The effects of light and temperature on photosynthate partitioning in Antarctic freshwater phytoplankton

first_imgThe effects of temperature and radiation flux on the partitioning of photosynthetically fixed carbon into four intracellulai metabolic pools was investigated for natural phytoplankton assemblages from an Antarctic freshwater lake. At ambient temperature, protein synthesis was saturated at low photon flux densities (30–40 μmol m −2 s −1 ) and above this flux fixed carbon was increasingly stored as lipid and polysaccharide. Increasing temperature raised both the saturated rate of protein synthesis and the photon flux at which saturation occurred. There was a corresponding decline in the accumulation of reserve products, particularly at low radiation fluxes. The consequences of this pattern of uptake for the phytoplankton is discussed.last_img read more

Unreliable funding increases OSSL losses

first_imgNewly published financial statements from Oxford Student Services Ltd (OSSL), the commercial arm of OUSU, show that gross profit fell by almost £40,000 between 2005 and 2006.OUSU sabbatical officers have warned that guaranteed funding from the University is the only way to avoid the Student Union’s current financial crisis. Overall turnover is down by around £100,000 and operating profit has fallen by £7,000.Ed Mayne, OUSU Vice-President (Finance) and OSSL Chairman, said that finances were volatile and prone to fluctuating. “Although the turnover for the 2004/5 financial year was high, the income proved to be unsustainable and many changes were made in the 2005/6 academic year. Due to the way OSSL currently operates, income and turnover will always fluctuate,” he said.OSSL plans to introduce a second business manager next year in a bid to increase revenue. “I am confident that the income we will receive in this financial year will be higher than in the previous financial year. OUSU’s publication provision will not change from its current format,” he added.In 2005, OUSU predicted that it would make a profit of £50,000 but in fact incurred a deficit of £42,702. As a result, OUSU was forced to radically reform its operations for creating revenue to remain financially viable. An estimated deficit of £60,000 the following year was proved wrong when the Student Union lost only £32,904 in 2006. The University has previously stressed that it will not provide further financial assistance until OUSU stops making losses, but the University’s Joint Committee has since reconsidered its position.OUSU President Alan Strickland said that the lack of a substantial block grant comparable to those received by student unions at other universities means that OUSU will remain financially weak due to inadequate funding and few permanent staff. “The volatility of OUSU’s commercial income makes it an unreliable source of funding for welfare, representation and other core services,” he said. “Thankfully, the University’s Joint Committee, which oversees OUSU, has accepted this. We are in advanced negotiations with them to gain stable core funding. OUSU has to guarantee provision of its core services without guaranteed funding. This is a serious problem which I hope we can remedy.”He added that OUSU expected greater OSSL profits in 2007, saying, “The overhaul of OUSU’s financial management which we’ve led this year and the hard work of our Business Manager mean that profits are stronger than last year. I’m confident that our subsidiary will be able to donate a healthier profit to OUSU at the end of the year.”Louisa Brownleelast_img read more

