Previously unknown invasive marine species found in Ketchikan

first_imgEnvironment | SoutheastPreviously unknown invasive marine species found in KetchikanOctober 17, 2018 by Leila Kheiry, KRBD-Ketchikan Share:This converted PDF from a paper published in Bioinvasions Records shows organisms found during a study of marine invasive species in the Ketchikan area. The images labeled A and B are of the new species, previously not seen in Ketchikan. (Image used with permission from Gary Freitag)With the help of area volunteers, a team of researchers has identified a previously unknown invasive marine species in Ketchikan. The invertebrate has never before been seen this far north.Bugula neritina is a tiny moss-like bryozoan made up of purplish skinny branches. The filter feeder was among many creatures found growing on several hundred special panels that had been submerged in harbors around Ketchikan.Unlike the other organisms found, though, Bugula neritina had not been seen before in Southeast Alaska. The bryozoan became the subject of a peer-reviewed article published recently in the academic journal, Bioinvasions Records.One of the authors was Gary Freitag, Alaska Sea Grant’s marine advisory agent in Ketchikan.Invasive species are always a concern and something to keep an eye on. But Freitag said, for the moment, the newly identified species, and other invasive marine species are not a huge problem in the Ketchikan area.They could become a problem later.“Invasive species have a habit of lying dormant for long periods of time once they’re introduced to an area,” he said. “But when the conditions get perfect, they can expand very rapidly. It’s very common for them to do that.”And a changing climate could prompt such an expansion.The new marine invasive species now joins others that were already known to be in Southeast Alaska. Those are all tunicates, or sea squirts.A different kind of invasive species Freitag has been watching for is the European Green Crab.“We still have not found one here. We hopefully will never find them,” he said. “That’s another species we don’t think can propagate here because the temperature is just a little bit too cool. But one degree might be enough to cause an issue.”Freitag said invasive species compete with indigenous species for resources, or even eat indigenous species; and there often is a lack of predators to help control those introduced organisms.“Things are used to eating certain things and go after those. When they see something new that’s not from this area, they tend to ignore it,” he said.Invasive marine species often are brought in by boats traveling up and down the coast. Freitag said cleaning a boat’s hull and all the nooks and crannies creatures can hide in will help stop, or at least slow, the spread of invasive organisms.It’s important to know what’s out there, which makes the scientific study so valuable. Freitag said the research team was in Ketchikan as part of a larger study of marine organisms.“And they were looking at diversification of organisms, which is what kinds of organisms, how many of the different species, occur at different latitudes,” he said. “This was a National Science Foundation project that spanned over latitude. They went from Panama to Mexico to California to Alaska.”That team comprised scientists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center – which Freitag worked with previously – as well as Temple University and University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Local high school and university students also were involved.Here’s a link to the published study. Share this story:last_img read more

The New Trader Joe’s in West Hollywood Will Open on March…

first_imgFood & DrinkUncategorizedThe New Trader Joe’s in West Hollywood Will Open on March 31May the parking gods smile on us allBy Joe Donatelli – March 7, 20171062ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt really was the best Trader Joe’s. The Movietown Plaza Trader Joe’s on Santa Monica (with the old-timey movie motif and parking spaces for miles) closed back in 2013, leaving a gaping hole in a deeply Trader Joe’s-loving part of town. (The staff at the store were neighborhood celebrities.) For four long years the citizens of eastern West Hollywood have trekked to lesser Trader Joe’s stores to purchase affordable wine and frozen orange chicken. But it wasn’t the same.Well, good news. According to Trader Joe’s: On March 31, 2017, at 8 a.m., West Hollywood gets its TJ’s back at the same location (7310 Santa Monica Boulevard, between Fuller and Poinsettia), which is now a mixed retail-residential complex called Avalon. Via the company: “Trader Joe’s is dropping anchor in West Hollywood, California! We’ve consulted our maps and compass and have found a terrific location for a store. Please join Captain Tim and Crew for the Grand Opening Celebration!” We don’t know much more about it at the moment other than thank God it’s about damn time.RELATED: In Defense of Trader Joe’s Parking Lots TAGSTrader Joe’sPrevious articleThis Thai Restaurant Is Worth the Triple-Freeway Drive to MalibuNext article100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los AngelesJoe Donatelli RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Community Calls for Compassion as the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s Reopens TodayI Live in Los Angeles and Everything You Assume About Me Is TrueTrader Joe’s Now Has a Podcast—and It Even Addresses the Parking Lot Issuelast_img read more

