The ability of Antarctic krill Euphausia superba Dana to withstand the overwintering period is critical to their success. Laboratory evidence suggests that krill may shrink in body length during this time in response to the low availability of food. Nevertheless, verification that krill can shrink in the natural environment is lacking because winter data are difficult to obtain. One of the few sources of winter krill population data is from commercial vessels. We examined length-frequency data of adult krill (>35 mm total body length) obtained from commercial vessels in the Scotia-Weddell region and compared our results with those obtained from a combination of science and commercial sampling operations carried out in this region at other times of the year. Our analyses revealed body-length shrinkage in adult females but not males during winter, based on both the tracking of modal size classes over seasons and sex-ratio patterns. Other explanatory factors, such as differential mortality, immigration and emigration, could not explain the observed differences. The same pattern was also observed at South Georgia and in the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Fitted seasonally modulated von Bertalanffy growth functions predicted a pattern of overwintering shrinkage in all body-length classes of females, but only stagnation in growth in males. This shrinkage most likely reflects morphometric changes resulting from the contraction of the ovaries and is not necessarily an outcome of winter hardship. The sex-dependent changes that we observed need to be incorporated into life cycle and population dynamic models of this species, particularly those used in managing the fishery.
Oxford scientists researching breast cancer vaccines have been awarded a £2.5m grant by Cancer Research UK.Dr. Alison Banham, who heads the Oxford team, seeks to create new vaccines that work by mimicking the body’s immune response to cancer. Vaccines can be especially useful in the treatment of breast cancer and lymphoma.“They are proving to be some of the most effective new treatments for cancer patients,” said Dr. Banham.News of the grant is likely to boost Oxford’s international reputation as a centre of excellence for cancer research. Professor Gillies McKenna, Director of Radiation Oncology commented, “There’s no other centre of this size and scope.”
Flash flooding that swamped Fourth Street during a torrential downpour on Sept. 18 illustrates the need to prepare for storms. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City’s public housing agency faces a pivotal – and expensive – decision whether to build an even larger expansion project to replace its flood-prone Pecks Beach Village housing complex for senior citizens.Pecks Beach Village was swamped by storm waters from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, underscoring the need to develop new housing in a location less vulnerable to flooding. It continues to suffer from flooding during storms and even in high tides.During the Ocean City Housing Authority’s monthly board meeting on Tuesday, it became clear just how easily the area can flood. Torrential rain from the remnants of once-Hurricane Florence left knee-deep storm water Tuesday evening on Fourth Street in front of Pecks Beach Village as well as the housing authority’s administrative office across the street.The authority’s board members and staff frequently cast nervous glances out of the windows during the meeting to watch the flood waters rising higher seemingly every few minutes as the deluge became more intense. After the meeting, they waded through the water to rescue their cars from the flash flooding.City Councilman Bob Barr, who serves as chairman of the authority’s board, joked at the beginning of the meeting that the “storm of the century” was underway. The downpour delayed the arrival of the authority’s solicitor and accountant for a few minutes.Ocean City is in the midst of building a $7.9 million drainage project in the north end of town, including the area surrounding Pecks Beach Village, to alleviate flooding.Flooding around the Pecks Beach Village complex over the years has led the housing authority to propose building a new 20-unit senior citizens affordable housing complex. However, two separate sets of construction bids over the summer came in well above the project’s estimated $4.2 million cost. The bids ranged from $5.5 million to $5.8 million, prompting the authority to reject them.Now, the authority is considering a larger project, 34 units in all, in hopes of getting the housing complex completed.Rick Ginnetti, the housing authority’s development consultant, believes there is “a path” to follow to get the expansion project financed and built.Rick Ginnetti, of the Brooke Group, the housing authority’s development consultant, told the board members it is unclear where the agency would secure the extra money to build a larger project.Although a bigger project would cost around $2 million more overall, the cost per unit would be significantly lower and might make it easier to finance, Ginnetti explained.“If you could find the money, it would be the smart thing to do,” Ginnetti said in an interview after the meeting.Barr, in a separate interview, said he would also be in favor of building 34 units instead of 20 if the financing becomes available.“If we could find the money, we would like to do the 34 units, obviously,” Barr said.In the meantime, the authority plans to “gather all the facts” about possible sources of funding before reaching a formal decision whether to build 20 or 34 units, Barr noted.The authority has proposed building a two-story senior citizens project on what is now a parking lot adjacent to its Bayview Manor housing complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue. Funding from a federal Hurricane Sandy recovery grant would help finance construction, but other money would be needed.Ginnetti explained to the board members that if the project is expanded to 34 units, it would allow the authority to move 14 ground-floor units inside Bayview Manor to the upper floor of the new housing complex. The 14 units at Bayview Manor are below flood level, so it would make sense to move them to the higher floor of a new housing complex, he added.The housing authority’s board is discussing whether to stick to the original plan for 20 units of new senior citizens housing or expanding to 34 units.In addition to needing more money to build it, a larger housing project would require new construction bids and a whole new series of regulatory approvals, Ginnetti said. He estimated it would likely add seven to eight months to the project.“There is a path to get there that I think we can follow,” Ginnetti said of his belief that a bigger project is possible.Originally, the authority had hoped to begin construction by year’s end and have the project completed by late 2019.The Ocean City Housing Authority uses federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bayview Manor facilities.Pecks Beach Village also includes a 40-unit complex for low-income families. That part of Pecks Beach will remain open after the new project is built because it sits on slightly higher land than the senior citizens complex and does not flood as much.Eventually, though, the authority would also like to replace the family units at Pecks Beach Village with new housing. Ginnetti spoke of tentative plans to possibly build 60 new units of family housing in place of the existing complex.Rising storm water spreads from Fourth Street into the parking lot of the Pecks Beach Village complex in the background.
By LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City Red Raiders girls basketball program opened up the 2019-2020 season Thursday night with a convincing win over the visiting Millville Thunderbolts, 52-16.Red Raider sophomore Marin Panico led all scorers with 13 points.The starting five for Ocean City included Panico, junior Marlee Brestle and seniors Lauren Mirsky, Abbey Fenton and Emma Finnegan.The Red Raiders got off to a slow start, with stagnant offensive production from both Ocean City and Millville in the first quarter of play. With under four minutes remaining in the opening quarter, the score was the closest it would be all game with Ocean City holding a 3-2 advantage.As the minutes waned in the first quarter, Ocean City started to find its groove and then never looked back, extending its lead to 7-2 at the end of the quarter and then to 25-8 at halftime.The Red Raiders set up their offense late in the fourth quarter.As the second half got underway, Ocean City continued its offensive dominance, spreading the scoring wealth as nine different Red Raiders had points in the game.Fenton drained a three-pointer in the third quarter to extend the lead to 37-8. The Thunderbolts were able to find the scoreboard on a three-pointer of their own to end the third quarter trailing 40-11.Ocean City had the opportunity to get some of its younger, less experienced players in the game in the third and fourth quarters, giving them valuable experience early in the season. Their youthfulness did not downgrade the level of play. Ocean City dropped 12 points in the final eight minutes to finish the game.The Red Raiders are looking to reload this season, after graduating four seniors who were instrumental in capturing three South Jersey titles during their tenure.Although the faces on the court may be different, the expectation from legendary head coach Paul Baruffi remains the same.“We had a big turnover with players, and we struggled a little out of the gate, which is natural in the first game. But our goal is to get better and better as the season goes on in preparation for the ultimate end of the year, the CAL tournament and Group 3 playoffs,” Baruffi said.Freshman Avery Jackson runs the point for the Red Raiders.Baruffi, who recorded his 400th win last season, thought the team looked good, but noted there is always room for improvement.“It’s difficult trying to go over everything you need at the beginning of the season, so we just have to get into a groove,” he said.There are plenty of games remaining in the season for the Red Raiders to find their rhythm and continue to evolve.They will be back in action 5:15 p.m. Sunday against Rancocas Valley in the PBA Tip Off at Ocean City High School.Ocean City’s Marlee Brestle takes a shot on an open look. Ocean City sophomore Marin Panico, who led all scorers with 13 points, works the ball upcourt.
Foodservice company SSP has revived its Panopolis sandwich shop concept after securing a deal to operate five cafés and restaurants at London City Airport.The deal, which includes a bar, restaurant and Illy Espressa-mente Café, will see two Panopolis outlets located landside and airside, selling a range of upmarket sandwiches made with premium breads. The first pilot store at London Bridge railway station in 2007 has since been closed as part of the redevelopment of the station.These are the first Panopolis outlets to trade in a UK airport. The brand operates nine outlets in other international airports including Houston, JFK, Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina), Toronto, Hong Kong, Lanarca (Cyprus), Abu Dhabi and Zurich.”Because of the brand’s focus on premium breads of the world, each new opening is a stimulus for innovation as we seek out new breads that reflect the very best of local bakery,” said Paul Passmore, portfolio commercial director for SSP. “This means that, in effect, the brand is adapted and refreshed every time we open a new store.”The brand is particularly well suited to high-profile airport locations. However, we don’t see that it is limited to the airport sector, and we will consider suitable opportunities to develop it in other channels, should they arise in the future.”>>Onward journey>>SSP brings ’round pound’ Bread Box format to UK
Trial begins for first of five charged in Nappanee child abuse case Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – August 4, 2020 0 591 IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp (Photo Supplied/Nappanee Police Department) The first of five people charged in a Nappanee child abuse case is set to go to trial this morning.Jammy Stacy, 43, is charged with felony neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury after the severe abuse of a three-year-old back in March of 2018.WSBT reports according to court documents, the boy’s mother and stepfather did not call police because they were told not to by Stacy.Four others are also charged in the case, including Stacy’s aunt and mother.Stacy’s trial is set to begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.RELATED: Three charged after malnourished Nappanee child is discoveredRELATED: Third person arrested in disturbing Kosciusko County child neglect case Facebook Twitter TAGSabusechildIndianaJammy StacyMarch 2018Nappaneeneglect Previous articleChicken and beef taquitos, chimichangas recalled due to plastic contaminationNext articleNotre Dame plans a mass for the beginning of the University year Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter Google+
Facebook By Jon Zimney – August 23, 2020 1 658 (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) One man was killed and two other people were hurt after A shooting inside an Elkhart bar.Police were called just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, to Hardy’s Bar in the 600 block of South Main Street in the report of a fight and a shooting inside the bar.Officers arrived on scene and found three victims with gunshot wounds.A 28-year-old man was taken to the Elkhart General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 29-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with anon-life-threatening gunshot wound to the foot. A 43-year-old man was taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead.Officers secured the scene and called in Detectives from the Elkhart County Homicide Unit to work the case. There is no immediate threat to public safety. There have been no arrests at this time.Anybody with information regarding the case is encouraged to contact the Elkhart County Homicide Unit at 574-295-2821, the Elkhart police tip line at 574-389-4777. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter Previous articleMan stabbed near Notre Dame Ave. and Miner Street in South BendNext articleUPDATE: Cass County crash turns fatal 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. Man, 43, dead, two others hurt after shooting inside Elkhart bar Pinterest
