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first_imgThe early ontogenetic stages of Paralomis spinosissima Birstein and Vinogradow, 1972, are described in detail and illustrated, with notes on morphological variability observed. Larval and early juvenile development was described to the crab I instar reared under controlled conditions of temperature and food supply. The abbreviated larval development invariably passed through two zoeal stages and the benthic megalopa stage. The larval development was completed without food supply, and food Artemia nauplii were first given after moult to the crab-I stage. Simplification and retarded development of the mouthparts are discussed as a function of lecithotrophy of these larvae and based on morphology no facultative feeding mode is suggested. Lecithotrophy in the Southern Ocean Lithodidae is discussed to be an adaptation allowing independence from seasonal food availability at high latitudes.last_img read more

first_img CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis Mike Schenk addressed the state of credit unions and opportunities for the future Thursday at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Nussle and Scheck discussed the need for regulatory relief, credit union history, the Community Reinvestment Act and other topics.Nussle, speaking about regulatory relief, said credit unions aren’t fighting against the concept of regulation, he noted that “regulation is part of our value proposition.” He added that common-sense regulatory solutions will benefit credit unions, members, and American consumers as a whole.“Our challenge is not that we’re regulated. Our challenge is that sometimes regulation comes in a one-size-fits-all package,” he said. “We’ve got credit unions with $1 million in assets being run out of church basements. How can you possibly have a regulation that fits Bank of America and that credit union? That doesn’t make sense. So we want regulation that’s common-sense, fits the situation and empowers individuals. continue reading » From left, CUNA Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis Mike Schenk and President/CEO Jim Nussle talk credit unions on Thursday October 4, 2018 at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe BAE Systems Pension Scheme has announced it has reached an agreement with its plan sponsor, the British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company BAE Systems, which has proposed a contribution worth £1bn (€1.2bn).The move follows details of its latest actuarial valuation, as of 31 October 2019, which highlights the need to accelerate deficit recovery contributions into the BAE System’s section of the pension fund in the coming months.The Airbus Section of the scheme is unaffected by these developments, it said. The next actuarial valuation for that section will be undertaken as at 31 March 2020.Following the merger on 1 October 2019 of its pension schemes – the BAE Systems 2000 Pension Plan, the Alvis Pension Scheme, the Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme and the BAE Systems Pension Scheme – the new trustee board agreed with the company to bring forward the actuarial valuation of the BAE Systems section to 31 October 2019 from the previously scheduled date of 31 March 2020. The fund said the actuarial valuation of the section showed a funding level of 92% with a deficit of £1.9bn. The trustees have now agreed to a new deficit recovery plan with BAE Systems with the one-off payment of £1bn.The scheme said this payment represents an acceleration of deficit contributions that would otherwise have been payable in the period to 2026 under the pre-merger recovery plans of all four merging schemes.Furthermore, in line with those recovery plans, around £240m of deficit funding will also still be paid by 31 March 2020 followed by approximately £250m by 31 March 2021, it added.Before agreeing the basis and outcome of this actuarial valuation and the new deficit recovery plan, the trustees took professional advice and consulted The Pensions Regulator (TPR).Later in the year the trustees will provide section members with a funding update which will include further information about this actuarial valuation.The effective date of the next BAE Systems section’s actuarial valuation must be no later than 31 October 2022, but trustees expect that it will be 31 March 2022.The next actuarial valuations for the other UK defined benefit schemes – the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme, the Royal Ordnance Senior Staff Pension Scheme and the BAE Systems Executive Pension Scheme – are unaffected and  will be as at 31 March 2020.last_img read more

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with homicide, a farmerwas arrested in Barangay Tabao Rizal, San Enrique, Negros Occidental. Valles was detained in the La Carlota Citypolice station’s custodial facility. Police officers served the warrant issued byJudge Reynaldo Alon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota Citydated Aug. 2, 2002. The suspect was identified as 40-year-oldRuben Valles of Barangay La Granja, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, apolice report showed. center_img Valles – who had been hiding from the policefor about 17 years – was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around11:20 a.m. on Monday, it added. The court recommended a bail bond worthP40,000 for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

