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Vegetation cover regulates the quantity, quality and temporal dynamics of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in Antarctic soils

Populations of the two native Antarctic vascular plant species (Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis) have expanded rapidly in recent decades, yet little is known about the effects of these expansions on soil nutrient cycling. We measured the concentrations of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and nitrogen (DON), amino acids and inorganic N in soils under these two vascular plant species, and under mosses and lichens, over a growing season at Signy Island in the maritime Antarctic. We recorded higher concentrations of nitrate, total dissolved nitrogen, DOC, DON and free amino acids in soil under D. antarctica and C. quitensis than in lichen or moss dominated soils. Each vegetation cover gave a unique profile of individual free amino acids in soil solution. Significant interactions between soil type and time were found for free amino acid concentrations and C/N ratios, indicating that vascular plants significantly change the temporal dynamics of N mineralization and immobilization. We conclude that D. antarctica and C. quitensis exert a significant influence over C and N cycling in the maritime Antarctic, and that their recent population expansion will have led to significant changes in the amount, type and rate of organic C and N cycling in soil. read more

San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman clears over $27,000 in schools’ cafeteria debt

first_imgNovember 28, 2019 /Sports News – National San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman clears over $27,000 in schools’ cafeteria debt FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCabrillo Middle School(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — San Francisco 49er Richard Sherman is making his mark off the football field by paying off thousands of dollars in school lunch debt for public school students.The day after the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) named Sherman as the Week 11 Community MVP, he handed the principal of Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, California, a “personal check” for $7,491.27 to clear the cafeteria’s outstanding bill.Sherman was given the honor by the NFLPA on Nov. 22 for his charity work through his two organizations — Richard Sherman Family Foundation and Blanket Coverage Foundation.Principal Stan Garber posted the news on the school’s website on Tuesday along with a photograph he took posing with Sherman. “Richard’s gesture created such goodwill for the 49ers that they went on to sack Aaron Roger’s and the Green Bay Packers the next day on national TV by a score of 37-8,” wrote Garber. “Go 49ers, Go Richard Sherman.”“It’s the most generous thing to happen for these kids, there’s plenty in need and he didn’t neglect them, it was the perfect way to give back and help them,” Garber told ABC News on Thursday about the 60 students that will benefit from Sherman’s contribution. “It was the kindest most generous gesture.”Garber said the middle school is the closest to Levi’s Stadium and praises the 49ers organization for continuing to give back to the community since their arrival to town five years ago.This wasn’t the only school that had their debt cleared by Sherman.Last month, Sherman wrote a check for over $20,000 to the Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma, Washington, to relieve their student’s lunch debt, according to a press release issued by NFLPA.Since 2013, Sherman has raised $1.5 million and “helped more than 70,000 people in carrying out their mission of providing students in low-income communities with school supplies and clothing so they can more adequately achieve their goals,” wrote Brandon Parker, NFLPA’s communications manager.Request for comment from Sherman’s representatives were not immediately returned.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

USS Laboon Sails to the Black Sea

first_img USS Laboon Sails to the Black Sea View post tag: Naval Authorities June 22, 2015 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) was scheduled to arrive in the Black Sea on June 21 to promote peace and stability in the region.Laboon’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication and commitment toward strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S., NATO and regional Baltic Sea partners.USS Laboon (DDG 58) entered the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.The vessel, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.[mappress mapid=”16290″]Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Black Seacenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Laboon Sails to the Black Sea View post tag: USS Laboonlast_img read more

US Navy names two more littoral combat ships

first_img View post tag: Freedom-variant View post tag: Austal View post tag: LCS View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Lockheed Martin View post tag: Independence-Variant Share this article Photo: Graphic illustration of the future Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32). Photo: US Navy The US Navy announced the names of further two littoral combat ships (LCS) on October 9.The Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said the next Independence-variant LCS would be named USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) and the next Freedom-variant LCS would be named USS Beloit (LCS 29).Names of LCS 29 and LCS 32 were announced a day after the SECNAV announced that another LCS would be named USS Cleveland. While the navy did not specify, the USS Cleveland is likely the LCS 34 which was ordered by the navy together with future USS Santa Barbara and USS Beloit in September this year.The future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is named in honor of Santa Barbara, Calif. and is the third ship to bear the name. It will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.“I am pleased to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city of Santa Barbara,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This city’s innovative workforce and longstanding support of our Navy and Marine Corps team, whether active duty, reserve force, civilian or Veterans, the support from this community strengthens our Navy and nation.”The future USS Beloit (LCS 29) is named in honor of Beloit, Wis. and is the first ship to bear the name.The Navy has accepted delivery of 16 LCss. Including the recent contract modifications, a total of 32 LCSs have been procured with 10 ships under construction (LCS 15, 17, 19-26).last_img read more

