Impact of anthropogenic transportation to Antarctica on alien seed viability

first_imgAntarctic ecosystems are at risk from the introduction of invasive species. The first step in the process of invasion is the transportation of alien species to Antarctic in a viable state. However, the effect of long-distance human-mediated dispersal, over different timescales, on propagule viability is not well known. We assessed the viability of Poa trivialis seeds transported to Antarctica from the UK, South Africa and Australia by ship or by ship and aircraft. Following transportation to the Antarctic Treaty area, no reduction in seed viability was found, despite journey times lasting up to 284 days and seeds experiencing temperatures as low as -1.5A degrees C. This work confirms that human-mediated transport may overcome the dispersal barrier for some propagules, and highlights the need for effective pre-departure biosecurity measures.last_img read more

Latest Land Registry figures show rising prices but subdued volumes

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Latest Land Registry figures show rising prices but subdued volumes previous nextHousing MarketLatest Land Registry figures show rising prices but subdued volumesBrexit vote appears to have moved the dials very little, data revealsNigel Lewis18th October 20160688 Views The official House Price Index for August has been published by the Land Registry and it gives a detailed analysis of the UK property market for the second full month of data following the Brexit vote.It’s a mixed picture to put it mildly with strong price growth but transaction volumes that are far behind those recorded during previous years.Prices continue to climb, the Land Registry says, rising by 1.3% since July and by 8.4% across the UK to an average of £218,964, although they fell in Wales by 0.6%. and by 0.2% in the North East.The strongest, double-digit growth in prices during August took place in London, the South East and the East of England, while demand for  new build properties pushed up prices by a staggering 13.6% during august and by 26.4% year-on-year.But the HPI reveals a much less rosy picture for property sales. The number of transactions in England is down by 32.2% in England, 27.1% in Wales and 46.7% in London, the report says.“Housing market indicators for August suggested a period of relative stability during the month,” it says. “Although demand and supply was broadly unchanged compared to the previous month, the indicators remained somewhat weaker than in 2015 and early 2016.”These ‘weak’ indicators include lower lending during August compared to July and falling new home buyer activity as well as a weakening buy-to-let market following the recent Stamp Duty changes.The Land Registry also reports that the number of homes coming to the market “remains low”.Land Regsistry House price index HPI October 18, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Wasp departs Greece following mid-deployment repair

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy amphibious assault ship Wasp departs Greece following mid-deployment repair View post tag: Greece View post tag: US Navy US Navy amphibious assault ship Wasp departs Greece following mid-deployment repair U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed Greek Souda Bay port on November 1 following an eight-day port visit to complete her mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR).While the port call’s primary focus was a MDVR to ensure the ship is in fully operational condition for the remainder of her deployment, Wasp was able to host several distinguished visitors as well as local media. November 2, 2016center_img View post tag: USS Wasp Authorities “Souda Bay is a very important strategic port for both the U.S. and all NATO navies,” said Capt. F. Byron Ogden, Commander of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group. “Being able to pull into such a great facility in the Mediterranean to refit and refuel can’t be understated. It is also good to be able to take a bit of time to enjoy the island. Crete has had a long and glorious history, and visiting here is a unique opportunity for our Sailors and Marines.”“We were able to get a lot of maintenance done due to the tremendous facilities and resources here. Everyone who was on duty over the course of this port visit worked hard to make sure that this ship is in peak condition prior to pulling out. Wasp is ready for the remainder of her deployment,” Wasp Chief Engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Joe Towles, said.The visit gave sailors and marines the opportunity to experience the culture and cuisine of Crete, as well as to volunteer for community relations (COMREL) events.Prior to pulling into Souda Bay, Wasp had spent 121 days at sea, interrupted only by a brief stop for fuel in Rota, Spain.Wasp is deployed as part of the Wasp ARG to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6 commands the Wasp ARG, which consists of Wasp, amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), and amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17). The 22nd MEU is currently embarked on the Wasp ARG. Share this articlelast_img read more

