Planococcus versutus sp. nov., isolated from soil

first_imgA taxonomic study was performed on a novel Gram-stain-positive, coccus-shaped, orange-pigmented motile bacterium, designated as strain L10.15T. The organism was isolated from a soil sample collected in Lagoon Island (close to Adelaide Island, western Antarctic Peninsula) using a quorum-quenching enrichment medium. Growth occurred at 4–30 °C, pH 6–11 and at moderately high salinity (0–15 %, w/v, NaCl), with optimal growth at 26 °C, at pH 7–8 and with 6 % (w/v) NaCl. 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed that strain L10.15T belonged to the genus Planococcus and was closely related to Planococcus halocryophilus Or1T (99.3 % similarity), Planococcus donghaensis JH1T (99.0 %), Planococcus antarcticus DSM 14505T (98.3 %), Planococcus plakortidis AS/ASP6 (II)T (97.6 %), Planococcus maritimus TF-9T (97.5 %), Planococcus salinarum ISL-6T (97.5 %) and Planococcus kocurii NCIMB 629T (97.5 %). However, the average nucleotide identity-MUMmer analysis showed low genomic relatedness values of 71.1–81.7 % to the type strains of these closely related species of the genus Planococcus . The principal fatty acids were anteiso-C15 : 0, C16 : 1ω7c and anteiso-C17 :  0, and the major menaquinones of strain L10.15T were MK-5 (48 %), MK-6 (6 %) and MK-7 (44 %). Polar lipid analysis revealed the presence of phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylglycerol, diphosphatidylglycerol and aminophospholipid. The DNA G+C content was 39.4 mol%. The phenotypic and genotypic data indicate that strain L10.15T represents a novel species of the genus Planococcus , for which the name Planococcus versutus sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is L10.15T (=DSM 101994T=KACC 18918T).last_img read more

NCAA moving men’s 3-point line to international distance

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The 3-point line is moving back in men’s college basketball.The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced Wednesday that the arc will be moved to 22 feet, 1 ¾ inches for the 2019-20 season, matching the international distance.The change will not go into effect in Division II and III until 2020-21 due to the potential financial impact on schools.The committee said the line was moved to make the lane more available for drives from the perimeter, to slow the trend of making 3-pointers so prevalent and to create more offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.The international line was used on an experimental basis in the National Invitational Tournament the past two seasons. Teams attempted 23.1 3-point shots in the 2019 NIT compared to 22.8 in the 2018-19 regular season. The 3-point shooting percentage also dropped 2.2% to 33%.The 3-point line was last moved in 2008-09, extending a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches.The NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee approved an experimental rule last month using the international 3-point line in postseason events outside of the NCAA championships in each division.The panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound and gave coaches the ability to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and any overtime period.Players also will be assessed technical fouls for derogatory language about an opponent’s race, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Tags: 3-Point Line/NCAA Associated Press June 5, 2019 /Sports News – Local NCAA moving men’s 3-point line to international distancelast_img read more

Soccer star thanks manager, teammates for support after forfeiting match over homophobic slur

