An assessment of the utility of an acoustic Doppler current profiler for biomass estimation

first_imgAcoustic Dopplerd current profilers (ADCPs) are being used increasingly to derive estimates of zooplankton and micronekton abundance. The absence of a practical means for users to perform ADCP calibration, however, makes the quantitative value of this approach questionable. In an attemptto evaluate ADCP-derived volume backscattering strength (Sv) data, and hence to assess the utility of such measurements for biomass estimation, a regularly calibrated Simrad EK500 scientific echo-sounder (operating at 38, 120 and 200 kHz) and an RDI narrow-band ADCP (153.6 kHz) were similarly configured and run in synchrony on a transect in the Southern Ocean. Data were collected by both instruments from congruent depth (4 m) and time (2 min) bins in order to allow direct comparison of numerous discrete values without the need for further signal averaging. Echoes were recorded from the Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba,in deep-ocean and on-shelf locations during day and night. ADCP-derived volume back scattering strength data from shallow, evenly distributed krill targets were well correlated with equivalent data from the EK500 (r2>0.98), and the offsets between instruments conformed to those predicted for their respective operating frequencies by a theoretical model of sound scattering by krill (H0: Sv 153.6 kHz=Sv 120 kHz+2.3 dB, ). Data from deeper, more irregularly distributed targets differed significantly (P<0.001). We conclude that under some ideal, but probably rare, circumstances data from the ADCP can be used to derive biomass estimates. The numerous uncertainties surrounding ADCP calibration and the current practical impossibility for users to monitor system performance should, however, preclude these instruments from being used as a matter of course to determine abundance estimates, a task that we believe should remain firmly within the domain of a well calibrated scientific echo sounder.last_img read more

Submission of bid in Nigeria’s 2020 Marginal Field Round

first_imgThe Company expects the Bid Round to be concluded by the end of Q4 2020 and will update the market in due course. ADM Energy submits formal bid in Nigeria’s 2020 Marginal Field Round. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Further to the announcement of 3 August 2020, ADM Energy, a natural resources investing company, is pleased to announce that it has formally submitted a bid with the Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources (“DPR”) for a marginal field in the 2020 Marginal Field Bid Round (“Bid Round”).A total of 57 marginal fields are available to participating companies covering onshore, swamp and shallow offshore fields. ADM is participating in the Bid Round as a strategic partner of OilBank International Limited (“OilBank”), a Nigerian integrated oil and gas service management company. The submission follows ADM and OilBank pre-qualifying for the Bid Round and concludes the second stage of the process. The Company expects the Bid Round to be concluded by the end of Q4 2020 and will update the market in due course.Osamede Okhomina, CEO of ADM Energy plc, said: “Following a rigorous appraisal process, we are pleased to have officially submitted our bid alongside OilBank for a marginal field in Nigeria. This bid round – the first since 2003 – is significant as the fields now available will shape the future of oil production in the country for many years to come. We believe ADM is unqiuely positioned to drive this growth owing to our intimate knowledge of the region, local contacts and access to development capital. I look forward to updating shareholders as soon as practicable.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

CMF: 132 kg of heroin found in another drug bust

first_img View post tag: HMAS Warramunga Back to overview,Home naval-today CMF: 132 kg of heroin found in another drug bust Authorities Share this article View post tag: CMF View post tag: Seizurecenter_img CMF: 132 kg of heroin found in another drug bust View post tag: Heroin Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) continued its recent string of success by seizing 132 kgs of heroin in the Arabian Sea on March 6.Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Warramunga boarded her third vessel in just four days, interdicting over USD 30 million worth of heroin.Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, CMF’s counter-terrorism and maritime security task force seized 12,216 kgs of hashish and 132 kgs of heroin from 3-6 March in the Arabian Sea. This latest haul means that CMF has now seized over 1,600 kgs of heroin, worth over USD 380 million in under twelve weeks.HMAS Warramunga’s MH 60 Romeo helicopter was conducting routine aerial surveillance in the Arabian Sea when it detected a vessel of interest. HMAS Warramunga approached the dhow in international waters and upon investigation CTF 150 authorised a non-destructive search of the dhow. During that search, the boarding team located heroin valued over USD 30 million. Once the search was completed, the heroine was cataloged and destroyed safely at sea.Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Mal Wise, Royal Australian Navy, spoke of the impact that the seizure will have: “The illicit drug trade has had a profound effect on the lives of the people in East Africa. We know that heroin seizures like today’s will have a direct impact on the operations of terrorist organizations at distribution points in East Africa. Removing heroin from circulation reduces the funding resources available for terrorists, which then reduces their ability to inflict suffering on the communities in East Africa.”CTF 150, as part of CMF, supported by international agencies such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, seeks to disrupt smuggling networks transferring illicit narcotics from Central Asia, through to East Africa. March 9, 2018last_img read more

