The literature on terrestrial and freshwater Tardigrada is relatively limited, being concerned with 617 species world wide. Many of the references are in obscure publications. This paper attempts to bring this information together, tabulating the numbers of tardigrade species recorded from terrestrial and freshwater habitats in various countries and the number of countries from which tardigrades have been recorded. Each record is cross-referenced to the author in the references. It is hoped this paper will serve as a reference point and background for further zoogeographic studies.
The company is exploring the shutdown of its refinery operations in Naantali and focusing the Naantali site on the terminal and harbor operations, as well as transforming the Porvoo refinery operations to co-processing renewable and circular raw materials Neste headquarters in Espoo. (Credit: J-P Kärnä/Wikipedia.org) In order to ensure the competitiveness of the Oil Products business, Neste is planning to restructure its refinery operations in Porvoo and Naantali, Finland. The company is exploring the shutdown of its refinery operations in Naantali and focusing the Naantali site on the terminal and harbor operations, as well as transforming the Porvoo refinery operations to co-processing renewable and circular raw materials.The demand for fossil oil products will continue to decline, and the share of renewable energy solutions will continue to grow in the coming years. The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially accelerated the decline in demand for oil products, which is not expected to recover to previous levels. Fundamental changes are therefore needed to secure the competitiveness of Neste’s Oil Products business. With the planned measures, Neste aims to improve its productivity, resource efficiency and adaptiveness to market changes. The planned measures will not affect the security of fuel distribution supply in Finland.“The energy transition is proceeding faster than expected. The forthcoming operating and maintenance investments in the Naantali refinery are not viable nor sustainable in a situation where there is large over-capacity for oil refining globally. Although the time is not optimal, and this news is unfortunate for many of us, the planned actions to develop our refinery operations are urgently needed to maintain operations and strategic capabilities in refining in Finland and to secure Oil Products’ competitiveness,” says Neste’s President and CEO Peter Vanacker.To initiate the transformation, the company will start cooperation negotiations in the Oil Products business unit and its supporting functions in Finland. If implemented, the plans would mean up to 470 redundancies, including possible outsourcing. The decisions on the measures and impacts on the various functions, personnel groups and locations will be made after the negotiations have been concluded. The planned changes are expected to result in annual fixed cost savings of approximately EUR 50 million.“Neste’s ambition is to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions, and to achieve carbon neutral production by 2035. The planned changes will support the transformation of the Porvoo refinery into a leading sustainable, safe and efficient refinery, enabled by our highly innovative and efficient Neste people,” Vanacker continues. Source: Company Press Release
Back to overview,Home naval-today IKE CSG Arrives in US 5th Fleet AOO View post tag: CSG View post tag: US View post tag: 5th View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: fleet IKE CSG Arrives in US 5th Fleet AOO The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) on July 17.The mission of the IKE CSG is to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the AOO.Prior to arrival in theater, the IKE CSG successfully completed a robust training cycle, where the crew was presented with various complex scenarios they might face while deployed. These exercises involved simulated maritime intercept operations, counter-piracy operations, and theater security cooperation engagements, as well as simulated combat operations.“This is an incredibly flexible, agile, and ready strike group. We’ve trained to face virtually every type of contingency,” said Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group commander. “We look forward to working closely with our coalition and regional partners to keep the sea lanes safe and secure for the free flow of maritime commerce. We understand just how vital security is to facilitating economic prosperity in this region and the impact of AOO stability on the rest of the world, and we are enthusiastic about playing a role in that.”The Eisenhower CSG includes the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 with eight squadrons of aircraft, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 with three ships, the guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66).The Eisenhower CSG joins the Enterprise CSG in support of the Combatant Commander’s operational requirements, while ensuring security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO. A second aircraft carrier strike group in the AOO ensures the U.S. military has the naval and air capabilities to support operational requirements while adequately meeting other security commitments in the region.The Eisenhower CSG takes the place of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group which transited the Suez Canal, July 16, departing the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and entering the U.S. 6th Fleet AOO en route to the United States to complete an eight-month deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: US Navy July 18, 2012 View post tag: AOO Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Arrives View post tag: IKE Share this article
