Nocturnal foraging by great skuas Stercorarius skua: implications for conservation of storm-petrel populations

first_imgAt St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, a large colony of great skuas Stercorarius skua feed extensively on one of the largest colonies of Leach’s storm-petrels Oceanodroma leucorhoa in Europe, but little is known about the dynamics of this predator–prey system. Recently published population estimates of storm-petrels make it possible to estimate the impact of skua predation for the first time. Although skuas in the southern hemisphere catch petrels attending breeding colonies at night, it is not known whether congeners in the northern hemisphere also forage during the hours of darkness. We found (using radio-transmitters) that skuas regularly forage at night and (using light intensifying equipment) observed them catching storm-petrels at night. However, skuas also foraged during daylight hours, and it is unknown whether they might also catch storm-petrels at sea. Data on diet composition reveals that the proportion of storm-petrels in skua diet declined between 1996 and 1997, but remained constant thereafter. Although a large proportion of the storm-petrel prey is likely to consist of non-breeders, numbers consumed suggest that breeders and an unknown quantity of transients may also been eaten. The numbers of storm-petrels eaten are not sustainable and may result in substantial long-term population declines. Under current conditions, maintenance of large populations of both Leach’s storm-petrels and great skuas at St Kilda appears to be mutually exclusive.last_img read more

Watch Dean Ween Make Fun Of The “Exercise Man” In Hilarious New Music Video

first_imgGuitarist Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, has released his first music video in 16 years for “Exercise Man”, from his upcoming solo record The Deaner Album. The hilarious video features Deaner and his group–Ween cohort Dave Dreiwitz, Meat Puppets guitarist Curt Kirkwood, and drummer Ray Kubian–sporting spandex cycling gear and singing an ode to the “douchebag Exercise Man” who won’t stop working out. Dean plays the title role, hogging lanes of traffic while he feels the burn on his bike, puffing on his ever-present cigarette.Deaner explained the origins of the song in a new interview with Consequence of Sound: “‘Exercise Man’ is my favorite video I’ve done…It was real low-budget and simple. I’ve got a really good story about it. When my son was little, maybe around two years old, we’d be driving around and I’d make up little fucked-up jokes. We’d see a deer squashed on the side of the road and I’d say, ‘Hey Mike, look at the cute little deer!’ That would get him laughing. But every time we’d see one of those jerkoffs with all the gear jogging in the rain I’d yell, ‘Go man! You go buddy! Run! Run!’ Then Mikey would giggle at that. Then I’d start singing, ‘Go-Go-Go Exercise Man!’ There’s actually a couple songs that I’ve written like that, which were basically songs I made up to amuse my son. I wrote ‘Exercise Man’ in like five minutes. It just came right out. I knew it was a keeper because I’d always laugh every time I did an overdub. It never got less funny while we were recording it.”Check out the new video below:You can read the full interview here. The Deaner Album will be available on October 21st via ATO Records.[via Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Gleek Party with Darren Criss & Matthew Morrison at Hedwig

first_img View Comments Star Files Calling all Glee fans: Mr. Schue and Blaine are hanging out in NYC! Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss are both currently on Broadway in Finding Neverland and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, respectively, and on June 28, Morrison stopped by to see Criss all glammed up as the transgender East German rock goddess. Once Upon a Time star and Glee associate producer Jennifer Morrison (no relation to Matthew!) was also on hand to hang out backstage with the Glee guys. Check out these Hot Shots of the stars in Criss’ pink dressing room at the Belasco Theatre, then catch Criss in Hedwig and Morrison in Finding Neverland on Broadway! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Darren Criss Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Showslast_img read more

