Cephalopod fauna of South Pacific waters: new information from breeding New Zealand wandering albatrosses

first_imgCephalopods play an important ecological role in the Southern Ocean, being the main prey group of numerous top predators. However, their basic ecology and biogeography is still poorly known, particularly in the lightly sampled Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean. We collected and analysed information on cephalopods in that area, using Antipodean and Gibson’s wandering albatrosses (Diomedea antipodensis antipodensis and D. antipodensis gibsoni, respectively) breeding at Antipodes Islands and Auckland Islands, respectively, in the New Zealand subantarctic islands as samplers, as they are known from tracking studies to cover huge areas of the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean (Antipodean wandering albatrosses mostly forage east of New Zealand, whereas Gibson’s wandering albatrosses forage west of New Zealand). A total of 9111 cephalopod beaks, from 41 cephalopod taxa, were identified from boluses (voluntarily regurgitated items by chicks). The families Histioteuthidae (e.g. Histioteuthis atlantica) and Onychoteuthidae (e.g. Moroteuthis robsoni) were the most important cephalopods numerically and by reconstructed mass, respectively, in both wandering albatross species. Combining this information with previously gathered data on cephalopods in the Atlantic and Indian sectors of the Southern Ocean, we provide evidence from predators of the circumpolar distribution of numerous key cephalopod species in the Southern Ocean, and provide new information on poorly known cephalopods (i.e. relevance in the diet of wandering albatrosses, sizes consumed, biodiversity in the South Pacific, assemblages according to predator breeding sites) in one of the most remote ocean areas in the planet.last_img read more

Barefield Returning To Runnin’ Utes

first_img Tags: Basketball/Sedrick Barefield/Utah Utes May 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Barefield Returning To Runnin’ Utes Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  It looks like Sedrick Barefield will be heading back to the Runnin’ Utes for his senior season.Following his workout with the Jazz yesterday, multiple sources are reporting Barefield has informed the Utah coaching staff he intends to return.Barefield averaged 12 points for the Utes last season and is expected to be the starting point guard moving forward. Robert Lovelllast_img

One injured and three arrested during EDL march in Oxford

first_imgThree arrests were made and a policeman was injured during the English Defence League (EDL) march through Oxford city centre on Saturday afternoon.Two men, a 24-year old from Bristol and a 49-year old from Kidlington, were detained on suspicion of affray, whilst a third man, a 44-year old from Summertown, was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. 
The police officer sustained minor head injuries as a result of a bottle being thrown. Five hundred policemen, including officers from five neighbouring forces and a mounted unit, assisted Thames Valley Police in policing the demonstrations.About 150 people marched as part of the EDL demonstration, whilst around 300 people took part in a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) counter-demonstration in Bonn Square. Before the march began minor scuffles were reported between the different groups.The EDL said that they were “protesting against the appalling revelations of another case of Muslim Grooming Gangs prying [sic] on vulnerable English children and the lack of protection given to them by those intrusted [sic] to do so; the local council and Police.”A UAF open letter said, “We condemn the decision by the EDL to come to Oxford on Saturday 4th April to exploit the suffering of Oxfordshire victims of child sexual exploitation to further its own selfish ends.  This is not the first time that the EDL have tried to take advantage of the suffering of exploited children.”

