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Calorific values and elemental analysis of eleven species of oceanic squids (Mollusca:Cephalopoda)

first_imgCephalopods may be divided into five types according to their buoyancy. Members of several families such as the Octopodidae, Loliginidae and Ommastrephidae are negatively buoyant and must swim to stay in midwater and are therefore highly muscular animals. Others have mechanisms to make them neutrally buoyant so they can remain suspended in midwater without effort. Nautilus, Spirula and cuttlefishes have low pressure gas-filled chambers and their flesh is muscular and non-buoyant (Denton & Gilpin-Brown, 1973). Squids of one family, the Gonatidae, have a low density oil in their livers to give buoyancy but most of their body is muscular. Some oceanic octopods have very watery tissues in which lighter chloride ions replace sulphate ions (Denton & Shaw, 1961). In 12 of the 26 teuthoid families the buoyancy is provided by low-density ammonia-rich solution in their body and head tissues or in an expanded coelomic cavity (Clarke, Denton & Gilpin-Brown, 1979). These ammoniacal squids are extremely abundant in the oceans of the world and form a large part of the diet of birds, cetaceans, seals and fish (Clarke, 1977). When their biomass is estimated from their utilization by predators it is important to know their properties as food and, in particular, their calorific values. As pointed out by Croxall & Prince in a review of the calorific values of cephalopods (1982), all the known values are of muscular, negatively buoyant species because they are of value as food for humans but no measurements have been made on the ammoniacal or oily species which are probably as important, or even more important, in the economy of the ocean (Clarke, 1983).last_img read more

‘Game changer’ sales progression tool completes Cardiff pilot

first_img­­­­A ‘game changing’ sales progression tool that links buyers, vendors and agents via a single digital platform and smartphone app is soon to go national after being tested in Cardiff over the past 12 months.Mio, which stands for ‘move it on’, has been developed by software company tmgroup and has the backing of Connells but has been tested out initially at Welsh firm Peter Alan in and around the city, although some 200 branches in Wales and the SW are said to be now using it.“I’ve got 29 branches and 11 are on the pilot and the other 18 are waiting to join soon,” says its Managing Director Andrew Barry. “It’s a great USP for our customers and frees up my staff to carry out the other parts of their roles.”Barry says he’s seen his branches using mio reduce offer-to-exchange from an average of 18 weeks to 12.5 weeks and a sales fall-through rate from the ‘high twenties’ to 21%.The system automates 17% of the sales progression ‘milestones’ agents normally complete manually, the Cardiff pilot has also revealed.Its collaborative nature has triggered take-up among agents in the city. It is claimed that 50% of the local market are now using it and ‘thousands’ of transactions have been completed using it.Sales progressionStill in soft-launch phase, the most striking element of mio is that it enables participating agents in a chain to see each other’s sales progression activity, enabling them to solve pinch-points and keep their customers updated.“I think it will be a game changer as more agents join up but the product is still developing, and we’ve been helping that process during the pilot,” says Andrew Barry.“It’s great that customers know what’s happening when normally it would be very quiet but, more importantly, mio gives them an alert to let them know and event has taken place and that there is something they then need to do or chase up.”Vendors and buyers are sent in-app messages (see right) and can also see the rest of the chain, although not as comprehensively as agents.Mio’s Product Director Jon Horton says mio has already spread into neighbouring Bristol and will be offered to agents on a free six-month introductory offer after which they will be charged £90 per branch a month.Read more news about mio.MIO proptech Sales progression sales progression tool connells TM Group October 9, 2018Nigel 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 » ‘Game changer’ sales progression tool completes Cardiff pilot previous nextProducts & Services‘Game changer’ sales progression tool completes Cardiff pilotMio has helped one of Wales’ largest agents reduce its average offer-to-exchange period by a third, and is soon to go national.Nigel Lewis9th October 201801,742 Viewslast_img read more

