A seasonally varying biotope at Signy Island, Antarctic: implications for meiofaunal structure

first_imgUnder the typical high-latitude conditions of temperature, productivity and settlement of chlorophyll and phaeophytin to the sediment, many benthic organisms in the Antarctic show strong seasonal variation. Although meiofauna comprise an important component of the southpolar benthic ecosystem, our knowledge of them is limited. The metazoan meiofauna and the surrounding sediments were studied fortnightly for 18 mo in a shallow bay at Signy Island (Factory Cove, South Orkneys, Antarctica) to test whether and how the temporal variability of the environment influenced meiobenthos dynamics. By examination of the distribution of the abundance and biomass of the total community, the density of higher taxonomic groups, and of individual dominant nematode genera and feeding categories, we assessed changes in faunal structure. Short-term variations were often effective, and several correlations were observed between temperature and food availability (chlorophyll and its derivatives and bulk organic matter, C and N, in both sediment and water column). However, complex temporal patterns characterised the otherwise fairly predictable seasonal variations of the Antarctic ecosystem. The results suggest that variations in meiobenthic population density and structure were primarily regulated by the input and availability of organic matter and less so by water temperature, which was constantly low. The virtual lack of a Œwinter stop¹ also leads to the conclusion that food was not limiting in the Antarctic coastal sediment.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Cancels Media Session, Rumors Swirling Of Possible Major Injury

first_imgNoah Brown making a great catch at Ohio State practice.Noah Brown Ohio StateUpdate No. 2: Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown broke his leg at practice and will have surgery. Urban Meyer just confirmed for me Noah Brown has broken leg, will undergo surgery, full recovery expected. story at http://t.co/x610tIOIt0— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 27, 2015Update: Multiple reports state that Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a major leg injury at practice tonight. Our understanding is that Noah Brown was injured at #Buckeye practice tonight. EMT’s responded to a call at OSU at 6:37.— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) August 26, 2015Earlier: Various Ohio State football players and coaches were scheduled to meet with the media this evening after practice. Interviews have been cancelled. According to multiple reporters at the Buckeyes’ facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the mood is extremely somber. A player was reportedly carted off the field and rumors of a major injury to a Buckeye are swirling. Bad vibes here at OSU. Interviews cancelled. Looked to be a player carted off.— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) August 26, 2015It was a strange mood as soon as we walked onto the practice field. Players were all very quiet, just sitting on the bench. No jokes.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy_) August 26, 2015Ohio State abruptly cancelled interviews and people in this building look like they got the wind knocked out of them.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith Jr. posted the following tweet. Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015That seems to be a reference to wide receiver Noah Brown, who was having a tremendous training camp.Per Corey Smith’s tweet, it sounds like WR Noah Brown, who was having an amazing camp, may have been injured.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith has also tweeted.This is not our plan… This is God’s plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015Brown, a sophomore, played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2014. He appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season this fall.  More to follow.last_img read more

College Spun Media Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Writer This Summer

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209We are expanding!College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over four million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time writer to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. We’re looking for candidates who are obsessed college sports and understand the ever-changing digital journalism landscape. Ideal candidates will also have relevant experience. As an employee of College Spun, you will help dictate the site’s editorial direction.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be a great writer who can spot an interesting story and have the personality to tell it in an entertaining way.You must be well-versed in social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc).You must be able to edit and manage other writers; team players only.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume and two writing samples.last_img read more

