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How the mollusc got its scales: convergent evolution of the molluscan scleritome

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first_imgRadiation of dramatically disparate forms among the phylum Mollusca remains a key question in metazoan evolution, and requires careful evaluation of homology of hard parts throughout the deep fossil record. Enigmatic early Cambrian taxa such as Halkieria and Wiwaxia (in the clade Halwaxiida) have been proposed to represent stem-group aculiferan molluscs (Caudofoveata + Solenogastres + Polyplacophora), as complex scleritomes were considered to be unique to aculiferans among extant molluscs. The ‘scaly-foot gastropod’ (Neomphalina: Peltospiridae) from hydrothermal vents of the Indian Ocean, however, also carries dermal sclerites and thus challenges this inferred homology. Despite superficial similarities to various mollusc sclerites, the scaly-foot gastropod sclerites are secreted in layers covering outpockets of epithelium and are largely proteinaceous, while chiton (Polyplacophora: Chitonida) sclerites are secreted to fill an invaginated cuticular chamber and are largely calcareous. Marked differences in the underlying epithelium of the scaly-foot gastropod sclerites and operculum suggest that the sclerites do not originate from multiplication of the operculum. This convergence in different classes highlights the ability of molluscs to adapt mineralized dermal structures, as supported by the extensive early fossil record of molluscs with scleritomes. Sclerites of halwaxiids are morphologically variable, undermining the assumed affinity of specific taxa with chitons, or the larger putative clade Aculifera. Comparisons with independently derived similar structures in living molluscs are essential for determining homology among fossils and their position with respect to the enigmatic evolution of molluscan shell forms in deep time.last_img read more

Property people take their place at UK’s ‘tech top table’

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first_imgHome » News » Property people take their place at UK’s ‘tech top table’ previous nextProptechProperty people take their place at UK’s ‘tech top table’James Dearsley and Russell Quirk and several others join Richard Branson, Mary Portas and Stephen Fry in the annual list of those with the most clout in tech.Nigel Lewis14th November 20191 Comment1,575 Views A list of the most influential people in UK technology has been published and four property people are in the Top 100.These are James Dearsley from proptech consultancy Unissu (Pictured below), Russell Quirk from PR firm Properganda (pictured, bottom), SEO consultant Lucas Zelezny (who has worked with Zoopla) and developer and Urban Splash founder Tom Bloxham.Quirk is listed as one of the top five business leaders in the UK tech sector behind Richard Branson and the founder of Starling Bank, Anne Boden.These four property people are in exalted company within the list including high-ranking politicians, journalists, business leaders and public figures.These key tech influencers include Stephen Fry, Mary Portas, Monzo bank founder Tom Blomfield and Crowdcube founder Luke Lang, whose platform has helped several proptech firm gain funding.The tech influencers list is published by PR firm Tyto which only releases the top 100 but gives its clients sight of a wider list of 500 people.Tyto says proptech people make up 6% of all the people on the full list. This includes an academic, three business leaders/entrepreneurs, three journalists and two venture capitalists.The Tyto Tech Power list has been running since 2017 and tracks people’s fame and influence within the proptech sector by measuring their social and traditional media appearances and public speaking engagements.Last year the Top 100 included just two names; Quirk and property journalist Graham Norwood.James Dearsley will be speaking at this month’s Negotiator Conference. Read his recent report on the proptech sector.Stephen Fry Tyto Tech Power Richard Branson James Dearsley proptech Russell Quirk November 14, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 24th May 2020 at 8:20 pmI think there will be 618,232 completions in 2020 as recorded by Land Registry as opposed to 1.2M in 2019. 50% drop.As typical residential sale cycle 20-weeks; so most of listings secured second week of July or after will not be a completion in 2020.True, most agents will have a reduced level of staff in some branches on the 1st of June, but that is only six weeks before the July cut off.And the kicker is that on the third week of March, all agents in the UK had stock levels of property at the usual seasonally low level, which without the pandemic would have swelled in size over the next 6-lockdown weeks of the pandemic. Proptech-PR.comLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Members Of Salmon, Yonder, Stringdusters & More Announced For Spring Pickin’ Festival

