A rare observation of group prey processing in wild leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx)

first_imgCooperative feeding is often observed among predators with strong social bonds; however, it is unexpected in solitary predators. During 2016, several mass predation events were witnessed in St Andrews Bay and Right Whale Bay, South Georgia, where up to 36 leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx) were seen feeding together at king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) colonies. Three post-mortem prey-processing events were observed where two leopard seals actively fed on the same carcass in an unusual display of tolerance for a species where anti-social behaviour is the norm. The seals were observed repeatedly tearing adult king penguins between themselves, while floating alongside each other at the surface of the water. This is the first record of co-feeding in this difficult-to-study species; however, it is expected that the behaviour is rare within the population. We propose that the high density of predators combined with the readily available prey, makes it costlier to defend a kill than it is to tolerate kleptoparasitism. It is unclear whether this behaviour shows cooperative feeding, which would likely enable more efficient prey processing: by holding the prey in their jaws, each seal provides an anchor on the prey that others can pull against to stretch and tear it.last_img read more

Senators decry Saudi ‘economic warfare’ as oil crisis squeezes US shale operators

first_imgSaudi Arabia has challenged US shale before – but this time it is differentWith the global oil industry already facing a huge challenge for survival amid the drop-off in demand caused by the escalating Covid-19 and lockdown measures to limit the spread of the pandemic, Riyadh, and its leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has come under fire for destabilising the market by choosing to “settle scores” at a time when it is already facing an unprecedented set of challenges.It is not the first time Saudi-led Opec has sought to take on US shale by flooding the market – a production binge in 2015 sent prices plummeting and shale output falling, although the attempt was ultimately unsuccessful as efficiency improvements enabled US producers to rebound quickly.But “conditions are different this time”, according to BloombergNEF.“Shale oil output has almost doubled since 2016, and due to the steep production decline of wells, constant activity is required just to keep production flat. Today’s producers are leaner, with less room to improve operations and reduce costs.” Capex reductions in the Permian and Bakken will drive down shale productionCritical shale-producing regions in the US are being severely tested by the tumbling oil prices, while analysts estimating the break-even prices of $42 per barrel in the Permian and $46 per barrel in the Bakken region being necessary – well above current levels of $25 to $26 per barrel.GlobalData oil and gas analyst Adrian Lara said: “The capital expenditure (capex) reduction of 36 key operators, accounting for 75% of total Permian production, indicates a drop of 834,000 thousand bpd in output for this group by 2020 when compared to the forecast for 2020 before the current price fall.“This is a significant reduction in shale supply, which confirms the level of reaction that this type of production has to steep price movements.“Key Permian operators will remain forced to reduce their capex given the uncertainty generated by low oil demand and the coronavirus-related economic downturn, as well as the escalating narrative between Russia and Saudi Arabia for flooding the oil market.“It is very possible that US shale supply operators further adjust their capex plans later this year, causing a larger production reduction during 2020 and 2021.“GlobalData estimates that for key operators in Bakken, a reduction of 50% in the number of rigs brings down their capex an average of 40%, and this translates into a drop of 36% in their remaining net present value (NPV).