Larval development in the Antarctic nemertean Parborlasia corrugatus (Heteronemertea: Lineidae)

first_imgEmbryonic and larval development were followed from fertilisation to settlement in the Antarctic heteronemertean Parborlasia corrugatus (McIntosh, 1876). The first cleavage occurred 10 to 15 h after fertilisation, and the second at ≃17 h. Larvae hatched at the gastrula stage, between 170 and 200 h post-fertilisation, and were ≃150 μm in diameter. Early larval stages aggregated in dense groups near the surface of incubation vessels and were positively phototactic. Early pilidium larvae were recognisable 435 h post-fertilisation. They were 155×152 μm in size, and possessed a complete apical tuft of cilia and a full marginal band of locomotory cilia. At this stage, the gust was visible through the body wall, and the mouth was open and was ≃40 μm in diameter. Late pilidia, 222×193 μm in size, were helmet-shaped. They had an apical tuft over 100 μm long, and possessed a lobed marginal band of locomotory cilia. Pilidia were observed aggregating close to the bottom of incubation vessels 1200 to 1350 h (50 to 56 d) after fertilisation, and this was interpreted as settlement behaviour. At this stage, the apical tuft had been lost and they were highly contractile, being capable of compressing their bodies. However, neither developing juveniles within the larval envelope nor hatched juveniles were observed. Pilidia consumed the microalgae Tetraselmis suecica, Thalassiosira pseudonana and Isochrysis galbana. They also fed on particulate organic material < 1 μm in size, as shown by the presence of material in the guts of larvae offered filtered extracts of algal cultures. There was some indication that larvae could use dissolved organic material, since pilidia held in seawater with organic material removed did not survive as long as those in filtered seawater or in filtered water with added amino acids. However, the only larvae to exhibit settlement behaviour in the feeding experiments were those offered Tetraselmis succica and Thalassiosira pseudonana, and these required a longer development time to reach this stage than pilidia in the standard cultures, where a mixed algal diet was offered.last_img read more

Tod Leiweke named CEO and president of Seattle Hockey

first_imgApril 11, 2018 /Sports News – National Tod Leiweke named CEO and president of Seattle Hockey FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — As the Vegas Golden Knights get ready to host the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in their inaugural season, Seattle took the next step in getting an expansion team of its own.At a news conference Wednesday, Tod Leiweke was named the CEO and president of Seattle Hockey, the group authorized to redevelop KeyArena and bring an NHL team.  “One of the great things about Seattle is the community, and the community of teams is fanatsic,” Leiweke said.Leiweke, formally the CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was most recently the COO of the National Football League before leaving in March.The project is already off to a great start, with 25,000 deposits for season tickets being placed in the first hour they were available back in March. The goal was 10,000, which was eclipsed in the first 12 minutes.“I’ve always believed in the fans in Seattle,” Leiweke said. “I’ve always believe they were different.”Leiweke’s brother, Tim, the CEO of Oak View Group, is partnered up with investment banker David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer to help make Seattle’s dream of bringing and NHL team there a reality.The Oak View Group put down a ten million dollar down payment to the NHL in February to be the team’s 32nd franchise. The NHL’s fee for Seattle to become a team is 650 million dollars, and the team hopes to be ready by the 2020-21 season.Leiweke wasted no time setting up the rivalry between Seattle and the cross-country rival Vancouver Canucks, either. We’re going to bring it,” he said. “The rivalry between these two great cities will be remarkable.”Seattle appears to be well ahead of schedule, considering when the Golden Knights ran a season-ticket drive it received 5,000 deposits in the first two days. Vegas also didn’t announce its CEO until a year before puck drop.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 1/4/19

first_img Written by Beau Lund January 5, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/4/19center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  Utah           117  Cleveland     91 Final  Minnesota      120  Orlando      103 Final  Miami          115  Washington   109 Final  Brooklyn       109  Memphis      100 Final OT  Indiana        119  Chicago      116 Final  Boston         114  Dallas        93 Final  Milwaukee      144  Atlanta      112 Final  L.A. Clippers  121  Phoenix      111 Final  N-Y Knicks     119  L.A. Lakers  112 Final  Oklahoma City  111  Portland     109NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final  Pittsburgh   4  Winnipeg      0 Final OT  Detroit      4  Nashville     3 Final  Carolina     4  Columbus      2 Final OT  Dallas       2  Washington    1 Final SO  New Jersey   3  Arizona       2 Final  Colorado     6  N-Y Rangers   1 Final  Vegas        3  Anaheim       2 TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  (20) Buffalo   74  E. Michigan   58Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Paddy & Scott’s launches summer drinks

