In situ photosynthesis and estimated annual production of the red macroalga Myriogramme mangini in relation to underwater irradiance at Signy Island (Antarctica)

first_imgFor the first time, photosynthesis of Myriogramme mangini (Gain) Skottsberg, one of the dominant red macroalgae in the sublittoral of Signy Island (South Orkney Islands), was studied in situ under natural irradiance levels in specially developed incubation chambers. M. mangini is adapted to low irradiance levels. Water transparency varied over the year. A maximum attenuation coefficient (kd) of 0.328 m−1 was reached in January, and the water was clearest in September with a kd value of 0.079 m−1. Classification of the water type on a Jerlov scale, gave water type 4 in January and II in May and June. The mean kd value over the year was 0.158 m−1 and the water was classified as Jerlov’s water type 1. The euphotic depths (Zeu) for 1%, 0.1% and 0.01% surface irradiance levels were 29.1 m, 43.7 m and 58.3 m, respectively. Photosynthetic characteristics were determined, with the oxygen production rates and irradiance levels measured in situ, using P-I curves. The initial saturation irradiance (Ik) varied significantly from 18.0 ± 1.5 μmol m−2 s−1 in autumn to 10.5 ± 1.8 μmol m−2 s−1 in early spring. Mean photosynthetic capacity (Pg max) ranged from 57.2 ± 1.3 μmol O2 g−1DW h−1 to 63.1 ± 1.6 μmol O2 g−1DW h−1. The photosynthetic efficiency (α) was 3.2 ± 0.2 μmol O2 g−1DW h−1 (μmol m−2 s−1)−1 in autumn and 6.0 ± 1.0 μmol O2 g−1DW h−1 (μmol m−2 s−1)−1 in early spring. Compensation irradiance (Ic) was low and ranged from 2.5 to 2.8 μmol m−2 s−1. Estimates of annual net production rates were 128.1 and 0.6 mmol O2 g−1DW y−1 at 5 m depth and 20 m depth, respectively. A maximum depth of occurrence of M. mangini was predicted at 22.9 m (2.7% of the surface irradiance).last_img read more

Knight Frank partners with Housing Hand

first_imgHome » News » Knight Frank partners with Housing Hand previous nextProducts & ServicesKnight Frank partners with Housing HandKnight Frank, Northwood and Liv Group have joined them to offer the Housing Hand guarantor service to tenants, through their branches and websites.Sheila Manchester22nd August 201702,099 Views Housing Hand, a secured insured guarantor service, reports major new clients – Knight Frank, Northwood and Liv Group have joined them to offer the Housing Hand guarantor service to tenants, through their branches and websites.If prospective tenants need, but do not have a qualifying UK guarantor, the agents will advise tenants to use Housing Hand. The agents will then be able to track the applicant’s progress and their total number applicants they have referred via their account on the Housing Hand website.Housing Hand already works with other agents including Student Cribs, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward and Chancellors, as well as other providers across a range of industry sectors including universities, private landlords and private halls, such as CRM Students, Homes for Students and Hello Student.Jeremy Robinson, Housing HandJeremy Robinson, Managing Director of Housing Hand says, “We are delighted to be working with Knight Frank and so many new letting agents and look forward to helping them access a wider range of tenants, that wouldn’t otherwise be able to meet the standard criteria.Letting agents who have partnered with Housing Hand have been able to increase occupancy, due to larger pool of creditworthy applicants.”“Letting agents who have partnered with Housing Hand have been able to increase occupancy, due to larger pool of creditworthy applicants and have been able to eliminate the risk of rent loss, due to tenant default, at no cost to them. They have been able to tap into the huge potential market of international tenants and those with a poor credit history who have previously been viewed as too risky to sign up.“Tenants using our guarantor service are charged a one-off fee paid at the start of the tenancy. Alternatively, fees can be paid via eight monthly instalments, from £42 per month, ensuring the upfront cost of renting is kept to a minimum.“Prices start from £295 for up to 12 months cover. The exact fee depends on several factors including the rent amount. Applicants receive a free, no obligation quote by making an application. The student fee will be between 60-95% of their share of the monthly rent, subject to a minimum of £295.“There are added benefits to students since they can expect a percentage of their fee back at the end of their tenancy as a rebate. This ‘money-back’ offer increases year on year with users of the service entitled to 15% of their fee back after one year of using the guarantor service, doubling to 30% of the second years fee and 45% in year three.” frank housing hand housing hand knight frank Jeremy Robinson housing hand August 22, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Arlington Conducts Fast Cruise