Superintendent Christian Bunt, LPA Commander for Oxford, commented, “Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local businesses and communities.
The success of the operation is, in no small part, down to the excellent work before and during the event between the police, our partner agencies, representatives of our communities and the protest organisers.
“There were a few arrests made over the course of the day, however, the majority of those taking part were well behaved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our communities, some of whom understandably had concerns about the demonstrations, for their tolerance, cooperation and patience today.
” In the Oxford City Council’s statement on the Protests, Councillor Bob Price said, “The EDL is a racist organisation, and is not welcome in our city. We regret that the Thames Valley Police declined to ban this march and that it will cause substantial disruption for visitors, shoppers and bus travellers on a popular and busy holiday weekend.“We also regret the massive cost that it will impose on the budget of the Thames Valley Police which is already under severe strain because of the cuts imposed by the Government.“We strongly endorse the right to demonstrate and to assembly, but these rights must be qualified in respect of organisations which explicitly seek to promote the criminal offence of racial hatred or to instil division in our communities.“Oxford is a diverse city with excellent relations between people of widely varied national and ethnic backgrounds. This is a crude attempt to attack the good name of a whole community on the basis of crimes committed by a group of vile individuals, from a variety of backgrounds.”OUSU condemned the march in a statement realeased earlier in the week stating, “OUSU condemns the EDL and its views. Muslims are a valued part of our community and the lies and violence with which the EDL target them and their faith are unacceptable. We stand in solidarity with Muslim students and residents of Oxford who may be adversely affected by the march.“We recognise the risk posed by the march to the welfare of students who are in Oxford. People of all faiths and ethnicities should be welcome in Oxford, and the presence of the EDL is a barrier to this. As far as OUSU is concerned, the EDL is not welcome in Oxford.”The Oxford Islamic Society likewise condemned the march in their statement, commenting, “Islam is the faith of almost three million Britons and the EDL’s rhetoric of hate and division flies in the face of Islam as understood by the almost three million Britons.“There are up to 500 people who are expected to attend the March so we would just like to ask anyone who will be in Oxford on Saturday to be cautious, sensible and try to stay away from the town centre if possible. Most importantly, remember to place your trust in Allah (SWT) and seek His protection. A perfect Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands mankind is safe, and a true emigrant is one who flees from what God has forbidden.“For those who want to take a more active stance, there will be an interfaith circle organized as a counter to the EDL. This will be at midday, outside the shop ‘Lush’ on Saturday.”The EDL march began at Oxford train station at about 2pm on Saturday and ended up outside St. Aldate’s police station.
 Police temporarily closed Queen’s Street and St. Aldate’s as the march passed through, causing some traffic problems. The EDL demonstrators left the city at about 5pm.last_img read more


first_imgBelow are the felony cases to be filed by the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office today.Jennifer L. Martin: Theft (Level 6 Felony)Jason Lee Mault: Resisting law enforcement (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)Norris E. Lunsford: Theft (Level 6 Felony)Sherri Lynn Ross: Battery against a public safety official (Level 6 Felony)Tarsha Yovene Stone: Intimidation (Level 5 Felony)Geonovan Marquis Bailey: Resisting law enforcement (Level 6 Felony), Operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license (Class C misdemeanor), Reckless driving (Class C misdemeanor)Steven Reynolds: Unlawful possession of syringe (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor)Susan Townsend: Theft (Level 6 Felony)Dylan Ellison: Attempted murder (Level 1 Felony)Alan Dwayne Vanbibber: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

COVID-19 precautions in place for Indiana Gubernatorial Debate on 95.3 MNC

first_img Pinterest COVID-19 precautions in place for Indiana Gubernatorial Debate on 95.3 MNC By Jon Zimney – October 20, 2020 0 383 Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Google+ (Photo supplied) The first of two debates among the candidates for governor is Tuesday — but the candidates may never see each other in person.Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Don Rainwater will all be at the Indianapolis headquarters of Indiana Public Broadcasting, but they’ll be in three different studios, with the moderator, Purdue Fort Wayne political science professor Andy Downs, in a fourth.The campaigns and the Indiana Debate Commission spent Friday in discussions after Myers called for all three candidates to take a coronavirus test the day before the debates. The commission says it can’t order anyone to take a test. And I-U South Bend political science professor Elizabeth Bennion, the commission’s president, says testing would have created new issues. With the time lag before the virus shows up on a test, she says a negative test wouldn’t guarantee a candidate wasn’t infectious. And Bennion says if a candidate did test positive, it would create new last-minute uncertainty.Bennion says the candidates’ arrival times will be staggered to further reduce contact.Holcomb tested negative last week after state health commissioner Kristina Box announced she and two family members had contracted the virus.Bennion says all three campaigns agreed to the new format. She says next week’s second debate will run the same way.The Debate Commission already had other coronavirus precautions in place. There will be no studio audience — the only people in the studios besides Downs and the candidates will be the production crew, timekeepers, and a single pool photographer.You can hear the Indiana Gubernatorial Debate at 7 p.m. on 95.3 FM or www.953mnc.com. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleGasBuddy: Stimulus deal could mean increase in pump pricesNext articleSt. Joseph County Fall Leaf Pick-Up Program begins today Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Pink Floyd Shares New Official Video For “Green Is The Colour” Ahead Of Upcoming Compilation Release

