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first_imgThe thermal reaction norms of 4 closely related intertidal Nacellid limpets, Antarctic (Nacella concinna), New Zealand (Cellana ornata), Australia (C. tramoserica) and Singapore (C. radiata), were compared across environments with different temperature magnitude, variability and predictability, to test their relative vulnerability to different scales of climate warming. Lethal limits were measured alongside a newly developed metric of “duration tenacity”, which was tested at different temperatures to calculate the thermal reaction norm of limpet adductor muscle fatigue. Except in C. tramoserica which had a wide optimum range with two break points, duration tenacity did not follow a typical aerobic capacity curve but was best described by a single break point at an optimum temperature. Thermal reaction norms were shifted to warmer temperatures in warmer environments; the optimum temperature for tenacity (Topt) increased from 1.0°C (N. concinna) to 14.3°C (C. ornata) to 18.0°C (an average for the optimum range of C. tramoserica) to 27.6°C (C. radiata). The temperature limits for duration tenacity of the 4 species were most consistently correlated with both maximum sea surface temperature and summer maximum in situ habitat logger temperature. Tropical C. radiata, which lives in the least variable and most predictable environment, generally had the lowest warming tolerance and thermal safety margin (WT and TSM; respectively the thermal buffer of CTmax and Topt over habitat temperature). However, the two temperate species, C. ornata and C. tramoserica, which live in a variable and seasonally unpredictable microhabitat, had the lowest TSM relative to in situ logger temperature. N. concinna which lives in the most variable, but seasonally predictable microhabitat, generally had the highest TSMs. Intertidal animals live at the highly variable interface between terrestrial and marine biomes and even small changes in the magnitude and predictability of their environment could markedly influence their future distributions.last_img read more


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first_img Google+ Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indian frozen turkey distribution scheduleNext articleMan pinned under vehicle during crash in Berrien County Sunday Network Indiana WhatsApp By Network Indiana – November 23, 2020 2 206 Surgeon General: Debates over racism, police violence adding to mental stress of 2020 (Photo/Public Domain) The U-S surgeon general says the yearlong debate over racism and police violence displays two sides of a mental-health coin.Former Indiana health commissioner Jerome Adams notes the American Medical Association recently described racism as a form of trauma, with the repeated indignities of traffic stops or police questioning putting African-Americans perpetually on their guard. He says he’s had store security guards treat him with suspicion, even since he became surgeon general.Speaking by videoconference, Adams told an Indianapolis forum on mental health and policing that he and other African-Americans watched the video of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police with the feeling that they could just as easily have been the ones on the pavement.But Adams says police experience a similar persistent chipping away at their mental well-being through the nature of their job, confronting trauma or danger every day. He says the repeated stress can lead both police and citizens to act inappropriately. And Adams says the tension is a subset of a larger problem: he says the U-S needs to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health care, and treat it as the equivalent of physical care, not a sign of weakness.Adams says the coronavirus pandemic has aggravated mental health issues. He says it’s one more reason to follow COVID’s three W’s: wear your mask, wash your hands, and watch your social distancing. Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews Google+ WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more


