Reproductive biology of caridean decapods from the Weddell Sea

first_imgData on reproductive biology are presented for five benthic caridean shrimps from the high Antarctic (Chorismus antarcticus, Notocrangon antarcticus, Nematocarcinus lanceopes, Lebbeus antarcticus and Eualus kinzeri). The first three species were very common on the Weddell Sea shelf and upper slope, whereas only a few individuals of the other two species were caught-but these did include some ovigerous females. Our measurements include size at first maturity, fecundity (total number and mass of eggs), individual egg mass, egg length, ovary indices, maximum size encountered and documentation of the reproductive cycle in spring and summer. Egg number generally increases with female size, and the largest species (N. lanceopes) also carries the highest number of eggs. The eggs of all high Antarctic species are large, the extreme being L. antarcticus with an egg length of up to 3.3 mm. For C. antarcticus and N. antarcticus, which have wide geographic distributions, a comparison is made with older published and unpublished data from the Subantarctic (South Georgia). High Antarctic representatives of these two species grow to a larger maximum size, attain sexual maturity later in their life cycle, and produce fewer and larger eggs in relation to both carapace length and female mass, than their Subantarctic counterparts. Data presented here were collected during the European Polarstern Study (EPOS) sponsored by the European Science Foundationlast_img read more

Lawrence Serves Up Surprisingly Badass Chance The Rapper/Justin Bieber Medley In Brooklyn [Watch]

first_imgIf you’re not up on Lawrence yet, it’s time to get familiar. The upstart eight-piece soul-pop led by the young brother/sister duo of Clyde Lawrence (keys, vocals) and Gracie Lawrence (vocals) has been rapidly gaining steam over the last year, when they released their fantastic debut album Breakfast, produced by renowned guitarist and Grammy-winning producer Eric Krasno and featuring guest spots by Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, and more.Lawrence Goes Old School In Their New Music Video For “Alibi” From Their Debut Album, BreakfastComprised of highly talented young performers, the band has a unique ability to bring their skilled musicianship to bear for soulfully fresh takes on contemporary hits. During the NYC-based band’s hometown performance last Thursday, May 11th, Lawrence treated Music Hall of Williamsburg to an unusual medley of covers by Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber that flat-out blew the audience away. After jamming on the gospel-flavored Chance tune “Blessings” (off his multiple Grammy-winning 2016 release Coloring Book), the band landed smoothly on Bieber’s “Sorry” (from his smash-hit LP Purpose). While Chance and Bieber may not be your bag (the band themselves referred to the pairing as “surprisingly badass”), this soulful one-two punch from Lawrence is too catchy to be denied.You can watch crowd-shot video of the Chance/Bieber medley from Lawrence’s 5/11/17 Brooklyn show below, via the band’s Facebook page:PREMIERE: Olivia Castriota Transforms Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” Into An Irresistibly Slinky R&B Gem That Even The Most Stubborn Jam Fans Can Get Down ToLawrence will be back in action on Sunday, May 21st at Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. After that, the band will head out on tour as support for Lake Street Dive, beginning June 2nd at Saturn in Birmingham, AL. For a full list of upcoming dates, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

HHS compromise leaves questions for University

first_imgThe revised contraception mandate, which shifts responsibility for funding contraception from religiously affiliated institutions to insurance companies, will apply to self-insured employers like Notre Dame, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week. However, Notre Dame professors say the Obama administration has not specified how this exemption would work for institutions like the University. “The problem is that, it’s not clear how this compromise is going to be handled for firms that self-insure, which are the majority of large firms,” economics professor William Evans said. Law professor Carter Snead called last week’s announcement a “vague, unenforceable promise.” “[The Obama administration] promised to try to ‘work it out’ for self-insurers,” Snead said. “No elaboration.” University Spokesman Dennis Brown said finding a solution for self-insured employers is among the “unresolved” issues University President Fr. John Jenkins and other religious leaders are working with the Obama administration to sort out. Evans said it would not be financially feasible for Notre Dame to buy health insurance from a provider as a way for the University to not directly fund contraception. “I think the costs would be prohibitive,” Evans said. “If it were a cost-efficient way to be providing health insurance, they’d be doing it right now and they’re not.” Evans said most large firms self-insure so risks are spread out among a large pool of employees. “It is a lot cheaper for them to be their own insurance company than to pay someone else,” he said. “You want a large risk pool. If you have some fairly high expenses, that’s going to be averaged out by people who have low expenses.” Brown said it would be “feasible, but very expensive” for Notre Dame to switch from self-insurance to an outside insurance company, adding this option was a “moot point” based on Sebelius’ announcement last week. Though the University is self-insured, Notre Dame works with Meritain Health, a third-party administrator that processes insurance claims and provides administrative services to the University. Donna Hofmeister, director of marketing for Meritain, said the company is “still evaluating” if and how the latest policy changes will affect Meritain. However, she said if the law requires Meritain to pay for contraception for Notre Dame employees, the company plans to do so. “We intend to fully comply with any obligations that result from this change,” she said. As it stands, Evans said the Obama administration has not figured out how to accommodate religiously affiliated employers that self-insure. “I have no idea what their path is going to be and how to get out of this box,” he said. “There is no easy solution to this.”last_img read more

