Aligned growth positions in Pliocene Laternula elliptica (King & Broderip) (Bivalvia: Anomalodesmata: Laternulidae)

first_imgThe circum-Antarctic clam Laternula elliptica (King & Broderip 1831) is the largest infaunal bivalve of the Southern Ocean. It mostly lives in water depths of less than 100 m (highest densities from 20–30 m; e.g. Ahn 1994), in soft or semi-consolidated substrates from sandy mud to gravelly sand (Soot-Ryen 1951, Nicol 1966). Animals are deep-burrowing (to >0.5 m; Zamorano et al. 1986) and consequently have large siphons. These are fused, highly muscular and covered by thick, rugose periostracum, and are capable of partial retraction only (Burne 1920). The ecology of L. elliptica was likened by Ralph & Maxwell (1977) to that of Mya arenaria L. in northern temperate and Arctic waters.last_img

Amnesty International again calls on Haiti to bring former dictator to justice

first_img Tweet 17 Views   one comment Share Share Jean Claude Duvalier. Photo credit: repeatingislands.comLONDON, England — On Monday, on the first anniversary of the return to Haiti of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, Amnesty International reiterated its call for the case to be seriously investigated and to bring to justice in a fair trial meeting international standards those responsible for the past human rights violations. Days after his return last year on 16 January, several victims of human rights violations during Jean-Claude Duvalier’s government (1971-1986) filled complaints against the former dictator and an investigation was opened by the Haitian judicial authorities. Amnesty International supported the process by providing to the Haitian authorities hundreds of documents from the archives of the organisation, which document the serious human rights violations that happened in Haiti during Duvalier’s government and which amount to crimes against humanity. Based on those documents, a report was issued by Amnesty International in September 2011 calling for the end of the impunity for the crimes committed by Jean-Claude Duvalier: “You cannot kill the truth: The case against Jean-Claude Duvalier.” “One year on, the victims of the former dictator are still waiting for justice more than 25 years after the events. The Haitian authorities are failing to bring Jean-Claude Duvalier to justice and to end the impunity,” Amnesty International said.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share NewsRegional Amnesty International again calls on Haiti to bring former dictator to justice by: – January 17, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Mission accomplished for UW with sweep

first_imgIn a series against Ohio State that wasn’t supposed to mean much to the Badgers, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team accomplished plenty this weekend. Wisconsin had already clinched the conference, and the last two series of the season were supposed to just be warm-ups for the postseason. In short, the Badgers just wanted to go into the playoffs on a high note.Mission accomplished.In just two games, the No. 2 Badgers got a ton of distractions out of the way. In Friday’s game, senior forward Sara Bauer recorded two goals, giving her 200 career points — a feat that has been accomplished by just six others in NCAA history.”At this point in the season, I think the team is the biggest thing,” Bauer said. “We’re coming into the home stretch, [and] we’re trying to stay focused. We won our last two games here, and [we need to] get on a roll going into the playoffs.”Prior to Sunday’s game, Wisconsin paid tribute to the six seniors who will be graduating this year. The six players, Bauer, Christine Dufour, Heidi Kletzien, Meaghan Mikkelson, Phoebe Monteleone and Bobbi-Jo Slusar, are among the best players the program has seen, which is shown by the fact that three of those six players are the captain or an assistant captain.”There’s a lot that we all bring, on the ice and off the ice,” Slusar said. “It shows that our team is a very good team, and that there are individuals, but … it’s an overall team effort. … [It’s a] leadership thing, we’ve been around, we’re experienced and we try to lead by example.”On top of that, the Badgers were awarded the WCHA regular season trophy after the game. For the second consecutive season, Wisconsin was able to hoist the trophy in front of the home crowd.As if that wasn’t enough, the Badgers still had hockey to play. The festivities of the weekend seemed to have distracted the team a bit, as both games told the same story: play flat-footed for a period, then try to make up for it during the other two periods.In Sunday’s game, the third period was the rough one for Wisconsin. After building a three-goal lead going into the period, thanks to goals from Bauer, Slusar and freshman Meghan Duggan, Wisconsin gave up two goals to the Buckeyes.Coming out strong, Ohio State recorded seven shots on goal in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the period. Co-captain Tessa Bonhomme led the charge, recording a goal just after the Buckeyes’ power play ended, making the game 3-1. Junior forward Erin Keys followed that up with a power-play goal, making it a one-goal game.The Badgers buckled down from there and snuffed out the potential comeback, resulting in Wisconsin’s 3-2 victory.It was the same story on Friday when the Badgers were thoroughly outplayed in the first period. The Buckeyes struck first with a pair of goals in the first period, while out-shooting the Badgers 14-6. Wisconsin finally got their heads back into the game when Bauer recorded her first goal late in the period, cutting the deficit to one.The final two periods belonged to Wisconsin, as Bauer added her second goal and three other Badgers scored. The five unanswered goals gave the Badgers a solid come-from-behind 5-2 victory. The sweep of the Buckeyes gives Wisconsin a record of 27-1-3 and brings the Badgers’ unbeaten streak to 17 games. Ohio State falls to 16-12-4.”I think … we started pretty badly [on Friday],” Bauer said. “[On Sunday] we didn’t finish on such a high note, and I think coming into these playoff games we’re going to need to play 60 full minutes.”Despite the distractions and lapses in play, the Badgers still came out with another pair of victories and just more experience as they continue their drive toward the playoffs. After all, the team isn’t looking for the WCHA regular season trophy. They have their sights set on another national championship.”That’s the goal every year — you want to go after the championship,” Bauer said. “That’s the whole idea. As a team, you want to go after that as your biggest goal.””So far we’ve had a lot of success, but … I think there’s more to come,” Slusar said. “Winning this is just the first step, and we have a couple more big steps to go, and that’s what we’re striving for. … Win that big title again.”last_img read more