first_img Both clubs had admitted a charge of failing to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The incident occurred in the 80th minute of the match at the Liberty Stadium on December 9. There was a fracas involving Hull’s Tom Huddlestone and Yannick Sagbo and Swansea’s Ashley Williams, with Chico Flores then flinging himself to the ground feigning that Sagbo had elbowed him. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after Danny Graham’s opener against his former club was cancelled out by Flores in the 60th minute. Sagbo and Williams were both booked after the incident, while Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was also shown a yellow card in the aftermath. It was the first Premier League match between the two sides. The Football Association has fined Swansea and Hull £20,000 each following the mass confrontation which marred their Barclays Premier League clash earlier this month.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts BANGOR — Playing as the No. 7 seed at the Cross Insurance Center a season ago was a difficult experience for the Deer Isle-Stonington boys’ basketball team. A year later, the Mariners came to Bangor hell-bent on producing a different outcome.Three hundred sixty-six days have passed since Feb. 16, 2019, the day a young Deer Isle-Stonington team took on Jonesport-Beals in the Class D North quarterfinals. Despite entering that game with confidence after a Northern Maine prelim win over Machias, the Mariners saw their season come to an end as they fell to a 63-45 defeat. “We know what it’s like to be in this spot after that game last year,” junior Coleman Brown said. “After that, we just went in and put in so much work to improve and try to get back here, and I think it’s shown.”The seeding might be the same in 2020, but Deer Isle-Stonington showed significant improvement indeed throughout a regular season campaign that saw the team double last year’s win total of six. This time, the Mariners did more on the big stage than just compete against a championship-caliber team; they beat one.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDeer Isle-Stonington earned an upset win Monday with a 63-57 victory over No. 2 Schenck at the Cross Insurance Center. The victory came as the Mariners got solid outings from Coleman Brown and Myles Brown and withstood a brief fourth-quarter surge from the defending Northern Maine champions to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2012.“This was a great team win,” Deer Isle-Stonington head coach Don Allen said. “Schenck is a really good team. We knew we were going to have to battle the entire way, and we did.”After the two teams scored five points apiece to begin the game, Deer Isle-Stonington (13-6) used a Myles Brown basket and two Nate Thompson free throws to take a four-point lead. The Mariners led 13-10 after one quarter of play after a full-court heave from Schenck’s Tyrone Davis bounced off the rim as time expired to end the period.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Nate Thompson brings the ball up the floor during the first half of a boys’ basketball playoff game against Schenck on Feb. 17 at the Cross Insurance Center. The Mariners will face No. 6 Easton (13-6) in the Class D North semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBrown stretched Deer Isle-Stonington’s lead to six points early in the second quarter on an and-one at the rim, but Schenck (15-4) responded with a 16-6 run to establish its own two-possession lead. Yet the Mariners went to the locker room trailing by just a single point after a 3 from Myles Brown and layup from Coleman Brown bookended a basket from the Wolverines’ Regan Currie.With the two teams tied at 34 midway through the third quarter, Deer Isle-Stonington gave itself some breathing room with a 6-0 run. The Mariners later led by eight points early in the fourth quarter after Schenck tipped the ball into its own basket, but the Wolverines responded with a 7-0 burst to pull within one and force Deer Isle-Stonington to call a timeout to regroup.“We got the team together and said, ‘Hey, guys, we’re still in this game,’” Myles Brown said. “We knew that we could pull through.”After Schenck followed a 4-0 Deer Isle-Stonington run with one of its own to cut the deficit back to a point, the Mariners regained their edge as they scored nine of the next 15. Myles Brown then sank two free throws to push the lead to six, and after a desperation 3 from Schenck missed, the junior guard dribbled out the rest of the clock.Myles Brown led Deer Isle-Stonington with 23 points, and Coleman Brown added 22. Nate Thompson and Dillan Steele added nine points and three points, respectively, and Zach Billings and Dylan Thompson rounded out the scoring for the Mariners with two apiece (own basket by Schenck not credited to any Deer Isle-Stonington player). Davis led the Wolverines with 17 points.The game was one of many Deer Isle-Stonington contests this season to see prolific scoring outputs from Myles and Coleman Brown, cousins who combined for nearly 40 points per game in the regular season. Between Myles’ shooting and passing and Coleman’s prowess in the paint, the two have formed a powerful tandem all year long.“The two of us are such good friends, and we have the type of chemistry that plays a huge part in how well we do on the court,” Coleman Brown said. “He knows me, and I know him, and we know all of each other’s strengths. That’s just a big thing to have.”Entering the game, Deer Isle-Stonington had lost four of six to close out the regular season after starting the year 10-2. Yet part of that stretch came as the team dealt with a number of absences, which was not the case as the Mariners took the floor late Monday morning.