The ice nucleation activity of extremophilic algae

first_imgDifferences in the level of cold acclimation and cryoprotection estimated as ice nucleation activity in snow algae (Chlamydomonas cf. nivalis and Chloromonas nivalis), lichen symbiotic algae (Trebouxia asymmetrica, Trebouxia erici and Trebouxia glomerata), and a mesophilic strain (Chlamydomonas reinhardti) were evaluated. Ice nucleation activity was measured using the freezing droplet method. Measurements were performed using suspensions of cells of A750 (absorbance at 750 nm) ~ 1, 0.1, 0.01 and 0.001 dilutions for each strain. The algae had lower ice nucleation activity, with the exception of Chloromonas nivalis contaminated by bacteria. The supercooling points of the snow algae were higher than those of lichen photobionts. The supercooling points of both, mesophilic and snow Chlamydomonas strains were similar. The lower freezing temperatures of the lichen algae may reflect either the more extreme and more variable environmental conditions of the original localities or the different cellular structure of the strains examined.last_img read more

The Hortorium launches

first_imgEcoWorld Ballymore has released the latest properties for sale at Wardian near Canary Wharf. Wardian London is inspired by botanicals and the legacy of Nathanial Bagshaw Ward who created the Wardian case to transport exotic plants back to the UK during the time of the British Empire. The architecture incorporates nature into its design and every apartment has a beautiful sky garden. These will slowly transform with the seasons, promoting an enhanced sense of living and wellbeing.The two bedroom Hortorium apartments released at the launch will all have their own individual garden terrace, up to 37.2 square metres in size, that will be looked after by an onsite gardener. The atriums and communal areas, including the swimming pool, will be surrounded by greenery with 100 different species of exotic plants for residents to enjoy. Prices for homes available for sale now start from £617,500 with a selection of suites, one and two bedroom units available for sale in both the East and West Tower.The new homes are in two buildings rising to 50 and 55 storeys, overlooking South Dock with stunning views of Canary Wharf and the City.The development is designed by Glenn Howells Architects with the first residents expected to move in 2019.London Hortorium apartments Canary Wharf Hortorium apartments EcoWorld Ballymore properties April 17, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » The Hortorium launches previous nextLand & New HomesThe Hortorium launchesThe Negotiator17th April 20170487 Viewslast_img read more

OSTASZEWSKI, WACLAW “Walter”

first_img89, of Breingsville, PA, formerly of Bayonne, passed away on May 28, 2017. Waclaw was born in Poland and had lived in Bayonne prior to moving to Breingsville. Waclaw was a handyman for Shop Rite in Bayonne for over 20 years prior to his retirement. Waclaw was the husband of 48 years to Janina (nee: Sapalski) Ostaszewski; father of Maria Delphia and her husband David; brother of the late Tadeusz and Leokadja; Grandfather of Emily and Ben Delphia. Funeral arrangements by DZIKOWSKI, PIERCE &LEVIS Funeral Home, 24 E. 19th St.last_img read more

NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

first_imgThere will be live DJs, guest judges, raffle prizes, and more. Trophies will be awarded courtesy of The Hoboken Cruisers. The registration fee for vehicles in $20. All proceeds will be donated to the 2017 New Jersey Special Olympics Fundraiser.This event is sponsored by Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Vainieri and the North Bergen Police Department. For more information or to register your vehicle, call (201) 589-0941 or email [email protected] the North Bergen P.D. at four local meetings in JuneThe North Bergen Police Department is hosting four community meetings throughout the township in June.These informal sessions are a great forum for North Bergen residents to voice any concerns and discuss issues in person with members of the police department. The program, known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), was initiated last year by Chief of Police Robert Dowd in order to enhance police-community relations. Residents get to meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods, and the officers learn about any matters of concern directly from the residents.All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:Tuesday, June 13: Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave;Wednesday, June 14: Downtown Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd;Thursday, June 22: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lower Level, 8101 Kennedy Blvd; Tuesday, June 27: North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.Register kids ages 6-12 for Summer CampBoys and girls ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in North Bergen’s Summer Fun program, running 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday from June 26 to July 28.Summer Fun is a summer camp program held at various locations throughout the township. Registration is required to join, and participation is limited.A birth certificate and proof of residency are required for registration, along with a $50 non-refundable fee, payable in cash, money order, or personal check. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, lunch, field trip, and entertainment.Registration is first-come, first-served, from 2 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave.Magic comes to North Bergen on June 12Pee Wee the Magician will perform for free from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 12 at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave. Free popcorn will be provided.Everyone is invited to this magical night sponsored by Mayor Nicholas Sacco, the Board of Commissioners, and NB C.A.R.E.S.Basketball All-Star Awards Dinner honors 50 kidsAbout 50 kids were honored by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera at the township’s first Basketball All-Star Awards on May 5. The dinner and awards presentation was held in the Pop Warner Building at the Recreation Center. All the participants received commemorative tee shirts.Kids from North Bergen’s 5th, 6th, and 7th grades participated in the event, representing the best of the best in their respective age groups. The 7th grade team ended the season with a record of 44 wins and 1 loss, winning three out of four leagues. The 6th grade team won the West New York League. This was the first year the 5th grade had an all-star team.The township launched the basketball program six years ago and has teams for grades 5 through 8. Next year the plan is to expand and add a 4th grade team.Dozens of employers meet with job-seekers at NB Job FairThe North Bergen Job Fair brought out a large group of local businesses seeking employees, matching them with residents seeking jobs. Businesses large and small – including Fortune 500 companies, international corporations, and franchises – met with prospective employees at the North Bergen Nutrition Center on Thursday, June 1.Mayor Nicholas Sacco kicked off the event, designed to benefit North Bergen residents. He was joined by Commissioner Hugo Cabrera and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri.The job fair was presented by North Bergen in partnership with the Hudson County Schools of Technology and Hudson County One Stop Career Center. A free shuttle brought residents to the event from various locations throughout town.Call for artists all over to ‘beautify Bayonne,’ deadline June 23The Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Bergen Point Art Installation Project is calling for artists from Hudson County to submit proposals to help transform Broadway in the Bergen Point neighborhood into an art streetscape. Artists from Hudson County interested in painting call boxes, fire boxes, statues, and wall murals, to transform street features can apply using the official RFP application at the city’s homepage at bayonnenj.org and scroll through the slideshow at the top of the page. The deadline to enter is Friday, June 23.  After seeing the long-term success of the streetscapes on Central Avenue in Special in the Jersey City Heights SID, which started in 2009, Bayonne allocated $60,000 of UEZ funds to facilitate an initiative of its own, with the coordination of new local art spot, The Bridge Art Gallery, and the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.The initiative will not only to beautify the shopping district, but attract visitors, renew old streetscapes, and prevent vandalism. Weathered, old, and otherwise boring traffic boxes and the sides of buildings are intended to become eye candy instead of eyesores.The upgrading of Bayonne’s streetscapes will take place in one of 27 designated Urban Enterprise Zone across the state, which were instituted in 1983, and their main draw is a 50-percent reduction in sales tax, ideally to lower costs for consumers while allowing for more business overall. Businesses have to jump through a few hoops first. To participate in the UEZ Program, businesses have to be certified by the program, be in tax compliance, and be registered within one of the 27 designated zones.Interested artists can direct questions to the UEZ office at [email protected], or (201) 858-6357; or the Bridge Art Gallery at [email protected], or (201) 443-8921. ×The North Bergen Classic Car and Bike Show is coming to town. See briefs for more information. Photo credit: Art Schwartz The North Bergen Classic Car and Bike Show is coming to town. See briefs for more information. Photo credit: Art Schwartzcenter_img Second Annual NB Classic Car & Bike Show is June 25Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual, and Police Chief Robert Dowd present the second annual North Bergen Classic Car & Bike Show on Sunday, June 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at 7900 Bergenline Ave.last_img read more

