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Biomass allocation in a subantarctic clonal plant (Acaena magellanica) under grazing by introduced reindeer

first_imgBiomass allocation and growth by the clonal plant Acaena magellanica were characterized for three populations grazed by introduced reindeer on the subantarctic island of South Georgia. Annual growth markers (internode lengths) were used to divide each rhizome into current year’s shoots, one-year-old and two-year-old rhizome segments. Total dry weights were significantly smaller in grazed than in ungrazed populations. Leaf biomass of current year’s shoots was very much lower in grazed shoots. Rhizome length and number of leaves were less affected than dry weight by grazing, and the reindeer grazing thus seems to mainly influence biomass accumulation rather than morphology in Acaena. Interactions with Festuca contracta in both grazed and ungrazed areas were also studied in a two-year competition experiment. No apparent release of soil resources (as measured by an increase in plant growth) was apparent in plots where Festuca was removed, but the current year’s shoots of Acaena were smaller and more numerous in these plots than in controls, especially in the ungrazed area.last_img read more

Oxford researcher photographs rare bird

The endangered Moluccan Woodcock has been photographed for the first time by a researcher from Oxford.Eden Cottee-Jones from Oxford, and John Meieittermr from Lousiana State University, both alumni of Teddy Hall, camped on Obi Island in the Northern Moluccas of Indonesia for two months in 2012, in order to rediscover and take the first ever photographs of the Moluccan Woodcock. The team also included three members of the University of Indonesia.The bird’s elusive nature has made it difficult to record. The Woodcock, which has only been recorded 10 times since its discovery in 1862, only performs territorial display flights at dusk and dawn and stays hidden in dense undergrowth in the day. John Mittermeier said “We only had two or three chances daily of taking a picture, and the best spot for a view of the bird was usually in the middle of a river!”Cottee-Jones told Cherwell how the researchers were standing in the river when they managed to photograph the Moluccan Woodcock, which was flying 20 metres overhead. They were alerted to the bird’s nearby flight by its “distinctive rattling call”.The researchers faced many challenges in their endeavour. The island’s terrain and humidity affected the camera equipment. “Every morning we would have to wake up and put our disgusting wet, blood-stained (leeches, palm spines) and muddy clothes on, which I can tell you gets pretty dispiriting. At one point we had to dive off a boat to into saltwater crocodile infested waters to swim ashore, collect some equipment from a logging camp and paddle it back to our boat with a canoe we found on the beach.”Cottee-Jones was inspired to travel to Obi Island after reading a book named ‘Shorebirds of the World.’ He said, “Inside I stumbled upon an account of the Moluccan Woodcock. It basically said ‘we know nothing about this species, it is the largest woodcock on Earth, and is also believed to be endangered. It is only found on one or possibly two islands in a remote corner of Indonesia.’ I immediately wanted to go and find it. Eight months and several funding applications later, I was watching one perform its display flight on Obi.”The expedition apparently proved that the Moluccan Woodcock was not as rare as previously suggested. The researchers calculated that as many as 9500 species could live on the island. “It is actually quite common. Our results were published a couple of months ago where we recommend that the status of the species is re-evaluated, and downgraded from Endangered to Vulnerable. A rare case of good news in conservation!”While on the island, the team also made first documented ascent of its summit, discovering at the peak a new subspecies of pygmy-parrot. Cottee-Jones stated “Sadly, the non-stop rain we had endured for two weeks while making the climb had damaged all our photographical equipment.”“We are currently planning a return trip to climb the mountain again and catch the parrot.”The researchers also found 14 species which appear to be new island records, along with a new subspecies of Invisible Rail. read more

Missy Mosby Announces That She Is Running For Re-Election To The Evansville City Council

first_imgMissy Mosby Announces That She Is Running For Re-Election To The Evansville City CouncilOn Wednesday, January 23rd, Evansville City Councilor Missy Mosby will file for re-election in the 2nd Ward at 4 pm.“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for 2nd Ward City Councilor. During my time on City Council, I’ve fought to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and gained an understanding of the complexities of city government including its capabilities and limitations.”Mosby pledged to continue her passionate advocacy for the 2nd Ward. “There are many road, utility, and park issues that will come before us in the next four years. I intend to be a vital and active communications link between the people and the city administration. I understand what the 2nd Ward needs.”Mosby promised to work hard on the campaign trail and as a Council member. “I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting citizens, and tackling challenges.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fourth of July Celebration Flows in O.C.

