Global relationships amongst black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses: analysis of population structure using mitochondrial DNA and microsatellites

first_imgThe population structure of black-browed (Thalassarche melanophris and T. impavida) and grey-headed (T. chrysostoma) albatrosses was examined using both mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and microsatellite analyses. mtDNA sequences from 73 black-browed and 50 grey-headed albatrosses were obtained from five island groups in the Southern Ocean. High levels of sequence divergence were found in both taxa (0.55–7.20% in black-browed albatrosses and 2.10–3.90% in grey-headed albatrosses). Black-browed albatrosses form three distinct groups: Falklands, Diego Ramirez/South Georgia/Kerguelen, and Campbell Island (T. impavida). T. melanophris from Campbell Island contain birds from each of the three groups, indicating high levels of mixture and hybridization. In contrast, grey-headed albatrosses form one globally panmictic population. Microsatellite analyses on a larger number of samples using seven highly variable markers found similar population structure to the mtDNA analyses in both black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses. Differences in population structure between these two very similar and closely related species could be the result of differences in foraging and dispersal patterns. Breeding black-browed albatrosses forage mainly over continental shelves and migrate to similar areas when not breeding. Grey-headed albatrosses forage mainly at frontal systems, travelling widely across oceanic habitats outside the breeding season. Genetic analyses support the current classification of T. impavida as being distinct from T. melanophris, but would also suggest splitting T. melanophris into two groups: Falkland Islands, and Diego Ramirez/South Georgia/Kerguelen.last_img read more

Investigating radiation belt losses though numerical modelling of precipitating fluxes

first_imgIt has been suggested that whistler-induced electron precipitation (WEP) may be the most significant inner radiation belt loss process for some electron energy ranges. One area of uncertainty lies in identifying a typical estimate of the precipitating fluxes from the examples given in the literature to date. Here we aim to solve this difficulty through modelling satellite and ground-based observations of onset and decay of the precipitation and its effects in the ionosphere by examining WEP-produced Trimpi perturbations in subionospheric VLF transmissions. In this study we find that typical Trimpi are well described by the effects of WEP spectra derived from the AE-5 inner radiation belt model for typical precipitating energy fluxes. This confirms the validity of the radiation belt lifetimes determined in previous studies using these flux parameters. We find that the large variation in observed Trimpi perturbation size occurring over time scales of minutes to hours is primarily due to differing precipitation flux levels rather than changing WEP spectra. Finally, we show that high-time resolution measurements during the onset of Trimpi perturbations should provide a useful signature for discriminating WEP Trimpi from non-WEP Trimpi, due to the pulsed nature of the WEP arrival.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 11/22

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballNon-RegionMANTI, Utah-Grady Thompson posted 19 points and the Manti Templars overpowered Gunnison Valley 75-63 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Creed Mogle had a game-high 22 points in the loss for the Bulldogs.SALT LAKE CITY-The North Sanpete Hawks got past the Grand Red Devils 62-59 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in non-region boys basketball action Friday.DELTA, Utah-Derek Smith had 33 points but it wasn’t enough as the Grantsville Cowboys edged Delta 52-49 Friday in non-region boys basketball action at the Palladium.SALINA, Utah-Burke Mickelsen netted 19 points as the North Sevier Wolves humbled Millard 47-35 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Sam Marshall and Tyce Davies had 11 points apiece in the loss for the Eagles.Girls Basketball1-A Girls Basketball PreviewRICHFIELD, Utah-Jamika Nelson amassed 20 points on 9-14 from the field as the Monument Valley Cougars routed Piute 44-29 Friday during the 1-A girls basketball preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Heidi Jensen posted 13 points for the Thunderbirds in defeat.RICHFIELD, Utah-Abby Stevens posted 18 points on 9-13 shooting as the Wayne Badgers smacked the Tabiona Tigers 46-25 Friday at the Sevier Valley Center during the 1-A girls basketball preview. Abbie Rhoades had 8 points for the Tigers in defeat. Wayne improves to 1-0 and next faces Tintic Saturday at 6:00 pm at the Sevier Valley Center.RICHFIELD, Utah-Mataya Barney posted 22 points and 9 rebounds as the Panguitch Bobcats downed Wendover 43-25 Friday during the 1-A girls basketball preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Kiesa Miller added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Leslie Luna’s 13 points led the Wildcats in the loss.RICHFIELD, Utah-McKina Stacey netted 16 points and 6 rebounds as the Rich Rebels bested Bryce Valley 42-37 during the 1-A girls basketball preview at the Sevier Valley Center Friday. Brooklyn Syrett had 13 points and Oakley Johnson added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the loss for the Mustangs.RICHFIELD, Utah-Bahazhoni Filfred posted 19 points on 7-13 shooting and Daan Filfred added 13 points and 9 rebounds on 6-11 from the field as the Whitehorse Raiders outlasted Valley 48-44 Friday during the 1-A girls basketball preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Esther Cox netted 12 points and 4 rebounds in the loss for the Buffaloes. Valley (0-1 on the season) is next in action Saturday at 1:30 pm at the Sevier Valley Center against the Rich Rebels.RICHFIELD, Utah-Preslee Barnson posted 16 points and 6 rebounds as the Milford Tigers hammered Manila 56-12 Friday at the Sevier Valley Center during the 1-A girls basketball preview. Olivia Clegg amassed 9 points, 5 rebounds and 8 blocked shots in the loss for the Mustangs. Milford improves to 1-0 on the season and faces Whitehorse at 9:00 am Saturday morning as the tournament ensues.RICHFIELD, Utah-Talynn Lovato posted 17 points as the Green River Pirates sailed past Escalante 41-17 Friday in the 1-A girls basketball preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Kenzie Lyman netted 12 points and 6 rebounds and Mikki Prows added 5 points and 11 rebounds in the loss for the Moquis.Escalante next faces the Manila Mustangs Saturday at 10:30 am at the Sevier Valley Center as they fall to 0-1 on the season. Brad James November 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 11/22 Tags: Escalante Moquis/Green River Pirates Written bylast_img read more