Ocean City Bayside CenterThe City of Ocean City is seeking applicants for a volunteer position with the city’s Environmental Commission.The position is described as follows:Environmental Commission: This commission is to provide for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, within Ocean City. The board has the power to conduct research into the use and possible use of open land, including beaches, bays, inlet and ocean and coordinate activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.Term of Office: 2-Year Alternate (fill unexpired term thru 12/31/15)Meetings: Twice a month at the Bayside Center at 6:30 pm.The duties and responsibilities of each board/commission can be found at www.ocnj.us under “Government, Boards & Commissions” or at the City Clerk’s office.To apply, send Citizen Leadership E-FORM to City Clerk Linda MacIntyre at [email protected] or mail/drop off at City Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue. The form is also available at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall. Call 609-525-9328.Filing deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is launching a media campaign to warn students in 3,500 schools throughout the state about the dangers of vaping. There’s nothing safe about vaping.That’s the message the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) will be sharing with youth as they return from holiday break this week. PDFNJ, in collaboration with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, has unveiled a media campaign about the dangers of vaping that will be distributed to each of the more than 3,500 schools in the state.The new campaign is being released in the midst of a nationwide explosion of teen use of vaping devices or e-cigarettes, which the United States Surgeon General declared has reached epidemic levels.“Vaping can inflict significant damage to one’s health, especially for youth,” Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Executive Director Angelo Valente said. “We want teens throughout the state to know the risks they are taking if they choose to use e-cigarettes and to encourage them to avoid using these potentially dangerous products.”The campaign, which emphasizes the risks associated with vaping by comparing e-cigarette use to skydiving without a parachute, also will appear on billboards, trains and buses throughout the state. The messages include a pathway to gather additional information at VapeFactsNJ.com, the New Jersey Department of Health’s website on e-cigarettes and vaping.“The popularity of e-cigs and vapes among youth threatens to reverse hard-fought declines in adolescent smoking and create a new generation of nicotine addicts,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “We must raise public awareness about the dangers of vaping to prevent another deadly addiction epidemic from taking root in our communities.”Authorities warn that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which makes vaping devices just as addictive as regular cigarettes. (Courtesy of VapeFactsNJ.com)Vaping is considered less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes and tobacco products, because e-cigarettes contain fewer toxic chemicals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, like regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and makes vaping devices just as addictive as cigarettes.Nicotine raises blood pressure and spikes adrenaline, which increases a person’s heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack. Nicotine affects the development of adolescent brains by changing the way synapses are formed, which can negatively change parts of the brain that control attention and learning, according to the Surgeon General. Recent data also links vaping to chronic lung disease and asthma.As of December 27, 2019, the CDC reported that 2,561 people throughout the United States had been hospitalized with severe lung injuries caused by vaping. This outbreak also was responsible for 55 deaths. In New Jersey, there have been 53 confirmed and 46 probable cases of vaping-related illness and one death, according to the Department of Health.In 2019, more than one in four high school students reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, according to preliminary results from the CDC’s annual National Youth Tobacco Survey.The results indicated a significant increase in teen vaping, up from 20.8 percent of high schoolers in 2018 to 27.5 percent in 2019. The use of e-cigarettes has exploded in the past decade, especially among teens. In 2011, just 1.5 percent of high school students said they used an e-cigarette.
