Estudio de la Edad en una población virginal de Notothenia gibberifrons (Pisces:Nototheniidae) de Bahia South, Antartica

first_imgThe age of individuals Notothenia gibberifrons Lönnberg was determined for a sample from an unexploited population collected at South Bay ,Palmer Archipelago. Elsewhere in the Antartic this species has been to commercial – scale fishing and so it is difficult to obtain the age structure of an undisturbed population.last_img

Latitudinal patterns of diversity and abundance in North Atlantic intertidal boulder-fields

first_imgIn order to study taxon richness, biodiversity and abundance patterns in the North Atlantic from temperate latitudes through Arctic to high Arctic latitudes, we recorded the faunas (at ELWS level) colonizing 20 cobbles from three sites at each of seven boulder-field localities (south-west England, 50°N; Wales, 51°N; west Scotland, 56°N; Iceland, 64°N; Tromsø, 70°N; Svalbard, 77°N, 79°N). Inverse correlations were found between latitude and all measures of richness (species, orders, and phyla numbers) and biodiversity (S–W, P). However, these correlations were driven mostly by the consistently impoverished Arctic sites; an even cline of decreasing diversity from south to north did not exist. Multidimensional scaling revealed two communities, temperate–subarctic species-rich and high arctic species-poor. Evenness as measured by Pielou’s index was similar across all latitudes. Abundance data exhibited a similar trend to the species richness and diversity data with a significant negative correlation with latitude, but when Arctic data were excluded the correlation vanished.last_img read more

Electric Boat Secures USD 32.98 Million Photonics Masts Contract

first_imgElectric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $32,988,378 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-2101) for three back-up photonics masts.The contractor is responsible for the design and development of the photonics mast systems for installation aboard Virginia-class submarines.Work will be performed in Wake Forest, N.C. (79 percent); Westerly, R.I. (20 percent); and Quonset Point, R.I. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, September 15, 2011; Electric Boat Secures USD 32.98 Million Photonics Masts Contract View post tag: USD View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Masts View post tag: 32.98 View post tag: Boat View post tag: Navy Share this article September 15, 2011center_img View post tag: secures View post tag: Photonics Back to overview,Home naval-today Electric Boat Secures USD 32.98 Million Photonics Masts Contract View post tag: Electric View post tag: million View post tag: contract Equipment & technology View post tag: Navallast_img read more

In Brief

first_imgINGREDIENTS supplier Bakels has expanded its pro-duct development department, led by new head of product development Gary Gibbs.SCHWAN has closed its Global Cake Company frozen desserts factory in Bridlington, Yorkshire, after failing to sell the plant. Some 200 staff have lost their jobs, and an assets-only sale to a mystery third party is now being negotiated.The plant has had three different owners in less than five years. Schwan took it over in March 2004.THE government’s annual Expenditure and Food Survey for the fiscal year ending 2004 showed 21.1% of weekly bread expenditure is in outlets other than large supermarket chains. The survey indicated the average weekly spend was £1.50 in large supermarket chains and 40p in other outlets. BAKERY sales were up 0.3% to £3.08 billion in the 52 weeks to the end of December 2005, according to IRI figures. Total grocery sales were £54.22bn.TESCO is to roll out “Guide-line Daily Amount” labelling across its own-label bakery range by the end of the year.CAKE supplier Elisabeth the Chef has launched a Doctor Who-branded Dalek celebration cake, designed to appeal to boys aged 7-14. Packaging for the Genoese sponge cake contains a sound button, which, when pressed, says “Extermi-nate” in Dalek style. The cake, priced at £7.99, includes a Doctor Who game on the pack.last_img read more

Paul Simon Announces Farewell Show In London With James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt

first_imgPaul Simon is the latest in a string of older artists that have recently acknowledged their impending retirement. The celebrated singer-songwriter will say “farewell” with a July 15th concert at Hyde Park in London, dubbed “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance.” The show will also feature very special guests James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.As of now, “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance” is the only scheduled performance on Mr. Simon’s calendar, and its billing surely suggests that it will be his final stand. However, he has yet to officially make a statement regarding whether this show will officially mark the end of his decades-long touring career, and has previously announced his “farewell” several times before, only to eventually return to the road.Simon’s performance will close out the British Summer Time festival, a 10-day event that will also feature sets from Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Bruno Mars, the Cure and Michael Bublé.Paul Simon has staged multiple memorable concerts at Hyde Park over the years. Last year, Simon released a live album/concert film, The Concert in Hyde Park, documenting his performance as part of the Hard Rock Calling Festival in 2012.Simon had previously hinted at the possibility of his retirement following a rigorously scheduled tour. In an interview with the New York Times in 2016, he contemplated the pitfalls of fame, the wear and tear it’s left on him both as a person and as an artist, and what he’d rather do with his remaining years. “You’re coming towards the end,” he mused. “It’s an act of courage to let go… I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?”Tickets for Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance” at London’s Hyde Park will go on sale to the public on February 2nd, with a pre-sale starting on February 1st. Grab your tickets here.[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Feeding a bigger family

