Intrinsic determinants of a population trend in timing of breeding in the wandering albatross

first_imgNumerous studies of wild animal species have documented that population level responses to environmental change areunderpinned by individual level phenotypic plasticity. However, where the relationship between an individual trait and a climate variable occurs when both show a trend over time, phenotypic plasticity may be confounded by ageing. Weinvestigated between and within individual change in laying date in the wandering albatross Diomedea exulans, a longlived species experiencing a dramatic decline in population size. Laying date has advanced over the last three decades. A mean-centering analysis demonstrated that this pattern was driven by within-individual changes as opposed to appearance or disappearance of phenotypes. Furthermore, a lack of between individual effect suggested the change resulted from ageing as opposed to phenotypic plasticity. Females varied significantly in rate of advance, such that those with low past reproductive rates exhibited a negative temporal trend in laying date, whereas birds with moderate to high past reproductive performance showed little change. The population trend was therefore driven by a subset with low past breeding success.An analysis of effects of timing of breeding on breeding success revealed stabilizing selection for relative laying date. Furthermore, current breeding success was positively related to past success rate, which suggests that there may be indirect selection against plasticity in this population. Our results show that population trends can arise from individual level change unrelated to prevailing environmental conditions, thus demonstrating the importance of longitudinal analyses in the interpretation of climate change effects.last_img read more

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Proptec-packed outsourced letting management service launches

first_imgHome » News » Proptec-packed outsourced letting management service launches previous nextProptechProptec-packed outsourced letting management service launchesF%ur has today begun offering its service to letting agents at just 4% and backed by tech from AskPorter, Adiuvo and Rushbrook & Rathbone.Sheila Manchester15th July 201901,196 Views The letting fees ban has brought even more pressure on agents across the country, now help is at hand to take some of he strain. A white label outsourced lettings and residential property management service has launched today that charges just four per cent, which, it claims, undercuts all other players in this market.F%ur has been launched by Adiuvo, the largest specialist out of hours management in the property industry, servicing multinational agencies like Savills and Knight Frank for the past 12 years, looking after more than half a million properties out of hours, providing 24/7 call handling triage.In a very smart packaging process, F%ur adds cutting edge technology provided by Askporter – an Artificial Intelligence powered property management platform – to specialist call handling and maintenance from its parent company Adiuvo and expert back office letting processes provided by Rushbrook & Rathbone.By combining these elements, F%ur offers letting agents and portfolio managers a fully outsourced solution for all the time-consuming parts of the property cycle – including all pre-tenancy administration including referencing, the agreement and right to rent checks; all tenancy, maintenance and management including a yearly inspection; rent collection, accounts and arrears management and complete post-tenancy including deposit issues or renewals – at a cost of four per cent of the monthly rent.Colin Stokes, Managing Director of F%ur, says: “Further to our investment in askporter in 2018 we saw the possibility of combining the askporter platform with our own our expertise in the industry to offer a service to letting agents and property managers at a hugely competitive rate.“The addition of our partnership with Rushbrook & Rathbone, experts in back office lettings, means we are able to provide clients with a complete service that provides the best of tradition and innovation.“Agents’ margins have been squeezed tight with the tenant fee ban; a solution like F%ur which agents can fully white label, will help them offer great value to their clients and make a return for themselves too.” PropTech-enabled firm F%ur Adiuvo Colin Stokes Four per cent July 15, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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

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Newest Virginia-class submarine set for commissioning

first_img View post tag: USS Colorado Back to overview,Home naval-today Newest Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado set for weekend commissioning Newest Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado set for weekend commissioning View post tag: US Navy March 14, 2018 View post tag: SSN 788 View post tag: submarine Authorities The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London on March 17, 2018, the US Navy said. USS Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet and the fifth of overall eight Block III submarines.Block III submarines incorporate two tubes with twelve missiles instead of twelve separate missile tubes their sister ships had. They also feature a revised bow.Delivered to the US Navy in September 2017, the fast-attack submarine is equipped with non-penetrating digital camera periscopes called Photonics Masts. Normally, submarines are built with two classic style periscopes.The Technical Insertion called TI-14, and Advanced Processing Build APB-13, allows the Photonics Masts the option to be controlled with wired video game controllers. Though others have tested prototypes, Colorado is the first submarine operating from the start with the gaming controllers, according to the navy.USS Colorado is the fourth ship to bear the name of Colorado. View post tag: Virginia-Class Share this articlelast_img read more

