Foraging dynamics of macaroni penguins Eudypteschrysolophus at South Georgia during brood-guard

first_imgWe used satellite telemetry methods to study macaroni penguins at South Georgia todetermine how they ranged from their colonies during the early part of their breeding season at atime when they are constrained to return to their chicks on a near-daily basis. The principal objectivesof this study were to examine whether these penguins exploit major oceanographic featureswhere prey may be more predictable, whether birds from one colony forage in separate locations tothose from nearby colonies, or whether they range evenly over the available area. Results show thatthe penguins did not range evenly, that birds from one colony tended to forage in locations separatefrom those used by birds from nearby colonies (or at least overlap was restricted), and that thoughbirds from some colonies foraged within waters influenced by major oceanographic features such asthe southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current front, not all birds in the region focused on such areas,as some birds foraged in other oceanographic contexts. The results from this study highlight the complexityof foraging dynamics for colonially nesting seabirds; they also help inform management modelscurrently being developed for Antarctic krill fisheries, which are a potential competitor for themain prey of macaroni penguins.last_img read more

Zenith Energy to acquire Sidi El Kilani concession from Kufpec

first_imgThe Sidi El Kilani concession includes the Sidi El Kilani oilfield (SLK) that produces approximately 700 barrels of oil per day (bopd) Zenith Energy to acquire stake in North Kairouan permit and the Sidi El Kilani from Kufpec. (Credit: Pixabay/John R Perry) Zenith Energy has signed a conditional sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Kufpec (Tunisia) to acquire a working interest in the North Kairouan permit and the Sidi El Kilani concession (the Tunisian acquisition) in Tunisia.Zenith Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary, Zenith Energy Netherlands has signed the agreement for the Tunisian acquisition.Kufpec owns an undivided 22.5% stake in the assets, together with 25 Class B shares in the operator Compagnie Tuniso-Koweito-Chinoise de Pétrole (CTKCP).The Sidi El Kilani concession includes the Sidi El Kilani oilfield (SLK), which is claimed to be one of the most productive fields in onshore Tunisia and currently produces, natural flow approximately 700 barrels of oil per day (bopd).It was first discovered in 1989 by KUFPEC with commercial production beginning in 1993.Zenith Energy CEO Andrea Cattaneo said: “We are delighted to have executed the SPA with regards to the interest in the Sidi El Kilani Concession, a highly productive Tunisian onshore oil production and development asset, which has consistently outperformed even the most optimistic production forecasts since commercial production commenced in 1993.”Zenith’s partners in the Tunisian acquisitionZenith’s partners in the Tunisian acquisition will include the Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières (ETAP) with a 55% interest and CNPC, China National Petroleum Corporation with a 22.5 % interest.Subject to the conditions set out in the SPA, Kufpec will sell, assign and transfer the concession to Zenith Netherlands.Andrea Cattaneo added: “Our strategic outlook is that oil prices will progressively strengthen in line with a gradual worldwide recovery in financial and industrial activity following the progressive alleviation of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.”Recently, Zenith Energy said that it is in advanced negotiations to contract a rig for drilling in the Republic of Congo.last_img read more

Charity karting

first_imgRank Hovis will be sponsoring this year’s Kart Grand Prix, an annual charity event that raises money for the Bakers’ Benevolent Fund, which raised over £2,250 last year.People in the industry can either register drivers or sponsor a prize. Both experienced karters and complete novices can attend. This year’s event is to be held at Daytona Raceway, Milton Keynes Thursday 27 September, 10.30am-4.00pm.Email [email protected] or tel 01494 428505.last_img

