Thermal dependency of burrowing in three species within the bivalve genus Laternula: a latitudinal comparison

first_imgThe upper thermal limits for burrowing and survival were compared with micro-habitat temperature for anomalodesmatan clams: Laternula elliptica (Antarctica, 67A degrees S); Laternula recta, (temperate Australia, 38A degrees S) and Laternula truncata (tropical Singapore, 1A degrees N). Lethal limits (LT50) were higher than burrowing limits (BT50) in L. elliptica (7.5-9.0 and 2.2A degrees C) and L. recta (winter, 32.8-36.8 and 31.1-32.8A degrees C) but the same range for L. truncata (33.0-35.0 and 33.4-34.9A degrees C). L. elliptica and L. truncata had a BT50 0.4 and 2.4-3.9A degrees C, respectively, above their maximum experienced temperature. L. recta, which experience solar heating during midday low tides, had a BT50 0.7-2.4A degrees C below and a range for LT50 that spanned their predicted environmental maximum (33.5A degrees C). L. recta showed no seasonal difference in LT50 or BT50. Our single genus comparisons contrast with macrophysiological studies showing that temperate species cope better with elevated temperatures.last_img read more

Rentr explains how its business works after industry “confusion”

first_imgHome » News » Rentr explains how its business works after industry “confusion” previous nextProducts & ServicesRentr explains how its business works after industry “confusion”Clarification comes after comments about landlords and agents being able to ‘access the same technologies’ prompts concerns.Nigel Lewis6th March 201701,551 Views App-based property management solution Rentr has issued a clarification about how it’s business works after “confusion” within the industry that it appeared to be offering landlords the ability to upload their properties directly to Rightmove and Zoopla.The issue is a sensitive one as many agents are understandably suspicious of online-only agents because they allow landlords to upload their own listings, which in turn are uploaded to the big national portals via the agent’s feeds.The problems started when the proptech firm announced last week that it had launched a new web interface that enabled “landlords and tenants to handle all aspects of their residential lets via a computer as well as via [our] app”.Rightmove and ZooplaTo some agents this sounded like a direct line to Rightmove and Zoopla, particularly because unlike many other online-only agents Rentr separates the price of listing a portal within its ‘suite’ of services – at £15 – and also because its landlords have now been given their own portal to complete each listing.“We wanted to build a great platform for direct and agency services to allow private, DIY landlords to access the same technologies as letting agents and to be able to access it whenever and wherever required,” Vik Tara, the firm’s co-founder (pictured, above) said last week.“Each individual can choose the elements that suit their personal circumstances so they can choose how much they rely on letting agents or their own resources.”Since then Rentr says it has encountered “a little confusion” about this aspect of its new portal for landlords, and wanted to clarify that Rentr landlords are effectively passed on as leads from Rentr Ltd – the technology side of the business – to Rentr Agency Services – one of its agency partners run through Warwickshire-based agency Tara and Co.The company reiterated that the “advertising is not direct”, a spokesperson told The Negotiator.Rentr March 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

IFR 2016: Australian, Indonesian, Malaysian ships ready

first_img View post tag: KRI Usman Harun View post tag: HMAS Darwin February 4, 2016 Authorities HMAS Darwin, Kri Usman Harun and KD Lekir sail in the Bay of Bengal, Image: Royal Australian NavyRoyal Australian Navy’s HMAS Darwin sailed in company with Indonesian Navy Ship Kri Usman Harun and Malaysian Navy Ship KD Lekir in preparation for the International Fleet Review 2016.Each ship has been selected to represent their respective country’s Navies at the IFR.The Royal Australian Navy has prepared for its role in the 2016 IFR with HMAS Darwin sailing in company in the Bay of Bengal.The Fleet Review provides an opportunity for Navies from around the world to build trust and confidence with their maritime neighbours and partners.This event allows the host nation to display its maritime capabilities and the relationships it has built with other maritime nations.Darwin’s passage to the IFR in company presented significant opportunities for manoeuvring and communication exercises, and the chance to better understand how each Navy does business.Passage activities included the conduct of replenishment approach manoeuvres with Darwin acting as the guide, and cross-decking of personnel between Kri Usman Harun and Darwin.Darwin’s navigator Lieutenant Scott Benstead said the occasion provided rare opportunities for cooperation: “It was a pleasure to be on the bridge today. The professionalism of the Indonesian and Malaysian crews was on display and they didn’t disappoint.”Personnel from Darwin will participate in a number of events at the IFR including the Opening Ceremony, a visit to the Maritime Museum and IFR village and participation in the massed Fleet Review itself.Darwin will also host the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, for an afternoon during the IFR.Under Command of Commander Phillip Henry, Darwin is currently transiting via South East Asia to the Middle East (Operation MANITOU) as part of the 62nd rotation of Royal Australian Navy units to the region since 1990. This will be Darwin’s seventh deployment to the Middle East.[mappress mapid=”17669″] Back to overview,Home naval-today IFR 2016: Australian, Indonesian, Malaysian ships ready center_img View post tag: International Fleet Review IFR 2016: Australian, Indonesian, Malaysian ships ready Share this article View post tag: KD Lekirlast_img read more

