The effects of freeze-thaw cycles and leaching on the loss of soluble carbohydrates from leaf material of two subantarctic plants

first_imgLeaves and litter of two phanerogams (Acaena magellanica (Lam.) Vahl and Poa flabellata (Lam.) Hook. f.) were collected in spring on the subantarctic island of South Georgia. Leaves immersed in water lost up to 80% of their total available soluble carbohydrates after 6–8 h. The loss of K+ and PO 4 3- followed a similar pattern to that shown by the carbohydrates. Up to 9 daily freeze/thaw cycles gave no increase in metabolite loss for senescent leaves. GLC analysis showed sucrose to be the principal leachate from Acaena. Sucrose, glucose and fructose were the main leachates from Poa. A significant proportion of the soluble carbohydrates in standing dead leaves was trehalose. The relationship of such leachates to microbial decomposition is discussed.last_img read more

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‘Court system will fall apart if repossession reform is introduced as proposed’

first_imgThe Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned the new Justice Secretary Robert Buckland MP that if the government introduces its repossession reforms as they stand, the courts will go into meltdown.In a letter to Buckland (pictured, above), the RLA has warned against scrapping Section 21 ‘no explanation’ repossessions, highlighting how it already takes five months on average from a landlord applying to court for a property to be returned to them. The warning comes despite government promises to soften the blow by modifying the Section 8 notice process.The letter also includes details of the latest RLA landlord survey while reveals that 79 per cent of private landlords who have used the courts to repossess properties are dissatisfied with the way they work, and that 91% of support the establishment of a dedicated housing court.Scots problemsIn Scotland, when similar reforms were completed, the Government was forced to invest extra cash and provide more staff after it underestimated the increased pressures brought on the court system.It is not just landlords who find the system difficult to work with. According to previous research published by Citizens Advice, 54 per cent of tenants have said that the complexity of the process puts them off taking landlords to court where their landlord is failing to look after their property, while 45 per cent said that the time involved put them off taking action through the courts.With landlords and tenants able to take different types of cases to different courts, the RLA argues that simply tinkering with the existing system is not good enough. It is calling on the Government to establish a single, dedicated housing court that is properly funded and properly staffed.Two routesAt present, landlords can repossess properties using two routes. One, known as Section 21, enables a landlord to regain possession at the end of a tenancy and requires two months’ notice to be given but without providing a reason. Under the other avenue, known as Section 8, landlords can repossess a property under a number of set grounds including rent arrears and anti-social behaviour.David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association, says: “Ministers are proposing some of the most far reaching changes the private rented sector has ever seen. If the new Government decides it wants to proceed with these it is vital that significant and bold reforms are made to the court system.“With landlords and tenants failing to secure justice in a timely fashion when things do go wrong, anything other than wholesale changes with proper funding to support it will lead to chaos.”robert buckland Residential Landlords Association repossessions Citizens Advice David Smith August 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » ‘Court system will fall apart if repossession reform is introduced as proposed’ previous next‘Court system will fall apart if repossession reform is introduced as proposed’Landlords warn new Justice Secretary that current plans to scrap Section 21 eviction notice process will lead to disaster.Nigel Lewis1st August 20190785 Viewslast_img read more

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Bakery chains line up to bag Ainsleys shops

