Distribution and Habitat Preferences of the Newly Rediscovered Telmatogeton magellanicus (Jacobs, 1900) (Diptera: Chironomidae) on Navarino Island, Chile

first_imgThe habitat of the intertidal flightless midge Telmatogeton magellanicus (Jacobs, 1900) is described for the first time from the northern coast of Navarino Island, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Additionally, we report the first observations of adult behaviour in the wild. We delineate the species’ distribution across three tidal zones (high, mid and low), and identify substrate characteristics that favour the presence of the midge. The mid-tide zone was the key habitat utilized by T. magellanicus, with lower densities in the low-tide zone and no presence in the high-tide zone. There was a strong association between the presence of larvae and filamentous algae, especially Bostrychia spp. and, to a lesser extent, Ulva spp., as well as between larvae and the presence of larger, more stable boulders. As a result, the species’ overall distribution was widespread but patchy. We suggest that the main limiting factor is the relative humidity experienced in different habitats. One of the most striking features of the behavioural observations during data collection was the extremely active adults, which suggests high energy expenditure over a very short period of time. This may be due to the limited time available to find mates in a single low-tide period, when adults have about three hours after emerging from the pupa to complete mating and oviposition before inundation by the tide. The data presented here provide a baseline for future studies on this species’ ecology, phenology, physiology and general biology.last_img read more

House Adopts An Amendment That Could Boot AG Hill From Office And The Campaign…

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare House Adopts An Amendment That Could Boot AG Hill From Office And The Campaign TrailMarch 2, 2020 | Olivia Covingtonfie Indiana LawyerIndiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s ability to remain in the office could be even further in jeopardy now that the Indiana House has adopted language that would disqualify for the office any attorney whose law license is suspended for 30 days or more.center_img Rep. Timothy Wesco, a Republican from Osceola, offered the amendment to Senate Bill 178, which passed with an 84-9 vote.The amendment changes the statutory language describing the qualifications of the attorney general to exclude an attorney who has been disbarred or suspended for 30 days or more. Further, AG candidates cannot have been disbarred or suspended for 30 days or more in the last five years.“The question I put before this body is whether it’s acceptable for the attorney general to hold a suspended law license,” Wesco told the House. “If you vote no, you’re saying it is OK. If you vote yes, you’re saying it is not OK.”If SB 178 is enacted as amended, the new statutory language could have a direct bearing on Hill. The embattled Republican is facing a recommendation that from hearing officer and former Justice Myra Selby that he serve a 60-day suspension without automatic reinstatement for misdemeanor battery against four women. The Indiana Supreme Court ultimately will decide what punishment, if any, Hill receives.The women — State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, Gabrielle McLemore Brock, Niki DaSilva, and Samantha Lozano — say Hill drunkenly groped them at a legislative party in 2018, but Hill has repeatedly denied the allegations.Reardon voted in favor of the amendment.Timing will be everything as the discipline case against Hill proceeds.He’s currently in the midst of a crowded re-election campaign, where he first has to defeat Indianapolis attorney John Westercamp and former Revenue Commissioner Adam Krupp at the Indiana Republican Convention in June. If he earns the GOP nomination, Hill then would run on the November ballot against the Democratic nominee, either State Sen. Karen Tallian or former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.If the Indiana Supreme Court accepts Selby’s recommendation and Hill is ordered to serve a 60-day suspension before the June convention or November election, he would have to leave the campaign trail.Or, if Hill wins re-election but the court does not impose the discipline until after he begins his second term, he would have to resign. The statutory amendment holds that the governor — currently Republican Eric Holcomb — would appoint a successor.Holcomb and legislative leaders from both parties have repeatedly called for Hill’s resignation. Like the AG, Holcomb is facing re-election in November.Even if the justices don’t accept Selby’s recommended discipline, there’s still a chance Hill could be forced out of the office or off the ballot. The amendment disqualifies any attorney suspended for 30 days or more, though candidates are only disqualified if that suspension has occurred in the last five years.A punishment more severe than Selby’s recommendation, such as a longer suspension or disbarment, would also disqualify Hill from office. But anything less than a 30-day suspension – such as a public or private reprimand, or no discipline at all – would not keep him from office.Among the lawmakers voting against the amendment to SB 178 were Republican Reps. Bruce Borders, Randy Lyness, Curt Nisly, Christy Stutzman, David Wolkins and John Young, and Democratic Reps. John Bartlett, Robin Shackleford, and Vernon Smith.Democratic Reps. Ryan Dvorak and Ed DeLaney each supported Wesco’s amendment, but they questioned him on its intent.Dvorak asked Wesco whether the language was meant to keep Hill off the ballot, but Wesco instead said the amendment addresses the qualifications for all AG candidates going forward. Similarly, speaking to DeLaney, Wesco said he categorizes the situation surrounding Hill’s law license as being in the future, so the amendment could affect the incumbent AG.Delaney had a succinct response to the amendment: “This is impeachment in disguise.”Lawmakers last year declined to bring impeachment proceedings against Hill despite some, including DeLaney, urging the General Assembly to do so.SB 178 still has a ways to go before it is enacted.It must now survive a final vote in the House, then return to the Senate, which will consider the amended bill. If the Senate accepts the amendments, the bill would then go to Holcomb, who could veto the legislation, sign it or let it take effect without his signature.But if the Senate doesn’t accept the amendment, the legislation would go to a conference committee for further discussion between both houses.In a statement, the Office of the Attorney General said the amendment “raises some legal concerns – and this kind of rushed proposal lacks transparency and leaves no opportunity for public input.”last_img read more

