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Fish prey of the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans at South Georgia

first_imgThe fish diet (45% of total diet by weight) of Wandering Albatrosses rearing chicks at South Georgia during the austral winters of 1983 and 1984 was investigated using otoliths retrieved from regurgitations. These provide the first quantitative data for this species and for any albatross. By number of identified otoliths (32% could be identified only as ?Macrouridae and ?Moridae), Pseudochaenichthys georgianus (35%), Muraenolepis microps (33%) and Chaenocephalus aceratus (20%) predominated, with Notothenia gibberifrons, Pagothenia hansoni and Champsocephalus gunnari (together 12%) also present. Composition by weight (estimated from otolith length) of the main species was Pseudochaenichthys 51%, Muraenolepis 14%, Chaenocephalus 27%; if digestion and wear had reduced otoliths by 10% the values would be Pseudochaenichthys 54%, Chaenocephalus 25%, Muraenolepis 13%. Composition by weight (actual or corrected values) was almost identical between years but epipelagic fish were significantly more abundant in 1983 than 1984. All identified fish eaten by Wandering Albatrosses are common on the South Georgia continental shelf and most of them are caught in the commercial fishery there. However, two of the three main target species of this fishery in 1983–1984, Notothenia rossii and Champsocephalus were not, or rarely, caught by Wandering Albatrosses. It seems unlikely, therefore, that the albatrosses depend greatly on the fishery for acquisition of fish prey but how they catch several species, including Muraenolepis, which are mainly benthic in habit is unknown.last_img read more

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Diversity of Antarctic terrestrial protozoa

first_imgHeterotrophic protozoa have a global distribution in terrestrial habitats. The functional groups significantly represented are zooflagellates, cillates, gymnamoebae and testate amoebae. Their range extends into the Antarctic zone, but the species richness of the communities is rarely of the same order of magnitude as those in temperate latitudes. Species diversity is usually very low owing to dominance of the communities by single, or a few, species which are best adapted to the Antarctic terrestrial environment. This is characterized by seasonal, diurnal or unpredictable fluctuations in moisture, temperature and bacterial food supply of high amplitude. The fauna shows pauperization with latitude and climatic severity. Nearly all records of species distribution are consistent with the model that community composition is determined by local conditions. An important exception is the distribution of the testate amoeba genus Nebela whose species distribution is influenced by biogeographical factors. Successional changes in community composition in fellfield habitats are characterized by the sequence: pioneer microflagellate colonizers, larger flagellates and small ciliates, and finally testate amoebae. The succession is most closely correlated with the accumulation of organic matter. A model of the strategies of dominant microflagellate species can be constructed by ordinating them on a two-dimensional habitat template of A-r-K selection continuum. The globally ubiquitous microflagellate Heteromita globosa emerges as the most strongly A-selected and K-selected. The occurrence of terrestrial protozoa near their latitudinal limits of distribution can serve as sensitive indicators of the biological effects of climatic change. Having short generation times and effective means of cyst dispersal, changes in the gross distribution can provide rapid warning of critical changes in thermal regimes.last_img read more

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Now even freeholders shouldn’t rent out via Airbnb, says developer

first_imgA development being completed near Chichester in West Sussex is believed to be the first in the UK whose builder has confirmed it includes leasehold and freehold covenants preventing short-let Airbnb-style rentals.Shopwyke Lakes (pictured, right), which includes 80+ properties from £229,000 to £625,000 being developed by CALA Homes, includes freehold houses of up to five bedrooms as well as one and two-bedroom leasehold apartments.All will feature covenants within their freeholds and leases preventing their use for “commercial purposes”.The company says the covenants at the development are specific to it and that the company has no group-wide policy on the use of Airbnb or short-term lets.“Regarding Shopwyke Lakes in Chichester, there is no specific clause which prohibits homeowners renting out their property with Airbnb,” said a CALA spokesperson.“However, in the interests of creating sustainable communities and enjoyable places to live, there is a covenant that the property must be maintained as a private residence and is not to be used for commercial purposes.“Any form of short term holiday let would be viewed as a breach of this covenant.”Covenants that prevent leasehold properties from being used for short-term lets are not uncommon. This was highlighted by a case last year – Nemcova v Fairfield Rents Ltd – in which a freeholder in North London took a leaseholder to court for breaching a ‘private residence’ covenant by renting out her flat via Airbnb. The court found in the freeholder’s favour.Consistent approachThe Negotiator contacted the Home Builders Federation (HBF) to ask if they could comment on whether there was a consistent approach nationally among builders to short-term lets via Airbnb and was told there was not.“The best we can say is that it’s down to individual builders what they insert into freeholds or leaseholds but it’s a very new thing,” said spokesman Steve Turner.This would be a worrying if more builders like CALA Homes were to insert what are in effect ‘no Airbnb’ clauses into their freeholds. This would mean, as is the case for leaseholds, that thousands of house owners may soon be unwittingly breaching their freehold covenants by renting out their homes via Airbnb. Cala Homes Shopwyke Lakes July 25, 2017Nigel 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 » News » Land & New Homes » Now even freeholders shouldn’t rent out via Airbnb, says developer previous nextLand & New HomesNow even freeholders shouldn’t rent out via Airbnb, says developerCALA Homes has inserted unusual terms into both leaseholds and freeholds at its Shopwyke Lakes site.Nigel Lewis25th July 201703,532 Viewslast_img read more

