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Enhanced sexual reproduction in bryophytes at high latitudes in the maritime Antarctic

first_imgContrary to the generally accepted hypothesis that bryophyte fertility decreases with increasing latitude and therefore climatic severity, a detailed study of bryophyte reproductive strategies at sites in the southern maritime Antarctic (68–72°S) has revealed that an unexpectedly high proportion of species is capable of producing sporophytes. Of the regional bryoflora, 43% (19 species; 17 mosses, 2 liverworts) in Marguerite Bay and 47% (17 species; 16 mosses, 1 liverwort) in Alexander Island are known to produce sporophytes, although the number fruiting at comparable latitudes on the colder and more arid Antarctic continent is less (33%). These numbers and proportions are much greater than were previously known at such relatively high southern polar latitudes. Sporophytes of several species are recorded for the first time within the Antarctic biome, while those of two liverworts (Lophozia excisa and Cephaloziella varians) are reported for the first time south of 62°S. High incidence of sporophyte production is attributed to locally favourable microclimatic conditions producing small-scale ‘oases’. The large majority of fertile mosses are monoecious short acrocarps growing on rather calcareous soils. Spore production and size data for a number of species are compared with previously published studies of the same or closely related species from the northern maritime Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, but no consistent trends are revealed between species over the latitudinal gradient.last_img read more

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Russian Hydrographic Ship Heads for Mediterranean Sea

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Hydrographic Ship Heads for Mediterranean Sea April 6, 2012 View post tag: heads View post tag: Hydrographic View post tag: Russian View post tag: sea Russian Hydrographic Ship Heads for Mediterranean Sea View post tag: ship View post tag: Mediterranean View post tag: Navy Black Sea Fleet (BSF) hydrographic ship Donuzlav left Sevastopol on Apr 4 heading for the Mediterranean Sea.Main goal of the cruise is providing participation of Russian experts in 18-th International Hydrographic Conference to take place in Monaco in Apr 23-27. Expectedly, representatives of 70 countries are to attend the conference, but only Russia, the US, and China will delegate hydrographic survey vessels.Crew of Donuzlav has participated in such high-level international forums before, for instance, BSF mariners represented Russia in Monaco in 1987 and 2009.During the 1.5-month long cruise, the crew will conduct oceanographic researches to correct navigation charts, survey anchorage sites, and determine operating parameters and range of radio beacons.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; Image: sevastopol Share this articlelast_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” FEBRUARY 14,2018

first_imgIf you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailShare Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that State Representatives McNamara,  Bacon, Washburne, and Sullivan were correct in voting “yes” on the “Pay Day Loan” bill?last_img read more

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Riverside Bakery for sale as administrators called in

first_imgMiddlesbrough-based Riverside Bakery has gone into administration, leaving 35 jobs in the balance.Accountant Baker Tilly has been appointed administrator and hopes to sell the business as a growing concern.The firm has traded as a wholesale baker of bread buns for 25 years, supplying schools, colleges, sandwich shops and other food retailers.Joint administrator Mark Ranson said the bakery had found the current economic conditions increasingly difficult.”However, we are optimistic about selling the business as a going concern and safeguarding jobs.” he added. “In addition to being well-established, the bakery has a strong reputation across the north east and, in recent years, has invested in modern production facilities.”last_img read more

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Transparency data: Voluntary scheme aggregate net sales and payment information: May 2020

first_imgThis document sets out the NHS’s quarterly aggregate net sales and payment information on pharmaceuticals for May 2020.The 2019 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access is an agreement between DHSC and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) on getting the best value and most effective medicines into use more quickly.last_img