A real education

first_imgJohn Bredin Dear Editor: Wake up America! It seems our so-called “education system” may actually be doing more harm than good. Of course, this isn’t exactly breaking news to the millions of parents now home schooling their kids. A number that’s skyrocketed, by the way, over the past two decades.What the heck is going on? If the schools were doing their job, then why are so many parents – who tend to be smart, savvy, highly educated parents from the upper social classes – pulling their children out of public schools in droves? Unless, maybe, schools are doing their….(shhh) actual: however unstated….job all too well. Let me explain.The problem with schools, as I see it, is that they’re rooted in an antiquated 19th century model that’s become obsolete. This outmoded idea of mass schooling sees students as passive recipients of knowledge, not active meaning makers. It rolls them along as if on a factory assembly line, changing classes when the bell rings, meekly filling in the blanks, denying them a sense of agency, purpose, and voice. Students leave school unable to articulate their own ideas and stories.Such a model of creativity-killing education, which all the major educational thinkers from John Dewey to my dear friend Maxine Greene were against, fosters a depressed, compliant, and passive population. Which is great for would be tyrants and the manufacturers of Prozac, but very bad for ordinary people and democracy.When you consider the myriad of problems we face as a society, from massive wealth inequality to school shootings to the nuclear threat to alienation and the withering of community—just for starters—you have to wonder: Why are our politicians and public intellectuals not connecting the dots between these crises and our broken education system? Well, hopefully they will, once they read this letter!Oh, and BTW, the debut of my one-man show…..also titled “A Real Education”….was a spectacular success at Symposia Bookstore last week. Even though only one person showed up! We wound up having a wonderful dialogue, refreshed our hopes, shared our stories; and look, it even gave me a nice little story to share with the community.Moving forward, I urge people to check out Richard Dreyfuss’ amazing program for civics education, which he created after studying the subject at Oxford. I’ve been working with Richard and wish him great success. Yes, the man who sank the great white shark in Jaws has now taken aim at the monster of civic illiteracy, which threatens to destroy our democracy. Go get ‘em Richard!My wife and I are also building an alternative to our bureaucratized education system with a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that combines elements of an entertaining talk show with a deeper, humanistic, soul-enriching, and intellectual aspect. We promise there are no grades and no tests! Only, we hope, lots of inspiration and transformation! What are your thoughts on what a real education for the 21st century ought to be? I can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing

first_img The 16-week limited engagement, directed by George Perrin, will open officially on December 14. Every Brilliant Thing previously played London and Edinburgh, as well as a U.K. tour. Tickets are now on sale for the North American premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing. Performances begin on December 6 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Jonny Donahoe, who co-wrote the play, stars in the off-Broadway production. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother’s depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world—everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. View Comments Every Brilliant Thing Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

Rufus Hound Will Headline The Wind in the Willows

first_img View Comments Rufus Hound in ‘The Wind in the Willows'(Photo: Marc Brenner) After acclaimed pre-West End engagements in Southampton and Plymouth, The Wind in the Willows is heading to the London Palladium. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic and headlined by Rufus Hound as Mr. Toad, the new musical is scheduled to begin previews on June 17, 2017 and officially open on June 29.Created by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, School of Rock), George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the comedy follows the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, the production will feature choreography by Aletta Collins, design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Gareth Owen.last_img read more

