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An investigation of avoidance by Antarctic krill of RRS James Clark Ross using the Autosub-2 autonomous underwater vehicle

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first_imgThe autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Autosub-2 was deployed on eight missions ahead of RRS James Clark Ross in the northern Weddell Sea and in the Bransfield Strait, Southern Ocean, to assess avoidance of the research vessel by Antarctic krill Euphausia superba. The AUV was equipped with the same type of scientific echosounder as the research vessel (Simrad EK500 operating at 38 and 120 kHz) and measured the density of krill along transect acoustically (g m(-2) wet mass) prior to the ship’s arrival. We hypothesised that if krill avoided the ship, perhaps in response to radiated noise, then the ship should detect less krill than the AUV which is known to have much lower noise levels than the ship. We were unable to detect any significant difference between the density of krill detected by the ship or the AUV, either at the transect level or at finer scales within transects. We conclude, therefore, that avoidance by krill of RRS James Clark Ross will not significantly bias acoustic estimates of krill abundance by this vessel.last_img read more

Residents Encouraged to Participate in Sandy Recovery Survey

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first_imgCentral Avenue at the south end of Ocean City in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.The Monmouth University Polling Institute launched a Sandy Recovery Survey in the summer of 2013.  Almost 1,700 coastal New Jersey residents have participated to date. Results published so far have shed light on the experiences of those most impacted by the “superstorm” that caused record flooding and damage across the Jersey Shore in October 2012.The Sandy Recovery Survey aims to keep the issues facing those most affected by the storm in the public eye, and to provide policy makers with useful information as they respond to the unmet needs of their constituents and to help plan for future disaster response.A second installment of the Sandy Recovery Survey which is underway now, and any Ocean City resident affected by the storm is encouraged to participate.NEW FALL 2014 SANDY RECOVERY SURVEY:  www.monmouthpoll.org/sandyResidents may take the survey confidentially without sharing personal information such as their name or contact information.— From the Monmouth University Polling Institutelast_img read more

Reporting in Ingredients need to pay their way

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first_imgPaul Catterall, Training and bakery manager, Campden BRI’Twas the night before Christmas… Is it really next week? It sneaks up on us all every year. We seem to have plenty of time in November and then, before you know it, it’s staring us straight in the face.Of course, we in the baking industry are not surprised by this; it’s such a busy time that we have to plan well ahead. Everyone knows that for long-life products such as Christmas cakes and puddings, we start back in the spring. Other products we can actually freeze until nearer the time. This leads me neatly into one of my pet themes understanding raw materials and what they do. Now this can work in two directions: we have come across clients with products that have far too many ingredients, probably all put in for some reason that has long ago been forgotten. The record is 22 in a single cake recipe and this was whittled down to just 12 while maintaining the quality. On the other hand, we have also had customers that have taken out or changed an ingredient maybe due to cost or to clean up the ingredients label only to find a few weeks down the road that the product has a shorter shelf-life. Every ingredient in a recipe has to pay for itself. So, do you know what all the ingredients in your products are doing?In the past, this column has talked about the need for good bakery training and the National Skills Academy has been trialling what is hoped to be the first of a series of courses aimed at improving the technical knowledge and skills of the industry. More about this next year. Until then, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.last_img read more

Faculty contribute essays to new book

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first_imgThree Harvard faculty members — Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American studies; Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies and professor of environmental science and public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; and Rebecca Lemov, assistant professor of the history of science — have contributed essays to a new book, “Social Knowledge in the Making,” to be published Oct. 14 by the University of Chicago Press.The book, co-edited by Lamont, includes more than a dozen essays on the social sciences, and represents the first comprehensive effort to examine the day-to-day activities involved in the creation of social-scientific and related forms of knowledge about the social world.Essays address a range of subjects, from the changing practices of historical research to anthropological data collection, as well as subjects beyond academia, like global banks, survey research organizations, and national security and economic policymakers.For more information, or to order a copy, visit the University of Chicago Press website.last_img read more

