Sportingbet’s merger talks with Unibet off

first_img Sportingbet’s merger talks with Unibet off Tuesday 16 November 2010 8:52 pm SPORTINGBET said yesterday that Swedish rival Unibet had withdrawn from merger talks.The online betting company, however, remains in talks with several other parties over potential deals. The companies had held talks to create a merged group worth £600m. Sportingbet was seen as a likely target in the wake of the industry-transforming merger between PartyGaming and Austria’s bwin, which piled pressure on rivals and traditional bookmakers to keep pace. In September, Sportingbet came under the spotlight for acquisitions again after it agreed to pay $33m (£20.7m) to settle a US investigation over alleged illegal internet gambling.A 2006 US law effectively outlawed internet gaming. In settling, Sportingbet agreed to cooperate with the government probe, and make employees available for interviews.Sportingbet has long been considered an attractive M&A play in the consolidating betting sector, especially after it settled in the US. The company has confirmed that it “has had and will continue to have discussions with different parties in relation to a variety of potential opportunities”. whatsapp Share whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solutionmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Healththedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Apopka Community Task Force listens for solutions

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter “I doubt if there is any problem in the world today – social, political or economic – that would not find a happy solution if approached in the spirit of the sermon on the mount.” ― Harry Truman  They say that finding problems are easy, but solutions are hard. The Apopka Community Task Force Against Violence took this problem/solution issue head on last night at the Fran Carlton Center at an event they called a “Listening Workshop.”Around 50 people attended the event, made up of citizens, task force members and three Commissioners – Doug Bankson and Kyle Becker from Apopka and Bryan Nelson from Orange County.This was the first of a 3-part series of listening sessions for the participants to provide their input and recommendations pertaining to issues in Apopka. This session was entitled, “Crime and Community.” The participants broke into three groups, but before they met, Task Force co-chairman Rod Love hammered home the theme of the night.“We don’t want you to just bring the problems, but solutions as well,” he said. “No problems will be discussed without solutions. The solutions require more thought.”There were many thoughts from many people in the 30-minute breakout session. But certain themes did emerge.The first thought from group one was that there is a toxic culture in the community that causes a distrust of police.Task Force member Steve John said it begins with what children are taught.“In my opinion you have to change the mindset,” said John. “You have to teach respect.”Commissioner Nelson added to that theme.“The kind of respect (Apopka High School Football) Coach (Rick) Darlington demands of his players is the level of respect we should shoot for.”At another group’s table, Pastor Richard King spoke of building relationships with police officers.“They (police) will have to reach out to the community,” he said. “And we will have to reach out to them.”At the third table, Commissioner Becker pointed out a statistic from the previous meeting that resonated with him – reading levels.“If a community has poor reading levels in third grade, government can plan on building more jails,” he said. “And if the reading level is high, they will build less. Education is a driver against violence.”Pastor Todd Lamphere brought up the need for church outreach into elementary schools.“Orange County Schools has a faith based initiative to adopt the schools, but churches have to get involved. They’ve been sold a bill of goods about separation of church and state. We have very few Christian believers who are engaging schools. Urge your church to go to your nearest elementary school. God is our behavior modification. If we can get a kid infused about the ways of God, he will be okay.” The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSApopka Community Task Force on violence Previous articleApopka High Valedictorian announcedNext articleCity Commissioners left in the dark on Bronson’s exit Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here “The universe is so well balanced that the mere fact that you have a problem also serves as a sign that there is a solution.”― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free Task Force member John Hightower added to Lamphere’s theme with a biblical reference.“You cannot separate us from the Bible,” he said. “We cannot let someone dictate to us not to teach it. And there is no holy book that says that killing is a good thing.”Pastor Hezekiah Bradford added another element to the discussion – community involvment.“Our number one issue is not City Hall, not government, but community,” he said. “If you see something, say something. If you see something do something. Bottom line? Get involved.”last_img read more

Guardian Charity Awards 2004 winners announced

first_imgFive innovative social welfare charities have won this year’s Guardian Charity Awards.The Guardian Charity Awards are given to small charities that have demonstrated innovative, pioneering work and which make anoutstanding contribution to social welfare in the community.The five winners each receive a new PC from Smartchange, £5,000 from Sainsbury’s, and publicity in the Guardian. Advertisement Howard Lake | 8 October 2004 | News Guardian Charity Awards 2004 winners announced AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards Digitalcenter_img The five winning charities in 2004 are:Gatwick Detainees Welfare GroupNorfolk and Norwich Families’ HouseThe Guy Fox History projectThe Food TrainDisaster ActionThe awards are supported by Smartchange, which is used by over 100,000 employees from their workplace to donate to charities, find volunteering opportunities, raise money through sponsored events, and read the latest community news from their company.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 16, 2018