City triumphs in marathon

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News / Port-Liner launches first emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways

first_img Port-Liner is to roll-out the first fully electric, emission-free barges in Europe.Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Rotterdam ports will host the new vessels, capable of handling 24-280 20ft containers, from August.The launch follows a sizeable investment in the technology by the European UnionA spokesperson for Port of Antwerp confirmed to The Loadstar it had added €200,000 to the EU €7m subsidy as part of a wider initiative to improve port efficiency.Operators in Antwerp are expecting five of the new barges in August, with six larger vessels – capable of carrying 280 containers – due later in the third quarter.They will operate between De Kempen intermodal terminal in South Netherlands and Antwerp, and are expected to remove 23,000 trucks from the roads annually.Chief executive of Port-Liner Ton van Meegen told The Loadstar the barges would be the first in the world to sail on carbon-neutral batteries, adding that the smaller ones could handle more containers, but low bridges in Belgium and the Netherlands prevented this.He said: “There are some 7,300 inland vessels across Europe and more than 5,000 of those are owned by entrepreneurs in Belgium and the Netherlands. We can build upwards of 500 a year, but at that rate it would take some 50 years to get the industry operating on green energy.”What makes Port-Liner’s vessels unique is housing the battery in a container that can be stored on any vessel.“This allows us to retrofit barges already in operation, which is a big boost for the industry’s green energy credentials,” said Mr van Meegen. “The containers are charged onshore by carbon-free energy provider Eneco, which sources solar power, windmills and renewables.” By Alexander Whiteman 08/01/2018last_img read more

Pharmalittle: Experts say wait-and-see about Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine; J&J will stop selling talc products in the U.S.

first_img Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints By Ed Silverman May 20, 2020 Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? Log In | Learn More Pharmalot center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalittle: Experts say wait-and-see about Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine; J&J will stop selling talc products in the U.S. [email protected] GET STARTED @Pharmalot Hello, everyone, and welcome to the middle of the week. Time flies when you are … quarantined? Well, so much in life is a matter of perception, yes? Nonetheless, you have made it this far, so time to celebrate with a delicious cup of stimulation. Our choice today is vanilla caramel cream. One can never be too sweet, after all. Please feel free to join us. Meanwhile, here is the latest menu of tidbits to get you going. Hope your day is productive and safe. And as always, please do keep in touch. …Heavy hearts soared with news the Moderna (MRNA) Covid-19 vaccine candidate — the frontrunner in the U.S. market — seemed to generate an immune response in Phase 1 trial subjects. Its market cap surged to $29 billion, an astonishing feat for a company that currently sells zero products. But was there good reason for so much enthusiasm? Several vaccine experts told STAT that, based on the information made available by the company, there is really no way to know how impressive — or not — the vaccine may be. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags biotechnologycancerlegallast_img read more

