Trophic position of deep-sea fish – assessment through fatty acid and stable isotope analyses

To investigate the trophic ecology of two of the dominant families of deep-sea fish (Macrouridae and Moridae) fatty acid and stable isotope analyses were applied to liver and muscle samples of five abundant species from the NE Atlantic. In conjunction with stomach content data these methods made it possible to identify differences in feeding strategies between the five study species as well as variation in feeding in relation to increasing depth and body size. Biomarkers identified strong similarities between Coryphaenoides armatus and Antimora rostrata though differences were found associating C armatus more with the benthic food web whereas A. rostrata showed stronger links to the pelagic food web. While Lepidion eques was classified as a species linking benthic and benthopelagic food webs, both fatty acid and stable isotope data suggested that Coryphaenoides guentheri fed on an exclusively benthic diet. Coryphaenoides rupestris on the other hand were largely dependent on a copepod-based food web. Ontogenetic changes in feeding were found for both A. rostrato and C armatus with the indication of a switch from active predation to scavenging occurring with increasing body size. Biomarkers also reflected the seasonal influx from the photic zone though changes were species-specific and probably reflected the variation in prey availability and abundance in response to these inputs. Our findings have thus demonstrated that the combined use of these biomarkers can elucidate trophic specialisations in situations where conventional methods alone previously provided insufficient data. read more

Brace’s shapes management team

first_imgBrace’s, the Newport-based bread bakery, has made a number of changes to its board of directors following the recent appointment of a new chief executive.Liz Hayward, who has worked at Brace’s since 2012 has been promoted to HR director and Richard Mynott, with 14 years’ of experience in the company, has taken the position of bakery operations director. Paul Arrowsmith has also joined as finance director.The company said it was also looking to recruit a commercial director and technical director after Scott Richardson was appointed to his new role of chief executive in June.Richardson said: “I am pulling together the new board based on experience, expertise and passion. This is an exciting time for Brace’s Bakery.“With a mixture of company knowledge and fresh insights, I am really looking forward to working with the new board and the wider team to continue to develop and grow this wonderful business.”Established in 1902 by George Brace, Brace’s is now in its fourth generation, with three bakeries in Pen-y-fan, Croespenmaen and Rogerstone in Newport, south Wales.last_img read more