Hope Aita Wins Junior Miss Ocean City Title

first_imgHope Aita is crowned 2018 Junior Miss Ocean City by 2017 titleholder Stella Schwartz. By Donald WittkowskiHope Aita, a 14-year-old girl who comes from a family of doctors, wants to be remembered some day as the person who discovers the cure for breast cancer.For now, though, her claim to fame will be as the newly crowned 2018 Junior Miss Ocean City.The eighth-grader from Newtown, Pa., beat out 19 other contestants to capture the title Saturday night during the 12th edition of the Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant at the Music Pier.“I’m in shock,” Aita said minutes after she was crowned by 2017 Junior Miss Ocean City Stella Schwartz.Hope Aita is applauded by spectators as she walks down the runway at the Music Pier.Aita and her family are already well known in Ocean City pageant circles. Hope won the 2015 Little Miss Ocean City title. Her sister, Emily, is a former Junior Miss Ocean City, and another sister, Paige, is a former Little Miss Ocean City and former Junior Miss Ocean City.Before she was announced as the winner Saturday night, Hope Aita appeared to be the front-runner after she captured both the talent and poise competition in the pageant. However, she said she never considered herself the favorite.“I didn’t think I would win,” she said.Selected as the pageant’s first runner-up was Julia Wilson, 14. Second runner-up was Mary Grace Jamison, 15. Third runner-up was Maddyn Randazzo, 15, and fourth runner-up was Emily Torrence, 15.Milly Tedesco, 3, uses a sign to root for her sister, Ella Tedesco, a pageant contestant.The Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant is open to girls between the ages of 12 and 15. To be eligible for the pageant, the contestants must have ties to Ocean City. In Aita’s case, her family owns a summer home in Ocean City.Contestants competed in the categories of talent, poise and composure, the judges’ interview and an on-stage question.In winning the talent portion, Aita performed a dance routine from the movie “La La Land.” She also grabbed the poise and composure segment while wearing an evening gown.During the on-stage interview segment, pageant host Devon Vanderslice announced the career aspirations of each contestant.“Hope will be remembered for finding a cure for breast cancer,” Vanderslice said of Aita’s career dream.In an interview after the pageant, Aita said she would like to become either a doctor or a physician’s assistant. She noted that her father, Daren Aita, is an orthopedic surgeon. Other doctors in her family include her grandfather and uncles.Hope attends Grey Nun Academy in Yardley, Pa.In the opening number for the pageant, the contestants perform a dance routine to the song “Fame.”As the newly crowned Junior Miss Ocean City, Aita will now take on the duties of ambassador for the city. Along with the other pageant winners, she will make publicity appearances at parades, contests and other special events.Junior Miss Ocean City was the city’s third and final pageant this year. Madison Kennelly was crowned Miss Ocean City 2018 and Ginger Mumman won the Little Miss Ocean City 2018 title over the summer.last_img read more

Caffè Latte plans rapid expansion

first_imgCoffee shop chain Caffè Latte plans to add 20 sites during 2014.Another site has just opened at the Onyx Retail Park in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The company was founded in 2008, with the first franchise opening in May 2012 in Ramsgate, Kent. As reported by M&C Report, the last 18 months have seen six new openings and the brand is now represented in Essex, Swansea and East and West Sussex, with shops coming soon in Leicester and Bingham, North Yorkshire.The brand serves homemade food and cakes, with ingredients sourced through local businesses. Menus are tailored for each store, with gluten-free products available across the board.Innovative summer drinks on offer include a pineapple and coconut smoothie; raspberry and white chocolate milkshake and a chocolate orange mocha frappe at some sites.An app is also in development to help customers find their nearest outlet.last_img read more

Andrew Keenan-Bolger on Belting ‘Defying Gravity,’ His Looking Sex Scene and Trolling Grindr