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Property predictions: will 2020 be a ‘Boris bounce’ year?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Property predictions: will 2020 be a ‘Boris bounce’ year? previous nextHousing MarketProperty predictions: will 2020 be a ‘Boris bounce’ year?The new decade is starting with bags of optimism following the General Election. But does it point to a ‘turning point’ year for property?Nigel Lewis6th January 202002,689 Views Whichever way you look at it, 2020 is going to a momentous year for the property industry.After nearly three years of huge challenges including Brexit, stalling property sales in London and the Home Counties, a fluctuating buy-to-let market, huge changes to Stamp Duty and the tenant fees ban, everyone is hoping that this year will be one in which doing business as an estate agency will become just a little bit easier.Some might call it the ‘Boris bounce’ and this month is already shaping up to be a very busy one as pent-up demand oozes back into the market. But Brexit has a long way to go before it’s ‘done’ despite the political sloganeering, and consumer uncertainty may take a little longer to fully recover.But what do the UK’s most high-profile estate agency leaders think 2020 will deliver. The Negotiator canvassed them for their thoughts.Jason Corbett, Director, Country Sales & Lettings, UK Sothebys International Realty.“Removing ‘what if’ from the narrative and replacing it with the ‘hope’ that we can negotiate well with such a strong majority position in government, must mean that those who have been on pause whilst the question was answered will start to recognise that now, before a big rush and before any growth in the economy pushes interest rates up, must be the best time to buy and to invest,” he says.“Make no mistake, there will be a rush on in the Spring and prices will rise as confidence returns.”Guy Gittins, CEO, Chestertons“A conclusion to Brexit could see the high end London market recover quite quickly as there is considerable unsatisfied buyer demand which has built up over several years,” he says.“London remains a highly attractive location for international buyers who intend to hold onto properties for the long term. Its transparent property law, clear title on property and haven status are undiminished.”Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search“One way or another, 2020 will bring some political and economic resolution. Whatever that result is, we will see a rush of buyers and sellers as the bottle neck of pent-up demand is released. Expect a busy year,” he says.Mike Scott, Chief Property Analyst, Yopa“Next year is likely to be another difficult year politically as Brexit continues to dominate the agenda, and this is bound to affect the housing market,” he says.“There may well be a ‘false dawn’ at some point in the year when the issue seems to be settled, which could give a short-term boost to market activity, but this is unlikely to last long.“On the other hand, the underlying economic factors are still good, with low interest rates, lenders who are keen to lend, low unemployment and rising wages, so we don’t expect any kind of a crash in house prices.”Paul Clarke, co-founder of new agency Mr & Mrs Clarke“After a tumultuous end to last year and with many taking a ‘wait and see’ approach due to the election and Brexit, the domestic, national property market is brimming with cautious optimism,” he says.“January 2020 will likely see ‘would be’ 2019 vendors dipping their toes in and putting their homes on the market, especially pre-Budget in February – we therefore expect positive stock momentum especially in key commuter locations of Birmingham and the West Midlands as well as Manchester and across the North West, which are expected to rise the most due to city regeneration and investment.”Nicola Thompson, director at Adair Paxton, Leeds“Certainty in government always increases confidence in the housing market, so the overall Conservative majority in the election is very welcome news.“A lot of landlords had been considering selling their portfolios under a Labour government, because some of the party’s proposals for the investment and buy to let market, would be potentially being catastrophic for landlords. This also means we’re likely to see renewed interest from investors in 2020.”Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential at Dacre, Son & Hartley“Without question there is significant pent up demand and my view, providing clear direction continues in respect of Brexit at the end of January, is that demand will now make itself felt through actual acquisitions; and those purchases will also release a fresh wave of property in to the market place,” he says.Dominic Agace, CEO of Winkworth“Stamp duty and affordability remain issues for many but there is also a considerable amount of pent up demand from those who have been awaiting more certainty over the future of the country and which we expect to convert to an increase in activity early next year,” he says.“This could lead to a price increase in London of around 2-3% but will remain broadly flat elsewhere in the country where prices haven’t seen the levels of reduction experienced in London.“There is still a way to go for the market to recover, but overall we’re positive following this result and as always, we have confidence in the markets in which we operate.”Mike Bickerton, Head of UK New Homes at Cushman & Wakefield“We feel that the compelling nature of the election result will give buyers more confidence in the market going forward. We expect to see a marked increase in activity and sales in the first quarter of 2020. Help To Buy will continue to be a popular choice for many. We anticipate that there will be an influx of sales as purchasers rush to buy before changes to the scheme are implemented in 2021.”Chris Osmond, Sales Director at JOHNS&CO“We envisage average capital growth of up to 4% from 2019, bolstered by the relative clarity regarding the UK’s political direction following the election, which has given renewed confidence to buyers. “That said, the psychology of improved perceived market conditions can lead to a widening in the expectation-gap between buyers and vendors, which could result in a stalemate in conditions.       Gideon Sumption Nicola Thompson Mr & Mrs Clarke guy gittins Jason Corbett Son & Hartley patrick mccutcheon Adair Paxton Chestertons sothebys international Stacks Property Search Dacre January 6, 2020Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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HMS St Albans Continues Voyage. Leaves London