Africa Gets Nine Slots in Expanded 2026 World Cup

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportWorld football ruling body, FIFA, was unanimous in approving an expanded World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, with a format of 16 groups of three nations.With the decision, Africa is to now get nine slots, four more than the continent currently enjoys in the next two World Cups slated to hold in Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022 respectively. Europe is to have 16 teams, three more than what they have now, while South America will now get six automatic slots, upwards from the four automatic and one playoff places.Asia have four extra spots with eight automatic and a playoff, while CONCACAF get six automatic and a playoff slots. Oceania and host country will have a slot each.“The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team #WorldCup as of 2026: 16 groups of 3 teams,” a tweet from FIFA’s official account announced yesterday afternoon.The decision marks a major coup for the body’s President Gianni Infantino who has made enlarging football’s showcase event the centre-piece of his young administration.The controversial proposal had faced criticism from some of the sport’s most powerful voices, including warnings that it would dilute the quality of play and overburden already exhausted players.But Infantino had in recent weeks voiced confidence that his flagship project would be approved.The FIFA chief has noted that a bigger tournament would beef up FIFA’s coffers.According to a confidential FIFA report seen by AFP, the 48-team tournament would bring a cash boost of $640 million (605 million euros) above projected revenues for next year’s finals in Russia.But Infantino has also argued that more World Cup berths would help drive football’s global growth by boosting “inclusion” in the “biggest social and sporting event”.Among those who seemed convinced by that argument was Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who on Monday said a 48-team format “will give more possibilities to countries that have never reached that level of competition”.But the information remained unconfirmed and world football’s governing body was not expected to immediately announce its final decision on allotments.The powerful council officially weighed five proposals during Tuesday’s meeting at FIFA’s snow-covered Zurich headquarters, including maintaining the status quo of 32-teams.The landmark decision to expand the tournament is the latest overhaul of the World Cup, which has seen its global popularity and financial might surge since the inaugural edition in 1930.That contest, won by Uruguay, had just 13 countries.The World Cup expanded to 24 teams in 1982 in Spain before moving to its current 32-team version at France 1998.BREAKDOWNUEFA…16 (13 at present)CAF…9 (5 )ASIA…8.5 (4.5)SOUTH AMERICA …6 (4.5)CONCACAF…6.5 (3.5)OCEANIA…1 (0.5)HOST COUNTRY…1Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GeoTours Now On Mobile!

first_imgSearch for GeoTours by specific GT codes. Like a geocache’s GC code, each GeoTour has a unique identifier called a GT code. View the complete listing of GeoTours and GT codes here. View GeoTour details for travel destinations. Make one of these GeoTours your next geocaching vacation.Operation Recreation GeoTour in Florida (GT3D).Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour in Ontario (GT5D).The Knokke-Heist GeoTour in Belgium (GT6E).The Heart of Sweden GeoTour (GT74).Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour in Scotland (GT60).Kentucky State Parks GeoTour (GT48).Browse the 60+ global GeoTour Directory. Then, download the app to get started.Share with your Friends:More We often hear geocachers say they love the game because they get to experience new places like a local. We love this about geocaching too.We are excited to announce that GeoTours — custom collections of geocaches designed to introduce you to new locations — are now in the Geocaching® app! It’s easier than ever to explore the 60+ GeoTours currently available around the world.Take a tour of the app’s newest feature.First time exploring a GeoTour? Learn how to get started.center_img Basic members can find and log GeoTour caches of all types and D/T ratings. SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”Travel like a local, not a touristApril 23, 2019In “News”GeoTours Deliver More Fun With FavoritesJune 29, 2015In “GeoTours”last_img read more