Guatemalan Defense Ministry Budget to Increase in 2013

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first_imgBy Dialogo January 02, 2013 On the other hand, Minister of Defense Ulises Anzueto, confirmed that the the new operative military bases are worth over half a million dollars, because solar panels will be needed to generate energy, as well as communication satellite systems. “There are many people (personnel) from several institutions – around 150 – that will need our assistance,” he said. I think the opening of new military bases in San Marcos, Puerto Barrios and Petén is very appropriate, since it is necessary to improve somehow the credibility of the fight against organized crime in our country, mainly in areas where they can perform operations on the border line with Mexico, and in the area of the Tacaná and Tajumulco volcanoes. The president also announced that a strategic network will be installed in new military bases in San Marcos, Puerto Barrios and Petén, with the Army, Civil National Police (PNC) and Immigration personnel as witnesses, to combat drug trafficking, smuggling and human trafficking across the borders. “We have several requests to deploy detachments to help in the field of security. For instance, in Puerto Barrios, the presence of additional personnel was requested to restore order in the area,” he stated. According to El Periódico, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez said that the budget extension for the Armed Forces will serve the need of getting equipment for the software intelligence and control commands, as well as radars from Spanish firm Indra and EMB314/A-29 Super Tucano light assault aircrafts from Brazil’s Embraer, which would arrive in country from Brazil in a year and a half. A loan was approved last October for the purchase of air equipment only, in the sum of $ 169 million. The Guatemalan Congress approved a sum of approximately 260 million dollars for the Armed Forces, almost 50 million more than the budget for 2012, according to a BBC Mundo publication last November. The Guatemalan Ministry of Defense’s budget for this year will increase by about 23% due to the purchase of air equipment and other military equipment, and the addition of military bases. The High Mountain Brigade will be located on the premises of the old military zone in San Marcos, which will be focused on carrying out operations on the border with Mexico and in the area of the Tacaná and Tajumulco volcanoes. The Marine Brigade will be established in Puerto Barrios, specifically on the premises used by the Kaibil Special Forces Unit, which will be transferred to Poptún, Petén, to increase security controls in the department’s south, and in northern Alta Verapaz. last_img read more

Guyana, US Join Efforts to Fight Narcotrafficking

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first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo November 05, 2020 The U.S. government, through U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Guyanese President Mohamed Irfaan Ali agreed on September 18, to deploy joint patrols that will operate in Caribbean airspace to disrupt drug smuggling on Guyana’s border with Venezuela.The agreement was made possible under the reactivated 2001 Shiprider program, where Guyana will designate officials as shipriders on board U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships to be able to authorize U.S. personnel to intercept suspicious vessels and aircraft attempting to flee toward or over Guyana’s territorial sea, the Guyanese news portal Demerara Waves reported on September 16.Security cooperation “will also allow us to improve our technical and human capabilities in monitoring Guyana’s exclusive economic zone,” Ali told the U.S. Department of State. “We also look forward to continued and enhanced assistance in the fields of border control, anti-terrorism, cybersecurity, technology transfer, and anticorruption measures.”The Shiprider program follows the recent donations valued at $200,000 in equipment and repairs for vessels used in interceptions, to strengthen the Guyana Defense Force’s capabilities to patrol its territorial waters, the U.S. Department of State reported on September 16. In addition, “The United States Southern Command has provided $135,000 of personal protective equipment to the various hospitals in Georgetown and Guyana’s interior, and will continue to provide COVID-19 assistance, as needed and requested.” The anti-drug maritime security bilateral agreement took effect on September 21.Seven days before the program was approved, on September 14, Guyanese authorities located an aircraft from Venezuela that had crashed in the Issano area, in the country’s northwest, where they found one person dead and several packages containing an unspecified amount of cocaine, the Guyanese Star Nieuws website reported.“Venezuela is an area where large amounts of cocaine are accumulating, and from where [the drug] is distributed to all the countries of the world,” the Miami-based news portal PanamPost reported on September 23. “A new way to export cocaine was devised in Venezuela. Now fishing vessels do transshipment and distribute the drug in smaller vessels on the high seas.”“The Department of State has helped to train Guyana’s Port Control Unit to deter the trafficking of cocaine and other illicit goods through Guyana,” the institution said. “The United States Coast Guard provides training and mentoring to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) in order to improve port security. And the United States military provides training of Guyana Defense Forces personnel every year, which includes a current student at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,” the U.S. Department of State added.“We welcome any help that would enhance our security, that would enhance our ability to protect our borders, and importantly, enhance our capability and ability to ensure that we go after criminal elements,” President Ali said during his remarks on September 18.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup [updated]

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first_imgHermes Fund Managers – Diego Mauro has been appointed as director and senior investment analyst for Asia. He joins from Legg Mason International Equities, where he has been working as a global emerging market analyst, with a particular focus on Asia. Before then, he worked for the Central Bank of Argentina on its fixed income portfolio.Saxo Bank – Matteo Cassina has been appointed to the newly created position of global head of institutional business, based in London. Cassina has served as head of prime access SM at Goldman Sachs and head of total trader at Merrill Lynch. He later served as president of Citadel Execution Services.Skagen Funds – Johan Swahn has joined as a portfolio manager in the Global team. He joins from Stena in Gothenburg, where he has been working since 2008 as an investment manager of Stena Long Term Equity, a global, long-only mandate. Before then, he held sell-side analyst roles at Morgan Stanley, Handelsbanken Capital Markets and UBS Warburg. March Gestión de Fondos – The investment fund manager of Spain’s Banca March has appointed Antonio Lopez Silvestre as equities fund manager responsible for the selection of Spanish and European companies. He joins from Exane BNP Paribas, where he was equity research analyst and head of Spanish mid-caps. Before then, he was head of research at Fortis Bank in Spain.Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) – Hugo Vere has been appointed director of the real estate investment business. He has held a number of roles including establishing and leading Invista Real Estate’s Asian fund management business based in Hong Kong. During the last year, he has been a consultant to Guidance Investments. He is also an associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.Santander Asset Management – Adam Harnetty has been appointed head of credit research for European fixed income. Harnetty has more than 25 years’ experience, working at Schroders, Invesco, BNP, Kleinwort Benson and Ernst & Young. Elo Mutual Pension, Mercer, Muse Advisory, Hermes, Saxo Bank, Skagen, March Gestión de Fondos, DeAWM, Santander AMElo Mutual Pension Insurance – Hanna Hiidenpalo has been confirmed as chief investment officer of the new Finnish pensions mutual, formed following the merger of Pension Fennia and LocalTapiola at the beginning of the year. Eeva Grannenfelt, previously Hiidenpalo’s counterpart at Fennia, was named director of corporate lending, alternative investments and macro view at a meeting of Elo’s board of directors in early January. Grannenfelt’s former head of real estate, Timo Stenius, has assumed responsibility for property at Elo and Jonna Ryhänen has retained her role as head of securities, previously held at Tapiola. Hiidenpalo, Grannenfelt, Stenius and Ryhänen will further all sit on the mutual’s executive investment board alongside chief executive Lasse Heiniö.Mercer – The consultancy has announced that its UK board now includes four women following the appointment of Siobhan Martin as UK HR director and Martine Ferland as leader of its retirement business in Europe. They join Fiona Dunsire, UK chief executive, and Jane Barker, chairman at Marsh, a non-executive director and chief executive of Equitas. Mercer’s UK Board is led by Sir Peter Middleton, a former group chairman of Barclays.Muse Advisory – The pensions governance and administration consultancy has appointed Ian McQuade as client director. He joins from Towers Watson, where he was a senior consultant in the benefits practice and part of the UK defined contribution leadership team. Before then, he was head of management consulting at Higham Dunnett Shaw, and operations director at Capita Hartshead.last_img read more

Dutch Senate approves financial assessment framework for pensions

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first_imgThe Dutch Senate has voted to approve the Netherlands’ new financial assessment framework (FTK) for pension funds.A roll call vote indicated that 40 of the 71 senators present were in favour.The vote came after Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for pensions, made concessions in response to the Senate’s concerns regarding the low discount rate pension schemes are obliged to use.EIOPA, the European pensions and insurance supervisor, is scheduled to present an ultimate forward rate (UFR) for insurers in February, and many Dutch parties had indicated they would rather wait for this before introducing a new UFR for pension schemes. Klijnsma discussed their concerns with the Dutch regulator (DNB), which is responsible for determining the interest rate curve – including the UFR.The DNB said it would take the Senate’s wishes into account in its decision, according to Klijnsma.She did, however, stress that the final decision regarding the UFR would be the DNB’s alone to make.She also pointed out that it was up to the regulator to decide how the UFR for Dutch pension funds should relate to the UFR for European insurance companies.Various parties in the Senate had requested that the DNB seek the advice of a broad range of national and international experts on the issue.In response to widely shared concerns in the industry that pension funds could be trapped in low-risk strategies without much chance of recovery, schemes with solvency rates above the legally required minimum but below the minimum buffer requirement will be given a one-off chance to adjust their strategies and increase risk levels.From the outset of the debate, however, Klijnsma rejected requests to soften the strict rules governing indexation.“There is no way pension funds will grant indexation with an average solvency rate of 105% and a real funding level of 80%,” she said.According to Klijnsma, the real funding rate of 80% would translate to a shortfall of €200bn.The new financial rules will be reviewed after three years, as the Senate requested.last_img read more

Too young to strut their stuff on the catwalk?