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC NewsBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — U.S. soccer legend and current USL manager Landon Donovan took his team name to heart on Wednesday when he stood firm to back one of his players after an alleged anti-gay remark was made during the match. The San Diego Loyal coach ultimately pulled his team from the pitch mid-match while leading 3-1 against the Phoenix Rising and forfeited after one of Rick Schantz’s players allegedly used a homophobic slur directed at openly gay midfielder Collin Martin.“I was pretty shocked. It obviously was an exchange that first started with some bad language,” Martin told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Friday. “That’s normal. It happens. But it escalated to a place where it crossed the line and I’m just at a point where in my career I’m an out gay player and I can’t stand for having a homophobic slur said to me during a game.”He continued, “It was pretty upsetting and honestly it took me a little bit to totally soak in what was said to me, but I’m honestly proud of myself for bringing it to the ref and not standing for it.” Near the end of the first-half stoppage time, referee Joseph Salinas whistled the play dead and mistakenly gave the Loyal midfielder a red card that ejected him from the match. His teammates swarmed the ref and insisted that the wrong player was being penalized, followed by Donovan who approached the ref on the pitch to get an answer.Donovan then came face-to-face with Schantz over the incident and in their exchange called out the comment, saying it was “homophobia.” “I give Collin tremendous credit because — in the heat of battle you want to play and compete and when you’re beating a rival, really badly, you just want to finish the game and win the game,” Donovan said. “But Collin, to his immense credit, said something, he acted and he spoke and we just decided that if that player was not going to be removed from the game either through a red card by the referee or from the other team subbing him off the field, that we had to act and so I give our team a ton of credit for taking that stance.” The Loyal coach explained further that “the context matters quite a bit” because just one week prior the team had experienced another upsetting slur.“A player on our team, Elijah Martin, was exposed to a racial slur and we went back and forth all week on whether we should even play this next game because we were pretty upset about it and we were also upset we didn’t say anything during the game,” Donovan explained. “And of course, the next week this happens.” Schantz denied that he was downplaying the alleged slur and claimed he was only asking about Donovan’s reaction.Despite what was on the line, the team fully supported Martin and forfeited the match leading into the USL playoffs. “Landon was pretty adamant right away that he wanted us off the field,” Martin said. “We took the time at halftime to hear everything that happened and to see what the team wanted to move forward with and they were all adamant that we weren’t going to play. So I was pretty uncomfortable by it, to be honest. It was a big game for the team and we were winning and I thought let’s just finish the game. Let’s beat them and move on with it. But I mean they weren’t having it.”Donovan recalled that when he was a player in the early 2000s “gay slurs were used quite often and it was almost like a normal thing and people said it quite often until a stand was finally taken and people just didn’t accept it anymore.” “It’s not something we hear every week and there’s not bigotry or homophobia expressed every week, but like I said, I think the world was trying to tell us something and it’s still clearly around and we just have to get it out of our game,” he said. “It cannot be in any sports environment. It can’t be in our society and unfortunately, the only way that change happens is by doing something drastic.” Junior Flemmings, the Rising midfielder accused of making the offensive comment, denied that the incident happened.“At no point did I say a homophobic slur towards Collin Martin. I stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ movement,” he wrote on Twitter. Flemmings and the Phoenix Rising head coach have been put on administrative leave. Ryan Madden, vice president of communications and public relations for the USL, said in a statement: “Foul and abusive language of any type has absolutely no place in our society and will not be tolerated in USL matches.” “In addition to implementing comprehensive training and education, the USL will get to work immediately – alongside the Player’s Association and the Black Players Alliance – to put even more severe repercussions in place going forward. This has to stop. It simply won’t be allowed to occur,” he continued. A conclusion is expected to be reached in the ongoing investigation before the weekend. The league also announced that every USL owner, executive, player and staff member will undergo comprehensive sensitivity training ahead of the 2021 season.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund October 2, 2020 /Sports News – National Soccer star thanks manager, teammates for support after forfeiting match over homophobic slurcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Blackstone reportedly selling stake in LNG developer Cheniere Partners

first_img Blackstone Group looking to divest 40% stake in Cheniere Partners. (Credit: Carlo San/Freeimages.com) Blackstone Group has reportedly agreed to offload a stake of around 40% in Cheniere Energy’s limited partnership to Brookfield Infrastructure and its own affiliated firm.Although a filing did not reveal the deal value, Bloomberg citing undisclosed sources familiar with the matter, reported that Brookfield Infrastructure negotiated the sale of the stake in Cheniere Energy Partners (Cheniere Partners) at $34.25 per share. This values the transaction at $7bn as per the publication.The sale of the stake in the LNG company is expected to help Blackstone Group gain $5bn.Currently, Cheniere Energy has a stake of 48.6% in the limited partnership, while Blackstone and public shareholders own the remaining stake.Activities of Cheniere PartnersCheniere Partners is engaged in developing the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in Louisiana. The LNG project will have a production capacity of around 30 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through its six trains.Five of the LNG trains at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project are in full operations while a sixth one is under construction and is expected to be placed into service in 2023.Once fully commissioned, the six-train project is expected to process over 4.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas into LNG. As of 30 June 2020, Cheniere Partners achieved more than 63% in project completion for the sixth train.The company’s other LNG project is Corpus Christi in South Texas, which has been in service since 2019. The Corpus Christi LNG export project features two trains, which put together have a capacity of around 10mtpa.A third train is being added at the Corpus Christi project to increase its capacity to about 15mtpa. As of 30 June 2020, more than 90% of the LNG train project is said to have been completed with overall completion expected to happen in 2021.Cheniere Partners is also planning a stage 3 expansion project near the Corpus Christi project, which has been designed to add up to seven ​midscale trains for adding nearly 10mtpa of additional LNG production capacity. Cheniere Partners developed the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project and the Corpus Christi LNG export projectlast_img read more

