Fungal diversity present on rocks from a polar desert in continental Antarctica assessed using DNA metabarcoding.

first_imgWe evaluated the fungal diversity associated with carbonate veins and two types of salt encrustation in rocks in a polar desert region of continental Antarctica using DNA a metabarcoding approach. We detected 262,268 reads grouped into 517 amplicon sequence variants (ASVs) assigned to the phyla Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, Mortierellomycota and Mucoromycota. Fourteen ASVs belonging to the genera Trichosporon, Mortierella, Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Coprinellus, Pleurotus and Pseudogymnoascus were assessed to be dominant taxa. The fungal communities of the three habitats sampled displayed high diversity indices when compared with other habitats of Antarctica, although differing in detail, with the highest diversity indices in the gypsum crust type 2. Only 48 of the 517 ASVs (9.28%) were detected in all three habitats, including dominant, intermediate and minor components. In contrast with previous studies of fungal communities living in the ultra-extreme conditions of continental Antarctica, application of metabarcoding revealed the DNA of a rich and complex resident fungal community. The ASVs detected included fungi with different ecological roles, with xerophilic, human- and animal-associated, phytopathogenic, saprotrophic, mutualistic, psychrotolerant and cosmopolitan taxa. This sequence diversity may be the result of deposition of fungal propagules over time driven by air currents, precipitation or human activities in the region.last_img read more

Hermans wins at Powder Mountain to take Tour of Utah lead

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEDEN, Utah (AP) — Ben Hermans rode clear of the shattered peloton near the summit of Powder Mountain on Wednesday to win the queen stage of the Tour of Utah and assume the overall race lead.The runner-up a year ago, Hermans crossed the line 22 seconds ahead of James Piccoli, with Niklas Eg another 13 seconds adrift. Peter Stetina and Joe Dombrowski, who did the early animating on the climb to the summit, rounded out the top five in a brutally hard 84-mile stage from Brigham City.Hermans made the winning move about 2 miles from the top, when he dropped Piccoli and pushed ahead on his own. That left him with a 26-second advantage over the Elevate-KHS rider in the overall standingsThe stage Thursday takes riders 86 miles from Antelope State Park to North Salt Lake. It offers rolling terrain with three punchy climbs toward the finish that could reward a breakaway rider. Associated Press August 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Hermans wins at Powder Mountain to take Tour of Utah lead Tags: Ben Hermans/Tour of Utahlast_img read more

National Energy Services Reunited announces agreement to acquire SAPESCO

first_img National Energy Services Reunited announces agreement to acquire SAPESCO. (Credit: Linus Schütz from Pixabay.) National Energy Services Reunited Corp. (“NESR” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:NESR) (NASDAQ:NESRW), a national, industry-leading provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) and Asia Pacific, announced their entry into an agreement pursuant to which NESR will acquire Sahara Petroleum Services Company S.A.E. (“SAPESCO”), the largest indigenous oilfield services company in Egypt with operations across the MENA region.Once completed, the transaction will result in NESR becoming a significant player in the Egyptian oil and gas industry, where it does not operate presently. This transaction will also add Industrial and Chemical services, which service the midstream and downstream sectors, to its portfolio. Furthermore, SAPESCO’s existing upstream Well Services contracts in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Libya and Kuwait will be a net addition to NESR’s contract portfolio.Under the terms of the agreement, NESR will acquire all issued and outstanding shares of SAPESCO in a cash and stock transaction. The transaction is comprised of $27 million in cash paid to shareholders at closing and issuance of NESR shares in two tranches as earn-outs at a minimum price of $10.00 per share based on a portion of 2019 EBITDA and performance metrics, using a multiple of up to 4.35x. The total company estimated 2019 Adjusted EBITDA is approximately $20 million.The $27 million cash component of the acquisition, as well as $22 million long term debt repayment, will be funded with cash from NESR’s balance sheet and the existing Revolving Credit Facility. Post-closing, NESR will also assume approximately $8 million of short-term debt from an existing local facility. The acquisition is expected to be completed by March 31, 2020, subject to standard regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.Mr.Akmal Kortam, Owner and Founder of SAPESCO, commented: “I am very pleased to see the signing of this agreement and we look forward to joining NESR as our companies share common values and commitment to safety, service, technology and operational excellence. This transaction provides both our customers and employees with enhanced opportunities for growth and success.” Mr. Kortam added “We have nurtured SAPESCO to this scale and we believe it is the right time to leverage a larger platform to accelerate the growth opportunities for our product lines which are additive to NESR’s portfolio.”“This acquisition marks the entry of NESR into the growing and successful Egyptian Oil and Gas Industry,” said Sherif Foda, Chairman and CEO of NESR. “With SAPESCO’s long standing reputation in the market for best in class equipment, talented workforce, performance and safety, we are confident we will continue to benefit through the combined growth of our business. We are very proud to have SAPESCO as a partner and shareholder. We believe their unique position as the leader in Industrial Services and Pipeline Cleaning will add significant value to NESR in the region. This is evident with the scale of Zohr project and SAPESCO’s unparalleled performance to accomplish such a word class project in record time, which is a mark of the Egyptian ingenuity and know how. Since NESR’s start, our aim has been to work and invest in Egypt, and we were looking for the right time and right partner, I can now definitely say we teamed up with the best. We are committed to expand our scale and invest heavily in the years to come in our country.” Source: Company Press Release SAPESCO provides upstream, midstream and downstream solutions through its well services, measurement services, industrial services, civil services, drilling services and exploration services divisionslast_img read more

