Antarctic krill aggregation characteristics from acoustic observations in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean

first_imgThe distributional features and physical characteristics of 4830 krill (Euphausia superba Dana) aggregations detected acoustically in the Southwest Atlantic between 26 January and 21 February 1981 are described. Results are compared with aggregations detected in the Indian Ocean. Aggregations in the Atlantic were larger, closer to the surface and to each other than in the Indian Ocean. Similar patterns in the distribution of aggregation spacing along survey transects were found in the two areas, although the pattern of spacings in the Atlantic indicates differences in the scale of aggregation. Serial interdependence of aggregation variables was minimal in the Atlantic, with aggregation thickness, length and spacing showing weak inter-relationships. Weak functional association, between water depth and aggregation thickness was evident. Investigation of variability in aggregation structure in relation to prevailing environmental conditions gave equivocal results and no clear association between any aggregation variable and prevailing hydrography was observed. The implications of these results for future studies on krill aggregation are discussed in relation to a conceptual framework which was developed from the present results and aimed at linking krill aggregation characteristics to environmental features.last_img read more

Lufkin Industries acquires North American Rod Lift Business of Schlumberger

first_img Lufkin Industries acquires North American Rod Lift Business of Schlumberger. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay) Lufkin Industries, a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners (KPS), announced  that it has completed the acquisition of the North American Land Rod Lift Business (the “Rod Lift Business” or the “Business”) of Schlumberger N.V. (“Schlumberger”) (NYSE: SLB).Schlumberger’s Rod Lift Business is a large provider of rod lift products and services in North America (onshore) with brands including Don-Nan, Shores Lift Solutions, KBA Engineering, Platinum Pumpjack Services and RLC Rod Lift Consulting.  The Business provides its customers with a full product offering including downhole pumps and accessories, beam pumping units, sucker rods and gas lift products.  The Rod Lift Business has significant manufacturing and distribution capacity and has developed differentiated technology offerings, including the proprietary PumpTrak software.  The Business has an expansive footprint across all major oil-producing regions in North America (onshore), including the Permian Basin where Don-Nan has operated for almost 60 years.Lufkin became an independent company after being acquired by KPS from Baker Hughes on June 30, 2020.  Lufkin, headquartered in Missouri City, Texas, is a leading global provider of rod lift products, technologies, services and solutions, including automated control and optimization equipment and software for rod lift equipment to the oil and gas industry.  With over 100 years of industry leadership, Lufkin manufactures a complete line of surface pumping units, downhole sucker rod pumps and automation systems in six manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide.  Lufkin has an extensive global service footprint that operates throughout the oil-producing world.Michael Psaros, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of KPS, said, “We are excited to combine Lufkin and Schlumberger’s Rod Lift Business, which together have an unparalleled reputation for reliability, superior technology, innovation, customer service and global footprint.  KPS Partner Ryan Baker, leveraging KPS’ significant capital resources and global platform, is successfully leading a team that is building Lufkin through the acquisition of complementary businesses, technologies and products that serve the upstream sector of the energy business.  KPS is committed to expanding the Lufkin platform despite unprecedented volatility in the energy business, which will benefit customers of Lufkin and Schlumberger’s Rod Lift Business.”Andy Cordova, President of Lufkin, said, “The real winner in the combination are the customers of Lufkin and Schlumberger’s Rod Lift Business.  Our customers will now have access to the many strengths of both businesses as we combine the very best technology, manufacturing processes and global footprint.  We will remain laser focused on providing world-class quality, delivery and customer service across our platform as we combine these businesses and beyond.”Simmons Energy, a division of Piper Sandler & Co., acted as advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Dentons served as legal counsel to Lufkin and its affiliates.  PPHB LP acted as advisor and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP served as legal counsel to Schlumberger. Source: Company Press Release The Rod Lift Business has significant manufacturing and distribution capacity and has developed differentiated technology offerings, including the proprietary PumpTrak softwarelast_img read more

Sri Lanka: Commander of Navy Hands Over Kit Packs

first_img View post tag: News by topic Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage handed over kit packs to a cross section of naval personnel consisting of 03 officers and 20 sailors at a function held at SLNS Parakrama Auditorium on 31st October 2012. Senior naval officers attached to NHQ and Commanding Officer SLNS Parakrama were also present on the occasion.Issuing kit packs to all naval personnel during a designated month each year is being implemented to streamline the present system. It is expected that the measure will enable naval personnel to receive their uniforms without delay. Respective naval commands will also hold similar functions to mark the occasion.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 1, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy Sri Lanka: Commander of Navy Hands Over Kit Packs View post tag: Navy View post tag: over Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: Commander of Navy Hands Over Kit Packs November 1, 2012 View post tag: Handscenter_img View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: Commander View post tag: Kit View post tag: Packs Share this articlelast_img read more

