Aim To establish how well the terrestrial flora of the Antarctic has been sampled, how well the flora is known, and to determine the major patterns in diversity and biogeography. Location Antarctica south of 60°S, together with the South Sandwich Islands, but excluding South Georgia, Bouvetøya and the periantarctic islands. Methods Plant occurrence data were collated from herbarium specimens and literature records, and assembled into the Antarctic Plant Database. Distributional patterns were analysed using a geographic information system. Biogeographic patterns were determined with a variety of multivariate statistics. Results Plants have been recorded from throughout the Antarctic including all latitudes between 60°S and 86°S. Species richness declines with latitude along the Antarctic Peninsula, but there was no evidence for a similar cline in Victoria Land and the Transantarctic mountains. MDS ordinations showed that the species composition of the South Orkney, South Shetland Islands and the north western Antarctic Peninsula are very similar to each other, as are the floras of different regions in continental Antarctica. However they also suggest that the eastern Antarctic Peninsula flora is more similar to the flora of the southern Antarctic Peninsula than to the continental flora (with which it has traditionally been linked). The South Sandwich Islands has a very dissimilar flora to all Antarctic regions, probably because of their isolation and volcanic nature. Main Conclusions The Antarctic flora has been reasonably well-sampled, but certain areas require further floristic surveys. Available data do, however, allow for a number of robust conclusions. A diversity gradient exists along the Antarctic Peninsula, with fewer species (but not higher taxa) at higher latitudes. MDS ordination suggests three major floral provinces within Antarctica: northern maritime, southern maritime and continental. Patterns of endemism suggest that a proportion of the lichen flora may have an ancient vicariant distribution, while most bryophytes are more recent colonists.
August 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Kali Harmon Named As New Assistant SUU Women’s Soccer Coach Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, Southern Utah University’s athletic department and women’s soccer coach Fred Thompson named Kali Harmon as a new assistant just days before the season opener.Harmon comes to the Thunderbirds from Mesa, Ariz. where she served as the director of goalkeeping for the Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club.She was also the head goalkeeping coach for the men’s and women’s programs at Mesa C.C. and was the women’s goalkeeping coach for NAIA Benedectine University of Mesa.Her contributions helped the Benedectine Redhawks’ goalkeepers achieve a 1.23 goals against average mark and six shutouts.Harmon attended Northern Arizona University and was the captain of NAU’s club soccer team, helping them to two national tournament appearances.Harmon graduated from NAU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in sports psychology and chemistry.Harmon was a 4-year starter at Gilbert (Ariz.) High School and still holds the record for shutouts in a season (15) and goals against average (0.57) for the Tigers. Tags: Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club/Benedectine Redhawks/Fred Thompson/Gilbert Tigers/Kali Harmon/Northern Arizona/SUU Women’s Soccer
Authorities View post tag: EAI January 21, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Swedish Navy joins European Amphibious Initiative View post tag: Swedish Navy Share this article View post tag: amphibious force In 2015 Swedish Navy joined an organization called the European Amphibious Initiative (EAI) formed by five EU nations in 2000.The initiators were France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.The aim of this organization is to strengthen the interoperability of European forces and optimize and improve European amphibious operations capabilities through training and exercises.EAI today has five full members (the initiators) and seven supporting member countries. Supporting countries are Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.Although there are a number of criteria for joining the Initiative, participating nations have agreed that compatibility with the US Navy and the US Marine Corps continues to be a fundamental requirement.Swedish Navy started its contribution to the EAI in 2015 after it received the nod from the Swedish government.With a range of amphibious capabilities which allow the Swedish Navy to operate in the archipelago, coastal waters, river and delta areas, Sweden presented a logical addition to the team.Prior to joining the EAI, Sweden had maintained close relations with the Dutch and Finnish amphibious forces who are also EAI supporting countries.Finland has been conducting amphibious exercises with the Swedish Navy since the early 2000s and their latest joint exercise was in September 2015 when the two countries participated in the exercise BALTOPS 2015.The next European exercise aimed at increasing interoperability will be the Emerald Move which will take place on Sardinia, Italy in May. The last time the EU conducted this exercise was November 2010 on West Africa’s Atlantic coast, near Dakar. Swedish Navy joins European Amphibious Initiative
Premier Foods has announced that David Beever will step down as chairman of the company in 2017.The company said in the statement that Beever wished to reduce his work commitments and this was the reason behind the change.In 2017 Beever will have spent nine years on the board of the company, including five years as chairman.The board will now commence an external search for his successor, led by Ian Krieger, senior independent director.The company said in a statement: “The board would like to thank David for his continuing commitment to the business and for the key role he has played in the turnaround of the business. Any further updates on this process will be announced as appropriate.”Last week Premier announced it is set to extend its on-the-go variants for Mr Kipling as part of its efforts to widen the brand’s appeal.
Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has secured a £2m overdraft facility with Lloyds Bank after discovering a shortfall in its finances.The move follows Real Good Food (RGF) stating two weeks ago that it expected earnings for the financial year ended 31 March 2017 to be around £2m-£3m lower than previously forecast – and that profits in 2018 would be lower than expected.RGF yesterday (16 August) said the re-forecast exercise had identified a “short-term working capital requirement” as the business builds up stock ahead of Christmas and proceeds with previously announced investment programmes at Renshaw and Haydens.The investments are being part-funded by investment managers Downing LLP, and RGF yesterday announced Downing would not be taking up an option to subscribe to a £1.5m second tranche of the loan notes.“Sales within the cake decoration division continue to show strong year-on-year growth and the need to fund an autumn stock build for a strongly seasonal business is part of the company’s normal trading pattern,” it stated.Consequently, Lloyds Bank has agreed to provide the company with an overdraft facility of up to £2m, with RGF shareholders Napier Brown Holdings and Omnicane Limited each putting up £1m as security. The shareholder loans have an interest rate of 6.5% per annum.RGF said the board had considered other debt provision options, but decided that these could take a number of weeks to arrange and that the Lloyds offer was the most appropriate to meet its short-term requirements at this time.The news has brought a dip this morning to RGF’s share price, which had been recovering following the profits warning.Founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté resigned and stepped down from the RGF board last week, with non-exec director Pat Ridgwell taking on the role of interim chairman until a permanent chairman can be appointed. Harveen Rai, previously chief financial officer at Arzyta UK Holdings, is to replace David Newman as finance director and company secretary.
Photo: Kevin Cole Khruangbin has been blowing up as of late, with the Texas trio gaining national recognition for their melodic, fun, and funk-driven tunes. Featuring Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums, the trio is deeply psychedelic and draws from 1960’s Thai funk. Recently, the band has been on tour in support of their latest album, Con Todo El Mundo, most recently releasing a delightful music video for their track, “Evan Finds The Third Room”.On Thursday, April 12th, Khruangbin landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a headlining performance at The Sinclair. With support from the San Diego-based jazz-fusion duo, The Mattson 2, Khruangbin put on a proper performance for the Massachusetts crowd. Offering up plenty of takes from their well-received new album, the show drew on Khruanbin’s vast range of influences—synthesizing tastes of takes on disco, soul, rock, and funk spanning decades and continents. A truly groovy performance from start to finish, you can check out photos from the Thursday performance below, courtesy of photographer Kevin Cole.Khruangbin Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:April 17 — Toronto, ON — The Mod ClubApril 18 — Detroit, MI — El ClubApril 20 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln HallApril 23 — Denver, CO — Bluebird TheaterApril 26 — Seattle, WA — Neumos Crystal Ball Reading RoomApril 27 — Vancouver, BC — Fox CabaretApril 28 — Portland, OR — Revolution HallApril 30 — Sonoma, CA — Gundlach Bundschu WineryMay 1 — San Francisco, CA — The FillmoreMay 2 — San Francisco, CA — The FillmoreMay 4 — Solana Beach, CA — Belly Up Solana BeachMay 5 — Santa Ana, CA — The ObservatoryMay 27 — London, UK — All Points EastJune 10 — Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands — Best Kept Secret FestivalJuly 15 — Louisville, KY — ForecastleAugust 9 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks AmphitheatreSeptember 11 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre #September 12 — Santa Barbara, CA — Santa Barbara Bowl #September 14 — Seattle, WA — WaMu Theatre #September 15 — Troutdale, OR — Edgefield #September 16 — Vancouver, BC — PNE Amphitheater #September 18 — Missoula, MT — Big Sky Brewing Company #September 20 — St. Paul, MN — Palace Theatre #September 23 — Milwaukee, WI — BMO Harris Pavilion #September 24 — Chicago, IL — Aragon Ballroom #September 25 — Detroit, MI — Fox Theatre #September 27 — Toronto, ON — RBC Echo Beach #September 28 — Montreal, QC — Place des Arts #September 30 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore #October 3 — Washington, DC — The Anthem #October 4 — Boston, MA — Agganis Arena #October 5 — New York, NY — Radio City Music Hall #October 6 — New York, NY — Radio City Music Hall ## supporting Leon BridgesView All Tour DatesPhoto: Khruangbin | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA | 4/12/2017 | Photo: Kevin Cole Photo: Kevin Cole Load remaining images
In 1943, Austrian-born essayist Jean Améry, working for the French resistance, was captured by the Gestapo. He wrote later of the experience in “At the Mind’s Limits,” remarking that torture was — simply — “the absolute absence of caring.”Caring — for others, for ourselves, even for things and places — is at the core of our humanity. But how to cope with its demands in a medical setting was the subject of a two-panel conference this week (Dec. 6) in the Barker Center’s Thompson Room, sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.The event capped three days of events entwining the humanities with the law (Dec. 3 and 4) and with medicine (Dec. 6).Caring requires “a peculiar courage” and marks the very essence of “what really matters” to human beings, said Mahindra Humanities Center Director Homi Bhabha. (Bhabha is also the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of Humanities in the Department of English.)The conference investigated both the humanistic and technical dimensions of care giving. But “what really matters” — the humanistic, existential demands of care — got in the first word.Harvard historian of medicine Charles Rosenberg (left), who moderated the second panel, called the issue of care giving “transhistorical and moral.” The two-panel, three-day conference was held at the Mahindra Humanities Center. Center Director Homi Bhabha (right) noted that caring requires “a peculiar courage” and marks the very essence of “what really matters” to human beings.Actor Thomas Derrah — a founding member of the American Repertory Theater — opened the four-hour event with a reading from Tony Judt’s “Night.” The January essay illuminated his struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal motor neuron disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. (Judt died in August.) “And there I lie,” he wrote, itching, immobile, permanently cold, and “utterly and completely dependent upon the kindness of strangers.”The kindness of strangers — and the flexibility of long-term medical care — will become more important than ever soon, as Americans age in greater numbers, said University Provost Steven E. Hyman, a psychiatrist and professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. (By 2020, the number of those 85 or older will nearly double.)Care giving is the repository of “much of our dignity and our decency,” he said — yet is often reduced to its economic terms alone. Too often, said Hyman, the debate also leaves aside the “enormous and incalculable cost” — emotional, physical, and financial — that caregivers themselves have to bear.The numbers confirm the potential for strain and suffering. There are 66 million informal caregivers in the United States, said Rutgers University sociologist David Mechanic — “a highly disaggregated group” that operates largely outside of formal medical care. Many are unpaid family members; many others are untrained aides — often immigrants and other representatives of the work force’s lower rungs.Meanwhile, he said, there is no coherent policy for long-term care in the United States — in part because lawmakers are “afraid of cost implications.”But it is important to keep the dialog about care giving broad, said Arthur Kleinman, the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard and a professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. That means talking about care of the body, mind, children, and family — in both the long and the short term.“Care giving is not new,” said Emily Abel, a professor of public health emerita at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It has long been a normative experience in women’s lives.” In 19th century America, she said, it dominated their lives from “girlhood to old age” — and was a two-edged sword. Care giving took them from home or kept them from home in a cycle of service and subjugation. But it was also a source of pride, skill making, and spiritual satisfaction.Since then, said Abel, the image of care giving has fallen on hard times — an “undervalued and disrespected activity” that seems shabby and minor compared with the emerging science of medicine.Care giving worldwide is still a “fundamental moral practice,” especially in its steady daily repetitiveness, said Julie Livingston, a Rutgers University historian who has worked in Botswana health care settings for the past 15 years. “This is where morality lies — in the constancy of care.” But knowing more about care giving becomes a way of “negotiating limits,” she said — knowing when care has to stop and self-care has to begin.Yet care giving worldwide is still a “fundamental moral practice,” especially in its steady daily repetitiveness, said Julie Livingston, a Rutgers University historian who has worked in Botswana health care settings for the past 15 years. “This is where morality lies — in the constancy of care.”But there are “moments of failure” too, she said, that arrive from the sheer volume of disease, and the “bottomless care” it requires. So knowing more about care giving becomes a way of “negotiating limits,” said Livingston — knowing when care has to stop and self-care has to begin.“We can’t just talk about care giving when we talk about care,” said University of Minnesota political scientist Joan Tronto, who has written about the ethics of care. “Caring is also caring for the self.”Many factors affect the increasing need for long-term care, said Mechanic, the sociologist: longer lives, lower marriage rates, dispersed families, and the elderly living alone more.Yet humanistic models of care — assisted care communities, the “aging-in-place” movement, and others, said Mechanic — are still small compared with the needs of a rapidly aging population. Meanwhile, the medical system for care giving is fragmented, there’s no coherent financing policy, and there is a shortage of trained personnel.Caregivers themselves remain “essentially invisible” in the discussion, said journalist Suzanne Gordon, an expert on nursing shortages. “The people we listen to the least, we value the least.”Panelist Gary Gottlieb agreed that “medicine built on white patriarchy” has created inequalities that are “hard to erode.” (Gottlieb, a geriatric psychiatrist who teaches at Harvard Medical School, is CEO of Partners HealthCare in Boston.)While society sorts out the issue, and finds a way to pay for care giving, said Gordon, the suffering continues, on a scale “times thousands” beyond what Judt recounted of his individual experience.Care giving “cuts to the quick of who we are as human beings,” said Allan Brandt, who was charged with summing up. (He is the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.)Solutions have to come from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, he said — from both tender care and technical advances.“If we’re going to deliver on that,” here and worldwide, said Brandt, we need “a much more enlightened polity than we currently have.”Care giving is the repository of “much of our dignity and our decency,” yet is often reduced to its economic terms alone, said Provost Steven E. Hyman, a psychiatrist and professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Too often the debate also leaves aside the “enormous and incalculable cost” — emotional, physical, and financial — that caregivers themselves have to bear, he added.
