External nutrient inputs into terrestrial ecosystems of the Falkland Islands and the Maritime Antarctic region

first_imgAntarctic terrestrial ecosystems are nutrient-poor and depend for their functioning in part on external nutrients. However, little is known about the relative importance of various sources. We measured external mineral nutrient sources (wind blown material, precipitation and guano) at three locations, the cold temperate oceanic Falkland Islands (51°76′S), and the Maritime Antarctic Signy (60°71′S) and Anchorage Islands (67°61′S). These islands differ in the level of vegetation development through different environmental constraints and historical factors. Total mineral nitrogen input differed considerably between the islands. During the 3 month summer period it amounted to 18 mg N m−2 on the Falkland Islands and 6 and 102 mg N m−2 at Signy and Anchorage Islands, respectively. The high value for Anchorage was a result of guano deposition. By measuring stable isotopic composition (δ15N) of the different nitrogen sources and the dominant plant species, we investigated the relative utilisation of each source by the vegetation at each island. We conclude that external mineral nitrogen inputs to Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems show great spatial variability, with the local presence of bird (or other vertebrate) colonies being particularly significant.last_img read more

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Maersk Drilling secures one-well ultra-deepwater exploration contract in Gabon

first_img Maersk Drilling secures one-well ultra-deepwater exploration contract in Gabon. (Credit: MAERSK DRILLING) Maersk Drilling has been awarded a one-well contract from PC Gabon Upstream S.A. (PCGUSA), a subsidiary of PETRONAS, for the provision of a deepwater drillship rig. The 7th generation drillship Maersk Viking will be employed to drill an ultra-deepwater exploration well at approximately 2,100 m water depth in Block F13 offshore Gabon. PETRONAS is a global energy and solutions partner and ranked amongst the largest corporations in the Fortune Global 500.The firm one-well contract with PCGUSA is expected to commence in Q3 2021, in direct continuation of the rig’s previous work scope with Korea National Oil Corporation, with an estimated duration of 60 days. The firm contract value is approximately USD 24m, including mobilisation and demobilisation fees.“We’re delighted to expand our international relationship with PETRONAS, with whom we have worked on deepwater wells in the Far East, the Americas and now West Africa. We’re looking forward to conducting our first-ever campaign in Gabon,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.Maersk Viking is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2013. It is currently operating offshore Brunei Darussalam. Following the completion of the contract with PCGUSA, the rig will move on to commence the previously announced four-well contract with Shell Malaysia. Source: Company Press Release The 7th generation drillship Maersk Viking will be employed to drill an ultra-deepwater exploration well at approximately 2,100 m water depth in Block F13 offshore Gabonlast_img read more

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Don’t let property investments go to pot