first_imgPreparing a big Thanksgiving dinner has been known to overwhelm even the most seasoned host — but not David Davidson.As that fateful fall Thursday approaches, the new managing director of Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) seems positively peaceful. Chalk it up to his years of experience in Harvard’s dining establishments, or his ease with feeding large crowds daily.Or it could be that the seasoned food services director actually enjoys the hospitality. After more than 30 years in the industry — nearly half of them at Harvard — he’s ready to take the helm for his first Adams Hall Thanksgiving.“I’ve just loved being in this environment from day one,” Davidson said. Since September, when he stepped into his new role, Davidson has been in charge of spreading that enthusiasm across Harvard’s 29 dining halls and retail operations and to HUDS’s 650 employees.Add to that his responsibility for making Harvard’s Dining Services cost-efficient, keeping customers satisfied, and striving for sustainable practices across campus, and Davidson’s left juggling more plates than an overworked hostess with one too many Turkey Day side dishes.“I wake up every morning, and I want to come to work,” he said. “I want every one of our employees to come to work feeling that way. If they do, then the sky’s the limit on what we can get accomplished.”Growing up on the North Shore, Davidson was used to large family gatherings around the table. He was the third of a dozen children in an Irish-Italian family, born to a mother who was also one of 12.“Sunday dinners at home were always a very big deal,” he said. His upbringing shaped his philosophy on hospitality. “As a large family, we had to work together — we had to collaborate and compromise.”Food, hospitality, and community have defined Davidson’s career, as well. His first job as a teenager was washing dishes at a local nursing home, where his grandmother worked in the kitchen.“Slowly, my grandmother taught me about the food, and I ended up being the cook on the weekends,” he said.At 21, he got his first big break not far from Harvard Square, managing a McDonald’s in Davis Square in Somerville and then moving on to serve as general manager of a new location in Porter Square.Culturally, a fast-food restaurant might seem miles away from the Yard, but Davidson insists they’re not so different. In fact, he said, his time at McDonald’s in the 1980s — including a stint at the company’s famed Hamburger University — taught him skills he uses every day at Harvard.“I learned a lot from a business standpoint,” he said. “Most importantly, I learned you have to listen to folks. You have to let people complete a thought before you jump into the conversation.”In 1991, Davidson responded to a classified ad for a café manager. As it turned out, the position would have him running Dudley Café. It was a simpler time for Harvard dining, long before sustainable diets and international palates came to rule college campuses. Back then, he said, anything too fancy might elicit a sidelong glance.“I remember at one point the purchasing director asking me, ‘Why do you need three different kinds of mustard?’ ” Davidson said with a laugh.From there, Davidson ascended through the ranks of HUDS. Despite taking jobs elsewhere over the years — four years directing dining services at Yale, three years managing food services at Phillips Exeter Academy, and a brief stint as vice president of the Back Bay Restaurant Group — he has always returned to Harvard.In 2007 he became director of operations at HUDS, and he’s been treated like a prodigal son returned. It’s not uncommon for Davidson to be bombarded with handshakes, hugs, and kisses when he enters a dining hall.“People want to see you, and we should be seen,” he said of the HUDS management. “My first boss here would walk every square inch of the facility. He would talk to every employee. It wasn’t just the people who were visible. He’d go into the kitchen, the dish room.”Davidson and his next-in-command — Martin Breslin, director for culinary operations, and Rudolf Gautschi, director for residential dining — hold their twice-weekly meetings in a rotating lineup of dining halls.And of course, Davidson will be in Adams on Thanksgiving morning, passing out small gifts to the dining hall employees who volunteer to feed 600 students, and snacking on turkey and mashed potatoes.“What people see is not make-believe,” he said. His love of hospitality and the Harvard community “is who I am as a person.”last_img read more