10 months agoSacked Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for management return

first_imgSacked Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for management returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is ready to return to football.Jokanovic was sacked by Fulham last month and already looks refreshed and recharged and is looking forward to his first Christmas with his family in years.“I am open, I am looking around and I am one of the first coaches to lose my job but I can be one of the first to get a new job,” he told the Mirror. “It will be a strange situation for me because I can enjoy Christmas with my family, spend some time with my children and it will be a little bit different to so many past Christmases!“I’ve had four years with no rest, I’m not tired but I also try to find something that is interesting and a plan to be successful. I live a good life, it’s not about money, I want to find a way for success.“I am rested, I am ready and hope to find something interesting for myself. I want to carry on working, it’s my profession and I hope I will find work for the next 20 years. Where? This world is so big that I cannot give you answers.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CBS Announces Verne Lundquist Will Step Down From SEC On CBS Following 2016 Season

first_imgVerne Lundquist calling an SEC game on CBS.Verne LundquistCBS officially announced that longtime SEC play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist will step down following the 2016 season, and the network confirmed reports that ESPN’s Brad Nessler will be Lundquist’s replacement in 2017.  Lundquist, who has been with CBS since 2000, will remain with the network and continue broadcasting college basketball and golf. Verne Lundquist steps down from SEC ON CBS following 2016 season. Brad Nessler to succeed Lundquist starting in 2017 https://t.co/o4cehY3Gm7— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) May 31, 2016Verne Lundquist will continue calling regular-season college basketball, the NCAA Tournament and golf for CBS in 2017.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 31, 2016This will be an adjustment for college football fans. “Uncle Verne” is a fall staple as the play-by-play voice of the SEC. Nessler is a pro though, and should be a more than capable replacement.last_img read more

Feds aim to close gap by unveiling victims bill of rights for

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is promising to close what some consider significant and long-standing gaps within the country’s military court system with a new declaration of the rights of victims.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan unveiled proposed legislation on Thursday, which would provide victims in military cases with many of the same rights to information, protection and participation as those already available in the civilian system.“This is the right thing to do,” Sajjan told a news conference at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. “This will ensure victims have a voice and that their voices are heard.”The new legislation would also require military tribunals to consider the circumstances of Indigenous offenders when deciding on jail time and require formal courts martial for criminal cases rather than leaving some with unit commanders.The measures, if adopted, would represent a dramatic change to the way victims interact with the military justice system, which a recent internal review found was perceived as being unfair and opaque.The legislation is similar to changes proposed by the Harper government in June 2015, but which died a few weeks later with the start of the federal election campaign. It is considered long overdue by many inside and outside the military.While Canada’s bill of rights for victims came into effect three years ago, it exempted the military court system, much to the chagrin of many, particularly given concerns about sexual misconduct in the Forces.The military’s top prosecutor and a senior Canadian Forces military police officer both told The Canadian Press in 2016 that they wanted a victims’ bill of rights for military tribunals.The federal victims’ ombudsman also flagged concerns about “the gap in the rights of victims of crime within the Canadian military justice system” in November 2016.The proposed changes come only a few weeks before federal auditor general Michael Ferguson is scheduled to release a report on the military justice system.Sajjan defended the fact it took three years for the legislation to be introduced, given its similarities to what the Harper government proposed, saying the Liberals took the time necessary to deliver for the Canadian Forces and victims.“And tabling a bill just days before an election is called, you know where it’s going to end up,” he said in reference to the Conservatives. “So our government is serious about making sure that we make the changes that look after our people.”The proposed legislation includes provisions that would let victims better track their cases, seek compensation from perpetrators, and establish special liaison officers to help military members, families and civilians navigate the system.It also broadens the ways in which victim impact statements can be delivered during courts martial and gives victims the right to complain if they feel their rights have been violated.The plan to strip commanding officers of their power to hear serious cases, particularly those of a criminal nature, is also a significant shift in terms of perceived fairness, but also so commanders are better able to deal efficiency with minor disciplinary matters.“What we will have in place will make sure we have a system that is simplified and will allow unit commanders to impose much quicker discipline and in a simpler way,” said Commodore Genevieve Bernatchez, the military’s top legal officer.Sajjan said he’s not concerned that sending all serious cases to court martial would lead to more delays in the military justice system, which has been struggling with the same backlog issues as its civilian counterpart.“We are going to adjust resources if necessary to make sure that the process goes as quickly as possible, that we can have cases that are heard, and more importantly, justice for the victims.”The proposed legislation was welcomed by retired colonel Michel Drapeau, one of the country’s top experts on military law, who credited Bernatchez with pushing what he argued were some much-needed reforms to the system.“It is not a panacea,” Drapeau said of the impact the proposed changes would have on the military justice system, “but it is a very good step in the right direction.”last_img read more

