Population dynamics of marine benthic invertebrates in Antarctic and subantarctic environments: are there unique adaptations?

first_imgData on the growth (20 species) and productivity (19 species) of Antarctic and subantarctic macrobenthos were compiled from published and unpublished sources. Differences in the production/biomass (P/B) ratio between Antarctic, Arctic and non-polar populations were examined using a set of 363 data arrays (327 non-polar, 26 Antarctic, 10 Arctic). Each array contained annual P/B ratio, mean individual body mass, geographical latitude, water depth, bottom water temperature and the nominal variables TAXON (Mollusca, Crustacea, Polychaeta, Echinodermata) and REGION (Antarctic, Arctic, non-polar). The P/B ratio was found to vary with body mass, taxon, temperature and water depth. P/B ratios of Antarctic and Arctic populations were significantly lower than those of non-polar populations. For Antarctic populations this difference could be explained completely by the effects of temperature and water depth. The strikingly high biomass of many Antarctic benthic communities is probably related to adaptations to low and oscillating food levels, and particularly to the low maintenance energy requirement associated with the low ambient temperature.last_img read more

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USNS Montford Point Bound for San Diego

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USNS Montford Point Bound for San Diego USNS Montford Point Bound for San Diego Industry news View post tag: San View post tag: Bound The U.S. Navy’s first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), set sail for San Diego April 20, following installation of the ship’s Core Capability Set (CCS) at Vigor Marine, LLC in Portland, Oregon. View post tag: USNS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Diegocenter_img Share this article Montford Point’s unique Core Capability Set allows for the easy transfer of vehicles, personnel and equipment from other vessels such as the Large, Medium-speed, Roll-on/Roll-off Ships onto Landing Craft, Air Cushioned vehicles for transportation to shore. “Sail away and installation of the CCS bring this significant asset one step closer to in-service mission support,” explained Capt. Henry Stevens, strategic and theater sealift program manager for Program Executive Office Ships. “Its flexible cargo and vehicle transport and stowage capabilities will make the MLP an invaluable multi-mission support asset for our forward deployed forces across the world.”As the ship sails to San Diego, it will undergo at-sea testing before arriving at the General Dynamics-NASSCO shipyard where preparations will begin for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation. As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets – while balancing affordability and capability – is key to supporting the nation’s maritime strategy.[mappress]Press Release, April 25, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Point View post tag: Montford April 25, 2014last_img read more

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News story: Home Office announces new round of funding to tackle knife crime

first_imgThe Home Office has already provided around £2.5 million of funding for 13 Young People’s Advocates over 6 years (April 2012 to March 2018) in London, Manchester and Birmingham. In recognition of the important services these professionals deliver to vulnerable women and girls affected by gangs, funding will continue in order to ensure effective delivery of these services.Early intervention and prevention will be one of the main messages in the new Serious Violence Strategy to be published later this spring. It will place a new emphasis on steering young people away from crime, while continuing to promote the strongest possible law enforcement approach. As part of a new step-change to tackle the threat of violent behaviour, the Community Fund – which supports community projects to work with young people about the dangers of carrying knives – will have its funding increased to up to £1 million.Over 40 charities, including the Ben Kinsella Trust, have already benefited by receiving grants of up to £20,000 through the first round of the Community Fund which was launched in October 2017.In addition, further funding has been secured for Young People’s Advocates until at least the end of March 2019, to provide support for vulnerable women and girls at risk of exploitation by gangs.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: Knife crime has devastating consequences for families and local communities and I am determined to provide necessary support for those most at risk. Tackling this crime needs a change in young people’s attitudes so they are not tempted to carry a knife and understand that they risk inflicting serious injury or even a tragic loss of life if they do. This new funding will allow communities to work with young people so they do not want to carry knives. This will be a commitment in the forthcoming Serious Violence Strategy which will be published later this spring, in which there will be a strong emphasis on early intervention.last_img read more

