High genetic diversity and connectivity in a common mesopelagic fish of the Southern Ocean

first_imgMany marine pelagic fish species are characterized by subtle but complex genetic structures and dynamics, depending on the balance between current-mediated larval dispersal and adult active homing behavior. The circumantarctic continuous hydrodynamics of the Southern Ocean is a prime example of a system with a potentially great homogenizing effect among distant populations. We tested this hypothesis by analyzing the contemporary genetic relatedness among populations of a common and endemic mesopelagic fish of the Southern Ocean, Electrona antarctica. Seven newly developed species-specific microsatellite markers were used to investigate patterns of neutral genetic variation in 11 geographically widespread samples (n=400) collected between 2006 and 2007. We detected a very high level of genetic diversity, but a striking lack of genetic differentiation on a circumantarctic scale, indicating large effective population sizes complemented with high levels of admixture. These findings underscore the large scale homogenizing effect of the Southern Coastal Current, leading to a high level of connectivity of our model species in the Southern Ocean, which is congruent with its huge biomass and central role in marine food webs. As an important Antarctic marine living resource this species may as such be managed on a circumantarctic level, although the demographic stability of this stock should be estimated urgently.last_img read more

Ocean City’s Renee Tomlin Wins Triathlon in Cuba and Eyes Olympics

first_imgOcean City native Renee Tomlin defeats an international field to win a sprint triathlon Jan. 24 in Havana, Cuba. Photo credit: Calixto N. Llanes/Juventud Rebelde (CUBA) Ocean City native Renee Tomlin defeats an international field to win a sprint triathlon Jan. 24 in Havana, Cuba. Photo credit: Calixto N. Llanes/Juventud Rebelde (CUBA)A former Ocean City High School track star was among the first American athletes to compete in Cuba in 50 years.Renee Tomlin, 26, won the Habana CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on Jan. 24. She completed the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run 1:04.22.The competition in Havana was the first to include elite U.S. athletes since President Barack Obama ordered the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014.Tomlin is a 2006 graduate of Ocean City High School, 2010 graduate of Georgetown University and former member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. She spent much of her youth as a member of the Ocean City C-Cerpants Swim Club and Atlantic City Aquatic Club.“The opportunity to be an ambassador of the U.S. was one of the coolest experiences of my life, athletically and historically,” Tomlin said._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____She said that only a day after she read of the end of the 50-year embargo, her coach called to say that she and her teammates had an opportunity to compete in the historic race.Renee Tomlin (center) with USA Triathlon teammates and Cuban hosts during an ITU event in Havana, Cuba on Jan. 24, 2015.Tomlin said the Cuban people were “extremely warm and receptive,” and the Cuban athletes interacted with the Americans in a “completely natural and friendly” way. Since the competition, athletes have continued to correspond via social media.The Americans stayed at a resort, and Tomlin said the triathlon course was flat and competitor-friendly.For the 26-year-old Tomlin, the race was part of a dream to represent the U.S. in triathlon in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.After graduating from Georgetown and continuing her running career with New Jersey-New York Track Club, Tomlin competed in the 1,500-meter run at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., in June 2012, finishing ninth in a semifinal heat.Tomlin continued to compete as a runner, racing in Europe for the U.S. But after another year, she said she was ready to transition away from athletics and seek a fellowship or full-time work. She had completed a master’s degree in linguistics at Georgetown in 2013.“But in the back of my mind, I still had unfinished business,” Tomlin said.A casual call to a USA Triathlon recruiter she had first met in college led to a visit to the College Recruitment Program facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tomlin met coaches in a one-year grant program that helps groom athletes for international competition.“It was one of those moments when you realize this is the last door to open in athletics,” Tomlin said. “It’s now or never.”Tomlin trains with two other women and four men in the USA Triathlon CRP Program. Their ultimate goal is to earn enough qualifier points in a series of International Triathlon Union (ITU) events to earn a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in the 2016 Olympic Games.Tomlin said her victory in Cuba was part of the ITU “Continental Cup” series, which she characterized as “introductory level” on the world circuit. She’ll ultimately compete in higher levels and at the longer Olympic triathlon distances: 1.5-kilometer swim (.93 miles), 40-kilometer bike (24.8 miles) and 10-kilometer run (6.2 miles).She said the U.S. has a pair of exceptional triathletes in Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True. But she said the third spot on an Olympic team could be anybody’s.“I’m pretty fired up about it,” Tomlin said.Tomlin said having a foundation as a youth swimmer has been an advantage, and she said coaches like Ocean City High School’s Bob “Billy Bob” Cornell and Sid Cassidy were instrumental in her early training. She said Cassidy, a former Atlantic City Aquatic Club coach and OCBP legend, introduced her to open-water swimming.Working the Ocean City Beach Patrol and competing in run-swim events, surf dashes and working with surf boats helped give her “a strength and athleticism that a single sport can’t give you.”Ocean City High School track and cross-country coaches Kevin Greene, Trish Hopson and Bill Moreland — as they had with so many other runners — helped turn Tomlin into a state champion.  She won a state title in the 800 meters as a sophomore and added three more state titles (in the 800 or 1,600) by the time she graduated.Former champion runner Paul Minehan was another influence, Tomlin said. She ran with Minehan’s daughters and fellow state champion Brittany Sedberry.“I probably wouldn’t have even run if those guys weren’t there to encourage me to go for it,” Tomlin said. “It’s been a funny little road. You don’t realize it’s happening, and next thing you know you’re off to Cuba.”She said everybody at the Ocean City Community Center has always welcomed her when she’s in town and visiting the pool or fitness center.“It’s just nice having a good hometown support system,” she said.Tomlin was flying overseas Sunday to compete with USA Triathlon teammates in events in New Zealand and Australia.Read more:American Triathletes Excel in Historic Cuba DebutSee 2014 Rankings in the ITU World Triathlon Serieslast_img read more

