Fish in the diet of Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) at South Georgia during winter and spring

first_imgThe occurrence of fish in the diet of the Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) at Bird Island, South Georgia was investigated by analysis of fish otoliths in scats (faeces) collected during late May to early November 1983. Of the 55 scats examined, 49 contained fish remains, and 45 contained fish otoliths. Ten fish species were represented by 415 otoliths, and 33 otoliths were too digested to be identified unequivocally. Fish size was estimated from otolith size based on published allometric equations. Four coastal notothenioid fishes dominated the fish component of the diet: Champsocephalus gunnari and Gobionotothen gibberifrons each comprised about 40% of the total fish mass; Chaenocephalus aceratus was ranked third by mass and the smaller Lepidonotothen larseni occurred in one quarter of the scats but was of lower importance in terms of mass. The length-frequency distribution of C. gunnari landed by the commercial fishery in October 1982 to June 1983 is similar to that which comprised the bulk of the diet in the present study. Compared with recent studies on the fish component of the diet in the literature, the dominance of C. gunnari is generally similar, however, there was a greater proportion of G. gibberifrons during the 1983 winter and spring than reported for recent winters.last_img read more

Nearly a million mortgage borrowers “face difficulties”

first_imgClose to 1 million homeowners are unable to pay off their mortgages because they opted for interest-only loans, according to Citizens Advice.Citizens Advice said 934,000 owners did not have a plan in place to pay back the outstanding debt on their property at the end of the mortgage term, and face having to sell their home or even have the property repossessed.“People buy a home for stability, but interest-only mortgages have forced many into a financial black hole,” said Citizens Advice’s Chief Executive, Gillian Guy.The charity has highlighted between 2017 and 2018 as the period when there is most likely to be a spike in the volume of people facing repossession as it is when many people will face the end of their mortgage repayment period.Prior to rules being tightened three years ago, it was relatively simple to get an interest-only mortgage. Now only buy-to-let investors can take out cheaper ‘interest-only’ mortgages currently deemed too risky for regular homebuyers, reducing their monthly payments in the process.“This can help many borrowers to make easy savings, which means that they can generate even bigger returns on their investment,” said Charlotte Nelson (right), Finance Expert at Advice Bureau estimates that around 3.3 million people in Briton have an interest-only mortgage, which is significantly more than the 2.6 million calculated by the Financial Conduct borrowers interest-only mortgages Moneyfacts Citizens Advice Bureau 2015-09-10The Negotiator Related articles QC tasked with investigating audit scandal at RICS14th April 2021 Qualifications battle kicks off as agents begin preparing for RoPA19th March 2021 Estate agents ‘expecting another Stamp Duty surge’, reports RICS11th March 2021What’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. Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Nearly a million mortgage borrowers “face difficulties” Nearly a million mortgage borrowers “face difficulties”10th September 20150438 Viewslast_img read more

