Observations of the ophiuroids from the West Antarctic sector of the Southern Ocean

first_imgOphiuroids are a conspicuous and often dominant component of the Antarctic continental shelf benthos. Here we report on the ophiuroids collected from the Burdwood Bank, off the Patagonian Shelf, through the shallow water areas of the Scotia Arc, down the west Antarctic Peninsula and as far south as Pine Island Bay in the eastern Amundsen Sea. This preliminary and primarily pattern based study identifies some regional differences in assemblages and highlights the role of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current as a barrier, as well as a facilitator, to dispersal. In order to effectively compare between studies we highlight the need for accurate, expert taxonomic identification of specimens.last_img

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

first_imgFacebook67Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Community Youth ServicesOn November 1, the 10-bed Young Adult Shelter re-opened. During a pilot earlier this year, the new program served 66 individuals. Photo credit: Community Youth Services.Every night, dozens of young adults in Thurston County try to find a safe place to sleep. It’s not easy, given that there are few shelter beds devoted to those who are under age 25. Adult homeless shelters leave youth feeling more vulnerable and desperate than they are already. Thankfully, more options are becoming available to end youth homelessness through the work of local non-profit Community Youth Services.November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, declared by the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. National statistics report the number of homeless youth at more than 1.5 million, and every day 13 young people die on the streets throughout the U.S.Thurston County participates in a statewide annual count of homeless persons, known as the Point in Time count. This census helps determine the number of homeless in the county, and the causes of their homelessness, and assists in developing a comprehensive response. As housing costs and unemployment rates have risen, the number of people in the county without a stable place to live has grown significantly: 64% since 2006, a total of 886 counted (including 233 youth aged 20 and under, a 73% increase since 2006), the highest among western Washington counties. A parallel census, conducted by Thurston County school districts in 2013, found the number of homeless public school students (K-12) to be 1,123, a dramatic 72% increase since 2006 (the statewide increase was 47%). Youth become homeless for several reasons. Many are escaping the horrific living situations.  They may come from an unstable home where they are abused sexually or physically, or their family may be suffering financially.Non-profit organizations, such as Community Youth Services, are working toward decreasing the number of homeless youth on the streets.  On Nov. 1, a Young Adult Shelter opened at CYS, providing 10 beds per night for youth up to age 24 who qualify. In addition, CYS recently received a three-year $561,000 grant that will increase the agency’s ability to do street outreach. Early in 2014, CYS will open a new building downtown at 520 Pear Street, where expanded programs can help youth connect to  resources they need to be safe, be independent and be successful working members of society.Funding for the Young Adult Shelter is through the Thurston County HOME Consortium, which provided $100,000 for the seasonal effort. In addition to those services, CYS operates Haven House, a residential center offering temporary shelter for those 12 to 17 who have run away, been abandoned or are in conflict with their families.The federal government has also addressed the issue of homelessness. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness released the nation’s first plan to prevent and end homelessness through their Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The 74 page document states the goals for ending homelessness in ten years. The U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs will work together to provide resources to homeless youth. To find more information on federal resources for homeless youth go to FindYouthInfo.gov.To learn more or to connect with program directors or youth, please contact:Barb Wakefield, Development CoordinatorCOMMUNITY YOUTH SERVICES(360) [email protected]last_img read more

Thomson rink three-peats Valentine’s Mixed Bonspiel

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFred Thomson has spent many a bonspiel during his curling career playing second fiddle to Fruitvale’s Paul Devlin.Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club Thomson found what it was like to end up in the winner’s circle.Thomson, third Marlo Tedesco, second Jamie Tedesco and lead Gioconda Maida defeated Team Devlin to win the A event at the annual Valentine’s Mixed Bonspiel at the Nelson Curling Club.The Thomson rink won the Thorman Drilling A event title for the third consecutive year. The Devlin rink included Marnie Devlin at third, second J.P. Lowen and Paula Adkin at lead.In the Sears Nelson B event, Doug Bothalmey of Riondel knocked off Barry Marsh, who just happens to own the Sears store, to capture the title.Bothalmey’s rink includes third Susan Hicks, second Pete Hicks and lead Linda Hicks. The Marsh rink included third Sherry McIvor, second Carl MacKenzie and lead Audrey MacKenzie.The Murrey Lewis rink of Nelson won the Kootenay Glass and Mirror C event title over Cranbrook’s Paul Wittingham.The C event winners included Lewis at skip, Lori Lewis at third, Bob Fortin at second and Maureen Grainger at lead. The Cranbrook rink has Paul Wittingham at skip, Allie Wittingham at third, Trevor Amy at second and Tracy Amy at lead.In the D event, the Al May rink of Nelson outlasted the Nando Salviulo rink, also of the Heritage City, to win the Nelson Home Building Centre trophy.May, third Kelli May, second Grant McKen and lead Heather McKen, outlasted the Rob Richardson rink in the semi final to advance against Salviulo.The Salviulo includes third Deanna Cowenden at third, Dave Hargraves at second and Margaret Hodges at [email protected]last_img read more

