Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage (COMICS): fieldwork, synthesis and modelling efforts

first_imgThe ocean’s biological carbon pump plays a central role in regulating atmospheric CO2 levels. In particular, the depth at which sinking organic carbon is broken down and respired in the mesopelagic zone is critical, with deeper remineralisation resulting in greater carbon storage. Until recently, however, a balanced budget of the supply and consumption of organic carbon in the mesopelagic had not been constructed in any region of the ocean, and the processes controlling organic carbon turnover are still poorly understood. Large-scale data syntheses suggest that a wide range of factors can influence remineralisation depth including upper-ocean ecological interactions, and interior dissolved oxygen concentration and temperature. However these analyses do not provide a mechanistic understanding of remineralisation, which increases the challenge of appropriately modelling the mesopelagic carbon dynamics. In light of this, the UK Natural Environment Research Council has funded a programme with this mechanistic understanding as its aim, drawing targeted fieldwork right through to implementation of a new parameterisation for mesopelagic remineralisation within an IPCC class global biogeochemical model. The Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage (COMICS) programme will deliver new insights into the processes of carbon cycling in the mesopelagic zone and how these influence ocean carbon storage. Here we outline the programme’s rationale, its goals, planned fieldwork and modelling activities, with the aim of stimulating international collaboration.last_img read more

US, ROK Navy Diving Experts Complete Salvage Exercise

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US, ROK Navy Diving Experts Complete Salvage Exercise Share this article U.S. Navy and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy diving and salvage experts wrapped up two weeks of advanced training during Salvage Exercise (SALVEX) Korea 2015, March 14.Building on thirty years of partnership since SALVEX Korea began in 1985, approximately 180 U.S. and ROK navy personnel conducted a series of advanced combined salvage operations, both in-port and at-sea. Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 embarked aboard the rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) sharpened skills with ROKN counterparts from Salvage Squadron (SALVORON) 55 embarked on their diving and salvage ship ROKS Pyongtaek (ATS 27).Training focused on combined diving operations, heavy lift procedures, and for the first time this year, a two-day salvage operations conference to discuss bilateral certification procedures and coordination. For the capstone event, Salvor and Pyongtaek teamed up in a real-world salvage operation to conduct bow-lifts of a 30-ton fishing vessel on an underwater training range near Chinhae, Korea. This highly complex evolution highlighted the continued importance of diving and salvage interoperability between the U.S. and ROK navies.SALVEX Korea 2015 is part of Exercise Foal Eagle — an umbrella of regularly-scheduled, annual exercises that are the culmination of many months of planning and based on realistic training scenarios. The naval portion of the Foal Eagle exercises take place in international waters around South Korea and features a full spectrum of maritime operations.[mappress mapid=”15406″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Exercise View post tag: News by topic US, ROK Navy Diving Experts Complete Salvage Exercise Authorities View post tag: completecenter_img View post tag: ROK March 17, 2015 View post tag: asia View post tag: Navies View post tag: Salvage View post tag: US View post tag: Navylast_img read more

