Climate change selects for heterozygosity in a declining fur seal population

first_imgGlobal environmental change is expected to alter selection pressures in many biological systems, but the long-term molecular and life history data required to quantify changes in selection are rare. An unusual opportunity is afforded by three decades of individual-based data collected from a declining population of Antarctic fur seals in the South Atlantic. Here, climate change has reduced prey availability and caused a significant decline in seal birth weight. However, the mean age and size of females recruiting into the breeding population are increasing. We show that such females have significantly higher heterozygosity (a measure of within-individual genetic variation) than their non-recruiting siblings and their own mothers. Thus, breeding female heterozygosity has increased by 8.5% per generation over the last two decades. Nonetheless, as heterozygosity is not inherited from mothers to daughters, substantial heterozygote advantage is not transmitted from one generation to the next and the decreasing viability of homozygous individuals causes the population to decline. Our results provide compelling evidence that selection due to climate change is intensifying, with far-reaching consequences for demography as well as phenotypic and genetic variation.last_img read more

Office of the Registrar tests new registration planning tool

first_imgThe Office of the Registrar is testing a new class registration tool — ND Academic Planner — that will be available to students during course registration for the Fall 2018 semester. The tool is intended to simplify the process of searching for courses, planning schedules and registering for classes.The Office of the Registrar collaborated with student government to create the planner and is receiving feedback from a group of around 40 students who are testing the tool during this semester’s registration process. University registrar Chuck Hurley said planners such as Coursicle and Schedulizer inspired the tool during the design process.ND Academic Planner’s uniqueness, Hurley said, lies in its integration with Banner, Notre Dame’s registration program.“[We] wanted to build something that was actually integrated with Banner because students will go to Coursicle and then they’ll have to print it out or write it down,” he said. “This will help students into all of our Notre Dame data there. So we’re really optimistic about it.”Senior associate University registrar Amika Micou said the integration with Banner is tool’s most popular feature thus far.“That always gets a round of applause the first time someone sees it,” she said. “I think it’s the thing that we’re doing that nothing else is or can do. So they’re very excited about that, and the whole planning side of it is something that we’ve heard is missing from the tools that we’re providing them now.”This integration with Banner will allow students to add entire schedule plans to their official schedules with two clicks, Hurley said.“Basically, instead of typing in the five CRNs or searching and then clicking on ‘add’ and things like that, it would allow you to apply these plans [as a whole],” he said.With the new planner, students will be able to search for courses by attributes such as subject, requirement or professor and add them to a potential schedule, which includes a visual representation of the schedule plan. Students can create up to five hypothetical plans, a number Micou said came out of discussions with students about the tool.“That was a discussion point,” she said. “So every time we had these small groups with student government, we said, ‘What number seems about right?’ Because we all agree that if you get too many out there it gets overwhelming, and five just seemed about right for them. It’s not too many, not too little.”However, Hurley stressed that creating these plans does not automatically register students for classes.“One of the keys, though, is that students still need to understand they would still need to go in at their time ticket and register,” he said. “Creating a plan does not automatically register a student for classes. It’s no different than looking up classes in class search right now, or going to Coursicle, or Schedulizer or something like that and creating some test plans. … Classes will be full, things like that, but it integrates the planner with registration.”Hurley said the creation ofND Academic Planner was largely student-guided. The Office of the Registrar tried to incorporate student requests into the planner.“We started kind of with a blank slate and said … ‘If you could wave a magic wand, what would you want to build plans in registration?’” he said.Tags: NOVO, Office of the Registrar, registration, Schedules, University Registrarlast_img read more

