The Antarctic Peninsula region has exprienced a long-term warming trend over the twentieth century, with the 1971-90 mean at Faraday being 1.9°C warmer than the mean over 1903-41 based on expedition reports. For the period prior to 1900, there is conflicting evidence from different data sources. An initial interpretation of isotopic data from ice cores suggests that the nineteenth century was warmer than the twentieth century. In contrast, snow accumulation rate data for the nineteenth century from the same ice cores suggest lower temperatures. Here we investigate these facts by studying the links between atmospheric temperature over the Antarctic Peninsula, circulation parameters and isotopic data over the period of instrumental records. We show that the relationships between these variables are complex and highly spatially variable. In particular, the correlations between temperature and δ 18O and δD are generally of the order r = 0.5 or less on timescales of one to five years. Conflicts between evidence from accumulation rate and isotopic data appear to reflect the influence of source-region effects on the isotope records. To unravel the complex isotopic records available for the Peninsula region better; additional cores must be analysed for both δ 18O and 8D at the same site.
The Disco Biscuits have started off their 2019 touring year with a bang, as the band delivered standout multi-night runs in Washington, D.C. and Port Chester, NY in January. The D.C. run featured shows at the Lincoln Theatre and The Anthem, highlighted by rarities and cohesive setlists and song selection, through-and-through. The Disco Biscuits recently capped off a three-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, chock-full of bust-outs (“Little Lai”; “Oname Wa”; “Shadow”), as well as a monstrous show-opening cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot” > “Franklin’s Tower”, paying homage to the band’s longstanding history at the iconic rock palace.Following the band’s debut at the brand new The Fillmore in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, The Disco Biscuits’ next big gig is their annual Bisco Inferno, a beloved holiday weekend for all Biscuits fans to flock to Colorado and enjoy the pristine mountains and nature, as well as boogie down to six sets of their favorite band. The 2019 edition of Bisco Inferno will feature two nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO on May 23rd and 24th, ahead of a night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 25th for a massive Memorial Day Weekend. As support for the Red Rocks show, the jamtronica pioneers will bring PNUMA LIVE along for what is sure to be a wild ride.PNUMA LIVE is the Southeast-born, fan-favorite livetronica project that extensively toured the U.S. from 2005 to 2010 as Pnuma Trio and featured Alex Botwin, Ben Hazlegrove, and Lane Shaw. The Memphis, TN-bred, Denver, CO-based group achieved popularity in the early 2000s by touring extensively and releasing live music, recordings of their live shows, and one studio album. Combining electronic elements with hip hop, jazz, bass music, and dance music, countless fans would travel to see them play all over the country and world.Sometime around 2008, the band quietly withdrew from the music scene and became silent for many years to come. During that time, they did not grant any interviews or appear anywhere on the internet. At the end of 2018, however, the world received the first communication from the band in a decade in the form of a live show announcement.On December 28th, 2018, PNUMA took the stage for the first time in close to ten years, opening for STS9 at The Fillmore in Denver, CO during their New Year’s run. With considerable demand from the PNUMA fanbase, the band opted to release the soundboard recording of this first live show in years. You can listen to full audio of PNUMA’s return to the stage below.PNUMA Live – 12/28/18 – The Fillmore DenverWhile 2 of the 3 original members of the band—Alex Botwin (aka Paper Diamond) and Lane Shaw—will continue performing with the group, the third original member, Ben Hazelgrove, will not be part of the comeback. You can read Hazelgrove’s comments about his absence from this new iteration of PNUMA in his letter to fans here.The Disco Biscuits have shown no struggle bringing their “A” game night-in and night-out, and their 2019 edition of Bisco Inferno is guaranteed to be a three-night exploratory journey through time and space. With continuous growth and evolution as an unstoppable four-piece unit, the Biscuits’ approach to jamming continues to soar into a more patient and mature style–an idealistic cross between improvisational rock n’ roll and untzy-livetronica. Do not miss out on the band’s upcoming Colorado shows, as they are assured to be three nights of unforgettable firey-hot Biscuits. With the return of PNUMA LIVE thrown into the mix, the Red Rocks show is sure to be especially outstanding.Tickets for the Ogden Theatre shows are only available with the three-day bundle package, as well as a single-day Red Rocks ticket option. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now and available here.
