DS News Webcast: Wednesday 8/7/2013

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily August 7, 2013 451 Views 2013-08-07 DSNews Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Wednesday 8/7/2013 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles DS News Webcast: Wednesday 8/7/2013 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: DSNews Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 8/6/2013 Next: SEC, Justice Department Sue BofA Over $855M RMBS Offering The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcastslast_img read more

Where do penguins go during the inter-breeding period? Using geolocation to track their winter dispersion of the macaroni penguin

first_imgAlthough penguins are key marine predators from the Southern Ocean, their migratory behaviour during the inter-nesting period remains widely unknown. Here, we report for the first time, to our knowledge, the winter foraging movements and feeding habits of a penguin species by using geolocation sensors fitted on penguins with a new attachment method. We focused on the macaroni penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus at Kerguelen, the single largest consumer of marine prey among all seabirds. Overall, macaroni penguins performed very long winter trips, remaining at sea during approximately six months within the limits of the Southern Ocean. They departed from Kerguelen in an eastward direction and distributed widely, over more than 3.10(6) km(2). The penguins spent most of their time in a previously unrecognized foraging area, i.e. a narrow latitudinal band (47-49 degrees S) within the central Indian Ocean (70-110 degrees E), corresponding oceanographically to the Polar Frontal Zone. There, their blood isotopic niche indicated that macaroni penguins preyed mainly upon crustaceans, but not on Antarctic krill Euphausia superba, which does not occur at these northern latitudes. Such winter information is a crucial step for a better integrative approach for the conservation of this species whose world population is known to be declining.last_img read more

Tendeka partners with TGT to combat sand control failures in wells

first_img Tendeka and TGT have teamed up for ‘industry-first’ solution to combat sand control failures. (Credit: Tendeka) Tendeka, an independent global completions service company, has partnered with diagnostic systems specialist TGT to help mitigate the sand control failure in wells.Known as ‘Find Fix Confirm’, the remedial sand control collaboration will see the utilisation of the TGT’s Sand Flow product to exactly identify the locations of sand ingress within the wellbore.Upon identifying accurate locations, the partners will use Tendeka’s Filtrex thru-tubing sand control system to quickly repair the damage.The Tendeka’s Filtrex system is a ‘one-trip’ remedial solution designed to efficiently restore sand-free production by performing sand cleanout and chemical treatments during the deployment of the live well.Sand issues account for 10% of all shut-in wells in mature basinsTendeka said that sand issues account for 10% of all shut-in wells in mature basins. It is either due to failure of the existing downhole sand control or onset of sand production due to depletion of pressure or water production.Tendeka Advanced Completions director Paul Lynch said: “The management and control of sand production is an inherent problem in the oil and gas industry. Often, the first indication of sand issues downhole will be as a result of detrimental effects that can occur at the surface such as fill-in separators or erosional damage to pipework, ultimately resulting in a shut-in well.“Our Find Fix Confirm sand remediation service addresses both issues to offer a more effective, intervention-based solution.”Designed to accurately locate sand entry to the wellbore, the TGT’s Sand Flow system provides a qualitative sand count and identifies problem zones.TGT chief marketing officer Ken Feather said: “Our Sand Flow diagnostics are powered by Chorus technology, which captures and decodes the acoustic signature generated by sand particles entering the wellbore to reveal sand ingress locations and sand count.“Equipped with that information, Filtrex can be targeted to repair the breach, then Chorus can be deployed again to confirm that the breach is fixed. Overall, Find Fix Confirm enables better use of resources and more reliable sand control outcomes.”In March 2020, Aker BP has issued a Letter of Intent to Tendeka to supply sand screens and FloSure autonomous inflow control devices (AICDs) to its offshore fields over the next three years. The collaboration aims to accurately identify the location of sand ingress within the wellbore last_img read more

Cherwell’s Guide to Oxford Sports Talk

first_imgBlue, aAwarded to those who compete in a first team Varsity match. Only an elite of sports are awarded Full Blue status, the rest are only given Half Blues.Blues, theGeneral term referring to a university first team in eligible sports.Blue-tack For women, a girl who likes a good sportsman on her arm. For men, someone who hangs out with Blues in order to get himself ahead.Crew Date Your team goes for a curry or to  hall with a team or boat from another college, preferably of the opposite sex. There are good crew dates and bad, but never sober ones.CuppersInter-college competition. Winning ensures legendary status, at least until the end of term. Elmer Cotton Turl Street-based sports shop. Flash the Bod Card for discounts.Iffley Road Site of the university sports centre, rugby, football and hockey pitches, swimming pool and athletics track. Take the third exit at the Plain roundabout as you head towards Cowley.Initiation What you will be forced to go through in order to gain the acceptance of your older, wiser team mates. You’ll enjoy it a whole lot more next year.Isis, the River where rowing takes place, found at the bottom of St. Aldate’s. Prone to reaching dangerous levels at even the slightest drop of rain.Parks, the Home to the Blues’ cricket and lacrosse sides, as well as a few college teams.Ringer A player obtained from somewhere else (usually Brookes) to compete in a College game. Frowned upon, but rarely reported to the authorities.Stash Worn everywhere, prized above a first-class degree, obtaining rooms full of the stuff is the single most important thing you can do in your time in Oxford. Training Essential and dedicated for Blues teams, optional and ill-attended at college level. Vinnie’s Invitation-only social club for male members of university sides. And Blue-tack, if they’re lucky.last_img read more