Flatfair senior team shake-up includes surprising new hire

first_imgHome » News » Flatfair senior team shake-up includes surprising new hire previous nextProducts & ServicesFlatfair senior team shake-up includes surprising new hireAlternative deposits supplier tells The Negotiator that former Zero Deposit COO has now joined its senior team as co-founder Daniel Jeczmien exits.Nigel Lewis8th February 20210954 Views Flatfair has made significant changes to its leadership team including luring the former COO of its key competitor to join the senior team.Gary Wright (main pic), who until December 2019 was the COO of Zero Deposit, has subsequently worked at RICS-endorsed property surveying site HouzeCheck before joining Flatfair.Flatfair has also said goodbye to one of its three founding directors, Daniel Jeczmien, although he will remain a major shareholder.Jeczmien established Flatfair in 2017 alongside CEO Franz Doerr and tech chief Bartosz Alksnin.The other change is the promotion of its General Counsel Natalie Connor (pictured) to its board.Wright’s arrival is a coup for the company, Flatfair and ZeroDeposit have fought tooth and nail in recent years to be the dominant players in this emerging sector of the home rental market.Flatfair has grown rapidly over the past 18 months partly, it tells The Negotiator, after striking deals with many of the UK’s leading build-to-rent players.They often offer alternative deposits as a free add-on as part of a rental, whereas tenants renting via private landlords and agents have to pay for the service, making it a harder sell.Doer says: “I would also like to welcome Gary, who I am confident will prove instrumental in ensuring the continued success of our No Deposit product…and pay tribute to Daniel (pictured) for playing a key role in growing Flatfair into the company it is today”.“I would like to congratulate Natalie for her promotion to Flatfair’s board of directors. Natalie’s counsel to the board has been vital to the company’s continued growth and success, and in particular to navigating the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.”Daniel Jaczmien Bartosz Alksnin. Natalie Connor flatfair Franz Doerr zero deposit February 8, 2021Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Japan commissions ninth Sōryū-class submarine JS Seiryū

first_img View post tag: AIP Japan commissions ninth Sōryū-class submarine JS Seiryū (SS-509) March 14, 2018 Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force has commissioned its ninth Sōryū-class submarine during a March 12 ceremony in the Hyōgo Prefecture.JS Seiryū (SS-509), as the ninth boat in the class is named, was built and delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and will be homeported in Yokosuka.Kawasaki Heavy Industries launched the country’s tenth Sōryū submarine on November 6, 2017, while construction is underway on boats eleven and twelve.The 84-meter long submarines are the world’s largest conventionally powered submarines. They are also Japan’s first to be fitted with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems that enable them to remain fully submerged for longer periods of time thanks to Kockums Stirling AIP engines.Manned by 65 sailors, the submarines displaces 2,950 tonnes and travel at speeds of 20 knots.JMSDF now has nine submarines in active service with the tenth set for delivery to JMSDF in March 2019.Sailors man JS Seiryū during the commissioning ceremony. Photo: JMSDF View post tag: Soryu-class View post tag: JS Seiryū Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Japan commissions ninth Sōryū-class submarine JS Seiryū (SS-509) View post tag: JMSDF View post tag: Kawasaki Heavy Industrieslast_img read more

HERO Campaign Partners With Uber to Fight Drunken Driving in N.J.

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiAs the 17th anniversary of their son’s death approaches, Bill and Muriel Elliott are once again painfully reminded of the tragedies caused by drunken drivers.On July 22, they plan to gather at a roadside memorial that marks the spot in Upper Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, where John Elliott was killed by a drunken driver in 2000.Bill Elliott noted that he and his wife, as they always do, will think about how their son could have been saved if the drunken driver, who was also killed in the crash, had not gotten behind the wheel or had used a designated driver.The Elliotts, though, have found some comfort in a new initiative involving the ride-hailing service Uber to prevent drunken driving at the Jersey Shore this summer.“This is about saving lives,” Bill Elliott, chairman of the HERO Campaign, said during a press conference Monday in Sea Isle City to announce the program.Uber will give up to $10 off for a ride anywhere in New Jersey to the first 2,000 people who take the HERO Campaign pledge to be a designated driver. People may sign up for the pledge by going online at HEROCampaign.org/Uber or by texting HEROUBER to 51555.Named in honor of their son, the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers was founded by the Elliotts in October 2000 to prevent drunken driving. More than 35,000 people have signed the HERO Campaign pledge cards so far.Uber spokesman Craig Ewer, at podium, noted that more than 1,500 Uber drivers in New Jersey have taken the HERO Campaign pledge to be designated drivers.Uber has partnered with the HERO Campaign to encourage more people to take the HERO pledge, including its own drivers. Already, more than 1,500 Uber drivers in New Jersey have done it, including 500 in the past week, company spokesman Craig Ewer said.“For these drivers, taking the pledge means making every effort to be on the road when they’re needed most to prevent drunk driving – on nights and weekends. In fact, our data shows that Uber trip requests tend to spike when bars are closing late at night,” Ewer said in remarks at Monday’s press conference.Lance Zeaman, marketing manager for a group that represents more than 300 drivers who work for Uber and fellow ride-hailing company Lyft, said his organization fully supports the new initiative and has already begun to promote it.Sea Isle Mayor Leonard Desiderio pointed out that the Uber drivers will complement the city’s efforts to keep the roads safe through its jitney bus service.“We want people to have a good time. But we don’t want them to get behind the wheel (when intoxicated),” Desiderio said.In addition to being the mayor, Desiderio is the owner of the Kix McNutley’s bar and entertainment complex in Sea Isle. He said his top concern as a bar owner is to “get people home safely.”“We’re all in this together,” he said.During the press conference, Desiderio presented the Elliotts with a ceremonial key to the city in recognition of their efforts to prevent drunken driving.Sea Isle Mayor Leonard Desiderio, right, honored Bill and Muriel Elliott by presenting them with a ceremonial key to the city.Currently, the HERO Campaign is in seven states, including New Jersey, and has also established partnerships with professional sports teams to promote designated driving. Bars, taverns and restaurants that participate in the HERO Campaign provide free soft drinks to designated drivers.“We’re not anti-drinking. We just want to make sure that a night of fun doesn’t turn into a night of tragedy,” Bill Elliott said.For the Elliotts, their night of tragedy came on July 22, 2000. Their 22-year-old son, a Navy ensign, was killed in a head-on crash while he was en route to his parents’ home in Egg Harbor Township to celebrate his mother’s birthday. He died only two months after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.The HERO acronym in the HERO Campaign stands for Human Education Resources Officer. This type of HERO is selected by their peers at the Naval Academy to serve as a mentor and counselor. John Elliott was named the top HERO of his graduating class.The man who killed John Elliott had been arrested and charged with drunken driving just two hours before the crash, but was released to the custody of a friend, who let him get behind the wheel again.John’s Law, a state bill named in Elliott’s honor, followed in 2001, allowing New Jersey police to seize the vehicles of suspected drunken drivers for up to 12 hours after they are arrested.Bill Elliott said police have told him that about 7,500 vehicles per year are impounded as a result of John’s Law, keeping them out of the hands of alleged drunken drivers while they are still inebriated.A photo of John R. Elliott dressed in his Naval uniform serves as the iconic image of the HERO Campaign.New Jersey lawmakers are expected soon to give final approval to another piece of state legislation in John Elliott’s honor. It would rename the section of Route 40 in Salem County, where he was killed, in his memory.Bill Elliott said the legislation has already been passed by the Senate and may receive Assembly approval this week. Under that timetable, the Elliotts are hopeful that a dedication ceremony renaming the section of Route 40 in their son’s honor can happen when they visit his roadside memorial on July 22 to mark the 17th anniversary of his death.“That would be the plan if we can get this done,” Bill Elliott said of the legislation’s pending approval. HERO Campaign Chairman Bill Elliott, at podium, predicted the new initiative will save lives.last_img read more