News story: Work under way on Phase One of HS2 a year on from Royal Assent

first_img Since Royal Assent there has been significant progress at HS2 in developing our capability to deliver Europe’s largest infrastructure project, and our focus is on designing and preparing the way for the new railway. Over the last year HS2 has awarded major contracts that will support 14,000 jobs, the National College for High Speed Rail opened its doors to train the future members of our industry, all alongside a major programme of early works. As construction work continues to ramp up, we remain acutely aware of our responsibilities to those communities that we impact. Minimising disruption is at the heart of our design, while we retain our aim of creating a ‘green corridor’ consisting of new woodland, wildlife habitats and new amenity facilities to leave a lasting legacy of high quality green spaces all along the route, including the planting of 7 million trees. Just one year after Her Majesty the Queen granted Royal Assent for Phase One of HS2, significant work is under way in preparation for Britain’s new high speed railway line, with over £13 million of homeowner payments still available for those living along the route.The government is encouraging eligible homeowners in rural areas to apply for a payment under the Homeowner Payment (HOP) scheme which launched on February 23 last year — the same day that Parliament approved the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Hybrid Bill.HS2 promotional slide set videoThe scheme was set up as a way of sharing the future economic benefits of the railway with local people. Over £7 million of payments have already been made under the HOP scheme, with more than £13 million still to be claimed.Nusrat Ghani, HS2 Minister, said: Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Construction has already begun along the Phase One route, which will run from London to the West Midlands and is due to be mostly completed by 2025. The first train services are expected to run on the line from 2026.Enabling work has already begun, contracts for the main civil engineering works including bridges, tunnels, embankments, viaducts and station designs have been awarded, and procurement of the Euston master development partner and London stations, rolling stock and rail systems contracts are under way.In addition, £70 million of funding has begun to be distributed to those affected by the railway construction, with more funding available for communities and businesses.Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 HS2 and major projects media enquiries on the first anniversary of Royal Assent for Phase One of HS2 (23 February 2018), work is under way between London and the West Midlands to build Britain’s future railway £70 million of funding has begun to be distributed to those affected by the railway construction over £13 million of homeowner payments remain unclaimed and are still available for those living near the Phase One route in rural areascenter_img HS2 will create around 25,000 jobs during construction as well as 2,000 apprenticeships. It will also support growth in the wider economy, worth an additional 100,000 jobs. enabling works are under way in various locations along the line of route — these include archaeological work uncovering the hidden history of Britain, extensive environmental works to mitigate the impact of the railway on the countryside, site clearance and essential utility works first recipients of the £40 million Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) have been awarded funding for projects along the Phase One line of route, with a further £5 million made available for communities along the HS2 Phase 2a route from the West Midlands to Crewe allocations for local authorities under the £30 million Road Safety Fund have been announced, delivering high quality road and cycle safety projects to ensure that England’s roads remain among the safest in the world the £5 million Woodland Fund has opened for applications, helping local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and enhance existing woodland sites main works civils contracts worth an estimated £6.6 billion awarded to construct the bridges, tunnels, embankments and viaducts needed to drive economic growth and provide seamless journeys station design contracts have been awarded, appointing leading creative firms to ensure passengers on our world-class railway will experience modern and accessible stations procurement processes are under way for the Euston master development partner, London stations construction contracts, rolling stock contract and rail systems contracts land assembly programme is under way first temporary track closures necessary for the on-network works have taken place Old Oak Common depot decommissioning is under way Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Since Royal Assent: HS2 will be the backbone of our national rail network – improving vital links between some of our biggest cities, driving forward economic growth and regeneration and helping us build a Britain fit for the future. One year on from Royal Assent we are making real progress, with significant contracts boosting jobs and prosperity whilst we ensure the new railway is not limited to providing faster, better journeys for passengers, but leaves a lasting legacy of improvements along the route for generations to come. Over £7million has already been paid to homeowners living near Phase One of the route under the HOP scheme. I urge those who are eligible to take full advantage of the £13 million still available under the scheme to ensure the future economic benefits of the railway are shared with rural communities affected by the line.last_img read more

Press release: ‘UNIQUE’ 18TH CENTURY WATERCOLOUR PAINTING AT RISK OF EXPORT

first_imgMiniature painting deemed to be of significant cultural interest Artwork depicts a traditional musical performance in mid-18th century Northern India I hope that this piece can be kept in the UK, not only for its beauty, but to help further the study of Indian art and history. The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. www.artscouncil.org.uk. In the event of a UK sale, VAT would not be payable on this item. Nainsukh’s artistic influence has been felt around the world for generations and this piece demonstrates the outstanding aesthetic importance of his work. The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, administered by The Arts Council. They made their recommendation on the grounds that the painting is of outstanding aesthetic importance and of significant use in the study of Indian history.The decision on the export licence application for the painting will be deferred until 15 February 2019. This may be extended until 15 May 2019 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase it is made at the recommended price of £550,000.Organisations or individuals interested in purchasing the artwork should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.Offers from public bodies for less than the recommended price through the private treaty sale arrangements, where appropriate, may also be considered by Michael Ellis. Such purchases frequently offer substantial financial benefit to a public institution wishing to acquire the item.ENDSNotes to editors A ‘unique’ watercolour painting depicting a traditional musical performance in mid-18th century Northern India is at risk of export unless a UK buyer is found for the £550,000 piece.‘Trumpeters’ by Nainsukh of Guler (1710-1778) has been blocked from export by Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the UK.The delicate miniature, described by experts as of a ‘rarely found calibre’, shows seven village musicians on a terrace, striking differing poses and faces, while energetically blowing the exceptionally long Pahari horns called Turhi, in the hill region of Northern India. It is a fine example of Nainsukh of Guler’s trademark gift of detailed observation and complex directional composition.The artist is considered to be one of the most acclaimed of the Pahari (Hills) movement, which were a major and popular genre of Indian miniature painting during the period. Some of his other works are exhibited in public collections in the UK, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum.The miniature is an example of the colour and light of India which inspired its first owner, renowned artist Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981), whose works have been exhibited in world leading galleries including the Tate.Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said:center_img Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest member Peter Barber said: Brief description of the item: Indian miniature painting of a group of seven trumpeters. Opaque watercolour on paper, 16.3 x 23.7c. By Nainsukh of Guler (1710-1778) circa 1735-1740. Nainsukh of Guler’s beautiful miniature of musicians is a masterpiece unparalleled in North Indian art. But the exuberant gestures and puffed-out cheeks of the trumpeters bear a remarkable resemblance to the trumpeters depicted some 300 years earlier by the Italian Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) in his series of paintings, now in Hampton Court, showing the Triumph of Caesar. These paintings were repeatedly reproduced as prints over the coming centuries, initially by Mantegna himself. Did Nainsukh see, and was he influenced, by the prints when preparing this watercolour? The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest is an independent body, serviced by The Arts Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on whether a cultural object, intended for export, is of national importance under specified criteria. The export bar offers a British gallery, museum or library the opportunity to acquire this painting. Like the Mantegnas, it would then remain, and be enjoyed, in this country and the connections between two great works of Asian and European arts could be further investigated”.last_img read more

Thirteen-shop Bradfords Bakers folds

first_imgGlasgow-based Bradfords Bakers has gone into liquidation, with around 100 jobs at risk, it has been reported.The family-owned and operated business, founded in 1924, has 13 outlets, however it has been said that its gift website and Bakery ATM cake vending machine would still continue to trade.It is thought the liquidators – Grainger Corporate – were called in following action from creditors, according to the BBC.A spokesperson was quoted as saying: “It has been a pleasure to serve the Glasgow public through our branches, but we regret that due to the impact of increasing costs and adverse trading conditions we were unable to continue despite our best efforts following action from creditors.”Check back for the latest updates on this story.last_img

Peel & Stone opens first retail site

first_imgArtisan bakery Peel & Stone is set to open its first retail-focused site in Harborne, Birmingham.The company runs a wholesale bakery in Birmingham, which has a limited retail function, selling sandwiches and bread. The new venture in Harborne will allow the company to have a store focused entirely on retail.Dave Finn, wholesale manager at Peel & Stone, said: “There will be bread and cakes, and we will be baking all of both on site.”The bakery aims to employ five or six members of staff, but an exact date has not been set for the opening as yet.Finn explained: “We’re going into an old building, so small problems crop up here and there.”He added that Peel & Stone did not currently have any further expansion plans in the pipeline, aiming for quality over quantity.He said: “We’re a young company and I think we’ve learned that we do one thing and we do it well. We’re in it for the long term.”Peel & Stone specialises in producing slowly leavened bread without additives. It also produces a range of rustic sweet treats, including chocolate brownies and seasonal fruit pies.last_img read more

New York Courts Snowmobiling Tourists With Free Weekend

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.ALBANY — New York is courting winter tourists with a fee-free weekend for out-of-state snowmobilers.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the plan Sunday at Saranac Lake. Fees will be waived March 14 and 15 for Canadian and other out-of-state visitors with registered, insured vehicles.New York State Snowmobile Association President Rosanne Warner says a lack of snow has made it tough to get the state’s more than 10,000 miles of trails ready this season. The state has committed $4.2 million in grants for trail maintenance and grooming, funded by snowmobile registration fees.Registration is $100 a year, or $45 with membership in a snowmobile club. Cuomo’s office says winter tourism generates nearly $14.4 billion in direct visitor spending.last_img read more

Poland’s Government Resists a Clean-Energy Transition

first_imgPoland’s Government Resists a Clean-Energy Transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Konrad Krasuski for Bloomberg News:The government’s position is unapologetic: While backing coal, it also seeks to reduce subsidies for renewable energy, which needs to “stand on its own feet,” Piotr Naimski, Szydlo’s leading energy security adviser, said last week. The governing Law & Justice party also introduced a bill to parliament that would require more distance between wind parks and homes, making new investments in such energy more difficult.The Polish renewable energy lobby says the four-month-old leadership in Warsaw is missing a trick.“The growing conflict between energy policy in Poland and the rest of the EU may prompt more companies to build up their own green power resources here or to import clean electricity,” said Beata Wiszniewska, managing director of the group. “Poland is being barred from participation in the current global energy revolution.”Yet with demand from corporate clients, which typically accounts for three-quarters of customers, utilities say they are being forced to adapt.PGE SA, the utility that operates Belchatow lignite-coal power plant, the EU’s largest polluter, plans to reduce carbon emissions by a quarter by 2030. Tauron Polska Energia SA, 94 percent of whose generation comes from coal, has been increasing green power sales for 2016.Under EU law, large consumers must reduce their carbon footprints, or the amount of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere. They purchase clean energy and either consume it or sell it back to the grid to offset their consumption of coal-fired electricity.“Polish coal will remain the dominant energy source for years,” Bartlomiej Kubicki, an analyst at Societe Generale SA in Warsaw, said in e-mail. “But pressure is mounting for renewables as corporate customers seek to reduce their carbon footprints.”In Land of Europe’s Dirtiest Power, Companies Stage a Revolutionlast_img read more

Chilean Officer Stands Out at U.S. Naval War College

first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo September 18, 2018 Chilean Navy Commander Sergio Gómez took on the role of instructor through the U.S. Naval War College (USNWC), teaching U.S. military students. The Chilean Navy officer will deliver several courses and participate in humanitarian aid conferences in military and civil institutions until 2019. The Chilean officer began teaching as part of his studies at USNWC’s Naval Command College (NCC), and carries on as a military guest professor of the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response program of USNWC’s College of Maritime Operational Warfare. Cmdr. Gómez is the 39th Chilean Navy officer to graduate from USNWC. The goal of the academic exchange is to generate trust, cooperation, and promote interoperability between foreign and U.S. officers. The program enables officers to acquire a common understanding of global challenges in the defense and security sectors, becoming multiplying forces and sharing the knowledge with counterparts and future experts. “The main goal is to promote a wide range of visions and experiences to enrich academic debate,” said Chilean Navy Commander Alberto Guerrero García, who graduated from NCC in 2017. “As one of my professors said, ‘once students finish the course, they see and understand the world in a different light.’” Strong curriculum Cmdr. Gómez graduated from NCC with honors, after an 11-month course for high-ranking officers from armed forces worldwide. On June 15, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis led the graduation ceremony for 103 international officers and 323 students of U.S. military institutions and security agencies. Along with Cmdr. Gómez, Latin American officers from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic Haiti, Mexico, and Peru formed the 2018 class. “My experience as a USNWC student, specifically at NCC, was fascinating,” Cmdr. Gómez told Diálogo. “First of all, interacting with and getting to know classmates from 50 different countries is a unique opportunity to make professional and personal friendships for life. Secondly, it’s been a chance to receive a top-notch academic education from world-class professors with a strong and up-to-date curriculum from USNWC.” NCC’s curriculum consists of three main courses in joint military operations, national security decision-making, and strategy and policy development. During the courses, students analyze in depth the operational and strategic levels of war, detailing the role of military forces and focusing on strategic leadership, among other topics. Students also take part in field studies in different U.S. government and academic institutions. “The international USNWC program is a worldwide, unique initiative that combines a demanding academic program with a strong cultural exchange component and professional experiences with officers from all over the world,” Cmdr. Guerrero told Diálogo. “In my opinion, this exchange is purely beneficial to our institution and the country, creating a virtuous cycle that boosts our officers’ professional training while strengthening international relationships at an institutional level.” Close collaboration In mid-April, as part of the exchange, Cmdr. Gómez taught a series of humanitarian response courses at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program. The course ended with a simulated scenario of a humanitarian operation in a country in conflict, with the officer playing the role of a Chilean military delegation sent on a humanitarian aid mission. In mid-August, the officer took part in USNWC’s Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop, organized by Brown University. More than 100 international experts and officers, as well as dozens of civil organizations and military institutions, participated in the conference, which promoted civil-military cooperation in cases of disaster and crisis. “As a military guest professor in the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response program, I was able to interact with the U.S. academic world by participating in workshops, simulations, and meetings with Harvard, Brown, Yale, and MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] universities, and also the United Nations,” Cmdr. Gómez said. “My hope is to contribute to the training of military and civilian students in different academic organizations from the perspective of a foreign country and my 24-year experience in the Chilean Navy.” The Chilean Navy has a long history of academic exchanges with USNWC. Created in 1884 in Newport, Rhode Island, the U.S. naval academy is the oldest in the world. In 1956, USNWC inaugurated NCC with 23 students, including a Chilean officer—a close exchange with the South American nation ensued. “Close collaboration not only in the operational area, but also in the academic field, allowed both navies to operate and collaborate in multiple occasions and scenarios,” Cmdr. Gómez concluded. “I believe it’s fair to highlight my predecessors’ legacy in terms of their contribution to USNWC activities not only as students, but also as educators, earning prestige for the Chilean Navy and honoring the name of our country.”last_img read more