Microbes living at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico may consume far more of the gaseous waste from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill than previously thought, according to research carried out within 100 miles of the spill site.A paper on that research, conducted before the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded six months ago, will appear in a forthcoming issue of the journal Deep-Sea Research II. It describes the anaerobic oxidation of methane, a key component of the gulf spill, by microbes living in seafloor brine pools.“Because of the ample oil and gas reserves under the Gulf of Mexico, slow seepage is a natural part of the ecosystem,” says Peter R. Girguis, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard University. “Entire communities have arisen on the seafloor that depend on these seeps. Our analysis shows that within these communities, some microbes consume methane 10 to 100 times faster than we’ve previously realized.”Girguis is quick to note that methane is just part of what spilled from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well for three months, and that the rate at which methane spewed from the damaged well far exceeds the flow that microbes would ordinarily encounter in the gulf.Key to the work by Girguis, Harvard research scientist Scott D. Wankel, and colleagues of both scientists was the ability to use on-site mass spectrometry to obtain accurate measurements of seafloor methane. It has been difficult to take such measurements because most tools don’t work accurately 5,000 to 7,000 feet below the sea’s surface, where pressures are intense.Using this new technique, the scientists were able to ascertain methane concentrations in brine pools surrounding gas seeps, as well as in the water column above the pools. Combining this data with measurements of microbial activity, they were able to extrapolate just how quickly the microbes were consuming the methane.“In fact, we observed oxidation of methane by these microbes at the highest rates ever recorded in seawater,” Girguis said.Methane is a greenhouse gas, up to 60 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Gigatons of the volatile gas are produced in seafloor sediments, above and beyond that generated by gas seeps that pockmark the floor of the gulf and other bodies of water. But, Girguis said, somewhere between the seafloor and the sea’s surface, much of the methane vanishes.“We found that concentrations of methane in brine pools are tremendously high: five to six orders of magnitude higher than in the water column above,” Girguis said. “Mass spectrometry has given us a window on both the amount of methane diffusing into the water column and how much of this methane is consumed through anaerobic oxidation by microbes within the brine pool. It appears the microbes consume much of the methane, and the rest dissipates over time into the water column.”A study published in the journal Science in August detailed a bacterial species reportedly able to degrade oil anaerobically in the gulf. But a subsequent paper in the journal contended that these microbes mainly digested gases such as methane, propane, ethane, and butane, not oil. The “Deep-Sea Research II” paper adds to scientists’ growing understanding of these species’ ability to degrade the byproducts of the Deepwater Horizon spill.Girguis and Wankel’s co-authors are Samantha B. Joye and Vladimir A. Samarkin of the University of Georgia, Sunita R. Shah of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Gernot Friederich of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and John Melas-Kyriazi of Stanford University. Their work was funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Harvard, and the National Science Foundation.
View Comments Let It Be showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band, in a theatrical concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. The production features more than forty of The Beatles’ hits including:” I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Day Tripper,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Strawberry Fields,” “When I’m 64,” “Twist and Shout,” “Get Back” and many more. The show originally opened at the West End’s Savoy Theatre in January 2013, before going on tour and playing a summer season at the Garrick Theatre this year. Let It Be played Broadway’s St. James Theatre in summer 2014. London is set to “Get Back” the fab four—Let It Be is returning to the West End! The Beatles tribute will begin performances on February 28, 2015 at the Garrick Theatre and will play a limited engagement through September 27, before commencing a UK tour. Full casting will be announced later.
