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New trigonoid bivalves from the Early Jurasic to earliest Cretaceous of the Antarctic Peninsula region: systematics and austral paleobiogeography

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first_imgNew discoveries of trigonioid bivalves are documented from three areas in the Antartic Peninsula: the Fossil Bluff Group of Alexander Island, the Latady Formation of the Orville Coast, and the Byers Group of Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands. Eleven taxa are described, representing six genera or subgenera. The faunas are characterized by genera including Vaugonia (Vaugonia), the first Early Jurassic trigonioid recognized on the continent; Vaugonia (V.) and V. (Orthotrigonia?) in the Late Jurassic; and Iotrigonia (Iotrigonia), Myophorella (Scaphogonia), and Pterotrigonia (Pterotrigonia), which span the Jurassic–Cretaceous boundary, reaching the Berriasian stage. The following species are new: Pterotrigonia (P.) cramei n. sp., Pterotrigonia (P.) thomsoni n. sp., Vaugonia (V.) orvillensis n. sp., and V. (Orthotrigonia?) quiltyi n. sp. The faunas show affinities with those of New Zealand and southern Africa. Trigonioids characterize the shallower marine biofacies in the Jurassic of the Antarctic and reflect the principal shallowing events in the history of the region.last_img read more

Scientists use genome editing to reduce acrylamide in toast

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first_imgSource: Getty ImagesUK scientists have used genome editing to develop a type of wheat that is less likely to produce acrylamide when baked.The compound, which is classed as a possible carcinogen, forms during bread baking and its levels are increased when the bread is toasted – the darker the toast, the more acrylamide it contains. Other cereal-based products cooked at hot temperatures are also affected by the compound, along with chips and coffee. However, the amount of acrylamide in bread is relatively low.A team led by Rothamsted Research with help from the University of Bristol have used a new technique of genome editing to develop the wheat. According to project leader Professor Nigel Halford, the researchers are preparing an application to the UK government to run a field trial. Starting in the autumn, it’s the first such trial of genome edited wheat to be carried out in Europe.“We’ve used genome editing to reduce the amount of the amino acid, asparagine, in the grain. It’s the asparagine that is converted to acrylamide during baking and toasting, so a low asparagine wheat should lead to lower levels of acrylamide, which is good news for anyone who likes their toast well done,” said Sarah Raffan, the lead researcher on the field trial.The field trial would not only examine the wheat in terms of asparagine concentration, but also the yield, protein content and other quality traits, Halford noted.“If it comes through the field trial well it could be made available to wheat breeders. Even so, it would be another five to 10 years before very low asparagine wheat could appear on the market, and that would only be if the regulatory framework were conducive,” he said. Source: Rothamsted ResearchProfessor Nigel Halford and Sarah Raffan with wheat plantsBarriers to rolloutThe genome editing technique used, which is called CRISPR/Cas9, leads to small changes in the DNA, such as the deletion or insertion of short sections of DNA, or changes to the DNA sequence, in this instance halting the function of a gene involved in the production of asparagine.It differs from the GM approach in that it doesn’t involve the introduction of novel, foreign or additional genes, the researchers said, adding that the sorts of changes to the wheat DNA are like those that occur naturally.Despite the differences between genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9 and GM, genome edited plants are currently treated in the same way as GM under EU regulations, essentially blocking the use of a technology that is gaining official approval in many other parts of the world, they added.The hope is that the current UK government consultation on this issue will lead to new legislation in the UK, allowing genome edited food products, carefully regulated, to be available to consumers.Alternative solutionsFood businesses had to put in place steps to manage acrylamide under EU laws that came into effect in 2018. The rules established best practice, mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of acrylamide in food.Following this, a dedicated laboratory was set up by Reading Scientific Services (RSSL) to meet rising demand for testing. RSSL developed a bespoke method of acrylamide detection as part of this.Solutions to reduce acrylamide have also been rolled out, including a yeast enzyme called Acryleast from Kerry which is described as a clean-label, non-GMO product that can reduce acrylamide by up to 90% in products such as biscuits and crackers.“A number of methods for reducing acrylamide in food products by changing processing methods have been developed. Some have been successful, but they are not applicable to all food types, are often expensive to implement and may have detrimental effects on product quality,” added Halford.“The food industry would therefore benefit from the availability of raw materials with lower acrylamide-forming potential, and the determining factor for acrylamide formation in products made from wheat and rye grains, and probably those of other cereals, is the concentration of soluble (non-protein) asparagine.”last_img read more

