Arctic and Antarctic polar winter NOx and energetic particle precipitation in 2002-2006

first_imgWe report GOMOS nighttime observations of middle atmosphere NO2 and O-3 profiles during eight recent polar winters in the Arctic and Antarctic. The NO2 measurements are used to study the effects of energetic particle precipitation and further downward transport of polar NOx. During seven of the eight observed winters NOx enhancements occur in good correlation with levels of enhanced high-energy particle precipitation and/or geomagnetic activity as indicated by the Ap index. We find a nearly linear relationship between the average winter time Ap index and upper stratospheric polar winter NO2 column density in both hemispheres. In the Arctic winter 2005 – 2006 the NOx enhancement is higher than expected from the geomagnetic conditions, indicating the importance of changing meteorological conditions.last_img read more

Cenozoic tectonic history of the South Georgia microcontinent and potential as a barrier to Pacific-Atlantic through flow

first_imgCenozoic opening of the central Scotia Sea involved the tectonic translation of crustal blocks to form the North Scotia Ridge, which today is a major topographic constriction to the flow of the deep Antarctic Circumpolar Current that keeps Antarctica thermally isolated from warmer ocean waters. How this ridge developed and whether it was a topographic barrier in the past are unknown. To address this we investigated the Cenozoic history of the South Georgia microcontinental block, the exposed part of the ridge. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology data confirm that the Cretaceous succession of turbidites exposed on South Georgia was stratigraphically connected to the Rocas Verdes backarc basin, part of the South America plate. Apatite thermochronometry results show that South Georgia had remained connected to South America until ca. 45–40 Ma; both record a distinct rapid cooling event at that time. Subsequent separation from South America was accompanied by kilometer-scale reburial until inversion ca. 10 Ma, coeval with the cessation of spreading at the West Scotia Ridge and collision between the South Georgia block and the Northeast Georgia Rise. Our results show that the South Georgia microcontinental block could not have been an emergent feature from ca. 40 Ma until 10 Ma.last_img read more

South Korea launches 2nd KSS-III submarine

first_imgNamed ROKS Ahn Mu (SS-085), the newbuild is the second South Korean mid-sized submarine designed and built locally, using domestic technology such as the sonar system. It is expected to be delivered to the navy in 2022. The unit features a length of 83.3 meters, a width of 9.6 meters, and can reach a speed of 20 knots when submberged. Additionally, the new diesel-electric air-independent propulsion submarine can accommodate up to 50 people. A total of nine indigenously built KSS III diesel-electric attack submarines are planned for construction at DSME and HHI yards. They are part of the ROK Navy’s attack submarine program which, once complete, will equip the service with a total of 27 submarines built in three phases. View post tag: ROK Navy View post tag: DSME South Korea launches its first KSS-III submarine Categories: Posted: over 2 years ago The launching ceremony for the second Dosan Ahn Changho-class — upgraded Changbogo III or KSS-III — submarine took place at the Okpo shipyard in Geoje on 10 November 2020. Related Article View post tag: South Koreacenter_img Posted: over 2 years ago The third unit, to be named ROKS Yi Dong-nyeong (SS-086) is being built at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard. Authorities With a lengthened hull, the Batch II Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarines are expected to incorporate further upgrades such as the locally developed lithium-ion battery system that would enable them to stay submerged for extended periods of time. They will also have improved sonar and combat systems performance. What is more, the second batch is expected to have 10 vertical launch cells, compared to 6 on the first batch of submarines. South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched the Republic of Korea Navy’s second 3000-ton KSS-III submarine. Share this article Back in 2018, DSME launched the lead submarine in the class, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho (SS-083). The submarine is scheduled to be ready for service by the end of this year. View post tag: KSS-III Photo: DSME Photo: DSMElast_img read more

Flurocarbon buys Prestige

first_imgFlurocarbon Holdings has bought bakeware manufacturer Prestige Industrial.Prestige, a bakeware manufacturer, supplying the UK and Europe, was previously a subsidiary of BI Group Plc, a parent corporation for an international group of engineering companies.BI had suffered a general reduction in sales of bread tins and baking trays over the past decade and as a result withdrew from the market to concentrate on its core engineering project work. The decision was made to negtiate an acquisition agreement with Flurocarbon Holdings was encouraging by company subsidiary, Flurocarbon Bakeware Systems’ (FBS) well established presence in the market.FBS specialise in the production of deep brawn bakeware and the application of the SBS range of release coatings, whilst Prestige are experienced in the assembly of fabricated bakeware and silicon glaze application.last_img read more

