Future hot water drilling on Rutford Ice Stream 2004/05

first_imgIce streams are major drainage routes, through which much of the ice in Antarctica flows from the continent. They flow at speeds of up to two orders of magnitude greater that the rest of the ice sheet and are believed to rest on beds of soft, water-saturated sediments. As sliding and sediment deformation processes affect the ice stream dynamics, understanding them is essential to futurepredictions of ice sheet variations. Rutford Ice Stream provides one such example of a fast flowing glacier constrained by a deep bedrock trough and is one of a number of ice streams that drain the West Antarctic Ice Sheet into the southwestern Ronne Ice Shelf (Figure1). Extensivefieldwork has been conducted on this ice stream over the past 25 years with measurements of strain, velocity and elevation. Also, ice sounding radars and seismic techniques have been used to measure the ice thickness and examine the nature of the bed at several locations [Doake et al.,2001; Smith, 1997]. Many of these measurements have been made in an area approximately 40 km upstream of the grounding line. Here, the aim is to access the bed of Rutford Ice Stream at least twice through almost 2200 m of ice using a hot water drill. Ice cores will be retrieved from selected depths using a hot water ice core drill based on the Caltech design [Engelhardt et al., 2000] and samples of basal sediment will also be recovered. The hole will then be instrumented to measure basal sliding, bed and ice column deformation, basal water pressure and ice temperature. In situ optical images of the bed and any sediment within the ice may also be taken.last_img read more

USS Zumwalt Christening Postponed

first_img View post tag: Christening View post tag: Defense Industry news View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Postponed View post tag: USS October 14, 2013 View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Zumwalt Christening Postponed View post tag: Navy USS Zumwalt Christening Postponed The Navy announced on Friday that the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) originally scheduled for Oct. 19 has been cancelled and postponed until a future date.“It is incredibly unfortunate that we are being forced to cancel the christening ceremony for this great warship,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, “but the ongoing government shutdown prevents us from being able to honor Admiral Zumwalt’s memory with a ceremony befitting his and his family’s legacy of service to our Nation and our Navy.”The future USS Zumwalt is a first of class ship for the Navy’s next generation destroyer. Zumwalt class ships are tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.The Zumwalt honors Navy Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who became the 19th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in 1970, and passed away in Durham, N.C., Jan. 2, 2000.The Navy is in coordination with the Zumwalt family and General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works to reschedule the christening ceremony.[mappress]Press Release, October 14, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Zumwalt Share this articlelast_img read more

Members Of Lettuce & Dumpstaphunk To Join Forces For Jazz Fest Late Night Show

first_imgHoly funk! Members of Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk will team up for a special late-night show during weekend one of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Lettuce stalwarts Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis, and Eric “Benny” Bloom will team up with New Orleans legends, Dumpstphunk‘s Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, and Nick Daniels to form Lett Us In The Dumpsta on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 a.m. at the iconic Frenchmen Street club, The Maison.Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk are certainly no strangers to each other. As two of the most influential funk bands over the past two decades, Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk share a close friendship and a long history of collaborations and shared lineups. The two bands also have a long history of playing together at Jazz Fest, with the super-group Dr. Klaw (which features Nigel Hall and sometimes Eric Krasno) initially forming out of the musical bond between Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk.Now, with this newly formed Lett Us In The Dumpsta project, these two sets of incredibly talented musicians will join forces once again for a high-octane late night show that is sure to keep Frenchmen Street bursting with energy until the sun rises.Tickets to Lett Us In The Dumpsta at The Maison go on sale on Eventbrite on Friday, January 25th at 12:00 PM EST, but there is a limited pre-sale running NOW at this special link using the code “L4LM”. See below for full details and ticketing info for this show.(Art by Kellin Townsend – @kellintownsend)Date: Sunday, April 28th, 2019 (technically early AM April 29th)Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Lett Us In The Dumpsta featuring Ivan Neville, Ian Neville & Nick Daniels of Dumpstaphunk + Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis & Eric “Benny” Bloom of LettuceVenue: The Maison –508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Pre-Sale: $25 Early-Bird GA / $50 Early-Bird VIPTickets: $35 Advance / $40 Day Of Show //// VIP  $60 Advance / $65 Day Of Show (VIP includes expedited entry, dedicated elevated VIP area VIP bar & more)Time: Doors –  2:00 AMlast_img read more

