Growth rates of Antarctic fur seals as indices of environmental conditions

first_imgThe growth rates of Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) pups estimated from weighing cross-sections of the population were compared with measured/ inferred changes in the availability of their main prey species, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) from 1989 to 2000. There was no relationship between growth rate and mass at weaning and there were counter-intuitive indications of higher growth rates in years of low krill availability. Biases reflecting changes in the component of the population available for sampling appear to invalidate the widely held assumption that interannual differences in growth rate can reliably be derived from differences in the slope of a linear relationship based on cross-sectional population samples. A new index was developed, based on the deviation of pup mass at age in each year compared to the multiyear mean, that was not dependent on assumptions of linearity. The indices of growth deviates produced a more logical relationship with other indices of pup development and related more appropriately to variations in prey availability. The potential impact of methodological biases on the interpretation of growth rate suggests that comparisons of growth rates should not rely on assumptions regarding the underlying growth pattern.last_img read more

Town Meetings Set For Saturday on Dredging, Flood Mitigation

first_imgOcean City will hold back-to-back town hall meetings on Saturday to update the public on bayside dredging plans and an island-wide flood mitigation program.The dredging presentation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. After a break to allow individual questions from the public with speakers, the flood-mitigation update will begin at 11 a.m.The meetings will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle at 550 Wesley Avenue. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about these initiatives.Representatives of the consulting firm ACT Engineers will join city officials in making the presentations. ACT administers Ocean City’s bayside dredging program and is working on a Flood Mitigation and Drainage Master Plan. A dredging excavator operated by Scarborough Marine Group scoops out sediment from an Ocean City lagoon in February.last_img read more

In Short

first_img== Promise for naan ==Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery, Herts, has won an award for its Eastern Promises design and print for its speciality naan breads and snack naans. Jefta Kon Lakovich, chief executive of Arnaouti, said the top web design was printed on a 45-micron high-barrier film and ran trouble-free, despite tight tolerances on widths required.== Scots’ training award ==Scottish food and drink companies are being encouraged to enter a new category that recognises investment in training and staff development at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards. The deadline for entries is 6 March and the event is to be held at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum on 7 May.== Warburtons’ aid gift ==Warburtons has donated a 12-tonne truck from its Burnley bakery to the International Aid Trust, so volunteers can collect and distribute humanitarian aid. The truck is in Romania and has transported tonnes of food, clothing, shoes and bedding.== Hygiene fine for baker ==A bakery in Kidderminster has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs for failing to comply with food hygiene regulations. The owner admitted the offence at Hereford Crown Court. Environmental health officers found grease and debris, carbonised baking trays and dirty bread rolling machines. In mitigation, the defence said the baker had done a food hygiene course and alterations costing £25,000.== Distribution link-up ==Pastries specialist Brioche Pasquier and puddings producer Farmhouse Fare are to use logistics services provider NFT’s shared user network to deliver their products to Marks & Spencer’s regional distribution centres.last_img read more

Wessanen names Emma Vass as chief executive

first_imgMrs Crimble’s owner Wessanen has appointed former McCormick’s general manager Emma Vass as head of its UK operations.Vass joins the business ten months after Patrick Cairns stepped down from the role, with Wessanen UK marketing director Gill Green serving as interim CEO.The new CEO joins Wessanen UK with over 20 years’ experience in the fmcg sector, where she recently held the UK general manager role at herbs and spices business McCormick’s.In her new position she will head up to Wessanen brands Whole Earth, Kallo, Clipper Teas and Mrs Crimble’s.Vass has also served as UK commercial director for Danone Dairy and previous worked at Premier Foods and Mars.She said Wessanen’s clarity of vision, passion for its products and people shines through in all that the company does.“The authenticity of the brands here in the UK truly resonates with today’s consumers who are looking for honest, natural brands they can connect with,” said Vass. “I am excited to join this dynamic and pioneering business at this key time and to have the opportunity to facilitate further growth and innovation.”last_img read more

