Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday November 16th

first_img Twitter By News Highland – November 16, 2020 Pinterest Facebook Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday November 16th:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleOutbreak Control Team continuing to respond to Covid outbreak at LUHNext article456 new Covid-19 cases and 5 additional deaths confirmed News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday November 16th WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Natural growth rates in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba): I. Improving methodology and predicting intermolt period

first_imgThe growth rates of postlarval krill (Euphausia superba) were measured across a wide range of environments in the Scotia Sea and around South Georgia using the Instantaneous Growth Rate (IGR) method. Each IGR experiment determined the intermolt period (IMP) and growth increment at molt (GI) of an average of 120 individuals incubated for 5 d in through-flowing ambient, filtered seawater. We examined the results from 51 IGR experiments involving 5,927 animals ranging between 25 mm and 62 mm. Animals were collected from an area that covered a latitudinal range of 108 and surface temperatures of between -0.85°C and 4.75°C. The measurement of IMP has rarely been achieved in IGR experiments because synchronous molting biases estimates. We overcame this by applying a binary logistic regression model to our data. This related IMP to temperature, body length, and maturity stage. Food did not influence IMP. Our model estimated that krill within our experiments had IMPs ranging from 9 d to 57 d. Temperature affected the IMP of females more than that of males. The IMPs of females were shortest around 2°C and increased at lower and higher temperatures. IMP increased with body size and altered according to gender, with male IMPs being 50% longer than those of equivalently sized females. One of the main assumptions of the IGR method is that the GI measured in the first few days reflects the in situ conditions experienced by krill in the previous intermolt period. However, we found that the GIs declined immediately and rapidly after capture, particularly when growth was initially high. Thus, conditions at time of molt also influence GI. We developed a method of correcting measured GIs to natural growth in field conditions. These refinements to IGR methodology (IMP and GI estimation) enable more accurate and precise predictions of krill growth rates in summer to be made.last_img read more