Best of the Backcountry Gear

first_imgThere’s no time where gear means more than when you are out on your own in the wild. To that end, here’s the stuff that not only made the backcountry safer but also more enjoyable this winter.1. DPS Wailer 112RPIn the early ’00s, DPS’s Peter Turner worked with Shane McConkey to develop the legendary Volant Spatula, the original reverse-camber, rockered deep powder ski. The quick-turning Wailer 112 is the evolution of that now-ubiquitous aesthetic. It’s rockered, but unlike those prototypes it features lots of sidecut and a touch of camber. And we know we say this about every ski these days, but it really can do it all—on an early-season trip to Whistler it was  shockingly stable at speed and effortless in pow. But the deal-breaker is the weight—the carbon and nano verison ponies up at just 4.19 pounds each in a 190 cm ski, making it simple to schuss up the skin trail. $1,249 (Pure construction), $799 (Hybrid construction); dpsskis.com2. Black Diamond Carbon MegawattThis fat boy—125 mm underfoot—does not move like a Clydesdale. The carbon construction keeps the latest iteration of the popular Meg down to 9 pounds, 5 ounces in a 188-cm pair. The rockered tip and slightly rockered tail give it floatation. You just won’t find another ski this wide that tours this well. $829; blackdiamondequipment.com3. Liberty VariantAvon-Colorado-based Liberty skis added titanal along the edges of its new Variant (145/113/132). Pair that strength with the brand’s bamboo constructon and you get a big, stable touring ski that serves day-to-day duty in the wildly varying snow conditions of the Front Range backcountry. $839; libertyskis.com4. Jones Hovercraft SplitDon’t be fooled by the shorter length of the oddly shaped Hovercraft. This baby can lope thorugh deep powder fields just as easily as it can rip off freestyle moves on natural backcountry terrain features. The spilt capability makes it an effective mountaineering tool, too. $699; jonessnowboards.com5. Drift Innovation HD GhostThe HD POV cam has become required gear these days and the easy-to-operate Ghost will record video and snap off still photos on the go, thanks in part to a two-way LED remote control that makes it easy to focus on the riding at hand rather than futzing with camera controls. $399; driftinnovation.com 6. La Sportiva SpitfireTipping the scales at just 44 ounces per boot, the Spitfire wants to be the first up the trail. That makes it ideal for rando racing but a low profile Grilamid shell and a Carbon Reinforced Polymer cuff gives the boot enough downhill oomph for local exploration. Best of all, they switch from tour to ski mode with one easy flip of the top buckle. $899; sportiva.com7. Dynafit One PXDynafit took its wildly popular (but insanely minimalist) TLT5 and gave it a touch more downhill guts to create a light touring boot for the mainstream. Weighing in at just 27.5 ounces per boot, it features a similar one flip buckle for walk or tour mode, but it’s warmer, roomier and more confident on the downs. $640; dynafit.com8. Ortovox Zoom PlusHere’s an affordable beacon that’s basic and effecive. It uses just two buttons and a simple display screen but still takes advantage of Ortovox’s smart, three antenna system to locate victims buried at odd angles. $299; ortovox.com9. S.O.G. PowerlockMelding ski patrol and special ops, this is one multitool you will want in your pack when things go wrong. The clippers will cut through a quarter and the small saw is damn sharp. $114; sogknives.comlast_img read more

