Epibiotic communities on sublittoral macroinvertebrates at Signy Island, Antarctica

first_imgThe epibiotic communities on locally abundant macroinvertebrates, in particular the brachiopod Liothyrella uva and the limpet Nacella concinna, were examined from depths between 0 and 50 m at Signy Island, Antarctica. The percentage cover by epibionts on Liothyrella increased from 50% on the largest, and decreased slightly with depth. The percentage cover of Nacella by epibionts increased with size of individual over an approximately similar range of values, but in contrast with Liothyrella increased greatly with depth. Cheilostome bryozoans and annelids of the genus Spirorbis formed >90% (by area) of the colonists on Liothyrella and 30–60% on Nacella, the coralline alga Lithothamnion and sponges making up the remainder. The bryozoans, which generally dominated the epibiotic communities, comprised complex associations of species which could be described as either generalists, host-specific epibiotic, low specificity epibiotic or locally abundant background species. Positive associations of both occurrence and abundance were found between some of the bryozoans living epibiotically on the brachiopod Liothyrella. The overgrowth interactions recorded, between the three main epibiotic faunal taxa; sponges, bryozoans and annelids, were essentially hierarchical. Sponges usually overgrew Bryozoa, and Bryozoa overgrew Spirorbis as well as occasion-ally smothering small brachiopods. In four adult Liothyrella death may have been caused by the epibiotic bryozoan Arachnopusia inchoata growing over the gape, so preventing feeding and/or respiration.last_img read more

‘What bothers me is that he has time’: LeBron James says of Trump taking shots on him

first_imgSeptember 20, 2018 /Sports News – National ‘What bothers me is that he has time’: LeBron James says of Trump taking shots on him Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — LeBron James has never been one to hold back his disapproval on the actions and remarks of President Donald Trump, and he criticized the president again in his most recent interview, expressing worry that the president can even find the time to take shots at him.“What bothers me is that he has time to even do that,” James told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Thursday. “Like, you really got this much time that you can comment on me?”On Aug. 3, Trump appeared to make a dig at James’ intelligence after CNN anchor Don Lemon interviewed him. In a tweet, Trump described Lemon as “the dumbest man on television” who “made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”James laughed when asked if it bothered him when Trump calls him dumb, according to The Reporter.“No, because I’m not,” he says. “That’s like somebody saying I can’t play ball. That doesn’t bother me at all.”The NBA star has a long history of railing against the president.When Trump withdrew the Golden State Warriors’ invitation to the White House in 2017 after point guard Stephen Curry said he would skip the traditional championship visit, James tweeted at the president, calling him a “bum” and highlighting that Curry “already said he ain’t going!”“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James wrote.During the NBA finals in June, James told reporters that neither team wanted to visit the White House.“I mean, I know no matter who this series, no one’s … no one wants the invite anyway,” he said.In August 2017, after the Charlottesville protests turned violent, James tweeted that “hate has always existed in America,” but “Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!”James, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has also spoken out on Trump’s immigration policies and rejected the characterization of Trump’s comments to Billy Bush in the 2005 Access Hollywood video as “locker room talk.”“That’s not locker room talk,” James told reporters in October 2016. “That’s trash talk.”James spoke to the reporter on his recent move to Los Angeles to join the Lakers roster and his role to 1990s hit “Space Jam.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/lebron-james-conquers-los-angeles-hollywood-1145452center_img Written bylast_img read more

