Temporal and spatial variability in the recruitment of barnacles and the local dominance of Elminius modestus Darwin in SW Ireland

first_imgDeployment of processed natural substrata is a common method of investigating early settlement and recruitment processes, but has been under-utilised as a multi-depth method for barnacle study and analysis. Replicate, machined-slate panels (15 cm×15 cm×1 cm) were placed at 0 m (lower portion of the intertidal with ≈2 h emersion per tidal cycle), 6 m and 12 m at two sites of differing flow rate in Lough Hyne, SW Ireland. These panels were replaced serially every 30–60 days for a period of 3 years (2000–2003) to give monthly recruitment rates. Panels were also submersed for 60–120 days (Whirlpool Cliff, two locations) to show seasonal patterns and 370–400 days (Labhra Cliff) to show annual recruitment and survival patterns. The number, percentage cover and identity of all cirripede recruits were recorded. The greatest source of variability was with depth: between the intertidal (with many recruits) and the subtidal zones (few recruits). In general, intertidal recruitment was dominated by the introduced barnacle Elminius modestus Darwin. The high degree of water retention in Lough Hyne, combined with the high reproductive potential of E. modestus, has led to it becoming a self-perpetuating and locally dominant population. Balanus crenatus and Verruca stroemia dominated the longer immersed panels, highlighting the importance of post-recruitment processes to the survival of E. modestus recruits in the subtidal. Although E. modestus were found on subtidal monthly and seasonal panels, none were present on the subtidal annual panels. Temporally, month, season and time of placement were all found to be significant in explaining recruit number variability. Spatially, depth explained most variability of recruit numbers (6 m spatial separation), whilst site (≈200 m spatial separation) only ever being significant in combination with other factors, as was location (≈50 m spatial separation). The work highlights the importance of examining both temporal and spatial scales when investigating recruitment and post-recruitment processes of marine invertebrates, including introduced species.last_img read more

Sunday Update: Beaches Closed at 55th and 56th Streets

first_imgA Sahara-like scene at 48th Street, where beach replenishment work was just completed. As of Sunday, Aug. 30, Crews have removed the pipeline from that part of the beach in Ocean City, NJ. Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end between 37th and 59th Streets.DATE: Sunday, August 30The beach entrance at 55th Street is closed, and that’s where sand-pumping operations are focused as of Sunday, Aug. 30.PROGRESS: As of Sunday at dusk, the beaches at 55th Street and 56th Street are close as the south end beach replenishment project moves into its final phase.Beaches between 37th Street and 54th Street are now complete, and the pipeline feeding that part of the project has been removed. Some equipment remained in a small cordoned-off area on the beach at 48th Street.About 907,000 cubic yards (62 percent of the total project) have been placed on Ocean City beaches so far.WHAT’S NEXT: Another 550,000 cubic yards (the other 38 percent) will be reserved for the area between 55th Street and 59th Street alone. That work is expected to include about 22 days of sand-pumping, which would push the completion of the project into mid- to late-September. Dune crossover work would follow. And the planting of dune grass is scheduled for November.READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for freelast_img read more

2018 Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Mobilization May 21-June 3

first_imgLaw enforcement officers from the Ocean City Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.Beginning May 21 and running through June 3, the annual initiative high visibility law enforcement seat belt patrols. Included is a national publicity campaign designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.Using a seat belt is the simplest way a driver and their passengers can protect themselves when traveling. Motor vehicle occupants who buckle up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent.The “Click It or Ticket” mobilization will be the only statewide seat belt enforcement crackdown in New Jersey this year. The goal of the campaign is to raise New Jersey seat belt usage rate, which currently stands at 94.07%. Law enforcement and safety officials want to ultimately see a 100 percent compliance rate.New Jersey has a strong front seat belt usage rate, but there is still work to do. To meet our goals enforcement must continue along with efforts to educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up on every ride. Ocean City Public Safety Buildinglast_img read more

Widespread Panic Closes Out Milwaukee Run With Third Consecutive Black Sabbath Bust Out

