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The reproductive biology of Euchaeta antarctica Giesbrecht (Copepoda: Calanoida) at South Georgia

first_imgThe reproductive biology of the predatory calanoid copepod Euchaeta antarctica Giesbrecht was investigated in two interconnected fjord systems at South Georgia. Counts of the number of spermatophores attached to adult females and the number of egg sacs encountered, indicated probable peaks of reproduction in summer and winter. Patterns of spermatophore placement were examined and compared with data for E. norvegica (Boeck) from boreal waters. Elemental analysis indicated a high proportion of carbon and a low proportion of nitrogen in adult females and egg sacs from both sites. High winter carbon levels in adults seem related to their predatory feeding habits allowing high food intake throughout the year whereas in egg sacs it probably reflects extended development times and/or non-feeding naupliar stages. Mean adult female and egg clutch dry weights were higher in Cumberland East Bay during winter than in Moraine Fjord during summer. These differences are discussed in the context of relationships between fjord morphology and production levels.last_img read more

Annual variation in the timing of reproduction in Antarctic fur seals,Arctocephalus gazella, at Bird Island, South Georgia

first_imgThe arrival of Antarctic fur seals at a breeding beach on Bird Island, South Georgia, was studied over five consecutive breeding seasons, 1983 to 1987. Experienced bulls arrived first and established breeding territories on the beaches in anticipation of the arrival of the cows. Male arrival, which is less synchronous within years than female arrival, was significantly later in 1987 than in any other year. Female arrival, estimated by pup birth date where necessary, was highly synchronous; it usually started when 80% or more of potential territory sites were occupied by males. Cows arrived significantly later in 1984 and 1987 than in 1983, 1985 or 1986. The late arrival of both males and females in 1987 is attributed to unusually severe climatic conditions during the preceding winter. The late arrival and reduced fecundity of females in 1984 is attributed to markedly reduced food availability during the austral winter and summer of 1983. Males were not affected in 1984 because they could move away from the area of reduced food availability earlier than females and because they have a more varied diet. Factors influencing the winter distribution, the timing and pattern of arrival and the breeding of male and female Antarctic fur seals are discussed.last_img read more

Did Tom Brady just announce he’s retiring?

first_imgWas this a bad joke?— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 1, 2019Yes, yes it was.That’s one way to join Twitter!Check out some of our favorite responses below. Beau Lund Everyone else can stop trying to make April’s Fools jokes now. Tom wins.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 1, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. pic.twitter.com/L8GUsD9P6f— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) April 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/OM9RHebba0— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 1, 2019While a lot of fans were skeptical, Brady left us hanging for around 45 minutes before tweeting, “was this a bad joke?” FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAl Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady is retiring … April fools!The New England Patriots quarterback gave fans everywhere a scare Monday when he posted his first tweet and announced, “I’m retiring.” Now that’s how the joins Twitter— Twitter (@Twitter) April 1, 2019 Welcome to Twitter! Here’s what you need to know:1) There is no edit button…— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 /Sports News – National Did Tom Brady just announce he’s retiring? Written by I’m retiring. In my spare time, I’ll be tweeting #LFG— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 1, 2019Brady’s tweet received thousands of comments including one from Julian Edelman and the team itself!last_img read more

