A bioenergetics model for estimating prey consumption by an Adélie penguin population in East Antarctica

first_imgQuantifying prey consumption by top predators is a crucial component of ecosystem-based management in the Southern Ocean. In this study, we developed a bioenergetics model to estimate prey consumption by a top predator, the Adélie penguin Pygoscelis adeliae. Our model predicts prey consumption throughout the breeding season and incorporates uncertainty in model parameters using Monte Carlo simulation. The model was parameterized with data obtained at Béchervaise Island, the site of a long-term monitoring program in East Antarctica. We parameterized the model (1) using 13 yr of penguin population data, (2) for a year in which penguins successfully reared their chicks (2001-2002) and (3) for a year with low breeding success (1998-1999). Daily per capita energy consumption during the breeding season averaged 4269 kJ d-1 (95% CI: 4187-4352 kJ d–1) and 4684 kJ d-1 (95% CI: 4596-4771 kJ d–1) for males and females, respectively. Over the entire breeding season a male breeder consumes 470 MJ (95% CI: 461-479 MJ) compared to 515 MJ (95% CI: 506-525 MJ) for a female. On average, the Béchervaise Island population of 1836 breeding pairs consumes 16447 MJ d-1 which amounts to 1809224 MJ during the breeding season. On the basis of variable breeding success and the proportion of krill and fish in their diet, we estimate that this population consumes 78 to 406 t of krill and 4 to 46 t of fish each breeding season. Our results demonstrate clear periods of peak consumption associated with the penguins’ breeding cycle.last_img read more

UVU Men’s Basketball To Play Kentucky In November Showcase Game

first_imgJuly 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball To Play Kentucky In November Showcase Game Written by Tags: Big Blue Showcase/Kentucky Wildcats/Lamar/Mount Saint Mary’s/Rupp Arena/UAB/UVU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Tuesday, Utah Valley University men’s basketball confirmed a game against Kentucky at the Big Blue Showcase this upcoming November at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.This four game event hosted by the University of Kentucky, also features the Wolverines playing UAB November 16 at Birmingham, Ala. and at Mount Saint Mary’s November 26 at Emmitsburg, Md.The Wolverines will also host the Lamar Cardinals November 21 as part of this showcase.This will be Utah Valley’s second all-time game against Kentucky, with the Wildcats prevailing 73-63 in 2017.The Wolverines will play Lamar for the third time in their history with the series tied 1-1 all-time.Utah Valley’s games at UAB and Mount Saint Mary’s will be the first all-time in either program’s history. Brad Jameslast_img read more

BikeShare customers in Hoboken find non-working bikes

first_imgHOBOKEN — A year ago, the Reporter posted a video of only three bike share bikes parked in one of the locations in Hoboken on a weekday morning, all three of them not working. Not only that, it sometimes takes a while for a bike to tell the customer it’s not working, wasting valuable time.Has the problem been corrected a year later?Recently, a staffer came out of ShopRite on a weekend and found that of the five bikes available on the rack, each one turned out to be nonworking when tried.Then last week, on Friday afternoon just before rush hour, there were two bikes left at one of the stands near the train station, both not working.Here’s video from Friday, and we also have one of each of the five bikes at ShopRite being unavailable when tried.Bayonne and some of the towns in North Hudson, including Guttenberg and North Bergen, will soon start the same service, citing how well it’s working in Hoboken.So will the bikes be fixed? We’ll be calling the company and the city to find out. If you have thoughts, email [email protected] Your browser does not support the video tag.last_img read more

Jon Fishman Talks Mixing Politics With Phish, Ranked-Choice Voting On Maine TV Talk Show [Watch]