Petition circulating to cancel carnival at Indiana State Fairgrounds

first_img Facebook Previous articleProtester struck by vehicle near Battell Park in MishawakaNext articleMichigan City transit workers sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19 Network Indiana Google+ Twitter Twitter Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – July 5, 2020 0 648 Petition circulating to cancel carnival at Indiana State Fairgrounds CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (Source: goo.gl/d8KXJr License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/) A petition to cancel the Fairgrounds Fun Park is gaining some traction as the coronavirus still remains prevalent in Indiana.The fun park will be a miniature state fair of sorts. The Indiana State Fair has been canceled, but North American Midway Entertainment, the company that usually runs the midway of the state fair, has rented 13 acres at the state fairgrounds for a carnival alternative set to run from July 31st to September 7th.Jody Madeira is an Indiana University law professor who specializes in public health issues. She tells WISH-TV she started the petition to cancel the event because it could be a contributing factor to a possible new surge in coronavirus cases in Indiana.“I was mystified because the original state fair had been canceled basically because of coronavirus and yet we had been received news that there was going to be another fair consisting of basically the same things that you would find at the state fair,” she said. “Only this one is going on despite a surge in corona cases.”The numbers from the state health department still show a modest decrease in the overall infection rate in Indiana, but the number of people going to the hospital with COVID-19 is going up which prompted Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett to pump the brakes on reopening efforts this week.“We could say, you know, ‘if you don’t agree with this, stay home’,” Madeira added. “The problem is if we have a super spreader event in our community if we have a fair that opens up at the fairgrounds, if we have a school that doesn’t require masks, then this affects the entire community.”Surges are happening states like Arizona, Texas, California, and Florida where governors there have also pressed pause on reopening efforts and in some cases closed a few things back down again.Alicia Thomas, a spokeswoman for North American Midway Entertainment, assures you they are taking all precautions possible.“Some of the top things we’re requiring masks for all our employees and contractors,” Thomas said. “They are highly recommended for guests. We are providing hand sanitizer and handwashing stations throughout the grounds and sanitizing all the high touch areas and rides.”Organizers say the number of people allowed into the carnival at one time will be limited as well to allow for adequate social distancing.State health commissioner Dr. Kris Box has neither endorsed nor denounced the carnival.“I know from a state-level the concept of the carnival and the ride is still under discussion,” Box said at a Wednesday press conference. “I’m going to have a time here shortly to talk to the CEO of the fairgrounds there about what might happen in August.”For now, the Fairgrounds Fun Park is still on as scheduled. WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Press release: Financial investor banned for 11 years after abusing clients’ funds

first_img Gerald Etangayong abused his position by knowingly taking people’s money for investments he knew were never viable. Media Manager 0303 003 1743 An 11-year disqualification is a substantial ban and should serve as a warning that we will always look to remove from the business community those directors who act below the standards that should be expected of them. LinkedIn YouTube You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Email [email protected] Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Notes to editorsGerald Chiatoh Etangayong is of South-East London (SE3) and his date of birth is December 1987GEC Consultancy Ltd (Company Reg no. 09128919).A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. Gerald Chiatoh Etangayong, from South East London (SE3), was the sole director and shareholder of GEC Consultancy Ltd, a company that was not authorised by the FCA.Incorporated in 2014, GEC offered investment services for clients wanting to trade in the global financial markets, as well as training for people who wanted to conduct their own trades.However, just over a year later the company experienced financial difficulties and by November 2015, GEC was placed into creditors voluntary liquidation.The Insolvency Service looked into the affairs of the company and the 30-year-old’s conduct while director and discovered several instances of wrongdoing.Investigators found that GEC had been operating an investment scheme when it managed foreign currency investments on behalf of a company based in the British Virgin Islands.GEC received more than £194,000 worth of funds from investors but only invested around £96,000 in a foreign currency investment platform and while, the funds increased in value by approximately £22,000, only around £57,000 was paid back to the investors.When asked where the remaining funds ended up, approximately £61,000, Gerald Etangayong said he used the money to settle GEC’s outstanding liabilities and repay loans, while £17,000 was also paid from the company’s account to his personal bank account.Gerald Etangayong also allowed GEC to accept deposits from investors despite knowing that the company’s promotional material was misleading.Exaggerated claims on the marketing literature included that funds would be ‘safe and secure at all times’, would be held in a segregated account and investors would receive a full reimbursement of all the capital invested at the end of the investment period.However, Gerald Etangayong should have advised his investors of the key risks, including potential large losses and the highly volatile and unpredictable nature of the foreign exchange market.As a result of director’s misconduct, at least £200,185 remains outstanding to investors and on 8 October 2018 the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Gerald Etangayong.Effective from 29 October 2018, Gerald Etangayong is banned for 11 years from directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.Robert Clarke, Head of Company Investigation at the Insolvency Service, said: Twitter Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 Press Officelast_img read more