Morrisons set to overhaul bread selection

first_imgMorrisons is to launch a major revamp of its bread range next week. A new ’Baked by us’ range will use 100% British wheat and is to be rolled out across the supermarket’s 467 stores as part of an ’extensive’ refresh for the retailer.The launch will see 20 new artisan lines hit the shelves, as well as recipe and design improvements across 70 new lines. The new range includes 800g Farmhouse, Sunflower and Pumkin, Oat & Barley, and Batched Tiger loaves, at £1.20 each.Michael Bates, category director for bakery and chilled desserts, said: “Bread is such an important part of the weekly shop that we want to ensure we are giving our shoppers the best possible offering. We have listened extensively to what our customers have told us and undertaken the biggest ever review of our products. The Baked by us range is made using 100% British wheat and provides a wide variety of choice and price points.”The revamp to Morrisons’ range comes as the major retailers are looking to promote a ’point of difference’ in their bread offers. In September, Marks & Spencer revealed it was relaunching a number of its in-store bakeries. Asda has also been working with regional food group Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) to extend its range of local food and drink, with a key focus on bakery and Sainsbury’s has seen its bakery college achieve City & Guilds recognition.The bread revamp is part of a wider two-year review by Morrisons of its own-label ranges, with more than 10,000 new or revised products now being developed.The move to 100% British wheat apes its commitment to only selling 100% British beef, lamb, pork and poultry.Morrisons currently bakes more than 1.7 million loaves, 2 million rolls and 450,000 muffins every week both in-store and via its own bakeries.last_img read more

MacKenzie Scott makes a pair of notable donations to Michiana causes

first_img WhatsApp Twitter (“The Fall of Madoff” by frankieleon, CC BY 2.0) The ex-wife of multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos has made a pair of substantial donations to causes in Michiana.MacKenzie Scott, the novelist and former spouse of the Amazon CEO, has made a donation to the YWCA of North Central Indiana. A request was made to not release the amount of the donation, which will benefit women in need in St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.She has also donated $10 million to Goodwill Industries of Michiana.It’s all part of more than 4 billion dollars in donations Scott has made in the past 4 months, according to WNDU. Facebook Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – December 18, 2020 0 225 Google+ Twitter Pinterest MacKenzie Scott makes a pair of notable donations to Michiana causes Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMHSAA announces January HS Football playoff datesNext articleRep. Banks joins push to oust Swalwell from House Intelligence Committee Tommie Leelast_img read more

News story: His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, visits Thailand for education, remembrance and charity