J-D/CBA’s Dekaney qualifies for state diving meet

first_imgElsewhere, Nate Wales went 5:29.83 in the 500 freestyle over Luke Marino’s 5:52.44 after he had finished second (1:56.77), just behind C-NS’s Logan Petralia (1:56.44), in the 200 freestyle.Nathan Chen, third in the 100 butterfly, triumphed in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.68 and, paired with Wales, Conlan Rourke and Peter Hatton, won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:36.50.On his own, Rourke earned second place in the 50 freestyle (23.56 seconds) and 100 freestyle (51.72 seconds), each time with C-NS’s Seaver Schultz finishing in front. Wales, Diel, Hatton and Ryan Brazell swam the 400 freestyle relay in 3:45.96, just behind the Northstars’ 3:44.19.Fayetteville-Manlius had two meets last week, starting last Tuesday when it ended up in a rare 93-93 tie with West Genesee.The Hornets did not win a race until the 100 butterfly, when Lucas Wieres sped to first place in 57.04 seconds. Right after, Eric Bang, in 54.84 seconds, held off teammate Ben Rabin (55.64) to win the 100 freestyle.Other than that, F-M’s lone title came in the 400 freestyle relay, F-M salvaging the tie when Bang, Wieres, Quinn Smith and Jason Porter went 3:40.10 to pull clear of WG’s second-place 3:51.94.Smith had, in 1:58.11, finished inches behind the Wildcats’ Alex Shuron (1:58.02) in the 200 freestyle and was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:17.21.Wieres took second in the 50 freestyle in 24.08 seconds to the 23.97 from WG’s Keegan Schauron, with Porter second in the 200 IM in 2:17.27.Connor Gleasman, earning 210.20 points in diving, got second place behind the Wildcats’ Justin Byrne (233.85). Richard Wan got second in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.36 as Michael Magee was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.31.Then, on Friday,  F-M beat Pulaski/Sandy Creek 90-80. This meet started with Wan, Bang, Magee and Lucas Wieres going 2:02.14 to get first place in the 200-yard medley relay.Lucas Wieres went from there to taking the 200 individual medley in 2:15.51 and going 1:02.58 in the 100 backstroke as Jason Wieres got first place in diving with 160.20 points.Porter won twice, going 2:00.93 in the 200 freestyle and 5:38.36 to beat the field in the 500 freestyle. Smith swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.10 and won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.08.Eddie Elliott went 26.59 seconds to win the 50 freestyle, Cooper Hughes beating the field in the 100 freestyle in 57.45 seconds as Bang, Magee, Carter Page and Sam Denton swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.97.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Just as important, Dekaney won by a healthy margin over Pittsford’s Daley Fraser, who was second with 522.95 points. So good was the field that the top eight finishers all earned state meet-qualifying scores.J-D/CBA did not send its swimmers to this meet, having competed eariler in the week and defeated Cicero-North Syracuse 95-88 to improve to 2-1 on the season.Dekaney won that diving competition, earning 288.40 points. Bobby Diel beat the field in the 200 individual medley in 2:17.64 and added a second title in the 100 butterfly, going 59.77 seconds to edge the Northstars’ John Harbaugh (59.82) by five-hundredths of a second. Even before 2019 ended, Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA standout Lucas Dekaney made sure that, come March of 2020, he would get a chance to compete for a state championship on the diving board.Dekaney was victorious amid a strong field at last Saturday’s Shenendehowa Holiday Invitational, one of the first large-scale meets of the winter.In his dives, Dekaney amassed a single-meet school record of 551.40 points. That put him well clear of the 450-point standard needed to qualify for the March 6-7 New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships that will take place at Long Island’s Nassau County Aquatic Center.center_img Tags: boys swimmingF-MJ-D/CBAlast_img read more

Konneh’s Declaration on GOL Office Furniture: Where Are We?

first_imgOver a year ago Finance Minister Amara Konneh made a  heartwarming declaration that lifted the spirits of Liberian furniture makers around the country.  He said the government, as a matter of priority, would make it a policy to equip all GOL offices with locally produced furniture.In a recent editorial we stated that the government, which is the biggest employer in most countries, is the one institution that lifts all boats.Just imagine what terrific impact Minister Konneh’s declaration would have had, had it been implemented forthwith.  It would have energized the nation’s carpenters and cabinet makers and got them busy planning, organizing, designing and producing every imaginable furniture piece needed in government offices   around the country.  The vocational schools, including the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), too, would have gotten into the act, and busied their students in both training and production to meet the ever growing demands.We are reminded of Minister Konneh’s declaration by our Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanue’s article on the Gompa United Wood Association (GUWA), published in our Friday, January 3 edition.  During his tour of the association’s facilities, he was impressed with their creativity and resourcefulness. The US$35,000 loan for which they applied through the Central Bank of Liberia’s loan empowerment program for Liberian businesses is shortly to be disbursed. However, the association’s leaders have gone ahead and installed an improvised wood processing facility using fuel oil to help process the wood.  Wood processing is important so that whatever furniture is produced will be long-lasting.We commend the Gompa United Wood Association for their vision and initiative and we pray that they will remain UNITED and conscientiously pursue their objectives so that their customers and the whole nation, including local customers, the banks and the Liberian government, will take them seriously.GUPA’s success will inspire other carpenters and woodworkers around the country to unite and work together to effectively implement the broad vision of turning Liberia into world-class furniture producer.Alas! We observe that GOL agencies are still advertizing bids for imported furniture.  This is why we ask, how serious has the Finance Minister taken his declaration?The naysayers will quickly dismiss the goal of locally produced furniture as another empty dream; but we say this dream is based on something concrete that we have seen, something that is being done that has promise.  Being undertaken in faraway Ganta, we feel it is important for the GOL, especially Finance Minister Konneh and his co-workers and other stakeholders, to move quickly and give encouragement to GUWA.At the policy level, the GOL should seriously consider imposing, at some appropriate point, a moratorium (halt) on imported furniture.  This could be a tangible way of encouraging local production.In addition, GOL should, as a matter of deliberate policy, work through the Ministry of Education and the Booker Washington Institute to recruit cabinet making experts from the sub-region and abroad to boost the staff BWI’s Wood Work Department.  When this is done, Liberians from all over the country could come and improve their skills on furniture manufacture.  Should this proposal be agreeable to Minister Konneh, money could be found to beef up the Department’s shop   equipment, so as to enable the trainees to leapfrog into efficient furniture manufacture. Liberia has the wood.  All we need is the training and soon, there would be no need to import furniture into Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Turkey ‘Regrets Shooting of Liberians’