Royal Bank of Scotland tightens rules for coal lending FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Market Watch:The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC said Friday that it would end financing for coal by 2030 and place stricter rules on oil-and-gas majors, joining other banks that have made similar sustainability moves as investors and the public demand action on climate change.“Today marks a new era,” said Alison Rose, chief executive of RBS, who took the helm in November.RBS said it would end coal financing by 2030 and stop lending and underwriting companies with more than 15% of their activities related to coal by the end of 2021, unless they have a transition plan in line with the Paris Agreement. It also pledged to halt lending and underwriting major oil-and-gas producers without a transition plan by 2021.The bank, which is set to rebrand as Natwest Group PLC later this year, said it would halve the climate impact of all financing by 2030 and double funding for climate and sustainable finance to 20 billion pounds ($26 billion) by 2022.RBS’s move comes as the British government–and the European Union–aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and is set to host the next global climate change conference, COP26, in Glasgow this year. The European Commission has estimated that, including the U.K. which has exited the EU, it could cost up to 575 billion euros ($624.4 billion) a year for the bloc’s 28 member states to hit the climate ambition, or around $18.7 trillion over the next 30 years.[Dieter Holger]More: RBS pledges to end coal financing and put stricter rules on oil companies
By Dialogo March 25, 2013 “We continue moving forward building agreements within the first item on the agenda (the agrarian issue), although there are still several disagreements remaining,” government delegation leader Humberto de La Calle, said. The other three points on the agenda are illicit drugs, disarmament and victims’ reparations. “We will gather again on April 2, hoping to finish this point’s discussions soon, and move to the next one,” de La Calle stated before traveling to Bogotá. The Colombian peace process, ongoing for four months now between the government and the FARC guerrillas in Havana, has made progress, despite some existing disagreements, both parties said at the start of an 11-day recess on March 21. Government and guerrilla delegations that are carrying out the negotiations, asked the UN and the National University to organize a citizen’s forum in April, similar to the one conducted in December. This would indicate that the first topic in the agenda – the agrarian issue – would be near closure, and moving to address the second one: political participation. The leaders of each delegation also told the press that progress was made during the 11-day talk period, which ended on March 21. De La Calle said that the peace process received the support of the newly elected Pope Francis, the interim Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, and the U.S. Ambassador in Bogotá, Michael McKinley, in the last few days. When the peace talks started on November 19, the FARC declared a unilateral ceasefire of 60 days, which the government did not join, and which was enforced until January 20. “Given this development, delegations requested the Organization of the United Nations Office in Colombia and the Center of Thinking for Peace at the National University to start the preparations for a new forum about the next point on the agenda – political participation – to be addressed by the end of next month,” both parties said in a joint statement.
By Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 29, 2019 The Belize Coast Guard is responsible for maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, hurricane response preparation, and disaster relief, among other duties. The Coast Guard was part of the Belize Defence Force, but in 2005 became part of one of the three branches of Belize’s national security structures. Rear Admiral John Borland, commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, assumed command in 2009, focusing on modernizing the institution. Diálogo spoke to the officer during a visit to the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Belize City, where he talked about their new capabilities and interagency work, among other topics. Diálogo: When you assumed command of the Coast Guard, in August 2009, your main goal was to modernize it. Have you accomplished your goal? If so, how? Rear Admiral John Borland, commandant of the Belize Coast Guard: We have accomplished many of the goals that we set out to achieve in 2009 and even before that time. I was the vice commandant in 2005 and at that time, my objective was to develop a modern Coast Guard, one that will be on par with our partner forces in the region. We have achieved our goal by working with our government through an interagency approach and with our regional and international partners. We have modernized our institution with technology, assets, and training of our personnel. Our modernization was possible through regional and international partners, primarily with the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and also our partnerships with the Canadians, the British, and the Mexicans. Diálogo: What are Belize’s most important maritime border security concerns? Rear Adm. Borland: Our primary focus is transnational organized crime, which keeps me up at night. Belize is located right smack in the middle of many transshipment zones. Drugs come from South America trying to make its way up to North America. The effects of transnational organized crime are profound on the Belizean society. Unfortunately, illegal drugs end up in our streets