Once on this island

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Marvin Merritt IV ’20 was born and raised on the small island of Deer Isle, Maine, where his mother’s family fished for generations and his father’s were relative newcomers, having arrived a mere half-century ago. It is the kind of place where residents tell stories, a few of which are mostly true and others less so.Deer Island is the kind of place where it’s an oddity to meet a kid whose parents were raised in another state. When that happened to Merritt in high school, “I remember asking him, ‘Your parents didn’t have the same teachers you did?’ It was revolutionary to me that kids could have different teachers than their parents or relatives, and not all be from the same place. That’s how much I was a byproduct of this community,” where nobody seemed to leave.An assortment of Polaroids Merritt took during his research. Photo by Marvin Merritt IVThe custom of spinning yarns inspired Merritt’s senior thesis project in Theater, Dance & Media (TDM). He created a two-character show called “Dear Deer Isle” that sent him on a journey back to his hometown in Penobscot Bay, population about 3,000, and helped him understand how it shaped his love of performance and his life.“Artists have a history of telling stories with their art, and generational fishermen definitely know how to tell many stories that are mostly false, completely fabricated,” said the once-Leverett House resident. “I feel like it was a natural progression for me to get interested in this oral storytelling tradition. It was an odd marriage of these two communities.”The production, which Merritt originally planned to stage on campus at Newell Boathouse with a team of student collaborators, was designed as a series of vignettes that cover the island’s history and Merritt’s relationship to it and the people he grew up with.Merritt spent the summer before his senior year collecting stories about his childhood and the island from his mother, friends from high school, and neighbors, including “Grandma Tillie,” a centenarian resident who regaled him with tales about life on the island before a bridge to the mainland was built in 1939.,He also collected materials like lobster traps and archival documents about the island and its community to decorate the set for the short scenes, called études. In one, he projected his drawings of a fake “creation myth” of the island on a big screen. In another, he layered a recording of a Fourth of July celebration on the island underneath a monologue about his dual identity as “Harvard Marvin” and “Island Marvin.”While developing the performance, Merritt reflected on his life and background. Other members of his family went their own way, though he is one of the few to leave the area. His parents’ career paths both diverged from their families’. His mother grew up on her father’s boat but now works at a chiropractic office. His father isn’t in the family jewelry business, but at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital.“The process of creating [‘Dear Deer Isle’] was healing [and] therapeutic,” he said. “It’s like going through all of the boxes that you’ve thrown things into, and really carefully examining and pulling out the valuable things, [because] the actual performance is not for me, it’s for the audience.”“Dear Deer Isle” is a culmination of Merritt’s education in TDM and global theater. He studied the Stanislavski acting technique in Moscow and Shakespeare in London and performed in 16 shows at Harvard and off campus, including “The Danube” and “The Merchant of Venice.”,It’s also the next step in his already prolific acting career.By the time he applied to Harvard, Merritt had acted for 10 years in community and professional productions, and was intent on pursuing theater as his livelihood. But his parents didn’t attend college, and he had few family members who had moved away from Maine, so his path forward was unclear.He credited a mentor, Judith Keenan, for helping him see Harvard as a possibility, despite financial barriers, a small public high school with limited resources, and a family reluctant to see him go into the arts. Keenan is the widow of Edward “Ned” L. Keenan, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History Emeritus at Harvard. She has lived on the island for years, and is involved in the town high school, where the two met.“I would definitely not be here without her support, or at college [at all], so I owe her a lot,” said Merritt, noting that Keenan told him about the then-new TDM program during his senior year of high school and helped him with the entire application process.Once on campus, Merritt found himself navigating unfamiliar territory, from class differences among students to the stimulus of living among so many other people for the first time.“I had to teach myself to just shrink my scope, and [say to myself], ‘You don’t have to pay attention to every single person that walks by,’ but back home, you did,” he said. “I remember every single night going to bed completely exhausted, and it was literally my brain hurting because I was just trying to keep track of so much.”Merritt was also part of one of the first cohorts of TDM concentrators in a still-new department. He was cast in a show his first semester, and from there became a fixture at performances and workshops around the department with peers and faculty.,“Theater is … a collaborative art form, and I am deeply excited by the collaborative nature of creating a piece of theater and having many, many hands and ideas and bodies contributing to the whole thing,” said Merritt, who noted that his original thesis plans included extensive collaborations with other TDM students, both onstage and behind the curtain.Debra Levine, an instructor in TDM and Merritt’s thesis adviser, praised his commitment to the artistic community on campus.“Marvin is one of those people who really understands that you have to be a generous collaborator in the theater, and I think that all of the TDM students look to him as someone who has just soared within the concentration,” said Levine.Following the evacuation of campus in March, the plans Merritt had made for the thesis and his life after graduation were up in the air. Eventually, he submitted the work as a detailed script and critical paper, rather than a performance, and he plans to move to Berlin or Los Angeles after graduation to pursue acting.“I can’t say it’s the most fulfilling conclusion to this situation, but it’s the smartest and safest choice,” said Merritt, speaking from his family home. “I really do think that at some point I will have the opportunity to put up the show, and I can look forward to that, but I’m not going to set a date.”No matter where he goes next, this project has made it clear to him that he’ll always be an islander.“It’s been oddly freeing” to return to Maine to create art, said Merritt. “Part of the process has been realizing that I don’t have to [live] there in order to still feel connected to the place.”last_img read more