Treasure island

first_img Revisionist history Revisions, notes, and strikeouts are just many interests in this Updike volume. Precious and fragile Then there are the commonsensical restrictions on archival materials, “in many cases because of fragility,” said assistant curator Heather Cole. That concern includes items at Houghton that predate Christ. John Updike Leslie Morris, the curator of modern books and manuscripts, helps oversee the John Updike Archive. Once cataloged, his papers will be ready for researchers in the summer of 2012. Collected works Treasure trove The lives and thoughts of literary greats live on through their papers, like in Houghton’s Library’s John Updike Archive. Updike began depositing in Houghton in 1966, just seven years after his first book was published. Journal entries A handwritten journal entry by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Meticulous “He was a meticulous person in his research,” said Jennifer Lyons, Houghton’s manuscript and visual resources cataloger, of John Updike. Lyons has reams of material devoted to Toyota dealerships (the source of Updike’s character Rabbit’s prosperity), state license plates, and heart disease. Literary criticism An up-close view of one of Updike’s many papers. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Almost three years ago, two archivists from Harvard’s Houghton Library appeared at author John Updike’s front door in Beverly. Barely three weeks later, America’s master stylist would die from lung cancer. “He knew it was time,” said Leslie Morris, Houghton’s curator of modern books and manuscripts. “He asked us to come.Leaning on a walker, Updike chatted with Morris and her assistant while they packed cartons in his upstairs study. Into one box went the unfinished novel from his writing desk.Updike had wanted to know that the outward signs of his literary ardor — decades of handwritten drafts, typescripts, galleys, and research files — would survive him. And he knew death was near. “Old age,” he had written in a short story, “arrived in increments of uncertainty.”But there was no uncertainty about what should happen next at Houghton, the first building at an American university that was designed to house rare books and manuscripts. For decades, Houghton had been collecting the material now known as the John Updike Archive, which will be fully cataloged and ready for researchers by next summer.In the end, the lives and thoughts of literary greats live on through their work and papers. Houghton and other Harvard libraries carefully tend the records left by dozens of prominent authors, providing pivotal research material for scholars.The largest University repository is the Harvard University Archive, home to thousands of cubic feet of material, from doctoral dissertations and annual reports to books, maps, photographs, paintings, and artifacts. In addition, Baker Library at the Harvard Business School has about 1,400 collections of business manuscripts dating back to the 15th century. Radcliffe’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America has more than 2,500 manuscript collections. Harvard Law School’s historical holdings include 2,000 linear feet of legal manuscripts, some more than 800 years old.But it is fair to say that Houghton is the mother ship for Harvard’s literary collections. Its 20th century holdings alone include the papers of T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe, E.E. Cummings, Robert Lowell, John Ashbery, and Leon Trotsky. From the century before come world-class collections from Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and all of the creative James progeny: Alice, Henry, and William.The point of such avid collection is scholarship. Houghton alone registers approximately 5,000 scholarly visits a year. In a hushed reading room, researchers — half of them Harvard faculty and students — pore over manuscripts, rare books, and letters that yield clues to literary creation.But before that can happen, a busy and expert hive of specialists goes to work on the raw material that needs cataloging. Houghton typifies the intricate, difficult, time-consuming effort of processing and conserving rare documents, books, and other artifacts. That process begins the moment material arrives (sometimes haphazardly) in cartons, and continues until it is archived and housed in acid-free boxes.“The refuse of my profession”Updike ’54 began depositing papers at Houghton in 1966, just seven years after his first book was published. He later wrote of “the library’s meticulous, humidified care” for what he called “the refuse of my profession.”That early “refuse” included James Thurber-like drawings, plays, proofs, and manuscripts, along with a paper written for a Harvard English class. It was about a former high school basketball player, and foreshadowed “Rabbit, Run,” the 1960 novel that catapulted Updike to fame. (He got an “A.”)The author delivered a carton or more of material every year, said Morris. Other writers have a harder time parting with anything, and even stop by Houghton to visit their own papers. “Their archives,” she said, “are an extension of themselves.”In their final visit to Updike’s house, Morris and an assistant retrieved the author’s Harvard Lampoon collection, some sketches he did in a postgraduate year at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, U.K., a box of recent correspondence, and all the multilanguage first editions of his books, which the meticulous Updike had neatly shelved in the order in which they appeared.Very large literary collections destined for Houghton — Gore Vidal’s, for example — go straight to the Harvard Depository, a 25-year-old facility in Southborough with the capacity to shelve 3 million linear feet of material. One room there is often used to stack and store literary papers while experts begin the intake process they call “accessioning.”But for the last of the Updike material, Morris and her assistant simply rented a Zipcar, drove to the author’s home, and spent the morning packing — but not before they had photographed the books as shelved.Each collection starts with a doorwayLarge or small, a literary collection first enters Houghton through a doorway across from Widener Library. In a copy room just inside, Morris and others make a rough estimate of what the collection includes. Boxes may then get moved a few feet to Morris’ offices. Lining a hallway there earlier this year, packed into archive-quality Paige boxes, was a trove of material from Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet dissident and physicist.Through a door on the other side of the copy room is the office of Melanie Wisner, Houghton’s accessioning archivist, an expert on the first overview of a new archive.