In an effort to improve understanding of faunal evolution and its relationship to climate change, the PALEOPOLAR project is challenging existing theories about the Early Cenozoic era using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach in the polar regions
A survey of 759 predatory drill holes in Late Cretaceous and Paleogene molluscan and serpulid worm prey from Seymour Island (Antarctica) has allowed exploration of the effects of the K-Pg mass extinction on predator-prey dynamics at this high latitude site. Circular holes (0.62–6.41 mm in diameter), suggesting a large gastropod predator, most probably “Vanikoropsis” arktowskiana, occur throughout the study interval. Analysis suggests that the driller was a catholic predator capable of attacking a range of prey types, showing some degree of size and stereotypic handling behaviour. Although there were changes in prey choice across the extinction event, these reflect changes in available prey, and in particular limited options immediately post extinction. There were no significant changes in failure rate (Prey Effectiveness) over the mass extinction. Our findings suggest that at this site, for this particular predator, aside from menu choice, predation dynamics post-extinction was “business as usual”.
Brad James August 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Football Coach Matt Wells’ Radio Show Begins August 28 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, the Utah State University athletic department announced head football coach Matt Wells’ weekly coaches show commences at the Cafe Sabor of Logan August 28.Throughout the season, the Cafe Sabor at 600 W. Center, Logan, will host the majority of the coaches’ shows.Other sites include the Logan Golf & Country Club Tuesday October 9 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and the Cafe Sabor of Layton will host the show Tuesday October 23, also from 7:00-8:00 p.m.Every week, two USU football player student-athletes will join Wells on the show and during every show, giveaways and prizes will be available to those in attendance.The show will be broadcast Tuesday evenings on the Aggie Sports Network which spans across the state of Utah.The voice of the Aggies, Salt Lake City-based sports talk show host Scott Garrard will host the show weekly and recap the game USU played the previous weekend. Additionally, he will preview the upcoming game and take questions from both the live audience and listeners.From August 28-October 9, the show will run from 7:00-8:00 p.m., as well as the October 23 broadcast at Layton. All other broadcasts will be Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tags: Aggie Sports Network/Cafe Sabor/Matt Wells/Scott Garrard/USU Football
The Ukrainian Government announced yesterday (18 August) that it is to delay its decision on whether to limit wheat exports for the rest of the year, until a Government session on 25 August, according to the news service APK-Inform Information.Cabinet ministers have offered to allow the export of 1.5 million tonnes of wheat and 1 million tonnes of barley until the end of 2010, with the quota proposed to start from 1 September 2010, according to the website agrimarket.info.The proposed quotas would more than halve exports in the current season, according to The Financial Times. Traders have said that the country could export up to 6 million tonnes of wheat in the 2010/11 season if no quotas were applied, reported the news service. Earlier this week, the minister for agrarian policy Nikolay Prysiaghniuk said a limitation had been discussed in order to satisfy the food safety of the country.>>Rank Hovis announces flour price hike
QCan you explain what the term ’mutuality of obligation’ means and how it applies to contracts of employment?AMutuality of obligation is one of the factors the tribunal will look at when deciding whether or not an individual works under a ’contract of service’ in other words, via a contract of employment or a ’contract for services’ where they are self-employed. It means that there is some obligation on the individual to perform work and some obligation on the provider to pay for it. Where both parties must do this for example in the case of permanent employees , a contract of employment will always exist. However, if an individual can refuse work, or the provider does not have to offer it, the tribunal will consider other matters in order to determine their employment status. This will include whether the provider:1. Exercises a sufficient degree of control over the parties’ relationship; and2. Allows the individual to substitute their labour.
