Individual variation in migratory movements and winter behaviour of Iberian Lesser Kestrels Falco naumanni revealed by geolocators

first_imgThe population decline of the Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni has been the subject of studies across its Western Palaearctic breeding range, but little is known about its use of pre-migratory areas or African wintering quarters. We used geolocators to describe the temporal and spatial patterns of Portuguese Lesser Kestrel migration and wintering behaviour. Data on the complete migration were obtained from four individuals and another three provided further information. Prior to southward migration, Lesser Kestrels showed two different behaviours: northward-orientated movements to Spain and movements in the proximity of the breeding area. Autumn migration took place mostly in late September; spring departures occurred mainly in the first half of February. Wintering grounds included Senegal, Mauritania and Mali, with individuals overlapping considerably in Senegal. Movements registered within the wintering grounds suggest itinerant behaviour in relation to local flushes of prey. During spring migration, birds crossed the Sahara Desert through Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco before passing over the Mediterranean to reach Portugal. Autumn migration lasted 4.8 ± 1.1 days, and spring migration lasted 4.1 ± 0.3 days. The mean daily flight range varied between approximately 300 and 850 km for an entire journey of around 2500 km. Effective protection of roosting sites in both pre-migratory and wintering areas and maintaining grasshopper populations in Sahelian wintering quarters appear crucial in preserving this threatened migratory raptor across its African–Eurasian flyway. There was no evidence of any deleterious effects of fitting birds with loggers.last_img read more

Vanessa Bryant honors Kobe and Gianna Bryant with Instagram post

first_img Beau Lund January 30, 2020 /Sports News – National Vanessa Bryant honors Kobe and Gianna Bryant with Instagram post Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, broke her silence in a post on social media Wednesday about the horrific helicopter crash that killed her husband and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.Vanessa Bryant, who has three other daughters with the late NBA legend, thanked her followers in a heartfelt Instagram post for all their thoughts and support during this time and shared a family portrait of her entire family.“Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” she wrote. “We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.”Bryant continued, writing, “There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way.”At the end of her post, Bryant mentioned that the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up a MambaOnThree Fund to support the other families affected in the tragedy.“Our love for them is endless,” she added. “And that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever.”Earlier Wednesday, Bryant changed her Instagram profile photo to a picture of her husband hugging Gianna, whom they called Gigi.Kobe and Gigi Bryant were two of the nine people who died Sunday when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.Kobe Bryant, 41, is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their children Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months. Gigi, the couple’s second daughter, was hoping to follow in her father’s footsteps and play basketball professionally.“The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me, and she’ll be standing next to me. And they’ll be like, ‘Hey, you gotta have a boy. You and V gotta have a boy, man, have somebody carry on your tradition, the legacy,’” Bryant told Jimmy Kimmel last year. “And she’s like, ‘Oy, I got this. You don’t need no boy for that. I got this.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s right. Yes, you do. You got this.’” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

“Mamma Mia!” Comes to Ocean City

first_imgIn 2019, pictured from left, New York City-based performers Elizabeth Worley, Sarah Spangenberg and Shannon Agnew lead Ocean City’s “Mamma Mia!” (Photo courtesy Ocean City Theatre Company) ​In collaboration with Ocean City and the Ocean City Pops, the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) presents its production of “Mamma Mia!” as part of its 12t​h​ season.There will be four performances, July 9, 10, and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and July 11 at 2 p.m., at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center. The cast of professional performers from a New York City casting process with be directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with an orchestra of professional musicians from the Ocean City Pops directed by Jonathan Kreamer.Put on your platform shoes, your feather boas and get ready for one of the most popular musicals of all time.On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This production contains ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo” and more.Over 60 million people from around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make “Mamma Mia!” the ultimate feel-good musical.“Mamma Mia! “is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International.Tickets for Mamma Mia! range from $25-$30. To purchase tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice​.last_img read more