first_img View post tag: continues View post tag: Navy December 3, 2014 HMS St Albans Continues Voyage. Leaves London Share this article View post tag: Leaves View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans Continues Voyage. Leaves London Following a successful visit to London, HMS St Albans has set sail to continue with her national tasking.The Type 23 frigate arrived in London last Wednesday where she hosted a number of events and dignitaries, demonstrating her capability and embarked Merlin Mark 2 helicopter.This morning she sailed back out through the River Thames. The vessel’s Commanding Officer Commander Catherine Jordan said:We have really enjoyed our visit to London, it was extremely successful and gave our guests the chance to see a Royal Navy warship and explore what it can do, particularly in an operational capacity.Following their arrival on Wednesday evening HMS St Albans kicked off their busy programme of events with two Centenary Apprenticeship National Events on board.Later on Thursday the ship hosted a reception and capability demonstration – a chance to show off the fantastic kit on board, which was attended by a number of guests.The theme of championing females was continued on Friday with a visit by pupils from the Harris Academy in Bermondsey.Over the weekend the pace continued with ship tours held for Sea Cadets from St Albans and London.[mappress mapid=”14604″]Press release, Image: UK Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: HMS St Albans View post tag: Voyage View post tag: Londonlast_img read more

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Steelers Super Bowl XIII and XLIII winning teams honored

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier NUMBER SIX—Pictured are members of the Super Bowl XLIII (43) winning team, which beat the Arizona Cardinals in comeback fashion after the 2008 season. “MEAN” JOE GREENE, the man who started it all…he was honored at halftime as a member of the Super Bowl XIII (13) team that won the championship after the 1978 season. Greene ended up winning four Super Bowls in all. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)last_img

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Football Viewers’ Guide: FCS Semifinal

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State visits North Dakota State Friday with a spot in the NCAA FCS Championship on the line. The Bearkats and Bison last met in the 2014 tournament, with NDSU capturing that semifinal matchup 35-3 at the Fargodome. This weekend’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Sam Houston State at North Dakota State, Friday, 7 p.m. CTNational TV:ESPN2Online:http://WatchESPN.comWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Dave Neal, play-by-playMatt Stinchcomb, analystlast_img

