first_imgThe Arctic is a highly seasonal environment with a harsh climate and extensive sea ice cover during the winter. Consequently, most Arctic-breeding seabirds migrate south to reach more benign environmental conditions. Knowledge of migration routes and wintering areas is integral for successful conservation of these globally important breeding populations. In this study, we deployed light-level geolocators on female common eiders Somateria mollissima breeding in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, to track movements during the non-breeding season. We retrieved functioning loggers from 47 individual birds in 2009–2013 and mapped their migration routes and wintering areas. Thirty-six birds (77 %) wintered around the Icelandic coast and 11 (23 %) off the coasts of North Norway. Autumn migration took place between late August and late December, and spring migration from late March to late May. The migration (ca 1700 km to Iceland and 1300 km to North Norway) lasted for about 4 days in autumn and 3 days in spring. Later arrival resulted in later nest initiation, implying a carry-over effect of winter conditions on subsequent breeding. Birds that migrated to Norway departed later from Svalbard in autumn and consequently spent less time in the wintering area than individuals that migrated to Iceland. As just two countries, Iceland and Norway, appear to host all common eiders from Svalbard during the winter, the new information provided by this study on the core areas and timing of migration should provide the impetus for improved bilateral conservation management of this important Arctic breeding population of common eiders.last_img read more

first_imgEarlier this week another employment rate record high was broken – the sixteenth record broken since 2010.Figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday showed that since 2010, over 3.2 million more people have moved into work – that’s over 1,000 people entering employment a day, every day.We now have the lowest unemployment rate for 42 years at 4.2%, and additionally wages are now outpacing inflation, meaning more money in people’s pockets. This reality is a far cry from the predictions made at the time of the Brexit vote.In fact the jobs record is extending across the whole of the country, with the employment rate having risen – and the unemployment rate having fallen – in every region of the UK since 2010.These headline figures don’t just sound impressive – they are and should be celebrated.Jobs transform lives, and each job gives more people the security that comes from a regular wage for them and their family. A job provides for career progression and with it wage progression which benefits and unemployment don’t. It is therefore important that the government is prepared for the future, and grasps the opportunities Brexit brings.And this is exactly what we are doing as we move forward in our progress to leave the European Union, positioning ourselves as a global country that is open to working with the world.This week we welcomed 52 leaders to London from the Commonwealth – where we discussed the importance of free and fair trade for us all. And with 90% of global growth coming from outside the EU in the coming years it’s key that we prioritise/unlock our relationships with these growing economies – boosting our trade links to prosper post-Brexit and delivering jobs and growth at home and for the Commonwealth.And we have strong foundations to build on. Our manufacturing sector is enjoying its longest unbroken run of growth for 50 years, and order books for British manufacturers are stronger than at any time since August 1988.With less than a year to go until we leave the EU, our work continues to improve and liberalise trading markets to capitalise on future trends.With the digital economy growing 32% faster than the wider economy and creating jobs 3 times more quickly, e-commerce offers previously unknown possibilities for SMEs and individuals, particularly women, to take part in the globalised economy. Etsy, the online marketplace, recently announced that 87% of its sellers are women.Technology has always fundamentally changed the jobs market and this will continue as we see new developments. Just as in the past the employment market adapted to the invention of technologies such as the cash machine, we too need to adapt and embrace new innovations such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and virtual reality. Yet, tech also becomes an enabler and allows the jobs market to be far more inclusive – supporting employment across the board.The pace of change we see in robotics, automation and the rise of social media and the gig economy has introduced seismic and revolutionary changes in the jobs market already which shows no sign of slowing down. Indeed, the World Economic Forum suggests that 65% of children entering primary school today will end up working in a job that doesn’t exist yet.Post-Brexit, we must not only recognise the trading possibilities available, but ensure we, as a nation, are able to unlock the full opportunity they provide. That is why we need to know where the jobs of the future will be, and make sure UK citizens are equipped to benefit. And that is exactly what we are doing. Working across government – and with industry – looking at the growth areas of the future.For the government the priority is not just about getting people into work, but actively supporting