Six artists, teaching and creating

first_imgFollowing tradition, the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) again will host visiting faculty this academic year — six practicing artists who will bring skill, spirit, and a touch of marketplace reality to Harvard studios and classrooms.“Art is not made with certainties, but … with doubts,” said Brooklyn artist Luisa Rabbia, a first-time teacher who was born in Italy. “Perhaps through the students’ questions, I may find myself learning as much as them.”Rabbia is the only visiting artist who will teach in both fall and spring. “I am always worried about anything that takes time away from my practice,” she said. “But I also know that my practice needs new challenges, much as a plant needs water.”The six, who include 2010 Harvard Arts Medal recipient Catherine Lord ’70, are represented in “Visiting Faculty 2013-14,” an exhibition at the Carpenter Center through Sept. 29.Lord’s piece, done this year, is “Untitled (36 from the ONE),” a large-scale, ink-on-paper study of 36 book dedications from the collection of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archive in Los Angeles. The wall-size work is an expression of the fullness of her work as an artist and essayist. It lives at the intersection of photography and the written word, and celebrates feminism and the queer. (Lord, professor emerita of studio art at the University of California, Irvine, co-authored this year’s survey from Phaidon Press, “Art and Queer Culture.”)New York City visual artist and sculptor Halsey Rodman, who will teach solely in the spring, has on display “Wanderer (Undone Changing Conditions),” a 2011 work that imparts a mellow glow from its three slender lamps, whose light is muted by shades painted in wild acrylics.Teaching this fall are Lord, who once called the Widener Library of her undergraduate years “a utopia”; painter Roger White, who divides his time between Brooklyn and Middlebury, Vt.; Heather Rowe, another Brooklyn artist,  who will teach a sculpture class called “Beyond Objects”; and Kalup Linzy, a Florida-born performance and studio artist, who in addition to creating art such as gouache and photo collages, explores the comic and artistic potential of soap operas.His video sendups of the form, including “All My Churen,” have a lively YouTube following. They also contain his artistic signature: All the voices are his.In an email, Linzy called interchanges with students “invigorating and energizing.” On the other side of the equation, “Practicing artists bring the experience of process to studio courses,” he said. “The experience of conceiving a work, creating it, and exhibiting it is a perspective that only artists have.”Linzy also will be an artist-in-residence this fall at [email protected] Garden, a collaborative space at Harvard. Said program manager Bess Paupeck of the arrangement, “His current work can’t stop.”Each teacher will deliver an “artist talk,” another VES tradition. Linzy is expected to deliver the first on Sept. 26, including a live vocal performance. (Details are still being worked out.) Roger White will appear from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Carpenter Center Room B-04. Lord will appear on Nov. 12, at the same time and place.White wrote in an email that he hoped to bring a hopeful message into his two painting classes this fall, saying that “art is ongoing, complex, and up for grabs — and that it’s a possible life.”Yes, a life in art is possible, agreed Rowe. “You bring your personal experience of how it might be possible to live and work as an artist,” she said. “As difficult as it is these days, there are ways to make it work.”The students give back too. “Time is short, no matter what,” said White, who co-founded the art journal Paper Monument. “But it’s energizing to see how other people approach making art, and to watch as things click into place for students.”Rowe felt similarly that she will get a lot back from her Harvard teaching experience. “Spending a good deal of time working alone in your studio makes these interactions important,” she said. “For me, it can enhance a certain energy.”Besides, Rowe added, “Students begin to become aware of their own art practice. They start to make decisions.”An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, Mass.last_img read more