“It was only a slump because we were battling a bunch of injuries and sicknesses,” Allen said. “We were all there today, and when we’re at full strength, we’re a solid team.”Deer Isle-Stonington will take on No. 6 Easton (13-6) in the Class D North semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Easton recorded an upset win of its own Monday morning with a 56-48 victory over third-ranked Van Buren (15-4).With a win, Deer Isle-Stonington would advance to the Northern Maine final for the first time in eight years. The Mariners are likely to have their hands full against a Matthew Pangburn-led Easton squad that’s lost just once this year against Class D opposition, but after a win over a Schenck team that was among the Gold Ball favorites, Coleman Brown and his teammates are ready for anyone.“Our job now is to focus on the next one, and if we win, we get to go to the [Northern Maine championship game],” Coleman said. “It’s a pretty exciting deal, and we’ll see how it plays out.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biocenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgSergio Aguero scored four goals and missed a penalty as Manchester City saw off Tottenham in a thrilling match to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.Two of Aguero’s goals came from the spot, and he went home with the match ball despite being denied a hat-trick of penalties by Hugo Lloris’s fine stop.Spurs had Federico Fazio sent off on his league debut, but the game hinged on a brilliant 65th-minute penalty save from City keeper Joe Hart, who denied Roberto Soldado with the score at 2-1.The win means City close the gap on Chelsea to two points, but Jose Mourinho’s side can restore their five-point margin with victory over Crystal Palace.City ended the game as emphatic winners but they were pushed hard by an enterprising Tottenham team who, inspired by the impressive Christian Eriksen, played a full part in a breathless encounter.Aguero was the star of the show, however, and he struck his first goal of a magnificent individual performance to give City the lead after 13 minutes. The Argentina striker collected a Frank Lampard pass on the left-hand side of the area after Erik Lamela lost possession, and cut back to bend a fierce low shot into the opposite corner.A frantic first half frequently saw chances in quick succession at either end, so it was appropriate Spurs levelled just over 90 seconds after falling behind.Again the goal came after a defensive mistake, with Fernando brushed off the ball after taking a heavy touch and Soldado feeding Eriksen to fire in a shot that Hart could not keep out.Eriksen was causing problems every time he got the ball but, sadly for Spurs, they were being given an even sterner examination by the pace of City’s attacks down the wings and the movement of Aguero and David Silva in the middle.Though centre-back Fazio was making his Premier League debut for Spurs, it was Younes Kaboul who looked the novice, while Lamela continued to struggle whenever he was asked to track back.And it was from Lamela’s clumsy challenge on Lampard that Aguero was given a chance to quickly restore City’s lead from the spot, which he did with a cool finish into the bottom-left corner. The game continued at a frantic pace, but Lampard only lasted until the 28th minute, when he was carried off with what looked like a thigh injury.Without him, City did not lose their attacking momentum and Aguero should have completed his hat-trick just after the half-hour mark, after Kaboul tripped Silva.This time, however, he fired his penalty down the middle and Lloris denied him with an outstretched leg, with the Argentina striker’s acrobatic follow-up flying over.Lloris was being given little protection by his defence but continued to thwart Aguero, making a series of fine stops either side of the break.Hart was also being kept busy but there was no doubt over his stand-out save, which came after Martin Demichelis tripped Soldado and referee Jonathan Moss awarded the third penalty of the match. Lampard was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a thigh injurySoldado was denied by Hart, who flung himself to his right to push it to safety, then denied the striker again from close range seconds later.The City fans celebrated those moments as loudly as either of their first two goals, and were soon cheering again when Aguero finally scored his third.Fazio pulled back the striker as he looked to get on the end of a Jesus Navas cross and, after the Spurs defender was sent off, Aguero resumed his duel with Lloris, this time firing successfully to the keeper’s right. Tottenham’s 10 men continued to attack, but with less threat than before, and City soon made sure of the points.Fittingly, it was Aguero who netted, beating the offside trap before angling his finish past Lloris.James Milner fired against the post in the closing minutes as City pushed for a fifth goal but, by then, the result was no longer in doubt.Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “It’s a very good victory for us. It’s always difficult to come back from the international break. We played well, we scored four goals and I don’t know how many chances we had.”We must now start to think about Champions League. We are going to Russia [to face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday] to try to win. For me it’s a good pressure to win all the games when you have a good team. We made five or six changes. I trust a lot in this squad.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “I think the first penalty after we scored made it difficult for us. We played 70 minutes when we were always in the game. Manchester City have very good players. The result was bad but there are a lot of positives to take.”The first penalty for me was ridiculous but we need to accept the decision. We need to review the game – my feeling was it is not a red card. A lot of things happened. It’s difficult to analyse.”We always believed it was possible to get a point.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Presidential Press Secretary in the Office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reacted sharply to Mr. Simeon Freeman’s comments against President Sirleaf’s recent nation address.Press Secretary Jerolinmek Matthew Piah described comments from the Movement for Progressive Change’s former standard bearer Freeman as “gross indiscipline and naked political gimmick.”Simeon Monseegar Freeman had been commenting on President Sirleaf’s address to Liberians on the State of the Nation’s economy.In his reaction to the President’s address, Freeman stated as “worst” the condition of the state under the leadership of Madam Sirleaf than past Liberian governments.Freeman also stated among other things: “Today, Liberia, like the late 80s, is a place of huge capital flight, huge trade deficit, extremely low employment and especially high youth unemployment rate, non-performing educational institutions, very poor infrastructure and non-existing health delivery structure.”But Mr. Piah reacting said: “In a democratic environment such as the one we have created in Liberia, it is normal that there will be comments and reactions to everything that comes from the Government, the Presidency included.”He stated that inasmuch as they are tolerant to people’s comments and opinions, they won’t compromise their right to also put in “check misconduct and political- gambling as has always been the case with Mr. Simeon Freeman.”He indicated that while they appreciated Mr. Piah’s perspectives on the President’s address particularly on the overall State of the Nation’s economy, however, drew public’s attention to what he termed as “disrespect and misconduct to the Office of the Presidency.”“Firstly, Mr. Freeman analyses on the economy are dead wrong. The substantive discussions on the economy is out for a debate and some of our people charged directly with matters concerning the economy at the Executive Mansion are herewith throwing out the challenge to Mr. Freeman on the address in particular, and the State of the Nation’s economy in general. With his consent, we can take advantage of the very platform he used on Monday and any other alternative pleasing and comfortable for him.”“We know that Mr. Freeman as a former operative of the Taylor regime will never fall short of a flawed and baseless analysis and attribution of comparing the current very democratic and results-based government to not just the Taylor regime from which he amassed the wealth he brags about today, but to others he and his likes similarly condemned. We will therefore not be surprised were he to shower praises on the Sirleaf administration long after she leaves power; this is how most Liberians see one’s worth when they leave the stage. Mr. Freeman suggests that President Sirleaf must apologize to some former leaders of Liberia, including his former boss Taylor. We would simply like to advise Mr. Freeman to stop living in the past and from being a constant victim of hallucination because the past that he so greatly benefitted from is gone and no amount of anger and hate from him can return those dark days.”“It remains clear from Mr. Freeman’s constant campaign about the President’s resignation and/or impeachment that he recognizes the near non-existence of an empty talking machine call MPC which due to its empty nature has no faith in the democratic process, and that his only hope of imagining state power is through vain political agitation. Mr. Freeman ought to know that President Sirleaf remains pleased with her governance record and will not get distracted by loud and empty talk from Freeman and his likes. He described his leader [President Sirleaf] as a loud talker and that there were no more lies to be told. How can such a young man speak so condescendingly about a leader aged enough to be his mother? Is it so difficult for Mr. Freeman to address issues of national concern without his usual acts of misconduct and indiscipline? In a talk show appearance that followed his so-called press conference today, he urged the President to attend classes under his tutelage and persistently referred to her as “Ellen” leaving more question about his moral upbringing.”Piah rhetorically asked about Mr. Piah’s credentials: “How can a guy whose credentials are still being debated and questioned speak derogatorily about a leader whose credentials are replete and venerated? In fact, what is Mr. Freeman’s governance or work record that enabled him to make such a provocative comment to the President? Is something happening to him, or has his sense of simple reasoning and understanding being swallowed to the level of hate and anger that have overwhelmed him?”Piah jibed that Freeman, who according to him (Piah), without a better sense of judgment, was seriously hallucinating when he made his “rants” and must try to act quickly to stabilize himself because take it or leave it, the Sirleaf Administration remains the best the country has ever had.