More evidence of speciation and dispersal across the Antarctic Polar Front through molecular systematics of Southern Ocean Limatula (Bivalvia: Limidae)

first_imgThe previously unclear taxonomic status of the high-Antarctic bivalve Limatula ovalis Thiele, 1912 and the sub-Antarctic L. pygmaea (Philippi, 1845) was investigated using molecular techniques (18S rDNA, 16S rDNA, ITS-1). L. ovalis and L. pygmaea were recovered as sister taxa, and L. hodgsoni (Smith, 1907) as their sister, supporting the subgenus Antarctolima Habe, 1977. Various different molecular clock calculations placed the timing of the L. ovalis/pygmaea divergence (1.36-8.03 MYA with 16S rDNA, 6.81-19.12 MYA with 18S rDNA, 0.24-2.87 MYA with ITS-1) well after the formation of the Antarctic Polar Front (23.5 MYA, APF), indicating a more recent speciation process. The vicariance hypothesis that the APF is a barrier for geneflow favouring speciation processes in the Southern Ocean has to be questioned.last_img read more

The ineffectiveness of Joule heating in the stratosphere

first_imgSeveral papers have recently invoked Joule heating in the stratosphere, generated from electric currents induced by solar wind interactions with Earth, as possibly playing a significant role in warming the polar stratosphere. This commentary assesses the accuracy of that contention and demonstrates that in situ Joule heating can take no significant part in warming the stratosphere, and thus cannot be used to suggest a link between stratospheric temperatures and solar activity. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.last_img

Ale and hearty

first_imgMakes approx 6 small piesIngredients:Shallots 4, or 1 onionBraising steak (eg chuck) approx 800gPlain flour for dusting the meatGinger a thumbnail-sized knobGarlic 4-6 cloves, depending on tasteRed capsicum peppers 2Tomato puréeHoisin sauce 1 cupfulSoy sauce 2 tablespoonsChestnut, oyster or flat mushrooms 400gGood lager 1 canRed chilli 1Spring onions 1 small bunchVegetable oilSalt and pepper to tasteMethod 1. Slice the shallots, grate the ginger, thinly slice the garlic, slice the capsicum pepper, quarter the mushrooms, thinly slice the chilli and slice the spring onions into 1-inch pieces.2. Cut the meat into mouthful-sized chunks, then lightly dust with seasoned flour.3. Gently heat oil in a frying pan then quickly seal the meat all over. Put the meat into a casserole.4. Add a little more oil to the pan, then add the onions, garlic, chilli, ginger, capsicum pepper and the mushrooms. Fry until all ingredients have softened and the spices are fragrant. Add this to the meat.5. Keeping the frying pan on the heat and add 1 can of lager. When this is bubbling, add the tomato purée, soy sauce and hoisin sauce. Mix to combine all the ingredients into a smooth sauce. Add this to the casserole and cover with a lid.6. Braise in a medium hot oven until the meat is tender (about 1.5 hours). Add the spring onions. Season. In 2002, Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon teamed up to start their pie business, inspired by quality native Australian pies and disappointed with the quality of the UK equivalent, they say. Chef Tristan used to feed hungry rock stars, while Jon was working in a London bar. The pair combined their talents to launch the first Pieminister in Bristol, branching out to open their Borough Market pie stall in 2004.Pieminister beef, lager and hoisin pie fillinglast_img read more

News story: Department for Work and Pensions Director of Communications appointment

first_img Lisa will be a great asset to the department and will play an important role in communicating the vital work we do to support people into work and to save for their retirement. We are thrilled that she will bring valuable expertise from a range of sectors to head up the Communications Directorate in the UK’s biggest direct delivery government department. The work we do in the Department for Work and Pensions makes a real difference to millions of people and families, right across the country, and often during their most challenging times. The department is currently implementing the largest welfare reform programme in a generation to ensure we continue to provide the best services and support we can. We play an important role in creating a fairer society and it’s vital we communicate all we do effectively and accurately. I am exceptionally excited to be returning to DWP and am passionate about the work we do. I have a huge degree of respect for the department, and what it has achieved in recent years. Lisa brings with her extensive experience of delivering communications strategies across both the private and public sectors.As Director of Communications for the UK’s biggest operational government department, she will oversee the communications around the government’s welfare reforms to help millions of people hear about how the government is supporting them into work and helping them to save for their retirement.Peter Schofield, Permanent Secretary at DWP, said: Lisa Hunter said: More informationLisa Hunter started the role of Director of Communications at DWP on Monday 8 October 2018. I’m delighted Lisa Hunter is joining DWP as Director of Communications. She brings a wealth of experience from across the public and private sector. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:last_img read more

