Plant colonization of actively sorted stone stripes in the subantarctic

Three grasses (Phleum alpinum L., Deschampsia antarctica Desv., Festuca contracta T. Kirk) and one perennial herb (Acaena tenera Alboff) are the earliest important colonizers of small-scale sorted stone stripes in fellfield areas on South Georgia. Survival potential differs considerably between the grass species and appears to be related to both tiller and root morphology. The principal species, Phleum alpinum, produces stable “islands” later colonized by other species. Its growth form and life cycle appear to be especially well adapted to this habitat. The rate of downslope movement of plants on a given slope appears to be directly related to size. The age of individual Phleum plants was assessed using morphological features and a relationship derived between age and number of tillers. A model is proposed describing the development of Phleum in fellfield areas, and its relationship to stabilization of the soil. read more

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Microgeographic genetic variation of populations of Idotea chelipes (Crustacea: Isopoda) in lagoons of the southern English coast

first_imgAllozyme variability was examined using starch-gel electrophoresis between sub-populations of Idotea chelipes over a small geographic distance (approx. 104 km), in lagoons within the Solent area (Fort Gilkicker Moat; Ashlett Pond) and at one site in Dorset (the Fleet Lagoon). Genetic identity values indicate that all three populations are conspecific (I = 0.967 to 0.995), and mean heterozygosity per locus for all three populations was 8%. Significant levels of genetic differentiation (mean FST = 0.119***; p< 0.001) were detected over this small spatial scale, but this mainly resulted from the slow esterase locus (mean FST (no esterase) = 0.072***; p< 0.001). Genetic differentiation was moderate given the low geographic distances between populations with only one to two migrants per deme per generation (Nem(FST) = 1.85) from the Fleet to Gilkicker. There was no significant deviation from the genotypes expected under the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium despite an overall slight excess of heterozygotes (mean FIS = -0.01). Pairwise FST values indicated that there was limited genetically effective migration between the sampled lagoons. This genetic differentiation may have been promoted by the presence of the Southampton Water and Solent estuarine system that may act as a physical barrier to gene flow for this species. The previous use of the esterase (ET2) locus as a sub-specific biochemical marker for Idotea chelipes is placed in doubt by this study.last_img read more

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Republican Ticket Finalized at Cape GOP Convention

first_imgAntwan McClellan, Erik Simonsen, Mike Testa, Gerald Thornton and E. Marie Hayes posed for a quick picture after the voting totals were announced. By Tim KellyThe Cape May County Republican organization finalized its ticket Wednesday for the November general election at its convention in Avalon.Mike Testa of Vineland, who heads the Cumberland County GOP, was selected as the candidate in the State Senate race, while Antwan McClellan of Ocean City and Erik Simonsen of Lower Township emerged as the Assembly candidates, and incumbent Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton of Cape May Courthouse and Ocean City’s E. Marie Hayes were tapped to seek new terms on the Freeholder Board.Ocean City’s E. Marie Hayes, an incumbent Republican Freeholder candidate, with Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton, vowed “to shake things up” in the upcoming election.Hayes said the Republicans are looking forward to taking their message to the voters and getting out the vote.“We’re going to shake things up in Southern New Jersey, and we need to,” she said.Thornton said he was pleased with the outcome of the final selection process.“We’re extremely happy to be running with the legislative team of Mike Testa, Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen,” he said. “We’re eager to start running and get this election going.”Republican candidate for State Senate, Mike Testa, speaks at the Cape GOP Convention Wednesday in AvalonAt the top of the ticket, Mike Testa released a platform that calls for cutting taxes and spending and “streamlining government.” He said he also plans to fight Governor Phil Murphy’s “radical pro-illegal immigrant agenda.”He said he will strive to “bring great jobs and economic investment to South Jersey” and that he would characterize himself as “unapologetically pro-gun, pro-taxpayer and pro-Trump.”Testa is a local attorney and business owner and the former Board Chair of the Vineland Downtown Improvement District. He’s a past chair of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties and a member of the Greater Vineland Chapter of the NAACP. He’s also a member of the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce and Board President of the Vineland Regional Dance Company.He resides with his wife Julie and three children Eva, Sarah and Tripp.Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen will be representing the Cape GOP in the Assembly race this November.The Assembly candidates expressed their excitement to be representing the Republican column on the ballot and how they are looking forward to November.”This is a great opportunity,” said McClellan, who currently serves as an Ocean City Councilman. “We have a hungry group of candidates and we’re ready to move forward.”Echoing those sentiments, Simonsen said “We’ve already been working, but now that the ticket is set, we’re really going to amp it up.”last_img read more

