The physical properties of quartz-micaschist and their application to freeze-thaw weathering studies in the maritime antarctic

first_imgAs part of a study on freeze‐thaw weathering in the maritime Antarctic an investigation was made of the physical properties of the local rock. Tests were made of point‐load compressive strength, Schmidt hammer in situ rock strength, moisture content, indentor resistance and the size range of weathering products. The resulting data were used to consider the form of freeze‐thaw weathering operative in the field and its relationship to laboratory simulations. A distinct difference between ‘massive rock’ and ‘intact rock’ is observed in the field. It is suggested that future studies should generate a greater database pertaining to rock properties as it is an invaluable aid in the study of mechanical weatheringlast_img read more

Age determination of European lobsters (Homarus Gammarus L.) by histological quantification of lipofuscin

first_imgDuring the past decade, quantification of the pigment lipofuscin in the olfactory lobe cell masses (OLCM) has been successfully used for age determination of crustaceans. The aim of the current study was to quantify the amount of lipofuscin in European lobsters (Homarus gammarus L.) of known age and to determine the accuracy of lipofuscin as an age predictor. Lipofuscin was quantified by confocal fluorescence microscopy and image analysis of histological sections. Our results showed that age and OLCM lipofuscin were closely and linearly related (r2 = 0.88). Furthermore, in contrast to earlier studies, age was also closely, but nonlinearly, related to carapace length (r2 = 0.78). Comparison of lipofuscin and carapace length as age predictors nevertheless showed that lipofuscin produced significantly more accurate estimates of age than carapace length. The relatively small difference in the precision of age estimation between lipofuscin and carapace length emphasises the importance of evaluating the relationship between age and carapace length/lipofuscin in studies of populations with variable environmental conditions or demographic processes. It is possible that age, in specific situations, could be satisfactorily predicted on basis of measurements of size.last_img read more

HMS St Albans contributes to security patrols in the Gulf

first_img View post tag: CTF-152 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans contributes to security patrols in the Gulf HMS St Albans contributes to security patrols in the Gulf View post tag: HMS St Albans February 16, 2016 View post tag: combined Authorities Share this article HMS St Albans, the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate worked with Royal Saudi Navy minehunter HMS Al Jawf to support Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Persian Gulf.The Kuwaiti-led Combine Task Force 152 (CTF), headquartered in Bahrain, is in charge of Maritime Security in the Gulf for the 31 member nations of CMF.During the time that she spent working in support of CTF152, ‘The Saint’, as the ship is affectionately known, and her Merlin Mk2 picked up members of the Task Force and an interpreter before sailing out to join coalition partners in CTF152’s operating area.HMS St Albans met up with Royal Saudi Naval Force ship HMS Al Jawf. The two ships conducted communications checks and exchanged valuable information on maritime security operations in the area. This increased understanding means that the ships can operate more effectively together to ensure the freedom of navigation within the Gulf.CTF152 officers, Lieutenant Commander Eric Gomez of the US Navy and Lieutenant Ibrahim Alhuthaily of the Royal Saudi Naval Force, sailed with HMS St Albans for the period to offer local knowledge and expertise.Without its own dedicated ships, CTF152 relies on CMF partners providing ships to support its effort in the Joint Operating Area. The Task Force is truly ‘combined’ with officers from Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States.Lieutenant Jon Maumy RN, lead planner for the task force who used to be one of HMS St Albans’ helicopter pilots, said: “Having such a capable ship working directly for the Task Force was fantastic and it was exciting to see what she would be able to achieve for us.”As well as providing a visible presence and deterring any potential terrorist threats in the Gulf, HMS St Albans’ sea boat conducted multiple visits to dhows in the area to provide any assistance they required.Lieutenant Commander Eric Gomez said: “HMS St Albans welcomed us from the moment we stepped on board the Merlin Mk2 helicopter. Aboard the Ship, the Captain and crew were no different, and the professionalism and focus of the crew was clear to see from the outset. We conducted 15 Approach and Assists (AAs) in two days before the sea state worsened.”“We sailed alongside HMS Al Jawf for about 30 minutes during the ship manoeuvres with crystal clear communications. This was the first time HMS St Albans was in direct support to CTF152 since deploying and, despite the declining weather on the second day; I would consider it a great success.”last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that changing the route of the access road to Fielding Manor Court without any discussion with the adjoining property owners was inappropriate?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Primary School Students Blow Bubbles for Autism Awareness

