Tardigrade remains from lake sediments

first_imgRemains of tardigrades have rarely been reported to preserve in sediments, resulting in the absence of important ecological and biogeographic information that they could provide. However, a study of faunal microfossils in Antarctic lake sediment cores has shown that tardigrade eggs and occasionally exuvia can be abundant. Eggs from at least five tardigrade species were identified in sediment cores from six lakes from across the continent, with abundances up to 6,000 (g(-1) dry wt.). It is likely that the cold temperatures and absence of benthic grazers in Antarctic lakes results in particularly good preservation conditions, though it may also be a function of population density. The conservation of tardigrade eggs and exuvia in lake sediments enables a better understanding of paleodistributions and effects of environmental changes for this phylum that cannot otherwise be obtained.last_img read more

BALTOPS 2017 concludes

first_img Authorities View post tag: BALTOPS BALTOPS 2017 concludes June 16, 2017 Share this article Some 50 ships from 14 nations concluded this year’s edition of BALTOPS 2017, the largest NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea, entering Kiel, Germany on Friday.The U.S.-led drill saw participants hone their skills in air, surface, sub-surface, mine warfare and amphibious operations in the Baltic Sea.“Exercise BALTOPS has provided us with valuable high-end training across the entire spectrum of naval warfare, and enhanced interoperability between Allies and Key Partners,” said Commander SNMG1, Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist (NOR). “Our presence and well executed exercises demonstrates that we are stronger together.”Commodore Sandquist commanded of one of five maritime task groups during the exercise. His task group was comprised of the two SNMG1 ships and four additional ships: US destroyer USS James E. Williams, Danish command and support ship HDMS Absalon, Swedish corvette HSwMS Nyköping, and Finnish minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa.Nations participating in BALTOPS included Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Partners: Finland and Sweden.The ships’ arrival to Kiel coincided with the kick off of the city’s annual maritime festival. The German Navy is hosting forty ships and submarines from 13 nations at the Kiel navy base as part of the festival. Back to overview,Home naval-today BALTOPS 2017 concludes last_img read more

Hoboken City Council seeks the public’s input on the Neumann Leathers…

first_imgHOBOKEN — During this week’s council meeting there will be a presentation on potential development options for the Neumann Leathers project. Members of the community are invited to review the options and attend the June 21 council meeting, and voice their views.The council passed the Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan in Dec. 2015. The goals of the plan included preserving the historic buildings of Neumann Leathers, preserving the existing light manufacturing and arts businesses that are currently operating in Neumann Leathers, and creating new public spaces. Some residential density was included in the plan to achieve these goals. All of the possible alternatives have the same 230 units of residential development, but reconfigure the development in different ways.While there was a community process to finalize the approved plan, the press release states residents at 415 Newark St. next to the development have concerns about the location of the residential element of the plan. To address these concerns, the property owner’s architect met with some residents and showed them several concepts that shift some of the residential density to the east, away from their building. These concepts would also demolish some Neumann Leathers buildings and eliminate some of the public open space required by the Redevelopment Plan, according to the press release.The City Council will be asked to take a vote to express its views on a preferred option at the following July 5 council meeting.The city will then move forward with possibly amending the current redevelopment plan, if needed, and then negotiating a redevelopment agreement.“A plan that would demolish significant Neumann Leathers buildings is not an option that I could support, however, residents in the neighborhood have expressed concerns about the adopted redevelopment plan, and we want to get input from the community and Council to reach consensus on a preferred direction,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a press release. “Based on the results of a city council vote, the administration will then work with the council to possibly amend the plan and then negotiate a redevelopment agreement to move forward with the project.”To view the possible options go to http://hobokennj.gov/2017/06/city-seeks-community-input-on-neumann-leathers-alternative-concepts/ ×last_img read more

MARRA, AMATO ANTONIO “Tony”

first_img74, of Bayonne, passed away on June 25, 2017. Survived by the love of his life JoAnne Marra (nee: Jenisch), married for almost 50 years on December 14, 1967. Father of Serena Duncan & her husband Christopher Jr. and Toniann Berrios & her husband Gilberto. Grandfather of Jessalyn, John, Ashlee & Gabriel. Brother of Salvatore Marra & his wife Maria Rosa, Michelina Castelli & her husband Armando, the late Felice Marra & his wife Elizabeth, Carmine Marra & his wife Roxanne and Filomena Mack & her husband Willy. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Tony was born on March 22, 1943 in San Angelo dei Lombardi in the provincia of Avellino in Italy to Giovanni & Antonia (nee: Marra) Marra. He immigrated to Astoria, New York at 13 years old and was stationed in Alaska for 2 years while serving in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a Payloader Operator at Morton Salt for 42 years from 1964-2006 and was Coach and President of Jersey City Soccer Association. Funeral arrangements by CAIOLA-STELLATO Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.last_img read more