‘Mr. Mature’ Dodges Storms, Completes Airlift of Supplies

first_imgBy TIM KELLYNeither rain, nor lightning, nor 35 mph winds could keep Mr. Mature America from his appointed rounds.Jack Merritt, a management consultant from West Grove, Pa., and Ocean City’s reigning Mr. Mature America, touched his 1967 vintage Mooney single-engine plane down on the runway of Ocean City Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon.The aircraft carried a 400-pound load of needed supplies for local residents severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and for first responders.“I’m so proud of him. It just goes to show you, with the crown comes the power,” Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman said with a grin of the Mr. Mature title, awarded annually in a Music Pier parody of the traditional beauty pageants.Barbara Eden, of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame and last year’s MMA contest emcee, announced Merritt as the 2019 winner of an event that has become a local entertainment staple.Staples of living were the payload of the cargo area of the plane, which Merritt affectionately named “Matilda.” The craft was meticulously restored and converted from a four-seat passenger craft to a three-seater with a cargo area to serve Merritt’s Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue operation.Jack Merritt supervises the off-loading of supplies to aid the COVID-19 fight in Ocean City.In the pre-pandemic days, he used the plane for pleasure flights with his wife, Julia, and to pick up and deliver rescue animals up and down the East Coast and a few states west of the Mississippi as well.When Merritt learned of Ocean City’s need for help in the battle against COVID-19, he made a sizable donation of items and solicited others from friends and neighbors on social media. He made his intention known to deliver the goods by air in the plane he’s flown for 18 of the 22 years he’s been a private pilot.Hartman connected him with Drew Fasy, chairman of OCNJ CARE, the non-profit organization charged with identifying folks in need, finding donations, recruiting volunteers, and distributing the aid.“This is something we could do,” Merritt said of his mission of mercy.“It takes a village,” he explained on social media, citing his workers and volunteers at Greenmore Farm and the many folks who stepped up and donated goods.Greenmore Farm volunteer Beth Piha was influential in bringing the rescue flight idea to Jack Merritt. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)Donated items included medical grade masks, homemade cloth face coverings, gloves and basic human needs articles such as toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper and the like. Most needed were items not allowed to be paid for with food stamps, Fasy said, which Merritt delivered.Not that the mission was routine or without drama.“I don’t mind rain, I don’t mind wind. I do mind lightning,” Merritt said of his flight.An anticipated 45-minute flight from an airfield near his Pennsylvania home took only 25 minutes because of a strong tailwind, Merritt said. But the gusts and lightning forced him to circle a landing strip in Woodbine and consider shelving the flight plan and touching down there.Live radar at the time showed a massive storm cell, with another just behind it. In between was a sliver of clear skies, even some sunlight.“One of my times circling Woodbine I could see Ocean City (and the brief window between cells).”Merritt immediately headed for O.C. and threaded the needle in between torrential showers. Just a few moments after the landing, the skies opened up again.Jack Merritt’s plane, which he calls “Matilda,” taxis to a stop on the airport tarmac.He was met on the tarmac by Fasy, Hartman, City Councilman Tony Wilson, who also serves as an OCNJ CARE ward captain, and a small handful of onlookers. Maintaining strict social distancing, the group picked up the supplies and loaded them into Fasy’s SUV.Merritt, who personally loaded the plane, proceeded to leave the boxes on the craft’s right wing, where members of the group picked them up for the transfer. Merritt did not allow anyone within distancing guidelines of the cockpit, which had been thoroughly disinfected.“Matilda is a COVID-19 free zone,” he declared with a smile.Fasy said he was awed and inspired by Merritt’s gesture.“It really says something about what a great place Ocean City is that someone who lives in another state but owns a home here would think to do something like this for our struggling residents,” Fasy said. “Jack has a big heart.”City Councilman Tony Wilson, left, and Drew Fasy, center, chairman of OCNJ Care, help Jack Merritt unload the plane. With his plane in the background, Jack Merritt reacts after his dramatic landing at Ocean City Municipal Airport.last_img read more

Lincoln university nurtures future food industry leaders

first_imgThe University of Lincoln has launched a new course designed to grow future talent within the food sector.The Executive MBA for Food and Related Industries was launched at the University’s Lincoln Business School amongst major food sector employers including Bakkavör, Produce World, Princes and QV Foods. It aims to help businesses develop the next generation of industry leaders to succeed within a global marketplace.Phil Considine, senior lecturer at Lincoln Business School, said: “Part of our role as a university is to provide thought leadership and to facilitate knowledge exchange. The MBA is a great example of this – developing new leaders in the sector capable of delivering sustained competitive advantage built on the values of responsible futures.”

