Morphology and adaptation of aquatic mosses in an Antarctic lake

first_imgTwo species of moss growing in Moss Lake on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, had unusual morphologies with large leaves and long internodes. Both Calliergon sarmentosum and Drepanocladus cf. aduncus differed from their terrestrial counterparts and from each other in the character of their leaves. The two genera differed in the ability of the terrestrial forms to develop a large-leaved growth form. Calliergon, which was represented by the same species in both environments, changed to the aquatic morphology when separated shoots were grown either submerged or under damp conditions. Ught intensity was not an important factor influencing change in morphology. In contrast, terrestrial Drepanocladus uncinatus, the closest taxonomic counterpart of D. cf. aduncus on Signy Island, did not show any adaptation under similar conditions. The aquatic forms also showed a corresponding degree of plasticity in their natural habitat. Calliergon varied from robust shoots to microphyllous or even leafless stems whereas Drepanocladus cf. aduncus only grew in the robust form. These differences were related to the success of the two species at different depths and it is suggested that the very low compensation points of the two mosses (reported in a separate study) resulted from the morphology of the plants.last_img read more

Jamal Willis Coming To Gunnison High School For Football Clinic

first_img Tags: Gunnison Football; Jamal Willis; Cutback Elite Speed Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGUNNISON, Utah-Former BYU football star tailback Jamal Willis will be in Gunnison Saturday for a one-day speed-agility camp per the official Twitter account of Gunnison High School football.Willis, who played 11 games for the San Francisco 49ers in 1995, was a standout tailback at BYU from 1991-1994, amassing 4,065 scrimmage yards and 40 total touchdowns in his collegiate career.On his Twitter account, Willis promised participants that “cutback elite speed” is coming to Gunnison High School for his first traveling camp of the season.This camp will be at Gunnision High School on Saturday April 21 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and costs $40.Participants can register by paying the $40 to Kera by Friday April 20.More information is available at goodtogreatathletics.com. April 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jamal Willis Coming To Gunnison High School For Football Cliniclast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” AUGUST 9, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” 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?IS IT TRUE according to Vanderburgh County School Board member Anne Ennis that the iLearn test has cost the Indiana taxpayers about $45 million over the last three year?IS IT TRUE that  Dr. Adrian Brooks niece is the newly appointed Superintendent of the Indianapolis public school system?IS IT TRUE we are told that a couple of local of financially well-heeled business people would be interested in bringing back an ECHL professional hockey team to Evansville if they could get the same $1,000 Ford Center home game rate as the Evansville Thunderbolts?IS IT TRUE that the person calculating the official attendance of September 1, 2019, live race at Ellis Park must have had a serious computer glitch?  …they reported around 18,000 people attended September 1, 2019, live races at Ellis Park?  …the track largest recorded attendance was 8,500 people when they had the Camel and Ostrich races on the same day?IS IT TRUE a couple of years ago the only grocery store in Jacobsville closed without warning?…this creates a food desert right after a politician proclaimed Jacobsville is an up and coming neighborhood?…the reasons given by the Buehler’s IGA for closing the doors was the high levels of theft that were occurring at the store?…this is the same kind of criminality that supposedly killed the Wesselman’s, the Sunshine Market?IS IT TRUE that a neighborhood grocery store is a vital part of any redevelopment effort?  …if you want to clean up places like Jimtown and Jacobsville, the first step is to get rid of the Jims and Jacobs who rob and pillage everything that is out there? …good-paying jobs, reliable public transportation, affordable livable housing, good schools, affordable daycare services, a quality grocery store, and accessible and affordable healthcare would go a long way in helping people in that area?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that there is a quiet movement afoot to find a way to fund a discount grocery operation on North Main Street?  …we won’t be surprised if Mayor Winnecke will announce that he has found someone to build aa new grocery store on North Main street just before the election?  …we really hope that happens?IS IT TRUE we also wonder when construction will begin on the old downtown YMCA annex building?  … this building has been vacant of at least 35 plus years?  …many years years ago we read in the local newspaper that local developers were going to turn this former 5th Street YMCA annex building into housing for the homeless? …this proposed housing project turns out to be another downtown “Pie In The Sky“ venture that can’t get bank financing?IS IT TRUE that the Executive Director of the “Right To Life of Southwest Indiana”, Mary Ellen Van Dyke is doing an excellent job of protecting the unborn?IS IT TRUE we have an outstanding group of law enforcement professionals that are doing everything they can to protect us?  …It’s almost impossible for members of law enforcement to stop anyone from killing someone?  …It’s obvious that its time for our elected officials to look for more creative ways to help of our law enforcement agencies so they can do a better job fighting violent crime?IS IT TRUE the City-County Observer is somewhat distressed over the number of shootings and beatings that are happening in Evansville that are being reported?…nary a day goes by that some poor soul gets shot in either the Southside or downtown  Jacobsville?  …our local first responders are doing one heck of a job in chasing down the bad people that are responsible for these criminal acts?IS IT TRUE that 31% of fatal drunk-driving accidents occur on the weekend?  …more drunk drivers are on the road Saturday nights between midnight and 3 AM than any other time of the week?IS IT TRUE since the Evansville Courier and Press sold their office building on Walnut Street, laid many employees off and moved the printing of their paper to Lousiville, Ky we hope that they will become more productive and profitable?  …that the City-County Observer wishes the good people at the Courier and Press many more successful years in the publishing business?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Regional Airport has experienced several multi-million dollar expansion projects over the last several years?  …there has been some extensive expansion of the flight terminal and the runways and also an increase in new flight destinations to other cities during the last several years?  …we give five (5) cheers to the Board and Directors, management and staff at the Evansville Regional Airport for a job well done?IS IT TRUE we wonder how many people have received a summons to appear at the Warrick, Posey and Vanderburgh County Superior Court-Small Claims Division to dispute the validity of a medical debt allegedly owed for medical services at our local hospitals and medical clinics during the last two years?  …that ProPublica claims that medical bills are often riddled with errors? …that they also suggest that you should ask your medical provider if they have a financial assistance policy, which could result in a sliding scale discount?IS IT TRUE that we are pleased to report that the Toyota plant in Princeton is growing by leaps and bounds? …Toyota provides people with high wage jobs with impressive benefits and it is hard to imagine the Tri-State without Toyota?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that many people are extremely pleased with the way our Vanderburgh County Commissioners are conducting themseleves?Todays “Readers Poll” question Is: Should State official be held harmless because of the extreme drop in the state ILEARN test scores?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, Channel 44 News, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS, LOCAL SPORTS, AND OBITUARY.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO dailyIf you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Unmasking minstrelsy