Expectations high for women’s crew

first_imgComing off of a dominating performance at their first event of the year, the UW women’s rowing team is expecting to have a successful season.At the Milwaukee River Challenge, which took place after only two weeks of practice for the Badgers, the fours competed first capturing the top five spots, while the three other boats placed in the top 20.As for the eights, the four boats competing grabbed the top four finishing spots.Other than a great start, the Badgers have a lot to be excited about this season. “I think things are going very well especially with our first year in the boathouse,” head coach Bebe Bryans said. “It makes everything easier, especially for the novices.”The Badgers will spend their first full season in the brand new Porter Boathouse on Lake Mendota that was officially opened Apr. 22. The boathouse is a three-story, state-of-the-art facility at the end of Babcock Drive. The 52,000-square-foot crew house includes an impressive moving water rowing tank, workout rooms, sports medicine facilities, the program’s Hall of Fame, team locker rooms and coach/staff offices.In addition, the lightweight eight varsity team, coached by Mary Shofner, is the reigning national champion two times over, having won the NCAA Division I women’s lightweight eight national title in 2004 and 2005.”The open weights are hoping to join the lightweights who have set the standard for what can come out of this boathouse,” Bryans said.With the stern three rowers of the last two championship teams graduating last year, the Badgers will have big shoes to fill, but Bryans called this the “beauty of rowing.” She said, “There isn’t just one [rower,] it’s a team effort, and you need to be strong top to bottom.”This season the team will be racing a lot more than last year, especially in the spring, with hopes that their ability to work hard all season will pay off in the end.”We have a really good schedule, competing against the [varsity open weight] national champions (University of California-Berkeley) two times this year at the Crew Classic and then again in Indiana,” Bryans said. “Last year four schools in the Big Ten went to the national championships and we will be racing all of them, so we’ll be ready.”To prepare for this strong competition, Bryan wants a more aggressive approach to the team’s racing this season.”I think it will be a natural progression from the work we did last year … and we want to be faster, it’s simple,” she said.With high hopes of a three-peat for the lightweight team and hopefully a championship for the open weight team for the first time in a while, the Badgers are looking good early on and appear poised to do great things this season.Saturday the Badgers can be seen participating in Class Day Races, a traditional event in which current rowers, broken down by class, race against alumni boats.Oct. 1 also marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of UW-Madison’s lightweight program which has seen much national success in its first ten years including second place finishes in 2001 and 2002, a third place finish in 2003, and back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005.Wisconsin will be back in action competitively Oct. 9 in Rockford Illinois at the 20th Annual Head of the Rock Regatta.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2016) – Stormy Lucy heads a field of 12 in this Saturday’s 30th edition of the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares going a mile on the grass at Santa Anita.Trained by Ed Moger, Jr., Stormy Lucy has become the turf mare to watch ever since her impressive Grade I Matriarch win at Del Mar in late November. Running late to overcome Recepta by a head, among 13 other rivals in the mile turf race, the 6-year-old mare notched her first Grade I win.Since then, Stormy Lucy has run a close second in two subsequent appearances; the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles by a neck and the Grade III Megahertz, by a nose, to Buena Vista competitor Keri Belle, both over Santa Anita’s turf course.Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who has been aboard “Lucy” for her last three races and who will again be engaged to ride Saturday didn’t believe the Megahertz was an accurate gage of just how talented his mare is. “I had no intention of being as far back as I was,” said the Hall of Famer. “She got shuffled back and kind of stuck her feet in the ground. I wanted to be mid-pack.”The recently turned 7-year-old mare owned by Steve Moger is by Stormy Atlantic, out of the Dixieland Band mare, Here Comes Lucinda and is 33-8-4-5 overall with $811,700 in earnings.Her Emmynency reunites with jockey Joe Talamo in hopes of adding another graded victory to her resume. Most recently a winner of the Grade I, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland over the turf Oct. 10, the 4-year-old filly by Successful Appeal has only been out of the money once in seven lifetime starts.Trained by Kristin Mulhall ever since the Kentucky-bred owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash joined her southern California barn immediately following the QEII win, Her Emmynency may not be in peak form but Mulhall is hoping “her class will kick in.”“She had a small ulcer on her throat when we got her and we wanted it to heal 100 percent before we resumed training,” said Mulhall. “She’s not 100 percent fit but if we don’t run here we have nowhere to go until March 26th (Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf) which is too far away.”Her Emmynency is 7-4-2-0 overall with $540,250 in earnings.The complete field for the Grade II Buena Vista, to be run as the 8th race on a nine race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Keri Belle, Alex Solis, 120; Stylish in Black, Tiago Pereira, 120; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 120; Nashoba’s Gold, Victor Espinoza, 120; Chocolatier, Tyler Baze, 120; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 122; Lutine Belle, Brice Blanc, 120; Glory, Mike Smith, 120; Her Emmynency, Joe Talamo, 124; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Paulina’s Love, Gary Stevens, 120; Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 120. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Moanin, Flavien Prat, 120; Minks Apraise, Martin Garcia, 120. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Wet Cave with Fossils Found in Dry Desert

first_imgThe Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the driest places on earth – it gets about 1mm of rainfall per year, if that – but scientists just discovered a wet cave there.  Robert Roy Britt reported for Live Science that these desert caves can contain water, and at least one is loaded with fossils – indicating a moist climate for the region in the past.    The discovery was totally unexpected, the article says.  There is even evidence of prehistoric human activity.  Hundreds of thousands of bones in one of the Atacama caves, mixed with tree branches, were found eroding out of cave walls.  The article contains a link to a photograph of ungulate bones seemingly jammed together in the wall in a haphazard manner.  Ungulates (grazing animals that chew the cud) must have enjoyed a wealth of grass here at one time.    The team led by J. Judson Wynne of the SETI Institute was exploring the desert for caves that might resemble those on Mars, in hopes of finding likely places to look for life.  Mars is still a question, but there was apparently plenty of life at this location in the past.  The team is seeking to determine whether the bones were “dumped into the cave by prehistoric people or if perhaps they were trapped by a flood.”  One of the team members was “marveling over the extent of this deposition as well as discussing what could have possibly led to the deposition of these bones.”  Readers may want to follow the adventures of the expedition on Wynne’s blog.    Speaking of caves, another amazing underground feature has been exciting cavers since its discovery in New Mexico in 2001.  A large passageway in old Fort Stanton Cave sports a river of crystal running for over four miles – the longest known cave formation in the world.  See Live Science for the story.  Named the Snowy River by its discoverers, it is unique and beautiful.  They still have not determined how far it goes.  The Bureau of Land Management tells about its discovery and has a photo gallery of the river and the cave.  In a return trip last year, cavers were surprised to find water flowing over the crystal.  It had been dry on previous surveys.  Apparently new layers of calcite are deposited each time the underground river periodically flows.What a planet we live on.  There are still phenomenal discoveries to be made.  Imagine hundreds of thousands of fossils and tree branches buried in one of the driest places on earth.  What does that suggest?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolutionary Mutualism Flutters

