Distribution of pelagic larvae of benthic marine invertebrates in the Bellingshausen Sea

first_imgDuring November and December 1992, plankton samples were collected using a ring net of mesh size 200 μm vertically hauled through a 600 m water column, at five stations along a transect running north from the Allison Peninsula in the Bellingshausen Sea. Three stations were located over the continental shelf; two of these were ice bound, whilst the third was at the ice edge. Two other stations were in deeper, ice-free water. Sixteen different larval and juvenile types were found representing seven phyla: Echinodermata, Nemertea, Coelenterata, Mollusca, Annelida, Arthropoda and Bryozoa, of which the first two were the most abundant. Larval numbers and types decreased with distance offshore and away from permanent sea ice. The presence of many stages of nemertean larval development within a short time scale, in an area where developmental tends to be slow, suggests that reproduction occurs over an extended period and that the larvae have a long planktonic phase. The increased size of later developmental stages of the nemertean larvae indicates they obtain nutrition within the water column during winter, when little particulate food is present.last_img read more

Mayor denounces racist flyer found in North Bergen

first_imgNORTH BERGEN — An individual requesting anonymity snapped this photo of this flyer from the alleged “New Jersey European Heritage Association” that he says he found on the corner of 73rd Street and Bergenline Avenue in North Bergen, N.J. on Sept. 12.The flyer, which the person then posted to his Twitter account, says that “The White European Peoples in America and abroad are racing towards the cliff of extinction.” It adds that “The future of our world is a dark one, literally and figuratively. The non-whites who will come to replace us will recreate the countries they have fled.”The group also has a white supremacist website on-line.The racist flyer appears to be referencing Census data claiming the U.S. will be majority non-white by 2045.North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco denounced the flyer in a statement, and said it is under investigation.“North Bergen residents have always been proud of our township’s diversity, which makes this kind of rhetoric extremely troubling,” Sacco said. “The views expressed in this flier have no place in our community and I am hopeful that the North Bergen Police Department will find whoever is distributing it.”For more news in Hudson County, New Jersey, keep reading hudsonreporter.com. ×last_img read more

Press release: September 2018 Price Paid Data

first_imgThere is a time difference between the sale of a property and its registration at HM Land Registry.Of the 96,355 sales received for registration, 21,016 took place in September 2018 of which: In the dataset you can find the date of sale for each property, its full address and sale price, its category (residential or commercial) and type (detached, semi-detached, terraced, flat or maisonette and other), whether it is new build or not and whether it is freehold or leasehold.The number of sales received for registration by property type and month HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for some 85% of the land mass of England and Wales. The most expensive residential sale taking place in September 2018 was of a terraced property in Kensington and Chelsea for £14,000,000. The cheapest residential sale in September 2018 was of a terraced property in Hyndburn for £18,000.The most expensive commercial sale taking place in September 2018 was in Ascot for £23,625,000. The cheapest commercial sales in September 2018 were in Ruislip and Benfleet for £100.Access the full datasetNotes to editors Email [email protected] Press Office Property type September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 Price Paid Data is property price data for all residential and commercial property sales in England and Wales that are lodged with HM Land Registry for registration in that month, subject to exclusions. Mobile (5:30pm to 8:30am weekdays, all weekend and public holidays) 07864 689 344 Flat/maisonette 17,081 17,471 17,368 Price Paid Data categories are either Category A (Standard entries) which includes single residential properties sold for full market value or Category B (Additional entries) for example sales to a company, buy-to-lets where they can be identified by a mortgage and repossessions. Semi-detached 25,127 26,430 24,964 HM Land Registry’s mission is to guarantee and protect property rights in England and Wales. Detached 22,902 23,132 21,568 Price Paid Data is published at 11am on the 20th working day of each month. The next dataset will be published on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Price Paid Data can be downloaded in text, CSV format and in a machine readable format as linked data and is released under Open Government Licence (OGL). Under the OGL, HM Land Registry permits the use of Price Paid Data for commercial or non-commercial purposes. However, the OGL does not cover the use of third party rights, which HM Land Registry is not authorised to license. The amount of time between the sale of a property and the registration of this information with HM Land Registry varies. It typically ranges between two weeks and two months. Data for the two most recent months is therefore incomplete and does not give an indication of final monthly volumes. Occasionally the interval between sale and registration is longer than two months. The small number of sales affected cannot be updated for publication until the sales are lodged for registration.center_img Total 96,355 99,765 95,721 HM Land Registry has been collecting information on Category A sales from January 1995 and on Category B sales from October 2013. The Price Paid Data report builder allows users to build bespoke reports using the data. Reports can be based on location, estate type, price paid or property type over a defined period of time. Follow us on Twitter @HMLandRegistry, ourblog, LinkedIn and Facebook. Contact HM Land Registry is a government department created in 1862. It operates as an executive agency and a trading fund and its running costs are covered by the fees paid by the users of its services. Its ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. 450 were of residential properties in England and Wales for £1 million and over 251 were of residential properties in Greater London for £1 million and over 2 were of residential properties in West Midlands for more than £1 million 3 were of residential properties in Greater Manchester for more than £1 million none were residential properties in Cardiff for more than £1 million For further information about HM Land Registry visit www.gov.uk/land-registry. Terraced 25,333 26,426 25,554 Other 5,912 6,306 6,267 Of the 96,355 sales received for registration in September 2018: Trafalgar House1 Bedford ParkCroydonCR0 2AQ This month’s Price Paid Data includes details of more than 96,300 sales of land and property in England and Wales that HM Land Registry received for registration in September 2018. 73,463 were freehold, a 1.3% increase on September 2017 11,270 were newly built, a 25% increase on September 2017 Phone (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm) 0300 006 3365last_img read more

