Spatial and temporal variability in the structure of aggregations of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) around South Georgia, 1997-1999

first_imgAntarctic krill are important in the South Georgia (548S 358W) marine ecosystem. They form aggregations that vary widely in packing density (,1 to 1000 s of individuals m23), length (tens to thousands of metres), and height (tens of metres). Acoustic surveys are often used to estimate krill biomass and provide data that give insight into aggregation structure. Using dual-frequency (38 and120 kHz) acoustic data collected during six surveys conducted around South Georgia during the 1997, 1998, and 1999 austral summers, we isolated 2990 aggregations by applying the Shoal Analysis and Patch Estimation System algorithm in Echoview and a krill-length-dependent acoustic identifier (DSv120 – 38). Multivariate cluster (partition) analysis was applied to metrics from each ofthe aggregations, resulting in three aggregation types with an overall proportional split of 0.28 : 0.28 : 0.44. Types 1 and 3 had low mean densities (,2 g m23), whereas Type 2 had a mean density of 94 g m23. Intersurvey differences were found between the effort-corrected numbers of aggregation types (p ¼ 2.5e26), and between on- and off-continental shelf areas (p ¼ 1.5e27), with agreater number of Type 2 aggregations being found on-shelf. The findings suggest intersurvey variation in krill catchability, with krill being more likely to be caught on-shelf.last_img read more

Quantifying the predictability of the timing of jökulhlaups from Merzbacher Lake, Kyrgyzstan

first_imgGlacier-dammed lakes can yield subglacial outburst floods (jo¨kulhlaups) repeatedly.Predicting flood timing is crucial for hazard mitigation, but incomplete understanding of flood-initiationphysics makes this challenging. Here we examine the predictability of the timing of jo¨kulhlaups fromMerzbacher Lake, Kyrgyzstan, using five flood-date prediction models of varying complexity. Thesimplest model, which offers a benchmark against which the other models are compared, assumes thatfloods occur on the same date each year. The other four models predict flood dates using a floodinitiationthreshold approach and incorporate weather forcing (approximated by the output of twoclimate reanalyses) behind the meltwater input to the lake; the most complex of these models accountsfor a moving subglacial water divide beneath the glacier that dams the lake. Each model is optimizedagainst recorded flood dates to maximize its prediction ability. In terms of their flood prediction ability,our two best models are those that assume a variable outburst threshold governed by the rate ofmeltwater input to the lake and the rate of lake-level rise. They excel over the simplest and mostcomplex models and correctly predict flood dates to within �20 days 57.4% of the time. We alsoquantify the impact of weather uncertainty on prediction success. Our findings can inform practicalflood-forecasting schemes and future investigations of flood-initiation physics.last_img read more

SayNoToRightmove leaders urge their 3,000 followers to join Boomin

first_imgThe 3,000-plus estate agents signed up to the four groups under the umbrella #SayNoToRightmove campaign are being urged by its leaders to sign up to soon-to-launch Boomin and help ‘take on the established portals’.And like other founder firms, member agents who sign up to use Boomin will get free use of the platform until 2022.In an email sent out last night and passed to The Negotiator by a recipient, the four leaders of the campaign urge #SayNoToRightmove members to join Boomin because it will be without any ‘serious contractual obligations’ and with a promise from Michael Bruce that Boomin will never be like the incumbent property portals.The four leaders – (pictured, above LtoR), David Thomas, Rob Sargent, Murray Lee and Paul Davies – have also been reassured that while a lot of the data will start from Boomin and be passed to agents at the request of customers, the data will always contractually belong to the agents.Bruce (left) has also confirmed that the platform expects to spend more on marketing to the public than Rightmove, Zoopla or OnTheMarket when it launches later this year.The four agent leaders say they are prepared to forgive the Bruce brothers’ ‘purple past’ and reveal they have signed up their firms to Boomin.These are Acorn, Liberty Gate, Dreamview Estates and At Home Estates.“Whilst our supporters are not under any obligation to follow our lead, we do believe the success of challengers, innovative agents and consumer friendly concepts with significant marketing money to elevate their brand will help ensure better value across the portal sector,” they say in the email.“We therefore feel comfortable in recommending you take a very close look at what Boomin has to offer.”Visit #SayNoToRightmove page.Boomin SayNoTorightmove Murray Lee Dreamview Estates Liberty Gate Rob Sargent Michael Bruce Paul Davies Acorn David Thomas October 20, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentHarvey Residential, Harvey Residential Harvey Residential 20th October 2020 at 8:59 amBlimey…. “forgive the Bruce Bros?” Some of these agents have a very short memory. This portal will do whatever it takes for their profit margins… not for the agents paying to use the portal. Get a backbone.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » SayNoToRightmove leaders urge their 3,000 followers to join Boomin previous nextMarketingSayNoToRightmove leaders urge their 3,000 followers to join BoominFour estate agency chiefs say they are prepared to forgive the Bruce brothers’ ‘purple past’ to help challenge the established portals.Nigel Lewis20th October 20201 Comment2,020 Viewslast_img read more

