Climate test for forests

first_imgHarvard scientists are taking a hard look at northeastern forests for evidence of a potential springtime scramble, one that could be triggered if age-old growth cues are disrupted by climate change.Researchers in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Arnold Arboretum are examining whether the earlier arrival of warm weather will clash with genetic programming tuned to lengthening days and the duration and depth of winter cold.Researchers led by Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Elizabeth Wolkovich and research fellow Dan Flynn gathered hundreds of cuttings from 28 different species in Massachusetts and Quebec and grew them under an array of controlled conditions in Arnold Arboretum growth chambers, tracking how each responded to varying levels of temperature and light.Blooming bud Related Time-lapse video of a rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) bud blooming. Correctly timing spring growth is critical to a plant. Credit: Tim Savas/Wolkovich Lab The most surprising early results are that species that had strong responses to light cues — about half of those tested — were generally the same ones with strong responses to temperature, said Wolkovich. This could create a conflict if those species were to leaf out earlier as the weather warms, and then reach a point when the days are too short to advance further.“Are things going to keep going? Is this a linear trend?” said Wolkovich. “Will spring just keep getting three weeks earlier every three decades? Or will there be a point where we will really have messed up the biology of these systems and the plants won’t be able to track with climate change because there’s this photo-period limit?” You call this spring? Endlessly waiting for ‘leaf out,’ flowering in Boston and beyond <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMRYV4Wk56I” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/PMRYV4Wk56I/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Correctly timing spring growth is critical to a plant. Leafing out first means being first to the nutrients in the ground, first to spread a canopy that not only gathers sunlight but also shades competitors. But starting too early in the season — during a warm snap when the days are still short and winter has weeks to run — exposes tender leaf buds to frost, forcing a tree to re-leaf and putting it behind competitors.In preliminary results, cherry, birch, beech, honeysuckle, and blueberry were all sensitive to temperature cues, Wolkovich said. That means that as the climate warms, those plants will likely begin their spring growth earlier, while others less sensitive to temperature will remain on the same schedule. Blueberry and cherry also showed strong photoperiod limits, meaning there may be a limit to how early they will grow. If climate change pushes spring earlier than the limit, blueberry and cherry could end up out of step.“The preliminary results suggest that for some classic northeast species, they will keep advancing for a long time and then we don’t know what will happen, they might just stop advancing and be static,” Wolkovich said. “What I think is more likely, based on data from other labs, is their cues will get messed up and they might come out at the wrong time the following year or they might be screwed up for several years to come.”In the best case, Wolkovich said, ecosystems will stay roughly intact, though they’ll likely shift in time and space, growing earlier in the spring and expanding or contracting ranges. In the worst case, Wolkovich said, important species such as oak, maple, and beech won’t track the changing climate and leaf out late, failing to set seed and suffering major declines.“Which species will move in and replace these species?” Wolkovich said. “No matter what happens, the northeastern forest that you have today will not be the one your great-grandchildren will have.”Another key question, Wolkovich said, involves whether individual tree species contain populations sensitive to local conditions — whether oaks in southern Massachusetts, for example, are genetically tuned to warmer conditions and different day lengths than those in northern New Hampshire. If that is the case, it might restrict their ability to respond to rapidly changing climate.The work, conducted as a pilot study, is being expanded to two more sites and will seek more refined data on the cues by which species awaken in winter, Wolkovich said.last_img read more

