The helminth parasites of the sheathbill, Chionis alba (Gmelin), and the diving petrels, Pelecanoides georgicus (Murphy and Harper) and P. urinatrix (Gmelin), at Bird Island, South Georgia

first_imgTwelve sheathbills, Chionis alba, 12 South Georgian diving petrels, Pelecanoides georgicus, and 5 common diving petrels, P. urinatrix, collected at Bird Island, South Georgia, were examined for helminth parasites. These appear to be the first helminthological examinations of birds from South Georgia. Eleven of the 12 sheathbills were infected with helminth parasites and the pattern of infection of adult male and female birds was similar. Five species of helminths were found in sheathbills, namely Gymnophallus dellciosus, Notocotylus chionis, Paramonostomum signiensis, Lateriporus australis and Corynosoma hammani. Two species, namely Tetrabothrius sp. and Stegophorus heardi, were found in both Pelecanoides georgicus and P. urinatrix. The helminth parasites of whales and seals in the Antarctic and Subantarctic have been extensively studied, while in comparison those of birds from these regions have been neglected. As far as we are aware there are no previous reports on helminth parasites from the sheathbill, Chionis alba (Gmelin), the South Georgian diving petrel, Pelecanoides georgicus (Murphy and Harper), and the common diving petrel, P. urinatrix (Gmelin), from South Georgia.last_img read more

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Early starters

first_imgWarburtons is relaunching its Traditional Breakfast Bakery Occasions range, ready for the New Year. Various products such as its Crumpets, Pancakes and Potato Cakes will be rolled out with new packaging this month. The company has aimed for a more contemporary packaging design.”This new design across the range will improve stand-out on shelf and help to drive impulse sales in this high performing sector,” said Sarah Miskell, category director at Warburtons.”The Breakfast Bakery Occasions sector has demonstrated a strong value growth of 18.2% year-on-year and the top performer in Traditional Breakfast remains crumpets, of which Warburtons Crumpets have shown a 52.5% value growth in the last year.”[http://www.warburtons.co.uk]last_img

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Celebrate Bill Kreutzmann’s 70th Birthday With Our Favorite Moments From His Legendary Career

first_imgIn addition to his musical prowess, Billy has proven to be a highly entertaining historian for the band. In his 2015 memoir Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, Kreutzmann goes into gritty detail about the band’s long, strange trip. Ever hear about the time they dosed the camera crew with LSD during the taping of their guest appearance on Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy After Dark” show? Watch Bill tell the hilarious story on CONAN: Nearly 52 years ago to the day, on May 5, 1965, a nearly-19-year-old Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with a new little jug band called The Warlocks for their first ever gig at a pizza parlor in Palo Alto, CA. That band would eventually change its name to the Grateful Dead, and go on to become one of the most musically and culturally influential bands of all time. Today, as we celebrate Kreutzmann’s 70th birthday, we take a look back at some of our favorite Billy moments from years past.As one-half of the Dead’s legendary two-piece rhythm section (along with Mickey Hart), Kreutzmann helped define the role of the jam band drummer by both propelling the full band’s improvisations and taking the audience on a percussion-only journey with a nightly “Drums” segment. Check out this video of one of our favorite “Drums”, from Halloween 1980 at Radio City Music Hall:Though many years have passed, Bill and Mickey—also known as the Rhythm Devils—are just as creative and inventive as ever. If you need proof, take a listen to this mind-blowing “Drums” from just last year at Dead & Company’s November 7th, 2015 Madison Square Garden show (starts at 51:10): Even since Jerry Garcia’s untimely passing in 1995, Kreutzmann has continued to tour heavily, keeping the spirit and music of the Grateful Dead alive with a variety of outfits including The Other Ones, The Dead, The Rhythm Devils, and Dead & Company. Watch Kreutzmann perform with his newest solo project creation, Billy & the Kids, at Red Rocks in 2015:Bill has also been known to make surprise appearances when the mood strikes him, from inconspicuously joining a street performer’s drum jam in San Francisco to jumping in with an unwitting Wes Williams Band for an emotional performance of  “Scarlet Begonias” in New Orleans.  Happy 70th, Bill, here’s to many more years worth of music and memories!last_img read more

