Coaches Cindy Fraser of Merigomish, Pictou Co., and Ben Zisserson of Marion Bridge, Cape Breton Co., will accompany the team with manager, Jack Cameron of Halifax. “The process took three years, but we wanted the most dedicated and deserving athletes on our team,” said Mr. Zisserson. “The team has several national medalists and international competitors, and we have an excellent chance to win a few medals.” The team will continue weekly camps and its training routine. On average, members train 14 to 16 hours a week. Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at ns.canadagames.ca for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports. Eleven Nova Scotia judoists will try to fight their way to the podium in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to March 10. The final team, selected after a series of camps over the past three years, is as follows: Bryan Campbell of New Glasgow, Pictou Co. Candace Broughm of West Northfield, Lunenburg Co. Robert Dorton of Margaree, Inverness Co. Cory Fraser of Merigomish, Pictou Co. Jessica Lavers of Durham, Pictou County Scott MacAdam of East Bay, Cape Breton, Co. Joshua MacKenzie of Little Harbour, Pictou Co., Colby MacNeil of Port Hawkesbury, Inverness Co. Chrystal Penney of Sydney Matthew Vaughan of Halifax Nathan Alexander Vakaras of Sydney
An art troupe from Central China Normal University will perform at the Confucius Institute at Brock University for Chinese New Year.It’s a symbol of power and prosperity, of energy and good luck, and this weekend, Brock is celebrating it.The Confucius Institute at Brock University is celebrating the year of the dragon at a free Chinese New Year gala on Sunday, Feb. 5. A visiting art troupe from Central China Normal University will perform for the community, who are invited to learn more about Chinese culture, said Cheng Luo, professor and co-director of Brock’s Confucius Institute.The dragon is the most powerful of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, which also includes the ox, tiger, rabbit, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The dragon is featured in numerous Chinese stories and culture, and factored heavily into early imperial dynasties.“It’s a symbol of power and royalty in China,” Luo said.“I would like to wish everyone a very successful, lucky and prosperous year of the dragon.”Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. There are two weeks of celebrations, ranting from feasts and parties to putting a Chinese character on their doors that means, loosely translated, “happiness has arrived.” One of the biggest events is the reunion dinner, for which dumplings – which symbolize wealth – are often prepared.The Central China Normal University troupe is touring Confucius Institutes across Canada for the Chinese New Year. Brock is contributing its own peacock dance to the celebration, Luo said.The event is part of a larger Chinese New Year celebration co-organized with the Chinese Cultural Association of the Niagara Region, the Brock Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the St. Catharines Chinese School and Families with Children from China.Everyone is invited, and the event and parking are free. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, 101 Glen Morris Dr. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2016 SME Annual Conference & Expo call for papers/abstract submission site is now open. You can access it from this link: http://sme2016.abstractcentral.com/. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, August 3, 2015. The conference will be held February 21-24, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting theme is The Future for Mining in a Data-Driven World” Abstracts do not need to address this theme; it is only a umbrella idea for what is impacting the industry currently.The International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala induction dinner will be held during that week, on Monday, February 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix. www.im-halloffame.com
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is to begin the process to try and ‘name and shame’ illegal rubbish dumpers.Councillor Cieran Perry told TheJournal.ie that the council has agreed to write to the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan requesting a change to legislation so that it can ‘name and shame’ illegal dumpers in future.Currently, this is not possible under the Data Protection Act.The council also hopes to introduce new by-laws that would enable it to access the information of people purchasing bin tags. This issue will come before the council for approval in July.The aim would be to identify those putting out untagged bags, and take action against illegal dumpers.The news comes after Dublin City Council (DCC) announced that it plans to end street cleaning temporarily in parts of the north inner city (NIC) to prevent illegal dumping. The move has been heavily criticised by An Taisce.Cllr Perry said he and fellow councillors predicted the privatisation of waste collection would lead to excessive illegal dumping. “Unfortunately we have been proved right,” he said.Some of it was happening anyway [but] because the council had a very efficient waste operation it wasn’t as noticeable.The council has now set up the North Inner City Litter Action Group (NICLAG), which is monitoring dumping, and which recommended