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EU, FAO lends support to small loggers

first_imgSmall loggers now have the support of the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as the organisation has recently revised an initiative aimed at assisting the loggers in improving compliance with forest laws of Guyana.The initiative is titled, “Develop a pilot timber harvesting and forest monitoring model for small loggers associations to improve compliance with the forest laws and agreed forest management prescriptions in Guyana”.It was revised based on discussions between the small loggers associations, the FAO, the Guyana Forestry Commission and Forestry Training Centre Incorporated.Advisor on Sustainable Development, Ministry of Natural Resource, Clayton Hall delivering the feature addressThese discussions revealed the need for more focus to be placed on developing a forest harvesting model and field testing the model in collaboration with the small loggers.In addition to support, the EU and FAO will also be developing a timber harvesting and forests monitoring pilot model, of one concession each, for a number of small loggers associations.Some associations to benefit are Aroaima Forests and Agricultural Producers Association, Hururu Forests and Agricultural Producers Association, Ituni Small loggers and Chainsaw Operators Association, Kwakwani Natural Resources Organisation, Maria Elizabeth Three Friends Small Loggers Association and Upper Berbice Forests Producers Associations.The project is said to have been implemented for a period of over a year with US$122,000 being pumped into it.Commissioner of Forests, James Singh, thanked the FAO and the EU for their continuous support of initiatives aimed at empowering loggers and hopes for their continued support.Singh stated the vocational training of the forestry sector is an ongoing activity being undertaken by the Forestry Training Centre Incorporated.FAO Resident Representative, Reuben Robertson in his remarks thanked the EU for their continued partnership with the FAO in ensuring that relevant projects are realised.The project, he pointed out, supported loggers who are now able to monitor their concessions through capacity development and with the equipment received, a constraint of loggers has been remedied.In delivering the feature address, Advisor to the Natural Resources Minister, Clayton Hall, highlighted the strides being made by Guyana to improve the logging industry.He stated that often, the importance of governance is neglected in the management of the forests as a resource. As such, he noted that the Natural Resources Ministry is proud the project has resulted in capacity development of small loggers while providing them with much needed equipment to ensure their forests monitoring practices are improved.last_img read more

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Dems calling for bailout

first_img“We’ve heard one heartbreaking story after another of borrowers with limited incomes being sold mortgages they could not afford,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said at a briefing on Capitol Hill. His words were backed up by the realty group’s prediction of a 0.7 percent decline to $220,300 this year in the median sale price for existing homes, down from $221,900 last year. Tighter lending standards and the continued fallout from troubled market for loans given to people with shaky credit are to blame, the group said. The NAR also revised downward its estimate of total sales this year of existing homes to a decline of 2.2 percent, compared to an earlier forecast of a 0.9 percent decline. New home sales are expected to fall 14.2 percent compared with a previous estimate of a 10.4 percent slide, the NAR said. Economist Edward Leamer, director of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson Forecast, says that estimate is too conservative. WASHINGTON – Amid new signs that the housing slump is worsening, key Senate Democrats said Wednesday that hundreds of millions of dollars of new federal aid may be needed to assist homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The call for federal involvement from New York Democrat Charles Schumer, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, came on the same day the National Association of Realtors forecast that the median price for existing homes will decline for the first time since 1968 as a sales slump worsens. “We will be proposing significant amounts of dollars,” Schumer told reporters after being asked if a large federal bailout may be needed. Across town, meanwhile, an activist nonprofit group from Boston called on Wall Street to help homeowners restructure their mortgage loans. He predicts predicts a decline in the price of existing homes of between 2 percent and 3 percent this year and expects that trend to continue for two to three more years. With high-interest rate mortgages for people with poor credit no longer available, Leamer said, “you’re eliminating 20 to 30 percent of the demand for homes.” Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn, said he would call for a summit on Capitol Hill soon “to try to work out a process for providing relief to homeowners.” With 1.8 million adjustable rate mortgages resetting to higher rates this year and next, foreclosures are sure to continue rising, the 32-page report from the Joint Economic Committee said. Areas hardest hit by foreclosures include Atlanta, Indianapolis, Denver, Dallas and Detroit, the report said. In Detroit, one of every 21 mortgages was foreclosed last year, according to the JEC, which used RealtyTrac’s foreclosure database. The Federal Housing Administration could be revamped to refinance mortgages in danger of default, the JEC’s report said, citing a proposal by a Harvard professor under which the housing agency could oversee a “rescue fund” that would restructure failed or failing mortgages. Aid could also be provided to community organizations or banks that work with borrowers to refinance loans. “We’d like to do something very quickly,” Schumer said. “These statistics are new and they’re startling.” Lawmakers also are considering strengthening federal regulation of mortgages, imposing a stricter ban on predatory lending practices and requiring lenders to establish a borrower’s ability to pay back a mortgage loan through the life of the loan, not just for two or three years. Activist and community groups are stepping up efforts to aid homeowners affected by the housing market’s woes. They argue that banks and mortgage brokers-not borrowers-bear most of the blame for the industry’s problems. Rising delinquencies and defaults among borrowers have resulted in more than two dozen so-called subprime lenders going out of business, moving into bankruptcy protection or putting themselves up for sale. Last week, civil rights groups called for a six-month moratorium on foreclosures resulting from high-risk loans given to people with shaky credit, arguing that lenders could face lawsuits if they don’t help borrowers. The mortgage industry says lenders are already working to help distressed borrowers. The Boston-based Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America announced plans Wednesday in Washington to work with Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. on refinancing troubled loans. NACA said existing funds from those banks pledged through federal regulations requiring loans for low- to moderate-income home buyers could be used to help 7,000 to 10,000 homeowners with high-interest rate mortgages refinance at lower rates. “We want to send out hope to the victims of the subprime lending crisis,” said Bruce Marks, NACA’s chief executive. “There is hope if you are about to lose your house.” Citibank in 2003 pledged $3 billion worth of financing over 10 years to NACA for affordable housing, said Citibank spokesman Mark Rodgers, adding that the bank has similar agreements with other community groups. Greg Barnard, a spokesman for Bank of America, said the NACA plan would use previously committed dollars from the bank. Marks said the group aims to convince other big lenders and Wall Street investors to help consumers avoid foreclosures and obtain loans that they can afford. “The real question is how big is (the housing market’s drop) going to be,” Leamer said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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A.V. rally slated, but forest is off limits