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Watch Prince And Miles Davis Do Their Thing Together In 1987

first_imgThere are few legends bigger than Prince and Miles Davis. Each a pioneer of their own regimen, the pop-jazz fusion of these two worlds serves as a chilling reminder of where music’s finest roots come from. It’s jams like these that define groove, perfection, and improvisational bliss.Behind Davis’s perfect third stream trumpet playing is the majestic Prince, lending his intensely purple attitude to the funk-filled jazz number. Together they lead an incredible band alongside the 1980’s choreography, providing an inevitable toe-tapping atmosphere of beloved dance moves and neck-bobs. Also, notice Prince do the dab at 2:59. Too cool!last_img

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Dark Star Orchestra Expands 2019 Spring Tour

first_imgDark Star Orchestra has announced the second leg of their upcoming spring tour, reaching the Northeast this May with a pair of multi-night stands at Washington, DC’s The Hamilton and Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre.The first leg of previously announced Dark Star Orchestra spring tour dates focus on the American Southeast, performing five shows in Florida, kicking off on March 28th, before weaving north and hitting key spots in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama through April 14th.The band will regroup in May for leg two of the tour, hitting Boston, MA (5/9), Westbury, NY (5/10), Jim Thorpe, PA (5/11), Washington, DC (5/13-14), Port Chester, NY (5/17-18), Princeton, NJ (5/20), and Buffalo, NJ (5/21).Then, DSO will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019 for the eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee. Along with DSO as the host band, the full lineup includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, and The Mighty Pines.However, before the spring, DSO has a winter tour ahead of them that will focus on the west coast, kicking off on February 7th in Seattle and winding down through Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona before ending in Beverly Hills on February 23rd.For more information, head to the band’s website.DSO Spring 2019 Tour Dates:3/28 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live3/29 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre3/30 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater4/1 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues Orlando4/2 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon4/4 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall4/5 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/6 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/7 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City4/9 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works4/11 – Asheville, SC – The Orange Peel4/12 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte4/13 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz Theatre4/14 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater5/9 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur5/10 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury Theater5/11 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak5/13 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/14 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/16 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts5/17 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre5/18 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre5/20 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center5/21 – Buffalo, NJ – Town BallroomView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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What Hurts Us Does Make Us Stronger… IT Too

first_imgIt’s funny how chance meetings can impact our lives… change our perspectives.Three specific occasions immediately come to my mind.The first occurred, of all places, on a cruise ship to Alaska. My wife and I were playing cards in one of the lounges when in comes a large group of service men and women—all ages and nationalities. As it turns out, there was a veterans meeting taking place. We hung around to listen. People literally from both sides of the conflicts in Afghanistan to Hiroshima to Hamburger Hill.The selfless explanation of the heroic acts these men and women carried out under such extreme circumstances made me feel superfluous…The second happened about a year ago.By chance, I learned that the Sacramento Chapter of an EMC Affinity Group was hosting the Tuskegee Airmen. I had seen films about this group so I was familiar with their story and excited to meet them.But what I heard that day I wasn’t prepared for.At dinner, I sat next to Airman Lenny Yates, who regaled stories not of heroism but of overcoming adversity and ‘just doing what he thought was right.’ Powerful words by any account, but by a teenage boy… wow. Sadly, Lenny passed away a short while after our visit, but this chance meeting will go down as one of my most cherished moments.The third occasion happened just a few weeks ago.I was in New York and was asked to attend a panel of IT professionals to talk through their experiences with Hurricane Sandy, one year later.To be honest, like most of you, I had read the news and watched on television the devastation this storm inflicted on the people of NY and NJ, but at the risk of sounding trite, once again, I wasn’t prepared for the first-hand stories I heard.Off-camera discussions about how 9/11 had helped prepare them for this tragedy; stories of how in the midst of their own personal strife, many of them had to leave their own families and work around the clock for days sleeping in conference rooms, of engineers working out of cars using cigarette lighter jacks for power, and of how one engineer even set up a war room in his house for the local team as he was the only one with a generator.Like the first two chance encounters, as I listened to the stories of the devastation and the backstories of their own personal situations, I found it impossible to logically assimilate what had happened.What really struck home wasn’t the technology or the strategic readiness, but the great lengths that people went to in order to ‘save the day.’I live on the West Coast, if ‘the big one’ (meaning an earthquake) hits and my family is in trouble, would I emotionally be able to handle the juxtaposition of my own personal situation and my job? Would you?I didn’t live through Hurricane Sandy, or Tuskegee, or Afghanistan, Hiroshima or Hamburger Hill, but I can say that I was truly humbled by the stories I heard from those who did.***You can read the article that accompanies the on-camera discussions of the Hurricane Sandy panel by clicking here. I hope you find the output of the meeting somewhat instructive from a disaster-preparedness perspective.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Cats Eyes Fall 2016 B’way Bow & More