first_imgOn Saturday evening, Phish drummer and standing Lincolnville, ME selectman Jon Fishman made an appearance on Bangor, Maine-based late-night talk show, The Nite Show with Danny Cashman. After being introduced by the show’s host, Danny Cashman, Fishman strolled out to the desk as the house band played an instrumental snippet of Phish’s “Bouncing Around The Room”.The interview began with a discussion of Phish’s connection to Maine, from small club shows years ago to large festivals like The Great Went, Lemonwheel, and It. As Fishman explained, “It’s my home now. And the memories from the festivals are incredible. It’s been funny, since moving here, I realize that the whole state knows our band probably more than our home state of Vermont, because people would say ‘oh you’re that band…we couldn’t get beer for a week!’ It’s funny, most of the people I’ve met who know of us, it’s not because they listen to the music. They know about it from that situation.”Fishman also discussed what his role is like as a town selectman.”It’s like you’re a parent for a town…and everyone’s a teenager.” he laughed. “But I do love it. It’s a great way to get to know your town, it’s truly public service, and it’s humbling in that way. It’s good.” Cashman then asked about Fishman’s previous political experience, leading into the topic of his outspoken support of Bernie Sanders for president in 2016:As you might know, and as probably people have criticized me for [laughs], I was a huge supporter of Bernie Sanders in the last election. I was asked by the Sanders people to participate in getting people signed up to vote, so I got out there and did that as much as I could.Fishman also spoke about his busy schedule of music-based campaign events for Sanders. As he noted, “I had this one great day, I sat in with, I think, 9 bands in 12 hours from Portland to Fort Kent. It was a whole big sit-in, and to get people to sign up. I met a lot of musicians in Maine that day.” When Cashman commented on the potentially fraught relationship between the divisive nature of politics and the unifying nature of music, Fishman explained:That is exactly the reason that the band I’m in [Phish] doesn’t get into the political arena. Amongst my bandmates, there’s always been a debate about this. I’m kind of the activist in the group, although everybody is pretty active in their own, private ways. … I really wanted to do a Bernie Sanders benefit, but the band [said] exactly what you said: ‘Politics are divisive, and music is supposed to bring people together.’ There has to be a place for art for the sake of art. And I agree with that as well. And so, as a little mini-democracy that the band is, I’m the odd man out there [laughs]. But it’s okay because I do agree with that sentiment at its heart.Diving further into Phish, Cashman asked if Jon still felt excitement at toward their upcoming tour, even after all these years. “Yea, now more than ever,” Fish responded. “I’m 53 years old and I feel like I’m actually starting to get good.” He continued, after pausing for laughs:No, seriously, I’m starting to really break ground into areas of drumming that I haven’t heard from other people yet. And the band, I think, is starting to… We broke up from ’04–’09, and it took us some years to get back [to] where we left off. And I feel like we’re starting to get into new levels of listening and improvisational abilities and stuff that surpass where we left off in ’04, and it’s very exciting.When asked about his favorite style of music to play, he responded, as he has previously, by quoting James “Blood” Ulmer—”Jazz is the teacher, funk is the preacher, and one without the other you have nothing but the blues.”Finally, Fishman got to the political meat of his appearance, campaigning for public support of ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to rank their candidates in the order in which they would want them. The people of Maine have voted “yes” on the issue of keeping ranked-choice voting permanently multiple times, but the legislature continues to impede its implementation, calling new ballot referenda. As Fishman explains ranked-choice, “Rather than going and voting out of fear against the thing you’re scared of, you can vote for what you want and not be afraid that if that person doesn’t get elected, they will be a pariah or a vote-splitter…that you voting for someone you want causes something you don’t want.”You can watch all three released clips from Jon Fishman’s appearance on The Nite Show below via TheNiteShowMaine on YouTube:Opening Segment, Jon Fishman on Being in MaineNite Show Highlight: Jon Fishman on Phish Upcoming TourJon Fishman On Ranked Choice Voting[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Lettuce Shares Full Pro-Shot Video Of Tour-Closing 2017 Halloween Show [Watch]

