9 May

Photosynthetic response of the Antarctic moss Polytrichum alpestre Hoppe to low temperatures and freeze-thaw stress

first_imgThe effect of low temperatures and freeze-thaw stress on photosynthetic carbon exchange in an Antarctic population of the turf-forming moss species Polytrichum alpestre Hoppe was investigated using infra-red gas analysis. Photosynthetic recovery from freezing was found to depend on the absolute depth of low temperature experienced. Repeated freeze-thaw cycles caused a greater reduction in gross photosynthesis than constant freezing over the same period of time suggesting that the freeze-thaw event itself, and not just cold temperatures, causes damage. The frequency of freeze-thaw events was significant: freeze-thaw cycles every 12 h inflicted more damage than freezethaw cycles every 24 or 48 h. Most damage occurred during the first cycle; relatively little was recorded during subsequent cycles. At +10°C, gross CO2 flux was directly proportional to moss water content between 0.3 and 3.5 g·g−1 dry mass. Moss samples with a low water content withstood freeze-thaw cycles to -5, -10 and-20°C better than samples with a high water content indicating that desiccation in the field may improve survival at low temperatures. Microclimate data for field populations of Polytrichum alpestre at Signy Island suggest that sub-zero temperatures and freeze-thaw stress may act as limiting factors on the species’ distribution and viability, particularly when the insulating effect of snow cover is small.last_img read more

4 May

US, Philippine navies start maritime drill Sama Sama

first_img US, Philippine navies start maritime training activity Sama Sama View post tag: Sama Sama Authorities June 19, 2017 The U.S. and Philippine navies started the joint maritime training activity Sama Sama in the vicinity of Cebu, Philippines, on June 19.The week-long exercise will focus on mutual security concerns that affect the Philippines including piracy and sea smuggling, maritime domain awareness and patrol, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness.The Tagalog phrase “Sama Sama” or “together” is the central theme of the training both at sea and ashore.“We are honored to work with the US Navy during this Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama,” said Commodore Loumer P. Bernabe, Armed Forces of the Philippines. “Our training together will strengthen our relationships at the operator level and will also strengthen our alliance and partnership in maritime cooperation.”U.S. assets participating in this year’s exercise include the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) along with a P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Marines assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Navy Seabees, and staff from Commander, Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7 will also participate.The Philippine Navy units will include the Del Pilar Class Frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15), BRP Agta, an AW109 helicopter, and a BN-2 Islander aircraft, a Philippine Marine company and other naval staff will also join the exercise. View post tag: Philippine Navy Share this article View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Philippine navies start maritime training activity Sama Sama last_img read more

3 May

Powercuts cause chaos for Merton students

first_imgA power cut across areas of Central Oxford on Monday 27th April caused chaos for some Merton College students who were locked out of their accommodation on Holywell Street, with some preparing to take exams the following day.The power first cut out at around 4pm on Monday afternoon. Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, which supplies energy to the Oxford area, originally gave an estimated time of 6.30pm for the issue to be resolved, but this was later revised to 1am on Tuesday morning.Other colleges such as Wadham, Hertford and New were also affected, while the eduroam Internet service was unavailable to many students for large parts of the evening.However, it was Merton students living in Holywell who were the hardest hit, as doors to the accommodation are locked and unlocked electronically, leaving many locked out and forced to ask porters to let them in manually.Hannah Wilson, a second year Chemistry undergraduate at Merton, told Cherwell, “At first I thought it was just my house, so I grabbed my dying phone and charger to go and borrow a friend’s electricity. I then realised that a Merton migration was starting, as people abandoned their power-less rooms for libraries, so it was evidently the whole of Holywell Street.“The problem was, most of the Merton accommodation has an electric locking system, which means that once people had left the house, they couldn’t get back in, and had to rely on one person being in the house at all times, to run down and open the door.”The electricity was restored to Holywell houses 1 to 7 by 9pm on the Monday evening, though the rest of the Street remained without power until 1:11am on the Tuesday morning.Another Merton second year, studying Biology, who was taking an exam the following morning, described how students were revising by torchlight, saying, “Everyone went out to buy dinner as obviously ovens, fridges, freezers, microwaves, kettles, toasters wouldn’t work. My phone and laptop both ran out of battery. After dinner, a few of us went to Holywell 1 as they had electricity in the evening, and I worked there and charged my phone. As I have exams at the moment this was great – I had been trying to work in my room from torch light but being so dark was really not conducive to a good working environment.”Even after the power was restored early on Tuesday morning, some students in the affected area were still unable to connect to the Internet until around 9am. A University spokesperson stressed to Cherwell that the power outage was out of the control of the university’s IT services, which had responded as soon as possible. “Loss of power across such a large area and for such a long time is exceptional, and the University is still waiting to find out from the electricity board what caused the problem,” they said.“While the University’s IT Service did everything it could to minimise the impact of the power outage, the scale and timing of the outage meant that it took longer than expected to restore full service back to the network.”Not everyone was downbeat about the inconvenience, however. A staff member at the King’s Arms, on the corner of Holywell Street, told Cherwell how the pub had stayedd open by candlelight until 10pm, before closing two hours earlier than the usual time of midnight. “Everyone loved it,” he said. “They said we should do it more often!”Duncan MacDonald, a spokesperson for Scottish and Southern Energy, was unable to provide the exact cause of the outage. He said, “Our priority was, as always, to get the power back on for our customers as quickly and as safely as possible.”last_img read more