We can handle pressure – Defoe

first_img Press Association Everton briefly applied the pressure before Defoe, playing wide right of a three-man forward line, bundled home substitute Adam Johnson’s cross with his thigh with the ball also touching his hand as it went in. “You need a bit of luck, and yeah and I think you get that luck when you work so hard as a team,” added the former England international, who joined from Major League Soccer side Toronto in January. Advocaat is pleased with the way his three-pronged strikeforce has performed in the last couple of weeks, having beaten Southampton the previous weekend, and despite Defoe being given an unfamiliar wide role the head coach said he does not insist the striker rigidly sticks to the position. “It is not his favourite position but we are in a position where we have to do everything for the club to stay up,” said the Dutchman, who has earned 10 points from the six matches he has been in charge. “If he scores as well it gives him a boost but he has the freedom as well to come away from that position.” After defeat at Aston Villa the previous week, Everton’s season is drifting aimlessly with a top-10 finish looking almost beyond them. “It becomes very difficult,” admitted manager Roberto Martinez. “I always felt the two home games left were very important but we are facing West Ham next week and are in a direct fight for those positions. “I think it is important we don’t lose the focus of looking for the top 10.” A 2-0 win at Everton meant the Black Cats recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season and it could not have come at a more crucial time. The result lifted Dick Advocaat’s side two points clear of the relegation zone but wins for West Brom, Aston Villa and Leicester and a point for Newcastle mean the quest for survival is far from over. “It was a must-win game to be honest, we knew we had to win,” said Defoe, who made sure of three points with an 85th-minute effort after Danny Graham’s fortuitous first goal for the club 28 months after joining. “We still have an important game next week (at home to Leicester) but it is back-to-back wins and we are delighted to have done it. “I think it has added a bit more pressure on the sides around us now. “There was a lot of pressure on us to get a result and we handled that and that is credit to everyone at the club. “We were solid, organised and patient as this is a difficult place to come. It was never going to be easy, so to win here 2-0 was credit to the players. “It was impressive to get the result – it doesn’t matter how you do it. There was a lot of pressure in a must-win game and we can go home happy.” Everton dominated possession but despite creating opportunities in each half, their best chances did not come until they were behind when Seamus Coleman volleyed wide and James McCarthy fired a low, angled drive against the post. By then Graham had ended his long wait for his maiden Black Cats goal, although it was not intentional as, with his back to goal, he appeared to be trying to get out of the way of Jordi Gomez’s shot when it took a deflection off his shin and looped over Tim Howard. Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe believes the players have proved they can handle the pressure of a relegation battle. last_img read more

NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother dies of coronavirus complications

first_imgThe mother of Minnesota Timberwolves centre Karl-Anthony Towns has died of complications from the coronavirus.Last month, Towns posted a video on social media urging people to take the virus seriously after his mother, Jacqueline, was put into a medically-induced coma.She died on Monday, more than a month after contracting the coronavirus, aged 58.Her family said it was “heartbroken” by her “untimely passing”.“Jackie was many things to many people – a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend,” said the family.“The matriarch of the Towns family, she was an incredible source of strength; a fiery, caring, and extremely loving person, who touched everyone she met. “Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.”The Timberwolves said: “In the four-plus years we were fortunate to know Jackie, she became part of our family.“As Karl’s number one fan, Jackie provided constant and positive energy for him and was beloved by our entire organisation.”last_img read more

Ireland declared Senior Men’s Home International winners

first_img Scotland 3 2 0 1 4 14.5 Ireland have been declared the winners of the 2015 Senior Men’s Home Internationals following an appeal against the original result. The championship was held at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club, Sussex, in September. Three countries tied on match points at the conclusion of the event and, after consideration, the trophy was awarded to Scotland. However the Golfing Union of Ireland appealed against the decision and the England Golf Championship Committee concluded that the tie-breaker had been incorrectly applied, that the team from the Golfing Union of Ireland were the rightful winners of the championship and the records should be amended accordingly. Final results England 3 2 0 1 4 17 Wales 3 0 0 3 0 10.5 26 Oct 2015 Ireland declared Senior Men’s Home International winners center_img Ireland 3 2 0 1 4 18 Played Won Tied Lost Match Points Game Points Caption: The Ireland team at the Senior Men’s Home Internationals (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Rob Rice Homes Offers 15 Different Granite Countertops

