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Taxonomic affinities of dark septate root endophytes of Colobanthus quitensis and Deschampsia antarctica, the two native Antarctic vascular plant species

first_imgAlthough dark septate fungal endophytes (DSE) occur widely in association with plant roots in cold-stressed habitats, little is known of the taxonomic status of DSE in Antarctica. Here we investigate the phylogenetic affinities of DSE colonising the roots of Colobanthus quitensis and Deschampsia antarctica, the two maritime Antarctic vascular plant species. Two hundred and forty-three DSE were isolated from roots collected from 17 sites across a 1470 km transect through maritime and sub-Antarctica. The ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 nuclear ribosomal gene cluster of representative isolates was sequenced, and the sequences were recovered in 10 sequence groups and sub-groups. Nine of the sequence groupings could be placed in the Helotiales and the remaining one showed high homology to a large number of currently unassigned anamorphic ascomycete sequences. Of the Helotiales, Leptodontidium orchidicola, Rhizoscyphus ericae and species of Tapesia and Mollisia could be confidently identified. This study demonstrates that members of the Helotiales, including several widely-recognised DSE genera, commonly colonise the roots of C. quitensis and D. antarctica in the Antarctic.last_img read more

HO2NO2 and HNO3 in the coastal Antarctic winter night: A “lab-in-the-field” experiment

first_imgObservations of peroxynitric acid (HO2NO2) and nitric acid (HNO3) were made during a 4 month period of Antarctic winter darkness at the coastal Antarctic research station, Halley. Mixing ratios of HNO3 ranged from instrumental detection limits to ∼8 parts per trillion by volume (pptv), and of HO2NO2 from detection limits to ∼5 pptv; the average ratio of HNO3 : HO2NO2 was 2.0(± 0.6):1, with HNO3 always present at greater mixing ratios than HO2NO2 during the winter darkness. An extremely strong association existed for the entire measurement period between mixing ratios of the respective trace gases and temperature: for HO2NO2, R2 = 0.72, and for HNO3, R2 = 0.70. We focus on three cases with considerable variation in temperature, where wind speeds were low and constant, such that, with the lack of photochemistry, changes in mixing ratio were likely to be driven by adsorption/desorption mechanisms alone. We derived enthalpies of adsorption (ΔHads) for these three cases. The average ΔHads for HNO3 was −42 ± 7 kJ mol−1 and for HO2NO2 was −56 ± 3 kJ mol−1; these values are extremely close to laboratory-derived values. This exercise demonstrates (i) that adsorption to/desorption from the snow pack should be taken into account when addressing budgets of boundary layer HO2NO2 and HNO3 at any snow-covered site, and (ii) that Antarctic winter can be used as a~natural “laboratory in the field” for testing data on physical exchange mechanisms.last_img read more

Levi leads Texas Rio Grande Valley over Dixie State 72-65

first_img Associated Press Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers Basketball/Javon Levi/Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros/WAC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Javon Levi had 16 points and 11 assists to lead five Texas Rio Grande Valley players in double figures as the Vaqueros got past Dixie State 72-65.Sean Rhea added 12 points for the Vaqueros. Chris Freeman chipped in 11 points. LaQuan Butler and Uche Dibiamaka had 10 points apiece.Cameron Gooden had 18 points for the Trailblazers (4-5, 0-2 Western Athletic Conference), whose losing streak reached four games. Written by January 16, 2021 /Sports News – Local Levi leads Texas Rio Grande Valley over Dixie State 72-65last_img read more

