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first_imgA filamentous benthic cyanobacteria strain isolated from a tropical man-made pond in Malaysia was characterised using combined phenotypic and genetic approaches. Morphological and ultrastructural observations were performed together with growth measurements. Cell dimensions, thylakoid arrangement and apical cell shape with aerotopes were consistent with the description of Pseudanabaena amphigranulata (Goor) Anagnostidis. Molecular characterisation of the16S rRNA gene gave 94% pairwise sequence identity with Pseudanabaena sp. PCC 6802,which corresponds to the genus identification threshold value while also suggesting that the strain is distinctly different to the species of Pseudanabaena currently represented in available databases. The strain showed identical 16S-23S ITS configuration with other strains of Pseudanabaena apart from having a larger spacer region. Cultures of the strain were exposed to various temperature and photoperiod treatments and harvested at exponential phase in order to examine phenotypic plasticity. Significant relationships between environmental conditions and morphological characteristics (cell dimensions and shape) were identified for the first time within the genus Pseudanabaena. The maximum cell length (5.7 ± 0.07 μm) was observed at 25 °C under 12:12 light to dark, while the greatest cell width (3.2 ± 0.11 μm) was also observed at 25 °C but under 16:8 light to dark. The strain showed high plasticity in cell dimensions and shape under different temperature and photoperiod treatments, with25 °C under 12:12 light to dark providing the optimal conditions for its growth.last_img read more

first_imgA 25-year-old student and mum whose ceiling fell down while she was dressing her daughter has complained that her letting agency told her to ‘stop being a drama queen’ when she contacted one of its staff about the incident.Kirstyn Wellman claims a member of the property management team at Sequence agency Jones & Chapman’s Letting Support Centre told her on the phone that “it’s only paint flakes”, something the company has not commented on.The part-time sports science student, who pays £475 a week for a three-bedroom house in the Wallasey area of the city, claims the mess has yet to be cleared up by the Sequence agency.“The ceiling just completely came down. It cut both of us, her head and her back was cut – luckily I shielded most of it from her, as I was standing over her,” she told The Mirror.“At the time I panicked as I thought the entire ceiling was going to come down. I grabbed her and threw her into the next room on to my bed because I didn’t know what was happening. I feared for her life.”Wellman also says she was forced to move to a local bed and breakfast because she feared further plaster falls from the ceiling. These proved well founded when more material fell off the wall several days later.The mother also claims two other problems at her rented home haven’t been properly addressed either, including a hole in the bathroom ceiling and a faulty boiler.A spokesperson from Jones & Chapman said: “”We always take matters like this extremely seriously and work with our landlords to rectify them as soon as possible.”jones and chapman Merseyside Sequence August 13, 2019Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Sequence lettings branch in hot water over treatment of tenant previous nextAgencies & PeopleSequence lettings branch in hot water over treatment of tenantMother and student Kirstyn Wellman claims staff from a Merseyside office gave her harsh advice when she complained about collapsed ceiling.Nigel Lewis13th August 201901,060 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgLCS VISITS LSC — Students in Mrs. Pulaski, Mrs. Doherty and Ms. Feuer’s 6th grade class at Lincoln Community School visited the Liberty Science Center. Students were shown how to test blood samples for specific diseases. LSC instructors explained how to complete the process and students worked together to find their solutions. ×last_img

first_imgThe 2017 annual Lollapalooza is going down in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3-6. This year’s lineup is absolutely enormous, including Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, The XX, Lorde, Blink-182, DJ Snake, and Justice in the headlining slots. The talent continues with Alt-J, Run The Jewels, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, The Head and the Heart, Foster the People, The Shins, Spoon, Gramatik, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Banks, Little Dragon, Grouplove, Mac Demarco, Car Seat Hearest, Paper Diamond, and so, so many more.Check out the full lineup in the poster below:For more information about ticketing, head here.last_img read more

first_imgSaint Mary’s will resume classes for the 2021 spring semester Feb. 1, two days earlier than previously scheduled, President Katie Conboy announced in an email Monday.In addition, the College will integrate two reading days into the semester for students to use to rejuvenate or catch up on school work.“We’re doing this because I have also heard from students and faculty just how challenging it has been to push through this semester without a break,“ Conboy said in the email. “By bringing students back early, we can insert two days into the calendar — February 22 and March 23 — so you can catch up on reading and sleep, and decompress.“All other dates for the spring semester will remain the same.Tags: academic calendar, reading days, Spring 2021last_img read more