2 May

Scam Alert – Ocean City Police Department

first_imgDATE: January 8, 2018                                  CASE:   MultipleINCIDENT:  Phone ScamDATE/TIME OCCURRED:    January 2018LOCATION:  MultipleDETAILS:The Ocean City Police Department has received approximately twelve complaints over the last two weeks from citizens and local businesses pertaining to a phone scam. The scam works like this:Caller identifies themselves as a representative of Atlantic City ElectricCaller tells the victim that they are behind on their bill and payment is needed within 24 hours or their power will be shut  off The victim is instructed to go to Rite Aid or CVS and purchase a “Money Pak”  and is provided a return number to call back. Once the Money Pak is purchased, the victim is asked to call back and read the number off the Money Pak and the scam is completed.It is very important to know that on some of these calls the in-coming number on the caller ID is showing up as Atlantic City Electric. The Electric Company does not request payment in this way.  The perpetrators are praying on the victim’s fear that their utility service will be shut off during the recent inclement weather. Before you send any money over the phone, you should always call the appropriate number listed for your utility company or contact the police to report the suspicious incident.If you have been a victim of this type of scam or have information about the incident please contact the Ocean City Police Department at (609)399-9111.OFFICER PREPARING PRESS RELEASE:   Capt. Steven Ang, Public Information OfficerQuestions concerning this press release should be referred to the officer preparing the release at (609-399-9111). [email protected]last_img read more

20 Apr

Hit and run crash leads to pursuit, arrest in Elkhart

first_img Facebook Hit and run crash leads to pursuit, arrest in Elkhart By Brooklyne Beatty – September 2, 2020 0 643 IndianaLocalNews TAGScrashElkhartfranklin streethit and runIndianaindiana avenuejeep compassJustin BurnettmethNadel AvenueOakland AvenuepolicepursuitSouth Shore Drivewarrants Twitter Pinterest Previous articleGun business booming in Indiana, leading to ammo shortageNext articleMan sustains potential paralyzing injuries in Berrien County crash Brooklyne Beatty Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook (“OSP in the lights” by Oregon Department of Transportation, CC BY 2.0) A hit and run crash quickly lead to a police pursuit in Elkhart.Police were dispatched to a reported hit and run crash with injuries Monday, but while enroute, officers noticed a Jeep Compass speeding away from the crash site and running stop signs.An officer attempted to stop the Jeep on Oakland Avenue, north of Indiana Avenue. Instead, the Jeep fled and came to a dead end on Nadel Avenue at South Shore Drive. The Jeep then backed up into the squad car, causing the airbags in the squad to deploy.The Jeep then drove through a fence, turned eastbound onto Franklin Street and struck a car.Officers attempted to set up a felony stop when the Jeep backed up into them, hitting to squad cars. The Jeep then backed into a third squad car that was arriving at the scene.The driver fled the Jeep on foot, and police were able to detain him.Police discovered the Jeep was reported stolen out of Mishawaka and the license plate was stolen through the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.The driver was identified as Justin Burnett, 34 of Elkhart. Burnett was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Meth, Resisting Law Enforcement on Foot and in a Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle. He also had two active warrants for his arrest for dealing meth. WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

20 Apr

Press release: New saliva test for coronavirus piloted in Southampton

first_imgThe pilot will run for up to 4 weeks testing people on a weekly basis. Participants for the pilot are currently being registered with self-testing due to start next week.Background informationWhen participants are enrolled in the trial they will be informed that their details will be shared with the NHS Test and Trace programme so contact tracing can start immediately if there is a positive test.The need for self-isolation if participants test positive is stated in the introductory information for the pilot and the NHS Test and Trace programme will be contacting everyone who tests positive.Up to 2,000 saliva tests using Direct RT-LAMP have been completed and the results will be used in the pre-programme validation of the saliva sample test.The groups we will be rolling out sampling to include GP practice staff with their households, staff of 2 big employers and their households and university students in halls of residence: Participants will be able to complete coronavirus tests at home by putting their saliva into a sample pot to be tested for current infections of the virus.GP staff, other essential key workers, university employees and members of their households will be among the first groups to participate in the pilot, with test kits delivered either to their home or place of work for them to complete every week.Samples will be collected safely from homes by University of Southampton staff or returned to an agreed location on a weekly basis and participants will receive test results within 48 hours.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: We will initially invite Southampton’s 800-strong GP practice workforce and their households to take part, followed by some other essential key workers and some University of Southampton staff and students as we evaluate the logistics needed for regular testing of large population groups. Saliva testing could potentially make it even easier for people to take coronavirus tests at home, without having to use swabs. This trial will also help us learn if routine, at-home testing could pick up cases of the virus earlier. I am very grateful to everyone involved in the trial who is helping us develop our understanding of the virus which will benefit not only our but the global response to it. Total tests carried out: 33,000 to 40,000 LAMP assays (depending on household sizes). Professor Keith Godfrey, University of Southampton, said:center_img New coronavirus saliva test to be trialled in Southampton Weekly tests can be completed by transferring saliva into a sample pot Over 14,000 GP staff, other essential key workers and university staff and their households will participate in the first phase of the trial The new saliva test will be significant to increasing testing capacity and accessibility as it does not require the use of a swab, which some people find uncomfortable. The test has already been shown to be highly promising and the pilot is undertaking further validation against polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nasal swabs.Weekly testing as part of the pilot will help to identify coronavirus cases early on, including for those with no or minor symptoms, meaning those who test positive can isolate within their households. The details of those who test positive will be shared with the NHS Test and Trace programme so contact tracing can start immediately.This comes on top of the routine testing of asymptomatic staff in health and care settings already taking place using existing testing capacity.The pilot will be jointly led by Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton and the NHS, alongside a wider network of public services in Hampshire.In addition to the new application of using saliva from Optigene being piloted in Southampton, we are currently exploring the potential of other no-swab saliva-based coronavirus tests with companies, including Chronomics, Avacta, MAP Science and Oxford Nanoimaging (ONI). We are also working with a number of suppliers, including DNA Genotek, International Scientific Supplies Ltd, Isohelix and other leading manufacturers, to develop bespoke saliva collection kits and scale up manufacturing for products that can be used with existing PCR tests.Southampton City Council Director of Public Health Debbie Chase said: The health, social and economic impacts of lockdown cannot be underestimated. Through this initiative we believe we can contribute to safely restoring economic activity within the city and region during national relaxation measures, whilst enabling people to regain their lives, work and education. week 2 to 4: initial GP staff and household members (200 tests per week) for 3 weeks  week 3 to 4: wider GP staff (2,300 tests/week), some University of Southampton employees (10,000 tests per week) and some key workers at Southampton City Council (2,200 tests per week) for 2 weeks, including their household members week 4: university students in halls of residence (about 1,300 tests) last_img read more

1 Mar

Faculty Council meeting held Nov. 30

first_imgAt the Nov. 30 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members approved the Harvard Summer School “Courses of Instruction” for 2012. They also heard reports on advising in the College and on information technology.The council next meets on Jan. 25. The next meeting of the faculty is on Dec. 6. The preliminary deadline for the Feb. 7 meeting of the faculty is Jan. 17 at noon.last_img

17 Jan

‘Magic’ Carving.

first_img While the fruit is still small — the size of a softball — make shallow cuts or ballpoint pen markings about one-eighth of an inch deep in the rind. Be creative. Draw a jack-o’-lantern face or a child’s name or any other design. The pumpkin will heal these wounds with scar tissue. And as it grows, these scars will expand. The face, name or design etched into the young fruit will become larger, raised and rough, and clearly visible. What a delight for a child to find at harvest a pumpkin with his or her name on it, or a face smiling up at them. Start Early Pumpkins are magical, and not just as a golden coach for Cinderella. Growing most of the summer and into the fall, they require patience and persistence in your garden. But they pay off in lots of ways. High in vitamin A, pumpkins can be cooked into pies, soups, casseroles, breads, cookies and seed snacks. Or you can carve them into Jack-o’-lanterns. They come in sizes from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. “Magic carving” is a special advantage of growing your own pumpkins, especially for parents. Watch Them Grow From mid-August to harvest time in October, pumpkins grow at an amazing rate. It can be fun to measure them and keep a progress record. But be careful not to break their fragile stems. If you just can’t manage a pumpkin patch, see if you can arrange with a pick-your-own grower to engrave some pumpkins for your family only. Then when your children go to pick their pumpkins, they would find them with their own names on them.last_img read more

31 Dec

China Pollution Goals To Cut Coal Consumption

first_imgChina Pollution Goals To Cut Coal Consumption FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:SHANGHAI—China’s heavily polluted industrial province of Hebei has pledged to cut concentrations of hazardous smog particles by 14 percent by 2020, part of China’s ongoing efforts to improve air quality in the region.Following a meeting this week, the provincial government promised to cut small, airborne particles known as PM2.5 to an average of 57 micrograms per cubic metre by 2020, down from 65 micrograms in 2017, according to a notice issued by the local environmental bureau on Thursday.Smog-prone Hebei, which surrounds the capital Beijing, is a major front in China’s ongoing “war on pollution,” and it is desperate to promote cleaner forms of growth and cut fossil fuel use, especially coal.The province has been under heavy pressure to bring smog under control this winter, shutting factories, curbing traffic and converting coal-fired heating boilers as part of a state anti-pollution drive that committed 28 northern Chinese cities to reduce PM2.5 concentrations by at least 15 percent from October 2017 to March 2018.Hebei, China’s biggest steel-producing region, also said this week that it would accelerate efforts to restructure its heavy industrial economy, promote innovation, expand tourism and service sectors and increase forestation in the next three years.The province aims to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in its total primary energy mix to 10 percent by 2020, up from 5 percent in 2015 – still falling short of the national target of 15 percent for the period.More: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-pollution-hebei/chinas-hebei-pledges-to-cut-pollution-by-14-percent-by-2020-idUSKBN1EU07Wlast_img read more

6 Oct

An original 1920s home which had never been sold before has been transformed by its new owners

first_imgThe dining area before the renovation. 16 Cecil Rd, Bardon.DEVELOPMENT group Stockwell’s head of Funds Management Andrew Dalton and his wife Rachael have transformed an original Bardon home and now listed it for sale.The house at 16 Cecil Rd was bought from the original family from the mid twenties having never been sold before. The kitchen before renovation. And after.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“Interestingly it was a house that had barely been touched since the twenties,’’ Mr Dalton said.“As a consequence of that all of the original features were maintained in the home such as silky oak panelling. A total new kitchen after.“What was of interest to me was that it was something that we could preserve, the character and the heritage of the home appealed to us.’’Mr Dalton said the former owner had moved into a nursing home, but had been shown the transformation and by all accounts was happy with what they had done. The bathroom before… And how it looks now.The home will be auctioned on April 27 through Glynis Austin Properties — Ray White Real Estate.last_img read more