first_imgThe short-term behavioural effects of helicopter overflights on breeding king penguins Aptenodytes patagonicus at South Georgia were examined. Seventeen helicopter overflights were made at altitudes between 230 and 1768 m above ground level. Noise from aircraft engines increased sound levels in the colony from a background level of 65-69 dB(A) to a maximum mean peak level of 80 dB(A) during overflights. Penguin behaviour changed significantly during all overflights at all altitudes compared to the pre- and post-flight periods. Pre-overflight behaviour resumed within 15 minutes of the aircraft passing overhead and no chicks or eggs were taken by predators during overflights. Non-incubating birds showed an increased response with reduced overflight altitude, but this was not observed in incubating birds. Variability in overflight noise levels did not affect significantly the behaviour of incubating or non-incubating birds. Penguins exhibited a reduced response to overflights as the study progressed (despite later flights generally being flown at lower altitudes) suggesting some degree of habituation to aircraft. To minimise disturbance to king penguins we recommend that overflights are undertaken at the maximum altitude that is operationally practical or avoided altogether.last_img read more

first_img View post tag: welcomes Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and his delegation visited SLN Dockyard in Trincomalee on 25th November 2012.They were provided with a harbor cruise as well as an opportunity to visit the Naval Museum, Chapel Hill and Navy House in Trincomalee during their visit.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 29, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy Training & Education View post tag: SLN Sri Lanka: SLN Dockyard Welcomes Archbishop of Colombo Share this article View post tag: Colombo Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: SLN Dockyard Welcomes Archbishop of Colombo center_img View post tag: Naval November 29, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Dockyard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Archbishoplast_img read more

first_imgFor more information on Harvard’s celebration, visit the 375th anniversary website. Preparations are under way for Harvard’s 375th celebration in Tercentenary Theatre on Friday. Wondering how to plan a party for 5,000 of your closest friends? This is what you’ll need:10,000 fresh strawberries3,840 square feet of dance floor670 pounds of Taza chocolate450 gallons of Richardson’s ice cream200 gallons of cider160 vocalists93 musicians47 student performance groups18 bushels of local apples5 stages4 walls of LED lights1 celloInterested in baking a red velvet cake for 5,000? For the cake:128 pounds of butter800 cups of sugar1,000 eggs500 egg yolks1,100 cups of cake flour63 cups of red food coloring10 cups of vanilla extract10 cups of baking soda16 gallons of buttermilk16 gallons of crème fraîche125 cups of cocoa powder21 cups of saltFor the frosting:150 pounds of butter490 cups of sugar560 egg whites19 gallons of milk14 cups of vanilla extract4 cups of salt75 cups of flourlast_img read more

first_imgIn October 2012, as part of a gift made by the Hutchins Family Foundation at the direction of Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D. ’83, M.B.A. ’83, to support the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard, a fundraising challenge was established to encourage alumni and friends of the University to join him in supporting the Harvard Houses — the foundation of the undergraduate experience — through House renewal, one of the priorities of The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences.Home to dining, advising, and student programming, the Houses are hubs for academic and social learning at Harvard. They bring together undergraduates, faculty, graduate students, and mentors in communities that encourage exploration beyond the classroom, expand opportunities for collaboration and discovery, and allow students to experience the full breadth of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education.“I am pleased to support Harvard leaders in fostering the world’s finest undergraduate education,” says Hutchins. “To my mind, the Houses form the vital core of the college experience at Harvard. This is why we created the Hutchins Family Challenge.”The result of the challenge, now completed, was more than $50 million for House renewal from 40 generous gifts. Through this initiative, Hutchins and his family showed that there are many others who feel just as strongly about the important role that residential education plays in the lives of Harvard undergraduates.