Holocene break-up and reestablishment of the Petermann Ice Tongue, Northwest Greenland

first_imgOver the last decade, two major calving events of the Petermann Ice Tongue in Northwest Greenland have led to speculation on its future stability and contribution to further Greenland Ice Sheet mass loss. However, it has been unclear if these events are anomalous or typical within the context of limited historical observations. We extend the historical record of the floating ice tongue using the stratigraphy of Petermann Fjord sediments to provide a longer-term perspective. Computed tomography (CT) scans, X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) scans, Ice-Rafted Debris (IRD) counts, and the magnetic properties of specific particle size fractions constrain changes in depositional processes and sediment sources at our core sites, allowing for reconstructions of past behavior of the Petermann Ice Tongue. Radiocarbon dating of foraminifera, 210Pb, and paleomagnetic secular variation (PSV) provide age control and help to address uncertainties in radiocarbon reservoir ages. A floating ice tongue in Petermann Fjord formed in late glacial time as Petermann Glacier retreated from an advanced grounded position. This paleo-ice tongue broke-up during the early Holocene when high northern latitude summer insolation was higher than present. After gradual regrowth of the ice tongue associated with regional cooling, the ice tongue reached its historical extent only within the last millennium. Little or no ice tongue was present for nearly 5000 years during the middle Holocene, when decadal mean regional temperatures are estimated to be 0.8e2.9 °C higher than preindustrial (1750 CE) and seasonal sea-ice in the Lincoln Sea was reduced. This pre-historical behavior shows that recent anthropogenic warming may already be in the range of ice tongue instability and future projected warming increases the risk of ice tongue break-up by the mid- 21st Century.last_img read more

HMS Protector Sails Home to Plymouth

first_img View post tag: Plymouth May 12, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Protector Sails Home to Plymouth HMS Protector Sails Home to Plymouth View post tag: News by topic View post tag: europe View post tag: HMS Protector View post tag: home View post tag: Naval Authorities Share this article View post tag: Navy The Royal Navy’s specialist ice-breaking survey ship HMS Protector has arrived in Plymouth – her new base-port – for the first time, to a warm welcome from families and friends.The vessel returned to HM Naval Base Devonport after a 19-month deployment in the Antarctic. As the Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship she operated in the South Atlantic and the Antarctic Peninsula to support the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in diplomatic terms and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) by conducting survey operations throughout the region.The weather and ice make it impossible for the ship to remain in the South Atlantic during the winter season, so the ship moved to the Caribbean region and West Africa to carry out data-gathering as well as embarking a team to support any humanitarian disaster relief operation if required.Plymouth-based Flag Officer Sea Training staff embarked to provide training before a second summer in Antarctica.In Antarctica a team of international inspectors onboard visited bases and cruise ships to ensure they were keeping to the Antarctic Treaty Guidelines.Work has also been completed to support the BAS who required the berth and approaches to their base at Rothera surveying to plan for the arrival of a new ship.When HMS Protector sailed from Portsmouth in 2013 she was still owned by GC Rieber and leased by the Royal Navy, since then the ship has been purchased by the Navy and her base port changed from Portsmouth to Plymouth which means this is the first time Protector has been to her new port other than for training.The ship now undergoes a maintenance period followed by extensive training before preparing to deploy again later in 2015.[mappress mapid=”15949″]Image: Royal Navylast_img read more

23AndMe At-Home DNA Test Helping Trace your History

first_img23AndMe At-Home DNA Test Helping Trace your HistoryAPRIL 17TH, 2018 Amanda Decker AMANDA DECKER INDIANAAt-home DNA kits are very popular, even among the 44News staff. Several people at 44News have taken the tests and received some surprising results along the way.In March, we introduced you to our 44News evening producer, Jessica Dixon. Over the years, Jessica heard stories from her mother’s side of the family, but she knew nothing about her father’s family.After years of not knowing exactly where her ancestors came from, Jessica now has some answers.For a link to the Ancestry.com DNA kit, click here:Ancestry.com At-Home DNA Kit InformationFor a link to the 23AndMe DNA kit, click here:23AndMe At-Home DNA Kit InformationTo see the first part of our story with Jessica, click here:23AndMe DNA Tests Help People Trace their PastAmanda DeckerFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Alun Cairns reassures Holyhead Port staff that leaving the EU with a deal remains the UK Government’s top priority

