Experimental warming of bryophytes increases the population density of the nematode Plectus belgicae in maritime Antarctica

first_imgDespite nematodes routinely being the most frequent soil- and bryophyte-associated animals in maritime Antarctica, there is a lack of clarity about the influence of warming on their populations in the region. Here, we report the results of a field experiment on Adelaide Island that tested the effects of warming with open-top chambers (OTCs) for 37 months on nematodes associated with the bryophytes Cephaloziella varians and Sanionia uncinata. Over the experiment’s duration, OTCs increased the population density of the nematode Plectus belgicae in mats of both bryophytes by six-fold, with four- to seven-fold increases in the abundances of male, female and juvenile P. belgicae in warmed mats, and with the largest effects on the abundances of juveniles. Despite C. varians, which is black in colour, warming to a greater extent than S. uncinata during summer, no interactive effects of OTCs and bryophyte species were recorded on the population density of P. belgicae. Our results corroborate a previous study showing that warming increases Plectus population densities in maritime Antarctic soils, with implications for the region’s terrestrial food webs.last_img read more

Wasilewski in the clear

first_img Berahino complained the Polish defender had deliberately elbowed him in the second half of Albion’s 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. But the FA said that as the incident took place while both players battled for the ball, the officials were likely to have seen it and therefore deemed it unworthy of retrospective action. Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski will face no punishment from the Football Association over an apparent elbow on West Brom striker Saido Berahino. Press Associationlast_img

Riot UK hires former Wargaming Head of Esports

first_imgMo Fadl, Riot Games UKRiot’s UK office has a new member of the crew after the League of Legends developer announced that it has hired Mo Fadl, to ‘drive and develop UK LoL esports’. Fadl arrives well versed in esports and is the former Head of Esports from Wargaming. He will henceforth be at the centre of Riot’s efforts to enhance its esports community, and seems a sensible pick having been an active member of the LoL community 2010.His appointment is the latest step in Riot’s new strategy to develop the local esports ecosystem with a primary grassroots focus. As such Mo will be connecting with local players, and look to take on their feedback and constructive criticisms, of which no doubt there’ll be plenty with an incredibly opinionated community. He’ll also work with organisations and  look to ensure there is a clear and well defined path to pro. Fadl said of his appointment: “I am so happy to be joining Riot Games to become an integral part of the League of Legends community. I myself am an active LoL gamer and have been since 2010. I love being part of this unique, constantly evolving community so I am very excited about how this role will enable me to blend my passion for the game and community with my career.”The developer opened a new London office in February and Mo is the latest in a number of hires since that time.  At Wargaming, Fadl led and expanded the company’s global competitive communities.   Mark Cox, UK Head of Publishing at Riot, commented: “Mo will be joining the new UK Riot team to help build the UK LoL esports scene. In order to allow us to make the most of his unrivalled passion and experience, he will be tasked with placing a particular emphasis on the grass roots scene.“We are really pumped to have Mo joining the UK team and we can’t wait for him to get stuck in! We have talked a great deal over the past 8-10 months about how we want to really focus on developing the grass roots LoL scene and create a sustainable ecosystem and now we can begin that task with Mo’s help and awesome experience.”Esports Insider says: Riot continues to expand its operations in the UK which is fantastic news for the local scene and esports ecosystem. Mo Fadl seems a particular shrewd addition to the team too and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.last_img read more

Chris Paul trade rumors: Rockets offered to send guard to Knicks

first_imgChris Paul may be on the trade market, after all.The Rockets recently discussed a potential deal that would have sent the 34-year-old guard to the Knicks, according to a report from The Ringer, which cites unidentified league sources. New York, however, rejected the offer. Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Rockets will be ‘aggressive in their pursuit’ of wing Meanwhile, coach Mike D’Antoni has reportedly had contentious talks with the Rockets about a contract extension. He has one more season remaining on his current deal.The Celtics have reportedly “checked in” with the Rockets about a trade for Capela. Paul, who has three years and $125 million remaining on his contract, averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 58 games for the Rockets last season. He shot 41.9% from the field and 35.8% from 3-point range.The Ringer’s report adds: Related News “The Rockets recently explored trading Chris Paul into New York’s cap space, but the Knicks refused, according to league sources. Trading Paul would have positioned the Rockets to be a Clint Capela or Eric Gordon trade away from freeing up the cap space to sign Jimmy Butler, who league sources say they plan to pursue.”Paul has asked Houston to move him because his relationship with star James Harden is “unsalvageable,” according to Yahoo Sports. However, Paul and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey both forcefully denied that report shortly after it was published.“I’ve talked to Chris since (the end of the playoffs), for sure,” Morey told the Houston Chronicle. “Myself, (coach) Mike D’Antoni, James Harden are all super competitive, all frustrated we were eliminated from the playoffs, all want to get over the hump. That leads to a lot of competitive fire. All of it is normal. We’re all in the same boat, pursuing the championship. We’re all frustrated we’re not there. But there is nothing past that.“I’m very frustrated right now. We’re literally trying to do real work on making the team better and every day I have to learn about a new media rock that has been turned over.” NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capela NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Knicks among 6 teams interested in Bobby Portislast_img read more

British Embassy to BIH is organising basketball and futsal tournament

first_imgBritish Embassy to BiH, in cooperation with Armed Forces of BIH and Multinational forces of EUFOR is organising basketball and futsal tournament which will be held on 30 April in Banja Luka.Tournament will be held in Banja Luka barrack ‘Kozara’ and the participants of the tournament are AF BiH, Ministry of Interior of RS, Administrative Service of Banja Luka, EUFOR, Irish Guard and team of journalists from Banja Luka.(photo: tvcontinental)last_img