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first_img This scheme is a strategic investment from the NDA & Sellafield Ltd. Supporting access to careers in nuclear and enabling those smallest organisations within our supply chain and local communities to employ an apprentice is a priority for us, as the first phase of a wider north west project. With no upper age limit, it will provide local people with accessible paths to professional qualifications and employment, and enhance the skills of the broader Cumbrian workforce.A range of small companies will be identified as host employers in the coming months, and will be matched to apprentices once they are recruited next year.Jacq Longrigg, Head of Skills & Talent for the NDA said: This apprenticeship programme has been designed to address the specific skills shortages faced by Cumbria. It will also provide more accessible paths to professional qualifications and job opportunities, for anyone over the age of 16, including additional support for those with barriers to education and employment. These schemes offer people the transferable skills that will be valuable to a thriving economy. This could be within the supply chain supporting the Sellafield mission, or working in business, tourism, healthcare or education, the opportunities are vast. Cumbria LEP fully supports this exciting and innovative initiative to increase apprenticeship opportunities in the county. It will also help smaller employers to fully engage in apprenticeships to create the future workforce for their organisation. Developed by Sellafield Ltd, the programme will be delivered and managed independently by the Cumbria Apprentice Training Agency (CATA), who will work with the employers, employment agencies and a range of local training providers.It is supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG), Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC).Sellafield Ltd is the first in the UK to run the scheme, which will then be rolled out all over the country.Les added; This scheme represents one of the first projects to begin to achieve the targets set in the recent Nuclear Sector Deal. We have to increase the number of apprenticeships to over 2000 within the next two years and this project will help support this challenge while generating a positive social impact.center_img Fiona Rayment chair of the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group said; We are delighted to be using a community apprentice programme to not only boost nuclear capability, but also create a pipeline of skills that will help Cumbria achieve its unlimited potential. The mission at Sellafield is changing, and while we need new skills to drive forward our environmental clean-up, we are also helping to build a diverse and resilient supply chain and community. The new ‘North West Nuclear Community Apprenticeship Programme’ will boost employment opportunities for local people, and help drive economic growth in the region.The courses offered will range from customer services, property maintenance and scaffolding to potentially more diverse professions like logistics and horticulture.Les Studholme, Head of Training for Sellafield Ltd said: Craig Ivison, Head of Employment and Skills for the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership said:last_img read more


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first_imgHarper Cancer Research Institute will be sponsoring its annual chili cook-off to benefit undergraduate cancer research in Harper Hall’s multipurpose room Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.“It’s $10 that will get you unlimited tastes, and as I [have] said, when you leave you are not hungry,” Angela Cavalieri, who is heading the cook-off, said.The cook-off has boasted a number of diverse chilis in the past, from dessert chilis to cheesy chilis, according to Jenna Mrozinske, another one of the cook-off’s organizers.“One year, we had a faculty go to Wendy’s and get a huge tub of chili, and that was his entry,” Mrozinske said. “We were all like, ‘Wow this is so good,’ and I’m like, ‘I’ve tasted this before,’ and then he revealed ‘Oh, I just went to Wendy’s.’”Cavalieri, who said she grew up in the Midwest with “one type of chili,” also said she remembers unusual chilis from past cook-offs.“We’ve had an Argentine chili — which if you know anything about Argentina, they’re famous for their beef,” she said. “That particular chili looked like a giant ball of shredded beef.“We had a chili with ghost peppers submitted by someone from Mexico City. He was kind of benevolent and let people know there were ghost peppers in that chili.”Last year, Smoke Free St. Joe, a local organization working to help smokers quit smoking, brought a particularly unusual chili to the cook-off, according to Cavalieri.“They brought a regular chili and what they called a ‘smoker’s chili’,” she said. “So one was a white chili and one was [representative] of somebody who smoked. I don’t know what they put in it. It was smoky.”Sometimes the cooks will bring special “secret” ingredients, and attendees will try to guess what they used.“We’ve had some secret ingredient chilis,” Cavalieri said. “Those are fun. Those are the ones where you taste it and you think, ‘That is delicious. What is that?’ and they disclose the secret ingredient.“People have used coffee, they’ve used chocolate — things you don’t normally think.”The event draws participants from both the South Bend and Notre Dame communities, from undergraduate students to children of faculty at the research institute.“We consistently have entries by the Notre Dame fire department,” Cavalieri said. “There’s just something about the fire department and chili makers that just go together. Firemen are known for making excellent chili, and we generally have a couple entries from them.”Though she said organizing the cook-off has not been too difficult, Mrozinske said finding the right type of sample cup for the event has been a challenge.“Trying to find the right cup to serve chili has been the most challenging thing,” Mrozinske said. “You wouldn’t think it, but … you don’t want it too big because then people pour too much of a sample, and then they run out quick … but then you have to keep the cup from melting. They melted one year because the chili was so hot.”Cavalieri said the organizers would like to attract more students to the cook-off.“The only logistical challenge, I would say, is that some people think that Harper Hall is next to Florida because we’re down here on the south side of [East] Angela [Boulevard],” Cavalieri said. “We’re over by Eddy Street, so some people think it’s so far to walk. That’s the only thing. We would like to see more students come down for it.”According to Mrozinske, the event not only helps raise money for researchers, but also allows the community to reflect on those who have been affected by cancer.“ … [It’s] kind of a way to get the Notre Dame community together to reflect on those who’ve been impacted by cancer and spread awareness,” she said.Tags: chili, cook-off, Harper Cancer Research Centerlast_img read more