Half of foreign buy-to-let landlords have quit UK

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Half of foreign buy-to-let landlords have quit UK previous nextHousing MarketHalf of foreign buy-to-let landlords have quit UKCountrwide says its research shows the number of oversesas investors in the UK property market has dropped dramatically since 2010.Nigel Lewis17th July 201701,077 Views The number of foreigners who own buy-to-let properties in the UK has more than halved over the past seven years, it has been revealed.But despite this dramatic drop, they still earn £5.4 billion a year in rent half of which comes from London properties.Countrywide, which conducted the research, says this decline in the number of overseas landlords is down to both a steady increase in tax on property investors, and stalling capital growth particularly in London.“The growth of the private rented sector since 2010 has not been driven by overseas investors,” says Johnny Morris, Research Director at Countrywide (pictured, left).“As well as having to contend with increased stamp duty and the annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED), overseas investors also saw the removal of capital gains tax exemptions in 2015.”Countrywide also says the proportion of UK property owned by overseas landlords has dropped from 12% to 5%, a record low.And in Greater London the reduction has been more dramatic from 26% to 11%, the research says, while in prime Central London the proportion has dropped from nearly a third in 2010 to less than a quarter now.Asians largest groupCountrywide says the reduction is in part due to Europeans withdrawing from the London buy-to-let market, and that Asians now make up the largest proportion of foreign landlords in the capital at a third, followed by Europeans (28%) and Middle Easterns (9%).But outside London Europeans are the largest group of foreign landlords at 37%, although overall foreign buy-to-let investors have been withdrawing from the UK’s regional property markets since 2010, Countrywide says.Although 11% of buy-to-let property in London is owned by foreigners, outside the capital it is less than 5% in most regions including the South East. In Scotland, Wales and the Midlands only 3% of buy-to-let properties are foreign-owned.Countrywide also says that while the average rent in the UK rose by 1.1% in June, they dropped by 0.8% in London.“The fall in the capital was driven by lower rents in the outer areas of London as the ripple effect from falling rents in Central London continues,” says Johnny Morris.But outside the capital demand for rented property is pushing up rents, dramatically in some regions. For example, in the South West rents rose by 4.6% during June. Where London’s overseas landlords come fromAsia – 33% Europe – 28% North America – 10% Middle East – 9% Oz/Malaysia – 8% Africa – 7% South America – 5%  Johnny Morris Countrywide July 17, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

‘Welsh Stamp Duty holiday pointless until occupied house viewings allowed’

first_imgWelsh Fine & Country agents have given the nation’s recently-announced Stamp Duty holiday for home buyers a distinctly unenthusiastic thumbs-up, claiming it’s pointless until the Welsh government allows viewing of occupied properties following Covid.It is expected that this will be announced later this week and be given the green light for the 27th July.Last Tuesday Welsh finance minister Rebecca Evans (pictured, above) revealed that properties valued at between £180,000 and £250,000 are exempt from Stamp Duty (known locally as Land Transaction Tax) until 31st March next year.Fine & Country argues that, because properties under £180,000 already pay zero Stamp Duty, the Welsh government has only raised the threshold by £70,000, but that unlike in England, it does not include second homes or buy-to-let properties.Bonus not incentiveJamie Tulloch from Fine & Country, Welshpool says: “While the change in Stamp Duty will definitely have some impact on the market, I see it as more of a bonus than an incentive.“I don’t think the change to Stamp Duty will have as much of a difference here in Wales, as it would if you were buying in England.”According to Tulloch, buyers being able to view occupied properties will have a greater impact on the market then the duty change.Tom Hope from Fine & Country Swansea, says: “Whilst to a large extent, Fine & Country property buyers won’t financially benefit greatly, the main advantage is that the increase of Stamp Duty threshold being kept in place until March 2021 will perpetuate the number of property transactions during what is usually a quieter late Autumn through to early Spring.“And this increased activity will follow the price range up to the ‘upper quartile’ and influence our main market – well at least that’s the plan!”.Read more about Covid and Wales.welsh stamp duty stamp duty wales Jamie Tulloch Tom Home rebecca evans stamp duty Wales fine & country July 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » ‘Welsh Stamp Duty holiday pointless until occupied house viewings allowed’ previous nextHousing Market‘Welsh Stamp Duty holiday pointless until occupied house viewings allowed’Fine & Country agents say limited nature of duty exemption and restrictions on housing market activity mean duty change will have little effect on market.Nigel Lewis20th July 202001,294 Viewslast_img read more