first_imgOn a visit to Holyhead Port, Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns reiterated the UK Government’s commitment to honouring the result of the referendum and delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit following the extension of Article 50, granted by the European Union last week.Holyhead Port is the second busiest roll-on-roll-off ferry port in the UK, providing a key link in the supply chain for businesses across Wales, the UK and Ireland. Recognising the Welsh ports’ importance to the economy of Wales and the UK, during his visit Alun Cairns reassured Port Manager, Captain Wyn Parry that the UK Government remains committed to working with the Welsh Government and port operators to ensure a smooth exit from the European Union.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: The ports in Wales make a vital contribution to the Welsh economy and therefore remain a key consideration in the UK Government’s Brexit planning. Leaving the European Union with a deal will ensure that the Welsh Ports can continue to operate seamlessly which is why we are more determined than ever to reach a deal that commands the support of Parliament so that the UK can leave the EU in an orderly, timely manner.last_img read more

Kinky Boots’ Annaleigh Ashford to Release Single by Will Van Dyke

first_img Kinky Boots In addition to his work on Kinky Boots and Rent, Van Dyke served in the orchestra for The Addams Family, and is the composer of Pages (Cap 21), Winnie the Pooh, Kids, and The Girls I’ve Like Liked. His songs have been performed at venues all over the country including Joe’s Pub and Lincoln Center. He has two albums Chasing The Day and Writing Kevin Taylor. With Matt Doyle, Van Dyke co-wrote and produced his albums Daylight and Constant. Upcoming works include Magnificent Climb (with Rick Elice). Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Annaleigh Ashford View Comments Ashford, currently in Kinky Boots, was recently seen as Betty DiMello on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will return as a series regular in the show’s second season. Ashford’s other stage credits include Rent, Dogfight, Wicked and Legally Blonde. She has a lead role in the upcoming independent feature film Franny, starring Francis Fisher.center_img Related Shows In addition to writing music and lyrics, Van Dyke is featured on piano on the single. The track also features Michael Aarons (guitar), Steve Gilewski (bass), Sammy Merendino (drums), Philip Payton (violin/viola), and Allison Seidner (cello). Derik Lee mixed and mastered the recording. Star Files Broadway’s adorably perky Kinky Boots star and Tony-nominated Annaleigh Ashford has paired with musical director and composer Will Van Dyke to record a single of his song “Another Time.” Set to be released on iTunes and wherever digital music is sold on January 14, the number will be featured in Ashford’s one-woman show Lost in the Stars at 54 Below on February 3.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! The Color Purple, Elf, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More

first_img Star Files Stay up Late with Lin-Manuel MirandaDecember 11 on CBS Unless you’re lucky, famous, or actually Alexander Hamilton, it is not that easy to procure a ticket for Hamilton. Hey, we know your pain—and we friggin’ cover Broadway. We hope that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert brings a sliver of joy, and maybe an impromptu performance. Though given Miranda’s productivity, he’ll probably unveil a new theme song for Colbert or a cure for cancer. The man can do it all. Spread Xmas Cheer at Elf the MusicalOpens December 9 at Madison Square GardenSome holiday traditions we avoid, like repetitive Christmas movies staring the same two blandly attractive people and weirdo relatives. One that we embrace is Buddy the Elf in all its forms. This year, the news is especially merry for theater fans, as Elf the Musical begins a limited run at Madison Square Garden. Awesome! Plus, you increase your likelihood of avoiding that middle-aged cousin who still wears his high school varsity jacket. Click for tickets! Behold Jennifer Hudson’s Purple ReignOpens December 10 at Bernard B. Jacobs TheatreSome performers were meant for Broadway. With her booming voice and springy charisma, Jennifer Hudson is among them. Nearly 10 years after the film version of Dreamgirls (for which Hudson won an Oscar), we’re red-hot with excitement over Hudson’s turn in The Color Purple. The musical also features the acclaimed London star Cynthia Erivo in the lead and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks in the Oprah role. Don’t let that talent go ignored. Get going. Click for tickets! Have a Merry Chris McCarrellDecember 7 at Feinstein’s/54 BelowChristmas carols are all fine and good, but your parents’ neighbors and the elementary school choir lack a certain, shall we say, pizzazz. Well, Broadway has solved a problem that has persisted for entirely too long. Talented youngin’ Chris McCarrell (Les Miserables)—along with guest stars—warms up those holiday chestnuts in Christmas Carols with Chris McCarrell, which we think is some kind of play on words. Click for tickets! Hop on Mother Courage’s WagonBegins December 9 at Classic Stage CompanyThe first time Duncan Sheik added his musical touch to a powerful, unsentimental drama from a German playwright, we got Spring Awakening, which was a piping hot slice of awesome. So we’re stoked that he’s provided original music to a contemporary spin on Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, which now takes place in the modern-day, war-torn Congo. It boasts Tony winner Tonya Pinkins in the lead. Click for tickets! View Comments Hey, you, dreading your office holiday party! As long as you circulate between the buffet and the bar, you’ll be OK—but gassy. Just bring some antacids and focus on the kick-assery NYC has to offer this week, like Chris McCarrell’s performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the opening of The Color Purple, and Duncan Sheik’s latest musical endeavor. Here come this week’s picks! Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Vermont earned $3.2 million in first year for RGGI energy efficiency efforts