There has been an “encouraging show of interest” in Ainsleys of Leeds, after the business was forced to call in the adminis-trators earlier this month, with Greggs and Cooplands (Doncaster) among the interested parties.Joint administrator Joe McLean, a partner at Grant Thornton in Leeds, told British Baker the business was “running as normal”. He said it had been an encouraging week, and that staff in Ainsleys’ bakery and shops had taken the news with great resilience, despite hundreds of jobs being at risk. “We are in discussions with some parties… it’s still early, but we are hopeful we might find a buyer.”Greggs said it would be “very interested” in looking at a number of Ainsleys shops. “We could offer a future to somewhere in the region of one in three Ainsleys shops, if the administrators would consider those coming over to Greggs,” said chief executive Ken McMeikan. “Our sadness at the moment is to see other another baker in trouble. We want to see the bakery industry thriving.” Chris Peck, chairman of Cooplands, confirmed that the 75-strong bakery chain was also interested in Ainsleys, but said that it was “early days” in terms of a deal. “Ainsleys has a good name and, geographically, it is within our logistical capabilities, so it would be relatively painless to absorb the company.”The 29-shop firm went into administration on Friday 6 November, after earlier attempts to find a buyer failed. McLean said Ainsleys had been trading in difficult circumstances for some time, with declining retail sales and increased market competition.Ainsleys employs 263 full- and part-time staff, and around 30 temporary workers, across its shops and bakery in Sheepscar, Leeds, and in its van sales operation. General manager James Ainsley said that, along with the Ainsley family and company directors, he wished to acknowledge the hard work and loyalty of the staff, “particularly through the recent challenging times”. read more

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News story: Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on extension of self-isolation period: 30 July 2020

first_imgIn symptomatic people COVID-19 is most infectious just before, and for the first few days after symptoms begin. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing.Evidence, although still limited, has strengthened and shows that people with COVID-19 who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between 7 and 9 days after illness onset.We have considered how best to target interventions to reduce risk to the general population and consider that at this point in the epidemic, with widespread and rapid testing available and considering the relaxation of other measures, it is now the correct balance of risk to extend the self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days for those in the community who have symptoms or a positive test result.This will help provide additional protection to others in the community. This is particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission.Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris WhittyChief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBrideChief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Gregor SmithChief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Athertonlast_img read more

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Spafford Covers Tears For Fears And Bob Dylan At Sold Out Hodi’s Half Note Shows [Photos/Setlist]

first_imgSpafford | Hodi’s Half Note | Fort Collins, CO | 3/31/17 Setlist Load remaining images Spafford brought their funked out fiery jam show to a sold out Fort Collins, CO’s Hodi’s Half Note this past weekend, along with Chicago jammers Mungion. Highlights from the show included a tight jam with an insane groove during “Funkadelic,” which had those in Hodi’s going wild, and a bust-out cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World,” as well as the first “I Shall Be Released” (Bob Dylan cover) in quite some time. Check out the full setlist and photos from the show, courtesy of  of Nicholas Stock – Fat Guerilla Productions.center_img SET ONE: Simon & Lilly, Todd’s Tots, Funkadelic > Mad World*, In the Eyes of Thieves, Slip & SquanderSET TWO: Plans, Red’s Jam, Hollywood, America, Lonely, I Shall be Released^Encore: Shake You Loose, The RepriseNotes: *Tears for Fears / ^Bob Dylanlast_img read more

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Greensky, Turkuaz, Keller Williams, And More Tear Up Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown [Photos/Full Audio]

