Hierarchical population genetic structure in a direct developing Antarctic marine invertebrate

first_imgUnderstanding the relationship between life-history variation and population structure in marine invertebrates is not straightforward. This is particularly true of polar species due to the difficulty of obtaining samples and a paucity of genomic resources from which to develop nuclear genetic markers. Such knowledge, however, is essential for understanding how different taxa may respond to climate change in the most rapidly warming regions of the planet. We therefore used over two hundred polymorphic Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms (AFLPs) to explore population connectivity at three hierachical spatial scales in the direct developing Antarctic topshell Margarella antarctica. To previously published data from five populations spanning a 1500 km transect along the length of the Western Antarctic Peninsula, we added new AFLP data for four populations separated by up to 6 km within Ryder Bay, Adelaide Island. Overall, we found a nonlinear isolation-by-distance pattern, suggestive of weaker population structure within Ryder Bay than is present over larger spatial scales. Nevertheless, significantly positive Fst values were obtained in all but two of ten pairwise population comparisons within the bay following Bonferroni correction for multiple tests. This is in contrast to a previous study of the broadcast spawner Nacella concinna that found no significant genetic differences among several of the same sites. By implication, the topshell’s direct-developing lifestyle may constrain its ability to disperse even over relatively small geographic scales.last_img read more

TV property show star slams agents who reject ‘non-proceedable’ buyers

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » TV property show star slams agents who reject ‘non-proceedable’ buyers previous nextHousing MarketTV property show star slams agents who reject ‘non-proceedable’ buyersKirstie Allsopp says she ‘hates’ agents who only take offers or allow viewings by people who’ve already sold homes.Nigel Lewis19th April 20212 Comments1,931 Views TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp has said she’s unhappy with estate agents who aggressively filter sales property applicants prior to viewings.The practice has been on the rise during Covid following government guidance following the initial total lockdown last year that “in-person viewings should only take place when buyers are seriously considering a property”.This led to many agents asking some buyers for proof of intent including bank statements, mortgage in principle documents or confirmation that their existing property is on the market.Some vendors, wary of too many strangers tramping through their homes, have also asked estate agents to vet buyer more carefully than normal to keep numbers down.During the Location, Location, Location programme, which was the second of its 35th series, Allsopp invited viewers to ask questions of her for an hour after the show on Twitter.Twitter followersThese are often lively interactions between the 49-year-old presenter and her 426,000 followers on the social media platform.This led a fan of Allsopp’s to ask about her views on ‘Covid vetting’ of viewers.Jo Taylor said: “How much do you hate/agree with estate agents not showing houses to people who haven’t sold their own? Seems to be the new thing.”Allsopp retweeted the question, answering: “Hate it, hate it, hate it”.This is the second time the celebrity has commented on the issue of ‘proceedable potential buyers’, saying in May that it was reasonable but that it would ‘bung the system’ eventually.The TV star has a track record on reviling government intervention in the property market on any level.Allsopp made her name in politics briefly during the early noughties when she was instrumental in forcing the then Labour government’s attempts to introduce Home Information Packs (HIPs) for vendors.location location location Kirstie Allsopp April 19, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsTracy Churchwood, Churchwood Stanley Churchwood Stanley 22nd April 2021 at 5:33 pmI am a fan usually of Kirsty and Phil but recently I feel that they are not in tune with the market and the problems managing it, through the last year of the Coronavirus Pandemic. It is very sensible and reasonable to only conduct actual accompanied viewings for those in a position to proceed to purchase. For a number of reasons – but most importantly not to encourage people to mix and travel during lockdowns when there is no reason for them to do so.Thereby reducing the risk as best as possible to clients and our staff. Even if they fell in love with the property and wanted it – they were not in a position to offer or buy it! AND in this current market it would be a complete waste of every ones time as well as undue risk.Log in to ReplyRichard Hancock, Hancock and Partners Hancock and Partners 24th April 2021 at 9:10 amI am not sure @KirstieAllsopp can be honestly meaning what she is quoted as saying. As an agent since the 1980s, I know my vendors are not going to be interested in buyers unless they can proceed.Log in to ReplyWhat’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

Nine Inch Nails To Perform Intimate Show At Webster Hall Tonight

first_imgNine Inch Nails 2017 Tour Dates:07/31 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest10/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Fest Nine Inch Nails headlined Panorama Music Festival on Sunday night, with their only other scheduled performances coming up at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Sacramento’s Aftershock Fest. This Monday morning, Trent Reznor and company announced an intimate show tonight at New York City’s 1500-capacity Webster Hall. The East Village venue is the perfect place for NIN to treat fans to this exciting pop-up show, as it holds the nostalgic memories of 2009’s Wave Goodbye Tour and will close its own doors next week.Nine Inch Nails are currently performing in support of their new EP trilogy, which so far has released Not The Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017). Tickets went on sale this morning at 10:00am. Listen to the two EPs below:last_img read more