first_imgEven though it’s raining, the warm weather of NYC makes for a very #GoodFriday. Enjoy your weekend! pic.twitter.com/vusvtJ78Gh— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 3, 2015 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cats Eyes Fall 2016 B’way BowAndrew Lloyd Webber has previously stated that Cats is returning to Broadway and we now have a better idea of when the show will land on the Main Stem next year. “I think we will lean towards the Fall,” the composer told the Daily Telegraph. An acclaimed revival is currently playing at the London Palladium. Listen below to recent Grizabella Nicole Scherzinger, who Lloyd Webber hopes will star in the show on the Great White Way, remind us why we can’t wait for the memory to live again! Chilina Kennedy’s Debut AlbumChilina Kennedy will release her previously reported debut album What You Find in a Bottle on April 14. Penned by the Beautiful leading lady herself, the record is a collection of songs that ride the lines of folk, singer-songwriter and bluegrass and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.Elaine Paige’s Farewell Concert Hits U.S. CinemasOlivier winner Elaine Paige’s 50th anniversary farewell concert I’m Still Here, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, will hit the big screen across America and Canada on May 12. The movie is followed by special footage of a live Q&A with the original Evita and Grizabella, which will be captured in London on April 23. “The First Lady of British Musical Theatre” was last seen on Broadway in Follies.NPH & David Burtka’s Kids Set for Singin’ in the RainIt’s not just Halloween costumes that these Broadway babies excel at! Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris tweeted this adorable picture of his and his hubby, It Shoulda Been You star David Burtka’s, kids on April 3. Twins Gideon and Harper are, as ever, immaculately dressed in their raingear—nobody is going to be raining on their parade!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Dixie Picks: Best Albums of 2013

