Is there a distinct continental slope fauna in the Antarctic?

first_imgThe Antarctic continental slope spans the depths from the shelf break (usually between 500 and 1000 m) to not, vert, similar3000 m, is very steep, overlain by ‘warm’ (2–2.5 °C) Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW), and life there is poorly studied. This study investigates whether life on Antarctica’s continental slope is essentially an extension of the shelf or the abyssal fauna, a transition zone between these or clearly distinct in its own right. Using data from several cruises to the Weddell Sea and Scotia Sea, including the ANDEEP (ANtarctic benthic DEEP-sea biodiversity, colonisation history and recent community patterns) I–III, BIOPEARL (BIOdiversity, Phylogeny, Evolution and Adaptive Radiation of Life in Antarctica) 1 and EASIZ (Ecology of the Antarctic Sea Ice Zone) II cruises as well as current databases (SOMBASE, SCAR-MarBIN), four different taxa were selected (i.e. cheilostome bryozoans, isopod and ostracod crustaceans and echinoid echinoderms) and two areas, the Weddell Sea and the Scotia Sea, to examine faunal composition, richness and affinities. The answer has important ramifications to the link between physical oceanography and ecology, and the potential of the slope to act as a refuge and resupply zone to the shelf during glaciations. Benthic samples were collected using Agassiz trawl, epibenthic sledge and Rauschert sled. By bathymetric definition, these data suggest that despite eurybathy in some of the groups examined and apparent similarity of physical conditions in the Antarctic, the shelf, slope and abyssal faunas were clearly separated in the Weddell Sea. However, no such separation of faunas was apparent in the Scotia Sea (except in echinoids). Using a geomorphological definition of the slope, shelf-slope-abyss similarity only changed significantly in the bryozoans. Our results did not support the presence of a homogenous and unique Antarctic slope fauna despite a high number of species being restricted to the slope. However, it remains the case that there may be a unique Antarctic slope fauna, but the paucity of our samples could not demonstrate this in the Scotia Sea. It is very likely that various ecological and evolutionary factors (such as topography, water-mass and sediment characteristics, input of particulate organic carbon (POC) and glaciological history) drive slope distinctness. Isopods showed greatest species richness at slope depths, whereas bryozoans and ostracods were more speciose at shelf depths; however, significance varied across Weddell Sea and Scotia Sea and depending on bathymetric vs. geomorphological definitions. Whilst the slope may harbour some source populations for localised shelf recolonisation, the absence of many shelf species, genera and even families (in a poorly dispersing taxon) from the continental slope indicate that it was not a universal refuge for Antarctic shelf fauna.last_img read more

Online estate agency to pay mortgage brokers £500 referral fee to recommend its service

first_imgAn online estate agent is claiming to have turned the financial services referral system on its head after revealing that it is to pay mortgage brokers £500 to refer its property sales service.Bristol-based but national firm Agent Online offers an online-only £995 service to sell homes and currently has 61 homes for sale listed on Rightmove.Its founder Dominic Toller says the company wants to disrupt the current way larger estate agents and corporates refer clients to their in-house mortgage teams by offering independent brokers a fee when they recommend Agent Online.Toller (left) said he believed his company was the first of its kind to offer such a deal to mortgage brokers whom he wants to put at the forefront of the property sales process.“Consumers like and trust their mortgage broker and our vision is to become the preferred choice of estate agent for brokers’ vendor and buy-to-let clients,” he told Mortgage Introducer.Mortgage brokers are to pay Agent Online £19.95 a month to use its platform but are to receive a minimum £500 referral fee taken out of its average post-sales completion fee of £795, plus75% of anything over that if the sales commission is higher. The online agency claims that ‘100s’ of brokers have already signed up.The announcement comes on the same day that the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has warned that agents who are paid referral fees such as this but who are not transparent about them are likely to face criminal prosecution. Agent Online referrals March 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Online estate agency to pay mortgage brokers £500 referral fee to recommend its service previous nextProducts & ServicesOnline estate agency to pay mortgage brokers £500 referral fee to recommend its serviceBristol-based Agent Online says it wants to put the power back in the hands of independent mortgage brokers who often lose out to corporate estate agency in-house teams.Nigel Lewis1st March 201902,066 Viewslast_img read more

