Search extended for wreck of fishing vessel Nicola Faith

first_imgSearch extended for wreck of fishing vessel Nicola Faith The MAIB will extend the search for the fishing vessel Nicola Faith, which went missing off the coast of Colwyn Bay on 27 January. Although three bodies have been recently found, which are thought to be the crew of Nicola Faith, the MAIB is keen to find the wreck to understand the causes and circumstances of the sinking.With poor weather forecast in the coming days, additional search assets with enhanced capability will be deployed over the weekend, with plans to continue once the weather improves. In addition, the search area planned to be covered has been expanded.The MAIB, which has been co-ordinating the search effort, is extremely grateful to Natural Resources Wales which has volunteered their sonar equipment and additional technical expertise to the search. MAIB is also in discussion with Welsh Government about the use of the Rhodri Morgan, one of their fishery patrol vessels.Tomorrow the search will also be joined by David Mearns, whose participation has been paid for by a crowdfunding campaign led by the families. MAIB has shared detailed information with David Mearns about the most likely areas the vessel could be found to ensure the best use of this extra resource.Andrew Moll, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents said:This was a truly tragic accident which has left a community with many unanswered questions. I and my colleagues at the MAIB share their urgent need for answers and to fully understand what went wrong. The search effort continues with renewed vigour this weekend and we are pleased that David Mearns has joined this effort.To date more than 30 square miles of seabed have been searched using specialist equipment. We have been able to identify the vessel’s primary operating area and this has been searched with a considerable amount of overlap. The specialist equipment that is being used is extremely sensitive and the search has been hampered by poor weather in recent weeks. We remain hopeful that this immense effort will bring news the families hope for very soon.Earlier this month the vessel’s liferaft was found off the coast of Kirkcudbrightshire by HM Coastguard and was identified by the MAIB as being from the Nicola Faith.The families have been kept fully updated on the search. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:accident, campaign, community, crew, fishing, Government, missing, Morgan, resources, UK, UK Government, weather, weather forecastlast_img read more

Darn Tough Vermont sees double-digit growth In 2016

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont, the Northfield-based maker of performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, said it saw double-digit growth in 2016. After a slow first and second quarter due to last year’s mild winter, the Vermont sock company rebounded in Q3 and Q4 to post an increase of 22 percent year-over-year.Ric Cabot interacts with a customer at the November 2016 sock sale in Northfield. VBM photos.Said Ric Cabot, Darn Tough Vermont and Cabot Hosiery Mills president and CEO, “Our strong and sustained annual growth is an indicator that we’re moving in the right direction. As Darn Tough grows and continues to acquire market share, we look to our heritage to ensure we stay true to the brand’s 13-year history. We were the first sock company to offer a lifetime guarantee and we continue to source only premium materials, develop the best talent and perfect our knitting process to make the world’s most comfortable, most durable and best fitting sock.”Darn Tough reported strong sales across its men’s, women’s and junior collections in all categories including hike/trek, running and vertical (ski/ride). Men’s lifestyle was a particular standout, growing 110 percent while Women’s Lifestyle finished strong at 29 percent.Source: Darn Tough Jan 24.2017last_img read more

Osman to lead S.C. Historical Society

first_img Osman to lead S.C. Historical Society Edith Osman has been elected president of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. Osman, a former Florida Bar president from Miami, succeeds Alan Greer as president and will direct the organization’s programs and activities designed to educate the public about the important role of the courts in government and to preserve the history of the Florida judiciary. The society has more than 700 members, mostly lawyers and judges.“It is an honor to serve the society. I look forward to continuing its important mission and expanding the fine programs it has established,” Osman said.“This year we will begin work on the third volume of the Supreme Court’s history and we are undertaking a project to memorialize the African-American experience at the court.”Osman also has previously served as president of the Miami-Dade County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Florida Council of Bar Presidents. She is past chair of The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on the Legal Needs of Children.Recipient of this year’s Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award, Osman is a member of the ABA House of Delegates, the Anti-Defamation League Board of Directors, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and The Commonwealth Institute. She heads Carlton Fields’ Family Law Practice Group, where she specializes in family law and business litigation.The society’s newly elected first vice president is Joseph P. Milton of Jacksonville, founding partner of the Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea & Milton law firm. He is past president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Florida Council of Bar Presidents, the American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation, and FLABOTA.Second vice president is Bruce B. Blackwell, Orlando. Blackwell, partner with the King Blackwell Downs & Zehnder law firm, is a former president of The Florida Bar Foundation and the Orange County Bar.The society reelected Linda F. Wells and Ruth McDonald, both of Tallahassee, as secretary and treasurer, respectively.Society trustees include Tod Aronovitz, Miami; Alan B. Bookman, Pensacola; Stephen D. Busey, Jacksonville; Jane Harding, Tallahassee; Tomas F. Gamba, Coral Gables; Edward G. Guedes, Coral Gables; Dr. Charlotte Maguire, Tallahassee; Kimberly S. Mello, Tampa; Daryl D. Parks, Tallahassee; Michael L. Rosen, Tampa; Stanley M. Rosenblatt, Miami; Sheldon J. Schlesinger, Ft. Lauderdale; Judge Scott J. Silverman, Miami; Burton Young, North Miami Beach; Judge Mary Patricia C. Fawsett, Orlando; and David C. Prather, West Palm Beach. October 1, 2009 Regular Newscenter_img Osman to lead S.C. Historical Societylast_img read more

Online reader comments can provide valuable feedback to news sites

first_imgLinkedIn Pinterest Email For years, news organizations that post content on the Internet have allowed readers to leave comments about stories. Often, these readers’ comments become a forum for political debates and other communication that the news organizations do not consider important to their journalistic practices.Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Journalism have found that editors and owners of news organizations may want to pay more attention to what their readers are saying about their news stories in order to better serve their consumers. Timothy Vos, an associate professor of journalism studies at MU, says that readers value different journalistic traits as well as hold other expectations for journalists.“Traditional journalistic values include traits such as objectivity, truthfulness and accuracy,” Vos said. “Although most journalists were trained and brought up valuing these ideals, we found that many readers have an additional list of traits that they value in their news reporting. Although news organizations don’t necessarily need to readjust what ideals they find important, they should at least understand what their readers value, not only to serve them better, but also to maintain viability.” Sharecenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook For his study, Timothy Vos and Stephanie Craft, an associate professor at the University of Illinois, and David Wolfgang, a doctoral student at MU, examined thousands of reader comments on ombudsman columns of three national online news publications: The New York Times, Washington Post and National Public Radio (NPR). They found reoccurring comments calling for journalistic ideals outside of traditional values, such as transparency.Vos also found that readers often hold journalism outlets to basic social standards that are better applied to individuals rather than corporate entities. He found multiple occurrences of such adjectives as sanctimonious, self-absorbed, judgmental, inhumane, and lazy to describe entire news outlets. Vos says leaders of news outlets should be aware of how their organizations are being judged by readers.“News organizations, like all businesses, are seeking to establish and build their identities,” Vos said. “In doing so, it is important to know how people view their brand and what standards they hold for you. News leaders need to understand how readers are anthropomorphizing their organizations by applying human adjectives to non-human entities. Understanding this phenomenon can help news organizations better evaluate and address how to best present their brands to the public.”This study was published in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Oct 29, 2019

first_imgCARB-X announces funding for new drugs targeting Staph aureusCARB-X announced today funding of up to $4.98 million for BioVersys’s new small-molecule drugs targeting Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, including methicillin-resistant S aureus. The drugs could be used as a stand-alone to treat uncomplicated skin and skin-structure infections, as well as in combination with other antibiotics for more severe infections.According to CARB-X (the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator), BioVersys’s candidate biologicals are a new type of drug that acts not as a direct antibiotic—instead, the small molecules are able to disarm Staphylococcus aureus bacteria of virulence factors. BioVersys will receive $3.94 million in non-dilutive funding for the drugs, the BV200 series molecules, with a possibility of up to $4.98 million if certain milestones are met.”Drug-resistant bacteria represent one of the greatest threats to public health globally. New approaches, like the BioVersys’ project, are urgently needed to help save lives and to curb the spread of drug-resistant bacteria,” said Kevin Outterson, executive director of CARB-X, in a press release. “This project is in early stages of development but if successful and approved for use in patients.”Since its inception in 2016, CARB-X has announced 49 awards exceeding $155 million, to develop antibacterial products. Through 2021, CARB-X plans to invest $500 million into the research and development of novel antibacterial products. Oct 29 CARB-X press release  UK veterinary antibiotic sales cut in half since 2014, report showsA report today from the United Kingdom’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate highlights the steep reductions in antibiotic use by UK livestock producers in recent years.The 2018 UK Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance Report (UK-VARSS) shows a 53% reduction in overall sales of antibiotics for food-producing animals since 2014 (measured in milligrams per kilogram), along with a 68% reduction in highest-priority critically important antibiotics (HP-CIAs). Data on antibiotic usage (the amount of antibiotics purchased, prescribed, and/or administered per sector) show significant reductions among pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and dairy cows.Data on antibiotic resistance in food-producing animals is also encouraging, showing further reductions and less resistance among indicator Escherichia coli bacteria from poultry examined at slaughter. In addition, a high percentage of Salmonella isolates (76% of 4,414) from pigs, turkeys, chickens, cattle, and sheep were susceptible to all antibiotics tested, with data showing an increase in susceptibility since 2016.Writing in a foreword to the report, Peter Borriello, PhD, chief executive officer of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, calls the antibiotic sales reductions “a remarkable achievement” and says future UK-VARSS reports will include data on companion animal antibiotic sales data, more detailed analysis of susceptibility in a range of animal pathogens, and data on vaccine uptake.  Oct 29 UK-VARSS 2018 reportlast_img read more

