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Rafting by five phyla on man-made flotsam in the Southern Ocean

first_imgIn just 4 decades, marine litter has become abundant in northern oceans and seas and is increasing on even remote Southern Ocean island shores. The Southern Ocean was thought to be protected from rafting organisms by its freezing sea surface temperatures. Here we report on an assemblage of animals attached to a piece of plastic that was washed ashore on Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula (68degreesS). The band of plastic was positively buoyant. At least 10 species belonging to 5 phyla were present on the plastic and the size of some indicated that it had been afloat for more than a year. Clearly it is possible for a range of animals to survive and grow in such an environment, and so exotic species could enter or leave the Southern Ocean.last_img read more

Skateboarders Mariah Duran and Sean Malto look to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Scarnici/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When the Olympics come back next summer in Tokyo, fans won’t just get to see the return of their old favorite competitions and athletes.The 2020 Summer Olympics is introducing a host of new sports, including several trick-based competitions that have the athletic world abuzz. In addition to BMX park cycling, surfing and sport climbing, skateboarding — long the purview of neighborhood friends rather than the peak of international competition — is making its Olympic debut, and Americans Mariah Duran and Sean Malto are vying to be a part of it.“To go to the Olympics for skateboarding — for something that was just considered my hobby at one point — is super sick,” Duran, 23, who is ranked seventh in the world among female street skateboarders by World Skate as of November, told ABC News.“I would see my favorite athletes go to the Olympics, and it was always a dream to be able to one day go,” Malto, 30, told ABC News. “Granted, I never thought skating would make it there, but now there’s an outlet to do it, it’s pretty amazing.”The Olympics will feature both “park” and “street” competitions in skateboarding, and both Malto and Duran compete in street. Park is done in a space resembling an empty swimming pool, while street involves ramps and rails. In both competitions, athletes have three timed runs to do their own variety of tricks to post their highest score, similar to how halfpipe is done in the Winter Olympics.To get to Tokyo for the Olympics in late July and early August, the skateboarders will have to earn points in other competitions as determined by World Skate through May 2020, and then be selected by the United States to the representing team.This process is one of the many ways in which skateboarding is changing with its elevation to an Olympic level.“I was really excited and then kind of confused in a way,” Malto, who’s ranked 32nd in the world in men’s street skating, said of his reaction when it was announced to the Olympics. “Skating’s hard to wrangle in and organize, because it’s such an underground sport, in a way, if you even want to call it a sport.”Traditionally, skateboarding was more of a community-based hobby than an athletic competition. Making a career out of it largely involved filming skate videos to show off tricks and gain popularity — which hopefully would translate into sponsorships. In the ’90s, skateboarding’s competitive side grew between the existence of Tony Hawk and the start of the X Games, which led to an increased competitive structure over the last two decades.“Skateboarding started off as kind of a lifestyle before it was a sport,” Duran said. “Going into skateboarding, people never told you to do warm-ups or anything like that, you kind of just got on your board and skated to the skatepark and that was your warm-up.”Both Malto and Duran started skateboarding simply because their older brothers did, not because they were looking for a path to international glory.“The way I got into it was basically taking the city bus and going downtown and skating whatever I saw,” Duran said.When Malto first started getting free products from companies when he was 13, he said, “I thought that was the coolest thing, ever, in the world. I didn’t think there was a path from there.”About two years ago, Duran was able to quit her part-time job, and between major sponsorships from Adidas and Mountain Dew, now makes a full living in the sport.Even through competition both in the park and for sponsorships, Duran and Malto said skaters have maintained the community-based nature of the sport filled with friendships.“For girls, it’s still growing, so there’s a lot you can bond with,” Duran, who was the first woman selected to Mountain Dew’s DEW team, said. “We’re kind of more like an exclusive family. We don’t want to see anybody do bad — we’re mostly competing with ourselves.”Malto said he’s friends with the skaters he’s been competing against for the past 14 years, “but now, competition has gotten so intense from the Olympics that it hasn’t really broke anyone apart, but when we get to the event, we’re focused and trying to prepare.”With the Olympics comes increased scrutiny not just of the individual skaters, but of the sport itself — but Malto and Duran are confident skeptical first-time viewers will see the athleticism needed to compete.“When you’re jumping down 12 stairs over and over again and trying to flip your board and land back on it, and the ability to get yourself out of dangerous situations or pull off tricks in these high pressure situations, it’s a toll,” Malto said.“It takes so much patience and so many hours of constantly not landing your trick, just to land your trick and it be like 2 seconds of your life, and all those months, it was worth it,” Duran said.Although they’re excited for more people to learn about skateboarding, “there’s a lot more to skating other than the Olympics,” Malto said, noting there’s more to the sport than competition — like creativity, community and empowerment.“It changed my life when I found it when I was 10 years old, so hopefully it can do the same for somebody else,” he said.“I love skateboarding because at the end of the day it’s only you doing the trick,” Duran said. “And I love skateboarding because it’s so creative, there’s always something new brought to the table, there’s always a new way to do a trick, there’s always a new way to grow yourself.”“I feel like it’s a never-ending road to fully master skateboarding because it’s so big and so creative, literally your limit is your imagination,” she added. “In that aspect, I’m super hyped to just continue growing and seeing how far I get.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 27, 2019 /Sports News – National Skateboarders Mariah Duran and Sean Malto look to Tokyo 2020 Olympicscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Purplebricks invests more cash in growing German copycat

