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Marine ecosystem models for earth systems applications: The MarQUEST experience

first_imgThe MarQUEST (Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Modelling Initiative in QUEST) project was established to develop improved descriptions of marine biogeochemistry, suited for the next generation of Earth system models. We review progress in these areas providing insight on the advances that have been made as well as identifying remaining key outstanding gaps for the development of the marine component of next generation Earth system models. The following issues are discussed and where appropriate results are presented; the choice of model structure, scaling processes from physiology to functional types, the ecosystem model sensitivity to changes in the physical environment, the role of the coastal ocean and new methods for the evaluation and comparison of ecosystem and biogeochemistry models. We make recommendations as to where future investment in marine ecosystem modelling should be focused, highlighting a generic software framework for model development, improved hydrodynamic models, and better parameterisation of new and existing models, reanalysis tools and ensemble simulations. The final challenge is to ensure that experimental/observational scientists are stakeholders in the models and vice versa.last_img read more

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Fincantieri-Naval Group joint venture inks 1st R&T contract

first_img View post tag: Naviris Categories: Research & Development The R&T program is said to be a cornerstone of long-term cooperation between Fincantieri and Naval Group. June 4, 2020, by “We are enthusiastic to launch the activities of such a promising collaboration: the joint-venture Naviris will increasingly contribute to foster innovation and European leadership”. “On these grounds, we are grateful to the governments of our two countries for sharing the common vision and supporting the alliance between Naval Group and Fincantieri, which will mark the future of our sector,” he added. Related Article “I am very proud of the kick off of Naviris activities. Thanks to France, Italy and OCCAR, our joint-venture is able to launch a very ambitious R&T program for the coming three and a half years,” Pierre-Eric Pommellet, CEO of Naval Group, said. Five projects within R&T program Three sites of Naval Group will be involved in the projects – Nantes-Indret, Ollioules and Lorient, as well as its subsidiary Sirenha – while, for Fincantieri, the sites of Genova and Trieste will work on the project, along with the subsidiaries Cetena and Seastema.  “The … skills and experience of Fincantieri and Naval Group will contribute to the long term technological advantage of our vessels. This dynamic will sustain the economic recovery of both our countries, Italy and France, in the aftermath of Covid-19 and will contribute to increase our Navies superiority. This R&T program is the first of many more to come. In addition to research projects, Naviris’ activities will soon encompass additional initiatives such as the mid-life upgrade of the Horizon frigates.” Italy, France give full support to Naviris JV Posted: about 1 year ago Naida Hakirevic Back to overview,Home naval-today Fincantieri-Naval Group joint venture inks 1st R&T contract with OCCAR This R&T program of Naviris encompasses five different projects all aiming at enhancing the performance of Fincantieri’s and Naval Group’s vessels. “Today we welcome the beginning of one of the most important projects we have worked on in recent years. We have long believed that the consolidation of the European naval industry represents one of the fundamental means, if not the main in terms of critical mass and synergies, to allow our continent not to be left on the sidelines and instead to play a pivotal role in the upcoming challenges worldwide,” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, pointed out. View post tag: Fincantieri View post tag: OCCAR View post tag: Naval Group Posted: about 1 year ago Digital ship. This project will develop warship simulation capabilities throughout the whole ship’s lifecycle in order to improve product performances assessment, while reducing the need of real testing, and optimize the use of computer aided engineering to enhance both design definition (hydrodynamics, aerodynamics) and ship daily on-board operations (through the integrated approach of the Digital Twin Concept); Energy consumption optimization. This project will identify new architectures and equipment useful to improve the global efficiency of the electrical network and monitoring electrical consumption on board surface vessels; Fuel cells for surface vessels. This project will develop a modular fuel cell system (FCS) suitable for marine applications, capable of being fully integrated on board naval surface vessels; Logistics of the future. This project will boost shipbuilding competitiveness by developing solutions able to increase production efficiency and effectiveness and to reduce costs during the entire product life cycle, providing new tools for inspection and maintenance purposes as well as on board management of components in a naval vessels working environment; Winning a sea state. This project aims at developing methods, tools and engineering solutions to allow naval surface vessels to safely carry out daily operations (like launch and recovery of units) in worse environmental conditions than currently met. Authorities Naviris, a 50/50 owned joint venture between Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and French defense contractor Naval Group, has signed its first contract regarding research and technology (R&T) with OCCAR, the European Joint Armaments Cooperation organisation. Fincantieri-Naval Group joint venture inks 1st R&T contract with OCCAR “We are delighted that OCCAR has relied on us to participate to the Franco-Italian R&T program. This contract is the first step of more-to-come European projects, regarding not only joint research activities but also the upgrade of design and production process for the vessels destined to France, Italy and their export,” Claude Centofanti, CEO of Naviris, commented. As informed, Naviris, as prime contractor, will coordinate technical activities managed by Fincantieri and Naval Group and will own the intellectual property of all the research findings. Share this articlelast_img read more

