Despite behind-the-scenes issues, the women finished sixth in the Big Ten Championships and 19th in the NCAA championships in May.Carlson is a holdover from last yearâÄôs menâÄôs team, for which he served as the associate head coach.The men didnâÄôt have quite as successful of a season, finishing eighth in the Big Ten championships. They did, however, have two participants âÄî Donald Constable and Erik Van Rooyen âÄî qualify for the NCAA Regional.Carlson golfed for the University of Wisconsin and has worked as an assistant golf professional at Wayzata Country Club as well as a professional on the Nationwide and NGA Tours. Gophers golf announces two head coaches Daily File Photo Derek WetmoreAugust 10, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers golf is getting two new faces to lead its menâÄôs and womenâÄôs programs, the team announced Thursday. John Carlson and Michele Redman will take over the two programs, respectively, according to Athletic Director Joel Maturi.Redman graduated from Indiana University as a four-time All-Big Ten and two-time All-America selection. She is competing in her 20th season on the LPGA Tour.âÄúMichele brings with her an unbelievable wealth of golf knowledge and experience to the University of Minnesota,âÄù Maturi said in a statement released Thursday. âÄúOur womenâÄôs program is coming off its best season in history and I have no doubt that MicheleâÄôs background of teaching will continue that progression.âÄùThe womenâÄôs team had a successful year on the links but it was mired in controversy away from them. Former golf director John Harris resigned in late June amid a pending lawsuit filed against him and the Board of Regents alleging discrimination and hiring under false pretences. The Daily first broke the story in early Decemeber.
The suspicion that Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) may be widespread in Middle Eastern camels grew today with reports that dromedary camels in Jordan and Saudi Arabia were found to have antibodies to the virus or one closely related to it.In one of two studies published in Eurosurveillance, Jordanian and European researchers reported that 11 of 11 camels tested in Jordan had MERS-CoV–like antibodies. Tests in goats, sheep, and cows were negative, with the exception of preliminary tests in six sheep, which were contradicted by further tests.In the other study, another international team reported that 280 of 310 dromedary camels from various parts of Saudi Arabia had antibodies to MERS-CoV or a very similar virus, but further tests suggested that some of the results represented cross-reactions to bovine coronavirus (BCoV). Sheep, goats, cattle, and chickens all tested negative.This past summer researchers reported finding MERS-CoV like antibodies in camels in Oman, Egypt, and the Canary Islands. More recently, scientists reported finding the virus itself in a camel owned by a MERS-CoV patient in Saudi Arabia and in three camels linked to two human cases in Qatar.However, it remains unclear whether camels are a source of MERS-CoV in humans, because no one has yet demonstrated a close genetic match between a camel MERS-CoV isolate and a human isolate. Nonetheless, the new findings seem to strengthen the evidence that many camels in the Middle East have been exposed to the pathogen.Jordan studyIn the Jordanian study, scientists gathered serum and fecal samples from 11 camels, 150 goats, 126 sheep, and 91 cows between June and September of this year. Most of the animals were in the Zarqa governorate, site of the first known human outbreak of MERS-CoV in April 2012. (The outbreak was identified retrospectively in the fall of that year.)The serum samples were tested for antibodies that react with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus), and human coronavirus OC43. The latter is closely related to BCoV, which circulates in all four livestock species tested.All 11 camels and 6 of the 126 sheep tested positive for MERS-CoV antibodies, versus none of the cows or goats. Also, 4 of 11 camels, 23 of 91 cows, 128 of 150 goats, and all the sheep samples reacted with OC43.To confirm the findings, the researchers tested all the camel and sheep samples in a MERS-CoV neutralization assay. This revealed that all the camels had neutralizing antibodies, but none of the sheep did. A further confirmatory test yielded similar results.The authors also tested the camel and sheep fecal samples, using polymerase chain reaction methods, but found no trace of MERS-CoV.”These observations indicate MERS-CoV or a highly related virus circulated in dromedary camels in a region where transmission to humans occurs,” the report says. The authors comment that BCoV is known to circulate in camels, but add that previous studies have excluded cross-neutralization between MERS-CoV and BCoV and that their study further confirms this.”Our observation strengthens our earlier study in which MERS-CoV neutralising antibodies were found in dromedary camels in Oman where human cases have been reported as well,” the