Description of Vahlkampfia signyensis n. sp. (Heterolobosea), based on morphological, ultrastructural and molecular characteristics

first_imgVahlkampfia signyensis n. sp. was isolated from two soil sites at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, maritime Antarctic. Trophozoites of the species had a typical vahlkampfiid morphology, showed eruptive movement and did not form flagellates. However, Vahlkampfia signyensis differs from other described species of the genus in a range of morphological and ultrastructural characters, as well as in its 5.8S rDNA sequence. According to its 5.8S rDNA sequence, the new species is most closely related to Vahlkampfia avara. An isolate of the new species had a temperature growth optimum of only 10 °C, and did not grow at either 30 °C or 37 °C. The low optimal growth temperature is adaptively significant for life in the maritime Antarctic.last_img

Bag a bargain London mansion!

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Bag a bargain London mansion! previous nextHousing MarketBag a bargain London mansion!The Negotiator5th February 20190846 Views It’s enough to make us weep. London’s falling prime-resi property prices are creating a massive mansion market-on-a- budget. The value of homes in the smartest addresses fell by a quarter over the past year, according to Your Move.Uncertainty about Brexit is to blame, yet, says London property lawyer Collyer Bristow, international investors remain active and are snapping up the bargains.Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin has purchased 3 Carlton Terrace – a 20,000sqft Georgian house overlooking St James’s Park – for £95m, down from £145m, yet it’s still the most expensive home sold in London since 2011.Janet Armstrong-Fox, Head of Private Client Property at Collyer Bristow said, “Despite the Government’s best efforts, London remains an attractive destination for the world’s super rich to own property. Despite Brexit, it will remain a global gateway city, boasting world class education, retail, and cultural assets.”London mansion market London prime London market bargain London properties February 5, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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

USS James E. Williams Transfers Mariners to Iranian Vessel in Gulf of Oman

first_img View post tag: Mariners Guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams transferred 10 Iranian mariners rescued from a burning dhow Aug. 8 to an Iranian vessel in the Gulf of Oman Aug. 10.Members of Williams’ visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team transferred the mariners from the destroyer to an Iranian-flagged dhow for repatriation.Williams (DDG 95) rescued the 10 mariners in the Gulf of Oman after they were forced to abandon their burning vessel.Following the rescue, the mariners were taken to Williams, where they received initial medical treatment for injuries sustained during the fire and subsequent evacuation.They were then transported to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) for further medical treatment before being returned to Williams for today’s repatriation.The cause of the fire is under investigation.James E. Williams is currently deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 14, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Transfers View post tag: James August 14, 2012 View post tag: € View post tag: Williams Training & Education View post tag: Iranian View post tag: Oman View post tag: USS View post tag: vessel View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval USS James E. Williams Transfers Mariners to Iranian Vessel in Gulf of Oman View post tag: Navy View post tag: Gulf Back to overview,Home naval-today USS James E. Williams Transfers Mariners to Iranian Vessel in Gulf of Oman Share this articlelast_img read more

Canadian Navy’s Mine-Countermeasures ROV Finishes Refit

first_img View post tag: finishes View post tag: ROV February 9, 2015 View post tag: Canadian Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy’s Mine-Countermeasures ROV Finishes Refit The Canadian Navy’s Mine-Countermeasures (MCM) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is ready to be returned to the customer after its recent refit by International Submarine Engineering Ltd.TrailBlazer, a 25 HP vehicle, has been in operation with the Canadian Navy since 1995. TrailBlazer 25 is within a non-expendible family of ISE MCM ROVs that are capable of detecting long or short tethered mines as well as bottom mines. It is the only MCM ROV capable of breakouts, utilizing the streamlined ROV at high speed, and is also equipped with a mini 5- function manipulator and a cable cutting tool, well suited for its compact frame.The configuration of this quick performing ROV is streamlined, which makes transporting and facilitating its component also a quick and easy procedure.TrailBlazer 25 MCM ROV has proven its usefulness and continues to be a critical component in the CN’s list of MCM equipment. The system provides a fully functional, transportable option for the Canada’s Navy, ready for service when required.[mappress mapid=”15068″]Image: ISE View post tag: Mine-Countermeasures Equipment & technology Share this article View post tag: americas View post tag: Refit View post tag: Naval Canadian Navy’s Mine-Countermeasures ROV Finishes Refit View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Oxford produces more millionaires than any other UK university