first_imgThe Foreign Minister of Turkey, Professor Ahmet Daavutoglu, has expressed his government’s deepest regrets over the shooting incident involving four Liberians, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia said Monday, April 21.The incident occurred early this month in Istanbul, Turkey’s capital. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Foreign Minister, who spoke in a telephone conversation with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, said all efforts are being exerted by security forces in Istanbul to have the perpetrator arrested and brought to justice.Foreign Minister Ngafuan had earlier called his counterpart’s attention to the need for proper post-surgical medical care for the victims. Minister Ngafuan also called on his Turkish counterpart to ensure proper security for the four as well as other Liberians living in Turkey in order to avert any possible recurrence of the situation. The Liberian Foreign Minister also urged Turkish authorities to step up efforts aimed at ensuring the shooter is speedily brought to justice.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dispatched Senior Ambassador-at-Large, Marcus Kofa, to the Republic of Turkey on a special mission.  Amb. Kofa arrived in Istanbul on Sunday, April 20, and met with the victims Monday morning. Ambassador Kofa informed headquarters that arrangements have been concluded for the victims to be given continued and adequate medical attention by Turkish authorities. The Foreign Ministry release said Ambassador Kofa is now heading for Turkey’s political capital, Ankara, where he will hold talks with Turkish Government authorities on the unfortunate incident and the need to bring it to a mutually acceptable conclusion.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also announced that it is fully sponsoring the travel of one of the family members of the victims to Turkey to ascertain first hand the conditions of their loved one and to provide domestic care for them. The family member is to depart Liberia this week.It can be recalled that an unknown gunman at a coffee shop located in Sisli Mecediyeko around the Trump Tower in Istanbul, shot and seriously wounded four Liberians. The four Liberians are Bemore N. Toe, Patience Roberts, Deddeh Simmonds and Blessing Vinton.Turkey does not have a diplomatic mission, representative or Honorary Consul in Liberia at present. The Liberian Government had to send a diplomatic note to the Turkish Embassy in Accra, Ghana, seeking explanation into the shooting of Liberian citizens there.Regardless of the absence of a Turkish representative to Liberia, however, the two countries continue to enjoy some level of mutual relationship as manifested by Turkish business establishments and a school in Liberia.Some Turkish entrepreneurs early this year opened a furniture store on 23rd Street in Sinkor.  It can also be recalled that based on the kind gesture of the Turkish Government some Liberian business tycoons including Liberian Business Association president Dee Maxwell Kemayah and renowned Liberian banker and president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Francis A. Dennis, travelled to Turkey last year with others to attend a business meeting there.From the meeting, some Turkish business entrepreneurs assured their Liberian counterparts of relating to them in business venture especially in the area of Transportation.The Turkish Light International School is also located in Sinkor, Monrovia and is catering to the education needs of Liberians here.  A few years back the school took some of its Liberian students to Turkey for a visit to gain some experience in that country.There are also many Liberian students in Turkey, benefiting from bilateral scholarships in order to return to Liberia to help develop the country.F. Momolu Dorley, a former Daily Observer employee now living in Istanbul, told this paper that he and others visited the hospitals where the victims are receiving treatment. The victims told Dorley that they had been sitting in a coffee shop sipping coffee and entertaining themselves with tales just to pass off the day when a Turkish man entered and engaged the proprietor of the coffee shop in a debate. The victims, who did not speak Turkish, heard “American” multiple times in the Turkish men’s discussion. In the blink of an eye, the Turkish visitor retreated and soon returned with a gun and shot his innocent victims, who were Liberian — not American.Dorley, who speaks and writes the Turkish language, later explained the outburst based on what he gathered from the victims: “It is now established that the shooter had said ‘Amerikali gormek istemiyor,’ which translates: I do not want to see Americans!”“It is very palpable that Liberia shares many traits with America, especially the flag. However, the four victims never had anything on them that had to do with Liberia or America,” Dorley told the Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