first_imgGalloway Township residents Brian and Lynne Marsh and their sons, from left, Brian, Joseph and Garrett, enjoy the beach, Boardwalk and amusements over the holiday week in Ocean City. By Maddy VitaleBrian and Lynne Marsh packed up their car Saturday morning and headed with their sons, Brian, 3, and twin 5-year-old boys, Garrett and Joseph, to Ocean City.They only had a 20-minute drive from their Galloway Township home but still stayed over through Sunday to enjoy the beach, rides and attractions.“The kids love the Boardwalk and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier,” Brian Marsh said. “There are just so much family-friendly things to do here.” Like the Marsh family, other people enjoyed the family-oriented activities throughout the Fourth of July week. They strolled along the Boardwalk. Kids enjoyed rides and amusements. Beachgoers lounged on chairs under umbrellas, while children made sand castles and swam.“Whenever I think of Ocean City, I think of happiness. I grew up coming here,” Lynne Marsh recalled. “And now I live 20 minutes away and bring my kids here.”Beachgoers enjoy a warm day with some sun and clouds on the last day of Fourth of July week.Ed Lincoln, of Haddon Township, and his friend, Tina Phillips, of Sicklerville, made a day of it on the Ocean City Boardwalk.They munched on pizza and enjoyed a walk, some shopping at Boardwalk stores and a bit of sightseeing.And they left behind clouds and a bit of rain in their hometowns, they joked. “We come to Ocean City all the time and it seems like it is always sunny here,” Lincoln said with a laugh.“We’re just enjoying the day,” added Phillips as they looked out at the beach.Ed Lincoln, of Haddon Township, and his friend, Tina Phillips, of Sicklerville, spend the day in Ocean City Sunday.While some people sat in their beach chairs, plenty of others swam and then there were friends, Maggie Garvey, 13, and Catherine Repkoe, 13, both of Millersville, Pa., who had a friendly game of volleyball. The two came down for the holiday week with their families.“We love the beach, and this was a great beach weekend,” Maggie said.“I like how the water is so warm,” added Catherine.Catherine Repkoe, 13, and friend, Maggie Garvey, 13, both of Millersville, Pa., practice their volleyball skills at Eighth Street Beach.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, called this Fourth of July celebration a “blockbuster.”“Over the last week our beaches, Boardwalk, bay and downtown have been packed with guests from all over. We are so excited to see that people love spending their holidays in Ocean City,” Gillian said. She continued, “The weather has been good, and people have enjoyed the many activities going on throughout the town.”As with everything in Ocean City, the fun does not stop at the end of a holiday, Gillian said.The next event, Night in Venice, which features a boat parade and homes along the bayfront decorated in a variety of themes, will delight the crowds on July 13 starting at 5:30 p.m.“We are now getting ready for our famous Night in Venice boat parade and hope this momentum carries throughout the rest of the season,” Gillian said.People line up to grab slices from Manco & Manco.last_img read more

Collins new Waitrose retail director

first_imgWaitrose has appointed Rob Collins as its new retail director, who will take the position from January 2012.Taking over from Tony Solomons, who is set to retire after 30 years in the business, Collins will lead retail operations for the John Lewis Partnership-owned supermarket’s nationwide branches. He will also be responsible for the business’ e-commerce, convenience and hospitality offers.Helen Hyde, Waitrose’s divisional registrar, is likely to fill Collins’ previous role of retail personnel director, which he has been in since April 2010.Mark Price, Waitrose’s managing director, said: “Both Rob and Helen bring to their new roles a wealth of experience and a proven track record within Waitrose – their leadership will be invaluable to their respective directorates as we enter the exciting next stages in our development.”Collins has been with the group since 1993, when he started the John Lewis Partnership’s graduate training scheme. He has worked as managing director for John Lewis’ Aberdeen and Cribbs Causeway stores, moving across to Waitrose as director of e-commerce in 2007 after his position as director of selling support for John Lewis.last_img read more

News story: Royal Navy sailor killed during World War 1 is honoured as he is laid to rest

