Thin ice and storms: Sea ice deformation from buoy arrays deployed during N-ICE2015

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first_imgArctic sea ice has displayed significant thinning as well as an increase in drift speed in recent years. Taken together this suggests an associated rise in sea ice deformation rate. A winter and spring expedition to the sea ice covered region north of Svalbard – the Norwegian young sea ICE 2015 expedition (N-ICE2015) – gave an opportunity to deploy extensive buoy arrays and to monitor the deformation of the first- and second-year ice now common in the majority of the Arctic Basin. During the 5-month long expedition, the ice cover underwent several strong deformation events, including a powerful storm in early February that damaged the ice cover irreversibly. The values of total deformation measured during N-ICE2015 exceed previously measured values in the Arctic Basin at similar scales: At 100 km scale, N-ICE2015 values averaged above 0.1, day−1, compared to rates of 0.08 day −1 or less for previous buoy arrays. The exponent of the power law between the deformation length scale and total deformation developed over the season from 0.37 to 0.54 with an abrupt increase immediately after the early February storm, indicating a weakened ice cover with more free drift of the sea ice floes. Our results point to a general increase in deformation associated with the younger and thinner Arctic sea ice and to a potentially destructive role of winter storms.last_img read more

Union rule change poll opens

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first_imgThe poll closes at 9pm. Members of the Oxford Union are voting today on a proposed change to the debating society’s election regulations, despite a mistake in election publicity. See also:Omkar triggers Union pollcenter_img It emerged this weekend that printed publicity for the poll was erroneous, leaving out part of the proposed rule change.  A corrected version has been published on the Oxford Union website. last_img

Macphie brings in new commercial director

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first_imgBakery ingredients manufacturer, Macphie of Glenbervie, has appointed Shan Richards to replace Andrew Underwood as its new commercial director.Richards joins the company from the French dessert firm Senoble, where she had been sales and marketing director for the past three years.She had also worked for Dairy Crest, SC Johnson and Unilever and replaces Underwood who was appointed to the role in January.Richards said: “I’m delighted to be joining Macphie, a highly successful ingredients business with a great reputation throughout the food industry for quality, innovative products and excellent customer service.  “The company has made a strong start to the year in what have been challenging conditions in today’s competitive global food market, and it’s an exciting time to be joining the business as it embarks on an ambitious three-year growth strategy.“We will continue to build close links with our strategic partners and invest in all areas of our business to keep us at the forefront of new ingredient and processing technologies. I am looking forward to delivering the benefits of these initiatives to our growing international customer base.”The appointment comes after the company restructured in January, moving Alistair Macphie to the role of executive chairman for the company, and Andrew Underwood as managing director.British Baker reported that Macphie would remain involved in the business, and the reshuffle would allow him to focus on longer-term objectives. He would also continue to oversee the Glenbervie Estate and Farm, where a new wind farm will be built in 2014.Macphie had been in the role of chief executive for 18 years.Macphie said in January: “The restructure will give a greater focus to both our forward investment plans, as well as the operational challenges we face in today’s competitive global food market.last_img read more

Craft Bakers’ Week raises £17k for charity

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first_imgThe figures are in and Craft Bakers’ Week 2014 achieved a fundraising total of more than £17,000 between 393 bakery businesses that took part.The money will go to chosen charity Make-A-Wish, which works for seriously ill children. The total will continue to creep up as more bakeries log their results.All the money netted from registration for the week were donated, raising more than £2,300 alone, and £1,000 was collected at the Craft Bakers’ Association Conference in May.Campaign organisers sold out of special sugar plaques displaying the charity’s logo, which were available to participating bakers to place on cakes, cookies or buns, with bakers donating 10p from the sale of each item. Many bakers also requested collection tins and held their own fundraising events, such as competitions for children and raffles.Keith Houliston, sales director at Bakels and chair of Craft Bakers’ Week 2014, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Craft Bakers’ Week has raised such a life-changing amount. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all the bakers for taking the time to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause.”Amanda Williams, director of fundraising at Make-A-Wish, said: “We would like to thank bakers across the nation for their amazing support through fundraising events and activities.“The money raised will help us grant magical wishes to some desperately ill children. On their behalf, and from all of us here at Make-A-Wish, thank you for your support.”Craft Bakers’ Week is funded and supported by the Craft Bakers’ Association and Scottish Bakers and stakeholders from across the bakery sector, including British Baker, California Raisins, CSM, Bakels, Bako, BFP, Dawn, Ireks, Marriage’s, Macphie, Puratos, Reynards and Zeelandia.last_img read more

