The Antarctic Polar Front (APF) is one of the most well-defined and persistent oceanographic features on the planet and serves as a barrier to dispersal between the Southern Ocean and lower latitudes. High levels of endemism in the Southern Ocean have been attributed to this barrier, whereas the accompanying Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) likely promotes west-to-east dispersal. Previous phylogeographic work on the brittle star Astrotoma agassizii Lyman, 1875 based on mitochondrial genes suggested isolation across the APF, even though populations in both South American waters and the Southern Ocean are morphologically indistinguishable. Here, we revisit this finding using a high-resolution 2b-RAD (restriction-site-associated DNA) single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based approach, in addition to enlarged mitochondrial DNA data sets (16S rDNA, COI, and COII), for comparison to previous work. In total, 955 biallelic SNP loci confirmed the existence of strongly divergent populations on either side of the Drake Passage. Interestingly, genetic admixture was detected between South America and the Southern Ocean in five individuals on both sides of the APF, revealing evidence of recent or ongoing genetic contact. We also identified two differentiated populations on the Patagonian Shelf with six admixed individuals from these two populations. These findings suggest that the APF is a strong but imperfect barrier. Fluctuations in location and strength of the APF and ACC due to climate shifts may have profound consequences for levels of admixture or endemism in this region of the world.
Wintershall Dea has opted to extend the frame agreement with Head Energy concerning modifications at the Brage platform Wintershall Dea, Head Energy contract extended. (Credit: Head Energy.) Head Energy was awarded the frame agreement for modifications at Brage in 2016 and the extension means that the contract now runs to 2022.We have enjoyed a very good relationship and good cooperation with Wintershall Dea since 2016 and continuously developed and strengthened our engineering team. The extension confirms the standards of our deliveries on quality, cost and time and is also a recognition of our dedicated and skilled engineers, says Director for EPCI & Engineering Services at Head Energy, Øyvind Reksten.We have always argued that there is room for new actors in the maintenance & modifications market that offers more flexibility and more cost-effective execution models. Wintershall Dea had faith in us and has given us the chance to prove ourselves. Øyvind Reksten and our engineering team have developed a robust organization that handles constantly larger and more complex assignments in a very professional manner, says CEO of Head Energy Group, Morten Leikvoll. Source: Company Press Release
Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Service member exchange during exercise Cobra Gold View post tag: Royal Thai Navy February 19, 2016 Service member exchange during exercise Cobra Gold Royal Thai, Republic of Korea and U.S. Navy sailors swapped places on their respective ships during the amphibious component of the multi-national exercise Cobra Gold, February 12.Service members from USS Ashland, Korea’s amphibious landing ship Cheon Wang Bong (LST 686) and Thailand’s landing platform dock HTMS Angthong (LPD 791), welcomed visitors aboard their ships.This event kicked off the amphibious portion of CG 16.Lt. j.g. Dan Constanzo, assistant first lieutenant aboard Ashland, embarked aboard Angthong for two days. During this passenger exchange, U.S., Thai and South Korean service members exchanged information, learned from each other and trained together.Constanzo said: “Being able to have a face-to-face conversation and physically see how each other nation operates, allows the different ships to learn quickly and efficiently from one another. It always helps when you can put a face to the person speaking on the other end of the radio.”While aboard Angthong, Constanzo was able to observe deck operations, a soccer match in the well deck, sample different cultural foods and he was invited to observe a RTN tradition that takes place prior to every exercise.“We all walked to the top of a mountain together. At the top, there was an outdoor museum dedicated to their navy complete with a shrine of the father of the Thai Navy,” said Constanzo. “Before every exercise, Thai service members climb this mountain and pray for good luck and a successful exercise. Being there and seeing that helped me understand their culture and was one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had to this point in my career.”In addition to sending Constanzo to Angthong, Lt. Laura Lopez, the anti-terrorism officer aboard Ashland, embarked aboard Cheon Wang Bong to observe how they conduct amphibious operations.Cheon Wang Bong Sailors asked Lopez to compare and contrast the differences she recognized between each ship’s operations. Lopez felt that by participating in that discussion she was helping to accomplish the intent behind the passenger exchange.Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. View post tag: Republic of Korea Navy View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Cobra Gold Share this article
× HOBOKEN—Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla will issue an executive order at a press conference on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Office of the Mayor in City Hall.The executive order will make all city-owned single-occupancy restrooms gender neutral.“Former Mayor Zimmer took a step in the right direction last year when she announced that people could use the public restrooms that most closely matched their gender identity,” said Bhalla in a press release. “This next step is meant to further protect the civil rights and dignity of our transgender, gender non-binary, and queer residents and visitors, but this is just the start. I will continue to introduce progressive and inclusive policies to protect all residents.”The executive order will take effect at the time of signing immediately following the announcement. Signs on all city-owned single-occupancy restrooms will be replaced to reflect this change by May 31, 2018, prior to the start of June, which is LGBT Pride Month.
