Heterotrophic protozoa have a global distribution in terrestrial habitats. The functional groups significantly represented are zooflagellates, cillates, gymnamoebae and testate amoebae. Their range extends into the Antarctic zone, but the species richness of the communities is rarely of the same order of magnitude as those in temperate latitudes. Species diversity is usually very low owing to dominance of the communities by single, or a few, species which are best adapted to the Antarctic terrestrial environment. This is characterized by seasonal, diurnal or unpredictable fluctuations in moisture, temperature and bacterial food supply of high amplitude. The fauna shows pauperization with latitude and climatic severity. Nearly all records of species distribution are consistent with the model that community composition is determined by local conditions. An important exception is the distribution of the testate amoeba genus Nebela whose species distribution is influenced by biogeographical factors. Successional changes in community composition in fellfield habitats are characterized by the sequence: pioneer microflagellate colonizers, larger flagellates and small ciliates, and finally testate amoebae. The succession is most closely correlated with the accumulation of organic matter. A model of the strategies of dominant microflagellate species can be constructed by ordinating them on a two-dimensional habitat template of A-r-K selection continuum. The globally ubiquitous microflagellate Heteromita globosa emerges as the most strongly A-selected and K-selected. The occurrence of terrestrial protozoa near their latitudinal limits of distribution can serve as sensitive indicators of the biological effects of climatic change. Having short generation times and effective means of cyst dispersal, changes in the gross distribution can provide rapid warning of critical changes in thermal regimes.
In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, footballs sit on the turf ready for kick-off before the start of an NCAA football game between South Carolina and North Carolina State in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)A diversity study finds that White men still “overwhelmingly” fill leadership positions at top-level college sports programs and conferences, leaving a “consistent underrepresentation of women and people of color” in those roles.The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida finds only a slight improvement in racial and gender hiring for positions at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The study examined positions that include university presidents or chancellors, athletic directors, faculty athletics representatives, conference commissioners and football coaching staffs.The overall grade was a D after the study examined data from the start of the 2018-19 season, combining a C grade for racial hiring and an F in gender hiring.“In our graduate program or any graduate program in the country — or even in an undergraduate program — a student with those grades wouldn’t be in school any longer,” said Richard Lapchick, the institute’s director and the lead report author. “They would be tossed out of the school on probation or even suspended. It just underlines the unacceptability of these numbers.”NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn didn’t immediately return an email for comment Wednesday afternoon.The study found that 337 of 395 leadership positions in the study (about 85 percent) were held by Whites, a slight decrease from 86.6 percent reported in the 2017 study. And White men predominantly held those positions, making up 73 percent of college presidents or chancellors and nearly 77 percent of athletic directors at 130 FBS schools.The study also noted that White men hold nine of 10 FBS conference commissioner positions.By comparison, there are 22 women working as presidents or chancellors (about 17 percent), with only five of those being women of color, according to the study. There are 12 women working as FBS athletics directors, and all but two — UNLV’s Desiree Reed-Francois and Virginia’s Carla Williams — from that small group are White.Carla Williams, center, speaks with university officials before a news conference announcing her appointment as the Athletic Director for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Williams is the first African-American female Athletic Director at a Power 5 school. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)Still, Lapchick said, the hiring of three women as athletic directors and another as an interim AD in the past year offered “the only encouraging news in this particular report” — which he called “a lot of bad news.”“Progress has been glacial,” he said.The number of head football coaches of color remained similar to last year, going from 17 to 19. White men made up 62.4 percent of assistant football coach positions for a sport in which 54.3 percent of the players are Black.Lapchick supports the creation of what he calls the Eddie Robinson Rule — named after the late longtime Grambling coach — that would follow the lead of the NFL’s Rooney Rule requiring teams to interview a diverse group of candidates for open positions.“For me the factor that really could start to bring about change is athletes becoming outspoken,” Lapchick said.“I think we’re going to start to see student-athletes at the college level, as well as professional athletes, saying: why aren’t there more head coaches or athletic directors who are African-American or Latino or Asian-American or whatever the case may be — why don’t they look more like those of us that are on the playing field? I think their voice is going to become a potentially powerful voice.”___More AP college football: http://apnews.com/tag/collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap
As Bumgarner joins D’backs, Giants officially bid farewell with tribute video In the end, the Giants’ latest offer may have marked the third time Bumgarner felt he was being short-changed by the team. After the failed 2017 negotiations, the Giants were set to engage Bumgarner again before the 2018 season. But, Bumgarner was hurt again — breaking his pitching hand on a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield — and the Giants never made an offer.Related Articles Madison Bumgarner leaving the Giants for the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t surprise one of his former teammates, who said the star pitcher’s exit from San Francisco may have been more than three years in the making.Michael Morse, who played with San Francisco in 2014 and again in 2017 and is a close friend of Bumgarner’s, said on KNBR’s “Papa & Lund” show Wednesday the left-hander received what amounted to an insulting contract extension offer from the Giants after his infamous dirt-bike accident in 2017.“The biggest thing that I think is when they did offer him an extension, it was very, very short of what he was thinking, to the point that it might’ve been even a slap-in-the-face kind of thing,” Morse told KNBR of an offer extended after Bumgarner’s accident and with two years left on his existing deal. “Madison is the kind of guy, if you mess with Madison one time, that’s it, it’s over. I think after that he kind of saw the direction the team was going and he said, ‘I’m going to put my head down and work and bust my butt, and I see now that my time here might be done.’ “Bumgarner, who was introduced in a press conference in Arizona on Tuesday after signing a five-year, $85 million dollar deal, did receive a final offer from the Giants before agreeing to leave town. The Giants offered Bumgarner a four-year contract worth a little more than $70 million recently, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic. Kurtenbach: Madison Bumgarner needed San Francisco more than the Giants needed him If you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Why Madison Bumgarner left Giants for Arizona: Taxes and horses How Madison Bumgarner took control of his free agency and left the Giants for the D’backs The Giants shook up their front office last year, bringing in former A’s and Dodgers executive Farhan Zaidi to run baseball operations, and re-signing the three-time World Series champion never seemed like an organizational priority.“It’s pretty obvious that there really wasn’t communication between him and San Francisco and re-signing, and I think it could go back to the dirt bike accident, because after that there was a lot of talk of, ‘Oh, his velocity is not there anymore and he’s not the pitcher he was,’ ” Morse said. “You’re talking about a guy that rehabbed harder than any guy I’ve ever seen to get back and better than he was before, and it just so happens the team wasn’t as good.“I know him, I know Ali, his wife, and they love, love, love San Francisco. If it was in the cards, he would’ve definitely signed back. The whole thing about Arizona was his number one choice, that tells me San Francisco was out.”SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFER Our Top 5 memories of Madison Bumgarner’s Giants career
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several weather stations recorded temperatures in the nineties as high temperatures prevailed through the week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 6th. Scattered showers throughout the week helped combat the hot temperatures causing stress on the crops. Crop condition ratings remained virtually unchanged. Most producers spent the week mowing hay, chopping corn for silage, and spraying for weeds.View the full report here
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Cooper Family Foundation provided a contribution to Camp Lakota, a Boy Scout camp in Defiance that serves Northwest and West Central Ohio. The $750,000 donation will go toward funding for a new hall at the camp.The relationship between the Boy Scouts of America and Cooper Farms is a long-standing one. The Cooper family has eight current Eagle Scouts and three more in the process of earning the honor.“We believe in scouting and we believe in tradition,” said Greg Cooper. “We have three generations of Eagle Scouts in our family. We’re proud to be able to provide this donation to such a great organization.”The tradition of the Coopers supporting the scouts started with Virgil Cooper and hasn’t ended.“My dad was very involved and very supportive of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” said Dianne Cooper. “We just want to keep that legacy going.”This donation forever etches the Cooper family into the camp’s history as the new building will be donning the name “Cooper Lodge.”Camp Lakota has been serving the youth of Nortwest and West Central Ohio since 1941. The camp covers 640 acres, including the 48-acre Lake Glengary, and is bordered on the west side by the Auglaize River. The camp houses 18 conservation-type campsites.
