We measured mercury concentrations ([Hg]) and nitrogen stable isotope ratios (δ15N) in the primary feathers of Short-tailed Shearwaters (Puffinus tenuirostris) that were tracked year-round. The [Hg] were highest in 14 birds that used the Okhotsk and northern Japan Seas during the non-breeding period (2.5 ± 1.4 μg/g), lowest in nine birds that used the eastern Bering Sea (0.8 ± 0.2 μg/g), and intermediate in five birds that used both regions (1.0 ± 0.5 μg/g), with no effects of δ15N. The results illustrate that samples from seabirds can provide a useful means of monitoring pollution at a large spatial scale.
In situ observations, satellite imagery, numerical weather prediction, and reanalysis fields are used to investigate the synoptic and mesoscale environment of a strong wind event (SWE) at McMurdo Station/Ross Island region on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, on 10 October 2003. The SWE occurred during the passage of a sequence of three mesoscale low pressure systems from the central Ross Ice Shelf to the southwest Ross Sea. A potential vorticity (PV) analysis showed that the lows drew air of continental origin down the glacial valleys of the Transantarctic Mountains and onto the ice shelf as a katabatic drainage flow. However, the analysis indicated that the air mass associated with the SWE was of recurved maritime origin drawn in by the second mesoscale low (L2). This air mass approached McMurdo Station from the south where interactions with the orography played a critical role. In the early stages of the event, when the wind speed was less than 10 m s−1, the air was deflected around the topographical features, such as Minna Bluff and Black and White Islands. As the pressure gradient increased, winds of more than 10 m s−1 crossed the orography and developed mountain waves along the lee slopes. When the Froude number became larger than 1, large-amplitude vertically propagating mountain waves developed over the McMurdo Station/Ross Island area, increasing the wind to 16 m s−1. The reanalysis fields did not resolve the mesoscale lows; however, the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS) model was able to simulate important characteristics of the SWE such as the mesoscale low pressure system, flow around the topographical barrier, and the mountain wave.
The 17,000t Brent Alpha platform has been transported from the Brent field in North Sea to Able UK’s Teesside decommissioning yard The Brent Alpha platform has arrived at Able UK’s Teesside decommissioning yard. (Credit: Able UK Ltd) British industrial services firm Able UK has announced that the Shell’s Brent Alpha oil and gas platform has arrived at Able Seaton Port in the UK, in preparation for its dismantling and recycling.The 17,000 tonne Brent Alpha platform has been transported from the Brent oil and gas field in North Sea to Able UK’s Teesside decommissioning yard in North East England.Swiss-based offshore contractor Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit vessel has completed the removal of platform, located 186km off the northeast coast of the Shetland Islands.Brent Alpha is the third platform to be decommissioned from the Brent fieldThe Brent Alpha is the third of four platforms, after Delta and Bravo platforms, to be decommissioned from the Brent oil and gas field.Able UK founder and executive chairman Peter Stephenson said: “The Brent contract is just about the most prestigious oil and gas decommissioning project in the world.“As well as beginning work on the Brent Alpha, a further decommissioning contract will commence in July and from the middle of September, Able Seaton Port will be providing the installation base for the 90 Mitsubishi Vestas turbines that will comprise Innogy’s 857MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.”The Brent Alpha platform consisted of a topsides structure supported by a steel six-legged jacket standing in 140 m of water.One of the biggest fields in the UK North Sea, the Royal Dutch Shell-operated Brent field is currently being decommissioned due to plunging recoverable oil and gas reserves.The Brent field comprised four large platforms namely, Alpha, Delta, Charlie, and Bravo.
