Determination of Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb in seawater using offline extraction and triple quadrupole ICP-MS/MS

first_imgHighly resolved temporal and spatial distributions of trace elements in ocean water can provide insight into ocean processes but carry a significant analytical demand which requires methods that combine accuracy and precision with high sample throughput. Here a multi-element method is presented which combines the commercially-available seaFAST preconcentration system with ICP-MS/MS for the analysis of Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb in seawater. Samples (20 mL or 40 mL) are loaded on to a chelation resin column and trace metals eluted into 2.5 mL of 1.6 N HNO3. Analysis of the eluate was carried out by ICP-MS/MS, which combines two mass-selecting quadrupoles separated by an octopole collision/reaction cell. The collision/reaction cell was pressurized with O2 gas for the analysis of Mn, Ni, Cu, Cd and Pb and H2 gas for the analysis of Fe and Zn, which removed common interferences (e.g. ArO+ on 56Fe and MoO+ on Cd) yet maintained the highest instrument sensitivity across the entire mass range. Measured blanks and detection limits were ≤0.050 nmol L−1 levels, except for the Fe (blank 0.14 nmol L−1) and were suitable for open-ocean seawater analysis. We report results for the certified reference material NASS-6, consensus reference standards SAFe S and SAFe D and depth profiles of trace metals from the Arctic Ocean, collected as part of the Canadian GEOTRACES program.last_img read more

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Russian Research Ship Yantar Gears Up for Launching

first_img View post tag: Naval Russian Research Ship Yantar Gears Up for Launching Industry news View post tag: launching View post tag: research View post tag: Gears View post tag: Navy June 4, 2012 View post tag: Yantarcenter_img View post tag: Russian Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Research Ship Yantar Gears Up for Launching View post tag: up Research ship Yantar on May 31 left covered workshop of JSC Yantar Shipyard and was moved to…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, June 4, 2012; Image: JSC Yantar Shipyard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: shiplast_img read more

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Ocean City Lures Shoppers Downtown

first_imgBy Tim KellyIt was a typical warm summer beach day when the banner plane flew high above the waves.“Brush off the Sand and Shop Ocean City,” the advertising banner urged.Ocean City’s traditional tourism focus has always has been: beach, bay and Boardwalk. In recent years, local officials have made a more concerted effort to boost its downtown shopping district as an attraction to rival the others.Shopping is lauded as one of the top three reasons people visit Ocean City, tourism boosters noted, and with good reason.Asbury Avenue between 6th and 14th Streets comprises the main downtown shopping and dining corridor, with dozens of unique stores, shops, cafes and other attractions.In all, there are more than 100 clean, safe and centrally-located shops and cafes for visitors and residents to enjoy downtown. For many visitors who arrive from neighborhoods served by strip malls, big-box stores and chains, O.C.’s downtown is a happening.On Monday, we caught up with expecting mom Elizabeth Eshelman and husband Christian, of Lancaster PA, who will welcome a boy into the family in December.“We’re not looking (specifically) for baby things, but we might see something,” Elizabeth said. “There is a nice atmosphere here for shopping. It’s very relaxed.”“We like it that there aren’t a lot of chain (stores),”Christian said. “The people working in the stores are very nice. It’s not just the same five chains located around town like in some places.  It’s a much different experience,” he said.The Eshelmans are part of a growing trend, said Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.“There’s a big push to shop local,”Gillian said. “More people are understanding that if you shop local, you’re helping to keep local people working.”Expectant parents Elizabeth and Christian Eshelman said the shopping atmosphere is relaxed on Asbury Ave.It’s not just recognition of the downtown shops’ solid contribution to the local economy. Ocean City is proactive, turning shopping into an adventure year-round.  There are special activities and deals, themed events like a “Girls Weekend” for shopping, Black Friday promotions in November and much more.A stroll along Asbury can mean entertainment from face-painting to Mummers string band appearances. And with its wide variety of cafes and restaurants, shoppers can easily make a morning or afternoon of their shopping excursion.One of the nation’s first “vacation apps” for smartphone users enables people to obtain e-coupons, make cashless purchases and learn the complete schedule of downtown happenings. For more information, and a chance to win a free 7-day vacation, visit www.oceancityvacation.com to download the app.  There’s also an aggressive TV advertising program and billboards on the Jersey-bound side of Philly’s Walt Whitman Bridge.Merchants appreciate the marketing efforts, said OC resident Candice Kolins, co-owner of Cruise Control Gear, a high performance sportswear company which recently invested in a retail store at 810 Asbury Ave. in the Stainton’s complex.A graphic from the Ocean City vacation app touts shopping on Asbury. (Photo courtesy oceancityvacation.com )“We love Ocean City and we wanted to make our products available in our hometown,” she noted. “We’re excited to be downtown because (the city and Chamber) do a great job of getting out the crowds. It’s not just seasonal,” she said of the shopping scene on Asbury. “The City markets its shopping opportunities all year.  Also, the boutiques and shops are so varied you can find most anything you’re looking for. Downtown seems like it’s always bustling.”As for the banner plane?“(The banner) gives us the opportunity to let everyone know on our eight mile island about our downtown,” Gillian said. “Some people come in over 34th Street and they turn left, they never turn right (in the direction of downtown). We want everyone to enjoy the experience of shopping in an old-fashioned small town.”Hoy’s 5&10 is an iconic throwback store in OC’s throwback shopping district.Hoy’s 5&10 is a throwback to when thousands of towns across America had “five and dimes,” places where you could pick up a wide range of essentials at a reasonable cost.Rick Stogdale of Phoenixville PA, was perusing the amazing assortment of beach gear with daughters Catherine and Evelyn. He had already picked out for purchase a beach umbrella holder and a deck of cards.The girls were looking at stickers to decorate their bedrooms and Evelyn had found a bone-shaped sign featuring the name of their family dog, Parker.“We slept in today and then decided to come down here and pick up a few things,” Rick explained. We were pretty excited to find something with Parker’s name on it.”This didn’t come as a shock to Gillian.“Our downtown is a true gem of Ocean City,” she said of the vibrant community of locally owned businesses. 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Phil Lesh & Friends Close Out Celebratory Three-Night Stand At The Capitol Theatre [Photo/Video]

