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Geographical patterns in the flora of Cambridgeshire (v.c.29)

first_imgCambridgeshire data collected for the BSBI’s Atlas 2020 project include 347,496 records at monad (1 km) or finer resolution. We used these data to cluster taxa by spherical k-means to produce 21 clusters of taxa with similar patterns of distribution. Some of the clusters correspond to well-defined habitats such as chalk grassland, ancient woodland, traditional fenland, and saline riversides and roadsides. Other clusters were less expected, corresponding to arable clayland, washland (the Ouse and Nene washes), waste ground and garden escapes. There was a cluster of ubiquitous species and another of common arable weeds. The distributions of the clusters are displayed as coincidence maps. Some species are intermediate between two clusters. These can be recognised by their relatively poor goodness of fit to any one cluster. The clusters differ markedly in ecological attributes and whether they include rare or threatened species. We interpret these differences using Ellenberg values and the vascular plant Red List for England.last_img read more

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Warriors’ Steph Curry thanks the people who made Oakland his home

first_img Written by June 4, 2019 /Sports News – National Warriors’ Steph Curry thanks the people who made Oakland his home FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLPETTET/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Ahead of their planned move back to San Francisco next season, the Golden State Warriors are paying homage to Oakland, Calif., the team’s home for the past 47 years.In emotional new images released by Under Armour, the athletic apparel company announced a limited edition of Warriors star Steph Curry’s signature shoe — the Under Armour Curry 6 — appropriately named “Thank You Oakland.” Ahead of the team’s move across the bay, Curry surprised some of his hometown heroes with the new sneakers. Curry will lead the team back to Oracle Arena in Oakland for Game 3 of the NBA finals Wednesday night. The series is tied 1-1.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Weak Blues muscled out

first_imgThe Blues had a very mixed week, with a convincing 25-7 win over Japan’s Kanto Gakuin University on Satuday followed by a weak performance by an inexperienced team against Bohemians of University of Limerick, Eire in a 26-5 defeat on Wednesday.The team have set their stall out for this season to play adventurous rugby, moving the ball wide at pace early on. Against Kanto Gakuin, the sheer speed of passing along the line was enough to overcome the opposition’s defence and only poor ball handling prevented the Blues from gaining an even larger victory. Against the harder-hitting Limerick side, however, the Blues were taught a lesson in hard, tight rugby, the creativity of the backline of little use with a shortage of quality ball and ineffective recycling. The game against Kanto Gakuin, who beat Cambridge 21-14 in Tokyo during the summer, was never a thriller. Initially, the teams were reasonably matched, and Kanto Gakuin actually enjoyed the best of the early opportunities. However, Oxford went ahead with a fast flowing move which is becoming the team’s signature play, Huw Jones getting over after some great team work created an overlap. The game continued in this style and every time the Blues had the ball, they tried to outwit the tourists with their speed and agility, so it came as no surprise that Oxford went in 15-0 up at half time with another rapid move. Ross Lavery broke through the Kanto Gakuin line and Adam Harris fnished off the move. Jon Fennell continued his good day with the boot, adding the conversion to his earlier penalty.The second half showed Oxford’s superior fitness and the forwards started to dominate in the scrum. Winger Jonan Boto broke through for a try and Fennell kicked another five points. However Kanto Gakuin did put up some resistance and a period of strong play from them, with their forwards turning the tables, lead to number 8 Tosa putting the ball under the posts for the final points of the game.A very different team played against semi-professional Limerick, with only four Blues named in the starting line up due to the game against Leicester Tigers three days later. It definitely showed in a performance which started as a closely fought game but turned into a second half nightmare. The same tactics were on display but the visitors were able to repulse the fast attacks the pacey Oxford backline tried to put together. Limerick’s Fergal Lawlor scored three penalties in the first half, but prop Sean Brophy reduced the deficit after Ali James went close. Bohemians did have a try disallowed due to an unnecessary forward pass which let Oxford off the hook and left the match very much alive at half time with the score at 9-5.The second half was anything but close. The Blues lost any momentum they had going into the break and appeared lacklustre. The lineouts were overcomplicated and Oxford put themselves in danger on many occasions by losing their own throws. Limerick were smashing in the scrum and James O’Neil went over after the home team were driven back over their line. With the Blues forced to commit in huge numbers to rucks, Limerick were able to create large overlaps of which they took full advantage. There were a few good breaks but these petered out as the Blues’ recycling let them down. Coach Steve Hill summed up the performance. “We didn’t perform as well as we should have done.”Saturday’s match showed once again  that the Blues have real potential this year to play some devestating and effective rugby. However, Wednesday’s game showed that it could all come to nothing if the Blues do not get their basics right. An admittedly inexperienced Blues side struggled with scrummaging, line-outs and basic handling. These aspects of their game will have to improve. ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