Royal Thai Navy Assumes Command from Royal Danish Navy

first_img View post tag: Danish View post tag: Command Royal Thai Navy Assumes Command from Royal Danish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Thai Navy Assumes Command from Royal Danish Navy View post tag: Assumes Authorities March 30, 2012 View post tag: Thai View post tag: Royal The royal Thai navy assumed command from the royal Danish navy as Commander Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, during a change of command ceremony onboard USS Halsey (DDG 97), Muscat, Oman, March 29.Rear Adm. Tanin Likitawong, royal Thai navy, relieved Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, royal Danish navy,The ceremony concluded the royal Danish navy’s first command of CTF 151, which consisted of a multinational staff embarked in Halsey. The three month operation further strengthened ties with other counter-piracy naval forces on operations in the region, as well as further developing communication and collaboration within the merchant shipping community.Jensen’s tenure as commander of CTF 151 included visits at sea to the flagships of Commander CTF 465 European Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), Capt. Jorge Manso, and Commander CTF 508 NATO, Rear Adm. Siman A. Tosum, as well as a meeting onboard the Adm. Tributs, flagship to Capt. Ilder Ahmerov, commander of the Russian counter-piracy task group in the region. “Counter-piracy is a matter of concern for all nations and should be dealt with by all nations,” said Jensen of his time as commander of CTF 151. He continued to highlight the coordination with the European Union, NATO, and independent deployers as an outstanding example of international cooperation, with all partners showed willingness to do their upmost to achieve the common aim of defeating piracy.Since January CTF 151 has disrupted four piracy action groups (PAG), and conducted coastal monitoring for piracy activity along the northern area of the Horn of Africa, and the south Somali coast. International partnerships and eagerness to share information and assets has lead to a drop in piracy in the region. From the time January-March 2012 there was a decrease in piracy attacks on vessels from 41 to 11, and successful pirating from 13 to four over the same period in 2011.“It is my intent to continue the outstanding efforts of Commodore Jensen, and the progress which he and his team onboard Hasley have made countering piracy in this region,” said Tanin. “I am also greatly looking forward to working with all the different nations of CMF.”CTF 151 is one of three task forces under control of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), based in Bahrain. CTF 151 was established in 2009 to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy, protect maritime vessels of any nationality and secure freedom of navigation for the benefit of all. CTF 151’s area of operation encompasses 1.1 million square miles in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 30, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: from View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Monty Python star and Oxford alumnus Terry Jones dies