Indiana now has 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases

first_img Previous articleMichigan governor closes restaurants to dine-in customersNext articleIN Gov. Holcomb halts in-person dining, advises postponement of some surgical procedures Carl Stutsman Indiana now has 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases Pinterest Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp A couple wear face masks to protect against the Coronavirus outbreak as they visit Buckingham Palace in London, Saturday, March 14, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Indiana is now up to 24, when updated on Sunday there were 19 confirmed cases. So far the state has tested 139 people and no deaths have been reported.With the latest update there are no new cases in Michiana, and Marion County has the largest concentration with 7 confirmed cases. They update the numbers daily at 10 am EST.Get the latest numbers here By Carl Stutsman – March 16, 2020 0 476 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Press release: Suffragan Bishop of Stepney: 7 May 2019

first_imgThe Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell, Archdeacon of Portsdown, in the Diocese of Portsmouth to the Suffragan See of Stepney, in the Diocese of London in succession to the Right Reverend Adrian Newman, BSc, MPhil who resigned on 31st December 2018.BackgroundThe Venerable Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where she was also Lecturer in English. She trained for ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge. She served her title at Kirkby Team Ministry in the diocese of Liverpool, and was ordained Priest in 2001. In 2003, Joanne was appointed Priest-in-Charge of Manor Parish in the diocese of Sheffield with responsibility for Ripon College Cuddesdon’s urban theology placement programme. In 2006, Joanne became Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Residentiary Canon, and in 2008 she took on the additional role of Dean of Women’s Ministry. Joanne became Archdeacon of Portsdown in 2013.last_img read more

Jim France follows brother as Le Mans’ starter

first_imgLE MANS, FRANCE (June 22, 2013) — It was cold and blustery Saturday afternoon, the day’s first smattering of rain riding the 30-mph winds as the 24 Hour of Le Mans start neared.Not really the best conditions for racing – or flag-waving, for that matter. But Jim France soldiered on – and held on – taking his place in the starter’s stand with a full-sized French flag. As if inclement weather really mattered on this day, when Jim France got to do what his late brother, Bill France Jr., did in 1976, right here at Le Mans.Now, two Frances have waved the French flag to start the world’s biggest sports car race. It’s unprecedented, this brotherly piece of Le Mans trivia. Flag passed from 1976 starter Bill France Jr. to GRAND-AM Road Racing founder last_img

Pakistan arrests 2 men linked to int’l child porn ring

first_imgMULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency has arrested two men on suspicion of links to an international child pornography ring. Saturday’s early-morning raid followed a tip from Italy through Interpol. Pakistani authorities say it’s the first time Interpol has given the country information about the presence of a criminal operation involving child pornography there. A top FIA official in the eastern Punjab province says incriminating material was retrieved from a computer allegedly belonging to one of the men. It showed he was in contact with an international gang and was posting child pornography videos on the dark web. Two other suspects remain at large.last_img

Mobile phone giants plan Thames Valley superdeals

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Chicago lowdown

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Social distancing takes a hit as Taiwan baseball teams brawl

first_imgPlaying to empty stadiums, Taiwan has managed to keep its baseball league running during the coronavirus pandemic — but social distancing went out of the window on Sunday when a game descended into an on-field brawl.The island has been held up as a model for how to battle the virus outbreak. Despite its close proximity and economic links with China, it has just 422 confirmed cases and six deaths. “For our international viewers, you need to understand that this never really happens in the CPBL,” he added, referring to the league’s formal name.”It’s usually a very conservative league. They don’t even argue balls or strikes or outs very often.”Taiwan’s new baseball season opened last weekend — although fans are not allowed into the stands in a bid to keep infections down.Rakuten made headlines after they unveiled a troupe of robots to bang drums and mannequins to stand it for real fans.Eleven Sports Taiwan said it had close to a million views during two games live-streamed with English commentary last week.Many other sports leagues have tough decisions to make on whether and when to let new seasons begin during the ongoing pandemic.Pro baseball leagues in South Korea and Japan are targeting starts in May and June respectively after delays.But the US Major League Baseball (MLB) may cancel the 2020 season altogether as America’s coronavirus deaths soar past 40,000.Topics : As a measure of its success, Taiwan has one of the few professional sports leagues in the world still operating, and a new international audience starved of games back home.We’ve got a benches clearing brawl in Taiwan!!! pic.twitter.com/gPvPvWtHSx— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) April 19, 2020But on Sunday night, fans following on TV watched as the Rakuten Monkeys against Fubon Guardians erupted in a bench-clearing brawl.The melee broke out after Fubon pitcher Henry Sosa hit in-fielder Kuo Yen-wen in the hip with an inside ball, the fourth inside pitch at Kuo.”There are some tempers exploding out there right now,” an English-speaking commentator said on Eleven Sports Taiwan, which has started broadcasting Rakuten Monkeys home games in English worldwide.last_img read more