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Age-related variation in reproductive traits in the wandering albatross: evidence for terminal improvement following senescence

first_imgThe processes driving age-related variation in demographic rates are central to understanding population and evolutionary ecology. An increasing number of studies in wild vertebrates find evidence for improvements in reproductive performance traits in early adulthood, followed by senescent declines in later life. However, life history theory predicts that reproductive investment should increase with age as future survival prospects diminish, and that raised reproductive investment may have associated survival costs. These non-mutually exclusive processes both predict an increase in breeding performance at the terminal breeding attempt. Here, we use a 30-year study of wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans) to disentangle the processes underpinning age-related variation in reproduction. Whilst highlighting the importance of breeding experience, we reveal senescent declines in performance are followed by a striking increase in breeding success and a key parental investment trait at the final breeding attempt.last_img read more

Richfield wins Region 12 boys golf title

first_img Tags: Boys Golf/Region 12/Richfield Wildcats/South Sevier Rams Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMORGAN, Utah-The final Region 12 boys golf tournament of the 2020 season was held at Round Valley Golf Course in Morgan Monday and the Richfield Wildcats were crowned region champions.The region title is based on the average score for the season. The Wildcats finished with a 331 average, nine shots ahead of Carbon’s 340. Grand finished third with a 342, South Sevier came in fourth with a 360, followed by Emery at 362 and San Juan at 429.Individually Carbon’s Bode Salas is the region 12 champion after averaging a 72.7 for the season. Grand grabbed second and third with Wyatt Toney at 76.4 and Rafe Saunders at 77. Richfield’s Keaton Anderson came in fourth with a 77.7 and South Sevier’s Carson Thornock and Richfield’s Jaygen Mullen tied for fifth with an 81 average. Richfield had two more in the top ten with Gage Brower at No. 8 and Dylan Stubbs at No. 9.In the final tournament Monday Grand shot a 316 to win the event, followed by Richfield’s 327. Carbon came in third with a 337, Emery fourth with a 342 and South Sevier shot a 343.Individually Grand’s Wyatt Toney shot a 71 to win the tournament. Carbon’s Bode Salas shot a 72 followed by Grand’s Rafe Saunders with a 73. Richfield’s Keaton Anderson finished fourth with a 78 and his teammate Gage Brower along with Emery’s Trevin Wakefield tied for fifth with a 79. September 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Richfield wins Region 12 boys golf title Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Ministers have underestimated scale of cladding problem, say managing agents

first_imgEveryone welcomed the Government’s intervention to fund cladding remediation, but the scale of the problem is understated. We are dealing with a national challenge on an unprecedented and, to some extent, unknown scale, with the signs far more worrying that initially expected. Recent analysis by my organisation estimates that half a million people could be living with unsafe cladding.Today, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee published its official response to its high-profile public inquiry into cladding remediation, having carried out a review of the progress in removing potentially dangerous cladding from high-rise and high-risk buildings, and the adequacy of funding provided by the Government.The report outlines a series of recommendations on how to speed up this process and make it more effective.There are a number of ways the Government can address these challenges. First and foremost, we need to develop a risk profile overview, prioritising the high-risk buildings and making available the necessary financial and physical resources to remediate them swiftly. This has been introduced by the Victorian Government in Australia, who is ranking buildings according to risk.Arbitrary heightBy creating a centralised system which ranks buildings according to their risk profile, we can work as a sector to put in place the right safety measures and carry out the necessary works to remediate affected blocks. It’s also worth pointing out that Victoria has not imposed the arbitrary height restriction of 18m and above.With regards to the fund itself, it needs to be far quicker and easier to access. The portal is now open for the additional £1bn of funding for non-ACM cladding – as announced by the Chancellor in the Budget.However, this must be better than the process last year, as the administrative burdens and short-time scale meant a significant number of people missed out and are continuing to live in unsafe buildings.The required collection of state-aid signatures from all leaseholders living in a property caused significant delays, and there is shared view across the industry that the process must be greatly simplified for the second portion of funding so remedial works can be undertaken far quicker.Internal defectsThe fund should also spare leaseholders from associated costs, such as waking watches, high building insurance premiums and internal defects.Longer term, the Government needs to implement a solution that will generate the funding needed to remediate all unsafe buildings across the UK. This requires an appreciation of the scale of the project – to remediate potentially tens of thousands of buildings could take 5-10 years, with people unable to move on with their lives in the meantime.And the cost isn’t only financial, the stress and uncertainty that leaseholders face on a daily basis must also be taken into account. Whatever the solution, the bottom line remains that we cannot have people living in unsafe buildings. We need a comprehensive solution and we need it now.Visit the ARMA website.Reading more about ARMA.Nigel Glenn ARMA Association of Residential Managing Agents 2020-06-12Nigel 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 2021 Home » Guest Blogs » Ministers have underestimated scale of cladding problem, say managing agents Ministers have underestimated scale of cladding problem, say managing agentsThe industry needs to persuade the government to speed up the cladding remediation process, make it more effective and make funding easier to access to helped trapped leaseholders.Nigel Glen, Chief Executive of the Association of Residential Managing Agents12th June 202001,033 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford student dies in tragic bus accident