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Burglars posing as utility workers are just one way crooks are targeting victims lately—thieves have also been running similar scams via phone and email on Long Island, according to investigators.Authorities have issued several alerts in the past few weeks warning the public not to fall for such schemes. Nassau County police released composite sketches of two suspects wanted for posing as National Grid employees during three burglaries in the past week. And PSEG Long Island warned customers Thursday that scammers are calling and emailing victims while posing as the utility’s collections agents.“We are getting at least two of these scams reported to us a week,” Glen Cove city police Lt. John Nagle said earlier this month, referring to the phone scam. “Sometimes victims are being scammed out of thousands of dollars.”Nassau police said two men posing as a National Grid crew distracted their victims—detectives believe the burglars targeted senior citizens—at a house in Syosset on June 19 and two homes two hours apart in Herricks and Westbury the follow day. The duo made off with jewelry. In one case, they falsely claimed to be investigating a gas explosion.The cases are just the latest in which burglars pose as workers to distract seniors while an accomplice ransacks victims’ homes. Women claiming to be landscapers similarly burglarized a string of homes two years ago. And a man pretending to work for Cablevision knocked down a 74-year-old woman during a Uniondale home invasion this spring.In the phone and email scams, callers and emailers claim to be utility collections representatives threatening to turn off electric service if payment is not made to them that day via a Green Dot MoneyPak, according to PSEG officials, who said such schemes are “plaguing” utilities nationwide. The utility noted that their employees don’t use such payment methods, wear photo ID and will only ask to speak to the Customer of Record.Suffolk County police said this month that they’ve received reports of scammers posing as IRS collections agents threatening victims’ with arrest if they don’t pay outstanding tax debt to the federal agency. Such schemers often pose as prize winners, kidnappers seeking ransom or law enforcement officers urging victims to bail out incarcerated relatives.Government agencies and companies never ask for payments via Green Dot MoneyPak, Money Gram, Western Union or other prepaid card/money order companies, Nassau police noted in an alert they issued last month.In the latest Nassau burglaries, police described both suspects as being white men in their 30s. The first has a medium-to-heavy build, weighs about 180 pounds, is about 5-feet, 3-inches tall with short, dark hair. The second spoke with a lisp or stutter, had a blue tattoo on his right forearm, is about 5-feet, 8-inches tall and was wearing a yellow construction hat and vest.Third Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call or someone trying to get inside their home that is representing PSEG Long Island, especially one in which payment is requested, should call the utility directly at 1-800-490-0025 or visit a local PSEG Long Island Customer Service Center. For the latest information about the scam, visit www.psegliny.com/scam.Suffolk police has a list of current local scams on their website, Nassau police issued this advisory on how seniors can avoid being scammed and the FBI has a comprehensive list of fraud to watch for on their website.last_img read more