…GPL, GNBA, GO-Invest, GCAA, GLSC Heads among defaultersThe Integrity Commission has published the names of 163 public officials who failed to make declarations as mandated by Section 19 of the Integrity Commission Act.The list of delinquent public officials was made public on Saturday in The Official Gazette of Guyana dated March 9, 2019. Among the defaulters on the list are General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation, Rawlston Adams; Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), George Lewis; Director General of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field; CEO of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn; Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), Leslie Sobers; General Manager of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited, Sherod Duncan; CEO of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Owen Verwey and CEO of Guyana Power and Light, Albert Gordon among others.A breakdown of the list includes officials from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA); Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE); Bureau of Statistics; Dependent Pension Fund; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); GPHC; Guyana Gold Board; GuyOil and GPL among others.The Integrity Commission was established with the aim of improving the public’s confidence in the integrity of persons in public office by ensuring that they submit their declarations in compliance with the Integrity Commission Act. However, over the years, the Commission would have to publish the names of delinquent public officials in an effort to have them make their declarations. Under the law, any public officer who fails to comply with the Commission is liable upon summary conviction, to a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for a period of not less than six months or more than one year.Just over two weeks ago, Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Kumar Duraisami stated that there were 716 public officials who have not submitted their declarations to the Commission. As such, five lists of the various categories of public officials were published.The Chairman noted that while there is a need for awareness on the Integrity Commission, most public officials have a general idea of the Commission’s functions and their obligations. His contention was that there are some individuals who are willfully withholding declaring their assets to the Commission.He noted that there are some defaulting officers, particularly in the Judiciary, who are questioning whether the function of the Commission is infringing on their constitutional rights by publishing their names.“I am in no position or this Commission is in no position to use a discretion as to whether or not we should publish the names. If they think that they ought not to make their declarations to the Commission, then they can go the court and say ‘my position is secured by the Constitution and I’m not obliged or obligated to submit to the Commission’… This Commission has no discretion. We will have to publish their names if they don’t submit,” the Chairman insisted.The Integrity Commission Act was assented to on September 24, 1997. The Act provides for the establishment of the Integrity Commission and makes provisions for the purpose of securing the integrity of persons in public life. The Commission has the power to do anything for the proper performance of its function and in discharging its function; it is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.The Commission also has the authority to regulate its own procedure and may make rules for that purpose.
An England fan launched into a passionate rant on talkSPORT on Friday morning ahead of the national team’s ‘friendly’ with Spain.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the brilliant caller agreed with co-host Ray Wilkins’ assertion that the game IS important and demanded that the Three Lions give their all in Alicante.“If we lose tonight, it is not OK,” he said.“Football is the one thing in life you have no control over. You’re born, you pay your taxes, you die, and you support who you support. “When I watch England, I want passion. If they don’t win, don’t pay them. If they don’t win against France, don’t pay them. If they don’t stand there and sing the national anthem, don’t pay them.“You play with passion, you play to win every time you play.”Listen to the brilliant rant in full above!
Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on urgent intervention from Government in order to avoid what’s being described as a ‘potentially disastrous’ situation developing within Speech and Language therapy services in the county.His comments come after it emerged today that services in West Donegal could face serious disruption owing to a failure to provide cover for a staff member who is shortly due to take maternity leave.Deputy Doherty said he has been contacted by a number of families throughout West Donegal who raised concerns over the possible curtailment of Speech of Language services over the coming weeks. It follows claims that patients were told that cover was not being provided for a staff member who is shortly expected to take maternity leave.Deputy Doherty said “Immediately following receiving these reports I tabled a Question in the Dáil to the Minister for Health in which I very clearly asked him to confirm whether or not cover would be in place during this period for when maternity leave is anticipated in the service.“The question was referred to the HSE to respond and in their reply to me which I‘ve since received they explain that approval for cover is granted contingent on the HSE’sfinancial position as the additional cost must be met from within existing budgets.“It goes onto state that in the event that cover cannot be approved or if a post becomes unfilled, then existing staffing resources will be reviewed and this may involve a reallocation of staff on a temporary basis into areas where no cover is available. “It is quite clear from the HSE’s response that approval hasn’t been granted to provide the appropriate clinical cover, and that service disruptions in West Donegal are likely to take place as a result.“While the HSE claims that service users will be managed on a ‘clinical prioritisation basis’, the statement gives no guarantee that patients will not experience appointment cancellations and service stoppages during this period of staff leave.”The Sinn Fein TD said this admission by the HSE is simply scandalous and what this could now mean for service users and their families is a situation whereby it may be many weeks or indeed months before services return to normal and appointments resume.He added “There are serious questions for both the HSE and the Government here over why, when maternity leave had been anticipated within the service, that they made no provisions for alternative arrangements to be put in place to ensure that service users would not be affected.