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Bencoolen Shares Full Album Stream For ‘Daydream’ Ahead Of Friday Release [Exclusive]

first_imgWashington, D.C.-based rock band Bencoolen will celebrate the release of their debut album, Daydream, when the 10-song LP arrives independently tomorrow, March 8th. Ahead of the album’s Friday release, the band has decided to share the new project with their fans a day early, as Daydream is now available to be streamed exclusively here on Live For Live Music.The album, which can be heard in full below, features a mix of strong rock performances from the young band, which were captured during their recording sessions at Dragon’s Lair Studios in West Virginia. The band’s bassist, Ben Suarez, detailed his thoughts on the process of their first album cycle in a statement, saying:“We were really thrilled at the chance to go record a full-length album in the West Virginia hills. Not a lot of people are putting out full albums right now in rock music, but we wanted to showcase our songwriting versatility. Rock, pop, blues and soul influences intermingle on the album, carried by punchy vocals and shredding solos. We had contributions from everyone, and debut songwriting credits for Jack and me.Dragon’s Lair Studios is a hidden gem, tucked away on an unpaved road with no neighbors in earshot. Producer Addison Smith and owner Chuck “C-Wired” Whyard made us feel right at home. Jack [Bentsen, Saxophone]] fell in love with Cleo the studio cat, and we cut like 5-6 of the tracks that first night. We were all so stoked to be there and didn’t want to stop tracking!We’ve been sharing some of these songs on the road for some time now, and the reaction has been incredible. The anthemic chorus on ‘Daydream’ is sure to rile up any party, and the layers and layers of biting guitars throughout displayed our weeklong motto of ‘More is More.’”Bencoolen – Daydream (Full Album Stream)[Audio: Bencoolen SoundCloud]The band will head back out on the road for a run of headlining spring tour dates mixed in with a handful of shows supporting CBDB and Willie Nile beginning on March 15th in Greensboro, NC. Fans can head over to the band’s website for full listing of upcoming dates and ticketing information.last_img read more

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7 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras on Long Island