“It’s order-making,” she said of the intake process, which includes writing a “box list,” entering it on a spreadsheet, and filing the collection in preliminary folders. Categories of order-making include correspondence, manuscripts, and materials related to research, biography, and photos. Wisner called the process an archive’s first “rough sort.” But Updike was so neat, she said, that “there was little to do.”Accessioning means making initial judgments about what material is fragile and requires technical conservation. It also means being an author’s advocate, by identifying material that might be very private.Privacy at Houghton is plentiful two floors below, in the sub-basement with its thousands of feet of shelving. Far back in the dark stacks — beyond the Theodore Roosevelt collection and the wide boxes of John James Audubon originals — shelves of Updike material await formal cataloging. Morris opens a box containing a complete set of the Harvard Lampoons from the year when Updike was editor (1953-54). Another box contains neat manuscript folders of his art reviews.Nearby, up one ramp, is a large, well-lit space. Tables there are lined with open cartons and manila folders from the Updike archive. Jennifer Lyons, Houghton’s manuscript and visual resources cataloger, is looking at manuscript pages from “Rabbit at Rest,” the final novel of Updike’s famed Rabbit Angstrom tetrology. Lying nearby is what seems like an unlikely addition to literary scholarship: an empty, 99-cent bag of Keystone Snacks corn chips.“He was a meticulous person in his research,” said Lyons, who started on the collection in July 2010. She pointed out other examples of the kind of studying Updike did to make his work shine with reality: reams of material about Toyota dealerships (the source of Rabbit’s prosperity), an outline of state license plates, and medical literature on heart disease (the cause of Rabbit’s death).Updike was deeply involved in every detail of his final literary products, said Lyons. As a young writer in 1959, he even offered to design the cover for “The Poorhouse Fair,” his first novel. (The publisher graciously declined.)The two-year task of cataloging the Updike material has been comparatively “fast and furious,” said Lyons. In the end, scholars will get a database of all the material related to his novels, poetry, essays, correspondence, and photographs. Archivists call this a “finding aid,” which lists folder-by-folder details. Such aids are not meant to be the granular details of everything, said Morris, but “a minimum level of description for a literary collection.” Discovery is up to researchers, she said, but synthesis is the responsibility of the archivists. They must be interested enough to do the work, but not fascinated enough to be stalled by every detail. Lyons said she might read more Updike one day, but for now “I go home and read something else.”Twelve shelves of Updike’s booksDown another Houghton corridor is an example of the end point of an archivist’s exhaustive processing: 12 shelves holding a selection of the 1,357 books that Morris retrieved from Updike’s personal library. (Others, largely foreign-language and later editions, are stored at the depository.)Some materials are housed in acid-free boxes, as part of what archivists call “end-processing,” the final step to assure that a literary artifact is protected, housed, bar-coded, and ready to hand over to a researcher. Other books have polypropylene jackets to protect fragile, first-edition covers. Still others are just coded and shelved, like the books Morris took off Updike’s writing desk. Those included his dictionary, two volumes on St. Paul (the subject of an unfinished book), and a book he had just reviewed, complete with annotations.Elsewhere on the shelf are two of Updike’s books from his undergraduate years, one Melville and one Shakespeare. Houghton has both the teaching copy of “King Lear” used by celebrated Harvard English Professor Harry Levin (1912-1994) and Updike’s student copy from the same class. Both books have extensive marginalia. For a scholar, that could prove a perfect storm. Through such parallel artifacts, said Morris, “You can see the intersection of lives.”On one shelf is Updike’s first-edition copy of “Rabbit, Run” (1960), an expurgated edition that he reworked for the British edition that allowed him to restore original passages about the euphoria and celebration of sex. Most of these additions and changes appear in Updike’s handwriting in the margins. Others are passages he typed and pasted onto relevant pages. Both provide a window onto the author’s creative process. “You can see what he’s adding back in,” said Morris.Back upstairs, near the door where the material arrives, is the room where the process is completed. It’s the spacious realm of curatorial assistant Vicki Denby, Houghton’s resident expert on end-processing. Hers is a world of acid-free folders and stacked flip-top Hollinger boxes, in which most literary papers are finally “housed,” the term that archivists use when precious papers are finally snug and safe. Like houses, the boxes have addresses — bar codes these days — that allow staffers to find requests, and record who made them.Looking up from one box, Denby said, “It’s a lot of work.” A ‘neat’ man Melanie Wisner, Houghton’s accessioning archivist, is an expert on the first overview of a new archive. Updike was so neat, said Wisner, “there was little to do.” RWE “He used his journals,” said Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts Leslie Morris, “as his quarry.” That’s Ralph Waldo Emerson, of course. ‘A lot of work’ Curatorial assistant Vicki Denby works near stacks of acid-free folders and flip-top Hollinger boxes, where most literary papers are finally “housed” — a term archivists use to express the snug safety of precious papers. “It’s a lot of work,” she said.last_img read more

