Parasite treatment affects maternal investment in sons

first_imgParasitism can be a major constraint on host condition and an important selective force. Theoretical and empirical evidence shows that maternal condition affects relative investment in sons and daughters; however, the affect of parasitism on sex ratio in vertebrates is seldom considered. Here we demonstrate experimentally that parasitism constrains the ability of mothers to rear sons in a long lived seabird, the European shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis. The effect contributes to the decline in offspring survival as the breeding season progresses and hence has important population-level consequences for this, and potentially other, seasonal breeders.last_img

Press release: International Trade Secretary in Davos to get trade continuity agreements over the line

first_imgToday (Wednesday 23 January) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP will begin a series of high-level meeting with trade ministers from across the world.Over the next two days, Dr Fox will be meeting with trade ministers from South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, Colombia and Israel among others, as the Government works to ensure continuity of trade for UK businesses trading with nations covered by existing EU trade agreements. This drive to get deals over the line in the run-up to Brexit follows significant progress made in finalising continuity trade agreements with Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland over the past few weeks.In addition to trade talks, the International Trade Secretary will unveil Free Trade is GREAT branding, meet with top investors to attract further capital to the UK and host a round table with global CEOs in a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to the global rules-based system.Dr Fox’s arrival in Davos comes as Deloitte launch a new report confirming the UK’s position as Europe’s leading destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) – attracting more FDI in the three years between 2015 and 2017 ($140.356bn) than Germany ($50.074bn) and France ($43.999bn) combined. Deloitte also ranked London as the world’s top city for investment, with more FDI coming to the capital than any other city in the world.The trend set out in the Deloitte report is reaffirmed by new figures from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) showing foreign investment flows grew by more than £16bn between 2017 and 2018 (up 20% from £78.4bn to £94.7bn).International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: The week will also see telecoms provider BT confirm that it has been granted new domestic licenses to operate in China following significant dialogue between DIT and the Chinese government. This is a significant milestone for the company as it expands its operations in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. The figures from Deloitte and UNCTAD are clear – investors trust in the fundamental strength of the UK’s economy because of our workforce, innovation, transparent regulatory system and efficient tax regime. We are a nation on the rise and, with my international economic department already working on our independent trade policy after Brexit, we will be able to place the UK firmly at the heart of the world’s fastest growing regions.center_img Davos is the perfect opportunity to show the world that Britain is open for business: outward looking, open to ideas and confident on the world stage. That’s why this week I will be meeting with my counterparts in key countries as we look to finalise continuity trade agreements to ensure our exporters do not face disruption as we prepare to leave to the EU.last_img read more

Press release: Defence Secretary praises 50 years of nuclear service as new submarine is named

first_img Operation Relentless has seen generations of submariners from HMS Resolution to HMS Vengeance on constant watch, for every minute of every day for the last five decades. This is the longest military operation we have ever undertaken and continues right this minute deep under the sea. We pay tribute to those incredible crews, their supportive families, the Royal Navy and the thousands of industry experts who will continue to sustain this truly national endeavour for many years to come. For half a century, the Royal Navy has always had at least one ballistic missile submarine at sea on patrol, safeguarding the ultimate guarantor of our country’s security – and that of our NATO allies too. Today, as we pause to reflect on the significance of this 50-year milestone in our proud history of submarine operations, and the national endeavour that underpins it, we are also looking to our future. Today’s announcement that the fourth of our future ballistic missile submarine fleet will be named HMS King George VI follows a long tradition of naming capital ships after our country’s monarchs; together with her sisters Dreadnought, Valiant and Warspite these submarines represent the cutting edge of underwater capability and will meet the awesome challenge of continuous at sea deterrence into the second half of the 21st century. CASD50 provides a chance to not only remember the national endeavour of the past half century but to look to the next-generation of ballistic missile submarines, the Dreadnought class. This will consist of four boats helping to ensure the security of generations to come. The Dreadnought-class are expected to enter service in the early 2030s, helping to maintain Operation Relentless.Prior to the service at Westminster Abbey, First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, announced that HMS King George VI will now join HMS Dreadnought, Valiant and Warspite as the fourth Dreadnought submarine. HMS King George VI makes history as it will become the first naval vessel to bear that royal title. King George VI had strong naval connections having spent time at the Royal Naval College, Osbourne followed by Dartmouth. He then went on to earn a mention in despatches for his service on HMS Collingwood during the Battle of Jutland.First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones said: The Defence Secretary has announced the fourth Dreadnought submarine as HMS King George VI ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognise the Royal Navy’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years.Since April 1969, a Royal Navy ballistic missile submarine has patrolled every single day, without interruption, providing the nation’s deterrent and helping keep the UK and our allies safe. This is the UK’s longest sustained military operation ever undertaken and is known as Operation Relentless.Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: It is estimated that around 30,000 people are involved in building and supporting nuclear submarines across the UK. Maintaining this skilled workforce helps to invest millions of pounds into local communities and ensures the UK continues to boast a highly-skilled workforce in this sector.Read more about CASD50last_img read more

Rebuilding walls of sound

first_imgPhillip Golub ’16, a jazz pianist who has been playing since he was 5 and started composing in high school, recently wrote a piece for piano and harp. All he needed was a harpist.While discussing the importance of rebuilding Quad Sound Studios (QSS), he found one: Sara Kantor ’14. Though they’re both students in the Harvard and New England Conservatory dual degree program, the two hadn’t met until QSS brought them together.It’s a perfect example of why rebuilding the studio is so important, said Dylan Perese ’16, its business manager.“It’s a space on campus where creative people can connect,” said Perese. “We want this to be a place where people can be validated for their talents and meet like-minded individuals, but also foster creative connections that might not otherwise be made, allowing artists to really push their creativity and performance.”For Golub, the studio could also be vital to his aspirations as a musician.“Having a place to get together with other jazz musicians on campus is essential,” he said. “Learning how to be spontaneous when you don’t have an audience to feed off is essential. All my teachers say that the best thing you can do as a musician is to record yourself while playing, and then listen back and critique yourself. It’s a crucial part of your development.”Phillip Golub ’16: “Having a place to get together with other jazz musicians on campus is essential.”The once and future studio — in the basement of Holmes Hall in the Quad — is divided into three rooms: one where multiple musicians can play together; a smaller room for solo work; and the soundboard room, where engineers can record tracks and musicians can gather to listen to their work. Recording cables connect a pair of baby grand Steinways in the small concert hall above to the studio.The studio closed several years ago after a flood. Perese and Matt Sheets ’15, president of QSS, rediscovered the space and decided to bring it back stronger and better than ever.The two are determined to raise the $20,000 necessary to make the space operational. Over the past year, QSS has raised more than $7,000 from Harvard organizations such as the Undergraduate Council, as well as corporate sponsors such as Shure and Avid. That support has helped with some items, but basics such as desks, preamps, cabling, monitors, and audio interfaces are still needed to finish the job.A revived QSS would be the only entirely student-run studio on campus, Sheets said.More importantly, it would be a full-service studio, offering space and assistance with recording.Rashad Hossain ’16, one of the founders of the Harvard College Rap Collective, said that the training would be invaluable. When Hossain booked time at another studio on campus, “it not only took a long time to get in to the studio, but when we did, we realized we had no idea how to use the equipment.”Most studios on campus are do-it-yourself, Sheets said, which is why he and Perese are working with alumni and local professionals to train students as sound engineers in the studio. Having that expertise means that “musicians can focus on their music and students who are interested in sound engineering can learn a trade — and they can then collaborate between those groups.”In a conversation at the studio, Sheets described the extensive repairs already under way — from repairing walls and untangling cables to installing new shelves — and those to come.“Students will be doing all the work in putting the studio together,” he said. “We’ll be rebuilding sound baffles on the walls and putting in the insulation. It’s going to be a team effort.”last_img read more

Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental review

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior Department officials had wrongly avoided an environmental review of their action by describing it “as a mere policy shift.” In so doing, officials ignored the environmental effects of selling huge volumes of coal from public lands, the judge said.The ruling marks another in a string of judicial setbacks for President Donald Trump’s attempts to boost North American energy production.A previous order from Morris blocked the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport crude from Canada’s oil sands. Other courts have issued rulings against the administration’s plans for oil and gas leasing and coal mining.More than 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined from federal lands, primarily in Western states. Companies have mined about 4 billion tons of coal from federal reserves in the past decade, contributing $10 billion to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments.The Obama administration imposed a moratorium on most federal coal sales in 2016. The move followed concerns that low royalty rates paid by mining companies were shortchanging taxpayers and that burning the fuel was making climate change worse. President Donald Trump lifted the moratorium in March 2017 as part of his efforts to revitalize the slumping coal industry.More: Judge: Resumption of U.S. coal sales by Trump needs review Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental reviewlast_img read more

Plan Colombia Turns 15: Successful Joint Initiative Has Improved Security, Economy

first_img Support for Colombian Armed Forces Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and U.S. President Barack Obama met in the White House on February 4th to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, the multi-billion dollar joint security and development initiative that has improved public safety in the South American country. Plan Colombia has been a key component of Colombia’s battle against organized crime, international drug trafficking, and guerrilla violence by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). “Colombia, in particular, holds special promise thanks to the sacrifices of the Colombian people,” Defense Secretary Carter said. “[The country] now stands on the brink of an historic peace. And as they did during their most difficult times, the people of SOUTHCOM will continue to stand with our Colombian friends as they reach for days of even greater prosperity.” “One benefit I saw quite frequently was a wonderfully stocked base in a part of the country where there was nothing else, where the Colombians had never had a permanent presence,” Angelo said. “This inspired confidence in the local population. Now, they could trust the government to protect them. It sent a signal to people in these areas that the government was there to stay.” An important partnership Plan Colombia’s origins The U.S government, including then-President Bill Clinton, responded positively to Colombia’s proposal. In June 2000, the U.S. Congress appropriated nearly $1.6 billion for the following two years to expand counter-narcotics operations, improve intelligence gathering via new technology and partnerships, enhance the training of Colombia’s National Police, support governmental programs through the United States Agency for International Development, and stimulate alternative economic programs. The initiative has strengthened cooperative ties between the Colombian Armed Forces and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). On January 14th, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter spoke of the partnership during the ceremony in which U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd assumed command over SOUTHCOM from U.S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly. Plan Colombia’s resources were especially significant in far-flung locations in Colombia, according to Paul Angelo, an International Affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former Rhodes Scholar who lived in the country for several years. While in Colombia, Angelo, who traveled extensively as a Military liaison between the U.S. Embassy and the Colombian Armed Forces, saw firsthand the effects of Plan Colombia. During his January meeting with President Santos in Colombia, Admiral Tidd said, “I am committed to building upon the strong, vibrant bonds of friendship that we have in this important region, and to working very closely with partner nations — which, like Colombia, have our highest respect and confidence — to support security and stability in the Americas.” Fighting drug traffickers President Santos lauded the achievements of the Colombian Armed Forces and the improvement in the country’s security, which in turn encouraged economic development. He also expressed appreciation for the partnership with the United States. “In the names of millions of Colombians who are starting to live without fear, thank you,” President Santos said during a joint press conference with his U.S. counterpart. “But above all, in the name of new generations throughout Colombian territory, in the names of those children who can see a better future now, thank you.” center_img Plan Colombia has helped the Armed Forces and police fight international drug traffickers. New radar technology helped Colombian security forces substantially increase their interdiction of drugs leaving the country through the air or sea. In 15 years, Colombian security forces have seized 2,381 tons of cocaine – the equivalent of five years’ worth of the country’s current production capacity – according to the Colombian government. In that same time, the number of planted coca hectares dropped from a maximum of 170,000 in 2001 to approximately 112,000 in 2014. Under Plan Colombia, the Armed Forces also received extensive training. From 2000 to 2014, U.S. Special Operations Forces trained with more than 93,000 Colombian Soldiers and National Police officers. This training helped professionalize the Army, according to former Army Chief, Retired General Harold Bedoya Pizarro. The initiative provided resources to the Colombian Armed Forces that helped them get the upper hand against the FARC, ELN, narco-trafficking organizations, and criminal bands, which are known as BACRIMs. “It was a real revolution,” retired Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, head of the Colombian Military Forces from 2006 to 2009, told the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. Thanks to Plan Colombia, the Armed Forces were able “to see and hear the illegal armed groups and thus operate with skill 24 hours a day, every day.” In his remarks, President Obama praised Colombia and the joint initiative. “Plan Colombia has been a tribute to the people of Colombia and their efforts to overcome so many challenges,” he said. “And after 15 years of sacrifice and determination, a tipping point has been reached. The tide has turned.” President Obama also announced a new, $450 million aid package for Colombia’s post-conflict efforts. Plan Colombia began as a developmental proposal created by former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana in 1998. Colombian officials refined the initiative, which specifically called for a partnership with the U.S., and presented it in early 2000 as a $7.5 billion plan to promote an end to Colombia’s civil conflict, combat drug trafficking, revamp the economy, and strengthen the country’s democratic institutions. Pastrana’s administration pledged $4 billion and asked allied countries for assistance with the remaining costs. From 2000 on, the U.S. Congress increased approved funds for Plan Colombia with bi-partisan support at the requests of President Clinton and his successors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Those resources transformed the country’s Military and contributed to a major security shift, which has had positive social and economic repercussions, according to Colombian and U.S. officials. As part of Plan Colombia, the Colombian Army acquired nearly 20 Black Hawk and 33 UH-1N helicopters (some were donated but Colombia purchased most), seven surveillance planes, four C-27 and two Grand Caravan transport planes, and eight “Midnight Express” patrol boats, which offered new movement capabilities in the fight against guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and BACRIMs. The helicopters, along with intelligence assistance and new technological equipment such as night vision devices, paved the way for aggressive operations against criminal organizations, including missions that led to the deaths of top FARC leaders such as Alfonso Cano, Jorge Briceño, who was known as “Mono Jojoy,” and Raúl Reyes. By Dialogo February 10, 2016 U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also spoke of the important partnership during the ceremony. “The constant theme in all that the Southern Command does is partnership – it’s SOUTHCOM’s engagement throughout humanitarian and civil assistance programs, defense institution building, and human rights initiatives that help partner nations strengthen governance and development, professionalize their Military and security forces, and increase their current ability to respond to crises,” Gen. Dunford stated. To help small farmers transition from cultivating illegal coca to productive crops, such as coffee, rice, and cocoa beans, Plan Colombia included the financing of crop replacement plans in critical areas. The country’s drug-related economy shrank from $7.5 billion in 2008 to $4.5 billion in 2013, according to a study by Daniel Mejía, a Colombian economist who heads the University of the Andes’ Center of Studies on Security and Drugs. last_img read more

Robots aren’t taking over just yet

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sherri Smith As Senior Vice President of Business Development & Client Relations, Sherri leads TruHome’s successful client expansion and relationship-building initiatives using her distinctive, thoughtful and prudent approach to ensure each … Web: Details People will still make or break your spring mortgage loan success.All signs indicate that we’re in for an active spring home-buying season in 2015. Interest rates have remained surprisingly low, rent costs are rising and financial situations/credit scores are improving, allowing many prospects to consider that next big investment.As the next big wave of home buyers — the millennial generation — heats up the market, many loan servicing companies are investing in technology to allow this subset to navigate this process on their terms while closing as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some have even gone as far as cutting out the middle man entirely with algorithm-based programs that automate everything. As volume picks up and the winds of change stir, it begs an interesting industry question — are people still needed to generate and service mortgage loans? The answer of course is a resounding yes!Personal Approach Relationships are still the primary reason people return for business, and they always will be. The ability to connect, learn a person’s name, build trust, call them back and ask them questions based on a previous conversation is invaluable. While there’s no doubt a mandate to adopt and refine technology (which we’ll get to shortly!), taking the time to make your member feel important, excited and engaged will do wonders for future business or referrals.Invest in Technology That Makes Jobs Easier Adding new technology in the home lending industry is bordering on non-optional these days, but the best choice is less clear. While many services out there offer a more streamlined approach, you have to be cautious where you’re applying your credit union’s budget. Opt for something that makes the job easier long-term, vs. a quick fix. For example, TruHome Solutions recently invested in software using video technology to alert lenders about the next step in the process and features videos explaining actions required in easily digestible vignettes. While this is not intended to replace human interaction, it does serve as a convenient and informative reminder that nudges the process along in a manner consumers welcome.Expertise Matters    Not only are we suggesting that you shouldn’t turn jobs over to the “cloud”, we believe in investing and empowering people who possess seasoned knowledge about mortgages and compliance. If you are in the business, you are keenly aware that August is going to be a challenging month with major rules going to effect. But the industry has seen its fair share of changes like this and, to evolve, you must staff your team with flexible, capable, and most importantly, incredibly knowledgeable team members.You’re Not AloneAt the end of the day, you’re not alone in the pursuit to provide the best mortgage lending experience possible for your members. There are always options available to ensure you have the most positive, fruitful spring ever in 2015. If you struggle to maintain a compliance staff, technology investments and the appropriate time commitment to manage mortgage loans with members, CUSOs exist to make this offering possible and seamless for you. Their robust team of lenders (we said robust, not robots) can manage everything from origination to closing, with compliance oversight and management, freeing up your time to invest in real human interactions with your members.We don’t ignore the fact that technology is the key to business growth in this sector. We just suggest that you harness the significant power of people and see the difference a personal touch can make in the member’s home-buying experience.last_img read more