Village Bakery aims for environmental first

first_imgA Welsh business intends to become the greenest bakery in Britain after installing more than 1,000 solar panels on its premises in Wrexham.The Village Bakery will operate on solar energy during the majority of daylight hours in the summer months as a result of the new 250-kilowatt system installed at its new Baking Academy and Innovation Centre.The investment forms part of a wider campaign to make the business as sustainable as possible – since 2012 the company, which also has a bakery in Minera, has slashed the use of electricity by 18%.“The solar panels are a really exciting development and are in line with The Village Bakery’s ethos of being a responsible, environmentally-friendly and sustainable business,” said Ashley Dawson, the family firm’s business and sustainability executive.“It will mean we can operate the Wrexham production site throughout the day off our own renewable energy. Effectively, it will become a solar-powered bakery. During the night time, the energy we buy from the grid is renewable energy anyway… so during the day, we’ll be working with our own renewable energy and during the night someone else’s renewable energy.”Over the past three years The Village Bakery has achieved a 33% reduction in waste – the equivalent of 66 tonnes of waste or 66 small cars.last_img read more

Worshipful Company aids armed forces veterans

first_imgMembers of the Worshipful Company of Bakers have worked with a charity that supports those who have served in the armed forces.James Freeman, brother of current Master of the Worshipful Company Chris Freeman, and David Hall of The London Baking Co, spent a day last month at the Veterans Aid residential home in east London.There, they taught five service personnel about making pizza, mince pies and bread.Veterans Aid provides practical support to ex-servicemen and women who have served in HM armed forces and are homeless, facing homelessness or in crisis.last_img

Lotus Finishes Off Brooklyn Bowl Run In Style With Fiery, Jam-Heavy Show [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, the jamtronica juggernauts of Lotus finished off a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl featuring support by Square Peg Round Hole. As of late, Lotus has been bringing their A-game to their performances, and this past Brooklyn Bowl run was no different. With an extended first set, the band gave their transitions both across and within songs the proper treatment, opening with “Bellwether” segued through to “Shimmer and Out” and then the beloved old-school numbers “Philly Hit” into “Hammerstrike”. Following a standalone “Cold Facts”, Lotus accelerated to the first set’s finish with a massive, frenetic combination of “Arupa”, “Comptroller”, and a final return to “Bellwether”, making the first set sandwiched within the tune.Watch Lotus Tear Through “Drunken Giraffe” In This Pro-Shot Boulder RecapSet two was similarly fiery, with the group offering up “Bubonic Tonic” into “Rà-àkõ-st”, a Lindstrom cover from the band’s now-legendary “Space Disco” Halloween show from Town Ballroom in Buffalo, New York, on 10/29/2016. From there, following a standalone “Wooly Mammoth”, the band hit “I’ve Been A Fool (Toy Guns)” from their recent release Eat The Light ahead of the set closing combination of “Futureworld” into “128” (the band forewent “In The Bliss”, which was listed on the setlist for the night, most likely due to time constraints after their particularly long first set). Returning for encore to close out the night in full, Lotus laid out a perennial crowd-pleaser, a cover of The Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 23”.You can check out photos from last night’s Lotus show below, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein.Setlist: Lotus | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/4/2017Set One: Bellwether > Shimmer and Out, Philly Hit > Hammerstrike, Cold Facts, Arupa > Comptroller > BellwetherSet Two: Bubonic Tonic > Ra Ako St, Wooly Mammoth, I’ve Been A Fool, Futureworld > 128Encore: Strawberry Letter 23Stay tuned for audio of Lotus’s show last night, but while you wait, check out Matt Moricle’s audience recording of night one of Brooklyn Bowl!Lotus, Brooklyn Bowl, 11/3/2017[Audio: Matt Moricle]Lotus | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/4/2017 | Photo: Andrew Scott Blacksteinlast_img read more

Otis Redding Tribute At Apollo Theater Adds Warren Haynes And Marcus King To Lineup

first_imgThe legendary Apollo Theater is set to host a tribute to iconic singer and songwriter Otis Redding on January 25th. The event, “An Evening of Respect,” will feature The Dap-Kings, who will act as the house band for the festivities, along with host Whoopi Goldberg, with appearances from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ty Taylor, and a list of other special guests that Redding worked with over the years. It was just announced that guitarists and vocalists Warren Haynes and Marcus King have both been added to the lineup as well.The event will not only honor the 50th anniversary of the singer’s timeless hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” but will also benefit The Otis Redding Foundation, whose mission is to “empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation.” Many consider Redding to be one of the greatest singers in American music history, whose life came to a tragic end in 1967 when a plane carrying the singer and his band crashed into Lake Monona in Wisconsin. The only survivor was The Bar-Kays’ Ben Cauley.Tickets for An Evening of Respect are currently on-sale and available here.“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”:[via RHINO][via Jambase]last_img read more