first_img*Nawlins Seafood Co.301 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. nawlinsseafood.comSo, this place won’t give the Nautical Mile a taste of The Big Easy until they open for business this spring. But, their sister restaurant, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, will host a Mardis Gras party featuring samples of the Nawlins Seafood Co.’s menu, including gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, hurricanes and more. The party features live music by The Zone.Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders celebrating Mardi Gras need not travel to New Orleans to join in Louisiana’s epic annual Fat Tuesday festivities because local Cajun-style restaurants and bars also host events marking the occasion.Try as they may, few establishments on LI are bound to throw parties as lively or serve food as authentic as these half dozen Cajun joints that have menus featuring crawfish, alligator and of course, jambalaya.This year, the party starts on Feb. 9, regardless of whether revelers plan on participating in the Christian observance of Lent that starts the following day.Live Crawfish Boil at Big Daddy’s Restaurant in Massapequa (Photo courtesy of Big Daddy’s Restaurant)Big Daddy’s Restaurant1 Park Ln., Massapequa. 516-799-8877. bigdaddysny.comThis place takes Fat Tuesday so seriously it holds a “Mardi Madness Week” celebration featuring seven nights of live music and specials, culminating in a massive feast featuring a full buffet, music and costumes. With a welcoming feel, festive atmosphere and a large menu changing daily full of Cajun comfort food, Big Daddy’s is known as the go to place for a Cajun Creole Fix. Big Daddy’s offers a variety of Cajun specialties, from seafood dishes such as Motor Mouth Stuffed Shrimp and Jambalaya to Vieux Carre Pork and Waffles and BBQ Beef Po’Boy. Patrons be warned: This restaurant goes full-on Cajun with the spices. The Bayou2823 Jerusalem Ave., Bellmore. 516-785-9263. bayou4bigfun.comThe week-long Mardis Gras party continues with Cajun eats and live music at this lively eatery with great ambiance. A go-to for the right atmosphere to “get you in the Mardi-Gras mood,” this small and quirky restaurant serves strong drinks and has a lively bar scene, catering to a less child-oriented crowd. With creative food/drink presentation and an authentic feel, this is among the most festive places to celebrate.Dessert at Storyville American Table (Photo courtesy of Storyville American Table)Storyville American Table Restaurant43 Green St., Huntington. 631-351-3446. storyvilleamericantable.comStoryville is also hosting “Mardi Gras Madness” celebrations for more than week culminating with a big celebration on the day itself. With an authentic and sophisticated feel, Storyville American Table Restaurant gives a true Louisiana experience. Committed to fresh food, this eatery boasts homemade pickles, authentic house sauces and house-ground meat for their burgers. This lively spot caters to all tastes with a large varied menu and is great for a night out. Dishes not to miss include the gumbo, beignets, catfish and mussels.Treme Blues and Jazz Club in Islip (Photo courtesy of Treme Blues and Jazz Club)Treme Blues and Jazz Club553 Main St., Islip. 631-277-2008. tremeislip.comOne of the few intimate upscale live music venues of its kind on LI, named for the French Quarter neighborhood where jazz was born, this Blues bar is normally open Thursday through Sunday—except for their epic annual Fat Tuesday party. Headlining this year’s show is the Gulf Coast-inspired Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band. Although the club is more known for their music than their food, specials on cocktails, Gumbo and Mardis Gras King Cake are among the mouthwatering items on their menu that includes small plates and desserts. There will be beads!King Cake is a traditional Mardis Gras dessert.Biscuits and Barbeque106 East 2nd St., Mineola. 516-493-9797. biscuitsandbarbecue.comThe weekend-long Mardis Gras festivities at this diner-style eatery consist of specials on Crawfish Pie, Alligator Ribs, Louisiana Smothered Shrimp, Gator Sausage and Mardis Gras King Cake, plus too many more to list here. A casual joint housed in a converted trailer, this neighborhood haunt is a cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a lively atmosphere. Dishes not to miss include the biscuits and gravy (but be warned, get this to share—it is huge), the brisket, the mac n cheese and the shrimp po’boy.Oysters at Mara’s Homemade in Syosset (Photo courtesy of Mara’s Homemade).Mara’s Homemade236 West Jericho Tpke., Syosset. 516-682-9200. marashomemade.comOK, this place isn’t hosting any Mardis Gras festivities, but we would be remiss if we didn’t include them in our roundup of local Cajun eateries. Mara’s is a Cajun barbeque joint great for casual eats, with must-have dishes including the crawfish-stuffed baguette, lobster, gator bites (yes alligator!) and the andouille crusted tilapia. The owner herself often comes to check in on patrons, contributing to the hospitable atmosphere. Don’t forget to save room for their famous bluegrass pie, homemade beignets and fresh seasonal fruit pies as a delicious way to have an authentic Mardi Gras experience.last_img read more

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Central Islip Man Fatally Shot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old man was shot dead in his hometown of Central Islip in the early morning hours of Labor Day, Suffolk County police said.Marcus Bohannon was walking south on Lowell Avenue Islip when he was shot at the corner of Ash Street at 12:45 a.m. Monday, police said.Bohannon was found lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene after neighbors called police when they heard shots fired.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with on this case to call them at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

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Retailer Matahari temporarily closes all stores, cuts salaries amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgRead also: NWP retail buys Lippo shopping malls for $124mThe company said it was also reviewing all nonessential operating expenses to drastically reduce spending, including working with landlords for significant rental concessions, curtailing all marketing spending for the medium term and implementing a business travel ban.“We are also reducing labor expenses through a combination of reduced working hours, unpaid leave and management salary cuts, with senior leaders taking the deepest reductions,” the company said in the statement.The coronavirus disease has infected more than 1,600 people in the country with at least 150 fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon, disrupting business activities as citizens are told to stay at home to slow the spread of the illness. Publicly listed retailer PT Matahari Department Store has announced that it will close all of its stores for 14 days and reduce salaries to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Lippo Group subsidiary closed all of its stores in Indonesia starting March 30 until at least April 13, with the resumption of operations depending on the latest developments in the country, the company said in a statement posted on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website on Tuesday.  The move was aimed at supporting the government’s call for physical distancing as well as to protect employees from contracting the virus. Matahari would also eliminate noncommitted capital expenditure and delay the opening of four new stores to later in the year.The retailer’s shareholders would not receive any dividends this year as the management was withdrawing its previous recommendation of a dividend payout and was proposing suspending any payment of dividends at the upcoming annual general shareholders meeting to anticipate prolonged pressure on consumer demand and traffic.The company pocketed Rp 1.37 trillion (US$81.8 million) in net profit last year, up 24.5 percent compared to its achievement in 2018. The significant increase in profit was primarily caused by efficiency measures, as the company managed to reduce its costs despite only booking a 0.31 percent increase in revenue to Rp 10.28 trillion in 2019.Read also: Indonesia accelerates tax reforms, cuts corporate income tax in COVID-19 playbookMatahari chief executive officer Terry O’Connor said in Tuesday’s statement that the retail environment had deteriorated sharply in March, a total opposite of the condition in January and February that met its expectations.“We are now operating in a very uncertain environment where the health of our staff and conservation of our cash resources are our paramount priority to emerge from this COVID-19 pandemic period in good corporate health,” he said. Matahari stocks, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange with the code LPPF, dropped 6.8 percent on Thursday morning. The stocks have lost more than 68 percent of their value in the last year versus a 29 percent loss recorded by the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI).Topics :last_img read more