first_imgLetting agents and property managers are being reminded to remain attentive when viewing or inspecting rental properties in order to weed out tenants that may be growing cannabis in properties belong to their clients, after a new report revealed that the number of cannabis seizures in rented homes soared by up to 195 per cent in 2014.New analysis from landlord insurer, Direct Line for Business, reveals that police seized 456,911 plants across the UK last year, reflecting a sharp rise in home-based cannabis cultivation.Police raids resulted in no fewer than 59,002 plants being seized in London, which was more than any other part of the country. Birmingham had the second worst record with West Midlands police confiscating 52,218 plants, while 33,547 plants were removed from homes in Greater Manchester.Although the overall volume of seizures fell by 10 per cent between 2013 and 2014, a third of police forces have seen an increase over the year, of 40 per cent on average. West Mercia in the Midlands leads the pack with a 195 per cent increase in confiscations, followed by Cambridgeshire at 110 per cent and then Wiltshire at 75 per cent.Direct Line for Business is now urging landlords, or anybody managing a property on their behalf, to lookout for obvious signs that their properties are being used as secret cannabis farms with clues including blacked out windows, powerful lights on day and night, a pungent smell and low-level hanging equipment.Direct Line claim that farms can not only cause significant damage to properties, but could also potentially void their insurance policy. The company even reports that it has seen claims for damaged ceilings and walls which have been knocked through, severe water damage and fires, all due to this criminal activity.In addition to the financial costs, landlords could also face legal action themselves if it is proved that they were aware of these criminal activities or have received money or proceeds from illegal drug activity.Jane Guaschi (left), Business Manager at Direct Line for Business said: “The consequences of a cannabis farm on a landlord’s property can be financially catastrophic. Landlords should check to see if their insurance policy covers them for malicious damage as it’s not just the structural damage that could have insurance implications, it’s the financial headache of the clean-up that will hurt the landlord’s back pocket. What’s more, landlords could face loss of rent and the stress of the legal wrangling during periods of repair or eviction.”Top 5 cannabis plant seizuresMetropolitan Police, 59,002West Midlands, 52,218Greater Manchester, 33,547South Yorkshire, 21,731Sussex, 19,931Top 5 cannabis plant seizures (per million households)Wiltshire, 9,613West Midlands, 7,806South Yorkshire, 6,638Dyfed-Powys, 6,060Nottinghamshire, 5,894Top 5 increases in cannabis plant seizuresWest Mercia, 195%Cambridgeshire, 110%Wiltshire, 75%West Yorkshire, 71%Dyfed-Powys, 38%Top five decreases in cannabis plant seizuresBedfordshire, -95%Suffolk, -83%North Yorkshire, -80%Lincolnshire, -75%Gloucestershire, -68%legal action illegal drug activity home-based cannabis cultivation landlords cannabis seizures in rented homes cannabis-growing tenants void insurance plicies weed farms June 11, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Agencies & People » Don’t let property investments go to pot previous nextRegulation & LawDon’t let property investments go to potLetting agents should urge landlords to be more wary of weed farms in their investment properties, following a rise in the number of recorded cases.PROPERTYdrum11th June 20150640 Viewslast_img read more

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US Navy awards Bell-Boeing $19.6m MV-22 contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Bell-Boeing gets $19.6m US Navy contract for MV-22 delivery Share this article Bell-Boeing gets $19.6m US Navy contract for MV-22 delivery December 8, 2017 The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Bell-Boeing JPO a $19.6 million contract to deliver seven V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft for the US Marine Corps.The initial contract was awarded to Bell Boeing in June 2013 for the procurement of 100 V-22s during FY13-FY17. The total contract value was nearly $6.4 billion.The latest contract modification was awarded from the fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds and will provide funds for the acquisition of additional long-lead material for the seven aircraft. Bell Boeing is expected to complete work on the contract in December 2018.The MV-22B Osprey is a tiltrotor V/STOL aircraft designed as the medium-lift replacement for the CH-46E Sea Knight assault support helicopter. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter or a turboprop aircraft and offers twice the speed, six times the range, and three times the payload of the CH-46E.Initial operational capability (IOC) for the MV-22B was declared in June 2007. The Osprey had three successful combat deployments in Iraq from October 2007 to April 2009 with VMM-263, VMM-162 and VMM-266 respectively. VMM-263 embarked on the first MV-22 shipboard deployment with the Bataan Ready Group in May 2009 as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).The Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants, surpassed the 400,000-flight hour milestone in November 2017.center_img View post tag: MV-22 Osprey Authorities View post tag: US Marineslast_img read more

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GARGIULO, ANTHONY

first_imgA funeral service was held May 25 at St. Aedan’s Church, Jersey City, for Anthony Gargiulo, 89. He passed away May 21. Son of Louis and Ausilia Gargiulo, Anthony was born and raised in Jersey City. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s Preparatory High School where he was a member of the 1945 County Championship Football Team. He was owner/CEO of Louis Gargiulo Company, which was established in 1938 and continues today.Anthony Gargiulo played an active role in many Hudson County community and charity organizations. He was a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Peter’s Prep for six years. He served on the Archdiocese Laity Committee of Newark. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Local 29, the Cement Finishers & Plasters Local, and Local 10, the Hudson County Bricklayers Local. He was president of the Board of Trustees at St. Francis Hospital where he served over fifteen years. He was a member of the statewide board for the Bricklayers Health Fund Union. He was honored as the United Way Man of the Year in 1984 for his contribution to the youth of Jersey City. Anthony was predeceased by his daughters Celia and Lisa Gargiulo and his sister Christina D’Elia. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Grace (nee Simeone); sisters Rosalie Maguire and Elizabeth Valanzola; sons Louis and Peter; daughters Michelina Cirello and her husband Alan, Maria-Grace DiCondina and her husband Tom, and Bettina Kretz and her husband Don; Proud grandfather of fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home and Cremation Company, Jersey City.last_img read more

