Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal Maine ecosystem

first_imgBIDDEFORD, Maine – Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters to coastal Maine are better suited for the hockey rink.Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters, but are ornerier and angrier, threatening to accelerate harm to the coastal ecosystem by gobbling up soft-shell clams and destroying native eel grass, a researcher said.The docile green crabs shrink from a threat, while the newcomers are more apt to wave their pincers and charge.“What we’re seeing is this insane level of aggressiveness,” said Markus Frederich, a professor at the University of New England.They’re each genetically distinct.The new crab variant that originated in northern Europe is hardier and adapted to colder water than the more docile crab, which originally came from southern Europe.Green crabs, even the docile ones, are considered a scourge that can devour soft-shell and juvenile clams. They can destroy eelgrass that provides a hiding place for juvenile sea creatures.But the Canadian crabs take it to a new level.Louis Logan, a University of New England graduate student, had the unpleasant task of labelling the crabs captured from Nova Scotia waters for the research.The crabs were in no mood for games.At a distance of 1.5 metres, the pint-sized brutes, which measure 10 to 12 centimetres across, assumed a fighting posture. Those that grabbed him were in no hurry to let go.“Any time I went down to grab one they went to grab me instead,” he wrote in an email.One of them, in particular, would jump out of the water in its frenzy to attack.In the lab, researchers unleashed both types of crabs on a bed of eelgrass in a saltwater pool, and the difference was stark. The Canadian invaders shredded the eel grass like Edward Scissorhands in their efforts to scarf down marine organisms seeking refuge, Frederich said.The first round of study focused on 200 crabs from Canada, and will be published in coming months.Further studies will focus on whether a specific gene plays a role in the aggressiveness or if a factor called hybrid vigour is in play, he said. The hybrid vigour theory suggests that crabs could be more aggressive as they establish themselves, but will mellow out later.The quarrelsome newcomers currently comprise only about 2 to 3 per cent of green crabs crawling on the ocean floor off Maine, but those numbers are certain to grow, Frederich said.“It will be an entirely different ball game,” he predicted. “It’s just a question of when more of the crabs come and out-compete the Maine green crabs.”The docile green crabs have been around for more than a century in New England waters, but they’ve emerged as a major problem as the Gulf of Maine has warmed. The feistier crabs arrived off Nova Scotia in the 1980s, and currents brought their larvae southward into New England waters.Eventually, the newcomers will move farther southward. “We can’t do anything about it,” he said. “The only thing that we can do is learn how to live with it.”last_img read more

How Liz Cambage Broke The WNBAs Scoring Record

Scoring is up across the board in the WNBA this year, and one player, Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage, aimed to keep it that way Tuesday when she scored 53 points — the highest individual total in league history — during a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty.And given the other elements of her game, which included 10 rebounds, five blocks and two assists, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Cambage’s display in 37 minutes of playing time was one of the finer all-around showings the league has ever seen. It’s worth keeping in mind that the WNBA plays 40-minute games as opposed to the NBA’s 48-minute ones. That difference is a key reason that the NBA, which has experienced a spike in triple-doubles in recent years, sees that statistical rarity so much more often than does the WNBA, where it has happened only seven times in league history.Cambage, 26, shot 17-of-22 from the field and 15-of-16 at the free-throw line, all while outscoring New York’s starting five by 10 points. She torched nearly every look the Liberty threw at her, alternating between either side of the floor, and made mincemeat out of double-teams as if she were still being covered by a single defender. She logged 11 points in the first quarter, 17 in the second and five in the third before going off for 20 in the final period to seal the game.Yet a handful of her buckets in the first half came with no one near her at all — largely because she doesn’t hold the reputation of a sharpshooter and had only made five triples in 74 career WNBA games heading into Tuesday’s contest. So one can only imagine the initial shock New York players felt when Cambage calmly drained four threes on five attempts.The 6-foot-8 Cambage isn’t known as a jump shooter. More generally, she isn’t widely known in this country at all despite having long been a basketball star in Australia, where she grew up — perhaps because of her disjointed time in the league. She was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 WNBA draft but made it clear upon being selected by the Tulsa Shock that she didn’t want to play there. As such, she has never played two consecutive seasons in the U.S., and she spent the past four years playing overseas, where many of the best players routinely sign to earn higher salaries.In any case, Cambage — who entered Tuesday averaging nearly 20 points and more than nine boards — has pieced together an impressive season, having been named an all-star for a second time. She ranks in the league’s 95th percentile in post-up situations this year, according to Synergy Sports Technology.1She is tied for the WNBA lead in technical fouls. In games like Tuesday’s, in which Cambage is fully in sync with point guard and fellow all-star Skylar Diggins-Smith, there aren’t a ton of good options defensively to contain her. (New York wasn’t all that successful in denying Cambage during the first meeting between the teams, either, when Cambage scored 28 points on just 17 shots in that game, albeit in a Liberty win)Just minutes into Tuesday’s game, the Liberty tried forcing the ball out of her hands with a double-team, and Cambage simply kicked the ball out to the arc, where Allisha Gray was prepared to knock down an open triple. Then, on her next scoring chance, Cambage — having just illustrated the risk in sending a double-team her way — aggressively sealed her defender inside the restricted area, allowing Diggins-Smith to loft a pass from the arc into her for an easy lay-in. Beyond that, she kept defenders off balance by occasionally putting the ball on the floor and inviting contact, like she did against Amanda Zahui B a pair of times during the final period.Cambage surpassed the WNBA record of 51 points, set in 2013 by Riquna Williams. Cambage’s game Tuesday, with those 10 rebounds and five blocks, was far more complete than that of Williams, who finished hers with just one rebound and three assists. (Williams and Cambage were teammates during that 2013 season.) The next-highest showings are held by names that are far more well known throughout the sport: Maya Moore (48 points in 2014), Diana Taurasi (47 in 2006) and Lauren Jackson (47 in 2007), an Australian ex-player with whom Cambage has drawn comparisons.But a performance like this one only figures to boost her profile. “I’ve had big numbers in China, I’ve had big numbers in Australia, and I’ve heard a lot of people say I could never have big numbers here in the WNBA,” she told reporters afterward. “So I guess this game is for y’all.”CORRECTION (July 18, 2018, 12:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article included an incorrect quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the 53 points that Liz Cambage scored in Tuesday’s game between the Dallas Wings and the New York Liberty. Cambage scored 11 points in the first quarter, 17 in the second, five in the third and 20 in the fourth. (The WNBA originally reported Cambage as having scored 13 points in the first and 15 in the second.) read more