FSUs Jameis Winston Will Not Be Charged In Sexual

Photo by SI.comJameis Winston, the freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate for No. 1 ranked Florida State, was cleared of prosecution for rape by the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit Thursday afternoon.Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.“We’ve carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be brought against anyone in this case,” Florida state attorney Willie Meggs, said.The state’s attorney office interviewed the woman the first week into their investigation over the last three weeks. DNA found in the woman’s underwear matched Winston’s, ESPN.com reported last month. Winston admitted through an attorney that he had consensual sex with the accuser. But the woman, who is 19, said through her lawyer that Winston raped her.“We have a duty as prosecutors to determine if each case has a reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Meggs said. “After reviewing the facts in this case, we do not feel that we can reach those burdens.”The case could be reopened if new evidence emerged, but Meggs indicated it was unlikely, saying, he “had no earthly idea what (new evidence) would be.”With Winston emerging as a college football star, the natural question was raised about the potential for preferential treatment afforded Winston.“We try to treat everyone fairly and I think we have a track record of doing that,” Meggs said.At the heart of the investigation was the fact that another man’s DNA was also found in the sexual assault kit. In search warrants released, the woman said she and friends had alcohol shots at Potbellys and that her “memory is very broken from that point forward.”She also said she recalled being with a man in a cab and making her way into an apartment, where she said the rape occurred. Additionally, she said a man dressed her afterward, put her on a scooter and dropped her off at an intersection. Conflicting an earlier statement, she said she did not know where the alleged rape occurred.Winston has not spoken about the case. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State loses third straight in 7262 loss

Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the game against Cleveland State on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe same problems that plagued Ohio State in its past two losses traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, for Saturday’s game against Iowa. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson recorded two fouls in the first three minutes of the game and was sent to the bench with only a turnover to his name. He ended the half with two points and one rebound. The Buckeyes recorded 11 turnovers in the first half, coming into the game averaging 11.87 turnovers per game. The same mistakes were too much for Ohio State to overcome in its 72-62 loss to Iowa, the third straight after falling to then-No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers. It marked the first time in head coach Chris Holtmann’s tenure his team had had a losing streak of at least three games. With a one-point deficit to overcome, the Hawkeyes came out of halftime with an offensive burst, helping propel them to their victory with a 12-3 run. Sophomore forward Luka Garza accounted for seven of those 12 points. He finished the game with a team-leading 16 points. Iowa shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half, recording 22 of its 36 total points in the paint. Ohio State finished the game with 21 turnovers, exceeding the season high set against Illinois on Dec. 5, allowing the Hawkeyes to score 18 points off those turnovers.Senior guard C.J. Jackson, who has shot 34.8 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3 in his last two games, came off the bench against the Hawkeyes for the first time since Dec. 4, 2017. In Saturday’s loss to the Hawkeyes, he had 10 points, making 3-of-7 from the field. Wesson, coming in as Ohio State’s leading scorer, finished the game with two points and five rebounds after being limited to 23 minutes of playing time after recording four fouls. Junior forward Andre Wesson finished the game with 13 points, a team high. Despite the carelessness with the ball in the first half, the Buckeyes traded shots with the Hawkeyes for the majority of the first 20 minutes, with neither team taking more than a four-point lead. Sophomore guard Musa Jallow helped Ohio State to its largest lead of the game, hitting two 3s on consecutive possessions for his first points scored since Dec. 5, missing seven shot attempts in 47 minutes of play in that span. He finished the game with eight points, making 3-of-6 from the field. With 1:16 left in the first half, freshman forward Justin Ahrens hit a 3, sending the Buckeyes into the locker room with a two-point lead. In the first half, Ohio State played all 10 of its scholarship players available. By the end of the game, every Ohio State scholarship player played at least 10 minutes.Ohio State will return home and take on Maryland at the Schottenstein Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. read more