Community work

first_imgSports OutreachThe Combined Universities of Oxford Sports Outreach Scheme (known as CommUniSports) was designed to try to improve existing sports provision in the local community providing members of university sports clubs as enthusiastic volunteers. The scheme gives clubs the opportunity to take their sport into the community and earn some vital extra development money. There are plenty of ways for individuals to get stuck in as well and even gain recognised coaching qualifications in their chosen sport. There is also the opportunity to invent new schemes to add to the existing programme. Outreach is an excellent method of helping out the community, having a fantastic time in the process. Check out the Outreach website at www.sport.ox.ac.uk/outreach for more details.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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Grateful Dead Perform Longest Song Of Their Career, On This Day In 1974 [Listen]

first_imgAnyone who has ever perused their way through the Grateful Dead‘s Wikipedia page can tell you that the rock band was known for their extended jams during shows. There’d be some nights when the Dead found themselves taking jam-friendly songs like “Shakedown Street”, “Playing in the Band”, or “The Other One” well into the 15 to 20-minute range.There was one show, however, which took place on this day in 1974, which heard the Dead take attendees on a wild ride through a 46-minute “Playing In The Band”, making it the longest single-song performance of their career.You read that correctly–46 minutes of prime Grateful Dead. The performance that night at Hec Edmundson Pavilion at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA began with a 15-song first set–only in the Grateful Dead world is that not the headline. When the band returned to the stage to start the second set with “Playing In The Band”, fans had no idea what was about to hit them.Related: The Grateful Dead Launch ‘All The Years Live’ Video Series, Share 1974 “Morning Dew”It’s no surprise that the band’s longest single-song performance of their career took place at this time of their long, strange trip. The Dead were really rolling through the early 1970s with excellent creative juices flowing night in and night out. The band was also just months away from putting their performance schedule on pause for a two-year hiatus following nearly a decade of consistent touring around the country. Relentless tour schedules year after year did manage to form the band’s on-stage chemistry to the point of mastery where they could dish out a 46-minute song on any given night.Fans can listen to the audio player below to hear the entire 5/21/74 performance in full, including the 46-minute “Playing In The Band”. The official run time of the song that night clocks in at an impressive 46:43.Grateful Dead – Hec Edmundson Pavilion – 5/21/1974[Audio: Matthew Vernon]last_img read more

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Pitcher plants build own communities