Central Vermont Community Action Council receives $67,000 SBA grant

first_imgNinety-two nonprofit organizations from around the country received $8 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including one to the Central Vermont Community Action Council for $67,000, to help low-income and very low-income entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance to start, operate and grow their businesses. The grants, delivered under the Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME), also will provide capacity-building services to microenterprise development entities to strengthen the quality of their programs.Competition for PRIME grants was open to applicants in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Last year, SBA funded 58 grants in 32 states on a highly competitive basis. This year, SBA received 215 applications. A total of 92 grants were awarded this year to 57 second-year recipients and 35 new participants from 43 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.‘PRIME grants remain a major source of funding for providing small businesses with essential training and technical assistance,’ said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. ‘We are very pleased that this year we have been able to provide this funding, which will translate into new jobs and stronger local economies.’PRIME grants are intended to help small businesses with five or fewer employees that are economically disadvantaged, and to businesses owned by low-income individuals, including those residing on Indian reservations and tribal lands. Such help is offered through a network of qualified nonprofit organizations that provide business training and technical assistance.Grants ranged up to $250,000 this year, with a 50 percent match required of each recipient organization. The PRIME grant is open to microentrepreneur training and technical assistance providers in all 50 states and the territories, and has a one-year performance period, with four 12-month options.For a complete list of recipients, Click on ‘SBA PRIME Grantees (by State), Fiscal Year 2010’ at: http://www.sba.gov/financialassistance/prospectivelenders/prime/index.ht(link is external)….Source: SBA. # # #last_img read more

4 apps to make money with your home

first_imgSome empty nesters are finding they are just one app away from turning their spare room into a side gig.According to an AARP study, 37% of working consumers age 50-64 have plans to work after retiring. A Gallup poll also found that three in four Americans plan to continue working on a part-time basis in retirement.With most looking for something flexible they can do from home, opening their doors can seem like an appealing opportunity.If it’s something you’re interested in exploring, be sure you understand all of the regulations, insurance and taxes involved. There are also startup costs and other recurring expenses to consider. The last thing you want is to violate the law or end up with a “guest” who refuses to leave.Once all the research is completed, here are a few apps that can help make your space sharing dream a reality. Roomi: Got an extra room you want to rent out? You can list it for free along with other information such as house rules, length of stay, available move-in dates and requests for background checks.Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO): If your vacation property is gathering dust, this app may be an option.Airbnb: This company is in the spotlight for helping homeowners make cash by renting out their homes while at home or away. The service is on pace to log 100 million guests this year.Peerspace or Splacer: Not ready to commit to having someone in your home for days or weeks? If you have an amazing view in a big city or the perfect house and land for events, these apps let you rent your home or room by the hour. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

Top 5 tips for collections businesses

first_img continue reading » Many small to mid-sized businesses find payments to be their most significant challenge. Odd, we know, but all too common. You’d think companies would want to develop the simplest way to accept and receive money. This is especially true of the ARM/collections industry.Collections are fraught with outdated systems and methodologies that make collecting on-time payments from their customers a nightmare. Over time, invoices pile up, accounts go past due, and cash flow dwindles. Implementing a strong collections strategy is vital to your business. While you can’t force clients to pay on time, you can change how you operate to be more efficient and convenient to improve your cash flow.Make Payments EasyYou need to facilitate a convenient payment structure if you want to receive your money on time. A web portal that allows customers to pay when and where they want is ideal. More payment options mean that clients can use their preferred methods to quickly and easily pay off their monthly balance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Southampton’s six of the best

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When it comes to property plenty of investors are still breaking this golden rule

first_imgPlenty of property investors are breaking the first golden rule of property when they choose what to buy.WHEN it comes to buying property new research shows plenty of investors are still breaking the golden rule.Analysis by lender ME has found plenty of investors are just relying on past performance as a guarantee of future success.In fact more than half of those investors surveyed were doing exactly that.When asked what made them most confident that they had made the right investment, 56 per cent of respondents said it was that house prices had always gone up in the past.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by About 11 per cent admitted they were just following the crowed. They said with so many people buying investment properties they assumed it must be safe.Only about a third of property investors admitted they had sought expert advice or analysis of the market.ME head of home loans, Patrick Nolan, warned investors should be cautious and objective when buying.“Australia’s property market is diverse and not all properties are performing equally at any one time,’’ he said.“Your investment timeline is another important factor: the longer you’re able and prepared to remain invested the more likely you are to see growth.He said the best basis for making an investment decision was analysis and advice.last_img read more