‘We are facing extinction’: Black farmers in steep decline

first_imgBELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — No active Black farmers are left in a historic Kansas community where hundreds migrated a century ago to escape racism and poverty. The lack of Black farmers in Nicodemus illustrates a nationwide decline. In 1910, Black farmers made up 14% of the U.S farming population but today account for just 1.4%. Most family farms across the country have been hit in recent years by such things as market volatility, poor weather and consolidations spurred by technological advances. On top of that, many Black farmers say racial bias at all levels of government has effectively pushed them off their land.last_img read more

COVID-19 UPDATE: 1 Death, 67 New Cases Reported In Chautauqua County

first_imgTotal Deaths 30-39695 New Cases 695 14775- Ripley3 239.3 179 12.18% 90+4 60-69633 14782- Sinclairville1 20-29931 57 3.0% 22 Percent of Total Cases 340 70-7912 740.7 14757- Mayville0 0.88% 15 14062- Forestville1 81 5 37 0.00% 167.5 Number 123 43 3.8% 14138- South Dayton1 4 14787- Westfield0 Percent 0.3% 0.3% 194 0.3% 170 12.18% Symptoms Known3809 130 109.3 93 14722- Chautauqua0 14712- Bemus Point2 0.8% 14048- Dunkirk21 13 No950 First Dose 14724- Clymer0 4 3.9% 150 424.5 6 14710- Ashville0 14136- Silver Creek5 370.7 1 520.3 1.6% 169.4 1 Percent 31.9 67 14716- Brocton3 37 14723- Cherry Creek0 21 362.3 14701- Jamestown12 0.7% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 592.3 657 14784- Stockton0 1.9% 3.3% 34 681.5 14 50-593 1.1% 0.3% 585.2 3.71% 1 0.0% 12.6% 3.4% 59 2.3% 14747- Kennedy2 70 1.8% 6 488.3 1058.1 14728- Dewittville0 459.0 Symptoms Age 14720- Celoron0 Second Dose 12.62% 4.30% 10 Total Cases 15 2.4%center_img Yes2859 3.3% 14750- Lakewood0 0.26% 624.6 All Ages46 1356 16 Doses of Vaccine Administered for Chautauqua County Residents MAYVILLE – One new death connected to COVID-19 and 67 new cases of the virus were reported in Chautauqua County on Wednesday afternoon.The county health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reported the death involved a 40-year-old, with 46 deaths linked to the virus since the pandemic began.Of the new cases, 12 are in the Jamestown area. There are now 695 cases active countywide.The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is at 11.9 percent, down from 12.5 percent. There are 42 people hospitalized with COVID-19, steady from yesterday’s update.Since the outbreak started 5,198 cases have been recorded, with 4,457 people recovering.As for the vaccination effort, 3,622 residents have received the first dose, just under three percent of the population. Over 300 people have received the second dose so far.More data updated by the health department is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 307.9 0.7% 41 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) 301.8 50-59763 0.8% 26 384.6 174 203 655.5 100 14726- Conewango Valley0 14718- Cassadaga0 Number of Vaccination Doses3622 80-89193 464.2 723.7 186.4 90+93 198 0.47% 156 4 14736- Findley Lake0 20 6.60% 13.37% 96.8 14767- Panama0 13.85% 1 22 100.0% Updated 1/13/21; These numbers are updated as we are ableNYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020 39 Total 40-49720 Active Cases 536.1 952 0.39% 14063- Fredonia6 28 80-8920 14740- Gerry0 1.1% 19 15 1.79% 2 26.1% 4 5198 14 371.7 14738- Frewsburg1 355.7 18.3% 17.91% Number 1 4 0.56% COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 0-19656 117 14733- Falconer5 2 4 18 0.7% 0.4% Fatality Rate by Age Group Age Group 3.50% 199.4 15 24.94% Fatality Rate 0-390 40-494 Zip Code 58 9 60-693 533.9 70-79343 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 477.0 10.36% 23 0.8% 14081- Irving1 14781- Sherman0 75.06% 1.1% 571.3 Percent of County Residents2.79% 14769- Portland3 0.4% 2.5%last_img read more

