Despite being one of the most intensely studied habitat types worldwide, the intertidal region around Antarctica has received little more than superficial study. Despite this, the first detailed study of a single locality on the Antarctic Peninsula reported previously unanticipated levels of species richness, biomass and diversity in cryptic intertidal habitats. The current study extends the coverage achieved from this single locality. The intertidal zone at sites in the Scotia Arc, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula was investigated. At all the study sites selected, a wide range of macrofauna was found inhabiting the littoral fringe. These communities, although generally cryptic and occupying predominantly the undersides of boulders and protected interstices, at some locations and sites were rich at multiple taxonomic levels. Across the study locations species richness in the intertidal zone ranged from 7 to 30 species. The highest species richness and diversity were found at high latitude localities, which experienced the highest physical disturbance due to ice scour, and appeared superficially to be denuded of life. Species assemblages varied with latitude with Adelaide Island having a high proportion of bryozoans relative to all other localities.
The oilfield, which is estimated to have 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalents, currently produces 470,000bpd The Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Credit: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Equinor ASA) Equinor is planning to raise production capacity at its Johan Sverdrup field located 150km off the Norwegian coast in the North Sea, to 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) by the end of this year.The move will increase the field’s total production capacity by around 60,000 barrels more than the ‘original basis’ when the field came online.Estimated to have resources of 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent, the field has a current production capacity of 470,000bpd.The Johan Sverdrup field partners target to achieve a recovery rate of more than 70%.Johan Sverdrup field is being developed in two phasesThe field is being developed in two phases with the first phase commenced production in October 2019 while the second phase is planned to start production in the fourth quarter of 2022.Equinor operates the field with 42.6% stake while other partners include Lundin Norway (20%), Petoro (17.36%), Aker BP (11.57%) and Total (8.44%).Equinor Norway development and production senior vice-president Jez Averty said: “For the second time since the start-up the plant is able to increase its daily capacity. As Johan Sverdrup is a field with high profitability and low CO₂ emissions, a production rise is great news.“The field has low operating costs, providing revenue for the companies and Norwegian society, even in periods with low prices.”Upon completion of Phase 2, the Johan Sverdrup field production capacity is expected to increase to around 720,000 barrels of oil per day.Claimed to be the third largest oil field on the Norwegian continental shelf, the field is using water injection to secure high reserves recovery as well as to maintain production at a high level.Johan Sverdrup operations vice-president Rune Nedregaard said: “Based on the positive results of the capacity test where we produced at rates of over 500,000 barrels of oil per day, we are now working on solutions to increase the water injection capacity, which should allow us to further increase daily production capacity beyond this level by mid-2021.”
The UK foodservice market is continuing to grow, according to foodservice consultancy Horizon, although the rate of growth is expected to slow.Food and drink sales in the sector were worth £10.8bn in the first quarter of 2016, up 2.3% on the same period last year, and Q2 is expected to see an increase of 2.1% to £12.4bn.However, the company predicted that, by the end of the year, the UK foodservice market was likely to have shown slower overall growth than in 2015, at around 1.8%.The figures derive from research by the company’s managing director, Peter Backman, on the foodservice sector. They were released to support the launch of the company’s annual The Foodservice Market report, which looks at the size and growth of the sector as well as key market drivers.He said: “Our consumer research shows that frequency of eating out is now at 2.04 times in a two-week period, although average spend is down to £14.07. Brexit and the National Minimum Wage are both causing uncertainty, but UK operators have already proved how versatile and adaptable they can be by embracing new food trends and keeping consumers dining out. The fact there was growth in Q1 demonstrates this resilience.”
British artisan baker Wayne Caddy has won an international award and a place in exclusive culinary club Elite de la Boulangerie Internationale (EBI). Caddy, head of baking at The School of Artisan Food, has been given the prestigious Elite de la Boulangerie Internationale award, automatically making him a member of the invite-only EBI culinary club“Baking is a passion for me. I’m always trying to discover more about the science of bread baking and how to develop the techniques to make a better bread,” said Caddy.He has represented the UK previously at Paris-based artisan baking competition Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, and has judged on a select panel at The Masters de la Boulangerie earlier this year, where professional bakers competed for the sought-after ‘World Master Baker’ title. The event was held in conjunction with the Europain exhibition, the largest exhibition in the field of bakery, pastry and chocolate.Caddy uses his 20 years of industry experience to teach pupils at the School of Artisan Food, a registered charity that offers an Advanced Diploma and courses in artisanal baking.Dubbed ‘Daddy Caddy’ by his students, he shows them how to make products including traditional baguettes and wood-fired pizzas.He said more than 90% of the school’s graduates go on to find employment, with many becoming head bakers or business owners.