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Sherie Rene Scott to Release New Album All Will Be Well: The Piece of Meat Studio Sessions

first_img View Comments Scott received Tony nods for Everyday Rapture and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Her multiple Broadway credits also include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Little Mermaid, Aida, Rent, Grease and The Who’s Tommy. Star Files Lindsay Mendez Music to our ears! Two-time Tony nominee Sherie Rene Scott is to release a new album, All Will Be Well: The Piece of Meat Studio Sessions on Sh-K-Boom Records. The album is based on the Tony nominee’s concert evening Piece of Meat, which debuted at the Times Square hotspot 54 Below last year, and will be available digitally from March 25. Betsy Wolfe “The album is about true love, and letting go of a way of being,” said Scott in a statement. “It’s about how to decide what to hang on to, and what to let go of.” The pop record combines contemporary rock, jazz and folk elements with interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell, Talking Heads and Noah and the Whale as well as originals by Scott and Todd Almond, who serves as producer arranger and Music Director. Betsy Wolfe, Lindsay Mendez, Barrie McLain, Katie Britton, Michael Slattery and Michael Niederer are featured on backup vocals.last_img read more

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The New York Story’s Colin Quinn on His Trainwreck Past, Conclusions About Cosby & More

first_img View Comments Colin Quinn: The New York Story Related Shows Brooklyn native Colin Quinn is obsessed with three things: comedy, cultural stereotypes and New York City. This trio comes together in his new solo show The New York Story, directed by Jerry Seinfeld at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The SNL vet is having an exceptionally busy week: he’s preparing to open his off-Broadway show just as the new movie Trainwreck, in which he plays Amy Schumer’s straight-talking, philandering dad, hits theaters. Still, the comedian took some time to have a phone chat with Broadway.com. In the wide-ranging conversation, he attacked political correctness (“It’s a bunch of humorless people deciding what’s comedy”), had a field day with the Bill Cosby scandal (see below) and complained about New York City (“It’s so damn loud here, I’m going into the subway station for quiet”) Read on to see Quinn calling ‘em as he sees ‘em.How did this show come about?I wrote The Coloring Book because I wanted to convey to people how New York is different now. People say it’s changed, but I wanted to articulate what has changed. I’m fascinated by it. The show came from that.Do you feel like you’re standing up in front of New Yorkers every night telling them their city is dead?That’s exactly what I’m doing. Nothing wrong with that.What’s it like to walk around your old neighborhood in Park Slope and see artisanal this and that everywhere?I remember when they put a Haagen Dazs store in. We were like, “Oh my God! Haagen Dazs!” We liked it at the time. What’s funny about the response to gentrification is you get meaner about it as time goes on. When it first happens, everyone’s like, “Yay! Our neighborhood’s not going to suck anymore.” Then suddenly, you’re like, “Hey, this is bullshit.” I’m sure this is happening in Bed-Stuy right now.Where should young people who once flocked to New York City for opportunity and edginess go now?Philly. Or just go to the Bronx. Nothing’s edgier than the Bronx, no matter what year it is.You’re taking a deep dive into ethnicity and race in The New York Story. Are you getting any pushback?No. People in the theater understand. The rest of the world is on this positivity trip—and it is a trip—and it annoys me. Comedy is supposed to be negative. Everything in comedy comes from a negative place. It’s not a positive thing! Positive people are nice, but they’re not funny.Is it hard to talk about race?Yeah, but it’s only going to get worse unless people talk about it, right?Do current events make you hear your material in a different way?Yeah. I definitely hear it in a different way. If people want to dissect a line, they can do that. I’m not trying to be slick; I’m trying to be funny. I’m joking, but I’m also being serious. Nobody can “catch” me because I’m not trying to get one past you. I’m coming right out and saying what I feel, and making it funny—hopefully.Are you worried people will take you out of context and distort your intention?Everybody takes everybody out of context. I don’t care. The whole thing about comedians is that most comedians talk about this stuff, but people don’t see it. Most comedians say whatever they want, and that’s how it should be.You’re active on Twitter, where a joke can fly around the Internet very