first_imgLoad remaining images Never miss a Sunday show. That’s what fans who caught Widespread Panic’s third and final show at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI were saying, wrapped up in the glory of the band’s rocking music.The first set alone was almost 20 minutes longer than the Friday or Saturday first sets, a good sign for what was to come. Singer and guitarist John Bell noted the anniversary of the first time the band played the Riverside, and then they immediately went into “Send Your Mind.” The set didn’t get rowdy, however, until they started “Disco.” The instrumental song got everyone in the crowd moving.“Greta” was next. This song always gets love in Milwaukee, and one only has to go back and listen to the Saturday 2014 version to see how much the fans love it. Last night’s version proved no different, and it’s possible the crowd got even more raucous last night than in 2014. Once keyboardist JoJo Hermann began seeing an extra chorus of “There’s a pack of rabid dogs…” the place erupted into a frenzy. It was amazing. “Stop/Go” featured some nice Fire on the Mountain teases, and “Blackout Blues” ended the set with an exclamation.They opened the second set with “Can’t Get High,” a problem that nobody attending the show seemed to be having. Panic slowed things down a bit with “Don’t Be Denied.” JB’s voice was crooning to the crowd, and everyone seemed mesmerized by it. When he sang the lyric, “We started a band…” an image of the WSP note eater logo flashed on the LED screens, and the crowd again erupted in jubilation and appreciation. “Rock” was particularly grungy and had that defining hard-edged Panic sound. After the drums segment, “Blue Indian” was standard awesome and a rocking “North” closed out the set.“Ain’t Life Grand” was the encore, and it was a sentiment to which both band and crowd could facilely relate at that moment. As with the two previous nights, the encore was a treat, and this Sunday show provided more of the same. This time they played Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” and believe it or not this tune is even rarer than the other two covers, as “Children” hadn’t been played since 2007. One should note that Panic has been doing Black Sabbath covers from previous Halloween encores, so are they leading up to something for the Halloween show in Broomfield, CO? They have stops in Minneapolis and Ames before making it to the Rocky Mountain state, so we’ll see what other past-Halloween tricks they may have up their sleeve.So now that the 2016 Riverside run is completed, and Panic once again delivered on all three nights, there is only one question that remains: Will they be back next year? Their self-admitted intention to reduce touring in upcoming years suggests that they probably won’t. But maybe, because of the soft spot in their hearts for this great venue in a great city, they will find some time and treat this as the destination event it has become. I’m optimistic they’ll be back.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream, as well as a gallery from Ojeda Photography.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI – 10/23/16Set 1: Send Your Mind, Last Straw > Christmas Katie > Saint Ex, Disco > Greta > Stop/Go, Goin’ Out West > Blackout Blues (72 mins)Set 2: Can’t Get High, Junior, Don’t Be Denied, Surprise Valley > Rock, Bust It Big > Drums > Cease Fire, Blue Indian, North (88 mins)Encore: Ain’t Life Grand, Children of the GraveNotes: ‘Children of the Grave’ LTP 10/31/07 Asheville (604 shows)last_img read more

