Off-shelf waters cover 66% of the planet. Growing concerns about the state of natural resources in these waters, and of future threats have led to a growing movement to improve management and conservation of natural resources. However, efforts to assess progress and to further plan and prioritise management interventions have been held back in part by the lack of a comprehensive biogeographic classification for the high seas. In this work we review existing efforts at classifying the surface pelagic waters of the world’s oceans and we present a synthesis classification which draws both on known taxonomic biogeography and on the oceanographic forces which are major drivers of ecological patterns. We describe a nested system of 37 pelagic provinces of the world, nested into a system of four broad realms. Ecologically we have also differentiated a system of 7 biomes which are spatially disjoint but united by common abiotic conditions creating physiognomically similar communities. This system builds on existing work and is further intended to align closely with the coastal biogeographic regionalisation provided by the Marine Ecoregions of the World classification. It is hoped that it will provide a valuable tool in supporting threat analysis, priority setting, policy development and active management of the world’s pelagic oceans.
We present an update of the ‘key points’ from the Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) report that was published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) in 2009. We summarise subsequent advances in knowledge concerning how the climates of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean have changed in the past, how they might change in the future, and examine the associated impacts on the marine and terrestrial biota. We also incorporate relevant material presented by SCAR to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, and make use of emerging results that will form part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report
View post tag: Take Part View post tag: americas Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Five US Navy Vessels Take Part in IDCERTEX View post tag: Naval View post tag: US Navy February 10, 2015 Five U.S. Navy ships are scheduled to participate in an independent deployer certification exercise (IDCERTEX) in the Southern California and Hawaii operating areas Feb. 9-20.IDCERTEX will provide a multi-ship environment to train and certify independent deployers in surface warfare, air defense, maritime interception operations, command and control/information warfare, command, control, computers and combat systems intelligence and mine warfare.The exercise, led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) and executed by Commander, Carrier Strike Group Fifteen (CSG 15), will include the guided-missile cruisers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Chosin (CG 65), guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Chafee (DDG 90) and Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS 1).Chosin, Preble and Chafee will conduct their training in the Hawaii operating area, while Lake Champlain and Freedom will participate off the coast of Southern California.IDCERTEX will serve as CSG 15’s final opportunity to evaluate and certify Preble, Chafee and Sailors from USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Crew 102, embarked aboard Freedom, across multiple warfare areas prior to regularly scheduled deployments.Several supporting staffs will be involved in IDCERTEX including Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, Marine Aircraft Group 24, Hawaii Air National Guard and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.[mappress mapid=”15088″]Image: US Navy View post tag: five View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: IDCERTEX View post tag: vessels Five US Navy Vessels Take Part in IDCERTEX View post tag: News by topic
Normal work hours8a-5p At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Two postdoctoral positions will be available effective August 25,2020 in the laboratory of Dr. Suyun Huang in the Department ofHuman and Molecular Genetics and the VCU Institute of MolecularMedicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine.The ongoing studies in the laboratory focus on identification andfunctional validation of molecular determinants of glioblastoma andbrain metastasis (from breast cancer). The research is fully fundedby National Institutes of Health grants. Please refer to our recentpublications for more information (Cancer Cell 2017, Nature CellBiology 2016, Nature Communications 2016, The Journal of ClinicalInvestigation 2014, EMBO J. 2016, & Cancer Cell 2011). Working TitlePostdoctoral Fellow (Huang Lab) Health and Dental Insurance will be provided for the successfulcandidates. Job Open Date07/20/2020 Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?Yes Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Remove from posting on or before Sensitive PositionYes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will berequired. Organizational Overview Normal work daysM-F Candidates interested in the position should complete the onlineapplication including a cover letter with a brief summary ofresearch experience and interests, an updated CV, and contactinformation for three references. In addition, you may send allyour information to Dr. Suyun Huang([email protected]). Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Hours/Week40 Posting Details Position NumberP00001 Candidates are preferred with a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry,molecular biology and molecular genetics and with experience in theareas of protein modification, transcriptional control,protein-protein interaction, epigenetics and animal modeling. Required Qualifications Resource CriticalNo Job Code/TitlePD – Post Doctoral Description of the Job Dr. Huang’s laboratory is seeking highly qualified, dedicatedindividuals with a commitment to research excellence. Candidatesmust have Ph.D. or M.D. degrees and with a solid publicationrecord, including first-authored publication(s) in respectedjournal. The candidate must also have strong organizational,written, and verbal communication skills in English. Preferred Qualifications Anticipated Hiring Rangestarting at $52,704.00 CampusMCV Campus Position TypePost Doc Job CategoryResearch Additional Information Open Until FilledNo Special Instructions to Applicants DepartmentHuman & Molecular Genetics Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99702 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCurriculum Vitae (CV)Reference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther Document
Class war has broken out at St Edmund Hall after complaints from students forced the eviction of a pair of non-student guests.Oxford residents AJ Dolan, 18, and Adam Morrison, 19, were left with nowhere to live after being ejected from their previous accommodation, and were offered lodging by Andrea Young, a first-year Law student, in her room at Teddy Hall. Last Thursday they were asked to leave after complaints by her fellow undergraduates. Some students said that they felt intimidated by the presence of the Oxford locals, claiming they shouted and, allegedly, spat at them. The pair deny this. Young does not believe that the students had any reason to complain. The College could not confirm who had filed the complaint . Young has said that she believes that it was made by two public school students who she feels intended to provoke conflict. Young said, “There have always been underlying [social] tensions, to be honest with you, and this is basically what has brought this to the surface. There are people, definitely not everyone, who keep to their specific friend groups and give short answers when friendly efforts were made to approach them.”Young defended her friends and her decision to let them stay with her. She said, “I think this is the whole point, in that the intimidation towards them was completely unfounded. It was not like they were walking around in college. They stayed in my room most of the time. If college students saw random people walking around in college, then I would understand the fear but that most certainly was not the case.” Dolan stayed a total of two weeks and Morrison for five days.Dolan said he felt that his and Morrison’s eviction was purely an act of prejudice by certain “posh” students against those of “the lower class.” “We would walk into hall and we could feel all eyes on us, because of they way we dress and the way we talk,” he said. But he added that, despite initially feeling intimidated, he found that he got on well with most of the students who made the effort to talk to him. “The people who did make the effort to get to know me were really cool,” he said. “It’s just those who refused to even talk to me that were instantly prejudiced against me for being poor. A couple of times I would try to say hi to people and they wouldn’t say it back.”Dolan and Morrison said they felt that, overall, students seemed “very spoilt.” Dolan said, “They [Oxford students] have no idea. No idea what life is like at all. They absolutely get everything handed to them on a plate and they don’t have to do anything. All they have to do is study.”“Basically, they don’t understand what hard life is. They don’t know what it’s like to be homeless, to not have money, and to sleep on the streets,” said Morrison. Some Teddy Hall students were very accepting of the pair. “They were really chilled and easy to talk to,” said Jane Rudderham, a good friend and neighbour of Andrea.But Katie Inzani, a Teddy Hall first year reading Material Science, said that she did not expect the incident to change Oxford’s class-oriented culture. “This simply validated such a culture existing,” she said.Anthony Boutall, a student who lives one floor below Young, said, “While the College law must be upheld, there is no need to make classist stereotypes on either side, or to subscribe to a heinous hypocrisy which allows some to act in certain ways but forbids others from doing so on the basis of social background. In truth, AJ and Adam were less intimidating to the majority of Teddy Hall students than others who choose to get blind drunk, play loud music, and cause general disgruntlement within college.”But he added, “I am certainly not a class warrior, and if the College has said that it is in breach of the rules to have semi-permanent occupants of other peoples’ rooms, then that must be respected.”Dolan has temporarily moved to his mother’s home in south Oxford until he finds his own place to live.by Sangwon Yoon, Reporter
