Life history and ecology of Bluenose Warehou (Hyperoglyphe antarctica, Centrolophidae) in the Southern Atlantic

first_imgBluenose warehou (Hyperoglyphe antarctica) is a popular commercial fish in Australia and New Zealand, but its biology and ecology are very poorly known in other regions where it is found. We present here the first life history data for this species from the south Atlantic, focusing upon the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the United Kingdom Overseas Territory (UKOT) of Tristan da Cunha (TdC). Here, bluenose is known from several seamounts and island margins, typically occurring in waters between 200 and 1,000 m depth and is the target species of trawl and longline fishery operating since 1997. We use a suite of methods to describe important life history parameters, including length-weight and age-length relationships and size at recruitment, as well as examining commercial longline survey data to uncover habitat preferences of bluenose. This work has formed an important part of the United Kingdom government’s Blue Belt Program in TdC. It has underpinned the development of the first stock assessment for this species in the Atlantic, as well as a range of improved conservation measures for some of the more vulnerable species that occur in these areas, including seabirds and cold-water corals.last_img read more

University leaks names of bursary recipients

first_imgStudents receiving the Moritz-Heyman scholarship are given the maximum bursary from the University (partially funded by the Moritz-Heyman programme) as well a reduction in their tuition fees. They are also offered access to an exclusive internships.One second-year scholar said they were “astounded” to find out about the leak, despite the programme giving them “unparalleled support throughout (their) degree”.They said: “This was private information that had been entrusted to them and although I personally don’t feel any repercussions, I’m angered as a point of principle.“It was hopefully momentary, but still significant, lapse of competency among the team running the scholarship and a mistake that shouldn’t be taken too lightly”.In response to the leak, a spokesperson from the University told Cherwell: “We take data security very seriously and the incident has been reported to the University’s data security team.“The students involved received an apology as soon as we became aware of the error, and we have also updated our processes as a result of this incident.” A third year Moritz-Heyman scholar said: “Personally, I was not too fazed by the whole thing because I am relatively public about my back- ground and the tremendous help MH has been. However, I can assume that some people the leak was embarrassing and deemed as careless.”“Some students like me didn’t even notice the initial leak until the apology email was sent. So it probably more harm than good in some ways; however, in another light, the apology email did show that MH does seek to ensure the privacy of its scholars.”Another second year scholar said they “don’t feel affected by the breach”.Oxford SU have responded to the breach, telling Cherwell that “confidentiality in this situation is important”.They said: “It is for a student to choose whether they identify themselves as being from lower so- cioeconomic backgrounds and such information should never be shared without their consent.”This comes after Hertford accidentally shared the details of their unsuccessful applicants in January this year. The rejection email sent to 200 unsuccessful applicants contained personal information about the candidates.The parent of one of the candidates told The Telegraph: “It is disappointing enough to be rejected after three days of intensive interviews without having your rejection letter splashed all over the world to all and sundry.” The Moritz-Heyman Scholarship programme is offered to up to 175 incoming students each year. It is a purely financial scholarship, for which students are assessed on multiple factors, including whether they have a parental income of under £16,000 per year, their school’s Oxbridge rate, and socio-economic indicators in their postcode area.center_img University administrative officials accidentally leaked a confidential list of nearly 500 students receiving a bursary fund earlier this month.An email addressed to 483 Moritz-Heyman scholars did not follow regular email procedures, with all students being CC’d rather than BCC’d. It meant that the names of all bursary recipients were left visible.Soon after the initial email was sent, the administrative office fol- lowed up with an apology. “This morning you will have received an email from [email protected] careers.ox.ac.uk … which did not follow normal email procedures,” they wrote.“Consequently all the email addresses were left visible. I am so sorry that this occurred and can assure you that this will not happen again.”last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” OCTOBER 16, 2017

