Dissolved iodine speciation in surface seawater at a coastal Antarctic site has been studied over a period spanning three austral summers. The sampling site is biologically productive, with a summertime algal bloom accompanying strong seasonal variations in physical and chemical parameters. The results suggest a seasonal cycle in which iodide concentrations increase and iodate concentrations decrease during the summer, though the magnitude of these changes appears to be subject to considerable interannual variability. Iodide concentrations were typically very low, with minimum values of 10 to 20 nM at the beginning and end of the ice-free summer periods and summertime maxima of about 35 nM in 2005/06, 150 nM in 2006/07 and 82 nM in 2007/08. More detailed observations of iodide and iodate concentrations made during summer 2005/06 demonstrated that the accumulation of iodide was strongly correlated with integrated biological primary productivity, with an implied I/C assimilation ratio of 1.6 × 10−4.
The rising number of operational biogas plants in the UK brings a new emissions category to consider for methane monitoring, quantification and reduction. Minimising methane losses from biogas plants to the atmosphere is critical not only because of their contribution of methane to global warming but also with respect to the sustainability of renewable energy production. Mobile greenhouse gas surveys were conducted to detect plumes of methane emissions from the biogas plants in southern England that varied in their size, waste feed input materials and biogas utilization. Gaussian plume modelling was used to estimate total emissions of methane from ten biogas plants based on repeat passes through the plumes. Methane emission rates ranged from 0.1 to 58.7 kg CH4 hr-1, and the percentage of losses relative to the calculated production rate varied between 0.02 and 8.1%. The average emission rate was 15.9 kg CH4 hr-1, and the average loss was 3.7%. In general, methane emission rates from smaller farm biogas plants were higher than from larger food waste biogas plants. We also suggest that biogas methane emissions may account for between 0.4 and 3.8%, with an average being 1.9% of the total methane emissions in the UK excluding the sewage sludge biogas plants.
View post tag: Naval USS Blue Ridge Docks in Singapore U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked staff arrived in Singapore, April 30, to emphasize the U.S. Navy’s commitment to building and strengthening relationship’s in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.The Blue Ridge team consists of more than 900 crew members including embarked 7th Fleet staff, the “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 and Marines from Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific.Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to the Yokosuka, Japan region for 35 years and is currently on patrol, strengthening and fostering relationships within the Indo-Asia Pacific Region.[mappress mapid=”15832″]Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge Docks in Singapore April 30, 2015 View post tag: asia View post tag: Singapore View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: USS Blue Ridge Share this article
GAIL RIECKEN A PERSON OF PRINCIPAL AND PASSIONby Bryan FoxProminent democratic officials have been scarce these days around Evansville/Vanderburgh County due to the past several election cycles. Currently, the Democrats hold a slim majority on the City Council, but the Republicans hold a majority of the County Council seats, County Commissioner seats, a majority of the area State Representatives and Senators are Republicans, and the mayor is a Republican.Even though there have been several well-known names that have aligned themselves with the Democratic party locally over past 30 years, the only recent name that many around the city may be familiar with is the recently retired District 77 State Representative Gail Riecken.Over the course of a 25 year political career, Riecken became an elected official and/or candidate for local, state, and federal offices. This would include almost 10 years on the Evansville City Council, a run for congress where she eventually lost, serving three terms as state representative, and being defeated twice while running for mayor.When Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel was elected mayor, he appointed Riecken as the Director of City Parks and Recreation Department. While working under Weinzapfel in this department, Riecken says, “I enjoyed the support of the mayor in parks projects, whether ongoing maintenance or the Greenway. He understood the work of the department was labor intensive and costly to taxpayers. The public was very concerned what would happen when pools were no longer operational and he supported a community wide pools committee that made recommendations for improvements.”During her tenure as State Representative-District 77, the Democratic caucus was the minority party for most of her time representing this area in the state house. Her caucus made state and national headlines when the state house Democrats fled the state to Illinois over opposition to Right to Work legislation the Republicans were attempting to pass. Rules stipulated that there needed to be 67 house members present to conduct a quorum. Since 38 house Democrats left the state and there are a total of 100 members, the General Assembly was unable to conduct business. Reflecting on this time, Riecken says, “We tried to keep bad legislation from happening to working people. However, there was a lot of backlash, even from some in organized labor, because people just didn’t understand. Workers’ rights kept diminishing with more legislation, including the worst, the law that ended support of competitive wages for local workers that also benefitted local contractors.”In 2015, Riecken ran for mayor against incumbent Lloyd Winnecke. She was soundly defeated and the Democrats lost 3 city council seats. In retrospect, Riecken has no regrets running for mayor. “I ran because I thought with my conservative spending approach, I would do a better job than the mayor (Winnecke) controlling the budget. I can say I tried, I took a stand.” Riecken also made reference to the newly developed downtown hotel and IU med school. “I still hold that it was a bad deal for taxpayers on the hotel and I still don’t know how much taxpayers are over-obligated for the IU medical school. If Ivy Tech were part of the IU project as promised, it would be easier to accept. But it’s not. There was to be 1200 plus students with Ivy Tech included instead of the now, 400 without Ivy Tech. I’ve been told the opportunity for on-site, advanced medical training for the young people of our community is lost.”So what is Gail Riecken’s greatest accomplishment as a public servant? “Standing up for working families whether protecting our children, fighting for better wages, safety on the job, improved education for children and adults, opportunity for better jobs, good government, and fair and just treatment for all.”There you have it; Gail Riecken at the end of a lustrous career. There were some victories, defeats, accomplishments, and controversies. Whether you agreed or disagreed with her, Gail Riecken served the community honorably and was respected.