first_imgHome » News » Purplebricks invests more cash in growing German copycat previous nextProptechPurplebricks invests more cash in growing German copycatThe UK hybrid estate agency giant has joined two other investors to pump a further £35.2 million into Berlin-based counterpart, Homeday.Nigel Lewis17th June 202001,172 Views German hybrid estate agency Homeday has been given €40 million (£35.2 million) to expand its business from a triumvirate of investors including Purplebricks.Homeday was founded in the same year at Purplebricks but has so far not emulated its British counterparts early runaway success.The two other investors in Homeday are leading European venture capital firm and German media giant Axel Springer.Purplebricks has already pumped in £11.1 million when, back in October 2018, it invested in the business via a joint venture with Axel Springer.This week’s new cash injection by the three investors shows they clearly believe Homeday has the potential to disrupt the German property market.Homeday has 200 head office employees and 180 Purplebricks-style local property experts and markets itself in a similar way to Purplebricks in the UK, highlighting its lower selling fees compared to traditional agents.Close relationship“As a partner and investor from the very beginning with Axel Springer SE and Purplebricks, we are extremely pleased about the impressive development of Homeday,” says Uwe Horstmann, MD of Project A.“Project A and Homeday have had a particularly close relationship for a long time. We have not only accompanied the company financially, but Project A has supported Homeday in many areas such as the development of marketing or business intelligence.“We also provided operational support for technological and product-related development.”Purplebricks has declined to comment on the deal to The Negotiator because the company is in its ‘closed period’ prior to publishing its annual results on 3rd July.Homeday Purplebricks axel springer June 17, 2020Nigel 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

An Alien Invasion on the Boardwalk

first_imgTwo giant green aliens and a suspected UFO landed in Ocean City Thursday, providing an unusual sight for local residents and visitors to the Boardwalk.But unlike the furor caused by Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast of the 1940s, alleging a similar fictional New Jersey visit from extraterrestrials, and causing widespread panic, Thursday’s Ocean City “ landing” brought mostly smiles and no screams.“I think it’s great,” one boardwalker said. “This is unique and different and something fun for the kids. I can see it as a landmark: ‘Meet me in front of the Martians.’” The visitor, who declined to be identified, said “I’m not supposed to be here.  Just call me Gloria.”Architect Ed Howell designed the mirror maze, laser tag and “Fantastic Freak” games, the latter a form of high tech “Wack-a-Mole” at the new amusement at 834 Boardwalk. Howell, who also designed the Boardwalk’s popular Haunted Golf mini-golf layout said he thought the alien-space theme would connect with young boardwalk visitors.“It’s that great unknown,” he said of the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, as he admired the figures, which appeared to be approximately six feet tall. Howell is owner of Edwin N. Howell and Associates at 845 Asbury Ave.The aliens were trucked in from another famous beach town, Myrtle Beach, SC, the home base of sign designer Ron Kim and his company, Sign Works.Howell said during the transport, Kim made several stops and people were coming up to his truck and asking to pose with the green beings.Not everyone was so receptive. Ann Wetzel, an Ocean City resident and retired racquet sports coach at the University of Pennsylvania, said the aliens were not her cup of tea, but they would probably be a successful attraction.“I don’t particularly care for them myself, but I bet the kids will love them,” she said. “The younger generation loves that kind of thing.”Howell said the sign should be quite a sign when completed. He said the spaceship and a large medallion on the building’s façade would light up in multiple colors.According to Howell, the new amusement should be up and running in the next week or two.“It should be open (when schools let out) or soon after that,” he said.last_img read more

