The energetics of adult Streaked Shearwaters Calonectris leucomelas during the chick-rearing period were examined on Awa Island, Japan, in 2008 and 2009. Basal metabolic rates (BMR) were quantified using an open-flow respirometry system and field metabolic rates (FMR) were quantified using a doubly labelled water (DLW) method. In addition, we used activity loggers to estimate time allocations for different activities at sea. BMR was 0.0124 kJ g(-1) h(-1) (+/- 0.0153, N=4) on average and corresponded to 54% of the value predicted from allometric equations. FMR was 0.0634 kJ g(-1) h(-1) (+/- 0.0331, N=3) and was equivalent to 5.1 times BMR, which was higher than values reported for albatrosses (2-4 times BMR). Shearwaters made 50.3 landings a day (+/- 9.8, N=12) and spent 44.8% (+/- 8.0, N=12) of their time sitting on the water. They landed on water approximately twice as often as albatrosses (which have been well-studied using DLW), but they both spent similar proportions of their time on water. Frequent landings at sea, and frequent takeoffs, may generate incremental energetic expenses because of the use of flapping flight; therefore, the Streaked Shearwater’s relatively high FMR may be related to its high number of landings.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Swensen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox are back home after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to become the World Series champions.The team arrived at Fenway Park, along with their championship trophy, Monday night, and were greeted by fans and camera crews, ESPN reports.The Red Sox beat the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night to clinch the title — the team’s fourth since 2004.A championship parade will be held for the Red Sox in Boston Wednesday morning.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by October 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Red Sox arrive in Boston with World Series trophy
Data released this week by the Department for Education show a four percentage point fall in state school students going to university in the year that tuition fees were raised from £3,000 to £9,000 per year.The figures, in a report called ‘Widening Participation‘, show a decrease of the total number of state school students attending university from 66% in 2012/13 to 62% in 2013/14.The percentage of students from independent schools going to university was 85% in the 2013-14 cohort, leaving a 23 percentage point difference between state and independent school students. The proportional difference between state and independent higher education entrants has ranged from 23pp to 26pp since 2009.There was no discernible effect of tuition fee rises on independent school entrance numbers in 2013-14.There was also no effect on the proportion of students from state schools entering the most selective institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge, which remained at 23% across the same period. The figure for independent school students was 63% in 2012-13 and 64% in 2013-14.The report described the data as showing “a flattening of rates around the time of the change in tuition fees, followed by increased rates in later cohorts”.Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner pointed to the figures, suggesting that “it doesn’t take a genius to work out that by tripling tuition fees to £9,000 a year, the Tories have put a huge barrier to higher education in the path of students from low and middle-income families.”Universities Minister Jo Johnson said “we are seeing record numbers of disadvantaged young people going to university”, but that the gap between independent and state school students in university entrance is “still persisting”.Figures released by the University of Oxford on 2015 entrance showed that 55.6% of acceptances were made by state school students, versus 44.4% from independent schools.The report comes two weeks after the announcement that tuition fees will rise for the first time since 2014, from £9,000 to £9,250.
Teens at Meadow Lane Skatepark were starstruck as professional skateboarder Tony Hawk visited and performed a number of tricks.In advance of Hawk’s Oxford Union speech last Wednesday, the owner of skateboard company Birdhouse and namesake of the hit game “Tony Hawk: Pro Skater” reportedly performed tricks at the local park, including a Monty grind, a notoriously difficult trick named for skateboarder Monty Nolder.The appearance preceded a speech at the Oxford Union, at which Hawk reportedly discussed gender equality in his sport and his experience of skateboarding as he gets older.The Oxford Union Twitter account quotes Hawk as having said “When I found skating, I found my own voice, I found my own style, and I found a way to be creative… All the people that I found through skateboarding were creative, and they came from all walks of life. I felt at home among this band of misfits.”Some hope that the high-profile appearance of skateboarder Tony Hawk in Oxford will help to stoke interest in skeboarding among the student body. Although Oxford City Council lists the city as having 4 skate parks, although there is at present no Oxford Skateboarding Society.One student, discussing his attempt to set up such a club, says he has “tried so many times” but has not yet had any luck.
