Future risk for Southern Ocean ecosystem services under climate change

first_imgThe Southern Ocean supports ecosystem services that are important on a global scale. Climate change and human activities (tourism, fishing, and research) will affect both the demand for, and the provision of, these services into the future. Here we synthesize recent assessments of the current status and expected future climate-driven changes in Southern Ocean ecosystems and evaluate the potential consequences of these changes for the provision of ecosystem services. We explore in detail three key services (the ‘blue carbon’ pathway, the Antarctic krill fishery, and Antarctic tourism), tracing the consequences of climate change from physical drivers through biological impacts to the benefits to humans. We consider potential non-climatic drivers of change, current and future demands for the services, and the main global and regional policy frameworks that could be used to manage risks to the provision of these services in a changing climate. We also develop a formal representation of the network of interactions between the suite of potential drivers and the suite of services, providing a framework to capture the complexity of this network and its embedded feedback loops. Increased consideration of the linkages and feedbacks between drivers and ecosystem services will be required to underpin robust management responses into the future.last_img read more

Beach Replenishment for Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle May Not Start Until Spring

first_imgBeach replenishment at the north end of Ocean City in spring 2013.The Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $57.6 million contract last Monday to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill., to rebuild eroded beaches at the south end of Ocean City and in Strathmere and Sea Isle City in a much-anticipated project that was originally projected to begin in late November.But while the Army Corps has released no timetable for the project, a Great Lakes Dredge spokesperson says the project will not begin until the spring.“Dredging will start in the second quarter (April/ May/June) of 2015,” said Mary Morrissey, senior manager of investor relations for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. “At this point, we unfortunately do not know which city will be first when we start dredging.”That announcement suggests that one or more of the towns in the project area possibly could see dredging work during the peak summer season.Beach replenishment projects involve the laying of pipeline and the closing of a couple blocks of beach at a time as work crews traverse the project area.The Army Corps is expected to issue a “notice to proceed” to the contractor as early as next week.  The contractor then has about 480 days to complete the project, according to Army Corps spokesman Richard Pearsall.Great Lakes is the same company that completed the beach replenishment project at Ocean City’s north end in spring 2013. That project began in February and ended in early June. The company has dredging contracts throughout the nation.The new project will pump new sand onto beaches between 34th and 59th streets in Ocean City.The federal government will pay 100 percent of the initial project cost to restore beaches at the south end of Ocean City and in Strathmere and Sea Isle City.Morrissey’s statement is not an official timetable, but it appears clear at least that work will not begin by the end of November, as projected. The contractor will work with the Army Corps and the municipalities to develop a project schedule.Read more: 50 Years of Sand on the Way to Ocean City’s South End__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Detailed guide: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Denmark

