Diel activity patterns of Carabidae, Staphylinidae and Perimylopidae (Coleoptera) at South Georgia, Sub-Antarctic

first_imgSix of the eight species of beetles at South Georgia, the southernmost beetles of the world, were investigated in outdoor arenas with pitfall traps for their diel patterns of locomotory activity. All of them were clearly nocturnal, the only exception being a small staphylinid which appeared to be active throughout the day and night. Activity of the other species was restricted to the dark period of the night, with little activity during twilight. Peak activity occurred before or at midnight. Activity was clearly correlated with temperature. Diurnal activity may involve a risk of overheating and desiccation, but could also have evolved in the past due to bird predation, which today is very low in the study arealast_img read more

Incoming Equinor boss to accelerate the oil firm’s growth in renewables

first_imgOpedal the ‘right person to further develop Equinor as a force in the green shift’Announcing Opedal as the company’s new CEO, chair of the board of directors Erik Reinhardsen said Equinor is entering a “phase of significant change as the world needs to take more forceful action to combat climate change”.“The board’s mandate is for Anders to accelerate our development as a broad energy company and to increase value creation for our shareholders through the energy transition,” he added.Equinor plans to grow its renewable production capacity to between 4GW and 6GW by 2026 (Credit: Needpix.com)“He has deep knowledge of and broad experience from the energy sector. He has risen through the ranks of Equinor and has demonstrated outstanding leadership and consistently delivered results exceeding expectations.“As the first engineer to become CEO, he is passionate about technology, digitalisation and industrial development.“A unanimous board is confident that Anders is the right person to further develop Equinor as a force in the green shift, and together with our dedicated people, further strengthen the company culture and our safety performance.” New Equinor boss Anders Opedal has worked at the energy firm for 23 years and is currently executive vice president of technology, projects and drilling (Credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Flickr/janie.hernandez55) The incoming Equinor boss Anders Opedal has committed to accelerating the company’s growth in renewables under his leadership.Opedal is set to replace Eldar Saetre on 2 November, after he announced his resignation as CEO of the Norwegian state-controlled oil and gas group today (10 August).During Saetre’s six-year stint as Equinor boss, the 64-year-old has guided the company through two huge drops in the oil price and has significantly strengthened its renewable energy portfolio. Anders Opedal is set to replace Eldar Saetre on 2 November, after he announced his resignation as CEO of the Norwegian state-controlled oil and gas group Equinor’s emissions reduction and renewable energy targetsWith Saetre not officially retiring until 1 March 2021, he will be available to advise Opedal throughout the opening few months of his tenure.That will allow the new boss to work with his predecessor and implement the oil major’s recent commitments towards limiting the impacts of climate change and investing in low-carbon technologies.In February this year, the company set a target to at least halve its carbon intensity by 2050 – a goal that includes emissions generated by consumption of its oil and gas products by end-users.This followed intensifying international pressure on fossil fuel companies to address climate issues and demonstrate a serious commitment to lowering their carbon footprints.Equinor’s targets include a reduction in Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, meaning those throughout the value chain from production, right through the supply chain to final use by customers.The firm said it also plans to grow its renewable production capacity to between 4 gigawatts (GW) and 6GW by 2026 – 10-times greater than its current capability – with a particular emphasis to be placed on offshore wind.Recent analysis from Rystad Energy showed that across the next five years, the 10 largest oil majors are expected to pump $166bn into new oil and gas ventures, while the currently-specified outlay for solar and wind energy projects will total just $18bn.Notably, more than half of this figure will be accounted for solely by Equinor, which plans to invest $10bn into clean energy by 2025. Opedal to accelerate Equinor’s broader energy development and growth in renewablesOpedal, who has worked for the energy firm for 23 years and is currently executive vice president of technology, projects and drilling, said he is “honoured and proud to take over the responsibility as CEO”.“I am confident in Equinor and all our people, and in our ability to change and continue creating long-term value for our shareholders also in a low-carbon future,” he added.“We have a great starting point for what will be a massive transition with our strong assets, outstanding competence, technology and innovation skills, and we have highly engaged people and strong values to guide us in this process.“Together, we will accelerate the development of Equinor as a broad energy company and our growth within renewables.”Opedal said he will be using the time until he takes over to “prepare and plan” for the company’s future.“I will take the opportunity to engage and listen, both to the organisation and external stakeholders to get their valuable perspectives before setting the direction for my leadership for a new time,” he added.last_img read more