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Press release: Matthew Rycroft joins DFID today as our new Permanent Secretary.

first_img General media queries (24 hours) Matthew Rycroft joins DFID today as our new Permanent Secretary.On welcoming Matthew, the Secretary of State said: Email [email protected] I am delighted to be joining DFID as your Permanent Secretary at this important time. DFID has a fantastic reputation and a crucial mission: to eradicate poverty. I believe in aid and also in international development more broadly. ‎As the UK leaves the EU, we need to consider‎ our strategic direction. I want us to think of ourselves as central to the British Government’s work, building partnerships to protect our country from long term threats, creating long term opportunities and promoting the UK around the world. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in my first weeks. Please tell me what you are proud of and what you would like to change. On joining DFID, Matthew Rycroft said:center_img Telephone 020 7023 0600 It’s fantastic to have Matthew starting as DFID’s new Permanent Secretary today – he brings to the role a deep dedication to international development, a truly global perspective and an understanding of how Britain’s security and prosperity depends upon our aid commitment. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Crouton and bread snacks supplier Chaucer acquired by Japanese firm

first_imgBread products and freeze-dried foods supplier Chaucer Food Group has been acquired by Japanese firm Nagatanien.Chaucer supplies bread products including crumb, soup and salad croutons, and bread-based snacks to businesses including Unilever, Heinz, Asda, Nestlé and Walkers. Based in Hull, it also produces the Hoots multigrain snack brand.Tokyo-based Nagatanien was described by Chaucer as the leader in instant and freeze-dried Japanese food. It plans to use the partnership with Chaucer to enter new markets and provide it with access to clean label products.Chaucer said the acquisition brings together two “well-established and successful businesses that share the same corporate philosophies and aligned strategies”. The deal is expected to enable Chaucer to further expand its global operations and take advantage of growth opportunities.Chaucer’ current management team will be retained, and CEO Andy Ducker will continue to lead the group.“We are delighted to be partnering with Nagatanien,” said Ducker. “They are a longstanding business and the leading brand in the Japanese market for premixed, instant and freeze-dried food.”He added that Chaucer was excited by the cross-selling and growth opportunities the partnership will open up.“From inception, Nagatanien’s corporate philosophy has been Aji-Hitosuji – translating to ‘naturally excellent taste’ – and this is perfectly aligned with our own attitude of producing healthy ingredients to meet the growing trend towards healthy eating and nutrition.“Nagatanien is very keen to support and invest in the Hull Bread business. We have a specific project for expansion next year and they are fully supportive of the investment. It’s an important part of the business.”last_img read more

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Tromp Group appoints new president

first_imgInternational bakery equipment manufacturer Tromp Group has promoted Richard van Heukelum to president of the company.Van Heukelum, who joined Tromp Group in 2015 as vice-president of sales and marketing, began his new role this month and succeeded his brother, Robert.He will manage the company’s day-to-day operations at its headquarters in Bunschoten, Netherlands, and will also combine his role with the sales and marketing departments.During his time at Tromp Group, van Heukelum has led expansion of the company’s international sales and global brand awareness.“Together we will move forward our focus and create more and more ambassadors, all over the world, using our superb and efficient production lines for the baking industry,” said van Heukelum.“I am very motivated to lead this great team of professionals.”last_img read more

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Artist discusses past experiences, future plans