Champlain Bridge arch scheduled to be lifted into place on Friday

first_imgChamplain Bridge, August 24, 2011, NYSDOT.NYSDOT expects the transport process to begin at sunrise on Thursday with lift work extending into the late afternoon or early evening that same day.  The arch will be floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry to the bridge site over a two- to four-hour period.  The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours. The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured.  Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period.   VTrans reminds the public that opportunities to view the arch lift from the Vermont side of the lake are limited. Due to safety concerns, viewers will not be allowed close to the construction site, by land or water. Viewers are welcome to watch the lift at locations along Route 125 on the Vermont side or from the New York side at The Crown Point State Historic Site or DEC campground. Viewers are also reminded that The Chimney Point State Historic Site is currently closed and is not available as a viewing site.  High traffic volumes are anticipated for the ferry and viewers will not be allowed to access the ferry landing area unless traveling on the ferry.The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times during the work.  However, higher than normal traffic levels near the bridge site may cause some highway traffic congestion. For those interested in viewing the process, on the New York side, the Department of Environmental Conservation campground, Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center will be open to the public. Free parking is available at the historic site. The DEC campground will charge an entrance fee. However, parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep New York Route 185, Vermont routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times. The lift can also be viewed by visiting NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page at: https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam(link is external). The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site. The operation could be postponed or delayed due to excessive winds or lightning. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced plans to transport and lift into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge this Friday, August 26, weather permitting.  The public will be able to watch the transport and lift, but some marine and vehicle traffic restrictions will be in place. There will also be a webcam showing the event (see link below).‘The arch lift will provide clear and tangible evidence that we’re moving very close to reopening the Lake Champlain Bridge to the public,’ said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. ‘This is an exciting and historic moment for the people in the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods. I would like to extend my appreciation to them for their patience as we move forward toward the final phase of the project.’ last_img read more

The Value of Failure

first_imgOver the past few days, I have had the distinct pleasure of attending my younger sister’s graduation from Yale University’s prestigious School of Drama Graduate Program.  I am incredibly proud of my sister, and I have enjoyed every second of the commencement ceremonies for this Ivy League institution.One takeaway that I found particularly valuable for everyday life occurred during the keynote address by ABC Correspondent Barbara Walters.  She was a powerful speaker, and had incredible presence as she told anecdotes about her history of interviewing the many famous personalities of her career.  During her discussion about former Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher, she said to the seniors: “If you have a failure, you will rise; you will be fine; you will work your way back.  Do not sink into ‘Why?  Woe is me!  It’s not my fault!”Although deep down I know that this is true, it helps to hear these words once in a while from a successful third party.  It also reminded me of a quote from the keynote address at my own graduation: “If you’re not dead, get up!”  I know it’s a cliché concept, but it is good to be reminded of this once in a while… we are all fallible human beings, and learning lessons from failure is part of what makes us stronger and better people.I found this concept to be particularly applicable as I research and write about a number of Olympians from the Southeast who will be making the trip to London to represent their country this July.  These people are not superhumans.  In most cases, their VO2 Maxes are not unattainable for us mortal athletes.  They have, however, separated themselves by working through their failures, and have risen from the depths of many disappointments to try again.  They are stubborn in their passion for their sports, and they have poured their hearts and souls into that passion.Another concept that Walters touched on in her address was what she believes should be the ultimate goal in life – to be happy, or “find your bliss.”  When you reduce our existence down to that simple goal, it makes life seem less complicated, and more straightforward.Love what you do, and don’t give up.While some of these Olympic athletes that I am covering have the million dollar sponsorship deals and celebrity status across the country, others are scraping by with the support of parents, significant others, and their communities.  They are sacrificing everything in the pursuit of the simple goal of an Olympic medal, but they love what they do and they are not giving up!I think that we can all learn something from these ideas, and I will certainly be working to integrate these concepts into my own existence moving forward.last_img read more