Read Full Story Harvard School of Public Health announced today the recipients of its Centennial Medals and inaugural Next Generation Award, all of whom will be honored during events celebrating the School’s 100th anniversary on October 24.Recipients of Centennial Medals are:President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United StatesJim Yong Kim, M.D. ’91, Ph.D. ’93, president, World Bank Group, and co-founder of Partners In HealthGro Harlem Brundtland, M.P.H. ’65, L.L.D. ’92, former prime minister of Norway and former director-general of the World Health Organization.Recipient of the Next Generation Award is:Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton FoundationThe awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston.The Harvard School of Public Health Centennial Medal, a one-time award specially developed to commemorate the School’s 100th anniversary, honors a select number of individuals whose creative minds and effective leadership have had an enormous global impact, improving the health and well-being of millions of people around the world.
Dear EarthTalk: It is starting to get colder and I’m eager to try out the fireplace in our new home, but we don’t want to create health or environmental problems. Are there materials that would be more eco-friendly to burn in a fireplace than regular firewood? — Emily Eidenier, Durham, NC Burning wood may be humanity’s oldest way of generating heat—and in the home it definitely creates a nice ambience. But it has its downside. According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, wood smoke “contains toxic carbon monoxide, smog-causing nitrogen oxides, soot, fine particles, and a range of other chemicals and gases that can cause or worsen serious health problems, particularly among children, pregnant women, and people with breathing difficulties.” The Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC) concurs, citing a raft of studies that show how children living in wood-burning households experience “higher rates of lung inflammation, breathing difficulties, pneumonia, and other respiratory diseases.” For its part, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns that those with congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema or asthma should avoid wood smoke if possible. Wood smoke is also bad for the outdoors environment, contributing to smog, acid rain and other problems. One greener alternative to burning firewood in a fireplace is to burn wood pellets, which are made from sawdust and other lumber byproducts that would have otherwise been landfilled and gone to waste. These specially formulated tiny logs burn very efficiently and almost completely—largely because there is little moisture content—so there are fewer pollutants to escape into the air inside or out. You need a pellet stove to burn wood pellets, though, or a fireplace insert to handle them safely. (Such an insert employs an igniter to fire the pellets, a blower to fan the fire, and an augur that pours pellets into the flames. Together they obviate the need to open the stove doors—and let pollutants into your living room—to feed the fire.) Another way to reduce emissions from an existing fireplace is to go for a gas insert, which would burn either liquid propane (from a swappable tank) or piped-in natural gas. These inserts draw in air to oxygenate the fire and channel smoke outside, either up the chimney or through a vent. CHEC warns, though, that hearth fires, even with an insert, cannot heat large spaces as efficiently as free-standing wood, pellet or gas stoves. Given, then that fireplaces are typically of more value for aesthetic purposes than heating efficiency, it might not be worth investing time and money into an insert. Using the primary heat source for your home (your furnace) and burning a candle or three in your fireplace might be the most efficient way to stay warm but still enjoy the ambience of live flames in your fireplace. If none of these alternatives make sense for you, remember to get your fireplace checked regularly for backdrafts, leaks or cracks that could bring extra pollution into your home. Also, make sure to get a chimney sweep in every few years to make sure your chimney isn’t blocked up with creosote which could lead to increased indoor air pollution. And if you’re putting in a new fireplace—or an insert—make sure to get a qualified professional to do the work, as proper set-up could be the difference between sickness and health as you and your loved ones cozy up around the fire this holiday season. CONTACTS: Massachusetts DEP, www.mass.gov/dep/; Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC), www.checnet.org. GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/thisweek/, or e-mail: [email protected] Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.php.
