Restricted gene flow and evolutionary divergence between geographically separated populations of the Antarctic octopus Pareledone turqueti

first_imgSamples of the Antarctic octopus Pareledone turqueti were taken from three locations on the Scotia Ridge in the Southern Ocean. The genetic homogeneity of these populations was investigated using isozyme electrophoresis. Whilst panmixia appeared to be maintained around South Georgia (F-ST = 0) gene flow between this island and Shag Rocks, an island only 150 km away but separated by great depths, was extremely limited (F-ST = 0.74). These results are examined with respect to the discontinuous distribution of P. turqueti throughout Antarctica. An estimate of effective population size was also calculated (N-e = 3600).last_img

Energization of the ring current by substorms

first_imgThe substorm process releases large amounts of energy into the magnetospheric system, although where the energy is transferred to and how it is partitioned remains an open question. In this study, we address whether the substorm process contributes a significant amount of energy to the ring current. The ring current is a highly variable region, and understanding the energization processes provides valuable insight into how substorm-ring current coupling may contribute to the generation of storm conditions and provide a source of energy for wave driving. In order to quantify the energy input into the ring current during the substorm process, we analyze Radiation Belt Storm Probes Ion Composition Experiment and Helium Oxygen Proton Electron ion flux measurements for H+, O+, and He+. The energy content of the ring current is estimated and binned spatially for L and magnetic local time. The results are combined with an independently derived substorm event list to perform a statistical analysis of variations in the ring current energy content with substorm phase. We show that the ring current energy is significantly higher in the expansion phase compared to the growth phase, with the energy enhancement persisting into the substorm recovery phase. The characteristics of the energy enhancement suggest the injection of energized ions from the tail plasma sheet following substorm onset. The local time variations indicate a loss of energetic H+ ions in the afternoon sector, likely due to wave-particle interactions. Overall, we find that the average energy input into the ring current is similar to 9% of the previously reported energy released during substorms. Plain Language Summary The Earth’s near-space environment is populated by energetic charged particles, whose motion is largely controlled by the global geomagnetic field. This region, known as the magnetosphere, is highly dynamic and variable, strongly coupled to the solar wind (a continuous stream of charged particles outflowing from the Sun). At times, the Earth’s magnetic field can become highly distorted and release a large amount of energy into the magnetospheric system. This process is termed a substorm, and the release of energy has significant consequences for the structure of the region and the characteristics of the plasma within it. The amount of energy that is transferred to the magnetospheric particle population remains to be fully understood. In this study, we use spacecraft measurements of highly energetic particles observed by the Van Allen Probes between 2012 and 2017. Using a statistical approach, we quantify the magnitude of the energy input into the particle population due to a typical substorm. Furthermore, we investigate the location of the energy enhancements, providing an insight into how energy is transported throughout the magnetospheric system.last_img read more

Hanwha Total Petrochemical expands ethylene production capacity of Daesan facility in South Korea

first_imgThe commercial operations of the plant have started and it can now produce 1.4 million tonnes of ethylene per year Image: The project is the first in a series of three at the Daesan integrated refining and petrochemicals complex. Photo courtesy of Markus Naujoks from Pixabay. Hanwha Total Petrochemical has completed the expansion of its ethylene production facility at the Daesan integrated refining and petrochemicals complex located in South Korea.The commercial operations have started at the facility and it can now produce 1.4 million tonnes of ethylene annually.The firm has invested $450m (£362m) to increase the production capacity of ethylene by 30% at the petrochemical complex.Hanwha Total Petrochemical is a 50:50 joint between South Korean business conglomerate Hanwha and French oil and gas giant Total.Launched in April 2017, the project is the first in a series of three at the Daesan integrated refining and petrochemicals complex.According to the company, over $300m (£241m) is  being invested to increase polyethylene production capacity by 50% to 1.1 million tonnes per annum by the end of 2019, and approximately $500m (£402m) is being invested to expand polypropylene production capacity by close to 60% to 1.1 million tonnes annually by 2021.Total said that all the investments in the petrochemical facility are being made to take advantage of the competitively priced propane feedstock, which is available abundantly owing to the shale gas revolution in the US.It also said that the new production from the Daesan petrochemical complex will enable it to address local demand and supply the rapid-growing Asian market.Total refining & chemicals president Bernard Pinatel said: “These investments and today’s successful start-up of the first project reflect our strategy of meeting growing global demand for petrochemicals by channeling our investments into our world-class complexes and leveraging cost-advantaged feedstock.”Other investments of Hanwha Total PetrochemicalIn December 2018, Hanwha Total Petrochemical had announced an investment of $500m (£400m) to expand the Daesan petrochemical complex. In late 2014, Hanwha Total Petrochemical upgraded the Daesan petrochemical complex with an investment of around $2bn (£1.6bn) to double its production capacity to meet the strong growth in demand for plastics in Asia, particularly in China.last_img read more