Where creativity rules

first_imgIt is a safe, creative place for taking a risk, a place where student gumption meets the world’s problems, where idealistic solutions meet economic reality.Harvard’s Innovation Lab (i-lab), just three years old, is designed to foster students’ entrepreneurial spirit. The students build teams — some 500 have come through the i-lab — incubate their ideas, and learn from experts who are eager to advise.“The world is a scary place,” said Rose Wang, whose Six Foods venture is about to market its first product, Chirps snack chips. “What we really learned is there are a lot of great ideas, but it’s all about executing.”The students bring energy and vision — and a dose of creative naïveté — as they struggle with business plans, prototypes, marketing, and financing. Some 90 to 100 teams use the i-lab’s workspace during any given semester, according to Neal Doyle, assistant director for operations.Three teams working there last summer give a sense of the breadth of student vision, spanning sustainable eating, aerial drone technology, and a Web-based “town hall” to better connect citizens with their elected representatives:Wang and partner Laura D’Asaro, both 2013 Harvard College graduates, want people to eat insects, which provide protein. Their first product, Chirps, a snack chip containing cricket flour, is about to go on sale. The two say eating insects is healthier for people, better for the environment, and already a practice in many places around the world.Harvard Business School (HBS) student Logan Campbell says aerial drones are more useful than people realize. He’s designing his own models and starting a sales and service business, YouFly Inc. Campbell sees initial opportunities in aerial photography and videography and thinks agriculture — for which drones can provide views of crop health in remote fields — is another potentially ripe market.HBS and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) alumna Elsa Sze and partners are working on Agora, an online town hall and Web-based forum to bring the public’s “missing voices” back into politics. Agora connects voters with local officials, allowing busy people who can’t attend town meetings to be heard. Agora will be tested in nearby communities.Doyle said several ventures have successfully graduated from the i-lab, together raising more than $100 million in venture capital. To help these and other Harvard graduates, the i-lab opened a new facility, the Harvard Innovation Launch Lab, to help alumni startups with those difficult first steps.“For a lot of students time spent at the i-lab is an extracurricular activity, and some we see here as much as they’d be at the gym or a club. For others, it’s a safe space to explore,” Doyle said. “Everything we do is free. There is no ‘ask’ of students other than being a good community member.” 1An overview of the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) shows Phil Strazzulla from LifeGuides.me busy at work on his platform, which helps millennials navigate challenging life events. 10Elsa Sze speaks about Agora, an online town hall that offers local communities a smarter way to engage. By connecting verified users directly to decision-makers, the company “makes democracies more interactive, accessible, and inclusive.” 20A welcoming view of the i-lab in Allston. 17Ten startups give presentations during Venture Incubation Program Demo Day. Iain MacLeod and David Raiser present for Aldatu Biosciences, a company improving HIV patient care worldwide with better, faster, and cheaper diagnostic tools. 18Rami Lachter presents for Villy, a company that offers personalized recommendations for hotels based on advanced algorithms and local expertise. 7Maxwell Campion (center) works on BriefMe, a news app that shows users what the world is reading now. 19Rose Wang (left) and Laura D’Asaro rap about Six Foods, which makes healthy food from insects. 11Logan Campbell speaks about his company, YouFly, which helps make unmanned aerial vehicles more accessible to consumers and business. He takes his UAV out for a spin in the field outside the i-lab. 3Jessica Yarmosky ’14 (left) and Taylor Percival ’14 work on CommonLit, a project that provides middle school students and teachers with open access to high-quality short texts. 16Students organize their ideas on Post-its covered boards. 2Motivational messages and staying physically energized are helpful tools when you work on the computer all day. Haitao Yu (left) works on Agora, an online town hall, while Phil Strazzulla takes his 2:30 p.m. push-up break. 14Graduate students, like Harvard Business School’s Adam Flick, and Harvard School of Public Health’s Lakshmi Karra, cross-register from across the University to learn about design thinking. 5Ergonomics are an important part of the scene at the i-lab, with bouncing balls abounding. 6Jordyn Fahey (from left), Tatiana Fontalvo, and Charlene Lee ’14 frame Scott Benner’s artwork for display in a Newbury Street shop. They are part of ArtLifting, an online marketplace that showcases artwork by men and women who are homeless, disadvantaged, or disabled. 13Scott King (from left), Turi McKinley, and Jon Freach from Frog Design speak to the class. Frog Design is among the top design firms that collaborate with Professor Srikant Datar during the semester. 8Innovation Lab alumni Dmitry Kozachenok, M.B.A. ’13 (left), and James Webb chat in the refreshment area. While they finished at the lab in 2013, they say it is not a coincidence that they based Cryoocyte, their company that cryopreserves fish eggs for the fish-farming industry, in Allston; they enjoying coming to the lab to get reenergized. 15Harvard Business School student Jillian Ressler (center) makes a point during a discussion. 9Harvard Business School students Daniel Vogel (left) and Rahil Gupta work together on OctopusFX, which connects the world’s banking institutions via cryptocurrencies. 4Joe Adelmann, a 2013 Harvard Kennedy School graduate (center), leads a morning meeting with the team from Censio, a usage-based insurance platform that enables auto insurers to reward customers who drive safely. 12HBS Professors Srikant Datar and Rajiv Lal teach the class “Design Thinking and Innovation” in Batten Hall. Nadira Lalji and Kelvin Lam, of Harvard Business School, and Jerilyn Teo, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, work together on an assignment. last_img read more

Library receives record donation

first_imgThe Hesburgh Libraries received the largest donation in its history, a $10 million gift from the Marilyn & Rudolph M. Navari Charitable Foundation that will be used to further develop the Libraries’ digital services, the University announced in a press release Friday.The donation will fund the renovation of what will be the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship at the Hesburgh Library, part of ongoing renovations. Part of the gift will also be used to “establish an endowment to support digital library services and research projects related to the center,” the press release stated.“I am deeply grateful to Rudy and Jane Navari and their family’s foundation for this generous gift,” University president Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “It recognizes the importance of a library for any university community and the centrality of the Hesburgh Libraries for Notre Dame. This gift will allow us to expand and enhance our library services through digital technology to support the critical work of scholars now and in the future.”According to the release, the Navari Center will include Digital Research Lab and Digital Production Facility, as well as a high-tech meeting room and classroom.Tags: Hesburgh Libraries, Hesburgh Library, Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarshiplast_img read more

University opens new turbomachinery lab

first_imgOn Tuesday, nearly two years after breaking ground at Ignition Park, the University, partnered with the City of South Bend, Great Lakes Capital, the state of Indiana and Indiana Michigan Power, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the $36 million Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), according to a press release. The lab, which will focus on studying aerodynamics, thermodynamics and structural mechanics of parts of large rotating machines, opened Tuesday, according to the release.Vice president for research Robert Bernhard said the facility gives researchers a unique capability. “We can work in a research and development space no one else works in,” Bernhard said in the release. “It will help us draw the best faculty and graduate students to Notre Dame while providing valuable data to our business partners about their technology and equipment.”At the helm of NDTL are Joshua Cameron, research assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and director of the new laboratory, and Scott Morris, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and the lab’s new research director, according to the release. Additionally, the release stated the new lab currently employs 37 people with plans to continue to expand — a significant increase from the 10 previously employed by the turbomachinery facility operated by the University on campus.The lab is partially co-sponsored by General Electric Co., and has engaged in conversation with previous sponsors and collaborators Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Siemens, ANSYS, Inc., NASA and the Air Force Research Lab about future partnerships. Tags: aerospace engineering, General Electric, NASA, NDTL, Turbomachinerylast_img read more