Requirements For Clean Water Act Hazardous Substance Spill Prevention

first_imgWASHINGTON U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a final action establishing no new regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 311(j)(1)(C) authority for hazardous substance discharge prevention.“EPA’s analysis concluded that current requirements for hazardous substance discharge prevention are protective of human health and the environment and, therefore, additional requirements are unnecessary,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Protection of our nation’s waterways is a top priority for EPA, and we will continue to use our many programs and tools to protect and respond to threats in our waterways.”During the 40 years since CWA section 311(j)(1)(C) was enacted by Congress, many EPA statutory and regulatory requirements have been established to prevent and address CWA hazardous substance discharges. Based on a review of the existing EPA programs along with the frequency and impacts of reported CWA hazardous substance discharges, the agency determined the existing EPA regulatory framework meets the requirements of CWA section 311(j)(1)(C) and is serving to prevent, contain, and mitigate CWA hazardous substance discharges.This final action complies with a consent decree addressing CWA section 311(j)(1)(C) and is based on public comment regarding EPA’s proposed approach.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

LGBTQ resource fair promotes services for members of College community

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club hosted an LGBTQ Resource Fair, an event that allowed participants to meet with LGBTQ and ally organizations, groups and individuals who provide resources to local and college communities Thursday.Sophomore Susi Le, the 2017-2018 recipient of the LGBT Student Scholarship awarded by the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GALA), coordinated the event. In addition to providing financial resources for students who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, GALA also sponsors charitable, educational, spiritual and athletic activities that further the interests of community members and their supporters. Michelle Mehelas | The Observer Members of the Saint Mary’s community spoke with representatives from various LGBTQ support organizations about resources available in the Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and South Bend communities.Along with GALA, the LGBTQ Center of South Bend; YWCA of Northern Indiana; Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services (TREES); Graduate LGBTQ+ and Allies Student Society of Notre Dame (GlassND) and several other resource groups attended the event.Meghan Buell, the founder and president of TREES, Inc., an organization spreading transgender education throughout small-town and rural communities, has been involved at Saint Mary’s for the past five years, appearing as a guest lecturer and acting as a mentor to student organizations. Buell said TREES, Inc. hopes to connect with college students through events such as Thursday’s resource fair.“I think that sometimes there’s a disconnect between the community and the resources in the campus community, and we want to bring those together to let students know that there are resources in the community that they may not find directly through campus organizations,” Buell said.TREES, Inc. strives to teach the essential tools necessary to initiate respectful, productive conversations in and about the LGBTQ community, Buell said.“We are constantly having conversations and teaching communication skills that are involved in the transgender community: how to be respectful, how to use the right terminology, understanding that pronouns matter,” Buell said.Laura Ortiz-Mercado, a graduate student at Notre Dame, represented GlassND, a group founded by the graduate student union that works to create a sense of community within Notre Dame and is specifically aimed toward graduate students who identify as LGBTQ.“Our first goal is to create a sense of community and companionship, as well as a support group,” she said. “We know that, in a way, being in graduate school is like living inside a bubble in which you are disconnected from everything else. We’ve been trying to create connections across universities and, more importantly, with the South Bend community.”One of the largest parts of her role as group organizer, Ortiz-Mercado said, is to create visibility by spreading LGBTQ awareness through the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities.“The most important thing is bringing visibility to the different groups — support groups, student organizations and non-profit organizations around South Bend,” she said. “We want to bring visibility to the fact that we are here, and to let people in the LGTBTQ community know that they have a lot of resources and groups to join. We want to let them know that they are not alone here.”Tags: GALA-ND/SMC, LGBTQ, LGBTQ Resource Fair, Saint Mary’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club, TREESlast_img read more

