High density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays allow large numbers of individuals to be rapidly and cost-effectively genotyped at large numbers of genetic markers. However, despite being widely used in studies of humans and domesticated plants and animals, SNP arrays are lacking for most wild organisms. We developed a custom 85K Affymetrix Axiom array for an intensively studied pinniped, the Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella). SNPs were discovered from a combination of genomic and transcriptomic resources and filtered according to strict criteria. Out of a total of 85,359 SNPs tiled on the array, 75,601 (88.6%) successfully converted and were polymorphic in 270 animals from a breeding colony at Bird Island in South Georgia. Evidence was found for inbreeding, with three genomic inbreeding coefficients being strongly intercorrelated and the proportion of the genome in runs of homozygosity being non-zero in all individuals. Furthermore, analysis of genomic relatedness coefficients identified previously unknown first-degree relatives and multiple second-degree relatives among a sample of ostensibly unrelated individuals. Such “cryptic relatedness” within fur seal breeding colonies may increase the likelihood of consanguineous matings and could therefore have implications for understanding fitness variation and mate choice. Finally, we demonstrate the cross-amplification potential of the array in three related pinniped species. Overall, our SNP array will facilitate future studies of Antarctic fur seals and has the potential to serve as a more general resource for the wider pinniped research community.
Oldham-based business Taylors Bakers has shut its doors after more than 55 years. The main reason cited for the closure was that the owners could not make enough money to keep the company going.The bakery announced its closure on a notice on its shop window and on its Facebook page.The notice stated: “To all our customers, it is with deep regret and sadness that Taylors Bakers will stop trading on 30 July at 2pm.”Loyal customers from the area left several comments from the post on the social media site to express their sadness.Jackie Meyrick commented: “Sad indeed to see the end of this traditional baker’s. There’s not many left like Taylors Bakers.“I used to call in with the kids on the way home from school.”Michael Frain said: “We are so sad you are ceasing trading. Rachel and I are going to miss all your beautiful products.”The business was set up in 1964 by Ian Taylor and taken over by his son David after his retirement. They said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and support.”
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University’s interim provost, sent a letter to the faculty on Tuesday expressing disappointment in sanctions detailed in the NCAA’s report that was released on Friday, as well as highlighting the school’s efforts to help better connect academics and athletics.The report stated that several student-athletes — none of whom are currently enrolled at the university — received impermissible assistance from tutors and mentors.Liddy said the school was delivered a copy of the 94-page report just two hours before it was made public, and although the school did not agree with the some of the findings, it still takes seriously the issue of academic integrity.She reiterated that in 2009, the university restructured the student-athlete academic support office so that it reported directly to Academic Affairs. In 2013, she said, the position of Assistant Provost for Student-Athlete Development was created. Last semester, 10 teams had team GPAs of 3.0 or higher along with 134 student athletes that had at least a 3.5 GPA.She also highlighted other initiatives the university has taken to “integrate the athletics and academic experiences,” which are listed in the letter as follows:AdvertisementThis is placeholder text• Doubled the number of full-time academic support staff for our student-athletes• Established an Athletics Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees to oversee the athletics department and receive reports of athletics issues, including compliance matters• Created an Athletics Compliance Oversight Committee that includes the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative Rick Burton and a representative from Academic Affairs• Implemented a new and wide-ranging enhanced compliance training program for all student-athletes and coaches focused on NCAA, ACC, and University rules and policies• Redesigned the University’s voluntary Drug Education and Deterrence Program for student-athletes, consistent with best practices and peer institutions• Assigned oversight of the Office of Athletics Compliance to the University General Counsel• Separated employment with two former athletics staff members found to have been involved in academic misconduct • Disassociated non-SU affiliated persons responsible for, or involved in, violationsOn Monday she, along with Chancellor Kent Syverud will meet with deans, department chairs and other key members of faculty leadership to answer questions about the report and academic integrity. In the next week or so, they will decide whether or not to appeal certain aspects of the report.“…the Office of the Provost and Chancellor Syverud are fully committed to keeping Syracuse University a place where academic integrity is respected and honored,” Liddy said in the letter, “where students can experience the best possible education, and where faculty can teach and pursue their scholarship with pride.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3
Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert210.19 3Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 4Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 5Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 6Conall McSorley – Metric Gaming14.00 7Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 8Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 9Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 Share Related Articles Alexman, a hot tipster on the OLBG sports betting community, has signed up to take today’s eight-race Tipster Challenge at Thirsk.Given that he is +£110.51 for £1 stakes on horse racing over the last six months, Alexman is well placed to challenge series regular Stephen Harris.The horse racing guru from bettingexpert sits second in the latest standings, with an average of two race wins and 10.19 points over eight weeks.____________________________________2:00bettingexpert: Fink HillShowed promise on debut and represents very astute connections.OLBG: ArcavalloI like it when the young horses improve massively from their 1st to 2nd run, like this horse did. it shows they are learning on the job and if he can improve again this could be his time.____________________________________2:30bettingexpert: Fake NewsBred to be speedy and a market move would increase confidence.OLBG: Raven’s Raft (Nap of the Day)Good jockey booking, with SDS replacing a younger more inexperienced rider who rode last time out. This horse shaped with promise on debut and the big jockey booking indicates they could think this is his chance to win.____________________________________3:00bettingexpert: Give Em A ClumpWith the visor on to sharpen, he can take a poor seller with an improved attitude.OLBG: Give Em A ClumpFirst time visor now in this lowly class of race which can often bring about the improvement the horse needs to finally get his head in front. Ran well last time out, is better off at the weights with his rival from that day, a big-name jockey booked and the aforementioned headgear will hopefully be enough.____________________________________3:30bettingexpert: LaughtonHad an excuse for a disappointment last time and had been shaping well prior.OLBG: ZanettoVery in and out performer but at his best he is a talent, he actually won here on seasonal debut so clearly likes the track and whist he flopped last time out that is his personality. Back at a favoured track, with first time cheekpieces applied, he is worth an e/w chance.____________________________________4:00bettingexpert: Compton ParkHas ideal conditions and can gain reward for some solid efforts of late.OLBG: Relight My FireNo doubt that his reappearance run at Beverly was just to give him a pipe opener and he will surely improve for that seasonal debut. He has been a serial loser but placed plenty of higher marks than this last season and Rachel Richardson claims a handy 3 lbs off his back, e/w chance.____________________________________4:30bettingexpert: Night CircusHas potential to do better in handicaps and is less exposed than these rivals.OLBG: CommanderRoger Varian is absolutely flying winning with his last six runners. This is his only runner at the track at Thirsk, he was a good maiden winner last time out over this distance and sports some first-time headgear which may help him improve again for handicap debut.____________________________________5:00bettingexpert: El Cap (Nap of the Day)Should improve as he matures and has the best form in the book.OLBG: El CapReally interesting horse from the Sir Michael Stoute yard who does well with a few runners at this track. This horse has been running on the all-weather so far in his career but interesting they try him on turf and all the way up at Thirsk. I presume they have found a winning chance, or think they have, and Makin on board rides the track well.____________________________________5:30bettingexpert: Bold SpiritHas been running well in defeat and should go close in a wide-open finale.OLBG: Gaelic WizardWon twice over course and distance last year and whilst form this season has been a real mixed bag, 5th of ten last time out just about two weeks ago is the best form shown in ages. if the return to Thirsk helps, could hit the frame off a feather weight when riders claim is considered.____________________________________ Submit
“I’ve never competed the week before a Slam,” Murray said. “If I’m not ready five or six days beforehand, I’m assuming that I’ll probably just give it a miss.”The 32-year-old Scotsman, a former world number one now ranked 222nd, captured Grand Slam singles crowns at the 2012 US Open and at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.– Tsitsipas’s shoe issues –The Tsitsipas victory was marked by his third straight game with a delay to change left shoes, having said he damages the laces when he slides incorrectly.“There’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “The only thing is probably change my footwork, stop doing that.”Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Croatian sixth seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (9/7).Medvedev, chasing his fifth career ATP title, took the only break at the start and never faced a break point.“I managed to do what I had to do, hold my serve and win the tie-breaker,” Medvedev said. “I’m really happy with my level of play.”Next up for Medvedev will be 122nd-ranked German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk, who outlasted British 13th seed Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.Gojowczyk, who only made the event after Australian Bernard Tomic dropped out with a finger injury, won his only title in 2017 at Metz.In the accompanying WTA event, Taiwan’s 31st-ranked Hsieh Su-Wei lost to Catherine McNally 6-4, 6-3. The American faces Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the semi-finals.Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya ousted France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to book a semi-final date with American Jessica Pegula.Share on: WhatsApp Andy Murray (R) with brother Jamie at the ATP Washington Open, is improving his form with hopes of a return to singles at Cincinnati after right hip surgery in JanuaryWashington, United States | AFP | Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a singles return six months after right hip surgery while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas rolled into the world’s top five Friday at the ATP Washington Open.Britain’s Murray and his brother Jamie, in their first doubles event since the 2016 Rio Olympics, lost to New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 10-7 in a quarter-final at the US Open tuneup event.Murray has practiced singles this week to improve his conditioning after the long layoff.“I feel fine,” Murray said. “Practice has been fine. No issues physically. So progressing well. Just keep practicing the next 10 days or so and see what happens.”Top seed Tsitsipas beat French 10th seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals and ensure he will overtake Germany’s Alexander Zverev to crack the world rankings top five on Monday.“Once you’re in a certain position for a long time, you really crave for more,” Tsitsipas said.“This one position difference might not feel a lot for some people but for me it really means a lot because there has been a lot of hard work behind it, just a lot of suffering in general.“I feel I deserve this position. It means a lot for sure.”The 20-year-old Australian Open semi-finalist, who lost to Zverev in last year’s Washington semis, booked a semi-final against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who ousted Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3.“I’m excited to play him,” Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas. “He’s one of the best players in the world right now.”Murray, who feared his career might be over after the January operation, hasn’t played singles since the Australian Open but says he might return at the ATP Cincinnati Masters starting August 12.“If I feel like I’m ready, I’ll give it a go. If not, I’ll wait probably until after New York. But so far it has been fine.”Murray, set to play doubles next week at Montreal alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, doesn’t want his first singles matches back to be the best-of-five-set variety offered in Grand Slams.He ruled out playing in Winston-Salem the week before New York, figuring he would be better off practicing for a post-US Open return.
19 May 2017 Fiona completes a dream return with championship win Suffolk’s Fiona Edmond completed a dream return to golf today when she became the English senior women’s amateur champion at her first attempt.Edmond (pictured top) sealed the 2/1 win over Aileen Greenfield of Sussex when she holed a six-footer for par on the 17th at South Staffordshire Golf Club and said afterwards: “I’ve dreamed of having a 6ft putt for an English title and it’s amazing to have done that. I can’t believe this, I am so excited.”It’s been a long road to the title and the Wendy Taylor Salver. Edmond (Ipswich) was the first woman to become a Cambridge Blue for golf and in the early 1990s she was both an England and GB&I international.But her career was cut short by injury and ME, the long-term neurological condition – and then it was overtaken by the demands of six children and a garden design business. She gave up golf over two decades ago and only returned three years ago at the suggestion of one of her sons.Her game returned almost instantly and now it’s taken her back to the top. “I am so lucky, I have everything I have ever wanted in my life,” she said. “I never dreamed I would have another go at golf and winning an English title.”She arrived at South Staffordshire on an exploratory mission. “I was coming to have a look, to see what it was like and what the standard was like. I wanted to put myself in a position to find out if I enjoyed this sort of competition again – and I’ve loved it.”She qualified in sixth place and worked her way steadily through the match play, beating Lulu Housman (Wyke Ridge, Middlesex) by one hole in this morning’s semi-final. Greenfield (Pyecombe, Suffolk) made her way into the final with a two up win over top seed Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) in a low-scoring match.The finalists traded blows over the opening holes and the fifth was the first hole to be won. Edmond claimed it when Greenfield three-putted and from then on she led in the match.Both players were on form, but it was Edmond’s razor sharp golf, which rarely strayed from the fairways and greens, which won the day. If she did miss the target she could usually be relied upon to fashion a good up-and-down. She did exactly that from a bunker on the sixth to get to two up.An unexpectedly scrappy show on the 10th gave a hole back to Greenfield, but Edmond promptly won the short 11th and the long 12th with a par, birdie combination. Greenfield produced her own birdie three on 14 where she rattled in a long putt from the fringe, but after that the holes were steadily halved in par until the 17th decided the title.For Greenfield – who has just learned she needs a hip replacement – it means she’s now been runner-up in English senior championships three times. “I’m the bridesmaid again,” she said, but also pointed out that this is only her second full season of senior golf.The second flight of the championship, for the Ann Howard Trophy, was contested by the leading over-60s and was won by another newcomer to national senior golf.Rosie Waller (Kendal, Cumbria) was playing in the championship for the first time and defeated Carol Cass (Broadstone, Dorset) with a birdie on the 19th at the end of an intensely close game.