Landscaping and a trio of inspections are the final items on a to-do list before the new skateboard park in Ocean City opens.New fencing is in place at the park, which will be off limits until its official opening later this month.Fencing was installed last week, and landscaping and inspections are expected to be complete within the week.An insurance safety consultant, the county engineer and the design engineer must inspect the completed facility before it can open, Mayor’s Assistant Mike Dattilo reported to City Council last week.Councilman Mike DeVlieger said Monday that it’s possible the park could be open within two weeks, and he’s hoping to get permission to bring a skating contest to the park in October to showcase the new facility and to raise money for charity.The opening of the park would mark the end of a more than year-long effort to create the $750,000 facility. A Cape May County grant will pay for two-thirds of the project.Quarter pipes, rails and other features of the new park on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Credit: Spohn Ranch Aerial view of the new Cape May County Skate Park’s bowl and snake run. Credit: Spohn Ranch
Peter’s Pies has teamed up with a Welsh comedian to launch a new savoury pie range supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal.The Caerphilly-based bakery, part of Peter’s Food Service, visited the Children’s Hospital for Wales with comedy performer Max Boyce, who is vice-president of the charity. Pies were handed out to builders as part of the launch, who are working on phase two of a building project at the Cardiff hospital. Boyce said: “It’s really good to see a Welsh business supporting such a worthy charity, and I was delighted to be a part of the launch. Peter’s support will help the Noah’s Ark Appeal to raise vital funds for sick children in need of critical and intensive care.”The range of savoury pies is available nationwide and carries the Noah’s Ark Appeal logo, with a proportion of each product sale going directly to the charity. They are 30% larger than the existing range and are available in steak, steak and kidney, minced beef and onion, chicken and mushroom and meat and potato varieties.Welsh singer Shirley Bassey, who is one of the charity’s patrons, has also backed Peter’s Pies’ promotion and partnership with the Noah’s Ark Appeal.Neil Court Johnston, director of Peter’s Food Service, said: “We’ve worked with the Noah’s Ark appeal for many years, and have renewed our commitment to support the appeal and raise its profile. Our plan is to generate as much money as we can for the Children’s Hospital for Wales over the next three years. “We’re delighted that high-profile celebrities like Dame Shirley Bassey and Max Boyce are supporting our cause. Their endorsement, alongside our bigger, tastier pies and a really worthy cause, will help us to raise a really significant amount of money for a fantastic charity.” It is believed that the support of Peter’s Pies could raise funds of around £50,000 each year for the charity, which solely raises money for the hospital.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has backed an amendment to the Finance Bill that would scrap the government’s planned £50m ‘pasty tax’.The amendment is due to be debated in the House of Commons this evening (Wednesday). BRC evidence, submitted to MPs ahead of the debate, shows that the proposed tax would hit people who can least afford it hardest. It would cost jobs, further harm the high street and – rather than removing ‘anomalies’ – create new ones, claimed the BRC. The BRC said the costs of the proposed tax – most of which will be borne by the cash-strapped consumer – will rise to a staggering £120m next year, according to Treasury figures.The organisation added the tax would lead to an average 18p increase in the cost of a sausage roll, put 50p on a medium-sized Cornish pasty and £1 on a supermarket rotisserie chicken.In a letter to MPs Stephen Robertson, BRC director general, said: “Far from removing borderline anomalies, these proposals would result in greater uncertainty for retailers and added costs for consumers. This will deter investment in already struggling high streets, undermine the government’s Portas response and damage job creation.” The BRC said its evidence showed people will switch from hot pasties and sausage rolls to cheaper, zero-rated products.Robertson’s letter goes on to say that the proposals “will merely create new anomalies that will, no doubt, be tested in the courts”. He added: “While the concept of ‘ambient temperature’ may be well understood, a precise and legally reliable definition is impossible.”