Onion Testing

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first_imgThis spring when southeast Georgia farmers started pulling their signature sweet Vidalia onions out of the ground, Daniel Jackson and his staff were preparing their lab for the coming onion onslaught. As soon as they’re cleared for shipping, farmers send bags of onions — hundreds of them — to the University of Georgia Crop Quality Lab in Athens for testing. The UGA lab is tasked with determining how sweet, how spicy and how oniony this year’s Vidalia onions are. “We’ll be running onions all day, every day for the next two months,” said Jackson, who works in the Crop Quality Lab. The Crop Quality Lab is one of the five labs that comprise the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, which is best known for performing UGA Extension’s famous spring soil tests for homeowners and farmers. By the time they’re done, the three-person staff will have cored, crushed and analyzed somewhere between 2,500 and 4,000 pounds of onions. Paid for by testing fees and grants from the Vidalia Onion Committee, the lab’s analysis is used by farmers to optimize growing conditions to ensure that next year’s crop is even better. Plant breeders use the information to vet new onion varieties. This is the second growing season the UGA Crop Quality Lab has been open. Last summer, just a few hundred pounds of onions were tested for a UGA Extension variety trial and a handful of onions were tested for private farmers. This year, demand for their service has more than quadrupled. “Last year we analyzed almost entirely research samples. This year we are running a large number of research samples, but have also received quite a few samples from farmers and seed companies as well,” Jackson said. “This week I took a van down to the research center in Lyons and picked up more than 1,000 pounds of onions. I’ll make that trip to Lyons about every two weeks, so there’s definitely a demand for this service.” Yes, it smells like a room full of onions Everyone has a different palate and different preferences when it comes to onions, so it is hard to say — with certainty — what makes a good sweet onion. UGA’s lab quantifies the chemical compounds that make up the Vidalia onion’s distinctly sweet taste. UGA technicians test for sugar content, which makes the onions sweet; lachrymatory factor, which is the specific compound that causes your eyes to water, but also makes the onions hot; and sulfinates, the chemical compounds that give onions that lingering onion taste, Jackson said. To test the onions, they take core samples from 10 individual onions of a certain variety or from a certain field. They crush them using a custom hydraulic press and collect the onion juice. Then, two technicians work in tandem in a laboratory the size of a galley kitchen to test for the chemical compounds. Speed is of the essence as some of the volatile compounds can break down in a matter of minutes, Jackson said. There’s a lot we still don’t know about Georgia’s favorite onion In addition to on-demand testing for farmers and crop breeders, the laboratory is also engaged in two long-term projects with UGA and USDA researchers. The first involves using trained USDA taste testers to identify how people taste different concentrations of sugar, lachrymatory factor and sulfinates in onions. Taste testers will, for instance, rate the hotness of an onion with a known lachrymatory factor concentration on a scale of one to 10. Next summer, having established the connection between the concentrations of flavor compounds and consumers’ taste experience, Jackson and a team of UGA and USDA reseachers will determine the chemical composition of onions that consumers prefer through wide-scale public taste tests. Vidalias’ sweet, mild flavor is the result of the relatively sandy, sulfur-free soil in which they grow. UGA vegetable horticulturalist Tim Coolong is working to find out how much sulfur-containing fertilizer can be applied to an onion field before that mild flavor is sacrificed, Jackson said. The lab A.O. — After Onions These onion projects will keep Jackson’s staff busy through the end of the summer. After onion season the UGA Crop Quality Lab will turn its attention to other produce. They plan to work with Georgia’s fledgling wine grape and olive industries this fall to provide analysis of wine grapes and olive oil. For more information about the services offered by the UGA Crop Quality Lab and other UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, visit aesl.ces.uga.edu. The Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories is a unit of the UGA Extension within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences whose mission is to provide objective analytical services to agricultural producers, consumers and agribusinesses.last_img read more