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N.J. Election Features State, County and Local Races

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiNew Jersey voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new governor as well as key state, county and local representatives.Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.Gov. Chris Christie, who has served the last eight years, is restricted from seeking a third term.In the race to succeed Gov. Christie, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican, is facing Democrat Phil Murphy, a former Wall Street executive.Seats in the Statehouse are also up for grabs. In the First Legislative District, Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and R. Bruce Land, all Democrats, are seeking new terms.Running against Van Drew is Republican Mary Gruccio, the Superintendent of Schools in Vineland and a former Cumberland County freeholder. The Republican slate for Assembly includes Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro and Downe Township Mayor Robert Campbell.The First Legislative District encompasses all of Cape May County, most of Cumberland County and a small part of Atlantic County.At the county level, incumbent Cape May County Freeholders Will Morey and Jeffrey Pierson, both Republicans, will be opposed by Democrats Danielle Davies and Gregory Wall, both political newcomers.In the race for Cape May County Sheriff, Republican Under-Sheriff  Robert Nolan will face Democrat Richard Harron. Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer is retiring, opening up the race for a new sheriff.Republican Dean Marcolongo will run unopposed for Cape May County surrogate. Marcolongo will replace Susan Sheppard, who resigned as surrogate this year to become a state Superior Court judge.At the local level, Ocean City and Sea Isle City are holding elections for Board of Education members.In Ocean City, school board incumbents Joseph Clark, Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes and Michael James are running unopposed.Sea Isle school board incumbents Dan Tumolo and Kerry Mullane will also face no opposition.In Atlantic County, two City Council seats in Somers Point will be contested. Somers Point will also hold an election for three spots on the Board of Education.First Ward Councilman Kirk Gerety, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Genevieve DeVito. In the Second Ward, incumbent Councilman James Toto, a Republican, will square off against Democrat John DiMaria, a former Somers Point mayor and councilman.Four candidates are seeking three seats on the Board of Education. They include incumbents John Conover and Michael Sweeder. Newcomers Joshua Palombo and Anthony Zappile are also running. For the May 12 municipal election, voters will not be going to the polls.last_img read more

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O.C. Berkshire Hathaway Realtors Honored

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors congratulates the following Ocean City sales associates and offices on being recognized as a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network Top 100 Spotlight Winner for the second quarter of 2019.Ocean City 34th Street: The Cheryl Huber Team ranked 47 for gross commission income (GCI) and 100 for units. Ocean City Asbury Avenue: Patrick Halliday ranked 88 for GCI.The Ocean City Ninth Street office was ranked first place, as one of the top three offices in the region, with a minimum of 41 sales professionals and a maximum of 75 sales professionals, in the United States Northeast for total gross commission income (GCI). Cheryl Huber, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, in Ocean City. (Photo courtesy BHHS)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s second-largest provider of total home services and largest residential brokerage company in the U.S. in sales volume, according to 2019 REAL Trends 500 report. The company’s market dominance is three times the market share of its nearest competitor. In 2018, the brokerage completed more than 25,000 transactions. With 5,000 sales associates in more than 65 sales offices across the Tri-State area, the company was recently acknowledged as No. 1 throughout the entire Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network. Through its affiliate, the Trident Group, the company provides one-stop shopping and provided services to its clients including mortgage financing, and title, property and casualty insurance. The company-sponsored charitable foundation, Fox & Roach/Trident Charities, is committed to addressing the needs of children and families in stressful life circumstances and has contributed over $6 million to more than 250 local organizations since its inception in 1995. For more information visit www.foxroach.com.Patrick Halliday, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, in Ocean City. (Photo courtesy BHHS) Berkshire Hathaway offices in Ocean City receive high praise for sales and service. last_img read more