Chuck Cooper Completes Cast of The Cherry Orchard

first_img The Cherry Orchard Tony winner Chuck Cooper will complete the starry cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Directed by Simon Godwin and headlined by Diane Lane, the new adaptation by Tony winner Stephen Karam (The Humans) will begin previews on September 15 and officially open on October 16 at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre.Cooper is set to take on the role of Pischik. He won the Tony for The Life; The Cherry Orchard marks his fourteenth Broadway show. Additional Main Stem credits include Amazing Grace, Act One, Romeo and Juliet, Finian’s Rainbow and Caroline, or Change. His recent guest starring TV appearances include The Good Wife, House of Cards, Madame Secretary, Gossip Girl, Nurse Jackie and Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard is Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, the play captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. By turns tragic and funny, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era.The company will also include Celia Keenan-Bolger as Varya, Joel Grey as Firs, John Glover as Gaev, Tavi Gevinson as Anya and Harold Perrineau as Lopakhin. They will be joined by Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis.The limited engagement will run through December 4. Star Files Diane Lane Chuck Cooper(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 4, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

BLOG: Marching Towards Ending Homelessness for Vets

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf December 21, 2015 By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Government That Works,  The Blog Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf challenged all commonwealth agencies and communities to reduce veteran homelessness by 40 percent in Pennsylvania in the last 100 days of 2015. And last week, the governor and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced that we’re nearing that goal with 481 homeless veterans placed in permanent housing between Sept. 23 and Nov. 30, 2015.In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conducted a point-in-time count which identified approximately 1,300 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth’s vast network of state agencies and community partners are working diligently to hit functional zero, which means having the process and the resources in place to identify and house any homeless veteran who wants to be assisted.The challenge, officially known as the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, is a HUD initiative that was launched in June 2014. It was conceived as a means for local leaders to create and coordinate strategies to curb veteran homelessness. Across the United States, 859 mayors, governors, and county executives are currently participating in the challenge. More than a dozen local mayors and county leaders have joined the Mayors Challenge.The city of Lancaster and Lancaster County have already announced that they have the systems in place to successfully meet the needs of homeless veterans in their area and we know other communities are very close to making the same announcement. Philadelphia announced last week that it “effectively ended” homelessness for veterans in the commonwealth’s largest city. Pittsburgh, among other cities and smaller municipalities, has also made big strides, announcing in November that housing had been provided for 88% of homeless veterans in Pittsburgh.For more information about the challenge, visit the HUD website.center_img BLOG: Marching Towards Ending Homelessness for Vets SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Irish actuarial society calls for ‘clear, overarching vision’ on DC from regulator