University of Southern Indiana Mourns Loss Of Founding President, Dr. David L. Rice.

first_imgThe University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees and President Ronald S. Rochon announce with sadness the death of the University’s founding and first president, Dr. David L. Rice.Dr. Rice, 90, died peacefully at his residence in York, Pennsylvania, at 7:10 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, January 15, 2020.”While we are saddened by his death, we want to celebrate the legacy Dr. Rice has left,” said Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, USI president. “Our story is one of community, of linking arms, minds and resources to overcome adversity. More than a half-century ago, an institution of public higher education in Southwestern Indiana was only a dream.It took the perseverance of Dr. Rice and those around him to make this dream a reality. Never underestimate the power of an idea, how it can transform lives, and how it can propel a community. Dr. Rice knew this-and we celebrate and embody these tenants each and every day in all that we do.”The visitation and funeral will be held on the USI campus. Arrangements are pending and will be updated when available on the USI website and the Browning Funeral Home website, Additional information, as well as a tribute to Dr. Rice’s legacy, can be found at LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Secaucus’ Mack reaches 1,000-point milestone like her…

first_imgBut the impossible became reality last Saturday, when Mack drained a corner jump shot for the magical milestone.Mack joined her father, Kenny, who tallied 1,256 points during his playing days, still the school’s boys’ scoring mark.Kenny Mack was a great hoopster during his scholastic days of Secaucus, earning a scholarship to Utica College and eventually St. Peter’s College (now known as St. Peter’s University).So there it was, Lindsay accomplishing what her father did, creating a slice of history at the same time. It is believed that no father/daughter combination ever reached the 1,000-point plateau at the same school.“It’s pretty amazing,” Kenny Mack said. “Probably there are other dads and daughters who have done it, but probably not at the same high school.”Kenny Mack is currently a seventh grade social studies teacher at the Union Hill Middle School in Union City. He’s also been the driving force in young Lindsay’s career, teaching her and coaching her. After all, Mack was a member of the St. Peter’s Peacocks team that went to the NCAA Tournament in 1991.Mack sat back when Lindsay was younger and tried different things.“She was a dancer when she was younger and she played soccer, but then she signed up for basketball in second grade and her life changed,” Kenny Mack said. “She made the travel team in fourth grade. We always played sports in the house, so that helped her. But I never pushed it on her. She started to like basketball more and that began to pay off.”Lindsay Mack said that she started to focus more on basketball because of one simple reason.“I just liked having fun and basketball was fun for me,” Lindsay Mack said. “I just liked playing basketball better. I liked being with my friends and having a good time. My parents have always been my biggest supporters, taking me to camps, clinics and practices all over the place. But it all started in my backyard with my Dad.”Lindsay Mack started to realize that she was getting pretty good at the game during her AAU travel days.“I saw my shot develop and that’s when I knew,” Lindsay Mack said. “I started hearing it from other people that I was pretty good and that was good for my confidence.”Secaucus head girls’ basketball coach John Sterling watched Mack evolve into a sensational basketball player.