first_imgIt’s a difficult exhibition to explore, but one that its organizers hope will promote a deeper understanding of America’s brutal history of slavery, segregation, and racism, and their legacy.“Unmasking Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in American Popular Culture” is composed of items from the Harvard Theatre Collection in Houghton Library, which holds one of the world’s most extensive archives of minstrelsy materials. A selection of the library’s charged material, on view in three glass cases and two wall displays on the Loeb Music Library’s second floor, offers visitors a disturbing look at the racist history and enduring echoes of blackface minstrelsy in contemporary culture.Through a range of photos, music scores, playbills, and other artifacts, the exhibition pulls back the curtain on the 19th century entertainment niche in which white performers darkened their faces with burnt cork and enacted generally demeaning caricatures of African-Americans in song, dance, comedy, and variety acts.“To me, it’s really important for students, both graduate and undergraduate, to learn how to talk about racial issues, it’s one of the central aspects in a liberal education,” said Carol Oja, the Harvard Music Department chair whose seminar last semester, “Blackface Minstrelsy in 19th-Century America,” inspired the student-curated show. “A seminar and an exhibition like this give students an opportunity to learn how to do that.”Included in the display is information on Thomas Dartmouth Rice, a white blackface performer and playwright known as “the father of American minstrelsy.” Rice’s stage caricature “Jim Crow” became both a racial slur and the phrase for describing the segregation laws that undercut African-Americans from the end of Reconstruction through the middle of the 20th century.Other materials point to the long reach of minstrelsy in American popular culture. “Despite its degrading imagery and lyrics,” said Oja, “minstrelsy produced some of the most beloved tunes in the American Songbook.” Well-known melodies with minstrel roots such as “Oh! Susanna,” “Buffalo Gals,” and “My Old Kentucky Home” were printed in 19th- and 20th-century elementary school songbooks.Other songs were adopted as state anthems. Virginia’s state song “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” was only withdrawn in 1997 after complaints about its racist lyrics. Beloved entertainers such as the actor and singer Bing Crosby performed in blackface, and racist depictions of black protagonists endured in radio and television shows through the 1950s and beyond. Even the cartoon character Bugs Bunny was depicted in blackface.The exhibition, which runs through May 8, illuminates yet another complex and complicated dimension of blackface minstrelsy: African-Americans who performed in blackface. Following Emancipation, minstrelsy provided African-American entertainers with one of their primary means of work, and many took to the minstrel stage to earn a living, including James A. Bland. Dubbed the “world’s greatest minstrel man,” Bland not only appeared in blackface, he also composed dozens of popular minstrel songs during the 1870s and ’80s. (It was Bland who composed “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny.”)For many black performers, the appropriation of the form was a way to rebel against white suppression, said Louis Chude-Sokei, a professor of English and African Studies at the University of Washington and author of “The Last ‘Darky’: Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora.”“Blackface and its meanings and receptions by blacks in particular have not always been static,” Chude-Sokei said during a symposium to mark the opening of the show on Jan. 26. “These meanings have been active, but they’ve also been activist in multiple ways, not the least of which was that reversal at work in which blacks engaged in a form that was constructed to both mock and exclude them.”Now Grammy-winning vocalist Rhiannon Giddens is reclaiming minstrel music by regularly incorporating the melodies and their history into her repertoire. The lead singer of the old-time string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens and her group frequently perform music with minstrel origins. The singer took up the minstrel banjo in Loeb Music Library for the exhibition opening, at which her performance included a song that melded an old minstrel tune with original words, and an original, haunting composition based on a slave narrative.“Being a performer and dealing with these things, it’s difficult, but it’s the most welcome challenge I think I’ve ever had as a musician, because the more that I dig into it, the more that I find echoes that exist today in the music and in what’s going on in contemporary” society, said Giddens.“It’s time for this. It’s time for this music to come out again more and more, and I am glad we are having these conversations,” she added, praising scholars and musicians for bringing the history and the songs to wider audiences. “It does take everyone to get this information out there and to get the music and this part of history” to the public.Chude-Sokei echoed those sentiments. “It’s important for the scholarly and musical world to work together on this,” he said, “because we have to find a way to make it accessible to people, not without the complicated racial and political content, but for them to feel willing to engage.”Harvard graduate student Samuel Parler, who helped to conceive the seminar and exhibition, said it was a challenging but important project.“I think a lot of people just don’t know about the history and how much of contemporary popular culture comes out of this racist past,” said Parler, a Ph.D. candidate in music. “To realize that these negative stereotypes and portrayals of African-Americans have worked historically to justify enslavement, segregation, racial violence … that’s a big part of my investment in the material and in this exhibition.”last_img read more

