Reproductive ecology of the circumpolar Antarctic nemertean Parborlasia corrugatus: No evidence for inter-annual variation

first_imgWaters around the Antarctic Peninsula are experiencing one of the fastest rates of warming seen anywhere on Earth in the sea in recent times. Species inhabiting nearshore seabed sites in Antarctica have a long history in near freezing temperatures and have poor physiological capacities to cope with change. Reproductive success is a vital characteristic in species survival and evaluation of how reproductive processes vary with time is key to identifying vulnerable species and evaluating the effects of ocean warming. The long-term gametogenic development of the nemertean Parborlasia corrugatus (McIntosh, 1876) was analysed from monthly samples collected between July 1997 and November 2000 from a shallow water site adjacent to the British Antarctic Survey Rothera Research Station (Western Antarctic Peninsula). Spermatogenesis, oocyte size and reproductive condition are described for each month using histological and image analysis techniques. Male and female reproductive condition varied seasonally, with a reduction in the proportion of large oocytes and mature sperm in the gonad during the late austral summer (December–March). We identify three key characteristics in the reproductive ecology of P. corrugatus (1) the timing of reproduction was consistent in the late austral summer of each year and synchronous between males and females (2) oogenesis progressed over a discrete 15–16 month period with a single generation of oocytes in the ovary during most stages of gametogenic development and (3) notable differences in reproductive condition were not apparent from year to year. The majority of long-term studies on reproductive ecology of marine invertebrates at high latitudes, with the exception of one or two species, revealed that 18–24 months are required for gametogenesis compared to 6–12 months in temperate species and there is extreme inter-annual variation in reproductive output. P. corrugatus differs from this in requiring only 15 months for gametogenesis, and has little or no variation between years. This may be because of its predatory lifestyle and that coupling between its gametogenic development and timing, and larval abundance and nutrition with phytoplankton productivity is much less than in the previously studied Antarctic marine herbivores and omnivores. However, the timing of larval settlement and peak juvenile abundance in P. corrugatus does suggest coupling with seasonal productivity through the nemertean’s larval and juvenile ecology.last_img read more

Vanessa Bryant could seek substantial damages in wrongful death lawsuit

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty ImagesBy LESLEY MESSER and JULIE SONE, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Vanessa Bryant could seek substantial damages in her wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company and the successor in interest of the pilot involved in the January crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant.In a new claim filed last Friday at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Vanessa Bryant’s attorneys wrote that she is seeking “economic damages, non-economic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief as the Court deems just and proper.”They did not specify the amount she is seeking in personal injury damages, but added that the late NBA star’s lost earnings total in the “hundreds of millions.”Forbes magazine estimated that Kobe Bryant’s fortune was $600 million at the time of his death.In February, Vanessa Bryant, 38, sued Island Express Helicopters Inc. and Berge Zobayan, named as the successor in interest for pilot Ara Zobayan, alleging negligence, according to ESPN. An attorney for Berge Zobayan had no comment. An attorney for Express Helicopters Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among the eight passengers killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26. Pilot Ara Zobayan also died.According to the new claim, the families of victims Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester and Payton Chester have also filed lawsuits.Disney is the parent company of ESPN and ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. June 9, 2020 /Sports News – National Vanessa Bryant could seek substantial damages in wrongful death lawsuit Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Delek US completes sale of Bakersfield refinery for $40m

first_imgWith the sale, Delek expects to eliminate approximately $14m in annual operating expenses related to the business Delek US has announces closing of Bakersfield refinery sale. (Credit: Pixabay/Frauke Feind) Petroleum refining company Delek US has completed the sale of its equity interests in subsidiary Alon Bakersfield Property to a unit of California-based renewable energy company Global Clean Energy Holdings for $40m.Alon Bakersfield Property owns a refinery in Bakersfield, California.According to the company, the deal will help Delek remove nearly $14m in yearly operating expenses related to the business.Furthermore, the completion of the sale will enable the company to eliminate certain environmental and asset retirement liability reserves currently on the balance sheet.Delek chairman, president and CEO Uzi Yemin said: “We are pleased to announce the sale of the last remaining assets located on the West Coast that were acquired through the Alon acquisition in 2017. “The sale proceeds and the removal of liabilities from our books should help further strengthen our balance sheet while eliminating the annual expenses associated with that business.”Delek US had agreed to acquire stake in Wink to Webster Pipeline in Texas in 2019In 2019, Delek US had agreed to take a 15% stake in the Wink to Webster Pipeline joint venture formed by ExxonMobil, Plains All American Pipeline, and Lotus Midstream.The joint venture would develop the 1,046km-long Wink to Webster Pipeline designed to transport more than one million barrels of crude oil and condensate per day from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the Texas Gulf Coast.According to the company, the expected net investment in the 36-inch pipeline system was $340-380m.Prior to that in 2017, Delek US had agreed to acquire stake it does not already own in Alon USA Energy in a deal worth $675m, including debt and other items.Under the terms of the deal, the company would acquire the remaining 53% stake in Alon to strength its business in Texas’s prolific Permian basin.last_img read more

Reliance to sell Marcellus shale play assets to Northern for $250m

first_img The assets involved in the deal are operated currently by various affiliates of EQT. (Credit: rsvstks from FreeImages) Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries has agreed to sell its stake in certain upstream assets in the Marcellus shale play in the Appalachian Basin, US to Northern Oil and Gas for $250m.The consideration includes a cash component of $175m and issuance of warrants to Reliance Industries for enabling it to buy 3.25 million common shares of Northern Oil and Gas over the next seven years, at a price of $14 per share.Reliance Industries is selling the assets through its fully-owned subsidiary Reliance Marcellus.The assets involved in the deal are located in south-western Pennsylvania and are operated currently by various affiliates of EQT.As of 1 July 2020, the assets were producing nearly 120 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day (MMcfe/d) of natural gas equivalents, net to Northern Oil and Gas’ ownership.In the current year, the Marcellus shale play assets are estimated to produce around 100-110MMcfe/d net to the Delaware-based firm.Northern Oil and Gas to add 102.2 net producing wellsThe total acreage to be gained by Northern Oil and Gas through the deal is nearly 64,000 net acres. Besides, the company to add around 102.2 net producing wells, nearly 22.6 net wells in process, and close to 231.1 net undrilled locations in the core of the Marcellus and Utica plays.Northern Oil and Gas expects the assets to provide unhedged cash flow of nearly $55-60m from operations during 2021 with its share of the estimated capital expenditure budget being $25-30m.Northern Oil and Gas CEO Nick O’Grady said: “Coupled with stable future development, these assets are expected to provide, at current strip prices, an average 18% free cash flow yield on the investment over a multiyear period.“With these estimates, Northern is expected to produce increased free cash flow providing opportunities for growth, shareholder returns, and continued deleveraging.”Subject to the meeting of customary closing conditions, the deal is expected to be completed in April 2021. The total acreage to be gained by Northern through the deal is nearly 64,000 net acreslast_img read more

Oxford Professor criticises use of gender hormones as “unregulated live experiment on children”