first_img I was honoured to be able to recover Able Seaman Robertson from the battlefield where he lay for 100 years and privileged to be here today to see him laid to rest alongside his comrades. We will care for his grave here at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Orchard Dump Cemetery forever. Nephew Frank Treasurer places a poppy at the headstone of his uncle, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedJames Robertson was born on 21 April 1890 in Charles Street, Aberdeen. He was the eldest of 6 siblings and was listed in the 1911 census as being a shop assistant.WO1 Darren Wearing, who was leading the Royal Navy today said: Nephew Frank Treasurer standing with his wife and members of the Royal Navy beside the grave of AB Robertson, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedFrank Treasurer, nephew said: Steve Arnold, CWGC: Able Seaman (AB) James Cameron Robertson, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division has finally been laid to rest after he was killed during World War 1. AB Robertson was buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Orchard Dump Cemetery in France earlier today, Wednesday 11 July 2018.The service, organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), part of Defence Business Services, was conducted by the Reverend Andrew Hillier RN. The Royal Navy provided the bearer party and firing party for the ceremony. Royal Naval Division shoulder title that was discovered in one of AB Robertson’s pockets, Copyright Commonwealth War Graves Commission, All rights reservedFurther research undertaken by the JCCC showed that the location of the soldier was exactly where the Anson Battalion had been stationed during the capture of Gavrelle on 28 April 1917. The dedicated team narrowed down the list of possible candidates to 2 men. Their descendants were traced and DNA testing came back positive for James Cameron Robertson. 81 year old nephew Frank Treasurer was the match and he attended today’s service. Headstone for Able Seaman (AB) James Cameron Robertson, Crown Copyright, All rights reserved Being able to give a name to this brave sailor has been incredibly rewarding. Attending the service today to see the culmination of months of hard work was truly an emotional experience. We will remember them.center_img Captain Keri Harris, Naval Attaché to France raises a salute in honour of AB Robertson, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedFor a century AB Robertson’s final resting place was unknown to his family. However, when construction work began on the outskirts of the village of Gavrelle the remains of a British sailor were uncovered. Alongside were a small number of artefacts, Anson Battalion shoulder titles that were still attached to the uniform and shoulder titles for both the Hood Battalion and RND, which were found in one of his pockets. AB Robertson joined the Royal Navy in October 1914. After completing his training, he was drafted into the Hood Battalion in July 1915. He went on to serve in Gallipoli and Northern France, being wounded several times during the war. In January 1917, he joined the Anson Battalion and it was during fierce fighting, when the village of Gavrelle was captured, that AB Robertson lost his life on 28 April 1917. AB Robertson was aged 28. Today was a sad and poignant day, however it was also a celebration of James and his comrades’ courage and bravery. We were very glad to be here today to witness him finally being laid to rest. Two buglers from the Royal Navy played during the service, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedNicola Nash, JCCC said: It was an absolute honour and a privilege to have been part of today’s proceedings. I’m proud that I have been able to lay a fellow sailor to rest along with all his other shipmates. I’m extremely proud of all my staff and Naval Ratings that took part today, they ensured that James had the best send-off possible in the high standards and traditions of the senior service. 12-person gun salute provided by the Royal Navy in honour of AB Robertson, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedA new headstone bearing AB Robertson’s name has been provided by the CWGC.last_img read more

Hear Bob Weir’s Duck Joke From Dead & Company’s Fiery Los Angeles Show [Video/Photo]

first_imgA mournful “Peggy-O” took up the ballad spot in the first set, with sauntering “Ramble On Rose” coming next. While the Los Angeles show has been largely heralded as one of the finer Dead & Company performances to date, the show, unfortunately, had to pause as the group worked through some technical difficulties. Undeterred, Bob Weir used the moment to tell a joke to the crowd.So once upon a long time ago—this was back in the Middle Ages, fairytale time—a duck goes into a bar, and he hops across the foyer and hops up on the barstool. The bartender, he’s polishing glasses and stuff. The duck says, “Got any flies?” The bartender says, “We don’t serve flies. We also don’t serve ducks, so you gotta leave.” So, the duck leaves but comes back twenty minutes later or so and hops up on the barstool. The bartender turns around. “Got any flies?”The bartender says, “No! We don’t serve flies. We don’t serve ducks. Get out!” The duck goes away, comes back, and hops up on the barstool. The bartender turns around. “You again!”“Got any flies?”“No! You come back in here one more time, and I’m going to nail your fucking beak to the bar. You got that? Get out of here.” The duck goes away, comes back twenty minutes later and hops back up on the barstool.“You again!”“Got any nails?” “No!”“Got any flies?”Bob Weir’s Duck Joke[Video:Thrillionaire]With a shrug, Weir finished the joke, with John Mayer and the crowd clapping for his comedic effort. With the technical difficulties conquered, the band finished off their first set with an inspired combination of “Cumberland Blues” into “Deal”.Returning for the second set, Dead & Company launched into “Sugar Magnolia”. While the first set featured a number of standalone tunes, the band flexed their improvisational muscles across the second frame, with a number of well-segued runs.“Sugar Magnolia”“Sugar Magnolia” served as a launching pad into a combination of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain”, an explosive start to the second set with three fan-favorite classics. “Althea”, increasingly a staple in Dead & Company’s repertoire followed, which was used to kick off the second set’s non-stop five-song end, moving through “Eyes Of The World”, “Drums/Space”, “Stella Blue”, and a final “Sunshine Daydream”.Clearly, the band was feeding off the energy of the crowd, which eagerly lapped up the transition-filled second set, returning for the one-two hit of “Brokedown Palace” and “Not Fade Away” for the show’s encore.Setlist: Dead & Company | Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles, CA | 7/7/2018Set One: Playing In The Band > Bertha, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, Peggy-O, Ramble On Rose, Technical Difficulties/Duck Joke, Cumberland Blues > DealSet Two: Sugar Magnolia > Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain, Althea > Eyes Of The World > Drums/Space > Stella Blue > Sunshine DaydreamEncore: Brokedown Palace, Not Fade AwayDead & Company | Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles, CA | 7/7/2018 | Photos: Brandon Weil Dead & Company wrapped up the California leg of their summer tour on Saturday night, performing at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium. Clearly dialed in after their Friday night stop in Chula Vista, the Grateful Dead spinoff offered up a fiery performance, with a standout first set and transition-heavy second set.During the first set, Dead & Company opened with “Playing In The Band”, using the song as a launching pad into crowd favorite “Bertha”. A standalone take on “Jack Straw” followed, with a cover of “Big Railroad Blues” up next, a tune the band brought back for the first time this year—the group last played the Noah Lewis number at Blossom Music Center at the end of June last year.“Playing In The Band” Load remaining imageslast_img read more