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Vulfpeck is known for catering to their hardcore fans. Their videos are fun, playful, and funny, but there’s always an undertone of musical appreciation that helps them connect with their audience. Vulfpeck’s crowd simply loves music; they love to listen, appreciate, and replicate their favorite band. Vulfpeck has published several instructional videos in the past, teaching their fans how to play certain songs on the piano, and also how to create the band’s now-iconic “Vulfify” look. The band has even released stems to some of their more popular songs—such as or “Poinciana”, “Dean Town”, and “Back Pocket”—so their fans could make authentic remixes of their material.Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Announce New Year’s Eve In NYCOver the weekend, the band continued with their new stem trend, releasing individual tracks from their take on Mocky‘s “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together”—the lead single from their new album Mr. Finish Line. There are 7 tracks in total, each of which represents a different track from the recording of “Birds Of A Feather”. You can isolate Joe Dart‘s bass line, Antwaun Stanley‘s soulful vocals, Woody Goss‘s beautiful organ, Theo Katzmann‘s spot-on falsetto, Joey Dosik‘s keys and vocal skills, and, of course, Jack Stratton‘s pancakes as percussion. Now, any fan can create their own mix of “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together” with that authentic Vulf sound!The stems are available as an album and also as individual tracks, so fear not if you really have your heart set on using that pancake stem in a future remix and none of the other tracks. Each track is available for $1.00, with the full album available for the low price of…$1.00! To check the tracks out and make your own musical masterpiece, head to Vulfpeck’s stem Bandcamp page. To refresh your memory, check out the awesome music video of Vulfpeck and Antwaun Stanley’s “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together”.
Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth’s voice will soon soar through the Amazon in Rio 2, in movie theaters April 11. The Tony and Emmy Award winner this time doesn’t just wear pink but is actually pink, playing Gabi, a poison dart frog who is madly in love with the villainous cockatoo Nigel. Chenoweth told USA Today that her character isn’t evil, just “misunderstood.” Hey, Glinda, that sounds a lot like your BFF Elphaba! Take a listen below to Chenoweth performing the song “Poisonous Love” from the Rio 2 soundtrack. Without fail, the Broadway baby once again lets out some of those signature high notes. View Comments Star Files
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is under a flash flood watch as thunderstorms are forecast to bring heavy rains to the area, possibly bringing as much as two inches per hour through Tuesday evening.Showers are likely to intensify after noon with possible accumulations of up to four inches of rain in some areas, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.“Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation,” NWS warned in a statement.A flash flood watch means that conditions may lead to flash flooding. NWS may issue a flash flood warning if that likelihood increases.Scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue through Wednesday morning before the skies clear up giving way to mostly sunny forecasts in the 80s through the weekend.
As the Senate works on coronavirus emergency funding packages, NAFCU joined with other financial trade groups Tuesday to keep lawmakers informed of how credit unions and other financial institutions are stepping up to support consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.“As this virus spreads, banks and credit unions will continue to get a better sense of the needs of their customers, members and communities,” the trades wrote. “While some states thus far have been more impacted than others by the virus, this is a situation that is changing quickly. It is important that regulatory agencies continue to work closely with banks and credit unions to assist borrowers.“We are pleased that agencies have been proactive and responsive to bank and credit union efforts to work with customers and members, and it is reassuring that the regulators will support the good judgment of lenders as they prudently work with borrowers.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
While Harris’s nomination is historic and meaningful, Black women’s overwhelming interest and commitment to casting a ballot is not a new feature in American politics. In 2008 and ’12, Black women voted at the highest rate of any race and gender subgroup. […]The passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which granted voting rights to all women in theory but only white women in practice, had little effect on Black women’s lives. Through an array of legal and extralegal strategies, white Americans worked to keep Black people from practicing the constitutional right to vote.Black women passionately resisted these efforts. During the 1960s, for example, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer led a nationwide movement to expand the voting rights of Black Americans. It was a bold act of defiance—and a matter of life and death. As Hamer explained in a 1964 interview with The Nation, “We’re tired of all this beatin,’ we’re tired of takin’ this. It’s been a hundred years and we’re still being beaten and shot at, crosses are still being burned, because we want to vote.” Fully aware of the consequences of her actions, Hamer refused to capitulate. “I’m goin’ to stay in Mississippi,” she added, “and if they shoot me down, I’ll be buried here.” […](You can learn more about Fannie Lou Hamer from this excerpt of Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America, a