Monitoring a marine ecosystem using responses of upper trophic level predators

first_img1 This study examined the changing status of the marine ecosystem at the island of South Georgia (Southern Ocean) using up to 27 variables measured over 22 years from three upper trophic level predators that specialize in foraging upon krill (Eupuasia superba Dana). These variables included population size, breeding performance, offspring growth rate, foraging behaviour and diet. A method was developed for reducing these multivariate time-series to a single vector, called a combined standardized index (CSI).2 Sensitivity analyses showed that missing values had a large effect upon the accuracy of the CSI but this effect was reduced if the individual variables were highly correlated. The level of correlation and proportion of missing values within the empirical data set were within the acceptable range. Individual variables had widely varying influence upon the CSI but, in general, those with longer time-series had the greatest influence.3 Principal components analysis showed that variables representing offspring growth tended to explain the greatest proportion of the variability in the CSI and this was followed by variables representing diet.4 There were 3 years in which the CSI showed extreme and significantly low values. There was a significant non-linear functional response (similar to the Holling Type II functional response) between the overall CSI and krill biomass and a similar relationship existed when the CSI was calculated for each species individually.5 Separate analysis of variables that were likely to be representative of changing population size showed the presence of a significant decline between 1977 and 1998. There was no trend in the CSI from variables representative of foraging conditions during the summer breeding season. The study has shown that the marine ecosystem at South Georgia shows acute but transient variability that is amplified in the response of upper trophic-level predators. There is less certainty that trends in populations are a consequence of shifts in the degree to which the ecosystem can support krill-feeding seals and penguins.last_img read more


McDermott awarded EPFC contract for storage yanks in Canada

first_img McDermott awarded EPFC contract for storage tanks. (Credit: LEEROY Agency from Pixabay) McDermott International announced CB&I Storage Solutions has been awarded a large contract by a major EPC contractor for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPFC) of 14 tanks in Burnaby, British Columbia. The tanks are part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which will increase the nominal capacity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline System from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.The scope of the contract includes 14 flat-bottom atmospheric storage tanks of various sizes up to 185 feet (56.4 meters) in diameter. The engineering and installation of the tanks will be performed by Canadian workers.“This award demonstrates the confidence major international contractors place in our world-class storage and EPFC solutions,” said Cesar Canals, Senior Vice President of CB&I Storage Solutions. “For more than a century, CB&I Storage Solutions has maintained a strong track record of execution excellence in Canada.”The award will be reflected in McDermott’s second quarter 2020 backlog.*McDermott defines a sizeable contract as between USD $50 million and $250 million.CB&I Storage Solutions is the world’s leading designer and builder of storage facilities, tanks and terminals. With more than 59,000 structures completed throughout its 130-year history, CB&I Storage Solutions has the global expertise and strategically-located operations to provide its customers world-class storage solutions for even the most complex energy infrastructure projects. Source: Company Press Release The scope of the contract includes 14 flat-bottom atmospheric storage tanks of various sizeslast_img read more


Oxford East MP appointed shadow chancellor

first_imgKeir Starmer, a former human rights lawyer, won the Labour leadership contest yesterday with 56% of the vote. The newly-elected deputy leader, Angela Rayner, has been named chairman of the Labour party. Image Credit to Cicero Group / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC-BY-2.0. Lisa Nandy has been appointed shadow foreign secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds as shadow home secretary, and Rachel Reeves as shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Jonathan Ashworth will remain as shadow secretary of state for health and social care. Starmer has stated that: “We are living through a national emergency. Under my leadership, the Labour Party will always act in the country’s interest to save lives and protect livelihoods. That will be the number one priority of my Shadow Cabinet. Nick Brown has been re-appointed as chief whip, and Angela Smith remains shadow leader of the Lords. Barry Gardiner, Jon Trickett, and Ian Lavery have left the Shadow Cabinet. center_img “We will be a responsible opposition that supports the Government where we believe they are right and challenge them when we believe mistakes are being made.” Anneliese Dodds, Oxford East MP, has been appointed shadow chancellor in today’s reshuffle of the shadow cabinet under new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Dodds, an Oxford PPE graduate, replaces John McDonnell to become the first woman to hold the position of shadow chancellor or chancellor. These appointments make up a new Shadow C-19 Committee, which will be responsible for the Party’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more