Wilson is Official – Council Candidates Prepare for May Election

first_imgBy Donald Wittkowski The race for City Council is becoming a bit clearer, with three incumbents signaling their intention Tuesday to run for re-election while another one has decided to call it quits. Third Ward Councilman Tony Wilson, who formally announced that he is seeking another four-year term, became the first candidate to submit his petitions to the city clerk for the May 10 municipal election. Second Ward Councilman Antwan McClellan said he has taken out petitions and is “95 percent sure” he will run again.First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger said that he plans to seek re-election, but will make a formal announcement later.However, Fourth Ward Councilman Peter Guinosso confirmed he will not run again. Guinosso, a 75-year-old retiree who has been on Council since 2012, said he wants to spend more time with his family on the East and West coasts and simply will not be in Ocean City often enough to fulfill his Council duties. “It’s one of those things that pulls you one way or the other,” Guinosso said.March 7 is the deadline for candidates to submit petitions to have their names placed on the ballot. They must collect valid signatures from at least 1 percent of the registered voters. In addition to races in the First, Second, Third and Fourth wards, there is one open at-large Council seat in the election.Incumbent Councilwoman Karen Bergman announced earlier this month that she is running again for her at-large seat. Bergman is expected to face opposition from H. Lloyd Hayes, a retired Ocean City school teacher and former member of the Board of Education. Hayes has also taken out petitions for the at-large seat.For her re-election announcement, Bergman made a splashy appearance at City Hall on Feb. 4 surrounded by about 40 cheering supporters. In contrast, Wilson’s announcement Tuesday at City Hall was a low-key affair that saw him submit his petitions to the Clerk’s Office without any fanfare.Speaking to reporters, Wilson sketched out his election strategy and said he is prepared to mount a vigorous campaign if he faces any opposition. So far, no one else has taken out petitions for the Third Ward seat, according to the Clerk’s Office.“I still think I can be effective,” Wilson said of his decision to run again. Wilson plans to push for projects in the city’s capital plan to enhance the beaches, Boardwalk and bays. He also said he will promote the downtown business district.Roads and drainage improvements designed to alleviate the island’s tidal flooding will be another top priority of his campaign, Wilson said. Although McClellan is waiting to make his formal announcement, he said in an interview that his campaign will also stress the importance of solving the flooding problem. McClellan also supports the city’s plans for an ambitious dredging program to clear out the clogged lagoons. Wilson, meanwhile, noted that he plans to revive his “Family minded, with a business approach” campaign slogan that he used in his successful 2012 run.Wilson believes it is paramount to upgrade the beaches, Boardwalk, bays and other attractions that are the centerpieces of the city’s “America’s Greatest Family Resort” tourism slogan. Stressing his lifelong family roots in Ocean City, he also wants to encourage more families to make their homes in town.The 47-year-old Wilson was born and raised in Ocean City. He is a local contractor and lives in town with his wife, Melissa, son Tony and daughter Julia.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Dopapod And The Motet Team Up For Halloween Celebration In NYC

first_imgThe Motet and Dopapod are currently touring the northeast together for a special run of Halloween shows. The two stopped by Irving Plaza in New York City on Friday night, delivering their signature grooves with a funk-fueled set from The Motet to get the party started. With Dopapod’s last show approaching, this tour has been especially meaningful to the quintet and Friday night’s set, which came after The Motet’s, was proof of the band’s magic.Watch The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky Sing The National Anthem At The Knicks GameListen To Dopapod’s Brand-New Album, ‘MEGAGEM’ [Stream]Also celebrating the release of MEGAMEM, Dopapod welcomed percussionist Doug Smith to sit in on the album’s “Turn by Turn.” Dopapod’s set also included explosive versions of “Freight Train Filled with Dynamite”, “Indian Grits”, and “Picture in Picture”. In true jam fashion, “Eight Years Ended” and “Present Ghosts” shared teases of Black Sabbath‘s “Into The Void.”Check out the audio of Dopapod’s set, courtesy of Matt Moricle:Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Chris Capaci:The Motet & Dopapod | Irving Plaza | 10.26.17 | Photos by Chris Capaci Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Break Science Releases First New Album In Five Years [Listen]

first_imgThe Colorado-based duo Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee known as Break Science have unveiled their brand new self-released Grid of Souls. A long-awaited follow-up to their 2013 Seven Bridges, the dynamic and eclectic 10-track LP showcases their full and diverse sonic range, serving as an aural embodiment of Break Science’s original and pioneering electronic sound.Kicking things off with powerful vocals courtesy of Raquel Rodriguez in their synth-driven production “Cruise Control”, Break Science fuse generations of New York’s rich musical legacy with their own deep-rooted connection to hip-hop heritage. Their new release features special guest collaborations with Lettuce, ProbCause, CTZN and Apryl Sashay, Karl Denson and Lenesha Randolph, Brasstracks, and Paperwhite.Raised and influenced by the rhythm and culture of New York City, the pair merges their production styles seamlessly, creating a refreshingly original take on electronic music. “We put years of life experience into this record,” the band explains in a press release. “These songs had me feeling all kinds of ways during the process of finishing them. All the emotions. It’s funky as hell during some parts and laid back and ethereal in others. We’ve managed to make the infusion of live instruments into the production more seamless than ever before. Instruments are NOT a gimmick for us. We’ve been pro musicians before all of this. I have a good feeling our fans will be intensely feeling this release.”Listen to Grid of Souls below:Check out the music video for “Cruise Control”, produced by Lazer Shark, who creates Break Science’s visual content, below. “For the Cruise Control video,” he explains, “I took a decidedly enigmatic approach. Conceptually built around the album’s name; the Grid of Souls, this video is a mix of cinematic samples and analog synthesized video projected on to a grid of mirrors. I wanted there to be an overarching air of mystery while still portraying both the hopeful and melancholic sides of love. It is a journey worth taking several times as more and more will be uncovered each time you watch!”. Enjoy!last_img read more

Cool-season crop time

first_imgAs summer vegetables like corn and beans stop bearing, now is the time for home gardeners to start preparing fall gardens of cool-season vegetables. If you have a summer vegetable garden, chop up these plants with your lawn mower and incorporate them along with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 into your garden with a tiller. You also may want to have your soil tested to determine how much fertilizer and lime to add if any is needed. Timing is everythingFall gardens in Georgia can be very challenging to get cool-season vegetables through the end of summer. It’s a delicate balance in starting them early enough to allow them to mature (50 to 60 days) before a hard frost and getting them through the end of a hot, dry summer. Start seeds in August for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, turnips, radishes, spinach, lettuce, beets and onions. It is best to use a store-bought potting mix to start seeds in containers, flats or trays. Place the seeds in a partially shaded spot and keep them watered, and you will have seedlings ready to transplant in September. Transplants are another optionMost vegetables can be purchased as seedlings from garden centers ready to transplant if you don’t want to start from seeds.If you prefer onion sets, these can be transplanted later in October.Keeping young seedlings watered is critical to establishing them. You also have to keep a sharp eye out for pest problems such as insects, diseases and weeds because they will continue to flourish in warm temperatures and high humidity. A layer of newspaper and mulch placed between rows can avoid a lot of weed problems and help conserve soil moisture. Contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for more information on growing fall vegetable gardens.last_img read more

62 in House echo credit unions’ CECL concerns

first_imgReps. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., along with 60 other House members sent a NAFCU-endorsed letter to the Federal Accounting Standards Board to raise concerns about how its proposed current expected credit loss standard (CECL) could hurt credit unions and community banks.“FASB must proceed with the utmost caution in finalizing this ASU [accounting standards update], as it has the potential to irreversibly damage community banks’ and credit unions’ ability to continue to adequately serve their customers/members and communities and sustain the economic recovery,” the lawmakers wrote, echoing concerns raised by NAFCU in recent weeks.“The method for determining expected losses should be simple, straightforward, and easy to apply,” they continued. “A requirement that lenders use complex, theoretical forecasting models … is impractical, costly, and time consuming for community banks and credit unions.”NAFCU was one of three financial industry trades listed as endorsers of Friday’s the “Dear Colleague” letter. In it, lawmakers asked that FASB consider the standard’s potential impact on credit availability and economic growth. The lawmakers also asked the board to consider more practical alternatives to the proposed complex modeling requirement and a tiered implementation system for different regulatory agencies to ease the regulatory burden on credit unions and community banks. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Proof that diversity is not enough