Lucy Punch on London’s Great Britain & the Into the Woods Movie

first_img Speaking of cuts, Lucinda and Florinda suffer some nasty chops to the heels and toes during the film. Yes, that was lots of fun [laughs]. I think that might have been the last bit we shot. But I also get my eyes plucked out by crows, you know, and I personally found that more grueling. Losing a bit of toe is like, “whatever!” Had you done a musical before? Not since I was about 16 or so, in a National Youth Theatre production of Pippin. I remember at the time singing along in the chorus and a very sweet musical director saying to me, “Lucy, you’re doing a great job, the facial expressions are great, but could you perhaps mouth the rest?” Lucy Punch is back in the West End for the first time in well over a decade, having in the interim shot to fame in Bad Teacher, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and the forthcoming screen adaptation of Into the Woods, in which she plays not-so-nice stepsister Lucinda. She’s currently taking on the aptly named Paige Britain in Great Britain, the freewheeling satire about journalistic practice from author Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Before a two-show day, the lively Punch chatted with Broadway.com about returning home to London, keeping up her energy, and the surprise of doing a musical on film. You’ve taken over the leading role from Billie Piper, who originated the part of Paige. Did you see her play the role? Ordinarily I wouldn’t have done because it wouldn’t have been helpful, but I did in this case in order to get a sense of the piece as a whole given that we had such an accelerated rehearsal process so it was a bit like doing an ensemble piece in isolation. I thought she was great. So it shouldn’t be mistaken as a documentary? [Laughs.] Not at all. There are moments where you play stuff straight but on the whole, the piece is quite farcical; it’s a gag-run show. But you’ve pulled it off! That’s kind of you to say. What was great was that there was stuff for me to sing with the chorus but most of my own stuff was a speaky-singing type of thing which I feel quite confident with—though it was quite wild going into a recording studio and finding myself there with Stephen Sondheim. The play is quite ruthless, albeit satirically so, about the British tabloid press. Is that a world you know at all? My cousin is a journalist who works for The Independent, but it’s quite a different world working for a UK tabloid. He had some good stories about the way journalism works, but the truth is the tone of the show is extremely heightened and broad and the character I’m playing is a sort of extreme archvillain. Did Mr. Sondheim give you any notes? He did to the other actors who have beautiful singing voices and had a lot more to do, but I had so little that I think he was not too worried about “ugly sister B” [laughs]. Have you gotten to see the Into the Woods movie yet? I haven’t yet, and I don’t know when I’m going to see it; soon, I hope!center_img Was that primarily to have a break from so much film and TV work? I hadn’t done anything [on stage] for so long that I was quite nervous about it, but this was a great part and a great opportunity. Of course I’d love to continue doing movies and TV, but actually this has been the best sort of crash course for me—taking on such a huge part in a big theater. It’s been nearly 15 years since we’ve seen you in the West End in The Graduate—what brought you back? I had spent time in New York and seen a bunch of plays and was thinking, “Oh God, I’d love to do a play,” and then this came up and I thought, “Well, it’s a fabulous script but I don’t think I have a chance.” …And I got the part! Did you have any run-ins with tabloids back in 2000 when you were in The Graduate opposite Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger’s ex-wife? That was around the time of her divorce, and I remember cameras sneaking into the audience to take pictures of [Jerry] without any clothes on. She handled it all with a lot of grace. Are you amazed to have found yourself in a Sondheim musical on screen? I never thought I’d be in any type of musical and when this came up, I thought it was a bit of a joke if only because I had played an ugly sister in various things a couple times already. How has doing the play for two months now affected your own view of the tabloids? I never read them before, I have to say, but I do find now especially that The Sun, for instance, is quite sordid and dangerous because it says it’s a newspaper when really it’s about the headline and the photo. The text is so short that there’s no room for nuance. This is just me speaking personally, since I know Richard [Bean, playwright] has a fondness for old-fashioned tabloid journalism. Had you ever seen Into the Woods onstage? I saw it at the Donmar [in London in 1998] and thought it was absolutely fantastic. I especially remember Sheridan Smith’s Little Red Riding Hood. She was so funny and so good. Obviously this has been cut down a bit because it’s a movie, but I think it’s still intact. View Commentslast_img read more