quickly, does that make you hesitate before you press send?No. On Twitter I’m just being ironic and trying to amuse myself. Twitter’s never going to be a problem for me, I don’t think. Famous last words.What is it like having Jerry Seinfeld direct you?Jerry understands the flow of things in a way that I never would. I’m very sloppy, so it’s a nice yin and yang. When you’re doing a show, you have to abide by certain rules. That’s the price you pay for not doing stand-up clubs. I want to do theater because I want people to pay attention to what I’m saying. I work hard on this stuff, and I want people to understand it. I mean any comedian has had those experiences where you’re in the middle of a joke and suddenly one table that was well-behaved a minute ago starts singing, “Happy Birthday” and brings in a cake.You and Jerry seem like opposites. Do you ever drive each other crazy?We’re the odd couple, but it doesn’t matter because we both love comedy. I mean you take a guy like Chris Rock, a guy like Jerry—they still go to comedy shows and watch other comedians. They love stand-up. That transcends everything else. People who are really comedians love the game, for lack of a better word. Even though me and Jerry are opposites in many ways, we love the game.Jerry caught a lot of flak for saying he wouldn’t play college campuses. How do you feel about that?Just the fact he caught a lot of flak for that is crazy. Everyone knows college campuses are like that. So many people act like he said something obnoxious or outrageous. It’s crazy his statement became an issue. He’s just telling the truth, and that’s what a comedian is supposed to do.You work with a lot of young people, especially on Girls. How do you avoid being that guy who’s always talking about how it used to be?I think they all know I’m that guy anyway when I show up. That’s the thing about being a comedian: everybody knows your personality. So when you start saying whatever, they’re like, “That’s him doing his thing!” They get to see the act one on one. That’s one way comedians are lucky: Everyone expects us to be the way we are.Now that Trainwreck’s a hit, are you prepared for everyone asking you about your own drunken antics?My own trainwreck-booty-call-type stuff? Yeah, of course. I had so many. I was a trainwreck like few have seen. Who would have thought you’d be in a movie with LeBron James?Right? I never met LeBron. I still didn’t meet him. I was sitting right next to him at the party, but I didn’t even get up and shake his hand. I was the cool guy…that he never heard of. Was it fun on the set?It was fun because I’ve known Judd [Apatow] for a long time. I love working with him and Amy [Schumer] because they love comedy. Sometimes when you’re working with a director, they think they like the idea of working with a comedian, but then when you’re there, they’re like, “OK, that’s a little too comedian-y.” But actual comedians are like, “Hahaha! Yeah. Say that again, but this time make the guy die.”Is it true you made an appearance on The Cosby Show?Yeah. [Laughs.] I was on The Cosby Show in like ’86 or something. My friend got me on it. I played a Sam Kinison-type guy.It seems like a lot of comedians are heartbroken by the Cosby scandal because they looked up to him.Not me. He wasn’t one of my idols. I looked up to [Richard] Pryor and [George] Carlin. I made my decision on Cosby when he was first accused and had a lawyer speak instead of coming out on every TV show and saying, “This is ridiculous! This is outrageous!” Obviously, he’s a rapist, you know? World’s funniest rapist. Want to hear my profile? Here it is: He knocks them out because that’s a fetish to him, but also because if they didn’t witness it and nobody else witnessed it, it didn’t happen in his mind. He can continue thinking of himself as a great guy. No one’s denying he’s a great iconic comic, but what he did was brutal. Look, if people accuse you of sexual impropriety in the ‘60s and ‘70s at the Playboy Mansion, do you know how bad you had to be? That’s the bottom line right there. You made a bunch of coked out people in the middle of the ‘70s running around half naked and having orgies uncomfortable. What does that tell you? Only a rapist could do that.Would you ever leave New York?I don’t know where I would go. When I lived in L.A., I liked it, but I don’t think it’s good for comedy for some reason. No. Sadly, I’ll never leave. I just can’t. Although, it’s so crowded and loud now, it drives me crazy. Do you want to bring this show to Broadway?Yeah, if somebody would cough it up. I have a love affair with the Helen Hayes Theatre going back to ’98, when I did Irish Wake there. I’m like sentimentally attached to it now. I have a thing with Helen. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016last_img read more