A winning combination!

first_imgBy Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that focuses on business and brand development within the bakery foodservice and convenience sectors.During my time with McDonald’s, the staff were famous for asking that iconic question: “Do you want fries with that?” So very simple and yet so totally profitable. With the introduction of that phrase sales increased dramatically, as on average between 40-60% of customers said ’yes’. While this was in the early days before combo deals, it clearly demonstrates two key sales strategies suggestive selling and combining associated items.With their Food-to-Go Report 2009, our colleagues at him! confirm that 49% almost half of customers do not remember the exact price they have paid for their sausage roll, sandwich or burger as soon as they leave a food outlet. Furthermore, a staggering 80% don’t even have a specific budget in mind when they come in. So, every other customer could end up spending more in your bakery or café if you encourage them to do so with suggestive selling.Independent businesses need to translate the opportunities demonstrated by the high street chains into their operations. Three elements are key: your products, your promotion and, most importantly, how you train your staff.Bakeries and cafés can easily combine sweet pastries and hot beverages. The killer question for customers purchasing a coffee is: “Would you like something to dunk with that?” and point at a selection of doughnuts, muffins and cookies which are strategically merchandised near the counter. Up-selling is great, but making it specific and giving the customer the perfect solution is the easiest way to increase your sales.Regular staff training is a critical success factor to support them in breaking out of their regular sales routine. For starters, set aside regular times during the week or month where you focus on building your business. Incentivise them on top of their salary. Agree shift targets, measurements and even a little competition: the person who increases their sales for the day, week or month wins a shopping voucher. Remember, make it specific, realistic and measurable and, most importantly, fun. We recently launched a sales incentive campaign with a national convenience store, focusing on coffee. It’s early days, but since the launch three weeks ago, we’ve seen sales increases of 150% year-on-year.Why not try this out as an experiment and let us know how it worked for you we really want to know. You can contact us on: [email protected]last_img read more

Is Traditional IT Still Relevant?