Lucy Punch Will Star in the West End Transfer of Great Britain

first_img Great Britain is an anarchic satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Paige Britain (Punch) is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. The National Theatre production opened at the Lyttleton Theatre on June 30 this year, just days after its announcement and with no preview period. Punch is stepping into the role originated by Billie Piper. The actress, along with Ben Mansfield, will join members of the original National Theatre production’s cast, including Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall. Lucy Punch will lead the cast of the previously announced West End transfer of Richard Bean’s Great Britain. The National Theatre production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will begin performances on September 9 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The play will open officially on September 26 and run through January 10, 2015. Punch, who can be seen on screen later this year as Lucinda in the movie adaptation of Into the Woods, has appeared in films including You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Hot Fuzz, Bad Teacher, Being Julia and Are You Ready for Love?. Her previous stage credits include Boy Gets Girl, A Carpet, a Pony and a Monkey and The Graduate.center_img The production is designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding, sound by Paul Arditti and video design by 59 Productions. View Commentslast_img read more

The “Military Family” Is in Trouble

first_imgBy Diálogo July 29, 2019 Venezuelan service members can’t afford to rent a place to live in Caracas: The economic crisis (and their superiors’ orders) increasingly forces them to live in the barracks where they work.According to the salary table circulating through the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB in Spanish), a general might earn about $30 a month, while rent can cost as much as $20 a month in an area east of Caracas.Many admit they no longer wear the uniform on the streets to avoid verbal abuse from citizens. “They are rejected by society,” said to Diálogo Rocío San Miguel, lawyer and president of Control Ciudadano (Citizen Control), a Venezuelan nongovernmental organization. The salary they earn from Nicolás Maduro’s government “is not enough to support a family or even themselves,” and in addition, service members suffer from “grave social security shortcomings, in terms of medical insurance and other social services,” San Miguel added.This is the “military family” Hugo Chávez spoke of and to whom he tried to grant greater benefits and perks throughout his extended mandate (1999-2013).Maduro attempted to bribe the military with home appliances and even Chinese cars, according to their level of loyalty and seniority. He also tried to provide subsidized food through Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP in Spanish). But discontent is palpable: It’s been a year since the military received any benefit other than food.IPSFAIn mid-June, Diálogo visited the stores of the Armed Forces Social Provision Institute (IPSFA in Spanish) in Caracas, which facilitates loans to service members for the purchase of homes, home appliances, furniture, and also offers medical services. Although IPSFA expanded from a few stores to a four-story shopping center with a movie theater, supply and demand has decreased. Service members, some in uniform, wander the center with their families, window-shopping only to return home empty-handed. Prices are not competitive with those in other stores.One service member, his wife and two children, walk with a small plastic bag in hand. A home appliance storefront grabs their attention and they linger, looking at cellphones and solar-powered lamps. They don’t buy anything, nor do they even enter the store. The cheapest cellphone costs as much as a general’s monthly salary.Beiby’s homeA modest dwelling in the Venezuelan countryside: air conditioning and cable TV are a luxury, but blackouts are common. It’s the home of a FANB commander and “Beiby,” his 20-year-old daughter.Chinese home appliances distinguish Beiby’s home, but what is more significant than an air conditioner is the other rare perk that arrives at their doorstep nearly every month: a second CLAP box.Also known as “Soviets’ food,” CLAP send subsidized food to 30 percent of Venezuelans (service members, militants, government supporters, and others who identify themselves as Chavistas) once every three months or less. Boxes of low quality, wholesale food products are distributed as a social control tool, or so denounces Maduro’s opposition. The young woman complains about the CLAP food quality, saying the milk is “very bad,” and variety is scant. “Sometimes we only get lentils,” she says about the box that doesn’t provide enough for a month.When asked to sum up the benefits her household receives as the family of a high-ranking officer, the list is short: “Another CLAP box and access to the base pharmacy,” she says. That’s all. They own their home, which FANB financed, but her dad spends more time on base than at home. Many of the other service members aren’t so lucky.No home and on baseDiálogo also spoke to another officer who receives a second CLAP box every month, and which, he says, is little compensation for the work he does as a Venezuelan service member.The young, educated man is a lieutenant who works in Venezuela’s largest military base, in Caracas. He lives permanently on base and shares the second CLAP box he receives, almost monthly, with his family.He doesn’t enjoy living on base. He wishes he had a home, or at least a place of his own. But the government doesn’t help him with either. The tendency, he says, is to force service members to live on base. The lieutenant says he feels they’re being concentrated in one spot; they’re quartered — as if in preparation for something big.last_img read more