Peck & Strong ups eco-friendly ante

first_imgCake-maker Peck & Strong has just completed the installation of solar panels to the south elevation of its bakery’s roof.The 50kw Photo Voltaic system, which converts sunlight into electricity, covers a 350sq ft area at its bakery in Crediton, Devon.The company said it sees it as a “great and opportune investment for the future”, and falls in line with its existing environmental principles.Peck & Strong already tries to minimise its carbon footprint, and annually offsets the remainder (100 tons of carbon).>>Peck & Strong makes jump to much larger sitelast_img read more

New Products and Programs Will “Future-Proof” Your Dell EMC Midrange Storage Investments

first_imgDell EMC SC All-FlashStorage customers now get the best of both worlds in the SC Series, with both speed and intelligence. With the SC Series All-Flash, they get huge performance, up to 399,000 IOPS per array, and 3.9 million aggregate IOPS per multi-array federated cluster[i], all in an easy-to-use package. Ideal for storage generalists, because the SC Series has all the intelligence to do the work automatically, all behind the scenes, with little to no storage administrator intervention. Best-in-class data reduction is also built-in, so no special operator skills are needed. Federated data mobility, to move active or “live volumes” between systems for easy, non-disruptive workload migration is done automatically too. Just a few check boxes – that’s all it takes.With the addition of all-inclusive software[ii], every SC feature is included that makes purchasing and maintaining even easier, and keeps the cost low over time. Our customers agree. According to Steve Athanas, Director of Platforms & Systems Engineering at UMASS Lowell: “We chose SC Series storage because dollar-for-dollar, Dell EMC arrays were the most cost-effective and they provide a great roadmap for longevity.”Dell EMC UnityOur midrange momentum continues with Dell EMC Unity, already designed for simplicity and unified customer environments. In our previous blogs, we announced deduplication was coming soon and as promised to our customers, it’s now part of this new v4.3 software release. We’re building on Dell EMC Unity’s strong efficiency and performance, where it leads the market in shipments[i]. We also put the product to the test against another strong midrange player – HPE 3PAR.  Research firm Principled Technologies confirmed that Dell EMC Unity loads data up to 22% faster, handles up to 29% more orders per minute, and requires up to 2.5X less storage than HPE; impressive results!Building on top of deduplication, new synchronous file replication is included too, giving our customers business continuity and zero data loss remote protection for users’ critical file-based data. Customers can combine file replication with block-level cloud tiering for greater data protection.Snapshots are a lower cost option than full volume copies, since they require far less space. For the ultimate in data protection, customers can leverage cloud tiering with our new Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program. This program provides free cloud storage for Dell EMC Unity customers (SC in the future), ideal for long-term snapshot retention. Storing snapshots in the cloud is the lowest cost option. If you haven’t heard of the program, more details are available here.Rounding out the Unity OS release, new functionality now enables customers to swap in new and more powerful storage controllers while data and operations remain online and in place.  This eliminates downtime and protects existing investments.  Upgrades can take place from hybrid to All-Flash and operations can continue during a hardware upgrade with no downtime.Read more about SC All-FlashRead more about Dell EMC UnityRead the blog about Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program[i] Source: IDC Enterprise Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker, Sept 2017. Midrange is defined as external storage systems priced $25k < $250k We’ve had a busy summer releasing new midrange storage products including the SC 5020, SCv3000 and new Dell EMC Unity All-Flash data storage arrays. Today, we’re announcing the All-Flash version of SC Series, which makes deploying All-Flash even easier; one SKU and all-inclusive licensing. For Dell EMC Unity, deduplication is available, along with other features to simplify data-in-place migrations without any downtime.As the storage market evolves, customers are looking beyond just product innovations. While product enhancements remain extremely important, customers are looking for more. They want products and programs to ensure their technology investments solve business problems today and into the future given the rapid advancement of technology. They need a future-proof investment. We’re excited to share our innovations in both products and the best storage loyalty program in the industry. Together these can help lower the risk and cost for customers to modernize their data centers.last_img read more