first_imgA story on Science Daily is decorated with a butterfly collection.  Amazonian butterflies studied by an international team were chosen to test Darwin’s theory of mutualism – a kind of symbiosis in which two species benefit one another.  The test yielded a surprise.    The idea going in was that sister species would evolve apart so as to minimize competition for scarce resources.  The work showed a surprise, however: “The work shows that some species of butterfly that live alongside one another have evolved in ways that, surprisingly, benefit both species.”  One would think they would separate or else compete.However, this is not always the case.  The researchers show that butterfly species that have evolved similar wing patterns – which act as a warning to predators that they are poisonous – are often not evolutionarily close to each other.  Thus the similarity is not due to shared ancestry but is an evolutionary adaptation.  The similar pattern benefits both species, as predators will only need to learn once to avoid the signal – ‘learn’, in this context, being a euphemism for eating a poisonous butterfly.Some of the unrelated species share the same habitat and fly at the same height, for example.  Instead of competing, they share the benefits of similar looks, the article said.  “The new paper shows that issues other than pure competition, such as protection from predators, can play an important role in evolution.” The scientists expected that the mimicry would pay benefits to the tasty species, but did not expect that both species would live alongside each other.One can look at this story as a success for Darwin or a defeat for Darwin.  It provided an evolutionary explanation for an observation, but then again, it surprised the scientists.  That is why Darwin’s theory is so successful.  His idea allows for any data, even data opposite what was expected, to score points for the theory.    The finding seems very un-Darwinian.  What happened to survival of the fittest?  Are they saying that two unrelated species in the same niche are equally fit?  What would Malthus think?  The scientists also failed to explain exactly how two unrelated species converged on the same patterns and behaviors.  Given such a bad track record, we won’t assume they know what relatedness means.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Alcan’s Coega plans take shape

first_img23 May 2007Canadian aluminium company Alcan has given its strongest indication yet that it will build the proposed US$2.7-billion smelter in the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth by selecting an executive to oversee the project.According to Business Report, Alcan has already selected a chief executive officer and has advertised for a number of other key posts as it prepares to construct the aluminium smelter in South Africa.Alcan spokesperson Robert Valdmanis told Business Report this week that the group would announce the appointment of the chief executive “within the month,” adding that he or she was a “person of international quality who knows South Africa well”.In a reassuring sign, Valdmanis also told Business Report that American-based Alcoa’s bid to take Alcan over would have no impact on the firm’s plans for Coega. “We are moving forward . we are definitely committed to the project,” Valdmanis said.He also told the paper that Alcan had narrowed the companies bidding for the Coega engineering study down to two, with the winner to be announced by the middle of the year.According to Business Report, the engineering study for Alcan’s smelter is expected to be complete by mid-2008, with construction starting later in the year and the first metal being rolled out by 2010.Alcan signed a 25-year power supply contract with state-owned electricity company Eskom in November 2006. The smelter project will be the first to benefit from a development electricity pricing programme specifically designed to attract major industrial investors to South Africa.Speaking at the time of the signing, Alcan’s Hal Spencer said the Coega smelter was likely to reach production levels of 720 000 tons of aluminium a year by 2014, making it one of the largest in the world.The project is expected to create about 6 000 new jobs in the construction phase and 1 000 jobs once the smelter starts operating.The South African government has spent in the region of R7.5-billion developing the industrial development zone and deepwater port at Coega, making it the single biggest infrastructure project in the country’s history.Alcan, as an anchor tenant for the zone, will be making a substantial contribution to the smelter: the company wants to retain between 25% and 40% of the equity of the project and seek partners for the balance.State-owned finance institution the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will also inject a huge amount of capital into the project, reportedly through taking up a 15% stake in the smelter, as well as providing up to $100-million in debt reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Videos: LSU 2017 5-Star RB/LB Commit Dylan Moses Has Really, Really Good Footwork