HERO Campaign Walk-Run: Fun Way to Deliver Serious Message

first_imgBy Tim KellyOcean City and the HERO Campaign are perfect together.“It’s been a wonderful partnership,” said Bill Elliott, founder and CEO of the organization that prevents drunken driving by promoting the use of designated drivers. “There is nothing we could have wished for that Ocean City hasn’t provided. And really, to be out on a fall morning on the Ocean City Boardwalk with so many friends and supporters, what could be better?”More than 1,000 participants are expected this weekend for the Eighth Annual John R. Elliott HERO Walk and 5 Kilometer Run on the Boardwalk. More than twice that number will be on hand to cheer the walkers and runners and partake in the many activities associated with the event. A major fundraiser to aid the HERO Campaign, the walk and run takes place this Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at the Ocean City Civic Center, located just off the Boardwalk at 6th Street. The competitive running portion, now in its second year, steps off at 9:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 11 a.m. Registration for both the run and the walk begins inside the Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.Those who wish to skip the registration line, as more than 500 people did already as of Monday afternoon, may pre-register on the organization’s website at Male and female winners of the run will be awarded with $100 gift cards from Olympia Sports in Somers Point and the Sneaker Shop in Ocean City, respectively. There will also be age group awards and other prizes, music, a face painter and balloon sculptor for the kids and many other highlights.Everything takes place on the Boardwalk this year. Due to a reconstruction project on the Boardwalk last year, the race had to be detoured onto the streets of the Gardens section of town. This year, everyone will be participating in the same location.“It’s a fun family event, but one with a serious message,” Elliott said. A roadside memorial marks where Ensign John Elliott was killed by a drunken driver in Pittsgrove, Salem County. (Photo courtesy of HERO Campaign)Born of tragedy, the HERO Campaign has grown into a leading force to wipe out drunken driving in the United States. In July 2000, Bill Elliott’s son, Ensign John R. Elliott, was driving to his South Jersey home from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., when he was killed by a drunken driver.  The head-on collision also took the life of the other driver, who just hours before had been arrested on a DUI charge. Police released him to a friend, who gave the driver’s SUV keys back and allowed him to get behind the wheel again. About three months later, the HERO Campaign was born. “It was a choice we made, to honor John and to keep his spirit alive,” Elliott said. “John was a very giving person. This was a fitting way to make positive change and pay tribute to him.”John Elliott graduated from the Academy with merit in accepting his commission as a Naval officer, also was given the 2000 HERO (Human Education Resource Officer) of the Year award at the Navy, from which the HERO Campaign took its name.  The Naval Academy honored John for his work in counseling and mentoring activities, an award that took on added significance because he was selected by his peers. Among other accomplishments, in the nearly 18 years of the HERO Campaign’s existence, it has:·   Resulted in the passage of “John’s Law,” which went into effect in August 2001, giving police the power to impound the drunk driver’s vehicle for up to 12 hours following the arrest. It can take six hours for alcohol to clear the driver’s system.·   Developed partnerships with schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness of the need for designated drivers and promote educational programs to that end. ·   Worked with bars and restaurants to provide incentives for designated drivers and work with Uber, Lyft, shuttle buses and other means to ensure patrons arrive home safely and do not harm innocent victims.·   Partnered with professional sports teams such as the Phillies and New England Patriots to develop designated driver registration programs. (In case you’re wondering, the Philadelphia Eagles are locked into a separate designated driver program with the team’s beer sponsor).·   Worked with local law enforcement officials to promote safe passage home from local bars and restaurants. It is more effective to work on the prevention side, Elliott said, than to commit resources to arresting people. At DUI checkpoints, for example, local police have worked the HERO campaign to hand out T-shirts to designated drivers. ·   Provided comfort for the families and friends of the victims of drunk drivers, and given faces to the statistic: approximately 10,000 innocents are killed by drunk drivers each year, “and probably five times that many are injured,” Elliott said. Participants get ready for the start of the 2015 HERO Campaign Walk in Ocean City. (Photo courtesy of HERO Campaign)Part of the goal, Elliott said, is to make designated drivers “cool.” “We want people to think of the designated driver as someone who is doing something great, not someone who isn’t having fun,” he said.Many participating bars offer free non-alcoholic drinks to the designated driver. The so-called “mocktails” have become popular and a perk for the person who agrees to ensure the safety of their group. A mocktail competition has resulted in dozens of recipes for these drinks, Elliott said, and more than a quarter million people voted online for their favorites.“People ask me, where does the money go? It goes into this,” Elliott said, running down a list of events, advertising and additional programs to expand the reach and scope of the overall HERO Campaign. The more money raised by the campaign, the wider the circulation of the message, he said. Bill and Muriel Elliott with daughter Jennifer Adamchak, John’s sister, granddaughters Nora and Anna and Jennifer’s husband Mike Adamchak at the 2016 walk-run.Bill Elliott, his wife and John’s mom Muriel, their daughter Jennifer Adamchak, her husband Mike and their kids Nora and Anna are not just the faces of the HERO campaign, they are active participants.The Ocean City event is only expected to grow. “Mike Allegretto and his team have been outstanding, as has Kathy Caraballo, my contact at City Hall, and of course, Mayor (Jay) Gillian,” Elliott said of the city officials involved with the event. He also singled out Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Taylor for her support in getting the HERO Campaign message into the schools and school events. The HERO Campaign has a major presence in Ocean City, not simply at the annual walk/run, but also at school events such as home football games and After Prom.“(The run/walk) is just a great family-friendly happening,” Elliott said. “Ocean City is really the perfect place for us to have it.” In tribute to Ensign John R. Elliott, the Elliott family, in foreground, and other participants in the HERO Campaign Walk-Run mimic the U.S. Naval Academy’s famous “hats off” graduation tradition by tossing their caps in the air. (Photo courtesy of HERO Campaign)last_img read more