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Blues kickstart campaign

first_imgBLUES HOCKEY Oxford 3 Purley Walcountians 1 The Blues commenced their latest Premiership campaign with a comprehensive 3-1 drubbing of a combative Purley outfit. Dan Solomon edged in the third, but it was debutant Mark Little who caught the eye with two extraordinary strikes. Purley, who finished two places higher than the Blues last season, had no answer to the flair and tenacity of the magnificent home side. Oxford had experienced the worst possible start when fresher Dave Cresswell limped off after a promising fourteen minutes. Much to their credit, his teammates maintained the initiative, Dan Fox surging from midfield at every opportunity. It was Fox himself who nearly opened the scoring on twenty minutes. His fiercesome hit from a short corner was well-blocked by Gareth Dunn. Former skipper Rob Woodhead also came close before the interval, spraying a shot just over the bar. The second half proved a full-blooded affair. Once Jesus’ Richard Blackburn scythed down a sprinting Nick Champness there was little doubting the intent and urgency in the Blues performance. Dave Close stepped forward with assurance from the back, with Andrew Armitage offering width and considerable threat out on the right. Little subbed on for Tom Bullock on fifty-one minutes, Kal El Wahab stung the ball left and there was the replacement to lash a splendid reverse-stick strike beneath the body of the Purley stopper. Still, the waspish visitors fought back and were rewarded with a sudden equaliser. Former England U21 international Nick Hayes executed the calm finish following a chopped cross from Mark Hardy. Oxford retook the lead within three minutes. Woodhead found space on the left, shooting across the face of the goal only for a remarkable lunge from Little to deflect the ball home. With Dunn drawn out of position, the two-goal striker turned provider to gift Solomon the third. The Christ Church player rolled the ball into the net to wrap up the three points for the Blues.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2003last_img read more

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Foreigners

first_imgI like Belgium and I like Belgians. Not like-like, I mean, I don’t love any of them, but they are genuinely  nice people, and genuinely welcoming too. For example, I have just come back from taking my boots to  the cobbler. I used to take them to Bob the Cobbler on Turl Street and he’d spend his time mending them once ever three weeks. This time, I took this pair of boots to the cobbler’s and he inspected them  then said, ‘Amen, ils sont mort.’Then he giggled. He just wants to mend my boots, and he sees he cannot.And then the other day I went into a church and this old lady gave me a guided tour, and she knew tons  of things about each detail of the baptismal bucket (one of the seven wonders of Wallonia, the Walloons  are wonderful), and was happy to tell me about them. She kept waving her hand around it, setting off the alarm.My mum came to drop some stuff off for me, and though she means well she is not a directly amicable  person. Nevertheless she gets herself invited to a dinner at one of the other teacher’s houses with me,  she sits there, supercilious, but these are genuine people she has in front of her, and genuinely nice.That’s why I felt so bad about my discourse on the fun fair incidents. The girls I went with are genuine  and friendly people, and really open, and as hard as I try to be the cynical distanced intruder, I’ve given  up. May I? May I quote Gatsby? “Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”That doesn’t mean I’ve given up the blogging, it simply means I’m a little more – integrated.May I?  “I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler.”last_img read more

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Eric Krasno & Marcus King Announce Pool-Side Performance At “Playing In The Sand”

first_imgBlues-rock guitarists Eric Krasno and Marcus King will both play a pop-up, pool-side performance at Dead & Company‘s “Playing In The Sand” event down in Riviera Maya, Mexico on Saturday. The duo set was announced on Friday, and will take place at 1 p.m. local time at the pool of the Barceló Maya Colonia Hotel on Saturday afternoon, as attendees at the four-day destination event will look to continue their south-of-the-border party into the heart of the weekend.Both Krasno and King had been at sea the past few days, as both musicians were part of the ongoing 2019 installment of JamCruise. The two helped lead an all-star performance in the ship’s Spinnaker Lounge on Day 2 of JamCruise on Wednesday, where they rocked the boat alongside drummer Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), keyboardist Deshawn “D-Vibes” Alexander (Marcus King Band), and Kevin Scott (The Invisible Whip). The pop-up performance on Saturday will act as the latest live collaboration between the two musicians/friends, as the guitarists have come to develop quite the tandem with recurring sit-ins at each others’ shows over the last few years as King’s career continues to blossom.Dead & Company had the day off on Friday following an impressive night one performance on Thursday. Fans and snowbirds who are at the event were also invited to check out the Dead-themed photo gallery event at The Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday morning, which featured showcased work from renowned GD photographer, Jay Blakesberg.Regardless of what beach-side plans attendees may have had for Saturday afternoon, fans should still try to make their way over to the Barceló Maya Colonia pool by 1 p.m. later this afternoon for a pre-Dead & Co. jam session.last_img read more