Speaker emphasizes developing ‘personal brand’

first_imgCompanies devote great efforts to developing their brand, and Stephanie Hightower feels that a person should heed the same efforts with their personal identity. Hightower, president of USA Track and Field and member of the 1980 Olympic track and field team discussed developing and protecting one’s personal identity in a lecture titled “Developing your Lifelong Brand” on Friday in the Vander Vennet Theatre. Cross Currents Program Collegiate Speakers Series, Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Saint Mary’s College and Key4Women cosponsored the event. Hightower said the idea of brand in business is just as valuable when developing one’s own personal image and individuality. “Meaningful brands go far beyond any product,” she said. “They express what a company is, what they stand for and how they want to be perceived. Most of all, a brand is based on the experience they have with it. Apple would not be seen as cutting edge if buyers could not see, touch, hear, and know that were true and I am here to tell you that this idea of brand is just as valuable when it comes to your own self image and identity.” Hightower said there are four questions that one must ask when creating their personal brand. “What and who you are, what you stand for, how you want to be perceived, and what kind of experience people have when they work or interact with you these are all parts of defining your own personal brand,” she said. She said creating an authentic and reliable personal brand requires sticking to the truth and starting from the ground up. “You want to define your authentic self, your brand should be built on the truth of who you are, not someone else,” she said. “Next you have to build your brand from ground up. If you say you are a champion, you got to work to be a champion. If you say you are committed to excellence, then everything you do should be aimed at that goal. Hightower said building a personal brand requires a person to act in accordance with their words, because authenticity is key. “Building your personal brand means owning and polishing what is most essentially you. … Remember, it is not what we say, but what we do that counts. People want to know if you will backup your words with action. If your brand is the authentic you even when the spotlight is not shining,” Hightower said.   Hightower said she began developing her own personal brand when she was running the 100- and 60-meter hurdles at Ohio State.”I was working toward a singular feat: to compete in the Olympics. Everything in my mind, in my body, and in my soul in my activities was towards making the 1980 Olympic team,” she said. She said developing one’s personal brand was difficult, and destroying it is much easier. “Off the track is where they forget about building and protecting their image and uniqueness. There was the first offer of money from an endorsement deal, taken without thinking through who wrote the check. Then there was the first glow of the spotlight and the parties that followed, enjoyed without thinking about the national or international attention that comes with it,” she said.Hightower said it is never too late to start developing one’s personal brand, whether it is as a young adult in college or as someone with a steady career. “For those of you who are in college and for those of us who are in the market place and out here with jobs. This is still the primetime to start defining what your personal brand is,” she said. “None of us are too old to define what our personal brand is. … You need to take this opportunity in your life to define your brand, to build your brand, and most important to protect your brand.”last_img read more

Civil Affairs Team Partners with Panamanian Agencies

first_imgBy U.S. Army Major Cesar H. Santiago / Special Operations Command South September 26, 2019 Strengthening partnerships and improving critical skills with over 10 government and civilian sector agencies was the focus of a week-long first aid seminar held at the Western Battalion of the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) in Chiriquí province, Panama, August 26-30, 2019.Civil Affairs team members, deployed in support of U.S. Special Operations Command South, joined efforts with personnel from SENAFRONT, the Panamanian National Police (PNP, in Spanish), the Panamanian Air and Naval Service, the Fire Department, the Emergency and Rescue Medical Care Service Section, the National Civil Protection System, National Immigration Service, Ministry of Health, Department of Environment and Resilience, National Civic Protection System, and Autonomous University of Chiriquí during a seminar aimed at sharing first aid best practices to enhance skills and knowledge among Panamanian safety and security agencies.The event kicked-off with welcome remarks by Juan Carlos Muñoz, governor of the Chiriquí province; Commissioner Rolando Brees, head of SENAFRONT’s Western Battalion; U.S. Army Colonel Steven Winkleman, Security Cooperation officer at the U.S. Embassy in Panama; Sub-Commissioner Luis Miranda, head of PNP’s 4th Section; and Colonel Gonzalo Chang Gil, first commander of the Fire Department of Chiriquí.“There is a need for this training,” said Comm. Brees. “The knowledge and skills obtained through this course increases the readiness of our security institutions. It will be employed by members of our community, ourselves, and our partners.”“The words cooperate and serve represent what you do daily,” said Col. Winkleman. “Training is part of your ability to do your job. You serve the people daily and this is very important for the safety and security of Panama and the region.”The training included an overview of emergency first response procedures encompassing adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid skills, and use of Automatic External Defibrillator equipment. Participants learned the steps to ensure proper care of injured personnel, including treatment of severe wounds and bleeding, hypothermia prevention, casualty evaluation, patient treatment and movement, and medical equipment and transportation familiarization.Personnel from the Fire Department stressed the importance of collaboration and basic first aid education and time sensitive actions while rendering assistance to a casualty. Equipes de primeiros socorros e pessoal da manutenção da ordem pública das agências de segurança panamenhas praticam técnicas de primeiros socorros, durante um seminário sobre esse tema na Província de Chiriquí, Panamá. (Foto: Major do Exército dos EUA Cesar H. Santiago, Comando de Operações Especiais, Sul dos EUA)“The training allows us to foster good relations with the U.S. personnel and thus be able to establish strategic alliances of exchange and cooperation between both nations,” said Aliethy Rodriguez, paramedic assigned to the Fire Department, Health Care Services Section.“It was a critical part of the overall success because they were able to open communications between them for the first time to coordinate participation, logistics and equipment requirements to support the training,” said U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Luis Alvarez, Civil Affairs noncommissioned officer. “This training coordination and execution stressed the importance of involving the partner nation during the coordination and planning process and how the event contributes to long-term benefits.”last_img read more