“Our modelling indicates a drop of around 170,000 bpd in total Bakken production by the end of 2020.” US shale operators struggling amid the Saudi-led oil price war (Credit: White House/Shealah Craighead) In Washington’s strongest response yet to the unfolding oil crisis sparked by Saudi Arabia and Russia, a group of Republican senators have demanded action over what they term “economic warfare” by the two oil giants against the US as shale producers fall victim to troubled markets.US shale operators in the prolific Permian and Bakken oil-producing regions are being put under significant pressure to cut costs by freefalling oil prices, which have been in steep decline since Riyadh and Moscow failed to agree Opec+ supply cuts earlier this month.The subsequent Saudi decision to ramp up its crude production and flood the market with heavily-discounted fuel has lent further disruption to this already-volatile situation, sending commodity prices plunging to their lowest in decades.Many analysts have observed the move was intended, at least in part, to undercut the US shale industry, which has been competing with Opec for market share over the past decade with cheap and abundant supplies of oil and has been critical to the Trump administration’s economic strategy. And it seems to be working. US energy dominance is ‘under direct threat’ from Saudi price warFaced with the prospect of US shale operators being squeezed to the point of going out of business, six Republican members of the Senate, including Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote to secretary of state Mike Pompeo, urging him to set Saudi Arabia on a different course, either through negotiations or by leveraging the “enormously powerful tools” at the country’s disposal, including sanctions and trade restrictions.They wrote: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have embarked upon economic warfare against the US. We choose that term carefully and understand the full weight of its meaning.“During this time of pandemic and global economic crisis, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has chosen to settle scores in the oil market. Riyadh’s motivation may be multi-faceted – to punish the Russians, to capture near-term market share, to destabilise long-term investment in American energy – but the end result is the same.“Our nation’s energy dominance, which President Trump has carefully nurtured over the past three years, is now under direct threat from a country that professes to be our ally.“By taking advantage of a confusing situation and desperate time, the kingdom risks its bilateral relationship with the US.”They add that the diplomatic alliance between Riyadh and Washington will be “difficult to preserve” if the kingdom continues to intentionally inflict “turmoil and hardship” on the US companies “at the heart” of its energy industry. Senate members have urged White House intervention to stop Saudi Arabia’s ‘score-settling’ price war, as the unfolding market crisis takes its toll on US shale oil Riyadh urged to cut ties with Opec ‘relic’ and partner with the USThe US senators demanding political action to protect their domestic oil producers from this escalating scenario called on Saudi Arabia to end its association with Opec, the organisation it nominally leads, and instead “join the US on the global stage as a free-market energy powerhouse”.They added: “An alternative path to a brighter future remains open, if only the Saudis will take it. [Opec] is a relic of a cartelised past, one that burdens the kingdom with free-riders and forces it to shoulder the lion’s share of every production decision.“Instead of investing in Russian energy projects – which may only deepen Russia’s ties to China and provide it with leverage over American allies in Europe – the kingdom should partner with the US on strategic energy infrastructure projects across the Indo-Pacific region and in the Americas.” Oil crisis has forced US shale firms to slash capital spending plansSeveral companies have already announced deep cuts to their capital spending plans for 2020, while there have been warnings that almost a third of the global shale workforce could be lost before the end of the year as producers scramble to cut costs.Analysis from BloombergNEF warns that if shale oil prices remain near or below $30 per barrel, and drilling activity drops accordingly, US output could fall by more than one million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of the year.“Some operators may struggle to survive, and the spillover could impact the broader economy,” warns the report.“Wall Street may now be reluctant to fund shale producers after years of overspending and low returns. In 2016, upstream operators issued $35bn of equity. By 2019, this equity issued had fallen to $1bn.”In the Permian Basin alone – a key shale-producing region comprising oilfields across Texas and New Mexico – GlobalData analysts have forecast an 834,000 bpd drop, while in the Bakken Formation, which spans north-western parts of the US and into Canada, a 170,000 bpd decline is expected.last_img read more