BP buys into U.S. offshore wind market, inks $1.1 billion deal with Equinor

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Equinor ASA has agreed to sell a 50% stake in two offshore wind farms to BP PLC, establishing a strategic partnership to further develop similar projects in the U.S.The Norwegian state-owned energy company will sell the nonoperated stake in the 2-GW Empire Wind, located off the coast of New York State, and in the 2.4-GW Beacon Wind, located off the coast of Massachusetts, for a total consideration before adjustments of $1.1 billion, according to a Sept. 10 news release.Equinor currently holds 100% interest in both leases and will remain project operator through the development, construction and operations phases. BP’s acquisition of interests in the wind projects is effective Jan. 1. The deal is anticipated to close in early 2021.“Optimizing equity and bringing in new partners allow us to realize value, increasing our financial flexibility to fund further growth,” said Pål Eitrheim, executive vice president for new energy solutions in Equinor.Both companies hope to expand this cooperation further by considering future joint opportunities in the U.S. for bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind.Equinor aims to grow its renewable energy capacity to 4 GW to 6 GW by 2026 and 12 GW to 16 GW by 2035, and recently announced its expectation to accelerate these ambitions. BP is also looking to increase annual low carbon investment to around $5 billion a year by 2030. As part of its new strategy, the company plans to increase its developed renewable generating capacity from 2.5 GW in 2019 to around 50 GW by 2030.[Maryam Adeeb]More ($): BP marks entry in US offshore wind with $1.1B deal, partnership with Equinor BP buys into U.S. offshore wind market, inks $1.1 billion deal with Equinorlast_img read more

Panama’s SENAN seized 2,772 packages of illicit substances so far in 2015

first_imgDuring another bust on March 10, agents discovered 262 kilograms of cocaine in the false bottom of a boat during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) has seized 2,772 kilograms of illegal drugs in eight separate operations since January 1. Most recently, on March 16, agents confiscated 84 kilograms of cocaine found inside a container at the Port of Rodman on the Panama Canal during Operation San Abraham. That was only three days after SENAN officers captured nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 kilograms of cocaine in the province of Colón, found aboard the Colombian-flagged Doña Omaira vessel. By Dialogo April 07, 2015 International drug traffickers use Panama as a transshipment point for cocaine. Nearly 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Central America and Mexico, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report. SENAN didn’t immediately report which narco-trafficking or organized crime group owned the drugs or where it was going to be shipped, saying only that of the 2,772 packages of seized narcotics, 2,599 contained cocaine. Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) has seized 2,772 kilograms of illegal drugs in eight separate operations since January 1. Most recently, on March 16, agents confiscated 84 kilograms of cocaine found inside a container at the Port of Rodman on the Panama Canal during Operation San Abraham. That was only three days after SENAN officers captured nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 kilograms of cocaine in the province of Colón, found aboard the Colombian-flagged Doña Omaira vessel. SENAN didn’t immediately report which narco-trafficking or organized crime group owned the drugs or where it was going to be shipped, saying only that of the 2,772 packages of seized narcotics, 2,599 contained cocaine. During another bust on March 10, agents discovered 262 kilograms of cocaine in the false bottom of a boat during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. International drug traffickers use Panama as a transshipment point for cocaine. Nearly 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Central America and Mexico, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report.last_img read more