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Online Music Festival To Stream Against Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony

first_imgUpdate 1/19/17: Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, Dirtwire (ft. David Satori of Beats Antique), and Moondog Matinee have all been added to this festival lineup!This Friday, an online music and arts festival is scheduled for webcast as an alternative to the “Unpresidented” Trump Inauguration. Streamstock 2017 will see performances from Lettuce, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Holly Bowling, San Geronimo, Hot Buttered Rum, David Gans, Eufórquestra, The Garcia Project, Acoustically Speaking, Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, Dirtwire (ft. David Satori of Beats Antique), Moondog Matinee, and the debut performance of Bill Kreutzmann’s Rooster Conspiracy. These artists will use the opportunity to raise awareness for progressive causes and take on Trump’s Inaugural ceremony by webcasting at the same exact time.More artists are going to be announced in the coming days. Streamstock 2017 is of the people, by the people, and for the people, so we expect the concept to catch on to artists as big as the ones who turned down the actual Inauguration.As for Bill Kreutzmann’s Rooster Conspiracy, the band’s lineup is going to be revealed, in part, through a scavenger hunt of sorts through social media pages. An official announcement will be made on Thursday. Because this will run simultaneously as Inauguration coverage, it will start early AM, EST. A detailed schedule is forthcoming.The event is continuing to accept links from musicians/bands, and performers. All you need to do is provide a YouTube video link of your own performance, and let them know your cause . Include a link to your own music/artist webpage, and send everything to [email protected] The deadline for submissions is January 18.Anyone with Facebook Messenger can download the Streamstock 2017 App for free right here. All you have to do is go to this Facebook page and hit the Use App button, or look up Streamstock 2017 in Facebook Messenger.last_img read more

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Alumnus named Mitchell Scholar

first_imgOn Nov. 25, The U.S.-Ireland Alliance announced a 2008 Notre Dame alumnus is one of this year’s Mitchell Scholars and will receive a full scholarship to a one-year Master’s program in Ireland.  Molly Hayes, a Kenya desk officer at the U.S. Department of State who graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in English and Arabic, was one of 12 people selected from a pool of 300 applicants.  According to her biography on the Mitchell Scholars website, Hayes has worked as desk officer for multiple North African nations, and she was a deputy coordinator for the Egypt Task Force during the Arab Spring.  During Hayes’s time at Notre Dame, the biography said, she founded ND-Abroad, which worked to help students studying abroad and “developed a University Counseling Center support group for students who experienced trauma abroad.”  Hayes plans to study postcolonial and world literature at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, according to the biography. Dr. Jeffrey Thibert, assistant director of National Fellowships at the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), said the award, which is on par with the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, will bring prestige to the University.  “These are the kinds of things that raise the academic profile of an institution and really enhance Notre Dame’s reputation as a world-class research institution, and really is providing a world-class undergraduate education,” Thibert said. “I think, especially in Molly’s case, it’s a testament to the kind of … education she received here that helped her to achieve such great things in the past four to five years since she left.”  Thibert said the award also raises the profile of CUSE, through which Hayes did research when she was an undergraduate.  “There are a lot of opportunities here, in part through CUSE, but also through other groups on campus to receive funding for undergraduate projects, undergraduate research of all different kinds,” he said. “I’ve been at a few other institutions, and I’m amazed at how much support there is for that here, so I would really encourage people to take advantage of that. “[Doing research through CUSE] contributed, in a sense, to her winning this award, but it also contributed to her being able to get into the kinds of positions she got into with the State Department. And I think that made a really big difference in her application to have these kinds of experiences, which she might not have been able to have if she had not had the opportunities she had here.”  Thibert said while some scholarship applications require University endorsements, the Mitchell Scholars Program does not. He said his office worked with her on other aspects of the application.  “We mostly worked on interviewing advice,” Thibert said. “We have sort of a database of information from past years because we’ve had people interviewing for these things and there’s also a fellowship adviser organization that collects information on these things. We were giving her some advice on what to expect from the semifinalist interview and then from the finalist interview.”  Thibert said he also hopes the fact that Hayes won the scholarship will raise awareness of the opportunities Notre Dame alumni have, even after they graduate.  “We’re trying to do more to reach out to these alumni to get the word out about some of these awards, because sometimes people think when they graduate, that’s kind of it,” he said. “Even if they know they’re eligible for certain things, they don’t realize they can still work with us, but they can. As long as someone graduated from here, we are happy to work with him [or her].”  Contact Emily McConville at [email protected]last_img read more

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Where will loan growth occur in 2016?