first_imgDespite missing out to Cambridge this year in some national and international university rankings, Oxford has redeemed itself in a study that shows it produces more millionaires than any other institution in the United Kingdom.Research by Elite Traveler magazine and wealth consultancy firm WealthInsight pegged Oxford as the fourth-largest producer of millionaire alumni in the world, behind US institutions Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and Stanford.Cambridge and the University of London also placed inside the top 15 universities worldwide, the former just edging out the latter on the list. The United States dominated the list, with every other spot in the top ten going to universities there.There is some question over the extent to which measures like this can be used as litmus tests for graduate earnings as a whole: the Guardian and Complete University Guide rank Cambridge higher in ‘graduate prospects’ and ‘career after six months’ respectively.Oxford’s wealthy students have made headlines before, with 44.4 per cent of students admitted in 2015 having attended independent schools, suggesting that Oxford may already hold an advantage in wealth accumulation over other universities in Britain.Previous research into billionaire graduates has shown similar results, with nine of the top top ten universities with the most billionaire graduates in the United States, along with Cambridge.A report by the Intergenerational Foundation in July found that the £400,000 lifetime earnings boost often touted as the payoff for tuition fees in the British university system could only be achievable by Oxbridge graduates.The full list of universities ranked by millionaire graduates can be found here.last_img read more

Calls for Uni to introduce Oxford Living Wage

first_imgThe Oxford Living Wage Campaign have called on the University to introduce the Oxford Living Wage, as Oxford City Council announces it will introduce a higher minimum wage for its employees.The Council will pay its staff a minimum of £10.02 an hour from April 2019.The Oxford Living Wage is set at 95% of the London Living Wage, as calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, to reflect the high costs of living in Oxford.The council’s announcement has led to renewed calls for the University to adopt the measure.Chair of the Oxford SU Living Wage Campaign, Rebecca Durkin, told Cherwell: “The Living Wage Foundation’s National Living Wage simply isn’t enough in an Oxford context, and it’s unacceptable that some employers (including colleges) continue to only pay the government’s statutory minimum wage.“We hope that the university and its colleges will follow the City Council’s lead and introduce the Oxford Living Wage for all staff.”In February, Cherwell revealed that no Oxford colleges pay staff the Oxford Living Wage. Two permanent private halls, Blackfriars College and Campion Hall, pay the Oxford Living Wage.Councillor Martyn Rush, Living Wage Champion for Oxford City Council, said: “The Oxford Living Wage helps our employees afford to live with dignity. It also helps the council by improving staff motivation and retention, enabling us to provide better customer service.“A number of other local employers already pay the Oxford Living Wage, including Oxford Bus Company, Campion Hall, Blackfriars College and My Life My Choice. Oxford City Council encourages other employers in Oxford to follow their lead and adopt the Oxford Living Wage.”Eleven out of Oxford’s 38 colleges are currently paying the National Living Wage of £8.75 an hour, including Mansfield and Somerville.last_img read more