Social Media Entrepreneur Amanda Cerny, Actress Megan Good Host UN Concert For Plastic Pollution

first_imgRecently, the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, along with the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, and Norway, welcomed two new participants to the Play it Out concert, to be held in Antigua on June 1st, 2019.“Having dedicated my presidency to women and girls everywhere, it gives me immense pleasure that Meagan and Amanda, two very successful women, will co-host this important event,” noted President Espinosa.Celebrated actress Meagan Good has appeared in dozens of film and television productions, most recently the hit films Shazam and The Intruder. Amanda Cerny, meanwhile, is representative of ‘new media’ and has emerged in recent years as a leading global influencer, with over 35 million followers on social media.The Play It Out concert raises awareness for plastic pollution. This year’s 2019 headliners include Ashanti and Machel Montano, with additional sets of music from Cody Simpson, Rocky Dawuni, Nico and Vinz, Robin Schulz, St. Lucia, and Bomba Estero.“I am honored to serve as host for this vitally important event and initiative. Ridding our waters of plastic pollution and educating the world on the effects of nearly 13 million tons of plastics being dumped into our waters yearly is crucial,” states Good. “Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning. Plastic affects human health. Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments,” elaborated Good.Cerny added, “Single-use plastics are devastating our oceans and our planet. As individuals we can choose to either contribute to the problem or take action to protect our natural world. I’m excited to be co-hosting Play it Out and to use my platform as a UN Environment Ambassador to raise awareness surrounding the impact of our consumption and help win the battle against plastic pollution.”A free concert, Play it Out will include an audience of up to 20,000 at the Sir Vivian Richards National Stadium in Antigua. Live streaming will be available and broadcast across social media.last_img read more

Student government announces day of action in response to ICE policy

first_imgIn a statement released Monday morning, members of Notre Dame student government detailed plans for a day of action in response to the new ICE policy affecting international students if their schools go fully online for the semester.“This xenophobic revocation of protection for students on F-1 and M-1 visas is dangerous to our campus community and educational institutions nationwide,” the statement said. “Not only do we acknowledge the intrinsic value of every international student, but we attest to the enrichment that they bring to our collegiate experience. As a Student Government, we are committed to defending the rights of our international students and advocating for their right to safety and security while pursuing their degrees.”Members of student government commended University administration for their response to the ongoing situation, and acknowledged the divide that exists between international and domestic students.The action guide provided by student government includes petitions to sign, phone and email templates to contact members of Congress, as well as mental health resources for students during the pandemic.Tags: coronavirus, fall semester 2020, ICE, International students, Student government, student visaslast_img read more

Analysts project sharp drop in U.S. thermal coal exports through 2020

first_imgAnalysts project sharp drop in U.S. thermal coal exports through 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:U.S. thermal coal exports are set to drop as much as 20% by 2020 on the back of weaker seaborne prices, Seaport Global analysts said in a note published April 2.At current prices, “it’s really hard for most anyone in the U.S. to generate margins that make sense relative to domestic opportunities,” Senior Analyst Mark Levin and Senior Associate Analyst Nathan Martin wrote, adding that by 2020 they expect U.S. thermal coal export to fall by 15%-20%.While strength in prices in 2018 allowed producers to lock in tons for the first half of 2019, Seaport analysts still forecast an 8% year-over-year decline in total 2019 U.S. steam coal exports given the recent drop.Since the start of 2019, the Northern European delivered price has experienced a “quick and decisive fall” as European coal inventories have “swelled” due to warm weather, declining natural gas prices and an increase in Russian supplies on the back of a weak ruble and strong production, the report said.With the front-quarter Northern European delivered price of $67 per tonne near its lowest point since September 2016, it is down about 26% from the average front-quarter price of $91 per tonne in 2018, which allowed U.S. thermal exports to reach their highest level since 2012, according to the analysts.More: Seaport: U.S. thermal coal exports to fall up to 20% by 2020 on seaborne weaknesslast_img read more

Binghamton Police: Prospect Avenue situation a “domestic incident”

first_imgStay with 12 News as we continue to gather more information and update this story as soon as we can. Police could not say if there were any injuries or if anyone had been arrested in connection with the incident. Binghamton Police said there was a “domestic incident” that led to at least a dozen police cars, including a S.W.A.T. vehicle, along Prospect Avenue on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — All roads are back open as of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday after a heavy police presence near the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Glenwood Road.last_img read more