the break in rubbish collection at blackspots.Cllr Perry said he has been “pushing and pushing and pushing” for the issue to be dealt with for a number of years. He suggested that “the logical solution would be if the council takes the [waste collection] service back under their control” as it is a public service, similar to the transport system.It’s understood that public services such as transport and waste collection shouldn’t be profit making – we should try minimise losses obviously. The argument is if they had to break even on the service that the charges per household would be huge: my argument is we shouldn’t be breaking even. There are other things we can make the money on.Cllr Perry said “it really is depressing to see the rubbish just dumped there” and that people should be named and shamed to try and discourage others from dumping rubbish illegally.Tax defaulters can be named and shamed due to certain legislation, and the aim is to bring in an amendment so that illegal dumpers can also named publicly.Litter action groupPic: Dublin Litter BlogThe man heading up the NICLAG is Brendan Hayden, Assistant Area Manager of the Central Area in Dublin City Council. He said that even when DCC was collecting the rubbish there was dumping, particularly in NIC area due to the mix of domestic dwellings and businesses, and a high footfall.The action group is examining the NIC street by street and analysing the level of rubbish there. It meets fortnightly and Hayden reports on their findings on a monthly basis. It is a pilot scheme and a full report will come during the summer.It is due to this group’s work that the council agreed to temporarily halt rubbish collection in a number of blackspots.Hayden said that they have found in the areas where rubbish is in bags, people tend to leave bags out every day, not necessarily on a day where bags are collected. A lot of untagged bags go out and these are are just left on the street for the council to pick up.Private collectors only collect bagged waste that is paid for and tagged, and do not issue fines. DCC does have the facility to issue fines, but Hayden said it is not always possible for the council to identify the culprits, as usually there is no identifying information in the waste.It is this behaviour, people dumping untagged bags indiscriminately on the street, that leads to the issues that the council is trying to tackle.We are out of the business of collecting rubbish – this defeats the purpose that we are back in again collecting rubbish.A previous temporary ban on collecting rubbish on the southside found that there was anything between a 40 – 60 per cent reduction in illegal dumping.“It is not something that we are going to continue to do – at same time it is not feasible and sustainable for DCC to have waste management trucks out there every day collecting rubbish. It is not fair on people paying,” said Hayden, adding it is a small minority of people who are putting out the illegal waste.RubbishDuring the Easter period in the NIC area alone, over a four – five day period 1,000 bags were collected by the council because there were no waste collection services.New by-laws are coming in to try and ensure that landlords provide ample spots in their dwellings for tenants’ rubbish. Hayden noted that in the NIC, there are multi-tenanted, multi-unit houses, which means that it can be difficult to determine who the bag owners are.“There seems to be no end to it,” said Hayden of DCC staff collecting illegal waste. “It seems to be increasing all the time.” The council has received many emails from people about the issue.Hayden acknowledged that there can be financial issues behind people not buying tags, saying that the finishing up of the waste collection waiver (which was honoured in 2012 by Greyhound), “is going to create another difficulty” that needs to be addressed.Over the last eight weeks 103 fines were issued over and above the number usually issued for illegal rubbish in the NIC.Hayden noted that 15 environmental groups have formed in the last two to three months in Dublin city, and the council is keen on supporting them in enhancing their local areas.There has been no increase in staff numbers needed to collect rubbish, said Hayden, but he thinks an examination of the ‘bin and bag situation’ could be beneficial.The impact of the rubbish on tourists in Dublin is one major concern, and the action group was formed following a scathing IBAL report that criticised the litter blackspots in the NIC area.Read: Plans to end street cleaning in parts of Dublin described as ‘insane’>Read: Illegal dumping “reaches epidemic levels” in Finglas>