EVANSVILLE, In. – A $10 Evansville HydroFest™ Admission Wristband admits attendees ages 13 and up into all three days of American Power Boat Association hydroplane racing on Labor Day weekend.Ages 12 and under are free. The action takes place on the Ohio Riverfront in Downtown Evansville, Friday September 1st, Saturday September 2nd, and Sunday September 3rd, 2017. For those 21 and above, the Wristband includes admission to the Concert and Beer Garden at Tropicana’s Outdoor Events Plaza on Friday and Saturday evening from 6:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.Admission Wristbands may be purchased at all 6 Evansville-area Schnuck’s stores, 9 Heritage Federal Credit Union locations, the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science, and SWIRCA until Thursday, August 31st. Beginning Friday, September 1st, Admission Wristbands will be available for purchase at the following Admission Gates on Riverside Drive: Court Street attended by SWIRCA, Main Street attended by CASA, and Cherry Street attended by the Evansville Museum Guild. For each $10, the non-profit organization earns $2 to further their good work in our City.During the three-day event, Evansville HydroFest™ will host the American Power Boat Association’s Eastern Divisional Championships on Saturday, and North American Championships on Sunday for 14 classes of Inboard Boats. To date, dozens of teams have committed to compete from across the United States and Canada. For event schedules and more information, please visit www.evansvillehydrofest.com.Evansville HydroFest 2017 is a Presentation of Evansville Events, Inc.Evansville HydroFest is presented by Evansville Events, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit entity of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mr. Bob Warren is the Executive Director. Serving on the Executive Organizing Committee are Mr. Vernon Stevens, President of Southern Business Machines and Mr. Randy Lientz, President of AXIOM. Warren, Stevens, and Lientz all reside in Evansville.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Frank Zappa fans, an excellent new release is headed your way!On September 23rd, ZAPPAtite – Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks will be released on Zappa Records/UMe. The album is a collection of some of Zappa’s best known and most revered pieces. Ranging from his early psychedelic music to his experimental later years, this compilation will combine all of Zappa’s different sides into one album, giving the listener a taste of his many musical expressions.The album is split into three “courses”–Appetizers, Entrees, and Desserts (a food theme, hence the ZAPPAtite title)–that were organized by Zappa’s son Ahmet Zappa and Frank Zappa archivist Joe Travers. In a press release, Ahmet Zappa had this to say about the album: “It’s a veritable smorgasbord of musicality for the curious and a buffet of favorites for the fans, ZAPPAtite collects a cross section of my favorite songs composed by my dad, that lean more towards the rock side of his expansive repertoire. I hope you’re hungry because this meal for your ears rocks!”You can pre-order the album digitally or on CD here, and a vinyl release is expected at a later date. See below for the full album track list.FRANK ZAPPA: ZAPPAtite – FRANK ZAPPA’S TASTIEST TRACKS: APPETIZERS1. I’m The Slime2. Dirty Love3. Dancin’ Fool4. Trouble Every DayENTREES5. Peaches En Regalia6. Tell Me You Love Me7. Bobby Brown Goes Down8. You Are What You Is9. Valley Girl10. Joe’s Garage11. Cosmik Debris12. Sofa No. 113. Don’t Eat The Yellow SnowDESSERTSTh14. Titties & Beer15. G-Spot Tornado16. Cocaine Decisions17. Zoot Allures18. Strictly Genteel
Chance The Rapper Stars In Theatrical Performance Alongside Cookie Monster On ‘Sesame Street’ [Watch]
Over the past several years, Chance The Rapper has made a big name for himself not only as a successful artist but also as a philanthropist and education advocate. With that in mind, Chance headed to the longtime leading “avenue” for early childhood education: Sesame Street.In a new clip published on the show’s YouTube page on New Year’s Day, Chance The Rapper and Cookie Monster explain that “T is for Theater” and put on a theatrical performance “all about a monster who love cookies!” But it’s not what you think. When the play’s director—a beret-wearing Elmo—enters the frame, he lets his cast know that the leading role of “The Monster Who Loves Cookies” will be played by Chance, rather than Cookie Monster. Of course, Cookie Monster is not too thrilled with the casting (he was cast as “Waiter #3”). Things get even more heated when chance can’t remember his lines. It all makes for a charming and entertaining bit for viewers of all ages. Check it out below:Chance The Rapper & Cookie Monster on Sesame Street – “The Monster Who Loved Cookies”[Video: Sesame Street]