James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson Begin Previews in The Gin Game

first_imgTony-winning legends James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson are officially back on Broadway! The pair will begin performances in D.L. Coburn’s The Gin Game on September 23. Directed by Leonard Foglia, the revival will officially open on October 14 at the Golden Theatre.The Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows Weller Martin (Jones) and Fonsia Dorsey (Tyson), who meet on the porch of their nursing home and strike up a friendship as Weller teaches Fonsia how to play gin rummy. As they play, they share stories about the lives they led in the outside world. But when Fonsia wins every hand, Weller becomes increasingly frustrated. Soon, their gin games and conversations become a battleground, with each player exposing the other’s failures, disappointments and insecurities.The production will play a limited engagement through January 10, 2016. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016 The Gin Gamelast_img read more

Mountain Mama: Pass Along the Need for Speed

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,Now that my son can walk, his favorite response to everything is “do it self.” My wife and I used to take him hiking all the time, but now he refuses to be carried. It’s cute watching him walk, but makes for an excruciatingly slow outing.Do you have any other ideas for toddler-friendly adventures?Thanks,Toddler DadDear Toddler Dad,I admire your commitment to explore the outdoors with your son. As parents, we strive to pass along the best parts of our world to our children, and often that’s our connection to the outdoors. With a little creativity, almost anything you enjoy doing can be adapted to include your family.Raise Kids to Go with the FlowWe’re lucky enough to live close to a mellow stretch of river and can often squeeze in a post-work float. There are days when I crave more action, so I’ve searched for a babysitter who doesn’t mine driving shuttle. I pack a dinner picnic, grab a paddling partner, and we all load into the truck. The sitter and my toddler son drop us off at the put-in and then play in the water or go for a hike at the take-out. An hour later we all enjoy the setting sun and eat together.For an overnight adventure, reserve one of the river-side campsites along the French Broad River and take your family on an overnight river trip. Last summer we paddled fifteen miles in two days down a mostly Class I section of the river. My son loved swimming breaks, holding the paddle, and dragging his fingers along the water’s surface.Divide and ConquerThere will be days when taking your kids on an adventure seems daunting. On these days, reach out to your childless friends. Too often we don’t call some of the people we most loved spending time with before we had kids just because they don’t also have children. My childless friends assure me they love being included on kid-friendly adventures.During this past winter’s big snow, two friends, my son, and I skied up Roan Mountain. The pickup was loaded with cross country skis and my play boat. We nestled my toddler in a Therma-rest and sleeping bag, and made a harness using kayak straps. We all took turns pulling him up the mountain while he napped. He woke up just in time to take in the spectacular view at the top and the downhill. My friends love getting their kid fix, my son soaks up the attention, and I got to share the parenting load. It’s truly a win-win when we all take turns.Pass Along the Need for SpeedInvesting in a bike trailer is the perfect way to get a work out in while spending time with your little guy. My son squeals in delight when he feels the wind on his face and shouts, “Faster mama.” Pulling the extra weight adds a strength training element to any ride. Consider a speed interval day, where you ride hard between toddler-friendly stops such as playgrounds of snack breaks.For a toddler-friendly bike vacation, combine forces with other families. A good friend spent a week cycling the parkway. The dads pedaled in the morning, while the moms took the kids on a short hike then caravanned to an agreed-upon hotel (always with a pool). When the dads arrived, the moms set out on an afternoon ride while the dads and kids played in the pool.Enjoy your time outside!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

MerleFest Is Only One Week Away!

first_imgMerleFest, presented by Window World and considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The annual four-day event, which “USA Today” described as a “happy, family friendly festival that’s loved by musicians who come to play and those who come to add their energy by listening, as well,” will take place April 28-May 1, 2016.“Throughout the years, one of the major factors that has built MerleFest is the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the four days of the festival,” said Ted Hagaman, festival director. “That, in turn, creates another important element of MerleFest’s success: people truly feel that the festival is a great value. That’s probably best expressed by the fact that so many music fans and families return year after year, making MerleFest a regular spring tradition.The initial lineup for MerleFest 2016 will be announced on Tuesday, November 10, the same day that tickets will go on sale. Tickets may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure will be offered for MerleFest 2016. An Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available starting November 10 through February 15, 2016. An Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 16, 2016, through April 27, 2016. The third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts over 90 artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. The financial impact elevates the organizations and businesses of the surrounding communities as well, with MerleFest bringing millions into the area over the course of the festival.For more information about the festival and to get up-to-date lineup details, visit www.merlefest.org and follow the MerleFest Facebook page.last_img read more