Detection of fungal 18S rRNA sequences in conjunction with marine nematode 18S rRNA amplicons

first_imgFree-living nematodes constitute an important component of estuarine and marine benthic ecosystems. Some marine and soil nematodes are known to harbor microbes, including symbiotic bacteria and fungi, in their external cuticle as well as internally. While assessing diversity of marine nematodes from southwest England using molecular approaches, we found evidence of co-amplification of fungal 18S rRNA sequences in conjunction with nematode 18S rRNA sequences. Based on an 18S rRNA PCR-DGGE approach, 3 fungal clone types were detected alongside nematodes from 2 of 4 estuarine and marine sites in southwest England. At the phylogeny level, fungal clone type 1 belongs to Chaetothyriales while the other 2 clone types belong to Hypocreales. The fungal clones were co-amplified with specific marine nematode taxa indicating true ecological association rather than transient environmental contamination. The present study is the first to detect fungal 18S sequences in parallel with marine nematodes and opens up a new avenue of research for investigating ecological interactions between nematodes and fungi in the marine environment.last_img read more

China’s CNOOC becomes ADNOC’s new partner in two offshore concessions

first_img ADNOC adds China’s CNOOC as new partner in two offshore concessions. (Credit: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.) UAE-based Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced addition of CNOOC, a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, as its new partner, following the transfer of stakes in its offshore concessions from China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).The transaction involves transferring of its rights in Lower Zakum, and Umm Shaif and Nasr offshore concessions to CNOOC.Approved by Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC), the transfer marks the joining of a dedicated Chinese offshore oil and gas company in ADNOC’s concessions for the first time.The deal includes CNOOC’s acquisition of 40% stake in CNPC’s majority-owned subsidiary PetroChina Investment Overseas (Middle East) (PetroChina).PetroChina owns 10% stake in both Lower Zakum concessionADNOC Group CEO and UAE Industry and Advanced Technology minister Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “The transfer also illustrates ADNOC’s strengthened access to international markets and partners and our commitment to generating sustainable returns for the UAE.“CNOOC joins our other international partners in the Lower Zakum and Umm Shaif and Nasr concessions and bring world-class expertise and technology to help us continue to maximize value from the concessions as we create a more profitable upstream business and deliver our 2030 strategy.”PetroChina owns 10% stake in the Lower Zakum concession and a 10% in the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession.As a result of rights transfer, CNOOC will own a 4% stake in Lower Zakum, Umm Shaif and Nasr concessions, while PetroChina will retain a 6% stake in the assets.ADNOC said that CNOOC joins an ONGC Videsh-led consortium, INPEX, CNPC, Eni, and Total as participants in the Lower Zakum concession.It is also a new partner to Eni, Total, and CNPC  as participants in the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession while ADNOC retains 60% ownership in both the concessions.Recently, ADNOC and ADQ have entered into a joint venture (JV) deal to invest in chemicals projects in the planned Ruwais Derivatives Park. The transaction includes CNOOC acquisition of 40% stake in CNPC’s majority-owned subsidiary PetroChina Investment Overseas (Middle East) (PetroChina)last_img read more

USS Antietam Carries Out First Replenishment-at-Sea

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Antietam Carries Out First Replenishment-at-Sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: RAS The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) conducted its first replenishment-at-sea (RAS) of its patrol, May 25.The mighty Antietam’s deck department was at the heart of the evolution and was responsible for safely receiving 30 pallets of supplies via vertical replenishment (VERTREP) and approximately 200,000 gallons of fuel via connected replenishment.Antietam began the RAS by approaching the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) to commence its fueling-at-sea.MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters from the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 were soon delivering supplies from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) onto Antietam’s flight deck.As the VERTREP comes to a close, the ship continues its normal operations within its forward-deployed area of responsibilities.Antietam is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress mapid=”16078″]Image: US Navy May 27, 2015 View post tag: asia Authoritiescenter_img USS Antietam Carries Out First Replenishment-at-Sea View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: USS Antietam View post tag: Navallast_img read more

A real education

first_imgDear Editor:Wake up America! It seems our so-called “education system” may actually be doing more harm than good. Of course, this isn’t exactly breaking news to the millions of parents now home schooling their kids. A number that’s skyrocketed, by the way, over the past two decades.What the heck is going on? If the schools were doing their job, then why are so many parents – who tend to be smart, savvy, highly educated parents from the upper social classes – pulling their children out of public schools in droves? Unless, maybe, schools are doing their….(shhh) actual: however unstated….job all too well. Let me explain.The problem with schools, as I see it, is that they’re rooted in an antiquated 19th century model that’s become obsolete. This outmoded idea of mass schooling sees students as passive recipients of knowledge, not active meaning makers. It rolls them along as if on a factory assembly line, changing classes when the bell rings, meekly filling in the blanks, denying them a sense of agency, purpose, and voice. Students leave school unable to articulate their own ideas and stories.Such a model of creativity-killing education, which all the major educational thinkers from John Dewey to my dear friend Maxine Greene were against, fosters a depressed, compliant, and passive population. Which is great for would be tyrants and the manufacturers of Prozac, but very bad for ordinary people and democracy.When you consider the myriad of problems we face as a society, from massive wealth inequality to school shootings to the nuclear threat to alienation and the withering of community—just for starters—you have to wonder: Why are our politicians and public intellectuals not connecting the dots between these crises and our broken education system? Well, hopefully they will, once they read this letter!Oh, and BTW, the debut of my one-man show…..also titled “A Real Education”….was a spectacular success at Symposia Bookstore last week. Even though only one person showed up! We wound up having a wonderful dialogue, refreshed our hopes, shared our stories; and look, it even gave me a nice little story to share with the community.Moving forward, I urge people to check out Richard Dreyfuss’ amazing program for civics education, which he created after studying the subject at Oxford. I’ve been working with Richard and wish him great success. Yes, the man who sank the great white shark in Jaws has now taken aim at the monster of civic illiteracy, which threatens to destroy our democracy. Go get ‘em Richard!My wife and I are also building an alternative to our bureaucratized education system with a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that combines elements of an entertaining talk show with a deeper, humanistic, soul-enriching, and intellectual aspect. We promise there are no grades and no tests! Only, we hope, lots of inspiration and transformation! What are your thoughts on what a real education for the 21st century ought to be? I can be reached at [email protected] Bredinlast_img read more

Susan Sharp Appointed Corporate Director of Philanthropy at United Methodist Communities Foundation

first_imgSusan Sharp United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Sharp to the position of corporate director of philanthropy for United Methodist Communities Foundation, located in Neptune, NJ.In this role, she will assume oversight and management of the United Methodist Communities Foundation. The Foundation staff will report directly to Ms. Sharp, who brings more than 13 years’ experience in faith-based philanthropy.A Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University in progress and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Indiana University complement certification as a Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).“I am pleased to join the United Methodist Communities Foundation and look forward to building relationships and broad support for the organization,” stated Ms. Sharp, a resident of Malvern, PA.Prior to joining United Methodist Communities Foundation, Ms. Sharp served Sandy Cove Ministries as director of mission advancement. Her experience includes overseeing all phases of capital, major, annual and planned gift processes, expanding revenue, and managing special events.last_img read more

Craft Baker Position

first_imgCinnamon Square is a unique patisserie, bakery and coffee shop based in Rickmansworth, Herts.We have built a reputation for producing breads to the highest of standards by using a blend of traditional and modern methods.We are looking for an experienced baker who can hand-mould breads and has a good understanding of craft bakery processes.Apply in writing or email as detailed below.For further information call 01923 7783539 Church Street, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1BXTel: 01923 778353Email: **[[email protected]]**last_img read more

Sainsbury’s to close Netto chain

first_imgSainsbury’s is to close its Netto stores after deciding to end its joint venture with Danish supermarket chain Dansk Supermarked in the UK.Sainsbury’s teamed up with Dansk Supermarked in June 2014 to bring the Netto chain back to the UK in an attempt to explore the discount grocery retail segment in the UK and compete with discount retailers Aldi and Lidl. However, the retailer said the 16-store Netto would need to grow at pace and scale, requiring significant investment, in order to make it work.Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury’s said: “Since we first envisaged the trial almost three years ago, the grocery sector has evolved significantly. To be successful over the long term, Netto would need to grow at pace and scale, requiring significant investment and the rapid expansion of the store estate in a challenging property market. Consequently, we have made the difficult decision not to pursue the opportunity further and instead focus on our core business and on the opportunities we will have following our proposed acquisition of Home Retail Group.”Between them, Aldi and Lidl now account for over 10% of the UK grocery business.The UK Netto stores will continue to trade throughout July, but closures will take place in August, reportedly affecting 400 staff, of which 300 are believed to work in-store. The move is bound to affect bakery staff as every store has an in-store bakery, baking fresh bread, rolls, continental and Danish pastries, including a Copenhager pastry – a traditional Scandinavian pasty covered with poppy seeds and filled with marzipan.Sainsbury’s said that it would be working with Dansk Supermarked to minimise the impact of the decision on Netto colleagues and has now entered a period of consultation with staff.Sainsbury’s added  that it will cost around £10m to wind down the business, and its original £20m investment value would be wiped out.last_img read more

Anderson .Paak Performs “Bubblin’” On Kimmel [Watch]

first_imgLast week, Anderson .Paak released a brand new track, “Bubblin”, without any formal announcement of an upcoming band, nor any indication if the song was from his solo vault or with his band The Free Nationals. The thrilling new song was paired with a music video and lots of social media promotion. Last night, Anderson .Paak brought The Free Nationals with him to perform the new track on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.In an interview with Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio program when the song made its world premiere, .Paak expressed that “Bubblin” is just one of “65,000 songs in the vault.” The new song, which he described as a “whole lot of fun”, is influenced by Jahlil Beats and Antman Wonder. Describing it as “black-007-action-adventure-high-speed-chase type of music,” .Paak said that he also tried to get Lil Sims on the song before he decided to write it alone.Watch Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals perform “Bubblin’” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below:Earlier this year, Anderson .Paak promised fans not one, but two albums in 2018: one solo record and one with his band The Free Nationals. New music from Anderson .Paak is highly anticipated within the hip-hop community following the enormous praise generated by his Grammy-nominated breakthrough album, Malibu, in 2016. So far this year he’s appeared on the Black Panther soundtrack, and his music was featured in a visually striking Spike Jonze-directed Apple commercial starring FKA Twigs.In the same interview that “Bubblin’” was debuted, Anderson .Paak revealed that he’s been working alongside Dr. Dre on the forthcoming solo record, who he says has “been very instrumental to taking it to the next level.” Dr. Dre has apparently been involved in the entire creative process, from writing melodies to putting together video ideas. “That’s the whole point when you’re working with a really good producer,” .Paak emphasized, “you let them produce.”There has yet to be an official album announcement from Anderson .Paak on either album, though this single release is certainly a step in the right direction. Watch the official music video below, starring Anderson .Paak, an ATM machine, his adorable break-dancing son, and a bunch of strippers:last_img read more

Mother joins son at Harvard Extension

first_imgPamela Lim of Brisbane, Australia, Singapore, and Delaware received a master’s of liberal arts in digital media design from the Harvard Extension School. Her professional field is CEO of All Gifted Inc. She spoke of her experience as a student at the Extension School.Q&APamela LimHarvard extension: Why did you decide to earn a degree at Harvard Extension?lim: I was not looking to get a degree when I first started my journey with Harvard in 2011. I enrolled in Henry Leitner’s programming class because my son was enrolled in it, and I wanted to ensure that the content was relevant and that he was comfortable.Harvard Extension was a lifesaver for my son, who was diagnosed with multiple learning disabilities by educational psychologists, and asked to attend a school for the intellectually disabled. Our own psychologists had advised me otherwise when he was tested profoundly gifted. I homeschooled him, and he completed grade 12. I then enrolled him in classes with Harvard Extension.While sitting in his classes as a fully enrolled student, I got to update my skills as a programmer. I had been out of touch for almost 25 years by then. I used to be a programmer and then moved on to a senior management position. I became the CEO of a software company and later began teaching entrepreneurship.At that point, I was in the midst of research on modern education and its relevance today (clearly because of my experience with my son). I decided that there were resources at Harvard that could help me put my thoughts into a process.Ultimately, I will have solutions not only for myself, but for other parents in the same situation. Then, I thought a little further: I can make solutions for communities, for governments, for the unschooled, for the remotest parts of the world. In fact, I realized, I can change the world if I were to harness the power of technology in education.To quote Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”Harvard extension: How did you manage to balance your studies with work and family responsibilities?lim: Throughout my time at Harvard, I had to bring up five young children [then 6 to 16 years old] single-handedly. Some were homeschooled and some were attending universities … At the same time, I was still teaching as a full-time faculty member with Singapore Management University. I founded one of my companies, All Gifted, at that time and filed a patent in 2016.I coped by just taking my time to complete the degree. I didn’t have to think about how to cope; I just kept going. In fact, I was not aiming for a master’s degree. I was just happy to learn something new every semester. I enjoyed it so much. It is very likely I will continue to learn with Harvard Extension even after graduation. There’s so much I can learn! Not to mention this journey has given me new purpose.Harvard extension: Describe your Extension School experience in one word.lim: Life-changing. Not only for mine but my son’s. He has graduated with his bachelor’s by transferring the credits from Harvard Extension to another university. He [began] his master’s with Harvard in June.This article was originally published on Harvard Extension School’s Student Spotlight web page in May. It has been lightly edited.last_img read more