2015 Jeep Renegade SUV: Roomy, Reliable & Rugged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantThe 2015 Jeep Renegade is an all-new subcompact crossover SUV possessing everything you’ve ever known and loved about the Wrangler and Cherokee, along with its own distinct style, character, and added perks. Shorter, yet about an inch wider than the popular Cherokee, the Renegade boasts a three-passenger rear seat and additional useful cargo capacity. It’s easy to park, fun to drive, and its four-wheel drive models, such as the Trailhawk, absolutely dominate the off-road environment.With a body structure modeled after the Fiat 500X, who would have thought this mini off-road hybrid would pack so much punch with Jeep fans and auto reviewers alike?“Sure, the Renegade has unmatched off-road credentials,” states Edmunds. “You almost expect that. But would you have also guessed that this Jeep is fun to drive around town and has plenty of character?“It’s nimble around town and easy to park, and four-wheel-drive models, especially the Trailhawk, offer best-in-class off-road capability,” it continues. “Buyers have a choice of two engines. We prefer the base turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder because it is smoother than the available 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Otherwise, the engines put out similar amounts of power. “Compared to previous, inexpensive Jeep crossovers like the Compass and Patriot, the Renegade is also more personable,” adds Edmunds. Visit NY Auto Giant today and drive home the compact, economical and rugged 2015 Jeep Renegade SUV!Mud, snow, sand or rock, this tiny beast will get you and your loved ones where you need and want to go, safely. Those terrains, as well as a map of the world-famous Moab off-road area, are actually embossed in the center console tray of the Trailhawk—along with decorative mud splatter! If that doesn’t give you some sense of just how reliable the Renegade is in these challenging conditions, we’re not sure what else does. “Small, cheap, and cheerful, the Renegade is just as much fun as its toylike dimensions might lead you to believe,” writes Car and Driver. “Its styling is full of nifty Jeep touches, including two removable ‘My Sky’ roof panels and clever Easter Egg design details sprinkled throughout. “Power comes from a 160-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four with a six-speed manual or a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four with a nine-speed automatic,” it continues. “Each is available with front- or four-wheel drive, and the Trailhawk model promises real off-road capability.”Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto GiantKelley Blue Book cites the Renegade’s safety technology and the Trailhawk version as its “Favorite Features.” Among some of this safety tech—which was until recently reserved for luxury cars, it explains—are: Lane Departure Warning-Plus and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which can automatically apply the brakes in the event of a collision, and blind-spot monitoring.“No other vehicle in its class has the off-road chops of a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk,” it raves. “This trail-rated Renegade boasts additional hardware and software that make it surprisingly capable in the wild. And even if you never exploit its full potential, you can appreciate the Renegade Trailhawk’s tougher looks. “…the Renegade is practical, efficient and offers surprising safety and tech features,” continues Kelley Blue Book. “Its small size makes it at home in crowded cities, and its sub-$19,000 starting price is highly attractive. Where it stands apart is in the wild. With optional 4-wheel drive and the ability to tame terrain, the Renegade earns its Jeep badge.”To get behind the wheel of your very own 2015 Jeep Renegade SUV, visit NY Auto Giant’s Atlantic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or any one of NY Auto Giant’s other locations across Long Island today!last_img read more

Coming February: House of Cards’ Psycho-In-Chief Begins His Reign

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Francis Underwood is president, so what now? That’s the burning question going into Season 3 of Netflix’s hit political thriller House of Cards, which capped its second season with the conniving politician ascending to the highest office in the land. Of course, all he had to do to get there was kill two people—a fellow lawmaker and a female reporter he used to weasel his way to the White House—and create a scandal that forced the resignation of the (worst ever!) sitting president, Garrett Walker. Netflix revealed Monday that House of Cards will return Feb. 27, 2015. All episodes in the first two seasons were dumped on the streaming service on its release date, so you can assume all dozen or so episodes will be available for immediate consumption that day. A video posted on House of Cards’ Facebook page shows the President Underwood (KevinSpacey) and the First Lady (Robin Wright) boarding Air Force One. The date of its premiere then flashes on the screen. That’s it. Seasons 1 and 2 followed the conniving Congressman Underwood as he schemed his way to the Oval Office, first as Vice President and then President. Now that he’s taken the presidential throne, where do we go from here? Will Season 3 document Underwood’s downfall? Will someone finally nail this sick bastard for the two murders? We only ask that the creators don’t bring back the magic Underwood typewriter.last_img read more