first_imgPsychedelic pioneers Pink Floyd are getting ready to release a massive new box early next month that spans the earliest stages of their career (when Syd Barrett was still at the helm) through just before the release of their seminal album The Dark Side of the Moon. The 27-disc, 130-track compilation, titled The Early Years 1965-1972 dives deep into the band’s archives including full albums, previously unreleased tracks, demos, studio outtakes, rare live footage, and more–totaling 12 hours of audio and 15 hours of video content.After Barrett’s departure from the band, the band worked on the soundtrack for the independent film More directed by Barbet Schroeder. The band has just released a new official music video for the breezy tune “Green Is The Colour” from the More soundtrack, featuring footage of crashing waves and clouds blowing in the wind with early live footage of the band. You can enjoy the video below, as premiered by Rolling Stone.The Early Years 1965-1972 will be available for purchase on November 11th on Amazon and iTunes.last_img read more

Did Bob Dylan Accidentally Plagiarize SparkNotes For His Nobel Speech, Or Was That Part Of The Plan?

first_imgSince winning the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, Bob Dylan has been notably unenthused about the honor. After the award was announced last year he spent weeks more or less carrying on as usual, refusing to acknowledge his prize. Eventually, he did go on to accept the award during a very intimate proceeding in Stockholm with a dozen or so people, sending proxies in his place for the public celebration gala.As with all Nobel laureates, in order to accept the prize money attached to the award, Dylan was required to give a lecture on literature–a requirement to which he begrudgingly acquiesced earlier this month with a thirty-minute-long online speech focused on three classic literary works: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Eric Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and Homer’s The Odyssey. However, since the speech’s publication on Monday, June 5th, some irregularities have appeared in his acceptance speech, making Bob Dylan either the worst-ever Nobel Prize in Literature holder or the best troll of the institution of the Nobel Prize in the award’s history.Listen To Bob Dylan’s Long-Awaited 30-Minute Nobel Lecture In LiteratureYesterday, these doubts came to a head with accusations by Slate’s Andrea Pitzer that Dylan had plagiarized parts of his speech from SparkNotes, an online service that summarizes commonly-read books for time-pressed high school and college procrastinators everywhere. Pitzer’s investigation began after Ben Greenman noticed that Dylan may have inserted a made-up a Moby Dick quote into his speech — “Some men who receive injuries are led to God, others are led to bitterness,” which the singer-songwriter attributed to a Quaker priest onboard — and could not find the phrasing or the explicit sentiment directly within various editions of the classic Melville novel.While Greenman was unable to find a quote about injuries and bitterness directly in Moby Dick, Pitzer found that the verbiage in question was found more-or-less directly in a SparkNotes summation of the novel, with the character list describing the Quaker preacher as “someone whose trials have led him toward God rather than bitterness” (emphasis Pitzer’s). Off this hunch, the Slate journalist began to compare Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture to the SparkNotes for Moby Dick, finding a number of eerily similar passages across them (though some seem more damning than others) and noting, “across the 78 sentences in the lecture that Dylan spends time describing Moby-Dick, even a cursory inspection reveals that more than a dozen of them appear to closely resemble lines from the SparkNotes site. And most of the key shared phrases in these passages . . . do not appear in the novel Moby-Dick at all.”However, whether Bob Dylan lifted lines from SparkNotes intentionally or not, the former would not be entirely uncharacteristic for the musician who has long made clear his stance on the legitimacy of stealing for art, particularly considering that Dylan has frequently covered a great range of classic tunes and made them his own. According to the Slate article, “When he started out, Dylan absorbed classic tunes and obscure compositions alike from musicians he met, recording versions that would become more famous than anything by those who taught him the songs or even the original songwriters. His first album included two original numbers and 11 covers.”His view on the close ties between art and theft was made all the more explicit with Dylan’s 2001 release, “Love and Theft”, whose name (aside from being abundantly clear in its message) was quoted most probably as a direct reference to Eric Lott’s noted work, Love & Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class.Within his speech itself, Dylan warns to not dig too deeply into the meaning of texts, musical or otherwise, noting “If a song moves you, that’s all that’s important. I don’t have to know what a song means. I’ve written all kinds of things into my songs. And I’m not going to worry about it — what it all means.” However, this has always seemed like a bizarre note on which to end his speech, especially when considering that in order for something to evoke emotion in a listener or reader, there has to be some sort of inherent meaning that resonates.Rather than parsing through the implications born of believing that this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature is so unfamiliar with a classic like Moby Dick that he needed to rely on SparkNotes to write his speech on the book–conjuring familiar grade school memories for many of us of the “studying” process ahead of a report on a book that we had not read—it seems simpler and more believable to view Dylan’s lifting from the SparkNotes summary as intentional.A few sentences earlier, Dylan notes that “Melville put all his old testament, biblical references, scientific theories, Protestant doctrines, and all that knowledge of the sea and sailing ships and whales into one story.” Considering that Moby Dick is the only one of the three novels called out during Dylan’s speech that seems to teeter on the brink of plagariasm, the musician may have intentionally made direct references to the SparkNotes and then noted Melville’s inclusion of many disparate texts to parallel this phenomenon. When paired with the fact that Dylan has been a hesitant literary hero, particularly following his receipt of the Nobel Prize, this seems more likely, with Dylan effectively deconstructing the implicit weight of classic renowned texts by outlining their influence and repeated archetypal tropes while simultaneously declaring them meaningless both directly and by SparkNotes’ ability to present the text without ever reading them.You can check out the similarities across the SparkNotes summation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature lecture compiled by Andrea Pitzer below and decide for yourself whether it’s likely that Dylan’s plagarism is intentional or not.[Comparison chart via Slate]last_img read more

Looking past the plantation

first_imgIn 1836, Frank McWorter founded the town of New Philadelphia, Ill. McWorter, who owned a large farm nearby, used the sale of lots in the town not to enrich himself, but to buy his family out of slavery in the nearby South.McWorter, who was a former slave, purchased the freedom of 16 family members. Even so, the town he founded eventually failed due to what archaeologists believe was a racially inspired diversion of a proposed railroad from the town, making it a backwater whose residents eventually left.In an effort to understand more about McWorter’s extraordinary story, archaeologists are engaged in digs at the town site, incorporating new technology and driven by the enthusiasm pervading the field, according to Christopher Fennell, a University of Illinois archaeologist who spoke Monday (Sept. 20) at the Knafel Building as part of the Harvard Africa Seminar.Fennell is leading efforts to uncover New Philadelphia’s remains beneath 18 inches of soil churned by decades of agricultural use. He told students that studies of enslaved Africans and their descendants should focus on such areas as the fields of Illinois, as well as the plantations of the South, the sunken wreckage of slave ships that made the horrific Middle Passage, and Africa’s own history.Recent decades have seen major growth in the field of what in the 1960s was descriptively called “plantation archaeology,” whose focus was on understanding the life of slaves through the conditions in which they lived. That focus has gradually broadened to encompass their journey out of slavery, including locations like McWorter’s tiny community.Today, Fennell said, the field is at an interesting point. Breadth and complexity have continued to grow, spawning questions about whether there should be separate studies of the African diaspora and of African history, or whether they should be merged.Typically, he said, researchers studying the history of today’s African Americans pursue particular topics in the United States and trace them back to relevant events in African history. But he said that those going into the field might be better served if they first build a foundation of African history — allowing them to understand the cultural background that enslaved Africans brought with them — and then move forward to examine what happened in this country.As the field widens, it is becoming African-Atlantic studies, encompassing the African continent and the dispersal of people to the Americas through slavery, as well as more focused studies of what happened to Africans after they arrived here.There’s a great deal of energy in the field today, Fennell said, as well as new technological tools. The remains of African slaves in Campeche, Mexico, for example, were traced to their homeland in Elmina, Ghana, using unique chemical isotopes locked in tooth enamel during childhood. That finding, announced in 2006 and dated to the 1500s, provided evidence that African slaves were brought to the New World not long after it was discovered.Similarly, Fennell said, the 1991 uncovering of the New York African Burial Ground during construction allowed DNA analysis of more than 400 bodies that had to be moved. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA extracted from 32 individuals allowed the tracing of their mothers’ line back to Africa.“This actually is a period of tremendous energy and tremendous questions being asked,” Fennell said.last_img read more