The Key to a Best-in-class Customer Service Experience

first_imgAlong with the other members of the executive team, I spend a great deal of time talking with our customers and partners about the future of Dell and Dell EMC and they clearly understand the value we will bring to their businesses. They see our combined company as a more strategic IT provider, especially around the broader portfolio we can now offer and our combined scale in the marketplace. And this is consistent with what industry research firms are hearing from the customers and partners they have surveyed.For example, recent research reports, one from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and another from IDC, both validate the anecdotal evidence we are hearing – that customers and partners are excited about the merger and expect to do more business with our combined company than they did previously.Here are a few highlights from ESG:“Dell and/or EMC storage customers—and even non-customers—are overwhelmingly bullish about the possibility of a combined Dell-EMC in terms of more traditional data storage offerings, as well as increasingly appealing converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions…89% of the respondents expect to maintain or increase their storage spending with the combined entity over the next 24 months and overall, two-thirds of organizations that don’t currently purchase storage systems from Dell or EMC expressed more interest in buying from the new company, with 39% classifying this increased likelihood as significant.”1Similarly, IDC found that:“Customers and Partners are bullish on the Dell | EMC merger, and nearly half of respondents expect to spend more with a merged Dell | EMC…Most anticipate that the merger will create value for them…and the majority of partners view the merger positively as they see opportunities to offer new services.”2A September 2016 survey of 560 IT professionals conducted by 451 Research shows that more than 80% of survey respondents had a positive or neutral opinion of the Dell EMC merger, and more than one-third (37%) expressed a positive or very positive sentiment. Among those respondents who already purchased from Dell and EMC, nearly half (46.3%) viewed the merger as very positive or positive. Why? According to the report, “Customers are enthusiastic about the benefits that working with a single large organization can bring in terms of having a single entity for sales and support, having access to a broad technology portfolio and overall ease of management.”These third-party research findings confirm what we are hearing in our conversations with customers and partners. Clearly, we have enormous opportunity ahead of us. Yet, we also know that making the most of this opportunity requires us to bring the same maniacal execution to the way we sell to, service and support our customers, offering them the same — or even better — experience they expect when it comes to doing business with us. Customers say seamless support integration is critically important to them going forward. And according to the ESG survey, when asked about the most important criteria when selecting a Data Center Infrastructure Vendor; 59% of respondents said service, support and ease of implementation.The key to a best-in-class service experience is our ability to understand customers’ IT and business challenges, coupled with our experience and expertise to execute successful customer outcomes. Our newly combined portfolios allow us to bring “better together” solutions and deliver a differentiated service experience that enables customers to get the most value from their IT investments.While there will be no visible changes to our customers’ support experience right away, behind the scenes our teams are working diligently to make the combined Dell EMC Services experience seamless, effectively raising the bar on what customers’ consider to be “best in class.” Dell EMC’s first delivery of cohesive, consistent support across both Dell and EMC products is a new service, available October 18, that embodies our commitment to that goal, ProSupport One for Data Center.Designed specifically for joint Dell EMC enterprise customers, this new service provides a unified, best-in-class support experience across Dell and EMC data center products. And this is just the beginning. We are committed to the continued evolution of innovative IT services that enable our customers and partners to achieve their desired outcomes.A high-quality service experience requires a modern service portfolio, with comprehensive deployment services, transformational consulting capabilities, personalized support experiences, and proactive and predictive capabilities that leverage data-driven insights. Dell EMC Services will bring these things together into a single, integrated portfolio, driving transformations at scale, with personalized support that is predictive, proactive and consistent across the board. Our ultimate goal is to provide a seamless and consistent engagement across all of our products, while continually evolving our best-in-class service experience. We are committed to a customer-focused approach to innovation and excellence.For world-class companies, customers should influence their priorities and actions at every step along the journey and success should be measured based on the voice of the customer, especially customer satisfaction with support services. We heard our customers loud and clear when they said that service and support are critically important, and although they want to protect or preserve their existing service experience, they also expect consistency and a best-in-class experience across their full Dell and EMC installed environments, and we agree.I hope you will continue to share your feedback on what’s working and what we need to do better, and I invite you to join our annual Customer Experience Day virtual celebration on October 5 when you can learn more about our customer experience approach and capabilities, and hear from our customers, leaders and team members.1Enterprise Strategy Group, ESG Brief: Implications of Integrating the Dell and EMC Storage Portfolios, July 20162IDC, Customer and Partner Perspectives on the Dell-EMC Merger, doc# US41576516, July 2016last_img read more

Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda on Being in the ‘Eye of the Hurricane’

