Circumpolar distribution of the pycnogonid-ectoparasitic gastropod Dickdellia labioflecta (Dell, 1990) (Mollusca: Zerotulidae)

first_imgThe Antarctic gastropod Dickdellia labioflecta (Dell, 1990) (originally described as Laevilittorina (Corneolittorina) labioflecta) is an obligate parasite of pycnogonids, which exploits their body fluids through the cuticular gland holes (Lehmann et al. 2007) and lays its eggs on the pycnogonid’s legs where embryos complete their life cycle (Hedgpeth 1964, Sirenko 2000, Lehmann et al. 2007). The ecology of D. labioflecta appears to be unique, as no other examples of such a specialized parasitic behaviour on pycnogonids are known. This life-style and the related anatomical specializations (gut and digestive gland morphology), prompted the erection of a new genus, Dickdellia Warén & Hain, 1996 provisionally included in the family Zerotulidae (Warén & Hain 1996). Although information is quite scant, to date, two pycnogonid host species are known for Dickdellia: Colossendeis megalonyx megalonyx Fry & Hedgpeth, 1969 (Lehmann et al. 2007) and Nymphon isabellae Turpaeva, 2000 (Sirenko 2000).last_img read more

Fans Pick the Top 10 Shows They Can’t Wait to See this Fall

first_imgSCHOOL OF ROCK Though the weather in New York is in no way any indication yet, fall is fast approaching on the Great White Way. The next few months are packed with new productions ready to light up Broadway. asked readers to tell us which incoming fall shows they’re most excited for on the top 10 ranking site Culturalist. From plays to musicals and new works to old faves, here’s what came out on top! MISERY ON YOUR FEET! A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE ALLEGIANCE DAMES AT SEAcenter_img FIDDLER ON THE ROOF THE COLOR PURPLE SYLVIA SPRING AWAKENING View Commentslast_img

Antibiotics Regulations

first_imgThe market demand for organic chicken, beef and pork has been on the rise for several years, so most farmers were prepared for the new restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed that went into effect on Jan. 1.The Food and Drug Administration rule change – the veterinary feed directive – prohibits farmers from including medically important antibiotics in livestock feed without veterinary oversight. The change will likely have a positive economic impact on farmers who don’t currently use these classes of antimicrobials in their animals’ feed, said Brent Credille, assistant professor of beef production medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.In addition to seeking guidance from a veterinarian before introducing medically important antibiotics into livestock feed, the rule change prohibits the inclusion of medically important antibiotics in feed for the purpose of promoting growth.Credille explained the new rules to more than 150 farmers and agribusiness leaders gathered at the UGA Center for Continuing Education for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast seminar.These new FDA regulations are a move toward a greater antibiotic stewardship push meant to deter the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Credille said. About 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and about 23,000 die from those infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The FDA already has firm waiting period regulations to allow antibiotics to clear animals’ bodies before they can be sent for slaughter to minimize any residue in the meat you buy. However, the use of antibiotics and the evolutionary pressure they put on bacterial communities has led to resistance. Antibiotic resistance has been driven by the overuse of antibiotic drugs in humans and in animals. Studies have shown that about 50 percent of antibiotics prescribed to human patients are unwarranted, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.U.S. Department of Agriculture economists project that the small number of livestock producers using antibiotics for growth promotion in 2016 will see their production costs go up by 1 to 3 percent and will see the wholesale prices they receive for their animals go up by 1 percent.Farmers who don’t use antibiotics for growth promotion will see increased revenues.“If you’re not using these drugs for production purposes, (you’ll) see an increase in production and higher revenues in response to (these changes),” Credille said. “So if we’re not using these things, we’re going to be OK.”Credille does believe that the FDA will soon expand the regulations to require farmers to receive some guidance from a veterinarian before administering antibiotics to their animals orally or by injection.  “We do think that more restrictive regulations are coming,” Credille said. “We’ve got to look at different strategies to maximize animal health … We’ve got to focus on biosecurity. We’ve got to focus on vaccinations, deworming and preconditioning. It has to become a priority for us to make sure that we have access to the markets we need to have access to.”The majority of antibiotics used in feed on cow-calf production today are used to prevent respiratory infections in young calves. Antibiotics are also used to prevent respiratory infections in poultry and swine. They’re administered on a case-by-case basis for problems like pink eye and respiratory tract infections — the same reasons they’re often prescribed to humans.Credille told the farmers in the crowd at the Ag Forecast to develop a relationship with a veterinarian who can approve treatment plans for livestock if the need arises. Farmers don’t want to be mired in red tape when their animals are sick, so it’s important to develop a relationship with a veterinarian before illness strikes, he said.“We need to focus on antimicrobial stewardship,” Credille said. “Is there something that’s not antibiotic that would work just as well? Could we use something to prevent the disease instead of just treating cattle all the time?“Antimicrobial stewardship means preventing disease, and when we do have sickness, that we diagnose it quickly and accurately.”The new regulations will also mean that Georgia will need more large animal veterinarians in agricultural regions to help farmers develop treatment and health plans for their herds or flocks.The Georgia Department of Agriculture launched a program this year to offer student loan repayment programs for veterinarians who agree to serve in one of the more than 100 Georgia counties that is currently underserved. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Science and the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine also offer very generous scholarship for students who want to work as food animal veterinarians. For more information about those programs visit more information on other topics discussed at UGA’s 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast, visit For more information about the FDA’s veterinary feed directive, visit read more

