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Substantial open-ocean phytoplankton blooms to the north of South Georgia, South Atlantic, during summer

first_imgSubstantial open-ocean phytoplankton blooms in the Antarctic Zone to the northwest of South Georgia, South Atlantic are described. Chlorophyll a, nutrient and physical oceanography data, collected between 2 and 5 January 1994 and again 1 mo later between 2 and 4 February along a 450 km transect comprising 14 stations, are presented. The transect crossed the Subantarctic and the Polar Front. During the January transect survey, in 2 locations to the south of the Polar Front, average surface mixed-layer chlorophyll a concentrations were >8 and >13 mg m-3, and were associated with silicate, nitrate and phosphate depletions (<2.0, 0.3 and>1.4 mmol m-3 respectively). One of the phytoplankton blooms was associated with the nearby Polar Front, but the origin of a bloom further south, well within the Antarctic Zone, was not clear. Phytoplankton production predicted by nutrient drawdown was far greater than the observed biomass on both surveys. If a common Antarctic Zone origin is accepted for the southern bloom, a decline in biomass of ~2.7 mol C m-2 occurred in the upper 50 m of the water column between the 2 surveys, which cannot be accounted for by zooplankton grazing. If the bloom had originated in Subantarctic water advected to the south of the Polar Front, initial nutrient concentrations would have been lower and consequently predicted production was closer to the observed biomass values. Nevertheless, the area may be one of intense but local carbon export.last_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Signs Australian National

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Friday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball head coach Todd Simon confirmed he has a new addition to his program.The Thunderbirds have signed 6-5 guard Kingsley Box, who hails from Melbourne, Australia.Simon said he is excited about this addition as Box is “a big guard who can really shoot and score the basketball.”Box was selected to the 2019 U-20 Victorian State team and led the squad with 15.3 points per game.As a high schooler at Flinders College, Box averaged 35 points per game and shot 40 percent behind the arc.Box is yet another foreigner who will be on the Thunderbirds’ roster this upcoming season.Others include New Zealander Yuta Alok, Box’s fellow Australians Jarryd Hoppo and Jason Spurgin, Croatian national Ivan Madunic and Dutchman Kneyoue Ondaan. Tags: Kingsley Box/SUU Men’s Basketball Brad James Written by April 24, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Signs Australian Nationallast_img read more

Oxford University Facebook page reaches 1 million likes

first_imgThe Oxford University Facebook page has reached a million likes, taking just over five years to do so since its creation in 2008.Oxford was also recently named one of the top 10 social-media savvy universities in the world – and top in the UK. Although its media presence falls behind some of its Ivy League competitors – Harvard University has garnered a total of more than 2.5 million Facebook likes, Oxford beats Cambridge, which falls behind with just under 360,000 likes on its Facebook page. American universities topped the league tables for their social media presence and the University of Sheffield was the only other British institution to feature in the top ten in a list compiled by social media consulting company, Sociagility.The University has released a video to celebrate its burgeoning popularity on the social networking site, thanking its Facebook fans for their interest in and support for the university.  “Sometimesyou need to look beyond the human stories” the video suggests “and look at the numbers to understand a place like Oxford.”An Oxford University spokesperson commented “The University uses as many channels to communicate with friends, alumni and potential students as possible, and is pleased so many people have found Oxford on Facebook, as well as on Twitter, where the University has more followers than any other UK university.”The University’s Twitter account has over 66,000 followers.One first-year student at Hertford said “All this shows is that, despite their reputation for academic success, Oxford students are just as prone as any others to wasting their time on Facebook.”Another Hertford student commented “This is certainly something to celebrate but it’s important for the University not to go too far in its quest for Facebook popularity: if it starts posting posed selfies on its news feed, I think we should be worried. “Even some Cambridge students were impressed, albeit bitter, at Oxford’s significantly greater popularity on the social networking site. Cambridge first-year student Neethu Mariam told Cherwell “Although this news does make me resentful, I am tempted to find excuses for Oxford’s apparent popularity, perhaps rooted in more promotion of its Facebook page or a ‘technical glitch’ on Cambridge’s page. However, even I can see why Oxford is so loved!”last_img read more

IBA lines up bakery competitions

first_imgPrizes for pastry decoration and bakery window displays are up for grabs at the upcoming IBA international bakery exhibition in Düsseldorf.The show from October 3-9 will host a competition for apprentices organised by the Association of German Con-fectioners, for the best decorated gateaux, and for sales staff to find the most appealing bakery display window.The IBA Cup, an international competition for bakers and confectioners, will also take place at the exhibition, along with factory tours to give foreign visitors an insight into German bakeries, while seminars and discussion forums will highlight future industry trends.More than 990 companies have booked over 123,000 sq m for the show, which is set to be larger than the last one in 2006.l For further details, visit: read more

