Larval and juvenile distribution and growth of Patagonian toothfish around South Georgia

first_imgEarly stages of toothfish are reported from cruises between 1978 and 2001. South Georgia was regularly sampled, Shag Rocks was briefly sampled in three summers, and Burdwood Bank was sampled in 1997. Most samples were using 8 m(2) and 1 m(2) nets in the upper 250 m and upper 3 m, respectively. Forty-three pelagic larval/early juvenile stages between 18.2 and 63 mm standard length (L-s) were taken between December and March. Four specimens were taken at Burdwood Bank, one at Shag Rocks, and 3 8 at South Georgia. Forty fish were from the upper 25 0 m and 23 from the upper 3 m. They occurred onshelf and offshore over water depths between 10 and 3000 in. Estimated growth rate, at South Georgia from 11 cohorts (including published data), is c. 1% L-s d(-1) (n = 39). From this and a hatch size of 15 mm L-s, the predicted hatching season is November to mid-December. From seven trawl surveys during summer at South Georgia and Shag Rocks between 1986 and 2000, the mean depth of the smaller demersal juveniles 13-25 cm. total length (L-T) was < 140 m, indicating that early juveniles probably migrate inshore.last_img read more

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Six agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman

first_imgThe Property Ombudsman (TPO) has made further expulsions after six agents failed to comply with parts of the TPO Codes of Practice and pay subsequent awards made by the Ombudsman.Some appear to have ceased trading, others have re-opened trading under the same name but with different directors. All the complaints against the agents were in relation to lettings work.Although awards made by the Ombudsman in 2018 were paid by agents to consumers in 97% of cases, TPO is reminding agents that their agreement with the Property Redress Scheme, means that not only will expelled agents not be able to register for any form of redress, but any new company set up by the same directors will not be accepted for redress membership, until the Ombudsman’s award is paid.Expelled agents and outstanding awardsCiti Places Management Ltd. (trading as Citi Places Management) East LondonUnpaid award of £3,400 (active website but no properties advertised)Elite Properties Essex Ltd. (trading as Elite Properties) Grays, EssexUnpaid award of £200 (appears to have ceased trading)PM Premier Ltd. (trading as PM Premier Ltd) Redhill, North SomersetUnpaid award of £500 (The same directors have set up a new company, The Letting Station, but appear not to be registered for redress and have been referred to Trading Standards)CE Property Ltd. (trading from Bitterne Precinct as Charles Carr), based in SouthamptonUnpaid award of £350 (A new company trading under the same name but with no connected directors is trading from the same address and registered for redress with PRS)Madox Estates Ltd. (trading as Madox), based in West Kensington, LondonUnpaid award of £5,269 (Appears to have ceased trading with no active website)Gerry FitzjohnA sixth company was awarded £5000 against it, but The Negotiator is withholding the name to avoid confusion with another company with a very similar name, at their request.Gerry Fitzjohn, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of TPO’s Finance Committee, said, “In the few cases where awards remain unpaid, agents are referred to the TPO Compliance Committee, which has the power to expel agents from the scheme.If TPO becomes aware that an agent under investigation has ceased trading, complainants are promptly informed and, where an award is made, are provided with the necessary documentation to make a claim against that company.”At 31st December 2018 over 15,897 sales offices and 14,746 letting offices were registered with TPO.www.tpos.co.ukCodes of Practice Expelled agents gerry fitzjohn Property Redress Scheme ombudsman The Property Ombudsman TPO August 12, 2019Chris SmedleyWhat’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 » Six agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman previous nextRegulation & LawSix agencies expelled from The Property OmbudsmanGerry Fitzjohn, TPO Chairman, warns that expelled agents can be banned from carrying out agency business.Sheila Manchester12th August 201901,634 Viewslast_img read more

