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Female reproductive biology of two sympatric incirrate octopod species, Adelieledone polymorpha (Robson 1930) and Pareledone turqueti (Joubin 1905) (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae), from South Georgia

first_imgThe reproductive biology of two species of endemic Southern Ocean octopods was investigated around the sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and Shag Rocks. The females of both the species produce few, large eggs. This appears to be governed by phylogenetic constraint. No evidence was found for ontogenetic migration or seasonality associated with gonad maturation. Based on oocyte length frequency distributions and observations of oocyte development within the ovary, it is possible that both species could have either a single or multiple-batch spawning strategy. Pareledone turqueti ovaries contained fewer larger oocytes than those of Adefieledone polymorpha, which may help to reduce competition for resources immediately after hatching.last_img

Purplebricks LPE reports ‘internal unrest’ over payment reductions

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks LPE reports ‘internal unrest’ over payment reductions previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks LPE reports ‘internal unrest’ over payment reductionsAnonymous East Midlands LPE tells The Negotiator that lower pay, strong-arm tactics and delayed referral fees are persuading many colleagues to quit.Nigel Lewis22nd October 202006,642 Views A Purplebricks LPE from the East Midlands has claimed that 80% of the agents working for the company in his area are looking for a way to leave the company after significant changes were made to the way they are paid over the past few months.The LPE, who is still working for the company and does not wish to be named, has told The Negotiator that once his outstanding invoices are paid at the end of this month, he will leave.“I have worked in this industry for four decades and after running my own company successfully for many years I left the industry and took time out,” he says.“I then joined Purplebricks because I wanted to re-engage with the industry because I like working as an estate agent and missed it, and their model seemed a good fit for my circumstances,” he says.Despite his industry experience the LPE says his hours were ‘crazy’ starting at 7am and finishing at 11pm most days, and although from the outset the contract he signed was always going to be hard work, in recent months it began to unravel.New contracts“My Purplebricks territory owner made me sign a new contract which effectively reduced my income by 30% including a £25 reduction in our listing fee,” he says.“It also became much harder to receive commission from conveyancing and mortgage referrals.“I haven’t been paid my referral fees income yet from February, and they blocked off my diary until I signed the contract – which many people might construe as bullying behaviour.”The LPE claims he was one of many agents who joined the company just before the lockdown, but that he believes there will be a major exodus next month.“When I ran my own company we looked after our staff because they were the geese that laid the gold eggs – but Purplebricks don’t seem to take that approach,” he adds.Purplebrick responds“This is a concerning story but not an experience we recognise. LPEs are contracted by Territory Operators, under our guidance: together we have zero tolerance of bullying and take any allegations very seriously,” a company spokesperson says.“Our model gives LPEs the flexibility and control to manage their time and work in the way that suits them best. We’ve spent the last 12 months working hard to improve the value proposition for our LPEs and have increased numbers in the field by around 15% year on year. In a recent survey, over 90% of LPEs said they were proud to work for us and felt personally committed to Purplebricks.”Read more about Purplebricks.Long hours Local Property Experts Purplebricks LPE model October 22, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Conveyancers face disciplinary hearing as police probe ‘speedy house sales’ firm

first_imgTwo conveyancing solicitors in the West Midlands face a disciplinary hearing following an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after they acted for multiple clients who sold their homes through a ‘fast sale’ property website.The BBC reports that Meena Kumari and Teena Kumari Banga have been required to attend the hearing over allegations they acted in conveyancing transactions they either knew, or should have known, were fraudulent.Both have told the BBC they do not wish to comment ahead of the SRA disciplinary hearing on the 21st June.The case follows a West Midlands police investigation into speedypropety.co.uk which offered house sellers a fast-cash, quick-sale service.The force says several people connected to the company have been arrested and released pending further enquiries.The SRA has so far paid out nearly £875,000 to a dozen former clients of the firm through its compensation fund.These payments are not based on any findings of dishonesty but offer discretionary grants to clients of law firms if their financial loss occurred while receiving legal services.It is alleged that speedyproperty.co.uk bought the properties off distressed vendors but paid them substantially less than their market value, and that the two solicitors involved were contracted to handle the sales.The SRA disciplinary hearing will consider whether the duo acted in conveyancing transactions they knew to be fraudulent, or which they should have known bore the ‘hallmarks’ of fraud or money laundering.The allegations against both cover a period from 2013 to mid-2017, and their legal practice is subject to SRA conditions pending conclusion of the disciplinary hearing.Read about full BBC investigation.Read more about recent SRA investigations.speedyproperty.co.uk West Midlands Police SRA Solicitors Regulation Authority April 22, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Conveyancers face disciplinary hearing as police probe ‘speedy house sales’ firm previous nextRegulation & LawConveyancers face disciplinary hearing as police probe ‘speedy house sales’ firmMeena Kumari and Teena Kumari Banga are alleged to have processed house sales that left vendor clients of website substantially out of pocket.Nigel Lewis22nd April 20210932 Viewslast_img read more