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first_imgSunday Star Times 20 Jan 2013Across the nation, kids are strutting their stuff. Toddlers twirl, 5-year-old boys pump their biceps like skinny mini-Arnies and pubescent 11-year-olds strike hand-on-hip model poses. From Timaru’s Caroline Bay, to Oakura Bay in Taranaki, to Northland’s Glinks Gully, January is beach carnival season, and alongside the sausage sizzles, sandcastle competitions and treasure hunts, there’s almost always a beauty contest. But is it harmless fun to anoint 10-year-olds as Miss Glinks Gully or Junior Mr Muscles Opunake? Or are we on the slippery slope that ends in the creepy swamp of American-style under-age pageants where mentally unstable stage moms dress their toddlers like drag queens and sit in the audience mouthing the words of their songs?…..Auckland child psychologist Rebecca Daly-Peoples doesn’t see beach pageants as the end of civilisation. All the same, they’re another facet of the pressures placed on young people, especially women, to see themselves as sexual objects, and to overrate physical appearance. “Anything that sexualises children is not good,” says Daly-Peoples. “Kids are getting bombarded enough, particularly by music videos.” The daft parts of the carnivals – cute toddlers having a twirl, or 8-year-old boys striking a body-builder pose – strike Daly-Peoples as innocuous (“Even back in the 1950s you’d have beautiful-baby competitions”) but when the competitors are pubertal girls of 10 or 11 being judged for their physical beauty, she’s uncomfortable. “There are enough body-image issues out there already, without sanctioning it in the community.” It’s one thing for a young girl to want to dress up and totter around home in her mum’s high heels, says Daly-Peoples, but it’s quite another to put that child up on a stage to be judged. Obviously, taking part in a lighthearted seaside beauty contest won’t mean you’re doomed to get an eating disorder, but “everyone’s affected by the images we’re bombarded with”, and the longer we can protect our kids from that, the better, says Daly-Peoples.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8199944/Too-young-to-strut-their-stuff-on-the-catwalklast_img read more

Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd Captures 2011 ECCU Best Corporate Citizen Award

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first_img Share 127 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Representative of the Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd receiving the 2011 Best Corporate Citizen Award The Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd has received the 2011 Best Corporate Citizen Award Among Commercial Banks for its outstanding contribution to the overall development and well-being of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) initiated the Best Corporate Citizen Awards Among ECCU Commercial Banks in 1997. The awards recognise those banks which implement, support and participate in initiatives that contribute to the development of the people and communities in which they operate. Good Corporate Citizen Awards are presented to the banks that are adjudged to have executed their corporate social responsibilities to the highest level in the areas of: Educational Development; Community Outreach and Social Services; Environmental Awareness; Sports; Cultural Development; Customer Service; and Financial Education and Empowerment. The Best Corporate Citizen Award is presented to the bank which demonstrates outstanding contribution to the social development of the ECCU through human resource development and sustained community outreach.The Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd also received the Good Corporate Citizen Awards for Environmental Awareness, Sports, and Customer Service. Winners with Governor and Deputy Governor of ECCBThe other banks which received Good Corporate Citizen Awards were:•Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd, which, captured the Good Corporate Citizen Awards for Educational Development and Cultural Development; •Antigua Commercial Bank, which received the Good Corporate Citizen Award for Community Outreach and Social Services; and• Bank of Nova Scotia (Antigua), which received the Good Corporate Citizen Award for Financial Education and Empowerment.Twelve of the commercial banks which operate within the ECCU submitted entries for consideration. The award ceremony was held at the ECCB Headquarters, St Kitts and Nevis, on 2 November, following the presentation of the 16th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture. Press Release MoneyNewsRegional Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd Captures 2011 ECCU Best Corporate Citizen Award by: – November 7, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

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