Utility of 18-kHz acoustic data for abundance estimationof Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus)

first_imgCurrent acoustic survey protocols for Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) abundance estimation are principally dependent upon 38-kHz backscatter data. This can constitute a substantial problem for robust stock assessment when 38-kHz data are compromised. Research vessels now typically collect multifrequency data during acoustic surveys, which could be used to remediate such situations. Here, we investigate the utility of using 18- and 120-kHz data for herring abundance estimation when the standard 38-kHz approach is not possible. Estimates of herring abundance/biomass in the Celtic Sea (2007–2010) were calculated at 18, 38, and 120 kHz using the standard 38-kHz target-strength (TS) model and geometrically equivalent TS models at 18 and 120 kHz. These estimates were comparedto assess the level of coherence between the three frequencies, and 18-kHz-derived estimates were subsequently input into standard 38-kHz-based population models to evaluate the impact on the assessment. Results showed that estimates of herring abundance/ biomass from 18 and 38 kHz acoustic integration varied by only 0.3–5.4%, and acoustically derived numbers-at-age estimateswere not significantly (p . 0.05) different from 1:1. Estimates at 120 kHz were also robust. Furthermore, 18-kHz-derived estimates did not significantly change the assessment model output, indicating that 18-kHz data can be used for herring stock assessment purposes.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 4/15

first_imgApril 15, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/15 Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSoftballRegion 12MOAB, Utah-Paige Shumway and Jaci Shumway homered and the Grand Red Devils pummeld Richfield 11-1 Thursday in Region 12 softball action. Sydney Knutson homered in the loss for the Lady Cats.Region 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Katie Larsen and Haylee Daniels drove in three runs apiece and the Manti Templars drilled North Sanpete 11-1 in Region 14 softball action Thursday. Tiffany Hermansen earned the win in the circle for Manti. Lucy Oldroyd homered in the loss for the Hawks.Boys SoccerRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Jake Hyatt’s hat trick led the way as the Richfield Wildcats pounded San Juan 7-0 in Region 12 boys soccer play. Ty Morgan added a pair of goals for Richfield with Kaden Carter and Jackson Archibald also scoring for the Wildcats. Spencer Christensen earned the shutout for Richfield.Region 14ROOSEVELT, Utah-Trace Boggess posted a hat trick and the Manti Templars clobbered Union 7-1 Thursday in Region 14 boys soccer action. Juan Palmerin scored twice for Manti in the win. Aldalberto Mireles and Austin Cox also found the net for the Templars in victory. Angel Cardena had 3 assists for the Templars and Palmerin added two more. Landyn Larsen scored in the loss for the Cougars.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Braiden Gonder amassed 4 goals and the Delta Rabbits pounded North Sanpete 7-2 in Region 14 boys soccer action Thursday. Oran Finlinson, Rider Rogers and Carlos Acosta also scored in victory for the Rabbits.2-A SouthBEAVER, Utah-Jayton Jessup and Jose Albelais each scored and the Beaver Beavers blanked North Sevier 2-0 Thursday in 2-A South boys soccer play. Breagan Lopshire earned the shutout for the Beavers.2-A CentralMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Kuya Fujii, Vicenzo D’Oliveira and Vinicius Coelho each scored as the Wasatch Academy Tigers waxed Merit 3-1 in 2-A Central boys soccer action Thursday.center_img Written bylast_img read more

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HHI to build next-gen KDX-III destroyer for ROK Navy

first_img View post tag: Sejong the Great-class View post tag: ROK Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HHI to build next-gen KDX-III destroyer for ROK Navy October 11, 2019, by The South Korean defense procurement agency (DAPA) has awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries a contract for the construction of the first upgraded Sejong the Great-class (KDX-III) destroyer for the Republic of Korea Navy.Valued at 676.6 billion won (approx. $565 million), the contract will see the shipbuilder deliver the ship by November 2024.The yet-to-be-named lead ship of the second batch of KDX-III destroyers will be four meters longer than the first three destroyers in the class.Equipped with the Aegis combat system and the added capability of launching SM-3 missiles, the 170-meter ship will also be capable of performing the ballistic missile defense role.The first of three ships planned for construction will also feature a more powerful sonar for anti-submarine warfare.The first batch of three Sejong the Great-class destroyers was commissioned between 2008 and 2012. Worth noting is the fact that the destroyers carry an impressive 128 VLS cells, including the Mk 41 vertical launch system and the Korean Vertical Launching System (K-VLS). For comparison, the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers and Japan’s Atago-class Aegis destroyers are fitted with 90 VLS cells. navaltoday Authorities View post tag: KDX-III Share this article View post tag: HHI HHI to build next-gen KDX-III destroyer for ROK Navylast_img read more