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Community remembers fifth-year student

first_imgXavier Murphy, a fifth-year student and former resident of Zahm Hall, died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 22. Zahm Rector Corry Colonna said he and Murphy both joined Zahm in 2007 and got to know each other well during Murphy’s four years in the dorm. “He had an amazing energy about him, always so positive. He greeted everyone with a big smile,” Colonna said. “He was soft-spoken but confident and always respectful.  He had a sensitivity about him that attracted others to him.” Murphy was diagnosed with leukemia exactly one month before he died. He developed pneumonia over the weekend. Murphy, who is from Anderson, Ind., graduated with a degree in political science with the class of 2011, but was on campus this semester to finish one class and intern with the football team. “It is so very hard to imagine that energetic person is now passed,” Colonna said. “As a person of such energy, of good faith, and kindness will be how we remember him.” Murphy’s mother, Marcia Murphy, said her son was a quiet, private person, but the time since his diagnosis allowed her to see a different side of him. “He did begin to open up more and share and tell us things like he never would,” she said. “That very first day, I’ll never forget how he said, ‘I’m just so scared.’ That was so un-Xavier to open up that way.” But throughout his battle with cancer, his mother said Murphy rarely complained. Instead, during one of his most painful days, Marcia said Murphy comforted her when she cried. “It’s really weird because he got this big smile, and he did have a beautiful smile, and said, ‘Why are you crying, mom?’” Marcia said. “And I said, ‘Because it is so hard to watch you suffer.’ He took my head in his hands and said, ‘It’s okay, I’m going to be okay.’ “He didn’t fight it. He wasn’t afraid. He comforted me in his suffering.” Murphy’s father, David, also remembers Murphy’s ability to comfort those around him. “He was a gentleman in the sense that he didn’t want people around him to feel badly about themselves [or] to feel sad,” David said. “He was a lovely guy who is going to leave such a huge impact on all of us.” His parents also said Murphy embraced God during his last few weeks, and asked for confession before he died. David said Murphy loved Notre Dame and his time living in Zahm. “He loved the family he found at Notre Dame,” David said. “He loved Zahm. He loved that place and those boys were his brothers … They have been so loving and supportive, and it has meant a lot to our family.” Murphy’s younger brother, Julian, also attends the University. Zahm celebrated a Mass in honor of Murphy on Tuesday in the dorm’s chapel, followed by a walk to the Grotto. Over 150 students processed into the Grotto with candles, and many members of the crowd raised their arms in an “X” above their heads to honor Murphy. Murphy served as one of the three senior football managers last year and was interning with the football team this year. Head Football Equipment Manager Ryan Grooms called Murphy trustworthy and loyal. “Immediately, he’s one of those kids you kind of fall in love with,” he said. “He had one of those attitudes and personalities that just kind of lights up the rooms and brings happiness to everybody around you.” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement Murphy will be missed by the Notre Dame community. “Our prayers and condolences go out to Xavier’s family and friends,” Jenkins said. “By all accounts he was an exceptional and greatly loved young man who will be deeply missed.” Prior to Murphy’s passing, Zahm had planned events to support Murphy and raise awareness for cancer patients. Colonna said he hopes to continue with the events. He said Zahm hopes to hold a “Raise an X for X” campaign during the Notre Dame vs. Navy football game Oct. 29, which would have been Murphy’s 23rd birthday. However, Colonna said he wants to get permission from the Murphy family before moving forward with the event. The campaign would ask the student body to stand and make an “X” with their arms over their heads, mimicking the symbol residents of Zahm traditionally make during the Celtic chant. “X isn’t just for Xavier, it is for us, but it can be a variable for anyone who is fighting cancer,” Colonna said. Zahm would also sell red T-shirts and bandanas to raise money and awareness for those battling cancer. As part of his leukemia treatment, Murphy needed to receive frequent blood transfusions. Colonna said Zahm will hold a blood drive Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the LaFortune Ballroom. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Murphy on Saturday at 11 a.m. The location is not set yet, but will be in one of two churches near Murphy’s hometown. Douglas Farmer and Megan Doyle contributed to this report.last_img read more

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The Cast of Holiday Inn Records Their Cast Album

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Related Shows Corbin Bleu Star Files Get ready to shake the blues away! Holiday Inn is set to close at Studio 54 on January 15, but you can keep tapping your toes and crooning “White Christmas” along with the cast recording. As previously reported, the Ghostlight Records album will be available on a spring 2017 date to be announced. Broadway.com entered the recording studio with firecrackers Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer, Bryce Pinkham and the rest of the cast. Check out the pics, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on when to mark your calendar for our new favorite holiday: Holiday Inn cast recording release day!center_img Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer & Bryce Pinkham(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Lora Lee Gayer Bryce Pinkhamlast_img read more