When touchscreens first debuted on laptops a couple years ago, albeit in very limited numbers, there wasn’t much you could do with them. Windows 7 had no touch capabilities at all and the added cost ensured that no one bought them.Fast forward to 2013 and it’s an entirely different picture. Windows 8 is very much touch optimized and perhaps mostly importantly the cost has dropped significantly. Thanks to deals like the one we found on this Dell Inspiron 15R, you won’t even pay much more than a comparable non-touch laptop.This 15R model comes with a Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive in addition to the 15.6-inch multi-touch display. Marked down to just $599.99 with free shipping, this model is right in line with the price range that we see Core i5 laptops at these days, if on the higher end of it.You also get a respectable collection of standard features, including two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI video output, HD webcam, media card reader, Wireless-N, and Bluetooth. A nice touch that Dell adds to most of their systems is included in-home service during the one year warranty at no extra cost, along with 90 days of 24×7 “premium” phone support.We also found a killer offer on the unique Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, which has a keyboard dock that lets you use this Android tablet like a regular clamshell laptop and provides a lot of extra battery juice too. You can also grab the popular Roku 2 XD 1080p streaming box, for getting Netflix and other streaming content to your HDTV, for just $79.99. Scroll down to get the details on these deals and more.Dell Inspiron 15R Core i5 Touchscreen Laptop for $599.99 + free shipping (reg. $869.99 | use coupon 0H9Q3PQ6L3744C) Our deals:Roku 2 XD 1080p streaming player for $79.99 + free shipping (reg. $99.99)Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 32GB Android 4.0 tablet with keyboard dock for $329 + free shipping (reg. $579 | use coupon USPSE530620)WD My Book Studio 3TB FireWire 800 external hard drive for $144.99 + free shipping (reg. $260)
Biocarburant : de la levure transgénique pour produire de l’éthanolÉtats-Unis – Des chercheurs de l’université de Berkeley ont publié une étude sur la levure S.cerevisiae, utilisée pour transformer les sucres du maïs en éthanol. Ils travaillent sur un moyen de la faire pousser sur les sucres issus de la cellulose, via une manipulation génétique.La levure S.cerevisiae ne pousse pas naturellement sur les sucres issus de la cellulose. Mais d’après l’étude récemment publiée, la donne pourrait changer grâce à une manipulation transgénique. Jonathan Galazka et son équipe de l’université de Berkeley ont en effet découvert que le champignon N.crassa se développe très bien sur ces sucres, et ce grâce à un ensemble d’enzymes de transport des sucres.À lire aussiAspartam : un édulcorant sans danger selon l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des alimentsLes chercheurs ont alors introduit ce système d’enzymes chez la levure S.cerevisiae. Suite à cette manipulation, la souche transgénique de la levure utilisée pour produire de l’éthanol a réussi à pousser sur des sucres dérivés de la cellulose. Cette expérience tend à montrer que Saccharomyces cerevisiae pourrait devenir un outil de choix pour développer et améliorer la production de biocarburant à partir de cellulose. L’industrie des biocarburants a pour principale ambition de produire de l’éthanol à partir de matière cellulosique issue par exemple du switchgrass, une herbe qui n’empiéterait pas sur les terres agricoles de valeur.Le 19 septembre 2010 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
As the England manager who needs to keep tabs on all the players, Gareth Southgate revealed that he is very impressed with Marcus Rashford.It has taken Marcus Rashford only a few matches in the post-Mourinho era to finally start to properly impress Gareth Southgate, the England manager has been able to truly see his real potential and has analyzed the many aspects in which this young player can help the Three Lions.Ever since Jose Mourinho came to Manchester United, Rashford never really felt like he was being put to good use in order to help Manchester United achieve their goals.The 21-year old always felt that the Portuguese manager never really took him seriously and didn’t value his full potential inside the squad, things have changed drastically now that Mourinho is gone and Rashford is finally blossoming as he always should’ve at Manchester United.The last five games have been incredibly important for this player, he has become one of the club’s most important players and has been proving that he really has an untapped potential that very few other players in football possess today.Just this Sunday he was compared to Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this is the kind of talent that he has and he can help the Red Devils achieve great things.Manchester United news: Gareth Southgate hails ‘tremendous talent’ Marcus Rashford – https://t.co/ygHqr2zoyh pic.twitter.com/wmAuoDCqR7— SOCCER-MATE (@soccer_mate) January 21, 2019But Marcus hasn’t only surprised his club manager, as England’s own Gareth Southgate also expressed what he thinks of this new version of Marcus Rashford.“Given that he’s only 21, he will definitely continue to improve,” Southgate said via Four Four Two.“When you have a mindset like he has and a desire to be as good as he wants to be, then that will happen.”“He’s a tremendous talent, we’ve known that for a long time and with us, he’s scored three goals in the period after the World Cup.”“And he’s showing great signs with his club of maturing and getting stronger and playing with the belief – and that is so important for young players.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think that’s still to be decided really. He’s played a lot of his football as a number nine, he’s played a lot of his football either side of a front three.”“In the modern game, I think flexibility, particularly in those attacking positions [is so important]. When I think of United from years ago with [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Wayne] Rooney, [Carlos] Tevez, all three of them would pop up in different areas of the pitch.”