“Winthrop was my home while at Harvard, the place where I discovered new things about myself and met lifelong friends. The challenge was a great way for us to be a part of this new vision for the Houses,” said John D. Avery ’86, who made a gift with his wife, Jill, that will name an advising community in Winthrop House, the next slated for renewal.In the late 19th century, the growth of Harvard’s student body was fast outpacing its dormitory capacity. This meant that by 1900 only 27 percent of undergraduates lived in University housing, and living in nearby apartments was considerably more expensive.In an attempt to provide a more robust residential College experience and remove the social barriers that came from the variety of local housing options, President A. Lawrence Lowell embarked on an acquisition and building campaign that inaugurated the Harvard House system. Since their inception, the Houses have become models for residential life. Today, 97 percent of upperclassmen live in one of the 12 undergraduate Houses.Some of the Harvard Houses are now nearly 100 years old and, while they have served generations of Harvard students well, they are in need of improvement to better meet the social, technological, and programming demands of 21st-century students. Seeking to enhance academic and social support, planners are designing spaces that maximize community interactions and include everything from “smart” classrooms to art rooms, music practice spaces, and areas for socializing.“House life provides truly transformative experiences. Our Houses are special places, communities second to none, where learning becomes understanding,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.To date, portions of Quincy House (Stone Hall) and Leverett House (McKinlock Hall) have been completed, and Dunster House — the first complete House to undergo renewal — welcomed its newest residents at the start of this academic year.last_img read more

first_imgOn Feb. 13 the Faculty Council heard updates on the quantitative reasoning requirement and on course registration.The Council next meets on Feb. 27. The preliminary deadline for the March 5 meeting of the Faculty is Feb. 19 at noon.last_img

first_img Welcome James Corden to Late Night March 23 on CBS You know who’s one funny dude? That James Corden fellow. So naturally, we’re thrilled the Tony winner and Into the Woods movie star is officially the new host of The Late Late Show, succeeding Craig Ferguson. We have only one condition: Lots and lots of Broadway guests. We’re counting on you, James. Don’t let us down. The spring season is full swing, and there’s so much to do in New York City this week, it’s making our heads spin. Or maybe our heads are spinning because we’re watching the Patti LuPone washing machine musical Love Cycle again. Anyway, where were we? Oh right, this week’s picks! Check out a few of the awesome things going on in the Big Apple and beyond. See a Beautiful Blast From the Past March 23 at Birdland Jessie Mueller and Anika Larsen might have only left the hit musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical a few weeks ago, but if you’re like us, you’re already going through serious withdrawal. Not that new stars Chilina Kennedy and Jessica Keenan Wynn aren’t amazing, but it’s fun to get the old gang back together for one last encore at Larsen’s Sing You To Sleep concert, featuring special guests Mueller and Jarrod Spector. We’ll bring the tissues. Click for tickets! Take a Field Trip to Eden March 24 at 54 Below We’ve always imagined the Garden of Eden to be a utopia somewhere far, far away from New York City—but it’s actually underground on 54th Street! Stephen Schwartz and a bevy of Broadway stars will perform the composer’s 1991 musical Children of Eden at theater hot spot 54 Below. There aren’t any green witches in it, but don’t worry, there’s a green snake. Click for tickets! Pay Your Respects at Fun Home March 27 at Circle in the Square Theatre Last season, the off-Broadway premiere of Fun Home was the hottest ticket in town. Now it’s taken up residence on Broadway, featuring original stars Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and more. Based on the graphic novel, the new musical tells the story of Alison Bechdel’s relationship with her father. It also has the best song about keys we’ve ever heard. Click for tickets! Get a Whiff of Something Rotten March 23 at the St. James Theatre Whoo, what’s that smell? No, it’s not the garbage on 8th Avenue thawing out after a long winter—it’s the sweet stench of hilarity! The new musical comedy Something Rotten begins performances on Broadway starring Brian D’Arcy James, John Cariani and Christian Borle. And we hear it stinks. You know, in the best way possible. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgHoliday shopping is over. But whether buying pet medications from Canada or discount tickets to a local concert, consumers are doing more and more of their day-to-day shopping online. To ensure the safety of year-round Internet purchases, a University of Georgia expert offers a few tips.