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A member of the Afghan government’s peace negotiating team is warning the Taliban that if they don’t resume peace talks in Qatar soon, the government could recall the team before a deal is reached. Government negotiator Rasul Talib said in a press conference the team is waiting for the return of the Taliban leadership to Doha, Qatar, where a second round of peace talks began this month but has made little progress. He asked the Taliban to “stop spreading baseless remarks” and return to the negotiating table. There was no immediate response from the Taliban.
Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, has announced the appointment of Diane Bothfeld as Deputy Secretary of Dairy Policy, Director of Administrative Services and Agriculture Development. Bothfeld has served as interim Deputy Secretary of the agency for the past year.Diane Bothfeld has a deep understanding of the dairy industry and its importance to the economic stability of the state. Growing up on a dairy farm in Cabot, she learned the importance of animal care, environmental protection and diversification. She has used that knowledge and experience to be a tireless and dedicated advocate and supporter for the diary industry.Diane graduated from UVM with a Masters Degree in Ruminant Nutrition and began working for the University of Vermont Extension Service. In 1995, she joined the management team at St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc. as the Cooperative Relations Manager. In that role she was responsible for membership services, public relations, and on-farm quality assurance as well as supporting the Young Cooperator program.Diane joined the Agency of Agriculture in 2005 as Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator. She was promoted to Dairy Policy Administrator in 2008 where her leadership has been instrumental in establishing the Vermont Dairy Task Force, and working with the Vermont Cheese Council. She has also been a key team leader for Vermont with the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team.Looking for innovative and creative ways to address the extremely complicated and volatile milk pricing situation that greatly impacts our dairy farmers and communities in Vermont, Diane coordinated a multi-state effort – Keep Local Farms. This program helps support dairy farmers in New England www.keeplocalfarms.org(link is external).In her new role she will continue to lead the agency on dairy policy issues; she will also manage the day to day operations of the agency and the agriculture development staff to promote and market Vermont agriculture to create jobs and expand markets for Vermont producers.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it will write down the value of oil and gas assets by $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion following a string of impairments this year as it adjusts to a weaker outlook.In an update ahead of its fourth quarter results on February 4, Shell said the post-tax charge was due in part to impairments on its Appomattox field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the closure of refineries and liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts.In October, Shell, the world’s biggest LNG trader, wrote down the value of its LNG portfolio by just under $1 billion, focusing on its flagship Prelude project in Australia. That followed a $16.8 billion writedown in the second quarter which also included Prelude and a sharp cut in its price outlook.CEO Ben van Beurden on Feb. 11 will unveil Shell’s long-term strategy to sharply reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and expand its low-carbon energy and power businesses.In its update, the Anglo-Dutch company also said it expects oil and gas production in its upstream division to be around 2.275 to 2.350 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, slightly higher than in the third quarter.Oil refinery utilisation is expected to be between 72% and 76% of capacity in the quarter, reflecting continued weak demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.[Ron Bousso]More: Shell to write down assets again, taking cuts to more than $22 billion Shell plans $3.5-$4.5 billion writedown, raising yearly total to more than $22 billion