UK: Landing Craft Community Remember Their Iraq Fallen

first_img Training & Education UK: Landing Craft Community Remember Their Iraq Fallen The Navy’s landing craft community paused in the waters off Plymouth to remember one of their own killed a decade ago in Iraq. Royal Marines and sailors from across the amphibious forces gathered on a landing craft to remember all 11 commandos lost on Operation Telic, in particular Mne Chris Maddison, fatally wounded when his craft was hit in March 2003.A Bugler sounds the Last Post in the shadow of Jennycliff in Plymouth as Royal Marines and sailors honour the 11 commandos killed a decade ago in Iraq.Three landing craft and one raiding craft linked up just outside Plymouth Sound to pay tribute in particular to one of their own, Mne Chris Maddison, who was fatally wounded ten days into Operation Telic.On March 30 2003 a boat group of two landing craft and inshore raiding craft were scouring the marshes and reed beds southeast of Az Aubayr in southern Iraq in search of enemy activity.As Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel November One edged cautiously into the main waterway to assess the situation, the craft was hit simultaneously by small arms fire and an anti-tank missile.The three crew in the wheelhouse were all injured – two men were knocked unconscious while 24-year-old Mne Maddison suffered injuries from which he subsequently died in field hospital.Two further crewmen in the well deck were blown into the water by the blast and a corporal suffered received extensive cuts to his face from shrapnel.November One was subsequently renamed November Mike in Mne Maddison’s honour and each year both 9 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and HMS Ocean, the green beret’s two parent units, hold a November Mike Memorial Day to not just remember Chris, but celebrate his life and achievements.With Ocean undergoing a lengthy refit and 9 ASRM temporarily disbanded while she is, this year the tradition was upheld by the wider landing craft community, plus some of the Mighty O’s command staff – for however busy the programme, it will always remember its fallen.So men and women from Ocean, Bulwark, 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines, 6 Ops Squafron, 10 Training Squadron, 11 (ATT) Squadron and 539 ASRM gathered around the lowered ramp of the large Landing Craft Utility in Jennycliff Bay.The Rev Scott Shackleton, 3 Commando Brigade’s padre conducted the service, using the trusted Bible which he has carried from Iraq to Afghanistan and many places in between.Rev Shackleton shared his experiences of Operational Telic with 539 ASRM and gave a moving service, culminating with a Royal Marines Bugler sounding the Last Post.After the Reveille was called, 11 miniature roses – representing the 11 Royal Marines killed in action during the 2003 campaign – were cast into the sea over the ramp of the craft by friends of Mne Maddison.As Rev Shackleton finished the service with a blessing, those gathered went back to their duties, some deep in the thoughts of operations ten years ago – whilst some of the younger generation had learned about November Mike for the first time.The next element of ‘November Mike Day’ will be a rugby match: Devonport Services (Chris’s old team) against an LC Barbarians team at the Rectory in Plymouth; the date will be publicised in due course.[mappress]Press Release, May 9, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Iraq View post tag: community View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: their May 9, 2013 View post tag: Fallencenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Landing Craft Community Remember Their Iraq Fallen View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Remember View post tag: Defence View post tag: craft View post tag: Defense View post tag: Landing Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: Trade rises on one year to go until Brexit milestone