first_img View post tag: Defense March 6, 2013 Training & Education View post tag: Cruise View post tag: USS View post tag: conducts View post tag: Defence USS Arlington (LPD 24) conducted a fast cruise Feb. 27, at Huntington-Ingall’s Industries’ shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., to determine if the ship is ready to go to sea.This fast cruise was an important element of Crew Certification Phase II, conducted by the amphibious transport dock’s immediate superior in command, Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 8 from Feb. 25-27.Arlington’s crew completed the first phase of crew certification, an administrative evaluation performed by the ship’s type commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SURFLANT), Oct. 22, 2012.The Navy’s primary instruction concerning crew certification, the Surface Force Readiness Manual, states that the purpose of this assessment is to “perform a thorough review of the ship’s overall training program and an assessment of their ability to provide an adequate number of qualified crew members to support safe operations at sea.”Lt. Cmdr. Derek Mason, who led COMPHIBRON 8’s Crew Certification team for Arlington, said the ship was being evaluated on “warfare areas specific to the LPD 17 (San Antonio-class) amphibious platform,” including air, surface, seamanship, intelligence, cryptology, navigation, engineering, damage control, explosive safety and supply.“Arlington did outstanding on Crew Certification Phase II,” Mason said. “There were no discrepancies, and the discrepancies we noted from Crew Certification Phase I have been corrected.”The fast cruise conducted for crew certification was the sixth held aboard Arlington. The first took place Jan. 12, just five weeks after the ship was delivered from the shipyard to the Navy.According to the Surface Force Readiness Manual, a fast cruise verifies “the crew is ready and qualified to take the ship to sea and simulates at-sea operating conditions.”During a fast cruise, the crew simulates stationing the special sea and anchor detail, setting normal underway watches (both topside and engineering), flight quarters, responding to medical emergencies and engineering casualties, man overboard drills, restricted maneuvering and loss of steering, underway replenishment, damage control drills and abandoning ship procedures.“Fast cruises typically last all day, and we go through all the evolutions that we will go through when we are actually underway,” explained Arlington’s training officer, Lt. Sean McDonnell. “These processes are verified by leadership to ensure that we are operating safely and in accordance with Navy instructions, and that the crew has been trained properly and qualified in each watch station.”The differences between the first fast cruise and the last were phenomenal, noted USS Arlington Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Eric Lull.“There was a tremendous increase in the confidence and capability in the crew,” he said. “As with any precommissioning unit, many of the more experienced Sailors on board have not been to sea in a long time, and most of the junior Sailors have never been to sea at all. We have seen this crew grow a lot, from – in many cases – brand new recruits to being a fully-functioning crew that can safely take this ship from here to where it needs to go.”One of the largest improvements was Arlington’s ability to set material condition Zebra – that is, setting the maximum state of readiness for the ship’s survivability system, by systematically securing hundreds of doors, hatches, scuttles, access valves and deck drains throughout the 684-foot ship, to ensure the greatest degree of watertight integrity.“This makes the ship more resilient to any damage that might occur, whether it is from battle damage, or caused by internal disasters such as flooding or fire,” Lull added. “Our initial time – from the first fast cruise – was above 30 minutes when we were still learning the ship’s layout. During the last fast cruise, we were under nine minutes.”Mason attributes the crew’s success to a solid a training program coupled with teamwork.“Arlington has a very motivated crew, and you can’t go wrong with that,” he said. “They have a can-do attitude; they know how to work together as a team.”With the assessment is complete, Arlington will be endorsed by COMPHIBRON 8 for certification by SURFLANT, clearing the ship to debark from Pascagoula (where the ship has been under construction for four years) for their permanent duty station in Norfolk, Va.“By the time we did our last fast cruise, everything was running very smoothly, because we had practiced it all so many times,” McDonnell concluded. “We are very confident about sailaway. We’ve worked very hard to get to this point, gone to the right schools and conducted the right training to safely get the ship back home.”The ship is named for Arlington County, Va., home of the Pentagon, in honor of the 184 victims and heroes who lost their lives during the terrorist attack there on 9/11.Arlington is the eighth in Navy’s San Antonio class of ships, designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessels ever put to sea. The third in the U.S. fleet to bear the name, Arlington will be commissioned on April 6, 2013. The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 6, 2013 USS Arlington Conducts Fast Cruise View post tag: News by topic View post tag: CruiseUSS View post tag: fast View post tag: Arlington View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Arlington Conducts Fast Cruise View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Jersey City mourns after 8-year-old boy struck and killed by car

first_imgJERSEY CITY — Local boy Jeremiah “Prince Bee” Grant, 8, was struck and killed by a car while he was with a local double Dutch dance troupe in downtown Jersey City on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the car, a Union City man, apparently did not realize at first that he had hit the boy, and has not been charged with any crime.Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a press release that Jeremiah was crossing the road near Grove Street and Christopher Columbus Drive at about 4:45 p.m. when he was struck by a red Jeep Compass. He was brought to Jersey City Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and died shortly afterwards.The Honey Bees dance troupe has been featured on television. Witnesses said the boy was walking with a group of girls from the troupe when he was hit.Just ten days ago, two other boys died after being hit by a car in a completely different incident. A car killed two 15-year-old high school students as it was traveling on Terrace Avenue near the ramp to Routes 1&9 North. Elionel Jimenez died immediately and Alexander Rosas-Flores was critically injured. He passed away later. Police said the driver was allegedly a hit-and-run driver.last_img read more

