Identifying genetic cues of functional relevance is key to understanding the drivers of evolution and increasingly important for the conservation of biodiversity. This study introduces nuclear ribosomal DNA (nrDNA) to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number ratios as a metric with which to screen for this functional genetic variation prior to more extensive omics analyses. To illustrate the metric, quantitative PCR was used to estimate nrDNA (18S) to mtDNA (16S) copy number ratios in muscle tissue from samples of two zooplankton species: Salpa thompsoni caught near Elephant Island (Southern Ocean) and S. fusiformis sampled off Gough Island (South Atlantic). Average 18S:16S ratios in these samples were 9:1 and 3:1, respectively. nrDNA 45S arrays and mitochondrial genomes were then deep sequenced to uncover the sources of intra-individual genetic variation underlying these 18S:16S copy number differences. The deep sequencing profiles obtained were consistent with genetic changes resulting from adaptive processes, including an expansion of nrDNA and damage to mtDNA in S. thompsoni, potentially in response to the polar environment. Beyond this example from zooplankton, nrDNA:mtDNA copy number ratios offer a promising metric to help identify genetic variation of functional relevance in animals more broadly.
October 31, 2019 /Sports News – National Warriors in a ‘tough spot’ after Stephen Curry suffers broken hand Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfilipfoto/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — A hard fall resulted in a broken left hand for Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry. The incident occurred during Wednesday’s 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns, ESPN reports. With 8 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Curry, 31, collided with Suns player Aron Baynes, who fell on Curry’s hand while trying to take a charge. Curry was slow to get up after the collision, and tried to stay in the game. He was forced to exit the game when he could not take free throws after the foul called on Baynes. Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein took the free throws for Curry after his exit. Steph Curry heads to the locker room with an apparent wrist injury after taking a scary fall. pic.twitter.com/xt4fgp6Y4U— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 31, 2019Curry will undergo an MRI and CT scan, which will determine whether surgery on the broken hand is necessary, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told ESPN.However, a source has informed ESPN that Curry has a fracture in the second metacarpal — the bone below the hand’s index finger.The Warriors have been dealing with several setbacks stemming from team injuries. Klay Thompson is recovering from an ACL injury, and a neuropathic condition is keeping Kevon Looney benched for at least three more games. Now Curry’s broken hand undoubtedly puts the team “in a tough spot,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Wednesday’s game. “So we’ll assess it, and we’ll go from there,” Kerr said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
BTS Biogas partners with ENGIE to offer sustainable energy solutions in Italy. (Credit: Pixabay/Gerald Krieseler.) Companies commit to sharing experience and resources to develop and execute on projects that enable a zero-carbon future BTS Biogas Srl, a sister company of Bioenergy DevCo and market leader in the biogas sector, and ENGIE, the world’s largest independent energy producer, today have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the two companies will share expertise and resources to expand decarbonization efforts starting in in Italy and expanding throughout Europe.“Entering into this partnership with ENGIE provides us with incredible opportunities to leverage our technology and expertise on decarbonization projects,” said Franco Lusuriello, CEO of BTS Biogas. “Anaerobic digestion is experiencing a renaissance, with increased interest throughout Europe, Asia and now North America – but our heart and our home is and will always be Italian. Through this deal we can help ensure that Italy meets its zero-carbon goals, invests in sustainable projects that encourage economic recovery and contributes to the global fight against climate change.”The agreement will create a shared project pipeline for the two companies, allowing both to maximize their considerable experience in developing, constructing and managing facilities that create renewable natural gas from organic waste. By limiting the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, these anaerobic digestion projects significantly reduce of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.“This is a valuable partnership” agrees Damien Terouanne, CEO of ENGIE Italia – “ENGIE aims to be the leader of the zero-carbon transition and is committed to the realization of numerous projects for the production of sustainable energy. In BTS Biogas we have found profound technological competence for the construction of advanced biomethane production plants with numerous environmental and economic advantages. In the current historical context progress in the field of environmental and social sustainability means pushing and supporting economic recovery “.BTS Biogas has a twenty-year track record of developing anaerobic digestion projects and has built and operated more than 200 facilities around the globe. In 2019, BTS Biogas has joined Bioenergy DevCo, a developer of anaerobic digestion facilities in the United States. Most recently, BTS’ technologies and expertise have been deployed in North America through deals with major food companies and natural gas utilities.“The agreement between ENGIE and BTS Biogas brings together two leaders in sustainable energy development,” said Shawn Kreloff, CEO of Bioenergy DevCo and Executive Chariman, BTS Biogas. “The BTS approach to anaerobic digestion is unmatched, driven by decades of experience, data and innovation – and we look forward to the projects that result from this collaboration as more communities and businesses worldwide realize the potential for both sustainable organic waste management and renewable energy generation powered by BTS’ anaerobic digestion solution.”The projects developed through this partnership are expected to have significant positive economic impacts on their local communities, creating new jobs and encouraging additional investment in sustainable waste and energy solutions. Projects are expected to begin construction within the next year. Source: Company Press Release