HSBC pulls the plug on buy-to-let mortgages

first_imgHome » News » HSBC pulls the plug on buy-to-let mortgages previous nextProducts & ServicesHSBC pulls the plug on buy-to-let mortgagesDespite the major lender exiting the market, there are still 42 active lenders in the buy-to-let mortgage business, willing to lend on residential property.Sheila Manchester28th April 202003,412 Views HSBC has pulled the plug on its buy-to-let lending, but there are still 42 active lenders in the business, even at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic – according to Mortgages for Business, saying that, at the zenith of the spring’s Boris Bounce, there were 49 lenders in the buy-to-let marketplace.Saffron Building Society withdrew from the market before the outbreak in March – for non COVID-19 reasons – and has indicated their intention to return to market ‘later in the year’.  Lenders that have stopped lending to landlords since include: HSBC; Foundation Home Loans; Together Money; Vida Home Loans; Platform Home Loans; State Bank of India; and Furness Building Society.Steve Olejnik, Managing Director of Mortgages for Business said, “HSBC is no longer able to accept applications for buy-to-let mortgages. We have seen lenders like Vida Homeloans temporarily pull out of the market – but more than 85 per cent of the lenders that landlords rely on are still trying to do their bit.“Four of the lenders that initially withdrew products – Santander, Clydesdale, Precise Mortgages, and Kent Reliance – are now lending again.  The landlord community is benefiting from Shawbrook and Paragon, in particular, who are using virtual valuations for loans against standard properties up to 75% of loan to value.  They’re being very helpful.“Lenders have cut down the sorts of landlords that they will lend to.  They’re pulling product ranges, tighten lending criteria, and increasing margins.  But different lenders are de-risking against different kinds of landlord borrowers.“While some lenders are no longer lending to first time landlords, there are still lenders who are.  My advice to landlords looking to remortgage is act sooner, rather than later.  You may have to answer a few more questions when you’re applying for a remortgage that you would have had to last month – but a broker will still be able to find you a deal.”Visit Mortgages for Business. HSBC buy to let https://www.mortgagesforbusiness.co.uk mortgages for business Steve Olejnik buy to let finance April 28, 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

Videos Show History of the Corvette From 1953 to Present

first_imgMore than 450 Corvettes cruised the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept. 20, during the annual Boardwalk Corvette Show. The cars that were on display date back to the Corvette’s first model in 1953 and included every model to the present.Ocean City resident Steve Sands captured video of the cars leaving a staging area at the Ocean City Municipal Airport. His clips show a pretty good history of the popular American car.last_img

Press release: £29 million extra to boost councils’ support for vulnerable children

