connections: Nearly 700 emails have been sent between baby sitters and parents using the site.When her former baby sitter became unavailable, Mylène Priam, an associate professor of Romance languages and literatures in FAS, said she immediately thought of the WATCH Portal.Priam had used Craigslist to look for a nanny before the portal launched; she liked that WATCH was vetted and easy to use. That access is free, compared with other online services she’d seen that charge a fee for entry to a database of vetted sitters, was another draw.“I’m grateful it was there when I was in a conundrum,” said Priam, who routinely uses a baby sitter for her 6-year-old daughter on nights and weekends. “It was great to know there was something like that already out there, that I didn’t have to wrack my brain.”Then there are Harvard parents like Desmond and her husband, Matthew, an assistant professor of sociology and a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, whose jobs entail after-hours commitments that are essential to their developing careers. He had faculty dinners; she had evening events with students and visiting scholars to manage.Having easy access to baby sitters who lived on campus was crucial, Desmond said. Harvard students often meet her at her office, pick up her son, Sterling, and spend a few hours at the Cambridge Public Library or playing in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) lounge; they’ve even taken Sterling to their Houses.“He was meeting other students and going to the dining hall, which he thought was great,” Desmond said. “I’m going to tell him he was running the halls of Harvard when he was 2 years old.”Desmond said she may use the site for dog sitting or house sitting, now that those options are available.“Having access to the WATCH Portal made our work and our life so much easier,” she said. “It made everything more seamless, and it made it possible for me to be fully present at my job.”last_img read more

US Ambassador to Holy See examines Vatican reforms

first_imgRosie LoVoi | The Observer United States Ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett speaks at the Eck Visitors Center on Friday afternoon.“Pope Francis has kept the Church’s vision sacred, but uses it to influence policies and actions more dramatically than has been done in a long time,” Hackett said.Considering he is more radical than his predecessors, Hackett said it was inevitable that some people would disagree with his vision.“When a new boss arrives and implements new ways of doing things … there’s going to be resistance,” Hackett said.Hackett said one controversial action was Pope Francis’ appointment of a financial overseer for many Vatican sub organizations.“When an institution has evolved over so many years, and its sub organizations have grown accustomed to a certain degree of operational and financial autonomy, you’re bound to have some tensions,” Hackett said.Hackett said this initiative is part of Pope Francis’s plan to rid the Church of its excesses and refocus attention on the poor and suffering.“He counsels [bishops] to move amongst their people, and to shed the trappings and the luxuries of higher office,” Hackett said.Pope Francis does this himself, Hackett said, by interacting frequently with the deprived and lowly.“His preference is generally to meet and have encounters with the simple, the meek, the troubled, the sick, the prisoners, and the homeless,” Hackett said.According to Hackett, Pope Francis ensures his actions and reforms are just by consulting a group of nine cardinals from around the world.“He uses these cardinals as a sounding board, and as a kitchen cabinet,” Hackett said.Hackett said the best example of Pope Francis’s collaborative reform is seen in “Laudato Si’,” his encyclical on climate change.Pope Francis realized the importance of meticulous research when formulating this encyclical, Hackett said.“He was prepared and aware that if he was going to issue an encyclical on climate change, he would have to apply tough, scientific rigor, since it would be picked apart,” Hackett said.Hackett said Pope Francis assembled a diverse team of experts to help write the environmental encyclical.“He came with a group of international legislators from around the world who were interested in environmental climate change, and they met in the Vatican and shared their research,” he said.The resulting encyclical, Hackett said, has had a profound impact because of how it framed climate change as a moral issue.“The encyclical gave moral cover to those politicians who had to make very difficult decisions and commitments on climate change,” he said.Hackett said the impact can be seen in particular in Mission Innovation, an initiative signed by the United States, China and several other countries focusing on expanding clean energy research, and the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which aims to make large corporations more sustainable.According to Hackett, Pope Francis helped to catalyze these reforms.“He was influencing the global agenda,” Hackett said. “It was an agenda that resonated for many in the United States and worldwide.”Hackett said these reforms and the widespread influence they have had are helping to rebrand the Catholic Church.“These changes are gaining credibility for how the Church and the pope are perceived on a world stage,” Hackett said.Tags: Climate change, laudato si’, Pope Francis Ken Hackett, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See, spoke about Pope Francis and his vision for the Catholic Church at Eck Visitors Center on Friday afternoon. Hackett, who works closely with the Vatican, said Pope Francis is the most reform-minded pope in recent history.last_img read more

Can-Can, Hunchback & Ever After on Tap for New Paper Mill Season

first_img View Comments A revival of 2010’s Broadway musical Elf will be mounted for the festive season. Adapted from the 2003 film starring Will Farrell, the show tells the tale of Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa’s elves. Now, as a grownup, he embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. With a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, the production will play November 26 through January 4, 2015. Star Files Sierra Boggess The American premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will run March 4 through April 5, 2015. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Peter Parnell and directed by Scott Schwartz, the show is an intimate retelling of the famous love story.  Paper Mill’s 76th season will close with the world-premiere of Ever After, a new musical adapted from the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore. The production will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. Casting has not yet been announced for any of the shows but Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Jordan headlined the most recent industry-only workshop of the piece.center_img Jeremy Jordan Paper Mill Playhouse has announced a packed 2014-15 season. The lineup includes the Broadway-bound Can-Can, revivals of Elf and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the U.S. premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the world premiere of Ever After. Next up will be the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will run January 21 through February 15, 2015. Christopher Durang’s play mixes four distinct characters and dishes up a hilarious stew. First up is the Broadway-bound revival of Cole Porter’s Can-Can. Directed by David Lee, the show will feature a book by Abe Burrows revised by Lee and Joel Fields. Pistache, a Parisian café owner, decides to feature the scandalous dance, the Can-Can, but will her defiance of the law end her business and her love life? With choreography by Patti Colombo, the production will play October 1 through October 26.last_img read more

Meet New Beautiful Star Scott J. Campbell!

first_imgScott J. Campbell photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com at Paramount Hotel Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Age: 29Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario, CanadaCurrent Role: Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s talented but troubled first husband and songwriting partner in the Tony-nominated bio-musical Beautiful.Stage & Screen Cred: Campbell made his Broadway debut as a swing in Jersey Boys and appeared in the national tour of American Idiot alongside Jake Epstein, who originated the role of Gerry Goffin in Beautiful.“I was a big water polo enthusiast in high school. Water polo is vicious. You better hang onto your Speedo, because people will try and rip it off you!”“Growing up in Waterloo was like growing up in Silicon Valley North. It was home to Research in Motion, who created the Blackberry—which is still a phone! It’s still a thing.”“I’ve tried my hand at a lot of different jobs. I  was a pizza delivery guy, a gas station attendant, a household mover, a manual laborer, a personal trainer, a waiter, a telemarketer and a phone salesperson. But acting is the one that feels the best.”“Jake Epstein and I are buddies, so I was really happy for him when he first got the role in Beautiful, but I auditioned on tape for the workshop and again for the pre-Broadway run. There’s something about this role, about Gerry Goffin and this piece that really resonates with me.”“The first time I saw Beautiful was after I was already cast—after I had already moved to New York for the show! I remember coming into town and trying to see it with my mom during Tony nominations, but there was no way to get a ticket.”“Gerry Goffin is survived by a lot of loved ones who really care for him, and this role means a great deal to a lot of people, including myself. I’m playing a historical figure, so it’s important to me to do so with respect, dignity and truth.” Beautiful: The Carole King Musicalcenter_img Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Brazilian Service Members Combat COVID-19

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 27, 2020 The Brazilian Armed Forces are employing their logistics structure to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of service member has been crucial in fighting problems in the vast national territory with 8.5 million square kilometers. Ten joint commands, strategically activated across the country, carry out these operations.An example of these activities is the distribution by Northeastern Joint Command of 45,000 basic food basket items to socially vulnerable people in the state of Pernambuco. Local business owners donated the supplies — more than 150 tons — that  have been delivered weekly, since April 15.Service members provide support to socially vulnerable people. (Photo: Brazilian Armed Forces Northeastern Joint Command)The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) deployed 30 vehicles and 350 service members from the 14th Motorized Infantry Battalion, and the 7th Field Artillery Group, in Pernambuco. “The logistics support included security, embarkation, transportation, and delivery of supplies to locations selected by the group of local business owners responsible for the donation,” said the Northeastern Joint Command’s Public Affairs Office.EB Lieutenant General Pedro Paulo de Mello Braga, commander of Northeastern Joint Command, told Diálogo that the activity planning was a result of teamwork between service members from EB, the Brazilian Navy, and the Air Force, which are part of the joint command, as well as other sectors of the government and civil society. “The EB, our ground force, was responsible for executing the distribution,” he said.Northeastern Joint Command is also setting up tents as screening stations at hospitals, emergency, and urgent care facilities; carrying out vaccination campaigns; distributing water to those experiencing drought; and donating blood. Service members trained in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense are also disinfecting public spaces. “We are deployed to fight the pandemic and provide support to the population,” said Lt. Gen. Braga.Solidarity in the South as wellAt Southern Joint Command, EB service members of the 3rd Supply Battalion participated in the manufacture of face shields to protect health care professionals who provide services to patients infected with COVID-19. A partnership between the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul’s Engineering Department, which was responsible for the project, arms manufacturer Taurus, which provided its headquarters in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul for work to take place, and EB, which provided the manpower for production, made the operation possibleThe production of the protective equipment, initially manufactured with a 3D printer, was considerably increased at the Taurus factory. According to Southern Joint Command, service members put in extra effort to produce as many shields in the shortest time possible. About 30 service members worked in the assembly process on three shifts — morning, afternoon, and night — making 3,000 face shields daily.In total, they manufactured 60,000 face shields. The production went to health care professionals who worked at hospitals in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Armed Forces hospitals, and public safety professionals.last_img read more