The influence of water content on the light climate within Antarctic mosses characterized using an optical microprobe

first_imgThe light climate within wet and dry samples of ten mosses from the maritime Antarctic was determined using a computer-controlled optical microprobe system. Irradiances decreased with increasing depth within the moss. The rate of attenuation varied greatly between replicates reflecting the heterogeneity of the moss macro-structure. Attenuation maxima were observed at wavelengths corresponding to the peaks of chlorophyll absorption around 675 nm and below 450 nm, although the inter-wavelength differences were small compared to the inter-replicate variation. Wide inter-specific variations in light penetration were observed. These were dependent upon a number of factors, of which the most important appeared to be stem orientation, with stem density, leaf size and orientation and pigment content possibly also affecting light absorption. In most mosses the inter-wavelength variation was lost and the depth of light penetration was increased on drying. The degree to which light penetration changed on dehydration was dependent upon the relative effects of structural and pigment changes. It is suggested that, as drying occurs, the increased penetration of light into the moss increases the photosynthetic potential of deeper layers, and hence reduces the loss of productivity by the moss.last_img read more

Oxford to host New Zealand students affected by earthquake

first_img42 students from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, will be studying at Oxford this Trinity term, under a generous scholarship programme offered by the University in the aftermath of the February 22nd earthquake.32 undergraduate honours students and 10 PhD students, studying the arts, humanities, social sciences and law, will receive $2000 NZD (about £950) each to cover travel, taxes and insurance. The colleges at which they stay will also waive tuition fees and provide residential accommodation for the term.Professor Ian Town, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury commented that the offer of assistance was made, \”immediately after news of the 22 February earthquake reached the UK,\” and that the scholarships, \”represent a tremendous opportunity for our brightest senior students to study at a world leading university for part of 2011.\”The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Andrew Hamilton said, \”I am immensely proud of the response from the collegiate University to the earthquake in New Zealand which had such a devastating effect on our friends and colleagues in Christchurch. We are looking forward to welcoming University of Canterbury students here next term.\”Dr Frances Lannon, Chairman of the Conference of Colleges, added, \”We hope they will enjoy their time in Oxford and benefit from all that the colleges have to offer.\”The relationship between the two universities date back to 1873, when settlers established the cathedral in Christchurch.Other students from Canterbury University are on similar exchange programs in the wake of the earthquake, largely to other institutions in New Zealand, but also to the University of Adelaide in Australia, where 500 places were offered.After the 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the region, the university suspended courses indefinitely until the damage could be assessed. As of the 14th March, some lectures have been resumed, many being held in tents and marquees whilst work is carried out on university buildings. All courses are expected to resume at the start of next week, with catch-up classes over the Easter break to make up for lost time.Âlast_img read more

Knockout slow processes at your credit union

first_imgToday’s consumers are conditioned to expect more and more information – quickly. This is changing your members’ expectations. They want information anywhere they are and they expect it now.Are your branches ready to deliver it?The counterpunchTime consuming processes slow down branch operations and frustrate members. Enterprise content management (ECM) allows you capture documents and information electronically and store it in a secure, central location. Users quickly access what they need with a few simple mouse-clicks. By breaking free from slow and inaccurate processes, your credit union is empowered to deliver superior member service.A one-two punchLet’s take a look at a couple hooks you can deliver to put branch inefficiencies on the ropes:Account set upEvery transaction associated with account setup and maintenance produces documents that need to be stored by your credit union. With an increase in regulations and compliance initiatives, your credit union needs a consistent way to process these transactions while lowering overall costs without delaying new memberships.ECM allows your credit union to recreate paper based forms into electronic forms that can be accessed through your intranet, web site and home banking platforms. This results in a reduction in overall processing time per transaction and a detailed history. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Details Wire transfersA wire transfer request and execution has a lot of variables in play that can affect the overall cost and time involved to complete the transaction. Everything from filling out the request document to errors in data entry to gathering the appropriate approvals can determine how much a single wire transfer costs.ECM enables your credit union to minimize the amount of paper and create a consistent and repeatable process for every wire transfer request. Utilizing the electronic forms togather the necessary information and then routing them through the ECM’s workflow engine, the overall time to complete a request is drastically cut.The final roundIn the initial rounds, ECM empowers you to capture documents and information electronically and store them in a secure, central location. By breaking free from the costs, risks and restraints of relying on paper and manual processes, your credit union is enabled to deliver superior service.But, to deliver the knockout punch, you need to integrate ECM not only with your core banking platform, but also other important systems across your institution such as your loan origination system or accounting software. This TKO eliminates the need to switch screens to find information in every department of your credit union. You will decrease process times while increasing the ability to access important information from account maintenance to wire transfers and beyond.Your members will thank you as you hoist up that championship belt signifying your victory!last_img read more

Tinjić Progressed on the WTA List

first_img(Source: Fena/ photo sportsport) Bosnia Herzegovinian best tennis player Jasmina Tinjić has moved four places on the tennis WTA list.On this week list Tinjić occupies 389th place. Dea Herdželaš progressed for 5 places and currently occupies 585th place on the list of female tennis players in the world, while Anita Husarić regressed in two places and is now on 718th place.American tennis player, Serena Williams, who last night won the U.S. Open and won her 18th grand slam title is still on the first place.last_img

All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

first_imgMOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit.”Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion and Hornets president Fred Whitfield said he anticipates the All-Star game will have a $100 million economic impact on Charlotte.It should all make for an entertaining weekend.“I think when it’s all over,” James Jordan said of his brother, “he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.” Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to change any negative perceptions of the Hornets or of Charlotte. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game, hoping the showcase will help attract marquee players in the future. He said Kemba Walker being an All-Star game starter also helps.“It’s an illustration of the type of players we are trying to draft and grow from within,” Jordan said. “So from a Hornets standpoint, that is on display this week. We have a lot of work to do and choices to be made to get to that (championship) level, but it starts with the presentation of what the city is all about — for other people to see and understand that this may be a small market but it is a unique city to be in, and that the fan base tremendously comes out and supports the game.”Dell Curry is expecting Jordan to go all-out for this weekend’s festivities.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Jordan’s is known to embrace a challenge.On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, Jordan went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.Michael Jordan’s older brother, James Jordan Jr., said it comes from their parents. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? While maybe unexpected, Peterson said he isn’t shocked by what Jordan has achieved.“Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, now an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”The All-Star game will be played on Sunday — Jordan’s 56th birthday.“It’s a constant reminder that I am getting old,” Jordan joked. “The All-Star game is always around my birthday and I wish it could be postponed a week.”The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJordan didn’t either.“Frankly, no,” Jordan said Tuesday in a news conference previewing the All-Star game. “Growing back up as a kid here in North Carolina, the first thing is play basketball. Then things just evolved from there.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more