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East Weddell Sea echinoids from the JR275 expedition

first_imgInformation regarding the echinoids in this dataset is based on the Agassiz Trawl (AGT) and epibenthic sledge (EBS) samples collected during the British Antarctic Survey cruise JR275 on the RRS James Clark Ross in the austral summer 2012. A total of 56 (1 at the South Orkneys and 55 in the Eastern Weddell Sea) Agassiz Trawl and 18 (2 at the South Orkneys and 16 in the Eastern Weddell Sea) epibenthic sledge deployments were performed at depths ranging from ~280 to ~2060 m. This presents a unique collection for the Antarctic benthic biodiversity assessment of an important group of benthic invertebrates. In total 487 specimens belonging to six families, 15 genera, and 22 morphospecies were collected. The species richness per station varied between one and six. Total species richness represents 27% of the 82 echinoid species ever recorded in the Southern Ocean (David et al. 2005b, Pierrat et al. 2012, Saucède et al. 2014). The Cidaridae (sub-family Ctenocidarinae) and Schizasteridae are the two most speciose families in the dataset. They comprise seven and nine species respectively. This is illustrative of the overall pattern of echinoid diversity in the Southern Ocean where 65% of Antarctic species belong to the families Schizasteridae and Cidaridae (Pierrat et al. 2012).last_img read more

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Boxing event raises £18k for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Boxing event raises £18k for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice previous nextAgencies & PeopleBoxing event raises £18k for Noah’s Ark Children’s HospiceEvening organised by Paul Shamplina sells out with Tottenham Hotspur star Gary Mabbutt guest of honour.Nigel Lewis5th June 201701,554 Views A charity boxing event held in association with Landlord Action and sponsored by Hamilton Fraser raised £18,000 last week for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.The sell-out Rumble with the Agents evening featured six boxing matches watched by guests who enjoyed a three-course dinner at the Holiday Inn hotel in Finchley Central, North London.Organised by Landlord Action’s and TV star Paul Shamplina (pictured, far right), the audience included a range of property professionals including sales and letting agents, developers and industry suppliers as well as representative from the charity.A raffle was held by former Tottenham Hotspur captain and 16-times capped England player Gary ‘Mabbsy’ Mabbutt (pictured centre left), who oversaw lively bidding for sporting memorabilia including a signed Arsenal shirt from 1971, a signed Anthony Joshua boxing glove and an original 1996 World Cup final ticket signed by Geoff Hurst – which sold for £750.Mabbutt is an ambassador for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, which is the chosen charity of Tottenham Hotspur FC.The boxing matches were fought by ten participants with little or no previous boxing experience but who had undergone a regime of training and coaching before the bouts. All ten come from property industry backgrounds.The included director Sam Murphy of Highfield Investments (second from right), sales negotiator Sam Bacon (third from right), Jake Kinsler from Urban Spaces (fifth from left), Tommy Hughes from Auction House London (fourth from right) and James Gerrard of Restoration London Group (third from left).Also in attendance as a guest of honour was John Stracey, the former British world welterweight boxing champion (pictured, centre right).Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice“We are thrilled that ‘Rumble with the Agents’ chose to support Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and that we are part of this incredible evening for another year,” says Sarah Cadogan, Corporate Partnerships Manager.“A massive thank you to the organisers Paul and Rita Shamplina, those who came along for the evening, the donors and all the boxers who trained for months, who have made every precious moment count and have raised an amazing £18,000 for the babies, children, young people and families supported by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.”‘Rumble with the Agents’ will be back next year. For more information on how you can take part, donate or attend the event, please visit www.rumblewiththeagents.co.ukgary mabutt Landlord Action Paul Shamplina Boxing event raises £18k for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Rumble with the Agents June 5, 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 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

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Modern Manners: Internet Networking