first_imgDavid Aukin, who was a studentwith Jones at Oxford, said: “He was far more than one of thefunniest writer-performers of hisgeneration, he was the completeRenaissance comedian – writer,director, presenter, historian,brilliant children’s author, andthe warmest, most wonderfulcompany you could wish to have.” “Terry enriched all of our lives and I was privileged to spend three glorious years studying with him at Oxford in the early sixties. Terry had the extraordinary ability to embrace all that life offered him. Of course Terry is famous for his roles in revues, but he also took on major roles in a number of drama productions. Remarkably he didn’t allow his acting and writing to detract from his studies which he took seriously, demonstrating genuine academic talent, later manifest in his many published books. Like many who knew him, I remain in awe of what Terry managed to pack-in to an extraordinary life. He will be missed.” Jones was a valued student of Oxford University during the 1960s when he read English Literature at St. Edmund’s Hall. He went on to become an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1999. During his time at Oxford he wrote sketches for the Oxford Revue. It was there that he met his life-long friend Michael Palin, who later worked with him on Monty Python. Sir Michael described Jones as “one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation”, adding that: Jones wrote and starred in MontyPython’s Flying Circus TV show andthe comedy collective’s films, as arange of much-loved characters.He directed Monty Python andThe Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam,which was released in 1975. Healso directed 1979’s Life of Brianand The Meaning of Life in 1983. “Terry was one of my closest, most valued friends. He was kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full. center_img Terry Jones, the beloved MontyPython star, died on Tuesdayevening, four years after beingdiagnosed with dementia. St Edmund’s Hall has said itis “deeply saddened” to hear ofJones’ passing and that he will be“sorely missed by the Teddy Hallcommunity”. He was also known for hiswriting; he has written variouscomedies, published a numberof poems in the Poetry Review,columns for newspapers includingThe Guardian, The Daily Telegraph,and The Observer, and wrote thescreenplay for the 1986 film TheLabyrinth. Born in Cowley Bay, Wales, Jonesattended The Royal GrammarSchool in Guilford, where he wasschool captain from 1960-61. Afterhis graduation from Oxford, Jonesappeared in Twice a Fortnight withPalin, as well as The Complete andUtter History of Britain and Do NotAdjust Your Set. The latter wouldbecome their template for work tocome with Monty Python. In 2012 Jones donated over 700 books to the college library, and was the keynote speaker at the Hall’s Research Expo event in 2015, giving a lecture about his research on the Ellesmere Manuscript.last_img read more

Aryzta reveals falling revenue in Food Europe

first_imgAryzta revealed its UK and Irish business has been hit the hardest by the recession, as the Switzerland-based firm announced revenue losses in its Food Europe division.In a statement announcing its full year results for the year ended 31 July 2009, the firm, which focuses primarily on speciality bakery, revealed a drop in revenue of 2.2% to €1,137.2m (£1,047.74m) in its Food Europe division. Operating profit stood at €135,103 (£124,561.29), up 11.4%.The firm said its Irish and UK business had been most affected by the recession, and a result substantially reduced its cost base. Its, now fully commissioned, Grangecastle bakery helped enhance efficiencies.Its Food North America division saw revenue increase 12.5% to €555.1m (£512.01m), and operating profit increase 30.1% to €67,481 (£62,267.69).Aryzta chief executive officer Owen Killian said the economic downturn is reflected in the firm’s underlying revenues, which swung from double-digit growth to a decline, within the twelve month period. In the financial statement released by the firm, it said that in the recessionary period encompassing the latest financial figures, credit from banks became very restricted and consumer spending slowed. However it stated that it remained focused on cash generation and improving operating efficiency.Aryzta formed in August last year through the merger of Irish company IAWS and Swiss Bakery firm Hiestand.It is a mix of business to business and consumer brands, including Heistand, Cuisine de France and Delice de France. Its Food Europe division comprises its speciality bakery businesses which span across Switzerland, Germany, Poland, the UK and France.last_img read more

Dawn Foods reveals dates for American Sweet Bakery Week

first_imgDawn Foods has launched its National American Sweet Bakery Week for 2015, due to take place from 1 to 7 July. Dawn is encouraging bakers to get involved by baking American-style goodies and sharing their bakery pictures for the chance to win some great prizes.The week forms just part of Dawn’s Authentic American Bakery Campaign – an initiative for high street bakers. Plenty of inspirational recipes are available to download from www.dawnbakery.co.uk from raspberry chocolate pancakes to key lime cookie pie.Monthly American-themed competitions and giveaways are also on offers as part of the initiative, including gift cards, digital weighing scales and a Muscle Car Experience at Goodwood. Bakers can submit their details to the Dawn website to receive promotional packs that will be sent out closer to July.Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland for Dawn Foods, said: “Feedback from last year’s event has been tremendous, with bakers, such as Dean Wright from Wrights of Bedlington in Northumberland and others, reporting incredible sales increases during the awareness week.”Following the success of last year, we hope that as many high street bakers as possible will take part to really maximise on the popularity of the American-inspired products they have to offer and provide consumers with the all-American sweet treats they love.”The company is partnering with California Raisins for the week, for the second year.last_img read more

DAPA brings home two awards at BACCHUS national conference

first_imgHarvard’s Drug & Alcohol Peer Advisor (DAPA) program, a peer education group under Harvard’s Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services, was recently recognized as a “2012 Outstanding Network Member” at The BACCHUS Network General Assembly. DAPA has received several honors at the regional level, but this was the organization’s first award at the national assembly. DAPA also received accolades for its student-developed website and its use of social media, giving the group its second award for “Innovative Use of Technology.”The BACCHUS Network is a university- and community-based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. Its general assembly is the premiere national conference for student leaders and advisors promoting health and safety.Learn more about the DAPA program and how to get involved here.last_img read more

