Combining stable hydrogen (δ2H) isotopes and geolocation to assign Scaly-sided Mergansers to moult river catchments

first_imgScaly-sided Mergansers Mergus squamatus breed on freshwater rivers in Far East Russia, Korea, and China, wintering on similar habitat in China and Korea, but information on their post-breeding moulting habitats remains elusive. We combined analysis of stable hydrogen isotope ratios (δ2H) in flight feathers from nesting females equipped with geolocators to test whether we could correctly identify their use of moulting rivers (which show a strong north–south gradient in river water δ2H characteristics) based on feather δ2H values. The results are the first ever to demonstrate a strong positive correlation (r 2 = 0.91) between measured river catchment water δ2H and feather δ2H from birds of known moulting location (from geolocation) in an avian piscivorous species. Furthermore, our δ2H results overwhelmingly supported previous determinations based on feather δ13C and δ15N measurements from the same individuals confirming that most Scaly-sided Mergansers of both sexes moulted on freshwater, although four non-breeding and failed breeding females (out of 21) and one male (out of six) apparently undertook moult migration to brackish and marine waters. The single case where the δ2H results contradicted previous isotopic evidence was likely due to birds eating migratory fish of marine provenance that migrate up freshwater rivers. These results confirm the potential power of feather δ2H to assign piscivorous birds to specific river catchment moult sites and the utility of using multiple stable isotopes to assign birds to moult habitat and location in potentially complex estuarine and brackish situations or where migratory prey may be used by birds in freshwater habitatslast_img read more

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Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers and the Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.It will be Houston’s second trip to the conference finals in four years and the first ever for Paul. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason.Houston will meet the winner of the series between Golden State and New Orleans, which the Warriors lead 3-1.Star rookie Donovan Mitchell had 24 points for Utah before leaving with about seven minutes left with an apparent left leg injury.Houston returns to the conference finals for the first time since 2015. It’s the second straight season the Jazz lost in this round after being swept by Golden State last season.Paul, a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, also had 10 assists and seven rebounds. Written by Tags: Basketball/Houston Rockets/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz Associated Press May 8, 2018 /Sports News – Local Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102last_img read more

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USS La Jolla to Leave Pearl Harbor-Hickam

first_imgThe Pearl Harbor waterfront will say farewell to the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN 701) in an Aloha Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS La Jolla View post tag: Navy Follow @navaltoday October 9, 2014 View post tag: Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: americas View post tag: Leave Authorities La Jolla is scheduled for decommissioning later this year, and will subsequently be converted to a Moored Training Ship (MTS) that will be permanently moored at Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston, S.C.Guest speaker for the Aloha Ceremony will be Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.La Jolla is the 14th ship of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines and the first of her class to be converted to a Moored Training Ship.La Jolla has been assigned to Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, since her arrival to San Diego in March 1982, and has been home-ported out of Pearl Harbor since Dec. 23, 2000.The submarine is named for La Jolla, Calif., and is the first warship named after this township. Its keel was laid Oct. 16, 1976, and was commissioned Oct. 24, 1981.During her 33 years of patrolling the world’s oceans, La Jolla completed 13 overseas deployments and several first-in-class distinctions such as the first to be fitted for the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle and the first to successfully test fire a Tomahawk cruise missile while submerged.The submarine is 360-feet long, displaces 6,900 tons, and can be armed with sophisticated Mark-48 ADCAP anti-submarine torpedoes and Tomahawk guided cruise missiles.[mappress]Press Release, October 09, 2014; Image: US Navy USS La Jolla to Leave Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS La Jolla to Leave Pearl Harbor-Hickam Share this articlelast_img read more