and cause a serious rift; they cause danger to the society as they fuel the local gangs in their fight to control the market. Diálogo: How does the Coast Guard support the national effort to counter security threats? Rear Adm. Borland: The Belize Coast Guard is one of three arms of the country’s security enterprise as we have the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department, and the Belize Coast Guard. We are directly responsible for maritime security as every one of our members is a law enforcement officer with full authority to arrest anyone at sea—internal waters, territorial sea, or exclusive economic zone. We have this responsibility in collaboration with other agencies such as the police, Defence Force, immigration, and customs departments. Diálogo: What efforts does the Coast Guard conduct with Mexico and Guatemala to protect their borders? Rear Adm. Borland: There’s a lot going on with Mexico. We do a monthly combined operation with the Mexican Navy on Hondo River and Chetumal Bay, and we extend it to our territorial sea waters. We embark our ship riders into their platforms, and they do the same with ours in our monthly operations to counter illegal drugs. We also have quarterly commander meetings either in Mexico or Belize, where we conduct information exchanges. With Guatemala, we work jointly with the Belize Defence Force and in combination with the Guatemalan Navy on the Sarstoon River. In addition, the Coast Guard has been invited to the quarterly commander’s conference between the Guatemalan and the Belizean military authorities. Diálogo: SOUTHCOM contributed equipment for Belize’s counter narcotics program. How does this donation improve the Coast Guard’s capabilities? Rear Adm. Borland: Prior to the formation of the Belize Coast Guard, our maritime area of responsibility was almost controlled by drug traffickers to the extent that we used to come across between 15–20 go-fast vessels per year. Since the Belize Coast Guard stood up in 2005, we saw a profound effect, where the amount of illicit traffic by maritime means has been diminished. The deterrent effect of having a Coast Guard—equipped and capable to respond—has pushed maritime drug traffickers away from our littorals. We now see the use of illegal airstrips on land, or wet drops” coming back on offshore communities. SOUTHCOM’s contribution has been second to none. SOUTHCOM’s cooperation and support with equipment, infrastructure, and training has helped us to modernize the force. The Belize Coast Guard fleet as it exists right now is probably based on a 70 percent contribution from SOUTHCOM, so we are grateful for it. Their contribution extends to equipment and technology, which allows us to conduct longer surveillance. The majority of our officers are trained under the auspices of the partnership with SOUTHCOM, either with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, or even U.S. Army. We look forward to grow and strengthen our partnership with SOUTHCOM. Diálogo: Belize is a key information-sharing partner in Operation Martillo (Hammer). What is the main lesson learned from this multi-national operation? Rear Adm. Borland: The main lesson we have learned from Operation Martillo is about the information sharing mechanism, which works both ways: we get to know what happens during the operation and understand the new patterns and the modus operandi of the cartels, and at the same time, we are informed about what happens within our areas of operation. We benefit from Martillo by being able to create a better operating picture of what is really going on, not only in the region but even on the Pacific coast, so we can have a better understanding of the common operating picture to help us do a better job of planning and cooperating. Diálogo: What kind of exchanges does Belize conduct with the Louisiana National Guard through the State Partnership Program? Rear Adm. Borland: Our partnership with the Louisiana National Guard started 10 years ago, mainly with leadership development, technical, and tactical courses. One of the critical areas of development is the disaster response and relief training. They send subject matter expert exchanges to Belize to teach a variety of courses. The Louisiana National Guard plays a vital role in our development overall and helps at a time when the Belize Coast Guard continues with its upward mobility and trends. Diálogo: What’s the importance of regional partnerships to combat criminal and illegal actors? Rear Adm. Borland: It’s absolutely important that regional partnerships continue to be developed and sustained because none of our countries are sufficiently equipped, have the technology, the resources, or the assets to combat criminal activity on our own. It will take the whole of government, interagency, and regional approaches to work together to defeat crime. We need each other; we have to rely on each other with technology, surveillance, and communications to make a strong network. Diálogo: What progress has the Coast Guard made on gender integration? Rear Adm. Borland: The Coast Guard has a policy that fosters equal opportunity. Ten percent of the Coast Guard is female, but we look forward to seeing the numbers grow. We believe, in fact, that there’s not a single job in the Coast Guard that a woman can’t do equally well or even better than a man. We have seen women come to the Coast Guard being well educated, ambitious, and keen to developing themselves. Females are involved in every single aspect of Coast Guard work. We are a relatively young unit, and only a few women have made it across from what used to be our former organization with the maritime wing. We have two senior enlisted leaders and three commissioned officers among us.