The Village Bakery begins construction of new factory

first_imgWelsh business The Village Bakery has marked the start of construction of a new factory following a devastating fire last year.Founder and chairman Alan Jones and his wife Wendy have cut the turf at the site in Ash Road on Wrexham Industrial Estate, less than half a mile from the bakery that was destroyed by fire last August.A one-storey production area that produced crumpets and Welsh cakes was severely damaged by the blaze on the morning of 19 August, which spread to the adjoining office block. None of the 450 staff at the family-owned business in Wrexham, Wales, were injured.The family described the fire as the “darkest day” in the company’s history since Alan and his father Harry bought the business in 1964.Despite the loss of the factory, the business has not made anybody redundant. It has reorganised production in its three other bakeries, while an extension is being built at the company’s gluten-free bakery for a segregated production area to make crumpets.As a result, the company says it will have restored all of its lost production in a few weeks’ time.The factory is being replaced with a 140,000 sq ft facility that will be four times the size of the original. Due to be up and running in just over 12 months, the company says it will give the business capacity to “grow to the next level”.“The fire was a dreadful, devastating experience for all of us but at no point did we feel sorry for ourselves and we vowed to bounce back stronger than ever,” said Jones. “The fact that we are a tightknit, family operation meant we were able to make quick decisions and turn a disaster into an opportunity.“The new bakery will be bigger, better and more modern and will lay the foundation for future growth and success.”Village Bakery described the new site as “the most modern in Europe”.“We are buying the very best equipment that’s available, mainly from Holland, Italy, France and Germany,” explained project director Christien Jones, Alan and Wendy’s son.“Today has been a significant milestone, with Mum and Dad cutting the first sod at the site of the new bakery in Ash Road. Mum also comes from a family of bakers so it’s part of our DNA,” he added.Alan Jones was honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry in the 2018 Baking Industry Awards.The 2020 Baking Industry Awards are now open for entry.last_img read more

FairPoint updates voice services

first_imgAbout FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: FairPoint. ‘This new IP-based voice mail platform improves current features right off the bat and allows for future ‘bells and whistles,’‘ said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. Duplicate user guides for home and business voice mail customers are available online at: http://www.fairpoint.com/northern_ne/support.jsp(link is external). Additional questions can be answered by FairPoint representatives by calling 866-984-2001 (home) or 866-984-3001 (business). Consolidated Communications,FairPoint customers around Vermont are getting a new voice mail system, one that offers improved features on a new next-generation voice mail platform. FairPoint began rolling out the new voice mail this month, starting with Essex Junction customers. Bennington, Brattleboro and Rutland will be added this week and the transition to the new system will continue community by community over the next three weeks. And, for the first time, Island Pond customers will soon have voice mail availability. FairPoint customers will receive instructions for the new voice mail system by mail, which includes a user’s guide, followed by voice mail messages as the transition date approaches.last_img read more

How to sustain credit unions’ health with Glatt Consulting’s Tom Glatt

first_imgIt’s that time of the quarter again when we visit with Glatt Consulting’s Tom Glatt to discuss his quarterly Credit Union HealthScore, which has a mighty accurate pulse on the industry’s current state — good or bad. Tom’s been gathering CU data for some time now, so he’s gotten pretty good at it and it’s become an effective tool for credit unions to see what’s working and what’s not — and make the appropriate adjustments to continue their success. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2021 crisis spotting

first_imgConfession … our firm, which specializes in crisis response for credit unions, didn’t see the crises of 2020 coming. Who did, really? While we eerily predicted in January that 2020 would be the “Year of the Crisis,” we had other crises in mind and couldn’t have fathomed the magnitude and multitude of issues that this year presented.Since early March, RepUs has been asked by several adversely affected credit unions and other business sectors (e.g., nursing, health care, real estate, food & beverage, restaurants) to partner with them to help navigate through these unforeseen storms. Tides seemed to shift daily for credit unions struggling with the next wave of crises that hit their financial institution and communities. As we are brought in to support their efforts with immediate strategy and communications to mitigate damage, we instantly recognize there are two types of credit unions when in comes to crisis management; 1) Those who are prepared and 2) those NOT prepared to handle a crisis.“While you can’t necessarily predict the timing of the next crisis, you can be prepared.” – Casey Boggs, ReputationUsCRISIS OFFENSE, NOT DEFENSETypically, when a crisis inflicts a credit union, leaders go on the defense. They understandably go into defensive questioning mode by asking such things as:What happened?When did it happen?Why did it happen?Who is impacted?How are they impacted?Who is responsible?Could the incident have been prevented?How has/is the situation being addressed?While this type of questioning is spot on during the fog of war to address the issue at hand, credit unions can take a more offensive—or proactive—approach to “future think” and anticipate the next crises.Such anticipatory questions to ask to play “crisis offense” include:What might be the next crisis that could damage the credit union?Where are we most exposed?What could happen next?Who or what are most vulnerable and might be impacted when the next crisis hits?What are the dangers, challenges, and risks to our reputation?Spotting the next crisis should not be a one-person job. Rather, it is a team approach that requires ongoing oversight. We counsel credit unions to task each of its departments’ leads (e.g., HR, IT, marketing, operations, and board of directors) to provide a list of potential issues in their department that currently “keep them up at night” or have a high probability of being a potential issue.For each department, the following questions can be posed to the respective department leaders to gather insights into potential crises:What are some existing and potential issues that you foresee in 2021? Why do you believe they are issues?Any recommendations on how to address these proposed issues?2021 READYWhile it’s hard to believe next year could be any more crisis-ridden than this year, the smart move is to be prepared and safeguard the credit union against any unnecessary collateral damage. It will be better to play offense in 2021 than be on the defense like 2020. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Casey Boggs Casey Boggs is a 25-year public relations veteran and founder of two national communications firms, ReputationUs and LT Public Relations. In addition to overseeing business operations, Boggs and the RepUs … Web: https://www.reputationus.com Detailslast_img read more