Tony Triumph Speeds Up Glitter & Glam For All! Hedwig Album Gets Early Release

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 With a score by Stephen Trask, a book by John Cameron Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Famous numbers include “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “Angry Inch” and more. View Comments Star Files Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inchcenter_img We’re going to be turning up the eight track and rocking out to Tony winners Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall that much earlier now! Due to overwhelming demand, the Atlantic Records cast album of the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will now be available for digital download on June 12, instead of the previously announced July 1. The record will be in stores on July 15. Neil Patrick Harris In addition to Harris and Hall, the cast album will feature the Angry Inch band, known as Tits of Clay outside the Belasco Theatre: Justin Craig (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Matt Duncan (bass, vocals), Tim Mislock (guitar, vocaals), and Peter Yanowitz (drums, vocals). Trask will produce the album alongside Tim O’Heir and Hedwig music director Justin Craig. Lena Halllast_img read more

Work begins on largest battery storage project in China

first_imgWork begins on largest battery storage project in China FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Subsidiaries of state-run energy conglomerate China Energy Engineering Corp have started constructing two major solar plants and one of the largest energy storage systems in China, according to filings on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEX).China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Engineering has started building a 500MW solar PV project, split between two separate 250MW plants, located in Licheng County and Pingshun County in Shanxi Province. No further details were provided in the filing.Meanwhile, China Energy Engineering Group Jiangsu Electric Power Design Institute has started building a huge energy storage system in Jiangbei New District, Nanjing, in Jiangsu Province.The 130.88MW/268.6 MWh grid-side electrochemical energy storage system is claimed by the company to have the largest capacity and the highest power in China, but no further details were released on the specific storage technology – presumably lithium-ion batteries – being used for the two-hour duration system.China is underway in building massive flow battery projects as well as lithium-ion energy storage, with policy initiatives including a nationwide strategy on energy storage and market dynamics including regional high penetrations of renewable energy and coal power station retirements or efficiency upgrades among the drivers for adoption.More: Chinese state firm starts building 500MW of solar, huge energy storage systemlast_img read more

Peru’s New Anti-Drug Czar in Delicate Dance With U.S.

first_imgBy Dialogo October 20, 2011 Peru’s government has scored some early victories in its bid to overhaul anti-drugs policy in the world’s top coca grower while keeping the United States as a key partner, the country’s new drug czar said. Ricardo Soberón, a lawyer who previously worked for a legislator with close links to coca growers, was seen as a risky choice to lead anti-drug efforts in a country that may surpass Colombia as the world’s top cocaine producer. Peru gets about half its anti-drugs money from the United States and Soberón is in a delicate dance with U.S. envoys as he tries to change existing drug policies without alienating them. Shortly after President Ollanta Humala took office in August, Peru surprised Washington by suspending all coca eradication for a week to evaluate anti-drug programs that are still being reworked. That made for a rocky start in relations, but eradication has resumed and Soberón said he has had some success winning over U.S. officials to accommodate Humala’s emphasis on alternative development for farmers who now cultivate coca. He wants programs giving land titles and market access to poor farmers to help bring them into the formal economy. Controlling Chemicals, Tackling the VRAE Soberón insists Humala’s commitment to fighting drugs is already showing results. Peru seized 955 kilos of cocaine last week and blocked some $25 million worth of the drug from entering Europe. The government has also closed 18 unlicensed gas stations in the world’s most densely planted coca region, the Apurimac and Ene River Valley, or VRAE. It says the raids show its determination to control the chemicals used to refine cocaine — mainly kerosene and gasoline — instead of just pulling up coca farms. Former President Alan García was criticized for not doing more to target chemicals. The new tactic will also benefit from a $20 million investment in long-delayed software to monitor chemicals at 220 points countrywide, Soberón said. One issue still unresolved with the United States is how to tackle the VRAE, where remnants of the Shining Path rebel group that wreaked havoc in the 1990s still pose a threat and have killed 50 soldiers in the last two years. Soberón said the United States would rather focus on safer coca growing areas outside the VRAE, whereas Humala, a former military officer, regards the valley as a top priority. “We’d like to see some percentage of this money go to the VRAE, with the best security possible so that every U.S. dollar in the budget is well spent, with visible results,” he said.last_img read more

China rescue: UK diplomat jumps into river to save drowning student

first_img– Advertisement – Read more: British diplomat saves drowning Chinese woman- Advertisement – A British diplomat has saved a student who was floating face down in a river near Chongqing in south-west China.61-year-old Stephen Ellison, who is only a month into his new post as consul general, jumped in after the 24-year-old woman slipped on rocks and fell. – Advertisement –last_img

