Unusual Southern Hemisphere tree growth patterns induced by changes in the Southern Annular Mode

first_imgRecent changes in the summer climate of the Southern Hemisphere extra-tropics are primarily related to the dominance of the positive phase of the Southern Annular Mode. This shift in the behaviour of the Southern Annular Mode—essentially a measure of the pressure gradient between Southern Hemisphere mid and high latitudes—has been predominantly induced by polar stratospheric ozone depletion. The concomitant southward expansion of the dry subtropical belts could have consequences for forest growth. Here, we use tree-ring records from over 3,000 trees in South America, Tasmania and New Zealand to identify dominant patterns of tree growth in recent centuries. We show that the foremost patterns of growth between 1950 and 2000 differed significantly from those in the previous 250 years. Specifically, growth was higher than the long-term average in the subalpine forests of Tasmania and New Zealand, but lower in the dry-mesic forests of Patagonia. We further demonstrate that variations in the Southern Annular Mode can explain 12–48% of the tree growth anomalies in the latter half of the twentieth century. Tree-ring-based reconstructions of summer Southern Annular Mode indices suggest that the high frequency of the positive phase since the 1950s is unprecedented in the past 600 years. We propose that changes in the Southern Annular Mode have significantly altered tree growth patterns in the Southern Hemisphere.last_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/7/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEPhiladelphia 3, Detroit 1NY Yankees 6, Philadelphia 0Pittsburgh 5, Baltimore 4Houston 4, Miami 1Chi White Sox 9, Milwaukee 5San Diego 11, Texas 8Cleveland 4, Arizona 3LA Dodgers 6, LA Angels 2Seattle 11, Cincinnati 3Oakland 5, San Francisco 1AMERICAN LEAGUEMinnesota 12, Boston 1Toronto 11, Tampa Bay 2Kansas City 8, LA Angels 7NATIONAL LEAGUEWashington 6, NY Mets 4Colorado 7, Chi Cubs 5NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONMilwaukee 117, Indiana 98OT Oklahoma City 129, Portland 121NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEBoston 4, Florida 3Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 0SO Detroit 3, NY Rangers 2NY Islanders 4, Ottawa 2Minnesota 3, Tampa Bay 0Dallas 4, Colorado 0SO Chicago 5, Buffalo 4Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2Arizona 2, Calgary 0San Jose 5, Montreal 2St. Louis 4, L.A. Kings 0TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(12) Houston 90, SMU 79(25) UCF 58, (20) Cincinnati 55(21) Wisconsin 65, Iowa 45Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by March 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/7/19center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Russia’s Gazprom makes new gas discovery on Yamal shelf

first_img Drilling rig at Leningradskoye field. (Credit: Gazprom.) State-owned energy company Gazprom has discovered gas at the Leningradskoye gas and condensate field of the Yamal gas production centre in the Kara Sea, north of Siberia.The discovery has been made at the exploratory well which is drilled on the shelf of the Yamal Peninsula.The company said that the commercial gas inflow was obtained at the well with a flow rate of approximately 600,000 cubic meters per day.The Leningradskoye field is located within the Leningradsky licensed block and is estimated to have current recoverable gas reserves of 1.9 trillion cubic meters.The discovery is fourth major discovery for Gazprom on Yamal shelfThe discovery is the company’s fourth major discovery made on the shelf of the Yamal Peninsula in the Kara Sea over the last two years.Gazprom said: “The Company will calculate the newly-discovered reserves of the Leningradskoye field and present the findings to the State Reserves Commission in order to record them in the state register.”The company discovered Dinkov and Nyarmeyskoye fields on the shelf of the Yamal Peninsula in the Kara Sea last year.The Dinkov field is located within the Rusanovsky licensed block, with its recoverable reserves amounting to 390.7 billion cubic meters (bcm) in the С1+С2 categories.Located within the Nyarmeysky licensed block, the Nyarmeyskoye field is claimed to a large field with the recoverable amount of 120.8bcm in the С1+С2 categories.The discoveries made on the Yamal shelf also include The 75 Years of Victory field that is situated within the Skuratovskaya prospect. The field’s recoverable gas reserves in the С1+С2 categories amount to 202.4bcm.Recently, Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has imposed a penalty of over PLN29bn ($7.62bn) on Gazprom for building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline without its approval. The company has obtained the commercial gas inflow at the well with a flow rate of approximately 600,000 cubic meters per daylast_img read more