The Philippines: AGHAM Calls for Naval, Ship-Building Self-Reliance

first_img In light of the recent Tubbataha incident, activist scientist group AGHAM or Advocates of Science and Technology for the People called on the Philippine government to build a national ship-building industry that will strengthen the country’s capacity to protect its own territory and marine resources. “If only the country had a booming shipping industry, we wouldn’t have to rely on the US Navy to solve simple issues as dismantling a wrecked ship such as the USS Guardian. There wouldn’t have been a need to contract marine salvaging companies from Singapore and other neighboring countries to do the job,” said AGHAM Chairperson Giovanni Tapang.AGHAM stated that it could only be ensured that least damage would be done to the Tubbataha Reef Park if the removal of the US warship is conducted by a capacitated naval fleet under Philippine command—a scenario only possible if the country has its own ship-building industry. “A national industrialization program should direct our country towards achieving important industries like ship-building. Unless we develop our own, our country will always be at the mercy of the US and other countries with well-established shipbuilding industry when it comes to shipping and naval engineering,” noted Tapang.The Philippines is surrounded with water and the Filipinos are one of the earliest sea navigators. Tapang said the country also has the biggest number of seamen working in various ships around the world.“Ironically, the country has no shipbuilding industry,” he added.“A ship-building industry is part and parcel of a comprehensive national industrialization program which will not only provide millions of jobs in the science and technology sector but will also get rid of our dependence from the US and other foreign powers,” said Tapang.Cargo, passenger, and big fishing ships sailing Philippine seas are all imported from other countries. Even ships used by domestic shipping lines mostly come from foreign countries like Japan and bear foreign signages. “We must construct our own naval industry with local engineers and technicians who can inspect, repair, and rehabilitate wrecked ships. We must build strategic shipyards and strengthen the entire archipelago as a self-reliant naval stronghold,” said Tapang.The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB) has approved a salvage plan for safely removing minesweeper USS Guardian. The removing will minimize further damage to the UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site.SMIT Salvage, Singapore, received on Feb. 1, 2013, a $24,889,904 contract to provide support for emergency response and recovery operations for the USS Guardian (MCM 5) grounding on Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea, the Philippines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 8, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today The Philippines: AGHAM Calls for Naval, Ship-Building Self-Reliance Industry news February 8, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: the The Philippines: AGHAM Calls for Naval, Ship-Building Self-Reliance View post tag: calls View post tag: Philippines View post tag: Ship-building View post tag: AGHAM View post tag: Navy View post tag: Self-Reliance View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Edible Book Festival For All Tastes

first_imgJulia Coste, of Ocean City, and her son, Lucas, 3, make their selection of who should win the Edible Book contest. By Maddy VitaleThe Ocean City Free Public Library has a lot of treats for its customers, books in all forms. And on Monday, they even had the edible kind.The Edible Book Festival in its sixth year, showcased talents of book lovers who even got to bring their baking skills into the mix.Imaginations shined with entries such as “Splenda in the Grass,” a white cake topped with green strands of icing, to “Catch 22,” which was a kid favorite due to its Swedish fish ornaments not to mention a dish of the sweets for the taking.A winning entry for the Junior Category titled: “Red Queen,” by Breanna Adamson.“This ends up being one of the most fun and creative events we have,” said Adult Programming Librarian Julie Howard. “The public gets to combine their book smarts and baking skills.”Howard added that you don’t have to be a superb baker to enter the contest. “I tell people you can see what other people have done online.”The silliness of the festival fits with the time the event is held- on April Fools’ Day, Howard added.Howard said the support from the community and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library make the event successful year after year.Adult Programming Librarian Julie Howard says the festival is one of the most exciting events the library hosts.“They are an integral part of this program,” Howard noted of the volunteers.By late morning some parents brought their toddlers in to see some of the goodies.Stephanie Lindsay, of Egg Harbor Township, laughed as her son Griffin, 3, picked up a Swedish fish. A minute later, he took another one.Julia Coste, of Ocean City, brought her son Lucas, 3, who was very intrigued with the entire table of baked goods.Some of the visitors perused the long table in the Ocean City Community Center Atrium holding a slip of paper to jot down whom they think should win the contest.Stephanie Lindsay, of Egg Harbor Township, watches her son, Griffin, 3, take a candy from a dish, as Lucas Coste, 3, of Ocean City, watches.“There are some great plays on words here,” said Karin Wren, of Ocean City.She laughed and said, “I think they are all clever.”Later in the afternoon, when school let out, Howard said children headed straight to the table to take in all the yummy-looking cakes on the table.“The after-school kids were all excited to dig into the cakes right after we announced the winners,” Howard said. “The cakes were deemed both creative and delicious.”Karin Wren, of Ocean City, looks over the entries.Here were the 2019 winners courtesy Julie Howard, Adult Programming Librarian:Adult CategoryFunniest/Punniest- “Five Peeps You Eat in Heaven” – entry by Jean BushBest Visual Presentation- “The Giving Tree” – entry by Cheryl KelchnerMost Appetizing- “After the Fall” – entry by Jennifer ShirkPeople’s Choice- “Catch 22” – entry by Babs StefanoJunior CategoryWinner- “Red Queen”- entry by Breanna AdamsonThis bright yellow confection is titled: “Lemon Cake Sadness.”This edible asks “Where is the Green Sheep?”last_img read more

