Annotated zoogeography of non-marine Tardigrada. Part IV: Africa

first_imgThis paper is the fourth monograph in a series that describes the global records of limno-terrestrial water bears (Tardigrada). Here, we provide a comprehensive list of non-marine tardigrades recorded from Africa, providing an updated and revised taxonomy accompanied by geographic co-ordinates, habitat, and biogeographic comments. It is hoped this work will serve as a reference point and background for further zoogeographical and taxonomical studieslast_img

GALLERY: Australian Sailors Spend a Night onboard Korean Minelayer

first_img HMAS GASCOYNE (LEFT) CONDUCTS MANOEUVRES WITH ROKS WON SANRepublic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Won San has rolled out the red carpet for Royal Australian Navy sailors during the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Counter Measures and Diving Exercise 2014 (MCMEX 14) in New Zealand. GALLERY: Australian Sailors Spend a Night onboard Korean Minelayer Back to overview,Home naval-today GALLERY: Australian Sailors Spend a Night onboard Korean Minelayer View post tag: Minelayer Training & Education View post tag: Australian View post tag: Night Members of the Australian MCM Diving Detachment, drawn from HMAS Diamantina and Clearance Dive Team One, and a Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) team, spent a night onboard minelayer Won San during the final week of the exercise.The teams were on mission to recover a body lost at sea – a realistic scenario in the exercise’s fictitious earthquake and tsunami ravaged Barclay Islands.The sailors were given a reception normally reserved for conquering heroes, with delicious traditional Korean food laid out and plenty of new friends made.Leading Seaman (LS) Medic (Underwater) Ben Catterall said the overnight stay was one of his highlights for the exercise.“Their generosity was amazing and they treated us like royalty,” said LS Catterall.In between the hospitality and cultural exchanges, the RNZN AUV team succeeded in discovering the body, before the Australian Divers jumped in to investigate.Earlier in the exercise, HMAS Gascoyne rafted up to Won San for an afternoon of sport and cultural exchange.The three week MCMEX 14 involves over 600 participants from 14 nations, as well as five Naval Vessels from New Zealand, Australia and Korea.[mappress]Press Release, March 10, 2014, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Korean View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy Share this article March 10, 2014 View post tag: sailors View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Millbank: Across the great divide

first_imgThe Protestor – Sam BriggsWhen we arrived at Millbank, there was a real carnival atmosphere. Everyone was dancing, and it felt like a party. As we approached the Tory headquarters, I saw NUS marshals telling people to turn back, as there were too many people, and it wasn’t on the route. But others were shouting. “Don’t do what the marshals tell you, this is your event, your protest.” When we got there some of the windows were already cracked, and there was a line of policemen in front of one of them, although they weren’t using their batons. People threw things at the windows, and one group smashed through while the police were occupied by some other protestors. When the whole window pane came out the crowd surged and we all piled inside. It was carnage. Police were guarding the window but we were already inside the bulding. Inside there were so many people, although it sometimes felt like there were more journalists than students. It was about half an hour before any police came inside the building, and when they did, most just stood against a back wall, watching. The atmosphere was still great, people were dancing, and some were on the roof, shooting foam out of fire extinguishers onto the crowd below. Then they threw the fire extinguisher itself, and the atmosphere quickly changed. The entire crowd turned against them, and chanted for them to stop. Everyone was unanimous it they should not have thrown that, including the majority of people who stormed the building. It’s a shame that some people seem to have gone there planning to start violent trouble, although personally I am quite pro-ransacking. A lot of people say that even if we won the battle it will lose us the war. But it was a reflection of frustration against politicians that we voted for, who are now lying going back on their word. I was completely against the violence, and I totally sympathise with the police for doing their job. But the ransacking was different. It will cost a bit to replace the windows but will cost my brother a lot more to go to uni.The Employee – Ben Lindsay I work for an events company called Altitude, which has offices on several floors of Millbank. We could see protestors marching from about 11am, but it didn’t get busy until lunchtime. At the time, we were serving food for a media company launch in our media centre on the ground floor. At about 1.45pm, a fire alarm went off, and we were told to evacuate the building. Already the scene was quite chaotic. Students had entered the main courtyard, brandishing placards and chanting – but their aim was to get inside. About 15 to 20 people tried to push through a police line, and whenever one succeeded, there were cheers. Half an hour later, they had set fire to a banner – this was met with even more cheering. A few hours later the glass had been shattered. Things seemed to be escalating step by step, but no one was stopping the students doing anything.By this point we were back inside the building, working in the kitchens, but keeping an eye on the unfolding situation. It was at about 3.30pm when one chef told us that they had taken out the windows and were occupying the lobby. Once they were in the lobby, they had access to the stairs and could occupy the whole building. One guy in a bandana came into the kitchen and asked how he could get upstairs, but when the chefs turned round he ran away – he must have got scared as a lot of pretty big guys were just staring at him. Some other students started kicking in our windows, but only when our executive chef tried to confront them did the police intervene. Then the other chefs and I ran out. To be honest, I was just quite surprised about how underpoliced it seemed to be. We chatted to a policeman and asked why they weren’t doing more to intervene. He replied that since the G8 protests, they had been instructed not to use force. They were also undermanned, so probably couldn’t have stopped it if they wanted to.I also talked to the students. It seemed as though they were pushing their luck, trying to see how far they could go. There was music and dancing inside the lobby – it looked like a big party. I didn’t see anyone get arrested. At one point I looked out, and there seemed to be hundreds of students to a couple of policemen.At about 4.30pm the whole building was evacuated. We were onto dessert so the event was pretty much over. At first the police were in control, but when the lobby windows went, there was no real way to control what was happening.last_img read more