first_img I am delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to the Kingdom of Thailand, and I very much look forward to showing him some of the great successes of UK business in the Kingdom. The Duke will also attend a memorial service to mark the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Burma-Thailand railway. His Royal Highness’ visit demonstrates the importance of the UK/Thailand relationship, and our commitment to further strengthen the ties between our countries. The Children’s Advocacy Centre also offers care to victims, including access to counsellors or lawyers, after school programmes and basics such as food. It is the first of its type in Southeast Asia. The Duke of Gloucester is a grandson of King George V and a first cousin to The Queen. He is the second son of the late Duke of Gloucester and the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. He is a full-time working member of the British Royal Family, attending national and international events in support of The Queen and her duties as Head of State. The Duke is associated with over 150 charities and his patronages reflect his personal and professional interests, which include international humanitarian issues, heritage and the environment and military veterans. Habitat for Humanity have built, repaired and rehabilitated over 11,500 homes and helped over 46,000 people across Thailand. This also boosts families’ economic and education opportunities and improves health and social integration. On his first day in Bangkok, The Duke will tour the Jim Thompson House – the famous Bangkok residence and art collection of the ‘Thai Silk King’.In Chonburi, His Royal Highness will have the opportunity to tour the Triumph Motorcycles Factory and Senior Aerospace Factory. Both companies are British owned and employ hundreds of staff in Thailand.The Duke will visit the Habitat for Humanity (HFHT) centre in Kanchanaburi. HFHT aims to improve the quality of life for low-income Thai people by building homes and transforming communities. His Royal Highness is a Patron of Habitat for Humanity in the UK.To mark the 75th Anniversary of the completion of the Thai-Burma railway, The Duke will attend a remembrance service for the Commonwealth servicemen and women who gave their lives in the construction of the railway. He will also see the well-known Bridge over the River Kwai and tour its museum.In Chiang Mai, His Royal Highness will visit the Royal Project Foundation Centre where he will learn more about the sustainable projects founded by His Majesty The Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Royal Project has always had close connections with the UK, in particular Kew Gardens, and provides excellent examples of sustainable development.The Duke will also visit the Children’s Advocacy Centre Thailand: a notable Thai government initiative that joins international NGOs and Thailand’s police units to combat child abuse, exploitation of children and human trafficking; and Care for Children in Chiang Mai. Care for Children aims to help create a positive alternative to institutional care through local family-based care for disadvantaged children.On his final night in Thailand, The Duke will be the guest of honour at a charity dinner hosted at the British Ambassador’s Residence. The menu will be curated by Michelin-starred chef Ken Hom, who will also be in attendance. This event is held in partnership with the Siam Piwat Group. All proceeds from the dinner will be presented to Habitat for Humanity in Thailand.Further information Triumph Motorcycles (Thailand) Limited currently operate 3 factories in Chonburi. Triumph’s first factory in Thailand was opened in May 2002 and was established for the manufacture of motorcycle components including Frames, Fuel Tanks, Header Systems, Swinging Arms, Engine Covers and Chrome Plated Parts. A second factory was opened in 2006 where a wet painting facility has been established. A third factory, opened in 2007, includes high pressure die casting, machining, engines and motorcycles assembly lines. In light of the visit, the British Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Brian Davidson, said: Senior Aerospace (Thailand) Limited are one of the largest aerospace components manufacturer in Thailand. They are principally a manufacturer of aerofoils, aluminium and hard metal structural parts and premium aircraft-seat structure. Ken Hom is an American chef, author and television show presenter for the BBC. In 2009, he was appointed honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to culinary arts. Ken Hom’s restaurant, MEE, located in Brazil was awarded one Michelin star in 2015 and retained its rating since. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest authorities on oriental cooking. Between 2008 and 2013, he launched the Maison Chin, in Bangkok, where it became known as ‘the best new modern Asian cuisine’ restaurant and won awards.last_img read more

Press release: Homes England backing Samaritans as its new staff charity of the year

first_imgSamaritans provides round-the-clock confidential support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide. It offers a safe place to talk about problems without fear of judgement, and meets with Homes England’s aim to create a greater awareness of mental health amongst its 750-strong staff.Sam Gale, Corporate Account Manager at Samaritans, said:“We are delighted to have been chosen as Homes England’s charity for 2019. When someone is feeling overwhelmed, it’s vital that they are listened to and supported to work through difficult thoughts and feelings. With our confidential 24-hour service, available 365 days a year, we are often the only place people can turn to, especially when other services are unavailable.“We look forward to working with Homes England in the communities where its employees are based to raise funding for our service and promote the power of listening. Together, we will save lives.”This will be the second year the government’s housing agency has chosen to support a charity in this way, and follows a successful 12 months which saw an impressive £18,400 raised for Alzheimer’s Society. Far surpassing their original £10,000 target, staff across Homes England’s ten offices took part in a variety of fundraising initiatives; including raffles, bake sales and a host of sporting challenges such as sponsored walks, runs and bicycle rides – with some members of staff taking part in the London Marathon, Three Peaks Challenge and even a sky dive. Alzheimer’s awareness sessions also took place throughout the year, alongside Dementia Friends training and creating a network for staff with caring responsibilities.Hayley Woodyatt, Senior Regional Corporate Partnerships Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said:“Homes England’s achievements over the last 12 months are a testament to their staff and colleagues. They have been innovative with their ideas and have kept people affected by dementia at the heart of everything they do. Not only has this resulted in a phenomenal £18,400 being raised for Alzheimer’s Society but they have also taken great efforts to raise awareness of dementia and our work which is just as valuable.“The money they have raised will help so many people across the UK affected by dementia. By 2021 there will be 1 million people in the UK living with the condition and it is only through the support of individuals and businesses like Homes England that we can unite and take on dementia, together.”Tom Walker, Deputy Chief Executive of Homes England and the agency’s staff charity project team lead, added:“I’m incredibly proud of what has been achieved over the last year for Alzheimer’s Society and the remarkable amount of money we’ve raised, which will make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families.“By embracing Dementia Friends training we’ve also strengthened our understanding of this terrible condition and I’m excited to see what can now be accomplished over the next 12 months for Samaritans.”ENDSFor more information contact Sarah Tucker, PR and Media Officer at Homes England on 020 7393 2261/07970 973134 or email [email protected]last_img read more