Survival of sub-zero temperatures by two South Georgian beetles (Coleoptera, Perimylopidae)

first_imgThe ability of adults and larvae of two species of perimylopid beetles (Hydromedion sparsutum, Perimylops antarcticus) to survive sub-zero temperatures was studied at Husvik, South Georgia in summer during October–December 1990. Experiments determined their survival at constant sub-zero temperatures, their lower lethal temperatures and individual supercooling points. The effects of cooling rates (0.015°, 0.5° and 2.0°C min−1) and starvation on survival were also assessed. Mean supercooling points of field-collected individuals of both species were in the range -3.0° to -5.4°C with Perimylops having a deeper capacity (ca. 1.5°C) for supercooling relative to Hydromedion. The former species also survived freezing temperatures significantly better than the latter and its mean lower lethal temperature was 2.5°C lower. At a constant temperature of -8.5°C, the median survival times for Perimylops adults and larvae were 19 and 26 h respectively, whilst both stages of Hydromedion died within 3 h. The three cooling rates resulted in significantly different median survival temperatures for adult Hydromedion with 0.5°C min−1 producing maximum survival. Prior starvation did not have a significant influence on the survival of either species at sub-zero temperatures although both adults survived less well. The results support field observations on the habitats and distribution of these insects, and suggest differing degrees of freezing tolerance.last_img read more

David Ortiz shooting: Second suspect arrested, gunman still sought by police

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRob Carr/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — A second suspect has been arrested in the shooting of Red Sox icon David Ortiz, according to authorities in the Dominican Republic. The person in custody is not believed to be the man who pulled the trigger on the retired slugger, authorities added. This second suspect has not been identified, and a third is being sought.The arrest comes after one suspect was charged with “attempted homicide” and “criminal association” in connection to the shooting, according to his attorney.Eddy Feliz Garcia, who allegedly confessed to playing a role in the shooting, insists he didn’t shoot Ortiz, his attorney, Bunel Ramirez Meran, said on Tuesday night. Meran declared Garcia was innocent.Charging papers obtained by ABC News showed in addition to attempted homicide and criminal association, Garcia also has been charged with “intentionally causing injury through use of an illegal firearm.”Garcia has been remanded into custody while legal proceedings are underway, documents showed.Garcia apparently tried to flee the nightclub after the shooting, but onlookers immediately stopped and attacked him before he was turned over to police and taken to a hospital for treatment. He was later taken into police custody.Garcia later reportedly confessed to being involved in the shooting, according to Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police. Duran declined to elaborate on what the suspect told the police, or if he was the man seen in the video pulling the trigger.Garcia’s attorney said that his client is accused of being the motorcycle driver who carried the actual shooter. Meran noted that in the Dominican Republic, there is no legal distinction between being the author or the accomplice to a crime.Ortiz underwent a second surgery at a Boston hospital for injuries suffered when he was shot in the back Sunday night at a bar in the Dominican Republic in what appeared to be a targeted ambush attack, the former baseball player’s wife said in a statement Tuesday.“David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery. He is stable, awake, and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days,” Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement.David Ortiz, 43, had been airlifted to Boston Monday night on a medical air ambulance chartered by the Red Sox. He first underwent surgery at a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where “Big Papi” was born and raised.Tiffany Ortiz thanked Red Sox owner John Henry, his wife Linda and the team’s management for rallying around her husband. She also expressed appreciation to Dr. Larry Ronan and his staff at Massachusetts General for caring for Ortiz.“Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredible difficult time,” her statement reads. “We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery.”David Ortiz took his first steps since the shooting on Tuesday, Leo Lopez, his close friend and aide, told ABC News.Shortly after he was shot, Ortiz was taken to Abel Gonzalez Center for Advanced Medicine in Santo Domingo, where he underwent his first surgery. Ortiz’s father told reporters the bullet entered his son’s back and exited through his abdomen.Dr. Abel Gonzalez, who performed the surgery, said part of Ortiz’s intestines and liver were removed.The shooting unfolded Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.Security camera footage acquired by ABC News shows the gunman coming up behind Ortiz and opening fire at close range. The footage shows people scattering after gunfire erupted and Ortiz, who had been sitting at the outdoor bar, appear to grab his side and then collapse.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img June 12, 2019 /Sports News – National David Ortiz shooting: Second suspect arrested, gunman still sought by policelast_img read more

