An introduction to EASIZ (Ecology of the Antarctic Sea Ice Zone): an integrated programme of water column, benthos and bentho-pelagic coupling in the coastal environment of Antarctica

first_imgThe EASIZ (Ecology of the Antarctic Sea Ice Zone) programme ran from 1994 to 2004, and involved over 150 scientists from more than 17 countries. The main scientific aim was an integrated study of the water column and benthos, linked by bentho-pelagic coupling, of the Antarctic continental shelf. Because water-column studies were well served by existing international programmes (SO-JGOFS, SO-GLOBEC) and national biological oceanographic programmes, EASIZ itself concentrated on the benthos and bentho-pelagic coupling. Work in the EASIZ programme has led to the overturning of some previous paradigms, for example that the Antarctic is species-poor, and replaced these with a revised picture linking the assemblage structure and population dynamics to the glacial-marine setting. The legacy of EASIZ is a wide-ranging reassessment of the diversity, history and ecology of the Antarctic benthos, the coupling of this system to water-column processes, and a fundamental revision of our view of physiological adaptation to temperature in polar marine organisms.last_img read more

Surface temperatures of albatross eggs and nests

first_imgKnowledge of thermal traits is essential for understanding and modelling physiological responses to environmental change. Egg temperatures are poorly studied in most tubenose species. We employed a contactless infrared thermometer to measure egg and nest surface temperatures throughout the incubation period for four albatross species at Bird Island, South Georgia. The observed mean warm-side temperature of 33.4°C for Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) was similar to measurements obtained from this species using dummy eggs elsewhere. Observed mean warm-side temperatures for Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris), Grey-headed Albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma), and Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata), reported here for the first time, were 30.7–31.5°C, which is lower than the egg temperatures reported for most Procellariiformes. Temperature gradients across viable eggs declined by up to 9°C during incubation, reflecting increased embryonic circulation and metabolic heat production. This suggests that bioenergetic models should not assume constant egg temperatures during embryo development. Non-viable (addled) eggs could be identified by large temperature gradients in late incubation, indicating that infrared thermometry can be used to determine whether the embryo has died or the egg is infertile in monitoring and managed breeding (e.g. translocation) programmes. Egg temperatures were correlated with ground temperatures, indicating that incubated eggs are vulnerable to environmental variability.last_img read more

New Hoboken Middle School principal announced

first_img× HOBOKEN – Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson announced March 21 that the Hoboken Middle School will have a new principal, Dr. Sharon Davis.“I am proud to announce that Dr. Sharon Davis was hired to serve as Hoboken Middle School Principal,” wrote Johnson in the district newsletter. “I am currently working with her to determine an official start date. As soon as that is agreed upon, I will announce a meet and greet for all staff, students, and parents.”Last January the district announced plans to create a middle school separate from Hoboken High School next fall.The two schools presently share a building, although they are considered separate. Some parents have said they would like the younger kids to be in a separate place from the older ones.The middle school will be located in the AJ Demarest building located next to Church Square Park on Fourth and Garden Streets.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgPâtissier’s first outletCelebrated chef pâtissier Pierre Hermé has opened his first London shop, following his UK debut in Selfridges. The famous macaroons from the man described as the ’Picasso of Pastry’ will be available in the outlet on Lowndes St, Belgravia, from September.Warburtons role Warburtons has appointed its first female general manager in the company’s 134-year history. Vivienne Jones has taken up the role at the Pennine Bakery in Shaw, near Oldham, and joins from rival Premier Foods, where she was factory manager at the firm’s Reading site.Bakers in Top 100 list In the annual Top 100 listing of consumers’ favourite retail brands in Ireland, compiled by AC Nielsen for grocery trade magazine Checkout, Brennans Bakery was third, up one place from last year. Irish Pride was 13th; Pat the Baker, 17th; and Johnston, Mooney & O’Brien was 28th.Internet advice Small businesses are being encouraged to attend a series of free events around the UK to discover how they can get more from the internet. The Forum of Private Business is hosting the meetings to show how using search engine optimisation and learning about website development can help companies increase sales, boost profits and diversify into new markets. See www.fpb.org.Correction Incorrect dates were printed in the commodities table which appeared on the market prices page in the 27 August issue. The coffee arabica, coffee robusta, white sugar and cocoa futures were not for a specific contract date and the futures (LIFFE and ICE exchanges) were correct as of 20/08/2010 not 2009.last_img read more