first_img View Comments Sadly, you and Jonathan Groff don’t have any scenes together. Did you two get to hang out on set? I did! I was so lucky because I went out to San Francisco not knowing anyone except Jonathan and, right away, when I got into the city, he was like, “I’m going to take you out to dinner!” And he had me meet Murray Bartlett so that the first time I saw him it wasn’t in my underwear. The now-famous Jonathan Groff [laughs] really is such a sweetheart and I’m so thrilled that this is going to blow up for him. You give us one of the show’s laugh-out-loud moments when Alex sings “Defying Gravity” in the shower. Was that your idea? That was actually written into the script! I read the script and I was like, “I clearly have to play this part, right?” It was crazy, too, because I found out I got put on hold for the role while I was having dinner with [Wicked composer] Stephen Schwartz and a couple other friends. I was like, “Uh, Stephen, I think you might be getting a residual check or something in the mail soon because you’re definitely being represented on HBO.” Is “Defying Gravity” one of your go-to shower songs? Oh, I mean, absolutely! I’m such a total theater nerd and they had me do it a bunch of times, so I was giving them all of my favorite “Defying Gravity” options. I was doing my Eden Espinosa, my Shoshana Bean [laughs]. I’ve only seen the episode once at the premiere so I’m not sure which one they chose. But I definitely, definitely did some Wicked YouTube trolling and gave them a wide variety. Were you nervous about filming a scene like that? It was a little bit terrifying. I’d never even had an on-screen kiss! But I’m such a huge fan of [Looking director] Andrew Haigh and his film Weekend, and I thought the sex scenes in that were beautiful and it wasn’t sex for the sake of sex. In our case, the sex scene is to highlight the character of Dom and how he’s having this random empty sex that is, ultimately, unfulfilling and makes him feel bad afterwards. It ended up being so technical that nothing felt explicit or manipulative. Also, I think this is exciting for the gay community because it’s not depicted in a way that’s like, “And now the raunchy gay sex scene!” Gays haven’t had the chance to have love scenes that are awkward and clumsy but also beautiful and realistic. Andrew Keenan-Bolger won our hearts in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and as Crutchie in Newsies, but now he’s about to make a very un-Disney cameo. In the second episode of HBO’s new series Looking, cheekily titled “Looking for Uncut,” Keenan-Bolger plays Alex, an eager hookup on the gay dating app Grindr. And yep, there’s a sex scene. Broadway.com caught up with him to learn more about what it’s like pretending to do the dirty on camera, hanging out with Jonathan Groff in San Francisco and more. The reviews for the show have been mixed. Should people give it more of a chance before criticizing it? Any show that has a completely gay ensemble has the very difficult task of trying to represent the community. What I think is unique about the show—and one of the things it’s getting flack for—is that it doesn’t cover big gay issues. Like, no one is coming out, no one has AIDS, no one is being discriminated against—it’s really just a story about three guys who happen to be gay rather than the whole community. I think it’s a far bigger step that we’re able to have gay cinema and gay TV that isn’t about being gay. It’s about being a human being. It was a little scary when I first read the pilot to see how much I related to these characters and had moments where I was like, “Oh God, they got that one right.” Be honest: Did you hit the gym before filming? [Laughs] Believe me, I definitely worked out. I went on a juice cleanse the week before. I was really happy when I saw the finished product.center_img Jonathan Groff Star Files Andrew Keenan-Bolger Your character Alex pops up when he and Dom hook up on Grindr—what’s your take on dating apps? You know, we live in a different world. People are not just going to bars and meeting people; they’re connecting through social media. There isn’t a way to depict the gay community without at least mentioning the existence of online dating apps like Grindr. I’m very proud to be the person to represent that. I think it is something that is true and honest about the community. I’ll leave it at that [laughs]. Catch Keenan-Bolger January 26 on HBO’s Looking. Will we be seeing Alex again soon? Anyone who’s worked on the show is keeping his or her fingers crossed that it gets a season two pick-up, and Alex does live in the same building as Dom… So, I’m hopeful that there’s some sort of awkward run-in with us either in the laundry room or the elevator or by the mailbox [laughs]. We shall see!last_img read more

Hopkins honored at Ag Day

first_imgFirst-generation Toombs County farmer Chris Hopkins has been awarded the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.Gov. Nathan Deal presented the award at the National Agricultural Awareness Day kick-off celebration on March 13 at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta. The stewardship award is given every year to a farmer who has incorporated conservation practices into the day-to-day activities of his operation in order to protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources, according to the nomination form supplied by the governor’s office. In addition to a plaque, the governor presented Hopkins with large sign to place at the entrance to his farm. Seven years ago Hopkins and his wife Marilynn started their field crop operation on 50 acres of rented land in Toombs County. Since that time, the Hopkins’ farm has grown to encompass 600 acres of cotton, peanuts, corn timber, watermelons and pecans.While they’ve grown their operation quickly, they’ve grown it carefully as well – restoring old erosion control structures, adding new ones and maximizing the irrigation efficiency on all of their parcels, said Steve Brown, assistant dean for Extension at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Brown served on the five-member team that evaluated nominees. “Despite working full time jobs, Chris and his wife Marilynn have been able to start a farming operation from scratch, something that is very difficult to do these days,” Brown said. “What began with 50 acres of rented land has grown to 600 acres of leased and owned land. Chris has worked to implement new technology and conservation practices throughout his entire operation since it’s beginning.”Hopkins parents were not farmers but he learned to love farm life while scouting cotton with his uncles, according to his award nomination.He has a master’s degree in plant protection and pest management from the UGA. He currently manages Lasseter Implement in Lyons in addition to working on his farm. Marilynn, who was Marilynn Howard before the two married, graduated from UGA in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness. They are both active members of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association. While Hopkins won the statewide award, the governor also recognized four other Georgia farmers who were finalists for the prizes. All of these farmers have taken great steps to improve the quality of the soil and water that they depend on to earn a living, Brown said. “We actually visited all five farms and saw first-hand the accomplishments of the regional winners,” Brown said. “I wish everyone that has ever criticized agriculture for environmental damage could see the dedication of these five to not only make a living off the land, but to leave it better than they found it.” The other finalists include: • James Burton of James P. Burton Farm in LaFayette• Carl Jordan of Spring Valley EcoFarms in Athens• Glenn Waller of Waller Farm in Harrison• Adam Graft of Leatherbrook Holsteins in Americuslast_img read more