Guidance targets pandemic-related questions about disability law

first_img The guidance coaches employers to take their cues from the advice of public health authorities. “If they do that, they’ll be OK with the ADA, and it also gets away from convoluted legal explanations,” Miaskoff said. It also says that in a pandemic employers can encourage employees to telecommute, require them to adopt infection control practices, and wear personal protective equipment. “How can we protect them if we can’t ask who they are?” she asked, adding that waiting until officials declare a severe pandemic may be too late to protect many workers. “What I’m really concerned about is, does this give us the freedom we need to make the plans now?” One of the gray areas is whether the pandemic H1N1 virus rises to the level of a “direct threat” as defined in the ADA. For some people, the virus will be more severe, she said. “For them, it may rise to a level of a disability.” Employers should be cautious and work with their counsels on these issues, Whaley added. The EEOC guidance says the flu isn’t considered a direct threat if health authorities say the illness is like seasonal influenza or patterns that were seen in the spring and summer wave. However,  the pandemic would be considered a direct threat if public officials determine it has become more severe. One option might be to ask people who may be at risk for complications to voluntarily identify themselves, Turnbull said. CDC workplace guidance for preventing pandemic H1N1 fluhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/business/guidance Taking cues from public healthCarol Miaskoff, assistant legal counsel with the EEOC, told CIDRAP News that employers have been asking a lot of questions about complying with ADA rules in a pandemic setting. She said one of the most common ones is if it’s within the law to send a sick employee home. The answer is yes, the guidance says. The EEOC reiterated its previous guidance on prepandemic surveys designed to gauge potential worker absences, she said. Some employers are conducting more specific surveys, and they need to be sure, going forward, that they comply with the ADA model, which probably doesn’t provide as much useful information for planning. The guidance helps steer employers away from asking “disability related” questions, such as asking an employee if he or she has immune system compromise, which might suggest cancer or HIV. Oct 5 EEOC technical assistance document on pandemic preparedness and the ADAhttp://www.eeoc.gov/facts/pandemic_flu.html Though the CDC has advised businesses to relax their requirement for sick employees to provide a doctor’s note when they return to work, the EEOC guidance says asking for a note doesn’t typically violate ADA standards. However, the authors note that doctors’ offices may be too busy and that new approaches may be needed—such as forms, stamps, or e-mails from clinics—for businesses that still require notes. Hurdles to pandemic planning?Penny Turnbull, PhD, senior director for crisis management and business continuity planning for Marriott International, Inc., told CIDRAP News that the guidance and the ADA rules prevent businesses from taking some key pandemic planning steps. “In order to make the necessary plans ahead of the more severe outbreak, we need to identify the employees now,” she said. Now that the pandemic is global, she said this type of discrimination isn’t as much of a problem, but the notice is a warning for employers not to take such actions. Also, the guidance notes that employers can’t mandate flu vaccination regardless of medical conditions or religious beliefs. “Generally, ADA-covered employees should consider simply encouraging employees to get the influenza vaccine rather than requiring them to take it,” the document notes. One of the top business worries is protecting workers who have underlying health conditions, but according to the new 14-page guidance document from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), issued on Oct 5, employers are barred from asking about chronic conditions unless the pandemic becomes severe. Though many employers want to take all the steps they can to protect employees, the EEOC hopes the guidance will post some red flags to help them avoid violating ADA rules, she said. For example, during pandemic planning, businesses can’t generally ask about underlying conditions unless public health officials have said the outbreak is locally or globally severe, she said. The EEOC’s revised guidance seems to have incorporated more CDC guidance on vaccines, she said. It also affirms that employers have a duty to track the development of the disease through health departments. Though some might not have the infrastructure to do that, “it clearly says employers must make the best efforts to get public health advice,” she added. The guidance also walks employers through what they can ask about when employees call in sick. It states that employers can take worker temperatures only when pandemic flu becomes more severe or if the CDC or local authorities say the virus is widespread in the community. The EEOC also issued a short notice yesterday about employment discrimination during the H1N1 epidemic. In the spring some employers were telling workers who had traveled to Mexico to stay home, and a few fired workers who had family members from Mexico, Miaskoff said. Oct 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Businesses that take steps to protect workers during a pandemic have worried about staying in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and federal officials have responded by issuing new guidance that addresses many of the issues. Navigating the nuancesErin Whaley, an associate at Troutman Sanders, an international corporate law firm with headquarters in Atlanta, told CIDRAP News that the new guidance builds on previous EEOC pandemic guidance issued in May. She said the main change is that the agency has made the information more accessible, with “yes” and “no” answers to common employer questions. “The law is never simple and never as black and white as you’d like it to be—there are some nuances,” she said. See also: Whaley said in the section on doctor’s notes, employers should be careful if they change their policies. Sometimes changes made for EEOC purposes can put businesses out of compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act. The EEOC guidance, however, offers an example of an ADA-compliant survey that employers can use to anticipate absences during a pandemic. It asks employees to indicate a single yes or no at the end of a list of situations that might bar them from coming to work in a pandemic, such as the need to care for a child if schools close, a need to care for other dependents, lack of public transportation, and the employee’s or a household member’s high risk, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for medical complications from the virus. The CDC’s guidance for businesses says that in more severe flu epidemics, businesses should try to change work duties, workspace, or work schedules for employees who are at higher risk for flu complications, such as pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions, to reduce their risk of contracting the virus at work. Oct 6 EEOC notice on employment discrimination and pandemic H1N1 fluhttp://www.eeoc.gov/facts/h1n1.html It also clarifies if pandemic flu is a “direct threat” according to ADA rules. A direct threat might trigger disability medical questions or medical examinations.last_img read more