Mortgage lending at seven-year high

first_imgHome » News » Products & Services » Mortgage lending at seven-year high Mortgage lending at seven-year high11th April 20160536 Views Gross mortgage lending rose by eight per cent in 2015, taking the estimated total for the year to £220.3 billion compared with £203.3 billion in 2014, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).The CML estimates reveal that gross mortgage lending hit £19.9 billion in December, three per cent below November’s lending total of £20.5 billion, but 23 per cent higher year-on-year at £16.2 billion.Gross mortgage lending for the fourth quarter was therefore an estimated £62.3 billion, up 23 per cent on the corresponding period in 2014.“The low inflation environment, along with real wage growth, an improving labour market and competitive mortgage deals have all helped to underpin demand,” said CML Economist Mohammad Jamel.Looking ahead though, he said the upside potential looks limited over the near-term. He added, “The supply of existing and new properties on the market remains weak and affordability pressures weigh on activity. There is an added element of uncertainty as we wait to see the impact of tax changes on the buy-to-let sector.”mortgages mortgage lending CML 2016-04-11The Negotiator Related articles Client accounting firm honoured with Queen’s Award29th April 2021 Give conveyancers up-front property information earlier, Sprift urges agents15th April 2021 Leading inventories service and Reapit integrate for ‘faster check-outs’9th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Where there’s muck there’s digital opportunity, says Fisher German

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Where there’s muck there’s digital opportunity, says Fisher German previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhere there’s muck there’s digital opportunity, says Fisher GermanRural agent and consultant launches mobile phone app for the countrywide mobile set.Nigel Lewis26th June 201701,297 Views If you think that rural estate agents are a bunch of tweed and welly-wearing luddites then think again. Country agent Fisher German has launched a mobile phone app for the rural community that puts the efforts of most tech-savvy city agents to shame.The 15-office company, which has its HQ in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire and offers a range of consultancy services to the rural business and property market including a residential estate agency business, has launched an app that offers users news from the BBC and Farmers Weekly, its own news as well as events calendar, weather updates all based on the user’s location.The app (pictured, right) will also offer weights and measures converters, agricultural commodity data and digital maps.Available via both Google Play and the Apple’s App Store, the app doesn’t include residential properties for sale, and instead focuses on the wider rural community.Outside the normThe idea for the app came not from an expensive digital agency, but instead was thought up during a Dragon’s Den-style brain-storming session with Loughborough app developer Cuttlefish last year.“I am excited to have worked on a project totally outside of the norm for a Rural Chartered Surveyor and am tremendously pleased with the result,” says Fisher German Associate Mike Reynolds (pictured, left).“Our app brings together information useful to members of the rural community and related services, into one place for ease of use.”Chain reactionFisher German is also keen to embrace technology in other ways. The company’s residential team has also been using Sohail Rashid’s two-year-old online sales progression tool View My Chain.Its residential agency staff say it has helped its negotiators deal with chains which include vendors who are using online agents who don’t offer the same level of sales progression support as traditional agents.  Mike Reynolds Fisher German June 26, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Happier, Ed? Sheeran’s celebrity home buying spree in Suffolk

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Happier, Ed? Sheeran’s celebrity home buying spree in Suffolk previous nextHousing MarketHappier, Ed? Sheeran’s celebrity home buying spree in SuffolkThe star has been keeping agents busy in his home town recently as he’s hoovered up half a dozen properties in the area.Sheila Manchester13th August 201901,720 Views It’s every every estate agent’s dream – someone who buys multiple properties in one location. And such a windfall has been enjoyed by agents in Framlingham, Suffolk, the home town of singer songwriter Ed Sheeran, who has been hoovering up properties in the area.Land Registry records show that Ed bought his detached farmhouse and surrounding land — for £895,000 in June 2012 and a 16th century Grade II listed timber-framed house next door for £450,000.Ed bought the four-bedroom detached house in front of his farmhouse for £925,000 in September 2016.Property number four joined the estate in October 2017 a bungalow on the other side of his driveway that he bought for £525,000.His latest purchase is just next door; a snip at £875,000 for his next-door neighbour’s house. Sharon Jest, had often objected to his ongoing construction work and last year, she had insisted, “enough was enough” when he applied to build a 32ft chapel in the 16-acre grounds so that he could marry his girlfriend Cherry.Framlingham has 3,342 homes – average house price £400,000. Ed, reputedly worth £160 million, clearly loves the Suffolk village and, according to The Sun, despite his own building craze, he objected to plans by neighbours to build two new homes in a paddock close to his estate.Planning pointA planning consultant wrote to Suffolk Coastal District Council on Ed’s behalf complaining the proposal would “arguably extend the village in an unplanned and superficial way into the countryside”.Objections to his plans include complaints from neighbour Tony Robinson — one of the applicants to build the homes that Ed objected to in 2017.In March 2018, Tony complained to the council: “It would appear that the applicant in his desire to satisfy the needs of the spiritual world continues to overlook his obligations to the living world, particularly that of protected species.”Ed’s plans for the chapel of his dreams were, perhaps understandably, thrown out and Ed ended up marrying Cherry at a local church.ed sheeran framlingham Suffolk August 13, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

