Diapause induces remodelling of the fatty acid composition of membrane and storage lipids in overwintering larvae of Ostrinia nubilalis, Hubn. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)

first_imgSeasonal changes in the FA composition of triacylglycerols and phospholipids prepared from the whole body of non-diapausing and diapausing fifth instar larvae of Ostrinia nubilalis, Hubn. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) were determined to evaluate the role of these lipids in diapause. Substantial changes in the FA composition of triacylglycerols and phospholipids were triggered by diapause development. This led to a significant increase in the overall FA unsaturation (UFAs/SFAs ratio), attributable to an increase in the relative proportion of MUFAs and the concomitant decrease in PUFAs and SFAs. In triacylglycerols, the significant changes in FAs composition is the result of an increase in the relative proportions of MUFAs, palmitoleic acid (16:1n-7) and oleic acid (18:1n-9), and a concomitant reduction in composition of SFAs and PUFAs, mainly palmitic acid (16:0) and linoleic acid (18:2n-6), respectively. Changes in the composition of phospholipids were more subtle with FAs contributing to the overall increase of FA unsaturation. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis revealed that the melt transition temperatures of total lipids prepared from whole larvae, primarily attributable to the triacylglycerol component, were significantly lower during the time course of diapause compared with non-diapause. These observations were correlated to the FA composition of triacylglycerols, most likely enabling them to remain functional during colder winter conditions. We conclude that O. nubilalis undergoes remodelling of FA profiles of both energy storage triacylglycerols and membrane phospholipids as an element of its overwintering physiology which may improve the ability to cold harden during diapause.last_img read more

Lettings sector to face huge reforms designed to weed out rogue agents

first_imgHome » News » Lettings sector to face huge reforms designed to weed out rogue agents previous nextRegulation & LawLettings sector to face huge reforms designed to weed out rogue agentsHousing ministry outlines compulsory code of conduct including mandatory training, new regulator and sweeping reforms of leasehold.NIgel Lewis3rd April 201801,991 Views A new compulsory code of conduct for agents backed by mandatory qualification for at least one member of staff and a new independent regulator have been announced for the lettings and property management sectors by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (DHCLG).The details of the new code will now be thrashed out by a working group of lettings, tenant and regulatory representatives, with proposals nailed down by early 2019.The DHCLG announcement, which was released during the Easter break, revealed that it wanted to protect the UK’s nine million private renters from the unexpected costs, vague bills and poor quality repairs offered by rogue agents.“Most property agents take a thorough and professional approach when carrying out their business, but sadly some do not,” says Housing Minister Heather Wheeler (pictured, left).“By introducing new standards for the sector, we will clamp down on the small minority of agents who abuse the system so we can better protect tenants and leaseholders who find themselves at the end of a raw deal.Other measures outlined by the DHCLG include the promised reform of leasehold including a new system to help leaseholders challenge unfair fees, help to switch managing agents where the service is poor and a requirement for managing agents to undertake professional development and training.The working group will also consider a cap or ban on the ‘additional charges’ many freeholders and leaseholders face including restrictive covenants, leasehold restrictions and administration fees.Industry reaction“This is incredibly welcome news to protect tenants and leaseholders from a small minority of rogue agents,” says Gerry Fitzjohn (right), Chairman of The Property Ombudsman.“Tenants have little choice over which agent they deal with as they often choose a property first and then have to use the agent which is managing it. These reforms however, will create a level playing field for consumers who will finally be able to expect a consistent level of service and knowledge, regardless of which agent they choose. This will also help consumers feel more empowered to raise concerns if necessary.“We also welcome the news that civil penalties will be introduced for those that fail to comply with Client Money Protection. The requirement to share data across providers, redress schemes and local authorities to ensure compliance will help with enforcement and protect consumers.”Isobel Thomson (left), CEO of NALS, says: “We welcome the Government’s recognition of the current contribution that lettings and management firms play within the Private Rented Sector (PRS).Creating a level playing field will eliminate the poor practice and dishonesty that currently tarnishes the sector and ensure a safe and fair experience for tenants and landlords.“NALS has consistently called for regulation and unreservedly supports the Government’s announcement of its intentions and strategic goals. Agents who already submit to self-regulation should have nothing to be concerned about. NALS will continue to be at the forefront of discussions over the Government’s route map.” letting agents regulation heather wheeler Communities and Local Government department of housing dhclg April 3, 2018Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