For all the office workers maddened by their sandwiches being pilfered from the fridge – or for students in shared accommodation – comes this nifty bag, which gives the sarnie the appearance of being covered in mould. Another possible benefit for retailers could be selling out-of-date mouldy sarnies – the fake mould acting as a crafty disguise for the real mould underneath (but of course, we wouldn’t recommend that, Mr Trading Standards Officer). tinyurl.com/5pejr7
Help and advice on the implementation of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015, which have been amended most recently by the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Last summer’s Desert Trip at The Empire Polo Club was one of the most talked about music festivals in North America. Organized by the creators of Coachella, the event was catered to an older demographic and was suited to provide the most comfortable VIP experience to a crowd seeking to relive their younger years with a massive lineup of all-star classic rockers. Affectionately dubbed “Oldchella,” the organizers of the inaugural event hosted Paul McCartney, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Roger Water. Last year’s demand was so high, that they added a second weekend. However, Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett has confirmed that the event will not return in 2017.“We’re not doing Desert Trip this year,” the Coachella founder tells Billboard. “We loved 2016 Desert Trip — that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we’ll do something similar.”While the rumor mill has been circling with speculations about a Led Zeppelin reunion — which started from a cryptic post on Robert Plant‘s website that read “Any time now…” — those hearsay have been put to rest, and we can at least say that they will not be reuniting for Desert Trip in 2017.The 2016 Desert Trip grossed $160 million over both weekends, and attracted 75,000 people each weekend with ticket prices ranging from $399 to $1,599. It’s safe to say this decision was made with good intentions, and the powers behind Stagecoach will continue to host next-level events all over the country. Their next big event is the Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, California, June 24-25, with headlining performances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons.
If your new plant doesn’t begin to take off and grow within six weeks after planting, review your planting method. Once you have chosen a healthy plant, it is up to you to provide the conditions that will enable the plant to thrive in its new site. Provide a wide hole, the necessary nutrients, mulch and water, and your plant will reward you with new growth. How a shrub or tree is planted determines whether it dies, struggles to grow or takes off and thrives. Check rootsTo help plants get a good start, check the root system when you remove the plant from its pot. If roots are circling inside the pot and/or crossing over one another (girdling), prune at the crossover so the roots will grow outward. If this problem is not corrected the roots will continue to encircle themselves. This will result in poor plant growth. Pay attention to how close the top of the root system is to the soil surface. Do not plant too deep. Soil placed over the top of the roots tends to compact the soil, making less air available to the root system. Covering the top of the root ball with too much soil will suffocate the plant. Dig a big holeWhen digging the hole that will become the plant’s new home, make sure it is two to three times wider than the size of the root diameter. A larger hole allows the plant’s root system to grow into the freshly loosened soil. It should be a shallow depth, so that the root ball is a few inches above the surrounding soil, with the surface gently sloping away from the hole. Do not overwater after planting. More often than not, people water new plants every day for many weeks after planting. Since the plant is freshly set, its root system is still quite small. Plants need both water and air around their roots, so the soil should not be too wet. Too much water will cause the plant to lose new roots. Since there is a relation between roots and the amount of top canopy growth, the plant ceases to grow. Do not apply fertilizers in the planting hole or too early after planting. Place some composted manure in the planting hole and you will not be likely to run into problems. It is best not to fertilize until the plant begins to grow. When the top of the plant starts growing, this indicates the roots have grown. Follow soil test recommendationsA soil test will reveal the information needed for the plant’s fertilizer needs and determine if pH adjustments need to be made. Call your local University of Georgia Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for more information about soil tests.Young shrubs and trees perform better when competition for resources is minimal. Mulch is the best way to supply the relief they need. Mulch suppresses weeds, conserves moisture, prevents soil compaction from heavy rains and moderates soil temperature.
There were 1,012 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 275 from the week before. Altogether 12,325 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 266 from a week ago and 2,799 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,052 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 8 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 992 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 3 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It was unanimous. Three CEOs sat before us, and each said the same thing.Do not wait.Are you ready for that new promotion? That new project? That new responsibility?That little voice inside our head sometimes whispers “no.” Just wait a bit. Things are a bit busy. Maybe next time.All the CEOs at NAFCU’s Management and Leadership Institute disagreed. If you wait until you are certain that you are ready, you’ll likely wait your whole life. continue reading »