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O.C. Surfer Makes Podium in USA Surfing Prime Event

first_imgOcean City surfer Cooper Jewel in a July 2019 competition just won for under 14 in the first ESA competition in Ocean City this season. (Photos courtesy Becky Fleischauer) Submitted by BECKY FLEISCHAUERAfter two days of intense competition, five age-division winners and 20 finalists battled to the top at the first stop of the 2020 East Coast Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series on Jan. 26 in Sebastian Inlet in Florida.The ever-changing conditions and solid swell challenged competitors mentally and physically. Surfers had to position themselves at peaks and use smart heat strategies to keep advancing to the finals.The competition drew more than 80 of the best junior surfers from New York to Florida, battling it out for East Coast titles and qualification into the Toyota USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles in California.Six surfers competed from Ocean City: Sophia Whelan, Mia Gallagher, Brynn Gallagher, Cruz Dinofa, Ethan Dunn and Cooper Jewel.Highlights included a double win in Girls U18 and U16 by Palm City, Florida’s Zoe Benedetto. Zoe also had the highest wave score for girls – an 8.5. William Hedleston, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, had the highest wave score of the event – a 9.23.Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina’s Owen Moss had a buzzer beater, three-turn combo to take the Boys U16 win. And in her first ever Prime event Ocean City, New Jersey’s Sophia Whelan made the podium in Girls U16.See event results below and posts on Instagram and Facebook. The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series is the highest level of junior surfing in the nation, featuring the best under 18 surfers who have proven themselves in local and regional competitions.The elite contest series is designed to prepare young surfers for the big leagues of surfing.Surfers competing in the Prime Series experience an event with judging, announcing and organization consistent with WSL pro events, including four-person heats with priority, computer scoring live on the STACT App and instant replay for the judges, and professional WSL/ISA judges and announcers.The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series makes stops along both East and West coasts and culminates in the USA Surfing Championships in June.The competition was created to bridge the gap young surfers experience when trying to make the leap from pro junior competition to next-level competition opportunities, including a position on the USA Surfing national teams, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series and potentially the Olympics and WSL Championship Tour.The Prime Series champion and podium roster is a who’s who in American surfing.Mia Gallagher, of Ocean City, rides a wave.Results:Girls U181st Zoe Benedetto, Palm City, Fla.2nd Ava McGowan, New Smyrna, Fla.3rd Sarah Abbott, Jupiter, Fla.4th Taylor Green, Milton, Fla.Boys U181st William Hedleston, Cocoa Beach, Fla.2nd Owen Moss, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.3rd Ryan Huckabee, Flagler Beach, Fla.4th Blayr Barton, Virginia Beach, Va.Girls U161st Zoe Benedetto, Palm City, Fla.2nd Ava McGowan, New Smyrna, Fla.3rd Taylor Green, Milton, Fla.4th Sophia Whelan, Ocean City, N.J.Boys U161st Owen Moss, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.2nd Ryan Huckabee, Flagler Beach, Fla.3rd William Hedleston, Cocoa Beach, Fla.4th Gavin Coluccio, Flagler Beach, Fla.Boys U141st Logan Radd, Satellite Beach, Fla.2nd Benji Lange, St. Augustine, Fla.3rd William Deane, Nags Head, N.C.4th Kepa Mendia, West Palm Beach Fla.Ocean City’s Cruz Dinofa glides along.The East Coast continues to generate surfing talent. Florida native and member of Team USA’s first Olympic team Caroline Marks qualified for the WSL Championship Tour while still competing in the Prime Series at age 15. Caroline holds the most USA Surfing Championship titles for junior girls.In addition to Caroline Marks, several current WSL pro surfers honed their competitive skills through USA Surfing’s Prime Series, including 3rd-ranked Lakey Peterson, 5th-ranked Kolohe Andino, 2018 US Open champions Courtney Conlogue and Kanoa Igarashi, fan fav Ocean City surfer makes the podium in her first-ever USA Surfing Prime event.Ethan Dunn, of Ocean City, holds on strong.last_img read more

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O.C. School Board Approves Reopening Plan