Matisyahu Releases Latest Single “Love Born” [Listen]

first_img“Love Born from pain is the real thing,” is the central lyric and chorus to singer-songwriter Matisyahu’s newest single “Love Born”. Co-written and produced by Matisyahu’s long-time bass player and friend Stu Brooks, the song melds a strong roots-and-dub-Reggae feel with a lyrical narrative that weaves through moments of pain and despair to the strength of pushing through and seeing the love within the struggle.“‘Love Born’ is about accepting pain and learning to transform it. It’s the ability to look back at one’s history and bring close those moments of pain and confusion and work with them in the present to evolve with strength to one’s future,” explains Matisyahu, who takes this same approach on stage focusing on improvisation with his band every night. Life has no cushion, music has no net. This approach requires trust, patience, and a leap of faith that each player will listen to, and absorb what is happening around them, and be able to transform it into a collective whole.Take a listen to “Love Born”:For fans of Stu Brooks, catch him play an all-star Tribute to J Dilla at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive festival in Brooklyn, NY alongside Borahm Lee, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Nate Edgar, and more, on October 22nd. With musicians from Dead & Co., The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The String Cheese Incident, Dopapod, Lettuce and more all performing,this event looks to be one of the best! More details here.last_img read more

‘Petrichor’ Just Became One Of Hundreds Of New Words Added To Dictionary.com

first_imgDictionary.com announced that it added over three-hundred new words to its dictionary a few days ago, with the terms ranging in meaning from stochastic terrorism to 420. Alongside new words such as bitchface, sext, cat café, and man bun is the word petrichor, a delightful term for Phish fans as well as the general public, particularly those who have been antsy trying to figure out what to call the smell of rain.Dictionary.com defines petrichor as “a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.” It’s is a relatively new word, created in the 1960’s by Australian scientists who developed it to describe the scent of rain in the air, which we now know is caused by “an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall.”  Dictionary.com does not take the job of adding new words to their dictionary lightly; rather, the online dictionary employs various methods of research to ensure each word they add is worthy of the honor. One way is to look at new words that are used regularly over a number of different text sources, which is how Black Lives Matters made the list. The dictionary also uses users search data to identify words that are frequently looked up but that do not lead to a dictionary entry. In the case of petrichor, the lexicographers at dictionary.com added the word because many people wrote in requesting its definition be added.So while Dictionary.com cites that petrichor was added to its dictionary primarily because of written requests by users, we like to believe that Phish’s “Petrichor” off Big Boat might have had something to do with it. The song opens with the lyrics, And the rain came down and washed it all away, so clearly Phish was in on the word’s definition before Dictionary.com was. Following this past year’s New Year’s gag, an extravagant rain-themed choreographed Broadway dance to “Petrichor” with simulated rain eventually turning to “raining cats and dogs,” we have an inkling suspicion that us phans helped petrichor earn its dictionary spot, either by looking it up or from it being mentioned frequently following New Year’s across the web.For those who need a refresher, you can check out pro-shot footage of Phish’s 2016 New Year’s Eve gag below, courtesy of the band.[Cover photo: Jeremy Scott]last_img read more