“She was a year-round basketball player, so that helped,” Sterling said. “I could see how hard she worked. It’s no surprise that she’s getting better all the time. She came into high school ready to play varsity.”Mack got the opportunity to play a lot as a freshman, but she really started to come into her own last year, when she averaged 14 points per game.This year, as a junior, Mack has been downright explosive. Over the last six games, she’s been totally unstoppable.She scored 25 against Ridgefield, 21 against Leonia, 20 with nine rebounds in a win over Paterson Kennedy, 26 with eight rebounds and five steals in a win over Harrison, 21 against New Milford with seven rebounds and her 1,000th career point and 17 against Bergen Charter, in a game that Mack was done after halftime.For her efforts, Lindsay Mack is the Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week for the past week.“I couldn’t find a better girl to coach,” Sterling said. “You walk into the gym and she already has a ball in her hands. She’s so level headed and focused all the time. I can yell at her and she doesn’t react. I can give her praise and I get the same thing.”There were times this season when Mack turned an ankle and Sterling was sure that she would miss a few games.“But she just had the trainer tie the sneakers a little tighter and she went back out there,” Sterling said. “She’s been tough enough to come back a couple of times. She has that intestinal fortitude and mental toughness.”Sterling also credits the time that Mack has put into the game.“I think the time she has put into playing basketball has made her an exceptional shooter,” Sterling said of Mack, who is averaging 18.1 points per game this season. “She has picture perfect form and shoots at a high percentage.”Sterling said that Mack has already received an offer to play college basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson University and that others should be coming in shortly.“She’s definitely playing at the next level,” Sterling said. “We’ll see what her options are. This has taken years of preparation for her to get to this point. She fits beautifully with our style of play and she’s played with good players. I think it’s a combination of that, plus all the work she’s put in.”“She’s been lucky to have a great basketball coach,” Kenny Mack said. “She’s had good coaches along the way.”Including Dad, who spent two years with his daughter coaching the Secaucus Recreation All-Stars.“This is big,” said Kenny Mack, who stands 6-foot-10. “This is really big, watching her grow and develop into a great player.”Kenny Mack’s picture is pasted on a plaque outside the gym as a member of the Secaucus Hall of Fame. Chances are that some 10 years from now, Lindsay Mack’s photo will don the wall next to her father. – Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER – Kenny Mack (left) presents the basketball representing her 1,000th career point to his daughter Lindsay, who achieved the record last week. Kenny Mack was also a 1,000-point scorer at Secaucus. Photo by Jim Hague ×LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER – Kenny Mack (left) presents the basketball representing her 1,000th career point to his daughter Lindsay, who achieved the record last week. Kenny Mack was also a 1,000-point scorer at Secaucus. Photo by Jim Haguecenter_img Lindsey Mack really didn’t want all the attention and fanfare that came with scoring the 1,000th point of her basketball gymnasium, the banners that were hung, confetti tossed and hugs abound as the Patriots trounced the Patriots, 70-47.“I first thought that I could get a thousand rebounds,” Mack said. “But never did I dream of getting a thousand points, especially as a junior. I thought it was impossible. It’s all so unreal.”last_img read more