The strategy has been shaped by the student body. A consultation began in Autumn 2019, with the Oxford University Climate Assembly in the Sheldonian. The latest consultation in November 2020 took the form of an online survey, which received over 1200 responses. Students had the option to prioritise areas of action and comment on the strategy. In response, it has been adjusted to put greater priority on climate education as well as research and education around environmental justice. The strategy covers only the University, and not College policy. “[It] is crucial the strategy is followed as a priority, and that individual Oxford colleges follow suit in setting net-zero targets” said the Action Director at Oxford Climate Society, Ellie Holton. The Decarbonise Oxford Campaign is using JCR motions to make colleges commit to net-zero policy. The strategy also contains no restrictions on conducting research for, or in collaboration with, fossil fuel companies. “By maintaining financial and institutional ties with the fossil fuel industry,” says Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC), “our University perpetuates the unjust global power that these companies wield.” The campaign is currently writing a report which outlines links between Oxford and the fossil fuel industry, which will be published on 19 April 2021. Oxford Climate Society and OCJC are part of a collaboration of four student campaigners, working together with Oxford Student Union and Oxford Nature Conservation Society. Together they published a joint press release welcoming the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, but warned that “there’s more to be done”. The University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy has become policy, following recent approval by the University Council. The key goals of the strategy are to “achieve net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035”. Funding will be supplied via the Oxford Sustainability fund, whose sources will include “[existing] sources of sustainability funding” and “ [a] sustainability charge on business flights”. Image Credit: Harry_nl/CC BY-NC 2.0 The strategy is composed of ten priority areas, which are research, curriculum, carbon emissions from energy consumption on the University estate, biodiversity, sustainable food, sustainable resource use, international travel, local travel, investments and learning from the pandemic. It contains concrete commitments in all areas, as well as four enablers which are governance, reporting, funding, and offsetting.
U.S. 41 to Weinbach Avenue Stage 3 Design Released to the Public The City of Evansville and the project design team will be presenting the Design Hearing Plans for Phase 1 of the Walnut Street Improvement Project, from U.S. 41 to Weinbach Avenue, at a public meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at the C.K. Newsome Center, 100 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713.The meeting will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Project representatives will make a formal presentation starting at approximately 6:05 p.m. Immediately following the presentation the public will be invited to provide formal comments on the project design. Project representatives will be available to address questions at display stations after the formal comment session is closed.The Walnut Street Improvement Project is a 3.1-mile road diet project from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Vann Avenue, which involves reducing the number of vehicular travel lanes from four to three, with one eastbound, one westbound, and a center two-way left-turn lane. The project includes the rehabilitation of the pavement, curb and gutter, and south sidewalk, along with the replacement of the north sidewalk with a multi-use trail. The project will be constructed in phases with the first phase slated to start construction in 2020 and subsequent phases to follow.Phase 1, from U.S. 41 to Weinbach Avenue, is the first of three phases to reach Stage 3 design. This is the “middle” phase of the project connecting the newly constructed Pigeon Creek Greenway Hi-Rail Corridor and Lloyd Expressway Pedestrian Overpass with the University of Evansville campus. A separate Public Hearing will be held in the fall of this year for the remaining two phases from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to U.S. 41, and from Weinbach Avenue to Vann Avenue. The date and time for this meeting are yet to be determined.“It is exciting to see continued progress on the design of the Walnut Street Improvement Project as we move closer to construction in the summer of 2020,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “This is another great example of the collaborative spirit that has permeated throughout our city and our region. Working together, we can accomplish so much more.”FOOTNOTE: For additional information about the project check out our project website at www.evansville.in.gov/walnutstreet.