Distinct oceanic microbiomes from viruses to protists located near the Antarctic Circumpolar Current

first_imgMicrobes occupy diverse ecological niches and only through recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies have the true microbial diversity been revealed. Furthermore, lack of perceivable marine barriers to genetic dispersal (i.e., mountains or islands) has allowed the speculation that organisms that can be easily transported by currents and therefore proliferate everywhere. That said, ocean currents are now commonly being recognized as barriers for microbial dispersal. Here we analyzed samples collected from a total of six stations, four located in the Indian Ocean, and two in the Southern Ocean. Amplicon sequencing was used to characterize both prokaryotic and eukaryotic plankton communities, while shotgun sequencing was used for the combined environmental DNA (eDNA), microbial eDNA (meDNA), and viral fractions. We found that Cyanobacteria dominated the prokaryotic component in the South-West Indian Ocean, while γ-Proteobacteria dominated the South-East Indian Ocean. A combination of γ- and α-Proteobacteria dominated the Southern Ocean. Alveolates dominated almost exclusively the eukaryotic component, with variation in the ratio of Protoalveolata and Dinoflagellata depending on station. However, an increase in haptophyte relative abundance was observed in the Southern Ocean. Similarly, the viral fraction was dominated by members of the order Caudovirales across all stations; however, a higher presence of nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (mainly chloroviruses and mimiviruses) was observed in the Southern Ocean. To our knowledge, this is the first that a statistical difference in the microbiome (from viruses to protists) between the subtropical Indian and Southern Oceans. We also show that not all phylotypes can be found everywhere, and that meDNA is not a suitable resource for monitoring aquatic microbial diversity.last_img read more

South Bend Cubs to host watch part for ACC Championship game

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSports Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook South Bend Cubs to host watch part for ACC Championship game Google+ By 95.3 MNC – December 7, 2020 0 413 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Bend Cubs) The South Bend Cubs will host a watch party at Four Winds Field for the ACC Championship Game with Notre Dame taking on Clemson.The South Bend Cubs released the following information about the watch party:The University of Notre Dame will make history on Saturday, Dec. 19, by playing in their first conference championship game. You can watch the Fighting Irish battle the Clemson Tigers on the video board at Four Winds Field as the South Bend Cubs host another VIP Football Watch Party inside the Pepsi Stadium Club. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.CLICK HERE FOR TICKETSLimited to just 50 people, this private event includes our all-you-can-eat Southern Style BBQ Buffet (smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, mac and cheese, Bush’s baked beans, northern style cornbread, coleslaw, and chocolate chip cookies) served by our staff. Your ticket also includes a South Bend Cubs hat and two drink vouchers good for soda or beer (for those 21 and older). Additional beer, wine, and cocktails will be available for purchase. Food will be served from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tickets only are $30 and available for purchase at SouthBendCubs.com. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available day of the game. In addition to the game on the video board, the Pepsi Stadium Club features 12 flat screen TVs and a climate-controlled environment.This event will follow the State of Indiana’s guidelines and policies set by the CDC. Fans will be asked to keep at least six feet away from guests they do not know. Hand sanitizers will also be placed throughout the stadium club.As part of Governor Holcomb’s executive order, fans are required to wear a face mask in public spaces (indoor and outdoor) when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. When individuals are standing in line for concessions, drinks, bathrooms, or where people will need to congregate, a mask must be worn. Exceptions to this rule are those with a medical condition that prevents them from safely wearing a mask and any child 2 and younger. Once individuals are back within their families or in their seats, they can remove the mask. Pinterest Twitter Previous articleMichigan’s Secretary of State blasts protesters for loud gathering outside her homeNext articleICU at Goshen Hospital is full 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

Press release: DVLA asks drivers to look again in new EYE 735T campaign

first_imgDrivers will be encouraged to take the ‘number plate test’ – a quick and easy way to check they meet the minimum eyesight requirements for driving. By law, all drivers must meet the minimum eyesight standards at all times when driving – this includes being able to read a number plate from 20 metres.The campaign is reminding the public that they can easily check their eyesight by taking the 20 metres test and is pointing out some ways to quickly identify 20 metres at the roadside. It is advising that 5 car lengths or 8 parking bays can be an easy way to measure the distance.The campaign is encouraging anyone with concerns about their eyesight to visit their optician or optometrist for an eye test.Dr Wyn Parry, DVLA’s Senior Doctor, said: Notes to editors DVLA Press Office Longview Road Morriston Swansea SA6 7JL DVLA’s national awareness campaign will run throughout the summer. The minimum eyesight standards for driving are published on GOV.UK. 20 metres is around 26 steps for a man and around 33 for a woman. Only for use by journalists and the media: 0300 123 2407center_img 22% of those surveyed by DVLA said that they would work out this distance using car or bus lengths, with a further 21% saying they would use paces or steps to measure this distance. Only around 5% said they would use a tape measure or other physical measurement to gauge the distance. Press office The number plate test is a simple and effective way for people to check their eyesight meets the required standards for driving. The easiest and quickest way to do this is to work out what 20 metres looks like at the roadside – this is typically about the length of 5 cars parked next to each other – and then test yourself on whether you can clearly read the number plate. It’s an easy check to perform any time of day at the roadside and takes just a couple of seconds. Having good eyesight is essential for safe driving, so it’s really important for drivers to have regular eye tests. Eyesight can naturally deteriorate over time so anyone concerned about their eyesight should visit their optician – don’t wait for your next check-up. Email [email protected] DVLA publishes its advice to medical professionals – including opticians and optometrists – to help them assess their patients’ fitness to drive at www.gov.uk/dvla/fitnesstodrive.last_img read more

