Fine-scale distribution of juvenile cephalopods in the Scotia Sea and adaptive allometry of the brachial crown

first_imgThe pelagic nekton community was sampled with the RMT 25 opening/closing net and a neuston net at two stations in the Scotia Sea south of the Antarctic Polar Front in the open ocean (Station 1) and on the South Georgia northwestern slope (Station 2). Downward oblique tows were made with the RMT 25 through discrete 200 m layers to 1000 m in daylight and darkness. A total of 119 cephalopods representing nine species were removed from the samples, and mantle and arm lengths were measured to the nearest 0.1 mm. The most abundant species at each station was an undescribed Brachioteuthis sp. (B. ?picta). Galiteuthis glacialis and Alluroteuthis antarcticus were caught at both stations. Histioteuthis eltaninae, Bathyteuthis abyssicola and Psychroteuthis glacialis were caught at Station 1. Mastigoteuthis psychrophila and a Chiroteuthis sp. were caught at Station 2. B. ?picta was present throughout the water column to 1000 m at both stations, with little evidence of ontogenetic descent. There was evidence for ontogenetic descent in G. glacialis. This species was absent from the Antarctic Surface Water (ASW) at Station 1, where it was concentrated in the Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW). At Station 2 it was present throughout the water column to 1000 m. The other species were all caught in the core of the CDW (>400 m). In juvenile B. ?picta, G. glacialis and A. antarcticus, growth of the brachial crown is positively allometric with respect to mantle length. Recent data on biomass spectra in high-latitude pelagic systems show that they are characterised by the presence of peaks of biomass separated by biomass minima. Positive allometric growth in the brachial crown of these antarctic oceanic squid is suggested to have evolved as an adaptation to the peaked, or domed, structure of the pelagic biomass spectrum which must be spanned by these predators as their optimum prey size increases with growth. Interspecific differences in the allometry of tentacle growth are probably related to differences in strategies for stalking and capture of prey.last_img read more

Brighton tops list of most profitable buy-to-let locations

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Brighton tops list of most profitable buy-to-let locations previous nextHousing MarketBrighton tops list of most profitable buy-to-let locationsRecent research reveals where landlords can potentially make the most profit from buy-to-let property, and Brighton ranks top.Charlotte Flake31st January 2021036 Views Brighton remains the most profitable buy-to-let investment location for the second year running, according to new research from CIA Landlords.Landlords with rental properties in the coastal town are reportedly making average monthly profits of £570 compared to those in St Albans, who are potentially making a loss of more than £700 each month.London didn’t make it into the top 10 either, with figures revealing that profits from buy-to-let in the capital has nearly halved since January 2020 following a major exodus during the pandemic. Landlords in most London boroughs are reportedly losing money.According to the findings, which took into account rental fees charged to tenants and landlord costs, Bangor, Portsmouth, Leeds and Lancaster followed Brighton in the top locations to be a landlord.Top 10 most profitable buy-to-let locationsHere is a list of the 10 best performing locations in terms of rental profits in the UK.LocationMonthly ProfitBrighton£571.85Bangor£500.53Portsmouth£479.27Leeds£477.60Lancaster£474.54Bristol£453.20Coventry£432.27Manchester£425.48Nottingham£410.21Salford£393.33 CIA Landlords Brighton buy-to-let property investment landlords rental yields buy-to-let January 31, 2021Charlotte FlakeWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Nimitz Arrives at Naval Air Station North Island