first_imgIndependent artisan coffee producers Paddy & Scott’s has launched a range of summer drinks.The Suffolk based coffee company has created a summer iced coffee and mango and lime summer smoothie.The iced coffees are a blend of the company’s signature slow roasted coffee with natural vanilla flavouring, milk and ice.The smoothies are made using natural seasonal fruit flavours and are available in mango & lime, strawberry and blackberry.Gareth Davies, director of quality assurance and training at Paddy & Scott’s said: “We understand the importance of consumer needs and trends and so with the summer fast approaching we realise that consumers will be wanting a range of refreshing iced drinks.”Building on the success of our key brands we decided to create these new flavour extensions to appeal to the British consumer who are looking for a lighter, fresher drink to enjoy in the summer months. We also wanted a range of drinks that are just amazing, which we have achieved.”last_img read more

Fans make a day of it

first_imgThe morning of the legendary Harvard-Yale football game, better known as The Game, the sun’s rays illuminated the chilly faces of the fans from both the Harvard and Yale communities.By 10 a.m. they had rolled into the parking lots surrounding Harvard Stadium and set out elaborate tailgate feasts. The aroma of roasted chicken, barbeque ribs, and sausages wafted through the air. Alumni from the classes of decades past greeted each other warmly with big hugs.Flags and footballs Bill Markus ’60 strolled proudly through the tailgating party, waving the pride of Harvard’s “most loyal fan” — the Little Red Flag of 1884. The tradition was started by Fredrick Plummer, Class of 1888, who brought it to 59 consecutive Harvard-Yale games. As the official flag bearer, Markus travels from his home in Pittsburgh to attend every game.Bob Shaunessy ’59 (from left) was the captain of the 1958 team. He is famous for two things at his tailgate site: his ’58 team ball and his scotch. Joining him were Gary Froid ’59 and Jack Mohan. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerBob Shaunessy ’59 was the captain of the 1958 team. He is famous for two things at his tailgate site: his ’58 team ball and his scotch.This year, however, he left the ’58 football at home. It seems it had become so popular that someone thought it would be fun to take it for a running drive down the tailgating lane, only to be tackled by shocked onlookers.Shaunessy now brings a faux ball, which springs open into a chocolate-filled candy dish.Attending his 73rd Harvard-Yale game, Dick Bennink ’38, stood and waved the “Flag of the Most Harvard-Yale Games of Anyone Alive.” Now 95, his daughter, Nancy, drives him down from New Hampshire. (He grew up in Cambridge on Fresh Pond Lane.) Sitting proudly in the stands with him were also his son, Rick, and his granddaughter, Margaux. Margaux wore a necklace with the little silver football Bennink had received when his JV team beat Yale back in ’37.Dick Bennink ’38 waved the “Flag of the Most Harvard-Yale Games of Anyone Alive” as he attended his 73rd Harvard-Yale game. His daughter, Nancy, and son Rick joined him in the tradition. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerFriends, fans, and musicWalking around the grounds, the thumping of the New Orleans-style sounds of the Hot Tamale Brass Band drew people into the Sigma Chi tent on the outdoor track.As the band marched out, the disc jockey stepped up and the crowd went Gangnam Style as a hundred students danced in the unofficial fraternity’s tent.Joshua Getega ’16, in full Crimson attire, attended The Game with his friend Javan Oluock ’16 of Yale. Both were friends at home in Kenya and while Getega was confident Harvard would beat Yale today, Oluock insisted Yale would win. “We’re transient enemies, just for this game,” Getega said with a smile.Students wore their thoughts on the topic as well, with Harvard T-shirts that read, “No one ever says ‘When I grow up I want to go to Yale’.”Navy Lt. Danielle Thiriot Huber ’07, who piloted an F/A-18E Super Hornet jet that flew over Harvard Stadium, walked with President Drew Faust. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerOne young woman had an intricate Yale insignia on her face, and when asked if it was painted, she replied, “No, it’s a temporary tattoo.” Asked if she would get a real one, she laughed and said, “I’m loyal, but I’m not that loyal.”Even as the party continued, students began to make their way back to the stadium, which by the second quarter was filled with more than 30,000 people. With a game that toggled between teams, Harvard and Yale fans exchanged loud groans and moans that would roll out from one side of the stadium, while cheers and whoops came from the other side. At the end of the second quarter it was 3-3.Jubilant fans from Dorchester and Southie got their hands on Yale’s fourth-quarter field goal ball that was kicked into the Field Club area of the end zone. Brendan Donovan, 12 years old, and his brother Timmy, 10, both got to touch the game ball. “I’m gonna play for Harvard,” Timmy declared. “Because Harvard is better and smarter than Yale.”Cameron Brate ’14 received a well-deserved hug at game’s end. Brate scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhat an ending“Let’s go Harvard!” resonated through the stadium, and with just a few minutes left Harvard took the lead.As the sun’s last rays shone down on the field, the Dropkick Murphys played on the speakers, and with just over a minute left, Harvard ran 63 yards for a touchdown, and the screams of victory hailed up over Allston as Harvard won, 34-24.As the huge Harvard banner was paraded in the end zone, the team’s cheerleaders did 34 push-ups.Harvard fans, students, and alumni then rushed from the stands to the 10-foot-tall sidewall above the field. One man pitched his crutches over first before dropping down himself.And so the sun set on another Harvard victory.Harvard’s cheerleaders did 34 push-ups to celebrate the winning score. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Parents Weekend through a freshman’s eyes