PHOTOS: Philly Roots Picnic Closes Early Due To Weather

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first_imgLoad remaining images Every year, The Roots host an all-star musical celebration for Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA. This year’s event was scheduled to include a headlining performance from The Roots, hosted by Dave Chappelle, with special guests. Unfortunately, rain and lightning took over and closed the set–which would have featured the likes of Brandy, 2 Chainz, Common, M.O.P., and Busta Rhymes–only moments after it began. Earlier in the day, the full lineup included sets from Lil Uzi Vert, The Dirty Projectors, The Diplomats (AKA Dipset with Cam’ron, Jim Jones, & Juelz Santana), 2 Chainz, 6LACK, DVSN, Brandy, Black Thought & J.Period Live Mixtape featuring Fabolous & Jadakiss, Rapsody, Rich The Kid & Jay Critch, GoldLink, DJ Kid Capri, BADBADNOTGOOD, Grits & Biscuits, DJ Drama presents Gangsta Grillz with special guests, JoJo Abot, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tierra Whack, and Bri Steves. As of now, there’s no word if the headlining performance will be rescheduled.Check out a gallery of Roots Picnic below, courtesy of photographer Sean DiSerio.The Roots Picnic | Philadelphia, PA | 6/2/18 | Photos: Sean DiSeriolast_img read more

Walk Georgia

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first_imgMore than 100 of Georgia’s county commissioners, officials and staff put on their walking shoes early Monday morning, April 14 for a Wellness Walk to encourage physical activity among Georgians. The event was sponsored by University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and Local Government Risk Management Services, Inc., and was part of the annual ACCG conference, held last week in Savannah. “I love to exercise,” said Doug Derrer, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners county manager. “I thought it was a good idea to get this group to walk and exercise together.” Preston Little, of Walton County, whose father, Kevin Little, is chairman of the Walton County Board of Commissioners and incoming ACCG president, was the first to complete the Wellness Walk. The near two-mile walk started and ended on River Street. Commissioners received one continuing education credit for participating in the walk. Area 4-H’ers assisted at the event and applauded the commissioners and staff for setting the example of being physically active. “They’re leaders; if they can do it, we can do it,” said Anna Morris, an event volunteer from Chatham County 4-H. “They’re not just supporting people; they’re getting out there and doing what they’re supporting,” said Marci Delcampo, an event volunteer from Effingham County 4-H. Commissioners were given pedometers at the start of the conference to track their steps; prizes were doled out by ACCG based on who had the most steps by the end of the Wellness Walk. Wiley Grady, a Thomas County commissioner, won this award with more than 78,000 steps by the end of the walking event. Walk Georgia, run jointly by UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is a free, web-based program that allows Georgians to track their physical activity online and virtually “walk” the state. The program also publishes a daily blog and weekly newsletter with recipes and information on varying wellness and nutrition topics, health-related apps and websites, and state parks. Through a $1 million, three-year gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Walk Georgia aims to reach 100,000 Georgians and decrease the number of physically inactive Georgians by 5 percent over the next few years. The spring session of Walk Georgia closes on April 26. For more information or to register, visit www.walkgeorgia.org. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Wagons East, Birthplace of Rivers, and the Dam Fish Comeback