first_imgDylan Moses of LSU works on his footwork.Dylan Moses LSUDylan Moses, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class committed to LSU, is a player Tigers’ fans should be very, very excited about. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect out of Baton Rouge, La., has been committed to LSU since 2013. He’s rated the No. 1 linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings but he can also play running back. Moses is ridiculously athletic. For further proof of his athletic prowess, check out these workout videos of him posted today. LSU’s 2017 class only has two commits – Moses and five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin – but it’s ranked the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 2 class in the SEC by 247 Sports. [Tiger Droppings]last_img read more

Census Children make up one quarter of 48 million Canadians living in

first_imgOTTAWA – Nikkie Edwards and her boyfriend make about $31,000 a year, a sum that leaves them below the poverty line as defined by Statistics Canada — and in the company of another 4.8 million people, according to the latest census numbers released Wednesday.Of those, 1.2 million Canadians are children under 18 — including their 10-month-old daughter, Isabelle.The agency defines the so-called low-income measure, or LIM, as household earnings of less than half the national median income — $22,133 for a single person, or $38,335 for a family of three — as part of its latest glimpse into life in poverty in Canada.But the measure is not a perfect way of determining the poverty threshold, in part because it can’t take into account the often complex financial circumstances many families are forced into: Edwards, for instance, lives rent-free with her boyfriend’s parents.But the newest census data, based on tax information from 2015, the most recent year available, forms a baseline for the federal Liberal government, which has vowed to slash child poverty, reduce inequality and find a way to help parents like Edwards obtain better child care.Internal government estimates pegged this year’s child poverty rate at between 11.7 and 13 per cent, based on the LIM. Data for this year to measure the impact of the Liberal’s $23-billion-a-year child benefit program won’t be available for at least three more years.“There have been positive steps, as well as positive signals of what is planned to address child poverty, but there is unfinished business,” said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, which pushes governments to eradicate child poverty in Canada.“There is a path we can follow that can bring us to the point of eradication.”It has been 28 years since the House of Commons vowed in 1989 to end child poverty by the year 2000.Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 17 per cent of Canadian children under age 18 lived in low-income households, a figure that has stayed virtually unchanged for a decade even as median incomes have steadily gone up across the country.“The fact that low income is stable means that people at the bottom of the (income) distribution are more or less keeping up with that growth,” said Andrew Heisz, assistant director in Statistics Canada’s income statistics division.“They’re not growing faster, but they’re not also falling behind.”In seven of Canada’s biggest cities, one in every five children was living in a low-income household in 2015.Moreover, children in lone-parent households were three-and-a-half times more likely to live in poverty than their counterparts in two-parent families, even as the number of low-income, single-parents has declined since the late 1990s.Meanwhile, the percentage of seniors living in poverty rose between 2005 and 2015, when 14.5 per cent of Canadians over 65 were living below the low-income measure, an increase from the 12 per cent recorded in 2005.Children living in resource-rich Alberta, where commodity prices fuelled some of the largest gains in median incomes nationwide, were less likely to live in low-income conditions than anywhere else in Canada — only 12.8 per cent of kids there were living in poverty.In Quebec, second behind Alberta at 14.3 per cent, studies show a robust child care and child benefits program has boosted the employment of women over 20 and helped cut low-income rates, despite the fact the province has among the lowest median income in the country.The Liberal government’s new child benefit was designed to slash child poverty rates further, particularly in places like Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which had the highest provincial child poverty rate at 22.2 per cent.In hard-hit Windsor, Ont., the child poverty rate topped out at 24 per cent, the highest of any Canadian municipality, as a result of a deep and persistent decline in the manufacturing sector.The situation has spurred Edwards, 23, to become politically active, joining the social activist group Acorn to lobby the federal government for better child care funding so struggling parents are better able to work and cover daycare costs.“I just believe that if I gave up and didn’t fight, nothing would be done,” she said. “If we keep walking away and turning the other cheek and ignoring it, things will never change.”last_img read more