people to progress and develop within their career and changes in career as people re-train throughout their lives. Building up resilience to cope with the pace of change in the jobs market.We can do that through the new benefit, Universal Credit, providing personalised support through work coaches which is responsive to changes in employment status.The world of work is rapidly changing with new jobs emerging all the time- and that is as much due to technological advancements as it is Brexit. However, whilst the former may be the catalyst, it is Brexit that provides the opportunity to cope with these changes.We need to ensure our labour market remains the envy of the world and that is how we must shape our Brexit vision. Together, we are working across government to ensure we are prepared to support people, places and businesses to adapt to and benefit from new technology and other changes to the world of work.last_img read more

first_imgLoad remaining images The Australian-based John Butler Trio is currently on an extensive tour through North America, working their way through number of headlining concert dates and festival performances, much to the delight of fans who have eagerly awaited their return. Already known as a force in the music world with a delightful blend of rock that appeals to jam sensibilities and unreal musical skills that frequently leaves onlookers with their jaw dropped, the trio will be bringing their music to the masses between now and September.John Butler Trio’s most recent stop was at The Highland Brewery‘s outdoor venue The Meadows in Asheville, North Carolina on Sunday night, following their slot on the main stage at LOCKN’ the day prior. Photographer Carol Spagnuola was on the scene, and provided the following images:John Butler Trio | Highland Brewery | 8/27/17 | Photos by Carol Spagnuola Photo: Carol Spagnuolalast_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Although a recent article in the journal Science and a subsequent press release about the article led to a spate of headlines implying that most cancer is due to “bad luck,” David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention, wrote in a January 15, 2015 Boston Globe op-ed that, in fact, most cancers are preventable.How do we know that most cancers are not just bad luck?Cancer rates in populations vary substantially over time within countries and between countries. We know that most of these differences are not due to genetic differences in cancer susceptibility between races. Multiple studies have shown that when people move from a country with a low incidence of cancer to one with high incidence, their offspring acquire the rate of the higher incidence country within a generation or two. So that suggests that it’s the environment and lifestyle within the new country that determines the majority of cancer risk. We usually cannot be completely sure why any individual gets a specific cancer, so there is a chance component, but the international differences show that cancer is mostly due to environment and lifestyle.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, Elaine Sciolino, a Paris correspondent for the New York Times and author of “La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life”, gave a lecture where she explained how the idea of seduction plays an integral role in French society, affecting French politics, foreign policy and the economy.  In French, Sciolino said the word “seduction” has a broader meaning than the sexual connotation it has in English.  “Seduction is nothing but a conversation that doesn’t end, whether it’s in the bedroom, the boardroom, the corridors of power or in business,” she said.  As a result, Sciolino said certain forms of communication become “weapons of seduction” in French culture, often confusing Americans. For example, she said, the French place a higher emphasis on “verbal sparring” in conversation.  “Conversation is not necessarily a way to accomplish a goal,” Sciolino said, “but more of a verbal contest and a source of pleasure.”  Sciolino said forms of nonverbal communication like hand-kissing and the limited use of smiles can be used as other “weapons”.  “This is why some Americans find the French rude, but the absence of smiles does not seem to indicate the absence of kindness,” Sciolino said. “It signals reserve, that the smile is not something that is given away; it has to be earned.”  Seduction’s effect is most visible, Sciolino said, in the political realm, where candidates for public office build the image of being charming and popular with the opposite sex.   “My research has shown me that French politicians – male politicians, at least – gain more stature the more sexually alluring they appear, because the rule of French politics is that politicians love and are loved,” she said.  The ideology of seduction also appears, she said, in France’s foreign policy, where the very concept of “soft power,” or the ability to influence other countries without military strength, is translated as “la seduction.” Sciolino recounted negotiations between American and French diplomats over a United Nations treaty. She said when the Americans expressed concerns over the treaty’s inflexibility with regards to foreign intervention, the French diplomat responded that breaking treaty would be like cheating on one’s wife —- not difficult.  