RBI penalty Swift blames shortcomings in automated payment processes at banks

first_imgMumbai, Mar 7 (PTI) Global financial messaging cooperative Swift said Thursday blamed the shortcomings in banks’ automated payment processes and also reconciliations for the regulatory penalties on 19 of them over the past few past week and said it’s not their job to police the lenders. Over the past week, the Reserve Bank has penalised 19 banks, including SBI and ICICI Bank, for non-compliance with the Swift system– the virtual connection between India and the rest of the world when it comes to financial messaging. The penalty amounts ranged between Rs 1 and Rs 4 crore and the overall penalty totals Rs 40 crore. Alain Raes, Swift chief executive for Asia Pacific and EMEA, however, refused to comment on the penalised banks’ contention that such shortcomings are “minor” in nature. “It’s about STP (straight through processing) automation within a bank’s operations, which has nothing to do with us, and also reconciliation,” Raes told reporters here. He also stressed that none of these shortcomings are Swift’s own doing and expressed their inability to police all the members. Whenever we find a shortcoming in any member institution, we flag the same to the respective regulator and it’s up to the regulator to take a call on how to tackle the issue, he said. Raes, however, conceded that the aspects on automation are fairly expensive for the lenders, but its country head Kiran Shetty was quick to add that the cost of a fraud will be much larger. It can be noted that the modus operandi of over Rs 13,000 crore fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank, allegedly perpetrated by diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, rested on the abuse of the Swift system. In the absence of an integration between a bank’s core banking system and the Swift platform, a PNB official connived with the fraudsters to send several payment messages to dubious foreign entities, defrauding the bank. Raes parried a question on whether all the institutions served by them have their CBS platforms integrated with Swift but said they have been insisting on reducing manual intervention in transactions as much of the frauds have happened due to manual interventions. He also said it will be unfair to blame Swift for frauds being perpetrated at member-banks as their role is limited to flagging concerns as a “hygiene” policy. He said the agency has listed down 16 principles which are mandatory for every institution connecting with the world, adding all its Indian clientele are in compliance with them from a self-attestation perspective. It is also adding two more principles as part of its ongoing efforts to make the security architecture more robust, he said, adding these two are derived from the list of 11 principles which are a part of an “advisory” list at present. About data localisation, Raes said increasing instances of regulatory requirements in various geographies will push up costs of financial messaging. Shetty said SBI will soon be joining a list of 11 Indian banks using the modern GPI (global payments initiative) platform aimed at making payments more efficient, fast, transparent and cheaper. Swift India also recently appointed former SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya as the chairman of its board, he added.last_img read more

Filing of nomination papers for 13 LS constituencies in Rajasthan to commence

first_imgJaipur: Notification for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections that will see 13 out of 25 parliamentary constituencies in Rajasthan go to polls will be issued Tuesday, signalling the commencement of the nomination filing process for the same. Rajasthan Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar Monday said nomination papers will be accepted from 11 am to 3 pm till April 9. Scrutiny of the papers will be done on April 10 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is April 12, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Voting in the 13 constituencies of Tonk-Swai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota and Jhalawar-Baran will be held on April 29. Of these, the BJP has not declared its candidates for the Rajsamand and Barmer constituencies, while the Congress is yet to name its candidates for the Rajsamand, Ajmer, Bhilwara and Jhalawar-Baran seats. The Lok Sabha election in Rajasthan will be held in two phases, with the remaining 12 constituencies going to polls on May 6.last_img read more

CSK restrict RR to 1517

Jaipur: Chennai Super Kings produced yet another disciplined bowling effort to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 151 for seven in an Indian Premier League encounter here on Thursday. Save Jos Buttler (23 off 10 balls) at the top of the order, none of other Royals batsmen looked the part as CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s immaculate reading of the track once again helped the defending champions. Left-arm spin duo Ravindra Jadeja (2/20 in 4 overs) and Mitchell Santner (1/25 in 4 overs) checked the run-flow as Royals batsmen were always playing a catch-up game. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEven Imran Tahir (0/28 in 4 overs), who went for a few more runs compared to the other two spinners, ended with decent enough figures. Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane (14 off 11) failed once again with seamer Deepak Chahar (2/33 in 4 overs) trapping him leg before. Buttler belted Shardul Thakur (2/44 in 4 overs) for a few boundaries before he mistiming one which was easily caught by Ambati Rayudu. Once Buttler was gone, Royals lost the momentum as wickets fell at regular imtervals. Steve Smith (15,22 balls) struggled once again as he slog swept Ravindra Jadeja towards deep mid-wicket only to find Rayudu. Samson also top edged a sweep which was caught by substitute fielder Dhruv Shorey. Rahul Tripathi’s struggles in the middle-order continued while Ben Stokes’ 28 off 26 balls wasn’t good enough. It was Shreyas Gopal, who struck a few meaty blows en route his 19 off 7 balls to take the target past 150 despite the home team playing as many as 42 dot balls. Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 151/7 (Ben Stokes 28, Shreyas Gopal 19 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 2/20, Deepak Chahar 2/33) vs Chennai Super Kings. read more