Independents see strong return to high street

first_imgIndependent bakers shops are showing an unexpected 6% growth by filling empty sites on the high street.Figures from research firm The Local Data Company reveal a closure rate of 4.1% in the second half of 2009, but an opening rate of 9.9%. These companies, with less than five shops, have fared better than the multiple bakery chains, which saw their number of stores fall by 0.5%.The rise is in contrast to 2008 figures; the Office for National Statistics reported a net loss of 215 bakery retail businesses over the year to March 2009, with smaller businesses dropping from 3,355 to 3,140 shops.National Association of Master Bakers chairman Mike Holling said it was positive news: “If it’s true, the industry should see it as very encouraging. There is enthusiasm out there from people wanting to start their own bakery business, but setting one up can cost anywhere between £50,000 and £100,000 and banks are reluctant to lend at the moment.”The Local Data Company’s business development director Matthew Hopkinson said the recession had meant that landlords were keen to get businesses in, which meant there were low rents to be had. “The market is in the retailers’ favour and consumers increasingly want to shop locally for fresh ingredients.”He added: “When Tesco Metro and Sainsbury’s Local open in a high street, they increase footfall and, because they don’t have in-store bakeries, if your shop is nearby, you will probably do well, as long as you’ve got a good offer, a fair price and local products.”But Hopkinson admitted that new openings had centred more on the south east and London, where some of the more upmarket artisan bakeries were proving successful. And he added: “This might just be a blip as we have yet to see the impact of business rates on small firms.”The firm studies 705 towns and cities across the UK, tracking 1,200 independent bakers.last_img read more

News story: Alan Eccles to retire as Public Guardian

first_img We have a reputation for putting the user/customer at the heart of all we do; through the development of world-leading digital services (our LPA online service was the first in government to pass Government Digital Service (GDS) service assessment in 2014), the reform of LPA forms, the way we interact with deputies, the way we conduct safeguarding and investigations, and the excellent service given by our contact centre colleagues. We have a reputation for innovation that is recognised internationally. We have been invited to speak in Seoul, South Korea, and have welcomed delegates from Singapore, Japan and Jersey to showcase what best practice looks like. I am extremely proud of our many great achievements during this period and it has been wonderful to celebrate these milestones with you over the years. What has remained the same during my 7 years with OPG is the commitment of everyone who works here to make a difference. You have always been determined to make a positive impact in the world of mental capacity and to the lives of the users of our services. Work is underway to start recruitment for the new Public Guardian. Alan Eccles was appointed as Chief Executive and Public Guardian for England and Wales in 2012, by the Lord Chancellor under Section 57 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Alan is responsible to the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice for the effective operation of the agency.In an email to staff at the Office of the Public Guardian, Alan Eccles said:last_img read more

Holiday Stress

first_imgWhether you are planning to celebrate the holidays face-to-face or virtually, it is understandable if you are feeling mentally drained. As we face the challenges of navigating the holidays safely, there are a variety of ways to focus on mental health.Here are a few tips to help you relax, relate and release this season:Move your body: Whether it involves walking, yoga or dancing like no one is watching, physical activity can have a significant impact on your mental health, decrease blood pressure and lower blood sugar levels. Get moving!Unplug: Information overload is a real thing. Monitor your media intake — in other words, unplug. Recently I have begun to utilize the “Do Not Disturb” function on my mobile phone. It has allowed me to focus on what is important at the moment, recenter and realize the world is still spinning even though I unplugged for a few hours.Stay present and focused: This is my daughter’s senior year in high school. I am keenly aware that time waits on no one. I have found that staying focused and present (even if said senior takes cursory looks at her phone) encourages deeper, more meaningful conversations with her.Stay social: We have a variety of means to reach out and connect with others. Rethink how you connect. Calling someone or meeting up for a socially distanced walk is a great way to boost your mental well-being.My family will be having a virtual Christmas brunch. Sure, we will all be in our own homes, but we will be together. And that is what counts.For more tips on health, dealing with holiday stress and more, visit read more