first_imgHunched over my laptop at my desk, several stories above Prescott Street, the pressure was on. Juxtaposing “Silent Spring” and “The Revenge of Gaia” for my expository writing class may have been important, but by 5:45 p.m. on that Friday, a new priority had come to town (literally) — my parents! A text saying, “We’re here!” marked the start of Freshman Parents Weekend 2014 earlier this month.I had pictured the weekend (Nov. 7-8) as full of relaxed family meals, friend-to-parent introductions, and united cheering as the Harvard football team faced Columbia to defend their undefeated record. Secretly, I hoped my mom might help return my dorm room to its move-in condition and restock my almost-bare refrigerator. Regardless, the paper stood between me and two celebratory days in which I hoped to pack in The Harvard Experience. Upon further thought I realized maybe I was showing them The Real Harvard Experience … sitting at my desk writing a paper while longing for a steak dinner!I read the text message, and calculated how much longer the paper might take. I was surprised by a knock on my door. It was the first time I had seen my parents since move-in day. My father had a huge box in his arms, my mom had her arms extended for a much-needed hug. After almost three months on my own, the familiar smell of my mom’s perfume and timbre of my father’s fading Minnesota accent made me feel truly at home — even in my dorm.As I hugged my dad, in my peripheral vision I saw my mom stripping my bed and opening the big box, which contained an egg-crate Tempur-Pedic mattress pad. Minutes later, as I talked with my father, my mom changed out summer clothes for sweaters and jeans. Reveling in that familiar warmth, I tried to escape the nagging reality of my unfinished paper. My mom could read the situation on my face, and without a word from me, she made an excuse that she was tired from the drive, and my father gathered up the out-of-season clothing and left me to my work.Working through 11 p.m., with a short break to meet up with my friend and her parents, I finally finished for the night and sprinted through the unseasonably cold night to my parents’ hotel. As I walked through the door to 702, I felt more like I was walking back into my parents’ bedroom. I settled down among the extra pillows with my mom, and Bravo on the TV. It was then I realized that even though I was happy in my life as a Harvard freshman, I still relished my parents’ unconditional love. My mother had booked a room with two queen beds, giving me the option to stay with them for the night. After a dessert from room service, I fell asleep at the “early” hour of 12:20 a.m.The rest of the weekend was a blur of introductions, apparel-buying binges, Vietnamese food, and Harvard football cheers. In retrospect, the activities were less important than the fact that I finally had the opportunity to share my Harvard life with my parents. The ringing phone at 8 a.m. Sunday served as my alarm, alerting me that my parents were at the front door of my dorm. Letting them in, I was awake enough to realize how quickly two days could pass. They were already leaving town, and it felt as though they had just arrived. The feelings of move-in day returned — sadness that my parents were leaving, but satisfaction that I was truly happy in my life at Harvard. I thanked my parents for their help, as well as for the impossibly comfortable mattress pad, and hugged my dad. As he walked toward the door, I hugged my mom, who whispered into my ear, “I’ll make an appointment for your haircut over Thanksgiving!” And they were gone.Matthew DeShaw is a freshman living in Hurlbut Hall. He will write an occasional column about his experiences as a member of Harvard’s Class of 2018.last_img read more