USS Boxer qualifies first female helmsman in 10 years

first_img View post tag: US Navy Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy amphibious assault ship qualifies first female helmsman in a decade U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) recently qualified the first female master helmsman in the past decade.Seaman Gabrielle Connelly, a junior Sailor in Deck department, accomplished her goal after setting sail aboard USS Boxer on February 12.“I think it is pretty awesome, I definitely pushed myself with this qualification,” said Connelly. “You have to stand a lot of watches under instruction, drive during special evolutions, it takes a lot of practice. I improved with time. It was frustrating at times, but knowing that I am the first female to qualify on board Boxer in the past ten years I hope that it can inspire other females in deck department or other departments to push for higher goals.”Connelly said goal-setting helped her plan and pursue this accomplishment.A challenge to obtaining this qualification for Connelly was the series of pre-requisite qualifications obtained only while underway.“To get the Master Helmsman qualification you have to be underway watch qualified, normal underway helm and look-out qualified,” said Connelly. “All those qualifications take several weeks to get.”Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Carl Bethea, Deck department’s Lead Petty Officer, believes it takes a strong focus and a lot of responsibility to become a master helmsman.“Being a master helmsman is very challenging,” said Bethea. “It requires that qualified Sailors steer the ship during the most strenuous times for example: underway replenishments, pulling in and out of port, straits transits, harbor transits, all of the challenging tasks that take a great amount of concentration and focus.”USS Boxer (LHD 4), flagship of the Boxer amphibious ready group, with amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Western Pacific in support of security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.center_img August 24, 2016 US Navy amphibious assault ship qualifies first female helmsman in a decade View post tag: USS Boxerlast_img read more


Exclusive Excerpt: “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” by Tom Purcell“You got fired because your company had a Christmas party? You’re going to have to explain.”“Look, I’ve been going to company Christmas parties a long time. The mix of office politics and adult beverages has caused some nutty things to happen over the years. But now everybody is so serious and so easily offended, things are worse than ever.”t now everybody is so serious and so easily offended, things are worse than ever.”“What did you do?”“Well, the owners of my company threw a traditional office Christmas party after work one evening — the last such party they’ll ever have. Thanks to me and the boys in the sales department, adult beverages were flowing. I thought everybody was having a good time. But something was missing.”“Missing?”“There was no Christmas tree! I went out to the woods and cut a couple of pine branches and put them in a vase. I went to my desk and made a paper star. I placed the star on top of the tree. I figured everybody would love it, but somebody filed a complaint with Human Resources.”“A complaint?”“Some fellow said I was imposing a specific faith on him — that I was creating a hostile work environment. He said I was insensitive to people of other faiths — that even though the Supreme Court ruled that a Christmas tree is a secular symbol, the only acceptable tree would be a diversity tree that represented everybody’s point of view.”“I see.”“Anyhow, about then — I believe the boys and I had a few more drinks — we started singing Christmas carols: “Silent Night,” “Hark! The Herald …,” “The First Noel.” We were working our way through “Hallelujah Chorus” when it happened again.”“Another complaint to Human Resources?”“Bingo. I don’t know why anybody would be upset about Christmas carols being sung at a Christmas party. Something about Christian songs being insensitive to non-Christians. But that was the least of my worries. Things got worse when we conducted our annual raffle.”“I can only imagine. Go on.”“Well, every year the boys and I buy the finest bottle of hooch we can find. We raffle it off and give the funds we raise to charity. How was I supposed to know that some religions are offended by gambling and alcohol? As you might expect, the raffle caused another compliant. But that was nothing compared to what happened next.”“Things got worse!”“Oh, yeah. Just after the boys and I had a few more drinks, in walks one of the ladies from order entry. You wouldn’t believe some of the clothing she wears to work — or, to be more precise, the clothing she DOESN’T wear.”“Please don’t tell me there was mistletoe.”“How’d you guess? The boys bet me 20 bucks I could coax her under the mistletoe and give her a little peck. Silver-tongued devil that I am, I began commenting on how great she looked in her scanty duds when —”“Another complaint was filed with Human Resources?”“You’re good, buddy. She dresses like a pop star and I’m the one hit with a multimillion-dollar sexual-harassment lawsuit?”“I recently read about such Christmas office-party woes in The New York Times. Because our work force is so diverse — and because people have so many different social styles, religions and points of view — the article said many companies don’t know how to approach Christmas parties anymore.”“You can add me to that list, pal.”“Employees are so sensitive and easily offended, employers can’t please one without agitating another. Some say Christmas parties are too overtly Christian — others that they’re not overt enough.”“They’re not overtly FUN enough.”“Traditional Christmas parties are rife with liabilities, too — company-funded alcohol consumption is a huge red flag. Thus, more companies are abandoning the traditional Christmas party for dull, generic, daytime events — another trend that reflects how humorless, serious and overly sensitive America is becoming. Though you have to admit: You were awfully boorish and brash at your Christmas party.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare read more