Weekly Market Review: June 24, 2019

first_imgLast week’s press conference following the Fed’s two-day meeting presented Chairman Jerome Powell, on the job for less than 17 months, with a significant challenge – how to describe the U.S. economy in an optimistic light, but at the same time firmly communicate the central bank’s willingness to come to the rescue should aid be needed. Powell, the first Fed Chair in more than 30 years not to hold a Ph.D. degree in economics, delivered a “dovish” tone that indicates the Fed will “act as appropriate to sustain the (nation’s) expansion” (source: Federal Reserve).Powell’s signal that he is willing to cut rates quickly rippled across many U.S. securities. Both stocks and bonds were already hoping that interest rates cuts could occur as soon as late July 2019, but now they appear to be expecting that action. The S&P 500 index closed at a record level on Thursday 6/20/19, its 5th record close for the year and 212th in the 10 1⁄4 year bull market run. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dipped to 1.99% last week, its first time below 2% since November 2016. Lower interest rates translate into a weaker U.S. dollar, just the tailwind needed by U.S. exporters fighting multiple tariff battles (source: BTN Research).U.S. and Chinese trade teams meet in Japan early this week, setting the stage for a face-to-face dialog between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping late in the week. The White House’s threat from early May 2019 to increase tariffs from 10% to 25% on an additional $325 billion of Chinese imports is Washington’s leverage in the negotiations that will take place in Osaka (source: White House).Notable Numbers for the Week:NOT AS MUCH – China’s ownership of Treasury securities peaked at $1.20 trillion in August 2017 but has dropped 7.4% to $1.11 trillion as of April 2019 (source: Treasury Department).MAYBE NEXT TIME – The Fed’s fourth meeting of 2019 ended last Wednesday with no change in short-term interest rates. The Fed last cut interest rates on 12/16/08 or 10 1⁄2 years ago (source: Federal Reserve).AT RISK OF A TUMBLE? – The four most overvalued housing markets in the world today are Hong Kong, Munich, Toronto, and Vancouver (source: UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index).JULY FOURTH – When the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on 7/04/1776, the population of the 13 colonies was 2.5 million, equal to the population of Houston today (source: Census Bureau).This material does not constitute a recommendation to engage in or refrain from a particular course of action. The information within has not been tailored for any individual. The opinions expressed herein are those of Michael A. Higley as of the date of writing and are subject to change. MML Investors Services, LLC (MMLIS) provides this article for informational purposes, and does not make any representations as to the accuracy or effectiveness of its content or recommendations. Mr. Higley is not an employee of MMLIS and any comments, opinions or facts listed are those of Mr. Higley.This commentary is brought to you courtesy of MML Investors Services, LLC (Member FINRA, Member SIPC). Past performance isn’t indicative of future performance. An index is unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index. Material discussed is meant for informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as specific tax, legal, or investment advice. Although the information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, it is not guaranteed. Please note that individual situations can vary, therefore, the information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual professional advice. Clients must rely upon his or her own professional advisor before making decisions with respect to these matters.This article may include forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied. CRN202006-249948last_img read more


Press release: Thousands of road workers’ lives are being put at risk

first_img While we plan our maintenance and improvement works to minimise inconvenience to drivers, some road closures are necessary, and ultimately for the benefit of road users. Drivers who selfishly and illegally ignore these traffic restrictions force their way through are putting both their lives and those of our road workers at risk – all to save a few minutes on their journey. Also since October 2014, some 341 incidents of either verbal or physical abuse towards workers were recorded across England.Amongst the most common targets for verbal abuse are Highways England traffic officers, who patrol motorways and A-roads 24/7. Their role is to deal with incidents as they happen and keep people safe by implementing lane closures where required.Adie Whiting, 33, a married father of three from Doncaster, has worked for Interserve on behalf of Highways England as a traffic control safety officer, deploying cones, signs, barriers and temporary traffic signals. respect our road workers – slow down near road works and obey speed limits and signs. just because workers aren’t visible, it doesn’t mean they are not present. This is especially true when operations take place at night, but also applies when visibility is restricted by works vehicles and equipment. we plan maintenance and improvement projects to allow works to proceed in the safest and most cost-effective way, with minimum disruption to road users. think what it would be like if you had to contend with lorries and cars driving through your place of work. Research by Highways England reveals a catalogue of serious incidents and near misses ranging from motorists driving into coned off areas where road workers are working to physical and verbal abuse.On average there are nearly 300 incidents a week of incursions and abuse reported by road workers who are busy improving Britain’s 4300 miles of motorways and strategic A roads for the benefit of all road users.And of almost 3500 incidents recorded between July 2016 until September 2017, 150 were serious, leading to four road workers and two motorists being injured. Thousands of road workers’ lives are being put at risk, says Highways EnglandThat is why Highways England is calling on road users to be patient if they are delayed by roadworks and to respect road workers doing a difficult job.The video below shows the unacceptable behaviours that workers are faced with every day. In it, a driver has been stopped at the site of road works on the A120 in Essex involving two barriers in place for drivers to be allowed through with an escort.Incursion – September 2017The irresponsible driver had already driven around the initial closure point on the wrong side of the road, then drove at speed to attempt to avoid Essex Police who were supporting Highways England in enforcing the closure.His actions jeopardised the lives of all those road workers on this stretch of road between Braintree and the A12 at Marks Tey.Another incident captured on video shows a lorry driving through coned off roadworks on the M1.Near miss incursionMike Wilson, Chief Highways Engineer, Executive Director Safety, Engineering and Standards at Highways England said: General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. I’ve been sworn at a lot, physically threatened on occasions and even had someone try to run me over once. You have to have a thick skin doing this job. Road worker abuse often occurs during incursions, whereby drivers seek to ignore a road closure to drive through instead, often failing to heed advance warning signs of upcoming closures.Highways England is reminding motorists of their responsibility while driving through roadworks, with these four key messages:last_img read more