Arsenal ready to make Kevin Volland Mikel Arteta’s first signing

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 22 Dec 2019 10:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Comment Volland is a wanted man (Picture: TF-Images/Getty)Arsenal are ready to make Kevin Volland the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign as manager, having impressed club scouts.The Bayer Leverkusen forward is expected to be part of a list of potential signings put to new boss Arteta, with the Gunners keen to hand the former Manchester City assistant manager a mid-season boost, according to Sky Sports.Predominatly a centre-forward, left-footed Volland can also play off the right-hand side and he has scored five goals and provided six assists in 16 Bundesliga matches this season. Arteta is hoping to add fresh faces to his squad (Picture: Getty)Arteta will take charge of Arsenal for the first time on Boxing Day when the Gunners travel to Bournemouth.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe will then face top-four rivals Manchester United and Chelsea back-to-back as he looks to get the club he captained as a player back on track.A dour 0-0 draw with Everton saw Arsenal drop in the bottom half of the table and they are nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after Frank Lampard’s side defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Sunday night.Would Kevin Volland be a good signing for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Raul Sanllehi outlines Arsenal’s January transfer plans after Mikel Arteta arrivalMORE: Freddie Ljungberg confirms Arsenal hierarchy want to keep him after Mikel Arteta’s arrival Arsenal ready to make Kevin Volland Mikel Arteta’s first signing Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgRobeco, AP4, SPP, MN, NN Belgium, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, PensionsEuropeRobeco – Hester Borrie and Hans Rademaker are to leave the executive board as of 1 May. Borrie has been head of global distribution and marketing since 2009. Rademaker has been CIO since he joined the €268bn global asset manager in 2010. Last year, Roderick Munsters left as chief executive after six years. Robeco was taken over by Japan’s Orix Corporation in 2013. At the moment, Robeco’s executive board (RvB) comprises David Steyn (chief executive), Leni Boeren (COO) and Roland Toppen, who is responsible for finance. The company declined to comment on the sudden departure of Borrie and Rademaker but said their responsibilities would be carried out by the remaining RvB members for the time being.AP4 – Sarah McPhee has been named chair of AP4, returning to the Swedish buffer fund she left more than a decade ago. McPhee, who until last year was chief executive of insurer SPP, replaces Monica Caneman, who has served as AP4’s chair since 2008. Prior to joining SPP in 2008, McPhee spent four years as CIO at Sweden’s largest pension provider, AMF. She also spent three years as head of ALM and compliance at AP4.MN – The €115bn asset manager and pensions provider has appointed Liesbeth Sinke as chief financial and risk officer. Effective 1 June, Sink is to become a member of the four-strong executive board, which also includes René van de Kieft (chief executive), Henri den Boer (pensions and insurance) and Gerald Cartigny (asset management). Her appointment comes in the wake of the reduction of MN’s executive team from eight members to four. Sinke is CFO at NN Belgium, a subsidiary of NN Group. Before then, she worked for insurance broker Marsh, consultancy Aon and ABN/Amro bank. European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) – Matti Leppälä, secretary general at PensionsEurope, has been elected chair of EIOPA’s pension stakeholder group (OPSG), succeeding Philip Shier. Leppälä, who has been with the European industry group since 2011, was previously the OPSG’s deputy chair, serving under Benne van Popta and Shier, following the former’s resignation mid-term in 2015. The OPSG, which met on 28 April for the first time since 21 new members were named, also elected Bernard Delbecque as deputy chairman.last_img read more