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Fewer closures in 2010 but many firms are still walking an economic tightrope

first_imgWednesday 5 January 2011 7:52 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Fewer closures in 2010 but many firms are still walking an economic tightrope More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org FAR fewer struggling UK companies fell into administration in 2010 compared with 2009, Deloitte research showed yesterday.Insolvencies fell by 35 per cent, or by 1,102 companies last year, to 2,086 in 2010 from 3,188 in 2009, analysis of notices in the London Gazette over the year showed.Policymakers have worked to keep the business environment as benign as possible for companies – but experts fear this may be keeping firms artificially solvent.“The reality is that many companies are still walking a tightrope,” said Deloitte’s reorganisation services partner Lee Manning. “A large number of struggling companies were able to stay afloat because of low interest rates, a lenient approach by lenders and HMRC’s favourable Time to Pay scheme. However, the rapidly changing economic environment will no longer make this sustainable.”Property and construction companies were the hardest hit, accounting for one in five insolvencies. The sector saw 453 companies fall into administration, though this was better than in 2009 when 683 firms went down. Retailers fared better, as insolvencies fell 43 per cent to 165 in 2010 compared with 290 the previous year. But Manning said retailers may “struggle to cope in the first few months of 2011” in the wake of government spending cuts and the VAT increase. Tags: NULL KCS-content last_img read more

Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgGhana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB.gh)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileGhana Commercial Bank Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the personal, commercial, corporate and treasury sectors. Its product offering is geared to offer financial solutions for loans, overdrafts, deposits, investments, money transmission and international services. Its Personal banking division offers consumers the choice of a Kudi Nkosuo account, Flexsave account, Save and Prosper account, overdrafts and loans and ReadyCash ATMs. Additional services offered by its business division includes corporate and investment services such as call accounts, treasury bills, fixed deposit accounts and Money Transfer. Ghana Commercial Bank Limited facilitates foreign banking and overseas inward money transfers. Its Treasury division manages market risk exposures and funding requirements as swell as overdraft facilities, bulk cash collection, trade finance, payroll solutions and electronic banking services. Ghana Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

What’s inside the May 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine?

first_img What’s inside the May 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine?There’s nothing like a global pandemic to put sport in perspective. Usually sport can be a welcome distraction, an escape from more serious happenings in the world. This is not to say it allows us to ignore those situations, merely that it can provide some light relief.While watching live rugby is not an option right now, we’ve compiled a range of engaging articles, from the Lions to LA, in the latest issue of Rugby World magazine to keep you entertained in these uncertain times.If you can’t get to the shops to buy a copy, you can find out how to download the digital edition to your tablet here. We also have incredible subscription offers, including three issues for just £5 – find out more here.Here’s what’s inside the May 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine…British & Irish Lions 2021RW columnist Stephen Jones turns selector to pick his playing squad to take on world champions South Africa next year – will you agree with his choices?Badge of honour: The Lions line-up for the first Test in New Zealand in 2017 (Getty Images)State of the nationsThis year’s Six Nations may have been fractured but there was still plenty for former England fly-half Stuart Barnes to glean. He gives his verdict on the teams and predicts how the tournament will play out – should it be completedProfessional v amateurModern-day pros are bigger, faster and stronger than ever before, but how far away are amateurs from hitting similar heights? Rugby World used GPS data to compare the two, with fascinating resultsWales centre Nick Tompkins“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.” The Saracens centre opens up on opting for Wales instead of England and reflects on an eventful seasonCentre of attention: Nick Tompkins makes a break against England (Getty Images)Rugby in a war zoneIn the darkest corners of a conflicted world, RW’s Alan Dymock discovers how rugby has created a bit of lightHow to fix the Women’s Six Nations“A tournament should never just be a two-horse race.” Wasps Ladies director of rugby Giselle Mather gives her verdict on the championshipIreland half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton have been Ireland talismans for a decade, but who will be next to wear the nine and ten jerseys? RW’s Tom English investigates Top pairing: Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton have been highly successful for Ireland (Getty Images)Should South Africa join the Six Nations?Rugby World gets views from both the northern and southern hemisphere on this hotly-debated topicBenjamin Kayser columnThe former France hooker gives his thoughts on les Bleus’ Six Nations campaign and how the team are shaping up for RWC 2023Downtime with… Poppy CleallThe England Women’s second-row talks bare bottoms, coach tricks and Champagne moments in our offbeat Q&APower surge: Poppy Cleall scored a hat-trick against Wales in the Six Nations (Getty Images)My life in pictures… Mathieu BastareaudFor a decade the French centre was one of Europe’s brightest stars and now he’s part of MLR in the US. He reflects on his amazing journeyDOWNLOAD RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE’S DIGITAL EDITION HEREClub hero Jono RossThe back-row is a star performer for Sale Sharks, but why are England overlooking him? RW’s Alan Pearey speaks to those who know him bestScotland lock Scott CummingsThe Glasgow second-row on learning from various mentors to become a regular for his countryHigh standards: Scott Cummings wins a lineout against Ireland (Getty Images)Northampton scrum-half Alex MitchellThe Saints nine and England apprentice talks garden cricket, rugby league and cancelled holidaysLA SevensWith the USA leg of the World Sevens Series in Los Angeles for the first time since 2006, Rugby World headed to the City of Angels to go behind the scenes TAGS: Highlight Show of support: USA fans dressed as Eagles during the LA Sevens (Getty Images)Plus, there’s all this…Glasgow wing Ratu TagiveTop tips on how to vary kick-offsIreland Women’s captain Ciara GriffinEx-England centre Tom May on his latest charity featAnalysis of Edinburgh’s attackJames Hook talks about writing a children’s bookThe Secret Player on rugby in FranceAustralia Sevens captain Nick MaloufA rugby rant on ‘project players’Rising stars Kayleigh Powell and Amelia HarperInside the mind of… Shane WilliamsThe Secret Referee on deliberate knock-onsThe May 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine is on sale until 4 May 2020.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS From the Lions to LA, the latest edition has plenty to keep you entertained during these uncertain timeslast_img read more

