Seasonal variation in the white muscle biochemical composition of deep-sea macrourids in the North-east Atlantic

first_imgThe foremost temporal signal to the deep benthos, where temperature and light conditions are relatively constant, is a seasonal pulse of organic carbon sinking from the photic layer. In the Porcupine Seabight region of the NE Atlantic this flux begins during late spring and early summer, although the timing and intensity of the peak varies annually. A rapid response to this nutrient input is most apparent amongst bacteria and benthic meiofauna which can directly utilize the carbon. The question remains as to whether the seasonal influx of carbon to the deep Atlantic may affect, and possibly entrain, aspects of the life cycles of generalist scavengers near the top of the trophic hierarchy, such as macrourid fish. Biochemical analyses of the white muscle of three macrourid species indicate a slight seasonal effect. White muscle protein content in Coryphaenoides rupestris is twofold higher in autumn than spring, RNA content and RNA to protein ratio increased in C. guentheri in autumn, and protein, RNA, and RNA to protein ratio all are higher during autumn than spring in shallow living C. armatus (2,500 m). Changes in RNA to protein ratio in the white muscle of C. armatus, relative to depth of capture, appear to reflect expected patterns in specific growth rate. Significantly higher RNA to protein ratios are apparent in shallow than deep living C. armatus in both seasons. There is no significant decline in white muscle protein content with depth of capture in these three taxonomically related species. Data were collected over several successive years and the possibility of interannual variability complicates the interpretation of seasonal patterns. Despite these limitations this study does indicate a slight seasonal difference in the growth rate of C. rupestris, C. guentheri and C. armatus in the deep Northeast Atlantic.last_img read more

Irwin’s boosts turnover by £1m

first_imgNorthern Irish bakery Irwin’s has added £1m to its turnover in the past year, after launching smaller loaf sizes of its key brands.The company launched 400g and 600g versions of its Nutty Krust brand for the first time last year, followed by 400g Sandwich and Hi-Fibre loaves in April a move that has led to the production of 1.5 million more loaves and £1m of new revenue on the company’s balance sheet in the past 12 months. Previously, the bakery’s bread was only available in 800g loaves. Irwin’s said that the introduction of the 400g Sandwich and Hi-Fibre loaves, along with soft pan Irwin’s Softee, had also boosted overall pan sales by 26% in the past six months.”More choice, shrinking household sizes, greater concern about food wastage and the recession itself are changing how we eat,” said Michael Murphy, Irwin’s commercial controller. “Our half-sized everyday loaves provide householders with more choice and control over how they purchase and use breads. It’s also a product innovation that is bringing smaller households back to bread and providing an effective ’trial size’ for completely new customers locally and in our target GB and ROI export markets.”last_img read more