Laois GAA LOETB Centre of Excellence to be officially opened

first_imgThe new complex consists of modern dressing rooms, with shower and ice bath facilities, physio and medical rooms, kitchen and catering facilities, meeting and storage rooms and fully equipped gym and hall area, which will be also disability friendly.Members of the Coaching and Games staff will highlight the work they are implementing, while light refreshments will be served afterwards. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter GAA The Centre of Excellence will provide a practical and real assistance to the great work that is going on in Coaching and Games development at County and Club level.It is envisaged that these facilities will prove an important part of the vision that is being put in place to help achieve football and hurling success for the County.In April of last year, Laois and Offaly Education and Training Boards (LOETB) was announced as the main sponsor of the Centre of Excellence for a three-year term.Pitch 1 is now known as ‘Michael Holohan Field’ after the rights were sold to the owner of two companies for the next three years.The field is sponsored by Trivium Vet and Q1 Scientific, two companies associated with Tom Brennan from Clough-Ballacolla.SEE ALSO – Local group climb Ireland’s highest mountain for two great reasons WhatsApp Laois GAA are rolling out the red carpet for the official opening of the LOETB Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise on Wednesday, August 7 at 8pm.Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael, John Horan, will be conducting the official opening of the complex.A tour of the new facilities will be available to all guests prior to the opening from 7pm. Laois GAA LOETB Centre of Excellence to be officially opened Twitter Pinterest GAA Pinterest Previous articleThose dreaded words, ‘subject to funding’Next articleLaois camogie player brings her beloved national sport to Uganda Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Home Sport GAA Laois GAA LOETB Centre of Excellence to be officially opened SportGAA TAGSCentre of Excellence By Siun Lennon – 2nd August 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

TSX poised to open lower

The Toronto stock market headed for a negative open Thursday as worries about Europe’s banks discouraged buying and pushed commodities lower. A flight to the safe-haven status of the U.S. dollar pushed the Canadian dollar down 0.49 of a cent to 98.29 cents US. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Keywords Marketwatch Related news Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter U.S. futures were lower with the Dow Jones industrial futures down 60 points to 12,296, the Nasdaq futures lost 10 points to 2,318.8 and the S&P 500 futures declined 7.9 points to 1,265.1. European worries were front and centre amid concerns that banks will struggle to raise much-needed new capital. Trading in UniCredit SpA, Italy’s largest bank, was suspended for the second day running Thursday after shares tumbled further in the wake of a heavily-discounted share offering. UniCredit is trying to raise €7.5 billion to meet new European requirements for banks to shore up capital reserves. In Spain, the new conservative government said it expects the country’s banks to come up with additional provisions of up to €50 billion, which amounts to four per cent of Spain’s Gross Domestic Product, in extra provisions on bad property assets. There were also concerns that the debt crisis is testing confidence in even the region’s biggest economies. France’s borrowing rates rose slightly in a bond auction on Thursday as investor demand eased. The majority of bonds sold Thursday were 10-years, which markets eye as a benchmark of investor confidence. Demand for them surpassed the supply but was considerably less than at an auction in December. The yield or interest rate on the 10-years was 3.29%, up from 3.18% last time. In total, €4.02 billion were sold. European government bond auctions used to be routine affairs. But investors have been demanding higher yields as markets grow increasingly impatient at the failure of eurozone leaders to come up with a convincing fix for the debt crisis. Countries that cannot raise money at reasonable rates at such sales must be rescued with bailout packages, and investors have grown concerned in recent months that even countries in the so-called European “core” could join that club. The latest flight from risk sent oil and metal prices lower. The February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 55 cents to US$102.67. The March copper contract on the Nymex dipped three cents to US$3.40 a pound. Bullion also stepped back with the February contract in New York down $2.10 to US$1,610.60 an ounce. European markets were firmly in the red with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.51%, Frankfurt’s DAX slipped 0.76% and the Paris CAC 40 lost one per cent. Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.8%, South Korea’s Kospi index lost 0.1% while Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gave up 1.1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.5%. Mainland China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost one per cent to 2,148.45, its lowest level in almost three years. The Shenzhen Composite Index lost 3.5% as more than 100 companies plunged to the daily limit of 10%. In corporate news, First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM) will be in focus after the Vancouver miner said it is selling its mines in Congo and settling legal claims for US$1.25 billion. The company said Thursday it had struck a deal with with Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. PLC to dispose of its residual claims and assets in the Kolwezi tailings project, and the Frontier and Lonshi mines and related exploration interests. Australia-listed PanTerra Gold Ltd. has made an all-stock takeover offer for Vancouver-based Novus Gold Corp. (TSXV:NOV), which has two highly prospective copper and gold concessions in the Dominican Republic. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March read more

