Evidence for a decline in the population density of Antarctic krill Euphausia superba Dana 1850, still stands: A comment on Cox et al. (J Crust Biol, 2018)

first_imgAntarctic krill (Euphausia superba Dana, 1850) exemplifies the key role of marine crustaceans in fisheries, foodwebs, and biogeochemical cycles. Ecological understanding and policy decisions require information on population trends. We have therefore worked with international colleagues to publish KRILLBASE, a database of fishery-independent krill population information for every decade since the 1970s. These data were used by Cox et al. (2018) who dispute the evidence for a late twentieth-century decline in krill density (number per unit area) in the Southwest Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean and claim to overturn “much of recent thinking about climate-driven change in krill populations.” They support this claim with an analysis which reaffirms one non-significant result from an earlier paper but does not challenge the five significant results from that paper or those of other studies which support a decline. In this comment we examine the methods which led Cox and coauthors to conclude that krill density has been stable over the last 40 years. Although these authors provide a potentially useful approach, we show that their analysis was biased by the exclusion of usable net types, the inclusion of negatively biased data and down-weighting of high densities in the early part of the analysis period, the absence of recent data from the north of the sector, and a lack of statistical hypothesis testing. These factors maximise the chances of failure to detect a real decline. To aid future analyses we provide recommendations to supplement those which accompany KRILLBASE. We also suggest the need for consensus scientific advice on krill population dynamics based on agreed standards of evidence, evaluation of uncertainty, and a thorough understanding of the data. This will be more useful to policy makers and other stakeholders than polarised opinions. Meanwhile, the evidence for a decline in krill density still stands.last_img read more

BYU Softball Makes NCAA Tournament Field, Is In Top Seed Oregon’s Pod

first_img Tags: BYU Softball/Drake Softball/Libby Sugg/NCAA Tournament/Nicole Newman/Oregon Softball/Sarah Maddox Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEUGENE, Ore.-Sunday evening, BYU softball, which has won 10 consecutive conference championships, learned it had made the NCAA Tournament for the 14th consecutive season as well.This is all the more impressive when one considers the Cougars have won their 10 consecutive conference titles in four different conferences.The Cougars, who are 35-20 on the season, learned via the NCAA softball selection show Sunday, that they will be placed in the Eugene, Ore. regional Thursday to face the Drake Bulldogs, the Missouri Valley Conference tournament champions.The Bulldogs, who are based in Des Moines, Iowa, are an impressive 43-10 on the season and have won five straight games, including a 4-1 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis in the MVC championship game Saturday.Should the Cougars advance out of this pod, they will have to vanquish the #1 overall seed of this tournament, the Oregon Ducks.BYU softball coach Gordon Eakin showed his appreciation for the Cougars’ selection, saying “Oregon has passionate fans and one of the best softball venues in the country. We are ready.”The Ducks, the Pac-12 champions, boast a record of 47-7 and have won 13 consecutive games, having last lost on April 15, suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Arizona State.The Cougars are led by junior first base/catcher Libby Sugg, who posted 21 RBI in conference games on the season.Drake’s offensive star is sophomore infielder Sarah Maddox, who posted 30 RBI and 49 hits on the season.The star Drake pitcher in the circle is junior Nicole Newman, who has amassed 238 strikeouts, while posting a 21-3 record for the Buldogs.Should the Cougars win against Drake Thursday, they would play the winner of Oregon-Albany Friday at a time yet to be determined.If the Cougars lose to the Bulldogs, they move to the elimination bracket, as this is a double-elimination tournament. Brad James May 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Softball Makes NCAA Tournament Field, Is In Top Seed Oregon’s Podlast_img read more