The absence of the “ongoing conversation” of seduction, Sciolino said, not only hurts the electability of political candidates, but it also explains certain fundamental problems with the French economy as it deals with an expanding global economy.   “For decades an awareness of the decline of France has bored deep into the national consciousness, and there’s still this admiration and clinging to history …  coupled with the fear of the unknown,” Sciolino said.  The result, she said, is “the antithesis of seduction.”  Contact Emily McConville at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgBen Miles and Nathaniel Parker are taking the Big Apple by storm! After hopping the pond from the West End to star in the Broadway transfer of Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, the stars have both nabbed Tony nominations for their acclaimed performances. Wolf Hall tells the gripping story of Thomas Cromwell’s (Miles) rapid rises to power in the court of Henry VIII (Parker). The stars are leaving the royal court for the afternoon to take a seat on’s comfy grey couch to answer everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the talented pair. Submit your questions for Miles and Parker, then check back to see the stars answer them on video!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Wolf Hall Part One Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

first_imgConservation tillage saves farmers time and money and improves the soil, but only 20 or 30 percent of Georgia farmers use this system, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension soils and fertility specialist Glen Harris.“More farmers don’t switch to conservation tillage because they’ve always used conventional tillage,” Harris said. “Farmers are worried about a yield drag and putting money into new equipment. But again, in the long run, I think conservation tillage is probably one of the best things we can do. It’s only called ‘conventional tillage’ because it’s what’s being done most frequently.”A conservation tillage system begins with a cover crop, like rye or cotton, that’s planted during fallow times of the year, such as late fall and early winter when row crops have been harvested. The cover crop is killed prior to the planting of next year’s summer crop.If farmers maintain this system, the plant residue from the cover crop builds organic matter in the soil over time, which leads to reduced erosion and added nutrients in the soil. Harris describes conservation tillage as minimal tillage with less soil disruption. Farmers apply all of the fertilizer and lime on the surface and do not deeply turn the soil. Farmers who use conservation tillage systems might only dig a few inches into the ground for a soil sample, rather than the typical 8 or 9 inches associated with conventional tillage, to determine the soil’s fertilizer needs.Southern Georgia soil tends to be naturally low in organic matter. Conventional tillage doesn’t add organic matter to the soil, but cover crops grown in conservation tillage systems provide an opportunity to increase the soil’s organic matter, Harris said.“(Conservation tillage) helps hold in the nutrients that we’re putting down, and it can also help to hold water, which can be very important around here,” he said.Conservation tillage requires different equipment. Instead of using deep-turning plows or harrows, farmers use a strip-tillage rig, and they have to learn how to farm with it, Harris said. However, once the switch is made, growers save money and time because they make fewer trips across the field.Increased herbicide use may call for increased spending, but that depends on the weeds the conditions for the year, according to Harris.“A lot of people think you can’t make comparable yields using conservation tillage, but I think you can. Sometimes you don’t make them right away just because you’re learning a new system,” Harris said. “Yields can be, in my opinion, just as good.”Julia Rodriquez was an intern for UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo October 07, 2014 The idea for UNITAS came about during the First Naval Conference, which was held in 1959 in Panamá under the Inter-American Mutual Assistance Treaty (IAMAT), but its aims have changed since then. “UNITAS has evolved over time. Our current goal is to be prepared to confront criminal activities that affect the countries in the region. In addition to typical, naval operational tasks, over the last few years we have also readied ourselves to face asymmetrical crisis situations, such as drug trafficking, environmental contaminations and illegal fishing,” Antonioli said. The exercises don’t just provide training for naval action against crime at sea – they also promote friendly relations and cooperation among allied countries. A different one hosts every year. Latin American naval forces have always participated in the exercises in cooperation with the United States Navy. “This was a magnificent opportunity to apply our material and human capabilities in what we’ve trained to do. It required professionalism from well-supported personnel,” said Chilean Navy Commander Rodrigo Solar Infante. I recommend it to everyone Very Very good explainned and 2 lenguajes for the best convinion. I think this is a very well focused news summary Recommended for everyone I think this is how we should be, not fighting with our neighbors. The navies of 13 countries recently visited Peruvian waters to participate in the Pacific phase of the UNITAS 55 multinational exercises, held with the goal of strengthening cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking and other transnational crimes. “We were able to show that by working together, we can combat common threats that affect our countries,” said Surface Fleet Commander Rear Admiral César Linares Roca of the Peruvian Navy. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Italy, México, New Zealand, Panamá, Perú, the United Kingdom and the United States all participated in the exercises, held September 11-26. The exercises involved training in electronic warfare, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine tactics, interdictions, and water surface maneuvers. They were held in two phases. The first consisted of naval warfare exercises; the second involved a simulation in which participants confronted civilian ships that were committing crimes. In these exercises, units from different navies formed a coalition and cooperated in conducting missions to confront ships engaging in criminal enterprises, such as drug trafficking. Solidarity in the hemisphere “We conducted several interdiction operations against units that role-played as merchants or fishermen, based on a scenario with illegal activities and piracy, which provided training in planning, managing, and executing battle actions against the new threats that have arisen in the world,” said Captain Renato Antonioli Ríos of the Peruvian Navy. last_img read more

first_img Court clerks object to oversight by chief judges Senior Editor The Bar Board of Governors has asked the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee to modify a proposed rule about circuit chief judge oversight of court clerks before it is submitted to the Supreme Court.At stake are suggested revisions to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.050 intended to clarify the relationship between courts and clerks in the wake of Revision 7 to Art. V. of the state constitution. That constitutional amendment went into effect July 1 and transferred most of the funding of trial courts from the counties to the state.Critics of the proposed rule amendments, including some state lawmakers, said the committee was overstepping its bounds and giving chief judges too much say in court clerk operations. They also said a state law already sets out that relationship.After debate, the board at its August 13 meeting at Ponte Vedra Beach, voted to recommend a change to the proposed amendment and sent that to the committee for consideration. The board also heard from Stanford Solomon, past chair of the committee, Trial Court Budget Commission Vice Chair Judge Stan Morris, and Fred Baggett, general counsel for the Florida Association of Court Clerks.Under court rules of judicial administration, the board cannot force the committee to amend its recommendation. The committee can send its proposal unchanged to the court or do something totally new, but it will be accompanied by the board’s suggestions.“I am deeply saddened to see two esteemed bodies in a turf war,” said board member Henry Latimer, referring to the disagreement between judges and clerks. “Effectively at the end of the day, the chief judge is saying, ‘You [the clerk] work at my direction.’ I don’t like for us to get involved in that.”Board member Dude Phelan said judges have been quick to defend separation of powers to protect the courts, and they have to understand how it works the other way.“This rule is clearly unconstitutional. Even if it were not clearly unconstitutional, it is a bad idea,” he said. Referring to language that the clerks work in their court-related functions “at the direction” of chief judges, he added, “That’s not right. The chief judge should no more be supervising constitutional officers than should constitutional officers supervise the chief judges.“I think that we, together with the court, owe it to intellectual honesty to stand up for the principle of separation of powers when it pinches our toes, rather than just when it feels good.”The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee proposed including this sentence in rule 2.050(3): “The clerk of court shall discharge its constitutional and statutory duties at the direction of and in consultation with the chief judge to effectively and efficiently accomplish the administrative plan.”Subsection (9) would have this sentence added: “The clerks of court shall be subject to the direction of the chief judge for the efficient and proper administration of all courts within the circuit. The clerk of court shall perform all responsibilities required by law and provide such other services for the efficient and proper administration of the court as may be required by administrative order or local rule.”The board’s proposed modifications would alter both sections to say the chief judge would have “administrative supervision” rather than “direction” over the clerks. The last sentence of subsection (9) would be shortened to “The clerk of court shall perform all responsibilities required by law.”Solomon told the board the issue arose when a proposed local rule in the Sixth Circuit was forwarded to the committee. He said a subcommittee was appointed to study the issue, and it concluded that past case law clearly gives judges control over clerk functions that affect court operations.