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“This is not part-time work, or any type of work for that matter. Arrangements are relationships, albeit constructed differently than traditional relationships.”“Financial reasons aside. The society we live in has changed, and there is interest in alternative relationship models. Arrangements are a modern take on relationships with traditional values.”“Women are unfairly labelled ‘gold diggers’ if they are vocal about wanting a successful partner. The up-front nature of arrangements, being able to lay out exactly the type of person and relationship you want, without fear of judgement or stigma from potential partners’ is empowering. If men are allowed to vocalise what qualities they want in a partner, say being educated and beautiful, then women should be encouraged to do the same for whichever qualities they value.”SeekingArrangement.com offers free premium memberships to students that register with their university email address or if they show proof of their enrolment. Premium accounts allow students to feature on the site, “increasing their visibility and chances of securing an arrangement” to “sugar daddies and mommies”.The site currently boasts over 5 million members and was founded by MIT graduate and online-dating expert, Brandon Wade. Members can join for free.Natasha Gibbs, an undergraduate at Merton, commented, “Relying on these older men, or women, seems to undermine the independence that these students are trying to achieve by pursuing higher education, and the figures are worryingly high in some universities. That said, it is sad that so many young women feel that they have no choice but to turn to such measures in order to pay for their degrees, and perhaps the level of financial support available to students who are struggling with money needs to be addressed.”Jack Harrison, a second year at Pembroke, said, “The nature of tuition fee increases, combined with the intense nature of Oxford times makes it hardly surprising that students are feeling the need to potentially compromise themselves out of a necessity to pay their way.”But one ‘sugar baby’ from Cambridge said, “I feel such an arrangement gives me a freedom”, with another noting “it’s an easy, convenient way to support myself.” Oxford University declined to comment. Seekingarrangement.com has revealed that Oxford University had the 20th highest number of students sign up to be ‘sugar babies’ last year, well-behind behind its rival, Cambridge.In its annual study of university sugar babies, the world’s largest ‘sugar daddy’ dating site revealed that 71 Oxford students had signed up in comparison to 207 from Cambridge University.In total, nearly two million students are seeking benefactors in the form of ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘mommies’ to financially support their university education, according to the study.The site confirmed that 136 Oxford students are registered with them, whilst there are 704 at Cambridge and as many as 724 at Kent University. They have seen a 109 per cent increase in Oxford students registering on their site from the previous year and a 40 per cent over all in sign ups across UK Universities. The site helps to match wealthy benefactors “seeking mutually beneficial relationships” with “attractive” members and come to a variety of “arrangements”, ranging from dinner and conversations to sexual liaisons in return for cash and gifts.“The French had courtesans,” the website states. “The Japanese had geishas. And in today’s society, we now have sugar babies.”The average ‘sugar baby’ allowance is £2,000. On average, members put 36 per cent of this towards tuition, 23 per cent towards rent and 20 per cent towards books, with clothes and transport revealing much lower percentages of five and nine per cent respectively, the site disclosed. Last year, SeekingArrangement.com found that only 20 per cent of relationships started on the site were not sexual.The group commented , “Oxford may be one of the cheapest cities for student accommodation, but the University of Oxford is one of the most expensive in the nation. Many students have found an alternative route to pay for university and associated costs by turning to SeekingArrangement to find sugar daddies and mommies.”“Perhaps one of the most alluring benefits of pursuing sugar daddies, aside from financial stability, is the mentorship and opportunities from dating someone who is of a higher social and economic standing. Most students hear about SeekingArrangement, and this lifestyle from other students who have used it”
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail BY: Jack Heretik Citizens Against Government Waste Releases 2018 Pig Book Detailing Government Waste July 18, 2018 The watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its annual Congressional Pig Book on Wednesday, shedding light on the federal government’s pork-barrel spending.Every year, CAGW releases its Pig Book listing federal government “pork” projects. The group defines a “pork” project as “a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures.” In order to meet the criteria to qualify as pork, a project must meet seven criteria.In the 2018 Pig Book, CAGW cites 232 earmarks, marking a 42.3 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2017. The earmarks in question come to a total of $14.7 billion for FY 2018, over double the $6.8 billion from the year prior.CAGW attributes much of the increase to the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018, where spending was increased in nearly every category in order to get it passed by Congress.While CAGW names the sponsor of different spending measures when it can, it notes the BBA made it difficult to identify who was behind many items in the 2018 list.“The FY 2018 earmarks were again contained in a consolidated appropriations package, which presents its own challenges regarding how the taxpayers’ money is being spent,” the Pig Book states. “Throwing all the earmarks into one large bill makes it more difficult to identify and eliminate the projects that if Congress adhered to regular order and considered the spending bills individually.”The report also voices concerns with the inadequacy of an earmark moratorium, which was first applied in FY 2012.Among the items mentioned in this year’s Pig Book are $6 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority, $65 million for Pacific coastal salmon recovery, nearly $2.7 billion for 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, $2.75 million for the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program, and $16.7 million for the East-West Center in Hawaii.Members of both parties are responsible for the wasteful spending.The debut of the Pig Book comes with an event on Capitol Hill where, this year, attendees were joined by Faye, a live pot-bellied pig from Richmond, Virginia.
