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  • Influence of nest location, density and topography on breeding success in the black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophris

    first_imgThe Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris is a long-lived procellariiform that typically nests colonially and exhibits low fecundity. Previous studies on albatrosses have focussed on the bottom-up effects of food supply and their impact on breeding success and have ignored the potential deleterious consequences of top-down predation. To determine whether nest position and adult ageinfluence breeding success, and whether there is evidence that predation affects reproductive output, we investigated relationships between characteristics and location of nesting sites within a breeding colony, age structure, and short- and long-term reproductive output of breeders.Our results are consistent with studies conducted on other colonially breeding seabirds, in that peripheral breeders perform considerably less well than do core breeders, but differ in that nest position was not found to be related to adult age. The timing of failure was affected by nestposition, with peripheral nests significantly more likely than core nests to fail during chick rearing. The results suggest that predation is the cause, acting in a non-uniform fashion, because Brown Skuas Catharacta [antarctica] lonnbergi and Giant Petrels Macronectes spp. both appear to target more accessible nests on the periphery of colonies. This behaviour could potentially expose a greater proportion of birds to predation if colony sizes diminish in tandem with the decline in albatross populations currently being observed worldwide.last_img read more

  • Rosneft Pertamina JV contracts Tecnicas Reunidas for Tuban refinery

    first_img Image: Rosneft and Pertamina JV contracts Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas. Photo: Courtesy of Frauke Feind from Pixabay. PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia has signed a contract with Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas for the construction of a oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Tuban, East Java, Indonesia.A joint venture between Rosneft with a 45% stake and Indonesian state oil and gas company Pertamina with a 55% stake, PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia was established in 2016.Under the contact, the Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas will provide the basic engineering design (BED) and carry out a front-end engineering design (FEED) project for the construction of Tuban grass root refinery and petrochemical complex (TGRR) in Indonesia.Tuban plant will become one of the most advanced facilities in the worldThe JV said that the conception of developing a refinery/petrochemical complex is based on the favourable market environment and the growth prospects in Indonesia.The primary processing facility of the petrochemical complex is planned to have a design capacity of up to 15mmta, where more than 1mmta for ethylene and 1.3mmta for aromatic hydrocarbons.The project is expected to receive full support from the Indonesian authorities, in terms of the necessary benefits and the procurement of the infrastructure.The company said that the integrated refinery and petrochemical complex will be commissioned within the next five years. The plant is expected to strengthen its position in the Indonesian consumer market.According to Rosneft, the petrochemical project is expected to lead to the creation of a large new petrochemical cluster in the region of the city of Tuban in the future.The project marks an important element in the company’s strategy to strengthen its presence in the high-margin market for petroleum-based products in the Asia-Pacific Region.Rosneft, in a statement, said: “The attractive market conditions of Indonesia and the expected consumption growth enabled the working group of Rosneft and Pertamina to develop a competitive concept of the new refinery and petrochemical complex.” The refinery project is expected to receive full support from the Indonesian authorities, in terms of the necessary benefits and the procurement of the infrastructurelast_img read more

  • Physician–Rheumatology (Berkeley Medical Center) – 133

    first_imgEqual Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c) West Virginia University Health Sciences Center – Eastern Divisionis seeking Rheumatology faculty positions in Jefferson and Berkeleycounties WV. Positions are primarily clinical and outpatient based.Job duties include: provide clinical care and teach medicalstudents, residents and fellows; and scholarly activities arehighly encouraged. Must have an M.D. degree or equivalent andsuccessfully completed an ACGME certified residency trainingprogram in Medicine with a fellowship in Rheumatology. WV MedicalLicense and DEA registration are both required by start date.Candidates should be BC/BE in Medicine and Rheumatology.Successful candidates will enjoy the benefits of practicing in afaculty practice plan (University Health Associates) integratedwith our regional community hospitals.Our Eastern Panhandle location is little more than an hour fromWashington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. A rural atmosphere and a lowercost of living mixed with the easy accessibility to theWashington/Baltimore areas make the Eastern Panhandle an idealplace in which to live. While our counties are among the fastestgrowing counties in the state, congestion and traffic areminimal.Academic rank will be commensurate with experience. The positionwill remain open until filled. WVU offers a highly competitive andcomprehensive recruitment package which includes occurrence basedmalpractice.Interested Candidates should send CVCV to:Tina R. Stover, MS, FASPRSystem Director of Physician Recruitment2000 Foundation Way, Suite 2310Martinsburg, WV 25401Office: 304-260-1425Fax: 304-260-1480Email: [email protected] is an AA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – andis the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.last_img read more