first_imgLANCASTER — Auto-sports enthusiasts can watch professional rally drivers race this weekend at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in the 26th running of the Subaru Rim of the World Rally Challenge. The event will feature 35 turbo-charged four-wheel-drive sports sedans in side-by-side racing on a dirt track built in front of the fairgrounds grandstand. “We will have everything from Porsches to Volkswagens to Mitsubishis to Subarus. All cars competing are street-legal cars but highly prepared cars,” race organizer Ray Hocker said. “The track is a closed loop with many twists and turns and jumps and big banked sweeping corners.” However, for the first time in 25 years, rally drivers will not be hurtling over Angeles National Forest fire roads as part of the event. The request to run this year’s event in the forest was turned down by U.S. Forest Service officials, who said in a letter that the rally was “inconsistent with agency direction and the Angeles National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan,” according to Hocker. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Sherry Rollman said the area that would have been used by the rally has been zoned for restricted use under a new forest land management plan. “The intent of the use is for more administrative vehicles and equestrian- and pedestrian-type use,” Rollman said. “It was not going to be graded to the level that they were going to do races on.” Forest Service officials told race organizers that most of the roads used for the rally in the past will no longer be graded, leaving them too rough for rallying. “In those 25 years in the forest, the event never had any incidents or problems. The denial had nothing to do with performance in the past. It had to do with a change in the way the forest was maintaining its roads,” Hocker said. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There are four races scheduled for today and three Sunday. Admission is $5 plus parking. Children ages 6 and under are free. The fairgrounds is at 2551 W. Ave. H, just off the Antelope Valley Freeway. This is the fourth year the rally has been held at the fairgrounds. The event also will feature an autocross event, in which anyone can compete in a slalom course around traffic cones in the parking lot, a 150-import-car show, an expo that will showcase firms that make performance car parts, and radio-controlled car-racing for children. In addition, there will be a family-oriented adventure road rally. “It’s an event designed for anyone in any kind of car, It’s a road rally for a couple of hours. The family follows instructions and follows signs around the Antelope Valley,” Hocker said. The road rally is free for anyone driving a Subaru, Hocker added. “The rally is a world-famous event in motorsport racing. Teams have traveled from all over the world to come to the Antelope Valley to run the rally,” Hocker said. “We want to keep that going, and we hope to return to the forest.” — Karen Maeshiro, (661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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