first_imgexports rise faster than imports trade deficit significantly narrows by £12.1 billion overall, UK exports of goods and services have increased by 12.1% to £622.1 billion. More than one year on since the EU referendum, there are strong reasons for the UK to be optimistic. UK exports of goods and services have increased over the year and the UK deficit on trade in goods and services narrowed significantly. It’s clear evidence that UK companies are succeeding on the world stage, and as an international economic department we are banging the drum for the growing demand for our goods and services. With one year to go until the UK’s departure from the European Union, new trade figures released (Thursday, 29 March) reveal exports of UK goods and services is at a record high.UK exporters received a significant boost as the latest figures confirm global demand for UK goods and services is growing.Data released from the Office for National Statistics shows in 2017, UK goods and services exports increased faster than imports – up 12.1% and 9.3%.A drive in goods exports – up 13.4% – was due largely to demand for manufactured goods, and a rise in services exports – up 10.7% – was mainly driven for demand in UK business services. As a result the trade deficit narrowed significantly by £12.1 billion to £28.6 billion from £40.7 billion.Non-EU countries continue to be the main destination for services exports (£171.4 billion), making up 61.3% of all services exports.Overall, UK exports of goods and services have increased by 12.1% to £622.1 billion.Annually, the UK’s current account deficit was £82.9 billion (4.1% of GDP) in 2017, a narrowing of £30.7 billion from a deficit of £113.6 billion in 2016; this is the narrowest deficit as a percentage of GDP since 2011 when it was 2.4%.International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said:center_img The Department for International TradeStatistics from the Department for International Trade (DIT) show that the UK attracted more foreign direct investment projects than ever before (year 2016 to 2017). With more than 2,200 projects recorded, the post-referendum figures show an increase of 2% on the previous year. This means more than 75,000 new jobs were created, and 32,600 safeguarded, amounting to over 2,000 jobs per week across the country.Through great.gov.uk, the department gives UK businesses access to millions of pounds’ worth of potential overseas business. It also puts firms in touch with global buyers and since its launch it has promoted 11,400 export opportunities, and helped around 2.7 million users either begin or grow their exporting journeys.Working to promote the UK to great trading nation, DIT has set up 14 working groups across 21 countries to strike trade deals and strengthen commercial ties with key trading partners.BackgroundRead figures from the ONS Balance of Payments 29 March 2018.last_img read more

Press release: RSH publishes analysis of Value for Money metrics

first_img Supported housing and housing for older people are associated with higher costs, and lower operating margins with fewer resources likely to be available for new development – this is likely to be linked to the broader scope of activities undertaken by providers with a specialised focus. Fiona MacGregor, Director of Regulation said: London based providers also face higher costs, but this is partially compensated for by higher rents and scope for sales revenues – providers in this high demand area are therefore still able to develop social housing at a rate slightly above the sector average. The regulator’s purpose is to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants. To help registered providers understand their relative performance on the Regulator of Social Housing’s Value for Money metrics, RSH has today (27 September 2018) published an analysis of the last 3 years of annual accounts data.The Value for Money report is part of the regulator’s continuing work to help the sector contextualise the performance of individual providers more easily. It aims to help boards compare themselves to organisations with similar business models and geographical locations. The summary report is accompanied by a detailed Value for Money metrics – Technical regression report, which explains the analysis in greater depth.The reports are based on electronic Annual Accounts returns submitted to the regulator for financial years from 31 March 2015 to 31 March 2017 by private registered providers with more than 1,000 homes. The regulator has also carried out additional analysis at a sub-sector level to provide more detailed insight into the differences between different types of registered provider.Some of the main findings include: Landlords in their first seven years following a Large Scale Voluntary Transfer are characterised by high levels of reinvestment in existing stock, but have little capacity for investment in new supply – this could be as a result of the higher costs associated with completing major repair commitments made at the time of transfer from the local authority The VfM metrics set out by the regulator focus on seven financial metrics using existing regulatory data to minimise interference and potential burdens on providers.center_img The Value for Money – Summary report and the Value for Money metrics – Technical regression report can both be found on the RSH Gov.uk website.Further information Our regression analysis provides useful insight into the factors that impact on registered providers’ performance across the suite of VfM metrics. It also informs the important debate about the potential to deliver greater value for money in the sector: whether that is improving services to existing tenants, building much needed new homes or working to improve the areas in which they operate. However, the analysis can only provide a partial picture, and cannot substitute for an organisation’s own understanding of its operating environment and its use of resources and assets. The real question for boards is how to maximise the delivery of their strategic objectives and how they measure and demonstrate that they are doing so to key stakeholders including tenants, local communities and others. The analysis shows that there is not a statistically significant relationship between the size of provider and either costs or the level of new supply of sub market homes – it is important to bear in mind that the analysis covers a limited time period and with many of the sector’s most significant mergers having only recently taken place, the picture on supply and longer-term business performance may change in the years following merger. For more information visit the Gov.uk website Our About the Regulator of Social Housing page has contact details for media enquiries.For general queries to RSH, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225.last_img read more

Fiddler on the roof Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_imgDanny Burstein in ‘Fiddler on the Roof'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Danny Burstein Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Tevye’s Broadway dream is over. After receiving three 2016 Tony nods but no wins, the fifth Great White Way revival of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Danny Burstein, is set to shutter on December 31. At time of closing the production will have played 34 previews and 464 regular performances. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the classic musical officially opened on December 20, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye (Burstein) is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The musical features a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”The cast also includes Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Hayley Feinstein, Mitch Greenberg, Adam Grupper, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Lori Wilner, Aaron Young and Jennifer Zetlan.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Commentscenter_img Fiddler on the Roof Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