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] 020 7215 1000 12. Press office contact at ONR: I am delighted to see BEIS delivering on its commitment made in the sector deal to bring together vendors, utilities and energy intensive users at this event at this important time for the UK nuclear industry. Building on the trust and confidence in the UK market, this crucial event allows the opportunity for the finance sector and other stakeholders to understand the features of small nuclear. These special features, innovative designs deploying truly modular factory construction, when taken together with the market framework envisaged by the Expert Finance Working Group, could result in these stakeholders, and particularly the finance sector coming together to develop credible commercial propositions 11. Press office contact at Environment Agency: Hosting this first ever conference, bringing together more than 200 influencers from across the industry, demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our world-leading nuclear sector. Increasing competitiveness both nationally and regionally in the sector is part of our modern Industrial Strategy, and this summit could help UK industry seize the global challenge of taking this new generation of new nuclear power from concept to construction. Delegates at this first-ever government SMR conference will discuss the investment opportunities of small reactors, as well as seeing working examples of the technology in practice and attending a series of networking events workshops and keynote speeches.Clean, secure nuclear energy already provides a reliable source of low-carbon electricity for our economy: in 2016, nuclear energy provided 20% of our electricity in the UK, as well as providing the reliable bedrock upon which other clean sources such as renewables can thrive. These new small reactors, which can be built in factories off-site, could be placed on a footprint similar in size to a football stadium and add to the UK’s diverse low-carbon energy mix.Earlier this year, the Expert Finance Working Group presented its findings to government about how SMRs could be financed, laying the groundwork for the sustainable environment needed for small nuclear technologies to come forward. The Group reported that the UK could be well placed to develop these “First of a Kind” small reactor projects and that they could be commercially viable propositions.These ground-breaking technologies have the potential to deliver some of the key objectives of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy and Nuclear Sector Deal, and to reduce the cost of nuclear, as well as unlocking vast growth opportunities for a thriving supply chain that supports small nuclear projects in the UK.Fiona Reilly, chair of the independent Expert Finance Working Group, said: Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association said: We’re pleased to support this important event and help government and industry realise the UK’s ambitions for the nuclear sector. The advanced manufacturing technologies we’re developing at the Nuclear AMRC will play a vital role in ensuring that new reactor designs are manufactured to cost and schedule, enabling the UK to take a global lead in commercialising small reactors, with huge opportunities for companies across the country. At the Nuclear AMRC, we’re already working with around 1,000 manufacturers across the UK to help them compete in the worldwide nuclear sector, and we welcome the government’s continuing support for the new generation of clean affordable power. inviting developers to submit design proposals to identify potential risks with proposals early on, reducing investment risks for potential backers setting out a how a £32 million Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Programme will allow companies to bid for funds to test new technologies, ironing out potential flaws before they start producing at scale. Around 200 industry experts gather at first ever small nuclear reactor (SMR) conference to explore the investment opportunities of SMRs smaller nuclear reactors could usher in a new era of nuclear power, helping to keep nuclear competitive as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy £32 million scheme to launch in weeks to test new technologies to get them to market They will commence Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of new small reactors next year. With the government expectation that all future designs will go through this process, all interested parties will be able to register interest this year with BEIS, and applications for GDA entry will be accepted for review by government from early next year – crucial next steps on this journey.6. The £32 million Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Programme was announced in the Nuclear Sector Deal. It comprises up to £20 million of government funding, intended to leverage at least £12 million from industry. Government is commencing immediately on a process to work with the sector at all levels to develop the programme and mutually beneficial terms for the grant calls. Dependent upon the progress of that work, we will aim to provide more detail on the grant call and launch a competitive process before the end of the year. The programme will be open to all parts of the sector – nuclear new build, decommissioning and advanced nuclear. Cutting edge manufacturing techniques, modularisation and factory build are key to making small reactors cost effective. Such techniques are being actively developed and demonstrated in places like the MTC and the Nuclear AMRC. But – again for the first time – we will be inviting nuclear companies to commission and make real components (to nuclear regulatory standards) using these techniques to prove the contribution they can make to cost savings (and give further confidence to potential investors).7. About the Nuclear AMRC The event in Coventry follows a recent visit from Secretary of State Greg Clark to the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) in Sheffield on 25 October 2018, where the Business Secretary met apprentices and staff developing this