Amano café chain to expand with a focus on bakery

first_imgThe theatre of baking is at the heart of the Amano café concept, which is to be rolled out across London and ultimately nationwide.Amano already has two outlets in London and has £2m of funding to launch a further four cafés in the capital in the next year.Operations director Ed Bentley told British Baker that after the London cafés are open he expects to launch a further 20 outlets around the country over three years. It has already agreed terms for a 2,500sq ft café near the Tate Modern art gallery in London and a site at the Broadmead Shopping Centre in Bristol, which will not open until 2008.Open 16 hours a day, Amano cafés offer sandwiches and snacks in the day, with an evening pizza and grill menu. Bread and pizza bases are baked from scratch by hand in-store in view of customers. “The oven is at the heart of the concept. We want to bring theatre to the front of house,” said Bentley.The baking process has been simplified so that one dough recipe is used for the bread, pizza bases and bread sticks served with the soup. A type of flat bread is made for the sandwiches using ’double O’ flour imported from Italy, extra virgin olive oil and a ’sourdough’ flavour from Puratos.The dough is proved at ambient temperatures for around three hours and baked off. Staff are trained by either Bentley or by other staff – a process that can take as little as five hours.Amano was set up in 2004 by Bentley and CEO Jonathan Cooper, who co-founded the EAT sandwich chain.last_img read more

CinnZeo rolls out

first_imgCanadian cinnamon roll bakery brand CinnZeo has opened its first franchise at the Spindles Shopping Centre in Oldham, Lancashire. The 55 sq metre bakery-cum café outlet will sell freshly-baked cinnamon rolls and there are plans to roll out a further six within the next year. Possible locations are The Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester and Ashton-Under-Lyme.The mastermind behind the launch of CinnZeo in the UK is Deji Adetujoye, who already owns three franchised Subway outlets. Visitors to the new shop in Oldham will be able to watch the staff at work, rolling the dough and baking its range of products, which include a CinnaRoll – a cinnamon roll topped with cream cheese frosting.Franchised outlets have already been established in Canada, USA, Asia, the Middle East and South America.last_img read more

Policy paper: Community testing

first_imgCommunity asymptomatic testing is a major new tool to help identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and may inadvertently be spreading the virus.Alongside the deployment of tests to NHS front-line staff, social care and other critical settings, testing of asymptomatic individuals within the community can help suppress COVID-19 and offer communities a direct route out of the toughest restrictions.last_img

Harvard Hubway Stations to reopen March 15

first_imgAfter an extremely successful inaugural season in 2011, the popular regional bike share program Hubway will reopen Thursday, March 15, 2012 with approximately 60% of stations live and operational.All five Harvard-sponsored stations in Allston and Longwood will be operational and stocked with bikes Thursday morning:Longwood Medical area at the Avenue Louis Pasteur at Longwood Avenue.Soldiers Field ParkBarry’s Corner at 219 Western Ave.Harvard Athletics at the corner of North Harvard Street and Soldiers Field Road.The Harvard Innovation Lab (125 Western Ave)Hubway is funded through government grants, sponsorships, station advertising, and user revenue. Harvard’s sponsorship is part of its longstanding commitment to sustainability and its continuing effort to foster connectivity among Harvard campuses. In addition to the Boston locations, Harvard has initially committed to 4 stations in Cambridge as part of Phase II of Hubway.To read more about the Hubway reopening, click here.last_img read more