BREAKING NEWS: Vanderburgh County 1st District Commissioner Candidate Sean Selby Opposes “Homestead Tax Credit”…

first_imgOctober 10, 2016 / Evansville, Indiana – Over the weekend, Republican Vanderburgh County 1st District Commissioner candidate Sean Selby participated in the 95th Annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Parade whose grand marshal was Evansville Olympic two-time gold medal winning swimmer, Lilly King. Over the past week, he also spent every day of the Fall Festival interacting with voters and talking about the issues important to them.Selby commented, “We received a very positive response at the Fall Festival to our platform on bettering roads, keeping taxes low, reducing restrictive regulations, opposing annexation that results in land grabs, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting businesses that create jobs, and more.”Specifically regarding keeping taxes low, at a recent United Neighborhoods of Evansville candidate forum, Selby spoke out against a proposal to raise property taxes by relaxing the property tax homestead exemption rate from 8% to 6% and by annually by 2% until completely gone. “Numerous Vanderburgh County residents have serious concerns that the Evansville City Council will vote today to increase their property taxes by relaxing the homestead exemption and I equally share in those concerns.”With USA Today reporting that nearly 7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, some residents have even said they would eventually be unable to endure these projected annual 2% increases if passed and may be forced to consider moving to other counties. “When we look at multiple economic indicators, we realize that it is an especially bad idea to consider repealing this exemption of the homesteads in Vanderburgh County residents at this time. Furthermore, many are frustrated that Evansville will be able to outnumber the county voters who have spoken so clearly on this issue. So, I have called on individual city council members to reconsider this course of action today and hopefully they will.”Later today, the Evansville City Council is slated to meet and may attempt to relax part of the property tax homestead exemption, which will lead to a tax increase of all Vanderburgh County residents for their homestead.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

NJ Transit announces some trains will be rerouted to Hoboken starting…

first_imgHOBOKEN– In a notice to customers, NJ Transit announced an adjusted travel plan for commuters to and from Penn Station as Amtrak will be repairing tracks from July 10 to Sept. 1.Riders of the Midtown Direct trains on the Morristown Line will be diverted to Hoboken as will the Midtown Direct trains on the Gladstone Branch.According to the notice, “NJ Transit rail customers have been forced to deal with delays, derailments, and unreliable service because Amtrak, which owns the tracks our service relies upon, has neglected the maintenance of its critical infrastructure for years. For three-quarters of NJ TRANSIT rail customers travel patterns will not be modified, including the Trenton to New York Northeast Corridor Line. However, delays on all rail lines, except for the Atlantic City Rail line, are inevitable.”The notice states the repairs are “long overdue” and the work will “significantly disrupt travel this summer for customers who normally travel on the Morris & Essex Midtown Direct service to and from Penn Station New York.”NJ Transit will offer commuters on that line “about a 50 percent discount off the regular Hoboken ticket cost, in addition to cross-honoring with ferry and PATH service at Hoboken Terminal.”This means a customer who currently purchases a Gladstone to New York monthly pass pays $451 but during the Amtrak repair work Gladstone customers will pay $168 – 63 percent less.During a press conference on Tuesday Governor Chris Christie said this would mean a loss of about $15 million in revenue to New Jersey.“I’m not happy about any of this, but the fact of the matter is, we’re gonna either make these repairs now or make them later,” he said. “But the repairs need to be made.” ×last_img read more

Sunday Sunrise….

first_imgA hot and humid day is in store for Ocean City this Sunday. High temperatures nearing 94 degrees with an Excessive Heat Warning in effect through 9pm tonight.Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s and there is no better place to be than the beaches of Ocean City!Have a great day….last_img

An A.R.T. season to provoke, immerse, entertain

first_imgThe new season at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) takes aim at some serious subjects, including class, gender identity, turning points in Irish and Argentinian history, and the crisis facing the American education system.Versatile actress, playwright, professor, and MacArthur Award winner Anna Deavere Smith kicks off the season in August with her latest production, “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education.” No stranger to tackling charged topics, Smith returns to her familiar solo format, exploring the school-to-prison pipeline through the lens of various characters: students, parents, teachers, and administrators. During the show, the audience is invited to participate in the dialogue through a series of discussions.“I feel we were really looking for a way in which the A.R.T. could deal with the issue of race relations in America, and in particular program a theatrical catalyst to deal with the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Diane Paulus, artistic director of the A.R.T. “And when the opportunity to bring Anna Deavere Smith to campus came up, that answered everything for me.”Although known to many fans for her TV work, including roles on “The West Wing” and “Madam Secretary,” Smith’s powerful stage presence has captivated audiences for years. She last appeared at the A.R.T. in 2008 in “Let Me Down Easy,” a one-woman show featuring close to 20 characters. Smith’s latest A.R.T. effort will be accompanied by music from jazz bassist and composer Marcus Shelby.“To me, it’s exactly what we should be opening the season with. I really couldn’t be more excited about Anna as an artist, about the subject matter, and about the dialogue I hope it’s going to foment on campus,” said Paulus.History takes center stage at the A.R.T. in September with Ireland’s Abbey Theatre production of “The Plough and the Stars,” written by dramatist and political activist Sean O’Casey. The wartime drama explores the Easter Rising in Dublin, an armed uprising against the British Empire that marked the beginning of the republican revolution in Ireland 100 years ago.Victorian-era intrigue is on tap in December when award-winning director and Harvard alum Bill Rauch ’84 returns to take the helm of “Fingersmith.” The play, written by Alexa Junge, is based on Sarah Waters’ 2002 crime novel of the same name, and swirls through “London streets, madhouses, and a stifling mansion with a shocking secret.”The past year has seen a number of milestones in the American transgender movement, and that momentum carries onto the A.R.T. stage in “Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women,” which begins performances in January. Based on interviews with people who identify as transgender, the new work focuses on the lives of six transgender women. Directed by Jo Bonney, the play received a Fringe First Award for new writing for its author, Paul Lucas, at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.“We knew then and there,” said Paulus of the decision to bring the play back to the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center after a sold-out reading at Oberon last year. “We loved the script, saw the audience response to it, knew that we wanted to program it, and made a very deliberate decision to put it on the main stage … We really felt giving the subject matter a main stage platform was an important signal.”In 2013 the A.R.T. mounted a mesmerizing production of the Tennessee Williams classic “The Glass Menagerie” that went on to Broadway acclaim. The playwright’s work will be back in February when the A.R.T. stages “Night of the Iguana.” Directed by Michael Wilson, who has devoted much of his career to interpreting Williams, the tale of love and lust unfolds during a night of tropical heat in a Mexican town.Ian-Lloyd Anderson (from left), Lloyd Cooney, and Liam Heslin in The Abbey Theatre’s production of “The Plough and the Stars.” Photo by Ros KavanaghHistory and movement will collide in the new, tango-infused dance and theater piece “Arrabal” in May 2017. The work “invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past.” True to the A.R.T.’s immersive spirit, the show invites audience members up on stage for tango lessons when they arrive. The story follows a woman’s search for the truth about her father, one of the “disappeared” during Argentina’s “dirty wars” of the 1970s and ’80s. Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla is behind the score.“I love that our season is classic plays like ‘Night of the Iguana,’ adaptations of novels, devised pieces like Anna’s work and ‘Trans Scripts,’ and of course ‘Arrabal,’ which is a project that I have been tracking for several years,” said Paulus. “We have not had a production that has really dealt with issues from Latin America … [It] is thrilling to me … that we can bring up this really serious ‘disappeared’ movement from Argentina in a theatrical form … It’s about a really serious subject matter, but it’s driven by music and dance.“I think next season represents what I hope people can identify now with the A.R.T.,” said Paulus, “which is a wide variety of form and sources of inspiration — novels, current politics, devised work, dance theater, and all shows that will touch on issues that I hope will catalyze dialogue and create an energy around them, a stir, provoke a kind of necessity for something to happen as a result of the theatrical event.”Solo shows, dance parties, multimedia events, and performance art all beckon during Oberon’s upcoming season. Highlights include a coming-of-age musical called “A Ride on the Irish Cream” with cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey, and a series of performances for small audiences at offsite locations. As always, the black-box theater will rock every Saturday night with “The Donkey Show,” the disco-inspired retelling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” now in its eighth season.For a complete schedule, tickets, show times, and related events, visit the A.R.T.’s website.last_img read more