“That fluidity is difficult to mark, so I don’t think it’s important what his best position is but I think it’s important he is playing, and playing well, and developing and showing that confidence.”I’m not saying they’re bad managers but Mourinho and Southgate underestimated Rashford’s potential and focused on Lingard and Pogba more. Ole hasn’t disappointed me…yet. pic.twitter.com/R6zwc4LNYD— Veronica🍣🌈 (@VanillaSushi) January 20, 2019The real challenge for Marcus Rashford is about to begin, as he has barely started to feel comfortable on the pitch with Mourinho gone and he is finally developing to become the player we all saw when he made his debut.Marcus Rashford is nothing but the last of many incredible players that Dutch manager Louis van Gaal helped debut, this manager has an outstanding track record when it comes to helping new talents make their debuts in several clubs.Ever since he began his career as a manager for Ajax when he was very young, Val Gaal has helped players such as Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philip Lahm, and Marcus Rashford make their debut with their home clubs.This history that Van Gaal has, perfectly describes the eye for talent that he has and gives us an idea of the type of player that the English youngster can become in the future.Unstoppable. 🔥 #MUFC #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/BgL0q89z0s— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019How far do you think Marcus Rashford will get on his career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
More From Roadshow 59 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford’s autonomous cars on the streets of Miami While there’s been plenty of movement on the self-driving-car development front, parts of the ecosystem still feel like the Wild West. Now, a group of automakers and engineers are teaming up in the hopes of establishing a clear path forward in regards to safely testing and deploying future autonomous vehicles.Carmakers Ford, General Motors and Toyota and engineering association SAE International announced this week that collectively they have established the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium. The AVSC hopes to establish a series of best practices that could eventually contribute to formal standards regarding the safe development and deployment of Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving vehicles in the future.”Being able to advance the safe deployment of SAE Level 4 and Level 5 automated vehicles represents another exciting chapter in the realization of autonomous mobility and the benefits this will bring to people around the world,” said Edward Straub, the AVSC’s executive director, in a statement. “To achieve these benefits, industry collaboration, cohesion and flexibility to merge new ideas with proven safety processes are critical.”Enlarge ImageMore partners will likely join the AVSC as time goes on. Toyota The first thing the AVSC will produce is a roadmap to help developers, manufacturers and others prioritize safety, including guidelines for safe testing. Eventually, the hope is that this roadmap will act as a reference point in helping establish industrywide standards. The AVSC will get its initial set of best practices into the open within three to six months, Automotive News reports.While the SAE’s method of cataloguing various levels of autonomy has been met with some backlash, it’s generally accepted as the gold standard in determining the balance of control between human and machine. SAE Levels 4 and 5 are the two highest, with Level 4 referring to conditional autonomy generally bounded by a geofence. Level 5, on the other hand, is complete autonomy, where the vehicle is able to travel anywhere in any condition.We’re still years, if not decades, away from seeing this kind of technology make its way beyond the development stage, but it’s important to have some kind of standards established as companies continue their research. The AVSC is one of a few different groups working to make some sense out of the chaos. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Share your voice Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Future Cars Auto Tech Tags Ford Toyota General Motors Ford Toyota 0
The Majority Caucus in the State Senate has one priority this year: restoring fiscal stability to Alaska. And Senate President Kevin Meyer, of Anchorage, says Permanent Fund earnings will have to be part of that mix.Senate president Kevin Meyer. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)But Meyer says the first order of business will be trimming the state budget. And he says there is room to make substantial reductions.Download AudioMEYER: Getting to about $800 million — similar to the reduction we had last year is certainly doable… possible. But we don’t think we’ll get there if we go after revenue first. The tendency is not to make reductions because it’s painful, oftentimes. We don’t like to do it. So we want to go there first. Once we make the reductions in right-size government, squeeze out the duplication, then we’ll look for revenue that will give us the physical stability that we’re talking about in that first priority.TOWNSEND: Do you have concerns that there’s sort of a sweet spot as far as how much you can cut without impacting the economy in the state. As you know, the state drives a lot of the economy with state spending. Is there a number that you feel like, if we go below when you’re making cuts, that the economy could implode even further?MEYER: We do think we can make some further reductions in state government without being detrimental to the economy. What we do worry about and we do fear is that if we were to implement all the different taxes that the governor has proposed, that would be too much of a hit and it would be detrimental to the economy. For example, (with) an income tax now people would all of a sudden have less money in their paychecks. A fuel tax — all of a sudden people are paying more at the pump for gas. And if you’re a drinker or a smoker, all of a sudden you’re paying more for that. All of these things add up. And pretty soon you as an individual — and also the governor’s plan on dealing with the Permanent Fund dividend, cutting that essentially in half — all those things added up leaves the individual Alaskan with less money to spend in the economy. And that, combined with a reduction in state government, would be detrimental to our economy — yes.TOWNSEND: Are all taxes anathema to what you want to do or are there some you can support? Otherwise, how will you solve the budget problem without any taxes?MEYER: We don’t feel like we need to resolve all of it this year in the sense that, to do too much in one year would be devastating and have a negative impact to your economy. However if we can get that gap to about $500 million or $1 billion… that’s a good thing. And I would see this session as successful if we were able to do that. And the reason that I say that is because we still have $9 billion in savings, so if you’re only drawing, let’s say, $1 billion in savings, that leaves you another eight years to use your savings. And that buys you time to see if oil prices will go back up… or if the gas pipeline is viable. And then let people run for re-election, and during the election process you can have the discussions on, ‘Should it be an income tax?’ or ‘Should it be a sales tax?’ or some other tax. I think that would be a very good topic to have out there as you run for re-election, or election, to office.TOWNSEND: It’s going to be a big, difficult task. Democrats and Republicans have said they will have to work together more this session than in the past. You’ve been talking about lobbyists trying to cause debate for a single issue. How do you plan to accomplish that — getting Democrats and Republicans to really work together?MEYER: Well, I think Alaskans are going to insist on it. On this side again, the Senate — and frankly I can only speak on the Senate — Sen. Gardner and I work very well together. We have weekly meetings. We met today. We plan on meeting every week going forward. Certainly her team and my team know we have this challenge that has to be resolved, and we know it’s going to require a give and take on both sides in order to get there. I just hope that we’re able to — and again, in the Senate I think we will do this — to keep the rhetoric down. Certainly there are differences in opinion and philosophy on both sides, but in this case we need to set that aside and do what’s best for Alaska.Senate President Kevin Meyer is a Republican from Anchorage. Tomorrow we’ll hear from Senate minority leader Berta Gardner.
Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (India) Ltd, the Indian arm of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, has seen its share price skyrocket in the past 24 months, giving a phenomenal 650 percent return to shareholders. The stock, which closed at Rs. 186.75 on May 19, 2014, settled at Rs. 1,389.90 on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.Hitachi Home & Life Solutions, in which promoter shareholding is 74.25 percent, makes air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines. Its net profit was Rs. 82 lakh on a turnover of Rs. 284 crore the December 2015 quarter. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning was established on Oct. 1, 2015, as a joint venture between Hitachi Appliances, Inc. and Johnson Controls, Inc.Hitachi Home & Life Solutions is one of the stocks held by Sundaram Mutual Fund (MF), its CIO of Equity S Krishna Kumar told CNBC-TV18 on Wednesday.Kumar said fourth-quarter earnings of Indian companies have given “positive surprises” in the mid-cap space.”It has been a very positive trend that we have seen in the fourth-quarter results that have come by. Across sectors and sub-segments, we are seeing positive surprises on results, particularly in sectors like on the consumer side, durables, the media entertainment on the automobile side and if you just pan into rate sensitive sectors and economy sectors, cement is doing very well,” he told the channel.Equity schemes saw net inflows of Rs. 4,438 crore in April, reversing the trend in the previous month when investors pulled out Rs. 1,370 crore.The inflows into equity funds other than equity-linked saving schemes (ELSSes) stood at Rs. 4,042 crore in April 2016, according to an update by industry body Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi). Investors poured in Rs. 396 crore in ELSSes.Indian stock markets ended on a negative note on Wednesday. The Sensex shed 69 points to close at 25,705 while the NSE Nifty ended 21 points lower at 7,870.
