Posted Sep 18, 2017 Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Volunteers pitch in to clean up Georgia’s Honey Creek Retreat Center Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 2017 Hurricanes, Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Thirty volunteers from the Diocese of Georgia spent Sept. 16 to 17 at the Honey Creek Retreat Center clearing debris left by Hurricane Irma. Photo: Frank Logue[Episcopal Diocese of Georgia] Some 1,300 people were scheduled to arrive on Honey Creek Retreat Center’s grounds on Sept. 17 for a revival featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Instead, 30 volunteers from the Diocese of Georgia spent the weekend clearing debris left by Hurricane Irma.The Rev. Alan Akridge, rector of St. Mark’s Church in nearby Brunswick, cuts a downed tree in front of the Chapel of Our Saviour at Honey Creek. Photo: Frank LogueThere were “five worksites focusing on yard and tree debris cleanup and a kitchen team working to feed everyone,” said executive director Dade Brantley. To give an idea of the scope of the clean-up, last year with Hurricane Matthew there were 23 trees down which equaled 100 metric tons of debris. This year, 67 trees were down with double the tonnage, he said.“It was grace, straight up grace” that there wasn’t more damage to buildings, Brantley said. He pointed toward the chapel and the remains of two trees which he said “grew up in tandem and died in tandem next to the chapel.”One could have hit the chapel but it didn’t. He pointed out similar examples at Jonnard Dormitory and the kitchen garden, trees that just missed landing on buildings.The Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love has been rescheduled for Jan. 20 at Honey Creek. “Good planning, great vendor partnerships and a little bit of luck enabled us to identify an alternative day for the revival,” said Katie Willoughby, canon for administration. “We look forward to an exciting and spiritual event — now with a little cooler weather.” Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Hurricane Irma Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME
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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/922323/kddk-house-karina-duque Clipboard KDDK House / Karina DuqueSave this projectSaveKDDK House / Karina Duque Year: Architects: Karina Duque Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily Projects “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© Fernanda Castro+ 38Curated by Clara Ott Share KDDK House / Karina Duque Manufacturers: CHC, Comercial Arratia, Constructora JV, Duomo 2016 CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Frutillar, Chile Area: 154 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Chile Lead Architect: Photographs: Fernanda Castro Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Karina Duque Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXText description provided by the architects. This single-family house is located in a very rainy area, with little light and low temperatures. Therefore most of the year is spent living indoors. On the other hand, although the place where the house is located has views of green meadows and forests, these views are in the opposite direction of the sun’s course. Considering this setup, a house that would allow that indoor life, but avoiding the feeling of confinement and darkness and incorporating the exterior into the interior, was designed.Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroSave this picture!Floor Plan First Floor 1:50Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroThe house is located in the highest part of the site, allowing an ample and overall view, but at the same time managing to capture the sunlight during most of the day and being able to feel immersed in nature, thanks to the permeability and transparency of the design.Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroSave this picture!© Fernanda CastroThe vernacular architecture of the German settlers was taken as a reference, the elongated volume and simple lines with a gable roof and elevated skylights that allow the existence of a loft, a space that stores the heat and opens up towards both sides. Following this line, materials such as prepainted locally manufactured zinc for the walls that face the non-roofed exterior and certified larch roofs for the access corridor were chosen, both materials that in the colonial era resolved the exterior cladding of houses and warehouses in the area, preventing the entry of water into the interior.Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroThe house is organized based on a large axis of circulation that connects and organizes the spaces of the house. The living spaces with a view towards the garden and the surrounding fields, and the storage and service areas on the other side of this axis. Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroThe bedrooms that catch the light of the east and north are in one end of the house, while the other end has a winter garden, with a western direction, leaving the large double-height living room between these spaces. This is where the kitchen-dining room and the heat source (a double combustion stove) are located, around which all daily life revolves during the long winter. For the hot months, the winter garden becomes a summer terrace with iron and glass screens that fold to open towards the outside courtyard.Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroSave this picture!Section A-A’ / B-B’ / C-C’Save this picture!© Fernanda CastroProjected cellulose inside the walls and roof was used as insulation, as well as under the still plate and ThermoPanel windows, avoiding thermal bridges and thus maintaining the heat during the winter. In addition, an access space between doors was incorporated to prevent heat from the inside from escaping to the outside. And for hot days, the natural cross ventilation incorporated in the design allows for optimal indoor heat regulation. Thus, it is possible to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year and to live in constant harmony with the environment.Save this picture!© Fernanda Castro ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/922323/kddk-house-karina-duque Clipboard Project gallerySee allShow lessPHOTO OF THE YEAR 2019Student CompetitionsArchitecture and Dystopia: Music Videos Based on Superstudio & Archigram’s CriticismsArchitecture News Share Houses CopyAbout this officeKarina DuqueOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsFrutillarChilePublished on August 06, 2019Cite: ” KDDK House / Karina Duque” [Casa KDDK / Karina Duque] 06 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
The three appeals by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) over the past 12 months have raised over £24 million.The figure is revealed in the DEC’s annual report, together with the impact that the donations have helped achieve in Myanmar, the Democractic Republic of Congo, and Gaza.For example, despite the difficulties of reaching people in Myanmar affected by Cyclone Nargis, member agencies of the DEC have helped over 326,000 households. Advertisement 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Brendan Gormley, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, said: “Appeals are just the beginning. Our  Member Agencies provide much needed immediate assistance but they also work to rebuild lives. We are all focused on providing quality humanitarian assistance, thereby ensuring the public’s donations meet the most critical needs and enable those affected to take control of their lives.”The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together the leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries. It has run 58 appeals over the last 45 years and raised approximately £1 billion.www.dec.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 July 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. DEC appeals raise £24m in past year Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics
UNHCR launches Zakat app to unlock Islamic giving for refugees AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Islam refugees zakat The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the launch of GiveZakat, an app to help users calculate and pay their Zakat. Money donated through the app will be used to support refugees and internally displaced people.Zakat is the obligatory giving away of 2.5% of an individual’s wealth each year which forms one of the five pillars of Islam.The app allows users to choose which country their zakat will be spent in and produces bespoke reports, showing donors how and when their money has been used. The app also includes a blog section, sharing the stories of the families donors are helping.Khaled Khalifa, Regional Representative at UNHCR, said in a statement:“Zakat alone can be a game-changer for refugees and IDPs, many of which are poor, needy, debtors and wayfarers, rendering them eligible to receive Zakat… We wanted to make sure that Zakat donors have access to a user-friendly digital platform to easily understand how their Zakat (and Sadaqah) donations can make a direct impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable refugees and internally displaced families.”On 18th December, UNHCR launched a “supplementary appeal” for its 2021 Covid response. The UN agency is seeking $455 million to support interventions for refugees, including cash assistance, prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV), and promotion of mental health and psychological well-being.The app is available to download now on Android and IOS. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 30 December 2020 | News 311 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Receive email alerts Police briefly arrested at least ten journalists in Moscow and obstructed dozens of others in more than 30 Russian cities in an attempt to prevent coverage of the pro-Navalny demonstrations.The victims included Aleksandr Pichugin, who was arrested in the western city of Nizhny Novgorod and broadcasted live from a police van for the local news website NN.RU. He was held for more than 24 hours and was fined 10,000 roubles (110 euros) on a charge of participating in an illegal demonstration. , a réalisé une intervention en direct pour le site local nn.ru depuis un fourgon de police. In Moscow, Svetlana Khrustaleva is facing a fine of 20,000 roubles (220 euros) on the same charge although she was carrying her press card and a note from the weekly Sobesednik saying she had been assigned to cover the protests. The police hit her with batons at the time of arrest, leaving her with bruising all over her body, and refused to call an ambulance when she felt ill while held in a police van. She was released three hours later.Georgy Markov, a freelancer also known as Timur Khadzhibekov who works for various media outlets, received several baton blows and was tasered when he was arrested while covering a demonstration in Saint Petersburg although his press vest clearly identified him as a reporter. He said he was glad he was wearing a helmet because “it still hurts all over my body.” His camera and phone were also smashed.