Solar UV-B radiation inhibits the growth of Antarctic terrestrial fungi

first_imgWe tested the effects of solar radiation, and UV-B in particular, on the growth of Antarctic terrestrial fungi. The growth responses to solar radiation of five fungi, Geomyces pannorum, Phoma herbarum, Pythium sp., Verticillium sp., and Mortierella parvispora, each isolated from Antarctic terrestrial habitats, were examined on an agar medium in the natural Antarctic environment. A 3-h exposure to solar radiation of >287 nm reduced the hyphal extension rates of all species relative to controls kept in the dark. Pythium sp. cultures exposed to solar radiation for 1.5 h on five consecutive days were most sensitive to radiation of >287 nm, but radiation of >313 nm also inhibited growth to a lesser extent. Radiation of >400 nm had no effect on hyphal growth relative to controls kept in the dark. Short-wave solar UV-B radiation of between 287 and 305 nm inhibited the growth of Pythium sp. hyphae on and below the surface of the agar medium after 24 h, but radiation of >=345 nm only reduced the growth of surface hyphae. Similar detrimental effects of UV-B on surface and, to a lesser extent, submerged hyphae of all five fungi were shown in the laboratory by using artificial UV-B from fluorescent lamps. A comparison of growth responses to solar radiation and temperature showed that the species that were most resistant to UV radiation grew fastest at higher temperatures. These data suggest that solar UV-B reduces the growth of fungi on the soil surface in the Antarctic terrestrial environment.last_img read more

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HMAS Melbourne Departs Fremantle

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Melbourne Departs Fremantle View post tag: Navy View post tag: Melbourne As HMAS Melbourne readied for its departure from Fremantle Port on Sunday for the Middle East to participate in Operation SLIPPER members of ships company made their last mainland calls to family and friends, others ordered flowers or completed cards or letters to make the last postal service in Australia prior to their departure for the Middle East.While HMAS Melbourne is equipped with an internet café and wireless access for its crew, ‘snail’ mail will be take a few weeks to catch up with the crew as they conduct their transit so they took the opportunity to send mail home.PO Mezz Slavik conducted a different form of “Last Post” ceremony alongside Fremantle harbour just prior to HMAS Melbourne departing as she completed a post card for her daughter.PO Slavik said “I always send family some snail mail from wherever I am as its still good to put up on the fridge.”HMAS Melbourne recently departed from its home port Sydney on 25 August for HMAS Stirling in Western Australia where it was to conduct its final preparations prior to leaving the Australian mainland.The ship completed its final Force Protection assessment and deperming moved to Fremantle prior to the departure on Sunday. It will be some months before she returns to Australia after she relives HMASNewcastle who has almost completed her deployment on operations.HMAS Melbourne is the 56th rotation of an Australian Vessel since the first Gulf War in 1990.[mappress]Press Release, September 24, 2013; Image: Australian Navy HMAS Melbourne Departs Fremantle View post tag: Naval View post tag: Fremantle View post tag: Departs September 24, 2013 Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Defense Share this articlelast_img read more

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Ocean City Gives its Boat Ramp a Makeover