first_imgHome News Feed Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 16, 2018 One more dry day today with sunshine and cool, but not cold temps. Winds will start to ramp back up later this afternoon. Clouds roll in overnight.Rain for tomorrow is farther north again. At this time we are removing restriction in our forecast as to where the action will stay out of. In fact, we can see 70% coverage of moisture over the state past midnight tonight through early afternoon tomorrow. We are also bumping our rain totals a bit to a few hundredths to .4”. With cold air in play, and with action starting overnight in spots, we still feel that we have to allow for some wet snow in there, mixing with some rain. Minor accumulations can be seen, especially north of I-70. Everything looks to be done by late afternoon and tomorrow evening.We are dry for Saturday night, Sunday and Monday, with sunshine and blue sky back in over the state for Sunday. Clouds build Monday, and by Monday night we see scattered showers moving in. However, action for Monday night and Tuesday looks to have a smaller footprint and may be confined to the southern half to third of the state. We will make a final determination on this in our forecast Monday morning. Rain totals can be from .25”-5” in those areas. Clouds will be around over the rest of the state.The biggest change in our forecast this morning comes for next Wednesday. As a strong nor’easter heads up the east coast, we see ample wrap around action on the backside of the low, and it may trigger snow over Indiana. We can see a coating to an inch or two in spots, with the best snow potential in eastern and northeastern parts of the state. It will be far worse to our east, but we need to stress not to underestimate this storm. Yes, it is hundreds of miles to our east, but the flow around the top will reach all the way back here, and will be enhanced by movement across the great lakes.The rest of the forecast is basically unchanged. We dry down for next Thursday and Friday, but stay cool. Then a front starts to work in for the 24th that has plenty of south flow ahead of it. That should take temps slightly above normal, and then also allow for good rains to fill in later Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Models have diminished the size and scope of this system this morning, but we are not changing the forecast yet. We will revisit this early next week. For now, we are calling for .25”-.75” rains for the 24th-25th with coverage at 70%.The extended pattern shows a strong circulation still for the 27th and 28th. Models suggest we can see the gulf bring up some nice moisture into this low, triggering moderate to heavy rains. It’s early but we are considering raising our rain totals for that part of the forecast period to 1-2 inches, based on a track right across from central MO to Toledo. There is plenty of time for this to change, but this may be a wet finish to the month of March. By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 16, 2018 Previous articleRural Broadband Bill Passes as 2018 General Assembly ConcludesNext articleRural Broadband Bill Passes as 2018 General Assembly Concludes Friday Morning Edition Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Facebook Twitter Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 16, 2018 Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Rediscover the joy of Recycling in Limerick

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Advertisement Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash OCTOBER is Ireland’s National Reuse Month and to celebrate Limerick City and County Council is hosting a number of webinars aimed at getting more people to Reduce Reuse and Recycle.It’s about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The recent lockdown restrictions have led to a lot of focus on our throwaway culture and how we should value our possessions for longer.To celebrate National Reuse Month during Limerick’s European Green Leaf City year Limerick City and County Council is hosting two #EGLALimerick2020 Zoom Webinars.Tuesday 06 October 8pm – Top Tips on UpcyclingThis is a wonderful opportunity to learn find out more about upcycling preloved furniture and other ‘stuff’. You will go away inspired to upcycle more around your home.Register here. Brought to you in conjunction with The Rediscovery Centre.Tuesday 20 October 8pm – Slow Fashion & Capsule WardrobeThis promises to assist all fashionistas to gain an insight into fashion habits and how to empower changes to our habits that will help the environment.Register here. Brought to you in conjunction with The Rediscovery Centre.Once you have taken part in the two webinars you will be full of ideas and confidence to take part in the Upcycle Challenge for 2020.MyWaste and the EPA are challenging you to unearth the imagination within and create something new out of something old…to breathe new life into an old or unwanted item or material.So, if you can find something old and renovate it or turn it into something completely different but still usable then this competition is for you.The deadline for National Reuse Month’s Upcycle Challenge is Friday 30 October.Click here for details. Prizes include €750 for each waste region.If you are involved or linked in with Tidy Towns in your locality, projects undertaken or participated in for National Reuse Month would be eligible for the next Tidy Towns application in the Sustainability, Doing More with Less category.And, of course, if you are a business providing reuse and repair services in Limerick or someone looking for a professional, you can check out the Limerick Reuse and Repair Directory on Limerick.ie.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “The value of reusing and repairing items has returned to the spotlight during Covid-19 restrictions when people had more time to spend renovating an old piece of furniture or using old items in their garden. That is what National Reuse month is about. Reusing and Recycling helps reduce waste which is a win for all of us and the environment.”Sinead McDonnell is Environment Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council said: “Reuse month is a super time to take stock of items in your home that may need a little revamp or repair. Channel your inner interior designer on Tuesday 6th October at 8pm tune into to our live upcycling workshop which will be co-hosted by Limerick City and County Council and the Rediscovery Centre.”“This is your chance to watch, listen and ask questions via a live chat stream which will give you the top tips for upcycling furniture and other items in your home to give them a new lease of life. The next webinar in the EGLA Limerick 2020 series will be calling on all fashionistas out there to learn about Slow Fashion and the capsule wardrobe.The Limerick.ie reuse and repair directory or the national repairmystuff.ie web site if for householders and businesses throughout the year. These sites add longevity to ‘stuff’, helping you to save money and help the environment.” Facebook Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous article“You’ve got to consistently play well week in, week out”- JvG ahead of the new seasonNext articleAustralian actress touches down in Shannon Airport Meghann Scully Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email LimerickNewsRediscover the joy of Recycling in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – September 30, 2020 187 Twitter TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Freddie Mac Puts NPL Pool Worth $233 Million Up for Auction