Colin made no secret that he thought the Browns made a big mistake by taking Baker Mayfield over Sam Darnold with the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, but last night Baker led Cleveland to a comeback win over Darnold and the Jets that Cleveland is still drunk with free beer over it.During his postgame interview with NFL Network, former Browns All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas asked Mayfield how much he would pay to have Colin there to rub the win in his face. Baker passed up the chance to go full Dabo Swinney and fire away at Colin, but did say he wouldn’t want to celebrate the win with the Herd. Fair enough.Congrats to Baker on the win, and thanks to Joe Thomas for helping pump up Colin’s Q rating a point or two. Here’s the exchange.Baker Mayfield with a top-notch response to Joe Thomas’s question about Colin Cowherd.A true king. pic.twitter.com/iCzJfDX5Ue— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) September 21, 2018 Advertisement “Undraftable” Baker Mayfield squared off with Colin over his on and off field criticisms
As the world prepares for the most important global climate summit yet in Paris later this month, news fromGreenland could add urgency to the negotiations. Another major glacier appears to have begun a rapid retreat into a deep underwater basin, a troubling sign previously noticed at Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier and also in the Amundsen Sea region of West Antarctica.And in all of these cases, warm ocean waters reaching the deep bases of marine glaciers appears to be a major cause.The new fast-moving glacier is the Zachariae glacier or Zachariæ Isstrøm, located in the far northeastern part of Greenland. In a new paper in Science, Jeremie Mouginot of the University of California-Irvine and his colleagues find that the ocean-based glacier, which contains 0.5 meters or a foot and a half of potential sea level rise, has begun a rapid retreat, especially since 2012. The glacier has lost fully 95 percent of the ice shelf that used to help stabilize it, they say, and now sports a 75 meter high ice cliff extending above the water (the glacier also extends hundreds of additional meters below it).“This is sort of the second major floodgate from Greenland that has opened up,” says Eric Rignot of UC-Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the authors of the study. The first, says Rignot, was the Jakobshavn glacier, Greenland’s “fastest” moving, according to a recent study, which is currently based 1,300 meters below sea level and also retreating into a deep basin.Now, at Zachariae, that seems to be happening again. In combination with its nearby neighbor, Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glacier, the two glaciers contain a potential 1.1 meter of sea level rise (over 3 feet), so any change here is not good.“If you see Greenland as a boat, it’s like we’re taking water from every side now,” says Mouginot.Furthermore, Mouginot, Rignot and their colleagues note that Zachariae and Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden together form the terminus of the northeast Greenland ice stream, “the only large, dynamic feature that extends continuously deep to the ice sheet interior near Greenland’s summit.” Twelve percent of the entire Greenland ice sheet, they say, therefore drains through this region.The entire ice sheet of Greenland contains enough ice to raise sea levels some 20 feet. It has been losing ice rapidly in recent years, through a combination of meltwater runoff on the ice sheet’s surface – which reaches the sea through complex channels and fissures – and the calving of large icebergs from its glaciers.Both of these processes have elements that can be pretty spectacular. Atop the ice sheet, vast meltwater lakes can form and then suddenly vanish in a matter of hours, draining rapidly as crevasses open beneath them and they spill into the ice sheet’s depths.At the front ends of marine glaciers, meanwhile, detaching icebergs can tumble and slam back with such force that they knock the glacier itself backwards, and trigger magnitude 5 level earthquakes.NASA estimates that currently, through the combination of these mechanisms, the Greenland ice sheet is losing several hundred billion tons (or gigatons) per year and raising sea levels by three quarters of a millimeter annually. If so, that would be a little under a third of the total global sea level rise, which is currently 3.24 millimeters per year.And now, Zachariae glacier may be poised to add to that total. This NASA satellite image released Aug. 2, 2015 shows the edge of the Zachariae glacier on Greenland’s east coast. AFP/Handout/NASAFrom 1996 through 2010, the new research finds, Zachariae glacier’s grounding line – where the glacier simultaneously meets both the seafloor and the ocean – retreated inland 3.5 kilometers. But then from 2011 through 2015, it retreated another 3.5 kilometers, a sure sign of acceleration. A key event in letting the glacier speed up seems to have been the collapse of its ice shelf, a buttressing tongue that used to extend out over the fjord in front of the glacier, creating an underwater cavity beneath it. Now, in contrast, Zachariae is basically a steep cliff.Other ways of measuring the rate of change of the glacier – its rate of thinning, for instance, or its flow speed into the sea – were also observed to be increasing in the new study.