1,000 Musicians Join Forces To Honor David Bowie With ‘Rebel Rebel’ Cover [Watch]

first_imgLast year, an ensemble called the Rockin’1000 made an impassioned rock and roll plea for the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena, Italy on their tour of Europe. The video naturally went viral and wound up being successful, as the Foos added a performance at Carisport on their Sonic Highways tour.When you have a thousand musicians already assembled, the next step is to put on a performance with all of them. That’s just what the Rockin’1000 did, when they hosted the “That’s Live” performance at Orogel Stadium last weekend. The band, split up into singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers, performed a revue of rock and roll history.Among that revue was the song “Rebel Rebel,” played as a tribute to the late great David Bowie. Watch the video of that tribute below, as shared by the band.last_img read more

VCE Recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

first_imgThis week Gartner established VCE in the Leaders’ quadrant of the first Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems.[footnote] Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, Andrew Butler et. al., 16 June 2014.[/footnote] As you might imagine, this is big news for us at VCE!“Click to Tweet: @VCE was recognized as a Leader in the @Gartner Magic Quadrant! Learn more bit.ly/1rpCNnk“Download the reportShareThe Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems serves as a tremendous validation for us in that converged infrastructures can help customers transform the economics, agility and profitability of their infrastructures as they transition to cloud-enabled business models.What’s more, our leadership position is a testament to VCE’s focus on exceptional customer experience, groundbreaking innovation and simplifying the journey to the cloud.While all of us at VCE are thrilled that the Vblock true converged infrastructure is being recognized by one of the world’s leading analyst firms, we’re even more proud of the numerous customer success stories that have fueled Vblock System adoption across the globe.Sure, Vblock Systems provide seamless integration of best-of-breed data center technology – along with our own unique technology innovations through the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software. But as much as customers want the best technology, they want results.“Customers want solutions that extend beyond incremental benefits. CIOs are seeking transformational solutions to help them gain agility and efficiency to serve the business.ShareAnd that’s what the VCE experience is all about.The Vblock System technology is only part of what makes VCE special. There’s a lot that goes into delivering a true converged infrastructure experience – from engineering to manufacturing to support to management and beyond. And while we live and breathe this philosophy every day, what gets us really revved up is when our customers understand and embrace this idea.Fox Sports Australia is a great example. This a company that broadcasts 23 hours of live sports to 2.3 million homes every day, and one that must move fast to capture market share in live sports programming, while reducing the risk inherent in deploying and operating a very visible production environment.The company adopted VCE Vblock Systems for a new datacenter infrastructure, and almost immediately saw results – IT support calls reduced by 75%, operational costs reduced and core applications had better performance. In the words of Michael Tompkins, Fox Sports Australia’s CTO, “consumers actually receive coverage faster through the Vblock System on the Internet than they do on their TV at home.”Another great story is how Eclipse Aerospace transformed its data center into an agile, highly efficient virtualized environment by working with VCE. The process consolidated the three computer rooms of data center equipment into three racks with excess capacity on the Vblock System. They significantly saved on power, air conditioning and space, as well as reserved room to grow.Every industry relies on IT resources for services and applications that keep their businesses running. By focusing on the customer’s experience and needs, we simplified the operation and management of IT resources, helping customers get back to what really matters – delivering innovative technology to drive business value and advance their company’s mission.With dramatic improvements in agility, availability and reliability, we’ve transformed how enterprises manage, operate and understand IT. But we’re just getting started! Incredible things certainly happen here!last_img read more

The Problem for Coal and Nuclear: ‘Capital, With Its Lust for Growth, Continues to Migrate Elsewhere’