Irish ayes for M&S

first_imgCo Londonderry-based artisan bakery Genesis Crafty has launched a new Irish Bakery range in Marks & Spencer, after successfully gaining supplier accreditation by the store.The range is now available in 38 stores throughout Ireland and features four-packs of Iced Tops (iced Madeira buns), Jammy Rounds (Madeira buns dipped in raspberry syrup and coated in coconut) and Jam Bakes (pastry cases filled with jam and topped with Madeira sponge), which will sit alongside M&S’ Irish breads and morning goods ranges.Genesis will also supply apple and rhubarb pies, both part-baked and frozen, for bake-off in M&S’ in-store bakeries.”For M&S to have chosen Genesis as a partner is a major vote of confidence in the skills of our bakers and our company values,” commented Brian McErlain, managing director. He added that the firm has already had enquiries from other leading retailers about developing own-brand ranges for them.Genesis is only the 16th food and drink company in Northern Ireland to successfully gain M&S supplier accreditation.last_img read more

Which Wich to roll out London-wide delivery

first_imgSource: Which WichWhich Wich, the US-founded sandwich chain, is to open dark kitchens in Battersea and Bethnal Green this month.The Texas-based company, which has operated a restaurant in London’s Central St Giles plaza since February 2018, will supply made-to-order hot toasted sandwiches and salads for delivery only to postcodes across London.The move comes as the business was forced to tweak its ‘short-term expansion plans’ and postpone the launch of two city workforce locations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.“In a challenging time for the London hospitality market, we are delighted to have the proven track record to launch new openings, bringing renewed menu choice to London customers and new jobs for talented team members,” UK master franchisee Rami Awada said.The brand operates a system where customers can order from a set menu or build their own sandwiches from a selection of toppings.The company also produces a hot breakfast muffin range featuring poached eggs, sandwiches and artisan coffee and supplies cookies, shakes and sweet potato fries.Which Wich was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 2003 by entrepreneur Jeff Sinelli and has approximately 500 sites in 10 different countries across the Middle East and Central America.last_img read more

Beloved Zappa Vocalist Ike Willis Announces Debut Guest Appearances With Dweezil Zappa

first_imgDweezil Zappa’s “Cease And Desist” tour will be rocking across the country this fall, and he has just announced a very special guest to help him and his band recreate songs from one of Frank Zappa‘s most beloved albums. Hot on the tail of a vinyl re-release of Joe’s Garage on August 26th, Dweezil will bring iconic vocalist Ike Willis into the fold for the first time since his father’s final tour in 1988. Willis provides vocals on Joe’s Garage, and was member of Frank Zappa’s touring band from 1978 – 1988.Willis has been touring in a Zappa cover band called Project/Object, and it seems that the Zappa Family Trust has black-balled him as a result. He hasn’t ever performed at any of the official Zappa Family Trust projects, and this will be his first time sitting in with Dweezil Zappa, who himself is currently feuding with his family’s trust. Talk about throwing shade…Willis will join Dweezil Zappa on 10/12 in Chicago at Concord Music Hall, and 10/30 in New York at Zappa’s traditional Halloween show at the Beacon Theatre. Willis will be sitting in on Joe’s Garage tunes, so expect an exciting night celebrating one of the best albums of all time!last_img read more

HDS gives thanks for its harvest

first_imgRain may be good for the garden, but last Friday it forced Harvard Divinity School (HDS) to take its Harvest Celebration inside Rockefeller Hall.The annual fete gathered together students at HDS to feast on seasonal bounty harvested from its own garden. Although it was the sixth such garden party, it was the first time it was held indoors, according to Leslie MacPherson Artinian, the garden project’s staff liaison.The Harvest Celebration is usually a work party at which guests pull potatoes and plant bulbs like garlic, but the early rain — and the threat of more to come — limited the event to just a party. It included a blessing, an “altar table” overflowing with fresh produce, and music played by third-year HDS student Zach Kerzee and staff member Ralph DeFlorio.“I think it’s a nice end of the semester,” said Aisha Ansano, a first-year Divinity School student who helps out with the garden whenever her class commitments allow.The idea for the garden came from an HDS student who presented it to MacPherson Artinian, someone known for her horticultural expertise. Run by students, the garden has grown larger as it’s been passed down from student leader to student leader. Anna Mullen, a second-year HDS student, is the current leader of the garden.  In fact, the plot of green was one of the things that drew her to the School, she said.“My favorite thing is that I can study and think and then get out there and put my hands in the soil and be a part of it,” Mullen said.The garden raises food for the Faith Kitchen at Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge, which serves free meals on the second and last Tuesdays of every month, as well as other community groups that need fresh produce. “We serve both our community and a wider community, too,” MacPherson Artinian said.Growing a garden is never without its challenges. Over the summer Mullen fended off squirrels, rabbits, and even wild turkeys. “Our garden is their personal salad bar,” she said.Yet even with the critters, she enjoyed working the garden. “It creates friendship and community, with people and with the Earth, too,” she said.last_img read more