first_img An Act of God View Comments David Javerbaum says he’s the “adaptor” of Broadway’s An Act of God (claiming the Almighty wrote the text), but we’re going to go out on a limb and call him the author. Javerbaum is a 13-time Emmy-winning former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is the co-author of America: The Book and Earth: The Book and the sole author of The Last Testament: A Memoir by God and What to Expect When You’re Expected: A Fetus’s Guide to the First Three Trimesters. His Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod has nearly two million followers. He is also a Tony-nominated lyricist who co-wrote the musical Cry-Baby. He also co-wrote the opening number of the 2011 Tony Awards with Adam Schlesinger and the opening number of the 2016 Tony Awards with Gary Barlow. caught up with Javerbaum at the Booth Theatre just as An Act of God, starring Sean Hayes, opened on the Great White Way.What time of day do you get your best work done?I don’t have the regularity I should have as a writer. I don’t have a time of day or time of the week or a time of the month. The time restraint I need is that of a deadline. If I’m being made to do something I will do it. I’ve learned over time to put myself in positions in which I have no choice but to write something. What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? I just think about the task that has to be done. I think about the specific context. I like to think of it as a process of discovering what was already there rather than creating something from scratch. I know that sounds pretentious.Where do your best ideas come from?I could be anywhere and then something clicks in my subconscious or unconscious. It just pops into my head and all of a sudden its there. I know one thing that happens to me when writing a joke is that the joke will pop into my head and pop out of my mouth completely correctly. Every time I repeat it, it gets worse and worse. That’s because I’m putting more of my intellect and second thoughts into it, where the first pass was the instinctive, correct, unthinking verbiage. I’ve tried my best over the years to be more instinctive and not to overthink too much.What inspired An Act of God?It was based on two previous things of mine: One being the book and one being the Twitter account that stemmed from the book. Which came first?The book—or the idea of the book. The Twitter account started as I wrote the book and by the time the book came out, the Twitter account had already developed a following. It developed more and more of a following over the subsequent years. Jeffrey Finn, the producer, approached me and said he’d love to put those things together into a play for a star of some kind. So that was the basis for it. Then I retired the Twitter account for reasons of personal sanity.Did you write drafts for your tweets?No, but I would often delete tweets very quickly if I didn’t think they would get enough hits. One thing about Twitter that is both a blessing and a curse: It is very easy to get a metric of how it’s doing. You can do a statistical analysis of it, which is a very rare thing in the world of writing comedy. Usually, it’s a more subjective thing, but that’s very objective. Which writers inspire you?What was on your mind as you were writing this play?I was thinking about making it something that—even though I knew I was going to have to be essentially a monologue—had an arc. It needed that to be an alive theatrical experience. It had to have a shape and a character that changed over the course of it. And it had things that made you feel like the equivalent of being in the presence of God in some way. And I knew that if God came down in the form of Sean Hayes and actually did this play, the budget per night would be 10 trillion dollars, given what God could actually do. So how then it was: What do you do to maintain the tension of the night that’s produce-able but also feels like there’s some kind of powerful force on stage—even with someone seemingly benign looking as Jim Parsons or Sean Hayes.How did you decide to solve the problem?With audience interaction—with having two angels, one of whom goes through the audience as the spokesmen of humanity. It gradually goes from a friendly back and forth to a more hostile back and forth, where God takes his anger out on the angel and vicariously on humanity.What play changed your life?You’ve had a terrific career in comedy writing. Were you a funny kid?I was always inclined to at least try to be funny. As the years went on, I was lucky enough to get paid to do it professionally. It became a muscle, and I became better and better at it and my hit-to-miss ratio got better. I learned to rewrite and to cut. One of the many lessons I learned from The Daily Show specifically is that jokes are not my children: they can be killed. I’m not attached to anything. If something doesn’t work, you just cut it or you change it. I just want the overall thing to work. Who are your comedy gods?All the usual suspects: I think. Monty Python, Steve Martin, Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker]. I’ve recently fallen in love with Tim [Heidecker] and Eric [Wareheim]; I think they’re amazing. Bill Murray—all those guys. People I’ve worked with: Jon Stewart, [Stephen] Colbert; they’re not gods because I know them, but that makes them even more impressive. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about writing?A general one that everyone knows is the ultimate truest thing: Show, don’t tell. That is the ultimate thing. If you can show something rather than telling it, then you’re engaging the mind a spirit of the audience in a way that telling doesn’t.What’s the nitty, gritty hard work of being a writer no one ever told  you?That it’s just a whole lot of getting nothing done. It’s amazing how much of the time I spend writing is actually writing: It’s about one percent. I’m also amazed at how much of it is failure.What’s something you think all aspiring writers and comedy writers should do or see or think about?I think in one way or another they need to allow their work to be seen and criticized and beaten down until they realize—after years—that you are not your work. Also, you will realize that you can write something that’s not perfect and it doesn’t mean you’re not a good writer. Once you can separate yourself from your work a little bit, it improves both you and your work. What’s your favorite tweet of God?”Never let the fear of failure keep you from failing.”What’s your favorite line in An Act of God? David Javerbaum (Photo: Caitlin McNaney)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