She shoots, she scores — freshman Taylor wins again

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsLast week Lauren Taylor became the first freshman in Portland State school history to capture a women’s golf tournament.Tuesday, the Nelson native added another first beside her name in the Portland State record book.Taylor shot a final round 75 to claim the top prize at the Big Sky Conference Anteater Invitational title at Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon, CA.With the victory the Granite Pointe at Nelson golfer becomes only the third Viking player to win twice in a career.“I knew she was good, I didn’t know she would be this good, this soon,” Portland State head Coach Kathleen Takaishi said on the university website. “She struggled a little down the stretch, but 17 and 18 aren’t easy holes.”Taylor, the leader following Day one of the two-day tournament, finished with a 218 total, following round of 71, 72 and 75. She won the event by two strokes over Joyce Chong of Nevada and Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho.Taylor had eight birdies over three rounds led the Vikings and now has a 75.75 scoring average in 12 competitive rounds to lead the team.Portland State was also a winner in the team category, edging out Nevada by six shots.The Viks started Tuesday shots being Day one leader Long Beach State by two shots. However, Portland State roared to the top of the leader board to finish the event with an 890 total. UC Irvine was thirds at 899 followed by Long Beach State at 900.Taylor won as a freshman in Irving, CA., at the Folino Invitational Tourney hosted by Cal State Fullerton.The achievement garnered the L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Big Sky Conference player of the week honours.Prior to her win in Irving, Taylor’s best finished was a tie for seventh at the OSU/Washington Triangle event. In two other tournaments in Colorado and Fresno State, the 19-year-old golfer finished 24th and 30th.The Vikings continue the season Monday and Tuesday at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic before traveling to the Big Sky Championship on April 18-20. Both tournaments take place the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Taylor attends Portland State on a golf scholarship. The West Kootenay Junior Golf graduate is enrolled in first year studies. [email protected]last_img read more

South Africa’s economy ‘moderately free’ despite rising prices

first_imgDoing business in South Africa is favourable for now, according to a study on economic freedom by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. But three Johannesburg businessmen warn that rising stock prices are reducing profit margins and can stifle trade. Small to medium-sized businesses are benefitting from South Africa’s moderately free economy. (Image: Brand South Africa) Shamin ChibbaThe mild-mannered Yusoof Akhalwaya sits in a dimly lit corner of his Akhalz restaurant in Mayfair, Johannesburg, talking about the business’s history. “It started with fish and chips in Lenasia. Solly’s mother, Zulfikah, used to sell fish and chips outside her house.”The restaurant grew from a small take-away to what is now a thriving chain that stretches from Lenasia in south Johannesburg to Laudium in Pretoria, with branches in Sandton City, The Zone @Rosebank, Woodmead and about a dozen more in between.This is thanks to South Africa’s economic freedom, which allows for businesses such as Akhalz to thrive. “South Africa is lenient in terms of business freedom,” says Akhalwaya.The 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, released earlier this year, ranks South Africa 80th out of 186 countries, deeming it “moderately free”, despite slipping eight places from the previous year. It places higher than its BRICS partners.Read Brand South Africa’s analysis of the 2016 Index of Economic FreedomConducted by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, the index covers 10 measures, including property rights, business freedom and monetary freedom.South Africa has improved in four of the 10 measures: freedom from corruption, fiscal freedom, government spending and trade freedom. Its financial freedom score has remained stable – ranked 38th – thanks to a gradually evolving financial system and a resilient banking sector.However, the country’s biggest challenge comes from three measures, namely business, labour and monetary freedoms. Of the three, business freedom has taken the biggest knock. Business freedom measures how easy it is for people to start, operate and close a business.There are still challenges to starting a business but the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission and even Absa’s one-stop shop is trying to make the procedure less painful.View the interactive graph of the 2016 Index of Economic FreedomStarting a business is easyFor Bangladeshi Kamal Uddin it was easy to open a shop in Johannesburg. He is part owner of a general dealer with his brother. They opened the shop in Mayfair 14 years ago. “It was easy to open up a small shop with the little money we had.”Today, they have extended the store, which has grown to become a central part of the landscape of the suburb, which lies on the western edge of the inner city.While Uddin’s business freedom might be favourable, Akhalz is struggling to regain its monetary freedom – combining price stability with an assessment of price controls – which is restricted by rising food prices.Rising pricesAkhalwaya’s father, Mohammed, opened the Mayfair Akhalz branch in 1990 when the cost of food was low. In 1996, two polony specials cost R19. Today, the same order is R76. “Food has gone up by 80% this year,” says Akhalwaya. “It is getting more expensive. It’s R80 for a bag of potatoes.”The manager of Autostyle, Junaid Mohamed, says his company is also affected by rising prices in the automotive accessories industry. As a result, the shop has had to reduce its profit margins.But the company is no stranger to challenges. Autostyle’s story is of two Mohameds, friends who became business partners when they started Autostyle in Mayfair 25 years ago. “They started out of survival,” says Mohamed. “While in school, one Mohamed was selling broken biscuits door-to-door. The other Mohamed sold hats on the side of the road. They also installed car radios for friends for a small amount.”But their break came when they bought a spoiler through Junk Mail and advertised it in newspaper classifieds. They sold it for a profit and from then on, they did the same for other parts until they bought a small space in Mayfair and opened Autostyle.Community supportIts community of supporters helps Autostyle. It stays in business as it has a community of clients who love its service.The same can be said of Akhalz, whose regular clientele goes far beyond Mayfair and Fordsburg. Originally known as Akhalwaya’s, the chain recently took on the moniker Akhalz, which is somewhat of a salute to its customers, who have been using this shortened version for many years already.“We have to be super grateful for the support from the community. And it’s not just customers from Mayfair. People come from as far as Soweto and Morningside for our food. All our customers have kept us strong,” says Akhalwaya.last_img read more

