A flexible computer-based technique for the analysis of data from a sea-going nutrient autoanalyser

first_imgModern instruments and techniques used to collect nutrient data at sea may amass huge data sets from discrete samples and continuously monitored sample streams. The volume and format of data produced by some sampling techniques preclude data analysis by manual methods. However, the analysis of a wide variety of sample types also makes the use of fully automatic data analysis inappropriate, so that a flexible approach to data analysis is required. Although at sea autoanalyser chemistry methods are thoroughly described in the literature, little information is available on data handling procedures. A suite of computer programmes has been developed to cope with a wide variety of autoanalyser nutrient data. Here we describe the basic design of data acquisition and sub-sampling programmes and methods of operation.last_img read more

Rapid, large-scale temperature changes in the polar mesosphere and their relationship to meridional flows

first_imgMesospheric temperatures derived from spectroscopic measurements of the hydroxyl (OH) nightglow have been observed from Rothera (67.6°S, 68.1°W) and Halley (75.6°S, 26.6°W) stations in Antarctica during the 2002 austral winter season. In addition to the normal seasonal changes, the temperatures at both sites, separated by 1658 km, showed several simultaneous shifts in temperature of between 10 and 20 K. These changes abruptly occurred in the space of 2–3 days and lasted for several days. These rapid variations in temperature were associated with large swings observed in the meridional component of the mesospheric wind measured by the Rothera MF radar. As there appeared to be no phase shift between the temperature variations at the two longitudinally separated stations indicating that planetary-waves caused the changes, these large-scale changes have been interpreted as variations in the inter-hemispheric meridional jet, and a corresponding modulation of the mesospheric descent and adiabatic heating rates over the polar region.last_img read more

Countrywide latest: research shows 26% branch reduction at SW estate agency

first_imgThe cull of branches by Countrywide at some of its estate agency brands has been much discussed, and largely denied by the estate agency in recent months as it has cut its operating expenses as losses have mounted.But what’s happening on the ground can be clearly seen at one of its agencies in the South West; Palmer Snell.Research for The Negotiator shows that in August the company listed 19 branches across Dorset and Somerset on its website, but this has now reduced to 14 or a 26% reduction in the number of offices.The closures include branches in Bridgewater, Bridport, one of its offices in Weston-super-Mare and in Winton.A fifth office, in Dorchester was closed before August, long enough ago for the site to have been sold and planning permission granted for the property to be converted into a one-bedroom flat from A2 commercial use.Remaining branchesThe remaining surviving branches are in Boscombe, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Martock, Somerton, Taunton, Upton, Wells, Westbourne, (high street) Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil, Weymouth and Wincanton.In the past Countrywide has not confirmed or denied individual branch closures, but its latest annual report does hint at what’s going on internally.“The base case scenario reflects the latest forecasts and three year plan that was approved by the Board in October 2020 which reflects the Board’s current view on the likely impact of COVID-19 and Brexit.“The key assumptions used in the base case include estimates of the volume of UK housing market transactions and the Group’s market share…as well as the impact of the closure of a number of loss making branches.”Read more about Countrywide closures.palmer snell Countrywide December 9, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide latest: research shows 26% branch reduction at SW estate agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide latest: research shows 26% branch reduction at SW estate agencyPalmer Snell has closed five branches recently including one which is about to be converted into a one-bedroom flat.Nigel Lewis9th December 202001,209 Viewslast_img read more