first_img December 13, 2013 Share this article Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nimitz Arrives at Naval Air Station North Island center_img The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Dec. 12, following an eight-and-a-half-month deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).CVW-11 and DESRON 23 disembarked Nimitz following the ship’s arrival.“It’s great to be home and reunited with all of our loved ones,” said Capt. Kevin Mannix, commander of CVW-11. “My hats off to every member of the air wing for making this a successful deployment.”During the course of Nimitz’ deployment, CVW-11 tallied 9,344 aircraft launches and clocked more than 29,440 total flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and ensured the safe operation of CSG 11.Capt. Thomas Workman, commodore, DESRON 23, led efforts to provide tactical control of 12 U.S. and coalition ships during the extended deployment.Throughout the operations DESRON 23 ensured superior defense of USS Nimitz, robust multi-warfare area tactical proficiency and readiness, highly effective afloat and ashore theater security cooperation, as well as sound management of the operations, maintenance, training and deployment preparedness of seven San Diego-based surface assets, Workman said.“The honors of commanding DESRON 23 and serving as a warfare commander within Nimitz Strike Group are matched only by the respect deserved by our Sailors and their families,” Workman said. “Their mutual dedication to our national objectives is unparalleled and represents the cornerstone of DESRON-23, Nimitz Strike Group, and U.S. Navy success.”Commander, CSG 11, Rear Adm. Michael S. White had high praise for CVW-11 and DESRON 23’s contribution.“The air wing and the DESRON have done an outstanding job,” said White. “As a team, they have been an invaluable asset to the strike group, and I wish them all a well-deserved rest.”“Nimitz Strike Group successfully completed almost three months of Operation Enduring Freedom close-air support to coalition ground troops, and provided a flexible and capable response option to deter Syria. I am so proud of our Sailors and Marines, who showed remarkable resiliency through several extensions with limited time in port and met all tasking,” said White.The deployment extension enabled the Nimitz Strike Group to transit the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea, where the strike group conducted operations with our NATO Allies.USS Nimitz serves as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, led by White. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group consisted of USS Nimitz, USS Princeton (CG 59), DESRON 23 guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 76), USS Higgins (DDG 86), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11.CVW-11 consists of the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, the “Argonauts” of VFA 147, the “Blue Diamonds” of VFA 146, the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, the “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron 142, the “Wallbangers” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117, the “Indians” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, and the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75.Once Nimitz departs Naval Air Station North Island, the carrier will transit to its homeport of Everett, Wash.[mappress]Press Release, December 13, 2013; Image: US Navy USS Nimitz Arrives at Naval Air Station North Islandlast_img read more

Oriel College announces details of Independent Commission of Inquiry into Rhodes Statue

first_imgThe Commission has committed to undertaking research relating to the legacy of Cecil Rhodes, including the Oriel College statue, as well as discussing “access, inclusion and diversity with particular reference to BAME undergraduates, graduate students and faculty”. However, the Commission has stated that it will not consider racial discrimination at the College, but instead discuss “the role of the leadership and culture at the College and how it fosters a welcoming environment for students from a BAME background”. The Commission’s final report is set to be published in January 2021. Before this date, the Commission has stated it will not release any interim findings. All final decisions will lie with the Governing Body of Oriel College. Welcoming the Commission, Carole Sauter said: “Each of [the new Commissioners] has already made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge, access and diversity within their relevant sphere of expertise, and I look forward to chairing their discussions on how the Rhodes legacy can best inform the future of Oriel College.” A website set up by the Commission states that between July and September 2020, the Commission “will specifically invite contributions from members of the College (including students, faculty, staff and alumni), from Oxford City Council, from the Rhodes Must Fall movement, from other interested parties in the city, and from individuals with particular expertise in aspects of its terms of reference.” Carole Sauter CBE, a former Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and current Master of St. Cross College, will be chairing the Commission. In addition to the Chair, there are eight members of the Commission, including former Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Royal African Society Zeinab Badawi and Michelle Codrington-Rogers, current President of the NASUWT Teacher’s Union. center_img Oriel College has announced details of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Rhodes statue. Whilst the Oriel College Governing Body has expressed its wish to see the statue removed, the Commission has the license to consider a full range of options for the statue’s future. Submissions to the Inquiry can be made via the website: or by post to: Commission of Inquiry, c/o Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford, OX1 4EW. Between the months of October and November, “the commission will invite expert witnesses, with diverse views, to contribute to online public sessions, along the lines of parliamentary select committees. (Online sessions will enable a wider audience to engage than sessions held in Oxford.)” The Commission has stated that it intends to record and upload all public evidence sessions to its website.last_img read more