first_imgImprovements in members’ ability and willingness to borrow will almost certainly fuel credit union loan growth into 2016. But where will growth likely occur?Mortgages, auto loans, and member business lending are likely to be the most promising areas of growth.At midyear 2015, first mortgages accounted for 41% of total credit union loans outstanding, making it the largest (by far) of the seven key portfolios CUNA tracks.Credit union first mortgages outstanding increased 8.7% in 2013, 9.1% in 2014, and 9.6% in the year ending June 2015. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Thai teen died of avian flu; infected eagles enter Belgium

first_imgOct 25, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza concerns rose on two continents today as Thai authorities announced another human death from the H5N1 strain and European officials alerted travelers about two airline flights that had carried infected eagles from Thailand to Belgium last week.A 14-year-old Thai girl from northern Sukhothai province who died Oct 19 had H5N1 influenza, an official said in an Associated Press report today. A World Health Organization update said the girl developed symptoms on Oct 8 and that chickens at her household had died suddenly in late September.This was the first confirmed human death from H5N1 in Thailand since a mother and daughter died in late September, in a rare instance of probable human-to-human transmission. The teen-ager’s death brings to 32 the toll from H5N1 influenza in Southeast Asia since late January. A dozen nonfatal H5N1 cases have been confirmed as well.In Belgium, two infected mountain hawk eagles were seized from a Thai man who had smuggled them into the country in his airplane carry-on bag Oct 18, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Passengers were warned about the situation today, after the eagles’ infection was confirmed.The man traveled on EVA Airways flight BR0061 from Bangkok to Vienna on Oct 17 and on Austrian Airlines Flight OS351 from Vienna to Belgium, arriving Oct 18. He had two small, live eagles wrapped in plastic tubing in his carry-on bag, news services reported.Although the man was released, the eagles were seized and quarantined at the Brussels airport. Both eagles tested positive for H5N1 influenza yesterday and were euthanized, along with two parrots being held at the quarantine site, news services reported. The eagles’ owner later turned himself in for medical examination at the request of authorities, AFP reported.Belgium’s health ministry urged all the other passengers on the man’s flights to see their doctors as a precaution, Bloomberg News reported. The European Commission said the travelers should see their doctors if they experienced flu-like symptoms, according to AFP.”Although the risk of transmission from the animals to humans is limited, it cannot be excluded since the birds traveled in the passenger cabin in hand luggage,” the European Commission said, as quoted by AFP.”The birds never left the quarantine installations at Brussels airport and did not pose any threat to the European poultry flock,” the commission said.Customs officers and scientists who encountered the ailing eagles were preventively treated with antiviral medication, Belgian news reports said. A recent report by Dutch researchers showed an antiviral medication had helped protect people exposed to H7N7 avian flu during a 2003 outbreak in the Netherlands.A veterinarian who examined the eagles in Belgium has contracted a “light” case of conjunctivitis, according to the AFP report, attributing the information to the Belga news agency. It was not clear whether that illness was linked to the eagles. However, conjunctivitis was the most commonly reported condition among people infected with the H7N7 avian flu during the Dutch outbreak.See also:WHO statement about human case in Thailandhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_10_25/en/last_img read more

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Govt signals it will feed hungry kids

first_imgNZ Herald 6 Oct 2012Food programmes for hungry Kiwi schoolchildren may soon get a boost from the Government to top off an overwhelming public response to recent media appeals.Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, who chairs a Cabinet committee on poverty, has told the Weekend Herald society must accept an obligation to feed hungry children even if their parents lacked “a strong sense of responsibility”.He said he was “quite open” to considering a national food strategy for low-decile schools as proposed by an expert group appointed by Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills.“I wouldn’t rule it out. We need to address that directly in the context of the education budget,” he said.“There’s no doubt that there are kids in homes where there is not a strong sense of responsibility. It’s the obligation of the rest of us to do something about that.”Mr English said a recent survey found that only 3 to 4 per cent of children were missing out on breakfast.“I don’t think it’s correct that tens of thousands of kids are turning up without breakfast.“There is no doubt that when they do, they are not in great shape to learn. We are willing to grapple with that problem without setting out to undermine the efforts and the sense of responsibility that most parents have for their kids.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838730last_img read more

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