“It is abhorrent to think that patients here may now be facing a wait time of many weeks and months before they will be able to receive the treatment and care they need. “This complete failure by the authorities will have huge consequences for patients, their families as well as for staff who will no doubt be forced to stretch themselves even further in order to mitigate the worst of these harmful effects.“I am calling on the Government to urgently make the additional resources needed available to Donegal Speech and Language services in a bid to avoid these disruptions coming down the line, otherwise the harm which this will cause could be potentially disastrous.”Donegal speech and language services facing major delays was last modified: May 31st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Delaysmaternity coverspeech and language
Scientists are relieved that they have been able to recover enough pieces from the crashed Genesis spacecraft to pursue the science objectives. JPL Director Charles Elachi said they have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and are bouncing back from a hard landing. The highest-priority science goals may still be attainable, at least partially, despite Wednesday’s 192-mph crash in Utah when the craft’s parachute did not deploy. The mission had been touted as a search for our origins: where we come from, where stars and planets come from, and how the earth got here.Why the name Genesis? Mission designers must surely have been keenly aware of the Biblical connotation when they selected the name. Either to stave off speculations or to answer concerns, the mission FAQ page addressed the concern as follows:Since this mission is named Genesis and will tell us about the beginning of the solar system, will it try to prove or disprove the Bible?The Genesis mission will collect samples of the solar wind, material flowing outward from the Sun, and return these samples to Earth. Scientists will be able to compare the compositions of these samples with known compositions of the planets and help in the effort to understand how our solar system and its planets formed. It is not NASA’s role to address theological questions or interpretations, and Genesis’ investigation will be studied as a scientific question, not a theological one.Yet to suggest that the formation of earth can be approached strictly through natural science without reference to a Creator is not a theologically neutral position. It is clearly an alternative philosophy to the famous declaration of Genesis 1:1, “in the beginning God.” To NASA, the religious text is, “in the beginning were the particles.” Please understand that we are all in favor of collecting data. We love data. We love solar wind particles and eagerly await what they might tell us about what the sun is doing now. But to suggest that a mission like this can speak to origins is to embrace a theological or philosophical position. The “origins” spin on this and other missions assumes an either-or dichotomy, the belief that there are strictly theological positions as opposed to scientific ones, as if these are non-overlapping, watertight classes of explanation, with the clear implication that scientific explanations are better: they are more objective, neutral, unbiased and true. But it is naive to assume that science has no philosophical baggage, or that a “theological” explanation like Genesis 1 could never have any observable effects accessible to natural science. Some scientists treat words like Genesis flippantly because, to them, the Biblical texts are ancient myths no different than those of Greek accounts of warring gods and goddesses. They ignore or don’t care that millions of Jews and Christians still believe the Bible and the Creator of which it speaks. Dodging this concern with statements that the Genesis investigation “will be studied as a scientific question, not a theological one,” does nothing to assuage the insensitivity of usurping the Biblical name: first, because (as just stated) treating the Biblical account as a myth is a slap in the face to the sincerely-held beliefs of many people (including many scientists), and secondly, they suggest that “science” can offer a strictly naturalistic, unguided, purposeless explanation in the place of the teleological, purposeful, personal explanation in the Biblical account. Imagine the furor if NASA absconded with a name from some other religious persuasion – Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, native American – with the implication that their goal was to investigate a scientific alternative to those beliefs. Such an act would be denounced for its insensitivity. The ACLU and other groups would demand an apology, and the NASA director would be called before a Congressional hearing to explain. Would those groups be appeased by a response like “we’re only looking for scientific explanations, not theological ones”? This is another example of how the sensitivity and tolerance of “political correctness” (an oxymoron) is asymmetrically applied when it comes to Jews and Christians. Despite all that, we offer best wishes to the mission and science teams. Exploration and discovery are important values of the Judeo-Christian worldview. We hope many solar wind particles survived intact. They might shed light on many current solar and interplanetary processes, and that is very worthwhile. Incidentally, many Jews, Christians and creationists work on missions such as Genesis, some of them in high places. Most of them do their work quietly with excellence, professionalism and teamwork. The hype in the press releases is written by a politically-correct few who don’t have to actually build and fly these amazing spacecraft.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