The ‘American Schindler’

first_img Harvard re-installs memorial honoring students who helped 16 refugees flee persecution and study here GAZETTE: You worked with undergraduate researchers during your time at Radcliffe. Can you talk a little bit about what that process was like and how it helped shape your work?ORRINGER: At the beginning of the year, when I learned it was possible for fellows to work with undergraduate research assistants, I thought how fantastic that would be for the other fellows — for the scientists and historians and literary scholars. I couldn’t imagine how a novelist might work with a research fellow. But [Fellowship Program Associate Dean] Judith Vichniac … encouraged me to expand my thinking on the subject. At the very least, wouldn’t it be interesting to talk with a couple of young writers about how one goes about conducting historical research?I ended up working with two marvelous fellows, Victoria Baena and Anna Hagen, the editor and the fiction editor of The Harvard Advocate. Both are fiction writers themselves, so they already understood a lot of what went into the process of engaging history in a novel. The research they conducted was essential to my project, and continued to help for years afterward. They created a timeline of events in Varian Fry’s 13 months in Marseille, and assembled mini-biographies of the writers and artists he saved. They combed through his student file at Harvard, a rich trove that contained, among other things, his Harvard application, letters from his professors and the dean and his parents, all his grade transcripts, and a record of every place he lived in Cambridge. Anna and Victoria spent a lot of time capturing important facts, transcribing letters, and cataloguing documents online so they would be available to me even when I left Harvard.I also discovered how helpful it was to talk to these two brilliant young women about decisions I was making for the novel. In the process, I found myself questioning my own assumptions and pushing toward greater risk. That academic relationship could not have existed anywhere but at Radcliffe. In the end, I had Judy Vichniac to thank for the incredible richness of that experience — for the privilege of working with those powerful creative minds, and for the chance to enjoy a daily practice of collaborative thinking, an all-too-rare experience for novelists. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related A plaque recalls aid in escaping from Naziscenter_img Author Julie Orringer’s “The Flight Portfolio” is rooted in history. The novel tells the story of Harvard graduate Varian Fry ’30, a journalist and editor who was sometimes referred to as the “American Schindler.” While working for the Emergency Rescue Committee in France during World War II, Fry helped save Jewish members of Europe’s cultural elite, including artists, writers, and musicians, from Nazi concentration camps. Orringer worked on the book when she was the Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2013–14. The Gazette spoke with her about the book and how her time on campus helped her shape it.Q&AJulie OrringerGAZETTE: A key theme in the book involves this question of how you can value one person’s life over another’s. The characters struggle with their work, which involves choosing whom to save during the Holocaust. How did you decide to incorporate this into the story?ORRINGER: That was the element of Varian Fry’s experience that I was most fascinated by as a novelist. How does a person make those impossible moral decisions? Given an unlimited number of potential clients and limited time and funds, how do you prioritize? The mandate of Fry’s organization was to save Europe’s most brilliant writers and artists — but how to determine artistic merit among hundreds of refugees, all of them desperate for help?The question often led Fry and his associates to desperate measures. Sometimes they would send potential clients down to [Marseille’s] Vieux Port and ask them to make a few sketches. Then Fry’s associate, Miriam Davenport, trained in art history at the Sorbonne, would look at these sketches and determine whether the artist had talent — whether, in effect, they deserved to be helped, according to the committee’s mandate. What would it have been like to be that artist, forced to produce work that might mean the difference between life or death? And what would it be like to be the person who had to look at those hasty sketches and determine whether their creator should receive life-saving help? Was it right to help certain artists and not others? Was it right to privilege artists at all? That felt to me like an unanswerable question, and I think as novelists we often look for questions like that — the kind that can be argued infinitely from either side.GAZETTE: Do you find it harder to blend fact and fiction in a novel like “The Flight Portfolio,” or to create a pure work of fiction as you’ve done in your short story collection “How to Breathe Underwater”?ORRINGER: Even my short stories blended fiction and personal history. And while I know there’s a difference between writing about private lives and public ones, every public life is just a single person’s experience; the history that surrounds it is comprised of stories told by human beings too. With this book it was extremely important for me to be faithful to the known historical record. But it also struck me that there were so many apertures in that record, so much that couldn’t be known, or that couldn’t have been recorded at the time. A novelist extrapolates from history. It’s what we’ve always done. It’s what Shakespeare did in “Henry V,” and Tolstoy in “War and Peace,” and Colm Tóibin in “The Master,” and Hilary Mantel in “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies.”Fiction gives us access to others’ minds in a way that no other art form does. As we read, we take those minds into our own; in a sense, we become them. The act of involving oneself in a work of fiction involves creative extrapolation. The form requires that work from us whether our subjects are entirely invented or not. I’m fascinated by stories wherever I encounter them, and when I learned about Varian Fry’s work in the course of researching my last book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Here was this book editor and journalist who’d gotten out from behind his desk and gone to occupied France to save writers and artists’ lives; his work ended up shaping the second half of the 20th century. And I’d never heard his name. I wanted his story to be told, even though I knew there would be challenges involved in capturing and fictionalizing the life of a historical figure.GAZETTE: You were at Harvard on a Radcliffe fellowship. Can you talk about the importance of that program and how the exchange that the Institute promotes among the different fellows from so many varied fields influenced your work?ORRINGER: Being at Radcliffe was transformative for this book. While I was there, my colleague Lewis Hyde put together a group of writers — people who were producing work in all different genres — to meet every month to talk about how our projects were progressing and the difficulties we were having. The group was fertile ground for new ideas, but we challenged each other too. It was especially exciting to hear about Lewis’s book, “A Primer for Forgetting,” which will be published this June by FSG. We were both thinking about history — what we remember, what we choose to forget, and what we bury because it’s too problematic. Those conversations with Lewis affected my thinking about the issues that lie at the heart of “The Flight Portfolio.”There was also the incredible gift of getting to know the work of scholars in wildly diverse fields. One fellow was studying the physics of toys; another was an astrophysicist studying the formation of massive galaxies; another studied the shape of bird skulls; and another, the importance of water to public health in India. Among us all, there was an incredible sense of fruitful exploration. We had the freedom to push further into a deep understanding of our subjects. That’s one of the things the Radcliffe Institute does best: It allows for room to grow. And as we presented our work to each other and heard about each other’s projects, there was a sense of self-consciousness falling away, a developing sense of play and exploration, a sense of listening, of interest across genres and across fields, one that seemed to introduce a creative energy into everyone’s work. “What would it be like to be the person who had to look at those hasty sketches and determine whether their creator should receive life-saving help?” Visions pursued through darkest shadows ‘Inventur’ shines light on work by German artists during and after World War II last_img read more