Colombian National Navy Neutralizes Another Drug-Trafficking Semi-Submersible

first_imgAlso known as a “drug submarine,” a semi-submersible is an illegal, artisanal narcotrafficking sea vessel. They travel at speeds of 5 to 7 knots, have a cargo capacity of up to 15 tons, have single or dual engines, and in general, can house a four-person crew who spend one or two weeks on board traveling the 3,000-3,500 miles to Mexico or the United States. Less than a quarter of these semi-submarines’ hulls are exposed to the surface; they travel right under the water’s surface – hence the name. “In general, construction is done a few kilometers from the coast to make it difficult to find,” Cmdr. Prada stated. “We have discovered several [semi-submersibles] in the Saquianga National Natural Park and in other areas with thick vegetation and limited access.” Construction of a proper submarine that’s capable of traveling completely below the surface of the water requires a far greater investment, specialized materials, and an expert workforce. “It is too labor-intensive and far too indiscreet for [narcotraffickers],” Cmdr. Prada explained. “So their alternative is constructing vessels that, even though they’re considerably smaller than a submarine, can carry five times more weight than a motorboat.” Law enforcement Manufacturing of semi-submersibles began in the 1990s at the height of drug trafficking when drug cartels were at their zenith. They began as an alternative way to smuggle drugs from Colombia to the United States or Mexico. At the time, those countries’ authorities were beginning to monitor air transportation intensively, and go-fast boats were experiencing large losses due to ships sinking and because of how easy they were to detect. Generally, semi-submersibles have a four-member crew: one who navigates; one who oversees the machinery and engines; one who monitors the cargo; and one so-called “captain,” who knows the vessel’s route. The “captain” receives $25,000 per trip, while other crew members make about $5,000, according to the National Navy. The vessels cost between $500,000 to $1 million, according to the National Navy. Construction can last between 30-45 days in improvised factories capable of working on up to three semi-submarines at a time, employing around 30 workers. The most common route taken by semi-submersibles is from Saquianga Park in Nariño, south around the Galápagos Islands, towards the Gulf of Tehuantepec in Mexico. Sometimes, another ship will pick up the narcotics in a nearby sea, according to the National Navy’s Pacific Coast Guard. The vessel, which had a diesel engine and was within days of being seaworthy, was seized along with 900 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride inside it. Forty-eight hours later, the National Navy destroyed a semi-submersible in a tributary of the Timba River in the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño. National Naval service members also detained six suspects who allegedly constructed the vessel. About the same time, the Navy seized more than a ton of cocaine hydrochloride and three dinghies that held 20 parcels with 402 packets of drugs from an undisclosed location. Additionally, National Naval forces found 657 packets of drugs and 35 bins with 1,120 gallons of fuel at an illegal drop-off point near an area filled with heavy brush. So far this year, the Colombian National Navy has seized four semi-submersibles that drug traffickers were going to use to transport narcotics. The most recently confiscated vessel, which was 14 meters long, three meters wide, and could transport four tons of narcotics, occurred in the town of Candelilla de la Mar in the department of Nariño on May 13th. The year’s first seizure of a semi-submersible occurred on March 1st, about 250 nautical miles west of the Colombia-Ecuador border, when National Navy service members captured four crew members –three Colombians and a Mexican– and confiscated 5,824 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride found aboard the vessel. Every 1,000 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride seized by Military or law enforcement agents cost narcotrafficking organizations about $32 million in proceeds from sales on the international market. In those models, the bow contained one or two fuel tanks, a cargo area, a cabin for the crew, and a machinery room. The vessels, which also possessed a generator to power the batteries feeding the communication and positioning equipment, did not have a bathroom. By 2000, authorities began to encounter new models. Though semi-submersibles are silent, leave no wake, and are impossible to detect along the horizon, they are visible from the air. However, drug traffickers designed a hollowed-out torpedo that can hold between one and five tons of cocaine that’s towed by a fishing boat. Semi-submersible, a drug-trafficking invention What is a semi-submersible?center_img “Inspections, strategic patrols, obtaining and vetting information, and planning are, among many other steps, necessary for the success of an operation to neutralize a semi-submersible,” said Commander Pedro Prada, who heads the Coast Guard of the Pacific, adding that seizures of semi-submersibles require months of intelligence work. Since 1993, Colombian authorities have seized 91 semi-submersibles that, for the most part, have been destroyed immediately. There was an uptick in 2009, when 20 such vessels were neutralized, coinciding with that year’s Law No. 1311 – the Semi-Submarines Act. In 2015, authorities found five vessels, both in the latter stages of construction and at sea. Colombia’s Navy found the first semi-submersible in its national territory on the island of Providencia in May 1993. The vessel was six meters long and could carry a ton of narcotics. A year later, the National Navy found a similar vessel – and they’ve continued to find semi-submersibles up and down Colombia’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Authorities have also found many semi-submersibles at sea through aerial detection. By Dialogo May 19, 2016 Since the beginning of the decade, authorities have started to encounter unmanned semi-submersibles carrying one or two tons of drugs, in addition to high-tech buoys that can be recovered at sea by drug traffickers. “A great deal of the intelligence we work on for the Navy is directed at locating the sites where these units are being built, to prevent them from reaching the sea where it is difficult to find them,” Cmdr. Prada said. “Our discoveries include semi-submarines as well as submersible torpedoes.” Colombia goes after those associated with these vessels with the Semi-Submarines Act, which punishes those convicted of using, constructing, selling, or possessing a semi-submersible or submarine without proper authorization to between six and 12 years in prison and a fine between 1,000 to 50,000 times the current monthly minimum wage (SMLMV), which is currently $228.59. But the penalties are much stiffer if the semi-submersible or submarine is used to store, transport, or sell narcotics or drug-producing materials, as those convicted face between eight to 14 years in prison and a fine of up to 70,000 times the SMLMV. The torpedo has a ballast system – meaning it can take water into chambers to lose flotation and can take in air for the opposite effect. It also has a positioning device, and can dive 30 meters deep thanks to a steel cable more than 200 meters long. It’s also invisible from the air. Narco-traffickers using buoys The Málaga Bay Naval Base in the department of Valle del Cauca houses some semi-submarines that have been discovered since the 90s. Though protocol demands that semi-submersibles be demolished as soon as they are found, the ones in Málaga were preserved for analysis. The two seizures come about six weeks after the Navy confiscated a semi-submersible that was in its final stages of construction on April 3rd. The vessel, which was 15 meters long and three meters wide, would have been able to transport two tons of drugs once its engine had been installed. Since the beginning of the 1990s when the first semi-submersible was seized, the manufacturing techniques have improved to increase the vessels’ cargo capacity. The vessel’s body is a motorboat covered over with fiberglass. The hull is dark to camouflage the vessel at sea, and its corrugated texture facilitates the unloading of drugs. A small cabin rises out of the hull to provide visibility for the crew, and air is circulated through tubes. Though some semi-submersibles can be used for multiple trips, most are sunk by narcotraffickers after one trip. The vessels also are equipped with valves to allow them to take on water and sink if they are boarded by authorities. How they work Colombia has security cooperation agreements with countries in Central, North, and South America to be more effective in locating these units and arresting drug traffickers.last_img read more

