Mitochondrial DNA sequence evidence supporting the recognition of a new North Atlantic Pseudostichopus species (Echinodermata : Holothuroidea)

first_imgA new species of the synallactid sea cucumber genus Pseudostichopus is described, P. aemaulatus sp. nov., based on genetic (DNA sequences of the mitochondrial gene Cytochrome Oxidase I [COI] gene) and morphological characters. A comparative molecular study with two other species of the same genus (P villosus and P. mollis) and from a different: Family (Isostichopus fuscus) was carried out in order to clarify its taxonomic identity. The nucleotide distance between P. aemulatus sp. nov. and P. villosus and P. mollis is sufficient to support distinct species status. The estimated difference in the number of amino acids, coded for by a partially sequenced COI gene, within the species of the family Synallactidae ranged from 4 to 18. The phylogenetic analysis clearly supports separate species status of these sympatric morphotypes, as indicated by the morphological analysis.last_img read more

Local Woman’s Effort Bolsters Fight Against Opioid Addiction

first_imgSally Onesty, joined by her son, Zachary, during a 2017 Ocean City Board of Education meeting, continues her fight against opioid addiction following the overdose death of her son, Tyler. By Tim KellyTo understand the extent of the opioid addiction crisis in the United States, one needs only to speak to Sally Onesty.Onesty, of Ocean City, knows all too well the scope of the problem, as well as the horrors and challenges of trying to help a loved one struggle with an opioid addiction.“You want to believe (your loved one) there is not a problem,” she said in a recent interview.In many cases, however, there is a problem, and a serious one.Addiction to opioids is now so widespread there is hardly a family locally or nationally that has not been impacted by what has become a national health crisis.Onesty lost her son Tyler to addiction in March 2017, and has since become a passionate advocate in the battle against opioids.“I have an open offer to young people who are struggling that I will meet them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, no strings attached or judgments,” she said. “And quite a few people have taken me up on the offer.”For all of Onesty’s hard work and advocacy, she is just one person. However, on October 6, the third annual “Knock Out Opioid Addiction Day” will take place statewide to raise awareness and provide information and resources for those who need help and for their family members.Logo for New Jersey’s special day to raise awareness of opioid abuseThe event — a statewide initiative organized by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and other state and local organizations — will feature parents, prevention and treatment professionals, community leaders, students and concerned residents. They will share prevention information with the medical community and New Jersey residents and families to help stem the tide of overdose deaths and addiction that is ravaging New Jersey and the nation.Locally, the Upper Township-Ocean City Municipal Alliance will be distributing informational materials at high school football games around South Jersey and delivering the message to municipal employees. In Ocean City, they will be distributing the materials at the court and at the community center.“That’s a good thing, we have to start somewhere,” Onesty said. “It shouldn’t be limited to this. Repetition is what works in getting the message out and helping (young people) understand the message.”The most recent year with complete data, 2016, showed that more than 42,000 people in the United States and 2,000 people in New Jersey lost their lives from an opioid overdose, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. Provisional death counts for 2017 indicate an even higher number of drug overdose deaths, and New Jersey is on pace to have more than 3,000 such deaths in 2018.“Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day inspires residents from all walks of life and all corners of New Jersey to take action against this opioid epidemic that has caused so much tragedy in our state,” said Angelo Valente, the Partnership’s executive director.“All New Jersey citizens and healthcare professionals can be a part of the solution to this crisis by being well-informed and aware of the dangers of prescription opioids and how they can potentially lead to the use of heroin and other opioids,” Valente continued.Onesty said parents should be aware of the warning signs of opioid abuse, and to understand how quickly people can become addicted.She said her son first tried heroin at a party, and he was a full-blown addict within five days.“The party was on a Friday, and the very next day Tyler made his first purchase. He didn’t even know what it was, but he liked it and he identified with it. Within a timeframe of five days he had a $200 per day habit,” she said.According to Matt Birchenough, spokesman for the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, opioid prescription medication’s link to heroin is more than simply being a gateway drug.“Heroin is actually the same thing as opioids, chemically,” he said.This is particularly dangerous due to the cheap cost and easy availability of heroin today.“A bag of heroin can cost less than $5,” Onesty said. “That’s less than a pack of cigarettes, less than a six-pack of beer, less than a (fast food meal) costs.”Tyler Onesty, a 2012 graduate of Ocean City High School, was only 22 when he died of a heroin overdose.Onesty said her son started out smoking marijuana, which was easier to discover as a parent, and less cause for concern – she thought. However, the distinctive smell of pot soon gave way to a more understated, sweet odor which dissipated quickly and did not stick to his clothes.“We did find pieces of aluminum, with signs of something burning inside of it, which is how he was smoking it,” Onesty recalled.When the aluminum was unfolded, it carried the odor she remembered. Onesty said her son also began nodding off and falling asleep at family dinners and on car trips.The family staged an intervention and Tyler went into rehab. He wound up going back into rehab facilities three more times after that.“(Loved ones of addicts) need to understand the first attempt at rehab usually doesn’t work,” Onesty said. “Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t and don’t lose patience with the addict. Addiction is a disease.”Her son seemed to be on the road to recovery until she received a call from the manager of the sober living facility where Tyler was residing. “He told us Tyler was back using again,” she said.She soon got another call from police that Tyler had been found dead, the victim of a lethal dose of heroin mixed with fentanyl.“It doesn’t have to end that way,” she said. “There are more people in recovery today than there are addicts,” she said.Onesty also said that as the opioid crisis grew, more loved ones of high-ranking elected officials and powerful people have been affected. As a result, positive changes have taken place.“More help is available, more rehab facilities have opened, and attitudes have changed,” she said. “For example, the former ‘drug court’ in Atlantic County is now called ‘recovery court.’ A much more positive way to deal with these issues.”In the days following Tyler’s death, she took on fighting opioid addiction as her new passion. She and the family included Tyler’s cause of death in his obituary, and they put his funeral on Facebook live, where the service went viral. She went through Tyler’s phone and saw two days prior to his death, he was reaching out to others to find help for them to kick the habit.“When you put yourself out there on social media for all to see, it’s powerful,” Onesty said. “For us, it has been a very positive thing.”She also put Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day in the same category. More than 5,000 volunteers participated in last year’s event.For more information on Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, visit To learn about local volunteer activities contact Matt Birchenough of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey at [email protected] or call him at (201) 916-1032.last_img read more