cutting-edge technology. Prototype SMR parts produced at the Nuclear AMRC as part of collaborative research with Sheffield Forgemasters and international partners will be exhibited at the conference in Coventry, showcasing local talent and aspiration to be part of this UK small nuclear revolution.Notes to editors1. In June 2018 the government launched the Nuclear Sector Deal outlining its shared ambition for the UK nuclear industry in the UK as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.2. The deal announced an ambitious new framework for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to enable the commercialisation of these technologies in the UK and signalled a step up in pace and ambition for advanced nuclear technologies policy. The framework consists of initiatives covering:a. the Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Programmeb. the work of the UK Regulators to further improve the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for assessing the safety, security and environmental acceptability of new nuclear reactor designsc. financing, including the work of the Expert Finance Working Groupd. development of the SMR supply chaine. the Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) Competitionf. development of the siting and land access process for SMRs3. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are part of the advanced nuclear technology sector which covers a range of new innovations under development. Modular Reactors are smaller than conventional nuclear power station reactors and are designed so that much of the plant can be built in a factory and transported to site for construction. They usually fall into 2 categories – either water-cooled reactors similar to existing nuclear power station reactors but on a smaller scale (known as SMRs), or Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs) which use new cooling systems or fuels and potentially offer new uses for nuclear energy.4. In the Nuclear Sector Deal, government committed to facilitating an event to bring together vendors, utilities, energy intensive users and the finance sector to further develop credible commercial propositions that could be financed by the private sector. The Commercialisation of Small Nuclear in the UK event is the fulfilment of this commitment.5. The UK Nuclear Regulators are: Andrew Storer, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear AMRC, said: The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre helps UK manufacturers win work in the nuclear sector. It works with companies of all sizes to develop new technical capabilities, raise quality and reduce risk. The Nuclear AMRC is backed by industry leaders and government, and managed by the University of Sheffield. It is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.8. Find out more about the independent Expert Finance Working Group9. More detail about the UK Government’s support for advanced nuclear technologies10. Press office contact at BEIS: [email protected] 07825 922399 Experts from across the finance, nuclear, construction and manufacturing sectors assembled in Coventry this week (Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 November 2018) to explore taking smaller nuclear reactors from concept to construction.The cutting-edge Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry will host around 200 delegates from across the UK to discuss the commercialisation of small modular nuclear reactors – innovative small nuclear power stations that could radically reduce the costs associated with the nuclear sector. The first small reactors could be built as soon as 2030, with potential for exports worldwide.To help commercialise these revolutionary reactors, Nuclear Energy Minister Richard Harrington today (Tuesday 6 November) announced the next crucial steps, including: Nuclear Energy Minister Richard Harrington said: Small modular reactors have the potential to play an important role as one element of the low carbon power supply we will need to power homes, businesses, cars, schools and hospitals. They are complementary to both large scale, secure and reliable nuclear power plants and intermittent and variable wind and solar power. With the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union fast approaching, the future opportunity to export UK based technology to international markets, also make smaller reactors worthy of serious interest from the UK government. the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) the Environment Agency (EA) Natural Resources Wales (NRW) [email protected] tel: 020 3025 5623 / out of hours: 0800 023 2522
Global bakery business Aryzta has reported that underlying earnings per share has fallen 20% compared to the previous year, following a review of five months of trading ending December 2016.The majority of the underperformance is due to North American weakness compounding the anticipated decline in Europe because of the ongoing commissioning of a German bakery and the impact of Brexit, said the company.Underlying revenue growth in North America tracked lower in Q2 than Q1. The underperformance in North America was due to reduced revenue and higher-than-expected labour inflation costs.American bakery brand Otis Spunkmeyer, owned by Aryzta, has triggered co-pack volume losses earlier than anticipated, after launching into the foodservice sector in Europe in October 2014.This resulted in significant negative operating leverage at the Cloverhill bakery facility, said the firm.Owen Killian, CEO of Aryzta, said the performance in the current period was both unexpected and extremely disappointing.“We know that it will take a recovery followed by a period of sustainable growth to re-establish investor confidence,” he said.“The Aryzta board and management teams are committed to returning the business to solid performance and growth and dealing with the challenges presented.”