Damen, Thales seal €1.5B MKS 180 deal

first_img Bundestag awards €6 bn for German Navy’s 4 MKS 180 ships AWWS is a warfare suite that helps the ship crews to counter and neutralise complex saturation attacks by continuously analysing and optimising the tactical environment and deployment of resources. AWWS will be combined with APAR Bl2, the evolved version of Thales’ AESA multifunction radar. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Thales have signed a €1.5 billion ($1.78 billion) contract for the delivery and full integration of Thales’ mission and combat system for the four MKS 180 class frigates contracted by the German Navy. Authorities As informed, the system will be designed by Damen and completely built by German shipyards, under Damen’s project management. Thales’ mission and combat system includes the Tacticos combat management system and the above water warfare system (AWWS) fire control cluster. Photo: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding The contract encompasses four ship systems, logistic services and multiple land-based test and training sites, as well as the option for one or two additional ships. View post tag: Thales Categories: Related Article The contract will be executed by Thales’ naval centers of excellence in Hengelo (the Netherlands), Kiel and Wilhelmshaven (Germany) in cooperation with a substantial number of German subcontractors. Share this article View post tag: German Navy View post tag: Damen Photo: Damen Posted: 10 months ago View post tag: MKS 180 Posted: 10 months ago According to the two companies, the contract reflects the strong cooperation of German and Dutch naval industries, including numerous joint opportunities for Damen and Thales in the Netherlands to innovate within naval shipbuilding projects, often with the participation of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Defence. The first ship of the MKS 180 class is expected to be operational in 2028. The entire programme will run for over ten years.last_img read more

Put On Your Dick’s Dancing Shoes With This Phish/”Seinfeld” Video Montage [Watch]

first_imgIn just a few days, thousands of Phish fans will make their way to Commerce City, CO for the band’s traditional summer-closing three-night Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The world of the Phish is still riding the high of the recent Baker’s Dozen residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden, prompting countless questions about the Dick’s run to come. After nixing the run’s usual setlist trickery for the first time last year, are Dick’s setlist games a thing of the past? Or, after 13 special themed nights at MSG, do Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell have a few more surprises in store for the summer’s last stand?Phish Announces Dick’s Webcast And Free Sunday StreamWhatever happens when Phish takes the stage at Dick’s for their seventh consecutive year, at least one thing is certain: “we allllll dance!” (shoutout to homeboy in Bittersweet Motel). Ahead of Phish Dick’s ’17, one fan merged two beloved entities–Phish and smash-hit TV sitcom Seinfeld–for a “Tweezer” montage that has made the rounds on various Phish-related boards and Facebook groups over the last day or two. While everyone gets ready to get the funk down in the Rockies this weekend, check out the “SeinPheld” montage below…and if you have a problem with it, make a note to air your grievances this Festivus…(via Jack Abramson):Watch Mike Gordon’s Surprise Bass Solo To End “The Squirming Coil” At Dick’s 2016Get ready to shake your coconuts, coco boys and coco girls–Phish Dick’s is right around the corner!If you’re heading to the Denver area for Phish at Dick’s this weekend, don’t miss Live For Live Music & Knew Conscious Present DJ Logic & Phriends, late-night after Phish’s Friday, 9/1 performance. With Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Borahm Lee (Break Science), and Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation) on deck, DJ Logic & Phriends promises to be the hottest late-night dance party in the Rockies this Friday night. For information on admission to the event, head here.last_img read more