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USS Porter Leaves Norfolk

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Porter Leaves Norfolk The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Norfolk Naval Station for the last time, March 27, before being forward deployed to Rota, Spain.Porter’s crew of about 270 Sailors are scheduled to operate in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility prior to arrival in Rota. The ship will be the third of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers deployed to Spain by the end of 2015.Porter will join the guided-missile destroyers, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Ross (DDG 71), both of which transited to Spain last year. The fourth vessel, USS Carney (DDG 64), is slated to depart Mayport, Florida, for Rota in the fall.Each ship is equipped to provide a mobile ballistic-missile defense for allies and partners in the European region. Missions will also include maritime security operations, cooperative training exercises and deployments.[mappress mapid=”15523″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Leaves View post tag: americas USS Porter Leaves Norfolk View post tag: USS Porter Authorities March 29, 2015 View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Workers turn noses up at office sandwiches

first_imgTo our desk-bound readers: have you noticed that those blue-sky brainstorming meetings have subdued to a sombre grey of late? Is your new product development drizzling rather than sparkling? Losing clients left, right and centre? It could be something to do with your limp, pappy office sarnies.A new survey shows that 80% of employees think the quality of sandwiches at their business meetings has fallen. The study, by office design company Maris Interiors, found that only 4% of those questioned felt that the quality of sandwiches had improved over the last five years, with 16% noticing no change.Employers have cut their sarnie bill by 50% as the average cost of sandwiches per person at meetings fell to a dreary £3.80, plummeting from a near £6 per person pre-recessionary height in 2006. The popular crayfish and avocado and chicken teriyaki varieties of five years past have fallen by the wayside, to be replaced with cheapo cheese and pickle and tuna and sweetcorn, which featured heavily in the new survey. “It’s a sign of these austere times that companies are spending much less on sandwiches in the boardroom,” said Maris Interiors’ chairman Michael Howard. “You won’t impress a client with jam sandwiches.”If the wave of political activism sweeping the world has taught us anything, it is not to ignore the will of the people. With four in five people unhappy with their lunchtime lot, employers take note, lest you find egg mayonnaise on your faces.last_img read more

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Chris Pratt is Man of the Year

first_imgHasty Pudding Theatricals has named Chris Pratt the recipient of its 2015 Man of the Year Award. Pratt joins his “Parks and Recreation” co-star Amy Poehler in sharing the accolade; Poehler will be honored as Woman of the Year on Jan. 29. Pratt will be honored on Feb. 6 with a celebratory roast inside Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888.Best known for his role as Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation,” Pratt is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. Pratt will next star in Universal’s “Jurassic World” in June 2015. Most recently, he top-lined as Peter Quill in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which was one of the three top-grossing films of 2014, with more than $600 million at the global box office. Pratt also lent his vocal talents to lead character Emmett in the enormously successful animated feature “The Lego Movie,” which made over $400 million worldwide.The Man and Woman of the Year awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963, and its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, and most recently, Neil Patrick Harris.A press conference will be held at 8:30 p.m., following the roast. Afterward, Hasty Pudding Theatricals will stage the opening-night performance of its 167th production, “¡Oops! … Madrid It Again!”Press credentialing is now open for the Man of the Year event. Press information and an online application form can be found at http://hastypudding.org/media-room. Completed forms may be submitted to [email protected]last_img read more

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Peru: Shining Path Leader Considers His Group Defeated

first_img The Shining Path guerrilla group has been defeated and is not going to attack again, said “Comrade Artemio,” considered the leader of a remnant of that organization. In an interview granted to a Peruvian media outlet, in the jungle of Alto Huallaga, in the country’s southeast, José Flores, alias “Artemio,” said that Shining Path’s current position is “a defensive one, militarily speaking,” and that “there aren’t going to be any kind of attacks. That I can guarantee.” Shining Path was dismantled in the mid-1990s, and its chief leaders are serving life sentences after an internal conflict that left around 70,000 dead, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The group currently has remnants in the country’s two chief coca-producing areas, Alto Huallaga and the Apurímac and Ene River Valley, with a total of around 300 men, according to analysts. The Government accuses Shining Path of collaborating in guarding the illicit coca crops. In September, an attack on a military helicopter attributed to Shining Path caused the deaths of two officers. Other sporadic attacks have also caused the deaths of military personnel. Immediately afterward, the Peruvian Government said that it was ready to put an end to the remnants of Shining Path and their alliances with drug cartels, as Peruvian Prime Minister Salomón Lerner affirmed on a visit to the United States. By Dialogo December 08, 2011last_img read more