first_img View Comments London Martyn Ellis is set to star in the West End cast of Wicked as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.’ Beginning performances February 17, Ellis replaces Sam Kelly, who has withdrawn from the production due to ill health. Ellis joins a cast including international Wicked star Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond); Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda). Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. Ellis’ theater credits include Guys and Dolls, One Man, Two Guvnors (National and Broadway), My Fair Lady, The Lion King, Grand Hotel and Les Misérables. TV credits include The New Adventures of Robin Hood and The Smoke.last_img read more

first_imgStatewideTechnology Project Unveils New WebsiteConnectVermont Project Includes Fiber optic, Wireless,Online InformationMONTPELIER– The project responsible for bringing wireless Internet access tohighway welcome centers; putting tourism information online; and bringingmotorists road condition reports now has its website.Officials saidthe ConnectVermont program’s new website at www.connectvermont.com(link is external)would not only help visitors and Vermonters learn more about its many high-techservices but provide another way to access them.“Thiswebsite really shows how the ConnectVermont project is making a difference inpeople’s lives,” said Robert T. White, who is the project’sdirector within the Vermont Agency of Transportation. “From vacationerslooking for a cultural event using wireless internet at a welcome center to aVermont trucker trying to find out road and traffic conditions, technology isworking for all of us.”ConnectVermontis a program coordinated by the Vermont Agencies of Transportation and Commerce& Community Development, and composed of partnering organizations withdiverse missions including arts & humanities, tourism, public safety,natural resources, and economic  development.In addition towebsites for these purposes, the initiative includes wireless internet serviceat all of the state’s welcome centers  as part of its mission toestablish an Advanced Rural Traveler Information service.In addition toan integrated system of web sites, interactive kiosks, and a 511 informationline, the ConnectVermont Program will eventually include a fiber optic“backbone” running along Vermont’s highway system that willfurther support traveler information and transportation needs as well as helpexpand broadband access around the state.“I wouldencourage all Vermonters to visit the ConnectVermont website to learn about howthat State of Vermont is making traveling to, in and around Vermont safer andmore convenient,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, who helped secure much ofthe $15 million in federal funding that has fueled the project.“ConnectVermonthas transformed the way visitors search for information about Vermont and ithas begun to transform the way Vermonters know about road conditions, trafficreports and other critical travel information,” Leahy said.11 ofVermont’s 20 information and welcome centers are now offering freewireless internet access, Governor Douglas said, and the remainder are slatedto be completed in the next year or so.“Thiscomponent of my E-State Initiative will provide free Wi Fi access for businesspeople, tourists, and all those who use our highways,” Douglas said.“The ConnectVermont site is a great way to track the progress of this andother related projects.”The northboundand southbound sites in Sharon, Williston, and Randolph are on line, as areGuilford, Fairhaven, Alburgh, Derby and Highgate.For moreinformation, please visit:www.connectvermont.com(link is external)### 30  ###last_img read more

first_imgFor some, carving down Snowshoe’s signature runs from first chair to last light isn’t quite enough adventure. For others, the thrill of chasing through a snow-covered winter wonderland on tracks, wheels, or even a sleigh takes center stage. But for everyone, winter at Snowshoe offers up a slew of great adventures for goosebumps large and small. Here are a few of them: New for 2019 – Cosmic Tubing! Experience sliding over the snow under the glow of flashing lights. If daytime’s more your thing, enjoy the rush of racing a high-speed inner tube down a 6-story tall tubing park. 8 Lanes of autobahn-like speed limits (or lack there-of) are guaranteed to satisfy the bravest speed demons.  Looking to satisfy both your thirst for speed and adrenaline and your appetite for a hearty, chef-prepared dinner? This is your ticket. Get in, buckle up, hold on tight, bon appetite! Take a heated Polaris RZR to the backcountry hut underneath a starry sky, and enjoy the comfort of the Backcountry Hut and your company for an unforgettable dinner. The Woods Escape Room Silver Creek Night Skiing Off-Road and Snowmobile Tours Aprés Adventure If after a day of skiing the quads aren’t barking yet, head over to Silver Creek in the free shuttle to carve some turns under the moonlit sky. State-of-the-art halogen lights illuminate trails from green to black, and terrain parks from small to XXL.   Adventure Dining Even the most hardened winter adventurers will eventually have to recharge. And at Snowshoe, you’ll have your choice between Yoga, The Spa or the Split Rock Pools. That way, you’ll be ready to do it all over again the next day.  center_img SNOWSHOE’S MID-WEEK MADNESS – SKI & STAY FOR JUST $99/PER NIGHT Can you solve the infamous riddles of the Backcountry hut? Take an exhilarating ride in a heated Polaris RzR along Cheat Mountain Ridge to the secluded Backcountry Hut. Besides a freshly prepared lunch, a cabin full of mind-twisting riddles (which change every season) will test even the boldest adventure seekers. This is Snowshoe – part pure adventure, part cushy comfort, 100% contagious happiness. Our three distinct areas all have personalities worth getting to know. With the perfect amount of vertical in all the right places. A slew of kickers, rails, and other flip-worthy features. Plenty of runs groomed with the same attention paid to top show dogs. Sleigh Rides Views? Adventure? Yes! Enjoy both the scenic nature of Snowshoe’s Cheat Mountain, and the thrill of commanding a snowmobile or heated Polaris RzR through the snow. You’ll find several tour options available, ranging from serene to white-knuckle. Take advantage of all the adventure Snowshoe has to offer. Midweek conditions can’t be beat: short lift lines, uncrowded ski runs, and scorching lift & lodging deals. Starting now, you can Ski & Stay for just $99 per night. 2 nights, 2 people minimum. Valid Sundays through Thursdays (check-out), some restrictions apply. Dashing through the snow takes real horsepower. Explore Snowshoe’s backcountry on a horse-drawn buggy or sleigh (conditions permitting). Snuggle up to this magical experience. About Snowshoe Mountain: Coca-Cola Tube Parklast_img read more