“Shopping from home saves time and can save money,” said Bill Blum, an information specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But you don’t want the convenience of shopping in your pjs to lead to someone stealing your identity and your money.”It’s Blum’s job to teach CAES employees how to shop wisely using university funds. To reduce risk when making online purchases, whether you are using personal or business funds, Blum offers these tips:1) Don’t click on website links provided in emails. Take the time to type the website address into your web browser. “This takes a little longer, but it reduces your chances of encountering malicious links,” he said.2) Use unique and strong passwords for each website that requires one. “A good rule of thumb is to create a ‘root’ password, something that is complex and unique and combines letters and numbers,” Blum said. “Then add characters that are unique to the website you are shopping on, like ‘Am’ for Amazon.”3) Make sure the website you are shopping on is a secure website. “Secure website addresses begin with https://,” he said. “If the website begins with http:// it is not a secure one, and you should not enter your credit card information.”A secure site will usually have a graphic of a lock somewhere on the web address bar, Blum said. “If you use Internet Explorer, the lock will usually be in the lower right corner. In Firefox, it’s usually in the middle of the bottom border.”4) If you use PayPal, log in frequently and check the history of transactions to ensure your account has not been compromised. “Be very wary of emails that appear to come from PayPal and inform you of a problem with your account,” Blum said. “NEVER click on a link within an email that supposedly came from PayPal. It could direct you to a look-alike site that captures your PayPal user id and password.”5) Be suspicious of emails that confirm shipping or direct you to a shopping site. Remember, web links should be copied and pasted, if used at all, from e-mail messages. “It’s always better to access a vendor through the front door by typing in to their root website address,” he said. Also, delete email messages that claim to provide tracking information, but don’t include a tracking number. “It may take a little longer, but it’s always better to track a package through the vendor’s website,” Blum said.For more tips on shopping safely online, see the National Retail Federation at read more

first_imgBy Dialogo October 21, 2010 Bolivia should avoid Chile, using the Port of Ilo for its exports, it has the ability to isolate Northern Chile (a country that has what it has by robbing Bolivia) Bolivia and Peru put an end Tuesday to years of political friction between their presidents, Evo Morales and Alan García, with an agreement that will allow the highland country to have access to the Pacific Ocean for its vital exports, a rapprochement characterized as historic. The socialist Morales and the liberal García sealed the pact in the port of Ilo, in southern Peru, expanding an agreement signed in 1992 by which Peru ceded an industrial and commercial foreign-trade zone to landlocked Bolivia. “This meeting is in order to relaunch a new friendship, a new strategy of integrating Bolivia with Peru,” Morales said in a speech following the signing of the agreement, on a platform set up at the edge of the sea, which served as a backdrop. Morales, an indigenous leader opposed to the free market and allied with the leftist president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, arrived in Peru with a large entourage of military and civilian authorities for a visit of less than a day. This is the first relatively significant agreement between Morales and García, under whose administrations trade between the two neighboring countries has remained at low levels. With the 1992 agreement, Peru ceded to Bolivia a coastal strip located seventeen kilometers from Ilo, between the southern departments of Moquegua and Tacna, the latter of which borders on Chile. The pact has a renewable ninety-nine-year term. In addition, Peru granted a land area of 163.5 hectares within the Ilo Industrial Foreign-Trade Zone. BOLIVIA ON THE PACIFIC Now, the pact has been expanded with greater port facilities and facilities for free transit in the area granted to Bolivia, where it will be possible to establish Bolivian industries and shipping warehouses for the export of the country’s products, such as minerals. The pact will also enable Bolivia to have a berth for its naval ships and an annex of its Naval School. The agreement also renews for ninety-nine years a tourist foreign-trade zone in Ilo, in which a sport and fishing pier will be able to be constructed with Bolivian capital, and the area of the grant was extended from 2 square kilometers to 3.6 square kilometers, to be called “Mar Bolivia” [Bolivia Sea], according to the pact signed. “This supplementary protocol opens the intercontinental door to us; the sea is for world trade, the sea is so that the products of our peoples can circulate and have access to these ports,” affirmed Morales, who appeared emotionally moved and promised investments worth millions in the terminal. “Ninety-nine years: that gives us confidence to make significant investments in the port of Ilo,” the indigenous president said. The presidents signed the “Ilo Declaration” that sealed the pact, which includes exemptions in the areas of customs duties, taxes, and labor law, as well as the completion in 2011 of 314 kilometers of highway still to be built between Tacna and La Paz. The presidential event was facilitated, according to the La Paz administration, by the recent handover by Lima of two Bolivian right-wing former officials who had taken refuge in Peru in order to evade corruption charges. Morales and García – a fervent promoter of private investment – have clashed several times in the last four years over issues of ideology and of international politics. Peru went without an ambassador