first_imgNHS Overseas Healthcare Services Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 1999Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pmSaturday, 9am to 3pm registering as a resident and getting a yellow health card using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) for temporary stays registering a UK-issued S1 form with the Danish state healthcare system and getting a yellow health card Once you have an S1 form, you must register it on the Danish system.This will mean you and your dependants will be entitled to healthcare in Denmark on the same basis as a Danish citizen.You’ll also get: Healthcare if you live and work in DenmarkYou should register as a resident if you expect to live in Denmark for 3 months or more.Everyone who’s a resident can also register for Danish state healthcare.This is the same if you’re employed, self-employed or not working.Your dependants need to register independently for healthcare. Children do not need to register independently until they’re 15 years old if a parent is registered, but they do need to have their own yellow health card.Once you’re a resident, you may be entitled to a Danish EHIC for travel, including visits to the UK.You may also have the right to apply for a UK S1 if you start drawing a UK State Pension.How to registerFirst, apply for a Residence Document.When you have your Residence Document you need to register at the Civil Registry of Denmark (CPR).You’ll need proof of your address in Denmark and proof that you are staying for at least 3 months.You choose your GP during your application to the CPR. When your CPR application is accepted, you’ll be sent a yellow health card.The card will show the name and address of your doctor.Always carry your yellow health card with you. Show it when you have a GP appointment.How much you’ll payMost medical care is free, including GP appointments, hospital stays, mental health and long-term care.You’ll still have to pay for some medical services. For example, dental check-ups cost around 200 Danish kroner.Prescriptions are not free, but you’ll pay a maximum limit each year. Find out how much you’ll pay towards prescribed medicines.If your UK employer has sent you to Denmark temporarily (‘posted workers’)A posted worker, also known as a ‘detached worker’, is someone employed or self-employed in the UK, but temporarily sent to a European Economic Area (EEA) country.UK posted workers can access healthcare in Denmark using an EHIC, GHIC or S1 form.HMRC has a helpline for National Insurance enquiries from non-UK residents.They can answer questions about posted worker status and explain which documents you will need to get healthcare while posted.UK-funded healthcare: using an S1 form in DenmarkThere’s different guidance if you have an S1 as a posted worker.You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you’re a Danish resident and receive a UK State Pension.You may also be entitled to an S1 form if you’re a frontier worker (someone who works in one state and lives in another). You must contact HMRC National Insurance enquiries to find out if you’re eligible.If you started living in Denmark before 1 January 2021, you may also be entitled to an S1 if you receive some other ‘exportable benefits’. Not all UK benefits that can be claimed while abroad entitle you to UK-funded healthcare. Read more about claiming benefits if you move abroad or contact Jobcentre Plus to ask about a benefit. planned treatments in other EU countries This information is about living in Denmark. There’s different guidance about visiting Denmark.Most state healthcare is free in Denmark if you’re a resident and have a state health insurance card (‘yellow health card’).UK nationals usually access the Danish healthcare system in one of these ways: Stay up to dateThis guidance will be updated if anything changes to how you get state healthcare in Denmark.Sign up for email alerts. Dependants and family members may be classified differently in Denmark than the UK.Check with the local authorities when you register your S1 form.How to get an S1 formYou must request an application form by phone from NHS Overseas Healthcare Services. How to use an S1 form in DenmarkOnce you’re registered as a resident in Denmark, you’ll be issued with your yellow health card. This will mean you’re entitled to healthcare on the same basis as a Danish citizen.You also need to register your S1 form with Udbetaling Danmark (website in Danish).Studying in DenmarkYou can use an EHIC or GHIC to get medically necessary healthcare until the end of your study period.If you’re going to study in Denmark for 3 months or more, you’ll need to register for residence as a student.When you have your Residence Document, you need to register at the CPR to get a yellow health insurance card.Getting treatment in the UKSome former UK residents do not have to pay for NHS treatment when visiting England. This includes UK nationals who started living in the EU before 1 January 2021.Read more about healthcare when you no longer live in the UK.If you return to live in the UK you’ll be able to use the NHS like any other UK resident.Read more about using the NHS when you return to live in the UK. a UK-issued EHIC for travellast_img read more

Aldi reports 200% rise in UK profits

first_imgBudget supermarket chain Aldi has revealed a lift in UK sales of £2.73bn in the year to December 2011.The privately-owned German firm, which operates around 500 UK stores, has seen a 30% rise in group turnover to £2.8bn and reported its operating profits for the period rose from £18.7m to £102.9m – a total increase of 450%.Aldi also revealed that bakery sales were up by 40%, as well as sales of fresh meat doubling during the period and fruit and veg sales receiving a 48% lift.The company’s UK arm, run by joint group managing directors Matthew Barnes and Roman Heini, has opened 29 stores during 2011 at a rate of more than two a month. It has revealed plans to open a further 40 sites by the end of 2013. Barnes said: “We’re constantly looking at what we do and innovating in line with consumer demand. This has seen us expand our product range by 30%, source the vast majority of produce from UK-based companies and make changes such as introducing trolleys with baby seats, baskets and more premium products, like fillet steak.“People are seeing the stand-out awards that we’re winning, such as Which? Magazine Best Supermarket of the Year.”Heini said: “We’re now sourcing around two-thirds of our core range from UK suppliers. Consumers are attracted to Aldi by our brand-matched quality products and keep returning to our stores when they realise their weekly shop can cost around a third less than in the big supermarkets.”Aldi has managed to increase its market share by 54.1% year-on-year, despite only accounting for 4.1% of total market share in terms of grocery sales.Looking ahead, the firm claims it will be creating 4,500 jobs in the UK in 2012 and will be looking to double the number of stores to around 1,000 over the next 10 years.last_img read more

Co-op relaunch sees own-label bread sales double

first_imgThe Co-operative says sales of its own-label bread have doubled since it was relaunched and lowered to 75p.Sales of the ‘Loved by Us’ Farmhouse and Sandwich/Toasting loaves in both white and wholemeal have reached 2.5 million.The Co-op said it had measured the four weeks of sales post-relaunch compared with the four weeks before.The relaunch of The Co-operative Food’s Farmhouse loaf is part of a major push on own-brand products, which will see over 3,800 lines being relaunched by the end of this year.Steve Murrells, chief executive, retail, said: “The Co-operative was historically known for the quality of its own-brand produce and, as part our food strategy, we are dramatically improving our own brand offer once more. We offer the best-value loaf in Britain in terms of price and quality and the sales we have seen show customers are right behind us.”The Co-op said its bread range forms a part of a “halo” set of own-brand lines, including pies, sandwiches, pizzas and ready meals, which have all been relaunched under the ‘Loved by Us’ banner and are all seeing double-digit like-for-like sales growth.The company has invested heavily in its ‘Loved by Us’ category in recent months, with a rigorous tasting and sampling process being led by the group’s development and innovation chef and a team of food specialists, product developers and technical managers. The team are now 50% through the own-brand relaunch programme, with 1,750 lines introduced so far in 2014.Reduced pricesAlso, as part of the revamp of its own lines, The Co-op has reduced prices as part of a £100m price investment, and almost 1,000 stores will see major refits during the year. The company will also open 100 convenience stores at the same time.Murrells added: “The steps we are taking are focused on delivering for our customers and giving them what they want – quality products at great prices in a convenient location. We still have much to do, but the customer reaction gives us a great deal of confidence.”last_img read more