first_img Gavel Gamut By Jim of 03 April 2017)KATRINA SUE MANN(1957 – 2017)A EULOGYGentle Reader, you may wonder why there is no photograph of Katrina to go with this eulogy nor are there other written remembrances of her forty years of service to Posey County and me. The reason is to be found in the adage which best describes her: “The impossible can be accomplished if praise is not the object.”Katrina served Posey County from 1976 at age eighteen until March 27, 2017 without seeking or wanting recognition. She worked first for Posey Circuit Court Judge Steve Bach, then for Posey County assessor Mary Lee Curtis, then for Posey County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Rachels and his successor Tom McClelland, then with me in what was the Posey County/now Posey Superior Court/ and from 1983 until last week with me in the Posey Circuit Court.According to the Posey County Auditor’s Office, as of last week Katrina had 494.50 hours of unused/unpaid vacation, personal, sick and flex time (comp. time). Katrina could never find time for herself as she was always doing for everybody else. The Court came first, right after her family.Her work required diligence and intelligence. Her diligence was legendary among her fellow workers and thousands of citizens who relied upon her for answers to countless complicated legal questions. Of course, most people did not know about her 144 point I.Q., every point of which often came to the rescue of attorneys, litigants and me.There was no job or issue that came before the Court that Katrina felt was not her responsibility. If there was work to be done and people to be helped, she was all in without a request for assistance or thanks.Gentle Reader, you may have never had the honor and pleasure of knowing Katrina Sue Mann but if you or your family, friends or clients needed any service from Posey County government during the last forty years, you may well owe a debt of gratitude to Katrina. However, do not feel bad for not knowing about her sterling service and generous attitude; she would have been embarrassed for you to acknowledge her.For example, Katrina worked right up to going into the hospital last week in spite of immense pain and discomfort. I am pretty sure now, although she fought to the end, she knew this time was different. Of course, she made sure nobody else, including me, knew.Since Katrina can no longer prevent anyone from singing a paean to her, perhaps if you knew her but also did not get a chance to tell her goodbye, you may wish to join in the following farewell:Elegy to Kat MannA young girl from West Franklin came,to work at the Court, but not to seek fame.Her long flowing hair framed a lovely fresh face,to me she’s the same tho’ the years moved apace.Dreams she had many, she kept them inside,while others she served her own would abide.Her nephews and niece knew Aunt Sue Sue wouldn’t fail,her Mom and siblings would always prevail.She gave of her best each day of her life,solving the Court’s innumerable strifes.She never smoked, drank or cursed or pulled a trigger,yet she is the one whose own body attacked her, go figger.Never a word of self or complaint,ever for others much as a saint.Kat Mann I miss you, you know we all will,if there is any justice, you’ll be with us still.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Gregg Allman Hosts Sensational ‘Laid Back Festival’ At Jones Beach [Full Audio]

first_imgGregg Allman’s inaugural Laid Back Festival was such a huge success last year that he decided to expand it to five venues this year. In a statement, Allman explained that “The idea was to put the Laid Back vibe on more than just the music. It had to be about food and drink too, and the people just loved it. So we’re coming back and taking it on the road!”Last night was the third stop in the tour and brought the festival back to the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. The one day event attracted a near sell-out crowd and offered a wide selection of food, craft beer, wine and of course music.The music was split between two stages, allowing concert-goers easy access to the food vendors. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band started things off on the Low Country Stage at 4pm, and the music continued seamlessly until 11pm, the latest that the local ordinances allow. Marshall Tucker Band, Orleans and America alternated between stages, playing nostalgic favorites before the sun began to set for Jason Isbell.The festival, named after Allman’s 1973 debut solo album, culminated with the rock legend finally taking the stage. As artful as ever, he guided his band through blues, rock and pop selections. Listen to the full set, recorded by taper Butch Almberg below.[Cover Photo by Shannon Williams]last_img read more