BH Juniors to play against Lithuania for a Medal at the Eurobasket

first_imgThe BH juniors will play against Lithuania for the bronze medal at the Eurobasket in Greece.The junior national basketball team found out its opponent in the match for third place at the European Championship. It is the national team of Lithuania, who was defeated last night by the host Greece with a result of 68:58.Those selected by the coach Marko Trbic will run onto the parquet of the hall in Volos today with the aim to bring one basketball medal to B&H, for the first time in history.We have already played against the Lithuanians at the opening of this year’s Eurobasket, and we have been defeated with a result of 73:50.The match is to be played at 6 p.m.After this match, Turkey will measure forces with Greece in the finals, in the quest for its third consecutive medal of the champion of Europe.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Kerry completes a Hampshire Rose hat trick

first_img13 Apr 2016 Kerry completes a Hampshire Rose hat trick Former English women’s champion Kerry Smith won the Hampshire Rose for the third time with a two-under par score at North Hants Golf Club Smith, from Waterlooville in Hampshire, previously won the Rose in 2001 and 2002, when she was a member of the Curtis Cup team. This time she scored 73 71 in a strong north easterly wind. She was four shots clear of the field and saw off the challenge of four rivals who tied for second place: England Golf squad players Ebonie Lewis (Knowle) and Sharna Dutreux (Wrotham Heath), another Hampshire player, Georgie Mundy (Corhampton), and former England international Tara Watters (Muswell Hill), who won the Rose in 2011. Kerry Smith won the English women’s amateur in 2004 and was an England international from 1997 to 2008. She has helped Hampshire to win the English women’s County Finals on four occasions. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

The Plant Place Nursery Offers Ornamental Grasses for Local Landscapes

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin12 Submitted by The Plant Place NurseryTake a look around town and you will most likely see a wide variety of ornamental grasses in Thurston County.  Perfect for mass plantings, as groundcover, or along borders, grasses are often used on commercial properties and public areas such as roundabouts and planting strips.  They work perfectly in the home landscape as well, softening borders or rock gardens.  Ornamental grasses add great texture when teamed up with flowering perennials and shrubs.Whether you are looking for compact mounding shapes or a more upright variety, there is something for everyone from spiky rigid blades to fluffy gracefully arching clumps like Feather Grass. Miniature Sweet Flag even works between stepping stones. Blue Fescue and Magellan Wheatgrass are a stunning silver blue color.  Oh, the colors to choose from:  chocolate brown, blood red, glossy black, or green and yellow variegated to name a few.Available on site right now at The Plant Place Nursery Retail Lot you will find Red Switch Grass, Cappuccino Sedge, Miniature Sweet Flag, Magellan Wheatgrass, Autumn Sedge, Variegated Moor Grass, Elijah Blue Fescue, Variegated Japanese Sedge, Black Mondo Grass, Fubuki Forest Grass, Golden Hakonechloa and Japanese Red Baron Blood Grass.last_img read more

Puzz pushes Panthers past Tigers

first_imgIssac Puzz dropped 24 points in the first half and the McKinleyville Panthers snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 74-54 win on the road over the Arcata Tigers, Thursday night, in Arcata. The win puts the season series at 1-1 between the two rivals after Arcata beat the Panthers on their home court a couple weeks ago.Puzz was electric in the first half, dictating the pace of the game and pushing McKinleyville’s offense. Puzz finished the night with 32 points.“I just kept shooting,” Puzz …last_img

Editor’s Pick: 10 Things We’re Dying to Know About Chrome OS

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web richard macmanus Related Posts center_img As founding editor of ReadWriteWeb, every weekend I’ll pick out 2-3 posts from the past week which I thought were particularly good and worth highlighting. The biggest news last week was probably the announcement of Google Chrome OS (excellently covered by Frederic Lardinois), which many people saw as the much-anticipated ‘Google OS.’ On further analysis though, there were a number of unanswered questions about this new product. Sarah Perez, one of RWW’s feature writers, wrote an insightful post outlining 10 things that people are dying to know about Google Chrome OS. You can click here to read the whole post, which I encourage you to do. I’ve also pasted a couple of highlights below…Sarah wrote:What will happen when you go offline? If the Chrome OS is all about running web apps in a browser, that begs the question – what will happen when there’s no internet connection available? Of course, Google apps like Gmail can run offline using Gears, but Gears isn’t everywhere yet. Another likely possibility is that Chrome OS will support the upcoming standard HTML5, which also offers offline capabilities. However, not all web applications will support that either…at least not immediately. That just leaves the “windowing system” running on the Linux kernel. Will it, like any other Linux OS, allow us to install software applications? That seems less likely since Chrome OS is all about the move away from the desktop to the web. The only real solution to the offline conundrum would be to bundle in a cellular data service with the netbook so you have always-on connectivity. […]Will Chrome OS Turn into an Enterprise Play? Although Chrome OS will launch on the netbook, how far does Google plan to take their new technology? To the consumer desktop? To the small business? To the enterprise? Google has already shown how competitive they are when it comes to fighting Microsoft Office, will they do the same in fighting Microsoft’s foothold as the business desktop OS of choice? If so, they may have a tougher battle ahead of them than they think. It may be one thing to get the IT guys to ditch Office software for a simplified cloud version, but ditch their OS? Not so much. The Windows desktop OS is designed to work with the rest of the Windows stack, including everything from Exchange Server to SharePoint and many others. In a client-server setting, IT admins create server-based policies that control everything about the corporate OS including browser settings, backup policies, logon restrictions, file access, permissions, updates, and so much more. What can you control when the OS is the web? Not much. And that could be a big problem.Read the full post… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more