Soil trampling in an Antarctic Specially Protected Area: tools to assess levels of human impact

first_imgResearch in extremely delicate environments must be sensitive to the need to minimize impacts caused simply through the presence of research personnel. This study investigates the effectiveness of current advice relating to travel on foot over Antarctic vegetation-free soils. These are based on the concentration of impacts through the creation of properly signed and identified paths. In order to address these impacts, we quantified three factors – resistance to compression, bulk density and free-living terrestrial arthropod abundance – in areas of human activity over five summer field seasons at the Byers Peninsula (Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands). Studies included instances of both experimentally controlled use and natural non-controlled situations. The data demonstrate that a minimum human presence is sufficient to alter both physical and biological characteristics of Byers Peninsula soils, although at the lowest levels of human activity this difference was not significant in comparison with adjacent undisturbed control areas. On the other hand, a limited resilience of physical properties was observed in Antarctic soils, thus it is crucial not to exceed the soil’s natural recovery capability.last_img read more

Cape May County Confirms First Positive Case of Coronavirus From Out of State NYC…

first_imgCape May County will soon offer a coronavirus testing site. (Image courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug Administration) Cape May County Department of Health is reporting that a 30-year-old man from New York City tested positive at a local healthcare facility for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while visiting Cape May County.According to officials, the man was not tested in a hospital but another healthcare facility. The case is considered a “low impact” one, meaning the man came into contact with a few people, who were contacted by health officials who advised them to self-quarantine.This information is a vivid reminder that out-of-state visitors should stay home and not travel to the County during this pandemic outbreak. Now is not the time to travel, but to remain vigilant in following recommendations for social distancing and isolation.Please be assured that the Health Department has been working diligently to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have been in constant communication with all of our local partners and stakeholders in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health.The Health Department would like to remind you of basic preventative actions that should be followed during this pandemic. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please be sure that you:Practice handwashing regularly for at least 20 secondsCover your cough and sneeze with a tissueAvoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouthClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfacesStay home when you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sickKeep a distance of at least 6 feet with people who are coughing or sneezingAvoid unnecessary physical contact, such as handshakingAvoid unnecessary travel, attending crowded events and social gatheringsConsider replacing in-person gatherings with video chatting, voice messaging and phone calls. Please note that testing is only available for individuals who are sick.Symptoms include a fever of more than 100.4, coughing, and shortness of breath. The Health Department does not test for COVID-19.Testing can be done through medical providers; contact your healthcare provider to see if you are eligible for testing.Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves.Some reliable sources are New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 1-800-222-1222, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int, the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health .For additional information visit Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net.last_img read more