A mix for every occasion

first_imgIngredients manufacturer British Bakels (Bicester, Oxfordshire) offers a range of mixes, fillings and toppings to help bakers make doughnuts. The company’s top-selling Yeast Doughnut Concentrate is suitable for traditional ball and ring doughnuts, and requires the addition of yeast, flour and water. It is said to offer good volume, light texture and good eating.The American-Style Yeast Donut Complete Mix gives a product with a slightly firmer bite and only requires the addition of yeast and water. For those looking for an economical solution, Bakels offers Cake Donut Complete and Cake Donut Concentrate. Both provide value combined with high quality results, says the supplier.Cake Donut Concentrate requires the addition of flour and water to produce batter-deposited cake donuts. A 50/50 mix, it is easy to deposit, has minimum fat absorption and provides a good shelf-life. All doughnut concentrates and mixes are available in 12.5kg bags.To add further value to doughnuts, bakers can add their own flavours, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, as the mixes contain no flavourings.last_img read more

Warburtons and Hovis go head-to-head on all-British bread

first_imgBoth Hovis and Warburtons have announced their intentions to use 100% British wheat in loaves from early 2010, with Hovis stealing a march on its rival by switching the entire range to UK-grown wheat. While Warburtons said it would launch two “all-British loaves” from March 2010, made using wheat sourced from its network of 320 farmers across the UK, Hovis moved to use 100% British wheat across all its loaves, with the change expected in January.Hovis has been working on its plan to use 100% British wheat for the past five years, in a multi-million pound investment to ensure that the British wheat used provides the same quality as imported wheat. Although red wheat is known for its great bread baking quality, historically it has primarily been grown in Canada. However, there are now 600 British farmers growing red wheat for Hovis, commented the firm.The all-British Hovis launch will be supported by a fully integrated above and below the line marketing campaign from January 2010.“Hovis is the only major bread brand to be doing this across the range, making the brand thoroughly British,” said Hovis marketing director Jon Goldstone.Meanwhile, Warburtons’ range will continue to be manufactured using a blend of British and Canadian wheat “as this guarantees the exacting quality and consistency standards Warburtons demands for its consumers,” commented chairman Jonathan Warburton.The two new Warburtons loaves – a soft white and a soft brown – have been developed in conjunction with two of its British wheat suppliers Tom Tupper and Ian Waller, and are made using a blend of Hereward and Solstice wheat. “We’ve wanted to bake a British loaf for a long time and by working closely with our farmers we have been able to achieve this and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate farming at its best,” said Warburton.Last month, multiple retailer Sainsbury’s announced that it was “on course” to be the first retailer to use 100% British flour in its own-label sliced bread, with completed conversion of the entire category expected next year.It followed the announcement, in July this year, that its 400 in-store bakery-produced products are now made using 100% British flour, sourced with the help of farming co-operative Camgrain.last_img read more

Freekbass & Turkuaz’s Sammi Garett Join Forces In New Single & Video, “Steppin’ Outta Line”

first_imgFreekbass and Turkuaz’s resident lady-in-pink, Sammi Garett, are no strangers to each other. Freekbass and Turkuaz have become staples on the modern funk circuit. Freekbass is a decorated performer as a soloist and as a member of the funktronica trio, Headtronics, also featuring DJ Logic and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz. The famed bassist has six full-length albums under his belt, as well as collaborations with Bootsy Collins, Adam Deitch, Mike Gordon, Skerik, Jennifer Hartswick, and others. Recently, the duo collaborated for a jaw-dropping set at Summer Camp Music Festival.In May, the pair released a collaborative funky new single titled “Love In Your Pocket”, paired with a psychedelic and theatric new music video. Freekbass and Garett’s “Love In Your Pocket”, was produced and co-written by Grammy-winner and Groove Collection co-founder Itaal Shur, with its wild music video directed by Angie Wilson.Freakbass has just released another new single-video titled “Steppin’ Outta Line”, with special guest Sammi Garett on vocals. Produced by Grammy Award winner Itaal Shur and co-written by Lonnie Marshall (Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray), the funky and cosmic dance groove is paired with a comical video, featuring an ’80s-style dance party. Freakbass’s drippy and splashy bass bombs are accompanied perfectly with Garett’s powerful vocals, with additional backup singers assisting on the funkadelic new tune.Watch Freakbass’s new video for “Steppin’ Outta Line” featuring Sammi Garett below.Freakbass ft. Sammi Garett-“Steppin’ Outta Line”[Video: TheFreekbassChannel]last_img read more