US Navy’s 30 NCR, ROK Navy agree to deepen cooperation

first_img Photo: Capt. Steve Stasick, Commodore 30 NCR and Republic of Korea Navy Capt. Seok Han Yoon, Commodore NMCRON 59, sign a memorandum of understanding between the two units in Santa Ritam Guam on June 26. Photo: US Navy View post tag: ROK Navy View post tag: US Navy Share this article The US Navy’s 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Naval Mobile Construction Squadron (NMCRON) 59 have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for mutual exchange and cooperation.Inked in Santa Rita, Guam, on June 26, the agreement is expected to strengthen naval facilities and engineering capabilities between the two navies.As informed, the MOU continues the longstanding partnership between the two naval engineering units on joint engineering projects and training and allows for both units to mutually express opinions and to advance the understanding and cooperation between the two Seabee commands.“The MOU will enhance the already robust joint naval engineering relationship between 30 NCR and NMCRON 59. It will strengthen our mutual understanding through more joint training opportunities, leading to a tighter operational relationship that will prepare both of our forces to face any future contingency,” Capt. Steve Stasick, 30NCR commodore, said.The agreement, signed by Stasick and ROK Navy Capt. Seok Han Yoon, NMCRON 59 commodore, will lead to combined field training events, regularize operational planning teams, facilitate mutual visits and exchanges between leadership, identify and carry out civil affairs operation projects in support of humanitarian assistance.The 59th Naval Mobile Construction Squadron operates under the Republic of Korea Navy Fleet Flotilla 5, based in Jinhae, ROK.As Commander Task Group 75.5, 30NCR provides command and control over all naval construction force units in the 7th Fleet area of operations.last_img read more