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first_imgSome of bluegrass’ finest have been tapped to play the 5th annual Spring Pickin Bluegrass Festival in Biglerville, PA, this April 28-May 1. Sitting atop the lineup is multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon and his band, which will be made up of fellow LoS members Andy Thorn, Greg Garrison and Alwyn Robinson as well as Tyler Grand.In addition, fiddle player of The Infamous Stringdusters, Jeremy Garrett, will lead his own ensemble of pickers during his “Bluegrass Coalition” set made up of Larry Keel, Andy Thorn, Barry Bales of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Jacob Jolliff of Yonder Mountain String Band. Flatpicker extraordinaire Larry Keel is also scheduled to play a Jerry Garcia tribute set, and for the late night crowd, your prayers will be answered with “The Latenight Pickers Ball” hosted by Drew Emmitt and featuring guests Pappy Biondo (Cabinet), Johnny Grubb, Roy Williams, and more. Check below for full artist listings to date.Tickets for the 5th annual Spring Pickin’ Bluegrass Festival are on sale now and can be found here.last_img read more

Talent management is tough, but there’s reason for optimism

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first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details The war for talent can feel like an overused buzzword these days, yet the battles you face in the hiring and retention trenches are real.U.S. unemployment is the lowest it has been in decades, which means the hiring pool in the financial services industry is smaller than ever. Add to that the fact that for-profit banks can typically offer top candidates bigger compensation packages than not-for-profit cooperatives. The net result is that you and your hiring managers will be significantly challenged to hire and retain top talent in 2019.But you need not be without hope. Following best practices can improve your chances of success.According to a survey of the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board, a majority (65 percent) of chief learning officers say their outlook for 2019 is more optimistic than 2018. The things that make them take such a sunny outlook can also help you at your credit union.86 percent of survey respondents think their organizations will increase the alignment of talent development with strategy in 2019, making their programs more effective and efficient. How can a credit union do this? In this article, CUES’ own chief learning officer, Christopher Stevenson, CIE, offers five steps to follow. CUES Consulting can help as well.43 percent of learning leaders responding to the survey plan to use more external support for talent development, reflecting the ongoing shift from traditional classroom learning to more flexible learning. Have you checked out CUES Learning Portal, a new benefit of CUES membership, which both suggests learning pathways and documents informal learning? How about CUES Director Education Center or CUES Online University?88 percent of CLOs surveyed report plans to increase spending on talent development in 2019. Offering great learning opportunities for team members can be an excellent way to compete with banks for top talent. For example, telling job candidates that your organization has invested in an Unlimited+ group membership from CUES can signal to them that you mean business when it comes to their development. And, including in a compensation offer the opportunity to attend the three segments of our industry’s top leadership development program, CEO Institute, could up your chances of making a great hire.There’s no question that talent management has been tough in recent history. And there’s no indication of an easing to that challenge in 2019. However, if you increase the alignment of your strategy with your talent management efforts, leverage informal learning opportunities and new educational channels, and invest resources in talent, I’m optimistic you’ll get the best results possible.last_img read more

Fighting youth homelessness

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first_img In 2017, Golden 1 Credit Union in Sacramento, Calif., pledged to contribute $1 million over three years to establish the Wind Youth Center, which promotes the safety, shelter, and self-determination of youth experiencing homelessness.The center aims to break the cycle of youth homelessness by providing much-needed resources such as mental health counseling, career and education services, and access to permanent housing.With early intervention, homeless youth are less likely to become chronically homeless adults.Golden 1 also donated $165,000 to three other organizations dedicated to combating youth homelessness. Golden 1 CU representatives celebrate the groundbreaking of the Wind Youth Center. Front row, from left: Richard Musci, Golden 1 CU; Steve Hansen, City of Sacramento; Suzi Dotzon, Wind Youth Services; Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg; Golden 1 President/CEO Donna Bland; and Amanda McCarthy, Golden 1 CU and Wind Youth Services board member. Back row, from left: Golden 1’s Cassandra Jennings, Samantha Lui, and P. Craig Cornett, and John Wickland, Wind Youth Services. continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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World Bank calls for global effort against virus

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first_imgThe World Bank called on Monday for countries to step up programs to fight the new coronavirus outbreak, and said it was considering mobilizing its own resources against the disease.”We are calling on all countries to strengthen their health surveillance and response systems, which is essential to contain the spread of this and any future outbreaks,” the institution said in a statement.”The World Bank Group is reviewing financial and technical resources that can be mobilized quickly to support affected countries,” and also “closely coordinating with international partners to accelerate the international response.” Since breaking out in China, the virus has killed 425 people in the country, exceeding the 349 dead in the Chinese mainland from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002-03, which eventually killed nearly 800 globally.The new virus has infected 17,200 people and spread to more than 20 countries amid fears it could paralyze China and harm the global economy.The World Bank said it was “monitoring the wider economic and social impacts of this crisis,” and would support “China’s efforts to respond, including its efforts to maintain resilience in its economy.”If the epidemic reaches the same severity as the Spanish flu in 1918, which killed 30 million people, it could cost the global economy between one percent and ten percent of growth, World Bank President David Malpass said at the end of January.International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said last week that negative impacts on the economy in the first half of 2020 were likely but “it would be irresponsible to offer any speculations around what may happen.”Topics :last_img read more

SOEs Ministry appoints three new names as Jiwasraya directors

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first_imgRini also said that the new directors should ask for a written request from the OJK to conduct an appraisal of them as Jiwasraya director candidates.Read also: State capital injection last resort to rescue Jiwasraya: Government The newly appointed directors are familiar names in the finance and insurance industries. Angger was previously a member of the National Social Security Council (DJSN), while Mahelan was previously the strategic, compliance and risk director for state-owned lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) before his role in the bank ended last year.Farid, who now sits as finance and investment director in Jiwasraya following its investment mismanagement scandal that led to trillions of rupiah in state losses, was previously a high-ranking official in the Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS). During his stint at that institution, he filled the treasury director post and the international relations director.The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has arrested five people in connection with Jiwasraya’s investment-mismanagement scandal, which saw the insurer fail to pay its policyholders’ claims. Among them were former president director Hendrisman Rahim and former finance director Hary Prasetyo.Topics : The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry has appointed three new directors to help lead the ailing state-run insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.In a letter dated March 18, the ministry appointed Angger P. Yuwono as Jiwasraya’s technical director, R. Mahelan Proboantarikso as compliance and human resources director and Farid Azhar Nasution as finance and investment director.“The new members of the board of directors in this letter can only carry out their duties after getting approval from the Financial Services Authority [OJK],” said the SOEs Ministry’s acting legal services deputy assistant Rini Widyastuti as quoted by Kontan.last_img read more

COVID-19 surveillance remains lacking in Indonesia

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first_imgIndonesia is in a race against time to contain the COVID-19 outbreak as patients overrun health facilities and medical workers are overwhelmed, but primary efforts to break the chain of transmission are still far from expected, epidemiologists say.Testing, tracing and isolation are key to containing COVID-19. But these measures remain weak in Indonesia, largely because of limited testing capacity, an insufficient number of COVID-19 tracers and people’s reluctance to open up to these workers.On Oct. 7, a total of 44,212 specimens from 32,167 people were tested, according to the Health Ministry. On the same day, the ministry recorded 142,213 suspected cases. No data is available on the number of probable cases. Suspected cases are those with acute respiratory illness who have recently traveled or been exposed to a confirmed case, while probable cases are suspected cases with severe symptoms clinically consistent with COVID-19.Both still have no laboratory evidence, but probable cases also include those with inconclusive test results.Indonesia currently has 376 laboratories with a combined testing capacity of around 40,000 specimens in a day.Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said that having a high number of suspected cases on the waiting list for diagnostic tests would definitely delay contact tracing, quarantine and treatment. She said health authorities should reduce testing turnaround times and deploy more tracers or use more volunteers for COVID-19 surveillance. “Having no conclusive diagnostic status is a big problem. But if the capacity of labs remains limited, [health authorities] should make priorities on who to be tested — preferably probable and suspected cases with severe symptoms and they should get the lab results within 24 hours,” she said on Wednesday.COVID-19 testing in Indonesia is at 70.13 percent of the World Health Organization (WHO) benchmark of one per 1,000 people per week, according to the government’s COVID-19 spokesman Wiku Adisasmito on Tuesday.Read also: Contact tracing the missing link in Indonesia’s battle with COVID-19On Thursday, Wiku said the main reasons why to date Indonesia had yet to meet the benchmark were the limited number of tracers and supporting facilities, difficulties in reaching out to all contacts due to Indonesia’s vast and scattered regions, as well as persistent COVID-19 stigma. Wiku called on local health authorities to strengthen the role of Puskesmas and the public to report to health authorities about their history of contact with confirmed or suspected cases.“We need the help of people to report their own history of contact with known cases,” he said.A WHO situation report on Indonesia, published on Oct. 1, reported that a survey of 259 surveillance workers in the country found that 65 percent of respondents said they were able to trace close contacts of more than 80 percent of confirmed cases.The report said, based on a focus group discussion with surveillance-related stakeholders held in East Java last month, the main issue that was still looming over contact tracing was the stigma surrounding COVID-19. Limited numbers of traces was another problem, the report said.Masdalina suggested authorities strengthen the role of community health centers (Puskesmas) as they are the most capable to perform tracing adequately.Puskesmas are the backbone of public health across the nation, particularly in remote areas. But as they struggle with a lack of tracers, Masdalina urged them to recruit local residents to help with tracing efforts.“Local communities usually have appointed their own health volunteers, who can be trained and help Puskesmas with contact tracing, rather than deploying people from nowhere and who have no basic knowledge on this,” she said.Indonesia currently has 376 laboratories with a combined testing capacity of around 40,000 specimens in a day. (JP/Swi Handono)Epidemiologist Dicky Budiman from Australia’s Griffith University said efficient reporting and data collecting of tracing results also matter much — otherwise, containment would fail and cases would continue to multiply.For many health surveillance workers in the country, tracing is laborious work, as 86 percent of the workers surveyed revealed they still used paper-based methods, while only 9 percent used locally developed applications, the WHO report said. The remaining 5 percent did not document the procedure.Maulidiya Muliawati, 23, a health volunteer at Puskesmas Grogol Petamburan in West Jakarta, said she was primarily assigned to promote health awareness. But lately she has been helping surveillance workers to input data due to a heavy workload in contact tracing.“It took me around 2.5 hours to input data from around 30 questionnaires into one platform,” she said recently, adding that the work for surveillance officers requires them to input data into at least five different platforms, including on a website and a spreadsheet.“It could be hundreds on busy days,” she added.Due to the manual work, the WHO report said “it is important to develop a national-level electronic system to uniformly monitor and evaluate contact tracing across the districts”.“There is no other way [to contain COVID-19] than improve testing and tracing capacity […] We could have found more [people infected with the virus] with a more effective process,” Dicky said.Topics :last_img read more