first_imgToday, Lettuce has given their fans something funky to get excited about: a full pro-shot video of their October 31st, 2017 performance at Asheville, NC’s New Mountain Theater. The performance marked the final show on their extended fall tour and saw the band work a Halloween-appropriate jam on the Stranger Things theme song into their mid-set “Trap”. You can watch a pro-shot video of the performance below (video by Barry2theB):Lettuce – Asheville, NC – 10/31/17 [Pro-Shot][Video: LettuceFunk]Setlist: Lettuce | New Mountain Theater | Asheville, NC | 10/31/17Set: Requiem, Blaze, Prince SMNZ, Trillogy, 116th St., House U, By Any Shmeeans Necessary, Ready To Live, Trap > Stranger Things Theme > Trap, Chief It Up, Purple Cabbage, Sounds Like A Party To Me, SquadliveLettuce is set to perform on Friday, May 25th at Summer Camp Music Festival, followed by performances at Candler Park Music Festival in Atlanta, GA (Friday, June 1st) and Purple Hatter‘s Ball at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL (Saturday, June 2nd). The following weekend (Friday, June 8th), Lettuce will return to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado for their annual Rage Rocks celebration, this year with co-headliners The Floozies and support acts JAW GEMS and The Funk Hunters.Following a run of dates in the Northeast from June 20th–23rd, Lettuce will begin their intimate residency at the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City’s West Village. The residency will see the band play multiple separately-ticketed shows per night over the course of 5 nights, with a total of 12 sets planned in all.For a full list of Lettuce’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band website.last_img read more

Which digital ads most positively impact your financial institution?

first_imgThere are MANY different kinds of digital ads out there… including everything from programmatic placement of display ads, to Google Search Ads and Social Media boosted content. But how can you really tell which of these types of ads work best for your Bank or Credit Union? Well here are five ways to measure results that will demonstrate the true impact of digital ads to your FI’s bottom line!1. Look at Conversion Rates on PPC and Social Ads ThemselvesLooking at conversion rates is the first step to assessing how successful a digital ad campaign is. But there’s one key to accurately tracking conversions that many financial institutions struggle with… you have to be able to track a user all the way through the application process to the Thank You page (TYP). This way you can put your final conversion tracking code on this TYP and see exactly how many people started AND also finished your application or target conversion.If your website works with third party application providers, who often make this type of tracking difficult or even impossible, we recommend that you create a Thank You Page on your site where you can place tracking code. Then you can send users back to this page AFTER they finish the application, even on a third-party site. Most of these application providers will allow for you to redirect traffic back to a chosen URL after the application is complete.With accurate conversion tracking you will be able to see exactly how much you paid for each new application, which makes it easy to see if your campaign is running a positive return on investment (ROI). 2. Look at New Lead Conversions from all Your Paid TrafficIn addition to setting up accurate conversion tracking, as explained above, it’s also important to compare one campaign to another. For example, we have found that capturing new leads tends to be much less expensive using social media ads, but these conversions are not always ready to purchase a financial product or open a new account. So often they are what we call Top of the Funnel leads that need to be nurtured with emails and other useful content. Think of them as potential new customers or members who barely know the name of your credit union or community bank. You need to educate them about your mission and how you are different from the larger national financial institutions or online lenders.3. Remember that Not all Paths to Conversion are StraightNow when trying to track ROI of a digital campaign it’s also important to set goals around traffic, brand awareness, and the quality of new visitors. This is because not all leads from paid campaigns are going to convert immediately. And when they don’t these new customers or accounts won’t be easily trackable.We recommend that you also analyze the quality of the paid traffic you’ve generated in addition to trackable conversions. It is common for new visitors to your website to want to spend some time getting to know your brand, BEFORE they make a buying decision. This important brand awareness time should translate to lower bounce rates and increased time on page for those users who aren’t converting. So, set goals around these metrics as well to ensure that when people aren’t ready to buy immediately they are at least familiarizing themselves with your products and services.4. Define What Success Looks Like BEFORE You Start Your CampaignsJust like any marketing or sales campaign, it’s essential that you create goals so that you know what you are trying to achieve with your campaign. You will need to answer the question… ‘what would success look like for this ad campaign?’Keep in mind that paid digital efforts can have impacts on many of areas of your business, from general branding to specific product conversions. You can use paid ads to drive new contacts or leads and to boost future organic traffic to a new page or content pillar page. All of these progress metrics have a place in a well-rounded marketing approach. So, make sure you define your objectives carefully when creating digital ad campaigns.5. Measure General Revenue Lift During and Right After CampaignsFinally, it’s important to measure lift during and AFTER your digital ads campaigns. For example, if you are running a home equity loan ad promotion on Google AdWords you’ll need to take into consideration the closing timeframes for these products when assessing full impacts. If the typical home equity loan takes 45 days to close at your institution you should wait this amount of time AFTER the campaign ends to fully close any remaining loans that have come in, BEFORE you measure the final lift to home equity revenue.Likewise, we suggest using paid search ads to help boost organic results for pages, and you so you should look at the organic lift of traffic to a target page during the campaign but also for 1-2 months after the campaign is over to see if you’ve achieved your goals.Our final recommendation with digital ads is to constantly reassess and remain agile in your approach. With budgeting for the year, give yourself a pool of digital ad funds to work with, but then remain flexible as to what specific areas you will focus spending and be willing to try new approaches when you see results beginning to wane.Want to learn more? Visit the FI GROW Blog today or download our FREE Ultimate Guide to Successful Inbound Marketing for Financial Institutions. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Detailslast_img read more