Italy-based USS Mount Whitney wraps up five-month patrol

first_img View post tag: US 6th Fleet View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Mount Whitney Photo: USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) returned to Gaeta, Italy, Aug. 1, 2018. Photo: US Navycenter_img US Navy Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) returned to her forward-deployed homeport of Gaeta, Italy, after five months of operations.Mount Whitney departed Gaeta Feb. 27, to conduct naval operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations in Europe and Africa.“It’s good to be back home after five months at sea,” said Capt. Robert Aguilar, commanding officer of Mount Whitney. “From the Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, Baltic Sea, and Black Sea, the Mount Whitney has covered all corners of the European and West African area of responsibility and we are only half way through the year.”During the underway, the 6th Fleet falgship played a critical role in three major multinational exercises including Obangame Express, Baltic Operations, and Sea Breeze.The ship hosted many distinguished visitors during these exercises, such as Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite, and Commander, European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.“Over the last five months the Mount Whitney enabled vital diplomatic meeting between heads of state, military-to-military key leader engagements, and partnership building with strategic allies and partners,” said Aguilar.Mount Whitney was able to embark an entire combined joint task force staff as well as the staffs of allied and partner nations. During exercise Sea Breeze 2018, more than 150 staff members from various countries made up the Sea Breeze maritime operations center aboard the ship.Additionally, the ship spent time in Rijeka, Croatia, as part of an extensive service life extension program which will extend its active service life to 2039. During that time Mount Whitney completed various engineering equipment assessments, topside preservation, and inspection and upkeep of various systems throughout the ship.Mount Whitney was also able to make scheduled port visits in cities such as Lisbon, Portugal; Kiel, Germany; Odessa, Ukraine; and Piraeus, Greece. While underway, Mount Whitney completed four replenishments-at-sea, three vertical replenishments, 15 port calls, hosted more than two-thousand visitors, and sailed nearly 15,000 nautical miles. Share this articlelast_img read more

Welbeck Bakehouse to commence production

first_imgArtisan bakery The Welbeck Bakehouse fired up its wood-burning oven for the first time last week, making a range of organic handmade sourdough breads and offering bakery courses.The new bakehouse is situated on the Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, which has a farm shop, café and gallery. It is currently staffed with two bakers and one baker’s assistant, although the bakehouse has the capacity to expand production, said a spokesperson for the estate, who added that the possibility of the bakehouse having its own shop in the future had been discussed.The products, baked in wood-fired brick ovens, will be sold at the bakery and the Welbeck Estate farm shop as well as local farmers’ markets. Bakery courses will also be run from the estate at The School of Artisan Food, which is due to open in September.The range of breads will include its flagship loaf the Welbeck sourdough, a traditional British granary loaf, Polish rye and an Italian ciabatta, and will be made with flour, water, salt and sometimes a small amount of yeast; no improvers, additives or processing aids will be used.Author and Real Bread Cam-paign founder Andrew Whitley has been a founding consultant for the project. “He will run his Baking for a Living courses at The School of Artisan Food, which will offer degree courses in areas such as cheese making, brewery and sourdough production,” said the spokesperson.The bakehouse will also be used by the students on the bakery courses.last_img read more

News story: Community groups provided with additional funding to tackle knife crime