first_imgThe Problem for Coal and Nuclear: ‘Capital, With Its Lust for Growth, Continues to Migrate Elsewhere’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg Businessweek:U.S. electricity demand has stopped growing over the past decade, partly due to recession but more a reflection of structural changes in the economy and rising efficiency.Its tough to make the economics of a new nuclear or coal-fired plant work. By the time they are permitted and built, it can be many years after the initial proposal before such plants generate any electricity (and revenue). That was less of a problem in decades past when, even if initial budgets proved optimistic, ever-increasing demand meant that the capacity would be needed at some point and therefore produce cash flow.Even if you can justify plowing billions into a giant new plant pushing more supply into a flat market, gas-fired plants can be built more quickly, as can renewable-power sources such as wind-turbines and solar arrays.The latter do require high upfront capital. But, crucially, they can be built more easily in increments rather than big, one-off projects. Moreover, at least for now, capital for newer forms of energy technology doesn’t seem to be in terribly short supply, if Tesla Inc.’s latest bond issue is anything to go by. And once built, their fuel costs are zero, which means that, when they run, they switch on first and tend to suck revenue away from traditional plants.Hence, the argument for nuclear plants, and even coal-fired plants, has shifted of late toward less straightforwardly economic grounds, such as job security or even — a real sign of desperation — national security.In the meantime, the facts on the ground continue to change in ways unfavorable to the incumbent power sources. Focusing in on recent history, and the near future, it is clear which technologies are now battling it out for a bigger share of America’s electricity demand:America’s coal-fired and nuclear plants aren’t about to switch off en masse, just as plenty of gas-guzzlers will continue to be driven off dealer lots for a while yet. But capital, with its lust for growth, continues to migrate elsewhere. Ignoring that fact isn’t a realistic strategy.More: The Energy Market’s Facts Of Lifelast_img read more

10 Bands To Catch At Blue Ridge Festivals

first_imgIt’s been a decade and a half since BRO started covering regional festivals. Accordingly, here’s a look at some of our favorite artists who have ascended from side stage upstarts to prime time headliners, as well as newer acts on the rise.Old Crow Medicine ShowBack in 2004 Old Crow Medicine Show released its breakout album, O.C.M.S., which contains the ubiquitous sing-along “Wagon Wheel” among the riveting set of high-octane old-time romps and heartfelt country rambles. The acoustic outfit was an early force in a revivalist movement that yielded many young bands that infused traditional string-band music with rock energy. While trends flare and fizzle, Old Crow has remained a steady favorite among its hardcore fan base and, despite line-up shuffles, continued to write songs that always feel relevant in the present tense of Americana.The band’s April-released album, Volunteer, was produced by hot-handed Nashville studio workhorse Dave Cobb. Breakneck boot-stompers like “Flicker and Shine” and “Shout Mountain Music” prove the string-busters haven’t lost velocity, while the honky-tonk swagger of “Dixie Avenue” will fit right in on big Southern stages this summer. The sextet is making the festival rounds this year, performing at DelFest, Papa Joe’s BanjoBQ, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, FloydFest, and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.Kindred Spirit: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, a shaggy hard-plucking outfit from Wisconsin, delivers a similar front-porch rawness that will please fans of Old Crow. The group is touring behind new album The Ode, the first release from the Infamous Stringdusters’ new label, Tape Time Records. The hard-touring crew will appear at DelFest, Hoopla, and FloydFest.Photo Niel KrugFirst Aid KitSix years ago this Swedish sister duo turned heads in the roots world with the sweetly harmonized “Emmylou,” a melodic folk tune that affectionately named-dropped country music legends. A few years later Klara and Johanna Soderberg brought that song’s namesake, Emmylou Harris, to tears when they sang a version of her iconic “Red Dirt Girl” at an awards ceremony. The siblings, now well established and making records for Columbia, have expanded their sound on the January-released Ruins, which angrily comments on the recent revelations of systemic sexual assault and harassment through the distorted punk stomper “You Are the Problem Here.” Catch them at Bonnaroo.Kindred Spirit: Nashville’s Caitlyn Smith has penned tunes for Meghan Trainor, Lady Antebellum, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks, but earlier this year the songwriter for the stars decided it was time for her own turn in the spotlight. Throughout the new record, Starfire, Smith shares her way with words through her own powerful voice, poignantly singing about the emptiness of chasing Music City dreams in “This Town is Killing Me.” Performing at the Lockn’ Festival.Jason IsbellWhen BRO published its first festival guide 15 years ago, Isbell was working the circuit as a member of Drive-By Truckers. The story of his departure from the band amidst alcohol dependency and his redemptive rise through sobriety has been well told, and now, after notching multiple Grammys for his recent solo work, Isbell is a roots music hero continuing to cement his place as one of Nashville’s most authentic voices. By touring relentlessly with his backing band the 400 Unit, which on the best nights includes his wife Amanda Shires, Isbell has also developed a tight, dynamic live show that emphasizes his honest lyrics through just the right mix of rock, soul, and twang. Festival appearances: Papa Joe’s BanjoBQ, Gears and Guitars Festival, Sloss Fest, Forecastle Festival, and FloydFest.Kindred Spirit: Kentucky tunesmith Tyler Childers continues to sell out increasingly larger venues behind his Sturgill Simpson-produced record Purgatory. Festival season will be an optimal time to catch him, as he heads to some of the region’s biggest bashes including Bonnaroo, Hoopla, and FloydFest.Mavis StaplesGospel and soul icon Mavis Staples has continued her late-career comeback, releasing her third straight Jeff Tweedy-produced album, If All I Was Was Black, last fall. Full of heartfelt, activist sentiments that recall Staples’ efforts during the Civil Rights movement, the record delivers a sweet-spot combination of the singer’s golden voice and the gritty alt-country that Tweedy has perfected and contorted throughout his own career. At 78, Staples has a hearty slate of tour dates ahead of her this summer. In addition to regional shows this month in Charlottesville, Va., Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga., she’ll also perform at Bonnaroo in June.Kindred Spirit: The hair-raising vocals of husband-and-wife duo Michael Trotter and Tonya Blount-Trotter propel the burgeoning gospel-folk group the War and Treaty. Known for delivering fiery performances with foot-stomping tent-revival fervor, the band will get crowds moving this summer at Shaky Knees Festival, Papa Joe’s BanjoBQ, Bonnaroo, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.Photo: David James SwansonJack WhiteAfter a three-year break from the road, Jack White is back at it, touring behind the ambitious new album Boarding House Reach. Throughout the effort, the former White Stripe’s garage roots are still in the mix, but he takes them on a wild ride into retro funk, dramatic rock, and electro chaos. White always puts together interesting backing bands, so these songs should be smoking live at festivals like Shaky Knees.Kindred Spirit: The best parts of 70s rock have been reborn in rising band Greta Van Fleet. Led Zeppelin comparisons have been abundant for the young Michigan quartet, and it’s easy to hear why. Guitarist Jake Kiszka has Jimmy Page’s shredding blues riffs down pat, while his twin brother Josh has a wailing howl that makes him sound like the spawn of Robert Plant. Despite the similarities, Greta Van Fleet doesn’t come off like a tribute act; instead they possess an authentic ability to reboot a sound many people have been missing. Festival spots: Shaky Knees, Carolina Rebellion, Hangout Music Festival, and FloydFest.last_img read more