Harassment of Venezuelan Lawmakers Worsens

first_imgBy Diálogo June 07, 2019 On the day that the façade of her modest home appeared covered in graffiti with the words “we are coming for you” signed by “los colectivos” (armed gangs that defend the regime of Nicolás Maduro), Milagros Eulate, a representative of the state of Vargas, on Venezuela’s central coast, told Diálogo: “This is going to get worse.” “This” is the harassment Maduro supports — using all the tools at his disposal — against opposition representatives who, like Eulate, control the Venezuelan National Assembly with a two-third supermajority. Unfortunately, Eulate was right: On May 14, the Venezuelan National Guard blocked access to representatives, administrative staff, and even the press to the building in Caracas that houses the National Assembly, the only established political body that the international community and the local opposition recognize. The official excuse was a bomb threat that only pro-Maduro authorities, and not any opposition member, allegedly received. This was not the first time such “bomb threats” had been reported. On May 13, the Organization of American States condemned the attacks against the representatives. However, these attacks haven’t stopped. As evidenced on May 14, the attacks have escalated in intensity and frequency. Graffiti on the walls of their homes isn’t the worst representatives can expect from the regime: three are imprisoned and have had their parliamentary immunity violated, which is the case for Édgar Zambrano, Juan Requesens, and Gilber Caro; some have resorted to exile, like Julio Borges or Carlos Vecchio; and others have sought refuge at embassies when they couldn’t leave Caracas. In all, 25 percent of lawmakers have been detained, exiled, or harassed, aside from having their parliamentary immunity revoked by a regime that each day makes another bold move to destroy the National Assembly. Nearly all the representatives have found graffiti on their doors and have been threatened via social media — and even on state television — before being arrested or exiled. On May 13, the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service attempted to arrest Alfredo Ramos, another opposition representative and former trade unionist in the state of Lara, in the western region. Neighbors stopped it from happening, but not all representatives are as lucky as Ramos. Outside her apartment in Vargas, Eulate doesn’t seem much of a threat to a violent regime. Her husband doesn’t talk, but he seems concerned: all visitors must meet with him first. Precautions are basic, but effective. With phone in hand, Eulate’s husband waits for journalists’ vehicles on a nearby street before taking them to see her. “Undoubtedly, this is a plan devised at the national level by an already defeated government of narcotraffickers and criminals,” Eulate said, as she stands by her front door. “This is a psycho-terror plan, Nazi-style. I don’t feel scared at all; what scares me is hunger and lack of medicine. We will continue protesting in the streets,” she says, occasionally looking at the graffiti. Attackers “had their faces covered and came in a black car at about 3 a.m. There were four of them. This was not the first time,” Eulate said about the last attack. She said she reported it to the relevant authorities, and even to police agencies that are still loyal to Maduro. But as evidenced, it wasn’t the last attack against the opposition either. The regime “is like a wounded animal. This government is hurt and trying to survive at any cost,” Eulate said.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Central States Manufacturing to Establish New Facility, Create 50 Jobs in Blair County

first_img May 10, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Central States Manufacturing to Establish New Facility, Create 50 Jobs in Blair County Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Central States Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of metal building components, will establish a facility in Greenfield Township, Blair County. The new facility will create 50 new jobs.“This is the fifth jobs announcement that my administration has made with the Governor’s Action Team over the last month, with employers committing to create at least 403 jobs statewide,” Governor Wolf said. “Today we’re pleased to welcome employee-owned Central States to Pennsylvania and Blair County and we look forward to watching you thrive in commonwealth.”Department of Community and Economic Development Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver was on site for the groundbreaking ceremony for Central States earlier today. The ceremony also included the dedication of the Martin J. Marasco Business Park and the groundbreaking for Sheetz Store Operations, Learning Center and Daycare Complex.“The Central States project demonstrates Pennsylvania’s ability to continue to attract new employers, alongside the commonwealth’s strong, home-grown employers like Sheetz that continue to flourish,” said Executive Deputy Secretary Weaver. “Both employers have shown a dedication to their workforces. Central States has not laid off an employee in the company’s existence and Sheetz has shown a commitment to empowering its employees with fair wages, increasing the purchasing power of the workforce.”Central States Manufacturing has purchased over eight acres in the Martin J. Marasco BusinessPark in Greenfield Township and plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility. Central States Manufacturing has committed to the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and will invest at least $5.8 million on the project.“We are very excited to partner with Blair County to continue our growth of metal building components into the state of Pennsylvania,” Tim Ruger, vice president of operations, Central States said. “While we currently deliver into Pennsylvania, our new location in Claysburg will allow us to better serve our customers through shorter turnaround and a faster response time.  At Central States, we believe that each location should connect and contribute to the surrounding community and we look forward to helping serve in Blair County.”Central States Manufacturing received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $100,000 Pennsylvania First program grant and $22,500 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation.“We consider our collaborative efforts for economic development here at the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation an item of great pride and we are excited to be part of this project with Governor Wolf, the Governor’s Action Team, our federal, state and local elected officials, agencies, and private sector partners.” said Martin Marasco, president and CEO of ABCD Corporation. “We are grateful to Central States Manufacturing for deciding on Blair County for their manufacturing operations, investment and creation of new jobs here in the heart of the I-99 Innovation Corridor Region.”Founded in 1988, Central States Manufacturing, Inc. is a 100 percent employee-owned company, which serves over 5,000 post frame, commercial, residential, and architectural customers in the United States with over 700 employee-owners. Central States manufactures eleven metal roofing and wall panel profiles, along with a full line of trim, accessories, and structural purlin.For more information on Central States Manufacturing, visit more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK bulk annuities set for record year as 2018 total hits £20bn

