The Scotia Sea is one of the most productive regions of the Southern Ocean, but its surface waters are experiencing a rapid increase in temperature, which may be changing the behaviour and distribution of many myctophids and their prey species. Electrona antarctica and Electrona carlsbergi are two of the most abundant myctophids in the region, but their ecology is poorly understood and their response to ongoing environmental change is difficult to determine. This study investigated spatial and temporal patterns in their abundance, population structure and diets using mid-water trawl nets deployed across the Scotia Sea during spring, summer and autumn. E. antarctica was the most numerically abundant species (0.09–0.21 ind. 1,000 m−3), with greatest concentrations occurring in the sea-ice sectors. E. carlsbergi occurred in more northern regions, comprising densities of 0.02–0.11 ind. 1,000 m−3. There was evidence of seasonal variation in depth distribution, size-related sexual dimorphism and size-specific vertical stratification for both species. Latitudinal trends in sex ratio and female body size were apparent for E. antarctica. Its diet varied between regions, seasons and size classes, but overall, Euphausia superba, Metridia spp. and Themisto gaudichaudii were the dominant prey items. E. carlsbergi appeared not to recruit in the Scotia Sea. Its diet was dominated by copepods, particularly Rhincalanus gigas and Metridia spp., but regional, seasonal and ontogenetic variations were evident. This study contributes to our understanding of how mid-water food webs are structured in the Southern Ocean and their sensitivity to ongoing environmental change. read more
Eric Clapton‘s highly anticipated Live In San Diego is available today. Recorded on March 15, 2007 at the Ipayone Center, the very special night included collaborations with guitarists JJ Cale, Robert Cray, Doyle Bramhall II, and Derek Trucks.While Clapton has been sharing pro-shot videos from the 2007 performances leading up to the release, the 16-track set features unreleased versions of songs ‘Anyway The Wind Blows”, “Cocaine”, both featuring the late great JJ Cale, and “Layla”. Heavy collaborations between Slowhand and Cale continue in “Who Am I Telling You?”, “Don’t Cry Sister”, and “After Midnight”. Today, the full record is available for stream below:Leading up to this epic release, Clapton shared a number of professionally-shot videos. Check them out!Anyway The Wind BlowsMotherless ChildTell The Truth read more
The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has bought a nearly 50% stake in the Airline Group, marking further growth in its infrastructure portfolio.The £143m (€170m) deal will see the UK’s second-largest pension fund acquire a 49.9% stake in the Airline Group and, through the stake, also a 41.9% share in NATS Holdings, the holding company for the air traffic control service.NATS currently oversees UK and eastern North Atlantic airspace and became a public-private partnership in 2001. In a statement, the company said interest from the £38.6bn USS was “testament to the strength of the business”, while the fund’s head of private markets Mike Powell saw the deal as a further significant investment in high-quality infrastructure. Powell added: “The growth of our infrastructure portfolio by our in-house team is a compelling model for the trustee board in meeting its long-term commitments to members.”Gavin Merchant, senior investment manager for infrastructure at USS Investment Management, said NATS was a good example of where private and public ownership had worked well together to “build a national asset of strategic importance”.“NATS is well positioned to maintain its high level of safety performance and to drive operational improvement through innovation,” Merchant said. “We look forward to working with the existing shareholders and the management team in delivering these objectives.”USS acquired its nearly 50% stake in Airline Group from travel companies TUI Travel and Thomas Cook Group, with airlines Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic also agreeing to part with the majority of their respective stakes in the firm.In a statement, TUI added that, following the sale to USS, it would retain only a 1.8% stake in Airline Group and a further 1.8% of loan notes – down from 13.9% – issued by the group.Two airlines – British Airways and easyJet – as well as the Monarch Airlines Retirement Benefit Plan, will retain their existing shares of the remaining loan notes.USS has, over the past year, made a number of notable infrastructure investments, acquiring an airport rail link in Australia and recently buying an 8% stake in Heathrow Airport. read more
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 When Syracuse knocked off Sacred Heart in the opening weekend of the season, it gave the Orange an early marquee victory over a perennial NCAA tournament team.But SU turned right around and needed a three-set comeback against Youngstown State in its next game to escape with a win. A Youngstown State team that currently has a 4-23 record.‘I was more surprised that we were down 0-2,’ SU interim head coach Kelly Morrisroe said. ‘ … That will be a game that will be referenced for the rest of the season for us.’Such has been the story of Syracuse’s season. Inconsistency has mired the Orange’s year from the start. Though SU (17-11, 6-6 Big East) is still in position to qualify for the Big East tournament, it lacks many of the quality wins it was searching for when it put together its rigorous schedule. It was the case this past weekend as Syracuse suffered a pair of blowout losses to Big East powerhouses Louisville and Cincinnati.A split last weekend would have all but guaranteed the Orange a spot in the Big East tournament, but SU’s struggles against elite teams persisted. Syracuse won the weekend’s opening set against Louisville, but it lost six straight after that and scored more than 18 points just once.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘They are both well-rounded,’ Morrisroe said. ‘They both have deep rosters. One player won’t beat you, but they all have the chance to.’The struggles against the country’s better teams are nothing new for the Orange this year. Former head coach Jing Pu scheduled a much more rigorous nonconference schedule than in the past to test the team more. For the most part, SU did not pass the toughest portions of that test.Syracuse fell to Utah State at the Utah State Tournament and blew a two-set lead to Utah Valley later that same week. The Orange’s last chance at a marquee nonconference win came at the Buffalo Tournament against Dayton, but SU was swept and didn’t reach 20 points in any of the three sets.The rigorous early season schedule was supposed to prepare Syracuse for the challenge that the depth of the Big East would present. The Orange, for the most part, has held its own in games against teams it was expected to beat, but it has also lost to teams in the bottom half of the conference, such as West Virginia, the 11th-best team in the conference.‘Any team can beat you in the Big East,’ SU middle blocker Sam Hinz said.The most consistent issue for Syracuse, though, has been struggles against the conference’s elite. This past weekend’s two losses against the Cardinals and Bearcats are a prime example of the team’s inconsistency.‘We’ve had too many ups and downs,’ Hinz said. ‘We need to play our game.’For the Orange to finally find success against elite teams, SU outside hitter Erin Little believes the team must eliminate its mistakes.Going into the weekend’s two losses to Louisville and Cincinnati, Little was concerned with some of the careless play that has led to her team’s up-and-down play. Her concerns were validated as a fast start to the weekend gave way to a pair of blowouts.The Orange has one last chance for a marquee victory this weekend when it closes out its season against Notre Dame on Sunday at the Women’s Building. The Fighting Irish are 8-4 in conference and in a tie with Villanova for fourth in the Big East.But most importantly, Syracuse may need to beat Notre Dame to qualify for the conference tournament. For a team that has yet to pick up a key victory since the season’s opening weekend, it could come down to stepping up in the final game of the year to extend its season.‘We have to focus on ourselves,’ Morrisroe said. ‘ … We need to focus on our game and make sure we’re winning the games we need to win in order to solidify our spot in the tournament.’[email protected] read more
Tipp beat Thurles CBS All-Stars 0-14 to 1-7 in the Bicentennial Exhibition match at The Ragg.The Premier County’s top perfomer included man of the match Conor Kenny and Tossie Hamill, who lined out at centre-back.Aidan Fogarty scored the game’s only goal for CBS.