UN climate talks fail to tackle crisis

first_imgWith time running out, such weak conclusions pile pressureon next year’s COP26, hosted by the UK in Glasgow. The EU has committed toreaching net-zero carbon by 2050, and will undoubtedly pressure its allies to dothe same. However, other major emitters have shown little willingness to matchthis target. There is hope an EU-China summit in Germany two months beforeCOP26 could build enough trust to convince China to strengthen its climatecommitments. Much also rides on the result of the 2020 US election; underTrump, the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and his re-election wouldmean further intransigence. Meanwhile, Democratic primary candidates have alldemonstrated complete openness to action on climate change, and would likelyremain within the Paris Agreement. Such attitudes stand in stark contrast to that of theprotestors outside the event, numbering 500,000 according to organisers. Approximately500 of these protestors stormed the event on the final Wednesday, led byIndigenous leaders from a number of nations, whilst Greta Thunberg accusedworld leaders of “creative PR” rather than real action. The resolution waswidely condemned by activists as a failure to realise the scale of the climatecrisis. Think-tank 350, which focusses on increasing the use of renewableenergy sources, described the disconnect between the COP25 resolution and what trulyneeds to be achieved in line with the Paris Agreement as “appalling”, with powerfulpolluters “keeping the rest of the planet hostage”. Power Shift Africa, ayouth-based climate conference, condemned the “disastrous, profoundlydistressing outcome” of the meetings. Held in the Spanish city of Madrid, COP25 was the 25thUN climate conference, bringing together representatives from over 190countries. After a sweltering 2019 with temperatures of over forty-five degreescelsius in Paris, this year’s conference was the longest on record. Althoughnothing revolutionary was expected going into the talks, due to the technicalfocus of discussions, it was hoped that more ambitious carbon-cutting targets couldbe agreed. This would signal a continued commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreementand to taking real action to limit global heating. This year’s round of UN climate talks has once again endedin disappointment, with UN member states merely acknowledging that currentplans for cutting emissions are too weak to limit global heating to safe levels. The Paris Agreement aimed to limit global heating to at most2 degrees, but ideally 1.5 degrees, above pre-industrial levels. Currentcommitments put us nowhere near this goal, but would rather result in three tofive degrees of heating by the end of the century. Such a rise in temperaturewould inevitably lead to environmental catastrophe; at the current 0.8 degreeincrease in heating, climate disasters are already occurring at the rate of onedisaster per week. As heating increases, these incidents will increase in bothscope and scale. Emily Passmore Despite a widespread understanding of the scientific realityof climate change, few countries arrived at COP25 with revised plans. On theone hand, an optimistic coalition consisting of the EU and numerous smaller nationspushed for a resolution mandating stronger national targets to limit carbonemissions. On the other, the COP25 conference saw little cooperation fromricher countries such as the US, Brazil and Australia – all countries with highstakes in the fossil fuel industry. The result was a weakly-worded and franklycowardly resolution, recognising only an “urgent need” to update nationalclimate pledges. center_img Secondly, there is still, within some richer countries, asignificant disconnect with the scientific reality of climate change. This hasbeen coherently exemplified by the presentation of low-ambition language onfuture targets by the Chilean leadership, amended to become more radical. Thisrefusal to consider the sweeping change needed highlights the emptiness of muchof the COP25 conference. Despite a two-day extension of talks, discussions werestill mainly technical, distracting from the looming prospect of climatebreakdown. One session spent 20 minutes arguing over whether to ‘adjourn’ or‘close’ their meeting. Yet, the lack of resolution resulting from COP25 has clearlyexposed the shortfalls of the UN’s climate talks. The first shortfall manifestsitself in the lack of trust between richer and poorer nations, due to a focuson short-term self-protection over long-term survival. As a consequence of thescale of the climate crisis, there is little incentive for countries to takemassively radical action independently. Without the cooperation of othernations, such action would be economically damaging, without having anysignificant impact in reducing heating levels. Albeit being the central focus of COP25, even the technicalissues on which the conference was focused were left largely unresolved. The USbluntly refused to agree to a loss and damage resolution, which wouldrecompensate developing nations bearing the brunt of climate breakdown.Meanwhile, both Brazil and Australia attempted to manipulate the workings of thecarbon market, within which emission cuts are traded from nations exceedingtheir carbon-cutting targets to those failing to reach them, in order to falselyinflate their successes in carbon reduction. Both issues will, hopefully, beresolved at the next round of talks. Much also depends on the UK’s leadership. Five years on fromthe Paris Agreement, COP26 is expected to strengthen commitments to limitingglobal heating, yet COP25’s difficulties around co-operation will not disappear. If the UK fails to reach its owncarbon-cutting targets, it will have almost no leverage to bring about change.Although Boris Johnson has pledged £6bn to improve energy efficiency of homes,he has also vowed to expand air travel, one of the most polluting industries.Furthermore, a post-Brexit trade deal with the US would likely undercut EUenvironmental standards – although again, this will depend on the result of theUS election. Johnson will face a difficult task in any case; to limitwarming to 1.5 degrees, the UN estimates that countries will need to increasetheir ambitions fivefold, cutting emissions by over 7% a year. Achieving thiswill require great diplomatic skill from all parties. However, polling showsthe public is increasingly supportive of radical action, with seven-in-ten UKcitizens wanting urgent climate change action. This may provide the necessarypolitical pressure for COP26 to recommit to the Paris Agreement and prevent adescent into climate catastrophe.last_img read more

First Day Events Draw Summer-Like Crowds on Jan. 1

first_imgThousands of visitors jammed the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City on Thursday to celebrate New Year’s Day at the beach.Ocean City’s First Day celebration included a 5-kilometer boardwalk run/walk that drew a record field of about 700 (see results and photos) and the annual First Dip in the Atlantic Ocean that saw an estimated 1,000 hardy souls plunge into the 42-degree water (see our photo gallery).Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer said about 550 signed waivers for the First Dip, and he estimated another 500 participated in the plunge without signing.First Day is part of a celebration that also includes First Night, an evening of family entertainment and activities at multiple venues throughout Ocean City on New Year’s Eve. First Night was attended by 9,400 this year (see story and video)._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____First day events for the first time were sponsored by the HERO Campaign promoting the use of designated drivers — a natural fit for the nonalcoholic celebrations in the family resort.HERO Campaign Chairman Bill Elliott was on hand to watch race and plunge participants sign designated driver pledges, make voluntary contributions and receive commemorative HERO Campaign shirts.The Hero Campaign was established in memory of Elliott’s son, Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township. Elliott was killed in a head-on-collision with a drunken driver on July 22, 2000, two months after graduating with merit from the United States Naval Academy. He was driving home for his mother’s birthday celebration at the time of his death.last_img read more

News story: Enhanced package of support for Gurkha veterans

first_img This pension increase for Gurkha veterans, alongside long-term funding for healthcare support in Nepal, will make a difference to the lives of Gurkha veterans and their families. I have huge respect for the Gurkhas, who have been important to the British military for more than 200 years, and I hope will be for many years to come. These are significant sums which reflect the outcome of dialogue with Gurkha veterans and the Government of Nepal. The veterans, who all joined the Brigade of Gurkhas before 2007, will benefit from a £15-million (2.2-billion Nepali Rupees) increase in the Gurkha Pension Scheme. While the increased remuneration will vary depending on an individual’s circumstances, veterans could receive increases of up to 34% extra in their pensions and with the increases being backdated to 1 January 2016 this means Gurkha pensioners will receive a total of £46-million (6.7-billion Nepali Rupees) extra this financial year.Alongside the increased pensions, the MOD is also announcing today a new £25-million (3.6-billion Nepali Rupees) investment, over the next ten years, for medical support for veterans living in Nepal.This new investment will be delivered in partnership with the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity which provides a range of support to Gurkha veterans in Nepal, including via a series of regional healthcare facilities.Today’s announcement comes after Mr Lancaster recently visited Nepal, where he met with the President, Rt. Hon. Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari, to present the annual report of the Brigade of Gurkhas.The Minister also met with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt Hon. Mr K P Sharma Oli, the country’s Foreign and Defence Ministers, and the Chief of the Nepal Army Staff. Both sides emphasised the importance of Gurkhas in the UK-Nepal relationship and discussions covered a range of issues, including the additional support for Gurkha veterans being announced today and UK-Nepal economic and investment collaboration.The Minister also saw work being done to reduce pollution and improve social conditions in brick kiln manufacture being supported by DFID Nepal.Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said:last_img read more

AOK Kitchen & Bakery to open in Marylebone

first_imgA new bakery and restaurant is to open its doors in London’s Marylebone this February.Founded by Kelly Landesberg, AOK Kitchen & Bakery will have a seasonally focused menu that is completely free from refined sugar and limited in dairy and gluten.It will offer freshly made patisserie, Viennoiserie and speciality breads, including a yeast-free option, as well as bespoke bakes from its Mediterranean-style on-site bakery.The team of chefs will include executive head chef and pastry chef Sebastien Chiono from The Arts Club, and Kostas Rampias, previous head chef at MoMo’s. Jacob Willemsen, formerly of Chiltern Firehouse, will join the team as general manager.“I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to be opening my first restaurant surrounded by the love and support of such an amazing team,” said Landesberg.“We all feel very privileged to be bringing a new space to Marylebone – it has always felt like there is a strong sense of family community there, and I really hope AOK can be part of that.”As well as its bakery items, AOK will serve acai and coconut bowls, classic boiled eggs, a nutritious take on a full English and blueberry pancakes with organic maple syrup and fresh berries for breakfast. Later in the day, it will offer crudité baskets with a vinaigrette dip, sea bass ceviche, and a selection of salads, followed by homemade gluten-free gnocchi and BBQ lamb chops.last_img read more