first_imgThis weekend, some of our favorite acts flocked to Scranton, Pennsylvania to take part in Susquehanna Breakdown, a music festival hosted by Pennsylvania’s bluegrass sweethearts Cabinet. Across the two-day event, Greensky Bluegrass, The Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, Turkuaz, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Billy Strings, Kitchen Dwellers, Organ Freeman, and more put on spectacular performances, in addition to three performances by host-band Cabinet plus their joint set with Keller Williams.Watch Greensky Bluegrass Tear Up “Reverend” At Last Year’s Northwest String Summit [Pro-Shot]After a performance by the Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday saw Keller Williams kick things off with his solo set before joining Cabinet for one set of pure collaborative goodness. Williams then departed and left Cabinet to do their thing for their own solo set, before the host band handed the night off to Organ Freeman to close things down. Saturday was a much busier day, with the opening of the Susquehanna Stage doubling the day’s the musical capacities. The final day of the two-day event, the festival’s two stages on Saturday saw additional performances by Cabinet, plus stellar, foot-stompin’ sets from Greensky Bluegrass, Turkuaz, The Wood Brothers, Kitchen Dwellers, Billy Strings, and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies.Cabinet and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Welcome Greensky’s Dave Bruzza In Fort Collins [Videos]Highlights from the many diverse musical performances of the weekend include Keller Williams and Cabinet’s joint set, as well as Cabinet’s set closer later in the night—a cover of Cake’s “The Distance.” On Saturday, Greensky put on a fiery show for the festival attendees, which saw sit-ins by Tom Hamilton, JP Biondo, Patrick Biondo, and the young bluegrass rising star Billy Strings and eventually ended on a high note with an excellent rendition of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” As always, Turkuaz’s set was high-energy and dialed in, and their funk offered a nice change from the bluegrass stylings prominent across the weekend. You can take a listen to select sets from across Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown this weekend below. You can check out photos from Susquehanna Breakdown below, courtesy of Sam Watson. Cabinet with Keller Williams and Cabinet Solo Set, 5/19/2017[Recording courtesy of Keith Litzenberger]Organ Freeman, 5/19/2017[Recording courtesy of Nick Blockus]Cabinet, 5/20/2017[Recording courtesy of Rich Stoler]Greensky Bluegrass, 5/20/2017 [Recording courtesy of Rich Stoler]Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, 5/20/2017Turkuaz, 5/20/2017[Recording courtesy of Rich Stoler]Susquehanna Breakdown | Scranton, PA | 5/19-20/2017 | Photo: Sam Watson Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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A Run-Down Of Some Of DelFest 10’s Special Moments [Photos/Videos/Full Show Audio]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Mark Raker Delfest 2017 | Photos by Mark Raker Photo: Mark Raker Over Memorial Day weekend, the 10th annual DelFest took over Cumberland, Maryland. The four-day festival hosted by Del McCoury and his respective familial projects The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCoury’s was one for the books, showcasing the festival’s ability to pull huge names. In addition to the host bands, this year, DelFest saw performances by Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, Bela Fleck & Chris Thile, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more.Trey Anastasio Band Covers “Midnight Rider” At Summer Camp The Day After Gregg Allman’s Death [Videos]During the festival, highlights included Del, Ronnie and Rob McCoury’s sit-in with the Trey Anastasio Band on Friday evening, during which the musicians moved through renditions of “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome” and “Beauty Of My Dreams.” You can watch videos from this sit-in below, courtesy of DCRANGERFAN.Trey Anastasio Band with the McCoury’s, “I’m, I’m Lonesome”Trey Anastasio Band with the McCoury’s, “Beauty Of My Dreams”Other notable sit-ins included Warren Haynes collaboration with Leftover Salmon for their performance of Neil Young’s seminal album, Harvest. The Gov’t Mule guitarist joined the group for their encore of Young’s “Down By The River.” You can watch video of this collaboration below, courtesy of jakstra.During Railroad Earth’s set over the weekend (which featured Matt Slocum on keys in the stead of Andy Goessling), the group invited guitar prodigy Billy Strings to join them during their rendition of “Dandelion Wine.” To close out their performance, the group moved into a “Head” sandwich, which housed “Hot ‘Lanta” in memory of Gregg Allman, who died on Saturday. You can listen to full audio of Railroad Earth’s set below.In addition to these special moments, DelFest 10 abounded with glorious musical moments—as is only appropriate for the long-standing festival that seems to outdo itself every year. Those wanting to relive the magic of this past weekend can check out photos from DelFest 10 below, courtesy of photographer Mark Raker.last_img read more

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Stanley One Hand Vacuum Mug

first_imgWe all know it’s the season for warm drinks and campfires. While we have experienced a few days of high 50’s, the trend in weather has called for winter coats and beanies. While clothes can obviously do a lot to keep a body warm, there is nothing quite comparable to drinking a hot beverage to warm you up.I was pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago when on my doorstep was a box from Stanley. Eager to see what this goody could be, I quickly found myself in possession of the Stanley Classic One Hand Vacuum Mug.Stanley products are easily recognizable by their classy vintage-esque hammertone green exterior color. Chances are you saw your father, your grandfather, hell even your great grandfather toting around a Stanley thermos at some point. I know my earliest memories of fishing with my grandfather, Pom-Pom, include his green Stanley Thermos filled with hot chocolate for us. Yep he was a great man who knew the way to an 11-year-old kid’s heart. But I digress, back to the topic at hand here.While yes the green exterior of the Stanley mug is vintage, the technology is anything but. This mug is a rock star for a variety of reasons. First it’s bombproof, which is why you probably have the Stanley Thermos your father used. These things can take a beating and keep going. The stainless steel will not rust, it’s BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and fully leak proof. Also, as mentioned in the name, it has a one hand open and close button, which is quite nifty. I was a bit concerned about the push button top thinking it would be a maze of small parts that I would never be able to properly clean. These worries were erased the first time I went to wash the mug. The top comes apart in 4 pieces that are all dishwasher safe so cleaning is a non-issue. Also, taking it apart doesn’t require an engineering degree so no worries there.I tested this thermos on long car rides, trail workdays, and campfire hangouts. This is where the thermos belongs. It keeps liquids warm well into the six-hour mark, and just seems to fit into these settings. The one handed open/close button is very convenient for when your other paw is occupied with roasting a marshmallow, holding a shovel at trail work, or driving. I also tested how well the mug keeps a liquid cold, and I can honestly say my beer after a certain recent ultra-run was quite cold the whole time. Plus it disguises the liquid very nicely, so this could be your next spirit vessel.The Stanley mug can hold 16oz of liquid so plenty of coffee/tea/hot chocolate for anyone. If you’re looking for your next travel mug look no further than the Stanley. Well made, affordable at $30, classic green hammertone color, and your child will appreciate it when you pass it down to them years from now.last_img read more

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Lake Grove Woman’s Husband Charged in Slaying, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 49-year-old former NYPD officer from Lake Grove was arrested Tuesday more than a 100 miles away in upstate Pawling for the alleged murder of his 42-year-old wife, Suffolk County police said.Paul Leitgeb was apprehended following a lengthy standoff with New York State police, authorities said. Suffolk police had learned that Leitgeb was on a hiking trail in Dutchess County and notified state police. After an extensive search, he was found in a densely wooded area in the Appalachian Trail late Tuesday afternoon, police said.Authorities said Leitgeb was armed with a box cutter and threatened to injure himself further after apparently cutting his wrist and throat. After a prolonged standoff, he was taken into custody, police said. He was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie for treatment.Suffolk police homicide detectives charged Leitgeb with second-degree murder. His arraignment has been delayed, pending release from the hospital. Leitgeb, according to multiple reports, is a retired NYPD Transit Officer.Leitgeb’s wife, 42-year-old Tricia Odierna, was found dead inside her Lake Grove home on Oct. 1, police said. Investigators have yet to reveal what caused her death.A family friend who launched a GoFundMe account to raise money for the slain mom’s twins and a stepdaughter described Odierna as “one of the most beautiful souls I ever had the honor of knowing.”“She was my best friend, confidant, sister I never had,” the friend wrote on her GoFundMe page, which has already received more than $20,000 in donations. “She had a heart of gold and to know her was to love her.”last_img read more

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UHS needs help making masks

first_img They mentioned that all collected masks will be immediately sent to laundry/processing to be prepared for use. On their website they said that their masks are on back-orders due to demand and supply issues. UHS Delaware Valley Hospital: DVH Community Pharmacy, 1 Titus Place, Walton from 8 AM – 8 PM M- F Saturday and Sunday 8 AM- Noon UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital: UHS Occupational Medicine, 54 E. Main Street, Norwich from 1 PM – 4 PM M-F. They say if you want to help make one you can visit their site by clicking here. They say the pattern is courtesy of the The Turban Project, which helps people be able to create medical supplies for hospitals across America. UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital: Vestal Orthopedics Building, Vestal Parkway, M-F 9 AM – 5 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 11 AM. (WBNG)- UHS is seeking the public’s assistance in making medical masks for its medical staff. They say that any extra masks will be distributed to other organizations in need. Some of the drop off locations include: For more information, contact [email protected]last_img read more

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