Yes Banks balance sheet cleanup to strain profitability in next 1218 months

first_imgNew Delhi: The balance sheet clean-up by Yes Bank will strain its profitability in the next 12-18 months as it makes provisions for stressed assets, Moody’s Investors Service said Tuesday. On April 26, the bank reported its first-ever quarterly loss since its inception in 2004 at Rs 1,506 crore in the January-March quarter. Nevertheless, the bank is profitable on a full-year basis, with a return on assets of 0.5 per cent as of March 31, 2019, as against 1.4 per cent a year ago. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “We estimate that the bank’s overall stressed assets are about 8 per cent of its gross loans… The balance sheet clean-up will strain the bank’s profitability in the next 12-18 months as it provides for the stressed assets,” Moody’s said in a report. The March quarter loss of Yes Bank was driven by higher credit costs for non-performing loans (NPLs) and the creation of a contingent provision against a pool of identified stressed assets. “Despite near-term weakness, we expect the change in corporate behaviour under new bank leadership will be credit-positive after the de-risking is complete,” Moody’s said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Reacting to the result, the bank’s shares on Tuesday slumped over 30 per cent to Rs 165.30 apiece on the BSE in the early trade. The scrip ended the day at Rs 168, down 29.23 per cent on the BSE. The March quarter results of Yes Bank were announced after close of market hours on Friday. Stock markets were closed on Monday on account of polling in Mumbai. In late-January this year, the bank appointed Ravneet Gill as its managing director and chief executive officer (CEO), after the Reserve Bank of India restricted the bank’s founder and long-time managing director and CEO Rana Kapoor’s term until January 2019. In the next three financial years, the bank may slow loan growth to about 20-25 per cent annually, compared with an average loan growth of 34 per cent a year between 2013-14 and 2018-19, Moody’s said. “The bank will increase the focus on the retail segment and small- and medium-sized enterprises and reduce dependence on corporate lending,” Moody’s said. It added that a reduction in loan concentration to large corporate groups will be credit-positive, as these types of loans have lent volatility to the bank’s asset performance in the recent years. The bank’s board has approved an equity capital raising plan of up to USD 1 billion, which, once complete, will help improve loss-absorbing buffers while supporting asset growth, it added. The lender’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) doubled to 3.22 per cent of loans as on March 31, 2019, from 1.28 per cent at the end of March quarter in 2017-18. At the end of March 2019, the bank’s tier-I equity capital ratio was 8.4 per cent, compared with 9.7 per cent at the end of March 2018.last_img read more

How A Data Scientist Whod Never Heard Of Basketball Mastered March Madness

A 13-year-old in Illinois. A 47-year-old English woman. A 70-year-old Vegas oddsmaker. At first blush, there isn’t much linking them. But last year, all three were among the most successful March Madness prognosticators. That’s where the similarities end.With methods ranging from gut instinct to computational learning theory, these three characters demonstrate just how wide and varied the spectrum of strategies can be. But which strategy will you employ for your own bracket? Watch this video collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and Fictionless and decide for yourself.

Amedeo Della Valle to leave Ohio State pursue professional basketball career in

Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle (33) attempts a lay up during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAmedeo Della Valle’s days in the Scarlet and Gray are finished.The Ohio State sophomore guard sent a message from his personal Twitter account Saturday afternoon announcing his intentions to head back to Europe to pursue a career in professional basketball.“I wouldn’t trade this experience with anything else, B1G Champions, the run to the Elite 8, the 12-0 year, man that was special,” a screenshotted message from Della Valle’s account, @Ame_DV_33, read. “First of all mom, dad thank you for being on my side. I would like to thank not only my teammates but also the coaching staff that really helped me improve, you know without all the hard work I wouldn’t have been able to win the Mvp in the europe and compete in the B1G. To my friends THANK YOU, you guys made it special for me and will always have you for the rest of my life. I want to thank the best fans in the land. It is now time for me to begin new experiences as I decided to head back to Europe to continue to play PRO basketball.”An OSU athletic spokesman confirmed via email Della Valle’s departure to The Lantern Saturday.OSU coach Thad Matta said Della Valle informed Matta and the rest of the staff Saturday afternoon, according to an OSU press release.“Amedeo is passionate about the game of basketball and wants to return to Europe to pursue a professional career,” Matta said. “We appreciate all the work he put in to make our team better over the last two years. We wish him well.”Della Valle averaged 4.0 points per game this season off the bench, missing two of OSU’s 35 games because of a knee injury. A supposed three-point specialist from Alba, Italy, Della Valle shot just 32.4 percent (24/74) from beyond the arc this season.He averaged only 11.9 minutes per game this season for the Buckeyes (25-10, 12-9), who bowed out to Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, 60-59.After averaging 13 points per game at the U20 Euro Championships in summer 2013, Della Valle earned Most Valuable Player honors.With his departure, including the graduation of senior guard Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU is set to have just 11 scholarship players on roster with the four players — guard D’Angelo Russell, forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and center David Bell — and that number could be smaller if junior forward LaQuinton Ross declares for the NBA Draft. Ross said after the Dayton loss he’d make a decision on his future “in the next few weeks.”Programs are allowed 13 scholarship players per season in college basketball.Della Valle did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment Saturday. read more