This week: Congress works to end gov’t shutdown, committees plot priorities

first_img continue reading » The House and Senate are in session this week, though much of their focus will likely be on trying to come to an agreement to end the partial government shutdown that is now approaching its third week. In addition, party leaders in both chambers are wrapping up committee assignments for the 116th Congress.Over the weekend, House Democrats unveiled four separate spending bills to fund departments such as Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and some other agencies through Sept. 30. This piecemeal strategy comes as the Senate and President Donald Trump said they would not support a funding package passed by the House last week that included six full-year appropriations bills and a continuing resolution through Feb. 8 for the Department of Homeland Security. The president has said he will not sign a bill to fund the government unless it provides money for his proposed wall along the border of Mexico – the House has not allocated such funding.NAFCU will keep credit unions updated as government funding discussions continue. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Texas court dismisses CU’s ADA lawsuit

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Smart Financial Credit Union related to website accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. NAFCU had filed an amicus brief in support of the credit union in this case.In its decision, the court found that the plaintiff did have standing as he seemed to fall in the credit union’s field of membership; however, the court determined that a website is not a physical place and the credit union would not be liable under the ADA.“This decision reinforces the need for the Department of Justice to provide clarity on ADA website requirements as different courts continue to come to different conclusions,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “NAFCU will continue to press the department for guidance to ensure credit unions feel confident in their website offerings.”NAFCU has filed 16 amicus briefs in seven different states to support credit unions targeted by ADA website accessibility litigation. So far, nine of the complaints in which NAFCU has supported the credit union have been dismissed, though many of the courts determined that the plaintiff lacked standing. continue reading »last_img read more

Texas court dismisses CU’s ADA lawsuit

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Smart Financial Credit Union related to website accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. NAFCU had filed an amicus brief in support of the credit union in this case.In its decision, the court found that the plaintiff did have standing as he seemed to fall in the credit union’s field of membership; however, the court determined that a website is not a physical place and the credit union would not be liable under the ADA.“This decision reinforces the need for the Department of Justice to provide clarity on ADA website requirements as different courts continue to come to different conclusions,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “NAFCU will continue to press the department for guidance to ensure credit unions feel confident in their website offerings.”NAFCU has filed 16 amicus briefs in seven different states to support credit unions targeted by ADA website accessibility litigation. So far, nine of the complaints in which NAFCU has supported the credit union have been dismissed, though many of the courts determined that the plaintiff lacked standing. continue reading »last_img read more

Jakov Vetma, Municipality of Klis: In case of continuing to achieve excellent tourist results, we will reduce the prices of kindergartens in Klis