Harvest 20 Grants

first_imgThe Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) has awarded $94,000 in research grants to seven Georgia scientists and their research teams who are addressing production issues impacting Georgia farmers.GFB President Gerald Long announced the recipients of the organization’s Harvest 20 Research Grants on Aug. 8 during the 2019 GFB Commodity Conference held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.“Supporting agricultural research that addresses production problems Georgia farmers are facing on their farms is one of the many ways Georgia Farm Bureau is supporting Georgia agriculture and our farmers,” Long said.A review committee selected the following research projects from 32 proposals to receive GFB grants:Can Common Nutritional Strategies Have a Negative Impact on Beef Production?, principal investigator UGA animal scientist Lawton StewartThe Etiology & Epidemiology of Cotton Blue Disease in Georgia, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Sudeep BagSurveying and Monitoring Wood-Boring Ambrosia Beetles in Tree Nurseries, Tree Fruit and Pecan Orchards, principal investigator UGA entomologist Angelita AcebesAssessing Potential Impacts of a New Strain of the bacterieum Xylella Fastidiosa on Blueberry Bushes, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Jonathan OliverAntimicrobial Waxes for Produce Application, principal investigator UGA food scientist Govindaraj Dev KumarEvaluating Snap Bean Cultivars and Germplasms for Resistance/Tolerance Against Cucurbit Leaf Crumple Virus, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Bhabesh DuttaEvaluation of the Effect of Foliar Fertilizer in the Early Soybean Production System, principal investigator UGA agronomist Mark FreemanThe grant recipients, all of whom have faculty appointments in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have been invited to present their research results in a poster session at the 2019 GFB Annual Convention in December.“I’m looking forward to seeing the research findings presented at our annual convention in December,” Long said.This is the second year GFB has awarded grants to Georgia researchers who are tackling production issues. Last year, GFB awarded nearly $42,000 in research grants to five Georgia scientists and their research teams working to help beef, poultry, vegetable and row crop producers.Story contributed by Clay Talton, associate field services director with Georgia Farm Bureau.last_img read more