first_imgThe Irish Pensions Board must develop a “clear, overarching vision” for the future of defined contribution (DC) regulation, rather than try to address individual concerns on a piecemeal basis, the Society of Actuaries in Ireland has said.The Society said it recommended a “fundamental” overhaul of DC in the country once the regulator had settled its plans, and that the redesign should be based around its proposals for the future of the pension system.In its response to the Pensions Board consultation on the future of DC regulation, the Society also urged the regulator to move away from proposals that would see the new standards only applied to younger funds.“If schemes are required to meet a particular standard to be approved by the Board, we recommend this be signposted in advance, with the new standards applying for all schemes from a date in the future,” it said.  “This will give existing schemes time to transition to the new standards, and many new schemes are likely to aim to meet the standards from inception, but it would mean a single set of standards applying in the market place.”It also said the regulator should not seek to apply a blanket understanding of risk across all investment strategies, rather taking the personal circumstances of members into account – “in particular, the time remaining to the DC member’s planned retirement date”.The society further called for a debate around the model of trusteeship in Ireland, and said it would be “beneficial to determine if the benefits of the trustee model could be more effectively delivered in another way”.“We suggest it would be worthwhile to explore possible alternatives to the trustee model in detail, rather than solely focusing on adding further complexity to the role of the trustee,” it said, without elaborating on how a replacement model for trusteeship could look.The society’s views clash with those of Trustee Decisions head James Kavanagh, who, while speaking at a public consultation by the Pensions Board last month, called for his industry to be “more professional in [their] prudential role”.The actuarial group also said that, in attempting to lower the cost of DC provision, the Board should be mindful of the complexity of the current system acting as a “significant” driver of costs and suggested this was a further reason to ensure simplicity.It added: “Given the potential complexity for trustees to make fee/charge comparisons, trustees would benefit from Pensions Board guidelines/training setting out the factors that should be considered when assessing value for money.”It said such guidance should focus not only on fees but quality and service provided, “as well as the ultimate goal of promoting good outcomes for members”.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Society of Actuaries In Ireland’s consultation responselast_img read more

China takes major step to opening up bond markets

first_imgMo Ji‎, chief economist for Asia ex-Japan at Amundi, said investors that ignored Bond Connect would be “at a significant disadvantage”.“This is another step in the normalisation of Chinese capital markets which is a trend that no one should underestimate,” Ji said. “Chinese stock markets account for 10% of global market cap, and Chinese bond markets rank third in the world. We will see their integration into global markets go progressively deeper. Governance and transparency will continue to improve in the process.”Carl Shepherd, fixed income portfolio manager at Newton Investment Management, added: “Whichever form market access takes, China as an international bond player represents a much smaller market than its position as the world’s second-largest economy would suggest. Greater access should be seen as an inevitability, and provide greater trading volumes, which in turn should boost liquidity in both the bonds and the currency.”Shepherd added that the improved market access would also encourage greater accountability. “If not, this should quickly become apparent in the form of yield spikes or significant outflows,” he said. “This [is] useful for providing a graphic example of market risk perceptions which may not be reflected or announced in the state managed press releases. We would ultimately view this as part of a natural progression towards a more consumer-led model of policy making, and away from the old command and investment-led economy.”The PBoC and HKMA said in their statement that they would “establish effective mechanism for information exchange and execution assistance, strengthen supervisory cooperation, and jointly combat cross-boundary illegal activities so as to ensure effective operation” of Bond Connect. Fund managers and other institutional investors can trade in Chinese bonds without having to set up an onshore account, after China’s central bank officially opened its “Bond Connect” programme with Hong Kong.The Bond Connect link was officially opened yesterday by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) “in order to promote the development of the bond markets in mainland China”, the two parties said in a joint statement.The first day of operation saw $721m (€636m) of purchases, according to Bloomberg. China’s total government and corporate debt market is estimated to be worth $9trn.The opening of the Bond Connect follows last month’s decision by index provider MSCI to include Chinese A-Shares in its emerging markets indices from next year. While the additions will make up a small portion of MSCI’s Emerging Markets index, it is set to add momentum to the Chinese government’s efforts to open up its domestic market to foreign investors. Stock Connect, a programme to improve foreign access to domestic shares, was introduced in 2014 and expanded last year to cover both of China’s main equity exchanges.last_img read more