first_img Wonders of attraction Related Harvard Forest researchers use them to identify signs of trouble in lakes Pierce explores the creative power of symbiosis Pitcher plants provide tipping point The natural world is full of examples of what biologists call convergent evolution — instances where unrelated creatures developed similar traits in response to similar evolutionary pressures.But can that convergence include the interactions of different species that evolve under similar conditions?The early evidence, says Leonora Bittleston, suggests the answer is yes.As part of a study conducted while she was a graduate student in the labs of Naomi Pierce, the Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology, and Anne Pringle, the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Botany at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Bittleston found that the “miniature ecosystems” housed in pitcher plants from opposite sides of the world are strikingly similar, suggesting that there may be something about the plants themselves that drives the formation of those communities. The study is described in an Aug. 28 paper published in eLife.“These plants, the Nepenthes in Southeast Asia and Sarracenia in North America, evolved completely independently … and because they’re like little aquatic islands, they can be used as model systems to study community ecology,” said Bittleston, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “They have a whole little microcosm inside them — even though they eat insects, there are aquatic insects that can only survive in pitcher plants, but there are also aquatic mites, protozoa, rotifers, fungal yeasts, and bacteria.”To capture an image of that community, Bittleston, Pierce, Pringle, and their collaborators from the Universiti Malaysia Sabah and the University of Malaya turned to a process called DNA barcoding, which uses a short section of DNA to identify different species.Leonora Bittleston (pictured) and a team of fellow researchers compared more than 300 samples collected from pitcher plants in Borneo, Singapore, the Harvard Forest, and along the Gulf Coast.,“One way I think this is novel is it’s the first time we’re looking at the whole community inside a host, and not just one taxon group,” Bittleston said. “We wanted to capture the entire community that lives in these plants.”When the team compared more than 300 samples of those communities, collected from pitcher plants in Borneo, Singapore, the Harvard Forest, and along the Gulf Coast, they found surprising similarities.“They were very similar in terms of how many different species you find,” Bittleston said. “But they’re also very similar in terms of the phylogenetic groups. Even though you don’t see the exact same things living in the Southeast Asian and North American plants, the creatures that we do find there tend to be related to each other.”When they narrowed their focus and examined different species of pitcher plants from the same genus that grew near one another, the group found some evidence that the species of plant might influence which species were present, but Bittleston said other factors — like the acidity of the liquid — might also be involved.“We were able to extrapolate a bit and say that we think these organisms are colonizing pitchers on different sides of the world because the pitchers have similar shapes — they have this convergent form and they have this convergent function of trapping and digesting insects,” she said. “And they also probably have some similarities in terms of the chemical conditions inside the pitchers.”,In a follow-up experiment, Bittleston transported a number of Southeast Asian pitcher plants into the Harvard Forest alongside native species and glass tubes, some of which were empty and some of which had insect material in them — and the results were startling.“Basically, we found that the Southeast Asian plants, when they opened and were colonized by communities in North America, they were very similar to the local communities,” she said. “The local community recognized it as a host.”Arguably the most striking example of how the local community accepted the Southeast Asian plants, she said, came in the form of the pitcher plant mosquito, Wyeomyia smithii, which is only found in North American species.“But we found larvae growing in these pitchers — and we even found pupae, which meant they were able to complete their life cycle,” Bittleston said. “There weren’t as many of them, but they still recognized them as hosts. It was really interesting that when you bring something these mosquitoes have never seen before, and they recognized it as a place where they can live.”The finding supports a theory, outlined by Bittleston in a 2016 paper, that suggested that, just as convergent evolution might produce similar traits in unrelated species, “convergent interactions” might lead to similar relationships between species.As an example, Bittleston pointed to ant plants, which, though unrelated, evolved similar structures that provide nesting site for ants. The ants in turn protect the plants from herbivores.“Convergent evolution has always compared individuals, but I think there is something fundamentally different about an interaction evolving,” she said. “It can tell us about how natural selection might be acting on those species interactions. The way we think of it is that there may be certain interactions that represent fitness peaks.” Using genetic tools, Bittleston, Pierce, and Pringle also examined the functional genes in the pitcher plant community, and found several that are related to breaking down amino acids and proteins, potentially making nitrogen available to the plants. Other genes, Bittleston said, were related to the production of chitinases, enzymes capable of breaking down the chitin found in insect exoskeletons.Going forward, Bittleston said, her work at MIT is focused on bringing the pitcher plant ecosystem into the lab to gain a deeper understanding of how the different bacteria found in the liquid interact with each other.“Part of what I want to understand is the complexity in ecosystems,” she said. “We still don’t really know why communities form and how different species interact within communities, so some of the experiments I’m doing now are trying to get at those questions more in depth.”Ultimately, Bittleston said, the study offers important insight into how ecosystems form and how evolution can act on a community of organisms to bring different species together in certain ways.“What I think we need right now is better ways of understanding ecosystems, because we’re in this changing world, and we’re trying to figure out how to manage them, or at least not destroy them,” she said. “So to get a better idea of how ecosystems form, and what sort of factors might control who’s there and how they’re interacting, that’s useful.”last_img read more

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Enter the Rehearsal Room with the Radio City Rockettes

first_img Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes View Comments Related Shows It may be October—but the iconic Radio City Rockettes are already high-kicking straight into the holiday season! Sparkly decorations, reindeer and Santa Claus himself will soon dazzle the audiences of Radio Music Hall. Performances of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes are scheduled to begin on November 11 with an official opening night set for November 15. Be sure to add the splendid limited engagement to your wishlist—the Rockettes will be tapping, toy-soldiering and twirling through January 2, 2017. Take a look at our hot shots of the performers strutting their stuff in preparation for one of New York’s most beloved stage stints of the year!center_img The Radio City Rockettes(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020last_img read more

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On the Blogs: ‘Powering the Next Billion Consumers Will Look Very Different Than Powering the First’