Searching for paradise

first_imgOn the morning it overthrew Chilean Socialist President Salvador Allende, the right-wing military junta behind the bloody coup rounded up thousands of citizens, inaugurating 17 years of harsh dictatorship in the South American country.Among the detainees was Raúl Zurita, a 23-year-old engineering student turned poet who was carrying poems that officers deemed suspicious. He was arrested and taken to a naval training ship with hundreds of other detainees, and there he was beaten and tortured.Zurita was released after 21 days, but the incident left a profound mark on him. Now, as one of the most celebrated poetic voices in Latin America, he still has trouble making sense of the violence inflicted by the brutal military rule that gripped his country between 1973 and 1990.“It was horrible,” said Zurita of his arrest, on a recent morning at a coffee shop near Harvard Square. “It was a glimpse of hell that I could never try to describe with words.”But try he has.Six years after his arrest, Zurita published “Purgatory,” a collection that renowned poet C.D. Wright hailed as groundbreaking for its use of Christian symbols, brain scans, and graphics to register the violence perpetrated against Chileans. She compared it to Gertrude Stein’s “Lifting Belly” and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.”Later, Zurita wrote “Anteparadise” and “The New Life,” which with “Purgatory” constitute a trilogy that draws on Dante’s “The Divine Comedy,” one of Zurita’s biggest influences. Critics praised the sequence as a major achievement. In 1984 Zurita was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2000 he received Chile’s National Literature Prize.Zurita, the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies, has bent poetic conventions in an attempt to portray Chile’s spiritual and mental breakdown under the military rule.“Everything was broken,” he said. “I felt that the traditional language of poetry couldn’t explain what was going on; the wounds that were being created, the pain and desperation. I didn’t want to do a pamphlet, an openly political manifest. We needed more. We had to learn to speak again.”Zurita will deliver a bilingual poetry reading with Anna Deeny, the translator of his forthcoming book “Sky Below: Selected Poems,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at CGIS South S-010 (Tsai Auditorium). The event is sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.Compared to fellow Chilean poets Pablo Neruda and Nicanor Parra, Zurita has distinguished himself for his radical use of language and his experimental endeavors. During the military regime, he joined an art collective that staged performances to protest repression and took part in the social movement that helped put an end to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s rule in 1990. He had his poem “The New Life” —“My God is HungerMy God is SnowMy God is NoMy God is DisillusionmentMy God is CarrionMy God is ParadiseMy God is PampaMy God is ChicanoMy God is CancerMy God is EmptinessMy God is WoundMy God is GhettoMy God is PainMy God isMy Love of God”— written by small airplanes over the New York skyline and his phrase “Neither Pain Nor Fear” etched with bulldozers in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Zurita said he saw both the sky and the desert as blank pages on which to write a sort of testimony of people’s passage on earth.With more than 20 collections behind him, Zurita continues to write and live a peripatetic life despite his Parkinson’s disease, which was diagnosed 15 years ago.“My disease,” he said, “I take it with humor and resignation. I feel that my body is occupied by numerous children that cannot be controlled. My hands, my legs, and my arms, they do whatever they want.”After his stint at Harvard, Zurita will travel to the Netherlands and then India before returning to Santiago, where he teaches literature at the Diego Portales University. When he’s not writing papers, preparing classes, or traveling around the world, Zurita has busied himself with a translation of “The Divine Comedy,” which he started three years ago. He first heard about Dante from his Italian grandmother, who helped his widowed mother raise him in the 1950s in Santiago.For all his accomplishments, Zurita still recalls the financial hardships he experienced in the early years of his career. To feed his family, he worked in construction and selling calculators. “There was so much poverty during the dictatorship but nobody wanted or wants to talk about it,” he said.His own life has included versions of hell and purgatory, he said, but he remains convinced that art’s goal is the pursuit of happiness.“Even if the evidence at hand suggests that pursuing paradise on earth is foolish,” he said. “I still think that the goal of poetry and art in general is to build a world that is worthy, egalitarian, and filled with love and compassion.”last_img read more

Sorpresas de los Globos: Kate Hudson nominada, Spike Lee no

first_imgLo único predecible de los Globos de Oro es su imprevisibilidad, y la Associación de la Prensa Extranjera de Hollywood exageró este año en que se las nominaciones se anunciaron incluso antes de que cerrara el periodo de elegibilidad. Desde una película con Kate Hudson de la que nadie ha escuchado hasta la incómoda omisión de Spike Lee, aquí algunas de las mayores sorpresas y desaires en la lista de candidatos publicada el miércoles.last_img

Announcing Project Flame Out

first_imgWildfires are still burning on more than 45,000 acres in Western North Carolina.In order to mobilize donation efforts, several shops are selling the items firefighters are requesting at discounts to customers buying for the firefighters, along with collection bins. These items will be distributed to firefighters by local fire stations.Posters are in the process of being made, and we’ll be announcing the stores opting to participate here.flameout-4As of this posting, The Hub in Pisgah Forest and D.D. Bullwinkle’s in Brevard, North Carolina are participating.If your business would like to participate, please contact Ky Delaney [email protected] as soon as possible so that your shop name can be included in the press release.Also, if anyone is interesting in volunteering with the logistics of this process, including approaching local businesses to see if they are interested in participating, distribution posters/bins to stores, and picking up goods to take to the fire stations, that would be excellent and most appreciated!Click here for more info about donating to the wildfire cause in Western North Carolina.last_img read more

The Truth About Cuba’s Medical Missions

first_imgBy ShareAmerica May 05, 2020 With the global pandemic, Cuba is once again promoting its medical missions to other governments facing a shortage of medical professionals. But those governments, while desperate for help, should know what they are getting into.Abusive conditions are the reality for many of the 34,000–50,000 Cuban medical workers in more than 60 countries. According to the Cuban government, it makes an estimated $7 billion annually by exporting professional services, including these medical missions. This is not assistance — it is a for-profit activity of the Cuban regime. It’s the regime’s top revenue source.“I have come to know the Cuban medical mission […] as a mechanism through which the Cuban regime violates the internationally defined human and labor rights standards of its own people, while simultaneously sowing political and social discord throughout the world,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba and Venezuela Carrie Filipetti said at a December 2019 Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation event hosted by the Organization of American States.According to witness testimony of Cuban doctors who have escaped, many Cuban doctors — often under pressure — double as foreign agents who incite violence and involve themselves in political coercion, Filipetti said. In recent years, Cuban doctors have:Threatened to withhold treatment from Venezuelan patients if they didn’t vote for Maduro.Been connected to inciting violent protests in Bolivia.Falsified data for the political and economic benefit of Maduro’s regime.That, Filipetti said, is why Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador — among other nations — have stopped using Cuban doctors.Testimony from some of the doctors who escaped cite various forms of abuse: threats against doctors leaving the program, non-payment of wages, restricted movements, and confiscated passports.According to U.S. State Department data confirmed by the doctors themselves, the Cuban government typically pockets 75-90 percent of these doctors’ salaries. A pending 2018 class-action lawsuit by a group of Cuban health workers alleges they worked under threat of harsh economic, personal, and legal repercussions.U.S. State Department officials in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs believe that if a country plans to host Cuban doctors, its government should first ask a few simple questions: Are doctors paid directly? Is their pay confiscated? Are doctors guaranteed to retain their passports? Are they free to travel? Are their families allowed to visit? The agreements should be transparent and open to the public to ensure the doctors’ rights are protected.Host country governments should insist that money paid for the Cuban medical workers actually is paid to the workers directly, rather than filling the coffers of the regime. Host governments could also help dispel some of the concerns circling the controversial Cuban program by making the terms of all arrangements for medical assistance public.Host countries should also demand that Cuban doctors meet local medical qualifications. Do the Cuban doctors have the same credentials as those who went to a local medical school?Finally, the Cuban government pays its doctors a fraction of the salary of host country doctors often resulting in unemployment among local doctors and nurses, according to the U.S. State Department, which asks why local medical practitioners don’t have opportunities to earn an honest living and help their fellow citizens.Medical workers are a precious resource — now more than ever — and should be treated fairly.last_img read more