Trail Mix – Rayland Baxter

first_imgTrail Mix goes on the road with singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter.Imaginary Man, the brand new long player from Nashville based singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter, hits the streets this Friday, August 14th.Music fans first took note of Baxter in 2010, when he was featured in Caitlin Rose’s “Shanghai Cigarettes.” Since then, Baxter has established himself as a captivating songwriter and performer in his own rite.Already awash with critical acclaim since his debut release in 2012, feathers & fishHooks, it is easy to predict that more buzz is coming Baxter’s way once listeners take in Imaginary Man. His stock is going to soar.Baxter has been a busy man lately, blending a calendar full of his own dates with a slew of opening dates for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. I recently caught up with him to chat about life on the road.BRO – Stage you haven’t played that you would love to play?RB – Red Rocks. My first show there was Phil Lesh & Friends, Rainbow Paper, and Samantha the Hippie. We watched from maybe fifty rows up. Since then I’ve been to a few more shows there and it’s always mesmerizing. I’d like to see what it’s like from the other side.BRO – Any pre-show rituals?RB – I don’t have any rituals. Sometimes I’ll take a shot of whiskey and drink a Stella Artois. Some nights I’ll smoke a little hash before we play. Some nights I’ll drink orange juice and eat spicy Thai food. I do a vocal warm up before every show, though. It’s smart to keep the voice in good working shape when out on the road. The poor thing takes a beating.BRO – One item that you can’t leave home for the road without?RB – The Golden Eagle, my favorite guitar pedal. It’s my heart for the time being, a sweet and crunchy power monster that makes my guitar sound awesoooooome.BRO – Three items you would love to add to your rider?RB – A puppy for each show that we could hang with, a masseuse and acupuncture specialist, and lobster rolls.BRO – In the van – NPR? Satellite radio? iPod?RB – No music through the van speakers because they don’t work. When it comes to headphones, I listen to my Rain, Rain app. It puts me to sleep. I prefer the airplane sound. We do jam Terrapin Station daily from the speaker box, just to get us tapped into Jerry for a bit.BRO – Favorite on stage libation?RB – Whiskey and water.BRO – City you have played that made you think, “Yeah, I could live here.”?RB – Berlin. I was just there a month ago on tour and I had three incredible nights. I met a group of amazing Iranian musicians and we sat in this tiny, smoky room just off the sidewalk and I listened to them sing the most beautiful Iranian melodies. It’s hard to describe with words, but I definitely had a moment where I could’ve been there for a long time.You can catch Rayland Baxter out in California this weekend. He’ll be joining Grace Potter at the Henry Fonda Theater in L.A. on August 13th and 14th before heading to Oakland and the Fox Theater on August 15th. Later this month, Rayland returns to the Southeast, with dates in Kentucky and Tennessee on the calendar.Imaginary Man, the brand new record, drops on Friday. For more information on how you can get a copy, surf over to sure you take a listen to “Yellow Eyes” on this month’s Trail Mix. Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson.last_img read more