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#VentYourRent campaign builds

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » #VentYourRent campaign builds previous nextAssociations & Bodies#VentYourRent campaign buildsVent your rent: How bad is your home? Very bad, according to tenants contributing to a social media campaign launched by Generation RentThe Negotiator5th May 20160717 Views You get more – and, at the same time, rather less – than you might expect when renting a home in London. The ‘less’ element, being working showers, toilets, ovens, heating etc., while the ‘more’ is the company of unexpected furry friends in the bedroom and mushrooms growing in the most unexpected places.Conditions in some rented properties in the capital are so bad that tenants have been sharing their stories about what they get for their money using a Generation Rent hashtag: #VentYourRent.Generation Rent, which has had a challenging path to becoming a known and largely respected consumer champion, launched the social media campaign to give tenants a platform to voice their problems.The national press has, naturally, got right behind the campaign, but while they vilify landlords and indeed their agents at any possible opportunity, is the problem as widespread as the campaign would indicate?Amongst many, The Sun reports that Twitter and Tumblr have attracted ‘throngs of young people sharing pictures of themselves holding signs showing how much they pay, where they live and their dreadful experiences. Cockroaches, mice, lack of sunlight and ‘no bed.’According to Generation Rent, “more than half of all 20 to 39 year olds will be forced to rent by the year 2025” but, they add, “30 per cent of privately rented homes are considered non-decent.”The future for private sector rentingRoger Southam, Founder of UKAA, the new trade organisation representing the professional rented sector told Jungledrums that, “It is unacceptable that tenants should have to live in the conditions described by those who shared their stories on social media.“The UKAA is being formed precisely to combat situations like these and raise standards in the rental market. We want to drive up professionalism in the rental sector by helping landlords deliver better customer service, where the renter comes first.“The formation of the UKAA comes at a crucial time, when home ownership is out of the reach of many thousands, especially those in urban areas. We encourage key industry players to join us and help us eradicate the poor standards of accommodation and service that tenants in London, and the rest of the UK, are facing, and create a rental market modelled on quality homes and professional standards of service.”The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) is the first cross-industry trade body dedicated to driving the professionalisation of the build to rent sector. It launched earlier this month and a growing number of rental market operators, developers and suppliers, including some of the sector’s biggest names, such as Greystar, Savills, and Roomservice, have already signed up to membership.www.ukaa.org.ukGeneration Rent #VentYourRent campaign consumer chamption May 5, 2016The 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

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It’s just hearsay…online agent claims celebrity client

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » It’s just hearsay…online agent claims celebrity client previous nextAgencies & PeopleIt’s just hearsay…online agent claims celebrity clientFormer pop idol and now Ordinary Lies actor signs up to agent’s offeringNigel Lewis14th October 20160579 Views Most estate and letting agents have a celebrity client story to tell. It might be an A-lister viewing a city pad or country pile, a downsizing ageing rock star or a recently-enriched boyband member on the hunt for a party pad.It’s not always plain sailing, though. Last year Rowan Atkinson at first listed his Cotswolds home with agent Carter Jonas and then, after a buyer wasn’t forthcoming, decided to switch agent and try Strutt & Parker.But for online-only letting agent Upad their celebrity moment came recently when former Hear’Say member Noel Sullivan decided to log on, much to the surprise of its staff.The singer and more recently TV actor, who was brought up in Cardiff and initially trained as an opera singer, is now a client. He’s currently on tour with the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and also has a new album out, Here I Go Again, and has just landed a TV role in BBC drama Ordinary Lies.Sullivan has been renting out his one-bedroom apartment in SW London for some time and recently switched from a traditional local agent to Upad, and now appears to be an enthusiastic convert to the online model. He cites “astronomical fees” and “shocking” customer service, although he doesn’t name the agent he’s used in the past.He could do with some professional help, nevertheless. His internal pictures that appear on the Upad site are clearly self-snapped as they were taken on a sunny day late in the afternoon and subsequently feature strong shadows obscuring many of the property’s features.But presumably he likes the Upad service because it’s pure and simple.hear’say online agents celebrity October 14, 2016Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Russian task group enters Atlantic en route to Severomorsk

