Variability in hydrographic conditions to the east and northwest of South Georgia, 1996–2001

first_imgSix years of high-resolution hydrographic data from the eastern and northwestern sides of South Georgia (southwest Atlantic) are used to study the changing circulation and water mass properties of the region. One year of data from these locations was used previously to describe the oceanographic conditions at those times; using the much greater volume of data now available, we identify which features appear temporally robust and which are transient, and begin addressing topics relating to the forcing of the inter-annual variability and the potential consequences for the local ecosystem. Waters on the shelf and those over the adjacent deep ocean invariably have different hydrographic properties, though the transition between them can be abrupt or gradual. The onshelf/offshelf differences vary greatly from year to year, due to the combined influences of local and remote processes. There are several instances of strong physical coupling between the eastern and northwestern sides of South Georgia; this offers potential for distinguishing physically-induced ecosystems changes separately from biologically-induced ecosystems changes. On the northeast side of the shelf, close to Cumberland Bay, there is evidence of an often intense, but variable, cyclonic circulation that is the result of interaction with the local bathymetry. This may act as a retention mechanism, and enhance local productivity. Two examples of extreme cold anomalies are present in the series of measurements. One of these (in 2000/2001) affected a limited area at the eastern side of the region surveyed and was due to an intrusion of the Southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front. The other (in early 1998) was due to the combined effects of the passage of a large-scale ocean anomaly that had its origins upstream in the Pacific Ocean, and strong air/sea interaction. Both of these were associated with the strong 1997/1998 El Niño event. Whilst previous studies have observed a link between El Niño forcing and ocean response around South Georgia with a temporal lag of around 3 years, we observe a much more rapid response to the extremely strong 1997/1998 El Niño event. This indicates that the ocean and ecosystem around South Georgia are more immediately susceptible to extreme instances of remote climatic forcing than had been supposed.last_img read more

GB growth boosts Britvic

first_imgBritvic has seen its revenue increase 29.3% to £926.5m for the 52 weeks to 28 September 2008, compared with the same 2007/08 period. The figures incorporate a full 52-week contribution from Britvic Ireland of £200.7m.The sales in its Great Britain & International division represent a 4.8% increase over the 52 weeks, which has been put down to the growth in stills and carbonates in the GB market.A downturn in consumer spending, continued challenges in the licensed on-premise market and the poor summer weather have been noted as barriers to sales growth in the last year.Despite an overall decline in volume in the GB stills market of 2.7%, Britvic saw strong volume growth of 8.1%. Within the GB carbonates market, it increased its sales volume by 4.3%.Paul Moody, chief executive commented that the business had delivered a strong performance despite the challenges of current market conditions and rising raw material and energy costs. “The business has achieved good revenue growth, increased market volume and value share with tight cost control helping to deliver our target of increasing GB & International operating profit margin by at least 10-15 basis points,” said Moody. “Consequently, we expect to deliver earnings for the year in line with expectations.”[http://www.britvic.com]last_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“When I told her the posh chocolate biscuits had been listed in the press, she retorted ’well, you don’t expect me to eat Family Circle under this kind of pressure do you?’ No, I don’t, because she has been bang on in her judgment and the way she has handled our office accounts”- expenses scandal-hit Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries attributes a taxpayer cost of £34.38 for two packs of luxury biscuits to her office administrator Pippa, “who does have one flaw – biscuits”, after MPs expenses claims were made public”If I didn’t laugh I’d cry! It was an emotional journey for me. I did really need that money to pump into my business and I was kind of relying on it. But I’ve since bitten the bullet and taken out a bank loan to fund the renovations. It was a bit of a shock but I got over it after a couple of days – it’s just one of those things”- 33-year-old cake maker Rachel Edwards from Ecclesall puts on a brave face after banking on the prize money from appearing on Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal, but walking away as the show’s lowest ever prize winner, with just 17p of prize moneylast_img read more

BB Open Letter

first_imgTranslating sustainabilityWith regard to the 4 June issue, page 18, and the letter from Tony Fuller of Diamond T in response to Interbake’s editorial information on sustainability, there is a differential between economy and sustainability. In the article, it was quoted that wood pellet energy is 66% lower than natural gas and perhaps the article should have said ’up to 66% lower’ than natural gas, as price differentials vary according to the utility supplier, depending on geographical area and volume of gas supplied.The only way electricity can become environmentally sustainable that I know of is by solar power, hydro power or wind power, and the amount of energy required to fuel a commercial, electric baking oven from either of these sources to generate the kW loading needed would rely heavily upon environmental conditions is the sun shining or the wind blowing in the right direction, for example.Wood pellets are a by-product of the forestry industry and are a sustainable source of fuel. We are not growing or manufacturing fossil fuels, so our dependency upon them must be reduced for the future of mankind.As regards the heat loss from the flue after combustion, it is quite easy to have a heat exchanger strategically positioned within the flue to allow the energy trapped in the exhaust gases to be used to heat water. Hot water is used throughout a bakery’s production shift, especially for cleaning purposes, so any combustion flue can be utilised without a large capital expenditure to harvest the energy from a by product of the exhaust gases.In relation to sustainability, electric multideck oven manufacturers tell me that the life expectancy of a multideck electric oven is somewhere around 15 years before it becomes an uneconomical piece of equipment. The extremely robust construction of steam tube ovens, with their refractory material and heavy tiled soles, ensure an extremely long, low-cost maintenance life expectancy.David Dunne, Interbakelast_img read more

Mind Brain Behavior recognizes its undergrad Class of ’18

first_img Read Full Story The Mind Brain Behavior Initiative extended warm congratulations to its undergraduate Class of 2018 at a recognition ceremony held the morning of Wednesday, May 23 at the Harvard Faculty Club. Graduates included 48 seniors completing track or secondary field programs, the largest MBB class in 12 years and including the largest group of MBB secondary field graduates ever. The event included remarks by MBB Standing Committee co-chair Gennaro Chierchia (Haas Foundations Professor of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences), MBB Initiative Co-Director Albert Galaburda (Emily Fisher Landau Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School), MBB faculty member Edward Kravitz (George Packer Berry Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School), and graduating senior Jerry Nelluvelil.last_img read more

Several Departments Respond To Fully Engulfed Structure Fire

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) Pixabay Stock ImageNAPOLI – Several fire departments in Cattaraugus County are responding to a “fully engulfed” structure fire Saturday night.Crews were dispatched to 9741 Route 242 just after 9 p.m. Firefighters from Randolph, Little Valley and Ellicottville are among the departments responding.When crews first arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames were spotted coming from the structure. Crews immediately requested further assistance to help fight the fire.It is unclear if residents were inside at the time of the fire.This is a developing story and will be updated.last_img read more

James Wyant Wins PBS Leadership Award

first_imgJames A. Wyant of Pointe Claire, Quebec, a member of the Vermont PublicTelevision board of directors and chair of VPT’s Canadian charitableorganization, was honored with the 2003 Public Television LeadershipAward. John King, president of Vermont Public Television, presented theaward to him Oct. 4 at the PBS Development Conference in Denver, Colo.The prestigious national award honors volunteers each year for exceptionalwork on behalf of public television. He is the first Canadian to win theaward. Wyant’s wife, Maureen, herself a longtime volunteer for VPT,attended the ceremony.Besides his board work, Wyant hosts fundraising events, opens doors tocorporate support and recruits individual contributions. He is VPT’s mostgenerous individual donor as well.In his highest profile effort of the year, Wyant worked with VPT staff togenerate the idea and raise funds to broadcast a concert by the MontrealChamber Orchestra to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.The concert of the Faure Requiem, which featured the Sainte-Anne Singers,aired in September. A second program with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra,featuring pieces not seen in the previous broadcast, will air Wednesday,Nov. 26, at 10:30 p.m. It includes Hofmann’s Sinfonia in F major and J.C.Bach’s Sinfonia in B-flat Major, Opus 3, No. 4.VPT’s John King said, “Jim is a one-man ambassador who bridges the borderbetween Vermont and Quebec. We are proud of him and deeply grateful forhis devotion to Vermont Public Television.”last_img read more

Garmont leaving Vermont for Oregon

first_imgGarmont North America has announced the relocation of its North American headquarters to the outdoor and footwear capitol of Portland, Oregon.Garmont is a global market leader in outdoor and snowsports footwear, known worldwide for pushing the limits of performance and design.  Their exceptional product line includes awardQwinning alpine, alpine touring and telemark ski boots; and outdoor footwear for mountaineering, backpacking, hiking and trail sports.  The goal of the relocation is to elevate the brand’s profile in the North American outdoor market, and to tap into the strategic benefits of proximity to other brands and retailers in the region.‘Garmont is a vibrant and healthy company, with an unmatched historical reputation for both performance and innovation,’ said David Fee, president of Garmont.   ‘This move will reposition the brand in the North American market, elevating both the company and the product to a new level of success.’The move will begin immediately and will be completed prior to the end of 2011. All Garmont N.A. operations will be relocated, including their distributed brands of Bridgedale socks and LifeQLink backcountry equipment.   Garmont is also announcing the promotion of Joshua Gibbs to Vice President of Sales and Patrick O’Neil to Chief Operating Officer.  Both Gibbs and O’Neil will relocate with Garmont to Portland, Oregon.According to Vermont Business Magazine, Garmont has 21 employees.Garmont will also retain its sales rep force, saying it has one of the most experienced and effective sales teams in the outdoor industry.‘This is an exciting new chapter for the Garmont brand, as the move will bring Garmont in closer contact with the outdoor market in ways that can best satisfy North American needs,’ said Achille Morlin, Owner and President of Garmont SRLBased in northern Italy, in the picturesque foothills of Volpago del Montello, Garmont’s roots date back to 1867.  For five generations, the Morlin family has designed and built technical boots inspired by the rocky terrain of the Dolomites.   The historic Garmont brand was relaunched in 1991 by Calzaturificio Morlin as a fourQseason technical footwear and ski boot brand.   Garmont North America was founded in 1996.Garmont’s decision to relocate was an extensive, deliberate process, and included evaluation of several possible regions with similar character to the brand’s northern Italian base.  Portland’s progressive business climate, proximity to footwear industry giants and innovators, and yearQround access to worldQclass hiking, climbing and skiing destinations made it an ideal match.Garmont is working with the Portland Development Commission to identify and implement the resources required for a successful transition.In hiking, Garmont’s rising prominence was recently highlighted as the Zenith Mid GTX was named to the 2011 Gear of the Year list by Outside, America’s leading active lifestyle magazine.  Winning the ‘Light Hiking’ category, the Garmont Zenith Mid GTX will appear in the magazine’s Spring/Summer Buyers Guide, with a circulation of more than 1.3 million readers. In skiing, Garmont’s recent accomplishments include the introduction of the PowerFrame Freeride AT collection for fall 2011 QQ an unparalleled package of fit, features, and touring function.   The collection established an entirely new class of boots, blending superior alpine performance with full uphill capability, and reinforcing Garmont’s leadership position in the rapidly growing world of alpine touring ‘ the fastest growing category of boots in the alpine ski world.ABOUT GARMONT:  Pushing the limits of performance and design, Garmont is known worldwide for the creation of highQperformance ski boots and technical outdoor footwear.   Their exceptional product line includes awardQwinning alpine, alpine touring and telemark ski boots; and outdoor footwear for mountaineering, backpacking, hiking and trail sports.  For more information on Garmont and their diverse collection of performance designs, please visit www.garmontusa.com(link is external). WILLISTON, VERMONT (July 27, 2011) ‘last_img read more

2 Long Island Hospitals Designated for Ebola Treatment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Out of the eight New York hospitals designated to handle potential Ebola patients, two are on Long Island: Stony Brook University Hospital and the North Shore LIJ, state officials announced Thursday.But North Shore LIJ has yet to identify which one of its 17 locations will receive that designation, its spokeswoman said. When the health system will make that determination is also unknown.Part of the agreement with the state required both hospitals to have created special isolation units to treat the infection.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state health and transportation officials convening in New York City briefed the media Thursday regarding the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. They also used the platform to urge calm, noting that the anxiety level has far surpassed the actual gravity of the situation.“I believe people are much more anxious and there’s a semi-hysteria about it, which is understandable,” Cuomo said. “But it is not backed up by the numbers or the probability or the facts that we have at this time. But I understand why people are afraid.”To date, only three people—a Liberian man who eventually died and two nurses who treated him in Dallas—have been diagnosed in the US. Still, missteps made by the hospital in Dallas have forced officials nationwide to re-examine their protocols when dealing with such a deadly infectious disease as Ebola.Related: Yale student monitored for Ebola-like symptoms at Connecticut hospitalDr. Howard A. Zucker, New York State Health Department’s acting commissioner, said that starting next week his staff will visit hospitals throughout the state to examine their protocols.He said the health department is working closely with physicians and other health professionals so they’re better prepared to recognize a potential Ebola patient.Zucker also said he’s issued a “Commissioner’s Order” to all New York hospitals and medical centers requiring they follow proper protocols for identification, isolation and evaluation of potential patients. All health systems are mandated to properly train their workers with regard to safely donning and removing their personal protective equipment, he said.Cuomo said both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the MTA is working with employees to make sure they have the necessary equipment and training to protect themselves. Unannounced drills that have already taken place at hospitals and college campuses will be expanded to include the subway and other transit systems, he said.“This is not in their job description, it’s not what you sign up for when you sign up to be a transit worker, but everyone has responded admirably,” Cuomo said.Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye noted that since US Customs and Border Protection agents have been screening travelers arriving at JFK from three Western African nations—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—none have been identified as having Ebola. (Foye also said that an Air Afrik passenger who died Thursday morning on board the plane while it was en route to JFK had suffered from cardiac arrest. His death “was no way related to the Ebola virus,” he said.)CBP agents, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are escorting all the travelers from the Ebola-infected countries to a private area where they have their temperature taken. If passengers are visibly showing other symptoms, they are then referred to the CDC for a public health assessment.The Port Authority has been directed by Cuomo to coordinate efforts with each international state airport, issuing advice and best practices, Foye said. The partnership with these airports will commence immediately, he said.Cuomo said the state is implementing these steps out of an abundance of caution.“I would rather that than the alternative, which is we’re unprepared,” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing here. We’re preparing if the situation presents itself.”While acknowledging that “Ebola is a frightening disease,” he said there’s no reason for undue anxiety among the public. “There’s no reason to panic,” he said.Cuomo, sounding confident, said there’s no state more prepared in the country to handle a “situation like this.”Commissioner Zucker reminded the public to get a flu shot so doctors can rule out that virus out and then focus on a possible Ebola infection, prompting Cuomo to respond:“I’m getting mine right away, I’m one of those anxious types!”List of designated hospitals:Mt. Sinai in ManhattanNew York Presbyterian in ManhattanBellevue in ManhattanMontefiore in the BronxNorth Shore/LIJ Health System in Nassau CountyUpstate University Hospital in SyracuseUniversity of Rochester Medical Center in RochesterStony Brook University Hospital on Long Islandlast_img read more

Bringing life to new ideas through credit union partnerships

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Helminak “Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.” -Franklin D. RooseveltCompetition within the financial marketplace has never been more intense. With the continual rise of new startups, technology and innovation, credit unions must find ways to compete in this race towards consumer relevancy.As credit unions juggle new priorities and explore ways to evolve within that marketplace, there’s an engrained, but often overlooked solution, that is changing the game for credit unions like Conexus Credit Union and Innovation Credit Union: cooperative innovation.Allies in innovationIn 2014, Conexus Credit Union and Innovation Credit Union realized they had similar needs in an overlapping market – both were looking for a reliable, internal source for financial services innovation to better serve their members and keep up with the ever-evolving needs of their Saskatchewan communities, citizens and businesses.Commonly in the system, cooperation is used between credit unions or service organizations to create efficiencies and share services.  But in this instance, Conexus and Innovation realized they could combine powers to create new pathways for innovation.Both credit unions agreed to collaborate with the Filene Research Institute to launch an innovation group utilizing the Filene Method of innovation. Each credit union dedicated staff and resources to form small groups and explore various problems their members and communities are facing.The program – modeled after Filene’s established i3 program – took approximately seven months to complete and the ultimate goal was to have the small groups research, formulate and pitch their ideas to the leadership of both credit unions in the fall of 2014.Results in collaborationAfter the dust settled, both credit unions realized value and success through their partnership. By the end of the project, two ideas put forth by the small groups were ready to progress into the building and implementation stages at both credit unions.The two ideas included “CU Grow”, a program for entrepreneurs to partner with their credit union in growing their businesses outside traditional channels, and “Travel Mate,” a comprehensive travel service for members that provides financial security and access while traveling.Future collaboration between Conexus and Innovation is expected to not just continue but expand, as both credit unions are making a long-term commitment to the partnership and to building out their collaborative innovation process.Conexus CEO, Eric Dillon shared, “we are dedicating resources to ensure our efforts can continue in 2015 and beyond, and look forward to continuing to working with Filene as we grow our innovation culture from what we learned. This experience has created positive impact on our strategy and culture which will ultimately lead to even stronger outcomes for our members.”Cooperation: our not-so-secret weaponA recent Filene report, “Addressing the Growth Revenue Challenge”, noted that only a quarter of credit union leaders surveyed feel that building new products to attract new members is a priority, and only a third are prioritizing new products for existing members.At the same time, new regulatory and compliance issues are shifting credit unions’ focus away from the need to foster innovation and implement it within internal processes.For more than 150 years, credit unions have used our cooperative model to build a unique niche within the marketplace and better the lives of members.By flexing their cooperative muscle, credit unions can still find ways to work together to create radical innovations and disrupt the marketplace together for years to come. But before we can do that, we need leaders like those at Conexus and Innovation Credit Unions to look beyond competition and realize the mutual value in collaboration. Chad is the Director of DE and Cooperative Culture at the National Credit Union Foundation. In this role he leads the Foundation’s signature Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program … Web: www.ncuf.coop Detailslast_img read more