Luther Dickinson & Sisters Of The Strawberry Moon Release “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen” Video [Watch]

first_imgLuther Dickson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon have released a new video for “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen”, off the group’s forthcoming debut studio album, Solstice, due out on March 22nd via New West Records. Dickinson, a co-founding member of southern rock act North Mississippi Allstars, produced the album himself at his family’s Zebra Ranch Studios in Independence, Mississippi. Dickinson has rounded up an all-star, all-female cast for the new project, including Amy Helm, Lillie Mae, Amy LaVere, Sharde Thomas, Birds of Chicago, and the Como Mamas.Originally written by T Bone Burnett and Bob Neuwirth for the 2003 film Cold Mountain, Luther Dickinson recorded his cover of “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen” with Amy Helm and Lillie Mae. Following a breezy opening guitar segment from Dickinson, Helm dives head-first into the song’s verse before harmonizing with Mae on the chorus.Dickinson recently shared his thoughts on the new project with Relix. He explains,Each singer brought a handful of songs to the table. Sometimes it was an old tune they wanted to reinterpret or something new they’d written that felt right for the cast of characters at hand, but no matter the track, all of our colors ended up mixing together on a communal palette.Watch Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon’s new video for “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen” below:Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon – “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen”[Video: New West Records]Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon will perform at various City Winery locations throughout the month of March. The band will also offer support to Phil Lesh and Friends at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on March 16th, as well as make appearances at Woodstock, NY’s Levon Helm Studios and High Sierra Music Festival.For ticketing and more information, head to Luther Dickinson’s website.last_img read more

Investing in radiotherapy for cancer patients worldwide

first_img Read Full Story Access to radiotherapy for all of the world’s cancer patients who could benefit from the treatment—an estimated 12 million people by 2035—is achievable with an investment of as little as $97 billion, according to a new report by the Lancet Oncology Commission. Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, led the commission, which called the price tag cost-effective and very low compared to the high price of many new cancer drugs. The authors also estimated the potential benefits of treating so many people: 27 million life years saved, and economic benefits of up to $365 billion over 20 years through health care savings and higher productivity.The report was published online September 26, 2015 in The Lancet Oncology.Most cancer patients, including those with breast, lung, prostate, head and neck, and cervical cancers, require radiation at some point; however, only 40-60% have access to the treatment. In some African countries, access to radiotherapy is virtually nonexistent.“There is a widespread misconception that the costs of providing radiotherapy put it beyond the reach of all but the richest countries. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Atun said in a Lancet press release.last_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s thirty-second annual free cone day today, March 23rd!

first_imgSource: BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3.23.2010 Participating Scoop Shops across the country will open their doors from noon 8 pm on Tuesday, March 23rd to serve up the latest of the company s newest super-premium quality and values-led flavors. It s an annual tradition started by Ben & Jerry as a way to give back to the communities that support their local scoop shops.The 2010 scoop shop line-up includes some great new flavors including more made with Fair Trade Certified ¢ ingredients.Milk & Cookies This new flavor is leading the pack using Fair Trade ingredients. Vanilla Ice Cream with a Chocolate Cookie Swirl, Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces.Chocowlate Chip Fair Trade Certified Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge Cows. Available in Scoop Shops only.Peanut Brittle Peanut Brittle Ice Cream with Peanut Brittle Pieces and a Caramel Swirl.Maple Blondie Vermont Medalist, Hannah Teter, goes for the gold again with her flavor: Maple Ice Cream with Blonde Brownie Chunks and a Maple Caramel Swirl.With the new Milk and Cookies flavor and Chocowlate Chip, Ben & Jerry s is furthering its efforts to use Fair Trade Certified ingredients in all of its products globally by 2013. Product quality and social benefit are two pillars of our three-part Mission Statement, said Social Mission Director Rob Michalak.Ben & Jerry s Fair Trade commitment means that every ingredient that can be sourced Fair Trade Certified ¢, now or in the future, is Fair Trade Certified ¢. Globally, this involves converting up to 121 different chunks and swirls.In thinking globally yet acting locally, many of the community-based Scoop Shops partner with non-profits to celebrate Free Cone Day, and share the spotlight, as they kick-off the ice cream season.Now that you ve got the scoop, you know where you can get the scoop! See you March 23rd! Log on to www.benjerry.com(link is external) to determine the closest participating Scoop Shop near you.About Ben & Jerry sBen & Jerry s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH on its labels. Ben and Jerry s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. The goal of the social mission is to integrate a concern for the community into as many day to day business operations as possible while maintaining the product and economic missions. The move to Fair Trade ingredients is driven by that commitment. For more visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).last_img read more