The spring edition of the Boston Calling Festival is set to take place at the Massachusetts’ Harvard Athletic Complex on May 25-27. The lineup features headlining slots from Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White, marking his first scheduled live performance with his new band in 2018. Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Paramore, Tyler, The Creator, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Brockhampton, Maggie Rogers, and Royal Blood round out the top three lines of the diverse lineup. Also performing are Manchester Orchestra, Dirty Projectors, Pussy Riot, Thundercat, TAUK, and many more.Early Bird tickets are currently available here. For more information, head to the festival website.
Following a tissue graft transplant — such as that of the face, hand, arm, or leg — it is standard for doctors to give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs immediately to prevent their immune systems from rejecting and attacking the new body part. However, that incurs the risk of toxicities and side effects, because suppressing the immune system can make a patient vulnerable to infection.In a global collaboration, researchers from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India, and University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland, have developed a way to deliver immunosuppressant drugs locally and when prompted, through the use of a biomaterial that self-assembles into a hydrogel, a gelatinlike material. The novel system is able to targeted and controlled release of the medication, so that it is delivered where and when it is needed.The study was published online today in Science Translational Medicine.The hydrogel-drug combo, which contains the immunosuppressant drug tacrolimus, is injected under the skin after transplant surgery. The hydrogel remains inactive until it detects an inflammation/immune response from the transplant site, at which point it delivers the immunosuppressant drug within the transplanted graft for months.In pre-clinical studies conducted by the researchers, a one-time, local injection of the hydrogel-drug combo prevented graft rejection for more than 100 days. This compared with 35.5 days for recipients receiving only tacrolimus, and 11 days for recipients without treatment or only receiving hydrogel.The innovation may also be applied in medical situations outside of transplant surgery.“This new approach to delivering immunosuppressant therapy suggests that local delivery of the drug to the grafted tissue has benefits in reducing toxicity, as well as markedly improving therapeutic outcomes, and may lead to a paradigm shift in clinical immunosuppressive therapy in transplant surgery,” said Harvard Medical School associate professor of medicine Jeff Karp, Division of Biomedical Engineering, BWH Department of Medicine, co-corresponding study author.Inflammation-directed drug release offers judicious use of a locally injected drug that extends the release for months while eliminating systemic toxicity, added Robert Rieben, associate professor of transplantation immunology, Department of Clinical Research, University of Bern, co-corresponding study author. “Continuous release of the drugs irrespective of disease severity is a hallmark of existing drug delivery vehicles and could be a thing of the past.”“This safe, controlled release platform approach functions for over three months from a single injection, and that has broad implications,” said Karp. “Nearly every disease has an inflammatory component. Thus we believe the materials we have developed could be used for localized treatment of multiple inflammatory diseases.”Added Praveen Kumar Vemula, co-corresponding study author: “This approach should also improve patient compliance, as it obviates the need for daily medications. Also, we plan to expand this prototype for the treatment of numerous diseases such as psoriasis, arthritis, and cancer.” Vemula, now affiliated with the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India, developed the hydrogel with Karp while a postdoc in the Karp laboratory.This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Olga Mayenfisch Foundation, Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation, and a Harvard Institute of Translational Immunology/Helmsley Trust Pilot Grant.Karp is a founder of, and has a financial interest in, Skintifique, a company that is developing self-assembled hydrogels for skin applications. The Karp lab developed the hydrogel technology and it was licensed by BWH to Skintifique.
