Food choice of Antarctic soil arthropods clarified by stable isotope signatures

first_imgAntarctic soil ecosystems are amongst the most simplified on Earth and include only few soil arthropod species, generally believed to be opportunistic omnivorous feeders. Using stable isotopic analyses, we investigated the food choice of two common and widely distributed Antarctic soil arthropod species using natural abundances of 13C and 15N and an isotope labelling study. In the laboratory we fed the isotomid springtail Cryptopygus antarcticus six potential food sources (one algal species, two lichens and three mosses). Our results showed a clear preference for algae and lichens rather than mosses. These results were corroborated by field data comparing stable isotope signatures from the most dominant cryptogams and soil arthropods (C. antarcticus and the oribatid mite Alaskozetes antarcticus). Thus, for the first time in an Antarctic study, we present clear evidence that these soil arthropods show selectivity in their choice of food and have a preference for algae and lichens above mosses.last_img read more

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Crime wave at Camera

first_imgA large number of phones have been stolen from the nightclub Camera in the last month. Since the 20th of January, the police have received reports of the theft of twenty-four mobiles from the club, with eleven thefts reported on 11th and 12th of January alone. Sgt Matthew Sulley, of the Oxford City Centre neighbourhood team, suggested that such high figures reflect the change in use of mobile phones in modern society. Sulley stated, “Phones have increased dramatically in functionality and value, making them very desirable for both a genuine end user, and a thief. People now use their devices far more than they did just a few years ago, whether it’s taking high resolution photographs, movie clips, chatting online or using social network sites.” The Sergeant also pointed out that people were particularly susceptible to thefts in bars and nightclubs and that thieves would target these occasions. He commented that such venues “are often busy, with people having let their guard down and enjoying themselves,” as well as pointing out that light levels were often low.He advised those going out to pinlock their screens and note their phones IMEI number, as well as taking obvious steps such as reporting strange behaviour, keeping one’s phone on one’s person, and putting it out of sight when not in use. Sulley emphasised, “Mobile phone theft in the night-time economy is being actively targeted by Thames Valley Police in Oxford. We have made a number of significant arrests over the last few weeks and there are more to come. Our action has been helped greatly by Licensees and Door Supervisors taking a positive stance towards tackling this crime. The Oxford Pub and Club Watch is also supporting efforts to reduce the crime and catch the offenders.”Both the management of Camera and Varsity Events, who run two club nights at Camera, declined to comment on the issue of mobile phone theft at the venue.However one St Anne’s student told Cherwell that she had reported her phone stolen after a night out at Camera, saying, “It was really annoying as I’d only had my mobile for two weeks before this happened. I called Camera the next day but they hadn’t found it.”She added, “I was lucky to just have  my phone stolen, since it was with my money and ID. This does seem to indicate that thieves are particularly targeting mobiles. Now I never take a bag when I go out, just in case.”Esme Hicks, a second year at Univ, explained how difficult it is to find  your phone in a nightclub, after losing hers at Lola Lo. She commented, “It’s hard to know whether it’s been stolen or just lost but either way once it’s gone, it’s gone. The problem with clubs is that they’re so dark and crowded, plus there is often crap signal so you can’t even ring it.”Sulley emphasising that students shouldn’t make excuses in these events. He said, “Due to phones being used so much, they are lost a lot more as well. If you have lost your phone, do not report it as stolen as this is fraud, and the police and insurance companies are taking action against fraudulent claims.”last_img read more

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AG Hill: Police Access To Military Surplus Is Right Move

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill today applauded a White House decision to enable police agencies nationwide the opportunity to acquire military surplus items from the federal government. The President’s executive order, announced Monday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, restores a program that was suspended by the Obama Administration in 2015.“Police officers in Indiana and across the nation need to know we have their back,” Hill said. “These men and women daily put on their uniforms and take to the streets to serve and protect, risking their lives to keep us safe and to drive crime from our neighborhoods.As witnessed in places such as Charlottesville, Virginia, our police officers sometimes face dangers on a larger scale than we would even like to contemplate. We owe it to those who wear the badge to provide them every possible means to do their jobs and return safely to their homes at shift’s end. The program reinstated by the President gives law enforcement access to a wide range of military surplus equipment, including everything from ammunition and armored vehicles to office supplies and computers.While we all hope some of these items will never be necessary, we also must make sure our police agencies are prepared for every possible scenario.”last_img read more