BRG rocks

first_imgBlack Rock Grill is also exhibiting at the show.With its new cooking solution using hot volcanic rocks to offer grilled meals, the company will be highlighting the recently-launched Café Rock, suitable for sites such as cafés, bars and mobile caterers looking to “trade up”.The Café Rock oven package includes 16 rocks, oven, porcelain platters, accessories and marketing and maintenance support.”Using it is an easy way to increase covers and food cash turnover,” said Peter Hatter, director of Black Rock Grill. [http://www.blackrockgrill.co.uk]When: 6-8 OctoberWhere: Earls Court 2, LondonOpening Times:Mon 6 Oct & Tues 7 Oct: 10:00-17:00Wed 8 Oct 10:00-16:00For more information visit [http://www.therestaurantshow.co.uk]last_img

Press release: DVLA sets a new challenge

first_img Only for use by journalists and the media: 0300 123 2407 The DVLA Code Challenge was so successful that schools and sponsors enquired straight away about how they could sign up to the next competition, so we’ve decided to do it all over again. This year, we are adding a new age group and opening up the competition to children aged between 7 and 11, and 11 to 14. This means that we can include both primary and secondary school pupils. By taking part in the challenge, budding programmers can develop their coding abilities in a fun and engaging way. The competition also aims to promote teamwork and communication – these are all increasingly vital skills in the workplaces of today and tomorrow. Press office There will be an award day on Tuesday 4 December with fantastic educational prizes, a prize draw for all entrants, feedback on the entries from expert judges and a celebrity host.Full information, including details of how to enter the competition, is available on the DVLA Code Challenge website. DVLA has once again laid down the challenge to pupils across Wales to work in teams and design a computer game, with the winning entries set to receive thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment for their schools or community centres.The DVLA Code Challenge was first launched last year to promote Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and IT learning in primary schools and community centres in Wales.Around 200 children and 150 adults attended the inaugural prize-giving event at DVLA’s digital theatre in Swansea last December, which saw state-of-the-art IT kit given out to teams from over 50 primary schools and community groups from all over Wales. Pupils unable to attend on the day also had the chance to take part in the day’s action via a live internet link, just as though they were there.After the huge amount of interest last year, this year’s competition has been opened up to include 11 to 14 year-olds, meaning pupils from secondary schools can also showcase their skills and win fantastic IT prizes for their schools or community centres.DVLA IT Manager and STEM Ambassador Mark Jones said: Email [email protected] DVLA Press Office Longview Road Morriston Swansea SA6 7JL last_img read more