FEMA disaster recovery deadline for Vermont looming, November 15

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first_imgRutland County Housing Coalition46 Evelyn St., #201Rutland, VT 05701802-775-9286Mon.-Thurs., 8:30-4:30 a.m., Fri., 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Champlain Housing TrustFranklin/Grand Isle13 Lake StreetSt. Albans, VT 05478Tel.: 802-527-2361Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Springfield Development Corp.14 Clinton StreetSpringfield, VT 15156Mon. ‘ Sat., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m.FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call800-462-7585; or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA either through the U.S. Mail, online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external)., or to their local Disaster Recovery Center to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; Saturday and Sunday from9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to [email protected](link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external). Central Vermont Community Land Trust107 North Main StreetBarre, VT  05641Tel.: 802-476-4493Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The FEMA Private Sector electronic newsletter, E-News Update #8 is pasted below and attached. It covers the most current information from FEMA regarding the ongoing disaster recovery efforts for all who have been affected by Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont. FEMA encourages interested parties to forward this free publication to any others you feel may be interested in our outreach initiative or who may need the disaster related information. This week’s E-Newsletter features: ·         Reiteration of the Registration Deadline for Disaster Assistance  (NOVEMBER 15th)·         Recovery Update As Of: Close of Business November 2, 2011·         FEMA Disaster Assistance Information for Vermonters with Insurance·         Updated Disaster Assistance Program Overview, Including the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline·         Business Recovery and Small Business  Development Center LocationsWith fewer than one in five eligible Vermonters returning their U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan applications, FEMA and SBA have teamed with Vermont NeighborWorks Organizations to offer more help with the paperwork. The deadline to return the applications is November 15.To date, SBA has mailed out 4,174 applications to Vermont homeowners and renters who have already received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them recover from Tropical Storm Irene. Only 782 have been returned, a rate of just under 19 percent.‘If you don’t complete the loan application, then FEMA can’t even consider you for several types of grants’money that is not a loan and does not have to be repaid,’ said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. ‘You are never required to take a loan. If you want to do the best you can to ensure you receive all available assistance from FEMA, you must return that SBA application. That’s why we’re now offering help at 11 locations around Vermont.’Anyone whom SBA determines to be qualified will be offered a low-interest, disaster recovery loan. Payments can be as low as $50 a month. A loan may be a sensible option for bringing an individual or family back to its pre-disaster situation, since FEMA grants do not usually cover the full cost. But no one is ever required to accept a loan.To talk with an SBA specialist by phone, call 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities. Applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed online athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).If you would like to complete an application online and do not have access to a computer, please remember that your public library has a computer you can use. WHERE TO GET IN-PERSON HELP COMPLETINGYOUR SBA LOAN APPLICATION VERMONT NEIGHBORWORKS HOME OWNERSHIP CENTERS Champlain Housing Trust88 King StreetBurlington, VT 05401Tel.: 802-862-6244Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont110 Marble St.West Rutland, VT 05777Tel. 802-438-2303Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. AttachmentSize FEMA_E-News_Update_8.pdf169.71 KB Flood-Resources-Compiled-by-the-VCF_.pdf360.57 KB SBA_What_You_Need_to_Know_Blue_Logo_5.17.11.pdf163.24 KB Flood_Fact_Sheet_TS_Irene_Amend_6_Ext_Phys_Deadline_10-18-11_1.pdf104.71 KB Windham and Windsor Housing Trust’Satellite Office90 Main StreetSpringfield, VT 050156Tel.: 802-885-3220Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Fri., 8:30-3:30 Brattleboro Development Credit72 Cotton Mill Hill-2nd FloorBrattleboro, VT  05301Mon. ‘ Sat., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m. SBA DISASTER LOAN OUTREACH CENTERS Gilman Housing Trust48 Elm StreetLyndonville, VT  05851Tel.: 802-535-3555Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Windham and Windsor Housing Trust68 Birge StreetBrattleboro, VT 05301Tel.: 802-254-4604Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Town of Hartford Building171 Bridge StreetWhite River Junction, VT 05001Mon. ‘ Fri., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m.last_img read more