Apalachin native to launch with NASA

first_imgAccording to NASA’S website, Apalachin native and astronaut Douglas Hurley, who graduated from Owego-Apalachin in 1984, will be joining astronaut Robert Behnken and launching to the International Space Station next week. Behnken and Hurley will fly to the station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A. On Wednesday, they will be departing from Ellington Field in Houston, Texas and flying to Kennedy’s Space Center. They are expected to arrive at the Launch and Landing Facility at around 4 p.m. The events will be broadcast live on NASA Television and online at The official liftoff is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m.center_img It is the final flight test for the system to be certified for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. (WBNG)- A local man will be arriving at Kennedy’s Space Station on Wednesday afternoon for the SpaceX Demo-2 mission. The Demo-2 mission will serve as an end-to-end flight test to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, from launch to docking to splashdown. last_img read more

MUI issues fatwa, implementing ‘social distancing’ for Islamic worship

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a fatwa on compulsory Muslim prayers specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.MUI Fatwa Council chair Hasanuddin said in a written statement on Monday that Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” were “not permitted to perform Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.“They are obliged to replace [the Friday prayer] with the zuhr [midday] prayer [at home]. Likewise, it is [forbidden] to hold religious activities that involve large numbers of people that could further spread COVID-19,” Hasanuddin said in the statement. He added that Muslims in areas “less affected” by COVID-19 could perform the Friday prayer at mosques. However, people were encouraged to minimize physical contact, bring their own prayer mats and wash their hands diligently.The MUI also prohibited Muslims who tested positive for COVID-19 from attending Friday prayer at mosques, and instructed them to replace the obligatory Friday prayer with the zuhr at home.”It is haram for a [person with] COVID-19 to carry out sunnah activities that create opportunities for contagion, such as performing the daily prayers in congregation, the tarawih [special Ramadan prayer] and the Eid prayer at mosques and other public places, as well as attending public [Quranic] recitations or majelis taklim [Quran study groups],” the fatwa stated.The statement also said that the bathing the bodies of the dead should be carried out by medical authorities in compliance with their protocols and with regard to Islamic law.Hasanuddin added that funeral prayers and burials should be conducted as usual, but with precautions in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19.The fatwa council also stated that actions that caused panic and/or public losses, such as hoarding basic necessities and face masks, were haram. On March 16, Indonesia reported 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five deaths. The virus has spread throughout the country, including major regions like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Carnival 2012 Opening Parade

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Carnival 2012 Opening Parade by: – January 28, 2012 Share Tweet Carnival float in memory of Jefferson “Jeff Joe” Joseph during Saturday’s parade.The Real Mas 2012 officially commenced in Dominica with a parade in the City of Roseau on Saturday, 28th January, 2012.Several business organizations paraded through the streets with their costumes and company paraphernalia.The contestants of all three pageants; Carnival Princess, Miss Teen Dominica and Miss Dominica were all beautifully attired as they paraded on Saturday.The parade will culminate with an opening ceremony at the Festival City in Pottersville with addresses by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Justina Charles and the Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs Ian Douglas among others.Various local bands and groups will also perform at the opening which will continue until 11:30pm.Part 1: [nggallery id= 128] Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 66 Views   3 commentslast_img read more