More Than Just a Pretty Campus

first_imgWhat defines a college? Some people say it’s the food. Some people think it’s the parties. Well I say it’s the adventure. It’s being able to drive any direction for a few miles and embark on a daring mountainous hike. It’s having some of the best mountain biking trails in all of Virginia only minutes from campus. It’s waking up on a snowy morning to an email canceling class and being able to drive 20 minutes to Massanutten Ski Resort. This is the life here at James Madison University and the best part is that there is an adventure team of faculty and students ready to lead you to any adventure you hear echoing over the Blue Ridge Mountains, begging you to go outside and play.“JMU is unique in that we are sandwiched in between a national forest and a national park,” says Guy deBrun, the Assistant Director of Adventure and TEAM Programs.He is the one you can thank for scheduling many of JMU’s adrenaline pumping activities such as the recent spring break trip he co-led to Patagonia. Guy began spreading his love and passion for adventure when he attended James Madison University as a graduate student and became the graduate assistant for the adventure program. Opportunities led Guy to work for the outdoor programs at various other universities, but ultimately he was drawn back to JMU by its allure of a smaller atmosphere, beautiful location, and the growing opportunities of the adventure department.“All the access to public lands gives us plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, rock climb, and so much more. The opportunities are endless,” Guy tells me when I ask why he thinks JMU is a top adventure college.IMG_3671 (1)But you actually don’t even have to leave campus to quench your thirst for adventure. If you take a step inside JMU’s gym, which is in the process of doubling its current size, you’ll notice the 33 foot rock wall, led by the Adventure Program, that is sure to please beginners and experts alike. Need to be outside? No problem. Head to UPark and feast your eyes upon the towering pine trees that nest the high and low ropes course. Led by a staff that is passionate about the outdoors, the ropes course is a hot spot for most all clubs and organizations on campus.IMG_3833 (1)Cassidy Harvey is one of these passionate instructors.“Groups come to the ropes course looking to have a good time but when they leave, they walk out with new teamwork skills that can carry over to other aspects of life,” she explains. Not only is Cassidy a Lead TEAM Facilitator for the ropes course, but she also works as an Adventure Trip Leader for the University. Only a sophomore, she has already led hiking trips, canoeing trips, and backpacking trips that attract a wide variety of JMU students.When Cassidy decided to attend school here, she was not what you would call an outdoorsy person.“I came here because I liked the people and it’s a beautiful campus with great scenery. The job looked fun so I took it and Guy began training us, teaching us how to kayak, build a fire, camp, and other specific skills,” she explains. “Now, every trip I go on puts determination in me to do something bigger. I can be very proud but at the same time I am so humbled by the huge mountains.”As James Madison University’s adventure program continues to prosper, providing once in a lifetime opportunities to all students here, they still remain humbled by earth’s natural beauties. That’s part of what makes it such a unique and wonderful program. No matter where the trail leads, the river takes the kayak, or the rocks lead the climber, Cassidy, Guy, and the rest of the Adventure Program are there and enthusiastic to provide students with a glimpse of the powerful and inspiring ways of nature.last_img read more

The madness of negative interest rates and why you should care

first_imgTwo prevalent items have surfaced in the first quarter of 2016 – market volatility and questions on negative interest rates. The two are very much interrelated and have become a hot subject for discussion with credit union management teams, directors and even members. This article will simplify the complex topic of a negative interest rate policy (NIRP) by discussing who, what, how, and why at a macro level.Question: Why are we hearing about negative interest rates?The possibility that at some point over the next few years our economy will slow and reenter recession cannot be ruled out. Sure, the U.S. economy is currently growing, jobs are being created and inflation seems to be moving in the desired direction. However, three noteworthy events have occurred since the FOMC voted unanimously to hike short-term rates in December 2015: 1) the European Central Bank further cut rates into negative territory; 2) the Bank of Japan adopted negative interest rates; and 3) the Federal Reserve Bank published their annual stress tests for the largest institutions which included a severely adverse scenario with negative interest rates here in the U.S. These three items are eye-opening in magnitude and present meaningful downside risk to the economic health of the U.S.; hence the market volatility thus far in 2016. Vigilance is clearly warranted given that these risks could serve to further erode credit union margins. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chenango County has first 5 recoveries from COVID-19

first_imgFor more information, go to the Chenango County Health Department’s website. As of Saturday, Chenango County released their first five recoveries from quarantine. These five individuals tested positive and have now recovered from the virus. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Chenango County Health Department gave an update on the coronavirus in the county on Saturday. The Chenango County Health Department has confirmed 36 positive cases, 3 active hospitalizations, 96 individuals in precautionary quarantine, 229 individuals in mandatory quarantine and 108 total tests. last_img read more