Helen McCrory & More Set for Hytner’s Final National Theatre Season

first_imgLondon’s National Theatre has announced its plans for the 2014-15 season, which will be the final year for Nicholas Hytner before stepping down as Artistic Director. The lineup includes a revival of Euripides’s Medea with Helen McCrory in the title role, a new play by Tom Stoppard directed by Hytner and as previously announced, George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman starring Ralph Fiennes. View Comments The first production of the season will be Medea, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, which will open in July at the Olivier Theatre. Headlined by McCrory, her extensive theater credits include Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, an Olivier Award-winning turn as Rosalind in As You Like It and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre. She has appeared in films such as Hugo, Skyfall, and the Harry Potter series. This will be followed by three new plays by Rona Munro: James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock; James II: Day Of The Innocents and James III: The True Mirror. Directed by Laurie Sansom, the productions will evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the 15th century and play in the Olivier Theatre from September. In The Shed, David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face will open in May, directed by Alex Sims. It will be followed by a new play by Polly Stenham, Hotel, opening in June, directed by Maria Aberg.center_img The new Stoppard play, currently untitled, will open at the Dorfman Theatre in January 2015 under Hytner’s direction. Rules for Living, a new play by Sam Holcroft and directed by Marianne Elliott, will begin performances at the Dorfman in March. The Lyttelton Theatre will host a new play by Richard Bean, directed by Hytner, this summer. Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk will play in the venue in September, followed by Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre with a new production, John, in October and in December a new play by Tena Stivicic, which will be directed by Howard Davies. Man and Superman, starring Fiennes, will subsequently open in the Lyttelton in February 2015. A new play from David Hare, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, adapted from the book by Katherine Boo and directed by incoming artistic director Rufus Norris, will open at the Olivier in November. The venue will play host to Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay from December.last_img read more


Cast Set for Matthew Perry’s The End of Longing

first_imgMatthew Perry has found his London Friends! Christina Cole (The Magistrate), Jennifer Mudge (Into The Woods) and Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard) will join Perry in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the bittersweet and comic new show is scheduled to run for a limited engagement February 2 through May 14.Meet Jack (Perry), Stephanie (Mudge), Joseph (Owen) and Stevie (Cole): four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.Opening night is set for February 11 at the Playhouse Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more