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A Week of Family Contests Starts on Monday in Ocean City

first_imgThe “July Jubilee” (actually held June 23 to 27) will offer important tests of life skills such as french-fry sculpting, saltwater taffy molding and “Beadamania.”Ocean City’s week-long series of family-oriented contests is a tradition that happens twice a summer. The first week starts Monday, June 23. The second week takes place in August. All events are held at the Ocean City Music Pier (on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) and each day the events start at 11 a.m.Entry in the contests is free and prizes are awarded. Age divisions include 5-and-under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults.The contest schedule is as follows:Monday: Salt Water Taffy Sculpting. Contestants are challenged to create a work of art from taffy donated by Shriver’s. Have you ever seen a Ferris wheel made of taffy?Tuesday: It’s French Fry Sculpting. This category has featured such entries as Elvis, a bouquet of flowers, and a map of the State of New Jersey. The fries are donated by the Promenade Food Court. Also on Tuesday, Leslie Skibo, founder of the Community Art Projects, will receive the IMMY Award, given each year to the person who has used their imagination for positive purposes. Skibo has led the program that has produced outstanding and pleasurable art on city buildings and utility boxes.Wednesday: It’s “That’s the Way The Cookie Crumbles.” Transform a giant cookie into a work of art. There is also a Super Hero Impersonation Contest. Suzanne Muldowney will be honored during the contest for her longtime impersonation of Underdog that marks its 50th anniversary this year.Thursday: Contestants sculpt paper clips, which have resulted in such past entries as the Brooklyn Bridge.Friday: Events wrap up with BEADAMANIA, a new event created by Ray Esterlund, that asks contestants to make artwork out of beads (beads supplied).For information, call the Public Relations Office (609) 525-9300, after hours and on weekends, (609) 364-4010.The July Jubilee leads up to Ocean City’s Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 4. Events include a 9:30 p.m. musical fireworks display fired from a barge at sea off the Music Pier. There will be two bike parades during the day: The South Ocean City Improvement Assn’s colorful event starts 10 a.m. at 40th and Asbury Ave., registration at 9 a.m. The Gardens Civic Assn. Parade starts 10 a.m. with registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. The annual Air Circus Kite Flying Contest is set for 6 p.m. at the 9th St. Beach.last_img read more

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Big New Thrill Ride in a Small Space at Ocean City’s Playland

first_imgThe new roller coaster planned for Playland’s Castaway Cove was one of the featured attractions at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) trade show in Orlando earlier this month.Twelve people at a time will be launched at 64 mph on a new roller coaster ride at Playland’s Castaway Cove starting in summer 2016.S&S Worldwide unveiled a coaster vehicle for the “GaleForce” that will carry 12 passengers in three rows of four on a high-speed ride that features a 100-degree drop, a 180-degree twisting climb and an array of other rolls and dives.The ride attracted attention in part because it successfully overcomes the challenges of fitting a major attraction into a small space. The ride will fit into a space just 40 feet wide and 220 feet long, according to Playland Vice President Brian Hartley.Another new family-style roller coaster will wrap around the new GaleForce coaster, Hartley said.Playland owner Scott Simpson has been working for three years on the design of the new ride.Work crews are pouring concrete footings for the new ride this month. The coaster vehicle is expected to arrive next week, and the track will be shipped from Italy in December. Installation will begin on Jan. 15 and should be complete by April or May, Hartley said.Visitors will be able to keep tabs on construction of the new ride from a streaming cam mounted on the nearby Double Shot ride.Learn more in video below and see video of the new track. Playland’s Castaway Cove staffers Brian Hartley, Tim Wark, Janice Branwood and Scott Simpson get comfortable in the newly unveiled GaleForce coaster vehicle during a trade show in Orlando, Fla.last_img read more