Adjunct Instructor – Chemistry

first_imgPosition Details Job TitleAdjunct Instructor – Chemistry How did you learn about this employment opportunity?Morton ‘careers’ websiteInternal postingMonsterCareerbuilderInside Higher EdHigher Ed jobsHACUnewspaper/trade journalLinkedIn Posting Details Salary Range Open Date08/21/2018 Master’s degree in the discipline or closely related field, ormaster’s degree plus 18 graduate hours in the discipline. Be ableto demonstrate the Morton College Core values of truth, compassion,fairness, responsibility and respect. Reports To and Evaluated by Open Until FilledYes The adjunct instructor will teach either a CHM – 100, Fundamentalsof Chemistry, CHM – 101 General Chemistry, or CHM 206 OrganicChemistry Class to a diverse student population. These courses willbe offered during the day and evening. The responsibilities andduties of the instructor may change as the needs of the collegearise. Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Preferred Qualifications Posting NumberADJ00019PU Required Qualifications Position End Date (if temporary) Desired Start Date01/14/2019 Close Date Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterTranscriptsLetters of RecommendationOptional Documents 3 years or more of previous community college or universityteaching experience. Job Summary •Utilize departmental syllabus template, approved textbooks, andsupplemental course materials.• Submit personalized course syllabus to Deans’ Office inelectronic format one (1) week prior to course start date.• Distribute and review comprehensive course syllabus to studentsno later than the first week of the course.• Receive, understand, and follow Course Data Form as distributedby Deans’ Office.• Adhere to printed course schedule meeting times andlocations.• Obtain prior approval for any substitute teachers or guestspeakers from Deans’ Office.• Maintain grade book in electronic or hard copy format.• Take and record student Attendance each day.• Submit accurate and certified Tenth (10th) Day AttendanceVerification and Mid-Semester Class Roster or other report to theDeans’ Office.• Give final exam at the time and date indicated on the college’sFinal Exam Schedule.• Respond to e-mails from students, staff, and collegeadministrators in a timely manner while classes are in sessionusing assigned college designated e-mail.• Check assigned college mailbox regularly. Specific Job Dutieslast_img read more

Government blocks Oxford MP’s bill for rough sleepers

first_imgChair of Oxford SU’s ‘On Your Doorstep’, Alex Kumar, told Cherwell: “No one is surprised to see the government yet again refuse to engage on this issue. Every year that Theresa May has presided over this country, either as Home Secretary or as Prime Minister, rough sleeping has increased.“This is symptomatic of a deep wound in British society, and – as if being forced to sleep rough were not awful enough – the government is rubbing in salt by using procedural ploys to protect the abominable pre-Victorian law that sees homeless people harassed and brought before the courts for sleeping rough or peacefully begging.”“The campaign to repeal the 1824 Vagrancy Act goes on. The government can swat us away but we will keep coming back.“The government can do us all the decency of at least explaining why it has the temerity to defend such a barbaric law.”Kumar drew attention to the fact that MPs from across six parties have already signed onto Early Day Motion 903, which calls for the Act’s repeal. The Bill was co-sponsored by Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas MP, and other Liberal Democrat MPs, including Deputy Leader Jo Swinson. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government did not respond to Cherwell’s request for comment. The Government has blocked a bill sponsored by Oxford MP Layla Moran to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which makes it illegal to sleep rough. Moran’s Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill would scrap the 1824 Vagrancy Act, which permits the arrest of homeless people sleeping on the streets.The legislation was due for second reading, but Conservative MPs blocked Layla Moran’s Bill from advancing through the parliamentary process. The Bill could therefore not be ‘read’ a second time. The Vagrancy Act has already been repealed in Scotland and Northern Ireland.Layla Moran MP said: “I am shocked, if not surprised, that the Government have blocked debate on this legislation that would change the law to end the criminalisation of rough sleepers.“I’ll be keeping up the pressure on the Government and will continue to fight to change the law. “We must end the situation where homeless people can still be arrested and dragged before the courts using a heartless, Dickensian law dating back to 1824 just because they don’t have anywhere to spend the night.”Last month, Cherwell reported that Moran would take up this cause in part due to the efforts of students in Oxford. Oxford SU’s ‘On Your Doorstep’ campaign petitioned the UK Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act, gaining over 10000 government signatures, triggering a government response. last_img read more