first_imgClaudia Comberti, a 31-year-old doctoral student at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, was killed after colliding with a bus on Botley Road on Tuesday.Detective Sergeant Gavin Collier said: “it is believed that the cyclist sadly fell from her bicycle just prior to the collision. Investigations remain ongoing to establish the cause of the incident, however we do not believe it was as a result of any interaction with another person or vehicle.”Emotional tributes to Comberti poured in on Wednesday, as a group of more than 100 cyclists rode from Carfax Tower to Seacourt Park and Ride. They were wheeling an empty white bicycle, which together with flowers was placed at the site of the crash.Sam Chapel, a friend of Comberti’s, said: “There were so many friends that wanted to do something, we thought that was the right thing to do.There were huge crowds. When I looked around at one point I thought it looked like a mini festival. It must have been quite a spectacle.”Before beginning her DPhil, Camberton had previously worked as a Forests and Wellbeing Researcher at the Global Canopy Programme.According to the Oxford School of Geography and the Environment, Comberti’s research focused on the “adaptation to climate change in Amazonian Indigenous communities, and the role of human ecosystem interactions and biocultural diversity in supporting resilience and positive responses to environmental change.”Speaking about her loss, Comberti’s partner, Lucille, said she was a “lovely person” who “still had so much life.“She knew what she wanted and she was really playful at the same time. She was really restless but she loved being here in Oxford even though her home was in the jungle.”Phil Southall, managing director of the Oxford Bus Company, said that pursuant to the crash, the bus driver in question was being treated for shock. He further said that it was “far too early to speculate” regarding the cause of the crash. Southall said his company was also helping Thames Valley Police with their investigations.Police are still appealing for witnesses of the collision, estimated to have taken place at 2.45pm on Tuesday 11 May.Oxford Bus Comapny has been contacted for comment. The University did not wish to make a statement.last_img read more

Sentencing of Former O.C. Beach Tag Director On Hold

first_imgCharles “Chuck” Cusack served as an Ocean City police officer for 25 years and later managed beach tag operations in Ocean City.The sentencing of a former director of Ocean City’s beach-tag program director who admitted to having sexual contact with an underage subordinate has been postponed until after the new year.Charles E. Cusack, 53, was scheduled for sentencing Friday in state Superior Court in Cape May Court House. But, his sentencing has been rescheduled to 8:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, to give the prosecution and defense more time to prepare sentencing documents for the court, Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor Dara Paley said.Cusack, a retired Ocean City police officer, pleaded guilty in November to one count each of criminal sexual contact and official misconduct. In exchange for his pleas, prosecutors agreed not to seek prison time for Cusack.Cusack was charged in August 2012 with one second-degree count of sexual assault. Prosecutors alleged Cusack had an ongoing sexual relationship with a female beach-tag inspector, who was then 17. At the time, Cusack was director of the city’s beach-tag operations.In February 2015, a Cape May county grand jury handed up a superseding indictment adding a second-degree charge of official misconduct and a second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child against Cusack.Cusack had sex with the girl both in his city office and at his home in Egg Harbor Township on various occasions, prosecutors alleged.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged under a provision in state statute that makes it illegal for a person to have sex with someone over whom he or she has supervisory authority when an alleged victim is 16 or 17 years old.Cusack also faces an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by the victim. The civil complaint, filed in March, alleges Cusack helped the girl land a plum summer job with the city’s beach fee office, and then used his position of authority to sway her into a sexual relationship. The City of Ocean City is also named as a defendant in the civil suit.last_img read more