first_imgOn Saturday, Phil Lesh & Friends returned to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY for their third and final show of Phil’s 79th birthday celebration. Saturday night’s band included the return of guitarists Grahame Lesh and Jackie Greene, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and drummer John Molo, as well as guitarist Luther Dickinson and vocalists Amy Helm and Allison Russell.Phil Lesh & Friends opened up their first set with “Deal”, highlighted by Jackie Greene’s soulful vocal lead. The all-star cast of musicians continued with “Operator” and “High Time” before Luther Dickinson stepped front and center to lead his bandmates through a cover of Slim Harpo’s blues classic “I’m King Bee”. With Lesh and Molo locking into a tight-knit rhythmic pocket, Greene and Dickinson traded off scorching hot blues licks, while Phil & Friends newcomer Tench followed along on the grand piano. Greene stepped back up to lead the ensemble through “Tennessee Jed” before Amy Helm and Allison Russell made their first appearance of the night for a moving take on “Brokedown Palace”. “Sugaree” brought Saturday’s first set to a close, highlighted by some intricate piano work out of Tench’s corner.The band returned to open their second set with “Viola Lee Blues”, as Lesh set the uptempo pace on his beautiful six-string Alembic bass. Moving out of “Viola Lee Blues”, Greene and Grahame Lesh traded off beautiful vocal leads on “Jack Straw” before the three guitarist worked through a series of explosive solos. “Caution (Don’t Stop On The Tracks)” off of the Grateful Dead‘s psychedelic 1968 album Anthem Of The Sun was up next, which was followed up by “Truckin’”. Tench stepped up to lead the band through “China Doll” before Lesh and company delivered a deep, exploratory “Lady With A Fan” into “Terrapin Station”. Helm and Russell reemerged to help the band close out their second set with “Morning Dew”.Phil Lesh & Friends returned to the stage for a two-song encore beginning with a cover of Wilson Pickett‘s “In The Midnight Hour” before closing out their celebratory three-night run with a rockin’ take on “Turn On Your Lovelight”.Phil Lesh & Friends – “Jack Straw”[Video: Sean Roche]Phil Lesh & Friends – “China Doll”[Video: Sean Roche]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Morning Dew”[Video: Sean Roche]Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from Saturday night’s show below courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/16/2019Set One: Deal, Operator, High Time, I’m A King Bee, Tennessee Jed, Brokedown Palace, SugareeSet Two: Viola Lee Blues, Jack Straw, Caution (Don’t Stop On The Tracks), Truckin’, China Doll, Lady With A Fan, Terrapin Station, Morning DewEncore: In The Midnight Hour, Turn On Your LovelightPhil Lesh & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/16/2019 | Photos: Chris Capaci Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Guns in home linked to higher risk of suicide