Sayers’ review

first_imgSayers Bakery in Liverpool has begun talks with union officials over 150 redundancies, as it carries out an operational review which it said was “triggered by the worldwide escalation of raw materials and soaring energy and fuel costs”.In a statement, the company confirmed that it had entered a 90-day consultation period with staff at the Norris Green site, “which may include proposals for redundancies in certain parts of the business”.It said it had been trying to turn around the financial performance of the business for a number of years, but warned that without further action, certain parts of the business would be put at risk.Ian Hodson, district official of the Baker’s Food and Allied Workers’ Union, said it was beginning talks with the company. He added that the union would try to persuade the company to keep Sayers in Liverpool, “where it has a long history and tradition, which would be awful to lose”.Confirming that the 90-day consultation ends in July, a spokesman for Sayers stressed that the review was taking place at an operational level focusing on the supply chain and not its retail shops which, he said, would “continue to give our customers the same great products, service and value-for-money that we have always offered”.last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Trolls The Trolls On Halloween In Los Angeles [Full Video/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images [Video: RealBrewer247]Without any hesitation, the band jumped right into “Sand” to open the show—a TAB tune that has served as a staple Phish jam since its debut nearly twenty years ago. The first set was full of tasty treats, as “Soul Planet” followed, marking its second performance since its debut at Las Vegas’ “soul-sandwich” of a tour opener this past Friday. Next up was “Money Love & Change” followed by a rowdy “Bounce” that seamlessly segued into “Alive Again.” From there, “Dark and Down”, Land of Nod”, and a blazing rendition of “Gotta Jibboo” got the special treatment, before Jennifer “JHa” Hartswick stepped front and center and belted out a mesmerizing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused” that would’ve left Robert Plant jaw-dropped.Set One[Video: Steven J. Ziegler]“First Tube” got the second set rolling, an interesting choice considering Trey opened both sets with TAB tunes that have become such staples in the ever-expansive Phish catalog.  A hard-hitting “Night Speaks to a Woman” followed before “Set Your Soul Free”, another tune recently debuted in Vegas. An elegantly placed “Liquid Time” into “Burlap Sack and Pumps” came next. After this combination, Anastasio and company delivered a powerful take on the newly beloved “Everything’s Right”, a song that so strongly reflects the current state of our nation. “Valentine” and “Alaska” came next, ahead of a cover of Gorillaz’s “Clint Eastwood,” again showcasing Hartswick’s mind-blowing pipes in their purest form. “Mr. Completely” brought the second set to a close, before delivering a very appropriate encore of “Drifting” and “Tuesday”, which brought the Tuesday Halloween soul shakedown to an end.Set Two [Video: Steven J. Ziegler]Check out the photo gallery below from Tuesday night’s show, courtesy of Matthew Rea.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA | 10/31/2017Set One: Sand, Soul Planet, MLC, Bounce > Alive Again, Dark and Down, Land of Nod, Gotta Jibboo, Dazed and ConfusedSet Two: First Tube, Night Speaks to a Woman, Set Your Soul Free, Liquid Time > Burlap Sack and Pumps, Everything’s Right > Valentine, Alaska > Clint Eastwood > Mr. CompletelyEncore: Drifting, TuesdayTrey Anastasio Band | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA | 10/31/2017 | Photo: Matthew Reacenter_img On Tuesday night, Trey Anastasio kept his brief Trey Anastasio Band fall tour rolling, with an intimate Halloween performance at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Following two Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas performances, which included a moving tribute to the victims of the horrific attacks last month, Trey Anastasio and his band delivered a Hallow’s Eve performance that included the perfect blend of old TAB favorites, soulful covers, and a handful of Phish favorites.Trey Anastasio Band Performs “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” For Vegas Victims [Pro-Shot Video]A few weeks ago, Trey Anastasio was ordering a smoothie, and an observant fan discretely snapped a photo of him contemplating the menu with a plastic bag of oranges in hand. Said fan posted the contemplative Trey photo online, and within minutes, the photo went viral. From Phantasy Tour to Phish Facebook groups, fans had a blast photoshopping Trey and his bag of oranges in hilarious locations: on the moon, under Michael Jordan as he infamously dunked a basketball from the foul line, and, of course, at Madison Square Garden’s section 119 spicy chicken stand, to list a few.Looking Back At Phish’s Musical Costumes From Halloweens PastOn Tuesday evening, Trey got the perfect Halloween payback, trolling the crowd by walking onstage dressed as the meme so many have had a pleasure messing around with his plastic bag of oranges in tow. Following a gargantuan response and applause from the audience, Trey made sure to hand out oranges to a few lucky fans in the front. This stunt was the first and last that indicated any signs of Halloween.Trey Anastasio’s Costume Entrylast_img read more

Gut check: Shining a light on our bacteria’s role in disease

first_img Read Full Story Back when she was a high school athlete, Michelle Rooks, who graduated with her Ph.D. in biological sciences in public health this month, saw how making changes to her diet could improve her performance. In her research at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Rooks has taken her interest in the connection between food, nutrition, and health to the microscopic level—she’s been working to understand the biological mechanisms that can cause bacteria in the gut to initiate and drive disease.Cracking the code of this bacterial community—known as the gut microbiome—may ultimately lead to new treatments for diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer, as well as interventions to help keep those at risk for those diseases from getting sick.While the community of bacteria we carry in our gut is unique to each individual, researchers are beginning to identify the bacterial signatures of disease. Using preclinical mouse models of IBD, Rooks has pinpointed differences between gut microbiomes in remission and those with active disease. She has also studied the mechanisms that enable one particular family of bacteria to grow and exacerbate disease when its host is experiencing stress—a potentially important marker of IBD.Creating a picture of what’s “normal” and what isn’t in the gut microbiome could help physicians someday treat painful flare-ups of IBD before they occur. If a patient showed signs of certain bacterial changes a treatment could be administered to restore their gut to a healthier state.last_img read more

