Tooth growth in male Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) from South Georgia: an indicator of long-term growth history

first_imgGrowth of upper canine teeth of male Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) which died of natural causes at Bird Island, South Georgia, was quantified from measurements of annual layers in longitudinal sections of teeth. Mean age at death was 7.69±0.07 years and this showed a small but significant increase through the period when samples were collected (1972/73–1988/89). There were significant correlations between morphometrics of teeth and those of seals, suggesting that tooth growth provided an indication of body growth. Tooth growth rate was lowest in seals which died early (age 4 years) and increased with age at death. Changes in the growth pattern of teeth suggested that fur seals which became sexually mature early also died early. Tooth growth layers deposited in each calendar year were compared with the expected layer depth based on a linear relationship between layer depth and age at which each layer was deposited. There was significant variation in the depth of tooth growth layers deposited in different years, suggesting that growth was greater in some years than others. No trends in cohort strengths were detected, but particularly poor years for growth were closely related to years in which reproductive performance was also observed to be low. Variations in growth from 1967/68 to 1987/88 were correlated significantly (P < 0.008) with the Southern Oscillation Index of climatic variation.last_img read more

Boundary layer characteristics and turbulent exchange mechanisms in highly complex terrain

first_imgThe Mesoscale Alpine Programme’s Riviera project investigated the turbulence structure and related exchange processes in an Alpine valley by combining a detailed experimental campaign with high-resolution numerical modelling. The present contribution reviews published material on the Riviera Valley’s boundary layer structure and discusses new material on the near-surface turbulence structure. The general conclusion of the project is that despite the large spatial variability of turbulence characteristics and the crucial influence of topography at all scales, the physical processes can accurately be understood and modelled. Nevertheless, many of the “text book characteristics” like the interaction between the valley and slope wind systems or the erosion of the nocturnal valley inversion need reconsideration, at least for small non-ideal valleys like the Riviera Valley. The project has identified new areas of research such as post-processing methods for turbulence variables in complex terrain and new approaches for the surface energy balance when advection is non-negligible. The exchange of moisture and heat between the valley atmosphere and the free troposphere is dominated by local “secondary” circulations due to the curvature of the valley axis. Because many curved valleys exist, and operational models still have rather poor resolution, parameterization of these processes may be required.last_img read more

Remembering The Who’s John Entwistle On The Anniversary Of His Death

first_imgSome called him “The Ox.” Some called him “Thunderfingers.” No list of the best bassists in rock and roll history would be complete with a mention of John Entwistle, who held down the low end of The Who from their earliest days in England until his death on June 27th, 2002. The Ox was an integral component of The Who’s sound, pioneering a new style of bass that would go on to influence just about everyone to follow.One of Entwistle’s earliest contributions to rock lore was on the song “My Generation.” It’s impossible to listen to that classic Who song without picking out Entwistle’s iconic bass groove, as his solos define the instrumental sections of the rock anthem. Entwistle’s role only expanded on The Who’s more ambitious works, like Tommy, Who’s Next and Quadrophenia.[Video: The Best Of – Home Of Classic Music]On stage, Entwistle provided the ever-important anchor for The Who’s wild performances. While singer Roger Daltrey would twirl his microphone and belt vocals, and guitarist Pete Townshend and drummer Keith Moon rocked to the point of instrumental destruction, it was Entwistle that steadied the group. Bassist Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones called him “the quietest man in private but the loudest man on stage.” He would rarely talk, though Entwistle did write a series of great songs that includes “My Wife,” “Boris The Spider” and more.[Video: Grafietstift]Entwistle often dressed in a full-on skeleton suit for live performances, only adding to his undeniable charm on stage. Still, Entwistle’s biggest claim to fame is his unparalleled abilities on the bass guitar. No one played the instrument like him. His lines often act as leads for various songs in the Who’s repertoire, and some isolated bass tracks showcase his talent. Be prepared for some serious bass work on this isolated track from Quadrophenia classic, “The Real Me.”[Video: trax]Unfortunately, Entwistle’s story came to a sad end on this day fifteen years ago. Just one day before a major Who tour in 2002, Entwistle passed away after a night of partying in his hotel room. Coroners confirmed that it was a cocaine-induced heart attack that killed the bassist, putting an end to an incredible legacy of rock music.Fifteen years later, Entwistle’s tone and technique still stand out as some of the best bass playing in all of rock and roll. We’ll leave you with a personal favorite, The Ox’s bass solo in the band’s classic song, “5:15.”JOHN ENTWISTLE — 5:15 BASS SOLO by SALTME3last_img read more