Skills Academy plans push ahead

first_imgLeading figures from across the baking industry are being invited to join a representative steering group to push forward plans for a new National Skills Academy for Bakery, following a successful skills summit at the Baking Industry Exhibition last week.Justine Fosh, director of the National Skills Academy, told the One Voice for Training conference that between five and 10 bakery employers from craft, plant and the major retailers are being sought to thrash out a common path for the sector over the next two weeks. The steering group’s remit will cover training and qualification needs, long-term funding and identifying a training provider as a hub or ’champion’ of the academy, alongside other skills providers.The National Skills Academy was launched in August 2007, in a bid to support the government’s 2006 Leitch Report on skills, which threatens levies on emp-loyers if progress towards mee- ting training needs is not made.Delivering John Renshaw’s keynote conference paper in absentia, British Bakels’ MD Paul Morrow urged a unified industry-wide stance on upping skills levels. He said: “The creation of skills academies is the main opportunity for employers to grasp the agenda and demand the kind of training and skills development we feel we need in our businesses, so that no longer is our business growth restricted by skills gaps.”Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees general secretary Matthew May said maintaining the momentum would be critical to establishing the academy: “What it cannot turn into is a talking shop. If the industry agrees that is what needs to happen, we need to make it happen, and it’s a long-term commitment.”To get involved in shaping the future of bakery training, contact Justine Fosh, tel: 0845 644 0558 or email [email protected] read more

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson stepping down

first_img Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson stepping down By Darrin Wright – February 15, 2021 0 215 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook Connie Lawson (Photo supplied/Indiana Secretary of State’s office) Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is stepping down.“I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” said Secretary Lawson in a statement released this morning. “I have served with all of my heart and soul. It has been an honor to serve, but it is time for me to step down.“Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me,” she adds. “I am resigning so I can focus on my health and my family. I will work with Governor Holcomb to ensure our next Secretary of State is up to the task and has the tools and resources to hit the ground running.”Lawson was first appointed Secretary of State in March 2012 and is the longest-serving Secretary of State in Indiana history. Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Lawson served in the Indiana Senate for sixteen years and in 2006 became the first woman to serve as Majority Floor Leader in the Indiana Senate.Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the following statement:“Indiana’s own Iron Lady, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, has long defined what true public service and leadership is and ought to be all about. Throughout her time in county, legislative and statewide office, she set the standard for commitment, composure, class, and credibility.  No matter the year or issues of the day, citizens could bank on Connie Lawson leading the way and inspiring others to follow. “A trailblazer, holder of state records, even serving alongside three Governors as Secretary of State, through it all, Connie has remained universally respected by veterans and the next generation alike.“I’ll forever count myself fortunate and proud to say, ‘I served with Connie Lawson.’“And, while she’ll no longer be just down the hall from my Statehouse office, I know that she will continue to be a trusted advisor and great friend.“I wish her and her husband Jack and their entire family happy trails upon her retirement and congratulate her on her immediate induction into the Hoosier Pantheon of all-time great public servants.” Previous articleSouth Shore Line extending substitute bus service through WednesdayNext articleWater Departments: Don’t flush your face masks Darrin Wrightlast_img read more