Agnes Harry is Dominica’s newest Centenarian

first_imgLocalNews Agnes Harry is Dominica’s newest Centenarian by: – May 15, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet 51 Views   5 comments Sharecenter_img Share Share Agnes Wiltshire Harry. Photo credit: Ashton ShillingfordAgnes Wiltshire Harry affectionately known as Sister Harry or “Doux Doux” is Dominica’s latest centenarian. Remarkably Sister Harry joins over twenty Dominicans who have lived to the ripe old age of 100 years, a figure that continues to draw attention to the island’s culture and lifestyle.On Saturday May 5th family members and friends joined Sister Harry at the Roseau Seventh Day Adventist church in celebration of her one hundredth birthday. During the celebration Sister Harry, showed no signs of fatigue and sang along with the congregation to enthral everyone who attended the function.Sister Harry, who hails from the village of Castle Bruce was born on May 02nd 1912 to William and Victoria Wiltshire. She was one of six children.In 1944 Agnes got married to Martin Harry and spent a significant amount of her years residing in the Village of Wesley with their four children. Her husband passed away in 1976.Throughout her years spent in Wesley, Sister Harry made a significant impression on the lives of those who interacted with her.First elder of the Wesley Seventh Day Adventist church Andrew Shaw described Sister Agnes as being agile in her twilight years.“God has blessed her and up to last year she was still going in front of the stove and cooking and bringing food for someone at the Infirmary at age 99. She is pretty strong and I will tell you what made her strong, it was her faith in God and all the green banana, dasheen and plantain from Wesley which she ate”.In her earlier years sister Harry worked as a domestic worker. Her only daughter Liluis Richards said her mother has been an example in her life and describes her mother as a hard working and generous woman.“She tried very hard to provide family and never found it too much to give to those in need. She always found time to help others and the charity began at home”.Agnes Harry and her sister Masalda Burkette who is 99 years old. Photo credit: Ashton ShillingfordLiluis recalls her mother in her younger days as a stern disciplinarian who played a significant role in raising children as well as grand children.“She administered discipline to her grandchildren, other relatives and to everyone else who needed to be disciplined, she would not hesitate to do it. She did it only when necessary and did it in an effort to stair her children or grandchildren in the right direction”.Sister Harry throughout her life has been a devout Christian attending regular service at the Seventh Day Adventist church. Her daughter Lilius revealed that her mother made God the centre of her life.“Until a few years ago my mother ensured that she attended service every Saturday. To this day he ensured that she devotes her time to her Lord on a Sabbath. It has been declared to me that my mother finds strength in the Lord. Her belief is so strong that she is rock which will not be moved”.Parliamentary representative for the Wesley constituency and Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs Hon.Gloria Shillingford is impressed with the level of care and support given to centenarian Agnes Harry throughout her years. Hon. Shillingford would like other families on the island to follow suit and care for their elderly parents.“Let me just encourage all of us, those of us who still have our elderly family, including our mothers and fathers to take care of them. The Government can never take over what a family can do for family”.Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South Constituency Hon. Ambrose George and Health Minister Hon, Julius Timothy were also present to celebrate the milestone achievement of Sister Harry. They both expressed congratulations to Dominica’s latest centenarian and wished her continued long life.In his remarks to the congregation Hon. Ambrose George said “I am sure had her children not taken care of her the way they did we would not be celebrating this milestone here today. I want to thank and congratulate her children and grandchildren and the rest of her family who played an important role in ensuring that sister Harry is well taken care of”.The country’s Health Minister Hon. Timothy in his remarks would like all Dominicans to aspire to live to the ripe old age of one hundred.He said “Today as we celebrate with “Doux Doux” let us use her (Agnes Harry) as a yard stick, let all of us aim to be at least a hundred”.During her birthday celebration sister Harry was showered with gifts from family members and friends.Sister Harry, a lover of poetry during her younger days penned and recited a number of poems. As part of her birthday celebration Sister Harry was presented with a compilation of her poems.Studies on longevity conducted by the Ross University Medical School back in 2008 suggest that the key to longevity in Dominica is a simple lifestyle and a healthy diet, and regular exercises.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Everton profit delights Kenwright

first_img The profits of £28.2million come off the back of a 39 per cent rise in turnover to £120.5million, boosted by broadcast revenues of £88.5million courtesy of the Barclays Premier League’s new broadcast deal. The Toffees’ operating gains before player trading in the financial year ending May 31 were £23million, a dramatic increase on the £700,000 recorded during the previous campaign. Marouane Fellaini, Victor Anichebe and Nikica Jelavic all left Goodison Park for hefty transfer fees with the likes of Arouna Kone, Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady coming the other way. On the pitch Roberto Martinez guided the team to fifth with a record Premier League points haul of 72 and chairman Bill Kenwright could not hide his delight. “It was a special season that blended the optimism of youth, a much talked-about, bold new style, individual brilliance and an enduring team spirit that runs through every Everton squad,” he said. “A season that brought a club record Premier League points haul – a total that in almost any other year, would have sealed Champions’ League football. “It was a season that, quite simply, we didn’t want to end.” The club also managed to reduce net debt from £45.3million in 2013 to £28.1million with gate receipts up £1.9million and sponsorship, advertising and merchandising revenue up from £7.6million to £8.4million. “The strong results for 2013/14 are a reflection of the drive, commitment and hard work of all staff at the club,” said chief executive Robert Elstone. “Teamwork and clear priorities will always be fundamental to our success. And, at the most senior level in our club, the passion and talent of our outstanding manager fits seamlessly with the vision and dedication of our chairman. Everton have revealed record profits of more than £28million for the 2013/14 season. Press Association “These combined efforts, shaped by a clear strategy, will continue to be targeted exclusively on ensuring the success of the Everton first team. “Our financial results highlight growing revenues, costs remaining under control and debt reducing, and when we combine that solid financial base with a playing squad that continues to improve and increase in value, we have every right to be confident and positive on future prospects.” The current set of results do not include the club record £28million purchase of Romelu Lukaku or the signings of Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and Samuel Eto’o. last_img read more