Squigs Sketches a Moonlit Portrait of Max Crumm & the Cast of The Fantasticks

first_img View Comments The Fantasticks Follow, follow, follow Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson to the Snapple Center to pen a whimsical portrait of the hit musical The Fantasticks! The world’s longest running musical tells the story of Matt (Max Crumm, right), a lovestruck boy who falls head over heels for Louisa (Samantha Bruce, left). Squigs caught a recent performance of the romantic tale, then sketched Crumm, Bruce and the rest of the cast, including Michael Sharon, Dan Sharkey, Kevin R. Free, MacIntyre Dixon, Michael Nostrand and Pierce Cravens. Check out Squigs’ latest work of art, then see the love story unfold off-Broadway. Related Showscenter_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 4, 2017last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Michael Cera, Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick

first_imgYou CAN Take It With YouStarts August 26 at the Longacre TheatreDuos define Broadway. Think Rodgers and Hammerstein, and tourists and befuddlement. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart rank right up there, so a revival of their madcap, Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 comedy You Can’t Take It With You makes sense. And since the play, now in previews, stars heavyweights like James Earl Jones, Annaleigh Ashford, Elizabeth Ashley, and Rose Byrne in her Broadway debut, it makes more sense to see it right now. Click for tickets! Star Files Play Games with the GenieAugust 25 at Joe’s Pub“Game night” conjures images of squabbling relatives and game boards overturned in fury. But a far more appealing option beckons: “Speechless,” the popular Silicon Valley-based game, heads to NYC. One of the participants is Aladdin’s James Monroe Iglehart, so watch your favorite Genie squirm as a virtual spinning wheel determines what corporate-tinged talk he’ll give—while a series of outrageous slides accompany his impromptu presentation. Eep! Click for tickets! Yeah, we know you’re bummed because summer is ending. But snap out of it! You’re missing out on a ton of great events happening in New York City, including Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane’s latest collaboration, James Monroe Igelhart’s game night, and Michael Cera talking Broadway with David Letterman. It’s all part of this week’s picks! Rave on at Party Monster: The MusicalAugust 27 at 54 BelowA musical based on the 1996 murder of a drug-dealing club kid? This is Broadway, people. There have been musicals based on each of the seven deadly sins, and even a few dozen that haven’t been discovered yet. So slink on down to 54 Below, which will premiere songs from Party Monster: The Musical for one night only. Scheduled performers include Joey Calveri, Laura Beth Wells, and John Michael Dias. Don’t forget your glow sticks. Click for tickets! Battle First Night Jitters at It’s Only a PlayBeginning August 28 at the Schoenfeld TheatreNathan Lane and Matthew Broderick could blink at each other and we’d crack up, but It’s Only a Play even more great stuff going for it. The duo plays best friends awaiting the fate of Broderick’s play on opening night—along with F. Murray Abraham, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint and newcomer Micah Stock—in Terrence McNally’s revamped comedy revival. Still not excited? You may be on the wrong site. Or dead. Click for tickets! Spend the Night with Michael CeraAugust 25, check TV listingsVisiting New York is slightly different for a talented actor. Most of us would see a Broadway show, head to the top of the Empire State Building, and endure that smell on the 1 train. But if you’re Michael Cera, the hilarious TV and movie star now headlining Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, you wield barbs and share stories on The Late Show with David Letterman. Our day will come. Sigh. View Comments Nathan Lanelast_img read more

A New Year, a New Vacation: In Vermont, Winter Has Just Begun

first_imgWinter brings exhilarating experiences and delicious comforts to Vermont. Theres no better way to participate in the season than a well-planned visit to the Green Mountain State with the Vermont Chamber 2005 Vermont Winter Guide and the Ski Vermont & Winter Activities Map.The dynamic combination of the Guide and the Map points the way to Vermonts hot spots, on and off the slopes. At the end of the day, theres nothing like slipping into an outdoor hot tub while relaxing at a Vermont country inn, legendary for hometown charm and hospitality.Need help choosing? The listings in the Vermont Winter Guide will help you find your B & B, country inn, resort, or hotel. Over highways and back roads, to resorts and beyond, the Ski Vermont & Winter Activities Map will bring you there. And if lodging near a ski resort is key, the Map points to the best.The Vermont Winter Guide editorial sections showcase a selection of what sets Vermont apart from the rest: winter sports, from mainstream to extreme; history, great winter breakfasts, a wonderland of wildlife, and Vermont as an education destination. The prestigious Top Ten Winter Events and the Top Picks for Kids are a must for anyone in the area.The Resources Section of the Winter Guide is a portable library listing: Alpine and Nordic ski areas; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing; maple sugarhouses, museums, and galleries; and more.The 2005 Vermont Winter Guide, the Ski Vermont & Winter Activities Map, and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443, or order information online free of charge from the Vermont Chamber website, www.vtchamber.com(link is external). The Guide accommodations and attractions listings are also available on the Vermont Chambers website at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).last_img read more