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelThere is an apparent rift in the Alliance For Change (AFC) constituency in East Berbice, with some members complaining bitterly that contracts totalling approximately $120 million have been awarded to six AFC-affiliated contractors without first passing through the tendering process.This issue was brought to the fore by longstanding contractors in the region, who are also supporters of the AFC but are being sidelined in favour of other party members who recently became involved in the construction industry.In one of the most recent practices in the region by supporters of the minority party in the Coalition Government, it was pointed out that some of these new contractors are even using paid Government workers.Guyana Times was told that the contract to clean the road shoulders in the region has been given to eight contractors, six of whom are AFC supporters.In a matter that was recently before a Corentyne court, the defendant had told the magistrate that he was employed with Derrick Basdeo to weed the road. Basdeo is the National Executive for the AFC Diaspora, and runs DeMoxReality Estate Construction. That company was awarded one of the eight weeding contracts.Quad Construction, which is run by Joseph Baichu, was given another contract. Baichu is also an executive of the AFC in Berbice.Another executive of the AFC is Gladwin Abdulla, whose company has also been awarded one of the contracts. Khousal Goberton, who is an AFC Regional Councillor, has also been awarded one of the contracts; while another one has gone to Subas Orilall, who is the AFC Chairman in Region Six.Last year, a total of 15 contractors were awarded contracts; this year, six contractors were awarded contracts. The contracts are worth $15 million each. Reports reaching this newspaper indicate that two of the six contractors were given two contracts each.Further, there are also reports that both ministers in the Public Infrastructure Ministry, David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, are aware of the situation. A ministerial advisor’s son is also one of the contractors.The issue of contracts being awarded without tendering, and to contractors who did not exist before, was recently raised at the Region Six RDC meeting.On Saturday, Guyana Times contacted Region Chairman David Armogan on the matter. He commented thus, “People were selected on the basis of their political affiliation, and this is cause for great worry for us in this region.“When we ask the relevant agency, which is the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, for the information on how these people were selected, nobody wants to come forward with any information with regard to this particular contract.”The Regional Chairman disclosed that about eighty per cent of the contractors are active members of the AFC party.“Which means that they were selected based on their affiliation to that part,” he posited.According to the Chairman, he has also received complaints from other ACF members who are contractors and who have done work for the regional administration in the past. They are complaining that they were not invited to submit tenders for the contracts.“This is what is worrying, because there was no public tendering process done. These people, as far as we know, were selected, and they have never been contractors before,” the Regional Chairman asserted.Armogan went on to say that apart from the transaction being corrupt, the handing out of contracts to AFC allies has angered other party members who are sympathetic to the AFC but are not friends of those in the hierarchy.Meanwhile, there are also reports that some of the contractors are using the Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE) workers to remove the grass that was weeded and left there.While the current contracts are not being made available, similar contracts in the past stipulated that the contractor “cut and remove” the grass.Armogan has noted that the CORE workers are already being paid $60,000 monthly by the Government.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, who is also an AFC supporter, views the situation as corruption, and has indicated that he has since penned a letter to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Harbhajan said he is in receipt of pictorial evidence that some of the CORE workers are being used and are being paid by the Government to execute a private contract. He is calling for the contracts to be taken away.According to the Prime Minister’s Representative, the perception both locally and internationally is that Berbice is a breeding ground for corruption.“We can prove them wrong by doing things the right way. If this contract was awarded as a result of favouritism, and it was not done the right way, then I think that the Ministry should look at it and recall it,” he posited.last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — The Oakland A’s ranked 24th out of 30 teams in average attendance this season, but as the club prepares to host the American League Wild Card Game on Wednesday, it’s touting a unique home-field advantage that few, if any franchises can match.The A’s sold an average of 20,521 tickets for their 81 regular season home games, but fans have already purchased more than 50,000 tickets for Wednesday’s playoff matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays.“It’s big for our fans to see this caliber of …last_img read more