first_imgCouncils in England will receive an additional £29 million to boost their support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) and care leavers, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid confirmed today (16 January 2018).Today’s funding builds on the work government is already doing through its safeguarding strategy to address the specific challenges faced by some of the most vulnerable children in society, and the professionals who care for them.This funding will enable some councils to step up their support by providing homes for asylum seeking children that are currently resident in other local authorities that are operating at full capacity.It will also allow councils to reduce local resource pressures to the benefit of their wider communities.Communities Minister Lord Bourne said: Case studiesShropshireShropshire will use £170,000 of funding to welcome more children into the area, in part to reduce pressures on neighbouring local authorities. Council leaders are developing specialist support to achieve this, including training for foster carers and expanding English language teaching across the county. In 2016 to 2017 the county supported 14 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, with an ambition to welcome an additional 42 children in the coming months.North YorkshireA groundbreaking new approach to welcoming asylum-seeking children in North Yorkshire will provide young people with a chance to integrate fully with their communities through an intensive 12 week programme involving introductions to the region and British culture, fast tracked English language lessons and peer mentoring.DevonDevon will use £145,000 to support community volunteers and local residents who want to help welcome child refugees to their communitiesCroydonCroydon propose specialist training and support for over 360 existing foster carers to help them understand cultural barriers and to promote the integration of vulnerable children into British society.The government is currently conducting a review of the funding arrangements for England’s 4,560 unaccompanied asylum seeking children in partnership with local authorities.Further informationThe Controlling Migration Fund is designed to support local areas facing pressures linked to recent immigration.See further details of the successful bids for funding being announced today in the Controlling Migration Fund unaccompanied asylum seeking children successful bids table (PDF, 106KB, 6 pages)The £28.9 million announced today includes £19 million announced by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid in the House of Commons on 19 December 2017.£9 million has been allocated today towards specific projects from the Controlling Migration Fund, the additional £20 million will be shared between all local authorities currently supporting more than 10 asylum seeking children.This government believes we must do more to make sure nobody is excluded and everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Bringing the country even closer together is a shared responsibility. For its part government is fully committed to helping people in more isolated communities to engage with the wider world, help new arrivals to this country to learn about and respect British culture and values and help more people to learn English. We will be bringing forward our strategy to further strengthen community integration shortly.The National Transfer Scheme was launched in July 2016 to ensure a fairer allocation of unaccompanied asylum seeking children across the UK. A significant number of local authorities from all regions in England have participated in the scheme so far. As a result the National Transfer Scheme has successfully transferred a large number of children away from local authorities with a disproportionate number of unaccompanied children in their care.The next wave of allocations from the Controlling Migration Fund will be announced in the coming months.Local authorities who look after unaccompanied asylum seeking children receive £41,610 a year for under 16 years old, and £33,215 a year for those aged 16 and 17. We also provide local authorities with £200 per week for former unaccompanied asylum seeking children who go on to leaving care leavers support. Contact form https://forms.communit… 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Office address and general enquiries Email [email protected] Today’s announcement of £29 million will increase capacity to support asylum-seeking children and builds upon government’s existing projects around refugees and migration, including: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 We have a proud history of hosting, supporting and protecting those in need, including some of the most vulnerable children. This new funding will enable more councils across England to provide support to those children who need a place to call home. The funds will also bring a range of benefits to the whole community by increasing the number of foster carers available and reducing pressures on existing services. We are grateful to councils who continue to provide care and support to vulnerable children, and it’s encouraging to hear of the enthusiasm among councils in welcoming more children to their areas, especially where they haven’t had an opportunity to do so previously.center_img Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG Media enquiries The £100 million Controlling Migration Fund to alleviate pressures on local services such as housing, education and health services resulting from recent migration. Many of the projects funded also support migrants to integrate into their communities, for example by providing English language classes. £16 million from the Controlling Migration Fund is included in the total announced today. We increased the funding we provide to local authorities by 20% for unaccompanied asylum seeking children under 16, and by 28% for unaccompanied asylum seeking children aged 16 or 17. We also increased the funding we provide for former unaccompanied asylum seeking children who go on to attract leaving care support by 33%. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209last_img read more

Soho Coffee acquires Apostrõphe

first_imgSoho Coffee Co, the West Country-based coffee chain, has agreed a joint venture with CH&Co. This includes the acquisition of the Apostrõphe bakery café group.The partnership will also see CH&Co offer the Soho brand as part of its catering portfolio.Soho will take on a 15-strong portfolio in London, where it currently only operates one of its 35 stores.Soho has confirmed it will operate the Apostrõphe brand “for the foreseeable future”.Chris Copner, chairman of Soho Coffee Co, said: “We’re very excited to align ourselves with a catering brand of the quality of CH&Co Group. This deal is the perfect opportunity for both parties to help each other grow.“The emphasis is very much on future growth and we have plans to further adapt and grow the food offer in the Apostrõphe branches in the coming months to meet the ever-changing needs of the chain’s customers.”Bill Toner, chief executive of CH&Co Group, said: “The joint venture is a good cultural fit and both companies have complimentary expertise; the team at Apostrõphe will gain from opportunities that the wider exposure to a quality international brand like Soho will bring, and the customer experience will be enhanced further too.“Our partnership means both companies will have a stronger portfolio, a wider footprint, and for Apostrõphe, a new dedicated management team with in-depth international experience of that sector.”Last September, Apostrõphe announced that managing director Richard Franks had stepped down.last_img read more

Video: how apprentices saved one bakery £38,000 a year

first_imgBritish Baker met with members of trade body Scottish Bakers to talk about the value of apprenticeships to the baking industry.In this video, shot at the group’s annual conference in Glasgow this month, we spoke to Ronnie Miles, managing director of Bells Food Group (who was appointed Scottish Bakers president at the event) and Scottish Bakers training and quality manager Scott Anderson.Scottish Bakers offers training and apprenticeship services through its training arm National Food and Drink TrainingThe pair revealed the many positives of apprenticeships – and how one bakery businesses has benefited to the tune of £38,000 a year.last_img read more