‘Hillbilly at Harvard’

first_imgA cacophonous clang resonates from an old Nash Rambler hubcap, followed by some nifty bluegrass picking off an old Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs tune. It’s Saturday morning at 9, and host Lynn Joiner ’61 welcomes listeners to “Cambridge Country” and the weekly “Hillbilly at Harvard” radio show on University station WHRB (95.3 FM).The show, unknown to many in the Harvard community, has a devoted following in New England and beyond thanks to the advent of live streaming on the Web. Old-time music, bluegrass, traditional country, and contemporary artists such as John Prine and Iris DeMent (“We’re not the jet set; we’re the old Chevro-let set”) all get airtime in the eclectic but discriminating mix that characterizes the show.Cousin Lynn, as Joiner calls himself on air, co-hosted the show with fellow Harvard alumnus Brian Sinclair ’62 from the 1970s until Sinclair died in 2002. Between queuing up songs, the two talked musical history, swapped anecdotes about artists, and bantered good-naturedly about what constituted true country, all with an infectious down-home humor that endeared them to their listeners.Now Cousin Lynn hosts the show himself, though local musician Larry Flint lends a hand now and then, and other members of the extended Hillbilly family come by to play live or to add their particular perspectives to Joiner’s panoramic view of the country scene. The show is anything but scripted; Lynn’s enthusiasm, coupled with the unrehearsed, offhand comments of guests, makes for a spontaneous atmosphere that informs and entertains simultaneously.On a recent Saturday, Mike Preston, a young singer from Maine, performed a few songs in the studio, accompanied by Bucky Mitchell, veteran member of the Bayou Boys band. Later, another acquaintance stopped in, Mike’s guitar started strumming, and suddenly the place was jumping, with backslaps and hugs all around at song’s end.As the show neared its 1 p.m. end, Joiner read off a listing of upcoming concerts and benefits featuring local artists, punctuated with personal asides describing their music. Then he queued up a closing bluegrass number, clanged the old Nash hubcap with a metal church key, possibly from his Harvard student days, and signed off with, “Y’all stay Hillbilly now, hear!”last_img read more

CVPS provides $50,000 grant for solar project

first_imgCVPS provides $50,000 grant for solar projectSPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Making its second foray into solar energy in a month, Central Vermont Public Service today announced a $50,000 solar donation and a partnership to learn as much as possible about large-scale solar potential in Vermont.CVPS President Bob Young symbolically handed a large photovoltaic panel to Christian Craig, executive director of the non-profit Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, in announcing the grant. The grant will help pay for a 73.5-kilowatt system containing 420 solar panels.”CVPS is committed to learning all we can about solar potential on a utility scale,” Young said. “Working with the Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, we expect to get some real-world experience with solar generation in an urban Vermont climate.”This will complement our own solar project planned for rural Rutland Town. Together, these systems will provide us with extensive data on costs, generation and maintenance of large-scale solar in Vermont’s at-times-challenging conditions.”The CVPS grant will help pay for up to 420 photovoltaic solar panels, each 3 by 6 feet, at SVHRC. The recreation center already has an extensive solar thermal heating system that heats some of its pool water, and will build the solar electric system on an adjacent building.The total cost of the project is $587,000. The CVPS donation brings fundraising to $300,000. SVHRC hopes to begin construction this fall, with plans for completion in June 2009.As part of a partnership to fully understand the project’s performance, SVHRC agreed to allow CVPS complete access to the solar array, generation data and maintenance records.”We’re a major energy user,” Craig said. “We believe this array will produce about 20 percent of our electricity annually, but equally important, it will provide CVPS with a real-world laboratory to study solar performance.”CVPS has already made major strides in developing new renewable technologies, and our project will provide keen insights into solar potential in Vermont.”Young said solar PV is significantly more expensive that other electricity sources, but advances in concentrating solar and other ideas may help solar play an increasingly important role in Vermont in the years ahead. Larger systems provide some economy of scale, and solar component prices appear to be headed down generally, but one key will be understanding, based on real data, how effective solar arrays can be for utilities, Young said.”CVPS has among the lowest rates in the Northeast and one of the cleanest power supplies in the nation,” Young said. “Those are tremendous advantages for our commercial and industrial customers, and important to all of us. Our goal, as we face the end of major power contracts in the years ahead, is to protect those competitive advantages to the greatest extent possible. Solar may play an important role in that effort.”last_img read more