first_imgSource: Governor’s office. Sept. 11, 2009### The Douglas Administration marked the first anniversary of RGGI auctions by announcing that Vermont will receive $471,319 as its share of this week’s cap-and-trade carbon allowance sale.“Vermont, along with our RGGI partners, continues to lead the country in combating climate change,” Governor Douglas said. “As we work for a cleaner environmental future, Vermonters will also see the economic benefits that come with new green jobs and lower energy bills.”Vermont was the first state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) as part of the Governor’s platform of climate change initiatives.  In the first year since RGGI auctions began, the state has earned $3.2 million in five auctions.  These proceeds will be invested in energy efficiency, renewable energy, technology development and other programs that return the value of the allowances to consumers.Since last September more than 100 bidders, including electric utilities, manufacturers, financial institutions, environmental groups, and individuals have participated in the RGGI auctions for CO2 allowances.  Trading volumes on national, regulated exchanges now match volumes in other established carbon markets, such as the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism.  And every major power plant in the 10-state RGGI region now reports quarterly CO2 emissions to the public in an emissions and allowance tracking system.In the latest auction, the selling price for 2009 allowances was $2.19 while 2012 futures sold for $1.87.About RGGIThe 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states participating in RGGI are Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. RGGI states have designed the first market-based, mandatory cap-and-trade program in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Power sector CO2 emissions are capped at current levels through 2014. The cap will then be reduced by 2.5 percent in each of the four years 2015 through 2018, for a total reduction of 10 percent.A CO2 allowance represents a limited authorization to emit one ton of CO2, as issued by a respective participating state. A regulated power plant must hold CO2 allowances equal to its emissions to demonstrate compliance at the end of each three-year control period.For more information, turn to: www.rggi.org(link is external)last_img read more

Wilfried Zaha drops Manchester United return hint after receiving DMs from fans

first_imgAdvertisement Is Wilfried Zaha heading back to Manchester United? (BPI/REX)Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has indicated he could be open to returning to Manchester United.Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing at United as he joined from Palace for £10 million in the summer of 2013.But the 26-year-old was unable to impress David Moyes and made just four first-team appearances during his time at Old Trafford before being loaned out to Cardiff City.Zaha returned to United but Louis van Gaal, who had replaced Moyes as manager, allowed Zaha to return to Palace on loan before the deal was made permanent.ADVERTISEMENTThe Ivory Coast international is now ready to leave Palace once again and has already admitted he is keen to play for a club in the Champions League. Wilfried Zaha drops Manchester United return hint after receiving DMs from fans Advertisement Zaha says he was in a ‘bad place’ during his time at United (Getty Images)Arsenal been linked with a move but are unable to meet Palace’s £80 million asking price after failing to secure a place in next seasons’ Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementReports have also claimed that United are considering a move, with Zaha open to returning to Old Trafford despite the club only being in the Europa League next term.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd in an interview with the Evening Standard, Zaha did not rule out the possibility when discussing a potential move back to United and revealed that he receives messages from supporters asking if he will return.‘I’m getting DMs [direct messages on Twitter]: ‘Would you come back to Man United?’’ said Zaha.‘Oh, really? I was in a bad place then. But I’m good now.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Jun 2019 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link41Shareslast_img read more