Francois Lamontagne and Cassandra Kahle Lead the Way at HITS Ocala

first_img SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Another great year in the ‘Horse Capital of the World’ is underway with ten weeks of USEF-Rated Hunter/Jumper competition, now through March 28, culminating with the seventh edition of the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.Taking home the first win in featured jumper competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was Daniel Geitner and FAZOUS, for Oak Ledge Farm, in the $2,500 Open Welcome. The pair jumped double clear in a time of 37.060 to secure the blue ribbon.2nd Place: Hayley Waters & VITEL SOURDIN [38.398]3rd Place: Cassandra Kahle & HAJIME [4-Faults, 40.099]Competition in the Grand Prix Stadium continued on Thursday with the $5,000 HITS Open Prix, where Tracy Magness piloted INTENZ VAN HD for Mr. & Mrs. John Bartko to claim the top placing. Magness was the only rider to jump double clear with a time of 45.310.2nd Place: Waters & JUST LUCK [4-Faults, 42.476]3rd Place: David O’Brien & NIGHTSHADE SCF [4-Faults, 43.199]It’s no secret that Canadian Francois Lamontagne and his own CHANEL DU CALVAIRE are a team to watch out for. Friday afternoon, this duo took home top honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with the only double clear ride in 49.961.2nd Place: Aaron Vale & PRESCOTT [4-Faults, 46.725]3rd Place: Cassandra Kahle & PYRENES DE LOUZES [4-Faults, 48.997]Joining the Winner’s Circle to accept first place in the $5,000 Jumper Classic on Saturday was Jenni McAllister riding for Viksberg Sateri AB. McAllister crossed the timers aboard ESCADA VS in a time of 44.936 to secure the win.2nd Place: David Jennings & CENTDATUS PS [4-Faults, 45.071]3rd Place: Magness & CHOPIN DU CHATEAU HOLLOGNE [4-Faults, 46.351]Jumper Classic Winners$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Kristina Gallo & CANTURINIO$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Medium: Caroline Earle & DIAMANT WP Z$2,000 M&S NAL/WIHS Child Jumper Classic – High: Pippa Spingler & QUONTINEDE LA ROUQE$2,000 M&S NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic – High: Mercy Paine & CHAMBRINUS$2,500 Pyranha NAL Junior 1.25m Jumper Classic: Brooks Hull & CASCAL E$2,500 Pyranha NAL Amateur-Owner/Amateur 1.25m Jumper Classic: Amy Shafmaster & CARLOS$5,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Waters & GALOUS$5,000 U-Dump Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic: Waters & VITEL SOURDINIt was déjà vu for Hunter Holloway as she clinched the top honors in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, kicking off the 2021 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on a high note. Holloway, the youngest rider in the Grand Prix, won this same class last year with her mother’s Grand Prix Horse, LUCKY STRIKE. As Hunter reminisced, she shared how exciting it was to win the first Grand Prix of the season aboard PEPITA CON SPITA, owned by Hays Investment Corp. “This mare [Pepita] is awesome! She was imported about a year and a half ago by Hays Investment Corp. This is so exciting because last year we were just getting experience on her and getting miles, but now this year she’s really ready to come in and win it so you get to go for it,” said Holloway.Holloway showed ‘Pepita’ at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit last year and explained that she was a bit more conservative to be sure to keep her confident and brave. “She’s such a careful horse and a quick horse so you really want to take your time with those types,” Holloway explained. Seven jumped clean in the first round with Holloway being the first to return – generally, a tough spot to be on a young horse with many Grand Prix veterans to follow.Hunter set the pace, marking a quick time of 30.301 and holding on to the first position through the remaining jump-off rounds. “For me, my plan never really changes too much, especially with a horse like her and at this point in her career where she is so quick and careful,” Holloway said as she recapped her jump-off.“Every time you go in that position, you’re lucky because you can just go for it. It’s not like she’s a little young, like last year, where we were taking our time. This year it didn’t matter if we went first, or last or in the middle because we were going to go for it either way.” The future is bright for the young mare and Holloway was excited to share that they have also just imported her [Pepita’s] daughter and is really looking forward to seeing her come along.Watch for Holloway in upcoming competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. “I’m really looking forward to the rest of the Circuit!” Holloway added. “We’re like one big family and that’s probably my favorite part about showing here.”2nd Place: Lamontagne & CHANEL DU CALVAIRE [30.747]3rd Place: Dorothy Douglas & MTM FIONA 621 [32.407]Featured hunter competition at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit includes the Platinum Performance and Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies, Hunter Classics and more throughout the season at HITS Ocala. Several special hunter classes are scheduled to take place in the Main Hunter Ring under new lights installed this year, giving hunters their time to shine.Cassandra Kahle rose victorious in the Main Hunter Ring aboard Redfield Farm’s GIVENCHY. Matching scores of 88 were awarded to Kahle in each round of the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix for a 176 total and the blue ribbon.2nd Place: David Wilbur & CHARISMO [174]3rd Place: Megan Young & CAPITOL AFFAIRE [173.75]Cassandra Kahle and Redfield Farm’s GIVENCHY. (ESI Photography)No stranger to the Winner’s Circle is Katelyn Coveney with her MTM Fashion. Coveney earned scores of 86 and 87, respectively, totaling 173 and securing the win in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix.2nd Place: Katelyn Rezac & LORENZO [163.5]3rd Place: Andie Preblick & CUCHICA [162.5]Hunter Classic Winners$1,000 A-O Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Julia Nicole Zug & NEMESIS 11$1,000 Eastern Hay A-O Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Claire Parkinson & CHAZEAUX$1,000 Antares Junior Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Laurel Smith & FEDERER$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Coveney & MTM FASHION$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: Lauren Reid & GOOD TIMES$500 M&S NAL/WIHS SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Paula Meunier & WESTERLY$500 M&S NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic: Schuyler Dayner & WINTER ROMANCEM&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Charlotte Racine & CHECKMATEClick here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala January Classic. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Burton’s Biscuit Company rolls out Maryland birthday cake minis

