Press release: Tree-mendous photographs help save our oaks

first_imgA hardback book, titled ‘Celebrating Our Oaks’ and foreworded by Dame Judi Dench, has also been launched today and is available to buy on the Woodland Trust website or in Kew Garden shops. It features all of the winners of the photography competition plus exclusive contributions from celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Jon Snow and Alan Titchmarsh.The proceeds from the sale of the book will be directed towards funding research and monitoring, via Action Oak, to help protect our oaks and ensure their place in the UK landscape for future generations.A touring exhibition of a selection of photographs from the competition, plus a number taken by a range of celebrities, will be launched at Wakehurst Place in late January. The exhibition will then tour around the UK to locations including the Yorkshire Arboretum, Westonbirt Arboretum, and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, throughout 2019. Please see the Action Oak website for dates and locations.Curtis McGlinchey, Manager of International Garden Photographer of the Year said: Head of Trees and Woodland Conservation at the National Trust, Ray Hawes said: Alan’s image epitomises the objective of the award and manages to depict both the majesty and vulnerability of the oak. Through use of sepia tones, mist, bright morning sun and a focus on one highlighted subject he successfully captures the juxtaposition of ancient natural strength and the fight for survival that UK oaks must now endure. ‘Oak Sunrise’ by professional photographer Alan Price has won a prize in the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition, run in partnership with Action Oak.Action Oak is a major campaign to protect the UK’s oak trees from threats including pests and diseases. It is a unique collaboration of partners including charities, government, landowners and research institutions, dedicated to protecting oak trees for future generations.The partnership has made good progress since its launch in May with priority areas for funding including research into the genetics of oak trees, the effects of climate change, drought on oaks, and pests and diseases.The winning image, which has been unveiled during The Tree Council’s National Tree Week, captures beautifully why oak trees are such an iconic species and why we must do all we can to protect them.Alan Price, winner of the Celebrating our Oaks’ photography category said: Defra Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner said:center_img I am delighted to announce the outcome of the very special ‘Celebrating our Oaks’ photography category and I would like to extend my congratulations to our worthy winner Alan Price for ‘Oak Sunrise’, a truly captivating image. All the pictures submitted serve as wonderful reminders about why Action Oak was established in the first place; to protect our country’s most iconic trees for future generations to be inspired by and enjoy. It was a misty winter morning when the first light of the sun illuminated the landscape, highlighting the bare and intricate form of this specimen oak tree. As an Action Oak partner, the National Trust is very pleased to support “Celebrating our Oaks” which will help raise the awareness of the importance of these much valued trees and the vital work of the partnership in ensuring their future.last_img read more

Barcelona studies adapting La Masia to focus

first_imgFC Barcelona has some of the more model sports cities and modern on the planet but is not raised in no case to carry out concentrations over a period of time. At least, no concentrations like raise the protocol of LaLiga to return to the activity where he recommends, in the third phase of re-adaptation to competition, the staff concentration for at least one week while they are already training in groups of eight players. This concentration can be carried out inside the sports facilities or in a hotel, but under the priority of “high security”, that is, having totally disinfected the premises.Given the exceptional circumstances of this situation, the Barcelona is starting to study possible alternatives. And the most viable would be to resort to La Masia facilities -currently empty- to carry out the workforce concentration. La Masia, which is within the Ciutat Esportiva, has a total of 78 rooms: 39 singles, 36 doubles and three triples. Both the players – a total of 19 from the first team plus Ansu Fati- and the members of the staff technician would use the double rooms but of individually, while the rest of the changing room employees could be installed in the individual rooms. Is about austere rooms, just over twenty square meters, with a wardrobe, a television and a table. Obviously, if the first equipment were finally installed, a series of temporary reforms in the occupied rooms, in order to better adapt to the needs of soccer players.Within The farmhouse, which has some 6,000 square meters spread over five floors, there are dining rooms, gyms, changing rooms, water area, kitchen, massage room, large classroom, offices for management and even a game room with pool table and foosball tables, which would allow the team to maintain a minimum of security guarantees during the concentration phase. Obviously, it would be an extreme resource and force majeure, since more than one heavyweight from the first team, such as the captain Sergio Busquets, has already shown publicly your absolute disagreement to concentrate in the Ciutat Esportiva or in a hotel as a preventive measure.We will have to see if finally LaLiga may require clubs to stick to your protocol or a series of nuances about the initial protocol, but in any case it seems very complicated that the footballers agree to stick to it a series of indications that make the practice of football as we understand it very difficult, such as: solo training in the Ciutat Esportiva, not changing in the dressing rooms or seeing teammates or train with masks and gloves.last_img read more

Study Many pediatric brain tumor survivors do not achieve complete independence as

first_img Source: Aug 10 2018In the first study of its kind, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators have found that more than half of pediatric central nervous system tumor survivors do not achieve complete independence as adults.The findings, published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show that cognitive impairment and physical performance limitations are strong predictors of non-independence in survivors.The study also means survivorship is at a level where late effects can be studied.”Survival rates have improved dramatically over the past several decades,” said corresponding author Tara Brinkman, PhD, an assistant member of the St. Jude Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Psychology. “Unfortunately, we know that survivors are not achieving personal and professional milestones consistent with what we would expect healthy young or middle-aged adults to attain.”Brinkman looked at six aspects of independence in more than 300 survivors, including employment, independent living, marital status, assistance with routine or personal care needs, and the ability to drive.”We wanted to see how these markers clustered together among survivors to generate different profiles of independence,” Brinkman said. “Three groups emerged.”About 40 percent of survivors were classified as independent, which means they’ve achieved independence consistent with societal expectations. Another third was non-independent and required the most assistance. Brinkman categorized the remaining survivors as moderately independent, indicating they were able to do some things an adult is expected to do, but were not fully independent.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussion”We then looked at predictors of group membership,” Brinkman said, “specifically, treatments that could predict the group of survivors who weren’t able to achieve independence.”Aggressive therapies including cranial spinal radiation, younger age at diagnosis, and hydrocephalus with shunt placement were strong predictors of non-independence. Cognitive impairment was the strongest predictor of non-independence.Conversely, in the moderately independent group, physical performance limitations, including problems with strength, aerobic capacity, and the ability to perform adaptive physical functions were associated with non-independence. Cognitive impairment was not a factor.”For several decades with this population, we’ve focused on optimizing survival rates,” Brinkman said. “Now that five- and 10-year survival is being realized, we want to maximize that and promote survivors’ independence.”Intervening with survivors earlier may help them achieve the highest possible physical and mental levels.”Screening for cognitive and physical performance deficits earlier in the course of survivorship will help us identify patients who may be on this trajectory toward non-independence,” Brinkman said. “Identifying survivors at-risk early on would then allow us to intervene and potentially mitigate the adverse outcomes in adulthood.”​last_img read more