in La Paz for forty-five days last year after Morales characterized as a “neoliberal genocide” the deaths of thirty-four police officers and members of indigenous communities in a protest in the Peruvian Amazon against García’s administration, which will conclude next year. RELATIONS WITH CHILE The pact between Peru and Bolivia comes at a time in which both countries maintain disagreements over the maritime border and access to the sea, respectively, with their neighbor Chile. Bolivia has concentrated its efforts on obtaining sovereign access to the sea by way of the northern Chilean port of Arica, something that Santiago has rejected several times. Peru, Bolivia, and Chile confronted one another in the nineteenth century in what is known as the War of the Pacific, in which Peru lost the region of Arica and Bolivia lost its access to the sea. A treaty between Lima and Santiago establishes that any cession of sovereignty by Chile to Bolivia regarding former Peruvian territory should take place in consultation with Peru. “Our return to the sea is something that Bolivians cannot renounce. This work will continue, we hope, so that with the understanding of all, one day Bolivia may recover sovereign access to the sea,” Morales affirmed. President García, after highlighting the signing of the agreement expanding Bolivia’s access to the sea for its exports, welcomed this new relationship with Morales that puts an end to “old quarrels” and supported the Bolivian ambition to obtain access to the sea. “I believe, friend and brother president, that this is much more than the words or the literary perspectives that have sometimes separated us; these are historic acts in favor of our peoples,” the president said during his speech. “We are interested in strengthening our South American people and saying, as I said in 1990, that Peru will never be an obstacle in the bilateral dialogue that should lead to Bolivia recovering its sovereign access to the sea,” García noted. Morales and García, who embraced several times as a sign of friendship and awarded decorations to one another, laid a wreath at the statue of the Peruvian hero of the war with Chile, Adm. Miguel Grau.last_img read more

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo November 22, 2017 The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces (EMCFA, per its Portuguese acronym) coordinated Operation Feline 2017, held September 18th–29th, 2017, in the city of Resende, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The joint training of armed forces that make up the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP, per its Portuguese acronym) is a combined military training event for joint operations in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions. Operation Feline, which the United Nations (UN) oversees, brought together about 1,600 service members, including 60 foreign officers and advisors. Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Saint Thomas, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste participated in the exercise. Operation Feline 2017 fully met its objective said Brazilian Marine Corps Colonel Walter Marinho de Carvalho Sobrinho, chief of Supplemental Operations section for EMCFA. “It was an instrument for integration among the various nations’ armed forces, to meet and strengthen our bonds of friendship and stimulate new interests that might become the focus of cooperation and development for all participants,” he said. For Col. Marinho, the participation of Brazil, with a leading role in the international stage, boosts CPLP. “Brazil’s participation in Operation Feline brings the forum new opportunities for cooperation and different perspectives to approach a military situation, as well as strengthens the group through Brazil’s standing in the international community,” Col. Marinho said. “Brazil affords other nations a broader perspective of the international scene, given its strategic location in South America,” he added. Mock situation Various situations were simulated during Operation Feline. “Troops began the exercise in an unfavorable climate of distrust by the population and had to neutralize an enemy that wanted to control that population through violence. From there, the job was all about isolating and capturing the violent leaders, taking the village, and protecting the population,” Col. Marinho explained. Toward the end, the exercise simulated a natural disaster. In this scenario, troops trained on rapid response to rescue and aid the population. “A complex set of coordinated operations to pacify the area and minimize the disaster’s effects on the population was required,” Col. Marinho said. He added that integrated planning activities were carried out among all elements of the general staff, such as logistics, intelligence, naval, land, and air operations, in compliance with humanitarian law and UN regulations. Brazil—in charge of the entire exercise infrastructure—provisioned troops according to plans established by member nation officers of the Joint Combined Task Force (FTCC, per its Portuguese acronym). “The Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym), the Brazilian Army, and the Brazilian Air Force used different assets in the mock exercises, such as