researchers write. “Until the virus that elicits these antibodies in camels is detected, sequenced and compared to the viruses sequenced from human patients, it remains unclear whether this livestock species is indeed infected with MERS-CoV and thus represents an immediate source for human infection.”However, our observations should be used to focus virological and serological studies in livestock, especially dromedary camels and sheep, and including humans handling these animals and their products.”Saudi findingsIn the Saudi study, researchers collected serum samples from 310 dromedary camels, 100 sheep, 45 goats, 50 cattle, and 240 chickens. The livestock were in Riyadh, Al Ahsa, and other areas of the country where human MERS cases have occurred.Using a MERS-CoV pseudoparticle neutralization test, the authors found that 280 of 310 camels (90%) were seropositive, whereas all the other animals tested negative. The camel results differed by age: 47 of 65 (72%) of camels under 1 year old tested positive, compared with 233 of 245 (95%) of older camels.The researchers did further tests on 56 camel samples in an effort to rule out positive results that represented cross-reactions to BCoV. They found that 19 of these had at least fourfold higher MERS-CoV microneutralization titers than BCoV microneutralization titers, indicating that these were “MERS-CoV specific” results. Others of the 56 samples were classified as indeterminate or BCoV-specific.The authors say the MERS-CoV-specific findings confirm that some camels are being infected by a virus different from BCoV and possibly identical or closely related to MERS-CoV. “If we consider just the ‘MERS-CoV’ specific reactions, we observe that these animals are getting infected within the first year of life,” they add.They say further that the identity of the MERS-CoV–like virus suggested by the serologic findings can be established only by characterizing an actual isolate from the animals.”Studies involving follow-up of herds of camels from time of calving though the first year of life with serial blood samples together with oral and rectal or fresh faecal swabs would better define the ecology of the MERS-CoV-like virus infecting these animals and provide virus for genetic characterization,” the report states.”Such studies are a priority to determine whether dromedary camels are in fact a source of human MERS-CoV infection or whether they are being infected by a ubiquitous novel coronavirus closely related to MERS-CoV.”Reusken CB, Ababneh M, Raj VS, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) serology in major livestock species in an affected region in Jordan, June to September 2013. Eurosurveill 2013 Dec 12;50 (18): pii=20662 [Full text]Hemida MG, Perera RA, Wang P, et al. Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus seroprevalence in domestic livestock in Saudi Arabia, 2010 to 2013. Eurosurveill 2013 Dec 12;50(18):pii=20659 [Full text]See also: Dec 2 CIDRAP News story on Qatar camel findings
Members of the LA Jazz Project entertain the audience with live jazz music. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Karen Easton worked with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor to pick the French wines that perfectly paired with the food. Easton also donated her time to serve at the event, along with other volunteer servers Beth Bathrick, Beth Bouman, Jean Harris and Jennifer Harris. This year there were two seatings: An Afternoon in Provence and An Evening in Paris. Both featured French food and wine pairings, silent and live auctions, all in the relaxed setting of the Pig + Fig Café. For the third year in a row, the event sold out. LAPSF News: Jill Cook very graciously agreed to act as auctioneer again this year, facilitating lively auctions at both events. Volunteer Karen Easten, left, enjoys a quiet moment with the other wine servers in between courses. Photo by Leslie Bucklin LAHS instructor Becca Jones arranged for culinary students to once again help Pig +Fig to prepare the food. The students were Tiana Lopez and Haley Adams-Brown. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Los Alamos public schools. The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501. LAHS student helpers pose for a photo. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Laura Crucet and her team at Pig + Fig went above and beyond to plan, prepare and serve two incredible menus, each featuring five French dishes. Members of the LAHS Jazz Project, headed by LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn, charmed the audience with live music. They were Addie Richie, Evs Alexander, Kevin Bojorquez, Alexander Waters, Beth Short and Jackson Bell. Many businesses and individuals generously contributed to the auction: Albuquerque Isotopes;Blue Window Bistro;Bob’s Bodacious BBQ;Century Bank;China Moon;Chris and Helen Ortega;Classic Air Medical;Don Taylor’s Photography;EXIT Realty Advantage;Extended Play Photography;Float Los Alamos;Hal Davis;Hilltop Spa;Jill Cook;Julie Goen;LA Canvas Events;Los Alamos Daily Post;Los Alamos Fire Department;LAHS Prostart;Lance Eaton;LAPS Athletics;Los Alamos Concert Association;New Mexico United;Origami;Papa Murphy’s;PEEC;Petree Garden Center & Florist;Pig + Fig Café;Reel Deal Theater;Renee Mitsunaga;Richard Swenson;Ruby K’s;Ruby Magdalena Vineyards;Ryan Finn Quartet;Sandia Peak Tramway;Shelley Clark;Suzy Kroesche;Thom Mason;Tom Hill;Vintage Hair Co.;Viola’s;Windgate Healing Arts; and Zia Credit Union. The LAPS Foundation would like to sincerely thank everyone who made Taste of Knowledge such a great success again this year. Pig + Fig Café Executive Chef Laura Crucet oversees the main course at the LAPSF a ‘Taste Of Knowledge’ fundraiser. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Gathered at the LAPSF ‘An Evening in Paris’ fundraiser from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, his wife Jennifer, Barbara and Andy Phelps, Matt McKinley, his wife LAPSF Board President Melanie McKinley, LAPSF oard member Stephanie Archuleta and Jennifer Payne. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Members of the community turned out Aug. 25, to generously support education at the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser, a “Taste Of Knowledge”. The event was a great success and raised a record-breaking $50,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools. Of the total raised, almost $30,000 was given during the paddle raise and through online donations from a number of extremely generous individuals. In addition, a number of LAHS student volunteers, including several members of the Key Club, volunteered many hours to help with setting up, managing the auction, serving food and cleaning up. The student volunteers were Christina Nisoli, Shena Han, Melisa Varol, Audrey Nolen, Andrew Watson, Max Corliss, Andy Corliss and LAPS Foundation student board members Isaac Ronning and Victoria Nisoli.
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Tokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) today informed it plans to acquire a 5% share in Seajacks from Marubeni Corporation.With Seajacks’ vessels operating in the offshore wind market, MOL said this is a new offshore business for the company and the first step to move into the renewable energy sector through involvement in installation of offshore wind power generation systems, which is expanding in Europe and other areas around the world.The UK-based company is currently owned by Marubeni Corporation and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). In 2012, INCJ and Marubeni acquired Seajacks with 50:50 ownership stakes, with Marubeni buying 5% from INCJ two years later and becoming the major shareholder of the company.Being fully-owned by Japanese companies allows Seajacks to look to the Far East offshore wind market and be ready to tap into its opportunities, the company’s CEO Blair Ainslie told Offshore WIND in an interview from August 2016. Seajacks’ countries of interest there are Japan, Taiwan, Korea, with some opportunities being explored in China as well.Overall, the company is well positioned to do business across the offshore energy sector, since it owns and operates jack-up vessels that are capable of serving both offshore wind and oil and gas industries.Seajacks has a total of five vessels, including Seajacks Scylla – the world’s largest wind installation vessel. Three of the five vessels are smaller and built mainly for the oil and gas market, but also for offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M).Offshore WIND Staff
By Ron Bousso, Dmitry Zhdannikov and Rania El GamalLONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and international oil companies have discussed gas venture opportunities inside the kingdom and abroad as part of the top crude-exporting country’s drive to diversify investments before the listing of national energy giant Saudi Aramco.Saudi officials explored investment opportunities with firms including BP and Chevron to help develop its gas reserves, the world’s sixth largest, at a time of booming energy demand at home, four industry sources told Reuters.Aramco has also looked into investing in gas ventures abroad, including with Italy’s Eni, the sources said.The development revives memories of talks between Aramco and global majors at the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, known as the Saudi gas initiative. Most of those talks collapsed as the parties disagreed over returns on investment.This time, Aramco is gearing up for a share listing next year, aiming to get a valuation of up to $2 trillion in what could be the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO).Chevron, BP, Aramco and Eni declined to comment on talks.