Sky is the limit

first_imgAt Harvard, the sky is the limit. Be it star gazing, or observing the sun, the moon, the planets, or the galaxy, the Science Center at Harvard University has it all for its students and its affiliates. Located on the eighth floor of the Science Center, the Astronomy Lab and the Clay Telescope are ideal for aspiring astronomers to be trained, observe, and get involved in a variety of interesting topics each semester. While the astronomy lab is fully equipped with computers, a heliostat, and a spectrograph for daytime observing of the sun, the Clay Telescope is home to the Harvard Observing Project (HOP), designed to get undergraduates interested in astronomy, and give graduate students chances to interact with undergrads and get more experience observing and teaching.For all vintage astro-lovers there is also the Loomis-Michael Telescope which dates back to 1954 and is the heart of the Loomis-Michael Observatory. In order to provide an opportunity for Harvard students and affiliates to enjoy looking at the night sky, the telescope is reachable with card access by becoming a part of the Student Astronomers at Harvard-Radcliffe (STAHR), a student-run organization at Harvard. 8A dalek robot, a wooden artist’s mannequin, and a “Star Wars” toy are at home in the Loomis-Michael Observatory. 12Livis Gonzalez makes the most of the Loomis-Michael Telescope. 11Michael Goldberg peers through the Loomis-Michael Telescope while Allyson Bieryla, manager of the Astronomy Lab and the Clay Telescope, helps him understand how it works. 13Lab manager Allyson Bieryla observes the night sky through the Clay Telescope on the roof of the Science Center. The Harvard Observatory Project (HOP) uses the telescope to get undergraduate students interested in astronomy and give graduate students a chance to interact with undergrads. 7A chair bears the Greek name of the constellation Cassiopeia. The chair has been in the lab for as long as staff members can remember. 1A glimpse inside the Loomis-Michael Observatory in the Science Center, which is managed by students and open to all of Harvard’s friends and affiliates. Friends Samuel Meyer ’13 and Cameron French, an MIT graduate, visit the observatory often to look at the moon and Jupiter. 3A student takes part in a daytime observation of the sun at the Astronomy Lab by looking through the spectrograph. When the light from the heliostat is directed into the slit of the spectrograph, the student can see the sun’s spectrum.center_img 6At the Loomis-Michael Observatory on the 10th floor of the Science Center, the student-run Student Astronomers at Harvard-Radcliffe (STAHR) organization gives Harvard students and affiliates a chance to learn more about astronomy and enjoy looking at the night sky. 9Nine-year-old Livis Gonzalez looks at Jupiter through the Loomis-Michael telescope while visiting Harvard with her parents. 10Michael Goldberg, 7, visits the Astronomy Lab with his relative Yossi Mandel from Los Angeles. “My elder brother will be going to Harvard next year and we’re here to look around the campus,” said Michael while excitedly looking at the telescopes and other equipment. 5The Astronomy Lab is primarily used for undergraduate astronomy and Earth and planetary science courses. 2Part of the Astronomy Lab’s mini solar observatory, the rooftop heliostat is used by many students to make daytime observations of the sun by aligning the mirrors with it. 4During a daytime sun observation at the Astronomy Lab, students search for sunspots when light from the heliostat is directed onto the table.last_img read more