The July Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgQuick HitsHungry bear honks horn • Ocoee whitewater releases saved • The recreation economy generates $887 billionFlashpointCan the Atlantic Coast Pipeline be stopped? Attorneys and activists await FERC’s final decision this month.The DirtThe widow versus the pipeline • Mirna Valerio is shattering every possible stereotype about runners, African-Americans, and the South • Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument threatenedThe GoodsPro photographer Derek DiLuzio picks his top travel gear.Trail MixSteel Wheels musicians share their favorite Blue Ridge biking routes.Coal Country’s SecretsA fossilized human bone uncovered in Virginia leads a wildlife biologist to investigate why the past is so present in Appalachia.Have Car, Will TravelRoad trips aren’t just for families anymore. The following roadlifers are artists, athletes, and master tinkerers, and their adventuremobiles range from DIY buildouts to top-of-the-line off-roading rigs.The Next Great Mountains TownsWill Staunton or Spruce Pine be the next Asheville or Roanoke? Add these undiscovered destinations to your summer road trip itineraries.Humans of the A.T.Photographer Caroline Leland captures 12 of this year’s thru-hikers in words and images.last_img read more

US Donates Armored Vehicles to Brazilian Army

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo January 09, 2019 About 20 years ago, the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) began operations with its first M109 howitzer version A3. The U.S.-made howitzers are artillery weapons that provide firing support. In 2018, EB began replacing its M109A3 fleet, dated from the early 2000s, with the M109A5. In March 2018, they received the first four units of the 60 scheduled. In October, a U.S. ship arrived to Paranaguá Port with 56 more units, after a 16-day trip from Florida. “We are still waiting for 32 upgraded vehicles, the M109A5+, which should arrive in the first half of 2019,” said Colonel Rubens Ribeiro Guimarães Junior, doctrine and international affairs section assistant of EB’s 4th Subdivision of the General Staff. The vehicles are at the Maintenance Park of EB’s 5th Military Region, in Curitiba, Paraná. There, technicians service parts such as engines and the electrical systems, while paying special attention to the weapons system, the howitzer’s main component. Differences between the A5 and the A5+ When maintenance work comes to an end in early 2019, the M109A5 vehicles will go to the 15th, 27th, and 29th Self-Propelled Artillery groups (GAC AP, in Portuguese). The other 32 howitzers M109A5+, scheduled for a 2019 delivery, will go to the Southern Military Command’s 3rd and 5th GAC AP. The main differences between the A5 and the A5+ models lie in their technological features. “This includes the projectile launching speed gauge, which increases shooting accuracy,” said EB Colonel Sanzio Ricardo Rocha Gusmão, head of the General Staff’s Artillery Division of EB’s 5th Division. This instrument, which only exists in the A5+ version, is a sensor that can determine the speed at which a projectile is launched. The information is crucial for calculations to adjust the aim. Another feature that contributes to the A5+’s aim is the fire control and direction system. The automated system calculates the different variables to determine which elevation and angle to use. These calculations are done manually on the A5 version. The A5+ vehicles will also have a positioning and navigation system equipped with GPS and other navigation features independent of satellites. “However, the A5 does not have these tools. Should the logistics crew require geo-located navigation, they must carry additional equipment in the vehicle,” Col. Guimarães Jr. said. BAE Systems, the original howitzer manufacturer, is upgrading the A5 to the A5+ in the United States. The upgrades are being made at EB’s request. “The acquisition of the A5+ model is a first step toward acquiring new technology in the future,” said Col. Sanzio. Field artillery ammunition support vehicles The U.S. cargo ship also carried 40 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles. The armored vehicles serve to resupply the M109 during an operation and are used jointly. The 40 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles will also be serviced for maintenance. “These vehicles are in good working condition, but they will have their systems checked (loading, cooling, engine, transmission, bearings, etc.), the oil changed, and damaged components replaced,” said Col. Guimarães Jr. Both vehicle models are part of the military equipment the U.S. military donated through the Foreign Military Sales program.last_img read more