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first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for July 22, the day Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific Ocean, became the first Euro-American to cross the continent north of Mexico, a decade before Lewis and Clark and with no financial backing:Birthplace of Rivers National Monument ProposedIt’s known colloquially as the Birthplace of Rivers, but it could soon have an official designation from the official source of designations: the United States Government. There is currently a push to create West Virginia’s first national monument from land in Monongahela National Forest that makes up the headwaters of the Cranberry, Williams, Cherry, Greenbrier, Gauley and Elk rivers. If you are a paddler or fly fisherman, these names should be familiar to you. The plan calls for 123,000 acres in and around the Cranberry Wilderness to be designated the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument and be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. National Monument status would give the area more flexibility in regards to uses like mountain biking, trout stocking, stream restoration and forest restoration, most of which is prohibited by the current definition of “Wilderness,” while also allowing rules to limit fossil fuel extraction. The plan is supported by the big hitters in W.V. including Trout Unlimited, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition.The Dam Fish Making a Comeback?The removal of two dams along the Chattahoochee River along the border of Georgia and Alabama has been a big deal in the South. The dam removal combined with the creation of the Whitewater Columbus – the longest whitewater rafting course in the U.S. – has brought world class paddling, and everything that goes with it to the area. What goes with it is an economic boost desperately needed in a part of the country that has seen hard times. The new stretch of river is estimated to bring at least 700 jobs, thousands of tourists, and up to $42 million annually. With the creation of a new riverwalk and a general embrace of the riverfront, the project could be the beginning of a wholesale change in the attitude of residents toward conservation. We have seen this model work in the South, most notably in Chattanooga, TN and on a smaller scale in Roanoke, VA.This is all good, but one of the lesser known benefits of the dam removal is the restoration of spawning habitat for Alabama Shad and striped bass, both great gamefish, and the results are already being seen as fish populations are increasing at the sites of the 175-year-old dams. This is no surprise as I’m sure the fish were eager to get upstream after nearly 200 years of being blocked off.Wagons EastIt seems as though the Great Western Migration is making a reverse pilgrimage back to the East in recent years, and the trend continues as a Colorado based outdoor company is planning to put down roots in Asheville. First it was Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium brewing companies opening major beer plants in the Asheville area, and now Boulder, CO, based Sport Hansa is planning on relocating their entire operation to the area. Sport Hansa specializes in importing and distributing European brands including Helle Knives (Norway), Kupilka camping dishware (Finland), Wetterlings axes (Sweden), and Montane outerwear and Terra Nova tenst (both of England). Sport Hansa should slip in nicely with the rapidly expanding outdoor retail and manufacturing sector that has taken hold in Buncombe County over the past decade, and could bring as many as 10 new jobs to the region.last_img read more

Leader of Gulf Cartel Hitmen Detained in Mexico

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first_imgBy Dialogo August 03, 2011 Antonio Acosta Hernández, alias “El Diego,” is “an operational leader of La Línea [The Line] gang” who “ordered the homicides of around 1,500 people” in Ciudad Juárez, according to Ramón Pequeño, the head of the anti-drug division of the country’s Federal Police. Among these crimes were the March 2010 murders of three people linked to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juárez. The victims were consular official Lesley Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs, a corrections officer at an El Paso jail, and the husband of an employee at the U.S. diplomatic mission. Pequeño spoke to the press on 31 July, and said that the leading hitman’s record includes several other crimes. “El Diego” ordered the massacre of 14 young people at a party in January 2010, an attack using explosives in July of the same year, in which two police officers were killed, and the homicides of several members of rival groups at a drug rehabilitation center. Police officers and local and federal officials were killed on the orders of “El Diego,” including a delegate of the Attorney-General’s Office and members of his own organization in whom in he had lost trust. Acosta Hernández “had infused more violence and radicalism into the dispute between the Juárez cartel and the Pacific (Sinaloa) cartel” for greater control over the drug transport routes to the United States, according to Pequeño. According to official figures, the violence unleashed by the fight against organized crime has caused the deaths of more than 41,000 people in Mexico since December 2006.last_img read more

Cooperation between CNTB and Lonely Planet: Promotion of Croatia on Lonely Planet media platforms

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first_imgLonely Planet included Istria in the prestigious list of “Best in Europe” Top 10 destinations in Europe in 2019.  According to the CNTB, all materials will be used for advertising, which will be carried out in two parts. The first wave of advertising will last from May to the end of June and includes the promotion of Slavonia and Zadar. The second wave of advertising covers the period from September to the end of October and includes the promotion of Zagorje, Međimurje and Istria, promotion on social networks, display advertising activities, etc. The markets involved in the campaigns are Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Italy and Austria.  “That Croatia is today deservedly in the center of attention of world travel lovers is confirmed by our creative team of screenwriters, cameramen and designers who stayed in Croatia. We are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of Croatia in the world because it is a destination rich in diversity that makes it the right place for research, ” said Lonely Planet creative director Matt Parish. More on that in the attachment.  Take a look at the personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal at “Discover Croatia” “Effective tourism promotion today is unthinkable without collaboration with the world’s leading media platforms that can strongly influence tourism trends. Cooperation with Lonely Planet will provide Croatia with great promotional effects and visibility in key European markets from which we are visited by the largest number of tourists. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. The Croatian National Tourist Board and Lonely Planet have launched a personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal “Discover Croatia” with four videos about Croatian destinations and various tourist information about Croatia. They are shown through four videos Slavonia as an undiscovered secret with an emphasis on the rich eno-gastronomic offer and cultural-historical heritage, Zadar and surroundings as destinations suitable for numerous excursions and activities such as hiking in NP Paklenica or sailing in NP Kornati, Zagorje and Međimurje with an emphasis on castles, and a video of Fr. Wife where all the details related to the tradition of truffle hunting and the preparation of products from this gastronomic delicacy were recorded. Certainly a great move by the CNTB, and the cooperation with Lonely Planet, the world’s leading specialized travel medium followed by 13 million people on a monthly basis, will certainly contribute to even better visibility of our tourist offer.  For the seventh year in a row, Lonely Planet is compiling a reference list of Best in Europe, which contains ten priority destinations in Europe that should be on the radar of world travelers right now. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Trump holds fiery, defiant rally but crowd disappoints

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first_imgMany rally-goers wore red “Make America Great Again” hats or T-shirts, but very few wore masks and there was little social distancing, even though coronavirus cases have recently been skyrocketing in Oklahoma.The president has downplayed the risk that the evening rally — with thousands of shouting, cheering attendees — might trigger a coronavirus outbreak, ignoring danger warnings by Tulsa health and municipal officials.Trump, 74, insisted he was in good health after a graduation ceremony where he appeared to show signs of fatigue, before quipping “I’ll let you know if there is something wrong.”But the narrative of a trouble-free campaign event was punctured when the campaign announced just hours before the rally that six members of its Tulsa advance team tested positive for coronavirus.Trump engaged in his now-familiar baiting of his “socialist” Democratic rivals. He notably steered clear until well into the speech of the racial tensions that have swept the country in the weeks since a handcuffed African American, George Floyd, was killed by police in Minneapolis.Instead he warned that Democrats were seeking to erase American heritage.”The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues, and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control,” he said.The stakes Saturday could not be higher — both for the health of thousands spending hours at the arena and Trump’s political fortunes five months before an election in which he trails in the polls.”Today we’re here to show we support President Trump and that we, the people, we’ll win the 2020 election, no matter what the fake news media and other liberal, leftist, mind-controlling big firms are saying,” said attendee Brad, who declined to provide his last name.Campaign revival? The rally has been controversial not just because of the virus risk. Originally it was scheduled for Friday — the Juneteenth commemoration of the end of slavery in the US — in a city known for one of the deadliest-ever massacres of African Americans.Racial tensions have roiled the nation following the police killing of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis. Trump has fanned the flames with provocative rhetoric, including a tweeted threat to protesters ahead of Tulsa’s rally.Dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters did gather at rally checkpoints and confronted attendees, but no violence was reported.This was the first of Trump’s signature rallies since March 2, when the country went into pandemic lockdown.The virus dramatically disrupted a once-booming economy, which had been Trump’s strongest re-election selling point.With Oklahoma overwhelmingly Republican, Trump’s job was not to win over locals, but to revive a campaign rocked by his handling of the pandemic and weeks of racial tensions.With polls showing him trailing Biden, Trump is eager to change the narrative, and rallies have long been his favorite political tool.Viral danger But while Trump rolls the political dice, the crowd, albeit smaller than predicted, gambles with their health.Oklahoma virus cases have spiked recently, and the state’s total as of Saturday has surpassed 10,000. Rally organizers provided everyone with hand sanitizer, temperature checks and optional masks.Attendees were required to sign a waiver protecting organizers from any liability in the event COVID-19 spreads at the venue.Topics : The event — which the White House promised would be flooded with up to 100,000 people, but actually did not fill the 19,000-seat arena where Trump spoke — has emerged as a flashpoint in the pandemic era. But Trump was more interested in reviving his political fortunes after several bruising weeks that saw continued economic woes tied to the pandemic, nationwide protests over racial injustice, the toppling of Confederate and other statues and critics including former aides savaging his performance.”The silent majority is stronger than ever before,” Trump said in a rowdy, freewheeling speech in which he blasted his 2020 election rival, Democrat Joe Biden, as a “helpless puppet of the radical left.””Five months from now we’re going to defeat ‘sleepy’ Joe Biden,” he said. US President Donald Trump hailed his supporters as “warriors” Saturday for defying the coronavirus and attacked his Democratic rivals at his first campaign rally in three months, an event with crowds far smaller than promised.Gathering his political faithful at a much-hyped rally in Oklahoma, the Republican president sought to reinvigorate his flagging campaign in the face of a crushing health and economic crisis as well as protests against racial injustice that have swept the nation in recent weeks.Trump all but claimed victory over the pandemic that has killed some 120,000 Americans — “I have done a phenomenal job with it!” he insisted — even as six members of his own Tulsa advance team tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