Student-led startups vie for top prize in President’s Challenge

first_img Read Full Story Projects led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students—one that trains Indian girls as peer health educators and another that aims to use technology to allow patients and their loved ones to interact with their hospital care in real-time—are among the 10 finalist teams in this year’s President’s Challenge.Now in its fifth year, this competition gives students from across the University and others the chance to turn their venture ideas into fully-formed businesses. Finalists receive funding, mentorship, and access to the resources of the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). A grand prize pool of $100,000 will be split between the winning team and three runners-up tonight at the Challenge’s Demo Day showcase.Girls Health ChampionsOn her many trips to India, Priya Shankar observed how some of the country’s societal norms can negatively affect a women or girls’ health and opportunities, from menstrual taboos that keep girls home from school to the belief that husbands have the right to beat their wives. She believed that if girls were given the information they could teach and support each other.pawprintPhysician Joe Fitchett loved his work on the health care frontlines at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, where he trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases, but he often found himself frustrated by old-fashioned and inefficient administrative systems. He reasoned that there must be a way to allow patients and their loved ones to view, follow, and interact with their hospital care.last_img read more

Former civil rights lawyer reflects on career

first_imgA year ago, Russell Lovell, professor emeritus at Drake Law School, got a call from Benny Anders, the president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP. Anders joked that now that Lovell was retired, he was now going to be working full time for the NAACP after years of being a volunteer civil rights lawyer. According to Lovell, “it’s been pretty much the case.” Thursday evening, in the Eck School of Law, Lovell, a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, discussed his many years with the NAACP, with whom he has been recently fighting the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Lovell also spoke on his inspirations for becoming a civil rights lawyer, the challenges that caused within his family and the importance of public service and civility. Lovell’s talk is part of programming for Notre Dame’s “Walk the Walk” week, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Lovell said that his passion for civil rights started with his admiration of Jackie Robinson as a child, when his mother bought him a book on the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman. Lovell said he was shocked by “the kind of harassment the kind of terrorism the kind of threats he faced being the black man who integrated this American game that was a white man’s game.”Lovell said that his views on civil rights didn’t become solidified until later in life because of his conservative upbringing in a country that was “the only red county north of the Mason-Dixon line when Goldwater ran.”Another figure who influenced Lovell was Ed Murphy, a Notre Dame law professor and his advisor during his time with the Young Republicans at Notre Dame.“What I recall about him was, and I think it’s really important to you today, he was the model for civility,” Lovell said. “When I hear the president-elect talking about his enemies … Ed Murphy would never talk about his enemies. He might talk about the Democrats who he disagreed with as opponents with different views, but he would never use the word enemies.”During his time at Notre Dame, Lovell said that he also began to question his views because of the work of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.“[Hesburgh] was a catalyst by example … almost no other American had the impact on peace and justice that he had over these years and so he was clearly a role model for me,” Lovell said. “He always had me thinking in terms of, if I disagreed with some of his views, he made me rethink those views.”As Lovell moved closer and closer to advocating for civil rights, he drifted further and further from his parents who did not share his views. This came to a head when Lovell protested against a restaurant that his father legally represented because it would not admit a black classmate during his time at the University of Nebraska’s School of Law.The singular event that Lovell sights as being instrumental in driving him to spend his life fighting for civil rights was the King assassination.“[King] died when I was in law school, martyred in 1968,” Lovell said. “I remember the emotions across the nation, the riots. In Lincoln, Nebraska, people just poured out onto the streets, marched to the only black and white integrated church there. If there was ever an a-ha moment that was the one.”After this moment, and after two years as a law clerk, Lovell began his career as a civil rights lawyer in Indianapolis, later moving to Drake University to teach law and volunteering with the NAACP, which he called the, “oldest, the boldest and — to use contemporary terms — the baddest civil rights organization in the country.”Lovell concluded his talk by advocating for students to engage in public service and fight against racial discrimination.“You don’t get rich doing it, but you can make a living do it,” Lovell said. “So my challenge to you is to give a thought to raising the status of lawyers in the eyes of the public, make a difference, consider racial justice. The country is in crying need for people to be more involved.” Tags: Civil Rights, NAACP, Notre Dame Law Schoollast_img read more

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