“Despite the Kremlin’s denials, the police are clearly and massively flouting press freedom during the pro-Navalny demonstrations,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Journalists must be able to work freely, in complete safety and without impediment to cover future demonstrations and all public interest events, including Alexei Navalny’s first trial, which opens today.” Cavelier added: “The police officers responsible for the violence and those who told them to arrest journalists who were just doing their job must be punished for committing these flagrant violations of the Russian constitution and international treaties signed by Moscow, including the European Convention on Human Rights.”Many Russian regions saw illegal arrests of journalists. They included at least two of the far-east reporters for the independent Moscow tri-weekly Novaya Gazeta, Roman Lazukov in Khabarovsk and Valeria Fedorenko in the Pacific coast port city of Vladivostok. Ekaterina Ishchenko, a reporter for the Sotavision news website, was also held for seven hours in a Vladivostok police station despite having a press card. Aleksandra Larintseva, the business daily Kommersant’s correspondent in Stavropol, in the North Caucasus, spent several hours in a police station until the police released her, saying there had been a “misunderstanding.”Denis Adamov, the editor of the local news website Yakutia.Info, was arrested while covering a demonstration in Yakutsk, in central Siberia. When he showed his press card to the arresting officers, they said they were “not interested.” He was quickly released after being taken to a police station.In Samara, in the Volga federal district, Sergei Kurt-Adzhiev, the editor of the local branch of the Echo of Moscow independent radio station, and two of his presenters, Tatiana Brachy and Anton Rubin, were arrested and taken to a police station but were quickly released by a senior officer who apologized for the “illegal actions” of his subordinates.RSF also registered more than 20 cases of intimidation of journalists, including “warning” visits by police to their homes, between the first round of pro-Navalny demonstrations on 23 January and the second on 31 January.The most serious case was the arrest of Sergei Smirnov, the editor of Mediazona, a leading online source of reporting on police and judicial abuses, who was held for seven hours on 30 January and was released after a media outcry. He is to be tried tomorrow on a charge of “calling for participation in an illegal demonstration.”Vladimir Kornev, the editor of Belgorod No. 1, a local TV channel in the western city of Belgorod, was released this morning after being held for three days for allegedly organizing an illegal demonstration.Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. February 2, 2021 – Updated on February 4, 2021 Press freedom “massively flouted” during 2nd round of pro-Navalny protests June 2, 2021 Find out more News Dozens of journalists were detained, sometimes violently, while covering demonstrations in support of detained Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny for the second weekend running on 31 January. Those responsible for these illegal actions must be punished, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. Credit: Ivan Petrov / Tardigrada Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence Follow the news on Russia to go further News Organisation Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 104.68 KB Читать на русском / Read in Russian Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en May 21, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 5, 2021 Find out more
November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Receive email alerts Organisation Two weeks after the Ivorian authorities suspended Radio France Internationale’s local FM broadcasts over its handling of local news, Reporters Without Borders today condemned an “unacceptable deterioration” in the safety of journalists in Abidjan as a result of a “reign of terror” imposed by a pro-government militia known as the Young Patriots.The press freedom organisation urged the government to adopt a series of “energetic measures” so that journalists can work without fearing punitive raids by this militia in the run-up to presidential elections scheduled for October.In the past week, members of the Young Patriots carried out a heavy-handed raid on the headquarters of the public TV and radio broadcaster to force it to broadcast an address by their leader, spent a day roaming the Abidjan streets using violence and vandalism to censure the print media, and ambushed and beat up an opposition newspaper journalist.”The militia led by Charles Blé Goudé has used brutality, threats and vandalism to impose its law in Abidjan all week,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the