Dave Matthews And Tim Reynolds Announce Lengthy U.S. Summer Tour

first_imgWith Dave Matthews Band taking 2017 off, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are taking advantage of the free time by touring as an acoustic duo once again. The band have already announced two tour dates in Texas, a destination event at the Barcelo Maya in Rivera Maya, MX (home to Phish: Riviera Maya and Los Muertos con Queso), and a fifteen-date European tour in the Spring. Today, the duo added sixteen summer tour dates in the United States that will take them to many of the same amphitheaters that they normally occupy when performing with Dave Matthews Band.The tour kicks off on May 3rd in Tuscaloosa, AL  Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre, and will take them across up and down the East Coast with a few dates in the South and the Midwest. There will be two-night stands in Nashville at the Ascend Amphitheater, Philadelphia at The Mann Center, Chicago at Northerly Island, and Saratoga Springs at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The tour will come to a close on June 18th with a show in Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion.See below for a full list of tour dates for Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. There will be an online pre-sale for Warehouse members on Thursday, January 19th, and tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 10th. For more information, click here.Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – 2017 Tour DatesNorth American Dates1/25 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Center1/26 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre2/23-25 Riviera Maya, MX Barceló Maya Beach (all-inclusive concert vacation)5/3 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre5/6 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre5/7 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre5/31 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park6/2 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center6/3 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center6/4 Canandaigua, NY CMAC6/6 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater6/7 Holmdel, NY PNC Bank Arts Center6/10 Chicago, IL Northerly Island6/11 Chicago, IL Northerly Island6/13 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre6/14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center6/16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center6/17 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center6/18 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post PavilionEuropean Dates3/20 London, England Eventim Apollo3/21 London, England Eventim Apollo3/23 Dublin, EI Olympia Theatre3/25 Groningen, NL De Oosterpoort3/26 Amsterdam, NL AFAS Live (Heineken Music Hall)3/27 Köln, DE Palladium3/29 Copenhagen, DK Royal Arena3/30 Berlin, DE Columbiahalle4/1 Vienna, AT Wiener Konzerthaus4/2 Prague, CZ Forum Karlin4/4 Torino, IT Teatro Colosseo4/6 Padova, IT Gran Teatro Geox4/7 Milan, IT Teatro Arcimboldi4/10 Lisbon, PT Coliseu Lisboa4/11 Porto, PT Coliseu Portolast_img read more

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Closes Out Summer Tour With Free Show In Denver [Photos/Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, August 26th, Karl Denson‘s Tiny Universe delivered a free concert at Denver, CO’s Levitt Pavilion immediately following the non-profit amphitheater’s annual beer festival in Ruby Hill Park. The performance marked the final stop on Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s Summer 2017 tour, before Denson heads out on the road for a run of European dates with the Rolling Stones.Denson and company worked through material from the group’s forthcoming studio album, as well as previous acclaimed KDTU recordings like New Ammo, Brother’s Keeper, The Bridge, and more. The evening’s Tiny Universe lineup featured Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Snarky Puppy drummer Robert “Sput” Searight, Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman. You can view full gallery of photos from the performance below, courtesy of photographer Gary Sheer.To keep up with all the latest info on Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, follow the band on Facebook. For more information on Karl’s touring schedule with Tiny Universe, The Rolling Stones, and beyond, head to his website.You can catch Robert “Sput” Searight and a massive list of other talented artists at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 23rd – 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Muzzy Bearr, The Russ Liquid Test, KJ Sawka (of Pendulum and Destroid), DJ Premier & The Badder Band, and so many more!For a full list of artists, head to the event’s website. Two-day and single-day GA and VIP tickets are available now. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | Levitt Pavilion | Denver, CO | 8/26/17 You can also watch a few live-shot clips from the show below courtesy of the KDTU Facebook page: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