Rock N Roll Resort is going “Low Key” for their 6th annual festival, announcing the artists for festivities in Kerhonkson, NY from March 25-27. The festival recently revealed the artists on the initial lineup, announcing Max Creek, Depth Quartet, West End Blend, Mister F, Formula 5, and so many more!The full lineup includes Roxy Roca, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Mr. Breakdown, The Kind Buds, Broccoli Samurai, The Medicinal Purpose, Fat Bradley, The Other Brothers, Cousin Earth, Chromatropic, Teddy Midnight, Space Bacon and more! With Honeycomb as the master of ceremonies, this looks to be one great party!Tickets and more information can be found on the festival’s website. Check out the full lineup below:
Wouldn’t it be nice if managing your IT infrastructure was as simple as using an app on a mobile device?? Whether it’s Google Home or the Amazon Echo, teching out your home is as simple as a voice activated command. We don’t spend too much time thinking about where our phone contacts or music preferences reside. We trust that the cloud will deliver it to at the touch of a button. We even get prompted by our devices when we take a picture to save it to the cloud. It’s disaster recovery gone mainstream!We long for the same simplicity at work. Technology complexity can make it challenging and time consuming to get different components working together. When it finally works well it could be time to upgrade or phase out something. The process starts again. It’s an endless cycle.This year at Microsoft Ignite, Dell EMC is announcing some exciting new advancements to Dell EMC XC Series powered by Nutanix to simplify ecosystem complexity. HCI promises IT simplicity, and we’re continuing to innovate and make advancements that continue to carry out this promise.Enhanced Data Protection for XC Series DeploymentsSimplified management console: First up is the XC Series Data Protection Management Console, which is a big step towards the simple life. This latest advancement in the XC Series ecosystem is huge when integrating Dell EMC Data Protection Solutions like Avamar and Data Domain with the XC Series. Launched as an application from within Prism, the XC Series’ central management interface, the XC Series Data Protection Management Console offers users one click access to monitor and manage the back-up of multiple XC Series clusters. Sharing a common look and feel with Prism, this new addition will prove to be very intuitive for anyone.Simplified lifecycle management: We know your time is valuable, so we’ve streamlined processes at every stage. Customers will receive solution level engagement from Dell EMC team members throughout the entire lifecycle…one quote, one order, one deployment to schedule, and one support number to call. Once deployed, new built in automation features, like VM detection, mean that you’ll spend less time managing backups and more time moving your business forward. Imagine automatically being asked if you want to create a backup when you create a new VM.Simplified and integrated data protection: Let’s also address cloud storage, considering that it’s on everyone’s mind. The Data Domain piece of the overall XC Series data protection solution includes native cloud tiering. You don’t have to worry about the cost or complexity of adding a virtual appliance or cloud gateway. It also automates cloud storage and ensures that only new unique data is sent and stored to the cloud, saving you on backup times and cloud storage costs.Simple life for data protection – check.Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 and Azure Become Even SimplerImagine a world where your current expertise in Microsoft including Hyper-V could be combined effectively with a trusted HCI solution – one that is modern, affordable, scalable and has the flexibility to support Microsoft Hyper-V and additional industry leading hypervisors.New XC Series advances support the newest version of Nutanix 5.5, which builds on existing Hyper-V capabilities, including SCOM integration, by adding support for Hyper-V 2016. In keeping with the overall strategy of simplicity (one-click), the software includes unique capability to upgrade to Hyper-V extremely simply for customers still on older Hyper-V versions.Plus, we recognize Microsoft’s Azure cloud is important to many