first_imgA technique for moult staging Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba Dana) was used in the analysis of field samples to predict intermoult periods and hence assess growth and the effects of seasonal changes in food availability. The proportion of moulting krill was used, in conjunction with laboratory data on the duration of this phase, to predict the moulting frequency (intermoult period, IMP). The moulting frequency was then combined with appropriate daily growth increments from laboratory study to assess overall growth in the krill sampled. The effects of seasonal fluctuations in food availability on moulting frequency were examined for samples taken at five different locations and times of year. Moulting rate was not linearly related to the availability of phytoplankton, although it is likely that this factor has a marked effect. Similarly, although temperature affects IMP, the data indicate that this is not a simple relationship either. These preliminary data indicate the value of utilizing this technique in the analysis of field samples of Antarctic krill.last_img read more

first_imgThe Humane Society of Ocean City (HSOC) has learned that Senate Bill No. 297 (S-297) will be withdrawn by Senator Joseph Vitale. The bill would have severely limited the services that nonprofit veterinary centers could offer, including providing spay/neuter procedures on animals at the shelter and feral cats.The latter service is critical to preventing an overpopulation of feral cats in Ocean City and surrounding communities.“We’re very pleased to learn that this bill is being withdrawn,” said William Hollingworth, HSOC Executive Director. “We felt it would have only created problems in providing needed veterinary care to the animals we serve.”HSOC operates The Woody Johnson Veterinary Center, a full-service, state-of-the-art veterinary center to provide services to shelter animals as well as offering affordable care for pet owners in Ocean City and surrounding communities. Included in those services are spay/neuter procedures on over 300 feral cats annually as well as providing needed veterinary care for shelter animals waiting to be adopted.HSOC is a private, nonprofit “no-kill” adoption center that includes the Veterinary Center, offering affordable veterinary services and spay/neuter clinics to residents of Ocean City and surrounding communities. HSOC has been serving the community for over 50 years with pet adoption, veterinary care, and animal control services.— News release from A. Deiterich for the Humane Society of Ocean Citylast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook CoronavirusIndianaNews Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – March 16, 2020 0 322 (Public Domain) The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has information for parents of school-aged children and child care providers related to the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus or COVID-19:Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana at 800-299-1627 to speak to a referral specialist.Every community has a child care resource and referral agency that can also connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support. Families can find their local CCR&R by calling 800-299-1627 or by consulting this map (direct link: https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/Referral_Services_Provider_Map.pdf )When locating care, it is important that families choose licensed and regulated care for their children. To find out if a provider is licensed or regulated, go to www.ChildCareFinder.in.gov or call 800-299-1627. The FSSA offered guidance that children who are out of school due to possible contact with a positive case should observe social isolation and be at home, not in a large child care setting. It is also strongly recommended that caregivers for these children during this timeframe NOT be older than age 65 or have a chronic disease or be in an immunosuppressed state. This guidance does not apply to ALL kids whose schools are closing as a precaution.FSSA also posted a set of frequently asked questions and answers and guidance on several matters related to COVID-19 for child care providers. That document is found here. FSSA encourages parents and child care providers to check back frequently for updates as guidance could evolve rapidly at the direction of the Indiana State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ISDH is also continuously updating information about COVID-19 here. WhatsApp Google+ Help available for Indiana parents who need childcare while school is out Previous articleUPDATE: Local schools respond to coronavirus fearsNext articleState of Michigan coronavirus cases up to 53 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

first_img A suspected knee injury forced O’Driscoll off barely eight minutes into his 186th and final appearance for Leinster, but the retiring centre still managed to end his provincial career with silverware – just as he did with Ireland in March. First-time finalists Glasgow were far from overawed at the RDS, four finely-struck penalties from Finn Russell meaning they were only 14-12 behind at half-time. The high pace continued into the second quarter with both defences tested in the sun-kissed conditions. Half-breaks from Chris Cusiter and Peter Horne saw Glasgow exert more control and Russell’s third penalty came after an eye-catching burst from big Fijian Leone Nakarawa. Tellingly, Kirchner turned creator in the 38th minute as he breezed through a midfield gap and Jennings was on his shoulder to run in a converted try from 25 metres out. There was still time for Russell to make it a two-point game, drilling home a late penalty from just inside the Leinster half. The hosts were denied a third try on the resumption, referee Nigel Owens ruling that Cian Healy had been tackled before getting up to reach for the try-line. Gopperth hit an upright with a penalty attempt from distance and Glasgow showed their offloading ability as replacement Niko Matawalu sparked their attack into life. As bodies tired, Matawalu crucially lost the ball forward as he lunged for the Leinster line and a Gopperth-inspired counter almost led to Madigan scoring from his own kick through. A powerful close-in scrum allowed Gopperth stretch Leinster’s lead to 17-12 and their greater experience began to tell as Gopperth widened the margin to eight points, with Nakarawa infringing at a ruck. Glasgow’s brave challenge was petering out as Gopperth missed a drop goal and a thundering charge from man-of-the-match Sean Cronin should have garnered a try. The victory was duly wrapped up by Kirchner’s second touchdown in the 74th minute, a crisp passing move allowing D’Arcy to break free and send the South African over. The roles were reversed just two minutes later as Leinster profited from turnover ball and Kirchner set up the tireless D’Arcy to go over in the same left corner. Press Association Four-try Leinster overcame the early departure of Brian O’Driscoll to beat Glasgow Warriors 34-12 and become the first team to retain the RaboDirect PRO12 title. Springbok Zane Kirchner crossed for Leinster’s opening try in the 16th minute and his pass sent Shane Jennings through for the second late in the first half. The defending champions strangled the life out of Glasgow as Jimmy Gopperth made it 20-12 by the 66th minute and the final gloss was added by late tries from Kirchner and Gordon D’Arcy. Leinster’s long-serving captain Leo Cullen, who is moving upstairs as their new forwards coach, also came off the bench to help the Blues make it seven major trophy wins in as many years. Glasgow were bidding to become the first Scottish winners of the PRO12 and unsettled the hosts straight away, their young fly-half Russell blocking down Gopperth in the first minute. The 22-year-old landed a long range penalty soon after and Leinster emerged pointless from their first visit to the Scots’ 22, knocking on after turning down a kickable three-pointer. Worse followed for Matt O’Connor’s men when O’Driscoll hobbled off injured with semi-final hero Ian Madigan replacing him. Russell then punished Mike McCarthy’s high tackle with a superb strike from the left wing that went over off the right-hand post. But Leinster’s patience was rewarded on the quarter-hour mark, building pressure through 20-plus phases before Rob Kearney released winger Kirchner to finish in the left corner. Gopperth nailed the conversion for a 7-6 advantage. last_img read more

first_imgPan-African mobile operator MTN has increased its stake in MTN Rwanda after acquiring an additional combined 25% stake in the company from Crystal Ventures and the government of Rwanda for an undisclosed sum. Rwanda Finance Minister John Rwangomba said that since 1998, MTN had been an excellent investment for the government and had helped Rwanda to achieve its objective of growing and developing the telecommunication industry in the country. “Our increased investment in MTN Rwanda demonstrates our strong commitment to Rwanda and the broader East African region,” MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said in a statement this week. “We look forward to many more years of operating in Rwanda in partnership with Crystal Ventures.” He said that following a partial divestment in 2007, the current transaction provided another opportunity for Crystal Ventures to redeploy capital in other sectors of the Rwandan economy. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 7 October 2011 “We have held our investment in MTN Rwanda since its inception 13 years ago and together created the foremost telecommunications company in Rwanda with more than 2.7-million subscribers,” said Crystal Ventures chairman Nshuti Manasseh. “As we remain a significant shareholder in MTN Rwanda, we look forward to working with MTN Group to ensure the continued growth of the company,” he said. “[The] government has for some time now indicated its desire to no longer participate in the sector as an investor,” he said. “We are pleased that we have been able to reach agreement with MTN on the terms of our exit.” The transaction, which was concluded in Kigali last week and brokered by Renaissance Capital, saw the MTN Group increase its ownership in MTN Rwanda from 55% to 80%. Crystal Ventures retains a 20% stake in the company and will remain an active minority shareholder. Crystal Ventures is a leading private investment company in Rwanda with a diversified portfolio of investments across many sectors including real estate development, beverage processing, security services, road construction and telecommunications.last_img read more

first_img27 January 2012 South Africa is working towards a thriving mixed economy that is integrated into the southern African region and African continent as a whole, President Jacob Zuma said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday. “In June last year,” Zuma told a gathering of South African businesspeople, “26 African countries signed an agreement to create a free trade area that covers more than half of Africa. “By June 2014, nearly 60 percent of the economy of Africa will be a single free trade area, covering the Southern African Development Community, the East African community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.”Towards job-creating growth Zuma told the businesspeople that the government’s economic transformation programme meant “[continuing] to work towards achieving a thriving mixed economy, premised on creating inclusive employment-creating growth. “This is an economy where the state, private capital, cooperative and other forms of social ownership work together, complementing each other to foster shared economic growth and eliminate poverty.” As part of the country’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the short term, the government was supporting employment creation through public works programmes which have proven to be effective in providing short-term jobs, while close to 15-million South Africans receive grants. “Our social assistance programme creates a caring society. We are improving the economic situation and working towards finding means to provide able-bodied grant recipients with skills to help them become independent. “With regards to youth support, government has directed that the number of public-sector internships be increased to 60 000 positions by 2013. This will expand the number of public internships more than tenfold.”‘Real challenges’ South Africa, after hosting the United Nations’ COP 17 climate change conference in December, was also working to achieve a sustainable economy that was not harmful to the environment or the health of its people. “We are proud of our progress so far in shaping a new model of economic governance and growth – one that is dynamic, sustainable and increasingly inclusive. “That is not to play down the very real challenges that we face,” Zuma said, adding that the South African economy could not be sustained unless more was done to address social ills and economic exclusion. “We must also develop strategies for managing the instability of the global economy,” Zuma added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img3 October 2013 South African public and private companies will be looking to participate in a number of transport infrastructure projects in Senegal following the visit to Dakar this week by President Jacob Zuma and a delegation of local businesspeople. Zuma declared his state visit a success on his return to South Africa on Wednesday, saying: “[A] lot has been accomplished at economic and political levels during this visit. There will be a lot of progress going forward”. According to the Presidency, Zuma and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, expressed their desire for South Africa and Senegal to work together to make Dakar an air transport hub