first_imgPeople who live in homes with a gun are two to five times more likely to die by suicide than those who live in homes without guns, said Matthew Miller of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in an August 30 interview on NPR’s Science Friday that featured Miller and two other experts.“What differentiates people who live in homes with guns from people who live in homes without guns is the likelihood that they’re going to die [during a suicide attempt], because when, in an impulse, they reach for a gun, they’re much, much more likely to die than when they reach for anything else,” said Miller, associate professor of health policy and management at HSPH and co-director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. “Nine out of ten times that someone uses a gun, they end up dying.”In the interview, Miller discussed his Aug. 23 paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology, in which he and HSPH colleagues reported that firearm ownership rates — independent of underlying rates of suicidal behavior — largely determine variations in suicide mortality across the 50 states. “We found that the strongest predictor of how likely somebody is to die by suicide in a given state depends on whether they live in a home with a firearm,” Miller said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Missouri man faces federal charges tied to Capitol breach

first_imgO’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area man is now the third Missourian facing federal charges in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Paul S. Westover of Lake St. Louis made his initial court appearance Thursday on a felony count of impeding law enforcement officers. He’s also charged with three misdemeanors accusing him of entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct impeding government business, and disruptive conduct in the Capitol. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis says the case against Westover is sealed and he could not provide any details about the allegations.last_img read more

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Play Us a Song! Boogie Stomp! Opens

first_img View Comments 100 years of music with just four hands! Boogie Stomp!, starring jazz and blues pianists Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza opens off-Broadway at The Chain Theatre on May 15. The show will play a limited engagement through May 31. Baldori has been a mainstay of blues, boogie and rock for over 40 years. He has performed hundreds of dates in venues from Detroit to Chicago, L.A. to New York, to the White House for President Clinton. He has worked with such legends as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Del Shannon and Bo Diddley. Migliazza began playing the piano professionally at the age of 13, has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, and has shared the stage with stars including Little Milton, Robert Cray, Elvin Bishop and Albert Lee.center_img The internationally renowned Boogie Stomp!, which recently completed a sold out tour in Russia, features two pianos, one stage and 100 years of popular American piano music.last_img read more

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Food biz 101

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaHave you ever wondered what it would take to put your family heirloom recipe on the supermarket shelves? A one-day University of Georgia workshop will answer this and many more questions related to new food businesses.The UGA Food Science Extension Outreach Program and the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will present “Starting a New Food Business in Georgia” at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens March 28 in Savannah. It will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.Potential food business entrepreneurs will learn how to start and grow a food business from UGA food science and agribusiness faculty experts. They’ll be able to meet and learn from people who have started their own successful food businesses, too.You can even bring a sample of your food product for a brief, one-on-one consultation with the experts.The workshop will cover evaluating the feasibility of a new business, finding funding, exploring legal and regulatory issues, critical quality and safety concerns, production strategies and marketing.The cost is $75, which includes instruction, lunch, workshop materials and a notebook. The deadline to register is March 9. To get a registration form, either call (706) 542-0272 or click on “Workshop Calendar” and scroll down to March 28 at www.EFSonline.uga.edu.last_img read more