graphic novel on the history of voting rights, by author Tommy Jenkins and illustrator Kati Lacker.)THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGTOP COMMENTSQUOTATION“The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your liberty. That vote of yours has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women. Money to carry on this work has been given usually as a sacrifice, and thousands of women have gone without things they wanted and could have had in order that they might help get the vote for you. Women have suffered agony of soul which you can never comprehend, that you and your daughters might inherit political freedom. That vote has been costly. Prize it! The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer. Understand what it means and what it can do for your country. Use it intelligently, conscientiously, prayerfully.” ~~Carrie Chapman CattTWEET OF THE DAYBLAST FROM THE PAST- Advertisement – At Daily Kos on this date in 2018—If Democrats succeed on Election Day, women will be one big reason:There has been a lot of reporting on the phenomenon of white college-educated women moving away from Republicans and, in some cases, running toward Democrats due to how repulsed they are by Donald Trump. Some of this has been anecdotal, but the polling on women is telling. In a Washington Post/ABC news poll, Trump enjoys 48 percent support among men compared to just 33 percent support among women. And check out the trend lines from the same poll on female party identification over the last eight years, which is moving increasingly toward Democrats and away from the GOP. […]Democratic gains among women start around the end of 2014, when just over 50 percent of female voters identified as Democrats, and get a nice little bump when Trump becomes pr*sident, reaching 58 percent now. And in the eight-year period between 2010 and 2018, Republicans lost fully 7 points among women who identify with the party. – Advertisement –
Feb 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – If the next influenza pandemic imitates past ones and plays out in waves, the first wave might serve as a warning that gives the world a little time to prepare for the worst, a leading expert on the pandemic of 1918 told business leaders at a Minneapolis meeting this week.John M. Barry, author of the 2004 book The Great Influenza, an account of the 1918 pandemic, said the first phase of that pandemic, in early 1918, was mild. The disease didn’t strike with full ferocity until the second wave about 6 months later, in September and October.”The first wave was so mild that you could read in a scientific journal article that this disease looked like influenza and acted like influenza but it can’t be influenza because it was, so far, absent the usual complications of influenza,” Barry told a luncheon audience on the first day of the “Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza” meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center.”At first it wasn’t great at infecting people in large numbers,” he said. “Over a period of about 6 months, it was becoming more and more and more efficient, and then suddenly seemed to erupt simultaneously all over the world on three continents.”On the basis of pandemic planning meetings he has attended, Barry said planners don’t seem to be figuring on “the wave phenomenon.” “I think it’s important to take that into consideration, because you may well have 6 to 8 months after the first identified human [case],” before the worst phase hits, he said. “There may be an opportunity there.”The 1918 pandemic had three waves, as Barry recounts in his book. The last wave, in the winter of 1918-19, was milder than the second, though still much worse than the first.Barry said that in the pandemic of 1889, which also was severe, the third wave was the most lethal. If that happened in the next pandemic, “it would be good news for us, because by that time we would be fully protected by vaccine,” he said. Once a pandemic flu virus emerges, it is expected to take at least 6 months to develop and begin producing a vaccine precisely matched to the virus.US Army data make clear how fast the 1918 virus evolved in the course of the pandemic, according to Barry. At the first five major army camps affected, 20% of the troops who caught the flu suffered pneumonia, and 37% of the pneumonia patients died. At the last five camps hit by the virus, an average of just 3 weeks after the first five, only 7% of flu patients had pneumonia, and 17% of them died.”You have to understand that this is going to be a constantly changing enemy,” Barry said.If Barry sounded faintly reassuring on the subject of pandemic phases, he was the opposite on other points.He cited the prediction of other experts at the 2-day meeting that even if the next pandemic is severe, about 98% of people will survive. Though he didn’t take issue with that overall, he said the toll could be much worse in certain places or among certain groups. In 1918, about a third of the populations of Alaska and Labrador perished, and in Western Samoa the toll was 22%. In Fiji, 16% of the people died in just 2 weeks. And among young adults in general—the hardest hit group—an estimated 4% to 8% succumbed.In addition, today’s population is “clinically more vulnerable” to flu than the population in 1918, Barry said. The reason is the many people with weakened immune systems, including the elderly, HIV/AIDS patients, and cancer patients.To drive home the importance of preparedness, Barry talked about the widespread failure of public officials in 1918 to level with the public about the influenza threat. In an atmosphere of rigid wartime censorship, enforced by laws that “make the Patriot Act look like a resolution of the ACLU,” any utterance that could have been construed as harmful to public morale was punishable, he explained.Hence, public officials mostly downplayed or lied about the pandemic, saying things like, “This is ordinary influenza by another name,” Barry said. Rather than allaying fear and panic, this approach increased them.But there were a few places “that sort of did prepare and did tell the truth from the beginning,” he said. “In San Francisco, the city from day 1 told the truth about the disease.” As a result, “you didn’t get the panic and social breakdown that you got elsewhere.”The lesson is that when people are told the truth about a danger, they can prepare and deal with it, he said. “So preparation does make a difference.”Barry, of Washington, DC, is a distinguished visiting scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans.