The SOOS Asian Workshop: Exploring possibilities for collaboration

first_imgThe first Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Asian Workshop was successfully held in Shanghai, China in May 2013, attracting over 40 participants from six Asian nations and widening exposure to the objectives and plans of SOOS. The workshop was organized to clarify Asian research activities currently taking place in the Southern Ocean and to discuss, amongst other items, the potential for collaborative avenues in the Asian domain of SOOS beyond current established efforts. Here we present some of the major outcomes of the workshop covering the principle themes of SOOS and attempt to provide a way forward to achieve a more integrated research community, enhance data collection and quality, and guide scientific strategy in the Southern Ocean.last_img

Family Christmas Celebration at Tabernacle

first_imgOcean City Tabernacle offers the Son Club throughout the school year. The public is invited to a free Family Christmas Celebration at the Ocean City Tabernacle on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.The evening will begin with a family dinner, followed by a special program featuring music from the ARK Preschool and Son Club After-School Program students, as well as Christmas carols for all to sing along. After the program, there will be Christmas cookies, professional family Christmas photos, face painting and more.Call 609-399-1915 or visit and click on the Family Christmas Celebration banner for more information.last_img

Mayor’s Message: Dec. 20

first_imgDear Friends,Ocean City businesses are open and the city is decorated for the holidays. Remember to visit our local shops and restaurants, and if you are visiting family out of town, bring some favorite treats from Ocean City.First Night is a little more than a week away, and if you have not purchased admission buttons for your family, there is still time to do so. You can order your buttons online at  or by calling 609-399-6111. Buttons also can be purchased in person at the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue and at the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway.Online registration  is also open for the First Day 5K Run. The race will start at 1 p.m. and race-day registration will open at 11 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Registration for the 2 p.m. First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean also will be at the Music Pier.Because Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesdays, there will be a change to the trash and recycling schedule. Pickup will be pushed back by one day for all routes normally scheduled for Wednesday through Friday. See more information.Michele and I also would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please take the time to enjoy the holidays with your family, neighbors and friends.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Uniq acquisition aids Greencore growth

first_imgInternational convenience food manufacturer Greencore has shown a healthy start to 2012, reporting a headline revenue growth of 52.6%.In its interim management statement this morning (9 February), the Irish-based firm highlighted that core underlying growth was 11.2% in the 17 weeks to 27 January. This included the acquisition of Uniq back in September 2011, but excluded the chilled prepared food group’s dessert product lines, which are due to be exited in June this year.The company said its convenience foods division had shown a 57.2% increase in recorded revenue, amounting to £353.8m. Its own Greencore businesses, including Food To Go, Cakes & Desserts and  sandwich brand Greencore Northampton, recorded revenue growth of 13%, as well as strong volume growth.Greencore confirmed that its move to integrate Uniq had proven profitable, with revenues up 8.2% year-on-year for the business, despite declines of 18.1% in some areas that the company has decided to discontinue with later this year.Its ingredients division, which includes its oils and fats business Trilby Trading, also performed in line with the company’s expectations, detailing increased revenue of 3.2%. Reporting on its performance, Greencore said it was pleased it had made a strong start to the financial year across its portfolio of businesses. It highlighted its financial position was positive, stating it had sufficient headroom in its committed facilities to meet the needs of the business and an average maturity of around four years.last_img read more

Bakers will need to join forces, says Rabobank

first_imgMergers and acquisitions this is the future of Europe’s frozen bakery industry, as predicted by Rabobank Food and Agri Research in its latest market report.It believes a number of major challenges facing the industry will lead to companies combining forces in order to build scale. According to Rabobank, some of the key challenges are that large retailers are becoming more and more powerful, innovation is needed in a number of areas, and that companies need to improve their operating performance.Marc Kennis, analyst, said that these challenges are best met by bakeries increasing the scale of their operations. “However, organic growth will not be enough to meet the challenges and so companies will need to join forces with rivals,” he explained.Building scale through acquisitions would help frozen bakery companies to regain some of the lost bargaining power from the major multiples, and enable them to pass on the higher raw material costs they have faced in recent years, said Rabobank. It would enable them to improve their efficiency through capital investments, lowering costs per unit, and to react to trends more quickly, while investing more in research and development, it said.For companies that are unable to grow through acquisitions, Rabobank recommended other strategies, including cost leadership, focus on a particular niche, or nurturing relationships with a select few clients.The report said the UK was seeing one of highest growth rates in frozen bakery, at around +5.6%, (including chilled goods), in a market now worth 13bn (£10.4bn). The biggest markets are France, Germany and Spain.The report also estimated that savoury pastry snacks will see growth of 6.6% in volume by 2014, while frozen bread and patisserie look set to rise by around 4.2% and 4.8% in volume, respectively. Meanwhile, frozen Viennoiserie is predicted to grow by 3.1%.last_img read more