first_imgBen Mahala, of Pennsville, Salem County, pulls his 17-foot boat out of the water after a day of clamming on the bay. By Donald WittkowskiOne of Ben Mahala’s friends told him about a spot that he insisted was the best place in Ocean City to catch clams.So, Mahala, a commercial clammer who lives in Pennsville, Salem County, hitched his 17-foot flat bottom boat to his Dodge pickup truck on Saturday morning and made the 90-minute drive to Ocean City to check it out for himself.After spending about five hours out on the water, he returned to shore with a haul of about 235 big clams.“The clams here are outstanding,” he said, holding a few in his hands as proof. “They are plentiful.”Mahala used Ocean City’s boat ramp at the bay end of Tennessee Avenue for access to the water. As the only public boat ramp in the city, it is a haven for boaters, kayakers, paddleboarders and Wave Runner and Jet Ski riders.Capitalizing on the boat ramp’s location near some of the prettiest lagoons and channels in the back bays, the city has improved the facility this summer to make it more convenient and attractive to the public.“Without this place, I wouldn’t know where to put my boat in the water,” Mahala said. “I guess I would have to look at a map. This is great. It’s a nice facility. It is easy getting my boat in and out.”The boat ramp’s parking lot is newly repaved as part of a $1.2 million road project.One major improvement this year is the boat ramp’s newly paved parking lot, which has been designed to protect against flooding.“The whole grade of the parking lot is on an angle, so if there is a flood it drains right into the bay,” explained Clark Hindelang, a boat ramp worker.The repaved parking lot was part of a $1.2 million road project that included improvements to Tennessee Avenue and other surrounding streets, city spokesman Doug Bergen said.Although not nearly as noticeable as the repaved parking lot, the boat ramp also includes a new floating dock that creates more room for kayakers, paddleboarders and WaveRunner and Jet Ski riders, Hindelang said.Another improvement is new padding on the pilings for the floating docks to protect boats from damage.A new floating dock, far left, creates more space for kayaks, paddleboards, WaveRunners and Jet Skis.Hindelang noted that the city has made access to the docks safer for pedestrians by replacing steps with gently sloped areas that eliminate any tripping hazard.Finally, the city is planning to add 10 tons of new sand this coming week to cover a badly eroded area at the water’s edge. Currently, there are exposed rocks and pieces of cement in the same area, Hindelang said.Vanja Sikirica, a kayaker who took his children out for a ride on the bay Saturday, gingerly walked over the eroded area while in bare feet. Sikirica was careful not to cut himself on the exposed rocks and some shells and was just as cautious with his daughters Sofia, 9, and Mila, 6, and son Sava, 2.“I think they could make it a little nicer,” Sikirica said of the boat ramp.Sikirica, who lives in King of Prussia, Pa., and has a summer home in Ocean City, wants to see the facility transformed into something as attractive as Stone Harbor’s boat ramp.“Something like that would be great here,” he said.Vanja Sikirica, of King of Prussia, Pa., spends some family time kayaking with his daughters, Mila, 6, and Sofia, 9.On a busy weekend day during the summer, about 30 to 45 boats use the facility, Hindelang said.It costs only $12 per day to launch a boat, WaveRunner or Jet Ski. Kayaks and paddleboards are free.Seasonal passes cost $120, although they are $90 if purchased before May 1. There is also a seasonal pass for commercial boat operators that costs $350.“The $12, it’s great,” said WaveRunner rider John Schivito, calling the price a bargain.Schivito, who took his watercraft out on the bay Saturday, lives on Caroline Lane, within walking distance of the boat ramp.“It’s very convenient for me,” he said.The next closest public boat ramps, which are outside of Ocean City, are a few miles away in Corson’s Inlet and Somers Point, according to Hindelang.Ocean City’s boat ramp is open seven days a week during the summer. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Clark Hindelang, a boat ramp worker, says the facility handles about 30 to 45 boats during busy summer weekend days.last_img read more

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Starbucks profits improve as it eyes a rebrand

first_imgStarbucks Corporation has announced strong third-quarter results for the period ended 28 June, 2009, and has exceeded its cost-saving target for the period.Despite a fall in net revenue from $2.6bn in Q3 of 2008 to $2.4bn in 2009, the firm said the success of its consumer-facing initiatives and changes to its cost structure have resulted in improvement in comparable store sales – 2009 has seen a sales decline of 5% in Q3 compared to 8% in Q2.Third-quarter operating profit stood at $204m, compared to an operating loss of $21.6m in Q3 2008.The coffee chain achieved cost savings of around $175m, exceeding its Q3 target of $150m, which amounts to approximately $370m in cost savings for the year-to-date.Troy Alstead, executive vice-president and chief financial officer, said its store partners had “embraced the cost disciplines and efficiency initiatives”. The chain has also been trying to boost sales by experimenting with an unbranded outlet. One former Starbucks branded outlet in Seattle has been rebranded and will open as 15th Ave. Coffee and Tea on Friday 24 July.“This coffeehouse is a Starbucks, albeit a different one than our customers are accustomed to,” explained a spokesperson for the firm. It will serve Starbucks coffee and share the same missions and values as Starbucks, but delivered in a totally different way, she added. The new outlet will also serve beer and wine, and there are plans to open a further two outlets of this type.The spokesperson added that the trial is “very specific to Seattle” and there are currently no plans to roll it out in the UK.last_img read more