first_imgResponding to the issue for Cherwell, transgender campaigner Fox Fisher wrote: “The University of Oxford has a responsibility to make sure all students feel safe to attend the school – behaviour of this sort should never be tolerated and jeopardises the well-being of students and the integrity of the institution. “Look at any modern research in anthropology, sociology, biology, psychology or psychiatry – all indicates that trans children benefit massively from being allowed to express themselves.” “The article additionally relies on a statement from Carl Heneghan, who is a senior tutor at Kellogg College. His words attempt to give credibility to a transphobic rhetoric which is harmful to transgender people both within and outside of the University. It is deeply concerning that Dr Heneghan’s attempt to sow confusion about the treatment of trans children by conflating different treatment methods and rejecting information from the GIDS itself is being legitimised by the name of the University in this way. Speaking to Cherwell, Professor Heneghan stood by his comments, saying: “the development of these interventions should occur in the context of research. Treatments for under 18 gender dysphoric children and adolescents remain largely experimental. The piece to which Professor Heneghan contributed sparked a significant outrage, with prominent figures criticising the Times for its coverage. MP for Cardiff South Stephen Doughty tweeted: “It’s not just the shocking 1980s style headline – @thetimes @TimesLucy have given us a bumper edition of prejudice against the #Trans community today. Do they have *any* idea or even care about the harm this risks causing?”. Content warning: transphobia “There are a large number of unanswered questions that include the age at start, reversibility; adverse events, long term effects on mental health, quality of life, bone mineral density, osteoporosis in later life and cognition.” Professor Carl Heneghan, a fellow at Kellogg College and the director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine, provided a comment piece to the newspaper as a supplement to an investigation into the Gender Identity Development Service Clinic, which the Times described as “the only NHS gender clinic for children”. This article will be updated as we receive more information.center_img Professor Heneghan’s appeal was made on the basis of medical skepticism over the practice, writing that: “the majority of drugs in use are frequently supported by low-quality evidence about their use beyond the usual age for puberty, or in many cases no evidence at all”. The statement read: “Transphobic, fear-mongering articles being given priority in national news is unacceptable. Although the article includes information and statements from the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) that refutes its own main line of argument, emphasis is still placed upon unsupported and dangerous viewpoints. “As such, both pieces fail to contribute to any kind of representative discussion on gender dysphoria, perpetuating only a transphobic editorial line.” “Conspicuously absent from both pieces are the voices of transgender people who have used the services provided by GIDS. Ignoring the perspective of the people who matter most in this issue, transgender children, is entirely unbalanced reporting. An Oxford University professor has come under public scrutiny after contributing to a front page story in the Times criticising the use of hormone blockers on young people as “an unregulated live experiment on children.” “The prominence of this article within the issue of The Times clearly means to stir up misinformation which will exacerbate the difficulties transgender and gender nonconforming children and teenagers face in the UK. In a public statement regarding the article, the Oxford Student Union LGBTQ+ Campaign condemned the article and urged both members of the LGBTQ+ Community and its allies to launch official complaints to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (ISPO).last_img read more

Indiana Employment Report

first_imgEDITOR’S NOTES:Data are sourced from August Current Employment Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics – U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsAugust employment data for Indiana Counties, Cities and MSAs will be available Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at noon (Eastern) pending U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics validation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare DWD News Release BannerINDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 20, 2019) – Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to drop to 3.3 percent for August and remains lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent. The last time Indiana’s unemployment rate was at 3.3 percent was February 2018. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 2,135 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 4,260 unemployed residents and an increase of 2,125 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the state’s 64.6 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.2 percent.Additionally, this month had the lowest unemployment insurance claims in the reference week (12th of the month) in 2019.Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp.August 2019 Employment ChartsEmployment by SectorPrivate sector employment has grown by 23,000 over the year and has decreased by 2,100 over the previous month. The monthly decrease is primarily due to losses in the Leisure and Hospitality (-1,600) and the Manufacturing (-1,500) sectors. Losses were partially offset by gains in the Professional and Business Services (900) and the Financial Activities (600) sectors. Total private employment stands at 2,739,000, which is 6,900 above the December 2018 peak.Midwest Unemployment RatesAugust 2019 Midwest Unemployment Rateslast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” NOVEMBER 29, 2019 BY DEPUTY DUCK