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Original Cake Company announces acquisition

first_imgLincoln-based The Original Cake Company has acquired Nottinghamshire firm Special Little Cakes.As part of its plans to grow the business, it has also recently invested £250,000 in a new factory, which will be up and running within a few weeks.The Original Cake Company produces hand-finished fruit and loaf cakes, supplying the wholesale trade and speciality retailers, while Special Little Cakes claims to be the UK’s largest manufacturer of miniature greetings cakes.Established 25 years ago, Special Little Cakes had been looking to expand, and from this month, the trade and assets of the business, will come under the new ownership of The Original Cake Company, taking the combined staff total to 35.“Both companies complement each other really well and we are looking forward to supplying an increased range of beautifully baked and skillfully decorated hand-iced cakes,” commented Simon Woodiwiss, general manager of The Original Cake Company.He said that the company had outgrown its current site and was struggling for capacity, prompting the decision to invest in a new factory. He added that the new site would enable the business to get to a higher level of accreditation – BRC. “It will open us up to a whole new spectrum of opportunities,” he said.Woodiwiss said the two cake businesses would be run separately for the foreseeable future, but added that the acquisition would help iron out the seasonal spike in production that the Lincoln firm had been experiencing.last_img read more

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Press release: Chance to have your say on dualling the A1

first_img We are holding four public consultation events across the area which will provide people with an update on the progress we have made since the last consultation in November 2016 and the preferred route announcement which was made in September 2017. The events will also provide an opportunity for people to understand the proposals in more detail and provide feedback which we may be able to incorporate into our preliminary design for the scheme. In September last year it was announced that the orange option was the preferred route between Alnwick and Ellingham. It will include a new junction at Charlton Mires.Highways England is planning to upgrade sections of single carriageway in Northumberland as part of a £290m investment, creating a dual carriageway on the entire stretch of the route between Newcastle and Ellingham.These improvements will provide additional capacity, and improve journey times and safety while supporting economic growth in the region.Junction improvements north of Ellingham have already started. Work has been completed at Adderstone and work has started at Fenham and Outchester. Work is due to start at Old Mousen and Newstead in March 2019.Six other junctions, Cheswick, Warenford, Station Road, Haggerstone Castle, Purdy Lodge and Fenham Hill will be started by the end of March 2020.Work on the section between Morpeth to Felton is continuing and the Development Consent Order, similar to planning permission is due to be submitted in summer 2019.Consultation events for Alnwick to Ellingham will be held at the following: Rennington Village Hall – Thursday 7 March, 3pm – 8pm, Rennington, Northumberland, NE66 3RR Rennington Village Hall – Saturday 16 March, 10am – 3pm, Rennington, Northumberland, NE66 3RR Willowburn Leisure Centre – Wednesday 20 March, 3pm – 8pm, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2JH Willowburn Leisure Centre – Saturday 30 March, 10am – 4pm, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2JH Highways England is asking for views on a scheme which will dual around five miles of the A1. The consultation opens on Monday 25 February and anyone with an interest in the route is encouraged to take part.The consultation – which can be viewed here – will run for six weeks until Monday 8 April and there will also be a series of public events.Highways England project manager Mark Stoneman said: We will also be at Heighley Gate garden centre, Morpeth, NE61 3DA, on Friday 1 March between 9am and 11.30am and then between 1pm and 4pm in Alnwick main square to highlight the upcoming consultation events taking place.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Works Ween Cover, Keyboard Jam Into Portland Opener

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee continue to impress on their West Coast March run, stopping at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR for a fiery performance. The group wasted no time getting to work, opening with “Dump City” and raging through the first set with versions of “In The Black” and “Go To Hell.” One of the first highlights from the show came during “Nemo,” when guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger joined keyboardist Joel Cummins for an all-out keyboard jam. What fun!Another big bust-out was a cover performance of Ween’s “Transdermal Celebration,” which the group debuted during the Godboner set with Gene Ween at Summer Camp Music Festival (watch the full set here). Since we don’t have footage from last night’s second-ever performance of the Ween song, we’ll have to settle for the debut version:The rest of the show continued to impress, with jams like “Triple Wide > Speak Up” and a “1348 > Made 2 Measure > 1348” medley. Umphrey’s McGee continues their spring tour with a second night in Portland, OR, tonight, March 13th.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR – 3/12/16Set One: Dump City, In The Black, Go To Hell, Nemo > Keyboard Jam* > Nemo, Push The Pig, Make It Right, Uncle Wally, HindsightSet Two: Transdermal Celebration, Triple Wide > Speak Up, 1348 > Made 2 Measure > 1348, Piranhas, 2nd Self, Le Blitz > Educated GuessEncore: Booth Love > Upward* Brendan & Jake on keyboardslast_img read more

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Hulaween’s Co-Founder Curates Exciting Playlist & Shares His Love For The Festival