New Overseers, Alumni Association directors elected

first_imgFive alumni have been elected as new members of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and six as directors of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).The new Overseers, whose terms will extend through Commencement 2026, are:Raphael William Bostic ’87, magna cum laudePh.D. ’95, Stanford UniversityPresident and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of AtlantaDecatur, Ga.Margaret “Midge” Purce ’17Professional soccer player, Sky Blue FC and U.S. Women’s National Soccer TeamSilver Spring, Md.Thea Sebastian ’08, J.D. ’16M.Sc. ’11, University of OxfordEd.M. ’13, Hunter CollegePolicy counsel, Civil Rights CorpsWashington, D.C.Tracy K. Smith ’94, cum laudeM.F.A. ’97, Columbia UniversityRoger S. Berlind ’52 Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University; 22nd poet laureate of the United StatesPrinceton, N.J.Jayson Toweh, S.M. ’19B.S. ’17, cum laude, University of MichiganProgram analyst, Environmental Protection Agency AtlantaThere were 13 candidates in this year’s Overseers election. Eight were nominated by an alumni nominating committee whose 13 voting members are appointed by the Harvard Alumni Association executive committee. The other five qualified for the ballot by petition, having obtained the required number of signatures from eligible voters. Harvard degree holders cast a total of 43,531 ballots in the Overseers election.“All of us on the Board welcome this year’s new Overseers,” said R. Martin Chávez ’85, S.M. ’85, president of the Board of Overseers. “These are extraordinary times, posing extraordinary challenges, and the Board will do all we can to help Harvard navigate them as thoughtfully as possible, always with an overriding concern for the best interests of the University and how it can best serve the world.”The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards, along with the President and Fellows, also known as the Corporation. As a central part of its work, the Board directs the visitation process, the primary means for periodic external assessment of Harvard’s Schools and departments. Through its array of standing committees, and the roughly 50 visiting committees that report to them, the Board probes the quality of Harvard’s programs and assures that the University remains true to its charter as a place of learning. More generally, drawing on its members’ diverse experience and expertise, the Board provides counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities, plans, and strategic initiatives. The Board also has the power of consent to certain actions, such as the election of Corporation members.The current membership of the Board of Overseers is listed here. Profiles of several current Overseers appear here.The newly elected HAA directors are:Santiago Creuheras, A.L.M. ’00, A.L.M. ’01B.S. ’97, summa cum laude, Universidad de las Américas-PueblaM.St. ’14, with distinction, University of CambridgeSenior consultant on sustainable infrastructure and energy, Inter-American Development BankMexico City, Mexico Kelsey Trey Leonard ’10M.Sc. ’11, University of OxfordJ.D. ’15, Duquesne UniversityPh.D. ’19, McMaster UniversityBanting Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster UniversityHamilton, Ontario, CanadaMichael D. Lewis ’93Strategic technology adviser, iCorps TechnologiesCambridge, Mass.Mallika J. Marshall ’92, cum laudeM.D. ’96, UCSF School of MedicineMedical reporter, CBS Boston; physician, Massachusetts General HospitalWeston, Mass.Benjamin D. Wei ’08CEO, Nova InviteNew York, N.Y.Joyce Y. Zhang ’09M.P.A. ’15, Princeton UniversityM.B.A. ’15, Stanford UniversityCEO, Alariss GlobalSan FranciscoThe new HAA directors were each elected for three-year terms. They were chosen from a slate of nine candidates, nominated by the same HAA committee that nominates candidates for Overseers. Harvard degree holders cast 45,299 ballots in the HAA directors’ election.The HAA Board of Directors is an advisory board that actively works to support Harvard alumni volunteers working on behalf of the HAA. The Board’s main work focuses on developing volunteer leadership and increasing and deepening alumni engagement through an array of programs that support alumni communities worldwide. In recent years, the board’s priorities have been strengthening outreach to recent graduates; connection to graduate school students and alumni; public and community service; and alumni access to intellectual content.“As Harvard’s global alumni community continues to evolve and seek out new ways to engage with each other and with the wider world, the HAA increasingly relies on the diligence, dedication, and creative insights of our elected directors,” said John West, M.B A. ’95, the association’s president. “Joining the HAA Board of Directors as a volunteer means working hard to ensure all our alumni have robust and meaningful opportunities to connect — and support — each other, to learn from one another across perspectives, and to make a difference in their communities and as ambassadors of Harvard wherever they do good in the world.”This year’s elections took place from July 1 through Aug. 18, following the governing boards’ decision to postpone the elections in light of uncertainty and disruption related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The elections ordinarily take place in the spring, with results announced on Commencement Day.last_img read more