ESPN College GameDay visits Notre Dame ahead of Michigan matchup

first_imgAnn Curtis | The Observer ESPN prepares for College GameDay at Notre Dame on Saturday. The show, which will be broadcast from Library Quad, recaps and previews football games each weekend during the football season.In addition to being able to watch the show’s taping Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon from Library Quad, there are several other associated activities available to community members in conjunction with the visit. ESPN senior publicist Anna Negron said in an email that on Friday, there will be three events with prizes for winners, taking place from noon to 4 p.m. at the set on Library Quad. Events include the Home Depot Corn Hole Challenge, Know Your Stuff Trivia, a photo booth, Coca-Cola product sampling, Bucket Pong, Skee-Ball and Giant Jenga. College Football Live, a national radio broadcast, will broadcast live from the set at 3:30 p.m., Negron said.Notre Dame associate athletics director Monica Cundiff said while ESPN handles the details of the program, the visit is important for the campus community.“ESPN chooses the sites,” she said. “We have nothing to do with the fact that they are here. I think they pick the sites based on team’s records, how big the game is. Anyway, in just looking at this game and Michigan and Notre Dame haven’t played for a few years, it’s a huge game. It didn’t surprise us they chose to come here. We are definitely very welcome to have them.”The first live look at the pit will be at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, Cundiff said. Students will be allowed into the pit starting at 6 a.m.Cundiff said her role has been primarily to coordinate logistics. She said usual gameday traditions and procedures, including the player walk, will not be affected by the ESPN set’s presence on South Quad. She said it was an “advantage” that the game is at night since most of the set will be cleared away by 4 p.m. on the day of the game and will allow gameday procedures to continue as normal.“We’re not even going to know their footprint is out there,” Cundiff said.She underscored the unique nature of the visit from the University’s perspective.“It’s certainly something we’re not going to say ‘no’ [to],” she said. “This is national exposure for our University. We want that kind of thing to happen.”The location of the set on Library Quad directly across the street from the stadium is the same as it was in 2012. When ESPN came for a site visit to decide where the set would be located, they came with the intention of considering several campus locations for the set before deciding Library Quad was all “they wanted to see,” Cundiff said.“Just the proximity to the stadium, and then, on game day, we all know what the campus looks like on Saturdays, so it’s a great path of fans coming towards the inner part of campus or going to see different spots,” she said.Though ESPN has an increased presence for this game weekend, NBC remains Notre Dame’s broadcast partner. Cundiff said College GameDay’s visit did not present a problem to the NBC staff.“NBC is our partner,” she said. “We’re going to take care of them. NBC also understands who ESPN [is] and what GameDay is all about. It’s just as much exposure for them as it is for us. We definitely restrict ESPN on things, and that’s because of our partnership with NBC. … I think at the end of the day we’re all in it together, to make a great experience for the nationally televised audiences as well as the fans here on campus.”Cundiff lauded ESPN for its cooperation this week, noting that Notre Dame has made things a little somewhat trickier for the broadcast company.“It’s been great for me working with ESPN this week, in the sense of from their perspective we have made it a little more difficult then they typically have seen from city to city that they go to, but it’s because we follow proper protocol,” she said. “I’m not just making a decision on electric, or water, or they wanted to cut some trees … they have a cooking segment on the show. Putting them in touch with the fire chief, putting them in touch with landscape services, with our utility department. They go to a lot of other campuses and they don’t do that, where I think that’s another example of Notre Dame having pride in itself. They’re the experts in their field. We’re not going to do something that affects any department on campus negatively. It actually makes me feel good that ESPN says, ‘You guys do it right. You’re tough.’ But at the end of the day we’re in it to do it the right way.”On the whole, Cundiff expressed a hope that the publicity that comes with College GameDay’s visit will further brandish Notre Dame’s image.“It’s great national exposure. Everyone, from students, to alums, to the subway alum [Notre Dame fans who didn’t actually attend the University], we are all proud of this University,” Cundiff said. “So any national exposure in a positive light, we want to see that and embrace that. Because we know that 12-year-old kid watching the football game may have dreams of either being a student athlete or student at Notre Dame. So this is another one of those opportunities to get some good positive exposure. And if the Irish can win at the end of the day, it makes it even better.”Tags: ESPN, ESPN College GameDay, gameday, Notre Dame-Michigan Rivalry While every Notre Dame home game represents a large event, this weekend’s season opener against the University of Michigan will feature a rare visit from ESPN’s College GameDay, the ESPN program that visits the site of each weekend’s biggest matchup. It will be College GameDay’s first visit to Notre Dame since the fall of 2012. ESPN College GameDay’s first ever broadcast was from Notre Dame’s campus on Nov. 13, 1993, ahead of the Irish’s matchup that day against Florida State.last_img read more