first_imgOn the Blogs: ‘Powering the Next Billion Consumers Will Look Very Different Than Powering the First’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg New Energy Finance:More than a billion people worldwide live without reliable access to electricity. Providing them with power will require hundreds of billions of dollars of investment, vast deployment of technology, and adaptable business and financial market strategies. Much of the job can be done with power generation systems that are not connected to a central grid, and with largely fuel-free technology.That is, the new grids need not be the enormous, centralized kind that exist in the developed world. If power can be generated where it is consumed — with a solar system connected to home appliances, for example — it can closely follow electricity demand growth. Where does much of that growth come from? Leisure activity.Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Frontier Power Service tracks the products, services and business models involved in powering the next billion consumers. Last year, our analysts surveyed 26 manufacturers, distributors and pay-as-you-go solar companies to find out what appliances they offer alongside their electricity-generation systems. Televisions and radios were the most significant, and no item seemed to be involved mainly in a business.But to dismiss those items as things used purely for leisure activities is to discount both their importance for human development and their adaptability to commercial uses. Hair clippers, after all, can be used to start a hair salon; a refrigerator can be a building block for a new restaurant. And as an appliance allows people to earn, it also allows them to consume more, offering more opportunities for service providers.This leisure-pull effect isn’t new. In his book “The Shock of the Old,” historian David Edgerton recalls what happened on American farms almost a century ago:‘In 1920 roughly half of all midwestern farms had cars, well over that had telephones, while less than 10 per cent had tractors, running water, or electric lights; for 1930 80 percent had cars, 60 per cent had telephones, and 15-20 percent had electric lights and running water.’In this context, farmers could use cars and radios for leisure purposes before they had electric lights or running water, which require centralized utilities. Today, a billion new consumers may be able to produce and use energy in the same place. Certain types of demand (for electricity to smelt aluminum, say) will still require always-on power in bulk, but for residential and even some commercial demand, distributed systems may scale up faster than centralized grids can extend their service.A final thought: Lack of connection to a centralized grid is a feature of distributed technologies, not a bug. Appliances with no physical wire to a centralized system have an inherent appeal to people with fewer resources, even in the developed world. In its latest wireless substitution study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “The second 6 months of 2016 was the first time that a majority of American homes had only wireless telephones.” A deeper look at the data, however, shows that for poor Americans, this majority wireless-only moment happened six years ago. And for the non-poor, it’s still not here:Powering the next billion consumers will look very different than powering the first billion. We should not be surprised if the path ahead runs through leisure activities.More: The way to power the next billion consumerslast_img read more

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Network Trafficking Illicit Substances in Submersibles Is Dismantled

first_imgBy Dialogo August 26, 2011 Eighteen alleged members of a transnational drug-trafficking organization dedicated to building and outfitting submersible vessels for the transport of illicit substances from the Colombian Pacific coast to Central and North America were arrested for extradition, in a coordinated operation involving the National Navy, the National Attorney-General’s Office, and U.S. authorities. The criminal structure is believed responsible for the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances, as well as planning and logistical support for the submersible seized in the town of San Lorenzo, Ecuador, on July 2, 2010, and the submersible seized in the municipality of Timbiqui, Cauca, on February 13 of this year, among other offenses. After 13 months of investigative work, the arrests were made in the cities of Bogota, Cali, Pereira, Ibague, Manizales, San Andres, and Providencia and the municipalities of Buenaventura and Tumaco. Among the 18 individuals arrested is alias “El Chino” or “Richard,” the general coordinator and the person in charge of arranging the transport and shipment of the narcotics that were to be carried by the submersible seized in Timbiqui, Cauca, in February. Another of those arrested is alias “Francisco” or “La Gata,” in charge of logistics and the construction of the illegal vessel. According to investigators, this organization relied on retired National Navy personnel with knowledge of navigation and of the use of electronic equipment characteristic of these illegal vessels in order to carry out their criminal activities. Four retired members of the service and one active petty officer, who appears to have supplied operational information to the criminal organization, were among those arrested.last_img read more

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Dominica to host the CBN/WINLOTT Windward Islands Schools Games

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNewsSports Dominica to host the CBN/WINLOTT Windward Islands Schools Games by: – July 21, 2011center_img 60 Views   one comment The Sports Division in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will host the 2011 Windward Islands Schools Games from July 24th to 31st.The Games, which are sponsored by CBN and WINLOTT will be called the “CBN/WINLOTT Windwards Islands Schools Games” and will bring together the best student athletes in the Windward Islands.Students will compete in basketball, volleyball, football, netball and track and field.This year’s teams in the various sporting discipline will comprise of the minimum number of players required for the use of ‘pure teams’.Sports Coordinator Trevor Shillingford said that this new twist is expected to generate greater interest in the games.Shillingford says the games will commence with a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, July 24 at 10:00am, which will be followed by the track and field meet at midday, and later in the evening, a football match between Dominica and St Lucia from 6:30pm.The camp village will be at Portsmouth, which is the venue for majority of the events; the Pierre Charles Secondary School hard court will also stage a netball and basketball match on Wednesday, July 27.The Games will be launched at a Media Briefing on Thursday at the Windsor Park Stadium from 10:00am.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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Late Herrera header snatches draw for Atletico against Juventus

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Atletico Madrid produced a typically spirited comeback from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Juventus in a thrilling finale to Wednesday’s blockbuster Group D opener. Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera leveled in the 90th minute with a thumping header from a corner in the Champions League first game clash. This was after defender Stefan Savic had pulled a goal back for the Spaniards in the 70th with a header from close range. Atletico were the brighter side in the first half but Juventus went ahead in the 48th minute. This was after Juan Cuadrado sent an unstoppable curling shot into the top corner after a break engineered by a punt forward from defender Leonardo Bonucci. Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo was kept unusually quiet after scoring a hat-trick against Atletico in last season’s competition. But his side doubled their lead in the 65th minute with a header from midfielder, Blaise Matuidi, following another quick counter. But with bullish coach Diego Simeone motivating them from the sidelines and a typically boisterous Wanda Metropolitano crowd roaring them on, Atletico snatched a draw. The two sides have a point each while Lokomotiv Moscow top Group D after beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 away from home. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Atletico MadridChampions LeagueHector HerreraJuventusStefan Saviclast_img read more