Senior property sector figure given OBE in New Year’s Honours list

first_imgA second senior housing sector figure has been given a gong within the New Year’s Honours list.Professor Paddy Gray, a Board Director of safeagent, the accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents, has been made an OBE for his services to housing.He follows Shelter boss Polly Neate, who was made a CBE for her services to homelessness.Gray, as well as being a Professor Emeritus at the University of Ulster, has published some 300 research papers on the sector and regularly contributes to conferences and seminars.He is a leading player within the Northern Ireland housing sector and is also a respected figure in the UK and overseas particularly in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macau, where he has worked.Housing TwitterGray is a keen tweeter, which is unusual within the housing sector, and involved in 16 different organisations including Propertymark, which employs him as an external examiner, and safeagent.He is also affiliated to two other universities, several property management companies including the Wheatley Group and a developer, Connswater Homes.“We’re delighted that Paddy has been honoured in this way. He is well known for his work in the property sector, not only in Northern Ireland but throughout the UK,” says Isobel Thomson, CEO of safeagent.“We are very proud to have him as a Director on the safeagent Board, where he brings his extensive knowledge and skills.”Read more about the New Year’s Honours list.     Professor Paddy Gray housing Isobel Thomson propertymark SAFEagent January 6, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Senior property sector figure given OBE in New Year’s Honours list previous nextAssociations & BodiesSenior property sector figure given OBE in New Year’s Honours listProfessor Paddy Gray works for a wide range of property and housing organisations including safeagent and Propertymark.Nigel Lewis6th January 20200719 Viewslast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Clean Vibes’ Anna Borofsky Explains How To Keep Your Festival Experience Clean & Green

first_imgClean Vibes has become a staple of the festival community. Each year, the organization takes on hundreds of volunteers at music festivals and events nationwide to help minimize festival landfill waste with recycling and composting. Live For Live Music got the chance to speak to Clean Vibes co-owner, Anna Borofsky, who spoke to us about Clean Vibes’ mission and accomplishments, as well as how folks like you can get attend festivals for free with them as a volunteer and what we should all be doing at concerts to make sure that the world stays a little bit greener. Check out the interview below.Live For Live Music: Can you talk a little bit about what Clean Vibes is, and why it’s so important?Anna Borofsky: Clean Vibes is a company formed and dedicated to environmentally responsible, on-site waste management for festivals and events. For the past 19 years, we have been working to ensure that event sites are left cleaner than we found them and that as much of the festival waste as possible is diverted from landfills through recycling and composting. To date, we have diverted over 16,000,000 pounds of waste from landfills throughout North America. We also strive to educate and inspire festivalgoers by showing them how easy it is to minimize one’s waste footprint through recycling and composting in hopes that they might take this knowledge and apply it to their daily lives.L4LM: What accomplishments of Clean Vibes are you most proud of?AB: The sheer volume of material we have diverted from the landfill is something I am proud of. Developing and improving our systems for efficient event cleanup and waste diversion is also a source of pride. Without question though, the greatest value within Clean Vibes and our greatest source of pride are the amazing staff that we have. We are beyond grateful for the incredibly hard-working, passionate, and dedicated team we have—we would be nothing without them.All of our staff—our West Coast branch manager, administrative manager, volunteer manager, event managers, volunteer coordinators, supervisors, and crew—amaze us with their passion for the work, dedication to the job, and tolerance for stress and for schwill! We are incredibly proud to have been able to keep so many incredible people employed over the years and look forward to doing so for many more years.L4LM: Are there any events that stand out for the fans being particularly green or easy to work with?AB: We have been able to achieve remarkably high diversion rates at Outside Lands in San Francisco as a result of a team effort with a lot of partners in the city committed to waste diversion. In terms of fan-driven success, High Sierra Music Festival has always been a community that helps clean up and really appreciates our waste diversion efforts.L4LM: What do you hope the future of Clean Vibes holds?AB: I hope that we can continue to provide an unparalleled level of service to events while continuing to improve our waste diversion rates. I hope we can continue to employ an amazing team of rock stars. I hope that we can continue to expand our services into non-festival realms to provide the same level of waste diversion to other types of outdoor events. I hope we can continue to inspire people to realize that if we can recycle and compost at a festival, you can definitely do it at home.L4LM: What are things that music fans can do, outside of volunteering for you, to reduce their ecological footprint at music festivals?AB: Carpool! Buy items in bulk, bring reusable bottles and other foodservice items. No styrofoam coolers! If you smoke, put your butts in your pocket or use a portable ashtray—remember that every butt you throw on the ground, we pick up! If you bring something with you to an event, take it home with you. Don’t leave behind tents and other camping gear when they can still be used. No personal confetti! Again, everything you put on the ground, we have to pick up!L4LM: For those interested, can you talk about what it means to volunteer for Clean Vibes and how to get involved?AB: Our volunteer program is an integral part of our operation. We could never accomplish the timely event cleanups and high levels of waste diversion without our amazing volunteers! Volunteering with Clean Vibes is basically a work exchange for festival admission. Folks pay a deposit, they receive admission to the event, they work their shifts with us, and they get their deposit back. They are able to attend the event at almost no cost, while also being a part of the effort to keep the festival clean and diverting as much waste from the landfill as possible.They get the satisfaction of helping with the festival’s recycling efforts, and so many volunteers find that their Clean Vibes’ experience is one of the most significant and positive aspects of their festival experience. Let’s be clear: it’s hard work. However, the satisfaction, the feeling of accomplishment, and the impact of working as a team can be a powerful experience for a lot of volunteers. If anyone is interested in finding out more details about our specific volunteer opportunities or want to sign up, they should check out our website.last_img read more