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners launches major renewable energy infrastructure fund

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Fund management firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) said on Tuesday it had started what it expects to be the world’s largest fund for renewable energy infrastructure as it targets investments worth 100 billion crowns ($15.2 billion).CIP, founded by former Orsted executives, said institutional investors had so far pledged to invest 11 billion crowns and it expects commitments to increase to 40-50 billion in the coming 9 to 12 months.The CIP IV fund will invest in renewable energy infrastructure within offshore and onshore wind, solar energy, transmission grids and biomass in what it called low-risk OECD countries, referring to members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.“The market is favourable for investments in renewable energy infrastructure,” said CIP managing partner Jakob Baruel Poulsen.United Nations envoy and former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said earlier this month that investors had an “enormous” opportunity to finance a shift to a low-carbon future in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.[Stine Jacobsen]More: Danish fund manager CIP aims for world’s largest renewable infrastructure fund Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners launches major renewable energy infrastructure fundlast_img read more

Wednesday Night Ride: Escaping the Routine

first_imgSometimes, the weekly ride isn’t about the ride at all. It’s about getting out of the house and knocking back a couple of beers and a burrito after a bit of exercise. It’s an escape from the routine. The irony, of course, is that the escape becomes a routine itself. Same trails, same beer, same burrito.It can go on like that for months at a time, without much of a variation in the routine. And then, out of nowhere, one of your riding buddies says he heard of a trail on the edge of the forest that none of us have ever ridden. All of a sudden, it’s a Wednesday night and you’re on an adventure. On a school night!Such is the scenario surrounding my latest weekly ride. We started on the same gravel road that we always start on, but instead of ducking onto familiar singletrack, we kept pedaling gravel, climbing far beyond our typical stomping grounds into the upper reaches of the forest. It was a brutal, 1,000-foot grind of a climb into a ridge of steep slopes. We picked up a faint trail just shy of the gap, and immediately started dropping elevation, first through a rhodo tunnel, then slaloming through big stands of trees. The trail gets ridden so infrequently, it was barely even singletrack. At times we lost it altogether in the leaves and underbrush, only to find it again 10 yards downslope. Before too long, the trail got too steep for us to ride as it traced the fall line straight down the side of the mountain. We hopped off our bikes and slipped every third step as the trail took an impossible line over downed trees that have been turned into huge kickers with landing zones that leave no room for error. Then the optional boulder drops began.Big, freaking boulder drops.The trail is nothing like anything else we ride in the forest, and honestly, we were only good enough to ride a tiny piece of it. But it felt good to be on new dirt, laughing and falling in foreign land. It felt like an adventure. On a Wednesday. After work.Inspired by conquering new territory, we hit up a different post-ride bar. A place that puts French-fries right on their sandwiches. I even ordered a new type of beer.– Graham Averill is a regular contributor to B.R.O. In between cleaning up spilled drinks and putting kids to bed, he enjoys mountain biking, drinking beer, and maintaining his personal blog Daddy Drinks.last_img read more

Roosevelt Man Charged With Manslaughter in Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County grand jury indicted a Roosevelt man for driving while high and drunk and causing the crash that killed his girlfriend on her 25th birthday in Hempstead last year, prosecutors said.Horace Cummings pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, driving without a license and driving while ability impaired by combined influence of alcohol and drugs.Nassau prosecutors said the 33-year-old suspect was driving a Nissan Altima westbound on Front Street when he crossed over the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle at 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2015.His passenger and girlfriend, Diamond Hawkins, died in the crash. She had just turned 25 years old and had been given the Altima as a birthday gift. Cummings suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other car was uninjured.Judge Robert McDonald set bail for Cummings at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash. Cummings faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. He is due back in court Sept.7.last_img read more