first_imgStudents will have virtual classes Monday. By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Board of Education voted Wednesday night to approve the school district’s Return to School Plan, which offers a blend of remote learning and in-person instruction, with a choice for all-virtual instruction as well.The first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 8. Students’ schedules will be mailed out on Aug. 17.During the remote meeting Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor and School Board President Joseph Clark, emphasized during the virtual meeting that, while they are navigating unchartered territory, they feel confident that students will be offered a quality education“I want to thank you for your support as we embark on an exciting new school year of learning and success,” Dr. Taylor said. “Our goal from the onset has been to protect the health and well-being of our school community as we work to resume in-person learning and continue delivering an exceptional educational experience for our Ocean City students.”Since the mid-March shutdown of schools across the state by Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order amid COVID-19, Ocean City school officials worked with stakeholders from various areas, students, faculty, and community members, to create the hybrid model for learning.“This plan is the result of efforts to work as a community to put our students and family’s needs first,” Clark said.What emerged from months of collaboration, was the hybrid model of learning. Students will be split into two groups to allow for social distancing. Each group would have two days of in-person instruction and three days of remote instruction.For those who will not attend in school they will have the Virtual Academy, which will offer the same educational tools and learning as in-person instruction, school officials said.“The combination of in-person and virtual learning in the hybrid schedule also ensures that we have plans in place to support both styles of instruction,” Dr. Taylor emphasized. “We have spent the summer planning how to return to in-person learning as safely as possible during a pandemic, and we also have worked to reflect on lessons learned during our spring transition to virtual learning so that we can make improvements.”Last month, Dr. Taylor detailed the reopening plan in a letter to families that can be viewed on oceancityschools.org.In it, she stressed that it was a challenge to strike a balance between the CDC’s Health Guidelines and Considerations for Schools and maximizing in-person instruction.During the meeting Wednesday, several Return to School Plan committee members spoke about their specific roles in creating the plan.Ensuring that students will receive all of their school supplies, including electronic devices for virtual learning and seeing to it that children receive lunches whether they are in class or at home for instruction were top priorities.In addition, committee members discussed directional hallways to further social distancing, and health screenings by parents or guardians of their children to ensure that they are well to come to school by checking their child’s temperature, etc.Parents will also be given the opportunity to waive bus ridership, since it is a difficult area to practice social distancing, officials said.Above all, school officials said the most important aspect of the hybrid model is that the district is prepared to be flexible to meet a family’s needs as well as following and meeting the health guidelines.“The bottom line is, we are committed to making both methods of instruction the best they can be, and that also means we are flexible and can switch to full-time in-person or full-time virtual schooling as circumstances change,” Dr. Taylor said.Clark called the months of work leading up to the district’s Return to School Plan a “monumental task.”Like Dr. Taylor, Clark noted that, from the start, “We knew that we must share our expertise and ideas to take on the monumental task of sorting through both the New Jersey Department of Education’s Restart and Recovery Plan and the CDC’s Health Guidelines and Considerations for Schools.”One of the difficulties in determining the best options for students and families came down to “new and last-minute guidelines from the governor’s office addressing fulltime virtual learning and the ever-changing, and often conflicting, advice from the various state and local health experts and officials,” Clark said.“Please know that the decision to begin the school year with a hybrid learning environment is based on what we believe is best for the Ocean City School District at this time,” he said. “I can say with great confidence and pride that the Ocean City School District is prepared for the 2020-2021 school year.”The district submitted the reopening plan to the County Superintendent from the state Department of Education for review before it was presented at the meeting of the Board of Education.For more information on Ocean City schools, visit www.oceancityschools.org.last_img read more

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Watch Lawrence Perform Unreleased New Song “Limbo” At Sold-Out Brooklyn Show [Video]

first_imgThis past weekend, NYC-based soul-pop upstarts Lawrence completed the east coast leg of their ongoing New Stuff Tour, which saw them play to packed houses at large venues in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, Boston, and Philadelphia. The shows saw the band, led by the brother-and-sister duo of Clyde and Gracie Lawrence, feature a mix of material from their critically acclaimed debut, 2016’s Breakfast, reimagined covers like their jazz-funk arrangement of Sean Paul‘s reggaeton smash “Get Busy” and, of course, new material that will be featured on their highly anticipated sophomore LP, Living Room, set for a September 14th release.Below, you can check out a full fan-shot video of Lawrence’s opening number at their sold-out hometown show at Brooklyn Steel on Friday. “Limbo”, the thoroughly catchy, fast-paced, Latin-tinged track, saw Gracie put her powerful pipes to work on lead vocals as Clyde (on keys and claps) led the band through the tune’s dynamically complex accompaniment. By the time they were finished playing it, “Limbo” was already stuck in everyone’s heads—a familiar quality of Lawrence originals that’s just as true of the new material they’re road-testing as it is of the songs from their debut.“Limbo” – LawrenceAhead of the New Stuff Tour‘s launch, the band also released their first studio single from Living Room: the smooth, sincere brass-bolstered ballad, “Try”. Give a listen to the official studio version of Lawrence’s “Try” via Spotify below:Lawrence – “Try” <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>According to a quote from the band in the album announcement,We wrote Living Room over the course of the past two years in our family’s living room. It’s important to us that when you hear the songs we write, you feel like you are getting to know us as people. In short, this album is about growing up, and everything that comes with it.  So each song is a little window into a moment in our lives, whether that be a fight we had with a loved one, a night of insomnia, or a bite of spicy food that we weren’t prepared for.You can view a full tracklist for Lawrence’s Living Room and check out a list of their upcoming New Stuff Tour dates below. For more information, head to the band website.Lawrence – Living Room – Track List”MoreFriend or EnemyLimboTryMake A MoveTry (Reprise)The Heartburn SongAlmost GrownToo EasyWhoever You AreThe Last Song.And Many MoreView Track ListLawrence will head to California this week for performances in Los Angeles (May 24th) and San Francisco (May 25th). From there, they’ll head to Illinois for a club sate at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on May 26th before hitting the stage at Summer Camp Music Festival on May 27th. See below for a full list of upcoming dates. For more information, or to grab your tickets, head to the band website.Lawrence Upcoming New Stuff Tour DatesMay 24—Los Angeles, CA—Teragram BallroomMay 25—San Francisco, CA—The IndependentMay 26—Chicago, IL—Lincoln HallMay 27—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music FestivalJune 2—Ft Worth, TX—Plaza PaloozaJune 24 & July 1—Rothbury, MI—Electric Forrest Music FestivalJuly 22—Lancaster, PA—Long’s Park Summer Music SeriesView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Tickets Now Available for Punk Rock Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock. The MCC Theater production, directed by Trip Cullman, will star Big Love’s Douglas Smith. Performances begin on October 29 at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, where it will run through December 7. Opening night is set for November 17. In addition to Smith, Punk Rock will feature Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. Stephens is currently represented on Broadway by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Punk Rock View Comments Related Shows Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014last_img read more

