Growth of two Antarctic lamellibranchs: Adamussium colbecki and Laternula elliptica

first_imgThe growth of two Antarctic lamellibranchs, Adamussium colbecki (E.A. Smith) and Laternula elliptica (King and Broderip), has been investigated. A. colbecki is a pectinid that grows to a shell height of approximately 70 mm in 6 to 7 years; L. elliptica is a deep-burrowing form, ecologically similar to the genus Mya and grows to a shell length of approximately 90 mm in 12 to 13 years. The growth pattern of both species is accurately described by the Bertalanffy growth equation and both have smaller values of the Bertalanffy K coefficient than comparable temperate species (A. colbecki K=0.24, L. elliptica K=0.16).last_img

Seduced by China, Central America Overlooks Risks

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo September 21, 2018 China’s advance into the Central American region is undeniable. In the last decade, half of the countries belonging to the Central American Integration System (SICA, in Spanish) broke off relations with Taiwan to establish diplomatic ties with China. The rational of Central American presidents is the same: The Asian nation offers a myriad of business opportunities. Nevertheless, Chinese interests in the region go far beyond trade; its expansion strategy poses risks that are rarely discussed. According to professor Carlos Murillo, researcher at the National University of Costa Rica’s School of International Relations, to understand the role China wants to play in Central America means being aware that the Asian country’s intentions are no longer simply to steal partners from Taiwan. Rather, China’s plan is to increase its influence in strategic areas worldwide, allowing it to consolidate political and military power. “China is going through a commercial and economic expansion phase, which is characteristic of powers aspiring to global hegemony in the early stage of establishing a political, strategic, and military presence. This is evidenced by its search for ports to project China’s naval power and its participation in Russian military maneuvers,” Murillo said. “Beijing understands that Central America and the Caribbean are the United States’ backyard, and it intends to increase its presence not only to develop diplomatic relations and export large quantities of goods, but also to forge strategic ties with armed forces and other key sectors.” Alejandro Barahona, a political scientist with a Master in International Relations at the University of Costa Rica, agrees with Murillo that Central America’s strategic location is what interests China the most. “Central America has a geostrategic position between North America and South America and between Europe, Africa, and Asia; this is very important,” Barahona said. “It’s also in the Panama Canal’s approach area and in the traditional area of U.S. influence.” In the region, China showed the most interest in Panama, establishing relations in June 2017. The reason is clear: A great deal of the world’s trade goes through the Panama Canal, a vital economic and military hub. Chinese conglomerates are building container terminals, ports, cruise terminals, and a thermal power plant near the canal. A Chinese holding also won the bid to build a fourth bridge across the canal. In addition, the Chinese embassy in Panama would be located in Calzada de Amador, an area adjacent to the canal that was once under U.S. control when the country managed the crossing between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. On September 7, 2018, the U.S. consulted its chargé d’affaires in Panama, Roxanne Cabral, about the relationship between the Central American nation and China. It also summoned U.S. ambassadors in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, the other SICA member-countries that along with Costa Rica have diplomatic ties with the Asian country. Double-edged loans Juan Carlos Hidalgo, public policy analyst for Latin America at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., said Central American countries should consider the risk that Chinese infrastructure loans are not always as advantageous as they seem. In other regions, the Asian country used these loans to subject countries to its own interests and manage their strategic infrastructure, such as ports and railroads. “What people should be careful about, as we saw in Africa and South Asia, is that China seeks economic relations that aren’t transparent,” Hidalgo said. “There are well-founded allegations that China promotes an irresponsible indebtedness to fund infrastructure projects. China offers unfavorable loans to developing countries that, in the long run, cannot repay their debts and consequently become vassal states. In many cases, China takes over important economic and military infrastructure.” China uses this strategy with many countries that are part of a project known as “the new silk road,” a Chinese government’s initiative to connect Asia, Oceania, Europe, and Africa by way of roads, railroads, and oil and gas pipelines. Countries that are part of the route, such as Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Montenegro, Mongolia, Djibouti, and Sri Lanka, are indebted to China to develop projects and now face serious financial problems, or had to hand over the management of strategic infrastructure to China. For example, Sri Lanka was unable to repay a loan of $1.4 billion, forcing it to hand over control of its strategic Hambantota port for 99 years. In April 2018, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, warned about the indebtedness China generates with these projects. “It may cause a problematic increase of debt, challenging the balance of payment of many countries,” she said. Breeding ground for corruption According to analysts, another risk is China’s management of “economic aid” and the way it carries out business. Chinese practices can be an ideal breeding ground for corruption. “A great deal of the influence earned based on economic aid ends up fueling corruption in ruling classes,” Hidalgo said. “Economic aid of this kind never ended well in Latin America.” For example, Costa Rica is investigating alleged irregularities in a contract the country signed to build an oil refinery with Chinese funding. Some irregularities include the conduct of the environmental survey, salary bonuses to 26 Asian executives, travel expenses, meetings, business lunches, and houses rented to Chinese employees. Other, more subtle forms of corruption are changes in foreign policy due to the relationship with the Asian nation. “The relationship with China often led authorities to compromise their foreign policy, such as on the defense of human rights or democracy,” Barahona said.last_img read more