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rob Rice HomesGranite Counter Tops are one of the many interior features that can be customized in a Rob Rice Home.Yes, that’s right.  We offer 15 different kitchen counter tops to choose from, all standard selections for us, no additional cost for our buyers.  There are many options for kitchen counter tops such as tile, quartz, marble, and concrete but granite continues to be the favored choice of our buyers.  The benefits of granite are:Granite is Affordable. Because of its elegance, availability and durability, granite has become the counter top of choice. That popularity, in turn, has lowered the prices.Granite is Sanitary.  Granite, like any raw natural stone is porous. However, once granite has been polished and sealed, its hard mirror-like glaze makes germ and bacteria penetration impossible. A warm soapy water wash then a clear rinse is all that’s required to keep it gleaming and sanitary.Granite is Strong.  Granite’s diamond-like hardness makes it the strongest counter top material available. Granite is heat resistant and nearly scratch and stain proof. Hot dishes and pots can rest on it. Sharp knives won’t scratch it.Granite Will Remain Number One in Counter Tops.  Granite counter tops are not a trend. Because of its wide range of shades and colors, and capacity to match and complement any cabinet, sink, and appliance material, granite will remain at the top of the list well into the future.If you’d like to view our selections of granite, visit one of our fully furnished model homes or click here to view granite choices.  For additional information go to: www.robricehomes.comlast_img read more

Ice cooled by North Island Silvertips

first_imgThe Kootenay shook off a tough loss in the opener to grab a single point in a two-game B.C Hockey Major Midget League series against the North Island Silvertips Sunday in Castlegar.Spencer McLean scored the only goal of the game for the Ice in a 1-1 tie against the Silvertips.North Island won the opening tilt of the series 5-4, scoring twice on the power play in the third period to secure the victory.Kootenay, 3-18-5, remain last in the BCMMHL standings.Sunday, McLean of Montrose gave the Ice the early first period lead with his seventh goal of the season.However, Hunter Findlater scored in the second to even the score. Saturday, Kootenay held a 4-2 lead with five minutes remaining in the contest before a few questionable penalty called did the home side in.Joe Gage, Clayton Pearce and Dylan Coghlan, netting the winner in with 62 seconds remaining in the game, rallied the Silvertips.Ryan Neil of Fruitvale, Trevor Steinburg of Cranbrook, Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar and Coy Prevost of Kimberley scored for the Ice.Jason Mailhoit of Trail was in goal for Kootenay.The Ice travel to Langley this weekend for the annual BC Hockey Major Midget Showcase weekend at the Events Centre.The Ice meet Valley West Hawks in two games.Friday, the league allstar game is being played at  the George Preston Centre with three players from Kootenay on the roster — Austin Tambellni of Nelson, Prevost and goalie Carson Schamerhorn of Trail.last_img read more

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint – Quotes & Recap – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgBREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT QUOTES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Obviously ($9.60) became the first favorite to win at the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking the lead shortly out of the gate and then holding off Om by a nose to win the ninth running of the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1) for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Second-place jockey Gary Stevens (Om) – “He got wiped out leaving the gate, which he did to himself, and it was a tough beat. He broke completely sideways from the gate and he had to overcome a lot. Almost got it done.” For the 8-year-old Irish-bred Obviously, who was making his fifth Breeders’ Cup start, it was his first taste of success after finishing third, fifth twice and ninth in the past four runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile after setting the pace in all four races. Winning Jockey Flavien Prat (Obviously) – “I got a good trip. He didn’t break well  like he does every time but when I sent him and he got the lead he got comfortable. I asked him before the dirt and he went on. He got a little tired but the wire was there.” OBVIOUSLY HOLDS OFF OM BY A NOSE TO WIN BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINTcenter_img Winning Trainer Phil D’Amato (Obviously) – “This is tremendous. A (first Breeders’ Cup) win for me and for my old boss Mike Mitchell, who had the horse before me.” Third-place trainer Christophe Clement (Pure Sensation) – “I’m happy with our race except for the final result.  He got a perfect ride and ran his race.  We were unfortunately third best today.” Second-place trainer Dan Hendricks (Om) – “He missed the break slightly and had to make up a lot of ground on a really good horse. We can’t be prouder.” Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Flavien Prat, Obviously covered the 6 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:11.33. It was the first Breeders’ Cup victory for D’Amato and Prat.last_img read more