Phish’s Mike Gordon Sits In With Dumpstaphunk For ‘Funky Bitch’ Cover [Watch]

first_imgYou can see a longer video, courtesy of Long J on YouTube, here:Phish heads to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park tonight, September 2nd, for the first of three shows at the Commerce City, CO venue. Phish Dick’s![Photo by Dave DeCrescente Photography] Phish has landed in Colorado! Eager to get funky before their Dick’s run, bassist Mike Gordon found his way over to Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom to check out what Dumpstaphunk was putting down.The Ivan Neville-led ensemble not only welcomed Gordo to the stage, but they backed him up on a great cover of Son Seals’ “Funky Bitch.” The song is a welcomed addition to any Phish setlist, and it sure got the crowd going in a Dumpstaphunk setlist as well!Watch Gordo and Dumpstaphunk jamming on the song below.last_img

More than $66,000 in grants for bulletproof vests awarded to 27 Vermont police stations

first_imgVermont Jurisdictions Receiving Bulletproof Vest Grants JurisdictionGrant AmountNumber of VestsBarre City$3,549.0012Barre Town$ 227.383Bennington County$ 3,275.0010Bennington Town$ 5,600.0014Brandon Town$ 299.501Brattleboro Town$ 898.503Burlington City$ 3,294.5011Dover Town$ 2,125.007Essex Junction Village$ 1,250.004Hartford Town$ 1,198.004Middlebury Town$ 1,740.004Milton Town$ 2,097.006Montpelier City$ 1,500.005Norwich Town$ 1,500.005Orange County$ 7,815.0020Richmond Town$ 898.503Rutland City$ 4,389.0014Shelburne Town$ 4,492.5015Springfield Town$ 830.493St. Albans City$ 898.503Stowe Town$ 1,230.003Vergennes City$ 3,235.509Vermont (State)$ 5,123.98135Vernon Town$ 2,341.507Williston Town$ 559.002Windsor Town$ 1,488.006Winhall Town$ 4,300.0014Total for Vermont$ 66,200.85323WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12) ‘ US Senator Patrick Leahy US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Wednesday that 27 towns and counties across Vermont have been awarded grants from the US Department of Justice to help purchase bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers.  The grants are provided through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, which Leahy authored in 1998. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has helped to provide nearly one million bulletproof vests to law enforcement officers across the country, including more than 3,000 vests for Vermont officers.  The new grants announced by will help offices in Vermont buy more than 320 new vests.  ‘Bulletproof vests are saving lives of law enforcement officers across the country,’ said Leahy.  ‘They protect those who are on the streets every day helping to keep our communities safe, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has proven its life-saving value.’ The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program provides matching federal grants to state and local authorities for the purchase of bulletproof vests.  Leahy worked to include in the grant program an all-state minimum formula to ensure that all qualifying state and local jurisdictions would receive at least .5 percent of the total amount of federal funds appropriated in a given year.  Over the years Leahy has worked to modify the program for the benefit of grants recipients in other ways as well.  He fought to include a matching requirement to ensure that in certain smaller jurisdictions, including certain jurisdictions in Vermont, the federal grant will always amount to 50 percent of the purchase cost.  Leahy also worked to include a provision in the program to allow financially struggling jurisdictions to apply for a hardship waiver of the 50 percent match requirement. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the bulletproof vests grant program since its enactment, most recently in 2008.  The program is currently authorized through 2012.last_img read more

Backcountry Shot Glasses. Because Sanitation.

first_imgFirst, I should say that we don’t recommend doing shots in the backcountry. Combining alcohol with adventurous sports is irresponsible and could result in a variety of dire consequences ranging from impaired decision making to hypothermia. Also, there’s a rare condition associated with boozing while hiking or biking called “having too much fun.” It’s serious. And contagious. I want to be a responsible adult, but I keep running into the same problem: bourbon tastes good. And it tastes even better when you’re deep in the woods at the end (or middle) of an epic adventure. And they make flasks so lightweight and portable these days that it seems almost silly not to take a few ounces of your favorite spirit along on your adventure. While you could sip your hooch straight from the flask like a damn animal, there are other, more civilized options for the discerning drinker. Enter the Adventure Shot Glass Set from Stanley–four stainless steel sippers that stack together and pack away in their own steel carrying case. Look at these things; they’re so cute, it would be rude not to whip them out when you reach the summit of your next peak. And any wilderness guide worth his/her salt will tell you that the number one medical issue in the backcountry isn’t a sprained ankle, it’s communicable diseases. For some reason, people are in such awe of nature that they forget to wash their hands. They go all communal and start sharing spoons and cups. But if you have these shot glasses, you don’t have to suck the bourbon straight from the flask, right after your sleazy friend with the stripper girlfriend sucks the bourbon straight from the flask. You think taking a shot of booze in the backcountry is irresponsible? Try getting herpes. See? Using these little cups is a public health issue. Be responsible.last_img read more