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter Hamilton Star Files Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has become, as we all know, a gargantuan hit, and the Tony winner stopped by CBS This Morning on April 12 to discuss the tuner and the new book Hamilton: The Revolution, which he co-authored alongside Jeremy McCarter. “I’m really in the words of the show in the ‘eye of the hurricane,'” Miranda admitted. “For me the fun of writing this book was it actually gave us sort of a moment to reflect in the making of it.” There also came the question of how long the original cast will remain with the production; the show opened on August 6, 2015. “Everyone’s contracted for a year and everyone has the the option to re-up. We’ll see where we land,” said Miranda. Check out the interview below!center_img View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda from $149.00last_img read more

The August Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live and On Stands Now

first_imgThe August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine is one near and dear to our hearts. It’s also one of the annual favorites with you, our loyal readers. By the time August rolls around we are, to put it simply, hot. And that’s partly why our 12 Favorite Swimming Holes feature was so important to this issue.And, we’ve got our look at Blue Ridge region’s Top Adventure Colleges. Ah, college days. Don’t miss our contributors’ most memorable college experiences in the front of the mag when you pick it up on a newsstand near you.You’ll also find stories on the latest paddling trend, kayak fishing; the Paleo Diet; a summer reading list by editor Will Harlan; we take a trip up to West Virginia to see the Hillbilly Gypsies; and more news and features from around the South and Mid-Atlantic.And we’ve got the beta on new gear for summer and what you’ll likely want to have before you head back to school. Because just like the 16 alumni featured in our top outdoor colleges roundup, we are all lifelong students. Here’s to enjoying the last month of summer.featuresGET SCHOOLED Meet 16 alumni from the South’s top outdoor colleges, including the reader-selected winners of this year’s Adventure College Bracket.LOST A sea kayaker discovers new waters—and a surprising new appreciation for technology.12 SWIMMING HOLES OF SUMMER Our dozen favorite swimming spots are nestled beneath some of the most scenic and spectacular waterfalls in the South.BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Kayak fishing provides stealth and easier access to new water. Here are nine favorite spots for kayak anglers to wet a line.departmentsEDITOR’S NOTE A wild summer reading listFLASHPOINT The real Paleo diet — less hunter, more gatherer?QUICK HITS BMX in Brevard / Warrior hike marches on / Gauley land protection / Share the road lawTHE DIRT A fish-eye-view of wild Appalachia / Kentucky’s first ultra is more than a raceTHE GOODS Back to school gearTRAIL MIX Hillbilly Gypsies revive old mountain soundslast_img read more

Hispanic Bar of Central Florida sets Path to the Bench seminar for 28th

first_img October 15, 2005 Regular News Hispanic Bar of Central Florida sets Path to the Bench seminar for 28th The Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida will present its Fourth Annual “Path to the Bench” seminar October 28 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown OrlandoFeatured speakers include U.S. Middle District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington; Ninth Circuit Judge Jose R. Rodriguez; Ramon A. Abadin of the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission; Roberto Martinez of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, Southern District Conference; David Holbrook, chair of the Ninth Circuit JNC; James A. “Skip” Fowler, chair of the Fifth District Court of Appeal JNC; and Marcos R. Marchena, chair of the Florida Federal JNC, Middle District Conference.The cost of the event is $50. Make checks payable to the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. Members of the organization may attend the seminar at no cost. Those who plan to attend may RSVP and send checks to Penelope Perez-Kelly, McClane Tessitore, 215 East Livingston Street, Orlando 32801. For more information please contact Perez-Kelly, the Judicial Relations Committee chair, at pbp@mcclanepa.com. Hispanic Bar of Central Florida sets Path to the Bench seminar for 28thlast_img read more

Moldova votes in presidential run-off vote

first_imgThe current leader, Igor Dodon, is openly backed by Moscow, which accuses the United States of planning a revolution in Moldova to oust him; his challenger, Maia Sandu, favours closer ties with the EU – and critics paint her as a puppet of the West, who’d usher in supposedly alien liberal values and allow a Nato base in the country. – Advertisement –last_img