OCHS Student’s Film to Be Screened in NYC for ‘2016 All American High School…

first_imgIt is not every day you have the opportunity to tell your peers that a movie your produced will be screened in Times Square, however Lucas Rooney of Ocean City is living that dream as we speak. The Ocean City High School Junior’s comedy film “Man Bun” was officially selected for the 2016 All American High School Film Festival, which will hold a screening for all the student films the over the weekend of October 7th-9th at the AMC Empire Theaters in New York City’s Times Square. “This could not have been created without the utter cooperation of my friends for whom without them, my film would not exist.”- Lucas Rooney, 16The All American High School Film Festival was designed to showcase a variety of the best student made films from around the world. This year they received over 1,850 submissions from 48 different states and more than 40 countries. Since Lucas was an official section, he is eligible to win one of the organization’s many awards that total over $300,000 in scholarships and prizes. The winners will be announced on Sunday, October 9th at the Teen Indie Awards Show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.Since Lucas was 11, he has attended a one-week camp called Cape May Film Camp, which is a part of the Cape May Film Society. Lucas has also spent many years creating his own short films for his YouTube channel. He had the experience of a lifetime this past summer when he flew to Florence, Italy for four weeks to attend a study abroad session with Abbey Road Programs in Filming and Cinema, where he produced a short film yet to be released. Lucas hopes to pursue a career in both computer science and film/ editing/ production.Lucas is also enrolled in the TV/Media Program at Ocean City High School, currently in TV/Media 2. The school’s TV studio was just remodeled this past summer, with the new reveal happening as the 2016-2017 school year began. The updated studio offers a better layout and more resources for students interest in media production.You can catch Lucas’ film on Saturday, October 8th at 4:40PM. To buy tickets, go to the All American High School Film Festival’s website at www.hsfilmfest.com. Lucas Rooneylast_img read more

Sturdy Savings Bank Presents Sponsorship Check to Somers Point Historical Society for “Horsepower by…

first_imgSturdy Savings Bank Somers Point Branch Manager Jane Alvarez presents Walter Gregory, Treasurer of the Somers Point Historical Society, with a sponsorship check for the annual “Horsepower by the Bay” car show. Photo Credit: Sturdy Savings Bank  Sturdy Savings Bank recently presented a sponsorship check to the Somers Point Historical Society Treasurer, Walter Gregory, for their annual Horsepower by the Bay vintage car show.Horsepower by the Bay will take place on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Shore Medical Center parking lot located at Harbor Lane and Bay Avenue in Somers Point. There will be parking onsite for visitors.“Sturdy Savings Bank is excited to be partnering with Horsepower by the Bay to bring an exciting display of vintage cars and other vehicles to our community,” says Jane Alvarez, Sturdy Savings Bank Somers Point Branch Manager.Sturdy Savings Bank serves Cape May County and the City of Somers Point at 13 branches located in Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Tuckahoe, and Wildwood Crest.Sturdy Savings Bank, Member FDIC, was built on a simple principle: serving the community. Their mission remains the same ~ some 95 years later. Sturdy employees are committed to neighborhood service. You’ll find them where it matters most: your little league fields, senior citizen centers, schools, firehouses and churches. They’ll be at the AARP luncheons, the local symphony concerts and the food pantry fundraisers. Sturdy has grown from a small-town savings and loan association to a local, full service bank that understands there is no place like “home,” and they are dedicated to their role as a community neighbor, partner and leader.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit www.SturdyOnline.com or call 609-463-5220. Sturdy Savings Bank, Member FDIC is an Equal Housing Lender.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgTate & Lyle’s new siteTate & Lyle Food Systems has launched a new website www.yourfoodsystems.com to give food manufacturers, including bakers, information on customised food stabilisers and other functional ingredients to help develop reduced-fat, egg-free, cleaner-label or extended shelf-life products. Dutch deal for EdmeBakery supplier Edme has become the UK agent for Dutch malt extract company Diastatische Producten. The venture allows Edme to supply spray and band-dried malt extract. Edme sales director James Smith commented: “We are delighted to add this complementary product to the popular Edme foods range.” Bakers at the NECThe National Convenience Show, at the NEC Birmingham takes place from 27 February to 1 March with many bakery companies taking part. Allied Bakeries, co-sponsor of the show, will be highlighting its range of new seeded loaves and its Doorstep Loaf, among others.center_img First for KenseyBakery manufacturer Kensey Foods’ shift manager Nick Toulson and team leader Martin Robinson have been awarded the Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence qualification developed by food and drink sector skills council Improve the first people to be awarded the new qualification.last_img read more