New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewables

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:South Africa has dropped proposals to boost supply from nuclear plants in its latest energy blueprint and will increasingly harness renewable sources as it trims a reliance on coal.“There will be a study to determine if more nuclear is needed after 2030,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe told reporters in Pretoria on Monday. “But until then, there is no increase in nuclear generation envisaged.”The long-awaited update of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan for power sector spending, the first in eight years, calls for the biggest increase in capacity from wind and natural gas.Wind and natural gas are each projected to increase by 8,100 megawatts of capacity, while 5,670 megawatts will come from solar and 2,500 megawatts from hydropower, according to the plan. Coal, which currently makes up the bulk of the country’s energy source, will add 1,000 megawatts. The Department of Energy, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. are tasked with carrying out the proposals.President Cyril Ramaphosa has this year overseen the replacement of Eskom’s leadership as he seeks to attract $100 billion of investment to the country. A program to add more renewable power from independent producers has been revived.“There is significant change in the energy mix post 2030, which is mainly driven by decommissioning of old coal power plants that reach their end of life,” Radebe said. Close to 30 gigawatts of Eskom’s coal fleet is to reach end-of-life by 2040, according to the draft document.More: South Africa drops nuclear, adds renewables in energy plan New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewableslast_img read more

Broncos star Matt Gillett sells home in suburban Brisbane

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first_imgMatt Gillett playing for the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League team. Picture: Grant Trouville.It is now under contract after being on the market for only a couple of weeks.Records show the couple bought the property for $670,000 in 2014 — the same price it traded for in 2011. FORMER HOTELIER’S HOME FOR SALE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago HONEY BADGER’S MANCAVE HITS THE MARKET CRICKET GREAT SELLING UP Rugby league star Matt Gillett has sold a home in Albany Creek. Picture: realestate.com.au. Brisbane Broncos’ forward Matt Gillett with his wife, Skye, and daughter Harper. Picture: Peter Wallis.BRISBANE Bronco Matt Gillett has found a buyer for the home he owns with his wife, Skye, in the city’s northern suburbs.The Australian Kangaroos Rugby League forward listed the five-bedroom, two-bathroom family home in Albany Creek for offers over $719,000 late last month. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The kitchen in the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.Gillett made his debut for the Broncos in 2010 and played a key part in the Kangaroo’s World Cup triumph late last year.He also owns a four-bedroom, two-bathroom lowset brick house in North Lakes, which he bought for $415,000 in 2010. The deck on the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.Described as a “modern family home”, the property is on an elevated, 913 sqm block of land at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac.The pair plan to build their forever home in the nearby suburb of Warner where they bought a 6000 sqm, hilltop parcel of land for $800,000 in a deal that settled in February last year. Inside the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au. Inside the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.last_img read more

Fire Officer advises public to educate themselves on chain of survival

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first_img Tweet 16 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Fire Officer advises public to educate themselves on chain of survival by: – May 23, 2011 The Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service is sending out a call to the public to educate themselves on the chain of survival which entails the critical action taken to treat life threatening emergencies.Fire Officer Tony Jno.Baptiste says many times certain incidents occur and people are left helpless because of lack of training.Jno. Baptiste says Cardio Vascular Disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States, with almost half a million people dying from that disease.He says it is important for one to know the role they can play in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest and more so to familiarize themselves with their emergency response numbers.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Batesville Schools Sports Schedule Changes

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first_imgThursday (9-5) – Boys Soccer vs. Jac-Cen-Del at Batesville.Varsity will play at 5:00 PM followed by one JV half.Listen to the game on WRBI starting around 5. Batesville Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Seymour on Monday (9-9) starting at Batesville with a 6:00 PM start.There will be no JV half played.Cross Country at Connersville Invitational on Tuesday (9-24).Boys Race – 5:30 PM.  Girls Race – 6:00 PM.   Reserve open race following.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.,Batesville Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Seymour on Monday (9-9) starting at Batesville with a 6:00 PM start.There will be no JV half played.Cross Country at Connersville Invitational on Tuesday (9-24).Boys Race – 5:30 PM.  Girls Race – 6:00 PM.   Reserve open race following.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.last_img read more