Man Fatally Shot in Valley Stream

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 35-year-old man was shot to death in Valley Stream early Monday morning, Nassau County police said.Fifth Precinct patrol officers responded to a report of a man shot on West Merrick Road near the corner of North Central Avenue shortly after 4 a.m., police said. The victim was taken to Franklin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.The victim’s was identified as Shaleek Jenkins, of Hempstead. No arrests have been made.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Schneiderman and Singas Get Unusual Gifts for Their Reform Fight

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In a crowded union hall on a cold blustery night in Nassau County, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas were given the “Champions in Fighting Corruption Award” from the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC).They each received their own light saber suitable for “Star Wars.”“I’ve gotten a lot of awards over the years but I never got one of these!” Schneiderman told the appreciative audience with a laugh as he waved his toy saber through the air and pledged to take it back with him to Albany. Singas didn’t say if she intended to use her saber in Mineola.Schneiderman and Singas were honored for their work exposing unethical practices by Nassau County and New York State elected officials and furthering ethics reform in state and local government. In their remarks, they pledged to carry on the fight.New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shows off a toy light saber.The occasion was a cocktail party to benefit LIPC, a grassroots community-based organization founded in 1979, which is affiliated with the Citizen Action of New York.“During an era when residents have lost their confidence in public officials, we are grateful that we have allies both statewide and locally protecting taxpayers and putting the people first,” said  Lisa Tyson, LIPC’s executive director, at the Westbury headquarters of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, the largest grocery union in the state.On hand was a who’s who of progressive activists, local labor leaders and Democratic politicians, including former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, who earlier in the day formally announced that he’s among the dozen candidates considering running for the open Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), and current Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), who so far is the only one running against Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).last_img read more

Tonči Glavina appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism

first_imgIn the closed part on the back session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia , Mr. Tonči Glavina was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism.Tonči Glavina is the director of the Klis doo Business Incubator and co-owner of one of the largest Croatian tour operators for children and youth tourism and the first specialized youth hostel Eklata.Otherwise, each minister may have one or more state secretaries appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the proposal of the Prime Minister. The Secretary of State is accountable to the Minister and the Government for his work, and implements the established policy of the Government in one or more administrative areas for which he is responsible, in accordance with the orders of the Minister.last_img