Co author: Jeff Gowan, Wind RiverDelivering Containerized 5G ArchitectureAs service providers move towards 5G in order to realize improved service, operational agility, and greater revenue potential, there is a technology evolution in infrastructure to shift from monolithic, vertically integrated solutions to disaggregated models based on virtualization and the cloud for distributed networks. In this new cloud native, geo-distributed model, 5G will be enabled by virtualizing at the edge. A recent Heavy Reading study showed that 38% of service providers view the edge cloud as “critical” to their 5G strategy.As the industry builds out their edge clouds to support the next generation of 5G services, it requires a carrier grade containerized infrastructure that allows for fast delivery of new services, while still meeting the 99.999% reliability requirements. Dell Technologies and Wind River are dedicated to delivering this modern infrastructure to their customers. More than just defining the architecture, Dell Technologies and Wind River have collaborated to develop and validate a reference architecture for 5G virtual RAN (vRAN) and other edge use cases. Service providers and ISV partners can be assured that the underlying infrastructure that this joint architecture provides will allow for fast and reliable deployments across a multitude of use cases.“The combination of the Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms with the hardened Wind River Cloud Platform, bring the best of breed products together into a single tested and qualified solution for the CSPs and ISVs to rely on for the critical infrastructure from the core to the edge of the network.”ShareDell Technologies and Wind River Cloud PlatformDell Technologies and Wind River have brought together the reliability and carrier class offerings of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 and XE2420 with Wind River Cloud Platform to run and manage the edge of the network. Based on the StarlingX open source project, Cloud Platform is a fully cloud-native, Kubernetes- and container-based architecture for the deployment and management of distributed edge networks at scale. The combination of the Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms with the hardened Wind River Cloud Platform, bring the best of breed products together into a single tested and qualified solution for the CSPs and ISVs to rely on for the critical infrastructure from the core to the edge of the network.The joint solution supports CSPs with a containerized edge infrastructure that delivers the low latency, redundancy and high availability that carrier-grade workloads require and can also lower operational costs. The solution includes the unique ability to perform true zero-touch provisioning (ZTP,) fully autonomous turn up of remote edge sub clouds, regardless of the number of nodes. Because this is a validated reference architecture, Wind River Cloud Platform integrates effectively with essential infrastructure such as Dell EMC drivers like iDRAC and Redfish. All of this works together to provision, and scale resources as needed to achieve carrier-grade performance and reliability from Day 1. We want to help our customers find freedom at their edge to deploy services from all corners of the world without having humans constantly having to monitor them.vRAN as a Use CaseThe vRAN (Open RAN) use case is a perfect example of a target application so Dell Technologies and Wind River have created a validated reference architecture that defines the hardware and software requirements that build this carrier class solution. By optimizing the hardware infrastructure in concert with the containerized environment, it allows for a best of breed disaggregated solution that service providers can use as the baseline for their 5G ready platform. Another use case is to leverage Wind River Cloud Platform for Carrier/Telco Managed Private 4G/5G networks that allows network workloads to be extended into the Enterprise domain and still maintaining the security and flexibility that Telcos want. The platform enables network workloads, on premises MEC (Multi-access Edge Compute) and AEP (Application Enablement Platform) to coexist outside of the Telco Data Centers but still be secured and managed in an Enterprise Domain.Working closely together, Dell Technologies and Wind River are committed to ensuring our customers can effectively deploy and monetize the platform for 5G use cases. When service providers are concerned about latency, reliability and security, look no further than our joint reference architecture.
Los Angeles moves forward with record-setting solar and battery storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Los Angeles Times:For a long time, there were two big knocks against solar power: It’s expensive, and it can’t keep the lights on after sundown. A contract approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shows how much that reality has changed.Under the 25-year deal with developer 8minute Solar Energy, the city would buy electricity from a sprawling complex of solar panels and lithium-ion batteries in the Mojave Desert of eastern Kern County, about two hours north of Los Angeles. The Eland project would meet 6% to 7% of L.A.’s annual electricity needs and would be capable of pumping clean energy into the grid for four hours each night.The combined solar power and energy storage is priced at 3.3 cents per kilowatt-hour — a record low for this type of contract, city officials and independent experts say, and cheaper than electricity from natural gas.The Eland deal’s approval was delayed last month after DWP staff said concerns had been raised by the union representing employees of the city-run utility. At the department’s Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, DWP staff members said they were satisfied they had met their formal obligation to inform the union about renewable energy projects.Los Angeles already gets about one-third of its electricity from renewable sources. But California law requires 100% climate-friendly energy by 2045, a target that will force utilities and local governments to do more than keep buying low-cost solar and wind power.California frequently produces more solar energy than it can use during the middle of the day, then fires up gas plants in the evening to meet electricity demand after sundown. DWP officials say they’re shifting their attention to banking clean energy for nighttime use, with projects such as Eland. “Any renewable energy project with solar, we’re looking to pair it with storage. We’re not looking for any solar by itself,” Reiko Kerr, the DWP’s senior assistant general manager for power system engineering, said in an interview this year.More: Los Angeles OKs a deal for record-cheap solar power and battery storage