Woman Accused Of Stealing Over $1,000 From A Local Business

first_imgWNY News Now Image.ELLICOTT – A Village of Frewsburg woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole over $1,000 from a local business’s bank account.New York State Police say Shannon Helms, 40, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny on Sunday.Investigators received a complaint from a local business owner that the company’s bank account was suspiciously low.Through investigation troopers allege that while employed by the company, Helms stole over $1,700. Police say Helms was released with an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court on a later date to answer the charge. Share: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)last_img

Odds & Ends: Alex Sharp & Francesca Faridany Reunite & More

first_img View Comments Kiki and Herb Are Back!After retiring their joint act in 2007, Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman, AKA the legendary Kiki and Herb, are returning to the Big Apple’s cabaret scene. Their new collaboration, Seeking Asylum!, will play at Joe’s Pub from April 21, 2016 to May 6. We look forward to welcoming the fictional—and thoroughly naughty— lounge singers back center stage!Judi Dench & Ian McKellen Team UpTurning our attention to a slightly less mischievous pair (but only just). Stage and screen legends Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen will host this year’s London Evening Standard Awards. The event is scheduled to take place on November 22 at the Old Vic theatre; the Awards shortlist will be announced in early November.Eva Noblezada & the Saigon Ladies ‘Let It Go’We know, we know, you’d only just managed to get that song and those frozen fractals out of your heads. However, this fun multi-lingual live performance of “Let it Go” from Eva Noblezada and the multi-talented ladies from the West End company of Miss Saigon is worth a watch. Promise. Check it out below. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Sharp & Faridany ReuniteTony winner Alex Sharp and Francesca Faridany have joined forces once again! The former stars of Broadway’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time are raising funds for Janet Mino, “a rock star special-ed teacher” they know in Newark, N.J. Mino’s dream is to create a center where young adults on the autism spectrum can continue their growth and education after high school. Check out the inspirational video Sharp and Faridany have made for the project below (and keep your eye out for some shoutouts from a few of your Broadway faves).last_img read more

Navajo coal plant owners to move forward with decommissioning plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg Environment ($):The majority owner of the West’s largest coal-fired electricity plant is “closing in on” awarding five contracts to start decommissioning the plant, and could be ready to award them in April, the owner says.The Salt River Project, which owns 43 percent of the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station, also told Bloomberg Environment on March 19 that it’s not budging on its demand that any new owner absolve it of future cleanup liability. “Without a guaranty, there will be no progress,” said Scott Harelson, a Salt River Project spokesman.The Salt River Project, one of Arizona’s largest utilities, must begin dismantling the Navajo Generating Station because the plant near Page, Ariz., is scheduled to close at the end of the year.Those developments are putting pressure on the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, a wholly owned limited liability company of the Navajo Nation, to close its hoped-for purchase of the plant.The energy company’s sense of urgency was on display in a March 11 letter to SRP’s board, obtained by Bloomberg Environment, in which the company called the sale of the plant “literally a life and death issue for the Navajo and Hopi people.”The Salt River Project was unmoved by the company’s letter. “The owners’ position remains the same,” said Harelson.More ($): Navajo coal-fired plant dismantling could start next month Navajo coal plant owners to move forward with decommissioning planslast_img read more

Colombia, Panama to collaborate on border control

first_imgBy Dialogo September 10, 2010 Panamanian Defense Minister Jose Raul Mulino stated on September 7 that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) use the common border between Colombia and Panama to smuggle weapons and drugs, making it a problem common to both countries. During a meeting with his Colombian counterpart Rodrigo Rivera on September 7, Mulino said that a common effort between the two is needed in the fight against the guerrillas, according to Xinhua. For this, both representatives agreed to strengthen collaboration to combat the illegal armed groups on their 266-kilometer border in the region known as the Darien. “We began discussing a protocol on security and cooperation for the border line that is conducive to social, economic and cultural integration and will become an armored line against all kinds of transnational crimes,” said Rivera, according to the same report. Rivera concluded that the military operations to counter illegal armed groups will be jointly planned with Panama. Because the Darien Gap is the one break in the Pan-American Highway, it is a heavily forested and underdeveloped region between both countries where there are no roads, making overland travel very difficult.last_img read more

5 ways your credit union can grow an engaged Instagram following

first_imgVideo, video, video!Video is the most effective medium to communicate with your members. There are several tools out there today to create custom videos, but Peg recommends using Wave by Animatron. This free online software tool allows you to create engaging marketing videos to share on Instagram.  We are excited to give this tool a try ourselves!Another related post: Instagram Strategies that Really Work for Credit UnionsFor more, visit our Social Stairway Blog or contact us today on our website or via email at [email protected] Tara comes to Social Stairway with a very strong background in Project/Program Management and Technical Consulting. She has implemented large-scale projects across various industries and is also an experienced … Web: www.socialstairway.com Details Make sure you post regularly. Our general rule of thumb is to post once per day on Insta, including weekends.Choose two to three times per day to go in a check comments. And always reply to comments, not just liking them.Find the best times for your CU to post using Iconosquare metrics.Geo-tag posts to reach local people and new members.Host and participate in Insta takeovers at your CU. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tara Moseley A few weeks ago, I attended a breakout session at INBOUND17 with one of the Instagram guru’s, Peg Fitzpatrick. The title of the session was “How To Grow An Engaged Instagram Following.  In this session, Peg Fitzpatrick, social media strategist and co-author of The Art of Social Media, shared some of her engagement tips and highlighted some key metrics to grow your Instagram account using data and analytics. Here are 5 tips I took away from this session that can help your Credit Union grow an engaged Instagram following. Set Your StyleOn Instagram, consistency is key. Make sure your account has a consistent style with font, colors, and photo filter style for every post you share on your account.  Adding your branding logo or URL is optional, but if want to make sure you get credit for your images, then make sure they are branded if others share them across social media. Just mix these up and don’t brand ALL of your images.Add Variety In Your PostsEating the same thing for breakfast every morning gets old after a while, well so does your Instagram feed. Make sure your posting a variety of things including photos, videos, Boomerangs, Hyperlapse, etc. Keep it interesting so that your followers will want to remain engaged.Use User-Generated Content (UGC), NOT Stock PhotosIt is true…Peg used a statistic in her presentation that “77% of Instagrammers prefer user-generated content over professional photos!”  While stock photos are pretty, they aren’t genuine, and we can all recognize them easily. Your members want to see your behind the scenes photos of your employees! They want to see real photos! Share content generated by other Instagrammers as it relates to your credit union.  If you don’t have enough content, ask your members to share some of their own by creating a hashtag that members can use to be feature on your account like #mycustory (plug in your CU’s name in place of “cu”).Posting Tips to Grow Your CU’s Instagram Accountlast_img read more

Canada begins staggered lifting of pandemic lockdown

first_img And Ontario and Quebec, which recorded the most coronavirus cases, largely at nursing homes, were to unveil their respective schedules this week for the reopening of their economies.”Different provinces and territories will be able to move at a different pace,” Trudeau told a daily briefing.He stressed the need for a gradual and coordinated approach “to make sure we do this very carefully, based on absolutely the best scientific advice.””If we get this wrong, everything we have done, everything we have sacrificed over the past many weeks, could have been in vain,” he warned. Federal guidelines for reopening of businesses include ramping up testing for the coronavirus and ensuring there is sufficient healthcare capacity “to handle a possible surge” in cases.Each province, however, is responsible for setting its own conditions for lifting restrictions.Trudeau said he has “tremendous confidence” in each province’s plan.However, he said Canadians should brace for a resurgence of cases in the fall and not expect a return “to normal” anytime soon. “Historians remember from the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic that the spring was pretty bad,” Trudeau said. “But the fall was much worse.”Canadians need to “stay vigilant, every step of the way” until there is an effective treatment or vaccine, he said.The coming months, Trudeau said, will see a “careful reopening in certain sectors of the economy and certain things being allowed as people try to get back to something a little more like normal.””Normal is something that is a long way off for all of us,” he added. “And if we want life to get back to the way it was exactly before, it won’t.”As of Monday, there were 48,229 coronavirus cases in Canada, including 2,781 deaths. Canada began a staggered loosening of pandemic restrictions on Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged vigilance and baby steps to avoid a COVID-19 resurgence.The Atlantic coast province of New Brunswick, after seeing no new cases in a week, was first to relax social distancing rules starting with the opening of parks and beaches.Saskatchewan is set to allow businesses to reopen next week.center_img Topics :last_img read more