Large crowds witness installation of new archbishop of Congo

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH By Gavin DrakePosted Sep 12, 2016 Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Anglican Communion Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Africa, Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] The president and prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo headed a list of dignitaries at the installation of the new archbishop of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo – the Anglican Church in the Congo – on Sept. 11. Archbishop Masimango Katanda, the former bishop of Kindu, was elected in July. He succeeds Archbishop Henri Isingoma, who stood down for a health improvement break and return to theological academia.Full article. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Large crowds witness installation of new archbishop of Congolast_img read more

Fisk Brett announce Progress as ASP

Howard Lake | 27 February 2001 | News  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fisk Brett announce Progress as ASP Fundraising software company Fisk Brett have announced ProgressAnywhere, an application service provider (ASP) version of their fundraising database Progress. Charities can store their data on ProgressAnywhere and connect to it remotely using the Internet. Visit Fisk Brett. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Quick thinking capitalises on vice president’s TV Web error

first_img Howard Lake | 16 October 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving He meant to say FactCheck.org. The owner of FactCheck.com was able to capitalise quickly on this error, and point his site at GeorgeSoros.com. AS a result, hundreds of thousands of visitors found themselves on a Web site with the headline “Why We Must Not Re-elect President Bush.” This site was developed by US online fundraising and campaiging agency DonorDigital. It was built for Mr. Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist: it promotes his new book and his national tour on which he is campaigning against the reelection of President Bush.DonorDigital say that more than 1.5 million people visited the site in the first 10 days, including more than 550,000 the day after the debate. They add that over 170,000 people have downloaded Mr. Soros’ speech.So, Web addresses on TV can work very well at driving traffic. Just make sure you and anyone likely to speak in public can recite the Web address perfectly. US Vice President Dick Cheney got a Web address wrong in front of 43 million viewers, and the quick-thinking owner of the quoted address pointed the Web address to another site critical of the Bush campaign.If your charity ever gets a spokesperson on TV, it makes sense to give out your charity’s Web address if you can. People do then visit, sometimes immediately. But you have to get the Web address correct.Dick Cheney, the US vice president, misquoted a Web address to support his argument on the 5 October 2004 vice presidential TV debate against Senator John Edwards. He encouraged 43 million viewers to visit FactCheck.com to find out his arguments in the Halliburton company controversy. Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Quick thinking capitalises on vice president’s TV Web error  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Two arrested as part of investigation into INLA criminality in NW

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – October 16, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Two arrested as part of investigation into INLA criminality in NW Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Google+ Two men have been arrested today by detectives investigating criminality linked to INLA.A 57 year old man was arrested under the Terrorism Act in the Galliagh area of Derry and a 19 year old man was arrested under the Terrorism Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act in the Strabane area.Both have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning by police.Three searches have also been carried out and a number of items have been seized for further examination including a large quantity of documentation, mobile phones and electronic devices.Detective Inspector Tom McClure says part of today’s search and arrest operation also relates to an investigation into an incident on May 20th this year in the Divis area of Belfast, when a series of shots were fired into the air in a heavily populated area. Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleLYIT suffer narrow defeat.Next articleBoxers learn opponents for National Seniors News Highland Pinterest Facebook Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