“This study does a nice job of putting together data from multiple sensors to document the ongoing speed up of this glacier. At present its contribution to sea level is relatively small, but there is certainly the potential for it to increase more over time,” says Ian Joughin, a Greenland and polar science expert at the University of Washington, in Seattle, in a comment on the new study.Joughin notes that thus far, despite the fast retreat, Zachariae is not losing as much ice each year as the Jakobshavn glacier in central western Greenland is losing. The new study reports a loss of 5 gigatons annually for the Zachariae glacier, or 5 billion metric tons, versus 25 to 35 gigatons for Jakobshavn, according to Joughin. Joughin thinks Zachariae may not catch up to the latter, since the basin into which it is retreating is not as deep.But Rignot notes that with 1.1 meters of potential sea level rise between them, the Zachariae and Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glaciers together contain about as much ice as the very worrisome glaciers along the Amundsen Sea coast of West Antarctica. Granted, in the latter case the situation is worse because losing those coastal glaciers would then unleash a bigger destabilization of West Antarctica as a whole.Still, Greenland’s glaciers face a kind of double threat – not only changes in the ocean, but also rapidly rising Arctic temperatures, meaning that they can melt both from above and below.“A disaster is unfolding in slow motion with important sea level rise implications,” says Jason Box, a professor with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, after reading the paper at the Post’s request. Outside Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Greenland. Bent Petersen/AFPThe researchers forecast that for the next 20 to 30 years, Zachariae glacier will retreat quickly, as it is perched on a seabed that slopes downward in elevation, exposing more and more of the glacier to warm water. At the same time, the ice front exposed to the ocean will widen from 19 kilometers across to 50 kilometers across, increasing the amount of ice that will be able to flow out at once.And most troubling of all in some ways, the glacier’s “calving cliff” will grow taller, increasing from the current height of 75 meters above the water level. That’s worrying because recent research has suggested that once major glaciers lose their ice shelves, as Zachariae has, they can then form cliffs extending up to 100 meters above sea level which will fail continually, because ice just isn’t strong enough to sustain a cliff so high. Zachariae could be moving into that realm.Finally, the study also notes that while Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glacier has not been retreating or losing ice nearly as fast, it too could lose its stabilizing ice shelf, and after that, start to move faster. For it, too, appears to be exposed to warmer ocean water.“One can forsee [the retreat of Zachariae glacier] eventually inducing a race for biggest loser (of ice) between Zachariæ and the other glacier, Nioghalfjerdsfjorden which has a dense chain of islands (Norsk Oer Islands Barrier) blocking [its] free access to the sea,” added Jason Box by email. “Nioghalfjerdsfjorden is thinning so if climate warming remains unchecked, it is just a matter of time until Nioghalfjerdsfjorden disintegrates and the upstream underwater embayment becomes a traffic jam of megabergs shuffling to get out to sea.”The key question, however – as with all studies of glacial retreats in regions with the potential to cause major sea level rise – is how much and how fast. And that’s also, of course, the hardest one to answer.“The retreat of these marine-based sectors is likely to increase sea-level rise from Greenland for decades to come,” the paper concludes, but it does not specify how rapidly a full loss of the Zachariae glacier could occur.“Collapse of the entire basin is going to take a long time, it’s not going to happen tomorrow,” says Mouginot. “But it’s a process, when you start, it’s like Jakobshavn – [you don’t] see the glacier recovering from that.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Earth in ‘uncharted territory’ on climate change What Paris climate talks have accomplished With COP21 talks in Paris moving forward after attacks, Latin America climate-change policies remain unclear Weather disasters have doubled in past 30 years: UN report
Just a few months after playing in the sport’s most recognizable tournament, young Costa Rican golf star Paul Chaplet is set to make a run for the leaderboard at this week’s Junior World Golf Championships.The 17-year-old Tico tees off Tuesday morning at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California in his effort to improve over his seventh place finish in last year’s championships, where he ended with a score of four over par.Among Chaplet’s toughest competition in this year’s field will be 2015 champion Joaquín Niemann of Chile and China’s Guan Tianlang, who is the youngest player to ever take part in the Masters Golf Tournament.Chaplet was the second youngest golfer at this year’s Masters tournament behind Guan. He finished in last place with 21 over par. Still, Chaplet became the first Costa Rican and first Central American to ever compete in the prestigious tournament.The high school senior who attends Saint Mary School in Escazú, just west of San José, is looking at colleges in the U.S., including San Diego State.Chaplet won the Latin American Amateur Championship in January, which earned him automatic qualification for the Masters. He remains the top ranked amateur player in the Central American and Caribbean region heading into this week’s tournament.In total, 15 Costa Ricans between the ages of 6 and 17 will be competing in the Junior World Golf Championships. The tournament ends Friday. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican Paul Chaplet finishes Round 1 of the Masters Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet misses cut for Round 3 of Masters Costa Rica’s Nery Brenes qualifies for 200-meter dash in Olympics with new national record Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