Read Full Story A groundbreaking new report on women and health has found that women are contributing roughly $3 trillion to global health care, but that nearly half of this work—2.35% of global GDP—is unpaid and unrecognized.The June 5, 2015 Lancet report, issued by the Commission on Women and Health, is being launched the same day at a symposium at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The report offers one of the most exhaustive analyses to date of the evidence surrounding the complex relationships between women and health, and demonstrates that women’s distinctive contribution to society is under-recognized and undervalued—economically, socially, politically, and culturally. It examines women’s health needs as well as their critical roles as members of the health workforce and caregivers in their families and communities, and makes recommendations to advance the women and health agenda.The Commission on Women and Health, co-chaired by Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health and director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard Chan School, is a partnership between The Lancet, the Women and Health Initiative, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Other Harvard-affiliated faculty who served as commissioners and authors on the report included Dean Julio Frenk and Professor of Global Health Systems Rifat Atun, both from Harvard Chan School, and Felicia Knaul, associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
Burlington, VT December 8, 2006 Northfield Savings Bank has become the new Presenting Sponsor of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlingtons annual 10-day community celebration. In keeping with its commitment to community, Northfield Savings Bank is helping to ensure that the Festival, a 24-year Vermont tradition, continues to enthrall Vermonters and visitors alike and serves to energize the city and local businesses. Northfield Savings Bank is proud to be able to step up our support of Vermonts largest multi-cultural event, and help continue the tradition of animating every corner of downtown Burlington with excitement offering unforgettable experiences for the entire community, said Tina de la Torre, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Northfield Savings Bank. The changing of the guard marks a new day for the Festival, as its Founding and longtime Presenting Sponsor, the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Burlington, modifies its role in the celebration it helped create and nurture. Northfield Savings Bank first became involved with the festival in 2004.We are so grateful to Pepsi for making this Festival what it is today and we look forward to Northfield Savings Bank setting the stage for its bright future, said Andrea Rogers, Executive Director of the Festival-producing Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival started 24 years ago to give Vermont’s flourishing jazz community the recognition it deserved a celebration combining incredible Vermont talent with jazz legends from every corner of the globe. Produced by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Burlington City Arts, the Festival has grown throughout the years, but its mission to provide enjoyment and education through discovery of jazz in all its forms has remained constant. This years Festival will be held June 1-10, 2007 in performance spaces, parks, and outdoor venues all over town. The line-up will be announced and tickets will go on sale in mid-April, 2007. # # # About Northfield Savings BankNorthfield Savings Bank is an independent mutual organization owned by its depositors, and has been an active part of Vermont communities for nearly 140 years. An annual dividend equal to 10% or more of profits, otherwise paid to stockholders in a public company, is invested in local communities through contributions to Vermont non-profit organizations. NSB has assets of $516 million, employs approximately 145 people, and operates 13 branches throughout Central Vermont and Chittenden County. Web: www.discoverjazz.com(link is external)
Although you are not in a supervisory role within your organization, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader to those at the office. Even if no one directly reports to you, you can still lead by example without being “bossy.” True leaders aren’t necessarily in that position because of their job title, but instead they possess a specific skill set that others look up to. Below are a few ways you can be a leader at work even though you’re not the boss.Spread the loveUnfortunately, many bosses don’t take the time to compliment or give credit to their team. This is where you can step in to spread some love. If you notice a colleague is excelling in a certain aspect of their job, give them the props they deserve. Getting a good pat on the back from a coworker can be just as encouraging as a kind word from a boss.Communicate carefullyLeaders don’t complain when things don’t go their way. Instead, they are open and honest with others about their thoughts and concerns. Even if you are not the boss, you can still lead by communicating effectively with your colleagues. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure of how to move forward. Lean on those around you to develop a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration.Lend a handJust because others aren’t reporting to you doesn’t mean you can’t help them when they are struggling. Even if they don’t accept your offer to help out, just extending a helping hand will show them you care about their work performance. Don’t be afraid to go out of your way for teammates because that demonstrates a humility that only true leaders possess. Hopefully if you are there when someone at work needs you, they will help you out down the road if you hit a rough patch.Take a riskReal leaders get to where they are because of the risks they’ve taken throughout their career. Others recognize when a leader steps outside the box and even if you’re not the boss, you can still move out of your comfort zone. Impress your colleagues with your creativity and innovative outlook. As a result, they will more often than not be inspired and follow suit. 260SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
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