Where The Wild Things Are

first_imgThe Blue Ridge is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world. Here are a few of the rare, endangered, and iconic species.Elk Elk are one of the most massive members of the deer family, with bulls weighing up to half a ton and growing antlers up to four feet long. During the rutting season, which runs from late August to early October, they fill prairies and mountain valleys with high-pitched calls—a behavior known as “bugling”—and ritualistic jousting matches that establish breeding rights. “It’s like National Geographic is unfolding right in front of you,” says Esther Blakely, owner of Cataloochee Valley Tours in Waynesville. Added to that is the novelty of seeing an animal that had mostly vanished from the landscape for decades and even centuries. Hunting wiped out elk by 1880. Naturalists began reintroducing elk to Kentucky in the late 1990s, and the state’s thriving population of 11,000 has strongholds in both the eastern and western regions. Viewing options include driving a short paved loop at the Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, which straddles the Kentucky/Tennessee line northwest of Nashville. The state also offers elk-viewing tours at both the Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn state resort parks in eastern Kentucky.Though the herd in the Smokies is much smaller, containing between 150 and 200 elk, they are easy to see with or without paying for a private tour, both near the Oconaluftee Visitors Center and in the more remote Cataloochee Valley. Visitors should keep a distance of at least 50 yards, and as always, refrain from feeding the animals.Synchronous firefliesCataloochee Valley is also one of the meccas for this rare species, says Blakely, who has a long waiting list for her tours, which are confined to the insects’ three-week adult lifespan that typically begins in late May. She and her husband, Tim, drive their clients to remote (and secret) locations in the interior of the Smokies to find total darkness. That’s one of the distinctive qualities of the species: they don’t light up at dusk but only when the sky is black. More famously, they do not flicker at random intervals, but in unison, the effect of which is sometimes compared to a flashing Christmas light display or a sky full of stars switching on and off.“It’s not like when you are a child and you are chasing lightning bugs. It’s like you are in the midst of it; you are surrounded, and then, boom! Just as quickly as it starts, it stops.” Blakely books only small groups for her tours and insists on darkness not only for effect, but because of the harmful effect of light pollution on fireflies.Another popular synchronous viewing area in the Smokies is Elkmont Campground, where the park sells a limited number of passes for parking at the nearby Sugarlands Visitors Center and for the shuttles it runs. A lottery for these openings, available online at, opens in late April, will be posted once park biologists have determined the timing of the season. To limit impact on the species, the park service asks that flashlights be covered with colored cellophane and used only when walking, not when viewing. And of course, catching fireflies is forbidden.Blue Ghost FirefliesAnother regional lightning bug that inspires rhapsodic descriptions, the tiny blue ghost is distinguished by its steady, blue-tinted glow that can be seen only in late May and early June. Brevard College biology professor Jennifer Frick-Ruppert has a novel suggestion for mountain residents seeking these tiny-but-spectacular lightning bugs: Don’t go anywhere special. “Blue ghosts are common throughout the southern Appalachians and we really encourage people to get out and look around anywhere they may be,” she says. The bugs’ preferred habitat is low-lying, moist ground with abundant leaf litter, she said. Wildlife viewers who want more guidance can sign up for tours offered at the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site in Pisgah National Forest. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children younger than 9 years old; the tours are capped at 100 and pre-registration at is required. The paved trails at the viewing site limit the danger of trampling, says Adam DeWitte, Cradle of Forestry tour supervisor. And, he adds, the moist conditions are ideal for producing spectacular displays: “It’s like little fairies are coming out of the woods and they are all carrying these little blue torches. It’s really something else.”Red Wolf Facing ExtinctionRed WolvesRed wolves are one of the world’s most endangered species. The only wild population lives in and around the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina, and, 31 years into a now-stalled reintroduction program, this group has dwindled to fewer than 25 animals. In the summer, the refuge hosts howling tours (Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.) that offer a shortcut to a true wild encounter. These tours, which cost $10 for visitors 13 and older, start with an explanation of the reintroduction program and the species, including a display of pelts and skulls of the wolves and their canid cousin, the coyote. Tour leaders then take visitors into the darkness near the refuge’s small population of captive wolves. The wolves sometimes howl spontaneously when they sense the presence of humans, says Cindy Heffley, Visitor Services Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other times tour leaders, and then visitors, howl into the night to provoke spine-tingling responses from the wolves.Black BearsLittle known fact: there are more bears along the coast of North Carolina than in the mountains. That’s why Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge might offer the surest and least intrusive method for viewing bear. The refuge is home to one of the largest concentrations of black bears in the Southeast, supporting as many as three bears per square mile. Along with regular tram tours, the refuge offers guided van tours ($30 for adults, $20 for children 6-12) on Wednesdays and Thursday evenings. Closer to home, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more bears per square mile than any other national park in the country.Sea TurtlesThe all-volunteer Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) offers a chance to not just see the five species of endangered or threatened turtles that frequent the North Carolina coast but to help them survive. After a short training session conducted by the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission, one group of volunteers conducts pre-dawn patrols of beaches, looking for new nests or tracks of egg-laying mother turtles. Other NEST members then take over, moving eggs if they are laid below the tide line, marking nests with warning tape, and monitoring them over the 55- to 80-day germination period. Then comes the payoff, a frenzy of hatching known as a “boil.” A small hole appears in the sand as the turtles begin to emerge, and over the next 24 hours, hatchlings make their way from the nest to the ocean, volunteers standing by to shoo away predators and careless humans. The young turtles “are about the size of an Oreo cookie,” says veteran NEST volunteer Charlotte Alexander. “They’re stepping all over each other. It’s really exciting… everybody says it’s on their bucket list.” The group also works with the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island to rehab turtles—usually loggerheads, but sometimes rarer leatherbacks and Kemp’s Ridleys—that are stunned by the cold, injured by boat strikes, suffering from disease, or previously caught or injured in fishing nets. For more information, visit MigrationThe Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) offers another chance to not only see wild animals, but to support their preservation by helping scientists who study them. It relies on volunteers who gather along the migration routes of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures to count the species and individual birds passing overhead during spring and fall migrations.The HMANA website lists dozens of watch sites, which tend to be at high elevation. Hot spots in the southern Appalachians include Caesar’s Head in South Carolina, Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Mills River Valley Overlook in North Carolina, and Harvey’s Knob in Virginia.Novices are welcome and will likely quickly learn to identify raptors from experienced birders at watch sites, said Jane Ferreyra, HMANA’s Executive Director. This data contributes to population and migration studies.In the Southern Appalachians, broad-winged hawks are the featured attraction. They take advantage of mountain updrafts and ride these “little elevators of warm air” in “kettles,” says Carlton Burke, an interpretive naturalist from Mills River, N.C. “They are called that because it looks like a mass of something boiling.”Watching takes patience, he said. “Come with your food and your water and an easy chair.” And, like anyone who seeks out wild animals in their own habitat, hawk watchers need to be prepared for disappointment. “I’ve been on hawk watches when I didn’t see a thing,” says Susan Goldsworthy, of Brevard, N.C. who has watched hawks in several states. “And I’ve been on watches where there were so many birds you could hardly see the sky.”last_img read more

