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first_imgMacaroni penguins are the main avian consumer of Antarctic krill in the vicinity of South Georgia. The largest breeding colonies occur on small offshore islands to the northwest of the main island. To delimit the foraging range of penguins from these colonies during the chick-rearing period, we used a series of ship-based survey transects to estimate their distribution and abundance. The survey transects were positioned so as to radiate from a point close to those islands with the largest colonies. Spatial and temporal variations within the data are examined. Penguins were mostly over the continental shelf in water less than 350 m depth and with more than 70% of birds at distances less than 40 km from the main breeding site. To model the observed distribution of penguins, a theoretical at-sea distribution is developed together with a ‘potential foraging footprint’. The results are compared with those from previous models based solely on the use of foraging trip duration and at-sea activity budgets. The foraging ‘footprint’ is probably the best basis currently available for assessing the nature of interactions between macaroni penguins and the commercial fisheries for krill.last_img read more

first_imgThe Cameron LNG project phase one includes three trains with an estimated LNG export capacity of 12Mtpa A rendering of the Cameron LNG export project in the US. (Credit: Sempra Energy) Sempra Energy has started LNG production from the third and final train of Phase 1 of the $10bn Cameron LNG export project in Louisiana, US.The Cameron LNG phase one project, which lies along the Calcasieu Channel in Hackberry, Louisiana, includes three trains with an estimated export capacity of 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d).Sempra LNG chief executive officer Justin Bird said: “Congratulations to the entire Cameron LNG team for reaching this last major milestone toward full commercial operations for Phase 1 of this critical energy infrastructure facility.“We look forward to the completion of this world-class LNG facility that will be an outlet for exporting abundant U.S. natural gas to world markets.”McDermott and Chiyoda JV served as EPC contractor for Cameron LNG phase 1A joint venture (JV) comprising McDermott International and Chiyoda has provided the engineering, procurement and construction of phase 1 of the Cameron LNG project, under a contract worth around $6bn signed in 2014.Sempra is the majority owner in the LNG project with a 50.2% interest. Partners in the project include affiliates of Total (16.6%), Mitsui & Co (16.6%), and Japan LNG Investment (16.6%), which is jointly owned by Mitsubishi and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).The second train of the project began commercial operations in March 2020, while the first train entered service in August 2019.Sempra LNG recently said that 58 cargoes of LNG have already been shipped from the liquefaction-export project.The project sources natural gas through a new 34km-long pipeline expansion on the Cameron Interstate Pipeline system that interconnects with the Florida Gas transmission (FGT) and Trunkline gas pipelines.Currently, Sempra is developing additional LNG export facilities on the Gulf Coast and Pacific Coast of North America through Cameron LNG expansion, Port Arthur LNG in Texas and Energía Costa Azul LNG in Mexico.last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » How to survive today’s increasingly competitive and online property marketplace How to survive today’s increasingly competitive and online property marketplaceOur guest columnist and agent Paul Cooney reveals how his company has thrived despite both the online threat and swanky corporate competitors with big budgets.Paul Cooney2nd February 201803,912 Views The increasingly competitive property marketplace is on every agent’s mind.We all know seismic shifts are happening right under our feet, right now – from game changing proptech launches and the increasing importance of your online listings to legislation reform and the impact of the Brexit negotiations.The days of opening our doors and waiting for buyers to throw their money at us are done.Agents who are brave enough to ride the shifting tides will fast track themselves to the top. Swim against them, and you’ll suffer a very different fate.The success of the housing market underpins confidence in the economy and as such I see it as our responsibility to work harder and smarter than ever, so we can keep it afloat.We can continue to blame the adversarial nature of the current property market for our shortcomings or we can adapt.There will always be a market leader in your neighbourhood – and it should be you. Horton and Garton sell more properties across the pricey West London postcodes of W4, W6 and W12 than any other estate agency.We don’t spend the most money on advertising and it isn’t dumb luck. We work harder and smarter than our competition by offering more than our rivals. What do you need to do to set yourself apart from your rival next door?  