CEA: 21GW of renewable generation capacity currently under construction across India

first_imgCEA: 21GW of renewable generation capacity currently under construction across India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ETEnergyworld.com:Solar and wind energy projects of over 21,142 Megawatt (Mw) are currently under construction in India over and above the 88,000 Mw already installed generation capacity based on the two clean resources.Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the country’s apex power sector planning body, said in a report the projects are getting built across key resource-rich states including Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and were bid out under multiple schemes.The report also said the government had tendered projects with 31,500 Mw capacity of which 23,246 Mw capacity projects were awarded to developers.These projects were tendered under programmes such as the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s 2-GW ISTS-connected scheme, 750 MW Rajasthan projects, 150 MW grid-connected floating solar PV plants, 750 MW Kadapa solar park project, the CPSU scheme’s tranche-I of 2 GW and tranche-II of 1,500 MW, and nine tranches of SECI’s wind schemes.The data of under construction renewable energy projects shared in the report also showed time over-runs across multiple projects. Mahindra Renewables’ 250-MW project in Rajasthan — to be developed in Jodhpur and bidded under the 2-GW ISTS-connected solar project scheme — has been rescheduled to 31 January 2021 from the earlier date of 25 October 2020. Similarly, ACME’s Deoghar solar project had an original scheduled completion date of 8 November 2020, which has now been shifted to 7 January 2022.The report also said of the 61 solar energy projects tendered by SECI, 42 have availed timeline extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic in line with the government’s earlier Order.[Aarushi Koundal]More: Solar, wind energy projects of 21,142 MW capacity under construction in Indialast_img read more

A new domesday book

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First homebuyers set to surge

first_img You’ll love this house to the moon and back First Home Buyer Buddy’s Daniel and Lisa Baxter are hosting a First Home Buyers Masterclass at Pimpama on February 28. First time buyers should see less competition given the retreat by investors. Prices on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane’s outer suburbs have not taken as big a hit as Sydney and Melbourne, but are still more affordable. Picture: Penny Stephens. Participants at First Home Buyer Buddy workshop.He said it was easier to get a new first home build with builders “certainly catering to this market in terms of locations of land and design”.But, he warned, that learning about the new build process, pitfalls, and even questions to ask were important for first timers.“It can be really confusing. Some of these building companies are like massive marketing machines, selling the dream and reeling in the buyer with low advertised pricing, and then hitting them up for extras and site costs that the first homebuyer thought were included.” Participants at a First Home Buyer Buddy workshop — organisers of one scheduled for Queensland at the end of the month have been inundated with queries.First homebuyers get ready, experts say conditions are right for a major surge — especially across South East Queensland.The triple effects of affordability, good lending options and a retreat by investors were creating the right conditions for the next generation of buyers, according to First Home Buyer Buddy co-founder Daniel Baxter.Mr Baxter, who’s had to double registration for his First Home Buyers Masterclass scheduled for Pimpama on February 28, said “a softening property market probably has a little to do with it, although Brisbane and the Gold Coast have come out almost unscathed compared to Sydney and Melbourne”. The suburbs where millionaires are being made Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“Investors are retreating to some extent so they now feel like they have less competition and maybe a little more choice,” he said.“Property is still really affordable in these areas too, and you don’t have venture too far from the Gold Coast or Brisbane CBD to find a great house, apartments or land to build on. This is obviously extremely appealing for Millennials.”He said it was important to dispel myths, especially around home loans and deposits, for first time buyers.“These days they have so many more lending options than just going with one of the Big Four banks, who let’s face it, rarely have an appetite for first home buyers with small deposits.”Among the advantages for Queensland newbies was the state’s first homeowner’s grant of $15,000 for new builds.“It’s a very popular and affordable option for a lot of first-time buyers,” Mr Baxter said.“And then you also have access to stamp-duty concessions as well, which certainly helps.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE: Brisbane homes listed at $300klast_img read more

SeaBird Secures Source Work in Asia Pacific

first_imgSeaBird Exploration has received a letter of award to provide a source vessel for an upcoming ocean bottom node (OBN) project in the Asia Pacific region.The project is anticipated to start during Q4 and will have a duration of one to two months.SeaBird will be using the Voyager Explorer vessel for the project.The Voyager Explorer, a 67.81 meters long vessel joined the SeaBird fleet in August 2011.The vessel is designed for shallow water operation worldwide.last_img

Indigent man and bus driver involved in fracas

first_img Tweet 39 Views   7 comments Bus driver seen beating indigent man in Roseau.An indigent man and a bus driver were involved in a fracas earlier today after it was alleged that he had broken into the driver’s bus.The incident occurred just about 1pm in the vicinity of J. E. Nassief and Co near the Roseau Bayfront.It is reported that the indigent man was attempting to make his escape when he was accosted by the driver.The bus driver flogged him openly on the street to the delight and dismay of several onlookers before a police officer intervened and dispersed the crowd.Some onlookers claimed that it is an oft repeated act by the man who has been committed on numerous occasions to the Psychiatric Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews Indigent man and bus driver involved in fracas by: – March 19, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more