first_imgThe Community Fund was first launched last year and 47 charities across the country benefited from the funding.The second round of additional funding forms just one of over 60 actions and commitments announced in the Serious Violence Strategy and reiterates the importance of early intervention to tackle the root causes of serious violence, backed with £40 million of Home Office funding.Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, Matthew Reed said: It is vital that the government continues to support community groups who help young people build the resilience they need to take positive steps in life and steer clear of criminal activity. Early intervention and prevention is vital to tackling serious violence and I am delighted we are able to increase the funding available to support more organisations. As we continue to deliver on the Serious Violence Strategy I look forward to meeting and working with more of these organisations. This announcement comes just days after the Home Secretary doubled the Early Intervention Youth Fund, which is also part of the Serious Violence Strategy, to £22 million. Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) who work in partnership with community safety partnerships (CSPs) or the equivalent can bid for support from the Early Intervention Youth Fund to deliver projects which steer young people away from violent crime. Today (Thursday 2 August) Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins confirmed that 67 charities across England and Wales will be provided extra funding from the Home Office’s Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund.The second round of the Community Fund opened in May 2018 and was originally set at £1 million. Due to the number and quality of bids submitted, and as part of the government’s commitment to early intervention and prevention to tackle serious violence, the funding has been increased to over £1.5 million.These successful bids, which were selected due to their commitment to educating young people about the dangers of carrying weapons, are set to receive up to £30,000 each.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: We are delighted to be awarded this funding from the Home Office, which will allow The Children’s Society to deliver school-based support in Birmingham and an emotional resilience programme in Newcastle. Supporting young people to live safe and protected lives free from exploitation and knife crime is more important than ever.last_img read more

Speed Of Sound Festival Announces Initial Lineup

first_imgOn August 7th at the Dutchess County Airport in Wappingers Falls, NY, The Speed of Sound Festival will hold its second annual event. This years headliners, The Lumineers, will be joined by artists such as Simone Felice, Rayland Baxter, Swear & Shake, Nicole Atkins, and Fiction of the Future.  The event is being put on by Radio Woodstock and Friendly Auto Group, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Radio Woodstock Cares Foundation, an organization that supports various non-profit groups and those in need in the Hudson Valley community.Check out the full lineup below. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday at 10am EST, and can be purchased HERE.last_img read more

Sandberg named Class Day speaker

first_imgSuccessful businesswoman, best-selling author, and Harvard alumna Sheryl Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95, has been chosen as the 2014 Class Day speaker. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org, will address seniors in Tercentenary Theatre on May 28, the day before Harvard’s 363rd Commencement.“Sheryl Sandberg has been an inspirational advocate, thinking critically about social issues and striving to make a positive difference in our world. As we go forth from Harvard, we’re hopeful to hear from her on how we can realize what’s important to us not only professionally but also personally, and what we can do to see a more equitable society,” said First Marshal Jen Zhu ’14.Soon after receiving her M.B.A., Sandberg became a senior official in the U.S. Treasury Department. She joined Google in 2001, becoming vice president of global online sales and operations. In 2008, Sandberg became the chief operating officer at Facebook.“Her career has spanned government, business, and tech. She took huge risks professionally, joining both Google and Facebook in their early days, when each company’s business model was not yet certain. She is an inspiring leader, activist, and businesswoman. We are overjoyed that she will be addressing us at Class Day,” said Marshal Virginia Fahs ’14.Sandberg is also the author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” published in 2013. The best-selling book, which discusses barriers women face in reaching their professional goals, inspired, an organization “committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.”“Sheryl Sandberg’s work and advocacy have sparked valuable discussions within our class and around campus, especially as we look forward to entering the professional world. Her ideas and example challenge us to think and act critically as soon-to-be graduates,” said Marshal Roland Yang ’14.Class Day ceremonies, which will begin at 2 p.m., will also feature Harvard orators Adam J. Conner ’14 and Christie L. Disilvestro ’14, Ivy orators Zack W. Guzman ’14 and Jenna D. Martin ’14, the Harvard University Band, and remarks from interim Harvard College Dean Donald Pfister.“The Senior Class Committee is ecstatic to bring Sheryl Sandberg to Class Day,” said Irene Chen ’14, a senior class committee member. “Because she was Harvard College Class of 1991, she can relate to the Harvard undergraduate experience, and we look forward to hearing her thoughts on Class Day.”last_img read more

Public programs are ‘good economic bets’