More Republicans call for a smooth transition as Trump continues spreading baseless fraud claims.

first_imgSome Republican governors have also acknowledged the need for a smooth transition. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas stated that Mr. Biden should have access to intelligence briefings and stressed the need for a smooth transition of power for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, while also acknowledging that there was “a process” to accepting the outcome of the election, including the ongoing recount in Georgia.Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, a supporter of Mr. Trump, told CNN on Sunday that it was “important for a normal transition” to the next presidential administration to begin, saying, “We have to have faith in our judicial system, faith in our electoral system.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Even as more top Republicans urged President Trump on Sunday to allow for an orderly presidential transition, the president himself, after briefly appearing to acknowledge his election loss, resumed spreading the kinds of baseless accusations of election fraud that his supporters have embraced.Though his tweet on Sunday that Joseph R. Biden Jr. “won because the Election was Rigged” at least appeared to recognize Mr. Biden’s victory (though Mr. Trump vowed not to concede), by Monday morning, he had resumed his former refrain, tweeting, “I won the Election!” His campaign’s lawsuits, built around claims that, among other things, Republican poll watchers were not allowed to observe ballot counting and that tabulation machines were tainted, have been mostly rejected in court.- Advertisement – Another former Trump national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, said on CNN on Sunday of Mr. Trump’s claim of a rigged election, “It’s just wrong, it’s regrettable, it’s counterproductive.” – Advertisement –center_img While he voiced support for Mr. Trump’s various legal challenges to the election, he said, “On the other hand, it’s clear that, certainly based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect.”Many of Mr. Trump’s supporters are just as adamant as the president himself in refusing to accept the results of the election. Thousands of them rallied behind him in Washington on Saturday. They were met with counterprotests, and violence ensued Saturday night as the police made 21 arrests and one person was stabbed. John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, on Sunday joined the chorus of Republicans urging Mr. Trump to accept defeat, warning on ABC’s “This Week” of the threat to the country if the president made “life as difficult as he can” for the incoming administration and calling the Trump team’s litigation “the legal equivalent of pitching pennies.”“I think it’s very important for leaders of the Republican Party to explain to our voters — who are not as stupid as the Democrats think — that, in fact, Trump has lost the election and that his claims of election fraud are baseless,” Mr. Bolton said.last_img read more

Jamaican Begins Celebrations to Recognise UN Decade For People of African…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Government of Jamaica has launched the start of one year of local activities in recognition of the United Nations (UN) Declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024.This got underway earlier this week and the country celebrated 57 years of political independence.At the Independence Grand Gala, held at the National Stadium, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced their commitment to work together to activate initiatives which form part of the declaration.Holness said the activities will take place between August 6, 2019, and August 6, 2020.According to Minister of Culture, Olivia Grange, the year-long celebrations will highlight and commemorate the important contributions that people of African descent have made to the Jamaican society.“We will have a travelling exhibition, which is curated by the National Council on Reparations, and it will speak to the atrocities. We will display a number of instruments that were used on our enslaved ancestors and it will speak to a public education programme that will educate the country on what reparations mean and what we are striving for.”“In addition to that, we will have some celebratory activities, as well as some legacy projects,” she noted.Proclaiming this International Decade with the UN, the international community is recognising that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.Approximately 200 million people identify as being of African descent live in the Americas.The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (Resolution 68/237), citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.As proclaimed by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is: ‘People of African descent: recognition, justice and development’.The objectives of the International Decade are to: promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African Descent, as recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies; and to adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks according to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and to ensure their full and effective implementation.last_img read more