Statement to parliament: Statement on attacks on health facilities in the Idlib area of Syria

first_imgThe government is extremely concerned by the current escalation of violence in north-west Syria, and appalled by the senseless attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and schools.The UN has confirmed that since the end of April at least 25 health facilities, including at least two major hospitals, and 37 schools have been damaged due to airstrikes and shelling in north-west Syria.These attacks are a clear breach of international law.We call in the strongest possible terms on the Regime and Russia to cease these attacks, and help to end the suffering for those in Idlib.The current escalation in violence is causing immense suffering for a civilian population who are already highly vulnerable. Even prior to this current escalation of violence, nearly 2 million people in the region have already been forced to leave their homes at least once, and nearly 3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.I would like the take the opportunity to highlight the support we are providing to assist those in such dire need across north-west Syria. Last year alone, the UK provided over £80 million in humanitarian assistance in the region – including supporting provision of food, shelter and other essential items for those caught up in the conflict.And we are continuing that support this year too. In response to the recent situation, DFID’s partners are scaling up their humanitarian response to meet the growing needs on the ground, including supporting health facilities.A further escalation of violence, triggering waves of displacement, would likely overwhelm an already stretched humanitarian response.So once again, I call on all parties to cease violence in Idlib, to respect previously agreed ceasefires, and to bring an end to the needless and deplorable attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools in the region.last_img read more

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Adds 18 New Dates To Fall Tour Schedule

first_imgOn the heels of their new album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will continue to tour extensively in support. The band is firing on all cylinders with great music, new and old, and their performances maintain a high level of authentic soul with grooving energy.Today, the group has revealed a total of 18 new tour dates. After a previously-announced run takes them through October, the new dates run from November 9th in Asheville, NC through December 17th in Los Angeles, CA with tour dates split into two runs. The East Coast run will see the band hit hot spots like Columbia’s Music Farm, Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse, Westbury’s The Space at Westbury and Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre. After Thanksgiving, the band will pick things back up again with an extensive West Coast-oriented run that starts in Missoula and works through Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and most of California.You can see the full schedule below, and more info can be found here!Chris Robinson Brotherhood Tour DatesAugust 25 Arrington, VA—Lockn’ September 16 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre September 17 New York, NY—City Winery Open @ Forest Hills Stadium September 18 Scranton, PA—Outlaw Music Festival September 21 Buffalo, NY—Town Ballroom September 23 Pontiac, MI—The Crofoot Ballroom September 24 Pittsburgh, PA—Rex Theater September 25 Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom September 26 Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom September 29 Stroudsburg, PA—Sherman Theater September 30 Boston, MA—Paradise October 1 Boston, MA—Paradise October 2 Syracuse, NY—Westcott Theatre October 4 Grand Rapids, MI—The Intersection October 6 Cincinnati, OH—20th Century Theater October 7 Nashville, TN—The Cannery Ballroom October 8 Columbia, MO—The Blue Note October 9 Omaha, NE—The Slowdown October 11 Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theatre October 13 Indianapolis, IN—Deluxe at Old National Center October 14 Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall October 15 Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre October 16 Milwaukee, WI—Turner Hall Ballroom October 20 Louisville, KY—Headliner’s Music Hall October 21 Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre October 22 Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre October 23 Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre November 9 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel November 11 Columbia, SC—Music Farm November 12 Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse November 18 Westbury, NY—The Space At Westbury November 19 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre November 29 Missoula, MT—The Wilma December 1 Sandpoint, ID—The Hive December 2 Seattle, WA—Neumos December 3 Portland, OR—Revolution December 4 Eugene, OR—HI FI Music Hall December 6 Sacramento, CA—Ace of Spades December 8 San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore December 9 San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore December 10 San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore December 11 Santa Cruz, CA—Cocoanut Grove December 13 Santa Barbara, CA—Lobero Theatre December 15 San Luis Obispo, CA—Fremont Theatre December 17 Los Angeles, CA—Fonda Theatrelast_img read more

Widespread Panic, Greensky Bluegrass & More Tapped For Beale Street Music Festival

first_imgAs if Memphis’s Beale Street wasn’t already filled with tons of live music, the organizers of the Beale Street Music Festival have revealed plans for this year’s event. Taking place from May 5th through the 7th, the fest will see headlining sets from Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Widespread Panic, Snoop Dogg, and Sturgill Simpson.The lineup continues with Death Cab For Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Ludacris, Grouplove, GRiZ, Ziggy Marley, X Ambassadors, Jimmy Eat World, The Revivalists, Drive-By Truckers, Greensky Bluegrass, Dawes, Mayer Hawthorne, Deer Tick and so many more.Check out the full artist billing below, and head to the official website for details.last_img

Residents Urged To Use Caution During Blizzard Conditions

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – With Chautauqua County expected to receive heavy snowfall through Friday, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel is reminding residents to use caution while traveling.Drivers are asked to postpone or cancel non-essential trips if travel conditions are hazardous and obey travel bans.Additonal, Wendel asks drivers to clean off all snow and ice from their vehicles by making sure snow and frost is removed from the windshield, windows and side mirrors; compacted snow is removed from the wheel wells; and snow is removed from the headlights and taillights so other drivers can see you.“We have been fortunate to have some warmer weather this past week but with significant snowfall expected to return, I ask that county residents please use caution and remember to slow down if road conditions and visibility are poor,” said Wendel. “Our Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Division of Transportation are prepared for this storm and I remind residents that if they must travel to please be careful.” The executive also asks residents to keep parked vehicles off the roadways and shoulders of the road so that crews and properly clear snow.Wendel says residents should call the Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agencies to notify them if your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road and to keep the gas tank at least half full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.Weather forecasters say heavy lake effect snow is expected with total snow accumulations of one to two feet. Winds could also gust as high as 45 to 50 m.p.h. resulting in severe blowing and drifting snow.last_img read more

Big Tech CEOs ready defenses for US Congress hearing into their growing power

first_imgThe high-profile hearing, which will bring together Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai, will be a key moment in the growing backlash against Big Tech in the United States and is likely to set up a face-off between the executives and skeptical lawmakers from both parties.Many tech lobbying groups say the hearing is unlikely to address core antitrust issues or bring new information to the table, however.Apple is likely to be quizzed about the way it manages its app store after facing criticisms it hurts newcomers. Apple told Reuters it will argue it does not have controlling market share for apps. The iPhone maker views its store as a feature designed to ensure the security and reliability of its phones.Apple will address issues such as the approval process for the app store – long a sore point with developers who have said their apps are held up without warning – and allegations it does not share key functions such as data about the phone’s location. The chief executives of four of the largest US tech companies plan to deflect criticism next week in a Congressional hearing into their use of market power to hurt rivals by saying they themselves face competition and by debunking claims they are so dominant.The CEOs of Facebook, Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet’s Google and Apple, are set to speak before the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel on July 27. They will present their testimonies virtually, according to sources familiar with their plans.The panel is questioning the companies as part of its probe into whether they actively work to harm and eliminate smaller rivals, while not always making the best choices for their customers. The other companies will also contend they still face plenty of competition.A source said Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is likely to talk about the options consumers have for online purchases and how the coronavirus pandemic has boosted e-commerce overall – including for large retail rivals such as Walmart.He is also expected to talk about small sellers on its third-party marketplace platform and “how they have continued to thrive despite competition from Amazon,” the source added. Amazon has come under scrutiny on how it uses data from small sellers to benefit its own business.Bezos could also address allegations the company took advantage of the pandemic by limiting inventory sold by small sellers but will stay away from bringing up contentious issues such as the conversation around breaking up the company, the source said.Facebook’s Zuckerberg will follow a similar tack, another source said. He is expected to argue that the company has strong competitors, including Google and Amazon on the advertising side and Twitter and TikTok in social media.Zuckerberg is expected to renew Facebook’s call for government regulation in areas such as harmful content in social media, election integrity, and privacy – areas where the company has been criticized.Details of Google’s likely arguments were not available. But in recent weeks the firm has published blog posts and a white paper asserting that it still faces plenty of competition and that the fees it charges ad buyers and sellers are justified.Amazon, Facebook and Google declined comment.“There’s not much tech CEOs can do to appease anti-tech critics… this hearing is not about finding truth but creating news stories,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at industry lobby group NetChoice.Some industry observers disagreed.The US does not have regulations to deal with the practices employed by large tech companies and the hearing is a key step in that direction, Dipayan Ghosh, a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School said during an interview organized by the Capitol Forum.Topics :last_img read more