“I’ve waited till I was 62 to play in this! Three of us came from Cumbria and we wanted to put Cumbria on the map,” said Waller (pictured right). “We just came to enjoy it and we have met some fantastic ladies who are now friends.”Cass, who won the 18th to take the game into extra time, remarked: “We had a fab game, there was never more than one hole in it. It was a great match and I can’t be disappointed.”Click here for full scoresImages © Leaderboard Photography
Image Courtesy: AEG/Philip O’ConnorAdvertisement 51NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs93gqlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaxh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zyzWould you ever consider trying this?😱q8sCan your students do this? 🌚7weqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ah yes, its Zlatan Ibrahimović again who is making the headlines. Well, not exactly himself, but his boyhood club Malmö FF fans. Very, angry fans. SO angry in fact, they have defaced their superstar’s statue, because the Swedish superstar purchased stake in their sworn rival side Hammarby IF.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AEG/Philip O’ConnorAfter leaving Old Trafford in 2018, the 38 year old veteran spent two breathtaking seasons with LA Galaxy, scoring 52 goals in 56 appearances, recenrly announced on Twitter about his departure before the 2020 season, and return to the European continent.Although the former Inter Milan, PSG and FC Barcelona superstar’s next destination is being speculated, it is highly rumoured that the Sweden international will end up in his home country with Hammarby IF.Advertisement A couple of days ago, Zlatan posted a clip on his official Instagram, depicting his name on the kit of Hammarby, on the same day it was revealed that the forward has bought a quarter of stake in the club. Check it out below-Now, this has created a giant outrage in the Malmö FF fanbase, as the supporters were expecting the Himmelsblått youth academy graduate to return at the Stadion in Stockholm. But, Zlatan’s ongoing business with their Allsvenskan rivals is not received very well.The statue of the player, unveiled in October outside the Stadion has been attempted to set ablaze, with the face wrapped in plastic, and toilet seat cover on the statue’s right hand- these were the ways how the fans showed their despise towards their former favourite player.There were even reports of leaving fermented fish on the doorstep of Zlatan’s house in Stockholm, and ‘Judas’ written on the door.Surprisingly, the usual outspoken Zlatan himself is yet to make any comments on the matter. However, it is evident that Hammarby or not, his childhood club will now consider him a subject of abhorrence. Advertisement
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs finally solved the voodoo curse inflicted on the Green and White by the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Colton Schell’s goal with just over three minutes remaining in the third period sparked the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Hawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoffs action Friday night before 600 plus fans at the NDCC Arena.The victory, the first in six games for Nelson against Beaver Valley, pulls the Leafs to within a game in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division semi final series.Game four is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Game five is Monday in Beaver Valley.“It was pretty exciting for us to get this win,” said a beaming Schell after the game. “Now we’re looking to do it again (Saturday).”Facing a 2-0 hole in the series, the Leafs played their best period of the series to start the game.Gavin Currie, who missed game two, started the scoring for Nelson with his first marker of the series.The Hawks tied the game as Chris Derochie scored on the power play. Beaver Valley took a 2-1 lead with another power play marker in the second, this time by Tyler Collins.Nelson then got the break it needed with Marcus Dahl stripped the puck from Mason Spear deep in the Beaver Valley zone before beating Mike Vlanich for the tying goal.In the third Beaver Valley once again took the lead when Daniel Bishop beat Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.But unlike past games the Leafs didn’t fold. Cody Abbey tied the game before Schell and Dustin Johnson into an empty net completed a three-goal run by Nelson.“We had lots of focus in the dressing room and just put bodies in front of (Mike) Vlanich and put pucks on the net,” said Schell when asked what keyed this comeback. Beaver Valley skipper Terry Jones was not pleased with the effort of his team, which he felt was “outworked” by Nelson.“(Nelson) was a desperate team. . .. They wanted it more and that was apparent from the first drop of the puck to the last drop of the puck,” said Jones. “They just sold out and were more physical than us and were full marks for the win.”