first_imgTraditionally, IT organizations have provided infrastructure and basic support to the business as a monopoly.  We used to think of (and deliver) projects in ERP terms with complex, multiyear investments.  And, the business had little choice, but to work with us regardless of how long it would take or what it would cost.   Those days are slowly disappearing as times and technologies are changing.Today, the users of IT – the information generation – want the convenience and near instant gratification they can get elsewhere through mobility, cloud applications, software as a service and shadow IT investments.  Consequently, CIOs and IT professionals must evolve how we run IT as a business to maintain our relevance.Last month at EMC World, Joe Tucci said we must transform IT to lower costs for our existing applications and infrastructure while dramatically improving innovation, performance and reliability.  Sure, we can implement new technologies and automate and digitize business processes, but it is also critically important to strengthen our partnership with our business clients to deliver or broker contemporary IT services that unlock value.I am not alone in this view. It has been a common topic with my peers at a number of recent EMC and industry events. Here are just a few thoughts to consider as we redefine IT for the future.We must evolve from a commodity IT provider to a strategic partner for our business. Case in point, as CIO of a Fortune 500 company I don’t look for technology vendors.  I look for a partner that understands and helps me achieve my objectives by proactively recommending solutions.  Our internal clients want the same thing from us.We must change the conversation from technology speeds, feeds and features to the strategic value they will gain as a result of working with us. At EMC, we recently realigned our senior IT leaders to improve partnering with our line of business leadership.  While it is still early, this is a major step towards delivering a more contemporary IT experience for our users.We must make it easier for our clients to do business with IT. For years, we added processes, bureaucracy and budget complexity that erased our agility. As a result, to remain relevant, we now have to ask ourselves, “how can we simplify, digitize and automate our processes to deliver transparent, innovative solutions faster?”That said, transformations are never easy.  To evolve with the times and become a more client-centric, business savvy IT organization, we need to question all aspects of our technology, people and processes.  Are we continually evaluating our stack to ensure we have the most reliable, highest performing infrastructure? Are our people enabled and empowered to consult, build and sell services that deliver value for the business?  And, are we the change agents leading the charge in how we eliminate process complexity and bureaucracy using digitization and automation?   Without a doubt, refining and redefining IT is a priority for CIOs to continue helping our business to grow and prosper.  How are you evolving and enhancing your technology, people and processes to deliver a contemporary IT experience?last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Richmond, Virginia

first_imgEarlier this year Richmond, Virginia was voted a top destination by respected travel guide Frommers. It was one of only three U.S. cities to make the list, and with a little research, it’s easy to understand why. First, there’s the region’s exploding beer scene, which in recent years has swelled to over a dozen independently owned craft breweries. Then there’s the city’s rising culinary status, which features farm-to-table restaurants with authentic southern flair.But even more important is the city’s ever-growing outdoor culture, also cited by Frommers as one of Richmond’s attractions. Outdoor highlights in Richmond include paddling the James River, mountain biking the James River Park System, and road biking Riverside Drive. The area also provides access to public lands like Pocahontas State Park, Richmond National Battlefield, the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and the Appomattox River Conservation Area.Cudas_IB_0814_2Did you know? Every year from May to September, the grounds of Pocahontas State Park come alive with a lively and energetic concert series known as Pocahontas Premiers. You’ve still go time to check out the two remaining shows, which will feature a Led Zeppelin tribute band and the Richmond Symphony.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