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Here are 3 ways you can vote in New York this election

first_imgNew Yorkers can vote this November in one of three ways: by absentee ballot, early voting or on Election Day. BroomeChenangoDelawareTioga For information on how to request an absentee ballot in the Southern Tier, click here. There are many changes to the absentee ballot process this year, including using COVID-19 concerns as a reason to request an absentee ballot. New York has had relatively strict guidelines for absentee voting in years past, but fear of illness is now an accepted reason for requesting an absentee ballot. (WBNG) — You have increased options in New York this year for how to vote in the presidential elections. New Yorkers can also participate in early voting at the polls, a law that went into effect in 2019. New York’s early voting period for this upcoming election is Oct. 24 to Nov. 1. The state website says times and poll sites will vary by place to place.center_img New York has passed several election reforms this year such as lengthening the time period you can mail your absentee ballot, creating a way to drop your absentee ballot off in person without waiting in line, and new sanitization requirements. Voters are still able to vote in-person in New York on Election Day this year, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The State Board of Elections warns residents your polling site could be different since the last time you voted, so check with your county. The Chenango County Board of Elections told 12 News each registered voter was mailed an absentee ballot application back in June. For this November’s election however, voters will have to request an application. For information on where your polling sites will be for in-person voting either early or on Election Day in the Southern Tier, click on your county below:last_img read more

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Dutch scheme giants expected to apply cuts in three-year period

first_imgABP and PFZW – the pension funds for the civil service and the healthcare sector, respectively – are facing discounts in 2021 if their coverage ratio is short of the required minimum by the end of December next year.The CPB forecast is based on August-end figures; as funding has risen slightly since then, pension cuts could be lower.It said that underfunded pension funds in the market sector were expected to apply cuts of 0.8% on average.ContributionsThe CPB further forecasted rising pension contributions, and said that ABP would draw the increase on the prescribed lower assumptions for future returns.PFZW would raise its premiums by using the levy of 2.5 percentage points, as provided in its regulations, in case of rights cuts, it added.The CPB estimated that the contribution rise in the market sector woud be 0.5 percentage point in 2021, citing the low interest rates and new return parameters.However, the Bureau’s forecast didn’t mention the effects of a limited premium rise on annual pensions acrrual.Recently, several pension funds have warned that either contributions had to rise significantly or accrual had to be reduced in similar measure.In its forecast, the CPB further assumed that pension funds would use premiums for early retirement plans, that would become available as many of these schemes would expire, for regular and surviving relatives pensions.Pension contributions are likely to rise further as of 2022, when a levy is to be introduced to finance the transition from the current average pensions accrual to an – actuarially fairer – degressive one as part of the Dutch pensions reform. ABP, PFZW, PMT and PME – the four largest underfunded schemes in the Netherlands – are likely to apply rights cuts over three consecutive years as of 2021, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) said.In a prognosis for the mid-term, it is expected that the four pension funds would reduce pension rights and benefits by approximately 2.5% per annum on average.The discounts are expected to be applied over a three-year period rather than the legally allowed 10 years, because metal schemes PMT and PME prefer a three-stage process to save costs.Both metal schemes must already start cutting pensions in 2020 if they are still underfunded at the end of this year.last_img read more

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Tudor estate with subdivision potential hits the market

