Evolution and biodiversity of Antarctic organisms: a molecular perspective

first_imgThe Antarctic biota is highly endemic, and the diversity and abundance of taxonomic groups differ from elsewhere in the world. Such characteristics have resulted from evolution in isolation in an increasingly extreme environment over the last 100 Myr. Studies on Antarctic species represent some of the best examples of natural selection at the molecular, structural and physiological levels. Analyses of molecular genetics data are consistent with the diversity and distribution of marine and terrestrial taxa having been strongly influenced by geological and climatic cooling events over the last 70 Myr. Such events have resulted in vicariance driven by continental drift and thermal isolation of the Antarctic, and in pulses of species range contraction into refugia and subsequent expansion and secondary contact of genetically distinct populations or sister species during cycles of glaciation. Limited habitat availability has played a major role in structuring populations of species both in the past and in the present day. For these reasons, despite the apparent simplicity or homogeneity of Antarctic terrestrial and marine environments, populations of species are often geographically structured into genetically distinct lineages. In some cases, genetic studies have revealed that species defined by morphological characters are complexes of cryptic or sibling species. Climate change will cause changes in the distribution of many Antarctic and sub-Antarctic species through affecting population-level processes such as life history and dispersal.last_img read more

TGS secures rights to new 3D project in prolific Malay Basin

first_imgConsortium to acquire new surveys and merge with reprocessed legacy data Image: TGS is seeking pre-funding from all existing acreage holders in the Malay Basin. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. TGS today announced that it has signed a contract with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) awarding TGS and partners the exclusive rights to seek pre-funding for a project to deliver to industry a contiguous broadband 3D volume of over 40,000 sq km covering the Malay Basin.  The resulting Peninsular Malaysia Mega-Merge seismic dataset will comprise both broadband reprocessing of existing legacy 3D data from field tapes, as well as new broadband 3D acquisition.TGS is seeking pre-funding from all existing acreage holders in the Malay Basin, as well as any other oil and gas companies that are interested in tapping into the prolific Peninsular Malaysia region. DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) will be responsible for all processing work for the project – to be undertaken in Kuala Lumpur – and Polarcus will be responsible for all acquisition activity. This exciting multi-year project is expected to commence in Q2 2020. Prior to the project’s completion, TGS plans to make interim products available and pre-funding companies will be able to prioritise their areas of interest.Rune Eng, Executive Vice President, Southern Hemisphere at TGS, said, “We are delighted to have received agreement from PETRONAS to deliver an extensive new survey in the Malay Basin. This is a mature and proven hydrocarbon province and together, TGS, DUG Geo and Polarcus form a strong consortium that will deliver state-of-the-art products to industry to facilitate exploration & production (E&P) work in all all relevant Peninsular Malaysia areas for years to come.”The Peninsular Malaysia Mega-Merge Multi-Client 3D is a planned project seamlessly merging broadband reprocessed legacy 3D volumes with new 3D seismic acquisition over existing gaps, providing broadband pre-stack time (PSTM) and pre-stack depth migration (PSDM) products over the Malay Basin.For the very first time, this project will provide industry access to coherent regional broadband 3D seismic imaging over the prolific Malay Basin. This project itself plans to serve not only as an exploration framework for extending viable play fairways to surrounding areas, but also for drilling and developing opportunities – from subtle accumulations that have been overlooked, to deeper targets which remain untested. Additionally, the project will utilise a single high-end broadband acquisition technology for data consistency, ensuring that customers can make use of a high quality, seamless survey merge. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s pay highest in the UK

first_imgThe package, reported in the Times Higher Education Supplement, was decided by the ‘Committee to Review the Salaries of Senior University Officers’. Members include a Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Sir Crispin Davis. A university spokesperson said, “Oxford is one of the great universities of the world and makes a major contribution to the economic prosperity of the UK and the UK’s position in the world.” “It must remain globally competitive and its Vice-Chancellor’s remuneration needs to reflect that.”They pointed out that that the package is the same as last year, meaning it is a slight reduction in real terms. Whilst Hamilton’s package has remained the same as last year, on average there was a rise of 2.7% across the country. In his previous role as Provost of Yale, Hamilton earned $442,560. Nicola Dandridge, Executive of Universities UK, said, “The salaries Chief University leaders in the UK receive are in line with those in competitor countries and comparable to similarly-sized public and private organizations”.                                                                                                                          However, some say Vice-Chancellors’ pay is too high, especially when staff have had to face considerable real-term pay cuts.The Cambridge University Branch of the Unite union sent Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University with a salary of £271,000, a letter opining that “it is time that you were made aware of the injustice and inequality of the currently single spine wage structure used by the University”. Sally Hunt, Universities and College Union General Secretary, stated, “The lack of self-awareness from university leaders when it comes to their own rewards continues to be an embarrassment for the sector, especially when we consider the recent promises that their pay and perks would be reined in”. Some Oxford students have voiced concerns with the sum received by Hamilton. One student said, “Semi-autonomous colleges minimise the role of the Vice-Chancellor in contrast to other Universities so I don’t see how this salary is justified.” Oliver Troen, a first year Geographer at St Catz, said “it’s outrageous that they can triple our tuition fees and raise management salaries. There has to be give and take from both sides.” “The Vice-Chancellor is paid almost 3 times more than the Prime Minister.  Something’s gone wrong there, surely?” Yet a first year Economics and Management student said, ‘If you’ve got a top job, and want a top person, you need to pay a top salary. Simple.’last_img read more