Alumni Association appoints new director

first_imgElizabeth “Dolly” Duffy, associate director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, has been appointed executive director of the association, as well as associate vice president for University Relations, according to a University press release. Duffy will succeed Charles F. “Chuck” Lennon in July when he leaves the University after 30 years leading the most extensive alumni network in the nation. “I’m absolutely thrilled to build on the strong outreach, programs and service that Chuck and this wonderful staff have accomplished over many years,” Duffy said. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with our alumni, parents and friends to deepen their connection to Notre Dame.” The association connects the University with its nearly 132,000 alumni. Lennon increased the number of clubs from 151 to 276 during his career. “As we begin this next chapter in the history of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, I have great confidence that Dolly will build upon an organization that is considered a model for excellence in higher education with the wisdom, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence necessary for still further growth and greater good,” said Louis M. Nanni, vice president for University Relations. “Her experience as an entrepreneur, combined with her deep faith and commitment to family, uniquely qualify her to take on this important role in the broader Notre Dame family.” Duffy is a 1984 graduate of Notre Dame. She was selected for the position after a four-month worldwide search for Lennon’s replacement. “I am delighted for Dolly and her family,” Lennon said. “She brings a breadth of experience, a knack for relationship-building, a keen understanding of the University and a passion for our University. This array of qualification and abilities will serve her well in her new position. I am confident she has the ability, experience and passion — as well as the support of the University administration, Alumni Board, club and class volunteers and staff — to take the Alumni Association to the next level.” Duffy earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame. She has worked as a press secretary for a U.S. congressman and an account executive for public relations firms in St. Louis and Kansas City. Duffy also purchased Atchison Products in 1990 with her husband and grew it substantially over 17 years before it was acquired by BIC Graphic USA. Duffy served on the board of directors for Notre Dame clubs in Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Kansas City, and she became associate director of the association in early 2008. She directed the launch of a new online platform and strategy called myNotreDame, designed to help alumni connect more easily with one another and the University. She also supported the creation of ND Women Connect and led a strategic review of the association’s programs and initiatives. Duffy and her husband live in South Bend with their five children.last_img read more

The Last 5 Years Film, Starring Jeremy Jordan & Anna Kendrick, to Debut at Toronto Film Fest

first_img Jeremy Jordan The movie, directed by Richard LaGravenese (who also penned the screenplay), is an adaptation of the 2002 off-Broadway musical that centers around Jamie, a writer, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, over the course of half a decade. Jamie tells the story from beginning to end, while Cathy starts with their separation. The film will feature cameos from stars of past productions of the tuner, including Sherie Rene Scott and Betsy Wolfe. See, we’re smiling at this news! The film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years, starring Broadway fave Jeremy Jordan and movie musical darling Anna Kendrick, will soon receive its world premiere. Jordan took to Twitter to announce that the flick will play the Toronto International Film Festival, which is set to kick off this fall on September 4. While we still have a few months (and a trip to Canada) before we can check out The Last 5 Years on the big screen, take a look at the two stars filming on the set last year, from start to finish, as well as their adorable interview from a VIP screening earlier this year.center_img Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Rock Bottom Will Rise Again at Joe’s Pub

first_imgRock Bottom will return off-Broadway to Joe’s Pub. The show created by Bridget Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray ended its recent limited engagement on October 16. Everett will star in the show again from January 6, 2015 through February 20. Additional cast members will be announced later. Rock Bottom Related Shows The show features familiar songs heard in Everett’s monthly showcase with her band The Tender Moments at Joe’s Pub and new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz. Cole Escola, Celisse Henderson and Chelsea Packard joined Everett on stage in the show’s run earlier this year. Directed by Wittman, Rock Bottom is the story of what happens when you’re too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. In it, Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. However, instead of succumbing to a chardonnay-induced stupor, Everett embraces a series of revelations that lead her to redemption. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 20, 2015last_img read more

Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Cats Will Return to B’way, May Star Nicole Scherzinger

first_img Cats, featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the tuner tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.” Broadway.com attended the London production’s opening night in December and spoke with Lloyd Webber; check out the video below where the legendary composer told us he believes Scherzinger is “one in a million.” His latest leading lady has sold 50 million records with the Pussy Cat Dolls and 16 million records as a solo artist. Scherzinger recently served as a judge on the U.K. X Factor and won the U.S. Dancing With the Stars in 2010. Stage credits include Maureen in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Screen acting credits include How I Met Your Mother, Men in Black 3, Half & Half, My Wife and Kids and Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Looks like the memory will live again on Broadway! Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed to The Guardian that his Tony-winning musical Cats will return to the Great White Way and that he “greatly hopes” Nicole Scherzinger will star in the show. The former Pussy Cat Doll is currently appearing as Grizabella in the recently extended revival in London’s West End. No word yet on dates or theater, but the production will not be able to play at its former Main Stem home, the Winter Garden Theatre—Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock will begin performances there on November 2.center_img View Commentslast_img read more