LANL: Building Better Electron Sources With Graphene

first_imgAn added layer of graphene allows photocathode substrates to be cleaned and reused repeatedly in place inside electron microscopes and accelerators. Courtesy/LANLLANL News:Photocathodes that produce electron beams for electron microscopes and advanced accelerators can be refreshed and rebuilt repeatedly without opening the devices that rely on them, provided the electron emitting materials are deposited on single-atom-thick layers of carbon known as graphene, according to a new study published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.“The machines that rely on these electron emitters typically operate under high vacuum,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Hisato Yamaguchi. “By choosing graphene over materials like silicon or molybdenum, which tend to degrade during use, we can clean the substrate and redeposit electron-emitting materials without opening the vacuum. This can dramatically reduce downtime and labor involved in replacing photocathodes.”The researchers studied photocathodes made of cesium potassium antimonide, which efficiently emit electrons when illuminated with high-power, green laser light. The photocathode efficiency falls with use, and the photocathodes must be either replaced or renewed with the electron-emitting material baked off and replaced in situ. When the researchers renewed photocathodes on substrates of silicon or molybdenum, which are common materials for such devices, the photocathode performance degraded with each cycle. Following the same procedure with graphene serving as the substrate resulted in uniformly high electron emission, time and time again.The researchers proposed that the resilience of photocathodes deposited on graphene surfaces was due to weaker binding between the emitter atoms and the underlying carbon layer. Numerical calculations based on the material properties of the emitters and graphene were consistent with the hypothesis.The authors concluded their study by stating, “Our results provide a foundation for graphene-based, reusable substrates for high [quantum efficiency] semiconductor photocathodes.”In addition to Yamaguchi from Los Alamos, collaborators included researchers from the Japanese institutions Nagoya University, the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), the National Institutes of Natural Sciences, and Hiroshima University.The research was published June 22 in the journal Applied Physics Letters.Publication: Graphene as reusable substrate for bialkali photocathodes, Lei Guo et al., Applied Physics Letters, June 22, 2020, DOI: 10.1063/5.0010816Funding: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science U.S.-Japan Science and Technology Cooperation Program in High Energy PhysicsAbout Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.last_img read more

David Alkire Joins Distinctive Industries as Regional Sales Manager

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – David Alkire has been appointed eastern North American regional sales manager for Distinctive Industries, a provider of automotive interiors and restoration upholstery for 1960s and 1970s-era collector cars. In his new role, Alkire will focus on relationship- and business-development opportunities, as well as customer outreach.   “We are proud to welcome David to Distinctive Industries,” said Dave Edmondson, VP of sales and marketing. “His knowledge of the restoration market, including his background in sales, marketing and management, is significant and a valuable asset to our company.”   Alkire’s infatuation with cars as a youth, which began with modifying a 1976 Chevrolet truck, was transformed into a career when he joined Year One as sales and operations manager for the Atlanta-based supplier of restoration and performance products. More recently, he held key positions at Georgia Marketing and Promotions and Trim Parts.  An avid enthusiast who races and rides moto-cross and hare-scramble events at the amateur level, and the proud owner of a 1956 Chevrolet gasser that competes in vintage drag racing events, Alkire holds a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Toledo (Ohio).   “David brings a wealth of knowledge and industry expertise to his new position,” said Edmondson. “We are confident he will play a pivotal role in our company’s continued growth.”   AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Landlords cross in Banbury

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Mipim can’t stop the feeling

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STR Adds Another Nexus 2

first_imgSubsea Technology and Rentals (STR) has ordered a second Nexus 2 USBL system from Applied Acoustics Engineering after having ordered the first unit at this year’s Ocean Business.Nexus 2 is the second generation 2- way digital system designed and produced by the UK headquartered company.The system provides 16 target tracking as well as new software features and survey tools such as the common interrogate frequency (CIF) and geo-referenced graphical overlay.“We’re thrilled that STR has opted to add two of our new Nexus 2 systems to its equipment pool,” said AAE’s sales manager, Gavin Willoughby, “so having these available to the worldwide rental market through STR is a great endorsement of the product and an important facet of our company strategy.”Scott Johnstone, managing director at STR, stated: “As providers of specialist marine equipment and supporters of Applied Acoustics’ products we had no hesitation in purchasing two Nexus 2 systems to support our customers’ operations worldwide. STR are keen to develop alliances with well-established manufacturers and these latest acquisitions will be a welcome addition to our growing inventory of high quality subsea equipment.”last_img read more