Invasive marine species discovered on non–native kelp rafts in the warmest Antarctic island.

first_imgAntarctic shallow coastal marine communities were long thought to be isolated from their nearest neighbours by hundreds of kilometres of deep ocean and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. The discovery of non–native kelp washed up on Antarctic beaches led us to question the permeability of these barriers to species dispersal. According to the literature, over 70 million kelp rafts are afloat in the Southern Ocean at any one time. These living, floating islands can play host to a range of passenger species from both their original coastal location and those picked in the open ocean. Driven by winds, currents and storms towards the coast of the continent, these rafts are often cited as theoretical vectors for the introduction of new species into Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. We found non-native kelps, with a wide range of “hitchhiking” passenger organisms, on an Antarctic beach inside the flooded caldera of an active volcanic island. This is the first evidence of non-native species reaching the Antarctic continent alive on kelp rafts. One passenger species, the bryozoan Membranipora membranacea, is found to be an invasive and ecologically harmful species in some cold-water regions, and this is its first record from Antarctica. The caldera of Deception Island provides considerably milder conditions than the frigid surrounding waters and it could be an ideal location for newly introduced species to become established. These findings may help to explain many of the biogeographic patterns and connections we currently see in the Southern Ocean. However, with the impacts of climate change in the region we may see an increase in the range and number of organisms capable of surviving both the long journey and becoming successfully established.last_img read more

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Jayden Murray of Dixie State Baseball Drafted By Tampa Bay Rays

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSEACAUCUS, N.J.-Wednesday afternoon, Jayden Murray, the ace of the Dixie State pitching staff this past season, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 23rd round of the 2019 MLB Draft.Murray is the seventh Dixie State product to be drafted in the school’s 13-year history as an NCAA Division II school.He is the 46th Dixie State player to be drafted all-time, dating back to 1976.The 6-1 190-pound native of Vernal, Utah and former standout at Arizona Western College of  Yuma, Ariz., broke or tied four Dixie State single-season records in 2019 and set two career standards for the program.The right-handed Murray set a single-season program mark with 92 strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (9.93).The senior earned second-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors as well as from ABCA/Rawlings in 2019.He leaves the program as the Trailblazers’ all-time leader in strikeouts per nine innings (8.39). He is also fourth all-time in program history in career strikeouts (138) and tied for fourth in career wins (13).This commemorates the third consecutive year a Dixie State pitcher has been drafted, as well as the fifth time in the past six years. June 5, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jayden Murray of Dixie State Baseball Drafted By Tampa Bay Rays Written by Tags: Arizona Western/Dixie State Baseball/Jayden Murray/NCAA Division II/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/Tampa Bay Rays Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Seed pricing

first_imgPinenuts: further hit by the impact of the weak sterling, prices remain extremely high and, given that replenishment from the Chinese new crop is still some six months away, it is hard to see how there can be any major price correction this side of January 2011. Global demand for pine nuts overall has declined at these historically high prices.Pumpkin seeds: the availability of pumpkin seeds between now and the new crop is fast becoming a growing concern; China has now shipped its crop after its domestic requirements, and its new season supply doesn’t arrive in the UK before December/January. Despite the prevailing prices being significantly higher than any historical average for this product, China is to down-scale total production of pumpkin in favour of other better-yielding crops.Sunflower: demand for sunflower seeds is growing in a number of applications, including bakery. Despite a continuing rise in demand, with two key origins of sunflower rather than one the US continues to push China for ’sun seed’ market supremacy and plenty of other countries across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union producing big sunflower crops for the crushers, prices have remained relatively stable, despite the strong dollar.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtislast_img read more

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Indiana reaches a settlement with Equifax

first_img Twitter Indiana reaches a settlement with Equifax Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ (Source: https://goo.gl/OJt5av License: https://goo.gl/OOAQfn) Indiana will be getting a big chunk of cash in a settlement with Equifax.Attorney General Curtis Hill’s office says the state will get $19.5 million in a settlement over Indiana’s lawsuit against Equifax, one of the world’s largest credit-reporting bureaus, over its massive 2017 data breach that affected about 3.9-million Hoosiers.Indiana was one of two states that chose to file separate lawsuits instead of joining a multi-state settlement in July 2019.Hill’s office says the full amount of the state’s settlement will provide restitution payments to impacted consumers. Facebook By Darrin Wright – April 15, 2020 0 355 WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleIRS stimulus status website now liveNext articleSt. Joseph County ties for 6th most COVID-19 cases in the state Darrin Wright Facebooklast_img read more

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Namibian prime minister: Inclusivity necessary for peace, development

first_img Read Full Story Like its neighbor Botswana, the Republic of Namibia is considered one of Africa’s success stories. Twenty-four years after gaining independence from South Africa, the sparsely populated nation is experiencing political stability, economic growth, and a dramatic reduction in rates of new adult HIV infections.Namibian Prime Minister the Right Honorable Hage Geinbob spoke about leadership challenges in Africa at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on March 7, as part of the Centennial Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series.In his introduction, Max Essex, Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences, praised Geingob as “an eloquent and effective leader in the Namibian struggle for representation and respect.” A former school teacher turned freedom fighter, Geingob served on the elected assembly responsible for developing the Namibian constitution, which has been described as one of the most liberal and democratic in the world, Essex said. Geingob was elected the country’s first prime minister in 1990, and served for 12 years. He was executive secretary of the Washington, D.C.-based Global Coalition for Africa for several years before returning to service in the Namibian government in 2004.“New Africa is on the march,” Geingob said in his remarks to the HSPH audience. A key to the continent’s development has been a move to a more ????transformational” style of leadership in governments and in the African Union, he said.last_img read more

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Canadian couple condemned for allegedly jumping vaccine line

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Public condemnation is growing over a wealthy Vancouver couple who allegedly flew to a remote Indigenous community in Yukon Territory to get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Wednesday that he is “disgusted” by the purported actions of Rodney Baker and his actress wife, Ekaterina. They have been issued tickets under the Yukon’s Emergency Measures Act and face fines of up to $1,000 Canadian (US$783) plus fees. Baker resigned on Sunday as Great Canadian Gaming Corp. president and chief executive after a media report on his actions.last_img read more

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SmartIrrigation App

first_imgGeorgia soybean and blueberry farmers will soon have smartphone applications to supplement their practical knowledge with technical data on when to irrigate crops.The SmartIrrigation app, set to be released this year for both iOS and Android devices, uses detailed weather data to estimate how much water a crop needs. The app then sends the user a notification when irrigation should be applied instead of farmers applying water when they think their crop needs it, said George Vellidis, precision agriculture specialist on the University of Georgia Tifton campus.“These new apps will allow soybean and blueberry growers to better schedule their irrigation events so that they can maximize water use efficiency for their crops. In other words, they can get more crop per drop of water used,” said Vasileios Liakos, a UGA assistant research scientist working with Vellidis, who led the development of these two apps at UGA. “This should also increase their profitability.”UGA scientists, with colleagues from the University of Florida, have developed smartphone applications for multiple commodities, including cotton, citrus, strawberries, vegetables and residential turfgrass. An app for corn is currently in the development stage and will be available in 2020.SmartIrrigation apps allows farmers to water efficiently by linking technology with fundamental knowledge of crop physiology.During research studies at UGA, the apps proved to be more efficient than common irrigation scheduling methods. For example, over the past five years, using the cotton app resulted in an average reduction of 44 percent in irrigation water use and an average yield gain of 13 percent compared to the UGA Cooperative Extension calendar or checkbook method.“The apps have the same type of improvement in irrigation scheduling, water use and yield improvements we see when using soil moisture sensors. This is pretty remarkable since the only data we are collecting from the field is measuring rain with an automated rain gauge,” Vellidis said. “Using the apps is much easier and considerably cheaper than using almost any type of automated soil moisture sensor.”Vellidis and his team also have developed SmartIrrigation tools, such as variable rate irrigation (VRI), to help producers become more efficient with their water use.VRI allows center-irrigation pivots to apply different amounts of water to individual management zones within a field. Since the soil and landscape are not the same throughout a field, VRI technology helps the producer apply the precise amount of water needed in each area for optimum crop growth. The application rates are coded into a prescription map for that field. Once developed, the same rates can be used throughout the growing season every year.“Our approach for creating dynamic prescription maps is to use large numbers of soil moisture sensors to estimate the amount of irrigation water needed to return each irrigation management zone to an ideal soil moisture condition,” Liakos said.UGA scientists tested the VRI system in peanut farmers’ fields over the past three years and saw water-use efficiency gains ranging from 16 to 40 percent and yield gains ranging from 2 to 4 percent.For more information on this research, visit www.smartirrigationapps.org.last_img read more

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7th Annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference & Governor’s Awards

first_imgExcellent professional development opportunity for HR and Safety Staff.  Topics include:  “Incorporating Safety into Construction & Maintenance Contract Documents”; Material Handling Ergonomics Tool Demonstration; Supervisors as Safety Leaders Panel;  Healthy Employees/Safer Employees: Wellness, Incentives and ROI; and the Governors Safety Awards. Sponsored by: the Partnership in Safety (Project WorkSAFE, Green Mtn. Coffee Roasters, VT Small Business Development Center and the Vermont Safety and Health Council).  Platinum Sponsors: MEMIC; VELCO, Silver: Wilner-Green Assoc.  Registration $75, $65 before 4/15/09 at: www.vtsbdc.org/Safety.cfm(link is external)  To Register at no cost for the 12:30pm Governor s Awards only please email: [email protected](link sends e-mail). May 13, 2009, 9am 3:45 pm, DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington.last_img read more

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Committed to greatness

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The New York Giants were all but eliminated from the NFL playoff chase in December 2011, when a world history teacher from a New Jersey high school gave them a motivational speech that changed the team’s collective mindset.As a result, the team turned its season around and defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.That high school teacher, Gian Paul Gonzalez, shared his “all in” philosophy that changed the Giants’ fortunes and has helped motivate teams and organizations around the world during general session at the at the co-located CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations and Member Experience Council Conference in Chicago on Friday.Being “all in” is a personal choice that each of us make to commit and give our best every day, Gonzalez says. continue reading »center_img Gian Paul Gonzalez at the 2019 CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations and Member Experience Council Conferences.last_img read more

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Gilts ‘better than shares’ since 1990

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