In Wyoming, Cheney faces blowback for vote to impeach Trump

first_imgCHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — House Republicans are expected to vote in the coming days on whether to oust congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming from their third-ranking leadership post over her vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Back in Cheney’s GOP-dominated home state, momentum is growing for a statewide GOP censure and a 2022 primary opponent. Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, an ardent Trump ally from Florida, urged about 1,000 people Thursday at an anti-Cheney rally in Cheyenne to vote her out. Gaetz said, “Washington, D.C., mythologizes the establishment powerbrokers like Liz Cheney for climbing in a deeply corrupt game. But there are more of us than there are of them.”last_img read more

Boston’s Colonial Theatre to Shut Down; Five Broadway Shows That Started There

first_imgBoston’s historic Colonial Theatre, a staple of the city’s theater district since 1900, will shut down for at least one year, the Boston Globe reports. Following an engagement by the national tour of The Book of Mormon this October, the theater, owned by Emerson College, will remain empty as the school weighs its options for the space. Though a spokesperson for the college has insisted that the stage will be preserved, whether it will continue to operate as a theater after the year is up is unclear.The Colonial Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in the city, and while it has primarily been used in recent years to house touring productions, the venue was once a prime house for Broadway-bound shows to test the waters before transferring to New York. Here are just a few musicals that got their start at the Colonial Theatre. A Little Night Music (1973)Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s romantic tuner played 23 performances at the Colonial before waltzing over to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. Moments that didn’t make it to New York include “Silly People” for Frid and Carl-Magnus’ “Bang!,” which was later replaced with “In Praise of Women.” Petra’s big song, “The Miller’s Son,” was added midway through the Boston run, which caused the creative team to replace Garn Stephens with D. Jamin Bartlett, who they believed was better suited for the number. Carousel (1945)It’s only fitting that Carousel would play New England before Broadway. Where else would you have a really nice clambake? The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical first played New Haven, Connecticut before a three-week stint in Beantown in 1945. Out-of-town audiences were treated to an even lengthier Act II ballet (which had to be condensed to 40 minutes before being cut further). Before the celestial figure known as the Starkeeper was created, Hammerstein had a “Mr. and Mrs. God,” depicted as a New England minister and his wife, greet Billy Bigelow in the afterlife. They didn’t last for long. Seussical (2000)One of the more recent shows to work out its kinks at the Colonial Theatre was Seussical, the imaginative musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The tuner did not receive the glowing reviews it expected in Beantown, resulting in a series of tweaks and revisions (including a new director and costume designer) before transferring to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on the Great White Way. Despite lasting only six months on Broadway after its tumultuous journey, the musical has gone on to find success in local markets through national tours, regional and community stagings. View Comments Anything Goes (1935)Despite becoming the exemplary golden age Broadway musical, Anything Goes was a rush job. The original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton was scrapped, and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse were brought on. They rewrote the show as the cast rehearsed it, and according to Brian Kellow in his Ethel Merman biography Ethel Merman: A Life, they had the scenic designer create ambiguous sets because they had no idea where their script would take them. Legend has it that Crouse stood in front of the Colonial on opening night, begging patrons not to go in to witness what had been hastily thrown together. Crowds went in anyway and loved it, and though times have changed, it’s still a hit. La Cage Aux Folles (1983)More than 20 years before Massachuetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriages, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical about acceptance and being what you are premiered in Boston. Though the creators and producers initially feared that the city may have been to conservative to be receptive to a show about a gay couple—one a drag performer—that qualm was quickly subdued. Herman has stated that he realized the universality of the show in Boston, when he noticed a man and woman joining hands and comforting each other during the number “Song in the Sand.”last_img read more