If Big Blue can pivot, so can you

first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kent Dicken Kent is CEO / Founder of iDiz, a full-service agency focused on Branding, Websites, and Big Ideas for credit unions that want to grow. He is also one of the authors … Web: cuidiz.com Details When asked to think of an agile, design-focused business, Apple or maybe Tesla probably come to mind. IBM probably won’t – but maybe they should.Having invented everything from mag stripe cards and the ATM, to floppy disks and disk drives, UPC barcodes and SQL programming, IBM has been the prototype Big American Corporation almost since it was founded in 1911. Nicknamed “Big Blue” (some say because of its logo, others because of the corporation’s requisite dress code), IBM’s size and structure meant that their new products typically required four to five years in development — so IBM opted for many years to follow, to let other companies pioneer new markets. Their size also led to a few blind spots, including their complete miss on the growth of the personal computer in the 70s and early 80s that ended up spelling doom for their dominance in the mainframe computer market. By 1993, IBM posted an $8 billion loss — at that time the biggest in American corporate history.Fast forward to now and they are among the leaders in cloud computing, SaaS/IaaS/PaaS, cognitive computing, Internet of Things, etc., etc., and even have an artificial intelligence program named Watson that won on Jeopardy, competing against two human champs.So how did IBM make such a drastic change? They pivoted. IBM ditched their unprofitable product lines (PCs and mainframes), focused on supporting & acquiring more profitable ones, and decided to shift their corporate culture from an engineering-driven “features-first” approach to a design-focused “user-first” strategy. Since 2012 they’ve added 1300 designers and design researchers to their teams of scientists and engineers, with two-thirds of the new hires also being new grads in order to bring in fresh perspectives. Plus they will also have put 100,000 staff through some sort of design training by the end of 2016.Why?People make connections at the emotional level, and designers naturally take a more intuitive, empathetic approach to any problem, allowing them to connect with people’s feelings and concerns. By training staff how to understand these emotional connections, IBM has expanded the ways their staff can improve solutions and humanize problems. Simply put, design is now everyone’s job at IBM. And while not everyone is a designer, everyone is expected to think, work and feel like one.Now think about what this approach could mean for your credit union. A staff that focuses on humanizing problems will always have better results than one that doesn’t. Emotional connections are what good branch staff make when problem solving for your members. It’s the same connection that Marketing makes when a well-branded campaign seems to develop a life of its own, beating projected results.If you’re currently managing products and marketing based mostly on features and rates, a pivot to emotional, human-based “designer” thinking won’t be easy. But the deeper, stronger connections to your members are worth the effort.Look at it this way – if a century-old global mega-corporation can change their entire approach to business, your credit union should be able to manage it a lot quicker.last_img read more

Final phase of Gypsy Corner gets go-ahead

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Governor Wolf Announces 183 New Jobs with Expansion of Turn5 Headquarters in Chester County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Turn5, Inc., an e-commerce business, will expand operations at a new headquarters facility in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County. The company’s expansion will create 183 new jobs during the next three years.“To see a successful Pennsylvania-born company grow is a true testament to Pennsylvania’s business climate,” said Governor Wolf. “Not only is the company expanding its physical presence, it will also be hiring a significant number of new employees. This will provide jobs to Pennsylvania’s residents and further the company’s contribution to the economic well-being of the commonwealth.”Outgrowing its current headquarters in Malvern, Turn5 will lease a new headquarters facility at 600 Cedar Hollow Road, Tredyffrin Township. Turn5 plans to invest $7,906,000 in the expansion project. Additionally, the company has committed to the creation of 183 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and to the retention of 301 existing Pennsylvania employees. New employee hiring has commenced.“Andrew and I started our business in southeastern Pennsylvania—in our parents’ garage in fact—and we’ve been proud to grow here over the last 15 years,” said Steve Voudouris, CEO and founding partner of Turn5, which specializes in parts for Jeep Wranglers and Ford Mustangs. “We look forward to bringing more jobs and more economic development to the region as we continue to serve the auto enthusiast market with our phenomenal team.”Turn5 received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $45,000 in WednetPA funding for employee training, and $366,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).“As an e-commerce-based company, Turn5 has embraced technology and innovation to expand its business and provide significant job creation in Malvern,” said MaryFrances McGarrity, Senior Vice President, Business Development, CCEDC. “The IT sector is expected to remain one of the largest employers in the county, which bodes well for Turn5. We are delighted that the company has made the decision to continue its growth trajectory in Chester County.”Founded in 2003, Turn5, Inc. is an award-winning e-commerce business that provides aftermarket auto parts, content, and customer service through the two e-retail stores, www.AmericanMuscle.com and www.ExtremeTerrain.com. Turn5 job openings are available on the company’s website.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. March 30, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Announces 183 New Jobs with Expansion of Turn5 Headquarters in Chester Countylast_img read more