Flipboard Gets Back To Its Web Roots

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos owen thomas Related Posts Tags:#Flipboard#iPad#iPhone#Mike McCue#news apps#news readers#Responsive Design A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Mike McCue was a pioneer of the modern Web, a veteran of browser maker Netscape Communications. So it was something of a shock in 2010 when he came out with Flipboard, a news-reading app that bypassed the Web altogether in favor of the then-new iPad.“Imagine  if the Web was washed away and we needed to build a new one from scratch,” McCue told ReadWrite founder Richard MacManus at the time, explaining the design philosophy that led Flipboard to build an app—not a website—to help people find and organize the headlines their friends and contacts were sharing online.See also How Flipboard Was CreatedNow he’s come full circle. Today, Flipboard is introducing a Web version of its service, in part to emphasize the 2.5 million “magazines”—collections of links on a specific topic, laid out in the app’s distinctively appealing visual style—that users and publishers have created since that feature’s launch in March.McCue credits the introduction of magazines with helping Flipboard grow from 50 million users to 75 million users in the past few months, though it’s not clear how much of that growth is attributable to the link collections and how much is due simply to the service’s growing popularity and an expanding market of smartphone users.Mobile First, Web LastFlipboard is not the first startup to begin on mobile and then embrace the Web. Foursquare, Instagram, and Path have all made parts of their services available to Web users.But they all used the constraints of mobile devices to establish niches before they ventured onto the Web, where they faced established competitors. It’s far from clear that any of them would have succeeded had they launched on the Web. (Indeed, before Instagram’s creation, its founders first made a Web-based check-in service called Burbn that was going nowhere fast.)Flipboard toyed with the idea of launching on the Web first, McCue told ReadWrite. But “it was starting to feel like just another website,” he said, and he worried that the user-interface ideas Flipboard was experimenting with—like flipping pages by swiping across a screen—would not “resonate” with desktop PC users.Today’s Web version of Flipboard embraces both its mobile heritage and the lingering advantages of desktop websites. Like Polar, an innovative polling app whose design scales up from its mobile experience rather than down from the desktop, Flipboard makes use of the presence of a keyboard. You can flip pages with left and right arrow keys, for example.See also Why Your App Design Doesn’t Have To Be All ThumbsMobile design concepts are far more familiar to desktop users now than they were three years ago, so it’s far less jarring to see a website like Flipboard’s.For Magazine Makers The biggest beneficiary of Flipboard’s move to the desktop Web may be the people and companies creating magazines. While tablets and smartphones are great for reading, they’re far less handy for publishing.“Right now, you can only add an item to a magazine one item at a time,” McCue pointed out, as an example of the mobile interface’s inherent limitations. Magazine creators will soon be able to add multiple items at once, from automated feeds or search queries.But Flipboard’s magazines will also benefit from the lush display possible on large monitors.“In the long run, I hope this will be the first step to rethinking what a website is,” said McCue.last_img read more