Jim James Turns Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” Into ‘Revolver’-Era-Beatles-Style Vamp [Listen]

first_imgOn Friday, in honor of the release of new Tom Petty hits collection, The Best of Everything, Jim James shared a transformed cover rendition of one of his favorite Petty tunes, “Breakdown”. The My Morning Jacket frontman’s reimagined cover sounds closer to a Revolver-era Beatles track than the kind of rock earworm for which Petty was known.As James explained in his post,My Morning Jacket were lucky enough to open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers years ago and every night i would stand there in awe and watch them wondering how it was possible that one man could write so many hit songs, and not only were they hit songs, but they were actually GREAT songs too! tom’s music is something we humans are lucky to have floating out there in such a major way in our lives. its always so nice when you hear tom’s voice somewhere unexpectedly- its like running into an old friend. he seemed like a nice person, i wish we could have made some music together. thanks for the music tom, here is a tribute version of one of my all time faves! #thebestofeverything You can watch Jim James’ tripped-out cover of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” below:Jim James – “Breakdown” [Tom Petty cover][Video: Jim James]The new Tom Petty hits compilation, The Best of Everything, is available now wherever music is sold or streamed. You can listen on the platform of your choice here. This spring, Jim James will head out on a full-band solo tour in continuing support of his 2018 release, Uniform Distortion. For more information on Jim James’ upcoming tour dates, head here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Rocky Star Andy Karl Is Taking Your Questions!

first_imgYo, readers! Do you have a question for the Italian Stallion? Tony-nominated Rocky headliner Andy Karl is stepping out of the ring and onto the big gray couch to answer your questions in his very own Ask a Star feature. Before headlining the hit musical, Karl appeared on Broadway in Saturday Night Fever, Wicked, Jersey Boys, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (plus, he also co-wrote, directed and starred in the hilarious music video “Bustle Fluffah”). Ever wanted to know what a raw egg tastes like? Or how often he goes to the gym? Or if he ever gets the song “Eye of the Tiger” stuck in his head? Well, what are you waiting for? Ask Karl anything your heart desires in the form below, then check back to see him answer your questions on video! <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Related Shows View Comments Star Filescenter_img Andy Karl Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Rockylast_img read more

BMA Architects & Planners opens new office in Bennington

first_imgBMA OPENS NEW OFFICE IN BENNINGTONBENNINGTON, VT – BMA Architects & Planners has opened a new office in the recently renovated and self designed 210 South Street that stands in the heart of downtown Bennington.BMA’s new space occupies 2,000 square feet of the 38,000 square-foot historic commercial block and employs four highly motivated design professionals. Jeffrey Goldstone, AIA, has joined Principal Architect Kirk Moore, AIA, to manage a full spectrum of services from site selection and permitting through design and construction administration for both residential and commercial buildings.BMA was formed in 1990 to serve as an indispensable design partner to clients in the private and public sectors with other offices in Rutland, VT and Prescott Valley, AZ. BMAs portfolio includes: Factory Point National Bank, Manchester and Rutland, VT; Quechee Lakes Resort and custom family residences, Quechee, VT; Allen Pond Professional Park, a 62,000 SF of law and medical offices; and Applejack Art Partners 33,000 SF corporate headquarters in Sunderland, VT.BMA’s goal is to provide accurate, complete, comprehensive design services, on time and on budget, resulting in long-term relationships with our clients.BMA is a member of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, The Better Bennington Corporation, Manchester & The Mountains Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Rutland Economic Development Corporation.last_img read more