Assistant Dean at Notre Dame’s College of Science dies unexpectedly

first_img Facebook Google+ By Tommie Lee – May 22, 2020 0 403 Twitter Twitter Assistant Dean at Notre Dame’s College of Science dies unexpectedly WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ (“Notre Dame – 28” by Garden State Hiker, CC BY 2.0) Clarence “Earl” Carter served as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Special Projects at the University.The Notre Dame Observer says he passed away in his home last week at the age of 61.Carter was hired in 2011 as a professor of naval science and to serve as commanding officer for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit after a 32-year career in the United States Navy. He became an Assistant Dean in 2013. Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleSpecial grants available for Indiana early learning, child care providersNext articleREAL Services Provides 10,000 Meals Every Week During Covid-19 Pandemic Tommie Leelast_img read more

Speech: Michael Ellis’ speech at Theatres Trust: Theatres at Risk event

first_imgI am delighted to be here with you all today.Thank you for inviting me to speak at this important launch. Let me first take the opportunity to thank the Theatres Trust for your contribution to arts and culture. You have continuously campaigned to ensure that theatre buildings, many of them with historical and cultural significance, are protected for generations to come.It is vital that we continue to invest in arts and culture. This investment can help develop lifelong passions and create new opportunities for work.Creativity, arts and heritage make our communities better places to live and theatres are an incredibly important part of that.We know that British theatre is respected for its high-quality output and the skilled professionals, both on and off the stage, who keep the industry running. Theatre in England is vibrant and thriving, with a diverse range of artists and companies producing exciting and varied work.A theatre can be a challenging but exciting place to work and I believe there are some great opportunities in the industry.Not just for the highly-skilled and the longstanding practitioners of their craft, but for young people just starting out who can bring a fresh perspectives and hone their expertise.Like you, this Government and I, are fully committed to ensuring that arts and culture are accessible to everyone.To that end, theatres as physical buildings and the institutions that support them, take a central role when it comes to accessibility.I am sure everyone here today is in agreement that anyone should be able to experience the magic of theatre. That audience members feel part of the work.This is why the work of the Theatres Trust and their annual Theatres at Risk register plays such a significant role in ensuring we are all aware of some of these important cultural institutions which are at threat.It is of great credit to the hard work of the Trust and the sector that two theatres that were on last years’ list have returned to live performance use – including the one where we are today – and two others are no longer at risk.This is great news, thank you for work and your commitment to the industry.It is also very pleasing to see that a number of other theatres, such as the Burnley Empire and the Bradford Odeon, amongst others have been making progress in securing their futures. I very much hope that this progress continues.We know many of the Theatres on the list are experiencing financial problems.We also know that the cultural and creative industries make a vast contribution to our economy, accounting for over 5% of UK GVA, and the Government is committed to supporting their growth.Culture also has a significant role to play in place-shaping, as it has important social benefits in terms of health, education, community cohesion and wellbeing. Opportunities to engage in culture – be it arts, heritage, museums or film – can have a significant impact on our lives and create places where people want to live, work and do business.This is where the theatre, as a physical building, can play a central role in making places better areas to live, and instill a sense of community. And it may be that placemaking that can help to protect some of these cultural assets.Evidence from the UK and other countries shows a link between cultural investment in towns and cities and economic growth. Culture, sport and heritage assets create thriving, interesting areas where people want to live, work and set-up businesses.Creative businesses particularly benefit from clustering around cultural assets.The impact of place-based investment in arts and culture on the attractiveness of a city or town as a place to live in and invest can also be seen in the transformative effect of Hull’s highly successful year as UK City of Culture 2017.Since 2013, investment in Hull has amounted to £3.3 billion and the city’s employment rate and number of businesses are at the highest ever recorded rate, including over 550 new cultural jobs.This is why it is so encouraging to see more and more theatres working outside their own walls and using their programmes to engage the communities that surround them.It is my hope that by continuing with such innovative, entertaining and relevant programming, public interest in our theatres can only increase.As announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget Statement, DCMS will be providing £55 million as part of the Future High Streets fund, dedicated to supporting the regeneration of high street heritage assets. Those much loved historic buildings that provide a sense of place, community identity and connectedness.£40 million of this fund will be delivered through my Department’s Arms Length Body and statutory advisor Historic England to support a high street focused version of their successful Heritage Action Zones scheme, and £15 million will be delivered through the Architectural Heritage Fund to support community groups to take ownership of heritage assets.This programme will aim to support the economic growth and regeneration of towns and high streets across England by improving their physical and economic condition as well as increasing community and investor confidence, social cohesion and pride in our places.The programme will help to bring about the regeneration of high streets and town centres by identifying, targeting and de-risking heritage assets as well as diversifying and optimising their uses to meet a range of community needs.As I have set out, Government believes that place-based cultural investments should be a key part of the local growth strategy for all towns and cities in England.This is why we have recently introduced the Cultural Development Fund, a fund for towns and cities that want to transform their urban areas through culture-led strategies. We received many strong bids from towns across England, and as some of you will know, the Secretary of State announced the winning bids on Friday last week.Going forward, there are great opportunities for theatres to play a central role in our vision, and I am sure that with the support of Government, organisations like the Theatres Trust and Local Authorities, we can all work together to ensure that our much loved theatres can continue to thrive across the country.I would like to thank Theatres Trust again for inviting me along today to speak to you all, and thank you all for the outstanding contributions you continue to make to our nation’s theatre.last_img read more