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We 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 took the liberty to post an interesting IS IT TRUE posted in the comment section yesterday by a loyal supporter named DEPUTY DUCK?  …the majority of the IS IT TRUE comments written by DEPUTY DUCK posted below seems to be spot on?IS IT TRUE the McCurdy’s legal issues and code violations could lead to a major battle with the City? IS IT TRUE we need this cultural gem to be successful for the health of downtown? IS IT TRUE we hope the two parties find a way to resolve their issues so that this area can thrive?IS IT TRUE a developer appeared before City Council at the last meeting seeking a rezoning for the old Fred Geiger and Sons National Biscuit Company property? IS IT TRUE the developer plans to rehabilitate the historic property to be mixed use? IS IT TRUE we are excited to see what comes of this development?IS IT TRUE the City elections will start to get more interesting as candidates make their announcements? IS IT TRUE we expect Michelle Mercer, Alex Schmitt, and Ron Beane to run as Republicans at-large? IS IT TRUE we expect Jonathan Weaver and Ed Bassmeier to run as Democrats at-large? IS IT TRUE we are curious to see whether Dan Adams chooses to run again? IS IT TRUE we wonder who Republicans will choose to run in the all-important 1st ward?IS IT TRUE the City Council will soon vote on their attorney for 2019? IS IT TRUE we expect Josh Claybourn to be retained since a majority have already voiced their support him? IS IT TRUE that some other attorneys wanting the position have tried to make an issue out of Claybourn living outside of city limits?  IS IT TRUE this will be a tough argument to make since the previous attorney Scott Danks also lived outside of city limits? IS IT TRUE that most City Council members report Claybourn has stayed out of the political fray and that it will help him keep his job?IS IT TRUE we hear that new County Commissioner Jeff Hatfield has hit the ground running with Commissioner Shoulders and Musgrave?  IS IT TRUE we expect to hear about committee and board appointments soon? IS IT TRUE that County Commission attorney Joe Harrison Jr. hopes to stay on as County attorney but that the firm of Jones & Wallace is giving him a run for his money? IS IT TRUE that Jones & Wallace represented Hatfield during his possible recount? IS IT TRUE that this will be an interesting issue to watch develop?IS IT TRUE that Memorial Baptist Church and Progressive Holy Temple are coming together for a citywide community outreach effort to collect socks for the homeless and elderly in our community? IS IT TRUE that they will be collecting socks up until December the 21st?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that City Council shouldn’t release any funds to ECHO Housing Corp. until they are given a copy of the Forensic Audit report of that agency?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” APRIL 13, 2020

