Growth rates of Antarctic fur seal Arctocephalus gazella pups at South Georgia

Large numbers of pups of the Antarctic fur seal were weighed at regular intervals through their rearing period in six seasons between 1972 and 1981 at South Georgia. Growth rates and birth and weaning weights were estimated from linear regressions of mean weight on mean age. Female pups had significantly lower growth rates and weaning weights than males, but higher variances for all growth parameters. This may reflect the importance to males of polygynous species of attaining high body weight. Except for an inverse relation between growth rate and birth weight there were no systematic relationships between growth parameters. Seasonal differences in growth rates were substantial and there was no indication that the continuing rapid population increase was affecting pup growth rates. The use of these data in detecting seasonal variations in local food availability is discussed. Preliminary estimates of the energy costs of pup rearing indicate that pup existence metabolism consumes c. 80% and mass gain to weaning only c. 15% of the energy provided by the female. read more

HMAS Darwin seizes large weapons cache in the Middle East

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australian warship seizes large weapons cache in the Middle East View post tag: Combined Task Force 150 Australian warship seizes large weapons cache in the Middle East View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Authorities View post tag: HMAS Darwin Share this article Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has uncovered and seized a large weapons cache after boarding a small fishing vessel approximately 170 nautical miles (313 kilometres) off the coast of Oman.The frigate’s crew initially conducted a flag verification boarding. After assessing the vessel to be stateless, HMAS Darwin searched the vessel and discovered 1989 AK-47 assault rifles, 100 rocket propelled grenade launchers, 49 PKM general purpose machine guns, 39 PKM spare barrels and 20 60mm mortar tubes.The weapons were seized under United Nations sanctions which authorise interdiction on the high seas of illicit weapons destined for Somalia.Vice Admiral David Johnston, Australian Chief of Joint Operations, said: “The seizure on Darwin’s first patrol of such a large haul of illicit weapons is highly significant. Australia worked as part of the multinational Combined Maritime Forces to discover and seize these illegal weapons.”HMAS Darwin is deployed as part of the CMF and is assigned to the Australian led Combined Task Force 150. CMF is a multinational effort to prevent terrorism, piracy and drug smuggling, encourage regional cooperation and promote a secure maritime environment in the Middle East and off the east coast of Africa. March 7, 2016last_img read more

Soekarno-Hatta Airport to facilitate ‘no-destination’ flights amid economic downturn

first_imgRead also: Asian airlines turn to ‘flights to nowhere’ to get travellers back in the skiesThe aviation industry has taken major financial blows as governments around the globe have imposed travel restrictions and bans to control the spread of COVID-19.In a bid to devise an alternative revenue stream amid the coronavirus-induced economic downturn, a number of airlines in the Asia-Pacific region plan to start flights to nowhere.Singapore Airlines, for instance, is due to offer no-destination flights starting in late October, as reported by The Straits Times. The flights will depart from and land at Changi Airport.A no-destination flight recently offered by Australia’s Qantas Airways sold out within 10 minutes, according to the airline, reflecting a public urge to fly to temporarily escape the pressure of the health crisis. (rfa) Topics : Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is set to accommodate no-destination flights as many airlines seek to recoup some of the major losses suffered as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Soekarno-Hatta executive general manager Agus Haryadi said the airport would be ready to facilitate airlines that planned to offer “flights to nowhere”.“We will certainly support [the initiative]. At the very least, this program can inspire the public to fly again,” Agus said on Monday as quoted by However, as of the time of writing, no airlines operating from the airport were offering no-destination flights, he added.A no-destination flight – the type of flight that departs from and arrives at the point of origin – is not a novel concept in the aviation industry, according to him. The program is typically reserved for non-commercial purposes, such as test flights for new types of aircraft, he said.Agus added that the notion of flying for the sake of it was expected to appeal to those who missed the flying experience following months of stringent travel restrictions.“I think flying with no specific destination during the pandemic is a good idea to warm up the plane engine,” he said.last_img read more

Syracuse-Boston College: Beat writers make predictions for Orange’s Week 8 matchup

first_img Published on October 22, 2016 at 12:48 am Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) visits Boston College (3-3, 0-3) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange is coming off a 31-17 upset with over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech while the Eagles are coming off a bye week. SU is looking for its first back-to-back wins of the season.Here’s how beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus forecast the matchup.Tomer Langer (2-2)Clawing backSyracuse 27, Boston College 24I think this game will be closer than some people expect after SU’s win against then-No. 17 Virginia Tech. There are a lot of factors working against the Orange here. Boston College is well rested coming off a bye, the weather conditions shouldn’t be great and there’s also always the possibility of a let-down the week after a really emotional win against a weaker opponent (which seemingly is what happened to VT). I do think the Orange get back to .500 and get one game closer to bowl eligibility, but I don’t think it’ll be easy.Chris Libonati (5-2)Won if by airSyracuse 31, Boston College 20AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow that Syracuse has established itself and gained a little bit of momentum, it is on the cusp of putting together its first winning streak in the Dino Babers era. It’s easy to see an emotional let down coming, but the team has a chance to put this season and the program on the right path. If SU understands that, I think it’ll be able to guard against a let down. Having had its first bad weather game, you’d think SU has learned how to cope with the conditions coming its way. If SU holds down the outside factors, given that it’s the more talented team, you should be looking at a .500 ball club after facing BC.Jon Mettus (5-2)Boston creamed (sort of)Syracuse 24, Boston College 13I’ll be honest, a week ago I would have picked Syracuse to lose this game with Boston College coming off a bye. But after SU’s performance against then-No.17 Virginia Tech, it’s nearly impossible to pick against it. BC has a strong defense but hasn’t won an Atlantic Coast Conference game since it beat the Orange in 2014. The Eagles offense is subpar so this one will be in the hands of the Syracuse offense. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Fr. Brian O’Fearraigh has showed his wide range of talents aren’t confined to the altar, by performing in a ballad written about the impending water charges being imposed by the current government. The charges have been strongly opposed by thousands of Irish citizens and Fr. O’ Fearraigh has already publicly condemned a tax he feels is morally unjust.O’Fearraigh has supported the ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ campaign and believes people shouldn’t be bullied into paying yet another tax as he already knows hundreds of families all over Donegal can’t afford the added weight of another bill.In the video above O’Fearraigh performs the ‘Water Protest’ song and is ably assisted by talented local musicians from The Rosses and Gweedore.Simply click play on the video above to watch and enjoy. 🙂  DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL PRIEST PERFORM IN HILARIOUS WATER PROTEST VIDEO was last modified: May 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more