first_imgOcean City Primary students get into Autism Awareness Day by blowing big bubbles. By Maddy VitaleOcean City Primary School students got an extra treat during recess Tuesday. They got to wave a giant wand, make big bubbles and watch them float in the air.They did it as part of Autism Awareness Day, which kicks off National Autism Awareness Month.Autism awareness groups have been at the forefront of helping people understand autism, explained Lorraine Baldwin, a learning consultant for the Child Study Team in the Ocean City School District, whose grown son has autism.Learning consultant Lorraine Baldwin gives student Joseph Dinsmore a hand with bubble making.Baldwin was on hand during “Bubbles for Autism,” and watched the children enjoy the awareness event.“We aren’t calling it a disability,” she said of autism. “It is more of an ability. Everyone has strengths.”As part of the Autism Awareness Day, children also wore blue shirts.Children giggled and made bubbles for a few minutes before teacher Randy Kohr told them it was time to collect the wands.Children happily make bubbles.Although students and teachers didn’t talk about autism during recess, there was a discussion about what Autism Awareness Day means earlier in the day.Teachers spoke with the students in the different classrooms, Baldwin noted.“Teachers explained a lot in the classrooms about autism today and what today represents,” Baldwin said. “Today is about autism awareness.”She said of the district, “Ocean City is a wonderful school district. The district is all about inclusion.”Autism is a general term for complex disorders of brain development. Depending on the severity of the disorder, autistic people may have difficulties with social interaction and communication. They may also engage in repetitive behavior.Teacher Randy Kohr blows bubbles with the students for autism awareness.Janice Annarelli is an aide for the Special Education children at the Primary School.She has worked in the district for 13 years.“It seems that more children are on the autism spectrum,” Annarelli said of how autism is described from low to high functioning.According to statistics, autism has become more prevalent in recent years, but doctors don’t have a clear answer as to the reasons.Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that on average, one of every 59 births in the United States involves an autistic child, compared to one in 125 just 10 years ago.Teacher Randy Kohr shows the students the bubble-making wands and gives directions.last_img read more

United Biscuits launches McVitie’s reward scheme

first_imgUnited Biscuits (UK) is to launch a rewards scheme for its McVitie’s brand biscuits. McVitie’s VIP Club will offer consumers the chance to claim tea break treats, using a unique code, or to build up a collection of points in order to claim larger rewards. The firm claims it will be the first-ever consumer biscuit collect and reward scheme.The scheme will run across 360 million packs of McVitie’s biscuits, including McVitie’s Digestives, Jaffa Cakes, Hobnobs and Penguin, in its first year, with the VIP Club packs available from 16 August.Each pack will feature a code which the consumer can input at The ‘tea break treats’ include discounted magazine subscriptions, designer tea pots, kettles and digital radios as well as McVitie’s branded merchandise.The new reward scheme is part of a £2.5m marketing campaign by the firm, which includes a TV advertising campaign, consumer PR, the launch of a new McVitie’s website and point-of-sale activity.“The promotion is designed to cement McVitie’s association with the tea break, encourage consumers to choose McVitie’s over other brands and, above all, give fans and loyal buyers of McVitie’s guaranteed rewards for them to enjoy,” commented Sarah Heynen, marketing director of sweet biscuits at United Biscuits.last_img read more