first_imgThe consultancy said it continued to see “attractive pricing” on recently-completed auctions, with favourable market conditions remaining supportive of annuities offered at a yield substantially above gilt values.“However, there is a possibility of prices increasing if the high demand is sustained through to the autumn,” Baines warned. A new wave of pension schemes had been attracted to the busy market, he said, with the combination of improved insurance pricing and better scheme funding leading to overall improved solvency positions.“We expect this trend to continue and the focus to sharpen on achieving full buyout,” he said.There was still a worry about potential capacity constraints in the insurance sector, Baines added, but for now access to capital and willing takers for longevity risk were not posing a problem.“Even so, access to high-yielding illiquid assets to drive competitive pricing, and available as well as experienced resource on the pricing teams, will remain key issues,” Baines said.Insurers were also looking at the implications of the Prudential Regulatory Authority’s recent consultation in relation to equity release assets and the associated required capital reserves.“In other words, we have a market where insurers can be relatively choosy – and, as we have always said, it will therefore be the well-prepared schemes that are likely to experience the best outcomes,” he said. The UK’s bulk annuity market saw its busiest first half ever between January and June this year, with £20bn (€22.4bn) of deals being struck in the period, according to consultancy Aon.The firm said 2018 was on track to become a record year for the overall value of transactions, even higher than the £30bn total it predicted back in December.John Baines, partner in Aon’s risk settlement team, said: “We fully expect the surge of deals will continue, with the structure and size of deals breaking new barriers during 2018.”This year several big bulk annuity deals have been completed, including a £1.3bn pensioner buy-in for Siemens, and two buy-ins for high street chain Marks & Spencer totalling £1.4bn. In addition, PA Consulting completed the largest buyout of the year so far at £850m, backed by specialist insurer Pension Insurance Corporation.last_img read more

DPSU awaits word from DOWASCO on intended job cuts.

first_img 240 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews DPSU awaits word from DOWASCO on intended job cuts. by: – May 7, 2011 General Secretary of the Public service union Thomas Letang says the union is still awaiting word from management of DOWASCO regarding its intended decision to cuts jobs and salary of some of its employees to deal with its financial problem.The company last month increased water rates by 15 percent, a move it believes will help the situation there.However Letang is still optimistic that the jobs and salaries of staff will be saved.“Since the interest in tariffs, DOWASCO has not officially indicated to us their position and what will happen. We told them what our concerns are and we thought that they would have contacted us already,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Video: Jose Mourinho trains with Tottenham players amid lockdown

first_imgLiverpool were in the same situation but the Premier League leaders u-turned on their original decision earlier in the week, but there has been nothing like that from the north London club as yet.Former Spurs right back Kyle Walker, now playing for Manchester City, is another to have been involved in an embarrassing incident during the countrywide social distancing.Aurier running on Tuesday. Image: Instagram/Mr_ballah_27Read Also: Here’s the greatest XI in Champions League history FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Images and video clips from Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho’s training session with three of his squad in a north London park during the current ‘lockdown’ have emerged on social media.It was reported on Tuesday that the manager had angered the club by being spotted taking a session on Hadley Common in north London. Advertisement The Aston Villa captain was spotted coming out of a party at a friend’s house in the early hours, just hours after posting a video on social media urging people to stay indoors. During the current worldwide pandemic, residents in England are only allowed to leave the house for food and essentials shopping, medical related travel, work when essential and one bit of exercise a day.The exercise is to be taken with only one other person from your household and you’re supposed to stay 2m apart from people at all times. The training session that Mourinho was conducting broke pretty much all of the rules, rules which are very relaxed currently compared to other parts of Europe.center_img The 29-year-old apologised for holding a ‘private party’ over the weekend and followed the previous week’s story about Jack Grealish. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Celebrity Endorsement Deals Were Worth The Most?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Unusual (And Stunning) Human TraitsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Right back Serge Aurier was also filmed out running with a friend, as Spurs players training was the latest embarrassing incident for the club, and the sport, during these strange times.The club have been criticised for furloughing their non playing staff and haven’t even agreed to pay the rest of the wages that the government haven’t funded, which many companies have done. The manager was spotted with Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele, all of whom live close by to the park, and completely ignoring the rules on social distancing.Footage and images of the players training were shared on Twitter by passers by.Just when you thought Spurs couldn’t get any worse, Mourinho was caught training with three first team players in a London park today, breaking lockdown rules— dummyaccountformemes (@dummyaccountfo8) April 7, 2020 Loading… last_img read more

Three IMCA national rookies of the year earn Friesen Performance crate engines

first_imgSUTTON, Neb. – Fifth-year sponsor Friesen Performance rewards national rookies of the year in three IMCA divisions this season.The national Modified rookie of the year earns a 604 crate engine while Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock rookies of the year both receive 602 crate engines courtesy of the Sutton, Neb., dealership.“Friesen Performance is excited to enter into our fifth year of supporting IMCA,” said Al Walters. “The weekly racer is the backbone of this sport and giving back to them is something we take great pride in doing.”Rookie drivers in all three divisions must display two Friesen Performance decals on their race car to be eligible. Engine awards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in No­vember.2017 crate engine recipients were Clint Luellen, Modified; Lance Mielke, Hobby Stock; and Jacob Olmstead, Northern SportMod.Friesen also gives a 602 crate to a Hobby Stock or Northern SportMod driver experiencing engine failure during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway Sept. 3-8.Friesen sells and ships GM crate engines to IMCA customers across the country and is an authorized crate engine repair facility for IMCA. In addition to selling and servicing new and pre-owned vehicles, Friesen has one of the largest parts departments in the nation, specializing in power train, discontinued parts and all Chevrolet Performance parts.More information is available by calling 402 630-4894 or by visiting the Friesen Performance Facebook page at“Friesen Performance not only retails the right crate engine for your particular application, but they offer great service opportunities and tremendous customer service beyond the sale,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “This program has become a staple for first-year competitors with an incentive prompting drivers to step up and take a swing at a new division.”last_img read more

Serena will have a fresh perspective when tennis returns: Chris Evert

first_imgNEW YORK: Tennis great Chris Evert feels Serena Williams can make the most of this Covid-19 induced lockdown and aim to clinch a 24th Grand Slam title.”Maybe she will be calmer out there,” she was quoted as saying by BBC. “I think she will have a fresh perspective and approach.” At 38, Serena lost her last four major finals. “She looks really fit and in great shape and she seems to be really eager to get back,” the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion told BBC Two’s Wimbledon: The Best of the Championships. “So that’s the danger zone for a lot of the other players because if anyone can get through these difficult times and these challenges it’s Serena Williams, with what she’s had to go through in her life. This will be a like piece of cake for her, so watch out for her.” Twenty three-time Grand Slam champion Serena recently committed herself for the 2020 US Open which will be played at the Flushing Meadows from August 31 to September 13 behind closed doors in New York. “I really can’t wait to return to the US Open 2020,” Serena had said in a video message last month. “I think the USTA is going to do a really good job of ensuring everyone is going to be safe. “This is crazy. I’m excited,” she added. The US Open will feature the men’s and women’s singles main-draw events, each with the traditional 128 players, and men’s and women’s doubles events, with 32 teams in each competition (down from 64 teams). IANS Also Watch: The Mores: Lets Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

Ronaldo, Griezman Shortlisted for UEFA Award

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann have both been named in a 10-man shortlist for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award.European football’s governing body released the list on Monday, with Ronaldo the early favourite to scoop the gong after playing a key role in both Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph and Real Madrid winning the Champions League.Griezmann, who finished as the top goalscorer at the Euros after scoring six times to help France reach the final, is also in the running alongside Wales’ talisman Gareth Bale and last year’s winner Lionel Messi. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante – who all played key roles in Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League title win – missed the final 10 but made the top 20, while Wigan Athletic and Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg was a shock inclusion in the top 25.Grigg secured the same amount of votes as Juventus and France star Paul Pogba and more than Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne and Kevin Gameiro – who fired Sevilla to a third straight Europa League triumph.Europe’s golden shoe winner Luis Suarez, Gianluigi Buffon, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Pepe complete the 10-man shortlist.The accolade – voted for by journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member association – will be cut to a final three on August 5 with the winner announced on August 25, the day of the draw for the Champions’ League group stage.THE 10-MAN SHORTLISTGareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France)Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich & Germany)Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany)Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)Luis Suarez (Barcelona & Uruguay)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more