Mass honors firefighters, police

first_imgBy CATHERINE OWERS News Writer University President Fr. John Jenkins celebrated a Blue Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday in honor of firefighters and police officers.  The Blue Mass honors not only Notre Dame Security Police and Notre Dame Fire Department, but also personnel from local and nationwide departments, fire chief Bruce Harrison said.  “Notre Dame Security Police and the Notre Dame Fire Department are the hosts and represent the University, and then [they] encourage anyone who wants to participate to come,” Harrison said. “Particularly [police and fire personnel] in the region – St. Joseph County and beyond – we try to invite in.” Harrison said the Mass especially honored police officers and firefighters who have passed away in the last year, both in the line of duty and after their retirement.  “We like to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the passing of all the retirees in our ‘family,’ so to speak,” he said. According to the Notre Dame Fire Department website, the Blue Mass is named for the color of uniforms that many police officers and firefighters nationwide wear. The Mass was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional ‘month’s mind’ Mass for victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Blue Mass continues for them and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who have died while serving and protecting others.  The guest speaker at this year’s Blue Mass, George Hernandez, is a firefighter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and was a member of the United States Forest Service as a hotshot firefighter, Harrison said. He said hotshot firefighters gained recognition last summer when 19 members of an elite group in Arizona died. “They were out trying to protect property and got caught in what they call a burn-over,” Harrison said. “The number of loss of life is particularly astounding.”That was a very tragic event for our wildlife community. And see how quickly it has lost focus” “We like to think that since we are common in cause, we provide an opportunity to remember [the hotshot crew] and understand the hardships their families are going through without them.” Harrison said he hopeseNotre Dame will continue to host an annual Blue Mass.  “It is a somber occasion, but it is meaningful to try and capture that spirit of remembrance, and I think that this is what it’s all about,” he said. Contact Catherine Owers at [email protected]last_img read more


first_img Geoff Cantrell, Public Communications Specialist at Western Carolina University shared his thoughts on WCU’s victory. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THE 2020 WINNER Amidst this backdrop of Appalachian peaks, crystal clear trout streams and world class rivers, and seemingly endless singletrack, WCU has cultivated an outdoor culture that only gets richer with each passing school year. Cantrell:I would say three things: “Over a half-million votes poured into Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Adventure Contest — the most ever in its seven-year history. Once again, Western Carolina rallied its students, faculty, staff, and alumni to a decisive victory. WCU boasts a premier location for outdoor adventure—with world-class whitewater, climbing crags, and hundreds of miles of trails in national parks and national forests surrounding the campus. It also offers outstanding outdoor education and adventure opportunities, such as Base Camp Cullowhee. Most importantly, perhaps, Western has a dedicated, outdoor-minded campus community that promotes and celebrates adventure. It’s not surprising that WCU has captured its fifth Top Adventure College title. They’ve definitely earned it. “–—Will Harlan, Editor in Chief BRO: Votes hit record numbers for our annual Top Adventure College Contest this year. Over half a million! How does it feel to be a part of the biggest voting year yet? Once again colleges and universities in the contest were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs, and their opportunities for adventure, and once again WCU’s strengths shown through above the rest. BRO: What makes WCU stand out from the rest? What is its greatest and most unique quality? BRO: What percentage of the school’s population participates in taking advantage of WCU’s ideal outdoor surroundings? Second, opportunities. Base Camp Cullowhee, the university’s outdoor programming organization, offers equipment rentals, events and programs, recreational trips and experiential education services. Student clubs and organizations also provide outdoor excursions for members. Then there’s the topnotch curriculum available. Among the academic programs offered by WCU of interest to students pursuing careers in the outdoors are forest resource management, hospitality and tourism management, natural resources conservation and management, and parks and recreation management. Cantrell: Wow, that is a tremendous response, and good for Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. Winning the online poll shows that Western Carolina University participates and is proud of our outdoor adventures, our campus, and the region. BRO: How has WCU grown since the first year they won? center_img And third, involvement. WCU supports regional outdoors-based travel, tourism and industry, and the entities that are destinations for residents and visitors alike. For example, on Oct. 10, WCU will hold an Outdoor Economy Conference as the region’s premier outdoor industry and networking event to support businesses and entrepreneurs. Western Carolina University has further proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the outdoor community. The Catamounts have earned the title of Top Adventure College for a fifth time in our annual Top Adventure College Contest, edging out a solid effort from last years winner Lees-McRae College. Cantrell: Potentially, everyone. We know from invitations to participate and other publicity, students, faculty and staff are engaged in birdwatching, organic gardening and more vigorous pursuits like hiking and mountain biking. When the weather warms, students stretch out in a hammock at WCU’s Electron Garden on the Green, a solar power-generating facility and green space on campus with a multifunctional design that includes outdoors relaxation. There are academic programs that utilize the outdoors, like recreational therapy, geology, and Cherokee studies. Some training and exercises that are outdoor-oriented take place indoors, like our climbing wall and kayak roll clinics. So, really, enjoying the outdoors is an individual thing in how you choose to participate. Then you can find a group or network to pursue it if you’d like. First, location, location, location. The Cullowhee campus is in a natural setting that has many great things to offer, with a short list including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, Chimney Rock and Gorges state parks, DuPont State Forest and numerous lakes, rivers and creeks. There’s a natural environment for practically anything you want to experience. Cantrell: If you had to point to only one activity or event that brings everyone together and is representative of this university and its connection to the outdoors, it would probably be the Tuck River Cleanup. On Saturday, April 13, the 35th annual cleanup will take place, with hundreds of volunteers expected to raft or walk along the Tuckaseigee River between Cullowhee and Whittier, collecting litter and debris. It is believed to be the nation’s largest single-day effort to remove garbage from a waterway. BRO: What outdoor program is WCU most proud of? BRO: Describe what downtime looks like for an outdoor enthusiast at WCU. Cantrell: Entering the 2018 fall semester, WCU for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the past eight years has increased in both the size, with an 11,639 fall enrollment to be exact, and academic qualifications of the student body. University officials attribute the enrollment surge over the past several years to several factors, including several high-demand degree programs, new and renovated residence halls and dining facilities providing the type of amenities demanded by today’s students, and as you might have guessed, the campus’s mountain location and access to outdoor adventure activities. One reason that WCU is revered as a top outdoor college is its proximity to renowned outdoors adventure havens like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Cantrell: Downtime? What downtime?last_img read more