“It goes to the very core of the constitutional issue that must be addressed,” Solomon said. “No one other than our judicial officers, not even another constitutional officer like the clerk, must be permitted to have operational control of the courts.”Morris recounted the battles and compromises that went into the new statutes governing Revision 7. He noted that at first some state lawmakers didn’t even see any need for separate court administration, believing clerks could handle that function.What came out in negotiations, where the Trial Court Budget Commission represented the court system, was a delineation of responsibilities and duties and a recognition that courts needed separate administrative services. The first draft of the final Revision 7 laws passed earlier this year left out any duty of the clerks to carry out policies set by chief judges, Morris said.The TCBC objected to that, and ultimately the statute was redrafted to say the clerks would carry out functions authorized by law or court rule, Morris added.“I do think there is an issue in this matter as to the credibility of the Trial Court Budget Commission to make an agreement. . . and live up to those agreements,” he said.Morris added that the Supreme Court’s rule-making authority over the courts is also involved. Certain lawmakers are interested in a constitutional amendment that would shift the authority to make procedural rules from the courts to the legislature — something Gov. Jeb Bush said he also supports.In addition, Morris said, lawmakers see the dispute as an appropriations issue — which is properly in the purview of the legislature — not one of how the courts function.“If this rule passes, I am going to be subject to a lot of questions from people in both chambers on court budget issues,” said Morris, who becomes TCBC chair in November.Baggett, of the clerks’ association, said the delineations in the Revision 7 laws were carefully worked out over two years.“Clerks are in a supporting role; they operate in support of the courts and under the administrative supervision of the chief judges, but as independent constitutional officers,” he said. “The comments you just heard from Judge Morris. . . are very supportive of us maintaining that distinction.”He also said the clerks would support the compromise language eventually approved by the board. President-elect Alan Bookman made the motion to suggest those changes to the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.The board also reviewed a letter sent to Bar President Kelly Johnson by six legislators — Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola; Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples; Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart; Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach; Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach; and Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville — who said the proposed rule infringed on legislative prerogatives and that the legislature has already delineated duties of the courts and clerks. All six were deeply involved in drafting Revision 7 legislation and have received awards from the Bar in recognition of thier work.“The assignment of responsibilites by a judge to a non-judicial constitutional officer without a transfer of funding to match those responsibilities is tantamount to controlling the appropriations process,” the six lawmakers wrote., citing a 1991 Florida Supreme Court decision that said only the legislature could set the fiscal priorities. “Thus the proposed rule appears to violate Florida’s Separation of Powers doctrine.”The board approved Bookman’s motion by a 28-4 vote.One of the opponents, board member Robert Rush, said he didn’t think either the proposed amendment or the board’s suggested compromise were needed.“The amendment. . . tells someone to do what they’re already required to do,” he said, adding he believes the proposed amendment is unconstitutional and courts already have ways to enforce their wishes. “If the court issues an order directing the clerk to do something, that could be enforced by mandamus action.” Court clerks object to oversight by chief judges September 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgAs urged by NAFCU, NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz has told association President and CEO Dan Berger the agency will be examining credit unions for reasonable, good faith efforts to comply with CFPB’s Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act rules as of Aug. 1.Berger, writing earlier this month about the looming compliance deadline, recalled the agency considered credit unions’ “good faith efforts toward substantial compliance” in the early days of CFPB’s ability-to-repay, qualified mortgage and mortgage servicing rules in 2014.Matz replied that is what NCUA will do this time around as well. To that, Berger noted thanks. “We appreciate Chairman Matz’s leadership and NCUA staff’s efforts to ensure as smooth a transition for credit unions as possible to the new TILA/RESPA requirements.”“NCUA examiners will be looking for reasonable and good faith efforts by credit unions toward substantial compliance with the new rule as of the effective date,” the NCUA chairman wrote. “NCUA recognizes that some credit unions may need time to perform conclusive system testing and work with their technology vendors to resolve any remaining issues that may occur from extensive testing and use, once their new TILA/RESPA mortgage disclosure systems become fully operational on August 1. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more