first_imgBurton’s Biscuit Company has extended its range with Maryland birthday cake minis. Its Maryland Minis Birthday Cake biscuits are Maryland Mini cookies topped with multi-coloured sprinkles. Available from mid-August, each multi-pack contains six 19.8g mini bags for an rrp of £1.The Maryland Minis range is the UK’s number one mini biscuit brand for kids, with a retail sales value of £10.4m, according to data firm Nielsen.Burton’s said it hoped the popular birthday cake variant would strengthen its position in the nation’s children mini biscuits market, which is worth £62.3m, it added.“We’re giving children the opportunity to enjoy a fun, colourful birthday-style biscuit which is ideal for inclusion in a lunchbox or as a mid-afternoon snack,” said Kate Needham, marketing director at Burton’s.“At less than 100 calories per bag, we’re also ticking the box for parents who want to give their children snacks and treats that are both convenient and permissible.”In 2019, Burton’s introduced the ‘Under 100 Cal Club’, a range of reduced-calorie biscuits offering consumers an increased choice of items at under 100 calories.Burton’s also unveiled a new branding and vegan status for its Jammie Dodgers range, including Jammie Dodgers Minis.last_img read more

Aryzta revenue improves as lockdown measures ease

first_imgBakery business Aryzta has seen continued improvement in organic revenue as lockdown eases in many parts of Europe.The frozen bakery specialist – currently the target of a number of takeover approaches – reported revenue down almost 50% year on year in April as a result of strict lockdown measures and the virtual closure of the foodservice market.But turnover has steadily improved since then, down 36% year on year in May and 23% in June.And the company today (11 August) reported revenue down 18% year on year in the month to 25 July.Revenue is down around 20% in Europe, with improvement in retail and quick-serve restaurants, although foodservice remains ‘significantly down’.The picture is similar in North America, although the market is volatile as some states and major cities reinstate restrictions.As restrictions loosen generally, Aryzta has increased production using adapted shift patterns, although many lines are still operating at reduced capacity. Currently, around 14% of staff are furloughed, down from 30% on 30 April.Aryzta has recently appointed Rothschild & Co to undertake a review of all strategic and financial options to maximise value for shareholders and stakeholders.And the company last month announced that a number of third parties had shown an interest in buying the business.An extraordinary general meeting will take place on 16 September, when chairman Gary McGann will step down as chair and a member of the board unless a deal for the business had been struck.Group chief financial officer Frederic Pflanz is to leave the business in December. News of Pflanz’s departure comes just weeks after the business announced that board members Dan Flinter and Rolf Watter had resigned and would leave Aryzta in September.Their departure followed demands in May by a group of Aryzta shareholders – Cobas Selección, Cobas International and Veraison Sicav – for a major shake-up of its executive board.last_img read more

Wood bags five-year contract with Saudi Aramco

first_imgOilfield services company Wood has secured a new multi-million dollar, five-year contract to support Saudi Aramco in the delivery of one of its mega-projects in the Saudi Arabia. Engineering and project management services to develop the Marjan oil field in the state’s eastern province will be provided under the contract, which is effective immediately, Wood said on Monday.The front end engineering design (FEED), major increment and overall project management consultancy will be executed from Wood’s Reading UK, Khobar, Saudi Arabia and India offices.The contract is part of Saudi Aramco’s multi-billion dollar Marjan Crude Increment Program; one of the company’s oil and gas mega-projects designed to enhance its energy sustainability, diversify the economy, expand gas production, and localize domestic content.Wood has worked with Saudi Aramco for more than 30 years. In November 2017, the two companies entered a memorandum of understanding demonstrating Wood’s continued commitment to creating and accelerating opportunities for local workforces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive comments: “We look forward to working in close partnership with Saudi Aramco to bring our broad and enduring expertise in engineering and project management to this project, which is significant for both our client and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our focus will be applying our ingenuity, range of capabilities and in-country knowledge to ensure its safe and successful delivery.”Wood is also currently providing pre-FEED and FEED for Saudi Aramco’s Unconventional Gas Program and detailed engineering and procurement for its Sulphate Removal Facilities projects.last_img read more