The Jamia Millia Islamia recently informed the Delhi High Court that an experimental attempt could be made for holding elections to the students’ union which was banned six years ago.Jamia filed an affidavit before the court on a plea seeking quashing of the 2006 decision of the central university to ban elections to the students’ union.”The committee was mindful of the fact that, despite the prevailing situation in the campus, considering that the Jamia Students’ Union was dissolved six years ago, a renewed attempt should be made to provide a representative body to the students by way of an experiment,” said the university through an affidavit filed before a division bench of Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Vipin Sanghi.The university also submitted that its executive council had accepted the recommendations of a six-member committee of academicians, constituted by the Vice-Chancellor (VC) pursuant to court’s earlier order to look into the aspect.The affidavit said that the committee also drafted rules and regulations for the students’ union election.”The committee drafted rules and regulations for putting in place a mechanism to elect the Jamia Students’ Union and also set out a model code of conduct to implement the proposed structure,” said the affidavit.The court asked advocate Sitab Ali Chaudhary, appearing for petitioner Hamidur Rehman, a final year undergraduate student, to file the reply on Jamia’s affidavit by November 5.The court was hearing a plea seeking a direction to university to hold election to students’ union, alleging that it was unreasonable on the part of the university to ban the union in March 2006.”Union elections are no more being held, there is nobody in the campus to address the students’ grievances and problems and that is why they are being harassed and tortured frequently,” Rahman said in his petition.He said that the polls had not been held since March 31, 2006 despite several representations and requests by students.The university in March 2006 dissolved the students’ union without giving any reason, the petition said.The petitioner alleged that despite the central government and the University Grants Commission asking Jamia to conduct the student union elections, no action had been taken.- With inputs from IANSadvertisement
New Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) Veteran sports administrator Ashok Kumar Mattoo, who headed the national boxing and hockey federations at different times, passed away today after prolonged illness.He was 75 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.”Mr Mattoo was unwell for the past 5-6 months. There was nothing in particular but he had been suffering from a lot of age-related ailments because of which he had to be hospitalised as well,” Mattoos close friend and colleague at the now-defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), Ashok Gangopadhyay, told PTI.”He passed away this morning around 8.30,” he added.Highly respected in the Indian sports fraternity, Mattoo served as IABF President for 16 years, the first stint being 1980 to 1989. He came back to take charge in 1993 and served till 2001 before being replaced by Abhay Singh Chautala.”It is a huge loss for Indian boxing. Mr Mattoo was not just a great administrator but also a wonderful human being. He will be missed,” said current chief boxing coach S R Singh.Mattoo also served as the first President of Hockey India, when it came into existence in 2009. He resigned in 2010 following the bodys pay dispute with the players, which was resolved after intervention from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Mattoo was also the Treasurer of the IOA at that time and served in the same position in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.Admired as a man of integrity by his administrative colleagues as well as athletes, Mattoo resigned from the CWG Organising Committee in 2010 when the allegations of corruption first came out.advertisementHowever, he was brought back into the position within months when his replacement Anil Khanna had to step down after charges of impropriety came up against him.Mattoo was also Indias chef-de-mission at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1988 Seoul Olympics.”He was a veteran sports administrator who was known for his integrity. The entire sporting fraternity will miss him. On behalf of the IOA family, I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family,” IOA President Narinder Batra said. PTI PM SSC BS BS
The 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls grand finals will be all Queensland affairs. In the 18’s Girls division, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch will meet the Brisbane City Cobras after defeating New South Wales Touch Association Development and New South Wales Combined High Schools respectively. In the 18’s Boys division, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch will play the Central Queensland Bulls in the grand final following their wins against the South Queensland Sharks and New South Wales Combined High Schools respectively. The last permit to make it to and win a National Youth Championships grand final was the Sydney Mets in 2007, when they defeated QSST 4-1. The 18’s Girls grand final between QSST and Brisbane City Cobras will be played at 3.20pm. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xpZR0AAdqQ The 18’s Girls grand final between QSST and the Central Queensland Bulls will be played at 4.20pm. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E526rSdTM2M Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksNYC Final
Inter Milan coach Spalletti hails Ranocchia commitmentby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti paid tribute to Andrea Ranocchia after their Coppa Italia victory over Benevento.After the game, Ranocchia wrote about his feelings on social media.“Whether it’s a minute, a half, one game or 10, it is always wonderful to play for this team and with these lads! Forza Inter.”In response, Spalletti paraphrased John F Kennedy with a statement that could be seen as a sideswipe at Icardi.“This is the message of someone who asks constantly what he can do for Inter, not what Inter can do for him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say