Inside ‘The Last Waltz’ 40th Anniversary With Bob Weir, Dr. John, Lucinda Williams & More

first_imgBig thanks to the Lincoln Center and The Americana Music Festival for helping to make this happen. Check out the full setlist below, via JamBase.Setlist: The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary at Lincoln Center, New York, NY – 8/6/16Set: This Wheel’s On Fire, The Shape I’m In, Life Is A Carnival, Up On Cripple Creek (w/ Buddy Miller), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (w/ Buddy Miller), Ophelia (w/ Teddy Thompson), Evangeline (w/ Patti Griffith), Caravan (w/ Anderson East), Rag Mama Rag, It Makes No Difference (w/ Lucinda Williams), Further On Up The Road (w/ Bob Weir), Such A Night (w/ Dr. John), Down South In New Orleans (w/ Buddy Miller), Long Black Veil, Genetic Method > Chest Fever, Forever Young (w/ everyone but Dr. John), The Weight (all)[Photos by Mark Dershowitz] A few blocks from Central Park, nestled into the center of Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, thousands of music fans gathered to enjoy the music of The Last Waltz nearly 40 years after Martin Scorsese captured that wonderful night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.The talented young story teller Parker Millsap got the night started with an upbeat set of Americana music before Larry Campbell came out to lead The Midnight Ramble Band just as the sun was beginning to set on the Upper West Side.The Midnight Ramble Band brought it right away getting the sing-a-long started with “The Shape I’m In”. The first guest of the evening was Buddy Miller sitting in on “Up On Cripple Creek” and bringing the crowd to their feet yet again for what would become a night of joyous celebration for everyone who was lucky to be there. Keeping that momentum going with “Ophelia”, Teddy Thompson came out to join the band and put his energetic stamp on a classic.After a couple of softer jams, Larry invited Anderson East to the stage to lead the crowd in a cover of Van Morrison’s “Caravan”. Anderson’s raspy voice along with an incredible four-piece horn section left fans screaming for more!The guests just keep coming; next up was Howard Johnson, who performed on the original documentary 40 years ago, he brought that deep sound and the band rallied around him to bring the heat with a rousing “Rag Mama Rag”.Next up, Lucinda Williams who delighted the crowd with her soulful sound under the beautiful Manhattan skyline. Watch her lead “It Makes No Difference” in the video below.On to the next one, Bob Weir was a late addition to the lineup last week and we are all very happy he came. Bobby came out and crushed the bluesy “Further On Up the Road”. He is still on fire from the Dead & Company tour, and it showed last night.But the big names kept coming; Dr. John came in and played one his originals “Such a Night” – the same as he did forty years ago. Mac also played earlier this week at Aaron Neville’s 75th Birthday party at Brooklyn Bowl.Campbell did a great job leading the band and really shined during his guitar solo late into the set. He then brought together all his guests for the Dylan classic “Forever Young”. Giving all those powerful voices the opportunity to shine was pure joy to see. They finished the night off with an all-star everyone sing-a-long version of “The Weight” that took everyone back 40 years.last_img read more