5 Arksansas students help save suicidal man

first_imgiStock(JONESBORO, Ark.) — Five young girls in Arkansas are being praised for springing into action after spotting a man who appeared to be trying to take his own life.Allannah Orsby, A’niah Graves, Diamonique Reynolds, Jimaria Jackson and McKinna Robinson, ages 12 to 14, were on their way to Annie Camp Junior High in Jonesboro for their basketball game when they crossed a bridge and saw a man with cables, according to Vicki Montgomery, the head coach of the girl’s basketball team.As they walked by, the man told them, “Y’all have a nice life,” Montgomery told ABC News in a telephone interview.“They turned around and he was placing rope and cable over his neck,” Montgomery said.The girls immediately called 911 and began talking to the man until help arrived.“They got really scared,” Montgomery said. “They told him not to do that.”Jonesboro police confirmed to ABC News that it was students who alerted officials to the man.“When we see something, we need to say something if it is out of the ordinary,” police spokeswoman Sally Smith told ABC News.Police said they could not say the status of the man at this time, but he was uninjured when they arrived and taken to a hospital.Montgomery said the girls hadn’t told her about the incident, which occurred on Dec. 5, after it happened. It was another coach who came up to Montgomery the next day and said, “your girls saved some guy’s life last night.”“They didn’t do it for publicity,” she said. “They did it because they genuinely cared about a person they didn’t know.”She said the ordeal was an experience that has greatly affected them.“Some of them struggle in life, as well. I think it opened their eyes to things that, at that age, most adults don’t even see,” Montgomery said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

COVID-19 in the quad: Colleges crack down on student parties as virus spreads across campuses