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O.C. Board of Realtors Food Drive in Full Swing to Help the Needy

first_imgDottie Cianci, coordinator of the Ecumenical Council’s Food Cupboard, and Dave Carter, former president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, inspect donated items during a food drive. By Donald WittkowskiMultimillion-dollar beachfront homes, trendy downtown boutiques and upscale sailboats traversing the waterways provide a decidedly affluent backdrop in Ocean City.But there are lesser-known parts of town where people are suffering, where poverty and hunger exist, said Gloria Votta, chairwoman of the Community Services Committee for the Ocean City Board of Realtors.“It would surprise people. It’s very surprising,” Votta said of the city’s poor population.For those people, the Board of Realtors is lending a helping hand through its annual community food drive in partnership with the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that helps needy families.Food is given away for free to Ocean City residents by the Ecumenical Council’s Food Cupboard at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Central Avenue. The hours are 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.Dottie Cianci, coordinator of the Food Cupboard, said more than 100 families will benefit from the food drive. It will help all demographic groups, including people who live in low-income housing, senior citizens and homebound residents. The Food Cupboard makes deliveries to senior citizens and homebound residents.“There are some people who simply can’t get out. I’m just so proud of this, because we just started it,” Cianci said of the delivery service.In addition to food, the Board of Realtors is also collecting household items, including detergent, paper products, soap and toothpaste.Originally scheduled to end on Feb. 28, the “Food is Love” drive has been extended through March 15 to give the Board of Realtors more time to collect items donated by the public. Votta said the food drive underscores the level of compassion the community has for needy families and senior citizens.“There is nothing this community will not pull together to do,” she said. “I think it’s one of the best places to live as far as a caring community is concerned.”Now in its seventh year, the food drive is among a series of charitable events organized by the Board of Realtors. The organization also holds clothing drives and a Toys for Tots campaign throughout the year.Food donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street. To arrange for food pickups, people may call the office at (609) 399-0128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.In addition to nonperishable food donations, the board is also seeking household items, including liquid laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, soap and toothpaste.Dave Carter, president of the Board of Realtors, noted that some people choose to donate cash, which in turn is used to buy gift cards at local grocery stores. So far, about $500 in cash has been donated for the food drive, he said.Already, dozens and dozens of food items and household goods have been collected at the Board of Realtors office. The board’s conference room has been turned into a makeshift pantry – crowded with cans of soup, microwaveable dinners, canned goods, cereal and jars of peanut butter and jelly.“What you see here is only part of it. There are a lot of boxes we still have to pick up,” Carter said.Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street.last_img read more

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Ocean City’s Proposed Five-Year Capital Plan Calls for $100 Million in Projects

first_imgChief Financial Officer Frank Donato, foreground, and Vince Bekier, Aide to the Mayor, prepare themselves to brief City Council on the proposed capital plan. By Donald WittkowskiMayor Jay Gillian proposed a $100.1 million, five-year capital plan that includes a series of big-ticket items in 2018, including drainage improvements, road construction and more dredging projects to clear out the shallow back bays.In a presentation to City Council on Thursday night, senior members of Gillian’s administration said the capital plan spreads out projects across the entire town and builds on the momentum started in the last few years to address Ocean City’s critical infrastructure needs.“We’ve tackled some major, major projects in the last couple of years,” said Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer.On average, the capital plan would cause the local property tax rate to increase by about a penny per year, Donato said. On a home assessed at $500,000, that would mean about an extra $50 annually in local taxes.“When you think about 50 bucks for what’s being done, it’s a great value,” Councilman Keith Hartzell said.Donato and the Council members, though, repeatedly stressed that the capital plan would have to go through a series of votes before any projects are funded by bond ordinances backed by the city’s tax revenue. County, state and federal grants would supplement the city’s funding.“You have several bites at the apple here. This is just the first step,” Donato told Council of the funding process to make the plan a reality.Mayor Jay Gillian and Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson listen to the presentation on the capital plan.The plan runs from 2018 to 2022 and represents a nearly $12 million decrease compared to the five-year, $112 million capital program that Gillian proposed in 2017.Donato noted that proposed spending is down overall compared to the record-high, five-year capital plan submitted last year because a series of major projects were started or finished in 2017. They included road construction across the city, dredging in three bayfront neighborhoods and the Boardwalk’s facelift between 10th and 12th streets.Altogether, the new capital plan calls for $38.7 million in construction in 2018, including paving projects to improve the road network, drainage work to reduce flooding and dredging along the back bays in the sediment-choked lagoons.Some lagoons are so shallow that boats are trapped at their slips. The capital plan proposes spending $4 million for dredging projects in 2018. Vince Bekier, aide to the mayor, said the city still must decide which lagoons will be dredged this year. Those areas will be announced later during a town meeting, he added.Overall, the Council members seemed receptive to the capital plan during the presentation by Donato and Bekier. They said they would need to scrutinize the plan further before suggesting any possible revisions.“We’ve got a lot to digest,” Councilman Tony Wilson said.City Council will review the capital plan in more detail before making possible revisions.The single-most expensive project is the proposed $17.5 million public safety building. However, Gillian said the fate of the existing public safety building still must be decided before the city moves ahead with the project.Gillian originally proposed tearing down the building last year and replacing it with an all-new public safety complex. Later, he proposed renovating and expanding the building as the most cost-efficient option. But now, he believes the project must be analyzed even further before any decisions are made.“It is a huge undertaking,” Gillian told Council.Gillian said he has an obligation to the taxpayers to explore “every avenue possible” before presenting his plans to Council for the project.“We’re going to do it, and we’re going to do it right,” he said.One local resident, Michael Hinchman, a former president of the government watchdog group Fairness In Taxes, called the public safety project the “elephant in the room.” Hinchman urged the city to build an entirely new public safety complex in the middle of Central Avenue and surround it with a parking mall.The public safety complex, a former school, has been a fixture on Central Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets for more than 100 years. The antiquated building serves as the headquarters for the police department, municipal court and city’s social services.“It’s probably the hardest issue we’re going to have – where to put it and how much it’s going to cost,” Hartzell said of the complexities of building a new public safety complex or renovating the existing site.The full capital plan is available for the public to review on the Ocean City municipal website at http://www.ocnj.us/projects/last_img read more