44-Year-Old Man Dies Of COVID-19 Complications In Cattaraugus County

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageOLEAN – The Cattaraugus County Health Department says a 44-year-old man has died as a result of COVID-19 complications.Officials reported Friday the man had extensive underlying health conditions prior to his infection.“(He) developed sudden respiratory failure and was unable to overcome his illness despite aggressive medical treatment,” said health officials. “We extend our deepest condolences to his family and the entire Cattaraugus County community.”This is the second death related to the Coronavirus outbreak in Cattaraugus County. Two new confirmed cases of the virus were confirmed on Friday, bringing the countywide total to 35 cases with 10 active and 23 recoveries.last_img read more

Rent & Anthony Rapp’s Solo Show to Coincide in London

first_img View Comments Christmas Bells! The Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning Rent is returning to London. Directed by Bruce Guthrie, the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s tuner will play a limited engagement December 8 through January 28, 2017 at the St. James Theatre.Meanwhile, Anthony Rapp, one of the original stars of the much-loved show, will bring his solo concert to the St. James Studio, from December 5 through December 17.The Rent revival’s cast will include Ross Hunter as Roger Davis, Billy Cullum as Mark Cohen, Ryan O’Gorman as Tom Collins, Shanay Holmes as Joanne Jefferson, Layton Williams as Angel Schunard, Philippa Stefani as Mimi Marquez, Lucie Jones as Maureen Johnson and Javar La’trial Parker as Benjamin Coffin III, along with Joshua Dever, Kevin Yates, Jordan Laviniere, Christina Modestou, Bobbie Little, Jenny O’Leary and Katie Bradley.Inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, Rent follows a group of bohemian artists who struggle to maintain their friendships and their non-conformist ideals in New York’s East Village. Facing their problems head on, they make personal self-discoveries and find what really matters most in life. The score features songs such as “Seasons of Love,” “Take Me or Leave Me,” “What You Own,” “One Song Glory,” “La Vie Bohème,” “Without You,” “I’ll Cover You,” “Out Tonight” and “I Should Tell You.”Rent won four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996 and ran on Broadway for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008. The show premiered in London’s West End in 1998 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it ran for 18 months. It was adapted into a film in 2005.The new production will feature choreography by Lee Proud, musical direction by Phil Cornwell, set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Loren Elstein, lighting design by Rick Fisher, sound design by Mike Walker and video design by Andrzej Goulding. ‘Rent’last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Naked Man Spotted on Hiking Trail + Mom Fights off Cougar

first_imgAfter wrestling with the cougar, it released its grip on the child and ran away. The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service responded, finding two juvenile male cougars about 20 yards away from the family’s home. They were reportedly hungry and looking for food. The cougars were captured and both were euthanized. The boy escaped the incident with a gash on his head and minor cuts to his arms and neck. He is expected to make a full recovery. Runners and hikers in Greensboro, NC are being warned to stay alert after a nearly naked man was spotted on a popular trail Tuesday morning. A woman running near the entrances of the Nat Green and Palmetto trails near Old Battleground Road encountered a man wearing a “black jacket and sneakers but nothing else.” The man was described as a thin, 6-foot-tall white man with brown hair and a bit of facial hair. The woman who saw the naked man called the police. Officers responded to the call and searched the area but were unable to locate the man. Raleigh, NC Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has been working with stakeholder groups to plan the Neuse River Blueway, a comprehensive effort lead by the city to improve awareness of, and public access to, the Neuse River. Inspired by the great success of the Neuse River Greenway Trail, the city intends to promote the Neuse River as a “Blueway Trail.” The Blueway Plan is an important step toward a comprehensive update to the Neuse River Regional Park Master Plan, which has guided greenway development along the river for the past 20 years. The City of Raleigh is asking the public to weigh in on the plan by taking a simple survey found here: https://publicinput.com/bluewayplan. A Canadian woman credits her “mom instinct” for helping her fight off a cougar that attacked her 7-year-old in their backyard last week. Chelsea Lockhart was inside doing housework when she heard her son, Zachery, fighting with something in their backyard on Vancouver Island. She ran outside to find a cougar perched on top of Zachery, the boy’s arm between its jaws. That’s when Lockhart says her mom instinct took over and she jumped on top of the animal, attempting to pry its mouth off of her son. Woman fights off cougar attacking her 7-year-old Greensboro, NC woman encounters nearly naked man on hiking trail The City of Raleigh, NC seeks public input in their Neuse River Blueway Planlast_img read more