first_imgIn 2018, the Klis Fortress and the Municipality of Klis are making great strides in the direction of revitalization and valorization of cultural and historical heritage, which are bringing very good results. In the first four months of this year the fortress even achieved 76 percent more visits compared to the same period in 2017.In accordance with the excellent tourist results, the Mayor of Klis Jakov Vetma announced that in the case of continuing to achieve excellent tourist results, which are primarily generated by the Klis Fortress, the prices of kindergartens in Klis will be reduced. “I want all locals to feel the benefits we make by working on our cultural heritage. ” points out the chief of Klisa, Jakov Vetma.This announcement is the result of many years of efforts by the Municipality of Klis to revitalize the fortress and Klis cultural heritage with the aim of launching cultural and historical tourism in one of the oldest and most important Croatian historical cities. “Our work gives results! In recent months, we have witnessed a great tourist rise of the Klis Fortress and we want all the residents of Klis to feel that profit. Therefore, if the results continue to move in this direction, I plan to propose a reduction in kindergarten prices which will help all our families with children to provide their children with the best possible care at a lower cost. Of course, we do not intend to stop there and our plan is to continue with the development of tourism in the Municipality of Klis with a special focus on cultural and historical heritage, active holidays and gastronomy, and we are supported by a great traffic position. ” said Vetma, motivated by the great results of Klis Fortress.By the way, in May 2018, the Government of the Republic of Croatia decided to give the Municipality of Klis the use of the Klis Fortress for the purpose of implementing projects related to the revitalization, care and preservation of the fortress, ie promoting the cultural development of the Republic of Croatia. Shortly afterwards, the new visual identity of the Klis Fortress was presented, based on its history, position and cultural symbolism.In the near future, the opening of the Klis Interpretation Center is planned, in which the rich historical and cultural heritage of Klis will be presented through simulated holograms, as well as the gastronomic and oenological peculiarities of the Klis region and many other tourist facilities. In addition to all the above, it is to be believed that the Klis Fortress will have a long and successful season, for the benefit of all the inhabitants of Klis, but also many visitors.Some will say it’s populism, but…                                                                        Surely there will be many who will look at this move through a political context, ie populism. But let’s not forget that it makes sense to generate tourist consumption through tourism and invest it in raising the quality of the tourist product, but also to increase the quality of life in the city.Namely, not everyone lives from tourism, nor does everyone have an apartment for rent, so due to the tourist season, apart from crowds, higher prices and the burden on the city infrastructure, they have nothing from tourism except the lack of quality of life. Especially when we talk about excessive tourism, such as in Dubrovnik, where citizens no longer have a city, but it is left to tourists. What is the quality of life in such a city? How citizens can quickly get to the doctor, to the kindergarten, where they can park, is there a place for prams on the city streets… the rhythm of the city is determined by cruisers, because when a cruiser arrives with thousands of tourists no one is crazy a visit to a pharmacy, etc.… What does a citizen of Dubrovnik, if he is not lucky enough to be able to live from tourism, have from it? Just problems.That is why tourism is not and must not be an end in itself, it must be a means to achieve a better quality of life. The generated income from tourism should be invested in improving the quality of life in the city through investments in infrastructure, from construction of roads, sewers, kindergartens, schools, etc. to free textbooks, kindergartens, libraries, construction of children’s playgrounds and all other elements that make the city.Precisely in order to compensate the local population for the crowds and all other misfortunes due to the development of tourism. What does a cashier have from tourism? Or a postman? Or an employee in a kindergarten? Of course, the development of tourism is not controversial and for some it is a “lifeline” and an excellent added value, but only if it is developed strategically, planned and sustainably.For years, I have been wondering why successful Croatian tourist destinations for which tourism is the main lever of development do not have the best kindergartens, schools, free textbooks – a much better and higher quality of life. They earn quite a solid income from tourism so that they can develop and grow well, and the goal is to increase the quality of the local population. After all, that’s how the population is kept, because if we all move out, we become just a backdrop. We already live practically the most from rent, we encourage imports instead of domestic production. Also, tourism is not one industry, but horizontally and vertically connects all other industries, and it is imperative to include as much as possible the domestic component, ie the local economy so that tourism can benefit the wider community, through the development of micro and small entrepreneurship. We need thousands of family farms, not one Agrokog. This is how the population is kept.The city is the people, not the walls.The very essence of tourism is to get to know new ways and culture of living, and if there is no local population, there is no tourism, except through the development of closed resorts. Also, accommodation is not a motive for travel, but precisely the content, diversity and primarily the authenticity of the destination.So, to conclude, if this is a populist move, then I hope that there will be more and more such “populists” who build kindergartens, playgrounds, give free textbooks, kindergartens, encourage small and medium enterprises, etc.… Increasing the quality of life must be imperative , not instant and short-term earnings.last_img read more

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