Strawberry App

first_imgUniversity of Georgia and University of Florida (UF) researchers are using weather monitors to combat diseases in strawberry fields. The researchers are testing the Strawberry Advisory System (SAS) in Georgia strawberry fields. SAS, an app created, in part, by UF plant pathologist Natalia Peres, uses temperature and leaf moisture monitors to recommend when farmers should spray for Botrytis and anthracnose, two fungi that cause fruit rot on strawberries. Strawberry farmers typically apply fungicides every week during the growing season to prevent and control diseases. The SAS application reduces the amount of fungicide a grower needs to spray. A 2014 Florida study showed that following SAS recommendations could increase growers’ net profits by $1.7 million over a 10-year period when compared to traditional spraying regimens. The system has been tested in Florida for three to four years and in South Carolina for one year. This is the first year that SAS is being used on Georgia-grown berries.Farmers can install the necessary equipment – a temperature and humidity sensor along with a leaf moisture sensor and cellular communication hardware – for about $2,500. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is exploring the addition of leaf moisture sensors to its existing network of 81 weather stations around the state. Collectively, these stations make up the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network ( In the past, a few UGA weather stations included sensors to track leaf moisture. The devices were difficult to keep properly calibrated and were eventually removed, said Ian Flitcroft, manager of the network.“The UGA weather stations can ultimately be modified to include this device,” said Phillip Brannen, a UGA CAES plant pathologist based in Athens, Georgia. “If a farmer is located close enough to one of our weather stations, he can use that station’s data.”For this weather-driven system to be effective, farmers must use accurate weather data for the area closest to their farm. “In south Georgia, and in a lot of places across the state, it can rain in one field and the next one can be dry as a bone,” Brannen said.This season, UGA Cooperative Extension agents in Appling and Hall counties are testing the system in Georgia strawberry fields. The monitoring stations are located in north Georgia and in south Georgia to track how effective the system is where soil types and weather conditions are different.In Appling County, UGA Extension agent Shane Curry works with farmers in one of the largest strawberry-producing counties in Georgia. He says that the way the berries are picked makes it difficult to track the weather station data’s effect on crop yields.”Strawberries are picked every other day or every third day, so it’s hard for us to get yield counts each time in a commercial field. We are collecting important data and probably will next season, also,” he said. “Ideally, if we don’t see a yield decrease or a reduction in fruit quality, we can reduce the number of sprays and instead spray based on the weather.”Curry would like to see something similar to the SAS app adapted to other Georgia commodities, like pecans and blueberries, very profitable crops in Appling County. He feels the system would also be useful for controlling Botrytis and anthracnose in blueberries and, with some modifications, pecan scab disease in pecan orchards.”With the right programming, we should be able to adapt this system or something similar to almost any crop,” Curry said. “The research on the diseases is already done. Using the information we already have from university research and making it available on smart phones through apps could be very beneficial to farmers. It’s still Extension information, but the delivery is different.” Brannen agrees, and thinks Georgia blueberry farmers waste money and time applying unnecessary fungicide sprays. “The long-term goal will be to add the leaf wetness sensors to UGA’s weather stations. I’m excited about strawberries, but if we get this to work, we can use it on blueberries or apples, basically any crop that gets Botrytis or anthracnose,” said Brannen, whose research focuses on using weather-monitoring equipment and satellite systems to monitor diseases in fruit crops.“Strawberries are a minor crop in Georgia, unless you are a strawberry farmer. It’s not like in Florida and South Carolina. Blueberries are first in my next thought process. This system would help us predict whether a farmer needs to spray, and it could save him money, too,” he said. “You could switch commodities – and I think it would work – and then we could use it to predict the occurrence of the same organisms. If we can do that, then we will really be making hay.”For more information on the SAS app, visit read more

