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An extraordinary peat-forming community on the Falkland Islands

Most of Beauchêne Island in the South Atlantic is covered by tussac, the tussock-forming grass Poa flabellata (Lam.) Rasp., which has produced a deep accumulation of exceptionally dense peat during ∼12,500 yr. The basal peat is lignitic, yet it is several hundred times too young to be a true lignite. During an ecological survey of the island in December 19801, one of us (R.I.L.S.) sampled an 11-m high peat face. The age against depth profile in the peat is consistent with a constant proportional rate of decay of 1.1–2.2×10−4 yr−1 and a constant rate of addition of dry matter to the peat of 430–720 g m−2 yr−1. This rate of decay is within the range recorded for peats in corresponding latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, but the rate of addition of dry matter is about 10 times as great. This is not easy to accommodate within current hypotheses about peat formation. An unusual combination of biological, physical and chemical circumstances may be the cause. As the island is difficult to visit and no more information can be obtained in the near future, we now report these results, incomplete though they are. read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/21/18

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEChicago White Sox 10, Chicago Cubs 4AMERICAN LEAGUEN.Y. Yankees 10, Baltimore 8Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 3Boston 7, Cleveland 5Kansas City 4, Detroit 3Texas 8 Seattle 3, 7 InningsHouston 11, L.A. Angels 3Oakland 7, Minnesota 6, 10 InningsNATIONAL LEAGUEN.Y. Mets 4, Washington 2Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 3Miami 1, Cincinnati 0, 10 InningsAtlanta 6, Philadelphia 5St. Louis 5, San Francisco 3Colorado 6, Arizona 2San Diego 5, L.A. Dodgers 3NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESEASONN.Y. Islanders 3, Philadelphia 2Carolina 5, Washington 1Chicago 5, Ottawa 2Toronto 5, Buffalo 3Tampa Bay 5, Nashville 1St. Louis 3, Columbus 0Winnipeg 4, Calgary 3TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL(11) Penn St. 63, Illinois 24(16) UCF 56, FAU 36Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img September 22, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/21/18last_img read more

25 25 25 for Robinson Jackson

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » 25 25 25 for Robinson Jackson previous nextAgencies & People25 25 25 for Robinson JacksonThe Negotiator4th June 20180853 Views Alan Robinson and Peter JacksonThe Robinson Jackson Group is celebrating 25 years of business in London and Kent. The milestone has been reached in tandem with a successful network of 25 branches and 25 new recruits joining the agency in the first quarter of 2018.The agency’s co-founders, Peter Jackson and Alan Robinson, opened their first Robinson Jackson branch in Northumberland Heath in 1993, together with Senior Partner Vince Hedges. All three are still actively involved, alongside many staff members with 10, 15 and 20 years of loyal service.The Robinson Jackson Group was formed after Peter Jackson’s family estate agency – Jackson Property Services – was bought by the Halifax. Peter says, “After 25 years with Jacksons, we didn’t envisage we’d have another 25 years of success with The Robinson Jackson Group but here we are. Our longevity is down to our community roots – our familiar name and solid reputation continues to be a comforting presence on the High Street. Our 25 new employees and existing staff are a source of great pride. As well as allowing ambitious property professionals to progress their careers, we actively recruit those with no agency experience, meaning bright, enthusiastic people can join our family-led culture.”Kent London 25 year celebration Robinson Jackson The Robinson Jackson Group June 4, 2018The 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Potter weaves more of his magic

first_img“Dark and difficult times lie ahead”, the posters ominously warn. Harry Ppotter is back, riddled with teenage angst and tormented by vexing dreams in the fourth cinematic adaptation of JK Rrowling’s series. More brooding and suspenseful than ever, this instalment sees continuing to struggle with the knowledge that the wizard Voldemort, who killed his parents, is gaining in power and (again) harbouring the malicious intent to kill Ppotter once and for all. Worse still, Hharry has to find a date for the Yule Ball.The events of the film take place around the Ttriwizard Ttournament, a deadly competition between the most prestigious magic schools, Hhogwarts, Beauxbatons Aacademy,and Durmstrang Institute. Reinstated after a hundred years by Hogwarts’ Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, the tournament is an attempt to strengthen bonds between the schools, given the growing storm of dark rumours he begins to hear. From each school, a champion is selected to compete by the magical Goblet of Fire. Troubled by the raising of the Dark Mark and the reappearance of the Death Eeaters, Harry’s paranoia deepens as the Goblet selects him as a fourth champion in the tournament despite his being too young to compete.Director Mike Newell takes hold of the reins for this outing (the first Englishman to do so), the wide range of experience of his previous efforts – Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Donnie Brasco (1997) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – allowing him to mould the multitudinous facets of the story artfully. Hhis public-schoolboy experiences allow him to bring out the awkwardness and japery of the boarding school environment, adding a wry and convincing overtone to the action.The theme of adolescence is never far away, pubescence providing many humorous and touching moments as Harry, Hermione and Ron grapple with their raging hormones amongst the myriad other dramas besetting them. Comically, the Yule Ball triggers more upset than the sinister plot unfolding, as and try to muster up the courage to approach a girl and ask her out. agonises over his crush, Cho Chang, while Hermione picks Durmstrang action man Viktor Krum, much to Rron’s chagrin. Indeed, the Yule Ball scene is reminiscent of an Aamerican teen movie, with dresses, dances and tearful endings. Even Hagrid develops a love interest amidst the hormonal melee, with the towering Madame Maxime – the headmistress of Beauxbatons, played sublimely by Frances de la Ttour.The three tasks of the Triwizard Tournament punctuate the developments of the subplots providing an exciting framework to the story and the opportunity for some astounding set-pieces and CGI. The dragon scenes are jaw-dropping, with vertigo- inducing shots of the action as Hharry zooms around the landscape trying to outwit the dragon in a vast, rocky stadium filmed in the Scottish Highlands. Harry’s eventual confrontation with Voldemort is dark and hugely satisfying. Ralph Fiennes (currently starring in The Constant Gardener), disfigured into the lithe embodiment of blind malice that is Voldemort, is particularly impressive.The Goblet of Fire is perhaps the hardest of the four books to adapt to film. Iits length and numerous sub-plots and diversions make it a challenge for any director to preserve the core story while not losing too much subtext. Certainly, Mike Newell has taken more than a few liberties with the storytelling, in some cases distorting key clues and red herrings, and has left a sizeable part of the book’s material on the cutting room floor. Yet the magic survives. He has performed fantastically, skilfully transforming, arguably, the best book of the Potter series into, certainly, the best of the films made so far. Essential viewing.ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more

Oxford Gossip website returns

first_imgHowever, another student stressed the site’s more negative aspects. He said, “the worst thing was threads like ‘The **** List’, naming and shaming all those people unfortunate enough to have got 3rds, and one Facebook hot or not thread, where OxGoss regulars would find what they thought were mingers on Facebook and emotionally abuse them for kicks. I understand it caused some serious distress to some of the people who were targeted. That was really low.”Rosanna McBeath, OUSU’s Welfare VP said, “‘Gossip’ can be very harmful to individuals involved, especially when spread across the internet, with its wide reaching effects. I hope this time, the website is better controlled to prevent the problems that arose last time.”Matthew Richardson explained “at its peak OxGoss was getting more hits than Oxfordstudent.com and Cherwell combined. It started to be used as a tool for national journos to spy on Oxford students and several national media outlets just quoted OxGoss directly in their stories.”Another Oxford graduate, an administrator and a moderator of the old site said, “it was supposed to be a thing for my friends, internal fun.”However, he admitted that “it got out of hand” saying, “it resulted in slander, affecting people’s employment prospects. We tried to moderate it but it always came back with people posting more and more”. After the site was closed in 2007, he said that both he and Richardson were “very, very relieved to see the back of it. It caused way too much fallout and loss of trust, particularly in Union circles.”The website also attracted the attention of the University’s proctors who posted a warning to all students involved in the website or others like it.This time round, Iwu called for restrained monitoring of the site, “I believe in free speech and the proctors should treat the website like the papers. They should just keep an eye on it and take up the concerns of students with a complaint.” Oxford Gossip, the infamous Oxford internet forum, reopened at the beginning of this week. The site, opened in 2003, provided a forum space for Oxford students to discuss the University’s social life and gossip.It was forced to close in September 2007, following allegations of harassment and a failure to moderate the site’s content. The site has reopened with a new domain of www.oxfordgossip.co.nr. Nr stands for Nauru, a small island on the Pacific Ocean. It is thought that this is an attempt to protect the site from libel laws.Matthew Richardson, the original founder of OxGoss, said that he knew nothing of the site’s relaunch.Some students have argued the site is simply harmless fun, whilst others have stated that it had been used for the malicious targeting of individual students.Katy Theobald, the President of OxWip said, “The anonymity of such a site allows people to post sensitive and potentially inaccurate comments.”A University spokesperson said, “The Proctors have had no complaints about the revived website, but they would strongly advise students that anyone involved… is acting in a university context and must observe all the University’s regulations.”Lewis Iwu, the OUSU President admitted “I had no idea the site was restarted.” However, he argued that the website had merits, “I think if used right, the website can be very useful. It will help people know what is going on in Oxford.” He added, “‘I think the website is fine to use, provided no one feels harassed or victimised”.Niall Gallagher, a student at Worcester College, admitted that he used the forum before it was closed and added he had found it “quite entertaining”. He said, “it was maintained by the same sort of people generally – Union and OUCA. I was disappointed it closed. To a large extent it wasn’t malicious”.His sentiments were echoed by Guy Levin, a Corpus Christi student who stated that the website was popular “because everyone was on it” and added that it was “amusing”.last_img read more

Winterize pipes

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaHomeowners should winterize outdoor pipes and lawn sprinklers soon. A few precautions now can save a lot of time and headaches later.Freezing temperatures can cause the water in an exposed pipe to expand. If the water expands too much, the pipe bursts.”With home irrigation systems, you probably wouldn’t know you had any pipe damage until you turned it on for the first spring watering,” said Kerry Harrison, an irrigation specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Most in-ground sprinkler pipes will be OK. Only the top 2 inches of the ground will freeze in most of Georgia. Pipes should be well below this level. Other irrigation components, such as backflow-prevention valves, are at ground level, though, and could be in danger.If there are any exposed valves or pipes around your home, tape them up or “use a good old sack to wrap them,” Harrison said. Home-improvement stores have many tapes, foams and gadgets to keep these pipes warm on cold, winter nights.The tips of sprinkler heads can hold water. When frozen, they can rupture. The whole sprinkler system holds water, too, even when it isn’t being used. Don’t forget to drain the system, Harrison said. If you don’t drain it properly in the winter, your sprinkler could be a geyser when you turn it on next spring.”Arrangements should have been made in the installation process to have a way to drain those lines that would hold water through a buried valve in a pit,” he said.If you’ve bought a home with an installed irrigation system, find this drain valve. Some systems are equipped with automatic drain valves.Don’t forget about outside water hoses. You can do two things:* Leave the hoses hanging outside. But disconnect them from faucets.* Disconnect, drain and store hoses someplace with a constant temperature. This will prolong the life of hoses.If you leave hoses undrained outside in the winter, don’t move them or touch them in freezing weather. You could be the one to break them. Frozen hoses are fragile.Private water users and rural residents with wells should check out their main water pump. Usually a quarter-inch pipe connects to the pressure switch. If it’s metal, it likely won’t freeze. But if it’s plastic, it might freeze and burst. This could cause the water pump to fail or continue to run and cause some major winter repairs.If all these precautions fail and a pipe bursts, there’s still one thing to remember. “Know where your main water cutoff is,” Harrison said.last_img read more

Brentwood Man Convicted of Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jairon Gonzales-MartinezA Brentwood man has been convicted of beating a man to death with a pipe and seriously injuring another outside of a pool hall two years ago.A Suffolk County jury found Jairon Gonzales-Martinez guilty Thursday of second-degree murder, gang assault and assault.Prosecutors said the 24-year-old fatally beat Rumaldo Bethancourt-Lopez, 29, in front of the Fiesta Pool Hall in Brentwood in June of 2011. He also seriously injured another man who was hospitalized for head injuries.Judge Mark Cohen will sentence Gonzales-Martinez on May 22.last_img read more

Pitch fever

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Bolt-on extras

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PREMIUMOnline groceries thrive as customers avoid supermarkets

first_imgFacebook For Namira Suniaprita, buying groceries at the supermarket is a hassle amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She has to wear a face mask, use latex gloves and immediately wash the clothes she wore to the store upon returning home.“I’m too scared to go to the market. That’s why I buy food supplies online,” said the 22-year-old employee who lives in North Jakarta. As of Tuesday, the North Jakarta administration has reported 25 COVID-19 cases in the area.She said the prices at the online marketplaces were not much higher than at the traditional market, and some marketplaces also offer organic options. She has bought fruits and vegetables, spices and ready-to-cook food, such as instant noodles, from online marketplace Sayurbox.Namira is not the only individual turning to online marketplaces. Food e-commerce has seen rapid growth in customers since the government urg… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Forgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Topics : Sayurbox TaniHub marketplace online e-commerce COVID-19 pandemic coronaviruslast_img read more