Nahko and Medicine for the People Deliver Heaping Dose to NYC With Covers Of Pink Floyd, Bob Marley

first_imgNahko Bear, who was born in Portland, Oregon with Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino bloodlines, formed the beginnings of his medicine tribe in Hawaii. These roots are evidenced not only in the prevalence of Hawaiian words and phrases in the lyrics, but also in the group’s fight for the rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas and abroad. Nahko and Medicine for the People have a clear mission of creating global awareness and accountability, hoping to serve as a catalyst that inspires environmental and societal change. Partnering with several different charities and performing at events like the Healing Music Festival in Israel (a fest aimed at uniting Israelis and Palestinians through music), these musicians take great strides to practice what they preach. And what exactly are they preaching? That, together, we can be the change the world needs. That we all have a voice and, collectively, power. Perhaps, it is best summed up in the call to action of “Manifesto”:   “Don’t waste your hate    Rather gather and create    Be a service, be a sensible person    Use your words and don’t be nervous    You can do this, you’ve got purpose    Find your medicine and use it”The crowd, no doubt fully medicated, was hopefully inspired by the musical message to activate change, or at the very least be aware of its global necessity. As Ribner noted, even if only one person in the audience was influenced to make a change, then their daily mission was accomplished. Mahalos were exchanged at the end of the show and Nahko, again, thanked the crowd for making their New York debut a sell-out.After this tour wraps, Nahko and team will be hitting the summer music festival circuit, including scheduled performances at Hangout Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and Electric Forest. A full list of their upcoming gigs can be found here. Be sure to check them out to get your summer dose! On the final leg of their “Make A Change” spring tour, socially-conscious Nahko and Medicine for the People wowed a sold-out crowd at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl for their debut New York City performance. The band’s excited energy could be felt throughout the evening, with frontman Nahko Bear announcing, “It’s (bassist) Pato’s first time in New York!” and later explaining that they felt Brooklyn was an appropriate place to showcase new material off their upcoming album HOKA. In true New York City fashion, the crowd ate up every drop of these special treats – “Make A Change,” “On Time,” and “The Wolves Have Returned,” the latter of which beautifully highlighted the vocal abilities of drummer Justin “Chitty” Chittams and guitarist Chase Makai.This soul-filled performance featured the beloved “Black as Night” and prayer-like anthem “Aloha Ke Akua,” and the adoring “Tribe” of fans turned every song into a sing-a-long, bringing glorious harmony to the depths of each song’s lyrics. The tremendous amount of musical talent within this diversified six-piece was obvious, from violinist, Tim Snider, to trumpet and flugelhornist, Max Ribner. When Snider welcomed special guest Max ZT, who crushes it on the hammered dulcimer, he was playing with such fervor during “Great Spirit” that the strings of his bow began to break. Ribner dominated his extended solos and masterfully accompanied the acoustic encore performance of “Love Letters to God,” and also took a few minutes to call attention to the need for clean, filtered water both locally and globally. The group later welcomed soul-sister duo Climbing PoeTree, for a spirited rendition of “Warrior People.” On top of all of this, the band somehow managed to interlace a medley of covers throughout the show, including Adele’s “Hello,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall,” Flobot’s “Handlebars,” TLC’s “No Scrubs,” and Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” – just to name a few. What an exhilarating performance!last_img read more

GSAS adopts electronic submission of the dissertation

first_imgUntil now, a key part of receiving a Ph.D. from Harvard was taking a cab ride to a factory in Charlestown (it was not T-accessible) to have your dissertation bound.Now that scenic journey is a thing of the past.After a pilot program launched by GSAS to great success among March degree candidates, all future Harvard Ph.D. dissertations will be submitted electronically for degree completion, binding, and archiving.Working with ProQuest/UMI, the national repository for dissertation archiving, GSAS has developed a simple online interface where students can upload a PDF version of their dissertation. The submission portal incorporates and streamlines various paper documents students once had to submit to the Registrar’s Office, adding order to the process.“In a sense, electronic submission dilutes that momentous feeling of actually holding your bound dissertation in your hands,” says Garth McCavana, dean for student affairs for GSAS, “but students have overwhelmingly felt that the time gained and the convenience far outweighs those sentiments.”last_img read more