Samsung buys LoopPay, all but confirming new Apple Pay rival

first_imgApple Pay is off to a fast start, but LoopPay may have an edge when it comes to working with existing point-of-sale systems.by: Shara TibkenSamsung has acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay, as good a sign as any that it will soon launch a competitor to Apple Pay.The company didn’t disclose the terms of the deal Wednesday but said it stemmed from an existing partnership with LoopPay. Samsung plans to show off a new mobile payments offering at its Galaxy S6 smartphone launch on March 1, according to sources.“Our goal has always been to build the smartest, most secure, user-friendly mobile wallet experience, and we are delighted to welcome LoopPay to take us closer to this goal,” JK Shin, Samsung co-CEO and head of the company’s mobile business, said in a press release.LoopPay’s technology turns existing card magnetic strip readers into contactless payment receivers, making it easy for retailers to accept mobile payments without changing their existing point-of-sale terminals. By comparison, Apple Pay requires POS terminals to be equipped with NFC (near field communications) chip technology, which allows information to be shared when two devices are held close together. Retailers have to upgrade their systems to take advantage of Apple Pay, Google Wallet and other NFC-based systems. In the case of Apple Pay, users simply tap an iPhone to a payment terminal and then touch the phone’s fingerprint sensor to authorize a purchase. iPhone users also can pay for items in apps and online with a finger touch. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dear Grandma – Here are 5 things you need to know about EMV Cards

first_img 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the October 1, 2015, date for EMV liability shift looms, it seems like everyone is gearing up for this momentous event. Banks are issuing new EMV chip cards, merchants are installing new terminals, cashiers are receiving new instructions, and so forth. Everyone is getting ready — except us consumers. Many of us have received our new cards (I got mine just last week from Chase) but are not quite sure why they were sent since the old ones haven’t expired, and we wonder how the in-store shopping experience will change. I was trying to explain it to my neighbor yesterday when he interrupted me. He said, “Pretend you are explaining it to my grandma, because I will need to relay it to her. What are the top five things she will need to know about the new EMV cards?”OK, so here goes:EMV is designed to reduce in-store fraud. The chip in the EMV card is designed to prevent most counterfeit card fraud because the information it contains is dynamic. When used in stores, the chip “talks with the terminal” to authenticate the card and complete the transaction. If the magnetic stripe on a card is used, then the terminal is reading static account information that can be easily copied to make a counterfeit card. EMV cards can’t help with online transactions because the chip is not being used.Not all merchants will use the chip, at least not right away. Some merchants will ask you to “dip the chip,” which is industry lingo for “use the chip.” Other merchants will continue to use the magnetic stripe to “swipe” a transaction the old-fashioned way. Big chain stores such as Walmart, Target, and Home Depot have announced that they will install EMV terminals. The local dry cleaner or bakery is likely to continue to “swipe” transactions. The pumps at gas stations won’t be updated until 2017. It is important to understand that when fraud occurs on a magnetic-stripe card today, the issuing bank bears the cost. However, with the EMV liability shift on October 1, the fraud liability cost can shift to the merchant, depending on who is the weakest link in a transaction. If an EMV chip card is “swiped” at a merchant starting October 2, all fraud costs related to that transaction will shift to the merchant because it is not using the chip to authenticate the card. If the merchant uses an EMV terminal with an EMV card, then the fraud liability will stay with the issuer (the fraud will be greatly reduced, however). Because of the liability shift, large chains such as Walmart have a financial incentive to upgrade their terminals to accept EMV cards despite the cost of the upgrade. Unfortunately, in-store card fraud is likely to shift from the big chains to small merchants who may not be aware of the pending liability shift or cannot afford to upgrade their terminals. continue reading »last_img read more