Eni enters Caspian Sea project with KazMunayGas

first_imgThe Kazakh Ministry of Energy, KazMunayGas (KMG), and Italy’s Eni have signed a protocol of direct negotiations to grant the subsoil use right for exploration and production of hydrocarbons within joint operations on Abay, an offshore area in the Kazakhstani sector of the Caspian Sea.The Abay block is located in the northern part of the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea, approximately 50 km from the coast in a water depth of less than 10 meters.The block is estimated to have significant potential for hydrocarbon resources, Eni said on Friday.Eni and KMG will each hold a 50% share in the Abay block and Eni will carry KazMunayGas’s share of the costs during the exploration period. The block will be operated by the “Isatay Operating Company”, equally owned by Eni and KMG, that also operates the Isatay block.According to Eni, this is the first case in Kazakhstan where one joint company will operate two projects. The company will benefit from Eni’s proprietary technologies in terms of exploration and reduced “time to market” project’s development, with experience in challenging technical and environmental areas such as the Caspian Basin.This new project will further expand Eni’s activities in Kazakhstan and consolidate the strategic alliance with KazMunayGas, a key partner for Eni.Eni has been present in Kazakhstan since the early 1990s. It co-operates the Karachaganak field (FPSA) and is partner in the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA) for the giant Kashagan Field.Together with the national company KazMunayGas, Eni is the joint subsoil user and joint operator of the offshore exploration block Isatay and is currently producing in the country 170 kboed.Back in June, KazMunayGas and Eni signed a memorandum of cooperation further expanding the relations between two companies. The companies agreed to cooperate in three areas under the signed document: technological cooperation in hydrocarbon exploration and production, including sharing the advanced practices and know-how; explore the potential for co-development of exploration and production projects; implementation of training program for the KMG Group staff.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Ozil in Turkey as Arsenal prepare for FA Cup final

first_img Loading… Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is out of today’s FA Cup final with Chelsea. The German playmaker has not played under Mikel Arteta after the Premier League restarted in the middle of June and he will once again be watching on as his team-mates battle it out for FA Cup glory. According to football reporter Chris Wheatley on Twitter, Ozil has been in Turkey over the last few days and therefore will not be involved at Wembley. Further reports from Goal insist that Arsenal gave him approval to head to Turkey as he wasn’t going to be involved.Advertisement read also:Ozil faces uncertain future  at Arsenal The official word from Arsenal regarding Ozil’s omission in recent months is that he has been struggling with a back injury but there are doubts as to whether Arteta has the player in his first-team plans. The former Real Madrid star and Germany World Cup winner is on a whopping £350,000-a-week salary at Arsenal – making him one of the Premier League’s highest-paid players – but he has been used sparingly this season and managed just one goal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This Year8 Most Beautiful Chinese WomenPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffeelast_img read more

No West Ham move for Barton

first_img Press Association Joey Barton will not be joining West Ham, the club’s co-chairman David Gold has announced. The Hammers had looked to be closing in on signing the former QPR, Manchester City and Newcastle player to boost managers Slaven Bilic’s options in midfield. However, Gold has ruled out any move for the 32-year-old, who is a free agent following his release from the relegated Hoops. center_img Gold wrote on his official Twitter account: “Despite the speculation, Joey Barton will not be joining West Ham United.” Barton also confirmed a potential move had to come to nothing, sending a video message to West Ham fans via Twitter. Barton felt he could have added something to Bilic’s squad but admitted “it was not meant to be” at this point. He said: ” I’d just like to thank the West Ham fans who sent me a lot of kind messages on social media and especially on Twitter. Obviously with a character like myself there’s one or two who are not so kind or complimentary, that’s kind of par for the course with me these days. ” I’m certain it would have been a good fit for me (at West Ham). It’s a ground I’ve always enjoyed playing at, a really knowledgeable crowd, really passionate behind the football team. “Despite a few having reservations I felt I could really have done well and really offer something to the squad. It’s an exciting squad obviously that you’re building there now, highlighted by the Arsenal result on Sunday, but for this moment in time it was not meant to be . “I wish the club all the best going forward, I think it’s an exciting time for the West Ham fans, and no hard feelings.” last_img read more

Florida’s coronavirus deaths rise to 46

first_imgAs the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so do the number of deaths caused by the virus.On Friday the death toll from coronavirus in Florida rose from from 29 to 46 in one day.Two of those deaths include people from Palm Beach County. PBC now has 5 total deaths, according to the state Health Department.  All victims were older than 60 years old.St. Lucie County reported its first death Friday, a 59-year-old man, who also was the first in the Treasure Coast, and Miami Dade County,  had its first two deaths Friday, a 40-year-old man with no previous health issues, and a 79-year-old man.Miami-Dade county still leads the state with the most confirmed cases at 869 total cases.last_img read more