The points below are not an exhaustive list, but they’re a solid foundation.Here’s how we did it.Be a problem solver and adviserHave a genuine command of the sales process and offer this expertise to anyone who needs it – not just your clients. It’s getting harder, not easier, to sell properties and complex chains are now the norm.Not every agent can handle the intricacies of the sales process, but if you can, put it out there in the public domain.Let your neighbourhood know what you know. You can bleat on about how you’re the ‘local expert’ but it’s better to own that title by showcasing your ability whenever possible.Be knowledgeableHomeowners living in million-pound properties aren’t daft. Chiswickians, for example, know when a piece of generic information has been disseminated from head office in Guildford.It’s clicked through or thrown in the bin. Homeowners living in the west side of the neighbourhood don’t necessarily care about what’s happening on the east side – even if there are only a few streets in between. They care about their road. Tell them what they want to know.Sweeping generalities about the property market won’t cut it anymore.Engage with your communityFor most agencies, this is a tick box exercise. There is a finite amount of money that comes down from head office to be spent on charitable or community outreach.Make 2018 different. Spend the extra money and time needed to do more than ever before within and for your local neighbourhood. Be present and accounted for, wearing a smile. A poet once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”Be availableI valued a house last night at 9pm as mummy and daddy wanted to ensure the children were asleep before sitting down for a cup of tea with me.Clocking in at 9am and out at 6pm is no longer an option. ‘The extra mile’ isn’t an urban legend – walk it and from that first meeting you will have differentiated yourself from the competition.Paul Cooney MNAEA is Director of Chiswick Sales at Horton and Garton Estate Agency Horton and Garton Estate Agency Paul Cooney property marketplace estate agents 2018-02-02Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

first_img View post tag: Navy July 16, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: completes View post tag: Knifefish Bluefin Robotics, a leading provider of Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) solutions for US Navy Programs of Record recently announced that the company has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review for Knifefish, the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (SMCM UUV).In November of 2011, Bluefin announced a subcontract from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS) for the engineering and manufacturing of Knifefish – a specialized Bluefin-21 UUV. A scale model of the design was revealed at the Sea-Air-Space conference in Maryland in April 2012.“We are pleased with Bluefin’s ability to produce innovative designs for Knifefish while successfully meeting cost and schedule targets,” said Harry Grant, Director of Sensors and Surveillance Business Area at GDAIS. “Bluefin continues to serve as a key contributor supporting the GDAIS Team in passing this important program milestone.”Knifefish will be a critical part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare mission package and will provide the fleet mine warfare commander and sailors with enhanced mine-hunting capability by addressing the Navy’s need to reliably detect and identify proud and buried mines in high-clutter environments.The SMCM UUV System will include two Knifefish UUVs in addition to launch and recovery equipment, a support container, spare parts and support equipment. The UUV will feature Bluefin’s field-swappable batteries, a top-of-the-line integrated navigation system, and low-noise propulsion technology. Bluefin’s intuitive user software interface, the Operator Tool Suite, will also be provided for mission planning and monitoring. In addition, the vehicle will carry an advanced sonar payload provided by the GDAIS Team.The subcontract includes an option for the production of up to five low rate initial production systems (ten UUVs) and various other options. Work will be performed in Quincy, Massachusetts.Bluefin Robotics designs, manufactures and operates Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) systems and related technology. Founded in 1997, the company has grown to become a world leader in UUV products designed for defense, commercial, and scientific applications. Bluefin Robotics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Battelle.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 16, 2012; Image: Bluefin Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Bluefin Robotics Completes Preliminary Design Review for Knifefish View post tag: design USA: Bluefin Robotics Completes Preliminary Design Review for Knifefishcenter_img View post tag: review View post tag: Naval View post tag: robotics Equipment & technology View post tag: Bluefin View post tag: preliminary Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgUK baking giant Hovis has recorded a £19m loss in its second year of trading since Premier Foods wrote off part if its investment into the company.The bakery business has struggled to hold on to its market share since Premier Foods cut part of its stake, which amounted to £8m.Accounts filed at Companies House revealed that Hovis reported pre-tax losses of £19m in the year to 31 December 2015, as bakery revenues plunged 12.2% to £343.3m.Hovis stated: “The market for bread and bakery products remains highly competitive, with sales margins under pressure due to the continuing broader changes in the dynamics of the supermarket grocery sector.“Despite savings in the supply chain, the retailer deflation reduced gross profit above the impact of the volume loss.”Overall revenues had been £565.3m in 2014, but Hovis transferred its milling business to Rank Hovis Milling at the beginning of the financial year, meaning comparative bakery division revenues were £391m in 2014.Hovis has suffered from falling sales in recent times in a category that continues to see core wrapped breads contract and prices reduce.In September, Hovis added new products to its range – the Wholemeal & Tasty Spelt Loaf.last_img read more

first_imgScottish pie and pastry manufacturer Bells has expanded its senior team with four new appointments.Two third-generation family members – David M Bell and Samantha Murray – have been promoted to the firm’s board.Bell, who has worked in the business for more than 30 years, has been appointed logistics director.Murray has been named finance director following 11 years at Bells. This is a role that both her grandfather and father have held at the firm.Meanwhile, Gordon Smith, who joined Bells in 2015 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the food and drink industry, has been appointed sales and marketing director, where he will continue to develop the firm’s brand.In addition, Debbie Briody, previously with Highland Spring, is joining the senior team as group operations director. A chartered chemical engineer, she has 25 years’ experience in manufacturing.“We are delighted with our new senior appointments and they signify a real step-change for the business, as we build capacity and expertise at a senior level to continue our ambitious expansion and innovation plans,” said managing director Ronnie Miles.Established in 1931 by Donald Bell, Bell’s currently employs more than 220 people across three sites in Scotland. It has an annual turnover of around £18.5m.last_img read more

first_imgTags: observer passport, study abroad Photo courtesy of Kiera Johnsen Kiera Johnsen, a sophomore at Saint Mary’s, said she first fell in love with Ireland when she saw the sunset on Hill of Tara. Tara is said to be the seat of the High Kings of Ireland.I was nervous about studying abroad in Ireland and leaving my friends and family for the semester. I wondered if I made the right decision, leaving behind everything I knew for four months. However, these fears subsided soon after arriving because I was not alone when I traveled to the Emerald Isle. The other Saint Mary’s girls studying in Maynooth are wonderful. We are fortunate to have each other to lean on when we are scared, homesick or stressed. The sisterhood of Saint Mary’s does not exist only in South Bend, Ind. And here, as a sisterhood, we are able to explore the beauty of Irish culture, people and lands.Coming to Ireland, I did not know what to expect. Like many people who have never visited the country, I envisioned Ireland as a green land, full of sheep, pubs, friendly people, a lot of rain and wonderful accents. While some of this is true, I have learned that Ireland is so much more than that. There is something magical about this place, something wonderful and glorious that captures one’s heart. When you look out onto an Irish countryside, it takes your breath away.While on top of the Hill of Tara, said to be the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, looking down on a vast green countryside and watching a beautiful Irish sunset, I fell in love. At that moment, I realized both the beauty and culture of the Emerald Isle have now forever bewitched my soul. Just in the past two weeks of being in Ireland, I have kissed the Blarney Stone, wished upon the Lia Fáil (the stone of destiny) at Tara, learned to Irish dance, gone to pubs and visited ancient ruins that are still standing to this day. In a short span of two weeks, I created experiences I never thought I would be able to. The best part is, I am at the very beginning of my time abroad.This past weekend, the Saint Mary’s students studying in Maynooth took a trip to Dunmore Cave, the Hill of Tara, Newgrange and other amazing places in Ireland. Dunmore Caves and Newgrange are listed as two out of the “three darkest places in Ireland” in “The Triads of Ireland,” a collection of Old Irish triads on a variety of topics. Our tour guide said Newgrange Monument was built 5,000 years ago by Neolithic Irish people and took approximately 40 years to complete. It is a massive, remarkably water-tight stone structure, which may have been used as a tomb for the dead, as well as an ancient temple. It is placed perfectly to calculate the winter solstice based on the movement of the sun. Once the lights are turned off, it is pitch black inside, expect for a single ray of sunlight that shines through.Dunmore Cave in the county of Kilkenny has a dark history. Thousands of years ago, the cave became the site of a Viking Massacre that killed 1,000 people, many of whom were women and children. Our guide said it is thought that the ancient people never entered the cave except to hide from danger. On the day of massacre, the men stood outside the cave, while the women, children and elderly hid in the most difficult places to reach inside. Once the men were killed, the Vikings entered the cave to find the rest of the village. Unable to reach most of the hiding places, they attempted to smoke out the villagers. By setting it on fire, the carbon dioxide eliminated the oxygen and many of the villagers were suffocated to death. Later, people who knew the legend of the massacre never entered the cave due to fear of death. On a lighter note, we were told the bottom of Dunmore Cave is called the fairy floor. According to legend, the fairies and leprechauns kept the floor clear of rocks so these mythical creatures were able to dance. Unfortunately, we were unable to see it due to the rain flooding the bottom.last_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension is well represented in this year’s crop of graduate students on the UGA Tifton Campus.Twelve Extension agents are enrolled this semester at UGA Tifton as part of the Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM) program in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The agents work in counties in south Georgia.“UGA Extension has a history of working with and serving Georgia residents. With many of our agents enrolled in the MPPPM program, farmers and homeowners will benefit from the increased education our agents are receiving,” said Scott Utley, Southwest District agricultural and natural resources program development coordinator.Laura Perry Johnson, director of UGA Extension, believes the program is a win-win for all involved.“This increases our graduate student numbers at the UGA Tifton Campus and trains a much-needed workforce for the applied agricultural industry,” Johnson said. “Best of all, it allows our current employees an avenue to further their education in an area that will increase their expertise and make them more valuable in their jobs, allowing them to have more impact with their clientele. I am beyond excited about the growth in the MPPPM program.”The college’s departments of Entomology, Crop and Soil Sciences and Plant Pathology jointly coordinate the MPPPM program. It is designed to produce graduates with comprehensive, multidisciplinary training in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of weeds, plant diseases and insect pests of agricultural, commercial and home commodities.“The Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management has become one of the most sought-after degrees by entities that are looking to hire graduates who can apply the latest research to real world situations,” said Jason Peake, director of academic programs at UGA Tifton. “The MPPPM degree equips graduates with not only the technical knowledge to be successful in the field, but also a full understanding of the science and technology behind that knowledge that allows them to make the best decision, regardless of the situation.”There are 28 students enrolled in the MPPPM program at UGA Tifton. David Riley, graduate coordinator for the program at UGA Tifton, said many students who follow through with the MPPPM program pursue Extension careers upon graduation. Of the five students who graduated last spring, two became Extension agents. “The program has gained a lot in popularity over the past year,” Riley said.Along with being trained for a career in Cooperative Extension, MPPPM graduates are prepared for employment as IPM professionals in pesticide and fertilizer services, the pest control industry and regulatory agencies.The program is offered on all three CAES campuses in Tifton, Griffin and Athens, Georgia.New student orientation for the MPPPM program at UGA Tifton is set for Friday, Aug. 14.last_img read more

first_imgA 24-year old woman has died after falling 160 feet from the brink of Rainbow Falls, a waterfall located on the Horsepasture River in North Carolina’s Gorges State Park.According to Lake Toxaway’s Deputy Fire Chief Bobby Cooper, the search for the young woman—who was apparently swimming at a popular hole up river of the falls when she was taken under by the current— was initiated around 4 P.M. Thursday afternoon, but her body was not recovered until approximately 8:30 P.M that evening.Rainbow Falls is located in a remote section of Gorges State Park, which sits near Lake Toxaway and the small town of Sapphire, NC. Access requires a 1.5 mile hike from the Grassy Ridge parking lot.Rescuers reportedly carried the young woman’s body out of the woods after a high angle rope team recovered her from the Horsepasture River immediately below the falls.The woman’s name is not being released at this time.These types of accidents are not uncommon in the Blue Ridge Mountains. According to the Asheville Citizen Times, the Lake Toxaway Fire Department alone has responded to three waterfall fatalities since the beginning of 2016.Earlier this month in Virginia, a father died while attempting to save his son at Cascade Falls in the Jefferson National Forest.Waterfalls are beautiful natural features treasured throughout the region, but—as evidenced by recent and continued fatalities—they must be treated with the utmost respect.Next time you head for the hills in search of waterfall fun, keep these tips from Transylvania County Land of Waterfalls close at hand.Waterfall Safety Tips1. Stay on developed trails and don’t stray from observation decks and platforms.2. Follow instructions posted at all waterfalls and trails.3.  Watch your footing. Dry rocks can be just as slippery as wet ones, especially those covered with algae.4. The top of any waterfall is the most dangerous. Do not lean over a ledge atthe top of a falls.5.  Watch children carefully. Children should always be under the immediate supervision of adults when visiting any falls. Pets should also be supervised. They can easily underestimate the slickness of rocks and the flow of water.6.  Be especially careful when you are taking photographs. Many times, photographers become more focused on taking a photo rather than securing their footing. Make sure you are in a safe, solid location before taking photographs.7.  To insure your safety on the rocks and trails, never visit waterfalls or hike alone.8. Bring your cell phone in case you need to make a call for assistance.Related Content:last_img read more

first_img A second test of the X-51A Waverider flew in the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range over the Pacific Ocean, bringing significant hypersonic research data. The hypersonic aircraft was successfully boosted to just over Mach 5 and the scramjet engine lit, but failed to transition to full power. Air Force Flight Test Center officials said after a flawless flight from Edwards Air Force Base a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress released the experimental vehicle from an altitude of approximately 50,000 feet. After release the X-51A was initially accelerated by a solid rocket booster to a speed just over Mach 5. According to Charlie Brink, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-51A program manager, U.S engineers are reviewing the large amount of telemetry data collected during the test flight to identify the cause of the anomaly. “Obviously we’re disappointed and expected better results,” said Brink, “but we are very pleased with the data collected on this flight.” “I am extremely pleased with the AFFTC and Point Mugu’s support and execution of this complex flight test mission as they provided us every opportunity for success in this endeavor,” said Brink. “We have attempted two scramjet experiments now where one successfully lit, and one did not.” “We will continue to examine the data to learn even more about this new technology,” he said. “Every time we test this new and exciting technology we get that much closer to success.” Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne built four X-51A flight test vehicles with the program goal of reaching Mach 6 in hypersonic flight. The next flight is tentatively schedule for fall 2011. By Dialogo July 08, 2011last_img read more