BAE Systems gets UK F-35B maintenance contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems gets UK F-35B maintenance contract View post tag: F-35B View post tag: Lockheed Martin April 3, 2017 View post tag: UK Share this articlecenter_img Authorities View post tag: BAe Systems The U.S. Department of Defense last week awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth more than £80m (US$102.2m) to deliver the initial training, engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II fleet over a three year period.Lockheed Martin has sub-contracted work worth £40m to BAE Systems and together the two companies will form a team of more than 100 technicians at RAF Marham, which will provide engineering and technical expertise, deliver air-crew and ground-crew training, facilitate routine maintenance and help to manage the jets’ global supply chain.BAE Systems will take the lead sustainment role for F-35 Lightning II in the UK with Lockheed Martin continuing as prime contractor for global operations.The award was announced by Defence Secretary RT Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP during a press conference with US Secretary of State for Defense General Jim Mattis. The visit was General Mattis’ first to the UK in his role as US Defense Secretary.Work is already underway to prepare RAF Marham for the arrival of 617 Squadron, which will fly the UK’s initial operational F-35 Lightning II jets from 2018 onward.The latest announcement follows a £142m package that was awarded to Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems in April 2016 to deliver an operations center, integrated training center and maintenance and finish building. According to BAE Systems, this work is on target to be completed in early 2018. BAE Systems gets UK F-35B maintenance contractlast_img read more

Oxford going green

first_imgAs the City Council convenes its climate change conference this week, it will also launch a campaign to rid Oxford stores of environmentally unfriendly plastic bags.Technically, the Council cannot get rid of plastic bags by decree. Environmentalist leader Craig Simmons said: “You can’t legally force retailers not to stock plastic bags, it would probably require national legislation.”Council leader John Goddard, who has organised both the conference and the bag campaign said success will instead depend on individual consumers insisting that supermarkets change their practices.”I refuse plastic bags if I am offered one and I want as many shoppers in the city as possible to follow suit,” Goddard said. “Oxford is well tuned in to the Green agenda,” he added.last_img read more

