Nonbreeding distribution of flesh-footed shearwaters and the potential for overlap with north Pacific fisheries

first_imgPopulations of flesh-footed shearwaters on Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea, have declined recently, with mortality in longline fisheries likely to be one of the major causes. It is therefore imperative to increase our understanding of their distribution at sea, especially during winter. Although they are known to migrate to the north Pacific Ocean, until this study there was very little information available on timing of movements, distribution and habitat use of individuals. Ten to 16 flesh-footed shearwaters (37 in total) were tracked from Lord Howe Island in each of three winter seasons (2005, 2007 and 2008). All birds migrated to the north-west Pacific Ocean, with approximately 70% wintering to the east of Japan in the Kurashio and Oyashio currents, around the Bonin Islands in the north Philippine Sea, or in the eastern Sea of Japan. Others spent a varying amount of time in the Yellow and East China seas, or in the western Sea of Japan. These waters already support intensive fisheries and demand for seafood is likely to rise in tandem with the increasing human populations of East Asia. Consequently, results presented here show that members of the largest population of flesh-footed shearwaters winter exclusively in the north-west Pacific Ocean around Japan and East Asia, in areas they are likely to overlap extensively with a number of fisheries; it is therefore imperative to obtain more information on current and projected levels of bird bycatch and effort in these fisheries in order to developing management strategies for the conservation of the east Australian and New Zealand populations of the flesh-footed shearwater.last_img read more

The Week in Indiana History

first_imgDid You Know?     The Indiana Statehouse opened in 1888 after ten years of construction.  Built with Indiana limestone, the handsome structure came in under the $2 million budget.  Impressive marble columns and brass chandeliers greet visitors inside the stately structure. The building still houses all three branches of government. 1893     The Grand Army of the Republic, made up of Civil War veterans, held its annual “encampment” in Indianapolis.  Over 75,000 attended the gathering, which included the construction of a replica of the Union gunboat Kearsarge on the east lawn of the Indiana Statehouse.  The GAR met in the city eight times between 1881 and 1949. Click below for a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Indiana StatehouseStatehouse Virtual Tour “Hoosier Celebration ’88” on September 2, 1988, commemorated the $11 million renovation of the Indiana Statehouse.  See details below. Statehouse Indiana Statehouse Tour Officehttp://www.in.gov/idoa/2371.htm SUBSCRIBER SERVICES:Manage Preferences  |  Delete Profile  |  Help HOOSIER QUOTE OF THE WEEK Quiz We count on winning.  And if we lose, don’t beef.  And the best way to prevent beefing is—don’t lose. – – Knute Rockne Dome Orville Redenbacher2012     A life-sized statue of Orville Redenbacherwas unveiled in Valparaiso, where he developed the popcorn that made him famous.  The statue has the “Popcorn King” sitting on a park bench wearing the bowtie, suspenders, and horn-rimmed glasses which were his trademarks.  Through his commercials and guest appearances on television, he was a familiar figure to people around the world. Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Hoosier History Highlights This email was sent to [email protected] using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of: Indiana Department of Administration · 402 W. Washington St., Room W-478 ·Indianapolis, IN 46204 ·  (317) 232-3150GovDelivery logo Map1783     The Treaty of Paris wassigned with Great Britain.  The pact officially ended the American Revolutionary War and gave most of the land east of the Mississippi to the United States.  The new area, called The Northwest Territory, included most of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota. 1988     A formal dress party was held at the IndianaStatehouse to celebrate the $11 million restoration of the building.  Entertainment for the crowd of 2,000 was provided by singer Marie Osmond.  The project, which took five years, brought the structure back to its original glory, while updating its technology and accessibility.  Governor Robert D. Orr told the assembly, “This is a renewal as well as a celebration.  It is sentimental with an eye toward the future.” September 1 – September 7The Week in Indiana History 1.  In what city is the George Rogers Clark Memorial?2.  Whose home in Fountaintown was a major station on the Underground Railroad ?3.  What do these Indiana counties have in common?  Huntington, LaGrange, LaPorte, Sullivan, Tipton, and Wabash.Answers Below 1936     President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in Indianapolis to open the State Fair.  Before going to the fair, he took a two-hour open-car tour, stopping at various work sites in the city.  At Riley Hospital for Children, his car pulled up close alongside a window so he could talk to children face-to-face.  He was welcomed to the State Fair by Governor Paul V. McNutt and Mayor John W. Kern. Follow us on Instagram: @instatehousetouroffice Beatles1964     It was 1:00 am and supposed to be a secret, but somehow fans and photographers found out that the Beatles were arriving in their chartered Lockheed Electra at Weir Cook Airport.  It was another secret that they were staying at the Speedway Motel, but that one got out, too.  The “Fab Four” were good-natured about it as they prepared for two State Fair shows later in the day. INDIANA QUICK QUIZ ANSWERS:  1.  Vincennes  2.  Levi Coffin  3.  The name of the county seat is the same as the name of the county. INDIANA STATEHOUSE TOUR OFFICEIndiana Department of AdministrationGuided tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, check our website listed at the bottom of this page.NOTE:  The Statehouse will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2(317) [email protected] Quote Kearsarge FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