first_imgLet’s face it, we’re all addicted to Facebook. I’m sure I’m not alone in checking my notifications just after I get up and just before I go to bed. Lord knows how many ‘quick breaks’ I’ll take from the old essays to have another sneaky peak. At the end of the day, it’s a convenient way to balance staying social with the latest (potentially all engulfing) essay crisis. Not everyone is such a fan though. A friend recently committed Facebook suicide by deleting her profile and denouncing the networking ‘cult.’ She categorically stated that anyone who considered themselves her real friends knew they could make the effort to call her. She is by no means alone in this. Whatever happened to those romantic days of letter writing and personal phone calls? As much as receiving wall posts is nice, when you realise that you’re one of ten recipients in a friend’s latest ‘Facebook sesh’,  it’s not quite so special.So why don’t we all abandon it? Well, for starters there’s that minor issue of money, something we students tend to be quite reluctant to part with – let’s face it, calling all our friends would knock up a huge bill and sad though it might seem, we just wouldn’t do it. And then there’s the problem of time – a precious but irritatingly sparse commodity. At Oxford I barely feel that I have enough time to eat or wash; making individual calls to all my friends back home, again, even with the best intentions, probably wouldn’t happen. So what about the dark ages before Facebook even existed? When my mother (Facebook’s biggest critic) was dating my dad at university, their communication consisted of a scheduled public phone box call once a week. In the world before the internet or mobiles, that was the way a couple at university kept in touch – one conversation a week. Waiting in the cold for a phone to ring seems bad enough to talk to a boyfriend; I highly doubt she would have done it for 20 odd friends as well. So were friendships and relationships really of a better quality before social networking?  Using it as a solitary means of communication would of course be destructive, not to mention downright unhealthy, but in reality that’s not what it’s about. Of course we all love receiving calls from friends back home, but who can deny that a little Super-Wall here and there keeps us topped up with a healthy dose of socialising to keep us going in the mean time.by Helen Smithlast_img read more

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FCPF engages North Pakaraimas communities in REDD+ talks

first_imgThe Project Execution Unit (PEU) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project is engaging more indigenous and forest-dependent communities in the dialogue on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).The PEU ended a four-day outreach in the North Pakaraimas District on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Kato Village, Region Eight. It involved Toshaos and councillors of 19 villages of the North Pakaraimas District Council (NPDC) and regional officials.Discussions were translated into the native Patamona language to build understanding and knowledge, in order to ensure active audience participation in the discussions.Indigenous and forest-dependent communities were engaged in the dialogue on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)The PEU team, which included members of the FCPF Project Steering Committee (PSC), explained that REDD+ aims to conserve forest carbon stock, support the sustainable management of tropical forests, enhance forest carbon stocks, and build communities’ resilience to climate change. Gender issues were discussed to promote women’s participation in REDD+.Toshaos asked about indigenous peoples’ role in REDD+ and benefits for their communities. The PEU emphasised the involvement of indigenous peoples in crafting REDD+ implementation strategy, policy and activities. They were assured that REDD+ consultations will capture the indigenous peoples’ views and recommendations. The materials and information will be disseminated in the native languages.The first consultancies expected to start under the FCPF project are for consultations and stakeholders’ engagement on REDD+ and development of a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM).Others target the development of a REDD+ Strategy and Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) and a national survey on the perception of REDD+. There is also a specific consultancy for institutional strengthening and capacity building of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) and indigenous and forest-dependent communities’ non-governmental organisations (NGOs).Similar FCPF engagements were previously held with communities in the North Rupununi District and the Kanuku Mountains of Region Nine.last_img read more

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Electrical products must comply with GNBS standards

first_img– Minister FergusonThe Guyana Electrical Inspectorate (GEI) on Wednesday hosted its fifth annual electrical conference themed “Embracing a Green Energy Sector to Power a Green Economy”.The event, which was held at the Umana Yana, in Kingston, Georgetown, saw the attendance of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) electrical contractors, electrical inspectors staff of the Public Infrastructure Ministry and representatives from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) and the Guyana Fire Service.During her address, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson reiterated that with Guyana’s initiative to ‘go green’; all electrical products must be in compliance with the standards of the GNBS and GEI.She also stated that it is essential that all electrical suppliers ensure that these criterias are met. This is in light of the constant fires that Guyana has been experiencing in the recent times, which is generally caused by defective household appliances.“Too long we have been hearing of homes destroyed by fire and most of the times, it is not a GPL problem, but faulty electrical products sold by stores across this country,” the Minister noted.While stating that many uncertified persons have labelled themselves as contractors, Minister Ferguson added that these persons must be certified by the GEI. She stated that there are plans by Government to invest more in solar energy, as it is ‘the future for us’. This is their way of aiming Guyana towards greater renewable energy use.last_img read more

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Pair poisoned on Moscow vacation return to L.A.