first_imgIs it a hand up or a hand out?Historically, much of the public debate about the nation’s social safety net has centered on its efficacy or its cost to taxpayers. There’s been a strong, widely held presumption that such programs are burdensome charities that encourage laziness and yield little economic benefit to society.Gareth Olds, 29, an assistant professor who studies labor economics in Harvard Business School’s (HBS) entrepreneurial management unit, had good reason to suspect that perception was off the mark, but found almost no existing research to confirm or contradict his hunch.“There’s already good evidence that income support and public programs do return investments for a society independent of any kind of moral claim that they have,” he said. “They’re good economic bets. Similar studies have been done on public education, and yet it’s something we continue to cut and cut and cut.”Olds specifically wanted to know whether a stronger safety net had an effect on parents and entrepreneurship. So he dug into 20 years of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) on enrollment in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Modeled after a Massachusetts initiative championed by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, SCHIP is a national program launched in 1996 that pays all or most of the health insurance premium costs for children whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but still aren’t able to provide coverage for their children. At its peak, 13 percent of U.S. households had children insured through the program. While the program still exists, the Affordable Care Act now provides much of the same benefits.“It’s not by accident that we have one of the most educated workforces on the planet. It’s at least in part because of the G.I. Bill,” Olds said. But as public benefits have been cut significantly in recent years, perhaps it’s no accident that the dynamism of the American economy has similarly waned. “These are open questions we can answer with data, so let’s really dig in and figure out what’s going on here.”His findings in a new draft paper confirm that SCHIP did what lawmakers hoped it would do: Households made eligible for coverage were 40 percent less likely to have uninsured children. But Olds’ research found that the program had an unexpected side effect, as well. It led to a 15 percent increase in the self-employment rate among eligible households. Those businesses were disproportionately more likely to be serious, high-quality ventures, not glorified hobbies.Using a rigorous, two-phased methodological approach to tease out causes from correlations, Olds looked at whether households were eligible for coverage and then compared households that were barely eligible to those that just missed qualifying to see what happened in them before the program and afterward.Households that barely qualified for coverage were 20 to 25 percent more likely to have a small business, suggesting a link between becoming eligible and starting a business. In fact, the program increased incorporated businesses by 36 percent and drove up the share of household income generated by these businesses by 12 percent, according to the research.The results also showed that when middle- and lower-income parents had a risk of an uninsured child getting seriously ill, they acted similarly. Their behavior was not driven by households enrolling in SCHIP, but by simply knowing they had the option to do so, the results showed.These findings upend calcified notions that social welfare programs stifle economic growth or that the poor are not motivated to become entrepreneurs or be “job creators.”“This is important from a policy standpoint. If you’re going to design a program, you want to know whether this is an effect of just giving people money, or is it the decoupling of an insurance benefit from employment?” he said.Contrary to shopworn expectations, households with access to private insurance from an employer before SCHIP did not migrate en masse to the program to take advantage of a freebie. It appears that simply knowing the safety net was available to them was key because it reduced the perception of risk that likely would inhibit starting a venture. It’s an unrecognized spillover benefit that policymakers so far have not accounted for, one that is undermined when the social safety net is weakened, the paper concludes.Olds’ research isn’t just professional, it’s personal. While studying developmental economics in Lesotho as a graduate student at Brown University, he became interested in the parallels to U.S. labor economics. So he drew upon that traditional counsel to writers, “write what you know,” and applied it to his work.“I started thinking about my parents’ business. My parents started a business when I was 11, and we had been on public benefits for a long time before then. I was curious whether those two were connected,” he said. “I wanted to know whether a stronger safety net encouraged people to start businesses or enabled them in some way to start businesses.”Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, his family struggled for the first decade of his life, relying on a number of programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to help make ends meet. Once stabilized, his stepfather eventually found work as a dental assistant while his mother did odd jobs here and there — cleaning houses, delivering phone books, and coaching pregnant women as a doula. To better their circumstances, his stepdad started a weekend vocational school, training students to become dental assistants, most of whom also received some public benefits.‘I don’t think my mom would’ve been able to go to college without this business and without some kind of buffer.’“There wouldn’t be students for my parents’ business without these workfare programs to encourage vocational training. My parents wouldn’t have been able to save any money to start this business, [and] they couldn’t have taken time off” to get it off the ground if they had to take on a second wage-paying job just to stay afloat, he said.“I don’t think my mom would’ve been able to go to college without this business and without some kind of buffer, this knowledge that if things really went south with the business, we’d still have insurance, we wouldn’t be hungry. It was a big, important piece of her calculus in going to school and getting a college education,” Olds said of his mother, who earned a nursing degree when he was in high school.Olds concedes that his unusually personal connection has generated some pushback from colleagues — “quite rightfully so” — about the findings. “In research, people are suspicious if you’re writing about something you really have a personal stake in because [they] worry that there’s a subtle bias or you’re going to find what you’re looking for,” he said, explaining why he applied a two-pronged methodology “to really nail down the empirics of this.”Ultimately, Olds hopes the paper will stimulate some creative thinking on public policy design.“I see this as a bipartisan issue. We want to encourage innovation, we want to encourage people to take risks and take ownership of their lives,” he said, so “why wouldn’t we want to do everything we can to encourage that?”last_img read more