customers. To simplify a hybrid cloud environment with XC Series on premises working with Azure Cloud, we are introducing the XC Series Azure Log Analytics Solution. It provides integration of XC Series into customers’ OMS-based data center automation tools, enabling insights such as trend analysis and behavioral anomaly detection.Dell EMC has been approved by Microsoft to deliver Azure through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for both direct and indirect (channel) worldwide. Our trusted partners and we, Dell EMC, can facilitate purchases and on-going support.Simpler life for Microsoft environments – check.XC Series is extending the turnkey HCI experience across the full data center ecosystem, enabling you to completely and simply include this HCI solution into your environment using technologies you chose. Availability for these advancements is planned for Q4 of this year. If you’re at Microsoft Ignite this week, please drop by our booth (#459) and talk with our experts! We hope to see you here.
Shah can be seen in the film The Hundred-Foot Journey; he has appeared on stage in shows including Hansel and Gretel, The Comedy of Errors and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. Kumar’s stage credits include Tartuffe, Commercial Road and The Snow Queen. Kuppan, having previously appeared in East is East at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, has also performed in Rafta Rafta, Arabian Nights, and An August Bank Holiday Lark. Clarke’s stage credits include Pigeons, Privacy and Break the Floorboards. Atwal’s theater credits include All Our Daughters, Small Fish Big Cheese and Don Juan in Love. Karim has appeared on stage in Skane and Mogadishu. Additional cast members include Sally Bankes as Auntie Annie, Rani Moorthy as Mrs. Shah, Hassani Shapi as Mr. Shah/Doctor and ensemble members Pamela Bennett, Deepal Parmar, Ash Rizi and Karl Seth. Horrocks’s stage credits include Annie Get Your Gun, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Cabaret and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which earned her an Olivier nod. She went on to star in the film adaptation; other screen credits include Absolutely Fabulous. Din, who may be best known for his performance in Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, was last seen on stage in Bunty Berman Presents (which he also wrote) off-Broadway. His additional writing credits include Last Dance at Dum Dum, Notes on Falling Leaves and All the Way Home. East is East explores the clash of cultures between a multi-cultural family growing up in 1970s Salford. In the play, Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan (Din) is determined to strictly raise his children in a Muslim household. His wife, Ella (Horrocks) becomes divided between her marriage and the free will of her children. The production will feature design by Tom Scutt, lighting by Richard Howell and sound and music by Alex Baranowski. View Comments The cast is now set for the West End revival of Ayub Khan Din’s East is East. Joining the previously announced stage and screen star Jane Horrocks as Ella Khan will be Amit Shah as Abdul, Ashley Kumar as Tariq, Darren Kuppan as Maneer, Nathan Clarke as Saleem, Taj Atwal as Meenah and Michael Karim as Sajit. Din will also star as George Khan in the production of his semi-autobiographical play. Directed by Sam Yates, the Trafalgar Transformed production will begin performances on October 4 and run through January 3, 2015. Press night is scheduled for October 15.
‘Roman Holiday’ Will this new tuner be easy to love? Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical is aiming for Broadway in the fall of 2017. The show will premiere as part of SHN’s 2016-2017 season and is scheduled to play a limited engagement May 24, 2017 through June 28 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre.Based on the classic 1953 film that starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical will feature Cole Porter classics such as “Night and Day,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” and “Easy to Love.” The book will be by Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman and Paul Blake.In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life—to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever. View Comments