Nanovic Institute to host first-ever Eurocup trivia night with trophy prize

first_imgThe Nanovic Institute for European Studies will host its first-ever Eurocup trivia night on Wednesday night in Jenkins-Nanovic Halls. “This is the first annual Eurocup competition,” Mark Kettler, director of the Eurocup trivia night, said. “This year really represents a huge expansion of the European trivia nights [held previously]. We’re moving from what was a fun night of getting together and asking questions about a common interest to a formalized competition.”The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The prize is a trophy, which is intended to encourage inter-hall competition and strengthen individual hall spirit, Kettler said. “We thought instead of just sending an open invitation to anybody who might want to join, we would actually try to encourage the residence halls to compete against each other,” he said. ”So the winner gets the Eurocup which would reside in their residence hall for a year and they bring it back and try to defend it next year. The [winner’s] team name and their residence hall will be emblazoned on the cup.”The purpose of the trivia night is to give students more exposure to the Nanovic Institute and potentially get them involved with it.“I hope that this is a fun night in which students can see how European studies can enrich their own academic career,” Kettler said.Students can register on the Nanovic Institute website event page or directly walk in to the event on Wednesday night. “If you register early, you will be considered for the best team name competition, and the best team name gets 10 bonus points,” Kettler said.The competition had 45 people from eight different residence halls registered as of Monday. Students referred to the trophy as a major incentive to attend. “I have a competitive streak so I think that having a bit of competition with a cool prize [the trophy] will make it a lot of fun,” sophomore Maureen Kenny, who intends to attend the event, said in an email.Anticipation for the trivia night extended beyond student participants as well.“I’m excited about it,” Anna Dolezal, assistant manager of student program at Nanovic Institute, said. “I used to participate in events like this during my master’s degree, and I really liked them. I think it’s a fun way to meet other people who are interested in these kinds of things. It’s a cool way to bring together people who have interests that you don’t often hear from daily conversations.”The Eurocup competition requires students to already have chosen their teams by the time of registration. As of Monday, for example, Lewis Hall had two teams fielded, Kettler said.“The idea that you have to form a team beforehand is that we really wanted this to be on people’s radar ahead of time, and to encourage this idea of inter-dorm rivalry,” he said. “The registration [for the trivia night] is not closed yet. We encourage you to sign up ahead of time because there’s the 10-point bonus at stake, but we’ll also accept walk-on teams.”In addition to the Eurocup prize, which ultimately goes to the winner of the trivia competition, there is also a “Eurocup junior” which goes to the team that has the most freshmen. “We’re just trying to encourage freshmen in their first semester to explore and to be aware of what the Nanovic Institute is, and how it can help them craft their studies and then pursue their interests,” Kettler said.Tags: interhall competition, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Trivia nightlast_img read more