first_img 90SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: Details For some time now, I have wanted to write an article about standing with the middle-aged white man; about understanding the accidental forms of discrimination and subjugation of women: Those men who will not “speak that way in front of a lady,” or who believe certain careers are “no place for women,” are not necessarily bad. Unenlightened? Yes. But not bad. I got close to it with Binders Full of Women, but something kept me from leaning all the way in. It would be a slippery slope to excuse the behavior of the men who just don’t know better. These are the same men—like my father—who teach their daughters that it is the responsibility of the woman not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time; to stay in rather than go out alone; to remain unexposed to the wily ways of the world and the evil that may be lurking. They do not acknowledge the alternative approach of teaching women how to live in this world rather than hide from it. They do not accept responsibility for improving it into a place more suitable for all humans, nor do they hold others accountable when theyobserve them bringing it down. I hope by now you have seen the post by Rachel Pross, recounting her experiences at CUNA’s GAC. Her observations include not only the blatant bad actors, but the many bystanders who dismissed what they saw because… Boys will be boys… Those guys are from a different generation… He had too much to drink… He meant it as a compliment… Insert your own favorite dismissal here.Rachel’s post was courageous. Even after #MeToo (and some might suggest more so), women are afraid to speak up about their experiences. There are consequences to being a woman known for speaking out about sexual harassment, especially in male-dominated fields. Fortunately, Rachel’s post received an outpouring of support that was both encouraging and frustrating: It is great that people thanked her for speaking up; concerning that there is still such a clear need and so many people who acknowledged their own silence on the issue.Since joining the workforce in 2001, I have heard repeatedly how lucky I am that I do not have it as badly as did the mothers or grandmothers of my male colleagues. That may be true. In their generations, they may not have been able to ascend to the ranks that today’s women achieve, and even those who did were often regularly subjected to harassment and discrimination with no platform to address the behaviors like Rachel did. Rachel also points out the reality that the gender balance we boast about in credit union CEO positions is not real balance: Women are significantly underrepresented as CEOs of the largest, highest-paying financial institutions. But, hey! At least these days we get the chance to be the CEO so we can attend conferences like the ones Rachel describes, right? I don’t mean to mock the progress we have achieved in diversity. It’s a beautiful thing. But it is not enough because we are failing miserably in inclusion. Rachel’s post offers proof that diversity without inclusion lacks an impact.How does diversity without inclusion look? I facilitated a planning session last fall where we addressed the topic of Board succession planning and diversity. The Board discussed the challenges they faced when they brought in Board members who were different than the current board. They described people lacking commitment, not having time, not being as loyal to the credit union as previous generations and lamented high turnover in positions when new Board members were added. I asked for more information on how these Board members were treated when they voiced different ideas from the way things had always been done. The Chairman proudly stated that they encouraged and awaited assimilation to the mainstream. Let’s be clear: In his example, mainstream thinking meant thinking like retirement-aged, college-educated, American-born, white men. I was embarrassed for him. He did not know to be ashamed of himself. He attempted to check a box for diversity without understanding the benefit. He did not see the addition of new, diverse viewpoints as critical to advancing his credit union; he just knew that he had heard diversity mattered for succession planning, and he figured they should give it a try. Diversity without inclusion also looks like hiring your first female CEO in your organization’s history, then failing to respect her like you did her male predecessors. She may be tasked with administrative roles her male predecessors were not; Board members may fail to interact with her in the same manner as her male predecessors (either by not including her in the same invitations they previously extended or by misinterpreting invitations she extends); and she may be evaluated more harshly and/or by factors that have little to do with her executive performance. (In other words, her performance review may be influenced by whether she has the traits of a “good woman” over the skills of a “good executive.” And diversity without inclusion looks like women attending a conference in a male-dominated industry, only to be objectified and disrespected in the way outlined in Rachel’s post. It is damaging. It causes newly recruited Board members to walk away because they feel irrelevant. It causes female executives to opt out of a career path they wanted so badly. It doesn’t always blow up in headline-making sexual harassment or discrimination scandals—most people walk away quietly, humiliated that they didn’t handle things better—but it compromises the future of the industry. It limits the possibilities of innovation, critical thinking, and succession planning. And when this happens? Those “mainstream” individuals in the first scenario may feel affirmed rather than responsible. They tried to diversify and all it did was waste time and reinforce the idea that this was a man’s job, after all. What does inclusion look like? It looks like removing qualifiers before the title– not just in speaking, but in thought. It means not having Black CEOs, or Female Executives, or Young Board Members. It means avoiding tokenizing one individual or tasking someone with the responsibility of being the voice of an entire demographic. It means honoring and respecting individuals as executives and viewing them through that lens in professional settings.In Rachel’s post, she calls to the carpet some of the most blatant and visible forms of sexual harassment, misogyny, and gender discrimination that emerge in male-dominated industries. Jim Nussle was swift to act and add his voice to the calls that we can do better. And we definitely can. We definitely must. If our industry has a future, we must listen more carefully to the underrepresented voices in our executive ranks, be thoughtful about how we socialize during conferences, and consider what factors beyond executive performance enter our minds when we evaluate and interact with leadership. My oldest niece turns 13 this week. When she enters the workforce in about another decade, I hope the progress has been so great that it never occurs to her to ask me what it was like to be a female executive in a male-dominated field. I hope she has it so easy—that she is treated like as much of a human as any other executive– that she assumes that is how it has always been. If she has complaints, though, I will be prepared with a better answer for her than, “At least you don’t have to deal with what I did.” I will teach her from the lessons I learned, tell her why courage matters and what difference it makes, and point to examples like Rachel’s post. I will show her that my generation of women had the courage to raise our voices. I will hope her generation has the men who have moved beyond seeking diversity to embracing inclusion.***Jill was a recent guest on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Listen here***last_img read more

If the cap fits, how much will it cost?

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Irish eyes are smiling on UK after 3% tax hike at home

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