JP Onnela wins NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

first_imgJukka-Pekka “JP” Onnela, assistant professor of biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health, has won a prestigious Director’s New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a proposal to collect and analyze cell phone communication and sensor data to monitor social and behavioral functioning of individuals with mood disorders. One of 41 scientists around the country receiving the award in 2013, Onnela will receive $1.5 million over the course of five years.“I have wanted to do this particular project for many years, but it has taken time for the technology to mature,” Onnela said. “The final missing piece was funding, and I am extremely grateful and deeply honored to receive this award from the NIH.”The New Innovator Award is part of the NIH’s High Risk-High Reward program, which provides support for exceptional innovation in biomedical research. These awards are given to early-stage investigators working on highly creative research approaches that may be at too early a stage to qualify for more traditional NIH funding, but which have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Fee Arbitration Program works to end disputes

first_img May 15, 2001 Regular News Fee Arbitration Program works to end disputes Fee Arbitration Program works to end disputesWhen fee disputes arise, The Florida Bar has a program in place to set things right. The Bar’s Fee Arbitration Program is an informal, inexpensive service provided to resolve legal fee disputes between attorneys and clients and between attorneys. The Fee Arbitration Program also is now looking for volunteers (attorneys and public members) to serve on the circuit fee arbitration committees, according to Angela Reynolds, who coordinates the Fee Arbitration Program for the Bar. Prior to the Supreme Court’s approval of the Fee Arbitration Program, the Bar had no jurisdiction over such matters unless the fee charged was clearly excessive, illegal, or otherwise prohibited by rule. “Many fee disputes are basically matters of misunderstanding or a lack of communication that could be fully resolved without the formality and expense associated with a lawsuit,” said Reynolds. “With the establishment of the Fee Arbitration Program, a uniform alternative now exists throughout the state for resolution of legal fee disputes between attorneys or between lawyers and clients.” The Bar publishes a pamphlet, Consumer Guide to the Legal Fee Arbitration Program, to familiarize the consumer with the program designed to provide an alternative to the court system for the resolution of legal fee disputes. The Fee Arbitration Program, however, does not have jurisdiction over a dispute that is already in the court system, Reynolds said, adding the program also is limited to disputes between an attorney and a client or between attorneys, and also depends on the mutual assent of the parties. “There are some types of recurring situations, such as the classic example of a collection suit by an attorney, that the fee arbitration system can legitimately handle and, thereby, relieve some of the burden now carried by the courts,” Reynolds said. In addition to easing court case loads, Reynolds said, the Fee Arbitration Program also offers many attractive features to the parties. It is a less formal and much less expensive process (both parties will be subject to a filing fee of $15 to defray the administrative costs of the arbitration proceedings); it offers more privacy to the parties; and, perhaps most important, it offers expeditious resolution. The Supreme Court has imposed a 55-day deadline from assignment of the case to an arbitrator, to the entry of a final award. Circuit arbitration committees must consist of at least three members, with at least one-third nonlawyer members. All attorney appointees must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least five years. Voluntary bar association presidents within each circuit and the Florida Council of Bar Presidents may tender names of prospective circuit arbitration committee members for consideration. Terms of service for each circuit committee member are for one year, beginning July 1 and expiring June 30 with no member serving more than three consecutive years. If you have any questions about the fee arbitration program, contact Angela Reynolds at Bar headquarters, (850) 561-5774.last_img read more

Doxim Vision Series: Chris Palmer on growth-oriented product development

first_imgDoxim is proud to work with over 1,500 financial services organizations, and with this comes responsibility not only to take care of our customers, but also to continuously calibrate our product strategy to keep pace with the industry requirements. Moreover, over the past 20 years we’ve seen the market evolve so rapidly that we push ourselves to build the future, by including anticipated needs in our vision.Recently, I had an opportunity to chat with VP Innovation & Strategy Chris Palmer, about the vision for customer engagement technology that underpins everything we do here at Doxim. Today I’m sharing the highlights from this conversation, to give our valued customers and partners an insight into our strategic process.Olga Z.:  Chris, what technology does Doxim believe to be the foundation for successful customer engagement in the future, and why?Chris Palmer: Really, when we think about it, the crux of the successful engagement strategy is to create a successful customer experience regardless of channel, and to do that you really need CRM. Understanding the consumer – their preferences, goals, and financial needs is vital to be able to provide that experience. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more