authorities say they want an end to civil strife, why are they not moving to prevent Côte d’Ivoire’s business capital falling into the grip of this group that claims to have the president’s support.”Rather than adopting disproportionate sanctions against the international news media, the authorities should take stock of the current scandalous situation, in which gangs are carrying out retaliatory raids with complete impunity, the organisation said.Reporters Without Borders proposed three measures which the Ivorian authorities should adopt if they want to prove their good faith.”Firstly, after two weeks of enforced silence, it is time to lift the ban on FM broadcasts by Radio France Internationale (RFI) especially as the events of the past week have proved that it is in no way responsible for the climate of violence, and that singling it out was unfair.”Secondly, the tough sanctions required by the law must be taken against those responsible for the threats and violence against journalists working in Abidjan.”Thirdly,” Reporters Without Borders added, “after the explosions of violence of 4 November 2004 and 24 July 2005 and in view of the coming presidential elections, we reiterate our belief that the premises of the state-owned news media should be protected by a joint force formed by the Ivorian army, the UN, and France’s ‘Licorne’ peace-keeping force, to prevent any attack or illegitimate takeover of the public information service.”Around 100 members of the Young Patriots forced their way into the headquarters of RadioTélévision Ivoirienne (RTI) and Radio Côte d’Ivoire (RCI) in the Abidjan district of Cocody on the afternoon of 24 July and, according to a statement by RTI director-general Kébé Yacouba, they “used threats to demand the broadcast of their leader’s entire speech” in which, for more than 20 minutes, he urged his followers to prevent any opposition demonstration in the government-controlled region “until further notice.”Groups of Young Patriots roamed though several Abidjan neighbourhoods and Bassam the next day destroying any copies they found of the opposition newspapers Le Patriote (which supports the RDR, the party led by former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara) and Le Nouveau Réveil (which supports former President Henri Konan Bédié’s PDCI). A group of Young Patriots also went to the headquarters of the newspaper distribution company EdiPresse and used threats to prevent any more newspapers going out. In the evening, Young Patriots took up position outside the independent daily Dernière Heure, preventing its staff from producing the next day’s issue.On 26 July, Young Patriots attacked PDCI activists outside their party headquarters, injuring eight. Several journalists were threatened and one of them, José Stéphane Boudou of the independent daily Le Jour Plus, was beaten up after identifying himself.The re-transmission of RFI’s broadcasts on the FM wave-band in Côte d’Ivoire were suspended at midnight on 15 July until further notice on the orders of the National Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting (CNCA), which accused the station of unprofessional and biased coverage of Ivorian development. The CNCA demanded that RFI pay a fine of 9 million CFA francs (14,000 euros) and, when allowed back on the air, broadcast a retraction at least five times denying the disputed existence of a UN report blaming the government for recent deadly violence.A civilian militia claiming to have President Laurent Gbagbo’s backing, the Young Patriots were this year added to the Reporters Without Borders list of “press freedom predators.” The group was one of the spearheads of a presidential offensive last October and November, firstly attacking newspaper vendors, then ransacking the headquarters of a series of independent or opposition newspapers – Le Patriote, 24 Heures, Le Front, Le Nouveau Réveil, Le Jour Plus and Le Libéral. On the eve of the raids on the newspapers, the local FM broadcasts of RFI, the BBC and Africa N°1 were silenced by a commando attack on their joint transmission installations. A takeover of the state media also emerged as a key element in Gbagbo’s abortive attempt to recover control of the entire country when hundreds of Young Patriots took up position outside the headquarters of RTI and RCI in the early hours of 4 November, allowing loyalists from the president’s party, the FPI, to seize control.Reporters Without Borders issued a report about Côte d’Ivoire in May, entitled “Time to disarm minds, pens and microphones,” in which it called for a series of urgent measures “as an alternative to ineffective outrage and letting the media criminals go unpunished.” For the broadcast sector, the report stressed the urgent need to secure the various sites and transmitters of RTI and RCI by deploying joint force formed by Ivorian army personnel, UN peacekeepers and members of the French Licorne contingent.”After the wave of political violence that began on 4 November, not to speak of the way Gen. Robert Gueï declared himself winner in the October 2000 presidential election, it is inconceivable that the international community, in the run-up to a key election, does not secure what would clearly be a target in any attempt to derail the process,” the report said.Reporters Without Borders also recommended in its report that national broadcast