“We have a long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, so it is not uncommon for us to talk to them. We’re always having discussions about business development. I don’t have anything particular to say about Saudi Arabia,” Chevron CEO John Watson told Reuters last week.BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley, who travelled to Saudi Arabia at the end of last year, said this year he wouldn’t rule out “creative partnerships” with Aramco but that an outright investment by BP in the IPO was unlikely.The kingdom has a long-term goal of increasing the use of gas for domestic power generation, thus reducing oil burning at home and freeing up more crude for export.This could help increase Aramco’s valuation as it generates more revenue from exports than selling oil at lower domestic prices – Saudi Arabia is the world’s fifth-biggest oil consumer despite being only the 20th-biggest economy.Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, who is also Aramco’s chairman, said last year that Aramco was interested in investing in international upstream ventures, particularly gas, and could invest in importing gas into the kingdom.Diversifying gas assets abroad would help Aramco achieve a better valuation and is attractive for investors, industry sources said. Riyadh also plans to raise domestic gas prices, a move seen as an incentive for foreign companies.NEW GAS STRATEGYAramco is preparing to reveal in the next few months a new gas strategy aimed at developing resources to keep pace with rising domestic demand, sources familiar with the discussions said.It comes as part of the kingdom’s push to diversify its economy away from oil, a strategy known as “Vision 2030”, amid a global drive to phase out the most polluting fossil fuels.Aramco wants nearly to double gas production to 23 billion standard cubic feet a day in the next decade.“IOCs (international oil companies) are waiting for that (strategy) to make their decisions,” one industry source familiar with the matter said.Another industry source said Energy Minister Falih had said in private meetings with Western oil executives that he wanted Aramco to partner with other companies in upstream projects.Two Saudi-based industry sources familiar with the discussions said BP’s Dudley had expressed an interest in investing in gas exploration in the Red Sea. However, the two sides have yet to hold any talks on the project.Aramco controls gas reserves in excess of 8 trillion cubic metres, according to BP’s annual energy review. The Saudi company has said it wants to explore for gas in the shallow waters of the Red Sea as well as onshore shale gas.SOUR MEMORIESSince gradually renationalising the industry in the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has not allowed the majors to develop its oil.The Saudi gas initiative of the 1990s was effectively an effort by the then-minister for oil, Ali al-Naimi, to thwart attempts by companies such as Exxon Mobil to partner with Riyadh in oil developments.In a book published last year, Naimi said he was convinced that as part of gas talks during that decade, oil majors hoped to acquire cheap Saudi reserves of gas condensate, a high-quality form of crude oil.The $25 billion gas initiative offered in 1997-98 had some of the world’s top oil companies such as Exxon and Shell expressing interest but struggling to agree terms.Riyadh later invited investors in 2003-2004 to find and produce gas in Rub Al Khail, a desert in the country’s southeast.Companies including Russia’s Lukoil, Shell and China’s Sinopec formed ventures with Aramco but have failed to find commercially viable deposits. They also complained about low domestic gas prices and high extraction costs.Russia’s Lukoil was the most recent foreign company to quit Saudi Arabia’s search for gas.However, Saudi Arabia last month slashed income tax on energy companies operating in the kingdom to make energy investments more attractive.“The terms will be better now,” an oil executive said.(Editing by Dale Hudson)
Equipment manufacturer Arjes has delivered its 500th Impaktor 250 EVO shredder, with recycling and scrap metal company Falk Wedekind the recipient.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Presentation time at the Arjes manufacturing facility in GermanyThe customer, which is based – like Arjes – in Germany offers container and transport services for mixed construction debris, construction and demolition waste and scrap metal, and well as demolishing flats, houses and other buildings. It employs 30 people and its subsidiary Falk Wedekind Metallrecycling was founded at the start of this year.Arjes CEO Thomas Hayn and area sales manager Chris Erbe handed over the machine to Falk Wedekind, the entrepreneur behind the company, at the Arjes manufacturing facility. They also presented a special certificate to mark the landmark sale.“The Impaktor 250 EVO will make sure there is order and cleanliness through direct shredding of the disposed materials dumped at the company grounds,”, said Falk Wedekind.“Until now a certain tonnage of disposed materials had to be collected before a treatment was feasible. The shredder is very compact and fuel efficient and can process a variety of different smaller amounts of material, and the quick-change function of the shafts allows to change shafts that are better suited for certain materials in no time at all.”