Paul Lee shrugs off Star’s struggles

first_imgPaul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Lee isn’t putting too much thought on Star’s recent struggles in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Hotshots have now lost back-to-back games after a strong 4-0 start.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “We faced two strong teams in that stretch,” Lee said after Star’s 105-101 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night.“Coach told us earlier that it was a good game. We just didn’t get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Hotshots’ immaturity showed late in the game with import Malcolm Hill, who is only 21, fouled out with still 54.9 seconds left.Lee thinks that it’s understandable for Star to make such mistakes considering that the team is still in the stage of learning how to play as a cohesive unit after undergoing major changes in the offseason.center_img MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES The important thing for the Hotshots, according to Lee, is to learn valuable lessons from those tough situations.“We’re still a relatively new team. I think it’s unavoidable that some of these issues will come up and we’re working on it. Hopefully, if we encounter these situations again, we’ll be able to get good things from it,” he said.“We have to move on. This game is done, so we have to bounce back on our next game. Our game against Meralco is very important. They’re a strong team so it’s another test for us. We need to be ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shootinglast_img read more

10 months agoNeves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolves

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRuben Neves admits he’s enjoying playing with Joao Moutinho in the Wolves midfield this season.It has been a thrill for Neves to partner his compatriot after growing up a fan and ball boy at Porto, where Moutinho starred.Neves told the Mirror: “It was really special when he signed here. When I was younger I saw Moutinho playing and he was very good.“He was a reference for me as a ball boy and now to play with him, it is unbelievable.”Swapping Champions League football for the English second tier may have seemed an unusual move but he had his reasons: “The Championship allows you to grow as a player. It is very competitive.” last_img read more

Full statement from Gregg Zaun who was fired by Sportsnet for inappropriate

first_imgTORONTO – Below is a transcript of the full statement released Monday by former Sportsnet baseball analyst Gregg Zaun after he was fired Thursday following complaints by female colleagues of inappropriate behaviour and language.Without any exception whatsoever, I want to issue an absolute apology for any harm or distress which may have been caused by my comments with any female colleagues over the recent past.It has never been my intention to give offence to anyone. I have done a lot of soul searching over the last few days and know that my ignorance of the harm caused by my language does not excuse it — for which I accept responsibility. While I am well recognized for my unfiltered criticism of others within the sports world, which has made many critics and enemies — in ignorance I allowed a similar attitude to influence all aspects of my lifestyle, causing distress for female colleagues.For more than 10 years now, I have had the privilege of working with the most amazing and talented people and I am agonized to learn that they were affected negatively by me. I apologize deeply to all my colleagues and friends for any offence. I cherish and am proud of our achievements working together.In the past, when brought to my attention that I demonstrated poor judgement or language and gave offence, I sought to change my behaviour and apologize for any hurt caused. My remorse in the activities drawn to my attention by Rogers this week affecting unnamed individuals, is that it was never raised before and I naively believed that my language and behaviour were not considered offensive.I regret my blindness to the impact of my actions that I would have corrected at the time, rather than allowing the harm felt to continue to fester.I have been blindsided and emotionally gutted by the allegations and will continue to be regretful. As I look to the future, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded and supported by family, close friends, and colleagues on whom I will continue to rely and thank for their support.last_img read more

Modi will be removed Cong will form govt Rahul Gandhi

first_imgRaichur (Karna): Attacking the Prime Minister, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday alleged people of the country “have decided” to remove Narendra Modi and asserted his party would form the government after the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a rally here in north Karnataka, Gandhi said Modi talks about security of the nation “but making crores of youth unemployed” does not strengthen the nation. “People have decided in 2019 that in Karnataka, Congress and JD(S), in Andhra Pradesh Naidu (Chandrababu Naidu) and across the country those who are fighting against BJP, they will win. Narendra Modi will be removed from Delhi,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi, who addressed a rally in Gujarat earlier in the day said, “People have decided. Im telling you people of Gujarat have decided, Im coming from Gujarat. There is an undercurrent in favour of Congress in Gujarat.” “People of Gujarat are saying, leave alone the country, Narendra Modi has not done anything for Gujarat….Lakhs of acres of our land were given to big business people,” Gandhi said. Assuring the Congress and JDS workers that the alliance of the two parties would win here (in Karnataka), he said, “in Delhi, Congress will form the government.”last_img read more