VIGIA Program Integrates Military and Public Security Institutions to Protect Brazilian Borders

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira / Diálogo January 24, 2020 On December 16, 2019, Brazil launched its first Integrated Border Operation Center (CIOF, in Portuguese) in Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, as part of the VIGIA Program. The Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP, in Portuguese) created the program in April, which the Secretariat of Integrated Operations (Seopi, in Portuguese) implemented.According to Wagner Mesquita, general coordinator of Seopi’s Fight against Organized Crime, CIOF is a command and control office for overt operations, to generate and share information, direct coordinated actions, and increase the use of technological tools through satellites, cameras, sensors, and drones.The VIGIA Program brings together for the first time the work of military institutions and public security agencies to protect the nearly 10,570 miles of border between 11 Brazilian states and 10 South American countries, to increase the control and fight against transborder crimes, such as smuggling, drugs, arms, and ammunition trafficking. Service members from the three forces work alongside police agencies and other federal government institutions.VIGIA includes the acquisition of cutting-edge equipment, personnel training by national and international organizations, and the installation of operational bases with integrated systems. Between April and December 2019, the program contributed to the seizure of 28.5 million smuggled cigarettes, 412 vehicles, 57.6 tons of drugs, 77 vessels, and 16 tons of pesticides.“It’s important to point out that this is the first joint effort from the institutions that operate directly on the border, with integrated work between public security agents and institutions. That’s why we had such positive results,” MJSP’s Social Communication Department told Diálogo.In 2019, the VIGIA Program held 13 trainings for its members, such as one that the Brazilian Army’s Special Operations Command conducted in September. (Photo: Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security)American inspirationThroughout 2019, VIGIA held 13 classes taught by different national and foreign organizations to train its members. In November, U.S. Special Operations Command South, through VIGIA, supported classes on Operational Design and Joint Planning and Tactical Pre-Hospital Care. Members of U.S. Army’s Seventh Special Forces Group taught the classes to military, civilian, and federal police officers. Since the start of the program, 350 professionals have been trained.The United States also inspired CIOF, which based its surveillance after the guidelines that followed 9/11. CIOF’s headquarters is Foz do Iguaçu, a strategic location because of its border with Paraguay, and as one of the country’s main import and export free-trade areas. Foz do Iguaçu is also home to the Itaipú Binational Hydroelectric Dam, which generates 15 percent of the electricity consumed in Brazil and 90 percent of that consumed in Paraguay. CIOF operates from a 6,458 square-mile area at the Itaipú Technological Park.“It’s as though there was a permanent task force to prevent and take strong actions against border crimes (smuggling, drugs and arms trafficking, terrorism funding, and protection of important country structures). For this reason, Itaipú was strategically selected,” said Minister of Justice and Public Security Sérgio Moro, at the center’s inauguration.“The launch of this center will revolutionize the overt operations model. Criminal organizations became stronger, and began using modern logistics resources, and now MJSP is investing in new work methods, especially when it comes to integrated actions and information sharing,” Mesquita said at CIOF’s inauguration.last_img read more

What do credit unions have that banks don’t?

first_imgOne thing banks don’t have that credit unions do have: cooperation among themselves. It’s a huge competitive advantage that has greatly benefited credit unions and their members.Credit unions work together, hence the co-op philosophy they were founded on. Credit unions exemplify this best by shared branching.Banks on the other hand, compete with one another. You can’t visit a bank that’s not your own without facing fees. That’s because banks aren’t working with one another! They’re in competition with one another.An example of shared banking includes West Virginia Central Credit Union, OCUL Service Corp,  and Telbec Federal Credit Union. In sum, West VA Central CU membership is located in a city (Beckley, WV) where they didn’t have a physical branch location. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NCUA’s Matz to appear before House Subcommittee

first_imgby: Heather AndersonTwo high ranking officials at the NCUA confirmed Monday that Chairman Debbie Matz will testify before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.The hearing, scheduled for Friday, July 24, will focus on the NCUA’s budget and other oversight issues. The financial institutions subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas). Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) is the committee’s minority party ranking member. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img