A Miami beachfront house sold in 5 minutes for a stellar $3.025 million

first_imgThe three-level beachfront home attracted 10 registered bidders.Professionals Mermaid Beach listing agent Cindy Katene said was there huge interest in the property.“I brought 70 groups through here, a number of those were interstate buyers,” Mrs Katene said.“There were three building inspections done on the property.” Stunning views were on offer.The home, which has been owned by a Brisbane family since it was built 10 years ago, had a crowd of about 80 people who gushed over the stunning ocean views. Owners Anthony Marsland and Marisa Zavattaro bought the property in 2001 and used it as a holiday home. Mr Henderson said the main bedroom suite on the top floor was a highlight of the home.Ocean views from the kitchen, an outdoor shower and a bunk bed with ladder access in the children’s bedroom are some of the additional features. A beachfront property at 114 Marine Pde, Miami, sold under the hammer within minutes.A SPECTACULAR three-level Miami beachfront property sold within five minutes for a red hot price of $3.025 million on the weekend.The 405sq m property at 114 Marine Pde, which sold within minutes of going under the hammer, had 10 local registered bidders.The auction kicked off at $2.7 million but was paused at $2.95 million until two bidders battled it out to the $3 million mark. It was a spectator sport as suspense settled in and paddles flew into the air. Auctioneer Justin Nickerson from Apollo Auctions called for more bids but soon announced the house sold at $3.025 million.center_img Agent Rod London speaks to bidders during the auction. Picture: Richard GoslingThe four-bedroom, three-bathroom home sold to a young couple who work in marketing but declined to be named. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe couple said they were Miami locals who had walked past the property a few times and thought it would be the perfect place to raise their third child. Ron London from London Estate Agents represented the couple and said it was their first beachfront buy.last_img read more

Large deceased estate within Brisbane’s 10km ring set for auction

first_img12, 14 and 16 Ardell St, Kenmore.A LARGE deceased estate covering 3,105sq m within the coveted 10km ring around the Brisbane CBD is among properties going to auction this weekend.The estate is made up three properties at 12, 14, and 16 Ardell Street in Kenmore – and uniquely it’s available individually or as a package.Agent Peter Newing of PRD Kenmore has the property scheduled to go to auction on site at 11am on Saturday (December 16). 12, 14 and 16 Ardell St, Kenmore.From the stairs, a hallway then passes two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes before reaching a bathroom with a separate shower and bath. Near the bathroom, a set of steps then descend to a short hallway leading to the kitchen.The third parcel of land, at 16 Ardell St, covers 954sq m and includes a single-storey residence with carpet flooring and a double carport. Entry is through a porch, with the front door opening to a hallway that leads past a bathroom with a separate shower and bath and a bedroom with built-in wardrobes. 12, 14 and 16 Ardell St, Kenmore.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoOccupying the 886sq m block at 14 Ardell St is a double-storey house with polished timber floors and a double garage with workshop.Entry to the residence is via the lower level, where a hallway leads to two bedrooms, including one with built-in wardrobes. To the opposite side of the hall is a rumpus room, while completing the level is a bathroom and a laundry with external access to a porch.At the top of the staircase to the upper level is an open-plan living and dining room with an angular ceiling that opens to a deck. 12, 14 and 16 Ardell St, Kenmore.Two more bedrooms along with a kitchen are located off a central open-plan living and dining room. All three bedrooms and the kitchen open to a covered L-shaped veranda.Completing the house are a laundry and storage room, both with external access. 12, 14 and 16 Ardell St, Kenmore.Mr Newing said the offering presented as a premium development opportunity.“Demolish and develop, reside in one premise and rent out the other, accommodate the extended family, extend and renovate, the list goes on.”Within walking distance of local shopping centres and amenities, the separate adjoining titles have dual street access from Ardell St and Moggill Rd, each with their own entrance.Spread over 1,265sq m, 12 Ardell St is mostly vacant land featuring a double garage with power.last_img read more