City Council Meeting Agenda

first_imgADAMSMcGINN ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE RESOLUTION C-2016-09 FINANCE McGINNA Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana, Approving an Amendment to a Lease Between the City of Evansville Redevelopment Authority and the City of Evansville Redevelopment Commission and Taking Other Actions Related TheretoMISCELLANEOUS BUSINESSThe next meeting of the Common Council will be Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Committee meetings will begin at 5:05 p.m.ADJOURNMENT FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare REGULAR AGENDA THIRD READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS A Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana, Approving an Amendment to a Lease Between the City of Evansville Redevelopment Authority and the City of Evansville Redevelopment Commission and Taking Other Actions Related Theretocenter_img ORDINANCE F-2016-11 FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City FundsORDINANCE F-2016-12 FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance Consenting to the Issuance by the Vanderburgh County Redevelopment Commission of Certain Tax Increment Refunding Revenue BondsORDINANCE F-2016-13 FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Repeal, Re- Appropriations and Additional Appropriations of Funds within the Department of Metropolitan DevelopmentRESOLUTION C-2016-10 A.S.D. MERCER, MOSBY & ADAMSA Resolution Approving a Mutual Aid Assistance Agreement with the City of Henderson RESOLUTION C-2016-11 A.S.D.A Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana Adopting the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Comprehensive Plan 2015-2035CONSENT AGENDASECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSRESOLUTION C-2016-09 FINANCE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MAY 23, 2016 APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDUMREPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONSCONSENT AGENDAFIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSlast_img read more

Doughnut Week 2007 launches

first_imgNational Doughnut Week 2007 will run from 5-12 May and will raise money for The Children’s Trust, a charity for children with multiple disabilities. See Feb 9 British Baker for full detailslast_img