Commodity prices moved lower in January

Commodity prices dropped 1.7% in January compared to the prior month but remained 2.5% above where they stood a year earlier, thanks to a steady rise in the price of oil, according to Scotiabank’s commodity price index. The monthly report has been rebalanced to account for a rise in the prominence of oil and gas in the Canadian commodity market, the bank said Tuesday. Keywords Commodities Under the new model, oil and gas were actually primarily responsible for a drop in prices between December and January, though they remained higher overall compared to a year earlier. The oil and gas price index dropped 2.9% month over month. Light, sweet crude oil prices at Edmonton and Western Canadian Select heavy oil at Hardisty, Alta., inched down in January and crude prices in Western Canada dropped sharply in early February due to an unscheduled outage at a Whiting, Ind., refinery temporarily cut demand. “Space on some pipelines has been apportioned for March shipments, partly reflecting inadequate export pipeline capacity to the U.S. and Asia to handle Canada’s growing oil production — also leading to unusually wide discounts for both light, synthetic crude and WCS relative to WTI,” said Scotiabank commodity specialist Patricia Mohr. “World oil prices continue to climb — with Brent currently at US$126 per barrel and WTI oil at $108 — amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and the likely loss of some Iranian crude to world markets. As a result, we have upwardly revised the average price forecast in 2012 for Brent to US$125 and for WTI oil to US$110.” Metal and minerals prices fell 1.8% between December and January. While base metal prices rallied in general, copper eased back to US$3.83 per pound late in the month and spot uranium prices remained low at an average US$52 per pound. The second-ever rebalancing of the Scotiabank index sees an increased weighting on oil and gas, which now account for 39.9%, compared to a previous 16.6%. The weighting of forest products was dropped to 14.7% from 39.8%. The weighting for metals and minerals moved up to 30.1% from 26.8%, while the agricultural index was relatively unchanged at 15.3% compared with 16.8%. As recovery gains traction, Fitch forecasts higher metals prices Moody’s expects metals to stay pricey in global recovery Commodities “supercycle” likely not in the cards: TD Related news IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Canada’s economy to improve in 2014: Conference Board

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canada’s recovering economy hit a major pothole Friday with a manufacturing report showing activity in the country’s factories slumped 2.4 per cent in April, the worst decline in almost four years. As well, Statistics Canada said the sector suffered an even worse March than previously reported, with sales falling by twice as much as the original 0.3-per-cent estimate. The double-whammy constitutes a major setback to an economy that had been thought to performing better than expected, given the strong 2.5 per cent growth spurt in the first three months of the year, strong housing starts, and the 95,000 new jobs created in May. Analysts said the manufacturing data likely signals a return to the previous expectations of a weak first half to the year, with the pace picking up toward the latter part of 2013. The Conference Board of Canada released a new outlook Friday morning in line with the scenario. It says the economy will likely be receiving a boost from stronger U.S. demand for Canadian products, but that won’t be felt until 2014. In the updated forecast, the Ottawa-based think-tank estimates Canada’s growth rate at 1.8 per cent this year, the same as last year and four-tenths of a point below its previous call, before picking up to 2.5 per cent in 2014. That is near the Bank of Canada’s call of 1.5 per cent growth in 2013 and 2.8 per cent in 2014. “Overall, Canada’s domestic economy is not expected to muster enough strength to get growth … above two per cent this year,” said economist Pedro Antunes, the think-tank’s director of national and provincial forecasting. “The stronger pace of U.S. growth in 2014 should help lift spirits, resource prices, trade prospects and income here at home,” he added. TD Bank’s analysis also says Canada must wait until its largest trading partner to the south fully swings into growth mode before seeing any significant pick-up here. That remains a hope for the future, however. For the present, the manufacturing report constitutes a significant setback for this year, particularly in the short term. “(It’s) an upsetting report in many respects. This cools the mood a bit on Canadian fundamentals, after the robust employment and housing starts received recently,” said Jimmy Jean, an economic strategist with Desjardins Capital Markets. April’s decline was the fourth in five months. In terms of volumes, shipments are down 3.5 per cent in the past year. The drop was also broad-based, with 13 of 21 industries representing about 86 per cent of manufacturing declining, led by an 8.8 per cent slide in petroleum and coal products sales, and an 8.7 per cent fall in primary metals. Autos fell 2.2 per cent. Union economist Erin Weir of the United Steelworkers pointed out that despite reasonable growth in employment, manufacturing has shed nearly 100,000 jobs in the past year, and about 600,000 in the past decade. Weir notes that trend coincides with the appreciation of the Canadian dollar from about 65 per cent of the U.S. currency’s value to the current near-parity status. The U.S. recession and weak recovery has also kept the sector from making as strong a comeback as some others, particularly resource-based industries that are more closely tied to emerging economies such as China. “Manufacturing is the sector that is perhaps the most integrated between Canada and the United States,” he explained. “So I do think the recession in the U.S. explains a lot of the malaise to date and if the American economy picks up, that has the potential to bolster Canadian manufacturing again.” On that front, there was some encouraging news Friday. The International Monetary Fund reported the U.S. economy is on sounder footing than it was a year ago, although it expects recent tax increases and government spending cuts to shave 1.5 per cent from growth this year. Once those impacts fade later the year, the economy should start accelerating to a more healthy 2.7 per cent rate, the IMF said. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Julian Beltrame Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Keywords Economic forecastsCompanies Conference Board of Canada read more