18 September 2012 South African state-owned defence equipment manufacturer Denel and Airbus Military have signed a new agreement with revised terms for manufacturing components for the A400M military transport aircraft. The renegotiated agreement, which will contribute to the financial turnaround of Denel, was signed in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, on Monday. Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said the new agreement demonstrated the confidence of major global aerospace companies in the abilities of the South African manufacturing sector. ‘A fully-fledged aerospace industry’ “The relationship between Airbus and Denel takes us to another step further towards the growth of a fully-fledged South African aerospace industry,” he said. Group chief executive of Denel, Riaz Saloojee, said the relationship with Airbus positioned Denel Aerostructures (DAe) as an established supplier of high-tech aircraft parts, and strengthened South Africa’s position in the global aerospace industry. Airbus Military senior commercial vice president Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan said the agreement “re-affirmed Airbus Military’s commitment to South Africa and its industrial partners and suppliers in the country. “With production of the A400M ramping up ahead of the first deliveries next year, it is comforting to know that we have a dependable partner in DAe which can be relied upon to provide top quality work, on time and within budget,” Rodriguez-Barberan said. DAe manufactures two major work packages on the A400M, the wing-to-fuselage fairings and the top shells, which form part of the aircraft’s mainframe. Small sub-contractors contribute to global programme Saloojee said the new agreement, together with the restructuring of the company and a strong order pipeline, would enable DAe to return to profitability within the next three to four years in line with a turnaround strategy introduced in 2010. The government had also demonstrated its confidence in the future of the company through a capital injection of R700-million earlier this year. “This agreement has vindicated this confidence and confirmed the viability and inherent potential of Denel Aerostructures in the years ahead,” Saloojee said. Chief executive officer of Denel Aerostructures, Ismail Dockrat, said the company had already ramped up its production of vital parts for the A400M that will be delivered to customers in the coming months. Denel’s participation in the programme has already brought significant benefits to the local aerospace industry. The new agreement will stabilise local supply chains and give experience to smaller sub-contractors to perform work on a global programme. Saloojee said the contract with Airbus confirmed South Africa’s status as a reliable supplier to multinational projects and an innovative design partner. “It provides DAe with the know-how and capacity to participate in future multinational ventures and to grow the local industry, as envisaged in the recent Defence Review 2012,” he said. “It will strengthen DAe’s position in South Africa’s aerospace industry, and confirms its position as a strategic public asset, its contribution to skills development and advanced manufacturing, and its potential to generate export revenue for the country.” Source: SANews.gov.za
A Delhi court on Wednesday started hearing arguments in the Unnao rape case in which Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is one of the accused.Counsel for the CBI submitted before District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma that the minor was assaulted by the expelled BJP MLA and his co-accused Shashi Singh helped him in the commission of the crime as she had lured the victim to his residence on the pretext of getting her a job.When the State police did not take any action on the matter for almost a year after the incident, the victim’s then approached a court there, counsel for the probe agency said.Counsel for the accused submitted that the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) was not attracted against his client as the victim was a major at the time of the alleged assault.He further said that the fact that the victim had attained adulthood was proved by the school documents and her medical report.However, victim’s counsel D.K. Mishra claimed that she was a minor as per the school documents as well as the medical report at the time of tha alleged assault on her.No media barEarlier, the court refused to debar media from reporting the proceedings as sought by counsel for the accused and the CBI. It advised the reporters to do balanced reporting without going into the minute details and making an opinion.The court had on August 5 sent Sengar to judicial custody.The Supreme Court had on August 1 transferred the rape case and three other cases related to it to the Delhi court. The apex court had also directed that the trial be wrapped within 45 days .
Transfers De Gea or Donnarumma? Bring them on! – Navas Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 18:11 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Levante v Real Madrid Levante Primera División The shot-stopper would welcome an additional challenge at the Bernabeu and says that he is “calm” over the situation Keylor Navas is not worried by the prospect of Real Madrid bringing in another goalkeeper at the end of the season, insisting that he would welcome the competition.Madrid have regularly been linked with the likes of David de Gea and Gianluigi Donnarumma, while Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga emerged as a leading candidate before signing a new long-term contract at San Mames in January.Such long-lasting speculation could be enough to worry some players, but Navas claims he is “calm” about the situation and will be ready to fight for his place should a rival be signed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am calm because one day I will have to go,” said the Costa Rica international. “Nobody will last here forever and only God knows when [I will leave].”I give my all in every training session and in every match, so I can live with that. I don’t know if the club have doubts about me, I only know that I still have a contract and I will remain calm.”If Real Madrid were to sign a goalkeeper in the future and let him compete with me, then I would like that and it wouldn’t intimidate me.”Navas played the entire match on Saturday as Madrid slumped to another disappointing result, drawing 2-2 at struggling Levante.Madrid were 2-1 up heading into the 89th minute before Giampaolo Pazzini equalised for the home side and Navas hopes that, despite recent struggles, supporters remain optimistic for the upcoming Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.”This has not been an easy year and we’ve had to put up with a lot,” added the 31-year-old. “The team has tried to move forward, but it hasn’t come off.”All we can do to move forward is to work. We know we must concentrate for the entire 90 minutes to win. I think this is a moment to be united.”I hope the fans that go to [the PSG game] will believe that we can move forward, as that’s what we need right now.”