Contingency planning

first_imgFinancial Readiness is something we all champion when promoting our credit union values to each of our members. Everything from building a “rainy day” fund and saving 3–6 months of pay to getting out of debt and saving for retirement to and practicing delayed gratification and avoiding credit. These are all sound financial practices, and we should always support efforts that educate and foster these ideals.The good news is that each of these principles and practices apply to each of our member credit unions, particularly as credit unions continue to find ways to cope with the great economic shutdown of 2020. Fortunately, many of you have told me you will be okay in the short-term. Yet, we are still waiting to see how mortgage forbearances will play out, whether entire industries will vanish along with many jobs, and the prospect of looming tax increases to help pay for it all.The bad news is the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. In fact, Europe is in the middle of another economic shutdown. Worse, the United States is on the brink of what some leaders are describing as a “dark winter.” Whether this vision is true or not, we need to be prepared. As such, each credit union will need to adapt and have access to a variety of tools, methods, and policies that will enable their continued recovery and success.One such resource is the NCUA’s Central Liquidity Facility (CLF). The purpose of the CLF is to provide enrolled credit unions with a sustainable source of liquidity. To bolster the CLF’s impact, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted several important changes to the CLF. These include: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Services to People with Disabilities to Reduce Waiting List

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a Community Living Waiver effective January 1 to make services available to approximately 1,000 more individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) or autism in the commonwealth.“Since I took office I have been committed to expanding access to care, getting people off of waiting lists for care and increasing home and community care,” Governor Wolf said. “These waivers are a means to reduce the waiting list and provide people with high-quality care in their communities without a lot of bureaucratic red tape to make that happen.”DHS administers multiple Medical Assistance waivers so Pennsylvania can provide supports and services for people in their own communities with federal funds that would otherwise be available only for institutional services. Waiver programs offer an array of services and benefits from a choice of qualified providers that offer in-home supports, durable medical equipment and medical supplies, and home modifications.The Community Living Waiver will support individuals to live more independently in their homes and participate more fully in their communities through services that support independent living, employment in a competitive job, and full engagement in community activities.“The goal of the waiver is to provide eligible Pennsylvanians with a disability and their families access to high-quality services,” said acting DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “People with disabilities want to have a good life, to live and work in their communities, like everyone else.”The waiver services are available to individuals who have an intellectual disability or autism and have been determined eligible through application to the local county assistance office for people with ID and autism.“This waiver will help foster more opportunities for individuals with a disability to thrive in our communities, and our society will be richer as a result.” Governor Wolf said. “Although there is still work to be done, I am proud that DHS is creating opportunities and initiatives to help individuals throughout the commonwealth live happy and healthy lives in their location of choice.”The Community Living Waiver is one of numerous initiatives developed to implement Governor Wolf’s enacted fiscal year 2017-18 budget, which provides $26.5 million to serve more people in the community and strengthen Pennsylvania’s support for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.Other initiatives include moving people from state centers to home and community-Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Services to People with Disabilities to Reduce Waiting Listbased services, serving more individuals with intellectual disabilities, adults with autism spectrum disorders, and eligible individuals with autism on the intellectual disabilities waiting list, and investing in bio-behavioral units for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism.For more information on the Community Living waiver, visit January 08, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Services to People with Disabilities to Reduce Waiting Listcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

A tree changed this house’s price, forcing it $100,000 under median

first_img15 Logan Street, North Booval sold for $149,000 when its vendor decided it was time to sell, regardless of the “tree feature”.AN unexpected set of circumstances involving a tree, a storm and a roof forced this vendor to sell his home for $100,000 under his suburb’s median house price. Ray White sales agent Neil Mundy just sold a bargain buy in North Booval, a three-bedroom home on a 607sq m block for $149,000 and all done with a bit of tongue in cheek.Marketed as the “Ultimate Tree Change”, Mr Mundy meant what he said, as the home has a tree smack bang in the middle of the living room.The tree isn’t an added feature, more an unexpected visitor.The 15 Logan Street home, was an investment property that fell victim to one of the big storms to hit Ipswich earlier this year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago15 Logan Street, North BoovalThe vendor decided to sell as is and a second investor seized the opportunity.Mr Mundy said while it was rare to find a home this cheap, selling at land value, North Booval did offer fantastic entry level properties with more owner occupiers than investors in the area.“North Booval is a nice quiet suburb, close to shops, short walk to the train station, medical facilities, restaurants and sporting clubs,” Mr Mundy said.“This suburb is a really niche market that hasn’t seen its full potential yet.” Mr Mundy said North Booval was an up and coming area and to highlight the affordability of the region Ray White were hoping to auction off 20 homes in the suburb for under $250,000 on Friday July 21.So far 10 homes have been secured to go under the hammer, Mr Mundy is urging anyone in North Booval, who wants to sell in that price bracket, to get in touch.last_img read more