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Lazard loses a second top dealmaker

first_imgTuesday 29 March 2011 9:00 pm LAZARD has lost a chief dealmaker with Ken Costa quitting his roles as chairman of Lazard International and co-head of UK?investment banking.Costa, 62, will leave at the end of this week, creating a second gap among Lazard’s senior rainmakers after the unexpected departure of Lazard International chief executive Naguib Kheraj.Kheraj left recently just 32 days after joining, saying that he was too busy to continue in his post.It is understood that Costa, who was once tipped as a successor to former Lazard boss Bruce Wasserstein, does not have a new job lined up. He has been at the bank for over three years.Lazard International, which Costa led, does not include the main bank’s operations but consists of a group of senior dealmakers whose main role is to drum up business for the firm. Costa, who developed a reputation as an aggressive advocate who specialised in advising family-owned companies, came to the bank after leaving UBS unexpectedly, bringing with him a strong base of contacts, particularly in the Gulf and Middle East. Lazard declined to comment. whatsapp Share Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo Read This NextWATCH: Shohei Ohtani continues home run tear, Los Angeles Angels winSportsnautYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proofcenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content Lazard loses a second top dealmaker Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Travel worries undone by dead-eyed technology

first_imgMonday 4 April 2011 7:09 pm whatsapp GEEK SPEAK @steve_dinneen AS I write this I’m three days through a trip to Prague, a city incomparably beautiful when viewed on a glass screen. And perhaps otherwise. I wouldn’t know. From the flight onwards, the need for independent thought has been almost entirely eradicated, cheerful, blinking LEDs obligingly making every decision for me. The everyday difficulties of travelling – deciding where you want to go, working out how to get there, actually having to speak to people –have been radically eroded by the ceaseless, dead-eyed march of mobile technology. Take Word Lens for the iPhone, an app so mind bogglingly futuristic it makes the actual future look like a rubbish version of the past. Point your phone at anything with writing on and, using its camera, it will replace the words with English. Foreign menus need no longer hold any fear –simply point your phone and have it translated for you. There is no need to learn the odd phrase of the local dialect –thanks to Word Lens, the Neanderthal is king. The one problem? For now it only works in Spanish, which isn’t all that useful in the Czech Republic. So instead of translating, it tantalised me with what a translation might look like, replacing real foreign words with made up English ones. Gibberish danced over every street sign. Even pictures magically shifted into the senseless Word Lens language. The world became a glimpse into the shadowy corners of the mind of a dyslexic Rain Man. Thankfully, more useful to the task in hand is iTranslate, which will translate between more languages than you have ever heard of. Rather than verbally communicate with people, you can type something into your phone and thrust it at them (preferably avoiding eye-contact throughout). Technology (wonderful, wonderful technology) has done away with the need for even the most cursory human interaction. Even the mental gymnastics involved in working out the tip at the end of a meal is removed by CheckPlease, an app that works out how much each person needs to pay, how much you need to tip, based on how generous you are feeling, and even whether you want to round the amount up. This is it people, you can down tools, the future is here. And of course, don’t forget trusty old Google Maps, which will take you within three inches of almost anywhere in the world. Gone are the days of weighing up the pros and cons of various quaint riverside restaurants. Instead you can let the folks on Trip Advisor decide for you while you are still in the hotel. There’s no need to look up from your phone until you are firmly seated in whichever god forsaken Irish pub you end up in. All of this also means you never have to stop working. This column is being written on my iPad; my fingers banging into the glass like masochistic moths against the dull windowpane of the future. All I need now is a VirtualHoliday app, which beams the sensory equivalent of a trip abroad directly into my mind and I could be done with the whole dirty business of leaving my house in the first place. Then I’d really be living the dream. Sent from my only friend the iPad. Share whatsapp Travel worries undone by dead-eyed technology Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndo Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