first_imgDenisTangneyJr./iStockBy ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News(WORCESTER, Mass.) — Classes have not even started at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts, but there are growing concerns over the students’ disregard of coronavirus safety protocols. Over the weekend, campus police busted a large party at an off-campus apartment renter by Holy Cross students, eliciting growing concerns that such gatherings could turn into coronavirus super-spreader events.“Not only did the number of people in attendance exceed the state limit on the number of people at a gathering, but attendees were not wearing masks or adhering to physical distancing guidelines,” said college administrators in a letter to the community, calling the behavior “highly irresponsible.”According to the school, the party has led to a potential cluster of infections, and if such behavior continues, the rest of the student body may be unable to return to campus, later this year.Similarly, only eight days into the semester, Notre Dame was forced to cancel in-person classes for two weeks, after seeing a “dramatic increase” in positive coronavirus, with 336 students infected as of Friday. Most infections have stemmed from off-campus gatherings, according to the University’s contact tracing analysis.“Students infected at those gatherings pass it on to others, who in turn, pass the virus on to a further group, resulting in the positive cases we have seen,” stated Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins on Tuesday, in a stern message to the community.Although the university had initially begun crafting plans to send undergraduate students home, for the time being, he said, he would allow students to remain on campus, and move all undergraduate classes to remote instruction for two weeks. However, Rev. Jenkins warned failure to comply with health protocols could result in sending students home.Such scenes are far from isolated incidents, and are examples of the many challenges confronting universities and colleges as they reopen.Numerous videos of packed parties on campuses across the country have been widely shared on social media, often with no social distancing or face masks, much to the dismay of school administrators and public officials alike.Syracuse University Vice Chancellor J. Michael Haynie severely admonished first-year students who had gathered on the school’s quad, calling their behavior “selfish and unsettling,” and stating, “Make no mistake, there was not a single student who gathered on the Quad last night who did not know and understand that it was wrong to do so.”At least three dozen states, so far, have reported coronavirus cases on college campuses.At Oklahoma State University, over 20 cases have been confirmed in a single sorority house.Iowa State University administrators issued a stern warning that a failure to abide by the school’s rules and continuing partying could lead to remote instruction, after over 175 students tested positive for the virus.Some schools are already acting swiftly, and threatening disciplinary actions against students who do abide by the set protocols.Purdue University has suspended 36 students, including those who had hosted a party and those who had attended the gathering in violation of social distancing policies.Duke University is investigating seven cases of “flagrant misconduct and persistent non-compliance” with COVID-19 rules by students or groups of students, and if found responsible, students and organizations could face a range of possible sanctions, including disciplinary probation, suspension, or permanent dismissal.23 students from Syracuse received interim suspensions following their on-campus party.Drake University in Iowa barred 14 students from campus for two weeks for partying, and several University of Connecticut students were evicted from on-campus student housing after videos of dorm-room parties emerged Monday night. On Wednesday, the university announced eight on-campus students, and three commuter students, had tested positive for COVID-19.Colleges and universities that have opted either to reopen, or allow students to live on the premises, are relying heavily on students to abide by the precautions and behavioral expectations outlined by the school.But some experts question whether it is possible to expect 18 to 23 years-old to study, eat, and live in close quarters, all while acting responsibly and maturely enough to sacrifice most of the social interactions and traditions associated with college life.“They’re going to want to party, they’re going to want to drink, they’re going to want to hang out either on-campus or off-campus dorms or in private residences. They’re at an age where they consider themselves to be invulnerable,” Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told ABC News.“I think you’re asking for something, that’s not going to happen,” he said, adding it will be incredibly difficult to get students to understand that this is a life and death situation.Angry University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students agreed, calling the situation a “clusterf—” after in-person classes barely lasted a week into the fall semester before being halted when four COVID-19 clusters surfaced, with 130 students testing positive and the positivity rate on campus surging from 2.8% to nearly 13.6%.In a scorching editorial in the student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel, students wrote, “We all saw this coming … University leadership should have expected students, many of whom are now living on their own for the first time, to be reckless. Reports of parties throughout the weekend come as no surprise.”Watching the carefully crafted COVID-19 reopening plans by top universities rapidly unravel, some schools are already reassessing their own fall plans. Dozens of schools that had previously committed to a hybrid system for the fall, have now reversed course and decided to conduct classes remotely.Ithaca College, in upstate New York, informed its 5,500 students on Tuesday that it would not be welcoming them back to campus this fall. “We have learned from watching other communities how delicate this equilibrium is, and how quickly it can be disrupted,” wrote President Shirley M. Collado in a message to the community.Similarly, at Michigan State University, which planned to reopen on Sept. 2, classes are now going to be remote, asking students who planned to live on campus, to stay home.In a letter to students, Michigan State president, Dr. Samuel Stanley, underscored, in particular, the challenges seen “at other institutions as they re-populate their campus communities,” writing further that “it has become evident to me that, despite our best efforts and strong planning, it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus.”Just last week, big-name universities such as Stanford, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania all announced their decision to keep students at home.The enormous challenges of welcoming students back to campus during the pandemic are becoming increasingly apparent to school officials and public health experts.“I think it’s too much to ask right now,” Dr. Offit told ABC News. Campuses are just “another breeding ground for easy transmission.”The students’ behavior is also a source of great concern to the communities around the universities and colleges, fearing that it will put them at risk for coronavirus. In Massachusetts, local residents expressed their alarm after the Holy Cross party, while Somerville and Medford residents held a protest outside the Tufts University president’s house Wednesday, over plans to bring students back to campus.Boston College is hiring a police detail to break up weekend parties that grow too large.In Alabama, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox tweeted a picture of a large crowd of mostly unmasked University of Alabama students, gathered downtown, saying that “we are desperately trying to protect” the city.Students too are anxious and frustrated about the chaos, with some feeling that school officials have failed them.“We’re angry — and we’re scared,” wrote the UNC students. “We’re tired of the gaslighting, tired of the secrecy, tired of being treated like cash cows by a University with such blatant disregard for our lives.”But ultimately, it all boils down to personal choices, according to Penn State President Eric Barron. “I ask students flaunting the university’s health and safety expectations a simple question: Do you want to be the person responsible for sending everyone home?”“I want you to understand right now and very clearly that we have one shot to make this happen. The world is watching, and they expect you to fail. Prove them wrong. Be better. Be adults,” concluded Syracuse’s Vice Chancellor Haynie.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chick metabolic rate and growth in three species of albatross: a comparative study

first_imgThe relative importance of genetic vs. environmental factors in determining the pattern of avian post-embryonic development is much debated. Previous cross-fostering of albatrosses suggested that although inter-specific variation in growth rate was determined primarily by differences in dietary energy content, species-specific constraints might have evolved that could limit maximal growth, even in chicks fed at similar rates and on similar diets. This study aimed to determine whether intrinsic differences in resting metabolic rate were apparent during the linear phase of growth in chicks of three species (black-browed, grey-headed and light-mantled sooty albatrosses). There was a gradual increase in absolute, and a reduction in mass-specific metabolic rate from 5.0 W kg−1 during the earliest part of linear growth, to 3.5 W kg−1 by the time chicks reached peak mass. These values are considerably higher than in resting adults of comparable or lower mass, presumably reflecting the large size and high metabolic demand of organs involved in rapid nutrient processing and tissue synthesis by chicks. The lack of any detectable inter-specific variation in the pattern of metabolic rate changes casts some doubt on the existence of fundamental differences in growth rate that cannot be attributed simply to differences in dietary energy or nutrient delivery rate.last_img read more