Marathon Pursuit (2/3): Going for the Long Run

first_imgMarathon Pursuit (2/3): Going for the Long RunThe day was ambitious indeed. 15 miles is no easy jog in the park. The sore feet and achy knees, the long stretch of road, and the shear amount of time to keep yourself entertained; a lot goes into running the same distance as a 20 minute car ride. The forecast was calling for rain and rain it provided. It seemed the moment I started using the running shoes on my feet, a steady drizzle was there to accompany it. And two hours later, the rain never stopped.Somewhere between the start and end of the 15 miles, discouraging thoughts drifted between my tired legs and weary mind. The hills kept coming and the rain never stopped. For a moment it wasn’t fun. It wasn’t until my shuttle picked me up on the wet road and I climbed into the heated front seat did I began to appreciate the feet at hand.It wasn’t the farthest I’ve run or even the fastest. An inevitable nasally cold followed the 15 miles of running in the rain, but I knew in the back of my head I gone out and done what I had set out to do; go for the long run. I went to sleep easy that night with the day’s progress putting me to bed. I had managed to stay on track. I had crossed a new finish line and with the red-tape behind me, I woke up one day closer to the Big Race (Richmond Marathon, November 10th).Finish LineWith the new sun and the long run the day before, I was able to rest easy and kick my feet up; progress had been made. With running and training for a marathon, progress can be easily measured. Distance and time, that’s all you really need to know. But running, and seeing the value of that progress, allows me to see there are other achievements that get lost in the name of the Big Picture.It is important in marathon training to track your progress so that the 26.2 is just another long run in the history of many. But perhaps that same logic applies outside of the long runs and time on the road. A lot of people have secret ambitions, dreams they have night after night, unnoticed or not, that they strive for in the daytime, a naked ambition that lies under uniforms and clothes. Everyone has this, somewhere deep down and possibly hidden, and the only way to climb higher to your goals is to occasionally look beneath your feet to see how far you’ve come. To take that time to see what you have built and to know you are closer to the clouds then you were a day before.Get outside and play, understand your true-progress, and go for the long run.-Bradlast_img read more


4th Regional Forum of Family Accommodation in Zadar County

first_imgZadar County Chamber is organizing the fourth Regional Forum of Family Accommodation of Zadar County, which will be held on March 14, at 10 am, in the concert hall Kneževa plače, at Poljana Šime Budinića 3.Regionalni Forum obiteljskog smještaja (FOS) regionalni je skup pružatelja ugostiteljskih usluga u domaćinstvu, koji razmatra aktualne teme te nudi edukativne sadržaje i umrežavanje s ponuđačima proizvoda i usluga za obiteljski smještaj. FOS okuplja vlasnike pružatelje ugostiteljskih usluga u sobama, apartmanima, kućama za odmor i kampovima u domaćinstvu te u pansionima i seoskim domaćinstvima, a zanimljiv je za sve mikro i male poduzetnike koji prate aktualne promjene i trendove u obiteljskom smještaju.This year’s forum will host a panel discussion on current problems that burden the business of family accommodation, will present trends in family accommodation, effective marketing tools and everything else that can help family accommodation owners to monitor fast-growing trends in domestic and foreign tourism market. B2B meetings of exhibitors will also be held, who will present their services specialized in improving family accommodation and will be available for all questions and the possibility of business cooperation.Participation is free with the previous one registration online the pattern below. The application deadline is March 12.last_img read more


Coal miner Bukit Asam to disburse ‘biggest payout ratio’ in company history

first_imgArviyan assured that the payments would not affect Bukit Asam’s cash flow. The coal miner is still pocketing Rp 8 trillion in cash reserves from 2019 and expects to gain more liquidity this year.Bukit Asam, publicly listed at the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) as PTBA, saw its profit slump to Rp 4.06 trillion last year, down 19.1 percent from the previous year, amid weakening coal demand and prices globally.Read also: Bukit Asam, Adaro profits fall on weak coal pricesMeanwhile, PTBA’s parent company, MIND.ID, a state-owned mining holding company, saw its debt triple year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 78.3 trillion in the third quarter of 2019, following the acquisition of gold and copper mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI). Coal mining heavyweight PT Bukit Asam is set to pay Rp 3.65 trillion (US$258.7 million) in dividends — claimed as the biggest payout ratio in the company’s history — to its shareholders, mainly its heavily indebted parent company, MIND.ID.The dividends amounted to 90 percent of company profits booked the previous year, also known as the payout ratio, Bukit Asam president director Arviyan Arifin said on Wednesday.“This is the biggest payout ratio in Bukit Asam’s history and maybe, in the history of publicly listed companies,” he said during an online press conference.  The mining holding company, which operates under the name PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum),  raised $2.5 billion from a global bond offering in May. The bonds were oversubscribed by a factor of 6.4, indicating strong investor appetite.Bukit Asam also announced its new board of directors and commissioners on Wednesday. Notably, the company promoted Hadis Surya Palapa to operations director and appointed Irwandy Arif as commissioner.Hadis, who was formerly Bukit Asam’s corporate secretary, will be replacing Suryo Eko Hadianto, who was appointed MIND.ID’s business transformation director late last year.Irwandy Arif is a special advisor on mining with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. He also chairs the Indonesian Mining Institute (IMI) think tank.PTBA stocks declined slightly by 0.84 percent from the previous trading day to Rp 2,370 apiece on Wednesday.Topics :last_img read more