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first_img See also: The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are seeking more information from China about its reported use of amantadine in poultry, according to reports today by the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP). The Washington Post reported on Jun 18 that Chinese farmers, with the knowledge and support of government officials, used amantadine on chickens as long ago as the late 1990s. The report called the drug use a violation of international livestock guidelines. Jun 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – International health agencies are questioning China about a report that the country has used a human antiviral drug in poultry for years, thereby causing the H5N1 influenza virus to become resistant to the drug. The FAO’s Beijing office was seeking information from China’s agriculture ministry, AFP reported today. Roy Wadia, a WHO spokesman in Beijing, said it’s premature to blame China for spurring resistance to amantadine, AFP reported. The drug dates back to 1976, and human resistance has been a problem. But Wadia added that China’s use might have hastened the development of resistance. Bui Quang Anh, animal health director in Vietnam’s agriculture ministry, called for “very high vigilance” against avian flu and said that some provinces were not taking the problem seriously, AFP reported. But he said there were no plans for mass poultry vaccinations. However, the story said researchers in Hong Kong found outbreaks in China in 1997, 2001, and 2003. News Editor Robert Roos contributed to this article. Amantadine and rimantadine make up an older class of antiviral medications used to reduce the impact of influenza. Some nations have made stockpiling amantadine part of their flu pandemic preparedness plans. A newer and more costly class of antiviral drugs, the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir and zanamivir), is also used against flu. According to the Post, pharmaceutical executives in China confirmed that amantadine had been used since the late 1990s to treat or prevent avian flu in chickens. China first reported an outbreak of avian flu to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Feb 2, 2004, according to the OIE listing of H5N1 outbreaks. Researchers found last year that the strain of H5N1 found in Vietnam and Thailand had become resistant to amantadine. The Post story quoted health experts outside China as saying they had suspected the link between resistance and use in poultry. The story said international researchers now believe the Chinese use of the drug is to blame. Halvorson emphasized that flu outbreaks in poultry must be addressed on a country-by-country basis because of national laws. He said the international community needs to reach out to those countries willing to get help. Halvorson could have predicted that resistance would arise if the drug were used in poultry. He worked on research with amantadine in turkeys about 20 years ago. “We found that resistance occurred quite quickly,” he said. Dave Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian in avian health at the University of Minnesota in S. Paul, registered little surprise at the news today.center_img News out of Vietnam today served to underscore his point. Veterinary officials there announced that another 6,000 chickens were infected with H5N1, the first outbreak there in 2 months, according to AFP. The outbreak occurred in the southern province of Ben Tre, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the story said. Chinese authorities denied the report. OIE avian flu reportshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htm Amantadine targets the “M” protein of flu viruses, explained Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site. If a pandemic virus arose through the combination, or reassortment, of the H5N1 avian virus with a human flu virus, the M gene would come from the human virus, he said. As a result, “That [new virus] should still be relatively susceptible to amantadine,” he said. “These other countries are just overwhelmed,” he said. “Just finding avian flu is a big enough problem, let alone getting rid of it.” The government has never allowed farmers to use amantadine, said Xu Shixin, director of the agriculture ministry’s veterinary bureau, as quoted today in the newspaper China Daily. He added that the government will take action soon to curb illicit use. He also said avian flu in China was under control. If the H5N1 virus gives rise to a pandemic strain of flu, the resistance to amantadine might not necessarily carry through to the new strain, according to infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH. It would depend on the process that produced the pandemic strain. “People who thought about it must have figured out they were using amantadine in poultry,” he said. “The resistance is not new information.” However, “Either way it’s bad,” because even if a pandemic virus is susceptible to amantadine, the drug will be in short supply, he added. The impact of the amantadine treatment isn’t clear. One FAO official quoted by AFP said it’s important to find out whether China had found a safe way to deliver the drug to animals, but warned that underdosing causes resistance. Use of amantadine in livestock is banned in the United States and other countries, the newspaper reported. Yet veterinarians explained to Chinese farmers how to use the drug and even supplied it, the story said. However, if the H5N1 virus adapted to humans gradually through a series of mutations, rather than through reassortment, it could remain resistant to amantadine. “If it continues to mutate, and we see a pandemic strain arise through slow human adaptation, that could mean amantadine is all but done,” Osterholm said. “Amantadine is widely used in the entire country,” the Post quoted Zhang Libin, head of the veterinary medicine division of Northeast General Pharmaceutical Factory in Shenyang, as saying. “Many pharmaceutical factories around China produce amantadine, and farmers can buy it easily in veterinary medicine stores.”last_img read more