Ride J2G Live’s Party Buses To Red Rocks Or Dick’s, & Get Free Beer, Pizza, & Pot

first_imgDenver is one of the preeminent music destinations of the summer, with the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Phish’s annual mecca to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park drawing fans from across the country to Colorado. With Red Rocks and Dick’s more than a 30-minute drive outside the city of Denver, music fans often opt to take party buses to their shows of choice. One fan-favorite bus service is J2G Live, which offers prompt buses to and from shows in addition to a number of special benefits for riders.J2G Live’s round-trip coach buses pick up and drop off at the beloved venue, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, a staple of the Denver music scene that regularly hosts Red Rocks and Phish Dick’s afterparties. Music fans can head over to Cervantes’ at 3 pm, where they’ll enjoy free pizza from Famous Original J’s (operated by Rosenberg’s Bagels) and can make use of special discounts for bus riders at the nearby dispensary, Denver Kush Club, such as buy-one-get-one deals, penny joints with purchase, and more.J2G Live’s buses leave exactly at 5 pm, giving fans plenty of time on the lot before the show to enjoy free beer and water from Boulder Beer Company. After the show, beer and water will be available for riders until 30 minutes after the show is over, when the buses return to Cervantes—if Cervantes’ is hosting any late-night shows, riders receive discounted or even free entry to the late-night party, depending on the show.As noted by J2G Live,J2G Live has been taking care of concert-goers since 2011. Our goal is to provide all our riders with safe, fun, and stress-free concert transportation on the level they would expect when traveling to see their favorite bands.  J2G Live’s inclusive packages take the stress out of booking concert transportation as our riders simply need to show up on time, and J2G Live will handle the rest. There may be cheaper options, but nobody puts more time and care into our events. And trust us, nothing is better than an ice cold beer or water waiting for you in the parking lots.J2G Live will be running party buses up to Red Rocks for Widespread Panic (June 22nd & 23rd), Umphrey’s McGee (July 5th, 6th, & 7th), and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (August 16th). The service will also be running buses for Phish’s end-of-the-summer three-night stand at Dick’s Sporting Good Park from August 31st to September 2nd, with VIP upgrades available. All event and ticketing information is available at J2G Live’s website here, and private charters are available upon request.Upcoming J2G Live Party Buses:Widespread Panic: June 22nd and 23rd at Red Rocks AmphitheaterUmphrey’s McGee: July 5th – July 7th at Red Rocks AmphitheaterJoe Russo’s Almost Dead:  August 16th at Red Rocks AmphitheaterPhish: August 31st – Sept 2nd at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (VIP Upgrades Available)View All Upcoming Party Buseslast_img read more

WSP Bassist Dave Schools Shares Heartfelt Message To George Porter Jr. On Lifetime Achievement Award

first_img[Video: via @david_a_schools]As Dave Schools says in the video clip,“Hey George, congratulations. It’s a monumental achievement for you and your cohorts, and I just want to say from the bottom of my heart that I have stolen almost everything I do from you. But, I think it goes beyond influences and styles. You are a foundation of American music and I couldn’t be more proud for you on this day. More importantly, you’ve been a great friend to me for a long time. I can’t tell you how important that is for a young musician. You are a sweet man, I’m proud of you – George Matters, much love.”You can catch George Porter Jr. in a variety of different supergroup lineups and collaborative outfits at Brooklyn Comes Alive in Brooklyn, NY, set to take place on September 29th at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade. For more information, or to purchase your tickets now, head here. Today, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools shared a heartfelt video message to legendary Meters bassist George Porter Jr. via his Instagram congratulating Porter on receiving his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.Last night, The Meters, along with Queen, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, and famed “Wrecking Crew” studio drummer Hal Blaine, received their awards at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre during the Grammy Salute To Music Legends, a live award ceremony and show honoring the recipients of this year’s Grammy Special Merit Awards.George Porter Jr. has seen an outpouring of love over the last week, with younger musicians honoring the bassist who has taught and influenced their careers in so many ways. Drummer extraordinaire, Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), penned an impassioned editorial on Porter and fellow Meters co-founder Zigaboo Modeliste‘s current project, Foundation of Funk. Watch Dave Schools’ thoughts below:last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Darren Criss Will Go Backstage with Disney on B’way & More