ships, helicopters, drones, armored vehicles, and special operations detachments, among others,” Col. Marinho said. Brazilian Navy participation Brazilian Marine Corps Captain Bruno Lopes Pena was among MB’s 200 service members who participated in Operation Feline. He stressed the importance of the exercise to train troops for peacekeeping missions. “It was my first time in [Operation] Feline, but as I was a member of the Brazilian Marine Corps Operations Group in MINUSTAH in Haiti, in 2012, I relived and reexamined some of my experiences in that country,” he stated. Capt. Pena recalled that during the operation, his team was put on a schedule for patrols, convoy escort, reconnaissance, resupply, sieges, area searches, and riot control operations. “During these exercises, we encountered simulated military problems; for example, engaging an enemy force, vehicle collisions, public disturbances, troop injuries, and wounded enemy or civilians, among others,” he said. The Navy deployed the Marine Operation Groups (GptOpFuzNav, per its Portuguese acronym) to join the FTCC’s naval component of the participating nations. MB personnel included service members from ground combat, amphibious command, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear combat teams, as well as support from 10 heavy and six light armored vehicles. According to Brazilian Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Luis Felippe Valentini da Silva, commander of the 3rd Marine Infantry Battalion—the Paissandu Battalion—Operation Feline was conducted along the same lines of an exercise the Fleet Marine Squad (FFE, per its Portuguese acronym) carried out. “It’s an exercise that explores the Marine Corps’ expeditionary capacity, the capacity of our operational groups in peacekeeping missions that supplements the FFE’s training and reaffirms our operational readiness for future operational scenarios,” Lt. Col. Valentini said. The contact with civilians was one of the exercise’s main takeaways, said Capt. Pena. “This kind of operation leads us to be continually watchful of the rules of engagement to minimize collateral damage and protect human life,” he said. The exercise reinforced the need for a well-established command and control structure to summon troops in the area of operations. Maintaining the efficiency of command and control was the most difficult part for Capt. Pena during the exercise. “In this kind of operation, the speed with which events unfold on the ground forces us to maintain the same pace to process and respond at the Peacekeeping Operations Center to keep up with events,” he said. For Col. Marinho, the participation in an operation like Feline keeps Brazil engaged on the international scene and demonstrates the professional capacities of its Armed Forces and defense industry. “It shows that Brazil is able to defend its interests and sovereignty and work with other nations for global security.” The officer also noted that combined exercises allow for exchanging knowledge and methodologies and improving the use of military assets.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ana BorrutoA New York City police sergeant from Valley Stream was arrested for allegedly taking cash bribes, limo rides and liquor bottles in exchange for improperly expediting gun license applications, federal prosecutors said.Sgt. David Villanueva, head of the NYPD’s Licensing Division, was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit bribery at Manhattan federal court. He was indicted along with Alex Lichtenstein, a Brooklyn-based gun expeditor.“Gun licenses were issued to people who had no business having them,” Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference. “The gun licensing process meant to safeguard the public was, of course, dangerously compromised.”Prosecutors said Villanueva accepted over $1,000 worth of bribes and other gifts to expedite and approve more than 100 gun licenses for Lichtenstein’s clients, some of whom should have been rejected, from 2012 through this year.Bharara also announced Monday that NYPD Officer Richard Ochetal previously pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for approving gun license applications with Villanueva. He completed first-level reviews of many of the applications and was instructed by Villanueva to approve them, authorities said. Some of the compensation Villanueva received from Lichtenstein was given to Ochetal, according to investigators.During the review and approval process, Villanueva and Ochetal neglected required checks, which included criminal history checks, prosecutors said. Additionally, both officers approved applications for licenses to carry firearms that did not have business-related reasoning, authorities said. Approval for such licenses normally take months, even over a year to process, however the officers were able to complete them within weeks.Bharara additionally announced a second indictment Monday that resulted in the arrest of three more NYPD officials on bribery charges in a separate, unrelated case. He thanked the FBI, IRS and NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau for their help in the investigations, which are continuing.Villanueva faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more