Magda Matache was just back from a summer break when her high school teacher told her to stand in front of the class and asked, “Why are you so black?”A member of the Roma and a Harvard instructor, Matache recalled the question and the sense of shock and humiliation that followed during a recent interview on campus. “I was poor, I was Roma, I was dark-skinned, I was in a wealthy white high school,” she said. “Slowly I felt that I didn’t belong, and I didn’t want to belong.”With help from supportive teachers and friends, she kept studying, attended college, and eventually earned a master’s degree in European social policies and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Bucharest. Currently a mid-career master in public administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, she is also the head of the Roma Program at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (Harvard FXB), where she is shedding light on the lives of other Romani children and teens who continue to face racism and discrimination in and out of the classroom. Her Harvard research is helping lead the way in dismantling biased narratives about Romani education.Matache and Harvard FXB, together with the Center for Interactive Pedagogy in Belgrade, Serbia, recently released “One in One Hundred,” a report comparing the educational success rates of Romani and non-Romani students in Serbia.“The rise of xenophobia is headline news in Europe these days,” said Harvard FXB director Jacqueline Bhabha. “But the persistent discrimination and stigma meted out to its Roma minority has yet to attract the concerted attention and public engagement it deserves. [We] have been working on this, Europe’s most accepted form of racism, for the past six years.”The recent study’s title highlights the fact that only one in 100 Serbian Romani students advance to college. Those numbers are the same across Europe, said Matache, and are fueled by the stereotype that Roma are lazy, unable to learn, or simply uninterested in education.“Each year there are thousands and thousands of Roma children placed in Roma-only schools or misdiagnosed with disabilities,” said Matache. For those who make it to a typical school, she added, “expectations from the Roma students are so low that the teachers rarely pay attention to them.”While much of the report is devoted to identifying educational obstacles, it also outlines the “factors for success and resilience among Romani students,” known as the “positive deviance” approach. The approach, which Bhabha pioneered during her 2012 work around female educational disadvantage in India titled “The Champions Project,” helped researchers with the Roma study focus on “the factors that enable success of the outliers rather than focusing on the obstacles that hinder the majority,” said Bhabha.“A preponderance of social research documents the impact of injustice, social inequality, and discrimination. But what many of us really would like to understand is ‘What works? How can injustice and inequality be reduced?’ This study addressed those questions by investigating the experience of successful outliers and the drivers of their atypical achievement.”Researchers studied the responses from surveys, interviews, and a “Writing Romani Lives” workshop conducted with 89 Romani adolescents who made it to college and 100 who did not. The findings showed that strong teacher and peer support systems, access to early childhood development services, and a high level of education among immediate family members corresponded to educational success.For example, in the new study, 16 percent of the college group’s parents had attended college, whereas in the comparison group, only 8 percent had, with 35 percent of the comparison group parents having attended only primary school. In addition, 64 percent of the college students had close relatives who attended or graduated from college, compared with only 43 percent in the non–college student group.Early education matters, too, researchers found. “Across Europe, the access of Romani children to early childhood development services is lower than that of majority children,” the study notes. Only 6 percent of Romani children between the ages of 3 and 5 attended early childhood education programs, the report found, compared with 50 percent of the Serbian national average. The report’s numbers also show a “significantly larger number” of college versus comparison respondents attended kindergarten, 63 to 44 percent, respectively.The study also pointed to a third critical driver of the success of Romani students: the support from a teacher or peer who believed in their abilities and desire to learn and who stood up for them.“Those who made it to college said they had benefitted from a peer or a teacher who supported them when they felt discriminated against,” said Matache. Her own experience reflects those findings. When she arrived for her first day of grade school in 1984 holding hands with a white friend, the teacher noticed and sat them together near the front of the class. Most of Matache’s Romani classmates were seated near the back.“Because of where I was, I got more attention and I paid more attention,” she said. “I did well in primary school and made it to one of the best high schools, but many of my Romani classmates weren’t so lucky.”The study’s findings also dispel the stereotype that Romani culture is indifferent to education. Ninety-three percent of respondents in the sample, which included both the students who attended college and those who did not, reported that their parents valued education for them. “We learned from them that whatever is said in the media, in the literature, everywhere about our culture doesn’t apply,” said Matache. “This whole idea of Roma inferiority and their indifference to school has been portrayed for centuries and it’s also found at the policy-making level. It’s institutional, ideological, societal. It’s racecraft.”In addition to early education access, said Matache, more Romani teachers, cultural sensitivity training for students and teachers, and a curriculum that better reflects the history of the Roma in Europe will all make a difference. But change must come from the top down, she added. The choice to focus on Serbia, she said, was aimed at policymakers who want to see the country accepted into the European Union; with the accession process underway, politicians there are eager to prove Serbia is adhering to the organization’s commitment to human rights.“We are really trying to do advocacy around our research work,” said Matache. “It’s not enough to do research. There is a responsibility to go a step further and put our information out there for the policymakers who can make change a reality.“Our research has shown that real change means giving Romani children what all children need for educational success: good schools, characterized by equity and inclusion, with unbiased, supportive and well-prepared teachers.” The plight of the Roma Activists for their rights press to end centuries of European discrimination against them Related
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