Take a refreshing look at rebranding

first_imgThere comes a time for many financial institutions, including credit unions, when the current branding feels like it’s lacking. Conducting a formal brand audit is an important first step to help inform what type of change is needed. A brand audit can give insight into how a company is looked at from the outside, and can often reveal surprising new perceptions and strategies. “When something must be done to change or update, the worst mistake is doing nothing.” as former Bethpage FCU CEO, Kirk Kordeleski shares. Now at Best Innovative Group (BIG), Kirk explains what being complacent can do to your credit union. “Doing nothing means being relegated to the side lines. Branding is about holding a superior position in consumer minds. It creates the awareness and accelerates growth.”Companies often realize a need for change, but feel they lack the time or budget for a total rebrand. The thing is, rebranding isn’t always the best option out there. Here’s why, at certain times, aiming for a strategic brand refresh can be a better choice than a rebrand:BudgetA credit union’s priority is to its members. They can offer better rates and lower fees, because they are very conscientious of their own spending. Current data shows the average credit union already spends between 0.07% and 0.11% of assets on marketing.* A complete rebrand can be costly, and use of resources that could better be allotted other places. A brand refresh can allow everyone to analyze what is and isn’t working with the current brand to build from there. Which takes us to the next point: brand equity. Brand EquityIf a credit union’s branding or logo feel outdated, chances are it’s because they’ve been around for some years. While it’s good to update marketing and other member-facing communications, you don’t want to feel unrecognizable. It’s important to tell a story that leverages differentiating benefits. Members can feel trust and comfort in your existing brand; and strategically developed, your refreshed branding will bring that trust and loyalty to a new level.ConsistencySimilar to brand equity, consistency can be a very important consideration. Or rather, lack of consistency can be huge in turning current members away. Through a brand refresh members can hold on to a consistency that ensures them the positive relationships they have with the credit union, and their worth as a member, will not diminish. TimingBudget aside, timing may be the other biggest barrier to rebranding for credit unions. In an era where communications with members are more ongoing than ever, knowing where to shift gears and introduce a brand new brand can feel daunting. Refreshing small points, like an updated logo or more refined brand voice, can lower the stress with finding the perfect moment to change, plus it helps the transition feel natural to members.With all these points there is no definite answer that applies to every credit union. A refresh can be as small as deciding a new consistency with communications, a slightly edited logo, or changing secondary colors used within advertising. Or it might mean an updated logo that works with the current brand voice. The most important part is having a firm strategy behind the refresh to ensure every change is positive benefit for both the credit union and its members. *Data source: 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Spain eases strict lockdown conditions almost two months

first_imgAll Spaniards on Saturday were allowed to go for walks or play sport after 48 days of home  confinement to combat the coronavirus in one of the worst-hit countries.Spain’s nearly 47 million people have since March 14 lived under one of the strictest virus lockdowns in the world, with adults authorised to leave home only to buy food, medicine or walk the dog. The lockdown was prolonged late last month until May 9 but Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday unveiled a plan to gradually begin easing the restrictions in four phases that should be completed by the end of June. ‘A child on Christmas Eve’ Despite the easing of the lockdown, many restrictions remained. In towns of more than 5,000 inhabitants, children and the elderly cannot leave home at the same times.The time slots of 10am to midday and 7pm until 8pm are reserved for people over 70 and those they need to accompany them.From 6am to 10am and from 8pm to 11 pm, adolescents of over 14 and adults can leave to go for walks of less than one kilometre (about half a mile)from their homes, but only two at a time from the same household.Near Madrid’s central Retiro Park, which remains closed, many residents were out jogging, some in groups.A policeman used a loudhailer to urge people to jog only on the sidewalks and not on the road.Marcos Abeytua, a 42-year-old financial advisor who lives in the normally bustling district of Chueca, said he got up at 7am to go for a run, something he would not normally do on a Saturday morning as would likely still be recovering from a late Friday night out.”After so many weeks in confinement, I badly wanted to go out, run, see the world,” he said. “Yesterday, I was like a child on Christmas Eve.”Afternoons are reserved for children under 14, who can leave home accompanied by an adult betweem midday and 7pm.Topics : As part of that, children under 14 were last week allowed to step outside for walks. And the restrictions were further eased on Saturday.”I am going out for the first time for a short walk,” said 87-year-old Amalia Garcia Manso as she wandered down Madrid’s Calle Mayor, wearing a facemask and gloves and supported by a cane and the arm of her daughter.”This hurts, it’s hard for me to see that all of Madrid is closed”, she said, on one of the city’s main shopping streets.With over 215,000 cases and almost 25,000 deaths, Spain is one of the worst-hit countries in the world.last_img read more