5 famous finance quotes and how to apply them

first_img“Old men are always advising young men to save money. That is bad advice. Don’t save every nickel. Invest in yourself. I never saved a dollar until I was forty years old.”-Henry FordThe father of American automobiles knows a thing or two about how to be successful. Many agree that investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Higher education, certifications or seeking out experience are some good examples. I assume that you don’t own a global, industry leading company though, so I wouldn’t forego the saving.“The four most expensive words in the English language are, ‘This time it’s different.’”-Sir John TempletonSir Templeton made his living as a financial investor. He was a pioneer of modern money making who seemed to adapt Einstein’s definition of insanity to finance. His message here is not just applicable to stocks, but also habits after recovering from debt, bad credit and even bankruptcy. Never do the same things with your money when in the past those result have been less than desirable.“A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained. It requires some training, perhaps, to accomplish this economy, but when once used to it, you will find there is more satisfaction in rational saving than in irrational spending.”-P. T. BarnumA business man, politician, author and one of the founders of the Barnum and Bailey Circus company, Phineas Taylor Barnum had a lot to say on money. Note that he also is quoted saying “there’s a sucker born every minute.” While his way of acquiring money may have been less than inspirational, no one can deny he knew how to save it. While getting yourself from the spending to saving mindset may be difficult, once you do it gets easier.“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”-Will SmithThe Fresh Prince himself provides an unfortunate social commentary on a large portion of our society. Never sacrifice your financial well-being to keep up with the Joneses. Buy things for youself, not for anyone else.Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets,
But gold that’s put to use more gold begets.-William ShakespeareI was a thespian in high school and for the most part loathed Shakespeare, but there were a few lines that have stuck with me. This line from Venus and Adonis is pretty powerful. Let me ‘translate’ it from Shakespearian for you. If you are to hold onto your money it will just rot away, of course gold doesn’t rust, but treasure that isn’t used is wasted. If you invest or lend it however, you will get a return. 96SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

PODCAST: Creating awareness through loyalty

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the best ways to fulfill your brand promise is to ask members how well you’re adhering to it, unconventional marketer Scott Stratten says.Often, you’ll discover a disconnect that impedes your success as an organization.“The brand’s identity is not kept by the company itself—it’s kept by your members and by the public,” Stratten tells the CUNA News Podcast. “What they think matters, and what we think really matters a lot less.”CUNA, leagues, credit unions, and industry partners have been working on the Credit Union Awareness Initiative, which will establish a new, national brand platform for the industry. CUNA will deliver an update on the initiative at the 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference, where Stratten will deliver a keynote address. continue reading »last_img read more

The Olympia and Olympia Sky complexes are opening their doors

first_imgAs we know, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has made a decision that in the third phase of easing the measures (May 11), the operation of catering facilities in accommodation facilities will be allowed, but only for accommodation users. Formally, hotels have not been banned so far, but of course in a situation where tourism has stopped and everyone is in self-isolation, it is logical that hotels are closed because they have no one to be open to. One part of the hotel is being prepared and plans to reopen. Although it is not yet known when the borders will open, the hotels will be ready. And so is the Olympia and Olympia Sky hotel complex, which opens its doors on May 11, 2020, with the implementation of all recommended measures. “As soon as the Government gives the green light to open, we are ready! Since the beginning of the pandemic, our entire team is in operation and we are preparing for the opening. We have established a crisis team that monitors decisions and special measures, so we are adapting to that. Our guests will feel safe! ” says the hotel manager Darko Bastić and adds that even in these new times that no one hoped for, the hotel’s mission is to provide every guest with the best possible service and an unforgettable vacation.  “Due to the crisis, we have provided our guests with flexible booking cancellation conditions, we have created a new website, we are in constant contact with our guests. We regularly receive messages about holiday memories from our hotel and inquiries about our plans. When we posted the notice of the reopening of the hotel, messages were just arriving! It was very important for us to keep in touch with our guests, and I think we succeeded in that, because in June, despite everything, we have booked 6.000 overnight stays ”Concludes Bastić. Although the decisions and recommendations of the General Staff for the tourism sector are still pending, regarding the functioning of catering facilities and accommodation facilities (they will know everything exactly next week), everyone hopes that they will not be too complicated and that the facilities will be able to adapt quickly.center_img It is unusual to walk through the empty corridor of the hotel, but we try and get the best out of everything, Bastić points out and emphasizes that their primary goal was to protect as many jobs as possible, and to be ready to return to normal. “In recent months, we have refreshed the hotel, worked on a large scale, prepared and tried new gastronomic delights. We are known to have placed an important emphasis on domestic products from the very beginning of our business, which in this crisis has additionally proved to be a smart decision. Borders can be closed, but it will always be possible to find quality food with us because we procure everything from our local producers and fishermen who just give a point on every dish.” When asked about the interest from foreign markets, Bastić points out that they were in constant contact with all partners, and when they were informed about the opening of the hotel, that the reactions were more than positive. And this is proved by the fact that they have a confirmation of over 6.000 overnight stays for June. No one wants to go on vacation and feel like they have wandered into a hospital or pharmacy, so accordingly the hotel complex Olympia and Olympia Sky will work with 50% of the accommodation capacity to be able to provide each guest with maximum comfort with the prescribed measures. last_img read more