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Classes to open on August 24 – DepEd

first_imgShe added that students will either go to class physically or via online due to the enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine implemented in different parts of the country. According to DepEd secretary Leonor Briones Briones, it was agreed upon during the consultations made that the school year will begin on Aug. 24 and will end on April 30, 2021. “Yes. Because my bill gives the President the power to adjust [the] school calendar unlike the previous law,” Sotto said on his Senate Bill No. 1438, which aims to amend Section 3 of the Republic Act No. 7977 or the Act on Lengthening of School Calendar./PN “Ang napili nating school opening date ay Aug. 24,” Briones said. “Una sa lahat, ang pinakamalaking konsiderasyon natin dito ay to protect the health and safety and well-being of learners. ‘Yun ang pinakaunang priority natin.” Briones also said that the changes will pose a huge challenge for the DepEd as new teaching methodologies before the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, including Flexible Learning Options, have been fast-tracked. Briones also ordered teachers to render service to DepEd, whether physically or virtually, from June 1 to June 30, for them to undergo capacity building for new lessons, including the DepEd Commons. MANILA – The new school year will open Aug. 24, whether it will be physically or virtually, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced Tuesday. Even with DepEd’s announcement, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that he will still push for the bill granting authority to President Rodrigo Duterte to adjust the schedule of opening of classes. “May mga schools na handa na daw sila na magbukas ng online, public o private, ng kanilang school lessons. Marami ring through the cellphone. Nag-survey kami, puwede ding sa telebisyon at saka sa radyo,” Briones said.last_img read more

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Mata: United fans deserve better

first_imgManchester United forward Juan Mata admits he was “mad” he was not able to give fans what they deserved in the defeat to Liverpool. Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Old Trafford stood out not only for the visitors underlining their credentials as Premier League title challengers, but also United’s inability to compete against their north-west rivals. But even after the final whistle, large pockets of supporters remained to voice their support for the team and Mata said he was disappointed the players could not match that level of performance. United striker Wayne Rooney described the defeat to Liverpool as one of the darkest days of his career. “It’s one of the worst days I’ve ever had in football,” Rooney told MUTV. “It’s hard to take. You have to give Liverpool credit – they played well – but it’s difficult to take. Nobody wants to lose, especially in this way, in your own stadium. It’s not nice.” Manager David Moyes admits his first season at Old Trafford after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson is harder than he ever imagined. “The job was always going to be hard. Harder? Yes I would say so yes,” said the Scot, who has not given up hope of finishing in the top four despite being 12 points adrift of Manchester City, who have two matches in hand. “It will be very difficult but it’s not over yet, so we have to keep working as hard as we can towards trying to do it. “I’ve been saying for a while we’ve given ourselves a long task and a long road to try to get back in it.” “There are no words to describe your support in the stadium,” he wrote in his personal online blog. “In games like yesterday it makes me mad not being able to give you what you deserve. “I know there is nothing I can say right now but at least I want you to know how I feel.” Mata joined United from Chelsea in January for £38million but there has been no vast improvement in results, with just three wins from the seven matches he has been involved in, being ineligible for the Champions League defeat to Olympiacos. However, the 25-year-old believes the experience will make him a better player. “The storm will pass and the sun will rise again. I have no doubt,” said Mata. “Besides, no one said this would be easy but this is football. It gives you fantastic moments but also very hard times you have to cope with, when you have to show pride and professionalism until the end. “And when all this is gone I’m sure I will be a more mature footballer.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Tarfasha has Weld looking to Epsom