2013 is proving to be a great year for hoteliers with 68 percent of Australian accommodation owners being optimistic about the year being profitable. To help increase their bookings, properties are offering free Wi-Fi (50 percent), special offers (47 percent) and discounts on rooms (40 percent).TripAdvisor’s recently conducted Tripbarometer: the world’s largest accommodation and traveller survey, which included over 35 thousand participants, revealed that in 2013 50 percent of travellers were expecting to increase their travel budget. Africans were the top spenders with 76 percent wanting to increase their budget, followed by travellers from the Middle East at 75 percent, South America at 58 percent, Asia at 49 percent, and Australasia, North America and Europe at 44 percent.When looking for accommodation, the survey concluded that travellers found travel review sites (38 percent) to be the most useful when conducting their research, whilst web based travel agencies (19 percent) and travel operator sites (16 percent) were also high on the list. Less than ten percent of travellers relied on friends and family, social media and travel magazines and brochures. Overall, 93 percent of travellers globally said that other peoples reviews influenced their decision when making an accommodation booking.Majority of global bookings were reportedly made over web-based travel agencies (27 percent), however things are looking up for hoteliers with travellers booking their accommodation on the accommodation’s own website (23 percent). Overall, Australasian accommodation providers generated 60 percent of their reservations through direct booking channels (48 percent through their own website and 13 percent via telephone bookings).How do you choose your accommodation?Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N. Travel review site are helping drive sales. Image: TripAdvisor
Share Bureau of Economic Analysis Capital Economics GDP 2014-05-29 Tory Barringer Economic news went from bad to worse this week with a new report suggesting the nation’s output declined in the first quarter for the first time since 2011.The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released Thursday its second look at gross domestic product (GDP) for Q1, estimating an annualized 1.0 percent decline as private inventory investment dropped further than originally reported. BEA’s first estimate, released late April, put growth at an estimated annual rate of 0.1 percent compared to Q4’s final rate of 2.6 percent.Analysts surveyed by Econoday had forecast a negative annual growth rate of 0.5 percent.Besides private inventory investment, BEA says the first quarter suffered from decreases in exports, nonresidential and residential fixed investment, and state and local government spending. On the bright side, those negative contributions were offset in part by an improvement in consumer spending.In a response to the latest release, Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, said it’s important to keep perspective, especially with incoming data pointing to a “marked turnaround” in second-quarter growth.”For those worried about a recession, it’s worth remembering that employment increased by nearly 300,000 in April and jobless claims dropped to 300,000 last week,” Ashworth said. “Those numbers point to a recovery gathering some real momentum at last.”A key question is whether the Federal Reserve will hold such an optimistic view. Over the last few months, the voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee have opted to continue slashing the Fed’s monthly asset purchases despite a noticeable slowdown in economic expansion. The next committee meeting is scheduled for mid-June, a week ahead of BEA’s third and final estimate for first-quarter GDP. May 29, 2014 483 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News GDP Takes Negative Turn in Second Q1 Estimate
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The rector of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christophides said on Saturday he would propose the appointment of Diko MP Zacharias Koulias as an anatomy professor at the University of Cyprus’ Medical School, following the latter’s criticism of the school’s programmes and practices.Christophides dismissed the claims MPs made on Friday concerning the medical school during discussion for the university’s 2017 budget in parliament.During the debate, Koulias had said that, as chairman of the House watchdog committee, he had received a number of complaints about the school.He also voiced concerns about the recognition of degrees and questioned the competency of staff, mentioning that students who are in their fifth year have yet to see a corpse.“We should bring in Koulias as an anatomy professor,” Christophides told the Cyprus Mail.He added that the degree of the medical school is recognised as the school is part of the University of Cyprus.“The University of Cyprus is among the top 300 universities in the world, and ever since its medical school was established, we continue to climb in ratings. That tells you something,” Christophides said.As regards the evaluation of the medical school’s degrees by the local accreditation agency,Christophides said that this hasn’t happened yet as the agency in question has yet to set the accreditation criteria. This, he said, is true for all the medical schools operating in Cyprus.Head of the Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (Dipae) Dr Mary Koutselini confirmed the existing programmes of medical schools have not been evaluated by the agency yet. Their evaluation, according to the law, must start in June 2019.Some medical schools, she said, maintain that they have already received accreditations by international organisations but none of them has received accreditation by the local agency.Dipae, Koutselini said, which was established in 2015, has adopted the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) criteria for the evaluation of medical programmes, which will be discussed at the beginning of June in a conference with the participation of the WFME.The aim of the conference is to discuss the procedures and the criteria to be used by Dipae for the evaluation of medical institutions and programmes as well as for the evaluation of health and paramedical programmes.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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