UK floats pay-ratio disclosure in corporate governance consultation

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first_imgThe UK government has launched a consultation on corporate governance in the country that includes the idea of intra-company pay ratios as one means of addressing concerns raised by institutional investors about excessive pay. The department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) unveiled the green paper today.It is designed to “stimulate a debate on a range of options for strengthening the UK’s corporate governance framework, including options for increasing shareholder influence over executive pay and strengthening the employee, customer and supplier voice at boardroom level”.One of the topics it is seeking feedback on is corporate governance in privately held businesses. The government said it did not have “preferred options at this stage”.The consultation comes two days before the PLSA is due to publish its AGM report.Luke Hildyard, stewardship and corporate governance policy lead at the association, said it would highlight “how our pension fund members feel about current levels of executive pay” and set out how satisfied pension funds were with respect to asset managers fulfilling their stewardship responsibilities.“Our members are concerned by the rising levels of executive pay and believe the justification for this increase is weak,” said Hildyard.“We are pleased the government’s green paper is expected to include proposals we have previously advocated, including the publication of intra-company pay ratios.”The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC), responsible for the country’s corporate governance and stewardship codes, welcomed the government’s “wide-ranging” consultation.The government green paper comes after the BEIS select committee earlier this year carried out a corporate governance inquiry, with the FRC noting that it made recommendations as part of this, such as on developing the role of the remuneration committee.The FRC said it stood “ready to develop and implement these proposals to help support a strong economy and meet the needs of wider society”.Leon Kamhi, head of responsibility at Hermes Investment Management, said the measures proposed by the government “look set to strengthen investors’ hand on pay, and it is now incumbent on both companies and us as investors to respond to the challenge of excessive executive remuneration”.Publication of a CEO-to-median-employee pay ratio, he said, was “not a panacea” but would provide welcome increased transparency, “as it puts pressure on boards to explain the rationale behind the level of executive remuneration and disparities in pay across the organisation”.He noted that the government did not propose elected employees on boards, a measure Hermes IM would have liked to see.Employee representation on boards is a measure prime minister Theresa May called for in corporate governance comments in her early days in office, although she has since backed away from this.Frances O’Grady, general secretary at trade union TUC, said the government’s proposals were “disappointing” and would “not do enough to shake-up corporate Britain”.“This is not what Theresa May promised,” she said.“We need the voice of elected workers in the boardroom, rather than on advisory panels.”last_img read more

Aero Race Wheels marks 20th season as IMCA partner

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first_imgESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Aero Race Wheels reaches a pair of IMCA sponsorship milestones this season.The Estherville, Iowa, manufacturer notes its 20th season as a marketing partner with the sanctioning body as well as its 10th consecutive season as title sponsor of IMCA’s popular feature win decal program.“Everyone at Aero Race Wheels takes great pride in our partnership with IMCA and all the positive aspects the sanctioning body provides to our industry,” said Aero Marketing Manager Kelli Peton. “We look forward to continuing our support of IMCA and its racers.”Forty dollar product certificates, good toward the purchase of two wheels, go to designated place finishers at 80 specials for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Those awards will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official results from those races are received.Allstar Performance state champions in the same divisions get $25 product certificates, to be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning in December.Decals are to be given to drivers following sanctioned weekly or special events victories.Information about Aero-made wheels is available by calling 888 895-2376, on Facebook and at the www.aeroracewheel.com web­site.“Observing both of these partnership milestones is really tremendous and we are honored to have had the support of Aero for two decades,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted.”It is great to have partners that you also consider friends and Aero brings that genuine attitude that enhances and strengthens the business relationship.”last_img read more