Virus gives Sri Lanka’s threatened elephants a reprieve

first_img“But this is a temporary situation. Farmers will start defending their crops and the killings will resume.”Most of the killed elephants are shot dead or poisoned by farmers trying to keep them off their land. The beasts are considered sacred in the majority-Buddhist island and are protected, but prosecutions are rare.Most of the humans are killed by elephants who have seen their habitat drastically reduced, rampaging in villages looking for food.Sumith Pilapitiya, a conservationist and former director-general of the government’s wildlife department, estimated that the number of elephant deaths decreased by 40 percent during the coronavirus lockdown, which started in March and officially ended in June. Pilapitiya said an average of 240 elephants were killed annually between 2010 and 2017 and the rate had accelerated since.Pilapitiya told AFP: “The Asian elephant is classified as ‘endangered’, so we cannot afford to lose elephants at that rate.”He expressed hope that a “significant reduction” during the shutdown — which included nationwide stay-at-home orders, with people only allowed out to buy essentials — would bring down the overall toll for the year.Sri Lanka’s elephant population has declined to about 7,000 according to the latest census, down from 12,000 in the early 1900s. Sri Lanka’s coronavirus lockdown has helped reduce the death toll from clashes between elephants and humans, conservationists have said.A record 405 elephants were killed by humans in the country last year, up from about 360 in 2018. A total of 121 people were killed by elephants, up from 96 the year before, according to government data.Speaking ahead of World Elephant Day on Wednesday, Jayantha Jayewardene, a leading international expert on elephants, said: “We can say that the human-elephant conflict eased during curfews. World Elephant DayPilapitiya said a new panel of experts on measures to reduce human-elephant conflicts in the country would have its first meeting on World Elephant Day.”This may be an auspicious beginning and hopefully the government will implement the recommendations of this committee,” he said.During the shutdown, Pilapitiya accompanied wildlife trackers who reported spotting baby elephant twins at the Minneriya sanctuary northeast of Colombo, the first pair seen in the wild in Sri Lanka and a rare sight anywhere.But the shutdown of wildlife parks during the pandemic saw an increase in poaching and illegal hunting of all wild animals, prompting the government to order a crackdown in July.Environmental lawyer Jagath Gunawardena said law enforcement authorities were preoccupied with the coronavirus, which made poaching easier.”Incidents of elephant-human clashes were few, but there was an increase in killing animals for their flesh,” he said.While the lockdown officially ended on June 28, Sri Lanka’s borders remain closed to foreign tourists. And that has badly hit some residents who rely on the country’s elephants for their income.The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage closed during the lockdown, fearing that the animals might contract the virus. It opened again last month, but its 84 elephants are mostly undisturbed by visitors.”Hardly anyone visits here during the week,” said Suneth Sanjeeva, who operates a shop outside the elephant orphanage, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Colombo.A restaurant owner nearby said she served about 200 guests before the pandemic, but now she hardly has any customers. Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Watford vs Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Sep 2019 9:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisement Watford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:54FullscreenWatford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/watford-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2005254/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Responding to the managerial change at Watford, Emery said: ‘They finished with Javi Gracia, they did a very great season last year and now they signed a very great coach also with Quique Sanchez Flores.‘I think now he’s going to know the team, the players and he knows some players because he trained them three years ago and I think he is also going to be good also.‘I really respect every coach. I think now with Quique Sanchez Flores, they are going to continue working well like they were doing with Javi Gracia.‘We are going to respect them and prepare for the match thinking of us in the beginning and after, respecting them with their characteristics.‘After, some things can change. Watford are going to be the same in their great spirit like a team and also they are going to push a lot in Watford with their supporters. They have very good players.’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 Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Watford vs Arsenal Nicolas Pepe was sent home early from international duty by Ivory Coast (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is hopeful Nicolas Pepe will be fit enough to play a starring role for Arsenal against Watford on Sunday.The club’s record signing has shown flashes of huge potential during the opening weeks of the new season following his £72million move from Lille.Pepe caught the eye, in particular, during the recent defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, providing the usually unflappable Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson with several uncomfortable moments.The 24-year-old has already operated as a conventional winger and a support striker as Emery continues to tinker with his system and make alterations to his starting line-ups depending on the opposition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityArsenal confirmed on Friday that Alexandre Lacazette would be out of action until October with a persistent ankle injury, which could force Emery to deploy Pepe in the role he filled at Anfield on Sunday alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Pepe was sent home early from international duty by Ivory Coast last week, but Emery his confident his major summer signing will feature at Vicarage Road.‘We decided to keep him here with us [during the international break] & we were working with him to have him ready for Sunday & we think he will be.It is a small problem. Where is it? I don’t know exactly.’Watford have taken only a single point from their opening four matches this season and last weekend parted company with Javi Gracia, who was instantly replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores, who coached the Hornets during the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.last_img read more