USS warns of higher costs to employers as COVID-19 hits hard

first_img“We would need employers’ support. If we can get the support that is required, we can bring the costs down”Bill Galvin, CEO of USSIn a statement, UCU head of higher education Paul Bridge said the union had “no confidence in the needlessly cautious methodology”.“Members are leaving the scheme because of its high cost – calling for unnecessarily large reductions in benefits and increased member contributions is not the way forward,” he said.“Universities need to start demanding more from USS and push back against this approach.”In response, Galvin emphasised that all stakeholders “need to understand that the cost of providing defined benefit pensions has increased, however you look to manufacture it. […] The cost has gone up on any measure”.He also echoed the union’s concerns about the scheme’s high opt-out rate, estimated at 15%. Around a third of these members cited affordability as the reason for not joining USS, he said.The current contribution levels – 21.1% from employers and 9.6% for members – have been in place since October 2019. These were adopted as a default option after discussions between Universities UK, which represents higher education establishments, and the University and College Union (UCU) failed to reach an agreement.A further default increase – to 23.7% for universities and 11% for staff – will kick in from October 2021 if no agreement is reached.UCU members launched nationwide strikes in 2018 in protest at a plan to close the defined benefit section of the scheme, and further industrial action took place last year.After the methodology consultation is complete, USS will carry out further consultations related to the valuation – including the crucial negotiations over future contributions.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. UK universities are facing higher demands from their pension fund after the country’s largest scheme published a consultation on the methodology for its latest valuation.The deficit for the £66bn (€73.5bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) could reach as high as £17.9bn and require contributions from employers and employees of as much as 67.9% of payroll, depending on the outcome of the consultation and how much risk universities are willing to take on.The trustee board published a consultation paper yesterday setting out several potential outcomes – all of which will involve higher contributions to fund a significantly higher deficit than was recorded in 2017, the last time USS went through a formal valuation.Bill Galvin, chief executive officer of the pension scheme, said the COVID-19 pandemic had posed significant challenges to the higher education sector, with uncertainty over student numbers a particular concern – meaning the higher demands from USS were “difficult messages” to hear. In their foreword to the consultation, outgoing trustee chair Sir David Eastwood and his replacement Dame Kate Barker acknowledged that some of the outcomes were likely to be unpalatable to both employers and staff given the significant rise in costs.To avoid the worst outcomes from the consultation, universities would have to agree not to exit the scheme without the trustees’ approval – a clause that Galvin indicated would last for 30 years – and grant USS parity as a creditor for any debt raised externally. Both measures are currently in place on a temporary basis through to October next year.Employers would also have to accept the scheme taking more investment risk – something they have previously resisted.“We have laid out a way in which the scheme can take more risk,” Galvin told journalists at an online media briefing yesterday. “We would need employers’ support. If we can get the support that is required, we can bring the costs down.”last_img read more

NQBP Annual Report Released

first_imgNorth Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has delivered strong financial results in 2018/19, while continuing to lead environmental research, develop new trade opportunities and administer a busy community support program.Total throughput facilitated through NQBP’s ports was 177.5 million tonnes via the ports of Hay Point (118.32 million), Abbot Point (28.9 million), Weipa (27.34 million) and Mackay (2.91 million).Commenting the latest results, NQBP Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Fertin said that the recent national recognition of NQBP and James Cook University’s integrated marine monitoring program was a testament to the breakthrough environmental work.NQBP’s innovative research to sustainably manage sediment from dredging culminated in two substantial achievements in 2018/19 with essential dredging completed at both the Port of Weipa and the Port of Hay Point.At the Port of Hay Point, NQBP successfully obtained dredging permits from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which carried conditions to ensure the protection of the marine environment within the World Heritage Area.“The works completed at the Port of Hay Point in May was the first time dredging had taken place in 10 years. During the program, water clarity was kept within natural ranges and there were no affects to turbidity levels,” Mr Fertin said.“Additionally, we’re proud of the success of the dredging completed at the Port of Weipa in mid-July 2019 completed under additional environmental control measures, innovative commercial solutions and contractual arrangements.” Mr Fertin also said that NQBP’s business activities continued to support regional economic growth in 2018/19 through direct and indirect employment and the facilitation of trade movements worth $40 billion.last_img read more