US 2nd Fleet Sets Sortie Condition Bravo in Preparation for Hurricane Irene

first_img View post tag: Sortie Training & Education View post tag: News by topic August 25, 2011 View post tag: Bravo Back to overview,Home naval-today US 2nd Fleet Sets Sortie Condition Bravo in Preparation for Hurricane Irene View post tag: Hurricane View post tag: Naval View post tag: 2nd Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered all U.S. Navy ships in the Hampton Roads, Va., area to set Sortie Condition Bravo Aug. 23, in order to maintain fleet readiness as a precaution due to the approach of Hurricane Irene.Sortie Condition Bravo requires that ships make necessary preparations to get underway within 24 hours.The setting of a sortie condition does not mean the actual sortie is inevitable. Should weather forecasts indicate, the sortie condition may be downgraded at any time.While Hurricane Irene is currently a category II hurricane, it is forecasted to strengthen during the next 72 hours. Irene’s current track indicates a possible landfall along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts late Aug. 27 as a major category III hurricane.“We learned last hurricane season with Hurricane Earl that we must be prepared even sooner to make the decision to sortie,” said Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. “If the decision is made to sortie the fleet, as prudent mariners we must ensure that our ships have enough time to avoid storm damage and transit out of the path of the storm, well ahead of it.”“Now is also a critical time for family readiness,” said Holloway. “Families should take this time in advance of a pending storm to review or make their plan and verify that their survival kits have everything that they will need if the hurricane makes landfall in Hampton Roads.” A variety of information is available in support of family readiness during hurricane season including:– Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System  which provides a standardized method for the Navy to account, manage and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event.– State of Virginia Emergency Management which has many resources for planning and preparing emergency kits, developing evacuation plans and addressing specific special needs for children, the elderly and others.– Virginia Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation Guide which provides more detailed information for preparing for a hurricane, hurricane evacuation and public shelters in Virginia.– Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness Guide which provides general overview of tips and guidelines for hurricane preparedness.– Prepare Hampton Roads website which provides valuable tips for preparing for high winds and evacuation.[mappress]Source: navy, August 25, 2011; View post tag: Navy View post tag: Preparation View post tag: Irene View post tag: condition View post tag: fleet US 2nd Fleet Sets Sortie Condition Bravo in Preparation for Hurricane Irene View post tag: sets View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

Attracting stronger federal workforce

first_imgWhile the private sector long ago streamlined its hiring processes for attracting talented new employees, the federal government is historically sluggish in that area. With as many as 30 percent of federal employees likely to leave their jobs in the next five years, the challenge becomes how to overhaul federal hiring practices to attract top-notch young people who can’t and won’t wait a year to see if they can enter government service.In a question-and-answer session, Dean David T. Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School examines the problem and explains a School program that aims squarely at a solution.last_img read more

Library a hit at Dudley Fest

first_imgWhether graduate students need research guidance, help locating and accessing resources online, materials for teaching classes, or even library materials scanned and delivered to them electronically, Harvard librarians can help. That was the message delivered over and over again – through speakers, informal conversations with librarians and current graduate students and information stations – to new Harvard graduate students who attended Dudley Fest, the GSAS-sponsored graduate student orientation at Dudley House on August 25.The more than 170 students who attended the event’s two orientation sessions were welcomed to Harvard by Laura Farwell Blake, Head of Services for Academic Programs, who urged them to become familiar with Harvard College Library (HCL) libraries, their staff and the many resources and services available to them. Other presenters included Sue Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, who offered a brief outline of the Library Grad Guide, a Research Guide for graduate students; Research Librarian Steve Kuehler, who demonstrated the use of citation management tools like RefWorks; Martin Schreiner, Head of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information gave students examples of how the collections could be used; and Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development at Cabot Science Library, who described the science and open access resources available to students. English grad students Chris Barrett and Nicholas Nardini also gave presentations, respectively, on the top 10 things grad students need to know about the libraries and the many E-Resources available to students.Students were also encouraged to meet the Library Liaisons they’ll work with in the coming years. Liaisons are research librarians who work with a specific academic department providing one-on-one consultation and general reference services to the department’s faculty and students.The orientation highlighted some of the many online services offered by the library, including Scan and Deliver, which allows students, researchers and faculty to request scanned copies of journal articles or book excerpts directly from the HOLLIS record, and InterLibrary Loan, a service that allows students to borrow materials from non-Harvard libraries. Other Harvard library offering information to students were the Harvard University Library (HUL) Office of Scholarly Communications and the Manuscript and Archives Public Services group from HUL and HCL.Materials and handouts were prepared by several library departments and units, and staff from throughout HCL took part in the orientation. They include: Mary Beth Clack, Cheryl LaGuardia, Pam Matz, Joe Bourneuf, Mary Clare Altenhofen, Amanda Bowen, Kerry Masteller, Hugh Truslow, Diane Sredl, Ramona Islam and Paul Worster.last_img read more

Top five fraud prevention tactics for credit unions

first_imgOne of the largest stressors facing financial institutions today is the inability to accurately predict which of the various types of fraud attacks will be the next one to rear its ugly head: Will it be one of the many data breaches performed with stolen cards or card number? Will it be an illegal account transaction or transfer of funds performed with a consumer’s account number? Or will it be a phishing attack performed by tricking a consumer to give up private information?With the many different types of fraud today, it is no wonder we are all worried about these attacks! That is why understanding how to best prevent fraudulent acts is critical in mitigating these exposures. While there are numerous ways financial institutions can help reduce the risk fraud, there are certain prevention tactics that are critical to preventing fraudulent attacks, no matter how they are performed.Fraud Prevention Best Practices:Closely monitor accounts to help identify any suspicious or unusual activity. Act immediately on any suspicions!Educate consumers about the warning signs of fraud. Consumer awareness and education is an essential form of fraud prevention, and will continue to be as the payment types continue to transform and modernize.Employ multiple layers of proven card protection technologies, such as chip technology, tokenization, and biometrics.Implement beginning-to-end card data encryption, like tokenization, to protect the card information throughout the transaction process, from initiation to authorization.Utilize multiple, secure identification measures, like fingerprint recognition, to properly authenticate account holders when authorizing transactions.Remaining aware of recommended internal controls and prevention best practices will keep your financial institution better protected from the various fraud types that face our industry, while also assuring your consumers that you are doing all that you can to keep them safe from these growing risks.Visit www.alliedsolutions.net to find out more about the products and services Allied Solutions offers to help protect financial institutions from fraud risks. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ann Davidson Ann assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends sound loss control measures to help reduce loss exposures.Davidson has over 40 years working with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Detailslast_img read more

Virus patients in Spain get five-star hotel quarantine

first_imgAn ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new “customers” — a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine.”Good morning! How are you? My name is Enrique Aranda and I am probably the first non-health care worker you see in several days,” says the director of the five-star Melia Sarria hotel, peering into the ambulance.It took just three days to convert the hotel, which features contemporary decor and bathrooms with marble finishing, into a clinic.”Some patients arrive thinking that they were taken out of hospital to be left to die, many people are frightened. I try to make them forget all that,” said Aranda, wearing mask and gloves.”I don’t let them out of the ambulance until I get a smile out of them. I want them to enter in another way, that they see that they aren’t in a hospital anymore, it is a hotel.”Instead of arriving with a suitcase, the hotel’s new clients carry bags containing just a few personal belongings and their medical report.They are not welcomed by bellhops, but by a team of nurses wearing green or blue gowns, gloves and face masks.As soon as patients enter, the nurses take their temperature, revise their medical reports and ask if they need to contact any family member while hotel employees assign them to a room.  ‘Containment line’ The government ordered all hotels to shut to fight the pandemic, which has so far claimed 10,935 lives in Spain — the world’s second-highest toll after Italy.Hotels across the country have been converted into medical care centres to free up beds in hospitals which have been flooded with COVID-19 cases.In the Madrid region, the hardest-hit area in Spain and the first to adopt the measure, there are now just over 700 patients in quarantine in hotels.In second-city Barcelona, hoteliers have made 2,500 beds available. The Melia Sarria opened to patients on March 29 and currently has 107 guests with 50 more expected each day until all 307 rooms are full.”They are cases of people who are already OK, who have passed through the hospital and are in the final phase of their recovery here, in the hotel,” said Gemma Fanlo, a nurse at the facility.Staff at a nearby health clinic work round the clock to monitor COVID-19 patients recovering in hotels or at home, either in person or virtually, while at the same time still treating people needing help for other ailments.”Healthcare professionals are working longer hours, and are even working from home, to ensure no one is left untreated. We are working at full stretch,” said Belen Enfedaque, care director of Barcelona’s network of health care clinics.Catalonia’s regional health minister Alba Verges said these workers were the “containment line” that is preventing admissions to already overloaded hospitals. ‘Very moving’Inside the hotel, contact between people is kept to a minimum. There is an elevator for staff and one for patients. The hallways are silent.Patients receive four meals a day, which are left outside their rooms. A staff member knocks on the door and the patient must count to five before opening it.Relatives of the patients cannot enter the hotel and most leave clothes or magazines, laptops or other devices for their loved ones with staff outside.”I am bringing this bag for my wife’s aunt, who was hospitalised with pneumonia and they have sent her here now,” said a middle-aged man who declined to be named.”She is doing OK. Her daughter not so much… she is in the intensive care unit but her mother still does not know.”The conversion of the hotels into care facilities has given their staff, who would have been out of work otherwise, a boost.”It’s very moving, said Marga Carballo who is now in charge of the Melia Sarria hotel’s reception.”At home I felt bad watching all this without being able to help.” Topics :last_img read more