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“It was a personal, passionate choice of the owners of the time, who are still the original owners. It’s only ever had the one owner. A relative of theirs had a home built in the same character and style and they loved it,” Mr Troy told The Courier-Mail.The property is so huge that it has subdivision potential for 15 lots — of one acre each.“It’s a beautiful convenient position to the city or a very boutique acreage subdivision development, that certainly has some appeal in a city like Toowoomba.“Certainly for a potential buyer it’s not only the lovely home and lifestyle it offers now, but rarely do you get the additional benefit of the right zoning suitable for rural residential which accommodates a minimum of one acre allotments.” The back of the main house.Mr Troy said the 18.62 hectare site currently had about 15 to 18 acres that were zoned and had topography suitable for subdivision.Any such subdivision would “subject to council approval”, but it was described as having one of the “key requirements for development” — “power and town water are at the property frontage”.The estate currently has two houses on it — the main “classic Tudor” house with features such as leadlight windows and doors, glazed terracotta tile roof with gutterguard installed, sunken family room, and a feature ceiling of high pitched and exposed beams.The second house on the property coming off at348 Boundary Streetwas a three bedroom gable Queenslander with 12 foot high ceilings and a large “sleep out”. The owners loved the Tudor style so much they built one of their own in Toowoomba. The main house has a solar heated pool. Part of the large property is zoned for one acre subdivision lots. The creator of 61 McDougall Street, Cotswold Hills, is looking for expressions of interest over $1.4m.A touch of old England has hit the market within the city limits of one of the biggest regional centres outside Brisbane.A massive 18.62 hectare property has hit the market with an expressions of interest program looking for offers over $1.4million.The property, set on two titles with two homes and two bores, has a large Tudor style house that comes with a large 12m by 15m solar heated pool, a workshop, landscaped gardens and even an integrated watering system for plants.Agent Murray Troy of Elders Real Estate Toowoomba said 61 McDougall Street, Cotswold Hills, was created by the current owners who had a strong passion for the Tudor style. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The second home with the property’s boundary (marked in red) is a Queenslander.last_img read more

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An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent

first_imgPublic Discourse 2 February 2015June is nigh, and with it will come your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage.I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights.It’s very difficult to speak about this subject, because I love my mom. Most of us children with gay parents do. We also love their partner(s). You don’t hear much from us because, as far as the media are concerned, it’s impossible that we could both love our gay parent(s) and oppose gay marriage. Many are of the opinion I should not exist. But I do, and I’m not the only one.This debate, at its core, is about one thing.It’s about children.The definition of marriage should have nothing to do with lessening emotional suffering within the homosexual community. If the Supreme Court were able to make rulings to affect feelings, racism would have ended fifty years ago. Nor is this issue primarily about the florist, the baker, or the candlestick-maker, though the very real impact on those private citizens is well-publicized. The Supreme Court has no business involving itself in romance or interpersonal relationships. I hope very much that your ruling in June will be devoid of any such consideration.The opposition will clamor on about studies where the researchers concluded that children in same-sex households allegedly fared “even better!” than those from intact biological homes. Leave aside the methodological problems with such studies and just think for a moment.If it is undisputed social science that children suffer greatly when they are abandoned by their biological parents, when their parents divorce, when one parent dies, or when they are donor-conceived, then how can it be possible that they are miraculously turning out “even better!” when raised in same-sex-headed households? Every child raised by “two moms” or “two dads” came to that household via one of those four traumatic methods. Does being raised under the rainbow miraculously wipe away all the negative effects and pain surrounding the loss and daily deprivation of one or both parents? The more likely explanation is that researchers are feeling the same pressure as the rest of us feel to prove that they love their gay friends.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14370/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=782782f4d4-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-782782f4d4-84094405last_img read more

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Lampard demands for ‘fair’ treatment for tired Chelsea

first_imgFrank Lampard has called on the Premier League to give Chelsea a fair start to next season, saying the September 12 launch date is “too early” for his players. The Blues lost Saturday’s FA Cup final 2-1 to London rivals Arsenal but are still not finished with the current campaign. Lampard’s side take on Bayern Munich on Saturday in the rescheduled second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie, trailing 3-0 from the first leg. Even if they exit the competition, Chelsea will have just 35 days before the new season is due to begin. Manchester City are also still in the Champions League, the final of which is scheduled for August 23, while Manchester United and Wolves are involved in the Europa League, which ends on August 21. It is understood that when Premier League clubs agreed a September 12 start date, it was also clear there would need to be at least a 30-day break for Chelsea and any of the other teams playing in the end-of-season European competitions. Lampard lost Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the eve of the FA Cup final to injury and Cesar Azpilicueta and goalscorer Christian Pulisic during the game to hamstring problems.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWorld’s Most Delicious Foods6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanescenter_img “Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again,” said the Chelsea boss. “The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this.” Lampard implored the Premier League to make sure clubs start the next season with a level playing field. Read Also: UEFA Champions League ready to restart, at long last “I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that,” he said. “Hopefully they give us a fair start next season. We deserve to be (given a fair start) as a Premier League club competing in the Champions League.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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