2 leading UK shares I would buy today – at last year’s price

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In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. christopherruane owns shares of British American Tobacco and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Many investors spent a long time regretting missing out on some incredible bargains in the stock market this time last year. A lot of shares have performed strongly since then. But looking at UK shares today, I notice two companies I hold that are priced almost exactly as they were a year ago.Unilever: pandemic boost discountedOver the past year, Unilever (LSE: ULVR) has actually fallen, albeit less than 1%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Yet the consumer goods giant owns brands such as Domestos and Lifebuoy. I expect to see some long-term demand uplift thanks to an increased hygiene focus caused by the pandemic.Even without the pandemic effect, the company’s family of brands sold in almost two hundred countries is highly attractive to me. By spreading itself geographically as well as across affordability brackets, the company can insulate itself somewhat from economic downturns. It is also riding on the wave of rising living standards in markets such as south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. That growing addressable market could help grow revenues and support the UK shares.Unilever’s strong brand names help give it pricing power. In that way, I think Unilever matches some of the share picking criteria used by Warren Buffett. That helps sustain attractive profit margins, which in turn support dividend payouts. With its yield of 3.7%, Unilever is attractive to me for income.One of my favourite UK sharesAnother share that has hardly moved is British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS). Like Unilever, it trades within 1% of where it sat 12 months ago.Meanwhile, the business looks in better shape than it did then. It added 3m non-combustible customers last year. Even though combustible revenue fell 4.5%, the company’s pricing power allowed it to increase combustible revenue 2.8%. BAT is a remarkable free cash flow generator. By generating £50m of free cash flow a week last year, it has managed to bring its gearing down somewhat. The company’s balance sheet still contains more debt than I like. Long-term, the volume decline in combustibles looks set to continue. New revenues from non-combustibles may well not compensate in terms of either volumes or profit.However, I believe the tobacco industry has some road left ahead of it. BAT’s latest dividend shows the power of such massive free cash flow. These UK shares yield 7.6%. That explains why they are favourites with many dividend hunters including me.Quality attributesIf these shares are attractive, why hasn’t their price increased? Both have moved up at some points over the past year but essentially I can buy them for the same price now as I could have done 12 months ago. What’s to say they won’t stay flat over the next year too?The reality is that they could. Or, like any UK shares, they could fall.But I’m less focussed on the daily moves of these two names. For me, investing in FTSE 100 heavyweights like these offers the hope of long-term rewards. Both have global exposure. Both have strong brand portfolios. Both have pricing power. Both are cash generation machines.Those attributes of a quality share often come at a high price. I’m glad I can stock up on these UK shares now without having to shell out more than I did a year ago. Enter Your Email Address Christopher Ruane | Friday, 26th March, 2021 | More on: BATS ULVR 2 leading UK shares I would buy today – at last year’s pricelast_img read more

Aviva Premiership Highlights Wrap-Up for Round 19

first_imgTuesday Apr 3, 2012 Aviva Premiership Highlights Wrap-Up for Round 19 It was a historical weekend in the Premiership as a world record crowd attended Wembley for Saracens vs Harlequins, a game that now has the largest ever attendance in club rugby. Here’s a quick wrap-up of what took place in each match.A crowd of 83,761 turned out at Wembley to watch Harlequins beat Saracens 24-19 and in doing so, extend their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership table.George Lowe was the star for Quins as he scored a try and put in an impressive defensive effort, with one incredible try saver in particular. Jordan Turner-Hall also scored, as did Danny Care.Elsewhere, Elliot Daly kicked a massive penalty to snatch a last minute 26-24 win for Wasps over Gloucester. Former Kingsholm native Nicky Robinson had an off day with the boot so young Daly stepped up and duly slotted the winning kick, easing their relegation fears.Short highlights and a summaries of all the games are included in the video below if you missed them and need to catch up. If you don’t have time to watch, the results were as follows:Newcastle Falcons 22 – 19 Sale Sharks | Leicester Tigers 43 – 13 Worcester Warriors  Bath 6 – 26 Northampton Saints | Saracens 19 – 24 Harlequins | Exeter Chiefs 18 – 11 London Irish London Wasps 26 – 24 Gloucester RugbyThanks to Premiership RugbyADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Braun: ‘Take What China Will Give, Don’t Depend Upon Them in…

first_img Facebook Twitter Braun: ‘Take What China Will Give, Don’t Depend Upon Them in the Future’ Facebook Twitter Previous articleThe HAT Soil Health Podcast- Using Cover Crops on Specialty CropsNext articleTraditional Lt. Governor Candidate Debate Addresses Ag Issues Eric Pfeiffer Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At an Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance Shop Talk event on Wednesday, Senator Mike Braun discussed agricultural trade with farmers. China has committed to purchasing $36.5 billion in ag goods this year and they have made some recent purchases of corn and soybeans, but Braun says you just can’t trust China when it comes to trade.“Take what the Chinese will give, don’t depend upon it in the future because I think they’ll do that mostly as political pressure is put upon them or when they are at a point where we’re the only supplier that can do the job. Of course, we’re the biggest producer and that’ll happen now and then. I just wouldn’t be beguiled that we want to throw in in the same way we became dependent on them up to this point. I think the idea of finding other markets, this is now the time to do it. Take what the Chinese will give in the short run, don’t depend upon it in the long run.”Those new markets though are hard to come by right now. Braun also stressed the importance of diversifying your farm, but says sadly, that’s much easier to do when times are good.“That doesn’t help when you’re in a pickle like agriculture is now. So, I think in the short run we’re going to have to do everything, including having the kitchen sink thrown at it, to get to where the essence of what many farmers are doing now, which is producing corn and soybeans, that you diversify, that you look for those other things to do. How you do that in the moment, there’s no real good solution. Each farm is different.” SHARE SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 19, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Braun: ‘Take What China Will Give, Don’t Depend Upon Them in the…last_img read more