South Tangerang achieves 88 percent compliance rate with COVID-19 protocols

first_imgNevertheless, the city has made some exceptions, such as allowing places of worship to reopen under required health protocols. “All these health protocols must be applied to prevent us from contracting or transmitting COVID-19,” Suharno said. According to South Tangerang COVID-19 task force data, the city had recorded 480 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 37 deaths as of Saturday.Meanwhile, Banten has recorded 1,719 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 85 deaths as of Saturday.(trn)Topics : Residents of South Tangerang, Banten, have largely adhered to health protocols put in place to curb COVID-19 transmission, with a compliance rate of 88.2 percent, the South Tangerang COVID-19 task force reported on Saturday.“Because of this achievement, the effective reproduction number [Rt] is 0.2,” South Tangerang COVID-19 task force spokesperson Suharno said as quoted by kompas.com.South Tangerang deputy mayor Benyamin Davine previously said the administration would only prepare for a “new normal” if a compliance rate of 90 percent was achieved. last_img read more

Dutch schemes get reprieve from cuts as minister lowers funding floor

first_imgHe added that pension funds using the extension must explain why this would be a balanced approach for all their participants and pensioners.The minister suggested that stable pension contributions and ditto annual accrual would contribute to this aim.He explained his decision to avert looming cuts by citing the risk of social unrest and the risk of people losing confidence in the future of the Dutch pension system.“Calm and stability are required to properly flesh out the pensions agreement,” argued Koolmees.In the direct wake of the accord, he had already decided to temporarily lower the minimum required funding from 104.3% to 100% to avert cuts.However, pension funds’ financial situation had further deteriorated since then as a consequence of declining interest rates.Current funding is approximately 100% on average – down from 109% at 2017-end – and is predominantly affected by falling interest rates.However, the effect of the financial crisis, increasing life expectancy and an insufficient contribution level also played a role.What’s more, pension funds must use lower assumptions for future returns when calculating their recovery potential as of 2020.In the envisaged new pension contract, pension funds don’t have to keep large financial buffers, which must enable them to quickly raise or reduce pensions, the minister explained. Dutch social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees has granted most ailing pension funds a one-year reprieve from implementing cuts of pension rights and benefits.In a letter to parliament, he said that he would temporarily reduce the minimum required funding to 90%, pending the elaboration of the pensions agreement concluded between the social partners and the government in June.However, seriously underfunded schemes would still have to reduce pension rights, and must implement unconditional cuts in order to improve their coverage ratio to 90%.Pension funds would subsequently be allowed to further improve their financial position to the minimum required funding in a 12-year period, rather than the current legal period of 10 years, Koolmees said. Cuts, however, would be required if schemes’ coverage ratio were to drop below 90% in order to keep participating in a pension fund attractive to young workers, he added.Currently, a steering group of the social partners and the cabinet is elaborating the pensions agreement.The minister said he expects results to be published next summer, when drafting the necessary legislation would start.He reiterated that raising the discount rate for liablities to avert rights cuts would not solve schemes’ funding problems.It would cause a redistribution of pension assets that would ultimately come at the expense of younger generations, he contended.“If we abolished the principle of an objective market valuation, the discount rate would become a ‘continuing plaything’ of contrasting interests between the generations.“It could also put pressure on the current mandatory participation in a pension fund, as players could wish to no longer participate.”In his opinion, changing the rules wouldn’t solve, and merely camouflage, pension funds’ financial problems, and could lead to a further erosion of schemes’ financial positions.Koolmees emphasised that a collective approach, solidarity and mandatory participation would also be key in the new pensions system.The large metal sector schemes PMT and PME were facing rights cuts next year as they had been continuously underfunded for a five-year period.At October-end, their coverage ratio stood at 95.8% and 95.1%, respectively.ABP and PFZW – the pension funds for the civil service and the healthcare sector – would have to implement discounts in 2021 if their coverage ratio was short of the required minimum at the end of next year.Their funding rayios stood at 93.2% and 94.1%, respectively, at the end of October.last_img read more

Defending Great Lakes Navigation System

first_imgContinuing his efforts to safeguard the future of commerce on the Great Lakes, Michigan Representative Jack Bergman is proposing a new policy to ensure baseline levels of funding for the backlogged maintenance projects along Great Lakes transportation routes.The Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS) is a deep-draft waterway connecting all five lakes through hundreds of navigation channels, breakwaters, jetties, harbors, and the MacArthur and Poe Locks at Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s First District.The GLNS sustains American jobs and saves consumers $3.6 billion annually in freight costs.In a letter to his Congressional colleagues, Rep. Bergman pushed for a minimum percentage of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) resources to be focused on reducing the GLNS work backlogs, which are addressed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).Rep. Bergman said: “The locks are not only essential to our nation’s economy and national security, but they also compose the lynchpin of the GLNS. These valued points in the supply chain and many other key parts of the GLNS have considerable operations and maintenance needs which are supported by HMTF resources.”Bergman’s request comes as lawmakers begin crafting the 2020 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes USACE activities.last_img read more