first_imgArtist and filmmaker Jake Fernandez gave a lecture in the Riley Hall of Art and Design about his artistic journey and current projects Wednesday.Fernandez was born in Havana, Cuba, and received degrees from the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. He is best known for his durational art — artistic pieces that have implications of work done over time.Kathryne Robinson | The Observer “I have worked on things for 10, 20 and 30 years … building on one particular aspect or concept over a long period of time,” Fernandez said.Fernandez talked about how his journey as an artist began in his early childhood and how he became aware of the power of provocation and two-dimensional work at an early age.“My very first impression of the power of 2-D work was this very small black and white picture of Elvis Presley … in one of the national magazines,” Fernandez said. “It appeared almost animated.”He said in high school the constant repetition of painting still-life pieces gave him an understanding of technique at a young age. He said it was intuition that led to the realization of his desire to become an artist.“I don’t know that was something I strived for,” Fernandez said. “There was very little there to encourage me. I just had this feeling that that’s what I should be doing.”He said musicians and their styles of music had more of an influence on him than artists and painters due to the complexity and understatement of their work.“I would work in layers, one layer over the other, like [musician] Les Paul used to do with his multi-track recording,” Fernandez said.During the premature years of his career, Fernandez worked exclusively with texture and black and white. He said he restricted himself to black and white for five years because he believed “color starts to immediately define forms” and he wanted to tackle certain layers individually.“I decided to strip everything down and start working at one level at a time and try to understand painting,” Fernandez said. “I started working with texture to try and understand how that particular track felt and how it fit with what it was that I wanted to say.”Fernandez cited “plausible reality” as a recurring theme in his works and showed how most of his pieces displayed images that varied in appearance depending on the distance of the viewer. For example, his Hidden Mandala project conveys a pixilated effect from afar, but can be seen as a composition of squares of laminated wood when examined close-up.“Your mind is the one that connects those dots … you’ll see it in a very individual way,” Fernandez said. “What you see has a lot to do with individual perception, what you bring to it.”The artist said many of his pieces involve layers and collages, best seen in his duration art which is a fusion of concepts thought of years ago, and current ideas and perspectives. Remaining loyal to his early discovery of the power of provocation, Fernandez said he drew inspiration from parks in New York City and the Florida landscape to create collages and other forms of visual art.“I was interested in finding places that were very ordinary,” Fernandez said. “[I wanted to] turn it into something that was visually exciting and not just common.”Tags: artist lecture, Jake Fernandez, Snite Museumlast_img read more

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Virginia moves ahead with coal ash cleanups + Endangered woodpecker receives emergency help in Georgia

first_imgFirst step toward new natural area in NC’s McDowell County completeThe Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and North Carolina State Parks has completed the first land purchase of 1,500 acres for the new Bobs Creek State Natural Area. The new natural area is located about three miles from the town of Marion, NC and will eventually be open for hiking and other recreation uses. Bobs Creek State Natural Area contains forested lands of acidic cove, oak-hickory, and chestnut oak forests, as well as several rare plant species. The acquisition also protects over 13 miles of stream buffer along Bobs Creek and its tributaries. State natural areas are less developed than state parks and do not include campgrounds, visitor centers or picnic areas. State natural areas do allow from low-impact public uses, such as hiking and scientific research.Virginia moves ahead with coal ash cleanups as North Carolina lags behindThis week, Virginia announced a bipartisan agreement requiring Dominion Energy to excavate all coal ash from unlined waterfront lagoons in the state. The agreement requires the removal of 28 million tons of coal ash from unlined coal ash lagoons. The coal ash will be sent to dry, lined landfills or recycled into cement and concrete. The announcement comes just weeks before the anniversary of Duke Energy’s coal ash spill into the Dan River. Meanwhile in North Carolina, six unlined coal ash pit sites remain a point of contention. Because of enforcement action taken by citizen groups across the state, Duke Energy is required to excavate all the coal ash from eight of its 14 coal ash sites in the state. But at six sites, the company has persisted in leaving its coal ash in unlined pits by lakes, rivers and drinking water reservoirs. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has promised to make announcements in April 2019 concerning whether Duke Energy will be required to remove its coal ash from the unlined pits at these sites. Endangered woodpecker receives emergency help in GeorgiaThe endangered red-cockaded woodpecker has long taken refuge at Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area in Decatur County, GA. But when Hurricane Michael hit last October, the 116 mph winds took out almost half of Silver Lake’s 272 trees that housed red-cockaded woodpecker nests. The storm also left behind enough downed trees and tree limbs to threaten the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ ability to conduct prescribed fires, which help restore the bird’s habitats. To mitigate the loss of nest cavities that are vital to the survival of the woodpeckers, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has stepped up with a $100,000 grant, funded by Southern Company and International Paper. The recovery effort will also benefit other wildlife. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are a keystone species, providing habitat for other animals such as bobwhite quail, gopher tortoises and Bachman’s sparrows.last_img read more

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