first_img Always held in high regard, the daughter of Teofilo was spotted cruising with a quarter of a mile to run after stablemate Tahaany and Dazzling had cut out the pace. The 9-4 chance swept past her rivals when asked by Smullen and looked better the further they went, as befits a filly related to top stayers such as Galileo Rock and Saddler’s Rock The Ger Lyons-trained 2-1 favourite had impressed at Dundalk last month and again travelled like a smart horse. Easing to the front over a furlong out he went nicely clear, but Aidan O’Brien’s debutant Dick Whittington cut back the deficit when getting a run. In the end Colin Keane’s mount was a head to the good in a race won by some smart performers in the past, including Dawn Approach two years ago. The six-furlong contest had lost a little of its lustre when O’Brien’s War Envoy was declared a non-runner earlier in the day. Lyons said: “We came here to be second, but Aidan had the courtesy to take out his horse! “These are funny little races, they went no gallop and we weren’t sure about the ground. “Colin said he just got away with the ground, it looked a bit dead on him. “We came here for a bit of work to see where we would be heading, the plan was Royal Ascot and we wanted to see if we’d go to the Marble Hill as well. “Everybody was knocking the form at Dundalk because he won so easily and he needed that today as it was like his first day. “We’ll look at the Marble Hill and I’d say he’d drop back a furlong for Royal Ascot (Norfolk Stakes). “I’d rather win at Royal Ascot than finish second or third, there’s no point running into those War Front horses in the Coventry.” American import Due Diligence justified his position at the head of the market in the Woodlands 100 Club Handicap. With Todd Pletcher in his juvenile season, the striking individual is now at Ballydoyle with O’Brien and was building on his maiden Irish effort which saw him finish third at Dundalk. Soon to the front under Joseph O’Brien, it looked like the pack could possibly swallow him up at one stage but he found plenty when given a couple of reminders to prevail by a cosy length and a half as the 6-4 favourite. O’Brien senior said: “We were worried about the ground and we were lucky to get away with it. “He wouldn’t have been liking it, but we felt he needed the run for experience before stepping up in grade. “I would say he’s a fast ground horse and he wants five or six furlongs, he got six well there but seven might be a bit too far. “He has the Greenlands and all those races, Darwin is also a possible for that. “We might try to keep G uerre to five furlongs and we’re thinking about six for Darwin as he is coming back from seven and a mile.” Icy Lady got off the mark at the third attempt when winning the Dragon Pulse European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden. Third on both her previous starts, the daughter of New Approach (4-1) was always handy in the six-furlong event and asserted over a furlong and a half out. Odds-on favourite Timbuktu had every chance but weakened close home as newcomer She’s A Pistol took second, two and a half lengths behind the Kevin Manning-ridden winner. Trainer Jim Bolger said: “Hopefully she will come back here for a Listed race and she could go to Ascot. “We’re happy enough with her over six furlongs.” Tarfasha roared into the Investec Oaks picture when winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Blue Wind Stakes at Naas with real authority for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen. Eased close home, she had a ready three and a three-quarters of a length in hand over We’ll Go Walking. Weld said: “I thought she did it very nicely for a filly having her first run back. “It was a very true-run race, Pat said she gave a little blow half a furlong down, but she got a second wind and ran on nicely. “I’ll have a word with Sheikh Hamdan, it’s his decison but I’ll be encouraging him to have a crack at the Epsom Oaks. I appreciate he has the favourite for the race (Taghrooda, trained by John Gosden). “She handled that ground but will really love fast ground. “She is a good filly and there’s lots to look forward to, she stays well and will love to go a mile and a half.” RaceBets initially cut Tarfasha to 20-1 from 33s for Epsom but were soon forced to go 12-1 about the June 6 showpiece. Cappella Sansevero made it two from two with a narrow success in the Fishery Lane Race. Press Associationlast_img read more

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