first_img Operation MARTILLO: British warship HMS Argyll makes another huge cocaine seizure “This is not just any band,” CICIG chief Iván Velásquez told reporters “It’s a private army in Izabal that had plagued the people in Izabal.” By Dialogo November 26, 2014 Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, who work cooperatively to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. In addition to Haroldo Mendoza Matta, law enforcement agents captured José Alfredo Portillo Mendoza, Félix Samuel Cruz Sánchez, Wilfrido Canahui Chavarria, Mario Enrique Muñoz, Gersy Nathanael Velasquez Alvarado, Juan Ángel Colindres, Angel Felipe Lopez, Juan José Pineda Alvarenga and Estuardo Omar González Ortiz, according to CICIG. Collectively, British security forces seized 1,600 kilograms of cocaine worth $106.87 million (USD), according to the Royal Navy. They made the most recent seizure after the Argyll received a tip from a U.S. customs aircraft about a suspicious vessel 70 miles away. The exact location of the bust and the number of alleged narco-traffickers detained in the interdiction weren’t made public by the military. Law enforcement agents arrested the suspects on charges that included homicide, illicit association, the forced disappearance of persons and aggravated robbery. Most of the suspects are alleged enforcers for the criminal organization; all are accused of massacring seven individuals in the coastal department of Izabal on November 15. Guatemala is a key transshipment point for South American drug trafficking organizations. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. The arrests mark a major victory for the CICIG, which was formed in 2007 and is scheduled to disband in September 2015. They’re also a victory for President Otto Pérez Molina, who has placed fighting narcotics among his top priorities since taking office in January 2012, and whose administration has bolstered its cooperative relationship with the U.S. In turn, the U.S. has donated six helicopters worth an estimated $11 million (USD), night vision devices and other military equipment to assist in Guatemala’s counter-narcotics fight; it has also donated cranes to improve the country’s infrastructure, bringing the total value of the donation to about $40 million (USD). The donations represent “a vote of confidence for Guatemala from the United States,” Pérez Molina, a Guatemala Army veteran, told reporters. Guatemala and the U.S. cooperate in the battle against transnational criminal organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. A team of Army soldiers, police officers, and prosecutors captured Haroldo Mendoza Matta, the gang’s alleged leader, as well as nine other suspects during simultaneous raids in four Guatemalan departments on November 20. The sweep was conducted by 110 counter-narcotics agents, 100 soldiers, 20 members of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and more than 20 prosecutors. The Mendoza family amassed its wealth through narco-trafficking, controlling the majority of the Central American country’s smuggling routes. Former President Álvaro Colom once described the Mendozas as “narcos that nobody touches.” However, the Mendoza family’s grip on the narcotics trade has loosened in recent years, thanks to law enforcement efforts and the incursion into Guatemalan by Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most powerful narco-trafficking groups. Cmdr. Paul Hammond, the Argyll’s commanding officer, said the interdiction was the crew’s toughest since it occurred at night and without helicopter support. Law enforcement agents arrested the suspects on charges that included homicide, illicit association, the forced disappearance of persons and aggravated robbery. Most of the suspects are alleged enforcers for the criminal organization; all are accused of massacring seven individuals in the coastal department of Izabal on November 15. Cmdr. Paul Hammond, the Argyll’s commanding officer, said the interdiction was the crew’s toughest since it occurred at night and without helicopter support. A team of Army soldiers, police officers, and prosecutors captured Haroldo Mendoza Matta, the gang’s alleged leader, as well as nine other suspects during simultaneous raids in four Guatemalan departments on November 20. The sweep was conducted by 110 counter-narcotics agents, 100 soldiers, 20 members of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and more than 20 prosecutors. Thanks to the efforts of Guatemalan law enforcement agents, the ruthless reign of the Mendoza organized crime group may be nearing an end. “This is not just any band,” CICIG chief Iván Velásquez told reporters “It’s a private army in Izabal that had plagued the people in Izabal.” The arrests mark a major victory for the CICIG, which was formed in 2007 and is scheduled to disband in September 2015. They’re also a victory for President Otto Pérez Molina, who has placed fighting narcotics among his top priorities since taking office in January 2012, and whose administration has bolstered its cooperative relationship with the U.S. In turn, the U.S. has donated six helicopters worth an estimated $11 million (USD), night vision devices and other military equipment to assist in Guatemala’s counter-narcotics fight; it has also donated cranes to improve the country’s infrastructure, bringing the total value of the donation to about $40 million (USD). The Argyll seized 850 kilograms of cocaine that drug trafficking suspects were caught throwing off a boat in mid-November. The suspects tossed the loads of cocaine overboard after the Argyll’s patrol boats surrounded their own. Collectively, British security forces seized 1,600 kilograms of cocaine worth $106.87 million (USD), according to the Royal Navy. They made the most recent seizure after the Argyll received a tip from a U.S. customs aircraft about a suspicious vessel 70 miles away. The exact location of the bust and the number of alleged narco-traffickers detained in the interdiction weren’t made public by the military. The Mendoza family amassed its wealth through narco-trafficking, controlling the majority of the Central American country’s smuggling routes. Former President Álvaro Colom once described the Mendozas as “narcos that nobody touches.” However, the Mendoza family’s grip on the narcotics trade has loosened in recent years, thanks to law enforcement efforts and the incursion into Guatemalan by Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most powerful narco-trafficking groups. The British warship HMS Argyll recently made its third cocaine seizure in three months in the Caribbean supporting Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Guatemala is a key transshipment point for South American drug trafficking organizations. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. The donations represent “a vote of confidence for Guatemala from the United States,” Pérez Molina, a Guatemala Army veteran, told reporters. Guatemala and the U.S. cooperate in the battle against transnational criminal organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. The British warship HMS Argyll recently made its third cocaine seizure in three months in the Caribbean supporting Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Operation MARTILLO: British warship HMS Argyll makes another huge cocaine seizure The Argyll seized 850 kilograms of cocaine that drug trafficking suspects were caught throwing off a boat in mid-November. The suspects tossed the loads of cocaine overboard after the Argyll’s patrol boats surrounded their own. In addition to Haroldo Mendoza Matta, law enforcement agents captured José Alfredo Portillo Mendoza, Félix Samuel Cruz Sánchez, Wilfrido Canahui Chavarria, Mario Enrique Muñoz, Gersy Nathanael Velasquez Alvarado, Juan Ángel Colindres, Angel Felipe Lopez, Juan José Pineda Alvarenga and Estuardo Omar González Ortiz, according to CICIG. Thanks to the efforts of Guatemalan law enforcement agents, the ruthless reign of the Mendoza organized crime group may be nearing an end. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, who work cooperatively to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Melville teenager is facing assault charges after she allegedly hit four men with her car in Wyandanch and fled the scene, Suffolk County police said. Netanya Lewis, 18, was involved in an “altercation,” police said on S. 32nd Street at 4 a.m. Thursday. Det. Lt. Robert Edwards of the First Squad said the altercation was related to a romantic rivalry. “That was the precipitating factor,” he said. Lewis was leaving the area when the men were allegedly struck. Their identities weren’t released. The men were treated for minor injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said. “It looked worse than it was,” Edwards said. Lewis was charged with four counts of third-degree assault and one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. An arraignment date wasn’t immediately released.last_img read more