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first_imgSmoke rises from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on Oct. 9. REUTERS/STRINGER The assault on Wednesday began daysafter United States President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of theway, prompting denunciations from senior members of his own Republican Partywho said he abandoned the Syrian Kurds – loyal allies of Washington.      Trump’s decision to pull forces out ofthe way was denounced by some Kurds as a “stab in the back.”(Reuters) The Turkish air strikes killed atleast five civilians and three fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian DemocraticForces (SDF) and wounded dozens of civilians, the SDF said.  center_img AKCAKALE – Turkish troops and theirSyrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria, pounding themwith air strikes and artillery before starting a cross-border groundoperation.        The Kurds played a leading role incapturing territory from Islamic State, and now hold the largest swathe ofSyria outside of the hands of President Bashar al-Assad.last_img read more


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first_img Press Association Manchester United manger David Moyes has confirmed he needs to check on the risk of selecting Wayne Rooney before he sets a comeback date for the striker. And now Moyes must decide when to bring Rooney back. “He is in great physical shape,” said Moyes. “Obviously he has a cut right in the middle of his forehead which could split because the skin is very thin. “But he has had his stitches out and it has knitted. “We just have to see where the level of risk is with his injury.” center_img Rooney was forced to miss the Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool at the end of last month and England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after suffering a nasty head gash in an accidental training ground collision with Phil Jones. The 27-year-old posted pictures of the cut online to prove his absence was fully justified. last_img read more


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first_img This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Fenceviewer Staff Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) BLUE HILL — Braydon Beardsley of the Ellsworth Eagles and Waylon Henggeler of the Mount Desert Island Trojans led their teams to victory at the annual Hancock County Cross-country Championships on Friday at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds.The Trojan girls, competing without varsity runners Maggie Painter and Isabel Erickson, nevertheless took the first seven places in the girls’ race, posting a perfect score of 15.The Eagle boys, without senior Dan Curts, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, swept the first four places in the boys’ race and finished with a winning score of 43.The Hancock County teams will be competing Saturday in the annual Penobscot Valley Conference Championships at Hermon High School starting at noon.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Biolast_img read more


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first_imgOdivbri is the first player to score hat trick in this 2020 edition of the tournament named after late Bankole Olumide Aluko, a partner in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode who died 18 years ago.Similar scenario is expected to play out in Group D where leaders, SPA Ajibode/Niccom LLP Will also hope to maintain lead. OAKE Legal is aiming to leapfrog the SPA Ajibode as the are both tied on six points but separated by goals difference.SPA Ajibode/ Niccom LLP have a date with Olaniwun Ajayi in this Matchday 4 fixture while OAKE Legal who lost 0-3 to to the leaders have the weekend off to strategize on how to return to winning ways. Other fixtures include; Advocaat versus AELEX while BA Law / Probitas Partners are paired against OANDO/AXXELA Legal.Champions Falana & Falana who have just one point from a possible six and have been languishing in the fourth position of Group C will be aiming to pick their first maximum points of the season when they play UUBO/Ajumogobia & Okeke this afternoon.The last game of the evening is between Templars and Aluko & Oyebode. Banjo & Ighodalo, George Etonian/FRA Williams are joining OAKE Legal to observe the weekend as their rest days.Twenty teams are participating in the 2020 edition of the lawyers’ football tournament with six mergers. The teams are divided into four groups while eight matches are to be played every Sunday over a six week period.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tokunbo Orimobi LP will be looking forward to upstaging DOA Law//Bloomfield this afternoon as Group B leaders when Matchday 4 fixtures of the 2020 BOA Lawyers’ Football Tournament hold at the AstroTurf 2000 facilities in Ikoyi, Lagos.Orimobi are on four points behind leaders DOA/ Bloomfield with six points from two matches. But Orimobi whose fortunes took an upward swing following Ejiro Odivbri’s hat trick in their 3-1 defeat of ALP/SOOB last weekend, will be looking forward to consolidating when they face Pinheiro.last_img read more


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