Trophic relations of the cephalopod Martialia hyadesi (Teuthoidea: Ommastrephidae) at the Antarctic Polar Front, Scotia Sea

first_imgSamples of the squid Martialia hyadesi were collected aboard two Japanese squid-jigging vessels carrying out commercial fishing trials at the Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone, north Scotia Sea, in February 1989. The dissected stomachs of 61 specimens were classified according to fullness and the contents were examined visually. Identifiable food items included fish sagittal otoliths, crustacean eyes, the lappets on euphausiid first antennule segments and cephalopod sucker rings. The most frequent items in the squid’s diet were the myctophid fishes Krefftichthys anderssoni and Electrona carlsbergi, the euphausiid Euphausia superba and a hyperiid amphipod, probably Themisto gaudichaudi. A small proportion of the sample had been feeding cannibalistically. Total lengths of the fish prey were estimated from sagittal otolith size using published relationships. All fish were relatively small; 7 to 35% of squid mantle-length. However, it is possible that some heads of larger fish are discarded by the squid and so are not represented by otoliths in the stomach contents. Over the size range of squid in the sample there was no relationship between size of fish prey and size of squid. Similarly, when the squid sample was divided into groups according to prey categories: crustaceans, crustaceans+fish, fish, cephalopod, there was no evidence that dietary preference was related to squid size. The prevalence of copepod-feeding myctophids in the diet of this squid, which is itself a major prey item of some higher predators in the Scotia Sea, suggests that a previously unrecognised food chain: copepod-myctophid-M. hyadesi-higher predator, may be an important component of the Antarctic oceanic ecosystem.last_img read more


first_imgGAA star Kevin Cassidy says he does not regret not being in Jim McGuinness’ side for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final saying there are more important things in life such as family.Cassidy was one of a several inter-county players who contributed to Declan Bogue’s book This is our Year, which revealed life from inside the Donegal camp.He was subsequently dropped by McGuinness signaling an end to his inter county career. “No I don’t [regret it], things happen,” Cassidy told “I made a decision to help Declan out with the book, I did it. There are bigger things in life than football at the end of the day. Whether Donegal won one All-Ireland or 10 All-Irelands you are still working on a Monday morning, there is still family on a Monday morning and that’s the most important thing.”Cassidy is playing for the Donegal club in Boston this summer alongside Westmeath’s Dessie Dolan and said he was comfortable with the way his county career finished.“I had it straight in my head before I went,” he continued. “I knew they were probably going to win an Ulster title. I had to put the question to myself – if they went the whole way, would I be comfortable with it? “It was a decision I had to make for my family. We are out here having a great summer. I have no regrets. I hope to see Donegal in the final. I’ll be back for it hopefully.“When I make a decision I stick by it. I’m a great believer what’s for you, won’t go past you. If Donegal go on to win an All-Ireland fair play to them they are going to do it the hard way.”Cassidy also confirmed he would not play for Donegal again. “My [inter-county] playing days are over. There are plenty of other good players come through in Donegal who never won anything same as myself. We have to pass it on to the generation that is there. All the best to them.”He went on to compare Donegal’s approach to Cork in that both are powerful, hard running teams.“Jim McGuinness’s style is probably modelled a wee bit on Cork; big physical men and they are able to run, athletic as well.“[Donegal] have a chance without a doubt, we have to give them credit to where they got to this year, back-to-back Ulster titles, beating Kerry and back in the All-Ireland semi-finals. “Nobody is silly, Cork are favourites for the All-Ireland but we have seen favourites beaten before. It’s going to be a tough ask but, without a doubt, our boys are going to be up for it. It’s easy for me to say this here but I’d say whoever wins between Cork and Donegal is going to win the All-Ireland.”CASSIDY – FAMILY IS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME NOW THAN FOOTBALL was last modified: August 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessKevin Cassidylast_img read more

Two Donegal charities receive over €1000 from LYIT Students’ Union

first_imgMore than €1000 has been raised by the Letterkenny Institute of Technology Student Union for two Donegal charities. A number of recent events and campaigns including the Student Achievement Awards and the Formal Ball have raised a grand total of €1080.00 for the two worthy charities.At the start of each academic year, two charities are chosen by the students. The charities chosen this year were Multiple Sclerosis Ireland (Donegal Branch) and the Donegal Hospice.Earlier this week, the two charities were presented with a total of €540.00 each.LYIT Student Union thanked the students and staff members who contributed in any way, throughout the academic year, for the two charities.Josephine Wilson, Student Union Administrator LYIT. Grace Boyle, Donegal Hospice. Kathleen Harkin, Donegal Hospice. Paul Lynch, LYIT SU President.William Daly, LYIT SU Welfare Officer. Charlie McLaughlin, MS Ireland (Donegal Branch). Josephine Wilson, Student Union Administrator LYIT. Two Donegal charities receive over €1000 from LYIT Students’ Union was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NCS Playoffs: St. Bernard’s volleyball opens with straight-set win over Patten Academy

first_imgEUREKA >> The postseason run has begun for the senior-heavy St. Bernard’s volleyball team, and its quest to make it back to the Division VI state tournament has taken a step in the right direction.The Crusaders swept Patten Academy of Oakland in straight sets (25-8, 25-16 and 25-23) in the first round of the North Coast Section Division VI playoffs at Crusader Gymnasium on Wednesday night.For one of seven seniors, middle hitter Betsy Brown, just being in the playoffs in her last year of high …last_img