Pipe Bomb Found and Detonated in Pigeon River

first_imgThe Fourth of July is known for fireworks and explosions, but the last thing we think of when celebrating the birth of our fine nation are deadly explosives in our local swimming holes.The device was found underwater at 1 p.m. on the West Fork of the Pigeon River near the Sunburst Campground on Lake Logan Road. Local authorities were unsure if the device was a threat to the public, but took no chances when detonating it, which had been submerged for an unknown amount of time. No one was harmed and the scene returned to normal by 6 p.m. that day.“Deputies were met on the scene by responders from the U.S. Forest Service, North Carolina Highway Patrol, NCDOT, and the Asheville Police Department’s Hazardous Device Team” reported The Mountaineer, a Waynesville, N.C. based publication.With dozens of swimming holes, miles of hiking trails, and incredible fishing, the Pigeon River is a popular destination in Western North Carolina. Making its way toward Tennessee, the river cascades over waterfalls, into deep pools, across shallow runs, and around massive boulders. It’s beautiful, easy to get to, and the last place you would expect to find a dangerous explosive device. We are currently awaiting a response from the U.S. Forest Service for more information.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Compliance: Basics of disaster preparedness planning

first_imgAfter weeks of hurricanes, and now wildfires, it’s more important than ever for credit unions to be prepared for disasters. Federally insured credit unions are required to have disaster recovery and business resumption plans to address all types of disruptions.These disruptions can range from a power outage to a natural disaster physically destroying a credit union’s premises.Per NCUA, a disaster preparedness program should:Be commensurate with the institution’s complexity of operations;Minimize interruptions of service to members and maintain member confidence in times of emergency; andBe reviewed at least annually, and address changes in the credit union’s operations.NCUA’s Catastrophic Act Preparedness Guidelines (NCUA’s Part 749, Appendix B) provides recommendations for developing and maintaining a disaster recovery program with the oversight and approval of the board of directors. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more