“Full Ceker – let’s buy locally” in the finals of the European Entrepreneurship Promotion Award

first_imgThe project “PUN Ceker – let’s buy locally” entered the grand finale of the award for the best idea of ​​social entrepreneurship, which is awarded as part of the competition for the European Award for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship in 2017. 2017 member states of the European Union and Iceland, Norway, Serbia and Turkey are participating in the competition for the EEPA 28 award.The European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2017 (EEPA 2017) is a recognition by which the European Commission annually awards projects / initiatives that, with the aim of encouraging entrepreneurship and small business development, are implemented by public bodies independently or in public-private partnership with entrepreneurs. . This award was launched to open new opportunities for the local and regional level through examples of best policies and practices with the aim of developing entrepreneurship, employment and retaining the population in their communities.”The project” Buy locally “aims to bring together family farms, winemakers, beekeepers and producers of agricultural and other non-agricultural products from Sisak-Moslavina County to facilitate communication, solve administrative problems and to achieve a common goal – promoting local production and consumption, and pointing out to the whole community the wealth that abounds in our lands.For the needs of the project, the Development Agency SI-MO-RA founded the cooperative “Association of Producers of Sisak-Moslavina County” (which brings together local family farms), and the founders are Sisak-Moslavina County, City of Hrvatska Kostajnica, Donji Kukuruzari Municipality, Dvor, Hrvatska Dubica , Jasenovac, Lekenik, Majur and Sunja and the County Development Agency SIMORA.As part of the project, four stores with domestic products ‘Pun ceker’ were opened, which are located in Sisak, Novska, Kutina and at the rest area “Stari Hrastovi” along the highway Zagreb – Lipovac, and the goal is to open six more stores in Sisak – Moslavina county, which would employ people from the area of ​​Sisak-Moslavina County, which would reduce the unemployment rate, which is very pronounced in our area. Through these stores, all residents of Sisak-Moslavina County will have access to domestic and healthy products from well-known producers from the county.A great story that is proof of how everything is up to people and how everything can be connected. Such projects must be declared a strategic project for our tourism, not like the Pink Wing race with luxury cars. Also, such projects once again prove that it is possible to connect “Blue” and “Green” Croatia, of course it is always easiest to say that something is impossible and stick to the status quo.Related news: <br />
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Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response sinks to lowest on record amid surge in cases

first_imgTopics : Cases have jumped by 25% nationally, according to the latest seven-day tally, led by spikes in a number of states such as Texas, Arizona and Florida that have been more lenient about social distancing.Trump has steadily bled support among a broad swath of voters since March. Americans are increasingly critical of his response to the pandemic and a wave of protests in the aftermath of the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis.Members of Trump’s Republican Party also appeared to be more pessimistic than at any other time during his presidency. Just 43% said they thought the country was headed in the “right direction,” the lowest level recorded by the Reuters/Ipsos poll since Trump entered office in January 2017.Trump has faced an unusual outpouring of criticism from members of the military establishment such as James Mattis, his first defense secretary, over his militarized response to the protests. Most recently, Bolton said Trump was unfit to be president and accused him in his new book of routinely obstructing justice.Fifty-eight percent of Americans – 81% of Democrats and 37% of Republicans – said they would like to see Bolton testify under oath about his experiences in the Trump administration.Bolton, who refused to do so last year as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings against Trump, appeared to confirm one of the investigation’s central allegations in his book, saying that Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, as a condition to receiving US security aid.However, Americans appear to be less interested in another protracted impeachment investigation, so close to the election. Forty-one percent said they wanted Congress to open another inquiry into Trump, while 39% said they were opposed, and 20% said they were “not sure.”The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,115 adults, including 503 Democrats and 408 Republicans. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 3 percentage points. With a little over four months to go before the Nov. 3 general election, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, leads Trump by 10 percentage points among registered voters, according to the latest poll, down slightly from a 13-point lead in a similar poll last week.Trump has been slow to publicly acknowledge the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 120,000 Americans so far, and he has pushed states to reopen before experts said it was safe to do so.In his first post-pandemic rally, held in Oklahoma on Saturday, the president told thousands of supporters that testing was a “double-edged sword” and that he asked health officials to slow down testing in response to the public’s concern for the growing number of cases.Administration officials said Tuesday that Trump did not, in fact, ask them to slow down testing, which is one way to track and eventually control the spread of the disease.center_img American approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped to the lowest level on record, the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows, as new COVID-19 cases surged and Trump was widely criticized for suggesting he wanted to slow down testing.The June 22-23 poll also found that a majority of Americans want Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, to testify to Congress under oath, after he accused Trump in a new book of misdeeds, including seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election.The poll shows that 37% of Americans approved of the way Trump has responded to the pandemic, the lowest on record since Reuters/Ipsos started asking the question at the beginning of March. Fifty-eight percent said they disapproved.last_img read more

Works Kick Off to Rebuild Shute Harbor Marine Facility

first_imgWorks have begun on site to rebuild the Shute Harbor marine facility, Whitsunday Regional Council reports. The demolition of a section of the existing seawall near Snows Beach has occurred, with construction of the new stepped seawall beginning in this section.The new seawall will take approximately 8 months to build and the rock will be placed by excavator.New piles will also be driven to support the new wharf and pontoons, said the council.Once the seawall is built, the new terminal buildings and pontoons will be installed.The restoration project is expected to be completed by mid-2021, weather permitting.Eligible works received joint funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).Image source: Whitsunday Regional Councillast_img read more

DILG clarifies ‘community quarantine

first_imgSecretary Eduardo Año said those withdaily jobs in Metro Manila but live in nearby provinces will be exempted fromthe travel order as long as they present a work identification card or proof ofemployment. MANILA – As more questions thananswers were raised after President Rodrigo Duterte’s address to the nation,the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday madeclarifications on the “community quarantine” declaration in Metro Manila. “Anything related to work or business,we are okay with that. Those in the economic cluster, including (Trade)Secretary (Ramon) Lopez and (Finance) Secretary (Carlos) Dominguez III), theysaid the work of people should not be hampered,” said Año. Transportation of goods and travels toand from the Metro will remain normal to ensure the continuity of the necessarysupply of the people’s needs, while those who need to undergo medical treatmentand operation would be allowed to enter the region. The government, through the Departmentof Labor and Employment, will also coordinate with private companies forpossible work hours adjustments. ““We are just restricting movementespecially coming in and going out of Metro Manila (because we don’t want thevirus) from (Metro) Manila going outside (because it would be more difficult)if it spreads to other regions,” Ano said. The said travel restrictions,recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of EmergingInfectious Diseases, were made in an effort to contain the spread of theCOVID-19 in the country. President Duterte on Thursday ordereda “community quarantine” and travel ban for land, sea and air in and out ofMetro Manila from March 15 to April 4, which is subject to review daily. “Lahatng nagta-trabaho ay papayagan nating makapasok, pati ‘yung mga nakatira just outside Manila, ‘yung outskirts, pero may permanenteng trabaho saManila,” Año said. Secretary Eduardo Año. Photo by Geremy Pintolo via Philstar Public land transportation to and fromMetro Manila will still be available to ferry employees living outside MetroManila but the Department of Transportation will issue guidelines to ensurethat “stringent social distancing” is observed. Año also said the Philippine NationalPolice (PNP), together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), willestablish checkpoints in entry and exit points of Metro Manila. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles saidthe “community quarantine” can be lifted any time or can also be extended./PNlast_img read more