We’re Now Accepting Bitcoin on Dell.com

first_img[UPDATE 10/19/17] Due to low demand, Bitcoin is no longer available as a form of payment. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. You can still complete your purchase through a number of alternative payment options such as PayPal, all major Credit Cards, and Dell Financial Services.Now you can buy digital with digital – starting today, we’re accepting bitcoin on Dell.com.We’re piloting bitcoin, the world’s most widely used digital currency, as a purchase option on Dell.com for consumer and small business shoppers in the U.S. We’re excited to bring you the choice and flexibility this payment option offers and have partnered with Coinbase, a trusted and secure third party payment processor, to make this possible.I’m excited to share in the coming days we’ll be offering a special Alienware promotion wherein customers can save 10 percent off a new Alienware system purchase (up to $150 limit) when checking out with bitcoin. Stay tuned to Dell.com/bitcoin for more information on this exciting offer.When you are ready to make a purchase, simply add the items to your cart and choose Bitcoin as the payment method. Checkout our special video guide on Dell.com/bitcoin to see the bitcoin payment process in action.We are moving more quickly to meet your needs. In fact, we were able to work with Coinbase to integrate bitcoin payment in just 14 days!“We’ve fostered a close partnership with the Dell team and that’s been instrumental in getting the Coinbase integration up and running in such a short timeframe. We look forward to continuing to support the team as they explore other ways to offer even more functionality when it comes to bitcoin payments,” said Fred Ehrsam, Co-Founder of Coinbase.We know you have some questions. We’ve tried our best to answer some of them below, but if you have others, be sure to check out the Terms & Conditions and our FAQ, or feel free to leave them in the comments below.So just what is Bitcoin?Bitcoin is a distributed peer-to-peer network offering a payment system based on  a completely digital currency. Bitcoin payments can be made easily from anywhere in the world, and offer reduced payment processing costs. Bitcoins can be transferred instantly and securely between any two people in the world.We have teamed with Coinbase to handle the processing of Dell.com transactions on the bitcoin network. Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is an international digital wallet that allows you to securely buy, use, and accept bitcoin currency. Many other companies such as Overstock and Expedia are already using Coinbase to accept bitcoin.How do I get started with bitcoin?To acquire bitcoin, you’ll need to create a bitcoin wallet on a site such as Coinbase. This is the account from which you can send and receive bitcoin. Once you have a wallet, you can purchase bitcoin from Coinbase directly. Bitcoin can also be mined, though this requires high levels of processing power. This is something Dell Services customer Bitcoin ASIC Hosting found to be true, and is why they partnered with us to provide a large scale and high density crypto-currency hosting facility available to the Bitcoin mining community.The process of selecting products and services on Dell.com remains the same for bitcoin users as for everyone. Once your selections are made and you are ready to make a purchase, simply add the items to your cart and choose bitcoin as the payment method. You can send payment from your bitcoin wallet by using the generated bitcoin address, by scanning the QR code from your smartphone, or by using a Coinbase account.You can use bitcoin to purchase any products on Dell’s consumer, EPP or small/medium business sites in the U.S.  Bitcoin will only be accepted online at the point of sale, not on existing invoices.Didn’t Dell already accept Bitcoin?While it was noted earlier this year that you could purchase Gyft cards with bitcoin and use those to shop on Dell.com, we are now pleased to accept bitcoin as a direct payment option via Coinbase.Wasn’t Dell Security warning about Bitcoin malware earlier this year?Our SonicWALL researchers did observe an increase in bitcoin mining botnets in our 2013 Threat Report. However, bitcoin adopters can take precautions to ensure security. We’ve enlisted Coinbase, one of the most secure, reputable and widely used bitcoin platforms in North America to help with this. Information on their security protection can be found here.[UPDATE 7/20/14]Based on feedback from one of our commenters below, here are some additional precautions bitcoin adopters can take for security:Dell SecureWorks’ BitCoin security experts Joe Stewart, director of Malware Research for the CTU, and Pat Litke, CTU security researcher, recommend:Use a non-web-based wallet, always back up and encrypt your wallet, and ensure that the machine that is used to store the bitcoin wallet is malware free. After all, all other precautions are for naught if the machine is compromised by malware.Consider using open-source and trusted wallet software (Electrum, Armory) – Use only in deterministic mode.If holding a large sum of currency, consider moving the majority of it over to a cold-storage wallet. When access to those funds is needed, move them back to your “hot” wallet where they can then be spent.[UPDATE 7/24/14]Our Alienware promotion mentioned above is now live! You can now save 10 percent (up to $150 limit) when checking out with bitcoin. The discount will apply to all Alienware computer purchases and select Alienware accessories purchased. The total amount of the discount will be noted during checkout when purchasing with bitcoin. Here’s a sample of what the would look like:[UPDATE 7/24/14] Note: This Alienware promotion ends August 14, 2014.last_img read more