Bay Park Sewage Plant Sandy Spill Ranks Worst in NY

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant spill after Superstorm Sandy ranked the worst sewage overflow in New York State and the second worst in the Northeast, according to a new environmental report.An estimated 2.2 billion gallons of partially treated sewage flowed into Rockaway Channel between when the plant failed the day of the Oct. 29 storm and Dec. 21 when the plant become fully operational again 44 days later, according to Climate Central, a New Jersey-based nonprofit research group. They estimated another 104 million gallons of raw sewage was sent into the bay from the beleaguered plant that was ranked the worst on Long Island two years ago.“Tidal flooding in Bay Park was so severe that plant operators were unable to give us their estimate of the overflow volume,” wrote the report’s authors, whose estimates were “based on daily average flows through the plant.”Bay Park, which treats sewage from about 40 percent of Nassau County, was ranked second to the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission in Newark that released 840 million gallons of raw sewage into Newark Bay in the week following Sandy and another three billion gallons of partially treated sewage through Nov. 16.The study found that a total of 11 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage flowed into waterways—and in parts of southwestern Nassau, streets and homes—in the eight hardest-hit states. That’s more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.Rounding out the top-five worst Sandy sewage spills was the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Middlesex County Sewage Authority in Sayersville, NJ and the O Street Combined Sewer Overflow in Washington, D.C.New York and New Jersey suffered the overwhelming majority of the sewage spillage—a combined 94 percent—with the Empire State slightly edging out the Garden State for the largest estimated spill volume with 5.2 billion gallons, the report found.Nine of New York City’s 14 sewage treatment plants spilled a combined total of 1.6 billion gallons, ranking second in the state to Bay Park.Nassau County officials have said they plan to use Sandy aid to prepare the Bay Park plant for future storms, which is in line with recommendations in the report. Last week, the plant earned the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Diamond Award for its de-chlorination facility.“We were really surprised to find is just how vulnerable this entire system is to floods, storms and ultimately to climate change,” Alyson Kenward, the scientist who authored the report, told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.“Researchers are predicting at least two feet of sea-level rise by the end of this century, which will makes these storm even more dangerous than they already are,” she said. “And with so much of our sewage systems sitting in low-lying areas near the coast, they are really susceptible. “last_img read more

NYS Police arrest three men for illegal fireworks

first_imgThe incident happened around noon on Saturday, June 27 on I-81 in Kirkwood. A trooper on scene saw Tyron commit a vehicle and traffic violation, where an investigation uncovered $900 worth of illegal fireworks. All three individuals were arrested, processed and have issued appearance tickets to the town of Kirkwood court for July 15. Authorities say Leon P. Tyron and Garett R. Lavalley, both from Wolcott, NY, have been charged with the misdemeanor of Unlawfully Dealing with Fireworks and Dangerous Fireworks. Police also said a third person was charged with a violation level offense for Possessing a Firework or Dangerous Firework. In addition to these arrests, NYS Police also arrested a woman for illegal fireworks on Friday, June 26. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — New York State Police said they have arrested three men after finding illegal fireworks in their vehicle.last_img

Relax in style and soak up the serenity in this Corinda home

first_imgThe open plan living area at 3 Tapley St, CorindaThe master bedroom has balcony access, a walk-in robe and an ensuite with spa bath while the second bedroom has direct bathroom and balcony access. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The laundry is also on this top level along with a family room that could be used as a study area.Downstairs, the open-plan living, dining and kitchen flow out to the covered deck and swimming pool. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances, gloss cabinetry and a huge walk-in pantry. Enjoy river views from 3 Tapley St, CorindaTHIS executive home has spacious interiors, luxury appointments and views over Brisbane River. Nanette Lilley marketing agent Doug May said 3 Tapley St was immaculately presented and perched high on the escarpment at Corinda. “This is your opportunity to secure an enviable aspect in a highly sought after pocket of Brisbane West,” he said.The split-level property has five spacious bedrooms with built-in wardrobes upstairs. The pool and entertainment area have views over the riverThe media room is tucked away towards the back of the first floor and is next to the powder room. The property has tiled floors on the lower level, hardwood timber floors upstairs and carpet in the bedrooms. There is zoned ducted airconditioning and a vacuum system throughout. Mr May said being tucked away on Tapley St, the home felt “a world away” from the hustle and bustle of city life and the nearby lifestyle hubs of Corinda, Graceville and Sherwood.“Currently tenanted and maintained in pristine condition by its residents, this property represents fantastic rental yield, which in turn makes this the perfect long term investment.” The home is on the market for offers over $1.4 million.last_img read more