“We were lucky just to hang in and I’ll be honest this was a real disappointing effort by our guys,” he added.Nelson out shot the Hawks in every period, finishing with a 38-23 margin. Marcus Beesley won his first playoff game this season as the Leaf goalie finally got the better of Vlanich.PLAYOFF NOTES: The game was halted ten minutes into the opening period when a puck that was fired in during a Leaf power play shattered the glass at the north end of the arena. . . .The six-game losing streak against Beaver Valley included four previous regular season games and two playoff games. . . .Marcus Dahl, Dustin Johnson, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart each finished the contest with two points for Nelson. . . . The points for Stewart and Schell were the first of the series for Nelson top two scorers during the regular season. . . .Dallas Calvin had two points for Beaver Valley to give him nine for the series and a tie for top spot in KIJHL scoring with Bruce Silvera of Revelstoke. . . .During the first intermission of the game, two Nelson Figure Skaters, Morgan Sabo and Shaen Panko Dool each skated a routine for the crowd. . . .In Spokane, Jesse Knowler scored at 6:16 of the first overtime period to spark the Castlegar Rebels to a 2-1 win over the Braves. Castlegar leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with game five set for Sunday in the Sunflower [email protected]
The McBride, B.C. native also toiled six games for Trail Smoke Eaters.Walchuk played his first two years in Vernon (2009-2011) before earning a scholarship to the University of Northern Michigan for the 2011-12 season. In 2011 Walchuk led the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League in points with 56, including 24 goals and 32 assists.He added another 13 goals and 20 points in 24 playoff games as Vernon finished as a runner-up in the Royal Bank Cup Championship, the Canadian Junior A National Title, one year after winning it.As a 17-year-old in 2009-10, Walchuk had 19 goals and 47 points in 56 games and was a member of the Vipers’ 2010 Royal Bank Cup ChampionshipThe 5-foot, nine-inch speedster returned in December 2011 to the Vipers to play 19 games before signing on with Spokane Chiefs to finish out the season.Walchuk played 70 games for Spokane Chiefs this season collected — 19-39-58 — and eight playoff games collected — 0-3-3. In 117 regular season games with the Vipers Walchuk picked up 44 goals and 65 assists for 109 points. Former Nelson Leafs sniper Dylan Walchuk saw his junior hockey career come to an end Saturday night when the Spokane Chiefs lost 5-0 to the Portland Winterhawks in Game four 4 of the WHL Western Conference Semi-Finals.Walchuk played as a 16-year-old rookie for the Leafs in the 2008-09 season, leading Nelson in playoff scoring — 16 goals, 10 assists for 26 points — to pace the Heritage City franchise to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.Walchuk came to the Leafs after being cut from his major midget team.He finished third in Leaf scoring with 29 goals and 36 assists in 49 games.
The future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.“(Getting a hockey scholarship) has been my goal for some time.”Hunt will have a few more years to refine her skills as the Nelson resident is only in Grade 10.However, this season has been one for the archives for the Nelson Minor Hockey grad.In the fall of 2016, the 5’5” sniper was part of Team BC’s bronze medal squad at the at the National Women’s U18 Championship in Regina.The win tied the best ever finish at the tournament for a Team BC squad.Then it was on to the BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League where Hunt led the Wild in points, putting up impressive numbers to finish tied for second in league scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games.However, the capper, ruling out of course the Wild win the BC Female title, would be inking a letter of intent with the Bemidji Beavers Women’s Team.“Bemidj has a great hockey program and good history in men’s and women’s hockey,” Hunt explained.“They have excellent coaches and facilities and also have brought in lots of really good players for next year and the year after.” Hunt said the nice “small town” setting at Bemidj also played into her decision.“People told me that I would know which one was the perfect fit me and this was the one,” she said.Now that the future has been settled, it’s back to the rink for Hunt and Company.The Wild, which have drastically improved this season, advanced in the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League playoff last weekend in Trail by sweeping past Vancouver Island Seals 2-0.Hunt scored twice while adding an assist during the 4-1 opening win.She then collected an assist in the series clinching 3-2 win as Kelsey Patterson scored twice for the Wild.“We have a great team of defence, forwards and goalies as well as great coaches so has been a lot of fun,” said Hunt as the Wild now travel to Coquitlam this weekend to face the Greater Vancouver Comets.“I had the opportunity to play a little last year which made the season easier as a rookie.”Hunt said also being part of the Academy in Trail has allow the sister of American Hockey League Springfield Thunderbirds rookie Dryden Hunt and Nelson Leafs captain Sawyer Hunt to improve her skills as she combines education and hockey on a daily schedule.“This has been an awesome year all around and has been a lot of fun.”Once the Female League has concluded, Hunt will once again shoot for a spot on the BC Under 18 Team as tryouts commence in the spring.Best grab a pair of shades en route to the tryouts on Vancouver Island.“I will work hard to try and make the team again,” she said.“Last year as an underage was such a good learning experience so excited for this year if I make the team.”Will that be Oakley, Ray-Ban or Gucci?