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South Bend’s director of sustainability talks about need, plans for climate action in the city

first_imgIn a joint initiative between the Kellogg Institute and the Office of Sustainability, Therese Dorau, South Bend’s director of sustainability, spoke at Notre Dame on Friday about the recently adopted climate action plan for South Bend.In Nov. 2019, the South Bend Common Council unanimously approved “Carbon Neutral 2050” to reduce the city’s carbon emissions, according to the South Bend Tribune. The plan was one of the final initiatives of Pete Buttigieg’s mayoral tenure.“Now we’re in the process of determining the details for implementation,” Dorau said.Dorau said the plan sets two short-term and medium-term goals. The first is to reduce emissions by 26% by 2025, in keeping with the Paris Climate Accord, a goal that she says many local governments, businesses and states are “committing to in the absence of a national commitment.”“We already have a lot of the resources and the capacity that we need here in the community, in South Bend,” Dorau said. “So, it’s really just a matter of rolling it out with intention and commitment to get to that first level.”The medium-term objective is a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2035, which will require more resources, planning and policy change, Dorau said. The end goal is achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.Dorau spoke about the need, benefits and strategies behind South Bend’s “Carbon Neutral 2050.”The need, she said, for climate action, is based on greenhouse emissions data, climate science and experiences. In regards to data, the administration calculated South Bend’s carbon footprint at 1.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.Furthermore, Indiana-based scientific predictions of climate events were carried out in 2018 by the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. She also talked about the city’s experience with two major floods in 2016 and 2018.Dorau prompted the audience to reflect on the benefits of climate action.“As you look towards your life after graduation, or if you ever were to leave South Bend to move somewhere else, what would you be looking for in your community?” Dorau asked.The conversation steered toward climate resiliency, education, green spaces and clean air and water. Dorau also mentioned improved public health, cost savings, economic growth and increased equity, among other topics.“Because we saw that 94% of our footprint was coming from these two categories, that’s where a lot of our strategies ended up: transportation and energy,” Dorau said.The 25 actions in the plan, she said, can be condensed into “two basic ideas … use less, and if you can’t use less, use better.”In terms of transportation, this would mean reducing miles and trips, or using cleaner fuel, she said. In regards to energy, it would mean improving efficiency, or using renewable sources.Dorau mentioned some current resiliency projects in the city that reduce fossil fuel use, including Howard Park, which is seeking LEED certification, and Diamond Avenue’s bioretention system, “a natural, green storm water infrastructure that filters and stores water before it flows into the river in a storm event,” Dorau said.She also talked about the solar panels on top of South Bend Fire Station #4 and other strides made in public transportation.“I want to end with a reminder of what we’re trying to protect here in South Bend: a diversity of seasons … a diversity of faces, of passions, of talents,” Dorau said. “As climate stress becomes greater, it’s going to be harder to do this, to build these community features, and [it’s going to be] more important that we protect them.”However, “Carbon Neutral 2050” is not without criticism. Some activist groups such as the Sunrise Movement wanted an earlier timeline in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, as promised by more progressive plans like the Green New Deal.Garrett Blad, National Press Coordinator for the Sunrise Movement, told The Observer last year that the plan was inadequate, irresponsible and dangerous.“It doesn’t follow what the scientists say,” Blad said then. “When standing on the national stage, Mayor Pete himself even said that the time for carbon neutrality should be decades ago. Why did he still set the timeline on 2050 for South Bend?”Dorau told The Observer that “the University of Notre Dame is uniquely positioned … because it is a faith-based and mission-driven organization, to justify the investments and the behavior change a little bit easier than a local government, which has to stay fairly neutral.”“I mentioned finding champions and lifting them up as examples to say ‘This can be done.’ Notre Dame is setting example in our community,” she said.In 2019, the University implemented Grind2Energy, a system to convert food waste into renewable energy, and announced that it had stopped burning coal a year ahead of schedule. Among other initiatives, these are part of Notre Dame’s five-year Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy launched in 2016.“The city definitely considers Notre Dame a key partner in climate change, not only because we share a border, and your emissions are our emissions,” Doreau said. “But also, because the opportunity and the interest in reducing those emissions is shared.”Tags: carbon neutrality, Climate change, sustainabilitylast_img read more