Peruvian Government Launches Security Fund to Fight Crime

first_img On August 31, the Peruvian Government approved the creation of a Special Fund for Citizen Security with a contribution of 200 million soles (70 million dollars) to strengthen the fight against crime, Cabinet chief Salomón Lerner announced. “All of us Peruvians have to unite in this fight for citizen security,” Lerner urged, speaking at the Government palace at the end of a session of the Council of Ministers at which the fund was given the green light. Lerner indicated that the Government will contribute 200 million soles to launch the fund, and he called on the private sector to collaborate with the initiative financially as well. “We are expecting very significant contributions from the private sector that will be made public in the next few days,” noted Lerner, a businessman who is President Ollanta Humala’s right-hand man. The fund seeks to provide the police with radios, patrol cars, and other equipment with which to confront the increase in crime in Peru. At the beginning of August, Humala created a National Council for Citizen Security, chaired by himself, that is developing a plan for joint action to fight crime. The rise of organized crime in recent years, especially kidnapping, is perceived as one of the serious problems affecting Peruvian society, surveys indicate. By Dialogo September 06, 2011last_img read more

PDVSA Clings to Russian Lifelines To Survive Sanctions

first_imgBy Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff December 02, 2019 Venezuelan State-owned oil company PDVSA has reduced production and exports since the U.S. government-imposed sanctions. The company, however, has managed to keep some of its main clients with the help of Russian oil company Rosneft, which has become the main trader of PDVSA’s oil.Claudio Loser, former director of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere Department, said that Rosneft “is the intermediary,” highlighting its importance in Venezuela’s crude oil sales strategy.In July, direct oil imports from Venezuela to China and India fell sharply, — 40 and 20 percent respectively. At the same time, Russian oil company Rosneft increased its purchase and became the main consumer of Venezuelan oil, taking 66 percent of the country’s oil exports in August, according to news agency Reuters.“Rosneft can buy oil from Venezuela and say we consume this and sell the rest to other countries,” Loser said.Loser told Voice of America that Rosneft’s intermediation has enabled PDVSA to keep some of its traditional clients in China and India, who fear becoming the targets of U.S. sanctions.Lisa Viscidi, director of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, said that it’s difficult to trace the operations involving Venezuelan oil. “They are trying to conceal the transactions. For instance, it’s been reported that ships navigate without lights so satellites can’t catch them,” Viscidi said in an interview with Voice of America’s Venezuela 360 program.Although PDVSA has been able to maintain some of its exports, Viscidi said that crude oil production in October could plummet further if the U.S. government doesn’t renew permits for U.S. companies that operate oil wells in Venezuela in partnership with PDVSA. Chevron, the most important of these companies, is involved in the production of 181,000 barrels a day.“If Chevron has to leave the country, things will get more complicated for Venezuela, because in general, the projects that do best, those with the most production, are operated by foreign companies,” Viscidi said.According to Loser, the exit of PDVSA’s U.S. partners from Venezuela would greatly impact the influx of Venezuelan migrants in the region. “Obviously, this will affect the government’s capability to grant subsidies. This would have a direct impact on Venezuelans’ tendency to emigrate,” Loser said.Viscidi and Loser agree that PDVSA’s oil production won’t disappear completely, but they believe it is entering a survival stage.“That’s what we saw in Iran; they will continue to export at much lower levels than before,” Loser said.Until 1999, Venezuelan oil accounted for 72 percent of the country’s exports, but in recent years as the nation’s industrial sector collapsed, oil dependency increased 90 percent, paradoxically with the lowest production levels since 1940.last_img read more

Two different benefits pre-funding programs that work well together

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The term “pre-funding” is not interchangeable between defined benefit pension plan pre-funding and overall employee benefits pre-funding. They’re different tools, and credit unions with defined benefit pension plans can gain advantages from using both forms of pre-funding simultaneously.Read on to learn how credit unions use both types of pre-funding. But first, here are some very basic definitions:Employee benefits pre-funding. To help meet overall employee benefits expenses—including health insurance, retirement plans, supplemental executive compensation, etc.—you can use certain investments that credit unions otherwise aren’t permitted to use.For example, the National Credit Union Association and many state regulations allow credit unions to pre-fund employee benefits with corporate bonds, securities, life insurance products and other instruments that fall outside of those allowed by the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 703 (or in some circumstances, Part 704).last_img read more