Dell EMC Helps Service Providers Modernize

first_imgNo matter where you are on your transformation journey, Dell EMC can help. We have expertise in translating applications into infrastructure needs based on our deep institutional knowledge.  Additionally, we can be prescriptive where requested with our validated systems or flexible with infrastructure and platforms within an ecosystem of service provider suppliers. Let us know how we can help you. For enterprise networksDell EMC validated systems for virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE) – delivered with Versa Networks to modernize CPE at branch sites to deliver network services such as routing, firewall security and intrusion detection from one virtualized system.Dell EMC validated systems for software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) – delivered with Versa Networks to blend legacy multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) with public internet connections, making it easier and more efficient to add sites to the virtual private network as traffic patterns change. As traditional enterprises shift investments to enable their Digital Transformation and cloud delivery models, they increasingly rely on modernized, flexible and agile service providers. When I say service providers, I mean all types: communications service providers; cable multiple system operators; hosting/co-location providers; public cloud providers; vertical market cloud specialists; and consumer webtech providers.To adapt to this shift, most service providers already are embarking on a transformation journey requiring new architectures and technologies. They are building differentiation into how they manage and operate the cloud services sold to their customers and how they interface with upstream services, partners, advertisers and digital content. This change is rich with opportunity.First, these investments will help service providers build out their own operations and capabilities, so they can increase agility and speed time-to-service delivery to increase customer satisfaction. It will also enhance flexibility to address their customers’ digital transformation needs. Finally, these changes will help service providers to better position for cloud and as-a-service consumption models.Dell EMC and the Dell Technologies family are investing to enable the modern service provider. We have deep experience with these models from our work with enterprises. We know what service providers need to evolve and what the future state should look like. This forms the basis of the expanded service provider partner program in the Dell EMC Partner Program and the newly created Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions Engineering Practice.The Cloud Service Provider track in the 2017 Dell EMC Partner Program features an expanded go-to-market engine. Participating partners can leverage the program to create differentiated cloud services, shorten time-to-market and accelerate time-to-revenue. Key investments include strengthened partner compensation benefits, enhanced rewards for cloud resale partnering and increased Dell EMC sales and marketing investments.The Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions Engineering Practice offers a wide range of tested and validated systems for various service provider use cases. The new validated systems include industry-leading compute, storage and open networking solutions, providing industry-standard building blocks that virtualize and automate workloads. Initially, we are focused on network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions for communications service providers:For mobile operatorsDell EMC validated systems for virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) – delivered with Affirmed Networks to virtualize the functions required to converge voice and data on networks.Dell EMC validated systems for virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) – delivered with MetaSwitch Networks to use IP for all packet communications – including email, fax, and direct messaging – over wireless and landlines.last_img read more

Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville flubs basics of the Constitution, World War II and the 2000 election.

first_imgAsked to opine on the key takeaways from the election, Mr. Tuberville said he was concerned that Mr. Biden, a mainstream, centrist Democrat, had promoted a vision that he claimed “leads more to a socialist type of government.”“That’s concerning to me, that we’re to the point now where we’ve got almost half the country voting for something that this country wasn’t built on,” Mr. Tuberville said. “I tell people, my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism.”World War II was a global battle against fascism.- Advertisement – Mr. Tuberville also said he planned to use his Senate office to raise money for two Republican senators in Georgia who are facing runoff elections that will determine control of the chamber. Senate ethics rules bar the use of official resources for campaign purposes.And in another exchange, he erroneously said that Mr. Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, was president-elect for 30 days during an intense, protracted recount and legal battle. Neither Mr. Gore nor George W. Bush were considered the president-elect during that process. – Advertisement – Asked if he thought Republicans could still use their potential Senate majority to pass legislation in divided government, with Democrats controlling the White House and House of Representatives, Mr. Tuberville replied that he had been given a mandate to “help people,” adding, “I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat.”“Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government — wasn’t set up that way,” Mr. Tuberville said. “You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive.” The three branches of the federal government, as laid out in the Constitution, are the legislative, including both the House and Senate; the executive, or presidency; and judicial, which includes the Supreme Court.- Advertisement – The interview amounted to the most in-depth remarks Mr. Tuberville had given since he was elected last week. He cut a low profile on the campaign trail, rarely making himself available to reporters other than those at conservative outlets, but had positioned himself as a staunch supporter of President Trump. In his first big interview as a senator-elect, Tommy Tuberville, Republican of Alabama, misidentified the three branches of the federal government, claimed erroneously that World War II was a battle against socialism and wrongly asserted that former Vice President Al Gore was president-elect for 30 days.Mr. Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach who decisively defeated Senator Doug Jones, a Democrat, last week, gave the remarkable interview to The Alabama Daily News on Thursday after attending orientation for new senators in Washington.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Rangers to turn down permanent deal for Ojo

