GUYANA Football Federation (GFF) and Denmark Football Association, along with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in June, according to president Wayne Forde.At a press conference held at Pegasus Hotel yesterday, Forde revealed that the GFF “had scheduled an important activity for the development of football in Guyana, today. There was to be a signing of an MoU between the Guyana Football Federation and the Denmark Football Federation.The only reason why we are not doing that signing today is because president Jesper Moller of Denmark, who is also an executive member of UEFA Council, has been called to an emergency meeting with UEFA that is actually taking place in Denmark.”The GFF boss noted that the partnership centres on every area of football development and with Howard McIntosh, CONCACAF Senior Football Project manager, efforts are being made to finalise discussions on some of the immediate projects that Guyana and Denmark will be partnering with UEFA.Denmark Football Association president Jesper Moller“One category of the projects will be infrastructure. We visited one of the locations where we want to do a massive grassroots development pitch and we are also discussing some of the specific areas of coaching education that we want to put as the first item on the partnership agenda.“The MoU will be signed in June at the FIFA Congress, which will be held in Paris between myself and president Moller. I was pleased to receive a phone call from the head of UEFA Assist yesterday indicating to us that while Moller had to postpone his visit because of the meeting that is taking place in Denmark, he has communicated through her that he would like Guyana to submit the first projects that we will want the support of Denmark,” said Forde.Meanwhile, McIntosh said, CONCACAF has been working closely with GFF in the relationship with UEFA and Denmark, and the officials are happy to see that it has reached a point where the agreement will be signed.McIntosh highlighted that with Forde, he will be making the trip to Paris, France to sign the MOU in the first week of June.“That is another step in the right direction because without partnerships football cannot be successful or reach the optimal level of success that we all would like to see it become,” the Jamaican said.
Linking extreme interannual changes in prey availability to foraging behaviour and breeding investment in a marine predator, the macaroni penguin
Understanding the mechanisms that link prey availability to predator behaviour and population change is central to projecting how a species may respond to future environmental pressures. We documented the behavioural responses and breeding investment of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus across five breeding seasons where local prey density changed by five-fold; from very low to highly abundant. When prey availability was low, foraging trips were significantly longer and extended overnight. Birds also foraged farther from the colony, potentially in order to reach more distant foraging grounds and allow for increased search times. These extended foraging trips were also linked to a marked decrease in fledgling weights, most likely associated with reduced rates of provisioning. Furthermore, by comparing our results with previous work on this population, it appears that lowered first-year survival rates associated, at least partially, with fledging masses were also evident for this cohort. This study integrates a unique set of prey density, predator behaviour and predator breeding investment data to highlight a possible behavioural mechanism linking perturbations in prey availability to population demography.