Strong goalkeeping not enough for Ohio State mens hockey

Senior forward Chad Niddery (19) is pinned to the boards during a game against Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 5-1, before falling again, 2-1, in Oxford, Ohio, on Oct. 18.Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternChristian Frey made 60 saves in one game and lost. That was the prevailing takeaway from the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s home-and-home series with No. 11 Miami (Ohio).After falling 5-1 in Columbus on Friday, the Buckeyes lost, 2-1, the following night despite their sophomore goaltender’s near-record-setting performance in Oxford, Ohio.“We have to look in the mirror and get better defensively,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I think that’s the biggest thing for us.”Frey came within six saves of setting a school record for most saves in a game on Saturday. OSU was outshot 62-20 in the game, the first time it had allowed more than 50 shots since Oct. 12, 2002, against Minnesota.“They shot the puck from everywhere, but I think they just outworked us in our zone,” Frey said. “We need to compete a lot harder.”The Buckeyes began Saturday’s game with the upper hand when RedHawk freshman defenseman Scott Dornbrock was ejected for interference at the 1:36 mark of the first period.Dorbrock’s game misconduct put OSU on a five-minute power play, during which the Buckeyes made it 1-0.Scoring opened late in the man advantage when OSU senior forward Tanner Fritz came barreling down the left-wing side, chucked a shot on net and junior forward Anthony Greco slapped in the rebound.“It was a tough play,” Miami junior goalie Jay Williams said. “I thought that as a whole, we responded really well … from that point on I think we took over the game.”The Buckeyes carried their lead into the first intermission, but saw it erased midway through the second period when Miami freshman defenseman Louie Belpedio fired a shot through traffic to tie the game. Frey said he never saw the shot.Less than two minutes later, RedHawks senior forward Alex Wideman scored the eventual game-winner on a wrap around.The RedHawks nearly added another later in second, but Miami senior forward Austin Czarnik’s goal was disallowed as the puck was frozen beneath Frey’s pad before it was pushed in.Despite catching a break, OSU couldn’t regain its first period momentum. The RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes, 25-5, in the second.“They just played more desperate than we did,” Rohlik said. “Once they started playing desperate and controlling the play, we were in retreat mode.”Miami preserved its 2-1 lead the rest of the way, attempting 62 shots to OSU’s 20.“It was tough, but I think we had a little bit better effort today,” Fritz said. “Maybe the shot clock didn’t show it but we did play hard, we competed.”Saturday’s one-goal game came on the heels of a 5-1 RedHawk win on Friday. But while OSU brought new energy on the road, it was without the services of senior defenseman Justin DaSilva and junior defenseman Sam Jardine.DaSilva and Jardine were issued game misconducts for illegal checks on Friday and served what Rohlik referred to as “team consequences” the following night.“We just made some decisions,” Rohlik said. “We don’t want to lead the country in penalty minutes so that’s going to end.”The ejections forced OSU to play with a shortened bench for the second half of Friday’s game.“We were playing behind and at that point having four (defenseman) doesn’t make it easy to get back in the game,” sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig said. “It would have been nice to have all six when you’re wanting to join the rush.”Brevig made it 3-1 early in the third period, but the RedHawks added two even-strength goals to put the game out of reach.Penalties were costly for the Buckeyes on Friday as the RedHawks went three-for-five on the power play.OSU sophomore goaltender Matt Tomkins finished Friday with 28 saves and the Buckeyes were outshot, 33-27.Loose Pucks• OSU freshman forward Kevin Miller made his collegiate debut on Saturday• OSU junior defenseman Blake Doerring made his Buckeye debut on Saturday read more