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea As part of a continued effort to clear its mortgage portfolio of non-performing loans, Freddie Mac has announced it will auction off a single pool of single-family residential non-performing loans (NPLs) with $233 million in unpaid principal balance (UPB) as part of a Standard Pool Offering.The loans being offered in the pool are deeply delinquent and are geographically diverse. All the loans in the pool are currently being serviced by Ocwen Financial. Bids are due from qualified bidders for the pool on May 20 and the sale is expected to settle sometime in July.Freddie Mac is encouraging private investors, minority- and women-owned businesses, non-profits, and neighborhood advocacy funds to bid in the auction. Potential bidders must be approved by Freddie Mac to gain access to the secure data room that contains information about the NPLs in order to bid in the auction. The winning bidder must meet Freddie Mac’s reserve levels and will be determined on the basis of economics.Advisors for the transaction are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and CastleOak Securities, L.P. Click here for more information about Freddie Mac’s NPL sales.Earlier this month, Freddie Mac announced the upcoming auction of its first-ever Extended Timeline Pool Offering (EXPO), meant to target smaller investors by offering NPLs for sale in smaller pools with extended timelines. Freddie Mac’s first EXPO includes a pool of loans located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, with a UPB of approximately $35 million, and bids are due on June 2.Freddie Mac has already conducted three Standard Pool Offering NPL sales in the last eight months totaling approximately $1.97 billion in UPB. The last such sale by Freddie Mac, completed on March 25, was its largest bulk NPL sale ever – it included nearly 5,400 loans totaling $985 million in UPB. Freddie Mac’s fellow GSE, Fannie Mae, announced the marketing of its first-ever bulk NPL sale on April 8, consisting of about 3,200 NPLs totaling $786 million in aggregate UPB. Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Freddie Mac Puts NPL Pool Worth $233 Million Up for Auction Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Homeownership Down Below ’90s Levels; Vacancy Rate Little Changed Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 4/29/2015 Share Save Related Articlescenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily April 28, 2015 1,306 Views  Print This Post Deeply Delinquent Mortgage Loans Freddie Mac Non-Performing Loans Ocwen Financial 2015-04-28 Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Deeply Delinquent Mortgage Loans Freddie Mac Non-Performing Loans Ocwen Financial Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Puts NPL Pool Worth $233 Million Up for Auction Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Bombay High Court To Hear Param Bir Singh’s Plea Seeking CBI Probe In To Allegation Of Corruption Against HM Anil Deshmukh Tomorrow