Selected winners of Zaba’s #first time contest

first_imgAmong the 15 selected is and The narrative route of a fairy tale in Ogulin, which consists of a tour of the sites that inspired the writer Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić in writing Stories from the past, as well as Raftrek Adventure Travel which offers packrafting on the river Zrmanja for guests looking for adrenaline. The jury also put the owner of the agency on the list of the best Lynx and Fox from Delnice, which is also the only professional licensed tourist guide for the area of ​​Gorski Kotar.   One of the 15 winners is the ethno-agro park Stella Croatica in Klis, whose offer is based on a long tradition of production of products woven into the tradition of Dalmatia. It is located in Mirlović Zagora OPG Campanelo, where customers can come to the garden on their own and choose what they want. They also caught the eye of the jury Five beauforts which, in turn, offer a combination of cruising and hiking on the Kornati route, which has fallen into oblivion for the last thirty years. Ramarin Ranch In addition to the marketing campaign, the winners of the competition, as well as everyone else, will be included on a special interactive map prviput.hr, which is conceived as a place with information about the undiscovered tourist offer of Croatia. In addition to small entrepreneurs, the platform will also serve domestic guests to have unified information about interesting locations, services and tourist products in one place. “I am thrilled! I feel very happy and grateful. Although we put a lot of effort into the application, the fact that Zagrebačka banka chose us for the main prize makes us all in the hotel surprised and extremely proud. This award means a lot to us and to Ogulin as a tourist destination, especially in these challenging times for tourism and small businesses. We all want to discover the numerous natural beauties and sights of fairytale Ogulin in Croatia” she ordered Ivana Jelic from the Heritage Hotel Frankopan which provides a real atmosphere of the past. In addition to traditional local dishes, the hotel also offers a 200-year-old wine cellar, as well as the experience of a local storyteller.  There are two winners in the Baranja area – the property Ivica and Marica which can be enjoyed by nature lovers, homemade food and good fun as well OPG Stipino, which is engaged in the production of fruits and vegetables, which among the entire offer also offers workshops for making ajvar, jam or syrup. She also found her place among the best Desert Višnjica, an agritourism estate not far from Slatina, which represents the economic heritage of Slavonia. Ramarin Ranch is located in Garčin in the heart of Slavonia, and this ranch is specific due to numerous activities such as horseback riding, cycling and fishing, and offers luxuriously equipped bungalows, night camp for children and many other facilities, which makes it a real rural attraction.center_img Heritage Hotel Frankopan  “The whole day was marked by a dose of adrenaline for us because of the wonderful news we received. When applying, we thought we could be one of the winners, but we did not hope for the main prize. The enthusiasm is huge and after the impressions have subsided, with a slightly higher dose of self-confidence gained after today, we can say – deservedly” they ordered from Ramarina after learning of the award.  An expert jury selected the winners of the competition #first time by which Zagrebačka banka provides support to small entrepreneurs in tourism. In the area of ​​Zagreb and Zagreb County, they stood out the most Travel To Croatia which offers interactive tours in the metropolis area as well OPG Karlo Kos, where guests can spend a pleasant time surrounded by greenery and get acquainted with the tradition of wine production. The jury was delighted by the young artist Jure Bralić who in Antico printers in Motovun, creates unique graphics and illustrations on a replica of the medieval Gutenberg machine – press. Among the selected is and Ponte Porto, a family B&B near the art town of Grožnjan, which offers an escape to peace and nature, away from mass tourism.  Applications for the competition lasted until the end of September, and a total of 15 best were selected. Two of them, Heritage Hotel Frankopan from Ogulin and Ramarin Ranch not far from Slavonski Brod, they won a marketing campaign that includes a TV spot, while the rest will be promoted on digital channels. last_img read more