UK refuses to commit to timetable for rollout of pension dashboard

first_img“We want to be careful to cover all the challenges associated with the dashboard, such as funding, governance as well as what role the government might have and whether legislation is necessary,” Baroness Buscombe said.She added that her department was also looking at experiences overseas to understand more of the concept of a pensions dashboard. Example of state pension information displayed on the pension dashboardThe concept of a dashboard to collate all an individual’s pension savings and entitlements was first suggested by former chancellor George Osborne in 2016. At the time, he said the tool would be up and running in 2019.Current pensions and financial inclusion minister Guy Opperman last year promised government support for the project, which has been developed so far by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and technology firm Origo. He also reiterated the 2019 target.However, last week the Times newspaper reported that Esther McVey, the UK’s state secretary for work and pensions, was considering abandoning her department’s work on the tool in favour of other welfare reforms.The ABI said that the government risked exposing millions to fraud and lost pension pots if it abandoned its support of the pensions dashboard.More than 87,000 people have signed an online petition urging the government to support the project.The ABI and Origo have been working on prototypes for a dashboard for two years. Last month, Origo announced it had successfully tested a version for use by up to 15m pension savers. Baroness Buscombe addresses the House of Lords todayBaroness Buscombe also stated that any decision to force pension providers to partipate in the tool – as suggested by Labour peer Lord Bill McKenzie during questions – would depend on several issues, including the functionality of the dashboard, the delivery model, and its governance.She said that the government’s views on this would be set out “in due course”.Lord McKenzie had urged the government not to change tack on the dashboard plan, adding that the DWP should have ownership of the online tool.Baroness Susan Kramer of the Liberal Democrats suggested that the government was dragging its feet on the dashboard.“The industry is – to put it mildly – cross, having done all of the work that it needed to contribute towards creating a pensions dashboard,” the peer said. Baroness Buscombe referred to the country’s online pensions tracing service to help people locate details of legacy pension pots, as well as the website Check Your State Pension. She added that the DWP planned to launch a Single Financial Guidance Body next year, to replace the numerous bodies offering guidance on different areas of personal finance.The dashboard’s developmentcenter_img The UK government has not committed itself to a timetable for when a pensions dashboard will be operational, it said today.Baroness Buscombe, parliamentary under-secretary for work and pensions, said “feasibility work” was nearing completion, but highlighted the complexity of the issue in developing the online tool.“The more we look at it, the more questions we are asking ourselves and the industry,” she said, responding to questions in the House of Lords, the UK parliament’s upper chamber.The government has received criticism in the past week since a UK newspaper report claimed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was considering abandoning support for a dashboard, which would collate all an individual’s pension savings and entitlements.last_img read more

​Swedish government moves to ease pension transfers

first_imgThe proposal, which the finance ministry is now putting forward to the Law Council, will set out clearer rules for companies on the fees they can charge for repurchasing and transferring individual personal insurance policies and pension savings.It will also increase the opportunities for people to gather together in one place savings they have across various pension insurance policies, with the entire value of these able in future to be transferred to another provider with no tax consequences.This freedom will apply during the paying-in phase as well as the pay-out phase, as long as no payments have yet been made from the pension into which the transfers are being made, according to the ministry.The proposals on fees affect people with individual occupational pensions or private insurance savings, while the proposal for tax-neutral transfers to consolidate pensions also affect those with collective contracted occupational pensions.The new legislation is scheduled to come into effect on 1 January 2020. The Swedish government is acting to make it easier for individuals to switch their pension from one provider to another, proposing legislation to allow savers to transfer with no tax consequences.It has also moved to clarify rules around the fees pension and insurance companies may charge.Per Bolund, minister for financial markets, said: “Swedish pension savers now have the opportunity to move their savings together, get a better overview of their future pension and lower their costs.“As things stand today, many are locked in savings with high fees, which also risks reducing their pension. But we are now seeing this change,” he said.last_img read more

UAE and China JV produces first oil from field offshore Abu Dhabi

first_imgAl Yasat, a joint venture between UAE’s ADNOC and China’s CNPC, has started first oil production from the Bu Haseer 2 offshore platform in Abu Dhabi.Source: ADNOCAl Yasat Petroleum is ADNOC’s youngest operating company and the first joint venture between ADNOC and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), established in 2014.The offshore area operated by Al Yasat consists of fields at Bu Haseer, Belbazem, Umm Al Dholou, Umm Al Salsal, and Yaser.ADNOC said on Wednesday that this was now the second production platform on the Bu Haseer field. The platform is poised to deliver 15,000 bpd and contribute to the company’s target of achieving 4 million bpd of oil production capacity by the end of 2020.“The success of the Bu Haseer full field development reflects the importance ADNOC places on its long-term partnership with China’s energy sector and highlights our continued success in developing challenging and ‘marginal’ tight oil fields,” ADNOC said.To remind, ADNOC in July 2018 awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the full development of the offshore Bu Haseer field to Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC).Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more