Brazilian Air Force Helicopters Will Be Part Of The Humanitarian Aid In Chile

first_img According to him, the Brazilian Air Force personnel are especially prepared to help with cases of broken bones and drowning. “We are still unsure what we will encounter, but we are prepared. Because this involves earthquakes, we are carrying supplies for immobilization and first-aid kits, as well as rescue equipment for coastal areas,” he said, emphasizing that it is a source of pride to participate in such missions. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help someone get back to a normal life. Every human being feels good being able to help others, Brazilians or not.” “We are not sure how much time we will spend there, because we know that many people need help. We all want to get there soon and see what we need to do and take action, regardless of the number of days that will be necessary or the amount of rest we will have,” explains a member of the Manaus Special Aviation Infantry Battalion (BINFAE-MN), Lieutenant Renan Antunes. Above 10,000 meters, extra sources of oxygen would be necessary. The aircraft will be part of the humanitarian aid, including search and rescue efforts, in the regions affected by the earthquake and tsunamis. The Black Hawks can also be used for the transportation of food and medicine to isolated areas. center_img During the trip there, which included crossing Argentina and the Andes mountain range, studies were made of the climatic conditions in the lower-altitude area. By Dialogo March 08, 2010 I read about the humanitarian relief that Brazil is providing by the decision of the President. This is how all of us brothers should help and support each other. Nature does not choose by the color of our skin or by what religion we practice. This could happen to all of us. We must all start from that principle. I am happy to know that my country could help its neighbours because nobody is so poor that can’t help the others. The two H-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the 7th Squadron of the 8th Aviation Group of the Brazilian Air Force are already in the city of Concepción, in Chile. last_img read more

Valley Stream Music Teacher Charged With Rape of Teen Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Yoel GonzalezA guitar teacher from Valley Stream has been arrested for the statutory rape of an underage teen girl after Nassau County police said they learned about the two-year sexual relationship.Yoel Gonzalez, 27, was charged Thursday with third-degree rape and criminal sexual act.Police said Gonzalez was 24 years old when he initiated a sexual relationship with the then-15-year-old girl in 2011, two years after they first met when she was 13 and taking lessons from Gonzalez when he worked at Bracco Music Center.The two began to socialize outside of the music shop and Gonzalez continued to tutor the victim privately in her home after he no longer worked at the shop, police said.Authorities began investigating Gonzalez after “information regarding their relationship surfaced,” police said in a news release.Gonzalez will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.Special Victims Squad detectives ask any other possible victims of the suspect to call them at 516-573-4022.last_img read more

Dunkin’ offers sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

first_img“Being the busiest day of the year, they need to staff it accordingly. They’ve been planning their orders now for the last couple weeks to make sure they have plenty of heart-shaped doughnuts to appeal to everybody,” said Stensland. “You share the love with your favorite somebody, it goes a long way. So you’re going out whether you’re getting chocolate, you’re getting balloons, you’re getting flowers, buying heart- shaped doughnuts, man, that makes a statement,” said Stensland. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — It’s a day of love and lots of customers for Dunkin’ locations. “You could share with your kids classrooms, your favorites over at the office, but again, it’s all about a great week to share some love,” said Stensland. Offering a variety of heart-shaped doughnuts and pink velvet drinks, like lattes and macchiatos. Appealing to the eye, and to the heart. Whether you’re at the drive-thru, or inside, you can bet you’ll be waiting on a bit of a line, no matter the time of day. Stores have been getting ready for Valentine’s Day for weeks.center_img “We’re busy in the morning, but if you’re anything like me, you might be that person on the way home, you want to grab something for that someone special, stop in at Dunkin’ for some heart-shaped doughnuts, they really bring smiles to your kids faces,” said Stensland. Dunkin’ says Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year. “Valentine’s Day is a huge day for Dunkin’ second to national doughnut day pretty much,” said integrated marketing manager Eric Stensland. And romance isn’t a requirement! Doughnuts are a great gift for anyone in your life. Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day products have been offered since the beginning of February and are available while supplies last.last_img read more

Rating proposals attacked by RICS

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