First Night Review: Chicken Farmer

first_imgby Marc Kidson It is a pet fact of many History teachers that before becoming one of the chief architects of mass murder for the Nazi regime, Heinrich Himmler had been a modest chicken farmer. It seems incongruous that a man of so provincial an occupation could have stamped his mark so irredeemably across the twentieth century, and have been culpable for millions of deaths. Sadly, it is also hard to believe that David Cochrane’s Chicken Farmer could combine a plausible dramatic narrative with ribald farce and poetic dialogue. For this reason, the climactic tension of “the choice” that Himmler must make fails to materialise in a convincing way. Nonetheless, the production displays some effective writing and offers some worthwhile performances, especially notable given the potential for historical plays to descend into caricature.             Cochrane’s most effective dramatic device is arguably Hitler’s position onstage. He remains upstage, often shrouded in darkness, mute and brooding over a revolver for most of the play. This acutely underlines the constant references to both his significance and his impotence with the coming end of the Nazi state, amplifying the attempts of all around him to manipulate their former Führer. Rhys Jones offers us a repentant Albert Speer, played with a casual, almost flippant cynicism that contrasts favourably with the over-statement of David Cochrane as Goering or Dan Rawnsley as Dr Morrell. These characters appear indulgent, providing unnecessary and unwanted comic relief from the paranoiac intensity of the bunker.  Although the Blackadder-esque comedy is well played, its role in the play is difficult to fathom.             Mona Schroedel-York and Roisin Watson, playing Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun, add a refreshing female dimension to the politics. Magda is portrayed as a scheming Lady Macbeth figure, which works well with Watson, who manages to evoke the only genuine pathos of the play as Eva Braun realises her powerlessness in the machinations around her. However, while Tom Garner’s role as Himmler is assured and at times impressive, it is let down by the failure of the plot to build a sufficient sense of climax in the character’s fate in which the audience can be swept up. Alongside historical facts clunking awkwardly from the mouths of the characters, the playwright makes key cultural allusions, to Wagner and Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire amongst others, and adroitly introduces classical references. Some of these sit oddly within the dialogue of the play; they are at times apt and profound but are often conspicuous and forced. The dialogue shifts from highly poetic language in antiquated syntax to very modern coarse language. Neither of these approaches is to be derided as a possible portrayal of the last days of the Third Reich, but jumping indiscriminately from one to the other leaves a credibility gap.             Cochrane’s interpretation of the Führer’s bunker risks at times reducing the bitter struggle for power at the end of Third Reich to little more than the jostling for position in the Oxford Union, or worse, the backbiting and duplicity in the Big Brother House. However, he writes with some flair and expression, which need only to be reconciled with dramatic realism to allow his characters to come truly alive and the narrative to unfold more naturally.  Chicken Farmer is running Tuesday 16th-Saturday 20th October at the OFS at 7:30, with a 2:30 Saturday matinee.last_img read more

Art exhibit opens at Hoboken’s Monroe Center

first_img ×OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA HOBOKEN–Hob’art co-operative gallery at the Monroe Center at 720 Monroe St kicked off an exhibit Saturday, Jan. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: CELEBRATION II.CELEBRATION II, a group exhibit, includes work from several local artists including Carla Cubit, Tom Egan, Olga Guerra, Ann Kinney, Nupur Nishith, Jean Paul Picard, Rich Roberts, Murty Rompalli, Leslie Rubman, Don Sichler, Meredeth Turshen, Miriam Untoria, Ibou Ndoye, and Liz Cohen.The co-operatives first exhibit of the year, celebrating its 16 th year in existence, will remain open until Feb. 12.The exhibit promises bright colors in the work of Ndoye, Nishith, and Cubit, and exuberant and unusual compositions of Picard, Roberts, Sichler, Guerra and Turshen which “will get hearts pumping and eyes popping with glee.”Artists Cohen, Rubman, Untoria, and Kinney focus on unusual scenes and images “guaranteed to provide a happy feast for the eyes.”Gallery information can be obtained on the website www.hob-art.org or by email to [email protected]last_img read more

Listen To Lotus’s Smooth Cover Of The Meters’ “Cissy Strut,” Fourteen Years Ago Today [Full Audio]

first_imgFourteen years ago on Valentine’s Day in 2003, Lotus brought their smooth and tight grooves to the now defunct Murray’s Inn in Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Typifying what we can expect from old-school Lotus, the two-set show was slinky and tight with a patient focus on stretching out their jams. The five-song first set, after a relatively short “Livingston Storm,” contains a 17-minute “It’s All Clear To Me Now,” an 18-minute “Soma,” and a 16-minute “L’immueble,” before the 15-minute “Flower Sermon.”Lotus debuted two new tracks during the second set of the Wikes-Barre performance. The set opened with the debut of “Freeze Box” before later dropping the tune “Los Angeles” for the first time. The band also closed out their show with their take on The Meters’ funky classic “Cissy Strut,” a treat that the band used to bust out frequently in the early 2000s, which has now, unfortunately, dropped off since 2003. You can listen to the show below, courtesy of taper Ted Hissen. Setlist: Lotus | Murray’s Inn | Wikes-Barre, PA | 2/14/2003Set 1: Livingston Storm, It’s All Clear to Me Now, Soma, L’immueble, Flower SermonSet 2: Freeze Box*, My Own Personal 3-Letter Word, Greet the Mind, Los Angeles*, Suitcases and SandwichesEncore: Cissy Strutlast_img read more