Trent Reznor Releases New Song For NASA That Samples Jupiter

first_imgTrent Reznor hasn’t released any new music in quite some time. After writing the score for the movie Gone Girl in 2014, the Nine Inch Nails man has been relatively quiet, as he’s been focused on his work as one of the leading creators of Apple Music. That being said, back in December 2015, Reznor did promise that new material was coming, from both NIN and “other stuff”.Well, it seems Reznor has delivered his first piece of “other stuff”, as he and his frequent collaborator, Atticus Ross, have released a new song on iTunes, as originally reported by Consequence of Sound, and it is truly out of this world. The track is called “Juno”, and it’s being released in celebration of NASA’s Juno Mission, which will enter Jupiter’s orbit on July 4th and fly closer to the planet than any previous NASA probe. The track, which is more like a snippet from a score to a film, actually samples recordings of Jupiter singing in the night’s sky.The song is now available for streaming and download on iTunes. We can’t wait to see what Reznor has in store for for the rest of 2016!last_img read more

International Cultural Festival celebrates diversity at Saint Mary’s

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted its annual International Cultural Festival on Thursday evening, celebrating diversity and inclusion of all the cultures and traditions that are represented at the College. Students and professors alike shared music, dance, poetry and artifacts from their home countries.Around the World Club president and junior Gaju Gatera said the main purpose of this event — as well as all the intercultural events taking place this week — is to promote and celebrate the diversity within the Saint Mary’s community.“We dedicate this particular week to put the spotlight on those that have grown up in a different culture or have been touched by a different culture in any shape or form,” she said. “In brief, it’s a chance to support one another and learn more about each other with a bit of food and music in the mix.”Sandra Tarnowski, a sophomore from Poland, said the event allowed her the opportunity to share and speak out about where she comes from and learn about the cultures and practices of her peers.“Not everyone gets to travel all the time, so this is one way of traveling — by listening to other people’s stories and getting a glimpse into someone else’s country and culture,” she said. “Often people are not able to recognize international students at first glance, so having an event like this one allows for awareness of these students on campus, as well as a way for these students to share some of their identity with the Saint Mary’s community.”Adriana Petty, assistant director of international student/scholar services, said this festival is the biggest event for International Education Week. The week is aimed at informing students about various traditions from around the world and maintaining a welcoming environment that embraces other cultures, she said.“This type of event allows the Saint Mary’s community to come and see the diversity on campus, as well as the beauty of cultures across the world,” Petty said. “Sometimes students are so distracted by their academics and things that they might not notice that the student sitting next to them in class is from another country.”Petty said it is also a way to help students who are far away from home to share as well as educate their peers through their stories and talents.“It is important to have this type of event to welcome scholars as well as students to see and share some of their culture with the campus,” she said. “I believe it provides enrichment for our community so that we can learn more about other cultures and how to work collaboratively, which is one of the big reasons to have international education.”Sandra Usuga, an international professor from Columbia, performed various Latin American songs and discussed their origin and history. She said this event is a way of celebrating differences on campus.“I think it’s very important for students to get an idea of the different cultures that are represented here at Saint Mary’s College,” Usuga said. “I think we should keep doing these kinds of activities to promote mutual understanding and to see how we are more similar than different and [that] differences should always be celebrated.”Tags: culture, Diversity, International, International Cultural Festivallast_img read more

Kitchen safety

first_img Keep food below 40 degrees or above 140 degrees. Refrigerate or freeze meals within two hours of preparing or cooking them. Refrigerators should be set at 40 degrees or below. Freezers should be at 0 degrees or below. Reheat cooked foods to 165 degrees. After four days, though, leftovers should be eaten, frozen or thrown away. Clean and sanitize food preparation surfaces after exposure to raw meats, poultry, fish or eggs. Cook ground beef and other meats, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Hamburgers should reach 160 degrees in the middle and heat poultry to 170 or 180 degrees to eliminate rubbery texture and pink color.To store food, divide into smaller quantities that will cool quickly and spread the containers out in the refrigerator until they are cooled. Sometimes food makes people sick, leading to product recalls, either large or small. Regardless of its origins, consumers should take steps to responsibly prepare and serve their food at home, says a University of Georgia food expert.“We still need to do everything in our control to not be the source of an outbreak. Beyond that, pay attention to the news and listen for recalls,” said Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist.To keep foodborne illness at bay in the kitchen, Andress says to:last_img read more