Bulldogs Sweep Lions In Softball

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldog Softball team defeated Rushville last night by a score of 3-2 in 8 innings.The Bulldogs got on base early in the 1st inning when Laker singled to center with a base hit, but was thrown out on the next pitch as she attempted to steal 2nd. A strike out by Burkhart ended the 1st inning for the Bulldogs. A walk by Muir #14 to start the game for Rushville and a single to left field put runners in scoring position early. A 6-5 play on a ground ball forced Muir out at 3rd. A pop up behind home plate and catch by Cornn outed Kuhn, and a ground out by Muir #10 ended the inning with no runs scored.The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd innings while Rushville scored 2. The first came after Muir #14 singled to left field and then reached 2nd on an error by the Bulldogs attempting to throw her out stealing. A single to center field by Hamilton scored Muir on another error by the Bulldogs attempting to throw her out at home and allowed Hamilton to reach 3rd base. A sacrifice fly by Marquez scored Hamilton. Two ground outs later ended the inning.The Bulldogs scored one run in the 4th inning after Obermeyer walked and Wilson tripled to CF to score courtesy runner Nunlist. The Bulldogs score their second run in the 6th inning after Waechter reached on an error and advanced to 2nd. Wilson singled to center advancing Waechter home.A pitchers duel ensued through the 7th and into the 8th inning. After a strike out by Cornn to start the 8th, Westerfeld walked and courtesy runner Nunlist advanced to 2nd after a wild pitch. Garcia sacrifice bunted successfully to advance Nunlist to 3rd. Laker singled to left field scoring Nunlist.  A Rushville strike out and two fly outs ended the game.Westerfeld led the team in pitching with 4 strikeouts and no earned runs coming in to relieve Obermeyer in the 4th inning. Wilson led the team at the plate with 2 hits (single and triple) and 2 RBIs. Laker finished with 3 hits and an RBI. Garcia had 3 hits, Obermeyer 2 hits and 2 walks, and Burkhard ended with a hit.  Wilson ended the game with 9 putouts while Burkhart finished with 6 assists.Rushville looked a whole lot better defensively than they did last week and they made it very difficult to score runs. Westerfeld did a great job of shutting their hitters down when she came in to start the fourth inning.‘This was a great win for us as we move to our last week of regular season softball with 4 games next week.’ Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.Next up – Connersville on Monday at home with a 5:30 PM start.The JV Lady Bulldogs traveled to Rushville Thursday evening and defeated the Lady Lions by a score of 13-2.  The Lady Bulldogs capitalized on solid hitting and terrific pitching to earn the victory.Batesville was first on the board in the top half of the third when they scored six runs off of eight hits in the frame.  They would go on to add five more in the fourth and another two in the fifth.  Rushville would get on the board but not until late in the bottom half of the fifth where they scored two runs. The Lady Bulldogs ended the game by getting an uncharacteristic 4-3-2-6 double play. Solid defense was key on the night as the Lady Bulldogs only committed a single error.The Lady Bulldogs pounded out 16 total hits on the evening with Gwen Martin leading the way slugging out three singles, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Abby Westerfeld, Chloe Saler, Hannah Nunlist, Anna Gerth, and McKenzie Laker all had two hits a piece while Kylie Laker, Ainsley Phipps, and Zoe Peters each had one.  Westerfeld led the team with three runs scored while Nunlist and Phipps contributed with three RBI’s a piece.Kylie Laker was excellent in her first start of the season going all five innings for the Lady Bulldogs punching out seven Lady Lions hitters.The win improves the JV Lady Bulldog record to 6-7 on the season. Batesville JV softball will next be in action Tuesday evening at home against the visiting Milan Lady Indians.  First pitch will be immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img read more

Flinn earns Promoter of the Year nomination

first_imgCRYSTAL, Mich. – Crystal Motor Speedway promoter Ron Flinn is one of six nomi­nees for Racing Promotion Monthly’s Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award.The ARPY is short track racing’s most prestigious annual award. Nominees hail from six different regions, with Flinn the promoter of the year in RPM’s Central Region.Crystal was recognized with a 30-year Modified sanction award at the IMCA ban­quet last fall.The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will be revealed during the 45th annual RPM Workshop at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort at Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 12.last_img