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Mobilizing technology to meet growing expectations

first_imgBusiness leaders see that technology is increasingly significant to their companies.  The relationship to the customer is evolving as technology allows companies to get closer to the customer.  Smart CEO’s are engaged with these emerging trends.  PricewaterhouseCoopers’ recent, “Redefining Business Success in a Changing World, CEO Survey”, which recorded data from 1,409 CEOs in 83 countries, indicates that CEOs view technology as the top way to assess and deliver on changing customer expectations.  Nearly 70% of them believe that the power of data and analytics is the best way to assess and deliver on changing customer expectations.  More than half of the CEOs were making significant changes in their technology to better interpret the complex and emerging needs of customers.Mobile technology in particular can help a company to better know the customer.  In her fascinating new book, Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology, SC Moatti, a “mobile veteran” from Silicon Valley, reports that globally in the last two years, there have been more mobile devices than desktop computers, and people spend more time browsing the Internet on their Smartphones than on their desktops.Smartphones are always there, and personalization of mobile products is essential to make them successful.  Successful apps put the user in control of the experience.  The software notes what is important to customers and it connects them to what matters.  She describes that the best mobile products are simple and elegant.  They help us learn.  They also learn from us and with us.  They focus on the things that matter, and they constantly adapt to our environment.“Apps like Uber meet these conditions of success and society is finding them transformational.  Moreover, mobile products can be transformational in the developing world as well.  They are changing the face of healthcare delivery among the world’s poorest.  For example, in Mozambique, mobile technology advances the fight against HIV and AIDs through texts that remind patients about appointment dates and to take their medication.  Compared to the non-mobile average of 72%, 96% of participants were following protocols after six months and 85% after 12 months.  The Grameen Foundation’s African “Mobile Midwife” program has improved outcomes with delivery of daily texts and weekly voicemails to women in their native languages with advice during pregnancy and the first year of the child’s life.Whether it’s providing day-to-day services or managing the data analytics, with transformational technology, people skills are even more important.  Three-quarters of PwC’s surveyed CEOs named as a top priority, creating a skilled, educated and adaptable workforce.  Millennials’ can bring something particularly useful to companies, given their native comfort with constantly changing technology and preference for apps over sites.  They are part of this new wave.  Moreover, leaders know that the growing role of technology in business, changes the dynamics of managing such a workforce.  Skill and mental agility are required more than ever.  As the surveyed CEOs reported, they know they must be conversant with data, analytics and new technology.  Technology can transform industries.  Leaders know they must be ready. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Detailslast_img read more

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Not everyone will be hurt by tax plan

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It seems all the pundits are criticizing the new tax proposals as being a disaster for the middle class, especially in New York and other highly taxed states.I don’t claim to be a tax expert, but basic mathematics is still within my grasp.I understand that the new program will eliminate some valuable deductions. But at the same time, they are proposing to double the standard deduction.I pay taxes on several pieces of real estate and we have had fairly large medical expense. But the last few years, we couldn’t exceed the standard deduction allowance. The retirement incomes of my wife and I are low-middle class, so these very vocal individuals must either own a stupendous amount of property or be complaining for completely political reasons.Maybe they might know a very clever, but not really honest tax attorney. If so, please refer me.Peter HenningsonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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