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” 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 that the infection and death tolls from the coronavirus are continuing to increase with over a half-million Americans having an official diagnosis with the COVID-19 virus and over 20,000 have passed away?…it does appear as a nation that we are at the peak of the curves for both COVOD-19 infection and death?…nationally we should start seeing lower infection and death rates over the next 5 to 7 weeks and if these projections turn out to be correct our death rates from COVID-19 virus should reach zero sometime in June?IS IT TRUE we are now told that the Coronovirus will hit its peak in Indiana between April 16 and 25, 2020?….that we need to brace ourselves for an influx of COVID—19 confirmed cases/deaths from now until then?IS IT TRUE while these curves are shaped like they were expected to be for a virus spreading the actual numbers are most likely way low because of the relatively low number of tests that have been run? …that the population of the United States is around 327 million and around 2 million people have been tested so far?…this virus also has the property of infecting many people who never show symptoms and thus are not counted in the infected totals?IS IT TRUE that the death counts are something that there is a decent count on for those who have sought medical care but are missing those who have not sought medical care making them lower than reality?…this is something that will be realized and studied for years?IS IT TRUE among some deaths that are not all being counted are elderly people living in nursing homes?…from Washington State where this whole thing really got going in the United States to other towns in America, nursing homes have been hit very hard by the coronavirus and many of these are not included in the count?IS IT TRUE America’s nursing homes have seemly become a hot spot for people to work and at least one workforce has walked off of the job?…last Friday in Riverside, California the entire staff of a rest home refused to report to work because of the high number of deaths and the high probability of the COVID-19 infection?  …fortunately for the elderly, they were able to be transported to other facilities? FOOTNOTE: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any reader’s comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers IS IT TRUE that across the country, Mayors, County officials and Governors are holding daily news conferences or teleconferences to explain the current situation to their constituents?…for some reason Evansville is seemly one of those places where such daily communications from our locally elected officials to calm the masses are missing?IS IT TRUE we have a “Haircut Hero” and his name is Lloyd Winnecke?  …the masses are gravitating to a new type of hero during times like these?  …he is called the “FOOD TRUCK HERO” and his name is Ben Shoulders?IS IT TRUE that there are also those who never seek medical care and just die at home?…last week a young person was found dead in her bed after not reporting to work?…when her family went to check on her she was dead?…we wonder how this death will be classified?…was it Coronavirus, suicide or something else?…one thing is for certain and that is those who are not diagnosed with Coronavirus are not counted and the odds are that this is a very high number that we shall never ever know?IS IT TRUE we recently called out the Vanderburgh County Commissioners for not closing the Thunderbolt golf course? ….we were told that the County Commissioners own the land of the Thunderbolt golf course however they lease the land to the Evansville Airport Authority?  …Thunderbolt golf course is controlled by the Evansville Airport Authority and in return, they lease it out to a third party?IS IT TRUE serious leaders endear them to their constituents by breaking the monotony of the boring days of being quarantined with accurate and current updates of the status of the COVID-19 virus?IS IT TRUE as of last week our current “CCO MOLE” membership count is now a 168 strong?  …that seven (7) “CCO MOLES” passed away during the last several years and we really miss them?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the Government fears the people we have Liberty? IS IT TRUE that so far the most effective leader and media informing the masses about the current status of the COVID-19 virus is the CEO of the Deaconess Health System and Channel 14 News?…we are completely surprised that the CEO at the other Evansville Hospital has been missing in action? …this virus may be a thing of the past by mid-summer but the failure of leadership won’t be forgotten? Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Would you like to know if the City and County have any contingency plans to stifle any civil unrest caused by the economic hardship of the COVID-19 virus?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, “READERS POLL”, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS”, EDUCATION, OBITUARIES and “LOCAL SPORTS”.You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily or If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE our “READERS POLLS” are non-scientific but trendy?last_img read more

Wonder the Bear’s Birthday Bash Lights up Night Sky

first_imgThe birthday fireworks display was a nice way to kick-off the summer season. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier tossed a birthday bash for mascot Wonder the Bear last night and ended with a fireworks display over the skies near the iconic amusement complex.The brief, but intense display drew a small but enthusiastic crowd to the beach and boardwalk. Some sprinted to better viewing spots, while others just reclined and took in the show. Not a bad way to mark Wonder’s big day. Hey, he might not be as famous as the Philly Phanatic, but Wonder lives at the beach.  The Phanatic’s many OC visits are just that, visits.The weather cooperated and was “wonder”full as well, with mild temperatures still in control after a warm day. Following a prolonged period of chilly OC weather with more warmth predicted today, the mood was , shall we say, sunny.“This is awesome!” a young female patron of 6th St. pizza and Grill at Wonderland. “Pizza on the boardwalk and its finally warm here and now fireworks,” she said. “I’m finally at the Shore!”last_img read more

Greenleaf in Elkhart reports half of residents COVID-19 positive or presumed positive

first_img Greenleaf in Elkhart reports half of residents COVID-19 positive or presumed positive CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Dozens of research groups around the world are racing to create a vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to grow. (NIAID-RML via AP) Not good news from Greenleaf in Elkhart as they say half of their nursing home residents are presumed positive for COVID-19. Officials say that of their 71 residents 36 have either tested positive or are believed to be positive. That is in addition to 11 staffers that are also presumed positive.The facility is operated by Trilogy Health Services in Louisville, Kentucky. There has been no indication of any deaths at Greenleaf Health Campus. The Elkhart Truth reports Trilogy operates another residence in Goshen but there have been no positive cases there.Read more here with The Elkhart Truth Twitter Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleTexas man wanted for series of child molestations in ElkhartNext articleDaily information to be released by care facilities in Indiana Carl Stutsman By Carl Stutsman – April 29, 2020 1 775 Facebook Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more