Indonesia’s GDP contracts deeper than expected at 5.32% in Q2

first_imgIndonesia’s economy suffered its sharpest downturn since the 1998 Asian financial crisis in the second quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down large parts of the country, ravaging businesses and leaving millions out of work.GDP contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter, the lowest since the first quarter of 1999, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Wednesday. The figure is deeper than the government’s estimate of 4.3 percent contraction and economists’ consensus of 4.6 percent contraction according to a Reuters survey.“The coronavirus pandemic has had a very negative effect on health care, social and economic conditions, as it delivered a crushing blow for households and businesses,” BPS head Suhariyanto told reporters during a press briefing on Wednesday. The GDP report reflected the impact of widespread disruptions to the economy as the government ordered the imposition of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain the virus spread, forcing businesses and factories to shut down and consumers to stay home for much of April and May. The measures to contain the virus have hit most components of economic activity.As many as 3.7 million individuals have lost their jobs this year, according to data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas). The total number of unemployed people will hit around 10 million by the end of the year.The government’s decision to lift containment measures in early June has stirred economic activity back to life gradually – just not to the levels seen before the pandemic, Suhariyanto said.Household spending, which makes up more than 50 percent of GDP, fell 5.51 percent – far lower than the 5.18 percent growth booked in the same period last year – led by a near-total collapse in spending on restaurant meals, recreational services and transportation, among others. Health care and educational spending, however, grew 2.02 percent. Investment, meanwhile, fell 8.61 percent, a far cry from 4.55 percent growth recorded over the same period last year, as businesses pulled back sharply on their investment in vehicles and other products.Exports and imports also plunged 11.66 percent and 16.96 percent, respectively, reflecting the slowdown in global economic activity as the pandemic hit. The export of non-oil and gas, as well as foreign tourist arrivals fell sharply in the second quarter.Meanwhile, government expenditure fell 6.9 percent in the second quarter, lower than the 8.23 percent growth recorded in the same period last year, as it cut spending on business trips and canceled events.“The main factor for the economic contraction was declining household spending and investment in the second quarter,” Suhariyanto went on to say. “Going forward, we should try to improve spending and investment to post positive growth in the third quarter.”The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.5 billion) to stimulate the economy and strengthen the country’s pandemic response, but slow disbursement due to red tape and the rise in COVID-19 cases could constrain economic recovery.The government expects full-year growth of 1 percent at best, or full-year contraction of 0.4 percent at worst this year, depending on the severity of damage and how long the country takes to recover.Topics :last_img read more