In Lebanon, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic

first_imgIn Lebanon, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic May 23, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Lebanon, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Mike Folmer were joined by legislators, local officials, law enforcement, and health care professionals at a roundtable in Lebanon today. The group discussed local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.In an effort to confront this epidemic collaboratively, Governor Wolf is conducting roundtables statewide to discuss the initiatives of his administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. The Wolf Administration is eager to engage in these local conversations in order to listen to local officials about the challenges that they are facing.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.”At the Good Samaritan Hospital, Governor Wolf and Senator Mike Folmer were joined by WellSpan Good Samaritan’s President and CEO Jane Hyde, Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel, Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello, Wellspan Medical Director of Vulnerable Populations  Dr. Chris Echterling, Pennsylvania’s Director of Homeland Security Marcus Brown, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, Lebanon County Commissioner Robert J. Phillips, Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold, Executive Director of Lebanon County Commission on Drug & Alcohol Jim Donmoyer, Lt. Dave Garner of the Pennsylvania State Police, CEO First Aid & Safety Patrol Bryan Smith, Executive Director of Lebanon Youth Advocate Programs Robert Swanson, and Lebanon County Chief of Detectives Dan Wright.“The status quo is not working. For Lebanon County and the whole state, this is affecting every family,” said Senator Folmer. “I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the General Assembly to combat the public safety and health crisis of heroin and opioids. I saw firsthand in the legalization of medical cannabis that when we work together, we can help Pennsylvanians have new hope and find relief.”The Wolf Administration hopes that these discussions are just the beginning of a larger conversation with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as well as local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, and health care professionals.“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”Some of the administration’s initiatives in the fight against heroin include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specialty specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has led a statewide initiative to get naloxone into the hands of municipal police departments. To date, more than 320 municipal police departments are equipped with naloxone, and those departments have reversed more than 900 overdoses as a result of that effort. DDAP also has developed a “warm hand-off” policy, mandating county-level drug and alcohol administrators to create processes whereby overdose survivors are taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider. In some areas of the Commonwealth, early reports indicate as many as 50 percent to 70 percent of overdose survivors are getting into treatment immediately through this process. Under DDAP’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.# # #last_img read more

Queensland tops the nation for new home loans in 1Q, but overall lending down: ABS

first_imgNew home lending in Queensland in March more than doubled the national increase, according to HIA.QUEENSLAND has topped the nation when it comes to loans for new homes, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.The latest housing finance data found lending to owner-occupiers to build or buy a new home in the state increased by 10.9 per cent during the March quarter — higher than in any other state or territory during the period.In July, 2016, the Queensland government increased the first home buyers grant to build or buy a new home by $5000, but that expires on July 1 and reverts back to the original $15,000.Nationally, lending for new homes rose 4.3 per cent during the month of March, following on from two straight months of declines.“The increase in new home lending during the month was primarily driven by an increase in the number of loans to those purchasing new homes, which were up by 9.5 per cent in the month,” said HIA economist Geordan Murray. Mr Murray said a growing number of apartment projects that had been under construction over the past couple of years were now reaching completion. “This means that buyers who purchased off the plan are now reaching the settlement stage,” he said. “We expect to see lending in this part of the market continue to rise over the year ahead as more apartment projects reach completion.”Owner occuper home loan approvals overall fell 0.5 per cent nationally in March, missing market expectations of a flat result.In Queensland, they fell 2 per cent, in seasonally adjusted terms, during the month.But the value of mortgages approved rose a seasonally adjusted 0.9 per cent to more than $33 billion during the month, while loans for investment housing lifted 0.8 per cent. Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell expects home loan demand to remain strong.The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in late March capped interest-only mortgage lending, setting off a fresh round of rate increases by the major lenders, with banks repricing their loan book to make interest-only and investor loans more expensive.But Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell said home loan demand would likely remain strong despite a number of lenders making changes to their policies and pricing. “The fact is, interest rates continue to hover around record lows,” Mr Flavell said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“And, whilst ever this is the case, there will continue to be a fair degree of heat in the property market, which will help bolster demand and property values.”CommSec senior economist Savanth Sebastian said the latest housing finance data suggested the sector was effectively in a holding pattern. He said tighter lending measures adopted by the banking sector were resulting in more circumspect home buyers, but it was important to highlight that there was still activity taking place across the housing sector albeit at a more moderate pace. LOANS FOR NEW HOMES IN MARCHQueensland +10.9%Tasmania +10.1%Victoria +9.2%South Australia +6.5%New South Wales +3.8% Northern Territory -35.5%Western Australia -7.6%Australian Capital Territory -2.4%(Source: HIA)last_img read more