Eden as a storyteller’s paradise

first_imgJohn Cogan University Professor of the Humanities Stephen Greenblatt opens his new book, “The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve,” by recalling a pivotal moment from his Roxbury childhood. Attending synagogue on the Sabbath, he is told by his parents to keep his eyes closed for final prayers to allow God to pass overhead, for anyone who sees God face-to-face will die. But the young Greenblatt tests the warning, opening his eyes to find no otherworldly spirit. It was only a story, he realizes — and now he’s hooked for life.“We surround ourselves with them; we make them up in our sleep; we tell them to our children; we pay to have them told to us. Some of us create them professionally. And a few of us — myself included — spend our entire adult life trying to understand their beauty, power, and influence,” he writes.Greenblatt, a Shakespearean and literary historian who won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” follows the centuries-long saga of Adam and Eve across academic disciplines ranging from the artistic to the theological, enriching “Rise and Fall” via cameos by Harvard colleagues David Damrosch, David Pilbeam, Janet Browne, and Edward O. Wilson. In a Gazette Q&A, he talked about the course that inspired the book, the shadow of Milton, and the animals that guided him to a moment of profound perspective. Robin Kelsey and Stephen Greenblatt discuss Adam and EveThe dean of arts and humanities and the English professor have a lively discussion about one of the world’s oldest stories. GAZETTE: How long have you wanted to tell this story?GREENBLATT: My first email about it goes back to 2013, but I was thinking about it well before that. The book was about five years in the making, but I had already taught a set of courses on the subject at Harvard with Joseph Koerner [the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture], so I was interested already. Teaching and writing often go hand in hand. We originally taught it as a graduate course, later as an ethical reasoning general education course. The book originated in some sense in the course.The story of Adam and Eve touches almost everything. It’s literature and art, painting and sculpture, theology and philosophy and biology. It made research both fun and difficult. I’ve shuttled back and forth in my life, between thinking about things over which I have some nominal control (Shakespeare) and things over which I have no claim to possession (this story is a perfect example). I love the challenge of getting some grip on what I know that I will never fully master. One could spend five or 50 years and not get close to exhausting this particular subject.GAZETTE: Why did you feel it needed to be told to a wider audience?GREENBLATT: I’m interested in the power of the humanities and the power of storytelling literature. I think they matter more than ever, yet we are grappling with a widespread assumption that they count for very little. The fate of Adam and Eve in the Garden is arguably the single most powerful and influential story in the Western world. It’s a great place to go to ask why stories work and how they are transmitted. On the one hand, you get hundreds of thousands of people who are touched by it and pass it on, and, on the other hand, you get a very small number of extraordinary people who don’t simply pass it along but who change it, transform it. Some of these — Augustine, Dürer, Milton — figure in my book.GAZETTE: You write about an Italian nun, Arcangela Tarabotti, who published in the mid-1600s an indictment of the use of the Adam and Eve story to condemn women. Is the cultural history of the story a history of misogyny? GREENBLATT: Yes, in many ways it is, but it was not always and necessarily so. Among the very earliest traces discovered in 1946 in Nag Hammadi is an ancient book that proposed that Eve is the hero of the story because she chose knowledge over ignorance. And even if this interpretation hardly prevailed, it is interesting that the biblical narrative thought that the male domination of women needed an explanation: It was evidently not natural. In modern times there are many powerful feminist discussions, but they pick up details that were noticed long ago. The story is like a bone caught in the throat — you can’t cough it up and you can’t swallow it down.GAZETTE: You devote several chapters to Milton. Does the way the modern world thinks about Adam and Eve really come down to his less-than-ideal marital relations?GREENBLATT: More than anyone else, Milton gave Adam and Eve the intimate life of a married couple, a couple who eat together, entertain guests, share dreams, make love, work through uncomfortable disagreements. Of course the poet brought to this remarkable creative task his own experience of marriage, its pains as well as its pleasures. The people who’ve changed the story threw themselves into it, body and soul. They held nothing back. The account I give in my book of Milton’s life isn’t decorative background. It’s of the essence.GAZETTE: You describe the book’s moving end — in Africa where you visited the Kibale Chimpanzee Project — as the closest to paradise you will get. What made it so unforgettable?GREENBLATT: I was fortunate to get permission to visit the research station in western Uganda directed by Richard Wrangham, who teaches evolutionary biology at Harvard. It was one of the great, thrilling experiences of my life. I wanted to see what our own origin account actually looks like, as it were, in the flesh. It is thought that the creatures from whom our own species emerged most closely resembled modern-day chimpanzees; the revelation for me is that chimpanzees as far as we can tell live without. In the forests we see beings who are strikingly like ourselves but who, as far as we can tell, live without awareness of death, without knowledge of good and evil, without shame. That is, we witness in a strange form much of what the ancient story imagined as the lives of the first humans in Eden. It’s a remarkable sight — moving and unsettling.Interview was edited and condensed.last_img read more

Denmark to build North Sea island to serve as wind power hub

first_imgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has agreed to build an island in the North Sea that would gather and distribute electricity from wind energy farms. The 210-billion kroner ($34 billion) artificial island will be created about 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the country’s west coast and will connect to several European countries. It would start with 3 gigawatts of capacity, enough to cover the electricity needs of 3 million European households. That capacity is expected to more than triple over time. No date has been set yet for the start of construction of the island, which will be controlled by the Danish government.last_img read more

Restaurant Fire Ruled Accidental

first_imgStock ImageWESTFIELD — A Wednesday afternoon fire at a local restaurant has been ruled accidental.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation team says a grease fire at KISS BBQ restaurant, 745 Rt. 20, started in the exhaust duct work and spread to combustibles in the attic.Deputies said the restaurant had been closed for renovations but planning to re-open July 2.The Westfield Fire Department and several area fire departments responded to the scene just before 12:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported during the fire. 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 read more

Five Rising Stars We’d Love to See Play Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

first_imgJENNY MOLLETSince making her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Mollet graduated from the famed LaGuardia High School and is set to attend University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. It’s easy to get lost in a YouTube spiral of her performances, from boasting her comedic chops in “Alto’s Lament” to belting her face off to “Let It Go.” But it’s this mash-up of songs from The Polar Express and The Prince of Egypt that have us “believing” in Mollet; that kind of warmth is necessary for bringing such ballads as “Soon As I Get Home” and “Be a Lion” to life. NBC will present The Wiz as its latest live telecast on December 3, but there’s only one problem: We still need a Dorothy! Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, director Kenny Leon, choreographer Fatima Robinson and company are leading a search to find their leading lady, hoping to launch an unknown to stardom. In an effort to help—and as an excuse to listen to some powerhouse vocals—we scoured YouTube (the open casting call of the 21st century) for young actresses whom we’d be thrilled to see ease on down the road. Take it away, ladies! BRYNN WILLIAMSWilliams is by no means a musical theater newcomer, having received the Gypsy Robe at the age of 12 on the opening night of In My Life. Since then, she’s appeared on Broadway in musicals including Bye Bye Birdie and 13. She recently took the NYMF stage in Where All the Rivers Go to Sleep and will reunite with her 13 co-star Allie Trimm at 54 Below. But the live telecast could catapult her to a household name, and after hearing her knock “Home” out of the park, we would certainly not mind discussing her riffs at the dinner table. AUBIN WISEIf you’re not going to nail that high F at the end of “The Dance of the Robe,” don’t bother putting the clip on YouTube. Fortunately, Wise does just that. The recent Berklee College of Music alum’s regional credits include memorable turns in Big Fish and The Color Purple in Boston, but we believe Wise has what it takes to bring her vocal chops from Beantown to the Big Apple (or rather, a Long Island soundstage). And from this rehearsal video, she proves she has an easygoing attitude (look how easy she’d be to work with, Craig and Neil!) and riffs for days. MARLA LOUISSAINTWe sang the praises of Louissaint last month when she took home the top honor at the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (a.k.a. the Jimmy Awards) for her star turn in Caroline, Or Change. The New York City native demonstrated exemplary maturity and powerhouse vocals in the medley above and her performance of The Color Purple’s “I’m Here” in the finals. We’d be thrilled to see her bring those traits to a (perhaps slightly more age appropriate) role like Dorothy. We have no doubt she’d bring both a requisite complexity and sense of fun to the part. KATHRYN ALLISONAllison first came to the scene in 2014 as the victor of NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation contest. Since taking the title, she’s joined the cast of Broadway’s Aladdin. She’s an extremely versatile performer, as you can see from her gorgeous classical soprano or her soulful Shirley Bassey tribute. Oh, and she can belt. It’s also come to our attention that she always “absolutely LOVES shoes,” so we suspect she’d have no problem rocking those silver slippers. You can catch her at 54 Below in October; we’ll see what happens after that. View Commentslast_img read more