The MBA is aimed at early and mid-career managers, identified as having strong potential, and will be delivered to groups of delegates from employers, supplemented with an e-learning programme.

 It was developed from established expertise in executive development at the Business School and food sector education and research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach.last_img read more

Initiative welcomes manufacturing sector

first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation (FDF) announced yesterday (23 February) that the government has selected the food and drink manufacturing industry as a key sector in its ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative.Organised by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme will commence in June and aims to encourage businesses to open their doors to prospective employees.It follows the FDF’s ‘Taste Success – A Future in Food’ campaign, which was launched last year to dispel the myths among young people about careers in food manufacturing. The next phase of the scheme will include more digitally-based activity, such as a Facebook group with an online game, in addition to three food career-focused videos to be launched at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on 16-17 March.Melanie Leech, director general at the FDF, said: “We are delighted that the food and drink industry has been selected as one of the key sectors. As part of our 20/20 Vision for Growth, we identified attracting talent as one of the key challenges for our sector if we are to deliver sustainable growth of 20% by 2020.“FDF is already taking action to overcome this challenge with our careers campaign ‘Taste Success’, which is busting the myths around a career in the food industry. Many of our members are already opening their doors to young people. See Inside Manufacturing will build on that work and help many more young people to see a career in food and drink manufacturing as an exciting and smart choice.”‘Taste Success’ aims to help recruit 137,000 individuals into the industry by 2017, with around a third (45,000) needed in managerial roles and professional occupations.last_img read more

Guidance: Example letter to NHS visitor and migrant patients: assisted conception

first_imgThis example letter can be adapted and sent to patients who have provided documents to find out if they can have free assisted conception treatment on the NHS.It tells patients that they need to pay for their treatment.last_img

Street artist helps launch autumnal artisan doughnuts

first_imgLondon-based coffee and artisan doughnut chain Crosstown Doughnuts launched its autumn range with a bang, with help from street artist Nathan Bowen.Bowen, renowned for covering construction sites, derelict buildings and defaced spaces in London with demon characters, got to work on the front window of Crosstown’s flagship store in Soho’s Broadwick Street on 9 October.The first three of the new autumn doughnut range were launched the same day and included pumpkin sourdough with nutmeg crème patissière and cream cheese icing, beetroot sourdough with lemon and thyme-infused filling and icing and hybrid sourdough filled with lemon curd and topped with meringue.In addition to decorating the front window, Bowen hung original works in the shop and left his mark on a select number of Crosstown bags, boxes and coffee cups, with the idea of turning throwaway objects into art.JP Then, founder and director of Crosstown Doughnuts, said the collaborative project aimed “to bring people in Soho together on Broadwick Street to celebrate a shared appreciation for street art and artisan foods – mutual loves common to both Nathan and me”.last_img read more

Inaugural DataFest reflects a growing interest

first_img Berkman Fellow aims for detailed picture of inequality Sifting data, seeking justice The proof of Harvard’s growing interest in data science became even clearer the third week of January when the inaugural session of the Harvard DataFest conference reached capacity (at 166), with several dozen students, researchers, and staff waitlisted.“We were able to create new course materials, and build awareness of existing Harvard resources, for developing skills in working with data,” said Mercè Crosas, chief data science and technology officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), who organized the workshop. Showcasing the depth and breadth of data science training at Harvard, the conference was a joint effort of the Data Science Services, Program Survey Research, and Center for Geographic Analysis groups at IQSS, the Research Computing groups at Harvard Medical School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School, the Harvard Data Management Working Group, the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core, the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), the Harvard Libraries, and Digital Arts and Humanities at Harvard.Ista Zahn (front of room), IQSS data science specialist, walks participants through the basics of web scraping and cleaning up messy data. Photo by Dwayne LiburdOver the course of Jan. 17-18, 32 speakers explored themes such as data cleaning, data workflow management, and data visualization. Sessions ran the gamut from hands-on workshops in Python, R, and D3 to expert panel discussions.“We have an amazing data community with smart people working on data workflows, data curation, data visualization, and frontier-level algorithms, that is really spread out across Harvard, and smart students interested in all of this,” said Professor Dustin Tingley, faculty director at VPAL-Research. “DataFest is amazing because it’s bringing us all together to share and teach. I think only an appearance by Bruce Springsteen could make it better.”For those who missed DataFest, Crosas had this advice. “You don’t need to wait until the next DataFest to get started with R, Python, and other tools. At IQSS, we offer workshops year-round for all Harvard affiliates through Data Science Services and the Center for Geographic Analysis, partnering with HBS Research Computing Services. Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core and the Harvard Library [data visualization team and Wolbach Library] offer similar workshops.”More about DataFest and course materials can be found at DataFest2017 and IQSS.Kareem Carr is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and was the instructor of the DataFest workshop on Text Analysis in Python. Relatedlast_img read more