Horoscope: March 25, 2021

first_imgLinkedin Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Facebook Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 + posts Tamia Banks Twitter Tamia Banks Previous articleThe Skiff: March 25, 2021Next articleInternational students look forward to returning to campus in the fall Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Twitter Facebook ReddIt Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Banks printA baby born today has a Sun in Aries and a Moon until 11:25 p.m., when the Moon enters Virgo.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, March 25, 2021:Entrepreneurial, passionate and direct, expressing your creative voice is high on your priority list. This year, you connect with artistic groups through the magic of technology without sidestepping professional obligations. Continue to keep a watchful eye on your finances. When life gets tough, your optimism infects those around you. If single, online dating sites may intrigue you. If attached, carve time in your schedules for romantic date nights. SAGITTARIUS challenges you.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★Today, share spare time with a friend who makes you laugh and smile. Avoid religious and political topics. Try walking, biking, dancing or any other physical activity that you can enjoy doing together. Tonight: Send family a photo collage.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★A piece of furniture or decorative art may tempt you to overspend. Watch your impulses. What you love today you might not like tomorrow. Show your family in words and action how much you appreciate them. Tonight: Answer texts and email.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★Catch up on reading. If the sun is shining, take your book or device outside. Return communication you may have forgotten about. Meet up with friends who love stimulating conversation and a friendly debate about hot topics. Tonight: Vegetarian meal.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★Walk where you can smell fresh flowers. That may remind you to buy a bouquet for your home or office. Treat yourself to a frivolous item that won’t impact your finances but you will enjoy. Tonight: Start a mystery novel.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★★Pat yourself on the back. A project you have been working on will reach its conclusion. Attend a gathering where you can network with people whose interests mirror your own. An important contact might emerge. Tonight: An emotional discussion brings closure.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★Today might bring vacillating moods. Excuse yourself politely from an appointment and take alone time. Your imagination may be especially active. Catch up on journal entries and jot down creative ideas you want to run by your team. Tonight: Dance movements.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★Plan to visit a friend who lives out of town. In the meantime, set a time to connect online. Someone you did a favor for may write a note that could bring a tear to your eye. Tonight: Calm your nerves.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★Expect the unexpected in all areas of life. Your career may take a surprising new turn. Adapt to current trends, and you will fit right in. Stay focused and continue to be a team player. Tonight: Add to your playlist.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★Someone might ask you to mentor them. Accept the challenge. You may discover teaching skills you doubted you had. Talk to people from other cultures. Learn a language online through lectures and recordings. Tonight: Dinner will be waiting for you.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★★Today you want to be where the action is, whether at home or work. Enter an online game or tournament. You are a healthy competitor, so anyone who stands in your way better watch out. Tonight: Invite friends to dinner.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★Someone might break a promise or cancel an appointment without notice. Be compassionate rather than judgmental. There may be extenuating circumstances. Make the first move to get in touch. You always know the right things to say. Tonight: Sweet-smelling incense.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★Strong opinions could get you in hot water. Keep provocative ideas to yourself for now and you will succeed. Show others by example how to be diplomatic and charming. You will get rewarded for your efforts. Tonight: Pet love.Born today: Broadcaster Howard Cosell (1918), singer Aretha Franklin (1942), race car driver Danica Patrick (1982) Tamia Banks ReddItlast_img read more

Five things you need to know today, June 14

first_imgHome Local News Five things you need to know today, June 14 Rockhounds’ Seth Brown (16) swings at a pitch during their game against Corpus Christ Hooks Wednesday evening at Security Bank Ball Park in Midland. The Rockhounds lost 4-3 to Corpus Christi. By admin – June 14, 2018 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, June 14. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at The third time may be the charm for Ector County, which has once again voted to hold a special election in November to levy a county sales tax outside city limits.2. Mayor David Turner said he expects city leaders to determine what to do with the Ector Theatre within the next six weeks, as officials search for ways to pare down renovation costs after estimates for the project doubled in the past year.3. Odessa Police Department officer Cpl. Cory Wester has had his employment terminated, the department announced Wednesday after a finding of unreasonable use of force.4. West Texas Knockout Out Boxing Club’s Rosendo “Superman” Martinez, 14, and his sister Neveah “Supergirl” Martinez, 13, are currently training for the 2018 Junior Olympics in Charleston, W.Va on June 24-30.5. IN SPORTS: Ector County Independent School District’s Executive Director of Athletics Todd Vesely is leaving to become head of athletics at Fort Worth ISD. WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Twitter Local News Five things you need to know today, June 14 Facebook OC employee of the year always learning ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous articleEctor Theatre needs fast fixNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: June 14 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Texas Fried ChickenSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