COVID-19: Govt to allocate Rp 100 billion to protect Indonesians abroad

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry will allocate Rp 100 billion (US$6.1 million) from its 2020 budget for the protection of Indonesian citizens living abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.The ministry’s proposal to reallocate its Rp 8.6 trillion budget was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.During a virtual working meeting with House Commission I, which oversees foreign affairs, on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry secretary-general Mayerfas said the Rp 10 billion budget had initially been earmarked for the management of the ministry building in Jakarta. “The reallocated budget will be used to fulfill the needs of about 49 Indonesian missions abroad and to ensure the wellbeing of Indonesian citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayerfas said during the meeting.Read also: Govt urges Indonesians abroad to stay put, promises aid during COVID-19 pandemic“The Indonesian missions are asked to report their needs in their accredited working areas,” he went on to say.Commission I approved the proposal and agreed that the budget be used for the procurement of emergency shelters and staple food deliveries for Indonesian citizens.The House also asked the Foreign Ministry to heighten communication, monitoring, mapping and protection to ensure the protection of citizens abroad, said Commission I chairwoman Meutya Hafid.As of Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry recorded that 302 Indonesians had tested positive for COVID-19 abroad, resulting in eight fatalities. Meanwhile, 37 citizens have recovered from the disease.Topics :last_img read more

After lockdown, Australians seek to learn survival skills in the bush

first_imgThe interest in the course comes as Australia loosens its lockdown laws after months of restrictions that saw runs on supermarket staples, and many Sydney dwellers cooped up at home. Now beaches are reopening and pubs in Sydney are allowed to accept ten patrons for meals.”I’ve been caught up with that supermarket mayhem. I didn’t realize how entrenched I was in that,” course participant George Hamza said. Hamza is one of 11 participants taking part in a three-day intermediate course near Ku-ring-gai National Park, Ingleside, north of Sydney.”Coming out here and spending a few days here and removing myself from that, I’m feeling like I’m detoxing a little from that sphere of the world,” he said Topics : “The more knowledge you have… it actually gives you a sense of confidence and then you can make better informed decisions.”Course participants learn how to erect a shelter, build a fire, solar and celestial navigation, forage for edible plants, some within a timed environment designed to emulate the stress of a real survival situation.”They’ve got a timed period to make a fire using the procedure that we’ve given them because it makes it efficient. They may have to light a fire to signal for help, to boil water to give to a person that’s suffering from hypothermia,” Dedman said.”The other thing is that the timed deliverables gives an element of stress and in a survival situation you’re going to be very, very stressed.”center_img Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, organizers of a course outside Sydney said.The Bushcraft course teaches basic survival skills like foraging for food and water, and also offers insight into traditional indigenous cultures. The course filled up soon after the lockdown began to be eased late last month, and there is a lot of demand, the organizers said.”A lot of people come to learn self discipline. How to organize themselves and organize themselves in a natural environment,” said instructor Gordon Dedman at Bushcraft Survival Australia, who is a former army commando.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA Initiative Funds 17 Projects to Spur Innovation in Manufacturing

first_img March 06, 2019 Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA Initiative Funds 17 Projects to Spur Innovation in Manufacturing Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $1 million in grants through the Manufacturing PA initiative. The 17 projects receiving the funding will spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.“The manufacturing climate is changing faster than ever before,” Governor Wolf said. “In order to remain competitive in the global market, we have to ensure we’re constantly supporting manufacturing innovation. These projects are vital to help push our manufacturing sector forward.”The approved projects are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program. The program embeds the commonwealth’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide. Universities that have partnered with a manufacturer can apply for and receive between $25,000 and $70,000 in funding for specific student research projects.The complete list of 17 projects including funding amounts and manufacturing partners can be found here. The approved projects help advance innovation in several sectors of manufacturing, from advanced medical, to aerospace, to steel production. Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Lehigh University, Robert Morris University, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Behrends College – PSU, and University of Pittsburgh partnered with local manufacturing companies to pair student fellows with the 17 projects. Additional details about many of the projects themselves can be found on the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program website.The fellowship was developed through collaboration with Pennsylvania’s seven research institutions, manufacturers, and industrial resource centers (IRCs) across the commonwealth and is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development.Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including IRCs, Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.In the 2019-20 Executive Budget proposal, Governor Wolf is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more