Lingerie Unlaced

first_imgA bit of history: Lingerie is a French word for all underwear, but through some extravagant translation it became, in the English language, a label for the highly sexually charged and visually appealing undergarments for women. Unsurprisingly, French men’s boxers qualify as lingerie too.   Lingerie is no longer exclusively the preserve of French Burlesque shows, or the forbidden fruit of Vaseline-smeared soft-core ’70s porn. It is mainstream. You can’t walk down Broad street without the fear of drowning in the gigantically sized cleavage of the plus-sized Bravissimo model opposite Balliol. Now that we can talk about it freely and see it everywhere, can lingerie maintain its tantalising mystique? When Primark starts producing acres of identikit suspenders, is the thrill of indulging in a secretive, transgressive fantasy world necessarily lost? Has the value of lingerie been destroyed, the golden age of opium, poetry and lace-fuelled decadence vanishing, only to be replaced by the sordid world of mass produced, synthetic undergarments which demean the burlesque ideal?Lingerie has a different role to play in today’s sexual politics. Some might claim that it panders to male fantasies in which a paradigm-accepting female swallows notions of what makes feminine sexual attractiveness. However, lingerie is not about a simpering female capitulating to some kitsch male notion of what makes back-alley kinky behaviour. Instead it establishes an atmosphere of protracted sexual pleasure. Not giving everything away immediately but titillating at a pace that suits the wearer; a form of female empowerment, in which a man who thinks of himself as in control can be brought to his knees with the brush of silk, the thrill of a hint of lace. Even the sight of lace-topped suspenders glimpsed under a dress at a restaurant can be enough to send a man into paroxysms of uncontrollable desire. The moment of consummation is prolonged, no longer reserved for the bedroom. The shared secret provides an excitement that titillates his imagination and puts her in control of what is to follow. Few girls can live up to the sci-fi erotic fantasy of Princess Leia in her solid gold undergarments, especially without inflicting some pain on themselves or their partners. For the truly adventurous, see to buy products like “Slave Leia merchandise.” But Mesdemoiselles, lingerie can be as sexy and attractive if you follow some of these golden rules: Nylon is sweaty, and chafing thighs are not the most attractive proposition; keep it simple, and remember it is not about dressing up, you can fulfil your man’s secret latex fantasy another day. It is about being and feeling erotic, the key concept behind this process is to embrace your sexual power. Remember the more he desires you, the more effort he will put into getting you into his bed and making you feel sexier than Scarlett Johanson. It isn’t a secret that it is every man’s dream to have Gisele Bundchen in bed in her Victoria’s Secret pants, but it is important to bear in mind that just because you aren’t six feet tall with endless legs and a 34D you are not as good as her; you are probably better… in bed. That’s the best bit about lingerie: it makes a man think he is control. But actually girls, we know who wears the pants. Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external links.last_img read more

Music finalists raise concerns over ‘illegible’ exam paper

first_imgThe Music Faculty has come under fire after printing an “unacceptable” mistake in a finals exam paper. Cherwell understands that musical scores provided to candidates during the FHS Analysis exam were incorrectly photocopied, meaning they were almost illegible. The Faculty only apologised for the mistake after several students raised concerns. In a letter to the Music Faculty, one finalist wrote: “What happened during the exam, and the way the faculty is responding to this… is frankly unacceptable.”The FHS Analysis exam is a three-hour unseen paper. Candidates are expected to analyse an unknown musical score provided by the Faculty during the exam. They are not allowed to listen to the piece, and their essays rely entirely on their examination of the printed score. During the exam on 24th May, many candidates were allegedly given musical scores that had been incorrectly photocopied. The text of the score was “extremely small” and “extremely difficult to read”.The candidates who had received these “illegible” scores continued with the exam, attempting to annotate the score and write their essays. The error was eventually realised, and after 30 minutes a larger-print score was issued to these students. One student said that the misprint and half-hour delay made it “impossible to find time to finish.”Concerns have been raised by finalists as to whether the Faculty can fairly evaluate all students, given only some were affected by the misprint.Chair of Examiners Daniel Grimley was present during the exam. Six days later, Grimley sent an email to all Music finalists apologising for the problems. He explained that he was “fully aware of the situation” and had overseen “contingency plans we put in place” during the exam. The University’s exam regulations say that evidence of a “serious problem in the original examination process” is required in order for the Proctors Office to authorise paper re-evaluation.Grimley said in his email that the issue will be brought to the attention of the Examination Board and discussed with the Proctors Office.The Music Faculty and the University have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

ND biology professors collaborate on malaria

first_img “It would take me about 2 1/2 hours to tell you malaria’s lifecycle,” Ferdig said. What makes malaria a unique parasite is that both humans and mosquitoes carry it. Biology professor Dr. Nora Besansky researches the African mosquitoes that carry human malignant malaria. Her current research examines evolutionary changes of the mosquito Anopheles Gambiae. One of the cutting edge research projects that is unique to Notre Dame is the genomic mapping of both the malaria parasite and the mosquito vector. While the human genome has already been mapped, the genomic research going on at Notre Dame is highly specialized and important to understanding infectious disease in general. Currently, there are multiple faculty members researching malaria and the mosquito vector that carries it. Together, with other researchers and scientists at Notre Dame, these biologists have been able to comprehensively look at the cause, the mosquito vector and the effect of malaria. Notre Dame’s research on malaria is a “web of interaction,” involving multidisciplinary research and collaboration, biology professor Dr. Michael Ferdig said. Besansky said when a mosquito bites a human, the parasite first enters from the bite and then travels to the liver. After it leaves the liver, the parasite attacks the red blood cells. The red blood cells than burst and the parasite can re-enter the blood stream or attack another part of the body.center_img There are four types of malaria and while all cause harm, only one, malignant malaria, is always fatal, Besansky said. What makes malaria different than other vector-carried diseases is the complex life cycle of the parasite. “Malaria is a parasitic disease that is characteristic of poorer parts of the world, especially the tropics,” Besansky said. “The mosquito can transmit the parasite to a human, but if the mosquito bites again, it can take the parasite back into its system in the blood meal,” Besansky said. Ferdig focuses on the vector, studying the parasite itself. His research looks at the malaria parasite and its resistance to drugs. “Once we know all the genes of the vector, the parasite and the human and know how they interact, we can understand how drugs would work to stop the parasite,” Ferdig said. “This is why the genome stuff is so powerful. If you can break the cycle somewhere in the malaria life cycle, you can end the disease.”last_img read more