  • Veteran Firefighter Named Ocean City’s New Fire Chief

    first_imgFrom left, Ocean City Police Sgt. Brian Hopely, Upper Township Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Morgan, Ocean City’s Fire Chief Jim Smith (Deputy Chief at the time) and Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Donato help train the CERT members, last year. By Donald WittkowskiWhen it comes to being a good firefighter, Jim Smith has read the book. It was written by his father, the author of a highly regarded textbook on fire safety.Smith, who joined the Ocean City Fire Department 22 years ago, hopes to use all that knowledge as its new chief. He was promoted to the top position Monday by Mayor Jay Gillian.Following in the footsteps of his father, Smith said he always wanted to become a firefighter. His father, James Smith, served with the Philadelphia Fire Department for 41 years and rose to the rank of deputy fire chief.His father, now retired from the Philadelphia Fire Department, is a nationally recognized speaker and expert in fire safety. He is the author of the textbook “Strategic & Tactical Considerations on the Fireground,” considered a must-read for high-ranking fire officers.“My dad’s the real deal. He understands the job,” Smith said in an interview Monday after his appointment was announced by the city.Smith, 47, said he intends to call on his father’s knowledge and experience from time to time as he grows into the role of fire chief.During his two decades with the Ocean City Fire Department, Smith has also acquired his own high level of expertise. He attained the rank of captain in 2004 and was promoted to deputy fire chief in 2012.City spokesman Doug Bergen said Smith was the top choice among the candidates considered for the chief’s job. The city followed Civil Service guidelines and conducted its own interviews to make the selection.“We’re looking forward to having someone with so much experience. He’s a great guy, and we expect great things from him,” Bergen said of Smith.Smith succeeds former Fire Chief Chris Breunig, who retired Nov. 1. His appointment is considered provisional pending a brief review period and approval by City Council.The Fire Department includes 59 full-time firefighters and three firehouses. Smith will oversee the opening of a new $2.1 million fire station at 29th Street and West Avenue, which is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.Smith said he doesn’t plan on making sweeping changes within the department. But he noted that he does want to strengthen ties with the local community through a series of outreach programs, including holding more open houses at the fire stations and having firefighters meet with the public.“One thing we could get better at is our outreach to the community,” he said.Operationally, Smith said the Ocean City Fire Department ranks among the best departments in the state. He characterized the employees as top-notch.However, he said the city must prepare in the next five years for the retirement of as many as 15 fire officers. More immediately, he has to pick a new deputy fire chief to fill the vacancy created by his promotion.For the time being, Smith will continue to earn his deputy chief’s salary of $137,430. The fire chief’s maximum base salary is set by city ordinance at $126,554.However, Bergen said the Gillian administration is going to consider changing the salary ordinance for city department heads in coming months to let Smith keep his current salary instead of having to take a pay cut. A change in the salary ordinance would need the approval of City Council.City department heads, including the fire chief, are usually granted 1.25 percent annual raises by Council to match pay hikes given to other municipal employees who are under contract.In an unusual request that was rejected by the city, Breunig, when he was fire chief, sought a demotion to deputy chief in 2015 to try to increase his salary.Deputy fire chiefs make higher salaries than the chief’s base salary because their pay is negotiated through collective bargaining.last_img read more

  • Mayor’s Update March 3

    first_imgDear Friends,My administration will deliver an overview of the proposed 2017 municipal budget at the City Council meeting on Thursday. Frank Donato, our finance director, will explain projected revenues and expenses. The meeting is open to public comment and starts at 7 p.m. March 9 at City Hall. I encourage you all to come out and participate in the budget process. The city is currently in a unique position to complete a lot of long-awaited work, and it’s important to remain responsible to taxpayers while we get it done.At my request, members of our Community Services team have been meeting this winter with young musicians and boardwalk merchants to revise a proposed ordinance that would set guidelines for performing on the boardwalk. I think we now have a proposal that works for everybody, and I want to let you all know that City Council will consider the first reading of the new ordinance on Thursday (March 9).The new measure would apply only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s designed to make sure everybody can enjoy the boardwalk on busy summer nights. I don’t want to discourage young artists in any way, and the new version makes it easier for them to perform. Final revisions are being completed now and the full text of the proposed ordinance will be included in the agenda packet that will be posted with the council agenda on Tuesday (March 7). A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance will be set for a later date. If you’re interested in learning more or providing feedback, I hope you’ll attend one of the meetings.I’m told that our warm winter has helped the contractor working on the 34th Street Bridge to remain on schedule for completion of the first phase of the Cape May County project by May 4. The city has received a few inquiries on the status of the job. New concrete was poured last week, so if it appears there is limited activity, please know the job is moving along. I recognize that everybody who travels Roosevelt Boulevard is anxious for the completion of this job, and I thank you for your patience.Finally, I want to encourage you to get tickets while they last for the OC-Con Comic Festival on April 1-2, the Girls Weekend Fashion Show on March 31, and the KC and the Sunshine Band concert on May 28. All are on sale now.OC-Con  will feature special guests Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. Girls Weekend runs March 31 to April 2, and tickets for the opening Fashion Show are available by calling 609-399-1412. A dance concert on the Ocean City Music Pier featuring KC and the Sunshine Band will open the summer season, and tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayorlast_img read more