Source: BakkavorSales of pizza and desserts have proved resilient at food manufacturer Bakkavor as its UK sales fell 5.2% due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.The UK side of the business, which produces sandwiches, salads, desserts amongst other items, reported revenue of £1,566.6m for the 52 weeks ending 26 December 2020. Adjusted operating profit, meanwhile, fell by 15.3% from £107.1m to £90.7m.Bakkavor said the breadth of its portfolio helped it to weather a volatile year in which consumer shopping habits changed and demand shifted significantly due to Covid-19 and lockdowns.A ‘strong performance’ was seen in its pizza and bread category, with pizza described as the firm’s ‘most resilient’ category across the year as it benefitted from being suitable for a midweek meal and also a takeaway-style product, particularly at the premium end of the spectrum.Despite being impacted by the initial boom in home baking, desserts also performed well.“Sales continued to improve through the second half, as we worked with customers to extend ranges, introduce popular new products such as the ‘Yumnut’ and deliver innovation in Christmas desserts, which resulted in us achieving our strongest ever Christmas performance in desserts,” it stated in its full year results.It also benefitted from an uplift in online shopping after one of its ‘key strategic customers’ kicked off a new partnership with Ocado.“Despite the UK Government’s roadmap, with lockdown restrictions in the UK continuing into the spring, the short-term trading environment remains uncertain, but we are encouraged by the way consumers have returned to our fresher, healthier and more convenient foods each time these restrictions have lifted,” said CEO Agust Gudmundsson.“The actions taken in 2020 to preserve cash and protect profitability across the business, combined with the successful turnaround of our US business, and the strength of our financial position, leave the Group well placed to deliver further growth.”In addition, the operational impact of Brexit on Bakkavor has been ‘modest’ and the company remains ‘well prepared’ for any near-term volatility in the supply chain.There has been some disruption in the export of goods to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but the sales impact represents less than 3% of its UK revenue.
MADRID (AP) — A court in Catalonia has confirmed that an upcoming vote to choose the northeastern Spanish region’s new parliament and replace the government will take place in two weeks as scheduled. Catalonia’s High Court on Friday overturned an order with which the regional government, citing a high prevalence of coronavirus contagion, had wanted to push the election to the end of May. Campaigning officially began Friday with parties holding odd events surrounded by very few supporters live-streamed on social media. Eight politicians and activists imprisoned after a failed 2017 push for Catalan independence will be allowed to take part in campaigning but will need to return to prison each day.
Women own 13.6 percent of America’s active farms and their farms produce almost $13 billion worth of goods each year. Just like male farmers, they need access to business and technical information to help make their farms successful. But while many pride themselves on not needing a “women’s only” class on how to work the land or run a business, many other women simply feel more comfortable learning around other female farmers. That’s one of the motivations behind a recent series of female-centered classes offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. These programs will expand in 2016, but started this fall with a series of farm business classes based on the Annie’s Project curriculum as well as a hands-on equipment and cattle handling class. “Women in agriculture is such a hot topic, but, in reality, women have always been vital to farm families and agriculture as a whole,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension. “We are so excited to be able to deliver this targeted training and address the needs of this particular audience.” UGA Extension agents in Houston and Dougherty counties used the Annie’s Project curriculum to offer three-day workshops for female farmers in September. Annie’s Project is a program named in honor of Annie Fleck, a woman who spent her life learning to better herself as a business partner with her husband in Illinois. Deborah Murray, associate dean for extension and outreach in UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, along with Martie Gillen from the University of Florida, secured funding for the project through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency. The workshop received rave reviews in its first year. “Agriculture, in general, is a male-dominated industry. These sessions were designed to build up their knowledge, build up their confidence, kind of build up a bond between the women. That’s one thing I saw, the women really bonded with each other,” said Charlotte Meeks, UGA Extension county coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent for Houston County. Meeks is among the UGA Extension agents who have hosted the workshops for female farmers, a collaborative effort between Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agents and Agriculture and Natural Resources agents. The trainings were spread over three weeks in each county. “They really received a lot of information, on everything from taking a soil sample to growing vegetables to how to balance their farm books,” said Andrea Scarrow, UGA Extension Southwest District FACS program development coordinator. “The women are farmers, farm wives. It’s been amazing to see how they’ve interacted with each other.” In Houston County, one participant told Scarrow, “Being a woman, I go to the various meetings and nobody helps me.” During September’s workshops, approximately 40 women received agriculture-based information designed to further