I was reading It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong – a rather fascinating story about the cancer survivor and the seven-consecutive-time winner of the prestigious Tour de France. It had been a pleasant read until I read about Lance’s training on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Suddenly my mind went ZOOM. Here it was! Here was the glamorous and awe-striking description of one of the most magnificent places for road bicyclists on this planet – the Blue Ridge Parkway. This was it for me. After reading Lance’s description of the beautiful roads and scenery, I was immediately sold to the idea of cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway. End to end. All 469 miles. I wanted to become an end-to-ender on my beloved leg-driven two-wheeler. “I’m going to tackle the 469 miles of winding, up-and-down, scenic road through the Southern Appalachian mountains,” I ‘informed’ my wife, Sophia who smiled seeing the joy in my eyes.The only question remaining was: when?Setting a date for September 2011 was the first major step to bringing me closer to my desire. The effect of having a clear date is astonishing: it got me going and the stars and the universe immediately seemed to start conspiring in my favor. Things magically started falling into place. The first major shift for me that occurred was that I started to ride my bike and train my body regularly. Whenever possible, I’d include hills and mountains in my training loops. It was an average of three times a week that neighbors and mailmen found me pushing the pedals. The motivation to do that all came from declaring the date of my trip.More coincidences manifested. I started to talk to people about the adventure I had envisioned in my mind. In no time at all, my wife Sophia offered to take on the role of what later turned out to be the backbone and ‘MVP’ – most valuable player – of the trip. She’d drive the support vehicle, photograph and videotape the ride, and cheer the cyclists on the hearty uphills of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A short while later, my cycling buddy Phillip from Hamburg, Germany, subscribed to the idea of this challenging outing as well. On the very first phone conversation with him when I mentioned the trip to the Blue Ridge, he spontaneously and excitedly agreed to join in. “Great”, I thought. “I wouldn’t be alone while sitting in and out of the saddle during the upcoming 469 miles”. I can tell you, it was such a great push for my motivation when someone fully bought into my idea and trusted my plan.If you’re interested in pedaling the Blue Ridge Parkway, check out our guide.By June, my training was on course, I had a support vehicle driver and a cycling buddy to join me. Then, we decided that this 10 day ride would be a great way to raise funds for the neighboring Eliada Homes for Children in Asheville. Cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway for a Cause was now born. When this decision was made, even more people came to help. Our heartfelt big THANK YOU goes not only to the financial sponsors Angie Ensslin, management coach Führungspraxis as well as Dr. Sheela Sheth, but also to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. With a few weeks of preparation to go, I contacted them via e-mail informing them about our plan. You may find interesting to know that the Foundation issues certificates to all people who become ‘end-to-enders’ – be it as motorists, cyclists or otherwise. To my happy surprise, the kind women running the Foundation replied very excitedly in response to our plan of Cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway for a Cause. Just a couple of days later, we were stocked with beautiful Share the Journey T-Shirts, Kids in Parks pencils and other little items that create happiness when shared with kids and adults. The spontaneous reaching out of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation still fills my heart with plenty of joy.To really get this project working well, again my wife Sophia came to rescue. With the help of her guided Visualization Meditations that she offers at her Center for Meditation and Healing, Reflection Pond in Asheville, I developed a clear vision that I was able to turn into an ever-inspiring collage. This outward expression of my inner desire was no great piece of art admittedly, yet it was vital to keep and expand the vision in my mind. It helped me stay focused and excited about all the non-cycling activities that came with this undertaking. For, honestly, I do prefer spinning the cranks of my bike over planning the stages, creating to-do-lists and working the list down or writing press releases.By the way, if you feel so inclined, we do still accept and greatly appreciate your contribution to help us help the children of Eliada. To donate, contact us under [email protected] or visit us online on http://bit.ly/cycling4acause and click the yellow button that says “donate” in the right-hand side column of the page. Unless otherwise instructed, we split all donations 50-50 between covering our own costs and passing on to Eliada Homes for Children of Asheville Helping Children Succeed. As of now (beginning of October 2011) we are grateful to have raised 315 dollars for Eliada. 1 2