first_img Star Files Watch Olaf Sing in Six LanguagesRemember that video of Frozen’s Elsas singing “Let It Go” in multiple languages? Well now we’re getting something similar with the hit Disney movie’s Olaf, who was voiced in English by Mormon Tony nominee Josh Gad. Check out the teaser of the adorable snowman singing “In Summer” in six languages below. The full version, to be released soon, will be in 17 different languages. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Darren Criss Will Go Backstage with Disney on B’wayBroadway alum and Glee fave Darren Criss, Toni Braxton, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell will all appear with the previously reported Elton John, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more on Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years. The one-hour special exploring the making of Disney’s eight Great White Way ventures including current hits The Lion King and Aladdin will air on ABC on December 14.Sting, Josh Radnor & More Head to 54 BelowThe Last Ship’s Sting, Disgraced’s Josh Radnor, Tony Aladdin winner James Monroe Iglehart, Side Show’s Erin Davie and Emily Padgett and more will be appearing at 54 Below on December 11. The stars will all feature in the variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job Holiday Spectacular!!!. It’s certainly sounding like the most wonderful evening at the Times Square hotspot!Listen to Anna Kendrick Sing ‘On the Steps of the Palace’We have a feeling that you might just have been wishing for this. Listen below to Anna Kendrick singing “On the Steps of the Palace” from Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods. Not long now before you get to SEE her, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen and Lilla Crawford in the classic tuner—the movie hits theaters on Christmas Day.center_img Get More: Movie Trailers, Celebrity News Darren Crisslast_img read more

Obama Makes Case for U.S. Participation in Libya

first_img It was in America’s vital interests to stop a massacre in Libya, President Barack Obama said at the National Defense University. Obama spoke of the justification for establishing the no-fly zone over Libya and protecting the Libyan people from Moammar Gadhafi’s regime to an audience of students and faculty gathered at Lincoln Hall on Fort Lesley J. McNair here. Obama spoke of the cruelty that Gadhafi showed in suppressing Libyans who wanted a different government for the country. “In the face of the world’s condemnation, Gadhafi chose to escalate his attacks, launching a military campaign against the Libyan people,” Obama said. “Innocent people were targeted for killing. Hospitals and ambulances were attacked. Journalists were arrested, sexually assaulted and killed.” Gadhafi ordered his soldiers to cut off food, water and fuel to cities along the coast, and shelled cities and towns. “Military jets and helicopter gunships were unleashed upon people who had no means to defend themselves against assault from the air,” he said. “Confronted by this brutal repression and a looming humanitarian crisis, I ordered warships into the Mediterranean,” the president said. “European allies declared their willingness to commit resources to stop the killing. The Libyan opposition, and the Arab League, appealed to the world to save lives in Libya. “At my direction,” he continued, “America led an effort with our allies at the United Nations Security Council to pass an historic resolution that authorized a no-fly zone to stop the regime’s attacks from the air, and further authorized all necessary measures to protect the Libyan people.” The coalition began military operations to enforce the U.N. resolution nine days ago, after it became apparent that regime forces were bearing down on Benghazi – the stronghold of the rebellion and home to more than 700,000 men, women and children. “We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi … could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world,” Obama said. “It was not in our national interest to let that happen,” the president said. “I refused to let that happen.” After consulting congressional leaders, Obama ordered the strikes to save Benghazi. “We hit Gadhafi’s troops in neighboring Ajdabiya, allowing the opposition to drive them out,” he said. “We hit his air defenses, which paved the way for a no-fly zone. We targeted tanks and military assets that had been choking off towns and cities and we cut off much of their source of supply. And tonight, I can report that we have stopped Gadhafi’s deadly advance.” The United States acted as leader of a coalition of nations. The United Kingdom, France, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates joined in the responsibility to defend the Libyan people, Obama said. “In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate to protect civilians, stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre, and establish a no-fly zone with our allies and partners,” he said. By Dialogo March 30, 2011last_img read more

Uber offers rides—and lending risks, too

first_imgChances are good you’ve arranged a ride using popular services such as Uber or Lyft. These transportation network companies (TNCs), or ride-booking services you access via a mobile app, are expanding in cities throughout the country.But here’s what you might not know: Drivers who provide transportation are using their personal vehicles. And when borrowers have a loan on a vehicle they drive for a TNC, this poses new risks for your credit union.While various personal auto carriers offer ride-booking endorsements that cover losses sustained during TNC activities, it’s important to note standard personal auto insurance doesn’t.This means use of vehicles for these purposes could cause issues for lenders—like your credit union—should physical damage occur. Some states require TNC drivers to register themselves and their vehicles, and might require them to notify lienholders. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Should your credit union move to managed patching?

first_img continue reading » There are plenty of odious tasks in the credit union industry. That goes double for operations staff. But few of those tasks are worse than patching. That’s why managed patching services exist for credit unions.But should you use them?Only you can decide what’s best for your credit union. However, because patching is an important component of your security and compliance concerns, the idea certainly has merit. Read on to learn more.Why Patching Is ImportantThe easiest solution to the constant stream of patches would be to ignore them. If you ignore a problem, it goes away, right? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more