Amenities and infrastructure a drawcard for homebuyers

first_imgThe Unison Projects resort-style townhouse development on the historic former Hawkins Garden Centre site at Albany Creek in Brisbane’s north.A resort-style townhouse development on the former Hawkins Garden Centre site at Albany Creek so impressed a Brisbane family that they snapped up three properties.Eatons Hill couple Matthew and Catherine Jarvie were among the first buyers at the $37 million estate named Preston Point in honour of original owner John Preston. The Jarvies came to the estate when the sales office first opened and were so impressed they purchased a property for investment in stage one off the plan. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoTheir first homebuyer son Matthew has since bought a townhouse in stage two while his downsizing parents have added to the family’s portfolio by buying a nature reserve facing townhouse for themselves.“What appealed to us about Preston Point Residences was this particular development perfectly blends urban living with green open space set amongst a protected nature reserve and the majestic 200-year-old fig trees,” Matthew Jarvie Senior said.“You have that feeling of being in a quiet, rural area but you are just 12km from the Brisbane CBD and very close to many local amenities and substantial infrastructure. I haven’t seen anything else like this in Brisbane.’’Unison Projects is launching the third and final stage of Preston Point ahead of schedule after the success of the previous offerings.Preston Point Residences is on a 3.2ha parcel at 623 Albany Creek Rd, featuring a large recreation area with a resort-style 16m residents’ swimming pool. The estate will comprise 74 “lifestyle’’ townhouses within a green community.Townhouses in stage three are priced from $459,000.last_img read more

There’s no place like a home for the homeless

first_img MORE PROPERTY STORIES “Last year that accommodation offered a second chance to 315 young Australians.”PIF takes the pressure off frontline charities by fundraising on their behalf and partnering with businesses that make homes for a living.For every dollar raised, participating members of the property and construction industry pledge in-kind support, through skills, labour and goods, to build everything from crisis accommodation, to more medium-term accommodation and transitional housing. Property Industry Foundation members give their time to build homeless youth housing.The Sydney-based charity was just about to start building in Queensland when COVID-19 hit. “We had 12 bedrooms in the pipeline for the Brisbane Youth Services,” she said.“One five-bedroom house and six individual units for that transitional age of 17, 18 and 19 who need independent living.”Among the 130 core donors who work with PIF are Hutchinson Builders, Lendlease and the national fit-out and refurbishment company SHAPE Australia, which was preparing to work pro bono as project managers for the new Queensland development.“I’m a new dad, I have a young boy who’s two years old,” SHAPE general manager for Queensland Josh Williams said. “It is heartbreaking to think that he could end up homeless.“We’re a family-focused company so any chance to give back is important to us.” Charities need to find more creative ways to raise money in a COVID-19 environment. Photo: David ClarkMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoSix Queensland members of SHAPE have signed up for the 30-day challenge, which began on July 20 with participants able to register at any time between now and August 18.“Me personally, I”m walking from Camp Hill into the city every day. The target for myself is to raise $5000,” Mr Williams said.One of the most recent PIF projects has been the renovation of St Laurence House, which provides medium-term youth accommodation for 13-18 year olds in Sydney.“It was critical really,” St Laurence House executive officer Nigel Parker said.“To have an extra bedroom and new bathrooms, it’s like a completely different house.“What they also did which is important, they also got a team of people to come in and replace all the furniture in the kids’ bedrooms. It’s beautiful and they also bought an outdoor setting and a new barbecue and some sports equipment. Bedrooms like this can help give a young person a fresh start in life.“I think it’s one of the most worthwhile things that you can do because for many small charities, they just don’t have the capacity to do renovations. For us it was about making the house feel more homelike.”For more information on the Property Industry Foundation’s 30-day fitness challenge visit Mum power: The moment mum bought a house for the kids Paramedics renovate with an eye for safety Lorcan McCarthy, Steven Torta, Marc Vipond, Scott Ezzy and David Wood, of refurbishment company SHAPE Australia, in training to raise money for homeless youth. Photo: David ClarkAlmost $200,000 has already been raised in a fundraising drive to build homes for homeless young people as part of an initiative driven by the property and construction industry.With COVID-19 putting a stop to more traditional fundraising efforts, the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) has launched a 30-day fitness challenge and is inviting builders, tradies, designers, architects and real estate agents to take part before August 18, raising money to help the 44,000 people under the age of 24 who do not have a safe and secure place to sleep. Queensland property and building industry specialists, like the team from SHAPE, are taking part in the fundraise. Photo: David Clark“We’ve made 95 bedrooms in the past five years in houses of different sizes,” PIF chief executive Kate Mills said.last_img read more