BCD Writes To LG Against Levy Of Professional Tax on Lawyers, Charge Of Property Tax On Offices At Higher Rate As ‘Business Buildings’ [Read Letter]

first_imgNews UpdatesBCD Writes To LG Against Levy Of Professional Tax on Lawyers, Charge Of Property Tax On Offices At Higher Rate As ‘Business Buildings’ [Read Letter] Mehal Jain4 Aug 2020 5:28 AMShare This – xThe Bar Council of Delhi has on Tuesday approached the NCT’s Lieutenant Governor, raising the concern that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed to levy professional tax on lawyers, besides other self-employed professionals such as doctors, architects, chartered accountants. The proposal having been referred to the LG for approval, “the legal community in Delhi” has voiced…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?LoginThe Bar Council of Delhi has on Tuesday approached the NCT’s Lieutenant Governor, raising the concern that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed to levy professional tax on lawyers, besides other self-employed professionals such as doctors, architects, chartered accountants. The proposal having been referred to the LG for approval, “the legal community in Delhi” has voiced its ‘strong objection’ to the move, seeking to ‘lodge its protest’ against the levy of professional tax on lawyers. “There appears to be some bias and malice against the lawyers, since even in the past, the municipal corporations in Delhi have made feeble attempts to impose professional tax on the lawyers and other professionals”, reads the communication. The BCD has “highly condemned” and “conveyed its acceptability” to such a repeated attempt over-and-over again despite having been proposed and dropped in the past. “We are not aware of any evil design behind such a repeated move, after decisions having been taken in the past to drop such a proposal”, the letter states unequivocally. Asserting that the legal profession is “a noble profession” and as officers of the court, the lawyers do not perform any commercial activity, it is urged that the SDMC cannot be expected to resort to imposition of professional tax, for whatever reason. “This move has caused immense anger and anguish among the legal fraternity, which is already severely hit by the ongoing Covid crisis and on account of various charges on commercial basis”, reads the letter. The BCD has also expressed its opposition to the move of the SDMC in doubling the property tax on rented properties being used for office. “A very large number of lawyers in Delhi are operating from rented accommodation as there is acute shortage of chambers in various courts”, it is pressed. It is submitted that if the SDMC is allowed to levy double the existing property tax on such establishments, naturally the rent of the said premises will be highly detrimental to the legal profession. Finally, it is pointed out that under the Use Factor for property tax, the professionals should have been included in Use Factor-1 (Residential and Public Purpose), but there is no specific category provided, and consequently, for the property tax which ought to be paid in Use Factor – 1, the lawyers have been subjected to unnecessary harassment, because of the administrative laxity. The advocates are at present liable in the category of ‘business’ under ‘Use Factor 4′ , which is a much higher tax slab. It is advanced that as far as doctors’ clinics are concerned, a separate category has been provided in Use Factor – 2 (being, ‘Utilities’), but for lawyers, who should be categorised in Use Factor – 1, no such provision has been made, causing undue harassment.Click Here To Download Letter[Read Letter]Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus keeping American couple from their adopted daughter in China