Labor Café facilitates discussion of ‘China Policy’

first_imgStudents, professors, administrators and concerned individuals gathered Friday for the Higgins Labor Café conversation entitled “The Notre Dame Licensing Codes of Conduct,” a continuation of the ongoing conversation surrounding the possibility of allowing certain Chinese factories to begin producing official Notre Dame merchandise.The Labor Café, a biweekly event hosted by the Higgins Labor Studies Program of the Center of Social Concerns (CSC), looks to start “casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity and social justice,” according to the program’s website.Daniel Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Studies program, said the discussion attracted a wide array of backgrounds, and all who wished to participate in the conversation were free to do so.“There are folks [here] from the CSC, folks from the licensing program, folks on the workers’ rights board, from the panels and those simply interested,” Graff said.The discussion weighed the pros and cons of beginning production in China, particularly because the Chinese government does not legally guarantee workers the right to freely associate. Because of that, China does not, nor likely will have, any workers’ unions by the time an agreement can be arranged, Barbara Fick, associate professor of law, said.“You’re not going to get a trade union in China because they’re not going to allow an independent trade union that’s separate from the government because that’s going to pose a threat to the government,” Fick said. On the other hand, China is one of the fastest growing producers in the world, Notre Dame law school 2014 graduate Xin He said. China has a huge amount of investment and production in the textile industry so Notre Dame cannot completely boycott China. At least some part of the electronics in Notre Dame-licensed products must be made in China, He said.Since a complete boycott of Chinese products is already impossible, He said an argument could be made that it may be a beneficial to use Notre Dame’s buying power for good.“Notre Dame has leverage on China, not if we don’t engage, but Notre Dame has leverage on Chinese companies if they do engage,” He said.Both sides of the discussion wish to see Notre Dame acting true to its character and as a “powerful source for good in the world,” University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said.Student participation was also a topic of discussion. Bill Purcell, associate director of Catholic social tradition and practice at the CSC, asked the final question to open the Labor Café’s initial discussion, “Do students care?”Many of those who attended the conversation expressed disappointment that there were not more students involved in the Worker Participation Committee and the events to present their findings. Those in attendance questioned whether this was due to students’ lack of knowledge of the panels and discussions.After the meeting, student body president Lauren Vidal held a short brainstorming session with present students about to how to improve communication on this issue with the student body.Tags: China policy, John Affleck-Graves, Lauren Vidal, Notre Dame, Worker Participationlast_img read more