Briefs June 15, 2006 Regular News B riefs THE SIMULTANEOUS TOP LEADERSHIP of three statewide professional organizations by Pensacola residents was celebrated at a joint reception hosted by the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, Escambia County Medical Society, and Northwest Florida Dental Association May 23 at New World Landing in Pensacola. More than 200 attorneys, physicians, and dentists, as well as a dozen community leaders, turned out to honor were Alan B. Bookman, president of The Florida Bar, Dr. Dan Henry, president of Florida Dental Association, and Dr. Troy Tippett, president of Florida Medical Association. This Northwest Florida leadership convergence — described by Pensacola News Journal’s Charlotte Crane as a “seeming explosion of deference to area leadership skills not seen for years — if ever” represents more than 100,000 members among the three groups. FIVE PALM BEACH COUNTY students will find it financially easier to attend college this fall thanks to scholarships provided by the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s North County Section. The students will each receive $1,000, which will be used toward their tuition and books at Palm Beach Community College. “Every year, families with college-aged children are faced with having to pay more and more for higher education,” said Bill Fleck, president of the North County Section. “It’s our hope that these families will now have less to worry about when it comes to the financial stress of sending their children to college.” All of the students are enrolled in technical degree programs at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus of Palm Beach Community College and are seeking degrees in radiography or respiratory care. Included are Edward Willey, dean of academic affairs; PBCB board members Colleen Nelson, Jerry Beer, and Michael Slavin; Bill Fleck, president of the North County Section; board member Scott Zappolo; and scholarship winners Jessica Smith, Guerline Edwards, Amanda Drake, Crystal Felch, Ireze Stark; and Nancy Weissman, associate professor, respiratory care. The association plans to continue its fundraising efforts in order to endow the scholarship. For more information call the association at (561) 687-2800. JANE HANSZEL, a volunteer guardian ad litem in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, was presented the 2006 Justice for Children Award by the Salvation Army of South Pinellas County at a recent luncheon. Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente was the keynote speaker, who talked about the importance of timely investments of quality services for children, and the value of a multi-disciplinary approach to decisionmaking in the unified family court. Assisting Chief Justice Pariente in presenting the award to Jane Hanszel are Donna Rassmusen, Sixth Circuit GAL director, Mary Wyatt Allen, chair of the board, and Major Gary Elliot, commander of the Salvation Army. ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY School of Law recently paid homage to the career of Professor Jeannette Hausler, center. “Jeannette Hausler’s deep-seated commitment to education and her belief in the values of Catholic education led her to play an instrumental role in the founding of St. Thomas University School of Law. Her devotion to this law school has never wavered,” said Dean Bob Butterworth. Included from the left are Bar President Alan Bookman, Father O’Neill and Butterworth. MAY WAS A BIG MONTH for the Barkdull family. Retired Third DCA Judge Thomas H. Barkdull, Jr., and his son, 15th Circuit Judge Thomas H. Barkdull III, both received judicial excellence awards within days of each other. The Dade County Bar presented Judge Barkdull, Jr., with its Allan R. Schwartz Judicial Excellence Award May 15 “in recognition of his devoted and exemplary service as the heart of the Third District Court of Appeal.” Three days later, Judge Barkdull III, right, was surprised to learn the Palm Beach County Bar’s North County Section selected him as its Jurist of the Year. “It was certainly a shock to both of us,” the elder Judge Barkdull said. Bill Fleck, left, president of the North County Section, said the younger Judge Barkdull was chosen for his excellent reputation for making sound judicial decisions and with an unblemished record of integrity as a lawyer and as a judge. ROSENTHAL & LEVY’S Ethan F. Kominsky recently served as team captain for the “Taking Great Strides to Cure Cystic Fibrosis” Jupiter walk. Under Kominsky’s direction the Rosenthal & Levy team raised over $3,000. The firms also sponsored the fundraising Kick-Off Breakfast. “Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that impacts children and their families,” Kominsky said. “Raising money to further the efforts of finding a cure is the least that we as caring individuals can do.” Beginning at Carlin Park, the Great Strides walk took place along A1A with its scenic views of Jupiter Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The Jupiter event raised over $110,000 with approximately 420 participating walkers and attendees. Now in its 18th year, the Great Strides walk takes place at hundreds of sites throughout the United States. The 2006 nationwide fundraising goal is $32.5 million. The funds will support vital cystic fibrosis research, education, and care programs.
– Advertisement – – Advertisement – A travel bag entitled “Keepall”, a Skateboard box and a mail trunk by Louis Vuitton x Supreme are displayed during the exhibition “The Rise of Supreme / 30 years of American urban culture” at Artcurial auction house on May 14 2018 in Paris, France.Chesnot | Getty Images The deal, which is expected to be completed late in calendar year 2020, is anticipated to contribute at least $500 million of revenue and adjusted earnings per share of 20 cents in fiscal 2022. VF Corp said on Monday it would pay $2.1 billion to buy popular streetwear apparel company Supreme, adding another popular brand to the Vans shoe maker’s roster.VF Corp, which also houses brands such as The North Face and Timberland, said it would make an additional payment of up to $300 million subject to satisfaction of certain post-closing milestones.It added that Carlyle Group and Goode Partners are selling their stakes in privately owned Supreme, which was founded by American-British businessman James Jebbia in 1994.- Advertisement –
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The North Sumatra Police have confirmed the authenticity of the video, which led to the first dismissal of a police officer in the region for a violation of health protocols.“The police officer who held the wedding reception has been sanctioned. He has been dismissed from his post as the intelligence unit chief,” North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Tatan Dirsan Atmaja told the press on Monday.Bobi was currently being questioned by the North Sumatra Police’s internal affairs division since he disobeyed an edict issued by the National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis.Read also: Police arrest alleged killer of Yahukimo resident in Papua The North Sumatra Police have dismissed Adj. Comr. Bobi Vaski Pranata from his position as Serdang Bedagai Police’s intelligence unit chief after he held a wedding reception despite the coronavirus pandemic and ignoring health protocols and physical distancing.Bobi’s dismissal came after a video of his wedding party, held on Sept. 26 in a building in Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, made the rounds on social media.In the video that later went viral, the married couple and the guests were seen without masks and purportedly with no physical distancing. The edict, issued on March 19, bans mass gatherings such as social meetings, workshops, music festivals, carnivals, sports events, fairs, mass protests and family receptions in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.“For this violation, the police officer will undergo a disciplinary hearing,” Tatan added.In April the Jakarta Police dismissed Comr. Fahrul Sudiana from his position as Kembangan police chief after he held a fancy wedding reception at a five-star hotel amid the pandemic.Fahrul’s dismissal at that time came after photos of the wedding, which was held on March 21, also went viral on social media, with many criticizing the police officer’s apparent hypocrisy.Meanwhile, in strengthening public compliance with health protocols, the North Sumatra COVID-19 task force shut down on Saturday three night entertainment businesses and a food court in Medan.“The three entertainment places and the food court were shut down due to their lack of compliance with health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the deputy head of the North Sumatra COVID-19 task force, Col. Azhar Mulyadi.On Friday, the task force also shut down the Hairos Waterpark in Pancur Batu district, Deli Serdang regency, for letting hundreds of people hold a pool party without abiding by the health protocols. The police also named the general manager of the waterpark a suspect. (trn)Topics :
Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas sends Alexis Sanchez warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Manchester United transfer links
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has told Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to reject a prospective move to Manchester United.Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 61 goals in 97 appearances for the Gunners.The Gabon forward continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates, however, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2021.Manchester United are believed to be monitoring Aubameyang’s situation ahead of a potential summer move but Nicholas cannot understand why the 30-year-old would want to move to Old Trafford.ADVERTISEMENTAnd the Gunners hero believes Aubameyang should take note of how Alexis Sanchez’s career has spiralled since he left Arsenal to sign for United.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether Arsenal can risk another Robin van Persie situation with Aubameyang, Nicholas told Sporting Life: ‘It depends what people put down as a risk.‘You give him to Man Utd. If he was to go there, does it help Arsenal? No.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If Aubameyang wants to go, you ideally want him out of the Premier League, that is the general aspect. If I was Aubameyang, he will be thinking about what happened to Alexis Sanchez.‘Would he want to be a part of a superstar reload at Manchester United? Is there a great appeal to that? If it was Liverpool or Man City I would get that.‘Man Utd are miles away from the top two, but they have the money and better idea of where they can see the progress coming from. Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas sends Alexis Sanchez warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Manchester United transfer links Comment Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Manchester United in 2018 (Picture: Getty)‘Arsenal have been in a mess and are only five points behind them with a game in hand. There is not a lot in this.’The former Arsenal striker added: ‘I do not see the glamour and appeal of joining Man Utd.‘Would he win the title with Man Utd in the next few years? I don’t think so. He might not even be in the Champions League if he was to join.‘What is the real appeal? Is it salary? I don’t think he is that type. Van Persie jumped to a massive salary, but Man Utd are not the same calibre as what they were.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Would he be the cutting edge to them? Man Utd have other issues to address like Arsenal. If Arsenal were to get £100m for him to sign for Man Utd, I would take that.‘It will make them better, that is why they would pay big. Arsenal were the challengers to United for the title, but now neither of them are.‘If Manchester United offer £100m for Aubameyang, sell him.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Liverpool star Dejan Lovren drops transfer hint amid Arsenal linksMORE: Arsenal turned down chance to sign Carlos Tevez before Man Utd move Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares