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Thermal limits and adaptation in marine Antarctic ectotherms: an integrative view

first_imgA cause and effect understanding of thermal limitation and adaptation at various levels of biological organization is crucial in the elaboration of how the Antarctic climate has shaped the functional properties of extant Antarctic fauna. At the same time, this understanding requires an integrative view of how the various levels of biological organization may be intertwined. At all levels analysed, the functional specialization to permanently low temperatures implies reduced tolerance of high temperatures, as a trade-off. Maintenance of membrane fluidity, enzyme kinetic properties (K-m and k(cat)) and protein structural flexibility in the cold supports metabolic flux and regulation as well as cellular functioning overall. Gene expression patterns and, even more so, loss of genetic information, especially for myoglobin (Mb) and haemoglobin (Hb) in notothenioid fishes, reflect the specialization of Antarctic organisms to a narrow range of low temperatures. The loss of Mb and Hb in icefish, together with enhanced lipid membrane densities (e. g. higher concentrations of mitochondria), becomes explicable by the exploitation of high oxygen solubility at low metabolic rates in the cold, where an enhanced fraction of oxygen supply occurs through diffusive oxygen flux. Conversely, limited oxygen supply to tissues upon warming is an early cause of functional limitation. Low standard metabolic rates may be linked to extreme stenothermy. The evolutionary forces causing low metabolic rates as a uniform character of life in Antarctic ectothermal animals may be linked to the requirement for high energetic efficiency as required to support higher organismic functioning in the cold. This requirement may result from partial compensation for the thermal limitation of growth, while other functions like hatching, development, reproduction and ageing are largely delayed. As a perspective, the integrative approach suggests that the patterns of oxygen- and capacity-limited thermal tolerance are linked, on one hand, with the capacity and design of molecules and membranes, and, on the other hand, with life-history consequences and lifestyles typically seen in the permanent cold. Future research needs to address the detailed aspects of these interrelationships.last_img read more

Property industry unites to press for rent arrears loans for tenants

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Property industry unites to press for rent arrears loans for tenants previous nextAssociations & BodiesProperty industry unites to press for rent arrears loans for tenantsLetting agents, landlords and even lenders now say action is needed to avert crisis as economy is rocked by Covid.Nigel Lewis27th November 20200357 Views Letting agents, landlords and a major lender have joined forces to call on the government to introduce interest-free, government-guaranteed rent arrears loans for tenants, similar to the schemes launched in Wales and Scotland this year.The call has come in a letter signed by the leading organisations within the housing market including ARLA Propertymark, the National Residential Landlords Association and Nationwide Building Society, as well as key debt campaigners including Citizen’s Advice and the Big Issue magazine.They all say that unless the government acts, hundreds of thousands of people who rent their homes face an uncertain future due to the economic impact of coronavirus.Losing homes“Many are worried about the risk of losing their homes because of rent arrears arising through no fault of their own,” they say.“While many private landlords and letting agents have done what they can to support affected tenants, the overwhelming majority of landlords are individuals – many renting out just one property, often as a pension – and are unable to continue to subsidise struggling tenants indefinitely.“As the financial fallout continues, we need to sustain tenancies wherever possible.“The best way to ensure this happens is to make sure that tenants are able to pay their rent, which is why the UK Government must now come forward with a package to provide financial support to reduce these arrears.”The letter was also signed by Joanna Elson OBE, Chief Executive, Money Advice Trust and Phil Andrew, Chief Executive, StepChange.Read about the Welsh scheme. November 27, 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 2021last_img read more

Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Award Nearly $100 Million Through Next Level…

first_imgNext Level Roads About Next Level Roads“In Indiana, the Crossroads of America is more than a motto; it’s our mission.”– Governor Eric HolcombNext Level Roads is Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s initiative to elevate Indiana’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for all Hoosiers through investment in transportation infrastructure. This sustainable, data-driven plan dedicates more than $60 billion over the next 20 years to improving the conditions of existing roads and bridges – both state and local, finishing major projects, and building for the future. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s position as a leader in freight and logistics and empowering cities, towns and counties to build communities that attract jobs and talent. Learn more about Next Level Roads at in.gov/indot. Community Crossings LogoMadison, Ind. – Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness today announced 229 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined $99.2 million in state matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.“High-quality local roads and bridges are an important part of our formula for attracting jobs, growing our economy, and building strong communities,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our fully-funded Next Level Roads plan and record-breaking level of construction has gained Indiana national recognition for our approach to infrastructure, and Community Crossings takes that commitment to the local level all across the state.”center_img July 2019 Call For Projects Awards MapThe Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $612 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered more applications than dollars available—making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the January 2020 call for projects.“Efficiently and safely moving people and commerce is vital to the quality of life and vitality of our communities,” said McGuinness. “INDOT is excited to partner with communities through this matching grant program to make infrastructure investments that contribute to the success of all Hoosier cities, towns, and counties.”To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 July call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Chris North, bakery tutor at Castle College, part of Sheffield College