For a dollar bill, you can get a cool AR view of life in the White House

first_imgRyan Matthew Pierson Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Tags:#1600 Pennsylvania Ave.#AR#Augmented Reality#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Nintendo#Oval Office#top#White House center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Have you ever wanted to visit the White House? A new app — created for the White House Historical Society by PTC’s Vuforia team, in coordination with Unity and Nexus Studios — hopes to give everyone that opportunity.All they need is a smartphone running iOS or Android and a single dollar bill.Upon placing the dollar bill in front of your smartphone’s camera, the app makes the bill come alive with animations. At first, the numbers start to move. Then, the White House appears right before your eyes.Marine One, the iconic helicopter that transports the President around Washington DC, lands on the White House lawn. The President gives a speech in the Rose Garden, guests roll Easter Eggs across the grass, and more.This all happens in augmented reality through the app on your smartphone.A narrated history of the “People’s House”Josh Earnest, the Press Secretary of the current Obama administration, narrates a brief history lesson about the nation’s most iconic house. He talks briefly about the importance of the White House, and its symbolic significance to the country’s history.As he narrates, you see different events occurring on screen. Speeches, seasonal gatherings, and even a thunderstorm roll through, seamlessly transitioning from one scene to another.All that is required to view the augmented reality scene is a flat surface, a smartphone, and a dollar bill. The app takes care of the rest.It’s a similar experience to the Nintendo DS’ AR Card system. It is very good at recognizing the dollar bill and leaping into action. There are some interactive elements to it, including the ability to tap (on the screen) various parts of the White House to get a glimpse inside. The Oval Office is perhaps the most interesting. If you tap the main section of the house, Secret Service agents appear on the rooftop.The app does require access to your smartphone’s camera, and you will likely be prompted to accept that access in order to access the app.1600 is available for free on iOS 8.0+ and Android 4.0+.last_img read more

NU outlasts La Salle, stays perfect

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Shin targets Solaire PH Open crown at TCC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was business as usual for Jaja Santiago, who dominated anew with 27 points for NU.“These players delivered,” said NU coach Babes Castillo in Filipino as he pointed to Santiago and setter Jasmine Nabor. “Actually the only thing I did was remind them on what they had to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLa Salle took a 12-8 lead in the fifth set, before Santiago rallied NU to match point, 14-13, with a brutal quick kill from the middle.May Luna was able to tie the set at 14-14 but Santiago once again proved her worth when she powered home Nabor’s pass for a 15-14 lead, before Aiko Urdas iced the match with a service ace. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READcenter_img PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In a showdown between unbeaten teams, National University walked away with a perfect record after outlasting defending champion La Salle, 26-24, 19-24, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs now own sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the standings with a 4-0 record, the best start in recent memory, while the Lady Spikers slipped to second at 3-1.ADVERTISEMENT Undermanned University of Santo Tomas, though, made quick work of Adamson, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, in the second game.Leaning on Cherry Rondina anew, the Tigresses improved to 2-2 and forced a four-way logjam at the third spot with the Lady Falcons, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University.Rondina led all scorers with 22 points.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

ESPN Poll LeBron James Fan Favorite More Popular Than

ESPN Poll LeBron James Fan Favorite More Popular Than

LeBron James is the most popular player in the NBA, according to the latest ESPN Sports Poll.For the first time in four years, nearly 13 percent (12.9) of NBA fans said James was their favorite player in the league this season. Of Kobe Bryant, who came in a close second, 12.5 percent of the fans said he is their favorite.The 2008-09 season was the only other time when the Miami Heat star passed Bryant as the top fan pick. The Lakers star won the honor five of six years, from 2006-07 to 2011-12.“The Decision,” a 2010 televised special in which NBA player LeBron James announced that he would switch teams, caused the recent NBA champion’s popularity to decline. In his last season in Cleveland, 15.6 percent of fans thought he was their favorite but after “The Decision” was aired, his popularity went down to 9.4 percent.James has won back-to-back NBA finals, which may have led to his current spike in popularity. read more

Police searching for a Santee man who tried to lure a young

Police searching for a Santee man who tried to lure a young

first_img Posted: March 30, 2019 SANTEE (KUSI) – A man tried to lure a young girl into his car on a Santee street earlier this week, police said Saturday.It happened Thursday evening in a neighborhood abutting Cowles Mountain, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kamon Harris.A nine-year-old girl was riding her bicycle around 6 p.m. on Poplin Drive between Organdy Lane and Big Rock Road when a man in his 60s or 70s asked her if she wanted a ride to a “game,” Harris said.The girl became scared and rode her bicycle back to her home. She was unharmed.Harris said the suspect was described as a white man with white hair, a red hat and chrome sunglasses. He was driving a two-door silver convertible with a black top — possibly a Honda.The car had a handicapped plate with the number seven in it. The rest of the license plate number was unknown. FacebookTwitter March 30, 2019 Updated: 3:30 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Police searching for a Santee man who tried to lure a young girl into his car KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more