NDSP reports robbery on campus

first_imgAt about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, three men in a silver sedan approached a Notre Dame student on campus, demanded the student get in the car, took the student to an off-campus location to withdraw cash and robbed the student, according to an email from NDSP on Saturday afternoon.The student was approached on Notre Dame Ave. between the Morris Inn and Holy Cross Dr., the email stated. Following the incident, the three perpetrators returned the student to campus.“One of the men got out of the vehicle and instructed the student to come with them,” the email stated. “They demanded money and took the student to a gas station and a grocery store so he could get cash for them. They then brought the student back to campus.”According to the email, the student did not see any of the men carrying a gun, but it was implied they were armed.“The suspects were described as three black males wearing dark clothing,” the email stated. “They had no facial hair or visible marks or tattoos. One of the men had dreadlocks. One of the men was about six feet tall, medium build. All three appeared to be between 20-23 years old.”The email reminded students they should travel in groups and use safe transportation options such as licensed taxis or the Transpo bus system.last_img read more

Sievewright: Digital dominance to continue

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Payments expert Mark Sievewright outlined the latest trends in the payments space during a breakout session at the PSCU Member Forum Thursday in Austin, Texas.Among the biggest trends is the continued shift toward digital dominance in the consumer world, as evidenced by the growth of companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Walmart.Amazon and Walmart have each sought to entrench themselves in consumers’ lives with different strategies, says Sievewright, founder of Sievewright & Associates.“Amazon has set the standard for consumer experience, but at the same time they’ve invested in bricks and mortar and they’re looking to leverage that,” he says.Meanwhile, Walmart is blending digital technology with its brick-and-mortar presence. continue reading »last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Creating beneficial lease agreements

first_imgIn just the past few years, I have seen several credit unions reprioritize their delivery focus from branches to digital, particularly in the areas of mortgage, auto and business lending. These changes are increasing growth and profitability by substantially reducing operating cost, and the evolution is not likely to stop. This means we need to be as flexible as possible. Leasing rather than owning branches seems to make sense for all but the most stable, profitable locations.The first lease acquisition step is to determine a location and size based on your strategic business and marketing plan and projected shifts in delivery priorities over the next five to 10 years. Then select a real estate agent that is going to help you find the right site rather than just the most available location. Your work together will result in selecting a site, sending a letter of intent with your initial offer and completing the lease. Below is a list of key points to consider as you negotiate the lease:Is the space calculation based on BOMA measurements to ensure you are paying for the right square footage? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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