Motorcade for Trade

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers generally support the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Farmers for Free Trade, the bipartisan coalition supported by commodity groups from across the agricultural industry, is on the Motorcade for Trade tour — an 11-state, 3,500 mile RV tour across the country in support of the USMCA. The initial two-week leg of the tour takes place over the April Congressional recess and includes stops across the Midwest at farms, coffee shops, ag equipment dealers, and small businesses.The tour included a stop in Canton/Massillon, Ohio on April 15 at Klick’s Cattle Company. The tour kicked off at Kreider Farms in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 12 and concludes on April 26 at Gooseneck Farm, Broadview, Mont. Events along the tour will highlight American farmer’s reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year. Several stops will include meetings with member of Congress who will be considering the USMCA agreement.“This tour will provide an on-the-ground, up-close look at how American agriculture needs trade with Canada and Mexico to survive,” said Angela Hofmann, co-founder of Farmers for Free Trade. “Especially right now, American farmers are looking for a win that provides them certainty and predictability that their exports will find open markets across North America.”The Motorcade for Trade is being led by a 25-foot RV that prominently displays key facts and messages on the importance of agricultural trade with Mexico and Canada. Each stop on the tour will feature the RV. Local statistics on the importance of trade with Canada and Mexico will also be distributed at all stops along the tour.To follow the tour on social media follow @farmersfortrade on twitter or Farmers for Trade on Facebook. Tour stops and other information can be found at read more

Finally, a contest to reward the world’s crappiest fighting robots

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Tags:#Arduino#Hebocon#japan#Maker Faire#robotics#robots#Tokyo Since the first competition held in 2014 in Tokyo, Hebocon has spread over 25 countries and over 60 competitions has been hosted. In the latest International contest in August, participants hailed from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Iceland, France and Hungary. It’s easy to mock the Hebocon awards for comedy effect alone, but the reality is that they bring robotics (albeit in it’s most primitive form) to those who either lack technical ability or might be creatively or technically blocked. As the creators encourage:” Go into a toy store and buy one of those moving toy dogs, rip off its exterior, and stick some cardboard on there, and you’d be looking at your original robot. Get some pieces of wood, sharpen them, and give your robot some horns: your robot’s attacking ability has just sky-rocketed. You might even get more creative and install a motorized weapon onto your robot. Didn’t quite work side effects of viagra and alcohol out? That’s Okay! That is what we call Heboi. Grab that faulty robot of yours, and participate in a Hebocon competition!”With sponsors like Arduino and Maker Faire and a cult following, it brings a sort of robotics to the masses. Cate Lawrence “If one crappy robot and another crappy robot fought each other — what would happen?”In an era where robots like Nao, Pepper, Sophia and Atlas manage to amaze us with their respective abilities to walk, learn, communicate in different languages,  recognize different people and partake in heavy lifting, another suite of robots is hard at work lowering the bar of robotic achievement.Hebocon is an annual robot competition for the technically ungifted where 31 robots compete in sumo style wrestling matches where the robots try to push their competitors off a board through a combination of pushing, shoving, whirring and sheer persistence. The biggest challenge can be getting robots to move at all, let alone deliver attack moves and self-defence techniques.  The World Championship was recently held in Tokyo.See also: Will robots finally take farmers’ jobs?The word Hebocon derives from the Japanese word Heboi, used to describe something that is technically poor, or low in quality and with this spirit in mind, robots are made with a bizarre array of equipment including fast food wrappers, instant noodle containers, sex toys, wind up toys and Barbie dolls.  According to the organisers, “entrants will need compromise and surrender instead of ideas and technical skill.” Robots are actually penalised for having high tech features and assistance from the maker is not unusual in the competition, such as a helping finger to get the robot moving when a motor has failed. It a competition where failures in technical output can be thwarted by strategy and dogged persistence.The souls of robots that would be considered scrapheap fodder are respected, as winners in each round opt to attach parts of the losing robots to ‘carry on the will’ of those knocked out.Hong Kong representative Kit da Studio won the NicoTsuku award with his table-flipping robot. (The robot actually flipped itself over when it was trying to flip the desk.) Overall winner, Ricky Chan, built a robot called the “Robot-Controlled Controller Robot,” which consists of two components – a controller that looks like a tiger robot, and a robot that looks like a controller. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

What Sales Winners Do Differently with Mike Schultz – Episode 13

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:41 — 14.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere are almost as many theories about how the sales climate has changed as there are studies done about the sales process. But Mike Schultz decided to take a different approach when he wanted to know what made the biggest difference between sales winners and their closest competitors – he went to the customers. On this episode Mike shares the results of his survey of 900 customers about their experience with a winning salesperson and gives some simple, actionable things that sales professionals can and should do to become winners in sales.Those who win in sales do things differently, find out what it is on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetWhat has changed in solution selling over the years?Contrary to articles that have been published lately about the end of solution sales, solution sales is very much alive and well. But it doesn’t work like it used to. Those who still use a solution sales model effectively combine their SS approach with relationship sales that is focused around value. The point is that relationships alone are not the core of what will get you the sale, but if you don’t have an established relationship with your prospect you’re much less likely to gain the trust needed for your solution selling approach to work. You can hear the details from today’s guest, Mike Schultz, on this episode.Does your buyer believe that you get what they are trying to do?Sellers who consistently win are able to do what it takes to understand the goals of their prospects, communicate that understanding, and come alongside the prospect to help them figure out how to get what they want. That’s an approach that doesn’t contain near as many pitches, it’s a consultative approach where the salesperson is a trusted advisor rather than an adversary who’s trying to “sell” them something. If you’re in need of a fresh boost of inspiration about where to improve your sales approach, this is the episode for you!Candor is the sales conversation is how you become a trusted advisor, on this episodeClick To TweetSales winners are pros at collaborating with their prospects.In many ways the type of relationship you are able to establish with your prospect will determine how successful you are at getting the sale. If you’re seen as a collaborator, someone who is helping them achieve their goals, you have a great deal more influence not only over their buying decision (from you) but over the course of their business as well. How do you build a relationship that is one of collaboration? The main tool you can use toward that end is questions. Find out who they are, what they do, what they’re hoping to accomplish, and truly come to understand why it’s so important to them. When you do, you’ll be able to see more clearly how your service or product can help them accomplish their goals.Becoming a collaborator with your prospects helps them make better decisions.Naturally, as a salesperson you want to get the sale from your prospect. But you should never want the sale more than you want to help your prospect make the best decision for their situation and need. Building trust is key in doing that. You need to communicate to your prospect that you are committed to helping them succeed in their goals, that you are eager to lend them your expertise to help them make better decisions. It’s about your virtue of purpose, the belief that your prospect develops that you are truly FOR them. That requires candor and straight shooting even if it’s not something the prospect wants to hear. Find out more from Anthony’s guest, Mike Schultz, on this episode.If you don’t bring candor to the sales conversation you’re of no value to a C level executive at allClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to this episode! Why Mike decided to do a survey about those who win in sales. What has changed in solution selling over the years. What kind of relationship selling makes a difference? Winning sellers drive their own demand. Establishing trust and helping clients make better decisions. Using collaboration with the prospect in the sales process. What salespeople should do differently in order to win. How you can connect with Mike Schultz.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.RainGroup.comMike’s report – What Sales Winners Do DifferentlyMike on TwitterMSchultzATraingroup.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: you can use to share this episodeHow sales is a zero sum game – you win or you don’t. Learn how to win on this episodeClick To TweetA good relationship doesn’t WIN the sale, but if you don’t have it, you’ll lose more than you winClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Motorola launches new Moto G with big screen at Rs 12,999

first_imgMotorola on Friday launched an updated version of the Moto G in India. The phone will be available exclusively on Flipkart from today at a price of Rs 12,999.The price is for the 16GB version. Motorola has both the 16GB and 8GB versions of the new Moto G but in India, it is only selling the 16GB version for now.The new device doesn’t seem all that different from the earlier Moto G phone. But it has been given updates in a few crucial areas like screen and camera.The new device has a 5-inch screen with 720P resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2 GHz and 1GB RAM. The new Moto G runs on Android 4.4 and uses stock user interface. Motorola has promised to update the operating system to Android L when it becomes available. One area where the new Moto G is likely to be radically different compared to the earlier Moto G is its camera. The earlier one was criticised for having a poor camera. The new one sports a 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. Unlike the earlier version, the new Moto G has a slot for microSD card. This means you can add more internal storage if you require it.Another area where the Moto G has been improved is the audio performance. The new Moto G has stereo speakers, positioned on the top and bottom of the screen.When Motorola launched Moto G in India in February, it helped the company mark a strong entry into the country. In next five months, Motorola sold 1 million Moto phones. But much of this was because competition was poor. This time the competition is strong. Devices like Asus ZenFone 5 and Xolo 8X-1000 are fine devices and will challenge the new Moto G in the market.advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” brought a scary good time to an entire generation of kids back in the 1990s, and the network is getting ready to unleash a new version of the show for today’s children.A new trailer indicates the upcoming reboot may be darker and scarier than the original, featuring a new crew of kids sitting around a campfire sharing new stories for the approval of the Midnight Society. Advertisement The three-episode miniseries will follow “an entirely new Midnight Society group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life,” reads the synopsis for the upcoming show, which has yet to announce a premiere date. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more