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Gear Through the Years

first_imgImage above includes the 1989 Granite Gear Couloir backpack and compression sack.It feels like it was just yesterday that I was packing up my little Jansport backpack with my Army surplus gear, harnessing my dog to my sled for adventures through my neighborhood backyards and creeks.How time truly flies when you’re having fun. I got my start in the outdoors going on family camping trips, fishing with my dad, and eventually joining the Boy Scouts. Later, I went on ski trips and canoe trips in high school, along with summer camps and an Outward Bound course. I soon became immersed in the outdoor scene and began writing about it as far back as 1990.Many of us back in those days did stints as raft guides, probably lived out of a Toyota truck or Volkswagon van for at least one summer (or three in my case), ski bummed a bit, maybe managed to tick off a Bachelor’s degree in something outdoorsy. And of that group, in my humble opinion, the lucky ones among us found and kept jobs in the outdoor industry.A lot has changed in 20 years. Gear has always been evolving: from fur to wool, from lug soles to Vibram soles, from metal and leather to plastic, from cotton to nylon, from steel to carbon. Folks in their 20s today probably never had to use the floorless canvas pup tents that I did, and they probably have never owned an external frame pack, but rock climbing shoes have really barely changed since the 90s. So what’s different now?Maybe the simple answer is that technology has changed our gear. Smart phone apps have largely replaced USGS folding maps; tiny digital devices have replaced heavy SLRs; UV light sticks have replaced iodine tablets; recycled synthetic fibers have replaced down; and waterproof breathables just keep getting better.Yet many of our favorite innovations are simply incremental. Sleeping bags are still human-shaped and use bird feathers for insulation; climbing rubber is just a little stickier; wool has made a massive comeback; and tents are still polyester sheets supported by aluminum frames.Perhaps the real test of a good piece of gear is how long it lasts. Of course, some gear just gets loved to death, and that’s what you’re supposed to do with it. It does no good sitting in the closet. Maybe you’ve got a Patagonia jacket you’ve been using for a decade, sending it back in for repair when a zipper breaks. Or some threadbare fleece longjohns you’re going to toss out…next season. Or your first pair of Vasque boots resoled three times. Fishing lures, repaired tents, carabiners, gators, Gore-tex jackets…some of these things last a long time.Steven Regenold is another double-decade gear abuser like myself, and the founder of The Gear Junkie, which began in 2002 as a newspaper column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Today, it’s syndicated in newspapers around the U.S. What are some of Renegold’s favorite gear game changers?“Merino wool base layers have been a revolutionary performance product for me,” he says. “I wear them almost every day, through all weather and activities. It truly is like a second skin and adapts to hot, cold, wet, dry. And minimal running shoes changed the way I ran, made me faster, made me stronger, and cut back on the knee trouble I was having when I ran in more-padded shoes.”A few of the Gear Junkie’s other top picks over the last 20 years: Fat bikes; Buff headwear (“Use them 100 days a year”); iPhones and Strava (and myriad other apps); and the massive strides in alpine touring gear that is currently driving the ski industry at large.A few of my own personal favorite innovations of the last 20 years include the foldable, lighter, BPA-free water bottles now available (and the insulated stainless steel bottles too); LED lights for headlamps and bikes; waterproof down insulation for sleeping bags and jackets; awesome new water purifiers that allow you stay hydrated more easily; improved waterproof-breathable membranes for shells; and the more packable, warmer sleeping pads using combinations of air and high-tech insulation that take up way less space in a pack or a boat.But there’s no single gear trend or technology more important than your own skill and experience. And ultimately, gear must work well with each individual’s particular needs. It comes down to this. The best gear innovation in the last 20 years? It’s the one that gets you outside more.last_img read more

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Section makes donation to defeat Amendment 3

first_imgThe Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section has donated $50,000 to a consumer group to help in its campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit contingency fees in medical malpractice cases.The section’s contribution to the Consumer Federation of the Southeast was approved by the Bar’s Executive Committee on September 13, and federation head Walter Dartland and section officials met September 15 to discuss the best ways to use the funds.The proposed Amendment 3, backed by the Florida Medical Association, would limit contingency fees to 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded in a malpractice case, and to 10 percent on recoveries above that amount.“We view this amendment as undermining citizens’ access to the courts and are strongly opposed to it,” said section Chair Thomas Masterson. “The name of it is the Claimants Right to Fair Compensation, and if you read the summary, it sounds like it is an amendment intended to help [malpractice] victims. That is not the goal of the Florida Medical Association. Their goal is to prevent victims from finding counsel who will represent them in medical malpractice claims, and many of the leaders have as much as admitted that.”Noting the section represents both plaintiff and defense lawyers, Masterson said it agrees with the dissent from Justice Fred Lewis in the Supreme Court ruling that allowed the amendment to go on the ballot. Lewis held that the ballot summary language and the amendment language were misleading because the real intent was to prevent those injured from obtaining lawyers by making it economically unfeasible to lawyers to handle such cases.“That’s really the reason we are so opposed to it. It doesn’t do what is sounds like it is going to do. . . . It sounds like it’s taking money from lawyers and giving it to victims. But 90 percent of nothing is nothing,” Masterson said. “It’s snake oil.”Dartland, head of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast, said his group, which is affiliated with the Consumer Federation of America, agrees with the section’s outlook.“My feeling is it’s tough enough now for consumers to get representation, especially in medical malpractice cases that have limited damages,” he said. “This is just going to make it harder for those people to get any kind of decent representation.”Amendment 3 is part of what is expected to be a bitter campaign between doctors and lawyers this fall. The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, responding to the FMA campaign, gathered signatures and also placed two amendments on the ballot. One would require the state to rescind the medical license of any doctor found, in court or an administrative proceeding, to have committed three acts of malpractice. The other would make public adverse incident reports involving medical facilities and practitioners, which are now confidential.Both the FMA and the AFTL expect to spend millions of dollars campaigning on the amendments this fall. October 1, 2004 Regular News Section makes donation to defeat Amendment 3 Section makes donation to defeat Amendment 3 The measure would limit contingency feeslast_img read more

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