first_imgInstead of joining the barrage of critics’ best albums of 2013 lists, this year we went straight to the source. Check out five favorite 2013 albums as recommended by some of the region’s best musicians.Josh Daniels, The New FamiliarsTedeschi Trucks BandMade Up Mind Guitar hero Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) and his wife, blues songstress Susan Tedeschi, continue their soul journey with this third studio album. Backed by a sprawling eight-piece band that includes a full horn section, the couple revives old school R&B through the scope of experimental rock.“I just love what they are doing by incorporating their own personalities,” says Daniels. “[They’re bringing back] a kind of Stax 1970s soul vibe. The band’s live show is incredible with horns and multiple singers. It’s wonderful.”James Wilson, Sons of BillJason Isbell SoutheasternThe former member of the Drive-By Truckers delivered a stunning redemption record after quitting the bottle and getting married to fellow songwriter Amanda Shires.“When I hear most self-proclaimed ‘Southern’ artists these days, I can’t help but feel like part of our inheritance is being prostituted,” says Wilson. “But Jason has always exemplified the region honestly. It’s pride and humility, virtues and failures—an emphasis on the story and simple language rather than ideas. But some of his songs also have that vicious other-worldliness of a true artist. Like Faulkner, there’s a part of him that wants to be the only one. He’s one of the best writers of my generation and I’m glad he’s finally getting recognized as such with Southeastern.”Patterson Hood, Drive-By TruckersT. Hardy Morris Audition TapesThe front man for Dead Confederate toned down his band’s usual psych rock on this country grunge solo effort. Morris sings with a haunting weariness, reminiscent of the late Vic Chesnutt, delivering dark themes with universal resonance, often accented by the perfect dash of pedal steel. “I can’t get his songs out of my head and I also love the playing and production,” says Hood. “Hardy is the real deal.”Travis Book, Infamous StringdustersLeagues You Belong HereThis Nashville power pop trio delivers a hard-driving rock sound with infectious melodies and big hooks. On this album, standout tracks like “Spotlight” become instant sing-alongs after first listen.“I’ve been a big fan of Thad Cockrell since my wife (singer-songwriter Sarah Siskind) and I landed a brilliant holiday record of his a few years ago,” says Book. “I hadn’t heard Thad in a few years before Sarah played me the Leagues debut album, but his voice immediately brought me the same sense of joy I had when I first discovered his music several years before. I’m a sucker for badass pop/rock music, and this record is as good as it gets.”Dan Lotti, DangermuffinThe Wood BrothersThe Muse Brothers Oliver and Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin, and Wood) continue to crank out gritty front-porch folk rock. Oliver Wood’s antique storyteller vocals and gritty guitar work meshes with Chris’ virtuosic bass runs to create a combination that includes high-energy acoustic funk and heartfelt blues balladry. The title track is a particularly poignant ode to family inspiration.“This album is fantastic,” says Lotti. “Oliver Wood is my hero. [He proves] that awesome songwriting is what it’s all about.”Compiled by Dave Stallard and Jedd Ferris.last_img read more

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Spencer Seabrooke Sets Highline World Record

first_imgHighlining is one of those adrenaline-powered sports that makes casual onlookers with even the slightest fear of heights cringe.Pioneered by the late climbing legend Dean Potter, who recently passed away in a wing suit mishap, highlining emerged on the extreme sports scene sometime in 2012 and has become increasingly popular ever since.If you’re at all squeamish about daredevil stunts preformed at dizzying elevations in the complete absence or ropes or safety harnesses then you might want to look away because the cringe-worthy footage below shows experienced slackliner Spencer Seabrooke breaking the world record for free solo highlining.The stunt, which took place on Aug. 2, required Seabrooke to walk just under 250 feet on a slackline rigged across the Chief North Gully in Squamish, British Columbia— a canyon that plunges to depths of nearly 1000 feet.Somewhere around the 20 second mark, Seabrooke loses his balance only to hang precariously on the line before mustering the unfathomable fortitude required to resituate himself and continue to the other side.last_img read more

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FDA gives advice on rules for new bird flu tests

first_imgApr 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a regulatory guidance document this week to help spur the development of diagnostic tests for avian influenza in humans.The document, issued Apr 10, is intended to help medical technology companies meet FDA requirements when developing new tests for influenza A viruses, the FDA said in a Federal Register notice.The agency said the move was prompted by the public health concern over the human cases of H5N1 avian flu and the associated threat of a human flu pandemic. “FDA is making this guidance document immediately available because prior public participation is not feasible given the national and global public health threat of pandemic influenza,” the notice says.The document gives information on labeling requirements and outlines the “premarket regulatory path” for new tests to detect either influenza A viruses in general or specific influenza A virus subtypes.Flu tests already approved by the FDA are designed to detect influenza A in general—not specific subtypes—and were developed when only H3 and H1 viruses were circulating, the FDA said. There is no evidence that the existing tests “would reliably detect novel influenza A viruses” from human samples, the notice said.The guidance is effective immediately, but the FDA is accepting comments on it (see links below for information on submitting comments). The agency did not list a deadline for commenting.See also:FDA Federal Register notice on flu testshttp://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/E6-5203.htmFDA guidance document “In Vitro Diagnostic Devices to Detect Influenza A Viruses: Labeling and Regulatory Path”http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/ucm078538.htmlast_img read more

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