first_imgOurs is a proud craft industry, that is resisting attempts to completely de-skill it in order to save money. The baker or pastry chef in Europe is a respected member of the community. In the UK, our image is poor and careers teachers at school give us 1 out of 10 for job prospects. It’s hardly surprising that the young people we need go elsewhere!Some think the problem can be solved by recruiting young people from university. But what about our image?The industry needs its own funds – a levy on flour or yeast for the fermented sector and sugar or fats for confectionery would be one way. Support from the millers and suppliers to promote a bakery version of Jamie Oliver to improve our image is another.School careers staff have no idea on who we are or what we do. The army tells young people about their jobs, but what do we do? Like it or loathe it, the advert for Skoda’s orange cake car has done more to show what bakers can do than anything the industry has launched.We could put our hands into our pockets and support education and training for young people. There’s no quick fix. We need to sow seeds at school, encourage colleges and training centres and invest in a joined-up qualification for the industry.In the Netherlands, trainee bakers hold trade qualifications. Students must take exams set by the industry’s own lead body before they can train, with funding from ingredients levies.last_img read more

Bakels drives multi-seed

first_imgIngredients supplier Bakels is to launch a consumer campaign for multiseed bread in January. The theme is ’Multiseed bread tastes great and it’s great for helping to control your weight’, and the campaign will be supported by posters, shelf talkers and stickers. Consumers will also be directed to a special website www.lowgibread.org.uk, which is sponsored by Bakels, and contains information about low-GI diets. “Our annual consumer campaigns are very popular with bakers who see them as a great way of driving sales,” commented general manager Ade Abass. To take part in the campaign, bakers should either place an order for Bakels Multiseed through their representative or nominated wholesaler and then contact the company on 01869 356400 or email [email protected] for their kit.www.britishbakels.co.uklast_img read more

Notre Dame tells student-athletes not to return to campus TFN

first_img Facebook Notre Dame tells student-athletes not to return to campus TFN To our team, our fans and to all – stay safe. pic.twitter.com/Eqxnm8XrmA— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) March 12, 2020 Google+ Previous articleBig 10 Conference cancels their basketball tournamentNext articleMore sports cancellations in the wake of the coronavirus Tommie Lee Thursday, the University of Notre Dame decided to follow the school’s lead and told their student athletes to stay away until further notice, as the campus responds with caution to the possibility of the spread of COVID-19.Notre Dame’s Spring Football Practice has been suspended indefinitely. Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook By Tommie Lee – March 12, 2020 1 293 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Twitter Pinterest Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Jay seeking CDBG funds to benefit local businesses

first_imgJAY – With the town intending to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds next year, businesses interested in benefiting from the program should contact the town office.Jay anticipates filing an application in 2019 with Maine’s CDBG Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program. Up to $150,000 could be available for town businesses through the program, either in the form of grants to create employment opportunities for businesses or for facade improvements. The grant process is competitive, with approximately $700,000 of funds being doled out to $2 million-worth of requests.Jaaron Shaw, the owner of Maine Dojo, previously approached the town about applying through the CDBG program.Currently, town officials anticipate having the Board of Selectpersons review a Letter of Intent for qualifying projects in January. The application is due on Feb. 8.Funds can be used in two ways. The first is to assist small businesses with five or fewer employees, one of whom owns the enterprise. The owner’s income must be low-to-moderate. Alternatively, the business owner must create one full-time equivalent job (based on a $30,000 grant) or two full-time equivalent jobs (based on a $50,000 grant), which must be taken by low-to-moderate income individuals and maintained for a minimum of one year. Businesses applying for these funds must have a business plan not older than 18 months and must have met with a Small Business Development Center business counselor in the 3 months prior to applying for assistance.The second way businesses can access the program is for facade grants. To qualify for facade funds, the business must submit documentation showing that it qualifies as a spot slum/blight area. Estimated cost for funds under this program must be provided by an engineer or architect.Anyone interested in obtaining more information on this program can contact Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere at 340 Main Street by phone at 897-6785 or by email at [email protected] information on the CDBG program can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/decd/meocd/cdbg/index.shtml.last_img read more