SPARKLE GALA HONOURS TCIS SONIA BIEN AIME FIFA EXECUTIVE

first_img Recommended for you Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Deputy Speaker says FSC given too much power in new Trust legislation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Dec 2014 – Magnetic Media met the team which will win from tonight’s Sparkle Gala ball; the second year for Women in Sport to host the evening. The team of girls is working hard and preparing to travel to represent the Turks and Caicos at a tournament in Canada next year. Executives spoke about the significance of the gala and this year’s honoree. QUOTES. Rita Gardiner is President, Edith Cox is Vice President and Hon Josephine Connolly is a new member and they all tout the Sparkle Gala Ball, to be held tonight at the Regent Palms, as an important item on the sports calendar. The Swimming Federation is also a beneficiary. Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:edith cox, josephine connolly, Rita gardiner, sonia been aime, sparkle gala balllast_img read more

Safe Walkways submits safety proposals to Mayor Faulconer on electric scooters

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A local group of San Diegans submitted its proposals to Mayor Faulconer to address the safety issues over electric scooters.The group is called Safe Walkways and joining KUSI to talk more about their campaign is Dr. Jonathan Freeman.Their public discussion group for people concerned about walking in safety, The Promenaders, is at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1696755990372675For further information send an email to [email protected] KUSI Newsroom, January 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Safe Walkways submits safety proposals to Mayor Faulconer on electric scooterslast_img read more

Beto ORourke to hold San DiegoArea town hall discussion

first_img April 30, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is schedule to conclude his first trip to California as a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday by holding  a town hall discussion near Lincoln Park.Doors to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation are set to open at 10 a.m. People interested in attending are asked to RSVP at act.betoorourke.com/event/beto-events/31464.The town hall comes a day after O’Rourke released a plan to confront climate change, visited Yosemite National Park and conducted a roundtable discussion at Modesto Junior College, meeting with farmers, advocates, industry experts, academics from California’s Central Valley to learn about how climate change is impacting their communities and what solutions they believe are most effective.O’Rourke began the trip Saturday by holding a rally at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He conducted a town hall in San Francisco on Sunday.In a three-minute, 25-second video sent to supporters declaring his candidacy, the 46-year-old O’Rourke called for “fixing our democracy and ensuring that our government works for everyone and not just for corporations.”O’Rourke also promised to “listen to, and lift up rural America,” “work on real justice reform, and confront the hard truths of slavery, and segregation and suppression in these United States of America,” and “reassert our global leadership and end these decades-long wars, and be there for every woman and man who’ve served in them.”In response to O’Rourke’s declaration, Republican National Committee Communications Director Michael Ahrens said, “Beto O’Rourke failed to get anything done in Congress, and with extreme policies like government-run health care and tearing down border barriers, his 2020 bid won’t be successful either.”O’Rourke was a three-term congressman from the El Paso area who gained nationwide prominence for his unsuccessful challenge of Sen. Ted Cruz, R- Texas, in 2018, receiving more votes than any Democrat in Texas.Born Robert Francis O’Rourke on Sept. 26, 1972, in El Paso, O’Rourke’s Irish American family gave him the nickname “Beto” while he was an infant, initially to distinguish him from his grandfather, Robert V. Williams.Beto is a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in “berto.”O’Rourke received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1995, majoring in English literature.O’Rourke began his political career in 2005, when he defeated a two- term incumbent to win a seat on the El Paso City Council. He served on the council through 2011.O’Rourke defeated eight-term incumbent Rep. Silvestre Reyes in a primary in 2012 and won the general election race in the predominantly Democratic district by more than 30 percentage points.If elected, O’Rourke would be the first president born in the 1970s and the second Roman Catholic, joining John F. Kennedy. Beto O’Rourke to hold San Diego-Area town hall discussion KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img Updated: 6:05 PM Posted: April 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more