50 ways to keep your money resolutions

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s been a couple of weeks. That means about 30 percent of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. If that resolution is a financial one, then I urge you to “take a mulligan.” Hit the re-set button. Begin at the beginning. Start over. Don’t give up!When Bankrate.com asked people about their top financial priorities for 2016, staying current on living expenses was #1, followed by paying down debt and saving money. And really, all three are the same, right? These responses mean that people’s budgets are tight and they’re looking for meaningful relief.Problem is, too many folks go looking for savings in the bottom of a latte cup or brown bag lunch. Those $5 and $10 sacrifices do add up, but too slowly to provide much relief in 2016. When David Bach wrote The Latte Factor, he said the small, incremental savings could add up to a million bucks over the course of your entire life. NOT this year.That’s why I suggest you learn how to save BIG. I define saving BIG as any one strategy that can save you at least $1,000 a pop. To save BIG, you have to figure out where you spend big. Actually, I figured it out for you. Americans’ top five costs are: continue reading »last_img read more

Sharpening the Government’s Blurry Maps

first_imgIn recent years, Americans have witnessed the destructive power of floods again and again, from the damage inflicted on coastal New York and New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to the devastation wrought by overflowing rivers in Colorado just a few months ago.Yet as ProPublica has reported, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has flood-risk maps of questionable accuracy for many U.S. counties and lacks maps altogether for some.This has left property owners in a dangerous state of uncertainty. FEMA’s maps govern whether home and business owners are required to buy flood insurance. They also guide communities’ decisions on where they should—and shouldn’t—allow development.The issue of flood mapping is at the heart of a number of legislative battles currently taking shape.Last year, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Act, a law designed to eliminate the subsidies many homeowners have received for years through the National Flood Insurance Program. Because of damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy, the program fell about $25 billion in debt and Congress decided it could no longer support the subsidized rates.But on Friday, Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, announced that there will be a vote on a bill, delaying the Biggert-Waters flood insurance rate increases until FEMA has “implemented a flood mapping approach that, when applied, results in technically credible flood hazard data.” The bill also requires FEMA to conduct a study of the affordability of the rate increases.If the measure advances, it could leave the flood insurance program in limbo for an extended period.There’s still much work to be done to update the nation’s flood maps. Some parts of the country still use flood maps drawn in the 1970s, shortly after the flood insurance program’s inception. In other cases, paper maps from the ’70s and ’80s have been digitized but not improved using modern technology for measuring topography and modeling storm surge.Complicating the effort, Congress has slashed funding for upgrading FEMA’s maps by more than half since 2010.As we said in our story earlier this month, new maps for New York and New Jersey aren’t expected to be finalized until 2015.The “final preliminary” version of those maps—which are still drafts and won’t dictate insurance rates until they become effective—were released on December 5. They include a new storm surge analysis and sophisticated, modern topographic data — two characteristics earlier maps lacked and that experts have told us are the biggest factors in flood map accuracy.The rest of the country is slowly getting new maps, too.New Orleans still relies on paper maps drawn in 1984 while FEMA revises maps to reflect the city’s post-Katrina flood protection measures. New Orleans received preliminary versions of its new maps in January. Boston, Mass. is slowly winding through the preliminary process to replace its decades-old maps, and is expected to get new ones in 2015.daily newsletterProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

LIRR: Service Partly Restored by Monday Commute

first_imgLong Island Rail Road trains will mostly begin rolling again Monday morning 37 hours after service was suspended Saturday when a blizzard hit the region, but some lines remain snowed in.As of 5 a.m. Monday, regular weekday service will be available on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma, Port Washington and Huntington/Port Jefferson branches and service will also be provided in diesel territory on the Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson Branches, between Greenport and Ronkonkoma and on the Montauk Branch west of Speonk, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.But snow still needs to be cleared from the tracks before trains can resume running on the other four of the LIRR’s 12 branches. Lines that will remain suspended Monday include the Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach and West Hempstead branches. Commuters who ride trains on those branches are urged to use alternate LIRR branches until their usual trains return.In addition, trains will not be running by Monday morning between Jamaica and the Atlantic Terminal. LIRR riders normally destined for Brooklyn should take trains to Penn Station, where their tickets will be cross-honored by NYC Transit on the No. 2 and 3 subway trains.For more information on when the remaining LIRR suspensions will be lifted, visit www.mta.info. Service had been suspended at 4 p.m. Saturday as winter storm Jonas hit the region.(Photo credit: MTA/LIRR) Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more