NAFTA US says auto irritant nearly solved other snags remain

first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States has confirmed a breakthrough in the NAFTA negotiations unlocking a major irritant involving automobiles, while stressing that a few remaining disagreements need to be settled before a deal is concluded.A sense of optimism that the unofficial No. 1 issue in the NAFTA talks might be close to resolution lifted the Canadian dollar more than a cent Wednesday, while the U.S. trade czar confirmed the positive developments on autos.“We’re finally starting to converge,” Robert Lighthizer said, while delivering a progress report to the U.S. Congress.“I think we’re in a pretty good place.”The U.S. is pushing for a deal within weeks. Otherwise, the process risks being punted into 2019. By mid-spring, it will be too late to complete the legal steps that would allow a ratification vote in the U.S. before midterm elections usher in a new Congress.Lighthizer summarized the state of the talks this way: “I believe that we have made a great deal of progress — but we still have a ways to go. I have urged our trading partners to recognize that time is short if we are to complete a deal in time for consideration by this Congress.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he believes that a deal is “eminently possible.”“There seems to be a certain momentum around the table now that I certainly take as positive,” he said at a Toronto news conference.That said, serious irritants remain.The blunt-spoken Lighthizer minced no words while listing several of them — he referred specifically to Canadian policies on dairy, culture, wine, and intellectual property. Dispute settlement rules and Buy American issues are also sticking points.— Of Canada’s intellectual-property rules, Lighthizer said: “Canada has Third World intellectual property protection. Getting them to accept First World is not easy.” In its annual report on the topic, the U.S. lists its main concerns as Canada’s enforcement of counterfeit crimes, and its looser rules for educational exemptions.— On cultural protections: A lawmaker complained that Canada has abused the exemption on cultural products. He referred to Canada’s blocking the QVC shopping network on cultural grounds. Lighthizer replied: “There’s a legitimate case for some cultural exceptions. But it’s not for this kind of thing. … The cultural exemption is very often just cultural protectionism.” Trudeau, though, tied culture to bilingualism, “which highlights just how incredibly important it is for us to protect our culture, our languages, our creative sectors, our artists.”— Online shopping: The U.S. wants more online purchases of American goods. Lighthizer ridiculed the disparity between what the U.S. allows citizens to import duty-free versus what Canada allows — US$800, versus $20 in Canada: “(That’s) just ridiculous… There’s no one that can argue that.”— On wine sales, the U.S. is already fighting Canada at the WTO for discriminatory rules on store shelves. Lighthizer said: “It’s just rank protectionism at the provincial level in Canada.”— Dairy remains a major problem. Lawmaker Devin Nunes, a third-generation dairy farmer, lamented Canada’s limits on imports under supply management. “Canada has been getting away with murder in their dairy industry,” he said. “It’s causing tremendous problems for farmers here in the United States.”Lighthizer concurred. He said it’s also a problem in other supply-managed sectors, poultry and eggs. He expressed some sympathy for Canada’s challenges in dismantling the system, but he said he hopes to negotiate reforms.“It’s difficult for them to change their policies in these areas,” Lighthizer said.“Having said that it’s a very high priority to make changes in the Canadian dairy programs. … I’m hopeful that when we put the final deal together it’s something we will make real headway on.”Trudeau suggested that will mean a fight: “We’re going to continue to defend supply management, because it works.”Lighthizer predicted how the final hours of bargaining will unfold: he said the last issues to be sorted out will include sensitive agricultural areas, such as dairy and wine, as well as intellectual property.But he said he envisions a new NAFTA with 33 chapters — up from the current 22 — that benefits every country.He said his primary goal is to steer back some manufacturing from Mexico, through several means: driving up wages in Mexico, new auto rules and weakening the investor-state protections that allow companies to sue foreign governments under Chapter 11.“The Canadians, to be honest, have a similar objective,” Lighthizer said.He said he wants guarantees that Mexican workers will get to vote by secret ballot on collective bargaining agreements. On dispute resolution, he was pressed by 103 Republican lawmakers who released a letter demanding that he maintain the investor-state system.Lighthizer pushed back.If an American company wants to move a plant from Texas to Mexico, and is frightened that, for example, socialist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador might win the presidential election and discriminate against foreign companies, why, Lighthizer asked, should U.S. trade policy help provide reassurance?last_img read more