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Press release: James Brokenshire proposes to remove commissioners from Rotherham council after 3-year intervention

first_imgThe government is set to end the intervention into Rotherham council 3 years after calling in inspectors, Communities Secretary, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has announced today (23 July 2018).The intervention began in February 2015 after Baroness Alexis Jay and Dame Louise Casey found significant failings at the council that contributed to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.Since then, the council has worked hard to turn services around.Mr Brokenshire says in a written ministerial statement he is minded to return control of all services to the metropolitan borough council, including children’s social care, and withdraw all 3 commissioners.He adds this was on the condition the council receives an independent review before 31 March 2019.The action follows the gradual return of selected functions to the council on 4 separate occasions since the intervention began in February 2015.Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Selected functions were returned to the council on 11 February 2016, 13 December 2016, 21 March 2017 and 12 September 2017.The Secretary of State will consider representatives on his ‘minded to’ decision until 20 August with a further decision to be made after that date.Operation Stovewood is the National Crime Agency investigation into non-familial child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham, between 1997 and 2013. It is the largest ever investigation into non-recent child sexual exploitation undertaken by law enforcement.As part of the decision-making process on the announcement, Mr Brokenshire and Mr Zahawi met with Rotherham’s MPs on Monday, July 16 who indicated their support to conclude the intervention Office address and general enquiries Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP said: Mr Brokenshire says the government is continuing to work with Rotherham council and the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to secure funding for victims identified through the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood and will do so for as long as the need is there.The council will now have a period of 4 weeks to make representations on the proposals before the Secretary of State makes a final decision.Further informationThree commissioners have been working with Rotherham council. They are: Email [email protected] Vulnerable young people were repeatedly failed in Rotherham, which is why the government stepped in to ensure these errors can never occur again. The council has made strong progress and, having carefully considered evidence provided by our commissioners, I am minded to return all powers. This is not a decision I take lightly, but I am assured the council has turned itself around and is now providing the services that its residents deserve and expect. Media enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Contact form https://forms.communit… Social media – MHCLG Keeping children safe is paramount and I am pleased to see the vast improvements Rotherham has made to its children’s services, shown through its recent ‘good’ Ofsted rating. We all know that for too long, children and young people living there were failed by the authorities in charge of protecting them. In these cases the government will not hesitate to intervene and support improvements but it is down to strong leadership and the hard work of staff at Rotherham that they have been able to turn services around. The ‘minded to’ decision to return the control of all services to the council marks a positive step for this town and I hope the community can continue to move towards a bright future. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Mary Ney (lead commissioner) Patricia Bradwell (children’s social care) Julie Kenny CBE, DL 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DFlast_img read more

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Small talk

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Connex fleet replacement

first_imgFrench-owned Connex Rail Ltd has ordered 30 four-car Class 375 ’Electrostar’ EMUs from Adtranz for £90m, to operate Connex South Eastern services from London to Dover and Hastings. The contract signed on July 16 includes options for up to 800 more cars, up to half of which could be for the neighbouring Connex South Central franchise if it is extended to 15 years. Connex has set up its own leasing arm to fund the trains, but it has yet to decide whether to involve banks, a rolling stock leasing company, or finance them from within the Générale des Eaux group. The first train must be ready for testing by February 1999, with four units in service by April, and the rest by October 2000. The 160 km/h trains will be maintained by a 60:40 joint venture of Adtranz and Connex under a deal that could be worth £50m to £60m over the 15-year franchise.The trains will be able to run on Railtrack’s 750V DC third rail network or on 25 kV 50Hz routes elsewhere – Connex says that the IGBT traction technology to be supplied from Västerås ’avoids interference problems with track circuits and signalling systems’. Aluminium bodies will be mounted on Adtranz ’generic’ bogies. At least 25% of the axles will be powered, and regenerative braking will be available. There will be 240 seats, and on-train CCTV. olast_img read more