Stop bullying before it escalates

first_imgAt home, encourage good social skills and behavior. Help your child find his or her talents, and praise accomplishments. “When a child is bullied, he or she may feel angry, helpless or deserted,” Gibson said. “If that child tells a teacher or parent about the bullying, he or she needs to know it’s not tattling and that speaking about it was the right thing.” A consistently bullied student can have emotional problems and perform poorly in school. And if the bullying is physical, it can take its toll on the student’s body. The child doing the bullying should be given a chance to reform. The child who is being bullied should have an adult contact at school to tell if the bullying doesn’t stop. This person could be the teacher or a paraprofessional. Parents can also: Calm downParents can become angry when they first learn their child is being bullied. “Parents should stay calm and first find out if their child is in any immediate physical danger,” she said. Teachers and principals are trained to deal with issues like bullying, she said. So voice your concerns, but listen, too. Most schools have an action plan to deal with bully situations. If the school doesn’t, offer to help develop a plan. Follow up with the school to make sure steps are in place to keep your child from being bullied. “Again, parents should stay calm. If they’re not, this could set up a defensive action by school officials,” she said. “Parents should be proactive, but not demanding before they learn more about the situation at school.” The most important thing to do is find a way to stop the bullying. Ask for a meeting with the principal of your child’s school. The principal can then determine if and when to bring the child’s teacher or teachers into the conversation. Bullying can come in many forms, including physical or emotional abuse, damage to a child’s property, spreading malicious rumors or forcing a child to do something he or she doesn’t want to do, said Sharon Gibson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension family and consumer science educator. Don’t ignore the problem. And don’t tell your child to ignore the bully. Help teachers helpA lot is going on in the average classroom, Gibson said. Teachers or paraprofessionals can have their hands full all day. It can be tough to concentrate on one child. Everyone gets bullied at some point in life, and it will most likely happen at school. If your child is being bullied, you can do some things to help stop it. Make sure the school has good monitoring. Keep records of bullying episodes and of any communication with the school. Work with other parents in the neighborhood to make sure children are supervised. Gibson recommends setting up a code word for the bullied child to use when he or she feels uncomfortable or in danger due to bullying. This will inform the adult without the child having to raise a hand or bring much attention. The adult can then investigate or even witness the bullying. “A confident, assertive child is less likely to be the target of a bully,” Gibson said.last_img read more

Four Danish pension funds return to PRI, but two still unconvinced

first_imgFour of Denmark’s biggest pension funds have once more become members of the UN-backed responsible investment organisation PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), after quitting the body in 2013 in protest at the way it was run.But Industriens Pension and PensionDanmark – the two other major pension funds in the Nordic country that left the PRI at the same time – have not said they are re-joining.In a joint statement, ATP, PFA, PKA and Sampension said they had decided to join the PRI again.They said: “In 2013, the pension companies withdrew membership from the organisation, as it did not meet the basic requirements for management structure.” The decision about resuming membership was made after three years of critical dialogue with PRI’s board, they said.Ole Buhl, head of ESG at ATP, told IPE: “When we left in 2013, we stated a number of concerns, and what we have been evaluating is whether all those concerns have been met.”He said ATP was now happy with the new governance of the PRI, even though it had not reverted to the old constitution but rather adjusted the new constitution it subsequently put in place.Under the old framework, ATP and other investors were legal members of the organisation – which ATP preferred – but now their status is simply that of signatories.“We are very happy, and sometimes you don’t get everything you ask for,” Buhl said.The four Danish pension funds said PRI chairman Martin Skancke had listened to their criticism, and that the organisation had changed both policies and management structure, as well as increased the “visibility” of its plans and decisions.“Thirdly, the board has been receptive of arguments in the ongoing dialogue with the Danish pension companies,” they said in the statement.During the period when they were not part of the PRI, the four funds said they had complied with the UN-supported principles for responsible investments. Skancke said the organisation was delighted to welcome the four Danish pension funds back.“We have had constructive informal discussions with them over the last several months and sought to explain how their governance concerns were addressed following our governance review, which was approved by more than 95% of signatories voting,” he said.“This overwhelming support for the new governance structure and articles of association clearly demonstrated that signatories were pleased with and supportive of these changes.”PensionDanmark, meanwhile, said the situation regarding the PRI had not changed.Jens-Christian Stougaard, PensionDanmark’s senior vice-president for business development, analysis, public affairs and corporate social responsibility, said: “We have not had any direct discussions with the PRI since a meeting in November 2015.“When we left the PRI in 2013, it was because we observed that the governance of PRI did not live up to the standards we expect. “If the PRI re-establishes the original principles of governance – for example, membership rights, having an AGM, etcetera – we will give serious consideration to re-joining.”Until then, Stougaard said the pension fund would carry on with its efforts as an active and responsible investor across asset classes and geographies.last_img read more