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has responded to the Newsnight report that 2 Sisters Food Group has been criticised for poor payment practices.It emerged that a contract had been proposed, where suppliers could be delayed payment for up to 120 days, and the food manufacturer could claim a 3% discount on payments, should it be required to pay within 90 days. John Allan, FSB national chairman, said: “Though 2 Sisters say they pay an average of their suppliers in fewer than 60 days, this is clearly not the same as paying all of their suppliers within 60 days as is mandated in the EU directive on businesses to business payment. It also begs the question, why do they feel the need to insist on 120 days as their standard payment terms, accompanied by an automatic discount of 3% if they pay on or before 90 days?Allan has urged for a rethink of the Prompt Payment Code, to prevent situations like this occurring. He continued: “The main argument 2 Sisters make in their defence appears to be that these unfair payment terms are only a negotiating position and that, anyway, everyone else is doing it. This is a poor defence at best, and misses the point that small firms do not have the power or resources to reject such unfair terms, nor to get recompense when the terms are breached.“This is why we are calling for the Prompt Payment Code to be strengthened. All firms should be on a fairer footing when negotiating payment terms, and it’s vital we outlaw unreasonable terms and conditions being imposed on suppliers.”
In addition, the following areas continue to be accessible: While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders in North Carolina and Virginia, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. In the coming weeks, the operational approach on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be to examine each facility function and service to ensure operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. Park officials will continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers. In alignment with federal and state public health guidance, the following areas remain closed at this time: The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Park officials will continue to monitor all functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Road maintenance projects are underway in some of these areas, visitors may experience delays or one-lane closures and should check the Parkway’s Road Closure page at https://go.nps.gov/roadinfo for more information. Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at www.nps.gov/blri and the Parkway’s social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Milepost 292-296.5 near Blowing Rock, including Moses Cone Parking Area and Hwy 221 Bass Lake Parking Lot.Milepost 298.6-308 through Grandfather Mountain area, including Rough Ridge and Linn Cove ViaductMilepost 316.4 Linville Falls Spur Road, including parking at Linville Falls trailheadsMilepost 334-342 including Crabtree Falls Area, near Little Switzerland, NCMilepost 355-375.6 from Mt. Mitchell to Ox Creek, including Craggy GardensMilepost 377.4 Parking areas at Craven Gap (Town Mountain Rd) for MST Trail accessMilepost 384.7 Roadside parking at MST Trailheads at US 74A Parkway access rampsMilepost 393-454 from French Broad River Overlook and south to Soco Gap “We are pleased to once again provide motor vehicle access to these popular Blue Ridge Parkway locations. We know the park’s recreation opportunities and scenic beauty provide important ways to connect with our natural environment during this time, and for many a leisurely drive on the Parkway provides solace,” said J.D. Lee, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Our phased approach to the 2020 visitor season is focused on balancing the enjoyment and protection of this park with the enjoyment and protection of our visitors. I encourage everyone who visits the Parkway in the coming days to recreate responsibly while here, whether that’s social distancing on park trails or driving safely on this beautiful, scenic drive.” Beginning Saturday, May 9, 2020, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen gates providing motor vehicle access to the southernmost 14 miles of the park, from Milepost 454 – 469, in coordination with the Qualla Boundary and Great Smoky Mountains National Park planned reopening. Beginning Friday, May 15, 2020, the Parkway will reopen gates providing motor vehicle access at the following locations in North Carolina, once initial seasonal mowing and road preparations are complete: Road closure from Milepost 0 to 13 in Virginia,Milepost 85.9 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and Sharp Top Parking Areas closed,Milepost 92.5 Sharp Top Parking Widening closed at Appalachian Trail crossing, and all Seasonal visitor service facilities including campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms and visitor centers. Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway officials are increasing recreational access to sections of the motor road previously closed to motor vehicle traffic in North Carolina. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access to the Parkway and park sites across the country. All Parkway trails, andAll other sections of the motor route in North Carolina and Virginia previously accessible to motor vehicle traffic. www.nps.gov/blri Photo: morning light spills out on the Lynn Cove viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Courtesy of Getty Images
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