The makings of Merrick Garland

first_imgAs a prosecutor in the Oklahoma City domestic terrorist attack, Garland recounted vivid details of the trail of clues that investigators followed, then paused to compose himself before describing what it was like to stand before the twisted and pancaked remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, where 168 people were killed.Because Oklahoma City’s courthouse had also been damaged in the blast, the principal defendant’s initial hearing was held at a nearby Air Force base. Reporters were gathered outside, but were being refused entrance, Garland remembered.“I told them, ‘We’re not going to have the first investigation of domestic terrorism and conspiracy in secret.’ So they went out and let the press in,” he said.Asked how he would advise the Class of 2019 as it studies and looks to the future, Garland focused on the practical.He said that while it’s important to plan — and only take on a mortgage you can afford — one never knows what will happen in a career, so don’t be too set on personal goals. Garland himself originally set out to be an antitrust lawyer.There will be times when work will be overwhelming, Garland said, and times when it will not.“You have to think of your life not as flex time, but as a flex life,” he said. “No one’s promising you it’s going to be a vacation. This week, maybe!”And he urged students to step beyond law school and volunteer, as he has done, tutoring elementary students in reading in the D.C. area, and helping “the Xerox guy” at his former law firm get through college. “He’s now a lawyer,” Garland said proudly.“Some parts will come easy, and some parts will come hard. Don’t get too down on yourself about this: It’s just the way it is,” he said in closing. “One of my favorite lines from ‘Harry Potter’ is Dumbledore saying to Harry, ‘It’s not what your abilities are that make you what you are, it’s your choices.’ So make good choices.” Addressing the incoming class at Harvard Law School on Friday, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland ’74, J.D. ’77, recalled how, as a federal prosecutor, he helped convict the Oklahoma City bombers and the Unabomber, in cases that garnered him national attention and acclaim.He also shared plenty of not-so-famous details about his life, such as his addiction to his iPad, his passion for volunteerism, and his adoration of J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series.As a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, Garland, 63, was even a force behind Rowling’s selection as the University’s 2008 Commencement speaker.He related that when one of his daughters was young, she was having trouble reading.“The thing that got her over the hump was being read the ‘Harry Potter’ books. And then having her read the ‘Harry Potter’ books to us,” he said. “I recommended that J.K. Rowling get an honorary degree, which she did — thus paying her back.”Rowling’s resulting speech remains one of the most popular of the past decade, accruing nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube.Garland, who is currently chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia — often called the second-most important court in the country — was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama, J.D. ’91, in March following the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, L.L.B. ’60.But with Obama in his lame-duck year, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who sets the Senate’s agenda, has declined to begin Garland’s confirmation process, saying it should be up to the next elected president to fill Scalia’s seat.Garland, who chatted onstage with Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow in front of hundreds of students, most in just their second day of orientation, said nothing about his nomination to the top court, or about the partisan national debates over the court vacancy.But in his talk with the dean, who described her guest as “one of my heroes,” Garland showed self-deprecating humor, a sharp memory, and a sense of compassion.Appropriately, Minow started their 50-minute question-and-answer session by asking Garland what he remembered about being a student at the Law School.‘You have to think of your life not as flex time, but as a flex life.’ — Merrick Garland“Unfortunately, my recollect is that ‘The Paper Chase’ had just come out the year before, so all of the prospective One L’s [first-year students] en masse went to the theater in Harvard Square and were scared out of our minds,” he said, referring to the 1973 movie that starred John Houseman as a demanding Harvard Law professor. “That’s pretty much how I remember Harvard Law School.”During his career, as Minow noted, Garland has been a prosecutor, a private litigator, a negotiator, a teacher (including briefly at the Law School, which he described as “the hardest job I’ve ever had”), and a mentor, holding three high posts in the U.S. Department of Justice before being nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1997 by President Bill Clinton.As a federal prosecutor, Garland handled everything from white-collar fraud and espionage cases to helping prepare security for the Olympics to prosecuting Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.“My first case involved a housing project that had been taken over by a violent gang from New York. Mothers and grandmothers, terrorized,” he said. “We had to earn their trust, their belief that we would succeed and get these people arrested and convicted and they wouldn’t come back and kill them. It’s enormously different than what you do in a law firm.” Justice in moderation Related In a Q&A, Laurence Tribe explains how Merrick Garland’s long service makes him a well-vetted candidate for U.S. Supreme Court last_img read more

Biden’s Commerce pick, Raimondo, voices tough line on China

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the Commerce Department has taken a tough line on China in her confirmation hearing. But Gina Raimondo stopped short of singling out which Chinese companies should remain on a list that limits their access to advanced U.S. technology. Raimondo is the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island. She says China’s actions have been anti-competitive and hurtful to American workers and she will use all tools at her disposal to level the playing field for American workers. Raimondo also focused her testimony Tuesday on the need to help those sectors of the economy and the workers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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first_imgBy signing up to participate in the “Gear Up Giveaway” you agree to receive information from Elevation Outdoors and our sponsors. Learn more about our favorite GEAR this year, HERESign up for your chance to win our Gear Up Giveaway with a total package value over $1100!!Prizes include an ENO Doublenest Print Hammock + Atlas Straps, an IceMule Jaunt Cooler, Mountain House Classic Bucket, Phoozy XP3, 3 Landmark Project Beanies, a GoSun Solar Phone Charger, a Watershed McKenzie Handlebar Bag, a Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair and a Sweet Protection Switcher Helmet. First Name: Last Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.* denotes required fieldcenter_img Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on December 16, 2019 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before December 16, 2019 – date and time subject to change. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked.last_img read more

Armies Will Be Key in Anti-Drug Fight in Central America

first_imgBy Dialogo March 08, 2012 The head of the U.S. Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser, predicted on March 6 that the Armed Forces will continue to play a key role in the fight against organized crime in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, in response to “alarming increases in murders and brutality.” “We expect militaries in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador will continue to be called upon to play an important role in domestic security matters in the coming years,” Fraser said in testimony to the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. The Military commander recalled that according to UN figures, Central America has become the most violent region in the world, and within the region, Honduras is the hardest hit. In 2011, San Pedro Sula in Honduras “overtook Ciudad Juarez as the most violent city in the world, with 159 homicides per 100,000 residents,” Fraser noted. In view of the “rising wave of violence,” the resources and capabilities of local police forces are outmatched, and consequently, “these countries view their militaries as the only entities capable of responding to these threats,” he judged. The head of the Southern Command said that due to the magnitude of the problem, “in the immediate future, we will focus our efforts on strengthening the security capacities of our partners in Central America.” Fraser recalled that since January, the United States has been coordinating what is known as Operation Martillo [Hammer], an exercise to fight drug trafficking along the Central American coasts that has been joined by the countries of the region and several European ones. The results of that operation “can be amplified by aligning our air and maritime focus with complementary land (…) activities conducted” by the Central American countries, Fraser added.last_img read more