Watch Full Video Of STS9’s 20th Performance At Red Rocks Amphitheatre

first_imgLast night, the beloved STS9 made their way to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, playing for their 20th time at the storied Morrison, CO venue. There’s no denying that an opportunity to perform at Red Rocks is a coveted dream for any musician, so to reach performance #20 must have been particularly special.With magic in the air, STS9 mixed some of their classic hits with newer tracks from the recently-released LP, The Universe Within. Tribe was on fire throughout the whole two set performance, debuting new material and even welcoming out vocalist Maureen Murphy for a handful of selections.Thanks to YouTube user JMar, we have full video from the night to share. Enjoy this wonderful STS9 performance on the Rocks!STS9 is set to do it all again tonight, September 10th. Check out the full setlist below, as annotated by Church of STS9.Setlist: STS9 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 9/9/16SET I:Supercluster(*#) –Out of this World(*%) –Frequencies 2 – 3To The WorldMarchGobnugget –Between the Sheets($&) –Reemergence –Between the SheetsVibyl(@)New Dawn, New DaySET II:Simulator –GrowThe Rabble –Call Jam –The RabbleElsewhere(*)Sun, Moon and Stars($*)Blu Mood –MOD –Modular Improv –MODWorld Go RoundENCORE:Better Day($!)Light Years(*)Show Notes:* = first time played# = band wearing space helmets% = HB technical difficulties throughout song$ = w/ Maureen Murphy on vocals& = Isley Brothers [email protected] = extended jam of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”? = Modular Jam! = Alana on Stand Up Bass[Photo from Red Rocks 2015]last_img read more

Watch UGA Honor Gregg Allman At Halftime During Win Against USC

first_imgAs reported earlier in the week, yesterday, on November 4th, the #1-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (University of Georgia) and the South Carolina Gamecocks (University of South Carolina) faced off for a highly anticipated SEC football matchup. For the game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, the UGA Bulldogs came out ahead, winning 24-10 against the Gamecocks and continuing their undefeated streak this season. However, music lovers from around the country will enjoy reliving the game’s halftime performance, during which UGA’s Redcoat Marching Band honored the late and legendary iconic rock star and Georgia native Gregg Allman by performing a medley of  Allman Brothers Band classics, including “Ramblin’ Man”, “Whipping Post”, “Midnight Rider”, and “Black Hearted Woman”.Gregg Allman Honored Memorial Advocacy Award At National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable EventDuring the UGA home game, the school also honored the recipients of the Gregg Allman Scholarship—a product of Allman’s generosity toward UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. In 2015, the beloved rock icon established the fund in collaboration with the UGA Music Business Program, with the funds going toward students who are looking to make it in the music industry.Watch The Nostalgic Official Music Video For Gregg Allman’s Cover Of ‘I Love The Life I Live’Watch the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band’s tribute to Gregg Allman below. [Video: Marvin James]last_img read more

4-H State Forestry Field Day

first_imgTwenty-six Georgia 4-H’ers participated in the  State Forestry Field Day for program year 2021 on Sept. 19 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. Throughout the afternoon event, participants adhered to COVID-19 prevention measures as guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Georgia 4-H forestry program teaches youth to identify up to 70 Georgia tree species, as well as common pests and diseases that impact those trees. The forestry field day competition allows youth to test their science-based knowledge, critical thinking skills and skills with specialized forestry tools. Participants can be a part of a county team or compete individually in the state forestry judging contest.“The pandemic certainly caused volunteer coaches and county personnel to be creative with virtual practices until youth could meet in person,” said Craven Hudson, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist. “We were able to hold all area contests in person, and these youth have worked hard to prepare for today.”The state contest consists of five stations: insect and disease identification, volume estimation, compass and pacing, tree identification, and site evaluation. All county teams prepared for the state contest by competing in one of four area forestry field days held earlier in September. Site evaluation is added at the state level and requires youth to consider landowner objectives and make forest management recommendations.Each county may bring up to 20 senior contestants from ninth through 12th grades. The youth compete individually and as team members. The first-place senior team winners will represent Georgia at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational in August 2021 at the Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, West Virginia.This year’s winners at the State Forestry Field Day are:First place team: Bartow County — Sasha Morgan, Gus Federico, Bethany Craven and Gabriel CravenSecond place team: Oconee County — Kalani Washington, Alicia Carnes, Robie Lucas and Lexi PritchardThird place team: Burke County — Holt Sapp, Emmaline Cunningham, Samuel Eckerman and Tony GraySenior high individual: Gus Federico, Bartow CountyGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local UGA Extension office.last_img read more