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In Indonesia, rural helps urban to ensure food supply during coronavirus pandemic

first_imgA pickup truck full of vegetables — sweet cassava leaves, water spinach, eggplants, long beans, chilis and pumpkins — stopped at a public kitchen run by Sleman residents in Yogyakarta.The cooks will send the ready-to-eat food to people who have lost their income during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as pedicab drivers and sex workers.“We donate the vegetables for humanitarian reasons. We have a bountiful harvest while there are people who need it now,” said Widodo, one of the farmers in the Coastal Farmers Association in neighboring regency Kulon Progo. The farmers in the association grow food on 2,600 hectares of land. Since 2005 they have been in a fight to secure their agriculture fields from being turned into a sand mining area by the Yogyakarta provincial administration.Even though they have problems of their own, it did not keep them from getting involved in a solidarity movement.  A crisis like this, said Widodo, could be a reminder that people need food more than sand.Rural helps urbanM. Taufiq Firdaus, a coordinator of one of the public kitchens organized by Jogja Food Solidarity, said the donations from the farmers were good for hundreds of portions of healthy meals.“This has helped us a lot,” he said. Some street musicians had also gotten some vegetables from the Kulon Progo farmers. “We are grateful for the free vegetables,” Gonjes Matopane, one of the street musicians, said.In West Java, a farmer community used local wisdom to pitch in and help the urban poor to get food during the pandemic.About 250 farmers in Kampung Karikil and Kampung Ciharungkat in Sukatani vilage, Garut, West Java, gave their agricultural yields through the Pasundan Farmers Union to help the urban poor who had lost their income during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bandung, the capital of West Java.The two kampungs have so far donated 250 kilograms of potatoes and 55 kg of carrots. “We donated this to the urban poor. I can imagine if you’re rich, you can buy anything you want. But what about those who have lost their income? So after some talks, we agreed to donate our rice savings to others,” Asep Sutiandi, one of the farmers, said on April 16.Other farmers in the Pasundan Farmers Union donated rice, coconuts and bananas to the urban poor in Jakarta on April 9.“It is our obligation, as members of the union, to build solidarity and help others regardless of their ethnicity and religion,” said Asep.Asep Sutiandi (right) and a fellow farmer, who are members of the Pasundan Farmers Association, pose near potatoes that will be sent to a collective barn as part of the Agrarian Barn Movement organized by the association. The movement has proven useful during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Serikat Petani Pasundan/-)Yani Andriyani, a staff member at the union, said they had organized food donations through the Agrarian Barn Movement, which had proven useful during the pandemic.Asep said the donation system was local wisdom. The most common system is called beras perelek, in which farmers save a cup of rice a week in a bamboo tube placed in front of the house. Usually they would later accumulate all the rice savings from other farmers to help others or buy communal facilities.Sandyawan Sumardi, the coordinator of Jakartans Solidarity House for Humanity, said last week the Banten Farmers Association had sent food for Jakarta’s low-income residents within the solidarity network.The farmers sent 100 kg of rice and 100 kg of bananas. The solidarity house has so far sent out food to hundreds of people as well as cloth masks. Sandyawan said not all of the hundreds within the network were eligible for government aid.Earlier this month, farmers from the Kendeng mountains in Central Java, an organized farmers group that had fought against cement factories in their region, also helped another organized, underprivileged community, namely the Urban Poor Linkage (JRMK) in Jakarta, by selling their rice for lower than the market price. For the first batch, the farmers sent 9 metric tons of rice straight to Jakarta.The solidarity was reciprocal.Damar Panca from the Confederation of Labor Associations said during a recent webinar that after receiving a ton of rice from farmers, some of the workers sewed cloth masks to be given to the farmers.Reviving traditionsFarmers in Jambi have been helping each other out with food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have widened their farmer networks and gone back to the old way of bartering food.“This is a trying time. We haven’t had any help from anyone. So we help each other,” Jamilah, a villager in Mundung Darat said last week.The farmers in her village are rice smallholders with no more than 2 hectares per family.Her neighbor, Mustika, said her latest harvest did not yield as much as usual because snails ate some of her rice. But she was not worried about that because the village had long had a system of helping each other.Samsudin, a farmer in a neighboring village in Jambi Tulo village, bartered their vegetables with rice from farmers in a neighboring village.This way, he said, they could weather the crisis. Moreover, the price of vegetables in markets were fluctuating so it was more profitable to barter.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo called on farmers to revive the traditional jimpitan (pitching-in) system, in which all farmers set aside some of their harvest for the whole village, including donating food for poorer villagers or those who have lost their income.Suherdjoko contributed to the story from SemarangTopics :last_img read more

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Philippe Senderos explains how Arsene Wenger persuaded him to join Arsenal over Man Utd

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Wenger convinced Senderos of a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)After signing for Arsenal in 2003, Senderos suffered multiple injuries, forcing him to miss the entirety of the Gunners’ historic ‘Invincibles’ season.The defender never made more than 20 league appearances in one season for the Gunners, and after loan moves to AC Milan and Everton, ended up leaving the club permanently in 2010.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsSenderos backs Mikel Arteta to take the current Arsenal team forward, suggesting top centre-backs Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli or Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti would help get the Gunners back to the top.He added: ‘Arteta knows the environment well and can bring Arsenal back to the top. ‘After Wenger’s farewell it was not easy to start again. ‘With Emery things did not go well, but Mikel can be the right man. I want to see again the Gunners above: a great defender is needed. ‘I know they are interested in [Kalidou] Koulibaly and [Samuel] Umtiti: I would take one of the two to return to the top. The favourite? I say KK.’MORE: Arsenal boosted in Luka Jovic race as AC Milan and Napoli interest coolsMORE: Thomas Partey’s agents apologise over Arsenal and Manchester United transfer hintFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Apr 2020 7:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link829Shares Advertisement Philippe Senderos explains how Arsene Wenger persuaded him to join Arsenal over Man Utd Senderos was highly rated at 18 (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos has revealed Arsene Wenger launched a charm offensive to persuade him to reject a move to Manchester United and join the Gunners.As an 18-year-old plying his trade at Swiss side Servette, the centre-back had the world at his feet, attracting interest from top Premier League clubs, as well as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.Senderos recalls meeting with multiple managers who all tried to convince him to join their respective clubs, but Wenger’s philosophical approach won him over, and when he saw the Frenchman’s team play, he was immediately ‘bewitched’.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIn an Instagram Q&A with Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, the former Switzerland international said: ‘I was 18 and Real Madrid and Manchester United had also looked for me. ‘I went to Munich twice to speak with Bayern, [Ottmar] Hitzfeld wanted me, but I found a special feeling with Arsene Wenger. ‘He and Gerard Houllier came to Geneva to convince me. Wenger talked to me about football and not about money, he had a plan for me. ‘Then I went to see a game at Highbury, and I was bewitched. That’s why I chose Arsenal.‘At first he [Wenger] was very close to me, giving me a lot of advice. He immediately made me feel like an important player, even though I was 18.’last_img read more

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Lautaro Martinez’s agent ready for Barca transfer talks

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez’s agent will reportedly meet with Barcelona officials in the coming days to discuss a move to Catalonia. Barcelona were heavily linked with a move for the Argentinian international at the start of the summer, after the 23-year old netted 21 goals in all competitions last season.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: PSG thought about buying Messi- LeonardoIf the La Liga giants are unsuccessful in persuading Inter to accept a lower price for Martinez, new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will push ahead with a move for Lyon’s Memphis Depay.The Dutch international is yet to agree a contract extension beyond the end of next season, and he could be available for around €30m.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, the club missed their mid-July deadline to meet his €111m early release clause, with Antonio Conte’s side subsequently opening up talks on a new contract. Despite appearing to have missed their chance with Martinez, the front page of Monday’s edition of Diario Sport claims La Blaugrana will make a final push to complete a deal in the region of €80m.last_img read more

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