Hempstead Girl, 12, Critically Killed in Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 12-year-old girl died a day after she was shot while she was inside her Hempstead home on Friday evening, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a 911 call at a Dartmouth Street home, where they found the victim, Dejah Joyner, suffering from a gunshot wound at 5 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she is listed in grave condition. She died Saturday.Homicide Squad detectives determined that a single gunshot was fired from the street and struck the child while she was in her living room, police said.Police are offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

L&G brightens south-east gloom

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Statoil suggests name change to support development as broad energy company

first_imgThe board of directors of Norway’s oil and gas giant Statoil has proposed to change the name of the company to Equinor to support the company’s strategy and development as a broad energy company.The name Equinor is formed by combining “equi”, the starting point for words like equal, equality and equilibrium, and “nor”, signalling a company proud of its Norwegian origin, and who wants to use this actively in its positioning, Statoil explained on Thursday.“The world is changing, and so is Statoil. The biggest transition our modern-day energy systems have ever seen is underway, and we aim to be at the forefront of this development. Our strategy remains firm. The name Equinor reflects ongoing changes and supports the always safe, high value and low carbon strategy we outlined last year,” says chair of the board in Statoil, Jon Erik Reinhardsen.“For us, this is a historic day. Statoil has for almost 50 years served us well.  Looking towards the next 50 years, reflecting on the global energy transition and how we are developing as a broad energy company, it has become natural to change our name. The name Equinor captures our heritage and values, and what we aim to be in the future,” says Statoil’s President and CEO Eldar Sætre.The new name will be proposed to shareholders in a resolution to the Annual General Meeting on May 15. The Norwegian government, as majority shareholder, supports the proposal and will vote in favor of the resolution.“Equinor is a powerful expression of who we are, where we come from and what we aspire to be. We are a values-based company, and equality describes how we want to approach people and the societies where we operate. The Norwegian continental shelf will remain the backbone of our company, and we will use our Norwegian heritage in our positioning as we continue growing internationally within both oil, gas and renewable energy,” says Sætre.Statoil said that its strategy presented in 2017, sets clear principles for the development of a distinct and competitive portfolio. Statoil will develop long-term value on the Norwegian continental shelf, deepen in core areas and develop new growth options internationally.According to Statoil, it is one of the world’s most carbon-efficient producers of oil and gas, and will develop its low carbon advantage further. The company is building a material industrial position within profitable renewable energy, and expects to invest 15-20% of total capex in new energy solutions by 2030.“We delivered solid results for 2017 and are today in a strong position. We have strengthened our competitiveness, radically improved our project portfolio and have a clear strategy for further development of our company. As we position ourselves for long term value creation and to be competitive also in a low carbon future, we have been searching for a name that captures our heritage and values, and at the same time reflects the opportunities we see. I am confident that the name Equinor will support our strategy and vision to shape the future of energy,” says Sætre.“Once formally approved 15 May, we will start the roll out of the new name and brand. Equinor is a name that is forward-looking, and creates a strong platform for engagement and dialogue with a broad set of stakeholders. We believe it will create internal alignment and pride, and help attract capital, partners and talents,” says Reidar Gjærum, Senior Vice President for Corporate Communication in Statoil.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Wildcats Soccer Results

first_imgThe Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers continue to show their dominance in soccer but FCHS Lady Wildcats turn a lemon history to lemonade breaking a 10 year shutout streak to score on Lawrenceburg 8-2.The Wildcats Cinderella Team this season turned from cold to hot and provided a competitive match against the Tigers. The young team has had its ups and downs but started to gel in this matchup against the 4 year Sectional champs.FCHS Lady Wildcats JV also broke down the shut out barrier with a goal againsts the Tigers chain link defense piercing in a top bar shot in a 9 to 1 lose to set the stage for shift in play and outcome for the second half of the season.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach John Litchholt.FCHS Lady Wildcats continue to struggle to find the combination that will gel to spark their offense in season start falling to Union County 5-2.The aggressive and strong physical game of the Spartans caught the Wildcats on their heels and pushed and pushed goals in the net to finish with a 5 to 2 upset.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach John Litchholt.last_img read more