Celebrities, conservationists, political officials and the media recently gathered for a special premiere screening of “The End of the Wild,” a new documentary that follows basketball legend and committed conservationist Yao Ming on a fact-finding mission into the heart of Africa’s wildlife conservation crisis.Both Yao Ming and Peter Knights of WildAid (who accompanied Yao on his 12-day trip through Kenya and South Africa) addressed the media and were joined by representatives from CCTV, which is airing “The End of the Wild,” and CITIC Publishing Group, which is releasing the film’s companion book, “Journey in Africa.”Yao visited Kenya and South Africa in August of 2012 to learn about the poaching crisis and witness the dramatic toll that poaching is taking not only on Africa’s endangered elephant and rhinoceros populations, but also on the human communities that coexist with them. “End of the Wild” follows Yao as he meets wild elephants and rhinos before encountering the butchered bodies of five poached elephants in Kenya and a poached rhino in South Africa. In Nairobi, Kenya, Yao tours the “ivory room,” an underground vault filled with thousands of confiscated elephant tusks and other wildlife remains. He also visits local school children, whose education is funded by revenue from wildlife tourism, and meets with conservationists and government officials working to protect these endangered species.“The End of the Wild” aired in two parts on CCTV-9 on August 11 at 9:00 p.m. (21:00 CST) and August 17 at 10:00 p.m. (22:00 CST). Part one focuses on elephants and the ivory trade; part two shines a light on the recent explosion of rhino poaching.A BIG STEP IN THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST IVORY AND RHINO HORNIn April 2013, Yao launched the “Say No to Ivory” and the “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign with WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation, and Save the Elephants. He has been a leader in the effort to reduce demand for ivory and rhino horn, and has been featured in television ads and billboards. WildAid’s elephant ivory public awareness messages have aired 7,697 times on over 25 television channels in 2013 amounting to US$15 million in-kind broadcast value. This is the amount certified by the media monitoring firm CTR and does not include several major media outlets and could account for only 50% of the actual total broadcast value.In March 2014, Yao delivered a petition during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) asking China’s government to ban sales of ivory. The “End of the Wild” documentary is yet another big step in Yao Ming and WildAid’s effort to save endangered species by encouraging the public to stop buying wildlife products. In the documentary Yao clearly states his intent, “I believe what people will see in those pictures, [they] will remember it. That’s what we’re here for: film this, bring it back home … and show everybody the reality.”“With this film, Yao is helping to spread the word about the ecological and human costs of the illegal wildlife trade,” explains Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid. “We hope that with more public awareness and support, that China will become a true global leader in conservation and help save elephants and rhinos.”Yao previously helped to reduce China’s demand for shark fin through his campaign with WildAid. He appeared in public service messages that have reached hundreds of millions of consumers throughout China on broadcast and satellite television, LCD screens on trains and in subway and railway stations, airports, airline in-flight entertainment, shopping malls, banks, taxis, and universities and hospitals. Yao’s messages helped change public opinion and encouraged President Xi’s administration to ban shark fin from state banquets. A 2013 survey revealed that 85% of respondents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu had stopped eating shark fin soup within the last three years. Sixty-five percent of those who quit shark fin cited public awareness campaigns as a reason.An estimated 33,000 elephants are killed each year for their tusks, and 95% of the world’s rhinos have been lost over the past 40 years. Growing demand in China and Southeast Asia is driving sharp increases in poaching. In China, ivory is prized as a status symbol by the nation’s growing affluent and middle classes, and the country’s legal market perpetuates demand and provides a laundering mechanism for illegal, poached ivory from Africa. Rhino horn is highly sought after for purported health benefits. In Vietnam, rhino horn has a reputation as a cancer treatment and a hangover cure regardless of the fact that the horn is composed of keratin (the same substance as human hair and fingernails).