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Netherlands roundup: Dutch notaries’ scheme picks NN IP as fiduciary

first_img“Following an assessment of asset management last year, we have concluded that the selection and monitoring of managers was up for improvement, as our bureau hasn’t been set up for these tasks.”He added that NN IP would play purely an advisory role, as the fiduciary manager would not be allowed to manage any of the pension fund’s assets.As a result, Achmea IM will continue to implement the interest and currency hedge for Notariaat.However, pension funds’ views differ on whether these services should lay with a fiduciary manager.Earlier this week, the pension fund for marine pilots (Loodsen) said it would also outsource this service to its new fiduciary BlackRock.In addition to advising about asset managers, NN IP would also be involved in setting up Notariaat’s investment plans.For this reason, the scheme said it would cease using Willis Towers Watson for asset management tasks.Additionally, teh fund also has plans to replacve Kas Bank with BNY Mellon as custodian as of 1 January.PFZW to leave premium, accrual unchanged in 2020The board of the €238bn Dutch scheme PFZW has decided to keep its contribution at 23.5% in 2020, while also maintaining its annual accrual rate at 1.75% of a member’s salary.It said that it would not be able to raise pensions to keep up with inflation; its coverage ratio must be at least 110% before it is allowed to start granting inflation compensation.The scheme added that ahead of 2021, it had to make a decision about raising its premiums and/or reducing its accrual rate.The interest rates level, expected return on investment as well as the new arrangements in the pensions agreement would play an important role in that decision, it explained.A reduction of the discount rate for liabilities, or an adjustment of mortality expectations, could cause contributions to rise, accruals to be reduced or a combination of both, the pension fund pointed out.PFZW is responsible for the pensions of almost 2.9m workers and pensioners in the healthcare sector. At October-end, its funding level stood at 94.1%.The Dutch Pensions Federation said it expected a contribution rise of between 10% and 30% from Dutch schemes, while accruals were to drop from the tax-facilitated level of 1.875% to between 1.3% and 1.5%. The Dutch pension fund for notaries and their staff (Notariaat) has selected NN Investment Partners as its fiduciary manager, as it wanted to get a tighter grip on the selection and monitoring of asset managers.Until now, these tasks had been carried by the scheme’s administrative bureau and consultancy Willis Towers Watson.The €3.2bn sector scheme is the result of a merger between the occupational pension fund for notaries and the industry-wide scheme for their staff that took place in 2017.“The investment portfolios have also merged, and since then no manager selection has taken place,” said Edwin Zondag, the pension fund’s director.last_img read more

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Connecticut House Nods to 2GW of Offshore Wind

first_imgThe Connecticut House of Representatives has voted 134-10 in favour of legislation authorizing the development of 2,000MW of wind capacity offshore Connecticut.The legislation, House Bill 7156, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived From Offshore Wind, will next be referred to the State Senate.It ensures that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) must initiate a solicitation 14 days after the passage and requires DEEP to set up a future schedule for procurements, among other provisions.Earlier this month, the State of Connecticut, through the Connecticut Port Authority, and terminal operator Gateway partnered with Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource, on a deal that will redevelop State Pier in New London into an offshore wind hub through combined public-private investment of USD 93 million to upgrade its infrastructure and heavy-lift capability.“Our administration is working hard to put Connecticut in a place to become the center hub of the offshore wind industry in New England, and this legislation moves us one step closer to making that a reality,” Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont said.“Our valuable shoreline has the potential to provide multiple benefits to Connecticut residents – by delivering zero carbon renewable energy, we can increase the regional grid’s fuel security and make significant progress toward meeting our climate goals, all while driving economic growth and creating good jobs. This is an opportunity that we cannot squander, and the growing, unified momentum behind this bill shows just how important this is to Connecticut. I’ve spoken with numerous members of the Senate about this bill, and I am confident that we can get it approved in that chamber so that I can sign it into law.”Connecticut has already approved its first wind project, the 300MW Revolution Wind developed by Ørsted and Eversource and slated for commissioning in 2023.last_img read more

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Haitian migrants apprehended in Bahamas

first_imgMap of Bahamas. Image via: infoplease.comNASSAU, Bahamas — The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 43 Haitian migrants in the northern Bahamas after their vessel ran aground on Saturday afternoon.HMBS P-43, under the command of Acting Sub Lieutenant Cox, received information that a Haitian freighter had run aground off Pelican Point, nine miles south of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. On arrival to the area shortly after 12:00 pm, they located the 75-ft freighter with 43 undocumented Haitian males onboard. The migrants were removed from their distressed vessel with the assistance of BASRA officials and handed over to police and immigration authorities in Marsh Harbour for further processing.The investigation into the incident continues.Caribbean News Now Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Haitian migrants apprehended in Bahamas by: – November 15, 2011last_img read more

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