The Prime Minister announced that the Government would double the number of UK staff working in the region on security issues affecting the UK and the Western Balkans. Through this co-operation we aim to prevent crime having a negative and destabilising impact both in the region and in the UK by strengthening the region’s own response to serious and organised crime, corruption and money laundering. Good morning and my thanks to Foreign Minister Professor Darmanovic for his invitation to join this important forum for discussing regional issues in particular the results of the London Summit. I’d like to update you on the UK’s plans to continue our support for the integration process and reform in the region. In terms of UK support for socio-economic development, we pledged UK support for regional economic growth, including a special focus on youth and by offering help for the next generation of Balkan entrepreneurs: At the Summit the UK announced it would commit £10 million to help build digital skills and employment prospects for young people in the Western Balkans. The funding will see the British Council provide training in every primary school in the region, reaching around one million children, to bolster digital literacy and core skills across the region, and help improve the employability of young people across the region. The UK also announced an expansion of its Global Entrepreneur Programme across the Western Balkans, which will help foster entrepreneurial spirit and provide mentoring to talented young people with an aspiration to scale up an existing business. Over 140 civil society and youth representatives from the region attended the London Summit’s Civil Society and Youth Forum. At the Summit, your colleagues, the six Western Balkans Interior Ministers signed the Joint Declaration on the Principles of Information-Exchange in the Field of Law Enforcement which committed to deepen regional cooperation against serious and organised crime and terrorism through increased operational and strategic information sharing. The UK committed to working with the region to improve its cyber resilience through a £1m investment in training and advisory activities, launching a Security Fellowships course on cyber security, and providing strategic support to Governments across the region, and establishing a UK-Western Balkans Security Discourse on Cyber Security. As Foreign Minister Crnadak said, the Summit, Berlin Process Heads also signed separate Joint Declarations on War Crimes and Missing Persons, through which the region’s leaders pledged to resolve as many remaining missing persons cases as possible over the next five years, to increase efforts to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice and to support survivors of these crimes, including by addressing stigma resulting from conflict-related sexual violence. These declarations will be supported by a £1.5m project with ICMP to strengthen regional cooperation in the WB to resolve Missing persons’ cases, by project with MICT, and by a number of bilateral projects (currently underway) in BiH and Kosovo. In terms of UK support for reconciliation and good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans, we helped renew support in the region for taking action on legacy issues from the conflicts of the 1990s and on developing good neighbourly relations. We did all of this because history teaches us that a secure and stable Western Balkans means a secure and stable Europe. By contrast, fragility in the Western Balkans holds risks not only for the people of the region but for everyone who calls Europe home. So it is in our shared interest to work together to increase stability and help the region on its Euro-Atlantic path.The UK is leaving the EU, but that does not change the fact that we want a strong, stable and prosperous European neighbourhood. And we remain of the view that the EU accession process is fundamental to delivering security, stability and prosperity in the Western Balkans. After we leave the EU, we will continue to work with international partners including the EU institutions and Member States, and with important groups such as this one, to achieve that goal.Thank you. Your governments also endorsed a Franco-German roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of small arms and light weapons in the region. Recognising the important role of civil society in this effort, the British Government used the Summit to launch the Balkans Organised Crime Observatory, jointly with the Austrian and Norwegian governments, which will enable civil society to play a more effective role in tackling organised crime and corruption. Led by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, this will serve as a virtual network for key civil society actors to work together to monitor, report on and expose serious and organised crime and corruption, share research and good practice and improve strategic and operational coordination. The UK Government announced a new £4 million programme to expand the activities of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy across the Western Balkans, to support efforts to strengthen political cooperation. The programme will strengthen the three pillars of democracy – parties, parliaments and voters. WB6 Foreign Ministers meetingAt the Summit, the Prime Minister and her colleagues set out the UK’s long-term commitment to the prosperity and security of the region. We announced that the UK would increase our bilateral programme funding in the region to £80 million per year by 2020 to work with the countries of the Western Balkans and key partners in order to reinforce the UK’s engagement on security and social-economic development in the region, and support for reconciliation and the development of good neighbourly relations.In terms of UK engagement on security: The Heads of all Berlin Process countries signed a Joint Declaration on Regional Cooperation and Good Neighbourly Relations at the Summit. Through the Declaration, the governments of the Western Balkans re-committed to resolve all outstanding bilateral issues and to report annually on the progress made in strengthening good relations within the region. To ensure that this Declaration is implemented, Austria has recently hosted, and Macedonia has also agreed to host, stock-take meetings with the governments of the Western Balkans and other Berlin Process participants within six and nine months of the London Summit respectively, ahead of the 2019 Summit in Poland. Finally, we will also continue to work closely with Poland to ensure that agreements reached in London are followed up ahead of and during the 2019 Summit. As Foreign Minister Professor Darmanovic and Foreign Minister Crnadak noted the First Berlin Process Security Commitments Steering Group met last week in Podgorica, to take stock of progress since the Interior Ministers’ Meeting and to consider the concrete steps necessary to counter serious organised crime and other threats faced by the region.