Laura Benanti on Avoiding ‘Emotional Diarrhea’ & Her Suggestions For NBC’s Next Live Musical

first_imgBroadway fans have been singing the praises of Tony winner Laura Benanti for years, but after her hilariously shady, side-eye-filled portrayal of Baroness Elsa on NBC’s The Sound of Music, the Tony winner now has a whole new breed of fans. “I was walking in the park and a girl said to me, ‘You’re the lady from the TV. I like you so much,’” Benanti told The Los Angeles Times. “I have never felt so much love come my way in my entire career, which is hilarious to me.” Laura Benanti Now that she’s officially trended on Twitter and had a bunch of awesome GIFs made of her, Benanti is well on her way to becoming a household name—but she isn’t ready to handle full-on supertstardom. “I don’t think I’m the type of person that could go to the grocery story and have paparazzi take pictures and have people be like, ‘She looks terrible.’ I’m too sensitive,” she admitted. The key to her multi-faceted performance on the live telecast? Avoiding what Benanti calls “emotional diarrhea.” Of course! Why didn’t we think of that? “[These days], we all know what we all think at any given moment,” she says. “But if you look back in our history, there was etiquette, there was a way that people had to behave. I like to play a character who is being forced to behave a certain way but feeling something completely different underneath. To me that is the most interesting and complex character.” Well Laura, you nailed it! Star Files Until then, Benanti has a few suggestions for NBC’s next musical, and lucky for us, she could easily star in all of them: The Music Man, My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins. But if you’re hoping she’ll bat her eyes and play a traditional ingenue, you’ve got another thing coming. “Not interested,” she said. “So boring!” View Commentslast_img read more

Once Bitten: The Reality of Rabies

first_imgWhen most people see the word “rabies,” they think of rabid dogs, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. While those are certainly vectors of the viral disease, Bryan Simon, co-owner of Vertical Medicine Resources and Associate Editor for the American Alpine Club’s yearly guide, Accidents in North American Climbing, wants outdoor enthusiasts to think of bats, too.“They’re one of the most common vectors we as outdoor enthusiasts encounter here in the U.S.,” says Simon, who himself was bitten by a bat while climbing in June 2015, just a year after he wrote a report for Accidents in North American Climbing on a climber-bat incident at the Bozoo rocks in West Virginia.In nearly all instances, rabies left untreated is fatal, which is why it’s so important that patients receive post-exposure prophylaxis and human rabies immune globulin within 24 hours of the animal bite. Even more importantly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone who even suspects having come into contact with a bat should receive the vaccine, just to be safe.Wake up after a night in an Appalachian Trail shelter and see bats roosting in the rafters? Get the vaccine. Pull your hand out of a crack, see a bat inside, but don’t feel any pain on your hand? Definitely, definitely get the vaccine.“This is not something to joke around about,” Simon says. “A lot of times people who don’t have a lot of pain, they tend to ignore the injury.”But when it comes to rabies, playing the “tough guy” card can result in loss of life.What to do:Know signs and symptoms of rabies in animals. This includes foaming at the mouth and erratic or abnormal behavior.Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid sleeping in areas where bats are known to roost or where bat guano is clearly present.Should you be planning to travel overseas to areas where rabid dogs are common, consider getting a pre-exposure rabies vaccine. “It is fairly expensive,” says Simon, “and if you’ve been bitten by an animal that you suspect has rabies, whether you’ve had the rabies vaccine or not, you still need to get to the hospital as soon as possible.” The difference in the end is two post-exposure doses versus the four you will need (plus the human rabies immune globulin) if you have not had a pre-exposure vaccine.If you so much as suspect you have been exposed to bats or other rabid animals, seek medical care immediately. “It’s a medical urgency, not emergency,” Simon adds. “I wouldn’t want someone speeding 80 miles per hour down the interstate, but you need to get out of wherever you’re at and to a hospital within 24 hours.”Call nearby hospitals to see which one carries the post-exposure prophylaxis. “Certainly don’t go to an urgent care. They’re not going to have what you need, and some hospitals even don’t carry everything. It pays to call ahead.”Wash bite site immediately with soap and copious amounts of water.Begin post-exposure prophylaxis within 24 hours of incident. Additional doses must be taken on days 3, 7, and 14 after the first vaccination.Read more about worst-case scenarios here.last_img read more