Court rules Irish 4 Reproductive Health’s lawsuit against University, Trump administration can proceed

first_imgIndependent reproductive rights group Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH) announced in a Friday email the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana will allow the organization’s lawsuit against Notre Dame and the Trump administration to proceed.The lawsuit was filed on the group’s behalf by the National Women’s Law Center — which released its own statement — Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and law firms Fried Frank and Macey Swanson.Filed June 26, 2018, the lawsuit claims the Trump administration and Notre Dame reached an unlawful agreement which exempts the University from covering certain types of birth control on its insurance plans.“In February 2018, Notre Dame entered into a secretive deal with the Trump-Pence administration to impose unnecessary and burdensome costs on us and restrict our reproductive healthcare options to methods deemed acceptable by [University President Fr. John Jenkins’s] coterie of advisors,” the email said.The suit argues this agreement violates the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement.“Certain forms of IUDs and emergency contraception are not covered at all by University insurance plans, putting survivors of sexual assault and people experiencing intimate partner violence especially at risk,” the email said. “In direct violation of the Affordable Care Act, we now incur costs for all office visits, medications and devices associated with reproductive health.”The court ruled against the University and Trump-Pence administration’s efforts to have the suit dismissed.In an email, Paul Browne, University vice president for public affairs and communications, defended the legality of the school’s actions.“Our position is grounded in the autonomy of litigants, including the government, to settle claims, and we are confident that Notre Dame will prevail,” he said.I4RH also announced in its email that the group will travel to Washington, D.C. in March to be honored as the 2020 Students of the Year by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. The group is accepting donations to cover travel costs.This report was updated on Jan. 17, 2020, at 4:35 p.m.Tags: Affordable Care Act, Contraception, Irish 4 Reproductive Health, reproductive rights, trump administrationlast_img read more

Tony Awards, Stage Favorites & More Among 2015 Emmy Nominees

first_imgThe nominations for the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16. Broadway fans had reasons to celebrate as the 2014 Tony Awards telecast, Peter Pan Live! and Live from Lincoln Center’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street picked up nominations, as did several Tony winners and stage favorites, including Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski and Darren Criss.Numerous Tony winners picked up Emmy nods this year: Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Cumming (The Good Wife), She Love Me’s Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie).Additional nominees include Broadway alums Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Claire Danes (Homeland), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Timothy Hutton (American Crime), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman), William H. Macy (Shameless), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Allison Janney (Mom), Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall), Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).Among the stage names to earn nominations for guest appearances are upcoming star of The Gin Game Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away with Murder), F. Murray Abraham (Homeland), Alan Alda (The Blacklist), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black), Beau Bridges (Masters of Sex), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Janney (Masters of Sex) and Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)Tony winner Mel Brooks received nominations for his guest spot in The Comedians and for Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen. FX’s A Tribute to Mel Brooks earned a nod for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program.The 68th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman on June 8, 2014, received nominations in the following categories: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for Glenn Weiss, Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special.The NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! also received three nods: Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming, Outstanding Music Direction for David Chase and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special.American Horror Story: Freak Show, which, in typical Ryan Murphy fashion, featured several stage favorites, received 19 nominations including Oustanding Limited Series. Broadway alums to receive nominations for their performances include Jessica Lange, Tony winner Denis O’Hare, Finn Wittrock, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.The Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Sweeney Todd picked up three nominations, including one for Thompson’s performance as Mrs. Lovett, as well as Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Music Direction.Glee favorites Criss (currently on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and former Annie star Jane Lynch picked up nods for the original Glee song “This Time” and hosting Hollywood Game Night, respectively.Criss was not the only Broadway name to earn a nomination for his musical talents. Frozen duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez received nods for the song “Moving Pictures” at the Oscars and for the tune “Kiss an Old Man” from The Comedians. Elf composer Matthew Sklar earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the NBC animated special, as did Tony winner Stephen Oremus for the Oscars.Click here for a complete list of nominations. The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, will air on Fox on September 20. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards are set for September 12. View Commentslast_img read more