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News story: New fees for permission to enter or disturb mining interests

first_img Coal Authority licensing and permissions team The minimum fee for any application will be £111.00.Area of applicationFor the area of application, the cost will be £111.00 per 0.1 hectare, up to a maximum of £2775.00 for 2.5 hectares or above.Any number of shafts or adits within this area are included within the area fee.Number of boreholesWhere boreholes are planned for initial investigation purposes only, these will be charged at £55.50 per borehole.Should treatment then prove necessary, then a further application would be required to cover the whole treatment area at £111.00 per 0.1 hectare, but the initial application fee will be deducted from this.Mine entries to be investigated or treatedShaft and adit investigation or treatment will be charged at £111.00 each, when not included within the above applications.Further information about feesFor further information regarding fees in connection with applications for permission to enter or disturb coal mining interests, please contact: Coal Authority200 Lichfield LaneMansfieldNottinghamshireNG18 4RG Email [email protected] the area of application the number of boreholes the number of mine entries to be investigated or treatedcenter_img The changes to fees will take effect from 1 October 2018 and all fees will be inclusive of VAT.Fees are determined by: Telephone 01623 637 450 Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:00pmFriday: 8:45am to 4:30pmlast_img read more

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Gary Clark Jr. Hosts Intimate Acoustic Concert At The Historic Ace Hotel [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Beloved guitarist Gary Clark Jr. may be known for his electric wailing, but last night it was an all acoustic display at the famed Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Through just his singing and acoustic guitar playing, Clark regaled the L.A. crowd with songs from his deep catalog, as well as a few standards from the blues genre. His authenticity reigned supreme in every note; there’s no denying that Gary Clark Jr. is as soulful as they come.Fortunately, our own Brandon Weil was on the scene to capture the performance. Check out the setlist and a full gallery of images, below.last_img

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If/Then & Frozen Star Idina Menzel Set for World Tour

first_img If/Then Looks like she’s the queen…of the world! After a triumphant concert at Radio City this past June, If/Then and Frozen star Idina Menzel is going on a global tour in the summer of 2015! Her North American dates have been announced first, with the Tony winner’s international engagements to be announced later.Menzel will kick off the U.S. leg of her tour on July 7, 2015 in Richmond, VA at the Altria Theater. She will then make stops in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Boston and Chicago before wrapping in Los Angeles on October 3 at the Hollywood Bowl.Menzel’s latest album Holiday Wishes debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart—we presume the cold never bothered her anyway, but it certainly isn’t now. It was also recently announced that the Broadway superstar will be the first-ever to receive the Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.We can’t wait to see her “Let It Go” on the road! Idina Menzel View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015last_img read more

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Veteran WCAX-TV reporter Andy Potter announces retirement

first_imgWCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc. WCAX. 9.23.2011 Award-winning Reporter Andy Potter announced his retirement from WCAX-TV this month after 14 years in front of the camera.  The longtime journalist decided it was time to slow down after a series of health issues related to knee replacement surgery. ‘It’s been an honor to be able to tell the stories of Vermonters over the years,’ stated Potter, who is also a veteran of the Vietnam War.  ‘I am looking forward to a slower beat in the days ahead,’ added Potter, a Middlebury College grad, whose affinity for Vermont has spanned decades. From reporting on strikes to special elections, Potter has received numerous awards. His broadcast career includes television and radio; before becoming a TV journalist, Potter worked at several radio stations in Chittenden County.  ‘With sharp intuition, booming voice, and crisp writing, Andy Potter was often the first to report the news of the day,’ said WCAX-TV News Director Anson Tebbetts. ‘Andy has promised he will help us with special projects,’ added Tebbetts, ‘so don’t be surprised to see Andy in the future.’ last_img read more