first_imgThe first time I stepped into the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park was circa 2009, when our now partner and dear friend Paul Levine of Purple Hat hosted Jennifer Hartswick and I as an acoustic duo version of Van Ghost for Bear Creek Music Festival. Right away, I knew the park was special. I was stricken by its natural beauty & energy, and started dreaming of how & when the Silver Wrapper team could contribute to the incredible history, community and portfolio of events held there in the future. Fast forward to 2012, Paul and I were both on Jam Cruise talking about how to bring that dream to fruition, and by the following year of 2013, the first Suwannee Hulaween was alive and on the map.The original ethos between Leif, Paul and I was to create an experiential event & curated concert that all three of us would want to attend, even if we weren’t producing it. Our goal was to stay true to our roots in the jam band world, and also cater to the diverse music fanatics we consider ourselves. We set out to program a show with music that would compliment the String Cheese Incident (and their team), who graciously invited us to turn their annual Halloween show (which had previously bounced around the country for over a decade), into a full blown annual festival for a 3 year plan at the same site. We knew that if it didn’t take off by that point with this country’s chaotic and murky waters in the festival space, it wasn’t meant to be. As the story unfolded, each year the crowd sizes, the musical line up, and Spirit Lake (our dedicated space to transform the forest around the lake in the middle of the campgrounds with world class art installations), outgrew the year before it.   Going into this year’s fourth installment of Hulaween, we are beyond humbled and grateful at the insane level of artists & fans’ loyalty to our vision for the show, the park, and community we’ve deemed the #HulaFam. It’s truly like nothing else any of us have ever experienced in our careers, and we plan to continue the tradition for as long as we are capable of with a passion to always improve upon the overall fan experience on every level from the year before it. This year, we are capping the sales to only 20,000 fans, with again, an expanded Spirit Lake. We are also adding a brand new stage into an area that has never been used in the park. We programmed what we consider to be a perfectly balanced line-up of progressive and relevant musical artists while staying true to our roots and fanbase that helped grow Hulaween into this beautiful creature it has become. I put together this playlist of over 50 songs and nearly four hours of music for your listening pleasure to take an audible journey into the different sounds you’ll be able to catch around the park all weekend from the headliners down to some of the pre-party acts. Play it from top to bottom, or on shuffle as Hula-Radio. Please enjoy it, share with your music loving crew, and plan to join us for what is sure to be another magical Halloween party in Northern FL this October!With gratitude, love, & respect from our whole family,Michael BergYou can check out the full Suwannee Hulaween lineup below, and head here to purchase tickets!last_img read more

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Climate change may already be affecting global politics

first_img Read Full Story Extreme weather events spurred by climate change are likely to acutely affect human health—and may reverse decades of progress in lowering mortality rates for children under five, according to Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of International Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. He spoke at a panel discussion on climate change held Nov. 16, 2016 at Harvard Law School. Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and human rights director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, moderated the panel.Jha observed that the food insecurity caused by events such as droughts can potentially have far-reaching consequences. The Syrian civil war was preceded by an extreme drought that led to a massive internal migration into Syria’s cities, Jha said. The resulting spike in food prices and civil unrest led to civil war, mass migration out of Syria, the European refugee crisis, and its backlash. He tied these events to Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, and the recent presidential election in the United States.“I think that there are a whole series of phenomena happening out there where we don’t connect the dots very clearly,” Jha said. “These things really are interconnected.”last_img read more

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Time Keeps Moving On! A Night With Janis Joplin, Starring Mary Bridget Davies, Closing a Week Earlier

first_imgA Night With Janis Joplin, starring Main Stem Fresh Face Mary Bridget Davies, will end its Broadway run on February 9, a week earlier than previously announced. The musical, written and directed by Randy Johnson, will have played 22 previews and 141 regular performances at the Lyceum Theatre at the time of closing. The rockin’ show will move to a new home in New York City this March. In addition to Davies, the cast features De’Adre Aziza, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Nikki Kimbrough and Taprena Michelle Augustine as The Joplinaires and as the influential singers who came before and inspired Joplin, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Odetta. The cast also includes Kacee Clanton, Allison Blackwell and Alison Cusano. View Comments NaTasha Yvette Williams A Night With Janis Joplin features choreography by Patricia Wilcox, set and lighting by Justin Townsend, costumes by Amy Clark and sound design by Carl Casella. Star Files A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the inspirations of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends and takes audiences on a musical journey with Joplin as her unforgettable voice made her a must-see headliner all across the country when she exploded onto the music scene in 1967. The show features many of Joplin’s hit songs, including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Down on Me”, “Summertime”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Ball ‘n’ Chain”, “Maybe”, “Kozmic Blues”, “Cry Baby” and “Mercedes Benz.” Mary Bridget Davieslast_img read more

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Bruce Willis & Laurie Metcalf Begin Previews in Stephen King’s Misery

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Related Shows Bruce Willis will begin previews on October 22 opposite his number one fan, three-time Emmy winner and two-time Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf, in the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. The production is scheduled to play a 16-week limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre and will officially open on November 15.Directed by Will Frears, the play is penned by two-time Oscar winner William Goldman. Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis), who is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes (Metcalf), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new “Misery” novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and if he does not make her deadline, it will.Goldman also adapted the best-selling 1987 book for film. The 1990 movie starred James Caan as Sheldon and Kathy Bates in an Oscar-winning performance as Wilkes. The Frears-helmed stage adaptation received its world premiere at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse in November 2012, starring Daniel Gerroll and Tony nominee Johanna Day. View Comments Laurie Metcalf Star Files Miserylast_img read more

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