first_imgTop StoriesBombay High Court To Hear Param Bir Singh’s Plea Seeking CBI Probe In To Allegation Of Corruption Against HM Anil Deshmukh Tomorrow Sharmeen Hakim29 March 2021 11:27 PMShare This – xBombay High Court has agreed to hear the Petition filed by Former Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh seeking a CBI inquiry against the alleged corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister Government of Maharashtra.Senior Advocate Vikram Nankani mentioned the matter before Chief Justice Dipankar Datta.Chief Justice has agreed to hear the mater tomorrow.The PIL filed Article 226 of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginBombay High Court has agreed to hear the Petition filed by Former Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh seeking a CBI inquiry against the alleged corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister Government of Maharashtra.Senior Advocate Vikram Nankani mentioned the matter before Chief Justice Dipankar Datta.Chief Justice has agreed to hear the mater tomorrow.The PIL filed Article 226 of the Constitution of India seeks an “immediate, unbiased, uninfluenced impartial and fair investigation on the various corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh before evidences are destroyed.”Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Param Bir Singh to approach Bombay High Court with his plea seeking CBI investigation in the alleged corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister of Government of Maharashtra.Singh, who was shunted out from the Mumbai Police Commissionerate in the wake of Ambani bomb scare case, has also prayed that transfer of police officials are neither done on any consideration of pecuniary benefits to any politicians nor in contravention of the guidelines issued in Prakash Singh & others vs Union of India.Singh has also sought the complete file containing the report of Rashmi Shulka Commissioner of (Intelligence), State Intelligence Department as well as the connected file of the Home Department as interim relief.He has further sought for an independent agency to take custody of the entire CCTV footage of Deshmukh’s residence to prevent its destruction.The cop’s explosive letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackarey raising allegations against Deshmukh, which found its way to the press on Saturday, has put the Maha Vikas Agadi government in a spot.Parambir had earlier approached the Supreme Court that refused to entertain his plea and directed him to first approach the Bombay High Court.”No doubt the matter is quite serious affecting administration at large. It appears a lot of material has come in public domain due to personas falling apart,” the SC observed on Wednesday.In his petition Singh has submitted Deshmukh had been holding meetings in February, 2021 at his residence with police officers including Sachin Vaze of Crime Intelligence Unit, Mumbai and Sanjay Patil, ACP Social Service Branch, Mumbai, bypassing their seniors and had instructed them that he had a target to accumulate Rs. 100 crores every month and had directed to collect money from various establishments and other sources.He claimed that on or about 24th/25th August 2020, Rashmi Shukla, the Commissioner Intelligence, State Intelligence Department had brought to the notice of the Director General of Police, who in turn brought it to the knowledge of the Addl Chief Secretary Home Department, Government of Maharashtra about corrupt malpractices in postings / transfers by Shri Anil Deshmukh based on a telephonic interception. “She was shunted out rather than taking any firm action against the persons involved.”The respondents in the PIL are State of Maharashtra, Union of India, Central Bureau of Investigation and Anil DeshmuNext Storylast_img read more

New €1.8 million Wild Atlantic Way initiative launched

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook By News Highland – January 26, 2018 New €1.8 million Wild Atlantic Way initiative launched Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp A new €1.8 million Wild Atlantic Way initiative has been launched.The ‘Wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way’ promotion has been specially designed to boost tourist numbers from Britain.A €1.35 million marketing campaign in Britain will be complemented by a Fáilte Ireland €500,000 programme to support businesses along the Wild Atlantic Way to position themselves to benefit from the campaign, as well as to boost its own marketing campaigns in Northern Ireland.The ‘campaign will be rolled out by Tourism Ireland in Britain in two phases with phase one happening in February and March, aiming to entice British holidaymakers visit the Wild Atlantic Way during off-season months by highlighting the ease of direct access to the region through local airports.Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, says they are very much aware that Brexit has impacted on consumer confidence and, in turn, on outbound travel from Britain – including to Ireland. The depreciation of sterling against the euro means that value for money continues to be a key message for us in Britain. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmecenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleBinman suffered serious facial injuries after being attacked by dog while on dutyNext articleMagheroarty to Ardsbeg Rd closed due to serious collision News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Donegal features high on people’s staycation list

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Donegal features high on people’s staycation list Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – July 17, 2020 Google+ WhatsApp Kerry has seen a huge jump in interest for a staycation this year.That’s followed by Sligo, Galway, Clare and Donegal according to a survey by myhome.ieSearches for Irish holiday homes are up 112 per cent this year.Angela Keegan from myhome.ie outlines where people want to go:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/staycafgthgfhgfhtion8am-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Previous articleMinister criticised over delay in Leaving Cert resultsNext articleNaval service detains German fishing boat off Malin Head News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebooklast_img read more

Temporal changes in abundances of large calanoid copepods in the Scotia Sea: comparing the 1930s with contemporary times

first_imgTo investigate whether impacts of reported climate change in the Antarctic marine environment have affected mesozooplankton populations, we compared the summertime abundances of four species of large calanoid copepods from samples taken during the Discovery Investigations (1926–1938) and contemporary times (1996–2013). Discovery samples were obtained using an N70V closing net fished vertically through three depth horizons encompassing the top 250 m of the water column, whereas contemporary samples were obtained using a Bongo net fished vertically through 200–0 m. Data from a previous study comparing catch efficiencies of the two nets were used to generate calibration factors which were applied to the N70V abundances. Following further corrections for net depth differences and seasonal biases in sampling frequency, three of the four species, Calanoides acutus, Rhincalanus gigas and Calanus simillimus, were found to be between ~ 20–55% more abundant in contemporary times than they were 70 years ago. Calanus propinquus was marginally more abundant in the Discovery era. These results were robust to sensitivity analyses for the net calibration factor, seasonal bias and net depth corrections. Although near-surface ocean temperatures within the Scotia Sea have increased by up to 1.5 °C during the last 70 years, we conclude that the most likely causes of increased copepod abundances are linked to changes in the food-web. In particular, we discuss the reported decrease in krill abundance in the South Atlantic that has potentially increased the amount of food available to copepods while at the same time decreasing predator pressure.last_img read more