Watertown an example of reason to vote no

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Talking with hundreds of people about the proposal to change our form of government, I often hear: Why do the charter changers want Saratoga Springs to be like Watertown?The charter changers have highlighted Watertown when trying to answer the core question that has plagued their efforts for more than a year: What upstate New York state city run by a city manager is doing better than Saratoga Springs?I believe being unable to find even one city doing nearly as well is a fatal weakness of their argument for change.To put it politely, Watertown is no Saratoga Springs, and some of its problems are important warnings for Saratoga Springs residents.There’s a move in Watertown to throw out the city manager form of government and move to a strong mayor to save money and be more democratic. This isn’t surprising, since Watertown taxes are out of control, growing 32.5 percent in the last six years while Saratoga Springs’ taxes have remained flat.So much for promising that city manager cities will be more efficient and keep costs down.The charter changers using Watertown as a positive example of a city manager-run city is a great reason to vote no on charter change.Richard SellersSaratoga SpringsThe writer is spokesperson for SUCCESS.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Coronavirus edges Greece closer to e-governance

first_imgThe coronavirus crisis has forced Greece to take rapid steps to computerize its lumbering civil service and belatedly introduce e-governance in one of the EU’s worst digital laggards, experts say.After recording its first coronavirus death on March 12, Athens took unprecedented measures totally at odds with its previous love affair with paperwork and red tape.Diomidis Spinellis, head of the department of management science and technology at the Athens university of Economics, says that the COVID-19 crisis “accelerated” Greece’s digital turn — though critics say the country has a long way to go. Between March 23 and May 4, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed, Greeks were required to inform authorities when leaving their homes. A special SMS service was introduced for those unable to print a special form created by the government.Eventually, some 110 million messages were sent free of charge during this period, in an initiative praised by the OECD.The government also rolled out gov.gr, an online platform combining all public services and simplifying online access.Greece’s minister of digital governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis said the platform freed thousands of users — especially high-risk groups — from having to turn up at public services, as they were now able to sign documents digitally. Previously at civil services “physical attendance (by the public) was the norm and remote activity the exception,” Pierrakakis told AFP.’Archaic’In 2019, Greece was among the EU’s laggards in digital performance, ranking 25th in the Digital Economy and Society Index published by the European Commission.That same year, about 20 percent of the active population had no access to the internet, nearly double the EU average of 10 percent according to Eurostat figures.Nikos Smyrnaios, an associate professor of digital media at the university of Toulouse, said the 2010-2018 Greek debt crisis had already forced the country to overhaul its “archaic” civil service, but the process was often “haphazard.””Let’s hope the trend doesn’t come to a halt once we are out of this emergency,” said Spinellis. Not everything has gone according to plan.On May 11, the government faced criticism after large crowds gathered outside the main Athens offices of just-reopened state electricity company PPC to settle bills.Officials later insisted that customers had received ample warning that most transactions could be handled online or by telephone.Many users have lamented a lack of network bandwidth, while noting that their own homes could not be turned into office work areas at the flick of a switch when the lockdown was imposed in March.”We are celebrating the disappearance of the fax in 2020,” jeers Dimitris Tsingos, a tech entrepreneur and founder of the Hellenic startup association. ‘Hardly revolutionary'”There are efforts by the government but it’s hardly revolutionary… there is still a lot of work to be done,” he said.Diamanto Zafiraki, a 38-year-old economy ministry employee, has her personal laptop to work with, but has to share with her eight-year-old twins when it’s time for homework.”I don’t have a dedicated work area at home. I work from my kitchen, using equipment that is not made for this purpose,” she said.Zafiraki also frequently battles slow connection and software glitches.”This takes up a lot of my time and energy, and work with colleagues is much more difficult at a distance,” she says.With thousands of school pupils at home because of the lockdown, the process of education continued online mainly due to the initiative and persistence of the teachers themselves, says Thanasis Goumas, a senior member of the teachers’ association.”The education ministry gave neither guidelines nor equipment during this period,” Goumas told AFP.Goumas also notes that many school pupils don’t have a computer at home, or an internet connection.And there was uproar among teacher unions earlier this month when the education ministry announced that cameras would be set up in classes during teaching hours, to enable pupils not attending school to follow courses from home.”The government claims this helps distance learning, but (schools) are not reality shows. We are completely against this,” Goumas said, citing a possible violation of privacy rights.Topics :last_img read more