first_img Loading… Rangers will not be signing Liverpool loanee, Sheyi Ojo, permanently at the end of the season, Football Insider has reported. Ojo moved to the Ibrox Stadium last summer on a season-long loan, but he has recently dropped down the pecking order in Steven Gerrard’s team.Advertisement Read Also:Sheyi Ojo to Rohr: I want to play for Eagles The Anglo-Nigerian has 36 games across all competitions for Rangers this season with five goals and seven assists to his credit. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Osimhen reveals what he is missing amid COVID-19 outbreak

first_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Read Also: Wilfred Ndidi named best ball-holding midfielder in Premier LeagueAt the last count, Osimhen is fourth highest scorer in Ligue 1, behind the trio of PSG striker Kylian Mbappé, Monao’s Ben Yedder, 18 and Dembélé, 16.The former Wolfsburg player has also netted scored four times  for the Eagles, with three coming in the current 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.Osimhen won the U-17 with Nigeria back in 2015 where he finished the tournament as the top scorer, he also scored three goals for the national U-23 team.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Football and other sports events have been suspended all over the world due to the growing global coronavirus concerns. Osimhen and other football stars have been out of work in the past few weeks and there is no latest development of them returning to the of play very soon.The Lille forward took to his social media handle to express his frustration on Friday after sharing .a picture of himself along with caption “I Miss Doing My Job.” he shared on Twitter.Interestingly, the 21-year-old Osimhen netted 18 goals in all competitions this campaign, with 13 of the goals coming in the league and others in the Champions league and French Cup.center_img Super Eagles and Lille forward Victor Osimhen insists he is missing football action and can’t wait for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to come to an end.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Robbery suspect nabbed

first_imgThe 30-year-old Columba Laranja was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant around 6:30 p.m. on June 7, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Oton municipal police station. The court recommended a P72,000 bail bond  for his temporary liberty./PNcenter_img ILOILO City – Charged with robbery, a resident of Barangay Calamisan, Oton, Iloilo was nabbed.last_img

Connersville man injured in crash fleeing police

first_imgFayette County – A Connersville man was injured this morning when he was struck by a police vehicle as he fled from his vehicle on foot.  The events started Monday morning around 6 a.m. when a Rush County Deputy clocked an eastbound Jeep Cherokee on East SR 44, in Rush County, at 72 M.P.H. in the 55 M.P.H. zone.The Deputy activated his lights and turned around on the vehicle, but the Jeep Cherokee refused to stop.  The pursuit wound around northbound on numerous county roads and was joined by a second Rush County Deputy. The pursuit ended up eastbound into Fayette County onto County Road 600 North, which is a gravel road.  Shortly after crossing Fayette County Road 450 West, the Jeep became disabled in the middle of the dusty gravel road.The preliminary investigation shows that the first pursuing deputy was able to swerve at the last second in the heavy dust to avoid hitting the Jeep. The suspect, who exited his vehicle and began to flee north, was in the roadway when the second pursuing deputy came upon the vehicle in the heavy dust and swerved to miss it.  As the Deputy’s SUV swerved left to avoid the vehicle he struck the suspect, who was in the roadway. The deputies performed first aid and EMS was summoned to the scene.The suspect, Brandon Van Blair,  34, of Connersville, who was found to have a suspended license, was flown from the scene by medical helicopter to a hospital in Indianapolis with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.last_img read more

Bosnich wants Ferguson meeting

first_img Press Association Mark Bosnich intends to seek out Sir Alex Ferguson in Australia later this month to challenge him over the Scot’s assessment of his second stint at Old Trafford. “Mark got off to a really bad start,” said the Scot. “He turned up three hours late for his first day’s training and he was overweight.” Bosnich, who now works as a TV pundit in Australia, has not been impressed by the comments. And amid speculation Ferguson will head Down Under to watch the Melbourne Cup next month, the former Aston Villa keeper would relish the chance to set the record straight. “I’ll definitely go down there if he is down there and ask to see him,” Bosnich told talkSPORT. “I’m going to tell him straight to his face and I’ll ask him to repeat [his criticism] and then I will tell him exactly what I want to say and you guys can all read about it, like you read his book. “Sir Alex is entitled to his versions of events as I will be entitled to my right to reply at the appropriate time.” Bosnich added in his column on Fox Sports: “He referenced a period of my career when I returned to training overweight. “That’s true. I usually returned two kilograms overweight and on this occasion I was two and a half.” center_img Bosnich, who had spent time at Manchester United as a youngster, was Ferguson’s choice to replace Peter Schmeichel in 1999, but the move did not work out. In ‘My Autobiography’, Ferguson labelled Bosnich “a terrible professional” and went even further in his press conference. last_img read more