first_imgNoah and Ivy Cleveland pose with their two sons, Zeek and Samuel, at their home in McDonough, Georgia in April 2019. – (Noah Cleveland)(MCDONOUGH, Ga.) — Noah and Ivy Cleveland were packed and ready to go for weeks before a Feb. 7 flight to Guangzhou, China, they hoped would change their lives.They had been excited about making the trip for nine months — ever since their adoption agency told them they’d been matched with a little girl they could soon call their own: 3-year-old Ruby.“We just knew — from the very first time we got her file — that she was our daughter,” Ivy Cleveland said.She and her husband had taken all of February off from work. They had lined up six different babysitters to take care of their two biological sons, Samuel, 6, and Zeek, at home in McDonough, Georgia, while they would be in China for two weeks.And for Ruby, they would take a special suitcase — one covered with signatures from people who had helped them pay the costs of adopting her.Noah Cleveland, a musician, gives concerts around the country, and everywhere he went he would put the suitcase out to collect money. When someone donated, he would ask that they sign the suitcase.“We wanted her to one day see how many people all over the United States love her, and wanted to invest in her,” he said.But just days before they were to leave, they got an email from their adoption agency, Holt International, that said the trip to China had been called off amid growing concerns about the novel coronavirus outbreak.“We finally got to the part in our adoption process that was super exciting,” Ivy Cleveland said. “And in a blink of an eye, all of that got taken away. And then you go from excitement, to devastation, to questioning everything.”The Clevelands are one of about 20 families using the Holt International who should have gone to China by now and returned with their new children. But because of a “State Department ‘Do Not Travel’” advisory, they are stuck in limbo, not knowing when they can get Ruby and bring her back.“Even though I did not carry Ruby in my body for nine months, I am just as attached to this child as I was to my two boys that I carried within my body,” Ivy Cleveland said.In her three years, Ruby has experienced more than her share of adversity. At just six months, she was abandoned behind a toilet at a hospital. And although the little girl does not have the new coronavirus sweeping through China, Ivy Cleveland is worried.“As a mama, knowing that she’s in a country where this coronavirus is so bad, that’s scary for me,” she said. “That’s my daughter, and I want her with me. I want to bring her home.”According to the most recent numbers from the World Health Organization on March 4, there are 80,422 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China alone. There have also been 2,984 deaths.A State Department spokesperson told ABC News U.S. officials have been in “regular contact” with China’s adoption authorities.“We are advising all U.S. citizens, including adoptive parents, not to travel to China at this time,” the spokesperson said. “However, no adoption case has been placed ‘on hold.’ The department is working closely with U.S. accredited adoption service providers (agencies) and adoptive families to facilitate communication and provide all appropriate assistance.”The State Department informed the public in a Jan. 31 notice that the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, where intercountry adoption cases from China to the U.S. are processed, has a “reduced” capacity to provide services.Susan Soonkeum Cox, vice president of policy and external affairs for Holt International, said the State Department response has been “exceptional.”“They have made it very clear to us that adoption and processing adoption — once it becomes possible again — is going to be one of their highest priorities,” Cox told ABC News.Aside from China, Holt International facilitates adoptions in other countries where there have been outbreaks of COVID-19, including South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.As of March 4, in South Korea, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases skyrocketed from 31 to 5,328 in just two weeks , according to WHO. The outbreak is not as bad in the other three countries.“We are bracing ourselves for the fact that it’s now in all the countries in Asia where we have programs,” Cox said.According to a press release, Holt International’s partner orphanage in Wuhan, the epicenter of COVID-19, houses 600 children. Cox — who has been the liaison between the government and families like the Clevelands — said they are all healthy.“The news that their children are safe and no one has been ill — that’s probably the most important information we can give them,” Cox said.Ivy Cleveland said she has peace of mind knowing her daughter is safe, but it’s been “difficult” explaining to her older son why he can’t meet his sister yet.“Now he’s doubting, ‘Do I even have a sister?’” she said. “‘Are you going to bring her home?’ That’s been very hard to navigate through.”The couple is trying to remain optimistic, though they say they’re “thankful” they didn’t go to China now and end up getting sick.In a way, Noah Cleveland said, it makes Ruby’s journey even more special.“One day, she will have an incredible story to tell people,” he said. “You know, ‘Look what my parents did to get to me.’ And hopefully that will encourage her.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kinematics of labriform and subcarangiform swimming in the Antarctic fish Notothenia neglecta

first_img1. The kinematics of labriform and subcarangiform swimming have been investigated for juvenile (7–8 cm) and adult (27–30 cm) stages of the antarctic teleost Notothenia neglecta Nybelin at 1–2 °C 2. Upper threshold speeds using the pectoral fins alone (labriform swimming) were 0.8LS−1 in adult fish and 1.4Ls−1 in juveniles, where L is body length 3. In adult fish, steady subcarangiform swimming is only used at speeds of 3.6-5.4Ls−1 (tail-beat frequencies of 5.0-8.3Hz). Intermediate speeds involve unsteady swimming. In contrast, juvenile fish employ subcarangiform swimming at a range of intermediate velocities between the maximum labriform and burst speeds (2.3-8.4Ls−1 at tail-beat frequencies of 4.0-12.5 Hz). These differences in swimming behaviour are discussed in relation to changes in life-style and muscle fibre type composition between juvenile and adult fish 4. Burst swimming speeds in N. neglecta have been compared with equivalent data from temperate species. It seems likely that low temperature limits swimming performance in antarctic fish. This is more noticeable in juvenile stages, which normally have much higher tail-beat frequencies than adult fishlast_img read more