Pedestrian Killed in Centereach Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a crash in Centereach Monday night that killed an 84-year-old man, police said.The fatal crash occurred just before 9 p.m. when a woman driving a 2001 Ford Focus south on Mark Tree Road struck Dominick Geraci, who was standing on the side of the road, police said.The Selden man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.The 27-year-old driver of the Focus was not injured and remained at the scene, police said.The car was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is ongoing, police said.last_img

The power of real-member storytelling

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Troy Stang Troy Stang serves as the President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. The Association represents more than 175 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 7…. Details Credit unions, as not-for-profit cooperative financial services providers, stand out in the competitive landscape by helping members achieve their dreams. As credit union enthusiasts, we all know the value and impact credit unions make on people and communities, but it is more important than ever that we ensure credit unions stand out as the best financial services choice for consumers. I challenge all in the Credit Union Movement to step up your game and stand out because there is a lot of competing marketplace noise attempting to capture our members’ and potential members’ attention.  For that reason, credit unions must share their members’ true stories more intentionally. We need to be louder than we’ve ever been and use our collective voices to continue to educate members, consumers, and public policy officials about how lives change for the better when consumers have a not-for-profit choice in financial services.You can bet that consumers will go online to find out who offers the best interest rates. And you can count on legislators to review your impressive data. But what really will move the needle for both audiences will be the stories of the lives you changed – or possibly even helped to bring into the world.Consider the story of Camille and Felix, a couple from Nampa, Idaho. Their doctor said they could have children – if they tried in vitro fertilization. That’s a very expensive process, but in a heartbeat, their credit union said “yes” to their loan request. Today, they have twin boys who are almost three, and a six-month-old baby girl. They praise their credit union for helping make their biggest dreams come true.It might not be just about how many loans you have on the books; but rather how your better rates are helping members to save.  One Northwest credit union recently shared a great example with me. They don’t have a “loan goal.” Instead, they have a goal to help their members save money, either by refinancing higher interest loans from elsewhere or by offering lower rates to begin with. That plan is working for the credit union, and for its members. As their CEO told me last week, “In one instance we saved a member more than $20,000 in interest.” That’s a real, tangible benefit that will make its way right out onto Main Street. Another credit union which provides agricultural loans, financed a young dairy farmer’s dream of getting into the goat farming industry. Today, she is raising more than 700 goats, has some of the most innovative dairy technology in the USA, and has an exclusive contract to provide goats’ milk to one of the country’s leading goat cheese manufacturers. Talk about the American Dream!Regardless of whether you are a consumer deciding whether to “Open Your Eyes” to a credit union, or a legislator deciding whether to support common sense legislation to help credit unions better serve their members, aren’t those the stories you’d remember and relate to?CUNA and all of the leagues are proud to work closely with your teams, both on your awareness campaigns and as you prepare for legislative visits.  By collaborating, we can provide a treasure-trove of economic and community impact data, and that’s critically important. But these real-member stories? Those are gold, and they’re what credit unions are uniquely positioned to share.Your stories don’t necessarily need to be district or even state-specific when you are telling them on Main Street or in the statehouses. That’s because examples such as these are what credit unions are doing every day to make their members’ lives better. The more often we tell real-member stories, the clearer it will be to all that everyone can choose, and should choose, credit unions as their trusted financial partners.last_img read more

Soeharto tops favorite Indonesian presidents survey: Indo Barometer

first_img“In the health sector, he was known for the establishment of the Puskesmas [community health centers], as well as the development of public housing complexes [Perumnas] across Indonesia. He was also relatively able to maintain the availability and price stability of important commodities.”He went on to say that Soeharto had left an indelible mark on the development of national infrastructures, such as roads, bridges and dams across.“However, freedom and democracy were lacking [under Soeharto],” Qodari said.Soeharto, a former Army general, ruled the country for 32 years before being forced to resign following massive protests and rioting in 1998. His New Order regime was marked by widespread corruption and political repression. Graft watchdog Transparency International ranks him as the most corrupt leader in history, estimating he embezzled between US$15 billion and $35 billion during his rule.Nevertheless, Soeharto remains popular in many circles of Indonesian society. T-shirts and other paraphernalia bearing a smiling portrait of the former president and the Javanese slogan Piye kabare, isih penak jamanku, tho? (Miss me, yet?) are still widely available for sale.Despite the Soeharto’s still favorable public reception, Qodari noted that his popularity had declined somewhat over the years, citing previous Indo Barometer polls.Around 32.9 percent of respondents surveyed in 2018 said Soeharto was their favorite president, while 36.5 percent had picked Soeharto in a similar poll held in 2011. (rfa)Topics : Late president Soeharto scored .4 percentage points higher than Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in a survey of the country’s favorite presidents by Jakarta-based pollster Indo Barometer.Conducted from Jan. 9 to 15 involving 1,200 participants across 34 provinces, the survey found that 23.8 percent of respondents are most fond of Soeharto, followed by current president Jokowi with 23.4 percent of the vote and first president Sukarno with 23.3 percent.“Soeharto may be regarded as the most well-rounded president throughout the country’s history. In the education sector, for example, he is remembered as the founder of Inpres elementary schools,” Indo Barometer executive director M. Qodari said during a presentation in Jakarta on Sunday, referring to schools established in remote areas for children from low-income families.last_img read more

Erdogan rejects Turkish minister’s resignation after coronavirus lockdown criticism

first_imgMore than 1,100 people have died of COVID-19 in Turkey, many of them in Istanbul where CHP mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said municipal authorities had no advance warning of the move. “Decisions taken without common sense and cooperation will only cause confusion and panic,” he said.Turkey’s lira fell more than 1% to 6.800 against the U.S. dollar after Soylu’s statement. It traded at 6.741 at 2107 GMT.The weekend lockdown came on top of existing curbs under which people under the age of 20 and over 65 have been told to stay at home.Ankara has also halted all flights, restricted domestic travel, closed schools, bars and cafes, and suspended mass prayers. But people have still been going to work to sustain economic activity.Transport minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan was removed two weeks ago after the ministry drew criticism for holding a tender amid the outbreak to prepare to build a huge canal on the edge of Istanbul.  Topics : President Tayyip Erdogan rejected the resignation on Sunday of Turkey’s interior minister, who said he was stepping down in the wake of a short-notice coronavirus lockdown which sent people rushing to shops to stock up on supplies.Authorities declared the 48-hour curfew in dozens of cities shortly before 10 pm on Friday, giving millions of people just two hours’ notice and prompting a wave of desperate last-minute buying.”The incidents that occurred ahead of the implementation of the curfew were not befitting the perfect management of the outbreak,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in statement on Twitter in which he said he was resigning.center_img Erdogan, however, judged it was not “appropriate” for Soylu to resign and the minister would continue in his position, the presidency said shortly afterwards.Soylu’s statement came just before the end of the weekend lockdown in 31 provinces across Turkey, including its largest city and commercial hub Istanbul, home to 16 million residents.The opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said the way the lockdown was announced had undermined efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Turkey, which has registered 50,000 cases.”A decision that needs to be taken for public health became a threat to public health due to lack of planning,” CHP spokesman Faik Oztrak said. “The sacrifice of people self isolating for days has been wasted.”last_img read more

Virus cases top nine million as WHO says pandemic ‘accelerating’

first_imgSports stars tumble The sporting world has been reemerging from the darkness, although for every step forward it seems to take one back. Japan announced that up to 5,000 fans would be able to attend football and baseball games from July 10 but the presence of fans at other sporting events, notably in the Balkans, appears to have caused problems. Five players from Serbian club Red Star Belgrade tested positive for coronavirus after playing a match attended by 16,000 people, the club said on Monday. ‘Very limited’ haj Saudi Arabia announced it would allow a “very limited” number of pilgrims to its annual haj ritual, which last year drew 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world.The haj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, represents a potentially major source of contagion. The authorities on Monday said a haj only involving pilgrims already in the kingdom would be permitted.In Europe, countries continued to ease their lockdown restrictions. Thousands of French danced and partied well into Monday for an annual music festival, in the first big blowout since the lockdown.Revelers packed the streets of Paris, most shunning masks and social distancing, to enjoy concerts in cafes and on street corners. Although there were none of the usual extravaganzas, many felt the authorities were too lax.”This is not what a gradual end to the lockdown looks like,” said Dr Gilbert Deray.”I understand that the Festival of Music is something of a liberation, but did we really have to have it this year?”Swimming pools and cinemas also reopened on Monday while children up to the age of 15 returned to school, attendance once again becoming compulsory. But illustrating the persisting risks, Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa said restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people would be reimposed and cafes and shops ordered to close at 8:00 pm in Lisbon.Australians were warned on Monday to avoid travelling to Melbourne, as the second-biggest city tightened restrictions over fears of an upsurge in cases.China, Germany and Japan are also battling new outbreaks with some reintroducing containment measures.The spike in infections increased nervousness in global markets, which mostly fell on Monday on news of a worrying jump in fresh cases in several US states including California, Texas and Florida. German airline group Lufthansa, meanwhile, says it has backup plans ready in case shareholders reject a nine-billion-euro ($10.1 billion) pandemic rescue plan agreed with the state. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down the threat, comparing the virus to a “little flu” and arguing the economic impact of shutdowns is worse than the virus itself.Brazil is the second worst-affected country behind the United States, where the number of deaths topped 120,000 on Monday and political infighting has prevented a unified policy. Mexico, Peru and Chile are also coping with severe crises — Mexico City being forced to delay plans for a broad reopening of the economy as the country’s death toll raced past 20,000.With a vaccine still far away, the WHO has called for a rapid increase in production of the steroid dexamethasone, which has been shown to have life-saving potential for critically ill patients. And there are fears of new clusters in Melbourne and Lisbon as well as renewed outbreaks in Beijing and other parts of Asia.”The pandemic is still accelerating,” WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual health forum organized by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.Tedros said the greatest threat facing the world was not the virus itself, which has now killed over 465,000 people and infected nine million, but “the lack of global solidarity and global leadership.” “We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world,” he said. “The politicization of the pandemic has exacerbated it.”center_img Global coronavirus infections topped nine million on Monday as the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic was accelerating and Saudi Arabia said it would allow a “very limited” number of pilgrims to the haj next month.France took its biggest step yet back to normality by allowing millions of children to return to school.But despite Europe further easing lockdowns, cases are still rising around the world, especially in Latin America with Brazil now registering more than 50,000 deaths. Topics :last_img read more

Cedar Creek home with mountain and valley views hits the market

first_img57 Masseys Creek Court, Cedar Creek.The property, which has the potential to be built-in underneath, is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and is for sale for offers over $1,200,000. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago57 Masseys Creek Court, Cedar Creek. Inside the stunning 57 Masseys Creek Court, Cedar Creek. 57 Masseys Creek Court, Cedar Creek.Mike Spillane, of Innov8 Property Sales Albany Creek, said the open plan living room had a traditional brick fireplace with a Jet Master combustion heater, matching internal rustic brick wall. And the expansive rear timber deck has a TV.Step outside this immaculate home and into the landscaped yard which features a creek frontage, a large paddock with a horse shelter, fire pit, a 50m flying fox and a water feature.Mr Spillane described the property as “breathtaking”.“The owners have told me that passers-by often stop and take photos, even before it was on the market,” he said. 57 Masseys Creek Court, Cedar Creek.This two-level home at Cedar Creek is picture perfect and sure to impress.With 360 degree mountain and valley views, the new owners will no doubt enjoy this four-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 57 Masseys Creek Court.last_img read more