Italian media: ‘Bosnian Roma’ made a historic Defeat to Juventus

first_img(Source: After last night’s victory of Roma over Juventus, Italian media put in the first plan B&H national team players Miralem Pjanić and Edin Džeko, whose goals brought all 3 points for Roma, and a historic defeat to Juventus.Last night, Pjanić scored a goal from the free kick, and Džeko scored with his head. “Bosnian” Roma won with a result 2: 1, and our Diamond was compared with the legendary Batistuta.“Juventus has never not lost the first two matches in the season opener, in their history. ’Bosnian Roma’ defeated the Italian champions. Roma has played very well. Miralem Pjanić scored a spectacular goal from the free kick and Džeko performed his ‘deadly’ head kick. Roma was missing attacker like this since the time of Batistuta. Roma definitely deserved victory due to the team spirit and the rhythm in which they played “, as written in the Corriere dello Sport.Tuttosport said that the arrival of Džeko was a great move of Roma.“Pjanić and Džeko brought the victory to ‘Bosnian’ Roma’, wrote Tuttosport, commenting that Edin Džeko was a great choice of leaders of Roma. The fact that this was a historic defeat of Juventus is in main focus.La Repubblica writes that Džeko “warned” Juventus in the 60th minute of the match, and that “magical Pjanić” shocked their goalkeeper Buffon in the very next minute, after which Džeko beat Chiellini and sent the ball into the net with his head.Roma Today emphasized the great trio in the attack, made of Falque, Džeko and Salah. Praise were given to Pjanić as well.“Once again, Pjanić demonstrated his importance for Roma,” stated Roma Today.Football Italia emphasized that Buffon has not seen the ball when Pjanić kicked from the free kick.“Defense of Juventus was broken by Pjanić’s beautiful goal from the free kick, which went over the defensive wall and ended up in the goal. Buffon was just standing still, he hasn’t even seen the ball”, wrote the Football Italia.Report of Il Giornale is full of praise for the B&H representatives.“Pjanić played great, and not only because of the goal. He is a symbol of everything that a good player represents, a class which only Zdenek Zeman could not understand. His moves are very often totally unpredictable. Today, he made a miracle, neither his first nor the last one, for sure. He reminded everyone on how important it is to have this kind of a player in your team. However, Džeko and Szczesny were the key,” reported Il Giornale.last_img read more

Ram Rahim withdraws parole plea

first_imgJailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Monday withdrew his parole application, which applied for farming at his fields in Haryana’s Sirsa.“He withdrew his parole application on Monday,” a senior official of Haryana Prisons Department said, refusing to divulge further details. Ram Rahim, behind bars at Sunaria jail in Haryana’s Rohtak district after being convicted in two rape cases and murder case of a journalist, had sought 42 days of parole to look after his fields in Sirsa district. Following his application for the parole, the jail superintendent had written to the Sirsa district administration. In a letter dated June 18, the official had sought a report whether releasing Ram Rahim on parole would be feasible or not. In the communique, the jail superintendent had mentioned that Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s conduct in the jail had been good and he had not violated any rule. The Sirsa district administration had been asked to submit a report to the Rohtak division commissioner with a copy marked to the jail superintendent. On receiving the letter, the Sirsa Police had approached the Revenue Department to ascertain how much land the Dera chief owns. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had last month said a decision on the parole application of Dera Sacha Sauda chief would be taken keeping in view the interests of the state. “Anyone who is entitled for parole can seek one. We cannot stop anyone,” Mr. Khattar had said. A parole application is filed before a jail superintendent who forwards it to the deputy commissioner concerned. Then a report is sought from the superintendent of police and, in the end, a recommendation is made by the divisional commissioner. In August 2017, the Dera chief was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula had in January this year also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago.last_img read more