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Board to meet November 30

first_imgBoard to meet November 30 November 15, 2001 Regular News A discussion on multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional practices, the annual audit report of Bar finances, and the last of this year’s two-year cycle procedural rule amendments will be among the items addressed by the Bar Board of Governors at its November 30 meeting. Governors will also take up again an appeal of an ethics opinion on advance funding, make a variety of appointments, and hear a report from the Family Law Section on its activities. The board will be having one of its periodic out-of-state meetings, this time in Atlanta. More than 900 Florida Bar members practice in the greater Atlanta area, and a reception, sponsopred by the Out-of-State Practioners Division, is planned to give those lawyers a chance to meet with board members. State Bar of Georgia President Jimmy Franklin and members of that bar’s Executive Committee will be attending the meeting, and a panel discussion is planned with members of both groups on the multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional practice issues. The Florida Bar has been a leader in the effort to block the establishment or growth of MDPs, while the Georgia bar is considering what position to take on that issue. The Florida Bar is studying the MJP issue, which is concerned about when it is proper for out-of-state attorneys to handle legal issues and related topics, including disciplinary questions. The Criminal Procedure Rules, Workers’ Compensation Rules, and Code and Rules of Evidence committees will present their two-year cycle rule amendments to the board for its review. That will complete the initial year of the new biennial rule cycle process, which has the procedural rules committees presenting amendments every other year, instead of the previous four-year cycle, and half of the committees presenting their changes in any given year. The Audit Committee will present the findings of the Bar’s outside auditors on the fiscal 2000-01 year operations, along with any recommendations from the auditors. That fiscal year ended June 30. The board will revisit Proposed Advisory Opinion 00-3 from the Professional Ethics Committee, which addresses advance funding companies. Those companies offer to loan money to personal injury clients secured only by expected winnings. The PAO 00-3 holds it is ethical for attorneys to tell clients about advance funding companies and, if the client gives written consent after consultation, to share confidential information with a funding company. An early version of the opinion also held that lawyers could issue letters of protection to the funding company, but the final version omitted that. It did say a lawyer could honor such a letter executed by a client. Some board members, at their October meeting, expressed reservations about the ethics of advance funding companies and the interest rates charged. Others said while some companies might be unsavory, it was not the lawyers’ duty to prevent clients from entering into such agreements. The board tabled the issue so members could review earlier drafts of PAO 00-3. Family Law Section Chair Norman Levin is scheduled to present the section’s annual report to the board. He is also expected to meet with the Disciplinary Procedure Committee over a planned revision to Rule 4-1.8(i), which prohibits an attorney from obtaining an interest in the client’s property which is subject to the cause of action. The DPC is considering an amendment to clarify that lawyers may not obtain a mortgage on client’s property, which would include property being divided in a divorce. The Family Law Section’s Executive Council has voted to oppose that, saying it would make it harder for some clients to obtain lawyers. The council also has gone on record in favor of allowing lawyers to get a percentage of property divided in a divorce as a way to improve access to the justice system. Appointments to be made include: • One lawyer from the federal Northern District of Florida for a four-year term on the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference. • One lawyer for a two-year term on the Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors. • Five lawyers, one from each district court of appeal jurisdiction, for two-year terms on the Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee. • One lawyer for a three-year term on the Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors. The complete agenda can be found at the Bar’s website, www.FLABAR.org.center_img Board to meet November 30last_img read more

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Local hospital opening up its new “Farmacy” food program

first_imgSIDNEY (WBNG) — A.O. Fox Hospital’s Tri-Town campus is launching a new food program that provides food items to patients in need after the hospital was given thousands of dollars in a grant. “Because we live in a rural community, we don’t have access to healthy foods as much as we’d like to,” said Buttice. “We don’t have transportation, we don’t have the resource in our homes.” Similar to a food pantry, officials who started the farmacy say it’s a whole lot more than that. They also provide an education on how to cook healthier meals. “We’ll be offering free cooking classes,” said Director of Education and Employee Wellness, Sarah Buttice. “They know what to do with the food when they get it. They can introduce it to their families, and help them see the benefits of eating healthy.” Some of the food in the farmacy include fresh fruits and vegetables, low sugar cereals, and healthy soups. Buttice says the Tri-Town campus covers an area that doesn’t have the best resources when it comes to healthy food. Those eligible for this program include patients who get referrals from clinicians. Usually, that would include patients with chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes. Other patients with food insecurity, lack of health insurance, or low household income can also be eligible. The farmacy will open 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 7 at the A.O. Fox Hospital Tri-Town Campus in Sidney. You can find it right when you enter the campus’s Sidney Specialty Services doors.last_img read more

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