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When can you use hidden CCTV cameras?

first_imgQ You are suspicious that an employee is up to no good and are thinking about installing hidden CCTV cameras to catch them red-handed. Is there anything you must consider first?A Occasionally, you may get a hunch that an employee is up to mischief for example, you might suspect they are stealing from the petty cash or taking drugs in the toilets. Of course, you can intervene, but you would have a much stronger hand if you had hard evidence to back up your beliefs. CCTV footage showing the culprit in the act would be ideal. But is it as simple as rigging up hidden cameras out of hours?The use of CCTV cameras is covered by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and its accompanying CCTV Code of Practice (the Code). Unlike the DPA, the Code is voluntary, but the Information Commissioner (IC) will want to know if you have followed it, should an employee complain about your use of CCTV.The Code says hidden CCTV cameras must not be used purely to obtain evidence for run-of-the-mill internal disciplinary matters. They are only justifiable where you suspect that a specific crime for example theft is being committed and you intend to involve the police.Even if these conditions are met, you will still need to carry out an “impact assessment”. This will help you decide if resorting to CCTV is a “proportionate response” to the perceived problem, or a potential breach of privacy. If it’s not clear-cut, then a less intrusive alternative should be found.Details on how to carry out an impact assessment can be found in Part 4 of the Code. For example, it says you must consider if hidden CCTV cameras will:1. be used only for this particular investigation that is, they cannot be used to generally monitor staff2. have a detrimental effect on staff who are not under suspicion3. actually identify the culprits in other words, could this be done through other means?4. add any weight to the investigation is the recording vital to establish wrongdoing?The number and placement of any hidden cameras should be proportionate to the type of investigation. Plus, you must limit access to the footage to as few employees as possible and must be able to justify who has it for example a manager and why.Keep records of your impact assessment in case your decision to use hidden CCTV cameras is ever challenged by staff.Finally, and understandably, the most contentious use of hidden CCTV cameras is in toilet areas. According to the Code, this can only be justified if you have reasonable grounds to believe a crime is being committed there for example drug dealing and police involvement is a certainty.Ensure hidden cameras in toilet areas do not cover cubicles or urinals, even partially. This would be an unlawful invasion of privacy and risks a complaint to the IC.last_img read more

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Lettuce Throws Down Late Night Lollapalooza Rager [Gallery/Recap]

first_imgLettuce played a sold out Lollapalooza late night at the intimate Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL last Saturday, July 31st. The crowd was fired up from the start, as the band truly performed late night starting a bit after 12:30 AM. Much of the audience had spent the day getting down at Lolla and the warmed up energy was palatable.  As Lettuce took the stage, bassist Jesus Coomes took the mic and hyped the crowd up! Before long, the funk was rolling and the funk was deep.As has been the trend in 2016, the show took on a very loose vibe with all sort of improvisational highlights. Ryan Zoidis particularly shined with his saxophone and pedals, creating all sorts of sexy grooves that had the room moving. The Shady Horns were anything but shady on this night as the spotlight clearly shined on them.The continued path towards improvisation has lead the band into some far out spaces that had the sold out crowd worked into a frenzy. The type of energy that only seems to appear from improvisation. This show seemed to have more of a collective vibe then virtuosic soloing, and these adventures into the unknown lead to a legendary performance and continues to show that the sky is the limit for Lettuce Funk.Photos by Skol Shotz Photography, full gallery below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Newport Folk Festival Adds Jon Batiste & Dap-Kings Set Called “A Change Is Gonna Come”

first_imgToday, Newport Folk Festival announced another performance for its already extensive lineup on Sunday, July 29th. Titled A Change Is Gonna Come, the newly announced set will be hosted by Jon Batiste of Jon Batiste and Stay Human (currently the house back for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) playing alongside The Dap-Kings. While there has been relatively little information announced about this new set, in a Facebook post, Batiste promised that he’ll “be playing with The Dap-Kings and some INCREDIBLE surprise guests.”The festival announced this new set paired with a collage featuring signs and other images used in civil rights protests across history from as recently as now through to the 1960’s. As pointed out by JamBase, “One of the highlights from last year’s Newport Folk Festival was a set of protest songs called Speak Out,” so its likely that Batiste and The Dap-Kings’ set could take on a similar focus. Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival are currently sold out.last_img read more

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Angela Athletic Facility reopens

first_imgThe new Angela Athletic Facility opened Tuesday at Saint Mary’s after more than a year and a half of construction on the building that hadn’t been previously renovated since the 1970s. The facility is now open to students and faculty with brand new cardio and strength equipment and a larger indoor running track. Construction is still ongoing in the facility to finish work on the new cafe, two TV lounges and new locker rooms that will be finished after winter break.   Saint Mary’s athletic director Julie Schroeder-Biek said after having offices in separate buildings, she is ready to have all of the athletic staff back in one place.“One of the things I’m so excited about is the staff being back together again,” Schroeder-Biek said. “It’s been a challenge to just stay on the same page. We have monthly meetings and we’re a tight staff, but I can’t wait until we’re back together again.”Schroeder-Biek said she is most excited about what the new Angela facility is going to do for the larger community.“It’s going to have something for everybody,” she said. “If you want to workout, if you want to grab coffee, if you just want to hang out, meet friends or study, it’s going to be a real hub of community.”Sophomore soccer captain Callie Doyle said she thinks the new building and equipment will help get everyone in the door to workout. “I think the improvements that they made to Angela with benefit everyone whether they do a sport or not,” Doyle said. “The new equipment and track will help everyone get motivated to work out even when it’s cold outside.”Freshman soccer player Brianna Smith said she is excited that student athletes will finally have the room they need for workout classes, after spending seasons without a practical workout area.“I’m excited about the new space in the athletic training rooms,” Smith said. “We won’t be crowded in small rooms anymore getting taped up, and there is room for new ice baths which will help athletes a lot through their season.”After trying out the new facility, senior Gabby Moody said she was pleasantly surprised by the renovations. “It just seems like a very clean space and it just has so much more variety and options for us to take care of our physical and mental health,” she said.Students are looking forward to the new cafe that is going to feature new choices for on-campus dining. Sophomore Molly Murphy, also a member of the Saint Mary’s soccer team, said she and her friends will finally find it easy to get nutritious food.“I’m really excited for the cafe,” she said. “It will be an easy and convenient way to get a healthy post workout snack that everyone would want after a hard practice or workout.”Schroeder-Biek said she is ready for people to visit Angela and test out the brand new equipment and new spaces for athletes and the community. “The whole potential of what we can do with the building, expanding programs, and the things that can happen in this space, and how we’re going to bring it to life — I’m just so excited thinking about what we can do,” she said.Tags: Angela Athletic Facility, Construction, renovations, Saint Mary’s Athleticslast_img read more

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Adenovirus vaccines said to offer hope for fighting flu pandemics

first_img The results showed that the experimental vaccine effectively protected mice “from H5N1 disease, death, and primary viral replication” after exposure to “antigenically distinct strains of H5N1 influenza viruses,” the authors write. “This strategy has the advantage of inducing strong humoral and cellular immunity and conferring cross-protection against continuously evolving H5N1 viruses without the need of an adjuvant,” they add. The authors write that their results indicate that widespread use of adenovirus-based vaccines in poultry would probably help stop the spread of highly pathogenic avian flu. And in the case of a human flu pandemic, they add, “an adenovirus-based vaccine could be utilized to complement traditional inactivated influenza virus vaccine technology, which is still the primary choice,” despite the limitations of egg-based production. Hoelscher MA, Garg S, Bangari DS, et al. Development of adenoviral-vector-based pandemic influenza vaccine against antigenically distinct human H5N1 strains in mice. Lancet 2006 (published online Feb 2) [Abstract—access requires free registration] Feb 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A pair of new studies suggest that influenza vaccines based on adenoviruses, one of the causes of the common cold, may offer major advantages in the quest for protection from flu pandemics. In both studies, scientists manipulated adenoviruses to duplicate a key protein (hemagglutinin) found in H5N1 avian flu viruses and then injected the engineered viruses into mice. The vaccines generated an immune response that protected the mice when they were exposed to high doses of H5N1 viruses, including strains that did not precisely match the strains from which the hemagglutinin was derived. In one of the studies, the vaccine also protected chickens. The reports raise hopes that pandemic flu vaccines could be produced in cell culture, saving time compared with the months-long process of growing them in chicken eggs. In addition, because the experimental vaccines seemed to offer broader protection than conventional egg-based vaccines do, it may be possible to produce and stockpile a pandemic vaccine in advance instead of waiting until a pandemic virus emerges, the reports say. However, the vaccines have not yet been tested in people. In the Pittsburgh study, researchers engineered an adenovirus to duplicate hemagglutinin from a 2004 Vietnam strain of H5N1 virus. They injected this into mice and then exposed them to an H5N1 virus 70 days later. The mice were fully protected by the vaccine, which generated both hemagglutinin-specific antibodies and a cellular immune response. In the CDC-Purdue study, researchers made a vaccine consisting of a nonreplicating adenovirus containing the hemagglutinin gene from an H5N1 virus identified in Hong Kong in 1997. One group of mice was injected with this vaccine, while other groups were injected with saline solution or one of two other control vaccines. Gao W, Soloff AC, Lu X, et al. Protection of mice from lethal H5N1 avian influenza virus thorugh adenovirus-based immunization. J Virology 2006 Feb;30(4):1959-64 [Abstract] “Our findings as well as those from other adenovirus-based vaccine studies support the development of replication-defective adenovirus-based vaccines as a rapid response in the event of the pandemic spread” of avian flu, write Gao and colleagues in the Journal of Virology. The researchers also took blood samples from the vaccinated mice and assessed the serologic response to three different H5N1 viruses—the 1997 strain used in the vaccine, plus 2003 and 2004 strains from Hong Kong and Vietnam, respectively. The experimental vaccine produced a “significantly high” antibody response to the 1997 virus but weaker responses to the other two viruses. See also: To assess cellular immune responses, the researchers measured the generation of CD8 T-cells in the vaccinated mice. Mice that received the experimental vaccine had a three-fold to eight-fold higher frequency of CD8 cells than those that received control vaccines, a significant difference. The experimental vaccine was also tested in chickens by giving them a single subcutaneous dose and exposing them to H5N1 virus 21 days later. The immunized chickens were fully protected, while a group of unvaccinated chickens all died. The other study was conducted by a team from the University of Pittsburgh, the CDC, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, with Wentao Gao as the first author. “This approach is a feasible vaccine strategy against existing and newly emerging viruses of highly pathogenic avian influenza to prepare against a potential pandemic,” states one of the reports, published online by The Lancet. “This approach also provides a viable option for potential vaccine stockpiling for the influenza pandemic.” The report was prepared by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Purdue University, with Mary A. Hoelscher as the first author. Four weeks after their second injection, the mice were given high doses of one of two H5N1 virus strains, including a Hong Kong 1997 strain (but not the same one as used to make the vaccine) and a 2004 variant from Vietnam. All the mice that received the experimental vaccine survived with minimal illness as measured by weight loss. The study’s senior author, Suryaprakash Sambhara of the CDC, said the adenovirus-based vaccine can be made much more quickly than conventional flu vaccines, according to a Reuters report published today. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center news releasehttp://www.upmc.com/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/2006/Pages/GambottoAvianFluStudy2006.aspxlast_img read more

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Slovenia opens borders after declaring epidemic over

first_imgBut with the rate of new infections trailing off, the government ordered borders open for all EU citizens, while non-EU citizens will have to stay in quarantine. “Since the danger of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains, some general and special measures will remain in force,” it said in a statement, using a technical term for the COVID-19 disease.Public gatherings remain banned while social distancing rules and mask wearing remain mandatory in public spaces.Earlier this week, the government said some shopping centers and hotels would be allowed to reopen next week. Slovenia opened its borders on Friday after declaring an end to its coronavirus epidemic, despite new infections still being reported.”Today Slovenia has the best epidemic situation in Europe, which enables us to call off the general epidemic,” Prime Minister Janez Jansa said, two months after the epidemic was declared.The mountainous nation of two million people, which borders Italy, had reported some 1,500 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths as of Thursday. It also announced football and all other team competitions could resume from May 23.Despite Slovenia apparently declaring an end to the epidemic, experts clarified that the disease was still present in the country.”No other European state has so far declared the epidemic was over so we should be cautious in Slovenia too,” infectious diseases expert Mateja Logar told public television on Thursday.”The virus remains present,” Logar added.Declaring the end of the epidemic meant the government avoided an automatic extension until the end of June of the first package of economic measures approved to help the population and companies, according to Public Radio Slovenija.This measures will now be in force until the end of May.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Ian Wright says Arsenal’s young stars love working under new assistant Freddie Ljungberg

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Ian Wright says Arsenal’s young stars love working under new assistant Freddie Ljungberg Buyako Saka scored and assisted in Arsenal’s thumping win over Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)‘I thought the other day [against Frankfurt] was the perfect game for them to come in, but I don’t think anybody was expecting Saka to do as great as he did.‘I think there’s a lot of optimism about someone like Joe Willock, you’d like to see him play more, but I thought they were brilliant in a time for Arsenal when it’s not the greatest defensive-wise, they’ve come in and given everyone a little bit of a lift.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The Swede is quickly becoming an invaluable member of Arsenal’s backroom team (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed that the Gunners’ younger players have ‘nothing but great stuff’ to say about Freddie Ljungberg since he took up his new role at the club.The Swede, part of Arsenal’s Invincibles side, effectively replaced Steve Bould as assistant first-team coach over the summer, having impressed with his work for the Under-23s side.Many of the academy players he coached are now part of the first team squad under Unai Emery, with the likes of 18-year-old Bukayo Saka starring in Thursday’s Europa League win over Frankfurt.center_img Joe Willock has started three times in the Premier League this season (Picture: Getty)Part of the reason for Ljungberg’s promotion was to help transition Arsenal’s blossoming generation of young stars into senior regulars, and Wright says they all love working under him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: ‘They speak very highly [of him]. All the youngsters, you speak to Joe [Willock], Reiss [Nelson], all the young guys, they’ve got nothing but great stuff to say about Freddie.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And I’m sure that Freddie, his involvement now with the transition from the academy into the first team, is vitally important.‘I suppose that’s why he’s been brought in and every single one of them [the young players] that have come in have not disgraced themselves. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 22 Sep 2019 12:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link885Shares Commentlast_img read more