serving the West African region. They agreed to pursue the establishment of a well-developed aviation maintenance service, and “instructed their ministers responsible for this sector to undertake the necessary steps as soon as possible”, the Presidency said in a statement. Dakar’s new international airport, the Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD), is due to open in the first quarter of 2014. A new 32-kilometre toll highway running through central Dakar and its surrounding areas was opened in August, with an extended section linking to the new airport due to open in late 2014. According to a joint communique issued after Zuma’s meeting with Sall, the Senegalese president “expressed Senegal’s wish for the continued involvement of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in the realization of the Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass”. At the same time, Sall “praised the interest expressed by South African public and private companies (IDC, Transnet, Lonrho and TMMF Holdings) to form a consortium and participate in the realization of the Dakar-AIBD-Thies Railway Project”. The planned railway will link Dakar, the new airport and Thies, Senegal’s third-largest city, which lies 72km east of Dakar. Zuma and Sall also agreed on the twinning of Senegal’s Goree Island, which was at the centre of the slave trade, and South Africa’s Robben Island. “Goree Island also has an important history for South Africa, as that is where the then exiled ANC met with Afrikaner intellectuals in 1987,” the Presidency said. Following a visit to Goree Island on Wednesday, Zuma referred to that meeting, saying it was “very important as it served to demystify the ANC and help white South Africans in particular to understand it better. This island therefore has a special place in South African transitional history.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgREVEALED: Spurs were keen to keep new Napoli hero Llorenteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham were prepared to hand Fernando Llorente a new deal this season – but delays allowed Napoli to snap him up, it has been revealed.Llorente already has three goals with Napoli and is fast proving a transfer coup.Gazzetta dello Sport says Llorente, having seen his contract expire, was informed by Spurs that a new deal would be tabled before the start of the season.But having learned it would be on reduced terms, the veteran started shopping himself around and was soon convinced after a series of phone calls with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.With the Azzurri offering €5m-a-year and Spurs dithering, Llorente was persuaded to move to Naples.The former Juventus striker has made an instant impact and is already being celebrated across the national press. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.The request issued Friday, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that’s before most of the money to rebuild Puerto Rico’s devastated housing stock and electric grid is added in.The new installment would add $24 billion to the government’s chief disaster account and establish a new $12 billion grant program for flood risk mitigation projects. Smaller amounts would go to small business loans and to aid farmers suffering crop losses.The request followed lobbying by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who pressed the White House for far more. There are sure to be attempts to add to the measure as it advances through the House and Senate.“This request does not come close to what local officials say is needed,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.Even before the measure was delivered, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called it “wholly inadequate.” Cornyn worked in September to nearly double Trump’s initial request for Harvey aid and has been battling with the White House behind the scenes.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, “I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either.”She said Texas “should step up” and provide state money to the rebuilding efforts. But she said damage assessments in Puerto Rico hadn’t been completed yet and additional requests were expected.The measure arrives as lawmakers and the White House face numerous budget-related issues by year’s end, including a deadline of Dec. 8 to avert a government shutdown. Top Capitol Hill leaders are also negotiating bipartisan spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies in hopes of passing a catchall government funding bill. They are also seeking to renew a popular program that provides health care to children from low-income families.And there’s a tax bill that is Republicans’ top priority. GOP leaders have appeared wary of tackling other budget-related issues while the tax legislation was taking shape but time is running low and coming weeks are likely to bring a burst of activity. Talks on increasing tight “caps” on agency budgets have centred on a GOP plan for a two-year, $182 billion increase that still falls short of demands by both defence hawks and Democrats seeking more for domestic programs.Rossello has requested $94 billion, including $18 billion to rebuild the island’s power grid and $31 billion for housing. The White House anticipates sending another request focused on the needs of the island territory but hasn’t indicated when that would be.“Because Hurricane Maria occurred more recently, damage assessments are ongoing,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.Mulvaney also asked lawmakers to consider $59 billion in spending cuts to pay for the aid, including $44 billion from benefit programs by extending automatic cuts known as sequestration over the 2025-2027 budget window.Texas and Florida officials also expressed disappointment. Abbott, the Texas governor, submitted a $61 billion request to Trump last month for Harvey-related damages, including ambitious requests for flood control and navigation projects. He called the White House request “completely inadequate.”The Florida congressional delegation asked for $27 billion. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement that the request “doesn’t come close to providing what is needed. People are hurting and they desperately need our help, yet this request has no money to provide housing for evacuees and barely any money for Florida’s citrus growers. That’s unacceptable.”“Congress needs to pass a more robust disaster bill that actually provides the funding needed to help people recover,” Nelson said.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Congress had “proven its commitment to aid those suffering from the natural disasters of the fall.” Ryan said the House would “review the request and work with the administration and members from affected states to help the victims get the resources they need to recover and rebuild.”__Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.last_img read more