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russian task group enters Atlantic en route to Northern Fleet homeport Russian task group enters Atlantic en route to Northern Fleet homeport View post tag: Ropucha-class View post tag: Altay-class View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: Vishnya-class Authorities Share this article A Russian Navy task group returning from their deployment as part of the country’s permanent Mediterranean task force entered the Atlantic Ocean en route to their Northern Fleet homeport.Ropucha-class landing ship Aleksandr Otrakovskiy, Vishnya-class intelligence ship Feodor Golovin and Altay-class oiler Yelnya transited the Strait of Gibraltar on February 19, escorted by Portuguese Navy corvette NRP António Enes.The ships are expected to reach the English Channel soon where they are likely to be escorted by a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate on fleet ready escort duty.The ships are expected to reach their Northern Fleet homeport of Severomorsk in the first half of March, 2018. View post tag: Portuguese navy February 20, 2018last_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” JUNE 29, 2019

first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that the newly approved “Sports Book” betting in Indiana are going to hurt the Kentucky Casinos? We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY? If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertisers. “FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.,Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that the newly approved “Sports Book” betting in Indiana are going to hurt the Kentucky Casinos? If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertisers.,Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that the newly approved “Sports Book” betting in Indiana are going to hurt the Kentucky Casinos?last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE MAY 8, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE that the question about just what does it take for a hockey team to make money at the Ford Center while paying enough rent for the Ford Center to pay its bills?…the City County Observer has attempted to show how the Evansville Thunderbolts have lost on and off the ice while seemly bleeding the Ford Center dry with subsidies?…it is common knowledge that the Evansville Icemen lost on the order of $600,000 per year paying market rate rent ($10,000 for each home game) and drawing much larger crowds than the Evansville Thunderdolts?…it’s obvious that even with the Evansville Iceman paying market rent did not make the Ford Center break even?…it seems as though there is not much of a chance for success and ice hockey to coexist in Evansville?…we want to forewarn our readers that an editorial on what it will take to make hockey work is in the works?…someday this week this work will be published?IS IT TRUE that the City is paying for half of the utilities costs at the FORD CENTER and VenueWork is paying the other half?  …one entity is paying for electric and the other is paying for gas?  …we have no idea who is paying for water?  …we are told that we will be shocked when we find out what the annual costs for utilities for FORD CENTER are?IS IT TRUE that another retail chain is closing all of their stores?…this time it is long time sports retailer Gander Mountain that has elected to close all 150+ of its stores nationwide?…Gander Mountain joins Sports Authority in getting out of the brick and mortar retail distribution business?…Dicks has been struggling for a couple of years as well?…the only big box sports retailer that is not admitting to any problems is the Bass Pro Shops which cater to a demographic that is less prone to online purchasing?…two things that are wallowing in denial these days are mall owners and cities that depend on sales tax revenue for existence?  …we hope that someone will explain this to 1st Ward City Councilman Dan McGinn (R)?IS IT TRUE that Evansville has showed up on some national weather maps this week among the parts of the country that have gotten over ten inches of rain in a week?…we all know what that means for the south side of Evansville in terms of raw sewage making its way into the streets and being discharged directly into the Ohio River?…it was pathetic to start learning about the level of neglect that has lead to an EPA mandate to spend a billion dollars to correct for an antiquated combined sewer system?…at that time many felt sorry for  the administration that had to deal with this legacy of neglect and the scourge of disease?…now that it is clear that the powers that be are only concerned about downtown fun and games projects while dedicated to kicking the can of neglect down the road, it has become a joke and a badge of shame?…at some point this $#|+ has got to be fixed?IS IT TRUE Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Dank’s requested that the CCO clarify that the Democratic State Party rules prohibit the stating of candidates?  …that Mr. Danks has not taken a position at this time whether he will  be endorsing candidates in the primaries?IS IT TRUE we expect the At Large Councilwoman Michelle Mercer (R) to make it through the primary without a problem?  …Mercer re-election challenge start the day after the primary election is over with?  …so far Ms Mercer has done everything the Mayor wants?  …if she continues to be the Mayors “puppet” its going to be difficult for her to persuade the voters to re-elect her to a second term IS IT TRUE  Missy Mosby primary opponent is a life long democrat?  …he’s from a blue collar working class  background? …we are hearing that many individuals that served on campaign committees of her pasts opponents are supporting his campaign?  …we are hearing that he will be a fiscal watchdog and not a political lap dog for the Mayor?  …he ask us not expose his identify at this point until he complete a series of campaign strategy meetings?  …we agreed to honor his request?  …this is a developing story?TODAYS “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that any member of the media should be allowed to ask any questions concerning city business during any official city council meeting FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Harvard Business School launches Gender Initiative

first_img Read Full Story In an effort to further the advancement of women leaders worldwide, Harvard Business School (HBS) has launched the Gender Initiative to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business and society. The new initiative will be headed by Robin Ely, the School’s Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and senior associate dean for culture and community.Inspiration for the Gender Initiative emerged during the 2013 commemoration of the School’s 50th anniversary of admitting women to its two-year M.B.A. program. As part of that celebration, HBS hosted its first Gender & Work Symposium, an annual gathering of top gender researchers and practitioners.“One of the main goals Harvard Business School wants to achieve with the Gender Initiative is to ground discussions about gender in rigorous research so that people can make better-informed decisions for themselves, their families, their companies, and their communities,” Ely said. “So much of what people think they know about gender is simply not substantiated by empirical evidence but instead is based on gender stereotypes. We want to develop the initiative so that Harvard Business School becomes the ‘go-to place’ on gender issues, where both researchers and practitioners can come together to find ways to advance gender equity in the workplace and help both women and men lead whole, fulfilled, and sustainable lives.”last_img read more

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A bridge for promising research

first_imgA few years ago, Andrew Myers’ laboratory discovered a new way to synthesize an important class of antibiotics that one day could tackle the toughest, most resistant infections.“I knew we were onto something important,” said Myers, the Amory Houghton Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, “but I couldn’t get federal funding to take the idea any further.”Now, an effort to advance those antibiotic candidates is among 12 advanced research projects in laboratories across Harvard that will receive support through the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator.“These projects represent leading-edge biomedical research at Harvard,” said President Drew Faust. “Several of these researchers are pursuing new treatments for diabetes, leukemia, and serious infections. Others are creating faster, safer, and more affordable diagnostic tools. In each of these impressive projects, the patients’ needs are at the heart of the endeavor. Their work exemplifies how universities like Harvard make substantive contributions to addressing global problems.”The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator was launched in 2007 by Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) as the Biomedical Accelerator Fund, and expanded in 2013 through a major gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The accelerator helps to ensure that when advanced academic research is considered too early stage for industry or venture investment, resources are available to develop the technology further and bridge the funding gap.“Harvard’s world-class biomedical research programs have all the right ingredients to produce profoundly impactful technologies in major disease areas,” said Len Blavatnik, M.B.A. ’89. “The accelerator helps Harvard’s life-science innovators combine their passion for discovery with the business expertise they need to see their ideas succeed in the outside world.”The 12 research projects receiving funding during 2015–16 span the Harvard campus and reflect the diversity of translational biomedical research at the University. Several researchers aim to develop new therapies for hard-to-treat diseases:David Knipe, the Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School (HMS), will develop a strategy to limit herpes simplex virus infections by targeting a protein that his lab has recently shown to regulate latent infection, helping prevent the virus from becoming active and causing more serious disease.Matthew Shair, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will develop novel small-molecule therapeutics targeting an enzyme recently implicated in obesity and cancer.Chad Cowan, associate professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and assistant professor of medicine at HMS, will use genome editing to address some fundamental limitations of new T-cell-based therapies that would treat various diseases, including cancer.Myers will leverage a unique chemical platform to synthesize novel antimicrobial molecules and evaluate their potential for treating multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections.Other researchers will address the challenges associated with delivering new treatments to the tissues that need them most:Neel Joshi, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, will attempt to engineer probiotic bacteria to deliver therapeutics for gastrointestinal disease directly to the gut, avoiding unwanted systemic effects.Quan Lu, associate professor of environmental genetics and pathophysiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will test the ability of natural microvesicles known as ARMMs to deliver large therapeutic proteins to cells.Other promising projects will investigate more fundamental questions, hoping to identify areas where new drugs could make a difference:Stephen Liberles, associate professor of cell biology at HMS, will conduct research into newly discovered neurons and receptors within the vagus nerve that play a key role in gut-to-brain signaling. This research could lead to new therapeutic approaches for conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and disorders of intestinal transit.Richard T. Lee, professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and professor of medicine at HMS, will investigate a hormone associated with exercise to explore its therapeutic potential in diabetes and other metabolic diseases.David Scadden, the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine at HMS and professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, aims to tackle leukemia by identifying and validating new biological targets that regulate the survival and drug resistance of cancer cells.David Sinclair, professor of genetics at HMS, will use computational methods to identify novel peptides as potential therapeutic agents for mitochondrial diseases.Two other researchers aim to improve diagnostic and imaging technologies, providing valuable insight into a patient’s current state of health:Peng Yin, associate professor of systems biology at HMS and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute, will develop a diagnostic platform to quickly and accurately detect circulating tumor DNA in blood, providing a new, noninvasive tool for cancer diagnosis.Daniel Needleman, associate professor of applied physics at the Harvard Paulson School and associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, will advance a noninvasive imaging technique to improve the success rate of assisted reproductive technologies such as in-vitro fertilization.In addition to supporting early stage, highly promising biomedical technologies in research laboratories across the University, the accelerator is associated with a fellowship program at Harvard Business School (HBS). Through this fellowship, recent M.B.A. graduates gain experience in life-science entrepreneurship by engaging with the projects supported by the accelerator. The Blavatnik Fellows in Life Science Entrepreneurship take up residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) and participate in business development activities, forming new entrepreneurial ventures around emerging technologies when opportunities arise. The 2015-16 Fellows were named on August 17.“The HBS Blavatnik Fellows are an outstanding group of entrepreneurs,” said Vicki L. Sato, professor of management practice at HBS, who oversees the fellows program and serves on the accelerator’s advisory board. “As HBS alumni with significant previous entrepreneurial experience, the fellows bring business capabilities that can enhance the effective commercialization of exciting new technologies. The opportunity to work with excellent innovators in the context of the Harvard i-lab represents a unique opportunity for the Blavatnik Fellows to launch great businesses.”To date, the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator has provided $12.5 million to support 68 research projects, approximately half of which have led to industry partnerships. Macrolide Pharmaceuticals, for example, was launched as a startup this year to commercialize antibiotic drug candidates developed in Myers’ laboratory after he received accelerator funding for that work in 2013–14.Besides the Blavatnik accelerator, Harvard OTD manages the Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Accelerator, a more nascent fund that has supported 10 projects since its creation in 2013. The PSE Accelerator helped launch three startups in its first year, commercializing innovations in 3-D printing, materials science, and robotics.“The accelerators provide essential funding for translational research,” said Isaac Kohlberg, senior associate provost and chief technology development officer. “Just as importantly, they foster an entrepreneurial culture in which innovation can thrive.”last_img read more

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