first_imgBoth women, who emigrated from the Soviet Union in the 1980s but recently returned to Russia for a vacation, were severely sickened, but their lives are not in danger, medical officials in Moscow said. “They have positive dynamics, and their condition is improving,” Dr. Viktor M. Kaznacheyev, the chief physician at the Sklifosovsky Clinic in Moscow, told The New York Times. The women had been treated at the clinic since falling ill Feb. 24. Their Moscow vacation reportedly began Feb. 14 and they were due back in California on Feb. 26. The poisoning has stunned friends and family back home. Oyuna Chuluun, a medical assistant at Marina Kovalevsky’s storefront clinic in West Hollywood, said she thought the apparent poisoning an accident. She said Marina was divorced. “We just don’t believe someone would want to poison her,” Chuluun told The Associated Press. Doctors say the mother and daughter were poisoned with thallium, a reputed poison of choice for intelligence agencies and assassins. It was initially suspected to be the toxin used in last year’s fatal poisoning in London of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko, but it was later determined he had ingested the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210. Studio City neighbors of Marina Kovalevsky say she and her daughter moved into a home in the hills above Laurel Canyon around five years ago. Yana Kovalevsky later moved away, they said. They describe the sandy-haired doctor as a quiet woman seen each morning before her vacation walking her dog down the street from her tidy two-story, yellow home, which was recently remodeled. “It’s terrible,” said Robin Perud, 40, who lives across the street. Neighbor suspicious Lionel Kipnis, who lives next door and has picked up her mail for three weeks, figured something was wrong when they did not return. “A lady, a friend of theirs’, stopped by Saturday and said they’d fallen ill.” Marina Kovalevsky is an internal-medicine specialist in private practice in West Hollywood and has had admitting privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 1999, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. She was educated in the 1970s in Kemerovo, an industrial and coal-mining region in southern Siberia. “She left Los Angeles in perfectly good health,” said Dr. Arkady Stern, a colleague covering for her at her West Hollywood practice on Santa Monica Boulevard. Thallium, an element with no taste or odor, has been used as an ingredient in insecticides and rat poison, and by criminals and intelligence services, including those of the former Soviet Union and of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Slow-acting poison It was said to have been selected by the CIA as a poison to be sprinkled in Fidel Castro’s shoes – a plot that was never carried out. When ingested, it is a slow-acting poison that can cause excruciating abdominal pain, breathing difficulties, damage to the nervous system and extensive hair loss. Stern said the two women had been administered Prussian blue, an antidote commonly used to counteract thallium’s effect, and had undergone dialysis to help rid their systems of lingering toxins. There is no indication that either woman would have been of interest to Russian intelligence services, and no clear criminal motive for the poisoning. “My personal opinion,” Stern said, “is that it could be some mistake. I cannot imagine that anyone in their right mind would want to hurt this person. She is very loved and very respected by her patients, her colleagues and her friends.” Wire services contributed to this report. dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Studio City doctor and her daughter who were mysteriously poisoned in Moscow with a highly toxic element popular with assassins returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday to waiting ambulances and a throng of reporters. Looking pale and unable to walk on their own, Dr. Marina Kovalevsky, 49, and her daughter, Yana, 26, were escorted through a crush of camera crews, reporters and bright flashes at the Tom Bradley International terminal. “We’ve just had a 13-hour flight. We’ll be more than happy to talk to you later,” Yana Kovalevsky told the media. “Just leave us alone, please. Have some respect, please. Get the camera out of our face.” The pair left the Aeroflot jet in airline wheelchairs and were helped by friends and family members into other wheelchairs. They were then placed in separate ambulances about 5:20 p.m. and presumably taken to an area hospital, although officials would not confirm where they were going. last_img read more

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COUNCIL HEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO GET LETTERKENNY AIRPORT OFF THE GROUND

first_imgThe plan for Letterkenny to get its own airport is about to take to the skies again.Letterkenny Town Council has heard how Stevenson’s Airfield on the outskirts of the town has the capacity to bring in hunderds of flights and thousands of euro in revenue each year.But for that to happen, the airstrip needs an Irish Aviation Authority license, and that will not be achieved without council support. Since October of last year, the Stevenson Family and Operations Manager Charmaine Hughes have been working towards improving the facility.Council members were told runway improvements have been made and drainage work is being done, with €70,000 already spent and plans to invest further within the airstrip.However, Ms Hughes said there is work needed outside the airstrip, particularly in terms of the access road which is in a very poor condition.She also wants the public water extended to the perimeter of the facility, which would then allow for a cafe and new toilet facilities to be developed. Councillors were also told that the Stevenson family are seeking to retain an unauthorised hanger which was erected by previous users of the airstrip, and they are asking the council to waive planning and development charges.Having made her case to the town council this week, Ms Hughes must now go to Lifford to address councillors there.EndsCOUNCIL HEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO GET LETTERKENNY AIRPORT OFF THE GROUND was last modified: June 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Delight as The Shandon named as Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year

first_imgThe success of The Shandon Hotel and Spa has been incredible since it officially re-opened under new management. The spectacular Spa facility at The Shandon re-opened last August, and recently celebrated its first birthday.The Hotel officially re-opened in March of this year, and has already hosted its first wedding, and is earning rave reviews for its amazing food. With the stunning Marble Hill beach in the backdrop, The Shandon is one of the most scenic hotels, not only in Donegal, but in the entire country.Today, management at The Shandon received confirmation that it has been named the Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year!Kerry Payne, from The Luxury Travel Guide Awards said, “We are delighted to pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.“All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving firms and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in our awards winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over half a million professional & affluent people around the world. Manager of The Shandon Hotel, Carolynne Harrison told Donegal Daily, “The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement, that we’re extremely proud of.“To win an International Luxury Travel award is just fantastic, and it’s a testament to all the hard work of all the staff and everybody associated with the Hotel and Spa.“It’s also great exposure for Donegal Tourism as a whole, and the Wild Atlantic Way!!”Delight as The Shandon named as Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessDelightFeaturesLuxury HotelnewsThe Shandon Hotel and SpaTravel Awardlast_img read more