A sophisticated new examination of teeth from 11 Neanderthal and early human fossils shows that modern humans are slower than our ancestors to reach full maturity. The finding suggests that our slow development and long childhood are recent and unique to our own species, and may have given early humans an evolutionary advantage over Neanderthals.The research, led by scientists at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (MPI-EVA), and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), is detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“Teeth are remarkable time recorders, capturing each day of growth much like rings in trees reveal yearly progress,” says Tanya M. Smith, assistant professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard. “Even more impressive is the fact that our first molars contain a tiny ‘birth certificate,’ and finding this birth line allows scientists to calculate exactly how old a juvenile was when it died.”Compared with even early humans, other primates have shorter gestation, faster childhood maturation, younger age at first reproduction, and a shorter overall lifespan. It’s been unclear exactly when, in the 6 million to 7 million years since our evolutionary split from nonhuman primates, the life course shifted.Smith and her colleagues found that young Neanderthals’ teeth growth — a proxy for overall development — was significantly faster than in our own species, including some of the earliest groups of modern humans to leave Africa some 90,000 to 100,000 years ago. This indicates that a longer childhood has been a relatively recent development.Such studies add to the growing body of evidence that subtle developmental differences exist between us and our Neanderthal cousins. The recent sequencing of the Neanderthal genome has provided tantalizing genetic clues pointing to differences in cranial and skeletal development between Neanderthals and modern humans.The current study involves some of the most famous Neanderthal children ever discovered, including the first hominin fossil, discovered in Belgium in the winter of 1829-30. This individual was previously thought, based on comparisons with modern humans, to have been 4 to 5 years old at the time of death. Now, powerful synchrotron X-rays and biological rhythms inside teeth have revealed the child was only 3 years old.While counting lines in teeth isn’t a new method, Smith says, doing it “virtually” using synchrotron microcomputed tomography is.“These new methods present a unique opportunity to assess the origins of a fundamentally human condition: the costly yet advantageous shift from a primitive ‘live fast and die young’ strategy to the ‘live slow and grow old’ strategy that has helped to make humans one of the most successful organisms on the planet,” Smith says. Humans’ extended maturation may have facilitated additional learning and complex cognition, possibly giving early Homo sapiens an advantage over their Neanderthal cousins.Smith’s co-authors are Paul Tafforeau of ESRF; Donald J. Reid of Newcastle University; Joane Pouech of MPI-EVA and ESRF; Vincent Lazzari of MPI-EVA, ESRF, and the International Institute of Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology; John P. Zermeno of Harvard; Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg of Ohio State University; Anthony J. Olejniczak of MPI-EVA and the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana; Almut Hoffman of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte; Jakov Radovčić of the Croatian Natural History Museum; Masrour Makaremi of University Bordeaux II; Michel Toussaint of Service Publique de Wallonie; Chris Stringer of the British Natural History Museum; and Jean-Jacques Hublin of MPI-EVA.The work was funded by the Max Planck Society, ESRF, and Harvard.
Dell Technologies is at the forefront of storing, accessing, retrieving and managing files at petabyte-scale. So, if you are looking to your lower your IT costs, maximize your storage efficiency and future-proof your storage for emerging workloads on a platform that can linearly scale capacity or performance as needed – we encourage you to check out our PowerScale storage systems and OneFS 9.1.The new release of the software defined OneFS 9.1 is designed to provide you with the flexibility that can help do more with your unstructured data – whether it’s at the data center edge, the core or the cloud. Are you ready to scale-out with us? You’ll be glad that you did. Increased flexibilityOneFS allows multiple PBs of storage to be managed by a single admin. OneFS 9.1 delivers even more features like flexible audit log management and purging to meet security, compliance and business needs.Flexibility in configurable encryption settings of SyncIQ replicated traffic provides fine-grained control to admins. Faster performanceOneFS 9.1 is optimized to provide maximum performance for flexible workloads. CloudPools software has been further optimized to deliver faster throughput and lower latency for seamlessly recalling tiered data from the cloud. Internal testing has also shown that it’s possible to have faster data access for encrypted NFS data for some workloads. It’s estimated that unstructured data (file or object) often accounts for nearly 80% of the data footprint of an organization. That amount of data is expected to grow year-over-year and is increasingly spread out across core data centers and clouds, causing significant complexity for customers.Think about it – more businesses are looking at hybrid and multi-cloud options that provide simplified management and automation capabilities. Organizations are looking for solutions that provide the performance needed to harness their data to accelerate outcomes. And we’ve certainly seen an increase in the need for flexible tools that support user sharing / collaboration no matter wherever the data lives.Dell EMC PowerScale, our industry leading scale-out NAS platform, is relied on by thousands of organizations to address their unstructured data needs for simplified management, performance and flexibility – at the edge, the core or the cloud. Today’s release of PowerScale OneFS 9.1, the power behind our PowerScale storage systems, offers several new features that further build on these capabilities, including:Simplified managementIn the face of increased threats, simplified, scalable and powerful CAVA-based anti-virus software support that is compatible with all of the leading antivirus vendors.Alerting of node-level and cluster-wide data that is configurable with a great deal of granularity to meet business needs.Backups have been significantly enhanced to include advanced restarting capabilities that provide faster backups and improve RPO and RTO objectives.Increased cluster uptime, which is enabled by faster detection and resolution of node or resource unavailability.
Cancer claims Stetson’s Vause Cancer claims Stetson’s Vause Gary Vause, dean and vice president of Stetson University College of Law and a renowned legal scholar, died of cancer May 9 at his Gulfport home.Vause was 60. In late April, Dean Vause told a campus-wide gathering he would retire July 31 due to his illness..“Since his appointment as a faculty member at the college in 1975, Dr. Vause provided exemplary service as teacher, scholar, administrator, vice president, and dean,” said Stetson President Doug Lee. “He literally had a hand in virtually every major initiative at the college since his arrival, and we are truly grateful. His work on dispute resolution and international programs is world-renowned. And, his leadership in establishing the Tampa law school program provided one of the most important strategic initiatives for Stetson University in the 21st century.”Lee said Vause was respected by all, “and was a dear colleague and friend.”Vause first joined the law school 28 years ago as assistant dean and was named dean four years ago. He spearheaded Stetson’s new Tampa Law Center and Campus, which is currently under construction in downtown Tampa. Vause also worked to advance academic excellence, increase diversity, and expand a global focus at the college of law.Dean Vause also either established or contributed greatly to a number of other Stetson programs, including its Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in international law and business; the Center for Excellence in Dispute Resolution; the joint J.D./M.B.A. degree program with Stetson’s School of Business Administration; and summer abroad programs in Granada, Spain and Tallinn, Estonia. He also expanded Stetson’s curriculum in health and elder law.A Tallahassee native and the first member of his family to attend college, Dean Vause earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut, LL.M. and S.J.D. (Doctor of juridical science) degrees from the University of Virginia, and a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Yale University. He served as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in China and was elected a member of the American Law Institute. In addition to Mandarin, he also spoke Portuguese and Spanish. He served in the Air Force during the early 1960s.Before coming to Stetson, Vause managed his own law firm in Hartford, Conn., specializing in labor and employment law.Dean Vause leaves behind his wife Maria Celia Vause, a brother Robert Vause, a sister Suzanne Long, their spouses, and nephews David Chad Strickland and John Daniel Long III.The Vause family requests that donations be made to the Stetson University College of Law Scholarship Fund for international LL.M students. Donations can be sent to Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport 33707. June 1, 2003 Regular News