ESPN to appeal NDSP decision

first_imgESPN filed a notice in the Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday, announcing its intention to appeal an April 20 ruling in St. Joseph Superior Court that Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) records are not public, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune.The notice was filed on the final day of a 30-day appeal period, but ESPN has not yet filed its official legal argument, according to the Tribune.ESPN and its reporter, Paula Lavigne, initially filed a lawsuit in St. Joseph Superior Court on Jan. 15, after Lavigne’s formal requests for NDSP records for several incidents involving student athletes were denied last September and November. Following each of these denials, Lavigne submitted complaints to Indiana Public Access Counselor (PAC) Luke Britt, whose non-binding decisions broke from those of previous PACs and ruled NDSP should be subject to the state’s public records laws.On April 20, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler ruled in favor of the University, determining that NDSP records are not subject to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act (APRA). In his decision Hostetler wrote that NDSP is not subjected to the APRA as the law is currently written, but that he shares Britt’s “discomfort” with NDSP’s refusal to release records.Tags: ESPN, lawsuit, NDSPlast_img read more

Violence Against Journalists ‘Halting Democracy’

first_imgBy Dialogo November 16, 2010 MERIDA, Mexico ─ The alarming rise in the death toll of journalists in Latin America has the international community demanding that governments take strong action to stop the bloodshed. “Journalists have become highly symbolic targets,” said Robert Rivard, chairman of the IAPA Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information. “By threatening, intimidating and killing journalists, they (drug traffickers) are fundamentally bringing democracy to a halt.” Rivard’s comments came at the end of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) 66th assembly in Merida in the Mexican state of Yucatan, which concluded Nov. 8. Since the association last met in Aruba in March, IAPA reported 14 more journalists in Latin American have been killed doing their jobs. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports 20 have died violently since January, including 10 in Mexico, eight in Honduras, one in Colombia and one in Brazil. Seven are confirmed as work-related; the others are still being investigated by CPJ. The majority of these deaths are directly attributable to drug traffickers, government officials and journalists agree. “Organized crime is the common enemy of those of us who value freedom,” said Mexico President Felipe Calderón during an address to IAPA on Nov. 8 “It is time that the government … journalists and owners of the media companies work together within a frame of coresponsibility against the criminals and their deadly violence. Each journalist who falls, each article that is (unreported) as a result, each word that is silenced, is one more reason to fight the criminals.” IAPA praised the Calderón administration for naming a special prosecutor for crimes against journalists and for supporting efforts to make such crimes federal offenses. “There’s this climate of impunity in almost all the states of Mexico,” Rivard said. “If we don’t federalize these crimes against journalists, they’re never going to get addressed.” More work needs to be done, he added. “Now they (Calderón administration) have to create a budget and provide the backing to resolve these cases,” Rivard said. “The reason organized crime is so emboldened about these crimes is that nothing happens, nothing is done.” IAPA’s priority is to end the violent deaths of Latin American journalists doing their jobs to keep the public informed, the association’s leadership confirmed. Addressing Calderón from the podium Monday, Gerardo García Gamboa, chairman of the IAPA Host Committee, reiterated the association’s commitment to independent journalism and democracy, which he said were inextricably intertwined. “Just as your administration is determined in its battle against drug trafficking, the Inter American Press Association neither bows nor steps aside when it comes to defending freedom of the press,” García Gamboa said. Earlier this week, Reporters Without Borders condemned the sentencing of Hector Camero of Radio Tierra y Libertad, a small radio station in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was given two years and fined 15,000 pesos (US$1,222) on a charge of using a radio frequency without a license stemming from a 2008 incident, although Reporters Without Borders said the station had been legally licensed in 2009 after a seven-year wait. Last year, Reporters Without Borders cited Mexico as the “western hemisphere country where press freedom is most endangered.” More than 65 journalists have died in