SMC extends Earth Day celebration all week

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s community will celebrate Earth Day with a week of activities hosted by the College’s Environmental Action Coalition.Students will have the chance to assist in the Saint Mary’s Community Garden, located on the south side of Havican Hall on Wednesday evening, senior Coalition president Colette Curtis said.“We are encouraging members of the SMC community to be more involved to see the many benefits that come with having a community garden,[including] the importance of growing your own food and knowing where your food is from,” Curtis said.On Thursday, the average lunch waste per person will be measured during “Weigh Your Waste” in Noble Family dining hall, Curtis said.“During this lunch period, we separate all the ‘edibles’ from the ‘nonedibles’ on the trays,” Curtis said. “We weigh all the edibles.”Members of the Coalition will teach students how to reuse old t-shirts through a recyclable craft event Friday, and the week will celebrate locally grown food with a meal made of such ingredients Saturday, Curtis said.“I believe it is important to know your farmer, share meals with friends and community members and learn how to cook wholesome, healthy food,” Curtis said.Other activities include a nature walk Sunday and the showing of a film titled “Chasing Ice” on Monday, Curtis said.“The Environmental Action Coalition is a group dedicated to bringing environmental consciousness to the Saint Mary’s community,” Curtis said. “We host events and activities to promote the healthy treatment of our Earth.”After the week’s events, Curtis said she hopes students will become more aware of their impact on the environment.“I don’t expect students to change their whole way of living after attending one activity,” Curtis said. ”However, I hope they recognize the impact they have on our Earth and what they can do to live in harmony with all the natural things of our planet.”For more information on Earth Week events or to RSVP for Saturday’s dinner, contact Colette Curtis at [email protected]: colette curtis, Earth Day, earth week, environmental action coalition, weigh your wastelast_img read more

Professor explores ethics of non-violence

first_imgAddressing a standing-room-only audience, Judith Butler, professor of comparative literature at University of California at Berkeley, gave a lecture titled “The Ethics and Politics of Non-Violence” on Thursday night at McKenna Hall Conference Center as part of the annual Yusko Ward-Phillips Lecture series.Butler said it is not only difficult to define non-violence with certainty, but the principle of non-violence, once established, can also be easily misconstrued.“A principled view on non-violence can sometimes be interpreted as violence. And when that happens those who make that interpretation consider it to be the right one, and those whose actions are being interpreted as violence consider it to be very wrong,” Butler said.“Even if non-violence seems like a solitary act, it is mediated socially and depends on the recognition of conventions governing non-violent modes of conduct.”Butler said these principles of non-violence are often subverted by opposing social structures. In particular, the police response to the 2011 student protests at University of California at Berkeley, during which unarmed students were allegedly beaten, demonstrated a challenge to the established protocol of non-violence.“What happens increasingly often is a deliberate policy meant to suspend or nullify recognition of the conventions of civil disobedience. … This opens the way to construe non-violence as violence.”Butler said the traditional conception of self-defense when discussing non-violence is an important one to consider, as it submits that killing for the safety of loved ones is justifiable. This exception to the principle against killing, however, eventually leads to ethical conflict.“The exception to the rule is important, perhaps more important than the rule itself. If there are exceptions to the prohibition on killing, and if there always such exceptions, this assumes that the prohibition on killing is less than absolute,” Butler said.Though people usually accept killing in defense of loved ones, they are not as willing to kill in defense of those with whom they have no relations, she said.“A dubious distinction emerges between those who are close to one in the name of whose protection one may commit violence, and those in the name of whose defense one may not kill,” Butler said.“You’ve started with a pacifist who makes a couple of distinctions, but now we see that the logic according to which those exceptions are made is on a continuum with a certain war logic.”“The distinction between populations that are worth violently defending and those that are not implies that some lives are simply more valuable than others.”To solve this ethical dilemma, Butler said it is important to uphold the equality of all lives, no matter how different.“I’m suggesting that a thoroughly egalitarian approach to the preservation of life … that subscribes to a notion of rational democracy that is usually left out of the ethical considerations of how best to practice non-violence,” Butler said.Butler said there is much opposition against this inclusive form of non-violence, and as such, supporters of this policy should expect criticism.“Such allegations are meant to paralyze the speaker, distort the position against war and violence. … When that happens, the critique of war is actually misconstrued as a battle-cry,” she said.Despite this conflict, Butler said it is important to seek out like-minded groups willing to uphold this principle of non-violence.“It’s important to hope, but to embody the hope in action, to link arms and minds to form that overwhelming solidarity,” Butler said.Tags: ethics, Ethics of non-violence, Judith Butler, warlast_img read more