The country home with divine history

first_img1220 Gore Highway WestbrookFROM a distance the home at 1220 Gore Highway might look like any other regional Queensland home.It sits on a highway just outside of Toowoomba on the way to Goondiwindi on a 4047 sqm block of land.Although it has been a residential home for several years, before 1995 it was owned by the Presbyterian Church of Queensland.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe home has high ceilings.The cross might be long gone, but the charm and character of the former country church still remains throughout the home. Where the church pews once sat is now an expansive rumpus room. Polished hardwood floors throughout.Agent Peter Cooke was unsure of the history of the property, which he said was about a 10 minute drive outside of Toowoomba. A study nook.The home will be auctioned next month on Sunday, March 4 at 11am. Former churches are not that unusual in south east Queensland. Take a look at these ones that are on the market in Toowoomba and Esk.last_img read more

TEG member sees Scientific Beta criticism revealing net zero laggard

first_imgScientific Beta is lagging behind on one of the most important green finance developments in recent years, an independent member of the technical expert group (TEG) whose EU climate benchmark proposals were scathingly criticised by the smart beta index provider last week has said.One of a barrage of criticisms made by Scientific Beta was of the carbon exposure metric proposed by the TEG, whereby carbon intensity is calculated on the basis of a company’s Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions divided by its enterprise value, including cash (EVIC).Criticisms of the metric included that it creates sector biases, is volatile and may render unworkable the self-decarbonisation requirement TEG has proposed for the climate benchmarks, and “does not do justice to issuer-level climate change efforts”.Describing the metric as “exotic”, Scientific Beta argued there was “no scientific or business basis” to use it instead of a widely-used version of weighted average carbon intensity (WACI) based on Scope 1 and 2 emissions and using revenues as the denominator. Scientific Beta said self-reported Scope 3 emissions data is too scarce and lacking in quality and consistency to support portfolio decision-making and that requiring Scope 3 emissions to be included in the carbon intensity calculation could lead to “disregarding the efforts made by companies to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions”.Scope 3 emissions are all of an entity’s indirect emissions except those from purchased energy – for example, in the case of fossil fuel companies they include emissions produced when an individual drives an internal combustion engine car.‘Commercial self-interest’Andreas Hoepner, professor of operational risk, banking and finance at University College Dublin, is one of two members of the European Commission’s sustainable finance TEG who was appointed in a personal capacity and the only such individual on the benchmarks sub-group.Hoepner said: “It is stunning that Scientific Beta can write over 70 pages with 99 footnotes on EU green finance policy and fail to even mention the EU’s net zero 2050 aim, which was adopted last year.”“If they had taken the EU’s net zero 2050 aim as their starting point instead of their commercial self-interest, they might have come to a different conclusion on crucial aspects such as the Scope 3 emissions of the fossil fuel sector.”Asked what the TEG’s starting point was with regard to its work on the EU climate benchmark categories, Hoepner told IPE it was the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5°C warming trajectory with no or limited overshoot, which effectively meant carbon neutrality by 2050.The European Commission agreed on a 2050 net zero ambition in November 2018, with EU member states, except Poland, endorsing this goal late last year.  “It is crucial for Scientific Beta and others to understand that fossil fuel Scope 3 emissions are the primary cause of climate change.”Andreas Hoepner, professor of operational risk, banking and finance at University College Dublin and member of the TEG Hoepner said: “Given the EU’s aim of achieving net zero by 2050, it is crucial for Scientific Beta and others to understand that fossil fuel Scope 3 emissions are the primary cause of climate change. They are the patient zero, to use a coronavirus metaphor.“Hence,” he continued, “fossil fuel scope 3 emissions have to be downsized significantly for the EU to achieve net zero by 2050. Repsol and possibly also BP seem to understand this, as do many asset owners and asset managers.“Scientific Beta has to understand this scientific reality too, if they want to gradually transform themselves into a leader in environmentally responsible investing.”EVIC denominatorHoepner said using revenue as the denominator for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions biases the GHG intensity figure in favour of sectors such as coal, which are exposed to stranded assets when compared with market valuation-based denominators.“In my personal view, this can be considered greenwashing in favour of polluting sectors and is not aligned with the EU’s net zero 2050 objective,” he said.“The recent launches of EU Climate Transition or EU Paris-Aligned Benchmark concepts by index providers that were not part of TEG, such as Dow Jones S&P or Solactive, show that many of Scientific Beta’s competitors can work with our proposed denominator of EVIC.”“Scientific Beta appear rather desperate to avoid the costs of switching from revenue to EVIC,” he continued.The TEG’s final report on benchmarks is meant to provide the basis for the European Commission’s drafting of delegated acts specifying more detailed requirements in relation to the EU climate benchmark categories.Scientific Beta’s report can be downloaded here.GHG emission scopesThe GHG Protocol Corporate Standard classifies a company’s GHG emissions into three scopes:1. Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources2. Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy3. All indirect emissions not included in scope 2 that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissionslast_img read more