String Cheese’s Michael Kang Goes In-Depth On New Music And The SCI Sound Lab

first_imgIt’s a truly exciting time to be a fan of The String Cheese Incident. After 23 years of existence, the band continues to press boundaries in any direction possible. Whether its incorporating new musical elements, collaborating with special guests or more, SCI never ceases to evolve as creative artists. The latest step in their evolution is the SCI Sound Lab, a recording studio that the band can call their very own. With the freedom to create on their own schedule, the band both announced the Sound Lab and released SCI Sound Lab Vol. 1, complete with three tracks created in the new laboratory.With new music in mind, we sat down with Cheese’s own Michael Kang for an extensive interview on all things String Cheese. The first part of the interview talks extensively about the band’s new music, and is printed below for your reading pleasure.L4LM: Let’s dive right in with the new material. Obviously last week’s big announcement was the new SCI Sound Lab.MK: We’ve been definitely incubating this new situation that we have, where we bought a building in Colorado. It’s the first time we’ve ever really had our own space, so we’re really excited to be able to turn it into a creative lab. We’re excited, we’ve got it all set up. It’s kind of like our own little clubhouse now with all our stuff.L4LM: You didn’t record Song In My Head there, right?MK: No, we did that one at a studio in town. You know, these days, everybody is pretty much working on a lot of studio stuff. Not that it’s easy, but it’s a lot easier to have your own home studio and work recording stuff.As the recording industry changes so much, we felt it’s more important to constantly put out stuff. Albums, unfortunately, seem like they’re dying in popularity. That’s a whole other discussion, but at the same time, we just felt like it was necessary for us, creatively, to keep putting stuff out. Honestly, it’s one of those things where we as writers, and as a band, will start to create music together. Sometimes we struggle because we write a song and we’ll be like, ‘Man, I don’t know if it works for String Cheese’ or the concept of the band. We have a lot of interests, musically, and I think we just decided that none of that really matters. We’ll just write songs, some of them sound like us. We might write songs that we never even play live. We just want to get into a creative space and write. It could be more electronic tracks, folk tracks, guest singers, collaborations. We just want to be open to it all, for all intents and purposes. It’s kind of a laboratory for us.L4LM: Do you see this as the logical next step for the SCI Fidelity label?MK: Yeah, our intention is to really make it a hub for all of our friends, side projects, whatever. Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. We don’t really know how the best way to put it all out, we just want to make it available to everybody. We want to crank content and have it all available to our fans. And it’s really good for the band too.L4LM: Does that mean other artists will be utilizing the Sound Lab as well?MK: Yeah, hopefully. We really just started – we bought the property last fall, started recording everything there. We’re just really getting the studio set up. Our sound guy Chris is learning, getting better at engineering. We haven’t had any guest artists on this new schedule of releases we have. We have some people that are local, friends of ours that have guested on it, different singers and stuff. We’re not putting any preconceived notions of anything on it; we just want to use it as a template for doing whatever we feel like. To be at that level is really exciting.L4LM: I know that the band’s announcement mentioned an extended songwriting session. Care to comment on the scope, and the schedule, of that?MK: So, we’ve been a band for 23 years. In the early days, we were all so busy touring that we’d literally try to do writing on the road, then we’d get together to rehearse. So much of the focus was on learning a song and putting it out into the live rotation. Then when we’d go into an album, usually you’d go into a studio and then you feel like you’re forced to produce these songs that you’ve been working on for a while.We’ve never done anything that was like a complete open slate. Especially since all of the guys in the band started having kids and stuff, everybody was getting really busy in their lives. And so, we came up with this idea – we should just go on a band retreat and have a completely open creative experience where we weren’t forced to feel like we had to do anything. We could kinda reconnect as guys and just hang out. So we rented this house in Arizona and we went on hikes and we cooked meals together. Without the pressure of the family schedule and whatever routine we do at home – even though our wives probably hated it – we got back to just jamming with no preconceived notions. A lot of times we would start a groove or mine an idea. In the five or six days we were there, we surprised ourselves. We had twenty different stems of songs, some of which were more developed, some of which were just ideas. And we were like, oh this is pretty darn cool. If we spend the time to just hang out and have music be the complete focus – and at the same time, you’re not spending a ton of money because you’re not in some studio with an engineer paid by the hour. We did that, and out of that we decided on six or seven or eight new songs that really developed. Then we started working with Jerry to bring those into fruition. In total, I think there’s like six new songs coming out.The other thing we wanted to do is to really work on a song before we decided to play it live, just so it really had an identity. Sometimes when you play them live, you’re limited by what you can actually do in the live setting – what instruments you can play. We wanted to do the studio process where we’re like, let’s just throw all that stuff out the window and figure out what the best parts are, whatever instruments they are, and learn to play them that way. We wanted to do it the opposite way.These EPs – we decided we wanted to just get some stuff out. They’re going to be a collection of some new stuff, some stuff that people have never heard, some stuff that we really wanted to record just to get a version of it down that we really felt was the right version of some older stuff. So it’s going to be a combination, and then in the future, who knows? We’ve got tons of ideas. We just had another retreat where we worked on a bunch of tunes, and we’re tossing around the idea of just starting to play them on summer tour before we record them.We are just focused on trying to get more and more new music out, constantly.L4LM: The new EP really encapsulates what you were saying about wanting to record new and older, more familiar tracks. MK: A lot of times, we’ll work on stuff – when we put out an album, putting it in production, putting into the advertising realm and all of that stuff – it takes forever. We had this scenario where we had this album that was essentially in the can but it wasn’t being released for another six months. By the time it came out, we were like, man we’ve been playing this shit for two years!L4LM: We had a nice fresh cut from you on the album called “Believe.” Can you tell us about it?MK: I think that song just popped in my head, the chorus of it. It was just one of those things that stuck in there for a while. It’s not like I really worked on it, I just had the concept in my head and then Jerry and I worked on the lyrics a lot. That one came together pretty quickly because I had a pretty good idea of what it was going to sound like. We’re stoked that one came out, it’s great. L4LM: I have to ask, what is it like working with such a legend as Jerry Harrison? MK: He has so much history to get into the musical storytelling, which he’ll do. He’s a really really intelligent human being. Besides just hanging out with him, talking about the music and going through his process, we sit there and talk about a lot of the world. We have a lot of similar interests, like environmental causes, issues, technology and things like that. We bond working on the music, we’re brethren, kindred spirits. It’s really cool to have that with somebody.With any producer, I think sometimes you run through it and some things you agree on, some things you don’t. Overall, he and his engineer ET, they’ve been working together forever, they have a really good system for how they do stuff. Yeah, we’ve learned a lot with them. In the future we’re going to try self-producing stuff, just to see how it goes and get our production chops up. That’s exciting too, but overall it’s been a great experience.Stay tuned to Live for Live Music for part two of this interview, where Kang goes in depth about the many exciting performances that String Cheese Incident has up ahead! You can download SCI Sound Lab Volume 1 for free, by following this link.last_img read more