first_imgIf you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke “…honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?” Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you support local GOP Party Chairmen Wayne Parke call for Councilman Dan McGinn to resign from City Council?center_img EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE MARCH 25, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we found it interesting that the former one-term Mayor of Evansville and current City Controller Russ Lloyd, Jr. is defending the City $10 million dollars plus deficit spending as of February 28, 2019?IS IT TRUE the City Controller seemingly feels because former City Councils and Mayors of Evansville also experienced some deficit spending it’s ok for the Winnecke Administration to do similar?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Russ Lloyd, JR. tried to do some deficit spending the DEMOCRATIC controlled City Council won’t allow him to do so?  ….during the third (3rd) year of his tenure as Mayor, City Council forced him to cut $12 million dollars from his proposed city budget?IS IT TRUE that former Evansville Mayors Jonathon Weinzapfel and Frank McDonald Jr. not only lived within their budget restraints and when they left office they had impressive cash balances and “Rainey Day” funds?IS IT TRUE isn’t it the responsibility of a City Controller to make sure that the Mayor and City Council members live within of the budget restraints?  …we can guarantee that the City Controllers that worked for Mayors Jonathon Wienzapfel and Frank McDonald Jr. made sure that the City lived within their budget restraints?IS IT TRUE, that in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industrial Regulatory Authority (Finra) all cities and towns with populations of greater than 100,000 will be required to report their financial status by using the accrual method of accounting for the year ending December 31, 2019? …that Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, and South Bend have been using the accrual accounting method for many years? …over the years Evansville has been receiving adverse opinions from the SBOA in regards to overdrawn accounts? …that the current monthly financial reports by the City weren’t compiled by using the accrual method of accounting?  …once the Winnecke Administration is forced by the State Board Of Accounts to report all their unrecorded liabilities including leases that the Bond rating of the City will be greatly affected?IS IT TRUE Revenue Bonds are rated based on the revenue they generate to make principal and interest payments, and based on any assets pledged to secure the bonds? … Corporations are judged on their ability to generate earnings, while a municipality may issue a bond backed by fees from a toll road or a sports venue?  …a state or local municipality may also issue a general obligation bond, which is backed by the taxing power of the municipality? …the more revenue a bond can generate, the higher its credit rating?IS IT TRUE the local “FOP Political Action Committee” recently held a meeting to discuss political endorsements for the upcoming City Council primary? …many people were surprised that the “FOP Political Action Committee” only made only one endorsement in the upcoming primary race?  …that the committee endorsed the 2nd Ward City Councilwomen Missy Mosby?IS IT TRUE we were told by an unreliable source that Structure Point Engineering was responsible for the design and engineering flaws of the $18 million dollars North Main Street renovations project?  …this rumor was totally incorrect?   …the bottom line is the Structure Point Engineering has an impeccable reputation in the Engineering and Design profession?  …we are pleased that Structure Point Engineering was recently selected by the”Vanderburgh County Jail Study Committee”  to do the Design and Engineering work for the new renovations of the jail?IS IT TRUE our staff member went to the Grand opening of BUD”S (Rocking Country) BAR AND GRILL on Friday evening and was really impressive in what he observed? …by 9:00 PM the place was jammed packed with people waiting to get in?  …the atmosphere was festive and the food was very appetizing and affordable?  …the band were really talented and played down home county music?  …if you’re looking for a “Downhome Place” to enjoy great county music and delicious food,  BUD”S (Rocking Country) BAR AND GRILL is the place to go to? …we give five (5) cheers to K. C. Chesser and his business partner Chad Brady for bringing this exciting Country Bar and Grill to the Westside Franklin Street area?IS IT TRUE that a member of our staff went to the Civic Center to conduct some business?  …that Dottie Thomas, Chief Deputy Treasurer waited on him and she did a superb job in assisting him?  …Dottie Thomas was not only extremely professional but she knew her stuff?  …we need more people like her working at the Civic Center?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that it’s unacceptable for the City of Evansville to have a $10 million dollars spending deficit during the second month of this calendar year?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.  Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them..If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

‘O.C. Reads’ Invites All to Learn About ‘Orphan Train’ Together

first_img“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker KlineThe Ocean City Free Public Library is planning its second “OC Reads” program with an invitation to everybody in the community to read “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.” ‘OC Reads’ is a program designed to bring people together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book and participate in discussions and other events centered on that book,” Library Director Karen Mahar said last year when the program was launched.“Orphan Train” explores the little-known story of so-called orphan trains that ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to farms in the Midwest, carrying thousand of abandoned children between 1854 and 1929.In the bestselling novel, the lives of an older woman, Vivian Daly, and a teenager, Molly Ayer, intersect. Vivian had been sent away from New York City on the orphan train as a young Irish immigrant. Molly is a Penobscot Indian who’s been in and out of foster homes. When she’s assigned community service helping Vivian clean out her attic, Molly helps Vivian rediscover her past. An unlikely bond forms between the two women.Christina Baker Kline. Photo credit: Diana KarinJulie Brown, the new program director at the library, said the book was chosen by  a committee earlier this year based on suggestions from the community, but also because it includes so many potential discussion points — from the actual history of the orphan trains, to Irish culture, to the cross-generational bond between the two characters.“Orphan Train” is available through the library and for purchase at Sun Rose Words & Music, 756 Asbury Ave. and at the Bookateria Two, at 1052 Asbury Ave.The first O.C. Reads program last year saw a packed house hear author Robert Kurson speak about his non-fiction “Shadow Divers.”The program of events (all in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the library) includes:A Discussion of the Orphan Train Movement (4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20): A video chat with archivist Paul Clarke of the Children’s Aid Society. He will be leading a discussion on the Orphan Train Movement, how it started and how it evolved. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions of the archivist. The chat will be followed by a general book discussion of “Orphan Train.”All Things Irish! (2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25): A talk by guest speaker Ireland native Georgina Shanley and musical performances by The Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance as well as The Holy Spirit Chorale with Joseph Votta on bagpipes. Refreshments will be provided.Documentary Screening (2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1): Hear from guest speaker Reverend Dorothy Gerken as she speaks about “What My Father Never Told Me” and from guest speaker Tom McGrath as he presents a model train replica of the orphan train. This will be followed by a screening of the PBS documentary “The Orphan Trains.”A Talk with Author Christina Baker Kline (6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2): Christina Baker Kline, the author of “Orphan Train,” will speak about her book and the research that went into it. She will answer questions from attendees. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from Sun Rose, and the author will be available for book signings.last_img read more

Costa: strong start to year

first_imgWhitbread saw like-for-like sales at its Costa coffee shop chain increase by 4.7% in the 13 weeks to 31 May, compared to the same period last year. Total sales grew by 18.4%.Alan Parker, Whitbread’s chief executive, said: “Costa has benefiting from its rapid expansion programme and continued like-for-like sales growth. Fifty five additional stores have been opened in this quarter including 41 in the UK.”In a preliminary statement for the financial year to 1 March, Whitbread said that Costa achieved total sales of £175.1m, up 22.4%.Growth was driven by openings in new markets such as Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and China.Total like-for-like sales in UK stores were up 6.6% in 2006-7 thanks to a store refurbishment programme and the introduction of more premium food and coffee products. Costa opened 199 stores in the last financial year and has a target of 2,000 stores by 2010/11.last_img read more

Listen To moe. Debut Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” On This Day In 2006

first_imgThirteen years ago today back in 2006, moe. kicked off their winter tour at The Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA. The band was dialed in from the get-go, busting out a twenty-minute, hugely jammy “Brent Black” to open the show. During the five-song first set, the band also covered Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” for the first time, a track they’ve played fourteen times and that hasn’t been seen since 2010. After the break, the band by no means slowed down, with crowd-pleasing non-stop second set.You can listen to full audio from the show below, courtesy of Jon Merin. You can also check out moe. on their winter tour, which kicks off tonight in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Dates are below, and tickets are available via the band’s website.Setlist: moe. at The Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA – 1/19/2006Set I: Brent Black, She Sends Me, It, Paranoid Android1> Seat Of My Pants> AkimboSet II: Buster> Spine Of A Dog> Not Coming Down> Wormwood> Brittle End> St. Augustine> 32 Things> I Wanna Be SedatedEncore: Blue Jeans and Pizza> Riselast_img read more

University president makes announcement on undocumented students

first_imgUniversity president Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Tuesday in support of Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students at Notre Dame.“I was encouraged to learn today that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will continue to respect Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children,” he said in the statement. “They include DACA students who have been admitted to Notre Dame, thrived here and whom the University fully supports.”Jenkins also expressed concern that undocumented community members who are not protected by DACA will not be afforded the same respect.“We welcome this development, yet remain concerned that other undocumented members of our communities are treated fairly and compassionately,” he said. “We call on our leaders to recognize that, throughout our nation’s history, immigrants have immeasurably enriched us culturally and have been the lifeblood of our economic vitality.”Jenkins’s statement comes two weeks after he announced in a letter to faculty senate that he will not designate Notre Dame a sanctuary campus.Tags: DACA, Jenkins, undocumented studentslast_img read more

Governor Douglas announces $662,000 in community development grants

first_imgNovember VCDP Grants Governor Jim Douglas today announced nearly $600,000 to help repair the fire-damaged building that houses Montpelier’s senior center, as well as to help develop 14 senior apartments on the site. That was one of several Vermont Community Development Program grants announced, which also included funds for two affordable housing groups to merge their operations.During a ceremony at the 58 Barre Street structure, the Governor presented town officials with a check for $588,500 that will be used to help refurbish the building, which was heavily damaged in a December 2009 fire. ‘As Vermont’s senior population continues to grow, senior housing and programs like the Montpelier Senior Activity Center are critical to keeping older residents in their communities,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘This keeps them close to family, friends, services and support systems that can allow them to remain independent and active.’The money will be used both to help rebuild the city’s Senior Activity Center and to develop 14 one-bedroom apartments for residents 62 and over and/or the disabled, a project that will be undertaken by a limited partnership that will include the Capital City Housing Foundation, Inc.‘The city is delighted that this project is moving forward,’ said Montpelier Mayor Mary Hooper. ‘These state funds help address two important community needs ‘ additional housing and a renovated senior center. We appreciate the work of the partnership and the state in assembling a great financing package in such a short time period.’The Governor also announced two $30,000 grants to the towns of Springfield and Putney which will be used by the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust and Windham Housing Trust respectively to help pay for a merger of the two non-profit affordable housing providers, resulting in a more efficient use of funds.‘This is an exciting step toward making the state’s non-profit affordable housing delivery system more efficient and accountable,’ Governor Douglas said, noting a recent study had recommended consolidating the largest statewide affordable housing groups. ‘The less money that is spent on duplicated overhead, the more available to build homes for needy Vermonters.’Finally, Vershire will receive a $14,178 grant to make accessibility alterations to the Vershire Town Center Building and bring it into full compliance the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.‘Grants like this are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities,’ the Governor said. ‘The $662,000 we are awarding will leverage more than $4.7 million in other funds from private and public sources.’The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) money comes from the approximately $7 million Vermont receives annually in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which must be used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income.The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.Source: Governor’s office. 11.23.2010For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)  ApplicantGrant AmountOther ResourcesBrief DescriptionVershire$14,178 $14,178 Grant to provide accessibility to the Vershire Town Center Building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Putney$30,000 $225,000 Subgrant to Windham Housing Trust to assist with the merger with the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust to allow a more efficient and effective affordable housing delivery system.Springfield$30,000 $225,000 Subgrant to Rockingham Area Community Land Trust to assist with the merger with the Windham Housing Trust to allow a more efficient and effective affordable housing delivery system.Montpelier City$588,500 $4,259,200 Redevelopment of a former school at 58 Barre St. into two condominium units with the city owning the Senior Activity Center and subgranting funds to the second owner, a limited partnership to include the Capital City Housing Foundation, Inc to develop 14 one bedroom apartments for seniors aged 62 and over and/or the disabled.center_img $662,678 $4,723,378last_img read more

Protecting the European Amazon is one of WWF’s top priorities in the region

first_imgThe Danube, the longest river in the European Union, and its most significant tributaries, the Mura and Drava, have lost 80% of their floodplains and wetlands due to human interventions over the past 150 years. The construction of numerous hydropower plants has changed the character of rivers, especially in Austria and Slovenia, resulting in reduced biodiversity and water quality and less ability to accept flood waves, leading to more frequent devastating floods.WWF Adria, together with numerous partners from state institutions and the non-governmental sector, is implementing several projects to improve the condition of rivers. Part of it is financed from European funds such as IPA, Interreg or LIFE program, all with the aim of restoring degraded habitats and connecting responsible institutions and protected areas in the area of ​​the future Transboundary Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”, also known as “European Amazon”. , which lays the foundations for modern and sustainable river management in Croatia.    “The area of ​​the Mura, Drava and Danube, exceptional and untouched rivers, with floodplain forests and backwaters, offers a home to many protected and endangered species, such as otter and beaver, bald eagle, sturgeon or Danube salmon. Although foreigners already know this region by exceptional nature, and we should value our nature more and take the obligation to protect it more seriously. species that depend on them “, points out Petra Remeta, head of the freshwater program at WWF Adria. WWF Adria zajedno s partnerima provodi dva EU projekta u području „Europske Amazone“. U projektu DRAVA LIFE zajedno s Hrvatskim vodama rade na obnovi staništa rijeke Drave, kako bi poboljšali njenu dinamiku i stvorili nova staništa za iznimno ugrožene vrste kao što su mala čigra i bregunica. Kroz projekt coop MDD, koji financira Dunavski Interreg program, stvaraju se temelji suradnje između zaštićenih područja u svih pet država, a stvorit će se mreža Škola uz rijeke, u kojima će lokalno stanovništvo i turisti moći saznati više o tom području i vrstama koje u njemu žive. “Protecting the ‘European Amazon’ is one of WWF Adria’s top priorities. Therefore, we welcome the news of the decision of the International Coordination Council of the UNESCO program “Man and the Biosphere” to include the Bačka Podunavlje in Serbia on the World List of Biosphere Reserves. This gives us the third part of the puzzle in the creation of the cross-border Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, which will once join parts in Austria and Slovenia, become the largest protected river area in Europe, “concludes Remeta.last_img read more