AREC 2019: 3000 real estate experts descend on the Gold Coast

first_imgAREC 2019 kicks off on the Gold Coast this weekend, with agents set to flock to the conference to learn from industry experts such as Nicole Gleeson who spoke last year. Picture: Jerad WilliamsMORE than 3000 real estate experts are expected to flock to the Glitter Strip this weekend for the annual Australasian Real Estate Conference (AREC). AREC 2019 is set to deliver industry insights to teach agents how to navigate the cooling market conditions being felt across the country. A record number of industry experts attended AREC 2018. Picture: Jerad WilliamsKollosche Broadbeach director Michael Kollosche said the Gold Coast was the perfect spot to host AREC, particularly now in Australia’s challenging market. “It’s been held here for a number of years now and it’s a popular destination for all the interstate agents to come and have a bit of a holiday as well as get the training,” he said. “We are fortunate to have it in our backyard — it’s a really good conference with speakers who are at the top of the industry.“I tell my staff they are mad if they don’t go and take advantage of it.”Mr Kollosche said his whole team would be attending this year. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Coast’s first skyhome hits the market AREC 2019 will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 2 and 3. For further information or registrations visit arecconference.com, call 1800 335 336 or email [email protected] Tom Panos will host his eighth AREC event this year.Conference MC Tom Panos, a highly respected real estate industry speaker and coach who is returning to host for his eighth year, said attendees will learn to thrive in the current climate. “This year’s conference features local real estate agents that have created processes and systems that allows them to do more than 200 sales a year and GCI commissions in excess of $5 million per annum,” he said. center_img MORE NEWS: Has this property started a sick trend? More than 3000 agents are expected to attend AREC this year. Picture: Jerad WilliamsThe two-day event will see 21 speakers from around the globe share their tips and strategies to help agents take their business to a new level. Last year, a record 4058 attendees went to the conference. “AREC traditionally has grown its delegate numbers year on year, which was helped along by a booming property market,” Total Real Estate Training general manager Nichola Byrne said. “As the industry is aware, the market temperature over the past year has challenged the industry and this includes our delegate base. We are very excited to welcome over 3000 guests onsite and look forward to educating and equipping them with new tools and techniques that they can apply not only to their businesses but also their personal lives.”last_img read more

Local hip hop act CHOEB racks up views for new video ‘Magic Touch’

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Local hip hop act CHOEB racks up views for new video ‘Magic Touch’ by: – February 28, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share 72 Views   8 comments Tweetcenter_img Share Share The town of Portsmouth continues to turn heads locally with refreshing young musical talent and excellent music videos to complement the songs.Hot on the heels of the Ncore Band’s Deja Buile music video, the second-town based hip hop group CHOEB has released the video for their hit song ‘Magic Touch.’The video has set the social media, especially Facebook, abuzz, and quickly racked up well over 1000 views in less than 24 hours since its release on Sunday, February 26.‘Magic Touch’ is the third single on CHOEB’s first official album, titled “Under the Lights.” The video was directed by Chad Ambo, a recent university graduate who specialized in Multimedia Production at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.Responding to questions about the viability of a hip-hop group in Dominica, and whether or not it is an attempt at replicating America culture, Ambo responded, “If you look on the international scene right now you have artists like Rihanna, Akon and Nicki Minaj who have non-US roots, and have gone on to dominate the American charts and market. The CHOEB members are talented; who knows if they will get the opportunity to export this talent? But I see nothing wrong in allowing young people to channel their time and energy into positive things that they enjoy doing, instead of idling and getting involved in negative acts.”You can learn more about CHOEB by visiting their official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CHOEB/124096690939180Click here to view CHOEB’s hit ‘Magic Touch’: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5txJ4pckbPc&feature=youtu.be [/youtube]last_img read more