Uniondale High School Student Charged With Lunchroom Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Uniondale High School student was arrested for stabbing a 16-year-old boy in the school lunchroom on Wednesday morning, Nassau County police said.Oscar Castaneda, 20, approached the victim, pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the victim in the neck and back, puncturing his lung at 11:39 a.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries. The alleged attacker was taken into custody.Police said there is no known motive for the attack.Castaneda was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

ZooMatinee: Elmira area theater group goes virtual

first_imgELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic dropping the curtain on live theater across the region, one local theater organization is saying ‘on with the show.’ “Real people talk over each other and Zoom doesn’t let you do that it forces you to take your turn,” she said. “That is a good thing but Streamyard allows us to have more realistic conversation.” “This is a way to reach an audience that’s way beyond Corning or Elmira, New York,” he said. “We have people watching in Chicago and LA because we have friends there.” Angela Daniels, co-founder and head of the theater department at 171 Cedar Arts says the performances are made possible by a program called Streamyard. The software allows them to bring in cast members from across the country while avoiding some of the problems that come with using services such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. ZooMatinee offers live performances every Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday’s performance was of St. Martin’s Summer, a one-act comedy by Cosmo Hamilton. While the project was spurred by the COVID-19 crisis bringing the theater industry to a halt, Smith says he hopes the project can live on even after the crisis. You can find more information on how to watch by clicking here. “What Streamyard allows us to do is edit what the audience is seeing live and it’s tricky most of the time. It works pretty well, but every once in a while something goes wrong but it’s trial and error.” “ZooMatinee is a live performance series that is a partnership between 171 Cedar Arts Center and Elmira Little Theater; we actually broadcast live on Facebook,” said ZooMatinee Co-founder Mitchell Hurricane Smith, also a trustee at Elmira Little Theater in Elmira and Marketing and Development Manager of 171 Cedar Arts in Corning. Daniels says in addition to rehearsing and getting the shows down each week, the team faces the challenge of broadcasting a live presentation. “Whatever we get from here on out is what we build brand new and this is our piece of the new normal, this is something we can add, something we didn’t have before,” she said. At the same time she stresses that ZooMatinee is also preparing them for an industry that will be forever changed by the crisis. Daniels also says the performances have a practical purpose outside of the crisis, allowing cast and crew members who may not otherwise be able to devote a long period of time to a project like theirs to participate. last_img read more

PREMIUMASEAN Para Games postponement hurts training for Paralympics

first_imgForgot Password ? ASEAN-Para-Games ASEAN-Para-Sports-Federation coronavirus sports sporting-event LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here After previously being postponed to March this year, a regional sporting event for people with impairments, the ASEAN Para Games has been deferred indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak that has spread to more than 20 countries around the globe.The announcement arrived on Monday as Southeast Asia’s main organization for para sports, the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), informed Indonesia’s National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of the second postponement.After careful deliberation among executive committee members regarding “the physical and emotional well-being of all participating para athletes and staff” APSF’s board of governors secretary Osoth Bhavilai said a majority of the members had agreed that the 10th ASEAN Para Games hosted by the Philippines should be postponed indefinitely, with possible reconsideration within the year sh… Linkedin Google Facebook Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more