Mexico since 2000, the organization stated. At its midyear meeting in Aruba in March, the IAPA concluded that attacks against freedom of the press and freedom of expression throughout Latin America had increased, cutting off the public’s access to independent information. And the problem isn’t just the drug traffickers. overnment intolerance and repression also are to blame, supporters of freedom of speech say. And self-censorship as a result of fear generated by the traffickers and the government adds to the problem. “Reports of the majority of the countries of the hemisphere show there has been a continual worsening of disagreements, warnings and verbal intimidation leveled against people of the press, editors and reporters attempting to practice their profession,” read the IAPA’s statement after the Aruba meeting. While there have been some bright spots in the ensuing months – the Colombia attorney general’s office has agreed to reopen 27 cases of unsolved crimes against journalists and the Peruvian Supreme Court has created a special court for such crimes – the situation overall continues to deteroriate, IAPA members heard over and over again at their conference in Merida. “A few advances … do not hide continued abuses,” reads the official statement of conclusions issued this week. “Along the length and breadth of the Americas, there are renewed efforts to impose laws designed to ‘regulate’ the operation of the media. Although they are expressed in high-minded terms, they are obvious intents to control and limit the free flow of information.” In Bolivia, for example, new laws touted as “anti-racism” inherently restrict the media and freedom of expression, while the government in Argentina is seeking to gain control of newsprint and restricting the licensing of internet news sites, according to country-by-country reports presented at the Merida meeting. In Ecuador, the government has seized several TV stations. Meanwhile in Venezuela, the government has been systematically waging legal warfare against reporters and media outlets that criticize policies, according to a report filed to IAPA. In August, the association decried a new legal order that prohibited the publication of any photos or reports on violence for at least 30 days. Noticeably absent from IAPA’s proceedings in Merida was Guillermo Zuloaga of Venezuela, president of television news station Globovision and winner of the IAPA’s prestigious Grand Prize for Freedom of the Press 2010. He is in exile as a result of a warrant of arrest for criticizing the government on air. “It’s an honor to receive this in the name of my father, but not a pleasure, because the pleasure would be in receiving it standing next to him,” said the winner’s son, Carlos Zuloaga, as he accepted the award. “But as a result … of the arrest warrant, I come on his behalf and he said that this award is not for him, but rather for the 400 employees of Globovision, who work to defend freedom and democracy in Venezuela.” The younger Zuloaga said his father and brother are seeking asylum in the United States. At the end of its meeting in Merida, IAPA declared 2011 as Year of the Freedom of Speech, announcing that it plans to redouble its efforts to protect journalists and the public’s right to be informed. “We are going to prompt a permanent campaign of the IAPA to defend the freedom of speech,” said Gonzalo Marroquín, the new IAPA president and publisher of Prensa Libre, a newspaper in Guatemala.last_img read more

One post at a time: Woman helps people cope with stress and anxiety

first_img“If I help one person a day, to make their day a little brighter, that helps me,” Fortunato said. She will often stay up until 1 or 2 a.m. talking to people who near an ear to talk to. Since early March, Fortunato has been posting a “Nightly Pause” each night to help calm the nerves of many people in the Facebook group. “A lot of it comes from how I’m feeling myself that day,” Fortunato said. “I try to post some inspirational meme, and then I interject with my own thoughts for the day.” But while she’s helping them, Fortunato told 12 News positive feedback to her posts have given her strength when she needed it. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.center_img “People don’t realize that we mental health providers are also going through the same exact fears and anxieties as everyone else,” Fortunato said. “The positive responses that I was getting back from the community were also helping me.” (WBNG) — One woman is looking to help her community during the COVID-19 pandemic one Facebook post at a time. Barbara Fortunato is the woman behind “Barb’s Nightly Pause,” a feature on the COVID-19 Broome County Support Facebook group page. Fortunato is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and connects with people through the page to offer help and insight as they deal with the stress and anxiety of the coronavirus’s impact in our area.last_img read more