Appalachian Trail Dispatch: Family

first_img Editor’s Note: Blue Ridge Outdoors contributor Chris Gallaway is currently thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. He will be periodically checking in with BRO and sharing the story of his hike. This is his fifth dispatch from the A.T. Read his other dispatches from the trail: A Cold Start, Trail Magic, Difficult Winter, Monuments, and Spring!Experiences on the Trail are made richer by sharing them with people you love. That fact made this past weekend a highlight of my hike that I will carry with me forever. Last Thursday I was joined in Damascus, Virginia by Sunshine, my mom, and my brother (with his huskie Kaya) for an adventure on the AT. We staged our hike from the Lazy Fox Inn, sorting gear and distributing food for a three-day trek up to the Grayson Highlands. A heavy rainstorm serenaded us in sleep on Thursday night, but by Friday morning it was clearing into some of the most beautiful weather I have ever seen as we left Damascus and began climbing up the Appalachian Trail.We walked through three days of idyllic Spring, following the Whitetop Laurel River (swollen from the recent rain) as we wound up through the hills outside of Damascus. We kept a leisurely pace, laying in a sunny field on the second afternoon and sleeping ourselves into a bit of sunburn. When the weather turned rainy atop the Grayson Highlands it only served to add a new aspect to our hike, shrouding the heath balds in a mysterious veil of fog. We all delighted in watching Kaya interact with the ponies there, first shivering with apparent nervousness and then greeting the little animals with equal curiosity and affection.It was all too good to put into words. We walked down from the Highlands on Monday afternoon and rode bikes out of the clouds and into a sunny day down the Virginia Creeper Trail and back to Damascus. We celebrated with a cold dunk in the river behind the Lazy Fox, a toast of champagne, and a proper hiker pig-out at the Blue Blaze Cafe. The pleasure my family took in the hike and the wonder they experienced along the way produced some of the most vivid memories I will have from this long journey.Now, as I sit in Mojo’s Cafe and prepare to resume my solo hike this afternoon, the weather outside is suited to my mood: gloomy, grey, rainy. It’s hard to go on alone after such a highlight experience, but I know that so much good awaits me. From here on out the Appalachian Trail will be entirely new to me—I’ve never walked a section of the AT from here to the end. I will watch Spring emerge along the way as I settle into a more typical hiker’s routine, planning my progress four and five days out, no longer meeting friends or family along the way. And so excitement and hope mingle with melancholy as I gear up for the next stage of the hike. Here’s to the continuing journey and the steps already laid! last_img read more

3 ways to meet member needs in the digital age

first_imgWaiting in teller lines used to be just that – waiting. Gone are the days of casual small talk with other patiently waiting members. Today, consumers simply whip out their smartphones to pass the time – a true indicator we are thoroughly entrenched in the digital age.Members increasingly look to their credit unions to meet, if not exceed, their digital expectations. Coastal Federal Credit Union recognizes the importance of innovation in its digital strategy. In fact, the North Carolina-based credit union has discovered three sure-fire ways to meet members’ evolving needs.Provide robust online, mobile service. With 62 percent of Americans using digital banking as their primary banking method, incorporating online and mobile-friendly service into their offerings is a must for credit unions. At Coastal, this is already taking place. “It’s critically important because, in a day when your expenses continue to increase as a percentage every year, you have to find a way to have cost-effective solutions while still giving the members a really good service,” said Kristopher Kovacs, Coastal’s Chief Information Officer. “Digital gives us the best way to do that.” continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Government to start construction of new capital city next year

first_imgDespite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is slated to begin construction of the new capital city in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan, as scheduled in 2021.“We’re still in the planning phase. We’re currently focusing on the basic design of the new capital city and drafting a capital city relocation bill with the House of Representatives,” Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Wednesday as quoted by“We hope next year we can commence construction of the new capital city.” Basuki explained that the government had cooperated with domestic and foreign investors for the capital city relocation project.”The government can’t work alone [in this project], so it’s important to collaborate with private sectors from other countries,” he said.Read also: Jokowi’s capital relocation dream faces COVID-19 hurdleThe new capital city, he added, would adopt smart city technology and be eco-friendly. Basuki said in April that his office was not allocating part of its 2020 budget for preliminary construction work of the new capital.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan separately said that the government was currently not in the position to say whether it would go ahead with the capital relocation project, as it was busy handling the coronavirus outbreak in the country.The government is scheduled to continue construction of Sepaku Semoi Dam, the main water supply for the new capital city, as planned.It allocated Rp 676.72 billion from the 2020 annual state budget for construction of the 378-hectare dam and the Public Works and Housing Ministry is currently working on land procurement for it. The dam is expected to have a capacity of 11.6 million cubic meters with a water debit of 2,400 liters per second.Besides Sepaku Semoi, the ministry is planning to build three other dams around the new capital city, namely Batu Lepek Dam, Beruas Dam, and Safiak Dam, all three of which will be located in Kutai Kartanegara regency. (nal)Topics :last_img read more