installations throughout the country should be repaired and put back to work, pointing out that the public information service has not covered the entire country since partition in September 2002 and that the state broadcaster’s frequencies are being used by the former rebel New Forces in the north of the country for their own propaganda broadcasts. News July 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young Patriots brutally impose law of the predators in Abidjan Côte d’IvoireAfrica Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en October 29, 2020 Find out more RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News News Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Two weeks after the Ivorian authorities suspended Radio France Internationale’s local FM broadcasts over its handling of local news, Reporters Without Borders today condemned an “unacceptable deterioration” in the safety of journalists in Abidjan as a result of a “reign of terror” imposed by a pro-government militia known as the Young Patriots. October 16, 2020 Find out more
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Cranfield School of Management has launched an online survey to investigatethe level and nature of innovation among small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs). Gerard Burke and Dr Adegoké Oké are leading the research, which they hopewill help resolve conflicting views on the issue. Burke said that people assume SMEs are more innovative than larger companiesbecause of their agility, flexibility and entrepreneurial management style, butthat may not be true. “Research studies suggest that it is in fact big companies that aremore innovative because of larger resources, which means they can afford toinvest in research, development and the introduction of new products andservices,” he said. “We expect to be able to shed some light on these opposing views, andwe also think the survey will provide some food for thought in consideringinnovation and how best to manage it.” Those who complete the Innovation Research Survey will receive a summarisedset of survey results at the end of the research so they can compare theirbusiness with the overall situation. www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/enterprise Comments are closed. Online survey to investigate SMEs mythOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today
Body-water content of field-fresh samples of the springtail, Cryptopygus antarcticus Willem (Collembola, Isotomidae) was measured at monthly intervals over 11 years (1984–1995) at Signy Island, in the maritime Antarctic. A clear annual cycle of variation in water content was observed, with maxima in the austral spring and autumn, and minima in midwinter and midsummer. There was no overall trend during the 11-year study, in contrast to an earlier analysis of the initial 1984–1987 period, which demonstrated a significant increase in body-water content (from 56.6 to 66.0% fresh weight). It is suggested that, between 1984 and 1987, water stress on C. antarcticus in its environment declined, and thereafter stabilised between 1988 and 1995. Springtail body-water content between 1984 and 1995 showed significant increases in several months, particularly in autumn and early winter, with decreases in midsummer. This was consistent with the predicted consequences of the pattern of regional climatic warming in the maritime Antarctic, where small increments in temperature have effectively increased the length of the potential biologically active period. C. antarcticus responds rapidly to local and short-term variations in environmental conditions and will be able to take advantage of increases in the thermal energy budget and growing season length. It is predicted that climate warming could lead to a reduction in life-cycle duration, an increase in population density and extension of geographical range.
Information regarding the molluscs in this dataset is based on the Rauschert dredge samples collected during the Latitudinal Gradient Program (LGP) on board the R/V “Italica” in the Ross Sea (Antarctica) in the austral summer 2004. A total of 18 epibenthic dredge deployments/samplings have been performed at four different locations at depths ranging from 84 to 515m by using a Rauschert dredge with a mesh size of 500µm. In total 8,359 specimens have been collected belonging to a total of 161 species. Considering this dataset in terms of occurrences, it corresponds to 505 discrete distributional records (incidence data). Of these, in order of abundance, 5,965 specimens were Gastropoda (accounting for 113 species), 1,323 were Bivalvia (accounting for 36 species), 949 were Aplacophora (accounting for 7 species), 74 specimens were Scaphopoda (3 species), 38 were Monoplacophora (1 species) and, finally, 10 specimens were Polyplacophora (1 species). This data set represents the first large-scale survey of benthic micro-molluscs for the area and provides important information about the distribution of several species, which have been seldom or never recorded before in the Ross Sea. All vouchers are permanently stored at the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA), Section of Genoa, enabling future comparison and crosschecking. This material is also currently under study, from a molecular point of view, by the barcoding project “BAMBi” (PNRA 2010/A1.10).