Lower oil prices pull down TSX

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media In currencies, the Canadian dollar fell by US0.43¢ to US74.11¢, driven down by lower oil prices and a strengthening greenback. The April crude contract lost US$2.86 to settle at US$50.28 a barrel, its largest one-day drop in nine months. The slump came after the U.S. Department of Energy reported that oil reserves grew by eight million barrels last week, far more than analysts anticipated. “It is increasingly looking like U.S. production is recovering faster than expected,” says senior portfolio manager Steve Belisle, who is also a managing director with Manulife Asset Management Ltd. “They’re drilling like never before and that is bringing production back faster than expected.” The stockpile figures come a day after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said OPEC production cuts are working to bolster crude prices but it hasn’t decided yet whether it wants to extend the cutbacks beyond this summer. On Tuesday, Khalid Al-Falih told an energy conference that he is watching U.S. producers closely, acknowledging that America has offset OPEC’s cuts by pumping oil from shale formations. In November 2016, the 14-member OPEC agreed to a deal to decrease production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting in January for six months. Other non-OPEC members including Russia and 10 other nations also agreed to scale back production by 558,000 barrels a day for the same period. The move has helped lift prices, but analysts have been worried that the gains were temporary because other producers can pick up the slack. It was anticipated that it would take a while for U.S. producers to start up production again after shutting down when prices declined, Belisle says, but that has not been the case. “Production is going through the roof,” he says. “They didn’t need that much investment to jump-start production as before. That’s what has been surprising to the oil market in general.” In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 69.03 points to 20,855.73 and the S&P 500 index fell 5.41 points to 2,362.98. The Nasdaq composite index gained 3.62 points to 5,5837.55. In other commodities, April natural gas contracts were up by US8¢ at US$2.90 per mmBTU, April gold was down by US$6.70 at US$1,209.40 an ounce and May copper lost US2¢ to US$2.60 a pound. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sectorcenter_img The loonie fell to its lowest level of the year; oil prices plunged more than 5%; and Canada’s main stock index shed more than 100 points on Wednesday in what shaped up to be a disappointing day on the markets. The S&P/TSX composite index pulled back 111.80 points at 15,496.98, with energy, industrials and financials incurring the biggest losses. It’s the second day of declines for the commodities-heavy market. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Related news Canadian Press last_img read more