Atherton property worth $3M listed for half price

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first_img Honey, I bought a house while you were in lockdown 27 Edwards St, Atherton is a property worth about $3 million and needs to be seen to be believed.“It’s a property that you have to see to believe,” she said. “It’s got a man-made pond which holds 1,000,000L of water and has the biggest barramundi I’ve ever seen. There’s exotic plans all around, some of which are from overseas. “The owners loved travelling and they even put in a gold-plated gate at the front (pictured above right), also from overseas.” The gold-plated gate at the front of 27 Edwards St, Atherton which is listed with Elders Real Estate Malanda.She said one of the owners was a gold miner who bought the 1970s-built home nine years ago and put in more than $2 million worth of work in renovations and exterior redesign. “But apart from the general renovations, there’s a lot of personal touches from him – like etched glass throughout. Buyers won’t be interested in those personal touches and that’s why we’ve reduced the price.”The triple-storey home includes quality timber fit-outs throughout with a mix of exposed brickwork and beams as highlight features as well as high ceilings in the living areas. 27 Edwards St, Atherton has many personal touches and had about $2 million worth of work added into it.The bottom floor is partly underground with two bedrooms and a large rumpus room and windows at the rear end of the floor, that create a ground-level affect. The ground floor includes another two bedrooms and as many bathrooms, a timber kitchen with a walk-in pantry and a large living area with a fireplace, that Ms Nightingale said wouldn’t require a TV to complete the entertainment. “There are two large glass panels that weigh about 3000kg each. They’re big windows part of the wall and you can see out but not in. The owner would throw feed for the birds there and enjoy watching them fly in.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago The exposed beams above the sliding glass walls.Upstairs are another two bedrooms and there is a ducted vacuum system throughout, but the entertaining continues outside with two covered patio areas surrounding the house and a separate gazebo overlooking the pond. Outside, among the 150 different palm species planted are a number of sheds, including a double-car garage with room for a campervan, a workshop and a greenhouse, which the current owners used to propagate their imported plants. The pond at 27 Edwards St, Atherton.The lush, rolling lawns are endless with a private footbridge perfect for exploring through the forest. “The owner used to travel around in a golf buggy, that’s how much space there is,” Ms Nightingale said. “It’s a very quiet street, there are a few houses there but this is at the end. “This property also has a 22kw solar panel system, a back-up generator and it’s fully fenced.” MORE: The apartment wowing rural property chasers 27 Edwards St, Atherton is listed with Elders Real Estate MalandaValued at more than $3 million, this village-like multifunctional property on the outskirts of Atherton has been listed for almost half of its true potential. Surrounded by an open rainforest, with a private man-made pond and freshwater creek running nearby, this secluded property about 25 minutes from the Atherton CBD would easily rival many glamping retreats on offer in the Far North. Elders Real Estate Malanda agent Shellie Nightingale described the 2.9ha property as a personal oasis. Cairns agency makes a mark in nation’s top 50last_img read more