their knowledge. “I’m learning so I can find out what land I want to purchase and where I want to purchase it,” said Sister Karriemah, a participant in Dougherty County. “When I finally make my decision where to purchase the land, I have all this information and this place has the resources for me to come back to.” The women’s backgrounds differed greatly. Some were traditional farmers trying to gain information about production practices, others were widows of farmers looking to continue the family farming operation and others were retired and looking to learn a new trade. Later in the month in the northern part of state, a similar group of women learned a entirely different skill set at Women in Agriculture: A Hands-on Basic Training. Organized by Morgan County ANR agent Lucy Ray and Dade County agent Katie Hammond, their hands-on class focused on practical skills to help the farmers become more comfortable handling cattle and equipment. “It is one of those things where some women feel more comfortable asking questions and learning around other women,” Ray said. “I think the coolest thing about this class is not that it’s geared toward women, but that we’re offering a hands-on chance to practice some really important skills.” The women learned how vaccinate their animals by practicing on fruit, learned how to change the oil on their tractors, to drive newer model tractors and how to choose the correct trailers and field implements. For most women, it was that chance at the low-risk, hands-on practice of practical skills — like backing up a flat bed truck or moving cattle — that drew them to the oversold workshop. “I came just to learn how to change the oil in my tractor,” said Cyndi Ball, who runs an educational homestead farm in Statham, Georgia, and founded a growing national network of skill-sharing groups called “Ladies’ Homestead Gatherings.” “Even after all these years, I’m still taking my tractor in for that.” The class gave participants the confidence they needed to go home and start honing their newly learned skills. For more information about all of the programs offered by UGA Extension, visit extension.uga.edu.
After years of teaching and researching hospitality industry management at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, John Salazar knows hospitality is as much a science as it is an art.Salazar joined the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on May 1 as coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics’ new hospitality and food industry management major.“It’s an exciting time to be in the Georgia hospitality industry,” Salazar said. “Since 2013, employment in the accommodations and food sector has grown almost 16%. Hotel occupancy has seen double-digit growth since 2011 in the Atlanta and Savannah markets. However, the growth isn’t only in Georgia’s urban area. Georgia’s Congressional District 3 has increased in hotel occupancy by over 14% since 2011, and a significant portion of that district is classified as rural according to the U.S. Census. With all this industry growth our UGA hospitality and food industry management graduates will be entering a job market that is expected to have consistent growth into the next decade.”The major, approved by the Board of Regents in spring 2018, will prepare students for jobs in the hospitality and food industries across a broad spectrum of opportunities available in Georgia and beyond.The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that hospitality is a $60 billion industry that supports more than 450,000 total jobs in Georgia. Of that number, close to 15,000 are hospitality management positions requiring a four-year degree, with 370 job openings every year, according to the Georgia Department of Labor Occupational Outlooks.At the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Salazar was a professor in the Department of Hospitality Management and director of the Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Institute. Previously, he was the director of the University of Tennessee Tourism Institute, and he also taught at Southern Illinois University and the University of South Alabama.His research focuses on destination management and marketing and hospitality human resource management. He has conducted research for local, state and regional tourism agencies, nonprofits, municipalities, federal agencies and private corporations across the country. Prior to his career in academia, he held management positions with premier U.S. hotel and resort companies.In coordinating instruction for the new CAES major, Salazar will be helping to design a curriculum and maintain an applied research program that will work with governments, nonprofit organizations and hospitality corporations.For more information about the hospitality and food industry management major, visit hospitality.caes.uga.edu.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asian Power:The 260MW Hanuman Wind Farm project in Thailand has achieved commercial operations, an announcement by Finnish engineering firm Pöyry revealed.The project, which is owned by the Energy Absolute Public Company Limited (EA), is composed of five sub-projects located in Chaiyaphum Province, and is set to be one of the biggest of its kind in Thailand.The electricity output from this project will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), per Thailand’s power purchase agreement.“As one of the biggest wind power projects in Southeast Asia, the Hanuman project sets an example to Southeast Asian nations on how to substantially increase the domestic renewable energy production in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions, to diversify national energy production portfolio, and to reduce long term operating cost of the power system,” Esa Holttinen, Pöyry’s business director for wind power, said in a statement.More: Thailand’s largest wind farm enters commercial operations Largest Thai wind farm now in operation