  • In Short

    first_imgPie accoladesThe British Pie Awards 2010 will take place on Wednesday 19 May at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray. The event, sponsored by Colman’s, will see bakers fight it out against butchers, in a bid to be crowned the best pie-maker. The judging panel will comprise pie experts and celebrities, including TV chef Phil Vickery, Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury and celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Tobin.Honeybuns abroadA number of Dorset-based firm Honeybuns’ baked goods will now be available in Cojean stores in Paris. The French sandwich and salad outlet will be selling its Almond Moon, Milk Chocolate Brownie and Snowy Hills Minis.Uniq sales on the riseConvenience food group Uniq has announced its first-quarter group sales were up 4.2%, compared to the first three months of 2009. Its food-to-go sales, which include its sandwiches, wraps and deli-fillers business, increased by 12.5%, which the firm said reflected its business wins in 2009, including £15m worth of new sandwich business with Marks & Spencer.last_img read more

  • World Scotch Pie Awards changes for 2021

    first_imgSource: Scottish BakersThe World Championship Scotch Pie Awards is taking place in 2021, Scottish Bakers has confirmed, but it is changing the format due to Covid-19 restrictions.Normally, the competition see professional pie-makers, butchers and bakers enter their products in several categories for judging. Winners are then announced in the categories, which have included sausage rolls, macaroni pies, Scotch pies and apple pies.For the 2021 competition, Scottish Bakers is searching for the ‘champion of champions’ as it invites all previous World Scotch Pie Champions to submit their pies for socially distanced blind judging.Previous winners include two-time champion James Pirie & Son, which topped the competition in 2020 and 2018, as well as Thos Auld & Sons from Greenock, Boghall Butchers from Boghall and The Little Bakery from Dumfries, which claimed the title in 2019.The judging team will be led by Ian Nelson, as well as Paul Long from sponsor Bako North Western Group. An independent auditor will be on hand to oversee proceedings and ‘ensure fairness all round’.Judging will take place on 12 January 2021, and the winner is set to be announced on 19 January 2021.“Restrictions in place to combat Covid mean that our annual November judging day was not possible and neither was the awards lunch in January. So we have taken the decision to run the competition, but with some changes for this year to ensure the awards retain their place in the annual calendar,” said Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers.Scottish Craft Butchers is supporting the competition’s scotch pie evaluation.“In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to recognise the traditional skills and hard work that goes in to develop and produce a truly iconic Scottish product. We look forward to seeing the past champions of butchers, bakers and all pie makers, do battle to see who will be crowned the best of the best,” said Gordon King, executive manager of Scottish Craft Butchers.last_img read more

  • Bill Banning ‘Lifelike’ Toy Guns Passed By New York State Senate

    first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Mad House Photography / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY – A bill that would ban ‘life like’ toy guns and other ‘imitation weapons’ was passed by the New York State Senate on Tuesday.The proposed legislation sponsored by a New York City democrat aims to outlaw all imitation weapons that are “brightly colored” or “constructed entirely of transparent or translucent materials, along with other identifying features.”Lawmakers say the move is in light of several shootings linked to fake firearms being mistaken for real weapons. They say since the mid-1990s more than 60 shootings statewide have occurred because someone mistook a fake gun for the real thing.The bill now heads to the State Assembly for consideration. #BREAKING: The @NYSenate just passed my bill to ban lifelike imitation weapons.Since 1994, there have been at least 63 shootings in New York State because of toy or imitation guns. We’re going to save lives. #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/zZkR01M8rj— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) July 21, 2020last_img read more

  • New law for child safety

    first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaA new law in Georgia will require children 5 years old and younger to be secured in a child safety seat while traveling.”The bill has been passed by both Houses in Georgia and will be finalized when Gov. Sonny Perdue signs it,” said Don Bower, an Extension Service human development specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The law will go into effect on July 1, 2004.”This bill is an extension of the current law, Bower said. Children 4 and under are already required to be in child safety seats. The new bill extends the law to cover children for another year, up to their sixth birthday, in safety seats.Bower said many older children still need to be in booster seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics, he said, recommends that children between 30 and 80 pounds and 4 feet 9 inches or shorter to be buckled into an appropriate booster seat.This is to help protect all child passengers, he said. Seat belts are designed for adults who are at least 4-feet-9 and 80 pounds or larger.Booster seats correct the fit of the belts for smaller children, he said. They raise a child so the vehicle’s lap belt fits low across the hips and the shoulder belt fits correctly across the chest.Advocates for highway safety have found that using booster seats reduced the risk of injury by 59 percent when compared with the use of vehicle belts alone.Under the new Georgia law, children who are older than 5 years won’t be required to be in a safety seat but will still have to wear seat belts until they’re 17. Even then, all drivers and front-seat passengers have to wear seat belts.All states require child restraint systems to ages 2, 3 or 4, and most require seat belts for older persons. Fewer than half have booster seat laws.Georgia’s child passenger safety law is being strengthened, Bower said, because motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children and for all people between the ages of 1 and 34.Georgia Division of Public Health statistics show that on average, 35 children under age 5 are killed every year as passengers in car crashes.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 150 lives could be saved annually if children were restrained with lap and shoulder belts. Another 19 lives could be saved every year if children who are ready for booster seats used them with lap and shoulder belts.The UGA Extension Service gets grant funding from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to run the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute.The state’s main provider of passenger safety educational programs, GTIPI has taught seat belt safety for more than 18 years. In that time, the use of child safety seats has increased from less than 20 percent to more than 90 percent.”Our staff goes and helps communities run safety seat check events,” Bower said. “Families can bring their vehicles and safety seats and specialists can check them to make sure they’re installed correctly and all parts are functioning properly.”Some common errors the staff has seen are misrouted safety belts, harnesses too loose around the child and seats inappropriate for the child’s height and weight, he said.”It is important for parents to read both the safety seat and vehicle manual,” Bower said, “to ensure that the seats are properly installed.”Booster seats can be bought at discount outlets, toy retailers and baby stores.The GTIPI maintains lists of recalled seats, provides free brochures and helps parents help their beginning teen drivers get off to a safe start.To learn more about child safety restraint systems and seat belts, call the GTIPI at 1-800-342-9819. Or check the Web at www.ridesafegeorgia.org.(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

  • Nassau Police Hiring 1st Recruits in 5 Years

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are hiring their first class of 37 new recruits in five years—a turnaround from unfulfilled threats of police layoffs that preceded a wave of payroll-trimming retirements in recent years.Officials will hold a swearing-in ceremony at police headquarters in Mineola on Friday before the class of cadets spend the next seven months of physical, technical and legal training at the department’s academy in Massapequa.“I am very excited about hiring police officers,” First Deputy Police Commission Tom Krumpter said at an East Meadow community meeting last month. “We haven’t hired a police officer in Nassau County since September of 2008… New blood is going to be welcomed.”Krumpter said the new class is the first of three, possibly four, that will result in the hiring of between 150 and 200 new police officers by the end of the year, depending upon the attrition rate.An average of between 100 and 120 members of the department retire or separate annually, meaning there is an expected net gain of about 100 officers with the new hires, he told a crowd of residents. The department had 2,223 members as of April 24.James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association—the union that represents the department’s rank-and-file patrol officers—questioned Krumpter’s math since most cadets won’t graduate until next year, when there will be more attrition.“They’re behind the eight ball as it is already,” Carver said, noting that the department has lost 500 members since January of 2009 and will need another three classes next year to reverse the tide. “It’s going to be two years before they catch up.”The new recruits are the first class to be hired off of a four-year-old list of candidates, which is good through September. If there is a fourth class—Krumpter estimated possibly in December—those recruits would be from list generated by than 15,000 applicants projected to have passed the Nassau police exam offered last summer.The physical, mental and background investigation into selected applicants can take up to six months, but only about half of those the department has called on for follow up interviews have responded, Carver said.And up to 45 percent of applicants fail the physical agility test, said Krumpter, who issued an open call to the public: “If you know anybody on that list, make sure they’re in shape.”Starting salary for Nassau police officers is $34,000, which increases to $107,319 after nine years, not including overtime, shift differential, holiday pay, uniform allowance, health benefits and a pension after 20 years of service.last_img read more