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Hughton braced for Tigers attack

first_img The Tigers will have striker Nikica Jelavic in their squad following his move from Everton, and they also clinched a deal to bring in West Brom’s Irish forward Shane Long on Friday. Hughton could do with such proven goalscorers himself with the Canaries on an eight-match winless streak during which they have scored just four goals. Hull beat Norwich 1-0 on their own turf, and Hughton said of Jelavic and Long: “Of course they are two quality players and that’s the reason why I presume they wanted to bring them in. Certainly they have brought in two good players. “What we’ve been missing is the quality at both ends but especially scoring the chances to win games. “We know that we’re on a disappointing run, and the best way to solve that one is by showing the grit and determination to win games.” Hull are in 10th place in the Premier League table, five spots ahead of Norwich, but Hughton pointed out only three points separate the sides. He added: “It shows how tight it is in this division. But you can’t hide facts and the fact is we have not won for eight games including cup games. “There’s no doubt it’s a big game. I think the fact that we’re playing at home is important and that we’re playing a team who are not too far above us in the division who have been deemed to have had a very good season so far. “It’s also a big game for us because we want to improve on our form. We’re disappointed with where we are this particular moment.” Hughton may give a debut to new signing Jonas Gutierrez for the visit of Hull. Norwich boss Chris Hughton is prepared for Hull to boast impressive firepower in Saturday’s clash at Carrow Road. Argentinian midfielder Gutierrez, who joined from Newcastle, has declared himself fit while Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington will also both be in the squad after long injury absences. “He certainly comes into contention,” said Hughton of his new recruit. “He’s enthusiastic and was a very well-liked player up at Newcastle by the supporters and can play on either flank or a couple of other positions.” Gutierrez, who expressed his bafflement at being made surplus to requirements at Newcastle, is also backing Norwich to stay up this season. He said: “The squad has the quality, now we need a few results to get the confidence back. One of the best things in football is to get results soon to have that confidence again.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah’s Spell In Antigua Best-Ever By An Indian Bowler: Bharat Arun

first_imghighlights India won by 318 runs in Antigua, their best win in terms of runs overseas.Bumrah has taken five-wicket hauls in Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies.Bumrah took the cheapest five-wicket haul by an Indian in Tests. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah created a special record when he took 5/7 in the second innings of the Antigua Test. Bumrah achieved the most economical five-wicket haul in Tests by an Indian bowler, breaking the previous cheapest five-wicket haul by left-arm orthodox spinner Venkatapathy Raju when he took 6/12 against Sri Lanka in Chandigarh in 1990. Harbhajan Singh had also taken 5/13 when he ran through the West Indies in Jamaica in 2006. Bumrah also achieved a first for an Asian bowler in Test history. The right-arm pacer took his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests and it has come in four different tours and in his first set of tours. Bumrah took his first five-wicket haul in Johannesburg against South Africa and he followed it up with a five-wicket haul in Trent Bridge, Melbourne and now Antigua. Remarkably, India have won all Tests where Bumrah has taken a five-wicket haul.Speaking about his performance before the Jamaica Test which begins on August 30, India cricket team bowling coach Bharat Arun said the right-arm pacer produced one of the best performances ever by an Indian bowler.”Bumrah is a thinking bowler. He is aware of situations and adjusts himself beautifully. If you see the lengths that he bowled in the second innings, he pitched the ball up and was getting appreciable movements. That’s the best spell of fast bowling I have seen from an Indian in a long, long time,” Arun told reporters before the Jamaica Test.Under Arun, India’s fast bowling unit has been revered for consistency over the past 18 months and the 56-year-old attributed it to his clear understanding of the mindset of bowlers. “My interaction with every bowler is so different from one another. I think, it is extremely important to know the mindset of a bowler and once you are aware of that, it is easier for a coach to give the right feedback. With Bumrah, we didn’t need to speak anything about his bowling. We just told him to change the length and he did that. Understanding is necessary as a coach. With, a small tweak you can make the bowler better,” he added.  One of the key aspects of his tenure has been the successful workload management of the bowlers. “We have taken good care to ensure that their workloads are monitored, so that they remain fresh, when we need them. The key to their success has been how their workloads have been managed and how (seriously) these bowlers have taken up the fitness aspect. It is not only Ishant and Bumrah, who have got five wicket hauls, even (Mohammed) Shami bowled beautifully whenever he was given the ball,” Arun opined.last_img read more

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