Home values: Worst of housing downturn could be behind us

first_imgPreliminary figures for April from CoreLogic show home values are falling at a slower rate. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.THE worst could be over for the nation’s housing market, with new figures showing home values are falling at half the rate they were three months ago. The latest CoreLogic home value index reveals dwelling values across the five major capital cities fell 0.5 per cent for the month of April to date. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoHome values are starting to fall at a slower rate in Sydney and Melbourne, according to CoreLogic.He said rental yields were also continuing to improve, which could provide some incentive for property investors looking for bargains.But he said the bad news was that the downturn had spread to cities outside of Sydney and Melbourne.“Over the last few months, we’ve started to see markets that have been relatively sustainable slip into negative growth,” Mr Lawless said. “That’s Brisbane and Adelaide.” Mr Lawless said the geographical broadening of the downturn could likely to attributed to the tighter credit environment.“Housing affordability is healthy in markets like Brisbane and Adelaide, economic conditions haven’t deteriorated, and population is ramping up — particularly in southeast Queensland.“Yet, against all those factors, we’re still seeing these markets drifting lower, which probably comes back to the slowdown in owner/occupier credit we saw in the second half of 2018 and into 2019.” Brisbane home values have recorded a decline so far in April. Picture: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, News Corp Australia. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the slowdown in the rate of decline was being led by the nation’s two biggest housing markets.“We’re seeing the most improvement in Sydney and Melbourne, where values are falling but nowhere near as fast,” Mr Lawless said.center_img MORE: Turning failure into success CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.Preliminary figures show Brisbane home values are set to record a 0.3 per cent decline for the month of April, which would be the fifth straight month of falls.Mr Lawless said the city was on track to record a 1.8 per cent drop in values over the past 12 months.“That’s quite a weak outcome for Brisbane, where even though we haven’t seen a high rate of capital gains, we’ve generally seen (values) rising about 2 per cent per annum,” he said. Home values likely fell 0.5 per cent across the major capital cities in April. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.That’s a significant improvement on December, when the monthly decline in values was 1.3 per cent. RELATED: Ascot dream home sells at tense auctionlast_img read more

UWI’s top diabetes expert gets WHO appointment

first_imgRAGOOBIRSINGH… was previously invited to Geneva in 2008 to advise WHO on its Peers in Progress programme for the treatment of diabetes mellitusIN the week of its ground-breaking annual conference that will throw the spotlight on “Diabetes and Sports”, the University Diabetes Outreach Programme (UDOP) is celebrating a major international appointment of one of its most outstanding experts.Kingston-based Trinidad-born Professor Dalip Ragoobirsingh has just been invited to be a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines development expert group, a recognition of his high quality work in diabetes and nutrition in the Caribbean.Ragoobirsingh is the man who was humorously called the ‘Grinch who stole Christmas’ in a Jamaica Observer article last December in which he warned against overeating, drunkness and smoking, as part of his relentless campaign to reduce or manage diabetes.“This is, no doubt, a signal honour for the University of the West Indies (UWI), of which he is a graduate, and is currently Professor of Medical Biochemistry and Diabetology, as well as Director of the UWI (Mona) Diabetes Education Programme.Dr Ragoobirsingh was identified from WHO’s search for international specialists to advise the United Nations agency on the choice of important outcomes for decision-making and in the interpretation of the evidence for making recommendations.“This is in keeping with the 65th World Health Assembly comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition,” the Diabetes Outreach Programme said in a press statement lauding the appointment.Dr Ragoobirsingh’s appointment has come close on the heels of his publication in the prestigious British Medical Journal, based on a study done in collaboration with the Florida International University and with the blessings of the ministries of education and health on 276 Jamaican adolescents aged 14-19 years, randomly selected from grades nine to 12 from 10 high schools on the island and including both genders.The study showed that Jamaican adolescents are at risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases, with females being at greater risk than their male counterparts. It recommended that intervention measures are needed to educate Jamaican adolescents to reduce overweight and subsequently the risk factors.“It is more providence than coincidence that this news comes as UDOP is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its annual conference and graduate course on diabetes mellitus and its complications under the theme “Diabetes and Sports,” the UDOP said.The conference will be held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios from March 27-29. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony is minister of statewithout portfolio, with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita Headley.Prof Ragoobirsingh, a Rhodes Trust scholar, was previously invited to Geneva in 2008 to advise WHO on its Peers in Progress programme for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. This followed his sabbatical attachment, as a Fulbright Scholar, to the Unit of Non-communicable Diseases of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) headquarters in Washington DC.He subsequently served as technical advisor to the PAHO project on Improvement Initiatives for Diabetes Management in the Caribbean. The latter included 10 territories: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The specific goal of this project was to achieve real and sustained improvements in diabetes care in these countries.The Caribbean now benefits from 14 technical reports, a major PAHO collaborative manual on diabetes education and the Caribbean Chronic Disease Passport, a patient-held medical record, which were developed out of this exercise.Desmond AllenJamaica Observer EducationHealthLifestyleTertiary UWI’s top diabetes expert gets WHO appointment by: – March 25, 2014 Share 57 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more