Change needed at QB position

first_imgAllan Evridge. That’s probably all that needs to be said. The mere mention of UW’s backup quarterback should be enough to reveal the entire point of the column. The name has probably been bouncing in your head for a while, since Saturday maybe? Since the loss to Illinois? From the start of the season? Doesn’t matter. The point is you’ve thought about it, thought about benching incumbent quarterback Tyler Donovan and going to the junior transfer, Allan Evridge. You know what’s coming then. Allow me to write it anyway.After consecutive losses that have dropped the Badgers from No. 5 in the polls and atop the Big Ten to an unranked spot and in the middle of the conference, it’s easy to call for the era of Donovan behind center to end. Wisconsin’s two losses were marked by Donovan throwing key interceptions in critical situations, and in the team’s five wins to open the season Donovan never looked too impressive. With the offense struggling to score points consistently, bringing in a new quarterback is the most obvious of the remedies.In fairness to Donovan, he was put in a difficult position from the get-go. Expectations were high — probably too high — heading into the season and things didn’t get easier once it started. Running back P.J. Hill, expected to significantly lighten the load for Donovan, has underperformed, which along with the defense’s ineptitude has put a lot of pressure on the signal-caller to put up points through the air. That, coupled with the injuries to starting receivers Paul Hubbard and Luke Swan, has meant Donovan has been asked to do a whole lot more than a first-year starter should have been. Now, though, after two losses and games against top-ranked Ohio State and Michigan still to come, it’s time to start thinking about the future. Donovan’s a senior and won’t be back next season. Any hopes of a Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, or even Capital One Bowl appearance this season seem dashed, which means the focus now has to be on next year. Evridge, barring a dramatic occurrence, will be the starting quarterback a year from now and it would be advantageous if he got playing time now so the learning curve for next year is reduced. Letting Donovan finish out the year may help the Badgers win an extra game in this already tainted season, but throwing Evridge into the fire would pay off for the yet-to-be-beaten 2008 squad.Inevitably, those calling for Evridge to usurp Donovan elicit one of two reactions. The first: that Tyler Donovan is taking too much criticism. The second: that he isn’t taking enough.Donovan, obviously, hasn’t been all-bad for the Badgers this season. He’s taken a lot of hits, made some big plays and has always given his best out there. You can’t ask for anything more than that from your quarterback. The defense’s inability to make tackles and their willingness to give up big plays has certainly been as much, if not more, a cause of the Badgers’ struggles this season. At this point, though, starting him over Evridge just doesn’t make sense. Perhaps Donovan’s biggest advantage over Evridge — experience in the system — has turned into his greatest liability. So comfortable has Donovan become with tight end Travis Beckum, and the injured Swan, that he tends to lock onto the receiver, refusing to look somewhere else regardless of the coverage he faces, which has often led to interceptions. Evridge, without a rapport with the receivers, is less likely to succumb to this problem.Not being harsh enough? Well, as stated before, Donovan has given it all for UW this season and you can’t fault a guy too much when he is doing the best that he can. Plus, at least it’s only the quarterback drawing the criticism in this column. If the disappointment that Badger fans are experiencing now was taking place in the Southeastern Conference, everyone with any relationship to the team — from the most loyal of fans to the objective media — wouldn’t just be calling for the quarterback’s head, but for the coach’s. Bielema’s lucky that it isn’t him being singled out for replacement.Validity of criticisms aside, this weekend is the perfect time to make the switch to Evridge. Northern Illinois comes to town, giving the junior a chance to wet his feet against a (relatively) weak opponent before the Badgers make the trek to current No. 1 Ohio State in two weeks. Eventually, Evridge is going to be the starting quarterback for the University of Wisconsin, and with this season already established as a disappointment, now’s as good a time as any to give him a chance.Mike Ackerstein is a sophomore majoring in poultry science. If you agree its time to make a quarterback switch but think Dustin Sherer is the right choice, he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more