Where skill meets flair

first_img 2Couples dance in an early round of competition during the Hanlon-Ford Gala, the Saturday night portion of the competition. 4Daniel Popovksy dips partner Alexandra Borkov. 12A dancer straps on her heels. 7Irina Kogan helps Daniel Popovsky spray his hair into place during a break in the competition. 1Daniel Montana of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology dances with Harvard’s Leila Hofer during the 24th annual Harvard Invitational Competition. 5Agnes Carlowicz and Feifei Kong of Columbia University watch other dancers compete. In a whirl of color, a couple spins past with their heads tilted, arms locked at 90-degree angles. Another couple appears, all elegance and grace despite their speed and the close quarters they must share with their competitors.This is the 24th annual Harvard Invitational ballroom competition, organized by the University’s ballroom team, a completely student-run organization.The invitational — held this year at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in downtown Boston April 11 and 12 — was a two-day, all-day event that convened some of the best dancing talent in the Northeast. The competition attracts hundreds of competitors each year; in 2013, 84 percent of the dancers were college students, and 66 different organizations were represented.Dancers compete in International Standard, American Rhythm, American Smooth, and International Latin styles for designated skill levels that range from newcomers to seasoned competitors. The winners receive a monetary prize.Harvard’s team brought home 56 awards this year, including three championship and 11 prechampionship awards. 3Judges Liene Apale and Basil Issaev (from left) critique the dancers’ skills. Both are distinguished professional dancers and instructors. 9Zoe Destories and her partner, Robert Krabek, represent Harvard during the competition. 11Alexandra Borkov and Daniel Popovsky, from Dance Fever Studios of Newton, Mass., perform. 13Harvard’s Danielle Muchnik and Giorgio Gaglia are awarded a third-place prize for championship Latin. 6The bottom of a dancer’s dress fans out as she twirls. 8Jeff McCollum of MIT wipes his brow after a dance. 14Peter Tran and Mackie McGill of Northeastern University compete during the Hanlon-Ford Gala. 10Many of the female dancers wear intricate hair styles with sparkly decorations for competitions such as this.last_img read more

University hosts conference on gender and foodways

first_imgFood and gender everywhere, but never a bite to link … or is there? The conference, “Food Networks: Gender and Foodways,” hosted by the Notre Dame gender studies program, explored the link between food and gender this past weekend. Pamela Wojcik, director of the Gender Studies Program, said the conference allowed for a dialogue that focused on a popular topic.  “I started thinking about food just because it is clearly a dominant topic in the culture,” she said. “We’re talking about food at levels and ways across the board … Newt Gingrich is [attacking] Obama as the food stamp president … Michelle Obama is launching anti-obesity campaigns [and] everyone is excessively watching the Food Network. There is just so much stuff right now.” In addition, the conference allowed Wojcik to accomplish one of her goals for the Gender Studies Program. “One of my projects running gender studies is to … make gender studies more truly gender studies and not women’s studies,” she said. “Internally, I’ve been trying to work on it to bring in more issues of masculinity, queerness, trying to get more departments involved and to emphasize the interdisciplinary qualities of gender studies.” She said if food and gender could be combined, it would produce an interesting interdisciplinary dialogue. Betsy Cornwell, a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) student in creative writing, served as the chair of the panel, “Appetite: Creative Writers on Food, Gender and Self.” “I actually heard about the conference because I was taking a class with Pam Wojcik, and she asked me one day if [I] or any of the other MFA students ever wrote about food and gender,” she said. “And [those themes are] pretty much all I write about.” Cornwell and two other MFA students, Seth Oelbaum and Carina Finn, each read some of their work and hosted a roundtable discussion about the themes of food, gender and self that is present in their work at the conference. “[Our disciplines are] all really, really different, so it was a great sample,” Cornwell said. Kimberly Roland, a double major in Political Science and Humanistic Studies at Saint Mary’s College, presented as an undergraduate representative. Her presentation, “Women, Minorities, and Food Activism: The Story of How One Women’s College Across the Street Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Real Food,” was an interactive presentation about the Real Food Challenge active at Saint Mary’s College and the work Roland has done as a Midwest Regional Field Organizer of the Challenge. “Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system, ” she said. “Our primary campaign is to shift
$1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and towards local, community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food
sources ¾what we call “real food” ¾by 2020. 
The term “real food” represents a commitment to the multifaceted nature of this movement.” Roland said that food and gender are related to each other on many levels, and she wanted to represent this in her presentation. “My presentation … included discussion about the role of food in the everyday life of college women from issues of body image, eating disorders, allergies and humane treatment of animals,” she said. “Food is something that connects and impacts all of us. So for me, it is crucial to address the injustice in the food system, especially oppression of minorities and women.”last_img read more