Booker, Warren score 35 apiece, Suns beat Timberwolves

first_imgA 19-4 run to end the third quarter and start the fourth gave the Timberwolves a 94-87 lead on Shabazz Muhammad’s basket with 9:47 to play. But the Suns scored the next 10 to go up 97-94 after Warren’s 17-footer with 6:53 left.Minnesota responded with a 9-0 spurt and Jeff Teague’s 3-pointer put the Timberwolves up 103-97 with 4:46 to go. Minnesota went four minutes before its next score.Neither team had a double-digit lead all night with the Timberwolves, who never trailed in the first half, up 60-57 at the break.Chriss sank a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half to tie it at 61 and, after Chriss’ block of Karl Anthony-Townes’ shot led to Warren’s breakaway dunk, Phoenix led 83-75 with 4:06 to play in the third.Minnesota called a timeout, then went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter to lead 88-85 entering the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson. APPHOENIX — Devin Booker and T.J. Warren scored 35 points apiece and the Phoenix Suns snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-110 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Booker scored nine in the Suns’ decisive 21-7 run over the final 3:50.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ BUDDIESAnthony-Towns and Booker are friends and former teammates at Kentucky. They also are the top two scorers out of the 2010 draft. It’s one of four draft classes in NBA history where the top two scorers were college teammates. Towns had 17 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Minnesota hadn’t played since a loss at Golden State on Wednesday while Phoenix was playing on back-to-back nights. … The Timberwolves swept the three-game series with Phoenix last season. … Minnesota lost despite a 19-7 advantage on the offensive boards.Suns: Tyson Chandler played after missing the previous two games with back spasms. … Phoenix improved to 1-3 on a season-long six-game homestand. … Tyler Ulis started at point guard for first time this season, replacing Mike James. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Murray scores career-high 32 as Nuggets beat Magic Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Jimmy Butler had 25 in Minnesota’s second straight loss after a five-game winning streak.In a back-and-forth second half, Phoenix took control with a late 14-0 burst.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBooker scored seven points in the streak and capped the outburst with a pass to Marquese Chriss, who sank a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Suns a 111-103 lead with 51.2 seconds to go.Chriss was the only other Phoenix scorer in double figures with 13 and blocked five shots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Video: ESPN Releases Epic Game Trailer For Ohio State-Virginia Tech Contest

first_imgOhio State Virginia Tech promotion.Ohio State-VT TrailerWe have to wait a couple extra days for the most anticipated game of Week 1 to kick off. Ohio State, the unanimous No. 1 team in college football, is set to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Monday night. The Buckeyes and the Hokies played in 2014, with OSU losing its only game of its national championship season. Urban Meyer’s squad will be out for revenge in Lane Stadium. ESPN has released an epic trailer for the contest. WATCH: ESPN Ohio State vs Virginia Tech Game Promo! #GoBucks #BeatVT— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) September 1, 2015We can’t wait for this one. The game is set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img

Kashechewan gets 325 million for houses

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Friday that another northern First Nation community along Ontario’s James Bay coast which once made national headlines over its own crisis would be getting money for houses.Duncan said in a statement that Kashechewan First Nation would receive $3.25 million over two years as part of an agreement the community signed with Ottawa in 2007.“This investment will allow Kashechewan First Nation to make strides in addressing their housing shortage,” said Duncan, in the statement.Kashechewan residents were evacuated in 2005 after high levels of E. coli were found in the community’s water system, causing widespread sickness. The Canadian military also sent a water purification unit to the community.Kashechewan Chief Jonathan Solomon said the housing money would also provide training in construction for some in this community.“This investment will allow skilled tradesmen from our community to build quality homes for the people who need them,” said Solomon, in the statement.The Conservative government is now locked in a legal battle with Attawapiskat, a neighbouring James Bay community, over Duncan’s decision to impose a third-party manager to take over the band’s finances.A housing crisis in Attawapiskat, where many families live in tents of shacks with no running water or insulation, set the federal government on its heels for weeks.The Canadian Red Cross was asked to intervene to provide aid to the community as harsh winter temperatures began to grip the region.Ottawa has since said it would be sending 22 modular houses to the community by the end of January.Temporary shelter in the community’s healing lodge is being prepared as a temporary measure until the houses arrive.Liberal interim leader Bob Rae and Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett are visiting the community this weekend.last_img read more