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GET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCH

first_imgNOTICE: The Donegal GAA Football Team 5k Race/Walk has been launched – and it is on Saturday 3rd December 2011 starting at 11.00 am.It is sponsored by Austin Daly of Daly’s Statoil Service Station, Lifford. Entries will be taken from Sean McCumhaills’ GAA Centre from 9.30 am. It is in aid of the Donegal Senior Football Team Training Fund.Sponsorship Cards are available from the Donegal Senior Football Squad & Management. Minimum of €50 sponsorship entitles you to a Free Entry to the Race/|Walk and entry into draw for Signed Jersey by Ulster Champions 2011.Entry Fee on the day €20. Special Rates for Family. Everyone welcome. Fun for all the Family. It starts towards Drumboe Avenue & continues past the Forest and turns back into town at Welchtown to finish at McCumhaill Centre. Flat Course which will suit runners, fun joggers & walkers. Families with pushchairs very welcome.ABOVE: Launching the forthcoming fundraising 5k road race and walk on December 3rd are Donegal Senior team manager Jim McGuiness and Austin Daly, Daly Service Station in Lifford who are sponsoring the event. Included are from left atsy McGonagle, Lonodn 2012 Irish Athletics Team Manager, Karl Lacey, Kevin Rafferty, Aishlin Daly, Roisin Daly, Gerard Crawford, Manager Daly’s Lifford and Donegal midfielder Neil Gallagher. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCH was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GET BEHIND THE LADS! DONEGAL GAA 5K LAUNCHlast_img read more

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THE ELUSIVE ‘JOHN DOE’ FINALLY BROUGHT TO COURT IN HOUSE DISPUTE

first_imgJohn Doe, aka Daniel Greene appears at court in Letterkenny.A man known only as John Doe was arrested and brought before a Donegal court yesterday amidst claims he has illegally occupied the home of a dead Church of Ireland minister.Gardai were forced to make their way into the home of the man at Newtowncunningham, just before 5pm yesterday evening. It followed an order by Letterkenny Circuit Court for him to appear before Judge John O’Hagan.Gardai revealed they found the man as well as a woman and two children at the address.When he arrived at court the man was asked by Judge O’Hagan who he was and the man replied “Who do you say I am?”The man, wearing jeans and a grey jumper, eventually told the court his name was Daniel Greene.The court was told on a previous occasion that the house belonged to the Very Rev Samuel Reede who passed away at the age of 86 in October 2010.The cleric, known as Dean Sam, had served the Anglican in east Donegal for community for 50 years and had been Dean of St Eunan’s CoI Cathedral in Raphoe.In his will, Dean Sam left his small retirement cottage in the townland of Rooskey, 2km from Newtowncunningham, to his brother Charles.And in January this year estate agents began the process of selling the property, with Charles deeming that all proceeds should go to local charities in Co Donegal.However Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court heard that on February 6 this year ‘for sale’ signs were removed from the property.Barrister Fiona Crawford, acting for Charles Reede, said that two weeks later an estate agent found the locks had been changed. A sign stating “no trespassing” had been placed in the window.Ms Crawford won an order for vacant possession of the lands and bungalow and an injunction against ‘John Doe’.At the latest hearing in Letterkenny, Judge John O’Hagan deemed the numerous notices given to John Doe were valid.He held ‘John Doe’ in contempt of court and ordered him to leave Dean Sam’s home.The court was told that the house had been purchased by Mr Greene for €58,000 and that a €2,000 deposit had been paid but that this had been returned to him when it was discovered the house was not actually eligible to be sold.Mr Greene claimed that he had purchased the house from Charlie Robinson estate agents.Judge O’Hagan asked the man if he had taken out a mortgage but the man said he had bought the house with his own money.The Judge asked if he had title deeds to the house and the man said he had but that they were in Dublin.He adjourned the case until August 13th to allow Mr Greene to show his papers in court.And he warned the man once known as John Doe: “If there is an order to put you out then out you have to go.”THE ELUSIVE ‘JOHN DOE’ FINALLY BROUGHT TO COURT IN HOUSE DISPUTE was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel GreeneJohn DoeLetterkenny Circuit CourtNewtowncunninghamSamuel eedlast_img read more

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