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Jokowi administration spends Rp 90.4 billion on ‘influencers’: ICW

first_img“The procurements are valued at Rp 90.45 billion [in total], and they began appearing in 2017,” he said during a discussion hosted by ICW on Thursday.The five procurement packages in 2017 were worth Rp 17.6 billion, while 15 in 2018 were worth Rp 56.55 billion, 13 in 2019 were worth Rp 6.67 billion and seven in 2020 were worth Rp 9.54 billion. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has spent at least Rp 90.4 billion (US$6 million) for digital activities involving so-called influencers since 2017, according to data collected by Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).The antigraft watchdog reported the findings it obtained from publicly available goods and services procurement data published on the electronic procurement service system (LPSE) of various ministries and government agencies.ICW researcher Egi Primayogha said that there were 40 procurement packages containing the keywords “influencers” or “key opinion leaders” from 2017 until this year. Read also: Influencers apologize for supporting job creation bill after furor among followersThe Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry accounted for the majority of the spending, with 22 procurement packages totaling Rp 77.6 billion, followed by the Communications and Information Ministry with Rp 10.8 billion spent on four packages.Some of the procurement documents also mentioned the names of the social media influencers, such as that of the Education and Culture Ministry, which mentions actresses Gritte Agatha and Ayushita on the list of the ministry’s procurement to promote the 2019 public school enrollment (PPDB), which cost Rp 114 million.Meanwhile, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry spent Rp 5 billion from the 2018 state budget for a procurement titled “Publication of Tourism Branding through International Online Influencers Trip Package IV”.The funds for influencers’ involvement were among Rp 1.29 trillion worth of procurement the government approved for “digital activities” since 2014.Topics :last_img read more

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ABP ignores own rules on nuclear investments, argues pressure group

first_imgIt argued that as the Netherlands was a signsignatory of the NPT, it had legalised the possession of nuclear weapons by the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United States, Russia, the UK, France and China.The scheme added that as a result, firms that manufacture nuclear weapons or parts of it, are not excluded from its investment universe.ABP has investments in Rolls-Royce, Babcock Marine and BAE Systems, which are jointly developing British nuclear submarines.Responding to the accusation from the pressure group, ABP said that the Indian company did not supply products that were specifically designed for nuclear systems.“Therefore, the definition of direct involvement in the manufacturing of nuclear systems doesn’t apply, which excludes Larsen & Toubro from the exclusion list for violation of the NPT,” it said.It added that the pension fund was closely monitoring companies like Larsen & Toubro.The campaign group further noted that ABP had increased its investments in nuclear arms-related companies by 35% – totaling €1.1bn last year.“Even if these investments match ABP’s policy, we don’t agree with them,” commented a spokeswoman for the pressure group.The spokeswoman added that the group’s concerns were shared by a majority of the Dutch population, referring to the results of a survey among 8.500 members by television programme EenVandaag, of whom 64% indicated they opposed ABP’s investments in companies that manufacture nuclear arms, or any part of the arms.José Meijer, vice chairman of the pension fund, said that if the government adjusted its policy, ABP would be willing to reconsider its rules.Last year, ABP divested from Japanese power company Tepco, as it deemed the firm’s conduct during and after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima to be at odds with its norms.ABP said that, as a rule, it did not invest in anti-personnel mines, cluster weapons or chemical and biological weapons, as far as they contravene the NPT.This also goes for government bonds of countries liable to a UN arms embargo. A Dutch lobby group campaigning against arms trade has suggested that the €309bn civil service scheme ABP has ignored its own rules by investing in a nuclear arms-related company.Lobby group Campagne tegen Wapenhandel specifically highlighted a €9m holding in the Indian firm Larsen & Toubro, which is involved in the development of nuclear submarines for India.According to the group, the investment contravenes ABP’s policy to exclude investments violating the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).ABP said on its website that it complied with national legislation and its obligations based on international treaties.last_img read more

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