Audra McDonald Makes Tony History with Lady Day Win

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Star Files Five-time Tony winner no more! Audra McDonald made history tonight in two ways when she took home her sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Not only has she become the first person to win in all four performance categories, but she has also broken the record for the most Tony Awards won by a performer.McDonald beats a record that she held with fellow winners Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris (Harris also received a Lifetime Achievement Special Tony in 2002). While McDonald is the first to win in all four performance categories, four other performers have been nominated in each category: Lansbury, Jan Maxwell, Boyd Gaines and Raul Esparza.As Broadway.com previously reported, there was much speculation over whether or not Lady Day would even be deemed a play by the Tony Administration Committee. Both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League put the show in the musical category this season.McDonald has previously won Tony Awards for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel. Her additional Broadway credits include 110 in the Shade, Henry IV Marie Christine, and The Secret Garden. On screen, McDonald has appeared in Private Practice, Annie and Wit.Congratulations, Ms. McDonald! We can’t wait to hear which random place you’ll store this trophy in Eggfartopia. View Comments Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grilllast_img read more

Jeffrey Ferland Opens Graphic Design Studio in Burlington

first_img[Burlington, Vermont] After eight years in Boston, graphic designer Jeffrey Ferland has returned to Vermont and opened his own studio in Burlington, called Ferland Design. Ferland specializes in the full suite of communications materials, including brochures, advertisements, direct mail, Web sites, branding, and packaging.Located at 113 Church Street, on the 2nd-floor studio, Ferlands clients represent a wide range of industries. His Vermont clients include Armistead Caregiver Services, Duncan Wisniewski Architecture, Kerr Advertising, the Family Center of Washington County, the Vermont Homeownership Initiative, and Alderson Environmental. His Boston clients include Merrimac Mutual Funds and AMW Marketing. Hes also working with NCSI Inc. of Columbia, Maryland.Born in St. Johnsbury, Ferland worked in the Burlington area after graduating from Lyndon State College with a BS in business. He joined the design studio of Deborah Kehoe for five years before moving to Boston, where he worked at Stuart Monderer Design and Capers Cleveland Design. His Boston clients included Fidelity Investments, Thompson Financial, and Tech Central.He returned to Vermont in January to be closer to family and friends, and to start a business of his own.Ferlands Web address is www.ferlanddesign.com(link is external) and he can be reached at802-859-1800 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).-end-last_img read more

Bristol Alliance looking good for Broadmead

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Ramboll wins FEED study for new Barents Sea pipeline

first_imgEngineering consulting firm Ramboll will carry out a FEED study for the pipelines connecting Statoil’s Askeladd and Snøhvit fields in the Barents Sea.With no surface installations and recoverable reserves estimated at 193 billion cubic meters, the Snøhvit field brings natural gas to land for liquefaction and export.The Snøhvit development consists of the Snøhvit and Albatross fields that are already producing. The Askeladd field is the third discovery part of the Snøhvit development, which will be contributing to maintaining a full capacity utilization at Melkøya LNG plant, outside the Norwegian city of Hammerfest.According to Ramboll, the Askeladd and Snøhvit pipeline will have a total length of 185 kilometers and it will be a world record for the longest subsea to shore tie-back distance.Henrik Juhl, senior director of offshore pipelines, subsea, and jackets, said: “This project is in perfect alignment with our objectives of leveraging our services within pipelines and growing our international portfolio.”Kristoffer Bergholt, head of offshore pipelines department, added: “We are very excited to work with Statoil once again which is a great opportunity to reconfirm our ties after the strong collaboration on the Polarled and Gina Krog projects. Our scope of work is comprehensive and includes a FEED study, as well as umbilical routing installation, protection and tie-in design.”Ramboll has previously collaborated with Statoil on several projects including Polarled, the first subsea pipeline to take the Norwegian gas infrastructure across the Arctic circle, opening a new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe.In related news, Ramboll was appointed in mid-May by the North Oil Company (NOC) to carry out a pre-FEED study for three new wellhead platforms at the gigantic Al-Shaheen field in the Arabian Gulf off Qatar.last_img read more