A Riparian Landowner’s Claim to a King’s Grant Has Stalled the Removal of Virginia’s Monumental Mills Dam

first_imgThe confluence of the Hazel and Thornton Rivers has historically been a gathering place for swimmers, canoeists, anglers—and even occasional baptisms by one local church. Then, in September 2005, Gary Close, Culpeper County’s former attorney, decided to close off the river to public use, igniting a firestorm of protest.Close based his decision on the riparian landowners’ claims of a pre-Revolutionary grant to the river. King’s (or Crown) grants were issued by monarchs to reward loyal subjects with colonial property. At one time, nearly all of Culpeper County was part of such a grant. In 1802, however, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law stipulating that all land under water that was not previously conveyed would henceforth be held by the Commonwealth of Virginia in trust for the public.The landowners along the Hazel had argued to Close that because their land was conveyed before 1802, the law didn’t apply to their property. Now, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office contends that a Crown grant is not recognized until it has been adjudicated by a Virginia court. No such case has ever been litigated on the Hazel River.Close determined that it was illegal to tread on the river bottom—and to float and swim in the area, despite state and federal law to the contrary. On the basis of Close’s actions, landowners routinely summoned law enforcement hundreds of times to expel citizens from the river.After a great deal of public pressure, Close agreed to review his original position and found that he had been wrong to recognize the Crown grant in the absence of judicial review. The public can now use the river near the low-water bridge, although walking on the privately owned riverbanks is still forbidden by law.Locals have harshly criticized the riparian landowners’ actions in the imbroglio, but the truth is that they have some legitimate concerns. Culpeper County court records document dozens of criminal trespassing convictions—and convictions for everything from littering to illicit drug use—along the riverbanks. There is evidence of illegally harvested deer carcasses, their remains unceremoniously dumped on Butler Store Road not far from the river. One riparian landowner claims that a stranger walked right into his home to ask where he could fish. Swimming and fishing in the river is legal; trespassing and littering are not.Old news, you say? Think again. In a new wrinkle to the never-ending Hazel River drama, landowner Ben Grace is objecting to the removal of the defunct Monumental Mills Dam, which originally supported a gristmill but hasn’t operated for decades. Jean Scott, the dam owner and a riparian landowner from the other side of the river, contacted Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) officials to see if she could have the dam removed. Scott argues that the dam serves no useful purpose today, is an eyesore and a health hazard, and blocks multiple species of migrating fish, including river herring and shad.Paddlers in particular are adversely affected by the dam: They cannot portage on Mrs. Scott’s side of the river because of a sheer drop-off of about 20 feet. Meanwhile, the other side of the dam, which still houses part of the old gristmill, is clearly labeled “no trespassing” and references a King’s grant. The state has secured funds to have the dam removed at no cost to either landowner, but Mr. Grace has strenuously objected to state workers coming on his side of the river to remove the dam. Indeed, he has served numerous state employees with “stay-away notices” informing them that he may press charges against them for trespassing should they return.Freedom of Information Act requests reveal that the state has engaged a title company to research the King’s grant claims at $75 per hour. At this writing, the agency has spent $11,653 looking into the matter. The project, however, appears to be at a standstill. Other FOIA requests indicate that state employees feel unsafe and intimidated while working in the area and have even requested that armed Conservation Police Officers accompany them for further work. The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support the removal of the dam, and at least one riparian landowner downstream of the dam has offered to donate property to establish a canoe launch area when the dam is finally removed.The Hazel River may be a hotly contested river bottom—but it isn’t the only one. Anglers across the Old Dominion are incensed by state officials who advertise local waters as public property and merrily sell fishing licenses—and then refuse to defend anglers in court when they are sued by riparian landowners who claim to hold an exclusive grant to the river bottom. The Crown grant issue cries out for clarity, but thus far only State Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31) and State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25) have made any attempt to address it. In the last legislative session, Del. Lingamfelter proposed a bill that would have required landowners to notify state agencies of pending river bottom claims and to post publically where such claims originated; that bill died in committee.  This step would have at least provided some clarity for river users.Will Mark Herring, the Old Dominion’s new Attorney General, defend the rights of canoeists, anglers, and swimmers to traverse Virginia’s public waterways? Only time will tell.last_img read more