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Mel B Will Star in Chicago on Broadway

first_img View Comments Chicago Star Files Related Shows Mel B(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)center_img from $49.50 Mel B Whoopee! Mel B, “Scary Spice” of the iconic Spice Girls, is set to star in Broadway’s Chicago! The America’s Got Talent judge will begin performances on December 28 and remain at the Ambassador Theatre through February 19. A production spokesperson told Broadway.com that the role she will be playing will be announced soon.Mel B is a chart-topping music artist, actress, author, TV host and entrepreneur. She’s currently starring on hit TV shows on three different continents: in the U.S. as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, in the U.K. as host of Lip Sync Battle U.K. and in Australia as a guest judge on The X Factor. She made her Broadway debut back in 2004 in Rent, when she played Mimi.Chicago currently stars Veronica Dunne as Roxie Hart (through November 27), Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Paul Alexander Nolan as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.last_img read more

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IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Renewables: ‘Still a Lot of Work to Be Done on Storage and on New Business Models’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daniel Firger, who leads global work on climate change and clean energy for Bloomberg Philanthropies and who moderated an afternoon discussion today on clean energy finance, posed the question: “With advocates pushing for more clean energy on the grid, what really is going to drive additional renewable energy project development in the U.S. in the next couple of years?”Deutsche Bank managing director Vishal Shah said he thought that from a standpoint of increasing renewable energy development in the U.S., the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) last December was a good step.“There’s still a lot of work to be done on storage and on new business models,” he said. “That’s where some investments could be done.”Panelist Jonathan Barrett, president of Luminus Management, was skeptical about the efficacy of investing in renewable projects in this country in the near future. “I don’t think that the current dollars spent on reducing carbon emissions in the US are well spent,” he said.Barrett took issue with the idea that the tax credits would promote technological advancement. “The vast majority of dollars that are going to come out of taxpayers’ pockets to fund ITC and PTC will not be going to new technologies,” he said. “They’re going to existing technologies or slightly improved ones,” to help them get a leg up on traditional fuel sources. IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Renewables: ‘Still a Lot of Work to Be Done on Storage and on New Business Models’last_img read more

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