McDonough on Medicare physician payment policy

first_img Read Full Story The U.S. Senate’s likely approval this week of bipartisan legislation to repeal a long-standing feature of Medicare physician payment policy called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) does not mean a new era of bipartisan Congressional cooperation on health policy has dawned, according to John McDonough of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Writing in his Health Stew blog on April 12, 2015, McDonough said the likely repeal of SGR represents a decision that should have been made years ago.“It worked by giving physicians bonus payments when overall spending for physician services in Medicare came under target, and whacking physician rates when they overshot the SGR target. Under this wacky plan, the only way a doc could prevent cuts to his payments was to up his or her volume of services provided – so the incentives were nuts,” writes McDonough, professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at Harvard Chan.“Bottom line – the SGR structure was bankrupt and took ridiculous time and attention from Congress every year that could be devoted to useful pursuits. The only stumbling block was how to pay for it – and this Congress just can’t find a bipartisan way to finance $140 billion,” he wrote.last_img read more

Liz Weston: The tax credit fix many can’t afford to miss

first_imgLow-income families have long relied on tax refunds to catch up on bills, cover medical needs and pay down debt. But just as the pandemic-fueled recession has put many in a precarious financial position, their tax refunds could be much smaller this year — or they could owe. People who did not have taxes withheld from their unemployment benefits may face a tax bill. But perhaps more significant, unemployment benefits don’t apply to two critical tax credits that fuel the refunds for millions of people. There is a fix, though it’s not been widely publicized: Taxpayers can use 2019 income, rather than 2020 income, to qualify for tax credits.last_img

Bruce Lee Bio-Play Kung Fu Opens Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Directed by Leigh Silverman, Kung Fu tells the story of international icon Bruce Lee’s journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend. The new play blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a new theatrical form. The production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father and a man. Related Shows View Comments The world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu officially opens at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center February 24. Starring Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee, the show will play a limited engagement through March 30 at the Irene Diamond Stage. Kung Fu In addition to Horibe, the cast of Kung Fu features Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, Emmanuel Brown, Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Ari Loeb, Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei and Christopher Vo.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims raise more slowly

first_imgWeek Ending March 07, 2009. There were 1,633 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 90 from the week before. Altogether 18,277 new and continuing claims were filed, 22 more than a week ago and 7,250 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,857 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 947 less than a week ago. In addition, there were 983 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is an increase of 85 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:  http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external).last_img read more

These are the states that are suffering while most of the U.S. booms

first_imgA measure of economic activity in each of the 50 states shows that the ones most reliant on the energy industry are suffering, while most of the U.S. is seeing solid growth.The Philadelphia Fed’s state coincident indexes for April, show 42 states with gains, seven with declines, and one — Indiana — unchanged, compared with their levels from January. A coincident index is set to the trend of its gross domestic product, using variables on jobs, hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate and real wages.In the 12 months to April, the U.S. index grew by 3.1%, which is stronger than what GDP data over the same period suggests. (The map shows growth over three months.)What binds the seven states in decline is their exposure to the hard-hit energy sector. North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania all are exposed to the industry through either fracking, conventional drilling, refining, or in Iowa’s case, ethanol. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more